Our Pumpkin Patch Adventure

kaydee pumpkin patch

In all the years I've celebrating Halloween and decorated for Autumn, I've never had the pleasure of picking pumpkins right from the patch. We've always visited pumpkin farms and chose from the rows of pumpkins laid out in front of us. But this year .... we picked our pumpkins! Our little adventure started with signs. Truth be told, we didn't know where the signs would lead us and we definitely didn't realize we would get to pick pumpkins … [Read more...]

Dipped Marshmallow Pops for Halloween


As much as I love making desserts for the holidays, especially Halloween, I find that there are occasions where I need something quick and easy but equally as impressive as something like the candy corn cake. For instance, on Halloween night my family always stops over for a small get together after the kids are done trick-or-treating. When I walk in the door, I'm tired, my feet hurt and the last thing I want to do is start serving … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk … Batteries


Batteries .. boring I know ... we all use them, they pop right into electronics, when the electronic device stops working we replace them. Simple. The truth is, there's a lot more about batteries that you probably didn't know and should. Last week I had the opportunity to sit in on a web conference hosted by Rayovac and learned some pretty interesting details. Rayovac offers more Power for your Money The American National Standards Institute … [Read more...]

50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs & Ham Giveaway

kaydee reading green eggs and ham

Growing up, I had two favorite books that I read over and over again, until the binding was practically non-existent, one of the being Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham. In fact, I loved the book so much I often asked my dad to make me actual green eggs and ham for breakfast. It's funny how a little food coloring can bring a book to life right at your own kitchen table. Luckily, I have a daughter that loves reading whether it's an e-book or a … [Read more...]

Total Gym, Total Mom Challenge – Week 2 Update

total gym discount

I'm a bit late updating my journey, what can I say, I'm a busy mom, even busier now that I've been working out more consistently. In fact, I've been using the Total Gym every single day and have gotten down a pretty good routine. When I first started using the Total Gym I struggled with remembering where each part went, how to change the wing attachment, which is fabulous for pull-ups by the way, something I could never do completely vertical. … [Read more...]

Halloween Treat – Cocoa Puffy Spider Bites


Whether you're hosting a full blown Halloween party this year or small post trick-or-treating get-together with family, you'll need a few spooky treats to set the mood. Personally, there's nothing more creepy to me than hairy legged spiders. These cocoa puffy spider bites are tarantula size and make great additions to Halloween dessert trays. Ingredients 3 cups pretzel twists 1 cup milk or dark dipping chocolate, melted 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Splish Splash

kaydee water toes

I never did get around to writing about our trip to the St. Louis Zoo a few weeks ago, other than the zoo animal pictures but in a quick summary, it was stressful, it was fun and there were little moments where we could relax and enjoy the day ... like when we visited the water fountains and Kaydee was doing a little splish splashing with her little piggies. … [Read more...]

Tackle It Tuesday – Baking Stash (Dis)Organization

wilton decorations stash

For months now I've been watching as the 5 Minutes for Mom ladies and contributors organize nearly every aspect of their lives. Every "Tackle it Tuesday" I watch in amazement as they transform rooms, people, places and even hair. Well, I watch from the sidelines no more. I have more disorganization in my house than should be legally allowed and it's time I tackle it, one little space at a time ... starting with my baking stash. I haven't … [Read more...]

Fall Play Day at the Park

kaydee and cat

For weeks I've been wondering when Fall would finally get around to showing up and boy did it ever. The temperatures have dropped in the low 60's, the winds are blowing, the sun is hiding and we had to break out our long sleeved shirts. But all that didn't stop us from enjoying a day at the park with the kids. After spending all of Saturday running all over town, a slow paced day of smiles and laughter was what I needed. {Apparently, Emma is a … [Read more...]

Fisher-Price Celebrates 80 Years with an Amazing Cake

Children sing Happy 80th Birthday to Fisher-Price

Children from the East Aurora Community Nursery helped celebrate the 80th birthday of Fisher-Price Friday, Sept. 24 in East Aurora, N.Y., by singing "Happy Birthday" during the employee presentation of the classic-toy-themed cake. The amazing cake seen below was designed by Butterwood Desserts, a local specialty bakery and dessert shop. At over 3 feet tall, this stunning cake includes some pretty fun details like the classic Chatter Telephone … [Read more...]