4th of July Round-Up

Independence Day is almost here! If you haven’t already planned out your celebrations, here are some ideas to get you in the patriotic mood! If you missed our massive patriotic party a couple of years ago, we’ve got lots of adorably easy red, white, and blue ideas here (you can click on the links or on the pictures): This fruit pizza has a brown sugar cream cheese topping and red and blue berries and is drizzled in chocolate. So it is …

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Summer Moccasin Sale!

Yep, we’re back with more moccasins! We’re partnering up again with Urban Stitched because every time we have in the past, these adorable baby moccs have flown out of their shop in the blink of an eye. This time, there are more colors and more moccasins in stock than there ever have been in the past. We’ve got all the colors we’ve had before   plus all these dreamy shades of blue! They’re perfect for your little sparkler, boy or girl. These moccasins are …

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Staying on Track during Summer Travel

I am SO happy our beloved Trainer Jani wrote this post for us.  I hope you guys all read every word!  A couple of summers ago I had a few months FULL of travel.  I had fun and enjoyed myself and halfway through the summer I realized I had gained 10lbs!  I very much had an attitude of “I’ll just have fun and enjoy myself and after this one last trip I’ll just hit it hard and everything will be …

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming and it’s going to be here before we know it! This can be such a hard holiday because my dad already has everything and my husband has expensive taste, PLUS his birthday always coincides with Father’s Day and sometimes even falls on Father’s Day. I’m not at all opposed to photo collages, books, drawings, handprints, all that jazz–in fact, that’s what he got last year and will probably be what he gets this year (in addition …

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Summer HIIT Workout

Hey, guys! Trainer Jani is back with a new, killer HIIT workout perfect for summer! Those surfer girl burpees SOUND fun, but, well, you know…   The workout for the week is another heart pounding, sweat inducing, HIIT workout.  You won’t need anything but a HIIT interval timer and maybe a towel  to mop up all the sweat!  Set your intervals to 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, or for a more intense workout, 45 seconds work, 15 seconds rest.  …

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Fit Club: Let's Talk Protein

Trainer Jani is back with some thoughts about Protein- take it away, Jani! Protein is such a big buzz word in the fitness and nutrition industry.  Are you consuming too much or too little and how much to you really need? Should you eat or drink your protein?   Do you really need to add protein to EVERYTHING you eat? 

Weekly Workout: Core Challenge

After a whirlwind month, we’re back with Trainer Jani and a whole new Weekly Workout! It’s targeting an area pretty much all of us want to work on–strengthening our cores! Check out our other Weekly Workouts here, and if you haven’t picked up a copy of our new book that will help with a healthier lifestyle, you can snag one here! One of the more common questions I have been asked over my years in the fitness industry is, “What …

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5 Book Series for Late Elementary/Early Middle School Boys

First of all, you guys kind of knocked our Mother’s Day sale out of the park yesterday! If you didn’t get everything you wanted, don’t worry–we have a big shipment coming in today and everything should be back in stock, so stay tuned and we’ll get you taken of! The 15% off code is good through Friday, so you’ve still got plenty of time to make sure all the moms in your life are taken care of (including you!) Last month, …

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Book Launch Photo Album

We had so much fun in Utah last week launching our new book, 400 Calories or Less!  Have you got your copy yet?  It’s now in lots of stores, and easily found on Amazon!  (Speaking of, if you have it and love it, we would LOVE to have your review on Amazon!) We thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures from our Book Signing and Olive Oil Tasting at Orson Gygi.  A huge thanks to Gygi staffer, Tawnee Walker, …

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Spring Celebrations Giveaway!

We are so excited to be a part of this amazing giveaway with some of our favorite bloggers! Enter to win $1,000–$500 for you and $500 for a friend! Just use the widget below to enter! Spring Celebration  

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Sara's Favorite Apps for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I know there are probably a lot of people out there who think that it’s silly that kids so young would have anything to do with apps, but let’s be real for a minute.  We live in an age of technology where there are awesome resources available for kids of every age!  Any parent knows that having a few apps on your phone to help keep a tiny person busy for a few minutes can be a total lifesaver.  Not …

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Fit Club Nutrition: All About Carbs + Exercise Pyramid Workout

Hey, guys! Sorry we’ve been a little MIA with our Fit Club Posts!  Things have been crazy around here prepping for the launch of our new book!  But we’re back today, and Trainer Jani is here with a simple workout challenge, plus a really great post about something that has become kind of a dirty word in the weight-loss world–carbs–and why they’re nothing to be afraid of!  One of the most controversial topics when it comes to weight loss is …

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Kate's Top 5 Cleaning Products

Spring is in the air, which means I’m busting open my windows, vacuuming out my dusty corners, and lamenting the return of the almost-ever-present Louisiana mosquitos. But seriously. The smell of the first lawn-mowings of the season drifting through my open windows is one of the very best things in the whole world and just makes me want to clean my house! I’m sharing 5 of my favorite cleaning/household items. For the record, I do actually use a lot of vinegar …

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5 Book Series for Elementary-Age Girls

I haven’t made it a huge secret that when I was a kid, I was a huge book nerd (I still am a book nerd, but I’m also a very tired book nerd, so I don’t read nearly as much as I used to or as I would like to). When the other kids in our neighborhood were out running around on long summer nights, I was holed away in the house somewhere, reading. All. the. time. Often the same …

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Stick with It! Plus a Cardio/Strength Circuit

How’s your motivation doing?? Still going strong? Are you feeling a little frustrated? Trainer Jani is back this week with some tips to help your goals for a healthier lifestyle going strong! Be sure to check out all of our previous workouts here, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram! Spring is just around the corner and we are starting to see glimpses here in Boise with flowers starting to bloom, warmer temperatures, kids wanting to play outside (yay!), …

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Blendtec Designer Series Blender Giveaway!

