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10 Must See National Landmarks

From sea to shining sea, from north to as far south as you can drive there are many famous, awe inspiring landmarks to see right here in our United States. That makes for plenty of awesome road trips for you and the family, with amazing photos to be taken, and memories to be made. Where will [...]



Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

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Some flavors of childhood lose their appeal when you grow up. Cheap  boxed macaroni and cheese? Lost my taste for it. Chocolate milk? No thanks. But a classic Peanut Butter and Jelly just never lost it's appeal, plus it's great for those days you are just too lazy tired to make a real meal.  It [...]

7 Secrets for Successful Butterfly Gardens

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If you want to draw a lot of beautiful butterflies to your yard you have to make it very inviting for them.  Just like you want a fluffy bed at the hotel, a good hot breakfast, and other comforts they require some key features to be attacted to your garden spread. Buffet, comfy places to [...]

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

I love adding a little splash of summer to my kitchen whether it's with fresh flowers, colorful vases, or cute tea towels.  I've made several summer tea towels lately using fruit for inspiration.  These Citrus Stamped Tea Towels are my favorite.  They also make a great, inexpensive hostess gift too! Supplies: Flour Sack Towels Fabric [...]

Sweet Chili Ranch Chicken Nuggets

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  Sure, you have probably dunked everything from celery sticks to chicken nuggets in Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing but have you ever tried using it as a main ingredient in your recipe? It adds a delicious moistness and flavor when used in chicken nuggets in place of an egg or milk wash.  These are great [...]

Five Tips To Avoid Getting Car Sick This Summer

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nauzene Kids for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Once school is officially out for the summer, my family and I usually hit the road. We love to travel to different locales, both local and out of our area. We are lucky to be [...]

5 Ways to avoid mosquitoes and enjoy the outdoors

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Spending time outdoors in the summer is one of my favorite things to do. In fact, some of my most treasured memories are of being outside in summer – chasing fireflies with the neighborhood kids in our Underoos (mine were Wonder Woman, totally polyester and totally AWESOME), having campfires up at Camp Nokomis and midnight [...]

Patriotic Blue Velvet Brownies a la mode

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I'm all about fun holiday foods. They are just a lot of fun to create, share and enjoy. With summer comes hot weather and makes me wanting frozen goodies on holidays- with 4th of July coming up, I wanted to do something patriotic but with a little bit of a twist- using frozen custard in [...]

Mojito Lime Grilled Porterhouse Pork Chops

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I get into dinner "ruts" more often than I care to admit. I do.  Partly because we have our favorites, but also, sometimes I just under-appreciate the awesome of pork. Do you know that you cook a Porterhouse Pork just like a Porterhouse Steak?  True story.  It’s time to give grills everywhere a makeover and [...]

5 Ways to Make Laundry Day a Snap

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tide® HE Turbo Clean™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.   If your house is anything like mine you don’t have a set laundry day, rather it is an endless pile that must be tamed on a daily basis. A never ending pile [...]

Math games using Common Core Standards

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Summer is here and we are in full summer mode! Tons of time hanging out by the pool and hanging out with friends every day. BUT part of me, like many parents, starts worrying about the dreaded summer slide. So many kids fall behind in reading and math. My kids read all the time, they [...]