Lemon Blueberry Loaf

I love hosting play dates. In fact, I pretty much love hosting anything {this would include a few minor exceptions such as Cat-Lovers Anonymous and Weight Watchers}. One of the challenges of a host is to continue to wow her guests over and over again with new and delicious original recipes {riiiiiiight}. Well, I don’t know how new or original this recipe is, but it is definitely a wow-er! lbloafhd2

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Easy Crowd-Pleasers for Your Super Bowl Party

Mommy Confession: I love football! I really, really do. It’s actually, somewhat embarrassing. I also love parties! Planning them, preparing for them and hosting them, they are one of my favorite things in the world. These two passion combined make for one of the best (or worst, depending on who wins…!) days of the year in my house… we love the Super Bowl! Over the years I’ve compiled a few of my favorite super-easy crowd-pleasing yummies to help you throw the best Super Bowl party yet.

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Busy Mom’s Guide: DIY Cake Smash Photos {for free}

There is a growing trend in the mommy community that has gained considerable momentum in the past few years: the cake smash. This phenomenon has grown from letting a 1-year-old eat a piece of cake to spending enormous amounts of money on a cake for the baby to destroy, and a photographer to document the destruction. Don’t get me wrong… I am a HUGE cake-smash fan! But there’s got to be a way for us budget-loving-mama’s to have our cake and eat it too.

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Busy Mom’s Guide: 5 Family-Friendly Vacations {that aren’t Disney}

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My Little Miss and I were discussing the 4 seasons the other day when she voiced the question that Maine children have asked for centuries: “Why can’t it be summer all the time?”

Now don’t get me wrong, us Maine girls love winter! But when we’re well on our way into Spring and still have patches of snow at the playground refusing to melt, even we can get a little anxious for summer. And summer, if it’s done right, brings vacation! Now the real question: how (and where) to vacation on a budget, with kids? We love road trips, live for adventures, are suckers for tourist traps and – in a perfect world – would take a vacation at least once a month. But we also have two little kids who are allergic to their car seats after 5 minutes, want to touch EVERYTHING, and have attention spans that are about as long as their eye-lashes. So where do we go? Here’s a few of our favorites… And the best part? They’re not Disney!

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Busy Mom’s Guide: DIY Baby Photos

diybaby1newlogoMy Little Mr. turned 6 months old this week! He has grown so fast, his rosy, pudgy, melt-your-heart face hardly resembles the frail 7lbs 4oz infant he was just a few short months ago. If you’re a mom you know what I mean. They weren’t joking when they said it goes too fast! Which is why capturing every unique growth spurt is so incredibly important… and expensive. A typical infant session ranges these days between $200-$400!! I don’t know about you, but that’s wayyy too much to be dropping on photos every three months. There must be a better way. And there is! Enter, DIY pro-looking baby photos. And the best part? They’re free!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! {Quick & Easy, Yummy Fun}

stpats1I just love St. Patrick’s Day. I always have, ever since my brother ruined my sister’s St. Patty’s Day pot roast (yes I know, not corned beef, but the sweet girl was only 8 so cut her some slack) by dumping in a ton of green food coloring to make it match the party. Needless to say green pot roast, potatoes and carrots is less than appetizing… We all had something else for dinner. He ate that pot roast for days. But he wasn’t completely off target. Dying everything green is a great way to celebrate! Just not the meat – gross.

So here are my list of must-haves and dos for a fun, easy St. Patrick’s Day! Ready? Here we go!

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Busy Mom’s Guide: 5 Reasons To Love Your Crockpot

crocklove4I love my crock-pot. No, allow me to rephrase: I lovvvvveeeee my crock-pot. This is not an instance in which the understated is better stated; you must understand, I hold my crock-pot in significantly high regard. And there is a special place in my heart for quick, painless dinners that get thrown into that magical dish and come out six hours later a delectable feast! But there is so much more potential hidden under the surface of this beautiful kitchen appliance, just waiting for you to discover!

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