Five Inexpensive Hostess Gift Ideas from BJ's Wholesale

Five Hostess Gifts Under $20 from BJ’s Wholesale

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. “Five Hostess Gifts Under $20 from BJ’s Wholesale” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. ‘Tis the season for festive parties and get-togethers, where gracious hosts (hopefully) provide you with delicious food and drinks. You don’t want to show up to the party empty-handed. It’s nice to bring along a hostess gift to show your appreciation. Sometimes you don’t want to go with wine and flowers. BJ’s has a variety of seasonal picks that will make any host feel appreciated. A big plus! Three of these gifts contain multiple items so you can break apart the package and have …

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. All opinions are mine alone. #TomorrowStartsTonight #CollectiveBias If you have followed me for a while, you know that I don’t get enough sleep. Between my brain not wanting to shut off for the night, dogs terrified of thunderstorms, sick kids, and my husband’s horrible nighttime nasal congestion, I’m lucky to get 4 hours of sleep each night. My husband’s nasal congestion gets so bad that sometimes I will sleep in our walk-in closet on a blowup mattress! Not exactly comfortable, but at least it is quiet. When I don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day is nearly always a nightmare. Lack of sleep affects my mood and, in turn, everyone around me. I’m impatient, …

Eggnog Bread with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

Eggnog Bread with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

I’ve had a love affair with eggnog since I was little. When I was around 7 years old my mom, who was an elementary school librarian, brought home a cookbook with simple recipes that kids could make on their own. One of the recipes was a no-cook eggnog that my brothers and I must have made 1,000 times; it was so yummy. I’ve managed to pass my eggnog obsession on to my girls. Every time they see eggnog in the store they beg me to buy it. With the holidays approaching eggnog is a staple in our house. So when I ran across my friend Jenni Field’s (Pastry Chef Online) recipe for Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting I knew I needed to find something to spread it on! I was contemplating pound cake when …

Margarita Monday - Cranberry Margarita [recipe]

Cranberry Margarita

It’s no secret that I love margaritas. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but in the fall I especially love to make cranberry margaritas. The perfect mix of sweet and tart. A festive cocktail for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of the year! This is a great recipe everyone will love so be sure to make a big batch to share! I used Ocean Spray diet cranberry juice with lime, but you can substitute 100% cranberry juice or even Cran-grape or Cran-apple juice if you like! Kate Kelly – My Mommy Brain Yields 6 ServingsCranberry MargaritaRecipe adapted from Shawnda Horn, as seen on My Recipes.com10 minPrep Time 10 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients1 1/2 C fresh or thawed frozen cranberries3/4 C …

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Older Car Running Smoothly (so you can make it to Grandma's house for Christmas)

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Older Car Running Smoothly (so you can make it to Grandma’s house for Christmas)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallForPennzoil #CollectiveBias I drive a 17-year-old SUV with over 100,000 miles on it. My 17 yo #Ford #Excursion just turned over 100,000 miles! We bought it used with 36K on it 13 years ago. My girls and I worked out that we have purchased over $21,000 in gas to date (we averaged the price per gal b/c we lived in the Northeast when gas was super high for a long time then moved to the South where gas is MUCH cheaper!) I sure hope she keeps on purring along b/c I can’t afford to replace her just yet. . . . . #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #SUV #vehicle #street #road #freeway #highway #tires #muffler …

Exercise Your Brain with SmartGames

Exercise Your Brain with SmartGames

Yesterday I had the opportunity to host a fun SmartGames game night through Tryazon. Tryazon sent us samples of three SmartGames: Ghost Hunters, IQ XOXO, and Busy Bugs. We invited some friends over and everyone grabbed a game to try. Since all the games were one player games we timed each round for 10 minutes and then swapped. Everyone had a great time learning the games. Ghost Hunters ended up being the favorite of the night! But we had fun playing them all. About SmartGames SmartGames utilizes skills ranging from spatial insight to pattern recognition, while improving your problem solving abilities and your memory. Each SmartGame is carefully designed and produced using quality materials that last. Challenges are divided into 4 or 5 levels of difficulty. And with so many included challenges, each …

BJ’s Black Friday Deals – Savings Preview

BJ’s Black Friday Deals – Savings Preview

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. “BJ’s Black Friday Deals – Savings Preview” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced its top Black Friday deals and doorbusters, offering massive savings on LED TVs, hoverboards, tablets and more. This year, BJ’s is offering 11 days of Black Friday deals in-club and online, providing even more savings to Members. From Nov. 18 to Nov. 28, Members can shop the Black Friday Savings Event in-club or online at BJs.com/blackfriday for access to all the hottest deals from BJ’s. Black Friday doorbusters will be available in-club only on Black Friday. BJ’s Black Friday …

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

The birth of Holiday Baking day and how Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies came to be. Over the past three and a half years, due to my husband’s job, we have moved four times and lived in four different states. Three years ago my girls had a particularly hard time over winter break. We hadn’t lived in Alabama very long. There were no visits from family, no friends to have over for hot chocolate, no holiday parties to attend, no secret Santa exchanges… all of the fun things that most people participate in during winter break. My husband was out of work and we didn’t have the extra money for the girls to buy gifts for each other, something they looked forward to every year. After thinking about what we could do that would be …