Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #4kphoto #4kfun Photographing kids can be pretty difficult at times. They run, jump, squirm, wiggle, and do everything but what you ask them to. Even though they can be crazy, kids are one of my favorite subjects to work with because of that unpredictability. Because when they do silly things the results can be magical. But it takes a lot of work! As a mom I loved snapping away from the time my kids were born, but when Judah was a baby I wasn't exactly the photographer I am today so there was a lot of trial and error … [Read more...]

Starting A New School In Style


I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Reebok. I received a gift card to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Judah is in the middle of his first week of school, and I've got quite a few feelings going on right now. Fear, nervousness, happiness, but the most dominant one is pride.  I am so proud of how far my amazing boy has come and how seemingly easily he got to this point.  Last year he was in a transitional class for kids who need a little special help, and he rose so high there that this year he is able to be in a full fledged, completely typical classroom with typical peers and no special … [Read more...]

No Bake Layered Caramel Cheesecake In A Jar

No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. Cheesecake is one of those desserts that you can make just about any way you like it. The flavor options are virtually limitless, and it's also super easy to whip up if you go for the no-bake kind. With Judah back in school I have more time during the day to spend working and creating new recipes, so I decided to get creative and whip up a family treat to celebrate a successful first week of Judah being in kindergarten! You know that I'm not one to give my kids decadent desserts, but every once in a while they deserve a special treat, so I grabbed some ingredients and started experimenting. I came up with an … [Read more...]

Managing Toddler Messes, One Tangle At A Time


This is a sponsored post on behalf of SocialStars and JOHNSON'S® Baby. #johnsonspartners #TangleTalk Kaia has entered the stage where she is up for almost anything. She loves exploring, adventuring, and generally anything that requires a bath afterwards. I wish she had the energy she did - she attacks every single day with the kind of enthusiastic energy that I would love to bottle, and her crazy, silly joy is seriously amazing to watch. I think this is my favorite stage of childhood, the in-between of baby and big kid, and even though she does throw a tantrum here and there, this girl is loving life. But, with that awesome activity and adventure comes a lot of mess. I'm talking skinned … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Treat Bars

no bake caramel apple treat bars

With school in session we have a lot of cereal in the house. Now, I know there are a lot of crazy kinds out there filled with all kinds of yucky stuff, but in our family we like to keep it nutritious. Naturally Cheerios are our default choice because not only do they have the ingredients we look for, but they also have a huge variety of flavors to fit pretty much anyone's taste. I will admit that I don't normally veer far from the traditional honey nut, but the other day I decided to try a few new flavors so I took advantage of a BOGO coupon and picked up a box of Apple Cinnamon and a Banana Nut Cheerios from Publix. Since I love creating new recipes, I thought I would make something … [Read more...]

Birthday on a Budget: Marvel Madness Hero Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BDayOnBudget #CollectiveBias I can’t believe it, but Judah just turned FIVE!  I wanted to go all out and throw him an over the top party, but between supply lists and new clothes for the upcoming school year I needed to do it without breaking the bank. So, in an effort to make the coolest party I could and save money at the same time I combined store-bought accents with some adorable DIY, and what I came up with was amazing! See that? Awesome, right? Even though it was small it had some serious coolness going on, and thanks to the affordable American Greetings party supplies I … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cones

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SunsOutSpoonsOut #CollectiveBias I have a heck of a sweet tooth, and my all time favorite dessert is anything frozen and chocolatey. Last week I was in the mood for something indulgent so I headed to the ice cream section of Walmart, but I just couldn't find what I was craving. Sure, there were frozen treats full of cookies, swirls of caramel, and chocolate chunks, but when I eat dessert I want to go all out. I want more than just a "loaded" ice cream bowl. So I thought “Oh hey, I’m a maker.  I can do it better”. I took a stroll over to the ice cream section, picked up a tub of Blue … [Read more...]

Thirty Minute Taco Bowl (& a PayPal Giveaway!!)


Easy meals are where it's at in my house, especially since school is about to start. Being a work at home mom means that constantly struggle with a work-life balance, and the lazy days of Summer are just about over. Things are about to kick into high gear, and it's time for me to pull out my favorite easy meals to serve while we adjust to our new schedule. This taco bowl packs a big flavor and is loaded with goodness from fresh veggies and protein. It is full of flavor with all my favorites – sweet potatoes, zesty rice, chopped green chilis, and Avocados from Mexico. (Get coupons HERE!) This recipe is great for a family dinner or even a lunch on the go since the whole thing is in one dish, … [Read more...]

Easy Back To School Snack Packs

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BTSwithMotts #CollectiveBias Judah is going back to school in a few weeks and I am about to start freaking out. This year is a pretty big step for him – he is starting kindergarten! He was in preschool for the past two years, so he is familiar with the educational environment, but oh my goodness - he's a school kid now!  I'm excited and scared at the same time, but the excitement is taking over because I'm a sucker for cute back to school crafts. One of my favorite ways to make the first days of school special is to whip up cute lunch box crafts - nothing big, just something small that … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Fruit Pops

Strawberry Shortcake frozen fruit pops recipe

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Sara Lee®, and Breyers® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EasySimpleSweet You guys, my baby boy is starting Kindergarten this week and I need a hug! I am super excited for this next step, but I am so not ready for it. Realistically it's awesome, but this is a big first for all of us! I need to take my mind off of school prep and the stresses that come with it, and kitchen therapy is always great for that, so last week I spent some time revamping one of my all time favorite childhood sweet treats. I know strawberry shortcake is already pretty close to perfection, … [Read more...]