Easter Tic Tac Toe – Free Printable [+ a YumEarth Organic Candy Giveaway!]

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] + GIVEAWAY!

Water Table Giveaway

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...]

Tortellini Florentine: Recipes that Hide Veggies

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner. It's always difficult to think of something to buy for men. Here in the South, we have a saying, that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  This year, I've got you covered to help make it easy on yourself with this Tortellini Florentine recipe. Prepare this dish with a salad and bread, light some candles, and you'll have a nice dinner at home - with or without the kids! This is such an easy dish to prepare, but it's so tasty, you'll feel like you ordered it from a sit-down Italian restaurant. It's a great meal for the whole family, but also fancy enough for a nice little date night at home. I came up with this recipe several years ago, when Mr. G and I first got married. I'm always looking for ways to incorporate and hide veggies in meals - not just for my kids but for us as … [Read more...]

Warm Up with this Southern Chicken Casserole Recipe

Chicken-Casserole

It's cold here in Tennessee and there's no better way to warm up than with a delicious, Southern, warm casserole.  This recipe for Chicken Casserole skips all the bells and whistles and is just plain ole delicious! This Chicken Casserole recipe has been in my cookbook for almost 15 years now and is one that honestly is delicious anytime of the year, but there's something home-y and warm about the casserole on a cold day! An ex-boyfriend's Grandmother actually passed this recipe along to me - best thing I ever got out of that relationship! Are you ready to warm up with a Chicken Casserole this Winter?   4.5 from 2 reviews Warm Up with this Southern Chicken Casserole Recipe   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour   There are a ton of Chicken Casserole variations, but this … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly FROZEN Birthday Party

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My littlest Princess turned 3 last month.  It's quite hard for me to even believe that I don't have a baby anymore and I almost don't have a toddler either!  Her past birthdays were eventful and party themes were fun, but they were my choices for her - turning 1 was a Beach Birthday Party Extravaganza and last year was a Yo Gabba Gabba Party.  This year, however, was all her idea... FROZEN! Just like the Halloween Elsa game, I can about bet that a LOT of you have been to FROZEN birthday parties over the past year.  You might even be planning your own!  So I decided to show our take of the FROZEN phenomenon in this budget-friendly party.  Now, we did do a few extras to make Moreaya's 3rd birthday extra sweet, but those extras are totally not necessary if your budget is a little smaller. If you know anything about my parties, you'll … [Read more...]

Naturally Sweet Valentine’s from YumEarth with Free DIY Valentines Printables

Organic Lollipop Valentines

We're just a little over a week away from one of the sweetest holidays of the year - is your little one ready!? Sophia is excited to hand out her personalized Valentines with a bouquet of YumEarth Organic Pops attached this year.  I created some totally fun organically sweet sayings for the Valentines notes to attach to the organic pops from YumEarth.  Then let her sign her name and attached 3 pops to each Valentine! I didn't want to leave you out - print the adorable DIY Valentine Cards by clicking on the images below! Are you running out of time to DIY Valentines?  YumEarth has you covered... because in every bag of their Valentines Organic Pops, they've included a sheet of stickers that you can attach right onto your lollipops, making Valentines easy and organic! So, what makes YumEarth so great?  They use organic and … [Read more...]

Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie

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One of the things that I've been trying to get the girls to eat more of is vegetables [ok yes, so have probably every other Mom and Dad in the world].  It's working, but only when I sneak them in, which was rather easy when I used a package of organic fruits from Schwan's!  And talk about EASY this Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie is definitely easy and delicious! A cup full of organic fruit [featuring Organic sun-ripened golden pineapple and mangos with blueberries], 3/4 cup of orange juice, and a scoop of BlendFresh Red and I had a delicious frozen drink that they couldn't resist! 5.0 from 2 reviews Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   This frozen smoothie will have your kids begging for more! Cuisine: Frozen Beverage Serves: 2 Ingredients 1 cup Organic … [Read more...]

French Onion Macaroni and Cheese Soup

French Onion and Mac and Cheese Soup

t's the middle of January and we're dealing with cold temperatures.  The one thing that makes the cold temperatures a little more bearable is warm comfort food! Image and Recipe, courtesy of the FoodNetwork.com. And who doesn't love a delicious, warm, comforting bowl of Macaroni and Cheese?!  How about topping a piping warm bowl of French Onion Soup with Macaroni and Cheese!?  I can smell it in my kitchen simmering now! ENJOY! French Onion Macaroni and Cheese Soup   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour 40 mins Total time 2 hours   At first glance, you make think is just a big bowl of macaroni and cheese but the French onion soup hidden underneath the golden cheesy topping was a warm and welcome surprise. Make your soup ahead; once cooled, it can be frozen for up to 1 month. Author: … [Read more...]

DIY Colored Pasta for Learning Activities and Kids Crafts

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It's cold outside so play is limited to inside during these first few months of the year.  Sickness is also spreading like wildfire, so doing indoor activities away from home aren't quite possible either, which is why we've been doing lots of arts and crafts here at home!  There are so many simple crafts that you can do at home using colored pasta. It's a relatively cheap product, with a ton of different shapes, that can keep children from toddler age and beyond occupied.  But what fun is that ugly cream/yellow plain, boring pasta color?  None! So today I'm showing you just how easy it is to create your own DIY Colored Pasta! You'll only need a few ingredients and a few minutes... or a bit more time if you'd like deep, rich colored pasta! The steps are super simple and you can get your children involved for most of them... … [Read more...]

Play With Your Food: Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. #StonyfieldBlogger Preschool is out on Christmas Break which means we don't have to be in such a hurry for breakfast time in the mornings.  It also means that we're getting closer to Christmas and the girls' anticipation for the big Holiday gets more each and every day! If there's a few things my girls love it's... pancakes, Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches, and playing with their food, so the creative Mama in me thought up a fabulous idea to combine all 3!  Ok, ok - I admit that the idea behind this breakfast/craft play with your food activity came from the fact that Moreaya always wants to squirt out her pouches now.  Remember this gem? Apparently Moreaya thought that we would finger paint with @stonyfield yogurt pouches this morning rather than eat … [Read more...]