Homemade Cupcake Bouquet With Strawberry Buttercream Frosting {Recipe & Craft}

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Spring time is in full swing and I couldn't be happier!  You already know how much I adore this season, and with so many great occasions around the corner I came up with an amazing Spring inspired dessert that is perfect for gifting!  Isn't it gorgeous?  This creation features moist Devil's Food Cake cupcakes with a delicious homemade strawberry buttercream frosting made to look like a real flower bouquet!  This is perfect for giving to someone special - fill the bottom with a pair of cute garden gloves and a seed packet or personalize it to fit your needs.  Check out the recipe below, and be sure to visit my fellow bloggers in the #12bloggers monthly challenge to see what sweet Springtime … [Read more...]

Felt Chalkboard Postcards {Easy Crafts For Kids}

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Remember those cute postcards I made for the kids to use in their new playhouse?  Well, I've gotten some emails this week asking how we made them so here they are!  They are really easy and you don't even need a sewing machine!  The kids absolutely love these, and they have SO much fun checking their mail when the go out to their playhouse every day! Felt Chalkboard Postcards various colors of felt foam sheets chalkboard paint high durability thread, fishing line or dental floss chalk or chalk markers small amount of velcro scissors If you have a fairly durable sewing machine you can make these in less than ten minutes, but mine is pretty old so I am going to take you … [Read more...]

Fruity Pebbles Blondie Bars

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Post Pebbles, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PostWalgreens http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Spring means warmer days and beautiful skies.  Things are blooming, birds are chirping, and I have SO many great new dish ideas!  One of my absolute favorite parts of Spring is the color everywhere, so a lot of my inspiration comes from that.  In my backyard alone we have 8 different flowering plants with SO many colors!  I wanted to come up with a fun and easy dessert inspired by the bright and playful colors of Spring, so naturally I picked up my favorite childhood cereal at Walgreens and made … [Read more...]

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels

I whipped up these amazing Blueberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels as part of a campaign for Collective Bias and their partners.  All opinions are 100% my own. Do you want to know what two of my favorite things to eat are?  Blueberries and cream cheese.  I absolutely love them as ingredients and I love finding new ways to serve them.  When I saw the new Philadelphia Blueberry Cream Cheese at Walmart last week I picked up a few tubs and set out to come up with a great new blueberry creation!  I wanted to make it easy, but still be creative and flavorful so I decided to do a fruity take on cinnamon rolls for a more balanced and cream cheesy twist.  What I came up with was amazing - light and fluffy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pixie Dust Granola Bars

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I created these yummy Peanut Butter Pixie Dust granola bars as part of a sponsored post with Collective Bias and their client.  All opinions are my own.  #ProtectPixieHollow #CollectiveBias You guys.  I can't believe that I am admitting this, but I am SO excited about Disney's new The Pirate Fairy movie coming out in a few days!  I realize that I'm a grown woman, and that magical cartoon fairies aren't necessarily supposed to be something I look forward to, but Kaia is crazy about the Disney Fairy movies and I adore having "girl time" watching them with her.  Her love for all things Fairy started last year when she saw her first Tinkerbell movie.  She was mesmerised.  I don't know what … [Read more...]

Step2 Great Outdoors Playhouse

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I am a Step2 Ambassador and was sent this awesome Great Outdoors Playhouse to check out. All opinions are my own. Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year, and now that it is finally here it's time to start sprucing up my back yard, dust off the outdoor toys and let the kids spend their days in the sun!  They are at the age where their baby toys from the last few years no longer hold their interest, so I decided that it was time to think about some larger scale outdoor fun from now on.  I was super excited when Step2 sent them this amazing Great Outdoors Playhouse to test out, and I'm pretty sure they think I'm the coolest mom ever now! This thing is fabulous.  Not only is it … [Read more...]

Win A Step 2 Basketball Hoop Of Your Choice!

It's that time of the year again when the college sports world truly is madness. To celebrate, Step2 is giving away basketball hoops to 3 lucky readers! Winners will have their choice of selecting the Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Set, Shootin' Hoops Junior Basketball Set, or the Floor to Door Basketball. The Step2 Ambassadors had a chance to test out these hoops, check out the video below to see them in action.  We were given the Shootin' Hoops Pro Set and my kids LOVE it!  Not only will it grow with them, but I can totally school my husband and get a workout myself when the kids are napping because it stretches to SIX feet tall! Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Set Get ready to … [Read more...]

Mint Oreo Leprechaun Bark {12 Bloggers Recipe Challenge}

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St. Patrick's day is just around the corner, and I know I just shared a super tempting dessert with you but what's one more in the name of festive fun?  By now you know that when I do sweets I do them BIG and decadent, and this yummy recipe for Mint Oreo Leprechaun Bark with dark chocolate, vanilla and cake batter is no exception. Read on to get the details and since it is the 12th see what other amazing green desserts my fellow 12 bloggers have in store for you! Mint Oreo Leprechaun Bark These are ridiculously easy.  You basically melt a bunch of chocolate, sprinkle in some cookies, and refrigerate. This is a fantastic gifting dessert - you can tie bark pieces in a cute gift bag with … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Samoas {Girl Scout Cookie Recipe}

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So you know that decision I made last month to get back into my healthy eating groove?  Well, it is going fantastically.  I feel better, I have more energy, I completely cut out soda from my diet, I'm making all kinds of smart food choices and best of all, I'm wearing jeans I haven't seen since before Kaia was born.  Hooray!  So I'm sure you are probably wondering why in the heck I've got a giant picture of chocolate and caramel temptations going on here.  Well, here's the thing.  The key to staying on track is not to completely restrict yourself - you need to balance it with little treats and rewards here and there or else you'll go crazy.  I am pretty much obsessed with Girl Scout cookies, … [Read more...]

Blank: A Love Letter For My Son

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It isn't often that an animated cartoon moves me to tears, but the first time I watched the trailer for Disney's new vinylmation film I was left a blubbering mess.  Yes, motherhood turns you into an emotional basket case. Seriously though, the very beginning of the movie hit me hard.  You may think watching an animated mouse trying to paint himself over and over again isn't very tearworthy, but all the mamas out there know what I'm talking about.  The yearning we have for our children to be happy with themselves.  To embrace who they are and radiate self love. To be confident in what makes them who they are and to know that everyone is different in their own way, and that it is okay.  The … [Read more...]