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Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Roll Ups + Capri Sun’s New CLEAR Bottoms

Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Roll Ups

These bite-sized Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Roll Ups are the perfect after-school snack for your tots, paired with the new Capri Sun juice drinks with a clear bottom pouch.  Quick and easy to assemble, your kids can even help you spread the pb&j and roll up the banana.  They will feel good about helping, and you […]

7 Tips for Daily Wellness

7 Tips for Daily Wellness - Run, Pray, Work, Play, Love, Nap, Eat.

Our schedule has been very busy lately with work, traveling, church, soccer and school back in session. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up a healthy lifestyle when you’re juggling so many things. We want to skip our work outs, go to bed late, eat whatever is convenient and make our kids watch a bit more […]

Saturday Seeds: Labor Day, A Book About Boys, A Children’s Book and My New Target Find

Threshold Windham File Cabinet

What did you do for Labor Day weekend?  Growing up in a small town of Michigan, Labor Day weekend was one of the best.  Every year we had a carnival, talent show, parades, fireworks, beauty pageant… you name it!  Such FUN memories! This photo is me and my cousin after one of our Labor Day […]

Apple Pie a la Mode Scones

Apple Pie a la Mode Scones

With caramel bits and white chocolate chips added to the mix, these Apple Pie a la Mode Scones take your taste buds well beyond the filling and the crust!  Start your day right with these scones paired with a cup of Millstone® Coffee House Blend. These are my new favorite scones.  Ben, too.  If I […]

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice + $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Slow Cooker Creole Red Beans and Rice

After a little prep and the quick help of Success® White Rice, you can have this Cajun red beans and rice dish slowly cooking in your crock pot, ready for a weeknight dinner for these busy back-to-school days. Every once in a while, I like to try a new dish that is traditional to our new […]

Fresh Peach Chutney

Fresh Peach Chutney - serve over top pork chops or satisfy your beginner's appetite on cheese and crackers.

Fresh peach slices are cooked into a sweet and spicy chutney that you can use to top your favorite pork chop recipe, or satisfy a beginner appetite with cheese, crackers and wine.  Get ready for cooler weather with this fall favorite.  We have had an exciting couple of weeks.  This week was my burrrf-day.  Yay for turning […]

Clek Oobr Booster Seat Review

Clek Oobr Carseat-2

We love the Clek Oobr fullback booster seat because of its safety features, reclining comfort and the overall appeal.  With more than a dozen different colors to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right look that fits your child’s personality AND your car interior!   My 4 1/2 year old is growing like a weed. […]

#LunchWithPlanetBox Giveaway

Join us in our Pinterest contest to celebrate back to school lunches! Win your own PlanetBox! All you have to do is: 1. Re-pin this image and description, 2. Click this image to complete the giveaway widget, 3. Create a Pinterest board titled "Lunch with PlanetBox" and pin images that inspire you to create healthy lunches tagging #LunchWithPlanetBox in the description. Contest ends 8/26/14. Open to US residents only.

 If you are visiting from Pinterest, scroll down to complete the giveaway widget (below the image) for your chance to win!

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars: Playdate with Vita Coco Kids #HydrationEducation

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These chocolate chip granola bars come together within 15 minutes, ready for a homemade snack you can share with your kids’ friends. Pair it with Vita Coco Kids naturally fruit-flavored coconut water – and it’s a playdate you can feel great about with no monkey business! I recently hosted a playdate with Judah’s school friends […]

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa “Summer at the Castle” [Birmingham, AL]

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa - Birmingham, Alabama's finest family-friendly hotel!

