Instant Pot Review - How to Use an Instant Pot
House + Home, Recipes, Review

Instant Pot® Review: How to Use an Instant Pot®

Instant Pot® Review: How to Use an Instant Pot® - With so many recommending the Instant Pot® pressure cooker, I knew it was something I had to try for myself when it wasn't seeming like just a fad anymore. I'm so glad that I did. I unboxed it, and made chicken breasts, all in a few minutes.  Instant Pot® Review So I'm not going to lie. I've heard about the Instant Pot® for a long time, I seriously thought it would be old news in about a couple of months. But then, I started seeing more and more recipes pop up...

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Does a blog cost a lot of money
Blogging, Review

Is a Blog A Good Business to Start with Little Money? – With Regions Bank

A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post. I'm often asked, “Jessica, does it cost a lot of money to start a blog?” So I knew it was something I needed to share with you, to help clear up any uncertainties or questions you have, by dropping a little realness with a side of "behind the blog" details, to answer this more in depth for you. And since this post touches on one of the most POPULAR topics around on the internet today... MONEY... I knew it was the perfect fit to work with Regions Bank on this post! Who...

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Parties, Review

Hot Dog Bar Toppings and Ideas for Your Next Party

This post has been sponsored by Kraft Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It's Hot Dog Bar Toppings and Ideas for Your Next Party! Words cannot express how badly I have wanted to style a party at my parents farm, and last week... that dream came true, styling my, “Franks & Friends” Hot Dog Bar. "Franks & Friends" Hot Dog Bar Now, if I had to guess, my parents will look at these photos and say something along the lines of, "Oh Jess, we should have mowed the grass before you did this." But me? I see those yellow and purple wild...

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Bacon Brioche Sandwich
Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes, Review

Bacon Brioche Sandwich

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Oscar Mayer Bacon. All opinions are 100% mine. Bacon Brioche Sandwich: Loaded with Oscar Mayer bacon, this not-so-ordinary sandwich is quick to assemble, and tasty any time of day! Bacon Brioche Sandwich Bacon is my love language. Not only is it "stand-alone" good, but it can go in so many dishes, enhancing the flavor of any recipe. Plus, it is versatile to serve any time of day. Now that makes me one "happy" cook, when I can buy something at the store that has a million uses. But like I need to tell...

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Texting a girlfriend for an afternoon pick me up in a slump
Lifestyle, Printables, Review, Self Improvement

Tips to Avoid the Afternoon Slump + Gratitude Worksheet

This post has been sponsored by Coffee-mate® Creamer. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Tips to Avoid the Afternoon Slump: Whether you're at home with the kids, or in the office and need an afternoon pick-me-up, here are a few tips to help you overcome that dreaded slump and a free gratitude worksheet download! Growing up, I always heard my mom and dad talk about "the slump" that they'd feel right in the middle of their afternoon. Then it wasn't long after I reached my early 30's, that I knew EXACTLY what they were talking about. I get sleepy, unmotivated,...

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Running errands and saving time
Lifestyle, Organization, Review

Busy Mom Sanity! From Running Errands to Managing Your Finances

A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post. Running errands, cashing checks, paying bills….and the list goes on. Yuck, right? There are SO many other things that I'd rather be doing, but when you're a busy mom like me with an ever-growing list of "don't forget to pick-ups", (or maybe the one who does most of the errands in your house), daily chores are just not at the top of my list of favorite activities. Anything I can do to get organized and make life easier is important to me, which is why I’m excited to be...

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Hang trash bags in a central location
Cleaning, House + Home, Review

Spring Cleaning Like a Boss – Get Started on the Right Foot!

This post has been sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Spring Cleaning Like a Boss - Get Started on the Right Foot! Tips to motivate, follow through and handle spring cleaning like a champ!  Spring cleaning is possibly my favorite time of year. The idea of starting fresh in my home by purging the old and bringing in the new, combined with the warm breezes, lights me up! Spring Cleaning Like a Boss Today, I'm sharing with you my tried and true motivation, tricks, and favorite Clorox cleaners that I picked up at Walmart, that help me get started...

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Sugar Cookies topped with Nutella
Desserts, Recipes, Review

Sugar Cookies with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of my partnership with Nutella®. All opinions are mine. Sugar Cookies with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread: Spreading Nutella® on to this sugar cookie recipe is an easy and delicious treat that your family will LOVE! Sugar Cookies with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread It never fails. During one of our family get togethers during the holidays, someone asks, “Jessica, can you bring a dessert?” Well this year, I’m volunteering to bring a dessert to our family gatherings, because I can’t WAIT to have them all try these Sugar Cookies with Nutella® hazelnut spread. I’m excited about these for...

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Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies
Desserts, Recipes, Review

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chex, however the opinions and text are all mine! #Sponsored Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies: Chex Party Mix is a crowd favorite that doesn’t require lots of time and effort. It keeps you out of the kitchen, and enjoying the party. Do you have those "go-to" recipes for when you're hosting a party?  I sure do, and you can almost guarantee that they're recipes that are quick, easy and if possible... made ahead of time. A Party Favorite | Or Anytime Snack Favorite, Really When I was a little girl, I fell in love the first time...

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Macy's Anne Klein Sequined Sheath Dress - perfect for a party or holiday event
Fashion + Beauty, Review

From Work to Play: Little Black Dress at Macy’s

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of my partnership with Macy's. All opinions are mine. From Work to Play: Little Black Dress at Macy's - Anne Klein Sequined Sheath Dress, classy for work all the way to a holiday party! From Work to Play: Little Black Dress at Macy's Chic + Classy Friends, it's that time of year where holiday parties are in full force, and I've been SMITTEN with the idea of showing you this new Anne Klein dress from Macy's. It literally screams my style, and has characteristics that you'll absolutely adore. Fitted and figure flattering. The chic...