At Our Best Bites, we LOVE our Blendtec Blenders.  They do everything from turn nuts into nut butter within seconds, make whole juices, grind grains into powder, and make ice cream instantly!  They are true workhorses in the kitchen, and one of our all-time favorite appliances.  We recently both started using the shiny new Designer Series 625 in our most favorite color- hello lovely! Check out Blendtec’s Website and have a peek around.  If the price tag is a little …

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OBB Fit Club Check-In

It’s that time again! It’s been 3 weeks since our last check-in, so we want to hear how you’re doing! Are you using this nifty chart to track your progress? (If you missed it, click here to download). A lot of you have asked how we’re doing. I have a confession: I haven’t been tracking my measurements, but I’m changing that today. But. I’ve been at this since the beginning of the year and I’m losing pounds and I know …

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Kate's Workout Playlist

We get asked a lot about what’s on our workout playlists. It’s sometimes weird sharing what music we listen to because music is so personal, especially when it comes to the stuff that makes us want to move. But Sara and I have been blogging for almost seven years now, so we’re kind of had to get comfortable with sharing the uncomfortable, right? This isn’t every song on my exercise playlist–I have about 100 songs on my workout playlist, then, …

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Strength Training Basics

All right, everybody (especially you ladies)–are you strength training?? If you are, AWESOME! If you’re not, consider this a friendly kick in the pants to get started! OBB Trainer Jani is back this week to tell you WHY you should, plus a great, simple strength training workout that you can do at home or at the gym! I know most of us know that lifting weights is good for us, but believe it or not, there are many women that …

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Fit Club Weekly Workout: Partner Workout

Hi, everybody! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Jani is back this week with a super-fun workout that you can do with a partner! Whether you’re hitting the gym with your significant other or a friend, this is the perfect way to spend some quality time together! In celebration of Valentine’s Day weekend I thought it would be fun to do a workout that you can do together with your favorite Valentine!  Having a workout partner can make all the difference …

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8 Favorite Etsy Shops

We do a lot of posts of our favorite things and they’re very often things you can find at Target and Amazon. I’m not even going to pretend like I don’t love places like that, but I’m also a huge fan of small shops with handmade goods. Because I don’t sew, knit, crochet, or do a whole lot of crafting, I am an Etsy junkie (quite literally the time I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, took an Ambien per my …

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OBB Fit Club Check-in

  Alright guys, it’s been 3 weeks since we started the Fit Club and it’s time to check-in!  If you downloaded our printable chart (If you missed it, click here to download ) we encouraged you to weigh yourself and record it just once a week, and to do body measurements every three weeks. I’ve found that 3 weeks is the perfect amount of time.  It’s long enough that if you’re working hard, you’re usually able to see some noticeable …

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Chat Books

One of my most popular non-food posts on this site is this one, about memory keeping.  I shared a lot of the different things I do to record memories and document life.  One of the things I’ve learned is that the most memorable things in life don’t need too much help being remembered, because the events themselves are memorable:  A 16th birthday, a family vacation, a wedding.  It’s the little day-to-day moments that I really want to take special time …

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Fit Club Weekly Workout: 20-Minute AMRAP Workout

Hey, everybody! Our OBB Fit Club Trainer Jani is back with another awesome, fast workout that you can do at home! If you’ve missed our other two workouts, check out the Totally Body HIIT Workout here and the Squats and Pushups Workout here! If you’re just getting started, check out this post. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram, and if you want to be Fitbit friends, send us a request at [email protected] and [email protected]! The workout I put …

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All About Fitness Trackers

The year after I got married (almost 14 years ago! Yiiikes…), I lost quite a bit of weight. Sidenote: it was significantly easier then than it is now, haha. Anyway, as I was on that particular journey, the one thing I wished for was to know (or at least have some kind of educated guesstimate) how many calories I was burning, both in workouts and in my day-to-day activities. But stuff like that just didn’t exist then (way back then), …

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Fit Club Weekly Workout: Squat & Pushup Tutorial

Welcome to our second Fit Club workout challenge! If you missed Week 1, you can check it out here! And if you’re just getting started, be sure to check out this post and follow us here on Instagram! We want to introduce you to our featured Fit Club trainer, Claire! Claire graduated from BYU-Idaho with her BS in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in fitness and training. After graduating, she was hired on as an adjunct Anatomy instructor where she …

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Favorite Organizational Tools

With lots of people making New Years Resolutions to get more organized, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things!   When I got my first iPhone a few years ago, I was super excited to use some organizational apps and sync my calendars so all of my daily events would be at my fingertips.  And do you know what happened?  I missed important stuff ALL THE TIME.  Turns out I hate electronic calendars.  I decided to take the …

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Fit Club Weekly Workout: Total Body HIIT

