Create Cooking Memories: An Easy Family Cookbook and Mediterranean Rice Recipe

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars, Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #BensBeginners #UncleBensPromo #CollectiveBias Do you have a favorite memory of your Grandma that involves cooking or a special dish?  Do you catch a smell of a certain food that brings back feelings from a childhood holiday?  Food is a trigger for memories and every family has their special recipes, … [Read more...]

Save on Chef Boyardee Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs at Walmart!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveOnChef #CollectiveBias With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! … [Read more...]

5 Fun Games To Play At Your July Swimming Pool Party! #WaveYourFlagWithTampico

Disclosure: Thank you Tampico Beverages for sponsoring this conversation. #WaveYourFlagWithTampico Kick off summer fun on the Fourth of July!  Wave your flag with family, friends, fireworks and your favorite drink, Tampico!  We are going to be hosting a pool party to celebrate the 4th.  It's heating up in the Chicago area and the sunshine we've been waiting for is finally here.  Here are five ideas for fun pool games to play at your … [Read more...]

Recipe: Banana Pecan Waffles with Sir Bananasâ„¢ Bananamilk! THE AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYDATE, a Play in One Act #Bananamazing #ad

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Bananamazing #CollectiveBias THE AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYDATE A play in one act CAST OF CHARACTERS MOM:                           A woman trying to do her best. CHILDREN 1-5:           Five children of various ages. ACT I, SCENE I SETTING:  Once upon a time, mom arranged a playdate for her … [Read more...]

Ahoy, Matey! Enjoy a Bowl of “Oceans of Flavor Oatmeal” Today!

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Kroger #CollectiveBias I'm excited to share one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods, Quaker® Oats.  Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast choice because it's delicious and you can easily create variety.  Oatmeal is like a canvas for the food "artiste".  By adding different fruits, nuts, sweeteners, or … [Read more...]

Don’t Just Make Dinner… Make Memories! Easy-to-Prepare, Delicious Chicken Florentine from Bertolli

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MangiaTonight #CollectiveBias What's for dinner tonight? A quick stop at the store to pick up a salad, bread, Bertolli Chicken Florentine and you can serve a delicious meal for dinner tonight! I like to make an easy dinner, that requires little or no prep, and then use the cooking time to do something fun with my … [Read more...]

Holiday Chipotle Lentil Tamales Recipe – It’s a Holiday Tamalada!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias Tamales have been made for literally thousands of years. This portable, delicious, nutritious meal-in-a-wrap is a tradition in Mexico and Central America. My daughter is Guatemalan by birth and this year I wanted to introduce her to the holiday tradition of the tamalada. A tamalada is a party to … [Read more...]

How to Have a Be-WITCH-ing Halloween Party!

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixInMonsterMash #CollectiveBias Halloween is right around the corner! One of my family's favorite themes for celebrating Halloween is witches.  My daughter is nine and dressing up as Maleficent this year.  Halloween is one of her favorite reasons to party.   Have your kids picked out their costumes?  Will you be … [Read more...]

Secret Weapon To Get Kids Out Of Bed In The Morning – Huevos Rancheros To Go! #StockUpOnPace #JewelOsco

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Jewel-Osco. All opinions are mine alone. #StockUpOnPace #JewelOsco #CollectiveBias  "Whew!" That's what I say every morning after my daughter leaves for school.  My husband and I have tried everything from schedules, earlier bedtimes, screaming, and begging to make the morning more calm and approach a semblance of punctuality.  What works best?  A combination! My daughter and I worked … [Read more...]

Cookbook Giveaway: “Everyday Confetti” (US, Ends 1/28)

I hesitated to call this a cookbook, technically it's a "go-to-guide to making holidays, birthdays, special events, and even the everyday special".  It includes so much more than recipes!  I love, love, love the book, "Everyday Confetti".  I'm a huge believer in creating positive memories by observing family traditions.  "Everyday Confetti" has ideas galore for celebrating life with your family.  And the ideas feel doable.  There not … [Read more...]

Make Snack Time On-The-Go Easy And Delicious With Jif to Go Dippers #Sponsored #MC

Rosie joined her school's Run Club this year (I'm a proud mama!).  Practice is across town from her school and we drive straight over from school.  It's no problem, but it means that her after-school snack is in the car instead of at the kitchen table.  Are you like us and find yourself eating in your car?  Depending on the snack, it can be ugly.  The worst ever for us (it lives forever in my memory and the detailing bill in my checkbook) … [Read more...]

Fun After-School Snack! Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Arla Dofino Cheese! #HavartiParty #Sponsored #MC

"Mom, I'm HUNGRY!" It's the first thing I hear when I pick up my daughter from school.  I'm always looking for afternoon snack ideas and one of the best we've found is Arla Dofino Cheese and Fruit Kabobs.  They are equally fun-to-make as they are delicious-to-eat.  And, moms like me can feel good about having our kids eat Arla Dofino cheeses.  Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural … [Read more...]

Help For Moms Who Are Trying To Feed Their Families Healthy Meals – Revolution Foods! #sponsored

It's not often that you notice the mission of a company.  But the mission of Revolution Foods, truly spoke to me.  "To build lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all.  It's one of the top priorities I have for raising my daughter - to create a lifelong healthy eater.  It's so important not only for their health but also their happiness.  I know in my heart that my daughter's life will be longer, … [Read more...]

Simplify Your Summer! Thirty Minutes And Five Ingredients For BBQ Pizza-On-The-Grill!

It's summer! Time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Swimming, hiking, volleyball, softball, or just laying out in the sun.  Ah, sun.  The winter here in Chiberia was soooooo long.  I'm ready for sunshine! Are you like our family and love to grill in the summer?   It fits into our lifestyle to cook and eat outdoors in the summer.  But we want something quick, so we don't have to take too much time away from the … [Read more...]

#ad Make an Easy Holiday Meal Fun! #GetCorny with Country Ribbon Corn Dogs!

Wow, this meal is great on so many levels.  First, it's fun!  No, that's not true, it is F-U-N! Second on my favorite-things-about-it is that this meal is easy.  E-A-S-Y!  And then, like frosting on a cake, this meal is budget-friendly.  You might even say CHEAP! And best of all?  Your kids will love it.  The star of the meal is Country Ribbon Corn Dogs. My daughter knows every restaurant that serves corn dogs.  She loves them! … [Read more...]

High Value Coupon – Save Up To $2.50 on M&M’s! Holiday Baking is Better with Chocolate!

  It's cookie baking season!  Do you do a cookie exchange?  Or bake for your holiday party at work?  I love baking cookies with my daughter.  One of our favorites are cookies with M&M's.  Baking with Chocolate is always a winning combination.  And I have to admit to munching on some Peanut M&M’s while I bake *blush*. I'm excited to be able to share a high value coupon with my readers for M&M's.  You can use it … [Read more...]