How To Create A Winter Care Package For A College Student #MeAndMyTea

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Sending a child off to college might be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences ever for a parent. Luckily I have at least a decade before I sent my oldest off. It’s a different story though for my children’s sitter. She has a daughter who is a freshman in college.

Sending her off to college in Boston last fall was tough, but I know it was even tougher the first time her daughter called her and told her she wasn’t feeling well. It took every ounce of her being not race immediately to her school and nurse her baby back to health! It’s in a mother’s nature to take care of our kids, but at some point, we have to let go and let them take care of themselves.

So to help my sitter’s daughter survive the cold and flu season, I thought I’d send her a winter care package. What college kid doesn’t love getting a care package? It’s a fun way for them to stay connected to family and friends who care about them back at home.

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Easy Weeknight Meal in Less Than 30 Minutes – Light Chicken Pot Pie #EatLightEatRight

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Have you ever made something that was so simple but so delicious that you surprise even yourself? That’s how I feel about my light chicken pot pie recipe.

During the cold winter months I love nothing more than to eat a piping hot and hearty bowl of soup for dinner, but as a mom who works full-time outside the home, I don’t have the time or energy to make one from scratch.

Most weeknights I’m busy helping the kids with their homework, sports, and activities or attending meetings, so I’m lucky if I get 30-40 minutes to make and eat dinner! I look at it as sort of my personal version of “Chopped” – what items do I have in my pantry and fridge that I can combine in a short amount of time to make something for The Hubs and me that is not only delicious and satisfying, but also conscious of our waistlines.

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5 Things You Need To Know About…Winter Car Care

THM-5-Things-WinterCarCareThe last thing any driver, but especially a parent toting around a carful of kids, needs is to break down in the cold, harsh winter weather. Cold, wet and snowy weather conditions make your car work harder and in particular on the charging and starting systems, headlights, tires and windshield wipers. So it’s important to check your vehicle to make sure your car is in peak condition during frigid winter weather.

Don’t let the cold temperature wreak havoc on your car, here are 5 Things That You Need To Know About…Winter Car Care from the experts at the American Automobile Association, better known as the AAA:

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Easy DIY Christmas Centerpieces Using #DumDums #Holiday2015

Looking for a cute and literally sweet centerpiece for your table this Christmas?

Then check out my super easy tutorial to make this Dum Dums Holiday Lollipop Tree.

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This is a fun craft that you can do together with your kids or loved ones. I think the hardest part for me in making this craft was not to eat all the Dum Dums Holiday Pops before I finished making the tree! Dum Dums Holiday Pops come in 8 limited edition flavors — Merry Cherry, Sugar Plum, Hot Chocolate, Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread, Apple Cider, Green Apple Grinch and Polar Punch.

Here’s how I made my Dum Dums Holiday Lollipop Tree:

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Minions Mango-Banana Smoothie #MinionsMovieNight

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Family movie night is a big deal in our house. After a busy week filled with school, work, and various activities, it’s a chance for us to slow down and spend some fun time together as a family.

Now that there’s a chill in the air, we build a fire, snuggle up on the couch, eat some snacks and watch a movie.

For our next family movie night, we want to watch a comedy, so it was perfect timing that on December 8th, Illumination Entertainment’s animated comedy Minions came out on Blu-ray/DVD.

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How To Make A Graham Cracker Holiday House #PeepsHoliday

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Tis the season for holiday sweets and treats! Gingerbread houses are one of those Christmas traditions that I look forward to every year. However, I’m not a fan of spending hours in the kitchen making the actual gingerbread. So this year I decided to try something new and make a graham cracker house that would save me time, effort and lots of aggravation during this busy holiday season!

Even better, I was sent a very generous assortment of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® products that I could use to decorate my graham cracker house.


I was surprised at how easy and quick it was to make my graham cracker house and decorate with different types of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® items. Here’s how I did it:

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How To Put Together A Car Spa Themed Holiday Gift Basket

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At this time of year, there is no shortage of gift options out there to choose from.  The trick though is to find the right gift, for the right person.

My favorite gifting option during the holidays is to give a gift basket.  Gift baskets are one of those universal gift ideas that you can make for anybody — close family and friends, for teachers and neighbors.  They not only work for holidays, but for other occasions as well such as a birthday, teacher appreciation, a house-warming party, a baby shower, or even a new job.

The key to making the perfect gift basket is by adding a personal touch.  You should tailor your basket to the particular interests of or to a special event in the life of the person you’re giving it to so it’s not only a gift they’ll enjoy but also find useful and thoughtful.

Here’s how I made a holiday gift basket for a friend in four easy steps:

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DIY Christmas Crackers #HolidayMoments

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It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite holiday.

The minute Thanksgiving dinner was cleared from the table last week I went straight to decorating. I love how our home looks during Christmastime – it’s filled with such warmth, coziness and special traditions that make this time of year truly magical!

One of my all-time favorite #HolidayMoments is opening Christmas Crackers with my family and friends around the table right before digging into our holiday meal.


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Easy No-Sew Pet Holiday Stocking – #ClausAndPaws

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What is your favorite holiday?   Christmas is by far my favorite.

I love the holiday season because it’s filled with so many special traditions that make the time of year magical, memorable and fun!

Even our dog Bailey gets into the Christmas spirit. She loves when there are lots of people around and visiting because they always take time to pat her head, rub her belly or sneak her a little table snack! And she’s always sure to find her stocking filled with dog treats, toys and other surprises from both Santa and us.

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Let The Wookie Win – The Force is Strong with 3 New Hasbro #StarWars Themed Games #HasbroGaming #IC [ad]


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Today The Hubs aka Tyler is filling in with a post about his childhood Star Wars memories and some new games from Hasbro tied to The Force Awakens which comes out next month.  Take it away Tyler…..


There’s a new Star Wars movie coming out…

Star-Wars-Force-AwakensHave you heard?

Hello? How could anyone NOT know at this point! It has to be the most anticipated movie release EVER. My own kidlets certainly are buzzed about seeing it – our tickets are already in hand. We’re going with our extended family (Nana, aunt & uncle) the day after Christmas and even seeing it in IMAX 3D!

Until then, it’s going to be a LONG 6 weeks in our house!

I remember back when the first movie came out in 1977 — Episode 4, although it wasn’t called that back then — and it was playing four times a day at the movie theater in my hometown in Colorado. My friend Kevin and I would spend all weekend at the theater watching it, racking up views in a kind of strange childhood competition. I think we must have seen Star Wars over 100 times by the end of its first run!

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