Nov 072017
 

With the colder weather here, I love having hearty and warm soups for dinner. Here's a a list of 20 Instant Pot soups for you to try out this season!

One big reason I have fallen head over heels in love with my Instant Pot is that it makes soups. With the colder weather here, I love having hearty and warm soups to serve for dinner. Pair with a refreshing and crisp salad, or serve your soup in a bread bowl. There is something about soup that makes me feel cozy inside. I have created a list of 20 Instant Pot soups for you to try out this season! 

20 Hearty Instant Pot Soups 

Creamy Tomato Soup| A rich and creamy tomato soup that is topped with crisp parmesan chickpeas. This tomato soup is a total upgrade from the canned soup I ate as a kid. 

Chicken and Wild Rice| I love the hearty flavor from the rice paired with chicken, it is one of my favorite soups. This is a very healthy and simple recipe to make and cooks fast. 

Butternut Cauliflower Soup| This is one hearty soup that is packed full of rich nutrients and fiber to fuel your body. Minimal prep and packed full of rich flavors. 

Pumpkin Soup| You can’t go wrong with a rich and creamy pumpkin soup. It is a perfect fall and winter soup that fits the season. 

Zuppa Toscano| This is an Olive Garden copycat recipe that is sure to please your taste buds. It is full of hearty vegetables, sausage and more to give you that authentic Olive Garden flavor.  Continue reading »

Oct 242017
 

Here are 10 DIY Slime Recipes that you can make right now!

Slime is all over the internet right now, everywhere I turn you see something about a DIY slime! I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular slime recipes out there for you and your kids to try out today! You can find all kinds of slime recipes, some that are edible, others made with dish soap, contact solution and more. You never have to be slime-less again, with all the variations out there!

Head to your store, pick up the ingredients you need, and within a short time, you and your kids can have fun ooey-gooey slime to play with for endless hours of fun! Who knew slime was so easy to make? I always assumed it would take a ton of time, but it is relatively quick, and kids have so much fun creating the gooey slime!

10 Best Slime Recipes To Make

Lifesaver Gummy Slime| This is an edible slime that sounds so tasty. I can just smell the fruity goodness that this slime offers! Continue reading »

Sep 102017
 

Here are 15 of the best not-scary Halloween movies you can buy or stream this year! The best part is that they won't give you nightmares!

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about getting scared, it can be fun and playful! I have gathered some of the top not-scary Halloween movies you can buy or stream this year, that won’t give you nightmares! Whether you want something for just you or the family, you might find a movie or two below to fit that!

Make some tasty Halloween snacks and cuddle up under the blankets and watch these fun Halloween movies below to get you into the spirit of Halloween! Now depending on your child’s age will depend if they think these movies are scary. I do recommend watching alone at first to see if they are safe for your child to watch!

Halloween Movies That Aren’t Spooky

The Addams Family| The Addam’s family is a little kooky, but it is a very entertaining movie, to say the least.

Hocus Pocus| This is a very popular movie around Halloween, three witches come back from being locked up for centuries, and some kids have to save the day!

Beetlejuice| Two people who have passed on are in need of help and they call on Beetlejuice, the ghost of most to help save the day!

Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown| Nothing beats a good Charlie Brown movie and this doesn’t disappoint! Very similar to all the other Charlie Brown movies with a Fall theme to it! Continue reading »

Sep 052017
 

ere is a list of 35 Fall inspired activities for you and your family to enjoy!

Looking for fun activities for you and your family to do this Fall? Check out this Fall bucket list for families, to help you stay entertained this Fall and create lasting memories! With the crisp cool air, beautiful colorful leaves, beautiful mums, and pumpkins. And if you are a pumpkin lover you can find pumpkin everything to snack on and drink! Same goes for delicious warm apple cider, one of my Fall favorites!

Below is a list of 35 Fall inspired activities for you and your family to enjoy! Create those memories and have fun doing it with this list! I love the idea of letting your kids pick a few items they absolutely want to do, and then have fun checking them off the list!

35 Fall Inspired Activities For Families

ere is a list of 35 Fall inspired activities for you and your family to enjoy!

1. Apple Picking at an Orchard
2. Decorate Your Porch or Entryway with Fall Inspired Decorations Continue reading »

Aug 292017
 

If you're a fan of pumpkin desserts, you'll love this list of recipes to make this fall!

