Happy Birthday to Me – Giveaway for YOU!

Enter to win an iPad Mini!  One winner will win a 16 gig iPad mini - keep it or save it for an early Christmas present!

Well, it finally happened.  I am no longer in my twenties.  Today I am officially THIRTY!  And you know what?  I’m ok with that!  I feel like my thirties are going to be awesome.  Plus, thirty is the new 18 anyways, right?  [Ha!  Not really.  I don’t want to go back to be 18.] 

Today I will be sleeping in, eating breakfast, wrangling kids and doing all things that a newly thirty mom of two does.  Pretty exciting, huh?  But I wanted to celebrate with yall too!  What better way to celebrate then to give away an iPad mini?!  One person will win one!  Eeeek!  SO exciting! 
Enter to win an iPad Mini!  One winner will win a 16 gig iPad mini - keep it or save it for an early Christmas present!


So I’ll be spending the day relaxing, shopping, baking, eating and giving away an iPad Mini!!  How stinkin cool is that?!  I asked a few of my bloggy friends if they wanted to join and they yes!  As much as I would love to be able to giveaway one of these on my own, it’s not possible.  So I’ve teamed up with some of my good friends to help give away an awesome prize!  They are awesome, you are awesome, it works out!  So make sure you follow them in the giveaway form below.  The cool thing is that they are all so dang awesome that its like you are double winning. 

Ok enough gab, right?  Enter below, good luck and happy birthday to meeee! 
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Life of the Party No. 49


Hey yall!  Welcome to another Life of the Party link up – the day you get to take over our blogs with your awesome-ness!  Last week I shared my recipe for avocado buttermilk dressing and my love for Harvest Snaps.  Well today I’m giving away some!  Harvest Snaps that is.  Three people will win a one month supply – which is all the flavors in one box!  Its a box of Harvest Snaps goodness!  So enter below before you link up to the party!  Woohoo!

Enter to win one of 3 month supplies of Harvest Snaps!

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Now lets get the party started yall!  

Review + Giveaway: Icon Wall Stickers


Disclosure: I received a product to help with my review.  All opinions are my own.  Read my full disclosure policy here. 

A few weeks back I was sent a wall sticker from Icon Wall Stickers to review.  I spent a hot minute looking over the site because I found what I wanted almost immediately.  I ordered it and within a few days a long skinny tube with my purchase arrived.  Can you guess what I got?


If you guessed an avocado, you were very close.  [I searched, but they didn’t have any on the site.]  But there is something that I love more then avocados.  I know thats hard to believe because I really love avocados.  But its true.  I love something even more then my favorite green fruit.  [Its a fruit.  I googled it.]  I ordered an anchor wall sticker!  And not just any anchor sticker, a THREE FOOT anchor sticker!  Yes, seriously!


Ok, Im going to be honest.  Ordering a three foot anchor decal sounded great at the time.  I was literally giddy for it to get here but then it did and I panicked.  How the heck was I going to put a THREE FOOT anchor sticker on my wall AND NOT MESS IT UP!  I was worried, so I called my mom over to help and we got to work.  The sticker came in two pieces and I was nervous the whole time.  What if it didn’t match up?  What it if wrinkled?  What if I hated it?  Ok that last one was dramatic.  Of course I was going to love a THREE FOOT anchor in my bedroom! 


And of course my worrying was unnecessary because the decal was SO easy to put up and it came out perfect.  So perfect that my kids thought I had painted it on the wall, and I just told them yes.  Because Im super mom and I can paint three foot anchors on textured walls.  They dont need to know the truth until they are older.

Now the best part of this whole story is that Icon Wall Stickers has offered one lucky winner the chance to win their own decal!  ANY decal!  [You can totally order a three foot anchor too!]  Enter below and good luck!  Ps.. the winner has to email a picture of the wall sticker they picked though!  Im nosy like that yall.


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Easy Homemade Recipe: Pumpkin Chili

Easy Pumpkin Chili Recipe via thegrantlife.com

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wolf Brand Chili.  To read more about my disclosure policy – click here.

Im pretty sure that yall know I love pumpkin season.  I dedicated a whole week to sharing new pumpkin recipes, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them and I talk about them constantly.  I love everything about pumpkins but I especially love cooking with them.  I’ve pumpkin in cakes, oatmeal, French toast and even in a chai latte but I had never used pumpkin in an easy homemade dinner recipe before.  That is, until now.  I was sent a few cans of the new Wolf Brand Chili to try and I knew I wanted to try something new.  Something delicious.  Something like pumpkin chili!

