Summer Sides Made Easy: Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad

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Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad

The other day we had a Mother’s Day get together.  I had all sorts of plans to bring a couple of dishes and a dessert, but I had a busy week and then I was sick the day before the event.  It became impossible for me to bring everything I want to bring, but I still didn’t want to come empty-handed.  Enter Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad!

These make for such a delicious side dish, and they are ideal for a number of occasions, including summer luncheons, picnics, and backyard barbecues.  They also come in a number of great varieties: [Read more…]

Getting Summer Ready with Listerine (& Other Must Haves)

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Are you ready for summer?  We’ve got just a week to go, and school’s out here! (So hard to believe!)

In some ways I think of summer as being the season when everything slows down…there is no driving to school; you generally have less school and community activities, etc…but while our kid is spending less time at school and more time at home that also means we have to buy more supplies.  We have to buy extra quick foods and snacks, summer clothes and accessories, and of course, summer health and beauty items.

Luckily Walgreen’s is a one stop shop for health and beauty items and their weekly ads, coupons and Balance Rewards help me to save money on all my summer must-have brands like Listerine, Band-Aid, Neutrogena, and Neosporin. [Read more…]

Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

Even though we’re winding down the summer and doing the back to school thing over here, I still have a few summer guest posts to go this month!  Today I’m excited to have Karen from From the Garden Table.  Karen has prepared a delicious looking treat, which I personally think would be perfect for fall or the upcoming fall season. Check it out her Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake! [Read more…]

No-Churn Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream and Cleaning up with Wet Naps

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We are definitely home bodies.  My husband would rather stay home on the weekends that go out any day, and I generally feel the same way.  A trip to Walmart is like an adventure for me!  But I’m even happier just staying home when I’ve got great food (and especially desserts) to eat!

Although I enjoy a trip to the Ice Cream Parlor or Cupcake Shop just as much as the next girl (okay….honestly I probably enjoy it MORE than most children..) I have to say there is nothing like homemade ice cream to make your summer days fun, cool, and sweet!

To a lot of people, homemade ice cream means sitting around, turning a crank, listening to a much of noise, and generally a lot of trouble, not to mention the cost of the ice cream freezer (if you don’t already have one) which can be $50 and even $100.  BUT today I’m showing you how to enjoy a little homemade ice cream treat without all that hassle!

No-Churn Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

 I searched the web until I found a super easy No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream, and then I doctored it up with a little chocolate and cookie dough, to create a decadent No-Churn Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream! [Read more…]

Summer Fun with Juicy Fruit® #JuicyFruitFunSide #CollectiveBias

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Summer Fun with Juicy Fruit
When I was growing up, my favorite chewing gum was Wrigley’s!  I’ve always loved all their varieties, including Doublemint®  and Spearmint® , but when I was very little I always LOVED Juicy Fruit® .  Since I was kid, the brand has grown to include other products.  Apart from the sticks of gum I loved as a kid, you can now get Juicy Fruit® Fruity Chews and Juicy Fruit® Bubble Gum. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 226 – With Salads & Slaws

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites. This week we have a collection of summer salads and slaws! These would be perfect as side dishes for your weekend barbecue or even as stand alone meals.  Have a nice weekend! [Read more…]

Summer Fun with Cutter® Insect Repellents #CutterRepellents #ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.

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Are you spending a lot of time outdoors this summer?  Here in the South, it’s really almost too hot to go outside and enjoy anything.  Usually my husband and I like to wait until the evening time.  Just before and after the sun sets, the weather is perfect for grilling out, playing music, or just sitting around and talking.  The only problem with going out at this time is bugs.  For that we like to keep around plenty of Cutter® insect repellents:

Cutter® has several products to help you keep the insects at bay so that you and the family can enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about bloodsucking pest. The products include their CitroGuard Candles, Yard foggers and sprays, as well as personal insect repellents in spray and wipe form.

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Summer Fun with Stoli Lemonade #stolilemonade #ad

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of STOLI® Vodka for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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While your kids are chasing the ice cream truck, you can enjoy a treat of your own.  This summer, Stoli® Vodka is celebrating their Lemonade cocktail as the must-have drink of the season with their “100 Days to Squeeze” campaign.

Stoli® Vodka is the original premium vodka known for its high quality and standards.Their twist on the classic drink will feature Stoli® Ohranj™, Stoli® Citros™, Stoli® Razberi™ and Stoli® Blueberi™.

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The “100 Days to Squeeze” campaign encourages you to squeeze the most out of the summer season!  How, you ask?  Look for the Stoli-branded lemonade trucks and national Stoli Lemon-ade bar night events in your area. The trucks, also known as, ‘limo-nades’, will be serving refreshing flavored Lemonade ice pops and cocktails, and they will give you the chance  to participate in fun summer challenges to win Stoli prizes!

Just want a drink at home?  Try out the Stoli Hero Drink!

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Recipe for Stoli Hero Drink:

– 2 parts Stolichnaya® Vodka

– 4 parts lemonade

– Build in an ice-filled Mason jar or highball glass and stir. Garnish with lemon wheels.

You’ll love the combination of Stoli Premium Vodka combined with with fresh cold lemonade!

For more information, on these events and more, Connect with Stroli on their Social Networks.

Follow Stoli on Twitter and Join Stoli on Facebook and Instagram.  Also, share your summer moments on Twitter and Instagram, using hashtag: #StoliLemonade.

And look for the lemonade truck in your area:

 

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Food For Thought: Sweet ‘n Sour Pineapple Salsa

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I hope you’re enjoying all the frozen desserts and other summer treats my guests and I have been sharing.  Today we have a slight change of pace with a delicious Sweet ‘n Sour Pineapple Salsa from Mary-Kate at Christianity Cove. [Read more…]

Share a Coke and Rocky Road Coke Floats #ShareitForward #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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Coca Cola is my favorite drink! Even though I love it, I do have to share!  Recently my husband and I went to Walmart to Share a Coke.  On July 6, Coca Cola had a nationwide Share a Coke Event at Walmart.  We received free Coke samples, and we got to see the new bottles and cans which have words on them such as “friend” and “family” along with personalized bottles with actual names on them. [Read more…]