Save Family Time with These Incredible Instant Pot Family Dinners!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Disclosure: We received these Instant Family products for free, but made our own decision to write the blog post so that we could share our recipes.

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus Perfect Pulled Pork

-3 lbs. boneless pork roast
-2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
-3 Teaspoons Paprika
-1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
-2 Teaspoons onion powder
-2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
-1 Teaspoon Cumin
-1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne (optional)
-2 Tablespoons Oil
-1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 1/2 cups Chicken or Beef Broth
-3-5 cloves of Garlic
-1 onion cut in 5 large pieces

Halloween Creepy Zombie and Mummy Wraps Lunch

Sunday, October 6, 2019

How to Make a Halloween Zombie and Mummy Wraps Lunch

Halloween is coming, but I needed something quick and easy to make for my kids' lunches because this weekend has been craaaazzzzzyyyy! I was already making burritos for something else, so I decided to just go with some wraps. Ok they are creepy monsters in the shape of a wrap, but they won't bite you as you are biting them...maybe.

Vampires, Horses, and Churros: Things to do When You Visit Santa Cruz, California With Chase Freedom Unlimited

Friday, October 4, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Chase Freedom Unlimited. All opinions are my own.
Lunch idea for kids

My wife and I have been having so much fun fulfilling this year's goal of traveling with our whole family more, but sometimes you have to just get away as a couple for a day to spend time without kids. We love our kids, but we also love those rare moments when we can leave the children with their grandparents and head out of town for twenty-four hours. Recently, we were given one of those moments and took full advantage of it by grabbing our Chase Freedom Unlimited card and steering our car towards the beach, child-free meals, and a day long date!

Every summer, my family packs up and drives out west to spend time with our extended family and friends in Northern California. You can read about our trip in a previous blog post, but it is basically a whirlwind of quality time spent with loved ones. Usually our wedding anniversary also falls during this trip. So far, our family has been meeting our goal by traveling together, but on our most recent trip we had the opportunity to spend one night away from home as a couple...and it was glorious!

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Dinosaur Tacos for Family Dinner Night!

This post has been sponsored by Old El Paso and General Mills. I received product and compensation but all opinions are my own.
Easy and fun slow cooker dinosaur tacos for National Taco Day or any family dinner night!

Whether it's National Taco Day, a Tuesday night, or pretty much any other day of the week, my family is ready to consumer as many tacos as possible! We thought we would shake things up a bit by "boldly" going prehistoric with our dinner. We found these Old El Paso Bold Bold Nacho Cheese Stand 'N Stuff Taco Shells on Amazon and my kids absolutely loved the cheesy flavor! Since we had the taco shells, I was inspired to build some dinosaur themed tacos using a Stegosaurus as my model. We also tried our hand at making slow cooker beef barbacoa, which is now our go-to taco filling. These free standing food art tacos are easy to create and so fun to build at home with your family!

Easy and fun slow cooker dinosaur tacos for taco tuesday or any family dinner night!

Your Children Can Learn to Cook at Home with the Young Chefs' Club from America's Test Kitchen Kids!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Young Chefs' Club and America's Test Kitchen Kids. All opinions are my own.
Your Children Can Learn to Cook at Home with the Young Chefs' Club from America's Test Kitchen Kids!

Ever since my daughter was little she has wanted to be in the kitchen making stuff for others to eat. For awhile she even had a dream of having a YouTube channel showing people how to bake different dessert creations. Fast forward a few years and she has moved on from the YouTube idea, but not from cooking. In fact, her younger brothers love being in the kitchen as well. Whether it is with my wife, their grandma, or me, they almost always ask to help out. This is why I was so excited for them to try out the new Young Chefs' Club from America's Test Kitchen Kids!

The Young Chefs' Club is a monthly subscription box that comes in the mail, but it is designed specifically for kids to learn all about how to cook. But as we have experienced, it is really much more than that!

Each month kids aged five and up can receive a box filled with kid-tested and kid-approved recipes, super fun hands-on experiments, and other special surprises! No food comes with the box, but you get a detailed shopping list of everything you will need. In fact, this actually also comes through email before you receive the box in case you want to be prepared.

Your Children Can Learn to Cook at Home with the Young Chefs' Club from America's Test Kitchen Kids!

Disney Mickey Mouse Ears Halloween Food Art Lunch

Monday, September 30, 2019

Disneyland Halloween Party

It's that time of year again and we love to celebrate autumn and Halloween at our house. Better yet, we made this lunch for my boys to help give them a hint of the surprise that we revealed later in the evening...that we are going to Disneyland! Next month we are heading to the happiest place on earth for the Oogie Boogie Bash.

Of course I had to create a fun Disney lunch to celebrate and what better way to do that than with some Mickey Mouse ears sandwiches and a poison apple? I just had to throw some Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas ears in there as well!

We finished the surprise by reading them a Disney story for bedtime. on the last page we included a note that told them to go to the door for a package. They ran to the door and grabbed a big box. Inside were Disney balloons and they had to guess what it all meant. They were shocked when we told them that their guess of going to Disneyland was correct. Not only that, but we are meeting some of our extended family there. We can't wait! In the meantime, keep reading for the ingredients to inspire you to make your own lunch.

How to Make a VSCO Girl TikTok lunch

Sunday, September 22, 2019

How to Make a VSCO Girl TikTok lunch

Do you have a VSCO Girl living at your house? There are a few sure ways to find out. Is your middle school or high school aged girl walking around constantly wearing oversized t-shirts or hoodies along with short-shorts and a puka shell necklace? Do you hear excited chatterings that sound like SKSKSK coming from their room? Are they always on TikTok and mutter exclamations like, "And I Oop!" Is it impossible for them to leave the house without a scrunchie and Hydro Flask water bottle while wearing Crocs, Vans, or Birkenstocks? Does your daughter have a sudden urge to save the turtles?

How to Make a VSCO Girl TikTok lunch

If these things are true of the girl living in your house, then you officially have a VSCO Girl in your family. Don't worry though, this trend seems to be fairly harmless, unless they try to talk you into buying them a Jeep and a Fjallraven's Kranken backpack! But let's be honest. We all had our teenage trend didn't we? Mine was Doc Martens, flannel, long hair, and Seattle grunge music.

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