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Looking for the perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining at home this holiday season? I'm over at Blissfully Domestic showing you how to make this Pomegranate Pear Cocktail. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a quick teacher gift before the Thanksgiving break, a small gift for a neighbor or friend, or simply a fun place setting for the Thanksgiving table that your guests can take home? Well I've got just the thing over at MyPrintly today. We actually gave these mini pumpkin succulent planters to the twins' teachers and they loved them. Head on over to MyPrintly to get the instructions for making this and to download the free printable gift tag, I've also included instructions to make your own if you want to change the wording or design. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: We partnered with our friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Of late I've indulged in a whole lot of fall, from bourbon ginger cocktails, to butternut squash pasta to pumpkin spice pancakes. I absolutely love the flavors and colors of autumn. Everything just feels so warm and comforting. And being that this time of year is the perfect time for entertaining I decided to create an easy tangerine bourbon cocktail that will be a hit with your guests. We were recently out for a family lunch and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 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. #SweetnSaltyHoliday #CollectiveBias Remember back when you had to dip potato chips into chocolate and set it in the refrigerator to set? Or is it just me who used to do that? Well guess what, you don't have to do it yourself anymore. Delicious Lay's Wavy chocolate covered potato chips are back, just in time for the holiday season! And I'm showing you a delicious dessert that you can make with them. Serving size: Makes approximately 4 desserts in small glasses. Ingredients: 1/4... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Destiny, Congratulations, you were the winner of this giveaway, please check your email for more details. Tonya
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI. When it comes to fall, I immediately gravitate to all things pumpkin, squash, fig, and pomegranate. They are my flavors of fall. If you ask my kids what their favorite fall dishes are they would immediately say pumpkin pancakes, and my son would closely follow that with pumpkin pie. This is our second year though of having on an exclusively gluten-free diet after finding out that his body cannot process gluten. So I've been gradually wading my way through his favorite dishes, experimenting in the kitchen and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Rachel, You were the winner of this giveaway, please check your email. Congratulations.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Duracell as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own The holiday season is just around the corner and if you are looking for a toy that your kids will absolutely love, then take a look at Torch. Isn't he fantastic. I made these fun brownies for the kids to enjoy while they were playing with him this weekend. You should hear the noises he makes, and you put a little water in him and he breathes steam when his mouth lights up and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a delicious breakfast idea for this weekend? How about these peanut butter and jelly ebelskivers ... small round pancakes filled with yummy peanut butter and raspberry jam. Head on over to SoFab Food where I'm sharing the recipe. Save Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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My kids absolutely love to have after school and weekend play dates. Now that they are getting older being around their friends is becoming more and more important to them and I am thankful that my kids friends have amazing parents who I've quickly become friends with too, so it's become quite common for us to text each other from the carpool line to say hey I've got your kid in my car, or don't bother coming up today because I'll grab everyone and take them home. And yesterday was no different. A quick text to a couple of friends... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 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. #HowDoYouEmergenC #CollectiveBias We often make smoothies around here. The kids love them, I love them (although I don't make them nearly often enough for myself), but when I do they make me feel like I've pumped myself full of the good stuff for at least one meal. I've been taking Emergen-C for the past couple of years. I especially feel better taking it during the winter months because my health is important to me. I actually really like the taste on it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I have failed miserably at sending out holiday cards the past couple of years. I haven't had time to hire a photographer, or sit for a session with the kids ... juggling everyone's schedules is impossible between one kids in college and working nights and weekends and the other two heading to their dad's house every other weekend. I know, it's a terrible excuse and I really need to just do it already. But, if you are like me and find yourself scrambling to send out something at the last minute, I'm sharing a great photo editing site over at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I absolutely love the holiday season. The celebrating with friends and family, the food, and most importantly, everyone being together. There's nothing like it. No matter how busy you are throughout the year, the holiday's always bring those you love back together again. So, I've put together a quick and easy seafood recipe for you that is perfect for entertaining. Preparation time: approximately 15 minutes Cooking time: 32 minutes Serves: makes 8 salmon pastries Ingredients: 1 box (2 pieces) Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garden Pesto 1 sheet puff pastry 4oz cream cheese 1 tbs fresh chives 1 1/2 tbs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. My life is constantly go, go, go. Some weeks I feel like I barely stop moving. Between working full-time, being a single full-time parent to three kids, running a household, volunteering, appointments, activities, play dates, the seemingly endless list of errands and chores that need to be done, and squeezing in some fun and exploring. So weekends are for farmer's markets, fresh produce and flowers, and meal planning for the week. I absolutely love... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This blog post and giveaway are sponsored by 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation & True Value I have to admit that when I was watching the media screening of DreamWorks animated movie Trolls, I wished I had a pen and paper with me to jot down all of the fun, creative ideas that started flowing. Everything from cupcakes, to cotton candy, DIY projects, and fun crafts. Marisol has been reminding me for some time though that I've been promising to make a fairy garden for her, so I surprised her with this one after school. She absolutely loved the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
If you are looking for gift ideas for the holidays for mom, or your college student, I'm sharing a few great ideas over at 5 Minutes for Mom. I hope you'll swing by and check them out. The first one is this gift guide for mom's who love football. Because whether you are at your kid's game, tailgating or hosting a football party at home you want to be comfy, but still stylish. Football Essentials For Mom by tonyastaab featuring a slouchy sweatshirt The next couple of gift guides are dorm room essentials for your college student. Because your college... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Disney-Hyperion. The latest book from Mo Willems is hitting stores today. Sleep in a little this weekend, and when you get up, have the kids join you in the kitchen to make breakfast ... and then take it back to bed of course with a copy of Nanette's Baguette to read. This is a really simple recipe that needs an adult's help, but kids can totally help, and customize the ingredients to their liking, for example you could add in peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, or even breakfast sausage. Serving size: Makes one demi-baguette... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Annie Selke as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. When we moved into our house on Thanksgiving last year we did the move ourselves because hiring movers was just way out of our budget. The only casualty in the move was my bed. As my son and I tried to assemble the frame the headboard came crashing down and split in half. Literally. In half! It was a disaster. So for the past 10 months or so the frame had been resting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've made it a tradition over the years to hand make the kids' Halloween costumes. So this year for Halloween Marisol asked if she could be a unicorn ... Flynn wants to be a S.W.A.T Officer, but that's a whole other story (and one in which I may have to forego hand making a costume), but I jumped at the chance to make Marisol's. Isn't she cute as can be? I want to be a unicorn now too. You can find the tutorial to make this costume over at 5 Minutes for Mom, where I'm showing you how to airbrush... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm back over at MyPrintly today with a fun owl lollipop craft just in time for Halloween. Your kids will love handing these out to their friends. You can find the full tutorial, free download and printable, and even a video how to right here. Save Save Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Yesterday I had the opportunity to head down to San Diego to meet up with a few fabulous local blogger friends to do a fun Halloween segment on San Diego Living. First, let me give a shout-out to my friend Suzette (Mamarazzi Knows Best) who is the amazing author of 101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up, she organized a fun Halloween movie themed segment where we paired fun movie time treats and costumes. We covered a few movies during our segment, but for the purpose of this post I want to focus on The Nightmare Before Christmas. You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ClubBash #CollectiveBias As you probably know by now (mostly because I repeat it often) I'm all about quick and easy, especially when it comes to entertaining at home. And Halloween is no different. So, I want to share two very simple ideas for Halloween party treats with you that your guests are bound to love, and only require 3 ingredients each. I shopped for my food at Sam’s Club, which is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #ScoreAtCVS #CollectiveBias Are you gearing up for a big game day celebration with family, friends, and neighbors? I'm sharing a fun DIY football piñata tutorial today that's sure to be a hit at your party. I make all of my own piñatas for parties. They are so easy, one-of-a-kind, and who doesn't love a piñata? What you need: cardboard tape crepe paper streamers - brown and white glue box cutter and scissors How to make your football piñata: Sketch out a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's no secret that I cannot keep a plant alive. Kids, sure. Plants, not a chance. I love them way too much. I plant cute little succulents in bowls and tubs and all kinds of cute things and BAM, two weeks later, I've loved them to death. Although, surprisingly the thyme I put in a pot by the front door is still alive after 4 weeks and actually thriving. But, my misadventures in planting haven't stopped Marisol from asking, for weeks now, if she can not only have succulents in her bedroom, but also tea light candles too (of course... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Warner Bros Pictures The new animated movie, STORKS, is coming to theaters this weekend. The kids and I are so excited to catch an advance local screening this week. STORKS comes from the studio that delivered THE LEGO MOVIE and stars the voice talent of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Katie Crown, Danny Trejo. Forever in party planning mode, of course this movie made me think of baby showers. My son, who is almost 21, went to a baby shower last weekend. Of course he had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Create-Celebrate-Explore