Tasty Tuesday: Craveable Cracker Combos with 34 Degrees {& a Giveaway!}

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Cheese and crackers are an easy, satisfying snack anytime of day and for any occasion.  They can be casual for after-school munching, or gussied up for a party. But do you pay much mind to what type of crackers you serve? I never did before, but I am going to start. Because crackers matter!  Recently, […]

Meal Planning ~ Tips & Tricks

Gnocchi with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Dinner time, the most hated time of day for me. I never seem to know what to make. I need something that will appeal to five different people. The Picky Eater (my 7 yr old), The Pseudo-Vegetarian (my 12 yr old), The Allergic-to-Everything (my 3 yr old) and then my husband and I. I’ve tried the meal prep places like Dream Dinners and they were great for a while, but the hubby thought they were too bland and I couldn’t find time to go down to the store for 3 hours to prep. I also tried recipe apps for my phone and that was okay, but not enough variety. What was I to do?

Nowadays I surf Pinterest for great food ideas and also FoodNetwork.com. Over time I’ve found blogs that have great ideas and suggestions and I often poll our forums “What’s for Dinner?” Click through to find 5 tips/tricks I’ve found to help alleviate the stress of meal planning.

I Knit a Dead Fish Hat & Forced My Kid to Wear It.

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I love knitting. It really calms me down when the kids are driving me crazy or I’m stressed out about writing or deadlines. I knit all sorts of things, coffee sleeves, iPhone sweaters, little stuffed animals for the kids. I’ve even knit Godzilla and Mothra.

The Therapists Notebook – Food for Thought

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Do you ever open your fridge or cupboards and wonder, “What am I going to feed my child today………..?” If you do, you are not alone! I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist and work with several children on their feeding skills. One of the most common problems that young children face with their eating is […]

The Savvy Source

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I’m sooooooo happy they have come to Denver! They just had a great offer of half off a premier family membership at the Butterfly Pavilion. Savvy Savings is a site marketed to parents. They offer ideas on local activites, camps, classes and more! They often have awesome deals featuring local attractions at deep discounts! The […]

[Recipe] 3 Cheese Chicken Penne

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This is Amazing! I made it last week and the kids gobbled it up! Recipe: 3 Cheese Chicken Penne Ingredients 1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked 1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves 1 lb. Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 tsp. Dried basil leaves 1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce 1 […]

Elitch Gardens October Events

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Elitches has a great month of fun going on in October! Check out all the great events below! Sept. 25 – Oct. 31: Fright Fest Face your fears at Elitch Gardens! Celebrate Halloween all month long at Fright Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. During the day, Fright Fest features family-friendly shows and […]

Why do you knit, Knit?

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I have a NEED to do something with my hands. I went to college to study graphic design, but quickly discovered I didn’t want to just design. I loved the production end just as much, if not more. I didn’t want to just come up with the idea, I needed the follow through. I loved the messy printing end, but didn’t want to give up the creative design end. So I took a break to figure things out. My parents are still bitter. And I got married, and had babies and decided what I REALLY wanted to do was be Mom. But I still need to create somehow.

[Recipe] Family Fun Pumpkin Cupcakes

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I’m ready for fall to arrive, how about you?! I was searching for a great pumpkin recipe to get me in the autumn mood and came accross this AWESOME one from Family Fun Magazine! I’m making them now! Hope they turn out just as tasty as they look! Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes Ingredients CUPCAKES: 2 cups […]

[Recipe] Italian Gnocchi with Chicken

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Tired of pasta and don’t feel like making a risotto? This is my go-to for pasta night here. My kids LOVE Gnocchi! Gnocchi (pronounced nee-okkee) are an excellent alternative: They’re fantastic with all sorts of sauces, from a simple summer tomato sauce to the richest winter meat sauce. Florentines call them topini (field mice), because […]

From Rumpled to Runway with Kelly Ripa

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I’ve been lusting over this washer and dryer every time I see an Electrolux commercial with Miss Kelly Ripa herself. These commercials are so cute! I was honored to get the chance to let you all know about a special project Electolux and Kelly are teaming up for. Electrolux and brand ambassador Kelly Ripa are […]

[Recipe] Comfort Food – Mac & Cheese

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My kids go bananas for mac-n-cheese and I feel better making it from scratch so I know what they are getting nutrition wise. Here is our favorite Mac & Cheese recipe! Recipe: Comfort Food – Mac & Cheese Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 (12 […]

That little…

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$#!t! Ooooh boy, he’s lucky his daddy had to work all night so I couldn’t be loud when I found this… This is only one of the 5 (FIVE!) cushions he colored on. Just last week he drew a nice picture on my off white dining room chair (yes, I’m a masochist for owning such […]

[Recipe] Baked Potato Soup

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It’s almost fall, so it’s almost time to start making my favorite cold weather comfort food! Baked Potato Soup! Recipe: Baked Potato Soup Ingredients 12 slices bacon 2/3 cup margarine 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 7 cups milk 4 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 green onions, chopped 1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 […]

ColoradoMoms Favorite Things

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It’s Friday, so it’s time to post my favorite things from this week! 1. SodaStream! Check out my review on our SodaStream. We are obsessed with it! 2. KnitPicks.com. I’m starting a knit-a-long of this great Sheldon pattern! I’m naming him HotRod just like our tortoise. I ordered some great colors for him and hoping […]

School’s in session, or will be soon!

With the countdown to school almost over I find myself trying to cram every last summer related activity into our weekends.  I know that the temperature won’t drop for another couple of weeks, but once school starts it feels like summer has pretty much come to an end.  There are plenty of events going on […]

Yo Gabba Gabba Launches New Cool Tricks Contest

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YO GABBA GABBA! LAUNCHES COOL TRICKS CONTEST WINNERS TO RECEIVE VIP FAMILY 4-PACK AND THEIR COOL TRICK FEATURED AT KIA MOTORS PRESENTS YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! GRAND PRIZE WINNER TO RECEIVE 5 DAY ALL-EXPENSE PAID FAMILY VACATION  Miami, FL — (August 18, 2010) Hello friends! YO GABBA GABBA! announces […]

Five Lessons Every Kid Should Learn

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There are five lessons every kid should learn in life. Unfortunately, many kids either don’t learn them until later in life, or at all. 1. Nothing in life is free. I don’t know how many times my kids want to go to McD’s or BK for the “free” toy. Um, no, that toy is $3.99 […]