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Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe #StoredBrilliantly + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid ® & SheSpeaks. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Have you heard about the new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE food storage containers? I'm totally digging these crystal clear, leak-proof food storage containers! I've been on the hunt for stain resistant food storage containers, that stack and store well in the refrigerator and the cabinet, for a while now. I'm so happy to have  discovered these containers just in time for Summer. They're great for prepping and storing my delicious Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe too - perfect for serving up / taking along to all of your upcoming summer barbecues! No need to worry about leaks while en-route to your summer gatherings either. Each storage container has a guaranteed 100% leak-proof seal.

Hi friends, how have you been? We are winding down the school year which always seems to leave us busier than ever with the older kids.  As they wrap up with school work and testing in all of their classes, I find myself daydreaming about the lazy days of Summer ahead.  There's just something about the warm air and sunshine mixed with the contagious joy that my children emanate after a long school year comes to a close. It was indeed a long year, friends, and I'm so completely ready for some uninterrupted fun with my kiddos!

While we have a few fun trips planned over summer break, some of my favorite memories are made simply, spending time around the pool with the kids, and having cookouts at dusk. For me, it always seems to be the little things that bring the most joy. While I'm still ticking down the days until school's out, I decided to pretend like it was summer and get a jump on barbecue season a few weeks back. The sun was out and we had a lovely spread of  burgers, hot dogs, and Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad; it was the perfect unofficial start to the summer season. My inspiration for this recipe, for Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad? My oldest son! He would literally eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I let him! My favorite part? It's loaded with fresh ingredients that are so much better for him.
His favorite part? It's packed with all of the delicious flavors of a supreme pizza!  It's a total win-win.

Are you ready for summer, too? Grab my recipe for Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad below, and have a little pre-summer cookout. This pasta salad is perfect for serving up at your Memorial Day barbecues, and at all of your other summer gatherings.

DIY K-Cup Bouquet Tutorial

Looking for the perfect, creative gift to give to all of the special moms in your life this Mothers Day? This DIY K-Cup Bouquet is it! You can customize each DIY K-Cup Bouquet to the individuals preferences by using different mugs with cute sayings / images / patterns,  K-Cups in their personal favorite variety, and different flowers / color schemes. You have full creative control to make each K-Cup Bouquet arrangement truly special and unique for each recipient.

These are so simple to make, and only take about 15-20 minutes to assemble once you have all of your supplies ready. I made this arrangement with Twinings Green Tea, and big bright blooms. I absolutely love how it turned out! In total I assembled 10 of these cute little K-Cup Bouquet flower arrangements for all of the special moms in my life, and I can't wait to gift them this Mothers Day. 

Read on to grab the simple supply list and step-by-step image tutorial on how to assemble your own DIY K-Cup Bouquets, perfect for gifting this Mothers Day (or any special day of the year, really), below. 

DIY Nature Paint Brushes + Tape Resist Painting Craft - A Fun Lesson In Textures That Toddlers LOVE!

Spring has finally sprung, and my toddler couldn't be any happier about it! He is a true outdoors man, and he adores exploring all things nature related. He also happens to be a big fan of painting, so we combined the his two loves yesterday afternoon, with this fun DIY nature paint brushes and tape resist painting craft. This is such a super simple lesson in textures that toddlers absolutely LOVE! 

These nature paintbrushes are tree / bush clippings, with some of the needles/leaves removed at the base of the branch clippings to create a "brush handle." We used them with non-toxic kids paints to make a tape resist initial canvas. It was the perfect way to celebrate the return of sunshine, and the budding leaves, trees and flowers. We're totally ready for Summer around here; I literally can't wait!

Read on for the simple supply list and image tutorial on how to create these nature paint brushes and tape resist canvas paintings, with your toddler. 

Strength You Didn't Know You Had #SisterhoodUnite

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

This video, friends. It's a real snapshot of motherhood. From the strength that it takes to labor our children into this world, to the strength that it takes to tackle 4am feedings and sleepless nights; it's all there.

Whether you're having your first child or fourth child, the journey is very much so the same, in so many ways. Having had four children now, I speak from experience. The pendulum of emotions is in constant motion. The raw fear, the sheer excitement, the joy, the trepidation. Motherhood requires a strength that seems impossible to muster. Where does one derive the strength to be a little one's everything? I don't know, friends. But I will tell you this: just when you think you can't keep going anymore, at the moment when you think you have nothing left to give, you find that you can and you do. Mother's are strong like that. We tackle herculean tasks every day, much of the time sleep-deprived, and we keep it moving. We're seemingly immune to giving up.

These four, I would do absolutely anything for them.  Love is some serious fuel, friends. It powers me through every minute of every day. The hurdles, though plentiful in motherhood, give-way to a joy that I wouldn't trade for the world. They are mine and I am theirs. For better, or worse...

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe - Super Simple, Super Tasty!

Looking for the best pasta salad recipes for upcoming summer BBQ's? This BLT Pasta Salad is sure to become a fast favorite! It's loaded with bacon, sweet grape tomatoes and fresh spinach, and  it all comes together perfectly with a light zesty dressing.

