Fresh and Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Fresh and Easy Bruschetta Recipe - Made from garden fresh ingredients. A delicious appetizer and perfect accompaniment to your summer dish. #BistroBowlsForMe [Ad]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BistroBowlsForMe #CollectiveBias One of the best things about marrying into an Italian family is the food. Italian stereotypes? Forget about it (said in my best wiseguy voice).  But really, my in-laws can whip up some of the best tasting food […]

This Is How We Roll Link Party #21

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Welcome to the This Is How We Roll Thursday Link Party! We appreciate that you are here to inspire and be inspired. Remember – each featured post will be shared on all four of the hosts’ Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts and will be pinned on the This Is How We Roll Featured Pinterest […]

DIY Pool Storage – Uses for Empty Cat Litter Container

DIY Pool Storage Container - Looking for uses for cat litter containers? This easy DIY project gives you many different organizing and storage options.

A friend of mine, Cynthia at Feeding Big and I have a good-natured challenge going on today.  We gave each other recycled items to upcycle into anything we wanted.  You have got to see the gorgeous and easy Wine Bottle to vase DIY Project that Cynthia created with her recycled item.   I received a kitty litter […]

Cap’n Crunch Quest Sweepstakes and Dollar General

Capn Crunch Quest and Dollar General #CapnCrunchQuest [Ad]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CapnCrunchQuest #CollectiveBias My kids love eating Cap’n Crunch cereal as a special treat. With the Cap’n Crunch Quest Sweepstakes going on at Dollar General, it’s the perfect time to surprise my family with a treat. Help the Cap’n […]

How to Prepare for Last-Minute Entertaining

Easy tips on how to prepare for last minute entertaining. #TweetFromTheSeat, #IC [Ad}

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All content and thoughts are my own. Summer around our house means friends and family drop by unexpectedly, sometimes even from out-of-town.  I look […]

6 Summer Travel Tips from a Military Family

Summer Travel Tips from a Military Family -Organize your summer travel plans to save money and have fun. #Save4Summer [Ad]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Save4Summer #CollectiveBias I don’t know about your family, but for our family summertime means travel.  As a military family, we’re often moving across country (or the world) during the summer. During the summers that we’re not moving, […]

This Is How We Roll Link Party #20

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Happy Thursday and welcome to the This Is How We Roll Thursday Link Party! We appreciate that you’re here to inspire and be inspired.   Each featured post will be shared on 4 Twitter accounts, 4 Facebook accounts, 4 G+ accounts, on the This Is How We Roll Featured Pinterest board and 4 additional Pinterest […]

9 Cyber Safety Tips from Boys & Girls Clubs of America

9 Cyber Safety Tips from Boys & Girls Clubs of America #CyberSafe #IC [ad}

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Like most families, our house is filled with technology.  Teaching our children to be safe and responsible while using technology has been an important goal of our […]

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn DIY Plant Pot

Make a DIY Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn and use it to make DIY Plant Pot . A fun kids' craft and super fun creative craft.

With warm weather here and summer vacation looming ahead, I’ve been planning fun summer DIY projects that I can make with my kiddos.  I decided to to design a 2-step craft project (that way I could spend more crafting time with my children) and create a Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn DIY Plant Pot. Did you know that […]

DIY On-the-Go Sunscreen Kit

Make a DIY On-the-Go Sunscreen Kit for your family's summertime outdoor activities #bestsummerever#IC (ad)

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Banana Boat®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Summer, summer, summertime means summer fun and family reunions. When I think back to my favorite childhood memories most of them revolve around […]

This Is How We Roll Link Party #19

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Welcome to the This Is How We Roll Thursday Link Party! We appreciate that you’ve come to join us and inspire us by sharing your family friendly links. Each featured post will be shared on 4 Twitter accounts, 4 Facebook accounts, 4 G+ accounts, on the This Is How We Roll Featured Pinterest board and 4 […]

Summer Salad – Garden Vegetables and Bacon

Summer Salad with Garden Vegetables & bacon- perfect for summer cookouts, barbecues and picnics

Do you plant your own garden? I don’t because every time I’ve gotten ready to plant one we’ve gotten orders and moved, so I’ve learned to depend on my local farmer’s market for fresh summer vegetables.  Using garden vegetables in this summer salad with bacon makes it the perfect dish for barbecues and summer cookouts. […]

