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Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year's Resolution: Healthy Eating #organic #giveaway #healthyeating #gourmet

One of the best things you can do for your body is to choose healthier foods. It can be tough to balance organic eating with a reasonable budget, but it's possible and worth the effort. We try to cook with as many fresh, organic ingredients as possible, but it's not always realistic with our schedules. On hectic days, it helps to have items on hand that make meals easy, but still align with our healthier eating goals. We like to have a few jars of Dave's Gourmet Organic Sauces in our cabinets to toss together with some whole grain or gluten-free pasta on busy evenings. At $8.99 for a jar of sauce and $2.00 for the pasta, we can feed our whole family for under $3.00 a person and still feel good about the meal. We even end up with a little left over for my husband to take to work the next day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pyrex Watercolor Collection Blue Lagoon 9.5" Pie Plate #baking #pieday #gift

Pyrex is one of those brands that my family has actually used for generations. Our kitchen is full of Pyrex mixing bowls, baking dishes and travel sets because the quality and durability makes it basically a guarantee that we'll be able to use them for years. I always immediately think of clear, thick glass when I hear the Pyrex name, but the other day I came across their new Watercolor Collection and it is stunning!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Years Resolution: Home Makeover with #homemakeover #renovation #arearugs

Happy New Year! With resolutions in full swing, home makeovers rank top of the list for many. This year, you can count us in, too! While we would love to go crazy on expensive renovations, there are plenty of ways to achieve a fresh look without breaking the budget.

One of the easiest ways to give a living space a new vibe is an area rug. With tile and hardwood floors, the rug becomes the focal point of the room and really ties it all together. We're used to shelling out a small fortune for rugs, so when I came across a site called, I couldn't believe how affordable the prices were. Of course, initially I was skeptical of the quality, but they looked gorgeous and the reviews were really complimentary, so I was excited to try it myself.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Super Bowl 2017: Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer #partyplanning #superbowl2017 #drinkmenu #glutenfree

We recently had the opportunity to try the new Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer and think it's the perfect low maintenance, trendy drink for any Super Bowl party. It's got fewer calories than other hard seltzers on the market and it's the perfect way to offer your guests of drinking age a mixed beverage without needing bottles of liquor on hand. Definitely serve them cold for optimum taste. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snack Healthier for the Super Bowl! #PopChips #glutenfree #SuperBowl #partymenu

The Super Bowl is almost here and party planning has begun! This year, we're swapping out our traditional potato chips with healthier, extra flavorful Pop Chips. It's a simple swap that our guests will love and why not do anything we can to cut down on the fat consumed on the big day? Healthy New Year's resolutions can remain intact! 

Since Pop Chips pressurizes their chips to a pop instead of frying them, it creates chips with half the fat. As an added bonus, they're gluten-free. This brand offers plenty of flavor varieties, too, so there's really no reason NOT to make the switch. Check out the flavor options below:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year's Resolution: Health and Beauty #damagedhair #Biolage #ParabenFree #SayGoodbyetoDry

If you've decided to ring in 2017 with health and beauty resolutions, you're in good company. In fact, it's one of the most popular resolutions made each year! One easy way to stick with your goal is to invest in quality hair products. Personally, Biolage is at the top of my list.

About two months ago my stylist recommended Biolage to improve the strength of my hair. I ended up sticking to the regimen below and am really happy with how much healthier my hair is now.You wouldn't know how dry it is naturally because Biolage KeratinDose moisturizes and smooths so well. It's also helps with my over-processed highlights, which are pretty fragile otherwise. Within about a month, I noticed a substantial difference. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Pizzeria Uno at Your Doorstep! #SuperBowl #pizzaparty #ChicagoStylePizza

We're counting down the weeks to the Super Bowl! This year, it's our turn to host the party and we've got a big surprise in store, especially for our Chicago friends...

Most everyone is familiar with Chicago-style pizza and those who have been to the Windy City have their favorites. Well, get ready to celebrate because we just found out that one of the most popular pizza places in town, Pizzeria Uno, now ships their pizzas across the US, right to your doorstep! I swear, every time we are in town we end up waiting forever just to get our hands on this pizza, so this new option is a big deal in our home. Pizza is a Super Bowl party focal point with our group of friends and family, so pulling these out of our oven on the big day is going put our spread over the top! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Decadent Holiday Hosting Made Easy! #MurraysCheeses #holidayhosting #holidaygift #dinnerparty #appetizers

Hosting holiday parties is by far our favorite part of the winter season. Menu planning is a passion and outdoing the year before is a must! This year, we're over-the-top excited to serve the MVP—Most Valuable Platter—ordered from Murray's Cheese. If you haven't sampled their products before, we highly recommend checking out the website here. Our order was placed on Monday and arrived on Wednesday in a sleek wooden crate, still cold in the box. The shipping speed was amazing, but we can't say enough about the high quality of their meats and cheeses. As soon as we unpacked it, we both had the same thought...this would make an exceptional holiday gift, too!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Ninja Coffee Bar Brew System #coffeelovers

The Ninja Coffee Bar System may be our favorite Holiday Guide Guide selection of the season! By now you've probably seen it on TV or in stores like Target, Home Depot and Kohls. We fully expect it to be the big ticket item this holiday and for good reason. Having been Keurig users for years, the guilt of all that pod waste doesn't sit well. Even after switching to the reusable filter, we remain stocked with gifts of coffee pods...a vicious cycle!  It's been a big deal to find a new coffee maker that keeps things easy, but the Ninja Coffee Bar System Auto IQ model was a no-brainer. It has everything we want and more! Since we already use our Ninja Blender all the time and love it, we felt pretty confident that this coffee system would be just as fantastic.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Order Dinner Without Lifting a Finger! #PizzaHut #Alexa #AmazonEcho

Over the holidays, it gets hectic. Sometimes it's all we can do to fit in time to order take-out and eat a family meal together. One of my go-to places in times like these is Pizza Hut. They must have anticipated our lives are getting pretty crazy because they just expanded their ordering capabilities to include Alexa Voice Service on Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets! If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon with these gadgets yet, you don't know what you're missing.
With an easy phrase, and not a single phone or laptop lifted, Pizza Hut has made it as easy as possible to order from their menu! Gotta love technology these days. They've even taken it up a level by providing Alexa users with the convenience of ordering not only favorites and past orders, but also directly from a menu of their most popular items.