Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Fall is my favorite time of the year. While I don't like my days getting shorter, I love seeing the leaves turn different colors, getting to wear my warm sweaters and having most importantly, having an excuse to make most of the foods my family eats with pumpkin. My daughter and I usually make pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin bread together. We've even tried pumpkin soup and some day I'm going to get adventurous and try making my own pumpkin puree. In the meantime, we've added a new recipe to … [Read more...]

Tips for Getting Your Child to take Medicine

Ever notice how incredibly stealth and strong a child becomes when it's time to take medicine? Just as you grab the bottle from the medicine cabinet, those little boogers disappear into thin air. Then, once you find them (because we all know they can't keep quiet), you try to convince them to at least try the medicine. They look at you like you're crazy because the last time you gave them medicine it tasted like....medicine. So instead of negotiating you resort to sheer physical strength, only … [Read more...]

Functional Furniture from Sauder

Sometimes, when I don't want to do the things I have to do (like paying bills, updating my budget or work work), I rearrange furniture. Yes, I have a problem.I believe this started when I was about 12 years old. In my teeny tiny bedroom I had a twin bed and a chest of drawers. There weren't a lot of different ways I could arrange my room but you better believe every 4-5 months, my bed would be against a different wall. Now that I have my own house, I don't move furniture...as much. Every now … [Read more...]

Microwave Fudge with Salted Caramel Mocha Frosting

For the past few weeks people have been making jokes at my expense. Whenever I tell them that my boyfriend and I are driving 23 hours (pretty much nonstop) to go backcountry camping in Glacier National Park, they can't help but smirk. I get it. I probably don't look like the type of person who would give up electricity, running water and WIFI to go roaming through the mountains. Until a few weeks ago, I had never set up a tent, blew up a sleeping pad or even knew a thing as hiking underwear … [Read more...]

Les Mills Immersive Fitness

This is freaking cool. Seriously cool. Les Mills is taking group fitness classes to a whole new level with his Immersive Fitness Program. For those of you who know me, I don't get worked up about group fitness programs. I'll attend the occasional yoga class and a few weeks ago I tried a kickboxing class. I prefer running or biking because I can do it whenever the urge hits me. I don't have to adhere to class schedules or check to see if the "good" instructor is teaching the class. With … [Read more...]

Reducing The Stress of Everyday Life

Thanks to Kimberly-Clark for sponsoring post and helping me reduce the stress of everyday life! It's 10:22 pm on a Friday night and I'm finally sitting down. Friday's are supposed to be my "day off" but they are anything but that. Friday is one of the most hectic days of my week and I don't even step foot in my real office. Instead of watching day time talk shows (LOVE Steve Harvey) and eating bon bons (what exactly are these anyway), I'm going through my to-do list. By the time noon rolls … [Read more...]

I Am Not A Housekeeper

I’m working with Tilex® on a paid basis, but my opinions are my own. High school memories rock, don't they? As I sat down to type this post, I recalled the day that one of my classmates asked where my mom worked. Thinking it was an innocent question I answered and said "Maytag" since half the town was employed by them. At that point she snidely said, "ohhhh, does she clean the Maytag mansion?" Um no. I knew where she was going with that so I played along. Instead of getting ticked off, I … [Read more...]

Coffee Flavored Popsicles

In less than a month, I'm going to turn 40 years old. Instead of dreading the big 4-0, I decided to embrace it. And by embrace it I mean I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the big day. Some things were pretty easy, like use a coupon (which I did...for Bigelow Tea), others a bit more challenging such as #22, make Julia Child's coq au vin (what the heck was I thinking...I don't even like bones in my meat!!) and others, like #1, give coffee a chance, just seemed like the grown up … [Read more...]

5 Beach Must Haves

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Figleaves.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. You've finally done it. You booked the family vacation to the beach and now, you have no clue what to take with you. While I'm sure you can think of a million things you WANT to take, here are 5 beach must haves. Sunscreen Technically you shouldn't wait until summer to start … [Read more...]

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Update

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We have plants! In all my years of having a garden, this is the first year that I've done everything in pots. In an attempt to keep my black lab from eating my plants, everything I grow this year will come out of an orange colored pot. My daughter had been learning about growing plants at school so we decided to continue the learning process at home. We had attempted to grow some … [Read more...]