Happy Tuesday! Here’s hoping for a fabulous day!

Today we’re talking about setting active goals because, like I’ve told you guys, this is going to be MY HEALTHIEST YEAR EVER. 

That’s the plan.

Part of that – a huge part actually because you guys know I love my french fries and tacos – is being active. Exercising, taking the dogs for a walk, or playing at the park with the kids. It all works. 

My family loves being outside so that’s my major active goal for the year. Get outside, go see Garden of the Gods a few more times before we move, sled (if we ever get enough snow!), hike, swim when it gets warm enough. 

I just want to be outside and go.


To go along with my active goals for the year, I’ve also been taking Viactiv for the calcium that I need. As someone who doesn’t drink milk or eat much cheese or yogurt or anything like that, my calcium supplements are incredibly important. I mean, I want strong bones! 

Did you know that around 70% of women are calcium deficient? Seventy! Calcium isn’t manufactured in the body so we have to get it from outside sources. 

I absolutely love the Viactiv gummies. They come in assorted strawberry, peach-mango, and pineapple flavors and they’re absolutely delicious. I take 2 twice a day for 100% recommended calcium. They also contain Vitamin D which supports the absorption of calcium. Plus, they’re gluten and dairy free so they fit into the diet that I follow most of the time.

I’ve been a fan of the Milk Chocolate Viactiv chews for several years – they’re delicious and of course, are an easy way to get your daily dose of calcium in 2 chocolate-flavored chews! This was my first time trying the Caramel ones and they’re just as delicious as they sound. And just like the Milk Chocolate, two chews will give you 100% of your daily calcium needs. 

Viactiv products are available at stores nationwide, including Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Target, and Walgreens. The Viactiv Gummies are available at Walgreens and they are well worth the trip! 

(Can we talk about Penelope’s shadow up there? Terrifying.)

Make sure you head over to the #BeActiv with Viactiv page to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win retailer gift cards, wearable fitness technology, and Viactiv products. To enter to win, you must enter a #BeActiv photo but it’s easy upload so no worries! Check out the entry form for complete details.

Also, follow Viactiv on Facebook and check out the Viactiv website for more information on calcium deficiency and the Viactiv products! 

You can find Viactiv in stores like CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. For more information about Viactiv and to learn more about keeping bones strong, visit http://www.Viactiv.com  #BeActiv


This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Viactiv . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Newman's Own Margherita Pizza

Can we talk about how obsessed I am with pizza right now? Like, I’m dreaming about pizza. That’s how crazy about it I am.

And I’m really particular about my pizza. I’ve been in a Margherita phase for months now and I can’t get enough of the Newman’s Own Margherita. I love a super thin, super crispy crust and the Newman’s Own gives me exactly what I’m looking for. 

Newman's Own Margherita Pizza

The best part about purchasing Newman’s Own products, though, is that you’re giving back each time you buy one. Newman’s Own has earned over $400 million in the last 30 years, all of which has been donated to a variety of charities. 

You can feel good and know that you’re making a difference in the world when purchasing Newman’s Own! I love that this pizza (and my beloved Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard salad dressing) is something that I’d buy just because I love it but I also feel good about the work Newman’s Own does out in the world. 

Newman's Own Margherita Pizza

Another great thing about the Newman’s Own pizza is that they are all natural, made from the finest ingredients, and of course they taste great.

Like I mentioned, I love the Margherita but my kids love the Four Cheese and every once in awhile they’ll request the Pepperoni. They’re all delicious and I guarantee I’ve got at least two in my freezer at all times. 

I love that Newman’s Own strives to make the greatest quality product while also putting a major focus on promoting charity and doing good. Be sure to visit the Newman’s Own Facebook and Newman’s Own BuzzFeed Page for lots more information and ideas! 

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My favorite part of every day is that time before my kids and husband wake up, when I’m alone downstairs with my dogs and my coffee

I wasn’t even mad at Penelope (the husky) this morning when she woke me up at 4:45 because that just meant I had extra coffee time. 

