Quick weekend in San Francisco and Napa #MangiaMoment

Quick Weekend in San Francisco & Napa- This Mama Loves

Quick Weekend in San Francisco and Napa The first weekend in March I could be found flying to San Francisco along with some amazing other bloggers and 5 winners (and their guests) from Bertolli's #MangiaMoment sweepstakes. We spent one night in San Francisco and one night in Napa.  I've never been to either place so for me, ...

March Madness Pizza Deals

March Madness Pizza Deals- This Mama Loves

If you follow any kind of college basketball, you know that March means March Madness.  It's tournament time.  Brackets are online and in the paper, and everyone's talking about how their favorite school or alma mater will do. With brackets come games and with games Regardless of who your favorite team is to watch, chances are, ...

Speed Queen Washer Dryer #Giveaway #SpeedQueenHome #LaundryDayLove

Speed Queen Washer Dryer Giveaway This Mama Loves

Last summer, we visited Ripon, Wisconsin and got to tour the factory where Speed Queen laundry machines are made.  Then we were elated to have our very own machines brought to the house and set up by a small business near our home, and my laundry time has been much happier. We've shared some fun ...

#MangiaMoment Event in Napa + Giveaway

Last fall, we had a lot of fun sharing tips for simplifying date night at home.  Apparently you all like simplifying things as much as we do because I am heading out to San Francisco this Friday through Sunday to join Bertolli for their 150th Anniversary Mania Moments event with some new and old blog friends! ...

Bubbly Cupcakes: What to serve at an Award Show Party

Award Show Party Bubbly Cupcakes Recipe- This Mama Loves

It's awards season, and many will be celebrating along with those at the actual award venues, from their homes and friends' homes across the country.  And as we all know, with gatherings comes foods, and why not have some fun and festive foods to go with it, like these Award Show Party Bubbly Cupcakes? Before ...

Star Wars for Pets: Welcome to the Bark Side

Star Wars for Pets: Welcome to the Bark Side- This Mama Loves

Star Wars for Pets: Welcome to the Bark Side...these aren't the pets you've been looking for.  I'm pretty excited to share that Petco has invited me to be part of their Petco Community Ambassador program for the next few months.  We have lots of pets in our house- and are actually in the process of making ...

Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip : Slow Cooker Game Day Recipe

Slow Cooker Game Day Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip- This Mama Loves

It’s playoff season- and by playoff season, I mean FOOTBALL. As you may have heard, there are only two teams left and they’ll be facing off in the biggest game of the year! Luckily, January is #NationalSlowCookerMonth, so you can start perfecting your game day grub as you prep for hosting or attending a viewing ...

Family Holiday Tradition: Memory Tablecloth

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I am a sappy, sentimental girl. I had cameos from both of my grandmothers on my wedding flowers, my sister Debbie's china, my mom's wedding ring, and on and on. I love traditions and history and family, and when I find things that combine these loves, I get, well, sappy and often teary eyed. I ...

Christmas Morning Coffee Drink Recipe

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Every single Christmas, my mom spent most of the month leading up to the big day baking.  Every night (remember, this was pre internet and pre reality show days) we did at least 1 kind of cookies.  She had this master list. It was crazy.  She also worked out of the house! I don't know ...

Mom’s Sickness Fighting Basket for Cold & Flu Season

It's 11 p.m. and we're home snuggled in bed, 25 minutes from the nearest store that is open.  I hear the whimpering from the kids' rooms and I know one of them isn't feeling well.  I can't count the number of times I've put everyone down for bed, seemingly happy and healthy, only to have someone ...