St. Patrick’s Day activity: A leprechaun gingerbread house

St. Patrick's Day Gingerbread House for Little Leprechauns | A Girl Named PJ

Back in December, my mom bought Levi a Chanukah-themed gingerbread house that he built and decorated with our help, meticulously gluing colorful candy balls to cookie walls with sticky sweet icing. Levi was so proud of his handiwork that he cried when we broke the house apart to taste it. So when my mom spotted another gingerbread house on sale after the holidays, she picked it up for a … READ MORE!

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Shades of grey (paint, that is)

Valspar Paint Filtered Shade makeover | A Girl Named PJ

Since we moved in with my parents last September, Levi has been sleeping in a peach guest room with wall-to-wall carpeting from the 80s. Jordan and I took over my drab green childhood bedroom, complete with patched cracks above the door frames that nobody had ever bothered to repaint. As a thank you to my folks for letting us crash with them while Jordan searched for his first civilian job, I … READ MORE!

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Asa’s birth story (and newborn baby hospital pictures)

hospital newborn photos | A Girl Named PJ

I can't believe that my sweet Asa turned one last Thursday! I spent the morning of his birthday looking at photos we took in the hospital a year ago, flooding my mind with memories of his birth. Although I posted a few newborn photos on the blog when I announced Asa's name (it took us two days to decide!), I never actually shared his birth story. However, I alluded to the fact that something … READ MORE!

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The best tasting K-cup coffee (when you’re too lazy to use a French press)

The best tasting K-cup coffee | A Girl Named PJ

It may not come as a surprise that I drink a lot of coffee. Asa has only started sleeping through the night (well, 8pm to 5am) this past week, and Levi has enough stamina to power a colony of Energizer bunnies. So I'm relieved to learn that drinking three to five cups of coffee each day is now only considered a moderate level of consumption, according to a new report. The Dietary Guidelines … READ MORE!

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Can tidying up really change your life?

Can tidying up change your life?

By now you must've heard about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Just this weekend, I saw the best-selling book about the art of decluttering and organization mentioned no less than five times on social media, including Instagram photos from Allie and Jules. Incredibly, most people are commenting that they're finding the book to be … READ MORE!