Nov 122014
 

This orange poke cake #drinkTEN shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Years ago I often had to travel for work for weeks at a time.  I was young and unmarried and thought living in a hotel and eating out a restaurant every night for up to 8 weeks straight was fun.  Traveling during the holidays, though, wasn’t quite as fun.  Fortunately my coworkers and trainees always went out of their way to make me feel welcome and to make the time special.

Lightened-Up Orange Poke Cake Recipe with Sunkist TEN

There’s one occasion that really stands out, though, and that’s the time when a girl in one of my classes made me a poke cake right before Thanksgiving.  I had never had a poke cake before, can you believe that?  I know they’re made all different ways, but this one had a favorite hard-to-find soda of mine poured over the top before covering it with a whipped topping.  It was a family recipe, but the girl was sweet enough to share it with me (I guess she didn’t worry about much recipe “competition” from Florida as they lived in Texas). Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 

So by now you’ve probably already heard that the highly-anticipated lineup of movies dubbed Marvel Phase 3 has been anounced.  Apologies for not sharing this news sooner, it’s just been a little hectic lately!

Marvel Phase 3 Announcement: Marvel's Avengers Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2

I first found out about the announcement while we were driving home from the restaurant a couple of weeks ago.  I am fairly certainly that the people driving next to us probably thought I was having a medical event, because I was bouncing around and gesturing wildly as I read the news on my phone (don’t worry, hubby was driving).  I kept scrolling and scrolling – the lineup is massive – and punctuated what I was reading with an “Oh my gosh!” and “You’re not going to believe who is in this?!”. Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

This #SimplyHealthy DIY gratitude tree shop on teaching toddlers thankfulness has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

How do you teach toddlers to be thankful?  With Thanksgiving looming just days away, it’s a question that has been on my mind.  I want Bubbles to be able to put meaning to the holidays and not just look at them as a time that everyone gets together to eat.

Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple App

I recently was flipping through the Healthy Living Made Simple app on my iPhone (it’s also available for the iPad) and I came across an article on teaching toddlers thankfulness.  The app is a companion for the online magazine from Sam’s Club.  It had some good information – plus a nice reassurance that it’s completely normal for your toddlers to not always remember to say thank you before opening a gift or to grumbling about what they have versus what they want. Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

This Hallmark Northpole #NorthpoleFun shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Last year when we went to Maine to visit my family I also was excited to see my friend Em.  Em was one of my best friends in high school and even though we don’t get to talk every day, it’s still the kind of friendship where we text each other when our favorite movie is on TV.  And when we do have the chance to get together, it’s still an easy conversation.

Baking Across the Miles with Hallmark Northpole Gifts

 

Em has a sweet (and super-smart) daughter named Cam. Cam is 10 and when her mom came to visit at the house where I was staying, Cam came along.  It was actually great because Cam and Bubbles played together while we got caught up on each other’s lives.  (By the way, if you happen to be the aforementioned Em – stop reading here, please). Continue reading »

Nov 092014
 

This DIY coffee creamer bottle snowman post is sponsored by TapInfluence. All words and opinions are my own.

The other day I was pouring a little of the seasonal International Delight Sugar Cookie coffee creamer into my afternoon coffee, and I heard Bubbles singing in the other room.  As the words “Do you want to build a snowman?” drifted my way, I looked down at the coffee creamer bottle in my hand and realized – yes, yes I did.  I wanted to build a snowman.

DIY Marshmallow Dispenser: Coffee Creamer Bottle Snowman

The shape of a plastic coffee creamer bottle lends itself perfectly to being transformed into a snowman.  And because after you peel the label off they’re already kind of a milky-white color, there’s not a lot of work that needs to be done.  This is literally one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever try, but the results are down-right adorable. Continue reading »