In-Real-Life at the April #MomMixer

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As my teen daughter gets closer and closer to the scheduled date to try for her license, I use every opportunity to have her drive to get the 65 hours in, required here in PA, before the official road test at the end of May. Last Saturday offered up an especially sweet opportunity to visit […]

Comparison Shopping: Nutribullet versus Medifast Blender

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Weight loss is always such a challenge this time of year when it is so much easier to simply hibernate, not exercise and eat way too much – especially with the snowy winter we’ve had this year. But, I am continuing my journey and new cooking toys help me get inspired to eat healthy. For […]

Chocolate, chocolate, who’s got the chocolate? #WWbrowniebliss

taste testing with weight watchers

(Disclosure: I received products for this review from Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods.) We had fun trying a new kind of chocolate treat this afternoon. I was “in-the-know” so I had to run the taste-testing instead of participating in the tasting (at least at first). So, here are my girls waiting for their first bite. […]

Starting Fresh with Medifast, Exercise and Enough Water to Wash Away


Today was yet another new beginning in the world’s longest roller-coaster diet otherwise known as my life, reinventing itself every couple of years. I have three blogs now but I am choosing to document this journey here because this is the blog closest to my heart, my journey, my life. My other older blog DIYFrugal […]

Give a little Merci Chocolate for Teacher and Summer Counselor Gifts

Merci Chocolates

Chocolate is one of those international delights that appeal to just about everyone and when we received Merci European Chocolates to review and giveaway, I fell in love! Lined up all pretty, the little individually wrapped bars come in seven totally delish favors: Dark Mousse, Hazelnut Creme, Praline Creme, Milk Chocolate, Coffee and Cream and […]

Celebrity Interview: Chef Marcela Valladolid on The American Baking Competition

American Baking Competition

The heat is rising on  The American Baking Competition, the latest reality TV cooking show to hit the airwaves on CBS. Ten contestants have already begun sharing their culinary skills and talents with the world and two hopefuls have been eliminated. Recently, I was given the opportunity to ask celebrity chef and baking  judge Marcela Valladolid […]

CLOSED: Party Wrap-Up and GIVEAWAY: $100 Gift Card from The Amazing Avocado

avocados from Mexico

UPDATE: Congrats to comment #134: Jeanne. Avocados are the hottest new ingredient in healthy eating and amazingly they are available ALL year around! Guilt-free eating with all that GOOD fat. Yummo. This month, several of my favorite bloggy friends came over for a fun recipe swap sponsored by Avocados from Mexico. Since avocados are so […]

Cookbook Review: Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo

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Moms on the go (like me these days) need cooking ideas that are healthy and fast. I love the new cookbook by Jennifer Perillo: Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen that covers a range of recipes that are both simple and easy and still make you feel like a mom who can […]

Hopping Down Hershey’s Bunny Trail

PAAS Egg Decorating Kit

Every year, when Easter rolls around, I can’t resist adding a little Hershey’s chocolate of all kinds to my kids’ baskets. Over the years, I have always had an Easter basket waiting for my girls when they woke up on Easter morning for that yummy traditional burst of sugar before heading off to church for […]

Recipe: Gluten Free Tortilla Wrap with Almond Butter and Honey


Recently, I received a box with an interesting new twist on gluten-free foods from Udi’s Gluten Free Foods: TORTILLAS! Hello, sandwich wraps, quesadillas, quick bites! I proceeded to take one out of the package and take a quick taste. Then I read the directions. Doh! HEAT (in microwave or pan)! Worlds of difference. I am […]