Welcome to your first workout challenge!  Every weekend we’ll be providing a new workout, in a nice printable format, for you to try during the coming week.  We’ll be featuring different styles of workouts, geared toward people of all fitness abilities.  Some might be challenging for you, some might be a piece of cake.  Make sure to check with a medical professional first if you have any concerns about your ability to begin a fitness program and feel free customize …

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OBB Fit Club: Getting Started

We’ve been so excited for this!  Today officially begins the Our Best Bites Fit Club.  For those not in the loop, you can read this post to catch up.  We love this community that’s grown over the last 7 years, so think of this as your virtual club, and everyone in it, your virtual friends!  This really only works if you all participate!   Kate and I are working overtime to provide some amazing things for you, so we need …

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6 Products I'm Using to Keep Myself on Track

First of all, we are SO excited about the HUGE response to yesterday’s post. Sara and I are going to work all weekend to figure out how to make this fit club thing work and we’ll be announcing how it’s all going to work on Monday, so be sure to check in then! So both Sara and I are focusing right now on being healthy. I started and stopped another post about 5 times about what I’m eating right now, …

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Manly Stocking Stuffers

After I posted last week’s stocking stuffer guide for pre-tween girls, the #1 request was for manly stocking stuffers. And I totally get it. My husband Sam and I have very different gift giving (and receiving) styles, so there have been lots of times where we’ve both kind of missed the boat; we give each other the kinds of gifts we would want ourselves, so really, I should have just bought myself that personalized keychain and he should have bought …

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Gift Guide for Foodies

With only few more shopping days until Christmas, we’re guessing some of you still have a few blank spaces on your gift-giving lists!  There’s still time to order something quick, so for the next few days we’ll be sharing themed gift guides and today’s is fittingly, for your foodie-loving friends (or foodie-loving self!) Our Best Bites Cook Books You know we couldn’t do a gift guide without including ourselves!  Our books make great gifts (if we don’t say so ourselves…)  …

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Stocking Stuffers under $20 for Pre-Tween Girls

Stockings are kind of a funny thing when it comes to traditions. Growing up, stockings were where all the treasures were–money and ski passes. And chocolate. But for other people, that’s where they get their underwear and toothbrushes (not that those things aren’t treasures, just treasures of a different kind…) I love filling up stockings with little things that are weird to wrap, things that are kind of goofy to give as presents but things that they really want. When …

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Sara's Newborn Favorites

It seems like just yesterday I was uploading pictures to announce our new little bundle and here we are now and my little guy is one month old today! I thought it was the perfect day to share some of my current faves for the little babes (and their Momma’s.) There are a lot of options when it comes to baby-wearing, and I’ve tried a lot of things in the past 9 years with 4 babies and the Solly Wrap …

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Kate's 5 Fun Things {Fall 2014}

So last week, I shared some of my big-ticket wish list items, the things I just can’t quite bring myself to buy but that I would love to have. Well. This week, I’m sharing the 5 things that I’ve fallen in love with in the last week. And the good news? They’re not $500 blenders. One of them is even free! Granted, movies aren’t particularly wallet-friendly, especially when you throw paying a babysitter into the mix, but the movies I’m …

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Kate's Holiday Wish List

So we share a lot of favorites, gift-giving ideas, etc., but I don’t think we’ve ever told you guys what we want. You know, just in case you don’t have anything you want and you’re looking for ideas. Until today. I really don’t wind up buying stuff that’s just for me very often–if I shop, I’m shopping for my kids, things for my home and family, things for work, things for my job at church, but I really hardly ever buy anything just …

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Decorating Cookies Party Giveaway!

Note:  The winner of our last giveaway has been announced and winner has been contacted.  See if it’s you! One of our favorite things is when our blogger friends write cookbooks. We know how much work goes into them (and how rewarding it is to hold all that hard work in print!), so  we love helping them celebrate. If you’re not familiar with Bridget from Bake at 350, you need to become familiar with her ASAP. She is the queen …

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Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Giveaway

This time of year one of the highest searched items on our site is Slow-Cooker recipes, and for good reason!  Slow-Cooking and autumn go hand-in hand when you can leave simmering flavors on your counter-top and have dinner ready with minimal work.   Today we’ve teamed up with Crock-Pot® to give away one of our favorite new items:  The Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock™ Slow Cooker

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Make Kate's Stuff Your Stuff!

So I have kind of a weird life. My husband works for Procter & Gamble, so we frequently get huge amounts of P&G products (usually laundry products, like Tide, Bounce, Downy, etc., but also diapers and wipes, deodorant, and CoverGirl foundation for people with a MUCH darker complexion than I have). Then we also frequently get blog-related products to sample, many of which I end up using and loving and also many of which get shoved into a corner cupboard …

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Tips for Spooktacular Fall Decor

I think we’ve talked about Halloween before, but I haven’t always loved it.  I’ve always, always loved Autumn time, and for years I’ve been known to start decorating with fall leaves and burning pumpkin candles when it’s still 90 degrees outside, but none of that was really Halloween-y.  I just kind of embrace the season as a whole and focus more on the Autumn aspect, ignoring Halloween all together.  But over the years I’ve changed my tune, due much to …

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5 of Kate's Favorite Apps

In case you missed it, last week, Apple announced the new iPhones this week. Now…I know a lot of people have a lot of feelings about Apple products. Even though my husband and I have had iPhones (and subsequent iPads) for a few years, I was very resistant to getting a Mac, largely because of the fire-eyed Mac evangelists. My conversion to a Macbook is another story, but when I told my husband I wanted a Mac, I felt like …

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Random News!

