SoFabU On the Road

SoFabU On the Road in Phoenix on March 28th!

You’ve probably noticed a disclaimer at the top of a lot of my sponsored posts. I work A LOT with Collective Bias/Social Fabric to promote new products and movies. They are an AMAZING company to work with. Not only do they pay well and on time, they also have a great program for bloggers to learn called SoFab U (University). That’s why when I heard that they were coming to Phoenix for a one day blog conference, I knew I HAD to go! (And like other posts, I must disclaim that I am writing this post to get a discounted ticket…because who doesn’t love a discount, right?)

SoFabU On the Road will be in Phoenix on March 28th at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. There are only 50 tickets, so it will sell out fast!

Sign up HERE!!

They’ll have amazing sponsors like Johnny RocketsMüller (check out my yummy smoothie using their yogurt)Kraft and iBlog.

We’ll hear from Aliza Sherman, who helped pave the way for women online and in the Internet industry! She will be speaking on harnessing your content with a social media strategy and editorial calendar. She’ll discuss learning to plan ahead, attracting the best audience, boosting your online presence and saving yourself a whole lot of time! We’ll also have a hands-on training coarse in Food Photography (I’m SOOOO excited for this!!!)

If you’re new to blogging or a blogging vet, you’ll want to attend this conference! I love that it’s so small because everyone will have a chance to learn and ask questions from the speakers. There will also be brands there that you can network with!

If you can’t make the Phoenix conference, check out these other cities:

  • April – Cincinnati
  • April – Seattle
  • May – Dallas
  • June – NYC
  • July – Chicago
  • Aug. – Minneapolis
  • Sept. – Atlanta
  • Oct. – Bentonville

Social Fabric is one of my favorite companies to work with, truly. I’m really a part of a great community…everyone is willing to help and promote each other. I also love learning about new products (seriously, I only buy Müller yogurt now).

Hope to see you March 28th! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Also, check out my post on how I dressed for my last conference :)

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Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables-3-2

I come from a family of HUGE basketball fans. I grew up watching my older brother play. While I’m only 5’5″ and didn’t get the basketball genes, I was able to cheer him on as a cheerleader my freshman year! My family still has a great love for the sport and I married a fan, too. My husband doesn’t care to watch most sports, but he loves basketball! To enjoy the games this March, I made some Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables. Because I love you guys, you’re getting a two-fer with this post…FREE Printables AND a yummy recipe!! 

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables

I’m in love with these cute printables. I put them together within minutes with my Silhouette, but you can create them without a fancy cutting machine, too :)

To make these, you’ll need:

  • My FREE Printables, for personal use only
  • Heavy card stock
  • Silhouette Cameo or scissors
  • Black Vinyl (or a black sharpie…whatever is easier!)
  • Cellophane bags (3.5″ across)
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Glue Gun

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables

  1. First, download and unzip the file. Next, you’ll print and cut it out. If you do not have a Silhouette, make a hole in the middle of the printable with an Xacto Knife, then cut it out with scissors.
  2. Next, fold the printable at the black line.
  3. Fill the cellophane bag with the orange treat of your choice (I used new Cheez-It Crunch’d and Cheez-It Grooves)
  4. Fold the bag at the top and staple it shut.
  5. Hold the bag in place with some tape.
  6. Add the black vinyl basketball lines or draw them on with a sharpie.
  7. Hot glue the edge of the printable, then fold it closed.

The Bacon Cream Cheese Dip is TO DIE FOR people and it pairs perfectly with these Cheez-It snacks.

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Slices Center Cut Bacon
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese
  3. 1 c. sour cream
  4. 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat.
  2. Add bacon to pan and cook until crispy (about 6-8 minutes).
  3. While bacon is cooking, combine other ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  4. Beat on high until cream cheese is creamy.
  5. Add bacon to the bowl and stir with a spatula.
  6. You may serve it right away or store it in the refrigerator for the party!
Strawberry Mommycakes http://strawberrymommycakes.com/
This is now my new “go-to” dip, because…BACON! I absolutely LOVE the way they taste with new Cheez-It Crunch’d and Cheez-It Grooves. Make sure you pick up the Zesty Cheddar Ranch to try with this dip. A-MAZ-ING!! 

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables

Find these babies at your local Walmart and then go to the Most Valuable Cheese Contest to vote on your favorite flavors and/or varieties for a chance and win $10,000!

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables
Basketball is the one sport that I don’t get bored watching…so I won’t mind having the party over at my house. Plus, it brings back memories of watching my brothers play. You wouldn’t guess it by looking at me…but I can get pretty riled up watching the game! Good times, good times…

Bacon Cream Cheese Dip and FREE Basketball Snack Printables
How will you prepare for the big games? Lots of snacks and printables? Hanging out with friends?

