#Smiley360 #Emergen-C Mission

Hi guys!! While we wait for all the Valentine fun to commence, I thought I’d give you a little information about a great brand I’m trying thanks to Smiley360, Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mixes.


My free Emergen-C from Smiley360: 5 flavors of Emergen-C drink mixes, 5 $1 off coupons, & a mission guide’

We are right smack in the middle of winter (well some people are, I however live in Florida lol) and our immune systems are taking massive hits! What better way to help support your immune system then a fizzy drink packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C,  B-vitamins, & electrolytes! There are tons of fruity flavors to chose from such as Super Orange, Strawberry-Kiwi, & Coconut-Pineapple. In addition to the original formula, Emergen-C offers products designed especially for kids, specialty formulas with added nutrients geared to specific needs like joint health & heart health, & Immune+! The Emergen-C Warmers line gives you all the original goodness in a soothing, cozy blend of flavors!


Even kids can use Emergen-C to support their immune system against those plentiful colds making their way around school! Destiny enjoyed the raspberry & strawberry-kiwi flavors!

Interested in trying a free sample of Emergen-C, click here! Looking for a coupon, click here! Need more information? Visit the Emergen-C website here! Wishing you a happy & healthy 2015!


#Valentine’s Day Give-away

Hey guys! Sorry that you haven’t heard from me as much lately! With Valentine’s Day (another one of my favorite holidays) coming up in a few short weeks, that is about to change! I’ve been doing research aka looking on Pinterest for some new ideas & recipes and will be sharing them with you soon along with some of my old favorites! Not only is Valentine’s a special time to remind your significant other how much you love them, it’s also a good time to spend some extra crafting & baking time with your little Valentines! The girls & I always make beautiful heart sugar cookies, but this year I plan to throw some new desserts into the mix! Anyways, while you wait for all the Valentine’s Day fun to begin, let’s get ready for the big day with a give-away! Interested in a box full of Valentine’s Day goodies? Entering is easy… just comment below & tell me one way you show your loved ones how much they mean to you this time of year or even a link to a favorite Valentine’s Day recipe or craft (always looking for new ideas for my family)! On February 1st, I will pick a random winner from the commenters (is that even a word?) & request the winner’s mailing address at that time! Good luck! I can’t wait to see all your good ideas!

valentine's day sugar cookies

Here are some of those Valentine’s Day sugar cookies I was telling you about… I shared the recipe in my Boo-tiful Sugar Cookies post.


#Smiley360 #InkJoy Mission

It’s time for the 1st Smiley360 mission update of 2015! Before I get started, let me just say that if you haven’t taken the time to check out Smiley360, please take the time to add it to your list of new year resolutions! 2014 was packed full of wonderful free products ranging from a Build-a-Bear furry friend to delicious Boursin cheese! What’s better than testing out new products before you buy them & sharing your experiences with your friends & family? Interested in this great opportunity? Just start your new year off right & click here!! Ok, on to the mission of the day… InkJoy Pens!


Here’s my FREE InkJoy mission kit from Smiley360 which includes a pack of multicolor InkJoy 300 RT series pens, a $5 Walmart giftcard to purchase another InkJoy pen pack of my choice, & a Smiley360 mission guide.

Pens are something that this household is always in need of! I blame the kids for their constant disappearance! After quickly ripping into this new pack, I am in love with the bright colors & smooth writing of these pens! They make everyday things like color coding your daily planner & jotting a quick letter or to-do list fun! Now if only I can keep the kids from stealing them! lol


Add a little joy & color to your life with InkJoy pens!

Need more info? Click here. Looking to purchase some of your own? Check out Walmart’s selection of pens here. Stay tuned for more Smiley360 updates, recipes, & an upcoming Valentine’s Day give-away! 🙂


#Oven-Baked Bacon

I tried something new today… new year so why not… not really something new exactly, a new way of cooking something. I’ve seen Pinterest pins about cooking bacon in the oven for a while now, but honestly was a skeptic. I mean bacon is supposed to be cooked in a frying pan, right? WRONG! So while I am eating this perfectly cooked, crispy bacon without standing in the hot kitchen for an hour with grease popping all over the place including my fragile arm skin, I wonder what other things in life am I doing completely wrong? I mean for years I thought you had to spend hours around a smoker for a decent pulled pork sandwich, and I learned that wasn’t the case. (I blogged about that  recipe before; just click here.) Anyways…  MIND BLOWN! I will spend this new year questioning the way I do everything! Want to give it a whirl?

Oven-Baked Bacon


Line a baking sheet with foil & lay out your bacon strips out like so. Keep them separate to avoid the pieces sticking together.  Turn on your oven to 375* & place the baking sheet in the cold oven. I cooked mine for about 22 minutes since my family loves extra crispy bacon. I looked at several recipes for this online, & the temperatures, cooking times, & instructions  varied a bit. Some required preheating, & some didn’t. Since I for some reason only have one baking sheet at the present moment, I cooked a half pound on bacon at a time. The first time I didn’t preheat the oven & cooked it for 22 minutes, and then since the oven was already hot, the second time I only cooked them for 20 minutes. Both “batches” turned out perfect so this choice is kinda up to you. Obviously since different bacon brands & varieties might cook differently, you might have to do a little experimenting & just eye-ball it.


Next step is the same as with the traditional (now known as wrong) way of cooking bacon… use tongs to lay your cooked bacon on a pile of paper towels to remove any excess grease.


Add some fluffy pancakes & a nice cold glass of orange juice for a perfect breakfast or in my family’s case, since we are in such a vacation mode, a 2pm brunch. lol

We don’t have bacon that much in this family… partially because “Have you seen the bacon prices?! Completely outrageous!”… mainly because all of the time & effort it takes to cook enough bacon for my houseful of bacon-lovers & clean up all the greasy mess. This new way gives you perfectly flat, evenly cooked, crispy bacon with clean-up as easy as crumbling up the cooled foil & tossing it in the trash. What could be better than that? Have you had any of these life changing realizations that you’d like to pass my way? Obviously I have still lots to learn! I hope everyone’s 2015 is off to a wonderful start! Talk to you soon! 🙂