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Stop Everything and Make these Magical Unicorn Cookies Immediately

I love my kids, but sometimes they are…well, kids. They make messes and tear things up and totally don’t understand “rules” some days. Other days, though, they’re like little magical unicorns of perfect-ness that I just want to snuggle and cuddle and call them George. But, any day, they are kids and I LOVE indulging …

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Magical Hidden Veggie Rainbow Popsicles Your Kids Will Beg You to Make

Let me start by saying that I LOVE coming up with creative ways to get my kids to eat veggies. It’s like a diabolical plot to rule the world. Only, just my world. So, not super diabolical. Just a little diabolical. One of my favorite ways to trick them into eating veggies is these Magical …

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Everything You Need to Know About Eating Ramen

There’s a new restaurant in town that just opened and, having sampled their amazing wares now, obviously, I’m reminded that not everyone knows what they need to know about eating ramen soup. So, here’s my non-nonsense tutorial for anyone who, well, doesn’t know. Ramen Soup is a two-fisted style of eating. Look, we evolved with …

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Tricked-Out Spicy Beef Ramen Noodle Soup

I’m going to be honest, there’s a bit of magic that happens somewhere between mixing broth, noodles and a handful of spices to make this amazing Tricked-Out Spicy Miso Beef Ramen Noodle Soup. Not kidding, I’m a little in love with making this Tricked-Out Spicy Beef Ramen Noodle Soup. But don’t be jealous. Just get …

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Everything You Need to Know to Eat Like a Jedi at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

We all know we’re having a big glass of Blue Bantha milk when we hit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World, but what else are we going to gnosh on while we wait in line for the Millennium Falcon ride? Dude. So. Much. Awesome. I mean, I get it that the Blue Bantha Milk …

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Strawberry Chocolate Macaron Cookies

Using the word “obsessed” doesn’t come close to perfectly describing the love and undying devotion I have for these absolutely wonderful Strawberry Chocolate Macaron Cookies. I mean, who wouldn’t be obsessed with these Strawberry Chocolate Macaron Cookies? They’re crunchy, soft, filled with just a liiiiiitle bit of chocolate ganache (which I just love to say …

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Cotton Candy Macarons

I made a second batch of french macaron cookies after I finished the batch of Bubblegum Macarons earlier. And now I’m diving into these Cotton Candy Macarons with gusto. OY! It’s like the addiction of the tiny cookies! OH NO! Someone do a Will Smith movie about it. No, seriously, someone cover Will Smith in …

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The New Star Wars Ride at Disney World

I’ve been excited to check out Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge since it was announced. See, I’m a die-hard Star Wars fan that admits that while I, II and III sucked, they would have been awesome if we hadn’t grown-up on the amazingness that was New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. And …

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Captain Marvel’s Butt is Flat–But Why Do You Care?!

A couple of months ago, this ridiculous photo came out that has left me with a burr up my butt regarding the comments made about the actress, Brie Larson, that’s playing Captain Marvel in the movie Captain Marvel coming out next weekend. And I just can’t move past the trolls. For real. It’s like this …

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How to Survive the First Week Home with Baby

The idea of bringing home a baby only like 24-48 hours after she’s introduced to the world made me panic for weeks before she was due. That’s just like 2 days (at most) of nurses helping me! Babies don’t come with a manual, but they really should. Since I’ve done this a couple of times …

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My Favorite Pregnancy-Safe Essential Oils

Having a baby is such an exciting time–and you want to do EVERYTHING perfect…or at least I do…can’t really speak for you. So, before I do anything (and I mean ANYTHING–even clean house or treat allergies), I try to do some research. And since this is my second pregnancy, I’ve identified my favorite Pregnancy-Safe Essential …

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10 Easy Ways to Bond with Your Baby Every Day

Bonding with your newborn is so very important, but between breastfeeding, pumping, recovering from labor and real life (like doing the dishes), it can be hard to find time and energy to breathe, much less “bond”. I’m a huge proponent of structure in everyone’s life and all that, but you know, things get in the way. …

