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15 Delicious Gingerbread Desserts

 

15 Delicious Gingerbread Desserts

I’ve rounded up 15 delicious gingerbread recipes to get you inspired for your holiday baking. It’s just not Christmas for me without gingerbread! I’ve got everything your heart could possibly desire, from muffins to biscotti to cheesecake to donuts to waffles and pancakes! 

Easy Italian Beef Stew {gluten free}

Easy Italian Beef Stew {gluten free}

This is the perfect recipe for chilly winter weather! It’s guaranteed to warm you right up, AND please those tastebuds at the same time.

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10 Last Minute Christmas Crafts

It’s not too late to get some holiday crafting in! I’ve rounded up ten projects that take just hours to complete, to help get you into the holiday spirit.  Check ‘em out, and then check out my Pinterest board full of last minute holiday crafts.

Secret Santa Gift Idea: Extra Gum Printable Gift Tag + Printable Gum Wrappers #ExtraGumMoments #ad #CollectiveBias

Easy Secret Santa Gift Idea: Extra Gum Printable Gift Tag + Printable Gum Wrappers #ExtraGumMoments

Is there someone in your life who needs a little reminding just how EXTRAordinary they are? The holiday season is the perfect time to spread a little extra joy.  Get my Extra Gum printable tag and printable individual gum wrappers to help make this easy DIY gift.

 

holiday style must haves 2014

 

Sunday Style Files: Holiday Style Must Haves {2014 Edition}

Tis the season to shine and sparkle! Look your best with my holiday style must haves–the easiest way to put together an amazing look all throughout the holiday season.

Easy Asian Inspired Appetizer Platter with Tai Pei + Four Dipping Sauces #TaiPeiGoodFortune #ad

Easy Asian Inspired Appetizer Platter with Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls + Four Unique Dipping Sauces #TaiPeiGoodFortune

Keep everyone on your holiday party guest list happy with an easy Asian Inspired appetizer platter and four delicious sauces to choose from: Carrot Ginger, Mango Lime, Orange Almond, and Honey Soy!

 

Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing {gluten free}

 Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing

This stuffing has the best of everything: sweet apples, tart cranberries, and savory sausage. Best of all? Everyone can enjoy it–it’s made with gluten free bread!

Slow Cooker Caramel Rice Pudding with Caramelized Fruit

 Slow Cooker Caramel Rice Pudding with Caramelized Fruit

Rice pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods during the winter.  This caramel version is made in the slow cooker and topped off with delicious cinnamon-flavored caramelized fruit–comforting AND amazingly delish!

Pumpkin Vanilla Cream Trifle

Pumpkin Vanilla Cream Trifle with Maple Whipped Cream {gluten free}

This delicious dessert is deceptive–it looks amazing and like it took a ton of time, but really it can be thrown together in just a couple hours–most of which is hands-off chilling time.  Vanilla pudding mix is flavored with pumpkin spice creamer, then layered with gluten free vanilla cake and maple flavored whipped cream.  

Candid Christmas Contest with Cardstore + Our Christmas Card Reveal!

Candid Christmas Cards Contest with Cardstore + Our Christmas Card Reveal #MyChristmasStory

Cardstore.com is giving you the chance to win a $1500 Visa giftcard, a Nikon CoolPix Camera, and free holiday cards with their Candid Christmas Cards Contest.  Plus, check out how easy creating your holiday cards can be with Cardstore’s huge selection of cards!

holiday beauty must haves

 

Holiday Beauty Must Haves

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is getting all dressed up.  I love winged liner, red lips, and long lashes this time of year–check out my must have holiday beauty products!

Ultimate Tailgate Food: Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers + 9 Game Day Food Hacks and Grilling Tips

Football season is still going strong–get ready for the big games this weekend with these Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers–not for the faint of heart! If you like ‘em spicy, these are for you!

Easy Apple Crumble

 

Happy Thanksgiving + Last Minute Easy Apple Crumble {gluten free}

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re a dessert procrastinator like me, I’ve got a fast and simple solution: Easy Apple Crumble! Bonus points: it’s easy to make gluten free with all-purpose gluten free flour.

Apple Pie Sparkler Mocktails: homemade cinnamon apple brown sugar simple syrup with fresh lemon and ginger ale.

Apple Pie Sparkler Mocktails with the Arctic Chill Ice Ball Maker

Don’t forget about your drink selection this turkey day! Try this super easy mocktail, made with homemade cinnamon apple brown sugar simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and ginger ale!

