Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

You guys!! I’m in Vegas this week for a conference, so my blogland presence has been a bit sketchy. My apologies. I had fun this morning attending a session with Barbara Corcoran and Robert Jerjavec from ABC’s Shark Tank. I was always taught to take at least one “golden nugget” back from each session at a conference. This morning Barbara was talking about running a successful business, and she said the key to great success is “having fun.” I absolutely {Read More}

Homemade Cheddar Chicken Strips

Raise your hand if you make a lot of “kid meals.” My husband, Josh, travels a lot, so that means a ton of weeknight meals for just the kids and me. Our children, like a lot of kids in this world, have a short list of foods they request ALL OF THE TIME. In fact, they would be happy to eat these things every night of the week if I would allow it. Here are my kiddos’ Top 5 Kid {Read More}

Halloween Pretzel Treats

We’re starting to have conversations about Halloween costumes here at the house. We need to start a bit early because there’s always a ton of stuff going on in September and October. All four of us AND our dog celebrate our birthdays in September and October, so there’s a lot of planning that’s going on, wish list writing and birthday cake eating. When we finally make it to Halloween, I’m a bit exhausted, but I still want to make the {Read More}

Old-Fashioned Sloppy Joes

Ahhh. . .let’s reminisce for a bit. Who remembers eating Old-Fashioned Sloppy Joes as a child? I do, I do. I remember eating them at home, at school, at family parties. . . I literally spent a good portion of my existence eating these delicious sandwiches. I really debated on what to call them here on Bitz & Giggles. At home, we call these sandwiches, BBQ. Do you call them BBQ or Sloppy Joes? Please let me know in the comments and {Read More}

Printable Medicine Tracker – Preparing for Cold & Flu Season

It’s the beginning of cold and flu season. . .already. My 6-year-old was sick with a cold and a fever just two weeks ago during the last week of summer camp. The sickness seemed to then move through the house taking on a bit of a different form for each of us. Blah. If there’s one thing I can’t stand more than anything else, it’s germs!! I was happy that we were able to get over our family illness before {Read More}

Oreo Cake Batter Pops

Dearest blog, I’m so sorry I missed your birthday last month. If it helps at all, I’m not super excited about celebrating my own this year, either. However, I am much older than you, so it’s probably normal for me to feel that way. You, my friend, are two. I promise to never neglect you again, especially in your most tender years. You’ve been so good to me; you’re growing faster than I ever thought you would. And that calls {Read More}

Back to School: Homework in Progress Door Hangers

I’m in major back to school mode this week if you couldn’t already tell! I have a list of about a million things I’d like to get done before the start of school. I guess we’ll see how much I can realistically check off before the big day arrives. I’ve decided I just need to take one day at a time. Pretty sound logic, right? My kids are still pretty young. Dane will be starting 1st grade this fall. I’m {Read More}

Printable Lunch Box Jokes

Ahhh, it feels good to be back! July was such a busy month, filled with summer camp, family commitments and an RV adventure to South Dakota! I’m so happy to be back to a somewhat normal schedule. I wonder how long that will last? So, here at the house we’re in back to school mode. Are you, too? My son, Dane, will be in 1st Grade this fall and he’s super excited about it. He’s finishing off the month of {Read More}

Catch More Fish Printable & Fishing Adventures at the Lake

We’ve been spending a lot of time “up north” at our lake cabin this summer – hosting friends and family, and making the most of our weekends. The weather lately has been absolutely beautiful, so we’ve traded in the tablets and cell phones for “lake life.” That means lots of jumping off the dock and playing in the water during the day, and when dusk sets in. . . well,  that’s when the fishing poles come out. It’s not always pretty, let me tell you. {Read More}

50 Ideas for Family Night + A Free Printable

Do you feel like you’re constantly running? To work, to school, to camp, to practice, to get groceries, to parties, etc.? The list goes on and on. There just doesn’t seem to be much downtime. I always think that “next month” is going to be better, but the calendar fills up quickly and I find myself caught up in what I like to call organized chaos. I stick to a schedule, but the schedule doesn’t stop. While children sometimes seem {Read More}