Personalize your living space w/ Easy Canvas Prints Holiday Contest #ad

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Artwork is a big part of what makes our rental houses into homes. Photography is a hobby of mine. I love to turn my photo sessions into personality for our walls. Easy Canvas Prints often has great deals so I can stock up!  ~~~~~ The canvas set below was inspired by all the custom silhouette pictures available. I didn't want to spend $150+ for just one picture. We were playing at the park on a bridge. We looked down and I snapped the pictures! What you don't see is that the picture of my husband and I that we are holding the camera!?! Easy Canvas Prints is planning a holiday themed photo contest through Wishpond on their blog and Facebook page. Fans will upload any photo they would like to print on canvas to gift to someone this holiday season to enter. You can enter the contest through our dedicated blog post, and the photo with the most votes will win a grand prize of a $300 credit to Easy Canvas Prints! The 2nd and 3rd place winners will win a $100 credit to Easy Canvas … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Monster Cookies plus chance to win $250! #BakingIdeas #shop

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Recently we lost John's grandmother( also known as Great Mimi to the boys). Great Mimi use to always keep a bowl filled with M&Ms for the great-grandkids. We loved that since M&Ms are on our safe list of gluten free candy. We now have the beloved Great Mimi M&Ms candy dish in our home so it is our job to keep the bowl full of M&Ms. Great Mimi usually kept Milk Chocolate M&M’s in the dish. While we love eating Peanut M&M’s, Plain M&M’s, or any other flavor by the handful from Great Mimi's candy dish, M&Ms make a delicious addition when baking cookies as well. Let's get to baking... Monster Cookies are the boys' absolute favorite cookies. Some people call monster cookies everything cookies. We love EVERYTHING about them especially when baked with M&Ms! We have recently moved. Everyone knows that cookies are the quickest way to make friends. We have been baking cookies for the neighbors, boys' teacher and school staff as well as my husband's … [Read more...]

DIY Gingerbread M&M’s Cheesecake Cookie Mix in a Jar #HolidayMM #shop

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Like the Holidays are not hectic enough, we decided to add a move in to the mix! I have been working on putting together ideas for new neighbors, holiday gatherings, and any last minute gift ideas. Since  Gingerbread is one of my favorite seasonal flavors so it's no surprise that it inspires people to think outside of the box. M&M's have created a new Walmart exclusive--Gingerbread M&M's! They are so delicious! I am a huge fan of M&M's especially their seasonal flavors. I can honestly say that the Gingerbread one's are my new favorite. They had the perfect amount of gingerbread flavor paired with the loved flavor of M&M's that is just heavenly. Even just as a snack right out of the bag! If you want more (or are trying Gingerbread M&M's for the first time), don't miss the coupon found at the bottom! When I go to people's houses, I am always impressed by their specialty snacks or cookies only to find out they are store-bought. I know we don't all have time to make … [Read more...]

Wonderfully Dysfunctional Amazon Giveaway #shop

One Lucky Winner will win $20 Amazon Giftcard, courtesy of author of Wonderfully Dysfunctional: it must be genetic, Buffi Neal Ending on Sunday 15th December at 11.59pm EST Open Worldwide  The true story of... A woman who laughs at funerals. A gypsy mother who refuses to wear a bra and a father who refuses to leave his first wife. A brother who sleeps under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty, red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all. Buffi always knew her family was unusual, but she was lucky enough to escape that gene. Or was she? Joined by her siblings at the bedside of their dying grandmother, Buffi begins on a journey of self discovery as they recall stories of their youth including juicy family secrets, inappropriate practical jokes, abuse and betrayal. She is on a quest to find Normal but finds herself instead. It Must be Genetic is about an American family of … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Crust-Free Coconut Meringue Pie #shop

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We all need to have some holiday dishes that we can create effortlessly with stuff we normally have in the kitchen. With food allergies that sometimes seems impossible. Case in point that I am not a huge fan of making pie crust. I can make pie crust, but the tedious act is dreaded. When buying pie crust, I normally pick up one that is cracked or worse yet the store that I stop at  every single gluten free crust broken. You must try this Gluten Free Crust-Free Coconut Meringue Pie! The filling is like a coconut custard and the bottom browns into a magically delicious crust. Top it will a light meringue made with Great Day Farms cage free eggs and you have a holiday favorite loved by all (especially the one who has to "slave" away baking)!  I think an egg separator is great for making sure to properly separate the yolk from the egg whites. Did you know that any fat (oil/butter residue or egg yolk) will keep your meringue from getting the right volume and fluff? Simple ingredients … [Read more...]

