• As A Creative

    Toddler Room Makeover

    Back in February we decided to transition Chase from the nursery to his own big boy room…which is a better way of saying his little brother evicted him from his crib. It took me awhile to formulate a plan to make his new room enticing enough that he wouldn’t miss his nursery.  Like most toddler boys, Chase is a huge fan of anything that has wheels: cars, trains, trucks and planes. Transportation became the theme of the decor. I’ve included some of the before/after shots. First thing we did was change the color of the walls and the built-in desk to give it a brighter and fresher look. We debated…

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    Mudroom Reno Project

    The mudroom is one of the most overlooked places in most people’s homes. Our mudroom functions as the passageway between the garage and the kitchen, and also is our laundry room. Naturally, we collect everything you could think of in there: beach towels, vacuums, cleaning agents, sneakers, shoes, boots, tote bags, cold weather accessories, etc.  It’s the center of our chaos on the way out in the morning, and welcomes the aftermath of our day on the way in. Above are photos from before the renovation. I’m not sure what the original builder’s intention was with the design of the mudroom closet, but it’s quite peculiar. There was both horizontal…

  • As A Creative,  As a Mommy,  As a Mrs.,  As an OT

    One Year of Therapeutic Miles

    It’s been exactly one year since launching this blog, Therapeutic Miles!!!! What started as a small canvas to chronicle my “miles” as a wife, mom and OT, has evolved into this limitless space for sharing the words of others as well. It’s become a cathartic release, a big hug, a much-needed chuckle. It’s been a big year for our family. A week after launching, I found out I was pregnant again and by October that baby boy was here. This blog has been so therapeutic for me throughout this big transition. Here are some other things I’ve learned this past year as a blogger: I’ve found my voice as a…

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    Where Is Your Donated Hair REALLY Going?

    I have to admit, I’m blessed to have hair that grows at an alarming rate. Because of this, I have chopped off my ponytail and donated to charity THREE times in my life.   Twice I donated to Locks of Love (which I regret) and once to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Locks of Love has become a household name for hair donation, with most donors wanting to “help make a wig for kids with cancer”. WELL I did a little research and was completely shocked about what I found.  There have been ongoing investigations into potential fraud related to Locks of Love. Locks of Love hair donation recipients are usually those with…

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    Cornmuffin Stuffin’

    So now that I’m on maternity leave, I watch a lot of daytime cooking shows and get tons of cooking inspo. I saw this stuffing recipe on Rachael Ray this week and had to try it. I love using her recipes because they’re super simple and quick to make…just what a mom needs in this world! I know Thanksgiving is over, but this is a side dish that can be paired with any weeknight entree too! It’s now a household fave. I did amend the original recipe  a tiny bit and obvi you should add whatever your favorite spices. Here is the link to see her prepare it on her…

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    Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

    Cravings don’t stop after pregnancy ends…or maybe I’m just using it as an excuse. Anyway, I had a taste for caramel and apples the other day, and I had the honeycrisp apples but no caramel. I wasn’t about to run out to the store with the baby just for a jar of caramel soooo I looked up a homemade recipe. To my surprise, it’s pretty simple to make. I thought I’d share it since we’re getting into the real fall weather and this pairs perfectly with apple pie, ice cream and in coffee! I found it on Pinterest, but since the original page is somewhat lengthy, I got right down to brass…

  • As A Creative

    Southwestern Chicken Cheesy Rice

    I recently made one of the best purchases of my adult life: a crockpot. My friends raved about it and said I should totally get one. How did I not discover this before? It has revolutionized dinner time, especially getting home from work at 4:30PM and having to feed a ravenous little boy by 6PM. One of the first recipes I’ve tried in my new slow cooker is this delicious one. I found it on Pinterest, but I think the original recipe is from Betty Crocker. It’s an awesome dish for summertime and packs the perfect kick of spicy.  As a bonus, you’ve got your major food groups covered: veggies,…

  • As A Creative,  As a Mrs.

    DIY Bridal Shower Gift

    Bridal and baby showers are being taken to the next level these days. Between the Pinterest-themed parties, the chalkboard signs, the color-specific dessert tables, the gold and silver foil letters and number balloons…it’s a serious upgrade from the traditional showers.  Now, I am not by any means hating on this shift from basic to bourgeois. Clearly I live for all of this creativity…I mean I have a whole section of DIY projects on this blog, hellooooo!! So for when I attend these modern-day bridal/maternity celebrations, I try to think of a fun, yet functional gift. For the most recent bridal shower I attended over the weekend to honor my good…

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    Seared Scallops with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce and Orzo

    I brought the mail in and had a good laugh: somehow my husband had been put on a subscription list for Southern Living magazine. No idea how, and he’s the last person I would think to have one.  Before I tossed it in the recycling bin, I flipped through to see what they had going on and was pleasantly surprised of how many delicious recipes they had. I decided to try one out and so glad I did. It’s a perfect family dish for the summer, takes less than 30 minutes and is under $20. I also made a few modifications from the original recipe. What you need: 1/4 cup…

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    Wood Pallet Herb Garden

    Original post 7/10/16 I’ve always wanted my own little herb garden on the deck…something within steps of the kitchen. I had seen this idea on Pinterest and had to try it out for myself. We had an old wood pallet from a landscaping project that would work perfectly. The whole pallet was painted white and let dry. When it was dry, we turned the pallet on it’s side so that it was standing tall, but upside down from how we wanted it to stand in the end. We added a few small pieces of wood to reinforce what would be the floor beds of the garden, in addition to some…