7QT: Updates, Pinterest Tips, Etsy & More

- 1 - #Updates - Hubby cleaned out the gutters.  YAY! - Tootsie Roll is teething again.  NOT YAY! - We still have to re-register Cupcakes for gymnastics for the summer. - Hubby and I have been sucked back into Candy Crush. - We're thrilled with the nice weather, and have resumed going on walks! - We redeemed $15 more in Target gift cards with the Shopkicks app! - My sister and her new husband are still on their honeymoon. - The kids, my mom, and I are going shopping tomorrow and I … [Read more...]

I’m a Grumpy Mom When I’m Hungry… Here’s a Delicious Fix

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias Normally, I'm cheerful and bubbly, and I LOVE being a Stay at Home Mom.  However, #WhenImHungry, I'm not a happy person.  So I don't know about you, but I need an early-afternoon boost, and it's best when it comes during my kids' nap time - ESPECIALLY on those days when both kids are napping at the same time!  So I'm so grateful to do this post for … [Read more...]

7QT: HAPPY EASTER!

- 1 - #Updates HAPPY EASTER!! - 2 - Blog Stuff My goal is to read one blog post that I've pinned to my Bloggy & Social Media pin board per day.  I particularly enjoyed this one: How to Attract New Readers to your Blog The author of this post on Live Randomly Simple suggests submitting posts / articles to sites and blogs that accept submissions.  She has a whole long list on this one of her Blog Tips posts!  Check it out; it sounds like a great idea. - 3 - Easter … [Read more...]

7QT: St Patrick’s Day Party, Pizza Bagels & More

- 1 - #Updates It's feeling spring-ier and spring-ier outside!  Still, snow is everywhere and it's ugly.  I read one of my timehops from last year and it said, "I just want it to pour down rain to make all the ugly snow go away!"  That would be nice. It's Friday the 13th.  Good luck out there today! - 2 - Blog Stuff My goal is to read one blog post that I've pinned to my Bloggy & Social Media pin board per day.  I particularly enjoyed this one: - 3 - Fun, Quick Lunch Idea: … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Pizza Bagels: Quick and Fun

We had a play date with my friend Kate the other day, and she told me about this pin to make Pizza Bagels.  We made some cheese and some pepperoni for us and the kids.  Cupcakes and I loved them!  They're also so great because they're so much healthier than frozen pizzas or those pizza bagels in the box (which, admittedly, I love). These are great for lunch, or a late night snack with your hubs! Ingredients: Bagels Pizza Sauce Mozzarella Cheese Cheddar Jack Cheese Pepperoni … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Baked Mostaccioli

Did you forget to thaw meat last night for dinner tonight?  This happens to me all the time.  So here's a recipe you can just put in your back pocket and pull it out when you need to.  It's more delicious than just plain 'ol pasta, and since it's Lent, you can easily make it meatless! Behold my Baked Mostaccioli Ingredients: - 1 Box Mostaccioli - 2 Cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided (the hubs hand-grated it for this recipe! You can buy it pre-shredded too) - 1 Can of Pasta … [Read more...]

Awesome Baked Mac n Cheese Recipe Inspired by Martha Stewart

I found an awesome new mac 'n cheese recipe on Pinterest!  I'm a huge mac 'n cheese fan, and I love finding new different ways to make it.  Even small changes in mac 'n cheese recipes can make for great new ways to serve it up to your family!  Here's a great baked mac 'n cheese recipe inspired by the one-and-only Martha Stewart!  I've made it a bit easier than the original recipe... because I like easy recipes.   Ingredients BAKED: - Cooking spray - Casserole Dish - Box of Penne … [Read more...]

5 Faves: Food Pins I’ve Actually Done

I really like Jenna's 5 Faves link party on Wednesdays because it really gets me thinking and writing on a more personal level, both of which make me a happy blogger. The thing about getting my brain juices flowing and my mind thinking is that it doesn't really work when I'm exhausted.  And since I'm new to the 5 Faves, I was hoping you would forgive me if I write a post just this once that's not too brain-y, and think-y.  Starting after this post, I will brainstorm these new Wednesday … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Active During Winter with Honey Maid Go Bites

We have been SOOO cooped up here in Chicago!!  Getting my kid to stay active has been a struggle since most days we can't even go outside.  We're using what we have available to us, though!  To combat cabin fever, we've been scheduling play dates, going to the library, walking around malls, and playing at McDonald's play places.  Our best gross motor activity to do while we're at home is Freeze Dance / having Dance Parties.  I just posted a list of 101 Free (or cheap) Winter Activities for Kids, … [Read more...]

Copycat Recipe: Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

One day, I met my husband and our kids at Starbucks.  I can't remember where I was or why we were separated in the first place, but when I found them at the table, Hobbs had a surprise for me.  I am not a coffee drinker so I don't often go there, and therefore am not familiar with the menu. What he had there on the table for me was a Cranberry Bliss Bar.  I'm wasn't super into cranberries (except at Thanksgiving) so I was skeptical.  But oh. my. gosh.  It was absolutely amazing!  So amazing … [Read more...]