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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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

 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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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...]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking (#Giveaway)

My son decided that he wanted to give up meat for Lent and I have been hard at work trying to create recipes that he will enjoy that also have enough protein for a growing teenager.  I recently received The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) and have found a number of great recipes in it to try.  If you are interested in cooking more meatless meals or just want to learn more about vegan slow cooking I think this is a great choice of books. Vegan Slow Cooking Title:  The … [Read more...]

Up For Grabs: $100 Amazon Gift Code!

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Twitter 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 … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Gifts from a*pour toi

My husband and I have been married for 16 years.  At this point, he knows the type of Valentines Day gifts I like to receive.  I do not want black lace, expensive diamonds or exotic weekends at spas.  What I do like for Valentines Day gifts are things that I can EAT.  Gourmet foods, especially sweets, are one of my biggest weaknesses.  Not great for my waste line but some days, fancy sweets are vital to my sanity.  I recently received a wonderful box of gourmet food gifts from a*pour toi and if you are looking for unique Valentines Day gifts, I … [Read more...]

Amazon Blast: Enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Code!

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 … [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...]

5 Reasons To Choose Organic Snacks and a Newman’s Own #Giveaway

One of the biggest mistakes people make when deciding to try to lose weight and get healthy is to think that they have to give up snacking.  The most successful nutrition plans have us eating approximately 6 to 8 times a day, which breaks  down to about once every two to three hours during waking hours.  Those moments of caloric intake are not supposed to be gigantic meals filled with fattening foods!  Small meals and healthy snacks through out the day leave us feeling more satisfied and make it easier to stick to our changes in eating habits. … [Read more...]

Vitacost Be Well Box and $50 Vitacost #Giveaway

With the beginning of a new year comes a renewed desire to improve my health.  The chaos of the holidays had me stopping for fast food, skipping meals and eating way too much junk food.  Now that things are back to normal, I am determined to get back on track with my diet and exercise route.  Sometimes I really want to buy a new product to try out but am not sure I will like it and am afraid to waste my money.  Beginning in February, Vitacost will be offering a monthly subscription box of many natural and organic brands that will help people … [Read more...]

Amazon Blast Week 2! Enter to #win a $100 Amazon GC!

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon 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. If you need a Pinterest account you can sign up for one here.  Good luck in the contest and don't forget to check out some of my recipes and green living posts while you are here!Loading Entry-Form...... … [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...]