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...]

Explore New Summer Flavors with a Grilled Italian Chicken Tacos Recipe #KraftRecipes

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The summer months in Illinois can be quite brutal with temperatures reaching into the high 90′s. During this sweltering heat, I often turn to my husband to get the grill going so we can still enjoy home cooked meals without heating up the house. I also happen to think it’s fun to spend time outdoors cooking together! While I love his traditional hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks on the grill, sometimes we like to mix it up a bit. One way to do … [Read more...]

4th of July Flag JELLO Fruit Dessert Recipe

4th of July Flag Fruit Dessert Recipe

About a week ago, my mom came back from Missouri from a river trip with my son. Along with them, they brought back two big bags of fireworks. I'm sure glad they did because I just didn't feel like making the out of state trip to get some myself. There was a time when you couldn't go more than a few miles without running into a fireworks stand but those days are long gone. Now you need a permit to get the good stuff, or have to go out of state. … [Read more...]

Sunday Supper | Skillet Italian Meatballs & Green Peppers Recipe

Sunday Supper Skillet Italian Meatballs and Green Peppers Recipe

Coming up with family dinners isn't always an easy task. We constantly struggle with figuring out a meal that doesn't take a ridiculous amount of time to cook when I'm tired and it's everyone will eat without whining. Those pretty much narrow down the dinner ideas to a small list. And sometimes, I just take one of our usual suspects and reshape it into something that looks different, but has all the flavors I know even the kids like. Example … [Read more...]

Simply Sweet Chunky Pineapple Popsicle Recipe

Simply Sweet Chunky Pineapple Popsicles Recipe with only 2 ingredients | FoodFamilyFinds.com

Popsicles have become all the rage in this house since I found this super nifty popsicle mold. And with the way the kids keep begging me to try more and more flavors, I'm sure you can expect to see at least one new popsicle flavor idea every week until it gets cold out. So ... chunky pineapple popsicles. This idea was born when I found myself cleaning out my pantry and hunting down expired cans. I happened to have a can of crush pineapple … [Read more...]

Pinterest Try & Tell | DIY Toilet Cleaning Fizzies

DIY Lilac Toilet Fizzies

Over the last year or so, I've managed to collect well over 4,000 recipes, crafts and DIY projects on Pinterest. Seldom do I actually put any of those to good use by trying them out. The thing about Pinterest is that it's a lot of fun to browse but it's a gamble when it comes to trying things out. Up until now, I've had as many pin fails as pin wins. So I thought it might be fun to try out at least one new thing from Pinterest each week and share … [Read more...]