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Keeping Myself Strong

Breakfast. Gotta start my day with something, and this being the last tip I’m sharing as a part of the Kellogg’s Great Starts Tips, I’m sharing this super easy and quick breakfast, eating Smart Start cereal. It’s important to me to  stay physically fit as well as mentally fit.

Each morning, I have spiritual nourishment by studying on how to be a better person through a daily devotional in my scriptures. It gives me the mental energy to get through my day.  I love the crunch and texture of Smart Start cereal in a bowl, filled with fresh fruit, too.  I then cap my morning with a trip to the gym or at home workout. It’s important to take time for myself with 4 kids. I need this daily routine to stay strong!

kelloggs smart start

I caught my husband with his hand in this box just last night, munching on the Smart Start.  It’d also be great in a bowl of yogurt!… Continue Reading

Mix It Up for an After School Snack

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “cereal freestyle?”  To me, it says, “do whatever you want with the cereal, baby!” I thought I’d share a little tip for how to mix-it-up for after school snack’s, especially on the go. At our home, two days a week after school are pretty hectic, because I’m in my car driving my kids to piano and gymnastics. It’s a big pain. Especially because one of those days they get home, then we turn out the door again. I started packing snacks that were easy to take out the door, and I combined 3 of my favorite cereals to do that:

  • Kellogg’s Apple Jacks
  • Kellogg’s Fruit Loops
  • Kellogg’s Corn POPS

Seriously, my most FAVORITE cereal growing up was Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, and I love it just as much today! It brings my heart joy to see my kids loving it, too. I even told my 4 year old the other day as she was munching on Apple Jacks….”you know, when I was a kid, it was just little orange loops, now there is green and orange…” She didn’t have much to say about that, but it was fun to wax nostalgic for a brief moment.

snacking with cereal

If I had a box of cereal out after school… Continue Reading

Tips for a great start

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,right? Getting off to a great start in the morning is necessary to a successful day, especially with crazy life schedules. I’m so excited to share that I’m parterning with Kellogg’s for the next month, and will be sharing some great recipes and tips inspired by my on-the-go chaos.  So come back and see the various Tips for a Great Start I will be featuring throughout the next month.  I grew up on Kellogg’s cereals, and I’m excited to share my “still faves” today!

I’ve been asked to share tips on the following topics:

  • Perfect Pairings–using cereal in recipes
  • Cereal Freestyle–mixing cereals
  • Game Day–kids snacks before/after games
  • Snack Packer–ways to transport snacks
  • Mind and Body–being healthy is not just about eating

Check out this video:

What is your favorite Kellogg’s cereal???
Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit

 Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions are 100% mine, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

Ok friends, I’ve been so excited to share this Almond Cranberry French Toast Casserole recipe ever since I served it to a table of my friends last week.  I combined 3 different recipes to make this one, and I was pleasantly excited that nearly each of them asked for the recipe before we were done. I told them it was coming on the blog–ASAP! I have recently realized how much I LOVE cooked cranberries, though you could exclude them and just make a casserole if you’d like. The almonds could also be optional if there are allergies, I just LOVE me some TEXTURE in my food!

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

You see, it was my friend Tracy’s birthday, and I hosted a little birthday breakfast in her honor. Tracy lives around the corner from me, and we’ve become dear friends. There are 5 of us ladies that live close by, and she has been hosting lunches for us for over a year. The other 4 of us always say we are going to take turns hosting (and we have a little), but she will eventually send out a group text letting us know that she will be making one of her fabulous gourmet meals, and we make sure we are available to be there.… Continue Reading