Garlic and Herb Pork Kabobs

I am excited to be sharing a delicious recipe using Smithfield Marinated Pork. While I was compensated for this post through Sverve, as always, all opinions, recipes and ideas are my own.

We are coming down to the last days of the regular grilling season and I am trying to squeeze in every chance to grill that I can. Of couse, my available cooking time is almost nonexistent right now so I need things that can cook fast and don’t require a lot of marinade time or prep work. That is one of the reasons I love the Smithfield marinated pork products…they do all the work for you. I recently picked up one of the garlic and herb tenderloins and brought it home to grill for dinner. {Tip: for the entire month of September, they are on sale at your nearby store for under $10}

Yummy kabobs in under 30 minutes...this is an awesome weeknight meal!

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Snacking the Better Way

Compensation was provided by The Laughing Cow® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Laughing Cow®.

A few days ago, we talked about my love of snacking and I shared with you one my absolute favorite new snacks using pepper jack cheese wedges from The Laughing Cow®.  Snacking can be a tricky thing though. It is so easy to hit the vending machine or grab the nearest bag of whatever chip that you walk by. I try to be much more mindful of my snack choices now that I know how much my kids mimic what I do. Choosing my snack choices more wisely not only helps me but also influences their food choices too. We are big fans of The Laughing Cow® spreadable cheese wedges because they come in so many different flavors so we are likely to find one that we like and make our snack.


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Ways to Find Extra Time in the Day

I’m not the busiest person in the world BUT I do have a pretty hectic schedule between my regular “day” job, the blog, kids and all of their activities. Saving time on regular tasks is one of my favorite ways to find extra time in the day.  Let’s talk about my top 3 ways to save time.


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Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is one of those great go to lunch ideas because it is full of protein to help you make it through the day and tastes great. It also makes the perfect after school snack when the kids come home complaining they are so hungry. I created this pesto and sun dried tomato tuna salad to change up my typical version and cut out a lot of the unhealthy items that typically go into a tuna salad. 

Tuna salad is the perfect lunch or after school snack option! Opt for this version which has zero mayo and is full of amazing flavor.

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Chicken Satay with Orange Jasmine Rice

I love creating new recipes and sharing them with readers. I am really excited to have partnered with Success® Rice on this recipe. As always, even though this content is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I only feature products I personally use.

So, school started this week. So did gymnastics, play classes for my youngest and just about every other activity you can possible cram into a week. That puts time at a premium and makes going out to eat look really attractive when it is 5pm and I have no idea what to make for dinner. One thing I know is always a hit in our house is stir fry and rice so threw together some chicken satay with orange jasmine rice the other night.

Chicken Satay with Orange Jasmine Rice - The Perfect Weeknight Meal

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A Glimpse: Safe Outdoor Playtime

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

So, as you can tell from recent posts, I have been spending a lot less time in the kitchen and craft desk and a lot more time hanging with family. In fact, right now, I am enjoying a glorious week at the beach with them {hurrah for being able to schedule posts}! One of our favorite things to do in the evenings is go into our backyard and enjoy our swing set.


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A Glimpse: Rainy Day Games

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #Qsracetothetop

Our summer weather has been amazing. Beautiful days have kept us outside playing all the time and we rarely hear “I’m bored.” That all changed during a streak of rainy days and we were left wondering what to do to keep the kids entertained. I like to avoid TV and iPad time as much as possible so I started thinking of rainy day games we could play. The first one we tried: Q’s Race to the Top


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Brushing to the Music

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Tooth Tunes.

We love music in our house. If the iPad isn’t playing on our playlists, H is usually singing a random song she has made up in her head. Even E loves to play with all kinds of musical toys or dance around the family room when music is playing. We use music to get them interested in activities all the times because it seems to work so well. That is the idea behind one of my favorite new things in our house: Tooth Tunes.


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A Glimpse: H’s 7th Birthday Party

Every August, our world goes from busy to full on crazy. My kids have birthdays that are two days apart which makes party planning a little challenging. I always try to have them in the same weekend because I am insane so that my parents can attend without having to travel back and forth several weekends in a row. Typically H’s party is on Saturday evening at our local pool and E’s is the following morning at home. Well, that all changed this year with our My Little Pony sleepover.

Love the idea of a low key My Little Pony sleepover!

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The Laughing Cow® in New York

Compensation was provided by Bel Laughing Cow via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bel Laughing Cow.

I am a total snacker! If I could just snack all day long and not eat full meals, I would be one happy camper. Yesterday, I got the opportunity to combine my love of snacking with a visit to my all time favorite place {well, besides my home}…New York City! The Laughing Cow® was taking over part of Times Square in New York and that was one event I did not want to miss.


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