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 »


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 »


Phoneography {Week 49}


Sugar Rush {Cookbook Review}

Sugar Rush {Cookbook Review}

Sugar Rush: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking by Johnny Iuzzini is one of the most gorgeous cookbooks I’ve ever seen! The pictures will have your mouth watering. The recipes and techniques in this book will have you rushing to the kitchen. The Chipotle Churros and the Milk Chocolate Mousse are at the top of my list to try first. I am thankful for Blogging for Books who sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is the ultimate cookbook to get for your dessert making friends this Christmas!Sugar Rush will have you rushing to the kitchen!

Phoneography {Week 48}

Dec. 7-13, 2014

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.

Phoneography {Week 47}

Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2014

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. 23-29, 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.