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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...]

Au Gratin Potatoes with Greek Yogurt: Upgrade Your Potato Side Dish Recipes [+ a $25 Walmart GC Giveaway!]

Walmart GC Giveaway

Disclosure: The information, products and Betty Crocker™ Potato gift cards were provided by Betty Crocker™through Linqia. We're in the homestretch before Christmas and I see a flurry of Holiday recipes and side dishes being passed around Facebook and repins a-flurry on Pinterest.  I really do love cooking for my family, but during the Holiday season there seems to be such a rush that sometimes it's nice to rely on simple dishes to get you through!  Today I'm sharing how I've added a minor upgrade to delicious Au Gratin potato side dish recipes by using one of my favorite secret ingredients! Betty Crocker™ Casserole Potatoes are an easy staple in our cupboard.  They make the perfect side dish for all the time - but especially when the hustle and bustle of the Holidays roll around.  As if the Au Gratin potatoes needed an upgrade, … [Read more...]

Green Your Home with Essential Oils [+ a 4 Pack of Oils Giveaway!]

Green Your Home SEBG

Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home… I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home – whether it’s decorative gifts or appliances, each blogger has something for your home! Don't miss the amazing Grand Prize for this Event - a $150 Gift Card to The Ultimate Green Store - enter here. If you were to visit my home this Holiday season you would notice the scents that are wafting through the air.  Nope, they're not from a real Christmas tree... we'll probably go that route next year... they're from my essential oils that I'm … [Read more...]

Olive the Other Reindeer Holiday Appetizers [+ a Mezzetta Olives Coupon AND Daily Giveaway!]

Olive the Other Reindeer Appetizers

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get creative and create a unique recipe for the Holidays.  I love absolutely everything about Christmas... the sights of Christmas lights twinkling on the tree, the sounds of Christmas carols and Holiday books being read, the smells of pine, the feelings of warmth and memories of my childhood, and the tastes of delicious Holiday cookies and treats.  I grew up with our house often being the center of Holiday family parties, so I always helped my Mom prepare Christmas Cookies and Appetizers.  It's one of my favorite Holiday memories and one that I plan to continue with my girls. I've also carried on the tradition of reading Christmas books nightly.  The girls have quite the collection of Christmas storybooks and they look forward to bedtime to see what book … [Read more...]

Eat Healthier – Substitute Stonyfield Yogurt in Recipes [+ a Pin It to Win It Giveaway]

PintoWinStonyfield

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Our family did for sure and we're just getting back into the regular day routine. It's no surprise that I'm seeing quite a few hits on my Cranberry Turkey Casserole recipe lately, as it's a great way to use up all those Thanksgiving Leftovers. I created the recipe last year after looking for ways to eat healthier by substituting my family's favorite yogurt in regular recipes.  Did you know that simply by switching out yogurt for items like Sour Cream, Mayonnaise, and butter - you can cut nearly half the fat out of recipes that you love!? And I'd so far as to say that you won't even notice the difference, except in cases like this Chicken Salad recipe where the food actually tastes better with the flavored yogurt than it does with just plain mayo! I also created a delicious, … [Read more...]

4 Easy Things To Do to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Preparing Your House for Winter

This post about getting your home ready for winter was inspired my partnership with Mom It Forward and Filtrete.  All opinions are my own. It's true - Winter is coming fast and strong here in east Tennessee.   Although we're supposed to hit close to 70 degrees today, it's probably going to be our last warm day for quite a few months and I have to admit... I am not excited about that.  Sure the snow is pretty and I get to wear my boots and scarves, but I could really do without those temperatures below 60 degrees! Today I'm sharing what we've been doing around the house to get our home ready ready for Winter and 4 easy things that you can do too! Close Off Unused Rooms If you have rooms in your house that you don't use often in the winter, close them off.  It's a great idea to close off the heat vents in that room and seal off … [Read more...]

