Get kids outside and playing, instead of in the house on electronics! #outtoplay

Welcome! Be sure to sign up to receive Endlessly Inspired by email so you don’t miss a single post. Thanks for visiting!This post was sponsored on behalf of CLIF Kid via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. #outtoplay Ok, somehow, summer is pretty much over. My boys go back to school on Monday, and I know a lot of kids around the country have already gone back. How has this happened?? I swear Mason and I just ambushed… Read more »

Use a variety of Smucker's ice cream toppings to create a fun ice cream sundae party! #SundaeFundae #ad

Thank you to Smucker’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. Last week, my kids went to my parents’ house for a few days. I’m not going to lie, it was crazy awesome. I got so much done in preparation for our trip to the shore, and it was lovely to have a few days of quiet. But I’ll admit, as much as I loved the peace, I really did miss those turkeys. The quiet… Read more »

Sometimes you have to step back to see your true vision.

So, here’s the thing. For whatever reason, I’m experiencing blog exhaustion. I know that sounds weird when I haven’t actually been posting a whole lot, but I’ve gotten myself into a vicious cycle of stress. I start to worry about not posting, and the more I worry about not posting, the less I post.  The other day, I saw this quote, and it really resonated with me.   So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking a step back from the… Read more »


I grew up with dogs. When I was born, we had a huge German Shepard named Wotan. People who would come to the house would be utterly horrified that my parents would let me anywhere near him because he was so big, but he was amazing with me. He let me pet him, poke around his teeth, and grab his ears — the only time he ever got upset was if I went near his eyes, and even then he… Read more »

Using just a few purchased items and some objects from around your house, you can perk up your patio for less than $100!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wayfair. I was compensated by Wayfair, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own. So we have a patio in our backyard with a firepit and some furniture. The furniture is pretty basic, neutral stuff that we’ve had for about 4 or 5 years now, so: a. I’m bored with it, and b. it’s starting to look a little worse for the wear.  Unfortunately, though, new patio furniture isn’t in our… Read more »

What a great idea: buy inexpensive greeting cards and file them according to occasion in an accordion file. Never get stuck without a card when you need one again! #SendSmiles #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias So here’s the thing about me: I’m a hot mess. 90% of the time, I’m trying to do 50 things at once, which means that none of them get done properly, and I forget things. And by “things” I mean pretty much everything. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve realized that it’s someone’s birthday and I forgot to… Read more »

Soft, chewy peanut butter cookies stuffed chock-full of peanut butter cup pieces. Truly one of the best cookies I've ever eaten.

Nope, that’s not a typo. Double peanut butter. Peanut Butter-Peanut Butter Cup cookies: peanut butter cookies stuffed chock-full of peanut butter cup pieces. See? I promised you I wasn’t turning this blog into an all-healthy all-the-time blog! I actually made these for Dave for Father’s Day. I was having one of those days where I just really needed to bake something, and that day, I was feeling cookies. So I asked him what kind he wanted, and he said peanut… Read more »

This is an absolute genius idea to remove permanent marker from a white board. You will never believe how easy this is to do!

I think we’ve all had that feeling before. You know, the one where you start saying all sorts of inappropriate grown-up words because you just realized that you used a Sharpie on your dry-erase board. Well, never fear, my friends. I have a super easy trick to get that permanent marker off your dry-erase board — instantly, with no chemicals or cleaning products. You seriously won’t believe how easy this is.  So there’s your poor, sad dry-erase board with its… Read more »

This delicious shake features strawberries, blueberries and Greenberry Shakeology {but you could use vanilla or strawberry Shakeology instead, or even regular protein powder}. Plus a crazy secret ingredient that you will never believe!

On Monday I talked about how I just became a Beachbody coach, so today I am sharing with you one of my super-fab new healthy recipes. {Don’t worry, I’ve got a whole lotta fatty fat recipes in the works — they’ll be coming soon!}  This one is for a Berrylicious Shakeology Protein Shake. If you’ve never heard of Shakeology, it’s a superfood-packed, nutrient-dense shake that can help you lose weight, curb your cravings for sweets and act as a meal replacement… Read more »

If you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done.

Holy moly, I can’t believe summer is here. As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been around a whole lot the past few weeks. Between the end of school, the end of the baseball season and a couple of other things, I have barely had time to think straight, let alone get my arse in gear to post. I promise you that will change. Pinky swear. The first “other thing” I was referring to is this.   Yep. That’s a super-sexy,… Read more »

These strawberry shortcake waffle ice cream sandwiches are so good and easy to make -- you cook boxed pound cake right in your waffle maker! What a perfect summer treat.

