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Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Disclaimer: “This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AMP AGENCY. The opinions and text are mine alone.”

If you’re like me, Cyber Monday and free shipping help me keep my sanity during the holiday hustle at retail shops. The thought of battling the masses is mind numbing, especially when you can stay at home, have items shipped to your door and still save money! Saving and sanity, sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I recently learned that if I’d have kept that humbug attitude, I would’ve missed out some great savings and some free relaxation! Turns out my trip to Walmart was worth it in more ways than one!


First things first, when I shop at a retail store I’m efficient and frugal. To me, buying in bulk saves me from unneeded trips to the store and helps keep a little holiday jingle in my pocket. Not to mention, preparing for the influx of family makes buying in bulk a necessity! So, I ventured out to tackle my shopping needs when what to my wondering eyes should appear but an awesome opportunity to save money, buy in bulk and be rewarded with some free, relaxing entertainment!

I got my A&W®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Sunkist®, Sun Drop®, RC Cola®, Squirt® at my local Walmart for only $1.00! Buying in bulk and saving money, yep, can check that off the list! But wait, there’s more! By buying in bulk and purchasing at least (10) 2- liters or (5) 0.5L 6packs, I received a $5 movie credit at VUDU. This VUDU offer was so simple, just take a picture of your receipt with the qualifying purchases, create an account at VUDU by going here and submit the photo for a $5 credit! Easy peasy!

Rootbeer cupcakes

Then again, it wouldn’t be the season if there wasn’t some Grinchy intervention. It seems inevitable that my shopping list always excludes the one pertinent ingredient for my favorite cupcakes. This is the way to save the day. Did you know the A&W® Root Beer can save the day and create a fantastic treat for you and yours this holiday season? All that you need to do is pour your cake mix in a bowl and pour in the 1 1/2 cups of A&W® Root Beer. I suggest combining the ingredients until well blended. Then add them into a lined cupcake tin and bake according to the directions of your cake mix package.

1 1/2 cup of A&W root beer
1 box of your favorite cake mix

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

If you want to make your cupcakes a little more festive you will need:

Chocolate Icing
Circular Wafers
Red Can Pieces
Eye candy or white icing and black icing

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Here’s how to make this Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

1) Ice your cupcakes
2) Apply the circular wafer near the bottom of the cupcake
3) Use a dab of icing to secure the red candy to the circular wafer (As a nose)
4) Place the pretzels on the iced cupcake at the top one on each side
5) Finalize the cupcake with the eyes

Voila! Festive cupcake for a great treat!

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

This holiday season leave the gray hair and the hustle to the jolly old elf himself. Head to your local Walmart and stock up on A&W®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Sunkist®, SUN DROP® , RC Cola® and Squirt®, make some creative treats and cherish the spirit of the season by bundling up by the fireplace with those you hold dear for a relaxing movie! Merry Christmas to all!

Easy reindeer cupcakes recipe for Christmas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AMP Agency. The opinions and text are all mine.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Homemade Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

gluten free pumpkin cheesecake

Fall is in the air. I know this because later on today I get to go sit outside for a soccer game. In the rain. When it’s 59 degrees. Doesn’t that sound fun? The things we do for our children right? Anyways, now that fall is here, it’s time to start enjoying the flavors of fall. And for me, that means pumpkin. Oh yes, I am a pumpkin spice latte kind of girl. I also love pumpkin pie! So when I was asked to make a something for friend who happens to be gluten free I had an idea for a perfect recipe. Fun fact, did you know you can buy gluten free graham crackers?  It’s true! And they make the perfect homemade crust for my Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe! Would you like to learn how to make it? Sweet!

Here is how you make my Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe:

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The Quickest Way To Boost a Girl’s Self-Esteem

Disclaimer: “Post sponsored by Mirum. Opinions are 100% my own.”

How to Build Self-Esteem

Easy Tips on How to Build Self-Esteem of Girls

Guess what only 2% of women think they are beautiful.

Let that sink in. Let that fill your brain, lay heavy on the heart. Let that number roll around on your tongue before you spit it out in horror.

That is why this fall, I partner with both Kroger and Dove to talk about their self-esteem project and the resources they have made available to combat all the negative message. I love Dove products. I love saving money on their products at Kroger because they make me feel good about being in my skin while making me look good on the outside.

It isn’t hard to believe that only 2% of us think we are beautiful. Then if you think about it, it isn’t that difficult because we have been told from all directions we aren’t. We have magazines staring back at us with airbrushed images of people who do not look like us with slogans that say “best, greatest, beautiful.” We have people in our lives telling us what to wear, how to speak, and what is expected but we have very few people in our corner that say, “I love you just the way you are.”Continue reading

October 21, 2018

DIY Woopsie Witch

Woopsie WitchDIY Woopsie Witch

Have some fun this Halloween with a Woopsie Witch of your own!  She’s easy to make, especially if you buy pre-made boots.  With the exception of the stockings, you probably have everything you need to make her, around your house.  I bought some cute witch boots at a craft store that was having a big Fall sale so I assumed they were on sale (Halloween is Fall, right?!).  So I get home and realize that I paid full price for them ($20) and the store was an hour away.  Being the thrifty (aka cheap) person I am, I opted to take a few hours and make the boots myself.  I’ll include the entire step-by-step for my fellow frugal friends but if you find some boots that you’d rather use, this craft will take no time at all.  Continue reading

113 People Die Every Day. Will You Be Next?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Valpak but all opinions expressed here are mine.

113 people die every day. Will you be next?

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? Valpak has partnered with Susan G. Komen foundation in fighting against breast cancer. You can show your support by donating and participating in their events. This October Valpak will turn their Blue Envelope pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You could win KitchenAid® appliances in the support of Cook for the Cure®!

Run, run, run, run, one foot in front of the other. Thump, Bump, thump, breathe, exhale, grab breathe, one more mile. We can do this. We can do this together. You see with each step, each breath, each mile, you are becoming part of the change and hopefully the cure. How important is your involvement?

The question is how can you not be involved. Did you know that 1 in 8 woman gets breast cancer?

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October 5, 2018

The Secret of People Who are “Killing It.”

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bluprint but all opinions expressed here are mine.

The Secret of People Who are “Killing It.”

What is the secret of people who are "killing it?" Read the secret to success that will give you time for entertainment and learn something new.

How I Found My New Passion on Bluprint

As a recovering super parent who didn’t have time for herself. I gave up all my hobbies. I became a shell of whom I wanted to be. I was lost.

In the span of 14 years, my life became all about everyone else. When I looked at my calendar, everyone had a color my color was clear. I didn’t exist until I figured out a way.

It started like this, she sat at the counter and painted a picture. I watched her paint the picture with glee and envy. Where had the time gone from the stick figures to figures I would immediately recognize without taking an educated guess?

I realized I wanted to sit at the table and paint a picture. I began to imagine my hand curled around the brush. The way the tip of the brush would feel against the canvas. How I could pick up the yellow paint and mix it with the white as the sun began to emerge in the middle of the canvas. Then how the sky blue would blend into the darkest greens with a wisp of grey for the clouds would settle into my canvas. The sigh of relief I would exhale as my stress would melt as each stroke pulled me closer to my inner artist.

Then I sat down and thought there has to be a way to balance what my family needs from me and what I need to give myself.

I pulled out my planner and my phone because I needed to double check my availability to myself. I started to giggle I could pencil myself in between when the bus leaves for the first wave of children and the fifteen minutes before I had to wake up the next child. Then I remembered the joyful beagle that liked to play fetch at 7 am. I kept looking there looked to be some time between my work and when the kids got home. Nope, that needed to be used to empty the dishwasher, fold the clothes, and to pee alone. I continued my search. Yes, I see an opening one week from today on Thursday at 9:30- 10:15. I will pencil myself in there. I put my name down “ME” in big black letters. I traced them. I made them bold. I even added a couple of flowers. I was ready, so I thought.

I was thinking about what I would do during my me time. I opened up the app for the gym, then I opened up my email, and I scanned the folder of things to do. Yes, I have a folder I am type A. Then the phone rang.

I answered the phone. The person on the other line demanded I pick a time to come by. I opened up my planner. I put a big fat X through Thursday at 9:30- 10:15 as it turns out now I need to deal with a school conference. I closed my planner. I made some weird sound because it startled my daughter and I impacted her drawing. She asked, “Who was that?” I told her.

It turns out me time can’t be scheduled. It is going to happen when I can make it happen. It may be five minutes. It may be twenty. It may happen for a long period of time and it may happen for a short period of time. The truth was it needed to happen and the question was how?

I answered that blank in the question. I found the key to the gate. I found a way to make me believe that I deserved to explore my aspirations.

I typed in this into my computer

I signed up.

I looked through the classes and I picked several on topics I love. Photography, painting, cupcakes, and yoga. I marked them as saved. I uploaded the app on my tablet and my phone. I was going to do this. I was going to watch those classes while I lived life.

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Now is the time to try Bluprint!

Beginning this Friday, October 5 through October 12, Bluprint will be hosting its Get Started Event allowing makers, doers and creatives alike to stream unlimited classes and series for free with registration here. And now through October 20, you have the option to select one of two limited time offers: Monthly subscription for $9.99 (regularly $14.99) OR Annual subscription for $100 (regularly $120) + a free Bluprint Box of your choice.

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