Delicious High Protein Foods from the Vitamin Shoppe “Protein Pantry”

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Oh protein, let me count the ways that I love you. You build my muscles big and strong, you keep away hunger pains, you are a big component in my weight loss journey and you do so many good things for the body. Let's just say that we are a little obsessed with this magical macronutrient. Many ...

Ham, Bacon & Roasted Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Sandwiches are beautiful, sandwiches are fine, I like sandwiches- I eat them all the time! I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch! If I had a hundred sandwiches I'd eat them all at once... I'll give you a {virtual} nickel if you can tell me who sings that song! It's ...

What to pack for an all inclusive vacation

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We are heading down to Turks and Caicos to a social media conference in just a few weeks.  Can't even wait. It's getting so close and we have so many, many things to do, like packing, making sure things at the house are squared away with the house sitter, stopping newspapers, checking itineraries, etc. Mostly, ...

Using Your Phone For Football Season

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Football season is in full swing, folks...In case you haven't heard my loud cheering and screaming from my couch and needed a reminder. I love to relax in sweats  in front of the T.V with some great food and watch my team score but sometimes  life takes me away from home for a game or ...

Panko French Onion Chicken Sandwich

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I have lots of love for sandwiches.  Especially in fall, for some reason. This sandwich is like a whole meal between two slices of bread, and it's hearty enough that it can BE a meal. That's what we need, because around here, we're lunch bringers, not buyers. So when we bring, we go big. We're ...

Vanilla Maple French Toast Casserole

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I grew up drinking milk.  My kids love to drink milk.  As a mom, I want to be sure that the kids are getting what they need in their bodies, with as little extra sugar and calories as possible.  We've always done 1% milk because of this, but when I heard about a new milk ...

Capturing fall family fun memories

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The fall months can be super busy with sports, school,  and life in general.  But  they can also be so enjoyable when you include a lot of fun family time- from pumpkin patches to pumpkin carving and  homecomings to hayrides.  Use your  smartphone to keep it all organized and you won't have to miss a ...

Family Camping with Your Dog

Family Camping with Your Dog

We don't go on long family vacations very often but we do go on weekend camping trips on a regular basis.  Camping is one of our family's favorite things to do together.  Camping as a family means camping with our dog Brutus too.  We tent camp in the state land or at state forest campgrounds that ...

Apple Pie Lasagna

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Oh, what's that? You haven't heard of an apple pie lasagna? Well, truthfully, I hadn't either. The idea popped in my head two weeks ago and I was all "oh my gosh it's going to be all layers of apple and yum and goo and IT HAS TO HAPPEN this weekend" but then it didn't... until ...

How Speed Queen Washers and Dryers are Made

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You know, I've never been to the inside of  a factory before. I've never honestly stopped to think about how things are made that we use every single day.  I think that's kind of sad.  Last week, I got to fly out to Ripon, Wisconsin for a quick overnight in order to meet the PR ...