Easy Pumpkin Chili Recipe via thegrantlife.com

Im sure I have a few of you shaking your head at me now, but hear me out.  Its good yall!  Its a combination of two of my fall favorites – chili and pumpkins.  It was destined to come together.  And its so easy to make.  Like I only used four ingredients easy. 

Easy Homemade Recipe - Pumpkin Chili

To make your own pumpkin chili you will need:

  • 1 can of Wolf Brand Chili [no beans]
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree [Libby’s is my favorite]
  • 1/2 can of beans of your choice [I used kidney]
  • Cheese

Combine your chili, beans and pumpkin in a small saucepan until blended.  Heat until bubbling.  Spoon into bowls, top with cheese and enjoy!

Easy Pumpkin Chili

Yup.  Its really that easy.  The Wolf Brand Chili and the pumpkin work so well together because the chili is thick and hearty and the pumpkin is creamy and delicious.  Its like a ying and yang recipe.  Oh and the cheese is like the icing on the cake.  Or the cheese on the chili.  However you want to look at it, its amazing. 

You wanna know what else is amazing?  A Wolf Brand Chili tasting party!  Amy from Living Locurto threw a tasting party and has shared the free printables with everyone! 


You can head over to Living Locurto to print them out and have your own chili party!  Oh, but what about the chili?  You’ll need some of that too.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Wolf Brand Chili is giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner worth $100!  Chili included! 


Enter below to win!  Good luck, and happy chili tasting! 
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Wolf Brand Chili is now thicker and heartier than ever, just the way that Texans like it! The new, thicker and heartier recipe can also be found every day on the shelves of your local grocery store.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wolf Brand Chili.

For more information, visit Wolf Brand Chili or https://www.facebook.com/Wolf.Chili

Bacon, Swiss Avocado Bites

Bacon swiss avocado bites

Disclaimer: I participated in the Avocado All*Stars campaign for One2One Network.  All opinions stated are my own.

Three things happened to make this recipe a reality.  First, I really like avocados.  [Like, really like them.]  Second, I was thinking the other day I needed a good avocado recipe in my life.  Third, I was asked to join the Avocados AllStars campaign.  Its like the perfect avocado storm came together to create one easy homemade recipe.  [Mmm.. storms full of avocados.]  Plus, we needed a tasty snack for the baseball championship games that started up this week.  All those reasons combined [there are more then three.. oops] to form these amazing bacon, Swiss, avocado bites.

Bacon swiss avocado bites

Yall might not know this about me but I love avocados.  [Ok, you knew that one.]  I also love Swiss cheese and bacon.  I can eat just plain slices of Swiss cheese as a snack and I do if we have some in the house.  And bacon, well bacon is bacon and delicious.  No denying that one.  I felt like a genius for combining all three, then I instantly felt dumb for not doing it sooner.  These little bites pack some major flavor. 


To make them I used:

  • Half a loaf of French bread
  • Slices of Swiss cheese
  • 2 Small Avocados
  • 4 Pieces of Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil [or EVOO as Rachel Ray says]

I sliced the French bread into bite size pieces and drizzled some EVOO onto them.  I added the sliced cheese to on top and put them in the oven.  I like them melt/crisp/bake while I chopped the avocado and fried the bacon.  Once the cheese was done I pulled them out and added the mashed avocado and a few bacon pieces. 

Bacon, swiss avocado bites

Im not sure how many were gone before I even had a chance to photography them, but lets say a few.  And a few more disappeared while I was taking pictures.  It was the strangest thing.  They just kept disappearing into thin air.  Ill find the thief one day and Ill demand he return all my bacon, Swiss avocado bites immediately.  Im kidding.  It was totally me.  I just couldn’t stop eating them.  I plead the fifth. 

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I think I will make these for every baseball game that we watch.  Or maybe just because I want more.  That’s a good enough reason, right?  [Just agree with me for sanity’s sake.] 

