How to Unclog a Toilet (video)

Hey yall! I am in the middle of a little site update….wanted to change the look up a bit. Things may look a little wonky for a few days while I reconfigure. Let me know what you think….trying to make it a bit clearer and easier to navigate. Would love to hear your thoughts….

This is a conversation that is really fairly dirty. If you don’t have toilet clogging issues….you may just want to move on and enjoy your day….otherwise…stick around because I’m about to save you millions in plumbing cost (ok, close…) And to be quite honest I’m really not even sure it fits with the mission of my blog. It is really not clever nor is it inspiring….but like I said…. it has saved me oodles and oodles and oodles of money in plumber cost so I wanted to share it with you….how to unclog a toilet @cleverlyinspired

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Toasted Almond & Vanilla Arancini

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend:) It was a low key birthday celebration here…which was fine by me. I did a fun Sunday project yesterday with some fabric that turned out so great….I will share it with you soon. Today….a fun Labor Day picnic treat that I made along with my friends at Breyer’s….enjoy!!

When my friends at  Breyer’s wanted to send me some free ice cream and asked me to do a post for them about their Natural Vanilla ice cream…. I jumped at the chance! It is a favorite product in our house because it pleases everybody. You can add chocolate chips to it or sprinkle it with marshmallows or put some caramel on it or just have it plain jane. It is the crowd favorite! I wanted to share with you a recipe that is on the Breyer’s website that would be fun to do for a crowd.  toasted almond and vanilla arancini

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You know how I like to make things ahead and this one qualifies. Just a few simple ingredients and it is the perfect ending to a meal. Fancy enough to serve at a dinner party and easy enough to serve at a neighborhood picnic. All you will need is a few toasted nuts and some cookies and a little bit of time. I love that it is a handheld treat just pull them out when you want to serve them.  Breyer’s is committed to using  high quality ingredients…which is the reason it remains America’s No. 1 vanilla ice cream. All Breyer’s vanilla is sourced from sustainable farmed Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans. Only the best! Plus, you can easily find it at most local grocery stores. Breyer’s now sources milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones*. You can find Breyer’s in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99- $5.99 toasted nuts ice cream ball @cleverlyinspired       toasted nuts ice cream ball dessert @cleverlyinspired (1)   Here is how you put it together:



  1. Place 2 (1/4 cup) scoops of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream on a baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine almonds, hazelnuts and cookie crumbs in small bowl. Coat the frozen scoops of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream in the nut mixture and freeze 5 minutes before serving. (Can be made and stored in advance.)

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5 for the Road: meal plan

Hey yall! Are you enjoying this little series? It is funny….I’ll be driving along in my car and think….”That is a great thing to share on Friday 5 for the road…” Hope you are finding some of these little tid-bits useful:) If you have any to share…please let me know and I will pass them on!


I recently shared this pic on Facebook and folks loved the idea of it. Every Sunday I post our meals for the week. I love this for a few reasons….one, no one is asking me what we are eating…two, it takes one thing off my mind during the work week when things get crazy….and three, I know what to put on my grocery list—cutting down my time in the store. Win, win, win. Here is a post I did last year about some tips to getting dinner on the table….Get yourself a chalkboard…and get planning :)

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3 ingredient Crusty Bread Recipe

This past weekend I posted a pic of some bread that I had just finished baking. It was so stupid crazy easy that I have to share. Your family and friends will be in awe of your wicked bread master skill….for reals…

After trying a few other bread recipes I really searched high and low for one that would produce a nice light and airy bread very similar to a good sourdough bread. The recipes that I had tried in the past have come out a bit a sandwich bread. And really what I wanted was something with a lot of air pockets and a little bit of a bite. This recipe produced both of those qualities. I think that the key to this recipe is time, yeast, and patience…and  a super hot cast iron pot.  I would suggest if you’re making it for the first time or you haven’t really experimented with bread making to do it on a weekend where you might have a little bit more time and want to experiment a little bit.

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DIY Printer Cover


This is a sponsored post. The kind folks at True Value have asked me to share a fun back to school project with you. I have been compensated for my time and efforts.

Good Monday friends! Just got in from my morning Stella walk….I feel FAALLLLL in the air and it woke me right up! I am sure it will heat up today….but this morning felt so good. We had a great weekend here…chillin and tidying up the house a bit. Sunday I made some homemade bread….I have never had good luck with bread….but I found the best recipe. I shared an instagram pic yesterday because I was just so proud of my little loaf:) And get this…just 3 ingredients…You will love it! Today’s project is really easy and a nice way to keep yourself a bit more organized:)

People still use printers right? I’m not the only one right?? They’re kind of an unsightly part of our daily routine. I set out on a small woodworking idea to hide the ugly bulky printer in the corner. I thought it would be nice to add some additional space for paper placement above my printer too. I saw a cool project online where somebody cut a basket to fit over their printer. I couldn’t find a basket that would fit over mine so I decided to make something out of wood. It took me one hour tops and turned out great!diy printer cover @cleverlyinspired (6)cv Continue reading

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