We are huge Food Network fans in this house. Even the boys are into it — especially David. Which is why it was the coolest thing EV-ER when we got to do this a few weeks ago. Yeah, we’re at the Chopped judges’ desk. And one of those Diet Cokes? Yeah, it’s Alex Guarnaschelli’s.  Whaaaaaat?!? Oh, and David got to do this. And this. We also got to meet Geoffrey Zakarian {who is super dreamy, btw}, and eat some food… Read more »

The ultimate end-of-year teacher gifts collection. I love that there is a whole section on gifts for male teachers too, because I feel like most of these collections are for women! Pinning so I have this every year!

I honestly don’t know how teachers do it. I am often reduced to an exhausted, yelling mess by the end of the day, and I only have to deal with my 3 kids. I would never, in a bajillion years, have the patience to deal with 20 kids every day, let alone do it with sweetness and grace like my kids’ teachers have this year. {And pretty much every year, for that matter.} So now that we’re coming up on… Read more »

These clementine crinkle cookies are so delicious and easy to make. Pin now for a quick and easy dessert later!

Is there anything better than cookies?  I really don’t think so.   I especially love cookies that are easy to make, but crazy delicious. And these clementine crinkle cookies are both of those. I originally shared this recipe over at Say Not Sweet Anne last year, but I have been thinking of them constantly and decided I absolutely needed to share them with all of you.  They are based on this recipe from Whipperberry. I decided that instead of using… Read more »

This chocolate chip cookie pie is so gooey and chocolatey and delicious, it's hard to believe that it's actually relatively healthy! And you will never guess what the secret ingredient is!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on losing a few pounds and getting in better shape. I’ve been trying to eat healthier and drink more water. Problem is, I love dessert. And while I also love fruit, a slice of watermelon isn’t going to cut it for dessert. And I refuse to eat anything I don’t like, because if I’m limiting my calorie intake, I’m going to make each and every bite of food count. So I’ve been on the… Read more »

Trying to fill a big blank wall with art can be a scary {and expensive!!} task. No need to worry, here are 40 gorgeous, inexpensive and easy-to-make DIY wall art tutorials!

There is not much that’s more intimidating in home decorating than staring at a big, blank wall and trying to figure out how to fill it. Trying to decide what to hang can be tricky in and of itself, but when you factor in the cost factor — art can be so insanely expensive!! — it’s enough to drive you to the corner in a fetal position. Which is why I’m always looking for awesome DIY wall art ideas. So… Read more »

Enter the Firefly #BrushBattle sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for 4 to an awesome California theme park!

Thanks to Firefly® and One2One Network for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions stated are my own. Remember the other day when I talked about all the things I’ve learned as a mom of boys? Well, I forgot one thing: I’ve learned that, even if you tell them that their teeth will fall right out of their head if they don’t brush properly {I may embellish the truth from time to time, don’t judge me}, they will still brush… Read more »

Use an old popcorn tin from the thrift store, some spray paint and a vinyl decal to make a super cute DIY Dog Food Canister!

Since Fletcher is getting so big {I just weighed him today and he’s up to 70 pounds! At just over 7 months! Yikes.}, we have been getting the 35lb bags of dog food. Which is great in that we don’t have to go buy food once a week, but then there’s just a big ole bag of food sitting in our garage. And don’t think for one second that Fletcher hasn’t gotten into the garage and jumped headfirst into that… Read more »

Every mom of boys needs to read this. Grab your tissues.

I am a mom of boys.  Photo credit: Heidi Lynne Photography This is a really weird thing for me, even though as of yesterday, I’ve been a mom of boys for an entire decade. {What in the holy hell? How is that even possible??} But, seriously. I am one of three girls in my family. My sister has a daughter. My sister-in-law has a daughter. Before I had kids, I said that if I had boys, I was sending them… Read more »

Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren is a fascinating story about the struggles they experienced around adopting their son from Ethiopia.

A couple of months ago, I did a post about some of my favorite books, and I got some great feedback about it, so I decided to do another book review. I just finished Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren, and I completely loved it. {Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.} I don’t usually read nonfiction books, but I could not put this one down. Everything You Ever Wanted is the… Read more »

Get a little "you time" with an ice cream sundae made with vanilla ice cream, homemade dulce de leche and Pepperidge Farm Dulce de Leche Milano Cookies.

Ok, moms. Is your life as flat-out bananas as mine is? With 3 boys under 10, two of whom are doing baseball and one who will be starting soccer soon, plus school activities, doctor’s appointments and play dates, some days I feel fortunate if I’m able to squeeze in a shower for myself.    So every so often, although not as often as I would like, I decide to have a little “me time.” It’s usually an evening when my… Read more »