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Saturday, November 1, 2014

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1. We have people over a lot, and at times I feel myself crippled by my inabilities as a hostess. I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way--not only have I been raised by the world's most perfect hostess, but all it takes is 5 minutes on Pinterest to feel inadequate! Thus, I loved this reminder to be a perfectly imperfect hostess! Make your guests feel welcome and you've succeeded!

2. Yesterday was Brecken's first Halloween. She and her cousin Carsten nailed their debut Halloween as Pebbles and Bam Bam, as evidenced in the photo above! Shout out to my sister for making their costumes...without my crafty sister Brecken would have likely been spotted on Pinterest fail.
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3. I loved Katrina's post about A Healthy Sunday. Too often I try to cram five million things into our weekends and by Sunday evening I'm exhausted and stressed about the upcoming week. I'm learning, slowly but surely, that a successful weekend doesn't mean an accomplished to-do list and I feel much more ready to tackle a new week. "Wasted time" with your children isn't actually wasted time!
Green Salad with Spiced Walnuts

4. Need a side salad? I forgot how much I love this super simple green salad with spiced walnuts until we had it again recently. It would be good with apples or pears, cheese or not, but don't miss the spiced walnuts!

One Year Ago: Kale, White Bean, and Potato Stew
Two Years Ago: Cauliflower Penne Puttanesca 
Three Years Ago: Autumn Chopped Salad
Four Years Ago: Oreo and White Chocolate Brownies
Five Years Ago: Marshmallow Muffins