Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

These tips to boost energy were inspired back a selection of products I received from Cascadian Farms but all opinions expressed are my own. My summer vacation has finally drawn to a close.  Family trips are finished, company has gone home and the children are back in school.  Instead of feeling productive today, however, I am in serious need of a nap.  During the chaos of summer we were always on the go and there was never TIME to be tired.  However, now that I am trying to get back into blogging, housework and errands it seems like I have zero energy.  I look at the pile of laundry, the mountain of bills, and the dog hair covering every surface and I seriously wonder how I am going to find the energy to get my life back in order.  Sure, I have the lists all ready and goals written out … [Read more...]

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway and Spar for the Spurtle Contest #sponsored

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway and Spar for the Spurtle Contest #sponsored

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Bob's Red Mill but all opinions expressed are my own. My daughter loves helping me out in the kitchen and from the time she was little I tried to find ways to encourage her to cook with me.  When she was tiny it was little things like pulling grapes off the stem or setting the table.  Now that she is older, she can actually make simple things like boxed muffins or scrambled eggs without any assistance from me at all.  One of her favorite ways to express her independence in the kitchen is by making her own oatmeal in the morning.  I refuse to buy those boxes of flavored oats and instead keep a container of plain old fashion oats in the pantry at all times.  It is simple to measure out, add water, and microwave.  After it is done cooking, she … [Read more...]

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Acai Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal #momsmeet #spon

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Acai Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal #momsmeet #spon

This healthy breakfast recipe was made possible by a review sample from Sambazon and Mom's Meet.  All opinions are my own. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went out to brunch and had the most delicious creation we have ever tasted.  It was a blueberry infused quinoa that was served with fruit, nuts, granola and a ton of other fresh and healthy ingredients.  When I got the chance to try Sambazon Acai juices I thought I would try to recreate something similar for my own family.  My kids get bored with cereal very quickly so I always have my eye out for a new healthy breakfast recipe that they might enjoy.  This is a really simple way to get just about every food group into your meal and it would work as a healthy lunch as well as breakfast. Healthy Breakfast Recipe using … [Read more...]

Chicken and Avocado Soup #Recipe and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #AmazingAvoCinco #spon

Chicken and Avocado Soup #Recipe and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #AmazingAvoCinco #spon

This chicken and avocado soup recipe is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever gotten together with friends for a pot lock meal and been awed by someone else's creation?  Sometimes, I am amazed at the different types of recipes that people can come  up with when given the same ingredients.  One person may see peanut butter as a dessert ingredient while another might see it as part of a spicy dip for chicken.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating new recipes out of a few basic foods.  I was recently asked to get together with a few other Atlanta bloggers to see what we could create with avocados.  And not just any avocados, either.  Our food blogger mission was to create a cool recipe using Avocados … [Read more...]

Easy Dessert Recipe: Banana Spice Parfait and a Newman’s Own Cookie #Giveaway #spon

Easy Dessert Recipe: Banana Spice Parfait and a Newman’s Own Cookie #Giveaway #spon

This easy dessert recipe is sponsored by Newman's Own Organics but all opinions expressed are my own. I have mentioned my love affair with dessert many times on my blog and I absolutely love creating new sweets to share with my family.  My kids always look at me in shock when I tell them there is no dessert after dinner!  Finding a quick and easy dessert recipe that can still wow friends and family isn't too hard.  Fruit desserts are one of my favorites since I can kid myself that they are slightly healthy.   Today's easy dessert recipe used a homemade vanilla pudding with nutmeg, sliced bananas, and crushed Spelt Ginger Snaps from Newman's Own Organics.  I made up the pudding and crushed the ginger snaps ahead of time so when it came time to serve I just layered everything in a parfait … [Read more...]

Piggy Paint Makes Sick Days More Fun!

Piggy Paint Makes Sick Days More Fun!

This post is sponsored by Piggy Paint but all opinions expressed are mine alone. This past Sunday was Easter and instead of spending it doing an egg hunt with my kids, I spent the morning at the doctor's office with a sick girl child.  Half way through church, she laid her head on my shoulder and a quick kiss to the forehead told me that she was coming down with something.  Word from the doctor was that she just had a nasty virus....nothing to do but go home and hunker down for a few days.  You know when your kid is sick enough to not be in school but well enough to still feel like doing something?  Well, I was seriously happy to have been sent a whole selection of Piggy Paint natural nail polish to play with because she is home sick today and chomping at the bit for something fun … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Tips:  Easy changes for better health

Healthy Eating Tips: Easy changes for better health

Disclaimer: This healthy eating post is sponsored by Zevia but all opinions expressed are my own. I have tried hard over the last several years to get my family on board with my healthy eating plan.  I find that by changing the way I shop and by taking more time to prepare foods from scratch I tend to eat healthier.  Healthy eating isn't always easy for me.  I like chips and junk food just as much as the next girl but keeping it out of my house is the first step towards not eating it!  Sure, when I go out with friends I splurge on chips and queso or an ice cream sundae but I try to avoid keeping those temptations in my house.  I readily admit that I have zero willpower when it comes to saying no to snacks.  If you want to make healthy eating a priority in your house, I thought I would … [Read more...]

Beekeeping Book: Homegrown Honey Bees #sp

Beekeeping Book: Homegrown Honey Bees #sp

Disclaimer:  This beekeeping book was provided to me at no cost by Storey publishing in exchange for my honest review. My husband and I have been wanting to get our own bees for years now but don't feel that we live in a good location.  Between the kids and the dog and the close by neighbors, we have finally admitted to ourselves that it will have to wait til we move out of the burbs.  However, we keep doing research on beekeeping so that as soon as we are ready, we know what to do and where to buy our beekeeping supplies.  I recently received Homegrown Honey Bees from Storey Publishing to review and am happy to add this to my beekeeping library.  Here is a bit about the book if you are thinking of trying your hand at beekeeping. Beginner Beekeeping Guide   Title:  … [Read more...]

Heatlth Benefits of Chia Seeds and a Salba Chia Giveaway

Heatlth Benefits of Chia Seeds and a Salba Chia Giveaway

I am always looking for creative ways to boost my family's nutrition intake.  I make tons of smoothies where I can add in flax seed oil.  My baked goods are hiding things like chia seeds, wheat germ, and all sorts of other nutritious ingredients. I have recently been reading about chia seed health benefits.  These tiny little seeds can really pack quite a bit of a nutritional punch when added to your diet.  Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family and is commonly found in central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.  Historians have indicated that the Aztecs knew all about chia seed health benefits and used it in their own diet centuries ago. So, what are these chia seed health benefits?  Here are just a few reasons to add chia seeds to your family's diet: Heatlth Benefits of Chia … [Read more...]

$100 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast. We host one of these blasts each week! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for the blast here. If you are a reader, then good luck! The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW. Entry-Form … [Read more...]