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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Skinny Jello Popcorn {Who is that fly honey??}

Hola for a dolla! So KJ is obsessed with this new recipe. 
You can make it with the kiddos or you can make it for the kiddos for Easter! Either way they will love it :). Normally Jello Popcorn calls for lots of butter - NOT this recipe! Have you heard of Coconut Oil? Well that is what I have been using these days in place of butter. Coconut oil is a good substitute for butter because they have the same consistancy. If you warm it up it melts if it is at room temperature it is more of a solid. So when baking I challenge you to try coconut oil in place of the yucky butter. It truly works! Coconut oil has "good fat"and it really good for you.  Have any of ya'lls tried coconut oil? What do you think about it?

Servings: 16
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 68
Fat: 6.8 g
Carbs: 1.8 g
Fiber: .4 g
Protein: .25 g
Points +: 2
Old Points: 0

2 bags of Smart Kettle Popcorn
1 package sugar free jello {your favorite flavor} 2.1 grams
8 tablespoons coconut oil

Pop popcorn. Heat jello powder and coconut oil together until no powder like substance is seen. This should only take a few minutes. Pour popcorn in large bowl. Drizzle jello mixture over top of popcorn. Mix together evenly.

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Who is that fly honey??? Well hello! Its Coco In Magnolia of course!
Read on to learn lots of fun and entertaining stuff about this honey bee. {Honey bee?? Who knows where that came from but it just seemed right!}
1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because of my love for reading other peoples blogs. I thought, hey, I can do that too! Maybe I have something to offer. I won't know until I try! I like the entertainment aspect of blogging, reading other's personal stories, how they go about life and get things done, and the informative tips you can learn from blogging.

2.  Do you work? I am a full-time mama and wife. I love every aspect of being a mom and wife. I am one of those crazy mom's that love being around my munchkins. But, I have a teaching degree too that's sitting in the drawer.

3. What are your blogging hopes and dreams? My blogging goal is to just have fun with it! And hopefully provide some entertainment or tips for people, gain some blogging buddies along the way, and possibly make some sweet change while I'm at it.

4. Do you have any animals? I have a golden retriever named Jesse (whom teaches me about patience everyday) and a malti-poo named Shatzi (who is my cuddle buddy).

5. Who are your favorite daily read blogs? Of course Ms. Ashlee from Abpetite is at the top of that list! I have many fav's. Some would be: eat-yourself-skinny, yummymummykitchen, cotedtexas, thesunshinediary, storyofmylife, lifeoncountryside, dontquotetheraven, vignettedesign, agirlnamedgay, and livinginyellow.

6. What are your hobbies besides blogging? :) My hobby is golf. Good bonding time with the hubbs. And beer golf is the best.

7. Tell us some random facts about cha.. Random facts. hmmm...I am always reading books about life after death (currently Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander), Joel Osteen inspires me (currently reading I Declare), I've lived in two other countries China and Indonesia, I enjoy crude jokes, I think people that make fun of themselves to be endearing, and I try to make myself laugh everyday.

8. Where do you live? Why the best place on earth, TEXAS!

9. Do you have any kiddos? I have three. One bonus daughter whose 29, my knuckle-head boy whose 15, and my 'lil Peanut whose 13.

10. What are your biggest pet peeves? Gosh, let's see. People that don't pick up after themselves bug me. It sends the message that it's not worth them taking care of...I'll leave it for someone else to deal with. It's inconsiderate. As Bon Qui Qui would say, "Rude!"

She is so adorable huh? She is one of those people you just have to love. She has such a great outlook on life I love it.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Skinny Deviled Eggs

Hey Fantastic Friendly Foodie Females {ya sorry a bit much your right, read on}.
Ya'll know Andrea @ Glam Hungry Mom well seeming how Andrea is  moving millions of miles away I asked if I could help a sista out and guest post a recipe for her this week. 
Here is a fun little recipe to whip out for your guests on Easter this upcoming Sunday. 

Servings: 12
Serving Size: 2 deviled eggs
Calories: 82
Fat: 5.3 g
Carbs: 1 g
Fiber: .1 g
Protein: 8 g
Points +: 2
Old Points: 2

Meet me @ Glam Hungry Mom to catch this recipe and lots of other great stuff! BUT wait before you go you did enter to win the Birchbox Giveaway right?

