Butter-Style Chocolate Pound Cake

This pound cake? It's to die for. With rich chocolate flavor and major notes of butter, plus an almond finish, your guests will be begging for more! This is the PERFECT chocolate pound cake recipe.

I love chocolate. Like, it’s beyond just a casual “I’ll eat chocolate if it’s there,” kind of thing. No, it’s a full-fledged love affair. Sometimes, I like chocolate more than I like people. Chocolate doesn’t say mean things or over-share on Facebook. Chocolate is just delicious. And that’s why, when I needed to make a cake last week, I knew that it had to be chocolate. And I knew I wanted something a little bit different. And that’s where this delicious chocolate pound cake comes in.

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DIY Recycled Bottle City Craft

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Don't toss out those bottles or newspapers! You can use them to create a fun bottle city for your kids! Learn about this craft, plus other ideas on how to teach kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle here.    #BringingInnovation #ad

If you walk into my house at any given time, you’re bound to find a few items lying around the toy area that aren’t quite what many would view as toys. My son’s play kitchen is fully stocked with real items– empty milk jugs, honey bears, coffee creamer bottles, and more. I love to repurpose items when I can (and of course, recycle them when I can’t), because I’m just not a huge fan of the thought of so much waste going into landfills. One of my new favorite crafts, though, is to take all of those little bottles– the ones from juice or soda or water– and make them into cool toys, like this great city. It’s so easy to do, which means your kids will love joining in on the fun, too!

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Delicious Mocktails for Spring Celebrations!

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Looking to #KeepSpringBubbly? Try these refreshing spring mocktails that take seconds to prepare and are perfect for your next spring gathering. You CAN throw a party together in under 15 minutes with these tips and recipes! #ad

I love entertaining, especially in the springtime. But it seems like there’s something about great weather that leads to unexpected guests. If you get the call that company is on the way, it’s actually not too hard to throw together a quick gathering by using items you already have on hand! Today, I want to share with you my favorite tips for easy last-minute entertaining, and I want to share a few of my favorite mocktail recipes for spring! As a non-drinker, I love being able to have a fancy, special drink, and it’s SO easy to prepare some unique, delicious mocktails that will get your guests mixing and mingling for sure!

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50 Ways to Bond with your Child (Without Leaving the House)

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Forget the extensive preparation-- here are 50 ideas for you to bond with your child at home so you don't even have to leave the house! I love spending time with kids and enjoying family time. Between hopscotch, puppet shows, and Edy's Frozen Custard parties, there are a TON of ideas here! #frozencustardtime #ad

It’s so important to spend time with your children. Kids are at this vital part of their life where they need to be shown love, time, patience, and how to interact together during family time. That’s why you can’t put a high enough value on time spent together. But truthfully? Time together doesn’t have to require any extensive planning at all– with a few things you probably already have around the house, you can take time to unplug and enjoy bonding time together. Here are some of my favorite ideas for spending time with your children (without leaving the house!)

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The Perks of Being a Stay At Home Mom

There are many great things about being a stay at home mom. While not everything is sunshine and roses, the majority of aspects of being a SAHM rock. Whether you work from home or stay at home, there are many things worth loving about your life! Here are a few...

Disclaimer: this post isn’t meant to bash anyone, or say that being a stay at home mom is more important than being a mom who works outside the home– not in the slightest. But lately, I’ve heard a lot of questions raised about the value of stay at home moms and whether they’re really as significant as moms who work outside of the home, and I wanted to share my perspective of why working from home has changed my life so significantly. Again– not trying to bash, just trying to share my side of the story!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me “Yeah, but do you feel unfulfilled working from home instead of having like… a job?” “Don’t you just need a break from your kid sometimes?” “Ugh, I could NEVER work from home… my kids drive me crazy!” But after working from home, I realized there are a lot of perks of being a stay at home mom or work at home mom. I have a lot of opportunities that other moms don’t have, and for that, I feel really lucky.

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My Busy Mom “Go Bag” Essentials

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As a busy mom, there are some things you just shouldn't leave home without! Here are my busy mom bag essentials that I'd never think to head out without-- read why they made the list! #ChangingPrepaid #Ad

Mom life can be hectic sometimes, and it feels like between gymnastics, soccer camp, visiting our favorite museums, and just hanging out at the park, we are always on the go. Even though I’ve never been much of a purse girl, our on-the-go lifestyle has made it so I pretty much have to have a bag on me at all times. And that’s where our “go-bag” comes in– our essentials are all in one spot, and that definitely helps. There are some things I always have on hand.

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Salted Pepperoni Chocolate Bark

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp #CollectiveBias Forget chocolate covered bacon... the new treat this spring is Salted Pepperoni Chocolate Bark! Sweet chocolate blends with meaty pepperoni, making it the perfect new twist on a classic trend. #PepItUp #ad I’m not exactly sure who started this whole sweet and savory chocolate covered meat trend. I’ll be honest– I was even skeptical the first time I tried chocolate covered bacon. After that, it seemed people moved on to chocolate covered beef jerky, and now, well, I’ve found the next logical incarnation of the trend. A new season means it’s time to ditch the old chocolate covered meat we’ve come to know and love and try something new… and that something new? It’s Hormel pepperoni. Read more

Must-Make Lemon White Chocolate Toll House Cookie Bars

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The Easter season can be crazy busy... drop in guests, fitting meals between egg hunts and events and beautiful weather. Make life easier at Easter by getting your #EasterEssentials taken care of with Nestle! Try these must-make lemon white chocolate bars, using pudding, whipped cream, and lemon white chocolate chip Toll House cookie dough! They're quick and easy, so you can get back to your busy season. #ad

The Easter season is upon us. Can you believe it? I certainly can’t– this year is flying by! One of the things I love about springtime, and about the Easter season, is that the weather is nice and you can finally get out. No more snow to hold you back from visiting friends and neighbors or just enjoying the great weather. But between egg hunts, time with family, and those drop in guests, the Easter season is busy. Who has time to bake during all of that craziness? You. That’s who. Because these awesome lemon white chocolate bars are semi-homemade using NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® White Chip Lemon Refrigerated Cookie Dough, making them quick and easy to prepare (especially if you have unexpected company)!

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DIY Color Bubbles

By now, we've all seen those fun color bubbles in stores. But did you know they're super easy to DIY at home with items you already have around the house? They take minutes to make, and they'll revolutionize your outdoor play activities!

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the colorful bubbles in store sold by some big-name brands. But did you know it’s easy to DIY color bubbles yourself? It only takes a few ingredients– things you already likely have around your house– and a few minutes to make the BEST color bubbles on the planet!

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Beefy Potato Taco Pie

This beefy potato taco pie tastes just like the inside of a beef and potato burrito. If your favorite Taco restaurant's dish had a baby with a chicken pot pie, this would be the result! Easy to make and delicious, this is a can't-miss dinner idea!

One of my favorite things to order when I go to my favorite Mexican fast food restaurant is a burrito that contains beef and potatoes… I don’t know what it is about those tender potatoes that makes a cheesy, beefy, delicious burrito so much better, but it’s SO good. I also have a pretty strong affinity for pot pie, which I’ve shared a few times on the blog before. But I started thinking… what if I married these two things I love together in to one delicious main dish? The result is this incredible beefy potato taco pie, and trust me, you definitely want to try this one.

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