Crest 3D Whitestrips Challenge

Jan 11, 19 Woman holding crest whitestrips

This post – Crest 3D Whitestrips Challenge – is sponsored by Crest. Opinions are 100% my own.

Woman holding crest whitestrips

I have to admit my smile was looking a lot less bright than it used to. Between my daily coffee and other brown beverages, my used to be pearly whites were not so bright. Dare I say they were even dull. Gasp. That is my BEFORE photo above. One thing I’m not is dull and I definitely don’t want my teeth to be either. It was time to brighten up my smile with a teeth whitening kit. Operation new year, brighter smile. Let’s do this.

I partnered with Crest to take their Crest 3D Whitestrips 14-Day Challenge! If you follow me on INSTAGRAM (you do right?) you may have seen my progress. I’ve been doing this challenge in real time so you see MY real results. It’s an easy to follow daily regimen that anyone can incorporate into their daily routines.

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Coffee Moments with Hamilton Beach FlexBrew + {GIVEAWAY}

Oct 18, 18 Coffee Moments with Hamilton Beach FlexBrew

Do you ever get frustrated because some days you need an entire pot of coffee while others you just need a mug. Did you know that with Hamilton Beach’s FlexBrew coffee maker you can do either. That’s right. Dual brewing at your fingertips. Coffee Moments with Hamilton Beach FlexBrew are about to be a thing.

Coffee Moments with Hamilton Beach FlexBrewThis post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach. Opinions are my own.

I absolutely can not start my day without coffee. To say that I love coffee may be the understatement of the year. I count on my coffee maker working as hard as I do. It pretty much has BFF status and I’m okay with that. Obviously I was excited to try out The FlexBrew coffee maker because of all of it’s OPTIONS.

It can brew K-cup packs OR your favorite ground coffee. It gives you the options you need to fit all your coffee moments. You can also customize your brew strength and set automatic brew times. Are your coffee angels singing?

Whether it’s a quick single cup of coffee on the way out the door (thank goodness for travel mugs) or a full pot of fresh brewed coffee while hosting family and friends, the FlexBrew coffee maker is here to make life easy on you and me!

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Pup-Peroni Slow Roasted Jerky Bites

Aug 31, 18 PupPeroni Jerky Bites

Pup-Peroni® Jerky Bites are tender mouthwatering treats with big flavor. They’re grain-free, contain no fillers, meat by-products or artificial flavors. They’re a great snack or treat for your dog(s) as part of a healthy diet. My dogs come running when I pull out the Jerky Bites. They know a good thing when they see it. They sit pretty, tails wagging patiently while waiting on me to to pass them out. I like to use these small treats when we’re outside for good behavior and while we’re inside for training. Maybe will a little help from Pup-Peroni I’ll eventually get them to behave all the time.


This post is sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company. All opinions are my own.

That’s Tilly. She’s licking her lips in anticipation of a treat. Which is always. She’s a German Shepherd and despite her looks she’s just 11 months old now. Still very much a growing puppy full of excitement and seemingly unlimited energy. She’s incredibly strong and already in the 70-80 pound range, yet she still believes she’s much smaller like her fur-brother, Chuck, a Beagle (who frequently makes appearances on my Instagram Stories usually rolling his eyes at Tilly). They’re quite the dynamic duo.

With all that energy, I like to use small treats when we’re outside for good behavior and inside for training.

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Baking Made Easy with Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bags

Jul 11, 18 Funfetti Cupcakes with candles on cake stand

Baking is a breeze with the new Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bags. From DIY event cakes (graduation, engagement, sweet 16, retirement, etc.) fun cookies or cupcakes for birthday parties, get-togethers or just because you want a sweet treat and you don’t want to spend all day making it. Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bags really do make baking a breeze. They come in three different flavors and you can find them in the frosting aisle at your local Walmart. 

Funfetti Cupcakes with candles on cake stand

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of J.M Smucker company .  The opinions and text are all mine.

