Active Mama Must Haves

active mama must haves for Summer fun!

I'm talking Summer Must Haves with Banana Boat as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #BestSummerEver Summertime at my house is all about the outdoors. We love going on adventures, and on any given day you can find us doing things like hiking on a mountain, digging for crystals, or relaxing in a homemade fort. We are a highly active family, and so I feel like we are always on the go. It's super fun, but this kind of lifestyle requires some pretty careful planning to ensure we always have the necessities with us. I'm sure there are other active mamas out there just like me, so I created this list of items that are perfect for on-the-go families to keep around for anytime adventure … [Read more...]

Grilled Flatbread Pizza

Grilled flatbread pizza

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetSaucy #CollectiveBias We recently bought our first "grown up" grill, and I've been having so much fun testing it out the past few weeks! I have been grilling up everything from veggie burgers to fruit and I think I've finally gotten the hang of it! I love being adventurous in my cooking, and trying fun new recipes is one of my happy places. The other day I decided to try my hand at homemade pizza using Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce as the star, and guess what? It was magical! My husband was a chef for a long time, and one of his signature dishes has always been pizza. So, … [Read more...]

Sunday Soiree with Pier1 Imports

This post was sponsored by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are my own. Remember a few days ago when I showed you my brand new back deck? Well, I had a reveal party over the weekend to show it off and I have to say it was a total hit! It was an intimate afternoon with close friends and great food, and I can't wait to have more like it. You know how much I love throwing parties these days, and thanks to my newly redone space I am going to have the absolute perfect backdrop for entertaining this season! Before I get into the party I want to talk about this amazing space. Thanks to the awesome selection at Pier 1 Imports I was able to transform my empty space into somewhere I can gather … [Read more...]

Rainbow Party Planning

Rainbow party planning

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareFunshine #CollectiveBias Lately I've been really into creating fun party spreads. It could be because Summer is birthday season around here, but I think it's probably just that I love making things pretty and festive. I normally do my parties outdoors, but since it's breaking into the 100's out there right now I thought I would share a cute and easy rainbow spread to help bring the sunshine INside and make being stuck indoors a little bit brighter! After all, who wants to party when they're sizzling? Not me! So lets talk about easy ways to bring the fun inside. The first … [Read more...]

Motherhood, Traditions, and Growing Up

I’m sharing my KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner memories as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Youknowyouloveit If you told me five years ago that I would be a mom of two I would have looked at you like you just sprouted a set of antlers on your head. I wasn't one of those girls that had always longed for a family, but when it finally did happen, I knew that I was meant to be a mother. It's funny how much you realize once you have kids of your own. I remember having a lot of (incorrect) preconceived notions about motherhood as a young adult, but really they are right when they say that nothing can prepare you for what it's like to be a mom until you are on that side of it. It's … [Read more...]

Celebrating Dads with Special Moments

I'm talking about bonding time with dad as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore There was a time when my husband and I didn't think we would get to be parents. We struggled for years with fertility issues, but after a long road our first child was born. Back then I had always wondered how he would be as a father, and when the day finally came finally I watched him take Judah in his arms and I knew that this is what he was supposed to be. From the first day out of the hospital he was on top of things. I was a mess of fear and dishevelment, but he was calm and nurturing right out of the gate. As time went by we got more comfortable in our roles as parents, … [Read more...]

Easy Fruit and Cracker {Skinny} Cake Batter Dip

I'm sharing this fun snack dip as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. #GoldfishTales If you have kids, then I'm sure you are familiar with the snack time struggle. If not, this is how it goes. Snack time rolls around, you ask your kids what they want, and the answer is something ridiculous like cookies, candy or ice cream. Then you offer something healthy instead which is followed by the meltdown of the century because they just have to have something that will send them into an afternoon long frenzy, resulting in an epic crash and burn. Yeah, it's rough. You already know I don't agree with sugary snacks for kids, but sometimes I feel like there should be a little indulging every once … [Read more...]

Fresh Berry Tie Dye Popsicles {& Easy Summertime Fun!}

I'm talking Summer fun as part of a sponsored post with SocialStars. #BestSummerEver Summer and popsicles just go together, don't they? Popsicles are pretty much the most perfect hot weather snacks, and my kids LOVE them! Since we usually spend our days outside and by the pool, it's great to have something to cool down with while being delicious and super fun at the same time.  We have a fruit garden in our back yard that's in bloom right now, so luckily all we have to do is pick them and then we're ready to whip up our frozen treats! The kids love helping make them, and I love trying new flavors and combinations, so it really is a great family activity to do together. Earlier this week we … [Read more...]

Saying Thanks to Dad This Father’s Day {With Printables!}

I'm talking about Fathers Day and creating this gift basket as part of a sponsored partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DadsMyHero #CollectiveBias Father's Day is about celebrating dads. It's about giving props to the heroes we grew up with and thanking them for being the light on our path. We can do this different ways - giving gifts, making crafts, spending time with them and so on, but really I think above all else it is important to just take a minute to let the dads out there know just how much we love them and appreciate even the little things they've done for us over the years. Once we have kids, it seems like Father's Day is all … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Teriyaki Burgers

As a vegetarian I naturally miss out on some things. Like burgers, for instance. Now, I totally don't miss meat at all, but there's just something to be said about a big, juicy burger that makes me a little drooly. But guess what? The joy of being meat free is that I've had to come up with a ton of creative replacements for my former favorites, and burgers are near the top of that list. I've made them all kinds of ways - with black beans, quinoa, tofu, chickpea, the list goes on, but none compares to the sweet potato burger. It's kinda what I'm known for in real life. Making a kick butt sweet potato burger that is. I get complements all the time about how amazing they are, and how they must … [Read more...]