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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise. It's summertime! The alarm clocks have all been turned off, the kids are staying up late in the evenings and sleeping in late into the morning. I'm now serving them brunch instead of breakfast and I'm waking up (without an alarm) a couple of hours before they do. It's blissful. I get to enjoy my cup of coffee or tea, a little breakfast, catch up on some reading, and laze around for a little while before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. This includes planning... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ArtofEntertaining #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. Seafood has always been one of those dishes I've enjoyed at restaurants but rarely prepare at home. Jay's favorite dish is mussels, it's the one thing he will always order when we dine out at seafood restaurants. So, I made it my mission to prepare them at home for him. He just finished finals at college last week so I thought what better way to celebrate than to prepare... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This summer I implemented weekly chores for the twins'. For the past few years they've had to keep their bedrooms tidy, take care of their pets, and put their laundry away, but it was time for them to take on a new household chore. It needed to be something that they could earn a little weekly pocket money, learn some new responsibilities, and see what it takes to keep a house clean and tidy. Plus, it's one more thing to keep them off video games and doing something productive over the summer. So one of them is sweeping the wood... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm sharing a little peek inside my house along with a free transfer template and tutorial to make an owl cushion. You can find all of the details over at MyPrintly. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #AlwaysDelicious #CollectiveBias My favorite flavors over summer are anything citrus. There's something so refreshing about it. Okay, let's face it, I will devour just about anything lemon flavored, and my daughter has developed the same love for all things lemon too, from lemon loaf, to lemonade, lemon meringue, lemon chicken, and lemon cookies. Every now and then I will make treats for us girls. We will paint nails, play a game, or just spend time together ... or like today I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: We are given passes to attend LEGOLAND California in exchange for sharing about the great deals and latest happenings. If you had plans to take the kids to LEGOLAND California this summer, then now is the time to do it. You can enjoy unlimited admission now through December 25, 2016, with a LEGOLAND Play Pass on sale for a limited time and must be redeemed by July 31 st , 2016. If you haven't been to LEGOLAND in a while there are some great new areas to explore including the recently opened LEGO® NINJAGO® World. Some of our favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Everywhere Agency to talk about Macy’s and The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet, but thoughts and opinions are my own. #100GoodDeeds is not just a phrase. It’s a lifestyle. It’s about changing the world, and doing it in the most fashionable way possible. The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet not only inspires simple acts of kindness, but also transforms communities by empowering the vulnerable women around the world who craft the bracelets by hand. “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa Do you know amazing women you do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for fun summer activities to do with the kids? Check out Marie from Make and Takes annual Get Out and Play Summer Series and one of my projects is up there too, this fun stick slingshot craft for kids. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing #purclean in my life as part of a Tide ® sponsored series for Socialstars™ Last summer, my friend Desiree shared photographs on social media of her kids have fun on wood rafts and playing in mud at the Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach. I made it my mission to take my kids there, but of course didn't realize at the time that it is only open for the summer. So this year it was on my list. Today, my oldest son had to pick up parts for his car not too far from the Adventure Playground, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Have you seen Finding Dory yet? I can't wait to take the kids to see it this summer. If you are hosting a pool party, movie night, or just looking for some fun Dory themed activities for the kids, I'm sharing fun Finding Dory themed activities here including recipes, a party kit, printables, and even an educator's guide. They are all free to download and print so go right ahead and click on the links below. Have fun. FINDING DORY RECIPES These fun Finding Dory recipes are sure to be a hit whether you are just looking for fun meal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Last week I shared a couple of our favorite products from ALDI, the liveGfree® Gluten Free Baking Mix for pancakes, and the liveGfree® Gluten Free Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies, along with a super easy summertime treat using the sandwich cookies. This week I have a delicious gluten-free baked shrimp alfredo pasta recipe. Serving: 5-6 depending on portion sizes Ingredients: 1 box liveGfree® Gluten Free Penne Rigate 2-3 cups Sea Queen Large Cooked Shrimp, tail off 1 stick Countryside Creamery Sweet Cream Unsalted Butter 1 cup... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing #purclean in my life as part of a Tide ® sponsored series for Socialstars™ Where is the other sock, and why didn't you clean out your pockets? Two of the most asked questions when it comes to doing laundry in my house. Well, except for why can't you use a towel more than once? I mean really, where does that other sock go? Two socks go in, one sock comes out. Every. Time. Of course we do two loads of laundry nearly every day between clothes, pajamas, sports clothes, work clothes, stuffed toys, and linens so essential... