Halloween Treats that Give Back with Wendy’s

In just a few weeks our streets will be filled with little ghosts and ninjas and princesses going door to door filling their bags with goodies. This year instead of giving out handfuls of candy, I will be giving a gift that “gives back” with the Wendy’s Halloween Coupon Book. It is like two treats in one!

wendys halloween

Wendy’s® is making Halloween and giving back so much “cooler” this year with a first-ever nationwide expansion of its popular Halloween Coupon book program benefiting children in foster care. From now until October 31, for just $1, at participating Wendy’s, customers can purchase Halloween Coupon books that are filled with free Jr. Frosty™ coupons*  to share with family, friends and trick-or-treaters. Ninety cents of every dollar goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption®(DTFA) to help find loving families for the 134,000 children waiting in foster care.

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Shrimp Vegetti Alfredo #Whole30

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she “may never eat pasta again” after discovering the Vegetti. The Vegetti is a hand held vegetable spiralizer that lets you turn vegetables like squash, zucchini, and carrots into thin cut spiral “noodles.” Oh, and it is less than 20 bucks!! I was a bit skeptical, but thought I would give it a shot. It has become one of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets.

vegetti spiralizer

Since starting Whole30 I have missed pasta so bad. Like really bad. Like had to talk myself out of cheating at least 3 times a week bad. So I was stoked to try the vegetti and see if I could have “pasta” again. I opted to go for alfredo (go big or go home, right?) using a Paleo Alfredo recipe made from cauliflower. In a word…. ahmayzing.

vegetti shrimp alfredo

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So This Just Happened…


Somebody hold me.



Sami Says – Volume 4

sami lynsey 2014It’s been a while since I have had a Sami Says post on here, but it isn’t because she hasn’t given us plenty of content to laugh about. I remember my parents saying that my brain “detached” when I was a teenager because I said things that just made them shake their head. Apparently the apple does not fall far from the tree. Since going back to school though it seems these “moments” have happened more and more. Here are a few favorites from this week.


It’s The End Of The World As We Know It….

Me: Have you ever spray painted anything before?

Sami: Yes – we did that box project thing.. what was that called?

Me: Diorama?

Sami: No, that sounds like the end of the world. Wait, no, that is “dilemma.”

Me: Yes, dear, the end of the world will be quite a “dilemma.”

A Buggy Situation

Sami: I have to read a book for school but it sounds stupid.

Me: Sadly most of them are. What book is it?

Sami: Lord of the Ants or something.

Me: Umm… You mean Lord of the Flies?

Sami: Yeah I knew it was some kind of bug lord.

Not So Focused…

Dad: I have some of the kids convinced that Werther’s work like Adderal, they can focus better with a Werther’s candy doing homework.

Sami: So its like a GAZEBO!!

Dad: A Gazebo?

Sami: Yeah, you know – when someone takes a pill that they think is going to help them get better, but really its just sugar.

Dad:…. Placebo?

Sami: … oh… right…. I was close.

Their brains do reconnect eventually… right?


See the other Sami Says posts here, here and here.


Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover’s Soul

For as long as I can remember, I have always had pets. From dogs to cats to birds to ferrets to hamsters to sugar gliders (yes, I’m serious) and even a really cool iguana. In 2006 I got my sweet chihuahua Indi who has been with me through some of the hardest times in my life, and always been right there by my side. Two and a half years ago, I took on being “mom” to three abandoned kittens who have brought even more joy and laughter in to our home than I could ever have imagined. If you look at my Facebook or Instagram accounts, you will see they are both littered with pictures of my sweet furbabies – almost as many as my furless children.


Truth is, I could not imagine a house without a handful of pets. They really do bring so much love and laughter in to our house. When I saw that Chicken Soup for the Soul has two new books – The Cat Did What? and The Dog Did What? - I knew they would be perfect for our collection. I can not count how many times I have muttered exactly those words about my own furbabies, so I was delighted to read stories from other pet owners as well. Each book has 101 amazing stories – some that will make you laugh, and some that will make you cry.

chicken soup for the soul dogs and cats

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