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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...]

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies featuring Barlean’s

Cookie tin gift

Thank you, Barleans, for sponsoring this post featuring delicious Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies. All opinions are my own. This year we moved into our new house. Just three months ago actually. We've only met a few neighbors but a couple of the neighbors we have met have been very pleasant. When Barlean's challenged those of us on their blogger team to get creative in the kitchen and use their new Butter Flavored Coconut Oil in place of … [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...]

Five Inexpensive Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Huggies Gives Back

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NoBabyUnhuggedCB #CollectiveBias The holiday season is here. If you are anything like me you feel like it was July just yesterday. The year flies for me and the holidays are a great time to not only spend with family but to reflect on the year and on how you can make a difference. This time of year can be hard financially for many. Even when … [Read more...]

Beautiful Holiday Portraits Made Easy at Portrait Innovations

Portrait Innovations Holiday Photos

This post about holiday portraits is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Holiday family portraits may sound stressful when many of us think about getting them planned and making sure the kids are cooperating. If you have more than one child you also have to worry that they'll be in good moods at the same time! Oh, trust me, I know what it's like. I am the queen of worry. We … [Read more...]

Free Printable Valentines Day Word Search

Free Valentine's Day Word Search printable

I am somewhat of a nerd. I love numbers, words, writing, word searches, etc. I thought it would be fun to start adding more printables to my site so here we go....this is a super fun Valentines Day word search that's perfect for some afternoon fun with the older kids! There are 24 words to be found on this word search all of which relate to Valentine's Day in one way or another! Be sure to click on the PDF version to get a nice … [Read more...]

Cotton Candy Kid Friendly New Years Drinks

Kid Friendly Drinks

It's almost New Year's Eve and if you are like my husband and I you will be at home with the kids! We don't mind, we love it and we make it fun for them and us. We still celebrate, just in a different way. ;) If you haven't done so, you should check out our list of New Year's Eve activities with toddlers! It's lots of fun! This year I thought I'd share with you this Cotton Candy kid friendly New Years drink so you can have even more fun with it! … [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...]

Share Your Favorite Book and The UPS Store will Donate to Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

This post is sponsored by The UPS Store. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. I am thrilled to bring you information about the #ReadItForward campaign! Reading has been something I've loved since I was a kid. Sharing books with my kids is something I would consider magical. I love seeing their faces and their imaginations shine when my husband and I read books to them. This year I was thrilled when I heard that The … [Read more...]

There’s Still Time! Don’t Forget the Family Holiday Portraits and Gifts!

Family Portraits

Family portraits are something I treasure. I love having pictures taken of the kids, our family and I even love taking photos of everyone myself. I enjoy getting photos done to have them to look back on years down the road. It's fun to see the changes over the years. I guess you could say I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to photos. I was thrilled when I was recently offered a holiday portrait session and photos from Portrait Innovations in … [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...]

Chai Snickerdoodle Holiday Cookies

Chai Snickerdoodle Holiday Cookies

My best friend always jokes that she is the cook and I am the baker between the two of us. It's true - I LOVE BAKING! I love it even more now that LA and Addy are old enough to "help". The holidays bring it out even more. To me, holidays aren't complete without family baking time. This year we'll be making these Chai Snickerdoodle Holiday Cookies and putting them into gift baskets for our neighbors. They are amazing and in my opinion, baked items … [Read more...]

Double Dip on Savings at Kroger BEFORE Black Friday #KrogerGC4xFuel

Savings at Kroger

Disclosure: I partnered with Tatu Digital Media to bring you this helpful information. All opinions are 100% my own. This year seems to have flown by. I cannot believe we are only a month away from Christmas and this week is Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Over the years our Christmas gift list of those to buy for seems to have quadrupled! With a family of six and extended family to buy for we are always on the look out for ways to save money. … [Read more...]

TINKERTOYS – The Perfect Classic Toys for Christmas!

Tinkertoys

Do you remember playing with TINKERTOY® toys when you were small? TINKERTOY® was created in 1913 after inventor Charles Pajeau observed children playing with pencils and empty spools of thread. They've been around for a long time and I know I have loved them since I was a child. If you are looking for the perfect classic toys for Christmas, keep reading! As a K'NEX blogger, I was sent their TINKERTOY® 150 piece essentials set for review. These … [Read more...]

The Perfect DIY Gift Full of Memories #SaveYourMemories

Save your memories with scrapbooking

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveYourMemories #CollectiveBias My mom is such a difficult person to buy for when it comes to birthday or Christmas gifts. She seems to have everything she wants and when I ask her what she wants for Christmas it's always the same answer: "I just want everyone home for Christmas so we can have a nice dinner together." My mom is also big … [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...]

Costume Fun with the Fanta Freaky Foto Booth

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fanta Freaky Foto Booth. All opinions are 100% mine. There's just something about this time of year. The cooler temps, the changing leaves, the holiday decor: these are all reasons I love fall. When you have little ones, it's hard to not be excited with the fun of Halloween. They look forward to their costumes and the trick-or-treating so much that it kind of rubs off on me. I'm not one to … [Read more...]

Preschool Halloween Worksheet Printable

Preschool Halloween Printable

Now that LA is in school we practice things every day with him. Addy is 3 now and she loves to learn and thinks she can be just like her brother and do school things, too. It breaks her heart that she can't go to school with him. I've recently gotten in to doing fun printables with her that are holiday or month themed that she enjoys, but they also have a purpose: to teach her more! I thought since we've been having so much fun with these I'd … [Read more...]

Dyeing Eggs Naturally with Foods

Dying Easter Eggs naturally

It's time to dye Easter eggs! I'm getting excited and scared (about the mess!) to dye them with the kids! Every time I see those so-called nontoxic Easter egg kits I cringe. I refuse to buy them. Yes, they do make coloring eggs very easy. They are NOT what is right for my kids or my family though. There are ways for dyeing eggs naturally that work much better for my family and for my peace of mind! Our little ones are 4, 3 and 1 this year … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Surviving Easter Dinner with Kids #HoneyBakedEaster

HoneyBaked Turkey #HoneyBakedEaster

Thank you to HoneyBaked Ham for sponsoring today's topic. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Now that my husband and I have three little ones holidays can be rough. When we had one it wasn't so bad, especially since he was getting older. Add three little ones four and under to the mix? It creates a lot of stress and makes for a lot of time to get everyone ready for the holiday. Add to that hosting a holiday dinner … [Read more...]

Five Teacher Friendly Valentine’s Day Party Treats

Valentine's Day Treats

Being that my husband is an elementary school teacher, I get to hear all of the stories about his class. It's quite fun and even entertaining sometimes, but I also get to hear his frustrations. With classroom parties there can be great fun but also trouble. I hear from my husband often about the treats that are brought in and how many times they cause problems in the classroom or with certain students. There are many things that should be … [Read more...]

Oreo Peppermint Cookies Recipe for the Holidays

oreo peppermint cookies

I love baking. I don't get time to do it often, but I absolutely love it! I recently went to a blogging event and there was a cookie contest and I told my oldest son that I was participating because I enjoyed baking, not because I was expecting to win. After all, I'm not a GREAT baker. He said, "watch, you'll win"....and he was right! I couldn't believe it, but my Oreo Peppermint cookies won the grand prize that night! So...I thought I'd share … [Read more...]