What Would You Do with 100 Pounds of Brookside Chocolate? #100lbsofBrookside

100 pounds Brookside Chocolate

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BROOKSIDE Chocolate for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Imagine for a moment that you received 100 pounds of Brookside Chocolate. You know what I’m talking about, right? Those amazing chocolates in the shiny bag, filled with exotic fruit flavors? Picture it in your head. Taste the smooth outer coating of rich dark chocolate giving way to the soft, sweet, not-quite-chewy, melt-in-your-mouth fruity goodness. Now picture that, except 100 pounds of it. Wow, right? You’d definitely have enough to share! Me? I don’t have to imagine the taste, I have […] Read more »

Give a Little Home Sweet Home to Our Troops Worldwide #ComfortsFromHome


This post is brought to you by Marie Callender’s. All opinions are my own. What does “home” mean to you? For most of us, the quick answer is “home is where my family lives.” While that’s true, if you think about it, there are dozens of other things that mean “home” to us after being away. It could be your favorite pair of fuzzy slippers that you put on when you get out of bed, or the way your dog greets you when you walk in the door. Little signals that say “this is my home sweet home.” For me, this photo […] Read more »

Heaven’s Delight: An Easy Pineapple Marshmallow Thanksgiving Dessert

Heavens Delight Marshmallow Recipe

When I was living in Japan back in 1999-2001, I emailed my grandmother because I needed an easy Thanksgiving dessert recipe. Every year, she made “Heaven’s Delight,” a simple pineapple marshmallow dessert that everyone in my family absolutely loved. Even me, one of the pickiest eaters in the world! Although, to be honest, I picked around the pineapple bits until I was much older! I still have the email that she sent in return. I’ll keep that email forever, because while she’s not physically with me on Thanksgiving anymore, I’ll always have the traditions- and the delicious recipes- that she […] Read more »

You’ll Flip for Flipz Mega-Chocolate Halloween Snack Mix

You'll flip for this easy Flipz Mega-Chocolate Halloween Snack Mix! Perfect for parties when you don't have time (or energy) to bake dozens of cupcakes!

This Flipz Halloween Snack Mix post is brought to you by Flipz and Smiley360. All opinions are my own. I had such grand plans for this Halloween! I was going to bake so many goodies to share here. Mix up punch recipes, craft up a storm. I was even going to make my son a Destiny hunter costume so he could go as his game character. Then I grew a weird lump on my wrist that makes it incredibly painful to use my hand in any meaningful way (thank goodness, I can still type with it with a little extra […] Read more »

Drink in the History of TUACA with a Spiked Chilled Caramel Latte Recipe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TUACA Vanilla Citrus Liqueur . All opinions are 100% mine. If the word spiked in the Spiked Caramel Latte Recipe didn’t give it away, this post contains references to alcoholic beverages and is meant for those 21 and older. Please drink responsibility. I’m sure you also know that you should never ever drink and drive, but I’m throwing that out there too. On the rare occasion that I get to be totally free of work-related and parenting responsibilities AND I know that I don’t have to drive anywhere, I like to […] Read more »

Fall in Love with Tastefully Simple Pumpkin Treats

Tastefully Simple White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

When offered the chance to try out Tastefully Simple’s fall lineup of pumpkin goodies, I practically screamed “yes!” I love anything with pumpkin in it. Not just pumpkin spice, but any flavor of pumpkin. I’ve tried Tastefully Simple products before, courtesy of my good friend and rep, Adelina Rosa, so I knew they’d be great! Before I share the three different pumpkin treats I tried, I want to tell you quickly why I love Tastefully Simple. As a single mom, I have very little time after working long hours to support my son, helping Jake with homework, picking him up from […] Read more »

Absolutely Incredible Real Pumpkin Mocha Latte Recipe

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Okay, my friends, I am SUPER hyped up on on caffeine right now because I just drank like 6 real pumpkin mocha lattes to make sure I got the recipe just right. I may not be able to cook elaborate meals, but I don’t mess around when coffee is involved, especially considering today happens to be International Coffee Day. This recipe is actually inspired by the two largest (and competing) coffee chains in the US. I go to my local Dunkin Donuts like every other day. The girl who works the night shift is fantastic. She makes everything just right. […] Read more »

9 Wondrous Facts About Tea + Tips for Finding Your Perfect Cup with TeaBox

Check out my TeaBox review and see how a quick quiz can net you the perfect cuppa! Plus, read 9 fun facts about tea!

Ready for some wondrous facts about tea? Here’s the first one: Did you know that there are literally endless varieties of tea out there? Think about it! Just about any edible herb can be turned into a tea, and the combinations are never-ending.  I know I come across as strictly a coffee drinker, but I actually really love drinking tea too! During the summer, I live on the iced version. Once the nights turn chilly, I switch to hot tea. I also drink it whenever I’m feeling under the weather. There’s just something about a good cup of tea to soothe […] Read more »

Pound Cake & Peaches Sundae Recipe with Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice-Cream

Breyers Pound Cake Peaches Sundaes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers. All opinions are 100% mine. Who’s feeling peachy today? I know I am! I just indulged in a supremely delicious Pound Cake & Peaches sundae that I made all by myself. Well, with help from Breyers and Chef Antonia Lofaso. Still, I pulled it off myself, which is something to be pretty proud of, don’t you think? Here’s a secret: the recipe is insanely easy, yet it really looks makes you look like you’re a super chef or something! Here’s another secret: Breyers now sources milk and cream from […] Read more »

Satisfy Your Hunger When Life Gets Hectic With ZonePerfect®

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Last week I shared my ZonePerfect® shopping experience at Target and how easy it is to grab a delicious snack on the go at one of my favorite stores. Today, I’ll tell you what makes it such a perfect snack!   Did you know that this was my LAST week to sleep in before school starts? Monday is Jake’s first day of 5th grade and I’m running around like a crazy person. I thought I had everything on his list, but of course, there are still things to do. He needs a haircut, a new lunchbox and some odds and […] Read more »