Basketball Viewing Party!

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basketball party


Everywhere you turn it is basketball, basketball, basketball, it is March after all! So whether you are a hard core fan or married to one you can at least enjoy the madness by throwing a basketball viewing party. The best part about this time of year is you don’t have to schedule your party around your favorite team as the hardcore fans are watching every single game!


basketball themed party


Over the weekend we had some family over and enjoyed delicious food, basketball and some great company. The spread was made up of favorites in new ways, but nothing crazy or complicated. We used some favorite brands like OREOS, Original Wheat Thins, Coke Zero, Ritz Crackers and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups. All things we love and enjoy alone but together they make great party food.


reeses peanut butter cup cake


reeses basketball cake


I knew I wanted an over the top delicious cake so I enlisted the help of my talented friend, gave her a bag of Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and told her to go to town. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cake she made was amazing! It was covered in these bite sized Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and even had a peanut butter filling! I love how she cut the mini Reese’s to edge the cake, such a great effect, and of course the marshmallow fondant basketballs and Reese’s Mini basketball hoop were a hit!


ritz cracker crusted chicken wings


For the main dish I went with a classic game time favorite, chicken wings. I decided to mix it up a bit by breading them with Ritz crackers and the result was amazing! I did two different version one with traditional wing sauce and one with a sweet chili sauce, everyone said it was a toss up as to which tasted better. The best part about these wings is they are baked so you bread them, throw them in the oven and walk away!

ritz cracker crusted chicken wings directions

Ritz Cracker Crusted Chicken Wings


  • Chicken wings
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Olive Oil
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce

Place the crackers in a blender and make crumbs. Brush each wing with olive oil then roll it in the Ritz Cracker crumbs. Bake on a greased pan at 350 for 20 minutes then turn the temperature up to 400 and bake for another 10-20 minutes depending on the size of your wings. I cooked larger wings and they needed 20 minutes at 400. Remove when the breading is turning a dark golden brown. Then brush the wings with your chosen sauce and serve.


basketball viewing party


To round out our food selection I added a family favorite dipping sauce this Easy Chili Cheese Sauce but to change things up a bit I put out Original Wheat Thins instead of traditional tortilla chips, I really liked the change. Of course we had to have more than one dessert so I put together these super easy OREO pudding cups. Simply crush your OREOS and layer them with vanilla pudding. I totally bought the $1 pudding cups and these cute mini dessert cups with spoons at Giant Eagle and they look so cute and fancy and saved me time. I love that Giant Eagle not only has all the food items I need for a great basketball viewing party but the serving dishes to make it stand out too!


oreo pudding cups


After all those desserts and calories I am so glad I decided to grab Coke Zero to enjoy a great tasting carbonated drink and not keep adding to my calorie count! As of now my team is still hanging in there and doing well, how about you? It’s not too late to host your own Basketball Viewing Party and as you can see you just need a few simple decorations like basketball plates and some delicious food and great friends to have a good time!

giant eagle collage

1 Piece Styled 3 Ways – Graphic Tees

blogger life tee close up gold necklace


Ok so you know I am super excited about this weeks style challenge, I mean I create and sell graphic tees!

So just one more opportunity for me to shove my super cool graphic tees in your face show off how versatile and fabulous graphic tees are!

I chose to style my number one selling tee the Blogger Life Tee, while it is currently Sold out in every size but small and large, I have placed a new order with my fabulous local printer (they hand screen print each tee) and should be fully restocked next week plus it is coming in a new color too but shhhhhh that’s a surprise to be revealed when they arrive!


blogger life tee styled


So on to how I styled my Blogger Life Graphic Tee this time, I was heading out to dinner just me and my husband so I wanted to dress my graphic tee up a bit, but not to much as we were going to a casual place and then hitting Lowe’s to pick up a new grill (romantic I know).


blogger life tee with jacket



blogger life tee sweater


Or you can go super casual with sneakers and a cardigan! Dressed up or dressed down graphic tees are a wardrobe staple for moms! For even more ideas check out my Pinterest board!

I am really excited about this new fashion series, I have teamed up with Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops to bring you 3 different takes on the same classic piece. That means you will be able to follow the sage old fashion advice that every item in your closet should be able to be worn 3 ways! This week we are tackling the fashion stylings of graphic tees so be sure to see how each of us add graphic tees into our wardrobe.


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7 More Ways to Style Sneakers


Did you catch the post at the beginning of the month where I teamed up with 7 super stylish ladies to show how we wear sneakers? Well guess what we are bringing you one more installment so honestly if you have not found a way to wear your sneakers that is not yoga pants inspired then I give up!

