Author: Crystal Lynn

Crystal is the founder & CEO of MommyThrives and also full-time mom to a very active little guy. She’s passionate about cooking, cleaning, and organizing and turns her experiences into actionable systems to make mom-life simpler. When she’s not busy, you can find her reading, painting, or even on occasion indulging herself shooting bandits in Borderlands on her PC.

13 Stunning Hair Colors To Try Now

It’s no secret that 2020 officially kicked my ass and made me a stronger woman. I finally accepted myself in all of my curvy, geeky, and beautiful glory. Part of that change came with finally embracing my love of brightly colored hair. Towards the end of 2020 I decided that I needed a change. After a year and a half...

20 Healthy Sheet Pan Fish Dinners

With the new year fast approaching, the quarantine 20 (or 50,) and the need to try to make 2021 a better year we all might be looking to change up how we eat. This means eating healthier without sacrificing taste and not spending loads of time in prep. I am a big fan of sheet pan dinners. They are easy...

The Best Cookie Recipes Ever

These aren’t your normal cookie recipes. Today we are going over 15 unique and absolutely scrumptious cookie recipes that I’ve found and tried. These cookies are perfect for any time of year, not just the holiday season. For me, a great cookie has a great texture. It shouldn’t be too dry, too hard, or crumble too easily. A great cookie...

Cheap and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

Carbonara, it’s one of Italy’s most famous and delicious dishes. Carbonara features guanciale (pork jowl) or pancetta, spaghetti, grated Pecorino (an italian cheese) and ground black pepper. Unfortunately, your average grocery store doesn’t always feature these products or have them at decent prices when they do. That’s where I come in. After many testing and trials I have finally figured...

10 Beautiful Beach House Kitchens

I’ve done quite a few posts on Beach House decor and all of them have been wildly popular. Since you love to look at different stylings for beach cottage and beach house decor I’ve decided to do a series focusing solely on different rooms. This post’s focus is on the kitchen. I personally love the clean look of beach house...

Super Easy and Quick Oatmeal Apple Crisp

When Fall hits I start craving all sorts of baked goods, but there is one baked good in particular that I absolutely love. That’s my husband’s Oatmeal Apple Crisp. One of our first dates included this crisp and let me just say, the way to my heart is through Apple Crisp evidently. There is only one ingredient that I have...

Delicious and Easy Spanish Tortilla

I have never visited Spain but oh, it is on my list of must go places in the future. A lot of this is simply because of the food. Jamon – a dry cured ham, Paella, Patatas Bravas, the cuisine is truly mouth watering.  Then I came across a dish that immediately had me excited because I knew I could...

Super Easy No Knead Crusty Bread

When quarantine hit sourdough bread became the “in” bread to make. I started a sourdough starter twice and both times neglected it by day 3 or 4. Five days to make bread is just far too long for my ADHD.  However, I really wanted a similar sourdough crust and maybe just a slight hint of the sourdough taste. While there...

13 Cute & Easy Pumpkin DIY To Try This Fall

For most of my life I’ve felt that seasonal decorating is completely pointless. You put out a bunch of seasonal stuff at the beginning of the season, then box it up again for 9 months in storage. It just seemed to me like it would take up a lot of space that it was unnecessary. Outside of Christmas, I just...

Fun Stay At Home Halloween Activities For Families

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. You can imagine my disappointment when I figured out that this year traditional Halloween activities would be cancelled.  I had planned on this being L’s first year to go trick or treating since he’s finally talking and ready to do this. However, 2020 had different plans and in an effort to make the...

Chicken and Penne With Butternut Squash Sauce

Have you ever had chicken defrosting in the fridge for a day or two when you suddenly realize you are missing ingredients for the meal the chicken was intended for? That was me yesterday and I had to come up with something pretty quick. Luckily, I was able to adjust my dinner plans. I whipped up a fantastic dinner that...

How To Care For Your Cast Iron Pots and Pans

I love my cast iron skillet. The ability to go from stove top to oven, cook in one pan, and the diversity of types of dishes that can be cooked make the cast iron skillet and absolute must have.  Food tastes better when it’s cooked on cast iron. My favorite cast iron meals are all actually breakfast. Biscuits and sausage...
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