I have a wicked sweet tooth. If you know me, then it’s no surprise, it’s more like I have sweet teeth. Beautifully decorated desserts however are not my forte. But, that doesn’t stop me from trying to make them. I’m stubborn and we’ll leave it at that. I can make a tasty treat (cakes, cookies, brownies, bars and all that jazz) all day long but fancying it up, that takes a little smoke and mirrors, and perhaps a few you tube tutorials for me.

My mom would make the most amazing birthday cakes. She’d set up her piping bags, with different tips, different colored frostings and like a painter working on a blank canvas she went to work. Like magic, the cake would transform right before my eyes. I was amazed and elated every single time she made one. It was as delicious as it was beautiful.

While I can’t decorate like she did I did learn a few shortcuts that have stayed with me.

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Enjoy Fresh Food Every Day with Vacuvita

I’m partnering with Vacuvita to share how you can Enjoy Fresh Food Every Day with Vacuvita. The only vacuum food system with easy access storage designed to suit your taste.

vacuvita on kitchen counter with black cabinets

One thing that absolutely drives me crazy is when I have food waste. Maybe it spoiled before I could use it, maybe it had freezer burn, regardless it pains me to throw away food. Did you know that the average household wastes 1300 pounds of food a year? Yep. That’s an average cost of $1500 out the window. Painful.

Know what can help? A vacuum food storage system. Now you can enjoy your daily fresh food, stop food wastage and save money with Vacuvita. It’s a fully-automated and sustainable kitchen system that keeps food fresh for up to 5 times longer! No more freezer burned meat, dried out vegetables and soggy salad. Can I get a high five!

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Active Wear That Goes Everywhere by prAna

Active wear that goes everywhere by prAna. If you’re looking for clothes that can hold up in the gym and on the street look no further.

workout clothes laying on bed

This post is sponsored by prAna. Opinions are my own.

Just for y’all, 15% off any non-sale prAna items online with this code >> AEPJS18. Valid now through 5/1/18.

I used to struggle with finding pieces of active wear that I actually liked and let’s be honest fit right. I came across prAna last year, and loved that their pieces are stylish and durable. I liked them so much that I shared them in my Holiday Gift Guide. I’m happy to report that I’m still in lurve.  I’m especially obsessed with their LEDA PANT (they’ve got pockets y’all). They’re not just for working out either. prAna clothes are made to be worn to yoga or the gym but cute enough to be worn to lunch, dinner, or other daily activities. #ActiveEverywhere

As if I didn’t already love their pants enough, their pants come with a guarantee that they’re not see through! Which is super important amiright? Y’all know what I’m talking about (cough cough yoga).

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Grain-free Goodness with Supreme Source® Pet Food Results

Apr 02, 18 German Shepherd sitting

Grain-free Goodness with Supreme Source® Pet Food Results.

German Shepherd sitting

This post was sponsored by Supreme Source® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

If you remember, we started the pups on a 10 Day Pet Detox Program. What is that? It’s the opportunity for a little spring-cleaning with our pet’s diet. It was time to tidy up the toxins that had outstayed their welcome from winter. We did it with help from Supreme Source® Pet Food. It helped feed their soul and detox their system with healthy ingredients, plus they provided informational tools to make it easy for you us to switch the pet’s food to something more nutritious.

The detox focuses on digestive, emotional and physical health benefits. In just ten days your pet can be eating better. Because Supreme Source is a premium grain-free diet that’s packed with healthy enzymes and prebiotics to rejuvenate our little best friends, inside and out.


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PetArmor Plus – Flea and Tick Prevention

Mar 18, 18 german shepherd laying down with toy

  PetArmor Plus – Flea and Tick Prevention. It’s available for dogs and cats. Because fleas and ticks happen.

german shepherd laying down with toyPost sponsored by Mirum. Opinions are 100% my own.

Our pets are part of the family. I’m sure you feel the same way about your pets. No matter how vigilant of a pet parent we are, fleas and ticks can happen. It has definitely happened to my dogs. We’ve got a lot of woods around us and we’re outside A LOT. It’s not fun for us or them but we survived with a little help from PetArmor Plus. While we can all have parental guilt, it’s not a pet parent fail. It’s all part of the joy of pet parenting. Luckily, there’s an easy and affordable option to help prevent future problems – PetArmor Plus and it’s available at Walmart .

