Homemade Pizza Rolls

I have been on a mission since school started to “up” my snack game for my kids. Seeing my kids gobble up something I’ve put effort in to creating makes me super happy inside. I think it’s a little strange. :) I’m not sure what it is, but a little part of me died inside when I sent our Kindergartener off to school this morning. He was soooo excited because I put money in his lunch account to buy a tray in the cafeteria. Basically, bringing his lunch his mom made for him wasn’t really cool. Apparently, buying is. Ugh. Oh well.

He sure DID think this snack was cool, though, and even asked me when he could have them again. Homemade Pizza Rolls for the after school snack WIN! And it was quick and easy, which makes it soooo much better!
Homemade Pizza Rolls

And it was quick and easy, which makes it soooo much better! I found these Arla Dofino cheese blocks in the deli section of my grocery store and knew they would be great for my snack ideas. I actually love looking through that section of specialty cheeses imagining the things I could make with them.

Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good from farm to fridge. The cheese is free of added hormones, artificial flavors and preservatives, and crafted with quality, naturally delicious ingredients.

Homemade Pizza Rolls

In addition to my cheese, all I needed for this snack was a tube of crescent dinner rolls and some pepperonis. I unrolled the tube of dinner rolls and separated each one. I placed three pepperonis on the largest end and then cut about a quarter ounce of cheese for each one. 

homemade pizza rolls

Then I rolled them down starting with the widest end and I made sure to squeeze the sides together to keep the cheese from coming out while they cook in the oven.

Homemade Pizza Rolls

I followed the cooking directions on the tube of dinner rolls to know my oven temperature and cooking time. These were so quick and easy and insanely delicious once they cooled down a little!


Homemade Pizza Rolls

While I love giving them a fun after school snack, I also like balance in our lives and try to add healthy snacks in whenever I can. This snack just took fruit to add to my Arla Dofino cheese and skewers to keep it all together.

Cheese & Fruit Kabobs

There’s no rhyme or reason for how you place everything on your skewer. It’s just whatever works/looks best.


Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

These are easy individualized snacks my for my kids with everything they love! And I love knowing it’s a healthy option to satisfy their hungry tummies after school.


Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Arla Dofino Sweepstakes

Arla Dofino is hosting a Snack-to-School Facebook sweepstakes from now until October 15, 2015. One winner will receive a semester’s worth of Arla Dofino cheese and a Genuine Thermos lunch kit.

How to enter: During the Sweepstakes Period, visit the Arla Dofino Facebook page at click the Sweepstakes tab, and follow the instructions to complete the provided registration form to receive one entry.

Additional entries: Upon submission of a registration form, you will also have the opportunity to follow the instructions to log-in to your Twitter account and share the sweepstakes there. And this is super cool! For each eligible individual who clicks the your share link and enters the Sweepstakes, YOU will receive one additional entry, up to a maximum of ten additional entries throughout the Sweepstakes Period.

One potential winner will be selected in a random drawing held on or about October 16, 2015 from all eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period. Potential winner will be notified by mail, phone, and/or e-mail. The prize will be shipped to the address the winner provides.

Don’t wait! Get over there and get yourself entered. Good luck!!

Old-Fashioned Candied Popcorn

Now that school is in full swing, I’m constantly thinking of fun snacks for the kids. Whether it’s for after school or just a fun weekend snack, it seems my kids are always looking for something to eat. I found a winner with this Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn. My kids love it!
Old-Fashioned Candied Popcorn

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Post-Workout Snack Ideas

I’ve learned over the past couple of years how important it is to take care of yourself, especially as a mom of little ones. One day, about two years ago, I saw a Groupon for an outdoor boot camp and realized it was time to start making myself more of a priority in my life. I signed up and immediately fell in love with a 5:30 a.m. workout time. 

Honestly, I actually shocked myself that I enjoyed it so much! I am NOT a morning person! But, when I hopped out of bed at 5 a.m. and got my hour long workout in, I still had time to get home and relax by myself for about 30 minutes before anyone in my house woke up. I got myself ready and even put on my makeup. Basically, I just felt ahead of the game and more in control of the day with my kids, if that’s even possible. 😉

Along with my new workout routine, I became a little more motivated to change my diet. If I was going to go to all that effort of getting up early and getting my booty kicked by my trainer, why should I sabotage it all with bad eating habits?!

I started looking for healthy options and my favorite time to really push “healthy” is right after I get home from my workout. I wanted to share my 5 favorite post-workout snacks.

