7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 1.Put up our Christmas tree 2.Made a vegan green-bean casserole from scratch (way better than the soup recipe) 3.Finished re-watching Weeds from the beginning (still disliked the last season) 4.Tried two vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes and didn't like either 5.Enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends 6.Had two fun visits with our … [Read more...]

Healthy Back-to-School Backpack Recipes & Social Media Contest (GEDC) #schoolspirit

Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a leading dental service organization, would like to offer my readers some creative and healthy back-to-school backpack snack recipes that will make kids look forward to lunches. I know our family sure can use a couple of new idea. Smile Salad Ingredients: 2 cups baby fresh spinach ½ small Granny Smith apple, chopped ½ cup golden raisins 2 tbs balsamic … [Read more...]

My favorite blog posts of 2015

Looking through my 2015 archives brings back a lot of great memories. There are so many things that I enjoyed sharing with my readers. Below is a list of fifteen of my favorite blog posts of 2015. Exclusive Paul Bettany & James Spader interview #AvengersEvent Being a longtime James Spader fan, he was everything I had hope for. Friendly, talkative, and really cool. First official movie … [Read more...]

Planning the perfect date/movie night at home #TheLongestRide

Between work and family, life can get pretty busy. As much as I'd like to say I can do it all, that's just not my reality. There is always something that falls off the radar. As parents, that something is usually our alone time. This weekend we're working on that, and planning for the perfect movie/date night at home. Our plans consist of steaks and veggies on the grill. Drinks and snacks under … [Read more...]

Free Family Activity Sheets inspired by Disney/Pixar’s #INSIDEOUT

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 01. Bought and arranged new flowers in our front yard. 02. Made plans to visit the Smokey Mountains on Labor Day weekend. 03. Was awake way too late on a weeknight watching a Mike & Molly marathon. 04. Enjoyed an evening with my parents and our granddaughters. 05. Took the girls to the park. 06. Had a great time visiting and having … [Read more...]

World’s Best Queso Dip, perfect for game-day #RedGold

No matter which team you're rooting for this easy to make "World’s Best Queso Dip" featuring Red Gold Tomatoes is sure to be a winner on game-day! This Queso dip was a hit with my family. Gone in minutes - no joke! I've had several requests for me to make more. Good thing it's so easy! World’s Best Queso Dip Microwave Method In microwave safe bowl combine tomatoes and cheese. … [Read more...]

New Strange Magic Family Activity Sheets & Cookie Recipe

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to … [Read more...]

The Book of Life Activity Sheets, Recipe & Blu-ray Giveaway #BOLinsiders

Celebrate the New Year with the ultimate family adventure. Bring home the magic and excitement with “The Book of Life” coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 27, 2015. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manola, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a magical journey that takes them on an adventure of a lifetime in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Blu-ray™ 3D, … [Read more...]

Free Eat Like an Animal Cookbook & $100 Door to Door Organics #Giveaway #EatLikeAnAnimal #ReZoopie #DetroitZoo

We are super excited to hear that Detroit Zoological Society and Door to Door Organics have teamed up to create a fun, colorful ReZoopie® cookbook to help families tempt tehir kids into eating healthy fruits and vegetables, just like their favorite zoo animals. You can view and/or print the ReZoopie® cookbook for free using this link: http://bit.ly/eatlikeananimalMI2! Courtesy of The … [Read more...]

Kicking off the holiday season with a Febreze inspired recipe & DIY home decor & gifts #FebrezeHoliday @SheSpeaksUp

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walmart, SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions expressed and photos used are 100% honest and my own. Now that Halloween has past, I'm ready to kick off the holiday season! The holidays are my favorite time of year. Here in Michigan the winter brings a lot of sparkling white snow, and within our family - a lot of making memories. Each November I … [Read more...]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Free Activity Sheets #VeryBadDay

Get your lucky charms ready! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is coming to theaters on October 10, 2014. In celebration of this fun release I have a few fun activity sheets, and a delicious Crustless Quiche recipe to share with my readers. Just click on each link below to print in .pdf form. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Door … [Read more...]

