Artisans in the Andes – Every Color Beaded Necklace with Acai Seed

I received this gorgeous Acai Seed necklace from Artisans in the Andes to review! Pictures do not do justice to how lovely this fashionable bib necklace is.


This necklace is made mostly of acai nut, which grows on acai palms in the Amazon rainforest. Harvesting the seeds does not hurt the trees, so this is a great sustainable material for jewelry. This provides local people with a sustainable income and helps to prevent clear cutting the Amazon rain forest.Continue Reading

The Gift of Music – Wireless JBL Flip 2 Speaker

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftingAudio #CollectiveBias

My 18 year old daughter Eleanor loves music, and always has it playing in the background. She plays it when she is studying, working out, or just hanging out with her friends. So I knew that the Wireless Bluetooth JBL Flip 2 Speaker would be the perfect holiday gift for her this year!

JBL Speaker - Perfect Gift for Teens #GiftingAudio #ad

She is away at college in a tiny dorm room, so the small size of the portable Flip 2 is ideal for her messy room. It will easily fit on her dresser along with her snow globe, flat iron and a bunch of random cows that she inexplicably likes.Continue Reading

Feeling Confident with Colgate Enamel Health

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I have been using the new Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste for a few weeks now, and it works well for me! This toothpaste is formulated to protect your tooth enamel, the hard outer coating of your teeth. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, and it protects the inner layers of your teeth from the effects of acid and plaque. Yet despite how strong it is there are many ways it can be damaged.


Uncorked Adventures Wine Club

Wine makes an excellent Christmas gift! I recently had the chance to receive a shipment from Uncorked Ventures wine club, to try out the variety of wines they offer.

Uncorked Adventures wine club

I like wine clubs because I don’t know that much about wine. It gets boring drinking the same wine every week, but when I go in a liquor store I am just overwhelmed by all the selections! With wine club experts pick out wine for me each month, and they select high scoring wines that I would probably never find on my own. Plus it is delivered right to my door, so it couldn’t be easier.Continue Reading

Chili-Lime Shrimp with Rice

Fast and easy meals are a necessity for my family!  There are many nights I only have half an hour to get dinner on the table before rushing off to Scout meetings or sports.  This recipe for Chili-Lime Shrimp over Rice, made with the reformulated I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, is perfect for those busy nights.

Chili Lime Shrimp with Rice

The original recipe was for Chili-Lime Shrimp Over Quinoa, but my husband won’t eat quinoa, so I changed the recipe to use rice instead.  The meal is ready in about 30 minutes, and I made a quick salad while the rice cooked for a complete quick and easy meal.  I usually just serve rice plain, but adding the I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Spread! to the rice along with some cilantro was a big hit with my family.  It adds a delicate flavor to the rice, and makes it taste much richer.Continue Reading

Caramel Apple Pecan Bread

Quick breads are perfect for the holidays, like this Caramel Apple Pecan Bread.

Caramel Apple Pecan Bread - A tasty quick bread for the holidays

This is a moist, rich bread that is full of pecans and apples, and then topped off with more pecans and a sweet caramel sauce.  I have made this both with and without the Caramel sauce, and it is tasty both ways.  My husband and I prefer the slightly less sweet version without the Caramel sauce, but the kids like it better with it.  So last time I made it I doubled the recipe and made one with the sauce and one without – it seemed like a good compromise to me!Continue Reading

Paddington Movie Trailer #PaddingtonMovie

Paddington arrives in theaters January 16th!


From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake – Energy Efficieny

Energy efficiency is important, and something that we should all think about in our every day life. One great way to incorporate energy savings is through fun, energy-saving DIY projects or recipes – like this No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cups - Easy Holiday Treat

No bake recipes are perfect way to save both time and energy, especially during the busy holiday season.  This recipes is very simple, but it looks fancy, which makes it perfect for a holiday party.  I made it in small shot glasses, so it is bite sized treat.Continue Reading

Hand Print Turkeys Window Art – Liqud Chalkers

I keep seeing awesome crafts on Pinterest made using liquid chalk markers, so naturally I decided I needed to get some to test out. Liquid Chalkers sent me an 8 pack of their markers to review, and they are a blast to use.

Window Art with Liquid Chalkers - family fun

Chalk markers are perfect for drawing on any non-porous surface, like mirrors, glass, white boards and much more. The markers showed up while my daughter was home from college for a weekend visit with her friends. The girls grabbed the markers and went to town decorating our picture window for Thanksgiving! They drew hand print turkeys and fall leaves all over for a scenic fall theme.Continue Reading