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 But that’s okay, because even though the shots are gone (and that’s probably a good thing), they’ve been replaced by a … [Continue reading]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]

The Coolest Cake Recipe Trick EVER! (And Spooky Halloween Fun with Fanta and Dasani)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Halloween is my fourth favorite holiday (right behind Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter). That might not sound like a high ranking, but when you realize how much decorating I do during Halloween, you know that I take the holiday very seriously. The part of the holiday I have the most fun with is Halloween snacks. During my big, pre-Halloween trip to Walmart, I picked up some spooky snack essentials, which included some orange Fanta. The Fanta, however, wasn’t only for drinking. It was a key ingredient in what would become Orange Cream Spider Cupcakes. I also picked up some Dasani water, which I would turn into adorable water … [Continue reading]

If You’re Looking For My Husband, He’s at Hossome Hamburger Fest

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hoss’s Steak and Sea House. All opinions are my own. When it comes to restaurants, I prefer a place with lots of option — including some healthy ones — and a nice, juicy steak. My husband, on the other hand, likes a good burger and a good buffet. And our daughter just wants french fries and a soft serve ice cream cone. There aren’t many places that offer all six of those things, but we did manage to find one, and it’s become our new favorite family restaurant. That restaurant is Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, and we’ve actually been going there pretty regularly for a while. Those who live in Pennsylvania probably know Hoss’s for its family-friendly dining atmosphere and its famous … [Continue reading]

10 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Skinnygirl Low-Calorie Popcorn

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SkinnygirlSnacks #CollectiveBias If you’re like me, your first introduction to the wonderful world of Skinnygirl products was through their delicious line of low-cal cocktails. That was several years ago, and today the Skinnygirl brand has expanded to include all sorts of things, including one of my favorite snacking treats — popcorn! Specifically, they make two flavors: Butter & Sea Salt and Lime & Salt. Both are super simple to make — just pop ‘em in the microwave — and both are delish. They use no artificial colors, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and, best of all, both Skinnygirl popcorns offer at least 20 … [Continue reading]

I Got a Big Green Box! Experiencing the Swiffer Effect (and Loving It!)

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When we first bought our house when I was six months pregnant with our now four-year-old, one of the biggest selling points for me was the wall-to-wall hardwood floors. And as any mom with a messy toddler can tell you, hardwood floors are A LOT better than carpeting. That’s especially true when you’ve got a not-yet-potty-trained Boxer puppy like we do! Over the past four years, Swiffer products have been my go-to lifesaver when it comes to keeping my floors clean and shiny. So when a Swiffer “Big Green Box” arrived on my doorstep (just like in the commercials!), I was — for the first time in a long time — actually excited about doing some cleaning. (BONUS: I actually got TWO Big Green Boxes. One for me, and one to give away to a friend … [Continue reading]

Back to School With El Monterey Breakfast Burritos (Plus a Giveaway!)

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This shop has been sponsored by El Monterey. All opinions are my own. With our daughter headed off to pre-school in a few weeks, my mornings are about to get a whole lot more hectic. Now, instead of running around, preparing breakfast, feeding the dog, and trying to figure out if I’ll have time for a shower, I’ll have to do all of that, but I’ll be doing it a lot earlier than I usually do. I’ll also have to put a lot more thought into preparing a wholesome, hearty breakfast for our little one. A breakfast that will help give her the energy and nutrition she needs for her day in class. (Not that I don’t think about that now, but you know what I mean.) After much research, shopping and trial breakfasts, I’ve decided that one of my go-to … [Continue reading]

Project Envolve: How to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency (Plus a Giveaway!)

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Project Envolve. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own and may not reflect the opinions of Project Envolve and its sponsors. #ProjectEnvolve #BePrepared #EmergencyPreparedness My husband is a fan of anything related to zombies, so if you ask him about “emergency preparedness,” he’d rattle off a laundry list of items you’d need for a good zombie survival shelter. He’s half-kidding, of course. (The half serious part is a little troubling.) Realistically speaking, true emergency preparedness has less to do with surviving the undead and more to do with surviving an extended power outage in the case of a natural disaster. And, since September is National Preparedness Month, … [Continue reading]