My favorite Instagrams from 2013

I love Instagram! Below is a list of ten favorites from 2013!


Sighed by Elizabeth Gilbert


Now that’s a keeper! The fish and my


Sweetness.. our granddaughter & Roxy watching cartoons.


My family’s reaction to me using technology during our camping trip.


Puppies! Love when family members add to their pack.


No more braces!


Married! Our oldest said I Do.


Batman, walking down Hollywood Blvd.


My view while walking the red carpet for the Hollywood preimere of Thor:The Dark World.


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Delivery Man Red Carpet Premiere @ The Famous El Capitan Theatre #DeliveryManEvent

It was a star studded evening at the Delivery Man Red Carpet Premiere in Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater, and I was there!



(above Photos Courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures)

Just like the film, the mood on the red carpet was upbeat and fun! It was nice to see the cast up close – smiling, giving interviews, and interacting with fans. It sure made for a great first time experience on the red carpet for me!


After the preimere, I had the pleasure of attending the VIP after-party at The Hard Rock Hollywood. There, I was able to mingle with a group of celebs that worked on the film, and also spend time with some pretty great bloggers. It was an amazing night, filled with fun moments that I wont soon forget. Like a nice conversation and kiss on the cheek from Vince Vaughn, and laughing it up with this guy, Derrick Arthur. An up and coming comedic actor, I believe we’ll be seeing much more of.



“DreamWorks Pictures’“Delivery Man” stars Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children. David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.”

Watch for my Delivery Man review, as well as interviews with Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders and Vince Vaughn to be posted here soon!

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Delivery Man will be in theaters this November 22!

I am working with Disney, Marvel, and Dreamworks as part of this event. They provided me with travel, food and lodging in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.

Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park Campaign #TakeItToThePark

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Coca-Cola.


As much as I love watching movies, there is nothing like getting outside and active with my family. Having a park with-in walking distance of our house has really helped to create some fun memories with our girls. It doesn’t matter how many times we gather up a few toys and walk to the park, it never seems to lose it’s excitement.


Our park doesn’t have much in the way of structures, so we relay on bringing our own fun, by doing things together. Like playing ball, and frisbee.

What our park does have, besides a couple of swings and simple climbers, is a nice walking track. Perfect for clearing my mind and taking in some fresh air while the kids play.


Even Roxy enjoys time spent at the park!


Does your family enjoy time at the park? Like ours, could your park use a little help? You can vote for your favorite park in Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park campaign. The winning park will receive a $100,000 recreation grant to be used for improvements, while 2nd and 3rd will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. There will also be a $15,000 wildcard grant awarded to a lucky park chosen randomly from the remaining top 25 parks. Your park can earn points  in different ways, even by just visiting your park.

Head over to America Is Your Park website to learn more!

Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed and photos used are my honest and my own.

Make Your Backyard Party Central This Summer with Frito-Lay #Giveaway

Fire up the grill and grab the chips, summer is finally here! Nothing screams summer like a family barbecue.
We recently kick started summer by enjoying an afternoon and evening outside with our girls. As always, we had a great time.

Chips and dip, and smiles all around as dad. a.k.a. the grill master made the burgers.

They were delicious as usual, and perfectly paired with homemade baked beans and corn on the cob.

Backyard barbecues are always a hit with our family. Especially with Roxy, our basset hound, who manages to find a little “extra” food before the day is over.

Speaking of a hit, these new Ruffles Max Smokehouse Barbecue flavored chips were a HUGE hit with my husband and teenage daughter. While I prefer Scoops and Tostitos Chunky Salsa, they both could not get enough of these.


Frito-Lay wants to be sure we’re all fully prepared to turn any backyard into party central!

Click and print these delicious and easy recipes! Perfect for any barbecue or get together.

Grilled Vegetables Quesadilla

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1 jar of RUFFLES® Ultimate Barbeque Dip

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Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed and photos are honest and my own.

Fotor, Free Online Photo Editing Review

Being a mom, I take a lot of photos. I snap them, usually with my phone, and sometimes I even send them to our home computer. But, too often that’s where they stop and sit. I look at them on the screen and ask “why”, why have I not bought a newer camera? I know with some real editing most of my photos could be share worthy, even print worthy, but editing can be a tedious and time consuming task. Good software can also cost a pretty pricey.

Thankfully I was asked to review Fotor, a Free Online Photo Editing site. Fotor’s free photo editing features including photo collage, photo effects, text, photo cards and more. No downloads, no need to even create an account.


I was expecting just the basics, and maybe a limited supply of tools, what I found was endless possibilities!


Fotor offers a large work space, with a nice selection of tools all around the screen. From the basics, to the extreme. I’ve been playing with it for weeks and still haven’t tried everything.

I found myself a little frustrated that the software will let me add a border and text, but offers a limited supply of fonts, and no way that I can see to change the size of either one.

I do like the before and after photo view. Not having much experience with photo editing, this gives me some prospective while making changes. Most of Fotor photo effects have been quick, and pretty easy to use. Which I really like !

Hello my sweet faced hound! Now I see you!


My teenage daughter had fun playing around with the collage mode. Fotor offers a lot of control in this mode, like resizing photos, and even the layouts. Though they also have several nice pre-made layouts already avaible. Fotor even offers a wide selection of greeting cards that you can easily customize.


I plan to keep bookmarked on my family computer. It’s definitely a quick and easy way to turn my so, so photos into share worthy, and even print worthy photos.

FTC disclosure: Monetary payment was received for my time to share this review. I was not asked to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed and photos used are my own and honest.

Celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day with Driscoll’s Berries #Giveaway

June 14TH is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. That’s my kind of holiday! One of my earliest memories is enjoying fresh strawberries right from my grandmother’s garden. A love that has stayed with me through the years. In-fact whether it’s fresh berries, dessert or jam, Strawberry seems to always be at the top of my list.

History: Did You Know?

  • The first recorded Strawberry Shortcake recipe published by Eliza Leslie in The Lady’s Receipt-Book in 1847.
  • Botanically speaking, the strawberry is not classified as a true berry but is a member of the rose family.
  • Driscoll’s founders began growing sweet, flavorful strawberries in Pajaro Valley, California back in 1904.
  • Approximately 2 out of 3 American households consume fresh strawberries, totaling approximately 1 Billion pounds per year. That’s an average of 12 pounds of delicious, fresh strawberries per person.
  • One thing I like about serving Strawberry Shortcake is that it can be fancy or simple, and equally delicious.

    The secret is the berries. Driscoll’s Berries!


    A product of the U.S.A. Driscoll’s Berries are picked ripe, juicy and full of flavor. Our teenage daughter has always chosen healthy foods over empty calories, so we often have a bowl of strawberries, black berries and raspberries cleaned, and ready to eat in our fridge. They go perfect with breakfast or even as a snack on their own.

    National Strawberry Shortcake Day is one holiday this mom can’t let pass without proper celebration! Time being a real issue this week, I decided to purchase some already made pound cake and whip topping.

    The Driscoll’s Berries were delicious. Very juicy and sweet. I really like that I was able to use every berry from the package. Unlike brands I have previously purchased.

    To whip up a quick dessert, I mashed about 25% of the berries, cut and mixed in the rest. That’s it! There was no need to add sugar, or even let them sit over night.


    I’m not sure which is the better judge, the smiles I saw while my family enjoyed dessert together, or the empty plates. Both tell me Strawberry Shortcake with Driscoll’s Berries was a hit.

    Another reason to smile is sharing the goodness of Driscoll’s Berries!

    One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win $20 in Driscoll’s Berries Product Coupons! Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would like to enter by email, please contact me at

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