We are getting so close to all things pumpkin being found in your grocery stores, so I thought it was a perfect time to share a roundup of pumpkin desserts to make this season! Nothing beats a refreshing pumpkin latte, pumpkin spice muffins and other sweet treats! If you are a fan of pumpkin, you will love this list of delicious items to make this Fall! 

When summer begins to come to a close, my mind instantly goes to pumpkin! I am a huge fan of making sweet treats at home for the family to enjoy! Plus they are great for taking to family gatherings and holidays. You can find thousands of Pumpkin recipes on Pinterest and the web, so I am sharing quite a few of the best pumpkin desserts! 

Pumpkin Desserts to Make this Season

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting –  Looking for a delicious cookie, try this, it has amazing cream cheese frosting!  Continue reading »

Aug 222017
 

teacher appreciation gifts

It seems like each year my children get a bit older, the days past by that much faster. They always say, “Don’t blink! Kids grow up so fast!” That can’t be more true! In no time another school year will begin, and I thought it would be fun to share some great back to school gifts for teachers!

Teachers are make such a huge impact on your child, and they help them grow and learn with each day! I think it is a great way to give a gift as a thank you for all their hard work and time they will put into helping your child for the school year!

These are affordable and creative gifts to give to a teacher, that will be sure to put a big smile on their face!

Easy DIY Gifts to Make For Your Teacher

Grape Year: Bombshell Bling – A fun and free printable that says, This will be a grape year! Get it.. grape..great! Continue reading »

Aug 152017
 

One of my favorite sweet treats is ice cream.  I don’t care if it’s 20 degrees outside or 120 degrees – there is never a bad time for ice cream. When I was growing up, I had a bowl of ice cream for my bedtime snack every single night.  While I don’t have ice cream quite that often anymore, I certainly enjoy a couple of bowls of ice cream every week. Lately I have discovered homemade ice cream and am so excited that I am not limited to what they sell in the grocery store. Not that I have ever bought an ice cream flavor that I didn’t like, but I do like freedom of creativity that I have when I make my own. I have been on the hunt for some great homemade ice cream recipes lately and today I’ve rounded them all up into once place for easy reference.

Check out these amazing homemade ice cream recipes:

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
http://amandascookin.com/homemade-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/

Banana Ice Cream
http://happyhooligans.ca/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream/ Continue reading »

Jul 312017
 

My family was recently on vacation up in New Hampshire when disaster struck. A big thunderstorm rolled through.  Gasp!  It was a major storm involving torrential downpours and ping-pong ball sized hail, so we were basically trapped inside of our condo (I’m just glad we were already inside when the sky opened up!!). Anyhow, not five minutes into it my boys both started with the “I’m bored” nonsense. Thankfully all of our devices were fully charged and ready to stream some some of their favorite shows on Fios.

Verizon Fios Tween Streaming Guide

Because I have two tween boys, I decided to round up some of their favorite go-to shows. If you have tween boys, check out this Verizon Fios Tween Streaming Guide because who knows – you might find a new show that you love! It’s super exciting that new areas in Boston are getting Fios service all the time and I am thrilled to be partnering with Verizon to bring you some information about their new service in the Boston area! I’ve had Verizon Fios for years and I have never been anything but happy with it!

1. American Ninja Warrior

From schoolteachers to firemen to police officers to social workers, this competition gives everyday men and women the chance to transform into fearless acrobatic competitors at the six regional qualifying competitions held throughout the U.S. 100 finalists will have a shot at a $500,000 cash prize and the chance to win the coveted “American Ninja Warrior” title at the national finals in Las Vegas. Continue reading »

Jul 252017
 

Super fun games for pre-teens

Summer is here and you might have heard your kids say already a time or two they are getting bored! If that is the case in your house, consider buying some new games for them! I have gathered some board games for tweens! These games are for that in-between age, and can be harder to find ways to keep them entertained with games! I have found some, and I think you all might enjoy them! These games are for girls and boys, and perfect for a family game night as well!

I am a fan of family game nights, as it allows you to connect and unwind from a busy week. Share some laughs and these games will be a great one to toss into your game rotation! I think your tween will thank you if you bring home a new game for them. Let them play the game with their siblings, or have some friends over and they can hang out and play games!

Beat Summer Boredom With These Board Games for Tweens

Peaceable Kingdom This or That– This is a quick thinking game for your tween to choose between this or that. Chocolate or Vanilla? Text or Call? It is a fun way for them to answer questions and if you play with them, learn more things about what they would prefer! This is great for ages 10 and up, and you can have 2-8 players! Continue reading »

Jul 032017
 

Summer is here and that means backyard barbecues, family gatherings and more! If you are looking for fun games and activities for summer BBQ’s than check out the list below! If you are hosting a summer cookout, set up a few of these games to make it a killer party!

