Sweet Potato Casserole

A big thanks to Market Street for sponsoring this Sweet Potato Casserole post. As always, all opinions are my own.

If you’re a food lover like we are in my family, you may already be thinking about Thanksgiving and all of the yumminess that holiday has to offer. All three of my babies have been huge sweet potato fans so I feel like I’ve been cooking sweet potatoes almost constantly for the last five years. It’s hard to believe but I still get excited when I try a new sweet potato recipe. However, this sweet potato casserole is the best I’ve eaten yet! You can find the recipe below.
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Texas Football : A Way of Life

This post is sponsored by Ozarka Water. All opinions are my own.

Some of my fondest memories in life revolved around Texas football, in some form or fashion. From the time I was a little girl on the phone with Darrin Smith minutes after he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, thanks to my dad working as a Cowboys scout…

to the exciting night of homecoming festivities as a high school Senior…

Texas Football

to Texas Aggie football games during my college years…

Texas Football

and now to my future in the bleachers as we cheer our boys on!

Texas Football

texas football

It’s a way of life in our family. It’s tradition.

Not just my little family, either.

My mom has always been an avid photographer and I have stacks and stacks of pictures from my high school glory days playing volleyball. Her pictures were requested by the local newspaper and eventually it became her profession, as well as newspaper reporting. What I really love is that even 15 years later, she’s ventured to the football field and is taking amazing pictures like this one!

Texas High School Football

These days, we spend Saturdays watching college football and never miss watching our beloved Dallas Cowboys play on Sunday! We even get the chance to be in the stadium about once a year! It’s a family tradition.

texas football

It’s safe to say we are a sports family with a true love for football, especially Texas Football.

We’re not alone in our love for Texas football. Ozarka, the 100% natural spring water from Texas, and ONLY Texas, is proud to support the Southlake Carroll High School football program as the official bottled water of their Dragon Stadium. With the start of the high school football season, Ozarka has launched the “Taste the Texas Tradition” campaign celebrating the many football traditions, from tailgating to victory celebrations. 

Ozarka invites you to share your favorite football traditions with them on Twitteror Facebook using #TexasTradition and #H2Ozarka. Visit www.facebook.com/ozarkawater or follow @OzarkaSpringWtr to find out more.

Ozarka is giving me the opportunity to offer a giveaway for ONE YEAR of Ozarka Water to help encourage you in your love of Texas football!! Use the form below to enter to win!

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What are some of your favorite Texas football traditions?

Baby’s First Halloween with Babies”R”Us

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Babies”R”Us and P&G, however all opinions are my own. 

I love looking back on my kids’ first holidays. To be honest, I love looking back at all of my kids’ firsts! But seeing my kids in costume for baby’s first Halloween always bring back some of the best memories. Kids in costume are almost always so cute but a baby in costume is just adorable!

Five years ago, Langston spent his first Halloween in a cow costume. We decided to call him a little bull. ;) 

Baby's First Halloween

Four years ago, we had some pretty special circumstances that put us in a VERY different place for Halloween. We had tickets in a suite for a World Series game for the Texas Rangers. Riverson was just three days old and I’m convinced he had to have been the youngest baby there. :)

Baby's First Halloween
Baby's First Halloween

Since he obviously didn’t trick-or-treat that year, much less wear a costume, we decided to celebrate his first Halloween the next year, when we threw a costume birthday party for him. I just loved seeing him in his first costume. Such an adorable little Yoda!

Baby's First Halloween

 Brantley’s first Halloween was spent watching her brothers trick-or-treat. She was the cutest little pumpkin!

Baby's First Halloween

But, the best Halloween for her was last year when she got to do a little of her own trick-or-treating. She was just starting to walk and took some of the most adorable steps up the sidewalk of a house in our neighborhood. She had no idea what candy was but she it was putting smiles on kids’ faces. 

Baby's First Halloween

Baby's First Halloween

Looking at these pictures again gets me so excited to see my kids in their costumes again this year. Even though we play dress up a lot and my kids are almost always in some sort of costume, the excitement of the holiday for my kids makes my heart so happy!

