Layered desserts are some of my favorite to make. The blend of varying flavors and textures all in one yummy bite just make them something extra special, plus, they’re so easy to make, especially when they’re no bake.
In my humble opinion, there’s just nothing better than homemade whipped cream, that’s what we’re using here, but feel free to substitute a store bought whip cream if you need to. [Read More…]
This is my updated list of our favorite Family Tradition Ideas for Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to check back here for more inspiration and ideas for all your holidays and celebrations.
Often, the fondest childhood memories stem from family traditions that are lovingly repeated throughout the years. Family traditions have family at the center of a celebration spending time together and creating last memories. I always refer to traditions as the “we all” of family. “We always” do this on….
If you haven’t already established some creative “We all” Valentine’s Day traditions, why not start one this year? You know that the little things are often the big things and those big things don’t have to be expensive. Here are some inexpensive ways you can start a special Valentine’s Day tradition with the family. Click on the highlighted link to bring you to each creative, yet inexpensive idea to make this year magical.
1. This tradition can begin today. Engage your family’s creativity and sense of excitement by beginning the My Secret Valentine tradition leading up to the 14th.
2. Engage the power of encouraging words with the Ten Things I Love about you free printable cards. Great printable for any time of the year, or use my free printable homemade Coupon Book template (just switch out the Cover and add your personal Valentine’s Day coupon book cover.) [Read More…]
With everyone needing healthy lunch idea inspiration this time of year, I’m glad to partner with Hillshire Farm® on this post with great ideas for winning at meal time
I’ll never forget the crazy statement by my mom’s acquaintance when she found out my sister-in-love and I homeschooled our kids. Her first reaction was,”Well, I can see why she (my sister in law) would because can you imagine having to make lunches every day for ten children?”
I remember thinking, “Really? Her first thought was that she home schools because she doesn’t want to pack a lunch, but she’d rather teach them all day (and yet still have to make lunch)?”
It’s funny scenarios like that which has always made me chuckle when it comes to our choice to homeschool, but when we put one of our sons in public high school his junior year, that single comment came rushing back.
Packing a lunch, especially a healthy one, requires commitment, so when we got a letter that the entire school district would receive free lunches this year, I’m pretty sure I pulled out an 8th grade cheer jump and celebrated in ways my muscles hadn’t known for years.
But soon, the lunch conversation after school consisted of, “So what did you have for lunch?”
“Chocolate milk and a pop tart.”
“That’s it? You can’t eat just that. You need some protein in that body.” (Our #3 son could easily gain 20 pounds and still need to gain more. He has one of those metabolisms that just can’t gain a pound.)
“Mom, you don’t understand. You should see what they serve.”
Without going into those details, I realized that while I was celebrating the lunch vacation, I needed to get over my holiday mentality and up my game in that area.
If there’s one thing I know about myself, whether I am making a school lunch to go, for work or even those days at home when I’m trying to get a meal on the table, I needed to go back to the #1 meal making tip that revolutionized my dinner time and now apply it to lunch.
Set aside just 30 minutes on Sunday night to prep ahead and set yourself up for a week of healthy lunch ideas.
Wash the veggies and fruit, separate snacks, stock up on healthy lunch meats, bake oatmeal banana muffins and turkey/ham/egg puffs in bulk. With a few minutes of concentrated time, we can conquer this.
Let’s make this an amazing way to start up a new and successful routine, eat healthier, and save a ton of money (especially for those of us who eat out at lunch).
Come one! Let’s WIN at this thing!! (Que giving myself the necessary pep talk.)