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Hop to the Music with Disney ( bonus giveaway!)

I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. We might be a little tone-deaf and look just a smidge like Elaine from Seinfeld when we're … [Read More...]

Panda Express Chinese Spare Ribs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panda Express. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes my husband gets a hankering for slow-roasted, fall-off-the-bone, sticky spare ribs. When this craving hits him, it hits him hard. In other words, he will bring it up repeatedly, he will show … [Read More...]

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Strawberry Lemon Cake Recipe

  This lemon cake with fresh strawberries will have everyone asking for the recipe! I very rarely will make a whole layer cake anymore. Christmas seems to call for lots of little finger food for desserts. Birthdays for the last couple years, my husband and kids have been asking for apple … [Read More...]

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Fudgy Andes Mint Brownies

Fudgy Andes mint brownies are on your table in no time with a box mix. I couldn't even bring myself to type "recipe" in the title for this post. I promise you, this isn't really a recipe. It's more a "Today Isn't the Best Day and I Have No Motivation but I Really Want Chocolate" kind of … [Read More...]

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DIY Your Own Pillows

It's easier than you think to DIY your own pillows! When my son was 3 years old (gulp, a decade ago!), he was in love with his preschool teacher. His preschool teacher had a love for cardinals, and the next obvious step in this chain is that my son developed a love for cardinals. Or as he … [Read More...]

Tips for Painting Rooms with High Ceilings

How to Paint a Room with High Ceilings

Painting a room with high ceilings is easier than you think with these how to's! Yesterday, I posted our living room reveal and was so tickled that you guys liked the paint color as much as I do!! It is gorgeous at all times of day and is such a true gray! There were 2 things that I was … [Read More...]

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Before and After Living Room Makeover

Finally ready to share before and afters of our living room! I've been a bit missing in action lately, and I could easily blame it on the fact that we painted our living room/dining room/everything room. But, honestly, that was 2.5 weeks ago and really didn't take that long. We spent MUCH more … [Read More...]

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Book Party Cupcake Toppers

Creating these book cover cupcake toppers for your next party is easier than you think! This was one of those things that I wasn't even planning on turning into a blog post. It was just some quick cupcakes for my daughter's class because they were having a book bistro last week. They were … [Read More...]

Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup

Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup

This spicy tomato parmesan soup is easy to make and a hit with the whole family! Sorry for the radio silence lately. I've been working my way through a behind-the-scenes blog class. A little continuing education, if you will. I've also decided, I could never do a cyber school. I neeeeed a … [Read More...]

Baked Ranch Sourdough Pretzels- A Turtle's Life for Me

Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites

It takes no time to make these Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites! I am the biggest sweets girl. Not to be confused with a sweet girl. Nope, you can check with my husband on that one. His favorite comment lately is "You're getting a little lippy" a la Will Ferrel when he accepted his Mark Twain … [Read More...]

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5 Easy Tips to Make 3D Cookies

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bakery Crafts for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The goal of every mom during a holiday season is to make things as easy and stress-free as possible while still creating that WOW factor for her kids! Amiright or amiright?? (Picture a … [Read More...]

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Raising a Healthy, Happy Teenage Son

Raising a Teenage Son Let me start by saying, I have no advice on this. I've never done it before, and can't really speak to something that hasn't happened yet. Well that's not exactly true. I officially have one day under my belt as the Mother of a Teenager. My son turned 13 … [Read More...]

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Free Valentine’s Day Printable with Juicy Fruit® Starburst® Gum

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wrigley Jr. Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My kids are getting older and no longer have classroom parties for Valentine's Day complete with homemade mailboxes and cards for the entire class. This pre-teen thing is really … [Read More...]

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Faux Watercolor Pillow with Fabric Markers

Creating a faux watercolor pillow is easier than you think using fabric markers and water! Have you ever tried to change the mind of a pre-teen girl?  Bottle that up and market it if you're successful at this! My daughter had it in her head that she was making a watercolor pillow for her … [Read More...]

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The Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

The perfect chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe for anybody who takes their sweets seriously! It's one of the greatest truths that we know in this life: peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect pairing! You could get me a whole line of people to tell me I'm wrong, and I still won't … [Read More...]