M&M’S® Crispy are Back. You’re Welcome.


Here’s some trivia for you: my beloved M&M’S® Crispy became extinct in 2005. Donezo. Caput. Adios, amigo. Had I known about the impending extinction, I would have done a better job at hoarding these delicious treats. But, no, it happened without warning and I was left to live in a world with crispless M&M’S®.

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As difficult as it was, during The Extinction, I had to move on with life.

I graduated high school and went off to college. I rushed a sorority and survived quantitative methods my sophomore year. I met Cory, got engaged, and got married. I got a Big Girl Job and traveled the world.

All the while, something was still missing.

CRISP.

I can assure you that I wasn’t the only one with a gaping hole in my sweet tooth, because between 2005 and 2014, M&M’S® Crispy was the company’s number one requested variety to bring back to the masses. For nine long and treacherous years, we Tweeted and Facebooked until our thumbs bled, pleading with the company to BRING BACK THE CRISP.

Glory be. M&M’S® listened.

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I’m not trying to say that I was apart of a movement that changed the world, but I’ll certainly leave it open-ended so you can come to your own conclusions.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday Shout Outs [7.31.15]

Hello and happy Friday! I’ll be honest, I’m glad this week has come and gone. I’ve been in quite a funk, and our AC going out yesterday was the icing on the cake. Except there was no cake. Cake would have made everything better.

Let’s stop talking about me, and get to the people who caught my eye this week!

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JULIE

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I’m sure everyone who reads blogs knows Julie Fagan. She’s a Powerhouse Blogger, and I think she’s pretty cool. More importantly, I am SO excited to welcome Julie to the “new mom club”! She gave birth to her beautiful baby boy, Chase, on Wednesday morning and I am beyond thrilled for her. Julie, you and Ryan are going to be amazing parents!

CLARE

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Clare is a real-life friend of mine, but I’d been reading her blog long before we met for brunch and laughed our faces off. Clare is one of those people that I’m constantly impressed by, and this week was no different: she’s made her last big move before starting medical school this fall!

– CORY –

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Yep, Cory gets the unconventional shout out this week. Remember how I said I’ve been in a funk? Well, he’s the one who’s had to deal with me, and I can assure you, it’s been no easy task. I’m eternally grateful to be married to a person who knows me better than anyone, yet loves me anyway.

TGIF, friends! Who are you giving a shout out to this week? 

Twined Review


Hey, friends! I’m popping in real quick to tell you about a new website I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the last few weeks. Twined is a website geared towards people like me who do a ton of research before purchasing just about anything/love saving money.

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What You Need to Know

1. Twined ‘Tastemakers’ are the people behind the reviews that you read. They’re trusted and vetted by Twined as not only experts, but as REAL PEOPLE.

2. The Tastemakers identify and write about their favorite products, YOU “vote” on the products you’re interested in, and then Twined negotiates discounts with the vendor. Hello, savings. 

3. Once Twined negotiates a discount with the manufacturer, it’s all about the group; the more people who buy the item, the lower the price gets!

What I love about Twined is that the Tastemakers only review products they’ve purchased on their own, so you can be guaranteed that the reviews are absolutely genuine. It’s honest people giving honest feedback about products they love. Simple as that.

For a better idea, you can head on over to Twined to check out my profile and the two items I’ve reviewed so far:

the Britax B-Agile Stroller 

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and the Chicco KeyFit 30 carseat

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Both of these items were on my baby registry, and I use them every.single.day. So go by and check out the site, and be sure to click on “vote for discount” on items you like so you can get yo’self some discounts!

Happy savings!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

10 Things That are Way Easier Now That I’m a Mom

1. Procrastinating. I’ll be better about this one. Tomorrow.

2. Mastering the “Grunge” look. Slick hair, don’t care.

3. The 5K to Couch program. Or, wait…

4. Pulling an all nighter. Because who needs sleep? (I do. I need sleep.)

5. Knowing my bra size. LOL JK.

6. Speaking my mind. Please don’t come visit me and my baby without bringing me food. kthanksbyeeee.

7. “Expressing” my emotions. I can cry, raise my voice, and belly-laugh…in one conversation.

