{GIVE} Bucket of Fun

When my kids get invited to a birthday party, I immediate think of what type of present we are going to bring.  I like it when I incorporate my "gift bag" into the present so you can imagine my delight when I found this adorable chevron bucket.  I filled the bucket with all kinds of girly crafts and stuffed it with tissue paper and quick flag banner to drape across the handle.  


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{BAKE} Homemade Banana Bread

I could literally bake everyday because I love it that much.  My kids would love it if I made chooclate chip cookies everyday but believe it or not I get bored of those.  I try to mix up my baking by making breakfast type baked goods every so often.  My kids feel like they are having a special treat for breakfast and I enjoy the swapping out my boring cereal for delicious banana bread with my morning coffee.  

Plus, I can share these lovely little loaves with family and friends.


1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/4 cups mashed very ripe bananas
1 cup mini chocolate chips plus extra for the top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease mini loaf pan or a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl combine flours, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl cream together butter and brown sugar.  Stir in eggs one at a time and add mashed bananas until well blended.  Stir banana mixture and 1 cup mini chocolate chips into the flour mixture until moistened. {don't over mix}.

Pour batter into loaf pan {1/2 cup for each mini loaf}. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of the batter.  Bake in preheated over for 40-45 min for mini loafs or 60-65 min for 9x5inch loaf pan or until slightly brown.  Let cool for 10 min in pan then transfer to cooling rack.

Once cool, wrap in parchment paper and put into brown paper bags.  
Add "HELLO" tag and share with family and friends

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{INSPIRATION} Valentine's Day Craft Inspiration

How darling are all of these super simple Valentine's Day crafts?  I like crafts that don't require too much work...or time...or supplies.  All of these could be done in an hour and would make for the perfect girls night in with your favorite ladies. 
Follow the links below for more details.
brown paper hearts, black and white LOVE sign, candy arrows, button heart canvas, LOVE with banner
Check back soon for our "girls night in" craft night.

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{FOOD} Simple & Healthly Lunch Ideas

I love a good lunch outing with my hubby or friends but most of the time I make my lunch at home.  Here are two easy and healthy restaurant inspired lunches.

 1. Chicken Blueberry Almond Spinach Salad with Balsamic Dressing

2. Whole Wheat Naan Flatbread Pizza 
{Olive Oil and Garlic base, Mozzarella, Chicken, Grape Tomato and Basil}
Bake pizza on a cooking sheet @425 for 10-15 min