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Five Fabulous Friday Finds

by Paula on September 4, 2015


With school just started back, I’m in the mood to get organized and streamlined.  My time is stretched and I need to make sure all of my systems are functioning the best that they can.


Organizing Essentials A Guide to Organizing Everything You Own from Sarah Titus


So, you know I love this post from Sarah Titus on Organizing Everything You Own!  It’s perfect for me!


Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom


I love using my slow cooker when time is tight and we need food FAST.  For a variety of reasons, I’m considering a Paleo diet.  I like this Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup recipe from Confessions of an Overworked Mom because it starts out Paleo, but you can easily add rice or pasta for family members that aren’t eating that way.  Win-win!


Extreme Chocolate Ice Cream - No Churn- from Wonky Wonderful


And if I’m going to go Paleo, maybe I need to make this oh-my-goodness-it-looks-amazing Extreme Chocolate Ice Cream from Wonky Wonderful before I start!  WOW!



Turn An Outdated Picture into Updated Art from Hawthorne & Main


With the changing seasons, I’ve been wanting to change things around.  Create some new art, work on a few projects (besides the aforementioned organizing that will take forever and probably never be completely finished), just take advantage of the *new* school year and make some things happen.  So this recycled art project–Turn An Outdated Picture into Updated Art– from Hawthorne & Main looks easy enough to finish quickly and make a big difference in our decor!


Astro Turf Coozies from Uncommon Designs


And I can’t forget my football peeps!  Check out these adorable Astro Turf Coozies from Uncommon Designs.  (I think I love them just a tad more because they have tiger paws on them!  EEP!  GO TIGERS!!)


So that’s what my fall is looking like.  What do you have planned?

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A National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day???

by Paula on April 8, 2015


YES!  There IS a National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!  It’s coming up on Sunday, April 12 and you need to get ready to celebrate.  How, you ask?

Well, you can make the basic, oldie-but-goodie with cheese, bread, and butter…. or you can opt for some of these phenomenal creations!!



Grilled Cheese collage completed


From the top:

Chicken Bacon Ranch Grilled Cheese Sandwich from What’s Cooking, Love?

Grilled Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Pesto Mayo Sandwich from A Simple Pantry

Rosemary, Bacon, Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Flour on My Face

Strawberry, Brie, Chocolate and Walnut Grilled Sandwich from Confessions from An Overworked Mom

Grilled Cheese Roll-ups from A Mitten Full of Savings


Don’t they all look delicious?!?  My mouth is watering right now!


Don’t forget to check out the  special sandwiches that we posted last year here.  However you celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12, ENJOY!!  :)





Let’s Celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day!

by Paula on February 24, 2015


Six Yummy Dips for Tortilla Chips


Did you know that Texas has an official state snack?  It’s the tortilla chip!  Why not celebrate along with the Lone Star State and enjoy some of these great snacks with some delicious dips?!?


Check out these awesome offerings from some of our favorite bloggers:


Peach Salsa from Cooking on the Front Burner:

Peach Salsa from Cooking on the Front Burner



Cheese Chipotle Dip from Couponing & Cooking:

Cheesy Chipotle Dip from Couponing and Cooking



Roasted Guajillo Pepper Salsa from Food Done Light:

Roasted Guajillo Pepper Salsa from Food Done Light



Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers:

Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers



Cream Cheese, Salsa, and Crab Dip from What’s Cooking, Love?:

Cream Cheese, Salsa, and Crab Dip from What's Cooking, Love



Mango and Peach Salsa from Flour on My Face:

Mango and Peach Salsa from Flour on My Face



Bring on the tortilla chips!!



It’s National Banana Bread Day!

by Paula on February 23, 2015


5 Yummy Banana Bread Recipes


Some folks believe that there are too many holidays.  I unequivocally disagree, especially when there are such delicious reasons to celebrate.

Here are five really good reasons to celebrate National Banana Bread Day:


Best Banana Bread from Your Cup of Cake

The Best Banana Bread from Your Cup of Cake


Blueberry Banana Bread from Baking Bites

Blueberry Banana Bread from Baking Bites



Banana Bread Doughnut Twists from Snappy Gourmet

Banana Bread Doughnut Twists from Snappy Gourmet



Peach Banana Bread from What's Cooking, Love

Peach Banana Bread from What’s Cooking, Love?



Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread from The Crumbly Cupcake

Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread from The Crumbly Cupcake


Hungry yet?  Yuuuummm!!


