How to Make a Low Carb Cheese Board

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Nov 282016

Beat the bloat this holiday season with a low carb cheese board! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

Cheese boards are a popular appetizer choice during the busy holiday season, and it’s easy to see why. I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?! Cheese boards are so great because they are really easy to put together. You just get a bunch of your favorite cheeses and finger foods, arrange them on a board, and call it a day. It’s a nice way to offer your guests a lot of variety, without a whole lot of effort on your part, and you don’t have to worry about dirtying up a whole bunch of dishes either.
When making cheese boards, people usually tend to load them up with a whole bunch of carbs – slices of crusty bread, crackers, bread sticks, etc., and lots of sugary fruits like grapes and figs. While those foods are delicious, they can be an unwelcome temptation to people who are trying to watch their weight, or for people with certain medical issues. This holiday season, I am on a keto diet, so I decided to offer my guests a low carb cheese board instead.

How to Make a Low Carb Cheese Board

My low carb cheese board starts off with some delicious cheese, of course! I love Stella cheeses. They are so flavorful, and really quite reasonably priced. That makes it easy to pick up a few different varieties to please all of my guests. I also like the fact that I don’t have to go to a fancy cheese store to find them, as they are available at Walmart and my local grocery store. They have quite a large selection of cheeses (16!!) to choose from, too, which is great. I chose four different varieties of Stella cheese for my cheese board – Parmesan, Romano, Asiago and Italian.

Stella Cheese

The Parmesan and Romano are both hard cheeses, so I decided to use them to make some cheese crisps in place of crackers. All you have to do to make these is shred the cheese with a grater, lay it out on a paper plate, top with any seasonings you want and pop it in the microwave for one minute. Let them cool for another minute, remove from the plate, and they will crisp right up! You can also make these in the oven by laying the cheese out on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper and cooking for 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees.

Stella Cheese Board

I made plain Parmesan, rosemary Parmesan, black pepper Romano and crushed red pepper Romano cheese crisps. They came out so good, and I loved the flavor of all of them! They have a really nice crunch to them, and your guests will never miss the crackers!

These cheese crisps are super popular in the keto community. Bake some different flavors, wrap them up in a nice gift bag or box, and add them to a keto gift basket for your friends and family members who are following a keto diet. They will love it!

Stella Cheese Crisps

I see a lot of people just stick a big hunk of cheese and a knife down on their cheese board, and that always bothers me. My guests did not come visit me to have to work for their food! It’s fine to do that with soft cheeses that are more suited for spreading, but I like to cut my firmer cheeses up into bite-sized pieces so guests can just pop them onto their plate or in their mouth, and not spend time cutting up their own cheese. It just makes things flow better too, when people are lined up to get their food.

Stella Cheese Board

I added four different meats to my cheese board – ham, hot capicola, prosciutto and pepperoni. Just have your deli slice these thin, then roll them up tightly and place them on your board.

Stella Cheese Board

Instead of loading up my cheese board with a bunch of sugary fruits, I loaded it up with a selection of low carb vegetables. These pepperoncinis, Mediterranean mushrooms, olives, pickles and banana peppers have a lot of flavor and perfectly compliment the meats.

Stella Cheese Board

Your guests will have fun experimenting and trying out new flavor combinations. I love pepperoni and a banana pepper on a black pepper cheese crisp!

Stella Cheese Crisp

If you want to add some fruit to your low carb cheese board, berries are a good option. I added a few strawberries in, as they are not terribly high in sugar and they bring a little pop of color and freshness to the cheese board.
Finally, I added some almonds to my keto cheese board. Guests always love to snack on nuts, but some nuts like cashews and chestnuts are high in carbs. Almonds, Brazil nuts, Macadamia Nuts, peanuts and pecans are all great low carb options to add to your cheese board.

Stella Cheese Board

This holiday season, give your guests an appetizer they’ll feel good about – a delicious low carb cheese board featuring a variety of Stella cheeses. Check out their website for some more great recipes, along with tips for the perfect wine pairings! Additionally, you can enter to win a trip to Napa Valley! How awesome would that be?!

Have a friend on the keto diet? Gift them a keto gift basket packed full of low carb goodies!

What will you add to your low carb cheese board this holiday season?


16 Fun Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids

 Posted by on November 26, 2016  No Responses »  Tagged with: ,
Nov 262016

Make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting with these fun advent calendar ideas for kids!

