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Add Some Love To The Lunchbox! #SqueezeMoreOut

This post is sponsored in partnership with KitchenPLAY on behalf of Hellmann’s

It’s the start of a new school year and I have FIVE lunches to pack. I am tempted to do those cute bento boxes, but have been opting for something that takes a little less time. This classic brown bag lunch is super easy and has a few fun personalized elements to show your kids you are thinking about them during the school day.

All you need for a yummy, healthy lunch is quality ingredients. This recipe is simple. Here I’ve got classic sandwich ingredients that you can never go wrong with: whole wheat bread, romaine, tomatoes, colby jack cheese, roast beef and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise in their new squeeze bottle.

You can always make sandwiches exciting by switching up the bread, cheeses, meats and vegetables. The combinations are endless.

3 Ways to Personalize Simple Brown Bag Lunches

  1. Leave love notes: You can write a quick note on scrap paper or purchase little lunchbox notecards with riddles and short messages. I remember my mom putting notes in my lunch in elementary school and even though I sometimes acted like I was a little embarrassed, I loved the surprise.
  2. Write on bananas! Leave a message or draw a quick picture on a banana with a toothpick. By lunchtime, the writing on the banana skin will turn darker. It takes only a few seconds to add a little love!
  3. Make sandwiches special. The newly designed Hellmann’s Squeeze Bottle offers a clean lock cap and tip, so precise that topping a sandwich with a little extra love never appeared so perfect. You can put the mayo just where you want it!


This was a simple lunchbox that I put together in 5 minutes. I have the roast beef sandwich with colby jack cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and Hellman’s mayonnaise on whole wheat bread. I can’t forget those fruits and veggies so I packed sliced carrots, cucumbers and a half of a banana. I like to include a few healthier options for treats so I packed ancient grain popcorn clusters with blueberries, cranberries and raspberries as well as a few natural sour gummies.

You don't have to make time consuming bentos to add a little personalization. Here's a simple brown bag lunch.

Let me know if you have any lunch-packing tips and be sure to download a .50 off coupon for Hellmann’s new squeeze bottle!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kitchen PLAY for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

8 Tips For a Quick and Easy Laundry Routine

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Faultless/Bon Ami Company    for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

8 Tips For a Quick and Easy Laundry Routine

8 Tips For a Quick and Easy Laundry Routine

  1. Wash clothing daily. Some people use hampers and wash the dirty clothes once each person’s hamper is full, but I find it easiest to take dirty clothing to the washer daily. My kids know that every night they need to bring their clothes to the laundry room.
  2. Don’t let clothes sit in the washing machine. I used to be guilty of this. I would wash clothes at night and then forget to move them over to the dryer. When clothes sit in the washing machine they get smelly and then you need to re-wash it. You can save a lot of time and money by setting a reminder that you have clothes in the wash!
  3. Fold clothes right out of the dryer. Don’t let your clothes sit in the dryer or leave clean, unfolded clothes sitting in a laundry basket waiting to be folded.
  4. Separate folded clothes into each person’s laundry basket right away! This goes with #3. In one step, I fold the clothes right out of the dryer and separate them into a laundry basket designated to each family member.
  5. Teach kids from an early age to put away their own clothing. My kids have learned to put away their own clothes. Putting away clothes is my least favorite thing to do.
  6. Have kids put away clothes frequently. There’s nothing worse than a big pile of clothes to put away. My kids put their clothes away several times a week so it isn’t overwhelming.
  7. Use towels and sweatshirts more than once. I was doing a ton of laundry and I realized most of it was towels. I installed a hook in each child’s closet so they can reuse their bath towels a few times before we wash them. This cuts down the laundry so much!
  8. Use Premium Faultless Starch for things that need ironed! My husband has a lot of dress shirts and pants for work that need to be ironed each week. Faultless Premium will keep your clothes looking new and by looking your best, you will perform your best. You can’t go to work all wrinkled! Unlike other starch, the Faultless Premium bottle won’t clog, flake or stick. Faultless Premium can be purchased in the laundry aisle of major retailers. Click to find a store near you that carries Faultless, before you head to store print this Faultless Premium Coupon!



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Tropical Fruit Pizzas

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It has been raining a lot here in Iowa and we’ve had many baseball games and events cancelled because of it. My kids absolutely do not like rainy days spent inside but I try to find fun things for us to do indoors. Every week I have each child pick a snack or dessert to help me make for the family. This gives us something to do on those rainy days and gives them responsibility and some fun one-on-one time.

This week Priscilla chose dessert pizza. We made these semi-homemade pizzas with store-bought sugar cookies, but you could make your own as well. We made these extra tasty with a pineapple glaze and shredded coconut. We like to call them Tropical fruit pizzas! These are definitely a summer treat.

Tropical Fruit Pizzas

Luckily, the rain doesn’t last for long here and most of the summer days end up sunny so the kids can at least get outside for a little bit. As you can tell from the photos Priscilla was excited to get outside!

I love the versatility of OshKosh clothing and how it’s comfortable enough for a rainy day spent inside, a play date at the park or even dressy enough to go somewhere special, especially the tunics and leggings.

Tunic and leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh

I remember those cute baby OshKosh B’Gosh overalls I had for my son many years ago. I didn’t realize OshKosh had some fashionable looks beyond the traditional style I remember and they go up to both boys and girls up to size 12!

Tunic and Leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh #HelloSummerFun

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Tropical Fruit Pizzas
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 dozen sugar cookies (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cups assorted fruit
  • shredded coconut to taste
  • Frosting:
  • (1) 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  1. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a mixer until combined.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cornstarch into a bowl.
  3. Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat and add the water and fruit juices. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Boil for about one minute until thickened. Let the pineapple glaze cool for a few minutes in the fridge.
  4. Spread the frosting on each of the cookies, top with the sliced fruit and drizzle a little glaze on each cookie.


Tropical Fruit Pizzas. Topped with a yummy pineapple glaze and shredded coconut

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