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Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus Recipe

  I love hummus. Considering I'm not a huge bean fan, it is kind of amazing how big a hummus fan I have become. Part of what I love about it is how easy it is to make and how many different varieties and flavors you can create. I also love cilantro and am always looking for new ways to enjoy its unique flavor. A while back, I had been served a cilantro hummus at a friend's house and really liked it. I tried and tried to recreate the recipe and it just wasn't right. She finally clued me into the fact that it was actually jalapeno and cilantro hummus - I think she picked it up at Trader Joe's. I'm not a big jalapeno fan, so I played around with the amounts until I had it adjusted so that it had just the right amount of cilantro flavor and a little bit of kick that didn't make my ... read more

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The Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

I love that there are specific days set aside during the calendar year to celebrate our soldiers and the sacrifice they (and their families!!) make for their service. But there is a large number of people who have either forgotten or were never taught what each of these holidays is for. While I know my husband is always grateful for a "thank you for your service" when it is thrown his way, that sentiment is more appropriate for Veterans Day than Memorial Day.* Because he was one of the lucky ones who came home. You see, Memorial Day is a day that is set aside to honor those who served and paid the ultimate price - their lives. The day is meant to take some time and think about where we would all be and how our lives might be different if there weren't brave troops willing to lay ... read more

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Travel Must Haves

Hey - thanks for popping over from Studio A and Fox 6! I know you are looking for those must have items I was talking about so here are the links: And while you're here, why not like the Wisconsin Mommy Facebook page so you can keep up with our latest posts...   Thanks!! Now onto the products...   1) CoverLugg -  starting at $9.99 (cool demo video here: 2) Ebags Packing Cubes -   starting at $19.99 3) MasterLock SafeSpace - $17.99 4) AirAngel AirOasis - - $249.99 5) SanDisk - Wireless Media Drive - - $71.99 - iXpands Flash Drive - - $59.99 6) Psi Bands - - $12.99 7) SkipHop travel blankets - $19.99 8) FlipStir Puzzle -  - $24.99 9) FreshEnds (and FreshStarts) wipes -  - starting at ... read more

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Do You Need a Sunscreen Higher than SPF 30? #GoddessGarden

I've been getting such great comments and questions about my role as an ambassador for the organic sunscreen made by Goddess Garden! This seems to be a topic that people are really interested in learning more about. I mentioned last week that I believe using an organic and chemical free sunscreen is important to me because of the way that what I put on my skin gets absorbed into my body. This week I want to address another question that has come up a number of times: Why Goddess Garden only goes up to SPF 30. Do you really need a stronger sunscreen than 30 SPF? Let's look at what SPF really means. It's basically a factor that tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without burning. For instance, my fair Irish skin will last about 15 minutes in the strongest sun at the beginning ... read more

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Why Organic Sunscreen? #GoddessGarden

Last week I shared that I am a Goddess Garden Sunscreen ambassador. I got a lot of positive feedback from my announcement, but a few people reached out to me privately and asked why I felt so passionately about organic sunscreen. They wanted to know if organic sunscreen was "just a gimmick" and why it needed to be organic if I wasn't eating it. Those are both really good questions and I'm glad they reached out and asked me as I sometimes forget that everyone is in a different place when it comes to the road to healthy living. (By that I mean that I am still so near the starting line that I imagine everyone else already knows more than I do!) When you think of your important organs, you usually think of the heart, brain, or any of the other parts living in our torso. I'll bet you get ... read more

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Red Robin is Food Allergy Friendly (and a gift card giveaway)

Josh was probably about 3 when we first realized that he had a nut allergy. His reaction was, luckily, very mild and it actually took me a few minutes to put two and two together and figure out that he was having an allergic reaction. Over the next few years, the reactions seemed a bit more severe the few times he was accidentally exposed and I suspected that the allergy might be worsening. A trip to the allergist and a few tests confirmed what I had suspected - his allergy to some of the nuts was now considered severe and we added an epipen to our "don't leave home with it" list. We started being a lot more careful about where we ate and asked a LOT of questions whenever we ate food prepared by someone else. We are always on the lookout for restaurants that clearly label the ... read more

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Summer is Almost Here. Have You Signed Up for Brain Chase?

We are getting super excited for the arrival of summer, aren't you? We love the road trips, cookouts, and late nights, but what we don't love is summer learning loss. Chasing your kiddo around with workbooks and at-home study programs isn't much fun either (for you or for them). Luckily, Brain Chase has come to the rescue with a fun, adventure based program that will have kids learning without even realizing it! This summer's mystery adventure is all about The Sunstone of Cortés. Students will be given weekly assignments and clues and a $10,000 prize awaits one lucky winner. Check out the trailer for this summer's adventure: Got a Language Lover at Home? A cool new feature this year is Brain Chase's partnership with Rosetta Stone. All Brain Chase registrants will now have the ... read more


Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant Review

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation. A while ago, I shared that I was going to be trying Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant and letting you know what I thought about it. I was mainly hoping that it would be effective but more gentle on my underarms than others I had tried. Knowing the great results I have had with other Dove products, I was eager to give it a try. The nice folks at Dove sent over a sample of their Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant for me to take on a test drive. I used the sample for two days and decided I didn't care for the scent. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with it - I am just really picky and have a ... read more

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The Perfect Cinco de Mayo Dinner

As someone who loves food with a Mexican flare, Cinco de Mayo is a fun night to be planning dinner at our house! Last summer, the Sea Cuisine food truck came to Milwaukee and Josh and I got to go get a cooking lesson from Milwaukee's favorite chef, Chef Feker. Chef Feker's recipes are always amazing and I'm thrilled to be sharing another of his fish taco recipes with you for Cinco de Mayo. So hop over to your local Target and grab a package of Sea Cuisine and get cooking!! Milliocki Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Taco   Print Author: Chef Michael Feker Cuisine: Mexican Serves: 12 tacos Ingredients 1 medium fennel bulb, sliced thin and kept in lemon water so that it will not oxidize 1 cup of Napa cabbage slaw or your favorite cole slaw 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro 4 Sea ... read more

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Why I Wanted to be a Goddess Garden Ambassador

Growing up my mom was always really good about making sure I had on sunscreen whenever I was going to be in the sun. Living on the East Coast, the beach was usually a big part of our summers and we spent lots of time in the sun. I honestly don't remember getting a sunburn during my entire childhood. I'm not sure if her diligence grew out of an understanding of the correlation between sun exposure and skin cancer or just a desire to keep me from being in pain. Once I was older, I hit that I-know-everything stage and not only slacked off on my sunscreen applications, but even went tanning a number of times. I loved the look of a golden glow and was still young enough to think that I was going to live forever. Then members of my family began developing skin cancer. My great aunt only ... read more

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Helping Students Prepare For and Succeed At State Testing

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carson-Dellosa. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm going to be upfront here and admit that I am not a fan of standardized testing - neither as an educator or as a parent. As a teacher, it always pained me to see students stress out about the yearly tests they were given and not do well because the test asked questions in ways they might not be familiar with. As a ... read more

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Omaha Steaks Review – #OmahaSteaksGifts

I've talked about how much I like going out to eat, but there are sometimes when I want to have a really nice meal at home. You know what I mean, a restaurant-quality meal without doing take out or going out. That means I would have to make it and, for me, that can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Omaha Steaks makes it super easy! As much as I like going out to eat, if the weather is bad I am going to want to stay put at home. Or if we have guests coming over, I will want to have something a ... read more

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