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Salsa Mac & Cheese: Dinner on a Budget with Kraft Coupons

[…]meal in under 20 minutes so you can get back to the important things in life – like playing with the family outside.  We have on occasion used our homemade salsa for this which the kids really love because then they get to help cook dinner. What are your favorite summertime meals to get you and your family back enjoying the beautiful […]
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Summer #BlogChallenge August 14 Piece of advice to new parents

[…]born, I had said, I will never have my children sleep in my arms / on my lap.  I won’t rock my kids to sleep when they are almost 2.  My kids will cry it out and sleep in their bed.  I will give breastfeeding a shot.  Kids should be off the bottle by the time they are 1.  Ok.  Reality check!  From day 1, she slept with me in my bed.  What was I thinking?  I don’t want my baby to cry.  I want her close.  I LOVE breastfeeding her.  When she wants it, not when the clock says to.  I never imagined that I would still be nursing her at 22 months or that it would be important throughout that first year and after.   So that’s it folks.  Do what is best for your family.  Even when it goes against the norm.  In your heart, you will figure out what is the right thing to do for your kiddos and you and your family.  What you think you will do when you have a baby may just get blown out of the water by what you actually choose to do when that baby arrives.  That’s okay!   So, what piece of advice do you have for new parents?  (You are all wonderful readers, so I know you will be respectful of others advice / […]
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Books We Love : The Beginner’s Bible

[…]me read from it pretty much every single day!  Seriously, if you are looking for a bible for your kids, or even one that would make a great gift, this is a perfect one!  The Beginner’s Bible By Mission City Press Illustrated by Kelly Pulley Have you found a children’s bible that you and your kids absolutely […]

Please a Hungry Crowd with this New Year’s Eve Kabobs Recipe

[…]toothpick flags. Now you know one of the foods we will serving this New Year’s Eve, whether home with just the kids or if some friends come out.  Grab this money saving coupon and let me know what you will be cooking up to celebrate the new […]
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What this girl does when it is -50 outside

[…]winter.  Since having two kids, I’ve adjusted a little.  While getting in and out of the truck with one kids wasn’t a big deal, two kids in carseats meant more time outside.  I had to protect my feet, so now, if it’s below zero and we are going somewhere, I put on really shoes and socks.  It really sucks.  No joke – I hate having to wear shoes and socks. Anyways, since I can’t remember a time where the temps were this low, I had to put on my flip flops and head outside for a picture.  Kind of looks like I’m on a white sand beach, doesn’t it?   What kind of crazy quirks do you […]

Keeping kids entertained on the go

[…] When it’s time to put it away, just roll it up and tie it shut with the ribbon attached.  My kids are obsessed with this thing!  They love chalk, so this doesn’t come as a shock to me.  And, at $10.00, it’s affordable and will get a ton of use!   Jeni Lynn Designs is one of my favorite Etsy shops.  Last year, I had the opportunity to review her car seat ponchos and we loved it so much we bought our son one too.   Between November 15 – 22, 2-13, you can win a $25 gift certificate to Jeni Lynn Designs!   How do you keep your little ones entertained when you are on the go, whether it is out to eat, the doctor’s office, or just waiting somewhere?   *Disclosure:  I received the car wallet and chalkboard roll complimentary for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and […]

