10 Tips for Working From Home with Kids

When you work from home, the distractions are many. Between the emails, the phone calls and the social media marketing, there is also never-ending piles of dirty laundry, nap times to manage, diapers to change, meals to cook, and a whole house to keep up. Not to mention things like finding time to work out […]

Meal Plan Monday, No. 35

Meal Plan Mondays

  Monday: Organic Cheese Ravioli with Roasted Asparagus, Sweet Peppers, Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms tossed with olive oil, salt and Parmesan. Tuesday: Spinach and Bacon Quiche (with homemade crust). I sub organic whole milk for the heavy cream. Wednesday: Spaghetti with Whole Wheat Organic Pasta Thursday: Sweet ‘N Smoky Slow Cooker Chili and Mini Sweet […]

Totally Tulip: Retro Fourth of July T-Shirts


This post is sponsored by Tulip® Soft and 3D Paints and Blueprint Social.  #totallytulip I have a secret. I totally loved the 80s. These are just a few reasons why… I have perfect 80’s hair. You wouldn’t know this today but in its true state, it’s curly, frizzy, and out of control. Ever since the 80’s ended […]

Meal Plan Monday, No. 26

Meal Plan Mondays

  Monday: Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Panini Tuesday: Caramelized Peach and Brie Quesadillas with Honey Wednesday: Mexican Black Beans Pizzas on Organic Tortillas Thursday: Grilled Chicken and roasted Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries Friday: Lemon Chicken Romano with grilled asparagus Saturday: Pineapple Pork Tacos with Watermelon Guacamole Sunday: Chinese Orange Chicken on Brown […]

Meal Plan Monday, No. 22

  Monday: Honeycrisp Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken Tuesday: Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Bake (I sub clean-eating sucanat for the brown sugar in both recipes) Wednesday: Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Rosemary with Broccoli and Baked Sweet Potatoes Thursday: Tilapia Fish Tacos with Apricot Soy Ginger Sauce (recipe coming this […]

Meal Plan Monday, No. 5

Meal Plan Mondays @ Designed by Dawn Nicole

Monday: Penne a la Betsy (one of my favorite meals!!) Tuesday: Spinach and Bacon Quiche (I sub milk for half and half to cut fat and calories) Wednesday: Quesadillas on the Grill (We usually do black beans, corn and grilled onions inside the quesadillas with shredded Mexican cheese. Grill until cheese is melted and tortillas are crisp […]

Guest Post: DIY Rustic Noel Decor {from The Happier Homemaker}


I’m thrilled to have the talented Melissa of The Happier Homemaker guest posting today.  She’s sharing an awesome rustic DIY Christmas décor project that would look adorable on a holiday mantle or shelf. Hi y’all! My name is Melissa and like Dawn I’m a military spouse and mom to three little ones. I love to […]

A Momma’s Letter: What I want my Children to know as they go out in the Real World…

With all the drama this year (Chick-Fil-A, the Election, the child kidnappings and unspeakable murders, etc.)  it has me thinking about my oldest child going out in the real world next year when he starts Kindergarten.  And then my other two will follow shortly behind.  It’s more than a bit terrifying for a Momma to […]

The Chloe Dress

Hi!  I’m Dawn and I blog over at Designed by Dawn Nicole.  I’m an Air Force wife and momma of a 3 1/2 and 2 year old with our third (and final) due in March.  I started sewing a few years ago as a way to fill my time in the small town we’re currently stationed […]