My kids are both showing a lot of interest in Christmas this year, so I’ve been researching fun advent calendar ideas for kids. I never had an advent calendar when I was a kid, but I always thought it looked like a blast. If you’re not familiar with advent calendars, they are calendars containing small numbered flaps, one of which is opened on each day of Advent (the 24 days leading up to Christmas).

There are some really creative advent calendars available now, so if you’re looking for fun advent calendar ideas for kids, you’ll want to check these out! They are a really great way to get your kids excited for Christmas. They will love opening a door on their advent calendar and finding a surprise each day! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post.

16 Fun Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017

 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 (75184)

Take a festive tour of the galaxy with the LEGO® Star Wars Advent Calendar. Open up a door each December day to reveal 24 LEGO® Star Wars themed gifts. Once you’ve collected all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat with Jakku, Starkiller Base and deep space play scenes. Vehicles include The Ghost, The Phantom, Stormtrooper transport, Rey’s speeder, Millennium Falcon, Snowspeeder, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle, Y-wing, TIE Striker, Hovertank, AT-ST, blaster cannon, snow blower and a sled with boosters! Weapons include 3 blaster pistols and 2 blasters.


Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar

Have some festive fun counting down the days to your little one’s favorite holiday with this Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar. 24 doors reveal buildable, turtle-themed surprises. Turtle figure can be equipped to look like Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael or Leonardo using any of the 4 included bandanas.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

 LEGO Friends 41131 Advent Calendar Building Kit (218 Piece)

Add excitement for kids with this LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. Open a door each day in December for holiday fun. This advent calendar toy includes Emma and Naomi mini-doll figures. There are 24 secret compartments a child can open, each containing its own buildable surprise. The LEGO Friends holiday-themed calendar includes musical instruments, a microphone and DJ decks, a hamster, a fireplace, a snowman and ice skates. When you open up a new compartment each day, you can count down to Christmas. With this LEGO advent calendar, you can visit the website each Sunday to find new building instructions. Children will enjoy the anticipation it brings.

LEGO City Advent Calendar

 LEGO City Advent Calendar 60155 Building Kit (248 Piece)

Give children a fun holiday-themed toy set with this LEGO City Town LEGO City Advent Calendar 60133. Your little ones will enjoy the anticipation it brings. LEGO City features 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season. This advent calendar toy includes Santa’s sleigh and presents, a snow scooter, a Christmas tree, a helicopter, a shop, a cookie stand and much more. The set also includes several buildings, vehicles and mini-figures. Each door can be opened to reveal the surprise of the day.

The Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar

The Elf on the Shelf Advent CalendarThe Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar

Count down the days until Christmas with “The Elf on the Shelf.”

Barbie Advent Calendar

Barbie Advent CalendarBarbie Advent Calendar

Celebrate the holidays in signature style with this Barbie Advent calendar. Open 24 days of compartments to discover a fab fashion, cool accessories and even a gift.

The set includes a festive dress for Barbie doll decorated with hearts (and in Barbie signature pink, of course!) Daily deliveries for the doll include shoes, statement necklaces, cuffs and bangles and earrings; purses and clutches; and fun extras!icon

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

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Count down the days to Christmas with your favorite Paw Patrol buddies with this Paw Patrol Advent Calendar. Open a door each day and reveal a new mini Paw Patrol figure!

Mega Construx Despicable Me 3 Advent Calendar Building Set

Mega Construx Despicable Me 3 Advent Calendar Building SetMega Construx Despicable Me 3 Advent Calendar Building Set

Your little ones can build all kinds of merry mischief when you count down to the holidays with the Minions Movie Advent Calender. Featuring 24 different holiday-themed surprises, which they can open and build each day, it adds to the fun and excitement of Christmas. It comes with three buildable Minions with distinct, highly detailed features and a winter theme to collect!

Monster High Advent Calendar

Mega Bloks Monster High Advent CalendarMega Bloks Monster High Advent Calendar

Build a haunted holiday surprise every day and count down to the festive fun with the Advent Calendar by Mega Bloks Monster High! The advent calendar features 24 mystery windows. Open one each day to discover a different buildable Monster High-themed surprise, including three buildable mini fashion figures, small character-themed builds, and winter accessories like a tree and skis.

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Play-Doh Advent CalendarPlay-Doh Advent Calendar

With a different surprise gift for each day leading up to the holiday, there’s no knowing what festive creations you’ll be able to shape for the season — and beyond! Play-Doh and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro. Includes 24 surprises, playmat, and 5 cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound.

Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar

Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent CalendarMega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar

24-day calendar with a new surprise every day (24 Days to build and collect). Over 150 pieces including 2 buildable Smurfs. Mega Bloks has released another smurfing hit with this Smurfs Holiday Advent Calendar Build picture-perfect winter scenes with presents, a snowman, a sled and more to smurf the Holidays like a Smurf. Smurf your Holiday Season the Blue way with the Smurfs Holiday Advent Calendar from Mega Bloks.

Peanuts Advent Calendar

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Spend the Christmas season in Peanuts style with this fun advent calendar from Galison. Each window reveals holiday antics from all your favorite Peanuts characters.

Kurt Adler Sesame Street Advent Calendar, Multicolor

Kurt Adler 9.5Sesame Street Advent Calendar

Help your little one to count down the days to Christmas in adorable style with the Kurt Adler 9.5 in. Sesame Street Advent Calendar. All your Sesame Street pals are featured on this wintery scene, including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Telly, and many more. Each day, flip a door around to reveal a number.

Disney Frozen Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Advent Calendar

Disney Frozen Olaf's Frozen Adventure Advent CalendarDisney Frozen Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Advent Calendar

Open a new window each day to reveal a surprise figure. Tree shaped package ncludes 25 figures.

Fisher Price Thomas & Friends Minis Advent

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends MINIS, 2017 Advent CalendarFisher-Price Thomas & Friends MINIS, 2017 Advent Calendar

Christmas on the Island of Sodor is the most festive time of all, and now children can celebrate the holiday with this special MINIS-themed Advent Calendar. There’s a different MINIS “gift” inside every door, including 6 exclusive minis with holiday-themed decorations. Children will love counting the days to Christmas and receiving a special “gift” for each day.icon

Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar

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Includes 18 Tsum Tsum figures, 6 large, 6 medium and 6 small in holiday attire. It also comes with 6 holiday themed accessories, and 6 seasonal head pieces. Open a new window each day to reveal a surprise! Collect, stack and display your favorite holiday themed Disney Tsum Tsum characters! Each holiday accessory is stackable and can be used to stack a large, medium & small Tsum Tsum figure on its own or used to build out an even taller stack with other accessories! Head pieces fit on each large Tsum Tsum figure for the perfect holiday decoration.

Which one of these fun advent calendar ideas for kids do you love the most?

Nov 252016

Happy Black Friday, everyone! Are you excited to snag some great deals?! I’ve been on the lookout myself, and I just couldn’t pass up sharing this one I found with you! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you click on a link in this post and make a purchase.

From 11/25-11/27, you can save a whopping 40% off your Tiny Prints order, plus get free shipping! How awesome is that?!

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Tiny Prints Holiday Card Collection

I love shopping at Tiny Prints for holiday cards and photo gifts for friends and family. Photo gifts are such an excellent gift idea! For the past few years, I have made my Mom and Mother-in-Law photo books of my kids for Christmas, as well as photo mugs, calendars and more. They are always a huge hit. Grandmas LOVE photo gifts!!

Check out the awesome selection of gift ideas at Tiny Prints, and take advantage of this amazing Black Friday sale! Use coupon code DONTMISS40 at checkout! Hurry, this offer ends 11/27!

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Nov 172016

If you love cranberry as much as I do, you’ll totally flip over these delicious cranberry desserts!

Cranberry is such a wonderful fall and winter flavor, don’t you think? I look forward to that fresh, tart flavor year after year. Most people only think about canned cranberry around the holidays, but there are so many awesome cranberry desserts that can be made using fresh cranberries, too.

Cranberries are not only flavorful, but they are really good for you too. They are loaded with antioxidants that can help with your heart, brain and skin. That’s a great reason to add more of them into your diet, right? I think so!

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming right up, and I can’t wait to try making some of these delicious cranberry desserts. I’m sure they will be a huge hit with my family, and it will be fun to try something new! Take a look at the list of cranberry desserts below and delight your family’s taste buds with a tasty treat this holiday season. Need an idea for a potluck? These recipes would work well for that occasion too! It’s always fun to bring a new recipe no one has ever tried before and be the hit of the party!

