Sprucing Up Outdoors This Spring with Dollar General

Dollar General Outdoors

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. The birds are chirping, there are butterflies fluttering by my window, and I can see the buds of lilacs and tulips getting ready to burst open here in east Tennessee.  And other than wishing the pollen count was a bit lower, I couldn't be happier! Spring brings with it a resurgence of life, an excitement for being outside, and definitely a need for planting beautiful flowers!  I just can't resist putting together a lovely, colorful pot of flowers on the table when I catch Spring Fever! This year, I headed to my local Dollar General to do just that.  I already had a lovely purple Hyacinth that I wanted to enjoy the blooms inside before I planted it outside for it to come back year after … [Read more...]

Refresh Your Home & Health this Spring: DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Make Your Own Scrub

I received products to facilitate this post, featuring a DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub.  All opinions expressed are my own. When Whole Foods Market sent me some fabulous tips about how to refresh my home and health this Spring, one stood out in particular... making my own DIY Body Scrub!  Today I'm sharing with you those same tips, as well as the recipe for my DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub! Jumpstart Your Health The Spring time is a great time to re-evaluate how you treat your body.  The days get warmer and longer, which encourages more exercise and time outdoors.  The idea of wearing a bathing suit in the coming months usually changes our minds about the foods we're eating too! Eating and snacking healthy is easy when you receive a package full of delicious goodies from Whole Foods! For a tasty and satisfying on-the-go snack – … [Read more...]

DIY Cloth Diapers with Babyville Boutique [+ an Earth Day #Giveaway worth $75!] – US/CAN

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Babyville Boutique.  All opinions expressed are my own. Are you the crafty type that loves to peruse craft stores? Do you like to sew? Have you ever tried your hand at making your own cloth diapers or accessories? If you answered "Yes!" to any of those, you have probably heard of Babyville Boutique.  But just in case you haven't, here's a little background on the company! Babyville Boutique is about sewing and crafting for your family, friends and pets. Babyville was “born” when a new generation of parents embraced an emerging lifestyle trend of wanting healthier and environmental friendly products for their baby.  As more families became conscience of this lifestyle choice, many creative moms began sewing cloth diapers for their babies and toddlers for both … [Read more...]

Fill your Easter Eggs with YumEarth Organic Candy #Giveaway

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We're just a couple weeks away from Easter and if you're like me, I'm already trying to figure out what I'll be putting in my girls' Easter Eggs and Baskets! Luckily, I received a package of YumEarth Organic Candy, perfectly decorated in Easter packaging this week [free for review].  To say my girls will be excited when they open up Easter Eggs filled with Gummy Bears and Fruit Snacks is definitely an under statement.  My girls get so excited when they see YumEarth packages come inside the house... almost as much as me. You see, not only do I love YumEarth Candy because it's organic and contains all natural ingredients - no artificial dyes or coloring!  So I can feel good about giving them the candy, but the other reason I love YumEarth?  It's delicious! I enjoy the gummy bears about as much as the girls do!  So that's why … [Read more...]

Think Outside the [Pizza Box] – 22 Pizza Recipes

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This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com. My girls loves Pizza, but it's usually not the first food you think of when you think of cooking a fabulous home-cooked meal.  Today, I hope to inspire you to think outside of the [Pizza] Box and make Sunday Funday with Pizza Pies for dinner! I created a Foodie Collection of some of my favorite pizza pies from around the web.  You can browse the collection above, be sure to pin a few so you can try them too!  Some are healthy, some feature delicious veggies, and some are just downright delightfully delicious looking - but they all have one thing in common... They're all Pizza Pies! So, join me in making a delicious [more healthy or not] pizza that is totally not from a box.  Enjoy your family time as you gather around the circle [or square] of a Pizza Pie! What's your … [Read more...]

[a review of] Body Sugaring Paste – an Alternative to Waxing

Body Sugaring Paste Process

I received product and compensation to perform this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own. You may have seen the Body Sugaring Paste Giveaway that launched last week OR  a mention of the paste on my Facebook page, but either way - if you have or haven't heard of Body Sugaring Paste before, you're going to learn about it today!Did you know that body sugaring is a method of natural hair removal that's been around for quite some time?  Alot like waxing, when you remove hair with body sugaring paste, it removes the hair at the root.  This makes the hair grow back slower and smoother than shaving with a razor. Lisa - the owner of the Brown Sugar Shop shares... "For the last few years I've created different recipes until I finally discovered the secret ingredient that the high end cosmetic companies use – but I offer it in my … [Read more...]

