Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot applesauce. Just the thought of it gets me sniffing around for that aroma. Making homemade applesauce is tradition for so many families. I remember going to upstate NY to go apple picking close to my Godmother's house. It always amazed me to see so many apples dangle from the big trees.Those just picked apples would be soon be peeled and baked into an apple pie or made into applesauce.  If you live in the apple tree orchard areas, I encourage you to take the time with ... [ Read More ]

#UnstoppableMoms Sharing Advice

soccer mom

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Are you a mom like me - always running around doing a million things? At the end of each day you are wiped out and don't know how you got it all done.  How did you do it? I made it through my crazy carpool Tuesday because I made dinner at 10 AM. ... [ Read More ]

Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween

Mummy Hot Dog

Make Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween for a spooky meal! It's a fun cooking with kids activity that will produce a tasty treat at the end!  These hot dogs can be made with or without cheese. Be sure to have ketchup to dip into! Maybe the ketchup could be the blood! Spooky! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:15] Be sure to check out these other Halloween themed recipes that the whole family will enjoy: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Boo Cups Eye Ball Pops Halloween Buffalo Chicken Dip Enjoy your ... [ Read More ]

Disney Getaway to Blizzard Beach with Kids & a Scared Mom

Blizzard Beach

A quick Disney getaway included visiting Blizzard Beach with kids. We had never visited a Disney Water Park as a family and were eager for the experience.  Our daughters are 3 & 7. The older one is super adventurous - she rode Space Mountain and Rockin' Roller Coaster in Walt Disney World during our trip in May. We thought that water slide "roller coasters" would be right up her alley. We were right.  The 3 year old was my buddy most of the time, until she realized her ... [ Read More ]

Travel Journaling with Kids

Travel Journal

You've bought the tickets. You have an idea of what you want to see and do. Now, get the kids involved!  Every travel experience can be and should be educational. No, there is no need for a formal lesson, just the opportunity to learn and experience. A simple notebook turned into a travel journal can help make that next vacation a memorable one - and not just because of the souvenirs! I've shared how we create travel journals in our home in a recent blog post on the Tampico Is Color ... [ Read More ]

Creating a Homework Station

Homework Station

The school year is in full swing! Many of you have started your new school year and others will begin soon. Regardless of your start date, it's crucial to prepare your kiddos for success. Yes, you need the school supplies, early bedtime and uniforms or school clothes. What you also need is a spot that is ideal for after-school homework.  As much as they want to lounge on the sofa and write their spelling words on a notepad pressed against their lap, we know that is not the best spot for ... [ Read More ]

Back to School for Moms, Too!

Back To School

It isn't just time for the kids. Moms and Dads enjoy back to school time for a variety of reasons. Back to school for moms may mean more time for mom to have mom-time. The kids are occupied all day, I mean yes, they're learning, and mom is running around doing stuff! We're all on a schedule. That's what I love best. I can schedule in time for me! Teacher Back to School Time  One thing I have loved about the start of school comes from my days of being a teacher. Each September when I ... [ Read More ]

Speciality Dining on Cruise Ships Review


Challenge: Is dining on cruise ships good? Cruise ships are notorious for having plenty of food available. Yes, passengers often complain after returning from their sailing of the weight they’ve gained from the soft serve ice cream, breakfast buffets and endless slices of pizza. There is always food around. Whether the bountiful buffets on the lido deck or the 24-hour room service willing to bring you a slice of chocolate cake and a glass of milk at 3 AM, there is always somewhere to ... [ Read More ]

Carnival Freedom for Adventurous FUN

Carnival Freedom

Yes, cruising is all about family time together.  On our most recent Carnival cruise we sailed for 8 nights on the Carnival Freedom. My girls were ecstatic. Who doesn't want to go away for 8 days and visit the ports of Grand Turk, La Romana, Curaco and Aruba? Best off is that our entire family would have a fun-filled vacation - regardless if you were the youngest - my 3 year old, or the oldest - me 30-something. Cruising Chronicles: The Murphy Family I spent some time on that ... [ Read More ]

It Takes a Village, Donating School Supplies

Purell Lend a Hand

It takes a village to raise a child.  It takes a village to get him/her back to school, too.  Donating School Supplies to the Village As parents we rely on one another to raise our children. We rely on friends to help with carpool, babysitting, keeping up with what's due when, cheering on the soccer sidelines and so much more. I have an awesome village with my friends. We need to think outside of our immediate "village." There are children who need our hands in their ... [ Read More ]