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Chicken Parmesan

Just about the time the temperature starts to get a little cooler, which for us in Texas is below 90, :) we start thinking all things Fall and the dinner menu around our house changes up. We’re not grilling as much and the big salads are few and far between. This Chicken Parmesan is a favorite for my family and I’m excited to share it with you all.

Chicken Parmesan

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Go Ahead, Make an Update with The Mohawk Flooring Sale

This post is sponsored by Mohawk Flooring, however, as usual, all opinions are my own.

With little kids at home, Jeff and I don’t get a lot of time to watch the things we’d like on TV, but when we do, it never fails that we always find ourselves watching a show about remodeling or updating a home. Then we talk about the things we’d like to do in our own home. I’m not sure why, but flooring is one of our favorite things to talk about and I guess it’s because changing it makes such a HUGE statement in any home. 

Mohawk Flooring Sale

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DIY Bird Feeder

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetSnack #CollectiveBias

Now that school is back in session, I’m realizing I get less and less bonding time with my kids. As much as I love having a little break from them during the day, I miss having the time to do fun crafts together. This past weekend, we made up for that lost craft time with this DIY Bird Feeder, a project we’ve had on our t0-do list for several weeks.

DIY Bird Feeder

Right before the kids got out for school, we started sprucing up the back yard with pretty flowers and hanging plants since we knew we were about to start spending a lot of time around the pool. A couple of weeks after we got our new hanging plants, I was watering them and discovered a momma dove had made a nest and was sitting on two eggs. 

I was so excited about my kids having the opportunity to see bird eggs and then eventually baby birds, IN OUR BACKYARD! Seriously, I think it’s so cool and fortunately they do too.

We watered the plants daily and checked on our momma dove often to see when the babies hatched. We went out of town one weekend and came home to find these babies. 

DIY Bird Feeder

We’ve watched them grow and now they’ve left the nest but we enjoyed the experience of watching them grow so much that we want to keep them coming back. What better way to keep them coming back than feeding them?! :)

The new school year has brought brand new routines for us and I think that has helped my boys be a little more open minded about new ideas, especially when it comes to food. They have a new after school favorite I found on one of my Walmart trips. They love chocolate and like so many other moms out there, I want to give my kids premium, high quality snacks. These Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding cups have been a perfect new after school snack we can all agree on. Hershey’s Pudding is rich, creamy pudding made with real Hershey’s cocoa.

DIY Bird Feeder

If you’re looking for a new snack for your kids, too, then you can find these in the open shelves of the Dairy section at Walmart. As a matter of fact, the September/October issue of ALL YOU Magazine has a $0.55 off coupon for Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding!

DIY Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder

After my kids devoured their snack, we decided to put the packaging to good use.

How to Make a DIY Bird Feeder

To create this project, you just need a few items, you might already have at home.


  • 2 empty Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding Cups
  • Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding Cups packaging
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • tape
  • hole punch
  • your preferred type of string to use to hang your feeder outside (I used twine for mine)


1. Separate your Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding Cups packaging at the seam.
DIY Bird Feeder

2. Using a spatula, or another type of utensil, spread your peanut butter in a thin layer all over the packaging, except for the side you see I left bare.

DIY Bird Feeder

3. Dump your bag of bird seed into a large container. Dip your peanut butter into the bird seed and push down until every bit  of peanut butter has been covered with bird seed.

DIY Bird Feeder

4. Insert one of the empty cups, as seen in the next picture, into the bottom hole and use tape to hold it in place.

5. Using tape (or hot glue would even work better), close the packaging back the way it was when the pudding cups were still in there.

DIY Bird Feeder

6. Place your next empty pudding cup inside of the bird feeder as seen below and tape to hold it in place. I spread peanut butter on the inside of that cup and then dropped bird seed inside.
DIY Bird Feeder
7. Spread bird seed on the top side of the cup placed inside of the packaging and then spread bird seed to cover that. Use your hole punch to make holes on each side of your new feeder. Then thread string through the holes and tie. You’re ready to hang it outside and welcome new little friends to your yard.
DIY Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder

Be sure to check out more delicious topping ideas and fun crafts at Kraft.com. I’d love to hear your favorite!

New Baby Must Haves + Gymboree GIVEAWAY

The four years I spent with little babies of my own are some of the best years of my life. Also the hardest. Isn’t it funny how that works out?! :) Now my youngest is 3 and we have all but left the baby stage behind, except for a few random pacifiers around the house. {She’s the baby of the family. Don’t judge.} :)

Even though I don’t have a newborn baby and likely won’t ever again, I’m always in the gifting business for new moms, so it’s good to keep up with the latest and greatest must haves for new moms.

