Making Mealtime Easy with Ling Ling Fried Rice

Ling Ling Bibimbap Beef Fried Rice

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. #LingLingAsianFood  #IC AD This week I’ve been dealing with the dreaded “vacation hangover”. Do you know that feeling: so many things to do but all you want to be is back on vacation? This week, between cleaning the entire house to putting away the Halloween decorations, I’ve barely had time to sleep let alone think about dinner. So, it’s Ling Ling Frozen Asian Entrees to the rescue! Here’s my latest (and easiest) dinner fave and…

My Favorite Way to Change My Hair Color without Commitment

Affordable way to color hair extensions

Disclosure:This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert #sponsored When it comes to hair color, I tend to play it safe these days. Sure, I used to love the platinum blonde look and had it for years, but the older I get, the more I like an easy to maintain color. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it now and again! It’s then I head for my clip-in extensions in fun, colors to liven up my style and compliment my outfit. It’s my perfect blend of fun style with…

Farm to Table and Back: Agricultural Lessons in Cabarrus County, NC

Hickory Ridge High School Cafe 805 Cabarrus County, NC

While there’s plenty of reasons to visit Cabarrus County, NC (hello, Charlotte Motor Speedway!), the reason for my last visit was out of my comfort zone. A confessed indoor girl, I wanted to get down and dirty on the farm – literally. With a farm to table renaissance all over the country, I also was ready to find out more about the new-age farmers popping up and why they’re changing professions. So, curiosity got the best of me at Travel Media Showcase 2017. That curiosity turned into a deeper love…

How to Pace Yourself at Central Florida Theme Parks: Must-Do Tips

Cinderella Castle Fountain

#Advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls Whether my family drove or flew to Central Florida, the second I saw those famous theme park gates I wanted to hit the ground running! After a couple of days, I started to think maybe that wasn’t a good idea. At the end of the vacation, I DEFINITELY knew we should have slowed our pace a bit. It took only a couple of visits to realize that pacing ourselves was the…

Do Banquet Mega Bowls Pass the “Hangry” Test?

Banquet Mega Bowls Buffalo-style Chicken Mac 'N Cheese

Conagra Brands sponsored this post on Banquet Mega Bowls, but the opinions are my own. When I’m in a hurry to make dinner, it’s straight to the freezer I head. Many times, I’m waiting until literally the last minute to try to pull a delicious meal together, especially when we’ve just walked in the door from traveling. It’s times like these that I’ll reach for frozen meals, but not just any. My family wants quick and easy, yes, but they want tasty and filling, too. Last weekend, I put Banquet…

How to Season Your Vehicle: Easy Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Lake Placid, NY road

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WeatherProven #CollectiveBias  I know, we don’t want to think of it, but it’s autumn. That means winter is right around the corner, especially in my neck of the woods. Living in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA, the hilly road conditions, paired with ice and plenty of snow, make for downright treacherous driving conditions sometimes. But, this Northern-born gal has learned a few tips for “seasoning” my vehicles every winter. From tread to wipers…

The Easiest Lettuce Wraps Recipe You’ll Ever Make

Lettuce Wraps recipe

This lettuce wraps recipe post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. #LingLingAsianFood #IC #ad Lettuce Wraps are becoming a bit of an obsession in this family. We order them at restaurants, phone in take-out orders for them, and even make them at home. But, when I’ve got 15 minutes to come up with an easy, delicious meal, I head for the freezer – and tried and true faves. So, I’ve combined the best of both worlds in this recipe: the easiest Lettuce Wraps recipe…

The First Wine Dinner at Il Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh: A Lesson in Pairing

Il Pizzaiolo Hampton

There’s absolutely no good reason why I’ve never eaten at Il Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh before. Honestly, I’m a little miffed at myself for not visiting one of its three locations earlier. But, a recent visit to its Hampton location more than made up for my slacking. With Mr. Locke and camera ready, we had the pleasure of attending the first Wine Dinner at Il Pizzaiolo last weekend. Here’s the scoop on all six delicious courses and why we’re hoping they continue the new tradition. When you get invited to the…

Why I Make Time to Take Autumn Walks with My Teen

Autumn walk in the park

This post on why I take time to take autumn walks with my teen is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Nature Valley Biscuits. All opinions are my own! #NatureValley #ad  As soon as autumn hits, The Kid and I have a longstanding tradition to get out and take in the cooler air. And, while she won’t be a kid for much longer, I treasure our autumn walks in the park. Not only do we get exercise, I get so much more than that. Here’s why leaf peeping is one of my…

How GE Appliances Are Helping to Prep You for the Holidays

GE Profile Gas Range SKU 4300934

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a kitchen with brand new appliances? It makes my heart skip a happy beat compliments of the cooking and baking potential! This year, GE Profile Series and Best Buy are helping you prep for the holiday season by featuring appliances that fit your kitchen’s look and feel – at an unbeatable price. GE Profile Series – Its Got the Look Here’s the scoop on GE appliances: they’ve got a unified appearance to cater to your style and your kitchen’s feel.…