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My Toddler Has Jealousy Issues {AKA my toddler is jealous of new baby}

Your first baby will always be your first baby. You spoil them rotten, you love on them constantly. And if you’re me, you even let them sleep in the bed with you because you’re just too heartbroken to listen to them cry themselves to sleep that first time. But when my toddler is jealous of …

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Refresh Your Look to Go Back to Work After Baby

When you’ve had a baby, a lot has changed. I mean, you’ve been off work for 3, 4 or even 6 weeks (LOVE the 6-weeks off!) and, hopefully, you didn’t even have to wear make-up once during that entire mini-baby-cation. But, chances are, you need to Refresh Your Look to Go Back to Work After Baby. …

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Vaginal vs. C-Section {what each was like for me}

I don’t have many scary things that happen in my life–I’m like the most vanilla person ever. Excitement for me is just fun stuff, never frightening. Until I was on the verge of bringing a baby into the world. My entire pregnancy experience (both times) was a horrible roller coaster. But the worst, the climax …

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How to Celebrate a Gender Reveal Over Dinner

I don’t really go-in for gender reveal parties. For me, what seems to work best is the “surprise the special people in your life over dinner” gender-revealing method. This works for spouses, grandmas and grandpas, best friends or pretty much anyone. No matter who it is, Celebrating a Gender Reveal Over Dinner is so easy–no …

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Potato, Sausage and Ranch Brunch Burritos {and a giveaway}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I like to cook for my family, but not because I just enjoy toiling for an hour over difficult-to-prepare meals. No, like most moms, I like to cook so we can enjoy a meal together, …

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How to Prepare for Baby’s First Fever

There’s a lot of “firsts” when it comes to having a baby. And a TON of those firsts are scary. But if you’re prepared, it can make it a little less stressful for you and for baby. One “first” I’m totally prepared for with the newest addition (coming this April!) is Baby’s First Fever. I …

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Stuck in the Middle ~ Confessions of a Tween Boy’s Mom

Sometimes, raising a tween boy is ridiculously hard. Lately, I’m feeling like he and I are stuck in the middle together between so many polar-opposites that we might never find our way out! No one said that things with my son would be easy, but they NEVER EVER told me how hard it might . …

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Free Printable Quick Monthly Budget Planner

I was gazing distractedly at my super-complicated, definitely over-done budget and finally threw my hands up in the air! I don’t need ninety-four different ways to look at it…I just need to set up a budget and stick to it. That’s why I put together this Free Printable Quick Monthly Budget Planner…with some monsters, for …

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Free Printable Vintage Postcard Recipe Cards

I’m totally into exotic meals right now…I’m craving a vacation and since the budget doesn’t allow, I guess I’m making-up for it by coming-up with exotic dinners from far away places. It’s kind of a fun game and to keep the charade up, I made some Free Printable Vintage Postcard Recipe Cards. I’m totally in …

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5 Totally Fun Ways to Lose Weight and Feel Awesome!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I have little or no patience when it comes to losing weight and being healthier. It can be like the worst thing EVER if it’s a drag. But I’m not messing around this year with un-fun, …

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Allergy-Friendly Mock Frosty

I’m a huge fan of the Frosty. There’s nothing like it I’ve ever found–not quite a shake and not quite a drink…it’s unique and awesome. But I’m horribly allergic to dairy…it’s a massive tragedy. Plus, to compound my conundrum, I’m pregnant and craving a Frosty like nobody’s business. Enter the Allergy-Friendly Mock Frosty…oh, thank goodness! …

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Spicy Pepper OREO Cookie Balls

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias We’re getting ready for the Big Game (even though our favorite team lost out on the second round of elimination) and I’ve decided, for a delicious treat, we’re going to have Spicy Pepper OREO Cookie Balls! We …

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Goldfish cracker Pizza An Easy After School Snack

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are that of Totally the Bomb. #GoldfishMix #CollectiveBias Since school has started back after the holidays, I’m in need of some fun, easy snacks. And my daughter came up with a fantastic snack idea that’s both easy, nutritious, and fun–Goldfish cracker Pizza! It’s such …

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Multitasking Marathon! 30-Minutes+15 Tasks=Awesome

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias I feel like a multitasking Maven today. For reals. Normally, I’m so easily derailed it’s not even funny. But today–in 30-Minutes, I was able to accomplish 15-Super Critical Tasks! It was a Multitasking Marathon! There I was, trying …

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! Free New Year Printable

Kids really enjoy the idea of the New Year. And it’s also a great way to celebrate the ending of one thing and the beginning of a new. (Which is why we love this free new year printable.) It’s also a great way to get little kids thinking (and talking) about their past year, as …

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Is My Son’s Violence Just a Cry for Help?!

My son’s violence was ruling our lives. We’d beg him to stop, asking him what he needed so we could help him…nothing worked. But recently, in a family therapy session, he said something that made me ask the question: Is My Son’s Violence Just a Cry for Help?! My son left us with little choice. …

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DIY Cardboard Box Bi-Plane {from 1 Box}

When Disney Planes approached me and asked if I could put together a tutorial for a plane-themed holiday activity for my kiddo, I couldn’t resist the idea! So, I put an idea in action and built a DIY Cardboard Box Bi-Plane {from 1 Box}! Special thanks for sponsoring this post goes to: #PlanesToTheRescue and #CollectiveBias! I …

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Keeping the Kid’s Phone Costs Low {with TracFone™}

Every time I got the cell phone bill, I was cringing–or those stupid texts saying “such-and-such number has gone over the data limit”. I mean, really, how many times did I yell at my kid for going over her limit?! No more, I say! No more! Now, I’m Keeping the Kid’s Phone Costs Low with …

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10 Reasons You Should See an Infertility Specialist

There’s nothing more frustrating and simply daunting than the idea that you might not be able to conceive as easily as your mom or friends or cousins, or whomever…You feel left out and kind of like a giant failure. I know, I’ve totally been there, got the tattoo and moved on with my life. But …

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In-the-Peel Banana Split Holiday Recipe

I love the holidays…all the fabulous holiday recipes that only get used once a year…But this is totally my favorite. Unique, easy, and crazy-good, I love this In-the-Peel Banana Split Holiday Recipe. Special thanks goes to #HolidayMadeSimple and #CollectiveBias for sponsoring this post. This is a pretty simple recipe (hence me calling it “easy”). I like to …

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Top 10 Most Awesome Tween Activities {Especially During the Holidays}

So, my tween may not enjoy an opera and a fine steak-dinner–he’s still too young for that. And he’s not really into spending days on end during a school break just watching movies while I make ham sandwiches for lunch–he’s too old for that. Tweens are in that funky between-state where nothing quite fits for …

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Simplifying My Life with Panasonic Link2Cell and Open Ear Headphones

I had no idea how crazy-messy my life had gotten. Like really, why did I have like fifteen cords running around my desk and three sets of speakers in my office and kitchen?  Every evening, that would stress me out…Not to even mention the fifty-four times I had to holler for my daughter to come to dinner! …

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The Pallet Wall…A 2-Day DIY Home Improvement Project

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bosch for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Regardless of the fact that I’m soooo not a construction professional, somehow I always find myself doing some crazy home improvement project. Last month it was tiling the living room, this week its The Pallet Wall…A …

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10 Allergy Hacks During Pregnancy

There’s nothing I hate worse than sneezing. (Ok, I’ll be honest, that annoying noise that Jim Carey makes in Dumb and Dumber is worse than sneezing…sorry–but it’s the only thing!) And, for whatever reason, every change of the season, I get all sniffly, snuffly and sneezy. It’s horrible. Except when I’m preggers–then it’s horrible to …

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