Donate a New Baby Gift Bag Checklist

Donate a New Baby Gift Bag - #MagicBabyMoments #Ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MagicBabyMoments #CollectiveBias My oldest “baby” is just finishing her first year of college.  My second “baby” is about to get her driver’s license and my youngest “baby” is almost taller than I am. I am so proud of […]

DIY Patriotic Clothespins

DIY Patriotic Decorated Clothespins - an easy craft to make with kids and give as giffts

My friend, J., made me an adorable decorated clothespin as a gift and I use it all the time to keep my notes and papers organized. Every time I see that clothes pin I smile (even if it’s clipped to a bill).  I love that happy clothespin so much that  I made some DIY patriotic clothespins […]

DIY First Aid Kit

Easy DIY First Aid Kit for summer camp and activities #RewardHealthyChoices #Ad  Easy DIY First Aid Kit sq

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RewardHealthyChoices #CollectiveBias School is out and summer is here.  I don’t know about you, but summer is almost as busy as the school year is around my house.  I try to keep our life simple, but with 3 […]

This Is How We Roll Link Party #18

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Happy Thursday and welcome to the This Is How We Roll Thursday Link Party! We appreciate that you’re here to inspire and be inspired.   Each featured post will be shared on 4 Twitter accounts, 4 Facebook accounts, 4 G+ accounts, on the This Is How We Roll Featured Pinterest board and 4 additional Pinterest […]

10 Fun Tie-Dyed Crafts

10 Fun Tie-Dyed Crafts to make yourself or with kids

{May contain affiliate links.} Summer always makes me think of tie-dye (and tie-dye always makes me think of summer).  Last summer was the first time I ever tie-dyed, but now I’m addicted. Tie-dye can be a creative project that kids enjoy.   Here are 10 fun tie-dyed crafts that you can make this summer with […]

Graduation Party Idea

Graduation Party Idea - Have guests write cards for the graduate that you can then mail through out the student's first year of college

Last year when we had my first “baby’s” high school graduation party, she only had one request.  She’d seen the idea at her friend’s graduation party.  Her graduation party idea was to have guests write cards for her that we could then mail to her throughout her first year at college. I thought it was […]

Teach Your Child Not to Use Hurtful Slang Words

Teach your child not to use hurtful slang words and unintentionally hurt or exclude someone

I was talking with a dear friend the other day.  She shared how a coworker made a thoughtless comment using a word as slang in a way that was hurtful to my friend.  I don’t know the coworker, but from the story I’m pretty sure that she didn’t even think about what she said.  If […]

This Is How We Roll Link Party #17

Welcome to the This Is How We Roll Thursday Link Party! We appreciate that you’ve come to join us and inspire us by sharing your family friendly links. We are Cynthia from Feeding Big Andrea from Homemade for Elle Susan from Organized 31 and your host this week is Corinne from Wondermom Wannabe Hi, I’m […]

Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Quilt Picnic Blanket

DIY Tie-Dyed T-shirt Quilt Picnic Blanket - perfect for a summer picnic and the 4th of July

There’s something about summer that just says tie-dye and picnics to me.  Since I’ve discovered how fun tie-dyeing can be, I’ve become addicted.  I thought I’d combine the two to make a DIY tie-dyed t-shirt quilt picnic blanket that’s perfect for summer picnics and absolutely perfect for a 4th of July picnic or for watching […]

Teen Period & PMS Survival Kit with Tie-Dyed Rice Heat Pack

Teen Period & PMS Survival Kit with Tie-Dyed Rice Heat Pack #CycleSurvival #Ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CycleSurvival #CollectiveBias  I have two teen daughters and was once a teen myself (believe it or not, my dear daughters!).  Once a month, every month, I have successfully and even happily survived one, two and three female cycles. […]

Comprehensive Link Party List & Blogging Resources

This is for my blogger friends (those of you who don’t blog, may be interested as well).  I’ve compiled (with the help of my blogging buddies, Corinne at Wondermom Wannabe and Cynthia at Feeding Big), a comprehensive list of link parties.  You can find the list under the Blogging 31 tab in the upper right. […]

Your Vote Decides – State Farm Neighborhood Assist

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I participated in an Influencer Activation for StateFarm Neighborhood Assist. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  #SFNeighborhoodAssist If you’ve been hanging around Organized 31 for any period of time, you know that our family tries to give back to our community.  Every time the military moves us to a new […]