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Valentine's Day is just over a week away. Do you have plans? I actually have a date. Something I did not think I would be saying. I thought for sure I would be hunkered down at home with the kids, watching romantic comedies in the evening while crying into a cocktail once they were in bed, or possibly even heading out with girlfriends for the night for a little dancing and wine. I have no idea what we are doing, or where we are going, he's in charge of the planning. I have no doubt it will be something fabulous... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Do you love Halos as much as we do? The kids devour them. But did you know they are also super fun to craft with, make delicious recipes with, and to give as gifts? I'm over at the Halos blog this week with some fun Valentine's Day crafts, and they are having a Twitter Party on February 9th where they will be sharing even more fantastic ideas. You can find the tutorials for my Halos crafts right here: Halos Love Bugs Halos Living Wreath Halos 'Peel The Love' Valentine's Printables Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun Game Day treats for kids as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishCrowd The Big Game is almost here. How will you be celebrating? Seeing as I'm not much of a football freak ... I know, I know. I'm ducking for cover as things are hurled at me ... I will most likely have it on for the 20 year old and be busy providing the Game Day food, because that's what I do best. Feed people! If you are looking for a fun and easy treat for kids, download and print my football... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I always go into everything I do with great intentions. But still, I do crazy things sometimes like head to the farmer's market and buy an abundance of produce and fresh ingredients that I have every intention of actually using ... while it's still fresh. Craziness. I'm never going to use it all. Ever. Because life happens. Cue an overflowing toilet, and clean up, that results in me not getting dinner cooked early enough before racing off to the kids extra curricular activities. So I have had to learn a few tips and tricks along the way to ensure that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens #CareEnough campaign, sponsored by Hallmark at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. So, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In about two weeks to be more accurate. Now, those of you in a relationship are either YAY, most romantic day of the year, we are going to do all the romantic things and buy all of the heart-shaped everything's, and be in love, and show public displays of affection for everyone to see. OR, I'll find you on Facebook complaining that your significant other doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ® and C&W ® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #premiumveggies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My kids absolutely love pesto, and it's quickly become a staple in our house. It's so easy just to throw over pasta for a quick weeknight dinner, and makes for a perfect healthy meal option for the kids. I prefer to make it from scratch though, then I can throw a few extra things in there and they will never know the difference. They even loved the sundried tomato... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun Game Day treats for kids as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishCrowd Sunday February 7th will be here before you know it. If you are planning a big game day party, get the kids involved making special treats, they will love helping out with the preparations and doing something fun at the same time. These snack mix cups are the perfect activity for them, part craft project, and part making their own fun treats. What you need: green cups number stickers Snack mix: serving suggestion - place a variety of items into individual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Alexia Foods. Once a week, on Taco Tuesday, we head to the local hole-in-the-wall Mexican drive-thru and pick up food for dinner. It might be Taco Tuesday, but the little ones always get cheese quesadillas, and Jay and I, more often than not, get a California Burrito ... carne asada with fries. So good! And so in my never ending quest to come up with food that the kids can eat on nights when we are rushed with homework and after school activities ... and with their love of fries, I decided recently... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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So I'm a little behind right now. Moving house and holidays ... and single parenting, have left me searching, but failing to find, more available hours in the day. At this point I'm considering giving up sleep. I mean, who needs to sleep anyway, right?!? And don't even get me started on dating ... it's hell out there people, HELL! But, I digress... Back to the purpose of this post, a simple Asian Chicken Salad for when you are on-the-go that I shared over at the Bentgo blog a little while ago. So, head on over there, grab the simple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by KING’S HAWAIIAN® but the opinions are all my own. #HostwithKH Christmas is tomorrow. Are you organized? I finally got the tree up and bought all of the gifts a couple of days ago. Now, meal planning. And even though it's just the kids and I this year and I most likely won't do the full traditionally Christmas Day fare, I'm still going to make a lot of what we would normally have ... just not the things that some people (the kids) complain about. One of the staple items we have is of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The Nightmare Before Christmas has to be one of my favorite Christmas movies. But then again, I just love Tim Burton movies. Whether you love Jack Skellington, or Disney, are headed to the Disney parks this holiday season, or sitting at home watching movies, then head across to MyPrintly where I'm sharing how to make these fun Jack Skellington Mickey Mouse Ears. You don't need to be crafty at all to make them. I had the pleasure of helping about 80 women make them during the recent HP MyPrintly Retreat. And, they make great last-minute stocking stuffers too. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens and #CareEnough campaign sponsored by Hallmark. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Sometimes life happens and no matter how hard you try there are just not enough hours in the day. That's how I'm feeling at the moment. Overwhelmed! I realized yesterday that there were only 5 days until Christmas. 5 DAYS! As I scan the house there's no sign of it here. The Christmas tree isn't up yet, there are no decorations, no gifts and I'm in a last minute scramble to get it all done.