First of all, it’s now September, which means we need to announce our Scoop Giveaway Winner for August!  For those of you who are new, we grab all of the comments from ALL of the posts on The Scoop each month and we pick a random comment to win a random prize!  If you’ve missed any of them, this month we’ve had Scoop posts on Kate’s favorite TV Shows, my trip to Eastern Europe, A new new-sew craft book, and …

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Kate's Favorite Returning Fall TV Shows 2014

I loved talking favorite off-the-air TV shows a few weeks ago and it was so fun to chat with you guys about your favorites! Since we had so much fun, and since so many of you asked what my favorite shows are that are currently on the air, I can’t not tell you? Right? A few disclaimers: I realized after I put this all together that I didn’t include Mad Men because it wasn’t on anyone’s radar–it starts up again next spring. I …

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Best Bites Travel: Eastern Europe

Earlier this summer I took off on an adventure overseas, and lots of you have been asking to see a glimpse of my travels.  This was not any sort of sponsored trip (just ask my bank account), and it’s certainly not one everyone will pop on their family vacation bucket list, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy peeking into a another culture that you’re probably not very familiar with. My awesome sister in law is a native of …

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No-Sew Love Giveaway!

 It’s fairly well-documented here on Our Best Bites that I do not sew. When I was in second grade, I started sewing lessons and the teacher told me that in all her years of teaching sewing, I was the only student she’d ever had that didn’t make it to actually sewing something on the first day. I’m terrible. I have a throw pillow on my couch that opened up when I tore off a tag and the thought of sewing …

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Canning & Preserving Giveaway!

Tis the season to preserve all of the fresh tastes of summer.  Even if you’re not a hard-core canner, there’s tons of fun stuff here to use and enjoy.  Here’s what we’re giving away today!

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Kate's Top 14 Off-the-Air TV Shows

Okay, first of all, if you guys remember, to show you how much we appreciate you guys participating in our Scoop posts, we’re picking a commenter from the previous month’s Scoop posts and sending them a little prize! This month, it was Allison from the Snicker’s post a few weeks ago. We’re sending Allison a Bare Minerals starter kit (just because we love you guys, not sponsored in any way). Congrats, Allison! My husband and I have quite the DVD …

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Best Bites Travel: The Hiawatha Trail

Note: Not a sponsored post. I went on a fun international trip earlier this summer (I’ll show you guys some pictures from that in another post) so for our family summer vacation we decided to stick a little closer to home.  We live in southwestern Idaho, in the Boise area, so we ventured up to the Northern part of the state.  I love Northern Idaho because it’s so lush and green, and it reminds me of western Washington, where I’m …

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Kate's Department Store AND Drugstore Beauty Faves!

Ever since I was old enough to love beauty products, I have loved beauty products. Which is funny, because I’m actually a pretty low-maintenance kind of girl, but I always have at least 2-3 shampoo/conditioner combos, body washes, and an embarrassing number of eyeliners and lip glosses. When my husband and I were broke college students, I couldn’t wait for the day when I could buy high-end cosmetics. And then I got some high-end beauty products and realized there were …

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What would you like 25% MORE of?

It’s no secret that everything these days (with the exception of my waistline) seems to be getting smaller.  Cereal boxes, frozen treats, they all slowly shrink before our eyes.  For this reason,  I’m often both shocked and elated to see my favorite things boasting more.  Why hello there, peanut butter! More caramel, nougat and milk chocolate?  More roasted peanuts and peanut butter?  There’s two squares in every package so technically that means there’s more to share as well, but no …

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Technology and Summer Fun for Kids

Recently I was sitting in my office typing something up in Microsoft Word and I clicked to print it.  I asked my 8-year old, who standing nearby to grab the paper out of the printer and  hand it to me.  He picked up the document, gave it a quick glance, and said in a mildly judgmental tone, “Sooo, decided to go with Century Gothic, huh?” Um, how do you even know what that is??  He knows because unlike me, who …

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Early Summer Favorites

I’m calling this early summer favorites, because the first day of summer hasn’t even arrived and I’m positive we’ll have more of these posts before the season is over and we’re reminded of stuff we love and want to share.  But these are always fun (and they’re always perfect for our monthly Scoop giveaways where we surprise a lucky reader who’s commented on a Scoop post during the month!)  Here’s a few things I’m loving at the moment.

Kid's Roadtrip Activity Binders

So I mentioned a little while back that we’re driving from Louisiana to Utah in a few weeks. This is brand new territory for me. I came later in my parents’ lives, way after their cross-country road trip days, so we never really did road trips growing up. When my husband and I were newlyweds, we didn’t really have a reliable enough car for much road-tripping, and then, up until this summer, we’ve always been able to find reasonable airfare …

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OBB Travel: City of Rocks

With many kids officially out of school and summer break commencing, I thought I’d do a few more posts in our travel series.  As a reminder, our travel posts are not sponsored, we just share fun trips we’ve done with our own families in hopes that that they’ll be helpful or interesting to all of you!  We have a huge amount of readers in the Idaho-Utah regions and this one is especially awesome since it’s so close to both. The …

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It's YOUR Turn

So we started writing these posts on The Scoop in January and it’s been fun for us to take astep outside of food and write about what’s on our minds. But what do you want to hear more of? Or see more of? Or do you have any questions that you’ve been dying to ask that we’ve never answered (blog-related or personal)? Now’s your chance to let us hear your thoughts!