Bacon, Swiss Avocado Bites
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  1. Half a loaf of French bread
  2. Slices of Swiss cheese
  3. 2 Small Avocados
  4. 4 Pieces of Bacon
  5. 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil [or EVOO as Rachel Ray says]
  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Slice your bread into bite size pieces.
  3. Drizzle with a small amount of oil.
  4. Cover the piece of bread with a slice of Swiss.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Fry your bacon.
  7. Cut, pit and remove the meat from your avocados. Mash.
  8. Remove the bread and add the avocado and bacon.
  9. Let cool.
  10. Enjoy!
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Since we all love avocados so much, Im giving away an avocado prize pack to one lucky winner!  The prize pack includes:

  • (1) Sur La Table “Batter Up” Silicone Spatula
  • (1) OXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
  • (1) I ? Avocado T-Shirt
  • (1) Avocados From Mexico-branded USB loaded with recipes [Not pictured below]
  • Giveaway value is $45

And be sure to enter the BIG giveaway – a $5000 grocery card from the people at Avocados from Mexico!  Giveaway runs til the 31st and there is a sweet coupon there as well. [Hint hint.]  So enter both giveaways and eat some avocados!  [No pressure though.]

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Easy Homemade Craft: Washi Tape Pumpkin

Washi tape pumpkin via thegrantlife.com

Disclosure: I received products from Scotch Brand Tape for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.  Read my full disclosure policy here

By now Im pretty sure that yall know I love fall and pumpkins.  I love to bake with them, cook with them and even decorate them.  So when Scotch sent me a package of tape goodies, I knew I wanted to use them to decorate our first pumpkin of the season! 

Washi tape pumpkin via thegrantlife.com

I have my own collection of washi tape that I use so I was excited to try the new Scotch Expressions washi tape.  As soon I started using it on my pumpkin I was in love!  It wasn’t like regular washi tape, it was softer and came off easier.  The tape stayed sticky even after I moved it around a couple of times.  Plus, its only $2.50 a roll!  [Shameless plug to Scotch but its all trueeee.]

pumpkin covered in washi tape

My washi tape pumpkin started out like most of my crafts – with an idea and a prayer.  I knew I wanted to use washi tape to cover the pumpkin but I wasn’t sure of the design.  I just started taping.  I tore of strips of the tape and arranged them in a horizontal design and thought it looked pretty good, so I kept on going.  [Again – good thing the tape kept its stick because I moved pieces around a lot.] 

easy Halloween craft - washi tape pumpkin

I started in the middle of the pumpkin and worked my way up and down.  The middle was easy but around the top and bottom the tape started to become wavy.  And you might be able to see the teal peeking out on the other side of the pumpkin.  The whole back side is a fun teal color packing tape that was a little larger in size so I didn’t have to use all my wonderful washi tape.  I have more projects in mind for the tape so I wanted to save some for another time. 

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Oh!  And Scotch is giving away one box of tape products too!  Woohoo!  Enter below and good luck!

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Giveaway: Back to School Week


I am delighted to be a part of Back to School Week hosted by Rachel from {i love} my disorganized life andMiss Information. This week will help take the stress out of Back to School for all of us as bloggers from around the country post their favorite Back to School crafts and recipes.

We also have some really great prizes from our wonderful Sponsors. You can enter to win on any of the blogs that are participating in Back to School Week.

(Scroll down to see the prize details and entry form).

As part of the Back to School Week we’ll be holding a TweetChat and a PinChat, with prize giveaways during those as well!  [Lots of prizes yall!]

The TweetChat is today so I’ll tell you about that now. I’ll save the PinChat details for later in the week.

(search for hashtag #BacktoSchoolWeek to follow along. Use the hashtag in tweets during the chat to enter to win.)

  1. One TweetChat winner will receive a set of two Mighty Handles.
  2. One TweetChat winner will receive a 6-piece set of Cuisinartstorage containers.
  3. One TweetChat winner will receive a set of Keycals from Kidecals.
  4. One TweetChat winner will receive a Mini Cooler and a Personal Cooler from PackIt.

To enter to win the above prizes, attend the tweet chat and use the hashtag in your tweets.

Now, for the Back to School Week Raffle:

We are so grateful to have such an amazing group of sponsors for Back to School Week! They have all provided us with wonderful raffle prizes for you!

