PBS Kids Wild Kratts Wild Reptiles (DVD Review)

I knew my boys loved creepy, crawly, scaly, slithery things, but didn't realize their total obsession with reptiles until we watched PBS Kids Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles. We took this DVD with us on a road trip, and they watched it --mesmerized-- over and over again. I mean that literally. The DVD finished and they asked me to play it again. I was shocked they wanted to go on another 2 hour Wild Kratts binge, but also happy that they enjoyed … [Read more...]

Easy Apple Butter Recipe

Apple butter is one of my favorite things to cook during the fall season. Nothing says It's Fall better than the scent of simmering apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves filling the house. Apple butter is a delicious spread for just about anything - especially warm biscuits and toast. Give this easy recipe a try. You'll slowly cook apples on the stovetop with sugar and spices for a true, old-fashioned apple butter. I used a combination of … [Read more...]

Home Matters Linky Party #100

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. Home Matters Linky Party #100 & GIVEAWAY! ... It's here, the 100th Party! Thank you so much for coming to celebrate with us. We just know it is going to be an awesome week, and we are looking forward to seeing all the links you are sharing. We have some really fun stuff for you this week, so get ready to PARTY! First … [Read more...]

How To Make the Most of Your Back-To-School Budget + $1000 in Prizes Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Ebates as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. #CashBackToSchool #IC Shopping for back-to-school supplies with four kids in tow is not at the top of my How To Have Fun List. I try to shop online as much as possible to avoid having to drag everyone from store-to-store begging them to try on clothes and shoes. An added bonus is that I don't have to wait in any long checkout lines. I can make the … [Read more...]

7 Awesome Things To Do In Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the best family vacations we have ever taken. We took a 700 mile road trip from our home in Utah to Yosemite in California. I thought we had come a long way -- until we began meeting people from all over the world who had literally driven across continents and flown across oceans just to be there. Yosemite is a special place that calls out to the adventurous spirit in everyone. I have visited many national … [Read more...]

Spice Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers. All opinions are 100% mine. What would a birthday party be without ice cream? When it comes to birthday celebrations, ice cream is right up there in importance with the cake. They go hand-in-hand at my house. Ice cream is always there to help us celebrate special occasions, and now it's our turn to be there for ice cream. Breyers ice cream is celebrating a huge milestone birthday … [Read more...]

Home Matters Linky Party #99

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. It's been a busy week at my house getting the kids registered and geared up for school. We have just a couple weeks left until they go back. How about you? Home Matters Linky Party #99! ... Thanks for coming to share your awesomeness with us this week! We love to see you here. We are so excited for next week and our 100th party … [Read more...]

Cucumber Greek Salad Recipe

See cucumber salad in a whole new way when you slice cucumbers with a vegetable spiralizer. Delicious cucumber spirals are tossed with cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives and pepperoncinis.   I have been curious about vegetable spiralizers ever since the word Zoodles hit the internet. Here's the gist of what I have learned so far: Zoodles are vegetables (commonly zucchini) that have been sliced into long, noodle-like … [Read more...]

Volunteers Needed: Make No Sew Superhero Capes For Kids

As I flipped through a recent Family Fun magazine, one particular photo caught my eye. Two happy kids running around a smiling mom, all wearing colorful capes. My boys love to dress up as superheros, so I just had to read the Capes For Kids! article and find out what this was all about. Turns out, these aren't just ordinary capes. They are part of a volunteer campaign to get families like yours and mine to make and donate capes to kids who … [Read more...]