New Trailer for The Good Dinosaur Movie

The new Disney-Pixar animated film, The Good Dinosaur, will be in theaters everywhere this Thanksgiving.

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This movie asks the question: What if the asteroid that caused the dinosaur’s extinction missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs coexisted with humans?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.Continue Reading

Kalahari Resorts Vacation

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My family and I are excited to be traveling to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Pocono Mountains! This is the ideal place for a quick fall getaway, because it has something for the entire family to enjoy.


The resort includes a huge  indoor waterpark, along with a Family Entertainment Center which includes activities like arcade games, black light mini golf and mini-bowling.  I think the hardest part of the trip is going to be deciding which activities to do first!Continue Reading

The Journey Home DVD Giveaway

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I love nature stories, and the new movie out on DVD this week, The Journey Home, looks like a fantastic family movie.


It is the heartwarming story of a young boy who tries to reunite a polar bear cub with his mother.  Despite the warnings of his family and friends the boy takes off on a snowmobile, with the cub in tow, deep into the frozen wilderness to search for the mother polar bear.Continue Reading

Spooky Snacks for Halloween

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Halloween is one of my family’s favorite holidays! It is fun to create spooky snacks that celebrate the season, whether for parties or after school treats. One of my favorite things to use during Halloween is dry ice, and here is a fun Fanta Halloween Punch recipe complete with dry ice effects and OREO Truffle eyeballs.

Halloween Fanta Punch - Fanta, Ginger Ale, Sherbet and dry ice are perfect for Halloween

Punch is the ultimate party beverage, and a Fanta Halloween Punch is delicious.  The punch is very easy to make too, and goes together in seconds. I simply poured a 2 L bottle of Fanta into the punch bowl, along with a 2 L Ginger Ale.Continue Reading

Japanese Inspired Bloody Mary

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Football season is in full swing, and my husband and I are enjoying all the action and excitement! We don’t get to many games in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a fun Homegate experience while we watch our favorite teams. This past weekend we created a Japanese themed Football party featuring a Japanese Inspired Bloody Mary and Sushi.

Japanese Inspired Bloody Mary - add some lime juice and Sake to a Bloody Mary cocktail, and top it off with pickled ginger and lime. A fun drink that pairs perfectly with sushi.

This made a great change from our typical pizza and chicken wings, and added some spice to the games! Football might not be a big sport in Japan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mix the two cultures together. Bloody Mary is a cocktail that has lots of variations, so it just lends itself to experimentation. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time putting together our Homegate, so I used a LiDestri Bloody Mary cocktail as a base.Continue Reading

When Have You Needed Extra?

What was a time you needed extra? In my house there are two things we tend to run out of – milk and toilet paper! Milk is tough, because it is perishable so you can’t stock up too much, but toilet paper is easy to store, so there really is no reason to run out.  But with 3 kids and multiple bathrooms I can go from thinking there are 5 rolls left to realizing we are down to our last half a roll in no time at all.

Scott Toilet Paper with Extra

A few years ago we were hosting a birthday party for the family at our house, and I realized after the guests showed up that we had only one roll of toilet paper.  I had the kids clean the bathroom before the party, but they didn’t think to check the paper supply.  I tried to make a discreet exit to go into town and get more, but that is hard to do when you are the host!Continue Reading

Period Survival Kit

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Do you have a period survival kit?  After all sometimes the unexpected happens, and it is always good to be ready!

Period Survival Kit

The last thing you want during your period is to feel blah and drab, so I like to keep a small pack with all the things I might want for a little extra pampering – lip balm, tissues, pain killer, hand sanitizer, chocolate and of course some pads. My two daughters have their own period packs with all their favorite pampering items too. It is a quick and easy way to make that time of the month less stressful.

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Apple Cobbler

Apple picking season is winding down around here, but I am still making apple desserts.  This Apple Cobbler is a great way to get apple pie taste without going to all the trouble of making a pastry crust!

Apple Cobbler with Biscuit Topping and Ice Cream

The recipe is just a whole bunch of apples tossed with a little sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and topped off with a fluffy biscuit topping.  I like to use lots of apples in my cobblers, so that the biscuit topping doesn’t overwhelm the fruit.

For pies I like to use crisp apples like Granny Smith so the pie holds its shape.  But I like my cobblers juicy, so I used softer Cortland and Gala apples for this dish.  Topping the cobbler off with a sprinkling of sparkling sugar adds a little crunch, and the sparkle makes the dessert seem more special with no extra effort.Continue Reading

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cake

Today is National Mocha Day!  Here is recipe for an easy Chocolate Mocha Mug Cake, perfect for celebrating the day.

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cake - an easy microwave recipe for making a mocha mug cake

Mug cakes are a delicious dessert, and so easy to make!  This cake comes together in only a few minutes, so it is perfect when you want a quick dessert just for yourself, because you need a quick coffee and chocolate fix.Continue Reading

Top 3 Fall Family Adventures

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Fall is a busy time of year for my family!  After the more restful pace of the summer it seems like everything kicks into high gear, and we have activities and chores that just need to be done. But it is also the perfect time for Fall Family Adventures – and Walmart Family Mobile provides affordable plans for keeping the family on track and in touch during these adventures.


Top 3 Fall Family Adventures - Leaf Peeping, Pumpkin Picking and Apple Picking

I recently got a new LG Leon LTE, which is perfect for making our adventures more fun and productive. Here are the Top 3 Fall Family Adventures that my family is enjoying this year.Continue Reading