Teaching Your Teens Car Maintenance with Giveaway

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My daughters are 22 and 18, and both have their driver’s license, and my son is 15 and counting the days until he can get a permit!  Having young drivers in the house can be stressful, because there is so much that they need to learn, and not just about driving itself, but about taking care of a car.  Here are the top five maintenance tasks your teen should know how to do before you hand them the keys.

Teaching your teens car maintenance - five important things your teens should know before you hand them the keys and let them drive off!

Oil Changes

Cars need regular maintenance, and neglecting this can cost you time and money.  One of the most important things to do is to get the oil changed regularly, on the schedule recommended by the manufacturer.  I realized recently that my 18 year old, Eleanor, had never taken a car in for an oil change, so the last time my vehicle needed an oil change I had her come along.Continue Reading

Paddington – Free Activity Sheets & New Video Clip #PaddingtonMovie

The movie Paddington was released recently, and it is getting rave reviews! I loved these books as a kid, and this sounds like the perfect family comedy for winter fun.


This move is based on the classic novels by Michael Bond and tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. He meets the Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven.Continue Reading

Cheesy Broccoli-Bacon Mac Bites

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

There are lots of party occasions this time of year! I am making plans for a fun football get together next weekend, and I have been scouring the web for the best party recipes. While I was at the Kraft Hub on the Walmart website, I found this fun recipe for Cheesy Broccoli-Bacon Mac Bites, and it is the perfect dish to make a family favorite into party food!

Cheesy Brocolli-Bacon Mac Bites - a perfect party food for the big game! Bite sized Creamy Mac & Cheese topped off with bacon and fried onions.

My family loves Kraft Mac & Cheese, and this takes that traditional comfort food and makes it bite sized. And it doesn’t take very long to make either, which is a must when you are planning a gathering.Continue Reading

Southwestern Tuna Wrap

I am sure I am not the only person looking for healthy and delicious recipes this New Year!  For me the hardest meal to eat well at is lunch, because I get bored with the same old lunches day after day. So this week I put a different twist on basic tuna salad to make this tasty Southwestern Tuna Wrap.

Southwestern Tuna Wrap - an easy and healthy lunch idea featuring tuna fish with black beans, tomatoes and cilantro, with a Greek yogurt dressing, wrapped in corn tortillas.

To make it I combined Bumble Bee® Albacore White Tuna with vegetables and beans for an easy and healthy lunch.Continue Reading

Strange Magic – Free Printable Activity Sheets

The new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. Strange Magic opens in theaters everywhere on Friday! The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”


It sounds like an amusing film, and to celebrate the release I have a bunch of free printable activity sheets you can use for family fun! The printables include recipes, crafts and games, and even invitations and decorations for throwing a Strange Magic party! Just click on a picture to bring up the printable pdf file, or right click to download it right to your computer.Continue Reading

Pomegranate Cherry Yogurt Parfait

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast!  This year I wanted to make a treat that is healthy, but still delicious and seasonal, and I came up with this Pomegranate Cherry Yogurt Parfait.

Pomegranate Cherry Yogurt Parfait - Layers of fruit compote made with pomegranate arils and cherries alternated with plain Greek yogurt for a delicious and health Valentine's Day dessert.

I used pomegranate arits and cherries to make a simple fruit compote, and then layered the compote with plain yogurt for a dessert that is nutritious and delicious.Continue Reading

20 Healthy Smoothies that are Dairy Free

This post is sponsored by Foodie, all opinions are my own.

I love smoothies, but I prefer them with dairy products like yogurt and milk. So I put together this collection of 20 healthy and tasty smoothies that you can make without dairy products. Just click through the slide show to see them all.

Check out Healthy Dairy Free Smoothies

by Anne at Foodie.com

Smoothies are perfect for adding more fruit or vegetables to your diet, and they are quick to make too.Continue Reading

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

I love smoothies, and they are perfect for making a quick snack or having for breakfast.  Last week I made this delicious Strawberry Avocado Smoothie for a snack.

A delicious healthy smoothie made using avocado, strawberries and bananas.  It is rich and creamy without using and dairy products, tastes delicious, and  is perfect for helping you keep New Year's resolutions to lose weight!

So many smoothies use yogurt as a base, and while I love yogurt I don’t like it in smoothies.  For this smoothie I used avocado and bananas to get a smooth creamy taste without yogurt or milk.Continue Reading

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