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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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

DIY Glitter Rimmed Mason JarsDIY GLITTER RIMMED MASON JARS Made using old canning jars. Add an arrangement of flowers or even makeup (even paint) brushes for a complete gift.

I can assure you I’m not the craftiest person in the world, more stubborn than crafty but if I can make these gifts, so can you. We’ve got everything from decorative jars, to candles, to scrubs (both salt and sugar) to play dough for the kids to even a DIY mirror spruce up from that goodwill or garage sale find. You might even find you don’t want to give a few of these away and keep them for yourselves. They’re all budget friendly and like I said incredibly easy to make. A little time, a little glitter (because sparkle all the things) and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift to give for the holidays (or just because you want to make someone smile, there should be more of that in life.)

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Holiday Gift Guides – UncommonGoods

City Map Glass
Now that we’re all stuffed and working our way back into our regular clothes (please tell me I’m not the only one) it’s time to start thinking about the gifts we’re going to be giving over the holidays. I would love to tell you I’m one of those people that already have their shopping done and all my gifts wrapped but that’s SO far from the truth. I always wait until December to get started and I’m thankful that there are places like UncommonGoods where I can find things as unique as the people that I’m buying them for. My favorite rocks glasses came from UncommonGoods. I do enjoy a glass of bourbon and I like to drink it out of a glass as unique as my bourbon itself. The UncommonGoods CityMap Glass fits that bill. You can take a mental stroll through familiar streets with this rocks glass, etched with your city’s distinct grid. Grab a set of glasses, add a bottle of their favorite beverage and maybe even a set of the NeighborWOODS (yes, wood, they’re made from Cedar) map coasters and you’ve got the sipping aficionado on your list covered.

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Petco Pet Grooming + {GIVEAWAY}


This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and #PetcoGrooming blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Charlie aka Chuck is our rescued Beagle Hound. He’s the most laid back dog on the planet until you open the back door and then it’s like he’s drank a gallon of energy drinks and off he goes into the woods to chase deer and squirrels and all the other animals that’s hell never ever catch. I do have to admire his persistence though. OR when it’s time for a trip to the vet or the groomer. Then he tucks tail and becomes a nervous Norman.

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Raleigh Area City Guide

Joyner ParkJoyner Park

Raleigh is a city with a lot going on at any given time. I’m sharing a few of my favorite places located in and around our Capital City of North Carolina for your entertainment pleasure. I’m a giver like that. Food, Drink, Parks, Shopping. Who doesn’t want in on that action? I mean come on.

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Celebrating Local Eats


Taco Al PastorDisclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pepcid through Mom It Forward.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I’m kinda a nut about tacos. I dig ’em. I especially dig those from my favorite local food truck. It’s ones of those gems that unless someone has told you about it, you might not even know about it. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you about it so you can go, and invite me. Because I’m a giver and shared with you. Food trucks aren’t what they used to be boys and girls. No need to shy away from them. Food trucks are all the rage across ‘Merica and there’s a good reason why. Good eats. Good local eats to be exact.

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Have a Jolly Time

JOLLY TIME PopcornThis is a partnered campaign with JOLLY TIME Popcorn and Mom It Forward.

Whether you’re watching a movie or planning a family game night, popcorn is the perfect accompaniment. It’s quick, easy and almost everyone loves it. Pop a few bags in the microwave or go the stove top route with kernels and you’re good to go. Want to add a little more oomph to your snack? Flavored butters are super simple and can be customized. Like it sweet, salty or savory, no problem. Melt your butter, add your flavor or choice and then drizzle it into your bag. Easy peasy.

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Turn Your Phone Photos into Moments

Roller Coaster

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kodak Alaris as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m one of those people that takes A LOT of photos with my phone. I’m always looking at this or that and capturing what, where and who catches my eye, usually driving everyone around me nuts because I’m holding things up (sorry not sorry y’all). I currently have over 3 thousand photos on my phone. Anyone else out there a phone shutterbug? I think it’s important to document our moments, people, places and them share them. I didn’t really have a great way to share all my shutterbug love (without dumping a thousand photos onto my Instagram feed, y’all would have loved that) until I came across this easy to use app by Kodak Alaris. It organizes, shares and can even print your phone photos easily.

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Ready, Snack, Go!

