Mint Chocolate Chip DIY Frozen Yogurt [no machine required + a Giveaway!]

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This post about making frozen yogurt at home was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. If there's one thing my girls love, it's ice cream. If there's one thing they love even more, it's frozen yogurt - and I agree. We're guilty of making a trip to the Frozen Yogurt shops at least weekly. But what if I told you that you could make DIY Frozen Yogurt at home - no machine required?! That's what we've been doing and let me tell you, it's quite delicious... and fun! It all started with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt. Stonyfield is a staple on our weekly grocery list and I'm so excited that I get to use my beloved yogurt in a new, frozen way. Now I will say that one of my favorite Stonyfield product's is their Frozen Yogurt [if you haven't picked up a pint of it yet, do yourself a favor and go to the store now], … [Read more...]

Zucchini Corn Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Zucchini Corn Salad

How many of you have a ton of zucchini in your kitchen right now that you've gathered from your own garden? Unfortunately I don't have that issue this year, but I definitely have in years past. Since we just moved in Spring, we didn't get a chance to plant our organic garden, but next year I hope we have zucchini up to our ears! Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables to grow - it's relatively low maintenance, it's a mild vegetable that I can usually get the girls to eat, and it's so versatile as an ingredient - from muffins to baked and fried dishes, it's easy to use that zucchini up! Just because I don't have organic zucchini from my own garden doesn't mean I don't have an abundance of this tasty green vegetable. Trips to our local Farmers Market tells me that lots of farmers have lots of zucchini to share, so I decided to come up … [Read more...]

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Idea [for under $10!]

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToClean #CollectiveBias We are officially in Back to School crunch time. The aisles of stores are packed full of school supplies and everywhere I look there are reminders that in less than 2 weeks my oldest baby will be a Kindergartener. It's hitting me hard. At the beginning of the Summer I couldn't wait for her to start school - I was so excited about all the new things she would learn in Kindergarten and how much independence she would start to gain with the new year of school, but now... Oh now, I just want to keep my little Sophia home forever! But alas, she will be heading to Kindergarten in just a few weeks and I'm trying to get as excited about it again as she is. We just found out yesterday who her teacher will be … [Read more...]

DIY Grilled Potato Skins Bar for Your Next BBQ

Grill the Whole Meal Kraft

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias If you were to ask me where I spend the most time at our new house, I'd say outside. We moved in April, which means that it's been warm weather pretty much since we moved. That equals lots of time outside, which includes meal times too! Since it's hot outside, we try to keep it cool inside. One of the best ways that I've found to keep your house cool is to not cook. Ok, so that doesn't exactly work with a 6 person household and I love to cook anyways so we just look for alternatives to heating up the house by cooking on the stove or oven. What's everyone's favorite way to cook in the Summer? Grilling, of course! I grill everything, really. In addition to our family favorites of hamburgers, we … [Read more...]

Pineapple Mango and Avocado Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyClean #CollectiveBias   It's Summer and one word that keeps coming up in my kitchen in the summer time is fresh. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh recipes - summer means fresh to me and today I'm sharing one of my favorite new fresh salsa recipes featuring 3 of my favorite foods... Pineapples, Mangoes, and Avocados! Even though Tennessee isn't exactly known for it's tropical trees, I can find a great selection of fresh produce in our local stores - which makes it feel like we have mango trees growing right in our backyard [which just happens to be a dream of mine]. I am loving this fresh salsa as a topping for tacos, in a delicious quick chicken wrap for lunch, or even as a snack with tortilla chips. The … [Read more...]

ReUse CLASSICO® Pasta Sauce Jars with reCAP®

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

I've partnered with CLASSICO® and reCAP® to share how to reuse pasta sauce jars and received product, coupons, premium items and reader giveaway coupons as a part of my participation. All opinions given here are fully my own. #CLASSICOMakeItYourOwn   Last week I received a beautiful shipment of products that had me so excited to spend a little time in the kitchen. We're huge fans of CLASSICO pasta sauce already, but I was excited to see some great new products, and especially recipe cards, in our CLASSICO box. In the box was also a few packages from reCAP. I almost always reuse our pasta sauce jars and mason jars, but sometimes I don't feel like I'm really utilizing them like I could. Sure, you can screw the lid back on some jars, but I knew there had to be a better option out there - there is and it's reCAP, but more on … [Read more...]