This week I am wearing a favorite pair of sneakers I discovered last summer my Reebok Skyscape , they come in a ridiculous amount of color options and can be thrown in the washing machine, plus they are incredibly comfortable and weigh nothing!


how to style sneakers

sneakers and chambray


I decided to do some spring layering with my sneakers adding a chambray top over a bright tee. I paired these with some cropped camo chinos and gold layered necklaces to dress it up, just because you are wearing sneakers doesn’t mean you forgo the accessories.

This is just one way to dress up you sneakers and look great while still being comfortable, for more ways to style sneakers check out these stylish ladies:

Kristin at BonBonRoseGirls // Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops // Ellen of That Chic Mom // Ashley at Messy Beautiful Life //  Carly of Thirty Something Fashion // Julie of Mom Fabulous // Audrey at MomGenerations //

Easter Shoes for the Whole Family

Easter is quickly approaching and in my family EVERYONE gets a whole new outfit head to toe for Easter. Even though I have 5 girls there are no hand me downs on Easter Sunday, it is something my mother always did and I love passing it on to my girls. It’s almost like the unofficial kick off to spring, no matter the temps. I still remember freezing in my Easter outfit one year when we were in Michigan, there was snow on the ground but darn it I was in open toed white heels and a bright yellow sleeveless dress (with a cardigan of course).

When you have a larger family like mine or you just need to stick to a budget, the idea of all new for everyone at once can be a bit much. Great news though you can save big on shoes for the whole family at Payless ShoeSource.

As you know I have been showcasing Payless the last few months and I have been pleasantly surprised over and over again at the stylish and comfortable options they have these days. I went online to try and find the perfect Easter shoe and I fell in love with the Christian Siriano Women’s Lace Peep Toe pump.


christian siriano payless shoes


When I ordered the shoes I had no idea what my Easter dress would look like but I knew these shoes would look amazing with pretty much anything, the white lace and cork are so versatile! I ended up finding a great dress and I have two different options of how to wear it, both I love and both look amazing with these shoes!



Payless also has a great selection of kids shoes and dressy sandals. I chose this super cute blue sandal for my daughter for Easter, we are still on the hunt for the perfect dress but the shoes are a hit. My daughter has been wearing them around the house lately waiting for the ground to thaw!


Have you started picking out your Easter outfits? Whether you start with your shoes or finish with them, check out all the great Easter shoe options available at Payless!

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Adorable Spring Fashion for Kids from OshKosh B’Gosh #ImagineSpring #IC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


oshkosh spring girls


Spring is here FINALLY and my kids are so excited to get to go outside and enjoy our backyard! My youngest is exploring the outdoors on her own two feet for the first time and her love of all things outside is intoxicating! The bold and bright colors of spring fashion make me want to dance and apparently do the same for my girls!


oshkosh spring dance


OshKosh B’Gosh is a brand I have always trusted to provide quality clothing that both my girls and I love. On top of that the iconic brand that is synonymous with overalls has all kinds of stylish clothing from playwear to Easter dresses. I went into my local store to buy just a few things and came away with a lot, but with a coupon and OshKosh Bucks your money goes a long way. They have on trend florals and pastels, adorable activewear as well as bright and cold eye catching colors and prints your kids will love.


oshkosh instore spring   oshkosh instore spring 2


I found the perfect dress for Easter for my daughter it is just the right touch of classic style with some girly sparkle. It’s still kind of chilly here in Ohio so this cardigan with a bit of bling is the perfect addition to the outfit. She can’t wait to wear her new emsemble for Easter!


oshkosh easter dress


I love that I can find clothing for all of my girls from ages 9 down to my littlest toddler and I can match them, coordinate them or let each of their personalities shine all at one store. I mean how cute do they look!!!?!?!!


oshkosh spring


The current collection that has navy blue with some bursts of neon really caught my eye and I bought quite a bit of the collection, I mean how cute is it! The blue and orange patterned leggings are a favorite and the tunic is mature enough to satisfy my older daughter, I mean I would wear that outfit.


oshkosh spring outfits   oshkosh spring maxi dress


I never thought I would find a trendy maxi dress at OshKosh B’Gosh and I found not only one but several, the others are coming in the mail since my store was sold out in the sizes I need. Be sure to check out this whole fabulous collection of spring children’s clothing at OshKosh B’Gosh and use this coupon to save 25% off! OshKosh B’Gosh carries sizes 0-12 find your local store HERE.



