5 Ways to Find Quiet During the Holidays + Giveaway #NescafeCoffeemate

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On Jingle Bells overload? Ready to pull out your hair if you have to make one more trip to the mall? Finding peace and quiet during the crazy holiday season can be tricky! I work full time at home and part time at the mall. I actually used to work full time at the mall too, but gave that up this year. Plus I’m a single mom, so I’m solely responsible for making sure my son has the best Christmas ever. Every. Single. Year. Talk about pressure! How do you find a bit of peace and quiet for myself during the holiday […] Read more »

Minty Mochaccino Holiday Gifts in a Jar with Splenda #sweetswaps

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This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Did you know that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day? That’s WAY more than the recommended amount. During the holidays, you can imagine how much higher that number rises! I’ve been using SPLENDA® for years to sweeten my coffee, tea and just about everything else. I actually carry it […] Read more »

Spend the Holidays with M&Ms & Glad + Triple Chocolate Minty Bark Recipe #HolidayBaking

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This holiday season, head to Target and grab a bag of White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms Why? You’re going to need them for my super yummy (if I do say so myself!) triple chocolate M&M bark recipe! While you’re there, pick up a package Target-exclusive Glad Holiday Packaging containers for more delicious M&M recipes! Each recipe on the Glad Holiday Packaging is designed so that you can store your goodies IN that package. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Easy […] Read more »

Give ‘Em Something Sweet with Natasha’s Just Brittle

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I received complimentary samples of Natasha’s Just Brittle. My opinions are my own. Looking for a little something sweet to put under the tree this year? Natasha’s Just Brittle isn’t your average brittle.  In fact, Natasha’s Just Brittle really isn’t “just brittle” at all, although I have to say, the brittle IS amazing! Natasha’s Just Brittle sent me a lovely gift bag of goodies to try out, including their Cookies & Cream Popcorn, Chocolate Dipped Cookies and, of course, some brittle. I got the cashew brittle, which was just spectacular! The Cookies & Cream Popcorn was such an unexpected surprise. […] Read more »

Give Our Troops a Little Comforts from Home with Marie Callender’s #ComfortsFromHome

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This post brought to you by Marie Callender’s. All opinions are 100% mine. Giving our troops a little taste of the comforts from home has never been easier, thanks to Marie Callender’s. Right now, when you buy specially marked packages of delicious dinners and desserts, then enter the code on the Comforts from Home website, Marie Callender’s will donate $0.50 to the USO2GO. You’ve heard of the USO, right? Well, the USO2GO is one of their many wonderful programs designed to enrich the lives of our brave troops. The program gives kits filled with things like electronics, sporting gear, books, […] Read more »

Festive Appetizers for Your Holiday Parties

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This festive appetizers post is brought to you by Foodie. Every hostess with the mostest knows that the keys to a great holiday party are festive appetizers You can even completely blow off the main course and JUST have an appetizer feast if you do it right. I love parties that give me plenty of options, especially since I’m such a picky eater. Really, you can’t please everyone with just one dish. Festive appetizers are where it’s at! Take a look at my favorites! Just scroll through the handy Foodie widget and click on the appetizers that catch your eye […] Read more »

How to Throw an Amazing Mockingjay Book Party + Mockingjay Mocktail Recipe! #Mockingjay

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lions Gate. I received a book, products, and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Also, this post contains spoilers in the section marked “Guide to Discussing Mockingjay.” If you haven’t read the book, you may want to skip that part. Are you ready for Mockingjay to hit theaters this month? I am! I cannot wait. Although I can’t go on opening night, I’m going the first week for sure. I love to go during the day when all the kids are in school. The theater is […] Read more »

Spice Up Your Life with TAZO Chai + Vanilla Caramel Chai Frappe Recipe #SweetMeetsSpicy

Spice Up Your Life with TAZO Chai + Vanilla Caramel Chai Frappe Recipe

I received complimentary TAZO Chai as part of a Smiley360 Mission. All opinions are my own. Ready to add some sweet, sweet spice to your life with a tea so yummy, it practically doubles as a dessert? TAZO Chai is seriously good stuff that satisfies your craving your sweet and spicy. Best of all, depending on how you drink it, it doesn’t mess with your diet! I received delicious TAZO Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte Concentrate, TAZO Chocolate Chai Filter Bags and coupons to try out other varieties. Believe me, I’ve tried EVERY variety at this point I think! I’m having […] Read more »

Storm of the Century Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe #PastaFits

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“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” I was a young Navy wife living in Maryland when the blizzard struck in 1996. Barely 20 and even more a novice in the kitchen than I am now,  I didn’t really keep a pantry stocked.  I wasn’t exactly prepared for bad weather. After three days stuck indoors, we were running dangerously low on food. I was also […] Read more »

Cheesy Corn Casserole Holiday Side Dish Recipe with Sargento Natural Cheese

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sargento. All opinions are 100% mine. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start thinking side dishes! My aunt always makes an amazing corn casserole that I just love. When I was thinking about recipes that would go great with Sargento Shredded Cheese, I wondered if maybe that corn casserole dish would work? Is it possible to make something amazing even better? With Sargento Shredded Cheese, the answer is usually yes. I say “usually” because, well, there are SOME things you really can’t put cheese […] Read more »