August 31, 2015

AWESOME for AUTUMN! Pumpkin Oatmeal Coconut Bars Recipe


I love it that this great recipe from Popsugar Fitness is made with healthy ingredients like whole-wheat flour, applesauce, oats, and walnuts. Plus they have only 160 calories each, 5 grams of fiber and almost 8 grams of protein. Breakfast, anyone?

August 25, 2015

Countdown to California! Back to College Prep #BritaBackToCollege


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.

August 24, 2015

"Everyday Celebrations" Bring Joy to Your Beautiful Little Life

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duncan Hines. All opinions are 100% mine.

Today is a day to CELEBRATE! After all, how often do you get a box in the mail that has FIVE BOXES of Duncan Hines cake mixes inside?

You don't really need a reason to celebrate (other than getting cake in the mail) but some days absolutely present a reason to celebrate! Like having your sister that lives out of state come over for a visit! I haven't seen her in AGES and it's great to have her stopping by for a light dinner before she makes her way north for her vacation.

The new Perfect Size cake mixes make dessert super easy - and they are available right in your grocer's baking aisle!

August 22, 2015

99 Keys to a Creative Life {Self-Care Saturday}

Living a creative life is such a rewarding way to live... and I love the way Melissa Harris sees creativity. She really understands that creativity is different for everyone. One person might express their creativity through a craft or writing poetry, while another expresses themselves by baking a special treat for their loved ones. Yet another may express themselves through making business decisions that are a bit outside the box.

Creativity is not just painting or writing; it is stepping outside the way we normally think and looking at a situation from different angles. Author Melissa Harris reminds us that the many small acts we perform on a daily basis can be used to view our lives in a new way.

August 21, 2015

BBQ Chicken Salad Bowl Recipe from Skinnytaste.com

This time of year I start getting tired of the same old piece of chicken on the grill and salad for dinner, so I went in search of something new for this weekend and happily found this great BBQ Chicken Salad Bowl over at Skinnytaste.com

It's light, but it has a bit more substance to it than some other salads that I've made. Maybe it's the BBQ sauce that makes it feel more filling and fall-like, but to me this is a perfect end-of-the-summer sort of meal.

Not only that, but it's a great way to use up that last ear of leftover corn on the cob from the night before.

I hope you love it as much as we do! For more awesome recipes that are healthy and waistline friendly, make sure you check out Skinnytaste.com

August 20, 2015

Spoil Your Pets with Cool New Products from MUTTROPOLIS


I recently stumbled on the coolest site for pet products EVER and immediately contacted them to see about partnering in the future. The site is called Muttropolis, but they have a few things for cats, too. ;)

August 17, 2015

Pixie Cut to Long Hair :: Easy Steps to Care for Your Hair Extensions

If you ever get sick of having super short hair, you can easily change up your look with extensions! It's something I've considered... So many Hollywood starlets are photographed by paps one day with a super short pixie, and they show up at an event the next night with long, flowing hair. Even Jennifer  Lawrence has been snapped with long, flowing blonde hair! Extensions used to be something only the uber rich and famous could afford, but these days anyone can add length and volume to their hair using extensions.

August 14, 2015

Waiting for SWEATER WEATHER!

asymmetrical sleeveless sweater from Chicnova
This time of year I start to fantasize about sweaters. I'm so incredibly sick of the heat and the humidity. I'm tired of showing my jiggling arms in tank tops and my thunder thighs in shorts. I just want to put on my favorite pair of jeans and a cozy sweater!

August is my very LEAST favorite month of the year. It's always hot and humid here in Minnesota, and the most exciting thing happening is "THE GREAT MINNESOTA GET TOGETHER" - the state fair. Or as I like to call it... "THE GREAT MINNESOTA SWEAT TOGETHER" where you'll find some very interesting people watching, some very disgusting smelling animals, food and people, and lots and lots of garbage bees. Can you tell that I'm not a fan?

Anyhow, as I sit inside my air conditioned office and count the days until Amazon delivers my copy of the September issue of Vogue, (it's on its way!) I am dreaming of sweaters.

August 9, 2015

How to Stop Worrying for Good!


Sometimes you just can't help it. You worry, worry, worry, and you just can't stop! Starting at a new school, a new job, or making any big life change can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Are you a worrywart? Here are some tips on how to deal with your biggest worries from Anxiety Cure.

August 8, 2015

8 Awesome New SAVORY Zucchini Recipes


So many people who garden have zucchini coming out of their ears right about now. If you DON'T have a garden, they are abundant (and cheap!) at the farmer's markets. But what to do with all of that zucchini? Here are some awesome recipes that I found.

August 6, 2015

SMALL TOKENS / / Beautiful Ideas ... Inexpensive Homemade Gifts



I am always envious of those people. You know the ones... They remember your birthday every single year without the help of Facebook. They stay at your house one night and you receive a small gift in the mail the next week. They drop off a meal when you've had a death in the family. They are the thoughtful ones.

August 4, 2015

Heading to College Care Package // Off to a Great Start!



I'm dreading the September day when my son is somewhat settled in his apartment in Santa Barbara and I have to say goodbye, board a plane, and head back to Minneapolis. Especially with my other son living in Los Angeles. Both boys will have left the nest. That's blog material for another time... For now, I've been putting together a huge care package to bring along to Santa Barbara to make sure that he gets off to a great start.

So, what's in the box? This giant student gift basket?

August 3, 2015

Heading to College: Off to Walmart for Schick®! #ad


Sponsored by Schick® Heading off to college is a crazy time for first year students. It doesn't matter if your student is a freshman in college or moving off to grad school, like my son, it's a huge adjustment! (for both of us!)

I want to send him off with everything he'll need, and in order to include everything, I'm looking for the best deals that I can get. Right now, you can't beat Schick® Disposable Razors and the Buy One (1) Get One (1) Free Coupon they're offering!