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2015 Spring Home Tour & Giveaway

Even though my little patch of grass in Wisconsin is still covered in snow, I’ve heard rumors that spring has sprung, so it’s time to celebrate with a Spring Home Tour and a fabulous giveaway from Kirkland’s!  I don’t typically do a spring home tour post, but a few things happened this lion-like March to change my mind:

  1. The lovely Jen Migonis from Migonis Home invited me to be one of 25 fabulous bloggers on her Spring Home Tours blog hop.
  2. I stepped into a Kirkland’s for the first time and wanted to buy all the things.
  3. I shared last spring that G and I had set the wheels in motion to find our next house – our “forever home” – and the time has come!  Soon we’ll be packing up boxes and saying goodbye to this house we’ve called our home for the past 9 years, so I thought it was only fitting to dress her up one last time for some final photos.

Welcome to our spring home!

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

Things can get a little dark and heavy in here with G’s massive man TV taking center stage in the living room, so I lightened it up with some pillows, spring flowers, and a light colored throw draped over the ottoman.

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

The other side of our living room, looking into our kitchen:

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

I made this easy spring floral arrangement from a large glass lantern and floral filler found at Kirkland’s – I love this lantern so much I bought two of them!  (See the second one below in our kitchen.) The geometric wooden vase and faux eucalyptus filler, and porcelain bird are all from Target.

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

Fun with more spring flowers in the kitchen:

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

Another Kirkland’s obsession – this mason jar candle runner which I filled with fresh hydrangeas and used as an island centerpiece:

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

Fresh tulips, my other large glass lantern from Kirkland’s with a faux floating water lily inside, and a preserved boxwood topiary arrangement (also from Kirkland’s) that promises to be nearly impossible to kill.  (We’ll see how my black thumb does!)

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

The eat-in section of our kitchen:

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

To make this centerpiece I took branches I had spray-painted white, and glued the blossoms of faux dollar store flowers to them:

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

Kate fell in love with this cute little golden-eared bunny from Target, so we had to find a spot for her in our spring home as well.  She goes beautifully with our new gold sphere from Kirkland’s.

All Things G&D 2015 Spring Home Tour

Thank you so much for joining me on my very first Spring Home Tour!  Please take a moment to check out the fabulous bloggers that are part of this home tour with me, and make sure to enter below for a chance to win one of THREE $100 gift cards from Kirkland’s!

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Monday

Migonis Home | Maison de Pax | DIY on the Cheap | Cottage in the Oaks | Town and Country Living

Tuesday

The Blissful Bee | Rain on a Tin Roof | Ciburbanity | Fox Hollow Cottage | Setting for Four

Wednesday

House by Hoff | Love Grows Wild | All Things G&D | Life on Virginia Street

Thursday

rooms FOR rent | Everyday Enchanting | The Happy Housie | Wicks Nest | Kindred Vintage | So Much Better with Age

Friday

Just a Girl and Her Blog | The Wood Grain Cottage | Jenna Sue Design | At Home with The Barkers | AKA Design

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Easy Spring Floral Arrangement

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

I’m currently getting our house all freshened and flowered up for spring and couldn’t wait to share this easy spring floral arrangement with you all!

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

This is a beautiful, easy, and unique option for arranging long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems. And the best part is there’s no need to spend excessive amounts of time trying to get your floral arrangement shifted, shoved, and rearranged to perfection – you really can’t mess this up!

I started with this clear glass lantern from Kirkland’s that I scored on sale for only $12!  It was one of their “everyday deals” and  I’m totally obsessed with it.

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

For the filler I used faux curly willow and floral stems, also found at Kirkland’s.

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

To make, simply twist the bottoms of each stem into a large circle shape to fit inside the lantern:

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

Place inside the lantern with the bottom of the stem touching the bottom, and continue circling the rest of the branch in a circle shape inside the lantern, working it up to the top:

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

Next add a floral stem, curving the stem in the same circle fashion as the curly willow pictured above:

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

You can keep all of the stem entirely inside the glass lantern, or have some of the ends poking out at the top for a fun and whimsical look:

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

I love the overlap of the curly willow and the flowers, and the unique look it has all swirled and twisted together inside the lantern!

I used a total of two curly willow twigs and two floral stems for mine, but you could use more or less depending on how filled you’d like your jar to be. Like I said, there’s really no way you can mess this easy spring floral arrangement up!

An easy spring floral arrangement using a large glass lantern, long sticks of faux curly willow and floral stems - so simple anyone can do it! | www.allthingsgd.com

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Whole30 Breakfast Casserole

I’m a boring breakfast person.

I’m pretty sure I could eat scrambled eggs every morning of my life and not get sick of them.

Luckily for me, this makes it pretty easy to manage breakfasts when I do the Whole30.  G, on the other hand, craves quick and easy carbs along with his morning protein when he joins me for Whole30.  I try to be a good wife and make him his favorite Whole30 breakfast (sweet potato hash browns topped with eggs over easy), but it’s time-consuming and not always possible.  (And frankly, I like sleeping in.)

