Clear & Clean Water with the Laica Mineralbalance water filtration system

laica filtered pitchers

I was provided with a Laica pitcher and filters. For me, drinking water has always been a chore. Water straight from the tap never tastes quite right and bottled water is just too expensive (and wasteful with all of those plastic bottles). I'm far too lazy to hook one of those over-the-faucet filtration systems on my kitchen. So that leaves me with water pitchers. I recently started using the Laica filtration system and it's not your ordinary … [Read more...]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with #OutbackBestMates Steak Menu for Two Combo

Valentines Day 2014 Combo from Outback Steakhouse #OutbackBestMates

Valentine's Day is a bit of a sore spot for me. In the past, my husband has been less than romantic when it comes to planning our special day together. But that's going to change this year because not only am I not leaving the planning up to him but I'm going to surprise him with a dinner out for just the two of us. This happens so rarely when you have three children! As an Outback Best Mates ambassador, I've been given the unique opportunity … [Read more...]

$500 GIVEAWAY | Hot Chocolate Milkshakes with Limited Edition #TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk

Hot Chocolate Milkshake with TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk #TruMoo

Bought to you by TruMoo. All experiences, opinions & recipe are my own. Valentine's Day is all about love and perfect matches. Well, in my opinion, nothing goes together quite like chocolate and marshmallows. They're the perfect combo for this cold, winter holiday in a cup of hot cocoa. But even better, is when you combine the two in the new Limited Edition TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow milk! This special flavor combo is available for a … [Read more...]

New Year, New Me? I Hope So! Win with #DunkinMugUp

dunkin mug up january

Every new year I like to think I have a clean slate before me. A fresh set of three hundred and sixty five days where I can choose to be a different person, a better person who makes better choices. This year, like so many others, I want to make better choices for my health. For me, this means saying goodbye to soda, cooking healthier meals and making time for exercise. The exercise part is most important to me at this point. I'm very fortunate … [Read more...]

Kitchen Find | DIY Spice Rack for more Cabinet Space

do it yourself spice rack

*republished from 2012 For years I've been collecting McCormick spices. As of this moment, I have around 50 spice bottles and I truly use every single one of them. The problem is I can never find the right one in the exact moment that I need it. Just this week I was cooking dinner and quickly needed to find my bottle of ground ginger. I opened up those cabinet doors you see below and was greeted with a mass of red lidded bottles. They were … [Read more...]

10 Super Bowl Party Essentials for an Awesome Game Day

super bowl party essentials

While my husband is setting up to watch the Playoffs with our son today, I'm busy thinking about what appetizers and desserts I'll be making for our mini Super Bowl party. This year, the big game is Sunday, February 2nd. I always whip our usual favorites ... sausage cheddar balls, baked beans with lil smokies, a big pot of chili and plenty of chips and dips. I'm hoping my husband will pull out his new smoker and smoke us some ribs and chicken … [Read more...]

3 Sweet Snack Pairings with New Hershey’s Spreads #SpreadPossibilities

Perfect Pairing

This is a partnered post with Hershey’s brand. Before the holiday break I introduced three delicious new products. Remember those Hershey's Spreads? Well, somehow, all three jars are still in my pantry and only about half empty. It took some restraint but I've managed to savor every little bite of sweetness packed into each jar. It helped that I had loads of holiday baked treats laying around the kitchen. So now here we are, facing a brand … [Read more...]

10 Kitchen Gadgets for Weight Loss in 2014

kitchen gadgets for weight loss

Like many, I'm starting off the new year with plans to lose weight. It's never easy to break old, bad habits but there are ways to make it easier to start good habits. A few years back I started my weight loss journey with a few simple tools in my kitchen with two goals in mind 1) walk every day and 2) count calories. My weight loss plan helped me lose 30 pounds in a few months. Unfortunately, the lifestyle change wasn't as permanent as I'd … [Read more...]

New Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with iStir & Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Recipe

slow cooker scalloped potatoes with ham recipe

Now that the holidays are over, I've been thinking about how I'm going to get my house (and kitchen) back in order. We got all of our decorations packed away and now tackling my kitchen is on my to-do list. The first thing to get done is getting all of the holiday dinner left-overs out of my refrigerator. The vegetables have already been tossed into a homemade vegetable soup for lunches this week and now we're using up the leftover ham. One of my … [Read more...]

Hot Drinks for Your Keurig Brewer from Grove Square & Caza Trail #MC

Cup of Grove Square Cappuccino

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating I've owned a Keurig single cup brewing system for several years now. It's the one appliance in my kitchen that I seriously could not function without. The only thing I love more than the brewer is the variety of K-Cups I find to use in it. I have a lot of trusted favorites but I … [Read more...]