10 Cranberry Desserts to Crave

Cranberry Cheesecake – From Gate to Plate
Chocolate Orange Cranberry Fudge – Beyond Frosting
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – Sunny Sweet Days
Sweet & Scrumptious Cranberry Bread – Busy Being Jennifer
Low Sugar Cranberry Coconut Macaroons – Food Done Light
Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bites – The Frugal Fairy
Cranberry Loaf with Eggnog Icing – JaMonkey
Cranberry Cashew Bark – All She Cooks
Orange Cranberry Biscotti – Cooking on the Front Burner
Cranberry Tea Cookies – PPR Giveaways & Freebies

Don’t these cranberry desserts all sound amazing? I can’t decide which one I like the best!

Which of these great cranberry desserts will you try making this holiday season?

Nov 162016

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ClubTysonFFL

It’s football season again, and I’m so excited to share a couple of quick and easy game day recipes with you! My friends and family love football, and we are from New England, so I bet you can easily guess who our favorite team is.

When I have company over to watch the game, I don’t want to spend the whole time in the kitchen slaving over the stove. I have two toddlers, so I am already busy enough tending to them, without adding extra work. I want to be able to relax, watch the game, and spend some quality time with my friends and family.

I keep our game day gatherings pretty low key. I don’t go all out with decorations and fancy food with crazy ingredients and lots of steps. I’m on a pretty strict budget and I just don’t have the time for all of that. The food I serve on game day is quick and easy, affordable, and also very tasty. Ball Park® Franks and Tyson® Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz are both available in bulk packages at Sam’s Club, so I can save time and money on my game day food! Both products are super easy to cook, and so versatile that I can do quite a lot of different things with them.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

When I think about what kind of food to serve during a football game, barbecue and buffalo flavors both come to mind. During a recent game day, I made Buffalo Chicken Naan Pizzas and Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Hot Dogs. They were both a big hit!

The recipes I’m sharing in this post are for smaller portions, so they can be used to feed your family any night of the week, but they can be easily doubled or tripled if you have a large amount of people at your game day gatherings.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

I absolutely love these Tyson Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz. They are a cinch to cook – just put them on a foil-lined pan sprayed with cooking spray and toss them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Super easy! They also have an amazing buffalo flavor. If you love spice, you’ll love these tasty Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz. I love putting them in salads, on pizza, in sliders, and they are fantastic just dipped in ranch or blue cheese dressing. There are really so many wonderful things you can do with these!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

Nom nom!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

I had so much fun making these Buffalo Chicken Naan Pizzas. They are spicy, cheesy, and perfect for game day because you can just dig in and eat them with your hands – no utensils required!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day


  • 5 cups Tyson Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz
  • 2 loaves of Naan bread
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons diced green onion + more for garnish
  • ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • ½ cup shredded Colby/Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Bake 1.5 cups of Tyson Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz for 15 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is baking, prepare the sauce.
  3. To make the sauce, combine ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, green onion, and ¼ cup blue cheese in a small bowl.
  4. Divide the sauce and spread equally over both loaves of Naan bread.
  5. Top each loaf of Naan bread with equal amounts of Colby/Monterey Jack cheese blend.
  6. After the chicken is done baking, chop it into bite-sized pieces, divide, and top each loaf of Naan bread with equal amounts of chicken.
  7. Divide remaining blue cheese and Mozzarella cheese, and top each Naan bread with equal amounts.
  8. Place Naan bread pizzas directly on the center rack of a preheated 400 degree oven (just leave the oven on after the chicken has finished baking and it will be ready to go!), and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Your friends and family will love these pizzas, and I’m sure they will also love these Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Hot Dogs!

Ball Park® Beef Franks are so juicy and delicious, and I love how they plump up as you cook them. They are ready to eat in just a few minutes and you can put pretty much any toppings you want on them. I remember eating these all the time as a kid, and they bring back so many great memories of camping and gathering with friends and family on game day.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

The pineapple, jalapeno & red onion relish I made was a perfect combination of sweet and spicy and really paired so well with the hot dogs.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

The barbecue sauce and melted pepper jack cheese took these franks to another level!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day


  • 4 Ball Park Franks
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 pineapple rings, diced
  • ½ of a jalapeno, diced (take the seeds out if you don’t like a lot of spice)
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese


  1. Grill hot dogs over medium heat for 6-10 minutes, or boil for 4-5 minutes.
  2. While the hot dogs are cooking, prepare the relish. You could also make this shortly before your guests arrive to save more time.
  3. To make the relish, combine pineapple, jalapeno, red onion and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Line a deep casserole dish with hot dog buns.
  5. When hot dogs are finished cooking, place them in hot dog buns.
  6. Top each hot dog with relish, ½ tablespoon barbecue sauce, and pepper jack cheese.
  7. If you really want to get into the game day spirit, arrange your cheese to look like the threads on a football. If you don’t want to spend the time doing that, just throw it on top!
  8. Place hot dogs in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 5-7 minutes, until cheese has slightly melted.