Poor Whole30 G.

He gets cranky when he doesn’t get his potatoes.

I realized a Whole30 breakfast casserole would be a great option for us to bake up, keep in the fridge and have on hand throughout the week for quick, carby breakfasts in the morning!  I was trying to find a recipe we’d like, but everything I came across was either too complicated or too bland.  And then I remembered my family’s favorite brunch casserole – the one I make for breakfasts when we’re hosting overnight house guests.  Just a few minor modifications turned it into the perfect protein and carb-packed Whole30 breakfast casserole!

This protein and carb-packed Whole30 breakfast casserole can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed all week for quick and easy Whole30 breakfasts! | www.allthingsgd.com #Whole30 #Paleo #Whole30recipes #PaleoRecipes #Whole30breakfast

Thank goodness white potatoes are now allowed in Whole30!

Ingredients
1 pound Whole-30 compliant Sausage
8 c. Potatoes, shredded
6 Beaten Eggs
1 c. Coconut Milk
¼ t. Pepper
¼ t. Salt
Salsa (optional)

Directions {contains an affiliate link to my recommended product}

  1. Cook sausage or bacon in a skillet and drain excess grease (crumble cooked bacon).
  2. Lightly oil a 9×13” casserole dish and fill it with 8 cups of shredded potatoes. You can either buy a bag of frozen pre-shredded potatoes (hash browns), or shred them up yourself in seconds using the shredding blade of a food processor.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, salt and pepper.  Pour over shredded potatoes.
  4. Bake COVERED at 350˚ for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Optional: Serve with salsa.

This dish serves 8-10 people – or enough breakfast for an entire workweek of 2 people doing the Whole30!

This protein and carb-packed Whole30 breakfast casserole can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed all week for quick and easy Whole30 breakfasts! | www.allthingsgd.com #Whole30 #Paleo #Whole30recipes #PaleoRecipes #Whole30breakfast

If you’re interested in my non-Whole30 version of this recipe, you can see it here at Homes.com: Breakfast Brunch Casserole. It’s the perfect dish to prepare for weekend houseguests or to bring to a brunch.  And the best part?  You can make it up to 24 hours in advance to save you time (read: sleep in) in the morning!

This protein and carb-packed Whole30 breakfast casserole can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed all week for quick and easy Whole30 breakfasts! | www.allthingsgd.com #Whole30 #Paleo #Whole30recipes #PaleoRecipes #Whole30breakfast

(Pictured with cheese; omit this ingredient for Whole30.)

Like this post?  See more of my favorite Whole30 recipes or visit the All Things G&D Food Gallery!

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Pot o’ Gold Giveaway

Happy March, everyone!

Aren’t you so happy it’s here?!  Big things happen in March including the First Day of Spring, Daylight Savings, snow (hopefully) melting, my husband being addicted to brackets and basketball, and (my personal favorite) St. Patrick’s Day!

I love me some ethnic holidays, and St. Patty’s Day tops that list.  One year back in college (read: before parenthood), I imbibed in so much green beer my lips turned green.  These days I’m older and much more responsible…so I stick to chugging Guinness.  (Fist bump to all my Irish friends.)

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day is about more than green beer and Guinness.  It’s a time to celebrate Irish and Irish American culture, the “wearing of the green,” shamrocks, parades, corned beef & cabbage, AND…

Testing your luck!

Test your luck in March and you could win this "Pot o' Gold Giveaway" (valued at more than $500) on St. Patrick's Day!

I am so excited to team up with a fabulous group of blogging friends to bring you this fantastic “Pot o’ Gold” giveaway to celebrate the luckiest month of the year!  One lucky winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $500 from these 10 generous sponsors:

Test your luck in March and you could win this "Pot o' Gold Giveaway" (valued at more than $500) on St. Patrick's Day!

Prize Package Includes:

$50 Ace Hardware Gift Card

Ball Brand green mason jars (pint case and quart case)

$50 Birch Lane Gift Card

$100 Duluth Trading Gift Card

HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer

$50 Michaels Gift Card

$50 in fabric from Oninefabricstore.net

100 free prints from Printicular

Rust-Oleum paint package

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 (small table saw) and Sonicrafter F30 (oscillating tool)

I don’t know about you, but this is EXACTLY the sort of thing I’d love to see at the end of my rainbow!  Feeling lucky?  You have 32 chances to win!  So grab your lucky shamrock, rabbit’s foot, horseshoe, jersey, or undies that haven’t been washed since you scored the winning shot in your 8th grade basketball tournament, and click your way to a victory using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below!