Hi friends, how have you been? This past week was a bit of a blur. We were buried in school work with the kids and work, and the weekend seemed like it would never come! Once it did, I made sure to sit and relax for a few hours, because I know we're in for another busy week ahead. I made simple recipes over the weekend, and spent the rest of my time relaxing with the kids and watching a few old favorites on Netflix. It was just what my soul needed to re-energize, so that I can do it all over again this week. 

I put together a very simple lunch over the weekend that included this BLT Pasta Salad, and my crew absolutely loved it! Whether you're serving it on it's own as a light lunch or you're bringing along to a summer cookout - it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Wishing everyone a great week!

Grab my simple BLT Pasta Salad Recipe, below.

See Your Favorite MLB Team Play LIVE This Season With The GameHedge Good Game Guarantee ™ + WIN A Family 4 Pack Of MLB Tickets To See Your Fave Team!

This post is sponsored by GameHedge. All opinions expressed are our own.
"Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks, I don't care if I never get back! Let me root, root, root, for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame....."
Gone are those days, friends! Because whether your team wins or loses, it's all in good fun. Why you ask? Because GameHedge and their Good Game Guarantee have your back!

Last weekend, I took my older children to see our favorite team, the New York Yankees, play against the St. Louis Cardinals. We all had a blast!  I walked into the stadium slightly more confident than usual last weekend, too. Know why? Because I knew that whether they won or lost, I had GameHedge on my side. The Good Game Guarantee from GameHedge ensured that if our team lost (by 5 runs or more) they would offer a 50% refund on the tickets. Pretty sweet deal, right?  I don't think we will ever purchase sporting event tickets anywhere else, from here on out!

Read on for more on GameHedge and their Good Game Guarantee, and enter to WIN a family 4 pack of tickets to see your favorite MLB team play live - your choice of team and game - with the Good Game Guarantee, of course! 

Finding Greater Clarity with Pearle Vision

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pearle Vision. All opinions are 100% mine.
" For me, the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity"
                                                                                                                  --Gotthold Ephraim Lessing                                                                
Hi friends, how have you been? It's pretty busy around here these days; four kids tend to have that effect! Honestly, finding clarity in the chaos {albeit happy chaos} can be a challenge.

Most days are filled to the brim with appointments, activities, schoolwork, work, and so much more. Even in the midst of the daily whirl of running here, there, and everywhere I am usually fairly good about staying on top of my health. I have a bit of a confession to make though. After welcoming our fourth child, I got swept away in the busyness of daily life {and blurry sleepless nights}, and I started neglecting some pretty annoying {almost daily} frontal headaches.  I figured that it had something to do with all of the time spent on the computer and phone, coupled with my age. I filed a mental note to look into it. Then life got busy, as it so frequently does, and I let it go a little longer than I should have.

Well, I finally got around to getting my eyes checked this past week. Friends, I'm so glad that I did. The solution was fairly simple {and super stylish too!}

Read on for more on my personal experience at Pearle Vision and for more on their services and vast selection of eye wear. 

Ever-Changing Adventures in Motherhood

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

Have you heard about the new INIT Snack Bars available at Walmart? They pack some serious fuel and flavor into these organic fruit & nut snack bars!  They're ready to go wherever your daily adventures take you;  perfect for stowing in your purse or gym bag.

You guys, I think this is shaping up to be a season of confessions.

Right after we welcomed our 4th child last year, I thought I had it all figured out. Honestly, it was smooth sailing for the first few weeks, then, things got pretty real around here! Without droning on about details, I'll simply say this; the juggling act became next to impossible. Not necessarily because it was actually impossible; my expectations needed some adjusting. These days, my days often don't go according to plan.  Sometimes the baby decides to have a party in the middle of the night. I get held up at appointments, or basketball / gymnastics runs WAY over. There are even those odd times when I get stuck in 2 hour bumper to bumper traffic jams, and my entire schedule for the day gets scrapped {no lie - happened to me last week!}

My new normal simply requires flexibility and bounce. I need to be able to bend with all of the change and keep it moving!  Motherhood is an ever-changing adventure, my friends. You know the old saying "man plans....." So true. So very true. My best advice, 7 months in to being a mother of 4? Simply learn to adjust your sails.

Read on for more about my daily adventures in motherhood, and for more on the NEW INIT Organic Nut & Fruit Bars.

The Cutest Rain Boots - 10 Pairs You'll Actually Want To Wear While You're Singing In The Rain!

Rain, rain, go away...

Happy Spring, friends! How's the weather been where you're at? It's been downright crazy, here. I don't know what happened, but one minute we were enjoying the beautiful unseasonably warm temperatures in February (some days hit 60+ degrees) then we blinked, and it was all snow and cold, and a wacky late-winter blizzard that hit us from out of nowhere. Now, we're on the flip side and everything is a melting fast, creating a muddy mess.

With 4 days of rain in our forecast over the next week or so, I'm gearing up for a season of rain. But you know what they say, without rain, there would be no flowers. Oh, how I'm looking forward to the flowers, and sunshine and warm temps. It's almost here, folks! Until then, grab yourself some fashionable rain boots, and go find a few puddles to jump in with the kids, and get to singing in the rain! It's all what you make of it. Rain can be fun too!

Grab the links for my fave fashionable rain boots this spring, below.

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.