The Thanksgiving Leftovers Waffle Sandwich That You Never Knew You Needed In Your Life

Monday, November 20, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Pyrex. All opinions are my own.

I'm going to be open and honest with you. Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite meals of the year. I mean, I love other holidays, but when it comes to the act of actually eating, the Thanksgiving meal is king. Sure, Halloween has its candy, Easter has some great delicacies of its own, and St. Patrick's Day food is really underrated, but Thanksgiving is where the culinary magic happens. In my family, we always deep fry our turkey and serve an abundance of pies. It's making me hungry just thinking about that cranberry sauce. However, the sweet potatoes could really just disappear forever and they would never be missed. I have seriously tasted every sweet potato dish imaginable and I am done with that vile root. But let's stay positive, okay?


I also believe that the day after Thanksgiving is the best day-after-a-holiday all year long. Why? You open up the fridge and all of that beautiful food is still right there. Because if you didn't make enough food for leftovers, you did Thanksgiving wrong. The thing is, after that first day it helps to mix things up a bit. That's why we decided to bust out the waffle iron. Because if something is good on its own, it will be next level if you waffle it. And guess what was pretty much created for waffling? That's right, Thanksgiving stuffing! The amazing thing is that molding stuffing into waffle form, and combining it with the powers of the other leftovers, makes this recipe the perfect dish to send to school or work in a Pyrex storage container with the person that you love.

Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Ears School Lunch

Monday, November 13, 2017

Disney World

So I am going to say something right now that will blow your mind. Our family loves Disney. Shocker, right? Well since we are literally now counting down the days to our first ever trip to Disney World (we've been to Disneyland), I thought I would make a Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears lunch for my kids based on those awesome mouse ear hats that you have to buy when you get to the park! If you are planning your own trip, maybe this will give you some inspiration for a special lunch leading up to the trip. Also I wrote a post sharing how we were able to fly our family to Disney World (and more place) for basically free. Check it out if you want to save money on your next plane trip.

Disney World

Good Day, Good Night Will Be Your Kids' New Favorite Book (and This Will be Their New Favorite Recipe)!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with HarperCollins. All opinions are my own.
Goodnight Moon

You know the drill. Your child goes and gets the same book out of the bookshelf every night. Every. Single. Night. There are those books that you can't really stomach to read more than once, and you do your best to make sure these "accidentally" get lost.  Then there are those that are classics that you cannot wait for your child to choose again. This post is about two books that fall in the latter category, and one recipe that pairs well with both!

If your kids are like mine, they have grown up with Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. From the time they could sit still enough to look at the fantastic pictures by Clement Hurd, I read this to all three of my kids. To tell the truth, my older kids still love to sit and listen to the story when I read it to my youngest at night. Our family's love for Goodnight Moon is why I was so excited to hear about the previously unpublished book by Margaret Wise Brown, Good Day, Good Night.

Goodnight Moon

We received a copy of Good Day, Good Night in the mail, along with a new copy of Goodnight Moon, a rabbit plush toy, and an exclusive press event kit. By the way, you can win all of these by entering my giveaway below! I wasn't sure if the newly released book would come close to the old one, but after the first reading, my youngest was enthralled. From the familiar way it was written, to Loren Long's enchanting illustrations, it was an instant classic in our house! My son now wants me to read this to him almost every night (and most times twice a night).

How to Make Spooky Spider Snacks for Halloween!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween appetizers

These spiders just appeared out of nowhere! We came up with these Spooky Spider Snacks on a whim as we were planning another recipe. I just thought, we have crackers, hummus, and olives, what if we just put them together in a recipe? That would seem a little weird if it wasn't for Halloween I guess. So it all worked out for the best! Anyhow, you can easily put these together for your own Halloween get together. You just need the ingredients I listed above and to watch the video below. Happy Halloween!

A Piece of My Heart Pasta Dinner For Your Kids!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Barilla®. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes you want to surprise your family by making dinner a little extra special and then there are times where you will give anything for your kids to eat dinner without complaining. During this hectic back-to-school time you don't have time to make dinner and deal with complaining as well, right? This is when this Piece of my Heart Pasta Dinner, made with Barilla pasta and sauce, comes in handy! These pasta hearts and veggies are super tasty but sometimes kids need a little extra motivation. When your kids see the little extra love that you put into their dinner, it just might give them that extra motivation and it will shock you with how eager they are to eat!

Barilla Pasta

Let's stop for a personal testimony here. My seven-year-old son always complains about eating his vegetables. At times, it's definitely a struggle. When we made this particular dinner, it was a completely different experience. He definitely loved the Barilla pasta heart, so I had an idea. Because of how easy the pasta is to eat, a portion of vegetables were also easy to eat after that. When he discovered that he could eat that combo together, he devoured the rest of dinner with no problem. The pasta worked a miracle!

Hey parents, have you ever wanted to sleep better? This might help!

Monday, October 23, 2017

You know how when you become a parent you give up certain things for awhile? You know how one of those things happens to be sleep? Yeah, I know, it's a sensitive subject. I remember when our third was born he was such a poor sleeper that we had to keep him downstairs while one of us slept on the couch next to his bassinet. For a month. Every night. If you're looking for a positive side to it, I don't really remember exactly how tired I was because I walked around like a zombie for that entire time. So there's that. Now if you are looking for tips on how to get your kids to sleep through the night, this isn't the post for you. This post is about how much, when you become a parent, you truly start to appreciate sleep. As big fans of sleep, my wife and I had the chance to review Tomorrow Sleep's mattress, comforter, and pillow. After a month of using them, this is what you need to know.

I have to stop and mention here that we love our old mattress that we've had forever. When we would travel, I would dream about coming home to our mattress. It was actually the first legit piece of furniture that we bought when we got married. The problem is that we've now been married for sixteen years. Let me rephrase that. The problem is that we've now had the same mattress for sixteen years. So as much as we love it, we knew it was time to look into a new one. This was about the time that Tomorrow Sleep contacted me asking if we would like to review their mattress and a few other products. I skeptically agreed. How great could a mattress in a box be? We literally have kept our old mattress in our room just in case we hated the new one. Now, on to what we think about the Tomorrow Sleep products.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Black Bean Dip

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I'll just be honest here. In our house we have gone through a few bowls of this dip because this Disney's The Nightmare Before Christmas Black Bean Dip is so good. I wish that we would have put together enough that it actually would have made it all the way to a party, but we have failed in that goal. However, if you have more self control than us, this Jack Skellington appetizer would be great for a Halloween get together!

You only need a few ingredients and a couple minutes to put this together. Below is the list of ingredients and you can watch the short video to see the instructions. Have fun this holiday season and whether you make this for Halloween or Christmas this is sure to be a hit!

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