1 Piece Styled 3 Ways – Florals for the Flower Hater

1 piece styled 3 ways


Let me clarify I do not hate flowers, I actually LOVE flowers, just not so much on my clothing. I admire floral pieces on everyone else but they are just not me. When you think spring fashion floral prints always come to mind  so we decided to show you how we style florals and for me how I bring florals into my wardrobe while staying true to my personal sense of style.


kohls floral shirt


Large modern floral prints are on trend right now which makes me so happy because those are some floral prints I can happily embrace. I found this great floral tee at Kohl’s that fits my style with the bold colors and the large size of the pattern makes it work for me too. Alone this shirt is great with a statement necklace, skinny jeans and open toed ankle boots.


modern floral tee


Or you can change it up and layer a knit motorcycle jacket on top and trade your boots for a pair of great red flats. Either way this modern floral tee works for those who don’t really go for the floral trend. And if you can’t even bring yourself to add florals on your clothing then do it with accessories like these great floral kitten heels!


black shirt dress floral shoes



I am really excited about this new fashion series, I have teamed up with Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops to bring you 3 different takes on the same classic piece. That means you will be able to follow the sage old fashion advice that every item in your closet should be able to be worn 3 ways! This week we are tackling the fashion stylings of florals so be sure to see how each of us add florals into our wardrobe.

5 Key Pieces to Transition Your Wardrobe Into Spring

kohls spring essentials


Spring is slowly creeping in and I don’t know about you but I am so tired of my winter wardrobe, I want spring colors and spring prints and open toed shoes! While I am very tempted to go buy a whole new wardrobe for spring the more practical and wallet friendly thing to do is grab a few key pieces that will help you feel updated and springy without breaking the bank. Incorporate these pieces into your existing wardrobe and you are set with new looks for old pieces.

1. Open toed boots: These are a must and there are so many cute options, I found several at Kohl’s in both brown and black like these or these or these or these or these. Even a white pair!

2. Spring Cardigan: A cardigan is a must to transition into spring so grab one in a bright color or grab a neutral like I did. This cream colored cardigan is a bit heavier making it perfect for Ohio spring but the crochet detail makes it definitely a spring piece!

3. Cropped Boyfriend Jeans: You knew I had to include a distressed pair of cropped jeans and boyfriend fit is hot as ever, I love these Rock n Republic jeans I found at Kohl’s.

4.Colored Purse: A cute new purse for spring is a must and this coral cross body is so cute and brightens up every outfit!

5. Statement Necklace: A statement necklace can elevate any outfit so find one that is versatile and that you love like this tassel necklace from Kohl’s.


kohls floral scarf


If you have room for 2 more items to add for spring I suggest also adding a floral scarf and a floral shirt because well spring is for flowers!!!

This post was sonsored by Kohl’s all opinions are my own.


Think Spring with Brights and Florals from Kohl’s

kohls spring


Kohl’s is my go to place for affordable on trend fashions and if you are looking for spring colors and florals then Kohl’s has got you covered. A beautiful box full of spring fun arrived last week with those 2 purses and 2 pairs of shoes and I of course had to style them!

I grabbed the blue purse this past weekend when I went to a fancy tea with my girls and my mom, and I have plans for that coral purse too. As for the shoes sadly not my size but I plan on purchasing those gorgeous floral kitten heels in my size ASAP!

Here are a few outfit ideas to start your transition to spring!


kohls floral kitten heels


black shirt dress floral shoes


I took a classic black shirt dress I got from Kohl’s last year, added these fabulous floral kitten heels and finished it off with this great coral purse. It’s the perfect way to take that classic black dress into spring!


palm tree slip on shoes


coral cardigan blue slip on shoes


Grab these cute palm tree slip-ons in these gorgeous shades of blue, add a feminine blue purse, boyfriend jeans, a coral cardigan and white tee and you are set. A statement necklace finishes off the look and you have a comfortable, casual and chic!


As you can see with just a few new accessories you can take items from your closet and suddenly have great new outfits to take you into spring!


1 Piece Styled 3 Ways- Leggings

leggings and tunic


Leggings, I have such a love hate relationship with them. So many women abuse the legging, wearing them like they are pants, too tight and too revealing and well it is enough to turn me off leggings altogether. Fortunately I also know how great leggings can be especially when worn tastefully and stylishly.