 

Get the Holiday Party Started with JBL Flip 2 Portable Speakers + a Tree Trimming Playlist #GiftingAudio #CollectiveBias #ad

Get the Holiday Party Started with JBL Flip 2 Portable Speakers + a Tree Trimming Playlist #GiftingAudio

It’s time to get the Christmas party started, so let’s do it right! Check out my tree trimming playlist that I’ll be jamming to this year, with a little help from my new JBL Flip 2 speakers, plus–enter to win your very own Flip 2 or Charge 2!

DIY Winter Luminarias + Holiday Energy Saving Tips with #PGEHome #sp #clevergirls

DIY Winter Luminarias + Holiday Energy Saving Tips with #PGEHome

We all know this time of year is tough on energy savers and wallet-watchers alike.  These DIY Winter Luminarias will keep both happy, plus make a stunning holiday decor addition.

Perfect Pedicure for the Holidays with Amopé #RespectUrFeet #ad #CollectiveBias

Get a Perfect Pedicure for the Holidays with Amopé #RespectUrFeet

Treat the working woman in your life (or yourself) to the perfect holiday gift: an at-home pedicure kit featuring the new Amopé Pedi Perfect! If tired feet with dry, cracked skin are a problem for you, banish them forever with this little kit.

Easy Holiday Hairstyles with Conair Curl Secret and Conair Pro 3Q #HeartMyHair #ad #CollectiveBias

 

Easy Holiday Hair Styles with the Conair Curl Secret and Conair Pro 3Q #HeartMyHair

I’ve got some ideas for easy yet gorgeous holiday hair styles, with a little help from Conair.  With the Pro 3Q dryer and the Curl Secret, you’ve got all the tools you’ll need for fantastic holiday hair.

Slow Cooker Rosemary Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Rosemary Turkey Breast

This Thanksgiving, try something a little different: make your turkey in the slow cooker! Save all the hustle and bustle for pies, dessert, and side dishes–this recipe has you covered.  It’s perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving crowd, or even a casual weekend dinner.

Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce

 

Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce

This is one of my all-time favorite holiday recipes! This whole berry cranberry sauce is flavored with orange juice and zest, plus spicy cinnamon and nutmeg.  It tastes amazing, promise!

Cheesy Spinach Herb Stuffin' Muffins for Friendsgiving #TasteTheSeason #ad #CollectiveBias

Cheesy Spinach Herb Stuffin’ Muffins for Friendsgiving #TastetheSeason

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? These stuffin’ muffins are an adorable touch for a friendly Thanksgiving get-together!

Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

You know I love me some Mexican food, and these enchiladas are no exception! They’ve been “healthified” with lean ground turkey, high-protein and fiber-filled black beans, and easy homemade enchilada sauce.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

Looking for a healthy way to warm up during these chilly fall nights? This Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup couldn’t be easier! Add in a little shredded chicken (or use my shortcut–store-bought rotisserie chicken!) and you’ve got an easy and healthful weeknight meal.

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are one of my absolute favorite recipes, and people go absolutely crazy for them! They’re the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, stuffed with warm, gooey caramel–thanks to the Rolo-stuffed center.

$350 Christmas Cash Giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Laura from Mice in the Kitchen and a bunch of other amazing bloggers to bring you a $350 Christmas Cash Giveaway!

Gwynnie Bee Black + White Floral from Spruce & Sage

My First Gwynnie Bee Box: Black + White Floral

I’m trying out Gwynnie Bee, the ultimate style solution for plus-sized girls like me.  I just tried my first outfit out last week, and I’d love to share it with you!

Super Easy Apricot Chicken

 

Super Easy Apricot Chicken

I’ve made this recipe twice in the last week–so you KNOW it’s gotta be a good one! If you need a quick weeknight dinner solution, this recipe is for you.

DIY Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub Inspired by #FebrezeHoliday

DIY Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub

With the holidays approaching, I always love to collect handmade gift ideas.  This DIY Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub, inspired by #FebrezeHoliday, is number one on my list this year!

 

Slow Cooker Caramel Pear Crumble with French Vanilla Ice Cream from Smart & Final #ChooseSmart #shop #CollectiveBias

Slow Cooker Caramel Pear Crumble with French Vanilla Ice Cream from Smart & Final #ChooseSmart

Now that it’s November, the holiday season is approaching fast! Get ready for all your holiday baking with a little help from Smart & Final, and save yourself a little time with this amazing slow cooker dessert!

1650Christmas CASH  GIVEAWAY EVENT

 

Christmas Cash Giveaway: $1650!

Sew Crafty Angel and her friends and sponsors (including myself!) want to make your Christmas very, very, VERY merry! Enter to win $1650 in cash–don’t miss out!

 

 

Layered Candy Corn Punch with Fanta Orange #SpookySnacks #shop #CollectiveBias

 

Layered Candy Corn Punch with Fanta Orange + Poison Punch Water Bottle Wraps Printable #SpookySnacks

Make your Halloween night a little sweeter with this #SpookySnacks recipe, featuring Fanta Orange! Plus, decorate your Dasani water bottles for trick-or-treating with my “Poison Punch” printable water bottle wraps.

DIY Sugar Skull Luminaries #sp #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge #Decoden #Whipped Clay

DIY Sugar Skull Luminaries

Need some last minute pizzazz for your Halloween or Dia de los Muertos celebration? These DIY Sugar Skull Luminaries are simple to put together in just a couple of hours!

 

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Five Must Have Styling Products

I like switching up my style every day, from curly, to straight, to twisted or braided.  Check out my top five must have products to keep up with all those amazing styles you’ve seen on Pinterest!

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with Fiskars and Duck Tape

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with Fiskars and Duck Tape

It’s not too late to get a little Halloween crafting done.  You’ve gotta have something to store all those treats in, so why not make yourself one of these Halloween Treat Bags, made with Duck Brand Duck Tape and Fiskars new Duck Edition scissors!

 

CraftFail Book Review @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #CraftFail

CraftFail Book Review

In the age of Pinterest, blogging, and the internet, Craft Fails have become part of life.  If you’ve ever had one of your own, you know that sometimes you just can’t help but laugh at yourself.  CraftFail by Heather Mann documents the best… er, worst… of the Pinterest fails–it’s the perfect gift for the crafter in your life!

 

Easy Fall Hairstyles with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Care #SilkyHairDare #CleverGirls #sp

 

 

 

Easy Fall Hairstyles with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Products #SilkyHairDare

Check out these super simple styles to keep your fall look fresh and updated.  With the help of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, your hair will be smooth, sleek, and ready for these styles!

Turkey Taco Mason Jar Salad with Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing

Turkey Taco Mason Jar Salad with Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing

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 Lime Chicken @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken

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!

Sweet + Spicy Squash Fries @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Sweet and Spicy Squash Fries

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! 

Chipotle Orange Carnitas Sliders with Chipotle Coleslaw + Black Bean Spread with La Morena #VivaLaMorena #shop #CollectiveBias

 

Chipotle Orange Carnitas Sliders with Chipotle Slaw + Black Bean Spread with La Morena #VivaLaMorena

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.

Help Dogs in Need with Pedigree Dog Food + a Spooky Pet Scarf Tutorial #PedigreeGives

Help Dogs in Need with Pedigree Dog Food + a Spooky Pet Scarf Tutorial #PedigreeGives

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! 

Easy DIY Shabby Chic Laundry Sign with Suavitel Fabric Softener #FastDrySaveTime #shop #CollectiveBias

 

Easy DIY Shabby Chic Laundry Sign with Suavitel Fabric Softener #FastDrySaveTime

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.

Black Widow Dark Chocolate Pinata Cookies: Celebrate Superheroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 #InfinityHeroes #shop #CollectiveBias

 

Black Widow Dark Chocolate Pinata Cookies: Celebrate Superheroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 #InfinityHeroes

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!

10 Ways to Escape Stress #CosmoEscape

10 Ways to Escape the Stress

Work, school, kids, and everything else got you down? Give these 10 tips a try to escape from the stress!

Celebrate Captain America; The Winter Soldier with Marvel Superheroes M&Ms Caramel Apples #HeroesEatMMs #shop #CollectiveBias

Celebrate Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier with Marvel Superheroes M&Ms Caramel Apples #HeroesEatMMs

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!

DIY Lace Jean Cutoffs

DIY Lace Jean Cutoffs

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!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

 

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

A cross between a cookie and a bar–what’s not to love?

Celebrate Fall with Febreze Home Harvest Collection and a free Fall Bucket List Printable #FebrezeFall

Celebrate Fall with #FebrezeFall Home Harvest Collection + a free Fall Bucket List Printable

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.

 

DIY Crochet Dish Scrubbies + Finish Dishwasher Detergent #SparklySavings #shop #CollectiveBias

DIY Dish Scrubbies + {free} Daily 5 Cleaning Checklist Printable with Finish Dishwasher Detergent

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).

DIY Bleached Pineapple Workout Tank

DIY Bleached Pineapple Workout Tank

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.

Fall Apple Recipes with Mott's and M&M's #FlavorOfFall #shop #CollectiveBias

Fall Apple Recipes with Mott’s and M&M’s: Baked Applesauce Donuts with Apple Cider Glaze, Crockpot Mulled Apple Cider, and Caramel Candy Apple Poke Cake

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.

