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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This hearty roasted red pepper soup is a staple around here when the temps dip down. It's easy, healthy, delicious and if you're feeling fancy, serve it up in a bread bowl and you'll feel like you're dining at Dean & DeLuca!  The original recipe can be found here on the Skinnytaste website, which I use a lot to source new recipes and meal plan.  Over the years, I've made a few adjustments like using jarred roasted red peppers because who has time to roast their own?!?? It's also a great recipe for throwing in everything but the vegetable drawer if you...

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Making 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔: Practical Budgeting Tips for the New Year

Making 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔: Practical Budgeting Tips for the New Year

Happy New Year, friends! Buckle up because today I'm talking budgeting!  I spent the week between Christmas and New Years tallying up my year-end numbers as a way to measure growth and forecast the future. It's the one side of small business ownership that my creative brain loathes. And while 2021 was good to The Painted Pearl and this sweet small business life, I realized there were ways I could trim down business expenses and cut back on convenience foods for my family without making radical changes that would result in a retaliation from my Frye guys.  While I'm not a financial planner...

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2021: Books I Read & Loved!

2021: Books I Read & Loved!

I set a goal back in 2020 to read 12 books. Doable, right?! Wrong. I failed. I don't remember how many I actually read but I definitely remember not hitting that 12 book mark. So I started 2021 with the same goal in hopes of actually reaching it. Turns out, I not only reached it, but surpassed it with a total of 24 books read in 2021! 24 BOOKS YOU GUYS!! Who am I?!?    I'm not sure what kind of goal to set for 2022 in terms of reading but one goal will be to devour any books I haven't...

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My Able Obsession

My Able Obsession

I'd like to think I'm not easily influenced, but let's be honest, we've all hit that add to cart button before because someone we follow told us to, right?!? This is not that kind of post {But there is a sweet deal if you keep on readin'.} I love a good leather bag and I've never met a tote I didn't tote-ally adore! Same goes for a good pair of flats because I'd land flat on my face if I walked around in heels! A few months ago, I was watching the instagram stories of someone I follow who was...

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Tired as a mother...

Tired as a mother...

The walls of my one-story ranch are slowly closing in. This house is always disheveled, the sink is always full and the dishwasher and laundry are constantly running. There is constant noise and someone always needs something. I open the fridge 100 times a day because someone is always hungry and I have exactly zero motivation to meal plan or even cook. And yet every time I sit down and get into my rhythm, alas, it's mealtime... again! Incase you were wondering, this is me, waving my white flag because I am... In our effort to do our part during these...

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