Back to School Teacher Gift Idea

Teacher Gift Idea

My kids haven't started school yet, so we have been busy enjoying the last few days of our carefree summer.  I thought it would be fun to make some small back to school teacher gifts for my kids' teachers for the first day of school, just a cute little something to say that we are excited to have them as a new teacher. I taught elementary school for a while before starting this blog, and I'll be honest, besides the sweet letters and pictures from students, the next best teacher gifts are gift ... [ Read More ]

Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup

Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup Recipe

I am a member of the World Market Trendsetter Tribe, and this post is sponsored.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Although technically we still have a few more weeks until the start of fall, I'm already dreaming of cozy sweaters, carving pumpkins, fires in the fireplace,  crisp cool nights, caramel apples, and hot bowls of filling soup.  Today I've got a great recipe to share with you that is so perfectly fall- a butternut squash pumpkin soup! This butternut squash pumpkin soup gets ... [ Read More ]

Spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa Recipe

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I can honestly say that I've never met a salsa that I didn't like. Mild, spicy, hot, smooth, chunky, sweet, spicy, I like them all! I recently made a spicy pineapple mango salsa that was amazing, and I thought you might like to try making it too! This spicy pineapple mango salsa gets its' sweetness from the fresh pineapple and mango chunks, and its' spiciness from the a jalapeno and ... [ Read More ]

Grilled Greek Chicken Shish Kabobs

Grilled chicken skewers with marinade recipe

One of my favorite meals of all time are grilled chicken shish kabobs.  They are healthy and delicious, and I think I could eat them every day of the week and they would never get old. As a teenager I would help make these for my family all the time and grill them in the backyard.  Onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomoatoes all complement the delicious grilled chicken flavor, and when served on a bed of cous cous, it's pure heaven. I'd love to share the yuminess with you, but since I ... [ Read More ]

Turkey Hummus Wraps + A Summer Party

Turkey Hummus Wrap Recipe

Thank you to Pacific Foods for sponsoring this summer wraps recipes post.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine. With summer nearing an end, I decided it a fun pool party needed to happen.  What better way to say goodbye to summer than with swimming with family and friends and enjoying great food?  I made some delicious Turkey Hummus Wraps and some Southwest Chicken Wraps that were the star of the show that I wanted to share with you today! I wanted my party food to be light and easy since ... [ Read More ]

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy joe sliders

This post brought to you by Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine. Although I enjoy cooking, sometimes it can be a pain to make a big meal every night for the family without spending hours and hours in the kitchen.  I recently made some sloppy joe sliders for dinner that were SO quick and easy (my two favorite words) that I wanted to share with you today.  I believe that everything is cuter in miniature, and these are no exception! To make these sloppy joe sliders, I browned one pound of the ... [ Read More ]

Teaching Kids Emotional Intelligence

EQtainment's Q's Race to the Top Board Game

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #Qsracetothetop http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” It'a amazing to me how some kids seem to be so innately thoughtful and so in tune with their feelings and the feelings of those around them,while others kids seem to take no notice of others' feelings. Can emotional intelligence be taught?  What can we do as parents to help teach emotional ... [ Read More ]

The Thickety Book Review

The Thickety: A Path Begins Book Review

This post brought to you by HarperCollins Children’s Books. All opinions are 100% mine. I have always been a voracious reader, eagerly reading for hours on end the latest mystery or adventure novel as a child.  As an adult I find I have to make the time to read, since life is much busier than it once was.  I recently read a new book called The Thickety by J.A. White that reminded me why I love to read! The Thickety:  A Path Begins takes place in the small secluded town of De'Noran, located ... [ Read More ]

Bacon Wrapped Sausage Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Sausage Grilled

This post brought to you by Bar-S Foods. All opinions are 100% mine. Last week I read a comment on Instagram that became my inspiration for the bacon wrapped sausage recipe I'm sharing today.  The commenter said "Bacon makes everything better."  So true, right? With summer in full swing, we love being in the great outdoors as a family and grilling our meals.  We recently headed out to the beach, and grilled up an amazing dinner that I want to share with you! Before we left, we stocked up ... [ Read More ]

Kermit the Frog Paper Lanterns

Muppets Paper Lantern Craft of Kermit the Frog

This Muppets craft is sponsored by Disney and Blueprint Social.  As always, all ideas and opinions are 100% mine. I fondly remember sitting down with my family as a child once a week after bath time for the Muppets Show.  We looked forward to the show every week, and would have so much fun laughing together as a family!  Today's project features one of my favorite Muppets characters, plus a new character from Disney's new movie, Muppets Most Wanted.  These Kermit the Frog Paper Lanterns are ... [ Read More ]