Keep Smilin’…Good Vibes Only

 

Don’t you love inspiring quotes? As you know, I am very into positive quotes and sayings. Now in my latest endeavor to bring positivity to people, I have initiated a few Teespring campaigns with positive apparel! Continue reading

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Motivation Monday: Fear Mediocrity

Don't fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

Have you ever went through a bout of fearing the unknown or future failures when it comes to a certain goal in mind? Well, STOP fearing and keep trying! A person could remain limited in thinking ofΒ the worst case scenario and ruminate over the what ifs.Β Like the old phrase goes, “you never know until you try.” Things could switch up for the better! Grow into a new way of thinking and keep moving toward your goal to success!

Need more motivation? Check out more Motivation Monday posts here!

Easy Mason Jar Gifts

Sooo, it’s been a long while since my last post. Sorry you guys! Offline life has consumed me so much! But I want to help you out.

We are right in the middle of graduation/wedding/baby shower/other celebrations season and you know what that means – GIFTS. I personally know at least eight people who are graduating within the next month and about two couples getting married but I haven’t heard about any babies yet (I’m sure that news will come soon too). All I can think about is making DIY gifts for everyone! Sometimes a simple gift card can be impersonal. Cash gifts are cool but where’s the creativity? Thus, my latest Pinterest session inspired me to think about mason jar gifts! Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Caramel Snickerdoodles

You guys, I could not stop salivating after seeing these cookies!!!!

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One of my favorite foodie bloggers, Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction, created this awesome mixture of snickerdoodle cookies with a caramel “filling.” Snickerdoodles are probably the easiest cookies to make ever and to add this twist would definitely make it seem like you spent hours in the kitchen over these.

Did I ever tell you I especially love caramel? Caramel over chocolate ANY DAY.
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If you’re not following her, please do so! She has so many great recipes for desserts and dinner. Check out the full recipe for these cookies!

Psst! By the way, this is my 100th post! What a sweet post toΒ celebrate with (corny pun, yes but worth it)!

 

BzzAgent Review: Gluten Free Barilla Pasta

Just recently, I had the opportunity to test out Barilla’s Gluten Free Pasta for free. I’m a part of a sample program called BzzAgent (pronounced buzz-agent) where they ask real people to try new products and tell others about them. It’s pretty cool and I’ve been “bzzing” along for about seven years so far. Some of the campaigns I participated in included makeup, shaving razors, gourmet dog food for my doggie and even olive oil. Here’s some more info about BzzAgent.Β πŸ™‚

Back to the Pasta

I received my lovely BzzKit box full of Barilla goodies via the mail. It was a little dinged up, but not too bad.

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BzzKit! Barilla Spaghetti, Rotini, shopping tote, coupon + recipe card

I had another plan for dinner that day, but I did make spaghetti on another day.

The difference aboutΒ this gluten free pasta is that it is made with a blend of corn and riceΒ and non GMO (which is a big plus nowadays). Plus, it’s Certified Gluten Free. This is good for people who have a wheat allergy or who may have Celiac disease.

The noodles cooked a little longer than normal to me and even looked lighter than regular wheat spaghetti.

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Excuse the horrible kitchen lighting…ugh

After a taste-test, the texture was similar to regular spaghetti. Even though I had it boiling a little longer, it still came out “al-dente” style with the chewiness.

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Here’s the result!

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Final result!

Final Verdict

It looks like the wheat-based spaghetti, tastes similar but the texture after cooking/chewing was a bit different. Not bad at all! I’d try it again and recommend it to people with wheat allergies. Take a look at more gluten free pastasΒ that Barilla offers. πŸ™‚

 

Disclaimer: I received a kit from BzzAgent to try out their client’s (Barilla) product without any compensation from either entity. This is my own expressed review of BzzAgent and Barilla.

The Millennial Crisis: Turning 30

So of course I had to come back from this long hiatus with an epic topic. 😏

I have been so busy!! New job, new places traveled, new weather season, new clothes, etc., etc. I know all of us have been busy and it’s slowing down *just* a tad because of the season change. Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Bacon Bourbon Meatballs

I apologize for being a little late for Foodie Friday! Before the craziness of the Saturday life begin, I want to share Serene’s quick and easy recipe from House of Yumm: Bacon Bourbon Meatballs.

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Yuuuuummm!

As you can tell by the picture, these look awesome!! This dish will get the people talking. Especially with the added kick of bourbon πŸ˜‰ . What a great last-minute recipe for those upcoming barbecues. Check out how to make it here!

Enjoy your weekend!