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Savory + Sweet Nacho Bar: Recipes + Inspiration

I love a Nacho Bar! It’s such a fun food theme for summer nights when you have friends over, or even family nights at home that you want to make extra special!
June is National Dairy Month! The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is igniting a healthy passion for refrigerated dairy foods, showing the delicious goodness that can come from the refrigerated dairy aisle. I’m joined in and shopped my refrigerated aisle to pull together my Nacho Bar! Enjoy the video!

I have a thing for white dishes haha. It’s my happy place. ;) Pulled out all my favorite pieces!
I used foil cake pans for the plates, the kids loved it. It’s fun and festive feeling.
You can use fresh produce to feed your family, but also to decorate the table!
I had a burlap runner and mini chalkboard easels from past parties that I threw on the table.
Layering different textures always makes the table come together…
so I used my woven placemats for more layers! Grab those succulents
from the kitchen counter and back patio table, and done!

Avocado Dip
(Avocado Mixed with Greek Yogurt)

2 Avocados
1/4 cup Cilantro, packed fresh leaves – finely chopped
1 Jalapeno – finely chopped (Optional)
1 tbsp Lime juice
1/2 tsp Salt, coarse
1 (6-oz) container Greek yogurt, non-fat plain

Blend/Stir Together
Queso Dip
(Soft American Cheese and milk)
1 Package of Velveeta Cheese
Can of Rotelle chopped tomatoes and chiles
Splash of milk for consistency
Pulled Pork
Crock pot.. barbecue sauce. amazingness.
(you could add in a can of chopped pineapple too!) from the amazing barbecue place a block away from your house.
because you are craving it. haha.


Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
I just cut into fourths corn tortillas, pan fried briefly in canola oil
and then immediately dropped in cinnamon sugar and tossed around. super easy!
Maple Cream Cheese Topping
4 oz Package Softened or Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Milk
Blend/Stir Together
Caramel Sauce (this is supposed to be super easy)

2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Coffee Mate Vanilla Natural Bliss Creamer
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Store bought chocolate Sauce.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together
butter, brown sugar, creamer, and salt.
Bring to a boil (should take about 1 minute), then reduce heat.
Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
Whisk in bourbon if using, stir, then remove from heat.
Pour caramel into a heatproof jar. Allow it to cool a few minutes before using.
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Road Map Massage Shirt For Dad!

 For Father’s Day this year, we made a massage shirt for Ben!
The kids were so excited about it and it came together really easily.
We grabbed a new white shirt and a pack of Iron on transfers from the store, then used a couple cars from micah’s toy bin! They were giddy to give him his present and his first car massage! ;)
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I created the little town in photoshop! Then sized it to fit two regular iron on transfer papers. (8.5×11) I printed them and trimmed to line up close, and ironed them on! A trick is to add a lot of pressure and heat..and then put in the freezer. Let it cool for a minute or so before you pull the shirt out and peel back the transfer paper. It makes it go a lot smoother.
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Daddy got to lay down and the kids got to drive all over his back.
This is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or daddy’s birthday!
The girls and I had fun working this up during Micah’s nap time one day.
We created our dream town. ;)
Park and Coffee/Ice Cream Shop across from our house! yes please!
PS. I’m going to be stealing his shirt. haha.

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I uploaded the PDF files to my Etsy Shop. ($2)
Enjoy and please share a photo if you end up using it!!

Rewarding Good Behavior with Nipper Notes


I love systems that help reduce the crazy and promote good behavior!
We are using Nipper Notes as a way of helping the girls focus on tasks and be rewarded for completing them! They love a prize and working towards something.


