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One-Dish Mediterranean Chicken + a Giveaway

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

With Fall fully upon us now, it's officially time for comfort food! This one-dish Mediterranean chicken recipe (although super healthy) can definitely be classified as comfort food. This dish is packed full of delicious fresh vegetables and flavor, and it comes together easily in one dish for super easy clean-up; always my kind of meal!

Hi friends, how have you been? We are busy, busy, busy around here these days! It seems as though we went from zero to sixty when the school year started, with no chance of hitting the breaks in sight. I suppose it's always like that though, right?  With everyone going in different directions during the week,  dinner is the one steady that grounds us all around here, and brings us back together each night. 

If your weekday schedule is as hectic as ours (fist bump - I totally empathize with you!) give this one-dish Mediterranean chicken a whirl. It's seriously so simple to put together - you may just be able to grab a few extra moments of "me time" (what?!) for a power nap or a manicure. Both sound dreamy to me right about now, friends....and the school year has only just begun. 

Grab my super simple recipe for one-dish Mediterranean Chicken, below. Plus, find out my secret for keeping super fresh veggies always stocked and at-the-ready in our refrigerator, year-round.

DIY Potty Training Pull-Ups Cake How-To with Free Printable

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Having experienced the toddler years a few times now, I've learned a ton through trial and error. A TON. Especially when it comes to potty training. My one piece of sage advice? When it comes to toddlers, GO BIG or go home, friends. Toddlers tend to react well and catch on more quickly when you make a big deal out of big milestones. Potty training is indeed a BIG milestone moment, so make it a big deal! When you get ready to potty train, plan ahead and make sure to stock up on all of the essentials, like Huggies® Pull-Ups Training Pants.  Then, kick everything off with a potty party; complete with a DIY Potty Training Pull-Ups Cake and Potty Prizes!

Read on for my full tutorial on how to assemble a Potty Training Pull-Ups Cake, my list of top potty training essentials, and grab my free Potty Prizes printable.

DIY Beanie Baby Halloween Costume For Babies & Dogs - Grab My Super Cute Free Printable!

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DIY Beanie Baby Halloween Costume for Babies and Dogs w/ Free Printable  Gerber Purina Giggles and Wiggles #GigglesandWiggles

Because of my partnership with Gerber, my little one is ineligible to win the Gerber Photo Search or a weekly prize, but you may be eligible so make sure you submit a photo of your baby and/or pet!
Friends, I can't even handle the cuteness of this DIY Beanie Baby Halloween costume for babies and dogs! I designed this super cute free printable Beanie Baby tag for our baby and our 7 year old Bichon, and I'm completely smitten. Just look at these two! Seriously, too cute for words.

If you're a long-time reader, you most likely know that we take our annual family Halloween theme costumes pretty seriously around here. We generally have everything set to go weeks in advance, and this year was no different. My entire crew has their own animal inspired hooded sweatshirts and a cute little printable Beanie Baby tag to complete each costume, and our beloved fur baby is no exception! She's the sweetest pup ever, and she's our little one's best friend and greatest protector. Wherever the toddlers go, she's always close by; trick-or-treating included! I can't wait to hit the pavement with these cuties, on Halloween.

Read on to grab your free DIY Beanie Baby printable Halloween costume for babies and dogs, and for my simple tutorial on how to assemble your DIY Beanie Baby Halloween costumes (+ how to assemble special treat bags for all of the baby and pup trick-or-treaters (++ how to enter and WIN BIG, in the #GerberPhotoSearch2017 and the #GerberGigglesandWiggles photo contest!)

DIY Mickey Mouse Shaped Diaper Cake How-To

Hi, friends! How have you been? Isn't this Mickey Mouse shaped diaper cake just the cutest? My favorite part? It total, it only took me a little under an hour to make. Not bad, right? It's absolutely perfect for gifting at baby showers and baby sprinkles! I also made a DIY Mickey themed stand, constructed from two giant cases of baby wipes (see below for more pics). 

Read on for my full tutorial on how to make a Mickey Mouse Shaped Diaper Cake.

