How to make perfectly creamy mashed potatoes

For Thanksgiving dinner or any other time of year, these eight tips from a mashed potato pro will ensure you get perfectly creamy mashed potatoes every time.For Thanksgiving dinner or any other time of year, these ### tips will help you get perfectly creamy mashed potatoes every time. One of my favorite Christmas movies is While You Were Sleeping. Do you remember the scene where they are all gathered around the dinner table having a completely absurd conversation about tall actors dotted by random comments about the mashed potatoes?

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Gift Guide for Kids Who Love Cars and Trucks

For the child in your life who loves all things that go, this gift guide will give you plenty of ideas for car and truck gifts that are sure to be a hit.

For the child in your life who loves all things that go, this gift guide for kids who love cars and trucks will give you plenty of ideas that are sure to be a hit.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom of boys (okay, there are a lot of things, but this one is way up at the top), it’s that the attraction to cars and trucks is completely inborn. I’ve always been a big proponent of encouraging boys and girls to be interested in whatever they want rather than being beholden to gender stereotypes. However, without any encouragement from me, my boys have all gravitated toward playing with cars and trucks.  Continue reading

Apple Sausage Stuffing: the perfect Thanksgiving side dish

This light and fluffy apple sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s so good, you’ll want to make it more than once a year.This light and fluffy apple sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It's so good, you'll want to make it more than once a year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Food, family, and giving thanks for the many blessings I’ve been given. Simple. Non-commercialized. Delicious. You can’t get better than that. Continue reading

16 Not-Too-Scary Halloween Books Kids Will Love

These 16 Halloween books are festive, fun, and just spooky enough to keep kids on the edge of their seats…but not enough to keep them up at night. just spooky enough to keep kids on the edge of their seats, but not enough to keep them up at night.

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Confession: I don’t really like Halloween. It’s my least favorite holiday of the year. I just don’t understand the fascination some people have for scary, undead, and/or gory things. I have far too vivid an imagination to be able to deal with anything frightening; even as an adult, I still get nightmares if I watch scary movies. Continue reading

How to Decorate Fun Halloween Treats in Five Minutes or Less

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Ready for Halloween? These festive Halloween treats can be made in less than five minutes, and they’re perfect for class parties, neighbor gifts, or trick-or-treaters!Ready for Halloween? These festive Halloween treats can be made in less than five minutes, and they're perfect for class parties, neighbor gifts, or trick-or-treaters!

It’s just about a week away from Halloween! Are you ready? I have one costume done (because I borrowed it), one partially done (because I have to get the parts I couldn’t borrow), and one not yet started. I guess I better get busy. Continue reading

Caramel Cream Cheese Yogurt Dip

This three-ingredient caramel cream cheese yogurt dip makes a perfect afternoon snack or holiday party treat to share. This three-ingredient caramel cream cheese yogurt dip makes a perfect afternoon snack or holiday party treat to share.

Truth: nursing a baby makes me hungry. all. the. time. I know this shouldn’t surprise me since this my third child, but I am still amazed at how much my body craves nourishment while trying to feed another little person.  Continue reading

The Great Pumpkin Race: A Halloween preschool activity

Help your preschooler learn to count using this simple printable preschool game. Race to fill up your pumpkin patch before Halloween arrives, and then race again to sell your crop.Help your preschooler learn to count using this simple printable preschool game. Race to fill up your pumpkin patch before Halloween arrives, and then race again to sell your crop.This game was inspired by a random impulse buy in Target’s dollar spot. I was there a couple of weeks ago with my two younger boys (mama NEEDED to get out of the house and Little Brother needed jeans for winter) when I was lured into the dollar spot by the promise of cute, inexpensive Halloween decor. Oh, Target…you’re a dangerous place.

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Easy Homemade Pear Applesauce (Instant Pot)

This easy homemade applesauce is even tastier with the addition of super-sweet pears, and  it’s totally fool-proof with the use of the ever-popular Instant Pot. It’s a perfect snack to make with your kids this fall.This easy homemade applesauce is made even tastier with the addition of super-sweet pears and totally fool-proof with the use of the ever-popular Instant Pot. It's a perfect snack to make with your kids this fall.

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It’s fall! I’m not quite sure when we made the transition from summer to fall because I was lost in the haze of postpartum recovery and sleep-deprivation. I feel like I walked into the hospital in the heat of summer, and emerged from my house a month later in a totally different season. Continue reading

You know you’re a mom of three young kids when…

Being a mom of three kids is its own brand of chaos. Here are a few of the funny (and sadly true) realizations I’ve had in my first month as a mom of three little boys.Being a mom of three kids is its own brand of chaos. Here are a few of the funny (and sadly true) realizations I've had in my first month as a mom of three little boys.Before we had our third child, people always told me how hard it is to have three kids. As parents, you’re finally outnumbered. As the daily caregiver, you no longer have enough hands to hold on to all of the children at once when you’re walking across a parking lot. Not even the Costco shopping carts can hold all the kids you have in tow. Continue reading

3 simple tips to save money when you have a baby

Babies are expensive. There is no way around that…however, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars during your baby’s first year by following these three tips.Babies are expensive. There is no way around that...however, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars during your baby's first year by following these three tips.For being such little people, babies sure cost a lot of money. According to a 2010 USDA report, families spend an average of $12,000 on child-related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. What?! That’s almost twice the cost of my first car!  Continue reading