One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos

I happen to love Mexican food . . . like, love it. My husband and I could eat it every single day. Our children, on the other hand, are not too fond of anything the least bit spicy, and besides chips and salsa, would rather not eat anything related to Mexican food.

What does a momma do to change this? Well, I came up with a recipe they will eat that will satisfy my craving for Mexican! It took a bit of tinkering around with the recipe before I came up with the best tasting Mexican Chicken that everyone would eat. Down to the last little person in my house.

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

I love this recipe because I can make it hours or even days ahead of time. In addition to that, this recipe can be used for a plethora of other dishes. The chicken is the base for so many other lunches and dinners. And the best part, this can be made in ONE DISH! No need to dirty an entire sink full of dishes.

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

With Mother's Day FAST approaching this next weekend . . . this Mexican Chicken with Sofritos recipe is perfect for breakfast, for brunch, for lunch, for late lunch, for early dinner and for dinner! You can make it ahead of time if you are hosting or you can make it ahead of time and bring it along as your dish to share.

I am hosting this year and this dish is made and waiting in the freezer for me to bring out the night before. It will be ready Sunday afternoon when all my guests arrive for a delicious Mother's Day late lunch / early dinner.

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

I have this amazing 4qt Oval Casserole Dish from Personal Creations that is my go-to dish for my Mexican Chicken recipe. This stoneware dish is perfect in that I can dump all my ingredients inside and go about my day and literally forget that dinner is in the oven, simmering away to perfection.

Don't you love my casserole dish - you can get yours for Mother's Day too! You can even have it personalized like I did with mine! You can get one initial like I did - "T" for me because everyone literally calls me "T". OR you could get a 2 line message, up to 18 characters, for all your favorite mothers!

I have this amazing 4qt Oval Casserole Dish from Personal Creations that is my go-to dish for my Mexican Chicken recipe. This stoneware dish is perfect in that I can dump all my ingredients inside and go about my day and literally forget that dinner is in the oven, simmering away to perfection. Don't you love my casserole dish - you can get yours for Mother's Day too! You can even have it personalized like I did with mine! You can get one initial like I did - "T" for me because everyone literally calls me "T". OR you could get a 2 line message, up to 18 characters, for all your favorite mothers!

Mexican Chicken with Sofritos

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds chicken breasts tenders
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 can RO*TEL Original(completely optional)
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar (if you prefer less spicy - use more)
  • 1 8 oz. jar salsa verde
  • 1 11 oz. can sweet corn
  • 2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3-4 tablespoon ground cumin(use less if you like, we love cumin)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • fresh homemade Sofrito (16 oz)*
  • 1-2 cups of chicken stock

INSTRUCTIONS

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations
  1. Place chicken breast tenders in the bottom of your 4 qt Oval Casserole Dish. Add all of the ingredients except 1 can of diced tomatoes, the can of corn, half of the sofrito and half of the chicken stock. Cover and cook in the oven on 275° to 300° for 6-7 hours or until the chicken is tender enough to shred. (depends on your oven)
  2. Remove your casserole dish and lower your oven to 200°. Take the lid off the dish and grab two forks and start shredding your chicken right in the casserole dish. Mix everything together. The mixture may seem a bit dry, but you will add the rest of the chicken stock, the other can of diced chicken and the remaining Sofrito. Also add the can of corn at this time. Put the lid back on the casserole dish and return to the oven and cook for approximately 20-30 minutes to absorb some of the liquid you have added. you do not want this to be dry. If it seems dry, just add more chicken stock.
One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

* I have numerous, fantastic ethnic grocers in my area. If you do not and cannot locate homemade Sofritos, simply use a jar version.

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

This is a mild version, but super tasty. My kids do not like spicy food and with my acid reflux, I really am not supposed to be eating spicy food any longer. My husband grabs the bottle of hot sauce and adds as much as he likes to his bowl or plate for added heat. He also adds some hot pepper flakes sometimes. This is mild enough that everyone will love it. If you absolutely do not want any heat at all, eliminate the RO*TEL completely as this does add a tiny bit of heat to the mixture.

