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...]

You’re Invited To A Sleeping Beauty/Disney Princess Event!

Disney Princess Event

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Lately my life has been filled with sparkles, tiaras and a whole lot of princesses.  I knew this phase was inevitable with a little girl, but I totally didn't see it coming.  I am used to all boy stuff because of Judah that I am pretty unprepared for the princess world.  Kaia is at the age now where she loves to engage in pretend play, so when I heard about the Disney Princess Event celebrating the release of Sleeping Beauty coming to Walmart on October 11th I knew that we just had to be there! The event will run from 10am-4pm on October 11th at select Walmart stores across the … [Read more...]

DIY Pop Up Theater {& A Visit To The Target Toy Emporium!}

I created this fun imaginative play theater as part of a sponsored campaign with Collective Bias and its client.  All opinions are my own. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I've been chronicling my daughter's new room remodel, but while I've been lost in a sea of new girly stuff I think Judah has gotten a little jealous.  I never want him to feel left out, so I decided to check out the new Target Toy Emporium (available online) while searching for decor items and let him pick out a few things for himself.  The website is set up so that parents can choose different goals (like create, imagine, build, etc.) and then shop the best toys that fall into each category.  He was especially … [Read more...]

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...]