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POPtober Pantry Organization

OXO Pantry Organization

Pantry before Organization

My pantry is always a mess.  I have so much stuff, and I always just throw things in there.  It is beyond frustrating to open the door and not be able to find what you need.  Or find 3 boxes of the same thing, because you didn’t realize you already had one.  Normally I am pretty organized, I can not stand clutter, I had piles of junk places, and things just need to get put in their place.  But for some reason, my pantry is a different story.  Part of the problem is the size.  It isn’t huge, but it is plenty big for the average kitchen.  Just big enough to hold too much stuff, but too small to have everything in plane sight.  Well, this month I decided it was time to get organized, and turn things around! [Read more...]

Gnocchi Shrimp Scampi & Giveaway

Gnocchi Shrimp Scampi - dinner is ready in less than 15 minutes, and tastes like it came from a restaurant.

Gnocchi Shrimp Scampi - dinner is ready in less than 15 minutes, and tastes like it came from a restaurant.

Let’s talk about dinner as a family today.  I have said it so many times on here, but I think it is so important to kids and families.  I know that people are busy, and kids are involved in so many different activities lately, and dinner seems to be one of the first things to go.  Grabbing take out, everyone eating at different times, using the drive thru, and who knows how many other things to try to get everyone fed and where the need to be.   I have a child involved in activities, my husband and I both work, I completely understand.  But I remember sitting down with my family as a kid, and that was when we all shared and learned so much about what was going on.  As a parent, I want to know what is happening in my kids life, and I want him to always be able to talk to me.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars - a perfect snack!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars - a perfect snack!

So now that we are after Labor Day, I think all the kids are officially back to school.  We have been in school for 2 weeks now, and I can finally say I think we are getting back into a routine.  I love summer, and am not ready for cold temperatures or that white stuff, but I am happy to have our routine back.   My 9 year old is happy to be back in school too.  He may miss his free time, and getting to play all the time.  But he loves to go to school, and see his friends, and have structure.  So this time of year is great for everyone!

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Life’s Good in the Kitchen #LGKitchen

LG Door-In-Door Fridge

LG Life is Good in the Kitchen

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The kitchen really is the heart of the home. If you have a get together, where does everyone hang out? In the kitchen! Even when just our family of 3 is home, we gather around the kitchen when someone is making a meal. Something about being in the kitchen, even if you aren’t the one cooking, is just comforting.  Even after the meal is over, people just tend to hang out talking in the kitchen.  It really is the place to be.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars #biggcerealmovies

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  We were busy spending time with friends, going to a Colorado Rockies game, getting in a good hike, going on a bike ride, and getting to watch fireworks.  It was so much fun, but kind of exhausting at the same time!  I kind of need a nap just thinking of all that we accomplished in the last 3 days.  Or at least a good solid week of relaxation!  Or maybe just movie night, where I can doze off a little :)  Make sure you get to the bottom for a great giveaway that involves free movies!

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Giveaway

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Just in time for Mother’s Day…

 

We’re giving away a bright and shiny KitchenAid mixer. Your mom deserves one, right?

 

Or maybe you deserve one.

 

One lucky winner will receive a 5-quart KitchenAid stand mixer in the color “Ice”. Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget; you’ll have until May 4th to win.

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iPad Air Giveaway

IPad Air Giveaway

IPad Air Giveaway

Have I got a great giveaway for you today!  The new iPad Air is up for grabs!!  I know you want to win one.  I am not even an iPad fan, and I want one.  I am with a great group of bloggers sponsoring this today.  Please use the entry form below to enter.  Super simple, just like the pages you are interested in, and you are entered!

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Cookies & a Giveaway

Keep It Sweet Desserts

Keep It Sweet Desserts

Everyone likes cookies, right?  Well today you are in for a treat.  My friend Lauren from Keep It Sweet Desserts sent me some cookies to taste, and now I have the privilege to offer cookies to you!  I realize that not everyone likes to bake as much as I do, so having a go to source for good baked goods is important.  Let’s face it, store bought cookies don’t always pass the test.

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Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Wrap

Chorizo and Egg Wrap

Chorizo and Egg Wrap

Want to know a little secret?  We aren’t huge sandwich eaters at my house.  Well that isn’t entirely true.  My husband does not like deli meat, so that means, we don’t eat a lot of sandwiches at home.  My 8 year old and I love a good sandwich, but only tend to get them if we are out at a restaurant.  I am slowly trying to turn my husband.  I don’t think I will ever win him over with deli meat, but I will find middle ground between that and peanut butter & jelly.

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$500 Amazon Gift Card

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Who wants to win $500 to spend at Amazon?  If you didn’t raise your hand I think there is something wrong with you!  Well today I am super excited to offer you the chance to win!  I am so jealous, and wish that I could enter to win.

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I have teamed up with a wonderful group of bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway.  The entries are simple, just follow the instructions below!  Good Luck!!

 
Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!