Blog Buddy review + giveaway

I am a list maker. Always have been.

blug buddy

You can pretty much bet that, at any time, I have no less than 5 lists tucked into my notebook in my purse, plus a few more at home, on my phone, and a whole different set at work.

I like having things on paper. Yes, google calender is great – it sends you reminders! – but paper still wins, every time. I like being able to cross things off my list as I go. It’s so nice to see a scratched-thru list at the end of the day!

So I’m really excited to be a part of this giveaway!

blog buddy

Have you heard of the Blog Buddy? It’s a Blogging Planner, made for bloggers by a blogger. Which basically means that everything has been thought of.

The hard cover and binding keep the planner open to whatever page you’re on. It comes with a bookmark to hold your place. There are lists inside of lists and check boxes galore, making sure you have options for everything!

blog buddy

It’s divided into sections, giving you space to plan out months and days separately, plus random notes, blog idea lists, guest post tracking….you name it, it’s in here!

My favorite things?

  • All. the. lists. It totally indulges my list-loving obsession.
  • It has an elastic that keeps the cover closed when you’re not using it or carrying it around.
  • There’s a zipper pocket in the binder, giving you a great spot for random things like receipts or invoices or business cards or anything else related to your blog that you need to keep handy.
  • It’s made in the USA!

Nothing like a blank slate of a week ahead. I love seeing all those spaces, just waiting to be filled. I’m a nerd. It’s okay.

blog buddy

To help spread the planner love, the team at Blog Buddy is offering everyone a discount – just use the code SHIPMEFREE to get $10 off the planner!

And, that’s not all – I and a bunch of other bloggers are holding a giveaway this week. If you like list-making and planning as much as I do, you will LOVE this planner.

Good luck!!

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Finding me time in the daily grind

If you’ve been watching the news at all this week (or just know what this time of year brings), you’ll know that Marathon Monday is coming up! That’s right – the Boston Marathon is next week, and one really cool thing about this year is that Stonyfield is the official yogurt sponsor of the 2014 Boston Marathon!

  • They’re sending 10 runners who just missed the cut off due to this year’s large amount of sign ups
  • They’re handing out hundreds of thousands of cups of organic yogurt on race day – to runners, their families, volunteers, etc.
  • They’re giving away a bunch of healthy living themed prizes including a year long gym membership on the day of the marathon – simply tweet or instagram #StonyfieldSuperFan

Exciting, right? I think it’s great – especially that they’re sending runners that missed the cut off and handing out healthy snacks.

As part of the Clean Plate Club, I’m sharing how Stonyfield Greek helps me through the marathon of life.

stonyfield greek yogurt

Some days, being an adult stinks.

The bills, the jobs, the errands, all the responsibilities. It’s easy to get overwhelmed between deadlines and traffic and daily commutes and the price of gas and the horrible stories on the news. We get excited about things like new vacuums. What would my teenage self think about that?

Between our 35 minute drive to and from work every day, dealing with house stuff like leaky sinks (twice in the past 2 weeks – seriously?!), dishes, laundry, cooking meals, prepping stuff for lunches, and trying to keep the house somewhat put together….it gets tough sometimes.

And those times, I just need a few things.

1. to take a couple deep breaths.

2. to sit for a few minutes and open up a book or magazine or turn off the computer and watch one of my favorite movies.

3. to make sure my fridge / pantry is stocked with good, healthy food.

One thing we love is having greek yogurt, ready and waiting. I love plain (I like to doctor it up myself), Nick likes the flavored ones for lunches and snacks.

But my favorite way to use it? Either in baking (or non-baking), smoothies, and treats. Greek yogurt is such a great healthy swap for recipes, and it can be used in sweet or savory ways!

Some of my favorite recipes using greek yogurt:

greek yogurt cheesecake cups

Cheesecake Yogurt Chocolate Cups

raspberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

single serving oatmeal pancake

Single serving yogurt and fruit topped oatmeal pancake

almond coconut no bake cookie bites

Almond Coconut No Bake Cookie Bites

What do you do to help get yourself through the crazy days? I’ll take any tips you’ve got!

