Rock-It Oil Stone Giveaway – $2000 to Upgrade your Kitchen!

Beautiful granite work surface

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rock-it Oil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

‘Tis the season for baking…lots of baking.  And you know what? I LOVE it!  In fact, I love baking so much that my husband installed a granite work top in my kitchen for me a few years ago and I LOVE it.  However, I must admit, that lots of baking fun turns into lots of not-so fun clean up.  And, a granite counter top/work top looks absolutely stunning when it’s clean but this does take some effort.   However, I just tried out  Rock-it Oil Stone and, well, just look what it can do!

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Cherry Cordial Cake Batter Cookies

Cake batter cookies

Okay, it’s holiday baking season.  If you are like me, you’ve done a little but the big baking day has yet to arrive.  My baking day will be this Saturday…there will be flour everywhere and I mean


I will be making some English Toffee and some Minty Kiss Cookies along with a lot of other goodies that I make every year.  But, last night, I decided to get in the baking mood by making these Cherry Cordial Cake Mix Cookies!

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4 Recycled & Reusable Gift Wrapping Ideas & The Project Stash Link Party

DIY Gift Wrapping

Christmas is just 8 days away….can you believe it?  I must admit that I’m not quite ready.  In fact, I’m doing my holiday baking this Saturday.  Anyway, in honor of the gift giving season, we decided to feature these 4 Recycled & Reusable Gift Wrapping ideas from last week’s party.

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Chocolate Russian

Brown Russian
It was shortly after my 21st birthday that my girlfriends and I went out and I had my first White Russian.  I was in heaven.  The creaminess combined with kahlua  with the punch from the vodka….yummo! I am putting together some of my menu items for the upcoming holidays and I got to thinking, what if we gave the old White Russian a chocolaty twist?   Yup, a Chocolate Russian!

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The Gift of Manhood – An Old Spice Giveaway

Old Spice Holiday Smellcome to Manhood Kit

This post and giveaway were made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I have one daughter and two sons and let me tell you, I had a much easier time with my daughter’s journey into womanhood than I have with my sons’ crossover to manhood.  On the flip side, I think my husband has been counting down the days to when his boys become men.  Crazy, isn’t?

Well, my youngest is more man than boy.  In fact, he and his dad have been working very hard on his Eagle Scout project:  building a floating dock for a nearby camp.  Here’s a photo (from right to left), of my husband, my youngest, his Scoutmaster, and one of his fellow Scouts.  This was taken when they were beginning the project.  Doesn’t this photo just exude testosterone?  Yup, a bunch of men working on a project together.

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5 Peppermint Recipes & The Project Stash Link Party

Peppermint Recipes

I am in the midst of all my holiday crafting.  Yup, I’m still creating decorations while I’m working on homemade gifts.  If you too are still crafting holiday decorations, check out the Star Garland Advent Calendar and the Yarn Ball Ornaments for Crocheters and Knitters that I’ve recently shared.  Both are  easy and budget friendly.  If you are working on homemade gifts, these 5 Peppermint Recipes we featured from last week’s party are great “gifts from the kitchen”.

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Yarn Ball Ornaments for Crocheters & Knitters

yarn ball ornaments for crocheters & knitters


If you are a fiber enthusiast, then you probably have tons of yarn scraps.  I know I sure do.   I know that I should probably throw a lot of them away but I just hate wasting anything.  I recently knitted some quick-knit gifts that use Lion Brand bonbon yarn (Stained Glass Coffee Cozies, Colorful Coffee Cozies and Colorful Knitted Gift Card Holders) and had just a bit left over.  I absolutely LOVE the colors and couldn’t toss them out.  I just knew I could do something with these bits left over.  Then, I though, what if I used them to make some yarn ball ornaments?

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Make This Christmas a HoneyBakedHoliday


This is a sponsored post for The HoneyBaked Ham Company.  This shop was given merchandise to review and has been compensated.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own  #HoneyBakedHoliday #ad

Christmas is my all time favorite holiday.  I absolutely love this time of year.  The decorations, the baking, the caroling, the giving…..the holiday season really seems to bring out the best in everyone.  There is only one drawback.  My “to do list” is always so ambitious that I am usually wrapping presents on Christmas Eve.  Then on Christmas morning, I just want to enjoy time with my family.  However, I usually am off in the kitchen working on our Christmas dinner…..but not this year!  I’m planning a HoneyBakedHoliday!

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Pottery Barn Knock Off Star Garland Advent Calendar

Advent Garland

I have a confession.  I absolutely LOVE virtually every item I see at Pottery Barn but I not the prices.  Do you have this same confession? Well, I saw this amazing Star Garland Advent Calendar and fell in love but when I saw a price of $199…well, I just knew I had to find a way to DIY it.  I got my thinking cap on, searched the web, and found supplies so I could make this for just $25! …

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5 Christmas Goodies & The Project Stash Link Party

Christmas cookies

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I sure did and I even scored a couple of great Black Friday deals!  Good times.  Of course, this means that the holiday season, with all of it’s craziness, is in full swing.  To get you in the spirit, I recently shared some round ups and a knitting pattern.  If you missed them, here are the links.

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