Halloween Boo-Quets with Mini Babybel

Happy Halloweeeeeeen Everyone!

Today I’m getting crafty and showing you a fun gift for a teacher, neighbor, friend, or whoever you would like to send a BOO to!

I made these fun Mini Babybel® boo- quets.  First – cheese is EVERYTHING!  Second – how cute are these little goodie buckets?  Third – let me show you how easy it is to make these cuties.

You can purchase Mini Babybel® at Target. It’s a wholesome, nutrient-rich, all natural snacking option for the whole family.  Mini Babybel is on sale all this month at Target.  It’s 100% real cheese & comes in six different varieties.

Connor loves Babybel because they are fun to open and come in really cute wrappers.  Look at these festive wrappers for Halloween.

Babybel is a great source of calcium and protein.  It’s perfect for snacking, lunches, or the occasional kitchen grazer 🙂 Not to mention it’s super convenient if your in a hurry or on the go.

This Halloween why not serve something healthy and delicious as an alternative to all that sugar?  These fun Halloween boo-quets cost less than a few dollars to make and I’m sure they would make someones day extra special!

Check out the video below to learn how to make these fun boo-quets!


Home For The Holidays with Best Buy

This is a sponsored post courtesy of Best Buy.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do you see that guy right there?  That’s my Dad…aka “Poppy”.  Every year we gather at the farm in Arkansas for Christmas at my Nannie & Papa’s house.  It’s truly the one time of year I look forward to.

Living apart from my family as an adult has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.  So, when we get together it’s extra special…especially at Christmas!

At the heart of our gatherings is FOOD!  My Nannie makes the most delicious food.  We eat all through the holiday, whether it’s enjoying a home cooked meal or munching on snacks, tis the season to watch a fun Christmas movie and slip into a food coma.

Over the years the kitchen at the farm has seen lots of changes, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the yummy food.  My Nannie just has that magic touch!  Nannie didn’t have a dishwasher for years and I remember how excited she was when she actually had one installed!  With less dishes to wash it means we get more time to share with one another.

Have you been wanting to update your appliances, but have been putting it off?

As you prep your home for entertaining during the holidays, you can count on the experts at Best Buy to find you the right GE appliances at an unbeatable price.

GE Profile Series appliances are designed to reflect the modern approach to style. Clean lines, minimal curves and a streamlined look that blends with today’s kitchens. Everyday routines become amazingly simple with next generation features. Brilliant touches that answer real-life needs.

This GE Profile Gas Range has some amazing features:

·       Edge-to-edge cook-top – A large cooking surface gives you extra room for pots and pans of all sizes and lets cookware move easily from burner to burner

·       Extra-large, integrated reversible cast iron grill/griddle – Enjoy ultimate cooking versatility. Cook up to six grilled cheeses on the industry’s largest integrated griddle, and then flip it over to grill your favorite foods.

This GE Profile Series French Door Refrigerator has a Keurig Brewing System built right into your fridge!  I mean seriously how cool is that?

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I can’t wait for the holiday season to begin?  Are you ready…because I’ve got my stretchy pants and I’m ready to go 🙂


No Reserves about it…A visit to Starbucks Reserve

Ever since I found out Dallas was opening up a few of the Starbucks Reserve stores I’ve been dying to go visit.  If you’ve been following my blog for the past 11 something years…then you know my love for Starbucks runs deep.

I had heard lots of things about the Reserve.  I heard they had different coffees, flavors, and concoctions.  When I first walked in the atmosphere was very warm and inviting and the bar looked kind of like a chemistry lab.

(On the left is my Americano Con Crema & on the right is Terence’s Vanilla Latte)

Well….let’s get to experimenting now shall we!

I tried the “Americano Con Creme” and it was delicious!  It’s an Americano with cold, blended foam, made with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.  My first thought was that it doesn’t taste like regular Starbucks coffee.  The burnt flavor that everyone claims Starbucks coffee has wasn’t there.  Also, there is was a $3 extra charge for special “Reserve shots”.  Be prepared to spend a little more for your fancy coffee.

The Starbucks Reserve also offers tons of other flavors of coffees from different places all over the world.  These are coffees that you normally won’t see at a regular Starbucks.  These are small batches that come from different origins all over the world.

