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Simplest Homemade Donuts–Using Canned Biscuits!

Simplest Homemade Donuts–Using Canned Biscuits!

I have been seeing something amazing all over the internet…donuts…made from biscuits!? Say what? I decided that we absolutely HAD to give this a try and here our results, in case you are like me and one of the only people on the planet who […]

Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Recently my family and I have started a journey to living a healthier lifestyle and have adopted a vegan/plant based diet. This required us to do a lot of searching for new, healthy recipes that suited our new needs. A big challenge was breakfast, and […]

Spring Inspired Edible Cupcake Toppers Featuring YumEarth!

Spring Inspired Edible Cupcake Toppers Featuring YumEarth!

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When trying to come up with a cute way to decorate some Spring/Easter themed cupcakes recently, I thought back to the Valentine’s Day craft that I created using YumEarth candy. I created heart shaped charms made from melted YumEarth Organic Pops . Those charms were super simple to create and looked super adorable, so with that in mind, I came up with super darn adorable, flower cupcake toppers made from YumEarth Organic Pops and their Sour Jellybeans!

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Though they offer them throughout the year, currently YumEarth is offering Spring/Easter themed bags of Organic Pops, Sour Jelly Beans and Organic Gummy Fruits. The packaging is super adorable, and the individual wrappers are decorated seasonally as well. This makes them super great for gifting, sending for daycare/classroom parties as well as stuffing your Easter eggs full of.

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YumEarth makes the absolute best Pops out there, so I knew that they would make the perfect base for my flower. These pops are organic and vegan—something that is going to become even more important to our family as we soon will be embarking on a more plant based diet way of living, and I am definitely trying to introduce more vegan friendly brands into our home.

For this project, I preheated my oven to 350 and then took an old silicone cupcake liner ( I still use these presently, but I have a few that have seen more wear and worked out great for this ) and made a small slit towards the bottom, just big enough to put the pop stick through. Using some sort of small silicone liner like this is best, because it doesn’t allow the sucker to run all over the place when it melts. I simply placed the pop through the slit, keeping the actual pop bit inside of the cup. Then I took my jellybeans and completely encircled the pop with them, It doesn’t matter one bit if they overlap, so don’t worry!

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Next, I took my silicon liner cup and placed it on a cookie sheet and stuck it in the oven. I can’t say for certain how long it will take before your pop starts to get gooey and melt, because all ovens are different, but I suggest simply keeping an eye on your liner, because it really doesn’t take very long. Once I could tell that the sucker was starting to get a bit soft, I pulled the cookie sheet out and used a butter knife to give the jelly beans a nudge closer to the sucker–though not too hard. I then placed it back in the oven and waited for it to completely begin going liquid. Unlike the charms from the Valentine’s Day project, you want to pull this out before it really goes completely liquid. This is a little hard to explain, but it’s easy to understand the first time you do it. After I took mine out of the oven, I placed the silicone cup in the freezer for a few minutes, letting it harden ( it really takes no time at all! ) and then I slowly pull my pop away from the liner and then trim up the edges with scissors if any of the pop did liquefy enough to make it past the jelly beans. Trimming it up with scissors is SUPER simple and can really give your flower definition., but its definitely not necessary.

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Once our pops were done, I simply took a piece of green tissue paper and wrapped the sticks up. You could do so many different things to create a flower type look, but I didn’t want to use markers, and our food markers bled quite a lot on the first one I tested it out on. This worked really well, and it wasn’t icky or anything when I pulled the suckers out of the cupcakes before the kids began eating them. This was such an easy project and would have moved super quickly had I used more silicone liner cups at once.

This is a really adorable project and the kids were super impressed! I highly recommend checking out the YumEarth treats, because not only are they fantastically good ( I swear, they are our new favorites ), but they are good for your body as well. and aren’t full of nasty chemicals. We love them and will continue to come up with new and fun ideas to incorporate them into our holidays and celebrations!

You can check out all of the delicious goodies that YumEarth has to offer by visiting them here! While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter for all of their delicious updates!

 

Hopping Into Spring With Eleni’s New York

Hopping Into Spring With Eleni’s New York

If you have followed my blog, you probably know that my kids and I recently celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating our very own Color me! Heart shaped cookies from Eleni’s New York. The kids had a ton of fun, and honestly, we became a little addicted […]

My Easter Table featuring Oriental Trading + Chocolate Inspired Mini Easter Baskets!

My Easter Table featuring Oriental Trading + Chocolate Inspired Mini Easter Baskets!

