Easy taco soup (Instant Pot + slow cooker directions)

This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot…it’s the perfect weeknight meal.This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot...it's the perfect weeknight meal.I know. It’s July and I’m posting a soup recipe. What am I thinking? Here’s the deal…this is one of the only soups I still make in the summertime because it’s so quick and easy, and something about the Mexican flavors makes it feel like it belongs in the heat. Plus, if you make it in the Instant Pot, you avoid heating up your house…which I’m avoiding at all costs these days. Continue reading

Best deals at Costco: 16 things I always buy (and a few to skip)

Are you a Costco shopper? The key to buying in bulk is knowing what’s really a good deal, and what’s not. Here are the best deals at Costco…and what to leave on the shelf.Are you a Costco shopper? The key to buying in bulk is knowing what's really a good deal, and what's not. Here are the best deals at Costco...and what to buy elsewhere.

I LOVE Costco. I can’t help it. I was raised in a family of five kids where “Costco Runs” (as we called them) were an institution. Early on, my mom taught me the joy of Costco samples, and I would usually ask to go with her to the store just so I could try out all the yummy foods I could snatch from those red-and-white-checkered tables. Continue reading

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

This super simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen and cooling down on hot summer days.

This super simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen and cooling down on hot summer days. Note: This post includes affiliate links to products I have used and loved, but as always feel free to shop around for the best deals. See my disclosure to learn more.

It’s Friday again–HOORAY! Do you have fun weekend plans? Here in Utah, we’re gearing up to celebrate Pioneer Day. I didn’t grow up in Utah with this holiday, but I’m always up for another celebration…so bring on the parades and parties! Continue reading

Four Days in London – Our trip of a lifetime…part 2

Here  are the best bits of the second half of our trip to the UK–four days in London. Travel tips & pictures for wanderlust fulfillment included! It’s been almost two weeks now since my husband and I returned from our amazing whirlwind trip to the UK. The jet lag is gone (thank goodness), and we’re settling back into normal life as the parents of two kids (with number three increasingly making us aware that he’s on his way).  Continue reading

Life lessons from the sandbox & my purpose in mothering

Do you ever find yourself wondering WHY you do all the daily tasks that keep you busy as a mom? Here’s what I learned about my purpose in mothering…all while digging in the sandbox.You you ever find yourself wondering WHY you do all the things you do as a mom? Here's what I learned about my purpose in mothering...all while digging in the sandbox. On summer evenings, I love to take my boys outside to play after dinner. The heat of the day starts to subside, and once the sun dips below the roof line of the house, we can venture outdoors without melting. For that little time before bed, we can kick a ball around, check the fruits of our little garden, and dig in the sandbox in our shady backyard.  Continue reading

Four days in Scotland: Our trip of a lifetime–part 1

Here are the highlights of our four days in Scotland during our recent “trip of a lifetime” to the UK. Travel tips & pictures for wanderlust fulfillment included! 

In my last post, I mentioned that I’d be taking a few weeks off from blogging while my husband and I went on our “trip of a lifetime” together. We spent ten days hopping around Scotland and England together and having an incredible adventure. Now we’re back, and I have TONS of fun ideas to share with you in the coming weeks (LONG plane rides = lots of writing/brainstorming time).  Continue reading

The ultimate guide to preparing for travel WITHOUT your kids

If you’re planning a trip without your kids, you know there’s a lot to get ready. Use this step-by-step checklist and free printable caregiver’s handbook to ensure that all is well while you’re away. If you're planning a trip without your kids, you know there's a lot to get ready. Use this step-by-step checklist and free printable caregiver's handbook to ensure that all is well while you're away.

We take lots of trips together as a family. If you’ve been around here long, you’ve seen the details of our travels to Oregon, Florida, and various places around our home state of Utah. I love traveling with my kids. They are troopers on the road, and I’ve been amazed by how much we’ve been able to do and see around the world with small children in tow. BUT, there is also something to be said for traveling without your kids. Continue reading

Traveling with Kids: What to Do in Sunriver, Oregon

Looking for a great location for a family vacation or reunion? Check out Sunriver, Oregon! Here are 10+ family-friendly activities to do when traveling with kids in and around Sunriver!Looking for a great location for a family vacation or reunion? Check out Sunriver, Oregon! Here are 10+ family-friendly activities to do when traveling with kids in and around Sunriver!

I’ve been absent from the blog for a week, but it’s with good reason. We’ve been traveling again…this time to a family reunion in Sunriver, Oregon! Despite how much work it is to get everything ready when traveling with kids, I love a good adventure. Plus, this reunion was with my parents, my siblings, and their families, so I was highly motivated to make it happen.

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Kid-friendly Asian Grilled Chicken Salad {easy 20 minute meal}

Hot summer days demand quick and easy meals that still pack a flavorful punch. This 20-minute Asian grilled chicken salad is perfect for those hot weeknights when you don’t want to turn on the stove.Hot summer days need quick and easy meals that still pack a flavorful punch. This 20-minute Asian grilled chicken salad is perfect for those hot weeknights when you don't want to turn on the stove.

Note: This post includes affiliate links to products I have used and loved, but as always feel free to shop around for the best deals. See my disclosure to learn more.

The weather has finally turned warm for us here in Utah. May was unseasonably cold, but now we’re getting temperatures in the 80s and 90s. This week we broke out the kiddie pool, went to a splash pad, and did an experiment with melting crayons in the sunshine on our back deck. Welcome summer! Continue reading

Summer Bucket List BINGO

Plan a fun-filled summer for your family with this free printable summer bingo game. Use my version, or customize it with your own bucket list to keep track of all your summer adventures!Plan a fun-filled summer for your family with this free printable summer bingo game. Use my version, or customize it with your own bucket list to keep track of all your summer adventures!Happy summer! Okay, I know that technically summer starts June 20th, but the de facto start of summer is definitely whenever school gets out. So, here we are! Yesterday we started our first “mommy school” theme for the summer–learning all about the sun! Continue reading