The Ultimate BLT Sandwich plus Tips on Cooking Bacon

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Ultimate BLT Sandwich with Avocado Ranch Spread

There’s one word and one alone that can describe why my family can’t completely kick paper towels. And that word is BACON! While I can clean my counters with cloth rags, use cloth napkins at the dinner table, and dry my hands off with a kitchen towel, nothing compares to using a paper towel to drain and cool off.

My family is pretty obsessed with bacon and we always seem to be cooking more up. With the kids starting to demand bacon on a more regular basis I needed to figure out how to streamline the process but still end up with delicious, slightly crispy bacon for the family.

And, of course, create a deliciously simply BLT sandwich while I cooked up my last batch of bacon. Complete with an avocado ranch spread that really hit the spot.  [Read more...]

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Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips on How To #RocktheLunchbox

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Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips

Packing lunches can start to feel monotonous really quickly if you don’t have a lot of variety. This year I’ve been challenged to really thinking outside of the lunch box when it comes to packing healthy foods for my kids.

And since it’s the first official year I’ll be packing my son’s lunch for Kindergarten (and not just a day out like last year) I’m kind of excited to find new ideas to keep things fresh and exciting for him. Since we also have to send along a snack, I’ve included some snacks in here as well.

And, of course, I’ll be sending along some cute lunch box notes for my son to read as well when he’s munching on his goodies.

If your brain is really stuck on what to pack this year then check out some of these tips: [Read more...]

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Back to School Organization with Sight Word Ideas

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This shop featuring sight word ideas for back to school organization is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesBTS

Back to School Organization with Sight Word Ideas - organize your homework area and help your child recognize sight words

With my son going into Kindergarten in two weeks exactly, I wanted to spruce up the homework station I created for him to be more kid-friendly. Since he’ll be learning a few sight words this year I thought I’d help him out by labeling all of the organizational bins I have in his homework station with the name of what’s in the bin.

I didn’t want anything too boring like a printed label though. I wanted bright signs that would grab my son’s attention so I headed over to Staples to grab some fine point and extra fine point Sharpie markers.

If you know me you know I can’t resist a good sale on school and office supplies. So when I was our Sunday paper with my husband and ran across the Staples ad I got excited when I saw that Sharpie markers were on sale! All Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine assortment packs and Sharpie Neon Marker packs are currently on sale at Staples through August 24th while supplies last.

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How to Make a DIY First Day of School Sign Using PicMonkey

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How to Make a DIY First Day of School Sign Using PicMonkey #BackToSchool

My oldest will be heading to kindergarten in just two short weeks. And while I’m definitely ready for this next step in his adventure, I want to make sure to capture as many memories as I can.

So after seeing a lot of printables floating around I decided that instead of finding something someone else made, I’d make my own DIY first day of school sign.

With the help of PicMonkey it was not only easy to do, but it came together very quickly! And it cost nothing for me to make. I simply used a picture frame we hadn’t hung yet and handed it over to him to take a few photos.

And you can make one too! Here’s how: [Read more...]

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$100 Gift Basket For Your Pooch or Kitty! I and Love and You Giveaway

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I and Love and You giveaway

After trying and enjoying I and Love and You with Scout, our coonhound, I’ve been given the opportunity to share my love of this brand with one lucky reader! I and Love and You would like to giveaway a gift basket full of their products worth $100 to one lucky Simmworks Family Blog reader.

The gift basket for a dog will include:

  • 1 5 lb bag of nude food dog
  • 1 bully stick treats
  • 1 cow boom treats
  • 1 canned food
  • “I and love and you” swag
  • “I and love and you” coupons

(Cat basket would be equivalent products for kitty)

Interested? Enter to win below!

Enter to win a $100 Gift Basket in the I and Love and You Giveaway for your dog or cat below: [Read more...]

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