Bananas Foster Pudding Pie Recipe

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Can you just say OMG right now. My family has never been so excited about a blog recipe as they were for this submission of the Bananas Foster Pudding Pie Recipe for the Chiquita Banana Cooking  Lab Contest.     This is a super fun contest that has weekly winners so you don’t have to wait very long to see if you have been picked.

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Quick Seafood Recipe for the Family– Grain Free Recipe

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Serving your family healthy meals during the week can be difficult. Serving them grain free recipes can also be a chore. I am sharing this quick seafood recipe inspired by the new @PurinaBeyond Grain Free Cat food. If you are going to eat well, don’t your animals too. The Beyond Grain free has white fish and eggs to fulfill the high protein diet of cats. Like people cats can have sensitive stomachs so creating a grain free recipe is sure to make your cat and your kids purr in happiness.

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Holiday Entertaining Tips and Ideas


Now that Halloween is past us, many of us will be gearing up for Holiday Entertaining.  I have collected a few Holiday Entertaining must haves to make this season of hosting parties less stressful.  No matter what the size of the event, the most important part is having a plan.  Whether it is a menu, caterer, or party games for kids,  everyone will have more fun if you are organized from the beginning.   You will soon be the hostess with the mostess.

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Packing Tips for Traveling With Kids

This post about packing tips for traveling with kids is brought to you by Atlantic Luggage. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.

Get packing and Enter to win a family trip with Atlantic Luggage Sweepstakes. Maybe I will get lucky and win, but I wish we could travel more as a family but with three kids plane tickets can become expensive. Not to mention the luggage fee the airlines are now charging. Having durable luggage that is the right size to use as carry on is the key to keeping travel costs down, not to mention avoiding the nightmares of lost luggage. vacation-suitcase-illustration-stuffed-ready-32071945 [Read more...]

Do you use TeenSafe plus Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Now that I officially have a teenager, finding ways to monitor them is so important. I was recently introduced to TeenSafe an app that allows a parent to view text messages and deleted text messages, monitor your teen’s iPhone Location, Review web browsing,bookmarks and search history and Monitor contacts and call logs. I know from my kids on the computer they think they can just delete their history and I wont know where they have been.

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Count down to Fall & Halloween Recipes & Crafts Party

Halloween is only 2 weeks away are you ready? Maybe you don’t celebrate this holiday and you are busy enjoying the tastes of Fall. Either way we love seeing what you have been busy cooking and crafting up. I have been busy with Halloween Desserts and Fall Desserts, which is not good for my waist line. Thanks for coming to the party and sharing your Fall and Halloween ideas.

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Halloween Recipes Using TruMoo

This post about Halloween Recipes is brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine.

Halloween is one of my favorite food crafting holidays.  I wish my kids were still young enough to throw the parties I did when they were in preschool.  We had tables filled with festive Halloween treats from all the creative moms in our playgroup.  I wish I was blogging back then I would have documented them all.  Even though we are not throwing the lunch Halloween party anymore the kids still enjoy Halloween recipes I create especially ones that involve TruMoo.  If you don’t have kids don’t stop reading, I have a Halloween Drink Recipe that you can enjoy too. 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie Recipes & #SensiStopStrips Update

This post about Crest SensiStop Strips  is sponsored from Crest and SheSpeaks but all opinions are 100% our own. Do you fret at the idea of ordering one of the seasonal new drinks like Pumpkin Spice Lattes because your teeth our sensitive to hot drinks. Or maybe you wont want to try that Pumpkin Ice cream at your next dinner party.  Next time I meet a friend for coffee I will covered since I have tried, with success, the Crest SensiStop Strips but your guests might just enjoy one of these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies. 


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Peanut Butter Crumble Brownie Recipe

If you have been following us for any amount of time you know we love to bake at our house. However, not everything can be from scratch. Today I am sharing my most recent creation that starts with a brownie mix as a base. These brownie recipes are so simple because you really don’t need to think too much just change-up the add ins in the recipe. Be sure and keep a look out for an upcoming post filled with 20 great recipes that all start with a boxed brownie mix. Peanut butter and brownies go so well together, I am sharing this Peanut Butter Crumble Brownie recipe  today.
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20 Easy Dessert Recipes using A Boxed Brownie Mix

 Earlier this fall I shared a great dessert recipe to make in a pinch, Peanut Butter  Brownie cookies. These cookies were made with a brownie mix as their starter.  I am not afraid to use any box mix as a starter as I feel it saves time and is a good way to teach kids how to bake.  Once they understand measuring etc then you can break out the scratch ingredients.  However, my daughter loves to create different brownies from Pinterest, and I like for her to make less of a mess by starting with a brownie mix.  I am sharing 20 Easy Dessert Recipes that all start with a boxed brownie mix.

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