Easter is one of my very favorite holidays, that is a fact. I love the pastel colors, the cheery designs and the fresh spring feeling that comes with putting out the Easter decor. I absolutely love planning out what I am going to put out […]

FARMHOUSE FRESH, This Bunny Loves You Gift Set Review!

FARMHOUSE FRESH, This Bunny Loves You Gift Set Review!

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Easter has always been one of my very favorite Holidays. I love the fresh spring vibe, adorable pastel decor and delicious treats. As an adult, I find myself feeling a little jealous of all of the sweet goodies and treats my kids receive from the Easter bunny, so this year I decided to treat myself to a little Easter goodness, adult style.

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The “This Bunny Loves you” gift set from FARMHOUSE FRESH was exactly what I wanted to see in my Easter basket this year, but I couldn’t wait around for Easter, I had to indulge almost immediately. This set embodies everything I have been yearning for. It’s fresh, pastel, absolutely adorable and most of all, delicious! ( The smells of just about everything FHF offers are seriously good enough to eat! )

This gift set comes beautifully packaged in a sweet pastel yellow and purple gingham style gift box, perfect for Easter and Spring gifting. The icing on the cake is the uber adorable purple ribbon with the wooden scoop attached, holding the sweet box of treats tied up tight!

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Inside of my gift set, I received the 6 oz. Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub, which is one of my absolute favorite scents from FHF. It is so rich and indulgent, without being overpowering. I suffer from migraines frequently, so being subtle enough to not induce any type of irritation is very important to me. The scrub is full sized, packaged super sweetly ( but what FHF product, isn’t? ) and comes with wooden scoop/spoon. The fragrance is perfect for indulging and the product itself leaves my skin feeling fresh, soft and smelling yummy! This is an incredibly high quality scrub that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, something that also is high on my list of skincare demands.

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Next in the gift set is the 2.4 oz Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream. I am totally in love with the FHF hand creams and currently have one in my bedroom and in my purse that I used almost daily. These also are packaged nicely and look lovely displayed ( am I the only one who thinks about things like that?? ) This scent was a little surprising, sort of. With a name like Fluffy Bunny, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Without looking at the description, I almost can’t describe the scent in any other words than Fabulous! It’s very light and comforting, and has an exquisitely high-end fragrance ( if that makes any sense at all? ). These hand creams truly moisturize your skin without leaving you hands feeling heavy and greasy. This product is also vegan, which I love.  DSC_2509

I am absolutely thrilled with my gift set, and feel totally pampered and in the Easter/Spring spirit–even if I did cheat and indulge a bit early. I definitely feel that this set would make the absolute perfect gift for ones self, a friend, an expectant mother or even a great Mother’s Day gift! The ever chic FARMHOUSE FRESH products are always a go-to in my book for myself and for others! I highly recommend checking out this fabulous set, as well as their other delicious products on their equally yummy website. Yum!

A little bit about FHF products:

Each product is made with up to 99.6% natural and naturally-derived ingredients. Everything we make is Paraben & Sulfate FREE and our fragrances are all natural or phthalate free. Many other products are also Vegan and Gluten Free.

You can check them out on Facebook here, Twitter here and Instagram here!

Create A Welcome to the Tween Years Kit with Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips!

Create A Welcome to the Tween Years Kit with Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FiercelyCleanPores #CollectiveBias Being a “tween” is confusing. So many emotional changes, bodily changes and the newly acquired body care routines that go along with them. Being the Mother of a Tween […]

The Hectic Holiday Season Made Easier with Walmart.com

The Hectic Holiday Season Made Easier with Walmart.com

    The Holiday season can be hectic…let’s face it, down right chaotic. I find myself not only doing my best to budget and shop for all of the gifts that I need, but running through constant lists of food items that I need to […]

4 Reasons to Shop Amazon for Household Essentials

4 Reasons to Shop Amazon for Household Essentials

 

With the Holiday Season in full swing, finding ways to save money and save money are high on my list of priorities. With that said, it’s also a season of giving, and challenging myself to do more for not only those around me, but for our planet as a whole.

Recently, I discovered that I can not only save myself a trip to the store, save money, but I can help save the planet all with the click of a button, by purchasing household essentials on Amazon.com using Subscribe and Save.

Here are my top #4 Reasons that shopping Amazon.com for my household essentials makes me feel fancy fine.

Reason #1 for Shopping on Amazon.com for Household Essentials:

Subscribe & Save. With Subscribe and Save, my products are shipped for free, I am free to set my own delivery schedule, and you can cancel at literally any time.

