Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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It's officially fall and here in the northeast, it's getting chilly and rainy. There's nothing I love more on a cold, rainy day than cozying up with my family and a warm bowl of soup. One of our family favorites is bacon broccoli cheddar soup. Because...bacon. It's so creamy and cheesy that even your kids will eat it without complaint. Eating veggies without a battle? Score! And bonus: You can whip it up in a snap. Simply pair with some crusty bread and glass of wine and you'll feel like you're having a gourmet meal out. Without further ado, the recipe is below. If you try it, I'd love to hear what you think, so come back and let me know! 5.0 from 1 reviews Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Soup   Author: Motherhood on the … [Continue reading]

Six Ways to Save Electricity (and Money!) While on Vacation


This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved Ahhh, vacation. For most people, it means five or six days (or longer, if you’re lucky) of much-needed rest and relaxation. That’s how it was for us when we hit the road for a long-awaited trip to New England last month. The trip was timed perfectly with my next Project Envolve task, which focuses on energy-saving preparations when you go on vacation. Project Envolve, as you might remember, is an ongoing series about energy efficiency that’s sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. For most of you, saving electricity on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind … [Continue reading]

Creating the Ultimate S’mores Bar (and How I Became the Coolest Mom Ever)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored Is there anything better than making s’mores in the backyard with friends and family? Seriously, I’m asking, because I think the answer is no. Wanna know how I know? Because I created the ultimate s’mores bar in my backyard last week and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. My experiment in awesomeness started at Walmart, where I spotted a one-stop-shopping display loaded with Hershey’s Chocolate, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Jet Puffed Marshmallows. Everything I need to make s’mores? How could I resist! I thought let's Make S'Mores Tonight - any day can be a S'mores … [Continue reading]

One Day of Grilling: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert (Yes, Dessert!)

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved #TasteTheEnergySavings By now, you’re probably aware that I’m part of an ongoing series of blog entry for Project Envolve, which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. Each entry in the series focuses on a different energy-saving household topic and is accompanied by a package filled with goodies and gadgets. My husband has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the grilling box of goodies. A few weeks ago, that box arrived. One peek inside, and my husband’s face lit up. “It’s grilling stuff!” he exclaimed, looking like a kid on Christmas morning as be tore into the box’s … [Continue reading]

How Pennzoil and Walmart Helped Me Talk My Husband Into a Shopping Trip

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FueltheLove #CollectiveBias It’s become a tradition in our house. The first weekend after either of our cars passes 3,000 miles since the last oil change, my husband retreats to the garage, crawls under the car, and emerges an hour later looking way dirtier than he probably should be. Changing the oil makes him feel manly, I guess, but I’ve done the time and money math, and it’s not really worth it. So, this past weekend when our Jeep inched past 3,000 miles since its last oil change, I talked him into taking it to Walmart to let their automotive service center handle the oil change for us. He resisted a little, but when I told … [Continue reading]

4 Ways to Have the Sweetest Birthday Ever


Every mother knows the feeling. I call it “Party Planning Overload.” For me, it’s usually that moment when I’m planning my little one’s birthday celebration and, amidst all of the theme details, cake choices, and party game options, I realize that I still haven’t decided on the party favors. That was me…until about two days ago. That’s when I decided that instead of the usual “little bags of trinkets and candy,” I’d turn the candy into fun keepsakes like the ones below. They’re super simple to make (Hershey’s makes a variety of edible options), the kids will love them, and the moms will be asking you for instructions on how to make them for their own tot’s parties! SWEET CANDY JEWELRY   WHAT YOU'LL NEED Pipe cleaners … [Continue reading]

Dear Hubby: Please Read These Energy-Saving Summer Tips


This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved Each summer, there’s a power struggle in our house between my husband and I. No, I’m not talking about a battle over who gets to pick the amusement park (that’s easy…our four-year-old picks), I’m talking about a true power struggle over electricity usage. My husband is a notorious summer power-waster. He prefers to keep the air conditioning at a chilly 70 degrees in the summer, while I like a more energy efficient 76 degrees. He likes to cook all sorts of better-for-the-winter oven meals, while I prefer slow-cooker or outdoor grilling. (All I have to do is hint at grilling some … [Continue reading]

Giving My Oven the Day Off: One day, one microwave, four meals

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved #TasteTheEnergySavings About a week ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and had an epiphany. For one entire day, I was going to cook all of our family’s meals in the microwave. Breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. Yes, these are the things I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. Please don’t judge me. (I should note that my recent involvement with PPL Electric Utilities and their Project Envolve campaign is part of what inspired this experiment. They’ve even offered a really nice prize pack for one of my readers, so check out the last paragraph of this entry … [Continue reading]

Forget the Whitening Treatments, Here’s How to Get Whiter Teeth Using Only Toothpaste

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Colgate-Palmolive. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias. I’m proud to say that I’ve never had a cavity (knock on wood). That perfect dental record stems from a lifetime of good oral hygiene, although I’ll be the first to admit that I should probably floss more often. Despite my dedication to brushing daily, my smile isn’t always as white as I’d like it to be. I have a daily coffee and wine habit to thank for that. Could I live without my morning caffeine and nightly cabernet? Um, no. Would I like to have whiter teeth? You bet. Over the years, I’ve tried many whitening treatments. After a while, I realized that all I really needed … [Continue reading]

What’s Loaded with Flavor and Whole Grains? My New Go-To On-The-Go Snack

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In any given week, our schedule might include rushing out the door to ballet practice, rushing out the door to soccer practice, rushing out the door to pre-school, rushing out the door to church, or me rushing out the door just to get away from it all. In all that rushing, it’s easy to forget the little things like turning off the iron, putting on pants, and grabbing a snack for the road. Most of the time, I remember the iron and pants, but I almost always forget the snack for our four-year-old. I’ve gone through many on-the-go snacks over the years, but have recently fallen in love with a tasty little nibble called Honey Maid Go Bites. Our four-year-old loves them, too! One of the best things about the Honey Maid Go Bites—besides being … [Continue reading]