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Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

My son has been obsessed with numerous superheros for his short life…but Baymax takes the cake. He talks about Baymax constantly and when I hear him making “woosh” and explosion sounds, I know he’s playing Big Hero 6. So, OF COURSE I had to throw him a Baymax party, complete with Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls, and a Baymax cake and cookies. It was a huge success! I have literally never seen a happier kid.

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

I love the way the dessert sushi rolls turned out. They were so yummy and much healthier than most party treats. I filled them with chocolate spread, coconut, fruits and marshmallows. I did 3 different combinations, but the possibilities are endless and they’re SOOOO easy to make.

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

I also topped them off with my cute Baymax printables.

Download them for FREE here, then leave a comment letting me know how you like them!

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls
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Ingredients
  1. white or wheat bread slices
  2. hazelnut chocolate or peanut butter spread
  3. sweetened shredded coconut
  4. bananas
  5. strawberries
  6. marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Flatten the white bread one at a time with a rolling pin. Make it as flat as possible.
  2. Cut off the edges of the bread, then cut it into 3 even pieces.
  3. Spread peanut butter or chocolate on the bread pieces. Be as liberal as you like with it!
  4. Add coconut, if desired, then top with the fruit of your choice. Make sure you leave a space on the edge (like the image above).
  5. Roll over and attach the ends together (overlapping a little bit).
Strawberry Mommycakes http://strawberrymommycakes.com/
Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!
We ate our hearts out, then opened what Max believes are the best presents ever.

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

I ordered the giant Flying Baymax and the Rocket Fist from Walmart.com and bought the Big Hero 6 Bluray DVD Gift set in store (but it’s also available online!) Your purchase of the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last! Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app. Then look for a message on your phone or email. Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device!

It was nice buying the toys online because they gave it to me in a box so the little man wouldn’t see me putting it in the cart! Plus, it’s free shipping if you pick it up at the store.

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

I loved that I got to throw Max the party of his dreams. Even though I didn’t go all out like most of my parties, he was SOOOO happy. That’s my favorite thing about this guy. He has the most genuine smile in the world and I’m so grateful I get to be his mom!

Big Hero 6 Dessert Sushi Rolls plus FREE Baymax Printables!

Do you have a Big Hero 6 fan in the family? If so, give these cute little sushi rolls a try! You’ll love them :)

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FREE Printable St. Patrick’s Day Photo Props

St. Patrick's Day Photo Props

Head on over to I Heart Nap Time to download these FREE Printable St. Patrick’s Day Photo Props, plus learn why I think I need some green yoga pants! I had to convince my daughter that these were not just “Boy printables.” She thought it was hilarious, but she would rather stick with flowers and crowns!

St. Patrick's Day Photo Props

Also, can I just point out what a huge difference there is between a 5 1/2 year old girl and a 4 year old boy? Granted, my lighting wasn’t great when trying to take pictures of Max before nap time, but the boy has the attention span of a chihuahua. 

St. Patrick's Day Photo Props

Notice the pink marker on his leg? Yes, he also decorated my toilet. That marker is in the trash now. On that note…hope you enjoy these! Check out my other St. Patty’s Day Printables:

Leprechaun Caramel Apples on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #caramelapples #stpatricksday #freeprintables

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Toppers on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #stpatricksdayprintables #printables #freeprintables #stpatricksday

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tags on www.strawberrymommycakes.com

 

 

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Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

I went to a blogging conference 2 weeks after I had Beau…I know, I was CRAZY. But it was close to my house, so I decided I really needed to go. I was nervous because I just did not look like myself. Besides not being able to fit into my old clothes, I was EXHAUSTED. Finding beauty after having a baby was a struggle for me, but I knew if I wanted to make a good impression at my first conference, I had to make an effort!

So, Download this FREE Printable as a daily reminder that you are beautiful, then read more on how I dressed for my blog conference!

Step One: Choose Flattering Outfits

I wouldn’t normally buy clothes just for a conference, because I like my wardrobe, but I am at the awkward stage where pregnancy clothes don’t fit, but neither do my pre-pregnancy clothes. My mom took pity on me and got me a few pieces that I ended up loving!

Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

I have two words for you…Stretchy Pants. My first rule in buying clothes is they have to be comfortable. I love stylish pieces, but if it’s not comfortable I will NEVER EVER wear it. I chose this outfit because I already had the sweater (my favorite sweater EVER) and nothing is more comfortable than leggings and a t-shirt. I got the t-shirt a little big so it was longer. While I wouldn’t say that this outfit is “slimming,” I think it accentuates things like my fun red hair and my blue eyes. Don’t worry about looking thin, just find pieces that make people see the real you!

Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

This is my favorite outfit. It’s a pretty blush pink and the belt is at my natural waist, which is always really flattering. I also love the flower leggings. They make this outfit fun and modern and they match perfect with the girly top! I’m not usually a girly pink kind of girl, but I this made me feel pretty and feminine. Bottom line, if it makes you feel pretty…WEAR IT!

Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

I chose this outfit for the same reason as the first…it’s comfortable and I love the colors. I’m always drawn more toward blues and greens and these jeans are my favorite pair. Plus, I couldn’t WAIT to wear these boots after my pregnant, swolen feet went back to normal. A little disclaimer on the jeans…they are pre-pregnancy jeans and fit me everywhere but the waist. I had to tie a hair tie around the button, but no one could tell. As Tim Gunn would say…MAKE IT WORK!

Step Two: Natural Makeup

Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

For makeup, I always tend to go natural and stick to the basics. I was tired and no amount of makeup can fix that…but I was also SO happy. I was head over heels in love with my little guy! People saw that through the tired, dark circles and even though I didn’t look like myself, I got a lot of compliments on how good I looked after baby. 

Basically, I chose looks that were easy, comfortable and complimented the features I like about myself. I wish I had heard about Colgate® Optic White® Express White before this conference. It whitens teeth in three days, just from brushing your teeth! It has two times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient, so it works faster than most whitening toothpastes. Check out THIS LIST to see if a demo will be in your local Walmart on February 28, 2015. Ambassadors will be roaming the aisles handing out $1 coupons for  Colgate® Optic White® Express White toothpaste, so you can try it for less!

Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

 Step Three: Have a Blast!

I ended up having so much fun! I will have to write a separate post just about my conference, but even though I was pumping and/or breastfeeding for the majority of the conference, I learned so much and made some great friends (and met some online friends, too!)

Beauty After Baby: Dressing for a Blog Conference

How do you dress for a conference? What are your top wardrobe pieces and what’s your beauty regime?

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Friday Finds Linky Party #17

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Hey guys! Yay for Friday and for the Friday Finds Linky Party – where we showcase awesome stuff linked by you guys each week! Take a peek at our favorite finds for this week and don’t forget to link up for a chance to be featured next week in 8 blogs – yep, you read that right! Now for our favorites for this week:

 
Handpainted Marble Wall Box from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Buffalo Pretzels from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Pow Wow 3rd Birthday Party from That Cute Little Cake

 

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Striped Wood Block Display from Reasons to Skip the Housework

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Heart Collage Artwork from The DIY Village

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Metal Wrapped Wood Arrow from My Creative Days
 
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Spring Hydrangea Wreath from Gluesticks
 
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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

 

 
 

DIY Fabric Basket from Gluesticks

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!

 
Rules for Friday Finds:
1. Link to a specific post on your blog
2. Limit 3 Links per person
3. Comment on at least 2 other blogs from the linky party
4. Please do not link to any giveaways, other linky parties or products that are for sale
5. By linking here, you give us permission to post your picture on our blogs (with full credit!)
6. Link back to this blog with a text link.
7. Starts Friday at 2pm and ends Wednesday at 2pm.
 

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Friday Finds Linky Party #16

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It’s time for another fun Friday Finds Linky Party and we can’t wait to see what you all have been up to! Same thing as last week, add your latest creations to the link up below for a chance to be featured on all 8 blogs. While you’re at it, visit a few other blogs to share the love! Let’s get this party started!
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Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie

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This Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie is delicious and a lighter alternative to ice cream!

I’m an introvert through and through. Crowds make me nervous, meeting new people gives me anxiety and constant talking is exhausting. That must be why I’m exhausted because my kids talk ALL THE TIME! I love them and love that they want to talk to me…but I need some time to myself! When I get some alone time, I like to make myself a treat that I don’t have to share like this Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie made with Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt!

This Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie is delicious and a lighter alternative to ice cream!

I would love to sit around and eat a cheesecake or gallon of ice cream all by myself…but after having three kids, it’s just not in the cards for me anymore. And honestly, with a treat option like this…I don’t think I’ll miss either too much! It’s a lighter version of ice cream and cheesecake combined. It’s FABULOUS and takes about 5 minutes to make!!! 

This Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie is delicious and a lighter alternative to ice cream!

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c 2% milk
  2. 1 5.3 oz container of Müller® Raspberry Chocolate Chip Yogurt
  3. 1 Tbs. chocolate syrup
  4. 1 Tbs. 1/3 fat cream cheese
  5. 1 c. frozen raspberries
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender on the smoothie setting and blend.
  2. Garnish with more syrup and fresh raspberries, if desired.
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This Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie is delicious and a lighter alternative to ice cream!