Get Ready to Experiment with These Science Party Favors

Party Favor Ideas Science

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Mott's is a registered trademark of Mott's LLP. etc. #MottsAndMinions #CollectiveBias Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Sophia turned 5, yes F-I-V-E yesterday! Where did my little baby go?!? When other Moms tell you "Time goes by in a blink" during those first few weeks of your baby's life, you kinda laugh it off because the days [and nights] seem so long. But they're right, I feel like I blinked and the first 5 years of her life are just done! But with each passing year, my girl gets a little more independent [who am I kidding... a lot MORE independent] and that always begins with the choice of a birthday party theme, which this year happened to be a … [Read more...]

Natural Remedies for Health & Wellness with Well Scent

Easy Natural Remedies

This post about natural remedies for health and wellness was inspired by a collaboration with Well Scent.  All opinions are my own. It seems every blog that I read and every person on instagram that I follow has been talking essential oils lately.  It's definitely something that I've been getting into more myself as I look for more natural remedies and products to use in everyday routines.  One thing that slows my uses of essential oils is education.  I know oils are powerful and I just don't know where to start learning all about them... until now! When Well Scent reached out for a review of their products, I was not only ecstatic to add to my oil collection, but absolutely intrigued because the site offered something that I hadn't found before... background, information, and education on the products they offer. Well Scent is a … [Read more...]

Easter Tic Tac Toe – Free Printable

Easter Candy Tic Tac Toe

We're coming up on one of the sweetest holidays of the year... are your baskets ready?!  My girls' baskets are thanks to a lovely package of YumEarth Organic Candy that showed up at our house [at no cost to facilitate this review]. YumEarth Organic Candy is one of my girls' favorites all year around, so it's no surprise that I would include these delicious, organic candies in their Easter baskets too! But this year, I'm going a step further and I created this totally cute and fun Easter Tic Tac Toe Game to make our YumEarth Easter candies even more fun... before they're eaten! Sophia and Moreaya are really starting to enjoy board games and games that they can interact with one another and me and Rob so a personalized Tic Tac Toe board made the perfect addition to YumEarth Sour Beans and Gummy Bears. Would your kiddos love to … [Read more...]

DIY Moon Dough [and a Review of the Step2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table]

DIY Moon Dough Pin

I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion. I have 2 super crafty girls.  Sophia always wants to do a craft and asks just about every single day for us to come up with a new activity.  So when our Step2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table arrived, I knew it was the perfect excuse for a new craft and what we had to make... sand!  Well, not exactly sand, but DIY Moon Dough! Last year at Sophia's Dinosaur Birthday Party we turned our previous water table into a Dino Dig - any Junior Paleontologists' dream toy.  Since we were sitting at home with no play sand to sift through to look for fossils, I decided to DIY moon dough - a project I've had pinned and wanted to try for awhile now!  It turns out making moon dough is a super simple … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Sweets

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Are you counting down the days until the most famous green holiday?! Photos and recipes courtesy of FoodNetwork.com We'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17th and there's no better way to celebrate than with super yummy and colorful snacks, sweets, and treats! I have 3 delicious recipes to share with you today to get satisfy your sweet tooth during this green Holiday! Green Velvet Cupcake Shamrocks The old-fashioned boiled frosting for these Emerald Isle green cupcakes is creamy and fluffy and reminds us of childhood.  Get the full recipe here - http://bit.ly/NeCBsp Mint Shakes Milk shakes, like other simple concoctions, are only as good as their ingredients, so use high-quality ice cream and vanilla extract. Combining peppermint extract and vanilla ice cream gives the drink an extra-refreshing, minty … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs

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This recipe for Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs was created by me during a collaboration with Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunts Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies.  The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia. One of my family's go-to meals is Spaghetti.  I'd venture a guess that we're not the only family that has that default meal always ready in the cupboard.  It's an easy one pot meal and is pretty much a dinner that everyone loves.  But sometimes the family needs a little bit of variety, which is why I created this fun spin on the Italian favorite... Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs! This dish tastes and looks like it takes hours to create, which is great when you're trying to impress your husband … [Read more...]