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White Pizza Crescents with Roasted Garlic and Spinach + Crescent Ring Recipes

If you love White Pizza, this quick and simple White Pizza Crescents with Spinach and Garlic recipe is definitely for you!

The way that I concocted this recipe was actually a happy accident. A few weeks ago, I found myself smack in the middle of one of "those" days. I didn't have a ton of time on my hands - but I still wanted to produce something quick and delicious for dinner.  After scouring my cabinets and fridge for possible ingredients / ideas, I landed on White Pizza Crescents with Roasted Garlic and Spinach. I served them alongside a chopped salad, and everyone was full and happy. WINNING! 20 minutes of effort well spent, friends.

Last Sunday, I used the same ingredients, to try my hand at making a White Pizza Crescent Ring, and it turned out just as great as the handheld Crescents; a definite crowd pleaser!

Grab my simple recipe for White Pizza Crescents with Garlic and Spinach, below ( or you can use the same ingredients list to make a White Pizza Crescent ring - directions can also be found below). 

The Best One Pot Italian Meals - In 30 Minutes OR LESS!

Hi friends, how have you been?

This week was especially busy in our home.  Honestly, I think that "busy" will be the running theme around here, from here on out. Four kids keep you busy - but in the happiest of ways! While the days are certainly filled to the brim with work, school, activities, and other random responsibilities - there's one thing that remains steadfast in our home; family dinners.

Family dinner is something that my husband and I have always prioritized. It's the simplest way to come together each day - especially when we're feeling like the busyness of life is pulling everyone in opposite directions. No matter what's going on in our lives individually, we can always find our way back to each other, around the dinner table. In my book, there's nothing better than great food + the company of the ones you love most.

Creating great food for your family, even when you're strapped for time, can be easier than you think. Check out my new fave one pot Italian meal recipes below  + the secret ingredient that makes these meals come together { and taste amazing } in 30 minutes OR LESS.

No-Sew DIY Baby Cupcake Costume Tutorial - Perfect For Baby's First Halloween

This shop featuring our no-sew DIY baby cupcake costume tutorial has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BacktoBabyBasics #CollectiveBias
Looking for an adorable DIY costume idea for baby's first Halloween? This super simple DIY Baby Cupcake costume is it!

I grabbed most of what I needed to make it,  on a recent essentials run to Babies "R" Us,. The best part about this DIY cupcake costume? Only the soft cotton from the long sleeve bodysuit used to make it, will touch baby's sensitive skin!

Halloween will be baby Charlotte's first big holiday, and the kids couldn't be any more excited. They've been brainstorming for weeks about their own costumes and costume ideas for the baby. Baby costumes (and costumes in general) are mostly comprised of synthetic fabrics and stuffing though, and that can be harsh on a newborns sensitive skin. Obviously, I wanted to avoid that! So after much discussion, we finally landed on this DIY cupcake costume idea. 

I love how it turned out! Isn't it cute? It was so simple to assemble too, and I love that it doesn't irritate her sensitive skin. Having been to this rodeo a few times now, trust me when I say this moms; a screaming crying, itchy baby - doesn't make for a fun holiday experience!  So definitely keep baby's sensitive skin in mind when brainstorming costume ideas.

Check out my super simple tutorial on how you can assemble your own No-Sew DIY Baby Cupcake Costume this Halloween, below. 

How I Save Big On Kids Clothing Essentials

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General . All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi friends, how have you been?

Life is busy around here these days; but a good kind of busy. A happy busy. I love being a mom to my four, and I feel like I've finally hit my stride since welcoming the baby in August. We have a routine now that we're all comfortable with, and it's good.

The biggest change for me these last few weeks has been finding better ways to manage my time. With four kids, a household to run, and a small business - time is definitely at a premium. I'm find myself skipping the vast layouts and long lines at the big box stores more and more.  Instead, I've been opting for smaller stores, where I can find everything that I need and the same name brands that I love, without wasting any time. And you know what?  While I've been able to save on time, I've also discovered some great new money saving tricks. My latest discovery? Friends, there are way better deals to be had on kids clothing essentials, in stores where I never thought to look before!

Read on for more on how I'm now saving big on kids clothing essentials {and time}!

An Important Lesson In History: What Your Child Will Learn From The New Beforever American Girl Character Melody Ellison + Giveaway

Have you heard the news?  American Girl recently added a new character to their Beforever lineup; Melody Ellison!  This characters' historically accurate storyline highlights the civil rights movement in a 3 book series, that presents the historical events of the era in a relatable way for young girls today.

Read on for more on Melody Ellison + enter to WIN an 18" Melody Ellison 18" American Girl Doll & Book Set [RV $115].

How To Make Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter

Hi friends, how have you been? It's been super busy around here the past few weeks, so this past weekend we decided to stay home and relax. The kids still wanted to do something fun though, so my older children and I kept busy in the kitchen. We made homemade pesto, homemade pasta sauce, and one of our favorite seasonal treats; crock pot pumpkin butter. 