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

This recipe can now be the base for all your Mexican dishes! Tacos, soups, burritos, with cheese, without cheese, with beans, without beans. It makes a great topping for chips or burgers too! It is great for loads of different meals. Breakfast tacos, chili for lunch and Burritos for dinner. Quesadillas, enchiladas, baleadas, chili, soup . . . really the ideas are endless. Keep some of this in your freezer at all times.

One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos #PersonalCreations

Enjoy your Mother's Day this year!

Disclosure: I received the dish from Personal Creations for this One Pot Mexican Chicken with Sofritos post. No compensation was received. My opinions are 100% my own.

31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring

I have a created a list for the month of May and on it are things that my kiddos and I can do to properly welcome Spring. These activities will keep learning alive when the spring weather is beckoning their attentions. .

31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring

Here are a list of 31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active this Spring

  • Search the variety of trees and look at the buds on them.
  • Hang the bird feeders and fill them up with birdseed
  • Bird watch
  • Draw with chalk all over the driveway
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
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  • Have a playdate at the park
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  • Have a media free day
  • Go to the forest preserve and search for milkweeds
  • Plant flowers in the front yard pots
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
  • Watch baby caterpillars and collect more milkweeds (they eat a lot)
  • Blow bubbles outdoors
  • Go on a nature walk and spot wildflowers
  • Get up really early and watch the sunrise
  • Have a family picnic at the park
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
  • Plant a garden (after Mother’s Day in the midwest)
  • Watch the sunset
  • Have breakfast on the deck
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  • Have a nature scavenger hunt
  • Have a squirt gun battle
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  • Search for worms
  • Watch chrysalis form in the caterpillar housing
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And lastly,

Write a list with your kids of things they want to do this summer.

What are some of your favorite spring activities?

Planting A Indoor Garden With your Kids

Should you start your garden indoors due to colder climates? The answer is yes! Since we live in the Midwest, this is a bit of a requirement if we want a longer growing season. We like to get a head start on planting our veggies from seeds right in our home.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.  ~ Margaret Atwood

Since we do live in the Midwest, the weather is always unpredictable. But spring is here and it is the perfect time to begin our garden indoors. Even though it may still be quite chilly outdoors or we may even have the threat of winter storm, all our seeds will be safe indoors.

Seed packets may not even be on shelves yet, so the best solution for my family is the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® 8ct Veggie and Herb Seed Pod® Kit. These little pods have the perfect amount of seeds that we will need all in its own little pod.

Growing veggies and herbs indoors can be extremely rewarding and a wonderful learning activity for your children. You might even be surprised at how many uses you will have for your own home grown herbs. My kiddos are super excited to get our garden started before school is even out this year!

Did you know that inside every seed is a tiny living thing? There is a baby plant inside the seed, fast asleep. Seeds are dormant until they gets what they needs to wake up. When the seed wakes up, it becomes a seedling. What do you think a seed needs to wake up? Well, there are only three things a seed needs: warmth, water and air. A seed really only needs these three things to wake up!

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

For our indoor garden this year we will not need to locate various containers for planting individual seeds or worry about having too many seeds or trying to save them for planting the next year. Everything we need is contained right in the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® pod. The Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® pods are completely biodegradable, so we can place them right in the dirt. 

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

Preparing soil for an indoor garden is so much easier than preparing an entire garden outdoors. Using a bagged seed-starting or sterile potting mix is the best idea for prepping your indoor pots or containers. We were able to purchase potting mix that is specific to our needs. The potting mix is fully prepared for you and all you need is your container(s) to place the potting mix in and later your Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® pods.

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

The girls were easily able to complete our indoor garden with minimal supervision from me. We shopped for a large indoor garden container and potting mix, filled up the container with potting mixand simply pushed the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® seed pods from our 8ct Veggie and Herb Seed Pod® Kit into the potting mix until the top of the pod were level with the potting mix's surface. Water and now we wait.

