Boys and Girls Clubs and Amway teach youth healthier ways of living with POSITIVE SPROUTS program!


In the consumer world of today, living sustainably is becoming more and more important.  Right in line with the importance of sustainable living is the importance of healthy living and healthy eating. Over the past couple years my family and I have become increasingly aware of the importance of these three things, and, in turn, are… [read more]

Homemade Apple Pie Caramel Apples #Recipe

A couple of months ago while enjoying a nice girls weekend my daughter and I stopped to get a caramel apple while doing some shopping. My daughter had never had one before and needless to say she is absolutely obsessed with them now! So my sister and I thought it would be fun to make… [read more]

Healthy Snack Time with Whole Fruit Smoothies – Review

Is anybody out there looking for a new refreshing, healthy treat?  Well I always am and J & J Snacks has come up with a new healthy snack called Whole Fruit Smoothies. Whole Fruit Smoothies are made with chunks of real fruit and bursting with a refreshing taste.  I could actually taste the pineapple chunks in… [read more]

Easy Cheesy Velveeta Queso Dip #Recipe

I love fall! I love when the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change colors, and I love watching football. What could better then spending a cool fall afternoon watching football? How about watching football while eating some yummy snacks! One of my favorite “get together” snacks is chips and queso.  Perfect… [read more]

Healthy Snacking Options with Willamette Valley Granola Chips – Review & #Giveaway

I am always on the look out for healthy snacks for my kids to eat. They tend to get tired of the same old apple, banana or string cheese to snack on so when I heard about Willamette Valley’s Granola Chips I wanted to try them out. At Willamette they took a new spin on… [read more]

Get the Kids in the Kitchen for National Pizza Month! #HormelFamily


I know, I know, it seems like everything has it’s own month! LOL These fun national month and days can be assigned to everything from bubbles to pizza.  I have found that these national days are a fun  excuse for me to get creative with my kids! This month we’ve been having pizza nights!  Instead… [read more]

Stay Hydrated, Healthy, and Refreshed with OXYWater – Review


Are you ever on the look out for a nice, cold, refreshing drink but you would like something that is healthier for you. Well have I got something new for you guys to try out. Have you ever heard of OXYwater? I hadn’t until recently but now I am glad that I have. OXYwater is… [read more]

7 Ideas for a Healthier Morning Breakfast Routine #HormelFamily


Okay…maybe not. I’m traditionally a cereal for breakfast kind of girl.  I’ll occasionally go for a bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat, but, unless it is winter those days are few and far between. Due to my recent rediscovery of the wonders of great tasting food (I’m pregnant. No more explanation necessary) I decided… [read more]

Easy Cheesy Cheese Steak Pockets #Recipe

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I found a recipe a few months back and after I made it my husband said “those are like a cheesesteak sandwich.” Now I LOVE cheese steak sandwich’s so I altered the recipe and came up with this.  I call them Easy Cheesy Pockets! So first I cooked up some hamburger meat and added chopped… [read more]

Zesty, Smoky Black Bean Soup – #Recipe #HormelFamily


A few days ago I was in a major dinner bind.  We’d just moved into our house a week and a half earlier and still didn’t have our cupboards and refrigerator well stocked.  No chicken, no beef, no veggies (save one onion) in the veggie drawer. What to do?  I’d gotten domestic a couple days… [read more]

6 Tips for healthy school lunches! #HormelFamily

When I look around the grocery store at the foods that are marketed to kids and parents as school lunch foods I am occasionally appalled. With high fructose corn syrup, large amounts of sugar, and hydrogenated oils in in most of the foods the average American consumes on a daily basis it can take a… [read more]

Did you celebrate National Hot Dog Month?

If not, you’ve got one more day! While I can’t do hot dogs while I’m pregnant I have been known to sneak the occasional dog done up in the style my mom would be proud of.  Indeed, I learned the art of a great dog from her. Want to know the secret to the perfect… [read more]

Crock Pot Ranch Chicken

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I love cooking in my crock-pot.  It is so nice to throw ingredients in a pot on busy days and to not have to worry about dinner.  It’s just all ready when you get home.  And this recipe is so simple and easy!  I usually have all the ingredients on hand.  Oh and the chicken. … [read more]

SodaStream – Review

With it being so hot outside this summer sometimes I like to kick back with a cold drink. I love the flavored waters after I exercise but sometimes all I really want is an ice cold diet cola. But with the price of everything going up I feel like buying a 12 pack of soda… [read more]