The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

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Saving steps in the kitchen using frozen food.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we have 4 boys, and that I like to cook for everyone.  We’ve been big fans of family meals, with all 6 of us gathered around the table… but something…

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Sunday Rewind: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cheesecake

Ever have one of those perfect recipes?  You can make it in advance (if you want to) and serve it to a crowd (if you want to) or make individual servings and freeze some for later (if you want to)… oh yes, and it’s totally delicious.  Do you have one of those great, go-to recipes?  Now you do! Pin This savory cheesecake recipe is a…

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Linguine with Clam Sauce - A family favorite.

I thought I’d share a family favorite today: my mom’s recipe for linguine with clam sauce.  Oh.  My.  Yum.   This is a perfect dish for those times when you’d like a pasta dish but don’t necessarily feel like anything too heavy. Pin Linguine with Clam Sauce 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) 1 large onion, chopped 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, crushed…

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Sunday Rewind: How I became friend's with my husband's ex-wife.

My birthday was a few days ago.    A year ago  I shared a very personal and emotional story about what could have been an unimaginable tragedy, and how it became a gift to two families.   Becoming friends with my husband’s ex-wife sounds insane, but I tell you, it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Pin I love this story, and…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

You guys?  I managed to get a few posts up on the blog this week.  Amazing, right? Sunday Rewind: 10 Travel and Camping Games Monday: Making smoothie popsicles with Silk Almond Milk Blends Tuesday: Iced Coffee and ice cream Pin I hope you have a good week.  I did!  I got a new car for my birthday. I got a Subaru Outback. Going from a gas…

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Ice Cream + ID Iced Coffee = Summer time treat for mama.

Summer is here! That’s supposed to mean lazy days and laid back schedules, right? Does anyone else feel like they actually have a bit more to do these days? Without the kids’ school schedule dictating mine, I don’t feel as productive or organized. I’m trying to get “my stuff” done while still making time for summer fun. Synonymous with summer fun? Ice cream. When we…

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Make smoothie popsicles with fruit and Silk® Almond Milk blends.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I am a big fan of Silk® Almond Milk and use it regularly.  I sometimes have, um, issues with dairy, and my boys aren’t big on soy products, but Almond Milk is a favorite.   I regularly make smoothies using it and have shared the recipe…

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Sunday Rewind: 10 Travel & Camping Games

Hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Today for Sunday Rewind I thought I would remind you of a few wonderful travel and camping games you can play or DIY. Pin Want the full list?  Click here for instructions and links to fabulous projects. Happy weekend!

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Favorite Campfire Recipes

Is it just me, or are our appetites bigger when we are cooking over an open fire?  We just got back from our annual camping trip up near Lake Tahoe.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you’re up to speed on our adventures.)  Food that is cooked directly over an open campfire just seems to taste better, you know?  So I thought I’d share a…

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4th grade campaign promises.

I don’t know about other states, but in California schools the 4th grade is spent covering state history and state government.  Each child has a turn as the classroom Secretary, the Controller, the Lieutenant Governor and then as the big cheese: the Governor.  It  is done alphabetically so that each child has a turn to serve in each capacity. Apparently, once all the children have had a turn, they…

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Sunday Rewind: A coastal inspired globe

This globe was a .25 cent bargain I picked up at a yard sale.  It was revamped for Halloween (twice) and also for Valentine’s Day and then had two remakes for summer, including this one. Pin For the full tutorial and instructions on how to make this globe, click HERE.  This was made with the same paper napkins that I used to make Mother’s Day…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy weekend!  I am very excited about the upcoming California Women’s Conference  in Long Beach next week.  There are amazing speakers, panels and opportunities to meet and network with other women.  (And the keynote speaker is Arianna Huffington!) Here’s what happened on the blog this week: Pin Sunday Rewind: Beach themed DIY candle holders. Tuesday: Three principles to help busy moms get things done. Wednesday:…

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What does it mean when wine is corked? (How to tell a bad bottle.)

Corked wine…?  Doesn’t wine normally come with a cork?  Whaaaat?   Is this when the wine has little bits of cork floating in it…? No.  When you hear the term “the wine is corked”  it is referring to wine that has been contaminated with cork taint. Pin Last week I shared my favorite wine gadgets and tools, and last week I also opened a bottle of…

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Three Principles to help Moms get things done in a busy world.

