Get it Right to Make it Tight – How to Perform a Burpee


Burpees are basically the most dreaded exercise of them all.  Every time you hear someone talking about them, it is usually about how heinous they are or how hated.  Love them (weirdo!) or hate them, we should all do them for a simple reason...they kick your butt.  In a good way!  They are a full body workout that you can do for free, anywhere and they work your chest, arms, deltoids, thighs, … [Read more...]

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie


Okay, so I hate to be a whiner, but it is hot.  While we are waiting and waiting and waiting for our pool to be built, I have been looking for other ways to keep cool this summer.  Starting my day off with a smoothie (or really just enjoying one anytime!) has been a big help, but there are only so many green smoothies a girl can drink before she starts to look for some alternatives.  Thankfully, I … [Read more...]

Summer in a Glass


Oh man, this is a busy week around here.  Between two super quick trips, lots of driving, three of us participating in a mud run and our back to school breakfast, all on top of our already hectic lives, I am going to need a drink or two to make it through.  And since my family has a HUGE surprise coming soon (we are putting in an inground pool, but shh...don't tell my kids!), I am in the mood for … [Read more...]

DIY Ruler Box (perfect for supplies or gifts)


I've got a confession to make...I love school supplies.  Ever since I was a young child, I can remember going back to school shopping and agonizing over which Trapper Keeper (haha, I'm dating myself, here) to get and if the mechanical pencils that matched it would last for the entire school year.  Notebooks, scissors, pens and rulers...I love it all and to this day get excited when I get to stock … [Read more...]

Mini Masterpieces with Squirt Gun Art


Holy cow, summer is flying by for us.  My kids go to a year round school, so the last few weeks have been spent uniform and supply shopping.  Blech.  To keep the spirit of summer alive, we decided to go outside into the blistering heat and create some fun mini masterpieces with squirt guns.  It was so much fun for all of us and the kids have a lasting piece of summer that they can hang on to when … [Read more...]

The Secret to Perfect Kabobs


Kabobs are one of my favorite things to grill in the summer months.  I love using lots of bright, colorful veggies to add not only fantastic flavors, but also to look gorgeous when plated.  But there is one major problem with kabob cooking...nothing is the same size or shape and each ingredient requires different cooking times.  Nothing comes out right when it's all together.  It's enough to drive … [Read more...]

Printable Hiking Scavenger Hunt for Summer Fun


Summer vacation is always chock full of adventure for my family. Between traveling, more outdoor time and many an hour spent poolside, my kiddos make the most of their time off. This summer finds us in Colorado visiting family and enjoying some family hiking. We've actually been hiking so much that I created a little printable hiking scavenger hunt for the kids. We've been having a blast … [Read more...]

Minions Lunch (Inspired by Mott’s)


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. #MottsAndMinions #CollectiveBias.  Mott's is a registered trademark of Mott's LLP.   My kiddos were so excited to find some fun Minion's themed Mott's products while we were walking through Food Lion the other day.   We … [Read more...]

Family Tree Log Slice Guest Book


My grandparents just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past weekend.  Yes, 60 years!!!  It's such an incredible accomplishment and we were so lucky to have a big family party to celebrate them and their love.  We had 2 of their 3 children, 5 of the 8 grandchildren (2 are out of the country) and all 5 of their great grandkids in attendance and we wanted to be sure to have a guest book … [Read more...]

Gourmet Flavored Ice Cubes


As boring as my kids think it is, I try to keep my family drinking water 90% of the time.  My kids love juice and sweet tea (anything that is sweet, if I am honest), but I know how much added sugar is in those drinks so I rarely allow them in the house.  But sometimes we are wanting something more than water.  A little flavor in water goes a long way, and fresh fruit is such a great way to add it. … [Read more...]

The Importance of Me Time


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ArtisanFlavors #CollectiveBias As a busy wife and mom to three, I rarely take time to paper myself.  Between PTO meetings, hockey and lacrosse practice, heaping mountains of laundry and dishes and trying to keep up with the blog, there is not a lot of time left over for me.  But every now … [Read more...]

Dollar Store Mirror Planters


I love a good dollar store craft!  It's so awesome to create something that you adore and know that it cost you just a couple of bucks.  When I was walking the aisles at my local dollar store the other day looking for supplies for a project that I am posting soon, I found these little mirrors in the candle section.  I'd seen quite a few tutorials floating around on Pinterest using 12x12 tiles to … [Read more...]