Pocket Sous Chef + $100 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway

[…]by Your Life After 25 blogazine founder Da Vinci, is a cookbook that promotes falling in love with cooking again! Da Vinci wanted to write an easy to follow cookbook that was jam packed with a variety of recipes as well as useful tips and guides. The Pocket Sous Chef has over 60 recipes that all feature an image. In addition, readers will find an accessory list, shopping tips, conversion charts and more. The Pocket Sous Chef was written with small families, singles, newlyweds/couples, students and busy professionals in mind. No longer will you need to slave over a hot stove just to make one meal for yourself or smaller portions of food. The Pocket Sous Chef would make the perfect gift for the holidays, bridal showers, Valentine’s day, or any other occasion for a fellow foodie or home cook. To launch the site and give you the opportunity to pre-order a SIGNED copy of The Pocket Sous Chef, we’re giving THREE lucky fans a chance to WIN a “The Pocket Sous Chef Prize Pack.” And because we appreciate all your love and support, everyone who signs up for our monthly newsletter during the giveaway period will receive a FREE $5 coupon for You can use it for the cookbook, one of our fabulous limited edition aprons, or our sassy wine glasses – the choice is yours! Twitter Party Details: RSVP here- Date: October 15 Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST Hosts: @PocketSousChef, @YourLifeAfter25, @KristaMarieB Prizes: Ikea, Macy’s, Amazon Gift Cards, and The Pocket Sous Chef coupons. Hashtag: #PocketSousChef About The Author Da Vinci is a lifestyle blogger and author who works to “Entertain – Educate – Empower” her audience. With her desire to help people and passion for food Da Vinci hopes to enrich the lives of her fellow home cooks while letting everyone know you can cook and be fabulous. For more information, please visit or Follow Da Vinci on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram @PocketSousChef. Da Vinci is all about giving back! She is even doing something for Breast Cancer! Her wine glasses have very cute pink stems! Good Luck To You All And Please Help Spread The Word! The Pocket Sous Chef Launch Giveaway • 3 Prizes Available; Grand Prize: $100 Amazon gift card + $20 The Pocket Sous Chef e-gift., 2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card + $20 The Pocket Sous Chef e-gift., 3rd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card + $10 The Pocket Sous Chef e-gift. • Open to US & Canada. • Winners will be chosen at random through Gleam. • Giveaway ends October 17th at 11:59pm ET. • Winners will be notified via email or Twitter DM. • Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. • Mom Powered Media & associated bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. • Must be 18 years or older to enter. • Unlimited Entries • Void where prohibited. • Entering the giveaway means you agree to terms above. • Good Luck! Win A $100 & More for The Pocket Sous Chef’s Site Launch Giveaway! Win A $100 & More for The Pocket Sous Chef's Site Launch Giveaway! Disclaimer: Purple Monster Coupons did not receive compensation for this post. Facebook, twitter, pinterest etc are NOT responsible or liable in anyway! Purple Monster Coupons and all participating bloggers are not responsible for the prizes in anyway! If you have questions or want to work with us message Natasha at […]
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3 Ways to Have an Even Better Popcorn and Movie Night {Introducing the Perfect Pop App}

[…]5+ on iOS 7+.  Then, put the bag of Pop Secret popcorn into the microwave and enter the suggested cooking time located on the package.  This app is designed to only work with Pop Secret popcorn.  Then, turn up the volume on your iPhone.  Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.  Start the microwave, then start the app.  While the popcorn is popping, keep your eyes on your iPhone for some fun facts and trivia.  The app listens to your popcorn popping and tells you the precise moment when your popcorn is perfect! You can say Goodbye to burned popcorn and hello to the best movie nights ever! Pop Secret is really excited about the new Perfect Pop app.  Not only do they want you to go download the FREE app, but they would love for you to take this quick, one question  brand survey.   What do you do to make movie night even better in your house?  What are some of your favorite […]
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Too Scoops Kids 2013 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway Event

[…]ones (and a few indulgences for mom, too). You can win prizes from top brands such as: Binkd Kids, Cherished Moments, Chloe Pink, Cuipo, EarZings, Envie de Fraises, Flik Flops, Giraffe Bath and Body, Golly Gee-pers, Guzzie and Guss, Intelligent Potty, Isossy Children, Jubilee Collection, Kickboard USA, Little Poco, Manhattan Toy Company Matilda Jane Clothing, Millions of Color, MiniJoops, Mom’s Kisses and many more. Join us for a Pinterest Holiday Bash on December 18th to “Pin for a Chance to Win” prizes from our Holiday Gift Guide. Create a board “Too Scoops Kids Holiday Wish List” using hashtag #TSKHolidayGuide. a Rafflecopter […]
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30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me #30things

[…]a parent?20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.21. Describe your relationship with your parents.22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for. Want to join in?  It will be […]
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Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole Recipe

[…]I want to eliminate baked on messes on my pots and pans or clean my counters and stove top  without scratching, I’ve got the solution.  The Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Dots Sponge  made cleaning up that baked on cheesy goodness a breeze.  The and the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Dots Dishwand filled with dish soap allows me to easily clean-up the rest of the dishes in a snap.  The Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponge cleans my counter tops and stove top in seconds.  Almost no elbow grease and almost no time at all and my pan was clean again.  Anytime I can get dinner cleaned up before any of the kids start falling apart is a win in my book.  The Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots scrub the worst of messes fast and rinse clean for next time. What are your secret weapons for easy […]

#Win an Organic Cotton Bodysuit or Dress from Nohi Kids #GreenSchool

[…]GIVEAWAY One lucky reader will win their choice of in stock dress or bodysuit from Nohi Kids.  Not only will your kids look amazing, but they will be sporting some gorgeous organic clothing from a fun kids line.  I let my daughter pick out her own dress from Nohi Kids online and she wanted every single one of them. Check out my full review here and find out about the differences between organic and conventional cotton. Giveaway open to US only.  Ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 19, 2014.  Good luck!   Entry-Form Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive an eco-friendly bookcase from Tidy Books; a Back to School outfit from KicKee Pants; a Waste Free Lunch Kit from Kids Konserve; $50 worth of YumEarth products; a $50 Gift Card to and a $50 Gift Certificate to Enter here. Disclosure: This contest will run through August 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Our Piece of Earth. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to this blog and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby’s Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Green Your School Year event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist […]
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#Win a Keekaroo Height Right Kids Chair {Giveaway}