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

We located the perfect spot in our home for our indoor garden. When the pods are first planted, the only thing we need to worry about is heat. Thus the reason we are planting indoors because it is still chilly here in the Midwest. But once the seedlings break through, they need lots of light. The pods will do best in warmth.

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

What I love about the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® pods is my kids won't be able to over water and wash away the seed. The seed is protected in the pod and has the perfect amount of growing material and plant food right inside the biodegradable pod shell.

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

Use plants to bring life. ~ Douglas Wilson

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

Did you know that once water gets inside the seed it wakes up!? This starts a process called germination. Remember, seeds only need warmth, air and water to germinate. All the nutrients the seeds need for the first several days are packed right inside the seed. Guess what that nutrient is? SUGAR! Plants love sugar! Plants cannot live without sugar because it is their food.

After the first few days of soaking up the water, the seed inside the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® pod has the plant food right inside the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® pod for the new seedling, so it will continue to grow right inside the biodegradable pod!

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

The girls selected a great indoor container this year and we won't need to transplant any seedlings to larger container or the garden. TIP: When the seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, you have the option of moving them into deeper containers or keeping them where they are.

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

After a few weeks, we expect our seedlings to be ready for some full sun outdoors. We just have to ensure that our windy Chicago days are well over 50 degrees, especially at night.  We can slowly acclimate our indoor garden to outdoors by bringing our pots outdoors during the day and back indoors on the cold evenings. Once we are in full summer, we can move our indoor garden outdoors.

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

We used the Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® 8ct Veggie and Herb Seed Pod® Kit this year and it included: Basil, Sweet Pepper, Zucchini, Globe Tomato, Cilantro, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato and Spinach. We can't wait for fresh veggies . . . well, not really veggies, but fruit.

Starting Your Garden Indoors

Did you know that anything that contains seeds is really considered a fruit?!This means that we are really growing a fruit and herb indoor garden! Many things that we would never think of as fruits, are, indeed, fruits! Just remember that everything that is a container for the seed is a fruit!

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty, or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. ~ David Hobson

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

What would you grow in your Indoor Garden? I would love to see your indoor garden. Post an image on Instagram and tag it #GroAblesProject!

How to Make an Indoor Garden

Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

SUPPLIES:

  • Raised Bed Garden Container
  • Organic Raised Bed Soil/Potting Mix
  • Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® 8ct Veggie and Herb Seed Pod® Kit
Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject
Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject
Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject
Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject
Starting Your Garden Indoors #GroAblesProject

This Starting Your Garden Indoors post is sponsored Miracle-Gro Gro-ables All opinions are 100% mine.

Siblings Really Can Get Along

A Tale of Two Distant Ages

So, I have a 9 year old, a 12 year old and a 14 year old. My youngest are girls and my oldest is a boy. The shows that my son now enjoy are not the shows that my daughters enjoy watching. We have a dilemma when they are all in one room watching something . . . or trying to agree to watch something. Most times, my son loses the battle.

Siblings Really Can Get Along #StreamTeam #Netflix

Sugar and Spice

Since I have two girls and one boy, I have a mix of dispositions. Two sweet girls and one sassy teenage boy! He wants a bit more mature content and my girls are still into the shows that focus on fun and silliness.

Siblings Really Can Get Along #StreamTeam #Netflix

Meet in the Middle

Deciding on a genre is the hardest when it comes to watching together for my three children. From comedy to action,  Netflix has a little bit of everything for all of them. It is just a matter of locating the perfect shows for all three to watch together because I don't want my kids isolated off somewhere by themselves in our home. 

Siblings Really Can Get Along #StreamTeam #Netflix

Must Watch TV

I have two younger brothers whom I absolutely adore. Sadly, they both live in another state and we don't get to see each other often. One thing that we all like to do together is watch movies. We are all night owls and will literally plow through series of shows together when we get together.

