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Watermelon Ginger Smoothie Recipe and Staying Hydrated with Fresh Fruit, Odwalla and ZICO

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. #FreshCutSavings #CollectiveBias Cool watermelon combines with zesty ginger and smooth coconut water in this easy Watermelon Ginger Smoothie recipe for one. Warm weather has finally arrived in Maine. That’s good news after what felt like never-ending cold weather …

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Tiered Confetti Cake

Homemade confetti cake is a tasty, made-with-love, vanilla-flavored take on a favorite birthday cake. And it’s even more fun with tiers. And just like that, she turned 10. This sensitive, brilliant, talented, curious girl who has challenged, loved and enlightened me has been on this planet for a decade. This stage-loving, dancing, acting, singing, spotlight-craving …

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Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

This Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe yields a batch of cakey cookies filled with dark chocolate and topped with a sprinkle of salt. Divine!  It was Saturday night, a rare one in which my kids were home. My son had a friend over and they, together with my daughter, were watching Charlie and the …

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Mini Dark Chocolate Cranberry Rock Cakes

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes didn’t sound so appetizing in the Harry Potter books, but this mini version is lightly sweetened, moist and tasty. I didn’t want to read the Harry Potter books. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first released in the United States in 1998, I barely noticed. When the next books — …

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5 Tips for Establishing a Morning Routine for Back to School

Kids headed back to school soon? Establishing a morning routine will help ease that transition from summer fun to classroom learning. The school supply displays are getting to that picked over stage here, where people have come to terms with the end of summer and are beginning to prepare for the next school year. Are …

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Warm Pancetta Garlic Vinaigrette

Cauliflower is roasted to crisp-tender, and then bathed in a warm pancetta garlic vinaigrette. It’s a tangy, warm peppery Roasted Cauliflower Salad perfect for chilly nights. Everyday, it seems, I have to send one or both kids back to their rooms to change before heading out to the school bus. Different jeans. A shirt that …

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Why Protein in the Morning Matters (and a FitBit Giveaway!)

This post was sponsored by Milk Life on behalf of Influence Central. Confession: I haven’t always been a breakfast enthusiast. Once in the sixth grade, a teacher chastised me for not having a suitable answer when she was polling the class about their morning meals. I was already regularly skipping breakfast by then … and …

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Slow Roasted Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Casserole

Slow roasting gives this tangy Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Casserole a silky texture that’s perfect with fresh spinach and an egg over easy. Every so often, Facebook or Timehop will show me a photo of my kids from a few years ago. In these images, they’ll be so little and fresh faced. Often, they’re standing at the …

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