I wanted to share my 5 favorite new baby must haves:

  • a swing (They make great entertainment for your baby when you need to grab a quick shower or whip some dinner up.)
  • a durable diaper bag (You’ll get a lot of use out of this thing and it will always be on the go with you. It might even become your purse, so grab a stylish one.) 😉
  • a large, yet lightweight blanket, perfect for swaddling (My babies got their best sleep when they were tightly swaddled.)
  • pacifiers (Soothing and sleeping. Need I say more?) 😉
  • bottles and diapers you love (Survey your friends for their favorites. Personal experience is usually the best resource!)

Gymboree Baby’s First Care Package Sweepstakes

Whether you’re a new mom or you have kids in elementary school, you know how great Gymboree is! Everytime I go in there, I leave with a smile on my face. There’s just so much cuteness. They KNOW kids and what moms want. They know how important it is for moms to invest in quality products that will last. Who knows, you may even be holding on to those baby products for the next baby and maybe the one after that. We certainly did that in our house for many of our baby items!

That’s why I’m so excited Gymboree is teaming with other brands who share in their passion for quality to give away the ultimate care package for newborns. 

Winners will be announced weekly from Sept 8-23 with one Grand prize winner announced by September 30th. You can enter each week for a chance to win a weekly prize and the Grand Prize. 

A Word About the Brands

Gymboree makes dressing your little one easy and fun with their mix and match styles for an endless variety of go-together looks. Those are my favorites! They’re soft and breathable, made with 100% cotton, which is extra gentle for the softest skin. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift, their complete sets have adorable pieces for head to tiny little toes. You just can’t go wrong for the new mom in your life!

Mustela is for new moms and moms-to-be who just want the best for themselves and their baby’s tender changing skin. Mustela provides high-quality skincare through dermatological expertise and a high concentration of natural ingredients. Their paraben-free formulas meet the needs of pregnant mothers (Stretch Mark Survival Kit? Yes please!) and their baby’s developing skin.

BABYBJÖRN is a Swedish family-owned business started in 1961 who proudly manufacture a variety of high-quality, innovative products for infants and toddlers. They’re best known for their collection of secure, comfortable baby carriers, bbut also offer more than 20 products including baby bouncers, cribs, cradles, diaper bags and kitchen & bath essentials.

bluum is a must-have in every parents’ survival toolbox. Using their own smart baby matching technology, bluum suggests the products you’ll need at every stage, age and gender of your little one’s developmental progress. You choose what you’re most interested in and have it sent to you for a low monthly fee. That way, you save on essentials, as well as discovering the latest including new boutique brands.

Plans start at $19/month for 4 products. This makes a great gift idea for expecting parents, new or first time parent’s, parents with children (who don’t have time to shop or look for things their quickly developing child needs.)

Want all of these great brands and more? Make sure you hurry to enter the Gymboree Baby’s First Care Package Sweepstakes before it’s too late!

$50 Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway

How would you like the chance to win a $50 Gymboree gift card, right here?! I have one to offer one of you. All you have to do is use the form below to enter! Good luck!

Gymboree $50 Gift Card giveaway

This post was sponsored by Gymboree.

Skip the Urgent Care Long Waits in Favor of PediaQ

I bet you could tell me the story of almost every time you have spent in the ER with your child, probably based on the wait time you had. We had two ER visits just this summer and I may have lost count of the urgent care visits we have made. :) It’s a necessary evil when you feel like your child’s sickness or accident is outside of your level of medical expertise. But, it’s a costly in terms of time and finances. Just thinking about those medical costs makes my blood pressure rise a little. Ugh.

But what if you could get on-demand pediatric urgent care AT YOUR HOUSE?! How awesome would that be?! Well, the guys behind PediaQ have brought the idea to life and made it ready for you at the push of a button. 


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Chicken Caesar Pitas

When it comes to date night, I’m all about heading out on the town, but sometimes life gets in the way and we have to improvise. Jeff and I love a delicious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, but sometimes we love this little something we like to call “saving money” even more. 😉 That’s why I was so excited when he loved these Chicken Caesar Pitas I whipped up for our date night.

Chicken Caesar Pitas

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5 Ways to Teach Sharing

With three kids ages 6, 4, and 3, they spend most of their time outside of school playing together. That inevitably means I listen to more fights than I’d care to, but they can also be each other’s best friends.

One thing they’ve had to learn over the past few years is sharing. Toys in our house don’t really belong to one specific person, because everyone plays with them. It HAS to be that way or else there is constant fighting. We still have plenty of fights over toys, but we’ve come a long way over there years. I wanted to share five ways that have helped me teach sharing to my little ones. 

5 Ways to Teach Sharing

ways to teach sharing

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