Lightened Up Chunky Apple Jam Recipe with Truvia Baking Blend

Lightened Up Apple Jam Recipe made with #Truvia Baking Blend

I don't know how all parents are feeling right about now but I'm pretty excited to see summer come to an end with just 12 days until our kids are back in school. Along with the 7 hours of freedom I'll get to experience for the first time in 8 years, the beginning of the school year also comes with some "mommy chores". Among those are packing lunches on days the kids aren't keen on the school lunch menu and getting their day started with a decent … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY – Peanut Butter & Jelly Rolls, Perfect for Traveling to National Parks this Summer! #NaturalDifference

Peanut Butter Jelly Rolls - Perfect for traveling with kids! #NaturalDifference

The J.M. Smucker Company sent me free product samples and asked me to blog about this product. The summer break for our kids is almost over with only two weeks left until school starts. To beat the boredom of the remaining weeks, we planned a few trips for our kids, including a visit to one of our favorite national parks. As a kid, I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park with my parents several times and it's now an experience I'm able to … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe #KraftRecipes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe

There are a lot of things to love about the summer months. For our family, it's the outdoor grilling, swimming and cool treats. I love being able to retire the oven for a few months and enjoy cold desserts that are easy to make. Most of the time, those desserts involve one of my favorite cheeses, Kraft PHILADELPHIA cream cheese. This versatile cheese is so versatile, which is why I keep a never ending stash of it my refrigerator. It's perfect for … [Read more...]

Caramel Marshmallow Frosted All Natural Brownies from Immaculate Baking Company

Caramel Marshmallow Frosted Immaculate Baking Company Brownies

I was provided with product samples through the Platefull Co-Op. Like many other moms, I don't always have time to whip up treats from scratch, so I turn to conveniently packaged baking mixes that only require a few extra ingredients. They not only significantly cut my time spent in the kitchen but they often taste better than the concoctions I've been known to make. The baking mixes I sampled from the Immaculate Baking Company not only make … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Boring Space into a Kitchen Decor Masterpiece with Sauder

Decorate a Kitchen Wall with Decor and Sauder Bookcase

About two months ago, I got a creative itch that I just had to scratch. It started with repainting the living room and slowly crept down the hallway when I decided to repaint half of my kitchen. I update the pale brown to a deeper mocha brown that I think ties in quite nicely with the rest of my kitchen that's a deep red color. But my need to DIY around the house didn't stop there. I had this large blank wall that runs through my kitchen with … [Read more...]

Our Six Flags St. Louis Trip #WildforWetOnes

Six Flags St Louis Rides #WildForWetOnes

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wet Ones¬†through the¬†Mom It Forward Blogger Network. A few weekends ago, we took two of our kids on their very first trip to Six Flags St. Louis. This is a theme park that I visited many times as a kid and one of many experiences that I'm so glad I was finally able to share with them now that they're a bit older. Before hitting the road for the two hour drive, we packed our day trip essentials in a handy, … [Read more...]

Manwich Beef & Potato Burritos Recipe

Manwich Beef and Potato Burritos

*This was originally shared on 2/11/13* Monday. What a dreadful word. It's true, Mondays are (quite likely) the least liked day of the week. It's the day everyone gets back into the routine of a busy work and school week. After a relaxing weekend the first thing on my mind for the rest of the wee is ... what's for dinner? Being a work-from-home-mom it's my job to answer that question and make sure a meal is on the table after my husband … [Read more...]

Life with Daughters … Sometimes You Just Gotta Roll With It

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Up until yesterday, my husband and I thought we had most of this parenting thing covered. We've made it through years newborn to 13 with our son and he put us through just about every situation imaginable, short of broken bones and life threatening illnesses. And we've thus far survived years newborn through 7 years with our daughter. By the time Emma is a teenager, I figure we'll be pros. But that doesn't mean we don't hit stumbling blocks that … [Read more...]

Dessert Crepes with Bananas Foster Southern Butter Pecan Sauce Recipe #IDelight

Bananas Foster Dessert Crepes with Southern Butter Pecan Sauce #IDelight

We've got less than 2 months of warm weather left for the season and quite frankly, I'm ready for it to be over. I miss the cool Fall nights, baking sweets in the oven and cuddling under a blanket with my kids on the couch. While I daydream about the coming cooler months, I'm still enjoying cooking up the occasional sweet treat for my family - sans oven. One of our favorite family desserts is crepes. They're so fun and easy to make, plus the … [Read more...]

Chicken & Veggie Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe with Calphalon Contemporary Cookware

Chicken and Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo Dinner Recipe

Calphalon provided me with the products featured. In my kitchen, there's something I love more than anything else when it comes time to cook our family meals. It's a simple pot rack hanging just above the island countertop. My husband might disagree as he often finds his forehead making unfortunate meetings with the pots that dangle from the rack. However, I just adore it because it's home to my eclectic collection of pots, pans and … [Read more...]