About Gretchen Bossio

Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

Tieks: The Best Mom Flats

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I’ll start this post off with saying “I’m sorry.” I’m sorry for what I’m about to introduce to you too. Really, I am! But I know if you take the plunge you’ll email me down the road and emphatically type, THANK YOU, over and over and over again. Now. Tieks. The ballet flat, reinvented. Click […]

Mom Shirts That Say It All

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  Wake up and smell the coffee, mama friends! Well, first you’ll have to start the coffee, because in all likelihood you forgot to set the timer again. Am I right? Or is that just me? Then, sip that coffee and take your pick of a tee make especially for you. One that speaks your […]

Our Top 10 Library Books From the Summer Reading Program

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Did you and your littles participate in your local summer reading program? We did! It was a wonderful weekly commitment to: visit our library, find new books, chart our reading adventures, listen to story time, do crafts, and scoop up some great coupons for local businesses after completing each week. Our library really went above […]

Perfect Pinterest Snacks

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Avocado Cream Cheese Snack Roll Ups /// Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks /// Dried Cantaloupe /// Apple Cookie /// Cheese and Turkey Roll Up /// Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries /// BLT Bites /// Frozen Peanut Butter Snack Square /// Coconut Cream Pie Energy Bites /// Cobb Dip Whether you’re looking for lunch box snacks or […]

Back-To-School Shopping For Mom!

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Back-to-school season is in full swing!!! Here in the Northwest we don’t begin classes until after Labor Day, but the stores are full of supplies and my Facebook is full of back-to-school status updates. From what I hear, the supply lists are long and specific! We are launching homeschool preschool this year, but that doesn’t […]

Super Iced Coffee

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Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make life easier, right? Well, then let me introduce the most amazing, easiest make-at-home iced coffee. I call it Super Iced Coffee. Because, well, that’s exactly what it is Here’s a step by step in how to add a kick to your step during these warm summer days … […]

Hatch a Butterfly With Your Family

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Ready to spend $20 on the best little bit of family fun? Yes? Alright … place your order for a Live Butterfly Garden! The Live Butterfly Garden offers children the invaluable lessons of metamorphosis, science, patterns, patience, and life cycle studies. Give the Magic of Metamorphosis to a child you love. In your kit you […]

Classic & Hip Mom Jewelry

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Wouldn’t you agree that a mother’s pride for her children runs deep? I don’t know many mamas who don’t sport some kind of mom jewelry – birth dates, names, initials, birthstones. There are all sorts of options for mother’s hoping to commemorate and honor their greatest blessings. Some mothers wear them everyday, others have them […]

Picnic Potato Salad

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Our family cookbook is full of handwritten notes detailing our feedback on various recipes. This particular potato salad recipe has been dubbed “perfect”, “ideal for picnics” and requested for “every potluck, every summer.” Yep, most definitely a winner! With summer in full swing, I’m excited to share this recipe for the perfect picnic potato salad. […]

Black Bean Burger

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I’ve attempted to implement Meatless Mondays around here: both to save money and give our digestive systems a break from processing meat. It’s been met with mixed reviews, especially from my husband, but I’m happy to say I’ve found a few winner recipes. Most of the winners are thanks to black beans since they’re so […]