February 2018 - Rachel Teodoro

Blueberry Oat Muffin Recipe

Our whole family loves a good muffin. If your kids want to start cooking in the kitchen, a muffin recipe is a great place to start. This blueberry oat muffin has yummy ingredients that will make you think you are indulging more than you are. They are perfect for a quick grab before school or for an afternoon snack you can feel good about.





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Edible Sour Gummy Worm Silly Putty

Have your kids jumped on the silly putty train? Mine have! It doesn't seem to be slowing down with kids these days, so why not jump on board with a new fun twist: edible sour gummy worm silly putty! How much fun will this be to make with your kids? It's easy and fun and will give kids a new way to make an old favorite.




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Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe

If you have been reading for any length of time you would know how important family meals are at our house. We eat together as a family every single night. When our first child was born we put him in his car seat at the table to join us and now that our family has grown, it's just been what they know. It gets difficult to find meals that the whole family likes and while I can't please them all all the time, this Alfredo recipe is a hit. Plus, even the most apprehensive vegetable eater will eat broccoli if it's smothered in this Alfredo! I call that a win. Come check out this easy to make family-favorite recipe and add it to your weekly meal rotation.


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The Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

Sometimes I hesitate to order a hot chocolate at a coffee shop because I think it's a kids drink, but at home, well, that's another story! There are so many great variations on a good cup of hot chocolate {personally I don't think you should ever skip on the whip cream!}, and I'm sharing a few great ones {like this Starbucks Copycat Snickerdoodle hot chocolate from CopyKat recipes} today. Come find a new great hot chocolate recipe. I think you're going to want to try them all!


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Everything you Need to Celebrate President's Day

Fine. Maybe you don't need anything to actually celebrate President's day, but why not? It's kind of fun. If there is one thing I've learned from traveling internationally it's that as American's we know FAR less about the history of our country than people in other parts of the world. So I thought I would put together a fun little post with everything you need to celebrate President's day. Why not celebrate the day in style.



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How to Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

This post is brought to you by HomeRight. All opinions are 100% my own.

I transitioned from a top-loader to a front-loader about seven years ago and I haven't really looked back.  I don't love that the front-loading washing machine comes with some cleaning and maintenance, but I do love that it's high-efficiency and it uses less water, which is a big thing since our family of five does a LOT of laundry! So why do you have to clean a front-loading washing machine? Because over time residue from your laundry detergent clings to the inside of your washer, especially to the rubber door seals. Those seals grow mold and mildew and that build-up can create an odor that can cause your washing machine to smell and that smell can even transfer to your clothes. And that my friends is why you need to clean your front-loading washing machine. But how? Well, I'm sharing how I quickly and easily clean my front-loading washer with zero chemicals and little to no elbow grease.



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5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Movie Night

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of G. H. Cretors. All opinions are 100% my own.

Through the years family movie night has been one of our most favorite nights to share together. There is something about slowing down and being still all together. When the kids were little, we would watch animated movies and now that they are older we are able to share some of our favorites from when my husband and I were younger {when did there get to be so much kissing in some of these shows!}. It's fun to set aside some time to be together and enjoy each other as a family. It's a family activity we can all agree on and enjoy. I've got 5 tips for you {and a free family movie night printable tag for your popcorn!} so that you can plan the perfect family movie night.



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Valentine's Day Saltine Toffee Recipe

I'm notorious for being a last minute Lucy on all things surrounding any holiday that isn't Christmas. I can not get it together until the final countdown. Because of that, I am queen of any recipe, Valentine's Day DIY or project that can be made in the very last minute. Just go to that search bar up there and type in "last minute" and I promise you, there will be a last minute holiday project for EVERY season. Seriously, try it. I'll wait. It's why I bring to you, this crowd-pleasing favorite that you can whip up in about 10 minutes. I have yet to meet someone who doesn't love this saltine toffee recipe and I can almost bet you, you have all the ingredients in your pantry already!



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What to Know Before Booking an All-Inclusive Resort Vacation

Who doesn't dream of escaping to warmer weather in the dark dreary days of winter? I love being surrounded by palm trees and blue green water with sand in my toes. I think life is always better with a beach bartender who happily delivers drinks to you as you lounge in a beach chair half way through your third book in that many days. To say that I am totally sold on the experience of an all-inclusive resort would be an understatement. I think there are a lot of reasons to book your next vacation at an all-inclusive resort {I even think they are great for family vacations}, but there are some things to consider before you book to make sure that your vacation is everything you want it to be.

Mexico, Cancun, Caribbean, excellence playa mujeres
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DIY Live Edge Hairpin Leg Side Table

Lately I've been leaning towards the modern bohemian style. I don't know what it is that I love about it, but I can't seem to get enough. Maybe it's the natural texture or the sleek organic feel, but you can see how my style is starting to gravitate in that direction. Check out this modern wood lamp I made from a vase last month and you'll see that the wood has me all googly eyed. This summer, I was garage sale shopping and found a slice from an old stump. It had a beautiful live edge and the guy said it was just taking up space in his garage. In the 1970's someone probably would have put a coat of lacquer on it and made a clock, but today, I'm finishing it up and making it into an end table with hairpin legs.

mid century modern bohemian style

I did a quick search on Craigslist and it turns out you can buy a wood stump or log slice and make your own, so I'm going to show you how!

mid century modern bohemian style

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Healthy Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Chicken is one of those favorite meats in our home but it can get a little boring. I'm always looking for new ways to serve this lean protein to my family but at the same time not over complicate it. This grilled chicken bruschetta recipe is a new favorite and is a great weeknight meal that doesn't take a lot of time to prepare.

cooking lite, whole 30

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The Only All-Inclusive Resort Itinerary You Will Ever Need


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Apple Vacations for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm really good at vacation. It's like a special skill of mine. I originally thought cruises were my vacation of choice, but I get a little sea sick on the boat and just feel a little off when I'm spending days at sea. Then my husband and I found all-inclusive resorts and I realized that those are my vacation of choice. People are usually surprised when I tell them that our plans for an all-inclusive resort vacation is usually to not have any plans. The thing I like best is that I can do as much or as little as I want to do and I never have to leave the resort. How is that even possible you ask? Let me tell you about my no fail, all-inclusive resort vacation itinerary. 





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