Recipes

Egg & Cheese Egg Rolls with Gravy

Egg & Cheese Egg Rolls with Gravy

Let me start this post by saying, we eat dozens of eggs per week. It’s kind of ridiculous. Eggs for breakfast, usually scrambled. Eggs for lunch, because I love a good egg salad sandwich. Eggs for snack, because my girls love deviled eggs. Eggs for dinner, because who doesn’t love breakfast for diner?? See. Eggs galore! […]

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15+ Delicious Recipes for “Meatless Monday” Dinners

15+ Delicious Recipes for “Meatless Monday” Dinners

When I meal plan each week, I usually plan at least one day a week where we eat a meat-free dish. I’m sure most of you have heard the phase “Meatless Monday”. We’re a meat eating family, yes, but including meat in every single dinner meal can get expensive. Plus, it’s a great way to […]

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{Wendy’s} Copycat Chili & The Best Honey Cornbread

{Wendy’s} Copycat Chili & The Best Honey Cornbread

When it comes to chili, I’m kind of picky. Chili that comes in a can? Forget about it. I’ve had my fair share of different styles of chili, and the one I always go back to in the end is actually Wendy’s chili. So my mission was to make a version at home that tasted […]

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Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before. “Breakfast is the most important part of your day!” Well, it’s true, and I’m saying it again. Especially for kids, because right now is the time they form habits, and making sure they are eating breakfast each morning is a good habit to form. What’s an […]

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Kid Friendly Tuna “Sushi” Roll

Kid Friendly Tuna “Sushi” Roll

I am always looking for new ideas to make for lunches. My kid actually doesn’t mind “boring” lunches, but I do. I know, I know. I just feel like a child needs variety. They need to try new things. Delicious new things! So when asked to create something fun for a school lunch, using tuna, […]

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100+ After-School Snack Ideas for Kids

100+ After-School Snack Ideas for Kids

Last month, I shared with you a ton of back-to-school lunch ideas that went beyond sandwiches. Since school just started, or will start soon (for us), I wanted to give you plenty of ideas for after-school snacks – that your kids will love. My oldest is only seven, and she’s ravenous when she gets home. […]

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Crafts & DIY

Leaf Craft for Kids {Perfect for Fall!}

Leaf Craft for Kids {Perfect for Fall!}

I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond excited for Fall. I’m ready to pick apples, eat some pumpkin pie, and watch the leaves turn their beautiful fall colors before winter hits. Since yesterday was the first day of Autumn, it was only fitting we had craft time that involved picking some leaves outside. This craft is […]

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DIY Framed Headband, Hair Bow, and Jewelry Holder & Display

DIY Framed Headband, Hair Bow, and Jewelry Holder & Display

I love having four girls! I love that they enjoy dressing up like princesses and love to have their hair done. What I don’t love is having a million headbands around the house. So what’s a mom going to do? Make a headband holder! One that can hold headbands, hair bows, and even jewelry like earrings. […]

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Ladybug Themed Party Ideas

Ladybug Themed Party Ideas

I love ladybugs. When I was little, I would visit my grandfather every summer. One summer, they actually had some ladybugs lay eggs in one of the guest bathrooms, in the shower. They hatched, and it was incredible to see the what seemed like hundreds of red ladybugs. Even now, my mother calls my oldest […]

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{DIY} Twine-Wrapped Bottles

{DIY} Twine-Wrapped Bottles

Since we’ve moved, I’ve been wanting to decorate my house more and more. It’s still pretty bare, and one spot I’m working on is above the kitchen cabinets. Be forewarned. Most people show you the “after”, the beautiful transformation, but I’m still in the process of decorating. Given I need more time and money… My […]

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Inspired DIY Vintage {Distressed} Coffee Serving Tray

Inspired DIY Vintage {Distressed} Coffee Serving Tray

My husband and I are big coffee and tea drinkers. We have four kids, can you blame us? I also love to have friends come over with their kids, and enjoy sitting and chatting, and sipping on my coffee. I guess I see my cup of coffee as a warm hug, an invite to much […]

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Inspiring Creativity with Painted Journals for Kids

Inspiring Creativity with Painted Journals for Kids

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Elmer’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Elmer’s. We’re getting ready for school to start soon! This year, I wanted to try something new with my 7-year old. She’s doing a fantastic time reading […]

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Pregnancy

Chocolate Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

Chocolate Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Nestle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastEssentials http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My sweet Everly is three weeks old already, which seems crazy to me. I swear, I just gave birth to her yesterday. At least it feels like it. Many of […]

