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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...]

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...]

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...]

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

Mocha Peanut Butter Frozen Banana Ice Cream

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...]

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...]