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Packing a Smile with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish



Back to school will be here before we know it but right now we are trying to make the most of our summer time and making all the smile worthy moments that we can.

This school year my kids kids will be in 10th grade, 1st grade and Pre-K and until we have to get back into our school year routine we are enjoying all the lake, river and pool time we can. We’ve had lots of play dates, runs through the sprinkler, played on the slip n slide and of course tons of BBQ’d food.

One of my favorite summer time activities is watching the kids play in the sprinkler while I lay on a blanket reading a good book. There is just nothing better than listening to your kids giggle as they get hit with the cold water on their run through!

And one of the kid’s favorite things to do is any outdoor activity that involves snacking on Pepperidge Farm Goldfish® crackers.  Any of our activities we do have to involve snacks because these kids think they are hungry 24 hours a day.  So Goldfish® are our go-to snack because they love them and I feel good about the kids eating them.

Some things I love about Goldfish® crackers:

  • Always Baked with Real Cheese
  • No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • Colors Sourced from Plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
  • Baked with Whole Grain Cheddar variety has 12 g of WG per serving
  • A snack you can feel good about serving your kids

Once we are back in school I see our afternoons going much the same way full of homework, after school play dates and Goldfish® snacks.

Want to leave a fun little note with your kiddos after school snack? Print these out or feel free to make your own. I know Tyler loves to find these notes, especially as he started learning to read it was so fun to watch him sound them out!


What are your favorite ways to make smile worthy moments?

Craft Time with GoldFish

I love craft time and luckily for me, my kids are following right in my tracks. They all love to draw, paint and Summer loves to “scissor”. (it’s her favorite thing to cut paper!)

So when I get to sit down with them to do some arts and crafts I am all over it. We spend a lot of time, especially during the winter months, coloring, making bracelets, or making holiday decorations.

With craft time comes snack time. Who else has a kid that is always hungry?

So when we headed to the store over the weekend we made sure to grab our favorite snack, GoldFish crackers.  I love that they are always baked with real cheese and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. It makes me feel comfortable with the choices I am making by giving them to my kids.

Their colors sourced from plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
and are baked with whole grain cheddar that has 12 g of WG per serving.

So while the kids are busy working away on their projects they have a great snack too.

We thought it would be super fun to make a stop motion video of our own. The kids and I thought about some fun ideas and because we have 3+ feet of snow outside right now, we thought it would be fitting to make a Snow day with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish!

Interested in making your own stop motion video? Find out how HERE!

This was the first stop motion video we’ve ever made, and it took a little while but it was fun! And the kids had fun thinking of ideas on what to do next.

Visit the campaign landing page to get inspired and learn more about the Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience! And don’t forget to head to the GoldfishTales page to submit your own stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

What are your favorite ways to pass time during the chilly winter months?

Chicken Salad Wrap

How many nights per week do you sit down as a family and have a meal together?

Family dinners are important to me. Maybe more so because when I was a kid my dad worked out of town a lot and so dinner as a whole family didn’t happen all the time. So for us, we typically eat as a family 7 nights a week. Occasionally one of us might be out, or Zach at a friends or something like that. But we eat together almost every single night.

That is part of the reason that I am always on the look out for a new recipe to try. With 3 kids there is always something that they don’t like, right? I am sure more than a few people can relate.  However, I do try to expose my kids to all kinds of foods. Believe me, my husband will tell me if he doesn’t want me to make something again!

And who doesn’t love finding a New Comfort Food?



1. Using mostly local, seasonal ingredients
2. Minimal ingredients in the recipe
3. Quick, easy steps and fast prep time

So today I thought it would be fun to do a Chicken Salad Wrap. I knew the tortilla being a spinach wrap might push the limits of the kids because they haven’t liked them in the past. But otherwise I was pretty sure that this would be a hit!

I ran to the store and grabbed some Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken. I love it because it is locally grown (Pacific Northwest Grown), antibiotic-free chicken. I only needed a few other things, so I got everything I needed and headed home to make a delicious Chicken Salad Wrap.


I got so excited to get home and get started that I ripped my chicken open without a picture first! So here is one of the package partially ripped off!


Next, I seasoned it with my favorite 21 Day Fix seasoning and added a cup of water and poached it.


