So I Married A Data Hog…

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias My husband is a data hog. There, I said it! But seriously though, that man is forever playing games on his phone. And they aren't the basic offline games either, they are those long  character games that you have to keep up every day or your whole "town" dies of garbage pile-ups and other such nonsense. I'm sure it is entertaining on his part (not), but these types of games eat up data on his phone like nobody's business. Until now he was oblivious about it, but a few days ago he came to me asking why I thought his phone was running super slow and … [Read more...]

How To Host a Stress Free Super Bowl Bash!

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This post is sponsored by Target. You know how much I love hosting parties. I adore all the little details that go into them, I always go the extra mile, and I always spend way too much time making sure every aspect is just right. But you know what? When the Super Bowl comes around, I just want to enjoy it and forget about all the fuss. So today, I'm sharing a few hacks, tips, and shortcuts that ensure you will spend your time at the party instead of serving it! I always host a fabulous Super Bowl picnic for friends and family. It's the party of the year, and I normally spend weeks figuring out menus, themes, and everything in between, which takes up quite a bit of time while … [Read more...]

Picture Perfect Photo Display DIY!

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This adorable and super easy photo display craft will take you less than 10 minutes to create. You can customize it tons of different ways, and it's a great gift option for your snap happy friends or even a project to make with the kids! Hey guys, my name is Jess and I'm a slave to my camera. You know I live and breathe photography, and that means that at any given time I have thousands of images taking up space on memory cards, phones, and various camera bodies I have. I'm a photo hoarder, and I am constantly getting "memory full" messages on my phone. I'm pretty sure a lot of you are the same way, and this new digital era we are in has started to phase out printed media. I grew up in a … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Game Day Party Ideas

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I created this Game Day party as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars and GOLDFISH crackers. #GoldfishCrowd I come from a big sports family. I grew up attending my fair share of games and tailgating, but one thing rang true throughout pretty much all of them: they were all about the adults, and the kids fended for themselves. Sure, it was cool eating party food and participating in the festivities, but do you know how boring an adult event is to a kid? I do. So, with the "Big Game" coming up soon and inevitable watch parties about to happen I thought I'd get creative and make an easy kids-themed Game Day spread! Okay so first thing first. Why have an obviously spring-like party in … [Read more...]

One Pot Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

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This great homemade tasting one-pot tomato basil penne pasta is perfect for your next family dinner, and you don't have to worry about messing up a lot of dishes! Prepare the recipe as written, or jazz it up and make it your own! Just be sure to share. Every family has their own "staple" recipes that make regular appearances at the dinner table. Growing up, pasta and other such Italian favorites were ours. I loved our spaghetti nights, and now that I have kids I have definitely kept the tradition going. I remember watching my parents cook as a child, and one thing I learned about Italian cooking is that it takes time, which isn't necessarily something we have a lot of these days. … [Read more...]

Rise and Shine Oatmeal Bar

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Target #CollectiveBias Whether you are an early riser or not, this Rise and Shine Oatmeal Bar is perfect for adding a little flair to your breakfast! All you do is grab a bowl, add some toppings, and enjoy! Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals of the day. I don't often have time to sit down and eat it, but when I do I love making it a family affair. I remember when I was a kid we had big Sunday breakfasts of eggs, bacon, and all the fixins'. It was something I always looked forward to. It was a time for the family to connect, to slow down, and to … [Read more...]

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village and Spa: Photo Tour

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I was invited to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village & Spa as part of the 2015 Social Media on the Sand conference. It's a brand new year, and I've been reflecting back on the highlights of 2015. One of my absolute favorite experiences was visiting Turks and Caicos and staying in the gorgeous Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort village and spa, and I have SO MANY photos to share! You know I live through my lens, so there are seriously hundreds of shots that I could bombard you with. But for now, let's take a photo tour of the best island in the Caribbean! Also, as a little FYI: You know that I'm a camera snob, but I am including several GoPro and phone pictures in here, because I … [Read more...]

Healthier, Happier Me!

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This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers to share my experiences. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. Their new program Beyond the Scale, a holistic approach with more ways than ever for you to personalize your program, define your success and guide you on your road to healthier living. #WWsponsored Before the holiday I wrote about making some changes in my life and getting back to a better me. I talked about my goals, how I plan to reach those goals, and how the Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale program supports those goals. Now that I've had some time to figure it out, I want … [Read more...]

FROZEN Chex Mix

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I know I've been sharing all kinds of snack mixes and treats the past few weeks, but isn't that what the holidays are about? I mean, the gifts and family time is great, but it's the food that everyone indulges in! It's super cold outside today, and since my daughter is currently uber obsessed with wearing her Elsa dress around everywhere, I thought I'd whip up a cute FROZEN themed Chex mix. It is super easy, great for the kids to help make, and tastes delicious! This is a great party treat, and perfect for taking with you. Now let's start making! You will need: 1 box Chex cereal (I am using Corn Chex - pick up a coupon in Publix Extra Savings flyer until 1/1) 1 package white … [Read more...]

Fruity Pebbles Layer Cake & Kid Friendly Festivities

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. We are right at the end of 2015, and for most people that means one thing: Partaaaay! I can't wait to welcome in a new year, but having small children present a bit of a challenge in that department - mostly because there aren't many kid friendly New Year's festivities out there. My husband and I are night owls, so we will definitely be up past midnight, but what about the kids? They obviously won't be up to count down, but that doesn't mean they can't celebrate while they're awake! New Year's celebrations are all about having fun, right? Well, I've come up with a few kid friendly ways for the whole family to ring in the new year … [Read more...]