Coastal Style Bedroom: Painting with Frog Tape®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape®. All opinions are 100% mine. My son moved out of the house about 2 years ago (and he just got married this weekend, I might add), but I haven't done much to his bedroom since he left. Until now, that is. I decided to freshen up the space with a fresh coat of paint and turn it into a coastal style bedroom for guests. The most frequent of our guests is my grandson who helped with some … [Read more...]

Summer Bedroom with Silk Pillowcases

When it's warm outside, I like to sleep with a cool pillowcase against my cheek. I tend to flip my pillow so my face always has the cool side of the casing. To help myself sleep like a baby during my favorite season of the year, I added silk pillowcases from OOSILK to my summer bedroom. I chose white silk cases to go with the vintage pillowcases I made last year. White looks crisp and clean in my cottage-style bedroom. I always enjoy … [Read more...]

Spicy Sausage Penne Pasta

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aidells® & The Wine Group. The opinions and text are all mine. Summer! It heightens all the senses. Windows are open to smell the roses rambling along the fence. The sight of fireflies flickering in the fields delights children of all ages. And flavors from the garden enhance any dish you prepare in the kitchen. Today I'm sharing a tasty Spicy Sausage Penne Pasta recipe that's … [Read more...]

Summer Dinosaur Fun for Kids

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. Whenever my grandchildren visit I like to have activities planned to keep them from getting bored, because when kids get bored they can get into mischief! Even when my own children were little, our days were somewhat scheduled, with time allowed for free play. This past weekend I planned some summer dinosaur fun for my grandson and … [Read more...]

Red and White Wine Pairings

I don't really know how it happened, but a few years ago I developed a keen interest in wine varietals and how they enhanced the flavor of food. Without a doubt, a fine wine makes food taste better. A good pairing will pull out the nuances and layers of flavor, which is why having a glass of wine with a meal has become so popular.  Today I'm sharing a couple of red and white wine pairings with selections from Sequoia Grove, a winemaker in the … [Read more...]

Mexican Burrito Cups

I was recently asked by Sargento® to create a recipe using a new product, and I'd like to share it with you. For weekday dinners, I like quick and easy recipes that are full of flavor. Lately I've been craving Mexican food with a mix of cheese, beans, tomatoes and avocados. I decided to add other ingredients too, and stuff them into tortillas shaped like cups. The result? Fast and easy Mexican Burrito Cups that are fun and made with loads of … [Read more...]

Easter Cupcakes: Mix Up a Moment with Family

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a springtime family treat. All opinions are my own. When I was kid I eagerly anticipated the day when we'd dye Easter eggs for the spring holiday. My brothers and sisters would gather around our pedestal kitchen table and make a colorful mess with mom overseeing the festivities. Although we had creative fun, I never liked eating the hard boiled eggs. So this year, I thought it would be more fun … [Read more...]

Wall Art Ideas from Photos.com

When I flip through a decorating magazine, one thing I pay special attention to is the wall art people have chosen for their rooms. Art is such an easy way to personalize a room, whether it's photos of your family or a painting by a favorite artist. And of course, hanging a piece of new art in a room is a whole lot easier than painting walls or buying new furniture. So I was pretty happy when I recently found a huge variety of wall art ideas at … [Read more...]

Bake an Elegant Spring Cake: The Fun and Easy Way

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a springtime family treat. All opinions are my own. When my family comes to visit, I'd love to set out an elegant spread of food and refreshments. But with my busy schedule, that's not always possible. I work full-time as a marketing communications manager, and then I have this blog on top of it. Most of my spare time is spent with family and when the opportunity came for me to see the newest … [Read more...]

A Living Room Update with Linen Drapes

When it comes to windows, I like to keep adornments simple and sweet. I've never been one for layered drapery panels or lots of fuss at the window. I'm a huge fan of natural light and prefer to let as much sun shine into my rooms as possible. I always wonder why some people keep their drapes or shades pulled all day long. Since moving into my farmhouse 16 years ago, my living room windows have remained naked, with the exception of simple Roman … [Read more...]

Mixing Up a Moment with Valentine’s Day Brownies

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a Valentine's Day brownie treat. All opinions are my own. When I was a young girl dreaming of my future, I knew I wanted to have children early in life so that I would still have energy to play with my grandchildren. I also wanted to feel young enough to enjoy time as an empty-nester with my hubby. I didn't want to feel like we'd be too old to go for bike rides, or walk nature trails, or travel … [Read more...]

Coral Bedding in My Farmhouse Bedroom

It never fails. When winter rolls around and cabin fever sets in, I find myself making a wish list to update every room in the house. Although a lot of my creative attention right now is focused on the dining room, I've also had a strong itch to freshen up the bedroom. One of the easiest and most economical ways to change up a bedroom is to swap out your bedding. Normally I choose softer colors for bedrooms in my home, but this time around I … [Read more...]

Mix Up a Moment with Game Day Brownies!

My entire family loves football, which makes me really happy because I enjoy sharing game day with people I love. Now that it's play-off season, the football conversations are heating up in our home. We recently headed to my daughter's house for one of the play-off games and I decided to bring goodies to make game day brownies! In my opinion, brownies are the perfect dessert because they're quick, easy, and taste so good! Since there always … [Read more...]

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