Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie Makes a Healthy Afternoon Snack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For most of the day I cruise along at full speed ahead and get stuff done quickly and efficiently.  I am a type A, high energy, slightly anal retentive type of person.  I have lists, plans, and work well with a deadline.  And then 3 PM hits and I crash hard!  Seriously, it's like if my body isn't moving in the late afternoon I feel this intense need for a nap!  I usually try to grab a cup of coffee and a healthy afternoon snack to … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cocktail Recipe

 The delicious taste of white chocolate combines beautifully with the icy and refreshing flavor of peppermint in this holiday cocktail. This White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cocktail Recipe is the perfect seasonal cocktail this month! White chocolate and peppermint to the rescue! There are certain things I really love about this time of year.  The crispness of the air, the smell of a fresh pine tree, baking Christmas cookies and socializing with friends are all wonderful things to enjoy in December.  But, sitting down … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Have you ever brought your kids grocery shopping with you and they randomly pick up stuff and try to sneak it in the cart?  Think only little kids do that? teens and my HUSBAND are the worst offenders!  There are certain things that they love that I just don't like buying.  Whether it is due to the price or the questionable ingredients, sometimes mom just says NO!  That jug of chocolate syrup almost always tries to leave the store with us but have you actually LOOKED at the ingredients?  I'm not calling out any brands by name here but … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Summer Cocktail Recipe

This easy summer cocktail recipe has been sponsored by Prairie Organic Spirits but all opinions expressed here are my own. If you are looking for summer cocktails,  you need to think about what flavors are in season before you start looking for recipes.  In my mind, winter cocktails are heavier and often cream based.  When I think about simple summer cocktails I usually think light, refreshing, and often fizzy!  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post all about how to infuse vodka with different flavors.  I decided to … [Read more...]

Tropical Acai Slushie Recipe and a Girls Night In with my Tween #GirlsNightIn

Compensation for this Tropical Acai Slushie Recipe and a Girls Night In post was provided by Trop50. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50. Summer vacation is officially here and that means hot summer nights that I can enjoy on my patio without worrying about getting the kids up early for school.   Dragging the girl child away from Instagram and unplugging her from her iPad can sometimes be a chore.  Those tweens do like their music and … [Read more...]

How to Make Flavored Vodka

Flavored vodka can make the difference between a good summer cocktail recipe and a GREAT summer cocktail recipe.  It is also incredibly easy to make flavored vodka at home with just a few simple ingredients.  I am always amazed to see how much more expensive flavored vodka is than plain vodka when I make a run to the liquor store.  For very little effort on your part you can easily make flavored vodka at home and save yourself some money!  Here are a few tips to get you started and once my vodka is done 'incubating' I will share a recipe with … [Read more...]

Lemon Lime Wine Spritzer and Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines #MC

This wine spritzer recipe and review of the Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines is part of an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My husband and I love to sit down together after dinner to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation together.  After a chaotic day of work, errands, and dealing with the everyday stresses of life we have found that a cocktail and a few minutes of idle conversation … [Read more...]

Tangerine and Honey Natural Soda Recipe

I received one copy of The Complete Soda Making Book in order to create this recipe.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links. I love soda but it isn't really the greatest beverage choice for someone trying to eat healthier.  I have never really considered trying to make my own natural soda but when I was sent a copy of The Complete Soda Making Book I was intrigued.  You can read my review of the book if you want to learn more about it.  I decided to try making the Tangerine and Honey natural soda because … [Read more...]

Learn How to Make Homemade Strawberry Milk

I decided this week to learn how to make homemade strawberry milk.  WHY? Because I have teenagers who, like most teens, love junk food.  As a mom who prefers to feed her family real, whole foods whenever possible,  we are often at odds when we go grocery shopping together.  Usually, the process involves a lot of 'Hey, mom!  Can we get THIS?' and me saying 'NO...Do you know how many artificial ingredients are in that?' At which point they roll their eyes at me and tell me I have about 12 screws loose and move on to the next chemical laden item … [Read more...]

Festive Holiday Cocktail: Pomegranate Margarita

This holiday cocktail recipe has been inspired by a product I received at no charge to review but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are here and with them comes office parties, family gatherings, neighborhood get togethers and a ton of other social gatherings.  Enjoying the company of friends, the exchanging of gifts, the decadence of holiday treats, and just taking a few moments to relax are great ways to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.  Personally, I enjoy relaxing with a holiday cocktail … [Read more...]