Lisa is a Lifestyle, Family and Travel Writer who has a love of all things travel, all things food, and all things living life. She gives family travel tips, the inspiration to dream, and the real deal of family life. It is not always roses and daisies, but that's life!

Father’s Day Pound Cake!

Coming at you just in time for Father’s Day with this deliciously decadent pound cake recipe that any

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So This is 10…

When my twins were born, 10 years seemed like a lifetime away. Now that they are almost 10

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Where Have You Been?!

*Disclosure: We were provided with tickets for free admission by Blue Man Group and the Boch Center for The Magic of Adam Trent, all opinions expressed in my


Thai Chicken Tacos!

Okay, so I have to admit I am getting sick of cooking the same old dinners week after


Why We Are Loving Hood Calorie Countdown!

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed


Blueberry Scones!

I love, love, love dessert! To be honest though, sometimes I am just looking for a little something


Chocolate and Almond Toffee!

Every year for Christmas I make a new kind of candy to add to my Christmas desserts. This years

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Dear Daughter!

As I watch my little girl grow into a young lady I still want to shield her from


Freezer French Toast Sticks!

These french toast sticks were such a hit that the whole batch was eaten within 3 days! They


Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothies!

These make-ahead freezer smoothies are a lifesaver in our house. I keep them stocked in the freezer and


Perfect Pork Tenderloin!

I am going to start off with a little disclosure here. I don’t normally like pork. It’s just

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Womens Gifts Under $25!

Do you have some women on your Christmas shopping list that you have no idea what to buy?

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25 Realities of Parenting!

Being a mom is the most rewarding thing. People really should warn you before you have kids though.


Chicken Parmesan Sliders!

I love, love, love Chicken Parmesan! I actually make it quite often for dinner in our house. What

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How to Rock Motherhood!

Ever wonder how all these perfectly dressed moms with great hair at school pickup do it? By this I


Kids Can Cook!

We were lucky enough to receive this awesome cookbook in the mail last week and we are loving


Tailgating Recipe: Corn Dip!

Fall has officially arrived! Along with the cool crisp air and beautiful colors, the first thing that pops


Ghostly Halloween Pretzels!

Oh my gosh, guys… I made the most absolutely adorable ghostly Halloween pretzels today. They are made with


Jack-O-Lantern Quesadilla!

Let’s face it, Halloween is almost here. I know some of us are still trying to hold onto


Breakfast Cookies!

Yes, you heard me right, cookies for breakfast! Sometimes we are running late and just do not have


Baked Oatmeal!

School mornings are in full swing in our house. I am always looking for quick and filling breakfasts


2-Ingredient Mini Apple Pies!

I am going to truly rock your world with this recipe. This mini apple pie recipe has only


Heavenly Angel Food Cake!

I LOVE dessert! Normally I am all about luscious chocolatey desserts. Sometimes though I like a light and


Crockpot Monkey Bread!

Here is another edition of a crockpot dessert. Check out our 4 Ingredient Crockpot Apple Spice Cake for

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8 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies to Watch with Your Kids!

Well, I guess I am going to have to face the fact that fall is almost upon us! Pretty soon it will be pumpkin this, and pumpkin that for days on end. Don’t get me wrong, fall is actually my favorite season, especially here in New England. The colors are mesmerizing, the air is cool, and family-friendly Halloween movies are so fun to watch. I think I am just in denial that summer is really over.

There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than a family movie night. Here is our list of fun and spooky films that our family loves to watch every year!


 Hocus Pocus

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Set in 17th century Salem, the Sanderson Witches are resurrected to create chaos and mayhem! It’s up to a group of children, with the help of a magical cat, to stop them. Hocus Pocus is an outrageous comedy that is sure to entertain the whole family.


Hotel Transylvania 2

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All of our favorite monsters are back for the 2nd installment of Hotel Transylvania! Count Dracula is still running the show at a hotel for monsters. It’s a hotel where monsters can be themselves and get away from the dreaded humans. This edition introduces us to Dennis, the half-monster, half-human grandson of Count Dracula. While Mavis is away, Count Dracula is determined to make a monster out of Dennis and his attempts will delight and entertain you!


The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Jack, the Pumpkin King, wants to spread the joy of Christmas to Halloweentown. His attempts put Santa in danger and cause a nightmare for all the good boys and girls.



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This was one of my favorite movies as a child. A couple of ghosts make every attempt to get the new residents of their house to leave. When all their attempts fail, they call the ghost with the most, Beetlejuice! Things quickly get out of hand and calamity ensues in this hilarious Halloween comedy.


Halloweentown and Halloweentown 2

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This is such a cute family Halloween series! 13-year-old Marnie discovers she is a witch and travels through a secret portal to Halloweentown. It is a magical place of ghosts where Marnie battles evil curses and wicked witches.



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R.L. Stine’s award-winning book comes to life in this exciting movie. The monsters from the book are accidentally released and craziness ensues as the group attempts to trap them back in the book.

*Children under 6 may get a bit scared with this one so you might want to save it until they are 7-8 years old.*


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Tim Burton has come up with a quirky and cute tale of a boy and his dog in Frankeweenie! After Victor’s dog dies he uses science to bring him back to life. The dog runs around town and Victor has to face some serious consequences.


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The magic of J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards and spells are seen through the eyes of Harry Potter in this series of magical movies.

*some themes in the movie may be too difficult for young children to understand. Also, young children may be afraid of the “monsters and magic.”*

I hope you enjoy one or all of our picks this Halloween season. Happy Movie Watching!!


Chocolate Chip Cupcakes!

These cupcakes are so delicious and fudgy! They are made with a doctored up brownie mix which makes


Captivating Caprese Salad!

The Italian heritage in me is coming out in full force here for this recipe! I love Caprese

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Friday Favorites!

Hey there! Another installment of Friday Favorites coming at you. Here is a peek into our lives to


Perfect Pistachio Cake!

This pistachio cake is so light and moist and fantastic. I know what you might be thinking, pistachio

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Friday Favorites!

Hey there! We are starting something new over here at Food, Family, and Chaos! Every week or two


Christmas in Newport!

We love Newport, Rhode Island! We have vacationed there many, many times, but always in the summer. When


The Bomb Hot Dog Sauce!

It’s summer.  Finally! I thought it would never come. It’s been a long winter… What does summer mean?


To Die For Chocolate Lava Cakes!

What’s better than a dessert that contains chocolate? One that oozes chocolate! These Chocolate Lava Cakes are chocolatey,

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