Raising Responsible Kids – Making Beds

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias This past weekend we ventured out to a local campground with our 3 kids to meet up with 3 other families for a mini vacation.  It was fun, chaotic, and there was so much dirt.  When we were driving back home, Jon talked about how much work it was with all the set up, clean up, tear down and then joked "So, when do the kids get to have jobs?"  Hmmm. Good question.  I shared how my mom's been working with them to teach them to make their beds - and said we should … [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...]

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...]

Stretch Your Buck – ALDI Grocery Haul

ALDI grocery opening in Southern California

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. This post contains affiliate links Grocery shopping for a family of 6 (the 5 of us and my mom) - the bill at the end of the trip can become quickly disturbing.  Since I make our kids' lunches everyday, we also have to have an assortment of snacks and fruits to include in there.  Recently I started making a snack for me to take to work since pumping and breastfeeding really require some good quality calories and protein.  A lot of food comes into this house, and finding creative ways to stretch your buck … [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...]

How to save even more online with Groupon Coupons

How to use Groupon Coupons

This post contains affiliate links I'm sure if I threw out a question on Facebook asking Quick!! What's your go-to app for  finding deals?? I'd have about 95% of folks saying GROUPON! Groupon deals in Laguna Niguel But what if I told you there's an entire different component to Groupon to save you more on places you frequently shop at online?  While Groupon Coupons might be something unfamiliar by name - it isn't unfamiliar by what it offers.  You know when you have some PayPal money sitting around (is it me, or is that like Monopoly money?) and you start browsing shops online and … [Read more...]