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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Festive Fourth of July Dessert with Firecracker Bites

Firecracker Dessert

We were at the grocery store this past Sunday morning getting things for a family cookout and I saw some recipe cards that caught my eye. I love trying new recipes, especially desserts! This recipe was perfect for the Fourth of July, it was cute and festive and looked so delicious! Firecracker bites were not only delicious but they were easy to make! The recipe card I found at the store is a Kraft Foods recipe and it only includes 7 … [Read more...]

Ten Fabulous Summer Side Dishes for BBQs

Side Dishes for Summer BBQs

I'm always looking for new side dishes to make with meals and especially for holiday gatherings! With Memorial Day coming I wanted to find some new things to make to start the summer! Here are ten fabulous findings of summer side dishes for BBQs! 10 Fabulous Summer Side Dishes for BBQs and/or Holidays Memorial Day is almost here, which means the beginning of summer! When I think summer, I think lots of lighter foods and salads! I had to look up … [Read more...]

Celebrate with New Year’s Eve Toddler Activities

New Year's Even Toddler Activities

With two toddlers and a baby on the way, hubby and I won't be going out for New Year's Eve! Instead we'll be enjoying the day at home with our New Year's Eve toddler activities and cherishing the family time! Many people don't know what they can do with toddlers or young children to celebrate New Year's but there are lots of things to fill your day with excitement without having to go out to a party! 1) Art & Crafts I love doing arts and … [Read more...]

Christmas Traditions to Start with Toddlers (It’s not too late!)

Christmas Eve Activity Box

Christmas traditions are fun to start and keep! When the kids are toddlers, it's the perfect time to start traditions! You aren't too late, here are some great Christmas Traditions you can start, even at the last minute! Now that my little ones are getting old enough to really understand some parts of the Christmas season I wanted to start some fun, memorable traditions with our family. Every kid deserves fun family memories of their … [Read more...]

Costumes and Halloween, Our Dilemma

Kids Costumes

Trick-or-Treating doesn't happen in our neighborhood. I'm not sure why, but it's never happened since we've lived here. I've not been the best planner in recent years but this year I know I have to figure something out for the kids' costumes. They will be in daycare the day of Halloween, so even if we don't Trick-or-Treat in our neighborhood they will have a celebration to enjoy. Here it is ten days before Halloween and I've yet to figure out … [Read more...]

Our Easy Solution for Halloween Themed Family Time? Tombstone and Nestle!

Nestle Nerds Cupcake Shop

We decided to have a small Halloween party this past weekend just to get some practice at preparing Halloween items and to just have some fun with the kids! Ok, and we wanted to get some Halloween ideas going for later this month! We want to make Halloween fun for the kids since they are still toddlers, not scary so check out some of the fun things we did for Halloween! The night before we prepared our Halloween cupcakes. We wanted to do … [Read more...]

Three Simple, Creative DIY Halloween Costume Ideas (Guest Post)

Every October 31st, hoards of witches, clowns, pumpkins and zombies invade the neighborhood on an annual hunt for candy. Whilst some kids are perfectly content with these classic Halloween costumes, others want to stand out from their peers with a costume that nobody else has. For something a little less expected, consider these simple DIY Halloween costumes Rocketman Turn your child into a futuristic super hero by creating a simple rocket … [Read more...]

Natural and Organic Alternatives for Easter Basket Treats

Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies

With Easter being only a few weeks away, I've been on the hunt for fun, healthy, natural, and organic alternatives to the traditional candy when it comes to filling Easter baskets for the kids. One treat that immediately came to mind was Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies! Because of their bunny shape, they are the perfect idea for Easter treats! Annie's Organic recently sent me the materials to put together some fun "carrots" filled with Cheddar … [Read more...]

A DIY Craft for St Patrick’s Day Decor

DIY St Patricks Day Supplies

I think it's been expressed in the past month or so that I love crafts. They make me happy. I love being creative and just letting it flow. I decided we needed some St Patrick's Day decor around here. I mean, I am part Irish so I definitely should celebrate, right?! lol I love being festive and decorating for every holiday, but in the past few years we've not done much of this. Here's to changing that this year! I picked up the needed … [Read more...]