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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Quinoa Pizza Bites

Quinoa Pizza Bites are a healthy pizza alternative. This easy, kid-friendly and gluten-free recipe makes the perfect nutritious meal, snack or appetizer! Quinoa Pizza Bites   Kid-Friendly Quinoa Pizza Bites Eureka! I found it! A healthy recipe every single one of my 4 adorable, yet discerning kids like. And it’s super easy to make! It’s like finding gold! Hi, it’s Erin from Suburban Simplicity. I wanted to share my secret …continue reading

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How Summers have Changed from Carefree to Safety-Conscious

I’m a thirty-something mom with two little girls that can’t get over how summers have changed from carefree to safety-conscious over the last thirty years.  I vividly remember running through the neighborhood with no shoes, no cares and minimal supervision except my mom peaking through the window to check to make sure we were in the neighbor’s backyard.  I’m barely comfortable letting my girls go in our fenced-in backyard to …continue reading

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Whimsy Wednesdays 223

This is our last week of school and I am beyond excited to have my girls home for some fun Summer fun.  With that being said, this will be the last Whimsy Wednesdays for the Summer.  We will pick back up in the Fall, but with two busy kiddos home I know I need the extra time with them.  In order to celebrate the official welcome of Summer, I’m celebrating …continue reading

6 Tips for Family Road Trips

Are you planning a family road trip in the near future? We have learned a thing or two about road trips since our move from NY to NC. I’m sharing our Tips for Family Road Trips because there is nothing worse than needing a vacation after a vacation. 6 Tips for Family Road Trips 1. Make everything accessible. Whether you’re traveling just you and the kids, which I’ve done numerous …continue reading

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