April Stuff We Love

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It's April, and that means that it's time for another month's worth of Stuff We Love.  Here are a few items that we've been using and enjoying recently (click on the blue titles for more info)... Kid’Sleep Classic Alarm Clock: I held off on buying one of these for a few years, but when my two older boys were repeatedly getting out of bed and running around at 5:00 a.m., I got desperate.  Many of my mom friends had recommended this clock and said that it worked wonders with their kids.  I was … [Read more...]

Easy Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Easy Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

If you make one thing for a spring brunch this season, please make this Easy Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Bread.  And I emphasize the "EASY."  Plus, there's a nice story behind the bread, so let me explain. Last spring my recipe for Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread was such a hit that I knew I should come up with another similar treat this year (if you haven't tried that bread yet, I highly recommend that you do.  Soon!).  And when I  recently found out at the last minute that I was invited for a … [Read more...]

Seasonal Allergies in Children (Plus a Free Gift!)

Seasonal Allergies in Children

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well.   Spring is here (finally!), and while we’re all happy to see flowers blooming and buds on the trees, many of us are not nearly as thrilled with the allergies that often accompany the season. When I was given the opportunity to talk to a physician one-on-one and ask her any of my medical questions or concerns, I jumped right into “Mom Mode” and tried to educate myself on the ins-and-outs of seasonal allergies in … [Read more...]

Easter Egg Snack

Easter Egg Snack

Easter season is in full swing at our house and this is BY FAR the boys' favorite activity so far.  It also happens to be the easiest.  I just love when simple = better!  Try it at your house: I guarantee that this Easter Egg Snack will be a big hit! You can probably tell exactly what I did just by looking at the photos.  I saved the egg cartons that we used for our Easter Candy Counting Game and this time I filled them with small plastic Easter eggs.  I hid a few little snacks in each … [Read more...]

Easter Chick Place Cards

Easter Chick Place Cards

Clearly I enjoy using plastic Easter eggs for crafts, right?  You might remember that last year we made Baby Bluebirds in the spring and Easter Egg Chicks not long after.  Well, this year the plastic friends are joining us on our Easter dinner (or brunch) table in the form of place cards.  Even if they're just sitting on top of a kids' table, it makes the meal seem a bit more special when there are fun decorations and "assigned seats."  Best of all, these Easter Chick Place Cards are easy to … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Meal Plan #2

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Hi there!  In case you missed it, last month I shared my Meal Planning Tips to Save You Time and Money.  That post included a sample weekly meal plan for our family.  This is definitely the #1 way that I stay organized each week and keep dinners on the table without multiple trips to the grocery store.  And since it's Thursday,  I will be sitting down this evening to plan my meals and write my own shopping list for the coming weekend.  Would you like to do the same?  Here is another week's worth … [Read more...]

Pink Ambrosia Salad

Pink Ambrosia Salad

Back when this blog was still brand new, I shared a family recipe for Ambrosia.  That Ambrosia has been served on holiday tables for as long as I can remember, and I make it regularly for my own little family as well.  And as much as I love the "original" Ambrosia, I also have fun experimenting with other sweet fruit salads.  They pair so well with savory dishes, and the kids love that they get a "treat" for dinner.  If you're serving Easter brunch, this is the perfect, pretty companion to a … [Read more...]

5-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Ham

5 Ingredient Apricot Glazed Ham

You won't believe how easy it is to prepare this 5-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Ham!  Sure, it's spring...and sure, Easter is almost here.  And while this beautiful and impressive-looking main course would be an obvious centerpiece on your Easter dinner table, please don't overlook it as a great weeknight meal as well.  I promise, it's that easy! By mixing together just a few simple ingredients and heating a ham in your oven, you can have a fancy-schmancy-looking dinner on the table with … [Read more...]

Dijon Chicken Salad

Dijon Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of my all-time favorite lunches.  I often order it at restaurants, and I make my own whenever I can find the time.  I love the combination of textures and flavors in a good chicken salad sandwich, so I'm constantly creating new and different takes on this theme.  This Dijon Chicken Salad is one of my new favorite recipes, and it would make the perfect  main course at a ladies lunch this spring! If you're like me, and you don't have the time or lifestyle to sit down … [Read more...]

15-Minute Total Body Workout: Perfect Mommy and Me Exercises

15 Minute Total Body Workout

In case you missed it, back in March I shared my new-mom solution for working out: a quick 10-minute routine that includes wearing your newborn.  That way it's fast and it keeps your little one happy!  The post was such a hit (despite my non-fitness-model  poses), that I figured an update was in order.  Now that my son is no longer a newborn, he's more interested in "playing" and interacting with us (rather than just napping in the carrier).  So today I'm sharing my latest workout solution: a … [Read more...]