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Posted on February 23, 2017

Best Spots to Take Pictures in Disney World + FREE Printable List & Planning Sheet

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Best Spots to take Pictures in Disney World

When you head to Disney, there are likely to be many things on your mind!  Did you pick up those last minute dollar store items?  Did you stop your mail delivery?  Did you ship snacks to your Disney Resort?  Did you pay the pet sitter?  Did you look into purchasing Disney’s Memory Maker?  Did you check the weather forecast for Disney and make any necessary adjustments to your packing?  Did you print your airplane boarding passes (or fill up with gas tank if you’re driving to Disney)?

Before long, your much-anticipated vacation countdown hits zero and it’s time to drop your bags in your room and get to the Parks!  One thing that we always (ALWAYS) have on us at ALL times during Disney trips is a camera.  It could be the DSLR, or it might just be our phone – but we never (ever) leave our hotel without bringing some sort of camera to capture those Disney Memories.

With the help of a couple friends (thanks, Heather and Sarah!), us moms have put together a list of our very favorite spots in Disney to snap some memorable pictures of our families.   Check out the bottom of this post for a printable list of these locations to take with you on your trip.

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Posted on February 21, 2017

Easy Chicken and Vegetables Instant Pot Recipe

Chicken and Vegetables Instant Pot Recipe

Last night I’d like to say that my culinary skills won the prize for best dinner.  However, that’s only a half-truth.  The real winner of last night’s meal was my very wonderful Instant Pot, Izzy.  You see, after a day of running the kids here and there, then hosting my sister and aunt over for a lovely lazy lunch, then trying to work while Landon refused to nap, dinner was about the last thing on my mind.  So at 5:10 pm when Bob sent me his daily “On my way home” text (which is usually when I hit the panic button and realize I can’t put off figuring out what’s for dinner one second longer) I headed into the kitchen.

What could I make that was quick and fairly painless?  Pasta?  Hot Dogs?  My eyes settled on the boneless chicken thighs in the fridge and I quickly decided to let the Izzy take it from there.  I spent 5-10 minutes rounding up and chopping some veggies before chucking the whole mess into the Instant Pot.  This is pretty much as simple as it gets, and I want to stress this fact: our meal tasted so flavorful and savory, you would have thought that it spent allllllll day simmering on my stove or in the slow cooker.  NOPE!!  40 minutes was all it took to go from turning the Instant Pot on to sitting down for a family dinner.

Let me show you how easy it was to make this Chicken and Vegetables Instant Pot Meal! Read more..

Posted on February 17, 2017

How to Make Leprechaun Cookies | St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trick

Leprechaun Cookies

Whether you find yourself looking for a fun leprechaun trick to play on the kiddos, or simply want to create a super awesome holiday themed dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day party, these Leprechaun Cookies are JUST the ticket!  They are so easy to make, are very budget friendly and look fantastic!

I first set out to make these “golden” cookies using Nilla wafers.  While the end result was just fine and dandy, they lacked the WOW factor that I was seeking because, well, those cookies are already pretty gold in color.  I had a pack of chocolate sandwich cookies in the pantry and decided to try those (I used ALDI brand – OREO cookies or anything similar would work.)  This type of cookie worked MUCH better!

You only need 2 things to make Leprechaun Cookies: a pack of cookies and a can of Wilton Gold Color Mist.  I picked up some small glittery Irish hats at the dollar store to serve the cookies in… those small plastic black treasure pots (ie end of the rainbow) would work great too.

Leprechaun Cookie Ingredients

Arrange cookies in a single layer on parchment or wax paper.  Spray one side of the cookies until they are the shade of gold that you desire.  Flip cookies over and repeat this procedure.

Gold Painted Cookies
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Posted on February 16, 2017

Crock Pot Lasagna Slow Cooker Recipe

slow cooker lasagna

Did you know that you can make a delicious, hearty lasagna in your trusty old slow cooker?  You can!  I’m talking about minimal prep and letting your crock pot do most of the work!  We like making this Crock Pot Lasagna for dinner and bonus – it always makes PLENTY of leftovers.

We used lean ground turkey in this version.  Other meats would work as well (including beef or sausage) – whatever you have on hand.

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jar pasta sauce
3-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Cup shredded Parmesan cheese
15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
1 package uncooked lasagna noodles (about 15 noodles)

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Posted on February 10, 2017

Fire Truck Valentines Rubber Ducks | FREE Printable Tags

Fireman Rubber Duck Valentines

Fire Truck Valentines

Sound the alarm! Valentine’s Day is almost here! You know by now that we have TWO firefighters in our family. That’s right! Not only do we have Bob, who has been a volunteer firefighter for more than half of his life, but we also have Landon.. junior fireman extraordinaire! This boy’s love for firetrucks and all-thing-fire-fighting has been evident since he was a toddler and shows no sign of slowing down. Spending time with Daddy at the firehouse is his absolute favorite past time! His grandparents even got him his very own fireman gear for his birthday last year!! He loves wearing it all the time, but ESPECIALLY to the firehouse.

Landon at Fire Station

So what does this Mom make for her #1 junior fireman?  Fire Truck Valentines, of course!  These cute little Valentines are perfect for the little kid crowd and they are also candy-free which is great if you have any allergies to keep in mind.

To make these Valentines, you will need:

Fireman Rubber Ducks
Twine or ribbon
Free printable tags

Download the free printable tag that I made by saving it on your hard drive.  (Don’t forget where you saved it!)  If you would like to personalize your tags before printing them, it’s very easy to do so.  I opened my tag in PicMonkey (you can use PicMonkey or any other photo editing software).  I typed “Love, Landon” in the open space on the bottom right-hand corner of the tag.  Then I saved the tag.

Print out your desired number of tags.  I printed mine at a size of approximately 2.5 x 2.5 inches on heavy white card stock.

Punch a hole in the top left-hand corner of the tag.

Tie a tag to each duck using twine or ribbon.

Fire Truck Valentine Tag
Fire Truck Valentines


Fire Truck Valentines Free Tags

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Posted on February 3, 2017

Genius Road Trip Hacks for Your Next Family Vacation

Genius Road Trip Hacks for Family Vacation

Before you load up the family truckster for your next family vacation, you absolutely MUST take a look at these genius road trip hacks.  From activities to organization to snack time, these road trip hacks will make your life on the road oh-so-much easier!  Whether your travels take you nearby or far far from home, a little pre-planning and prep will go a long way.

Road Trip Food Hacks

1. Use the continental breakfast at your hotel to make a couple sandwiches for lunch or snack.  Many hotels offer a complimentary breakfast with your stay.  Unless they restrict taking food outside of the breakfast area (some do), think outside the box and grab some sandwich fixins and fruit for snacks or lunch while you’re on the road.  We usually pick up some bread, jelly and peanut butter from the toast area so make a couple PBJ sandwiches to tide us over until the next food stop.

Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich Hack

2. Throw a cooler in the back of the car and fill it with juice boxes, water bottles, soda, whatever your family prefers to drink. Use the ice machine at your hotel to fill the cooler with fresh ice every morning before you hit the road.  Stay hydrated and save money and time by not having to stop for drinks!

Cooler with Soda

3. Use old coffee creamer bottles to hold snacks like this example from Stockpiling Moms!

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