Experiments in Cooking with Community Coffee + Caffeinated Brownies

Caffeinated brownies

With back to school season starting soon, I think we’ll be needing a bit more coffee to get going! I know I will! I’ve been sleeping in until almost 11 every day during the summer. I’m going to need a behemoth jug just to make it through the first week come September! When Community Coffee told me that I could cook with coffee, I thought “well, now, I just might survive back to school season yet!” They sent me a couple of their flavors to try out so I could experiment with cooking with coffee for myself. Tips for Cooking […] Read more »

Required Reading: 7 Novels You Actually WANT to Read Before College


When I was in high school, the words “required reading” sent my rebellious self flying into a combative rage. Required reading? Why should I be required to read anything? Everyone should be free to choose which books speak to them! After all, as long as you’re reading something, it’s a good thing. Who decided that Faulkner was better than Rowling? That Shakespeare was better than King? The “classics” are completely subjective. You might think Canterbury Tales is brilliant, but I found it a complete yawn. Still, throughout my high school years, I did find a few required reading books that […] Read more »

Summer Must-Haves for Beating the Crazy Heat + Giveaway #VaselineSprays

Summer beat the heat

This summer must-haves post is brought to you by Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer. All opinions are my own. Summer may be half over, but it’s finally just starting to heat up here in my area. In fact, we JUST went to the pool for the first time last week! It hasn’t stopped raining long enough to go before. Unfortunately, it seems to have gone from tolerable to “gee I wish I owned a walk-in freezer” overnight. One day I’m walking around in my long-sleeve jammies happy as a clam. The next, I’m crying that I miss the […] Read more »

Insanely Amazing Baby Gear You Never Knew You Needed Until Now


Did you know that there is a whole new world of freaking awesome baby gear things out there that weren’t even an idea when we were little? Things they didn’t even have when Jake was little 10 years ago? As my poor best friend is howling in her bed begging her still-unnamed daughter to just get out already, I’ve been window shopping across the entire internet looking for new and exciting gifts for “baby girl.” I think I mentioned before that my friend is pregnant with a surprise baby. Her current youngest is turning 17 soon after SurpriseBaby is born.  It’s been a […] Read more »

I Kissed the Sheep Goodbye with My Serta Perfect Sleeper #SertaPerfectSleeper

Stop Counting Sheep Serta Perfect Sleeper

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Serta. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember last month I told you how difficult it is for me to get a good night’s sleep? If you need a refresher, check out this post. Seriously, check it out, there’s a video with a rare glimpse into my bedroom! In that post, I shared with you the 5 common sleep problems that can make it difficult for you to get the good night’s rest that you deserve. These included: Tossing/Turning Lack of Support Back Pain Sleeping Hot Partner Movement and Sagging/Rolling […] Read more »

How to Enjoy New York City Without Going Broke

How to Enjoy New York City Without Going Broke

New York City is one of the most exciting and popular vacation destinations for people who love a fast-paced getaway. I’ve lived 2 hours away from it most of my life, so I’ve seen quite a bit of what it has to offer myself. With some of the most expensive and high-class stores in the world, streets filled with lush theaters and jewelry stores so decadent they make movies about them, it’s super easy to go broke in New York. Did you know, though, that’s it’s also pretty easy to enjoy New York City on a very itty bitty budget? […] Read more »

School Lunch & Snack Ideas that Your Kids Actually WANT to Eat

Give kids awesome back to school lunches and after-school snacks that they'll actually WANT to eat with these 17 awesome recipes and ideas for picky kids!

I am crying a little inside because I’m starting back to school posts in the middle of July, but I think I’m actually late! I’m also crying a little because I’m SO not ready for summer to end. Even though we still have about five weeks left, I know a lot of kids in other areas start back in the middle of August. When my son does go back, I want to be better prepared this year with school lunch & after-school snack ideas that he’ll actually want to eat. Whether you have two weeks, four or six left of […] Read more »

Save With PrePaid Wireless Phones & Cards at Giant Eagle!

Why shopping Giant Eagle for Prepaid Wireless needs saves you time & money

Even if you have a cell phone plan, there are times when prepaid is the way to go. I use prepaid for my son because I don’t want to pay for a full plan when he only needs a cell phone occasionally. During the summer, he’s home with me most of the time. He’ll be going to my aunt’s for a few days and while she has a phone, I’ll get him minutes on his because I want to make sure he has a backup in case he gets separated from my cousin when they’re out playing. When he starts school, I’ll […] Read more »

Beautiful Typography Photo Apps for Bloggers

Make boring pictures beautiful and turn words into works of art with my favorite typography apps that are absolutely perfect for bloggers!

I am completely addicted to typography photo apps. It all started with Word Swag, the first one I downloaded a couple months ago. I told you all about that in my post about six iPad apps that make blogging easier. At first, I thought it was a totally unique app and the only one of its kind. I should have known better, but I’m still a little new to the iPad world! Fast forward to today. I think I have about 10 typography apps and I’m always looking for more! Some I’ve used once or twice, while others are my […] Read more »

Make Your BBQ More Eco-Friendly with Sustainable Earth Party Ware at Staples

Sustainable Earth 4

Summer is party season in so many ways. Between the BBQs, graduation parties, “bon voyage” parties for teens going to college, family reunions and so on, it seems like these three months are just one party after another. All those parties can wreak havoc on the environment if you don’t use the right disposable party ware. The Sustainable Earth line from Staples makes it easy to change that. I received a selection of Sustainable Earth party ware for review and a gift card to help me buy party food. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate until this past weekend. We’ve had […] Read more »