{Recipe} Easy Spinach Artichoke Pasta and Iced Tea

Spinach Artichoke Pasta #TEArifficPairs #shop

Summer is winding down and I've been stuck inside. You know, nothing too horrible. Certainly not enough to complain about. Much. Just a few bouts of being sick. A few moments of being so busy I can't see straight. The occasional I'm sick and I'm busy-now that is not a pretty sight at all. I'm sorry for everyone who's had to deal with me over the last few weeks. Can I make it up to you by sharing a super easy and super delicious little meal? It's been pretty perfect for me, with my constant craving of comfort food. And when I said it was easy I really did mean it. Just pick up a package of your favorite Knorr Pasta Side. I chose their Italian Creamy Garlic Shells. You'll also need some chopped spinach and some quartered artichokes. That's it! Make yourself a huge pitcher of Lipton's Natural Energy. It's perfect for summer refreshment...or if you're like me, it's perfect for year round enjoyment. It's a premium black tea full of natural caffeine. The perfect pick me up when you're … [Continue]

{Recipe} Deconstructed Blueberry Game Day S’mores

Deconstructed Blueberry Game Day S'mores #TeamJellO #shop

I'm a proud Tar Heel. I graduated...umm...a year or two ago from UNC and I've managed to live my entire adult life never more than 30 minutes away from campus. Heck...I just found out last week they're moving my office back to Chapel Hill. Carolina Blue is in my blood. And now it's in my snack arsenal. I have two tailgating recipes perfect for your game day sweet tooth! The JELL-O Jigglers University Mold Collection has everything you need to create fun Jiggler snacks in your favorite team shapes. Flavors will depend on what school you choose, but if you choose the UNC kit you'll snag four boxes of Berry Blue flavor. That's in addition to what is clearly the best mold of the bunch. To make Jigglers, just boil 2/3 cup of water and mix with one box of JELL-O in a bowl. Coat the mold lightly with cooking spray, then pour in the JELL-O. It's the perfect amount to make 12 UNC Jigglers. Chill in the fridge for at least three hours and they're ready to serve. I've wanted to make … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Duct Tape Gift Bag and Summer Beauty Gift

Duct Tape Summer Gift Bag #WalgreensBeauty #shop

I'm playing with duct tape again. You know how much I love duct tape. This roll has been crying out for a craft and I finally figured out what to make-a super cute gift bag! You can find fun duct tape patterns and colors at Walgreens...and you can pick up some fun summer beauty goodies to stuff inside. It's the perfect "it's almost the end of summer but it's not over yet" gift!  Create duct tape sheets by laying out strips of duct tape that slightly overlap on your cutting mat. Carefully flip … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Custom Sharpie Mug

Metallic Sharpie Mug

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstVIf you know me, you know I love back to school season. It's the best time to stock up for the year on all kinds of organizational and crafting goodies. Sharpie markers are probably my favorite office supply. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Sharpies are the duct tape of the marker world. They're good … [Continue]

{Tutorial} FROZEN Inspired 80s Style Ribbon Barrettes

Disney Frozen Ribbon Barrettes #FROZENFun #shop

I'm a total child of the 80s. I spent all of fourth grade running a little back room ribbon barrette factory. I've thought for a while now that it was way past time for those ribbon barrettes to make a comeback. And I'm not above using the popularity of FROZEN to make it happen. Step one in my evil ribbon barrette comeback master plan? Score some super cute FROZEN dresses at Walmart. They're glittery and have twirly tulle skirts. You'll basically be begging your little people to wear … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Four Ideas for Dish Soap Fun

Four Kid Friendly Dish Soap Ideas #Palmolive25Ways #shop

I know that some of you are already back in school. And if you're not, you probably head back in another week or two. That's okay...you still have the weekends. And I have four kid friendly dish soap ideas that are perfect for a little weekend fun. Just pick up a bottle of Palmolive Dish Soap and use a few things you probably already have around the house! Everyone loves bubbles. What everyone doesn't love is running out of bubble solution. That's OK when it's so easy to make your own. All you … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Braided T-Shirt Headband

Braided T-Shirt Headband

I have a quick and easy five minute craft. Well...sort of... I promise you can make this headband in five minutes, minus the washing and drying of the tie dye. But it's totally five minutes of actual effort on your part. I used the same  Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye bottles from my bubble beach tote. If you have different colored old t-shirts lying around you can use those, too. Cut strips of the t-shirt that are about one inch thick. The cuts don't have to be neat. Make sure the strips are long … [Continue]

How Smart Are Your Home Appliances?


Just how smart is your home? I thought mine was perfectly intelligent. And then I saw the new appliances available from Samsung. This Chef Collection Refrigerator has a 34 cu. ft. extra-large capacity that can hold up to 34 bags of groceries. The coolest part (pun intended, of course) is the versatile bottom drawer. It can function as a freezer or a fridge, based on your needs.  It even has an uber cool LED temperature settings display.  This dishwasher has the all new WaterWall™ Washing … [Continue]

It’s Time for Audio Fest at Best Buy!

JBL Audio

I have a confession. I never wear ear buds. My ears and ear buds are not a match. They always feel funny or fall out. I've always been an over the ear headphone girl because of this. Thanks to Audio Fest at Best Buy, that's changing! I've been checking out the JBL Reflect Headphones. Finally, a pair of ear buds that don't fall out of my ears! Their special stay-put design is engineered to withstand the rigors of an energetic workout. Since I'm not known for my energetic workouts, I'm set. … [Continue]

Walk This Way…


This post was created in partnership with McDonald's. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm still basking in the post #McDBlogHer glow from last week. I had a great time at BlogHer14-and I tried to treat it like a business trip most of the time I was there. The closing party, though? That was 100% pure fun. McDonald's Happy Meals were on the menu, including salads for the veggies in the crowd like me. Go-GURT is the star of the new Happy Meal, but Apple Slices made an … [Continue]