One Day of Grilling: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert (Yes, Dessert!)

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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 By now, you’re probably aware that I’m part of an ongoing series of blog entry for Project Envolve, which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. Each entry in the series focuses on a different energy-saving household topic and is accompanied by a package filled with goodies and gadgets. My husband has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the grilling box of goodies. A few weeks ago, that box arrived. One peek inside, and my husband’s face lit up. “It’s grilling stuff!” he exclaimed, looking like a kid on Christmas morning as be tore into the box’s … [Continue reading]

How Pennzoil and Walmart Helped Me Talk My Husband Into a Shopping Trip

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FueltheLove #CollectiveBias It’s become a tradition in our house. The first weekend after either of our cars passes 3,000 miles since the last oil change, my husband retreats to the garage, crawls under the car, and emerges an hour later looking way dirtier than he probably should be. Changing the oil makes him feel manly, I guess, but I’ve done the time and money math, and it’s not really worth it. So, this past weekend when our Jeep inched past 3,000 miles since its last oil change, I talked him into taking it to Walmart to let their automotive service center handle the oil change for us. He resisted a little, but when I told … [Continue reading]

4 Ways to Have the Sweetest Birthday Ever

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Every mother knows the feeling. I call it “Party Planning Overload.” For me, it’s usually that moment when I’m planning my little one’s birthday celebration and, amidst all of the theme details, cake choices, and party game options, I realize that I still haven’t decided on the party favors. That was me…until about two days ago. That’s when I decided that instead of the usual “little bags of trinkets and candy,” I’d turn the candy into fun keepsakes like the ones below. They’re super simple to make (Hershey’s makes a variety of edible options), the kids will love them, and the moms will be asking you for instructions on how to make them for their own tot’s parties! SWEET CANDY JEWELRY   WHAT YOU'LL NEED Pipe cleaners … [Continue reading]

Dear Hubby: Please Read These Energy-Saving Summer Tips

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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 Each summer, there’s a power struggle in our house between my husband and I. No, I’m not talking about a battle over who gets to pick the amusement park (that’s easy…our four-year-old picks), I’m talking about a true power struggle over electricity usage. My husband is a notorious summer power-waster. He prefers to keep the air conditioning at a chilly 70 degrees in the summer, while I like a more energy efficient 76 degrees. He likes to cook all sorts of better-for-the-winter oven meals, while I prefer slow-cooker or outdoor grilling. (All I have to do is hint at grilling some … [Continue reading]

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]