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Tips for a Successful Toddler Birthday

About six months ago my youngest, who just turned three started talking about having a rainbow birthday party.  She has not wavered from that request once.  I’ve done the themed birthday parties over the years and love them, but they’re a lot of work so this year we’re trying something a bit different and I’m sharing my tips for a successful toddler birthday with you so that it’s easy for you …continue reading


Last Day of School Coloring Printables

Hello, it’s Kati from Houseful of Handmade. Is anyone else doing the “School’s almost out” happy dance? I think I am more excited for school to be over than my kids. They are worried about missing their teachers and friends, and all I can think about is lazy summer days. But I am jumping the gun because school is not out yet. We still have a couple weeks. Since I …continue reading


Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers with Onion Strings

Need the perfect burger for your next barbecue?  These Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers with Onion Strings are just what a crowd ordered.  These burgers are loved by my whole family {including my picky girls} thanks to Johnsonville Grillers. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers Johnsonville is a brand that makes an appearance two to three times a week in my house.  Johnsonville sausage was the first meat that both of my girls …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 221

Can you believe Memorial Day is next weekend?  Summer is here and I am so looking forward to it.  I couldn’t resist this Patriotic Red White & Blue Fudge by A Cultivated Nest as my top pick from last week’s party.  So simple, yet so cute!   If you’re ready to party,  just click below to join on in and be sure to follow along with me on Facebook ! …continue reading

How to Transition to a Toddler Bed

Is it time to move your toddler into a big bed?  After struggling with this transition the first time around with our oldest daughter, we’ve figured out how to make the transition to a toddler bed easier.  Thanks to REM-Fit for partnering with us to truly understand how easy the transition could be. How to Transition to a Toddler Bed First things first, my youngest, Avery, has never been a …continue reading


8 Steps to an Organized Home Office

Maintaining an organized home office doesn’t have to be a boring, arduous process. It can be done in 8 simple steps! An organized home office will save you time, frustration, and help you to be more productive. So, let’s get to it! 8 Steps to an Organized Home Office   #1 Clear Your Desk Surface Think about the times you’ve walked into your home office (or wherever you work at …continue reading


Tips for 5K Training with a Toddler

Struggling to get back to running after having kiddos?  I’m sharing my secrets with my Tips for 5K Training with a Toddler.  Thanks to Joovy for partnering with me I’m able to give my insight. Tips for 5K Training with a Toddler This August I will celebrate my tenth wedding anniversary.  It has gone by in a flash. When Joe and I got married we knew that kids were in …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 220

Any time the ice cream truck comes by I always have to have a Strawberry Crunch Bar.  I’ve passed my love of them onto my girls as well.  A strawberry crunch bar just got taken to a whole new level with this Strawberry Crunch Bar Ice Cream Cake from Cincy Shopper.  It is an absolute show stopper and my number one pick from last week’s Whimsy Wednesdays.  Can you blame …continue reading

Fish Tacos with Corn Salad

The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Powered By: Are fish tacos intimidating to you?  These fish tacos with corn salad and slaw will be the easiest meal you make this week and it’ll look like you slated for hours.  With fresh ingredients and easy cooking fish tacos will become part of your regular weekly meal plan. Fish Tacos …continue reading


Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes make a breakfast when they are right – and these are right! Crispy outsides, soft insides. A little salty. Put them beside your eggs and bacon or under them! Breakfast Potatoes   There was a time that I thought Breakfast Potatoes were created magically by diners everywhere. When I tried to make them at home, they ended up too soft and the potatoes would tear apart or just …continue reading


5 Great Ways to Enjoy Pimento Cheese

Hey everyone! This is Brian from This Cookin’ Dad. With summer soon approaching, we’ll be scrambling for easy recipes that we can take with us to backyard parties and potlucks. So, I have 5 great ways that you can use pimento cheese to feed a crowd or just for an easy meal at home. 5 Great Ways to Enjoy Pimento Cheese   In the south, you grow up with certain …continue reading


Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist

Looking to take your hot dogs to the next level?  These Carolina Slaw Dogs will knock your socks off with the crispy maple, flavor of bacon and the homemade, sweetness of the slaw. Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist We will officially have lived in North Carolina one year June 1st.  It has all gone by so fast.  I know the expression, “In the blink of an eye” seems silly, …continue reading

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