Quick breakfast options and an easy guide to early morning fun with kids

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Everyone in our home is usually awake early but my daughter likes to take her time getting ready and is easily agitated when I try to rush her. During the middle of summer in Arizona, it's nearly impossible to do anything outdoors during the day. My daughter loves visiting the Phoenix zoo but does not necessarily like being rushed in the morning to get there. Early activities require planning and my easy guide to early morning fun with kids makes it simple as parents. Breakfast is an essential Read More... {Read More...}

Twinkies Recipe: Frozen Twinkie Pops, celebrating the new Twinkies cookbook

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Twinkies. I received samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I grew up knowing there would always be a stash of Twinkies on the top shelf of our kitchen pantry. While they weren't an everyday snack, it was always exciting when my two younger brothers and I enjoyed the treat on warm summer days. Since the historic comeback of Twinkies last summer, Hostess has baked Read More... {Read More...}

Grill for America – help me win a donation to my local food bank

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Who doesn't love to grill in the summer? It's great for family meals and entertaining. It gets you outside with the warm weather. For me, it also means I don't have a big messy kitchen to clean after cooking dinner. In Arizona, it's warm all day and into the evening during the summer. We've been enjoying late dinners from the grill and having some fun with new marinades and hot & spicy mustard. The global flavors of World Harbors Marinades and the bold El Diablo Read More... {Read More...}

VitaFrute Cocktails drink recipe: Light Watermelon Lemonade

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Disclosure: I received complimentary products and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. The following content is for readers 21 years of age and older. It's hot outside and I'm ready to host a Girls Night In with my some of my favorite friends. The thought of wine just isn't appealing because of the summer heat but are my friends going to appreciate a cocktail packed with sugar and calories? Probably not. This summer my Girls Night In will feature VitaFrute Read More... {Read More...}

Tropical Refresher, begin your day with the benefits of almond milk

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We easily could go through several gallons of dairy milk a day in our house. My daughter loves milk and happily drinks it with each snack and meal. We are very fortunate to not have any dairy allergies causing us to avoid milk but drinking too much gives my daughter a tummy ache and she is consuming unnecessary calories and fat. With out forcing her to completely reduce her milk consumption, I made an easy switch to alternating her favorite drink with Silk Almondmilk. She is happy with Read More... {Read More...}

Layered Cookie Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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When I saw the Spoonful Chocolate Chip Ice Box Cake Recipe I knew I needed to make it for an upcoming barbecue. I made a few changes to the original recipe and was thrilled by my pretty layered cookie ice cream cake! It was popular at the barbecue and I've already had follow up requests from my family. The layered cookie ice cream cake recipe is easy to follow, delicious served with cookie dough ice cream, and will definitely be a new summer dessert favorite! Layered cookie ice cream Read More... {Read More...}