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

photo 1 2

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

skinny girl popcorn

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!)

IMG_4379 2

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!)


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!)

IMG_4342 2

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]

Celebrating Back to School with Delicious After School Snacks


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#AfterSchoolSnacks #CollectiveBias This fall marks my first “Back to School” season, and it’s actually kind of bittersweet. Bitter, because I can’t believe our little one is four already and headed off to pre-school. And sweet, because, let’s face it, it means I’ll get three hours a day all to myself. I’m not sure what I’ll do with that time, but I plan to spend at least the first day checking out snack recipes and planning the after school snacks menu. When it comes to after school snacks, I have two rules: 1) It has to be easy to prepare and, 2) It has to be made with real, authentic ingredients. I recently found not one, but … [Continue reading]

#Ad My Football Tailgating Dream Team: Tyson Deli Wings and Kraft Ranch Dressing


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#GameTimeHero #CollectiveBias Are you ready for some football? I definitely am! In our family, football games are celebrated with three things: A big screen TV, football jerseys, and lots of great tailgating food! That game time menu usually includes chips, veggies, dips and some sort of hot wings. The key to a good football-watching buffet is to choose foods that don’t require a whole lot of preparation. Why? Because less time spent making food means more time you can spend watching football! With that in mind, I picked up some Tyson prepared wings at the deli of my local Walmart. The Walmart Deli offers Tyson wings in Bone-in … [Continue reading]

My Sailor Hubby Tests Out the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor with Flexball Technology


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#SmoothSummer #CollectiveBias When it comes to men, most women like firemen, policemen, soccer players named Beckham, or even the occasional doctor. Those are fine choices, I suppose, but when it comes to men in uniform, I’ll take a hunky military man any day of the week. Throw in a clean shave, and you had me at “Hello, sailor!” Lucky for me, I ended up marrying a hunky military man of my own – my United States Navy veteran husband. While he’s been known to let his stubble grow on the weekends, by Monday morning he’s fresh-faced ready for work. As a former sailor, he knows a thing or two about razors. So when he recently got a … [Continue reading]

Back to School with the Trio AXS Tablet (Did Someone Say FREE T-Mobile Data Plan?)


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. As a 21st century mom AND a busy blogger, I’ve had my eye on several different tablets. I’ve done an unhealthy amount of research, and all signs have led me to one very reasonably-priced tablet that’s loaded with features: the T-Mobile 4G Trio AXS. So, why do I need a table in the first place? Like I said, I’m a busy blogger and a mom, with an emphasis on the “busy.” Now that our three-year-old is turning four and heading off to pre-school, ballet classes, and soccer camps, I’ll have plenty of spare time on my hands. Translation: A tablet will come in very handy. Updating the family calendar, reading a book, surfing Facebook, … [Continue reading]

My Purr-fect Dinner Thanks to Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Cat Food (with a Giveaway!)


I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. #Sponsored #MC #NutrishforCats Have you ever eaten dinner with your cat? No, I’m not talking about nibbling on cat food alongside them or letting them sample dinner from your plate (although, I’m pretty sure my Aunt Kathy does that on a regular basis) – I’m talking about preparing a tasty, wholesome meal while you do the same for your family. I recently had a chance to do exactly that thanks to Rachael Ray and the folks at Nurish for Cats. My “dinner dates” were my two rescues – Harley and Bocca – and our … [Continue reading]