DOVE® Fruit Brownie Bites

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When I first heard about DOVE® Fruit I knew I needed to create something with them. The first thing that came to my mind was brownies, because I’ve been craving their fudgey deliciousness lately. Then, after more thought I had the bright idea to make brownie bites! I’ve never made brownie bites before and my mini muffin tins were just calling for me to create with them. Continue reading

Deal Alert! Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart

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I told you I’ve been doing more meal planning lately, and with winter almost behind us our schedules are starting to get busier. This means less time in the kitchen and it means more time for other fun activities like museums, the zoo, playground visits, more play dates, geocaching along with lots and lots of nature walks.

Because I need quick, easy meals to add to the meal plan for lunches, and I’m always looking for a great deal I wanted to share this fantastic Walmart price rollback with you. Now through March 16, 2015, each 14.5-15 oz can of Chef Boyardee is on rollback at Walmart for only $0.75. Chef Boyardee raviolis, mac & cheese, and spaghetti and meatballs are just some of the varieties you can enjoy at a low price. My kids are thrilled! Continue reading

The Simple Baker Silicone Baking Cups Review

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I received a sample of the product for review purposes.The Simple Baker Silicone Baking Cups Review

I don’t really love to bake all that much, but there are a few things I will make no matter what. Bran muffins are one of them. I have the best recipe for them that I pulled from my America’s Test Kitchen cookbook. It’s wonderful!

When I bake, I usually do not use muffin cups. Those little paper things are better used for crafts in our house then annoyingly stuck to baked goods. I can’t help it. Every time I use those paper baking cups they stick to my muffins and cupcakes and it’s a battle to pull them off without tearing them and leaving a little paper being to eat. Sounds tasty, right? Yeah, that’s me being a bit sarcastic.

As much as I hate using paper baking cups, I also hate washing muffin tins after a round of baking without muffin cups. Something is going to stick no matter what, I just can’t win. At least, I couldn’t until The Simple Baker asked me to review their silicone baking cups. It was worth a try and I’m glad I tried them. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Musical Artists

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Friday Favorites Musical ArtistsI thought it might be fun to give you a glimpse into my life by sharing some of my favorites on Fridays. Each week I’ll do something a little different, but it would be fun to share my interests, then hear your favorites about the topic in the comments! I hope you’ll join in. I’d love to hear your favorites as well. I want to get to know you better! Continue reading

How My Tribe Makes Me a Better Blogger

My Blogging TribeI have been quiet about my blogging tribe for much too long. These women are beyond special to me and I can’t believe I haven’t shared their awesomeness with you sooner. They are on top of things more than I am, as proven by Cristina who wrote about our Tribe in July 2014 and Jen who wrote about us before Cristina by a few months, hitting publish in April 2014. They’re always spreading the love. It’s a beautiful vibe they have going on.

With that said, today I want to introduce you to some of the most important women in my life as well as why they are so important to me as a blogger. Continue reading

Inspiring: Brian Skerry’s Work for National Geographic Live’s Ocean Soul

National Geographic Harp Seals

Photo Credit: Brian Skerry

Have you ever wanted to be a better photographer? Someone who’s work was noticed. Someone who could capture the emotion, the action, the moment. I don’t mean just taking that quick snapshot of your family standing in front of one of those tourist boards while on vacation. I mean those photographs that mean something more. They tell a story. They make you feel like you’re right there. Something like what you’d see in National Geographic. Something like what photojournalist Brian Skerry might capture. Continue reading

Java Factory Coffee Review and Giveaway

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I received a sample of the product for review purposes.Java Factory Review

I love a good cup of coffee and I’m always on the lookout for my new favorite flavor. I’ll be honest, I’m not considered a hard core coffee fan because I prefer milder roasts and I usually require creamer in my coffee. I know, it’s blasphemy for many for others no big deal. I’m not trying to impress anyone, and I like coffee my way so I’m not worried what anyone else is thinking about my coffee methods.

My husband on the other hand loves a dark, bold, unaltered cup o’ joe. I rarely see him adding creamer and the only time he’ll allow any change to his black coffee is if it’s specially made with love by an all coffee knowing professional. That would be the baristas at our local coffee shop.

This makes my job easy of giving my husband the perfect cup of coffee. I just pop a pod in the Keurig and let it brew, then serve it to him hot. Perfect coffee every time. When I was asked to review Java Factory, I knew I could give a review, but I knew my java happy husband would also have great opinions so we teamed up to give you a couple different perspectives on these uniquely named coffee pods.  Continue reading

Time4Learning Review

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I received a sample of the product for review purposes.Time4Learning

A month ago I was given a months subscription to Time4Learning for free to test out and give you my honest opinion on the program. So, I’m back here ready to tell you what I thought of it. In a nutshell, I mostly like it. There were a few issues I had, but they were mostly preference and a bit of my need for instant gratification. But, like I said, I mostly like this program, at least from the early education, homeschooling perspective. Continue reading

The Secret Kindness Agents Winter Wear Project 2015

The Secret Kindness Agents Winter Wear Project

Scarves have been popping up on trees in the winter all over the United States over the past few years and it’s no surprise that scarves finally hit downtown Omaha courtesy of the Secret Kindness Agents. I’m honored to say I was a part of it all. One hundred and fifty people agreed to join in the event and after just an hour at the park it was obvious they were there.

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