The ultimate crowd-pleaser, nachos were invented in 1943 by a maître d’ in Piedras Negras, Mexico (just south of the Texas border). Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, working a solo shift at the Victory Club restaurant, cobbled together a pile of tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and pickled jalapeños for a group of U.S. military wives in for a snack. His creation became hugely popular, paving the way for massive concession-stand revenues across America.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately…a lot of thinking about nipples. So much thinking about nipples that I spent my afternoon googling and giggling over the various descriptions and explanations of different types.

Have you ever been to a baby shower and played those baby food guessing games? They are disgusting. Even if you choose not to participate, you can hear the commentary from everyone who is playing and 99.9% of the time they can’t figure out what’s in it. My rule of thumb? If I won’t eat it, why feed it to my kids? As a matter of fact… Have you ever looked at the ingredients in one of those jarred baby foods? I’m sorry, but I can only recognize about three ingredients before I start going.. “huh?” I like to know what exactly my kids are getting and make sure it’s a meal that I would be willing to eat. Which is why I chose to make my own baby food.

I’m gonna share a little secret with you when it comes to growing a successful pepper garden… SAVE THE SEEDS. Save the seeds from the peppers you are about to eat (that have not been refrigerated). Refrigeration and pepper seeds are not friends, especially when trying to get them to germinate.

My work year snuck passed me this time around. Before I knew it, I had a stock pile of vacation to use in about a 2 month time slot, no plans to go anywhere, no money set aside yet for travel purposes, and it’s our busy season at work. You know what that all adds up to? Several four day weekends, not much time to plan, and no money to go anywhere. Yikes! But, I thought, this might not be so bad. I figured I’d finally be able to visit some local spots that I keep meaning to visit, and not hurt my budget. The ideas started rolling in, and the more I looked around town, the more I found to do. All 6 of my four day weekends are now packed with family fun on the cheap!

You may be under the impression that I am some sort of hippie. Yes, I live in Santa Cruz. Yes, I eat organic. (No, I don’t poop rainbows.) But before you start to question the furriness of my armpits, let me stop you right there. I drove and enjoyed a non-hybrid, gasoline powered SUV. Shocking, right? Well let me tell you the story…

This is the first snack that not only my son. but my husband and I went crazy for. These snacks are seriously AMAZING! When the box of snacks arrived at our house we opened a pack from each box and couldn’t believe how insanely delicious each and every pack was. Not only are they yummy, but check out all these other reasons why we love them:

Do you have a favorite place that you always dream about? I do. I would love to go to Hawaii. Thankfully, one of our MDMs Editors lives in Hawaii and I get little doses of the islands by just talking to her. That doesn’t mean I don’t dream about visiting, taking in the scenery, the lifestyle.. Still trying to convince her to share her daily hawaiian life with us, wouldn’t that be fabulous?

Now that you have your gear and your supplies, you are all set to camp. But you can’t camp without a camp fire! I can’t talk about camping without giving you the low down on fire safety rules and regulations. No one wants to be the guy that burnt the forest down, destroying it for future generations. With a few safety tips, you can enjoy your s’mores and no one will get hurt!