Beyond Meat Taste Test Challenge

I put my sister to the Beyond Meat taste test. We now have an office where we work together a few days a week. Eating has been an adjustment since we try to bring food with us to save time. Both of us like to eat somewhat healthy and have similar sensitivities when it comes to dietary requirements. Neither of us does well with a diet containing a lot of meat, but we both have carnivorous … [Read more...]

Easy Salmon Salad Recipe for Lunches On the Go

Trying to incorporate more fish into your diet? This easy salmon salad recipe is perfect for lunches on the go. We make enough for the two of us to have at least two days of the week covered. That's 4 lunches taken care of! This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Easy Salmon Salad Recipe We make enough for four servings so that each of us has a quick and … [Read more...]

Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System – Great Juicing Tool

Using the Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System is helping us stay on track with juicing. I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for the Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System. I am receiving a fee for posting, however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with the Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System team and do not earn a commission or percentage … [Read more...]

Easy Dip Recipes for Appetizers

Dip recipes can be very useful during the holiday season. It's easy to whip up some dip for an appetizer or even dessert. This post is sponsored by Foodie, but all opinions are my own. Creating collections on is easy and like bookmarking delicious recipes. I could spend hours on the site drooling over all the scrumptious looking pictures. Easy Dip Recipes for Appetizers Check out … [Read more...]

Dinner after Dinner for my Hungry Man

One dinner is usually not enough for my hearty hubby. My hard-working man usually requires a dinner after his dinner which can make things a little challenging in the kitchen. This post is sponsored by Hungry Man, but all opinions are my own. I try to cook dinner as much as possible during the week. It's definitely not my favorite thing to do, and I am far from a natural in the kitchen. We also … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Poke Cake Brownies Recipe #CookingUpGood

Brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Peanut butter is also at the top of my list. So why not combine the two? Thanks to this sponsored post by Kraft and Lunchbox, I have created this delicious Peanut Butter Poke Cake Brownies recipe found on the Walmart website. The kids are back in school, the holidays are coming up, and pre-season football games are already in full swing, so it's … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Salads for Lunch Ideas

Mason Jar Salads and more by Julia Mirabella is a colorful and lovely book containing 50 layered lunches to grab and go. I received a copy for review, but all opinions are my own. Mason jar meals are huge right now. People have gotten so creative with mason jars and they seem to be everywhere lately. This post also contains affiliate links. I made a delicious caesar salad from the book. It's … [Read more...]

Frozen Foods Help Me with Portion Control

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Portion control is a serious challenge for me. I just don't seem to get full and always feel the need to clean my plate. A big challenge that I am noticing for myself now that I work from home is that I constantly snack. I find myself not sitting down … [Read more...]

Moonshine BBQ at Outback Steakhouse #MoonshineBBQ

Moonshine BBQ is now available at Outback, and I'm super excited to finally be able to talk about it. As an Outback Bestmate, I received compensation for this post but all opinions are my own. During my post about our amazing trip to the Outback headquarters in Tampa, Florida, I mentioned that I got to try "top secret" menu items that I was not allowed to talk about. Well, that was the Moonshine … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Eat Nutella and Recipe Roundup

Nutella is delicious and I can totally just grab a spoon and eat it from the jar. There are many other fun and creative ways to enjoy it, though. I reached out to my blogger friends to see what they have come up with. I have their permission to use their beautiful photos and link to their delicious recipes. 7 Ways to Eat Nutella and Recipe Roundup Drink it: Banana Nutella Smoothie from … [Read more...]

Red Baron Pizza for the Big Game

The “big game” is this weekend. Parties and food will be plentiful. If you haven’t already figured out your menu, make sure to check out Red Baron Pizza. I received Red Baron product coupons in exchange for my review, and made sure to stock up my freezer in time for the football game this weekend. Red Baron Pizza Growing up, Sunday night was always frozen pizza night. After quite a few years of … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate from Active D’Lites

Awe YEAH!  You read that correctly... Healthy CHOCOLATE exists.  I am so excited to bring you this post about Probiotic Chocolate from Active D'Lites.  I received product samples to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Active D'Lites - Chocolate with Probiotics The first time I tried these delicious little treats was at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in … [Read more...]

