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...]

The Perfect Wine Lover’s Gift

You've heard that old saying, "It is better to give than to receive." But when it comes to the perfect wine lover's gift, I believe it's better to receive! When you have friends and family who love and good wine, the art of elegant gift giving is easy!  You know a bottle or two of their favorite wine will be a gift to enjoy and savor!  Of course, there's no harm in being creative and giving wine they've never tasted before! How fabulous would … [Read more...]

Cozy Cottage Style Flipboard Magazine

Have you heard of Flipboard?  It's a great way to collect stories and ideas that you care about.  You can create your own magazines about all the topics you love!  I've shared some of my Flipboard magazines here on my blog before. My newest magazine is called Cozy Cottage Style!What I love about Flipboard is that I can "flip" articles and photos from the web and they're packaged into a beautiful, easy-to-read digital magazine … [Read more...]

Pamper Your Feet and Give a Gift

Shopping for Christmas gifts can sometimes be a bit daunting, so it's nice when you get a little bit of inspiration to help with your gift selection process. This happened to me when I was shopping at Walmart the other day. I'd heard about the Amope Pedi Perfect™ recently and wanted to give it a try to pamper my feet. When I saw the bonus pack with a free refill, I knew right away who'd receive the second one as a gift. If you read my blog … [Read more...]

The Secret to the Perfect Pie

Do you remember the first time you baked a pie?  I sure do!  I was a nervous wreck. It was back in my high school home economics class. Our teacher was explaining the intricacy of making pie crust and all the mistakes that could be made.  I thought for sure I would fail our pie-making test and I would be the laughing stock of my family. We were tasked with making a crust with either shortening or oil. My group was the only one … [Read more...]

Preparing for Motherhood

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of COUNTRY Financial® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Someone once pointed out the irony that being a parent is about the only job that requires no training. It's one of the most important jobs the majority of us will face, yet we don't spend a lot of time preparing for motherhood. If you read my blog regularly, you know that my middle child just had her first baby and I'm in love!  The … [Read more...]

Painted Desk in Varnished Ivory

Behr sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. In my life, I've painted more rooms, more houses, and more pieces of furniture than I care to remember!  My dad owned a decorating company and I worked for him during college summer breaks. I learned about oil paint, acrylic paint, latex paint ... and then there were wood stains to consider. I even tuck pointed an historic church in Geneva while he power washed it. Then when I … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Coffee Gift Set

J.M Smucker Company asked me to create some unique tips for using a new product.   Each year I struggle to think of gifts for friends or other special people like a teacher, boss, or co-worker. As I was mulling options that most people would enjoy, it dawned on me to give something universally loved by most people ... coffee!  Today I'm sharing how to create your own coffee gift set that you can give to almost any adult in your life. My good … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Staying Confident During Cold Season

Are you familiar with that stinging sensation you first encounter when you feel a cold sore coming on? Today I'm excited to share some of my tips for staying confident even when you suffer from a cold sore! The first thing I do is reach for my tube of Abreva® to shorten healing time! The second thing I do is follow a few healthy tips to avoid feeling insecure and self-conscious.Rather than let an ugly cold sore drive me to bed to … [Read more...]

Holiday Party Planning with Smarter Treats

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SmarterTreats #CollectiveBias Now that Halloween is over we have officially entered holiday party planning season. I love the holidays, planning parties, visiting friends and family, and eating all that yummy party food!  But I don't like the feeling I get after eating heavy foods or simply eating too much. No matter what the event, I … [Read more...]

My Favorite Cooking Hacks

PAM Cooking Spray sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. Cooking is something I've enjoyed doing ever since I took Home Economics in 6th grade. I thought it was so cool that we actually got to spend time at school cooking stuff!  That class whet my appetite for being creative in the kitchen and to this day, I still enjoy trying out new recipes and blending new flavors together. To streamline things in the kitchen and to … [Read more...]

Decorating for Fall with Farmhouse Finds

This post is sponsored by Antique Farm House, but all opinions are my own. After spending lots of time outdoors during the summer, do you find yourself in nesting mode once Fall rolls around?  The combination of cooler weather and shorter days always puts me in the mood to make things cozy inside. I'm sure it's a psychological urge to prepare for the season I like least. You know, that frosty time of year that begins with the letter "w".  My … [Read more...]

Bringing Lucky Back ~ A Chance to Win!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Illinois Lottery for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you feeling lucky? I want to let my readers know about the Halloween Millionaire Raffle from the Illinois Lottery, which is a fan favorite! A drawing randomly selects three winners of $1,000,000 each on November 1st. Only 400,000 tickets are being sold so it's the best odds to win $1 million dollars. Even if you don't typically … [Read more...]

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