Back-to-School Lunch Box Essentials for Your Preschooler

Must-have lunch box items for preschoolers to make packing lunch easier and fun! (The shape cutters were real sanity-savers for our picky eaters!)

There's nothing worse than the worrisome feeling that strikes after you've dropped your kid off at school only to realize you forgot to pack something in their bag. Whether it's that required icepack to keep lunch cold or a plastic spoon so they can actually eat the soup you took all morning to prepare. Making sure you have all those little back-to-school essentials ready to go for your preschooler can make all the difference. We've definitely had a few mishaps in the past. Nothing major. Just little things here and there that we forgot to pack or didn't account for until we saw a … [Read more...]

Fudgey Patriotic Kid-Made Brownies

Patriotic flag-shaped brownies decorated by toddlers. A fun 4th of July dessert recipe for kids to help with!

It's no secret we love fudge brownies in our house -- we've made them for almost every holiday and occasion under the sun: Valentine's, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the summer and football seasons. Chocolate deliciousness melting in your mouth is just too good of a treat to pass up. They are also super easy to make when you're going for semi-homemade and want to involve the kids. This post may contain affiliate links. With 4th of July around the corner, I figured we had to try a red, white and blue version of these yummy treats. How to make kid-decorated Patriotic … [Read more...]

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Jello Snack for Kids

Super EASY, festive red, white and blue jello snacks for kids!

It's that time of the year. Summer is here. Kids are out of school. Weekends are filling up quick, especially with fireworks in the air and the fourth of July approaching. We love enjoying all the cute holiday-themed snacks and desserts at all those summer parties. And of course the little ones can't get enough of those sugary desserts we only let them indulge in once in awhile.  But if you're a busy mom hosting a party too, you'll appreciate any quick and easy holiday snack ideas for the kiddos. You know, the ones that are still festive but only take a fraction of the time to put … [Read more...]

Lucky Charms Jell-O Snack: Easy St. Patrick’s Day Treat for Kids

Treat your kids to this yummy Lucky Charms Jello Treat - it's an EASY St. Patrick's Day recipe for busy moms!

Like most kids, my little ones are always begging for a tasty snack to satisfy their sweet tooth in the afternoon. While I don't like to give in to their every whim and craving, I do let them indulge in a tasty treat for special occasions like St. Patty's day. Last year they devoured my Shamrock Pretzel Pops - which were a HUGE hit! So this holiday, I figure I can continue the trend with a super easy green Jell-O treat. Because I'm a busy mom (and not to mention 8 and half months pregnant) fast and easy snacks are a top choice! I decided I would simply dress up a Jell-O cup with one … [Read more...]

7 Small Changes to Make at the Grocery Store for Pregnancy Health

If you're looking for ways to eat healthy during pregnancy, make these easy changes when you shop for groceries!

Sifting through all those must-have foods for a healthy pregnancy can be a little daunting. You want to buy fresh and organic for your developing baby...when possible, and get all the necessary nutrients for your own body to sustain a pregnancy. But sometimes there's just so much to remember: What you should be eating daily. What you shouldn't be. And what you should avoid at all costs. The list goes on and on. When I think back to my shopping habits during pregnancy a few things come to mind. Each time I went to the grocery store to buy the essentials, I learned to make small changes … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Popcorn: Melt Your Heart Sweet & Salty Snack Recipe

Valentine's Day Popcorn: An easy recipe idea using popcorn, chocolate melts and conversation hearts.

You love sweet. He loves salty. If only there were an easy Valentine's snack recipe to please you both... Oh wait there is ;)! It's called a delicious Melt Your Heart Valentine's Popcorn recipe that combines both sweet and salty flavors for a romantically delicious treat you can both enjoy while you snuggle up to view your favorite movie. Of course kids will LOVE this too! Just be sure they don't hog the whole bowl :). This post may contain affiliate links. Valentine's Day Popcorn Recipe To make this easy snack you'll need 3 ingredients only: Freshly popped … [Read more...]

Delicious Holiday Mocktail & Smoothie Drink for Pregnant Moms

What do you do when you're pregnant and mingling with friends and family at the latest holiday party, admiring all the festive holiday cocktails adorned with candy canes and red, white and green liqueur? You raise a glass and toast with your holiday mocktail (alcohol-free), that's what you do! Trust me, I know the feeling. I've been pregnant during the holidays 3 times so knew I had to find a way to safely join in the fun. So today, I'm bringing you a delicious recipe for a smoothie mocktail that will leave you feeling energized and ready to celebrate with bells on! This … [Read more...]

Breakfast Playdate Party Featuring WaterWipes

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Last weekend while visiting friends and family, I had the opportunity to host a fun little playdate over breakfast. The kids (and adults alike) were hungry and eager to play after a long night -- baby sleepovers can definitely get a little crazy! I knew things were bound to get messy after bagels with cream cheese, blueberry muffins, cookies and a little bit of candy for the … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Nacho Dip: A Deliciously Spicy Recipe #SaveonHelper

With summer around the corner, I've been on a hunt for delicious and easy recipe ideas I can make for the family. Last week, I shared a Four Cheese Lasagna recipe from Hamburger Helper® (ready in 20 minutes!) that even my kids enjoyed. Boxed meals aren’t typically my go-to pick, but when you’re low on time and add your own personal twist to them, they can really go a long way! This weekend, I picked up a box of the Crunchy Taco meal at Wal-Mart and decided to make a yummy taco nacho dip combined with my favorite flavors: guacamole, salsa and shredded cheese! To make the taco nacho … [Read more...]

Easy Four Cheese Lasagna Recipe to Satisfy the Whole Family

Did you know June is National Hamburger Month? Oh yes! And that's a good thing when you're a busy mom looking for some yummy meal ideas for the family. But with summer around the corner, that means more activities and outings planned…making even less time to spend in the kitchen. So I am always looking for easy dinner recipes that work well when I only have so much time for meal planning and cooking. I love that Hamburger Helper® makes my time preparing dinner so much easier. You literally just add a couple ingredients to the package and you're good to go! Betty Crocker has a whole … [Read more...]