Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Facebook on your lunch break, or killing time on social media morning noon and night?  I do.  Sometimes I get distracted and start following a rabbit trail to nowhere, picking up pieces of random info and lots of ads along the way.  It’s not a bad way to spend free time between events, but it is definitely not productive.  I might skip ads, laugh at ads, patiently wait through an ad, and occasionally wonder what an ad was about.  Time killed.  Mission accomplished.  If you are like me, stop killing time and make a killing instead!

I have been using the app for a bit now – it is super easy to use and I love feeling like I am doing with time that I am wasting.

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This is revolutionary.  For the first time viewers are becoming active participants in the advertising process.  As such they view ads that are relevant, useful, needed, even desired AND they get to share in the bounty of the advertising economy!

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Disclosure – This is a sponsored post – but all opinions are 100% my own






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When I heard that we were getting an early spring this year, I was ecstatic. While my state doesn’t get quite as coldly bitter as some states, the temperatures do tend to drop to uncomfortable levels and the people here are often heard telling one another how much they miss the warmer weather. I think a lot of cold weather fans feel the same way after a long winter, no matter how much they welcome the cold as respite from the sweltering heat of summer. After hearing that spring was coming early this year I immediately started daydreaming of all the things we could do with the warm weather. Trips to our local parks, swimming in the beautiful lakes, venturing out on walks around our neighborhood; there was no end to the possibilities. One thing that I definitely couldn’t wait to put together for our friends and family is a backyard BBQ. It feels like so long since we’ve had one but welcoming in the warm weather seemed like a perfect excuse to throw one together.

As eager as I was to start planning for our next BBQ I knew I needed to put the brakes on a bit and plan carefully. If you’ve ever planned a BBQ then I’m sure you know all too well how quickly the cost of feeding a horde of hungry folks can get. Taking our budget into account, I decided to do a little poking around the internet to see if I could find any nifty tricks to cutting the cost of planning a BBQ. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t disappointed; it seemed like there was no end to the helpful articles that outlined how to throw a good backyard barbecue without breaking the bank. Since I know how popular barbecue’s are with everyone when the weather is right, I’d love to share my findings with my readers so that you may also reap the benefits of throwing a memorable party without spending a fortune on supplies.

  1. Choose your grill wisely. If you haven’t already bought a grill, it’s important to choose wisely when it comes time for this purchase. While a charcoal grill usually costs less initially, it’s important to take into consideration how often you plan to use it. If you plan to use it often then the price can really add up but although a gas grill can cost more initially, propane is actually the cheaper way to grill if you use it more often rather than having to buy charcoal or wood chips which can be pretty expensive if you use them more.
  2. Only buy what you need tool wise. While that shiny new BBQ tool set might look alluring, you should ask yourself if you really need it. Sure, the tools included in kits these days are pretty nifty but in all honesty you can get the same results using the utensils you already have in your kitchen.
  3. Choose cheaper cuts of meat. Every BBQ that I’ve ever hosted or been to has had an impressive guest list. All of our closest friends usually show up and more likely than not they’ve got a family in tow. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. So, when you’re standing in front of the meat case in your local grocery store, stay away from the expensive cuts and opt for the cheaper stuff. It tastes every bit as good as the expensive stuff but goes further and you get more for your buck that way.
  4.  Put a new spin on old favorites. This is one of my favorite ideas that I came across, actually. You can combine favorites like beef and lamb to make a new burger that your crowd is sure to love. Another idea would be to do stuffed burgers where you mix in onions, jalapenos, cheese, etc. into your burgers. I even found a recipe that suggested slicing your hotdogs in half and filling them with cheese right before serving. There are so many ideas that you can use that don’t cost an arm and a leg and keeps your favorite menu items on the menu by sprucing them up a bit.
  5. Invite your guests to bring a dish of their own. A potluck style BBQ is a great way to save on your event. Pick a few dishes that you’ll want to contribute and then ask your guests if they’d like to bring a dish of their own to share with the party. This is the best way to save yourself a pretty penny and allows your friends to show off their culinary prowess.
  6. Ask guests to bring their choice of drinks. Similar to the potluck option above, this is a great way to save money while also giving your guests the option to choose the drinks that suit them best. It also cuts out the guess work of having to browse through your soda isle trying to choose drinks that are suited to everyone.
  7. Avoid pre-prepared foods. That container of potato salad might look delicious and you could maybe justify buying it by reasoning that you won’t have to cook as much but if you check out the price tag you might see how preparing your own dishes is the more budget friendly option. Often times pre-prepared food costs more to buy than actually buying the ingredients and cooking it up yourself.
Like so many of my readers, I just can’t wait to get my ducks in a row so I can let my friends know there’s a BBQ in the making. When I found these nifty tips on how to cut the costs of the otherwise pricey gathering, I was thrilled and plan to implement these helpful tips into my next shopping trip when I’m getting the ingredients for the big day!


Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta 2

I am on a pasta kick lately and I do not see it ending anytime soon. Though this week at home I am trying to use potatoes as much as possible to change things up. This dish is perfect for everyone in your family to enjoy.

When I make this dish for Eric – we have leftovers ( the dish is really meant for 4 ) and it always reheats extremely well which makes me happy because I do not have to make Eric a lunch for work.

To make this dish gluten free all you have to do is use gluten free pasta :)

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta 4

Feel free to add in anything else you might like – spinach would be a great option.

My dad and I made this recipe together – here he is starting the water for the pasta


 This recipe is super easy – when you cook the tomatoes they are going to release liquid which is going to mix with the oil and other ingredients making a very light sauce.

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta 3

If you do make my Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta please make sure and let me know what you thought :) I really think you are going to love it.

I finished off the dish with fresh parsley from the garden – parsley is extremely easy to grow and I highly suggest you do ( it can really help finish a dish)

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta FINAL

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta
  • 10 Ounces of Pasta
  • 1 Pound of Chicken Breast Tenders
  • 1½ Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon of Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Cup of Basil - Chopped Well
  • ½ Cup of Butter
  • ½ Cup of Parmesan Cheese
  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
  3. In a skillet over medium heat cook chicken - set aside - add in garlic, tomatoes, basil, and red pepper flakes - cook for 5 minutes
  4. In the skillet add in butter and Parmesan cheese - Add in pasta and chicken - heat through
  5. Serve

Recipe is adapted from HERE


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Closeup image of a yard sale sign

It’s almost summer, and spring cleaning– for me– has stretched on for a couple of months this year. I have been putting off having a yard sale for the longest time, but I really need to free up some space. According to yardsales.net, the average household has about $7000 worth of stuff they no longer use or want.  I need to cash in on some of that.  I already know what has to go, but I have been putting it off because I just haven’t known where to start.  I’ve had garage sales before with some small successes, but I really want to have a smooth and worthwhile experience.  I have some good items that I would hate to let go for too cheap, but I don’t want to have to lug anything back to storage either.


Luckily there is an ebook from yardsales.net, a website that helps put buyers and sellers together.  The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Yard Sale is a comprehensive, easy to read manual on how to put together a professional yard sale.  It contains useful tips on organization, safety, the best times to have yard sales and—my favorite—pricing.

I always feel pressured to sell for less than I think I should get for my items, and though I have done my share of successful negotiations, the thought of a full day of it is just so stressful.  I checked this book and found great strategies for not only putting together a successful sale, but also insightful tactics on how to set prices, what to mark, where to display and even how to deal with the different types of buyers who will be stopping by.

Image of clothes on hangers at a garage sale


Knowing what to expect and how to really plan for a successful yard sale has me excited about turning my clutter into cash.  This ebook can be found on Amazon.com and is available free until May 27!


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I’d like to take a quick moment to address something that I think is important.  It’s not political and it’s not a soap box thing.  This is very relevant to all of us as consumers, particularly those of us that cook.  This is a green issue, but look; I don’t obsessively and aggressively promote environmentalist ideals.  I do strive to understand things that make good ecological sense.  I believe in buying responsibly and using resources ethically.  A lot of rumors go around about what is good and what is bad; what you should and shouldn’t consume.  One of the big things I’ve heard more recently is that palm oil is bad for the planet, which is interesting because palm oil is in, uh, everything.  How do you avoid an ingredient so pervasive it’s in your cosmetics, you soap, your food?

Virtually every aisle of the grocery store is a tidal wave of palm oil.  How do you get away from it?  Have big corporations finally edged out the consumer’s ability to choose?  What is the little guy to do?  Has Goliath finally won?  Well, I looked into it and found out something that makes a ton more sense.  Palm oil isn’t bad for the planet.  Irresponsible business practices involving palm oil farming are bad for the planet.  Not only that, but something is being done about it.  Big sigh of relief!  You can see the difference between good and bad palm oil here

As it turns out bad palm oil is bad because it contributes to water pollution, and deforestation, seriously destroying habitats for many animals and people.  Sustainability is key and ethically sourced palm oil is a win for both farmers and the environment.  Good palm oil is grown sustainable, meaning it helps to protect forests and valuable animal species.  It also allows farmers to harvest more oil and use less land.

When nearly 50% of all the products we buy in the supermarket contain palm oil.  It’s good to know the difference between good and bad palm oil and that we don’t have to snub it all together.  Palm oil is a perfect ingredient in so many products because it has a smooth creamy texture and no odor.  These are excellent cooking properties which are maintained even in extreme heat, which makes it ideal for food recipes in addition to other product manufacturing.  It can’t really be replaced, but even if we used an alternative oil it would create the same devastating results.  Remember, it’s not the palm oil that’s bad, it’s unsustainable practices.

As a consumer you have a choice in the products you buy.  Sometimes it’s hard because you have to avoid certain ingredients, and in this case it would be a nearly impossible headache.  The great news is that with a little better understanding about why palm oil is considered bad and how you can identify good palm oil, you can buy responsibly and not contribute to the further destruction of our planet.  The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) has been working since 2004 to make sustainable palm oil the norm.  Look for the certified sustainable palm oil seal on products containing palm oil and find out more here.

This blog post is sponsored by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


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Watson Teepee 2

You all know how much I love Watson and I try and make him little places for him to enjoy. I have bought his a toddler chair, made him a luggage bed, and now I have made him a cat teepee . Here is Watson enjoying it ( he is currently using it while watching for birds).

Watson Teepee

I was inspired to do this DIY when I looked at  Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Pinterest. There are tons of fun tutorials and cat related content. In 2007 Rachael Ray created Nutrish which is a super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen.


All the recipes are simple and full of wholesome ingredients with real meat or fish. There are never corn, wheat, soy, gluten, poultry-by-product meal, fillers, artificial preservatives or colors. I am always looking for better food to buy Watson so I went to my local Fred Meyers and picked up Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Dry Cat Food – Zero Grain Chicken & Potato Recipe which has U.S farm-raised chicken as the #1 ingredient. I also picked up some Grain Free Wet Food For Cats.  Watson already has had the Chicken & Salmon Catterole™ and loved it!


You can find Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat food varieties at many different retailers near you, as well as online at Amazon.com. I personally went to Fred Meyers since it is so close to my home. You can find where you can buy Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat food varieties HERE.

Remember when you introduce food to your kitty to do it gradually – over the course of 7 – 10 days. Simply start replacing more of the current food to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® until the switch over is complete. Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets in need – over $14 million has been donated.


This is what you need. 4 dowels ( 27 inches), 2 Yards of fabric, scissors, 3 yards of rope, hot glue gun, and optional ( ring ) I did not ended up using this.

You will want the tie the dowels together – very well. Eric did this by wrapping the rope tightly around each dowel. Once it is tight it should stand on its own in a teepee shape. If it does not stand well you can glue a ring to the dowels using a hot glue gun to help the structure, if you wrap the dowels tight enough you will not need this step.


Can you see Watson “helping”? Next you need to cut out the teepee shape from the fabric. Using the dowel I measured the length so I knew how much to cut. I cut the fabric at that length so it made a almost circle. I also cut the top of the fabric into a circle so it will fit well over the teepee structure.

Heat up the glue gun and hem all the seems ( this will give the teepee a cleaner look)

Next drape the fabric over the structure and see if it fits


Next you want to close up the front seam with hot glue and you are done. I put the teepee on a rug to add to the comfort level.

Watson Teepee 3

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