You can rest easy because it’s vet quality. Not to mention the sheer convenience of being able to pop over to your local Walmart to purchase the PetArmor Plus product that’s appropriate for your fur baby. The boxes are easily labeled making it a no brainer to pick the one that’s right for your pet. My Tilly, is not quite 7 months and already 50+ plus pounds, so I chose the 45-88 lbs box.

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Grain-free Goodness with Supreme Source® Pet Food

Mar 08, 18 German Shepherd

Grain-free Goodness with Supreme Source® Pet Food.

german shepherdThis post was sponsored by Supreme Source® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I am a dog person through and through. I have two. A 5-year-old Beagle and a 6-month-old German Shepherd. They could not be more different if they tried. They both however love to eat. While I’m pretty particular about the food I put into my body, I know we don’t always think about our pets’ diets – let alone how the icky stuff they might pick up throughout the day affects them. I remain blissfully ignorant as to what they may pick up playing outside.

Spring is right around the corner (hallelujah) and it’s the perfect opportunity for a little spring-cleaning. I’m not referring to our houses, although I should get on that as well. It’s time to tidy up the toxins that have outstayed their welcome from winter. This March and April Supreme Source is sharing their 10-Day Pet Detox program.

Supreme Source Pet Food is here to help you detox your pet’s system with healthy ingredients and informational tools to make it easy for you to switch your pet’s food to something more nutritious. In just ten days your pet can be eating better. We’re excited for our pups to get started on the detox themselves!

Don’t worry there’s no kale smoothies required with this detox.

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Holiday Gift Giving with prAna

Dec 15, 17 prAna

prAnaThis post is brought to you in partnership with prAna. Opinions are my own. —-> USE CODE CMBA17 to get 15% off your prAna gear good through 12/20/17 plus get free shipping through 12/15/17 #giftedprAna

Holiday Gift Giving with prAna. ‘Tis the season for gift giving. Gifts for your family, friends, and even yourself. I’ve got a suggestion that I wanted to share. There’s even a special code for you to use! Because who doesn’t love a good product and a good DEAL.

Have you heard of prAna? Well until recently I hadn’t. I’m so happy I came across them. prAna believes in making things better by giving…quality, durable and stylish clothing that’s thoughtfully designed. A new outfit that looks and feels good can be transformative, both to others and yourself, and we all deserve that.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Gifts From Uncommongoods

Cheese and Meat BoardPictured – Reclaimed Wood Serving Board.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Uncommongoods. Opinions are my own. Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Gifts From Uncommongoods.

I’m still incredibly stuffed from Thanksgiving. Yes, it was several days ago now, but I went in like I was training for a world championship food competition. I’m proud to report I was victorious. My pants gave me the award. Now that I’m looking down the glass of a protein shake I’m focusing my efforts on the remainder of the holiday season. Planning meals, thinking about hosting parties and of course the presents that I want to give to my friends and family. That requires shopping, during the holidays. Did that make you a little anxious?

Do you dread holiday shopping or love it? I actually am split between the two camps. How’s that possible? Let me tell you, I love gift giving, coming up with ideas for that perfect unique gift for each person on my list makes me ridiculously happy. I’m just not fond of the actual shopping part.

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Small Town USA – My Town Proud

Small Town USA - My Town Proud

This is a sponsored by America’s Farmers Community Outreach programs, but views and thoughts are my own.

Last month I shared why I’m My Town Proud. I’m sharing more about this campaign called My Town. It’s a celebration of the people, places and stories that make small towns great through a series of video content that highlights the innovative and altruistic nature of rural communities. I’m pro small town if you couldn’t tell. I absolutely have a giant case of wanderlust. I love traveling (I’ve been all over the country and world) to experience other cities and cultures but I could never imagine myself living anywhere but in a small town.

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My Town Proud

This is a sponsored by America’s Farmers Community Outreach programs, but views and thoughts are my own.

Hometown USA


I live in an extremely small town in North Carolina. I’m talking less than a dozen stop lights small. It exemplifies the term small town USA. Small towns are often portrayed as being full of challenges or being less than let’s say optimal their counterpart cities. I think that every town – city or metropolis is full of challenges. I also think rural communities are full of so many positive attributes that you won’t find in larger cities. I’ve traveled a good portion of the world but I always come home to a small town. I’m proud to say I am and will more than likely always be a small town USA girl. I’m excited to share what I love about my small town.

