Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Breakfast al fresco with the kids! #WW

What is it called when you eat outside? Oh yeah, it is called dining al fresco. I guess it has been so long since I got to enjoy dining outdoors that the term simply slipped my mind there for a minute. Well… This last week I took the kiddos on a little shopping trip to the Chicago Premium Outlets for a little pre-Disney shopping trip for shoes and we were a little early, which meant that we were right on time for some Starbucks coffee for mom and a sweet roll for the boys. Thank goodness it was a lovely day and we were able to enjoy our breakfast outdoors at the little café tables near the food court.

Dining Al Fresco

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One Dish Dinner with the Hot Ham & Cheese Casserole #Recipe

I love a good casserole. Anything that can be thrown together to create a simple yet delicious meal is a win in my books. This hot ham and cheese casserole completely hits the spot. It is cheesy, creamy, and savory. By using gnocchi instead of noodles it is hearty as well. It reminds me of a pot pie, but it is so much better in my opinion. It is a great one dish dinner that the whole family can enjoy.

One Dish Dinner with the Hot Ham & Cheese Casserole #Recipe #OneDish #YUM #Foodie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The many faces of the Joovy TooFold stroller! #Review

If you have been following Mom Mart for a while you know just how much I love Joovy. They are my go-to for bold, bright, beautiful baby products and they always seem to meet my multifunctional needs. The new Joovy TooFold stroller offers the same high quality I have come to expect in Joovy products in a really cool package that can transform at the drop of a hat.

When I say that this stroller transforms I mean just that; it goes from being a single stroller to a sit and stand stroller to a double tandem stroller with the addition of the second seat attachment sold separately. My children call the TooFold stroller the bumblebee stroller. I am not quite sure if that is based off of the transformer Bumblebee or if it has more to do with the bright yellow color (lemontree is the actual name of the color). Either way it is a pretty fitting nickname.

Joovy TooFold Stroller all-in-on stroller #review

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts #Recipe

I don’t really remember ever eating Brussels sprouts as a child. I remember my mother making broccoli, green beans, and Harvard beats galore – but never Brussels sprouts. Recently my in-laws have been on a Brussels sprout kick and have raved about how delicious they are. So I thought I would start experimenting with them. I figure pretty much anything is good with cheese, right? So I decided to make some blue cheese Brussels sprouts and after a little trial and error I have a wonderful recipe to share with you!

Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts #Recipe #SideDish #Veggies #YUM #Foodie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello Park… I’ve missed you. #WW

With climbers, slides, balance beams, and swings back in the mix I am ready to start getting outdoors more with my family! Thank you spring, for finally showing up. It took you a while, but you made it – so thank you! I now get to enjoy parks again. My children will not be bouncing off of the walls from boredom and I will be able to give my brain a much needed rest from trying to come up with a gazillion indoor activities to entertain, educate, and engage my children with.

Hello Park… I’ve missed you  #Outdoors #PlayTime #Balance

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Decorating and Organizing with Boon #Giveaway

Do you ever feel like your life is being taken over by your children? Do you have diapers, wipes, ointment, toys, and baby gear in every room of your house?  I do. I usually try to keep it all organized, but there are some days that my children take over and it looks like my home has been hit by a tornado of toddler destruction. My latest project has been putting the finishing touches on decorating the kid’s rooms… but that means that I would have to be able to find their rooms amid all the chaos!

Boon LOOP & GLO Giveaway #Win #Giveaway

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Monthly Meal Planning #FreePrintable #Organization

I have been enjoying my monthly meal planning and all the time it saves me. Although I waited to the last minute this time around I did finally get it done (deep sigh of relief). I have the April monthly meal plan completed and ready and have included a free printable for your convenience. I complete a monthly meal plan for my family to save time, money, and stay organized and efficient. Planning this way keeps us from eating out and keeps our trips to the grocery store to a minimum.   

Monthly Meal Planning Monday #FreePrintable #AprilMealPlan #Organization #Planning

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to make Homemade Gak: hands-on activity for kids #CraftsForKids

My children love hands on activities - as I am sure most little ones do. They love to paint, mix, and dig. But what my children love the most are science experiments. They love watching ordinary household stuff turn into something new and cool. Our latest experiment had to do with mixing some stuff together and watching it change into something gooey and fun to play with. They loved making homemade gak. They loved the elasticity and the squishiness of it!