Make sure to join in Monday and tweet/instagram with #StonyfieldSuperFan to enter to win some fun prizes!

Sabra giveaway

After sharing my love (again) for Sabra hummus on Monday, I couldn’t wait to get this posted.

jalapeno hummus

I don’t know where all of you live, but being in a small town isn’t always great.

1. There is no such thing as public transportation here. I could walk to a Dollar General, but that’s it. No buses out here or subways (besides the restaurant, which is still 2 towns away).

2. Concerts and events don’t normally come close to us.

3. Foods you see online or multiple flavors of something usually aren’t in Kroger or Food Lion – the only grocery stores we have here.

I think, in the end, small towns win out for me. I hate traffic and I love having quiet nights where you can see the stars. But the food thing drives me crazy sometimes.

falafel rice 1

Like these two Sabra flavors: jalapeno and lemon. My two favorites. Thankfully, Sabra sent me some to use when coming up with my recipe, but without them, I would never even know these existed!

And lucky for you, the fantastic team at Sabra is offering up a HUGE prize pack of all their products.

sabra giveaway

The winner will get 4 products from each line!

That’s 4 options from their hummus, salsas, guacamole, and veggie dips. I’ve tried every flavor of everything when I got to visit their headquarters in Virginia last year, and I can honestly say that I loved them all.

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Good luck!

Sabra is providing the giveaway prize. This contest is only open to U.S. residents.

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sabra Dipping Co, LLC.. All opinions are 100% mine.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s taking one of my favorite dishes, taking those same flavors, and making them into something new. Pizza quesadillas. Breakfast pizza. Blueberry Muffin Smoothie.

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

This is also the best way to get myself out of a cooking rut – by taking my favorite flavors and just using them in a different way than I normally do.

I don’t know about you, but I get into cooking ruts every few months it seems. It tends to happen near the end of each season, when I’m ready for some new foods and produce. Which basically means I’m in a bit of a rut right now. I’m so ready for spring, and it’s just not happening fast enough for me! I want asparagus and radishes and strawberries, and our market is still just full of apples and potatoes. All in good time, I guess.

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

So when Sabra asked me to cook up some recipes for them, I knew I had to try something different. I’ve done quiche. I’ve made pasta. But rice has been my side dish of choice lately. I just can’t get enough! And for this dish, I decided to take all my favorite things from falafels and mix them into some brown rice for a kickin’ new side dish.

orange chocolate chip scones

Orange chocolate chip scones, round 2!

orange chocolate chip scones

Let me back up.

This is actually the fourth or fifth batch of some variety of these scones, but I finally made a batch that beat the original!

There are a couple of changes – no oatmeal in these, and the process is different (and easier!).

orange chocolate chip scones

What I’m trying to tell you….is that you need to make these this weekend. They’re easier than you think. You can’t go wrong with orange zest + dark chocolate. And you can make these Saturday morning for breakfast and still have plenty of time to do whatever is on your to-do list for the weekend.

Let’s get going!

Le Creuset giveaway!

Time for another giveaway!

le creuset baking dishes

Besides a good stand mixer, I feel like Le Creuset is a a classic symbol of a well-stocked kitchen. When I first started learning to cook (aka, obsessively watching the Food Network), I saw them everywhere: these huge dutch ovens and stock pots, in gorgeous colors, resting on the stove top, just waiting to be used to make soup or risotto or macaroni and cheese.

I wanted one! But what color? Maybe I needed them all? How in the world would I ever decide what color to get?

Sometimes – when you don’t know how to cook – these are the only things you think about in the kitchen.

le creuset dutch oven

But – lucky for me (and for Nick) – now that I spend time in the kitchen cooking, I know why all those tv chefs had them on their sets and why they are always pictured in kitchens in magazines.