Valentines Day Desserts 2015

by Paula on February 9, 2015


Valentines Day Dessert Ideas


Looking for some easy ways to treat your loved ones to a special Valentines Day?  We fell in love with these simple but stunning ideas from some of our favorite bloggers!  Enjoy!!


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The Pure Pantry Dark Chocolate Cake Review and Giveaway!

by Paula on September 25, 2014


yummy gluten free cupcakes


Several of our friends are gluten-free and we’re always experimenting with foods to find ways to treat them when we can.  When The Pure Pantry asked if we’d review one of their products, we were excited to pick a Dark Chocolate Cake mix to try.

We LOVE cupcakes and so decided to use our mix to make cupcakes instead of a cake.  The package made 24 cupcakes.  It was quick and easy to mix up and OMG, it smelled so good baking!

Gluten-free foods are not known for tasting great.  It’s not typical that there is a quality substitute for many traditional baking items, so finding a mix that is free of gluten, refined sugar, dairy, soy, nuts, and eggs AND tastes good is amazing!  The Pure Pantry was created by Elizabeth Kaplan, who found out six years ago that she was celiac.  A trained chef, Elizabeth set off to find out exactly what she could eat that wouldn’t make her sick.  In the process, she found out that her two children also had food sensitivities.  She realized that great tasting, organic, allergen free products were not readily available and that experimenting with various materials, she could create fabulous-tasting food for her family.  In doing so, she wrote a cookbook and developed her company, The Pure Pantry, that creates and sells mixes for folks that desire yummy gluten-free food products.

So you can see why we were excited to try this cake!

We were not disappointed!


close up with watermark


The cupcakes were light and moist and had a really great dark chocolate taste.  Of course, it’s not a real cupcake without icing/frosting, so we made some!  Not the recipe on the side of the package, but a cream cheese and butter concoction.  It was the perfect taste to complement the cupcakes.


with frosting and watermark


And we took them to a get-together and shared them with some friends who are gluten-free and they enjoyed them tremendously (and the thought that we had made the cupcakes for them!) and friends who don’t eat gluten-free just thought they were yummy cupcakes!  Win-win!

Gluten Free Baking Starter Giveaway

Gluten Free Baking Starter Giveaway

A Mom Powered Media Giveaway


Guest post from Colleen from My Dairy Free Gluten Free Life:

If you are new to Gluten-Free cooking, I would like to share a fabulous company that I get my mixes from. It makes beginning this lifestyle so much easier finding products you can make from a mix that really are good.

The Pure Pantry was started by Elizabeth Kaplan when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002, she was disappointed in the lack of healthy, good tasting, gluten free products on the market. And I have to agree with her, that at that time it was very very hard to find yummy products to use.

I happened upon her products after my niece in Oregon said someone had brought a cake to a potluck that was vegan and really really good by a company called The Pure Pantry. You can see my original review of Elizabeth’s cookbook and her products HERE. I have not changed my opinion, if anything, I love her products even more. Here is the chocolate cake my granddaughter is enjoying that I made with The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake mix and I used coconut oil.


Elizabeth has really expanded her website, you need to check it out. It now include recipes, grocery shopping tips, traveling tips along with tips for eating in and out!

Discount Coupon Code:

We are offering a great deal for Pure Pantry Products!! You can go to http://thepurepantry.com/shopping/ and use the following discount code for 25% off your first order on their website. Enter coupon code: FALL2014  The code is entered at checkout and expires November 30! Enjoy this fall with fabulous mixes that are yummy and proven.

The Pure Pantry Gluten Free Baking Starter Kit Giveaway:

Elizabeth is giving away to one lucky reader a fabulous Gluten Free Baking Starter Kit pictured above! The Kit includes her cookbook, “Fresh From Elizabeth’s Kitchen,” 3 cookie mixes and her all purpose baking mix! Everything you need to get you started on a gluten-free diet!

This giveaway is open to US only and ends October 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

Enter on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

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Disclosure: Participating blogs did not receive monetary compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. If you have any questions about this giveaway please contact Colleen at My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life.


Drinking In Style Multi Flask Giveaway!

by Paula on September 14, 2014


Flask System + $15 Cash via PayPal (ends 9/27)


Welcome to the

Drinking in Style Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Multi Flask
Organized by Budget Earth

Do you love the idea having only one bottle for safely taking a variety of different drinks on the go? If so, we think you will love the Multi Flask! This innovative drink system is a set of bottles that is actually eight different bottles in one! You can drink a variety of different hot and cold beverages, and have them exactly to your liking. You can infuse your favorite water with natural fruit juices, juice fruit for flavored water, or even steep tea using the top-sealing tea basket. With this bottle, you will not only save space, but have amazing drinks that you can bring with you anywhere. To learn more, make sure to read Budget Earth’s Multi Flask review!

