Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Dip



There is something about Brown Sugar that has completely stolen my heart over the past few months. It adds so much depth to recipes. When it is added to cream cheese? Watch out! Yummy stuff right!?

Roo is a busy boy in the spring. He has multiple sports which keep us running to soccer and t ball several nights a week for a few weeks as the end of soccer overlaps with the beginning of t ball. I always try to have a snack ready when Roo gets home to hold him over until we make it back home for dinner. A few weeks ago, I tossed some soft pretzel bites in the oven when an idea hit me. This idea turned out to be the yummiest thing to happen in terms of dipping for a long time!






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Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Dip
A sweet, creamy dip that is perfect for soft pretzels, cookies and crackers!
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 2 ounces Water
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
Instructions
Add 2 ounces of water and 6 ounces of cream cheese to a small sauce pan, heat until thoroughly heated and well blended.
Pour into a serving dish and top with brown sugar.Serve with cookies, crackers, soft pretzels, or bread.
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It is every bit as yummy as it looks! It is so easy to make and will be perfect for serving at parties! I think this would be great with bread too!

What is your favorite dip? Tell me all about it in a comment.
You might also enjoy this Easy Cheesy Chicken Taco recipe.

A Pretty Pair of Panties Delivered to Your Door With Panty by Post

Thanks to my friends at Panty by Post for providing me with a sample to inspire this post.

Ladies, I know I am not the only one that sometimes puts my own needs last. Between working, managing our homes, the busy season of raising kids and being a good partner... seriously. Sometimes, the efforts I put into everything leave me drained. I might look halfway presentable at any given moment but under that untucked mom shirt and a skirt or leggings... my poor husband. It is almost always some good old mom panties, you know, the kind you buy in a 5 pack at the grocery store. Not at all glamourous. 

Do you end up rocking those kind of panties too? It seems like once a week I think, Sara, girl buy some panties. Buy something that is pretty, something that has been missing from your wardrobe since you became a mom... but like I mentioned earlier, life moves fast and that to do list gets longer and longer. Making a trip to the mall for something I desire? Please. I will always desire time at home more than time at the mall. 

I found a service that is a ton of fun and is helping me stock my panty drawer with so not my normal mom style panties!

Panty by Post is a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription service that delivers a great pair of panties to your door each month. With feminine styles and several levels of subscription to meet your panty style wishes, this is something you really want to try! It is a nice way to try new styles, to get something awesome delivered to you and to avoid a trip to the mall!

This is a great idea for a gift for a special lady or a fantastic treat for yourself. Because we are friends, you can tell Panty by Post I sent you when you subscribe and use this code IMNEW15 at checkout to save $15 on your subscription!



I got a really great bordeaux thong from the Signature Line. It is really comfortable, feminine and stylish. It is kinda crazy, but girls, when I started rocking some not my normal mom undies, I felt incredible! My confidence level seemed to improve.

Overall, Panty By Post rocks. This is a cool service that I think you will like as much as I did!

Potty Training Made Easier With Pampers Easy Ups

 This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine."

Potty training can be a crazy time in the life of parents and toddlers alike! There are ups, downs, and so many chances to learn during this developmental stage! My little Harper is working on her potty skills! It certainly makes every day an adventure; especially considering she wants to do everything her older brother does... including dropping her easy up and trying to pee outside.

A part of me wants to groan in frustration or maybe cry just a little when something like that goes down. It usually happens moments after I have given Harper a bath, or when I am getting everyone ready to head out for the day. Moms, you know how that is! Last minute incidents and accidents are all part of the adventure that is parenthood.

When those moments in life do happen, I remind myself to keep my irritations to myself. Dr Jana, a potty training expert reminds parents that  "It is important to keep in mind that “teamwork makes the dream work,” especially in the case of potty training. You are not only your child’s biggest fan, you are  also their potty training coach. Remember to stay calm encourage your little one to not worry and try again!" I always keep her advice in mind and remind myself that we will get this!


Pampers Easy Ups are a great transitional product for parents and kids alike, with fun designs little ones get excited about wearing easy ups, and parents love that Easy Ups help protect clothing and furniture from accidents and offer great overnight leak protection!

My daughter loves the Dora prints on Easy Ups. We both love that there is a fading design to help her learn when it is time to change her pull up. Pampers Easy Ups are available in sizes up to 4/5t to fit children of a variety of sizes!

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Making Sandwiches with Harper {Kids Craft}

A few days ago, Little Miss Harper wanted to help me make lunch. I love her eagerness to help and her interest in learning. But, on this particular day, I wanted to keep her busy and out of the kitchen, as I was in the middle of a project.

I asked her if she wanted to make paper sandwiches while I made lunch, it sounded appealing to her! I had a collection of paper sandwich fixings ready for an occasion like this. I found a yellow glue stick to imitate mustard. Harper was all set to make sandwiches!

