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Did you know that today is National Pizza Day? I sure didn’t until one of my kids told me that there was a National Day to celebrate his favorite food. I find it sort of odd that most people don’t even know theres an actual day to celebrate pizza! We normally have pizza on the weekends but it’s fun to break away from routine and I know the kid won’t mind one bit! To celebrate I decided to share these 20 delicious pizza recipes for National Pizza Day

20 Delicious Pizza Recipes for National Pizza Day

Not looking to have an actual slice of pizza? No problem! In this round up (click here to see last weeks) of 20 delicious pizza recipes for National Pizza Day  you’ll find you’ll find recipes for pizza spaghetti bake, pepperoni pizza quesadilla, and even a pizza chili! With these 20 delicious pizza recipes for National Pizza Day you’ll have many ways you can deliciously  celebrate National Pizza Day! I personally want to give pizza toast a try!

  1. Pizza Toast
  2. Pizza Dough
  3. Pizza Chili
  4. Chicken Alfredo Pizza
  5. Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla
  6. Bubble Pizza
  7. Pizza Bites
  8. Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
  9. Pizza Cake
  10. Pizza Spaghetti Bake
  11. Pizza Cone
  12. Tortilla Pizza
  13. Cheesy Breadsticks
  14. Pizza Bread
  15. Pizza Quesadillas
  16. Pizza Pull Apart Sliders
  17. Pepperoni Pizza Bread
  18. Healthy BBQ Chicken Pizza
  19. Hawaiian Pizza Bread
  20. Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

How do you plan on celebrating National Pizza Day?

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Recipes


You’d think after having six kids I’d have this whole new baby thing down, but every baby is different! As the kids get older, there’s more activities to attend, which makes for a super busy household. The big age gap between Robert and Joseph (nine years) threw me for a loop. I thought I could wing it with their schedule, and I might have been able to, but Joseph was very colicky and I quickly realized that I could not. When I had Olivia, work was flourishing and a complicated c-section (read all about it here) made everything a painful process. Scroll down to see my favorite on the go snack + easy to make cajun ranch dressing.

This time, I’m going to try to be as ready as possible and make this a smooth transition. I know the first couple of weeks will require a laid back approach as we settle into a new routine, so I plan on stocking up on healthy foods that can be frozen and easy on the go snacks that can be dipped into this easy to make cajun ranch dressing that I know the kids love.

Once everyone got a whiff of the fact that I’d be prepping food in advance, the first thing I was asked for was homemade cajun ranch dressing (see recipe below).  I plan on storing in individual containers for kids to just grab and go.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

It’s a really easy recipe to make that’s extremely versatile and can be used on salads, as a dip for veggies, or even to dip the really really tasty sandwiches by Sandwich Bros. Our favorite is the chicken melt! It goes perfectly with the cajun ranch dip and its packed with protein, making them a great snack to keep you energized and satisfied when you’re on the go.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

I love that they’re low calorie, easy to portion control, and most of all, their convenience! I can’t tell you how many times Sandwich Bros. have come in handy when I’ve been running late! You just throw them in the microwave for 45 seconds and you’re good to go! I often eat them for lunch while I work, in the car while I’m running errands and on the weekend, I lay them out for the kids to grab along with fruits and veggies!

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Sandwich Bros. snack line has four delicious flavors: Angus Cheeseburgers, Chicken Melts, Gyro Sliders and Italian Sausage Melts and they also have a great variety for breakfast like Sausage and Cheese, Egg and Cheese, Egg Whites and Turkey Sausage and Cheese Sandwiches.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Their entire selection is delicious and perfect for the busy mom on the go that want to still be able to give her kids a healthy options to eat. Sandwich Bros. Flatbread Pocket Sandwiches, along with dips like my homemade cajun ranch dressing, will be among the things that will ensure that when baby girl makes her arrival that our fridge will be stocked with healthier foods for us to grab and go! Want to give Sandwich Bros. a try? Click here to get a $1.00 off coupon any Sandwich Bros Flatbread sandwiches! To find the nearest Kroger, Costco, Sams or Walmart where I buy mine carrying SANDWICH BROS click here.

Cajun Ranch Dip

What You’ll Need:
Cajun Seasoning
Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

Take equal parts ranch dressing and cajun seasoning and mix. It’s that easy!