Reach Your Fitness Goals with Slimfast

It has been a great two weeks towards reaching my fitness goals with a big thanks to the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge.  I received products and a promotional item to facilitate this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Fitness Goals This year I am thinking about doing a bikini competition.  I am telling myself that I am going to compete to stay focused.  Even if I don't get on … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Recipes from Gorton’s

If you are looking for healthy dinner recipes, Gorton's offers tons of them!  I am thrilled to bring you this post sponsored by Gorton's.  I received coupons for free product, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Healthy Dinner Recipes About once a year I have time to make a truly awesome meal—like from scratch, multiple courses, and all fancy and stuff.  When I received a few recipe … [Read more...]

Step Towards Fitness with the Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

I am so excited to be taking this step towards fitness by participating in the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge!  I received free products to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Step Towards Fitness I have been chewing on the idea of training for my first bikini competition.  This is a huge fitness goal of mine and it takes an enormous amount of dedication.  With my full time … [Read more...]

6 Foods For Everyone That Fight Cancer

Foods to Fight Cancer Many of you probably know by now that I am in school full time studying nutrition science.  I am almost done with my bachelors degree and so far, I can say with 100% confidence that we really are what we eat. From a molecular standpoint, we build and maintain all our cells using the foods that we put in our mouth. Knowing this, it is so important to fuel our bodies with … [Read more...]

Mamma Chia Seed Drink Review

I am happy to bring you this Mamma Chia Seed Drink review and giveaway sponsored by Mamma Chia.  I received product samples to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mamma Chia Seed Drink and Chia Squeeze Snacks First of all, YUM.  The flavors are fantastic.  I don't even know how to pick a favorite.  When I asked my daughter, she even said, "I don't know, I like them … [Read more...]

American Heritage Chocolate Cocoa Swirl Sugar Cookies

Cocao or cocoa?  Apparently these spellings are used interchangeably.  It is thought that somewhere in history a spelling error became permanent.  But, the scientific name for the "chocolate plant" is Theobroma cocao so I'm thinking we've all been living a lie for hundreds of years.  Oh, well, I'm over it.  I freaking love cocao/cocoa no matter how you spell it.  I participated in an Influencer … [Read more...]

DIY Haunted House Halloween Candy Craft

It is my pleasure, more my sweet tooth's pleasure, to bring you this post about a fun Halloween Candy craft.  This post is sponsored by Global Influence with products provided by Hershey's. Halloween Candy Craft   After receiving what the kids have deemed our best doorstep delivery to date—an enormous box of Hershey's Halloween treats—we put together a fun little DIY craft.  Adam is … [Read more...]

After School Snacks for Hungry Teen Bellies

Adam is growing so fast I cannot keep up with his appetite.  I am so excited to bring you this sponsored post about the New José Olé Nacho Bites.  He is able to make these for him and his sister all by himself.  They are perfect for after school, especially since I don't get home in time to help with after school snacks.  Plus, they're delicious for the whole family! After School … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Perfect Foods Bar Review

The lovely Kaitlin, (you may remember her from our trip to the Chicago Cubs game,) introduced me to the Perfect Foods Bar.  These gluten free bars are simply divine.  I was beside myself with joy when the company agreed to work together on a review and giveaway.  I received boxes of each of their flavors and their snack sizes and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Gluten Free Perfect Foods … [Read more...]

Back to School Gluten Free Lunches at Marianos

The back to school season arrived out of nowhere.  Now that we're back to the daily scramble, I am trying to fit allergy friendly, gluten free and peanut free lunches into our menu.  My first battle is finding a good selection of gluten free and peanut free products.  The second challenge is getting a good deal on these sometimes pricey items. Gluten Free at Mariano's I have never been a huge … [Read more...]

School Lunch for Kids Done Right

With school just around the corner--literally, my kids start next week--I would like to do everything I can to make it a fun transition.  Making school lunch fun is at least one way to get the kids pumped!  The weather here has been pretty crummy all summer so we are really not ready to go back to school.  I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to review the book, Best Lunch Box Ever and offer … [Read more...]

