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Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cup Bars Recipe with Jif Whipped Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pie Spice Flavored Spread


Fall is in the air. The temperature is dropping. The leaves are changing colors. Pumpkin flavored treats are everywhere, including the new Limited Edition Jif Pumpkin Spice Flavored Spread! Yay! I love pumpkin flavored – everything! This is a sponsored conversation, I received product and a promotional item to facilitate this post. My family enjoys […]

Buddy Valastro Serves Up Cake Boss Single Serve Coffee – Enter Giveaway


The Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro has taken his culinary creativity to coffee with his own line of delectable single serve coffee cups. Buddy’s irresistible coffee collection is rich, smooth and includes 7 different bakery creation flavors that only the Cake Boss can serve up! Buddys Blend Italian Rum Cake Vanilla Buttercream Chocolate Cannoli Chocolate […]

Sing Your FROZEN Heart Out to Appear in Kohl’s Commercial #FrozenFunAtKohls


It is time to Sing Your Heart Out, Disney FROZEN fans for your chance to appear in Kohl’s Christmas commerical that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) broadcast! I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item […]

Fight Hunger. Spark Change. #Vote2FightHunger


It is hard to believe that 1 in 6 people in America don’t know where their next meal will come from – that is 12 million children!  1 in 7 people in the United States turn to the Feeding America food bank network for assistance with food. Wow! That is a LOT of hungry people. […]

Can I Borrow $1? Seriously…


Today, I’m asking all my friends, family, and blog readers if I can borrow $1. Yep, 100 pennies, 4 quarters, $1. In two days, my family will be walking in our first JDF Walk to Cure in Cleveland, Ohio. As you may have read, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes) in […]

Experience the New Colgate Kids Mouthwash


I was given the challenge to find a friend to test out the new Colgate Kids Mouthwash with their children. Personally, we include mouthwash in our oral hygiene routine about 1/2 the time. Unfortunately, we’ve gone in spurts and a lot of it depends on how much my kids enjoy the mouthwash! There are many […]

Slow Down and Live Intentionally with Notes from a Blue Bike


We all live busy lives. It seems that society applauds jam-packed schedules and frowns upon those that aren’t busy 24/7. I personally don’t like to be so busy that there is no time to chill with my family. We intentionally only allow our children to participate in one sport and one extra culinary activity at […]

More Screams at Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2014


Expect more screams than ever at Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2014 with a newly expanded kids area and more! My family looks forward to Cedar Point HalloWeekends every year! It is our last chance to ride all the rides as well as enjoy frightfully fun family-friendly monsters and entertainment! We were welcomed by these family-friendly monsters […]

Great Gifts for Guys from ModCloth


Guys are hard to shop for – from husbands to fathers! Finding a unique gift that they’ve never seen before that matching their interest can be difficult. That’s why I have really enjoyed shopping on They have an amazing assortment of great gifts for guys- and not the typical sports gifts. I’m talking about […]

African Malva Pudding Poke Cake Recipe Using Monk Fruit In The Raw

African Malva Pudding Poke Cake

This week is Missions Week at my church. Tonight, we had a catered soup dinner and each of us brought an international dessert. Since our missionary was from Africa, I searched for an African Dessert recipe online to bring. I found a recipe for Malva Pudding that I altered into this African Malva Pudding Poke […]

Check out this Princess Book for Girls – Star Sisters and the Royal Wedding


My daughter loves to read and is already in chapter books in second grade. She enjoys reading a variety of books, including those with princesses and plenty of adventure. I knew she would enjoy a new book series called, “Star Sisters.” I received product to facilitate this post. Star Sisters in the Royal Wedding is […]

Fashion and Fun with The Great Gatsby


Did you watch The Great Gatsby movie starring DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire? It came out in May but my husband and I didn’t see it until it came out on DVD. We were fascinated by it – what a story! The unforgettable love and tragic ending. It was a good movie but we aren’t normally […]

Multi-Generational Vacation Fun at Kalahari – Get Coupon Code


Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren and vice versa. More than ever, families are taking multi-generational vacations together – creating more memories than ever together! According to AAA, 36% of people surveyed plan to take a multi-generational vacation this year! One reason is because our seniors are living longer, healthier lives more now than ever […]

This September Seniors Save 15% at Red Roof Inn


Our elderly neighbors just went to the beach for vacation this week. They like traveling off-season because it is quieter. Apparently, it is also less expensive too, at least with Red Roof Inn! Seniors (ages 59+) receive 15% OFF already low September rates all month long at Red Roof Inn! I think it is great […]

Dyson Digital Slim DC 59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Outcleans Top 5 Selling Vacuum Cleaners


Vacuuming is my least favorite chore. I especially dislike vacuuming our stairs. Every time I lug my huge, heavy vacuum up the stairs, I think to myself, “there has to be a better way!” I have good news! I have found that better way with the Dyson Digital Slim DC 59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum!! I […]