After School Snack Fruit Skewers and 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip #IDelight

After School Snack - 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip Recipe #IDelight

Back to school season is in full swing and let me tell you, I'm pretty excited. I know how happy my kids are to have some time away from home and the company of children their own ages. However, that excitement for all of us also comes with some stress. I worry about managing our time well, especially at the end of the day when we have to cram in a snack, homework, dinner, bath time and all the prep work needed for the following school … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY | Kid Friendly Sloppy Dogs Recipe with #Manwich

#Manwich Sloppy Dogs Recipe

This post brought to you by Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine. The new school year is quickly approaching and I find myself in a hurry to get fully prepared. The past school years have proved to me that it's an impossible task but one that I never give up on. While the kids are busy packing their school supplies and picking out outfits, I'm keeping myself busy with the task of menu planning some Easy Weeknight Meals for the busy nights ahead … [Read more...]

End of Summer Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe #MirassouSummer

Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe #MirassouSummer

While it still may be hot and humid in parts of the country, Illinois is slowly cooling down. It's creeping towards the end of the summer season for us. For me, that means it's the end of a care-free time and back to the busy days of getting our family on a strict schedule. As much as I enjoy the warm months, I'm very much looking forward to the flavors of Fall. To celebrate the end of one season and the beginning of a new one, Mirassou Winery … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bites Recipe #WiltonTreatTeam

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bites Recipe #WiltonTreatTeam

This is a partnered post as part of the Wilton Sweet Treat Team of brand ambassadors. The excitement in this house for the first day of school is almost palpable! While my son is less than thrilled about his busy 8th grade schedule, the girls are ready to get back into the classroom and meet some new friends. And me? The thought of having a few hours a day of complete freedom almost brings me to tears. For the first time in over a decade, … [Read more...]

Mornings Made Easy with Homemade Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Packets Recipe #HorizonB2S

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Packets with #HorizonB2S

Back to school season is one of my favorite times of the whole year. It's a welcome break from the daily rituals and never-ending pleas from three kids that are insanely bored. However, it does come with a new set of responsibilities that can be daunting if you don't have a great plan in place. Personally, I find the most difficult task of a new school day starts before the kids even get on the bus. Breakfast. This oh-so-important meal is one … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]