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Buffalo Chicken Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce Recipe Perfect For Game Day + DICK'S Jersey Report!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DICK'S Sporting Goods . All opinions are 100% mine.
In our house, Football is a pretty big thing. My husband is super into sports, and my oldest son has acquired an equal affinity. So on game day, we do it up big in our house! I always bring my A game with the snacks too. These Buffalo Chicken Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dip, are among my families top fave appetizers to snack on, while rooting on the Giants.

My favorite part, aside from the fact that they are delicious? They're easy to keep warm straight through the game in a nearby Crockpot; so everyone can serve themselves! Which means I can enjoy the game too. Winning!

Grab my recipe for Chicken Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce, below. PLUS, learn more about DICK'S Jersey Report - just in time for the BIG game!

BIG Things Happening Again At Camelback Mountain - Largest Snow Tubing Park In The Country Opens With 42 Lanes + Galactic Laser Light Show!

Hi there friends, how have you been? Now that the holiday season is over and the twinkle lights have all been safely packed away- winter has fully set in. No need to get the winter blues though - get out and about with the kids and have some winter fun in the snow!

You all already know how much we adore Camelback Resort, in the Poconos. It's one of our families favorite winter and summer destinations! Well, BIG things are happening again on Camelback Mountain! They've just opened the largest tubing park in the country, and Galactic Snow Tubing at night. With 42 lanes, the park boasts an impressive laser light show that's set / timed to music. Galactic Snow Tubing debuts at dusk through close, every night throughout the season.

Read on for more on Camelback Mountain's newest addition, below.

The Gift Of Growth - Heading To #BlogHer17 In Orlando With The Entire Family In Tow!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BlogHer for SheKnows. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi friends, how have you been? I hope that the holiday season has treated you all well!

This year, I didn't have a long list of wants, just one thing in particular really. A ticket to BlogHer 2017, in Orlando. The past few years, I haven't been able to attend. I was either pregnant or tending to an infant, and it just wasn't in the cards. So this year, I'm looking forward to making BlogHer 17' a family affair. We're heading to the Orlando area for the conference, and we're making a vacation out of it!

Top Minecraft Gifts + Where To Find Them!

Looking for the perfect gift for the Minecraft enthusiasts? Look no further. I've got the scoop on all of the TOP Minecraft gifts this holiday season!

My oldest son is totally into Minecraft.  He loves it! As a mom,  I love that he's playing a game that allows him to utilize his creativity and critical thinking skills, while also socializing with other players, friends and family members (or play solo).

If you don't already know about Minecraft, in short, it's a game about building by placing blocks and going on adventures in the worlds that you create.  There are so many fun ways to play Minecraft. You can explore randomly generated worlds or build your own! Build everything from the simplest of homes, to a grand castle.  The choice is yours! Play in creative mode with unlimited resources, or mine deep, in Survival mode. 

Grab the full list of TOP Minecraft Gifts, below. Whether your child (or you) and brand new to the world of Minecraft or a total pro, these TOP Minecraft Gifts are sure to be a big smile this holiday! 

5 Surprising Surfaces Where Cold & Flu Germs May Be Lurking + Cold & Flu Prevention Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reckitt Benckiser and Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

Before embarking on motherhood, I was blissfully unaware of just how many surfaces cold and flu germs can not only lurk, but thrive! Now with four kids, I know better. I've been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. As a seasoned mom, I prefer to attack germs where they're at, before they infect my crew. Because, really, there isn't anything fun about a house full of cranky sick kids!

Moms, as we head into cold and flu season, know where those pesky cold and flu germs may be lurking, and annihilate them!

Read on to learn about the 5 surprising surfaces where cold and flu germs may be lurking. + Protect your family from the weeks of misery that a cold or flu can bring, with our 10 tips for prevention. 

Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments - Super Simple DIY Craft For Kids To Make & Gift This Holiday

Looking for a fun and simple holiday craft to do with the kids this holiday season? Make these adorable {rustic} Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments!

I love to craft a new ornament or two with my children each year, to add to our tree. It's so much fun to look back each year on all of the ornaments that we've made together, as we decorate our Christmas tree.

These ornaments are easy to assemble, and only require a few simple supplies. They make great keepsake ornaments and adorable homemade gifts from the kids.

Check out the supply list and our simple image tutorial on how to make DIY scrap ribbon tree ornaments with the kids this holiday season, below.

