Kid-Friendly Kombucha Strawberry Smoothies (With Video)

Monday, July 18, 2016

These kid-friendly kombucha strawberry smoothies will blow your kids' minds! They are super healthy and are almost a meal unto themselves. With the fresh spinach, chia, and fruit, your kids will get a ton of nutrients without even knowing it. I recommend buying bottled pasteurized kombucha with chia already added. This way you know it's safe and all you have to do is dump it in the blender! Ingredients and tutorial video are listed below. The amount you will need is based on how many smoothies you will be making.

Frozen Strawberries
8 oz. Pasteurized Kombucha with Chia
Fresh Spinach Leaves
1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
1 Banana
Honey (put as much or as little as you want)

How to Make Bacon Cheese Stuffed Twister Dogs! (With Video)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

These aren't the healthiest treats you can make, but they sure are tasty for a special occasion! If you are having a small party with kids, these would be great to make for everyone. Besides, who (besides vegans) doesn't like bacon and cheese? These are really easy to put together as well. Just watch the short video below. All you need are kabob sticks, hot dogs (or your favorite sausage), shredded cheese, bacon, and pre-made pizza dough in a can. When you bake these in the oven, make sure and cover the cookie sheet in foil and use a little non-stick spray. Enjoy!

How to Make Galaxy Frozen Yogurt Popsicles (With Video)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

These frozen yogurt popsicles are so fun and and they are super easy to make. Galaxy themed food is everywhere, but it can be tough to make recipes such as galaxy doughnuts. These pops are not difficult and your kids will be amazed. So just watch the tutorial video below, and to make things even easier, I listed the ingredients right after the video!

Ingredients: Vanilla yogurt; black, blue, pink, and purple food coloring; silver sprinkles.

This Father's Day, Enjoy the Little Things...and This One BIG Thing!

Friday, June 17, 2016


Sometimes parents get so concerned with the big picture, that we forget to enjoy the journey that we get to experience with our kids. There is the right school, getting them to soccer practice, and making sure they eat their vegetables, and the little joys get lost in the busyness. This Father's Day I want to remember what makes me smile about being a dad. Here are the top three things that are my highlights in being a dad, once I actually stop and enjoy the ride!

1. Getting down on their level.
I was reminded of this again last night. We are so busy trying to get kids to eat, get them to clean up, and get them to brush their teeth, that we rarely get down on the floor with them. When I clear my mind of everything that I could be doing and just lay down and build blocks, wrestle, or read a book, it absolutely makes my night. I love laying on my stomach on the bedroom floor while my kids climb all over me and listen to me read them a story. "One more book?" They ask. Absolutely.

8 Secrets to Make Traveling With Kids A Snap

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Homewood Suites. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

There isn't much that strikes more fear into the heart of a parent than traveling with kids. It's pretty much seen as a nightmare situation that many parents consider a hilarious joke when it's suggested. Go ahead, try to suggest a vacation with kids to the next parent you come across. The good news is that traveling with children doesn't have to be terrible. In fact, if you are prepared, a parent can handle anything. Think about it. On a regular basis you handle vomit, lost homework, a shaved dog, multiple meltdowns, and a naked toddler who just tried to make a break for it out the front door...and that's all before your first cup of coffee.

A prepared parent cannot only endure family travel, but they can make it the trip of a lifetime. Whether you are a dad or a mom, you have have it in you to plan a trip that you and your kids will talk about for years to come. As a dad who loves this stuff, I like to call it being a #TravelMANager. Here are a few tips that every dad and mom must know to pull off that incredible trip with their kids.

1. Pack a carry-on for each kid.
Every ticketed passenger can bring a free carry-on so take advantage of that. With many airlines charging for each checked bag, space can be tight and expensive. Not only can you put toys for your kids in their carryon, but you can also put a few extra light clothing items (shirts, shorts, etc.) in the bottom to help clear out space in your checked suitcases.

2. Load two-to-three sealable plastic baggies filled with toys, activities, and snacks.
A good #TravelMANager rule is to fill one zipper type plastic baggie per hour that you will travel. Fill it with toys, small puzzles, coloring books, etc. You can also put some special snacks in there. Every hour, take out another bag for your child to open and entertain themselves with. This way they don't get bored with their toys before the plane leaves the ground, or your car leaves the driveway. Another plus is that they don't have to spend the whole trip staring at a screen.
3. Bring a sealable baggie for garbage and wet wipes.
You can either bring some extra baggies or use ones that you empty out using the tip above. Have you

How to Make a Fun Finding Dory Soup and Sandwich Lunch!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I have partnered with Campbell's Soup for this sponsored post. I have been compensated but all opinions are my own.

The wait is finally over. Ever since I first saw Finding Nemo, I knew it was an instant classic. It is actually my favorite Pixar film of all time. You have Marlin the dad who literally crosses the ocean to search for his lost son. He never gives up hope and learns a tremendous amount about himself at the same time. You meet characters like Bruce the shark and Crush the turtle. However, the fish who stole the show was definitely Dory. Now Dory gets to star in what will be the hit of the summer.

My family is so excited for the movie that I had to create a summertime lunch to celebrate. Once I saw that Campbell's Soup had limited edition Finding Dory soup cans, I knew I had to make it a soup and sandwich combo. The Campbell's Soup not only has fun character labels, but there is Dory, Nemo, and Destiny shaped noodles as well. It pairs perfectly with the easy Dory sandwich idea that I created. See how to make it below and serve it to your kids before you go see the movie!

Ingredients: Campbell's Finding Dory Chicken Noodle Soup, whole wheat bread slices, sliced

How to Create a Fantastic Family Campout in Your Own Backyard

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Papa Murphy's Pizza. I was compensated but all opinions are my own.
Papa Murphys pizza

When I was growing up, I loved camping. The idea of going somewhere out of the ordinary, setting up a fun new "room," and eating tasty food over the campfire just always excited me as a kid. I distinctly remember one time when we arrived at the campsite and went fishing at twilight. It wasn't long before we came back with fresh trout. We grilled it with bacon and the flavor was amazing. Camping is pretty much one of the greatest things you can do as a family. The problem is that there isn't always time to get everything packed up, and set aside an entire weekend to go to the lake.

The thought came to me that we don't have to go out in the woods in order to give our kids some of the experiences of camping. In fact, it's possible to surprise them by doing it all in one day in our backyard! We celebrated an early Father's Day and spent most of the time just relaxing and having fun, without even going anywhere. It was crazy how the kids just loved having a tent in the backyard. They wanted to do absolutely everything in the backyard. Read books. Yep. Play games together. Absolutely. Guess how long the whole "campground" took us to set up? About 30 minutes.

papa murphys pizza

We picked up a few take-n-bake pizzas from Papa Murphy's Pizza. Our family loves them because they are so easy to make and the quality is top notch. Only this time we decided to grill them over our Big Green Egg Mini Max BBQ. We couldn't have an open campfire in our back lawn (something about fire codes), but this was just as good. We just followed the instructions for the oven, and grilled it over a pizza stone. If you have never done this, you are missing out! While our Big Green Egg was heating up, there was time to bring out a football and soccer ball and play some games!
papa murphy's pizza
Cooking the Papa Murphy's pizzas was an easy task. I just placed the pizza, and the cardboard tray, on the hot pizza stone. I rotated the pizza twice while it cooked. You need to keep an eye out to make
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