How I Get Free Gas for my Car Just for Buying Christmas Gifts

How I Get Free Gas for my Car Just for Buying Christmas Gifts

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Can you believe it’s already less than two months until Christmas is here?! So that means it is time to start Christmas shopping… Ok, I have to admit, I already started! When I see a good sale and I think that it’s something one of kids would like, I just go ahead and get it—and save it for Christmas. For those that are a bit harder to shop for, I typically go with gift cards—and that’s how I am able to get free gas for my car just for buying Christmas gifts!

Free gas… for shopping?? I know, I doesn’t make sense. But trust me, it is not a typo. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: almost everything you buy at Giant Eagle gives you points in the Fuel Perks Plus program! So whether I am buying my weekly groceries, a yoga mat, nail polish, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, a book, stationary, or gift cards—I am earning points towards free gas or groceries!

How to get started:

More Perks, More Places, More Savings. Learn how the Perks Program works and get 100 bonus perks by clicking here!

You need a Giant Eagle Advantage card to keep track of all your points. It’s free to get, and besides keeping track of your points, being a Giant Eagle Advantage customer gives you access to extra savings and weekly specials. If you’d like to sign up for one, you can visit the Customer Service desk at your neighborhood Giant Eagle where you can register for free in less than five minutes! Or, you can register by phone—just call 1-800-553-2324.

Once you have signed up, you can also view perks status on Giant Eagle’s new mobile app available for iOS and Android devices.

*If you don’t have an advantage card and would like to sign up to track when you earn and redeem perks, you can visit the Customer Service desk. Or, you can register by phone—just call 1-866-620-0216.

Exactly how does Fuel Perks Plus work?

Start earning points. Every time you shop at Giant Eagle, make sure to scan your Advantage card:

  • You earn 1 perk for every dollar spent on groceries, health and beauty, gift cards, and more in-store.
  • You earn 2 perks for every gallon of gasoline you purchase at the GetGo.
  • You earn 50 bonus perks for every 5 qualifying prescriptions that you have filled at the Giant Eagle pharmacy.

*Check out the Fuel Perks Plus program details, terms, and conditions here.

What can you earn?

There is no limit to the amount of perks that you can earn! For every 50 perks accumulated, you can redeem them for 2 percent off on groceries or $0.10 off per gallon of fuel. You can redeem them for up to 20 percent off any single grocery order or up to a FREE tank of gas (up to 30 gallons of fuel)! If you have earned more points than you can redeem in a single visit, no problem, those points will roll forward and you can use them on a future visit.

On my last trip to Giant Eagle, I was able to redeem my Fuel Perks points and save $0.30 per gallon when I filled up my car.

And the best part is that I was even able to earn more Fuel Perks points on the purchase of the gas!

I have been stocking up on gift cards to use for Christmas gifts, but Giant Eagle also offers a nice selection of gifts for occasions year-round. So it doesn’t really matter what holiday or event is coming up, I can shop at Giant Eagle and save money on groceries or get FREE gas for everyday items that I was going to purchase anyways!

So what are you waiting for?  Start earning your Fuel Perks on the things you buy everyday!

Fun in the Sun at Marco Island: Up and Running After Hurricane Irma

Fun in the Sun at Marco Island: Up and Running After Hurricane Irma

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

Through my husband’s work, we were able to qualify for an award trip to the JW Marriott in Marco Island. We had been once before and were excited for another stay!  Since our trip has been planned for months, we didn’t know if we’d still be able to go after Hurricane Irma recently caused damage to much of the Gulf Florida coast.  However, we were pleasantly surprised that almost everything is back up and running and we were definitely able to have fun in the sun at Marco Island!

Where to Stay

Since the only thing better than a beach vacation… is a free beach vacation, we decided to open a Marriott rewards credit card and earn enough points to extend our stay and also be able to bring our children along.  When visiting Marco Island, the JW Marriot is definitely our hotel of choice!

Our balcony room offered plenty of space for our family of fiveand stunning views of the gulf. The guestrooms were recently renovated and exceptionally appointed.

