5 Fun Back-to-School Items to Get Your Kids Excited About Their New Year

It’s the beginning of August, which means fall publications are out with fun back-to-school articles and all-things new and trendy are on full display. My writing is no different. You’ll see that my posts, articles and talks are focused on things I’m currently using or doing with my own kids. My newest article in Connection Magazine, “5 Fun Back-to-School Items” is hot off the press and ready for you to read.

Some of the items I recommend are currently on sale. If you happen to buy the Bentgo Lunchbox I talk about in the article, you should check out my piece in San Diego Familyl Magazine on “52 Easy School Lunches” to get your creative juices flowing on what to put IN the lunchbox.

Happy Back-to-School shopping!



“Dad Rocks” Paperweight Recipe for Father’s Day

Father’s Day will be here before you know it! Check out my article here, to read about this Paperweight Craft as well as 10 other fun and free things to do for Father’s Day this year.

Paperweight Recipe 

¼ cup salt

½ cup flour

¼ cup water


Cookie sheet

Tiny rocks or pebbles


Mix first three ingredients together in bowl. Roll into a ball and then flatten out about ½ inch thick. Place pebbles in dough to spell out ‘Dad Rocks’ pressing firmly but not too hard. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-2 ½ hours. Let cool on cookie sheet.

Delicious Recipes Using Peanuts

March is National Peanut Month which means, of course, I needed to write about all-things peanuts. I polled my friends on Facebook to find out what their favorite recipes were and one came through my feed from Rebecca Lesue. She recommends adding peanuts to your stir fry and says this recipe from the Minimalist Baker is one of her favorites.

I love to add peanuts to my trail mix. Here’s my personal recipe:

dried cranberries, peanuts, plain m&ms, popcorn

For recipes using peanut butter…I received quite a few.

Marguerite Perry makes Energy Bites:

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips
3tbs cocoa powder
Pinch of salt

Roll into little balls and refrigerate for 2 hours! Store in an air tight container. Good for 2 weeks!

Amber Tillman makes Flour-less Peanut Butter Cookies:

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
Cook at 350 for 8 minutes

Danielle Schaum makes Avalanche Bars:

1 cup Rice Krispies
I bag of white chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup marshmallows
I handful chopped salted peanuts

Melt chocolate and mix everything in.
Pour into pan and then cut into squares.

How about you? What’s your favorite recipe using peanuts? Add it in the comments and I might just make it!