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The Fine Print: The Pot O’Gold Giveaway starts on March 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM and ends on March 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the U.S. only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note the 23 bloggers participating in this sweepstakes are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to the participating bloggers. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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Tilapia Piccata

This Tilapia Piccata recipe is the perfect compromise for those who like their fish battered and deep-fried and those who prefer a healthy, lighter option!

Fish is a staple in the G&D household.  It makes our menu more often than chicken, beef, or any other protein source, and this healthy Tilapia Piccata recipe is one of our favorites!

The Wisconsin girl in me drools over a good Friday Night Fish Fry, so I love white fish that’s been dipped in beer batter, deep-fried, and all crunchy on the outside.  My husband (and my arteries) hate fish that’s been coated, and prefer a healthier variety.  This Tilapia Piccata recipe is a our compromise!  It’s dusted with flour and seasonings so I get my crunch, yet it’s light enough that G (and my arteries) like it, too.  The piccata “sauce” topping that you drizzle over it is fresh, crisp, and lemony and tastes like a little flavor party in your mouth.

And speaking of parties…

This recipe includes white wine, which is always a winner in my book.  A splash for the pan, and all the rest for me!

CLICK HERE to snag my recipe at Homes.com and enjoy this yummy Tilapia Piccata (and leftover bottle of wine) on your menu this week!

Interested in more healthy food options?  Be sure to also visit my list of 8 Healthy Food Items to Have on Hand!

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Road Tripping

A couple of years ago – when Kate was 3 years old – our family set off on our first road tripping adventure.  We drove from our home in Madison, Wisconsin down to Indianapolis, Indiana to visit G’s Aunt Anne (a.k.a. “Aunt Mimi) and Uncle Dick, and G’s cousins.

Prior to this, Kate’s average car ride was about the 5 minutes it takes us to get to her daycare, Target, and Starbucks.  A “long” car ride, in her mind, was the 45 minutes it takes to get to Grandpa & Grandma’s house.  This road trip – which was supposed to take us 5.5 hours – stretched into 7 when torrential downpours shut down the interstate just 11 miles away from our destination.

Along the way we made several stops so we could use the bathroom and get out and stretch, but Kate wouldn’t take any bathroom breaks. Not a single one!  She was eating and drinking the entire car ride, and every time we stopped G and I urged her to try but she refused. When we finally made it to G’s cousin Chris’s house in Indianapolis I insisted (read: flat-out bribed) that she go potty.

After dinner, we loaded back into the car for the short 15 minute drive to Aunt Mimi’s house where were staying, and as soon as Kate was buckled back in her carseat she said, “This time, no stopping – let’s just get there!”

This girl was made for road tripping.

Road tripping in your future?  Check out this Road Tripping Guide for a Stress-Free Adventure and Fun Road Trip Games & Questions - great for the whole family!

Kate (age 3) road tripping to Aunt Mimi’s house!

Is there a road trip planned in your future? Check out my Road Tripping Guide for a Stress-Free Adventure at Homes.com, and be ready for anything!

(There’s even a tip on how to handle the unpredictable potty-related behavior of preschoolers!)

Once you’re properly prepared for a safe, and stress-free road trip, be sure to bring some memorable fun along with these Entertaining Road Trip Games & Questions – great for adults and kids!

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2015 Spring Fashion Trends

Who’s ready for Spring?!  How about your closet?

We’re still blanketed in beautiful sparkly snow here in Wisconsin, but soon it will melt, the birds will start chirping, and we’ll all be wondering…what should we be wearing once we put away our puffy parkas?

To answer that question I’ve teamed up with Evereve (formerly known as Hot Mama) – on of my favorite women’s clothing stores with a mission to make moms feel fabulous – to get the scoop on all the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015!  Here are a couple of my favorite looks:

A look at some of the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015 with #Evereve. | www.allthingsgd #springfashion

Every single piece of this outfit is begging to be in my closet! This would be my go-to look all spring long (as soon as our snow melts so I don’t dirty these gorgeous sneakers).  Can you spot the spring fashion trends here?

Here’s another look that makes me impatient to jump and splash in puddles!

A look at some of the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015 with #Evereve. | www.allthingsgd #springfashion

And lastly…a little teaser pic of an outfit I NEVER thought I’d wear:

A look at some of the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015 with #Evereve. | www.allthingsgd #springfashion

Click on over to my latest post on Madison Moms Blog to see the rest of this outfit and many more - plus all the details of the upcoming 2015 spring fashion trends for the real woman!

Local moms – be sure to register for our upcoming Mom’s Night Out – Hilldale Hop and score 15% OFF your TOTAL PURCHASE at Evereve in Madison, WI on February 24th (plus get loads of other great Hilldale deals and discounts)!  In addition to these amazing savings, Evereve will also have personal stylists in-store the night of our event to help you identify your body type, and find the clothing and styles that are just right for you.  Evereve’s mission is to help you love the body you have TODAY, and they can’t wait to help you make it happen.  Register now (using the Eventbrite form below) and join us on the 24th!

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