Apr 172019
 

This easy to make Froot Loops Milkshake is seriously the Bee's Knees! Using only three ingredients, it's super yummy and will be ready in just minutes.

We were out food shopping recently and the little one spotted Froot Loops as we were walking down the cereal aisle.  He had to have them and since I can’t say no to that kid, we walked out with a bowl of Froot Loops even though I knew he was only going to have a bowl or two and then he’s be all set with them. Sure enough, three bowls later and he was done with Froot Loops. So there I was with 2/3 of a box of Froot Loops that I needed to use up.  I decided to make a Froot Loops Milkshake out of some of them and it ended up being a huge hit with the boys. And me. And my husband. Seriously, making Froot Loops Milkshakes was one of the smartest ideas I’ve ever had and since I made them this first time, I’ve ended up making them a bunch more times because everyone loved them so much.

Froot Loops Milkshake

This easy to make Froot Loops Milkshake is seriously the Bee's Knees! Using only three ingredients, it's super yummy and will be ready in just minutes.

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Apr 012019
 

If you are looking for a hearty winter meal, try this Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili. It's easy to make and your family will love this delicious recipe.Since we still have another month or two of the cold weather here in New England, I am not ready to put the crockpot away for the season yet. I don’t know what I’d do without my beloved crockpot!  I use that thing several times a week and one of my family’s favorite meals is this Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili. It’s not easy to get everyone in the house to agree on a meal, but this is one that everyone likes – so needless to say I make it fairly often. It’s easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious.

Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili

If you are looking for a hearty winter meal, try this Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili. It's easy to make and your family will love this delicious recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • 24 oz chicken broth
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups chicken, shredded
  • 2 cans white beans
  • 7 oz can green chilies
  • Cilantro to taste
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 15 oz canned corn, drained

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Mar 182019
 

This Mickey Mouse bark is not only really easy to make, you only need a few ingredients to make it. It's the perfect treat for your favorite Disney fan!

You probably already know this, but I am a complete and utter Disney fanatic. I am raising my kids to be the same way and hopefully they will carry on the love with their own children some day. In addition to yearly trips to Orlando to visit the parks, on occasion I like to surprise the family with fun treats like this Mickey Mouse Bark that I whipped up recently. Guys, it’s so easy to make and if you know a major Disney fan, make some for them – they will love it.

This Mickey Mouse bark is wicked easy to make and you only need a few ingredients to make it. And before you ask, you can find the Mickey Mouse sprinkles right on Amazon (that’s where I got mine).

Mickey Mouse Bark

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups white candy melts
  • Red M&M’s
  • Yellow M&M’s
  • Mickey Mouse Sprinkles
  • Red and white sprinkles

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Mar 062019
 

Do you love basketball? If the answer is yes, why not whip up some of these oreo basketball pops for an easy and fun treat to eat while you watch the game.

For years my oldest (who is not 14) struggled to find his “thing”. He tried all kinds of different sports over the years and he even took drum lesson for a few years. We thought we finally found something he loved in karate, but the horrible people that ran his dojo ended up making him hate something he really loved for a while there.

Anyways, last year (almost two full years after he quit karate), it happened. He’s FINALLY found “his thing” – basketball. He plays on a church league run by my town, which he absolutely loves! His team made the playoffs this season and the first playoff game is this weekend so I made these Oreo basketball pops to celebrate the accomplishment. They are wicked easy to make and seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate covered Oreos?

Oreo Basketball Pops

Do you love basketball? If the answer is yes, why not whip up some of these oreo basketball pops for an easy and fun treat to eat while you watch the game.
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Mar 052019
 

The New England Outdoor Living and Garden Show is coming to the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island THIS WEEKEND, March 8 – 10, 2019!

Talented artists, designers, and gardeners have created mini-outdoor oases that will be displayed indoors for show guests to walk through, experiencing the vision, the smells, the touch and the feelings as if you are really outside on a beautiful day. In addition to the walk through experience, there will be a Marketplace with over 45 vendors offering chances to purchase items such as: Garden Accessories, Hand Made Garden Art, Outdoor Furniture, Culinary Food, Beverages and more. Learn from the best in design and entertaining, by attending our Master Classes. These are not just demonstrations; we are offering intimate opportunities to meet the experts in their craft.