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Our {Second} Home Water Birth Story

Our {Second} Home Water Birth Story

I’m so excited to share with you guys Everly’s birth story! This was my second home (water) birth, and THANK GOODNESS, it couldn’t have gone better. I had my 41 week midwife appointment on Thursday, April 10th. Since I was overdue, and had already tried many things (walking, dancing, spicy food, pineapple, etc.) my midwife […]

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3 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Great Childbirth Experience

3 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Great Childbirth Experience

Special thanks to Chelsea, who’s filling in for me here today while I take care of our new baby girl! Pics on Instagram!! Whether you are pregnant with your first child or your third, your birth story is important. Each birth is unique and the day that your baby enters the world is an event […]

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Welcome Baby: Over $600 in Must-Have products for Mom & Baby! {Giveaway}

Welcome Baby: Over $600 in Must-Have products for Mom & Baby! {Giveaway}

I’m just weeks away from baby’s (estimated) arrival. Can you believe it? I can’t! This pregnancy has gone by incredibly quick. I guess when you’re busy taking care of three other kids, everything just goes by more quickly. This weekend, my wonderful friend Ashley is throwing a small baby shower for me, along with our […]

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Why I Choose a Midwife Over a Doctor

Why I Choose a Midwife Over a Doctor

I’ve used a doctor for two of my pregnancies, and a midwife for the other two. I will tell you without a doubt, that I’d choose a midwife over a doctor ten fold. A trip to the OBGYN would include paying for parking, getting there about 20 minutes early, filling out paperwork and/or signing in, […]

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Postpartum Must Haves – For Mom & Baby!

Postpartum Must Haves – For Mom & Baby!

Two years ago, I gave birth to my daughter at home (well, my mom’s house). My first home & water birth. This time around, I’m also planning to have this little girl at home, in the water. Just because I’m not planning on giving birth at the hospital, doesn’t mean I don’t want to be […]

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Parenting & Relationships

Well-Rounded Afterschool Programs Essential to Year-Long Success

Well-Rounded Afterschool Programs Essential to Year-Long Success

As students have filled up their backpacks to begin another school year, there is a central conversation among parents and guardians regarding the quality of education their children receive at school. Part of those conversations should also focus on after-school care, which is a prime opportunity for student enrichment. Each afternoon during the school year, […]

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Moms Make a #PromiseToBaby – #JOHNSONSBaby Listened & Made One Too

Moms Make a #PromiseToBaby – #JOHNSONSBaby Listened & Made One Too

From the second my girls were born, I knew that it was my responsibility to care for them, physically and mentally. It is my job to wake up every day and to explore the world with them. To make mistakes with them. To show them kindness, compassion, and hard work. This is a promise I’ve […]

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Back-to-School Lunch Ideas Beyond Sandwiches

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas Beyond Sandwiches

Please don’t hate me for taking about BACK TO SCHOOL already! But you guys, it’s almost August!! For some of you, school starts next month. For us, we only have four weeks of summer left. I am the “planner” for sure. So yes, I’m already planning and thinking about lunch ideas for when my oldest […]

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Find Out How #SIMPLEGiving Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

Find Out How #SIMPLEGiving Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

Just a few years ago, our family needed help. We were fortunate enough to receive WIC for food, and even received Tree of Sharing gifts for Christmas. Now, our family is more able to donate and give back when we can. This campaign is a GREAT way for those that can help, to help. — […]

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How Do You Know You Are Done Having Kids? #GoodNeighbor

How Do You Know You Are Done Having Kids? #GoodNeighbor

When my husband and I first started dating, we were 19 years old. After just a few months together, he told me he wanted us to have a child together. I was madly in love with him, and the idea of starting a family. In June of 2006, we found out that we were pregnant! […]

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4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Toddler

4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Toddler

{This post is sponsored by VTech Baby. All thoughts after having four crazy kids, are all my own. Connect with VTech on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and on Pinterest.} My two year old thinks she’s much older than she really is. I blame that mostly on the fact that she has two older sisters, and mimics them more often than not. […]

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Family Lifestyle

Comfort Baby with New Huggies Little Snugglers

Comfort Baby with New Huggies Little Snugglers

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies and Target. I received samples and a promotional item to facilitate my review. I’ve done my fair share of diaper changing over the past seven and a half years. I’ve also tried many brands of diapers. I’m not a brand snob, as […]

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Tips to Handle a Data Breach

Tips to Handle a Data Breach

In my last post, I featured a really simple way to create your own framed headband and/or jewelry holder. While the frame was a yard sale find, the chicken wire and everything else used to make it came from Home Depot. As someone who loves crafting and do-it-yourself projects, Home Depot is a fantastic store. They also […]

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How Do You Connect With Your Individual Heart’s Power?

