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Teaching My Sons To Bake With The Pizza I Grew Up With #ElliosPizza

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ellio’s Pizza. All opinions are 100% mine. My older son is five, going on six, and he’s at a great age for learning a lot of new things. He’s so bright, and we have a lot of fun together (and honestly, I feel like […]

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  • Pam

    Yum, now I want some pizza. I love the cookie cutter idea.ReplyCancel

  • Ellio’s looks like really good pizza. I love those convenient sizes.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Each rectangle can be split into three smaller rectangles too, they are pre-cut but my sons like “big pizza” slices :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never had Ellio’s pizza, but it looks really good! I’d give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine

    Yum! That pizza looks so good! It’s fun teaching them things we know from childhood!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    The square pizza! Didn’t we all grow up with that? My son asked me to let him “help cook” when we made spaghetti, and he has such ownership of the food at dinner.ReplyCancel

  • It’s great that you are teaching your son how to cook! Also, the cookie cutter idea for the pizza is genius!ReplyCancel

  • christina aliperti

    The cookie cutter shapes are too cool. We always keep a box of Ellios in the freezer for nights I don’t feel like cooking.ReplyCancel

  • April

    You can’t go wrong with pizza! Cutting it into shapes is a great idea to make it even more fun.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan

    What a cute kiddo you have. I love making pizza with the family.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Denny

    I love that you are doing this. Baking with kids is so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • Chrystal

    YUMeeeeeee I love pizza. I love how you guys got creative with the olives and cookie cutters.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Your boys are growing up so fast! My daughter loves to help out in the kitchen too.ReplyCancel

  • My kiddos love to help out in the kitchen also. Sometimes I think it’d just be easier to do it all myself (the control freak in me), but it’s so important to teach them to be independent and capable.ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    What a sweet little chef you have there! I find my kids more willing to eat when they help with the process, so fun making pizzaReplyCancel

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    My son loves to cook. It is such an important skill all kids should learn.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Desrosiers

    Oh my gosh, I loved Ellio’s pizza! Honestly, it is some of the best frozen pizza ever!ReplyCancel

  • Ronni

    I am all for getting little hands involved in helping in the kitchen! The cookie cutter is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    What a good helper! Now I really want some of that pizza…ReplyCancel

Mama’s Best Ever Linguine & Meatballs Recipe #Saucesome

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Ragú® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Variety is the spice of life, so even though we may have favorite meals that are my go-to recipes for my family, the truth is sometimes they want something new. And my family has no […]

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  • That looks so delicious! I make a version of this with Ragu, except that I use store bought meatballs to make it even faster.ReplyCancel

  • Linguine is my favorite. It has a nice bite to it!ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow I love this recipe! And my family loves Ragu too!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy

    I love the idea of adding capers! Why haven’t I thought of that? I bet it tastes amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine S

    This looks really yummy. I think I will be making some spaghetti and meatballs this weekend. We always use Traditional Ragu I will have to try the Tomato Garlic and Onion sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    This looks so good! I love using Ragu in my pasta recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle J

    Those meatballs look yummy! I think i’m going to try your recipe and use ground chicken!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      I was thinking of doing that too, a different meat.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Croisant

    That dish is a staple in our house. I kid pleaser every time. I’ll have to try your way next time.ReplyCancel

  • You have the most adorable meatball maker! I need to try adding these to our weekly rotation. I’m getting the same type of groans at my house with the regularity we’ve been having the same meals.ReplyCancel

  • That looks delicious. Guess what’s on the menu tonight? :) I have lots of ground beef!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine

    Oh goodness! I am hungry, shouldn’t have clicked on this yet! This looks soooo good. Will have to try!ReplyCancel

Tips For Success At Your Next Job Interview

This post was sponsored on behalf of TracFone Wireless and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. When I first graduated from college, I spent a month going on interviews in search of my first job. I actually enjoyed going on interviews, and was offered every job, sometimes during the interview. I credit my […]

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  • Robin

    These are awesome tips. I will definitely be prepared next time ;)ReplyCancel

  • Debra

    All great advice. I interview a lot of people and I have to say the biggest fault they have is not doing any research before coming in for an interview. It doesn’t take much effort to look a company or a position up on the internet.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Good to hear that Tracfone is donating to Dress for Success! Very good cause!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine S

    These are really great tips! Interviews make me really nervous.ReplyCancel

  • It helps me relax a lot to feel like I’m prepared. Researching the company ahead of time would be a great way for me to feel knowledgable.ReplyCancel

  • Kecia

    Great tips for interviews! My husband has been looking for a new job recently, and has been doing so much research on the companies he’s interviewing with. It will all pay off soon, I’m sure!ReplyCancel

50 Ideas For Having The Best Summer Ever With Your Family + A Free Printable Checklist

There are 93 days of summer, and each should be a blast. Whether exploring and learning new things together, or having fun right outside your front door, parents should encourage their kids to enjoy every beautiful summer day…and join in on the fun! Here is a collection of 50 fun (and sometimes educational) things to […]

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  • Pam

    I love this! It’s easy for the kids to get bored over this summer, so lists like this would keep us full of ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie W.

