Rainforest Rapids Bounce House with Water Slide in Action

rainforest rapids

A few weeks ago we gave you the first look the Rainforest Rapids Inflatable Bouncer. Through pictures we shared some important features and fun times during our first couple weeks of use. Now I want to take you up close and personal with a video showing you just how easy it is to set up for lots of summer fun. Over the last couple of years we've been looking at bounce houses trying to decide if they were worth the investment. Now that … [Read more...]

DIY #GliddenTesters Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Glidden Red Delicious Kitchen

Almost two weeks ago I revealed my plans to give my kitchen a little makeover and asked for your help to decide which Glidden Tester paint color would look best in my kitchen. The response was overwhelming! Between the comments and tweets, I got a lot of support for two colors in particular, the Red Delicious and Cinnamon Stick. Both are lovely colors and each one got so much support I decided to let my kids be the color choice tie … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Malt Brownies Recipe

ovaltine double chocolate malt brownies

Double. Chocolate. Malt. Brownies. Just saying those words out loud make me crave another batch of these. We originally made these brownies for our Ovaltine Awesome Wholesome Backyard Party last week and I wanted to share them because they are just scrumptious! Oh and I'm a huge fan of malt. I love it in shakes, coffee drinks, milk, icing, especially the icing, and yes, now, even brownies. Remember the chocolate malt cupcakes I made earlier this … [Read more...]

BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker Review (UPDATED)

Cake Pop Dud

In recent weeks I've been seeing a lot of buzz on blogs about the BabyCakes line of products which includes the Cake Pop Maker, Cupcake Maker, Donut Maker and even a Whoopie Pie Maker. These products look like a cake pop decorators dream --- on the box. Who wouldn't want to skip the process of baking a cake, crumbling it, squishing it up with icing and rolling a bunch of balls. With the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker you can skip that messy process and … [Read more...]

From the Garden, BLT Ranch Potato Salad Recipe

BLT Ranch Potato Salad

Oh how I wish you could see my face right now. I'm quite literally beaming with joy and excitement.  I managed to cook up my favorite potato salad, the kind that doesn't have any vinegar. Sorry vinegar fans, the stuff smells like sweaty gym socks. Just take a peek at this Roasted Potato BLT Ranch Salad and you'll see why I'm so happy. The bright flavors quite literally pop in your mouth (and on the screen too). The real excitement … [Read more...]

Birds Eye Frozen Veggies Make MyPlate EASY!

Birdseye Vegetable Chicken Plate

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. Birds Eye, a brand providing … [Read more...]

The Most Memorable S’mores Face

Smores Smile

There's no doubt the best part of eating s'mores is the ooey gooey swirl of Hershey's chocolate and marshmallows but that's not the only thing that makes this sweet snack so enticing. As a mom, a mess is something I spend 90% of my time trying to avoid but when it comes to s'mores, the messier the better. Chasing my kids through the house with sticky marshmallow fingers keeps life exciting. And of course there's the memorable messy s'mores faces … [Read more...]

Banana Nutella Pound Cake Recipe

Banana Nutella Pound Cake

A few weeks ago I tried out Paula Deen's Butter Pound Cake recipe for the first time and instantly fell in love. I mean, what's NOT to love? There's plenty of butter, sugar and love all wrapped up in that cake. So this past week I had a craving for it, only I wanted something different. Don't get me wrong, the pound cake is out of this world good but I was dreaming of something with a kiss of chocolate, maybe even a little fruit. That's when I … [Read more...]