Roadtrip Treasure Hunt

Road Trip Treasure Hunt

Disclosure: This shop, “Road Trip Treasure Hunt” has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripOil #CollectiveBias With my husband temporarily working out of state, our household bills have doubled while his salary basically stayed the same–which means our planned summer vacation had to be cancelled. Instead of an EPIC cross-country trip, we have been enjoying mini-staycations and going on as many Road Trip Treasure Hunts as we can plan. Food Advertising by What is a Road Trip Treasure Hunt you ask? It’s simple. We map out a string of geocaches, pack a picnic lunch, load up my SUV with the kids, a cooler, and our Go-Bag, and spend the day geocaching. I love how geocaching brings us closer together as a family, plus …

“Fifty Shades” of Embarrassed or How to Share Your Kindle Fire Contents Without Traumatizing Your Kids

“Fifty Shades” of Embarrassed, or How to Share Your Kindle Fire Content Without Traumatizing Your Kids

I’m a major technophile so I usually upgrade my iPhone every year. When I do, I pass my old one off to my husband, who in-turn passes his old device down to one of the girls. Currently in our family we have an iPad, three iPods, four iPhones, and a first generation Kindle, plus each of the girls have a Kindle Fire. Because my daughters and I have such similar taste in music (don’t judge), I decided it would be easier for us to share an iTunes account. That way when I bought music it would automatically download onto their devices. Setting it up this way, I always know exactly what the girls download, because it is automatically added to my iPhone. And if it is something I don’t approve of, I can simply delete it …

Copy Cat Chick-fil-A Garden Market Salad

Copycat Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad

My favorite salad is a Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad. It’s sooo good. The flavors are so yummy together and honestly I could eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and not get tired of it! But I always crave it on Sunday when Chick-fil-A is closed! So now I just make my own (if I can keep berries in the house, my kids can eat them by the pound faster than locusts!) Food Advertising by You just have to try it!! Now I tweaked the Chick-fil-A recipe a little bit towards my personal tastes. I don’t like blue cheese so I used goat cheese crumbles, and I like a lot of flavors and textures in my salad so I added some dried cherries. Their tartness goes really well with the sweet …

Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS seem to wait until the last minute to pick up classroom Valentine’s for my kids. You know how it goes, you see them in the stores and think “There’s still time to pick up something. I’ll buy them next time.” Then BOOM! it’s the night before the party and you really don’t want to run out at 10pm to pick up a box of pricey Valentine’s from the limited options at the corner store. With five daughter’s I’ve done this more times than I’d care to admit. Food Advertising by So this year I decided to sit down with my girls and design our own Valentine’s. We had a lot of fun thinking of sayings and picking the images to use. We were so proud of what …

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. All opinions are mine alone. #TomorrowStartsTonight #CollectiveBias If you have followed me for a while, you know that I don’t get enough sleep. Between my brain not wanting to shut off for the night, dogs terrified of thunderstorms, sick kids, and my husband’s horrible nighttime nasal congestion, I’m lucky to get 4 hours of sleep each night. My husband’s nasal congestion gets so bad that sometimes I will sleep in our walk-in closet on a blowup mattress! Not exactly comfortable, but at least it is quiet. Food Advertising by When I don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day is nearly always a nightmare. Lack of sleep affects my mood and, in turn, everyone around …

Last Minute Classroom Treat – Mummy Drink Pouches

Last Minute Classroom Treat – Mummy Drink Pouches

If you are anything like me, you wait until the VERY last minute to prepare for school events. I always end up volunteering to bring something easy like store bought cookies or pretzels and chips. This year I signed up to send in flavored water pouches. My daughter wasn’t impressed, so I decided to take a few minutes to jazz up the pouches… These Mummy Drink Pouches were successful in wowing my daughter, and the other kids in her class. They are super easy to make–all you need is some drink pouches, white crepe paper, googly eyes, and a hot glue gun (I also used a small black piece of black construction paper to glue on the eyes, but it’s not necessary). PS Be careful with the glue gun! I am a klutz and …

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Goody Bags

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Goody Bags

I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly the craftiest person. I get frustrated when there are too many steps to follow or if it takes too long to complete. I REALLY wanted to make this wreath, but I knew I didn’t have the patience to finish the project. Gluing all those little putka pods would have taken FOREVER!!! That is why I was so excited when I found these cute pumpkin goody bags. They make adorable goody bags for a Halloween party, a fun classroom treat, or to give out to Trick-or-Treaters. You could even use them as a place card or table decoration for Thanksgiving. Food Advertising by I love that they are super easy to make. I knocked out 20 of them while watching the latest Blacklist …

Throw a Spooktacular Kids Halloween Party for Under $100 with BJ's Wholesale

Throw a Spooktacular Kids Halloween Party for Under $100 with BJ’s Wholesale

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. “Throw a Spooktacular Kids Halloween Party” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. Kids birthday parties. UGH! Let’s be honest. They can be expensive, aggravating, exhausting… did I say expensive? Every summer my family celebrates five birthdays and a wedding anniversary. That is a lot of parties in just five weeks and if I’m not careful, I can break the bank celebrating. So I’ve learned a few tricks to keep expenses down. My biggest tip is to pick up your party supplies–food, candy, helium tank, cake, ice cream and drinks–at BJ’s Wholesale Club. It’s a one-stop shop plus you …

Is your child Prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)?

Is your child prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)?

Is your child Prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)? With the recent floods in Baton Rouge and West Virginia, plus severe weather that will likely hit this fall, it is imperative that we equip our children with the information and supplies needed in case they are in school or daycare when a disaster hits. Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations. That’s why Save the Children encourages everyone to act to better protect kids BEFORE disaster strikes. Do you have a plan in place? Every day, 69 million U.S. children are separated from their families while they are at school or child care. Save The Children recommends you make free In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contact Cards for your children to prepare for an emergency that could happen while your child is …