These hot dogs are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and are sure to be a big hit!

What are some of your favorite game day recipes that are quick and easy, and affordable too? Let me know in the comments!

Get Ready for the Holidays with Carter’s

 Posted by on November 15, 2016  No Responses »  Tagged with:
Nov 152016

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s halfway through November! Can you believe that?! Are you ready for the holidays yet? I just finished up most of my Christmas shopping for the kids, and only need to pick up a few stocking stuffer items now. It feels so good to be almost done and not have that lingering over my head.

While I was doing my Christmas shopping, I hit up Carter’s for a cute holiday outfit and a pair of festive holiday pajamas for my 1 year old son, Logan. They have so many fantastic outfits to choose from in their Holiday Shop!

Carter's Holiday Clothes

This kid, I tell you, he is such a boy. He is on the go constantly, climbing up everything, playing in the dirt, running around the house and yard. He never stops. If there is trouble around, he will find it. I love Carter’s clothes because they are high quality and can keep up with him. I picked this particular outfit, because it’s dressy enough for the holidays, but it’s also comfortable enough to run around and play in.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

I brought him outside in his new clothes one day last week, and he had a blast rolling around in the grass and playing in the rocks around our fire pit. He had so much fun, and I wasn’t the least bit worried about his clothes. I threw them in the wash, and they came out looking new again.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

I love that Carter’s has such a great selection of clothes and pajamas. You can really find anything you need. Whether you’re looking for comfy clothes for your kids to run around in, something dressy to wear for holiday photos or to a party, or the perfect pair of holiday pajamas for those early morning Christmas photos, Carter’s has it!


Carter’s clothes hold up so well, and they are very affordable. We do a lot of clothes swapping in my family. My sisters and I have 5 babies/toddlers between us, and we also have a lot of cousins with kids that around the same age. We just pass clothes back and forth to save money, and I can honestly say, the majority of them are Carter’s brand, and they have held up the best over time. I must admit, I also have a little private stash of their baby clothes that I’ve kept for myself. I simply can’t part with all of them. I especially love the little baby pajamas. They remind me of those first few months after bringing them home from the hospital, the cuddles and late night feedings. Oh, the memories…

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Take a look at this sweater. I am so impressed with the quality of it. It’s such a beautiful, heavy sweater, and I know it will last for years.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

It’s such a perfect compliment to the rest of his outfit. I love the ribbed detail around the neck, waist and sleeves.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

There’s that grin I love. I just know he’s plotting his next move.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

He melts my heart.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Check out these super cute shoes. I’ve already gotten several compliments on them, and people wanted to know where I got them!

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Looking to get your hands on some of these fabulous clothes from Carter’s? Make sure you check out their can’t-miss Black Friday deals! In addition, they will be offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store. The Dash In to Win Sweepstakes will be held on Black Friday (11/24 – 11/25 – depending on whether or not the store is open on Thanksgiving). Check to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held at your nearest location.

You can also save 20% on your order of $40.00 or more with the coupon below. If you’re shopping online, enter code CARHOLIF at checkout, or if you want to shop in store, simply print the coupon out and bring it with you. Click here to find a Carter’s location near you.

car_hol_prkit_bloggercoupoCarter’s partners with bloggers such as me to help promote their Seasonal Pajamas and Holiday selections. As part of the program, I received products or gift cards. CARTER’S believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. CARTER’S provided me with information on promotions and messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used. 

Nostalgic Gift Ideas for Children of the 80’s

 Posted by on November 11, 2016  No Responses »  Tagged with:
Nov 112016

Nostalgic gift ideas are on my mind this holiday season! I think giving someone a flashback to the things they loved in their childhood is such a great way to put a smile on their face. Don’t you?

I was born in 1981, so I am just loving all of this 80’s stuff that is coming back in style right now. Everywhere I look, there are things that remind me of my childhood.

The Goldbergs (an 80’s version of The Wonder Years) has quickly become one of my favorite TV shows, and I can’t believe that I’m buying my daughter My Little Pony stuff, and my son was a Ninja Turtle for Halloween. It’s so crazy to see stuff from your childhood become popular again 30 years later.