Newlywed Must-Haves

So when my husband and I had been married, like, 2 years or something, we had some friends who were celebrating their sixth or seventh wedding anniversary and they were going to lunch. And we swore that we would never be those people who went to lunch for their wedding anniversary. Well. Next week, we’re celebrating our 13th anniversary. 13 big ones. And we have no immediate plans. We will probably go to lunch or get take-out or something and …

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Epiphanie Bag Review & Giveaway

Anyone who loves photography knows the value of a good bag. Epiphanie, by photographer Maile Wilson, produces super-stylish bags that don’t look like camera bags.  The extra bonus is that even if you’re not into photography, these make great everyday bags or diaper bags, too! (If you’re reading this via email, click here to come on over to the site to enter this giveaway!)

Empowering Kids through Water Safety

This is the third in a series of posts about water safety. To read the post I wrote right after the accident, click here. To read what I had to say a year and a half later, about what drowning really looks like, click here. When I was growing up, the water was a huge part of our lives. I literally don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t a good swimmer or when I was scared of the …

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OBB Travel: Disney's Aulani Resort

One thing Kate and I have always wanted to include on the site, but never really had a great place to do it (before The Scoop!) are travel reviews.  Every time we mention we’ve traveled somewhere we get loads of comments and emails asking for details and opinions and ideas.  Now that summer is nearing, and people are starting to think of family vacations, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites here on The Scoop. …

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What's on Kate's iPod

Writing a blog is a funny thing because it involves so many things that I really love–reading, writing, food, and photography, which is something that I’ve really grown to love. But it’s also kind of a funny thing because as much as I love it, all those things have kind of become a job. That’s great because I’m actually using my English degree (when I was in college and people asked me what I was planning on doing, I didn’t have …

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Snap & a Deal!

Just a couple of important announcements today!  First of all, for all of you out there who are attending the Snap Blog Conference in SLC this month, come see us!  We had to do quite a bit of shuffling with our schedules so our presentation wasn’t added to the schedule until just today.  Lots of you have been asking for details, and they’re finally up. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, the cooking class that has been on the schedule is …

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All the Things I Wish I'd Said (About Water Safety)

This is the second in a series of posts about water safety. To read the post I wrote right after the accident, click here. To learn more about water safety, check out this post. You know how sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you’re kind of blindsided, where you see something or you hear something and you don’t know what to say or do in the moment? And then afterwards, you think of all the things you wish …

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Fit Series: Grocery Store Favorites

I know for a fact that one of the biggest things people struggle with when it comes to getting healthy is nutrition.  When I share my own weight-loss story people always want to know about my diet.  Most assume I’m cooking fresh organic vegetables, drinking green juice, and cooking perfectly balanced homemade meals and snacks all day long with no sugar, carbs, or fat.  I suppose some people do that (at least according to Instagram.)  But that’s not real-life for …

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Breakfast Bites {In 5 Minutes or Less!}

My kids have this dream that I will be the cool breakfast mom. I am a cool mom in a lot of ways. Okay. Maybe not a lot of ways, and I’m pretty sure I think I’m cooler than my kids think I am. But I am not the coolest breakfast mom. We eat a lot of cold cereal. Sometimes scrambled eggs. Pancakes, waffles, all that good stuff is pretty much saved for dinner, birthdays, and the first in a series …

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Bring in Spring Giveaway!

    NOTE: This Giveaway is now Closed.  Here are the winners, you have all been contacted! Jessica Jensen – Ceder Play Set Amy Macdonald  – Camera Ashley Swanson – Cotton candy machine Melanie Johnson – Cotton candy machine Lindsey Richardson – Cotton candy machine Alicia Gresham – Cotton candy machine Sarah Watts Meckley -Cotton candy machine Spring is around the corner and we’re celebrating by giving away some fun prizes! You can win a big beautiful Cedar Play Set, …

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P&G Science of Sleep Event Recap

So last month, Sara and I got an invitation from Procter and Gamble to visit their headquarters and learn about the science of sleep. Now…you might think this wouldn’t be of interest to me because I am a food blogger. It was actually of great interest to me because I am very interested in sleep, specifically how I can get more of it. And if it took me staying in a hotel room by myself to learn more about sleep, …

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How To: Get Fit

As I’ve been sharing bits and pieces on this topic, I keep getting comments and emails saying, “Keep it coming, I need motivation!” So here you go.  Summer is about 3 months away and that is plenty of time to make a big difference if you’re wanting to find the motivation to get healthier (see much further down this post how much I changed in just 3 months).  Over the past 2 years I’ve made some big changes, and one …

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Kate's Top 5 Food Magazines

One of the questions we get a LOT is how we come up with recipes after almost 6 years of blogging about food. Which is a great question, since, at least for me, my own personal stash of favorite recipes I had collected over the years was used up about two years into this little adventure. For me, the recipes that I post come from a few different places. 1) A friend or family member’s recipe that they’ve shared with …

