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Gone Fishing with #GoldEmblem

fishing boat - North Carolina

I don’t go fishing with the boyfriend a lot because he’s up and out before the sun, and I’m, well… I’m just offended by the thought. But once in a while (like once a year), I get all “good girlfriend-y” and go with him. But, I bring all kinds of things to distract me from the […]

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5 Tips for Introducing Your College Student to Credit Cards + Giveaway

5 tips for introducing your college student to credit cards

When college students are away from home, they’re not only learning in class, but they’re learning how to manage things like money. It’s especially important that they learn how to manage their money responsibly, as those early habits will set the trend for their future. When I applied for my first credit card in college, I […]

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It’s Simply Effortless

Coca-Cola_Walmart Effortless Meals

Even though I love to cook from scratch, on the nights when I’m not cooking, I want effortless meals. Really effortless meals. Like in and out of the kitchen in five minutes effortless meals. I need my playtime! Sometimes my effortless meals involve going out to eat, but sometimes I grab one of the Effortless Meals at […]

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Creating a Family Cookbook With #CanonPIXMA

printing recipe cards-cookbook -Canon PIXMA MG7120

This summer I’ve been using my Canon PIXMA MG7120 wireless inkjet printer to help me savor the flavor of family cooking. I’ve been printing a family cookbook! Every time I spend time with my family, there are always favorite recipes that get shared, so I’ve been compiling them along with some of my own. I […]

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Awakening Kingdoms Hidden Object Game

Awakening Kingdoms logo

If you’re a fan of social hidden object games, you’ll love the new free-to-play Awakening Kingdoms HOG from Big Fish Games which is based on the very popular “Awakening” series. Queen Sophia has appointed you as her royal steward, and you’re tasked with helping to restore the kingdom to its former glory through fun mini-games and hidden object scenes. The game’s […]

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This Is Where I Leave You Book Club #TIWILY #TIWILYbookclub

This is Where I Leave You Book Club #TIWILY #TIWILYbookclub

Whenever I hear about a book being turned into a movie, I know it’s a goodie, and I make a point of reading the book before seeing the film. Before I even walk into the theater, I’m already feeling an emotional connection with the story, and I can’t wait to see the characters I’ve grown to […]

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Cambria Suites – Budget-Friendly Luxury

Cambria Suites Columbus

Sweet! Or should I say Cambria Suite. Recently on a trip to visit my daughter, I stayed in a Cambria Suites Hotel in Columbus and that’s what I call comfortable. Every moment of that stay was enjoyable — from check-in to check-out. Cambria Suites hotels are part of the Choice Hotels chain with which I’m quite familiar, […]

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RSVP for the #AmericasTea Twitter Party


Photo credit:  Will Cook for Smiles Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do, and we’re excited to host a party about what makes a cup of Bigelow Tea so wonderful. What sounds better than a relaxing cup of tea during this busy back to school season, so brew your favorite Bigelow flavor […]

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