Udi’s makes going gluten free delicious #UdisGlutenFree

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In 2008, Udi’s baked their first loaf of gluten free bread. During a recent webinar hosted by Udi’s and The Motherhood, I learned that they’re still baking delicious gluten free bread, plus now they’ve expanded their line to include breakfast foods, pizza crusts, taco shells, snacks, desserts, and even frozen foods. Although I’m not personally gluten-intolerant, I have several friends that are. Whether I’m entertaining guests at home or just meeting up with a friend for dinner, I try to {Read More}

Ivanabitch flavored vodka cocktail recipes

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Last night was date night and Mykl took me to see Muppets Most Wanted. Little did I know that the flask of Ivanabitch vodka I snuck in was totally appropriate for the movie. According to legend, Ivanabitch was created by Dmitri Ivanabitch. A legendary Russian aristocrat who was persecuted and exiled from Russia to the Netherlands, is said to be plagued by a history of craziness and a need for excessive entertainment and fun. It’s been said that Dmitri first created {Read More}

Wishlist item fulfilled: NewAir AI-215R Home Ice Maker

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My household appliance wishlist tends to center around entertaining guests. That’s why I bought a commercial-grade slushie machine a couple years ago for margarita nights and I love love LOVE my french door refrigerator that can hold tons of food for parties. For years, I’ve had a home ice maker on my wishlist. Meet my kitchen’s newest resident, courtesy of Air & Water*. Meet The Ice Maker The NewAir AI-215R portable ice maker is a single guy looking for love. Don’t {Read More}

Hot Prom Fashion from Macy’s

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Disclaimer: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.  Hello, everyone! Jasmine Maki here from Cute ‘N’ Comfy to talk prom fashion from the Macy’s Prom Show, which took place Saturday at the Mall of America. It’s been five years since I went to my senior prom, and I have to say there’s been a big change in dress styles {Read More}

Liberty of the Seas, here I come! Countdown to #SeasTheDay #Brandcation

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I can’t believe that in just a couple weeks, I’ll be joining some of my favorite blogging friends as we “Seas” the day with Royal Caribbean on the Liberty of the Seas. I’ve sailed with Royal Caribbean twice before on the Freedom of the Seas and had a phenomenal time both trips. My first trip was with my friend Bob and I had the unforgettable experience of being groped by a stingray in Grand Cayman. My second trip was an {Read More}

(Giveaway) Got a mug? Make cake in less than 2 minutes

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We’ve all been there – opening the cupboard or fridge, staring at the sparse contents, closing the door. Re-opening it in hopes something new magically appeared to satisfy our sweet tooth. Luckily, you don’t need a magical house elf to create desserts when you don’t feel like cooking. You just need a mug and a little help from Tastefully Simple. I’ve been working with them for a while and just recently discovered they have a few Hogwarts-esque secrets of their {Read More}

Brew Day! My first attempt at homebrewing

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Homebrewing is something I’ve always wanted to try, so Mykl and I gave it a shot recently with a small batch homebrew starter kit from Northern Brewer. Their kit included pretty much everything we needed to brew a gallon of Caribou Slobber brown ale. We just had to supply water, a 2 gallon brewing kettle (I used my stock pot), and empty beer bottles to bottle our brew when it’s ready. Even though I normally hate reading directions, I decided {Read More}

Divergent red carpet interview with Veronica Roth & Ansel Elgort #Divergent

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Know why I have that cheesy grin on my face? Because I just interviewed Veronica Roth, the author of the Divergent trilogy, and Ansel Elgort, one of the actors in the film (he plays Caleb Prior). Welcomed by hordes of screaming fans, Veronica & Ansel introduced the film during a red carpet screening event at the Mall of America and stopped to answer a few questions for me. About DIVERGENT In a future world where people are divided into distinct {Read More}

Levi’s first day of preschool

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Sometimes I gotta put the mom back in mom blogger and share one of my kid’s milestones – today was Levi’s first day of preschool! During Levi’s last checkup, his doctor mentioned she thought he was more than ready to be in a preschool learning environment. The home daycare wasn’t doing much by way of learning activities, so I started evaluating some of our options and found a preschool that seemed to be a dream come true. Levi’s new preschool {Read More}

Just Getting Away

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No matter where you live, winter is a happiness-suck. The short days, the lack of sunshine, the colder temperatures, and—when you live here in Minnesota—being snowed in more often than not leads to some pretty severe cabin fever. This gets exacerbated further when you’re battling depression (remember my Valentine’s Day post?). I like to think that I’m not the only Minnesota Mom who spends her days dreaming of fleeing this cold, dark, snowed-in existence. I daydream of swimming with stingrays {Read More}