Adventure City-Day Trips in Southern California

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Kids | 5 comments

sunshine kids blog hop 2014

Places to Visit with Kids in California:

Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014

Summer is a great time to explore with your kids – and you don’t have to travel far to do it! California has so much to offer to families. Take a great staycation this summer by visiting your local treasures! In our second annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop, we are focusing on our favorite places to visit with kids in California. Enjoy! And be sure to add your own family-friendly California posts in our linky at the bottom. You can also check out even more California posts on our collaborative Kid Friendly California Pinterest board!

Participating Blogs: Sparkling Buds baykidsplaybutton
A Mom With a Lesson Plan Little Hiccups EHM Grab Button 250x250
Capri+3 Savvy 3 MeMeTales
SoCalPocketMemories made-with-happy-square-200
365ishdaysofpinterest 2KuriousKids
Adventure Bee

 Our Day at Adventure City

adventure city

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Banana Bread with Nutella Swirls

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Breakfast, Desserts, Featured | 5 comments

banana bread with nutella

The other night I was surfing Pinterest (I know, shocker) and looking for more inspiration for blog posts when I saw a pin from American Heritage Cooking for Nutella-swirled banana bread. One of my favorite snacks is graham crackers spread with Nutella and topped with banana slices, so I figured this banana bread would be right up my alley! I pinned it to my Breads and Spreads board (which you should totally check out and follow if you are a carb lover like me.) When it came time to make this bread, I used my own favorite banana bread recipe from an old Better Homes and Garden cookbook and just added the Nutella. Yep. Pretty much ruined plain old banana bread for me forever. 

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Let’s Get Real #48

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Welcome to our Let’s Get Real Friday Party!


Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started. Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That’s right! It’s all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That’s you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

**This week you can enter to win next week’s special co-host spot. If you are interested in co-hosting next week, please enter the rafflecopter give-away. We would love to have you join us for the week.**


Let's Get Real Friday Party
A Big Welcome to our very Special Co-Host Mackenzie from Life In Kenzie’s Kitchen! Make sure you give her a big Let’s Get Real welcome!


Mackenzie Tetmeyer
I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.

1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.

Christina: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google +/Instagram

Nicole: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google +/Instagram



Mackenzie:Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Google +


2) Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.
We will be pinning our favorites!!
My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:
(Drum Roll Please!)



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How to Wash and Whiten Pillows: Vol. 2, Day 100

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Cleaning Tips and Tricks, Featured | 6 comments

wash and whiten pillows


Some people in this house (I’m not naming names, but they are all boys) go through pillows like I go through a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Quickly. They get lumpy, smashed down in the middle, smelly and YELLOW. Ick. I don’t know why, but my boys sweat buckets all night long-like sleeping is a contact sport! Until now, I’ve just thrown them away and gone to buy more cheap pillows for them to destroy. I did try just tossing them in the wash once, but I wasn’t happy with the results. This time, I tried a new “magic” cleaning solution from One Good Thing. Success! THIS is how to wash and whiten pillows!

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Crockpot Ravioli

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in Main Dishes | 0 comments

crockpot ravioli


This was not supposed to be a blog post. What you see above is my plate for Sunday afternoon lunch about ten seconds before I devoured it. Right before I took this photo I took a little bite to see how my experiment had turned out and I was so happy with the results I decided I had to share it with you. So no, it’s not a pretty styled photo, but this Crockpot Ravioli is possible the easiest thing you could throw together for a meal without having to turn on the oven! 

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Chocolate Filled Strawberries: Day 17

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Featured | 14 comments

chocolate filled strawberries
Everyone loves chocolate and strawberries together, and this is by far the easiest way to make and eat them, I think.  I made these chocolate filled strawberries for a class activity and they were a big hit.  Easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to transport to a picnic, thanks to Lily Shop’s great idea of putting them in an egg carton!
chocolate filled strawberries
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S’mores Ice Cream Cake

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 in Desserts, Featured | 10 comments

S'mores Ice Cream Cake

I made this sweet treat for our family’s 4th of July celebration this year. I love holidays. They give me an excuse to try new and amazingly decadent treats like this S’mores Ice Cream Cake. The process takes some time because you have to create each layer, but it’s totally worth it! I made most of it the day before and then finished it off with the marshmallow layers right before it was time to eat dessert.

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