This blog is a hodgepodge of things I want to share, from the good deals I find to my newfound cake decorating hobby and everything in between. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Little Monsters Baby Shower

Ok, so I know it's been awhile, but between taking care of my baby, going to Germany and London and planning for various events I've been SO busy.

Last weekend was my sister-in-laws baby shower. I was in charge of the Invitations and cake. For the nursery, she chose a monster theme, and I decided to follow suit with the shower.



Diaper Cake Gift

This weekend we are going to my Aunts house for a "family reunion" type of get together. I'm making Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcakes. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Keurig House Party

My most recent House Party was for the Keurig Vue 500. I have had a Keurig in the past, and after it broke down multiple times, I had given up on the brand. However, since this one was free, and is a little different from the older Keurigs, I was excited to try it out!

In my party pack, I got tons of cool stuff! Aside from the actual brewer, I got 6 packs of K-cups (including coffee, iced coffee, latte's and tea), mugs, cups, napkins, cookies and coupons!

 In addition, anyone that purchases a machine using our coupon code gets us $25 towards more K-cups! Hopefully a few of the people we gave the coupon to use it and we get some money, we are almost out of K-cups!

We were having a party that night to celebrate my birthday, the birthdays of two of our good friends and also the house party! We went for dinner and then back to my house for after dinner coffee drinks! It was fantastic.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

BzzAgent Pure Madness Chocolate and Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips

First, I must say I LOVE BzzAgent. I got two new campaigns!

Pure Madness Chocolate
First, I got the Pure Madness Chocolate Campaign. Pure Madness Chocolate is a curated collection of truffles, bars, sipping chocolate, toffee and seasonal bark. Inspired by a fanatical devotion to the seductive confection, the makers of Pure Madness import raw chocolate from Belgium and add an alchemy of flavors – both classic and bold – and finish with techniques that leave their luxury cocoa wares nothing short of luscious.

I got to try the 9 pack of truffles, and a chocolate bar!

Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips
I also got to try Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips, available in two delicious varieties. 

Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips with Zesty Cheddar are crispy tortilla chips made with real vegetables like carrot, broccoli, and tomato, plus 17g of whole grain.

Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt are made with real sweet potatoes and 14g of whole grain, with 40% less fat than regular potato chips.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

For my husbands 30th birthday, I wanted to cook him a dinner that he would really enjoy. He really likes chicken pot pie, so I looked up how to make one. It looked really complicated! Then I found this recipe for chicken pot pie cupcakes. These reminded me of my very successful meatloaf cupcakes, so I decided to give them a try.


  • 2 cups of cooked chicken breasts diced (I poached mine)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of  dried italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 (10 oz) cans Pillsbury Grands Junior biscuits


  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, frozen veggies, cheese, herbs and spices.
  3. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and place the Pillsbury biscuits into each cup, pressing into the bottom and up the sides.
  4. Evenly spoon the pot pie mixture into each biscuit cup. Slide into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Check at the 12 minute mark.
  5. Let rest for about 3 minutes and dig in!
These were seriously SO good. I was planning to eat two (to save points for dessert) but ended up eating 5!

My husband also really loves baked apple type desserts, so I decided to try these apple maple turnovers. I thought they were pretty good, and I hope he did too! It was my first time using puff pastry- and I can't wait to try more things with it.

Friday, March 29, 2013

DIY Headbands!

The suburban crafters are at it again. This month our project was DIY headbands. I won't tell you how I made them, because their are some great tutorials here:

Nautical Knot


DIY Name Hanger (for the new bride...)

I have always seen clothing hangers on Etsy that would make the perfect gift for a bride. They are customized with the future name of the bride such as "Mrs. Smith" and would make for some gorgeous photos with a wedding dress hanging off of them.

A friend of mine is getting married next weekend, and I really wanted to purchase one of these hangers for her bachelorette party. After looking at the price of them (you already know how cheap I am), I decided that I could easily make this myself!

