The Secret to Perfect Popcorn

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Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post and preventing burned popcorn everywhere... I have a goal. It may be a lofty one but it's a goal I hope to achieve. When I turned 40, one thing I wanted to do was watch at least one movie that had won an Academy Award for best picture. Unknowing to me, I had actually seen several but none of the recent movies or the classics. So my new goal is to watch all of them. Even the ones I know I'm not going to like and that means lots of movie nights. … [Read more...]

Microwave Fudge with Salted Caramel Mocha Frosting

For the past few weeks people have been making jokes at my expense. Whenever I tell them that my boyfriend and I are driving 23 hours (pretty much nonstop) to go backcountry camping in Glacier National Park, they can't help but smirk. I get it. I probably don't look like the type of person who would give up electricity, running water and WIFI to go roaming through the mountains. Until a few weeks ago, I had never set up a tent, blew up a sleeping pad or even knew a thing as hiking underwear … [Read more...]

Coffee Flavored Popsicles

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In less than a month, I'm going to turn 40 years old. Instead of dreading the big 4-0, I decided to embrace it. And by embrace it I mean I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the big day. Some things were pretty easy, like use a coupon (which I did...for Bigelow Tea), others a bit more challenging such as #22, make Julia Child's coq au vin (what the heck was I thinking...I don't even like bones in my meat!!) and others, like #1, give coffee a chance, just seemed like the grown up … [Read more...]

Low Calorie Wine Find: Brancott Estate Flight Song

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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples of low calorie wine to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MC Summertime is coming. I know it is because we went from 70 degrees one day to snow the next. Crazy weather like that always happens in the midwest and that means that those hot and humid temperatures are just around the corner, so I'm on the hunt for some … [Read more...]

Perfectly Packed Lunches for Kids

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Many thanks to Fruitshoot for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to share fun solutions for my kids' lunches! Perfectly packed lunches for kids can mean different things to different people. For me, it means my daughter has a variety of fruit and vegetables that she will actually eat.  She'll eat about any fruit, even those nasty honeydew melons but with veggies, she's a bit pickier. Lately she's been fascinated with rainbows. She draws them on all of her pictures and looks for them in … [Read more...]

My Little Superhero

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Thank you to General Mills for sponsoring this post about finding the superhero in yourself. #SuperHeroing By day she's known as Brecken. The kind of shy (until she gets to know you) 4-year old who loves all things blue and green. But as the sun begins to set, a change begins. She's no longer the kid who is being mopey because I've made her go for a walk, she becomes Forest Girl and has superhero powers. With a simple wave of her hand, she chops down trees and brush so the hikers can make it … [Read more...]

Game Day Snack Ideas with Mrs. T Pierogies

Game Day Snack Ideas cheesy salsa Mrs. T Pierogies

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central Consulting for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #MC With more sports games than I can count on TV, including both football and basketball right now, it makes perfect sense to use a sporting event as an excuse to get friends together to enjoy good food and each other's company. And these game day snack ideas come in handy when these … [Read more...]

Take the Greek Yogurt Taste Test

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Disclosure: I want to thank Yoplait for sponsoring this #Tasteoff, giving me the opportunity to express my honest opinion. Here is a known truth about me that I even wrote on my About Me page....I do not like Greek yogurt. Seriously, I don't. Because it was the "cool" thing to eat, I tried a couple of different brands only to take a few bites and have to choke it down. I can't recall if it was a texture or a tartness thing but all that matters is I was not a fan. With my Greek yogurt … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Banana Granola Crunch Peanut Butter Blossoms

One recipe that always brings me back to my childhood during Christmastime is peanut butter blossoms. The delicious peanut buttery cookie and the soft, slightly melted chocolate on top. It's one of the recipes I cherish from my mom and turn to whenever I need a pick me up. The best part about baking during the holidays is that I can share these family-favorite recipes with my children. It's something that can be passed on through the generations and the tradition is passed on. When I found … [Read more...]

Poutine Pizza with Shredded Hashbrowns

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. There is a good chance my friends in Canada will disown me after they read this post. Not only am I defacing their beloved poutine by using shredded hashbrowns, I'm then making it into a pizza. My passport may not be welcome in Canada anymore. :) For those of you not familiar with poutine, it's usually made … [Read more...]