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Fantabulosity Studio
House + Home, Review

Studio Update – It’s Painted!

This post was sponsored by KILZ® Complete Coat™ Paint as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It's time for another studio update! Friends, it is PAINTED! The whole studio isn't completely finished, but the most important part is... the bright white walls! Oh my goodness, I couldn't be any more excited about this, than I am right now.  Here's a peek behind the scenes of what has been going on around here lately... Drywall's Never Looked So Good... If you've been on our home tour, then you know all of the walls in...

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Yogurt and Pudding Bar Ideas
Parties, Review

Yogurt and Pudding Bar

This post has been sponsored by Wholesome. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Yogurt and Pudding Bar: A fun and easy way to style a food bar at any event or party.  Such a great option for adults AND kids! Yogurt and Pudding Bar Each year when a birthday rolls around for one of my kiddos, I LOVE thinking outside of the box.  Now, with blogging, I get to style a lot of parties all year long. So to mix it up a bit, and to keep things exciting, I love asking my littles what kind of birthday party they want...

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Easy Meatball Stuffed Peppers - beef meatballs, cheese, rice... it's so quick and easy!
Main Dishes, Recipes, Review

Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooked Perfect® Meatballs. All opinions are 100% mine Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe: Making a weeknight favorite, just got easier. Using frozen, pre-cooked meatballs makes this dish a breeze! Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe Well it's "back to school" time, and for this momma...it's the first time I've ever had a kiddo heading off to school.  I'm terrified. Nervous. Beginning to wonder how for ages, parents have been able to get their kids out of bed and ready to be at school by a certain time every morning.  But ready...

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Fantabulosity Studio where we will film cooking and recipe videos, and some of our Creating Your Happy segments.
Home Tour, House + Home, Review

Fantabulosity Studio Renovation + “Before” Look

This post was sponsored by KILZ® Paint & Primer as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Fantabulosity Kitchen Studio Renovation "Before" Look: It's a peek at JUST the beginning of our new white, farmhouse style kitchen as our new "home" for our cooking videos! Fantabulosity Studio Renovation + "Before" Look It's finally happening.  It all started with a friend coming over saying, Jessica, I don't understand why you wouldn't utilize this unfinished space for your blog, and turn it in to a kitchen studio for your quick and easy recipes,...

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House + Home, Review

Avoid the Lunch Time Blues

This post has been sponsored by Mott's®, NABISCO, and Ziploc® brand.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Avoid the Lunch Time Blues: Moms of school aged kids, let's keep things simple but fun for the kids by using handy containers and delicious snacks for lunch! Hey you mom of a school age kiddo! I totally get it.  We start the school year thinking that we're going to have it all together and become the most amazing mom ever, by sending a lunch to school that makes all of the other kids envious. But mom, making lunch for your kids doesn’t have...

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Hooray! A Summer Soiree! Loving the coral, navy and gold together in this outdoor party
Parties, Review

Hooray! It’s a Summer Soiree!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Columbus Craft Meats. All opinions are 100% mine. Hooray a Summer Soiree! An outdoor party that can be easily recreated, and it's full of easy tips and tricks for decorations and recipes.  Hooray a Summer Soiree! If you saw my sneak peek of this summer soiree the other day, then you saw my biggest party styling secret EVER: What I actually use for a backdrop for almost every single one of my parties. I also filled you in on a quick and easy party appetizer recipe that I created using pre-made ingredients....

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how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Main Dishes, Recipes, Review

Are You Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly the Right Way?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #PBLove Are You Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly the Right Way? Do you know that 1900 people search google a month, asking: How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? I kid you not. But you know what? More and more of the people I tell this little trick to are so excited to give it a try with their next pb&j. Picture it: Public speaking class, my freshman year in college. (Yes, I’m hooked on watching Golden...

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

Time with Friends + “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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10 must see attractions in New York City
Review, Travel

NYC Bucket List: A Quick Guide to Must See Attractions

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hertz. All opinions are 100% mine. NYC Bucket List: A Quick Guide to Must See Attractions: If in New York City for only a short time, then THESE are the 10 must-see visits on your trip. New York City has been on my bucket list for some time.  My husband and I LOVE to travel, and the Big Apple has been a destination that we've eyed for a while. Plus, the chances of New York City ending up on our future boarding passes, are incredibly high considering our lines of...

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Summer On-the-Go Bag Essentials: Items that I keep in a bag by the door for spur of the moment summer outings!
House + Home, Organization, Review

Summer Bag Essentials

This is a compensated endorsement written by me on behalf of Coppertone®. The opinions and text are all mine. Summer Bag Essentials To help streamline things in my daily life as a momma of two little boys, I designate a bag for summer which I leave in the mudroom area of my home, and keep it filled with items that I may need while out and about. Summer Bag Essentials: Coppertone Kids - While at Target the other day, (shocker that I was at Target, I know) we headed down the sun care isle and my boys saw and had to have, the...

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Flamingo DIY Drink Tray using Martha Stewart Paint
DIY & Crafts, Review

DIY Stencil Drink Serving Tray

As part of the Martha Stewart "Make it Martha" program, I received complimentary products to make this DIY craft. Thank you Martha! DIY Stencil Drink Serving Tray: Using Martha Stewart's new line of paints, we created the cutest flamingo serving tray for summer entertaining!  DIY Drink Serving Tray Since my childhood, I've been so infatuated with the creativity of Martha Stewart. She totally encompasses everything I love: DIY, cooking, home decor, flowers, and so much more. So I'm sure you can guess how I did cartwheels when I received the invitation to work with the "Make it Martha" program for Martha Stewart. I...

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