My New Favorite Toddler and Baby Item!

My New Favorite Baby Item

I often get a lot of the same questions from friends and blog readers, and one of the most common requests is for gift ideas! Specifically, gift ideas for expecting or new moms. After all, you want to give your friends, sisters, cousins, and other loved ones something that they can use and enjoy for a long time, right? Well today you’re in luck, because I’m so excited to share My New Favorite Baby Item with you. As in, I don’t know how I ever lived without it! If you’re an expecting … [Read more...]

Yoga with Kids

Yoga with Kids

Anyone can do Yoga with Kids at home, and here are a few easy ways to get started.  It's the perfect indoor entertainment to keep your little ones moving during the cooler months! [Tweet "#Yoga with Kids: fun indoor activity! #healthykids"] As the temperatures get colder and my boys begin to spend more time indoors, I'm always looking for fun, easy, no-prep ways to keep them entertained and ACTIVE in the house.  I personally enjoy yoga on a regular basis, so I knew that it would be … [Read more...]

Poached Pear, Turkey, and Gruyere Panini

Poached Pear Turkey & Gruyere Panini

Poached pears are one of the easiest, most versatile, seasonal treats that you can prepare, and their sweet, spiced flavors are the perfect complement to the salty bacon, rich turkey, and creamy Gruyere cheese on this toasted sandwich.  Enjoy your left-over holiday turkey in a flavor-packed Poached Pear, Turkey, and Gruyere Panini! Don't "poached pears" sound incredibly fancy and difficult?  Well I'm here to let you in on a little secret... {Psst....they're NOT!} In fact, if you can … [Read more...]

4-Ingredient Baked Salmon

4 Ingredient Baked Salmon

Just a few simple ingredients result in the perfect easy and healthy weeknight dinner.  This 4-Ingredient Baked Salmon is incredibly family-friendly and is ready in about 30 minutes! [Tweet "4-Ingredient Baked #Salmon: fast, easy, kid-friendly #seafood #recipe!"] I love the stories behind favorite recipes, and this delicious dinner has a good background!  It's amazing where I come up with my ideas... In my "real" job, I work with other attorneys to coordinate big conferences that … [Read more...]

Family Photos, Holiday Cards, and My Minted.Com “Wish List”

Minted Wish List

Thanks to for sponsoring today's post.  My love for the products, my thoughts, and my opinions are all my own! Last Sunday, when we were all tired from a very busy fall weekend of outdoor sports, social events, and activities, we bathed the kids, dressed everyone up in their nicest clothes, and headed out for a family photo shoot. Let’s just say that trying to wrangle three tired and hungry little boys under the age of 5 and get them to smile (or at least stay in one place) at … [Read more...]

Healthy Chicken Chow Mein

Healthy Chicken Chow Mein

This Healthy Chicken Chow Mein is a classic Asian-inspired dish that you can feel good about feeding your family!  Packed with veggies, protein, and pasta, this complete meal comes together easily thanks to a simple sauce and a quick stir-fry method. If your family loves Asian food, but you don't love the fat and calories that are often associated with those tubs of take-out, then you should definitely give this recipe a try!  The flavors are mild enough to appeal to even your youngest … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans

Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans

Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans are tender, full of flavor, and incredibly easy...making them the perfect side dish for your favorite fall dinners!  [Tweet "Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans are full of flavor from bacon and onion! #recipe #slowcooker #crockpot"] There's a bit of a Green Bean Debate out there: namely, whether they should be cooked-to-death-until-they're-so-tender-they're-almost-mushy OR whether they're best when they're still bright green and just crisp-tender. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Lamb Meatballs with Pineapple and Cashews

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Lamb Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Lamb Meatballs are an easy, family-friendly way to enjoy global flavors -- even on your busiest weeknights! As you have probably gathered by now, I love to create new and interesting recipes that nourish my family, that are simple to prepare, and that introduce my kids to a variety of tastes and cultures.  We regularly enjoy meatballs, and I often include Asian-inspired dinners on our weekly meal plan.  So when the American Lamb Board challenged me to … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Lego Storage and Organization…Impossible? Maybe Not!

Clever Lego Storage and Organization

Alright, parents out there...I have called upon one of my very smart and very crafty friends for yet another guest post today.  As you know, I have some of the most amazing women in my life and I love to share their talents with all of you!  Thank goodness they are willing to oblige! I went to high school with Maria and her husband, Chris.  Just like me, Maria and Chris are busy raising three very active (and adorable) little boys.  Maria's three boys are just slightly older than mine, so … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew 3

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew will please every member of your family!  It's an easy comfort-food dinner that is perfect for a cool, fall evening. Moms love the ease of the Crock Pot, while kids adore the little meatballs throughout this hearty, nourishing dish. This is one of those perfect know, those special recipes that everyone raves about around your dinner table?!  And that even your baby can eat?  And that even your husband will enjoy for left-overs the next day? … [Read more...]