Chocolate energy bites

Chocolate Energy Bites |

Kara, from Creations by Kara is sharing a yummy recipe today! .................   On the lookout for an easy after school snack for the kiddos? Give these Chocolate Energy Bites a try. I bet they'll be a big hit with everyone at your house! My boys started school this week. Dang why does summer have to go so fast? I mean I'm kind of glad to be back into a routine that includes kids in bed before 10:30, but I do miss having them around during the day. And of course my four year old is going through withdrawals because preschool hasn't started yet. But school always starts whether I'm ready for it or not. Like, every single year. And of course, once school starts, as the mom … [Read more...]

Banana Split Brownie Ice Cream

Banana Split Brownie Ice Cream |

I am a big fan of banana splits and the more toppings the better! This no churn banana split brownie recipe is one of my favorite recipes yet and I am so excited to share it with you today! My name is Jes and I blog over at Mommy Envy, I am so excited to be back again this month sharing this recipe with you! Now that I've discovered no churn ice cream I don't know if I will ever go back. I've never had luck with ice cream machines, mainly because I like too many toppings. And I love that I get to make up my own flavors! I've contemplated this recipe for a while now and I finally made it just for you! Even if you don't like banana splits, I think you will still like this recipe. … [Read more...]

First-day-of-school outfits with Rack Room Shoes!

School Shoes for Kids |

This post is sponsored by Rack Room Shoes. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. ................ It's almost time for school to start!  Can you just smell the newly sharpened pencils? I love this time of year, and shopping with my kids for all of their school supplies, including their first day of school outfits.  Do you remember choosing your outfit for the first day?  Oh, the memories!  In my day it was ESPRIT bags and Guess jeans and Birkenstocks, which totally tells you I'm a child of the 80's and 90's! As a mom, those first day outfits are still important, because my kids love them too. School shoes are a really important part of that first day, and the whole year. Our … [Read more...]

Lunchbox laughs!

Lunchbox Laughs |

Hi everyone! So happy to be back with you this month to share another free printable with you. I'm Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am starting to gear up for the beginning of school. One of my favorite things to do each year is to leave Lunchbox Laughs in my kiddos lunch or backpack with a little note on the back to remind them how much I love them while they are away from me. Today I came up with a fun little sheet of laughs for our littles this year! To use these, simply download, print and cut out. Write a cute little note on the back and your kiddo will be smiling his way through lunch. My kiddos consistently tell me how much they love these when I do them. I hope you enjoy them … [Read more...]

Blueberry dump cake

Blueberry Dump Cake |

Kara, from Creations by Kara, is sharing this delicious Bluberry Dump Cake recipe today! If you live in an area where you can grow your own blueberries, I am insanely jealous. I love them so very much, but since they don't grow in my area, they cost a small fortune. I buy them whenever they go on sale. I bought a pint last week, then we ended up going out of town before they all got eaten. When we got back they weren't fresh enough for salad, so I decided to use them for baking. I remembered an awesome dump cake that my mom used to make. I couldn't get ahold of her to get the recipe, so I had to go from memory and improvise a little. Thankfully it turned out just as good as I … [Read more...]

Making dinner easy with Newman’s Own

Dinner made easy with Newman's Own |

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman's Own. All opinions are 100% mine. ----------- My kids love to "dip".  Pretty much everything, actually.  We always have a bottle of ranch dressing in our refrigerator, and there's house-wide panic if it starts to get too low. One of our favorite dressings is Newman's Own, and not only does it come in Ranch, but Balsamic, Olive Oil & Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, Creamy Caesar and more. As a mom, I love how simple salad dressings are to implement into dinners. It's how I get my kids to eat most veggies, but it definitely doesn't end there, because there are so many things that are dippable! Salad dressings make … [Read more...]

Introducing Nauzene® Kids…liquid nausea relief for the whole family!


 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nauzene Kids . All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Whenever my little ones have an upset tummy, I usually feel pretty helpless.  You can give different medicines for headaches and fever, but a heating pad and a comfy place to rest are generally my best options for a stomach that aches.  When I got the opportunity to try Nauzene Kids , I jumped at the chance, and it ended up being perfect (but not so perfect) timing.                                                         Last week, one of my girls stayed home from school with a tummy ache, and she was curled up on the couch, very uncomfortable. That very morning, a package containing … [Read more...]

Peanut butter & jelly bars

PB & J Cookie Bars |

Hello, it's Kara, from Creations by Kara!  Some people may think PB & J's are just for kids, but I still enjoy one every now and then. Do you still love a good peanut butter sandwich? My very favorite is one made with homemade wheat bread, creamy peanut butter, and homemade raspberry jam. So yummy. If you enjoy PB J's, you should really give these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars a try! They start with a simple shortbread crust, then they have a layer of jam and peanut butter chips, topped with more buttery crust. Served warm they are an ooey gooey treat that is rich and delicious. After cooled down, they are crunchy and chewy with a gooey layer in the middle. I like them best … [Read more...]

My favorite way to keep kids safe in the water: Puddle Jumpers!

Puddle Jumpers |

 This post brought to you by Stearns Puddle Jumpers®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Simply Kierste. ---------- All of my children enjoy being in the water, but one in particular would actually live in it if he could, and has absolutely loved it since he was tiny.  At that young age, he also had no fear (still doesn't), and none of the ramifications that came with it (including nearly giving me a heart attack on more than occasion).  From early on, I knew I needed to find a flotation device that would not only keep him safe, but allow him to enjoy the water he loved so much. I remember the first time I saw a Stearns Puddle Jumper.  We were at the pool, and I saw a … [Read more...]

The power of home equity

power of home equity |

This post was written and sponsored by U.S. Bank.  -------- Seems you’ve got a bit of a dilemma on your hands. That big project you’ve had in your head for what feels like forever is now actually coming together on paper and just waiting to be started. You have the time to do it and - best of all? - you want to do it. There’s just one problem. You need funds, because without them, your dream project stays on hold. But fear not! If you’re a homeowner, and have equity in your home, you may have some options. One possible funding opportunity could be a second mortgage through access to your home equity. You may be able to take out what’s called a home equity line of credit (HELOC), or a … [Read more...]