Monday, November 23, 2015

Give Thanks to the Furry Friends!

I am the leader of my daughter's Daisy troop and at our last meeting we made dog treats for the local animal shelter!  It is great to not forget about your own dog during this holiday season, and while you are making them something special, make an extra batch for the animal shelter.  In this recipe I used Sunflower Seed Butter instead of peanut butter since there are so many people with nut allergies out there!  I have to say that my dog was super excited about trying these and I am sure the pups in the shelter were too!  This is a great activity for kids!   

No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Prep Time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield 20
Easy peasy 4-ingredient treats that are sure to be your pup's favorite. And you can whip these up in just 15 min!
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats, divded
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and milk on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats at low speed, beating just until incorporated.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch balls, forming about 20. Dredge balls in remaining 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, pressing to coat.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.*
*These can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Have your Christmas tree conveniently delivered to you!  I love this idea!  Especially for the busy mom that still wants her child to have a great tree!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Visiting the Reston Zoo

A great petting zoo in the DC area!  It is very hands on with the animals!  It will make a super fun day and worth checking out!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Take a Break, Mom!

Greetings from the weekend!

It is so important as a mom to find time to hang out with girlfriends and take a time out!  It doesn't have to always involve wine or other drinking, but just time to relax and breathe!  Suggestion at least once a month hang out with a friend!  It is so important to have adult conversation and be silly, have fun!  A great little day trip or spot to vacation is the Hotel Del Coronado.  A great place to do a girls weekend, or just get a quick drink and enjoy the beach!  There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere without staying at the resort.  The bottom line is get some girl time in!  I did a quick couple hour stop at the Hotel Del and enjoyed a wonderful ladies weekend recharging my brain and my soul with family and friends!  San Diego is a great place for that!  I had the wonderful pleasure of enjoying a weekend in San Diego with some incredible ladies!  And just remember, like anything else in life, if you are going to do it, do it up right!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Nalls Produce, Alexandria VA

A super cute and FREE pumpkin patch and fall play yard!  Check it out, great fall activity!  Get outside and enjoy the weather!  We are ready for Halloween!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Visit Huntley Meadows

An amazing wildlife preserve and nature walk in Northern Virginia.  Huntley Meadows is located in Fairfax County and is on a wetland.  Experience different animals and all kinds of wildlife and get some exercise while doing it with your child!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse!

I have said it before and I will say it again, Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse in Dumfries VA is worth checking out!  It is a restaurant, tiki bar, beach, beach game, a taste of summer, right outside of the Washington DC area.  My biggest complaint with the DC area is that the beach is too far.  Now this is not a the crystal waters of the South Pacific, but it is similar to being in Ocean City Maryland.  It is nice for the kids to play in the water with no waves and no strong current and it is a really fun day trip.  You can take your drink to a beautiful chair on the sand and enjoy, while your kids are entertaining themselves!  They usually have live music and it makes it worth the while!  Check it out!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Get out on the water!

One of my favorite activities to do with my children is go sailing!  It is a great sport that can stay with your little ones through life and it is a great way to bond!  


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hawaiian Family

You can't beat Hawaii for a family vacation!  I do have to say that it takes effort to get to Hawaii, especially if you are traveling with children.  The closest flight (from the west coast) is about 5 1/2 hours so you are on the plane with your children for a while.  But once you arrive in paradise it is worth it! 

Waikiki is the traditional touristy spot, but not worth throwing out of the itinerary!  When I visit Hawaii I love making it part of my stop.  It brings old Hawaii into a newer city that is vibrant and lively.  The beach itself has a lot to offer as far as beauty with the view of Diamond Head and all of the water sports.  Time for a surf lesson!
Kauai is an island of beauty and also offers the warmth of Hawaiian hospitality!  The island is perfect for relaxing with your kids on the beach, a spectacular pool or finding adventure around every corner. 

Staying in Poipu you are sure to always have a sunny day and a beautiful sunset!

The big island of Hawaii offers the most variety from all of the islands and if you are looking for a resort to stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village is amazing and perfect for anyone.  It is a village and it has a world to offer.  The property itself is so big there is a tram and a boat that travel through the resort.  And the architecture is so big it reminds me of something that would be in Rome or Las Vegas.  It offers something for everyone!

There is a full ocean lagoon that flows out to the beautiful Hawaiian waters with water sports and swimming.  You can snorkel in calm waters or eat in one of the many restaurants around the waters edge. 

The variety of entertainment and food is out of this world!  There are so many different restaurants and bars around the property and they all have a different feel.  From 5 star to sitting by the pool and eating  sandwich you will be pleased with the options.  There is no need to leave the property and go find somewhere new to eat and try.  There is also live music around every corner.  The luau is a must see.  It is a traditional Hawaiian luau and it is cool because it tells the story of Hawaii.  The food is also amazing with fresh fish, yummy desserts and traditional Hawaiian food.

Dolphin Quest is one of the coolest things about staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village!  The dolphins are on the property for everyone to look at and enjoy!  You can book different packages to swim and interact with them.  It is truly magical and amazing to have you child interact with such sweet creatures.  You feel as though you are part of their world. 
The pools at this amazing village are endless!  There are kiddie pools, water slides, adult areas, waterfalls, it is a water wonderland!  The property is located on the rocky beach but offers soft sand at the lagoon and at the kiddie pool.  All of the pools offer a bar service for parents enjoying their stay while watching their child swim!

I can't say enough great and amazing things about the Hilton Waikoloa Village!  Traveling to the Big Island offers waterfalls, beaches, culture, volcanoes, black sand, history, The Kona Brewing Company (which is amazing!), and all the beauty of what Hawaii is can be found on this island.  This resort is what the Big Island is all about.  You don't have to ever leave the resort if you don't want to.  You can make it as relaxing or as exciting as you want.  It is truly a village and it is worth the trip!  Visit Hawaii and visit the Hilton Waikoloa Village and experience the magic of Hawaii!