Citrus Fig Salad Recipe with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

If you are anything like me, summer can be exciting and oppressive all at the same time. Yesterday it was 111. No, I’m not kidding. When the heat gets this intense I never feel like eating. Okay, you got me - I’m a foodie so I always feel like eating. Who knows what to eat when it gets that hot though? Who wants to stand over a hot stove and infiltrate your air conditioner’s attempt at creating … [Read more...]

Summer Outdoor Patio Ideas

Make the most of your outdoor space this summer but giving your patio a bright and summery makeover! Here are some fun Summer outdoor patio ideas to get you started - outdoor rugs, outdoor lighting, outdoor furniture, outdoor decor and more. This post is in collaboration with World Market, Rachael Ray Magazine, and Ever wish you could have a makeover on your yard? Enter to win this … [Read more...]

Inspiring My Daughter With Science

as a former biology teacher, (yeah - wouldn't have guessed it huh?!) i am passionate about getting kids excited about nature and science - call it my geeky side, but i hope my kids grow up to be inquisitive about the world around them and enjoy science and math classes in school. camping, hiking, exploring, and sending them to great summer camps like Camp Galileo  is a great way to get them … [Read more...]

Southwest Quinoa Ranch Salad

quinoa. it took a while for me to come around to this little guy but now i'm a huge fan and use it all the time - like in my mango pulled pork tacos. quinoa is high in fiber, protein, and iron so its a nutritious addition to your diet. i whipped up this southwest quinoa ranch salad and took it to a recent park playdate - the moms all gave it the thumbs up! it is nutritious, easy, and yummy so i … [Read more...]

{Featured Party} Summer Popsicle Party Ideas

Summer is here!  What better way to celebrate than have a popsicle party!?  Lots of people tend to go for ice cream party themes- but this party stylist was thinking out of the box and wanted to go for something that is rarely done and very creative!  Sam of Dunne with Style put together a really sweet popsicle party for her daughter because of her love of Icypoles.  I absolutely love the soft and … [Read more...]

Crustacean Vacation – Maine

this post is sponsored by Popsicle® but all opinions are my own. all photos are copyright to and cannot be used without expressed permission many of you know that my son patton has an OBSESSION with crustaceans. particularly lobsters and crabs. if i wasn't traveling the last 4 weeks you would have already seen his lobster and crab nautical birthday party (it is SUPER cute!! … [Read more...]

Rules for Being a Kid with Popsicle!

This post is part of my appointment as a Popsicle® ambassador but all opinions are my own. recently i posted about our fun summer pool party and how much fun we had poolside with Popsicle®! The summer 'Rules for being a kid' Guidebook is out and the ideas and activities inside are tons of fun! you can download the guidebook here - it has coloring pages, fun rules to read with your kids, games, … [Read more...]

Summer Giveaway!

SUMMER GIVEAWAY TIME! i'm so excited to be partnering with some great bloggers to bring you a fun summer CASH giveaway! it will run from today until july 23rd and one winner will get $650 in paypal CASH! what would you buy? i would take a weekend trip with my family to the CA coast! use the rafflecopter below to enter! A big thanks to the major sponsors of this giveaway: Gingerly Made // Just … [Read more...]

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad with Dill

this is one of my favorite summer time recipes! quick, fresh, cold, and delicious. i make it the way my mom did - with dill. i have seen several versions of this salad around the web but this is the way i like mine! this quick pickled cucumber salad will have you ready for summer entertaining or to just sit on your porch and relax! it is a staple at our backyard BBQ's and one of the first dishes i … [Read more...]

Personalized Bags for Kids + Water Bottles for Kids

this post is sponsored by Stuck On You - all opinions & photos are my own both my kids started soccer camp last month and i can't even tell you how adorable it is! my daughter started soccer last year and loved it - and by loved it i mean she loved skipping through the field, chatting with the girls on the other team, complimenting her teammates on their cute hair, fully ignoring the … [Read more...]

11 Summer Activities for Kids

who is ready for summer? ready for your kids to tell you every 5 seconds 'moooooooooom i'm booooored.'?!.... cause you KNOW its coming!  i'm gearing up for summer now by signing my kids up for Galileo Camp and hunting down clever and fun summer activities for kids that will have them using their bodies and their brains. this round up of ideas gets your kids thinking, gets them using their … [Read more...]