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Oven Roasted Golden Potatoes [We Ditched the Butter & Switched to EVOO]

Olive Oil Roasted Potatoes

I've been cooking with Olive Oil since Rachel Ray made the EVOO phrase popular in just about every kitchen across America - or at least that's the first time I had heard the 4 letter phrase used 10 times in 30 minutes!  That's why sharing a recipe with you, where I ditch the butter and switch to Pompeian Olive Oil, in this sponsored #PompeianEVOO campaign was an easy choice for me. In fact, we've ditched butter in a lot of ways for a couple of reasons:  Olive Oil is healthier choice for my family.  Pompeian Olive Oil is cholesterol free and contains far less saturated fats than butter.  We also ditched butter for Sophia's health.  She was diagnosed with a dairy allergy in January of this year, so it is much easier to cook meals that are safe for her instead of cooking her a separate dish. Oven Roasted Golden Potatoes This is one of … [Read more...]

New Prints and Colors from Babyville Boutique – DIY Cloth Diapers

Babyville Giveaway

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper stash, you’ve come to the perfect Event! A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways! If you love cloth diapering, then you’ll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash! Don't miss the Grand Prize which includes 2 Cloth Diaper Stash Must-Haves: a Hanging Wet/Dry Bag and a Diaper Sprayer! This past Earth Day I featured some of the great products from Babyville Boutique that allow you to get creative and DIY just about anything you can imagine - including your own cloth diapers!  Well, I thought they would make the perfect giveaway idea for a Cloth Diaper Accessory … [Read more...]

DIY Frozen Yogurt Pops [Summer Fun with Stonyfield]

Frozen Yogurt and Fruit Pops

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. Summer is in full swing - it's hot and the girls are loving that they can cool down with cold treats.  The only problem with that is - they ask for cold treats all.the.time.  So, after seeing my blogger friend Ruth's post about making her own Fruit Ice Pops, I was inspired to put a Stonyfield twist and make our own Frozen Yogurt Pops!  That way, the girls could enjoy as many frozen treats as they wanted because I would know exactly what was in them - and they're healthy and delicious! I decided to make these super simple, but there are so many variations you could choose.  A fellow Stonyfield Yo-Getter actually made Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles that I'm dying to try!  For our Frozen Yogurt Pops, I stuck with 2 different kinds of pureed fruit - … [Read more...]

Using Your Keurig in the Summer: Raspberry Sweet Iced Tea and a Guilt-Free Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Brew Over Ice Raspberry Sweet Tea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #BrewOverIce #BrewItUp I L-O-V-E my Keurig.  It's the one Kitchen Appliance that I simply could not live without.  It's what I would take with me to a deserted island and what I almost packed for our vacation [and what I'll totally pack next time because I missed it that much].  But just in case you thought Keurig's were only good for a hot cup of coffee - think again!  Today I'm sharing two fabulous ways that you can enjoy your Keurig in the hot, Summer months - with a delicious guilt-free Mocha Peanut Butter Frozen Banana Ice Cream recipe AND the fact that you're always only 30 seconds away from sipping a cool, refreshing Raspberry Sweet Iced Tea! One reason that I love my Keurig so much is that I can make anyone … [Read more...]

Want a Perfect Bag of Popcorn Every Time? There’s an App for That!

Perfect Bag of Popcorn

This conversation about the Perfect Bag of Popcorn was inspired by a collaboration with Pop Secret.  All opinions are my own. Does your family love popcorn as much as my family does?  Well, I know you don't know HOW much we love popcorn, but I'm going to tell you all about our enjoyment of a delicious smelling bag of popcorn today! You know how they say there's an app for everything - well, I'm beginning to think they are right!  Now, thanks to the Perfect Pop App by Pop Secret, you will always have the perfect bag of popcorn for your afternoon snack or movie nights in! Everybody's popcorn preferences may be a little different, but this combo will make the whole family smile - even Dad when he has to watch FROZEN again for the 358,725th time! Ingredients for a Perfectly Popped Bag of Popcorn Favorite Pop Secret … [Read more...]

How to Throw a RAWRsome Dinosaur Birthday Party

RAWRsome Dinosaur Party

[tps_header] It's been about 2 months since Sophia turned 4 so it's about time I shared her fantastically RAWR-some Dinosaur Birthday Party with you, don't you think!? Sophia's been an independent thinker since she was 1.  No, really, she has.  As I was preparing for her 2nd Birthday Party, I decided on a Dora theme because she was completely in love with Dora at the time and in her little 1 year old voice she proclaimed she did not want a Dora Party, she wanted a Mickey Mouse Party.  Even at a ripe age of 24 months, I knew that if she walked into her Birthday Party and it wasn't Mickey, I would never hear the end of it.  So, Mickey Mouse she got. Then, last year she requested a Disney Princess theme so I took a fun, personalized spin and make it a Princess Tea Party. The week before her 3rd birthday she fell in love with … [Read more...]

