Crockpot Meatloaf for Warm Summer Nights

crockpot meatloaf - ALDI SoCal Grass Fed Ground Beef

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Summer is BLAZING HOT in SoCal.  The past 2 summers have been brutal in our home because we have super awesome (sarcasm) windows from 1968 that block absolutely no heat.  During the summer, we cook a lot on our grill and try to use our oven as infrequent as possible.  It also means our counter space has a permanent resident - our crockpot.  When I first bought one, everything always ended up looking the same after the 6 hours of cooking.  But, with amazing things like Pinterest, I'm finding more and more … [Read more...]

Step up your Pizza & Beer Nights – Best Father’s Day Gift

pizza and beer - fizzics and papa murphys

This is a sponsored post and may contain affiliate links.  I hope you read on and see how awesome this product is!   Since as far back as I can remember,  Friday nights were reserved for the Dells for Pizza and Beer night.  A few times in the first place we lived together, Jon and I did a DIY Pizza bar.  We had tons of toppings, and created whatever we wanted.  Beer always accompanied us.  Whenever we've had friends over for dinner, pizza and beer is an easy crowd pleaser as well.  After my journey to the Mom 2 Summit (Blogger conference that was held in Laguna Niguel in 2016), our pizza and … [Read more...]

Prepared Meals – Fresh to Your Door – Freshly Review

Fresh Meals To Your Door - Freshly Review

Freshly was kind enough to send me a start set of 6 meals to try out.  Below is my impression! If you're searching for a company to send fresh meals to someone (new parents, someone recovering from a surgery, a parent who is solo-parenting while the other is on a business trip) - PLEASE read on.  Spoiler alert but I loved the ease of everything that arrived.  Receiving a shipment of food without having to cut, chop, marinate, etc - and heat up in 1-2 minutes is just pure awesomeness. Ok so what is Freshly?  They're prepared meals delivered right to your door.  There's a variety of options … [Read more...]

11 Easy Back To School Lunch Ideas

11 easy back to school lunch ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerTime #CollectiveBias One of the simple things I have really grown to love is packing Aubrey's lunch for preschool.  Last year I often shared on Instagram what was in her lunch.  I'm not sure why, but I know I always liked to see what other moms (and dads!) were packing for the kids.  I'd get some new ideas and would test them out with Aubrey.  She's not a picky eater by any means, but I know she always enjoys the same theme included - a fruit (sometimes a veggie), something crunchy, … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bites

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bites

This post is sponsored in connection with an upcoming campaign with Quaker and back to school lunches.  All opinions are mine. Enjoy! I know you've seen ALL the recipes on Pinterest with the oatmeal bites.  Most I've seen involve adding pumpkin puree.  But what about the rest of the year? Are there options? I was working on an upcoming post involving easy back to school lunch ideas and wanted to create something that would work for the other 10 months out of the year when we are not stuffing our faces full of pumpkins.  I introduce to you - Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bites! This … [Read more...]

Makin’ More S’mores with Cap’n Crunch

Cap'n Crunch S'mores Mix

This post is sponsored in connection with an upcoming campaign with Quaker and back to school lunches.  All opinions are mine. Enjoy!   There's definitely something that is so appealing with s'mores. If you check out my Pinterest boards - you'll see quite a few variations of how to make them and enjoy them.  While working on an upcoming post with easy ideas for back to school lunches - I came up with a new one that is quick, easy, and most importantly - DELICIOUS! This might actually be the easiest recipe ever.  But grab a bowl and the regular Cap'n Crunch cereal (Pretty sure … [Read more...]