The kids were impressed that the TV had a personalized welcome message with our names on it and that there were white bath robes provided!  But I would have to say I was most impressed with the customer service. Every person we met—from the employee greeting us upon arrival, to the check-in counter, to the concierge, to housekeeping—made us feel welcome and ensured that every request we had was met. It was everything a family vacation at a luxury five-star resort should be.

Family-friendly activities

While in Marco Island we wanted to find an activity that the whole family would be able to enjoy. We stopped by the Marco Island Water Sports tiki hut that was located on the beach, right in front of our resort. They helped us pick an activity that everybody could have fun with. They offer dolphin and shelling tours, wave runner rentals, parasailing and much more. Our family decided to take the Banana Boat ride.

Our youngest was a little worried about how fast it would go, but our guide, Ryan, assured us that we could decide how adventurous we wanted the ride to be. He started off slowly for us, but it wasn’t long before we were all giving him the thumbs-up signal—which, in banana boat language, means go FAST! He was also very knowledgeable about the Marco Island Area. It was awesome to see so much of the Island on our ride and we were even lucky enough to have a couple of dolphin sightings. It was such a fun morning—definitely a highlight of our family vacation!

Our hotel also offered some fun kids activities…

And, of course, we spent most of our days on the beautiful private beach and enjoyed time at both pools…

Rebuilding after Hurricane Irma

As we were watching hurricane Irma Head toward the Florida coast my first concern was for all of the people in it’s path. I knew we had an upcoming trip to Marco Island and I really wasn’t sure if that was even something we’d still be able to do. Living in Ohio, we’ve never seen firsthand the devastation a hurricane can cause, but certainly the pictures on TV were heart-wrenching. We decided that if we got the all clear from the resort that they were open we would keep our vacation plans in place.

On the way from the airport to the resort, we decided to drive around and explore the area. It was clear that the residential areas were still recovering. There were lots of trees down, debris lining the roads, and many homes and structures were damaged. But while we were there we learned of some of the fantastic local groups that had been organizeda grassroots effort of neighbors helping neighbors. Marco Patriots is one of those groups. They’ve been able to help some of the hardest hit people in the Naples, Marco Island, and Everglade Areas. They recently were able to secure a private plane and pilot and are now starting to take aid to Puerto Rico. It’s pretty inspiring to think that people who are still rebuilding their own homes and business are looking for ways to help others who were hit so hard by the same hurricane.


Plan your beach vacation

Yes, we even got the tiki guy to help us spell out O-H-I-O…

And got to experience dinner at sunset on the beach…

On our flight back home we all started planning our next vacation to the JW Marriott Marco Island!  Whether you’re looking for once-in-a-lifetime vacation of luxury or a low-key family fun vacation spot Marco Island has you covered.


Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Do you love mint chocolate chip ice cream or Thin Mint cookies?  If so, this smoothie is definitely for you!

This is just one of the ways I love to use the mint that I grow in my backyard garden (you can also check out the creamy mint and avocado sauce that I make for veggie dip and use as a burger topping).  Any time fresh fruit and herbs are in season, I try to incorporate them any way I can to give my morning breakfast routine a bit a variety and this is my newest way to do that!


Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:


Blend until smooth…and enjoy!


What is your favorite smoothie flavor?


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For more smoothie recipes:

Blueberry Mango Smoothie // Money Savvy Living

Blueberry Mango Smoothie


Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie


Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie




Glow in the Dark Trick-or-Treat Tote for Halloween

Glow in the Dark Trick-or-Treat Tote for Halloween

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.


Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, and if your kids are like mine, they already have costumes picked out!