While I was poaching the chicken I cut up lettuce, avocado, tomato, mango and I put the juice from half of a lime into the chicken. I also added just a bit of mayo and mustard into my chicken and gave it a good stir.

Last, I just layered it all onto the tortilla shell and wrapped it all together. It was a hit and the kids even liked it! So I guess we have a #newcomfortfood to add to our list!



  • Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh Chicken
  • Spinach tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp. each mayo/mustard
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced avocado
  • chopped mango
  1. Cook your chicken via your favorite method.
  2. Chop anything you want for your wrap (lettuce, tomato, avocado, mango, etc.)
  3. Mix chicken with mayo if you want it
  4. Lay all ingredients out onto your tortilla and wrap it up

Check out more from Foster Farms here —>

What are some of your favorite comfort foods?

DIY Pallet Coasters

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Happy Friday my friends! We’ve had a busy week in our house and today is no exception! But the weekend is looking relatively calm and I am counting down the hours until it is officially the weekend. These days my life seems to be fueled by coffee and so I decided to make a fun little project to share with everyone. Because everyone needs some Pallet Coasters in their life, yes?


I received this awesome box in the mail with the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods.  I had actually already tried these k-cups® after seeing the Pumpkin Spice flavor at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious! And now I get to try the Caramel, Mocha and Vanilla. There are many reasons I love these k-cups® but mainly because they are made from milk and have no artificial flavors.

And besides the Pumpkin Spice, there is a Peppermint Mocha that I can’t wait to try. These are both seasonal and available for a limited time so grab them while you can!


Lucky for us the process is easy and is done in two quick steps.

  1. Pour the contents of the Step 1 packet into your cup.
  2. Add the K-Cup® to your Keurig and brew your coffee.

Yep, that is all. Stir it up and you are good to go.


But now you all want to know how I made these adorable Pallet Coasters, right? Well, I’ll show you.

18 Popsicle sticks, hot glue and wood stain. I started with cutting off the rounded ends off of all the sticks. Next, I hot glued two Popsicle sticks together to make three sets. Then I glued the edge pieces on to stabilize it and worked my way in from there, leaving just a little space in between the sticks. I did lay them out across to know where they would go before I actually glued them down. And last, I put three sticks on the bottom for extra support. Plus, I needed to make it look authentic.


Then I used some wood stain that I had laying around from when I made the kids growth charts that worked perfectly for this project. Make sure you use a rag you don’t care about because the stain lives up to its name. And one coat of the stain was enough for these pallet coasters.


Finished Pallet Coasters made from popsicle sticks… Not too shabby, right?


So now I have these amazing pallet coasters and what better use than my delicious Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods? 


Have you tried the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods.Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods? Which flavor was your favorite? 

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#ad Chicken and Waffles

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Chicken and Waffles may not sound like your typical tailgating food, but with football season is upon us and with good football game comes good food! I am always on the lookout for new recipes and trying new things. One thing that people always seem to love at tailgate parties are sliders so I decided to make my own version and try something new.  How do Chicken and Waffles with Blue Cheese sauce sound? Sounds good to me!


I headed to Walmart for my boneless wings, because they are only $10 for a bucket of 20 wings! You just can’t miss out on that kind of deal! I bought some honey BBQ, but there are many kinds of wings that you can get, depending on your stores Hot Deli. Like Buffalo, Hot, General Tso’s, Honey BBQ, Ranch. Plus they are fresh, convenient and perfect for an at home Tailgate party!



When I brought the wings home I practically had to fight the boys off of them until I could get the sliders finished! So I got started on my blue cheese sauce right away. It only took about 3 minute to make the sauce, it really is that easy!


I found this blue cheese also in the deli area.



I cooked up my waffles (frozen ones work fine!) then I used a small circle cookie cutter to cut out my pieces for the slider.


This Blue Cheese sauce turned out amazing. And it worked perfectly with these Chicken and Waffles.


It didn’t pour out as smooth and look as pretty as I had imagined in my head, but thankfully, I am sure you get the idea, right?


So now I have delicious Chicken and Waffles with a Blue Cheese sauce for my guests to eat. What are you eating at your next tailgate party?