Things We Love- Smoothies!

With the temperatures increasing outside and some of us wanting to “shed” a few pounds to get ready for swimsuit season it can be hard not to run for the ice cream in the freezer! Luckily, a great alternative is a smoothie! Not only is this delicious smoothie simple to make but it is vegetarian, gluten free, and low fat! Better yet, it tastes like dessert!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries

3/4 cup milk (any type of milk will work)

1 tsp. butter extract (found in the baking aisle typically or can be substituted for vanilla extract but won’t have the exact same shortcake taste)

C/O Amy's Healthy Baking
C/O Amy’s Healthy Baking

How to make:

Add all of the ingredients to the blender and pulse the mixture until smooth. Pour into your glass and enjoy! We hope you find this smoothie to be as delicious as we do! It is definitely a great substitute during the summer compared to your typical ice cream shake! What are your favorite smoothies to make?!

Paint Your Flower Pots!

The spring fever is officially here and we can’t wait to get out into the garden! Put some creativity into your landscaping and garden this year by painting your very own flower pots! The best part is, your kids can help you do this! It is easy and will definitely make your lawn pop this summer!

What you will need:

Ceramic flower pot (any size you prefer)

Acrylic paint (glitter acrylic paint would be fun too!)

Cardboard for underneath flower pot while painting

Something to rest flower pot upside down on

C/O Holly's Arts and Crafts Corner
C/O Holly’s Arts and Crafts Corner

First, take the acrylic paint and apply it to the bottom of the flower pot in circles. Continue applying your selected paint colors until it begins to flow down the side.

C/O Holly's Arts and Crafts Corner
C/O Holly’s Arts and Crafts Corner

Next, continue adding paint to the bottom of the flower pot to ensure the paint flows all the way to the top of the flower pot.

C/O Holly's Arts and Crafts Corner
C/O Holly’s Arts and Crafts Corner

Finally, after your flower pot has dried you are able to plant flowers in it and display your creative flower pot! Not only will your kids love it but your neighbors are definitely going to be asking you where they can buy such an awesome flower pot for their house!

This project is so simple and perfect for any taste! Just simply pick a color combination you absolutely love or think would look great and create your masterpiece! We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

Breaking Baby News!

Kimora Lee Simmons has welcomed her first child with new husband Tim Leissner, and it’s a boy! Their sweet newborn has been named Wolfe Lee Leissner.

“We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our son,” the couple stated to PEOPLE.

Though the first for the couple, both parents have kids from previous marriages. Simmons has daughters Ming, 15, and Aoki, 12, with Russell Simmons, as well as 5½-year-old son Kenzo with Djimon Hounsou, while Leissner has two daughters, ages 9 and 12.

The kids are excited and ready to help out, the couple reports.

C/O Lovebscott
C/O Lovebscott

Congrats to the new parents! We couldn’t be more excited!

Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

This delicious, light dinner is perfect for the start of a springy week. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and everyone will love it!

 

Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

We like all of those things, so we can only imagine how amazing they taste together!

C/O Food Network
C/O Food Network

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds large Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs (5 to 6 thighs)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
2 lemons (1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges)
2 large or 3 medium red onions, halved and thinly sliced

Directions

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Place a large cast-iron baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat to 500 degrees F. Put the potatoes, garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe baking dish and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, pierce the plastic in a few places with a knife and microwave 8 minutes to partially cook.

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and the lemon juice; toss to coat. Set aside.

Remove the hot baking dish from the oven; carefully add the potatoes and spread in an even layer. Scatter the onions on top. Roast until the potatoes start to brown, about 12 minutes.

Flip the potatoes and lay the chicken pieces on top, adding any accumulated juices from the bowl; return to the oven and roast until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 more minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Enjoy a fresh salad in pairing with your chicken dinner!

C/O All Recipes
C/O All Recipes

 

Blackberry-Peach Cobbler with Praline-Pecan Streusel 

Add a few more fruity nutrients to your diet by making this scrumptious dessert!

C/O My Recipes
C/O My Recipes

We hope you enjoy this delicious dinner as much as we did! Simple and fresh is always best this time of year. What’s your favorite spring recipe? Link your recipe below and it could be featured next week!

Ways To Wear Your Favorite Spring Pieces!

Want to wear some of your favorite spring pieces that have been hiding in your closet all winter but it’s just still a little too cold? All you need to do is pair them with a warmer item and you are good to go! Check out some of the ideas we have for you below.

Black and White

C/O Hello Fashion
C/O Hello Fashion

Wear your favorite summer sandals with skinny jeans, a sweater, and a scarf to stay warm but yet wear your summer footwear! Also, the black and white is totally hot right now!

Button Down

C/O Hello Fashion
C/O Hello Fashion

Wear your favorite button down with skinny jeans or capri pants. Tuck the front of your button down in and let the rest lay normally. You will look great for the in-between season!

C/O Hello Fashion
C/O Hello Fashion

Break out the pastels and wear your favorite pastel jacket or sweater over a simple dress! This jacket would look great even with just jeans and a simple t-shirt!

Have other great ways to wear your summer clothes during the sometimes cool, sometimes warm season between Spring and Summer? If you do, we should love for you to share your advice with us!

Things We Love…. Spring Activities!

Now that spring has officially sprung, we are all in need of some fun, seasonal activities!

Try a few of these spring family ideas to keep your kids having a blast through rain and shine.

Fly a Kite

This website will show you how to make your own if you want to get super creative. And get your kids jazzed for the big day by playing this catchy tune.

