Kids in the Kitchen: Pumpkin Rice Krispies

Pumpkin Rice Krispies |

I was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw a pin with super cute Pumpkin Rice Krispies. I immediately knew I wanted to make them so I picked up all the ingredients while my kids were at school.  After we ate dinner Tuesday evening, Colin and I got to work! I threw the butter and marshmallows in a pot.  Colin stirred until they were melted.  Then Colin added in the food coloring (we only used 2 drops of red and 4 yellow so it wasn't a strong orange color) and the cereal.  I finished mixing it all together and then I poured it out on a cookie sheet. I sprayed Colin's hands with cooking spray and he started to make balls of rice krispies.  While he did that, I cut the Tootsie Rolls in half. When the candies were cut,  I sprayed my hands and helped make the balls (pumpkins).  After all the pumpkins were made and had their 'stems' in place, I took a tube of green frosting and made the leaves. I really like the way they turned out!!  And while James wasn't interested in helping, he … [Continue]

Tailgating Essentials for Football Season!

Tailgating Essentials |

**Full Disclosure: Thank you to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s post and helping me get ready for tailgating this Football Season.  All opinions are my own.  It's officially football season!  While my husband and I like football, we don't have favorite teams.  I pick teams to cheer for based on the color of their uniforms and he roots for everyone on the field!  And, even though we don't have a favorite team, my husband and I think tailgating parties are fun because we get to spend time with friends and enjoy the food!  We mostly tailgate at our home - rather than in a parking lot. (It's just a whole lot easier that way for those of us with kids.)  Sam’s Club has all the tailgating essentials we need for a great party! Tailgating Essentials:  1.  Television - Of course, you can't have a tailgating party without a TV, right?  How else would you watch football?!  A 65" Samsung LED 1080p 3D Smart HDTV would be perfect for watching the game! 2.  Chairs - This might be a … [Continue]

Back to School with Mabel’s Labels {#Review}

Mabel's Labels Review |

**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own. Back to school is the craziest time of year.  My kids like to pick out all the items on their lists.  But selecting those necessities is pain-staking and tedious so the last thing I want to do is replace them two weeks into the school year.  Lucky for me, Mabel's Labels has the perfect solution: the Ultimate Back to School Combo pack! About:  Mabel’s Labels started in 2003 with  four moms … [Continue]

Craft: Spppooookkkyyy Halloween Rag Wreath

Sppppppooooooookky Rag Wreath |

Halloween can be a fun holiday - but it's not fun for me when it's all skulls and scary.  I like the cute, artsy side of Halloween.  A Sppppoookkyy Rag Wreath is a great way to infuse cute into Halloween. This rag wreath has one set of eyes kind of semi-hidden in the fleece to show it's 'spooky' side.  (You could add more eyes to make it even more creepy, too!)  And I used tulle to give it the feel of a spider web. I hope you like it as much as I do! You’ll Need: Five colors of … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: Cupcakes!

KITK Cupcakes |

I know I haven't been keeping up with Kids in the Kitchen and I'm sorry for that!  It's been hard finding time for the kids to help me in the kitchen with our new back-to-school routine. But we are back this week (and hopefully for awhile)! James helped me make cupcakes yesterday - mostly because he was not supposed to be looking at the television and he couldn't NOT look - but he assisted nonetheless.  We just used a box mix, but replaced the water and oil with heavy whipping cream and … [Continue]

Back to School with Balance Bar #balanceisinthebag

Balance Bars - On-the-Go Snacks |

**Full Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Balance Bar.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   My kids went back to school three weeks ago but their after-school activities started this week so we are still working on finding our groove. These tips from Jenny Ingram are really helping me stay on top of things! Keep Smart Snacks within Reach. Back to school isn’t only exhausting for kids. Moms and dads get worn down too so smart snacking is important. … [Continue]

Schoola turns outgrown clothes into money for school programs!

Schoola Logo

**Full Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own. I want to tell you a secret ... I didn't buy my kids back to school clothes!  You see, my boys' drawers are overflowing with clothes.  They didn't need anything.  Additionally, we live in South Texas and it doesn't cool off until October (if we are lucky!) so James and Colin are able to wear their summer clothes until then. With October only a few weeks away, I am ready to buy … [Continue]

Smell Fantastic with Old Spice! {Review & #Giveaway} #Combos4Success

Old Spice Pure Sport |

**Full Disclosure: This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. I remember my dad using Old Spice when I was a kid.  I loved that smell!  And so when I got married, I started buying Old Spice for my husband.  Now, I am buying it for James, too.  I am not a fan of a stinky husband (... or stinky kids!) so two-thirds of the males in my home use Old Spice products.  I … [Continue]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Submissions Open!

SensiblySara's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

SensiblySara is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Each item will be shared with my current readers through blog posts and amplified via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest. I am looking to fill spots in the following categories: For Her, For Him, For the Kids, Stocking Stuffers and For Pets. Edible items are welcome in every category. The gift guide will begin October 15th and continue through December as last minute shoppers need ideas, too! In order … [Continue]

Date Night with MARVEL and M&M’s {Captain America Cake} #shop #HeroesEatMMs

Captain America Cake #shop |

**Full Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HeroesEatMMs #CollectiveBias  My husband and I are lucky in that my parents live in the same city we do.  But they live 30 minutes away and it's not all too convenient when we are looking for a last-minute or week-night babysitter.  But if you've ever used a babysitter, you know they aren't cheap!  In an effort to save money, we have to get really creative when … [Continue]

Wordless Wednesday: Cousins

Cousins |

  It was a HOT and humid day, so these kids are super sweaty! Have a peaceful Wednesday! … [Continue]

CHA! By Texas Pete – Sriracha sauce for everything!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CHA! by Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Texas Pete was founded in 1929 and their products are still made in the USA.  It was not created in Texas, though.  Texas Pete’s roots are in North Carolina!  When the family was creating a name for their first product, they wanted something to ‘connote the piquant flavor reminiscent of the favorite foods of our neighbors to the south.’  Mexican Joe was the first suggestion … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix® {+ #Giveaway} CLOSED

Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix® |

NFL kick-off is September 4th.  I can't believe it's almost time for football again!  If you are anything like me, you can't watch a football game without snacks.  That's where Chex Mix comes in!  We can eat it straight out of the bag or make something like Bacon Blooming Onion Chex Mix or Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix.  James, Colin and I decided to try the latter. I made the bacon because I didn't want either of my boys to mess with the hot grease. Colin poured the Chex Mix in a … [Continue]

What makes me great? And 5 ways to boost your confidence!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Post Great Grains Cereal for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. What makes you GREAT?  To be perfectly honest, I struggle with the answer to this question most days.  Sure, there are things I like about myself, but do those things make me great?  As hard as it may be, I am going to step out on a limb and tell you what makes me great.  My ability to serve and support others is probably the thing I am most proud of.    I make my kids … [Continue]