Category: Cool Stuff for Moms & Dads

Biking With Twins

Keith and I have never let having twins keep us from doing the things we love. Sure, we sometimes hire babysitters so that we can have some kid-free time. But more often than not, we simply get creative so that the boys can enjoy our favorite activities right along with us. We’ve taken incredible hikes in the mountains of Colorado with the boys in backpacks on our backs, we’ve eaten many delicious restaurant meals with them beside us in high chairs, and they’ve even accompanied me on quite a few marathon shopping trips (bless their patient little hearts).

Since moving to Southern California, we’ve discovered another activity we love—bike riding. We debated buying bicycles to ride along the beachfront because we thought it might be too tricky to take Matt and Nate along with us. But boy, were we ever wrong. We purchased an awesome bike trailer—the InStep Sierra Double Bicycle Trailer—for the boys to sit in, and they absolutely love it! Sure, Keith does all the work pulling them, but he gets a great workout, and we all have a lot of fun.

Click here to read my full review of the InStep Sierra Double Bicycle Trailer on Then head on over to to buy one!

Bike trailer
The twins enjoying a bike ride in their InStep Sierra Double Bicycle Trailer


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

When my brother was little, my mom used to make him homemade macaroni and cheese. My mother is an excellent cook, so I’m positive that it was absolutely delicious. But one day he returned from his friend’s house and said, “Mommy, her mother makes the best macaroni and cheese!”

The next time my mom saw this friend’s mother, she said, “My son loves your mac and cheese. Could you give me the recipe?”

The mother replied, “Of course I can! I go to the cabinet, take out the box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and follow the directions.”

Nice, right? But I can’t really blame my brother. There’s something about that blue box that is just so delicious! I admit to having a weakness for Kraft myself, and it seems Matt and Nate have inherited it. Luckily, they also love when I make mac and cheese from scratch. In fact, I think they’ll take it any way they can get it—which is why I found a way to make my homemade mac and cheese a bit healthier. I sneak pumpkin puree into it, and they don’t even notice it! Bwahahahahaha! Sneaky, sneaky! In fact, Keith and I think the pumpkin makes the dish creamier and a tad sweeter.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese—yum!
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese—yum!

Try it on your own children—I guarantee they will love it! Get my Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese recipe here: