Happier and Healthier Shopping from Home

This past week was pretty miserable at our house.  Reece got sick first and ended up only going to school one day last week {oh my!}, next was Bryce, and after all that additional loving and snuggling time the boys required, I finally succumbed near the end of the week.  Needless to say, we didn’t […]

Hearty After School Snack Solution #HotPocketSnacks

Mommy!  I’m hungry!  What’s for lunch?? This is what I hear every afternoon when I pick Reece up from school.  For the first week I was completely baffled as to why he was so hungry.  I sent him to school with a well-rounded lunch each and every day.  It wasn’t until Back-to-School night when I […]

Mom’s Back-to-School Survival Kits! {Gift Idea}

We’ve been back in school for a couple weeks now and I’m seeing the effects the transition from being an afternoon kindergarten mom to a first grade mom is having on my friends :)  The kids look ready to go but the moms are starting to look a little worn down.  I thought it would be fun […]

Creamsicle Float with Frozen Yogurt

Creamsicle Floats made with frozen yogurt are the perfect summer treat! In case you missed it, National Creamsicle Day was August 14th. What? You didn’t even know that there was such a day? Well, I’m glad you’ve stopped by because I’m going to show you how easy it is to pull off a fabulous Creamsicle Celebration […]

Back to School Uniform Shopping with #CookiesKids

Reece starts school this Wednesday (does anyone else start in the middle of the week??) and we are all ready to go thanks to Cookie’s Kids!  Reece is required to wear uniforms to school (blue or khaki bottoms, white or blue collared tops) so while shopping isn’t a super creative time, it’s essential that we […]

Ten Tips for Taking Better Food Photos Now!

10 Food Photography Tips for Bloggers This last week was the final week of my Sears Food Photography class.  Looking back, I realize how much I’ve learned and what an amazing opportunity this was for me and my blog.  This week I was asked to choose my ten best photos that I’ve submitted over the […]

Photography Class With Sears Grilling: Week 6 – Party Time! #GrillingIsHappiness #SoFabU

Here we are in Week 6 of my Grilling Photography Course.  This week our assignment was to host a grilling party of some sort and use all the techniques and skills we have learned to photograph the event.  I ended up hosting a little family BBQ on Wednesday and then my sister’s birthday party on […]

Photography Class With Sears Grilling: Week 5 – Grill Skills and Food Composition #GrillingIsHappiness #SoFabU

We’ve been eating very well the last few weeks!  Our new grill from Sears is performing beautifully and I am so thankful to Sears for their support of this photography class.  Hard to believe that this is Week 5!  (Check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 if you’re just joining in.) […]

Photography Class With Sears Grilling: Week 4 – Food Photography Using A Grill #GrillingIsHappiness #SoFabU

This past week I finally got to break in my new grill from Sears (THANK YOU SEARS!) We enjoyed lots of yummy grilled food and I had my camera out there taking shot after shot working on all that I learned this week. I’ve known for awhile now that photography is becoming a real passion […]

Photography Class with Sears Grilling: Week 3 #SoFabU #grillingishappiness

This week was the third week of my photography class sponsored by Sears Grilling.  I had an amazing opportunity to purchase a new grill from Sears – THANK YOU SEARS!  I put it together all by myself {’cause that’s how I roll} and it’s now sitting on the BBQ patio looking oh-so-pretty! My husband keeps […]

Meeting Jeff Mauro at Seattle’s Best Red Cup Showdown at the California State Fair #RedCupShowdown

This past Saturday I had the extraordinary privilege of meeting Jeff Mauro at the Seattle’s Best Red Cup Showdown at the California State Fair.  This competition is taking place at State Fairs across the country so make sure to go here to find more information. The competition was incredibly exciting and I was even able to take […]

Photography Class Week 2: Grill Shopping at Sears #SoFabU #grillingishappiness

This last week was the second week of the photography class I am taking through Social Fabric University (SFU) and sponsored by Sears Grilling.  This week the focus was on “Path to Purchase”.  What is a path to purchase?  It’s the steps we all take as consumers when we are going to make a purchase. […]

Giving Back With Elmer’s #BagItForward

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the truly amazing #BagItForward campaign from Elmer’s.  The idea is simple – make a difference in your community by donating school supplies to a student, teacher, school, or organization in need (Buy Two, Give One).  I knew exactly who could use some new school supplies and was so excited […]

Photography Class With Sears at SFU #grillingishappiness #SoFabU

I have wonderful news to share!  I was selected as one of 20 students to be in an online photography course at Social Fabric University.  The course is titled {Photography with Sears Grilling} so you know there is going to be some awesome grilling photos and recipes shared soon!  Our course will be utilizing Pixlr, […]

Very Berry Cherry Smoothie

A Very Berry Cherry Smoothie is a treat you won’t soon forget! I am very fortunate that my kids enjoy dairy products. They love yogurt in particular and have one almost every day. With summer here, I thought it would be fun to find other ways for the boys to get dairy in their diet […]

Master Bedroom Lighting Makeover & Energy Saving Tips #GELighting

We are in the process of a complete overhaul in our Master Bedroom.  Painting, furniture, lighting, new carpet – the works! This past weekend we tackled the painting and lighting in the room.  I had already selected the paint colors and we took advantage of the $5 rebate on gallons of paint at the store […]

My Patio Makeover! #SummerWithSears #SearsPatio #CBias

June is a busy month at our house.  We do A LOT of entertaining and celebrating with 3 birthdays, Father’s Day, and graduation/end-of-school parties.  Then we head into July and start off with a bang (hehe!) with 4th of July and more birthdays.  We have a lovely paver patio with a patio cover (courtesy of my […]

Dr. Seuss Ice Cream Party!

Ice Cream parties are always a huge hit with our family and friends.  I think they are so much fun to host and the possibilities are endless!  I recently hosted an ice cream party for some of Reece’s classmates after school.  Hooper Humperdink WAS invited but unfortunately was unable to attend :( We had considered Wacky Wednesday […]

KNOW Hunger With Tyson Foods

I am part of a family that is blessed in so many ways.  One critically important one is that we always have food in our home.  My children do not have to worry when or where their next meal will be.  Many, many children and families do not have this same comfort and I think […]

5 Cheese Roasted Red Pepper Spread

5 Cheese Roasted Red Pepper Spread recipe that is perfectly paired with toasted baguette slices. As I am sure you are well aware, EASTER is just a hop, skip, and jump away! With our vacation coming up this next week, I’ve been scrambling trying to prepare everything Easter-related before we leave next Sunday.  This includes Easter dinner! […]

Easter Clothes Shopping at Hartstrings.com #MyHartstrings #CBias

Easter is QUICKLY approaching and I’m scrambling trying to get our home decorated, stuff Easter baskets, as well as find Easter clothes for the boys.  We are going to be gone the week before Easter (vacationing in San Diego) so I need to have everything done this coming week.  Time has become my enemy and […]