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Berrylicious Kefir Cheesecake with Lifeway Kefir #KefirCreations

One of my favorite summer treats are delicious berries like strawberries and blueberries! I love them in everything, especially desserts.  Today I’m sharing a healthier twist on cheesecake with a berry-topped cheesecake made with Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothie.

 

Five Lessons I Learned at Disneyland

Five Lessons I Learned at Disneyland

I learned some new things at Disneyland this week… and not just about Disney–about life too.

 

Must-Do Disneyland Resort Tips from Annual Passholders

Must Do Disneyland Resort Tips From Annual Passholders

Planning a Disney vacation any time soon? If you’re headed to the Disneyland Resort any time soon, you’ll definitely want to hear this–tips and “must-dos” straight from the experts: the annual Passholders!

 

Disney Princess Inspired Style

Disney Princess Inspired Style

I might be a little too old to wear a crown and a tutu like all the other little girls at Disneyland, but that doesn’t mean I’m too old to be inspired by their style.  Check out these looks I’ve created, inspired by Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, Tiana, and Pocahontas!

 

Top Ten Disneyland Copy Cat Recipes @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #disney #food

 

Top Ten Disneyland Copy Cat Recipes

One of my favorite parts of going to the Disneyland Resort is all the yummy food! Why not bring that delicious food to your table with these Disneyland Copy Cat recipes, with everything from Pineapple Dole Whip to the famous Monte Cristo sandwich!

 

Three Ways to Wear a Graphic Tee with Ragged Vagabond Clothing

Guest Style Post: Three Ways to Wear a Graphic Tee with Ragged Vagabond

Angie, the creator of Ragged Vagabond, is here today to show us three ways to take a simple, white graphic tee from the office, to the weekend, to date night! Check out her style tips on looking rock n roll chic.

 

 

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Perfect Picnic Layered Salad

This Layered Salad, adapted from the Pioneer Woman, is one of my favorite party foods.  It’s easy to throw together for a family BBQ, picnic, or even a holiday.  

 

Budget Meals with Kraft Rollbacks: Provolone Stuffed Italian Chicken with Italian Mac N Cheese #RollIntoSavings #shop #cbias

Budget Meals with Kraft Rollbacks: Provolone Stuffed Italian Chicken with Italian Mac N Cheese

Save money for your summer fun with this less-than-$2o budget meal using Kraft products on rollback at Walmart!

 

Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Backyard Bash With Dr Pepper #BackyardBash #shop #cbias

Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Backyard Bash with Dr Pepper

It’s my dad’s birthday, and I threw him the ultimate #BackyardBash with a little help from Dr Pepper! I created an old fashioned soda fountain themed party, with a Make Your Own Soda bar plus Dr Pepper flavored treats like Dr Pepper Ice Cream Cupcake Cones and Bacon Wrapped Dr Pepper BBQ Cheeseburger Sliders. 

Pineapple Black Bean Enchiladas with Montecito from Smart & Final #ChooseSmart #shop #cbias

 

Pineapple Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Montecito from Smart & Final #ChooseSmart

We Californians love our Mexican food, and we never settle for less than the best! With help from Montecito products at Smart & Final, I created a new twist on an old classic with my Pineapple Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas, served with Tropical Fruit Salsa. Can you say yum?

 

 

Pop Rocks Fireworks Fourth of July Cupcakes @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #dessert #cupcakes

Pop Rocks Firework Fourth of July Cupcakes

In search of last-minute dessert ideas for your Fourth of July BBQ? Want something that will impress without taking hours to prepare? These Pop Rock Firework Cupcakes are your answer! They’ll be an explosive finish to your celebration, with red, white, and blue striped cake, M&M filling, and Pop Rock topping!

DIY Patriotic Flower Crown @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

DIY Patriotic Flower Crown

If you need a cute accessory to get you into the 4th of July spirit, this patriotic flower crown is perfect for you! With just a few supplies, you can have this adorable headpiece ready in less than 30 minutes.  Wear it with a dress or cutoffs, at the beach or at a BBQ–it’s the perfect festive summer accessory!

Patriotic Table Decor @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Patriotic Table Decor

Independence Day is coming up this week, so I thought I’d share my Patriotic Table Decor with you today! I’ve got three easy projects that come together to make this tablescape: a DIY Table Runner, a Glitter Dipped Patriotic Sign, and DIY Firecrackers.

Patriotic Ribbon Wreath @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Patriotic Ribbon Wreath

Show your USA pride with this red, white, and blue Patriotic Wreath! If you’ve got a spare hour on your hands, you can put together this wreath in no time.

Pool Party Popsicle Cupcakes with Mike & Ike Zours® #ZoursFace #shop #cbias

Pool Party Popsicle Cupcakes with Mike & Ike Zours

Celebrating this summer? Make my Pool Party Popsicle Cupcakes, made with Mike & Ike Zours candies! The great parts of summer–pool parties AND popsicles–in one sweet dessert. Yum!

Preparedness Kit Must Haves: Weather the Storm with Duracell #PrepWithPower #shop #cbias

Preparedness Kit Must-Haves: Weather the Storm with Duracell Batteries

Is your family ready in case of a disaster? Are you prepared to weather the storm? Keep your family entertained and calm with my Preparedness Kit Must-Haves, with help from Duracell batteries!

Five Tips for Healthier Summer Hair @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Five Tips for Healthier Summer Hair

Summer means time for sun, sand, and surf… but it also means lots of opportunities for hair damage.  What’s a girl to do? Check out my five tips for keeping your hair healthy through summer’s blasting heat.

Pineapple Mint Soda Floats #freshfruit #summer #mocktail

Pineapple Mint Soda Floats

I am obsessed with the idea of old-fashioned soda shoppes and handcrafted soda fountain drinks this summer.  These Pineapple Mint Soda Floats are my “mocktail,” soda shoppe twist on a summery mojito.  Super easy to make with fresh pineapple, fresh mint, sugar, and seltzer water!r

 

Quick & Healthy Dinners at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market #freshandeasy

Quick & Healthy Dinners at Fresh & Easy Market

Make the pizza-dial a thing of the past with help from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.  I recently explored my nearby Pasadena, CA store and found SO many great things! Check out the amazing and simple dinner I made in the MICROWAVE.

 

Switch it Up: Snacking On-the-Go With Life Choice Wellness Snack Bars + 5 Easy Swaps for a Better You #BarNutrition #shop #cbias

Switch it Up: Snacking On-the-Go With Life Choice Wellness Snack Bars + 5 Easy Swaps for a Better You #BarNutrition #CollectiveBias

We;re all going and going faster and faster these days.  I’m always looking for a nutritious snack to keep with me to keep me out of the drive-thru, and away from those french fries.  Today I’m sharing one of my new favorites, Life Choice Wellness Bars, plus 5 other easy swaps for a better, healthier YOU.

Cinnamon Fig Granola Bars @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Cinnamon Date-Fig-Raisin Granola Bars

If you’re looking for healthy homemade snacks, you’ve hit the jackpot with these! These homemade granola bars are packed with dried fruit and sweetened with applesauce and honey–no sugar! They’re perfect to make on a Sunday and package up to enjoy all week.

Summer Tunes Alert: David Gray Mutineers Review

David Gray’s new album Mutineers was released on June 17th, and it’s the perfect summer road trippin’ album.  Hop in the car, put on your shades, and give this one a listen!

Summer Beach Bag Essentials with 5-hour ENERGY® #ThisIsMySecret #shop #CollectiveBias

Summer Beach Bag Essentials with 5-hour ENERGY® Shots

What do you keep in your beach bag? With so much to do and see this summer, I always keep my 5-hour ENERGY® shots in my bag.  I’m ready for fun at a moment’s notice.  Come check out my summer essentials!

 

Homemade Almond Fudge Protein Bars @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Homemade Almond Fudge Protein Bars

If you’ve been looking for a protein-packed, healthy snack–look no further! These Almond Fudge Protein Bars are super easy to put together, and they take no time at all! All the work is done on the stovetop–there’s no baking involved–and then these babies set up in the fridge.  One of my all-time favorite snacks!

Nectarine Peach Green Tea Sparklers @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #summer #tea #mocktails

Nectarine Peach Green Tea Sparklers

This mocktail not only tastes good, it’s good for you too! It brings all the benefits of green tea with a peachy twist.  If you like sangria or fruit-infused waters, this one is for you!

Perfect Iced Coffee: The BEST Iced Coffee Recipe Ever! #coffee #summer

Perfect Iced Coffee: The BEST Iced Coffee Recipe Ever!

Welcome to my new obsession.  You’re welcome for this, and that giant wad of cash I just saved you from spending at Starbucks.

Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Skewers @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #grilling #summer #dessert

Easy Father’s Day Dessert: Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs

Make a new twist on a classic dessert with my Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs! Super simple to throw together–they take less than 15 minutes–and they taste amazing.  Perfect for Father’s Day and summer BBQ grilling!

Grilled BBQ Turkey Cheeseburger Skewers @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #grilling #fathersday #summer

Grilled BBQ Turkey Cheeseburger Skewers for Father’s Day Grilling

All the flavor of a cheeseburger, without the bun! These Grilled BBQ Turkey Cheeseburger Skewers are the perfect twist on a cookout classic.  They’re perfect for Father’s Day grilling, sure to please the special guy in your life!

Guiness Marinated Grilled Steak @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #fathersday #grilling #bbq

Guinness Marinated Grilled Steaks with Blue Cheese Romaine Wedges

I have the greatest Father’s Day grilling recipe for you–Guinness Marinated Grilled Steaks! This marinade is seriously easy–just four ingredients–and gives great flavor to your steak.  Your dad–and YOU–will love it!

Coconut Key Lime Energy Bites from Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Coconut Key Lime Pie Energy Bites

You’ve got to try these Coconut Key Lime Pie Energy Bites! They literally take five minutes in the food processor.  They’re the perfect alternative snack if you’re looking to escape processed food and give yourself some balance (I know I need it!).

A Conquered Mess First Birthday Giveaway!

Come celebrate Alma at ACM’s first birthday! We’re giving away $375 in cash–wouldn’t that make your summer even better? Click through now!

Time for Father's Day Grilling: Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers and Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria with Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

Time for Father’s Day Grilling: Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers + Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria with Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea

It’s almost time to get your grilling on for Father’s Day, and I’ve got two unique and delicious recipes that are sure to please the man in your life.  Spicy, Asian-influenced Green Tea Beef Skewers, and a juicy, fruity, and refreshing non-alcoholic Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria, packed with all of summer’s most delicious fruits.  Thanks to Bigelow tea’s high quality tea, these recipes are easy and tasty!

Rice Pudding Sundaes: Pudding Made Right with Kozy Shack #puddinglove

Rice Pudding Sundaes: Pudding Done Right with Kozy Shack + a Giveaway #puddinglove

I love simple, wholesome snacks–and that’s why I’m loving Kozy Shack’s Original Rice Pudding.  My favorite way to enjoy it is this super simple Rice Pudding Sundae, which tops Kozy Shack’s delicious pudding with cinnamon sugar, dark chocolate chips, strawberries, and a sugar cone! It’s a sweet treat that’s ready in just seconds–check out how easy it is, plus enter to win a set of ceramic pudding mugs + spoons (plus a coupon for free Kozy Shack pudding)!

I Love Summer Giveaway!

Start your summer off right with a giveaway for $350 in PayPal Cash! Thanks to the great bloggers participating in this giveaway, you can enter to win cash to make sure you have an amazing summer.  What are you waiting for? Enter NOW!

Kool Off with Kool-Aid: Three Refreshing Drink Recipes #KoolOff #shop #cbias

#KoolOff with Kool-Aid: Three Summer Drink Recipes

Kool-Aid’s new 96 oz. container makes staying cool this summer super easy, and I’ve got three yummy and refreshing recipes for you: Berry Tropical Ice Pops, Tropical Berry Granita,  and Strawberry Watermelon Slush.

Ten Summertime Corn Recipes @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Ten Summertime Corn Recipes

Summer is here, and so is its fresh produce! One of  my absolute favorites is sweet summer corn, and I’ve got ten recipes to put that little beauty to good use!

Caramel Cream Cheese Stuffed Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches with Smart & Final First Street Ice Cream #ChooseSmart #shop #cbias

Caramel Cream Cheese Stuffed Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches with Smart & Final First Street Ice Cream

Summertime in my hometown means it’s time for one thing–the Fair! There are so many fair foods I love, but I can’t leave without my churro.  To celebrate State Fairs everywhere, Smart & Final is having a “Cowdown” contest, pitting your favorite ice cream flavors against each other.  In their honor, I bring you these Caramel Cream Cheese Stuffed Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches, bringing my favorite fair food, and their delicious ice cream together!

 

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Keep Kids Safe with Bing in the Classroom #bingclassroom

Bing in the Classroom is awesome new way to keep our kids safe as they search the internet–it’s ad-free and has a high filter level for adult content.  It’s perfect for 21st century learning, not only to keep our kids safe, but to keep our students on task and distraction free.  Come check out the Bing in the Classroom rewards program and start earning Surface tablets for your favorite school!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

These Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps are super simple, can be made ahead, and taste amazing–all while being healthy for you! What could be better than that–what are you waiting for?!? Get the recipe now!

Make Earth Day Every Day: Energy Saving Tips with LED Power from GE #LEDSavings #shop #cbias

Make Earth Day Every Day with LED Power from GE #LEDSavings

Earth Day might have been in April, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about doing our part. I’ve got five easy, simple ways that you can help our environment by going green–just 5 small changes can make a huge difference! One of the easiest is replacing your light bulbs with GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs from Wal-Mart.

$450 Craft Dictator Blogiversary Cash Giveaway!

Craft Dictator Blogiversary Giveaway!

We’re helping The Craft Dictator celebrate their Blogiversary with a fantastic $450 cash giveaway! Enter now to win–closes May 15th!

#ad Cinco De Mayo Grilled Chicken Wings Three Ways with Tyson

#ad Easy Grilling Ideas with Tyson: Cinco De Mayo Wings Three Ways

Summer is almost here, which means it’s grilling season! Kick it off right with a Cinco De Mayo Celebration you won’t forget.  I’ve got three easy grilled chicken wing recipes–Spicy Southwestern, Mexican Mole, and Chile Lime–and I know you’ll love them.  Thanks to Tyson’s Grillin’ Wings, they’ll be ready in minutes flat and keep you away from the grill and with your friends and family!

Avocado Black Bean Wrap with Quinoa

Avocado Black Bean Feta Wrap with Quinoa

If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch with lots of flavor–this one is perfect for you.  It’s packed with protein thanks to quinoa and black beans, plus it’s super delicious–thanks to an avocado cilantro dip, made healthy with Greek yogurt! This is one of my new favorite lunches.

Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

 

Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples

I’ve been looking to incorporate more whole grains into my diet–and farro is my new favorite! Made with sweet Italian turkey sausage, fresh baby spinach, and a hint of sweet apple, this dish is comfort food on a healthy level.

Turkey Sausage Egg Muffins with Spinach, Broccoli, and Tomatoes @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Turkey Sausage and Veggie Egg Muffins

I would never eat breakfast without my trusty make-ahead breakfast ideas.  These turkey sausage and veggie egg muffins are the perfect way to start your day.  Bake up a batch on Sunday and eat well all week long!

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{Strawberry} Lime in the Coconut Smoothie

Need a little bit of the tropics in your life? This smoothie has your name on it! A delicious combination of strawberries and lime with a hint of coconut–perfect for the warmer days ahead!

Strawberry Poppyseed Mason Jar Salads Panera Copycat @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Strawberry Poppyseed Mason Jar Salads

This week’s mason jar salad is inspired by Panera Bread’s salad of the same name.  The only difference is I’ve upped the health factor by making the dressing a little lighter and added quinoa for protein.  This salad is packed full of fresh fruit and produce–blueberries, strawberries, mandarins, and pineapple, and topped with a creamy strawberry poppyseed dressing. So good!

Easy Turkey Picadillo @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Easy Turkey Picadillo

Ground turkey has become a staple in our household, and I’m always looking for creative ways to cook it.  Enter Cuban-style Picadillo! This amazing recipe is a little bit sweet, and a little bit salty, and a whole lot of yum! It’s super easy and will go really far–use it as empanada filling, taco filling, or over brown rice.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bake @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobb

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bake

This week, I decided to do something a little different than my standard mason jar salad for lunch.  Instead, I baked up this easy quinoa and chicken casserole, packaged it up in foil pouches, and took that to work each day instead.  This casserole is packed full of veggies like spinach and tomatoes, as well as protein–with both quinoa AND poached chicken.  I’m also sharing my easy poached chicken method in this post–you don’t want to miss this simple way to cook chicken healthfully and easily!

 

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The Cold Kicker Smoothie

Being a school teacher, I get exposed to germs on a daily basis.  After catching something particularly nasty just before Spring Break, I did some research on common fruits and other ingredients that have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.  I combined all those ingredients together in this DELICIOUS concoction, which I call “The Cold Kicker” smoothie. If you’re fighting a cold or other icky germ, this one is DEFINITELY for you!

Tax Day Giveaway!

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Vanilla Strawberry Blueberry Flax Smoothie

I’m trying to incorporate everything healthy into my diet that I can this year–including flax! I found an amazing Golden Milled Blueberry Flax at Trader Joe’s and created this smoothie especially to use it.  Give it a try–I think you’ll love it!

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Mango Black Bean Mason Jar Salad with Quinoa and Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Introducing my absolute favorite mason jar salad (until next week that is)! I love the flavor of mangoes with salad, and this dressing is out of this world.  In the center of this salad, you’ll find a deconstructed guacamole, which stays fresh thanks to layering.  Yum!

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Easy Thai Ginger Lime Soup

If you’re looking for something light and healthy that will warm you up on a cool Spring night–this soup is the perfect solution.  I love Asian flavored soups, but I’m always leery of the calories and sodium.  This one is not only tasty, but super healthy, with the addition of poached chicken, scallions, shredded carrots, mushrooms, and spinach.  Rice noodles not only make this soup complete, but make it GLUTEN FREE as well! It’s a win-win no matter how you cut it.

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Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie

A blender full of frozen berries and rolled oats makes for a filling, healthy, and delicious breakfast! This smoothie is one of my favorites–it keeps me full for hours and I get a big serving of fruit for the day.  Great way to start your morning!

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Spinach Almond Berry Green Smoothie

If you’re looking to incorporate green smoothies into your diet, this one is a great “starter” green smoothie! I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more iron into my diet, and this one is perfect.  It’s packed with spinach, but hidden inside the sweet taste of berries and almond milk. Delicious.

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes with Vanilla Almond Butter & Strawberries

 

Easy Gluten Free Protein Pancakes with Strawberries & Almond Butter

In my quest to eat healthier, I’ve been searching out alternatives to some of my favorite foods.  These easy pancakes are amazing–they’re packed with protein thanks to cottage cheese and protein powder, AND they’re completely grain free! I love topping them with strawberries and almond butter for extra flavor and nutrition.  They’re super quick and ready in just minutes–perfect for a Saturday morning!

Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobb

Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie

If you’ve got a craving for something sweet, but don’t want to completely blow your calorie intake for the day–this smoothie is for you! Just a little something I created to satisfy my sweet tooth without going completely overboard.  It tastes just like lemon pie!

Copycat Lightened Up Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

 

Copycat Lightened Up Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden

I love the Zuppa Toscana soup at Olive Garden; my waistline, however, does not.  A few weeks ago, I was craving some delicious, hot soup, and decided to “healthify” one of my favorite dishes ever.  This one benefits from the use of turkey sausage, a whole lotta kale, and just a little cream.  So delicious!

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Strawberry Lemonade Aloha Smoothie

This Jamba Juice knock-off is just absolutely delicious and perfect for the first day of Spring! It will have you ready for warmer weather and flip flops in no time!

Winter Citrus Mason Jar Salad with Green Apple Vinaigrette

Winter Citrus Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple Vinaigrette

This mason jar salad is one of my absolute favorites! It’s hearty, filling, and full of citrusy goodness!

 

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