Siblings Really Can Get Along #StreamTeam #Netflix

One of my younger brothers lives in the country and they don't have cable. Not that they don't want cable, it is that they can't get cable because they are so rural. When he would visit, he loved that he and I could sit up all night long into the wee hours of the morning watching shows he had never even heard of. We bond over TV! I used to get my brother hooked on my favorite Netflix shows all the time.

Last year I gifted him a subscription with Netflix and told him to have someone figure out HOW they could use Netflix in their rural home. They figured it out and couldn't have been more overjoyed! Now my brother is recommending Netflix shows to me!

If you are having issues with your kids deciding on what to watch together, Netflix has come up with the perfect solution. Netflix has created an iconic fortune teller to help your family decide what to watch next.

Siblings Really Can Get Along #StreamTeam #Netflix

How to play:

1. Pick a color on the top four flaps and spell out the letters (e.g. B-L-U-E) while alternating a pinching and pulling motion with the teller to reveal a set of four numbers.
2. Pick a number and move the fortune teller the corresponding number of times, revealing a second set of four numbers.
3. Choose a genre and open the flap to reveal what’s up next on Netflix.

 

 

What shows do your children enjoy streaming together on Netflix?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids Want to learn more about Netflix Streaming? Subscriptions start at $7.99/month. *Photos courtesy of Netflix and used with permission

Woodworking Projects for Kids

Kids love to make things. At least my kids love to make things! We ventured into something new these past couple of weeks to pass the time during these cold spring days here in Chicago. Woodworking!

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

When I was in junior high I had to take a wood working class (do they even offer these types of classes any longer in schools??), but I don't think I was very good. I also had a very handy father who literally could build anything out of anything. I thought messing around with some wood would be a great spring project for my girls.

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay
I received a fabulous Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit from Lakeshore Learning and we were all set to build some "stuff". Even if you have not ever touched a hammer to wood before, you could complete the projects with your children in this Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit.
Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

So I say to pass the hammer on to the next generation! The Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit is super kid-friendly and includes step by step instructions for seven fun projects! If you are a parent who is unsure how to hold a hammer or build these projects, there are wonderful notes and tips in the included guide.

The guide covers the essentials of hammering and safety for your children. The guide explain the proper way to drive a nail into a piece of wood and how to hold the included tools properly. 

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

Simple Wood Projects for Kids

You’ll be amazed at how fast your little carpenter gains the skills to complete the sevenprojects that include a coin bank, bird feeder, plane, pencil holder, train, name plate and letter holder. My young daughters who love to craft were ready to be new carpenters in no time at all.

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

Every project encouraged my girls to build! The counting, measuring, and problem-solving that that went hand and hand with the woodworking projects also helped my daughters in other areas of their young lives. The Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit included all the pre-cut pieces needed to make all seven awesome projects from start to finish! There is no need for a drill or saw as these projects are all completely kid-friendly.

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

Woodworking Benefits

  • Eye-hand Coordination
  • Dexterity/Fine Motor
  • Independence
  • Conceptualization
  • Knowledge of tools and materials
Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

This was a great indoor activity for my girls and I to bond and for the girls to bond as sisters this spring. They worked well together and took turns hammering and lining up the wood pieces for their specific projects. The instructions showed each step of the building in clear, up-close diagrams, so I really only needed to supervise and encourage my girls. They only asked me for assistance a couple of times and I think that is because I am a bit stronger than they are.

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

I was so pleased with the Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit because it took my daughters away from all their media obsessions. I was happy to get them away from these unproductive activities and get them involved in doing something productive.

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit Lakeshore Learning #learningthroughplay

If you are looking for a great spring project for your children and you want to limit media, I would recommend a small projects like building a birdhouse. It doesn't have to be built in a single day either. You and your children can follow the instructions and complete the project in time for the birds to lay their eggs! Woodworking is a great opportunity to teach needed skills, responsibility and finishing tasks. And, your kids will pick up a new productive hobby!

This Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit post has been sponsored by Lakeshore Learning. All opinions are mine alone.