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

For those of you with kids how did you get your home ready for your baby’s new arrival?

Thank you Sandwich Bros for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own.


Sometimes the best recipes are the classic ones that you can easily make with ingredients that you all normally have in the pantry. This weekend, after a LONG two weeks of battling the flu, Franklyn and I were just too tired to muster up the strength to do any grocery shopping. We decided to whip up a classic tuna pasta salad, a dish that everyone loves! It can be served as a side dish or on its own, with some fruit like I did.

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Elbow pasta
Albacore tuna fish in water
1 -2 cups of mayonnaise. We don’t use a lot of mayonnaise just enough so that the pasta salad has flavor is no longer dry. **We used this one with lime.
1/2 white onion
1 cup of celery
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to instructions on package
Drain tuna fish
Dice onion and celery
Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper.
Mix all together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Serve this classic tuna pasta salad with fruit, crackers or for a complete meal add a soup or salad!


Tracking PixelIn just three short months, Olivia will be one. The following month we’ll be welcoming our second baby girl. I’m still shocked that I have one baby girl and it hasn’t quiet sunk in that I’ll soon be a mom of two girls! As soon as I had Olivia, I knew I’d want her to have a sister but I NEVER, not in a million years, would have thought it would actually happen. Now to be honest, I’m 100% realistic in knowing that having two babies in the house and a toddler (who’s still in diapers) will not be an easy or inexpensive feat. There’s three sets of diapers to buy, and Olivia will have just started to be weaned off her formula, but the cost will be replaced by our new baby girl. Luckily, I’ve been down this road before and there are a few steps I plan to take in order to reduce costs during those first few months. Below are a few ways I plan on budgeting for 3 kids under 3.

Budgeting For 3 Kids Under 3

Budgeting For 3 Kids Under 3Baby girl #2 at my 20 week scan.

Budgeting For 3 Kids Under 3

  1.  Start potty training early! I still have Joseph in diapers because he’s a little afraid of the whole process, but with Olivia I plan on getting a head start! She’s constantly watching us try and potty train Joseph so my guess is that she’ll be more comfortable with the process than Joseph is, since he’s brand new to it all. We have a pretty large bathroom and I’ve made it a priority of allowing Olivia to watch and even read books along with us while I try to ease Joseph into the whole potty training process. They both always have a ton of fun together, so I’m hoping that they will feed off of that vibe and speed the process up.
  2. Getting creative with hand me downs. All those clothes I bought for Olivia will be put to some really good use because we plan on using them all over again with baby girl number two! I’ll be buying her certain new things like special outfits and bibs, but other than that, I’ll be getting creative with the clothes we already have. That’s why I’m asking Santa for a new sewing machine this year! I’ll be using it to add fun embellishments like lace tutus and maybe even some patches to Olivia’s newborn onesies to give them a fresh fun look. For her dresses, I’m thinking I can add some new buttons or add some fabric to them to give it a new feel. I’m so excited to have fun with it!
  3. I already know that I’ll be formula feeding. This time I plan on trying Member’s Mark® Advantage® formula (similar to Similac Advance). While shopping at Sam’s Club (love that place) for diapers I noticed the significant price difference in the selection of formulas, so I asked Olivia’s pediatrician if there was a difference between the other pricier formual selection they had and I was assured that they were comparable.

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I would have tried out this formula with Olivia when she was born but I never thought to look for an alternative or even knew that Sam’s Club had their own brand of formula for that matter.Member’s Mark® stage 1 formula is specially formulated for babies who are prone to fussiness and gas due to lactose sensitivity. PLUS the formal  has a unique blend of DHA, lutien, and vitamin E, that work together to support growth and development of baby’s eyes and brain. These nutrients along with the savings calculator that they offer will play a big part in making this exciting addition of another baby girl and budgeting for 3 kids under 3 a lot easier!

These three ways that I plan on budgeting for 3 Kids Under 3 is just a guide. For me, the most important thing is to enjoy them while they’re little because I know all too well how fast they grow up. Whether you have one new baby or a whole group of little ones like I will soon have, a budget is essential. How did you guys budget for a brand new baby? I’d love to hear all the tips and tricks!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Member’s Mark® Advantage® Infant Formula.