Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies Emily Dickey posted this in RecipesChocolate chip cookies are a classic and you can never go wrong with making them for a dessert or event! But sometimes we spice them up a bit… maybe you add peanut butter chips? Or butterscotch? How about some peanuts or raisins? Try this recipe for chocolate covered sunflower seed chocolate chip cookies! That’s a mouthful Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Chocolate Chip CookiesChocolate covered sunflower seeds?! They really aren’t that hard to find Check them out on Amazon. You could try another seed or just use raw sunflower seeds with mini chocolate chips if you’d like (or if that’s what you have on hand). The cookies will still be delicious!Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seed Chocolate…

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15 Gluten-Free Sunday Night Dinners

15 Gluten-Free Sunday Night Dinners Emily Dickey posted this in RecipesI recently talked about our family attempting to go gluten-free. No, we don’t have any gluten intolerance or even much sensitivity to it (that we know of), but we think it’s a healthier decision for our family. We started slow as we figured out things to avoid and what to buy. We are still learning where to find everything we need in the grocery store (or in the multiple stores we need to visit as a result). Recreating recipes has been the hardest part as we completely change the way we’re used to doing things!I created this collection on foodie.com: 15 Healthy Gluten-Free Sunday Night Dinners. There’s a crockpot meal for those busy Sundays…

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Eating Gluten Free with Udi’s

I participated in this program on behalf of Udi’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own!Do you know people that eat gluten-free diets? Maybe you do or someone else in your family? Our immediate family never did before, but I have a couple of close friends and other family members that have gluten sensitivities and have completely removed it from their diet. I’ll be totally honest–I thought gluten-free food would taste bad. Bland. Like a diet. I felt bad for the friends that HAD to eat that way…And then I actually tried it. We replaced parts of our diet with gluten-free counterparts (pastas, breads, pizza crusts, etc.). We buy Udi’s and it’s SO GOOD. Now I think the “worst” part about …

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Ivy is 1 year old!

…and my post is a day late, typical. You learn to roll with the punches when you have 4 kids.We celebrated today since Eric and I had a dinner event up on campus yesterday.I wanted to do a white cake with ombre green inside and green ivy leaves. But I didn’t have oil-based or powder food dyes to tint the white chocolate. So I reversed the scheme: We painted real ivy leaves with melted white chocolate, then peeled the leaves off once the chocolate had hardened. It worked really well! According to Ivy’s birth certificate, she supposedly born today, March 26, not yesterday, March 25. I’m not sure who messed it up, but I’d like to get her passport and have been waiting almost 2 weeks for her…

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Family memories captured with YesVideo

Family memories captured with YesVideo Emily Dickey posted this in FamilyLife is all about memories, right? We take photos and videos, we write journals and make scrapbooks, and we sit and reminisce and tell stories. I’ve talked a lot about YesVideo here on my blog because I love their memory-making services. They take photographs and video (tapes, files, etc.) and convert them to digital files and DVD, allowing you to watch and share anywhere!My family has used their services many times with old VHS tapes. We don’t even own a VHS player anymore and some tapes were unplayable anyway. Tons of old home movies and loved memories that we thought were lost and gone… until we sent them off to YesVideo. I know it…

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$100 Amazon GC Giveaway (pinterest)

$100 Amazon GC Giveaway (pinterest) Emily Dickey posted this in GiveawaysMoooore money! Week 4 of a month of Amazon gift card giveaways–time to shop! This week it’s for Pinterest pages and I know you’re already following mine Good luck!Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.Entry-FormMarch 22nd, 2014 | Tags: Amazon, Gift Card, Giveaway | Category: Giveaways

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Managing Your Finances (BMO Scavenger Hunt)

Managing Your Finances (BMO Scavenger Hunt) Emily Dickey posted this in UncategorizedThis post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine.It’s the last week of the BMO Harris Bank Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes! Have you been entering each week and getting great new tips for your financial milestones? I have! Even if some of the previous weeks haven’t quite applied to where you are at this point in your life (buying a home or having a baby), this week is for everyone!Week 5 is all about managing your finances. After college when I entered the “real world,” I always said–why wasn’t there a mandatory class in college (or even high school) about finances?! Taxes, mortages, types of insurance…

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To pump or not to pump?