  1. One raffle winner will receive the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central.
  2. One raffle winner will receive a Mini Cooler, a Personal Cooler and a Shop Cooler from PackIt.
  3. One raffle winner will receive The Keurig® MINI Plus Personal Brewing System.
  4. One raffle winner will receive from Kizmos the Crazy Cool Crafty’s Banana Muffins Kizmos Kit {be sure to visit Crazy Cool Crafty on 8/24 to see how Cassie uses this kit!} which contains the Get Happy salt and pepper shakers, Get Happy nesting Measuring cups, and the Get happy measuring spoons. {Follow on FacebookTwitter}
  5. One raffle winner will receive from KizmosThe Grant Life’s Passe Passe Kizmos Kit {Be sure to visit The Grant Life on 8/21 to see how Kelley uses this kit!} which contains the Get Happy Spatula, Get Happy Spoonula and the Get Happy Ice Cream Scoop. {Follow on Facebook & Twitter}
  6. One raffle winner will receive from Kizmos the Kleinworth’s Kid Command Center Kizmos Kit {be sure to visit Kleinworth & Co. on 8/20 to see how Gina uses this kit!} containing the Get Happy Magnet Set, the 7 assorted Bag Clips & the Get Happy 2 qt & 5 qt colanders. {Follow on Facebook & Twitter
  7. One raffle winner will receive from Kizmos the Lemons for Lu Lu’s Fruit Salad Kizmos Kit {be sure to visit Lemons for Lulu on 8/19 to see how Tanya uses this kit!} containing the 2 1/2 quart colander, the spatula, the measuring cups and measuring spoons. {Follow on Facebook & Twitter
  8. One winner will receive a $75 surprise box from Pick Your Plum.
  9. One raffle winner will receive a prize pack featuring Cal-Organics/Grimmway Farms Swag {Grimmway Farms Speaker Cooler Bag, Cal-Organic T-shirt, Cal-Organic Hat, Cal-Organic Visor Clip, Just Crunch Em Tumbler Cup, Carrot Snack N Go Container} AND a Portable blender/smoothie maker from Cuisinart so you can take it with you on the go.
  10. One raffle winner will receive a $50 prize pack from DecoArt containing a variety of craft paint and stencils.
  11. One raffle winner will receive a $40 gift certificate from Kidecals.
  12. Two raffle winners will each receive a $50 Mooney Family Story gift box from Mooney Farms.
  13. One raffle winner will receive a set of two Mighty Handles.

 Enter using the rafflecopter below to win these amazing prizes.

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Giveaway: Back to School Guide Giveaway

Enter to win a back to school prize pack!

Hey yall!  Its almost time to send the kiddos back to school, but we want to make sure they go back in style!  Some of our amazing sponsors from the Back to School Guide want to do just that.  And the best part is there is more then one winner!  There will be six winners!  How awesome is that yall?

Enter to win some back to school goodies!



You can enter below to win one of the 6 great prizes!  And be sure to check out all our sponsors in the Back to School Guide!

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Weight Loss: Progress and a Giveaway


This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own. I am also a Shaklee Distributor!

So I have some good news and some better news.  The good news is I haven’t given up on my weight loss journey.  [That’s huge for me, yall!]  I haven’t lost any more weight, still holding strong at 17-ish pounds, but I am gaining muscle.  Which is awesome!  When I started Shaklee my goal was to ultimately lose weight and be a healthy role model for my kids.  Im happy with my weight lose and we are making better choices as a family, which is awesome!  But I haven’t lost anymore weight.  Which is ok.  Through this journey I’ve realized that those three little numbers don’t define my progress.



I shared this picture on instagram.  There is some muscle in there!  I have been lifting weights for the past few months and its starting to pay off.  Seeing this progress, having my clothes fit great and having more energy is what keeps me going.  Some days are better then others and I’ve learned that its a daily struggle to be healthy.

at the gym working on my fitness


And not only is it a daily struggle but its an hourly battle to eat right.  Some days I do great and some days I want to eat everything sight.  The good thing about the second one is I don’t have a bunch of junk in the house anymore.  I have not only started eating healthy, but I have almost purged the house of processed foods.  Its something that I did for myself as well as my little family.  Im even of thinking of giving up sugar for a month.  WHAT?!  I know.  Crazy stuff, yall.

The even better news is that a bunch of the Shaklee bloggers and I are giving away a Turn Around Kit to one lucky winner!  Eeek!  Im so excited for whoever wins.  It seriously is the best thing to kick start your new healthy lifestyle.

shaklee box


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Fourth of July Giveaway – $50 Target or Old Navy Gift Card

Enter to win a $50 Gift card to target OR old navy!

Hey yall!  Happy Fourth of July to everyone!  An extra special thank you to the men and women serving our country so that we can continue to call it the land of the free.  I hope everyone has a great day full of family, food and fun!  To help yall celebrate I got together with a group of girls to giveaway a $50 Target or Old Navy gift card to one lucky reader!  Now its a party!  Enter below and good luck yall!

Enter to win a $50 Gift card to target OR old navy!

Enter below!
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