New recipes from the film CHEF

Last month I shared the movie poster and trailer for CHEF. CHEF is expanding to more cities TODAY & you can join in on the fun! Dreaming of the scrumptious food served up in CHEF?! Now YOU can recreate them in your own home and share with friends and family! To help celebrate the expanding release of Jon Favreau's newest, mouthwatering comedy, I'm excited to share these awesome recipes … [Read more...]

Disney’s Super Buddies Blu-ray Review & Free Activities

There has been "Santa Buddies, Treasure Buddies, even Spooky Buddies" just when I thought this franchise could not get any cuter - Disney unleashed the "Super Buddies"! "An ordinary day at Fernfield Farms turns extraordinary when Budderball, Mudbud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Rosebud discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power. Before you can say, “Buddies, assemble,” the … [Read more...]

Make Your Backyard Party Central This Summer with Frito-Lay #Giveaway

Fire up the grill and grab the chips, summer is finally here! Nothing screams summer like a family barbecue. We recently kick started summer by enjoying an afternoon and evening outside with our girls. As always, we had a great time. Chips and dip, and smiles all around as dad. a.k.a. the grill master made the burgers. They were delicious as usual, and perfectly paired with homemade … [Read more...]

Join In & Win Prizes @ The Tastes of Summer® with Frito-Lay Facebook Chat

Join in the Tastes of Summer® with Frito-Lay Facebook Chat with Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen Chef Jody! I can't wait to hear what tips and recipes he'll be sharing throughout the one-hour chat as well as answering fan questions! The chat will take place on the Frito-Lay Facebook Page on June 25 from 8 – 9 p.m. Because we all enjoy winning. Frito-Lay will be giving away fun prizes all … [Read more...]

Homemade Lemonade Recipe & Truvia Review

Homemade lemonade is special. It helps create family memories that last generations. It's touching to think of how many hours have been spent on our porch swing, or in our back yard visiting with family, and friends while enjoying my homemade lemonade. Though the recipe sounds simple, it's been crafted and handed down in my family like a treasure. It's one I'm happy share, in hopes of bringing … [Read more...]

Holiday Meal Planning with Bob Evans Chef David Eisel

With the holiday season here, it’s time for families everywhere to start planning meal menus and begin to prepare for other aspects of holiday entertaining. Executive Chef David Eisel, renowned chef and brains behind the menu of Bob Evans Farms, graciously took time out of his busy schedule to participate in interviews with select bloggers. His focus during this time - making holiday meal planning … [Read more...]

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

This is my favorite dip recipe! Perfect for movie watching, entertaining or just enjoying the chillier fall weather. Ingredients 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained 1/3 cup grated Romano cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 1/3 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup shredded … [Read more...]

My Uncork A Movie Night With Friends #ytmovienight

Good times were had during my Uncork A Movie Night, A Snow White and The Huntsman viewing party! Of course thanks to The Popcorn Factory and Yellow Tail wine, there was no shortage of food, drinks or fun! If you think the above photo looks good, you should have seen our dessert section. Filled with yummy treats (cookies, candy & gourmet caramel corn) supplied by The Popcorn Factory. Our … [Read more...]

Around The House With My Xyboard #VZWSS

I've kept it no secret that my Motorola Xyboard plus Verizon's Fast 4G service makes my life easier while on the go. Yet in all honesty I think I use my Xyboard just as much around the house, as out of the house. In the kitchen! Like the majority of parents, that's where most of my days start. Having the Xyboard on my kitchen counter lets me check the weather, the school calender and my … [Read more...]

Nino Salvaggio’s Pantry Essential Event & Giveaway #NinosPantry

This giveaway is now closed. I, along with a fabulous group of local bloggers attended a Nino Salvaggio's Pantry Essential Event. If you're not familiar with Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, they offer three convenient locations here in Michigan - Troy, Clinton Township and St. Clair Shores. Visiting one of their stores is like a gourmet feast for your senses. A beautiful store filled … [Read more...]

This Mom Has It Covered With SeaPak

Being a busy mom, I often have to have an impressive bag of tricks to help juggle daily activities and delicious meals to serve my family. My kids and husband respond to great taste, originality and sometimes even fun when it comes to dinner. With SeaPak and their all- new Family Size packages, this mom has it covered! I recently pulled this (12 oz) package of SeaPak® Shrimp Scampi out of my … [Read more...]

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