10 things to do in the lower keys with kids

There are so many things to do in the lower keys with kids. You can spend time exploring the nature side, or even spend time checking out attractions. The Lower Keys are a great spot for a family vacation.

One of my all-time favorite places to visit is the Lower Keys in Florida.  It’s like this tropical wonderland in the United States.  Time slows down, and everyone seems so much more relaxed, and happy.  I’ve actually tried to convince my family to move there, but unfortunately, the lack of hockey has them completely against it.  I’ll just have to get my fill when we visit, I guess. 10 things to do in the Lower … read on–>

creamy tomato basil sauce

This creamy tomato basil sauce is so tasty, full of delicious ingredients, and still only takes 20 minutes to make.

  In our house, spaghetti is a family favorite.  I could actually eat spaghetti 3 or 4 nights a week.  It’s always been one of my favorites.  I don’t even need anything special added to it.  But, I typically just use plain old jarred sauce.  This week though, I discovered the ultimate kitchen hack which made this simple, albeit somewhat boring meal, a bit more excited, and still just as simple.  The best part…  it’s … read on–>

chocolate covered Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars

This recipe for chocolate covered oats and honey granola bars is delicious, healthy, and so easy to make!!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EarnWithBoxTops #CollectiveBias We don’t do a whole lot of baking in our home, but when I come up with something that takes a couple of minutes to make, and is borderline homemade, I’m all over it!  These chocolate covered Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars are delicious, healthy, and insanely easy to make! Chocolate Covered Nature Valley™ Oats N … read on–>

9 creative ways to take pictures of your kids

One of my favorite things about photography is the fact that I get to be creative while taking pictures of my kids.  This means, I get to be creative about capturing our memories.  One way to do that is to use creative angles when you’re taking pictures.  You don’t have to have a fancy camera, you can use a point and shoot camera, or an iphone, or you can go all in and learn how … read on–>

over 30 things to include in your planner

Recently, I have been on the hunt for more things to add to my planner.  I've got a mighty long list of things to include in your planner now!  You're definitely going to want to add these to your planner for sure!

Planners are kind of an obsession for me.  Keeping important notes, and details in my phone happens, but being able to write things down on paper, and see it, is a must.  Recently, I have been on the hunt for more things to add to my planner.  I’ve got a mighty long list of things to include in your planner now!  I have to laugh a little though, because most of these were things I … read on–>

7 warm places to vacation with kids in the winter (that don’t require a passport)

If a vacation in the winter to someplace warm sounds like a dream right now to you, these 7 warm places to vacation with kids in the winter (that don't require a passport), will have you drooling!

The cold weather already has me wishing to be somewhere warm. Even though my kids are all over getting outside and sled riding, or building a snowman, a vacation in the winter to someplace warm sounds like a dream right about now.  I did a little research and found 7 warm places to vacation with kids in the winter (that don’t require a passport), and I am drooling over all of these places. If you’re looking … read on–>

cool snow sleds for kids

This list of cool snow sleds for kids will have anyone looking forward to spending time in the snow this year giddy. Kids of all ages will love them!

Sled riding isn’t necessarily on my list of things to do this winter, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on my kids’ list. This list of cool snow sleds for kids will have anyone looking forward to spending time in the snow this year giddy.  If you find one you love, make sure you’ve signed up for ebates before you pull the trigger on the purchase!  Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean the online … read on–>

the best ways to organize wrapping paper

Every year, after the holidays, I think, “This is the year, I am going to organize my wrapping supplies”.  I can’t even tell you the amount of money I waste every year, rebuying bags I don’t need, paper I already have, and tape because my stuff just isn’t organized.  So, if you’re like me, and you’re looking for the best ways to organize wrapping paper, you’re going to love this heck out of this! the … read on–>

7 tips for visiting Dollywood at Christmastime

Dollywood is a magical wonderland at Christmastime. These tips for visiting Dollywood at Christmastime will make your trip so much more enjoyable.

This year we spent our Thanksgiving in the Smokey Mountains,  It was the first visit for all of us, and we learned a lot during our trip.  One thing we planned to experience during our time there was Dollywood.  Despite the fact that the park has an old-time feel to it, it’s huge, and we learned so much about the best way to get the most out of Dollywood- especially during a super busy time.  … read on–>

Christmas tree cookies for the non-baker

These sweet Christmas tree cookies are the perfect cookies for anyone who doesn't really have time to bake from scratch! Kids will love decorating them.

The last couple of days have been a bit of a cluster since I’ve had some pretty major computer issues.  If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been participating in a 12 days of Christmas blog hop.  Today, I’m happy to be sharing something for all the “non-bakers” out there, or all of you who just don’t have time to do a baking day.  These Christmas tree cookies are so adorable, and all you … read on–>

20+ hot cocoa bar toppings

Hot Cocoa Bar toppings are so much fun! This is a great list that is sure to make your hot cocoa bar a huge hit!

You guys!  I was so excited about today’s topic.  I’ve always wanted to do a hot cocoa bar, and just haven’t had the right “event”.  Things have been a little crazy around here lately, and I am ashamed to admit that I’m more than a little cranky.  So, the fact that this post gave me the chance to do something fun with them was fantastic!  We kept our little hot cocoa bar pretty low key, … read on–>

Christmas party games for adults and kids

We recently spent Thanksgiving week in Tennessee with family.  It was a blast, and we all played so many games.  Most of those were board games, and card games, but we had so much fun, I kept thinking we should do this more often!  This is a great list of Christmas party games for adults and kids that will have everyone laughing and carrying on. Christmas party games for adults and kids *there may be … read on–>

Dollar Store Pom Pom Tree

This is the cutest dollar store pom pom tree.  It's super fun, and quick to make. It's a perfect craft to make with kids or on your own.

The Dollar Store is one of my favorites.  I am always amazed by what you can actually find in there.  I love it so much, I dedicated a whole post to things you should never spend more than $1 on.  Today, I’m so excited to share the cutest dollar store pom pom tree.  I love it so much, and it was really fun, and quick to make.  It’s going right into T’s room. Dollar Store … read on–>

How to choose the perfect, affordable gift exchange gift

  Sponsored post: Thank you to Tile, Inc. for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to keep track of everything that matters. This time of year, we bounce from one holiday party to the next with gift exchange gifts galore!  Often, we don’t know who, in particular, we are purchasing for because we pull numbers, and choose gifts at random.  Figuring out how to choose the perfect, affordable gift exchange gift isn’t always easy peasy. … read on–>

Peppermint cheesecake dip

This time of year, we are all hopping from one holiday party to another.  If you’re looking for something quick, and delicious to make, this peppermint cheesecake dip is the perfect solution.  Our family can’t get enough of it.  Serve it with pretzels, wafers, graham crackers, or even fruit.  It’s so so yummy! Peppermint Cheesecake Dip Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! Stop by every day from December first through … read on–>