BAGEL TOAST: Six Ways to Building A Breakfast

This BAGEL TOAST: Six Ways to Building A Breakfast Sandwich post has been compensated by Thomas’® English Muffins and Bagels. All opinions are mine alone. #ThomasBreakfastTour

My family loves breakfast, especially my husband and middle daughter. But sometimes life is super busy and we don't have time for a big elaborate breakfast. During these busy mornings, I go for one of our favorite dishes -- bagel toast. What?! You never tried bagel toast? Have you been living under a rock?

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

It's a thing in my house and has been for quite awhile now. We don't use bread for toast, we use bagels! It's actually something I could eat everyday and usually do! But, we like to jazz up our bagel toast and add a little something something to the top. Butter just does not cut it these days. I'm sharing our favorite ways to spice up our bagel toast.

First things first though, you need some great bagels. You can select any flavor you like, there are so many to select from these days. My husband is an everything type of bagel dude. My youngest loves the mini bagels, you know, since she's the baby of the family. My oldest daughter loves the Maple French Toast, but opts for my favorite when these are not available. My son and I go for Whole Wheat Bagel Thins, because, they just are the perfect size. And since I am the one who does the grocery shopping, the family gets my favorite most days!

Thomas’® English Muffins and Bagels are always our first choice. Thomas' offers full size bagels to get my husband's day started right, Mini bagels that are the perfect size for my daughter's breakfast and for DURING and AFTER school snacks and Bagel Thins® bagels are 110-calories with fiber and whole grains, which are perfect for me!

Bagel Toast: Six Ways to Building A Breakfast

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

Smashed avocado with grape tomatoes and sea salt

BAGEL TOAST: Six Ways to Building A Breakfast

Sliced avocado with sliced boiled eggs and sea salt

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

Sliced avocados with crumbled goat cheese and sea salt & pepper

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

Almond butter and sliced bananas

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

Light butter with sliced dried apricots, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

Cream cheese and sliced strawberries and balsamic vinegar (optional)

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

Toast your favorite bagel. Layer your favorite ingredients as you like! ENJOY!

BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

There are so many things you can add to your bagel toast! The toppings are endless, although you may have noticed we sure love avocados on ours! The options are really endless on what you can add to the top of your bagel.

What is your favorite topping on your bagel?

This past weekend my family joined Thomas’ English Muffins and Bagels at one of Chicago's best running celebrations, THE SHAMROCK SHUFFLE!!‪ Thomas was in Chicago with their 28-foot interactive toaster trailer on their #ThomasBreakfastTour. Check out how much fun we had!

If you are not sure what to put on top of your bagel, head over to Thomas' Instagram account and see their amazing suggestions! You may find a new topping you had not thought of before.
BAGEL TOAST: Building A Breakfast Sandwich

IF YOU MAKE SOME BAGEL TOAST, BE SURE TO POST IT ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG ME AND USE #ThomasBreakfastTour.  I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOURS!

Spring Photography Tips and Ideas

As the winter slowly departs from Chicago . . . and we have blustery days followed by sunny days . . . nature begins to bloom. I love to get out and capture it.  I love to take advantage of the natural light and colors that appear in spring for unique photos.

Flowers are one of the first photographs I take in the spring. They seem to let us all know that life is about again. Flowers give me beautiful colors to capture. Here are some of my favorite tips to take great photos of flowers:

  • I use natural light only and never use my flash. I try to get my new flowers i full sunlight as well, which can be challenging here in the midwest.
  • I like to capture a fabulous depth of field. Be sure to use a use a large aperture on your camera to get a beautiful depth of field.
  • Get your lens in as close as you can on your flowers. If you are using a large aperture, our background will be beautifully blurred, leaving the flowers in focus.
  • Look at your flowers everyday and take the flowers that have not yet bloomed as well. Look for flowers that haven't bloomed yet. Capture your flowers in transition to a full bloom.
Spring Photography Tips
Spring Photography Tips

Naturally, I love to get my girls in the spring. We get outdoors in the cool weather for some portrait shots. The spring weather makes for some beautiful portraits because the light is has a wonderful hue. Because the light during early spring is a cooler color, I try to dress my girls is some lighter colors as well.

