Shamrock Pillow {tutorial}

Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this Shamrock Pillow Tutorial for St. Patrick’s Day!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under […]

St. Patrick’s Day Chex Mix {recipe}

How to Make St Patrick’s Day Chex Mix is so easy to make your kids could do it too.  It’s a festive treat that looks super cute and tastes really yummy.  This Chex Mix Recipe uses Vanilla Chex cereal, Honey Nut Chex Cereal, white chocolate baking chips, pretzels and green M&M’s.  The mix is perfect for a birthday party, […]

Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

This Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potatoes is super delicious year round, but especially lovely on a chilly evening.   The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change things up to customize it for a flavor most to your liking, just add different vegetables or more seasonings.  I have 5 […]

LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day Banner {how to}

Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY St. Patrick’s Day LUCKY Banner!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under 30 […]

XO Valentine’s Day Mantel

I’m so excited to show you my XO Valentine’s Day Mantel!  Over the past few weeks I have shown you how to make DIY Glitter XO Letters, DIY Pom Pom Garland and last years DIY Burlap LOVE Banner.  I LOVE how it all came together to make a simple and fun Valentine’s Day Mantel that anyone can […]

5 Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day

FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  These five recipes are just made to serve on Valentine’s Day, but if you are too busy, they are good year round.  {{smiling}}  Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Red Velvet Ice Box Cake – This easy and delicious cake layers red velvet cookies, sweet cream cheese and shaved […]

DIY Glitter XO Letters {valentines crafts}

Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with these DIY Glitter XO Letters!  It’s a super inexpensive craft and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face and add some sparkle to your decor.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid […]

2 Ingredient Queso Dip {recipe}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RO*TEL & VELVEETA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Nothing calls my name louder than a quick, easy, and delicious Queso dip, especially one that only requires 2 ingredients!  Queso For All, y’all!  This creamy 2 ingredient Queso dip features RO*TEL and VELVEETA and […]

Bucket Valentine Card Holder {how to}

How to make a Valentine Card Holder Craft that is easy as 1-2-3 and perfect for holding a bucket full of love notes.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it can be reused year after year! {{wink}}  Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with this fun bucket Valentine card holder! […]

DIY Pom Pom Garland {Valentine Craft}

Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Pom Pom Garland!  Most people have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid friendly. […]

AWAY & BACK: Family Friendly and Heartwarming

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hallmark Hall of Fame for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Mark your calendars!  A heartwarming, family friendly film that brings adventure, humor and romance is coming our way!  Staring Jason Lee and Minka Kelly, the premier of Hallmark Hall of Fame‘s AWAY & […]

Dine in California This Month!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. California Restaurant Month is THIS month, the perfect time to treat yourself to dinner out, don’t you think?  {{smiling}}  California has fresh seasonal offerings that you definitely don’t want to miss.  Just about anywhere you […]

Perfect for Valentine’s Day: Juicy Fruit® gum with Starburst® flavors!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wrigley Jr. Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Juicy Fruit launched a new Juicy Fruit® gum with Starburst® flavors, bringing two fun brands together with a splash!  If you are like me and looking for a […]

Mexican Cuisine in CA #DineCalifornia

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the things I love most about living in California is the FOOD.  We have really, really great food, and since the population is so diverse, we have a wonderful selection of cuisines […]

Breakfast Casserole Recipes Perfect for the Holidays

FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Breakfast Casserole Recipes Perfect for the Holidays.  These five recipes are perfect to serve on Christmas morning, or anytime during the holiday festivities, really!   Make the night before and serve in the morning so you don’t have to stress in the AM!  Happy Holidays, y’all! Pancake Breakfast Casserole – This casserole makes breakfast […]

DIY Deer Silhouette Pillow {no sew}

Making a Deer Silhouette Pillow is a DIY craft that is super easy, inexpensive and perfect for the holidays!  This DIY pillow is a fabulous way to redecorate an accent pillow that you already have at home.  All it takes is cutting out a deer head silhouette and painting. Eventually you will have a festive accent pillow that you can have […]

Mini Cheese Ball Recipe + $110 Vons Gift Card {GIVEAWAY}

How to Make this Easy Mini Cheese Ball Recipe is easy, and it’s perfect for the holiday’s.  It makes an amazing appetizer to share for holiday parties with friends and family.  I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t love cheese and I’ve given you four delicious ways to transform one recipe!  By using Lucerne products you are enjoying […]

Peppermint M&M’S® Pretzel Sticks & Black & White Peppermint Brownies {recipes}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you have a love affair with M&M’S® like I do? If so, you have to check out the White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® and M&M’S® Holiday Baking Mini’s available at Target  this season only. They […]

Raspberry Chocolate Poke Cake {recipe}

BAKING and eating and deciding what recipes ideas I want to make next have got to be on my TOP 10 list of favorite holiday pastimes! I can’t stay away from the recipes that are begging to be baked and one of them is this Raspberry Chocolate Poke Cake. Have you ever had Poke Cake? […]

Peanut Butter Bars & Graham Cracker Houses {how to}

This #PBandG shop is sponsored by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. There’s no better time than the holidays to bake and make fun treats that taste extra yummy!  At least, that’s my motto.  Lucky for me, my kiddos are on board with this sentiment and this month we decided that […]

Thanks a LATTE Gift {easy gift idea}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine. This is the perfect time of year to say thank you to friends, teachers, and family, and a quick handwritten note with a gift card is just the ticket.  With the new BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers you can […]

The Best Time to Be a Kid + Win a $2500 Gymboree shopping spree!

Gymboree believes in savoring the special moments, especially during the holidays.  That’s why they are ushering in the holidays with “The Best Time to Be a Kid“, a fun initiative that allows us to tell the unique stories of special family holiday moments.  I’m all about savoring memories with my kids, and since these moments are […]

Gingerbread Fudge {recipe}

One of the things I love most about this time of year is FUDGE! One of the best things about fudge is that just about everyone loves it, and it makes the BEST friend and/or neighbor gift. Plus, there are so many ways you can make fudge variations for a sweet palette adventure. I adore […]

Overnight French Toast Casserole {recipe}

How to Make an Overnight French Toast Casserole is pretty darn simple.  The best part, of course about overnight casseroles is that all the prep is done the night before so in the morning all you have to do is pop the casserole in the oven and serve.  The great thing about this Recipe is that is makes great […]

Chicago Style Hot Dogs

How to Make and serve Chicago Style Hot Dogs is so easy you really shouldn’t tell anyone how little effort you actually put into the meal.  {{smiling}}  The great thing about this Recipe is that you can serve it for lunch or dinner and it looks really appetizing.   Plus, it is quite filling and a great […]

Tres Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes {recipe}

We have this love in our house of Tres Leche desserts. The love might stem from the fact that we always eat Tres Leche OUT. I never make it at home, so it’s a special treat. However, this week that all changed and to tell you the truth, I’m not positive that’s a good thing. […]

Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken {recipe}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you love Chicken and Hot Sauce, you are going to adore this recipe for making Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken.  Made with either boneless chicken tenders or thighs, this grilled chicken recipe uses Texas Pete […]

5 of My Favorite Things

I just love the holiday season, don’t you?  I love that with all of the holiday baking and shopping and prep, I have time to think about and share my favorite things.  I LOVE seeing what other people LOVE too.  So, I hope you’ll share your favorite things with me as well!  This year I’ve […]

Let’s GO Fuel Up to Play 60!

I LOVE a great initiative and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, activated by The California Milk Advisory Board which represents more than 1,500 of California’s dairy families is fabulous.  It’s designed to empower students to take charge in their own lives.  It’s meant to show them that they can make small, everyday changes at school […]

SOFT Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {recipe}

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are pretty much my favorite cookies during the Fall.  I’ve been making this recipe for years because it’s so darn good.  I love that these cookies are super soft and have a ton of flavor.  My kids LOVE them too.  They don’t last long around here.  Be warned, this recipe makes […]

How to Wear Silver Cowboy Boots

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Country Outfitter.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Photography and Modeling by the Grace’s. Silver cowboy boots are hot for Fall, and in case you are wondering how to wear them, I’m here to help.  You don’t need to be Miranda Lambert to rock a […]

Grab Your Pink Ribbon Bagel at Panera on October 10th!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in it’s honor Panera Bread has brought back it’s popular Pink Ribbon Bagel. For the whole month of October, you can pop into Panera Bread at participating Southern California bakeries and pick up the exclusive bagel that benefits the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.  The foundation is known for […]