Chicken Avocado and Potato Soup

Chicken Avocado Potato Soup

This post and Chicken Avocado Potato Soup recipe was inspired my partnership with Mom It Forward and HASS Avocados. All opinions are my own. One of my absolute favorite foods in the entire world is... avocados!  I actually found the love for this delicious green fruit way late in life - like only 4 years ago.  Well, that's partly true - I always loved a delicious guacamole, but I had never eaten an avocado alone until I cut one up for Sophia when she had just started eating real food as a baby.  We eat avocados a lot and in quite a few different ways.  Actually I prefer to pull out the pit, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and scoop them straight out of the skin with a spoon!  If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out on one of the finest and creamiest foods you've ever tasted!  Avocados are a nutrient-dense, … [Read more...]

Kid-Friendly Halloween Bento Lunch Ideas

Halloween Bento Lunch Ideas

As we close in on the upcoming spooky Holiday, my girls are all about pumpkins, spiders, and anything Halloween related... even in their food requests! I've been throwing together some fun Halloween inspired lunches and I thought some of you might like to see some great creepy inspiration too!  So  I've gathered a great collection of kid-friendly Halloween bento lunch ideas.  Some are easy to replicate and apply to different foods, some require certain bento tools and others you can easily create with whatever you have! How fun is this lunch with a meatball bat on a bed of noodles, Mummy Pizza, and Pumpkin Carrots!?  All put together in a PlanetBox Bento Box. This cute lunch would make any kiddo go wild - pumpkin shaped sandwich, string cheese bones, spooky Spider Eggs, and delicious Halloween decorated fruit - this lunch comes … [Read more...]

Sofia the First Slumber Party [+ Princess Scones Recipe]

Sofia the First Slumber Party JuniorCelebrates

Our Sofia the First Slumber Party and Princess Scones Recipe was inspired by this sponsored post collaboration.  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JuniorCelebrates #CollectiveBias My girls are just totally obsessed with Princesses.  I thought it might last a few months, but we're going on a full 2 years of Princess fascination and I see no end in sight - which makes me happy because it's a totally fun theme that I can incorporate into our every day life! For instance, Moreaya asks me every single day to wear her Sofia the First Princess Dress.  No kidding - every day I have to change her back into regular clothes to pick up Sophia from school because she's played "Princess" all morning long.  So when Moreaya and I had the opportunity to check out the Disney … [Read more...]

How to Create an After School Snack Plate with Healthy Food Choices

After School Snack Plate

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Now that back to school season is in full swing, there's no doubt that you're searching for delicious and fun snacks for your kiddos in the afternoon.  Even though Sophia's Pre-K is only half a day, there's something about coming home from school that just means it's snack time! Luckily, the lovely folks at Arla Dofino know that we parents face after school snack time every day and are here to help out.  They are sharing totally fun new ways to create snacks with their delicious line of cheeses.  My girls love being in charge of their snacks, so I find that when I give them the creative choices to put together their own snack, … [Read more...]

DIY Teacher Gift: I’m GLOWING Because You’re My Teacher [+ free printable]

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift

This shop and DIY Teacher Gift Craft is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV It's hard to believe that my little girl is now 4!  In fact, just the other day she was sitting in my lap and I said to her "Sophia!  It seems like just yesterday you were a tiny baby and look at you now - when did you grow up so fast?!"  Her response, "Um, probably in like the last 6 months."  Yep, she's 4 going on 14. With turning 4, she is now in Pre-K.  She attends every day for 3 hours a day and just from the last 2 weeks of school, I can tell she's going to learn so much this year and a large part of that is because of her fabulous teachers!  Knowing that she's being guided by two wonderful ladies for a … [Read more...]

Tomato, Spinach, and Pancetta Frittata [+ a review of the Philips Airfryer]

Frittata on Plate

Do you love making delicious meals that are easy?!  Yeah, you know I do and today's recipe for a Tomato Spinach and Pancetta Frittata is just that.  I know, it doesn't look like it would be something that you could literally throw together and it cook itself, but it really is - see the recipe below! A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I would like to learn more about a newer kitchen appliance from Philips [to review at no cost to me].  When I read the specs on the Philips Airfryer, I have to admit, I was totally intrigued and totally a skeptic.  I was so intrigued [and still skeptical] that I sent the link to my husband and my best friend saying "I'm going to eat fried chicken every day if this thing really works!" You see, here in the South, we like our fried foods.  Just ask my blogging friends that joined me in east … [Read more...]