There is nothing fun about Cold and Flu season when it strikes your home, and if you have infants and toddlers who come down with the symptoms, it can lead to days of frustration trying to get a leaky nose under control! A runny nose is a nuisance, and I NEVER want to be the Mommy who lets her babies go around with runny noses or dried up snot on their upper lip. The problem is, until they learn how to blow their nose, there’s not much they can do to help themselves other than wipe it all over their face! Ugh!! And, since you really...

The 2013 holiday season is here and Gilt.com has offered some great ideas in their gift guide, so I thought I’d share some of my picks for under $100! First up, the kids… Sometimes they’re more excited to unwrap the gift, than actually have what’s inside, but with these fun selections, you’re sure to have them grinning from ear to ear! From Harper Collins, “A Light in the Attic,” by Shel Silverstein. This is a no-brainer, it’s a classic and a book that I have fond memories of from my childhood....

Name: Shawanda Steffen Children & Ages: Bobby 17, Bryana 16, Harlow 1 (23 months) and 1 year old  fraternal twins Kendall and Khloe Hometown/Current Location: I currently live in Phoenix, AZ Quick Bio: Currently married with 5 children and a stay at home mom for a little more than 2 years. I have a background in human resources and this is my first time as a stay at home mom. I have worked everyday since I was 16 years of age and this stay at home gig is new to me! While I am blessed we can financially afford to have me staying at...

SEAFOOD STUFFED MUSHROOMS 6 large shrimp, diced 6 jumbo scallops, diced 1 cup bread crumbs 3/4 cup vegetable stock 1 egg beaten 1/2 cup diced mozzarella ball 1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese Large mushroom caps (20) Olive oil (drizzle over top before adding to oven) Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste Cook shrimp & scallops and allow to cool. In large bowl, add bread crumbs, seafood, egg and cheese and mix. Slowly stir in broth and mix. You may not use all of the broth. You want it wet enough to mix, not drenched in broth. Rinse and...

CANDIED YAMS 3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4″ thick 3 tbsp butter 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp water In large saucepan, sprinkle cinnamon, vanilla and half of the white and brown sugar Cut up butter into chunks and place in pan. Add sweet potatoes and top off with remaining sugar, sprinkle of cinnamon and water. Cover pan and hear on high until mixture boils. Reduce to low heat for 20 minutes. Stir and put on medium heat for 5 minutes. Your sauce should...

What’s a Turkey feast without the right, mouth-watering, yummy side dishes to compliment the bird!?!? Here are a couple “green” side dishes, so get cooking! COLLARD GREENS 1 pack smoked turkey necks or smoked turkey wing/leg 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped) 1/2 small onion, diced 2 – 3 lbs collards (fresh or bag of greens) 2 tsp seasoned salt 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp sugar 6 cups water In large pot, add turkey necks, season salt, garlic powder, black pepper, onions and chopped jalapeños. Bring...

When my older son reached the 5/6 month mark I started looking into classes and activities nearby where we live, that would benefit his development. One of my girlfriend’s suggest a “gym” class, as she had taken her daughter to one and they really enjoyed it. We had a few different options in my area, from mommy & me classes, to music and then I came upon Gymboree! Now Gymboree Play & Music does offer several different options, but I opted for the “gym” part. I really wanted something that was going...

Yeehaw! The cutest little cowgirl we ever did see! That’s Anya M. from Santa Clara, CA ...

Name: Daniella Manross Child & Age: Maya, 19 months Hometown/Current Location: Los Angeles Quick Bio: I am currently a stay at home mom who loves to trail run. I was previously working at an art gallery before my husband and I decided to start a family. I’ve had the best time of my life since my daughter was born and I feel so lucky to be able to stay at home with her, as well as train with an incredible and accomplished group of runners through my running club. Although being at home (especially if you have been working all...

I didn’t plan to have a c-section, but I did…and while I wasn’t oblivious to the possibility, or so set in my “birth plan” to be totally natural, I definitely was not prepared for the recovery and after effects of having major abdominal surgery via cesarean section. In my first pregnancy, I was doing the walking, the prenatal yoga, taking birthing classes, reading books ad everything else first-time mothers do when expecting a baby, to prepare for a “natural” delivery. There were indicators early...

‹ Navigate ›