The Prize Inside is a Free Minion

The Prize Inside is a Minion #The7thMinion #CollectiveBias

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The Prize Inside is a Minion #The7thMinion #CollectiveBias

My two minions (they are 10 and 8) love The Minions, what about yours? I feel like the release date for the Minions movie (July 10th) is going to be declared a National Holiday at our house. My kids (and quite frankly their Dad and I) are bursting with excitement to see it. I just had to participate in this search for the 7th Minion in specially marked XL (family-size) boxes of General Mills cereals. I felt like it was a mom obligation!

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Red White and Blue Sangria

Red White and Blue Sangria with Sweet'N Low #donthesitaste

I am partnering with Sweet’N Low® Zero Calorie Sweetener and Social Stars each month (June through December) of this year to bring you a low-calorie, tasty beverage recipe. As always, all opinions are my own. #donthestitaste

Red White and Blue Sangria with Sweet'N Low #donthesitaste

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? I can’t believe that here we are, less than a week away from the patriotic holiday. Summer both drags on and flies by with both our kids home. The routine of school is absent but somehow we’ve been no less busy. Camps, the pool, our amusement park, piano and golf lessons, work for me and Ironman Triathlon training for my husband have kept us on the run. 

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Peach Freezer Jam

Freezer Peach Jam by Foodtastic Mom

Freezer Peach Jam by Foodtastic Mom

Summer has officially taken over around here. My skin and brain are fried. This June is the first time my blog has exploded while my kids are home from school… and I’m feeling frazzled. Too much work is a good thing. Too much kid time is a good thing. Together they are making my introverted personality short-circuit. If the whole summer is like this, I’ll need an employee to help me through it all next summer! 

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Greek Grilled Pork plus a Giveaway

Greek Grilled Pork by Foodtastic Mom #GrillPork

I am honored to be partnering again with the National Pork Board and Kroger to kick-off grilling season and inspire you to “crash” your grill with pork all summer long. As always, all opinions are my own. #GrillPork

Greek Grilled Pork by Foodtastic Mom #GrillPork

When I shared the recipe with you for Pina Colada Pork Chops a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that crashing my grill this summer with pork put me in mind of the movie Wedding Crashers. Well THAT reference got me thinking about another favorite movie of mine, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Remember that one? The mom used Windex as a cure-all and had never heard of a Bundt cake… so funny.

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Summer Bucket List and Mix

Summer Bucket List and Mix by Foodtastic Mom #ShareFunshine

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Summer Bucket List and Mix by Foodtastic Mom #ShareFunshine
If you make a Summer Bucket List, you might as well have a Summer Bucket Snack Mix made with
M&M’s®
 to take along on all your adventures!

My family has season passes to Kings Island for the first time this season and we had an absolutely perfect day there yesterday. It was sunny and warm with a slight breeze. The park was unbelievably UN-crowded meaning there was barely a line to wait in all day. Plus we got to walk through the “Dinosaurs Alive!” animatronic exhibit, thereby crossing off the first item on our Summer Bucket List for this year.

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Father’s Day Gift with Printable

Father's Day Gift with Printable #NauticaforDad

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Father's Day Gift with Printable #NauticaforDad

My husband is a big kid. I often refer to him as my third child because he likes to “play” as much as our two kids do! But that playful side exists with a decidedly strong and manly side that can be seen in his determination to complete a full Iron Man Triathlon. He’s completed several half distance Iron Mans over the past few years and he’s training for his first full distance in Chattanooga, Tennessee this September. His determination is impressive. Here he is right before finishing his very first half distance Iron Man… that’s pure BEAST MODE right there.

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