I’ve been pumping and donating since Ivy was 2 weeks old. Every night, I hook myself up to the pump, settle back into the couch, and pump a cup of liquid gold for my donor family. Sometimes I would be so tired when it came time to pump. I just want to go to bed…maybe I’ll do it in the morning…but still every night I would sit down, plug in, and pump.I love nursing my children, and I would be devastated if I were unable to breastfeed. That’s why I pump, even when I don’t feel like it.I’ve wondered how long I could continue pumping after I was done nursing my last baby…months? years? decades? Some wet nurses continued to nurse babies into …

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Children’s Sleep: what is your routine? (Zarbee’s Coupon)

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.With daylight saving time hitting us hard last week (seriously, ugh.), the entire house has had trouble sleeping and getting back on schedule. I actually think our 2-year-old handled it the best. Our 4-year-old just couldn’t get to bed “earlier” and with the time change, that meant he was staying up late and sleeping in. That first Monday? Ryan slept in until 8:20am and we had to leave for school by 8:40, eek! It’s so hard to wake a sleeping babe though!How did your family make it out of the daylight saving drama? Did it take …

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Spring styles for kids! ($50 Carter’s giveaway)

~This post on spring styles for kids was written in partnership with Carter’s & The Motherhood. Opinions and collages are my own.SERIOUSLY hating this winter. I’m not a cold-weather person anyway, but I haven’t seen the grass (even if it is dead) since… November? And it’s been unbearably cold, too, so it’s not like we get to take the kids out to play in the snow much. Who else is ready for some SUNSHINE?! Some RAIN instead of snow! FLIP FLOPS instead of boots! SUNGLASSES instead of hats & gloves! Me, please!!!Last weekend I pulled out my warm-weather clothes and my sandals. When the warm weather finally hits, I will be ready! So I’ve been shopping for my kids, too. Ya know, it …

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Ivy is 11 months old!

Eric, Ivy and I just arrived in Seattle last night to visit my sister and to go to the AWP conference, while my mom watches the other kids. It’s the first time we’ve left our children and gone somewhere together. I’m looking forward to good food, warmer (if wetter) weather, lots of fun sight-seeing, and best of all one-on-one time with Ivy during the day. Thanks to all my blog readers who sent in suggestions of things to do! She does this funny scrunchy thing with her face when she smiles Having only one child is SO EASY in comparison to four. Only one little person to get dressed and feed and clean up after and buckle into carseats/strollers and get in and …

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Audio Fest NOW and Best Buy!

~Written in a partnership with Best Buy and their Audio Fest. All opinions are my own.Did you know Audio Fest is happening right now at Best Buy stores across the country? It goes from March 2nd to April 4th, 2014, and is filled with specials, deals, and events for all things audio–making Best Buy the place to be! I just went this weekend We’re big music fans and especially since having kids because there’s nothing better to cure a bad day or a sad mood than a DANCE PARTY!Maybe you h ave a home entertainment area? Ours is in our basement and our 4-year-old calls it the movie theater. It makes family movie nights extra special! Best Buy can enhance your experience and upgrade your …

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Glow jars

We like making glow jars for Christmas and birthday presents. For the best effect, you need the right paint. Strontium aluminate based glow-in-the-dark paints are far brighter than the kinds you can find in most local craft or hardware stores. You can buy ready-made paints or glow powder to mix into a transparent paint or glaze. I bought a sampler of 6 paints from Glonation. If you search “strontium aluminate glow paint,” you’ll find several glow paint companies.Glonation’s paints are water-based and become rubbery and stretchy rather quickly. If you’re working with stencils–say, for a painting on a wall or ceiling–you have to remove the pattern almost immediately, otherwise the paint will peel off with the pattern.The green …

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