While I love buying stuff for my kids, I secretly have my eye on a few 80’s gift ideas for myself, and my husband, who was born in 83. We both grew up playing Nintendo, wearing the crazy clothes, and watching all of those fabulous 80’s movies.

If you are buying gifts for a child of the 80’s this holiday season, check out these nostalgic gift ideas they are sure to love! This post about 80’s gift ideas contains affiliate links and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Nostalgic Gift Ideas for Children of the 80's

I can’t even tell you how many hours I spent playing Tetris as a kid. It was always so much fun trying to quickly fit those pieces together. I kind of miss how simple games used to be.

This Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp is so cool, don’t you think?! It has seven different pieces that you can stack together however you want. The LED light stays on when the pieces are stacked together, and stays off when it’s disassembled.

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It was so cool to have a boombox back in the 80’s. Thank goodness music technology has advanced as much as it did. I can’t imagine having to carry around one of those big things to listen to music these days. I would, however, carry around a cute boombox laptop bag like this one. Isn’t it totally awesome? It’s perfect for commuters, music lovers and anyone nostalgic for the 80’s.

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When I think of nostalgic gift ideas for a child of the 80’s, Super Mario Bros. is hands down the very first thing that comes to my mind. I think every child of the 80’s logged hours and hours of time playing Super Mario Bros. games on Nintendo, and this Monopoly Gamer game is such an awesome throwback.

This game includes  4 Nintendo Character tokens (Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong), 4 Character cards, 4 Reminder cards, 8 Boss cards, 16 Title Deed cards, 1 Numbered die, 1 Power -up die, 90 coins (replace Monopoly money), and a game guide. This is absolutely one of my favorite nostalgic gift ideas for a child of the 80’s!

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You can sip coffee from this awesome Super Mario Bros. Heat Change Mug while you play Monopoly Gamer! When the mug is cold, it displays a plain Mario level background, but when a hot drink, background changes color and extra details appear, such as coins, enemies, clouds, and Mario himself. How cool is that?! 

Paladone Super Mario Bros Collectors Edition Heat Change MugPaladone Super Mario Bros Collectors Edition Heat Change Mug

I wasn’t really into Zelda growing up, but my cousin, who was born 3 days after me, was totally obsessed with it. I just know he would freak out over this Legend of Zelda Leather Watch.

I really love the style of this watch. It’s sophisticated enough for a grown-up to wear, but it’s also very nostalgic and a great reminder of simple childhood days.

These beautiful Zelda pint glasses are another great throwback to Zelda. Pint glasses have always been a popular gift with my friends and family, and I know a lot of people who would absolutely love these.

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My cousin is also a huge fan of Mega Man. He is such a big fan, in fact, that he has an 8-bit Mega Man tattoo on his arm. I am willing to bet he would love this Mega Man mug. It holds 26 ounces of coffee!!

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Mega Man Mega Buster Gun Replica

If you’re looking for nostalgic gift ideas for girls of the 80’s, you simply cannot go wrong with a Caboodleicon. I am so impressed that they are still making these things.

I still remember what my caboodle looked like. It was the prettiest light blue color, and I absolutely loved it. I wish I still had it. I’d totally love to get another one.

Caboodles On the Go Girl Classic Case, Purple, 2.4 PoundCaboodles On the Go Girl Classic Case, Purple, 2.4 Pound

Every child of the 80’s loved Back to the Future, and this Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Keychain is such a cool nostalgic gift idea!

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor KeychainBack to the Future Flux Capacitor Keychain

Finally, the gift every child of the 80’s wants this Christmas, is the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these, and teach my kids how to play some of my favorite classic Nintendo games! I think this is my favorite of the nostalgic gift ideas in this post, and you really can’t beat the price. It’s a very hot ticket item this year, so if it’s sold out, keep checking back to see if it has been restocked!

NES Classic Edition

Super Mario Bros. Notebooks

Designed with vintage graphics from Nintendo’s 1985 release of Super Mario Brothers™, these paperback notebooks are ideal for class notes, meeting notes, or jotting down ideas on the go. Sold as a set of three, one notebook is lined, one notebook is blank, and one, the pocket-sized notebook, contains graph paper.

Super Mario Bros. Notebooks (Set of 3)Super Mario Bros. Notebooks (Set of 3)

Are you a child of the 80’s? Which of these nostalgic gift ideas do you love the most?