Would you love to try this bottle out for yourself? We are excited to be working with Multi Flask on this awesome giveaway! One lucky reader will win their very own Multi Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal (cash paid by Budget Earth). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter.

Drinking in Style Sweepstakes

  • One lucky reader will win a Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal (cash paid by Budget Earth)
  • Open to US ONLY.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends September 27th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is not responsible for non-cash portion of prize fulfillment, and is responsible for the cash portion.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will not be handled by Budget Earth.

Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact susan.l.bewley@gmail.com to see how I can help YOUR company today!


Kiss Natural DIY Lip Balm Kit Giveaway!

by Paula on September 9, 2014



Sponsored by Kiss Naturals

Hosted by : Mom Powered Media

Ariel and I love doing crafts together and making crafts that we can really use and enjoy are the best!!  What fun it would be to make our own lip balm!!!  Now, this giveaway is only for our Canadian friends, but {whisper, whisper} I did check out my favorite shopping site and your can get your own Kiss Naturals products in the US too!  (and with free shipping if you have Prime!)

Kiss Naturals, produces fun, one-of-a-kind craft kits using only high quality natural ingredients. These kits make everyday products you can enjoy at an affordable price.

At Kiss Naturals, they believe that Nature had it right the first time. They don’t add fillers, additives, dyes or synthetics to any of their products. They want to provide their customers with all the natural ingredients needed to make everyday products at an affordable price.

Kiss Naturals personally test all their products on their family so they know the products are safe and effective for your family!

Products that they have:

Natural DIY Soap Kit (both regular and mini) 9.95-14.95

Natural DIY Lip Balm Kit (both regular and mini) 11.95-19.95


Natural DIY Lava Lip Gloss Kit (both regular and mini) 11.95-19.95

Natural DIY Bath Fizzie Kit (Both regular and mini) 10.95-16.95

Natural DIY Roll On Perfume Kit– 21.95


Natural DIY Hair Chalk Kit (both regular and mini) 12.95-24.95

Natural DIY Moisturizing Cream Kit ( both regular and mini) 11.95-21.95

Natural DIY Face Paint Kit (both regular and mini) 12.95- 24.95

They also have Craft Kits available in Party Pack.  (In each party pack there are 2 of that kit)

Party Pack- Make Your Own Bath Fizzzies– 26.95

Party Pack- Make Your Own Solid Perfumes– 34.95

Party Pack- Make Your Own Lip Balms – 29.95

Buy for $40 or more and get Free Shipping anywhere in Canada. Promo Code KISS01

Go HERE to check them out!!

Kiss Naturals has offered 1 of 5 fans a chance to win a DIY Lip Balm Kit!


  • ends 09/24/14
  • Open to Canada ONLY (except where prohibited)
  • ONE entry per household PER Person
  • Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn no exceptions!
  • Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc is NOT responsible, liable in any way for this giveaway

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Disclaimer: Enter via the Rafflecopter form above. Participating blogs are not being compensated for this post. Open to residents of Canada (except Quebec and any other places where it is prohibited). Giveaway runs Sept 10 through Sept 24 at 11:59 pm.


Define Bottle Giveaway!!

by Paula on September 7, 2014


Define Bottle Giveaway

Sponsor: Define Bottle

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media

This company has made it easier for you to have a bottle of water infused with anything! With the amazing crochet carrier it makes it great for anyone to go wherever they need to and not have to actually hang onto the bottle. Completely HANDS FREE!

WaterWorks- Recipe Book:  WaterWorks is a fruit infused water recipe book.  Designed for those looking to get creative with their water, this beautifully crafted recipe book highlights some simple, yet flavorful recipes.  67 pages in length and makes a great gift when purchased along with a Define bottle.  Full color.

model drinking from flip bottle

One Define Bottle Sport 17 ounce Flip Top Bottle ($30):  The Define Bottle Sport Flip Top is a sustainable, beautifully crafted fruit infused water bottle to take on the go.  Designed for those with an active lifestyle, the Define Bottle Sport is made out of BPA free Tritan co-polyester so you can take it to the gym, pool or anywhere else that life may take you.  Your options are endless when it comes to creating healthy, fresh fruit infused water!

