How to Dry Cherries in the Oven

dry cherries in the oven

I have always wondered if it was possible to dry cherries without a food dehydrator. Now I know. Yes, you can dry fresh cherries in the oven. It takes a few hours, but they shrivel up to look just like raisins. I like to add dried cherries to cookies, granola, oatmeal and cereal. They are so yummy and good for you. My grocery store was having a super deal on fresh cherries, so I brought home way more than we could eat. I didn't want them to go … [Read more...]

How do you S-T-R-E-T-C-H your Back-To-School Budget? #givingbackpack #ebates


I was provided $25 by our sponsor Ebates to purchase a backpack and school supplies. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. Ebates Back To School #givingbackpack #ebates I am really excited to be part of Madame Deals Back-To-School Backpack Event. Participating bloggers were challenged to shop online using and see how far we could stretch $25 to fill a backpack with school supplies for children in need. I have … [Read more...]

Back-to-School with Fruit of the Loom®! Share Your #TGIBTS Story and Win!

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This post brought to you by Fruit of the Loom. All opinions are 100% mine. I can tell it's Back-to-School season. All the local stores have filled their shelves with school supplies, and I'm feeling the need to plan what to send for school snacks and lunches. It's almost time for a fresh school year to begin, and I want us to Start Happy®. My school shopping list grows a little bit every day. When I shop, I look for the best deals. And … [Read more...]

Kids use digital devices more than you think – and it can affect their vision.

Digital Eye Strain #MC #AOA

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. How many hours does your child spend each day looking at a digital device? A recent survey done by the American Optometric Association (AOA) reveals that only 40% of parents think their child uses a digital device more than 3 hours per day, while 83% of kids say they … [Read more...]

Organize your makeup in style with Hold Me Bags

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My husband recently started a conversation with me, and I could tell he was nervous about what he had to say. He started out with, "I know you love your beauty products...and you sure have a lot of nice ones..." I didn't know where he was going with this and tried to help him along by agreeably nodding, and adding the "But..." for him. The next part came out really fast for him, "...But, do you really need ALL of your beauty stuff out at the … [Read more...]

Experience Ultra HD TV at Best Buy and Enter to Win!

Best Buy #UHDatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Have you had the chance to watch an Ultra HD TV? I haven't yet, but now I know where to go to do it. Best Buy. Every Saturday from now until November 1st, Best Buy stores across the nation will be hosting Ultra HD TV Events. Everyone will have the chance to experience and learn about Ultra HD TV with experts … [Read more...]

Save time and money. Shop P&G Household Essentials at + $25 GC Giveaway

  The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. I received a gift card to help me write about how I shop online at Walmart. All opinions expressed are my own. The end of summer and back-to-school season is always a busy time at our house. I want to make the most of what's left of summer vacation, but I still need to keep the household running and get the kids geared up with school supplies. The last thing I … [Read more...]

Easy To Make Teacher Gift Idea: Pencil Holders/Organizer


Looking for an easy to make teacher gift idea that only costs about $5? Check out this useful DIY pencil holder/organizer I put together with items from my local dollar store. I bought 2 cute polka-dotted mini tin buckets, a package of ABC stickers, and 2 packs of color-coordinating pencils. Note: There's actually 2 packages of pencils per bucket (shown in the photo) so the total cost for this craft project as shown was $7. But you could totally … [Read more...]

Listerine Meets the Chevron Pattern! Limited Edition Bottles #ListerineDesign

Listerine Chevron #ListerineDesigns

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Listerine for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I recently had another cavity-free visit to the dentist. Yea for me! I do my best to take care of my teeth and gums, which is one reason I like to rinse with Listerine morning and night. Listerine is the #1 dentist recommended brand. It helps keep my mouth healthy and feeling fresh and clean. Listerine Meets Chevron. Another reason … [Read more...]