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

round brush stuck in curly hair

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...]

5 Tips for a Kid-Friendly Summer Adventure & Go #WildforWetOnes

5 Tips for a Summer Adventure with Kids #wildforwetones

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wet Ones through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. For many families, the summer break is starting to wind down. Our own kids go back to school in about a month and we're looking for ways to keep the last few weeks exciting and full of adventure. Unfortunately, the summer fun we've already had has depleted a lot of our summer fun money. So I've come up with a few ideas for having fun on a budget! 5 … [Read more...]

Simply Sweet Banana Orange Cream Popsicles Recipe

Banana Orange Cream Yogurt Popsicles Recipe

This summer I've been having a blast making my kids new popsicle flavors to try each week. They're such an easy and sweet way to cool off. When you make them yourself, you also have the advantage of controlling the ingredients and cutting out on the ridiculous amounts of sugar found in some of the store bought ones. This is actually one popsicle I don't feel guilty giving my kids any time of the day, even breakfast. They look like a popsicle … [Read more...]

My Favorite Recipes for the 4th of July

4th of July Recipe Favorites

The 4th of July isn't a holiday that we typically go all out for. It's a casual holiday where we enjoy some good food, some time together as a family and finish off the night watching fireworks. This year we have a little extra fun thrown in the mix because my mom brought back a few bags of fireworks from Missouri. Now we just need to make it through the night without getting caught while lighting them. Before that, we're going to enjoy some of … [Read more...]

Pinterest Try & Tell | Beach Party themed Sand Pail Pudding

Beach Party Themed Sand Pudding Recipe

Earlier this week, my daughter Kaydence celebrated her 7th birthday with a beach themed birthday party. It started with a day of sun and fun at the local water park. That's the closest thing we have to a real beach here in the lovely landlocked state of Illinois. Actually, I take that back, when I was a kid we had a sandy beach on Lake Springfield where I would spend my summers but they closed it down years ago after an outbreak of … [Read more...]

Kaydee’s 7th “Beach Party” Birthday

Kaydee 7th Birthday

For the first time in years I actually got away with a super simple birthday party for Miss Kaydee. On July 1st, this little girl turned 7 and wanted a beach themed birthday. Instead of all the decorations and little themed foods I usually do, she decided to spend the day at the local water park. That of course was a lot of fun, despite the mean lifeguard that made her cry. I suppose part of why that happened is our fault. My husband gave this … [Read more...]