A New Dawnn

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Are You Ready for the #YogaPantChallenge with Depend® Active Fit?

Whether you're a new mom or you've been at this kid thing for awhile, one is for sure - your body went through a lot of changes. Some of you may have breezed through pregnancy only gaining a little bit of weight and dropping it just as quick (lucky gals) or you could have had a pregnancy more like mine. It's no secret pregnancy is not fun for me. On top of severe morning sickness that plagued me my entire pregnancy, I faced some other challenges this time around. Thankfully it only happened a few times but it made me realize this is a reality for many women out there. So when I was asked to partner with the #YogaPantChallenge I knew I had to say yes.

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Winter Diaper Bag Essentials

My diaper bag contents tend to change with the season. Obviously some things, are staples in there but depending on the season and when I find new products, certain things are added to the mix. Today I'm partnering with Tommee Tippee to share some of my favorite baby products for 2016. We all know baby's come with a lot of baggage - literally so I try to make the most of the room in my diaper bag and fill it only with the essentials that we need. With so many things out there on the market, it can be hard to decide what to get and when to get it. So today, I'm sharing a peek into my diaper bag and some of my must haves and some new products I love the winter months.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Heart Shaped Surprise Cupcakes

Last week I spent some time in my kitchen organizing the endless drawers filled with cookie cutters, baking supplies and all my other cooking gadgets.  I was actually looking for a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter and when I couldn't find it decided it was time to get organized.  In the process I found the cute lmini heart shaped cookie cutters that I bought for this recipe last year. That's right. Last year. I had planned to make these for Valentine's Day but when couldn't find the cookie cutters I had just bought , I gave up. As soon as I found them, I grabbed some cake mix from the pantry to finally make and share them here. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Make Healthier Choices with V8 & This DIY Food Journal

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I've been on a planner kick lately. I have a planner for work related stuff, for family events and the kids schedules but the one thing it was lacking was a place for me to track things for me. I wanted a place to track things like fitness, meal planning and what I eat on a daily basis. I love to eat and it doesn't help when I'm constantly in the kitchen cooking up recipes and desserts to share on the blog. Someone has to try out my little meals to make sure they're worthy of sharing here on the blog. This year one of my goals is to make healthier choices and watch what I eat. The easiest way for me to do that is to track it all.  To help me do just that, I created these free printable journal sheets and my own little planner just for me.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DIY Snow Paint

Last weekend we had our first real touch of winter when it finally snowed.  After all this crazy weather we've been having here in New Jersey, I know the kids were happy to see some snow. I'm not a fan of snow and the older I get the more I dislike it but the kids love it! The little dusting we got was enough to send my oldest running to his room for his snow pants and shoes so he could head on outside to play in it.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this Delicious General Tso's Chicken Recipe

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I love spending time with my son in the kitchen. What started off as playtime by simply baking cookies when he was younger has turned into a love of cooking and learning new things for him. We love any excuse to spend time together learning new recipes and traditions. Now that we're homeschooling, it's turned into even more of a lesson in learning. Take for instance, Chinese New Year. It's a great way to learn about other cultures and the perfect time to head to the kitchen for a little recipe. We love Chinese food and one of our family favorites is General Tso's Chicken. This is such an easy dish to make at home and one that my son hasn't made with me yet.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

DIY Football Coasters

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Football Coasters
Living with two football fanatics means weekends during football season are busy watching games with family and friends. Sometimes it's just a few friends over and others are full blown parties. If multiple games are on, we'll have some guests in the family room and others in the living room. With food and drinks all over, I wanted to create something to protect my furniture while still fitting with the football party theme. So these football coasters were the perfect craft to protect my furniture while looking cute doing it.  

Friday, January 8, 2016

Nourish What Matters With Lean Cuisine® Marketplace

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Lean Cuisine Marketplace
We have a not so normal dinner meal plan in our house. Since my husband works a few nights out of the week, I try to plan my meals around his schedule to make sure the nights that he is home, we have a home cooked meal every night. If it's a day he's working, I may make a big lunch and for dinner, the kids and I will have leftovers or something smaller. So my meal plan rotates throughout the month. On these days, I may not want to eat exactly what the kids are. There are so many grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken nuggets I can eat. Thankfully, I found a delicious way to still eat the organic and protein-packed meals I like without having to cook an entirely different lunch or dinner for myself.