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




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 from last year. Turns out, most of them are returning to the same preschool class, so I wanted to get them acquainted again before school starts in September. (Yes, school has already started for everyone else around us!) Judah and I worked together the day before, cooking up these easy granola bars to pass them out as a snack for his friends. When I mentioned it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, many of you asked for the recipe – so I’m sharing it at the end of this post.

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

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



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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 … [Read More...]

Smores Coffee Pie-2

S’mores Coffee Pie



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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 … [Read More...]

Roasted Broccoli Chips

Roasted Broccoli Chips



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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 … [Read More...]

Cowboy Cookie Energy Balls #NaturalDifference

No-Bake Cowboy Cookie Energy Balls #NaturalDifference Giveaway

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 … [Read More...]

Simple Syrup for Iced Coffee (Liquid Sugar)

Coffee Syrup [Liquid Sugar for Cold Drinks]



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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 … [Read More...]

Ten Fudge Recipes from Michigan Food Bloggers

Mackinac Island #SensationalMemories + 10 Fudge Recipes From Michigan 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 … [Read More...]

Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwich

Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwiches



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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 … [Read More...]

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

Flour.Sugar.Eggs. [Nashville, TN]



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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 … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Family Photos - cousins in Wilmington, NC

Gladd Family Beach Trip 2014 [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. … [Read More...]

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