Vero Gelato at Mariano’s Chicago West Loop Location

Visiting any Mariano's is always a pleasure but today we experienced the West Loop Chicago location.  The kids and I look forward to grocery shopping like it is a field trip whenever the destination is Mariano's.  Vero Gelato is always on the list and this time we even got to meet the director, Angelo Lollino! Chicago Mariano's - West Loop This summer, #MyMarianos location has usually been their … [Read more...]

Kefir Probugs and DIY Upcycling Craft Ideas

Upcycling, craft ideas and yummy summer treats all in one?!  Yep.  I was so excited to have the chance to work on this campaign for Frozen Kefir Probugs™.  We have already been enjoying Probugs™ in our lunches but hadn't tried the Frozen Probugs™ yet.  They are a lot like the push-ups I remember from the ice-cream man as a kid but these are healthy frozen summer treats!  The packaging they come in … [Read more...]

All Natural Juice from Your Kitchen

As a nutrition science major, I can confidently say natural is the way to go when it comes to diet.  If you cannot pronounce something on the ingredient list of your food you should not be eating it.  Some of the chemicals in our foods are just mind-boggling. But, I'm not going to go on and on about freaky chemicals.  We have all been told enough about how hazardous they are to our health...  … [Read more...]

Low Carb Recipe Perfect for Spring

The "holiday season" just never seems to end if you're trying to lose weight.  So many temptations every month!  It seems to really begin with Christmas but then there is all that chocolate for Valentine's Day, shamrock shakes for St. Patrick's Day, and now here it is Easter and all those decadent recipes are in your face! Well, I have managed to find a way to trick myself into thinking I'm … [Read more...]

Save Money and Eat Well with Everyday Healthy Values

As a busy working-mom-student, eating healthy is important but so is being able to save money.  Balancing these two goals is now really easy with Everyday Healthy Values.  Powered by, Everyday Healthy Values puts all the coupons for healthy stuff in one spot so you don't have to sift through a ton of other unrelated coupons. Sponsored post. Save Money.  Eat Healthy. Especially … [Read more...]

Resolutions Made Easier

With New Year's resolutions in full swing, it's always nice to find external support.  The Kroger Co. Family of stores has a Buy 5 Save $5 deal on items that can aid our resolutions. Sponsored post. Resolutions I have made a few resolutions this year.  The first, not so surprising, is to get back into shape.  Getting back into school threw off my entire eating and exercise routine.  With that, I … [Read more...]

Shop at ALDI to Save on Holiday Items

Whenever I shop at ALDI I always leave with a sense of satisfied accomplishment.  I know I saved a ton of money on the things I needed and didn't have to sacrifice any quality. Shop at ALDI Our ALDI is now located in the mall.  We refer to this shop as Maldi.  :)  Christmas shopping couldn't be easier!  I can get my gifts and groceries all in one trip!  But even if your nearest ALDI isn't … [Read more...]

Holiday Cookies from Mrs. Fields

No holiday is complete without festive cookies.  Halloween is no exception.  Candy is great, but cookies?  Nothing tops them in my book! Product received for review. Post contains affiliate links. Mrs. Fields Holiday Cookies Just in time for Halloween, my favorite cookie company asks me, would you like to try our Halloween cookies?  Um... Jeez, let me think...  YES!!!  :D As I am now room mom … [Read more...]

DIY Pod Sandwich Recipe Perfect for Back to School

Now that I am back to school full time, I am always on the hunt for a simple lunch recipe that doesn't demand too much time or expense.  I don't have a lot of time in the morning to be preparing fancy lunches for any of us. (I've used affiliate links in this post to support this blog and our family.) Back to School It has come to my attention that the kids only have like fifteen minutes to eat … [Read more...]

After School Food Ideas – Hot Pocket Snacks

The first thing on my kids' minds when they walk in the house after school is food.  It doesn't matter how much I pack them for lunch, it seems they are always starving the moment they get home.  I think a huge part of it is that they'd like to procrastinate as long as possible before starting homework.  Which is why I like giving them homework friendly food... After School Food With after … [Read more...]

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