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Feb 252019
 

Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Dessert Recipe

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is a wonderful time to enjoy all things Seuss related! The book Green Eggs and Ham is no doubt a favorite amongst children, which is why this Dr. Seuss Green Eggs recipe is sure to be a hit in your house. You can make your own green eggs in just minutes, and this is one sweet treat you won’t have to beg kids to eat! Here is how you can get started making your own green eggs.

Here’s what you need:

  • Vanilla pudding
  • Green food coloring
  • Nilla wafers

Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Dessert

We found everything we needed at our local Dollar Tree. The vanilla pudding cups make it easy to add the coloring and for kids to stir. Plus, each cup makes two eggs which is perfect per child. You can also find the smaller sized Nilla Wafers like we used here. Perfect! Continue reading »

Feb 182019
 

If you're in need of a fun and easy St. Patrick's Day craft idea, look no further than these Leprechaun Rocks.

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it – it’s already less than a month away.  When my boys were little, they always loved it when I pull out our craft bucket because it always meant something fun was about to happen! Making Leprechaun Rocks was one of those fun things we made every year and today I want to show you how to make them.  They are super easy to make and the kids always love them (because who doesn’t love anything covered in glitter?). If you’re in need of a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft idea, look no further than these Leprechaun Rocks.

Leprechaun Rocks

Here’s what you need:

  • River Rocks or Stones (you can find them at Dollar Tree if you don’t have access to a beach or river to collect your own)
  • Fine or Extra Fine Gold Glitter (you can find it at any craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby)
  • Mod Podge (matte finish)
  • Craft Foam Brush
  • Newspaper to cover you work area (optional, but highly recommended)

Leprechaun Rocks Supplies

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Feb 112019
 

If you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea, these salsa verde pork chops are the answer. This recipe can be made quickly and it's delicious!

My mom was one of the best cooks in the world.  You have no idea how much I miss her home-cooked dinners sometimes.  As most of you know, I lost her in 2017 and while most of her recipes live on, it’s just not the same.  But as much as I loved her cooking, there were a few things she made that I just could not stand.  She made this horrible apricot chicken dish that I nicknamed “yucken” when I was a kid -and the name just sort of stuck. Another thing I just didn’t like when I was a kid were pork chops.  No matter how she made them, it took everything I had not to gag over every  bite.

Now that I’m an adult, I understand that it’s a texture issue, but as a kid I just thought pork chops were gross.  Speaking of being an adult, we all know that means you have to do things you don’t like sometimes and since I want my kids to at least TRY new foods, I made pork for dinner recently.  I ended up finding this recipe for Salsa Verde Pork Chops, so I made it.

Salsa Verde Pork Chops

If you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea, these salsa verde pork chops are the answer. This recipe can be made quickly and it's delicious!
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Feb 042019
 

It’s that time of year again…time for the New England Boat Show that is. My husband is obsessed with boats so attending the boat show is an annual tradition for us. This year the New England Boat show is in Boston from February​ ​9-17,​ ​2019, so be sure to make some time to get to over there to visit while the event is going on. The New England Boat Show attracts over 50,000 marine enthusiasts of all ages and definitley has something for everyone.

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Feb 042019
 

Here are a few easy fitness hacks for busy moms so that you can get everything done while building that muscle tone as well!

Being a busy mom means that you end up putting everyone else before your own needs or wants. Well, that’s not any way to live life, but alas, it’s the life of busy moms everywhere. Even though you’re a busy mom, it’s still important to squeeze in some fitness during your busy days. Today I’m featuring some fitness hacks for busy moms so that you can get everything done while building that muscle tone too.