We downloaded our Nipper Notes and Reward Chart from their website. It’s a GREAT price and an immediate download! So you can get started right away. Then we sat down together to go over the tasks for each child..some being the same. Then you put how much each task is worth and the reward they get when they reach certain numbers! They loved chatting with me coming up with ways to be helpful. Our rewards for different amounts earned are ‘Get Ice cream’, ‘Go to Fire Station’ and then ‘Go to Movies’. They were squealing and pumped ready to start! All of their tasks have something to do with chores or being extra helpful or kind.NipperNotes3-TheBusyBudgetingMama

The best part about Nipper Notes is that they look like play money, which is right up my girls’ alley right now as they are all about saving money in their piggy banks or playing with pretend money at their play market! It’s a great way to teach kids about money in a fun way.
We have a special spot to put the nipper notes they’ve earned for good behavior or completing tasks… but I also let them use it for pretend play. They love them! and I love when they are busy bees playing NICELY together! haha.NipperNotes2-TheBusyBudgetingMama

You can download your own Nipper Notes and start rewarding
good behavior with your own little system!
USE CODE BUSY50 to get 50% OFF your Nipper Notes!
(Discount Code Expires July 8th)
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Fruit Party! – A New Start of Summer Tradition!

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Yesterday afternoon we had to run to the grocery store for the basics. I am just getting over the worst part of a cold and was wanting all the healthy things! plus we had ZERO toilet paper. It was kind of a forced outing. ;) We were getting strawberries, when the girls started pointing out all these “cool fruits” we hadn’t had in forever. specifically the kiwi. or bikini as sienna kept calling them??
So I decided that we should have our very own FRUIT PARTY! The girls were FREAKING.
Include party.. and a food in the same sentence.. and they are pumped.
I think the produce guy restocking, thought we were ridiculous. haha. Party time!
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Things were busy as soon as we got home so the fruit party didn’t happen till after dinner. Sophia said it could be our dessert. Micah was a part of the fruit party..but spent most of it eating in his high chair. otherwise it would have been turned into a fruit throwing party aka timeout party. He’s wild and too many of these fruits look like balls. in his defense.
I put out our trusty tablecloth I got at target a few years back (it’s vinyl?? or something easy to clean up.) Then we put out the new crayons and “crayon holder” we snagged at target earlier that day. The tin is in the dollar bin ($3) and perfect for the kids craft time! I love to color…so we just colored away together looking at the fruits and trying to draw them. I’m not an artist..but I realized I said that once or twice and sophia corrected me like mom are you kidding me you’re amazing.. so.. note to self… never saying I’m not good at coloring in front of the kids again.
a little sophia life lesson in the middle of our fruit party. ;)
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And now for the main event of the FRUIT PARTY…
Cutting open the fruit. This was hilarious because every slice brought a “oooooo what’s going to be insideeeee ahhh!!” commentarty from my girls. every. single. fruit. haha.
They loved seeing the insides and I thought they were all so pretty.
I loved seeing the girls inspect the fruits and seeds and comparing and picking their favorites.
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Next up we served up a few slices of each fruit for the girls!
(.75 plates from target. ps not a target post I just don’t shop anywhere else these days.)
They LOVED sampling the fruits.. even though they’ve had all of these before at one point… they haven’t had them all together before and it was like an explosion of fruit amazingness to them.
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It was an after dinner thing. nothing too fancy. but too them, it was epic.
They said it was the best party idea ever. and that they wished daddy was here for it but that he could eat the fruit when he got home for work. hehe cuties.
When I tucked them in bed last night they both said we had to do this every year…
Mophia: “what day is it?? we need to remember to do this next year!!”
Me: “Why don’t we just do it at the start of summer.. it can be our little tradition”
Girls: “YESSSSSS.”
So it’s decided. A Fruit Party officially kicks off summer now.
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Coloring time continued… and I was surprised with this little masterpiece.
heart bursting. insert all the heart emojis here.
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I just fed the crew breakfast..and now my husband is braiding the girls’ hair while I post this… Hubby of the year. I think the girls love it even more when he does
it because they know how hard he tries. haha.
Hope you have a wonderful morning and consider
throwing your own FRUIT PARTY as we kick off summer! It’s a fun + tasty tradition.