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Updated Family Photos With Our Family of Five!

We have had family photos hanging up in our house of just three of us before Manny and Priscilla came home and it just didn’t feel right! We finally were able to update our family photos to include all five of us! We had these taken by Tara Gimbel Photography when we were at Woodland Resort in Minnesota on vacation this past summer.

In addition to just our immediate family, we took photos with my parents and siblings, which is the first photo in many years of all of us! My mom and I took awhile to figure out our color scheme without everyone being matchy-matchy. I love the combination of blues, denim and creams.

Family Photo

It’s so hard to believe we have been married seven years, together for ten and now have three kids. Time goes by so fast, especially these last few years which have been a roller coaster. That’s why I think photos are so important to have and I’m excited about these updated ones (and now I’m reminding myself to actually print all of those digital photos and not just leave them on my computer)!

Couple photo.

And of course, everyone needs a somewhat goofy picture. I have a feeling this is going to be on a Christmas card….

Extended Family Photo - Blue Color Scheme.

Sharing A Sweet Future with Truvia®



I have talked about the importance of knowing where our products come from and how companies can do extreme harm when trying to produce products for the lowest price in other countries without thinking of the men, women and children who they are affecting. That’s why I feature companies in my social good section who are doing good in the communities they operate, ultimately making the world a better place.

“Sharing a Sweet Future,” was launched by Truvia® in 2012 to help reduce childhood hunger in Bolivia and improve communities through better education, nutrition and safety.

In the communities where Truvia® operates nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population are unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life and 65 percent of all rural households in Bolivia are unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake. Truvia® has an opportunity to make a positive impact.

  • Over a three-year period, nearly $1 million in contributions from the Truvia® business will have been used to help develop sustainable communities in Bolivia, a region of critical need with one of the highest rates of nutritional deficiencies in South America.
  • The Truvia partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme so far has helped to feed 49,075 Bolivian schoolchildren.
  • They provide support to producers to invest in education, healthcare, farm improvements, and technical assistance to increase yield and quality, thereby increasing income.

As you can see, Truvia® has done so much good in their partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme over the past few years and they want you to have a voice in helping choose the organization they partner with in 2015! Visit truvia.com/vote to vote for one of these organizations: Feeding America, Edible Schoolyard, Action for Healthy Kids, United Nations World Food Programme and Feed The Children.

Go vote! You can also visit Truvia® to view videos that share stories of children, families and farmers in Bolivia.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with One2One network and Truvia®. We appreciate your support of companies who do good in the world!

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!