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Celebrate NYE with these White Chocolate Golden Oreo Glitter Truffles

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If you are like us, parents with littles, you may find yourself staying home this New Year's Eve. My husband and I do nearly every year but we put together a small party at home for the family. The kids love helping me in the kitchen and these golden Oreo truffles are fun to make and taste great. These would be perfect for any gathering outside of home, too! They are sparkly and perfect for a New Year's celebration! Yields: 2 … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Bars – Perfect for Christmas!

Gingerbread Bars

Christmas is here! Can you believe it? This year has flown by and I, for one, find myself looking for recipes of things to make with the kids over break or for taking to one of our holiday gatherings. I love making new things and sharing them with our family and friends! These Gingerbread Bars are perfect for this time of year and taste oh so good! Gingerbread Bars Recipe Yields: 12 servings INGREDIENTS FOR BARS 2 cups all purpose … [Read more...]

Better Snacks for Pregnant Women and Nursing Moms #MotherNurture

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This is a sponsored post. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. #MotherNurture When I first learned I was pregnant with my oldest son I immediately changed my eating habits. It was the easiest transition ever for me to a healthy diet. I knew what went into my body would also be nourishing my unborn baby. It's been harder, as life has changed over the years, with each pregnancy since. That's why I love … [Read more...]

Food Made Easier with the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor

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Food prep and eating healthier have both been goals of mine for some time. Food made easier and at home are things I've told myself over and over that I need to work on. I was recently sent the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor for review and, just in time for the holidays, thought I'd tell you all about it!  First off, the thing I love about this is that it can be used as a blender for smoothies and milkshakes (and more!) or it … [Read more...]

Easy Candy Corn Cupcakes

Easy fall dessert

Hey everyone! I know, it's been a while! I have a post coming soon that will tell you all about where I've been since I've obviously been absent from the blogging world. Until then....I'll leave you to drool over these easy Candy Corn Cupcakes -- yum!!! They make for the perfect (did I mention easy!?) Halloween party dessert! Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients: Candy Corn 1 White Cake Mix … [Read more...]

Our Favorites for Packing School Lunch

Packing School Lunch

This is the second year I've gotten to pack lunch for my little guy. He loves going to school and for me it brings back memories of my oldest son when he was this age. It reminds me to enjoy every moment because time flies during these years. I love packing lunch school lunch and trying to get creative to keep my son interested but there are also some favorites that will always be a part of our lunch routine! Packing school lunch doesn't have to … [Read more...]

Join Macy’s in Celebrating Strawberry Shortcake Day! #AmericanIcons

Strawberry Shortcake #AmericanIcons

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Who doesn't love Strawberry Shortcake? It's an American Icon for sure! To me, it symbolizes summer, warmth and family fun! We always enjoy it together during summer family cookouts and gatherings. Macy's invites us all to celebrate … [Read more...]

Tropical Frozen Yogurt Bars (Recipe)

Frozen Yogurt Bars

These Tropical Frozen Yogurt Bars were created by me using ingredients I received as part of my partnership with Stonyfield. Barleans and Stonyfield provided me with products but all ideas and opinions are my own. With the warmer weather arriving and my kids always wanting sweet treats, I've been pondering on how to get HEALTHY sweet treats into them. When I was sent some products from Barleans to try my brain starting creating a million … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month + a Nature’s Path Giveaway!

Nature's Path Cereal

This post about ways to celebrate Earth Month is sponsored by Nature's Path. All opinions are 100% my own. It can be hard to find healthy options for breakfast that the kids will actually eat. With all of the character/cartoon looking "fun" cereals on the market I find myself in trouble if I take them shopping with me. It's hard to tell those sweet begging eyes no. If they only knew what was actually in those cereals. I was recently introduced … [Read more...]

All About Our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate

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I received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own. My kids are falling more and more in love with Disney every day. When we were recently selected to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate they were ecstatic. I ended up wishing I had not told them before we received the box because every day that the delivery guy didn't show up they were disappointed. Finally, when that day came … [Read more...]

Delicious Dessert – Strawberry S’more Parfait Recipe

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I have a weakness. Sweets are something I crave often. When you say strawberries and chocolate in the same sentence I get a bit excited. It's a favorite of mine. This Strawberry S'more Parfait is out of this world! It's my new favorite dessert! Take a look and you'll see why I love this parfait recipe! Parfait Recipe You'll Need These Ingredients: Graham cracker: 16 graham crackers, finely crushed (2 cups) Chocolate Pudding: 2/3 C … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Winning Your Morning

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of belVita for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Mornings around here are very busy. Not only are my husband and I trying to get up and get ready for work but we have three little ones to get up and get ready for school and daycare. I'll admit I've not been much of a morning person in years past but in recent weeks I've been really turning that around. Today I wanted to share five tips that I'm … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Holiday Party Snacks!

