The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Starbucks-Style

I shouldn’t be as excited as I am about this but I am! Yep, four glorious days of sharing and four days with an excuse to grab one of my favorite drinks. I don’t know what it is about those red cups and why they get me in the holiday spirit. They just do! It’s… Read More

Candy Cane Snowman Tutorial (VIDEO)

Candy Cane Snowman

Even though I love to bake, I like things that are easy to make. With three kids underfoot all the time, if the snack is easy to make AND the kids can help me at the same time, it is a huge bonus. So, it got me thinking. Why not combine craft time and snack… Read More

Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe


Warning!!! I have quite a few great pumpkin recipes up my sleeve for this month! If you want some recipes for pumpkin puree outside of pumpkin pie your at the right place! Hurricane Sandy kept us home bound for a few days but luckily we had heat and electricity. We had to sit tight at home… Read More

World Kindness Day

world kindness

Every November 13th a special holiday graces the calendar. No, it’s not one that gives you a break from work or the kids a day off from school, but it’s just as important as all of those. It’s World Kindness Day! World Kindness Day evolved from a series of conferences in 1996-1997 in Japan by… Read More

Our Favorite Holiday Drinks


The holidays are just around the corner and it is time to celebrate with friends and family. Our Baby Gizmo team has been gathering our list of favorite drinks and this time we have out done ourselves. Here is our warning – we are not responsible for anything that happens because you endulge in our… Read More

Oreo Truffle Snowballs

Oreo Truffle Snowballs

I’m a huge fan of Oreo Truffles (aka Balls from Heaven!). They have been my #1 go-to dessert for the past few holiday seasons. This year I wanted to start the season with something different. As I was trying to think of kid-friendly holiday snack ideas, I figured why not mix up one of my… Read More

Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos If your kids are like mine, they probably devoured a ton of candy during Halloween last week. And now it is November, so the holiday season has officially begun which means even more eating. In case you are trying to fit in a few fruits and veggies into your kids between all the… Read More

Her first birthday party

One of two of her store bought birthday hats.

About two weeks ago, we celebrated my youngest daughter’s first birthday. As promised in the post on the minimal preparations I was taking this time around, the party was simple and easy. Barring one…okay, two, “moments” that I had in Hobby Lobby involving a cart full of felt paper (again!), lights, multi-colored construction paper, and… Read More

Chillin’ with Friends during the Holidays

Holiday Wine

Let’s just start out today with the fact that it is already November. What?!?! Where the heck did my summer go? I’m having a hard time grasping the fact that the holidays are starting. Yes, holiday cooking, baking, and entertaining is already happening. I love the holidays. Each year I host a fabulous (if I… Read More

Don’t Ever Buy Boxed Brownie Mix Again


I’ll admit, I have a little bit of a sweet tooth. I make it a habit to keep some type of dessert on hand, because in the evenings when all is quiet nothing satisfies like a morsel of chocolate. Or two morsels if I’m being completely honest. In order to save myself a little bit… Read More

Kid-Friendly Halloween Snacks as seen on Chicago Windy City Live

Halloween Snacks

Halloween snacks can be fun, spooky and an easy-to-do project with the kids. Your little ghosts and goblins will love helping in the kitchen to whip up some of these ghoulish treats. Today I did a segment for Chicago’s popular morning show – Windy City Live – and shared 4 fun and easy Halloween snack… Read More

Pizza Mummies

Pizza Mummies

Need a fun idea for Halloween lunch for the kids? These pizza mummies are so quick and easy to make that the kids can help! Plus, they are quite tasty too! Pizza Mummies Ingredients: English muffins Pizza sauce Black olives Green pepper Pull-apart Mozzarella Cheese sticks   Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.… Read More

Marshmallow Witches


Looking for a great snack for the kids or a something to take to that party on Halloween? These Marshmallow Witches will be a hit with most kids. I’ve made them for a couple years now and they always turn out adorable. Marshmallow Witches Ingredients: 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided 36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips… Read More

Royal Caribbean My Family Time Dining is brilliant. Seriously.

Steak and Lobster

When you go on a cruise, there is an enormous amount of eating. I mean eating all day long, I-would-never-consume-that-many-calories-in-one-day kind of eating. I think because the food is included in your cruise fare, people seem to associate that with free food. Since people don’t think they are “paying for it” and they can eat… Read More

Caramel Coated Apples


I love going apple picking with the family this time of year. I had the great  idea to make caramel coated apples but to be honest the idea frightened me.  The thought of me standing over a stove tying to turn sugar into caramel at just the right temperature sounds like a recipe for a… Read More

Marshmallow Ghost Pops


We love Halloween at our house! My son made me purchase his third Spiderman costume in early September just in case they sold out of them. My daughter by default of having a bigger brother that loves everything Spiderman is going to be spider girl.  She would prefer the hulk costume but I don’t think… Read More

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

I love the fall season! It is by far my favorite season of the year. My birthday is in the fall, weather and most important apple picking season! We went apple picking this past weekend and had a blast. I always come home with way too many and then sit in wonder what to do… Read More

S’mores Crepes

Smores Crepe

I don’t think I have ever met a person that doesn’t love S’mores! I was never a girl scout or made them in the woods by a fire so this is my version of a s’mores. I love crepes, savory or sweet, you name and it I will eat it. We are fortunate enough to… Read More

Oreo Truffle Brownies

Oreo Truffle Brownies

One of my favorite go-to desserts for the holidays are Oreo Truffles (or as I call them – Balls from Heaven!). They are delicious, easy to make and I don’t know one person who doesn’t like them. They are great for cookie exchanges, holiday parties or any family get-together. Since my friends and family seem… Read More

Pumpkin Protein Shake

pumpkin shake

Being a nursing mama, I’m always looking for new ways to add extra protein into my diet. With the Fall season upon us I was inspired to play around with pumpkin as a new smoothie ingredient. Not only is this recipe fast – toss in a blender and go – it’s super delicious and packed… Read More