5 Fitness Hacks for Busy Moms

Brushing Teeth Wall Sit

You’re supposed to brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, right?! Will utilize this time to sneak in a little fitness. While you’re brushing your teeth do wall sits. Simply place your back against the wall, lower yourself into a “sitting position”, without a chair, and hold that pose for the entire 2 minutes of teeth brushing. Depending on how fit you are, you may not be able to do the full 2 minutes at first, but you’ll work your way up in no time. Continue reading »

Jan 282019
 

Looking for an easy dessert idea? Try these Crockpot Turtle Brownies. This recipe is really easy to make and the brownies come out all gooey and delicious.

When it comes to making desserts, I don’t like to make things that are too complicated. I could sit here and tell you it’s because I’m such a busy mom and I don’t have time to make anything too involved, but the truth is I’m lazy.  I definitely prefer to just throw a few things together and make something real quick. Or grab an ice cream sandwich from the freezer….

But you know that sometimes you want more than a boring old ice cream sandwich.

I actually discovered recently that I could use my crockpot to make things other than dinners, so I have been going  a little crazy trying all sorts of desserts in my crockpot. Did you know that you could make desserts in your crockpot?  It’s kind of the best thing ever! Anyhow, these Crockpot Turtle Brownies are so easy to make, and trust me, they are super delicious. They are perfect for us lazy dessert makers.

Crockpot Turtle Brownies


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Jan 242019
 

My son is in his junior year of high school; the time when teenagers are looking at colleges, taking SATs, and thinking about their future.  Teachers, parents, and grandparent expect that their kids will go to college, but let’s be honest…. college isn’t for everyone. Somehow that gets forgotten.  Don’t get me wrong…I value education. I am halfway through my Master of Science in Nursing program. I wish my son wanted to go to college, but he doesn’t….and that’s okay.

I have always stressed the value of an education to him, whether it be college or a trade school.  We spent time talking about how you have to have a marketable skill. How a job making minimum wage is not enough to support himself on.  Do I wish he had this overwhelming desire to be a doctor? Of course, but he doesn’t.

Unfortunately for him, his high school doesn’t seem ok with it.  He has to research colleges and write papers on them. Some classes are spent going to school sponsored college fairs.  It was stressing him out to the point that he was afraid to tell me that he didn’t want to go to college, and I am not okay with that.  I never want him to be afraid to tell me something. Continue reading »

Jan 212019
 

Impress Your Friends with these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! A box of cake mix, some flour and a tub of frosting are the only things you need to make this delicious recipe!

I was cleaning out my cabinets recently and came across a box of red velvet cake mix. I don’t even remember buying it to be honest, but it was getting close to the expiration date so I figured I better use it up before it went bad. I originally thought about making cupcakes out of it, but when I went grocery shopping a tub of cream cheese frosting caught my eye and all of the sudden a light bulb went off. I was going to use the cake mix to whip up some yummy Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Impress Your Friends with these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! A box of cake mix, some flour and a tub of frosting are the only things you need to make this delicious recipe!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 Cup of Flour
  • Tub of Cream Cheese frosting

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Jan 152019
 

Knock Valentine's Day out of the park this year with these printable Lucky Duck Valentine's Day Cards. Your kids are sure to impress their friends at school when they hand these out during their classroom valentine exchange!

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick. Seriously, it will be here before we know it. This is my youngest’s last year in elementary school, which means that I only have one chance left to knock it out of the park with some killer valentines for him to hand out to his classmates at school. Lucky for him, I came up with these Printable Lucky Duck Valentine’s Day Cards to pass out to his friends in school. I am really happy with the way they came out and I know my son’s classmates are going to love them!

Printable Lucky Duck Valentine’s Day Cards

Knock Valentine's Day out of the park this year with these printable Lucky Duck Valentine's Day Cards. Your kids are sure to impress their friends at school when they hand these out during their classroom valentine exchange!

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Jan 102019
 

For a fun fun twist on a classic dessert, try this s'mores layered cupcakes recipe! Just as delicious, but without the sticky mess of regular s'mores.

I was in a baking mood today and ended up whipping up some S’mores Layered Cupcakes. I love s’mores, but I don’t love the mess they make when I am eating them (sticky marshmallow all over my hands is so ew), so here is my twist on a classic. Plus, who doesn’t love a good cupcake?