3 Fun Ways To Keep Preschoolers Active Indoors During Winter

Looking for some fun ways to keep preschoolers active during the cold winter months?  I have some ideas to share with you today, that will help your little ones burn off some energy indoors this season.

We were incredibly lucky to have some fairly mild temperatures this season, however it appears that the cold temperatures have finally arrived to stay.  Despite the dipping temperatures outdoors, toddlers still need to burn off all of that excess energy! The past few weeks, I've taken to doing a few fun active activities indoors with my little guy, and they all seem to be a big hit!

Read on for 3 fun ways to keep preschoolers active indoors during winter, below.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

Baking gluten free can definitely present challenges.  I've been playing around with this recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk cookies for a while now. My friends, my efforts have paid off!  This recipe yields the perfect, super moist & chewy,  gluten free chocolate chunk cookies. These cookies are perfect when paired with a tall cold glass of milk. They're perfect for holiday cookie swaps too!

Grab my recipe for gluten free chocolate chunk cookies, below.

13 of the Best Monthly Subscription Boxes For Kids

Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage these days! But which monthly subscription boxes are best for kids? With so many subscription box services available, it can be hard to pick the right one. Which monthly kids subscription box service holds the most value? Which service will your kids actually enjoy? 

Whether you want to gift a one time, one month subscription box to a kiddo this holiday season, or you're looking to gift them with an entire year of monthly surprises, these are 13 of the best subscription boxes for kids, to subscribe to and gift this holiday!

13 of the best monthly subscription boxes for kids:

Perfect Gluten Free Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar cookies are synonymous with the holiday season. Finding a great gluten free sugar cookie dough recipe can be hard though!

Today, I'm sharing my recipe for perfect gluten free sugar cookies. They're great for enjoying during the holiday season! This dough works well with cookie cutters too; perfect for making  holiday themed cookies / decorating with the kids.

Grab my recipe for perfect gluten free sugar cookies, below.

Count Along Cash Register by LeapFrog Teaches Early Math & Money Concepts Through Creative Play + SO MUCH MORE!

Friends, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about all of the great new toys from LeapFrog; especially this Count Along Cash Register! But first, can I let you in on something? 

As a mother of two young children, and two older children, I've had a front row seat to the evolution of the toy industry over the past 13 years. Honestly? I started to feel a little jaded and saddened by it all. With kids becoming increasingly more interested in screens, I often found myself wondering what that would mean for the youngest generation. How would they develop the critical thinking skills, so desperately needed, yet not often taught these days? How would they develop crucial fine motor skills? How would they learn much of everything they need to know, if they were simply "swiping screens?" 

Now don't get me wrong, we love some of the learning tablets currently on the market. However, like everything else, they have their place. Children, especially very young children, require years of hands-on learning, through play. Tons and tons of it! It helps them to develop problem solving skills and good listening skills, which in-turn helps them to follow directions, which in-turn helps them to learn - and so on- and so-forth. Real life hands-on play is so incredibly necessary for children to develop normally; it's something that can't be achieved virtually. It just can't.

Read on for more on the Count Along Cash Register by LeapFrog.

One Savvy Mom's Top 2016 Holiday Gift Picks

Hi friends! 

It's that magical time of the year again! 

I've poured over a ton of products, and carefully selected the very best of the best.  There's literally something for everyone on your list. Without further adieu, I give you One Savvy Mom's TOP Holiday Gift Picks, for 2016. 

Read on for the full detailed list + direct links to where you can grab these amazing finds, online.

Our Long Story Short #WriteGift

This post is sponsored by CROSS. All opinions expressed are my own. 

My husband and I have been together for 17 years, this coming April.  We met in passing, by chance, at an intersection on a busy street.  I had just started college.  I went out to rent a movie one night, and I ran into a friend. My husband was standing alongside my friend, whom he was also friends with. My friend briefly introduced us, and I continued on my way. On my way back from the video store, I happened to run into him again. This time, he was on his own, and he was on his way to get something to eat.

Long story short; he asked me to come along. We ate dinner and we talked for hours. We've been together ever since. Who would've ever thought that a chance meeting would amount to 17 years together, 4 beautiful children, and a life that I wouldn't trade for anything - even on the hardest of days?  We were meant to be; our beautiful children were meant to be.

I'm so very grateful for that chance meeting, 17 years ago.