Smithfield Ready Snack Go

I am one of those people that has to have snacks on me (and by on me, I’m not that messy, I mean with my person. I do. It’s like I’m a toddler (but not really). Especially when I’m traveling for work. Planes, trains and automobiles equal long days and all that jazz and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the choices for eating during travel aren’t always ideal. Snacks are a must. If I don’t eat I get cranky. And no one wants to be around a cranky me, I can assure you.

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Pear: Connecting Groups with Sponsorships

Marching BandThis post is sponsored by Pear.

Whether or not you have children, let’s be honest, we’ve all been approached to help with a fundraiser of some sort . Fundraising helps offset funds that simply aren’t available. For school groups for instance, it goes towards things like field trips, uniforms, travel and so much more. Guess what? There’s a great solution besides selling wrapping paper, cookie dough and the like. It’s called Pear. Pear is a company that connects fundraiser’s with companies such as US Cellular, All State and other sponsor’s to support organizations. They make fundraising simple for groups and events of all sizes. Simple is good. You can find a sponsor in less than 60 seconds and activate your community to raise up to $1,000 or more toward custom shirts, cash donations, products/services or food and catering from a national brand or local business near you. Sounds good right? Here’s how you can Get Sponsored
Did I mention that Pear is a social engagement platform that
is FREE.

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Tools for People That Rock + (Rockwell Tools GIVEAWAY}


Power tools are sexy, am I right? Who doesn’t want to get down and dirty with a little DIY project? Pinterest pretty much gives me all the confidence I need to get a project done ; ) How hard can it be (my motto, I won’t tell you how many times that gets me in trouble LOL). Part of doing it yourself, requires you start with the right tools. Which is pretty much a given in any case. I mean, I can’t cook with a butter knife can I? Nope, you need a good quality knife. Think of it as an investment. Quality over quantity. I really do believe that. Rockwell Tools are just that. They’re quality tools that will help you tackle all those DIY projects and they definitely rock.

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Cook, Charge and Light Your Life With BioLite

biolite-matthewlandstudiosPhoto Credit: Matthew L and Studios

I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with keeping my phone charged. Like the simple thought of the battery running out kind of invokes a min0r panic attack. I have a Mophie case on my phone at all times (which has a full back up battery available) and when I travel I also carry a small portable power charger with 4 additional charges. Told you. I like to be prepared and all that jazz. Naturally when I heard about BioLite products I knew they would be right up my alley! I’ll tell you why!

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Coffee Bean Candles

Coffee Bean CandlesThis post is sponsored by Lavazza.

Because clearly just drinking COFFEE isn’t enough for me, I need to use it when decorating too ; ) While I’m no Martha Stewart, I do like to jazz up my tablescapes (btw when did that become a word and a thing) for special dinners and especially during the holidays. I like to go the natural route with my table decorations. Incorporating things (like ingredients for instance) that I’m using in the meal and because I like to keep it budget friendly I try to use things I already have on hand. I ALWAYS have COFFEE. Just not decaf, ever, because honestly I just don’t see the purpose. Sorry y’all.

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I know what you’re thinking … Another social media outlet? Well I hate to break the news but there will always be a “new” social media outlet. It’s up to us, however, to decide which ones are worth our time investment. I’ve come across a new to me website called Yummly. Since you’re here vising my FOOD and travel blog I think it’s a safe bet that you like to EAT as much as I do. Yummly is a FREE website with nothing but recipes that acts as your virtual recipe box. Did I mention this a FREE service that’s incredibly easy to use? You can add as many recipes as you like (you know all the ones from my site yeah?) You can even go as far as to save and categorize the recipes you’ve saved to your recipe box. You can also discover recipes that are in the feed and can browse popular categories. Ready to set up a profile and get to YUMMING? Yeah you are.

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Heartburn Happens

BBQ Sundae BBQ Sundae

Disclaimer: I have received information, product and materials from McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co., the makers of PEPCID®, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

Heartburn. It’s something we’d all like to keep off of our menus whether we’re eating at home or out, right? I’m no exception. I have always enjoyed foods with a spicy kick to them. I’m not talking super spicy (I’m just not personally cut out for super spicy) foods that would make me cry (think Indian hot), just a little tingle thank you very much. Sometimes however, spicy and occasionally overly rich (read fatty) foods don’t necessarily agree with me. What am I left with when they don’t? You guessed it, heartburn. It happens to the best of us. When it does I want relief and I want it stat. Fun fact: did you know that heartburn has nothing to do with your heart, so why in the world do they call it heartburn?

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