And even though it may not be part of the costume, the candy collection bag is a big deal at least for the parent.  Because if that candy bag breaks and your kid has candy all over the ground, you know there will be tears!  We have tried the plastic pumpkin buckets and foil bags with handles, but all have ended up braking.  I guess you could say that my kids get a LOT of candy when they go trick-or-treating!  So, finding a bag that won’t break is a must.  That’s where Colortime Crafts and Markers comes in!  We got this cute Halloween Tote, made out of canvas:


My oldest son didn’t actually want to dress up for Halloween this year, but did opt for one of those huge Maskimals monkey heads because he thought it was funny… tweens…
My two younger sons still wanted full Halloween costumes, so they went with a Star Wars theme: Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper


Of course, my youngest son loves to keep trying on his costume, and is so excited for all the candy!   He was thrilled to find out that I got him a glow in the dark trick-or-treat tote this year! Even my older two sons wanted to help him decorate:


The canvas is nice and thick, so it seems pretty sturdy (like it will last for several years to come!) and the fabric markers were easy to use.  They were even able to color over the marker with another color (like on the T and R, so that the piece of candy and candy apple showed up a little better).  The markers didn’t even bleed through although they do suggest putting a piece of paper towel inside.

And the real test:  Yes!  It actually glows in the dark!


One of the reasons that I love this glow in the dark tote so much is because it will help me keep track of my little guy in the dark! Every year, we always have some sort of glow sticks, bracelets, or necklace that we give the kids to wear because it is easier to see where they are at.  Might sound silly, but it is so helpful!

So, as a parent:

  • I love that it glows in the dark so I can more easily keep track of my child when the sun goes down
  • it is sturdy so it should be reliable and not break part-way through the night (like previous bag and buckets have!)
  • it was a lot of fun for the kids to decorate!



Colortime has a lot more than just crafts for Halloween though.  You can get party supplies at reasonable prices for birthday parties and sleepovers with Colortime Crafts and Markers coloring pillowcases, t-shirts, backpacks, permanent fabric markers, and more. New special glow-in-the-dark ink items available! Clean, easy, and affordable crafts activity that doubles as a unique keepsake! For savings, join our “Birthday Club” and receive 20% off and a free backpack, with your order at Colortime.


Here’s to getting no tricks and lots of treats!

Happy Halloween!


Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

It’s mid-October.  The air is finally getting cooler ironically, we’ve had quite a warm fall!  So even though it hasn’t really felt like fall much yet, I am starting to get in the mood for some yummy fall treats.  And what better way to do that than with pumpkin and oat cookies?!

But these are even better because they are actually healthy for you too!  So, they truly are guilt-free cookies well, almost guilt-free!

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.  And you can even add a little glaze to the top if you really want to indulge…


Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies


  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free baking mix (**or for a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey, melted (warm in microwave until liquid)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Glaze **optional**
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk (add one at a time and stir until proper consistency)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together: butter, vanilla, sweet potato, and banana.
  4. Add egg, honey, and baking soda, stir until combined.
  5. Add in oats, baking mix, and chia seeds, stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips (optional)
  7. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. ** Drizzle with glaze while cookies are still warm.
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These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat something that is actually good for them and they won’t even know it!



How Credit Score Affects Your Monthly Bills

How Credit Score Affects Your Monthly Bills

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You probably know that how you pay your monthly bills affects your credit score: on-time payments will increase your credit score, while late payments will cost you extra in fees and lower your credit score.  But did you realize that your credit score can also impact the amount that you have to pay for your monthly bills?

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What is your credit score?

Your credit score is basically a numerical way for the credit bureaus to express your creditworthiness.  Credit scores range from around 300 to 850.  The higher your credit score, the better your credit.  A higher score tells potential lenders that you are a low risk consumer and will likely payback the credit that they extend to you.  A low score tells creditors that you are a higher risk borrower.  There are several factors that go into calculating your credit score:

  • Length of credit history
  • Payment history
  • Balance of accounts as compared to credit line
  • Amount of times you credit has been pulled within a certain time period
How does your credit score actually affect your monthly bills?

Your credit score will have an impact on the rates that you qualify for when obtaining financing.  So when you apply for a new credit card, auto loan, or a mortgage, creditors base the programs and rates that they offer to you based on your credit score.  If you have a high credit score, you are going to qualify for a lower rate, which will give you lower monthly payments.  If your credit score is low, creditors will give you a higher rate because creditors look at lending you money to you as more of a risk, and this will cause you to have higher monthly payments.

