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Establishing Good Credit Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

establishing and maintaining good credit

There are lots of spooky ghosts, goblins and ghouls lurking around at Halloween time, but one thing you don’t need to be afraid of is financial planning. It’s so important to establish and maintain good credit, but it doesn’t need to feel overwhelming and scary. It used to be enormously scary for me because I was buried in a quicksand […]

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Don’t Miss Melissa d’Arabian’s Lactose Free Holiday Menu Ideas in an Exclusive Google + Hangout with National Dairy Council and the LACTAID® Brand!


It’s quite common for lactose intolerance to appear later in life, and it appears to have taken up permanent residence at my place. I never had a bit of a problem drinking milk or eating ice cream as a child, but boy, howdy, things have changed! For years I let my lactose intolerance dictate my diet, […]

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Parmesan Chicken Bites

Parmesan Chicken Bites appetizer

We’re deep into the heart of college football season, and it’s getting exciting. My two favorite teams are sitting at #1 and #2 in their division. Love it! I also love that I get to tailgate at home instead of freezing outdoors at the actual games. I wear jammies, wrap myself up in a blanket and enjoy my […]

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Celebrating the Mini Milestones of Life

Dipped Pretzels for Halloween

As a parent, it’s such a joy to watch your kids celebrate the special firsts in their lives. Whether it’s losing a tooth, starting school, riding a bike or attending a first formal dance, we tend to mark those mini milestones with photos and celebrations. After all, it’s only a “first” once! I’ve had my […]

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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pastry Swirls

ooey-gooey-chocolate-chip pastry swirls

I’m a HUGE chocolate fan. Colossal, really. I pretty much like all the chocolate. All the ways.

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My Neighborhood Food Drive: #ShareAMeal with Project Sunlight

Santa food drive donation box

After I shared my latest post about the Project Sunlight #ShareAMeal program, I knew I wanted to do something to help fight childhood hunger right here within my own community.

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Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet + #IHeartDreamfields Giveaway

cajun chicken pasta recipe

Next to pizza, pasta is my super thing! Not only is it feel-good food and mighty tasty, but it’s incredibly versatile, easy to prepare and nutritious. A one-cup cooked serving (2 oz. dry) of Dreamfields pasta provides 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein! Did you know it’s National Pasta Month? Let’s celebrate! I thought I […]

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Dollar General & Vaseline want you to have Soft Skin for Any Season + $50 Dollar General GC Giveaway


It’s chilly outside! So far, I’ve resisted turning on the heat this year, partly to save money and partly to save my skin. Dry heat is not kind, and it leaves me with itchy, ashy and uncomfortable skin which is easily chapped by wind when I’m outside. This year, I’m trying something new. I was given a Vaseline […]

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