Meatball sliders (Kid-sized food)


This twist on a classic meatball sandwich is perfectly kid-sized and fun for everyone. Plus, it comes together SUPER fast for a great weeknight dinner.

This twist on a classic meatball sandwich is perfectly kid-sized and fun for everyone. Plus, it comes together SUPER fast for a great weeknight dinner.

It was Monday, and it was getting dangerously close to the time I needed to make dinner or face the wrath of hungry, cranky kids. I’m usually pretty good about planning our meals ahead of time, but I hadn’t gotten around to planning that week yet. So I started wracking my brain. Continue reading

Travel felt board set: one-hour tutorial + free printable templates!

If you’re traveling with kids, this travel felt board is a super quick DIY craft that makes a great activity for kids stuck on a plane or in a car. Less than one hour to make and under five dollars…you can’t beat that!

If you're traveling with kids, this travel felt board is a quick DIY craft that makes a great activity for kids stuck on a plane or in a car. It costs less than five dollars, takes less than an hour to make, and will save your sanity when you're on the go with little ones this summer!Summer is going to be here soon, and for lots of families that means VACATIONS! I love to travel. I get a thrill out of seeing new places and experiencing different cultures, even within my own country.

Traveling with two kids under four can be tricky, but it really is doable. With kids three and under, we’ve gone to Vancouver, Disneyland, San Francisco, and Boston. We’ve done thirteen-hour car rides and five-hour plane rides. It takes planning, but travel with little kids can be a lot of fun. Continue reading

Regrets I can live with…

Sometimes you have to give up something good for something better.Regrets I can live with copy

My garden is sprouting right now. I get so excited every year at this time when I see the leaves poking up through the soil. As they start to grow, though, I notice that some of the plants are too close together. It’s a strategy in gardening to sow extra seeds to make sure that you have enough to succeed, knowing that you’ll pull out the extra seedlings after you can see how many are growing well. Continue reading

How to make a dinosaur birthday cake

Have a dinosaur-loving birthday boy or girl? This dino cake will make them roar for joy!Have a dino-loving birthday boy or girl? This dinosaur world cake will make them roar for joy!

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I love decorating cakes. I’m no professional, mind you, but my mom is super talented and taught me a few things over the years as I watched her decorate cakes for weddings, birthdays, and whatever other occasion people asked her for cakes. She taught me about different kinds of cake tips and introduced me to the world of gel food coloring. Continue reading

Dinosaur birthday party: a real mom’s guide

Have a dino-loving birthday boy or girl? Here is your complete guide to planning a dino-mite party, perfect for real moms who don’t want to spend a fortune to throw a great bash!Have a dino-loving birthday boy or girl? Here is your complete guide to planning a dino-mite party, perfect for real moms who don't want to spend a fortune to throw a great bash!

Little Man turned four last week. I can hardly believe that he’s already that old! He’s certainly taken me on a roller coaster through motherhood the last four years, but I sure love him. He’s a crazy rough-and-tumble kid with a great sense of humor and a huge heart. Continue reading

Homemade pizza dough + my favorite toppings

If you’ve ever wondered how to make homemade pizza dough, this is the perfect fail-proof recipe. It yields delicious homemade pizza every time that you can customize with whatever sauce and toppings you choose. Use it for make-your-own pizza parties or for Friday night pizza with the family.

If you've ever wondered how to make homemade pizza dough, this is the perfect fail-proof recipe. It yields delicious homemade pizza every time that you can customize with whatever sauce and toppings you choose. Use it for make-your-own pizza parties or for Friday night pizza with the family. Enjoy!I love homemade pizza, but when I told my husband one weekend several years ago that I wanted to make it, he looked at me with his I’m-not-thrilled-about-this-idea-but-I-don’t-want-to-ruin-your-obvious-excitement look. Do you know the look I’m talking about? I was confused (I mean, pizza is awesome!), but as I talked to him, he explained that whenever he made homemade pizza growing up the center was always doughy Continue reading

How to beat a bad mood and get back to being a happy mom

What do you do when you’re in a funk and there’s no one to relieve you from mommy duty?  Here are my top tips for how to beat a bad mood & get back to being a happy mom.

what do you do when you're in a funk and there's no one to relieve you from mommy duty? Here are my top tips for how to beat a bad mood & get back to being a happy mom.Some days, I just don’t want to be the mom anymore. Whether it’s that I didn’t get enough sleep, have something stressing me out, or am just overwhelmed by all the demands of motherhood, sometimes I just want to hide in my room with something yummy to eat and a good book, and let the rest of the world melt away. Continue reading

Fun sidewalk chalk games to play outside

Take your learning outside and try these fun sidewalk chalk games to play with kids.

Take your learning outside and try these fun sidewalk chalk games to play outside with kids.

It’s almost summer! Whether you have kids in school who will be home all day starting soon, or, like me, you just still have the two same little hoodlums to entertain all day, today’s post will give you some fun ideas to make summer a blast. Continue reading

My Favorite Breakfast Burrito

These simple breakfast burritos make for a protein & veggie packed breakfast, or an awesome 10 minute dinner for those nights that you just don't have the energy to cook.Happy Friday again, everyone! I love when we finally get to weekends. Weekends mean more time to cook good food because my husband is around to watch the kids. Or, sometimes it means cooking really simple stuff so we have more time to do any of a million other fun things TOGETHER as a family. Continue reading

To the women who have gone before

I gain strength and wisdom as I consider the many women who have gone before me, paving the way for my own journey through womanhood and motherhood.Sometimes this motherhood gig is hard. Sometimes I want to close the door to my room and pretend like I don’t have dinner to make, laundry to fold, and kids who need constant attention. In those moments, sometimes the only thing that keeps me from falling to the floor is the knowledge that I’m not the first to feel that way–the knowledge that I’m preceded by generations of women who have fought the same battles I fight today. Continue reading