Brownie Brittle Holiday Snack

When it comes to the holidays I always make sure we have plenty of snacks on hand. Not only because we have a ton of family around, but because hubby and the kids are home for two full weeks on Christmas break. I try to keep healthy snacks on hand for the kids, of course, but having a sweet treat is something hubby loves and the kids love as a special treat, too. One of our favorite snacks this year is Brownie Brittle. We were sent an amazing … [Read more...]

Saving Time and Eating Great with Marie Callender’s Pot Pies!

Easy holiday dinners with Marie Callender's

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias With the cooler temps and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I can't get enough of quick and easy meals to help save some time in the evenings. I am always short on time in the evenings and the holidays are adding more things that need to get done in a short amount of time. Are you with me? It happens … [Read more...]

Twist it Up! A New Way to Serve and Enjoy Green Bean Casserole #ThisIsMyTwist

Twice Baked Green Bean Casserole Potatoes #ThisIsMyTwist

This post on serving green bean casserole with a twist is sponsored; however, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. #ThisIsMyTwist Creating a new twist on one of my favorite dishes, green bean casserole, was really fun for me. So fun, in fact, that I couldn't stop there. As I was deciding what ingredients to add to my twisted green bean casserole I got another idea...an entirely new way to serve it! Twice baked green … [Read more...]

Not Your Mom’s Casserole – Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

Twist the green bean casserole

This post about a twist on green bean casserole is sponsored; however, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. #ThisIsMyTwist My family has been making green bean casserole for the holidays since I can remember. My mom makes the same recipe, year after year. Don't get me wrong, mom's green bean casserole is delicious... but this year I wanted to add a twist and make it a bit different. I've been playing around in the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pops

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pops

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors! I've been going pumpkin crazy and my latest love is these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pops! They are perfect for that small treat you deserve, but I dare you to try and eat only one! ;)   Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pop Ingredients 1 Can Pillsbury Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls (reserving pumpkin spice icing that comes inside the can) ¼ C Pecan pieces 2Tbsp … [Read more...]

Super Easy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Ahhh, fall is here! It's one of my favorite times of the year! Here in Michigan we are surrounded by beautiful trees with leaves of various colors, cooler temperatures and, like most places, a plethora of pumpkin recipes! We love visiting apple orchards, which are a popular thing here in Michigan. I like to make this drink and put it in a thermos to take as a special treat when we are there. It's the perfect seasonal drink to help us stay warm … [Read more...]

10 Easy Chicken Recipes for Fast Dinners!

Easy Chicken Dinners

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of chicken. I don't like fish (or anything that comes out of water, really) and I'm not a fan of beef or pork. Chicken on the other hand....I can eat it every day for lunch and dinner and not think twice about it. Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? In celebration I put together 10 of my favorite easy, delicious and quick dinner recipes using chicken!   Celebrate Chicken with these … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Parfaits

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Parfaits

It's getting to be that time of year again...school is back in session and before we know it we'll be experiencing cool fall evenings. I hate to admit it but I'm already in the fall mood and thinking of fantastic fall recipes, decorations and even weekend get-a-ways! I LOVE fall here in Michigan. It's beautiful watching the colors of the season and spending the cool evenings with hubby or with the kids at a favorite tradition like the cider mill. … [Read more...]

Five Easy Meals with Rotisserie Chicken

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessMeals #CollectiveBias We have one week left until school starts here. My husband is back at work this week so it's back to busy schedules. I'm already feeling it two days into the routine we are accustomed to 9 months out of the year. I'm so tired and the thought of going home after work and cooking is too much some days. We NEED … [Read more...]

Elementary School Lunch Must Haves

School lunch must haves

This post is written as part of my partnership with Stonyfield, however, all opinions are 100% my own. It's no secret that I love making fun snacks for the kids. I've mentioned Bento style lunches more than a few times. It's fun stuff to do for the kids that makes their lunch and/or snacks fun! LA starts school next week. I've also said this before, but where has the time gone!? Kindergarten already!? We've been practicing our lunch routines … [Read more...]