You can find Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt at Walmart in the yogurt section. I got to go to the demo last week and taste all the new flavors and they’re wonderful! They’re only 190-210 calories and have less sugar than most other yogurts. Just the right amount of wrong. You can go ahead and indulge in this dessert yogurt because you deserve it!! Other Müller® yogurts are also on rollback this week for only $0.88, so give those a try, too!

Love Muller? Visit www.Mullerquaker.com to sign up on for their mailing list and receive the latest news and offers. As a thank you, you’ll also get a coupon to use toward your next purchase!This Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie is delicious and a lighter alternative to ice cream!

Me Time is essential to my mental health and I’m not being dramatic at all. I NEED it! As a mom, it’s pretty much impossible to get alone time, but I have some tips to sneak in a little time (besides hiding in the bathroom…we’ve all been there). I have 3 kids between the ages of 1 month and 6 years…so I’m pretty much a pro. Even if it’s as little as 20 minutes a day, it makes all the difference in my attitude!

  • If your kids are still napping, don’t rush to get things done. Rest a few minutes by indulging in a magazine and your favorite treat!
  • If your kids are too old for naps, encourage some alone time for them in their rooms. They’ll survive if they don’t spend every waking moment with you…I promise!
  • Sometimes quiet time is all you need. Try keeping your kids busy with quiet activities like drawing or educational apps on your tablet. They might be in the same room as you, but at least it’s quiet!
  • Keep kids separated sometimes. My kids are best friends…but will break out in a fight within 5 minutes of playing with each other. Sometimes I make each kid do separate activities for some darn peace.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your spouse, families or friends. I usually reserve babysitters for date night, but I would love to just go shopping by myself one day, too!
  • And finally…I found that the best way to get some quiet time is to give your kids the attention they need. I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but my kids behave better on days that I pay better attention and spend time with them. Kids need alone time, too…when they’re ready to be alone, you’ll be ready too :)

This Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie is delicious and a lighter alternative to ice cream!

What tips do you have for getting alone time? What are some of your favorite things to do when you get alone time?

If you like this smoothie, try out my Coconut Almond Chocolate Shake and my Pineapple Mango Smoothie!

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DIY Chinese New Year Printable Lanterns

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

My husband lived in Taiwan for two years and I love hearing about the experiences he had there. Since his birthday is coming up, I wanted to surprise him with a little Chinese New Year party. These DIY Chinese New Year Printable Lanterns are the perfect decorations for a centerpiece for our little get together and they’re really easy to make!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

To make these, you’ll need:

  • Free Printables, for personal use only!
  • Heavy card stock
  • Scissors or Silhouette Cameo
  • Gold crepe paper
  • Black and white paper straws
  • Hot glue gun

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

  1. First, download the files then unzip the folder.
  2. Print and cut out the lanterns along the black lines. Make sure you cut out the slits too! Slip the red piece over the yellow piece along the slit.
  3. Get another yellow piece and red piece and cut them all the way down the middle.
  4. Place some hot glue along the middle of the lantern from the top (near the slits) to the bottom and attach one of the cut pieces to the center of the lantern.
  5. Place some glue on the gold crepe paper and wrap it around the bottom of the lantern.
  6. Cut fringes on the crepe paper.
  7. Glue a paper straw to the back of the lantern and you’re done!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

 Of course, it wouldn’t be Chinese New Year without Chinese Food! These egg rolls and spring rolls  from Tai Pei® are crispy and delicious and all I have to do is put them in the oven…that leaves me time to make great decor and other yummy food like fried rice (my husband’s favorite)! It also comes with the sauce…feel free to serve it by itself or give your party goers some variety with a sauce you make at home. I found these in the freezer section at Walmart. The pork is my favorite, but I’ll be sure to try the other flavors like chicken and shrimp. Make sure you follow Tai Pei® on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. On Facebook they have a RED ENVELOPE app (on the left hand side of their page) where you can get great offers…but hurry because once all the offers are claimed, they’re gone!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

My husband said that the week of Chinese New Years is a HUGE celebration in Taiwan. They hand out candy and gifts to everyone in red envelopes, and say “Congratulations! I wish you wealth!” However, he said that Congratulations (the first two characters in the image below) translates to “Congratulations you survived the night!” I love that this holiday is a time to wish everyone good fortune and happiness.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

We’ll also be playing some Chinese Chess for our little party (those are the game pieces shown in my images…cool, right??) I think it’s awesome that my husband had such an amazing cultural experience and I can’t wait to go back there with him! We’ve been planning it for years…so someday you’ll find me instagramming from Taiwan!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these DIY Printable Lanterns

This is the “Year of the Sheep…” any Sheep birthdays out there?

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Friday Finds Linky Party #15

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Welcome to another edition of Friday Finds! You guys always link up the best projects! Below are our picks for the week. Want to be featured too? Then link up and maybe we’ll feature you in the next installment of Friday Finds!

 
 
 
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
 
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
 


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