Brilliant Hacks for Organizing Your Refrigerator

I am so excited to put our new Samsung fridge to use with these brilliant hacks for organizing your refrigerator. It’s no secret that the fridge can become super messy and disorganized quickly, so I decided to confront the problem head-on.

First, I knew that I wanted to make a kid-friendly snack space in our refrigerator so that my son can pack his own lunch, get his own snacks, and more.

Kid Friendly Snack Zone

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Strawberry Mango Fruit Rollups

DSC_0038aLooking for a quick and nutritious snack for school lunches? Try these delicious Fruit Rollups! DSC_0040a

I can not believe that school time is upon us. In three short weeks, my sweet boys will be off to school. While I will miss them dearly, I have to admit that I am ready for the structure that the school year brings. What I am dreading though, school lunches. The balance of feeding my kids nutritious meals with finding something they will actually eat, is so hard. Let’s not forget that no one likes to eat the same thing every day, so we have to be creative too!

DSC_0039aThis is where these Strawberry Mango Fruit Rollups come in. They are so simple to make and are extremely nutritious. The only ingredients are Strawberries, Mangos, and Juicy Juice 100% Mango Juice. I love using Juicy Juice to help make the fruit rollups sweeter. The sweetness of Juicy Juice comes straight form the fruit since there is no added sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. Each 8 ounces of Juicy Juice contains 1 cup of juice and 120% of Vitamin C. There are also 16 delicious flavors, so you could mix it up and make your own flavors of Fruit Rollups! DSC_0037a

Here is what you need:

2 cups of hulled strawberries

2 cups of mango (2 large mangos)

1/2 Cup of Juicy Juice mango juice

How to make it:

  1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 175 degrees F. (If your oven only goes to 200, open the door periodically during baking to cool it down.) Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper. I used a silpat mat
  2. Purée strawberries, mango, and Juicy Juice in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add more juice as needed. Purée should be pourable.
  3. With a spatula, spread purée on lined baking sheet to 1/8-inch thickness. It may not extend all the way to edges. Spread as flat and as evenly as possible. Bake purée for 3 to 4 hours, until fruit no longer feels sticky but is still lightly tacky. Begin checking leather after 2 hours and continue to check every 30 minutes.
  4. Remove leather from oven and let cool completely on baking sheet. Lay a sheet of wax paper on top, then peel wax paper and leather off together. Transfer sheet to a cutting board, then slice it into desired sized strips or sheets. Roll and store or enjoy immediately.

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I can’t wait to try different flavors. What flavor are you going to try?

Samsung Smart Refrigerator with Family Hub from Nebraska Furniture Mart

Disclosure: Product was provided to facilitate this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Samsung Smart Refrigerator from Nebraska Furniture Mart

We recently upgraded to the Samsung Smart Refrigerator from Nebraska Furniture Mart. Y’all, this fridge is amazing! I’m so excited to share some of my favorite features.

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Frosted Cherry Limeade

cherry1Looking for a refreshing, fun summer drink? These frosted cherry limeades are sure to be just what you are looking for.

cherrynew2Whether you are looking for a fun treat for the family, a way to cool off, or the final touch to a party menu, this frosted cherry limeade recipe is sure to do the trick. The best part about it: It contains NO SODA! I love that my kids view this as an ultimate treat, but I am sneaking in some of the vital nutrition that they need. One cup of fruit and 120% Vitamin C is found in every 8 ounces of Juicy Juice 100% Juice. cherrynew1

The base for this recipe is Juicy Juice 100% Juice in the cherry flavor. It gives the right amount of sweetness and texture to balance out all of the other ingredients. The cherry flavor only comes in two sizes of bottles (48oz and 64oz) but my kids love drinking the leftovers! The sweet blend in the cherry flavor shows off the full goodness of cherries with kid-friendly flavor. You could also try this recipe with one of the 16 other kid friendly flavors that Juicy Juice offers. I am going to try the fruit punch flavor next!

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Here is what you need:

24 ounces Juicy Juice 100% Juice in the cherry flavor (or whatever flavor you choose)

1 Tbsp frozen limeade concentrate

1- 1 1/2 scoops of frozen sherbet or sorbet (I used raspberry sorbet)

2-3 Cups of ice (depending on how frosted you want it)

a dash of maraschino cherry juice

Yields 4 servings!

How to make it:
I started off mixing my 24 oz of cherry juice and limeade concentrate in my food processor. You can use a blender if that is what you have! Then I mixed in my frozen sorbet, maraschino cherry juice, and ice. Blend until it is all smooth. I also mixed some sugar and red food coloring in a bowl and rimmed my glasses with it. Top off with a slice of fresh lime and cherries! Enjoy!!

What is your favorite summer drink?

DIY Floating Cooler

DIY Floating Cooler

Summer is in full force and our days are filled with splashing and swimming and playing at the pool. We are excited to partner with Tampico Beverages to bring you an easy pool hack to keep your favorite beverages cold during your time in the sun!

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Summer Pool Essential: SwimWays Spring Float Recliner

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

SwimWays Spring Float Recliner

Most days in the summer we load up our pool bag for a long day of swimming. I grab pool noodles, floaties, diving toys and goggles — summer necessities. My thoughts are on all the things we’ll need to keep the little ones happy and entertained during our jaunt.

But what about me?

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The Best Advice for Graduates

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by AT&T Aspire. All opinions are my own. 

The Best Advice for New Grads

One foot after the other.

Just one more step.

I’m next.

Deep breath. 

Don’t trip.

Look at the camera.

Did I squeeze too hard when I shook his hand?

Where is my seat again?

It’s over. 

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Things To Know Before Your Child’s First Swim Lesson

Things To Know Before Your Child's First Swim Lesson

It’s summer, and you know what that means — lots of pool time! A few weeks ago, we decided to enroll our son, Andrew, in swim lessons to prepare for the coming months. It would be his first time taking formal lessons, and I was a little anxious about what to expect.

I put together this list of Things To Know Before Your Child’s First Swim Lesson based on our experience with SafeSplash Swim School. They invited us to try their lessons once per week for a month.

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Pineapple Fruit Punch Slushes

Pineapple Fruit Punch Slush

School’s out and summer is in! We are so excited to embrace the season with our partner, Tampico. Today, we’re sharing a simple recipe for Pineapple Fruit Punch Slushes that will be the hit at any summer party!

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DIY Stacking game

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Need an easy game to entertain kids of all ages? Try these stacking blocks.   With summer right around the corner, backyard barbecues will become a weekly staple at our house. There is nothing more fun than gathering with friends and family and enjoying great food in the warm summer air.

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Summer Netflix Watch List

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Need some fun shows for your kids to watch this summer? Try out these!

We LOVE Netflix. So easy to use with such a variety of shows! I really love the parental controls too.

Here are some of the shows we will be watching this summer:

The Little Rascals

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

The Land Before Time

Phineas and Ferb

Chicken Little

Wild Kratts

The Magic School Bus

Peg and Cat

Animal Mechanicals

What are you guys watching this summer?

Things To Do in Galveston With Kids

Things To Do With Kids in Galveston

There are tons of Things To Do in Galveston With Kids — we had the chance to stay a few days after our cruise and I can’t wait to share all the fun things we did!

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DIY Activity Boards

This post is sponsored by Juicy Juice Inc. All opinions are my own.

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Do you struggle keeping the little ones entertained on your road-trips? If so, try these activity boards to make your trips more enjoyable!

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