Pumpkin Maple Donut Recipe

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Oh yes--you read right.  It's pumpkin time!  (No Heidi--it's still summer!)  Well really you can cook with pumpkin all year round if you'd like.  But this is a great treat just right for the fall.  And fall is my most favorite time of year so you can bet your boopie that I will be sharing lots of fall things already. I'm a donut girl.  My mom loved donuts so as a kid, that was always our go-to choice of treat.  She was such a fan of … [Read more...]

DIY Dirty Diet Coke

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If you don't know what Dirty Diet Coke is, here's what it is:  the most delicious form of Diet Coke you have ever tasted.  There's a couple of new stores/restaurants (I'm not sure what to call them since they serve nothing but treats) around my town that serve a dirty Diet Coke.  They don't cost much, so why the need to do my own?  Because every time we wait in the 10 minute line, my kids will be begging for cookies, ice cream, or their own … [Read more...]

SmartSilk Pillows Review

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Pillows can be a tricky thing to navigate.  I'm not talking about throw pillows--which I probably need an intervention with.  I'm talking about the sleeping-on-at-night ones, the ones you hide behind 400 throw pillows on your bed because they are always deflated and lumpy and terribly wrinkled. I've tried many different kinds of pillows--everything from feather to down alternative to the um, regular kind(?) not sure what they are called.  The … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Party Cookies

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I really want to write this post, but all I can think about is how much I want to eat these cookies sitting over on my kitchen counter... Peanut butter blossoms are a classic cookie.  And when it comes to the classics, you can almost guarantee that the variations will all be great too!  Have you tried peanut butter blossoms with dark chocolate?  Have you tried them with dark chocolate and sprinkles?  What a great way to ring in the new … [Read more...]

DIY Soundbar Mount

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So it's a pretty common thing for men to love technology.  However, I need to admit that I'm also a fan.  But in my family, my husband is THE tech guy.  Like in all my family, which is extensive.  Anytime anyone needs to buy a new computer or TV or something, they ask him first.  And my husband loves his toys, so for his dental school graduation gift, I bought him his dream TV (at least the one that was reasonable to buy.)  And I have to say, it … [Read more...]

Quilting 101: Craftsy Mini Classes

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I love quilting.  But I must confess, I am not the most accurate quilter.  More than once I've ended up with misaligned piecing which drives me crazy.  So I have decided that I want to take some quilting classes.  However, since I have three young kids,  I don't have time to go to quilting stores and take those classes at my leisure.  What should I do? This is where Craftsy comes in.  Have you heard of it?  It's this education website where … [Read more...]

8 Personalized Gift Ideas Under $50 (& giveaway)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Personal Creations. **Spoiler for Michelle--don't keep reading unless you want to know what your Christmas presents are!** Every year I put off all my Christmas shopping until December and every year I want to punch myself in the throat.  I hate how stressful the holidays can be!  My family does a gift exchange among siblings--and I have 10 siblings.  So we rotate through and this … [Read more...]

Sharpie School Supply Bags

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #SharpieBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I will fully admit to being one of those moms doing a little dance that school is starting soon.  This summer was fun, but it's always challenging to be around your little kids all. the. time.  I feel like I can never think of enough activities and the … [Read more...]