Skinny Samoa Kefir Pops

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. You already know that I have a heck of a sweet tooth, but even with a taste for sweets I try to make them as healthy as I can by swapping out the bad stuff.  I love using ingredients that I can feel good about - the kind of ingredients that I would be comfortable serving to my babies because  I know they are natural and free of harmful pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.  I was in the mood for some frozen yogurt pops the other day and decided to see what my local supermarket had.  Guess what?  There wasn't much to choose from unless I wanted to have sugar, corn syrup and all kinds of … [Read more...]

What To Do When It Rains On Vacation {& Rainbow Butterscotch Popcorn Recipe}

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, however all stories, recipes and opinions are my own. A few days ago my family had our very first real beach vacation.  It was absolutely amazing, but I'm not going to lie, travelling across state with two toddlers is trying.  The kids were overwhelmed with things going on, my husband and I were overwhelmed with chasing them around and bedtimes were pretty much a disaster (have you ever tried to to put two toddlers to bed in the same strange room?  I do NOT recommend it.  But all stress aside, it was magical.  We had all kinds of fun playing on the beach, hanging out in our suite overlooking the ocean, and we even got to see some amazing attractions … [Read more...]

No Bake Key Lime Pie In A Jar {12 Bloggers}

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If you have been on the internet any time over the past year you no doubt have seen the rise of the mason jar.  People everywhere are filling them up with stuff from plants to gifts to any kind of food you can think of, and  this month's #12bloggers theme is ALL about jars!  I will admit that I was a little stumped at what to do at first (hello, you can put anything in one of these babies!) but I eventually decided to go with one of my all time favorite Summer time treats - a quick and easy no bake key lime pie!  I'm a sucker for all things lime flavored, and putting it in a jar really makes it easy to layer on the amazing elements for one delicious dessert.  Read on for the details and … [Read more...]

Hazelnutty Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. Do you celebrate Christmas in July?  I never used to, but when the heat tops 100 degrees I love having a fun reminder of the cooler and more festive days ahead.  I start getting excited for the all fabulous food and excitement of the holiday season and daydream of the decadent recipes and fun crafts I have pinned to all my holiday Pinterest boards.  I consider Christmas in July a guilt free pass to eat whatever I want (Hey, it's Christmas!)  so I go all out and whip up some of my favorite holiday eats like fresh, warm Pillsbury Grands! cinnamon rolls.  You know how much I love coming up … [Read more...]

Life These Days

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I feel like I haven't shared a peek into our life in a while, and since so much has been going on I thought now would be a great time to do that.  We are right in the middle of Summer and I couldn't be happier!  Judah will be 4 next month (how in the world did that happen?!), Kaia just turned 2 AND we got a brand new puppy!  I have been wanting a new family dog for a while now, and we finally decided that Judah was ready for one so I checked around the local rescues and got word of a brand new litter of Pitbull pups that were in need of homes.  One look at this sweet girl and we were all hooked! Judah named her Izzy in honor of Izzy from Jake And The Neverland Pirates and they are … [Read more...]

13 Easy Summer Recipes With Fresh Fruits And Veggies

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foodie.com All opinions are my own. Fruits and vegetables are a staple of my everyday diet.  Having a vegetarian household means that I am constantly figuring out new ways to serve them but lately I've been in a recipe slump.  I love cooking, but with the sun out and Summertime calling my name it is hard to find quick and easy dishes that are full of enough good stuff to keep me going all day.  I could just grab some fries at the latest drive through and call it a day, but all that is going to do is give me a heavy, tired feeling and I don't want that!  So, I've searched the internet to find some fabulously easy fruit and veggie recipes to … [Read more...]

Firecracker Fruit Pops For A Healthy 4th Of July

This is a sponsored post written by me.  All recipes, images and opinions are my own. Fourth of July festivities are generally full of fun, family/friends and fabulous food.  Our yearly tradition growing up was always going to my family's big 4th of July picnic on the weekend of the holiday.  There were rides, petting zoos, music, games, and a buffet table 50 feet long where everyone who attended brought their favorite covered dish. Everyone's plates were piled high, full of southern homestyle food like mac-n-cheese, fried chicken and banana pudding.  It was amazing, but all that greasy food and sugar isn't going to make you feel great, especially on a hot day in the sun.  Now that I have … [Read more...]

One Coffee, Three Ways {How To Make Iced Coffee}

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I am in love with a machine.  Crazy, I know, but ever since a brand new Keirug K40  Elite Gourmet Single Cup Home Brewing System landed on my doorstep last week my life has changed.  Not only am I in a WHOLE new world of gourmet coffee bliss, but I also happen to have a spare 20 minutes to do whatever I want in the mornings now because I am not stuck brewing the old fashioned way.  I never got into the whole coffee as a dessert thing, but now that I have my super cool Keurig I decided to get creative and come up with three fabulous coffee concoctions for my upcoming 4th of July … [Read more...]

Easy Thunder Kit To Help Kids Ride Out The Storm

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Summer is my favorite season for many reasons, but when the weather gets warm it can also be a recipe for storms. We are lucky that they don't get very bad around here, but even as I type this I see dark clouds outside of my window and I know we are in for an afternoon of thunder, pouring rain and some pretty bored kids.  I don't mind storms now, but when I was little I would huddle under my covers at the first sound of thunder, clutching my flashlight and trying to tune it out.  We never had a storm preparedness kit growing up, but I think these days with the weather being so … [Read more...]

Take Along Pasta Salad {Two Great Varieties!}

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I made this easy pasta as part of a sponsored campaign for Collective Bias and its client. It is H-O-T where I am right now and that means two things.  1- I am spending as much time as I can at the pool, and 2 - My diet has just gotten a whole lot lighter!  I am not a fan of spending a lot of time in the kitchen in the Summer time, and even if I did, eating heavy meals in 95 degree weather just doesn't appeal to me at all.  So instead of slaving away in the kitchen while I could be having tons of fun with my kids I have come up with this super easy pasta salad dish that is absolutely perfect to make ahead and just screaming for me to grab one and go for a quick meal. Oh, and did I mention … [Read more...]