Managing Finances | A Realistic Look at Saving Money

Managing Finances - Tips to help you spend and save smarter

Are you a spender or a saver? I’m a recovering spendaholic. I fought my way out of a mountain of debt so large that it brings me to tears just to think about it. But, I’ve been completely debt-free for 8 years now, and I’ve learned to make managing finances a priority. So as we head into the new year, I’d love to […]

Healthy Snacking | Baked Apples Recipe

Baked Apples recipe with plum crumble topping

If you’re like me and have resolved to eat healthier this year, you’re probably focusing on choosing healthier snacks as part of an improved diet, and this baked apples recipe makes healthy snacking easy. It has the essence of apple pie without all of the calories. Delicious and guilt-free! How are you doing with your New Year’s […]

5 Reasons To Shop Online

Reasons to shop online

We don’t realize how good we have it sometimes. We have conveniences left and right that would have been unheard of 30+ years ago. The internet puts millions of products at our fingertips, and we have more reasons to shop online than ever before! 1. Preemptive Ordering When you have supplies you need to order regularly, it’s nice to be […]

Get Well Wishes: How To Make a Gift Basket of Comfort That Warms Hearts

Get Well Wishes - Make a Gift Basket

We start the year with the best of intentions to live a good healthy life, and then bam, we’re blindsided by a cold or the flu. When someone you love is feeling under the weather and you’d like to send them get well wishes, try putting together a gift basket of comfort.

How To Make Animal Shadow Puppets

animal shadow puppets

If you and your kids love animals, then you definitely need to know how to make animal shadow puppets.  By projecting the shadows of flat puppets onto a lighted screen, you can create an entertaining little show. You can even bring your favorite characters from movies and TV shows to life! With the arrival of the swashbuckling adventure-comedy […]

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Recipes

Baked Apples recipe with plum crumble topping

Healthy Snacking | Baked Apples Recipe

If you’re like me and have resolved to eat healthier this year, you’re probably focusing on choosing healthier snacks as part of an improved diet, and this baked apples recipe makes healthy snacking easy. It has the essence of apple pie without all of the calories. Delicious and guilt-free! How are you doing with your New Year’s […]

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Custard Bars with Rum Raisin Sauce

These Cinnamon Oatmeal Custard Bars with Rum Raisin Sauce are the epitome of “cookies reimagined”, and show off one of McCormick’s eight Flavor Forecast trends for this year. I’m always so excited to work with McCormick and see the annual report (this year marks the 15th anniversary), because it gives a good indication of what we’ll be seeing […]

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Chicken Chili Rice Bowls

As much as I love to cook, I don’t like spending a lot of money to do it. I’m far too lazy to coupon, but I do watch to see what Food Lion puts on sale each week so I can plan my meals around their specials. And this week’s “Dish It Up” recipe for Chicken […]

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Travel

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My Visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Last month I had the great pleasure of being invited on a press trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary near Kanab, Utah, and it was one of the most heart touching and emotionally rewarding experiences of my life. Tucked inside 3,700 acres of the most beautiful red rock desert landscape you could imagine lies Angel Canyon and the Best […]

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Zarkana by Cirque du Soileil | ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas

One of the highlights of my recent #HowWeVegas trip was seeing Zarkana, the Cirque du Soleil show residing within the ARIA Casino & Resort. It was an experience I’ll never forget! Zarkana is a spirited voyage through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life. Populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats, Zarkana […]

Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas

ARIA Resort & Casino Sky Suites #HowWeVegas

Need to know where to stay in Las Vegas? Here’s your answer. I was recently invited to spend a #HowWeVegas weekend in the breathtakingly beautiful ARIA Resort & Casino Sky Suites, an experience I’ll never forget.  The luxurious and prestigious AAA 5 Diamond and Forbes 5 Star hotel towers above the Las Vegas strip and is a Vegas destination unto […]

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