It’s almost game time! What are you going to make your football-loving guests? This easy bourbon chicken wings recipe is a huge hit in our house, and perfect for serving up during the big game. Grab this delicious chicken wings recipe below, plus an easy solution to cleaning those messy fingers with Ora paper towels!
Craving Italian food, but looking for something a little different from lasagna or pasta? These Italian Meatballs are the BEST, and make a great appetizer for any upcoming parties or family gatherings you may be planning. Follow these easy steps to make the best Italian meatball recipe you’ve ever tasted!
Best Italian Meatball Recipe
These homemade hot pockets are the perfect addition to your party appetizer list. Kids will love them as an after school snack too! There’s nothing like warm, fresh bread, right? Read on to grab the tasty recipe below!
Homemade Hot Pockets
Today’s post is provided by Nature’s Harvest® bread . The opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Disney’s “Finding Dory” is officially in theater’s today! What better way to celebrate than with a Dory themed lunch, right?! These under the sea sandwiches were a big hit with my boys, and I think your kids will love them too! Plus, if you’re planning a Finding Dory party, these adorable sandwiches will fit right in.
About “Finding Dory”:
An Outdoor movie night can be so much fun, especially on those warm breezy summer evenings. Come on in and see how we celebrated Zootopia with this movie night!
This is a partnered post with Walt Disney Studios. All opinions are my own.
Disney’s ZOOTOPIA broke all kinds of records, including becoming the 4th animated film to cross the 1 billion dollar milestone. Amazing, right?! We were first introduced to ZooTopia during an Orlando press junket where the family and I saw an early movie screening. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Bateman who voices the clever fox, Nick Wilde, in the film. Jason is just as funny in person, and charming too!
I was thrilled when Disney reached back out – this time to host an outdoor movie night. It’s something my husband and I have always thought of investing in, and here was our chance! ZooTopia’s Blu-Ray & DVD release just so happened to coincide with the beginning of summer. Those clever Disney folks! 😉 So, to kick off summer we invited friends over to enjoy a family favorite – ZooTopia under the stars!
Hosting A ZooTopia Themed Outdoor Movie Night
Don’t sabotage that great workout you just completed! Grab a healthy protein snack to keep you satisfied throughout the day. Whether you need a breakfast boost or something to get you through the afternoon slump, we have you covered with 8 delicious (and easy) recipes for protein snacks. Eating protein increases the body’s production of hunger-fighting hormones, according to this Science study.
Pumpkin Pie protein shake anyone? Keep reading for that round-up of 8 delicious and healthy snacks below!
New year, new you, right?! Sometimes it’s really hard to kick an old habit and start a new one, like healthier eating. So today I’m sharing a convenient way to get wholesome foods into your diet. Try this Frozen Strawberry Banana Yogurt Bites recipe sponsored by General Mills®!
Join me in stepping away from the ice cream and try this nutritious dessert or late night snack instead. It’s made up of 3 ingredients and super easy to make – I promise! Not only will you enjoy this heavenly alternative, but your kids will too! Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
Frozen Strawberry Banana Yogurt Bites
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NABISCO Cookies and Crackers. All opinions are 100% mine.
The holiday menu can be quite the task. Guests expect certain foods depending on the holiday, but it’s always fun to throw a few curve balls like new recipes into the mix. What are you planning for the holiday menu this year? If you’re looking for new and easy recipes, I highly recommend checking out the NABISCO Party Planner website. It’s full of tried and true recipes that are simple and delicious. Plus valuable coupons, tips and more!
I’m sharing one of those tasty recipes below. If you like savory appetizers, this recipe for roasted pepper-cheese bites is perfect. It takes just a few minutes to make too!
Roasted Pepper-Cheese Bites
I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I love any excuse to go shopping, don’t you? I always take the boys to OshKosh B’Gosh because they have the most fantastic sales, especially on back to school outfits! My older son, J, is into sports – as you’ll notice in his choices for back to school wear. Above he’s sporting a football tee and mesh lined track pants in navy with yellow stripes down the sides. [Read more…]
I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create some unique tips for using a new product and I wanted to share that with all of you.
Last week I shared our upcoming plans for a play date at the park. Kids always work up an appetite when playing, so we shopped at Walmart for snacks like pretzel sticks, Jif To Go Dippers and Smuckers Uncrustables. I also shared my secret tip on keeping the kids busy while shopping so there’s no unruly behavior. Be sure to check out that post if you missed it!
Good for you snacks are a must in our house! But there’s always fun, playful ways to display those snacks and bring a smile to your child’s face. Here’s a fun idea I created using the snacks we purchased. Cute, right?