I am still waiting for some buds to appear on trees and some of the greyish brown to turn a bit of a green, but I simply couldn't wait to get the girls out the other day.  I will get them out each weekend over the next couple of weeks to capture our natural surroundings. I want to see the green buds popping out of the trees. Once the leaves are fully in, the colors will be completely different.

Spring Photography Tips and Ideas

To avoid the harsh light of the day, get out early. I never want my girls to have harsh light shining on their sweet faces. Early in the morning guarantees the soft warm sun will shining. The sun will give such a lovely bokeh. A location with an open field is always a lovely spot to capture photos as well. An open field in the background of your children is always very pretty and in the early morning there will be amazing soft light.

Another great idea I always use with my kiddos is to add some fun for them. I create a list of items for my children to scavenger for. It creates an adventure and challenge for them and photo opportunities for me.

Tiaras & Tantrums Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family lifestyle photographer and homeschooler. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

For many young children, having a lemonade stand is a rite of passage . . . we all did it as children, right? However, with the rising cost of products and the fact that we can no longer leave our children sitting at the end of our driveway all by their lonesome . . . lemonade stand are becoming a thing of the past.

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

Having a lemonade stand doesn't require an elaborate set of building plans involving construction. In fact, with some very simple planning and a few things you probably already have around your home, you can build a perfectly beautiful lemonade stand.

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

It really can't be summer without a lemonade stand. Each spring, I offer mini lemonade stand photo sessions. They are always so much fun!

Bringing in Summer with a bang!

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand Themed Photo Sessions
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

Will you have a lemonade stand this Summer?

About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.

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Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Easter is for making sweet and tasty treats for my kiddos. They love special little snacks on holidays. These Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows are so easy to make and the perfect treat to add to any Easter holiday celebration!

Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

I don't know about you, but do you like marshmallows? I do not! Even as a child, i just never liked them. I always gave always all my marshmallows treats as a kid.  But my kids, they love, love, love marshmallows and love chocolate covered marshmallows even more!  These Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows are the perfect treat for your kiddos (or yourself). Plus, they are super simple and fun to make, even my kiddos get in on the fun of dipping.

Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Since my kiddos love marshmallows, we always have some on hand in my pantry. I also always have melting candy on hand, because,well, I'm always covering food in chocolate! If you are like me, you also have every sprinkle for every occasion!

Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

EASTER CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS

  • Holiday Marshmallows
  • Chocolate melts
  • Holiday Jimmies & non perils
  • Easter sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line baking sheets with wax paper.
  2. Melt the candy melts in the microwave with a bit of coconut oil. Stir well. Place a plastic bag in a cup and then add the melted candy melts inside the plastic bag.
  3. Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate melted candy melts of your choice, then dip in sprinkles, small jimmies, and non perils and place the marshmallow on the wax paper.
  4. Leave out on the counter to set.
Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Hide them so your family doesn't eat them before Easter morning!

Easter Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

What special treat do you make for Easter?

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

I have this thing with pretzels and it is that I really despise them! I think it goes back to the days when I was in high school and my friends. We would go out on weekends and steal booze from all our parents and then proceed to get as drunk as we could, as fast as we could before our curfews. Did anyone do this? Well, when you are 16 and tipsy and don't want your parents to know, you quickly stuff food down your gullet before your walk in the door. We always ate pretzels for some reason. Now I associate pretzels with bad beer and I just can not eat them!

Well, I no longer steal booze from my parents or even drink booze for that matter. But I do eat pretzels dipped in chocolate!  I found a cute pretzel on Pinterest(Inspiration from Love From the Oven!) and had to make them for St Patty's Day!

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

We are munching o these as we watch all our favorite shows we have been streaming this month on Netflix. My husband and I love to catch up on series that we miss or new ones that are introduced. Spring Break is coming up and we will be catching up on some of our favorite series.. Below are a couple of ones we are particularly fond of.