Babies”R”Us and Pampers Celebrate Baby’s First Halloween

One of the things I don’t like about Halloween is buying a costume they might only wear one time. It’s not so much a problem for us anymore since we use those costumes as dress up almost daily now, but I still like to get as much wear out of those costumes as I can. That and the excitement of the holiday always encourages me to find other places my kids can wear their costumes and have some extra fun!

baby's first Halloween

This Saturday, October 18, from 10am to 11am, all Babies”R”Us stores nationwide are hosting a Baby’s First Halloween in-store event to help you celebrate with your kids. The event will include:

  • Craft time for you and your baby to design a personal trick-or-treat bag
  • A parade around the store where you and your baby can show off your Halloween costumes
  • Halloween story time where you can sit with other moms and babies and listen to a store from Highlights magazine
  • Plus, raffles, giveaways, and more!

Babies”R”Us will also be offering great offers from Pampers such as:

  • Get a FREE $10 Gift Card when you buy any two Pampers super packs of diapers. (valid 10/12-10/18)
  • Plus buy any Pamers value box of wipes for only $19.99 (REG $23.99) (valid until 10/23)

Have Babies”R”Us be your go to stop for Halloween fun! With so many costumes to pick from, you’re sure to find something you love for your child and with these Pampers specials, you’ll definitely have a leak-proof Halloween time!

Win a $1000 Babies”R”Us Gift Card!

From now until 10/31, you can enter your baby’s Halloween photo with #BRUHalloween and #Sweeps on Twitter or Instagram or enter at http://j.babiesrus.com/BRUHalloween for a chance to win a $1000 Babies”R”Us gift card!

So tell me, what will your kids be wearing for Halloween?

Something Fabulous Wednesday

Welcome to Something Fabulous Wednesday! Whether you’re here to browse for inspiration or share your own “something fabulous,” I’m so glad to have you here!

something fabulous Wednesday

In this party, you can link up anything you’ve created, such as recipes, crafts, DIY projects, printables, blog tips, and more. As long as it’s something from YOUR blog, I’d love for you to share it! Please don’t post Etsy shops, giveaways, or links to other linky parties. Fortunately, there are lots of other link parties out there to link those up.

I will be sharing my favorite links at next week’s linky party. In the meantime, though, I will share your projects on my social media channels, giving credit to you, of course! I love to share you links on Pinterest, especially! Make sure you’re following me there

To make the party more fun, visit the links others have left, because it’s always fun to see what others are up to. Leave a comment and maybe even pin the ones you like, like I’ll be doing. This makes it a party and keeps people coming back!  Though it’s not required, I would love you to link back to my post or even post my party button, which you can find the code for on the sidebar. 

So let’s party….

Here are a few of my favorites from the last Something Fabulous Wednesday party!

Something Fabulous Wednesday

1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip from How Does Your Garden Grow

2. DIY Faux Painted Pumpkins from A Grande Life

3. Caramel Spice Cake Popcorn from a life in balance

4. Halloween Spider Brownies from Handmade in the Heartland

5. DIY Paint Swatch Wall from Dani Dearest

I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

 

Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue

The week we were in Riviera Maya Mexico Dustin and April’s wedding at Azul Sensatori, we determined we wanted to get out of the resort and see a little bit of the local life. Anytime we’ve been in Riviera Maya, 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen has always been our go-to spot. It also helps that my parents took me there as a young teenager and I’ve loved it ever since, although it has changed sooo much in the last 2o years!

playa del carmen mexico 5th avenue

It’s such a relaxed environment, yet it’s where all of the action is at, with so much to see! We love walking up and down 5th Avenue, also known as Quinta, checking out all of the street performers, shops, bars, and restaurants. Although it’s not necessary, because a lot of the retailers speak English, speaking Spanish helps. The flea market type stores expect you to bargain and I’m convinced that the fact I speak Spanish fluently helps us to get a better deal. {Thanks Dad for forcing me to take those Spanish classes.} :)

