Super Yummy 5-Minute Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve been experimenting a lot with oatmeal recipes lately, especially those that I can whip up quickly. Since oatmeal is so filling and relatively healthy, I’ve been trying to eat more of it. The thing is, I can’t eat it plain. In fact, I can’t even eat it with just a bit of brown sugar or something in it. I need STUFF. Chunks, variations, flavors. The other night, I found a can of pumpkin puree sitting in my cabinet and it got me thinking: could I make an easy pumpkin oatmeal recipe with this? Turns out, I could! Check out […] Read more »

iCoffee Opus: My New Single-Serve Coffee Machine Love


I have new love in single-serve coffee machines, and his name is Opus. iCoffee Opus, to be precise. I received a complimentary machine in exchange for this honest review. Coffee and I have been in a committed relationship since I was about 15 years old. For those who have done the math in the past, you know that’s close to a quarter of a century. While my flavor and overall tastes may have changed throughout the years, I’ve never broken up with my morning cup. Or my mid-morning, late-morning, early afternoon, early evening…you get the point. I drink a lot […] Read more »

Say it With Me: No More Fad Diets! Take the Great Grains Pledge + Giveaway!

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Ready? Repeat after me: “I will not succumb to the hype of any more fad diets. Instead, I pledge to try to change my overall eating habits to include more wholesome foods and enjoy a normal, balanced diet.” Doesn’t that feel good? Oh, and by “normal, balanced diet,” I mean one that factors in our evolution as a human species, not one designed for our ancestors that lived so long ago, they actually used their appendix for important things! You know what I’m talking about, don’t play coy! Today I’m sharing the Great Grains Fad-Free Pledge. I received some delicious granola treats from […] Read more »

Wonderful Halos Mandarins Make Healthy Eating Resolutions Wonderfully Easy + Giveaway #HalosFun

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I received a complimentary Wonderful Halos gift basket in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? If you’re like most people, you did really fabulous during that first week of January. Maybe you even made it through the second week. Now that we’re a couple of days away from the start of the third week, though, your resolve may be starting to dissolve! Success rates of keeping resolutions start to decline dramatically after three weeks. While I can’t give you the answer to succeeding in keeping your […] Read more »

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

Minty Mochacinno in a Jar

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

Natashas Just Brittle Brittle

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


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

Festive Appetizers

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 »