Cilantro Lime Marinade Recipe #SweetSwaps

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Summer is upon us and, of course, this means that grilling season is probably already happening on your patio, right? We all have our classic favorites like burgers and chops, of course, but sometimes I like to shake things up and create some bright, fresh flavors for family and friends. I really love to create ...

Weight Loss Program: Starting Jenny Craig

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I’ve been wanting to get back into being healthier and part of that meant finding a way to be held accountable for doing so. I’m at a lifetime-high weight (or was a week ago, I’ll know tomorrow what the change is if anything) and feeling horrible. I don’t want to sugar coat it (ironic phrase ...

AMEX & Hilton HHonors Cards help achieve family travel goals

AMEX & Hilton HHonors Cards help achieve family travel goals

I am excited to partner with American Express and Hilton for this sponsored opportunity to make my family travel goals and summer trip to Orlando happen. Most of us are happy to travel to different places.  Maybe you just love to travel back to your childhood hometown. Maybe you love to travel the world. One obstacle for many ...

Choosing the right fish tank for your family

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My son really wanted a pet of his own, and my lovely sister got him all set up for his birthday last year.  A cool 1 1/2 gallon tank and a date with Auntie Cindy to choose gravel, plants, decor and a Betta fish were his birthday surprise. He was over the moon. My sister ...

Blueberry Coffee Muffins

Blueberry Coffee Muffins Recipe- This Mama Loves

I've been working really hard this year to focus on relationships.  We're doing more family things, I'm taking more me time (my relationship with myself can always use work) and also with my friends. Friends are friends because we enjoy their company, so I feel like I am wanting to make a point of doing ...

Quick weekend in San Francisco and Napa #MangiaMoment

Quick Weekend in San Francisco & Napa- This Mama Loves

Quick Weekend in San Francisco and Napa The first weekend in March I could be found flying to San Francisco along with some amazing other bloggers and 5 winners (and their guests) from Bertolli's #MangiaMoment sweepstakes. We spent one night in San Francisco and one night in Napa.  I've never been to either place so for me, ...

March Madness Pizza Deals

March Madness Pizza Deals- This Mama Loves

If you follow any kind of college basketball, you know that March means March Madness.  It's tournament time.  Brackets are online and in the paper, and everyone's talking about how their favorite school or alma mater will do. With brackets come games and with games Regardless of who your favorite team is to watch, chances are, ...

Speed Queen Washer Dryer #Giveaway #SpeedQueenHome #LaundryDayLove

Speed Queen Washer Dryer Giveaway This Mama Loves

Last summer, we visited Ripon, Wisconsin and got to tour the factory where Speed Queen laundry machines are made.  Then we were elated to have our very own machines brought to the house and set up by a small business near our home, and my laundry time has been much happier. We've shared some fun ...

#MangiaMoment Event in Napa + Giveaway

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Last fall, we had a lot of fun sharing tips for simplifying date night at home.  Apparently you all like simplifying things as much as we do because I am heading out to San Francisco this Friday through Sunday to join Bertolli for their 150th Anniversary Mania Moments event with some new and old blog friends! ...