I am the mother of three boys with very different tastes. I don’t like to call them picky, but they do all like different things and it is very hard to get them to agree on anything. We almost always agree on breakfast for dinner, however. We love our eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage…you name it….we will eat it! One of my go to recipes is breakfast burritos because they are quick and easy to make and the boys just gobble them up. I am also NOT a morning person, so breakfast is usually made for dinner. Anything goes with breakfast! I have collected some amazing breakfast for dinner recipes and I would love for you to check it out! There is something for everyone….sweet, savory, hearty, quick to prepare, casseroles, bite sized breakfasts, and even a recipe for homemade granola because well, cereal works for dinner, too! Enjoy!View Post
I can think of a myriad of reasons that I prefer using my Instant Pot over any other cooking device. The oven and stove heat up the house and take longer to cook things, the cleanup is always worse with bigger appliances, and well, the Instant Pot is SO easy to use! Take this Instant Pot Cajun Rice & Sausage recipe for example…everything cooks in one place, the flavor is amazing, and cleanup is a breeze!View Post
I remember our first trip to Disney World in 2015, we stumbled upon a place selling churros. It was then that I realized my husband’s love of churros that began many years ago, and the boys loved them too, of course! After that, we would occasionally get churros at Costco, but it’s not exactly easy to fry up a batch of churros at home for snack time. They are definitely the occasional treat, right? View Post
This post has been sponsored by HERSHEY’S + Jet Puffed + HONEY MAID. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Getting outdoors is always fun for our family. We love to explore, enjoy the sunshine, and roam the wide open spaces. We have been camping, or “glamping,” rather, in an RV, but have yet to take the whole family on a camping trip that involves all of us sleeping overnight in a tent. My thinking is that it is always best to prepare kids for something beforehand so they will know what to expect. Hopefully this makes it an easier and more restful situation for everyone involved!
Plan a Backyard Camping Trip for Younger Kids
Pick a night when there is nothing pressing to do the next day because some of the family, if not all members, will be a little tired. The first night sleeping in a tent in the great outdoors sometimes makes for a difficult night’s sleep.
Things to Prepare The Kids For:
- The darkness – it usually is not as dark in a city or town as it is on a campsite, but taking along flashlights and lanterns is still a great idea.
- The noises of the night – bugs, frogs, birds, and more can all make sounds in the night. Take time to talk about the noises that they might hear and how they are all normal.
- Early sunrise – if you have an early riser, then it should not be a problem, but depending on where you live, the sun could be up earlier than you want to be!
- Temperature changes – the kids should know that it will not feel like sleeping indoors. Grab a blanket if it will be chilly in the night and a portable fan if it will be hot.
- Restroom needs – establish a routine for what to do if they wake up and need to use the restroom. Since this is a backyard camping adventure, they should be able to easily go indoors to use the restroom.
Have the Kids Help Set Up the Tent and Campsite
This could prove to be very important when the day of the real camping trip comes. Imagine what it would be like to have the kids fully able to set up the tent themselves! Show them how to do it properly and how to secure it to the ground.
Let Them Set Up Their Sleeping Bags
Show the kids the best way to set up their sleeping bags inside of the tent. Let them bring their pillows, favorite stuffed animals, and portable lights in case they need it.
Have a Small Fire in the Backyard
First things first, make sure that your county is not under a burn ban. There are sites that have this information updated daily, so be responsible! All it takes is a small fire pit to make a small fire. Always talk about fire safety, explain how quickly fire can spread, and how we must all respect fire and use it carefully. Never leave a child unattended with a campfire!
Don’t Forget the S’mores!
My kids’ favorite part of camping is, of course, the s’mores! There is no such thing as a camping trip without s’mores. It is a fun, delicious camping tradition and a fun way to get the kids excited about camping. However, we love eating s’mores any day of the week!
To make the perfect s’more, I always start with these three ingredients: HERSHEY’S chocolate bars, HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, and Jet Puffed Marshmallows. I found them all together in a display, which made it easy. Stock up for s’mores and shop for your favorites at your local Walmart!