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Create Magic Memories + {Gift Card GIVEAWAY}

Sep 27, 17 Magic Memories Puzzle

Magic Memories Puzzle
This post is brought to you by Magic Memories.

We all have a few thousand photos on our phones (or is that just me?) Maybe you don’t have thousands like I do (hello shutterbug) but I’m betting you have hundreds if not. Do you ever do anything with those photos besides swipe through them? I have to admit, before recently I had not. I’d always thought about doing something with them, but was worried it might be too much of a hassle. I was WRONG. It couldn’t be easier to turn your memories into personalized items like photo books, calendars, PUZZLES, MOUSE PADS and more using Magic Memories.
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DIY Lavender Orange Sugar Scrub

DIY Lavender Orange Sugar Scrub

DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub.

Have I ever mentioned that I’m obsessed with scrubs? I am. Instead of buying them in stores or at the spa, I save a ton of money by making my own at home. Not only am I saving money I can control what goes into my scrubs. Winning. It’s going on your skin after all. I also like making small batches (2 small jars) at a time so that I can experiment with different combinations. I’m guessing since a handful of our kitchen beauty products (both sugar and salt scrubs) are in the blog’s top 10 best read and loved posts EVAH EVAH that y’all dig them too. So we’ll keep on scrubbing until we can’t scrub no mo. Okay that was bad, I probably should’ve had more coffee today. Sorry.

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Papa Murphy’s $10 Tuesday

Papa Murphy's $10 Tuesday This post is sponsored by Papa Murphy’s. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. #DealsAt425 #ad Did you know that on TUESDAYS Papa Murphy’s offers a large fresh pizza (any menu pizza or up to 5 toppings) for just $10? That’s right a large gourmet pizza for just ten bucks. Papa Murphy’s is the world’s largest take ‘n bake pizza brand so they kinda know a thing or two about take ‘n bake. What does take ‘n bake mean? Exactly that, you take the pizza home to bake in your own oven so it’s fresh and HOT right out of the oven when you’re ready to enjoy it. No more lukewarm pizza by the time you get home after picking one up.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Whiskey Barrel
Because we know how busy your lives are this is your friendly reminder that Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th this year. We’re hoping to make your gift giving as stress free as possible by giving you a few gift suggestions for ALL the Father’s in your lives with a little help from our friends at UncommonGoods. They have a very large selection of products, and prices to fit your budget. You’ll be an all star gift giver in no time.

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DIY Rosemary Lavender Sugar Scrub

Rosemary Lavender Sugar ScrubDIY Rosemary Lavender Sugar Scrub. This is my kinda do it yourself project. If you can mix, you got this. DIY CUCUMBER MINT SUGAR SCRUB is one of the most popular posts on da blog so I’m guessing y’all are kinda into kitchen beauty products. I like to keep a jar of sugar or salt scrub next to the kitchen sink. It helps keep pesky kitchen smells (think onions and garlic) away and it keeps my hands soft as a baby’s butt.

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ALDI 101: Getting to Know ALDI

ALDI 101: Getting to Know ALDI


This post is sponsored by ALDI. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

To know ALDI is to love ALDI. I’d love to introduce you to (or re-introduce if that’s the case) to ALDI. Think of this post as ALDI 101: Getting to Know ALDI. It’s simply smarter shopping. You shouldn’t have to spend a lot to enjoy quality food, and ALDI believes that too. They’re shaking things up in the food business.

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Olay 28 Day Study

Olay ProductsThis post is sponsored by Olay. Olay 28 Day Study.

Let’s talk about skin care. We’re always looking for the next thing to help our problem areas out, am I right ladies? Something to help us put off the inevitable aging of our skin, I’m no exception. Do you have current products and a skin care routine that you love? No? I’ve got something that might be helpful. Olay has created a Skin Advisor Tool. It’s simple, easy and FREE to use and it’s one click away on your smart phone or tablet.  

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