To prepare for this activity I had previously cut the following shapes from construction paper

bread shapes  white paper
red circles for tomatoes
squiggly green leaves for lettuce
yellow squares for cheese
brown circles for meat

You will need a glue stick. Red or Yellow is fun with this paper food craft, like ketchup and mustard!


As you can see, this activity is completely basic. Construction paper and glue. I offered Harper ample supplies for building sandwiches. To keep her busy and having a lot of fun!




She began by adding mustard to the bread and adding tomatoes.


Next up was cheese! 


Harper was completely into this craft. She loved making sandwiches. She added layer upon layer, happily crafting while I made lunch!


My kids both love a good paper food craft! If I find myself with a few extra moments and a pack of construction paper I make little craft bags for occasions like this day.  They are always a huge hit with my kids. They have enjoyed making paper cookies, paper pizzas and paper jam sandwiches. These are the best kind of kid food crafts in my opinion because they are virtually mess free and they are really a lot of fun!

My Mothers Promise Starts with Pampers Premium Care

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walmart and Pampers Premium Care Diapers.

When I became a mother, I had all of these ideas. I thought I knew exactly how the adventure would go... after all, I had 9 months to plan it before my son was born. Fast forward 5 years. Now I have 2 kids! And life is busy. Sometimes I lose track of the adventure I had planned. I also lose track of a lot of other things. Sometimes, you need to be reminded by a friend, or a company that feels like a good friend after all these years to evaluate your adventure in Motherhood and to make a #MothersPromise.

Pampers reminded me to do just that. For a few days, I pondered various promises I could make to my little ones. I could promise to always cook dinner, but, let's face it, Dominoes delivers and sometimes that is the only way dinner is going to appear on our table! I could promise to always do their laundry, but that would be a lie... I am fortunate that my husband takes care of washing the laundry.

No promise needed to be different. My promise needed to be something really important. Just like my children are to me. I thought very hard over this. What would I want to really promise these amazing little kids?!



My Mothers Promise came to me one day as I was sipping a latte. I Promise to Take Time to Savor the Moment, just like I was savoring my delicious drink. So many days, I am rushed from one task to one activity, I barely have time to sit for lunch sometimes. The reality of that makes me sad. It opened my eyes. These moments pass quickly. We only get them one time. With that in mind, savor the moments with the kids! And make all of those moments in a diaper comfortable for your baby. Pampers Premium Care is the starting step to a lifetime of loving moments.





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What is your Mothers Promise? How will you keep your promise?

For me, it is a simple reminder to savor these good moments in life. The chores can wait. Childhood cannot!

The First Step to a Happier Life

This post has been sponsored by Jackpot Candles.

A few months ago, I was checking out this article based on a study on happiness. It offered several suggestions on how to live a happier life. There was one suggestion that intrigued me. It was super simple. The fragrance of vanilla is often associated with happiness. It enhances sensations of joy and relaxation. With that, I decided to take the plunge into my search for happiness not only in my personal self but also in my home. I started with a vanilla candle from Jackpot Candles.

First, I know, vanilla candles are the first step to happiness? You might be thinking that Silly Sara really does sum it all up. But, think about this, you guys.

When you have had a long day and you want to relax, do you light a candle? That is one of the first things I do once my kids are sleeping. It softens the atmosphere of any room and it smells nice! The gentle flickering of the flame seems to soothe my weary soul. So, it just makes sense on my path to happy to light a few candles. If the scent of vanilla can help me with joy, happiness, and relaxation, then I am all for trying it.

Now, this is where Jackpot Candles makes a huge difference...



Imagine lighting a candle that helps you to chill and knowing that sooner or later a fun surprise is going to pop up in the melted wax? Imagine opening that little foil pack surprise to find a pretty ring, necklace or pair of earrings awaiting your discovery? I don't know about you but a pretty surprise always makes me smile. Smiling and happiness go hand in hand!


I really loved my experience with Jackpot Candles. My candle was shipped in a lovely jar, the fragrance was perfect. Simple. Vanilla. The candle burned evenly without the thick black smoke that some candles put off.
I have had a candle like this before, and I had to wait for a crazy amount of time to get the surprise. My Jackpot Candle experience was different. I burned the candle for about 5 or 6  hours when my surprise peeked out. I didn't have to wait for an eternity to get my jackpot! A week later, my candle is still going
strong! Only about half way burnt!



Every item of jewelry in a Jackpot Candle {100% soy, made in the USA and hand poured!} is valued between $15 and $5000.  The jewelry comes with a little tag to help you appraise your Jackpot on the website.



Really it was a lot of fun! I found that the warm aroma of vanilla in my home really did help me to relax. When I can relax, I really am happier. When I am happy, everyone is happy. It kind of goes with that saying "Happy Wife Happy Life." If you want to be a happier wife, get her a Jackpot Candle. I, of course, vote for a Vanilla fragrance.

I got a really cute necklace in my Jackpot Candle. I have not appraised it yet, because I like it, regardless of how much it is worth!