Ultimate Big Kid Toy: Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser

Step2 Spin & Go xtreme cruiser

I received the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser as a Step2 Ambassador. All opinions are mine alone. It isn't often that a new toy comes along that is so monumental it really blows me away.  Sure, I get smitten when I find something new and fun for the kids.  I've even been known to be a little giddy when they finally arrive.  But oh.my.gosh. have I got something fantabulous to share with you!  It's just. Whoa.  Have you ever wondered what the ultimate big kid toy would look like if it was built like a remote control tank, but giant and strong enough to fit a child inside?  Well wonder no longer, because the coolest ride on toy around is here! As you know I'm a Step2 Ambassador, and with … [Read more...]

Easy Veggie Stir Fry {20 Minute Meal!}

Quick and easy veggie stir fry recipe

I whipped up this easy veggie stir fry in partnership with McCormick Skillet Sauces. All opinions are my own. Now that Christmas is rapidly approaching the next few months are about to reach a new level of insanity.  I don't know why, but it seems like for the past few years every single holiday season gets bigger and bigger (I'm pretty sure Pinterest is to blame for the rise of megaholiday madness) and with that comes less and less downtime.  I mean, who has time to be lazy when they're stuck creating goodies and gifts that look like they fell out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine?  So, with all there is to do it is nice to shave off time here and there with quick fixes and super … [Read more...]

Spicy Ranch Jalapeno Macaroni And Cheese

Spicy ranch and jalapeno mac & cheese, perfect for your Thanksgiving celebration!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. You guys. Thanksgiving is SO close! And since I'm such a foodie that makes it one of my most favorite holidays around.  Sure, I love hanging out with my friends and family, catching up on things that we are all normally too busy to share and what not, but the star of every Thanksgiving gathering is the food. Oh my gosh the FOOD! If you are anything like me then not only do you stuff your day with awesome company, but you also stuff your mouth with awesome grub too.  Ever since I "grew up" and started carving out my own place in the world I have spent this holiday with my closest friends. … [Read more...]

Caramel And White Chocolate Dipped Apples

white chocolate and caramel apples

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite Halloween treats was always caramel apples.  I remember the first time I ever had a caramel apple - I was around five or six and my mom was making them for a Halloween party and from the first bite I had found a lifelong favorite.  For the longest time I only thought of dipped apples as limited to two varieties: caramel or candy coating.  I don't know why, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I started to explore dipped apple varieties and mix up toppings.  You might remember my adorable Creepy Candy Apples from last year?  That was the first time I had ever made dipped apples with anything other than just basic caramel.  A few days ago I was … [Read more...]

Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping with $500 in Giveaways!

If you are a regular here then you know I rarely ever participate in giveaways.  I'm not very good at them, but who doesn't love a great contest every now and then?  With the holidays coming up everyone could use a little financial boost, so I have teamed up with three amazing fellow bloggers to bring you a giveaway for $500 worth of Amazon gift cards!  This contest is 100% sponsored by us, and every 12-ish days we will be giving away a gift card to Amazon.com to a lucky winner.  That could be YOU!  There will be four rotations and with each rotation the gift card amounts will increase. We will be giving away $500 worth of gift cards in total and as a bonus to our extra loyal viewers we will … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Burrito Bowls with Spicy Tofu

I made these vegetarian burrito bowls as part of a sponsored post.  All ideas and opinions are mine alone. If you are familiar with this blog then you know that my household is strictly vegetarian.  I love coming up with new recipes or improving on old favorites, and since I am such a sucker for zesty Southwestern flavors I decided to take my favorite taco ingredients and combine them with rice to make a great vegetarian burrito bowl with tofu that is big on flavor without compromising my healthy lifestyle.  And do you know what the best part is? It is a 30 minute meal!  Yay!  So read on and add something fabulous to your healthy dinner ideas. This recipe makes four servings and … [Read more...]

Creating A Fun Dress Up Corner {Princess Makeover Edition}

I created this dreamy princess room as part of a sponsored post on behalf of Collective Bias, Inc. All ideas and opinions are mine alone. A few weeks ago I had a crazy mom moment. I was sitting with Kaia when she started singing a song she had memorized from one of her favorite movies and suddenly I realized that she wasn't a baby any more.  It was a little hard to swallow and yes I shed a tear.  I mean, whoa.  Wait a minute.  Where did my baby go?  I swear she was just in a crib.  But as I sat there listening to her recite every word (surprisingly on key) I realized that it had indeed happened.  And then I looked around her room and realized that it needed a major overhaul because it was … [Read more...]

Get Glowing With An Easy Skeleton Costume

Easy glow in the dark skeleton suit tutorial for toddlers

I created this awesome glow in the dark skeleton costume as part of a sponsored post.  All opinions are mine alone. Halloween costumes these days can be really expensive.  I mean, whoa.  Just the other day I was shopping around for something and I ended up dropping a pretty penny on this year's selections, and I started thinking that there had to be a better way.  Sure, the store bought ones are licensed and adorable, but is a one day piece of clothing really worth the $50 price tag?  Probably not.  So I decided to whip up a super easy, insanely inexpensive costume with Tulip Glow Paint that is great for kids AND can be worn more than just out trick-or-treating! So what do you need … [Read more...]

Perfectly Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Easy pumpkin buttercream frosting

I am just going to go ahead and say it: I've gone pumpkin crazy.  It happens every year around this time. First it is my growing Starbucks PSL fund, then I start adding a little pumpkin spice into random dishes and desserts, then it explodes into a full fledged pumpkin flavored October and by the time December rolls around I've had my fill for an entire year.  Do you suffer from this too?  If so, I've got just the thing: the 12 Bloggers Pumpkin Palooza!  You heard that right - our monthly recipe theme has gone pumpkin and it couldn't get more delicious!  Now put on your foodie hat and check out my Pumpkin Patch Buttercream cupcakes! Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting You already know how … [Read more...]

Creepy Candy Giftables

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Everyone loves Halloween, right?  It has been my absolute favorite holiday for as long as I can remember - I usually start getting excited about it in early September, and by the time October first rolls around I am in full on creepy crafty mode.  Not only do I go all out and make my own costumes, but I LOVE making decorations and gifts as well and one of my favorite things to work with when making Halloween gifts is candy.  After all, that's what it is all about isn't it? Sure, there are the theatrics, the costumes and haunted houses, but without candy Halloween just wouldn't be the … [Read more...]