What can you do to improve your score?

If you have a credit score that is less than perfect, or don’t have much of a credit history—don’t worry, there are steps that you can take to help improve your score.

Determine why you need to raise your credit score. Is it for lack of a credit history or because you have a bad credit history?

Lack of credit history

If you lack a credit history, the best thing you can do to build credit is to actually open a credit card and use it to pay monthly bills.  Because you are trying to establish a credit history, expect that the credit card that you get approved for may have a small line of credit and a high interest rate.  But that’s ok.  You don’t have to carry a balance on it from month to month, you can pay it off each month to avoid interest, but every month that you use your credit card, it will report to the credit bureaus.  Make sure that you pay the credit card bill on-time each month, and that will also report to the credit bureau—this will build a solid credit history for you.  So if you are accustomed to using cash, realize that you will have to utilize credit in order to build a credit history.

Credit repair

If you need to clean up a less-than-perfect credit history, there are several steps that you can take:

Start paying your bills on-time.  If it is at all possible, get your bills caught up and current.  Sometimes, when you are making late payments, fees may be added in and your next month’s payment isn’t fully going toward that month; in fact, it may be keeping your payments in a consistent cycle of carrying forward an unpaid amount from each month.

Close any old accounts.  If you have an old credit card that you no longer use, make sure to close it—as long as it is in good standing and has a zero balance.  If you leave old accounts open, it could be a risk for potential identity theft.

Clean up your credit report.  Sometimes old collection accounts, liens, or other derogatory information show up on your credit report.  Even though creditors are supposed to report when items have been resolved, it doesn’t always happen.  So how do you do this?  Using services from a company such as can help you identify old or erroneous items showing on your credit report, work with you to resolve those issues, and contact the credit bureaus to make sure these items are removed or updated.  Getting these incorrect items off your current credit report can increase your score quite quickly.

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Haunted Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

Haunted Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

Fall is probably my favorite time of year.  I just love everything about it: the hayrides, apple picking, and trips to the pumpkin patch so many things that my family  enjoys together every year!  But of course, with Halloween just around the corner, taking in a few haunted Halloween activities for the whole family is a lot of fun too!

And recently, we did just that.  We took a weekend trip to Lake Erie Shores & Islands and had a blast!

Our reason for going, was for more than just a family get-a-way, this was also a celebration of our oldest son’s 12th birthday!  Instead of having a birthday party this year, Chase wanted to go to Cedar Point.  Living in Ohio, we have been to Cedar Point before, but I wanted to make this visit a little more special, since this time we are celebrating a birthday, so I started planning… that’s when I found Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center.  Even if you are familiar with this area, you may not know all of the great events and destinations that are available.  I was so glad to work with the great people at the visitor’s center to find out about other attractions that we could visit on our weekend mini vacay.  While I got a lot of the information online at, there are two visitor centers in the area as well, so we decided to stop by…

There are lots of brochures, maps of the area, and of course, very useful information from the local perspective by those working at the visitor center.


To really get in the haunted Halloween mood, we kicked the weekend off by heading to Ghostly Manor Thrill Center.  This thrill center is probably not like any other that you’ve ever been to; this family entertainment center has been featured in The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.”  And if you are brave enough, you can journey through one of the scariest haunted houses in the country— rated one of Forbes top 10 haunted attractions (this is only recommended for ages 10 and up).

Chase wanted to go through the haunted house, so my husband went with him… and I took our two younger sons to the not-at-all scary play zone.

So in case your family has some younger ones that don’t want to be scared, there are lots of other activities too!

We watched a 3D movie in the XD Theater, played 3D black light mini golf, and the boys even went through the new laser maze!  Oh, and they also have an Escape Room that is now open!