Nov 102016

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

The holiday season is upon us, and I am so excited! I love getting together with my family to celebrate Christmas. We swap gifts, eat to our heart’s content, share laughter and smiles, and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Our holidays have become even more exciting over the last few years, as my sisters and I have added 5 kids to our family, with another one on the way! Having all those little kids running around certainly makes for some great photo opportunities. I love capturing their smiling faces as they all play with each other and partake in our family traditions.

OshKosh B'gosh

I like to dress my kids up in holiday attire for our family Christmas gatherings, and OshKosh B’gosh always has a wonderful selection of festive holiday fashion to choose from. I recently ordered a holiday outfit for my daughter, Kayleigh, and I can’t wait for her to wear it on Christmas day.

OshKosh B'gosh

We live in Maine, where it gets super cold in the winter months, so I ordered her an outfit that is not only stylish, but would also keep her warm and toasty. These overalls have a good weight to them, and they are very high quality. OshKosh has been selling kids fashion, including overalls, for a very long time, so I would expect nothing less from them! I figured the overalls would also be really comfortable for her to wear while running around and playing with her cousins.

OshKosh B'gosh

I always seem to gravitate towards the red and blue color combo, as it’s my favorite, and I think she just looks so adorable in it. I loved this beautiful floral popover poplin top the second I saw it. The colors are so vibrant, and the flowers are dainty and feminine.

OshKosh B'gosh floral popover poplin top

I really love the style of this shirt, how it buttons down the front. The lace trim around the neck is also a beautiful touch. It’s a great shirt for dressing up on Christmas day, but it’s also good to wear any other day.

OshKosh B'gosh

I also like that this shirt can be worn buttoned up to her neck to keep her warm on cold days, or unbuttoned a bit to keep her cool if she gets too warm.

OshKosh B'gosh

Every girl in Maine has to have a pair of comfortable and stylish boots to keep their feet warm, and I just love these ones. Kayleigh was so excited when she put them on. She kept walking around the house saying “Look at my boots, Mom. Aren’t they pretty?”


I also found this gorgeous Sparkle Fair Isle Cardi to wear over her outfit if she gets cold. I absolutely love the heart pattern. This sweater is made very well, and I know it will hold up well over time.

OshKosh B'gosh Red Sweater

Kayleigh has a lot of hair, and it can get pretty wild, so I like to put it up in a ponytail to keep it out of her face, especially when she’s running around and playing. It also keeps it from looking crazy in our photos! I found these super cute pony holders that add a nice little touch to her holiday outfit. I love how they sparkle.

OshKosh B'gosh pony holder

Having so many small kids in our family, we often rotate hand-me-downs. We love shopping for clothes at OshKosh B’gosh because we know they are stylish, high quality clothes that will last for several years.

Right now as part of their B’gosh Believe promotion, you can save 25% on your purchase of $30 or more with coupon code OKBG3223! Order online, or print the coupon below, and shop at a store near you.

OshKosh B'gosh coupon

Enter below for a chance to win a $50 OshKosh B’gosh gift card! Open to US residents 18+ only. Ends 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2016.

Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh partners with bloggers such as me to help promote their holiday fashion. As part of the program, I received products or gift cards. OSHKOSH B’GOSH believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. OSHKOSH B’GOSH provided me with information on promotions and messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used. 
Nov 042016

Your child will fall in love with this fun magnetic doll house!

We received Malia’s House  from Build & Imagine at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own. This post contains affiliate links, and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

Did you know that Build & Imagine has a magnetic doll house that your child can build over and over again? Sounds really cool, right?! I had planned to get my 3.5 year old daughter, Kayleigh, a traditional, already built, wooden doll house for Christmas this year, but when I heard there was a magnetic doll house that she could build by herself, over and over again, I jumped at the chance to get it for her.

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Magnetic Doll House Malia's House

Kayleigh has such a wild and vivid imagination. She has lots of dolls and figurines and just loves to act out stories while playing with them. She will sit at the table, or on the floor, and do this for hours on end. I love listening to all the different stories she comes up with. She shows such emotion when she plays each of the characters, and she really has so much fun.

It’s no secret that children with good imaginations are happier and more alert, and are able to adjust to change easier. That is why I love toys that allow my kids to be as creative as they want to be. Malia’s House from Build & Imagine is such an awesome toy for fostering a child’s imagination, and it was very well received by Kayleigh. Your kids will love this fun magnetic doll house too!

