Exercise and Explore

For our family, September rolls in like a lion and brings with it a new schedule, school meetings, sports and a bit of chaos.  Sound familiar? Finding physical activities that...

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Back to School Acts of Goodness

In our family, the routine that comes along with heading back to school brings us closer together as a family.  We pull out our favorite weeknight menus, lay clothes out...

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Don’t Stress! It’s Relaxation Day

Did you know August 15th is National Relaxation Day?  Don’t stress!  In our fast paced, multitasking lives, a reminder to slow down, recharge and smell the roses will help keep...

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Picky Eaters Anonymous

As a Chef and a mom of two toddlers, I am often asked about “silver bullet” dishes that work for picky eaters. Great question! My two children couldn’t be more...

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Happy Siblings Day!

There are many nationally recognized days that make the year brighter. From National Donut Day to National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, it’s easy for us to get excited. Guilt free...

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Let’s cut the fat

I love a big Holiday buffet and enjoy indulging in the treats of the season. From stuffed mushrooms to a well executed cheese board, it is often stocked with rich,...

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Mastering the Bloody Mary Bar

The Bloody Mary is a classic brunch cocktail and perfect for the holiday entertaining season.  When I host, I love to make my guests feel at home by putting them...

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Candy, Costumes and Gatherings

Candy, costumes and gatherings are happening now and a great opportunity to spread a little good and pay the fun forward.  Here are a few ideas to get the wheels...

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Back to School means…

In a blink of an eye, we are in Back-to-School mode. That means, it’s time to pack up summer!  FUN should be turn key and just because it’s time to...

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Cooking with Kids

I love to see my kids get excited about eating a healthy meal. However, their personalities make their appetites unpredictable. One of the best ways to get them to eat well is...

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Warm Summer Nights

This is the time of year that makes us so happy to stay outside and play long after the sun has set.  We love bringing a new game or two...

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Outdoor Fun for the Family!

It’s time to stretch out the days and get more out of our time outside. Here are six things we do in our own backyard to get the most out...

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Get outside! But first, Organize the Playroom…

Spring is in the air and that means…it’s time to clean! As our attention starts to shift outside with the nicer weather, it feels great to get a grip on...

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“Hoppy” Easter!

This year for Easter, we are breaking out of our shell and upping the auntie on the traditional egg hunt in the garden with the addition of Jelly Bean treasures. Hand...

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Stress Free Thanksgiving

At Olivio, we believe that we should all be able to have our pie and eat it too!  Don’t let crowded grocery stores, dishes and extra house guests take the...

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Apples to Inspire

Baked apples bring instant warmth and seasonality to your home. Don’t limit your baking to only Granny Smith.  Matsu, Pink Lady and Honeycrisp varieties are also fantastic in the oven...

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TRICK or TREAT!

At the risk of sounding like a bit of a bore, I want my children to eat healthy.  I also want to eat healthy!  It can be a struggle for children...

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Outdoor Dining in Autumn

Don’t let a little nip in the air keep you indoors.  This is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the color and fresh air outside.  Toss cozy wool and...

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Fun Fall Family Activities

Beyond apple picking and hay rides (which we love!) there are so many great activities to enjoy as a family that make this one of my favorite times of year....

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Child Passenger Safety Week

This week, I’d like to step out of the kitchen and talk about a subject near and dear to my heart. Child Passenger Safety (CPS) week is September 13-19, 2015...

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Grill Cleaning 101

We love to grill all year round.  Yet, every summer our grill works overtime cranking out burgers, ribs, veggies and more for family and friends. Start the fall grill season...

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Late Summer Play List

Don’t fret, summer’s not over yet.  The heat and hydrangeas may have peaked but we still have a little summer wind left in our sails. Wind down the last of...

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Coconut Pineapple Slush

Frozen treats are a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day.  Make your own creamy coconut pineapple slush by combining 1 can of light coconut milk with...

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Let’s Dine Al Fresco

A little organization can lead to a lot of spontaneous fun when you are out and about on these beautiful summer days.  I don’t know about you, but whether it...

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