After we had a few hours of fun at Ghostly Manor, we decided to head back to the hotel for the evening, so the kids could swim.  We don’t have a pool at home, so anytime we are on vacation, we always have to stay at a hotel with a nice pool!  The Comfort Inn Sandusky had an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, and hot tub— so the kids were in heaven!  And as great as the amenities were, the room is probably what the kids liked the best.  It was a huge open room with three double beds!  This may not sound like much, but when you have a family of five, someone is usually sleeping on a roll-away bed or a pull-out sofa— and we all know how uncomfortable those can be!  So for everyone to get to sleep in a comfy bed was really nice.  And the rates were very affordable (only $100/night this time of year)… as a money savvy mom, that was probably my favorite part!

Amusement for the day…

Cedar Point is probably the best place I can think to go for thrill rides.  Roller coaster after roller coaster awaits!  According to Golden Ticket Awards, Cedar Point has four roller coasters that rank in the top 25 steel coasters in the world!  Yes, we’ve ridden them all—and they don’t disappoint!


But the thrills don’t just stop with the coasters.  In the fall, you can visit Cedar Point for Halloweekends—and experience scary thrills as well!

During the day, you won’t really see it, but at dusk, the spooky starts to happen, as costumed cast members dressed-to-scare begin appearing throughout the park.

Halloweekends Cast Member. Photo courtesy of Joe Schaaf

If you have little ones with you or just don’t want to have a cast member jump out at you after dark, you can buy a green light-up pumpkin to indicate that you don’t want to participate in the scaring…

There are also lots of fun fall decorations and a parade in the afternoon featuring your favorite characters from the Peanuts, so there is plenty for the kids to enjoy all day long.


What haunted Halloween activities will you and your family do this year?


#TravelOhio #LakeErieLove





Best of Fall: 20+ Fall Recipes, Activities, Crafts, & Home Decor Ideas

Best of Fall: 20+ Fall Recipes, Activities, Crafts, & Home Decor Ideas

I have to admit, fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons!  After a hot summer, it is kind of nice to enjoy some cooler temperatures along with those beautiful sunny days.  Crisp mornings are perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck or going for a jog.  So to celebrate the season, I have a compiled the best of fall that I could find! 20+ fall recipes, activities, crafts, home décor ideas, and more:

Autumn Recipes

Apple, pumpkin, and maple… oh my!  Yes, the time of year has come for all of these delicious flavors!  Here are some of my favorite fall recipes to share with you:

Frosted Maple Cookies

Maple Sugar Cookies

Apple Pie Pizza

Harvest Apple Crisp

DIY Healthy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Healthier Apple Crisp

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes  

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Harvest Muffins

Hot Mulled Apple Cider Sangria in the Crockpot

Quick & Easy Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider

Fun Fall Food Ideas for Kids

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins

Carrot & Beet Cupcakes

Gluten Free French Apple Tart

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie



DIY & Crafts

Fun Crafts and DIY that you and your kids can make!

DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

Preppy Pumpkin

Fall Crafts for Kids

Fall Digi Leaves

Nature Press to Preserve Leaves


Home Décor

Do you love to decorate for fall?  Here are some fun ideas to really bring the season alive in your home!

Home décor for Fall  

Tis the Season for Fall Décor


Fall Fashion

I live in Ohio, so while we do have warm fall days, it does start to get cooler.  So I get to enjoy all the cute boots and sweaters as we head into winter, but what if you live in a warmer climate?  She Lives Vintage has some great ideas on how to wear fall fashion in warmer locations.

Autumn Activities

Looking for fun things to do this fall?  Here are some great suggestions you won’t want to miss!  I know my family looks forward to going to the same farm every year to pick pumpkins and enjoy a hayride!  It’s a great afternoon of family fun!  Even if you have activities you enjoy in the fall, you may want to check out these great ideas too:

Fun & FREE Fall Activities for the Family

Go Apple Picking  

Summer Activities for Fall

50 Fall Activities

Family Friendly Fall Activities

15 Ways to Enjoy Nature this Fall Season


Happy Fall Y’all! 


Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

Sweet and Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

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Fall isn’t here quite yet, but football season is already underway!  As the mother of three boys– who not only love to play football, but love to watch it too– getting ready to watch our favorite college team play is always a big event!

