Easy Back to School Breakfast Idea~Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

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Back to school is around the corner!  I was just telling my husband tonight that after a day of fielding questions, feeding and entertaining three sweet kiddos, and swimming, I am ready for school to start.  I say that now, but on August 17th, when we are the eve of the First Day of School, I won’t be feeling that way!  Getting ready to go back to school puts me into planning mode.  And that includes going back to meal planning and having easy breakfast and snacks on hand to give them variety for breakfast and making lunch packing easy.

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Why You Need Disney’s Memorymaker on Your Next Trip

MemoryMaker

Disney’s Memorymaker has me totally hooked now.  You have no idea how hard it was for me to type that sentence!  Why?  Because I’m a picture snob.  I make sure every Disney vacation that I take hundreds of photos to keep those precious moments and memories forever.  I take a DSLr, my small point and shoot, and my phone on every trip. Yes, I love to take photos. Especially at Disney.  This past trip, I added Memorymaker to our Magic Your Way Package.

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Easy LEGO Party Ideas

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Legos are still a hot toy in our house.  In fact, our boys are 12, and I often wonder if their love of Legos will extend into their adult lives.  We are talking about boys who go to the library, find the non-fiction section, and come out with “How to Build…… from Legos”.  They are entertained for hours in the basement on hot summer days, creating and building.  Hopefully all this building, creativity, and brick building will serve them well in their careers one day.

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Easy to Pack Soccer Snacks

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Our Saturdays are often spent on the soccer field.  Most weekends, it is an hour on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying the sun and watching our oldest play a game.  Now that the season is coming to a close, we are in the midst of soccer tournaments.  This means more hours on the soccer field, more prep for me the night before, and I feel like I need to have more options to keep him hydrated and fed between games.

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Spinach and Feta Party Dip

Spinach and Feta Party Dip

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I’m a sucker for a super good, creamy, spinach dip.  When I am at a party, I tend to gravitate toward the dips, mainly because to me they are a treat!  I don’t make them a lot at home, except when we are having a party.  This time of year, we have been enjoying the big tournament on TV, watching our favorite college team {who is now out, but hey, there are more to cheer for} play basketball.  Extra bonus?  I can pick up all the ingredients at Giant Eagle!  Back to the spinach dip, and eating the yummy food that comes with watching sports….So today, I am going to share my Spinach and Feta Party Dip with you!

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Hosting a Kids’ Choice Awards Party to Remember

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Do you love award shows?  I do, and my twins are starting to enjoy them as well.  Knowing that their favorites like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Skylanders Trap Team, and Spongebob are amongst the nominees, my boys will be tuning in for sure!  And since they are boys, they have to eat, right?  The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards will have my two in front of the TV on March 28th, with snacks in hand….and I’ll want to be watching with them!  So, how do I keep it simple and let them have a little fun and good food while watching?  Today I am going to share with you some tips on hosting a Kids’ Choice Awards Party to Remember for your favorite kids with food and drinks I can find at Walmart.

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Personalized Easter Baskets with Vinyl

Personalized Easter Baskets

Personalized Easter baskets are my favorite.thing.ever.  Love them!  I purposefully visit Target, the Dollar Tree, and other stores to find items that can be functional, unique, and personalized with vinyl.  My Silhouette Cameo never lets me down-and these Personalized Easter Baskets are the perfect project for beginning Silhouette and vinyl users.

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Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Family Photo Shoot

Ten Family Photo Shoot Tips

So I had this grand idea.  I asked my friend, who also has a small photography business, to set up an outdoor session for us this past fall.  I was SO excited!  I started pinning ideas to my Photo Ideas Pinterest Board, and envisioned a fantastic photo session where everyone cooperated, and my kids looked darling…..and yes, most of that happened.  But not without some planning, thinking, and a little bit of stressing out.  This was our first, of what will now be more, outdoor family shoots with a photographer.  All these years, we’ve sufficed our family photos with pics from vacations, at Christmas, and the occasional pose at Target while we were having the kids’ photos taken.  Why did I wait so long?   Our outdoor pics turned out great, and now I have some family photo tips to share with you!

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DIY Owl Valentines Using Silhouette Glitter

Class Valentines Using Silhouette Glitter

Glitter.  It is my favorite thing to craft with~next to ribbon.  This year for my daughter’s homemade valentines, we made them extra sparkly with some Silhouette Glitter.  That stuff is SO.MUCH.FUN!  I am so addicted.  It’s projects like this that make me so thankful that I have a girl to glitz things up. So this year, we took the Owl Valentine idea I had last year, and made them a bit differently.  Despite the fact that I tried to sway her to bees, hearts, or butterflies,  she wanted owls again.  I tried and tried to show her images on Pinterest of butterflies, bees, and even cute hearts.  None of it.  She wanted owls again, so owls it is!

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Bathroom Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils and $50 Giveaway

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Go big or go home, that’s kind of the motto in our  house.   Along those same lines, we like to DIY on the cheap in our house.  We will often pick up “oops” paint colors at the home improvement store, and then making do with the left over colors from our other painting projects to make something amazing.  Well, our downstairs bathroom is no exception.  And with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils, we now have an impressive and beautifully accented wall in what was once our very plain downstairs bathroom.

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