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Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups in conjunction with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. On an average week I cook dinner 5-6 nights a week, but at least 2 of those nights are quick and easy meals, nothing elaborate because my youngest has martial arts right over what would normally be our dinner time. I tend to alternate a lot of the kids' favorite dishes on those quick and easy night, but then throw in something new once in a while too so I can encourage them to try new foods. And then,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI. My kids favorite take-out is usually orange or lemon chicken. But, with the little man being gluten-free he often can't eat it because sometimes the ingredients used are not, and so I've been trying to make more of their favorite dishes at home. Let's face it, there's also the added benefit of the money I'm saving by cooking at home instead of going out. They absolutely love the orange chicken I make, so recently I decided to try a honey lemon chicken, and it was delicious. As... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotYourLife #CollectiveBias I love pretty things, in pretty packages. Being able to look at lovely things on the walls of my office and craft room, and around the space where I spend most of my work day inspires me. When things are organized, bright, and easy to find, it makes me happy, calms me, and leaves me wanting to spend more time in that space, and create even more lovely things. Although I'm pretty sure this pen box is going to last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield. Prior to Thanksgiving I was gathering up leftover turkey recipes, because let's face it, I always buy a turkey that is WAY bigger than we need for our little family. But, between soups and sandwiches, and pasta dishes, we used it all up, even if it meant making a few dishes to freeze. This week, it's all about the ham. Next week we are bound to have leftovers piled high. Smithfield wants to make using that extra ham a little easier with their great ideas for giving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We make it mandatory to see a movie or play every year during the holidays. Something that will get us into the festive spirit of the holiday season. If you are looking for a show to take your kids to in San Diego this holiday season, then take a look at A Snow White Christmas. The entire family will love it. Buy 4 tickets for $99 today! Visit http://sandiegotheatres.org/a-snow-white-christmas and select “Family 4 Pack” from *Special Offers drop down menu, or call the box office at 619-570-1100. The show runs from December 2 until December 24, 2016 and features Neil... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I received some really cool items from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post. Winter is quickly approaching, and for some, snow is already falling. I love nothing more in the cooler weather than to curl up on the couch in front of the fire surrounded by the people I love, drink hot chocolate, and watch a movie. But, give everyone a treat and kick up movie night a notch with these ideas. My winter hot chocolate recipe is pretty simple. I heat 50/50 2% reduced fat milk with half & half on the stove (enough per cup), stirring so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle. When it's raining and cold outside, and I'm longing to be outdoors, the warm twinkle of fire, and the lovely scent of nature can make the world of difference to my mood. There is nothing more relaxing than lighting a fire, curling up on the sofa under a blanket watching a movie with hot cocoa ... and with a comforting scent wafting throughout the house. For some reason, certain scents such as cypress, pine, and fir make my stress melt away and bring calm and serenity to our home. It's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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One thing I've realized over the years is that I need less stuff. Less gifts that clutter up the home, less possessions ... just less. What I want is more experiences. For the past few years I've updated my bucket list with things I want to see, do, and experience. Granted, I'm yet to actually accomplish everything on the list each year, but it's there as a constant reminder that there is so much I still want to experience. When my boyfriend and I were discussing Christmas gifts it became a bit of a 'thing'. He'd ask me for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We've indulged in all things pumpkin and apple, we are heading into the season of peppermint and cranberries, but if you are looking to mix it up a little, then head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and grab my recipe for this Crunchy Thai Cashew Rice Salad. Plus, you could win a CVS gift card and Gold Emblem gift pack. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for an adorable treat idea for the holidays? These reindeer food treat tubs are perfect for class parties, play dates ... every Christmas party or fun event really. You'll find my tutorial and free printable over at MyPrintly. Save Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Holiday's are stressful enough without having to spend all day in the kitchen preparing a meal for guests. I'm sharing an easy slow cooker apple pie filling recipe over at Blissfully Domestic that can be made a day or two in advance and refrigerated until you are ready to bake your pies. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #PlayForAll campaign, sponsored by IKEA. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. I have very fond memories growing up in Australia. We (my mum, dad, sister, brother, and I) lived on a 30-acre goat farm, which wasn't too far from where our cousins and grandparents lived on a dairy farm. When we weren't at school, calisthenics, or netball classes, we were having play dates with friends, trying to perfect the timing of taping our favorite songs onto cassette tapes, playing dress-up, doing arts and crafts, playing with the doll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EasyHolidayEats #CollectiveBias Let's talk about easy entertaining today. Because, when home entertaining, I love to make things that look like you've put a lot of work into them, but really it took you mere minutes to whip up. And this delicious strawberry jalapeño cream cheese log is just that. It brings out the festive colors of the holiday season, but is one of the quickest appetizers you could make that your guests will love. I've become a little obsessed with fruit spreads... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the wet ingredients in, and gently stir together, just don't over mix it, just enough until it's combined.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield. So, you have family and friends coming over for the holidays and you want to do something a little different? How about a bacon bar? Oh yes, you know you want one. The possibilities are endless with both sweet and savory dishes that can be served. I'm going to show you a few simple ideas here, thanks to Smithfield, including egg and bacon breakfast tacos, bacon Bloody Mary's, biscuits with cherry bacon jam, and maple bacon donuts. But, if you scroll all the way to the bottom,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Do you ever wonder what your pets do when you leave the house? I know I do. Maybe your pets party like Leonard or Pops. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is now available on Blu-ray and DVD featuring nearly an hour of bonus footage plus 3 mini-movies. Pick up a copy and plan a movie night at home with the whole family. Today, I'm sharing a fun movie viewing treat table that you can put together in minutes that the kids will love. Popcorn is traditional for movie nights,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for the perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining at home this holiday season? I'm over at Blissfully Domestic showing you how to make this Pomegranate Pear Cocktail. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a quick teacher gift before the Thanksgiving break, a small gift for a neighbor or friend, or simply a fun place setting for the Thanksgiving table that your guests can take home? Well I've got just the thing over at MyPrintly today. We actually gave these mini pumpkin succulent planters to the twins' teachers and they loved them. Head on over to MyPrintly to get the instructions for making this and to download the free printable gift tag, I've also included instructions to make your own if you want to change the wording or design. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: We partnered with our friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Of late I've indulged in a whole lot of fall, from bourbon ginger cocktails, to butternut squash pasta to pumpkin spice pancakes. I absolutely love the flavors and colors of autumn. Everything just feels so warm and comforting. And being that this time of year is the perfect time for entertaining I decided to create an easy tangerine bourbon cocktail that will be a hit with your guests. We were recently out for a family lunch and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetnSaltyHoliday #CollectiveBias Remember back when you had to dip potato chips into chocolate and set it in the refrigerator to set? Or is it just me who used to do that? Well guess what, you don't have to do it yourself anymore. Delicious Lay's Wavy chocolate covered potato chips are back, just in time for the holiday season! And I'm showing you a delicious dessert that you can make with them. Serving size: Makes approximately 4 desserts in small glasses. Ingredients: 1/4... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Destiny, Congratulations, you were the winner of this giveaway, please check your email for more details. Tonya
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI. When it comes to fall, I immediately gravitate to all things pumpkin, squash, fig, and pomegranate. They are my flavors of fall. If you ask my kids what their favorite fall dishes are they would immediately say pumpkin pancakes, and my son would closely follow that with pumpkin pie. This is our second year though of having on an exclusively gluten-free diet after finding out that his body cannot process gluten. So I've been gradually wading my way through his favorite dishes, experimenting in the kitchen and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Rachel, You were the winner of this giveaway, please check your email. Congratulations.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Duracell as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own The holiday season is just around the corner and if you are looking for a toy that your kids will absolutely love, then take a look at Torch. Isn't he fantastic. I made these fun brownies for the kids to enjoy while they were playing with him this weekend. You should hear the noises he makes, and you put a little water in him and he breathes steam when his mouth lights up and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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