Reason #2 :

Convenience. With my busy schedule, saving myself trips to the store is essential. I am able to have my favorite Kimberly-Clarke Family Care Products delivered to my home on schedule, which saves me time, making shopping lists, and the dreaded realization that I forgot to pick up the toilet paper 😉 .

Reason #3:

Saving Money. In addition to convenience, if you subscribe to 5 or more products, you receive an addition discount of 15%! There are also coupons and discounts offered frequently on the Amazon Product Page.

Reason #4:

Giving Back.  For 50 years, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, WWF and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) announced a unique three-year agreement designed to raise awareness of the importance of choosing products that use fiber from responsibly managed forests. FSC® is considered a “gold standard” in forest certification and assures that these products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, and social benefits.

By purchasing Kimberly-Clark Family Care products like Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, and Kleenex that have the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. Take pride in knowing that the FSC certified product you purchase comes from responsibly managed forests around the globe protecting forests for generations to come.

Those 4 reasons have not only saved me time and money, but I feel good–kinda sparkly inside, knowing that I have purchased products that are happy for for our planet! <3

Visit Sioux Falls- A Whole lot of Food, Family & Falls! ++ GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

Visit Sioux Falls- A Whole lot of Food, Family & Falls! ++ GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

    This image/video courtesy of Teresa Gonzalez This image/video courtesy of Teresa Gonzalez In a family full of foodies and adventurers, our tribe is always on the lookout for new fun destinations that are outside of the box of the typical, beach and chill […]

Spicy Cheese & Bacon Hashbrown Waffles

Spicy Cheese & Bacon Hashbrown Waffles

    In our house. we love breakfast for dinner. It’s kinda a thing. We are always looking for delicious new ideas and recipes to up our breakfast for dinner game ( we love having get together’s and serving up a mean breakfast buffet ). […]

Tips for For Finding Your Perfect Car

Tips for For Finding Your Perfect Car

 

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Finding your perfect car can seem daunting. So many options, so much information coming at you from every direction. It was a process that until recently, I have not enjoyed. Here I have compiled a few simple tips and steps to aid in helping finding your dream car, without all of the hassle and headache.

To start, know your facts. Knowing the details about the makes, models, and price of the cars you have your eye on is pretty darn important. Cars.com is a great resource for finding out all the details on your potential purchase! With their extensive reviews, you are sure to find honest and helpful information on a huge variety of cars! You will find all of the pros as well as the cons, so you can make a more informed decision, and I like that.

Next, I suggest shopping around. Browse multiple dealerships, creating a baseline price for the car of your interest. This assures that you are getting the best possible deal, not just a good one.

When buying a used car, check the mileage. When visiting multiple dealer locations,  you can come up with a good idea of price based on mileage, instead of just making a guess. The mileage will no only affect the price, but the wear and tear that has been put upon the vehicle.

Showing you know your facts when doing your car shopping is key! This is why it pays to do your research ahead of time. Show the seller you know your stuff and will not easily be taken advantage of. Your research will help you find the true value and worth of the vehicle and will aid in negotiating a fair price.

Take your time, and don’t settle. Find the car that is right for you and your budget. Rushing into a car purchase is never a good idea. Do your research on cars.com, hunt around, and know what you’re looking for, and don’t be afraid to stand your ground on price, getting what you need.

Following these simple steps, and doing your research can save you thousands of dollars in the long run, as well as saving a lot of potential regret! Research is key, and makes the process of buying a car so much enjoyable!

Double Trouble S’Mores Bars #bestcerealever

Double Trouble S’Mores Bars #bestcerealever

    As a homeschooling Momma, I am always looking for fun out of the box ideas to get my kids excited to learn at home. My 4 year old has recently began his homeschooling career as a preschooler this back to school season, and […]

Back to School with Baby Cubby

Back to School with Baby Cubby

With back-to-school upon us, I’ve made it my personal mission to find the absolute best quality supplies and apparel for my little ones. For my littlest, I turned to The Baby Cubby to help us in our hunt. With high quality goods, that are not […]

Force Friday- Tomorrow @ GameStop! #forcefriday #giveaway

Force Friday- Tomorrow @ GameStop! #forcefriday #giveaway

This Force Friday, fans can celebrate their inner-Jedi with fellow Star Wars buffs at GameStop. They’ll be channeling the Force with in-store trivia, raffles, live video gameplay, the debut of a brand new Star Wars figure line, and they’re participating in Lucas Film’s augmented reality treasure hunt from Sept. 1-3 . Check out how to play below!