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Sara's Fit Gear Faves

Over the past year or two, as I’ve shared bits and pieces of my personal life here on the blog, I’ve gotten lots and lots of requests for details about my fitness routine, my nutrition habits, my exercise program, my weight-loss, and everything that goes along with it.  I’m working on a big post with my “story,” but I’ve realized as I’ve started that it’s going to need to be broken up into several different, smaller, posts in order to …

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Favorite Fonts 2.6.14

So…for today’s post on The Scoop, I was going to do a roundup of my favorite Valentine’s Day printables from the blogosphere. And then I took a look at everything I have pinned on Pinterest and liked on Instagram and buried deep in the recesses of my brain and I was, in the words of Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation, LITERALLY paralyzed. By Valentines. Terrified. Overwhelmed. Feeling wildly inadequate in my ability to CHOOSE my favorites (let alone make them …

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Cooking with a Steam Oven

A while back, I shared a post about my kitchen, and details on my appliances, too.  One of the things I get the most questions on from that post (and in real life) is that little black oven over there.

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Kate's Thursday Roundup 1.23.14

So Sara and I have had The Scoop section on our blog for awhile and we’ve been trying to think of the best way to use it. While we often post on things other than food, up until now, we haven’t had a dedicated area for all our non-food posts, and we also haven’t really had a place to share things that we want to share (more life-y things). So now, every Thursday, we’re going to take turns posting a …

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Camera Giveaway!

Okay get ready! We’ve teamed up with some fabulous sites to be able to offer a 2 camera giveaway! ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Capture those sweet smiles around you. We’ve made it super easy to enter here. Share this giveaway on FB for more entries. Enter here. Thank you to the sites participating and offering the awesome giveaway. Good luck. Our fingers and toes are crossed for you:) Giveaway ends …

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Italia Artisan Pizza Oven Giveaway!

Still looking to impress a special someone on your gift list?  We’ve got you covered. You’ve all probably eaten at amazing restaurants with traditional Italian wood-fired brick ovens.  Their pizzas are renowned for perfectly crisp crusts with chewy-soft interiors and smoky melted toppings.  It’s basically pizza perfection. If you ever dreamed of achieving that same masterful Italian brick oven pizza at home, then today is your day.  This oven hooks up to a little 1lb bottle of propane for easy …

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Silhouette Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving week! We are so excited for this giveaway–one of our favorite crafty tools is the Silhouette Cameo and we a THRILLED to be giving one away!   If you don’t know already, a Silhouette is an electronic cutting tool. You hook it up to your computer, so you can cut ANY graphics or fonts that are already on your computer without having to buy cartridges. They also have an online store where you can download pretty much countless …

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Crock Pot Hook-Up Giveaway!

Even though we don’t specialize in crock pot recipes, and even though we don’t have 10 million of them on our blog, the ones we do have are some of our favorites AND our most popular recipes. I mean, what’s not to love about throwing a frozen pot roast into a cooking device when you crawl out of bed in the morning and then dinner is magically ready 8-10 hours later?! I have too many crock pots (if there is …

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The Croods $100 Movie Day Giveaway!

NOTE:  This Giveaway is no closed!  Find winner’s info at end of post. Enjoy a fun family day by having a themed dinner of slow-cooked ribs (eat ’em caveman style!) and darling campfire cookies for dessert.  Then pack up the fam (or a group of your favorite friends) and head off to see the new DreamWorks movie, The Croods, opening March 22nd!  One lucky reader will get a $100 Visa Gift Card– that’s enough for some movie tix and popcorn, …

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So as I was making my gumbo for this post, I thought, “February is such an unpleasant, yucky, soggy month.” And then I thought, “I love my Le Creuset pot…it makes even the dreariest tasks, like making a roux for gumbo, delightful.” And then I thought, “Hey! Someone else should have this bright, shiny, colorful pot of joy in their kitchen, too!” And so was born the spontaneous Our Best Bites Le Creuset giveaway. If you’re not familiar with Le Creuset pots, …

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Thank you guys so much for all your entries in the Silhouette Giveaway! The lucky winner is #927, Judy Piotrowski who said, “I am thankful for life itself and all the joys that come as we journey throughout it.” I wish we could be Oprah and could give a Silhouette to everyone, but alas, we can only give away free recipes and sarcasm. But we can give you some rockin’ discounts to help acquire your very own Silhouette! Head over to Silhouette’s website and …

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Gygi's Chocolate Extravaganza!

  Since we have a huge number of readers in the Salt Lake City, UT area, we wanted to share this fun event (and partially because we wish so badly we could go- hello Chocolate!!)  Our fave cooking mega-store, Orson Gygi is having a fantastic event this weekend– all about chocolate!  They are offering two days of FREE Chocolate classes, samples throughout the store, knife skills and sharpening with Wusthof, and giveaways every hour, and sales on their amazing chocolate! …

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That Time When OBB Got Super Serious...

This is the first in a series of posts about water safety. To read the post I wrote 1 1/2 years after the accident, click here. To learn more about water safety, check out this post. I’ve literally spent the last few days agonizing about whether or not I should write this post for a number of reasons. I don’t want to make things weird between us. I feel like I’ve told this story over and over again and it feels weird …

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Photo Contest and Kitchenaid Giveaway Winners!

