Young At Heart Mommy

Oct 7, 2015

How To Become A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlette

In case it hasn't been too obvious, I am kind of in love with all-things Halloween. There is no denying that my family and I are excited for the month of October. It's full of so many fun things: visiting pumpkin patches at the local farmer's market, decorating our home with ghosts & goblins, baking spooky desserts, and shopping for the perfect costume. There are quite a few exciting things to look forward to. Plus Halloween really does kick off the fall season and gets us all in the mood to tap into our inner ghoulie! Adult or child, it's the one time of year you can dress up and parade around in a silly costume while collecting candy. But in order to ensure your pillow sack gets stuffed with yummy sweets, one must have a costume to trick-or treat in! It's kinda a Halloween essential, ya know?

Oct 2, 2015

6 Ways To Make Fruit Fun In Your Kid's Lunchbox

A well balanced lunch box plays an important role in the quality of your child's day. Not only does it give them energy and help them focus but it also provides parents with the opportunity to make healthy food choices exciting. When packing a lunch for you kids you have to remember two things- (1) If they don't like it, they won't eat it and (2) It's okay to think outside the lunchbox. In fact, they are more likely to eat what you pack them if you find a way to make the food appealing and fun. For the most part Toodie is no longer a picky eater that fights me on trying new things but sometimes I have to tap into my inner creativity to sneak the fruits & veggies in. Lately I have noticed her lunchbox returns home with a sifted through fruit salad. The watermelon is always missing in action but the other fruits like grapes, blueberries, and pineapple are left behind.

Sep 30, 2015

Leap Into Learning With LeapFrog + The LeapPad Platinum

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Each day I find myself more and more amazed with how much my daughter has learned in the past two years, especially now that she is in first grade. Children really are like sponges. They have the ability to soak up their surroundings by observing and asking questions, many. With a six year old at home you can only imagine how many questions I am asked on a daily basis. Sometimes it's hard to keep track and other times I don't even know the answers! Google sure does come in handy for the trickier ones. Without much effort our kiddos are naturally eager to process information, analyze it, and spit it out quicker than a garbage disposal. Weird analogy, yes. But you get the point right? I love watching my daughter learn new things and enjoy experiencing the excitement with her.

Sep 29, 2015

Marshmallow Tombstone Cupcakes + PEEPS® Prize Pack Giveaway

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Halloween is right around the corner and it's hard to not get excited when stores are already stocking their costumes, candies, and creepy decorations. With 30 days of opportunities to conjure up potions and sweets, these Marshmallow Tombstone Cupcakes are just one way to welcome the spookiest time of year. Before you know it you will have little sugar filled kiddos knocking on your door looking for a surprise to be tossed into their bags. I hope you have your candy bowl ready and stocked with favorites like Mike and Ike® Mummy/Vampire Mix, Hot Tamales® , Goldenberg’s® Peanut Chews, and PEEPS® Halloween  Marshmallow Mini Chicks. These frighteningly fun goodies are sure to be gobbled up quickly by  those little ghoulies.

Sep 28, 2015

Frightfully Fun Frankenstein Pudding Cups

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The spookiest time of year is upon us and I am bursting with excitement. If every month could be like October I would be the happiest human being on the planet. As a horror movie junkie and lover of all things creepy-crawly, bewitching, and gruesome-it's been a rather long nine months getting here. Halloween is right around the corner and that means it's time to re-stock the candy stash, bust out the ghostly decor, and get started on those festive desserts I love making. It's never to early to conjure up ghoulish goodies! Toodie and I wasted no time in getting into the Halloween spirit with these Frightfully Fun Frankenstein Pudding Cups.

Sep 25, 2015

Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits + Starbucks® Fall Goodies

As a member of the Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community I received samples to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions are my own!

It's finally starting to feel like fall and I couldn't be more willing to welcome a new season full of so many wonderful things. I'm ready to toss my flip flops to make way for the comfy sweaters, leggings, and boots. Bring on the pumpkin patches and baking opportunities. Nothing tastes better than a fall dessert combining fluffy pumpkin mousse and a brown sugar pecan crumble. Pair with a cup of Starbucks® Fall Blend Coffee and you have a warm, fuzzy, feel good duo that is perfect for this time of year. Not that you need an excuse to bring out the pumpkin recipes but I would say we are now entering prime pumpkin time!

Sep 21, 2015

Burgers For Better Schools + $75 Red Robin GC Giveaway

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It's never too early to teach your children how to give back to their community, especially when there are so many opportunities for them at their very own school. For the past year or so I found a passion in volunteering and being an active PTA member at my daughter's elementary school. Whether it's collecting Box Tops or purchasing from the seasonal fundraiser, I am always willing to do my part in helping to support the education of our future generation. This is why I was excited to hear that one of our favorite restaurants, Red Robin, has created a new program to help build better schools.