Giving My Oven the Day Off: One day, one microwave, four meals

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved #TasteTheEnergySavings About a week ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and had an epiphany. For one entire day, I was going to cook all of our family’s meals in the microwave. Breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. Yes, these are the things I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. Please don’t judge me. (I should note that my recent involvement with PPL Electric Utilities and their Project Envolve campaign is part of what inspired this experiment. They’ve even offered a really nice prize pack for one of my readers, so check out the last paragraph of this entry … [Continue reading]

Forget the Whitening Treatments, Here’s How to Get Whiter Teeth Using Only Toothpaste

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias I’m proud to say that I’ve never had a cavity (knock on wood). That perfect dental record stems from a lifetime of good oral hygiene, although I’ll be the first to admit that I should probably floss more often. Despite my dedication to brushing daily, my smile isn’t always as white as I’d like it to be. I have a daily coffee and wine habit to thank for that. Could I live without my morning caffeine and nightly cabernet? Um, no. Would I like to have whiter teeth? You bet. Over the years, I’ve tried many whitening treatments. Some worked better than others, but pretty much all of them were … [Continue reading]

What’s Loaded with Flavor and Whole Grains? My New Go-To On-The-Go Snack

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In any given week, our schedule might include rushing out the door to ballet practice, rushing out the door to soccer practice, rushing out the door to pre-school, rushing out the door to church, or me rushing out the door just to get away from it all. In all that rushing, it’s easy to forget the little things like turning off the iron, putting on pants, and grabbing a snack for the road. Most of the time, I remember the iron and pants, but I almost always forget the snack for our four-year-old. I’ve gone through many on-the-go snacks over the years, but have recently fallen in love with a tasty little nibble called Honey Maid Go Bites. Our four-year-old loves them, too! One of the best things about the Honey Maid Go Bites—besides being … [Continue reading]

#AD Hot Wings and Tasty Things: How to Make Your Big Game Buffet Even Bigger (and Better)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeHero #CollectiveBias Six more days. That’s the official countdown to the Big Game on Sunday, February 1. For me, it’s also the official countdown to the “Big Game Buffet of Awesome Snacks” that my family prepares each year. I’ll be contributing many dishes, but one of my most popular contributions are hot wings and dipping sauces. But here’s the important part. When it comes to wings, you have three options: 1) Deep fry your own using raw chicken wings (tons of work, and I DO NOT recommend it), 2) Buy some frozen prepared wings (less work, but you still have to heat them up) or, 3) Buy some pre-cooked, already heated … [Continue reading]

Touchdown! Scoring Big During the Big Game with Hot Pockets and Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias Only 19 more days until the Big Game! The reason I’m so excited about it — and counting down the days — is because my favorite part of the game (besides the commercials) is the food. I go ALL OUT every year, planning the best assortment of snacks and goodies. This year’s spread includes some classics, but I’ve also added a few new treats to the menu, including Hot Pockets and sweets like Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis. I picked both up at Walmart—the Hot Pockets in the frozen foods section and the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis are in the candy section. Here’s a tip: you won’t find the … [Continue reading]

Big Game Party Touchdown: This Dip Plus Cheez-It Crunch’d

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias My favorite parts of the football season are the family get togethers and the Sunday snacks. Of course, it’s the Big Game at the end of the season (the one with the commercials that are usually better than the game itself) that features the tastiest Sunday snacks of all. For this year’s game on February 1, I plan to make my famous Easy Peasy Buffalo Chicken Dip. I’ll be serving it with a variety of goodies, including Pringles and NEW Cheez-It Crunch’d puffs. I got everything I needed to for the dip at Walmart (I’m whipping up a batch a few weeks early because my husband couldn’t wait). I picked … [Continue reading]

Counting Down to 2015 with Delicious Party Food (Oh, and My Husband)

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This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SeasonedGreetings Ask most people to name their favorite holiday, and you’ll get plenty of Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas responses. Chances are, New Year’s Eve won’t be #1 for most folks, but it’s definitely #1 for me. And my favorite part of New Year’s Eve is the delicious party food. Oh sure, nowadays (married, in my 30s and with a four-year-old), New Year’s Eve is more about cuddling up on the couch with my hubby to watch the ball drop and less about partying with friends and lining up shots. But that’s okay, because even though the shots are gone (and that’s probably a good thing), they’ve been replaced by a … [Continue reading]

Warm Up This Winter with Marie Callender’s Pot Pies

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This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias I can’t believe it’s December already. I’m already worn out from the hustle and bustle of Halloween and Thanksgiving and the busiest holiday is just around the corner. The shopping, the baking, more shopping, and the traveling. All of that ho, ho, ho and go, go, go means I have very little “go” left when it comes to dinners. That’s where Marie Callender’s Pot Pies come in. During a recent trip to Walmart to pick up some Christmas decorations and help Santa out with some gift shopping, I meandered over to the frozen foods aisle to check out the assortment of pop-in-the-oven-on-a-cold-winter's-day … [Continue reading]

It’s Cold and Flu Season and This Momma Is Fighting Back

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Our daughter started pre-school this year. She’s never been in day care, so it was her first daily, extended experience outside the home. With that mind, I was fully prepared for what that added exposure meant in terms of the likelihood of her getting colds and flus. That preparation included eating well, sleeping well, and regular hand washing, but it also meant making sure she gets her daily vitamins. Did I expect those precautions to mean she wouldn’t get a cold or flu at all? Of course not. But I did hope that they’d give her a fighting chance at avoiding them … [Continue reading]

Support Your Immune System and Stay Healthy This Fall with Ester-C

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. Now that our four-year-old is in pre-school, I'm always looking for ways to support our immune system and keep our family healthy, like taking Ester-C. Taken just once a day, Ester-C is the patented immune health formula that lasts longer than regular vitamin C and stays in your system for 24 hours. It’s carefully formulated to contain naturally occurring metabolites. Metabolites are a substance derived from other compounds (such as nutrients) during the process of metabolism. The metabolites in Ester-C help enhance the retention of Vitamin C by your white blood cells for … [Continue reading]