This stuff is so delicious! We made a big batch and canned it to share with friends.  You can spread it on toast or English Muffins,  or use it as a fruit dip (we love it on Apple Slices). There are so many great ways to enjoy this seasonal staple. If you love all things pumpkin spice - you'll definitely enjoy this simple and delicious recipe!

Grab my recipe for crock pot pumpkin butter below.

Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cup Skillet Brownie Recipe

My oldest son will be turning 12 in a few days and honestly, it's completely surreal how fast these years have passed!

This year, he has decided against a cake. Instead, he asked me to make brownies that taste like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, While I've seen a few boxed versions around, they weren't quiet what he was looking for. He wanted big chunks of Reese's Mini's inside of the batter. and for the brownie itself to taste like a giant peanut butter cup. 

I couldn't leave the recipe up to chance on his big day, so I decided to do a dry-run this past week. What I came up with was a Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cup Skillet Brownie. that seriously tastes out of this world! I can't wait to make these again for him in a few days for his Birthday! 

Do you love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups too? Grab my recipe below, to make your own Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cup Skillet Brownie.

Letting Go: How To Give Your Child More Independence And Keep Them Safe

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

Motherhood is an ever-changing landscape.  Children need us to be available in such vastly different ways as they grow, and as parents, our role evolves almost daily.  It's a wheel of change that's in constant motion, my friends.

While motherhood is ever-changing, there is one thing that remains steadfast in this parenting journey; the innate desire to protect and keep our kids safe. Honestly, it's a far easier task when they're little, isn't it? We can hold their hands tightly in our grasp, and keep a watchful eye. But with each passing birthday, as they crave more and more independence, they seem to let go just a bit more. So how do we strike a balance and allow them some much-wanted freedom, while still keeping them safe?

Read on for more on what we're doing in our home to confidently loosen the reigns a bit, while still making sure that our children stay safe.

Mini Caramel Apple Dump Cakes Recipe

Fall is in the air, and you know what that means? Baking, and apples and pumpkin spice (oh my!)

We stayed close to home this past weekend, so I decided to take some time and bake something simple with the kids for dessert on Saturday. We married some of our favorite flavors of the season in these super simple {and super delicious} Mini Caramel Apple Dump Cakes.

Have you ever made a dump cake? It's so simple, my 9 year old could throw one together - and the results are always crowed pleasing. The crisp buttery rich tops of these Mini Caramel Apple Dump cakes, give-way to the delicious gooey caramel apple filling - just YUM!

I divided our Caramel Apple Dump Cake ingredients into 4 adorable 5" copper tart baking dishes, to make personal size Mini Caramel Apple Dump Cakes. However, if you don't have small baking dishes, you can easily combine all of the ingredients listed below, and make one large Caramel Apple Dump Cake. I served them up warm with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream - drizzled with some of the remaining caramel sauce. Everyone absolutely LOVED them.

Grab the recipe along with quick and simple instructions for making your own Mini Caramel Apple Dump Cakes, below

Postpartum Fashion + Personal Care Essentials

Postpartum: that in-between phase where nothing seems to fit. Having had four children now, I know this phase well. 

Your maternity clothing is too large and your pre-pregnancy clothing is still out of the question. Not to mention - what's going on with your hair and skin? What's a girl to do? While postpartum body changes, hair-loss and skin changes are normal, they're certainly no fun. Plus, there are some fab fashions and beauty remedies on the market - so no need to suffer through, moms! 

Read on for my top postpartum fashion and personal care essentials picks, for Fall.

Halloween Yogurt Covered Pretzels Recipe

Have you seen some of the cute Halloween themed covered pretzels tutorials that are floating around on Pinterest and Facebook? After seeing a tutorial in my timeline, I considered grabbing all of the supplies from the craft store to make some with the kids. But then I thought about all of the unhealthy ingredients in candy wafers {hydrogenated oil and artificial flavors particularly} and I set out to make a healthier alternative.

We made these adorable {delicious} yogurt covered pumpkin and mummy themed Halloween pretzels last night and they were definitely a big hit -the kids loved them!

Grab the super simple recipe and instructions to make your own Halloween Pumpkin and Mummy Yogurt Covered Pretzels, below.

Get Out And Explore! Fall Leaf Stamping Toddler Activity

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprout Organic Foods . All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi friends, how have you been? While the heat has lingered here these past few weeks, we know the inevitable change of seasons is just around the corner. So in the meantime, we are soaking in the sunshine and enjoying as much time as possible outside.

Our two year old is definitely an outdoors man; he enjoys all things nature related. He's also a big fan of painting. I decided to incorporate his two loves into a fun fall leaf stamping activity this past week, and I must say, it was a hit!

First, we took a long walk around the neighborhood and collected an assortment of leaves. 

Read on for a full supply list and our step by step tutorial / imagery, on how to do this fun fall leaf stamping toddler activity.