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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Mustard Balsamic Chicken Kabobs

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It is grilling season! Once the weather turns just the slightest bit warm, we break out the grill and it doesn’t get put away until the snow starts to fall. I love cooking on the grill and coming up with different recipes to make. Right now, one of my absolute favorites is mustard balsamic chicken kabobs. 

Paleo Mustard Balsamic Chicken Kabobs

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A Glimpse: What’s In My Bag

Thank you to Target and DASANI for partnering with me to bring you this post. While this post may be sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #DASANIdrops #DASANIsparkling

I am always super fascinated when other bloggers share a day in the life or what’s in my  bag posts. It gives you a little glimpse into their every day life and lets you get to know them on a more personal level. So, I thought it would be fun if I gave you a little peek at a few of the items that I carry with me each and every day…you know besides a computer and phone :)

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Hot and Spicy Cheese Meatballs

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Basketball fever is in full effect! It is almost impossible to go somewhere and not hear people talking about the latest game or see it on TV. In our office, brackets are always the topic of the day. We love having friends over to watch sporting events to a few of the basketball games is another great reason for a sports related party in our basement! Of course, no party is complete without party food. My latest addition to the game day spread are hot and spicy cheese meatballs.

Cheez-It Spicy Meatballs

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Paleo Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

I am so excited to be partnering with Williams-Sonoma to bring you this amazing idea for Mother’s Day. As always, while this post was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I know you are probably basking in the glow of Spring break {ours begins this week} and maybe thinking about the upcoming Easter holiday. I’m going to say two words to you that may bring  a little bit of stress into your life but don’t worry because I’m only talking about it to help you prepare. Yes, Mother’s Day is approaching and with it comes finding the perfect gift and way to celebrate your mom. Or, as a mom yourself, it means being able to pass along a gift list to your husband and kids so you can get rewarded for all the awesome mothering you do each and every day. Start your Mother’s Day with lemon poppyseed waffles, complete with homemade raspberry butter and raspberry syrup, and it will definitely be a day to remember.

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Ombre Easter Egg Tree

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I love spending time with my kids. My daughter has recently been really interested in helping with whatever craft or recipe I am working on and it is so much fun to have her by my side. We were recently given the chance to try out some of the PAAS products for coloring Easter eggs and she was so excited. I bought two and a half dozen eggs (!) and we spent an entire Saturday morning, along with Grandma, coloring them with various PAAS Easter products. Her favorite was the spring silhouette kit and she also had a great time with the monogram kit.

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3 Easy Breakfast Ideas


Breakfasts on weekday mornings are crazy around here. I am not typically here for the morning rush because I’ve already been at work for at least 30 minutes before anyone in my house gets out of bed. BUT, I know the hectic pace that our house takes on a weekday morning so I like to have easy breakfast ideas ready to make mornings much easier for the people that do have to feed my kids before school!

3 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

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