Posts by: Mariana Pelliccioni

Foot and Handprint Halloween Craft

Foot and Handprint Halloween Craft

It doesn’t get cuter, or sweeter, than this foot and handprint halloween craft. I made this one for Eli’s bedroom door. When I was teaching, Halloween was the perfect time to create little creatures with the kids feet and hands….

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

- Roald Dahl -
Lake Street Dive –  You Go Down Smooth

Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth

Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth This band is simply THE BEST.  Chad’s Dad discovered them a while ago and I immediately bought their music.  It is so lively, funky and SMOOTH.  Eli loves it too, that’s a…

Baby’s First Steps In His First Shoes

Baby’s First Steps In His First Shoes

The first year with Eli was incredible.  The amount of growing we do during our first year of life is absolutely amazing. I’m still in complete awe with how quickly it came and went. Everything our babies do during the…

“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”

- J.M. Barrie -
DIY Edible Finger Paint

DIY Edible Finger Paint

This DIY edible finger paint recipe is perfect for little ones, who like Eli, are still putting everything in their mouths.  It doesn’t taste very good, and I’m not feeding him spoonfuls of it, but knowing he can get the…

Bastille – Flaws

Bastille – Flaws

Bastille – Flaws Embracing who we have become throughout the years is something we are all dealing with these days. Women in particular, after having babies, are battling with this (speaking from experience). Our flaws make us who we are,…

Breaded Chicken on Apple Celery Salad

Breaded Chicken on Apple Celery Salad

This is one of the easiest and tastiest meals we make.  The flavors combine absolutely perfectly and they never get old! We are finding out that most of the time, the simpler the ingredients and process, the better our foods…

DIY Body Scrub

DIY Body Scrub

This DIY Body Scrub was introduced to me a couple of years ago by my incredible and gorgeous friend Brittney. Those who meet her, are instantly drawn by her perfect complexion and radiant skin, no joke, woman is absolutely beautiful,…

Easy Homemade Donuts

Easy Homemade Donuts

Talk about a party in your mouth!  These easy homemade donuts will make today, National Donut Day, the absolute best day ever! My sister gave me this recipe just a few days ago and I hadn’t found the time to…

Mepei – Don’t Wait

Mepei – Don’t Wait

Mapei – Don’t Wait This song is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve heard.  Everything about it is perfect; her voice, the lyrics, the rhythm, the message. Chad sent this to me a while back during a tough week…

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

THANK YOU Sebastian for requesting these chocolate covered strawberry popsicles! OH BOY are these delicious. So sweet, so easy, so perfectly timed for yet another hot day.  I think this is going to be the perfect go-to summer treat this…

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs

Back when I was teaching preschoolers, we would plant anything like simple beans, to watch them quickly sprout, strawberries to harvest and eat or any seed we found on the ground to see what would happen. There is something so…

Peach Sangria Recipe

Peach Sangria Recipe

I went to the store this morning looking for baby food, and came home with all the ingredients for this perfectly refreshing peach sangria recipe. My Nonna (grandmother) and Dad are staying with us this weekend.  That means lots of…

Open Face Caprese Sandwiches

Open Face Caprese Sandwiches

If I were told I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would 100% be these open face caprese sandwiches. Really, not even chocolate! I swear I’m made up of these ingredients. These can be…

Kimbra – Settle Down

Kimbra – Settle Down

Kimbra – Settle Down I heard this song yesterday for the first time and immediately sent it to Chad for approval. He loved it! We have probably played it 20 times since first hearing it. Her sound is so funky…

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

- Maya Angelou -
No-Mess Painting With Eli

No-Mess Painting With Eli

Painting with children…oh boy can this get messy.  Even though it’s one of my absolute favorite things to do with kids, I have to admit, it’s been difficult to do at home with Eli. Eli is at a stage where…

Mini S’more Muffins

Mini S’more Muffins

Memorial Day Weekend is here and my family left on a camping trip.  We decided Eli is not quite ready for trips like that just yet, maybe next year.  However, I haven’t stopped thinking about it.  More so because before…

“The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.”

- Dennis Green -
How to Prepare Yerba Mate

How to Prepare Yerba Mate

Many friends have asked me, many times, how to prepare Yerba Mate Tea. Yerba mate is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It detoxifies the blood and many say it can prevent many types of cancers.  Yerba mate does contain…

Sand Art Terrarium

Sand Art Terrarium

Gardening is in our blood, my dad is the King of Green Thumbs.  However, that’s as far as it goes; the skill stays in our blood but doesn’t come out to play.  I planted a bunch of herbs at our…

DIY Moisturizing Face Mask

DIY Moisturizing Face Mask

OH HOLY AVOCADOS…HOW I LOVE THEE and this DIY moisturizing face mask you are a big part of! I don’t know about you but my skin takes a toll as the weather warms up.  Even though I get that summer…

“Being a full time Mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.”

- Mildred & Vermont -
BEST DIP EVER FOR STRAWBERRIES!

BEST DIP EVER FOR STRAWBERRIES!

I kid you not when I say this easy recipe is THE BEST dip EVER for strawberries! It was introduced to me by my Mother-in-Law years ago and every time she makes it (or we remember we can) I devour…

3 Step Watermelon Popsicles

3 Step Watermelon Popsicles

I found these adorable animal popsicle molds at Target a few days ago while shopping with my sister and nephew. He immediately requested we look for some recipes. He first chose chocolate covered strawberry, but quickly changed his mind at…

Wake Up And Smell The Bacon

Wake Up And Smell The Bacon

Recipe: Bacon Pancake Dippers Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes I mean, look at the photos…yum!  When I showed the picture of this dish to Chad, the look on his face was priceless; I knew I shouldn’t have…

My First Mother’s Day!

My First Mother’s Day!

My first Mother’s Day was perfect. There are no words to describe the immense love I feel for this little person.  He made me a Mother, he made me ME. I’ve always known I wanted him, I just never imagined…