Caramel Apple Yogurt Parfait Recipe and #YogurtPerfection with Liberte!

We go through a ridiculous amount of  yogurt in my house every week. Seriously...I could have a half empty grocery cart by the time I got to the yogurt isle and it would be full when I went to check out. Yogurt is great for breakfast, a snack, making smoothies or even for dessert. It is also a great substitute for higher fat items like sour cream or mayonnaise. I must admit, though, I am a bit of a yogurt snob. I don't want just any old yogurt and my family discovered Liberte yogurt YEARS ago and we were hooked! Caramel Apple Yogurt … [Read more...]

Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel #nightdriving

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, more and more people are on the road after dark. We turn our clocks back this weekend so we will be losing yet another hour of daylight but we still have places to be in the evening! The older I get, the more I find that my night vision is not as good as it used to be. I hate to think that I am getting older but even our eyes start to show our age eventually! Night vision problems don't only effect YOU but they impact every single person that might be on the road with you. When you … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Southwestern Frittata Recipe and a Wholly Guacamole #Giveaway

This frittata recipe was sponsored by Wholly Guacamole but all opinions expressed here are my own.I am always trying to find easy, quick, meatless meals that everyone in the family will eat. Eggs are one of our favorite non meat proteins but there are only so many ways you can serve them over the course of the month. This Southwestern Frittata recipe from chef Alex Thomopolous was incredibly easy to make and only took 30 minutes. If you like southwestern flavors like salsa and guacamole, this frittata recipe will be perfect for … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Olive Oil and a Devo Olive Oil #Giveaway

Many years ago, when I was a kid in the burbs of Connecticut my mom cooked our meals in good old fashion bacon grease. Or lard or whatever other pan drippings she had saved in the fridge. Yep, stuff tasted good but I shudder to think of the fat deposits on my arteries from years of eating like that! Nowadays, I primarily cook with olive oil because I have learned a lot about the health benefits of olive oil. I will cook a few things in butter still but I have really come to like the flavor of olive oil in my dishes. I recently received some … [Read more...]

Book Review and #Giveaway: The Weekend Homesteader

I have always been fascinated with the concept of living a self sufficient life. The idea that I could feed my family on what I grow in my garden or bake in my kitchen is appealing, although I seriously think we would all starve if that were the case! I am an avid gardener but my yields are terribly low. I love to bake but my homemade bread comes out so dense it is almost a lethal weapon if you chuck it at someone. Clearly, I need a little bit of help in my effort to become self reliant! That is where The Weekend Homesteader comes in! I … [Read more...]

Turkey Pot Pie Recipe with McCormick Gravy and a Giveaway! #McCormickGravy #spon

I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner and over the years I have learned that I can make certain things REALLY well and others...well, they need a little help! My homemade cranberry sauce is heavenly but my homemade gravy comes out bland, lumpy and not so impressive. I do not want to serve bland, lumpy and flavorless gravy to my guests! I have discovered that If I use a combination of drippings from my turkey, some added sage and ground pepper and a couple packets of McCormick Turkey Gravy I end up with a gravy that everyone raves about! I like … [Read more...]

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible

The Vegetable Gardeners Bible contains everything a gardener needs to know! Join Ed Smith and hundreds of thousands of happy gardeners who are using the W-O-R-D system to grow their own delicious, abundant, organic vegetables.Title: The Vegetable Gardeners Bible Author: Edward C. Smith ISBN:978-1-60342-475-2 Genre: Gardening Publisher: Storey Publishing Pages:336 (paperback) Buy This Gardening Book on Amazon About The Vegetable Gardeners Bible Already loved for its friendly advice, vegetable specific information, and unwavering … [Read more...]