Taco Bout a Birthday Cake with AGM Bakery!

When I was pregnant with Evie my sweet friends and family threw me a “Rainbow Baby Fiesta” baby shower. It was colorful and fun, and we munched on my favorite Mexican food.

When it came time to plan Evie’s first birthday I thought it would be great to somehow connect that special day with this one, so I decided on “Let’s Taco Bout A Party” as a theme!

I knew it had lots of potential for cuteness and decor, but more than anything I wanted to make sure we had plenty of delicious food. We had tacos (duh,lol), but I also wanted a show-stopping cake that would tie in beautifully with the theme.

We partnered with AGM Bakery for our cake needs and they did not disappoint!!

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A Back-to-School Incentive with 3M & Fandango!

This post is sponsored by 3M but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

As the summer winds down I like looking back at some of our more memorable moments. It wasn’t all fun and games, and in fact, I struggled quite a bit with my own patience and the constant bickering between my girls. However, the sweetest things happened when we were all together and I am going to miss having them home. At least some days. 😉

I have one child who is very nervous to start school for the first time, so I’ve been trying to think of ways to make the transition as smooth as possible.

One of our favorite traditions was having a movie night so I’ve promised to continue that throughout the school year as well. They love movies like their mama, and it gives them something to look forward to. We can cuddle up on the couch together, or, thanks to 3M we can treat ourselves to a movie in the theater!

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Pleasing Your Pickiest Eaters With Danimals!

This post is sponsored by Danimals but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s the end of summer vacation and I find myself once again asking, “where did the time go?” These months seem to fly by faster and faster with each passing year, but for me there is one distinct difference that sets this upcoming school year apart.

Instead of one child in school full-time, I’ll have two! Woohoo!!

My sweet Lily is going to be in Pre-K, right across the hall from her big sissy’s 2nd grade class!

We have some nerves as well as excitement over here, but as I plan for us to get back into a solid routine, the question of school lunch always comes into play.

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Fun Alternatives to Screen Time With Unique Gifts From Wicked Uncle

This post is sponsored by Wicked Uncle but all views and opinions are honest and my own.

My goals for the summer were simple. I wanted my girls to have a lot of fun and I didn’t want to lose my mind in the process. Lol. This meant keeping them very busy (too busy for the constant bickering), and being flexible in ways I’m typically more strict about during the school year. One example was my decision to loosen the reigns a bit when it came to screen time.

We’ve always allowed time for television or tablets, but things were far less regimented over the last few months. As the school year begun I knew I needed to make some adjustments, and limiting their viewing during the week was initially a struggle. 

They asked about their devices constantly and I was tempted to give in (again, to avoid that whole losing my mind thing), until they each received gifts from Wicked Uncle!

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Go for the Gold this Summer with Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit!

This post is sponsored by Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The summer is here and we’re so excited for what lies ahead! We have some scheduled fun and many impromptu adventures on the horizon as well. One place we’ll frequent is the pool because it’s hot, hot, hot in Georgia, and we look forward to congregating around the water with friends.

In fact, we went to our first pool party of the season and I really wanted to bring something tasty and refreshing to contribute. I’m not very creative in the kitchen and thought a simple salad would be nice. The difference this time, however, was the addition of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit!

My family really enjoys kiwi but it’s not something we think to buy often. When we do, it’s typically the green kind, but who knew there was a yellow kiwi option?!! 

Have you ever heard of a yellow kiwi?

I was intrigued when I saw this sungold kiwi in the exotic fruit section, and learned that Zespri is a New Zealand based business that focuses primarily on the kiwifruit. Packed with nutrients, kiwi is a great source of folate and potassium. It’s juicy and so easy to cut open and serve too! 

When it came time to put together a salad to bring I decided to add this special ingredient. I knew I made a delicious discovery and wanted to share!!

The water, and salad were both big hits that day, and even though it seems small, trying something new with food took me out of my comfort zone. I’d like to do more things that stretch me this summer which is why I’m also excited to share Zespri’s Wander & Win Challenge!

For the next 10 weeks I encourage you to try something new and step out of your comfort zone with the challenges you can find here.

Each week involves a prompt and will encourage you to either “Go For It” or “Go for the Gold”. Signing up gives you the opportunity to win up to $15000 worth in prizes!!

Here’s an example and what I had in mind when I added Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit to my salad:

Week 2: Let your palate wander

Go For It: Journey off your shopping list. Try something new at your grocery store or local farmer’s market.

Go for the Gold: Host a pot-luck, and have everyone bring a dish from a different country. Yours will be from New Zealand with a Zespri SunGold as the secret ingredient. zesprikiwi.com/recipes

From entertainment, exercising and inspiring ways to give back, these challenges are a fantastic way for you (and your family!!) to try some new things this summer!

I’m guilty of often thinking change has to be grand in order for it to make an impact, but here are 10 small and simple ways that can make a significant impact on the way you view your summer of fun!

Try Zespri’s sweet, yellow kiwi and don’t forget to sign up for their Wander & Win challenge today!!