 How to make Homemade Gak Hands-On Activity for Kids #CraftsForKids #KidCraft #Activity #DIY #Tutorial

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Layering this spring with the Aden + Anais Dream Blanket #Review #Giveaway

I am ready for spring. To be perfectly honest I am more than ready for spring. I am ready to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. I am ready for cool morning walks with my children and I am ready for a trip to the zoo! Spring is the perfect in between weather for me. It is not cold enough for a full on snowsuit and it is not warm enough for tank tops and shorts. It is however the perfect weather for layering. And I like to layer with blankets.

AdenAndAnais Dream Blanket #Review #Giveaway #WIN #AdenAndAnais #DreamBlanket

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shopping for Home Décor & DIY Inspiration

I don’t get to go out and do a lot of child free shopping, but when I do I cannot help but be inspired. I see fun DIY ideas everywhere I look. My mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and I all went out to breakfast last month and then spent the better part of the morning shopping in Geneva IL. There are some seriously fabulous shops. One shop in particular that caught my eye was Good Cents. Talk about inspiration around every corner! I thought I would share some of my home decorating inspirational pictures with you.

 Shopping for home goods #Shopping #ForTheHome #Decorate #LifeIsBeautiful #HomeDecor

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes #Recipe

I am an oddity in my family, as I have never been a fan of mashed potatoes or baked potatoes. While everyone in my family loves to eat potatoes in all its many forms, I have always been a bit pickier in my excursions into the world of potatoes. Sweet potatoes on the other hand are a whole other matter entirely in my book. I love sweet potatoes and love experimenting with fun ways to incorporate them into family meals. My most recent experiment has been a success - as I was hard pressed to share my twice baked sweet potatoes with the rest of my family and I gobbled up the leftover one the next day for lunch.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes  #Recipe #Tutorial #Foodie #YUM

Thursday, March 20, 2014

#DIY upcycle a shirt into a baby dress

I am all about reusing something old and repurposing it for something fresh and new. With spring cleaning under way I have been trying to make a dent in my closet and that means cleaning out clothing that I no longer use. Since a lot of my old tee shirts weren’t even good enough to donate to Goodwill, I set them aside for repurposing. This usually means that the old tee shirts get ripped up and using for rags, but this time around I decided to try and be a bit more creative. I decided that I wanted to upcycle an old tee shirt into a baby dress.

upcycle an old tee shirt into a pinafore baby dress #DIY #Sewing #Baby

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives #MOSI

I love pretty much all things Disney. Shock among shocks, right? A few weeks ago my husband discovered that our favorite place to take the kids in the city {Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago} was having a Disney exhibit and he asked me if I wanted to take the family… um yes! So we packed up the family for a day in the city to see the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and we even invited my sister-in-law and her family to join us.

Disney Exhibit at MOSI Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wonderfully Simple Glazed Carrots #Recipe

My mother-in-law asked me to bring a glazed carrots dish to share this last Thanksgiving and my response was a big fat no. I did not like glazed carrots {not that I can even remember ever eating them}. But I was not a fan of cooked carrots and was not going to make something for such a big holiday that I had never made before. So my mother-in-law asked someone else to make it… and I tried them… and they were delicious. So I have been testing away trying to replicate the ones that I had on thanksgiving.
  Wonderfully Simple Glazed Carrots #Recipe #WhatsForDinner #Foodie #YUM #Vegetable

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ready to rock with the 4moms rockaRoo #Review

I have been a fan of 4mom products for quite some time. I enjoyed using the infant bathtub for my son when he was a newborn and still enjoy using the spout cover for my children’s bath time. I also own a mamaRoo and I absolutely love it as it is one of the only ways I can get my run in while my daughter is awake.  So when I heard that 4moms was coming out with the rockaRoo I knew I wanted to test it out for myself.

4moms rockaRoo review

I was given a 4moms rockaRoo to test by 4moms as a part of the 4moms Insider program {which anyone can join via the 4moms website}. Once the testing was complete I sadly had to part with my rockaRoo and return it to 4moms. I really did not want to give it back. I was not paid to write this review and in fact have only recently been given the all clear to post a review here. So here goes…

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