I think it is a good idea to have some different kid games available to help keep the children entertained, and you can do a few games that are for the older crowd! I hope you enjoy these fun games!

Summer Party Games and Activities for a Perfect Party

Giant Hula Hoop: In a kiddie pool add some bubble mix, you can make your own easily! Then use hula hoops to create huge bubbles!

Giant Ker-Plunk Game: This is so fun, you can create a fun kid game of ker plunk! To make it even more fun use water balloons instead of balls!

Squirt Gun Water Races: This is a game kids will love and adults. See who can get their cup to the finish line first! Continue reading »

May 172017
 

Teacher appreciation

Teachers have such a key role in helping teach your children and allowing them to grow up. I know that I can remember a few teachers from school that made a huge impact on my life personally, and I am sure a lot of you can say the same thing.

I always think it is really nice to give an end of school gift to the teacher of your child! This is a great way to say thank you for helping me grow this year, and become that much closer to being a grown up!

Below are some really fun and adorable DIY gift ideas for teachers at the end of the school year. You can let your children help make the gift, or you can make it yourself, either way it will put a smile on the teachers face.

DIY Gifts for Teachers for the End of School

Thanks A Latte Just Add Confetti: This is great for any teacher who enjoys coffee, grab a cute mug and print off this free printable!

Glitter Mason Jar Pencil HolderA Pumpkin and A Princess: I absolutely adore this one, they give you two options, a red apple one, and a pencil design. Both are darling and make for a very simple and elegant gift. Continue reading »

May 082017
 

Mother’s Day is going to be here before you know it (seriously – it’s this weekend)! Growing up, my sister brother and I always made my mom breakfast. Somehow over the years it seems that most people have transitioned from breakfast to brunch and that is a-ok by me. I love brunch and I am always on the lookout for great new things to try when I host brunch. Lucky for you, I recently found a bunch of great new recipes that are perfect for brunch. These Mother’s Day brunch recipes are sure to please mom (and everyone else) on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Crumple Doughnuts
http://strengthandsunshine.com/apple-cinnamon-crumble-doughnuts/

Breakfast Tacos
http://www.youbrewmytea.com/2015/05/country-style-breakfast-tacos.html

Nutella Deviled Strawberries
http://www.laurenslatest.com/nutella-deviled-strawberries/

Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast
http://leavenoleftovers.com/peanut-butter-banana-stuffed-french-toast/ Continue reading »

Apr 102017
 

I’ve hosted several Easter dinners at my house over the years, but this year I am happy to say I’m just a guest. My parents are hosting this year, but of course I can’t show up to their house empty handed.  Since my parents are making the meal (and they are feeding 12 people, so I know it’s a lot of work), I offered to bring a dessert – actually, I had told them I would bring a couple of Easter desserts because I want to make sure there’s enough for everyone.

That left me with the big decision of what to make.  I spent some time searching the internet for festive Easter desserts and treats the other day and came up with more than I could ever possibly make – but they were sure fun to look at. Here are some of the yummy recipes I found:

Easter Blossom Cookies
http://mykitchencraze.com/easter-blossom-sugar-cookies/

Italian Easter Bread
http://bakewithchristina.com/italian-easter-bread/#comment-5976

Carrot Cupcakes
http://www.justataste.com/carrot-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/

Bunny Cupcakes
http://www.pillsburybaking.com/recipes/bold-tie-dyed-layer-cake-8660 Continue reading »

Mar 142017
 

When I was a kid, as soon as I got home from school there was always a snack there waiting for me.  My mom loved to bake and nine times out of ten, my after-school snack was a delicious homemade treat.  Now that I am the mom, I like to do the same for my boys and I get especially giddy when there’s a holiday coming up because that means I can make fun themed treats for them.

There’s no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day treat recipes out there, but I found quite a few good ones and have a nice collection of them for you here today. I am going to make it my mission to make everything on this list for my boys. And for the record, I’m making all of the ones that use Lucky Charms as one of the ingredients first because that is just plain awesome.