Here are the supplies I used:

  • A nice wooden hanger stolen from my husbands side of the closet. (I'm sure he loves that one of his work shirts is now on a "crappy" white plastic hanger!)
  • Pretty ribbon, which I already had from wrapping Christmas Presents. (I suggest a neutral such as the white and brown I used, or ribbon using the brides wedding colors.)
  • Craft wire. (I had some leftover from a previous Pinterst project which I got in the floral section at Michaels, but I also found this example on Amazon.)
  • Screw driver and screws
  • Glue
I sculpted the wire into the new last name of the bride. This took some trial and error, but I finally got it to look how I wanted. Remember to keep measuring the name so that it fits between the arms of the hanger. Then, I took a screwdriver and used the screws to make small holes on the inside arms of the hanger. I put a dab of glue inside the holes, and then inserted the ends of the wire into the holes. Finally, make a nice bow and secure around the top of the hanger with some glue! Done!

BzzAgent Playtex Secrets Bra

Once again BzzAgent delivered. This time I got a Bra! I know- a free bra in the mail- it's awesome! The Bzz campaign I was selected for was the Playtex Be Uniquely You campaign for their new Playtex Secrets Bra.

I got the bra in nude so I could wear it under any item of clothing without it showing through. The fit is fantastic. The bra is available at Kohls.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Month 2 (2013) Gyros

For February, Greg wanted to make Gyros! I know, I know, I have been to Greece and I didn't try them there, instead I tried this frozen box from Dominicks. Oh well, I was pregnant and not feeling 100% when I was in Greece and wasn't in the mood to try new things!

These actually tasted really good. We had them three times in a row since their were so many left overs, and I really really enjoyed them. I would totally eat Gyros again!

BzzAgent Neutrogena Cosmetics

Thanks once again to BzzAgent for introducing me to some very cool products!

Neutrogena® is known for making radiant skin a reality with their skin care products, so we should have known they’d do the same with their makeup. Forget diamonds — Neutrogena® Cosmetics are the only best friend a girl needs, enhancing your natural beauty while helping to improve your skin’s healthy look.

In this Bzz kit- I received:
Neutrogena® MoistureSmooth Color Sticks for sheer, shiny color that conditions lips
Neutrogena® Healthy Lengths Mascara for 100% longer looking lashes
Neutrogena® Crease Proof Eye Shadows for 12-hour wear that instantly revives and brightens eyes

I have used all of these products, and I really enjoy them all. If it was up to me, I would use a different shade of lipstick, the sweet watermelon I received is a little bit light pink for my taste. The two eyeshadow shades I received I LOVED!

I would recommend these products and will continue to use them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BzzAgent Schick Hydro

I received another product for free from BzzAgent! Ok, so I already used this Schick Hydro Silk razor before I was sent it, but it's my favorite razor so I'm happy to Bzz about it! This razor keeps you silky smooth with a great gentle shave-I really do love it. Check out BzzAgent and sign up to receive some of your own Bzz campains and try free stuff!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Month 1 (2013) Pulled Pork

In te beginning of 2011, I made a new year's resolution to try a new food each month. Since then, I have become much less of a picky eater, however there are still many new foods I need to try. And, although I promised to try new foods in 2012 according to my blog post last year, I ended up getting pregnant in early 2012 and decided not to do it. If you have ever been pregnant, you know that you don't want someone else picking what you eat!

So, now I am ready to try it again!

For month one, my husband chose pulled pork. I don't really like BBQ sauce, so I was worried about that, but my mom said she had a crock pot recipe that didn't taste too much like BBQ. We made some minor adjustments (smaller roast and added garlic) but here it is:

So I tried one sandwich, and I actually kinda liked it. Then, I had another one the next day and a half of one the day after (we had a lot of leftovers!)

I would eat this again every once in awhile!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

BzzAgent Draftmark Tap System

This was the coolest BzzAgent campaign I have received so far. I got an entire Keg system!

I purchased the Michelob AmberBock for my keg system an it tasted just like it would out of the tap at a restaurant.

Bzz Agent Stella Artois Chalice

I got another Buzz campaign! This one was for Stella Artois. Stella is best served in it's signature chalice, which is what Bzz Agent sent us!

Greg has been wanting one of these chalices to add to his beer glass collection for awhile, so it couldn't have been more perfect. They have a 9 step Belgian pouring ritual which Greg quickly got the hang of.