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I’ve got a new mason jar salad for you! It’s one of my favorites, too. You get all the flavor of tacos in a convenient jar–LOVE it!
Spicy sriracha sauce is one of my favorite ways to add flavor to ordinary dishes. This chicken combines my favorite yummy sauce with lime flavored light beer for a chicken that is absolutely out of this world!
One of my favorite fall foods is butternut squash–I just find it so comforting and delicious! Cut out the fat with these lightened up squash “fries,” covered in an addictive mix of chili and a little brown sugar. MMmmmm!
Get tradition Latin flavor with a new twist with these delicious carnitas sliders! Carnitas are super easy with the help of La Morena products, a slow cooker, and a few quick sides.
October is Pet Adoption Month, and Pedigree is donating one bowl of food to shelter dogs in need for every Pedigree purchase at Sam’s Club. To celebrate, we’ve made Spooky Pet Scarves for my fur babies to wear all month long!
Make a quick and easy Shabby Chic laundry sign to help you stay organized in the laundry room! This little sign helps keep track of those pesky missing socks, while Suavitel Fabric Softener helps dry your clothes faster.
We’re celebrating the release of Disney Infinity Superheroes Edition with Black Widow Dark Chocolate Pinata Cookies! These taste like rich, decadent chocolate brownies, with an M&Ms surprise inside!
Work, school, kids, and everything else got you down? Give these 10 tips a try to escape from the stress!
Celebrate the release of the new Captain America movie on DVD and Blu Ray with my recipe for Marvel Superheroes M&Ms Caramel Apples! I’ve got one for Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk. Plus, check out all the fun I had at the Marvel Retailtainment event at Walmart this past weekend!
Summer is almost over, but here in California, we’re still having a heatwave (a tropical heatwave… anyone get the reference?). Angie from Ragged Vagabond is back to show us how to take a pair of thrift store jeans and fancy ‘em up!
A cross between a cookie and a bar–what’s not to love?
Count down all the wonderful parts of fall with my printable checklist, and get your home ready too–with #FebrezeFall’s Home Harvest scent collection.
Check out my simple pattern for these super cute DIY Crochet Dish Scrubbies, plus my other tips for super sparkly dishes (and a free printable cleaning checklist).
Keep summer going all year long with my tutorial for this adorable pineapple printed workout tank. The secret to this cuteness? A bleach pen! So easy to make–let’s get started.
I’m getting ready for my favorite season by celebrating with a whole collection of apple-themed recipes. Check out these easy to make, delicious recipes that will become instant family favorites.
Get your tailgatin’ on with two new wing dipping sauces, plus a printable to keep your organized and ready whenever your team is playing at home.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, September 9th! Get ready for the new release with this Captain America themed movie night, with my Captain America M&Ms Stuffed Cupcakes; Red, White, and Blue Layered Mocktail; and Captain America Sweet n Salty Cake Batter Popcorn Snack Mix.
Move over Twilight–there’s a new forbidden love in town. Check out my review of Dark Hope, the newest YA novel trilogy on the block. You can also enter to win your very own copy!
Celebrate Back to School with a simple, easy, and fun movie night! Tombstone Pizzas and Outshine Fruit Bars make the menu easy, and school supplies from around the house give your movie night some festive decor. Check out the “You Make My Life Shine” free printables, too!
Make after school snacking easy with these Cool Whip Pudding Pops in two flavors: Coconut Cream Pie Pudding Pops and Strawberry Creme Pudding Pops!
This time of year can be crazy busy, which means its way too easy to let my eating and exercise habits slide. I’m sharing five ways my new T-Mobile Trio AXS Tablet is making my healthy choices easier.
Need to add a little sparkle to your life? Try one of my five simple tips to live more radiantly, and show just how much you can shine.
Celebrate the last days of summer with this adorable wreath that takes just fifteen minutes to create!
We had such a blast this past weekend kicking off football season! I gave our favorite football-watching foods a little candy bar twist, and we had everything from Snickers Apple Nachos to S’mores Candy Bar Dessert Pizza to Caramel Snickers Dip to Snickers Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (the hit of the party)!