These products are also available at Walmart.com, which makes getting supplies for a backyard camping trip much easier!
S’mores are so versatile, which is why they are perfect for any camping trip. My recommendation is to get the telescoping marshmallow roasting sticks to make it safer and easier to roast your marshmallows for the perfectly melty s’more.
Big flames work, but you really have to be careful not to burn your marshmallow! Hold it above the flame, not right in it.
Have your HONEY MAID Honey Grahams lined up in a pan or on a plate, place half of a HERSHEY’S Chocolate Bar on top, and that way they will be ready for the gooey Jet Puffed Marshmallow when it is roasted to perfection!
Any summer get together is perfect for s’mores!
Make family backyard camping trips a fun family tradition! And by the time the whole family is ready to venture out on a real camping trip, everyone will be prepared!
What else would you do to prepare your kids for a real camping adventure?
This post has been sponsored by Church & Dwight Co., Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ARM & HAMMER, the ARM & HAMMER logo and OxiClean are trademarks of Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Throw a Backyard BBQ for kids and don’t stress about the mess!
Anyone who has been around children knows that they are typically very messy. My husband and I have worked hard at teaching them manners, how to be clean, how to use napkins, etc, but there are some instances where cleanliness is not an option. Being a kid is hard and sometimes they need to be given a free pass. Summertime is a great excuse to just let loose and be kids. We let them dye their hair this summer, as you can see, because it is summertime and it will grow out!
The other day, I let them have a backyard bbq for kids and served the messiest foods and drinks and just let them be little boys. I did insist that this mess fest be outside, because it is far easier to clean stains out of clothes than bbq sauce off of my chairs. HA!View Post
With three young boys, outside time is essential. Our yard has been so many things, from soccer field, to badminton court, to a splash pad, and much more. We have backyard chickens, a garden, and lots of vegetation that we need to keep healthy. When looking for an organic fertilizer for our yard, garden, trees, shrubs, vines, and bushes, I knew that research was important…because of our kids and chickens.View Post
Have you ever been to a Fogo de Chão restaurant? We were recently invited to experience the newest Fogo de Chão in Uptown Dallas, Texas. We had a terrific night and received a complimentary meal in exchange for our thoughts and opinions on our experience.
I had not been to Fogo de Chão since my husband and I went for our 3rd anniversary, which was 10 years ago! All that I remember is that I was pregnant with our oldest son and I could not get enough of the caramelized bananas and polenta! My husband, who is a meat lover, has been to Fogo de Chão multiple times, and he continues to be impressed. They are improving themselves every year and it’s always a great experience!
This was our boys’ first time to Fogo de Chão and they were amazed! It is SUCH a fun experience for families. Of course, it’s great for date night, celebrations, or a night out with friends, but it is a great environment for kids, too, and they are well taken care of, just like the adults.
The Seasonal Market Table is SO impressive. It contains specialties and seasonal recipes, all Brazilian inspired. The summer recipes during our visit were the impressive Watermelon Feta Salad, Chickpea Salad, Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella, and Sweet Pea and Asparagus Soup. Honestly, you could get full on all of this. There is SO much to choose from!
There really is something for everyone at the Market Table. Here were our favorites:
Dad: Caesar Salad
Mom: Apple Salad
9 year old: salad with dressing
7 year old: broccoli (seriously he said it was the best broccoli ever!)
4 year old: broccoli
There is also a great selection of meats and cheeses at the Charcuterie:
The $15 Weekday Gaucho Lunch at Fogo de Chão
The $15 Weekday Lunch includes the seasonal Market Table & Feijoada Bar plus family-style service of Brazilian side dishes. Guests may choose to add a single selection of fire-roasted meat for under $25, or indulge in the Full Churrasco Experience.
Family Friendly Drinks
Our waitress offered us a few different drink options. Three of us went with the Grapefruit Spritzer and I loved the Pineapple Mint Spritzer. They also have traditional sodas in the bottle and of course, water. Definitely ask for the seasonal drinks!
