How to Throw a Colorful St. Patrick's Day Breakfast


I was just chatting with a girlfriend about how these are the most precious years to celebrate all the holidays.  Our children are at the perfect age where they light up when the elf moves, the Easter bunny poops in the toilet or the Leprechaun leaves little footprints through the house.  I live for my girls excitement, giggles and smiles when they find a special surprise and as someone who has always loved all holidays I take advantage of any opportunity to capture these moments.  

For almost every major holiday I create a little special breakfast for my girls as a way to celebrate.  Sometimes the girls get a little gift but not always but either way they always are so elated.  I like to keep these breakfast parties simple but fun.  Kids do not care how much money you spent or how many hours you needed to prep; they just want the joy and the special attention.  I share these with you so that you can be inspired and tackle it yourself.  I promise it is easy peasy.

How I Lost Baby Weight with The Bar Method Fresno


I had my third baby in October and I took the new year to start working on self care.  I really wanted to lose the baby weight and tone up but I also wanted to have something for myself that was an outlet.  My motivation at the beginning was all about my outward appearance but what I learned was something far more important than how I looked.  I had no idea that I could enjoy working out; I never have in my entire life.  I've always been on a fitness roller coaster.  I give it my all for awhile and then I do nothing for months on end.  This is the first time that I wake up and look forward to working out and am doing my best to find a time each day for some exercise.

Losing Weight After Baby


How to Spring Clean for Lent- Donating & Giving Back


Spring Cleaning

A girlfriend of mine gave me this idea that I tweaked and just had to share with you.  The Lenten season began last week but didn't we just celebrate Christmas and New Year's?!?!  I'm not sure how time flies faster and faster every year.  In case you are not familiar with Lent it is the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  This idea focuses on almsgiving which is donating your time, talent or treasure.  You remove one item from your household every day of Lent to donate at Easter (donating your "treasure").  My plan is to donate from my closet, dresser and items around the house but also to involve my girls.  I will be asking them to select items from their toys or clothes at least once a week.  At the end of Lent you will have nearly 50 items to donate to your favorite charity of choice.  Keep your "treasure donation box" somewhere out of the way but in a place where everyone in your house can see it and so as to be reminded to add to it every day.

This kills a few birds with one stone; spring cleaning, almsgiving and teaching your children about the importance of giving back.  I'm going to use this to spark me to purge and organize all the closets in my house.  I suggest finding one item every day but then at Easter taking it to another level and doing a deep clean/purge.  By Easter you will have decluttered and organized your closets and drawers.  I don't know about you but purging our house gives me a refreshed and clean feeling.

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning



Sharing Our Sweet & Fun Valentine's Day Traditions

Valentine's Traditions

If you know me you know I live for traditions and all holidays.  I will seize any excuse to decorate, buy cute matching outfits and celebrate.  I'm sharing our traditions for the season of love however time is flying so I'm not sure how it's almost the end of February.  I feel like Valentine's Day was just yesterday. 

How to Make a Delicious & Fun Strawberry Freakshake

This post is sponsored by Horizon but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Strawberry Freakshake


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C. Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk
  • 6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C. Fresh Strawberries
  • Whipping Cream
  • White Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Powdered Donuts
  • Rock Candy Lollipops
Directions:

Mix Milk, Ice Cream, Vanilla Extract and Strawberries in a blender until well blended.  Melt Chocolate in small bowl then dip jar/glass into chocolate.  Tap on the counter for chocolate to run down the glass.  Before it hardens dip into sprinkles.  Pour milkshake into jar and top with whipping cream.  Garnish with lollipop and donut skewer.  Finish off with a straw and serve.


Strawberry Freakshake

Strawberry FreakshakeStrawberry Freakshake

As you know I do almost all of my grocery shopping at Walmart and especially love their Grocery Pickup option.  I didn't give myself enough lead time so I had to run into the store to grab my list this time.  I love their selection as well as their prices even for their organic products.  I decided to try Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk this time because it is made without GMO's and their cows eat organic, receive no growth hormones and raised humanely on family farms.  Horizon believes they have happier cows because they have access to shade, shelter, fresh air and clean drinking water.  





