Frightening and Fun Halloween Food and Giveaway

If there is one thing that I love about the holidays it is making fun food with my kids and Halloween food is definitely our favorite. Today I am sharing 40 Frighteningly Fun Halloween Food ideas that you can make with your kids plus an amazing giveaway so make sure your make it all the way to the bottom.  Some of these look so real that I’m not sure I could eat them!

 Fun Halloween Food40 Frightening and Fun Halloween Food

I love everything about the Fall season and especially Halloween.  All of these fun Halloween Food ideas have me wanting to throw a fun costume party, just for fun.  Enjoy! [Read more...]

Pirate Pancakes – Talk Like a Pirate Day

Did you know that September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day?  I don’t know who came up with that day but I can guarantee that we’ll be having a lot of fun with it at our house.  We made these simple Pirate Pancakes for a fun and easy way to acknowledge the day.

Pirate Pancakes


Pirate Pancakes

We really love making fun but simple breakfast food at our house.  And, what would be more fun for my boys than Pirate Pancakes?  These Pirate Pancakes were super popular with my 4 buccaneers.   [Read more...]

School Emergency Kit

If disaster were to strike your community and you were not able to get to your children at their school, would you know with a certainty that they are being taken care of?  We had an eye-opening experience in our area recently that has prompted me to make a School Emergency Kit for each of my boys, just in case something were to happen while they were at school and I wasn’t able to get to them.  Plus, it’s never a bad idea to have a little snack on hand.

 School Emergency KitSchool Emergency Kit

This past week our community experienced a massive flash flood.   Our dry, desert weather suddenly turned violent and hurricane-like as the remnants of a tropical storm pounded our entire region, ripping out the interstate and knocking out power and water.  Several students were stranded at area schools long into the night because there was no safe route to get them home and a handful of students had to spend the night on the gym floor of the local fairgrounds until emergency personnel could get them to their parents. It made me realize that a simple School Emergency Kit that can be kept in a back-pack would have come in very handy. [Read more...]

Dear Tired Moms: It’s Okay to Take a Nap

This post is for any and all tired moms out there.  Let’s get over the belief that it is not okay for us to acknowledge that we are tired.  Let’s stop feeling guilty if we need some down time.  This letter is for you.  I’m  going to be taking my own advice so if you need me, you know where to find me. :)

Tired Moms

Dear Tired Moms,

I’m not sure who came up with the idea that it is not okay for moms to get tired, but I’m tired of feeling guilty for being tired. (Are you following me?) I am giving you permission to do something that most of us probably should have done a long time ago: Take a Nap!  Being a mom is ridiculous on most days and exhausting on our best days.  It is okay to be tired!

Here are a few things that I have discovered over the years of being a wife and mother: [Read more...]

Ways to Make Family Dinner More Meaningful: Share the Table

In today’s world, making time for family dinner is increasingly difficult.  With work, after-school sports, music lessons, etc. it can be really hard to sit down and eat a meal together as a family. And often when we do sit down to eat we are distracted by television, phone calls, social media, etc.  I think it is time to take back family dinner and make it more meaningful.

Family DinnerWays to Make Family Dinner More Meaningful

This past week my family had an amazing time at the Family Forward conference at Universal Studios in Orlando.  We had the opportunity to make and share a family meal together and learn about ways that we can make family meals more meaningful.  We heard from Barilla’s guest chef, Daniele Baliani, as he helped us prepare a delicious lunch of Barilla Penne Salad with Roasted Peppers, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Arugula, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil.  It was delicious!  (recipe below) Prior to this lunch, Barilla had asked me to take part in their Barilla Blog Tour and share our experience of what our family learned  about the Share The Table initiative with my readers. [Read more...]

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