Chicken and Broccoli Shells and Cheese

Perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken and broccoli. Everyone loves this easy weeknight meal!

Perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken and broccoli. Everyone loves this easy weeknight meal! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

We’re serving up some good, ‘ol mac and cheese today! Only this version feels a little more grown up than the Spongebob-shaped stuff my kids try to sneak in the shopping cart.  I’ve rounded out the dish with a helping of tender chicken and fresh broccoli to make it a full-blown meal vs. just a side item, and I promise you… there won’t be any leftovers! [Read more…]

Painted Chair for Outdoors

Learn how to create the perfect antique finish on furniture with this step-by-step tutorial sponsored by DecoArt. I have my favorite products to use and the best tips and tricks ready to share with you!

Step-by-step instructions for painting furniture in a gorgeous antique finish! See the best products to use and full tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com


Can we just talk about that chair color for a second? You all know I am a neutrals girl when it comes to decorating my house, so a color like this is WAY outside my comfort zone generally. I think my mint desk in the office is just about the only real pop of color to be found! But I tend to feel a little more playful when it comes to outdoor decor, and that is exactly what I had in mind for this gorgeous chair.

There’s a house I drive by sometimes that has the cutest old chair in the front yard sitting next to a tree. The paint is all chipped away, the seat is nearly falling apart, and it looks like it has been out there for decades. Every time I drive by that house, I can’t help but think how cute the chair would be with a little potted plant sitting on the seat or a wreath tied to the back for the holidays. I decided it was time to have a cute outdoor chair of my own!

I recently picked up an old wood chair for about $15 and gave it a gorgeous antique finish with a bright pop of color. I wanted my chair to look just as old and weathered as the chair that inspired me, so today I’m going to share exactly what I did to achieve this beautifully aged finish. I’ll list the specific products I used and some will include affiliate links. Thank you for helping support our blog!

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Peanut Butter Dip

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Peanut Butter Dip

Whip up this easy, 4 ingredient Peanut Butter Dip whenever you need a light, protein-packed snack! This recipe, brought to you by Silk, is perfect for dipping apple slices, pretzels, and much more. SO peanut-buttery and delicious!

Whip up this easy, 4 ingredient Peanut Butter Dip whenever you need a light, protein-packed snack! Use it to dip apple slices, pretzels, and more. SO peanut-buttery and delicious! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com


It’s 2 p.m.

The snack attack hits.

What are you going to grab to satisfy that rumbling tummy of yours?

Here’s my suggestion: Peanut Butter Dip!

How was that for an introduction? Since I started working out more it seems like I am ALWAYS hungry. Rather than grabbing some high calorie, sugar-laden snack to hold me over till dinnertime, I try to find easy, healthy foods that can be made in less than 5 minutes and taste amazing. I mean, honestly… who wants to eat something that tastes like “diet food”. Not this girl!

If you’re a peanut butter lover, you are going to FLIP over this easy dip! 4 ingredients, packed with protein, and it tastes positively sinful. But it’s actually good for you! I usually make a single serving of this to dip some apple slices in, but it’s great with pretzels and celery sticks too. And if you’re looking for a healthier dish to bring to a party, a big bowl of this dip and a pile of yummy dippers will disappear in no time… I promise you! Oh, and before you ask… yes, I’ve included BOTH recipes in this post: single serving and party size!

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Tropical Smoothie // 2 Ways

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Tropical Smoothie – Two Ways

Start your day with a delicious Tropical Smoothie made with orange, banana, pineapple, and coconut! I have two versions to share with you: plain or green (with spinach). Both are packed with nutrition and taste like a sip of summer!

Start your day with a delicious Tropical Smoothie made with orange, banana, pineapple, and coconut! This recipe can be made two ways: plain or green (with spinach)! Click to see more at LoveGrowsWild.com

Raise your hand if you’re a smoothie drinker like me! I go in phases with smoothies… some months I drink them all the time, and then I’ll go months without making one. Now that the temperatures are slowly starting to creep up into the 80’s here in good, ol’ Indiana, I’m back on the smoothie train and couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you.

Start your day with a delicious Tropical Smoothie made with orange, banana, pineapple, and coconut! This recipe can be made two ways: plain or green (with spinach)! Click to see more at LoveGrowsWild.com

If there was ever a smoothie that tasted like summer, this one is it for me. I’m calling it “tropical” because it’s filled with banana, pineapple, orange juice, and coconut. Mmm… just one sip, and I feel like I’m on a warm beach somewhere! Okay, fine… in reality I’m buried under mountains of dirty laundry and carting children back and forth to baseball games, but this smoothie makes me FEEL like I’m somewhere on a tropical island. A girl can dream, right? [Read more…]

DIY Framed Dry Erase Board

This project has been a TOTAL lifesaver for me, guys!

But before we jump into that, let me backtrack a little bit. So last summer I started a giant makeover on my office, and you may have noticed that I never really tied up all the loose ends on that makeover. That happened for a couple reasons: 1) I had one last MASSIVE piece of furniture to paint, and spray paint season unfortunately came to an end. Darn you, winter! I had to patiently wait until the weather was nice enough to bust out the paint sprayer again. And 2) I needed some time to let the design choices soak in a bit. I originally pictured my office with a more modern glam design, but I should have known not to stray too far from my rustic farmhouse roots because this room just never felt right to me.

So now that the weather is nice again, and I have a good handle on the design, I’m finally ready to get this room finished! I just ordered some new equipment to start filming video tutorials here in the office, so it’s time to check this bad boy off the list. But first… I need to get organized!

Get organized with this DIY Framed Dry Erase Board! It's simple to make and magnetic too! Get the full tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com


My life seems to get crazier and more hectic as the blog grows and the boys get older, and I have such a hard time keeping everyone’s schedules straight. Two different baseball schedules, preschool, field trips, work trips, work deadlines, doctor’s appointments… is it wrong that all I want for Christmas is an assistant this year?

I decided to dedicate a little bit of wall space in my office for some sort of calendar/organizer, and I am in LOVE with how this turned out! The first thought that popped into my head was, CHALKBOARD! But honestly, chalk can be kind of messy, especially with how much I plan on using this piece. You may remember the dry erase menu board I made for my pantry awhile back, and let me tell you… we use this thing ALL the time! So why not use that same idea and turn it into a GIANT dry erase board for my office? [Read more…]