Sriracha Horseradish + Creamy Cilantro Wing Dipping Sauce and a Tailgate Checklist {free printable} #wingsandwipes

Sriracha Horseradish + Creamy Cilantro Wing Dipping Sauces + Tailgating Checklist {free printable}

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.

Get Ready for Captain America: The Winter Soldier with a Captain America Movie Night starring M&Ms® #HeroesEatMMs #shop #CollectiveBias

Get Ready for Captain America: The Winter Soldier with a Captain America Movie Night Starring M&Ms #HeroesEatMMs

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.

 

 

Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk {review + giveaway} #DarkHopeBook

 Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk: {review + giveaway} #DarkHopeBook

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!

  Back to School Movie Night: Celebrate Your Good Life with Nestle® #MyGoodLife #shop #CollectiveBias

 

Back to School Movie Night with Tombstone Pizza and Outshine Fruit Bars (Plus a free printable!)

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!

  Simple Snack Recipes for Back to School: Cool Whip Pudding Pops #AddCoolWhip #shop #cbias

 

Simple Snack Recipes for Back to School: Cool Whip Pudding Pops #AddCoolWhip

Make after school snacking easy with these Cool Whip Pudding Pops in two flavors: Coconut Cream Pie Pudding Pops and Strawberry Creme Pudding Pops!

 

Keep Your Healthy Choices on Track at Back to School Time with T-Mobile Free Data #TabletTrio #shop #CollectiveBias

 

Keep Your Healthy Choices on Track at Back to School Time with T-Mobile Free Data #TabletTrio

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.

 

Live Radiantly

 

5 Ways to Live Radiantly with Arm & Hammer #TrulyRadiant

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.

 

Summer Cocktail Umbrella Wreath

 

Summer Cocktail Umbrella Wreath

Celebrate the last days of summer with this adorable wreath that takes just fifteen minutes to create!

Football Tailgate Party Decor + Snickers Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies #Chocolate4theWin #shop #cbias

#Chocolate4theWin Football Tailgate Party Decor + Snickers Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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)!

The 10-Minute "I Woke Up Like This" All Day Beauty Makeup Tutorial with Neutrogena #AllDayLook #shop #cbias

The Ten Minute “I Woke Up Like This” Makeup Tutorial with Neutrogena All Day Beauty #AllDayLook

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!

DIY School Supply "Cake" Tower #inspirestudents #teacherschangelives #pmedia #ad

 

DIY School Supply “Cake” Tower

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!

Baked Pizza Spaghetti Squash Casserolewith Heinz Classico Sauce #FamilyFavorites #shop #cbias

 

Family Favorites: Baked Pizza Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Heinz Classico Pasta Sauce

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!

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

 

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars

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!

 

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

 

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

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.

 

Edible Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

 

Edible Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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. 

DIY Confetti Push Pops + Birthday Fun with Connections by Hallmark #TrendyCards #shop

 

DIY Confetti Push Pops + Birthday Fun with Connections by Hallmark

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!

 

 

DIY Divergent Inspired Blackbird Tee

 

DIY Divergent Inspired Blackbird Tee

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.

Turkey Taco Flatbread @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

 

Turkey Taco Flatbread

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!

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Cake: Start Your Morning Right with Nestle #MyGoodLife #shop #cbias

 

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Cake: Start Your Morning Right with Nestle #MyGoodLife

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!

 

Healthy Nighttime Snacking with Kellogg's #goodnightsnack #cbias

 

Healthy Nighttime Snacking with Kellogg’s #goodnightsnack #cbias

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.

Five Favorite MAC Lipsticks #style #fashion #makeup #lipstick  

Five Favorite MAC Lipsticks

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. 

Back-to-School Supplies & Organization Tips for Teens @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #GREATLIST #sp  

Back-to-School Must Have Supplies + Organization Tips for Teens with Great Clips #GREATLIST

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.

Homemade Roasted Vanilla Cashew Butter

 

Homemade Roasted Vanilla Cashew Almond Butter

Learn how to make your own homemade cashew butter with this step-by-step tutorial!

 

Enchilada Suizas Chili Bake

Enchilada Suiza Chili Bake

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!

 

Spice Up Your Hot Dog: 15 Hot Dog Recipes for National Hot Dog Day

 

Spice Up Your Hot Dog: 15 Hot Dog Recipes for National Hot Dog Day

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.  

 

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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 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!).

 

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)!

 

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.

 

#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 Feta Wrap @Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #simple #lunch

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!

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!

 

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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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.

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

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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