Strawberry Freakshake

Sweet & Simple Valentine Painting Projects for Kids

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts

Since I was a little girl my mom and I have celebrated Valentine's with 14 Days of Love.  We would exchange small gifts in little mailboxes leading up to Valentine's Day.  We've continued that tradition with the girls and it makes my heart oh so happy.  I do buy a few gifts but I also try to make something personal from the girls to my mom to make it extra special.  Since we've been doing this for years and years it can be hard to come up with new ideas that I haven't used before.  I wanted to share these ideas with you because they are sweet and very simple to do.  I had all the supplies at home minus the plate so hopefully you do as well.

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts

My girls would love if we did a project everyday and they would love it even more if it involved paint.  Life has me pretty busy so we don't do projects as often as they would like but I do try to fit some in every now and then.  However, when we do do projects I usually cringe at the idea of using paint due to the mess and clean up.  

I was recently introduced to Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream which works like a protective glove and makes clean up a breeze.  You apply it like a lotion and it is odorless and not sticky.  As a side note, it helps moisturize and hydrate skin.  Although that was not my motivation in trying it out for projects, it is an added bonus.

Valentine's Day Crafts
Jack Jack's Heart cracks me up!!!  Try getting a newborn to unclench their fist!!!

Thumbprint Heart Plate

Supplies:

Directions:

Apply Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream to thumb. Paint thumb and place at an angle on plate.  Reapply paint and place thumb at opposite angle and press down.  Use a Sharpie to write names and the year.  


Valentine's Day Crafts

I Hand You My Heart Valentine

Supplies:


  • Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream
  • Acrylic Paint
  • White Paper
  • Decorative Paper


  • Directions:

    Apply Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream to hand.  Paint hand and place on white paper.  Cut out and place on decorative paper heart.


    Valentine's Day Crafts

    Footprint Heart Valentine

    Supplies:


  • Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream
  • Acrylic Paint
  • White Paper
  • Decorative Paper


  • Directions:

    Apply Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream to feet.  Paint one foot at a time and place at an angle on white paper.  When placing second foot switch the angle to make a heart shape.  Cut out and place on decorative heart paper.




    What I found with using Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream was that it didn't seem to make a huge difference on the girls hands.  However when I used it on their feet I did notice a significant difference with Madi.  The foot that I used the cream came much cleaner with very little effort.  For these projects we used acrylic paint and I cleaned them up while the paint was still mostly wet.  Results may differ if the paint was dry or we we working with other types of materials.

    Head over to my Instagram page to enter to win a bottle of Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream along with a $25 Home Depot gift card.

    This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands and companies that have received my stamp of approval.

    Yummy Chili Cheese Fries- Easy Game Day Appetizer

    This post is sponsored by McCain Potatoes but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.





    Chili Cheese Fries
    Ingredients:

    • McCain Seasoned Curly Fries
    • Chili (Canned or Homemade)
      • 1 lb. Ground Beef
      • 2 Cans Pinto Beans
      • 1 Can Kidney Beans
      • 1- 20 oz. Can Rotel
      • 1 Onion
      • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
      • 2 tsp. Crushed Garlic
      • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
    • Shredded Mexican Cheese
    • Sour Cream
    Directions:

    Dump all Chili ingredients into the crockpot including raw ground beef.  I broke it up with a spatula and then set to low for 8 hours.  About 25 minutes before serving bake McCain Seasoned Curly Fries as per label directions.  Once they are done top with chili and shredded cheese and put back in the oven for just a few minutes.  Top with sour cream and serve.  If you are taking this to someone's house for a party appetizer assemble once you arrive and bake for just a few minutes in their oven.


    As a working mother of three I'm always looking for EASY new recipes.  I don't have time to slave away in the kitchen but I still want affordable options, fresh ideas and flavorful food.  In your frozen food aisle at Walmart you can easily find McCain Fries in a variety of options like Craft Beer Fries, Extra Crispy Curly Fries and Waffle Fries.  They make the perfect base for a variety of recipes and appetizers.  I choose to use them for Chili Cheese Fries which could be used for a game day appetizer or even a hassle free dinner at home.




    I took my best helper and sidekick to grab all the ingredients.