Best Dinner Ever? Freschetta Pizza and My Famously Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealTasteForRealLife #CollectiveBias I'm a big believer in the power of pop-in-the-oven pizza. My family loves it because it's delicious and I love it because it's easy. But as easy as those meals may be, I do sometimes feel a little guilty about how effortless it is (I’m lying, I don’t feel guilty), which is why I like to add a little something extra to pizza nights by making a fun side dish to go with the main course. That’s exactly what I did recently when I made my famously simple Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots to go with some Freschetta pizza. The garlic knots are made with just three ingredients: ready-made buttermilk biscuit … [Continue reading]

How SToK™ Iced Coffee Helped to Turn My Husband Into the Ultimate Treasure Hunter

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SToKCoffee #cbias #CollectiveBias To call my husband a "coffee lover" would be an understatement. He's never met a coffee shop he didn't like and he's never met a cup of Kona Blend he didn't love. He's also a fan of iced coffee (mainly after noon, when he tried to avoid hot coffee). So, when he found out that we were asked to try out some SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee, he was pretty excited. SToK™ -- pronounced like “stoked,” as in “My husband was stoked to try this new iced coffee!” – is an iced coffee that’s cold brewed, slow brewed, and strong enough to fuel whatever creative fires you might need to keep burning. It’s available … [Continue reading]

How to Make Your Own Cat Toy and Feed Your Cats Well With Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Cat Food

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NutrishCatCrafts #CollectiveBias I’m a big fan of Rachael Ray for her simple, everyday recipes for my family, but I’m also a fan for what she’s done to help me feed my three cats, Harley, Bocca and Cupcake. Most people know Rachael for her skills when it comes to making people food, but she knows a thing or two about healthy pet food, too. In 2007, Rachael began working with a team of pet nutrition experts to launch her line of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® pet foods. The foods are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real chicken and fish (which is always the number one ingredient). Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat foods are … [Continue reading]

Microwaves, Kill-A-Watts and Grillin’: The Top Tips From My Project Envolve Journey

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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 Has the past year been one of the craziest years of our lives? Yes. We found out just a few months ago that we’re expecting our second child (it’ll be a boy!). We’re also in the middle of the insane process of selling our house, followed by the hopefully less insane process of buying a new one. Amidst all of that (mostly happy) madness has been one of the energy-savingest years in recent memory. I owe that savings to the folks at Project Envolve, which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. They chose me as one of the lucky bloggers to bring you all sorts of energy-savings tips in … [Continue reading]

12 Cleaning Tips for the Lazy (Or Busy)

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I hate cleaning. It's my least favorite activity, right up there with balancing the checkbook and eating glass. Plus I'm lazy (and busy). With a rambunctious 5-year-old, husband and slobbery dog, it seems cleaning is a never ending job. Although I should say my husband helps clean and all that jazz (shock collar training works!). So I'm back with 12 cleaning tips to make it a little less painful, quicker and less daunting (by the way, wine and music also help). If you follow some organizational tips as well, it will make cleaning much easier, because it's kind of hard to clean around random shoes, scattered toys and stacks of mail. Wipe it up - Keep a container of wipes in each room. That way you can spot clean. Toothpaste on the … [Continue reading]

Meatloaf Cupcakes

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Ok. They're not cupcakes with meat. They're meatloaf in the shape of cupcakes. Let's get that straight first. And they were delicious! I think the topping really takes the cake (so to speak). And the meatloaf was very juicy. BONUS: Cook time is only 30 minutes. That's right. Half an hour. I love the smell of things baking, but it KILLS me to wait so long to taste the food wafting from the oven. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey 1 large egg 1 sweet onion, chopped 1 cup milk 1 cup dried bread crumbs or tear 2 bread into tiny pieces Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 1/3 cup ketchup 8 slices of provolone cheese DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to … [Continue reading]

Sloppy Joes Recipe

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They're messy, easy and delicious! Sloppy Joes are a longtime family favorite. Whip some up tonight in 20 minutes or less with this sloppy joes recipe. INGREDIENTS 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey 3/4 sweet onion, chopped 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chili powder Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 c ketchup 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 8 slider hamburger buns DIRECTIONSAssemble Ingredients Brown beef. Add garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, and onion. Cook until onion is tender. Combine 1/4 cup ketchup and the next 4 ingredients (through tomato sauce) in a small bowl. Add ketchup mixture to pan, stirring to evenly coat beef … [Continue reading]

Alcohol-removed wines: How do they taste and why this pregnant momma is very happy

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MomsSipSmart #CollectiveBias You should consult your physician before consuming Fre if you are pregnant or have any health concerns regarding alcohol. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. Like I mentioned in my blog entry from a few days ago, we’re pregnant with baby number two! That, of course, is fantastic news. But, like any pregnancy, it’s not without its sacrifices. One of those sacrifices is wine, which, if you didn’t figure out from the name of my blog, this momma LOVES. Despite some who say a glass of wine “now and then” is okay, I was prepared to give up vino entirely over the next six … [Continue reading]

How blu PLUS+ Turned My Husband Into a Better Expectant Father

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Readers must be 18 years of age or older. All opinions are mine alone. #bluForYou #CollectiveBias   As soon as my husband found out that we were pregnant with our second child (yep, it’s official!), he started making the necessary plans. Because he’s a smoker, one of those plans is spending more time indoors and less time smoking outdoors. Enter the blu PLUS+™ Rechargeable Kit. Also enter my hubby, who’s today’s guest blogger. -------------- Yes, we’re pregnant. I know it may be annoying to some when men say “we” are pregnant, when it’s the woman who does all the hard work with the actual “being pregnant” part. But, it’s a team effort, and one of my … [Continue reading]

5 Skills Needed to Parent a Toddler

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You know all those baby classes you dutifully attended when you were expecting, the ones where you showed up with your sharpened #2 and 3-ring binder? They were so helpful, right? How to birth, bathe, rock, swaddle, feed the baby. Invaluable lessons for a first-time (or second- or third-time) parent. Well, where the hell is my toddler class?? Seriously! I think I need some classes to learn a few skills that would be helpful when raising a toddler. Read on for some suggested talents that you mommas-to-be should consider brushing up on. 1. Alligator wrestler - Ever wrestle an alligator? Try diapering an obstinate toddler. Lately I've had to learn how to put a diaper on backwards as my 20 month old screams and tries to crawl away from … [Continue reading]