Essential Road Trip Snacks

I love sharing new products and ideas with you so I am super excited to share with you some of my favorite new snacks. While this post is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is travel season! Summer always brings vacations, road trips to visit family or even just traveling to the local amusement park. One thing I have learned from our travels, is that road trip snacks are a total must. It doesn’t matter if we are driving, flying or taking the train, I always make sure I pack TONS of snacks to keep everyone from getting a little hangry while we are on the road. Today, I am sharing with you my three favorite road trip snacks that never leave my travel bag these days!

Essential Road Trip Snacks

 

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Cheesy Kale One Pot Pasta

I am so excited to share this super cheesy recipe with you today. While this post was sponsored by Sargento® Shredded Cheese, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Life is crazy around here. Can you tell considering it the evening and you are getting a post from me instead of my normal 7am posting?! With school out and activities and camps starting, our schedule is kind of hectic as we try to settle into a good rhythm. That means dinner needs to be quick and easy to make sure it actually gets made versus a take out order placed. Oh, and I don’t want a lot of dishes to clean up either. I’m not asking too much, right?! This cheesy kale one pot pasta fits all those requirements!

Cheesy Kale One Pot Pasta

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Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Mojito

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

For as long as I can remember, iced tea has been a part of my way of life. Both of my grandparents, along with so many people in our town, worked for a company that produced tea when I was a child. We never had a meal where iced tea wasn’t the beverage of choice. Of course, being in the south, the tea was sweet but it was always present. Now, as I am a “northerner,” the tea might be a little less sweet than I grew up with but I still love iced tea. Pure Leaf makes it easier to enjoy that fresh brewed glass of tea taste without all the actual brewing on my part. For summer, we like to combine our iced tea into cocktails and one of my absolute favorites is a lemon ginger iced tea mojito.

Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Mojito

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Tips for the Best Vacation Ever

We’re taking a little break from food and crafts today to talk about something on everyone’s minds: vacation. While this post is sponsored, all vacation dreams, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Each year, we try to take a vacation as a family {you can read about them all the way back to 2011}. Vacations have drastically changes since having kids and Mathlete and I have learned that it requires way more planning than our single days. Even though our kids are 7 and 4, they still require A LOT of stuff to travel for an extended period of time. And, since they are older, they have a lot more opinions about where we go and what we do. Here are a few of our tips for the best vacation ever based on lessons learned from our recent trips.

Tips for the Best Vacation Ever

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Peanut Butter Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

I am thrilled to partner with Orajel™ Kids to share my thoughts on childhood tooth health. As always, while this post was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have a GIANT sweet tooth. Like I think my whole mouth is nothing but sweet teeth because I crave sweets all the time. My children, especially my daughter, definitely inherited my loves of sweets. Now that she also loves to be in the kitchen, we do make a lot of treats together. Right now, her favorite is rice krispie treats but, of course, I had to change them up a bit so we made peanut butter nutella rice krispie treats in addition the regular ones.

Peanut Butter Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

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Hidden Vegetable Chocolate Smoothie

I am excited to partner with TruMoo to bring you this recipe. As always, even though this post was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have a family who struggles to eat vegetables. My son will eat 3 avocados a day if given the opportunity but won’t touch a piece of broccoli or any type of squash. Although he tries to set a good example, Mathlete isn’t much better when it comes to eating his vegetables. So, I try to sneak them in by making things like a hidden vegetable chocolate smoothie.

Hidden Vegetable Chocolate Smoothie

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Guacamole and The Laundry

You guys know I love guacamole! In fact, you can find several guacamole recipes, like bacon or tropical guacamole, on this site. The reason we make and eat so much guacamole…this little guy

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Salted Pretzel Ice Cream Bites

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you love ice cream? Who doesn’t, right?! I am a huge ice cream fan and haven’t really met many flavors that I don’t like. Anything with peanut butter in it is a winner for sure. I was trying to decide on a fun ice cream treat to make with my daughter and stumbled upon some Edy’s® Peanut Butter Cup Frozen Custard. Now, I could have eaten it alone but we decided it would be fun to use some salted pretzel snack bars to make salted pretzel ice cream bites.

Easy and delicious Salted Pretzel Ice Cream Bites

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites with Dip

We love pretzels here so it was a no brainer to work with Simply Homemade® for this pretzel post. As always, while I may have received compensation for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t remember at what age I started really getting interested in cooking and food. I think it was probably late teens or early twenties. It definitely wasn’t seven. Right now, my daughter is always asking to do things in the kitchen and I love it. It gives her and I a chance to spend some time together {since I am always in the kitchen} and also teaches her some important life skills pretty early on. Recently, we got a chance to make pretzels and we made a variety including cinnamon sugar pretzel bites with a yummy dip.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites with Creamy Dip

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Important Life Lessons: Financial Smarts

I love sharing things that are important to me and family with readers. I have partnered with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company to discuss the topic of Financial Literacy and its importance for families. While this post is sponsored, this is a topic that is dear to my heart and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Let’s get real for a moment. I love sharing recipes and crafts with you all. One thing we don’t talk about much, because really in real life no one talks about it much, is money. Not in the sense of “how much do you make” talk but more, “are you making smart money moves” discussions.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been smart with money. I made some bad decisions early in life and had to work hard to recover from them. I have also seen first hand the consequences bad money decisions can have in life and on future generations. I have this fabulous family and I want to make sure that they are taken care of no matter what. Also just as important, I want to make sure my kids learn from so they make good financial decisions and pass along their knowledge to their kids too.

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So, let’s talk about financial smarts and tools that are available to help you with your financial goals. 

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