During an invitation to Avery Island, I got the chance to meet the people behind Tabasco and spent 3 full days experiencing all there is to offer on that amazing island and surrounding areas. I had the chance to visit the good ole’ country store located right on the island. While I will share more stories from my amazing trip soon, there was something I wanted to share today. Something taaasty.

Just because it’s your child’s birthday, doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on a fancy cake, especially if you’ve already spent a fortune on decorations. From DIY party decorations to adorable party favors for the kids to take home, it’s easy to come up with a theme that will please both you and your child especially if you take the time to browse the Betty Crocker Birthday Hub for your inspiration. You can find a lot of great ideas on the website. Not everything has to be a specific cartoon theme either, you can base your child’s party off their favorite color or animal although sometimes they may have a specific request like a Hello Kitty Birthday Cake! My favorite thing to do is browse the internet and cookbooks for party inspiration.

The internet is a wonderful thing. Gone are the days when you had to actually browse your cookbooks to come up with ideas for this week’s meals. Now, I browse the internet. This recipe for Easy Garlic Chicken from Food.com is probably one of my favorite chicken dishes, ever. Ever.

If you haven’t heard of Moxie Jean, let me change your life with just a few words! Moxie Jean is a fabulous upscale resale site for kids clothes. They feature a ton of awesome brands like Gymboree, Gap, Tea Collection, Hanna Andersson, Mini Boden, Baby Lulu and Ralph Lauren and they also include pieces from designer brands like Oilily, Mayoral, DKNY, Burberry, and Juicy Couture, all at 75% or more off retail prices. Yes! That’s 75% (or more) OFF!

Gearing up to go back to school can be hectic.  It can take some time for families to feel comfortable with their new schedule.  Starting the new routine before school begins can help families ease back into the school year. These simple tips will get you on the right track for a smooth transition for both parents and kids.