Running late? I’ve got the makeup tutorial for you! Having to get up at 5 am every morning to make it to my classroom on time, I’ve perfected the natural-looking, “I just woke up like this” makeup look. Make it easy with the help of my new favorite Neutrogena products!
Impress your new teacher or jazz up your classroom (if you’re a teacher like me), with this super fun School Supply Cake Tower, made with all kinds of pens, pencils, and my absolute favorite: Sharpies!
Try one of our new weeknight favorite meals, made with turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, and spaghetti squash “noodles!” It’s like pizza and spaghetti had a baby. A delicious, healthier baby!
Now that it’s time for school to start again, I’m whipping out my favorite homemade snack recipes, like these homemade granola bars. This version uses dried baby sweet pineapple and dark chocolate chips!
The Bacon Wrapped Street Dog is an LA classic–a hot dog wrapped with super crispy bacon, topped with grilled peppers, jalapeno, and onion, with lots of ketchup, mustard, and mayo. So, so delicious and super easy to make at home! Perfect for a hot summer night.
Sometimes, it’s 1 am, and you’re still working, and you’re craving chocolate chip cookies, but it’s still 90 degrees outside with 55% humidity and you just can’t bear to turn on the oven (plus you’ll be awake until God knows when baking). Don’t worry–I’ve got you covered with this Edible Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
I love making birthdays special and fun! For my sister’s birthday, I made her some DIY Confetti Push Pops and got her some hilarious Buzzworthy cards from Connections by Hallmark!
I am such a huge fan of the Divergent series, I just had to make a t-shirt! Check out my step-by-step tutorial on making your own Blackbird tee, inspired by Tris from Divergent and her way awesome tattoo.
If you’re looking for the perfect easy and quick weeknight meal, look no further! This Turkey Taco Flatbread can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes. Just a little chopping, meat-browning, and oven-toasting, and you’re set for a delicious and healthy dinner!
You guys, I have created the best AND worst coffee cake creation: the BEST because it tastes amazing… and the WORST because it tastes amazing–and I can’t stop eating it! This Caramel Macchiato Coffee Cake has Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato creamer IN the batter, along with Taster’s Choice Coffee, AND the glaze is made with Coffee-mate’s Classic Vanilla creamer too! Oh my, you’re definitely gonna want to give this one a try!
Being a night owl is great for creativity, but not so great for late night snack cravings. My favorite healthier choice is a big bowl of Kellogg’s cereal! Check out my favorite way to enjoy cereal with my Cereal Yogurt Parfait.
Lipstick is one of my favorite ways to accessorize an outfit. It can take a natural look and make it so much better. Check out my five favorite MAC lipsticks that will cover every kind of look you need–from natural to boho to girly to rocker chic.
It’s almost that time again–Back-to-School! Check out my list of must have supplies, plus find out how to help teachers across the U.S. and Canada get the classrooms of their dreams, thanks to Great Clips.
Learn how to make your own homemade cashew butter with this step-by-step tutorial!
One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Enchiladas Suizas, but it’s so hot here in California, I can’t bear to turn on the oven. This recipe, though, crosses all the yummy flavors of enchiladas with the ease of a stovetop chili, making it perfect for hot summer nights!
It’s National Hot Dog Day! It’s a classic summer cookout food, but why not try something different than just plain old ketchup and mustard? I’ve got everything from a Chicago Dog to a Kimchi Dog to a Muffaletta Dog.
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.
I learned some new things at Disneyland this week… and not just about Disney–about life too.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Save money for your summer fun with this less-than-$2o budget meal using Kraft products on rollback at Walmart!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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 #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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Welcome to my new obsession. You’re welcome for this, and that giant wad of cash I just saved you from spending at Starbucks.
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!
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!
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!
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!).
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!
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)!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
This mason jar salad is one of my absolute favorites! It’s hearty, filling, and full of citrusy goodness!
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