C/O My Best Kite
C/O My Best Kite

 

Picnic in the Park

Perhaps after your kite, you’ll be hungry and need to have a  scrumptious lunch! Need some recipe ideas? Check out these tasty options!

C/O Serious Eats
C/O Serious Eats

 

Flower Pressing

Remember spring forever by preserving your favorite blossoms. Learn how to here!

C/O The Dainty Squid
C/O The Dainty Squid

 

Strawberry Shortcake

Rainy day? Stay warm and dry inside and taste the promise of incoming sunny weather. Try this recipe!

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C/O Food Network

 

Bike Ride

Strap the fam into helmets and hit the trails! Everyone will love the fresh air.. and a stop for ice cream won’t hurt either!

C/O Grayline
C/O Grayline

 

What did we miss? Any fun activities that are a must-do this spring? Comment below!

Awesome Forts To Build With Your Kids!

Remember when you were little and absolutely loved making forts because of the exciting feeling of having your own “hide out”? Well we sure remember and that is why we thought we would share these awesome fort ideas for you to build with your kids! To see even more about each fort and view more fort ideas, simply click on the photos!

Cardboard City

C/O Life as Mama
C/O Life as Mama

To make this just simply use up your old cardboard boxes and turn them into walls, doors, windows, and anything else you can think of! Get creative and draw a brick pattern on them even to resemble an actual building! Then cardboard is perfect for a small fort or a short maze for your little ones to crawl around in!

Cave of Stars

C/O Life as Mama
C/O Life as Mama

For the younger ones in your family, this cave of stars is perfect! To make this you first take a large cardboard box and poke holes through the top. Then take a set of christmas lights and poke them through the top of the cardboard holes and then plug in the lights! This little cave will make your little ones feel like they are under the stars!

What are your favorite forts to make with your little ones? We would love to hear about them!

Oh Baby!

The last few days have been exciting in celebrity baby news! From births, first photos and hot moms, get the scoop below:

Welcome Baby Israel!

Jill Duggard (of 19 Kids and Counting) and husband Derick Dillard just had their first child, baby boy Israel. The healthy baby was born weeks over his due date at 9 lbs., 10 oz. Congratulations to the new parents!

C/O E!Online
C/O E! Online

 

Brooklyn Lachey made an Easter debut

Vanessa and Nick Lachey’s three month old’s first photo has been released. We can only imagine how cute her face is under the bunny hat!

C/O E! Online
C/O E! Online

 

Molly Sims’ second baby was born

It’s a girl! Baby Scarlet was born in late March, and the mother-daughter duo could not be more precious.

C/O E! Online
C/O E! Online

Who is your favorite celebrity mom? We have mom crushes on more than a few! Comment below your favorite!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Tonight’s the night, folks. The final game for March Madness! With interns Trisha and Vreni both attending University of Wisconsin Madison, we felt that it was necessary to dedicate tonight’s dinner to the big game!

Homemade Corn Dogs

The ultimate (and EASY to make) finger food. Dip it while watching the Badgers take on Duke!

C/O Chef in Training
C/O Chef in Training

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1⅛ cups milk
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 (16 oz) packages beef hot dogs
  • 16 wooden skewers

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, white sugar and baking powder.
  2. Add milk and egg to the bowl and whisk well.
  3. Heat oil in a large pot on stovetop until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  4. While oil is heating, insert wooden skewers into hot dogs.
  5. Dip/roll skewered hot dog into batter until completely covered.
  6. Cooking 2-3 corn dogs at a time, cook in oil until golden brown in color, about 3 minutes. Set on paper towels once cooked to drain off any excess oil.

Pair this with the ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip

It’s everyone’s favorite, and will be an awesome game day side.

C/O Damn Delicious
C/O Damn Delicious

Reese’s Basketball Dip

Honestly, what more could you want in a game day dessert. Easy to eat while watching the action and basketball themed!

C/O Crazy for Crust
C/O Crazy for Crust

 

Now that dinner is planned, who do you think will win the big game?! We (unbiasedly.. kind of..) hope the Badgers take home the big win! Comment your guess of the final score and let’s see who wins!

Easter Outfits For Your Little Ones!

If you are still wondering what your little ones will wear this weekend for Easter then you are in the right place! We found some great Easter outfits for baby and toddler! To purchase one of these outfits or to get more details about them, simply click on the photo!

Bunny Smocked Dress- $43

C/O Mud Pie
C/O Mud Pie

This adorable dress comes in sizes from 0-6months all the way up to 3T.

Bunny Tunic & Legging Set- $36

C/O Mud Pie
C/O Mud Pie

This outfit is perfect for a breezy Easter weekend! The best part about this outfit is the back of the shirt which has an adorable bow that matches the pants! It comes in sizes 0-6 months and 6-9 months.

Bunny Skirt Set- $51

C/O Mud Pie
C/O Mud Pie

This outfit is cute and perfect if the weather is going to be a little chilly! This one comes in sizes from 0-6 months up to 4T.

Ivory Silk Multi Flower Dress- $43

C/O Mud Pie
C/O Mud Pie

This adorable dress is perfect for church and easter! It comes in sizes ranging from 0-6months up to 5T!

Sunday Best Gingham Suspender/Bow Tie Set- $22.50

C/O Mud Pie
C/O Mud Pie

It can be difficult to find an adorable outfit for Easter for little boys but this suspender and bow tie set is perfect! This set is a one size fits all since it can be adjusted!

What are your little ones going to wear for their Easter activities this weekend?! We would love to hear some other great Easter outfit ideas from you!