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Star Wars Toys & Collectibles – GameStop Exclusives

 

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May the force be with you this Force Friday ( and weekend)  @ GameStop!

Let me know if you plan on attending!!

Enter to #win a GameStop Play Pack ( all sorts of fun loot, including a Funko POP! ! Contest open to US Residents 18+. Begins 8/31/2017 and ends 09/15/2017. Comment below and let me know if you will be attending, your favorite Star Wars Character or what you love about GameStop! One comment per day welcomed, and a winner will be drawn on random.org on September 16th.

Share on social media with a link to this contest for an extra entry. 1 extra entry per social media outlet, per day. Make your post public, and share your link in comments below for each outlet, each day.

Make Time For Cake.

Make Time For Cake.

Life can be chaotic. It can be stressful. Between homeschooling my 3 children, running my own business, taking care of my household chores and writing my blog, sometimes it can be hard to make time to indulge in my favorite pastimes and hobbies.   One […]

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Summer Traditions & Ice Cream Cake! (Read for Recipe & Contest Details)

Summer Traditions & Ice Cream Cake! (Read for Recipe & Contest Details)

Summer means to many things to us. A break in our school year, camping, cookouts, swimming, but it also means something else…birthdays! The vast majority of our family celebrates their own special day during the summer months, and we do our absolute best every single year, to do something super special, and let the Birthday child choose their own outing, as well as birthday dessert. It’s kind of a tradition.

This year is no exception! Besides our normal summer birthday trips to the river, the campground, Silver Dollar City,  etc…my youngest Augie, thought it would be super fun to have an ice cream cake! In the past, we’ve purchased the store bought variety, but I was never especially satisfied with the price tag, or the fact that there weren’t very many customization options, when it came to the ice cream flavors. After doing a bit of searching online, I decided to try my hand at creating one at home.

So, I set off with my list of ingredients, and headed to the grocery store. As you can imagine, Ice Cream is sorta the start of this show, and with the wide variety of flavors from Hiland (plus, they use the best quality products and local ingredients! ), I was able to customize the cake to our specific tastes. We chose the Featured Flavor, which is Outlaw Run! With Chocolate chunks and swirls of sea salted caramel in rich vanilla ice cream, it was sure to be a winner! Not to mention, my son got a little excited seeing the box, as he’s pretty anxious to head to Silver Dollar City and check out some new rides. We are only around an hour and a half away, and it’s definitely our favorite summer time destination.

Speaking of which, I just learned that Hiland is currently holding a super exciting contest in which you can win a prize package consisting of:

  • Valued at approximately $1,000, this prize package includes:
  • Four (4) 2-day passes to Silver Dollar City
  • Four (4) passes to Showboat Branson Belle (each pass includes cruise, show and meal)
  • One (1) Silver Dollar City meal card ($100.00 value)
  • One (1) Visa prepaid cash card ($200.00 value)

Enter here!! https://ooh.li/f3f8f18

I don’t know about you, but I sure hope to win!

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients

  • Cake Ingredient:
  • 2 56 Ounce Containers of your choice flavor Hiland Ice Cream, Softened
  • 2 Cups Of Hot Fudge Sauce
  • 1 Package of Chocolate Sandwich cookies, chopped finely
  • Whipped Cream Frosting:
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4-5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. 1. Very lightly spray or butter a 10 inch springform pan.
  2. 2. Spread your first box of softened Hiland ice cream evenly in the bottom of your pan. Put in the freezer for 40 mins. Spread your hot fudge over the top of our ice cream once your 40 mins of freeze time is up, then sprinkle your chopped sandwich cookies. Press them gently into your hot fudge. Place back in the freezer for 40 mins. After 40 mins in the freezer, add your last container of Hiland Ice Cream to the top, and spread evenly. Freeze for at least 8 hrs, but I chose to freeze overnight.
  3. 3. When unmolding your cake from the springform, invert your cake onto a plate, and release the springform, and slide the pan off. If this does't work immediately place a hot towel or cloth around the pan for 20-30 seconds until it loosens. Remove the bottom of the pan, and top the cake with whatever you will be serving your cake on, and turn the cake right side up. Place your cake back in the freezer for a minimum of 20 mins.
  4. 4. While freezing, whip up your whipped cream frosting! Combine the ingredient and using a whisk, or whisk mixer ( whip on medium high ) until your whipped cream is fluffy and semi firm peak.
  5. 5. After you remove your cake from the freezer, spread the whipped cream frosting on your cake. Don't forget to work FAST! Then decorate as you see fit! I piped the whipped cream frosting on to the cake and used sprinkles! Pop your cake back in the freezer.
  6. 6. Remove your cake from the freezer no more than 5 mins before serving, these babies get soft...fast.
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This cake was extremely easy to make. Honestly. I found that the most difficult part of the process was keeping the cake from melting while I was decorating, and transporting for the last steps…

