Interview with Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy)

April 24th, 2014

This is a sponsored post, on behalf of Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. As always all opinions are my own.

Ok ladies, we all know that Old Spice is no longer just that brand that your grandfather puts on before going to church. They’re new scents are pretty amazing, personally I buy my husband the Old Spice Swagger body wash and love it, it’s seriously my favorite. It makes me feel like my husband should be out swashbuckling like a good smelling pirate.  If you don’t believe me you seriously have to go smell for yourself, I’ll tell you where to buy Old Spice for half price later in this post, but first do you want to hear about my interview with Isaiah Mustafa, The Old Spice Guy?

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You might not even recognize him with his shirt on.

Or maybe you don’t recognize him here because he’s not on a horse, so here’s one of my favorite Old Spice commercials featuring Isaiah.

I had the awesome opportunity to interview Isaiah Mustafa the Old Spice Guy, here’s what he said!

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Zarbee’s Naturals, Seasonal Relief

April 22nd, 2014

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I love this time of the year, but I don’t love the seasonal congestion. It seems like I only get a couple breaks from the seasonal congestion each year, and it comes back way too quickly. It’s absolutely miserable getting through the day with congestion, and other medications are so pricey and they’re definitely not all-natural. So I was really happy to find that Zarbee’s Naturals now offers seasonal relief, an all-natural solution to seasonal congestion.

Zarbee's. Effective. Natural.

So how does Seasonal Relief help my congestion?

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What I Wore (On My Shirt) Vol. 3

April 21st, 2014

Are you ready to see what I made this week? I didn’t make anything special for Easter…ok, well I did, but our oven is on it’s way out the door and decided to crank itself up to 500* and I burned the meringues that I attempted to make. The whole process was pretty awful actually, I couldn’t get them to the right consistency at all. I definitely need a new meringue recipe! Have a good one? I would love you if you left me a link!

Anyway, my week was pretty low key and boring.

Plus, I ate too much of this.

I’m still munching on Easter candy, I think I’m going to give the rest of it to our friends tomorrow because I need it out of the house!

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Four Ingredient Mac and Cheese

April 20th, 2014

When I’m just making dinner for Aliceana and myself, I like to keep it extremely simple. We don’t need anything extravagant and by dinner time we’re both exhausted. It’s time to turn on a short cartoon and whip up something quick. One of my new favorites to make on our girls nights is this easy four ingredient mac and cheese. Everyone loves mac and cheese, and it’s even better made from scratch.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure how this 4 ingredient mac and cheese would taste, because one of the ingredients is sour cream (I’ve also made this recipe with heavy whipping cream, but I was all out since we made homemade whipped cream the night before.) I’m obsessed with the end result with that little extra tang that the sour cream provides and I’m so glad that I made it this way. We were even excited to eat this as leftovers, it was that good. This is probably the creamiest mac and cheese you’ll ever have, and it’s oh so cheesy!

four  ingredient mac and cheese recipe
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Time to shed that Winter weight!

April 17th, 2014

This is a sponsored post with the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own.

It’s that time of the year, the weather is getting nicer. Ok, so in Wisconsin we had 3 days of Spring weather and then it turned back to Winter. Those few days we were outside all day long, we went for walks, we played in the backyard and we had a blast. Spring also means that it’s time to lose that winter weight!

I have a little bit of a head start, I’ve been losing weight since December by dieting. I’ve lost over 20 pounds, and I am so happy that the baby weight from Aliceana is finally gone, but I still have quite a way to go before I’ll be seen in a swim suit. I’m really hoping that staying active once the weather is nice for more than a long weekend will really help me shed some extra weight. Especially since I’m in that awful space in my closet where my clothes are either falling off of me or their just tight enough to be uncomfortable.

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Last Minute Easter Craft: Easter Mason Jars

April 16th, 2014

I can’t believe that Easter is this Sunday! I seriously can’t wait for Aliceana to hunt down Easter eggs. I’m secretly hoping my grandma buys me a chocolate Bunny like she used to,  she always gave my sister and I the same bunny every year. The Peter Rabbit, I love nibbling at his ears and biting off his candy eyes (Easter bunnies can be a tad morbid, huh?)