As far as food goes…they don’t really offer any bites different than their normal menu.  Starbucks Reserve is clearly all about the beverage.  I was a bit disappointed in that because I had hoped they would offer other foodie items as well.

So, my biggest takeaway…I liked it.  I don’t think I would go out of my way to get this coffee as opposed to a regular Starbucks drink.  It’s more about the experience and atmosphere.  I think next time I’ll be trying one of the ice cream beverages.  You can’t go wrong with a Classic Affogato or Cold Brew Float with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  

In other fall family news…we made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch!  This kiddo is getting so big!  Every morning I wake up to my Facebook and Time Hop just kills me every time with the flashbacks.  Does any other Mama think Time Hop makes you a little teary eyed?

It has been a busy season for sure!  I look forward to cooler temps here in Texas and sharing lots more with all of you over the next few month….good things to come!

xo- Becky

(As much as I wish this post was sponsored by Starbucks…it is not.  All opinions are my own.)


Celebrate Father-Daughter Day with American Greetings

This post is sponsored by American Greetings.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday was Father-Daughter Day y’all!  This day was incredibly special to me because my Dad had a house of only girls and I’m thankful we didn’t drive him in sane!  Actually, I am pretty sure we did drive him in sane at times, but he still kept us around anyway.  My Daddy means so much to me.  He has the biggest heart in the entire world and has loved me and my twin sister through thick and thin.  No matter how many mistakes we’ve made over the years, my Dad has been there to talk to, give a hug, or provide guidance.

This Father Daughter Day American Greetings has created a special ecard with Smokey Robinson’s version of ‘My Girl’.  When you log on to send your ecard you can even personalize it to this classic tune with your special someone’s name built right into the song. It can also be customized for a variety of different occasions.  How Cool is that?

Find the Smokey Robinson ecards and more digital options for staying connected at the American Greetings website.

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There are two new Smokey Robinson video ecards launching in October.  These cards are the third installment in American Greetings Hollywood SmashUps™ collection of celebrity video ecards and will give fans the opportunity to customize greetings sung by Smokey himself for a variety of holidays and occasions.

My Dad also loves to SING!  He sang to me on my wedding day before he walked me down the isle.  He has always loved to sing and he enjoys music so much!  I can just picture him opening this ecard and singing along with Smokey Robinson 🙂

These days not only he the best Dad around he’s also a pretty darn good Poppy too!

Don’t forget about your Dad, why not send him something special that will put a smile on his face 🙂
You can find these Smokey Robinson ecards and more digital options for staying connected at www.americangreetings.com. A great selection of inspiring cards from American Greetings is also available at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores.

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Win the Ultimate Christmas Vacation: Enchant Christmas 2017

This post is sponsored by Enchant Christmas.  All opinions are my own.

Christmas is my VERY favorite!  Ask anyone in my family and they’ll say I’d give Buddy the Elf a run for his spaghetti.  So, imagine my excitement and surprise when I found out about Enchant Christmas right here in Arlington, Texas!

If you live in DFW and love the holidays like me, you are always looking for something to set you in the Christmas spirit.  Enchanted is JUST the place you are looking for!

This year they have so many fun activities for you and your family.  I’ve talked about how much I love Christkindl in the past, but now check out all the new activities added to the agenda this year!

  • World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, where families locate nine missing reindeer

  • Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree, standing at 100 ft.

  • 300,000 square feet of holiday entertainment

  • More than two million twinkling lights

  • Santa’s Palace

  • Skating Pond – just like you would imagine in Central Park and other northern cities

  • Kids’ Play Area

  • Live Music and Entertainment

  • More than 20 Food Trucks

  • Unique Christmas Market with 85 Vendors, featuring the beloved Christkindl Market Lane

  • Free Parking

You can get your Enchant Christmas early-bird tickets starting on Monday, October 9th at 12:30 pm at www.EnchantChristmas.com

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CONTEST:

PRIZE INCLUDES:

  • 4 flights from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada (or $500 cash if driving)
  • 2 nights stay at our partner hotel
  • 4 passes to Enchant Christmas for our exclusive, sneak peek opening
  • Food & hot chocolate for 4
  • First access to our magical skating pond
  • A copy of the Enchant Christmas storybook, “The Great Search”

Enter one of 3 ways:  websiteFacebook, or Instagram.

Location: Globe Life Park – Lot F  1000 Ball Park Way  ArlingtonTexas 76011