Thank you guys (so much!) for all of the entries in the KitchenAid giveaway! We loved all the peeks into your lives, seeing you and your kids and your kitchens and your books! Later today, we’ll post some more of our favorite pics onto our Facebook page, but for now, here are our winners! Third place and winner of a $50 Visa gift card is Laura who found a whole stack of them at Costco: Second place and winner of a …

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Bon Ami Giveaway!

NOTE: This giveaway is now closed.  Winners are posted at the end of the post.   “We’ve weathered the Great Depression, the chemical revolution and an endless stream of fads. We’ve kept it simple for 120 years.” Now days going “green” is definitely trendy, but Bon Ami has been doing it for decades!  In fact, it’s the whole idea behind their product approach.  You can read more about their environmental stewardship here.  But besides being a great non-toxic line, Bon …

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The Ready Project Food Storage Giveaway!

Last week, we were supposed to get pummeled by Hurricane Isaac. And some people did–South Louisiana, for instance, got hit pretty hard (although, thankfully, nothing like Hurricane Katrina). But after Hurricane Gustav blew through a few years ago and left us without power for a week (and we were lucky), we weren’t taking any chances. So on the day the hurricane was supposed to arrive (which it never really did), I found myself at the grocery store getting last minute Oreos and Diet …

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Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites Cookbook Giveaway!

First of all…the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Well, maybe not THE moment, and maybe not all of you, but if you’ve been sitting on pins and needles waiting for us to announce the winner of the iPad. So we entered the numbers into the handy dandy random number generator and this is what we got: and this is what #199 said: Janeen has been contacted and responded–congratulations, girl! So with that done, we’ve got another exciting giveaway! We’re …

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Ruffled Apron Giveaway

Orson Gygi is one of my favorite places to find cute aprons.  I was in the middle of a conversation with someone last time I was there, and as we walked by the apron section, I literally walked away from the person I was talking to without even thinking and made a beeline to this ruffly ombre number.  It comes in a coral/pink/orange combo too (and blues, too) and I loooove them.  Apparently everyone else does too, because Orson Gygi keeps selling …

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Yvonne Estelle's Giveaway

NOTE: This giveaway is now closed.  Winner Posted at the end! It’s time for our weekly giveaway!  We’re thrilled to have today’s giveaway sponsored by the amazing Yvonne Estelle’s.  We’ve loved working with them, and know you’ll love what they have to offer even more! We’ll also be announcing the winner of last week’s giveaway today, so stay tuned for that! Yvonne Estelle’s is a fantastic online boutique (or if you live near Chicago, IL, you can visit their brick and …

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WonderMill Grain Mill Giveaway

NOTE:  This giveaway is now closed.  Winner is posted at the end. We’ve raved about our WonderMill’s in many posts on this site.  I used mine to make amazing Chili Cheese Corn Bread with fresh ground corn meal and the absolute best Mulitgrain Bread on the planet and you can see Kate’s in action in her tutorial for Honey Whole Wheat Bread.   It’s a product we love and use in our own kitchens and we want one of you to …

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Microsoft Windows Phone Giveaway

NOTE: This giveaway is now closed.  Winner noted at conclusion of post. Our friends at Microsoft want to hook up an OBB reader with a brand new shiny smart phone!  I use a Windows phone myself and love it.  You can see profiles of all of the Windows phones here and even compare them side-by-side to each other. The great thing is that we’ve got a phone for the major cell carriers, so no matter who you use, we’ve gotcha covered! …

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Bosch Mixer Giveaway!

So in case you missed yesterday’s post, we were recently given the opportunity to try out Bosch’s Universal Plus mixer. And, like I said in my post, I am a girl that already owns 2 KitchenAids, so this was a real, true leap of faith for me. You’re going to find serious, rabid fans on both sides of the heavy-duty mixer issue, so I’ll give you the abbreviated Mixers According to Kate input. KitchenAids are pretty and shiny. They come …

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Blickenstaff's Candy Giveaway!

So I don’t think it’s a huge secret that Sara and I love treats. For those of you who didn’t know that, are you sure you’ve been reading the right blog all along? I hope you’re not terribly shocked or scandalized… We both also have a soft spot for Provo, Utah in our hearts because we both went to college there, so when we were contacted by a Provo candy and toy store to see if we’d be interested in sampling some of their products, how could …

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McCormick St. Patrick's Day Baking Kit Giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to our winner, Helena, who has claimed her prize!   Want to make adorable Ice Cream Cupcakes just like the ones in my post today? Leave a comment on this post today (3/14) only!  We’ll have this mini baking kit rushed off to you asap so you can make these little cuties in time for St. Patrick’s Day! You’ll get McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract, Pure Vanilla Extract, Green food coloring, and a darling set …

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Wall Written: A Vinyl Decor Giveaway!

Note: This giveaway is now closed.  Winners are at end of post! We’re so excited to feature a great company in today’s giveaway!  Wall Written specializes in beautiful word art, quotes, and vinyl decor pieces.  These are made with matte finish vinyl, which gives the illusion of having something hand painted on your wall, but without the cost or effort.  It’s cut and spaced perfectly so all you have to do is apply it to your wall.  What’s better is …

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Cook's Illustrated Cook Book

This giveaway is now closed.  Winner has been contacted and received their prize! Have you seen this cook book yet?  It’s a monster of a book!  It’s a collection of 2,000 recipes (yes, you read that right!) from 20 years of Cook’s Illustrated.  I’ve shared some of my favorite CI recipes, like this amazing chocolate cake, my go-to chocolate chip cookies, and most recently, yesterday’s mulitgrain bread. If you’ve never used a Cook’s Illustrated magazine or cook book, one of …

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Enter here to win a $150 gift card to Whole Foods!  We seriously love Whole Foods; I am counting down the days until the one in my city opens (Too bad it’s not happening until next year :()!  They have an amazing cheese selection, so use this $$ on cheese to create your own cheese board, or on anything else you want! NOTE:  This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to #255, Toni!