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is a top notch family-friendly resort located in the beautiful woodlands of Birmingham, Alabama.  This fine hotel embodies royalty with a Scottish accent. Earlier this month, we drove 3 1/2 hours to Birmingham, Alabama to get away for a weekend and finally check out what the vibrant city had to […]

S’mores Coffee Pie

Smores Coffee Pie-2

Graham cracker crust, coffee-infused chocolate ganache and a toasted meringue topping are the three magic layers to this delectable pie!  You could probably charge $9 per slice for one of these pieces of heaven! Apparently, last Sunday was National S’mores Day and I found out about it too late.  I’m so bad at keeping up […]

Roasted Broccoli Chips

Roasted Broccoli Chips

Roast those cuts of broccoli for longer than you may be used to, and find that you’ve just made a healthy crunchy snack even your kids won’t stop eating! Ben was gone this weekend, Friday through Monday, at a PGA golf tournament in Louisville, KY.  It was a fun trip his dad invited him on, […]

No-Bake Cowboy Cookie Energy Balls #NaturalDifference Giveaway

Cowboy Cookie Energy Balls #NaturalDifference

If you love Cowboy Cookies, you will love this no-bake version with no flour and no eggs, and additional healthy ingredients, like natural peanut butter, to turn them into energy balls.   A great snack on the go or for your outdoor trip! Have you taken time to enjoy the outdoors this summer?  It is so […]

Coffee Syrup [Liquid Sugar for Cold Drinks]

Simple Syrup for Iced Coffee (Liquid Sugar)

Mix together sugar and water in a sauce pan to make this simple syrup that will store on your shelf for months.  Use it to sweeten your iced coffee beverage – or any cold drink – instead of table sugar so it blends nicely without needing to dissolve. If you follow me on Instagram, you already […]

Mackinac Island #SensationalMemories + 10 Fudge Recipes From Michigan Bloggers

Ten Fudge Recipes from Michigan Food Bloggers

Today, I’m sharing 10 fudge recipes from Michigan bloggers because the scent of fudge reminds me of a summer trip I took with my family to visit Mackinac Island. Do you have a scent-inspired family vacation memory? Ben often tells me my smelling senses are too strong — It’s true, though! I can smell things […]

Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwich

These Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwiches are a special dessert that really doesn’t take much to prepare.  Cannoli ice cream sandwiched between two pizzelle cookies, and the ice cream is made without an ice cream maker! It’s the last day of National Ice Cream Month, but I’m guessing that’s not going to stop you from eating […]

Flour.Sugar.Eggs. [Nashville, TN]

Flour.Sugar.Eggs - Bakery and Sandwich Shoppe in Nashville, TN

If you find yourself in the Historic Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, TN, you must start your day off right with a coffee and pastry from Flour.Sugar.Eggs.  Are you there later in the day? Then grab a fresh sandwich for lunch or a bite for dinner.  Happy bellies, big smiles, all around. One time when we […]

Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee

Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee

This nontraditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee recipe is as easy as it can be, especially if you already have my cold-brew coffee concentrate ready in your fridge.  Combine the strong coffee with sweetened milk and you have a cool summer coffee treat! My poor Judah was sick all week last week.  His fever started Sunday morning and […]

Gladd Family Beach Trip 2014 [Wilmington, NC]

Family Photos - cousins in Wilmington, NC

If you missed it last week, check out Part 1 to this two-post series about our recent trip to North Carolina.  In the first post, I shared with you all of our favorites around our beach house in Wrightsville Beach.  This second post will highlight things to do and eat in the neighboring Wilmington area. […]

Cannoli Ice Cream [No Ice Cream Maker!]

Cannoli Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Maker!

You do not need a machine to transform a cannoli into ice cream. Every ingredient of this favorite Italian dessert will appear in each frozen scoop! Remember when I shared this OREO Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker?  Well, I’m at it again with another amazing ice cream that is […]

Greek Village Salad + Cookbook Giveaway

Greek Village Salad #recipe

This lettuce-free Greek Village Salad is a staple of nearly every Greek lunch and dinner.  Packed with vegetables and light on dressing, it is a healthy and wholesome dish that anyone can feel good about. Today I am teaming up with television host and now cookbook author, Debbie Matenopoulos, to promote her new book, “It’s […]