Cookie Butter Banana Shake [+ a review of the Ninja Ultima Blender]

Cookie Butter Banana Shake

A couple of months ago, I shared on Facebook that I would be making my first trip to Trader Joe's and wondered what I should get.  I knew the store had quite the following, so I hoped SEBG readers would steer me in the right direction.  Oh boy, did they ever!  They introduced my family to a delicious phenomenon called Cookie Butter.  And my friends, today I've created a delicious shake for you! You can thank me now... or later, whichever you choose.  But believe me, if you try the Cookie Butter Banana Shake - you will thank me! The reason I just had to try out a new shake and smoothie or two was because I was recently sent a Ninja Ultima Blender [free to review].  I had read rave reviews and listened to my best friend, Amy, rave about her Ninja for so long, so I was beyond excited to try out the new version of the Ninja Ultima for … [Read more...]

13 Easy Pie Recipes [with 5 ingredients or less!]

13 Easy as Pie Recipes

This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com. I love a good pie.  I mean, really, who doesn't?  But y'all know how I like easy-to-make foods! Even though the old saying goes "Easy as Pie!", have a look around Pinterest and Foodie.com at so many of  the delicious pies and you'll see making them isn't quite so easy!  Nothing turns me off like a 15-20 ingredient list and a prep time of 30+ minutes! But making delicious pies can be as easy as eating them and I've put together a collection of Easy as Pie, Pie Recipes to prove it!  Let's celebrate Pi Day on March 14th by baking and enjoying some delicious, easy-as-pie pie recipes, each with 5 ingredients or less!  Click around the Foodie collection at the top of the post and tell me what you think! Which easy-as-pie pie are you most wanting to try from this … [Read more...]

Banana Blueberry Yogurt Mini Pancake Bites

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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. Did you know we're right in the middle of National Pancake Week?!? Yes, it does seem that everything has an official day or week now, but if anything deserves a day or week, it's definitely pancakes... don't you agree!?  Pancakes are one of the ultimate comfort foods and as a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I was recently challenged to create even tastier pancakes with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt! So many of my fellow Yo-Getters have been publishing amazing recipes so far - one of my personal favorites are these Cafe Latte Greek Yogurt Pancakes [totally my favorite new Greek Yogurt flavor from Stonyfield] from Meghan at JaMonkey! I decided to do a little spin on the challenge.  Instead of making my pancakes with yogurt as a substitution for milk in the recipe, … [Read more...]

DIY Detox Inside and Out with The Homegrown Collective GREEN Box [+ an EXCLUSIVE coupon code]

Green Box Contents

I received The HomeGrown Collective Green Box for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own. Y'all know how I like easy and green, right?  Well, what's easier than having fabulous green products show up right at your own doorstep?! That's the premise behind The Homegrown Collective.  They've set out to offer an extremely easy and green box subscription service to encourage your eco friendly and sustainable lifestyles!  I've had the pleasure of reviewing a couple of boxes, like the Sustainable Laundry Box and the HOME remedies and Cure-Alls Box from The Homegrown Collective in the past.  I've always been totally surprised and satisfied with their contents. So when I was told that the DIY Detox Box was one of their favorite GREEN boxes ever - I knew it was going to be good! And good it was!  Totally right up my alley - I … [Read more...]

MOMables Makes Packing Lunches Easy

Momables Giveaway

"MOMMMMM... What's for Lunch?" I hear this question way more times than I should.  And it's mainly because I'm always, always struggling with waiting too late to prepare lunch because I don't want to make the same sandwich again and then the girls are way too hungry to wait for something else so they get the avoided sandwich again.  Whew.  That sentence is as long as making lunch sometimes feels! Now, you may know that I enjoy partaking in the act of packing bento lunches for Sophia when she goes to preschool twice a week, but I admit that she doesn't get those served every day.  They're pretty easy, but I like to keep school lunch a little extra special, with the boxes and picks.  So, that's why the "What's for Lunch" question always throws me for a loop at home! Today I am introducing you to a subscription service that will make … [Read more...]

Make Beef Stews Tastier with the Certified Angus Beef® brand

Hearty Beef Stew

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for the Certified Angus Beef® brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I grew up eating Beef Stews, especially in the cold winter months.  Rob loves them, so I make them, but honestly, I feel like so many times my beef stews are just... lacking.  We usually buy the meat that's on sale and just dump a big roast into the slow cooker with some potatoes and carrots.  And cook it.  All day long. Don't get me wrong, they're good, but not this good. I was recently challenged to try out two Beef Stew recipes that will be showcased on the award-winning CBS show Recipe Rehab tomorrow morning!  Not only was I challenged with new recipes to totally beef up my Beef Stew and to include the Certified … [Read more...]