Juice on the Go With Mott’s

A huge thank you to Mott’s for sending us their new fruit juice drinks to try and for sponsoring this post. Those mini bottle saves me from many a twin argument. It gets HOT when you are in a car for ten hours!

Juice on the Go With Motts Everyday

Though I loved our time in Texas last week with my family, it’s good to be back home in good old Columbia, MO. It’s funny how quickly I have adjusted to small city life. Everything here is so accessible and now that the girls are older, I am ready to access it all. I am really looking forward to getting them out on the Katy Trail on their bike. We’re so close to a trail access now that I am thinking we can even start heading downtown on it to some of the free concerts and festivals.

Of course that brings in a whole other level of prep: snacks and drinks that are easy to carry. As well as healthy enough to fuel the ride there and back, but tasty enough that my kids won’t be begging for concessions.
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A Pumpkin and Peppermint Parent Playdate

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client Nestle Coffeemate

Cbias CoffeeMate Shop Peppermint and Pumpkin Playdate

Forget Friendsgiving, I am all about Momsgiving. Friendsgiving is all the rage in the blogosphere but the thought of making another big meal? Pashaw. What I really want to do is hang out with my friends. After all, tis the season to be thankful and I am super grateful to have a supportive group of friends, especially during the hectic holiday season.

So I decided to have a parent playdate. Because we parents need to see our friends too!
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Wednesday Drinks : Sparkling Candied Apple

Sparkling Candied Apple Halloween Cocktail

In honor of All Hallows Eve, here’s a spooky Hallowen cocktail perfect for pre trick or treating.
And it is so easy to make!
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Lunch Break : TaiPei Foods

Hey, hey Taipei let me try their food and sponsored my post. Thanks guys!

TaiPei Foods Single Serving Lunch Break

As someone who spends the majority of time at home, lunch often happens in front of the computer. Or in front of the TV. Or in passing as I grab snatches of food when I pass through the kitchen. So not grown up. This Fall I swore to make myself more of a priority but here it is October, and I am still eating pretzels dipped in mustard for lunch (it’s a thing; for real.)

I am hoping this new Lunch Break feature on my blog will encourage me to eat actual meals instead of snacks. Ideally meals that will also satisfy my taste buds enough to keep me from reaching for the chocolate come two pm.

Up first: Tai Pei Asian Garden single serve entrees.
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Foodie Find : Wild Ophelia

As a member of the Wild Ophelia bloggers posse, I was sent a packet of bars to try.

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America, Home of the Fried Onion

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Content and/or other value provided by out partner, Outback Steakhouse.

Today declare your freedom from diets and eat all the crazy foods we Americans come up with!

Snackalicious Saturday : Sweet Heath(ier) Snacks

Five Healthy Sweet Snacks

Looking for something to help you conquer your sweet tooth?
These five snacks are a healthier alternative to cookie and ice cream cravings.
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Backyard Pizza

When friends invite you over for a casual evening of pizza and beer, one usually expects takeout.
Unless your friend is a foodie…

TGL Backyard Pizza Collage

This Guy Rocks

Disclosure: Thank you to Outback Steakhouse for sponsoring this post about my red meat loving man. The fact that I taught him that steak should be eaten rare may be the reason he decided to marry me.

The First Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to my husband! I am so lucky to be married to an amazing father to my children. Especially since the bar was already set high by my dad. As I said here, there is nothing more sexy than a man who kicks ass at being a dad. From the moment the nurses put those two little girls in his arms he has been in the trenches: changing cloth diapers, staying home for a bit when I wanted to try working, giving them their baths every night, enduring our girls’ incessant talk about their vaginas (curse our decision to be open and free with correct terminology.)

The list goes on and on. Really, this entire blog could be about him. not just this post.
He deserves celebration all day today and every day!

He really is my best “mate.”
Click through and you will see why I made that reference!
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Bohemia Chocolate Chile Ice Cream

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June 7th is also National Chocolate Ice Cream day, in additional to National Doughnut Day. Perfect celebration would be a chocolate ice cream filled doughnut no?

Since I can’t offer you a recipe for that, here is a recipe for an unusual chocolate ice cream which would be the perfect counterpart for the recipes in my doughnut post. I think this ice cream would go especially well with the Salted Caramel Cronut or the Kitchen Cabinet Sugar Donuts.

Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice Cream
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