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Waffled Pepperoni Grilled Cheese

Waffled Pepperoni Sandwiches

I am making at least one cold lunch from home every day for one of my three kiddos for school. They get bored of the same thing over and over and sometimes I like to surprise them with something fun.

This Waffled Pepperoni Grilled cheese is an extra-cool sandwich that tastes just like pizza…. in a sandwich… with a fun little twist. You could even serve with a side of pizza sauce. The homemade baked sweet potato chips are seasoned with Litehouse herbs, one of my favorite way to add flavor without a ton of calories. When they are dipped in Litehouse’s Chipotle Ranch Greek yogurt dip they are even better! The marinated broccoli and mozzarella salad is a delicious way to get the kids eating veggies.

You can Check out this recipe on the Litehouse blog which I am fortunate enough to have been hired to develop recipes over the past year!

Q’s Race To The Top

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #Qsracetothetop http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

One of my favorite things to do as a family is play board games. It’s a time for family bonding, learning and of course having fun. A few weeks ago we first tried out the new game Q’s Race to the Top by EQtainment. EQtainment helps kids practice emotional intelligence through fun and affordable games, storybooks, and videos. The best games are ones that make learning fun!

Q's Race To The Top Game Card
First, meet and read about Q, a lovable monkey in the storybook! It is then our job to help Q race to the top of his tree house by answering questions and performing actions on the board game! My kids are all in first grade and now is the time that practicing reading is extremely important. Reading the game cards was good practice, but the questions all help kids specifically build emotional intelligence (EQ) and work on important skills like self control, empathy and learning about “what would you do,” type situations that they will face.


I particularly think this is an awesome game for newly adopted children because it allows conversation about feelings (for example, the game card question: Talk about something that made you happy today) and addressing situations in which there might be a cultural barrier (for example: Q is still learning how to introduce himself the way that people do. What should Q do and say when he meets someone for the first time? Why is it important to look that person in the eyes?)

Q's Race to the Top Board Game - Q Wunder

Q’s Race To The Top provides more than just practicing emotional intelligence skills for our family. It is a time where new brothers and sisters can play together, complete tasks together, ask each other questions and learn together, ultimately growing their new relationship as siblings.

Q's Race To The Top Board Game
Right now, you can support EQ Entertainment and Q’s Race To The Top on Kickstarter! Pledge $30 or more and you will receive the game and storybook at a special price with shipping included.

Stitch Fix Box – August 2014

Here’s a little disclosure before you read any further: I am not a fashion blogger. I’m a regular mom who wears sweats more often than not and I typically buy my clothes at Target, Kohls and TJ Maxx. I don’t buy things for myself that often, but when I do, there’s a little feeling of satisfaction (and selfishness) that I took the plunge.

I’ve been in love with Stitch Fix for awhile now, but this is only my second box in one year. For me, the anticipation of waiting for the beautifully wrapped box is like Christmas for a child. When it arrives, there is a personal note from your stylist who chooses these items specifically based on your measurements and style preferences. I left a note for my stylist that I am looking for fall clothes that are comfy, yet presentable enough for running errands and picking my kids up at school.

And if you aren’t a fashionista like me, included with your fix are photo cards with each of the items in different outfit recommendations.

Here’s what was in my box!

Denna Skinny Jean

Denna Skinny Jean (by Kut From The Kloth): $78.00
I am super picky about jeans because I have a strange body type. These were comfortable, but seemed too high-waisted for me and just didn’t fit well overall. Verdict: sending back.

Presidio Lightweight Beach Stripe Scarf (by Subtle Luxury) $38.00
The scarf fabric is super soft, but I’m not crazy enough about the color/style to keep it. Verdict: sending back

Gretchen Striped Raglan Sweatshirt

Gretchen Striped Raglan Sweatshirt (by Tart) $28.00
My stylist nailed the comfy request because each of these items are super soft. I’m not crazy about the horizontal stripes (I thought they make you look fat?) and the color is o.k.,  but I am tempted because it’s just so darn soft. Verdict: undecided

Corinna Striped Dolman Top

Corinna Striped Dolman Top (by Market and Spruce) $48
Here’s another horizontal-striped shirt. The cut seems flattering (slightly longer) and I like the color which seems to go well with my skin tone and hair color. It also is easy to wear casual or dress up. Verdict: Undecided

Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan

Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan (by Market and Spruce) $68
For some reason, this doesn’t look as good in the photos as it does in person. I do think the asymmetrical zip causes the fabric underneath to bunch up and make me look bulky. I didn’t realize until I was taking it off that it turns into a flowy cardigan, which wearing it that way may be the way to go. I’m very tempted by this because it’s so soft!! Verdict: undecided

If you don’t know how Stitch Fix works, I decide what to keep (and only pay for those items) and send everything back that I don’t want within three days. Help me decide what to keep and what to send back!

If you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix, I would LOVE if you did it through my affiliate links throughout this post!