And we can’t have a big game day without lots of great food!  So when I want to grill up some great game day food, I turn to the brands I know and trust at my local Walmart:

  • Kingsford® Charcoal
  • RITZ® Crackers
  • Dr Pepper®
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch
  • Glad® Press’n Seal

Find these great products and more grill-gating inspiration here.

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When you think of game day and food, tailgating comes to mind, right?!  But what if you aren’t actually going to the game?  There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t “tailgate” in your own backyard and grill-gate the same great foods at home.

Time to Grill-Gate:

Let’s start the grill!  It takes a little bit of time and attention to get the charcoal going, but the wonderful taste that you get from the low and slow charcoal grilling is going to be perfect for these game day wings!

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  1. Layer your Kingsford® Charcoal on the charcoal rack.  I like to use a double layer because it helps to cook a little quicker and really get a good intense heat.
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  2. Use lighter fluid and soak the charcoal.  (If you’re like me, you may need a lot!)  Use a long handle lighter so that you keep your hand away because the fire may flame up.Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes // Money Savvy Living
  3. Once the charcoal has started to burn, you will need to let it smolder for a bit– probably at least 20 minutes until the charcoal starts to look gray on the edges.
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  4. Now you are ready to cook!  Put the grill rack on top and add your wingettes.
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  5. Look at the beautiful color and grill marks– this is going to be tasty!!

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

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Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Dr Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch


  1. Add minced garlic to butter in bowl and put in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until melted.
  2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Toss grilled chicken wingettes in sauce.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

The Dr Pepper adds the perfect amount of sweet to this spicy BBQ sauce for our game day wings!  But to make the appetizer spread complete, I always like to have a veggie tray with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden… which, of course, goes great with the RITZ crackers and Hidden Valley Ranch…

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And if you happen to have leftovers (but I don’t think you will!), you can use Glad Press’n Seal to help you store your food with spill-proof cling!

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Check out more Great Grilling Tips and Recipes:

For more great grilling tips and recipes, you can check out this website featuring Emmitt Smith.  Find out how you can join in the fall football grill-gating fun and share your photos on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag, #GrillGatingHero.  Your photo could even end up on the Grill-gating website!

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What are you going to grill-gate for the big game? 
Let me know in the comments and then share a picture on Instagram and Twitter using #GrillGatingHero

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

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It is so hard to believe the kids are going back to school already… feels like summer just started!  However, not only do my kids go back to school again this week, but my oldest son starts middle school and my youngest son starts kindergarten.  So, lots of change coming our way, and yes, there are sure to be some tears– probably mostly from me though!

Mornings can be hectic… finishing up homework, getting lunches packed, making sure the kids have a healthy breakfast before heading out the door to catch the bus… but what about my own breakfast?  I have to admit that, more than once, I have skipped breakfast because I simply haven’t had the time.  But now, that excuse is gone.  Even when I don’t have much time, I can still reach for Silk Almondmilk to help get my day started off the right way!


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I was used to getting my almondmilk in the refrigerated section before, but now, I can get shelf-stable, individual bottles of Silk Almondmilk at my local Walmart.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for my busy life, I actually like being able to stock up on things so I don’t have to visit the store quite as often.  And being able to stock up on this delicious almondmilk means that I have a quick breakfast-starter always available in my pantry.


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Even though I am looking for a quick breakfast, I am still health-conscious.  I really don’t want to start my day out with a donut just because it is quick and easy.  For me, making a smoothie for breakfast is a quick, easy, healthier option.  And using Silk Almondmilk as the base of my smoothie is a good choice because of how it’s made:

  • good source of calcium
  • contains NO: dairy, gluten, egg, casein, or MSG
  • NO artificial colors, flavors, or additives

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On my last trip to Walmart, I picked up the Silk Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla and the Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel.  And right now, you can save on these products with a $1.00 off coupon from Ibotta!

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To make sure I get a good breakfast, and get the kids sent off to start the school year, I’m going to make a Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie:


Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie


  • 1 cup Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocao
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Ice Cubes


  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite smoothie cup.
  3. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel (**optional).
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