S’mores Layered Cupcakes

For a fun fun twist on a classic dessert, try this s'mores layered cupcakes recipe! Just as delicious, but without the sticky mess of regular s'mores.
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Jan 072019
 

Looking for things to do in New England during the winter time? Here is a list of great destinations to visit during the cold months.

It’s the winter season and you’re probably looking for some fun places to be and things to do out in New England. It’s hard to find some ideas for things to do in the winter time because of how harsh the New England winters can be, and all you want to do is hibernate indoors sometimes. But no matter how long you want to spend outside this season, here are some great winter destinations in New England in case you feel like exploring this snowy time.

Explore some art – New Haven Connecticut
Yale in New Haven Connecticut sounds boring to explore for a snowy day. But a tour of the location can be absolutely stunning and a great pastime! The Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery have stunning art to see while you’re exploring. These are considered some of the finest art museums in all of New England, you wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity like that. Continue reading »

Dec 262018
 

If you know my 14 year old in real life, you already know that he’s OBSESSED with The Celtics. My youngest is a basketball fan, too, but JD lives and breathes for The Celts. Just imagine how pumped they were to have been invited back to participate in a Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic for a 2nd year in a row! You can read all about our experience last year here. We went this past Sunday and I want to tell you all about it.

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Jr. Celtics program, it’s a series of clinics in Boston (at the Garden and the Auerbach Center) that teaches young kids the core values of Boston Celtics Basketball as part of its mission to improve healthy youth development in the Boston community through basketball programs. Programs include Basketball Clinics, Coaches Clinics, Leagues, Tournaments and Summer Camps. Kids learn things like how to improve their skills, how to become a better teammate and to perform like a champion. Jr. Celtics provides opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Continue reading »

Dec 192018
 

Reese's Puffs Waffles for Breakfast is an Awesome way to start your day!

I have been on a cereal-waffle kick lately and Reese’s Puffs Waffles are my latest creation. I made Froot Loops waffles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Waffles recently and since we had a box of Reese’s Puffs in the house, I decided to make Reese’s Puffs Waffles out of them. I am all for getting creative with my waffles or pancakes, but since waffles seem to be a bit more popular in my house, I tend to lean towards making waffles over pancakes. My kids agree.

Reese’s Puffs Waffles

I honestly don’t know why I didn’t making cereal infused foods sooner. I love a good bowl of cereal with milk, but guess what?  They are even better when they are mixed into a waffle or even a milkshake. Try it.

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Dec 172018
 

 These DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments are an easy way to make some fun new ornaments for your tree this year. Get creative and decorate them however you like!

My Christmas tree is pretty eclectic. It’s filled with homemade ornaments and ornaments we’ve picked up along the way during our travels. I love that we bring out our crazy mix of ornaments year after year and the whole family loves to reminisce when we pull each one out.  Since many of our ornaments are from places we’ve traveled, they are not all “Christmasy” necessarily.  I decided to make a few DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments to add into our collection this year and I think they will fit in perfectly with the homemade ornaments we have.

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

These DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments are an easy way to make some fun new ornaments for your tree this year. Get creative and decorate them however you like!

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Dec 122018
 

 If you are looking for a festive DIY Christmas decoration, try making a Painted Clothespin Wreath! It's easy to make, doesn't cost much & seriously cute.

I love everything about Christmas. The music, the decorations, the shopping, the parties…..I love every bit of it. Speaking of Christmas decorations, I have more than the average person. I have a weakness when it comes to decorating my house for Christmas and year after year I keep adding to the collection.  Lately I have been into making homemade decorations. When I helped clean out my parent’s attic after my mom passed, I ended up walking out with a bunch of stuff that I saved from going to the dump. One of the things I saved was a bag of clothespins and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  Make a Painted Clothespin Wreath. I’ve seen them all over the internet and I was excited to make one of my own.

Painted Clothespin Wreath

Here’s what you need:

  • 58 clothes pins
  • 10 inch single wire wreath form
  • Green Paint – or paint of your choice
  • Foam Paint Brush

painted clothespin wreath

Here’s what you do:
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