How Do You Connect With Your Individual Heart’s Power?

I’d say that I am a very spiritual person. More so as I’ve become an adult and parent. I believe in more than just things happen. They happen for a reason. Recently, I had the chance to read “Power of the Heart” by Baptist de Pape, a young lawyer, who was anxious and worried about his future when […]

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Exclusive: 10% off your check @Outback! #OutbackBestmates

Exclusive: 10% off your check @Outback! #OutbackBestmates

For those that don’t remember, I’m apart of the fabulous #OutbackBestmates team. I love being able to share updates with you, as they are one of our favorite places to dine for date nights. Reason being? I love a juicy steak but stink at cooking them. Going to Outback Steakhouse allows me to enjoy a delicious steak, plus lots more, […]

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Halloween Decor Ideas & Treats from Woman’s Day

Halloween Decor Ideas & Treats from Woman’s Day

It’s never too early to start planning a ghostly get-together! Count down to Halloween with the October issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands nationwide. Full of recipes and family friendly activities, your fall will be jam packed with seasonal fun. Keep autumn spook-tacular and stress-free with charming pumpkin carvings, DIY front-door decorations, and wickedly […]

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Create Your Own Mexican Restaurant Experience at Home

Create Your Own Mexican Restaurant Experience at Home

Thanks to HERDEZ for sponsoring today’s discussion.  One of my biggest problems is lunch time. Not for the kids, but for me. I get bored with sandwiches, mac and cheese, or leftovers from my kids’ lunch. Sometimes, I just want something different. Something to satisfy my taste palate. Something that feels like I’m still an […]

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Health & Beauty

Your Kid, and Every Kid, Is Extraordinary. Let’s Celebrate #YourExtraordinaryKid!

Your Kid, and Every Kid, Is Extraordinary. Let’s Celebrate #YourExtraordinaryKid!

Each one of my girls is amazing, but my oldest will always be “my first.” To me, she is the one of the most amazing kids I know. She’s incredibly smart, both with school and with everyday life occurrences. She’s always been able to catch on quickly, and I know how well she relates to older […]

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For The Clean Shaven Man – Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 {A Dad Review}

For The Clean Shaven Man – Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 {A Dad Review}

Working in a field where I may have to don a fitted respirator in an emergency, I am required to stay clean shaven. As most men would agree, this stinks, though for me it is primarily because I am not a fan of electric razors, meaning I have to take the time to lather up […]

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Learn How @JohnsonsBaby & @Walmart are raising $ for @CMNHospitals to help keep kids healthy! #JohnsonsBabyCares

Learn How @JohnsonsBaby & @Walmart are raising $ for @CMNHospitals to help keep kids healthy! #JohnsonsBabyCares

I’m helping co-host another great Twitter party with The Motherhood, and I’d love for you to join us! JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES, the brand’s charitable platform, is dedicated to improving the lives of moms and babies, and has partnered with Walmart to raise money for babies and children in need. From now until June 30, when you purchase […]

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Check out These 10 Camping Hacks Before You Leave This Summer

Check out These 10 Camping Hacks Before You Leave This Summer

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been camping. Mainly, because of having babies. Two summers ago, we went the weekend of my birthday. I was 5 months pregnant with my third, my then 1.5 year old refused to sleep in her playard, and we forgot the air mattress. Wouldn’t have been too horrible, […]

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5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! #Orajel #Smilestones

5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! #Orajel #Smilestones

Did you know…most kids don’t develop the proper motor skills or coordination they need for tooth brushing until well into elementary age? Until then, your child really needs your help brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Brushing is usually a fun experience for young children, however, they may start to dislike it overtime. Don’t worry […]

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Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Blow Their Nose This Allergy Season #SneezingTime

Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Blow Their Nose This Allergy Season #SneezingTime

It’s allergy season, friends. My kiddos have already began to show signs! Runny nose, clear snot, and sneezing. All that fun stuff. Not. One thing that’s not the easiest, or fun at all to teach, is how to get little ones to blow their nose. I’m talking, we’re past the age of being able to […]

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Family Travels

Our First Ever Visit to Great Wolf Lodge

Our First Ever Visit to Great Wolf Lodge

Last weekend we drove to Seattle to visit family and attend a friend’s wedding. Since we were in that area, I thought it would be fun to take our girls to Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. I’m so glad we did, because we had a blast!! As soon as you drive up to the […]

