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Monday, March 16, 2015

25 Down and Dirty Activities for Boys and How to Keep Them Clean


Thank you to Irish Spring Signature for sponsoring today's post! #MySignatureMove #CollectiveBias #Sponsored

   Being a mom of boys can sometimes involve a lot of filth. I remember being a young mom, and another Army wife telling me, "Wait until they are older, no matter how much they shower, teenage boys just stink!". Being as naive as I was, I thought she was crazy. Boy was she right. I thought cleaning active boys was hard--I was not prepared for teenage stink! That was, until we discovered Irish Spring. Talk about taking care of that smell! The new Irish Spring Signature Line keeps my boys smelling like clean little men. I love that the smell lingers, but is not overwhelming.  From the mathlete, to the athlete, Irish Spring keeps their skin healthy and clean.

Somedays, a boy just needs to get down and dirty. My boys will sleep well after a day of good dirty activities and a nice hot shower. Here's my list of 25 activities to keep those kiddos rolling in the dirt!

25 Down and Dirty Activities for Boys
1. Build sandcastles.
2. Make mud pies
3. Splash in rain puddles
4. Eat a messy cupcake with lots of icing using your hands.
5. Go for a hike

6. Kayaking or Canoeing with lots of water splashing
7. Play a nice round of football
8. Play soccer in a muddy field.
9. Go fishing
10. Rake leaves

11. Plant flowers
12. Go camping
13. Ride some dirt bikes
14. Eat some ribs
15. Eat an ice cream cone

16. Go crabbing on the beach.
17. Pick wildflowers on a nature walk.
18. Go to a petting zoo or working farm
19. Climb trees
20. Swim in a lake


21. Give a dog a bath
22. Visit an orchard and pick some fruit
23. Blow bubbles
24. Go sledding
25. Play with chalk


    I was able to find the Irish Spring Signature at my local Walmart. I love the 3 in 1 because my boys don't get confused on what to use it on! You can find them at your store in the soap aisle.









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Friday, March 13, 2015

Coffee House Double Mocha Caramel Bars

Special thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today's discussion!

Coffeehouse Double Mocha Caramel Bars Featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls #Chocolate #caramel #Nestle #ad #sponsored

   I love a good coffee house. I met my husband while I was a barista, remember ? Something else I love about coffee shops? Those super yummy delecatable desserts they have on display! Today I'm happy to share with you a recipe that is worthy of being on the menu! Nestle Toll House DelightFulls are what make these bars so special. I chose the milk chocolate morsels with caramel filling because caramel mochas are my favorite flavored expresso drinks. The best part of this recipe? They are so simple to prepare. Great for everyday, for last minute guests, for after school snacks, or to enjoy with a hot cup of java--this Nestle Toll House DelightFulls recipe will have you looking like a fancy coffee shop without any one realizing how easy they are!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Playroom for Tween Boys Featuring Carpet One Carpet!



This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspiredHome #CollectiveBias
Playroom for Tween Boys. A nice relaxing color scheme for a tween playroom. Add pops of color to rotate out.

     My boys are getting much bigger now, and it’s time to transition their playroom into more of a tween lounge. We’ve lived in our house for over 8 years now and our builder grade carpet is shot. Too many kids and pets on a carpet that wasn’t made to sustain that. I was really excited when I got this opportunity to check out Carpet One’s offerings. I was in the market for flooring anyways and I wanted to see what they could offer me that maybe big box stores wouldn’t. And boy was I surprised! There is a HUGE difference! I can’t wait to tell you about my experience and what sets them apart. 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day Foxy Lady Free Printables

     Can you believe Cupid’s special day is just around the corner? Where has the time gone? Today I’m sharing with you a fun free printable Valentine’s Day card. When I asked my friends, they told me they like the Valentine’s cards with puns the best. So I thought this was a clever idea. Give it to one of your girlfriends and make their day!
Happy Valentine's Day Foxy Lady Free Printable Cards





































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Friday, January 30, 2015

Our favorite pasta dish: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (Italian Sausage Marinara)

Teach Me to Cook Italian Sausage Spaghetti Marinara. The perfect way to learn how to make homemade spaghetti sauce! In this learn to cook series, you will be taught everything you need to know to make the most scrumptious Italian Sausage Spaghetti Marinara Sauce. Part of the #TeachMeToCookSeries this meal is done and on the table in less than 30 minutes! WOW! #Pasta #spaghetti #homemade #Learntocook



Teach me to cook January : 30 minute dinner recipes.
    I’m so excited to be participating in this fantastic blog series brought to you by the fabulous Jill over at Create.Craft.Love. I had the pleasure of meeting Jill at the SNAP conference last spring, and in the middle of breakfast we discovered we are from the same hometown. Small world! When she told me about this project I knew I had to jump in! I can remember being a young wife, scouring Martha Stewart magazines and watching the food channel every chance I got. Cooking is a process that takes a lot of practice. I still have failures. The recipe I’m teaching today— it’s pretty fool proof. I knew instantly that I would share the recipe for my homemade spaghetti sauce. We typically make it as an Italian sausage marinara. It’s one of those go - to recipes everyone needs. It’s done in less than 30 minutes. It’s delicious. It’s a complete meal.The tomatoes in the recipe are giving you a nice healthy dose of veggies, it has protein and the pasta is versatile. Need it to be gluten free? Quinoa noodles go fantastic with it. Not a fan of sausage? Made without it- it’s a perfect quick vegetarian meal. I keep the tomatoes on hand in the pantry for desperate food nights. Even my kiddos like it. The best part? My 13 year old has been making this since he was 11 (with supervision of course!). If he can do it- you can do it. Be prepared to check homemade spaghetti sauce off your to conquer list! So let’s get started!
homemade marina sauce. The perfect way to learn how to make homemade spaghetti sauce! In this learn to cook series, you will be taught everything you need to know to make the most scrumptious Italian Sausage Spaghetti Marinara Sauce. Part of the #TeachMeToCookSeries this meal is done and on the table in less than 30 minutes! WOW! #Pasta #spaghetti #homemade #Learntocook

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