How to Turn a Microwaveable Sandwich into a Complete Meal

jimmy dean delights

I received media samples, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Now that the kids are back in school and I'm alone for a large portion of the day, fixing lunch isn't high on my list of priorities. When I'm tapping away on my keyboard, I get in a zone and I often forget about lunch until my stomach starts telling me that it's dissatisfied … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

almonds that have been coated in cinnamon and sugar

I'm proud to partner with CVS/Pharmacy for this Gold Emblem Summertime Snacking Campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. My kids are back in school, y'all.  You know what … [Read more...]

A Visit to a Local State Park

peanut butter stirrer

During the summer here in Texas, it's hard to spend a great deal of time outdoors! The bugs are big (and they bite) and the heat is unbearable most of the time. As soon as you walk outside, sweat begins to form on your forehead and above your lip, and it's just gross. But despite all the obstacles that appeared to be standing in my way, my family … [Read more...]

How to Load the Dishwasher

how to load the dishwasher

I am a member of the Cascade Kitchen Dish Council. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Up until recently, I didn't know there was a right way to load the dishwasher. I had my right way, my husband had his right way, and then there is the real right way. Believe it or not, the way you load dishes into the dishwasher has a tremendous … [Read more...]

Back to School Lunchbox Ideas

back to school lunch ideas

I'm proud to partner with CVS/Pharmacy for this Gold Emblem Summertime Snacking Campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. It's no secret that school lunch isn't very appealing … [Read more...]

Back to School and a Power Rangers Surprise

personalized power rangers letter

This is a partnered post with Saban and Walmart. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Today was the first day back to school for my three children. Not one single tear was shed by the terrific trio. The same can not be said for me. Since when did this back to school thing get so hard on me, and easy on them? After today, I feel like … [Read more...]

Is Your Family a #PlayfulFamily?

Kaboom Disneyland Play Together Tour1

Go outside and play. I say that to my kids a lot. But it's so much more fun for all of us when we get to go outside and play together. Realizing how important play is to children's development and the family unit, KaBoom has taken fun on the road with their Play Together Tour which kicked off this past weekend in Anaheim, California. The free … [Read more...]

7 Easy After School Snack Ideas

easy after school snack ideas

I'm proud to partner with CVS/Pharmacy for this Gold Emblem Summertime Snacking Campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. As soon as my children walk into the door after a … [Read more...]

A Scentsational Vacation Memory + Chance to Win

scents trigger memories

I married Clark Griswald. I love him dearly, but his true vacation colors were revealed on our honeymoon to Maui. It started with losing his wedding ring while swimming on the first day of our trip. He ended up with food poisoning while on a driving excursion through the remote forests. While recovering, he sat out on the balcony reading some book … [Read more...]

Kids, Chaos & Caffeine

kids chaos caffeine making iced coffee in the morning

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. My children head back to school on Monday. To be perfectly honest, I'm an emotional wreck. I don't know whether to be happy that I'll have a silent home again during the day or be devastated that I'll have a silent home again during the day. I'm usually not this … [Read more...]