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We made picnic kabobs and had a fun day under the sun with Banana Boat® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #BestSummerEver

Ever since having kids, I go into each summer saying the same thing: This is going to be the best summer ever! And each summer I mean it. I want to have a great time with my family and create the most amazing memories. Each year I have to come up with new things to do and new places to visit.

Family Fun Picnic Ideas with 3 Different Kabob Ideas & Picnic Necessities #BestSummerEver

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that this is the last week of school. I feel like Ethan just started Kindergarten a couple weeks ago and now he is going to be a first grader. Instead of being sad about how fast time goes by and how quickly the kids are growing up, I have spent the last two weeks getting pumped for summer.

Summer Family Fun #HelloSummerFun

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.


I am a huge fan of smoothies. They are easy to change up, add variety, and I can improvise ingredients depending on what I have on hand. I can enjoy a smoothie in the morning, as a snack, or any time throughout the day.

Protein & Spinach Berry Smoothie

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Holstein Housewares. I received product samples to facilitate this post well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Cooking for a family of 5 (which includes 3 growing boys) means spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It means coming up with fun family-friendly meals and desserts for all to enjoy. It also means trying to get the food on the table in a timely fashion because the kids are always hungry and it always “takes forever” to make. One way to eliminate all this is getting the kids to help out in the kitchen.

Vanilla Mini Donuts Recipe

This Tropical Coconut Smoothie post is sponsored by Simply Beverages, but all opinions expressed are my own and are unbiased and based on my personal views.

Here in the wonderful Midwest, it’s been cold, snowy, and just plain dreary. I can’t express enough how much I am ready for warmer weather. I could really use a vacation to a beach, but I will settle with flip-flop weather here.

An easy tropical coconut smoothie recipe

 This brunch inspiration post is sponsored by Kellogg’s. All opinions are my own. 

Three of my favorite snack foods: chocolate, crackers, and fruits. I love pairing sweet and salty all into one bite or treat. I try not to keep too many chocolates around the house, because they don’t last long. However, I do keep chocolate wafers to use for treats and I always have plenty of fruit and cracker varieties.

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