I am tall and I like my high heels so finding a top long enough to wear with leggings can be tricky for me, even though it may say tunic length sometimes it’s not all that long on me. My other issue is I like a legging with some meat on it, nothing thin and sheer for me.


black scuba leggings


Now I hardly ever copy a look from someone else but when I saw this tunic and legging combination on One Little Momma I had to have it! The tunic is from Nu-Mod this was my first experience with them but I am super happy with the tunic! The leggings were a bit of a splurge but I am in love, at first I thought these are too much I feel like Sandy in the finale of Grease, but they are so comfy and look amazing I have already worn them twice. These are the Scuba leggings from Express.

I finished off the look with some slouchy boots I have had forever and this Rebel Pendant from Stella & Dot, I am obsessed with this necklace and it goes with everything!


1 piece styled 3 ways


I am really excited about this new fashion series for the month of February. I have teamed up with Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops to bring you 3 different takes on the same classic piece. That means you will be able to follow the sage old fashion advice that every item in your closet should be able to be worn 3 ways! This week we are tackling the fashion stylings of leggings so be sure to see how each of us wear leggings.

Thank You For Sharing All the Firsts… #giveaway

Emilia's Delivery dad


As a mom I have gotten to experience so many amazing firsts with each of my 5 girls and every time is special and magical and part of this amazing journey called motherhood. While I would love to tout my supermom powers and take credit for doing it all perfectly I know with out one particular person this journey would be so much harder and more complicated and that is my husband.


Emilia 3 months picture


My husband is a pretty incredible man and an even better dad, without him I really do not know how we would have made it this far all in one piece. He is such a major support system taking over when I am tired, exhausted or just overwhelmed. I still remember after having my first baby I literally did not get out of bed for 2 weeks. My husband brought me all my meals up stairs even made late night runs for strawberry sorbet (my favorite). He did nightly kangaroo care with our sweet girl and embraced babywearing even though it terrified him.


bowling with Mia


He was a born natural at this parenting thing and now 5 girls later he doesn’t bat an eye at taking all 5 to an indoor waterpark by himself. Oh yes you read that right BY HIMSELF while I was off attending conference sessions. His support is endless and boundless and I am not sure it is possible to thank him for all he does. With every birth he takes 2 weeks off to be home and be my support as well as to give himself bonding time with the newest member of our family. He is just that fantastic.

Pampers asked me if I would want to celebrate someone in my life who has been a great support during all of babies firsts and I knew immediately who that person would be, my husband. My husband loves music and Starbucks coffee yet he never spends any money on himself, he puts all of his time and money right back into our family. Treating me and the girls, he does that a lot, but treating himself never. My husband loves listening to records and recently his vintage receiver that was his fathers stopped working and I knew repairing that would be a priceless gift to him, I found a local shop that can repair it and as we speak it is in the shop, he is so excited. And because I know I love a little treat now and again I bought him a Starbucks gift card so that he has no excuses to not treat himself now and again.


dad reading to his girls


I am so grateful to Pampers for forcing me to slow down and really think about those that are my greatest supporters and champions in this motherhood journey. Thank you Pampers for helping me say thank you in a grand way to my champion supporter, my husband!




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Spruce Up Your Home with #Giveaway

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Winter is suddenly feeling really long and spring feels very, very far away!

I know it is this streak of freezing cold temperatures that have kept everyone locked indoors but after staring at the interior of my house for a little too long I want to completely redecorate. I am sure I am not the only one, suddenly I am very aware of that one blank space on the wall and I want to fill it now but I have no idea what I need or want.




Recently I discovered a virtual candyland of photos that you can have printed and framed in a wide variety of ways.

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How about a famous person, place or thing? Got that too.

Black and white or color, big or small, close up or far away they have any and every kind of photo you could ever want hanging in your home (except pictures of your kids)


Beatles guitars and posters


My husband is a huge Beatles fan and after noticing the plethora of Beatles images available on that I had never before seen I knew he needed one for his at home office. As you can see he has a bit of a guitar/ Beatles theme going on so this was perfect. He decided on the Beatles in America #3276410. Once you choose your photo then you pick your material and then your framing options, he chose the paper with a black frame and it turned out great.


