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Marsha’s Quick & Yummy Meatballs {Guest Post}

Marsha's Quick and Yummy Meatballs

The following is a guest post from Marsha at The Crafty Mama. Marsha is a new friend of mine and a fellow Real Housewives fan. She is sharing one of her family’s favorite dinner recipes today. Enjoy!

Hi! I’m Marsha from The Crafty Mama. Today I’ll be sharing a recipe for meatballs with mushroom sauce. My mom used to make this for my family when I was young, and I followed in the tradition when I got married. It’s one of my husband’s favorite meals!


The Best Snack Recipes for the Big Game

Super Bowl snacks recipes

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL??? Yeah, me neither. But I AM ready for some Super Bowl snacks. (And some Bruno Mars action at halftime!)

I’ve searched the Interwebs far and wide to find the tastiest Super Bowl snacks recipes around. You’re welcome! Read More »


Smoked Salmon Pump Bites

Smoked Salmon Pump Bites

Looking for a scrumptious appetizer for your next get-together?

I love to make Smoked Salmon Pump Bites because they look fancy, yet there’s no real cooking involved.

This elegant hors d’oeuvre is so easy to prepare…and it’s delicious! Read More »


Antipasto Bars: Recipe

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My mom started making these a few years ago and I recently added the recipe to my own go-to arsenal of party appetizers.

These are easy and delicious- perfect to throw together for a New Year’s Eve party!

This recipe is part of a collection of fabulous New Year’s Eve party recipes…get the complete list at the end of this post. Read More »

Food Healthy-ish

Balance Bar Giveaway!


Did you know that today is International Chocolate Lovers Day? (I didn’t either.)

To celebrate, Balance Bar sent me a box of their delicious new dark chocolate bars to try: dark chocolate coconut, dark chocolate crunch, and dark chocolate peanut.

Mmmm! I’ll be having my chocolate bar with some red wine later! 😉

In honor of this chocalicious holiday, Balance Bar is giving away a box of their bars (just like the one I got) to one lucky winner!

Balance Bars are gluten-free, filled with protein and fiber, and made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa.

To enter, simply comment below and answer the question: What is your favorite chocolate treat?

This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen at random. Contest ends Saturday, September 14th at 9:00 P.M. (EST). Good luck!

 Disclosure: Balance Bar sent me samples in order to facilitate this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

** Congratulations to Ally, winner of the Balance Bar Giveaway! **

Food Getting Fit Healthy-ish Me, Myself, & I Relationships

My Happiness Project: June Recap

Wow, this month really flew by! It’s not even technically over yet, but I’m cheating a little…

Am I happier now than at the beginning of June? Yes, definitely. Is it because I focused on Health for My Happiness Project for the month of June? Well, no. It’s because I had my adorable son and he is just perfect. How can I not be happier with this new little addition to my family? Read More »

Activities Food Healthy-ish Parenting

Homemade Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

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It has been a constant struggle in my house to get my toddler to eat fruits and veggies that are not either hidden in baked goods or served in a Happy Family pouch. Rather than just give up and let her eat Cheerios and crackers all day (which admittedly, some days I do let her), I’m always on the lookout for new ways to get her to eat healthy.

Recently I purchased a bag of apple chips from the supermarket, which she happily ate. The problem? They were $2.99 for a small bag that had only two servings in it. A quick look around Pinterest showed that I could make my own fresh, homemade apple chips, for little more than the cost of an apple.

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Food Healthy-ish Parenting Problems/Tips

Toddler Nutrition

When L was an infant, she ate all sorts of healthy foods: mashed avocado, pureed squash, eggs mixed with spinach…basically anything I gave her. Because of her good eating habits as an infant, I incorrectly assumed that such habits would continue as she grew older. NOPE! Read More »

Getting Fit Healthy-ish Pregnancy

Yoga, Anyone?

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Yoga, Anyone

Tonight was the first session of my ten-week Beginners’ Yoga class.

I wanted to try something new that was relaxing and healthy, and hopefully would help the sciatica pain that has been brought on by my pregnancy.

I mean, yoga while pregnant…sounds great, right?

(I have heard some people get sciatica pain in their back but mine is literally a pain in my butt…only one side, and only when I’m sitting on it, laying down, or walking…so, you know, just ALL THE TIME.) Read More »