Remodeling, Anniversaries and Wall Art

A big thanks to Shutterfly for sending me this amazing mounted wall art.  All opinions are mine alone. My husband and I just had our 5 year wedding anniversary.  We have a few small traditions that we carry out each year, but this year I wanted to do something more to commemorate 5 (hooray!) years of a life together and to show off the family we have become in a special way.  Over the past few years I have become obsessed with photography, even turning it into a profitable business for myself, so when Shutterfly gave me a chance to create a gallery wall for my home I knew that it would be the perfect gift for my husband on our 5th.  I mean, what better way to display our life and dress up … [Read more...]

Skinny Popcorn Crusted Fruit Tart

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. It is no secret that I love to snack, and while it isn't exactly the best habit to get into, I always try to choose something that isn't going to leave me feeling guilty.  One of my favorites lately is popcorn, but I am so tired of my choices being butter, butter or more butter.  I mean, how's a girl supposed to fit into her skinny jeans with that?  I usually opt for a plain variety (aka bland) and dress it up with toppings, but when I saw the new Skinnygirl popcorn at Walmart that features fun flavors like Lime & Salt I did a total happy dance!  Sophisticated flavors and better … [Read more...]

BIG Step2 Giveaway!

This post is brought to you by Step2.  I am a Step2 Ambassador and all opinions are my own. Being a Step2 Ambassador means that I get to check out some pretty fabulous toys, but I also get to share some pretty amazing giveaways too, so get ready because this one is going to be HUGE!  Now, you know I don't usually have many giveaways over here, but this one is definitely worth sharing. We’re so excited to be teaming up with The Hero of Color City, a new kid’s film that releases in Theaters, On Demand and on iTunes October 3rd. This adorable movie follows Ben and his Crayons' magical Crayon Box, which transports them to COLOR CITY, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the … [Read more...]

Zesty Sweet Potato Tacos

I don't know about you, but I think tacos are the most perfect food ever.  Having Judah in school now means that our nights have gotten a lot busier and the last thing I want to do is spend a few hours in the kitchen preparing a nutritious and satisfying meal.  Being a vegetarian family means that we eat a lot of fresh vegetables and protein substitutes, and tacos are so versatile that I have about 5 or 6 different versions that I serve on any given day.  One of my favorites going into the Fall season is sweet potato tacos heaping with fresh veggies.  I know a lot of people put salsa on their tacos, but since I am always creating new recipes and repurposing favorites I decided to revamp my … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Get Well Kit

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Every year at the beginning of Fall, someone in my house always winds up sick.  It never fails - whether it be from school, the weather change, the pollen in the air, who knows.  And once one person catches something, the whole family has to suffer through it as well.  In the past, instead of stocking up early like a normal person would do, I wait.  I wait until I am bed ridden and feeling like crud, then drag myself out to Publix (with kids in tow because I never get a day off) and head straight for the medicine aisle to get what I need.  Now, that is NOT fun at all.  I would rather not … [Read more...]

Ten Minute Mozzarella Sticks {12 Bloggers recipe}

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Hey everybody, it's the 12th again!  Do you know what that means?  #12Bloggers time!  Hooray!  Are you wondering why I'm soooo super excited?  Because this month's theme is all about tailgating, and, well, that's something to cheer for!  I am not really a sports fan myself, but I grew up around a ton of them so I am no stranger to the Saturday morning smorgasbord and all day grazefest that is tailgating.  I know, you're probably wondering what a vegetarian does for a tailgating spread, but for me it's all about the finger foods.  The appetizers.  The bite sized concoctions that I can pile on my plate by the hand full.  My recipe for this month's theme is about as easy as they come, so get … [Read more...]

Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 Raptor Giveaway!

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You guys.  I have found the most amazing ride on toy EVER and it is Step2's 2-in-1 Ford F-150 Raptor.  This thing is amazing - I won't tell you *too much* yet because the Step2 company sent us one as part of their Ambassador program and I've got a full feature coming up on it, but whoa.  This truck never leaves his side.  He watches tv in it, he tries to eat in it, he even cleans it with baby wipes so that it shines.  Seriously, he loves it more than any other toy he owns! And guess what?  I am teaming up with fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro to give one away to one VERY lucky reader!  Check it out below! Welcome to the Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor … [Read more...]

Fall Fitness For Busy Moms {& A Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe!}

I am sharing these great fitness tips as part of a sponsored post.  All opinions, images and recipes are mine. Being a mom is a lot of work.  From the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to bed I am responsible for not only myself but the survival of two children every single day.  Besides keeping everyone fed, clean and entertained I also have to fit in house cleaning, my work and somewhere in there a little "me" time.  When life is this busy there are just some things that don't make the cut, and sometimes the last thing I want to do is exercise.  You already know that staying fit and healthy is important to me, but life can get in the way.  So you know what?  I decided to make … [Read more...]

Caramel M&M® Cheesecake Bites {Recipe}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. My husband and I are total geeks.  We are huge Marvel fans, so you can imagine how crazy excited we are to see The Winter Soldier when it hits shelves on September 9th.  Oh, and it just so happens to fall on our 5 year wedding anniversary, so I am totally going to include it in my husband's gift extravaganza and make it a movie night to remember!  I have a few fun tricks up my sleeve for the big day, but one that I am really going to have fun with is making our annual cheesecake.  It has become a bit of a tradition that we have cheesecake on our wedding anniversary each year, and so far … [Read more...]

Making Healthy Choices With Balance Rewards {& WIN A FITBIT!}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. At this time last year I was in a little bit of denial.  I was balancing a newly 1 year old, a kid in preschool a growing mountain of work all while battling tons of stress and quite a bit of emotional eating.  Yes, I said it.  I have been known to be an emotional eater.  I normally keep my snacking habits in check, but for a bit the world got *just* a little much for me to handle and I freaked.  I stopped staying active, I stopped making smart food choices and I pretty much let my stress rule my life.  I can say that it wasn't a pretty sight but I was completely unaware of the … [Read more...]