Malia's House

She was so excited when she first opened the package with Malia’s House inside. She had been wanting a doll house for her dolls and figurines to play in for a while now, and when I told her she could actually build this one all by herself, she got even more excited.

Malia’s House includes 58 pieces that provide endless variations to spark creativity. There are 16 dual-sided StoryWall building panels (10 squares, 2 rectangles, 2 right-angle triangles, and 2 roof triangles), and 40 magnetic accessories. I was very impressed with the quality of all of these pieces. They are very sturdy and well-made, and will last a long time, even under the rough play of a 3 year old. They have already been dropped on the floor and colored on (it washed right off!), and the set still looks great.

Malia's House

The magnetic pieces of this doll house hold together very well, and can be arranged in any way that your child wants, providing for endless house design possibilities.

Malia's House

I just love all of the magnetic accessories that came with this set. Kayleigh has so much fun putting the magnets on different scenes in the houses she creates, and dressing up the 2 dolls that came with this set.

Malia's House Magnetic Dollhouse

Magnetic Doll House = Hours and Hours of FUN!

The day Kayleigh opened this magnetic doll house, she played with it for 4 hours straight! We have had Malia’s House for a little over a week now, and she has requested to play with it every single day. Not only does this play set foster her imagination, but it also helps to develop early engineering skills (spatial reasoning, problem solving, and creativity), as well as language skills.

 Build & Imagine: Fairytale Theater (adorable magnetic building and storytelling set with wooden characters) Build & Imagine: Draw & Build Dollhouse (magnetic write-on/wipe-off building set) Build & Imagine: Malia’s House (award-winning magnetic dollhouse you design yourself) Build & Imagine: Day at the Beach (magnetic building set with girl and boy characters) Build & Imagine: Marine Rescue Center (magnetic building set with adventurous wooden character) Build & Imagine: Creativity Castle Magnetic Building Set Build & Imagine: Career Dolls (magnetic wooden dress-up dolls with carrying case) Build & Imagine: Pet Portrait Studio (magnetic building set with wooden dress-up pets)

Malia’s House is the winner of Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Award, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and PAL’s Top Ten Toys of 2014, so it’s really no surprise that it is such a popular toy! This set is recommended for children ages 4-8, but my daughter is 3.5 and she is having a blast with it. I know this magnetic doll house is a toy that will grow with her, as she will learn to build more elaborate houses as she gets older.

Malia's House

Build & Imagination has several other magnetic doll house sets to choose from, including a Pet Portrait Studio, Fairytale Theater, Marine Rescue Center & more! Follow Build & Imagine on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.

Which magnetic doll house from Build & Imagine would your child love most? 


Naan Mexican Breakfast Pizza Recipe

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Nov 022016

I absolutely love Mexican food. I really think I could eat tacos and quesadillas every day of the week and be completely satisfied. There’s just something so amazing about that flavorful combination of salsa and melted cheeses, don’t you think?

This morning, I was craving Mexican food before I even had my morning coffee, so I decided to use the Naan bread I had on hand to make a Mexican breakfast pizza. If you’ve never had a breakfast pizza before, you totally should. It’s hearty and satisfying, and a great way to start off the day. I love that you can put anything you want on it too!

Naan Mexican Breakfast Pizza

For this Mexican pizza, I used scrambled eggs, a medium salsa, shredded Monterey Jack/Colby cheese and topped it off with one of my favorite garnishes – green onions. It was so delicious!

Naan Mexican Breakfast Pizza

The thing I love most about this pizza is how quick and easy it is to make. There’s no fussing around with making a pizza crust because you just throw your toppings on the Naan bread. After you put whatever your little heart desires on top, pop it in the oven for 8-10 minutes, and it’s done! That’s faster than ordering a pizza for delivery!

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try, and don’t be afraid to experiment and add your own favorite toppings. This pizza is big enough to serve 2 people a light breakfast, or if you’re really hungry, just eat the whole thing by yourself!

Naan Mexican Breakfast Pizza


  • 1 loaf of Naan bread
  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack/Colby cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • Diced green onions for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Top Naan bread with 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
  3. Spoon the salsa evenly around the pizza.
  4. Add scrambled eggs.
  5. Top with remaining 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and top with green onions. I used a full tablespoon, but I really like green onions. You may want to use less depending on your preference.

Do you think your family would enjoy this Naan Mexican Breakfast Pizza? Would you add any other ingredients to yours?