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I was part of The Every day, care™ Project with Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #EveryDayCare You survived winter, now flowers are blooming and you can venture outdoors again. I say that as if I don't live in Southern California, where granted we had snow for a day, and we sat in front of the fire almost every night, but I'm pretty sure the winter coats were only pulled out a couple of times. It's definitely warmer now though, our backyard is filled with flowers, blossoms are appearing on all of the trees in our neighborhood,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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. #EggoWaffleBar #CollectiveBias We love brunch. Almost every week I put on a big brunch for all of the family, and each week I like to mix up what I put out. Brunch is normally a serve yourself bar and is centered around a particular item, for example baked goods, a hot brunch, pancakes and quiche with fresh fruit have made their way onto the brunch table. This time, I put together a waffle bar. A Spring themed waffle bar is perfect if you... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's almost Easter and if you are looking for a last-minute idea for classmates, neighbors, or just to make something cute for the kids Easter baskets then I have a fun little project over at Divine Lifestyle for you. Head on over to download and print the free printable for these bunnies and chicks. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Loaded potatoes have always been one of my favorite quick dinners. When I was younger my parents would wrap potatoes in foil and pop them into the fireplace until they were charred on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Now we have a gas fireplace and can't do that, but we can still do baked potatoes in the oven, and we do them often. And by we, I mean it's normally on a night when the man is in charge of dinner. He does a pretty yummy bacon, cheese and green onion topped potato. I love to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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. #snacktalk #CollectiveBias Have you got game? What are your favorite game day snacks? If you are looking for an easy recipe that you can make the day before having guests over to watch the game, then this one for REESE'S peanut butter ice cream is perfect. There is nothing better than being prepared and not having to spend time in the kitchen when you have visitors over. REESE'S is challenging you to take the SnackTalk Challenge. I'm going to share a little more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Have you seen Cinderella yet? Looking for activities to keep the kids occupied over Spring break? I have quite a few free Cinderella printables for you to download and print. Just click on the links below to download and print the activity sheets. Clock craft 9 coloring pages Connect the dots Maze Memory cards Slipper craft Spot the difference 1 Spot the difference 2 Spot the difference 3 Spot the difference 4 Word search Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, however Marisol and I were invited to the media screening of Cinderella and loved it so much that I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a fun after school snack, or a pool party treat? The directions for making these sailboat Halos can be found on the Halos Blog. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a fun lunch to make the kids while they are home on spring break? Try this one. This is so quick and easy and kids will love it, and it's such a fun way to dress up a sandwich with cheese and crackers. What you need: 1 slice of bread 2 slices of Horizon Organic American cheese slices 1 pretzel rod Horizon snack crackers Using a circle cookie cutter cut out the bread slice. Then using a sharp knife, cut out a moon shape from the excess bread. Using the same method, cut the same shapes out of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's been 8 months since we moved into our new house and the garage is still full of 'stuff'. And by full, I mean stuff piled upon stuff and narrow walkways so we can get from door to door. I'm slowly sifting through it all, donating piles and bringing items into the house as I decorate each room. Last week as I was going through a box of photos that had come from my old house I found a wood letter 'S'. It had previous hung on the wall with photos. But now that we are a 'blended' family so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for something delicious to bake this weekend? Head on over to the Halos blog where I'm sharing my recipe for a yummy Mandarin and Coconut Loaf with a Citrus Glaze. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I would love to take credit for this next kids craft project, but I have to tell you it was all my daughter. She made a couple of these for me when I wasn't home one day, so I asked to her make a bouquet full of these pretty spring flowers so that I could share how she made them. The tutorial to make these pretty flowers is over at Divine Lifestyle. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I’m sharing how to prevent the flu this cold and flu season featuring Zep as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars If anyone is going to catch a cold, come down with the flu, or end up in hospital with a respiratory illness it will be Marisol and I. The teeniest little sniffle and the two of us hunker down, disinfect everything and lock everyone in their rooms until they feel better again ... okay, maybe I don't really 'lock' the doors per se, but there are IOU's for kisses goodnight, holding of one's breath during hugs and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 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. #SkittlesTourney #CollectiveBias It's basketball season. Do you have any fans at your house? We do. One of the girls plays and so of course I thought of her while I was whipping up these fun little paper basketball treat bags. These fun paper basketball treat bags are quick and easy to whip up and just think how many you can fill with the big 54oz bag of Skittles from Sam's Club. What you need: You can use orange paper with a black marker,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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So you want to give a gift card to a friend for their birthday. You are going to a restaurant to celebrate, or your child just wants to give their friend or favorite teacher a gift at school. Here's a great way to dress up a simple gift card, and throw a mini party to celebrate. My tutorial to make this fun party in a tin is over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you've ever looked on Pinterest for party ideas, then you would have come across candy bars galore. They are everywhere. But, you don't need to spend a lot of money on apothecary jars or clear containers. I'm over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog showing you how to create simple candy jars for as little as $2. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 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. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Disney's Big Hero 6 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Host a movie viewing party at home with these simple ideas. It rained last weekend so it was the perfect time to invite the neighborhood kids over for a little indoor fun. This movie viewing party requires very little effort to put together. All of the food was purchased from Walmart and I pre-ordered small plush toys on Walmart.com for each of the kids along with the giant removable Baymax... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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How many of us have watched the Febreeze advertisements on television about going noseblind? The one that I always think about is the one with the cats - you know, you think your home smells like 'this', but your guests think it smells like 'this'. We have four dogs. We also have 2 kids here full time, and another 4 here on occasion, plus the neighborhood kids who pop in from time to time. I'm not oblivious to how my house can smell. There have been days when I've walked inside and wanted to walk right back out again. Candles,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm so thrilled to let you know that I will be sharing my love of crafts and DIY over at my friend Stacie's blog Divine Lifestyle each month. My first post is now live, so head on over there to grab the tutorial to make this fun leprechaun beard for St. Patrick's Day. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We are currently trying a gluten free diet with the little man who has been going through a few issues for about 4 years. I had no idea before starting this just how many products contain gluten. We don't know if this will work yet, but with a few more weeks to go, we are gradually becoming more familiar with foods he likes. So, if you are looking for a healthy, gluten free, and very fun lunch that kids can take to school, on a picnic, or just enjoy at home this St. Patrick's Day try this one. This lunch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Valentine's Day is over, which means it's time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day. I'm over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog today with a really simple St. Patrick's Day treat that's perfect for school or home parties, and there's a free printable too. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 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. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't surprise your loved ones year-round with heart-shaped food. My kids love it when I surprise them every now and then with food in fun shapes. So today I'm going to show you how to make quick and easy heart-shaped pizza breads that can be as individual as the person you are serving them to. Ingredients: Bread: I used La Torta Bread (available at Smart & Final) La Romanella Pizza Sauce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The kids have four days off school this coming weekend, so both classes are hosting special Valentine's Day parties today. Of course I left preparing for the parties until the last-minute. Because I procrastinate. A lot. But, after a little late night crafting, these are the Valentine's Day gifts I sent in their backpacks this morning to hand out to their classmates. They are really quick and easy to make, you only need three things. My free printable, which you can download and print here Kool-Aid packets Removable sticky dots Step 1. Download, print and cut out the cards. Step... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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There's a four day weekend coming up this week. I have lots of fun things planned to do with the kids. There will be some downtime too because I think it's important to keep it in balance. If you are looking for something crafty to do with the kids, make these fun little leprechaun pillow boxes with them and have them fill them with little treats or coins. The full tutorial to make these leprechaun pillow boxes is over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Marisol loves to learn how to cook, clean and take care of the house. She did not get this from me. The cleaning part I mean. I hate it. Like really ... avoid it like the plague ... do it because it's necessary ... bribe myself with treats ... watch episodes of Hoarders to get me inspired kind of hate to clean. A few weeks ago while I was busy with a project she wanted a snack, not a help yourself kind of snack, but a mummy you need to get up and use an appliance kind of snack. She... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Grilled cheese, mac & cheese and bacon are staple items, and go to quick and easy meals in our house. So I decided to combine them all into a yummy on the go meal, because often as parents we are busy shuttling kids from one thing to another, and I don't know about you, but we are sometimes out over times we would normally be eating a meal. So I give you the Grilled Mac & Cheese with Bacon Sandwich. One of the great things about this sandwich, is you can whip it up in under 20 minutes, wrap it,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore