Small Town Vibe in the Big City

santa clarita valley 4th of july

This post is sponsored by Bush's Beans, all opinions and story anecdotes belong to me :) Thank you for reading! Several years ago, we moved closer to the heart of town.  Our town is pretty large and gets larger every year with new developments popping up.  But each Fourth of July we celebrate Independence Day like a small town with folks congregating on shut-down streets, supporting our first responders, our kids, and small businesses. Our group of friends know they can come park at our house and walk down to cheer everyone one while wearing our red, white, and blue.  Lukey was surrounded … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Coffee with Groupon

How to Save money on Coffee with Groupon

This post contains affiliate links If you've been near a smartphone, you know one of the best apps/site is Groupon to have for quick savings on local attractions, restaurants, or even for getaways. I'm going to share with you 5 ways to save money for you - the coffee lover! 1. Check for Coupons Many of your favorite coffee joints like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, CBTL, Tully's Coffee and more offer coupons to save a percentage off your favorite coffee or latte.  Sometimes there are even promotions to get gift cards at a huge savings!  Check frequently as promotions are always … [Read more...]

10 Best Soup Recipes

top 10 best soup recipes

This post contains affiliate links Now that the holidays are over, I think we can all agree that we are ready for spring. Unfortunately, we have to wait a few months for blooming flowers and spring-like weather. (And yes, it's actually going to be cold, gloomy & rainy in SoCal for a few weeks!!) The best part about having a few months of winter left is being able to eat delicious and hearty soup. I love being able to use my BlendTec  to create a warm and tasty soup for our family. Below I've rounded up 10 of my favorite soup recipes for you. Copycat Panera Bread Tomato Bisque … [Read more...]

Simple Homemade Baby Food

homemade baby food - using our blendtec

This post contains affiliate links. Our third baby.  My how things have changed and how much we had to work to simplify our routines, baby gear, and more.  We got rid of so many items (that we loved!) after we moved since we were done having kids that we really had to evaluate if we wanted to go back to that or try other methods. I'll be honest, I've never been one to just provide our baby with table scraps from our meals to teach them how to eat (also known as Baby Led Weaning).  We tried once for Luke and I was absolutely terrified.  Since we have kids all over the place now - I needed … [Read more...]

Campground Eggs At Home

campground eggs at home REVERE cookware

This is a sponsored post thanks to REVERE cookware.  This post may contain affiliate links A long long time ago, about 15 high school seniors went camping, alone, and had to survive on whatever cooking skills they had.  And at 18, I know I was not well versed in the kitchen department.  I think I could make toast.  But thankfully I was surrounded by others who could cook and one thing our friend Corney made was Campground Eggs.  I don't think this is the actual name. But, since we were at a campground, and they're made with eggs.... I prefer flour tortillas but you'll grab about 3-4 and … [Read more...]

Easy Crowd-Pleaser Dessert – S’more Cookie Bars


A long, long time ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for s'more cookie bars.  Or, I might have thought it up. I'm not exactly sure.  This (I think) was before I had any kids.  My friends and I were having a holiday party where we binged on wine & dessert and decorated gingerbread houses.  I brought these, and they were amazing. That also MIGHT be the last time I made them.  I don't know why. They're so easy.  But, I made them again a few weeks ago, and brought them to a potluck and then again just the other day.  The recipe below is easy.  But at the VERY end, I have one hack to make it even … [Read more...]