Aldi Barissimo Coffee and $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Aldi Barissimo Coffee Giveaway

Is it snowing at your place this week?  So far, we have no snow here, but we’re watching the weather reports!  Either way, it is certainly cold out, and for cold winter days like we’re having this week there’s nothing like a hot beverage!  If you shop at Aldi, you may have noticed they have a number of  new coffee products.  Their Barissimo line includes bagged coffee as well as single cups and ready-to-drink iced coffees in an array of great flavors. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 255 – With Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Hi everyone! Happy early Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the holiday, I’ve got a few last minute Valentine’s Day features!  Hope you enjoy them!

Also, if you applied to be a guest contributor or linky party co-host, thank you!  I’ve just out emails to the linky party co-host applicants, so if you’ve applied please check your inbox for my email. As for those who’ve expressed interest in guest posting, I’ll be planning a guest posting event shortly and will contact you with details as soon as I have them.

Now take a look at these fun Valentine’s ideas!

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Gingerbread Cookie Milkshake

Gingerbread Cookie Milkshake

I’m an absolute FIEND when it comes to frozen treats.  I especially love ICEES and milkshakes.  Chocolate has always been a classic favorite of mine, but I never pass up the chance to try a new flavor.  A few years ago around Christmas time, Burger King had a Gingerbread Cookie Milkshake.  Oh my goodness!  That thing was SO good!  Every fall and holiday season I hope they will bring this yummy treat back, but so far I’ve been out of luck!

Finally I did some searching and found a few different recipes for gingerbread shakes and other treats.  And I finally made my own Gingerbread Cookie Milkshake at home!  The secret ingredient (besides these adorable little Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread Cookies) is a little molasses!  I have to admit, when I first looked at all the different cookie and shake recipes calling for molasses, I was really thrown!  Even as I was making the milkshake, I tasted a tiny bit of molasses and thought, “Ugh! How is THIS going to taste good?”

But amazingly it totally WORKS!  The shake turned out absolutely perfect!  It met my expectations and so much more!  So if you like gingerbread cookies and you like milkshakes, you simply have to try this recipe! [Read more…]

Waking Up with McCafé + Red Velvet Angel Food Cake Recipe

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

McCafe Hazelnut Coffee

 

I’m generally a very happy and cheerful person, but I HATE getting up in the mornings!  I always have!  On days when I don’t have to wake up at a certain time, I’m good, but when that clock radio jolts me awake in the morning, it’s like one of the worst feelings on earth!   To paraphrase what my husband has said, “I definitely need a few minutes to get myself together when I first wake up.”  So I take my “few minutes to get myself together” while Noah eats his breakfast and gets ready for school.  Then we drive to school, and since I work from home, it is oh-so-tempting to just jump right back in bed after I come home from dropping him off!  (And okay…sometimes when there’s nothing pressing to do or I have a migraine or haven’t slept well, I may do just that!)  But most days I need to stay up and get things done, and then I need my morning caffeine fix!  Enter McCafé!

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Friday Favorties – Week 241 – With Healthy Tips

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As much as I love the fall season, I don’t love the cold and flu season that gets ushered in.  Today I’m featuring some healthy tips and ideas to help you look and feel your best through the fall season!  Also, I’d love to invite you to enter my latest giveaway, which is a package of 4 Health & Wellness Books.  We have a book on home remedies, aromatherapy and essential oils, pH balance, and homemade soaps!

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5 hour ENERGY Yummification Contest Results‏

A while back, I posted about the 5 hour ENERGY Yummification Contest, and I shared a recipe for 5 hour Lemonade.

5-hour Lemonade Drink

Other people around the country also shared their 5 hour ENERGY recipes and entered them in the Yummification Contest.  The results are in!

Here’s the list of winners:

First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA.  This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert: it’s a lot).

Pomelimelade Recipe 1 glass Limeade and 1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY®

Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA.  The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade. This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more.

Ramalamadingdong Recipe  – 1 glass Lemonade  and  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY®

Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC.  The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing. And practicing.

Arnold Power Recipe“-  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea and 1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY®

You can now check out the winners and their award winning photos, videos, and recipes on the Yummification Contest page.

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Disclosure: I received samples and compensation for this post. The opinions are my own.

Mom’s Morning Essentials and a Giveaway

Moms Morning Essentials

 

As a CVS Gold Emblem Blogger, I get a chance to sample all kinds of great snacks, candies, and other yummy items!  With back to school season in full swing, there is a ton of focus on breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas for the kids, but what about mom?  Today we are shifting the focus over to mom with help from some great CVS Gold Emblem products.  If you just aren’t quite yourself until you’ve had your morning coffee, today’s post is for you! [Read more…]

5-Hour Lemonade Recipe + Yummification Contest and a Giveaway!

5-hour Lemonade Drink

Do you drink 5-hour Energy?  Or would you like to drink it but can’t get used to the taste.  Recently you may have seen commercials on television for the 5-hour Energy Yummification Contest.  For this contest, the folks at 5-hour Energy are encouraging you to make your own drink creations using 5-hour Energy.

To enter the contest, visit 5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form. “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!) Drink creations must follow the approved/non-approved ingredients guidelines (i.e. no caffeinated beverages or alcohol) [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 227 – With 5 Yummy Lemon Recipes

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Welcome to Friday Favorites. With the summer season quickly winding down, I’m trying to get in as many summer recipe features as possible. This week we have one of my favorite flavors of summer……Lemon!  Hope you enjoy these delicious lemony treats!

AND….while you are here this week, please check out this week’s giveaway.  I am giving away a copy of the book: Simply Sweet Colorcakes. This book is a dream for anyone who loves to bake and create yummy treats for the kids.  Go over and take a look!

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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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