[…]way up to adults, this chair can hold up to 250 lbs! Stylish, beautifully crafted & added comfort with the Comfort Cushions, the Keekaroo Height Right Kids Chair can be used at the kitchen table or the bar, everyone in your family will want their own!   One lucky reader will win a Keekaroo Height Right Kids Chair & Comfort Cushion, valued at $229!    Open to the US only, use the rafflecopter to enter! Good luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post & I am not responsible for the prize […]
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Day 16 #30things My 5 Greatest Accomplishments

[…]Accomplishments.  When I sit down to type this.  I can’t think of a thing.   1.  My kids.  They are still works in progress and I can’t wait to see who I helped to mold. 2.  My college degree.  I love having them.  I worked very hard for them and spent many sleepless nights to get them. 3.  The scrapbooks I have actually finished.  Someday, I will actually start both of my kids’ books. 4.  Selling my very first house as a real estate agent.  I worked so hard on that one and wasn’t quite sure what I was doing yet.  I was so proud of it.   5.  My blog.  Did you think I would forget to add that in?  I haven’t had my blog that long…not quite a year that I have actually been blogging regularly.   Those are the 5 that I can think of.  I imagine that there are bigger accomplishments, but I honestly can’t think of anything else right now.   What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?  Or even one of them, come on, spill the […]
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#30Things Day 2 My fears

[…]would happen to them?  Nobody can parent my children the way I do.  Would somebody else let my kids play the sports they want?  Keep in touch with their family?  Remember me? My other fear that I can think of is a fear of failing in front of my family.  I love them all so much, but sometimes I feel like we have to have the best and be the best.  There’s no real reason for it.  As far as I know, we aren’t in a competition.  Yet, somehow I feel like if we fail and admit our failures to our extended family, then we really are failures.   I guess these are the two things that I have come up with.  What are some of your fears?  How did they become your […]

Healthy eating made fun with Bento-Ware and Copy Kids {Giveaway}

[…]Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. Anything goes with this hop, so you never know what goodies are hiding behind each link below.  After you enter my giveaway, be sure to check them all out for many more chances to win {think Christmas is coming}.  Each prize is valued at $25 or more. MY GIVEAWAY One of you lucky readers will win a prize pack worth $44.  You will win a Bento-Ware Laptop Lunches lunch box, as well as a Copy Kids DVD.  {Clicking on the names will take you to the review posts} Giveaway open to US only.  Ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 11, 2013.  Good luck!   Entry-Form     DISCLOSURE: Mama’s Baby Cupcakes, Mommy’s Favorite Things and the “Whatever Goes” participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize […]
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Outdoor Gifts for Kids Who Love the Outdoors

[…]have these.  I started looking over Black Friday – but there are tons of them for great prices with great reviews. Trekking Poles. We do have one or two that we’ve bought on vacation and the kids fought over them. There were plenty of times when we were out in Glacier that I wished we all had some. I like the ones that adjust to a small size and fit on our water backpacks. Water Backpacks. Yeah, I bought these for our trip to Glacier and what a great decision that was! The backpacks have room for a few snacks and they can tuck a sweatshirt inside also. Plus – we add ice to ours and it makes a huge difference in how cold the water gets. Mine is bigger and holds our first aid kit, benadryl, water filter system just in case and whatever else I need.  You  can  read  more  about  the  differences  in  the  ones  I  bought  for  us  all  here. Snowshoes. I probably wouldn’t have thought of these but my eight-year-old asked for some today and I realized they really are fun. I have a few pairs but they are too big for him and we are planning to take them with us on our dogsledding adventure. {We are also going to Canada for a day to explore, so we will use them I’m sure}. Skis. My kids all enjoy skiing and my crew will ski all around the yard every day. We’ve found some for a good price at garage sales. Snow tubes or sleds or snowboards. Yeah, living in Minnesota, these are a must and we’ve gotten a bunch of fresh snow lately. The kids have lived outside!  It’s almost dark out and they just keep playing night after night. I was going to stop at mostly winter things but then I remembered a few of our favorites. Paddle Boards.  Our cabin is in a bay and we spend a ton of time there.  The kids love that they can paddle around by themselves. Kayaks.  We use these a ton at the cabin as well.  Maybe my sisters and I kayaked out one day and ended up at the bar…it could happen.     I realize I could go on and on with this list, but I’m skipping the things like good hiking shoes or winter boots, great outdoor wear, and lots more. However, I’m adding just a few things that came to mind when I think of gifts we would enjoy to use on our outings. What would you add to this list? You know…so I can start shopping for next […]

Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread Recipe

[…]as well. Our party food was a hit, no surprise there.  How could it be anything but fantastic with pizza, pies and bread with bacon.  I’m clearly winning as a hostess this time!  One friend who was here commented on the crust of the pepperoni and when I started eating, I realized she was right.  It was crust perfection in every bite.  We were all salivating waiting for the bread to finish cooking and couldn’t wait to dig in.  To top off our game day party, we had a delicious Edwards Frozen Pie.  It was love!  I spent virtually no time in the kitchen and a lot of time watching some football and socializing.  I can’t wait to share the recipe for the bread with you, so keep reading. Ingredients Loaf of Italian bread 1 lb bacon 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces cream cheese 1 stick butter, melted 1 tsp garlic powder I’ve got your attention, don’t I?!  Okay, so let’s whip this up real quick before our guests arrive, okay? Cook your bacon.  I prefer to have John cook it because I am a bacon burner but I had to do it myself this time so I tossed it in the oven. While the bacon is cooking, mix together the butter, cream cheese and garlic powder.  It doesn’t need to be smooth but make sure it’s all mixed together. Now, take your loaf of bread and cut diagonal lines about 3/4 of the way down the loaf, be sure not to cut all the way through the bottom of the loaf.  Continue making diagonal slits about an inch apart all the way down the loaf. After you have gone from one end to the other, turn your loaf a bit and make diagonal lines the opposite way from one end of the loaf to the other. Now it’s time for the good stuff.  Take your butter, cream cheese and garlic powder mixture and, using a knife, butter the bread throughout the slits of the bread.  Go both directions so all of the cut marks are buttered.  It doesn’t have to be neat, so go ahead and be quick, after all, there’s a party to get to, right? Now, repeat the process by stuffing bacon into the slits throughout the bread. Lastly, repeat again using the cheese, stuffing it into the slits. Wrap the bread in tinfoil and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.  I like my cheese brown and bubbly so after 20 minutes or so, I unwrap the top of the loaf and cook it for a couple more minutes.   If you want some garlic dipping sauce, it takes seconds!  I used a few tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon or two of garlic powder and some oregano.  Mix it well, dip and enjoy. This bacon cheese pull apart bread is the perfect party food.  No worries about having enough slices of bread,  dig in and pull apart some delicious goodness.  Serve with some Red Baron Classic Crust Pepperoni and an Edwards frozen pie and amaze your guests with your hostess skills.  What are you waiting for?  Get in there and cheer your team on! Print Yum Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread Recipe IngredientsLoaf of Italian bread 1 lb bacon 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces cream cheese 1 stick butter, melted 1 tsp garlic powderInstructionsFry bacon. Mix cream cheese, melted butter and garlic powder until mixed well, may still be some lumps. Cut bread diagonally about every inch, cut only 3/4 of the way down. Cut again in the same way going the opposite way. Spread cream cheese and butter and garlic powder mixture into all of the cuts of the bread. Stuff bacon into bread. Stuff cheese into bread. Wrap in tinfoil, cook at 350 for 20 minutes. For browned cheese, cook about 5 more minutes uncovered.Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes0.1 What are your favorite party foods to serve?  Are you a pizza addict like I […]

Day 9 #30things People who have influenced me

[…]that I just can’t seem to tap into, but they made me who I am.  Some are things I want to do with my kids, and some are things I don’t.  They coached us in softball, I would love to do that!  But they fought a lot, I don’t want to do that.  When they died, it had a lasting impact on me (duh, right?) and my life took a crazy turn.  Because of the courage they gave me, I was able to get through it pretty well, at least I think so. 9.  Clare.  He is this older guy who was living in the nursing home right across from our school growing up.  My sisters and I would walk past there every day and he would come out to visit.  He always brought us a treat too.  A few years ago, he found our numbers and he still loves to call and chat.   10.  God.  I try to live my life in a manner he would approve of.  It doesn’t always happen, but I try.  I’m sure I am forgetting something important, but it’s late, I’m tired.   Who are some people who have influenced your life?  How did they influence […]

Books We Love: Barn Storm

[…]again, and to be honest, it is one of my favorites as well.  Plus, it rhymes.  I like that in a kids book. In this story, a twister hits Farmer Brown’s farm, setting off a silly, entertaining chain of events sure to have your kids giggling, pointing and asking for more. What is your child’s favorite book to read […]