A Day of Fun and FIRSTS at Valleyfair!

A trip to Valleyfair is fun ANY day, but a day filled with "firsts" can be even more fun. Our trip to Valleyfair was a big deal because it was the FIRST time that Little R is finally tall enough to ride on all the rides! He loves the thrill rides and has always been disappointed when there were some … [Read more...]

Best Raspberry Shake Recipe Ever

I heard a fact recently that doesn't surprise me at all. My area of the country, the Twin Cities in Minnesota, is the leading market for raspberries (measured by consumption per household), with residents here enjoying 153% more raspberries than the national average! Why am I not surprised? because … [Read more...]

Director Luc Besson Valerian Interview: A Blogger Exclusive

Several weeks ago I had the chance to travel to LA to screen Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and attend the film's press junket. I personally had a lot of fun seeing the movie (I can't yet share a review, but CAN tell you that you will LOVE it!), meeting the film's stars Dane DeHaan Cara … [Read more...]

No Vacation Plans? Mix It Up in the Backyard

It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through the summer. Doesn’t it feel like it just started? While summer is an excellent time to plan a vacation and get-away to relax and refresh or just have a good time, we all know that doesn’t always happen! Pesky things like work schedules, kids’ … [Read more...]

July Reading List: Trigiani, Sedaris, Franken, Trigiani, Palacio, Kibler + Reader Giveaway

Summer is in full swing and one of my favorite summer activities is sitting in the shade of our backyard with a good book! If you're looking to fill up your July reading list, feel free to choose from MY July list of 5 books I'm looking forward to reading!  Theft by Finding: Diaries … [Read more...]

Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

When it comes to All-American foods, I'm thinking that the chili cheese dog has to be at the top of the list! You start with a hot dog, as in "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet" and then take it further by adding a classic Tex-Mex chili too it and, of course, some good old midwestern dairy … [Read more...]

Budget Envelope System: How to Get Your Budget On Track

Let’s take a minute to look at the spending habits of two people: Michelle and Sarah.  Michelle Michelle doesn’t consider herself to be a big spender. In fact, she thinks that she is pretty thrifty. She looks for deals on things that she buys and doesn’t buy things just for the sake of having … [Read more...]

What Should You Buy in July? My Local CBS News Morning Segment

  It's time to kick off the month with a holiday AND plan for summertime deals. There are certain items that are great to buy in July, saving you money and helping you to plan ahead. If you’re wondering “What Should You Buy in July?” that was our topic today when I appeared on WCCO, our … [Read more...]

Grilled Corn and Shrimp Salad Recipe

With hot summer days, a yummy, filling cold salad hits the spot for lunch or dinner. What's even better is when you don't have to heat up the kitchen to make it. With this Grilled Corn and Shrimp Salad recipe you make the corn on the grill outside and use pre-cooked shrimp to make a delicious salad … [Read more...]

Cat Products Online – Top Trending Items for Your Cat!

Let's admit it - our cute cats are just like our little furbabies. Yes, most cats can be a pain from time to time (some more than others) but their cuteness and cuddles more than make up for any headaches the cause. I love how easy it is to buy cat products online because variety and new things in … [Read more...]

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