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

DAREDEVIL - STARTS MARCH 18TH!!!
What is going to happen in Season 2 - I know what I'm doing this weekend! Can Murdoch continue to clean up the city? Will Fisk be back? What will happen! I think Electra is going to be introduced!

LOVE
Gus and Mickey meet and they are both struggling from tough breakups. HILARIOUS!!

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

BROADCHURCH & BROADCHURCH
(US remake and Bristish version)Detective Alec Hardy and his partner Ellie Miller must infiltrate a close-knit community on Britain’s Jurassic Coast to uncover the death of a child. The town is filled with people who like to keep secrets.

WALLANDER
A police officer on southern Sweden’s picturesque coast, Branagh’s Kurt Wallander must solve a run of freakish crimes.

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

THE RETURNED & THE RETURNED
The Returned, the French series and The Returned, the English series.  It is not technically about zombies. A small town has been overcome with tragedy a decade ago is startled to find that dead people are returning to life, unaware that they shouldn’t be walking around.

CALL THE MIDWIFE
Call the Midwife focuses on the lives of the nurses who work at a convent in the East End. Vanessa Redgrave narrates Call the Midwife about a privileged young woman who must adapt to life in the poor district, where medical resources are lacking.

St Patick's Day Chocolate Dipped Cookies

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

I decided I need to make my kiddos to snack o this month to celebrate St Patty's day as well. I grabbed a bag of chocolate cookies and began dipping and sprinkling away. I have to tell you -- these are super delicious!

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

FOR KIDS

Two new shows launched on March 4, LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends. DO you have LEGO fans in your home? I literally have bins and drawers full of LEGOs in my basement. HUGE Fans! My kids especially love the LEGO Bionicle toys. We have all the Bionicles from when my son was very young--these toys have been through a decade of play and are still going strong. My girls were super excited for the new Netflix LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends series.  

Netflix LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends
Netflix LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends

Check out what else Netfllix has to offer all your little LEGO fans! There are plenty of LEGO shows for all your little LEGO fans.

LEGO: City

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

LEGO: Elves

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leagured

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

Popples: Season 2 (3/11)

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (3/18)

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

Veggie Tales: In The House (3/25)

St Patrick's Day Pretzel Bites AND The Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this March

What snacks are you eating this Spring whilst Netflix streaming?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids Want to learn more about Netflix Streaming? Subscriptions start at $7.99/month. *Photos courtesy of Netflix and used with permission

Loving My JORD Wood Watch

A couple of months ago, my favorite watch broke. I had been wearing it for three years, so it was time, I guess, for it to just give up on me. I wore it every single day, I loved it that much. My husband took a look at it, fiddled around with it and got it working again, for all of about a week. Then is seriously conked out on me. I was sad. I didn't have a spare watch to wear.

I literally can not survive without a watch. Wearing a watch is something I have done for the past three decades. I never took my watch off. I wore it all day, I slept with it, I showered with it, I swam with it. I just didn't take it off.

Finding a new favorite watch can be a difficult task!

Loving My Jord Wood Watch #JORDWatch #wearJORD #BeYou

When my watch broke, I was a bit lost. I forgot appointments. I was late a few times and I was driving my husband bonkers because I kept asking him what time it was. He 'loaned' me the only watch of his that would even fit my tiny wrists. A watch that he received as an employment anniversary gift. It was nice, had a leather band, was a bit big, just like my old watch. But it wasn't something I would ever have selected on my own.

I looked for a couple of months for a replacement and never found anything I liked well enough to purchase. So I continued to wear my husband's borrowed watch. He kept asking me if I had purchased a new watch yet; but I think he was happy I was no longer asking him what time it was. I would occasionally ask him; I couldn't wear his watch all the time because it had a leather band and I didn't want to get it wet.