I try to set my alarm a good hour before my kids and husband have to get up just so I can knock out emails and other computer work. And also watch the same 4 stories on CNN over and over again because for whatever reason, I find that entertaining.

But coffee is the most important part of my morning. And I am digging the  McCafé Premium Roast coffee. 

I attended the McCafé demo at my local Walmart last weekend. I love going to demos like that because you not only get to try the new product, you also learn all about it in the process!

The McCafé coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans and the beans are harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world. 

There are 8 different varieties of McCafé coffee and they’re now available at Walmart. I found mine on the very top shelf with the rest of the coffee pods. It also comes in bags if the pods aren’t your style. 

And now we let’s talk about these muffins! What’s better than a banana muffin? A banana muffin with chocolate chips AND coffee. I used the McCafé coffee in these and it all works together so deliciously. 

You guys know I’m obsessed with banana muffins and I think it’s safe to say that these are my new favorites. 

If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups #SnackPackMixIns #ad

We are just over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day so I figured it was time to share some easy to make desserts!

I not-so-secretly love Valentine’s Day because it’s an excuse to put up every sparkly heart decoration I have. Which thrills my husband, I’m sure. I also love it because I feel like it’s a free pass to eat chocolate. And what’s better than that?

So for my super simple Valentine’s Day dessert, I’ve got these fun Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups.

How cute would these be for a class party? 

I picked up a pack of vanilla and a pack of chocolate Snack Pack Pudding Cups at Walmart, along with some strawberries, Reddi Wip, and really cute Valentine’s Day sprinkles. 

The Snack Packs have a new Easy Open Lid which made it really simple for the kiddos to help me. They also contain the same amount of calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk so it’s a treat your kids will love and you’ll feel good about letting them have it. 

Like I said, these are super simple to make. You just dip the strawberries in a Snack Pack pudding cup (I used chocolate but you can use whatever flavor you like) and then let them set in the freezer for a couple hours. Then you you put a chocolate-covered strawberry on top of the rest of your Snack Pack puddings cups, top with Reddi Wip, and sprinkle with your favorite pink heart sprinkles!

I did some strawberries with sprinkles and some without. You could dip half the strawberry in a chocolate Snack Pack and then the other half in a vanilla. There are so many ways to customize this cute and kid-friendly Valentine’s Day dessert! 

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Yep, bringing you a grill recipe 4 days after we got 8 inches of snow. We’re those people.

In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that my husband was smoking and grilling in the snow a few weeks ago. In shorts, by the way.

(He also sleds in shorts which is probably another blog post altogether.) 

It turns out that there’s a name for those of us who deal with the rain, snow, or whatever else mother nature wants to throw at us.

We’re Evergrillers. We grill year round and we strive to get the perfect char on every piece of meat no matter what the weather’s throwing at us. 

And by we, I obviously mean my husband. While I supervise from the kitchen window. 

So Kraft Barbecue Sauce has created this awesome Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt. It’s a specially designed fire-resistant glove that protects from both the heat of the grill and the chill of winter. And you can see in my picture below that the design at the top enables you to hold onto any tool  you may need during the grilling process. 

Kraft Barbecue Sauce is also celebrating the recent launch of their revamped line of sauces with recipes that feature high-quality ingredients like tomatoes, sweet molasses, cider vinegar, and cane sugar. Plus, the bottles got a super cute makeover. 

If you’re an Evergriller, you’re gonna want to enter the giveaway Kraft Barbecue Sauce has going. One person will win their own Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt and a year supply of Kraft Barbecue Sauce. Make sure you go HERE and enter before January 30!

Now about these Orange Barbecued Ribs … so good. To make the orange barbecue sauce, you just mix a bit of the Kraft Barbecue Sauce with some orange zest and fresh orange juice and just a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. It’s sweet and spicy and delicious. I think it would be delicious on chicken too if that’s more your style! 

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