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Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

Oatmeal is the comfort food for breakfast, at least it is in our house. Oatmeal is like your favorite pair of yoga pants, it always puts a smile on your face.  According to Eva Mendes, it’s sweat pants that will end your marriage, not yoga pants so we’re safe, lol. In our house, we like to […]

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Making My Tweens Birthday Special

I was caught off guard when my tween son told me he didn’t want a party this year. To be honest it was a bit painful. In the past, he plans his party, months and months in advance. I’ve thrown him a birthday party from his 1st year of life, so I didn’t know what […]

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Conflict Resolution: The One Thing Kids Need To Remember

Because the reality is–conflict is inevitable, no matter if you’re two or 80 years old.  The wonderful thing about conflict is it’s not necessarily a bad thing and sometimes good can come out of it if handled in  a healthy way. I was a counselor in a private school for kids in elementary and high […]

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Panzanella Tuscan Salad

This is a compensated collaboration with Farmland® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Who says you can’t create your own sunshine.  The skies are gray here but I can definitely bring in some cheer into our life by brightening up our dining room with a fun color tablecloth and a […]

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Mexican Chocolate Caramel Trifle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PinThatTwist #CollectiveBias One of the lovely things I remember from my childhood was sipping on Mexican hot chocolate on cold winter days.  The chocolatey, vanilla, cinnamon and spicy kick on my lips, was the perfect mix to warm […]

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Family Night: Sushi Making

My toddler asks if we can make sushi, every time we go to the grocery store.  He’s only had it once and he was quite small so I can’t believe he remembers.  I think he just likes saying the word, “Shushi”, that’s how he says it. I’ve avoided making sushi because in my mind it seemed like an […]

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Preschool Activity: Sticky Rainbow Collage

It’s been raining on and off in our neck of the woods. So today we made a rainbow collage, fluffy white clouds and lots of raindrops.   My son loved that it was more of a scene than just an activity.  He sat under it and I couldn’t help  myself and get an umbrella in the picture. […]

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The Question I Get Asked Most Often, “What Do You Do All Day?”

I love accessories. Especially hats.  So you’d think I’d have this wearing different hats and sometimes even two or three at one time, thing down. There are so many hats for me to wear throughout the day and sometimes I feel like I’m not wearing any of them well. Writing is therapeutic for me.  In […]

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Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Banana Bread {Healthy}

My kids love when they see ripe bananas on our kitchen counter because it usually means I’ll be making some kind of baked banana treat for them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they plotted out to purposely leave 3 ripe bananas every time I buy a bunch. This recipe is sugar free (refined sugar)! It’s dairy free […]

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Curried Tuna Salad

Out of all three meals, lunch is the hardest for me to get creative with.  Or maybe I’m just so busy in the middle of the day I don’t have time to get creative.  I was thinking through what I wanted to make and Tuna came to mind but I didn’t want just another traditional […]

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A Warning to Single or Married Women

I feel like it’s my duty to warn all of you single or married ladies.  I know that many of you will thank me once you’ve read it. Sadly, I can relate to these words written by an unknown author. A Warning to Single or Married Women You’ve heard about people who have been abducted […]

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Things I Did Before Having Kids

I wouldn’t trade my life filled with burps, farts, car noises, wrestling matches, kisses from my little admirers, hand picked wild flowers and sometimes even dead bugs all just for me–for a mundane life of sanity, cleanliness and sleep. Nope, not this mama.  I love my life. This is just me reminiscing the days from […]

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Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad {healthified}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias I love chipotle chiles!  They give any recipe a smoky flavor that’s irresistible. If you haven’t tried a meal with chipotle chiles in it, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite brands is La Morena […]

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Amazing Breakfast Cake

My children dream of having cake for breakfast and their dream came true thanks to a cold winter morning and my need to warm up our house. Rest assured, this is one cake you won’t feel guilty serving at breakfast.  It’s packed with nutrients and every bite makes you say yummmm (at least that’s what […]

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Galapagos with Kids: Day One

We snorkeled alongside of penguins, we played at the beach with sea lions and we basked in the sun with the iguanas. The intimate encounter we experienced with wildlife will forever be etched on my kids minds and all of our hearts. Galapagos is breathtaking, enchanting, peaceful and family friendly. Traveling with kids can be stressful but […]

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Mardi Gras Activities in Ecuador

Actually, in Ecuador we call our Mardi Gras festivities–Carnaval.  I did some research and I discovered they are the same thing. The celebrations here are a bit more tamed compared to what I see in Brazil or New Orleans.  At this stage in my life, tame is good.  The celebrations seem more religious in nature and celebrated in a very cultural […]

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Spy Party Ideas

What kind of Valentine’s Day Party can I throw for boys?  Are they too grown up for hearts and kisses? These are the kind of deep and mind boggling questions I mulled over this past week, ha. I Spy Party was the winner idea! A few years back, I threw my boys and their friends […]

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LEGO Valentine’s Day Party Favor

The other day I asked my son who was going to be his valentine and he responds with, “You.”  Melt my heart, I have no idea how long this thinking will last but I am sure enjoying it to the fullest while I can. LEGO Valentine’s Day Party Favor These are yummy and easy to […]

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