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Outback Steakhouse – Limited Time Only Moonshine BBQ Menu

Outback Steakhouse – Limited Time Only Moonshine BBQ Menu

Outback Steakhouse just introduced a limited time only Moonshine BBQ menu – made with real moonshine. Last night we got the chance to try some of the Moonshine items as part of my participation as an #OutbackBestMates – and let’s just say we were NOT disappointed!! First up on the Moonshine menu, three Moonshine cocktails including: the Huckleberry […]

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Our Little Trip to Lake Chelan #TreeTopGetaway

Our Little Trip to Lake Chelan #TreeTopGetaway

This past weekend, I was truly honored to be invited to go on a getaway with Tree Top brand. We were invited to tour one of their fruit grower’s ranches – Keystone Ranch. Truly beautiful to see exactly where your food comes. Not only that, but to see who is growing it for you. A […]

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Dreaming of a Spring Break Beach Vacation {Carter’s Giveaway!} #CartersSpringStyle

Dreaming of a Spring Break Beach Vacation {Carter’s Giveaway!} #CartersSpringStyle

I participated in this program on behalf of Carter’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Baby is due any day now, which means our coming Spring Break will consist of diaper changes and late nights. We’re most likely staying home, and finding crafts for the girls to do. Hopefully it will at least […]

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15 Easy Holiday Hosting Tips From Entertaining Expert Jenny Steffens Hobick #HamptonHoliday

15 Easy Holiday Hosting Tips From Entertaining Expert Jenny Steffens Hobick #HamptonHoliday

Christmas is just days away now, and I’m sure many of you are planning on entertaining house guests. There’s so much about the holiday season that is exciting, but hosting guests for the holidays is usually more stressful and overwhelming, than exciting…even for the most seasoned hosts! For that reason, Hampton Hotels has partnered with […]

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An Event to Remember – Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After!

An Event to Remember – Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After!

We just got back from Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After, here in Spokane. It was such a fantastic show! This specific Disney on Ice features four very popular princesses, including: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Merida from Brave, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. It was great because my girls […]

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Blogging

Join us for a “Midnight Moms” Twitter Party for tips & tricks on bedtime rituals & much more!

Join us for a “Midnight Moms” Twitter Party for tips & tricks on bedtime rituals & much more!

{Sponsored} Do you find yourself up at night often? Is it because of a little one? With four girls, the youngest just five months old, you know I am up at night most often than not! If you’re up at night as well, make sure you join us for a midnight twitter party tomorrow! Whether you’re […]

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How Sears is Giving More to Busy Moms

How Sears is Giving More to Busy Moms

Post is brought to you by Sears. Tears that followed from watching the video below are all my own. I may not be a single parent, but my husband works full time outside the home, and so when it comes to waking up, getting the girls ready, running errands, or anything else in between, I’m […]

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Speech Therapy Has Been a Blessing for My Daughter!

Speech Therapy Has Been a Blessing for My Daughter!

My four year old (who will be five in December) has been going to speech therapy weekly, for over a year now. Over the course of the year, she has improved tremendously! We used to have to ask her to repeat herself more often than not. Then one day, while in the car running errands […]

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GoldieBlox: Inspiring Young Girls to be Innovators {Plus Giveaway!}

GoldieBlox: Inspiring Young Girls to be Innovators {Plus Giveaway!}

Many of you may have caught this awesome GoldieBlox video during last season’s Superbowl?   I actually  first learned of GoldieBlox last fall, right before the holidays. Instantly, I fell in love the concept and idea behind the product. It goes beyond playing “house”. It’s not all about the pink, but still very much appeals to […]

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Our Hawaiian Themed Inspired {School} Lunch #HydrationEducation

Our Hawaiian Themed Inspired {School} Lunch #HydrationEducation

Our school year is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning school lunch ideas. Last year, I let my oldest eat hot lunch one day a week, but in reality it ended up being a lot more than that. Mainly because I’d forgot to plan ahead one week, or get too busy in […]

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Oven Roasted Ranch Potatoes

Oven Roasted Ranch Potatoes

This delicious post is sponsored by Pompeian. All hunger thoughts are my own. Pompeian is celebrating National Olive Oil Month this August by launching the Pompeian Pledge – a call for consumers nationwide to swap butter for olive oil in everyday recipes. Olive oil contains far less saturated fat (only 2g compared to 7g) and […]

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