JORD Wood Watches  #jordwatch #wearJORD #BeYou
Then a couple of weeks ago I saw a new type of watch that I had not looked at yet. It was a wood watch. GORGEOUS! A JORD Wood Watch is so unique that I simply had to have one. I selected the JORD Wood Watch from the Sidney series in Maple & Rose Gold
Loving My Jord Wood Watch #JORDWatch #wearJORD #BeYou

The Maple wood is light in color and blends great with my very fair skin. It is actually really hard to locate watches (or jewelry) to match my fair skin tone; but this Maple wood coloring looks awesome on my wrist. The Rose Gold watch face is so pretty as well. What I love the most is the wood watch is super soft next to my skin and on my wrist. It is not heavy and never pinches or scratches my small wrists.

JORD Wood Watches  #jordwatch #wearJORD #BeYou

The Maple wood used in these JORD watches is from the outer rings of a Maple tree. If you know anything about Maple trees, it is where the sap runs up and down the tree to make the leaves in the early spring. This is where the trees are tapped for their delicious sap and the sap is then turned into Maple syrup. It is also the softest part of the tree.

JORD Wood Watches  #jordwatch #wearJORD #BeYou
Loving My Jord Wood Watch #JORDWatch #wearJORD #BeYou

I adore my new JORD Wood Watch! I have been getting so many compliments on my new Sidney Maple & Rose Gold Wood Watch. This is a powerful statement watch and just looks gorgeous! The best feature of the JORD Wood Watch is the aesthetic versatility. This Wood Watch literally matches all of my outfits and jewelry choices!

Loving My Jord Wood Watch
Loving My Jord Wood Watch #JORDwatch #wearJORD

What do you think of my choice?

Disclosure: I received a Jord watch in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine alone. | #jordwatch #wearJORD #BeYou

Charlie Brown Milkshake

Who's better than Charlie Brown? Well, Snoopy, maybe?!

Charlie Brown Milkshake

We all love Charlie Brown and his lovable dog, Snoopy. Everyone relates to Charlie Brown because he is everyone. He suffers a bit and we suffer a bit. He is bullied about and sometimes we are bullied. But in the end, he is the ultimate survivor, like the rest of us.

Charlie Brown Milkshake
Charlie Brown Milkshake

To celebrate the release of Charlie Brown's, THE PEANUTS MOVIE, which came out on DVD this week. I made some amazing Charlie Brown Milkshakes! These were so much fun to make AND to eat! {and I have a giveaway going on here for THE PEANUTS MOVIE on DVD} We are drinking our Charlie Brown Milkshakes while watching THE PEANUTS MOVIE an having a small little celebration to celebrate Spring!

Charlie Brown PEANUTS Springtime Party #PEANUTSINSIDERS
Charlie Brown PEANUTS Springtime Party #PEANUTSINSIDERS
Charlie Brown PEANUTS Springtime Party #PEANUTSINSIDERS
Charlie Brown Milkshake

Charlie Brown Milkshakes are the perfect way to celebrate the eight-year-old in all of us!

Charlie Brown PEANUTS Springtime Party #PEANUTSINSIDERS
Charlie Brown Milkshake

Charlie Brown Milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups of milk
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • 4-6 drops of yellow food coloring
  • chocolate cookies & chocolate peanut butter cups for rim garnish
  • yellow frosting& yellow Sixlets for rim garnish
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Garnish your glasses by putting yellow frosting and add the yellow Sixlets to the rims Add the chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate cookies after all the Sixlets are set.
  2. Mix together the milk, ice cream, cinnamon & yellow food coloring in a blender.
  3. Pour the milkshake to fill each glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and more chocolate cookies & peanut butter cups.
Charlie Brown Milkshake

The next time you are having a down-in-the-dumps sort of day . . . just remember to: DREAM BIG AND LAUGH ALONG WITH CHARLIE BROWN AND THE REST OF THE BELOVED PEANUTS GANG

Charlie Brown Milkshake
Charlie Brown PEANUTS Springtime Party #PEANUTSINSIDERS
Charlie Brown PEANUTS Springtime Party #PEANUTSINSIDERS

How are you celebrating Spring?