Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up & Grocery Deals Guide {Free Printable}

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This is it! The weekend that everyone starts preparing for the holiday ahead. We’ll be busy sprucing up our homes, firing up our ovens for lots of baking, and of course cleaning out the fridge to make room for all those leftovers! I’m off the hook for hosting this year, and I’m excited to spend the […]

Tasty Tuesday: Anything-But-Basic Biscotti

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I bought myself an early Christmas present. My husband hates that I do this, but it happens every year. I find something I really want, tell him to put it on his list, and then go out and buy it myself because I CAN’T WAIT! I’ve been wanting an espresso machine of my very own, […]

Curing the Gimmies: Giving Kids the Gift of Charity

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  Every year around this time, there’s a nasty virus that goes around. It affects nearly every kid, it’s highly contagious, and even though many adults are immune, some of them still catch it. Symptoms include whining, complaining, and even tantrums. The dreaded Gimmies.  “Gimme a light-up Razor scooter!” “Gimme more Skylanders!” “Gimme a new […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

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I have a special affinity for “vintage” recipes. Especially those intended to use up pantry staples, rather than rely on expensive things like eggs, butter, and cream. And even though I LOVE cakes, I really don’t like baking them too often because of the work involved. All the dishes–yuck!  This is a classic Southern recipe […]

Fashion Friday How to Wear It: Fall Trends Edition!

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We’re officially well into fall now, with icy weather approaching! So after being spoiled with a few extra weeks of warm temps, I think I can safely break out the boots, sweaters, and jackets.  I’m really excited about this year’s fashion trends. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a handful of fashion shows and events, […]

Help Change the Face of Child Hunger #ShareAMeal

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It’s about to get heavy here on the blog. 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from. One. In. Five. That’s not in a third world country either. That’s on American soil. Rural towns, busy cities, sleep suburbs. 16 million kids struggle with hungry. Let me say that again too. […]

Daffodils For Heather: Why We Need to Talk About the S Word

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  When I was in the eighth grade and my little sister was in sixth, I’d wait by my locker at the end of the day for her and her friend, Heather-a bubbly, dark-haired girl with a contagious smile-to finish making their daily social rounds so that we could leave. Those two girls were positively attached […]

Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (the right way!)

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  I always suspected I was doing something wrong when I’d try to roast pumpkin seeds every year. They’d always seem to come out rubbery, instead of crunchy and nutty. Plus there was that whole nasty task of separating the seeds from the pulp. So when the kids asked if I’d roast their seeds after […]

Does Zerona Actually Zap Your Fat Away?

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I’m a sucker. I’ll bet the first to admit it. So when I saw a Groupon for Zerona promising me the “Only FDA approved laser body contouring” I jumped on it. I’ve been not-so-slowly gaining weight due to a bad reaction to a combo of medicine I was on and mix that with being lazy and feeling […]

Shop Hot Looks for Fall at Colorado Mills & Save BIG! #FashionFriday

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I was invited to an event at Colorado Mills Outlet Mall in Lakewood, Colorado. Twist my arm will you?! Of course I jumped right on that event, especially since I’ve been a mallrat since birth, and been shopping at “The Mills” since it opened. I’ve been over every inch of that mall. Walked around for hours with […]

Tasty Tuesday: Apples & Pears Recipe Roundup

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One of the things I love most about the seasonal and local approach that my family and I have towards what we eat, is that we mark the seasons in terms of fruits and vegetables.  Winter brings citrus and pomegranate, Spring means asparagus, lettuce, and strawberries. Summer comes with berries, cherries, cucumbers, corn, peaches… But […]

Review: “Alexander” and the adorable, funny, feel-good, family film!

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Think about the worst day you’ve ever had. Everything goes wrong…your alarm doesn’t go off, you’re rushed getting out the door, there’s a huge traffic jam, and worst of all YOU’RE OUT OF COFFEE! Now imagine that everyone in your family is having an equally awful day!  That’s exactly what happens to the Cooper family […]

Fall Fashion | Leather, Tweed & Casual Looks with #ChloeandIsabel & #Jamberry

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A good friend of mine, Maggie, is launching a new career as a Jamberry Nail Wraps consultant. This makes me so happy because I’m slightly obsessed with Jamberry! I have amassed quite the collection of nail wraps. So many pair perfectly with my new launch with Chloe & Isabel! Here are a few looks that […]

Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival Roundup

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  Many schools in the metro area have a long weekend either this weekend or next for conferences, and it’s a perfect time to fit in a visit to the pumpkin patch! There are hundreds, all along the front range, but we’ve collected our favorite pick-your-own patches as well as harvest festivals for some down-on-the-farm […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

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It’s hard to believe with the lovely sunny days we’ve had lately, but pretty soon it will be what my husband and I call “Soup Weather”…that wet, foggy, cold, dark-by-5pm winter weather that just chills you to the bone. And there is nothing quite as warming to the body and soul, as a nice big […]

Don’t fear the #selfie! Spa Week is coming!

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 Living in Colorado, we are short on two things: moisture, and oxygen. Especially when the weather gets colder, our high and dry climate can wreak havoc on skin. Combine that with stress, not eating right, travelling,…and lately my skin has just been looking blah.  I really needed a pick me up, so when I was […]

Score a Free Cup of Joe on National Coffee Day!

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Oh Coffee, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Whether it’s freshly ground and brewed in my kitchen every morning, an afternoon drive through pick-me-up, or an espresso with dessert at a nice restaurant…it’s just soooo good! Any time, any way, I love the stuff.  So you know I’ll be celebrating by […]