How To Get Your Kids To Sleep Longer…

how to get your kids to sleep longer - blackout curtains

When we purchased this home, we knew it would be our forever home.  We knew that my mom would come live with us, and we knew that the layout was perfect.  Each kid had their own room, and we had pretty decent sleepers.  What we wouldn't realize (due to the time of year we purchased - Fall) was that the larger kid room - Aubrey's - would turn into a sauna during the summer. Each room has big beautiful dual paned windows that let in some great light. Luke's room is located at the back of the home and nuzzled between our bedroom and the living room. His room always stays an even temperature. … [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...]

Mountain Family Staycation – Lake Arrowhead

homemade champagne vinaigrette

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipSmarter #CollectiveBias You should consult your physician before consuming Fre if you are pregnant or have any health concerns regarding alcohol. Socializing with family & friends is just a natural way of how I was brought up.  I come from a large family that used to take annual trips to the beach together.  Those vacations were packed full of family, large meals, lots of laughter, and of course making memories.  Earlier this year, my dad & step-mom decided it was time to … [Read more...]