Wonderfully Dysfunctional Book Review #shop

~~~~~ ~~~~~ The true story of... A woman who laughs at funerals. A gypsy mother who refuses to wear a bra and a father who refuses to leave his first wife. A brother who sleeps under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty, red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all.Buffi always knew her family was unusual, but she was lucky enough to escape that gene. Or was she? Joined by her siblings at the bedside of their dying grandmother, Buffi begins on a journey of self discovery as they recall stories of their youth including juicy family secrets, inappropriate practical jokes, abuse and betrayal. She is on a quest to find Normal but finds herself instead. It Must be Genetic is about an American family of no particular importance, descendants of the once wealthy and revered Perry clan, but stripped of their family wealth during the Great Depression. It’s full of quirky characters like grandmother Mopsie; a … [Read more...]

Laugh along with my own “NickMom.com – like” experiences #Motherfunny #cbias #shop

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Hi! I am the mom of 3 boys. Once upon a time, I was a person who took myself too seriously.  Then I had kids. Now we may dig in the dirt for worms until my kids look like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown, but at least they care about being eco-friendly right? I wait patiently while Elliott finds his "Foot Cups"  each morning (you might know them as shoes). Have you heard of NickMom? It relates to the comedy that is our lives. Lucky for us moms it comes on Nick at 10 pm when the kids are definitely asleep.  Of course, if you need a bit of entertainment during one of your long days of lounging as a mother...wait that is what you do with your days too? Then check out NickMom.com anytime! If you haven't already learned the art of enjoying the comic routine that is your life....NOW IS THE TIME! Below is one of last year's family pictures. We had several that turned out great. The photographer asked us if we wanted a picture of just the 2 of us, and we did. I am usually the one behind the … [Read more...]

Outshine Fruit Bars: Don’t just snack, Snack Brighter #RealFruitBar #shop

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Teaching my kids how to lead naturally healthy lives is important to me as a mother!  Of course, I would be lying if I didn't say some healthy choices take some convincing. However, my goal is for the choices to make  everyone happy as well as to make a habit they want to continue. I guess you could say that I want to build a healthy living foundation for my kids! This time of year when colds and flu really starts running wild keeping our auto-immune systems thriving for those dealing with auto-immune disorders is so important. Vitamin C is a great way to do just that so we try to offer healthy snacks that are great Vitamin C sources like Outshine Fruit Bars.  Give your kids the power to make choices while grocery shopping: When you help guide them to make a healthy snack choice like Outshine Fruit Bars...  Some of the frozen bar competitors offer little to no nutritional value, lots of sweeteners, and artificial flavors/colors. It's a win-win for parent and child! Label reading in … [Read more...]

Pintastic Tuesday

So, first, please meet your hostesses!   Katie from This Mommy Cooks Dinner Rachel from Fit Triangle Mom Natalie from Great Contradictions And now, for our Pintastic Pick of the Week! Tequila Lime Fish Tacos from Mindfully Heather from Mindfully Living, we'd love for you to grab our featured button! Now, on to the party!  Here is the scoop on how it works: Please follow your hostesses on Pinterest (our links are above), then jump in and share your family friendly posts--as many as you'd like!   They don't have to be food related, just family friendly.  Just make sure you link directly to your pin, or your post, instead of your homepage.  Then, visit some other posts and pin them!  After all, who doesn't love Pinterest Traffic! Just to make things a little more fun, we've opened voting on the links!  So, next week, we will have our Pintastic Pick of the Week, and the Reader Pintastic Pick of the Week! Let's spread the word about … [Read more...]