East Coast Mama

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball with RITZ® Crackers Recipe and Ritz® Snackify Challenge!

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 Summer is almost here and cookouts are in full swing.  We use RITZ® Crackers to make countless appetizers but a family favorite is the chocolate chip cheese ball paired with yummy RITZ® crackers.  It is a perfect salty sweet mix that is delicious any time of day!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

My husband loves sweetened condensed milk!  He puts it on everything from bread to fruit, and eats spoonful's of it out of the can.  However at our local grocery store a tiny can of condensed milk cost $3+, and when he eats a full can in one sitting it can get pricey. 
Making it at home has been the perfect solution.  I make a couple batches a week for him and the kids and they are always thrilled!

Friday Favorites ~ Planner Addict Awesomeness!

I love planners, I love lists, I love writing.  I make quick notes on my phone or computer, but there is something special about taking a pen to paper.  Despite all the cool tech gadgets, I don't think I'll ever do away with my pretty paper planner!
I posted last year about my ARC planner, I have tried a few other planners since then, but I keep going back to the disc bound version.  I love the versatility, the quality, and how easy it is to customize.

50 Fun Spring Staycation Ideas in Massachusetts

Photo credit: Jared Vincent / Foter / CC BY
It's been a long cold winter in Massachusetts and spring hasn't felt much better.  It is actually snowing outside right now!  However the 10 day forecast is calling for a full week in the 60's next week, so us New Englanders can breakout our shorts and tank tops!
If your like me, you are happy that Spring is finally showing up, and right in time for school vacation week.  Now we can venture out of the house to have fun and burn off some of this built up energy from a long winter!

Cotton Candy Funfetti Trifle Recipe

Spring is in the air and this is the perfect colorful dessert for a nice spring afternoon!
Cotton Candy Funfetti Trifle
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
Servings: 8 (4" across trifle) to 16 (2" across trifle) 

Lilly's Fabkids March Outfit plus SHOES! Our Stylish Subscription Addiction, Fabkids for the little Fashionista!

 *Disclosure - As a FabKids blogger I was gifted this outfit; as always all opinions are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway*
Have you read my other Fabkids outfit reviews?  If so, then you already know we are totally in love with this subscription service!  Lilly has so much fun picking out her outfits each month and she checks the mail everyday waiting for her cool pink package to come!
This is Lilly's March outfit, the "Striped Pretty In Pink Outfit" and the "Floral Sweet Sandal".  The outfit comes with a flowy bright pink lace baby doll and striped leggings.  Fabkids is now offering a wide selection of shoes and these floral sandals match perfectly with the Striped Pretty In Pink Outfit and are stunning!
The snow is almost completely melted here in New England and this outfit has us excited for fun spring days.

DIY: Fold Over Elastic Hair Tie Tutorial

 I love fold over elastic hair ties!  However I hate how much they cost, especially because I know how cheap FOE elastic is.  So a couple years ago I started making them for both Lilly and me, and now there all we use.  They don't pull or break our hair, Lilly wears them as bracelets too, and I love how they don't leave as much of a bump in my thin hair when I take my ponytail out.