Quick and Easy Minions Snack Mix

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So there's this movie coming out, with some of my most favorite movie characters EVER in it.  Maybe you've heard of them? They are yellow and weird and have a propensity to make you laugh and laugh when onscreen?  The Minions? Well, the movie arrives in theaters this Friday (July 10), and I can't even ...

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 for ...

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 chop just like a Porterhouse Steak?  True story.  It’s time to give grills everywhere a makeover ...

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 ...

Layered 4th of July Mocktail

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So looking forward to the long weekend for the 4th of July.  There's just something so fun and special about celebrating our nation's independence, and we always like to find little ways to make it a little more special.  Making fun mocktails is almost a guaranteed hit with the kiddos, but layered beverages seal the ...

Finding the best diploma frames

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The past 6 weeks have been busy for anyone involved in a school.  End of school activities, transitions, promotions, and graduations.  At many levels.  My youngest graduated Kindergarten a few years ago. While we'll keep her certificate, we probably won't frame it... although it'll live in her school memory box. For older kids, leaving high ...

July 4th Fruit Wands

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Sometimes having kids help in the kitchen is more work than it is helpful.  Well these July 4th fruit wands are not only adorable but they are simple enough for kids any age to help with!  So give the kids the next task of making something for the annual family Fourth of July barbeque! Not ...

Helpful Tools for Trying to Conceive

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I was put on the birth control pills at the age of 15 to help with severe cramping during my periods. When we got married, I stopped. We knew we wanted to have a family, eventually, so it was just a natural thing to do. I was already active on message boards at the time ...