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Back to School Tips #fuelforschool

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Jimmy Dean Pancake on a Stick - a quick and easy breakfast to give #fuelforschool

Jimmy Dean Pancake on a Stick - a quick and easy breakfast to give #fuelforschool

I can’t believe that it is back to school time already.  It seems like summer just started, but on Monday the kids will all be back in school.  With school comes crazy schedules, lots of activities, homework, busy mornings, and at the beginning of the year a decent amount of chaos.  It can take a little while for everyone to get back into the routine.  Today we are going to go through a few tips and tricks, so hopefully you can start the school year off right!

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S’mores Snack Mix

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S'mores Snack Mix 3 square

S’mores Snack Mix – a fun and easy way to enjoy classic s’mores anytime!  Great for lunch boxes, after school snacks, late night cravings…you name it!

S'mores Snack Mix - a fun and easy way to enjoy classic s'mores anytime!  Great for lunch boxes, after school snacks, late night cravings...you name it!

I can’t believe it is time to start thinking about back to school.  I know some schools in part of the U.S. have already started.  We normally would go back next week, but we have an extra week this summer.  I am seriously soaking up that time!  I thought this summer was going to drag on and my son would be bored.  We took our big vacation in March when we went to New Zealand, so it was just a trip to see the grandparents in WI this summer.  Also, I only had him in 1 camp for a week.  But somehow we have been busy.  Last minute we enrolled him in tennis lessons, trips to the pool, playing with friends, and trips to the mountains on the weekend….we have been going like crazy.  So I am not actually ready for my son to go back to school yet!

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips. Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Do you do girls/guys night on a regular basis?  Everyone talks about how important it is to go out and make time for your spouse.  I completely agree with that, family is by far the most important thing in my life.  But going out with my girlfriends is sometimes almost as important.  A few nights ago a group of us went out to a local restaurant.  There were 16 of us total, and it was one of the best nights I have had in a long time.  So much laughing, yummy food, and such a great time.  I came home totally relaxed and ready to take on the world the next day.  Something that we really do need to make happen more often.

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Cheddar Green Olive Dip

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Cheddar & Green Olive Dip

Cheddar Green Olive Dip – A creamy, cheesy, salty green olive, dip that is great warm or cold. 

Cheddar Green Olive Dip - A creamy, cheesy, salty green olive, dip that is great warm or cold.

This weekend we are celebrating our last Christmas.  My parents got here the other day, and we are joining my brother up in the mountains to celebrate our family Christmas.  This has been the longest, most drawn out holiday season ever!  It started when we had Christmas with my husband’s family over Thanksgiving.  I am really looking forward to a weekend relaxing and enjoying time with my family.  Hopefully the weather will be nice, and we can enjoy some time outside.  We have yet to go snowshoeing this season, so this weekend might be our first time!

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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip

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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip is a twist on your classic homemade peanut butter.  Just 2 ingredients, and you have a tasty and addicting treat!

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

This week is crazy!  So much to do to get ready for Halloween, and so little time to get it all done.  I thought I was in good shape, but then being gone for 4 days really throws things off.  I have no idea how people who travel all of the time for work do it.  I travel 2 or 3 times a year, and I can barely keep up.  Hopefully we can get pumpkins carved tomorrow night, and then I might feel like we are in better shape.  Have you all ready purchased your Halloween candy?  I try not to do it too far ahead of time, or I will eat it all.  So that is still on my list as well!  I am not sure it will ever end.  This is just the beginning of the crazy holiday season.

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Fun Halloween Treats

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Fun Halloween Treats - a round up of great Halloween ideas

 
A great round up of some fun Halloween desserts, snacks, and other fun ideas!

Fun Halloween Treats - a round up of great Halloween ideas

Are you ready for Halloween?  It is less than a week away!!  We still need to carve our pumpkins, figure out who we are trick or treating with and where, and I still have to make a rope belt.  But we are close.  Darn all the last minute stuff!  I was really hoping to have our pumpkins carved by this weekend, but we have just been so busy.  I am actually in Ohio right now, last weekend my in-laws were here, and my parents were visiting before that.   Hopefully one night this week we can get it done.  We often do them on Halloween night.  But my husband’s company does a fun trick or treat thing for the kids right after school, and my son wants to go this year.  So time to get my butt in gear, and get some stuff done!

Today I am sharing with you a few of my favorite Halloween ideas.  Cute brownies, cookies, drinks, and snacks.  Great for a Halloween party at school, the day of, or just for fun this week!  Hope you find something that you enjoy!

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Chorizo Queso Dip

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Chorizo Queso Dip {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in is sure to make game time even better!

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in

Living in Colorado, all you have heard about for the last week is Peyton Manning.  Leading up to the game on Sunday the talk was all about him beating the record that Brett Favre held.  Now, it is all about how he did break it, and how much farther can he go.  My husband and I were actually in Denver over the weekend, but did not go to the game.  Tickets were obscenely high priced, because everyone wanted to see him break the record.  Everywhere you turned there were Manning signs, and people in Manning jerseys.  On Monday, after he broke the record I was in my son’s school for something.  Every 3rd kid I saw had a Manning or Bronco shirt on.  It is kind of crazy!  Hoping that it dies down a little bit in the next couple weeks.

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Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels

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Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels - cheddar flavored pretzels with a little kick

What a busy weekend!  Friday night we went to a local pumpkin patch with my husband’s company.  We did the corn maze, other activities they had, and ate dinner there.  Saturday we got up first thing, and drove up into the mountains.  We went to visit some friends who live up there, and take advantage of a free hotel stay we earned.  We spent the day at our friends house catching up, and watching the boys play like crazy.  They have 5 kids, so when we get together, it is a little chaotic.  Sunday we had to be back here by early afternoon for a Lego Robotics meeting.  So now that we are back to work for Monday, I kind of feel like I need a day to relax.  Isn’t that always the case after a good weekend though?

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars

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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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Brownie Batter Dip #IDelight

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Browni Batter Dip - great for snacks, parties, or dessert!

Browni Batter Dip - great for snacks, parties, or dessert!

We had the first day of school here yesterday.  For the most part things went well.  It was a little hectic getting out the door in the morning, but that was mainly because we have friends visiting right now.  Hopefully by the end of the week, we will be back into our routine, and not rushing so much :)  My 9 year old likes his teacher, and has a few friends in his class, so that is promising.  He is a little bummed that all of his really good friends are in other classes, but I am sure it will all work out OK in the end.   The biggest thing for me is to get back into the swing of making a lunch for him!  It might be time to get him involved, and have him help pack it each day :)

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