Jeff’s best friend, Rob, and I had to recreate a picture we took six years ago when we were all in Mexico together. Of course I can’t find the picture now, but we shared another drink just like this one at the Mayan ruins in Tulum. Good thing Rob’s always up for fun photo ops.  :)

Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue Fresh Coconut Drink

 

Who knows why we couldn’t pick a better spot with a more attractive background. HA! But, we did stop to take couple shots. :)

Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue

Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue

 

We were on the hunt for a really good lobster dinner and I think we hit the jackpot with this one. It was HUGE! And so delicious! I’ve never had a meal I disliked on 5th Avenue.

 

Playa del Carmen lobster

 

My very favorite stop on 5th Avenue was to take a picture with this cute little guy. His owner was offering photo ops for $5. I couldn’t throw that $5 bill at him fast enough. This little monkey was named Guapo, which means “good looking” in Spanish. He was ADORABLE!! 

 

Playa Del Carmen 5th Avenue monkey | Roubinek Realiity www.roubinek.net

 

5th Avenue has changed so much even since we were there 3 years ago for Rob and Liz’s wedding. I was blown away when we walked by a three story mall called Quinta Alegria, which was all lit up and full of people. It includes several name brand stores like Victoria Secret, Haagen-Dazs, Forever 21, Bebe, Nike, and more. 20 years ago when I visited with my parents, I can’t remember a single name brand store. 

I love that in spite of all of the changes, the same relaxed feeling is still there and it remains one of our favorite places to visit. As much as we love the Riviera Maya and the strip of resorts, I would love to stay in Playa del Carmen once, too! Maybe someday we’ll make that happen! 

Have you visited Playa del Carmen before? What was your favorite part about it?

Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

In spite of my mission to up my fitness level and maintain a better diet, there’s time you just need some comfort food and for me, that usually comes in the form of dessert. This week, it was Old Fashioned Fudge! I come by my sweet tooth, honestly, though. My grandmother, Dee Dee, made some of the best sweets when I was a child and my dad still can’t pass up a dessert. :)

old fashioned fudge

When my grandparents passed away and my dad got the task of cleaning out their house, I got one of the best gifts he could have given me — Dee Dee’s recipe books. It was like gold. I haven’t tapped in to that amazing resource enough, but I LOVE trying any of her recipes I remember her making in my childhood. My brothers remember her Divinity fondly so I tried my hand at it. It may have taken three tries, but I finally mastered Dee Dee’s Divinity recipe and shared it last holiday season on my blog!

old fashioned fudge

 Jeff lost his grandfather a few months ago to cancer. He was well in to his 90s and was a WWII pilot. Suffice to say he lived a long life and after 20 years without his wife, he was at peace with going “home.” I always told Jeff how lucky he was to still have his grandfather, and know he met all 5 of his children. I haven’t had grandparents since I was a teenager. What I wouldn’t give to have my grandparents meet my babies. 

old fashioned fudge

 In some ways, making Dee Dee’s recipes is like my own little way of connecting with her and keeping her alive in my heart. After I made these, there was an immediate phone call to my dad and a special delivery made. It gives us a chance to talk about some of our memories with his parents and how thankful I am to have this little piece of Dee Dee. Just seeing her handwriting makes my heart smile and I feel privileged to still have something she wrote back in the 1950s or 60s.