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Deliciously Simple French Toast [made with Almondmilk]

French Toast Almond Milk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. Before I share this delicious and simple French Toast recipe with you, I want to share with you just how we became family that loves Silk Almondmilk. When Sophia was diagnosed with a dairy allergy in January of this year, we were all in shock. Here we were with a 3 1/2 year old that consumes dairy every single day and we were all of a sudden supposed to stop that?! I was overwhelmed with just how much dairy was in almost every single food she consumed. I was nervous that as a pretty picky toddler she would struggle to replace her dairy favorites with dairy alternatives. One of the first brands we tried was Silk. I knew their reputation and I was happy that I could find their products right in the main grocery store where we … [Read more...]

Making Homemade Baby Food: As Simple as ABC’s

Simple ABC Baby Food

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today's discussing about making homemade baby food.  All opinions expressed are my own. When Sophia was ready to start eating solid foods, I read a lot about making homemade baby food.  I knew the pros - it's cheaper, healthier and fresher, and just really all around better.  But it didn't seem easy.  I was a first time Mom and I needed all the shortcuts I could get so we bought organic jarred baby food. Then Moreaya came and it was her time to start eating solid foods.  Although you would think I would have been busier... since I had a 6 month old and a 2 year old, I challenged myself to make homemade baby food the 2nd time around.  You see, I had started reading even more and realized making your own baby food is actually really simple.  I would even venture to say making homemade baby food is as … [Read more...]

Sweet Tea in a Mason Jar: It’s a Southern Breeze Thing

Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Mason Jar

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. It's no secret that I'm a Southern Girl.  I've shared with you time and time again that I love living in east Tennessee - at the foot of the mountains in the South. There are so many, many things to love about living in the South - the friendly neighbors, the slow pace of living, but one thing that tops just about everyone's list that are both natives and transplants is... the food.  I can talk to you about Southern and Fried Foods all day long, but there's one thing that you'll almost always see on the table next to any good Southern meal, oh you know what I'm talking about... Tea! Not just any tea, mind you.  Sweet Iced Tea.  If you go to a restaurant and ask for unsweetened Tea, sure you'll get it, but if you order "Tea", it'll come sweet because … [Read more...]

Green Kid Crafts: Summer Edition

Green Kid Crafts Summer

Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Y'all know how I love Green Kid Crafts, right?!  Well, I'm excited to share with you some crafts that have been keeping my girls busy this Summer! The latest box from Green Kid Crafts that the girls have received is Interesting Insects - and it's been a BIG hit.  This box came with 3 pretty time consuming crafts, which are perfect for our family because it's so much better when a craft lasts longer than 5 minutes, right?! Within the box, the girls received a fun new chart to track their boxes from Green Kid Crafts - each box will now come with a sticker so they can see the crafts, at a glance, and remember what they've worked on.  Interesting Insects fit perfectly in our lives right now … [Read more...]

A Spoonful of Sugar: DIY Tea Towel

Spoonful of Sugar

This DIY Tea Towel project and shop are part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PaintYourWay http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV While doing some craft shopping at Michael's the other day, I spotted a new-to-me product from one of my favorite crafty brands - Sharpie.  Listen, I love all things Sharpie and when you spot a Sharpie Paint Marker, well, your crafty side stands at attention!  My mind started reeling - what could I do with this mega marker pen?!  It turns out, it was more like what could I not do... The Sharpie Marker Pens come in both an Oil Based Marker and a Water Base.  The Oil base being great for Wood and Glass projects and the Water base being great for Paper and Windows.  So really, infinite possibilities with the numerous … [Read more...]

DIY Chevron Artwork with Shape Tape™

Shape Tape Artwork

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I am such a DIYer at heart.  I used to love to make fun projects in my spare time, but honestly, once I had the girls a lot of my patience for DIY went out the window, especially once Pinterest came along.  I love browsing arts and crafts on Pinterest, but most seem totally unattainable for the average Mom!  Do you agree?! Well, here I am today sharing a totally fun and super creative DIY Chevron Artwork Tutorial that is fun, artsy and modern, and so completely easy - I promise!  You could take this and make it your own by using any type of phrase, art, anything! Want to know my secret?  Well, good thing because that's what inspired this whole project... Chevron Shape Tape™ from … [Read more...]