Rich Chocolate Pudding Pie

Rich Chocolate Pudding Pie

I struggled with what to call this dessert because "Chocolate Pudding Pie" just didn't seem to do it justice.  This isn't your average cafeteria-style pie that sits out on a buffet restaurant's dessert bar for far too many hours.  Oh no, my friends.  It's so much more than that!  Dark chocolate pie?  Family Favorite Chocolate Pudding Pie?  THE BEST Chocolate Pie?  Easy Chocolate Pudding Pie?  It's definitely all of these things.  In the end, though, I obviously went with "Rich Chocolate Pudding … [Read more...]

Hiking with Kids + A Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar

Make Your Own Trail Mix Bar

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV If you hadn't already noticed, we live in the country.  Madison County is located in Virginia's Piedmont Region, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet gently rolling hills.  It's a small farming community with not much more than a Main Street and a Family Dollar.  But what Madison lacks in amenities, it … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Vacationing with Babies and Toddlers — Are We There Yet?!

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Happy Sunday, friends!  Since we're in the heart of summer travel season, I have a fun guest post to share with you today.  You probably remember my life-long friend, Caryn, who has visited us on the blog in the past to share her stories of raising babies in New York City, as well as her family's Hanukkah traditions. Well, Caryn and her husband Brett also happen to be world travelers!  It's a passion that they have shared ever since they met, and they haven't let their children slow down … [Read more...]

Baked Ham and Cheese Omelet

Baked Ham and Cheese Omelet

We love this Baked Ham and Cheese Omelet so much that I decided to just go ahead and list the Top 5 Reasons that you have to make it ASAP! 1.  First of all, this Baked Ham and Cheese Omelet tastes amazing.  I thought about jazzing it up and making it a "Western Omelet" with peppers, onions, and a bunch of other stuff.  But then I just decided that usually simple is best.  And that is absolutely true in this case.  There's nothing better than the combination of ham, cheese, and eggs.  Then … [Read more...]

Cheap and Easy Play-Doh Tool Box

Play Doh Tool Box

This Cheap and Easy Play-Doh Tool Box didn't start out as a planned blog post.  I was just trying to solve a problem in my own home and I came up with this idea.  When it was done, I figured I better share it...just in case it would help some other mom (or grandmother!) out there too! It's probably already apparent from my previous activity ideas that I love to find ways to keep my boys busy with independent play.  I can supervise, and I can talk to them while they work, but my hands are … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Survive Multiple Kids in Diapers

5 Tips to Survive Multiple Kids in Diapers

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV This whole parenting-thing is hard work! There’s definitely no manual, so I’ve spent the past five years figuring it out as I go…through trial and error. And error. And error. But if there is one aspect of childrearing on which I feel entirely competent to render advice, it would be diapering. … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad

Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad

This Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad is simple, healthy, and incredibly delicious.  Our entire family enjoyed it for two nights in a row! I've been working hard to serve my family fresh, nutritious meals and the summer season makes that so much easier!  There is tons of tasty produce available, and a cold salad for dinner sounds very appealing.  Even the dressing on this salad is light and refreshing -- lemon juice, vinegar, fresh herbs...and no oil is even necessary! I was interested … [Read more...]

Taking Care of Me! + A 30-Day Health Challenge

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I try to keep the content on this blog light-hearted...after all, that's what's fun to read, right?!  Today, though, I'm going to be very REAL.  Light-hearted is not necessarily the goal, so please bear with me. Parenting is hard.  Rewarding?  Yes.  But also so challenging. Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the significant changes that take place in our lives when {overnight} we become parents.  As moms, it is incredibly easy to lose ourselves in the daily hustle of constantly … [Read more...]

Hummingbird Snack Cake

Hummingbird Snack Cake

This Hummingbird Snack Cake is the perfect answer to an afternoon tea, a post-meal dessert, or even a sweet breakfast treat.  The moist, whole grain cake is full of crunchy pecans, crushed pineapple, and slices of banana.  Topped with a cream cheese frosting, it's Southern food at its best! I was first introduced to hummingbird cakes when we moved to rural Central Virginia about 8 years ago.  The little country market up the road from our house sells a homemade version that is delicious! … [Read more...]

Stuff We Love This July

Stuff We Love This July

Hi there!  It's time for another month's list of Stuff We Love!  Here's what we're enjoying this hot, hot July... 1. Deliciously Colorful Gift Set of Personalized Stationery from American Stationery.  My Aunt Barbara gave me this set of note cards for Christmas last year and I have loved using them over the past 7 months.  There's just nothing better than a hand-written thank you note, and this set is my favorite box of stationery so far.  The quality is great, and there is a range of … [Read more...]