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts and Treats:

Gold Coins
http://www.lovethispic.com/image/242751/use-edible-gold-to-spray-on-oreos-to-make-gold-coins-on-st-patricks-day

St Patrick’s Day Oreos
http://happybrownhouse.com/st-patricks-day-oreos/#_a5y_p=5071250

Lucky Charm Munch
http://deliciouslysprinkled.com/lucky-charms-munch/

Cake Batter Brownies
http://www.bostongirlbakes.com/2015/03/04/cake-batter-blondies-2/

Shamrock Parfait
http://merlotmommy.com/st-patricks-day-parfaits/?utm_content=bufferfaf10&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Continue reading »

Feb 012017
 

Are you all ready for the big game on Sunday? As you probably guessed, we’re BIG Pats fans here in our house, but no matter who you are routing for – game day just isn’t complete without an array of delicious foods. My family is going all out this year because we’re anticipating a big win, so that means we need to have more celebratory snacks on hand than we would if the Patriots weren’t playing. But who am I kidding, when it comes to food, we always go all out.

I will be spending the day cooking and baking in preparation of the game on Sunday, so I have been busy scouring the internet for awesome recipes. There are lots of great recipes to choose from out there and here are some of the ones that caught my eye:

Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings
https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/mozzarella-stick-onion-rings?utm_term=.yl3D1ABZZ#.qlxyNqkxx

Football Puppy Chow
http://thefirstyearblog.stfi.re/football-puppy-chow/?sf=rgrvwna

Mashed Potato Bacon Bombs
http://www.ohbiteit.com/2015/11/mashed-potato-bacon-bombs.html

Parmesan Potato Wedges
http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/baked-garlic-parmesan-potato-wedges/ Continue reading »

Jan 042016
 

10 Delicious & Creative Pizza Recipe Ideas

Homemade pizza is one of my family’s favorite dinners.  For so many years all we ever made was cheese pizza because my boys were pretty picky & when I say my boys, I really just mean my youngest son. Now that both of my boys are getting a little bit older, they’re both definitely more open to trying new foods.  We love experimenting with different toppings on our pizza or even making breakfast pizzas on occasion.  Here are 10 of the most creative homemade pizza recipes I’ve found:

1. Stuffed Crust Pizza

Stuffed Crust Pizza

http://ashleemarie.com/stuffed-crust-pizza/ Continue reading »

Dec 192015
 

10 Delicious Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Are you one of those people who usually cooks a big breakfast on Christmas morning?  I love a big holiday breakfast, but we actually do it on Christmas Eve morning.  It started many years ago (about 10) when my sister was living with a roommate from out of state.  Her roommate’s family always came in to spend Christmas here in Massachusetts, so my sister came to stay at my house the nights of the 23rd and 24th to give her roommate and her family some space.

That first year we made her a big old breakfast and it just became tradition – even though my sister hasn’t spent the night of the 23rd at my house in many years.  I am always on the hunt for awesome new recipes to make for my family when we have our traditional Christmas Eve morning breakfast.  If you do a big breakfast for your family on Christmas morning, you will love these 10 Delicious Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas:

1. Breakfast Enchiladas: Festive Make­ Ahead Christmas Brunch Continue reading »

Dec 022015
 

10 Fun Mason Jar Christmas Craft Ideas

There’s some extra special about getting homemade gifts at the holidays, am I right?  They are both fun to make & give as gifts and to receive.  With the recent trend in mason jar crafts, I rounded up some pretty cool things to make and gift to your loved ones – or use for yourself.  Check them out:

1. Winter Luminaries Snowy Pinecone Candle

Winter Luminaries Snowy Pinecone Candle

http://craftsbyamanda.com/snowy-pinecone-candle-jars/ Continue reading »

Nov 122015
 

10 Amazing Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

Now that the cold weather has arrived, what’s  better than some good old comfort food.  I don’t know about you, but a grilled cheese sandwich is one of my go-to’s when it comes to comfort food.  Sometimes I like my grilled cheese with a twist and these 10 Amazing Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes have some of the best twists I’ve ever seen.

1. Broccoli Pesto Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Broccoli Pesto Mushroom Grilled Cheese

http://www.dizzybusyandhungry.com/broccoli­pesto­mushroom­grilled­cheese/ Continue reading »

Jan 062015
 

20 Slow Cooker Recipes #recipes

Running short on recipes or time? I know I am, so I hit Pinterest up for slow cooker recipes! Lets face it, what is better then throwing everything in your slow cooker, turning it on, and a few hours later having a meal ready to go! This round up has it all, from Chicken and Dumplings to Lava Cake. I am thinking some Beef Stew sounds pretty good tonight!  Continue reading »