Tip: When spreading your hot fudge, make sure that it is at room temp, or warm it up slightly if it has been refrigerated, so that it spreads easily.

Despite my instructions, I only added one layer of ice cream, because I used the wrong springform pan…oops! It was still super delicious, and we really enjoyed the cookie acting as a “crust”.

I was super pleased with how my cake turned out, especially being made with the Hiland Outlaw Run ice cream! It gave it an extra something, and far outdid any store bought cake we have EVER purchased.

This cake is now an absolute family favorite, and Mr. Augie was quite impressed! I definitely see this being a new summer favorite, as well as a new Birthday tradition!

You know the thing about ice cream? It melts 😀 But truly, the cake held it’s shape perfectly, we just lost a bit of our whipped cream icing along the way. The cake was still absolutely the most amazing we have had, and we learned exactly how long the cake should be left out of the freezer before serving. It definitely made for some giggles, some ice cream licking, and an overall blast! #noregrets

Check out the super duper cute video we created sharing our new summer tradition, our Hiland ice cream, and my little guys own version of our Ice Cream Cake how-to! We had a absolute blast following traditions, and creating new ones. What are some of your favorite summer traditions? Share them in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out and enter for your change to win the amazing Silver Dollar City prize package from Hiland Dairy! #IScreamForHiland #HilandIceCream

Simple Ghostbusters Inspired Movie Night

Simple Ghostbusters Inspired Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #CatchMoreData #Ghostbusters #CollectiveBias Movie nights are a tradition in our household, and nothing is more fun than themed movie nights! With our tight budget and […]

Bathroom Organization Made Easy! #CaringMadeEasy

Bathroom Organization Made Easy! #CaringMadeEasy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias Recently, after a visit to my Mother in Law’s home, I made the discovery that not only was she desperately in need of some help with […]

Caramel Brownies Recipe for ANY Celebration & #WhatMattersToU

Caramel Brownies Recipe for ANY Celebration & #WhatMattersToU

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatMattersToU #CollectiveBias

 

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When faced with that unpleasant monthly visitor that most of us ladies are fairly familiar with, I used to cringe. I wanted to curl up in my blankets and hide. But that was the past. Now, I have embraced the the beauty that though sometimes uncomfortable and lets face it, sometimes down right painful comes with being a woman. This didn’t come easy, however, I have learned to celebrate my womanhood. With that celebration, I had to ask myself what’s better than a BIG pan of brownies to make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Caramel Brownies, that’s what!

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Each month, I have made it a tradition to not only whip up a batch of delicious Caramel Brownie goodness, but curl up with a comfy blanket, no longer hiding and have a total pig out movie marathon! No good movie marathon is complete without some of my very favorite flicks from the 80’s, you know the ones!  There is just something so comforting about feeling like I’m a kid again, curled up with my Mom, eating our brownies and watching all of our favorites! Remembering what matters most to me, especially when things are tough, definitely helps keep my spirits up and my bad mood away.

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Even if you aren’t currently entertaining your monthly visitor, these brownies are to die for! Here is a rundown of my recipe for the super ooey gooey delicious caramel brownies that not only make my life a little bit easier, but makes just about any celebration a whole lot better!

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  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter —1 3/4 sticks
  • 12 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 12 cup unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 30 small caramels–optional
  1. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with butter; dust with flour and preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Melt butter and bittersweet chocolate in saucepan over low heat, stir often; let cool.
  3. Cream sugar, eggs, and vanilla, add cooled chocolate mixture; mix well.
  4. Sift together flour and salt into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Mix batter until combined- At this point I melted my caramels and added them to the batter, this is optional and the brownies are totally delicious, even without.
  6. Spread the batter in the pan; bake 30 minutes — or until you can pull out a clean toothpick.
    Remove cool for 1 hour.

