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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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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I am absolutely loving the weather here in California right now. We are going between much needed rain, and warm 70 degree days. Which means some days we are curled up under blankets watching Netflix, and other days we are outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine. A perfect mix really. The warm days are perfect for taking meals outdoors. The weather is perfect mid mornings, or early in the evening when it's not too hot outside. We often take advantage of the great weather to eat outside at these times of the day. If hosting a brunch with family and friends... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Santa Margherita USA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Spring, (and of course summer) are fast approaching, and so as the snow melts and the weather warms up, we are looking to lighten up our meals. To get away from the fall harvest of squash and pumpkin, and the winter soups and Sunday roasts. If you are entertaining at home, one of the easiest meals you can make is pasta. We mix up pasta dishes in our house at least twice a week because it's something that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Have you taken the kids to see Zootopia yet? If you haven't, it's a must-see. We were invited to a media screening of it last week and Marisol and Flynn absolutely loved the movie, but they especially loved Flash, the sloth. Before heading to the movie theater this weekend, download these free printable worksheets, coloring pages, and activities for the kids to do. Click on the following links to download the printable PDF files. Coloring pages Hexaflexagon Animal Tracks Flash Zooflake Yak Zooflake How to Make a Zooflake Character Ornaments Holiday Gift Tags Want to learn how to draw some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've actually had a few nights to myself over the past couple of weeks. It's a rare thing these days, but when it happens I like to indulge in my favorite dishes. You know, the ones that result in endless whining from the small people who think you are somehow trying to punish them by serving it to them for dinner. And so, on one of these nights I made myself a gourmet focaccia sandwich. Actually, truth be told, I made this twice recently, because it really is that good, and because the first time I forgot to add the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Girl Scout Cookies and wine, what could be better? You are welcome! Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. As you know I'm all about the quick and easy meal ideas in our house, especially during the week when we juggle homework, martial arts classes, appointments and other extra curricular activities. This easy shrimp scampi was a big hit recently. Besides how quick and easy it is to make this yummy shrimp scampi, all you need is five ingredients. Ingredients: SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. Shrimp Scampi Linguine 1 cup grape tomatoes 5 green onions 1 tbs olive oil Chop the green onions separating the darker green... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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 Feb 7, 2016 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 Feb 3, 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 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 Feb 2, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore