Let’s Play with Dr Pepper Snapple Group

This post was written in partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group which covered my travel expenses while I attended the #DPSFlavorTour. All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago I had went to Dallas as part of a trip with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. I had a chance to participate in a hands on service day in which we built a playground in just one day! Dr Pepper Snapple is very concerned with encouraging kids to be physically active, which is why they started the Let’s Play initiative. They have teamed up with Kaboom, Good Sports to help millions of children all over the country, by building and updating playgrounds and by donating new sports equipment to communities.

La Academia de Estrellas Charter School

La Academia de Estrellas is a charter school in Dallas which had no playground. Dr Pepper Snapple, Kaboom and hundreds of volunteers changed that, and in just one day turned this empty field into a lovely playground.

Playground Build at La Academia de Estrellas Charter School

When I agreed to help out on this playground build I had not thought about how hot it would be in Dallas in late June!  It was very, very hot, and there was little shade at the work site.  But volunteers showed up in force, and there were all kinds of jobs to be done.  Some people put playground parts together, some people packed boxes full of sporting goods, and others moved mulch – which seemed like the hottest job of all.Continue Reading

No-bake Oreo Cheesecake Cups with Cherries Recipe

A few weeks ago my husband and I were out for dinner, and the restaurant had Oreo Cheesecake on the menu.  We were too full for dessert, but I decided I had to make Oreo Cheesecake for the family.  Since it has been so hot I didn’t want to run the oven, and decided to create No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Cups for the family to enjoy.

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Scrub makes a great homemade gift, perfect for a friend who deserves to pamper themselves.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub - An easy homemade gift

Last week my teenage daughter needed a present for a friend’s birthday, but unfortunately like most teens she is broke.  So she asked me to help her find something she could make, and naturally we turned to Pinterest for inspiration! I have been planning to do some Christmas in July posts, so I was looking for something that was a little bit holiday themed, but not so much so that it would be out of place at a July birthday party!

We found this Peppermint Sugar Scrub recipe on Pinterest, and realized that we could make it with ingredients we had in the house, which makes it perfect for a last minute gift.Continue Reading

Paper Towns – Movie Trailer

The movie Paper Towns will be in theaters on July 24th. This film is adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”). It sounds like this movie will be another big hit, and a great quirky mystery.

PaperTowns-Poster

Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.

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Migraine Relief

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received a package of Stopain Migraine for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Migraines can be debilitating! I started experiencing migraines about 10 years ago, and they can be awful. I get a mild migraine a few times a month, but once every 3 months or so I get one that just won’t stop complete with auras and other weird symptoms. 36 million Americans suffer from migraines, so I am hardly alone.

I do have a prescription migraine medication – but I don’t like to take it. It makes me feel nauseous, so I have to have a really bad headache to even consider taking it. I start with simple things like turning off lights, getting away from noise and using over the counter products for migraine relief. So I was interested to try out Stopain Migraine, the first, fast-acting TOPICAL pain relieving gel used to safely and effectively relieve migraine pain.

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Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Tuna is one of my favorite sources of protein, since it is so quick and easy to make.  I recently made these tasty Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats, which are perfect for a lunch or quick dinner.

Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a quick and easy meal with zucchini and tuna.

This time of year I always have more zucchini than I know what to do with!  So I like to experiment with new and different ways to serve it. I used Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna with Jalapeños & Olive Oil to make the Stuffed Zucchini Boats.  The Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna  combines the highest quality albacore tuna with the finest, restaurant-inspired ingredients. It is convenient and nutritious, and is available in 2.5oz pouches or 5oz cans.Continue Reading

Summer Entertaining Essentials

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All content and thoughts are my own.

This has been a busy summer for events already in my house, and it seems like the summer has barely begun!  May was packed with birthdays and graduations, and this weekend is July 4th, always the perfect weekend for a cookout. We love to entertain outside in the summer, because it is so relaxing to be outside enjoying the weather.

We improved our deck a few years ago, so it is an inviting outdoor entertaining area with tons of space, plants and seating.  We enjoy having friends and family over while we grill some burgers or serve my husband’s favorite, barbequed chicken and salt potatoes.

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Backyard S’mores Bar

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S’mores are one of my family’s favorite summer desserts!  Of course they are a necessity for camping trips, but they are perfect for a S’Mores Summer party in your own backyard too.

Backyard S'mores Bar for family fun

Last week I created this Backyard S’mores Bar for an easy weeknight family dessert.  We have a very busy family schedule this summer.  My daughters are home from college, but they both have jobs and are in and out of the house. My son is 16, and he is working too and is out sailing whenever he gets the chance.  So when everyone is actually home for a weeknight dinner it is a special occassion worthy of a fun weeknight dessert like S’mores.Continue Reading

Beets BLU Heart Rate Monitor and PagerTag Keychain Review

I received product to review, all opinions are my own.
I have been working out more lately, and like the idea of being able to track my heart rate so that I make sure I am working hard enough. This heart rate monitor works well for me. I used to have a heart rate monitor that connect to a watch, but I hate wearing watches so I just never used it! The Beets Blu Wireless Bluetooth Smart 4.0 Heart Rate Monitor syncs up to my Samsung S5, and it works well.

To use it you download the app onto your phone, and then strap on the heart rate band. The chest strap is comfortable and not too bulky. To find out how I am doing I just check the app, and it also syncs up to other popular apps like RunKeeper. You can set up alerts to let you know when your heart rate is in the fat burning range.I am not up to running yet, but I have been using this for power walking and bike rides. I find I push myself faster when I have feedback, so I think this is going to help me work out harder and better.Continue Reading