Make Your Own Pasta Bar #ShareTheTable

This is a sponsored post written by on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

We are a busy family.  With two work out of the home parents, this blog, kid activities and a dozen other things going one, our schedule gets packed very quickly.  A lot of our meals used to be eaten in the carpool lane on our way to one activity or another.  After reading the statistics on how meals together can impact families {kids getting better grades, eating better foods and describing themselves as overall happier}, I decided that fast food restaurants had enough of my money! We decided to make sitting down for dinner together a HUGE priority in our life.  I mean we all have to eat anyways {doesn’t everyone?!} so why not make it the focus of reconnecting our family? Spending time with my family at the dinner table means we get to catch up on what is happened during the day, what the kids are excited about at school and just reconnect. 

Sometimes getting dinner on the table and actually being able to sit down and eat it becomes a challenge.  During those times, I turn to easy to make meals that I know everyone in my family will enjoy like pasta.  Of course, just like pretty much everything else in life, we all complete opposites on what we want ON our pasta so a make your own pasta bar is an awesome option for us.  I cook up a few ingredients and combine them with Barilla pasta sauce and let everyone put together their favorite dish!

Make Your Own Pasta Bar #ShareTheTable #pasta #recipes #ad

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Citrus Pork Chops with Apple, Orange and Fennel Salad Recipe

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Citrus Pork Chops with Apple, Orange and Fennel Salad #creativebias #recipe #spon

We eat a lot of chicken…like a ridiculous amount of chicken…in our house.  I buy chicken breasts in bulk so that I always have them around.  This past week, I wanted to break out of our chicken routine.  So, on our weekly trip to Costco (yes, weekly), I decided to pick up a package of their pork chops along with my usual fruit, water, chicken and milk.  I don’t think a week goes by that something at Costco doesn’t tempt me to go off of my shopping list!

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Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs and Sticky Finger Solutions

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Once the weather turns warm, I pretty much rely on our grill to cook all of our food.  There is literally nothing like enjoying a nice evening on the deck with a delicious meal from the BBQ.  Of course, a lot of those meals leave super messy hands behind after the stomachs are long full.  I like to keep a supplies on hand to make it easy to eat outside and clean up while we are there too.  I toss a few necessities into a little metal tub and it becomes our summer dinner “emergency kit.”

teriyaki chicken kabobs #showusyourmess #pmedia #recipes #ad

 

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Sleepover Planning: The Perfect Snack

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Six years old are funny.  They start to get all kinds of personality and have very specific ways they want things done. A few friends are planning a sleepover for one night of our upcoming spring break from school and I am getting “schooled” on good ideas for snacks.  Of course there will be the typical snacks of popcorn, cookies and candy.  But, I want to make sure there are a few wholesome snacks too that incorporate fruits or vegetables.  So, I did a few taste tests with her and we created what she called “the perfect snack.”

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crackers #snacks #recipes #SpreadtheFlavor #cbias

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Getting Our Swim On!

I am so excited to share our excitement for swimming with you through a partnership with the Tom Dolan Swim School. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you read/see a lot about me spending a ton of time at gymnastics.  My daughter is there 4 hours per week learning all kinds of ways to move her body that makes me ache just thinking about it.  We try to keep her activities reasonable so she doesn’t feel like that kid who is always dragged from one place to another and never really gets time to be a kid.  We want to make sure there is plenty of time for fun things like this:

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There is one thing that my husband and I insist on though and that is swimming lessons.  He and I both love the water and learned to swim at a pretty young age.  For us, swimming and water safety are super important so we have had both of our kids in some type of lesson since they were babies.

Recently, a new swim school opened near us that I was excited to check out. 

Swim School

Tom Dolan is a U.S. Olympic Gold medal swimmer and he has a passion for teaching people, of all ages, to swim. 

The Tom Dolan Swim School’s main goal is to provide their customers with water-safety education, self-esteem and confidence in the water – safety skills and life lessons that will stay with kids forever. It is never too late for someone to learn the essential life skill of swimming. Being safe and confident in the water is an important skill for everyone!

With Spring Break coming up, lots of parents are wondering what to do with their kids during the time off from school.  Spring Break Camps will take place the week of April 14-18! Skill Builder Camps provide children with instruction each day of the week. This intensive program produces significant results, especially for children who are new to the swim school or who are on the verge of advancing to the next level. It is also a perfect entry point for children who have not yet been a part of swim school’s curriculum driven classes.  The Spring Break classes are very popular, so booking early is a plus!  The cost for the camp is only $99.

Another awesome thing about the Tom Dolan Swim School is their water babies program.  When my kids were really young, I always struggled to find swimming class options for their age group.  Water Babies classes are specifically for babies 3 months old to 2 1/2. These teacher-led classes feature children playing games, singing songs and exploring their surroundings using toys such as dolls and puppets. For more information about the school and class schedule, visit the Tom Dolan Swim School website here

Swim School PoolTo help get parents and kids excited about learning to swim, Tom Dolan is giving away a month’s worth of free classes!  Entering is super simple…just fill out the rafflecopter below!  Good luck and get swimming!

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Hiding in Plain Site – My Kleenex Style

Thank you to Kleenex® for sponsoring this post and keeping my stylish and practical.

Winter followed by Spring brings a ton of runny noses to our house.  We have to keep tissues in pretty much every room in our house to keep little noses clean and clear.  I used to tuck away tissues around the house in places no one saw but that always left me digging for a tissue when we really needed it.  So, I decided to change my approach and find my Kleenex® style.
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A Glimpse: On Being Well

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I’m going to confess something: I’ve got cute kids.  There I said it.  You know what else I have?  Germs…from those cute kids.  Yep, kids are full of germs that they pick up from just about anywhere and everywhere.  With our youngest getting the worst of it every time thanks to his daily medicines causing his immune system to be a little weaker than most kids, we really focus on staying well around here.  How do we stay healthy?  I’m going to share with you a few of my tips on being well.
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A Glimpse: Planning Our Summer

Ok, so I am sure you are wondering from my title if I have gone crazy.  I mean it is only February…why would I be planning summer stuff now?

Well, I was at the mall over the weekend and it was the summer camp open house so I am definitely not the only one starting to plan!  This is our first year really looking at summer programs so I was pretty surprised to find that February was the prime time to start looking.  If you want a Spring Break camp, it is almost past time to get everything set!

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A Glimpse: Our Clean Routine

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With the new year, I wanted to focus a little more on some of the things that happen with our family and in our home.  A big subject around our house these days is staying clean.  You see we tackled potty training with very little problems.  BUT, it seems the hard work actually comes AFTER the potty training.  Once you get the kids to the potty, you have to teach them the correct way to wipe, remind them to flush and clean their hands.  This goes on even now.
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Morning Energy from Cereal

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honey Bunches of Oats for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is no secret around here that I get up early and go hard all day long.  By bedtime, I am exhausted and really only make it through the day thanks to some major caffeine.  Of course, picking good foods to fuel my day is important too and that starts with breakfast.

No one in my family really has time for a sit down breakfast so we tend to turn to cereal or muffins to get our day started.  Recently, we had the opportunity to try Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereal in both Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolatey Almond Crunch.

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