The California Women’s Conference is being held in Long Beach next week on May 19th and 20th.  I live nearby and am excited to attend.  It’s a place where powerful and influential women from all walks of life share their stories, encourage others and celebrate each other. Sheri Riley, Life Strategist and Michelle Patterson, President of The California Women’s Conference are sharing 3 simple principles…

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Sunday Rewind: Sea Inspired DIY Candle Holder craft

Happy Mother’s Day!  Last year I made up several of these DIY candle holders and used them in my nautical themed Mother’s Day Brunch.  They were very easy to make and took less than 30 minutes. Pin Click here for the full supply list and instructions.  Enjoy and happy crafting! Planning a brunch?  Here’s 40+ great brunch recipes to help you out!

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!  Miss anything on the blog this week? Pin Sunday Rewind:  I still love this beach-inspired bookcase makeover I did last year. Wednesday: I share my “must have” wine tools and gadgets and why they are essential. Hope you’re having a great weekend!  

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My essential wine tools (And the comment from a 10 year old that got this started.)

It’s no secret that I love a good glass of wine or three.  Pouring myself a glass of wine in the evening signals that it is time to wrap up my work day and it’s time to relax.  So the other day I opened a bottle of wine, and had the following conversation with Grant: Grant: “Mom, I can tell you really love wine.” Me: (slightly uncomfortable…

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Sunday Rewind: A Beachy Bookcase makeover

Hi friends!  Today on Sunday Rewind I am sharing the $50 bookcase I made over last year.  I still love this bookcase and every time I walk past it, I wonder why I don’t hit my Habitat ReStore on a more regular basis.  (Oh yeah… I remember!  I don’t even have time to regularly cook dinner anymore, let alone refinish big pieces of furniture…) Pin…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Miss anything on the blog this week?  It’s been a “if you blink, you missed it” writing schedule lately, but I am trying to be a little better about regularly posting.   I even had a Grant story this week! Pin Pin Sunday Rewind: Cadillac Margarita Ice Cream  (And you can make it without and ice cream maker!) Tuesday: Murphy Goode Wines and Operation Homefront…

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"The good, the bad, and the something" - 4th grade fiction.

This time last week, I was in Salt Lake City attending the SNAP Conference.  I enjoy being with “my people” and learning new information about blogging and social media.  I had the privilege of helping teach a class on writing and storytelling at the conference with KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and Vanessa from At the Picket Fence.  I came away from my own class with the lesson…

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Goode Wine, Goode Times, and Goode Deeds: Giving back with Murphy-Goode Wine and Operation Homefront.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Murphy-Goode Winery for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I love wine.  It’s almost a hobby of mine… a hobby I dabble in every single day.  Wine signals the end of my work day and the beginning of my (hopefully) relaxing evening.  Wine signals that I am celebrating something, be it big (like a…

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Sunday Rewind: Cadillac Margarita Ice Cream

I love ice cream and I love a good margarita, and this easy recipe lets you have both!  One of the things I love about this no-churn ice cream recipe is that you just mix and refreeze the ingredients.  No need for an ice cream maker! Pin It is so yummy and creamy, with a little kick to it from the tequila, some tangy lime…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Procrastination and I go way back.  I promised this week that I would be writing a bit more.   I think I will start that next week. Pin Sunday Rewind:  A yummy Mexicorn Dip. Wednesday: How Instagram has had a negative impact on the frequency of my blog posts and hurt my inner storyteller.

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Instagram's negative affect on my blogging.

I love Instagram.  I love to check out the photos in my home feed.  I love to quickly post a photo and see who liked it, and engage in comments back and forth.  It’s fast and easy to pop up a fun photo and be done with it.  However, I have recently come to realize that use of my beloved Instagram is having a negative…

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Sunday Rewind: Mexicorn Dip

I don’t know about you, but I love a good party dip.  Even better?  When the dip is versatile and can be used in other dishes.  This delicious Mexicorn Dip is good in quesadillas and tacos as well as on a chip. Pin   It’s really, really tasty and is very easy to make.  My friend Shannon brought it to a get together last year…

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