old fashioned fudge

old fashioned fudge

 This Old Fashioned Fudge is perfect for baby showers, holiday gifting, or just something sweet to have on hand around the house! Basically, we don’t need a special occasion to indulge in some amazing sweetness. ;)

old fashioned fudge

Old Fashioned Fudge
A delicious old fashioned chocolate fudge recipe that's so easy to make and is sure to be a hit with your family or your guests!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
5126 calories
660 g
408 g
266 g
56 g
128 g
1324 g
665 g
612 g
4 g
120 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1324g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5126
Calories from Fat 2321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 266g
409%
Saturated Fat 128g
639%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 29g
Monounsaturated Fat 91g
Cholesterol 408mg
136%
Sodium 665mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates 660g
220%
Dietary Fiber 18g
73%
Sugars 612g
Protein 56g
Vitamin A
85%
Vitamin C
14%
Calcium
154%
Iron
53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  2. 1 stick of butter
  3. 1 cup pecans
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 1 small can Carnation evaporated milk
  7. 10 large marshmallows
  8. 1 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine chocolate chips, butter, pecans, and vanilla in big bowl.
  2. 2. Melt marshmallows with water in double boiler.
  3. 3. Bring sugar and evaporated milk to a boil and boil slowly for eight minutes.
  4. 4. Mix the two hot mixtures together, then pour into big bowl, beating until chocolate melts.
  5. 5. Turn out in greased pan. (I used a 9x9 pan.)
  6. 6. Chill until cool, then cut into squares.
Notes
  1. Using a double boiler in a recipe was new to me. Basically I boiled water in a bigger pot and then placed my marshmallows and water in a smaller pot, which I put in to the boiling water. Super easy.
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If you enjoy this recipe, I’d be happy as can be if you wanted to give it a Pin on Pinterest. :) Happy Sunday friends!

Stay Connected and On a Budget With AT&T GoPhone

This post is sponsored. The AT&T GoPhone and service were compliments of AT&T. All opinions of the products are my own.

With seven people in our family, we’re always looking for ways to save money and protect our budget. Our two older kids are old enough for cell phones and with the social lives they are maintaining, we have to be able to stay in contact with them. With our oldest, we’ve had more than our fair share of surprise bills and knew we needed something a little different. The AT&T GoPhone was an awesome option for us to try out!

AT&T GoPhone

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Something Fabulous Wednesday

Welcome to Something Fabulous Wednesday! Whether you’re here to browse for inspiration or share your own “something fabulous,” I’m so glad to have you here!

something fabulous Wednesday

In this party, you can link up anything you’ve created, such as recipes, crafts, DIY projects, printables, blog tips, and more. As long as it’s something from YOUR blog, I’d love for you to share it! Please don’t post Etsy shops, giveaways, or links to other linky parties. Fortunately, there are lots of other link parties out there to link those up.

I will be sharing my favorite links at next week’s linky party. In the meantime, though, I will share your projects on my social media channels, giving credit to you, of course! I love to share you links on Pinterest, especially! Make sure you’re following me there

To make the party more fun, visit the links others have left, because it’s always fun to see what others are up to. Leave a comment and maybe even pin the ones you like, like I’ll be doing. This makes it a party and keeps people coming back!  Though it’s not required, I would love you to link back to my post or even post my party button, which you can find the code for on the sidebar. 

So let’s party….

Here are a few of my favorites from the last Something Fabulous Wednesday party!

Something Fabulous Wednesday

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Azul Sensatori Wedding Fun in Riviera Maya, Mexico

It’s not very often we are able to travel, but Jeff and I are travel LOVERS by nature! We are always trying to get a plan together for the next place we want to visit and love hearing experiences from others who have traveled to places we are interested in. However, when it comes to Riviera Maya in Mexico, we feel like we are pros and could literally stay at every resort possible, just to try them all out. It definitely helps that I’m fluent in Spanish and have no problems getting around. Even with that said, we love this area of resorts so much and the Azul Sensatori Mexico was no exception!

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Stitch Fix Won Again at My House

I’m in love with fashion these days. I get so easily sucked in when it comes to the latest trends, and while I may not buy them all or even support them, I love to see what others are doing! And, if you have cute clothes at a price my budget can afford, then you win! Stitch Fix won again at my house! Seriously. From the moment I opened the box, until I hit the “buy all” button there was a smile on my face! Yes, I bought them all, but check out my Stitch Fix review and you’ll see why!

Stitch Fix Review | Roubinek Reality www.roubinek.net

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