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Monday, March 25, 2013

DIY Cuter than Paper Straws

I am sure everyone has seen those damn cute paper straws all over Pinterest! So adorable right?? Well has anyone seen the price on those babies? I am sorry but I just can not even bring myself to spending over $10 on straws. So This is what I came up with for a go to :).

ribbon {plastic or cloth}
clear scotch tape
paraffin wax {used for canning foods I used Gulf Wax}

With ribbon wrap your straw from top to bottom of the straw. When you get to the bottom of the ribbon use a very small piece of tape to hold it together. Heat wax in large pan and roll straw in wax. Wax will dry within seconds. You can use immediately.

This is a fun little project to do with the kiddos and they will be all the talk of your next par-tay!
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Peanut Butter Pancakes {Exciting News}

Hey foodie friends! Hope you all had a great weekend! We did :) we went to the St. Paddy's day parade -  we go every year. You might have saw the undates on Instagram it was lots of fun. Do you guys have any St. Paddy's day traditions? Another tradition we have that is not all that original is we eat corned beef and cabbage it was amazing, totally love that stuff.
Two pieces of exciting news! The winner was chosen for the Ad Spaces Big Timin' Ad Space Giveaway!! Go see who one :).
The NEXT piece of excitement is the new shop opening up here on ABpetite. Ragazza Bazaar has asked little old me to be there Cover Girl!! THIS week you will be seeing the grand opening to this new spin to the blog.. Fashion! Thought this would be a fantastic spin to ABpetite. Can't wait to show you my new items I chose to sport THIS month!


Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1 pancake
Calories: 374
Fat: .4 g
Carbs: 50 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 15 g
Points +: 7
Old Points: 7

Recipe adapted from PB Fingers
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat bran {optional}
2 tablespoons brown sugar blend
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
3/4 cup fat free milk

Microwave peanut butter until melted. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Heat skillet and spray with non cook cooking spray. Pour half the batter onto skillet. Cook until batter starts bubbling. Flip and do the same thing until both sides are browned.

The best way to eat these is with peanut butter syrup. My favorite ratio for this is one to one. One tablespoon peanut butter, one tablespoon syrup. 
This adds 152 calories, 8 grams of fat, 3 carbs, 4 grams protein, 1 gram fiber, 3 WWP+.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Follow Friend Friday {3rd & 4th Co Host}

Glam Hungry Mom
Don't forget to enter to win Big Timin' Ad Space Giveaway!!!!
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Balsamic Chicken PLUS Walk a Mile in Her Boots

Hey friends! I totally owed you guys a recipe soooooo here.it.is.
This is a super quick dinner idea with lots of flava.
The recipe is intended for the oven but this is also a great recipe for the BBQ! Spring here we come!


Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
Calories: 152
Fat: 6.9 g
Carbs: 3.5 g
Fiber: .25 g
Protein: 21 g
Points +: 4
Old Points: 4

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup balsamic dressing
1 lemon
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 large tomato
Marinate chicken for at least 2 hours in balsamic, thyme {as much as you like} diced tomato and lemon juice.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour chicken and juices in baking dish and cook for 30 minutes. Sprinkle feta cheese on top. OR if you like your feta warmed and browned sprinkle feta on top of chicken when their is 10 minutes remaining. Serve with brown rice.

NOW for the fun part!

Meet Melissa! She blogs over at A Mile In Her Boots my most fav thing about this girl is how inspiring and positive she always is. If you ever need a pick me up just read her blog! She is probably so happy all the time cause she is totally spoiled {kidding Melissa} what I am saying is she gets to travel all the time with her handsome husband. I know I live vicariously via Melissa! She is super healthy and posts all sorts of yum yum and work outs! Thanks to Melissa we can all be summer and vacation ready! Oh and I almost forgot she has great fashion sense so check out all the newest styles @ her cute blog!

I had a fun opportunity to interview Melissa and this is how it went:

Why did you start blogging?   When I started blogging, I had no idea
there was this whole world of blogs! I feel in love with reading
others and made me want to join in on the fun! I started blogging as a
way of sharing my travels with family and friends and then it just
grew into so much more!

What do you do as your day job?  Do you have a day job? Yes, I work at
a College as an Academic Advisor. I help college students with with
career decisions and mentor them along the way.

What is your blogging goal?   I always try to have a positive spin when
I write different posts. I try to inspire others to stay positive and
work on bettering themselves!! My main focuses are health, fitness,
fashion, and traveling!

Do you have any pets?  Yes, I have the cutest little pup Bella! She
is a yorkie and one of the biggest diva's you could ever meet but I
love her!

Who is your favorite blogger?  I have always LOVED The Small Things blog!

