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Monday, October 20

How has your fall been so far? Our has been crazy! What a whirlwind this year has been. Between having a baby, my husband graduating from grad school and moving I'm surprised I know which directions is up. If I'm being honest! That may explain to you why you haven't seen many recipes from me. I haven't really had a kitchen to call my own for a couple months. I'm hoping we can get back to a regular routine soon. Like really soon! Hopefully by Thanksgiving...I'm crossing my fingers!
I wanted to let you know about the Free Beauty Events Fall giveaway! I say fall, but I'm pretty sure they are going back to monthly giveaways. Which is pretty exciting! This month they are offering a giveaway featuring a basket full of beauty products and cosmetics worth over $150!

The contest runs through October 31 so go check it out fast! Winners will be chosen on November 1st, and notified by the 15th of the same month! Be sure to like their Facebook page so keep up with all the free makeovers, samples and other giveaways. Like always, you can also enter on their website here.

Wednesday, September 17

Welcome to the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer Giveaway!

I've joined forces with a great group of bloggers to bring you this amazing giveaway. One lucky person will win a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer, valued at $350.

I purchased my amazing KitchenAid when I was given the task of making 360 cupcakes. Three Hundred and Sixty! Whaaaa? That's a lot of cupcakes. It was so convenient being able to make 2+ plus batches at once using my mixer! How about 9 dozen cookies, 4 loaves of bread or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch? Sounds about right. Can't beat that!

I decided to go with black because, well, with big ticket items like this I'm pretty conservative. But since you could actually WIN this mixer {if you enter the giveaway below} what color would you choose?

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Thursday, September 11

The Younique 3D Fiber Lashes were provided by Melissa Billman
Get some for yourself HERE
YOUnique 3D Fiber Lashes vs Eyelash Extensions. They look the same but one costs far less money and takes almost no time at all!
As a mom some afternoons feel like they last for days. Some days it's 6pm, I'm still in my pajamas and I'm wondering where the day went! About two years ago I got eyelash extensions {how that 2 years has come and gone I'll never know!} and I loved them. ...for about a week and a half. Ok, maybe, two whole weeks! Then the gap between the lids of my eyes and the extensions began to get more and more noticeable. After 3 weeks I just wanted those dang things off my eyes! Eventually I cut them down to my natural eyelash length. Bad idea. A little later I tried taking them off myself. Worse idea.
YOUnique 3D Fiber Lashes vs Eyelash Extensions. They look the same but one costs far less money and takes almost no time at all!
Eyelash extensions have their advantages, but they just don't last long enough for me to feel like I got my moneys worth out of them! Not to mention the damage they did to my real eyelashes. It took about 3 hours to get the full set done, and some people get them refilled every 2-4 weeks. That's major time and money right there. I honestly don't think I could do that...unless I made 80 million dollars on an app like Mrs. West. {Ya know, Kim Kardashian...}. Even then, I've got 2 kids! Who has time for that?

A really good family friend asked me to try YOUnique's 3D Fiber Lashes. I had seen and heard of them before but never tried them myself. I was pretty excited.
YOUnique 3D Fiber Lashes vs Eyelash Extensions. They look the same but one costs far less money and takes almost no time at all!
I must say, the first time I tried them they blew my mind. I'm talking Airbrush Legs by Sally Hansen and Out The Door Topcoat blew my mind. And if you know me personally, or at any level really, you know that I live for Airbrush Legs and OTD! These 3D Fiber Lashes are impressive!

So if you're even considering getting extensions try these out first! You will save a lot of time and money my friend.

Pro: You don't have to put mascara on everyday
Con: Cost way too much money {I know people who spend like $300 a month on those suckers}, and you have to sleep on your back otherwise you feel like you're going to ruin your extensions. Annoying!

YOUnique 3D Fiber Lashes
Pro: Inexpensive {compared to eyelash extensions} and they make as big of a statement!

Would you ever try 3D Fiber Lashes?
If you want to try and or sell them yourself contact my girl Melissa! You could even host a virtual party and get free product. Email her to get more information:
YOUnique 3D Fiber Lashes vs Eyelash Extensions. They look the same but one costs far less money and takes almost no time at all!

Monday, September 1

Have you heard of Jamberry Nails? They're an awesome, and economical choice to keeping your nails looking pretty for week after application.
Is there anything better than a nice new coat of nail polish on your finger and toe nails? No! Until your nail polish chips an hour after you painted them. I don't know why, but this summer I've been terrible at keeping my toe nails presentable, which really is unlike me. Having a toddler, and an infant might have something to do with it. Oh and graduation, family visiting, interviews, etc. Ok, it's actually been a crazy hectic four months.
image courtesy of iHeartPrettyPolish

One thing I absolutely love about this awesome {if I do say so myself} blog of mine is the opportunity it has given me to try new products out! Have you heard of Jamberry Nails? They are a heat and pressure activated adhesive that you can wear on your nails. They will last on fingers for up to two weeks and toes up to 6! My absolute favorite part of Jamberry has got to be the fact that they don't damage your nails! I've tried the french tip fake nails and gel nails but I always hate how my nails look for several months after they finally fall off. Just kind of bleh!
Here are some tips to use while applying:

  • Choose a smaller size wrap than one that is too big, as you do not want the wrap to touch any part of your cuticle or skin
  • Push hard when applying because the more pressure you put on th elonger they will last
  • If your nails are too short to file you can use scissors to cut the wraps as close to your nail as possible
  • Only file downward
  • Push front eh center upwards and outwards so you don't get any bubbles or wrinkles
Check out this official YouTube video from Jamberry to learn more about applying your Jamberry Nail Wraps perfectly!

Learn more and/or get your Jamberry Nail Wraps HERE
And just because you can never get too much great information and advice, check out this video. It's a news team that did before and after interviews with some busy women and moms to see if Jamberry Nails were a deal or a dud!

If you have any questions or want to talk to a consultant directly email my friend Cheryl at

Friday, August 22

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup using Greek Yogurt on #PriceChopperB2S #CollectiveBias
It's that time of year again...back to school! Depending on where you live school may have already started, or you may have one more epic weekend to celebrate before you cart those little angels of yours {or yourself} back to school! Regardless of when school starts in your house, I think we can all agree that it's important to send everyone out the door with a full stomach. Whether you have one child or 6 I'm sure you're looking to reclaim your savings once again! And your time! Making breakfast and getting everyone out the door on time can be difficult, and sometimes near impossible, and that's why I love Price Chopper's back to school solutions center, #PriceChopperB2S. They have everything you need to make breakfast painless {and mindless} during that morning rush hour in your house. I'm excited to share two recipes with you using their B2S solutions center.
Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup using Greek Yogurt on #PriceChopperB2S #CollectiveBias
If I told you I couldn't wait for my toddler to start preschool would that make me the worst mom ever? He turned three this summer and he's starting pre-school this year. I'm sure that first day will be full of emotions, but overall I'm beyond excited! For the both of us. He loves learning and playing with new friends so why wouldn't I be excited for him? Honestly I think most moms are more excited than they let on, I mean my Instagram feed is bombarded with sad moms...or so they say!

I love traditions and making special days really stick out so on my little boy's very first day of school I'm going to make him a very special breakfast!
Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup using Greek Yogurt on #PriceChopperB2S #CollectiveBias
These pancakes are such a breeze.
They're so thick and fluffy.
They're easy, convenient and perfect!
Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup using Greek Yogurt on #PriceChopperB2S #CollectiveBias
Yoplait Greek Yogurt Lemon Pancakes Recipe

  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 {5.3 oz container} Yoplait Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Egg whites

  1. Combine all ingredients and stir until large lumps disappear
  2. Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter for each pancake on a lightly greased skillet, over medium-low heat
  3. Turn when pancakes bubble and bottoms are golden brown

Honey Nut Cheerio Bars. Perfect for mornings when I'm running behind. Recipe on #PriceChopperB2S #CollectiveBias
These Honey Nut Cheerio Breakfast Bars are a yummy and perfect for on the go. Make these ahead of time, just incase you're running behind on the morning of the first day of school. It's always good to have a backup plan. Well for me anyway!

Honey Nut Cheerios Bars

  • 4 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 1 cup lightly salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper
  2. Combine cheerios and cashews to a large bowl
  3. In a microwave safe bowl combine the honey, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring until melted and smooth.
  4. Once smooth quickly add the baking soda, salt and vanilla
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the cheerios
  6. Place the cheerios into the prepared baking dish
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on top {times may vary}
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. I suggest storing them in the fridge as they may separate and crumble. If that happens you could also sprinkle them on top of your cheerios in the morning!
To find other great back to school recipes search #PriceChopperB2S and #CollectiveBias on your Twitter or Instagram account.
You can also follow Price Chopper for great ideas all year long!
Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup using Greek Yogurt on #PriceChopperB2S #CollectiveBias

Friday, August 1

5 Winners Will Win a Moisturizer Prize

From now until June 30, you can enter to win 1 of 5 prizes. Each prize will consist of the following {amazing} beauty products courtesy of Free Beauty Events:

  • Revlon ColorBurstBalm Stain-Romantic
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm-Vivacious
  • Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler
  • Simple Facial Wipes, Cleansing

The contest runs through 9/30/2014, winners will be chosen on 10/1/2014 and notified by 10/15/2014.

TO ENTER All you have to do is go HERE and provide your name, email and zip code. You can of course follow all of their social media channels too {which you will probably want to do}. It won't take you more than ten seconds to enter. They also accept additional entries via comments on their blog articles. Sweet!!!

Thursday, July 24

We are in the process of moving. Well sort of. My husband is graduating from graduate school in two weeks, takes the national boards a couple weeks later and then we move. We aren't 100% sure where we're moving yet, and all I want to do is pack our stuff up and get out of this two bedroom apartment.  Unfortunately it's too early to start packing. I have gone through our clothes and taken several bags to Goodwill, which was so invigorating. There is this one pile of barely worn clothes sitting by our door, however. It's been there for well over a month. Just waiting. ...and waiting. Waiting for me to take them to a local consignment shop. I figure making some money here and there wouldn't hurt! For some reason taking them to my car, driving 20 minutes to the shop, seeing if they will even accept them, then driving back home {another 20 minutes} seems like way too much work for a couple dollars!

Wouldn't it be nice if I could just figure out if they'd accept my clothes from home? Then I could determine if that drive with a toddler and an infant was worth it!
That's why I love Crown & Caliber. Have you heard of it? They are a trusted buyer and seller of pre-owned luxury watches, and they make it so simple. Right in the comfort of your home! {Music to my ears}. All you have to do is submit information on your luxury watch and their team of evaluation experts will compile a quote on the value of your watch.
Let me walk you through it.

  1. Submit information on your watch through a form on the Crown & Caliber website, here. Information like the make, model and condition of the watch you would like to submit for a quote.
  2. Talk with an expert horologist who will help provide the mod accurate assessment.
  3. Within a day or two you will receive two quotes 1) a cash offer and 2) a consignment offer.
  4. Regardless of the option chosen, C&C sends pre-paid/insured packaging materials to ship the watch in.
  5. Upon arrival C&C verifies and authenticates the watch
  6. If you chose to consign then C&C cleans, services, photographs, and lists your watch for sale, to tens of thousands of interested buyers!
  7. Watch is sold and payment is provided, or, the original cash offer is provided, depending on which option you chose.

  • You don't need to send your watch in to receive a quote!
  • Traditionally companies do not tell you how they arrived at the number they are giving you for the quote, but C&C provides more info ration {and money} to their customers!
Isn't that awesome? So instead of having to go all over town to different consignment shops, in hopes of selling your watch you can do it all in the comfort of your home! PLUS have a lot more interested buyers than a few people walking into the brick and mortar store.

So whether you're selling a luxury watch, or in the market for one yourself, you've got to check out Crown & Caliber! They get several new watches a day, so check back often!

Monday, July 14

Here is another quick and easy recipe for you! I can almost guarantee you have most, if not all, of the ingredients already in your pantry! You may not have the canned salmon, but go ahead and get some next time you're at the grocery store so you can make these. There's nothing quite like knowing all the ingredients you put in your food are good for you. Here's to another homemade meal! Now go eat it together as a family.
Quick and Easy Baked Salmon Cakes
  • 1 can (14-3/4 oz) salmon, drained {boneless and skin removed}
  • 1-1/2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Place 1/3 cup salmon mixture into eight muffin cups coated with cooking spray
  2. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees
  3. Enjoy!
Let me know what you think! Did you like it?

Friday, July 11

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Share a Coke This Summer with Coca-cola's personalized Coke bottles and cans #ShareItForward #shop #cbias
Did you have a chance to check out a Share a Coke event at Walmart last weekend? This summer they are encouraging you to Share a Coke with your friends and family using their personalized coke bottles and cans. They have over 200 different names on 20 oz bottles, and their 12 oz cans have words like soulamate, bff, dad, etc.
Share a Coke This Summer with Coca-cola's personalized Coke bottles and cans #ShareItForward #shop #cbias
The sweet ladies doing the demonstration at my local Walmart had a very successful day at work! It wasn't very hard to "Share a Coke" with the shoppers. As you can imagine.
Share a Coke This Summer with Coca-cola's personalized Coke bottles and cans #ShareItForward #shop #cbias
I had a lot of fun checking my social media at the event to see how everyone was enjoying their Coke. Search #ShareitForward and #Collective Bias on your Twitter and Instagram accounts and you can see how other people across the country are sharing their Cokes too!
Share a Coke This Summer with Coca-cola's personalized Coke bottles and cans #ShareItForward #shop #cbias
I decided to share my coke with my cute husband! it was only fitting since it said soulmate on it. There's no one in this world I'd rather share this coke with! Isn't he cute?
Share a Coke This Summer with Coca-cola's personalized Coke bottles and cans #ShareItForward #shop #cbias
I also like to share my Coke with my children. Ok I don't actually give caffeine to my toddler and infant, but I share it with them by drinking a Coke myself. How is this sharing you say? Well, as a mom of two young boys some days can seem excruciatingly long! Lets take today for example. My toddler woke up a complete angel. Used his "please" and "thank you's" very well and progressively he turned back into his three-year-old self and stopped listening to anything I asked him to do. Yelled, had a tantrum here and there, and the day completely turned around on itself. I managed to go to the gym for 45 minutes, where he was being nice and fun at the daycare, then ran away from me the second we walked out the door.

{Will this phase ever end?}

I'm exhausted!

My husband called and knew it was one of those days and he said just go and do something fun that you like to do. Want to know the first thing that came to my mind? I need a diet coke. Maybe two!

Even if I needed to go twenty minutes out of my way to get a drink I would. And yes, that has happened before. Ok, a couple times.

As a mom I need my me time. 

Diet Coke is my happy place, and I need it!

Check if your name is on a personalized can here

Tuesday, July 8

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own.
Budget friendly meals with KRAFT on #shop
There are so many fun things to do during the summer! Camping, boating, swimming, amusement parks, golfing, just to name a few. Spending time with friends and family on a regular basis is so fun, but it can cost a pretty penny to entertain our children while they are out of school! There's no better time to #RollIntoSavings than now using KRAFT products on rollback at Walmart, which will help us all create yummy budget friendly meals for $20 or less. Who doesn't need help stretching their money around the 1st and 15th of each month? I wanted to get a little creative with all the amazing products KRAFT has to offer! One of our favorite meals is grilled cheese with tomato soup, so I thought it would be fun to take that meal up a notch, while saving money! So I made Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese and Zesty Italian Tomato Soup.
Zesty Italian Tomato Soup and Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese. Budget friendly meals with KRAFT on #shop
I don't know about you, but I don't want to spend my summer cooking in the kitchen while everyone is outside enjoying one another's company in the warm weather! So when I made my way to Walmart I decided to get the mac and cheese in a cup. Can you believe how many options they have?
Budget friendly meals with KRAFT on #shop
I like making meals that my toddler can help me prepare. He loves measuring and pouring ingredients into bowls for me. I love it too, because life is a lot easier with him being able to help me instead of making a mess somewhere in the house!
Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese and other budget friendly meals with KRAFT on #shop
Macaroni & Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 4 slices KRAFT Singles
  • 2 cups KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Cup
  1. Prepare Macaroni & Cheese according to package directions
  2. Butter two slices of bread, and place butter side down in a skillet over medium-low heat
  3. Please a KRAFT single on each slice of bread until bread is lightly browned
  4. Place Mac&Cheese onto one bread slice, and place the other slice of bread on top
  5. Press together, and serve immediately
I am so happy with how my Zesty Italian Tomato Soup turned out. The added KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing made all the difference in the world with the extra flavor and small pieces of vegetables. I suggest using a cup in this recipe. If you'd like you could even cut back on the broth and add more of the KRAFT dressing.
Zesty Italian Tomato Soup and other budget friendly meals with KRAFT on #shop

Zesty Italian Tomato Soup
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing {although I suggest using more}
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups pasta of your choice
  • Optional: 1 pound cooked ground beef or Italian sausage
  1. Combine all ingredients {make sure you drain the tomatoes} in a large pot over medium heat and cook until all ingredients are heated through. 
  2. Cook pasta and combine it with the soup
  3. Serve immediately
To find other great recipes incorporating KRAFT products search #RollIntoSavings and #CollectiveBias on your Twitter or Instagram account.