Guest Posts

Barring no major breaking news, I’m scheduled to appear live on Today Show’s Kathie Lee & Hoda hour on Thursday morning!!! Here is my to-do list from last night…..had to get this all finished before an early bedtime and ridiculously early flight to NYC…in time to arrive on set for rehearsals, recipe run through and […]


100 Days of Real Food Cookbook ~ Giveaway!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 3, 2014

Morning friend! I wanted to let you know that my dear friend Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food has published a ‘real food bible’ and you must check it out! A few year back, Lisa and her family took on a challenge of eating only real food (nothing processed, read the rules here) […]


31 Days Series – An Update! (You’re gonna wanna read this!)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day Friend!  Our family had a wonderful weekend in the DFW area, attending my alma mater’s football game, going to our 4th Lego KidsFest and of course, visiting with lots of friends and family! I don’t have a recipe for you today…because I’ve been on the road all weekend…so I thought I’d give […]


Five 5-­Minute Breakfast Recipes {Guest Post}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 13, 2014

This is a guest post by Amanda Martin from Full Plate Living. Are you excited for the slower schedules that come with summer days? If you’ve got little ones like Erin and I do, the days still stay pretty full. And my family wakes up starving! So I’ve had to come up with meals that […]


Campfire Crescent Dogs & Our Campout Last Weekend

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 5, 2014

Last weekend (not this past weekend), our family went on a campout to Inks Lake State Park a few hours north of San Antonio with our scout pack. I wanted to share these last week, as I knew I’d have some time to get the photos together and onto the site on my flight to […]


Do you set family goals?  Steve and I are both very active ‘goal setters’ for all the areas of our lives. We have our personal goals, our parenting goals, our financial goals and we’ve started including the boys in our ‘family meetings,’ where we talk about our week, our schedule and what things we’re wanting […]


Mama Francesca – Where The Cheese Is The Star Ingredient

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 26, 2014

  If only I had some pie crust in the freezer, I’d have made these adorable and delectable goodies for lunch! You might be surprised by one of the ingredients… Mama Francesca grated cheese is more than a topper for spaghetti y’all…there’s just so much more you can do with a gourmet, but budget friendly, Parmesan […]


Grow Happy: The Fight to End Childhood Obesity

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 14, 2014

For years, my physician sister has been urging me to get involved with the fight against childhood obesity. I’ve spent some time here and there doing research looking for the best place to plug in, but didn’t really find the right spot to slip in to share inexpensive recipe ideas and help people understand that […]


Google+ Link Hop with #mommyiscoocoo

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 12, 2014

Welcome to the mommy is coocoo Google+ Link Party HOP! I’d love for you to share the ‘original’ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 meal plan and printables. And I’d also love for you to share these recent recipes as well… Salted Caramel Brownie Parfaits – Google + Link (click to share!) Roasted Garlic & Parmesan […]


Are you bullying yourself? #fightfattalk

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 30, 2013

Are you bullying yourself?!?  Check out what happened when these women walked into a clothing store with fat talk messages all around the store and on clothing tags. How would you react if you were in that store? What would you be thinking about your thinking? Like I said a few weeks ago, it’s time […]