Chocolate Caramel Gooey Butter Cookies
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Desserts, Recipes

Chocolate Caramel Gooey Butter Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Gooey Butter Cookies: A spin on the original cookie with a touch of caramel drizzle makes these the best cookies ever. At least in our house. Chocolate Caramel Gooey Butter Cookies At first, I really didn't think it could get much better than the original gooey butter cookie. Then, we made the strawberry shortcake gooey butter cookies. I believe I ate 15 of those bad boys in about 3 minutes that day. I swore it was the best cookie I ever had. But now... although those are still amazingly delicious... I bring you the ultimate gooey butter cookie: Chocolate Caramel Gooey...

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Blogging Q&A #3 - Have to have a niche
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Blogging

Blogging Q&A #3: My Turning Point, Facebook Ads + Do You Have to Have a Niche?

Blogging Q&A #3: My Turning Point, Facebook Ads + Do You Have to Have a Niche? I answer these three questions in today's video, hoping it helps SO many of you! You know, I'm honestly not sure if there's anything better here in the blogging world than hearing from you all. When you ask these questions, it does SO many things. Here are just a few... • Tells me you're there. Online can be so lonely at times, until others speak up and create a voice. • Helps others by asking the questions someone else may want to know the answers to...

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Summer Soiree Party Appetizer Idea
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Parties, Recipes

“Hooray It’s a Summer Soiree” Sneak Peek

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Columbus Craft Meats. All opinions are 100% mine. Summer Soiree Sneak Peek: Hosting a summer soiree doesn't have to be as complicated as it sounds. Creating easy appetizers and serving guest pleasing drinks is key! Friends, I have been wanting to style a soiree for some time now, and it's finally here! The vision of navy, coral, and gold together sounded like a heavenly mix of colors, and I can't wait to see it all together.  "Hooray It's a Summer Soiree" Sneak Peek Today, I'm showing you a sneak peek at what...

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Home Finance: Routines + Tools for the Bookkeeper at Home
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Finance, Lifestyle

Home Finance: Routines + Tools for the Bookkeeper at Home

Home Finance: Routines + Tools for the Bookkeeper at Home. Easy tactics and streamline procedures to reduce the dreaded taboo topic! First Finance Tip: Prayer — Ha! Only kidding. Sort of. You guys, when you own your own business, I swear some people think that you're swimming in gold coins like the cartoon Duck Tales. Please tell me this was someone's favorite childhood cartoon too!?   Alright, but for real... money has been a stressful situation here in our household before, and no matter what you do for a living, whether you work for someone or own your own business... know you're not...

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DIY Anchor Pillow with a stencil
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Decorating, DIY & Crafts, House + Home

DIY Stenciled Anchor Pillow Cover for Guest Room

As part of the Martha Stewart “Make it Martha” program, I received complimentary products to make this DIY craft. Thank you Martha! DIY Stenciled Anchor Pillow Cover for Guest Room using Martha Stewart Crafts® paint and stencil. This easy tutorial and craft made decorating a breeze! DIY Stenciled Anchor Pillow Cover Tutorial If you've been on my home tour, then you may have kicked your shoes off and stayed a while in part 14, the Guest Room. Well in that room, the adorable new chair that I purchased specifically for this space looked incredibly lonely sitting there without a pop of color. So...

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I Took YouTube Away for a Week, and This is What Happened
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Lifestyle, Parenting

I Took YouTube Away from my Kids, and This is What Happened

I Took YouTube Away from my Kids for a Week, and This is What Happened. This isn't another post on limiting screen time, or I'm a Better Than You Post... In the event that this post gets shared on social media, I want to be completely up front with those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time. I write from passion, heart, and experience. I'm not a perfect mom. I'm not a perfect writer, and I'm sure as heck not a child psychologist. But I do speak from the heart, and adore sharing what I love...

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Blogging Questions: Can you really make money blogging, how to get readers to engage, and where to find music for videos
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Blogging

Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money Blogging

Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money Blogging Do you know how much I LOVE reading your questions about blogging?! You guys, they're so good, and they're real, straightforward questions. I so enjoying reading them and answering them. If you haven't submitted yours yet (or have more to submit) you can do that HERE! If you missed the first video where I answered your blogging questions, you can see that one HERE! Blogging Q&A #2 So in today's video I'm tackling 3 questions that were submitted, and um... I kind of go...

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Relaxing by the pond on a summer day - a day of relaxing for self improvement
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Lifestyle, Review, Self Improvement

“Check Out” for a Day of Rest

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine. Check Out for a Day of Rest: Usually once a week, I'll "check out" and get off the map with my husband and kiddos for some mandatory distraction-free time. "Check Out" for a Day of Rest I've mentioned quite a bit lately on Facebook that we've spent an abundant amount of time on my parents farm. It's funny—when I was a little girl, I didn't appreciate the serenity of the country and farm life. I thought it was SO awful that I missed out on...

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Easy Potato Soup Recipe Using Instant Potatoes on the stovetop. So quick!!
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Main Dishes, Recipes

Easy Potato Soup: Quick Stovetop Recipe

Easy Potato Soup: This Quick Stovetop Recipe using instant potatoes can be made in under 10 minutes! I also added left over chicken too, but it's not mandatory! I hadn't gone grocery shopping in DAYS! Ok... WEEKS! Things were getting pretty slim in the house. I knew I had leftover chicken tenders in the refrigerator, and wanted to utilize them to make something different so I didn't hear: Chicken tenders AGAIN!? from my kids. Easy Potato Soup: Quick Stovetop Recipe Well we all know how I feel about slightly homemade recipes. (Recipes that are made at home, but utilize some store bought ingredients and shortcuts...

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Creating Your Happy Marriage advice and support! Topics like affairs, cheating and infidelity can be tough topics.
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Marriage

CYH Episode 11 — Marriage Q&A #3

It's Episode 11 of the Creating Your Happy series, answering the question: "What to do when your husband (or wife) cheats, how you move on, and how to make it through."  I'm flying solo on this marriage Q&A today for a couple of reasons! One, my hubby was out enjoying some "me time" (which I totally encourage in this video), and because someone submitted a question directed towards me to answer specifically! "What to do when your husband cheats, and how you move on, and how to make it through."  Whew... It's a question relating to a topic that so many have...

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favorite dresses for the summer months
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Fashion + Beauty

5 Favorite Dresses for Summer

5 Favorite Dresses for Summer 2017: Some old, some new, but they're all dresses that I look so forward to wearing this summer!  Dresses are definitely my go-to for the summer months. They're easy, breezy and so cool! Having a select few of favorite dresses in my closet makes deciding what to wear to a casual weekend family get-together, the winery, date night, or even just out to grab some groceries, painless. Now I KNOW how much you all love video try-ons, so I made sure to snag a video of my five favorite dresses that you'll see at the end...

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Slightly Homemade Healthy Side Dish Recipes
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Recipes, Side Dishes

Healthy Side Dishes — 7 Quick and Easy Recipes

Healthy Side Dishes — Recipes for those meals where you need something quick, easy, and with healthy ingredients. Why are side dishes so hard to come up with? And when you're trying to eat healthier, finding HEALTHY side dishes is even harder! Healthy Side Dishes After scouring our recipe archives, I pulled together the healthiest side dish recipes we have, to store them all in one place. Because let's face it. We need dinner meal plans that are quick, easy, and family approved. So rather than spending hours searching Pinterest or the blog, you can refer to this page to see 7...

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