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Smucker's Orchard's Finest Giveaway!

NOTE:  This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all of you who entered! The winners have been notified, and they are #464 (Natalie), #1151 (Wendy), and #1307 (Gloria). Y’all have 48 hours to respond before we pick new winners! I have a confession for you all and I hope it’s not too shocking: I am not a fan of jam. Not a jam fan. I like homemade freezer jam because it basically tastes like sweetened fruit, but most jam is …

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Advent Calendar Ideas

After my Snow Globe post, there were lots of questions about my advent calendar, so here some more details about what I do with my family.  Having an advent calendar has been one of my most favorite traditions since I was a little girl, so I am always excited to do things with my kids.  This year I wanted to find a new calendar, and I bookmarked 547 of them (okay not really, but lots) from the web and pinterest, …

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Simpel Watch Giveaway

NOTE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to #246: Pam, #1318: Michele, #332:Shirley Elizabeth and #644: Tanis! All winners have been contacted, congratulations!  Remember, you still have until Dec. 15th to use the code OBB25 to get 25% off your entire order, so get shopping!   If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for people on your Christmas lists, I’ve got the perfect thing for ya! I love these watches.  My husband has had one for a while now, …

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Silhouette Black Friday Sale!

You may have not won our Silhouette Cameo giveaway, but you can get a great deal on one starting this Friday.  Here are the details! First of all, almost everything in the Silhouette On-line Store is on  sale already, like vinyl, tote bags (that’s what I’m buying!) sketch pens, software, and more: But we can make it even better.  Skip the code mentioned in the ad above and instead use the code”BITES” and instead of 30% you’ll get 40% of …

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Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

Note:  This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to lucky number #274 Aimee Jongejan! Aimee, I’ve sent you an email! For the rest of you…stay tuned.  I will be posting details for the Black Friday Silhouette deal in a new post very soon.  For those of you already mapping out your shopping strategy, I’ll tell you that Silhouette is offering a 30% discount on the entire store starting on Black Friday, and with a special OBB code you can get another …

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Baking up Some Love

So yesterday was kind of one of those days. First of all, it was a Monday, which is never good for anyone. Second, because Thanksgiving is next week,  my kids have a short school week, which means that on Thursday morning, we are leaving the first real family vacation (like where we’re not shoehorned into someone’s spare bedroom/couch) we’ve taken in 6 1/2 years (so pretty much my kids’ whole lives). As excited as we are to go, there is …

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Smucker's Trip Recap + Giveaway!

NOTE:  This giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is #1327, Lynda M.  Congrats Lynda, we’ve emailed you!   So last week while Sara was surfing it up in Hawaii, I had the chance to spend a few days in Ohio to attend the Around the Family Table with Smucker’s event. I had such a fabulous time meeting all the incredibly nice people associated with Smucker’s, other bloggers, and taking a peek behind the scenes. Right after I arrived, I …

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Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy Cook Book Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats Mendi and Lindsay! Click here to read all about this great cook book (but note that link is NOT the giveaway post; that is a previous giveaway).  Kate and I both contributed a few recipes, along with some of our favorite food bloggers! We’re giving away two more copies! To Enter:  Leave one comment below; tell us an ingredient you always keep stocked in your kitchen for quick and easy meal prep.  Giveaway open …

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America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED:  Congrats Stephanie Merrill! Last week I mentioned that I got to guest blog on America’s Test Kitchen’s Blog, The Feed.  (Click here to see my post!)  I’m a long-time fan of ATK so I was thrilled to be able to test out this new book.    I love the whole concept of the Menu Cookbook, because most of the stress of planning a dinner party comes from figuring out what to serve and then coming …

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Avery Sticky Notes fo' Life!

ATTENTION: This giveaway is now closed.  Winner has been contacted and claimed their prize! A fun fact about Sara and Kate, which you may or may not know: we have a crazy obsession with office supplies.  Remember the time Kate found out you could buy mini sharpies on key chains?  Life changing.  About as life changing for me was the invention of see through sticky notes.  You have no idea how many packs of sticky notes I buy.  Partially because …

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Decorating for Autumn at Sara's House

I love love love looking at other people’s seasonal decorations, because it always inspires me and gives me new ideas, so I thought I’d give you a little peek into the cornucopia of fun at my house   I mostly decorate for the autumn season, and then I have Halloween-y things that  I blend in during October. My mantle is built for a tv.  I choose to believe it was built to hold ridiculously large pumpkins. What you ask, are …

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Jif & Amazon Kindle Giveaway!

If you guys don’t know already, I love to read. In fact, sometimes, I know it’s better for me not to start reading a book because I tend to get sucked in and kind of ignore everything else in my life. So when Jif contacted us to see if we would be interested in giving away an Amazon Kindle and helping them out with their Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich contest, I was totally on board. I mean, how could …

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