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Simple Sesame Noodles + Easy Homemade Steamed Veggie Dumplings Recipes

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

These Simple Sesame Noodles and Easy Homemade Steamed Veggie Dumplings are indeed super simple to put together. My favorite part? This delicious meal only requires a very simple list of ingredients, with the help of Soy Vay. Because so many of the delicious ingredients are already in the sauce!

Hi friends, how have you been? When my husband and I were younger, before we had children, we would go out to eat almost every Friday. After enjoying a great meal at our favorite Japanese restaurant, we'd head across the street to catch a movie. It was simple enough. Looking back though, I cherish all of that time that we had together, just the two of us.

Now with four beautiful kids in tow, we don't get out on our own nearly as frequently.  So, we tend to grab a few moments of quality time on the weekend, over a special meal at home. My husband's absolute favorites are Sesame Noodles, and Steamed Veggie Dumplings. When I make him this simple and delicious meal, it definitely stirs up some nostalgia - of our Friday night tradition from all those years ago. I just love that we made it to this point, where we can say "all those years ago." 17 years and counting. Friends, I feel so very blessed.

Grab my recipe for Simple Sesame Noodles and Easy Homemade Steamed Veggie Dumplings, below.

How To Make Whipped Cream Play Dough - Fun, Fluffy, and Taste Safe Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Whipped Cream Play Dough! I know what you're thinking. Seriously? A play dough recipe made with whipped cream? Yes, you read that right! You guys, this is such a fun, fluffy play dough recipe, that's also taste-safe for curious toddlers and preschoolers. It's the perfect activity to do with little ones - just about any day of the week!

Hi friends, how have you been? We've been having a few of "those" weeks around here as of late. This past week everyone came down with a flu like bug, and it snowed (crazy amounts of snow), so we were land-locked at home for a bit. To quell some of the cabin fever, we did a few crafts and I made this fun, fluffy, taste-safe whipped cream play dough for my toddler. He was most intrigued by the use of one of his favorite fluffy dessert toppings (Cool Whip), and he had a blast molding it and playing with it for hours.

If you're looking for a fun experiment and a unique play dough recipe, this is definitely it! It's super simple to put together too! Check out the simple supply list and tutorial below.

3 Reasons To Plan A Trip With Your Preschooler NOW!

Our thanks to Walt Disney World® Resort for sponsoring this post. Compensation has been received. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it."--Rapunzel (Tangled)
Couldn't have said it better myself. Friends, there's so much waiting for you, just outside the perimeters of your comfort zone. So very much!

Each year, we find ourselves stretching farther and farther outside of our comfort zone, and honestly I'm so grateful for the memories that we've made as a family in doing so. While travel with smaller children can present its challenges, it can be a ton of fun too! First, let's be real. Toddlers can be incredibly unpredictable. Period. One second they love something, and the next, they can't stand it. Case and point? My toddler went through a phase (an entire week) where all he would consume, literally, was chicken nuggets. Then, when he was over them, he was completely done. Like won't have anything to do with them. So, I get where you're coming from if you're apprehensive about traveling, with a finicky unpredictable preschooler. I've been there, done that, and got the t-shirt! I know how hard it can be to venture into unpredictable uncharted waters, with an equally unpredictable toddler. Here's the thing though, honestly there's never a better time to travel than when your children are still small.

I remember the first time we vacationed with our oldest child (now 12), like it was yesterday. We went to the beach in Daytona, and honestly I was terrified. Vast body of unpredictable water, sand, sun - meet tiny tyrant. Long story short, it was an amazing day! Yes, he tried to eat the sand. He learned his lesson though with his first taste, and we got on with our day. We made sand turtles and castles, and splashed in the water for hours. He was so proud of himself, for all that he did that day. His sun-kissed pudgy cheeks and huge grin, are forever committed to my memory. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. As a mom of 4 (ages 12, 10, 3, and 7 months) I've carefully planned and executed many family trips. Day trips, road trips, flights with babies and unpredictable toddlers, you name it, I've done it! Honestly? It all worked out.

Still not sure? Read on for my top 3 reasons to plan a trip NOW with your preschooler, along with a few simple travel tips to keep in mind when exploring new places/ destinations with toddlers.

How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee {Top Tips From The Experts} + Free Printable Coffee Cup Tags For Friend & Teacher Appreciation Gifts

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seattle’s Best Coffee®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Years ago, as a college student, I spent most of my excess time working in a nearby coffee house. Friends, I believe my days spent as a barista made me a coffee snob for life! I think it's safe to say that I have an affinity for coffee. Better stated, I have a affinity for the very BEST coffee. But honestly, as a mom of four, I don't have an affinity for the high price tag. Seriously, my frugal heart is at constant odds with my inner coffee snob. The struggle is real, folks!

This past week I gave a different brand a whirl, and friends, I fell in love! I brewed up two different blends in both my french-press and my Keurig, and both cups were equally amazing. Honestly? I was a bit surprised by the quality, and even more-so by the affordable price point! It's coffeehouse quality, at a price point that's totally budget-friendly.

In true form {everyone who knows me, knows that I'm a sharer!} I had to give a close friend of mine a heads-up on this great coffee. So, I made  her a little care package Seattle's Best Coffee® K-Cups, with a cute hand-drawn gift tag. After I put it together, I decided to share the tag here by making a few more, and adding it in as a free printable. This is such a cute teacher appreciation gift idea / friend appreciation gift idea!

Grab step-by-step tips {from the experts} on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee and print out my Free Coffee Cup Gift Tags for the very best friends and teachers in your life, below.

Green Eggs { and Ham } Chocolate Pretzel Bites - A Deliciously Silly Snack Recipe For Dr. Seuss Day

Are you celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss, on Dr. Seuss Day { March 2nd } with your children? We are! Every year, since my oldest children were little, we have had a little celebration - be it with a fun craft or a silly recipe. It's a tradition around here. This year we made these adorable "Green Eggs" chocolate pretzel bites as a nod to one of my toddlers favorite Dr. Seuss books, Green Eggs and Ham. .
"I will not eat them in a house, I will not eat them with a mouse, I will not eat them in a box I will not eat them with a fox, I will not eat them here or there I will not eat them anywhere, I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam I am."

This is a delicious version of Green Eggs {and Ham} that the kids can enjoy as a fun snack or dessert on Dr. Seuss Day {or any day that you read this fun book with them, really}.

Grab the super simple supply list and instructions on how to make Green Eggs chocolate pretzel bites, below.