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Natalie

January is always a time that I am searching for new recipes to spice up our dinner routine. I’m usually on the lookout for meals that are: full of vegetables full of color don’t take too much effort to pull together These are a sampling of the recipes I’m looking forward to trying in the […]

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Have you given any thought to your New Year’s Eve plans? Since having kids, we keep it pretty low key (“Wake me up when the ball drops!”), but it’s still nice to commemorate the occasion with a special treat. Steph asked me if I could come up with a spin on champagne jello shots for […]

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We’ve got a real treat for you guys today.  This ice cream sandwich dessert bar is so tempting I’m thinking of throwing an ugly sweater party just to have an excuse to set one up.  Be sure you read through to the end of the post for all of Natalie’s amazing sandwich combination suggestions. Ginger […]

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‘Tis the season for making memories, enjoying time with family and celebrating the sweet pleasures of the holidays. ‘Tis also the the season for running around like a crazy person, staying up past bedtime doing projects and throwing together treats at the last minute. While I am all for the memory making, I prefer to […]

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Around my house, we don’t love the idea of being scared or watching scary movies, but we do love dressing up and being silly around Halloween. We are satisfied with cute little ghosts and pretend mummies – we want to steer clear of any potential nightmare situations (parents included). With the lighter side of the […]

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Fall produce: it’s not all pumpkins and apple, folks. There’s a lot more to choose from come harvest time. Check out this list of goodies you’ll start to see at your market in the next few weeks (if not already!): Vegetables Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, celery root, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, leafy greens, mushrooms, pumpkin, […]

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Afternoons can be a busy time for parents. We get the kids in the door after school or practice and just as we start to think about preparing dinner, we hear those little voices asking for a snack. Active kids require almost constant fuel. Having healthy snack ingredients handy can keep them from lashing out […]

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School is back. The thought alone is overwhelming for most of us. (Myself included, and I don’t even have any kids in school!) Thankfully, the entire blogosphere is here to prepare us and keep us from mountains of school-related stress. I’ve combed through tons of blog posts to bring you this GIANT round up of […]

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Fresh summer fruit season comes and goes so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was seeing the first watermelons in stores, and here we are in August already. That means the summer crop is ending and the autumn produce isn’t far behind. Let’s take advantage of the summer bounty while we can and get […]

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2013 is the summer of the move here at MPMK.  There are currently four members of our team (including myself) who have either already moved or are getting ready to move.  With interest rates rising and the housing market once again booming in many cities, I have a feeling there are plenty of you moving […]

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Where has summer gone?  I know it only officially started a few days ago but I’m already feeling like it’s half over.  Admittedly, this is probably because the second half of our summer is jam-packed with travel and moving plans.  So the leisurely, “lets just chill and not plan anything more than a 30 minute […]

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Today Natalie’s got four of our favorite summer drink recipes – perfect for capping off a hot and a busy day.  Pick you4 favorite and invite your friends over for a BBQ this weekend! Summertime is full of fun for the kiddies, but us mamas need a little bit of fun, too, don’t you think? […]

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You know why I love having a team here on MPMK?  Because it allows me to cover topics I’m interested in but, frankly, are out of my wheelhouse.  This post, for example, came together like so… Natalie: Any ideas for my next post? Me: It’s getting on that time of year when Moms are spending […]

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Natalie’s with us today sharing her favorite tasty treats that Dad and the kiddos can tackle together for Mother’s Day.  Forward it to your hubby or, better yet, to your best mom friend’s hubby! QUESTION OF THE DAY How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?  With your mom, with your own nuclear family, or do you […]

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Salads are one of my lunch staples.  Which means I’m always on the lookout for new combinations (a girl can only consume so many chicken cobbs with a balsamic vinaigrette). Today Natalie is here sharing 16 of her favorite spring salads (yippe – lunch is suddenly back in a big way). Also on the food front – […]

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