All the other kiddos in the family are quite a bit older (and I think they’ve outgrown traditional Easter egg hunts and baskets filled with bubbles,) so I thought I would put together a nice little treat for each of them. Of course it’s the week of Easter, so these are a last minute Easter craft, that’s just how great I am at procrastinating. I did some last minute shopping at Target and came up with these super fun Easter mason jars with the perfect dose of sugar!

Easter Mason Jars. The perfect last minute Easter craft! Edible Grass, jelly beans, and peeps make a simple mason jar into a special treat. Use a cupcake liner to dress the simple mason jar up!

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New Hair, New Necklace!

April 15th, 2014

I received a gorgeous statement necklace in exchange for this review, all opinions are my own. 

My hair was getting so long, like always in the way, getting slammed in car-doors long (that’s really long.) So I decided that it was time for a haircut. I went to my favorite hairstylist, my Grandma. I remember the days when I used to hang out at the hair salon where she worked, and getting my hair cut by her makes me nostalgic. I made a rookie mistake this time though, I told her the length I wanted and naturally she cut it about…oh..two inches shorter. It’s ok though, my lovely locks were donated and I’m left with hair that’s a whole lot more manageable.

I’m sure you want to see the new “do” here you go!

Uncommon goods necklace
How do you like it? Oh who am I kidding? You’re looking at my awesome statement necklace aren’t you?

I don’t blame you.

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What I Wore (On My Shirt) Vol. 2

April 14th, 2014

We enjoyed the warm weather while it lasted this last week, now it’s snowing again and our entire backyard is flooded from the rain storm we had the last two nights. Wisconsin weather rocks. While the weather was nice we did some baking! So here I am letting you know what I made this week and yep, half of these ended up on my shirt this week. This title definitely meshes well with my combination of being a foodie while being the clumsiest person in my family.

I made these fantastic from scratch funfetti cupcakes with whipped buttercream frosting for our friends birthday. (I always type “birthday” as “brithday” it’s a Brittany problem I guess!) These cupcakes disappeared in record time.
Funfetti cupcakes

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Blueberry Biscuits

April 13th, 2014

The weather is finally getting so nice…ok as I type this it’s storming so bad that the lights are flickering and I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t lose power, but you know…still better than being freezing cold, right? At this point I’ll take any sign of Spring we can get. We’ve had so much fun this past week spending most of our time playing outside, so much in fact that Aliceana has been so tired from all of that playing that she’s now taking afternoon naps again. I knew Spring would be great when it finally arrived.

Springtime to me is all about warm weather, flowers blooming, and Farmer’s Markets. Less than a month until our local Farmer’s Market is back in business, hooray! In the meantime I can still snag some spring time berries from our grocery stores produce department and pretend like they’re equally as farm fresh. I love, love, love baking with blueberries there’s something special about a blueberry baked to perfection.

It was time to bake some blueberry muffins. Ok, so it was time to perfect my blueberry muffin recipe, since the first time was a complete flop. This time I used my favorite biscuit recipe, added a tiny bit of sugar and incorporated blueberries (kind of like how you would make a scone.)

Blueberry biscuits recipe

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Get fit with #FitTeaDetox

April 12th, 2014

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Markerly and FitTea, all opinions and words are my own. 

Since giving up coffee I’ve become a tea drinker (I never thought I’d say that!) Now I truly love a hot cup of tea with some local organic honey for added sweetness, it’s a seriously awesome and delicious hot beverage with all natural ingredients. Hot tea is definitely perfect for this time of year, the weather is warming up, but it’s still chilly outside. It’s absolutely perfect to enjoy while watching Aliceana and the dogs play in the backyard, while I’m shivering in the patio chair because I’m not running like everyone else (and also because I can’t handle being even slightly cold ever, 60* means I’m bundled up and my husband is in a tee complaining that he’s too hot.)  So I was definitely intrigued to hear more about FitTea, since you know, it is the perfect season for tea and we can all be a little more fit, don’t you think?

FitTea and fat burner

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