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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 12 hours ago 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.
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlackBoxSummer #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. There are two nights a week when things just seem to fall apart around here. My son has martial arts class and between that, school pick up, homework, and anything else that crops up in-between it almost inevitably turns into a drive-thru dinner night. I'm trying to get better about that though and cut down those drive-thru trips to just once a week but prepping a meal before... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun edible tic-tic-toe treats for kids as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishCrowd I know it's a little way off still, but going by my track record (I still haven't posted about the DIY Halloween costumes I made the kids, or the Valentine's Day treats they handed out), I decided to get a jump on summer treats for their friends. It's still a little way off, but let's face it if I left it any longer it would most likely never be posted about. Kids are going to love these Goldfish® Crackers Tic-Tac-Toe gifts.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
If you follow along with the style guides each season, you would know that Pantone brings out their annual color of the year guide, which tends to heavily impact everything from fashion trends to parties. For Spring, one of their colors of choice is buttercup. From their guide: While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place. With that in mind, I partnered with eBay and created a Spring style guide, using Buttercup... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 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. #NewWayToSparkle #CollectiveBias My kids are home from spending a week with their dad for spring break, school is back in session, and one came home sick. Of course. So treats are in order while we take in these warm spring days and get back into our routine. These delicious raspberry lemonade mocktails are quick and easy to whip up, and so light and refreshing. Ingredients: 2 12oz cans of Dasani Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade 6oz fresh raspberries 3 tbs agave nectar 1/2 lemon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's not secret that my favorite meal of the day is brunch. At brunch almost anything goes, you've got a combination of breakfast and lunch, cocktails can be enjoyed and if you are like me you feel like you aren't inhaling quite as many calories because it's only one meal right, not two. Yes, I will justify eating everything on the brunch table. Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's have been a staple for me at brunch for many years, but in an effort to mix it up a little, and because I had some delicious grapefruit just sitting in my fruit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Happy Wednesday everyone. I'm over at 5 Minutes for Mom today with some quick and easy tips for keeping your bathroom clean and organized, and they are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card and a year's supply of Steripod. Swing by and see if my tips will work for you, and don't forget to enter the giveaway. xo Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Has Spring finally sprung, or are you still dealing with the cold and snow? I've been brightening and lightening up our meals around here now that the sun is shining and the weather is getting warmer. You can find the recipe for this grapefruit, shrimp and couscous salad over at 5 Minutes for Mom. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 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. #WildSideOfFlavor #CollectiveBias My little ones start spring break tomorrow. Two weeks. TWO! So now I'm madly planning activities to keep them busy an off electronics as much as possible for the first week. Knowing my kids though there will be a lot of sleeping in, they are not morning children at all. One day last weekend my little man didn't wake up until 11:30, which is unlike him, his sister often sleep in until 10:30 on weekends though. Which means there are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I've partnered with Lionsgate to bring you this party spread. The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT is coming to theaters on March 18th. I've only seen the first installment Divergent so far, so still need to watch The Divergent Series: Insurgent before I can see the new movie. I'm also dying to read the books. I hear they are fantastic. Before heading out to see the movie opening weekend, invite friends over and host a pre-movie party. This is perfect if you have a book club who has been reading the series, or your teenager... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore