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Back to School Checklist

Our back to school checklist, surprisingly hasn't changed that much as the kids have gotten older. There are a few things here and there that are required by specific teachers that might change, but in terms of what our family does to prepare for the start of the new school year... it's remained … [Read More...]

Blueberry Upside Down Lemon Bread with Glaze

Blueberry Upside Down Lemon Bread Recipe

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm pretty much the worst at breakfast. Pancakes get burnt. Eggs get rubbery and nothing is ever done at the same … [Read More...]

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Hoop Art for Kids

One of my earliest memories of doing any type of craft, was sitting in a friend's kitchen when we were about 8 years old and her mom teaching us how to cross-stitch. I cross-stitched a little panda bear ornament that I still hang on our Christmas tree every year. I was a bit of an old fart at the … [Read More...]

Chili Lime Pork Tacos - A Turtle's Life for Me

Chili Lime Pork Recipe

  I am a Project Envolve ambassador which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. This chili lime pork recipe can be prepared in so many ways, but our favorite is to grill it! Alright, let's be honest here. My favorite way to cook practically anything is to grill it. No pans, less … [Read More...]

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Homemade Baking Spray {Cake Release}

This recipe for homemade cake release just might be the greatest thing I've ever taken away from Facebook. Although, to be fair to Facebook, I tend to hang out in some pretty nasty groups. Beware of any cake decorating private group. Seriously, listen to a girl who has been there and come out … [Read More...]

College Survival Gift Basket

College Survival Gift Basket

Do you have someone heading off to college at the end of the summer? This college survival gift basket will have them swooning and thanking you profusely! I promise you, they will get plenty of care packages filled with chocolate chip cookies and brownies. They will. Honest. If not, the … [Read More...]

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Top Grilling Recipes for Summer

We have some definite favorites when it comes to our top grilling recipes for summer! I'm back with some of my fellow bloggers to share some of our favorites! I don't know how many of you ever go back through my archives and look through old recipes, but I'm telling you that I … [Read More...]

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Bacon Jalapeno Corn Fritters

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My first time making bacon jalapeno corn fritters, and I will love them forever. Please don't think I'm being … [Read More...]

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad - A Turtle's Life for Me

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

This broccoli cauliflower salad recipe is my new obsession for the summer! My family has been making broccoli salad for years, but for whatever reason, I never make it for just my small family at home. It just seems like it's reserved for special occasions when the whole extended family … [Read More...]

4th of July Cupcake Fondant Toppers

4th of July Fondant Cupcake Toppers

My 4th of July fondant cupcake toppers are just one of TONS of creative, delicious and beautiful red, white and blue posts included in this blog hop! I'm so excited to be partnering with some of my very favorite bloggers to bring these holiday goodies to you. Be sure to check out the links at the … [Read More...]

Peanut butter popcorn

Peanut Butter Popcorn

This recipe for peanut butter popcorn will change your life for the better! I feel like I'm channeling a little Wicked there. Go ahead, sing to your popcorn, "Because I knew you. I have been changed for good!" It is that good. You will be belting out Broadway tunes while simultaneously … [Read More...]

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10 Ways to Keep Cool in Summer

I am a Project Envolve ambassador and receive product and/or compensation for these posts. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own! Our top 10 ways to keep cool in the summer without a sky high energy bill! Summer, oh summer. I feel like we wait all year for you and then you arrive in a … [Read More...]

10 must haves for summer vacation

10 Must Haves for Summer Vacation!

Today I'm sharing our 10 must haves to make our summer vacation more enjoyable and fun! 1) We must have a plan! It doesn't have to be strict. It doesn't have to be rigid. But I know our personalities, and if we just coast into summer vacation without any ideas of how we want it to go then we … [Read More...]

Bathtime is Comfortable with Sterling Prevail

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Let's get in our DeLorean for a second and go back in time to when my kids were little and still needed help with bath time. I'll set the scene: kids in water, splashing around and having a grand … [Read More...]

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Sweet Corn and Shrimp Salad with Avocado

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sunshine Sweet Corn from Florida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. This sweet corn and shrimp salad in an avocado boat is my take on one of my favorite sandwiches at a restaurant we go to … [Read More...]