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: The kids and I have been invited to ring in the New Year with Knott's thanks to Gigasavvy I'm a big believer of giving gifts of activities over the holiday season. We have so much stuff already, that I would rather the kids have experiences. For years I've given the gift of theme parks ... or have had the grandparents band together to contribute to annual passes. The kids get an entire year of fun out of their gift instead of a day or two, and then the item being donated or broken. This year give the gift of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by WhiteWave Foods. #FestiveFlavors Every night since moving into our new house we've lit the fire, curled up on the sofa's and relaxed. Our last house was so big that everyone seemed to be in separate rooms all the time and we would have to make plans to be together. In our new home though I've deliberately placed the X-Box and main television in the family room by the kitchen so that the kids are near me and we can spend more time together. The kids seem to be really loving this, although I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This Peppermint Bark Martini is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #donthesitaste 'Tis the season. For entertaining. For gift giving. For family and friends. For imbibing ... just a little, and being festive. Oh how I love peppermint over the holiday season. Peppermint bark. Peppermint candy canes. Peppermint desserts. And, of course, peppermint cocktails. Serves: makes 3 drinks. Ingredients: 4oz cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 packet Sweet'N Low 4oz Vodka - Whipped Cream (or alternatively vanilla or white chocolate flavored) 1/2 cup reduced fat milk 3oz peppermint bark chocolate 1 cup ice candy canes Break up the peppermint... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by KING’S HAWAIIAN® but the opinions are all my own. #HostwithKH Only 16 days until Christmas! I haven't even started preparing yet. My kids are off with their dad for a couple of weeks, and I have to make plans to steal them back for a few hours at some point to decorate the tree. It's been a little chaotic in these parts. We moved into a new house on Thanksgiving and I'm still knee deep in boxes ... and if anyone could please come and find my cookie sheets I'd really appreciate the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Little House on the Prairie fabrics for Andover Fabrics #lhotpfabric #littlehousemoment The past few days have been exhausting as we've loaded truck after truck with furniture, household goods, craft supplies, and my office and moved into a new home. My oldest son (who turned 20 this week) and I did all of the heavy lifting. I drove the truck ... so if you ever need a getaway driver, I'm your gal. Every muscle in our bodies is aching from lugging furniture up and down stairs and in and out of the trucks. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This blog post has been sponsored by Fox Home Entertainment. #FoxChristmas ‘Tis the Season to connect with the ones closest to you. Movie nights are a great opportunity to build memories and traditions that everyone will look forward to, year after year. Enjoy one of your favorite #FoxChristmas movies by the light of the tree and the warmth of your loved ones. One of my favorite holiday movies is Miracle on 34th Street. But the original. I love old movies. Absolutely, love them. I've been watching old movies since I was in high school. There's nothing better than curling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun Thanksgiving treats for kids as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishCrowd Thanksgiving is here! Looking for a last-minute idea for the kids? These mini scarecrow treat jars are perfect for the kids Thanksgiving table, as afternoon snacks for the kids, or to hand out to the neighborhood kids. These treat jars were inspired by some I made for The Centsible Life last fall using leftover Halloween candy. What you need: 4oz canning jars Goldfish® crackers Paper baking cups - the narrower ones work best with the small canning jars googly eyes card stock... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post and giveaway for StriVectin and REAL SIMPLE, a division of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. #StriVeStory I'm 43. There are days I feel like I'm 143. Most people think I'm in my 30's. I attribute how I look to good genes (thanks mum - my younger sister who is also in her 40's still looks about 12, I kid ... kind of), and a great skincare routine. And I attribute how I feel to my three kids ... whom I love more than life ... no, really! The past few years have been a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This Thanksgiving Pear and Caramel cocktail is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #donthesitaste Thanksgiving is next week, and if you are looking for the perfect pre-dinner cocktail, then you will want to try this pear and caramel cocktail. This cocktail was inspired partly by the spiced pear cocktail I made last year in early autumn. It was so delicious, and I love cocktails with pear so much that I had to create a new one. Ingredients: This recipe makes 4 cocktails. 3 pears - peeled and diced 1/4 cup Sweet'N Low 1/4 cup water Smirnoff Kissed Caramel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: Insight for this post was provided by GE Café™ Series. It's only a couple more weeks until Thanksgiving. Did panic just set in? If you are entertaining this holiday season it's time to start putting together your checklists and getting things in place. And I've got everything you need to know right here. At least 2 weeks before! Put together your meal plan. Don't forget to keep things like oven space in mind. Do you need to use multiple stove-top burners at the same time? Can you prepare any dishes ahead of time? Can you use a slow cooker?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 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. #FoundMyDelight #CollectiveBias If you were to ask me what my favorite meal of day is, without even having to think about the response, it would be a resounding, afternoon tea! Growing up, there were always five times a day we would all get together as a family, re-connect, and then go about our merry way; breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. But afternoon tea was always my favorite. That's when the scones, cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats would come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun Goldfish holiday travel treats as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishCrowd We're getting into the spirit of the holiday season around here. For most this means traveling to visit family and friends. I don't think we'll be doing that this year. Although I would love to head home to Australia for the holidays I think next year will be the year for that. I'm hoping for a road trip or two though. To send our friends off on their holiday vacations though they'll be receiving these: Aren't they adorable? And who doesn't love... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a last-minute idea for Halloween, or throwing a monster-iffic bash? I'm over at MyPrintly sharing a tutorial and free printable to make these monster eye treat jars. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore