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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos From Campbell’s Kitchen

Check out this recipe for healthy slow cooker chicken tacos. You will not believe how easy it is to throw together for delicious tacos that will please the entire family. Plus read about how you can … [Read More...]

Dueling Pianos on Bourbon Street

New Orleans Music Scene

A recent trip to New Orleans really opened my eyes and broadened my horizon in the way of food, culture and music. I don't think I had ever experienced such a culture, interesting food combinations or … [Read More...]

National Heart Month Twitter Party

Showing Love in Healthy Ways #Tips4Tots Twitter Party RSVP February 25th at 10am PST

I have been asked to partner with the Dairy Council of California and First 5 Sacramento, to promote a Twitter Party discussing National Heart Month and Showing Love in Healthy Ways. While … [Read More...]

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Hearts Aren’t Just For Valentine’s Day: Address Your Heart and My “WHY” Moment

Read about how my big Valentine's Date plans got foiled, but how our "bit of a bummer" Valentine's Day helped me to realize that it's the little things in life that make me want to keep my heart … [Read More...]

Carmel by the Sea

Honeymoon Stay at Hofsas House in Carmel by the Sea

Keith and I had the perfect wedding, which we planned in just a week! We had amazing help from family and it went off without a hitch. I'd say our honeymoon getaway was perfect as well. With little … [Read More...]

Chocolate Mice Valentine Craft

Chocolate Mice Valentine Craft

I had the pleasure of having my 5 year old granddaughter for a girl's day, and we decided a Valentine craft was just the right way to spend the afternoon. I'd seen this cute little Chocolate Valentine … [Read More...]

Disney Inspired Smucker's Uncrustables Art

Show Your Disney Side for a Chance to Win a FREE Disney Vacation

As part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, I am being compensated by Smucker’s® for my help in spreading the word about the Disney Side contest.   Playing with one's food is something … [Read More...]

Rustic Charm Entry

Entry with Rustic Charm Decor

Adding a new addition to the family calls for a little redecorating. Just one month ago my husband and I had a beautiful outdoor vintage and rustic wedding. To go along with that theme and to bring a … [Read More...]

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Valentine’s Saturday: 10 Ideas For Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

YIKES! Valentine's Day is on a Saturday this year, which means the bulk of the V-Day festivities rest on me rather than classroom parties. Check out my 10 ideas for Valentine's Day with your Kids! … [Read More...]

Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Living in Northern California there is an abundance of fresh produce. I feel blessed to be able to head to the store and purchase locally grown crops. When I've got to head to a grocery store to … [Read More...]

Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos From Campbell’s Kitchen

Check out this recipe for healthy slow cooker chicken tacos. You will not believe how easy it is to throw together for delicious tacos that will please the entire family. Plus read about how you can win great prizes and help encourage women's heart health with the "Address Your Heart with Campbell’s … [Read More...]

Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Living in Northern California there is an abundance of fresh produce. I feel blessed to be able to head to the store and purchase locally grown crops. When I've got to head to a grocery store to pick up said produce, my number one place to shop is Sprouts Farmers Market. These stores give the … [Read More...]

Loaded Potato and Chicken Bake

Loaded Potato & Chicken Bake – A Cheesy Taste of Comfort

There are those days when your taste buds scream - give me comfort. Or those days when you've got just a short time to whip up something hearty for extra guests, yet you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen or dirty a ton of pots and pans. This Loaded Potato & Chicken Bake is just the … [Read More...]

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Pizza Grilled Cheese

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association. All opinions are 100% mine. I think everyone has their own variety of what they consider to be comfort food. For me, a warm Creamy Tomato Basil soup just really does it for me. When I'm feeling sad, … [Read More...]

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Popcorn for a Family Movie Night with The Boxtrolls

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”   I have come to cherish and appreciate family movie nights. Now that my kids … [Read More...]

GingerDoodles or Snickersnaps - your call!

GingerDoodle or Snickersnap Cookies – you decide! The perfect marriage.

Marriage has been on my mind lately - understandably, since we just had a wedding in the family. As I contemplate the blending of these two wonderful people and the uniting with the children, I've pondered how it is that two vastly different individuals can come together and build a beautiful … [Read More...]

Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As I prepare for my wedding, which is taking place this weekend, I have discovered that I am much busier than I ever imagined. This means lots of quick and easy … [Read More...]

Decadent Christmas Cranberry and White Chocolate Pound Cake

Decadent Christmas Cranberry and White Chocolate Pound Cake

At Holiday time, I think nothing says "I care about you" more than a home-baked gift. It's been a tradition of mine, for a number of years, to make either an assortment of cookies and candies, or some mini loaves of sweet bread for my friends and family. I know I love to get baked goods, so I assume … [Read More...]

Peppermint Cookie Bars

Peppermint Cookie Bars

This is the season for lots of baking and cooking! I like to bake up a lot of treats for neighbors, friends, dates, and family gatherings, but sometimes I just want to try something new and fresh. I often let the kids bake with me so we can get in some bonding time as well. And of course, we … [Read More...]

Quick Kielbasa and Rice Skillet

Quick Kielbasa and Rice Skillet

Can I just begin by saying that I am a tad overwhelmed right now? I have a feeling it will be that way until Christmas, but I am trying my hardest to get caught up on work so I can enjoy my kiddos when they are off of school. There are some nights (more than I care to admit) where I have forgotten … [Read More...]

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My Kind of Travel

Dueling Pianos on Bourbon Street

New Orleans Music Scene

A recent trip to New Orleans really opened my eyes and broadened my horizon in the way of food, culture and music. I don't think I had ever experienced such a culture, interesting food combinations or music in this way. Now that I have already written about the food and culture, and love both, I … [Read More...]

Carmel by the Sea

Honeymoon Stay at Hofsas House in Carmel by the Sea

Keith and I had the perfect wedding, which we planned in just a week! We had amazing help from family and it went off without a hitch. I'd say our honeymoon getaway was perfect as well. With little time to plan and prepare, and not a lot of time to get away, we decided on a trip to Carmel by the … [Read More...]

Little River Inn Ocean Views

Mendocino Coast: Ocean Views and Comfort at the Little River Inn

This past month, I had the opportunity to get in good with the in-laws and send them on a weekend getaway to the California coast. I was supposed to go myself, but came down with a nasty nasty cold the day I was supposed to head out. Luckily they were up for a last minute trip to stay at the … [Read More...]

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Filling My Belly with Good Eats in New Orleans

I have always wanted to go on an eating tour of some big city with great food. I feel like I practically did just that in New Orleans. It wasn't an official eating tour, but we went to so many fantastic restaurants, that made it feel like we were eating our way through the city. There are some … [Read More...]

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Product Reviews

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Your Year To Do It: Real Stories From Real Moms on Going Back To School

Ever dreamed of going back to college to continue your education? Read the real-life stories and advice of a few busy moms who have successfully balanced being a student and a mom to reach their … [Read More...]

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Revolutionizing Your Workout With Jabra Sport Pulse Headphones From Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, using a … [Read More...]

Hiking Trail Mix with  DOVE® Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Hiking Trail Mix with DOVE® Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or … [Read More...]

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Feeln Movies Together with 50% Off

As most of you know, one of my favorite things to do with my kiddos is to hunker down, snuggle-up and watch some good family entertainment - the optimum word here being "family." Most of the time … [Read More...]

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Tips & Ramblings

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Hearts Aren’t Just For Valentine’s Day: Address Your Heart and My “WHY” Moment

Read about how my big Valentine's Date plans got foiled, but how our "bit of a bummer" Valentine's Day helped me to realize that it's the little things in life that make me want to keep my heart … [Read More...]

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Valentine’s Saturday: 10 Ideas For Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

YIKES! Valentine's Day is on a Saturday this year, which means the bulk of the V-Day festivities rest on me rather than classroom parties. Check out my 10 ideas for Valentine's Day with your Kids! … [Read More...]

Personal Finance Road Test for Teens

Enter Your Teen in the H&R Block Budget Challenge for Scholarships

  Entering the real world after high school can be quite startling and eye opening for many teens. Unfortunately, far too many teens are graduating without basic financial skills, and end up … [Read More...]

Inherited Honda Makes You Famous

Along For The Ride: The Secret Diary Of The Traveling Car + Enter Your Honda Story

“This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by The Northern California Honda Dealers Advertising Association to review this … [Read More...]

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DIY

Chocolate Mice Valentine Craft

Chocolate Mice Valentine Craft

I had the pleasure of having my 5 year old granddaughter for a girl's day, and we decided a Valentine craft was just the right way to spend the afternoon. I'd seen this cute little Chocolate Valentine … [Read More...]

Rustic Charm Entry

Entry with Rustic Charm Decor

Adding a new addition to the family calls for a little redecorating. Just one month ago my husband and I had a beautiful outdoor vintage and rustic wedding. To go along with that theme and to bring a … [Read More...]

Basket Full O' Love DIY Fabric Stuffed Hearts

A Basket Full O’ Love: DIY Fabric Stuffed Hearts

Yup, Love is in the air. Can you feel it? If not, then here's a little craft to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. I spent a bit of time going through my scrap fabric box and picking out just … [Read More...]

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Showing My DisneySide With a “Sense-Sational” Fairytale Adventure + Sofia the First Party ideas

Read how I recently took my preschool kids on a magical fairytale adventure to teach them about their 5 senses thanks to Sofia and a little Disney Magic! Plus plan your own Disney party with these … [Read More...]

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Movies & Entertainment

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Popcorn for a Family Movie Night with The Boxtrolls

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite … [Read More...]

Into the Woods

Into The Woods – Be Careful What You Wish For!

Every good fairy tale begins with a curse or a wish or a desire for unmet dreams and expectations. Into The Woods does not disappoint on all counts! Then add in the musical component and you've got a … [Read More...]

The Hundred Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey. My favorite Movie of the Year

Seldom does a movie offer all the elements I enjoy or look for on the silver screen. And seldom is there a movie that bears viewing on repeated occasions. The Hundred-Foot Journey released this year … [Read More...]

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is Moving, Emotional and Funny

Still in theaters is The Theory of Everything. With the holidays here and so many great movie releases, one that I recommend attending at the theater is The Theory of Everything. This movie is … [Read More...]

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My Story of Infant Loss

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Celebrating an Angel’s 5th Birthday at the Cemetery

Yesterday, May 29, 2013, marked my little angel's 5th birthday. I truly cannot believe it has been 5 years since I gave birth to a little girl with one of the most amazing spirits ever! In case you … [Read More...]

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Giving Birth After Infant Loss

Giving Birth After Infant Loss My last post on infant loss discussed the decision to get pregnant after losing a baby. If you haven't already, you can read from the beginning of my story (<--click … [Read More...]

Pregnancy After Child Loss

It has been a while since I have talked about my story of losing Gianna. I thought it was time to add to it with my pregnancy after child loss. Just a reminder that this is a continuation of my story … [Read More...]

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Getting Pregnant After Infant Loss

It has been quite some time since my last post about baby Gianna. Some people have said they feel like my story is incomplete, so I thought it was time I added to my story with the decision of getting … [Read More...]

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