Protein Break with Jimmy Dean Protein Packs

Protein (not coffee!) breaks with Jimmy Dean

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own. The last three years have seen some major shifts in my life. I became a parent, I entered my mid-30s, and I moved to a new state. All three of these things have had a huge impact on my energy levels. I am a sleep-deprived woman with a slowing metabolism and have moved to a state where BBQ and sweet tea are staples at every meal. It is going to be a challenge to reclaim my old energy levels. But I am determined and have …

Meat-Lover’s Texmati Paella

Meat-Lover’s Texmati Paella

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.  Like any parent, I want what is best for my child. The best school, the best clothes, the best… well, everything! But unless you have unlimited means, that you simply can’t always have the best. But you can certainly try! Sure, I only shop for toddler clothes in the “clearance” section and take full-advantage of free community events, but there is one aspect that I work hard to not compromise within… food. When it comes to food, I really try to give my kid the best I possibly can. …

Weeknight Dinner Hack with Idahoan Mashed Potatoes

Busy Weeknights? Try these Easy Real Potatoes!

Thank you Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes for sponsoring this post. Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes are real potatoes, real easy, delivering homemade taste on demand. Before I became a parent, I couldn’t grasp the obsession with “hacks”. Five cleaning hacks for the weekend! A quick mascara hack every woman should know! The ultimate hack to folding laundry! Seriously, had society blown a fuse? “Hacks” eluded me, that is until I had my daughter. Instantly, I was thrust into the exhausted, burned-out, over-worked world of parenthood and one thing shone brightly through the fog of sleepiness… I couldn’t live without “hacks”! Hacks for diaper …

Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Classic Rewind: Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Game day is around the corner and you’re going to need some awesome treats to serve your guests. That’s why today, we’re revisiting one of our most popular game day recipes, Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon. Oh yeah, baby! Get all the rewind details below… Before we get to the recipe’s nitty gritty, I need to lay something out on the line. I love throwing Big Game Day parties and I am quite the awesome hostess at them. Why? Because I am not a fan of football. I know, burn me at the goal post! My game day hosting fabulousness …

New Years Resolution - The Swap

New Year’s Resolution: The Swap

This post was sponsored by Splenda Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I was reading an article the other day by a psychologist that said the best New Year’s Resolutions are the simple ones. I don’t know if there’s any actual science behind this theory, but it certainly resonated with me. Sure, I could make grand goals and lofty statements, but reality often dictates that major changes are hard to maintain. So this year, I’m sticking to a simple idea that will only take small decisions to enforce. My …

Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board Tutorial

Tutorial: Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Diamond®. The opinions and text are all mine. You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. The relatives are coming to town! Oh yeah, ‘tis the season for judgmental holiday guests. They will criticize your every hosting move, while handing out back-handed compliments as generously as Santa hands out presents. So, this year, pull out all the stops with the most fabulous, undeniably magical entertaining trick to have ever existed… a Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board! Even your mother-in-law will be …

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Classic Rewind: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

Every so often, we hit the viral jackpot. You know, that one recipe that gets so many hits that it crashes our website? Well this is one of them. About two years ago, I created a Red Velvet Hot Cocoa recipe. Not only was it delicious and a hit with my loyal readers, it has turned into a viral sensation. So today, let’s revisit this fabulous recipe and whip up a fresh batch… If there is one thing I love on a cold winter’s day, it’s a cup of hot cocoa. Add to that another one of my loves, red …

Homemade Elderflower Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Elderflower Marshmallows

Every great host has to have a few trick up her sleeves. A signature cocktail whipped up like a professional mixologist; an insanely good lamb chop dish even your mother-in-law can’t besmirch; and a seemingly impossible dessert that only you know how to make. Well today I’m going to help you with the last one on that list. Low-calorie Homemade Elderflower marshmallows. Alongside newborn puppy kisses or a romp through a field of wildflowers, marshmallows are one of life’s greatest small joys. I could literally munch on those little heavenly sweet clouds everyday. Add to that the fact that I …