Healthy Halloween Dessert: Candy Corn Fruit Parfait

Healthy Halloween Dessert: Candy Corn Fruit Parfait

Can I just let you all in on a little secret?  I actually LIKE candy corn.  I know...it is gross and artificially flavored and colored and leaves that weird taste in your mouth but for some reason I actually like the stuff.  Now, don't get me wrong....I don't want to sit down and eat a bowl of it or anything.  But a few pieces here or there right around Halloween is a huge treat.  I decided to combine my love of candy corn with my need to eat healthier and this candy corn fruit parfait is the result!  A healthy Halloween dessert that makes me feel good about my diet choices while still allowing me just a tad bit of a treat at the same time.  If you don't like candy corn at all you can omit it completely and your dessert will still be just as delicious! I chose to use fresh pineapple for … [Read more...]

Allstate Raises Awareness for Domestic Abuse with the #PurplePurse Campaign

Allstate Raises Awareness for Domestic Abuse with the #PurplePurse Campaign

This post about domestic abuse has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. I sat on my couch this morning with my much needed cup of coffee and watched the news.  Watching the news on TV is rarely a 'fun' thing, full of joy or good news.  This morning was no different.  The big story in the headlines today is the upsurge in domestic violence incidents in the National Football League.  The journalists cited several cases that have come to light recently where professional football players have been accused of abusing their wives and/or children.  What disturbs me even more is that most of these professional football players are never actually punished for being abusers.  They go along their merry way playing the game and raking in millions of dollars.  While the women … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Skewers #TopTater

Loaded Baked Potato Skewers #TopTater

This baked potato recipe has been sponsored by Clever Girls but all opinions expressed are my own. When I was in college and moved off campus my junior year, I decided to skip the dining hall pass and start cooking for myself in our apartment kitchen.  How hard could it be to cook food that tasted better than the institutionalized stuff they served us in the cafeteria, right?  Well, turns out that while I was ABLE to cook delicious food in my own kitchen, I didn't really have the time or the money to get very fancy with my cooking.  I soon discovered, however, that a baked potato was cheap to buy,  took only a few minutes to make in the microwave, and when I loaded fresh broccoli and cheese on top I had the makings of a fairly balanced meal.  I ate a LOT of bake potatoes in college!  … [Read more...]

Four Easy Salt Dough Crafts

Four Easy Salt Dough Crafts

Last year my daughter was given a school project that, of course, needed parental assistance.  Her job was to make a model of the ocean flour using salt dough.  Honestly, I had never worked with salt dough before and was a little intimidated.  I am not usually the most crafty of individuals.  I usually end up with glue gun burns and paint in my hair!  But, I was really amazed at how easy salt dough was to make AND how incredibly easy it was to mold into the shape of an ocean floor!  A little bit if paint and some plastic sea creatures and she had an A+ science project! YAY mom, right?  Not only did she rock the science project but I learned that salt dough is a great way to make all sorts of creative decor and gift items!  I decided to play around with a few ideas this morning and this is … [Read more...]

Wounded Excerpt and Amazon Giveaway

Wounded Excerpt and Amazon Giveaway

​​ "My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker." When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. The clock is ticking and I can feel the weight of the final battle with the demon hordes looming over my head. The puzzle pieces are becoming clearer, but the casualty list is growing. And with each name that is added to those we've lost, my confidence cracks a little more. Yet there is hope. A child saved. A life lost. A prophecy fulfilled. Buy on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords All of the books in The Rylee Adamson Novels series will be on sale from September 9-15th at $0.99 down from $3.99 regular price.   EXCERPT FROM WOUNDED: “You don’t think … [Read more...]

This weekend’s nail art project!

This weekend’s nail art project!

I have never been much into painting my fingernails.  Seems like every time I put on a coat of nail polish I end up with my hands in the dishwater or digging up things in the garden.  Inevitably my nail polish would get chipped within hours of putting it on my nails.  Needless to say, I haven't experimented with nail art yet!  Seems like a lot of work for a few hours worth of sparkly nails.  Now, my daughter on the other hand LOVES painting her nails.  She would happily paint her nails a different color every single day of the week if she had the time.  Nails chip? YAY she says...time to repaint the nails!  Over the last few months she has discovered the joy of nail art and I decided it was just about time for me to share her creativity with my readers. We usually aren't too picky … [Read more...]

Molasses Pumpkin Bread with Candied Ginger

Molasses Pumpkin Bread with Candied Ginger

Fall is my all time favorite season for baking.  I love the foods and aromas that come with the cooler weather.  One of my all time favorite flavors of fall is molasses.  I grew up in New England and my mom made homemade baked beans with real molasses in them several times a year.  I was always allowed to lick the spoon afterwards and even as an adult I cannot open that container of molasses without eating a spoon full straight out of the jar.  Paired with the wonderful flavors of pumpkin and candied ginger, this pumpkin bread is an absolutely delicious treat! I made my life a bit simpler and used a can of organic pumpkin.  Honestly, I have made pumpkin puree from scratch and found it to be a WHOLE lot of work!  I also chose to use candied ginger for part of this recipe in place of … [Read more...]

It’s time to #DropYourPants for #Underwareness and light bladder leakage

It’s time to #DropYourPants for #Underwareness and light bladder leakage

Many thanks to Depened for sponsoring today’s discussion about light bladder leakage and encouraging people to #dropyourpants for #underwareness. I worked in a retail pharmacy for 15 years and during that time I learned quite a bit about my patients.  I learned which kids suffered from asthma and which ones needed allergy medicine every month.  I saw middle aged men on blood pressure medicine and elderly women taking calcium supplements.  I also came across a LOT of people during those 15 year who suffered from light bladder leakage.  They didn't ever come right out and say those words but I would see them standing in the bladder control product isle trying to decide what to buy.  Light bladder leakage is an issue that a lot of people face, even if they don't like to admit it.  And you … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Craft:  Tin Can Pumpkins!

Easy Fall Craft: Tin Can Pumpkins!

Fall is almost here!  Despite the God awful heat and humidity we have been experiencing here in Georgia this week the calender says fall is on the way.  I am starting to see leaves drop off from the trees and it is darker in the evenings earlier that it was last month.  Soon we will have crisp, cool mornings and piles of leaves in the yard to rake up.  Okay, that part of fall I am not looking forward to! I decided to try my hand at an easy fall craft and turn some leftover tin cans into decorative pumpkins to adorn my table.   I love crafts that take 'trash' and turn them into something creative.  Why?  Two reasons...one I am a very 'green living' sortof person.  I like being able to say that I salvaged something from the trash and/or recycle bin.  Even better than reducing … [Read more...]

Choose Target Pharmacy and Flip the Script! #TargetSponsored

Choose Target Pharmacy and Flip the Script! #TargetSponsored

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Summer is finally coming to an end and that means we are heading into the season of fall sports, class projects and a need for lots of vitamins to stay healthy this winter.  Target is my one stop shop for all of these things!  I can find just about everything I need for my kids at Target with the benefit of being able to pick up some last minute groceries and visit the Target Pharmacy for prescriptions at the same time.  Less time running from store to store means more time at home which is always a good thing!  Flip the Script at the Target Pharmacy Using the Target Pharmacy is a great way to save money not only on prescription medications but also on just about everything else that Target has to … [Read more...]