Delightfully Diet Ginger Ale Lemon Cake

Ginger Ale Lemon Cake

Sometimes I dread going to birthday celebrations. I always know there are going to be really delicious but entirely too calorie laden foods, drinks galore and – of course – birthday cake.

So whenever I can, I try and take control. I am the one hosting the party and I have control of the menu. So when we celebrated my dad’s birthday last week I made sure that everyone came over to my house and I served all of the foods I felt good about eating.

Including cake!

That’s right… a cake that I can enjoy without guilt. Plus it’s super easy to make and very, very tasty! The guests had no idea and kept talking about how moist it was. How? By using a few simple ingredients…

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Celebrating Dad’s Birthday with the Safeway Birthday Bundle #BirthdayBundle #PMedia

Safeway Birthday Bundle

From December to May there’s at least one birthday a month in our family. So we’re celebrating at least every few weeks with each other.

May 9th is my dad’s birthday and it’s usually overshadowed by Mother’s Day. So this year I decided to invite our family over for a birthday celebration the weekend before his birthday so he wouldn’t get gypped.

Luckily I had heard about an awesome deal on all of the ingredients I needed to make the perfect birthday cake for my dad. The $5 birthday bundle from Safeway!

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Playdate Entertainment with Green Kid Crafts


Green Kid Crafts box

A few weekends ago I hosted an in-home cooking class for the moms of my playgroup. As with almost all of the events I host at my home, the kids were welcome to come and play as well.

In an effort to keep them distracted so us moms could learn how to cook an amazingly delicious meal I brought out our Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box for them to play with. It was the perfect way to keep them entertained and productive while we learned as well.

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Mother Daughter Piggy Paint Spa Party

This article is sponsored by Piggy Paint

Over the past few weeks I’ve felt as if I haven’t had a chance to really spend one-on-one time with my daughter. We both keep very busy between playdates, preschool, and family activities so when I was offered the chance to create a special moment with her I took it!

Even though she’s only two she has proven to be quite the girly girl. She is obsessed with all things hair and makeup, including nail polish. So when I went in search for a safe nail polish to use for her I chose Piggy Paint. And as I’ve mentioned before, we love it!

In addition to the three colors we already have, and the nail polish remover we recently purchased at our favorite hair cutting salon, we received some new colors to try out. We decided to share the fun with friends and invited a few moms and daughters over for a Motehr Daughter Piggy Paint Spa Party.

Piggy Paint Mother Daughter Spa Party

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Celebrating College Basketball with our Favorite Basketball Party Snacks #SnackMadness #Cbias

Basketball Party Snacks #SnackMadness 1

Any chance to celebrate my alma mater and root on college basketball players is welcomed in our home. Last year we were excited to see my old school, San Diego State, participate in the biggest college basketball tournament and while they didn’t win, they sure as heck played hard.

When we’re watching sports we love to snack on our favorite foods. And for college basketball that means one thing – junk food! We have to get back to our college roots and relive a little of the past.

I don’t know what it is about Coke Zero and Reese’s peanut butter cups but whenever I’m enjoying the two I re-live the long nights I spent partying er studying in college. So I set out to Walgreens to pick up a few essential basketball party snacks.

To see how I faired at Walgreens during my shop check out my Basketball Party Snacks G+ Album.

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Rainbow Cupcakes – Perfect for St. Pattys Day!

Rainbow Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day is getting closer and these rainbow cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate! Not only are they super easy to make, they’re lots of fun too. And the rainbow is quite a favorite amongst the kiddies.

Now these cupcakes can either be from scratch, like mine, or made from a box of white cake mix prepared just as the box tells you to. I used Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake recipe. If you don’t have Baking From My Home To Yours then I highly suggest purchasing it. It’s amazing!

You can see how gorgeous this recipe is in cake form on my friend Ezra Pound Cake’s blog. I also made it for my son and daughter’s first birthdays.

Here’s how to make Rainbow Cupcakes:

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Kids Reptile Birthday Party (San Diego)

Reptile Birthday Party Dessert Table

On Friday my baby, my first born, will be 4 years old. And I cannot believe how fast time has flown by!

My boy is kind, curious, funny, and constantly moving. He is smart as a whip and picks up on everything and loves his little sister dearly.

For his 4th birthday party my son insisted on having dinosaurs. But since his 3rd birthday party was a dino party we tried to think of variations that would fit his interest. And he decided on reptiles.

Since he’s obsessed with reptiles, bugs, and really anything creepy crawly (he’s the kid digging in your garden for earth worms and other critters) it was perfect!

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5 Crowd Pleasing Super Bowl Party Recipes #SB47

Super Bowl Party Recipes

With the big day getting closer we’re starting to prepare our Super Bowl Party menu including a few favorites from game days past. Below you’ll find a variety of super bowl party recipes that are proven crowd pleasers!

From appetizers, to crock pot meals, to main courses, we have just about everything you need to host the perfect super bowl party. So invite the friends over, pull out your football field table runner and football coasters and serve up some delicious dishes.

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Get Creative With Food And Make Lunchtime Fun with @clubtysonLive #MealsTogether

With the craziness of the holidays we sometimes run out of time to think about great, healthy options for lunch or dinner with our children. By making mealtime fun we can bring our families together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This week our main objective was to get creative with food and make lunch fun. And we did just that! With some yummy Tyson chicken nuggets, a few condiments, and some tasty cheese balls that my daughter could not stop snacking on in the store, we were able to get creative with food create some great holiday creations to make our lunchtime together fun and tasty.

Tyson Chicken Nuggets

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Miss M’s Ladybug Lemonade Birthday Party

Ladybug Lemonade Party

There’s something simply magical about a child’s birthday party. No matter what age they are, birthday parties are filled with joy and cheer! So when we asked my daughter what she’d like for her second birthday we were thrilled to hear that she wanted to include her love of ladybugs. And with that her ladybug lemonade birthday party was created.

After quite a few months of pinning great ideas, designing her birthday invitations (and asked the wonderful Cherish Paperie to print them), and coming up with a few ideas of my own for the food, decorations, and entertainment the day was finally here. And we were ready to party!

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