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Another favorite, that has made my whole monthly ritual a bit easier was the discovery of the U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Ultra Thin Pads – Style N’ Store Packs available at Walmart! Offering incredible leak protection, U by Kotex® understands what matters most to women! And for that matter, so does Walmart! With 3D Capture Core* with Xpress DRI* cover offers super quick absorption, the Tru-Fit® wings keep things in place U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Ultra Thin Pads definitely has become my go to!

Also available at Walmart are the U by Kotex® Barely There® Liners that are incredibly comfortable and are made to feel just like your underwear ( which I love! ). Available in bright bold colors and designs, they are not only comfy, but fun!

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Did I mention that The Style N’ Store packs are NEW at Walmart? Offering four super neat designs, these Style N’ Store packs have a super convenient new option for storing your pads! Each pack offers a drawer for feature that makes everything so easy and a little fun! Leave it to Walmart to know exactly what I need when it comes to personal care items, and have them available at an amazing price! Just another reason to feel comfortable when it comes to creating a monthly ritual that works for me ( or you! )!

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#WhatMattersToU the most during your time of the month, or even just when you are feeling a bit uncomfy or down? I’d love to hear what you do to make the bad days a little brighter!

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Our Favorite Recipes For A Refreshing Summer! #SummerTastes

Our Favorite Recipes For A Refreshing Summer! #SummerTastes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerTastes #CollectiveBias
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After going through my list of favorite summer dishes , I decided that I needed to shake things up a bit, and get a little creative. We eat a ton of fruits and veggies, and drink a lot of tea around our home, me being a vegan and all, so I set out to add a few new little fun summer twists to our recipe schedule of meals and treats.

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When browsing recipes online, I came across an idea for a pasta salad that was basically an “everything but the kitchen” sink type thing, and I really kind of dug that idea. Why not just throw TONS of the tasty veggies into one fabulous salad and give it a taste. So I set out to find the perfect flavor combinations for our family, and here is what I came up with:

 

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This is what I like to call my EVERYTHING Summer Pasta Salad. Using Barilla Whole Grain Rotini that I picked up at Walmart, I set out to create a fabulous pasta salad that everyone in my house would dig. Here’s what I used :

-1 Box of Barilla Whole Grain Rotini

  • Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers ( we just added one whole, and several small, but this can be to your liking ) Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 2 Varieties of cherry type tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 Roasted Ears of Corn cut off the cob
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Pepitas
  • 1 bottle of our favorite vinaigrette. We used a garlic flavored vinaigrette, but I’m sure just about any would be fabulous, so go wild! Vinaigrette’s are also quite simple to make yourself.

The great thing about this pasta salad, is you really cannot go wrong! Each ingredient can be measured to your specific liking or even omitted. I have a feeling there are so many other fabulous ingredients that would also work perfectly, but these were completely perfect for our taste buds!

 

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This is a super simple dish to make, honestly, and I cannot believe it wasn’t already on our menu. All we did was start with our Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta, Italy’s #1 brand of pasta, followed the instructions on the back of the box, then once it was cooked, drained and rinsed our Rotini in cold water and put it to the side. We roasted our corn during this time and then cut it off of the cob. I then used my food processor to chop up my veggies, though doing it by hand works just as well.

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At this point, the kids and I basically just dumped all of the ingredients ( veggies and dressing )  other than the cheese and pepitas in and gave it a really good even stir so that all of the veggies were evenly distributed. DSC_9114

Even though it was difficult to not just dig into, we covered our bowl with foil, and put it in the fridge for a few hours to cool everything down and give the flavors time to really settle and blend. Once it was time to serve, we topped each individual bowl with cheese and pepitas—( I don’t eat cheese, so doing it individually worked out best ).

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This is a super light, amazing dish that makes a great addition to a meal, or can simply be served in a larger portion and is tasty enough to be the star of the meal! It’s light, bright and absolutely delicious!

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Since we primarily drink tea in our house, I decided to add a few new favorites to our summer menu, using our old favorite Gold Peak Tea into the mix. I picked up a 6 pack of the Diet Gold Peak Tea from Walmart, and started brainstorming.  In the end, I decided a infused tea would pair perfectly with our pasta salad, and I couldn’t have been more right!

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Since Gold Peak is absolutely scrumptious on it’s own, I knew that it wouldn’t take much to come up with a tasty new spin that my kids would be sure to love.

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For our drink, we simply took our favorite chilled Gold Peak Tea, poured it into a glass and added our most favorite fruits! We found that adding raspberries and letting them infuse into the tea for a bit was the most scrumptious combination. We garnished our glasses with strawberries, which was a big hit with the kids and definitely gives the table setting a little something extra!

