15+ One Pot Comfort Food Recipes

15+ One Pot Comfort Food Recipes

Oh the weather outside is frightful…Ok, so that might not be the case everywhere right now (like here in Phoenix). But, cooler weather has definitely arrived, leaving many of us crazy warm, cozy comfort foods! Casseroles, soups, stews, chilli – it’s all perfect this time of year! So thanks to a partnership with Foodie.com, I’ve […]

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Sausage, Fruit and Nut Stuffing Recipe

Sausage, Fruit and Nut Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, the savory side is a staple at most Thanksgiving tables (and some Christmas dinners as well). Around here, we call it stuffing (even though we never cook it in the bird). I personally don’t care for traditional stuffing/dressing, nor do quite a few members in my family. So my […]

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DIY Striped Gold Metallic Vase

DIY Painted Striped Gold Metallic Vase

Gold and metallics seem to be all the rage right now! Silver & gold of course are classic for Christmas. And, I love that the gold tones work great for Thanksgiving as well. I had an old, inexpensive vase that I thought I could spruce up, so I decided to give it a makeover! The […]

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15+ DIY Disney FROZEN Gifts

Disney Frozen inspired DIY Gifts

A year later and Disney’s FROZEN is still popular as ever. We saw so many Frozen-inspired costumes at Halloween. So, I’m quite sure that many kids would LOVE to receive a Frozen-themed gift this holiday season. While there certainly are TONS of fun Frozen items to purchase (I’ve listed a few at the bottom of […]

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Chicken Margherita Sandwiches

Chicken Margherita Sandwiches

We just made these chicken margherita sandwiches as a Ragú® #NewTraDish mash-up recipe the whole family will love as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars…and they are SO good!!! Mmmm! Seriously so good and SO easy to make! These chicken margherita sandwiches are perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a creative way to use […]

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Arizona Family Fun: $50 As You Wish Pottery GIVEAWAY!!

As You Wish Pottery Studio

Do you love being creative? Looking for a great place for a family outing, a date night, or girls night? Heading out to an As You Wish location would be a great option! A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of celebrating the Grand Opening of the newest As You Wish location in Glendale, […]

Holiday Side Dish – Bacon Cranberry Almond Green Beans

Bacon Cranberry Almond Green Beans

‘Tis the season for making delicious holiday side dishes. For Thanksgiving, our family loves having a fun turkey veggie tray and the cranberry apple salad has become a family tradition. Roasted potatoes and cinnamon brown sugar squash are also good options. Last year, instead of the traditional green bean casserole, we opted for something a […]

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Disney’s Big Hero 6 DIY Baymax Ornament

Disney's Big Hero 6 DIY Baymax Ornament

Have you seen Disney’s Big Hero 6 yet? If not, you can read our Big Hero 6 review here! The movie just won the box office in its opening weekend debut and Baymax (the friendly health care companion robot) has found his way into the hearts of many, our boys included. Baymax really is such […]

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Holiday Planning Tips: Making it Meaningful

Holiday Planning Tips #HolidayMeans

The holiday season is upon us. There’s planning, and prepping, and decorating, and baking, and shopping. And sometimes, in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, we lose sight some of the most important things. We get stressed. We overcommit. We overspend. Sound familiar? I’ve been there. But, think back to your childhood. […]

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DIY Relaxing Spa Gift Idea

DIY Spa Gift Basket

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year”. I love the Holiday Season so much, but with that often comes with a fair bit of stress and the dreaded cold/flu season. And, let’s face it, as moms we’re rather busy ALL of the time – so much so that we too often do NOT take […]

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Family Travel – Educational Entertainment for Kids with LeapPad3

Famly Travel Entertainment for Kids - LeapPad3

We recently got back from our first international trip with kids (to Turks & Caicos for the #BeachesMoms Social Media on the Sand Conference). International trips are often rather long trips and that held true for us, as we had about an 18 hour travel day! And, let’s face it, multiple plane rides and long […]

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Disney’s Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Disney’s newest animated feature, Big Hero 6, hits theaters today (Friday, November 7th). Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, it’s an action-packed movie that is filled with a lot of heart! Here’s the overview: From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed […]

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Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken

I’m dreaming of being back on the beaches of Turks & Caicos, enjoying the turquoise waters and a tropical drink in hand! But…sadly, we can’t live in paradise all the time. So, how about having some of the flavors of paradise at home?! This coconut lime chicken is perfect for that. And, you can just […]

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DIY Neutral Woodland Holiday Wreath

Rustic Holiday Wreath

Now that we’re into November, it’s full holiday prep mode around here. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s…they’re all right around the corner. So, the Halloween decór has come down and I’m getting things ready for the holidays. In fact, as a Lowe’s Cre­ative Ideas blog­ger, the November chal­lenge is all about holiday prep and creative […]

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30+ Holiday Baking Recipes {+ HUGE Holiday Baking Giveaway}

30+ Holiday Baking Recipes

Are you ready for the holiday baking season? Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, ’tis the season to make some delicious treats!  So to help get you ready for the season, I’ve teamed up with the Real Housemoms team to bring you 30+ tasty treats and an AMAZING giveaway!! Doesn’t everything look SO good? Right […]

DIY No-Sew Jake and the Never Land Pirates Cubby Costume

DIY Cubby costume from Jake and the Never Land Pirates

With a trip to Disneyland this year for Mickey’s Halloween Party (where everyone can dress in costume), we decided on doing a Disney Junior Jake and the Never Land Pirates theme for our family Halloween costumes this year!  Little Brother is a dead-ringer for Cubby, so his character was an easy choice. The costume was […]

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Homemade Disney Halloween Pumpkin Mickey Rice Krispies Treat

Pumpkin Mickey Rice Krispies Treat

What’s your favorite Disney treat? For holidays, Disney Parks rolls out all kinds of fun themed twists on classic park treats. And, Halloween is no exception!! During a press trip to Halloween Time at Disneyland and Mickey’s Halloween Party, we had the pleasure of checking out quite a few of the special Halloween Time treats. […]

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Family Travel Gear – Joovy Caboose Ultralight Compact Tandem Stroller

Joovy Ultralight Caboose Compact Tandem Stroller

We just returned from our first international trip with 3 little ones (ages 7, 4, and just over 2) in tow. We had a cross-country red eye flight and a 12 hour layover in Miami. Then, we had another flight to reach our Turks & Caicos destination. And while normally we don’t bring a lot […]

30+ Halloween Fun Food Recipes for Kids!

30+ Halloween Fun Foods for Kids

Are you ready for Halloween? Halloween is the PERFECT time to make some fun foods for the kids! So, I decided to round up some of my favorite Halloween fun food recipes – perfect for fun school lunches or any Halloween parties & festivities! There’s a fun mix of healthier options, main dishes, and sweet […]

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PBS Kids 2014 Halloween Week Programming!

PBS Kids Halloween Programming

Are you ready for some Halloween week fun?!  You’re invited to the spooky return of CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest on PBS KIDS! On Monday, October 27, everyone’s favorite monkey returns in his Halloween special, kicking off season 9 with a week of new episodes from the popular series! New adventures with CURIOUS GEORGE debut […]

10 Reasons to Consider a Family Vacation to Beaches Turks & Caicos

Beaches Turks & Caicos Family Vacation

We just returned from Beaches Turks & Caicos – our first international trip with the kids (young kids at that – ages 7, 4, and just over 2). It was such an idyllic tropical beach vacation. After experiencing it as a family, it comes as no surprise to me that Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos […]

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