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Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie


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 1 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 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


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...]

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...]

DIY Jamberry Gift Ideas [+ a Free Printable!]


After trying Jamberry nail wraps just a few months ago, I fell in complete and total head-over-heels in love with them.  So much so, in fact, that I signed up soon after to become a Jamberry Consultant myself.  I love sharing the nail wraps with friends, family, and blog readers and so it only made sense that I share them with my friends and family this Holiday season too! In case you're not aware of Jamberry [where have you been?!], they are non-toxic nail wraps [think stickers but way better] that are heat and pressure activated.  The best part?  They'll stay on your fingernails for up to 2 weeks without chipping or fading and on your toes for up to 6 weeks!  I love them and I love feeling like I always have a fresh manicure Jamicure, which is exactly why I want to gift them to friends and family this Christmas! So I put my DIY hat on … [Read more...]

Olive the Other Reindeer Holiday Appetizers

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


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...]

DIY Parrot Costume for Baby [with Free Templates]


My oldest son is pirate crazy. This kid gets up every morning and immediately asks for his "Yo ho" boots (pirate rain boots). He carries around his pirate sword more often than not, and every paper towel roll from the last 3 months is now in his possession as a "spyglass." With that in mind, it wasn't very difficult to decide on his Halloween costume this year. I just so happen to be one of those dorky, I mean, creative moms who likes to dress in family theme. Check out our Halloween costumes/gender reveal from last year! This is my first year as a SAHM, so I needed to do Halloween on a budget. I didn't like how dark and gloomy most of the pirate costumes available were. The only solution was to make my own. I also didn't like the idea of my 6 month old being a pirate, so I decided he needed to be a parrot! What's a pirate without a … [Read more...]