Cook for the Cure Win a KitchenAid Raspberry Ice Stand Mixer

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Between the road trips, play dates at the park and endless hours splashing in the pool, our family is taking a night to dedicate our time (and baking skills) to the one charity we proudly support. I hope that after you learn a little more about it, your family will join us in supporting it too! 1,000 Cooks for the Cure This summer, Friday, July 15--Sunday, July 24, 2011, KitchenAid is asking cooks across the country to join the fundraising … [Read more...]

Photography – Summer Pool Fun

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A couple of weeks ago we decided to finally get a pool for the kids. Since two of them are still little we decided to go cheap with a shallow soft pool from Intex. Aside from scooping grass, there's little maintenance and it's not deep enough to kill our water bill should we need to dump and refill it a few times. And a few not-so-stunning pictures taken with my broken POS iPhone 3GS ... oh and I think there was sunscreen on the camera … [Read more...]

Home Farming Challenge – Cooking with Fresh Herbs

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If you’ve been following along with my home farming journey, you may remember that just a few weeks ago we began planting our cool weather vegetables. Fortunately, our spring weather has been a nice mix of cooler than average temperatures with plenty of rain to give our vegetables a nice start. In fact, they’ve grown so tremendously the raised bed farm is almost unrecognizable since my last home farming update. Watch as I give you a quick … [Read more...]

Strawberry Pickin’ Season {Strawberry Shortcake Recipe}

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There are a few things each spring that get me excited ... thunderstorms, flowers, warm rays of sun on my toes in the morning and my favorite, fresh strawberries. And let me tell you, Illinois grows some of the best strawberries around. They may not be big, but they're packed with juice and leave you craving more all year long. Since I was a little girl my mom has been taking me to Jeffry's Orchard, a local family owned farm that produces … [Read more...]

#GetFresh with Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes

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Living in a house with three children, we've gone through our share of messy faces, sticky fingers and explosive diapers which all required the help of moist wipes. While they're great for babies and toddlers, sometimes us parents need a little freshness with moist wipes and that's where Cottonelle comes in. Recently we discovered the convenience of Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes which not only deliver a clean fresh scent but can be easily … [Read more...]

Rainbow Cupcakes Gone Oh So Wrong

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Despite all of my delicious recipes and food photos, occasionally I do have a baking fail. I actually had a really bad week that resulted in not one but two baking fails. It all started with a Mexican Corn Casserole that had way too much liquid and ended with these pretty, but broken rainbow cupcakes. My girls have become completely obsessed with singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow lately so I thought I'd feed their passions with some rainbow … [Read more...]

Meal from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook

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First I bought this ... ... then fed my family this. Our menu for the night included these great recipes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook: Homemade Ranch with Iceberg Wedge Meatloaf PW's Creamy Mashed Potatoes Let me tell you, this was the best meal we've had in months. There's just one problem, I didn't read the serving sizes for any of the recipes and ended up with a meal big enough to feed a family twice our size. On … [Read more...]

NEW Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock {Video Demo}

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Summer is finally here and we all know what that means for families. Like you, we'll be spending a lot of time outside enjoying the sunny days and water play in the pool during the summer heat. As a life long victim of painful sunburns, I understand the importance of using sunblock whenever I go outside. It's also important that my children's skin is protected as well. Rather than layering kids in UV blocking clothes, we look for a sunblock … [Read more...]

So What’s Up with “3 Kids” and Us?

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You may have noticed lately, 3 Kids and Us blog has been more us and less about the 3 kids. The truth is, I've been really quiet about the kids because they've been driving me up with wall. Since Emma was born my husband and I have really struggled trying to maintain a little peace and order in our lives. As you may remember, Emma came as quite a shock and unexpected surprise. She's actually the reason I started blogging in the first place. I … [Read more...]

Make Mornings Meaningful with Florida Orange Juice

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Mornings are often the busiest moments of the day for our family. As our son rushes to grab a quick bite and run out the door to catch the bus, my husband is scrambling to get ready for work and I'm going through the routine of diapers and breakfast with my daughters. Busy mornings mean that we don't get to spend as much time together as a family that I'd like to. To create meaningful moments with my family, even when they're zooming out the … [Read more...]