Georgia Aquarium {Staycation 2014}

We recently took a trip to Atlanta over the 4th of July weekend for a little staycation. We got the City Pass, which kept us busy the 3 days we were there More »

Cruise 2012 {Day 1}

Here’s my first of probably at least 7 posts about our cruise earlier this month that will include lots of cruising tips. They may be a little spread out, but I’m just More »

Chimichangas

This is a recipe for one of my favorite Mexican dishes, Chimichangas. My kids love this recipe. Makes: 4-8 servings Prep Time: 35 min Cook Time: 15-20 min Ingredients 1 lb. ground More »

 

My Perfect Pantry

My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian is a cookbook written around 50 essential ingredients. These ingredients range from staples such as rice, pasta, and beans to less common items like chickpeas and anchovies. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It’s a nice looking book with pretty pictures. However when I started analyzing the recipes, I really wouldn’t want to try most recipes in this book. There’s a handful of recipes I’d likely try, so for me that’s just not enough to make a great cookbook. I admire Geoffrey, but this book falls short for me.

I received a copy of My Perfect Pantry from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing an honest review.

Inspirational Bingo

Are you living the good life?

We’ve recently seen an insane number of inspirational articles hit the internet. Thought Catalog has inspired so many writers to begin crafting lists that help the downtrodden finally take control of their lives and start to appreciate the lives they’re living. There’s a plethora of articles out there that help women find empowerment and assert their independence, but instead of settling for just any old article, why not play a game of bingo?

Just like inspirational articles, bingo has made a surprise comeback. The BBC reports that as recently as 2004, there had only been 20 sites offering online bingo in the UK. Free Bingo Hunter, a website that specializes in cataloging the UK’s online bingo websites, reports that there are now hundreds of bingo portals, with new portals opening regularly. Millions play the game for recreation, but bingo has often been used as a source of inspiration as well, with some bingo portals featuring everyday heroes and sponsoring charity drives.

Of course, as moms, we all need to be as inspiring as we could possibly be. Our kids look up to us, and it’s important that we remain good role models for them, and set good examples for them to emulate as they grow older. Do you think you have what it takes to be counted as a great role model too? Need a quick check to see if you’ve spent the day in as fulfilling a way as possible? We’ve come up with a simple bingo card of the most common pieces of advice given in the thousands of inspirational articles that have been seen in previous years:

You could also carry the bingo card with you as a quick reminder of the things that you can do to make your life just a little bit better every day. As you live each day following the advice on the card, you’re sure to notice that not only are you starting to appreciate life more, but you’re also starting to look forward to seeing your progress day by day.

Joy the Baker’s Homemade Decadence


Joy the Baker’s Homemade Decadence is a beautiful book with some amazing recipes that I’m absolutely dying to try. The cover boasts a scrumptious looking cake covered in perfect pretzels and it only gets better from there. Joy’s Graham Cracker crust recipes are delightful and just slightly genius! I may not be able to wait for summer to make her Salted Dark Chocolate and Orange Ice Cream. Hello! Looks divine!I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone looking to step outside the box and broaden their cooking horizons.

I received a copy of Homemade Decadence from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing an honest review.

iPhoneography {Week 46}

Nov. 23-39, 2014

iPhoneography {Week 45}

Nov. 16-22, 2014

Inside the Test Kitchen {Book Review}

Today I’m sharing a quick review of Tyler Florence’s book; Inside the Test Kitchen. I have been a big fan of Tyler Florence for quite some time, so when I saw his book was available for review I jumped on it. I love the style of this cookbook. This book looks like a journal with an elastic band on the outside and rounded pages. When you open it, you see pictures along with what looks like Tyler’s own personal hand-written notes. Tyler not only shares many great recipes, 120 to be exact, he also shares many great tips to make those recipes even better! I think this book is a must see purely based on it’s uniqueness.

I received a copy of Inside the Test Kitchen from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing an honest review.

Survival Tips for Busy Moms

Working Mom? Need Survival Tips?
As a working mom, there are a number of issues you have to fight with, on a daily basis. Working all the time, at home and office, you might feel exhausted completely. In such situations, if you are looking for survival tips, check out the following. It can help you tackle daily issues with a smile.

1. Make Priorities: You need to know what needs to be done urgently and what can wait. If you know this, you can do the necessary stuff and still be satisfied at the end of the day.

2. Have a Routine: If you make a daily routine, you will know what tasks are pulling you down or how much time you need to reserve for unnecessary issues. For the routine, include priority tasks along with simple tasks that take valuable time of yours.

iPhoneography {Week 44}

Nov. 9-15, 2014

Cookbook Review {Sweet}

Food Network Magazine’s newest cookbook is a must have for all dessert lovers. This book will have you so eager to jump in the kitchen and start making these beautiful desserts. I found many recipes in every chapter of this book that I want to try. I especially love the Fake-out Cakes and the Show-off Cakes. My son requested the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cone Cake from the Frozen Treats chapter for his birthday. The Truffles and the Bark are 2 recipes that I’ve already added to my Christmas party menu.

I highly recommend you check this book out. The beautiful photographs will have you wishing you had magical powers so you can just make the pictures come to life in a snap. Sweet would make a great Christmas gift for those dessert lovers.

I received a copy of Sweet from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing an honest review.

iPhoneography {Week 43}

Nov. 2-8, 2014