Many times after dinner, we do an activity as a family like a walk around the neighborhood or an evening swim. Often times, my 7 year old and I elect to take a mile run. He’s an awesome motivator and loves running.
While it’s normal to crave a snack after burning calories, it’s not the best idea to reach for sweets like cookies. Yoplait® Yogurt varieties is a wholesome alternative everyone in the family can enjoy. With flavors like Cherry Cheesecake Yoplait Whips and Banana Caramel Greek 100 yogurt it’s easy to curb that sweet tooth.
Lately it’s been raining day and night here in Florida. Thankfully, the sun came out and we were able to enjoy a swim before bedtime. [Read more…]
I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create some unique tips for using a new product and I wanted to share that with all of you.
As summer is coming to a close, there are still a few things left on our checklist to complete. We promised the boys a day at the bowling alley, play date at the park, and swimming party with friends. With only 2 weeks left until school begins here, we’re working some serious magic to make all of those fun things happen.
Did summer break fly by for you too? I am trying my best to savor these moments with the boys, as both will be in school this year. Yes, my littlest guy is 4 and beginning Pre-K. That’s going to be a tough first day, and I’m not talking about L, I’m talking about me! Can any of you moms relate?
Have it for breakfast, snack time, or dessert! These fresh fruit frozen yogurt pops will be a huge hit anytime of day. Made with delicious Yoplait® yogurt and fresh fruit, this wholesome treat is super easy to make.
I’m not sure if it’s the summer heat or growth spurts, but my boys are constantly asking for something to snack on. They love to eat yogurt right out of the container, but today I decided to switch things up. I froze it! Yes, frozen yogurt is nothing new, but what kid doesn’t want a popsicle for breakfast? Yogurt has great benefits like calcium, live & active cultures, Vitamin D and protein. Plus Yoplait has actively worked towards a path of goodness by removing high fructose corn syrup and aspartame, and recently decreasing the amount of sugar in their product by 25%! [Read more…]
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Feed your kids and you’ll help a child in need. How simple is that? Your kids are always hungry right? At least my two boys are! So we always have many snacks on hand, especially when on the go. Snack bars are an easy way to sustain hunger until the next meal, and less messy too! So when I found out about Kristen Bell (from that little ole’ movie FROZEN!) and her co-founders creating This Kid Saves Lives snack bars to help starving children around the world, I wanted to help!
More on how you can make a difference
Ryan Devlin, co-founder of This Bar Saves Lives shares, “We believe in creating high-quality, healthy and delicious food for people here that gives back to others around the world, which is why for every box you buy, we send life-saving food to a child in need. We eat together.” Kristen and co-founders launched their newest snack bars, This Kid Saves Lives, designed specifically for kids. Kristen mentions,“This Bar Saves Lives are both healthy and helpful.” [Read more…]
Typical summer weekends include an excursion of some sorts. This weekend, we were beach bound in Sarasota, Florida.
While the boys played in the waves, I found time to relax and unwind in the sand. My beach bag always includes a few drinks and snacks for when someone gets hungry. Personally, my snack of choice is usually something sweet. Why waist calories if it’s not chocolate, right?! 🙂 That’s my motto at least, after I’ve had a balanced meal of course. And being a mom of 2 young boys can deplete my energy at times, so OREO’s new 2-packs are the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth craving on-the-go.
The power of protein. Our bodies need it for bones, muscles, and body chemicals, among other things. Because the body does not store protein, it’s important to add it in throughout the day. It is especially beneficial when working out because protein can be converted by the body into glucose for energy. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite protein packed pre-workout snacks: Oatmeal with Vanilla Silk Soymilk and cinnamon apples.
Since oats contain more protein than any other common grain, they are the perfect pre-workout snack. Substitute regular milk for Silk Soymilk, which includes 8 grams of plant-powered protein per serving, no cholesterol, and naturally lower saturated fat. It’s really a win-win for your workouts.
Additional Silk Soymilk benefits include:
Whether we’re taking an impromptu trip to the pool or beach, or hosting a big summer bash – Kool-Aid Easy Mix Liquid and Country Time Lemonade Starter keep us cool.
Their easy mix products allow me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time having fun with the family. Kool-Aid Easy Mix Liquid is presweetened, so all I need to do is add water. The easy-pour spout makes it very convenient, and with 50% less sugar than leading sodas, I can feel good about offering Kool-Aid to my family.
I love to drink lemonade year-round. It’s one of my favorite drinks – and always makes me think of never-ending summer fun! Country Time Lemonade Starter is flavored with real lemon juice and comes in a variety of flavors: Half-Lemonade and Half-Iced Tea, Berry Lemonade and Classic Lemonade. [Read more…]
The weather is finally heating up, which means we’ll be spending even more time outdoors. Since we’re always on the go, it’s imperative that I have snacks for the family on hand. These boys are always hungry. I like shopping at Publix because it’s convenient, clean and always has great sales, like their weekly BOGO deals. So, when I found this exclusive coupon to save on my family’s favorite snacks, I had to make a run for the store.
What are your favorite snacks for on the go? Do you always make sure you have them on hand?
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Who are you when you’re hungry? I’m not myself – at all! I become grumpy, cranky, and totally out of sorts. I stick to 3 meals a day and if I waiver off course by an hour or more from my typical schedule, I become pretty darn feisty. I’m definitely not fun to be around.
Hulk is a fairly good representation of my mood when I’m hungry. Can you relate? Hulk Smash! [Read more…]
Today’s post is sponsored by KingofPop.com. All opinions are mine alone.
Last week I shared a great Valentine’s Day gift for her, and today I’m sharing the perfect gift for any foodie in your life. KingOfPop.com and GourmetGiftBaskets.com have been featured everywhere from the Today Show to Wheel of Fortune! They offer an assortment of delicious goodies perfect for Valentine’s Day gifting, including this Valentine snack tin.
The information, products and Paypal giveaway were provided by General Mills through Linqia.
Did you know that February is Heart Health Month? Switch out your sugary breakfast favorites like pancakes and donuts for hearth healthy snacks with low saturated fat and cholesterol. General Mills
Cheerios™ +Ancient Grains is a new cereal containing a crunchy cluster of Oats + Quinoa, Kamut wheat and hazelnut flavored Spelt. Cheerios™ + Ancient Grains provides 12 vitamins and minerals + 17 grams of whole grain which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
In addition to a heart healthy diet, follow some of these simple tips for a heart healthy lifestyle:
Today’s post is sponsored by Mrs Thinsters & Party-Tizers. All opinions are mine alone.
While attending the #WowSummit last year, I couldn’t stop snacking on these delicious chips and cookies. How could they be sooo good, I asked myself. Mrs. Thinsters CookieThins are like nothing you have tasted before. These thin and crunchy cookies are a smarter snack option than traditional cookies because they are made with simple Non-GMO ingredients, and exclude artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Mrs. Thinsters even uses a dedicated facility that does not process peanuts or tree nuts.
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Football parties equal really good snack food, right?! And boy are we excited for this years’ big game. Nates’ hometown team will be battling New England for the win! We are always barbecuing something delicious for the family to enjoy during game time. Today I’m sharing a simple Pulled Pork Snack Bites recipe that’s easy to create, and oh so good!
Pulled Pork Snack Bites
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We have some ultimate football fans in our home. And while we are divided on team favorites, we all come together for family fun and good food. My 6-year-old is such a sports fanatic that he keeps a running tab on every game each week. Ask him just about anything about the game, players, or team stats and he can answer it for you. It’s quite impressive. Oh, and it’s never quiet around here on game day. These boys are
My husband can’t resist a good blue cheese dip, especially when he’s eating wings. Today I’m sharing one of his favorites.
Easy Blue Cheese Dip Recipe
This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
Enjoy the richness of classic ranch dressing made with real, natural ingredients. Naturally Fresh® takes pride in using their very own buttermilk to craft their dressings, like ranch and blue cheese. The company creates products that taste great by using wholesome ingredients, and leaving out artificial preservatives and artificial colors or flavors. That’s right – Naturally Fresh ingredient lists are completely readable!
Who doesn’t love potatoes? Especially loaded baked potatoes. You have to try this delicious Twice Baked Potatoes recipe. It’s so easy! And a perfect finger food for parties and cookouts. Serve them at your next “big game” watching party!
Easy Twice Baked Potatoes
Today’s post is sponsored by Post cereal. All opinions are mine alone.
With two growing boys, snacking is a necessity in my household. Therefore I’m always on the hunt for new snack ideas. I couldn’t resist sharing another chocolate peanut butter recipe creation with all of you, especially when this breakfast wrap is still a reader favorite! So with the help of my 3-year-old, we whipped up these delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars in no time!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars Recipe:
Today’s post is sponsored by Dole. All opinions are mine alone.
Recently I was asked by a mom friend of mine, “do you struggle with getting your children to eat fruit?” My answer was sort of. I have one child who I have created a whole new food category for: fruititarian. Yep, L eats fruit all day long, if I let him. It’s the first thing that’s slurped off his dinner plate and he always wants seconds. On the other hand, J, who is six would prefer other food group items like pasta and dessert. (A kid after my own heart) There are definitely fruits both boys enjoy, like Dole mandarin oranges. And what they secretly do not know is that I buy the no sugar added variety. That way I ensure they are getting the healthiest options available.