Mini Fruit Pizzas

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know of my love affair with cookies. They are seriously one of my favorite desserts.

This is a fun way to add some variety to your cookie diet. Err. Cookie addiction? Yeah. That sounds about right.

Mini Fruit Pizzas
Adapted From: The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:
1 batch of sugar cookies, cooled
1 jars (13 oz) marshmallow creme
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
Kiwi fruit
Blueberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Raspberries
Other fruit optional

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the marshmallow creme and cream cheese until well-blended and smooth.

Spread mixture on top of prepared and cooled sugar cookies.

Top with fruit as desired.

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Enjoy!

What are some ways you vary the cookies that you serve?

How My Samsung Galaxy S III from Verizon Wireless Saved My Job!

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A few weeks ago, I was teaching at a workshop as part of my day job, when we ran into a snag. When we got to the workshop location, we discovered that the Internet wasn’t working.

When you’re planning to demo online software, Internet is kind of essential.

Luckily, I had the Samsung Galaxy S III from Verizon Wireless to save the day! I set up a mobile hotspot and gave the info to workshop participants.

We even ran the demo computer from the hotspot. At one point, eight devices were connected!

I was SHOCKED at how well the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network performed under such strenuous conditions. There was no lag, and everyone was able to keep up with the class.

I seriously don’t know what I would have done without it!

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Has your cell phone ever saved the day?

 

 

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

Baby Pumpkin Photos {and FREE Halloween Photo Card Templates!}

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I can’t believe it’s already October! It’s time for pumpkins, candy apples and fun costumes! I couldn’t miss the chance to dress up Andrew and take some Halloween photos over the weekend.

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I also took the opportunity to create some Halloween Photo Card Templates to share with you!

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Halloween Photo Card 1 Click here to download this template.

Halloween Photo Card 2Click here to download this template.

The templates are designed for a flat 5×7 custom printed photo card. There’s even a spot for you to add your own photo! I ordered mine from Hallmark and used this card. Remember: You can get 30% off your purchase using the Promo Code: BLOG30!

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What are your plans for Halloween? Are your kids dressing up?

 

Looking for yummy fall recipes? Look no further!

 

 

Our Five-Year Class Reunion and a Tour of the MSC at Texas A&M

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I can hardly believe it’s been five years since we graduated from college. I look back at the years that we spent at Texas A&M with such fondness.

Last weekend, we headed south to College Station for our reunion and to watch the Aggies beat the hell outta South Carolina State University. It was a great day, and a great game!

We toured the newly renovated Memorial Student Center and stopped by a tailgate hosted by our friend, Ryan. We even got to have our photo taken with Reveille!

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I love going back to College Station. Do you feel the same way aout your college town? When was the last time you visited?

PS – All photos in this post were taken with the Samsung Galaxy S3 from Verizon Wireless. Its camera is awesome and I find myself leaving my DSLR at home more often than not.

 

 

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

 

Hallmark "Moments and Milestones" Tour

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Last week, I was invited to join a group of Dallas Mom Bloggers at the Hallmark “Moments and Milestones” Tour.

As moms, we tend to strive for those “Hallmark Moments” in life where you achieve the “picture perfect” setting. But Hallmark has really tried to turn that colloquialism on its head with their newest campaign.

During the event, Hallmark employees talked about how they’re encouraging us to pause and recognize those unplanned, perfectly imperfect moments we share with our loved ones — the moments that can take place any day and the moments that take place when we’re celebrating milestones.

It was a fun event and we got to see some of Hallmark’s newest products. We also got a behind-the-scenes look at how they style and plan photo shoots for their cards and we even got the chance to try to write some of our own greeting cards!

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Pictured above are Jamie from Totally the Bomb, Lea Ann from Mommy’s Wishlist, and Crystal from Crystal & Co.

It’s not often that an event has me laughing one moment and crying the next! But the Hallmark ladies had it all under control — there were boxes of tissues on every table!

Some of my favorite products were the Text Bands and the Personalized Party Plates. I learned that you can order custom photo cards from them. I’ll definitely be utilizing that for Andrew’s upcoming birthday party! And I LOVED the Curious George Recordable Storybook!

Use the Promo Code BLOG30 to receive 30% off your order at Hallmark.com!

What are some ways that you tell your loved ones that they matter?

 

Disclaimer: Hallmark provided breakfast and some free samples for me and other bloggers in attendance. All photos and opinions are my own. 

 

Hoffbrau Steaks in Dallas, Texas

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As a proud Texan, I am always up for dinner at a good steakhouse. And some of the best, like Hoffbrau Steaks, can be found here in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The menu at Hoffbrau Steaks boasts traditional Southern classics, like fried okra, with a twist. Some of the items that caught my eye included Broccoli and Jalapeño Cheese Soup and Cajun Tilapia Salad.

The Nerd and I recently had lunch at the North Dallas location, and we sampled some of their dishes. I really enjoyed the Fried Okra with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce and their Sirloin was tender, juicy and just plain good. The Nerd had the Dr Pepper chicken and raved about it the rest of the day. We walked away with full bellies and a sense of satisfaction.

I think we’ve found our new favorite DFW chain!

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It was a great lunch and we had a fabulous time. I can’t wait to go back and try some of that soup!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from Hoffbrau Steaks. They provided us with a free lunch in exchange for a review and post. All opinions and photos are my own.  

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Dallas World Aquarium: Dallas, Texas

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This weekend, we took Andrew to the Dallas World Aquarium in the Historic West End.

This place is really more than an aquarium. There was this giant rainforest in the middle, with tons of different animals — monkeys, birds and fish. It was so beautiful and so fun.

But the best part was when we actually got to the aquarium. The shark tank alone was worth the price of admission.

Andrew made it about half-way through the aquarium before konking out. The Nerd and I still had fun, though.

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Top: LOFT, Shorts: Target (old), Shoes: TOMS, Watch: Michael Korsh
 

It was such a fun day. I hope that Andrew never forgets it.



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