The attached lanyard makes it easy to carry and no worries when it comes to cleaning, it’s a breeze! The Define Bottle disassembles into multiple pieces for easy access into each compartment; you don’t want a nasty mess growing in the bottom of your bottle. An optional ice pack can be purchased designed to fit into your lower base piece to keep your fruit cool. Give up your plain water and Define what’s in your water bottle!

A Define Bottle Lite 12 ounce model ($17):  Not too big, not too small.  This Define Bottle is just right!  A more compact version of the Define Bottle for those looking for less weight and less bulk than the larger versions.  This bottle holds about 12 ounces and is perfect for the car or carry bag.  The strainer piece is built into the flip top for this model.

This bottle is also great for kids age 6-10 for when your child needs more fluid than our Define Bottle Mini model.  Getting your children to develop healthy eating habits at a young age will pay off through out their lifetime.  We developed this edition to help promote good health in children and provide an alternative to soda and juice that kids will really like.

A crochet carrier ($12):  The Define Bottle Crochet Carrier is the perfect fashion accessory for your Define Bottle.  Comes in pink and blue and works with any model in the Define Bottle product line.

Fitness star Maria Kang with a Define Bottle

Define Bottle ice packs ($6):  These re-freezable ice packs press into the base piece of your bottle and are designed to help keep your fruit cool.  Sold in sets of 2 (keep one in the freezer while the other is in use).  These pieces are optional and your bottle will work just fine without them, but they are a nice feature.  Comes in clear, blue, and pink.  Made for us by Icy Cools, Inc out of New Jersey.

17 ounce bamboo top and bottom bottle: ($30 and ONLY available through this giveaway)  It is the same as our other models but the plastic caps are wrapped in bamboo.  They are not open to anyone to buy!  ONLY for this giveaway!

Define Bottle has offered ONE amazing fan a chance to win:

  • WaterWorks Recipe Book
  • One Define Bottle Sport 17 Ounce Flip Top Bottle
  • One Define Bottle Lite 12 Ounce Model
  • a crochet carrier
  • a set of ice packs for the bottles
  • 17 ounce bamboo top and bottom bottle

A total value of $107.00!

Giveaway Rules:

  • Open to USA/CAN/Europe
  • Ends 09/22/14
  • ONE entry per person, per household
  • Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen NO exceptions
  • This giveaway is in NO way sponsored, endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, etc. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc is not responsible or liable in anyway for this post!

Define Bottle Giveaway


Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker Giveaway!

by Paula on July 1, 2014


It's Margaritaville Time!!

Add some pizazz to your next party with the Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker!  Haven’t heard of the magic machine before?  Well, here are what folks are saying on Amazon:

This machine is awesome! It was the hit of the party with folks of all ages. Just select which alcohol to use, pour in the mixes & let the machine figure out the drinks that can be made.


This was the hit of our Mardi Gras Party. We put it at one end of the bar and no one even bothered with the bartender. It was fun and entertaining for our guests and the drinks were awesome!


Love, love this machine. It exceeded my expectations and makes perfect drinks. I highly recommend. Great for entertaining, easy to clean as well.


Why is the Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker so amazing?  It is fully automated, dispensing perfectly mixed drinks at the touch of a button.  And what’s cool is you can make a selection using the drink wheel selector or let the machine choose for you using the “I Feel Lucky” button!!  There’s also a Drink Strength selector that can add another shot if you so desire.  It can make over 48 different cocktails—no bartender needed!

  • 4 color-coded, 54 oz. liquid tanks with matching caps, drip tray & cover included
  • Easy, one-touch operation
  • Digital display readout for drink selections
  • Includes drink selector option, a “I’m Feeling Lucky” button for random drink selection & a drink strength feature
  • Dispenses 8-ounce drinks
  • Recommended cup size is 14 – 16 ounces
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe basin and drink chute


Doesn’t it sound wonderful?  You could have one of your very own!!  Join our giveaway!!


Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker Giveaway

This giveaway is organized by Mom to Bed by 8 and sponsored by the following: PictureIt Creations, The Tween & Me, Mutterings Of A Mindless Mommy and MumbleBee Deals and Steals.

One winner will receive a Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker and $100 Target Gift Card!!

Giveaway ends July 31 at 11:59 pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+.  Excludes Quebec.  Only one entrant per household, per address.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Enter using the giveaway form below.  Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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