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Summer break has just begun for us, but soon enough school will be back in session. I'm over at MyPrintly sharing a fun party idea that's perfect for class or back-to-school parties and is based off the classic story of Peter and the Wolf. Head on over to MyPrintly for all the details and free printables including treat containers, cupcake/jell-o toppers and photo props. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've affectionately refereed to myself as a hot mess for the longest time. I can rock a messy bun, with lip gloss, and big sunglasses in the carpool line, while wearing pajamas, with the best of them. And so with that the idea of a 'hot mess' shirt came to fruition. You can find the tutorial to make your own over at MyPrintly. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It was just last year that I found out one of my kids needed to be on a gluten-free diet. After five long years of what felt like never-ending appointments with allergists, pediatricians, and gastroenterologists, and then conducting my own food elimination diet at home, I finally discovered that his body couldn't process gluten. Ever since then it's been a matter of trial and error when it comes to changing his diet to a gluten-free one, but still allowing him to have some of his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you have a kid graduating, or are looking for unique Father's Day gifts, I've got a few great ideas for you thanks to Wilson Sporting Goods who have sponsored this post. I just wish I knew about some of these when Jay graduated. During his last couple of years at high school he was on the school's football team. He absolutely loved it. Even though juggling practice and games with homework was exhausting, he loved playing. He still proudly has the team photo in his bedroom, even though he's in college and no longer playing ... but still has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun checkers boards for kids as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishCrowd Are you gearing up for the end of the school year and getting ready for a summer full of family fun? Get ready for summertime activities with Goldfish® Crackers. Whether it be a family vacation, road trip, field trip, or simple trip preparation it is easy to incorporate this snack into the crafts, activities or recipes for the summer season, and I'm getting you started with this fun printable checkers board. Kids are going to love these Goldfish® Crackers checkers boards. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jones Creek Beef. When looking for quick and easy meal ideas, but in particular foods that can be frozen, or leftovers used in other ways, meatballs are always a go to in our house. The meatball recipe I'm sharing below I made as an appetizer with a spicy sriracha peanut sauce, but this same dish could be prepared with the sauce and meatballs over rice or noodles, or the meatballs without the sauce can be added to pasta dishes or soups. Ingredients: [ meatballs ] 1 lb ground beef 4 green onions 2 tbs... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: The blog post was sponsored by Disney-Hyperion. May is Thankorama Month thanks to Mo Willems and his release of the final book in the beloved Elephant & Piggie series, The Thank You Book. With the school year coming to an end shortly, it's also the perfect time to thank those who have done so much for you throughout the school year including teachers, friends, and of course don't forget your favorite librarian. The Thank You Book is the perfect way to thank someone, it even comes with a little gift in the back, and paired with my homemade bookmarks... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Everything tastes better on a stick! Am I right? And these salad skewers with sauces are the perfect way to entertain this summer, and also a great way to get kids to try new foods. The possibilities are endless. I'm sharing all of the details over at SoFab Food. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm back over at 5 Minutes For Mom this week with these adorable Minecraft pig treats. They are so easy, just let the kids make their own. Grab some other colors of the wafers and make some of the other Minecraft characters too. Head on over, and get some ideas for entering your own creation in the Inspired by Voortman contest, you'll find all of the details you need over there. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's the perfect time for planting and spring parties and weddings, so I created these vintage printable seed packets. Head on over to MyPrintly to download the free printable, fill them with seeds of your favorite flowers and add some beautiful blooms into the lives of those you love. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Hebrew National® via Mode Media. Have you got weekend barbecues planned with friends and family this spring and summer? I hope to be spending as much time as possible taking in the sunshine and grilling outdoors. The weather here is absolutely perfect right now. Hot dogs are always a staple item on the menu for grilling. The kids love them, but I also love to add a toppings bar for gourmet hot dogs that adults will love too. Here is a super quick and easy pineapple salsa that is the perfect topping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We all want our weeknight dinners to be easy, right? There's nothing worse than slaving away in the kitchen for hours preparing what we think will be an amazing dish we found on Pinterest, and the kids are only going to look at it, screw up their faces and make you feel like you just want to throw the entire meal in the trash and head for the closest drive-thru. So unless I'm using the slow cooker I prefer to dish up as many 30-minute meals as possible during busy weeknights when we have after school activities and homework to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
I added it last and just topped up the blender with it.