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These drinks are absolutely delicious, refreshing and since we used diet tea and only fruit as our added flavoring, still a very health conscious choice as well.

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For our dessert/cold summer treat, we decided to stick with the tea theme, and make fruity tea pops! Think super delicious tea infused frozen goodness! This was also SUPER simple, which I love…

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For these pops, basically all you need is your Gold Peak Tea ( sweetened is the best option for this ), popsicle molds and fruit. I personally chose to use pureed frozen peaches, raspberries and mint leaves.

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Using frozen peaches that I ran through my food processor seemed to work out the best, I even just stuck my mint leaves in at the same time, which seemed to spread them evening throughout the mixture. The rest was simple, I filled the molds up about half way with my Gold Peak Tea, and then just dropped in my fruit. I added only peach and mint to a few, then threw raspberries in the mix as well. We froze our pops for around four hours, ran the molds under hot water, and then had not only tasty, but BEAUTIFUL frozen treats that I think are great for not only the kids, but adults as well. They have a very clean crisp refreshing taste, and are just sweet enough to really cure my craving for cool refreshing sweet treats.

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I had a lot of fun creating these very crisp, healthy summer time menu additions and will definitely go perfectly along side our traditional summer grilling parties! They are simple, quick and although delicious, are light enough to go perfectly with a hot summer day backyard barbecue.

sofab For more delicious summer recipes  click here ( I know I have enjoyed them! )   Also, while you’re at it, check out this great coupon for $1 off when you buy any two (2) 64 fl oz bottles of Gold Peak Tea from coupons.com , plus this great Ibotta offer for Barilla – Buy 3 products and earn $1. Valid on all Barilla Blue Box Products and Barilla Pesto Sauce.

What are your favorite summer favorites? Do you use your Gold Peak Tea in any sort of unique ways? If so, I’m dying to hear! #SummerTastes

 

 

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Keeping Summer Fun with a Happy and Healthy Toddler!

Keeping Summer Fun with a Happy and Healthy Toddler!

DSC_9457One of our biggest struggles in the summer is eating healthy. With the ice cream truck always around the corner and big brother and sister wanting to munch on junk food, I know that it’s important to keep my growing very active toddler eating healthy and not filling his belly with heavy unhealthy foods.

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Recently while at my local Walmart, I was browsing the baby food aisle and came across lil’ Beanies by Gerber. My little guy was instantly drawn in after I showed him the packaging, and just had to have these “snackies”. After looking the packaging and ingredients over, I agreed and we headed on our way home with our goodies.

First thing when we got home, we obviously had to open up our lil’ Beanies ( I’m surprised me made it that long! ) and Immediately I was impressed with the smell! Thee snacks smell like something I would want to munch on, and they give off a snack food vibe without my little guy knowing they are actually good for him! I was definitely sold. And he liked them. He REALLY liked them.

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In Original and White Chedder & Broccoli, he’s getting tons of delicious flavor along with healthy stuff for his growing active little body!  lil’ Beanies are made from navy beans to deliver 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber and 10% Daily Value of Vitamin E per serving, which is something this Momma can stand behind—not to mention they are non-GMO!

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These snacks are extremely portable, making them easy to tote outside for his many adventures or to the park in our diaper bag for easy snacking and even sharing!

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We have definitely found our go to snack for the summer—though I have a feeling these little gems will be sticking around with us all year long!

If you’re looking to fuel your toddler with healthy snacking options this summer, head on over and check out lil’ Beanies by Gerber and check out your local Walmart baby food aisle to pick up a few for yourself!

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Which flavor do you think your little one would prefer??

 


Our Favorite Recipes For A Refreshing Summer! #SummerTastes

Our Favorite Recipes For A Refreshing Summer! #SummerTastes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerTastes #CollectiveBias
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After going through my list of favorite summer dishes , I decided that I needed to shake things up a bit, and get a little creative. We eat a ton of fruits and veggies, and drink a lot of tea around our home, me being a vegan and all, so I set out to add a few new little fun summer twists to our recipe schedule of meals and treats.

