Easter Oreo Bark

This is such an easy recipe! Plus it looks so bright and pretty for Easter weekend. I know I’m looking forward to lots of Easter celebrating with the kids all week, and we started by making this today! Disclaimer: if you have a pre-schooler nearby while making this.. they will steal several M&M’s in the […]

Balsamic Chickpea Pasta

I’ve been told to try that pasta brand “Banza” for a while, but I figured it’d taste bad like the other pasta alternatives I’ve tried! I ordered it in my grocery pick up to try and I actually really liked it. This recipe calls for lots of fresh veggies and a little chickpea pasta. I […]

Snow Filled Clothes

Our day started off a little rocky when Carter found out he had a snow day today. He LOVES school and was so bummed it was cancelled! But I knew we’d make the best of it. Both kids were up early and ready to get the day rolling! I personally haven’t been sleeping well this […]

Diaper Rash Bath Soak

Our little Payton is currently getting three teeth that I am aware of, and oh my goodness her diaper changes are not fun currently! Poor little babe has the worst rash, and sobs when I go to change her. I checked to see if we had any oatmeal bath, and even asked my mom but […]

Taco Pizza

Anything with the word “taco” in it calls my name! I actually had planned to make regular tacos for dinner, but then I saw we had a can of pizza crust in our refrigerator! It turned out SO yummy. And made for great leftovers the following day! Check out the recipe below. Ingredients: 1 lb […]

‘‘Twas One Week Before Christmas…”

If you thought I was going to write my own version of “Twas the night before Christmas” book, I’m sorry that this is not it and I hope you won’t be disappointed LOL. But here we are just one week before Christmas already! I think I’m ready? Who knows, I probably forget something! In Carter’s […]

BBQ Chicken Salad

I know that it’s winter and this might sound like more of a summer recipe, but I personally love it anytime of year! I like to make it into a big bowl and just serve it from there. The fresh greens and other ingredients really bring it together for a great lunch or dinner. If […]

Raising Kind Boxes

I just recently discovered that you can follow hashtags on Instagram. I assume it’s been around for a while but I never really got into it! On my blog Instagram account @nextplaywithmrs.j, I recently started following #michiganmama. It’s actually been really neat! I’ve been able to connect with other moms all over the country, but […]

Thanksgiving Feels Different

Here we are. Just one day before Thanksgiving, yet it doesn’t really feel like it. Last year around this time I was making my last minute grocery list, having wine with my immediate and extended family, prepping food, and enjoying the feeling of company. I remember we planned to spend the whole day at my […]

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

Why not add one more Thanksgiving baking session in this week! Carter loves to help in the kitchen. And sometimes, when things are getting crazy around here, if I offer to bake or cook something? It works every time. It’s probably the best thing to redirect to when he’s feeling big feelings. These cookies are […]