I mentioned how when I visited Fogo when pregnant, I loved the caramelized bananas and polenta right? I loved them again this time and I had my fair share of polenta…it’s so so good and a great accompaniment to the Fogo meats! Hubby loved the Garlic mashed potatoes and the Chimichurri sauce. There are other sauces to complement the different fire-roasted meats at Fogo de Chão.
Oh and I cannot forget the Pão de Queijo! This was my new favorite at Fogo! Made with sweet and sour yuca flour and Parmesan cheese, these rolls are naturally gluten-free and they are just so, so good!
My husband really enjoyed the garlic shrimp, served with sweet peppers and a passion fruit sauce.
Fogo de Chão Churrasco
The Fogo de Chão Churrasco is the main attraction for sure. Meats cooked over an open fire and brought to your table is like the royal treatment! Flip your card to the green side to signal that you are ready for meats. You will be asked if you want a certain meat they are serving and if applicable, the doneness of the meat. If they do not have what you want, they will be more than happy to go bring it to you.
Steak, Lamb, Pork, and Chicken
You will be able to choose from these meat options:
- PICANHA – Prime Part of the Top Sirloin
- FILET MIGNON – Beef Tenderloin
- BEEF ANCHO – Rib Eye
- ALCATRA – Top Sirloin
- FRALDINHA – Bottom Sirloin
- COSTELA – Beef Ribs
- MEDALHÕES COM BACON – Bacon-Wrapped Steak
- CORDEIRO – Lamb
- COSTELA DE PORCO – Pork Ribs
- FRANGO – Chicken
- LOMBO – Pork Loin
- LINGUIÇA – Pork Sausage
What were our favorites?
The Picanha was Dad’s favorite, my favorite was the Beef Ancho, the 4 year old loved the Alcatra, medium well, and the other two boys loved the Pork Sausage the best! Everything was delicious though, and it was hard to choose! That’s the beauty of Fogo de Chão! You can sample many different meats that you may not have had the opportunity to sample before, and then you can decide your favorite.
Yes, one would think that after all of the food I have mentioned, that there would be absolutely no room for dessert. While that is probably true, one look at the dessert menu and we decided to share a few desserts. We were delivered the house special dessert, Brazilian-Style flan. Flan is one of my favorites and this was the best flan we had ever had!
The boys could not agree on a dessert to share, because one likes chocolate and one likes caramel. So, we ordered a Tres Leches Cake and it was of course, incredible.
The Molten Chocolate Cake with ice cream was a hit, too!
Father’s Day Special at Fogo:
All fathers who dine on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17) will receive a dining card for a complimentary Full Churrasco lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch on his next visit (redeemable June 18 – August 30; one complimentary card per dad while supplies last).
Kids 6 and under dine free at Fogo, and children ages 7 – 12 are always half price (and not just on Father’s Day!)
Make plans to visit your local Fogo de Chão soon!
Super Hero Sandwich – Treat Dad This Father’s Day was brought to you by Smithfield. All opinions are mine.
My husband, Ben, is a self proclaimed sandwich lover. I have honestly never met anyone who loves sandwiches as much as he does. He has had aspirations, in fact, to open up a sandwich shop, because he knows exactly what it takes to make *the* perfect sandwich. So, it was a bit daunting to make this super hero sandwich for him, but the end result was perfection.View Post
I was able to see a press screening of Incredibles 2, big thanks to Disney! All photos courtesy of Disney.
Did you know that The Incredibles came out 14 years ago? I really had no clue it was that long ago! I did not have kids 14 years ago, but my boys have watched the DVD quite a few times over the years. It is definitely one of our favorites to watch. The boys love the action, the humor, and well, the superheroes!
Music has always been something that we enjoy as a family. Sure we all have our different favorites, but we usually can agree on a song to listen to. When in the car, I let everyone have a turn choosing a song. The boys have headphones, but my husband I do not really have the luxury of being able to plug something in our ears because well, we need to be aware of our surroundings and our children at all times. That is precisely why the Bose® – SoundWear™ Companion® Wireless Wearable Speaker from Best Buy is THE perfect gift for a music loving Dad for Father’s Day, but really, it’s a gift for me, too! Keep reading to find out why I say that!View Post