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When browsing recipes online, I came across an idea for a pasta salad that was basically an “everything but the kitchen” sink type thing, and I really kind of dug that idea. Why not just throw TONS of the tasty veggies into one fabulous salad and give it a taste. So I set out to find the perfect flavor combinations for our family, and here is what I came up with:

 

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This is what I like to call my EVERYTHING Summer Pasta Salad. Using Barilla Whole Grain Rotini that I picked up at Walmart, I set out to create a fabulous pasta salad that everyone in my house would dig. Here’s what I used :

-1 Box of Barilla Whole Grain Rotini

  • Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers ( we just added one whole, and several small, but this can be to your liking ) Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 2 Varieties of cherry type tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 Roasted Ears of Corn cut off the cob
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Pepitas
  • 1 bottle of our favorite vinaigrette. We used a garlic flavored vinaigrette, but I’m sure just about any would be fabulous, so go wild! Vinaigrette’s are also quite simple to make yourself.

The great thing about this pasta salad, is you really cannot go wrong! Each ingredient can be measured to your specific liking or even omitted. I have a feeling there are so many other fabulous ingredients that would also work perfectly, but these were completely perfect for our taste buds!

 

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This is a super simple dish to make, honestly, and I cannot believe it wasn’t already on our menu. All we did was start with our Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta, Italy’s #1 brand of pasta, followed the instructions on the back of the box, then once it was cooked, drained and rinsed our Rotini in cold water and put it to the side. We roasted our corn during this time and then cut it off of the cob. I then used my food processor to chop up my veggies, though doing it by hand works just as well.

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At this point, the kids and I basically just dumped all of the ingredients ( veggies and dressing )  other than the cheese and pepitas in and gave it a really good even stir so that all of the veggies were evenly distributed. DSC_9114

Even though it was difficult to not just dig into, we covered our bowl with foil, and put it in the fridge for a few hours to cool everything down and give the flavors time to really settle and blend. Once it was time to serve, we topped each individual bowl with cheese and pepitas—( I don’t eat cheese, so doing it individually worked out best ).

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This is a super light, amazing dish that makes a great addition to a meal, or can simply be served in a larger portion and is tasty enough to be the star of the meal! It’s light, bright and absolutely delicious!

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Since we primarily drink tea in our house, I decided to add a few new favorites to our summer menu, using our old favorite Gold Peak Tea into the mix. I picked up a 6 pack of the Diet Gold Peak Tea from Walmart, and started brainstorming.  In the end, I decided a infused tea would pair perfectly with our pasta salad, and I couldn’t have been more right!

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Since Gold Peak is absolutely scrumptious on it’s own, I knew that it wouldn’t take much to come up with a tasty new spin that my kids would be sure to love.

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For our drink, we simply took our favorite chilled Gold Peak Tea, poured it into a glass and added our most favorite fruits! We found that adding raspberries and letting them infuse into the tea for a bit was the most scrumptious combination. We garnished our glasses with strawberries, which was a big hit with the kids and definitely gives the table setting a little something extra!

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These drinks are absolutely delicious, refreshing and since we used diet tea and only fruit as our added flavoring, still a very health conscious choice as well.

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For our dessert/cold summer treat, we decided to stick with the tea theme, and make fruity tea pops! Think super delicious tea infused frozen goodness! This was also SUPER simple, which I love…

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For these pops, basically all you need is your Gold Peak Tea ( sweetened is the best option for this ), popsicle molds and fruit. I personally chose to use pureed frozen peaches, raspberries and mint leaves.

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Using frozen peaches that I ran through my food processor seemed to work out the best, I even just stuck my mint leaves in at the same time, which seemed to spread them evening throughout the mixture. The rest was simple, I filled the molds up about half way with my Gold Peak Tea, and then just dropped in my fruit. I added only peach and mint to a few, then threw raspberries in the mix as well. We froze our pops for around four hours, ran the molds under hot water, and then had not only tasty, but BEAUTIFUL frozen treats that I think are great for not only the kids, but adults as well. They have a very clean crisp refreshing taste, and are just sweet enough to really cure my craving for cool refreshing sweet treats.

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I had a lot of fun creating these very crisp, healthy summer time menu additions and will definitely go perfectly along side our traditional summer grilling parties! They are simple, quick and although delicious, are light enough to go perfectly with a hot summer day backyard barbecue.

sofab For more delicious summer recipes  click here ( I know I have enjoyed them! )   Also, while you’re at it, check out this great coupon for $1 off when you buy any two (2) 64 fl oz bottles of Gold Peak Tea from coupons.com , plus this great Ibotta offer for Barilla – Buy 3 products and earn $1. Valid on all Barilla Blue Box Products and Barilla Pesto Sauce.

What are your favorite summer favorites? Do you use your Gold Peak Tea in any sort of unique ways? If so, I’m dying to hear! #SummerTastes