Family Pizza Night!

i'll be honest. sometimes i don't like to make dinner on weeknights. oh- you too? good. i'm glad i'm not alone on this one! usually we go for pizza on the nights i need a bit of a break, so i'm excited to partner with Pizza Hut and try their NEW Flavor of Now options on their menu! the new flavors combined with the classic menu we all love makes for so many new and exciting combinations! there … [Read more...]

The French Laundry: My Dream Restaurant!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As I mentioned in the previous post,  my family has loved living in northern California and all the amazing bounty and beauty it has to offer. We have had the opportunity to travel and see many places but there are still a few things on our to-do list! When I rounded up my … [Read more...]

Best Restaurants of Napa Valley

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I recently realized while talking to my hubby that we have now lived in California longer than we have lived anywhere else in our married lives! After four and a half years here, we have visited much of what northern California has to offer – lake Tahoe, San Francisco, … [Read more...]

Healthy Black Cherry Muffin Recipe – Vegan

These black cherry muffins are healthy, vegan, and so delicious you won't have to be vegan to enjoy them! This post is sponsored by Silk but as always all opinions, recipes, photos, and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible!  i have been on a bit of a vegan muffin quest lately and have nailed it with this recipe - my family loves them! if you … [Read more...]

HP Sprout- Fun for Kids

this is quite possibly the coolest computer that i have EVER seen. our HP Sprout showed up a few days before christmas and has been our favorite thing this whole holiday season! once i wrangled the kids off the humongous box, we set it up in my hubby's office--notice the manly decor? you didn't think that was MY creative space did you??? we wanted to put it in a space that was more accessible to … [Read more...]

New Years Party & Outfit Inspiration with HP Sprout

 this post is in partnership with HP Sprout but all opinions are my own. you will love this amazing new technology and i am so excited to introduce you to it. thank you for supporting the fabulous brands that make this blog possible! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! i'll admit, i'm more of a new years homebody - but that doesn't stop me from dreaming up what i would want to sport that night (you know if my … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Dramatically Strengthen Family Memories and Traditions

did you know that family memories are the strongest when associated with multiple senses? my strongest holiday memories growing up were ones where we were listening to music, holiday scents filled the air, we were tasting treats or savory dishes, cooking in the kitchen and getting messy - all incorporating sight, smell, taste, sounds, and touch. as i strive to make family traditions and memories … [Read more...]

Aloha Energy Bites – Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls

lets pretend its not the middle of winter k? i may not be sipping a pina colada on the beach right now, but enjoying these sweet little bites make me feel like i'm halfway there! my aloha energy bites are made with toasted coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts, and VEGAN protein powder. these protein balls are sweet but also vegan and packed with good stuff. while i make mine with honey, you could … [Read more...]

Jelly Belly Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers

stocking stuffers from Jelly Belly that are perfect for the whole family! products for girls and boys as well as family or neighbor gifts! this Jelly Belly gift ideas & stocking stuffers post is sponsored by Jelly Belly but all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible!  if you have been a reader for a while, then you already know my … [Read more...]

Cranberry & Mustard Holiday Tablescape

did you all have a wonderful thanksgiving?! i sure did! we hosted several families for a potluck 'friendsgiving' and had so much amazing food! it was wonderful to have a full house when we all are so far from our families and nice to be with our resident/military pseudo family! this year i wanted to do a holiday tablescape with decor that could stand the test of time through the fall and into the … [Read more...]

Zappos Blogger Secret Gift Exchange

you guys! i just had the most fun experience! in partnership with Zappos, i had the opportunity to be paired with another blogger in a secret santa gift exchange! it was SO fun! Zappos is the best place to find gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season, so it is no surprise that i LOVED the gifts from my paired blogger - the adorable and totally stylish Kaelah from the clueless girl's … [Read more...]

Warm Apple Cheddar Appetizer Dip for the Holidays

as most of you know, i currently live in california, but all of our family is back east in marlyand. the holidays, particularly thanksgiving, can be tough without family around! each year, i host thanksgiving for our friends in the area that are far from family as well. being in the military, this can be quite a large group! today i'll be sharing some tips for hosting a successful 'friendsgiving' … [Read more...]

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