One-Pot Dublin Coddle #WhatsCookingWednesday

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"Cooking is love made visible." - Unknown
I love this quote. How very, very true. Cooking is indeed, love made visible.  This one-pot Dublin Coddle is such a simple and delicious meal. It's the perfect recipe to gather everyone together around the table, to show and share some love this season. It's comfort food at it's finest, friends! My mom used to make this every year in the fall; Dublin Coddle was a bit of a tradition in our home.  Though she is no longer with us, her tradition lives on each year, in my own home.

Hi friends, how have you been? I hope you've all fared well through the back-to-school frenzy! This summer was enlightening in many ways.  Lately, I've been mindfully trying to take in the little moments with my family. Being fully present is hard in today's world. With all of the technology and distractions at-the-ready, it's important to put it all in it's place from time to time and focus on what's really important; each other. For us, family dinner time and family gatherings have become a mecca of unplugged togetherness. No phones, no computers, just good conversation over great food. This past weekend, I pulled out my dutch oven, and my electric smoker, and made this one-pot Dublin Coddle for my family (you can easily make it in the oven as well). The recipe is easy to assemble, and only requires a few simple ingredients (Klement's Fully Cooked Smoked Cheddar Bratwurst, bacon, potatoes, onions, butter, apple cider, and some simple seasonings)- definitely my kind of recipe! When this deliciousness was ready, we all headed to the backyard to enjoy a few friendly games of checkers while we chatted and ate. It was the perfect traditional unplugged start to our Fall season.

Read on for my full recipe for one-pot Dublin Coddle, below.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Slime - Borax-Free Safe 4 Ingredient Recipe

The kids and I are diving headfirst into the Fall fun around here! We had a blast in the kitchen last weekend making this Pumpkin Pie inspired slime recipe, and these adorable DIY Jack-O-Lantern slime containers to store it in. The recipe that we concocted is borax-free, and safe for little hands to touch, plus it smells DELICIOUS! It's the perfect DIY craft to make with younger children at Fall / Halloween themed parties, or for using as fun candy-free party favors / to hand out to trick-or-treater's on Halloween.

Though we used larger jars from Maddie Rae's collection, we also found these adorable mini-containers at Dollar Tree ( they came in packs of 10 for just $1!).

Grab our simple 4 ingredient (borax-free) safe recipe for Pumpkin Pie Slime, below.

Easy Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkin Makeover - Super Cute Owl Pumpkins Kids Craft Tutorial {Just $2 to Make!}

Next up, Halloween! This Easy Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkin Makeover Owl Pumpkins Kids Craft, comes together quickly with Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkins and a handful of simple supplies. Such a fun Fall themed pumpkin craft to do with the kids! They would also make a great craft idea for Fall birthday parties or Halloween parties.

Hi, friends! While I know that Halloween is still a ways off, the seasonal items {such as these foam craft  pumpkins} tend to fly off the shelves at Dollar Tree far before you're ready to start thinking about Halloween! So, while I was browsing the seasonal section with my daughter last week, I decided to grab up a few while they still had them, to do a fun kids craft project. These little DIY owl pumpkins are super cute, and only cost about $2 each to make!

Read on for our Easy Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkin Makeover Owl Pumpkins Kids Craft tutorial, below.

Fall Family Bucket List Craft - Plan For A Fun-Filled Season With The Kids!

This Fall Family Bucket List Craft is a great way to plan for a fun filled season with the kids, and it's so incredibly simple to put together.

Hi there, friends! Although the summer is quickly coming to a close, that doesn't mean that the fun has to end. We are gearing up for a season full of memory making with the kids, and we started with this Fall Family Bucket List Craft. It only cost $2 to assemble, and the kids had so much fun tossing their ideas into the bucket! I can't wait to start pulling out a few ideas each week to do with the kids. This year, I've been working on mindfulness; being fully present in the moment, without distraction. This is such a good way to be mindful and planful moving into a new season, with plenty of unplugged family time on the schedule.

Read on for my simple tutorial, and a few idea starters to add to your Family Fall Bucket List, below.