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1 Piece Styled 3 Ways – The Slouchy Sweater plus #giveaway

1 piece styled 3 ways

I am really excited to introduce you to a new fashion series for the month of February. I have teamed up with Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops to bring you 3 different takes on the same classic piece. That means you will be able to follow the sage old fashion advice that every item in your closet should be able to be worn 3 ways! This week we are tackling the fashion stylings of the slouchy sweater,or otherwise known as the oversized sweater. The oversized sweater is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe as it is so forgiving and very comfy and cozy. These sweaters are so easy to throw on with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings then add boots or flats and you have  basic outfit that you can walk out the door in.


slouchy sweater outfit


maroon slouchy sweater outfit


This particular slouchy sweater has gotten a ton of wear this season as I really love the fit and color of it. For today’s challenge I decided to try a variation of my oversized sweater, leggings and boots look. I decided to go with combat boots and leg warmers plus a faux fur scarf. I love how the look turned out and it is a very comfy outfit, perfect for chasing my kids in.


maroon slouchy sweater



So what do you think? Would you style your slouchy sweater like this? This particular sweater is from Conversation Pieces but is sold out, leggings are from Karen Kane, boots from Payless and scarf from ShopBop.


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Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion – It Will Change Your Life #giveaway

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You guys I have been sitting on this for awhile now since I got advanced product to test but I can finally share

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion is a GAME CHANGER


Busy moms everywhere rejoice, seriously give a little woohoo! Nivea has created a lotion you slather on in the shower, rinse off and voila you are set with moisture for the day. No more applying lotion post shower then waiting while it dries since trying to get dressed before the lotion has absorbed is a joke.

When I first heard about this I thought it would be just an extra layer of lotion but would not replace my daily lotion especially during these dry Ohio winter months. WRONG! I haven’t used lotion on anything but my hands since starting to use Nivea in-shower lotion daily.

Last week I went to New York City for a few days and didn’t take any with me due to liquid restrictions with flying. I forgot how annoying it is to wait while your lotion dries!

I am excited to be featured on the Nivea Facebook page today but even more excited that I get to share his amazing new product with you via a giveaway.


nivea in shower lotion

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win 3 full sized bottles of Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, enter in the form below.


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Thank you to Nivea for providing samples, all opinions are my own.

Escape to Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Plus a Giveaway

waterpark pic


Last week my family and I got the chance to escape winter for a few days and it was wonderful. Castaway Bay offered to host us for an exclusive blogger night at the waterpark and we had a great time. We headed north to Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark right next door to the coaster capital Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Castaway Bay is a favorite destination for our family because not only is it a super fun indoor waterpark it is one of the few places my family can comfortably stay. By that I mean they offer rooms that have plenty of room including multiple options that sleep 6 people, my favorite is the Tarpon Suite that has a king size bed and 2 sets of bunkbeds.



tarpon room


Castaway Bay Waterpark is the perfect size for families like mine that have kids of various ages, no one is ever too far away and only one way in and one way out. They have a giant wave pool, indoor-outdoor hot tub, pool to play in, toddler tide pool, creature lagoon, slides of all sizes and of course a giant dumping bucket. Oh and an arcade too! The 5 story infrastructure offers tons of fun for everyone and the temperature is always perfect.









Great news for all of you I have an exclusive deal that allows your family to escape to Castaway Bay for just $149! You can use promo code BLOG to get a special rate starting at $149 forthe Room, Waterpark and Breakfast Buffet Package that is for a family of 4. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 419.627.2106.


While there I also learned that the historic Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point Amusement Park was completely renovated over the winter and it sounds like it is going to be amazing. I of course asked about options for larger families and yes they will have rooms to accommodate us too or we can rent a cabin ( I had no idea that option existed). I hope to get a sneak peak before the summer season starts to show you all the great work they did renovating, the few pictures I saw looked amazing.

WIN IT: One lucky winner will win 4 day passes to Castaway Bay Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. Enter in the form below.


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Making Your Pharmacy Experience Easier, There’s An App for That #TargetSponsored

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When you have to take a daily medication, like I do, one of the biggest fears is that you have is that you will forget to take your medicine. My medication in particular must be taken at the same time each day and on an empty stomach. Once I have taken the medicine I can not eat for one hour, so as you can see it is imperative I take my medicine at the right time. Right now I rely on the fact that I typically wake at the same time due to my little ones being pretty reliable with a 5 am wake up call, but that won’t always be the case and I need to find a better way to make sure I take my medicine on time.

Target has come out with a new app the Target HEALTHFUL App and among many other things this app allows you to set up notifications and reminders to take your medications. For me this would go a long way to giving me piece of mind that I won’t forget my medicine. The new app from Target also offers more features such as the ability to sign up and track your Target Pharmacy Rewards Program credits. You can also easily refill prescriptions as well as transfer your prescription with a one-click transfer by photo. If you are looking for a convenient way to keep track of prescription histories then this app can help with that too I know I have often gotten confused about which kid had what prescription in the past.

What feature do you like most about Target Pharmacy, share your answer for a chance to win a Target gift card.

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