    I have been doing a summer break challenge where I attempt to do one fun thing per day with my kids over summer vacation for the last four years. I will definitely have to incorporate some of these fun activities this year!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine

    Wow this is pretty awesome. I’m really looking forward to summer and now there will be plenty to do! so this will be a great one!ReplyCancel

  • Chrystal

    What an awesome checklist! Even though I work from home, kiddo will be spending the summer between her grammie, her moms and her grandmothers. We live in the country and she wouldn’t have much fun cooped up with me all day while I am trying to work. So, our weeks will flip flop. We’ll get her on weekends.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    These are all really great ideas. Summer is just around the corner!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    This is definitely a great list to whip out for those “I’m bored!” Summer days! I hope to build lots and lots of sandcastles this year!ReplyCancel

  • Demetra

    these are all fantastic ideas for summer fun especially number one have a water balloon fight. I can’t wait to do some of these things with my family, I think it’s just as much fun for grown ups 2ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Z

    Great list for summer! I will have to add some of these to our summer bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    Having a check list seems like a fun idea! It’s like a summer bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Sometimes I run out of things to do in the summer! It’s nice to have all these ideas in case that happens.ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    I hope to have a great summer with my kids. Just wish I had the time.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I’ve been working on my summer check list with the family. These are some great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Marina John

    Great ideas! I love that you put them in a handy printable! I’ll be taping this up for me to refer to!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Yes to all of these! We are so ready for summer and this is the perfect list for summer fun!ReplyCancel

  • vanessa: briteandbubbly

    These are definitely some great ideas. I’m going to print this out and keep it for the summer.ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    These are wonderful ideas! I can’t believe that summer will be here before you know it!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    What a great list of ideas! My son wrote a summer bucket list this past Friday of some things he really wants to do during his summer break, too! Thanks for this!ReplyCancel

  • valerie g

    I can’t wait for the summer. those are some great options.ReplyCancel

  • Stefani Tolson

    This is a great list of ideas. So many things I want to do. Thanks for the printable.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Gurnee

    These definitely sound like some fun ideas for a great summer! The printable looks great! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Orr

    I will definitely be doing a ton of these with my husband and our kids!ReplyCancel

Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps- Easy Weeknight Meals

I cook for a family of four every day, and some days even more, so preparing good meals for my family can take a great deal of time if I make everything from scratch. Making dinner doesn’t have to be stressful, and on weekdays when I really don’t have time to spend hours a day […]

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My Five Favorite Love Story Movies Ever #StreamTeam

I love movies, and if the storyline involves a romance, even better. There are the movies I watch again and again and can never get enough of, and was recently surprised to realize that four are all currently available to stream on demand on Netflix…so obviously I’ve been staying up late into the nights re-watching […]

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  • Angela

    What a great list! I loved 50 first dates, that movie is just GREAT!ReplyCancel

Sleep Smarter.

This post brought to you by Sleep Number. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Penelope’s Oasis. I don’t get enough sleep. I just don’t. When I read that Americans get an average of 6.7 hours of sleep a night (below the recommended 8 hours) I was frankly jealous. I think I get […]

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  • Rebecca Orr

    I definitely do not get enough sleep every night. I think my mattress is the culprit. I wake up multiple times during the night with crazy back pain. I keep having the “we NEED a new bed” talk with my husband. And while he agrees, we can’t agree on what kind/brand to get. I am going to discuss Sleep Number with him. I really like that he can get the kind of mattress he want and the same for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Penelope!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to have a Sleep Number bed, especially since I prefer my mattress to be soft and warm and my husband likes things more firm and cool. Thankfully I at least get enough rest each night.ReplyCancel

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    I have always wanted to buy a Sleep Number bed. They look so comfortable, it would be nice not to wake up sore.ReplyCancel

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    The best night of sleep I ever had was on a Sleep Number in one of the hotels we were staying in. I’d love to have one of my own!ReplyCancel

  • All three of my children slept through the night yesterday, and it was heavenly. I would love to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    I think my body is programmed to only get 7 hours of sleep. I would love the 8th hour of sleep.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    I would love a Sleep Number bed for myself! Regular mattresses are never exactly comfortable enough for me!ReplyCancel

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