What do you do for a hobby?   When the weather is nice, I LOVE doing
all things outdoors! I love to bike, run, and hike! You can also
find me reading, doing hot yoga (you gotta try it!), and traveling!
What are some random facts about you?
Where do you live? I am from the buckeye state! O-H I-O!

How many kids do you have if you have kids?  none

What is your number one pet peeve?   I should say that I get easily grossed out and HATE all things germ related! But, my number one is when someone licks their fingers after eating chips (especially cheetos!) EEK! It grosses me out even thinking about it!
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Big Timin' Ad Space Giveaway!

Your LARGE ad shown on ABpetite  for 3 months
Your LARGE ad shown on Living in Yellow for 1 month
Your SMALL ad shown on Newlywed Moments for 3 months
Your MEDIUM ad shown on Glam Hungry Mom for 1 month
Your MEDIUM ad shown on Glossy Blonde for 1 month
Your LARGE ad shown on Jessica Who? for 1 month
Your SMALL ad shown on Aunie Sauce for 1 month
Your X-LARGE ad shwon on Pink on the Cheek for 1 month

Starting THIS April have your blog REALLY exposed!!
Enter to win!! OVER a $160.00 VALUE!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Follow Friend Friday {2nd Co Host}

Glam Hungry Mom
Don't forget to come back Monday for our Big Timin' Ad Space Giveaway!!
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blogger Crush Link Up Party

When I heard about the Blogger Crush Link Up Party from Erin Living In Yellow I just had to link up! I knew just who I HAD to write about. Erin said that getting mushy gushy with somone you have NEVER met was totally normal. SOOOoo if you think I am a total nut job you can blame Erin. Otherwise I totally would have kept all this creepyness ALL to myself.


So many of you that read my blog most likely already know who my blogger crush is... Yep you guessed it!
It is the great Andrea @ Glam Hungry Mom!
 Andrea and I totally just clicked from the get go. In my eyes this is my version of our love story. {Clearing my throat} Okay, so I remember just like it was yesterday {however it was about 10 whole months ago} the day I got my first comment on the blog from Andrea! This is what it said:
Hey Ashlee we are so much a like! I am a young mom too. We need to be friends. So happy I found you. Then I went to her blog and I was like oh hell ya we could totally be friends.
Then I remember a while down the road after commenting back and forth for what seemed like forever, she tweeted me. I was like WOW! Yay how fun, this is a huge step in our relationship, I was totally giddy about it, it was ridiculous. Then one day.. not sure how this happened maybe Andrea could fill us in on this part, but, somehow we started texting back and forth! Big deal right? I mean that's totally what friends do! I know that's how I talk to all of my quote unquote real friends. {Using the quotes cause in my eyes Andrea is my real friend}. Then just last week I got up the nerve to call her.We talked on the phone my whole drive to work. It went just like I expected. Just like we had known each other our whole entire lives. My favorite part was that we are both really loud and talk over people so it was awesome. Totally gonna do it again soon. We have talked about face timing and/or skyping but sadly still have not done it. When we do though its gonna be a wine night!
My husband thinks our relationship is like  the show Catfish.
Do you guys ever watch it? Hahah I was like NO its nothing like that I have seen Andrea in almost real like okay she VLOGS! Don't listen to him Andrea he is just jealous we love each other. Every time we talk its hilarious. We are damn funny together {we think so anyways}.
Look how cute she is! How could you not love her?
 Look how cute KJ and I are now {kidding} but we all look like we need to be besties right?

Reasons I love her:

We are both Virgos
Both were mommies young
She is hilarious
She makes me feel uncrazy and backs me up when I am crazy
We are both foodies and care about healthy eating
She has a great daily read blog
We both switch it up between brown and blonde
She likes me
I LOVE her!

One day we are gonna meet in real life I just know it!
K dudes PLEASE don't unfollow me just yet I will redeem myself. I am not a creepo promise!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{Special Announcement} Big Timin' Ad Space Giveaway 3/11 - 3/17

Who are your favorite daily blogs to read?
I bet that I have at the VERY least one of them on this list!
Here is a sneak peak of WHO to expect to be seeing for this Big Timin' Ad Space Giveaway.
This Spring get your blog exposed in a HUGE way!
 With no nickle and no dimin'.
YOUR blog{someone has to win} will be Sponsored on ALL seven of THESE incredible blogs.
Have a look!

Living in Yellow

Glam Hungry Mom
Glossy Blonde

Pink on the Cheek

Jessica Who??
Newlywed Moments
So don't forget to swing by NEXT Monday to win!

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