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5 Tips for Sun Protection

Planning on enjoying the sun this summer?  With two little girls with very different skin types because their mother is a fair, Irish girl and their father tans from minimal sun, I worry about sun protection starting in early Spring.  I’ve learned a ton about keeping my girls protected.  These 5 Tips for Sun Protection will have you covered all summer long. This is a sponsored post written on behalf of …continue reading


Why NOW is the Right Time for a Dog

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Beneful for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Thought about a family dog, but there’s never the perfect time?   We struggled with finding the right time for our family until we finally came to a conclusion.  There’s a very good reason why NOW is the right time for a dog for your family. Why NOW is the Right …continue reading


How to Make this Summer one to Remember

Do you feel like summer is slipping by even though it just got started?  We’ve officially been on summer break two weeks and I feel like it’s almost over because we have so much planned.  We have a ton of traveling as well as family and friends visiting us.  I’m determined to bring my kids back to the summers that I remember.  I don’t know if it’s me getting older or …continue reading


Summer Sangria

Looking for a refreshing beverage? This Summer Sangria is the perfect option with crisp, refreshing flavors and pretty seasonal ice cubes that take it up a notch. This may contain affiliate links. Summer Sangria Last week I promised I would share my Summer Sangria that I made over Memorial Day Weekend when I made my Strawberry Pink Velvet Gooey Bars.  It was the perfect refreshing beverage that was just a …continue reading


Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Looking for an easy and light weeknight meal?  These Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are bursting with flavor and are still skinny so they’ll keep you on track! Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps Warm weather for us means lighter food, which is why I love lettuce wraps this time of year.  You don’t lose out on any of the flavor and you also don’t have that heavy feeling after dinner.  We always …continue reading


Tips for a Successful Family Move

Moving can bring a flurry of emotions.  I know it certainly did for me when we moved from NY to NC last year.  I learned a lot along the way and now that the dust has settled these are my top tips for a successful family move. Thanks to Acorn Influence and Proctor & Gamble for partnering with us on these tips. Tips for a Successful Family Move When we …continue reading


Strawberry Pink Velvet Gooey Bars

Not sure what to bring as a dessert to the next get together?  These Strawberry Pink Velvet Gooey Bars will have everyone asking for the recipe.  With a strawberry shortcake flavor and a gooey cookie like texture, you just can’t go wrong! This may contain affiliate links. Strawberry Pink Velvet Gooey Bars As of June first my family and I have officially lived in NC for one year.  In order …continue reading

Best Books for Summer Road Trips

Traveling with the family this Summer and looking for the best books for the whole family? Check out our Best Books for Summer Road Trips List for a family friendly list.  Not only will your road trip go smoothly, but you’ll be entertained as well! Best Books for Summer Road Trips In the past year, I have come to value my time a great deal more than I have in …continue reading


South of the Border Deviled Eggs

Not sure what to serve as an easy appetizer?  These South of the Border Deviled Eggs are the perfect appetizer with a kicking flavor.  Hey there! This is Brian from This Cookin’ Dad. You know, one of my favorite food trends these days is deviled eggs. Home cooks and chefs alike are doing crazy, inventive things with deviled eggs. You wouldn’t believe my surprise the first time I saw deviled …continue reading


Pet Cleaning Tips

Looking for a natural way to clean up after your pets?   These pet cleaning tips will save you time and money.  We’ve learned from experience! Pet Cleaning Tips About a month ago we added a new member to our family.  Meet Charlie!  He is an Australian Shepherd that is as cute as can be, that creates messes just about everywhere he goes.  We’ve quickly adjusted from being a no …continue reading


Whipped Goat Cheese and Avocado Breakfast Toast

Whipped goat cheese and avocado breakfast toast is an elevated play on traditional avocado toast. Tangy goat cheese and luscious avocado are whipped into a creamy perfection and then spread on a crunchy piece of sourdough toast. Fresh peach and apricot slices lay on top and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and sprinkling of micro greens are the cherries on top! Whipped Goat Cheese and Avocado Breakfast Toast     …continue reading


Spring Vegetable Platter

In need of a vegetable platter that screams freshness and Spring?   This Spring Flower Vegetable Platter is simple to throw together and so good!  Plus, it let’s the wholesome goodness of your vegetables be the star while the  Marzetti® Southwest Ranch Dip adds some creamy flavor. Spring Vegetable Platter One of my favorite snacks to put out for barbecue and playdates are fresh vegetables.  I’m big on presenting them …continue reading

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