Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Cups Recipe #SLSweetTreats

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Cups Recipe #SLSweetTreats

It may not officially be summer yet but it sure does feel like it. Temperatures are hitting the 80's which is my official melting zone. For someone like me that loves to bake, this can be a bit depressing because it means the oven has to stay off during the hottest days. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make some delicious family desserts that require no oven ... like this chocolate covered strawberry shortcake dessert cup! Thanks to … [Read more...]

Food Find | Watermelon Cupcakes and Watermelon Frosting

Betty Crocker Watermelon Cupcakes

About a week ago, I was strolling through Target looking for three things I needed and probably twenty more that I didn't need. That's pretty much how every Target shopping trip goes. You've got this short list in your hand and by the time you get to the checkout lane, you find your cart is full of dozens of things you didn't know you wanted until you got there. Anyways, one of things not on my list was this box of Betty Crocker Watermelon … [Read more...]

Add Style to Your Home Office with the OfficeMax DiVOGA® Cork Collection

DV Cork 1

Whether you're like me, working from home with a dedicated office space or working in an office outside of the home, there's one thing every work environment needs and that is a bit of personalized accessories. I know I work more efficiently when I'm surrounded by things that make me feel comfortable and happy to be where I am. If you're looking for a little something to jazz up your work space that's as stylish as it is functional, the OfficeMax … [Read more...]

Cheddar Bacon BBQ Grilled Potatoes Recipe #KCMasterpiece

Cheddar Bacon BBQ Grilled Potatoes Recipe

This past weekend, we really got a chance to enjoy the nice weather after days and days of clouds and cold temperatures. To enjoy and celebrate the beautiful spring temperatures, we had a little family cookout with a special guest ....the 35th anniversary limited-edition blend of KC Masterpiece® Kansas City Classic barbecue sauce. My husband, being a total lover of the grill and BBQ sauce had no objections and even and took over the grill while I … [Read more...]

My Girls and Me … Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv


Did you know ... Almost 70% of women, on average, are calcium deficient. However, that number jumps significantly for teen girls: 86% of teen girls do not get enough calcium in their daily diets. This is critical because 95% of bone building happens by age 20. As the mom of two daughters, I often worry about providing my girls with nutritionally balanced meals. Given the fact I'm not a nutritionist or dietitian, I can't say with any certainty … [Read more...]

A Smile Changes Everything #PowerOfASmile

smiling kids

A smile is one of the simplest expressions we can share with the people around us. It's a way to spread joy without much effort at all. My own children, they smile dozens of times every single day. In fact, seeing their little smiles every day  are one of the best parts of being a mother for me. When I'm in the worst of moods, one little puffy cheeked grin from my little Emma can turn my whole day around. But not every parent is so … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Blended Iced Coffee Recipe

Lightened Up Iced Coffee Drink Recipe

This spring warm up has got me thinking about all of the cool drinks I missed during those cold winter months. While I enjoyed the warm mugs of hot cocoa and hot tea at bedtime, it's time to cool things down. One of my favorite summer drinks is a tall glass of iced coffee, especially if it's all blended together like a milkshake. Unfortunately, that iced coffee drink is usually full of high calorie ingredients like cream, ice cream, sugar or … [Read more...]

Weekend Things | Lots of Gardening Going On


After my dental surgery last Tuesday, I really hadn't planned on doing much of anything this past weekend. The idea was to kick back, relax and try to heal. Even though I spent most of the weekend in a tremendous amount of pain, it just isn't in my nature to sit around and do nothing. Instead, we went out searching for new apple trees. Last fall I planted two trees but our dog thought they'd make great chew toys and chewed them both down to … [Read more...]

Coconut Kissed JELL-O Rainbow Layer Cake for Spring

Rainbow Layer Cake for Spring

We spent most of Easter weekend relaxing and enjoying the warm weather. When I found myself actually starting to get a sun burn (that's what I get for being so pale), I snuck inside to work on baking a layer cake for after our Easter dinner. I was pretty skeptical about the sour cream in the frosting, to the point I almost replaced it with cream cheese. However, I didn't. And I'm glad. Sour cream gives it a very unique flavor that I would almost … [Read more...]

Grow Beauty & Peace #GroSomethingGreater


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. I can’t say that I live a more stressful life than anyone else but mine does come with its fair share of stress and struggles. How I choose to face those and move past them is what makes life so very much worth living. Each year, we endure months of bitter cold and downright depressing weather. Eventually, the sun warms our little space on this … [Read more...]