8. Binge watching. Breastfeeding = Netflix

9.  Getting tipsy. Coming back from taking approximately a year off from alcohol? One glass of wine will have you feeling miiiiighty fine. And tired. Very tired.

10. Leaving the house. LOL JK again

DuClaw Review

So, if you’ve been around these parts for a while, you may remember me saying that one thing you’d never see is me with a beer. 

I’m just not a beer person; which is exactly what I told Claire when she contacted me on behalf of DuClawI’m not a beer person, but I am an alcohol person, so if she thought it would be worth me trying out her beer and possibly converting – I’d give it a try.

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I was intrigued by these two DuClaw flavors, blueberry citrus wheat and grapefruit zested blonde. If anything, I enjoy alcohol that tastes fruity. That means it’s practically healthy, which means I can totally drink and eat dessert and not feel bad about it.

Judging solely on looks, I went with Morgazm first.

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If I’m being honest, I was drawn to the girly, colorful label. It made the beer seem less intimidating to me, the non-beer-drinker. I know that’s making all your beer gurus cringe, but it’s the truth. This was what I’ll call my “appetizer beer” because I drank it while eating cheese and crackers. Surprisingly, it went down pretty well. No ugly beer face here when I took the first swig (which is shocking.) I couldn’t necessarily taste the grapefruit flavor, but it was zesty!

Next up was Funk, which I was sure I wasn’t going to like.

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To my surprise, I actually like this one better than Morgazm. I could really taste the blueberry flavor, and it wasn’t nearly as heavy as I expected it to be. This one also went down smoothly, which I certainly did not expect Again, I was basing all my judgements on the look of the label. Professional, I know. I drank this beer with this summer salad (OMG SO GOOD) and it actually paired quite well. Pairing it with a salad really made the fruit flavor pop.

Have I converted to a beer drinker? I don’t think so. But I do think that DuClaw absolutely opened the door of possibility. Both of these beers were actually good. For me, the biggest thing about beer is the drinkability – does it make me gag, or does it go down smoothly? For me, both Morgazam and Funk hit the nail on the head. This was a super fun opportunity for me because it allowed me to step outside the box!

These product were provided to me by DuClaw Brewing Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I greatly appreciate your support as I continue to work with brands and sponsors! 

Another Reason to Hate Facebook

I want to know who the hell gets paid the big bucks at Facebook to compose the pop up notifications, because when I logged on yesterday and this gem was ready and waiting for me, I laughed/cried.

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Show people who I really am now? Choose a recent photo so people know they’re getting in touch with the right Colleen?

Because I recently had a baby, I’m probably most definitely a little self-conscious about my softer belly and c-section scar and completely new body shape (to name a few things) but this notification made me think what DO I look like now?!

Do I look unrecognizable now that I’m a mother?! Surely, I’m covered in more spit up than last year. I absolutely wear yoga pants more often. I certainly look more tired. I could be described as “top heavy.”

For God’s sake, Facebook, kick a girl while she’s down.

Just to clarify, this picture was taken at a friend’s wedding last June, about a month before I got pregnant.

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This picture was taken yesterday morning, about three and a half months after having a baby.

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So, for anyone who might be confused, IT’S ME! COLLEEN!

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A to Z Survey VIDEO

I’ve seen this going around the good ol’ blog world for a few weeks, but wanted to make it a video instead. If you enjoy that kind of thing, great! If not, we’ll be back to regularly scheduled posts tomorrow.

 

Tell me: Where’s your hometown?

Balancing Blogging + a Baby

A month or so ago, I put out feelers on Instagram, requesting questions for a Q+A video, and you guys asked excellent ones. I attempted making the video blog, but I was having the most difficult time condensing my answers. I mean really, who wants to watch me talk for 10 minutes? No one. 

(Also, recording a video while home alone with an infant who doesn’t nap is a skill I have yet to master.)

So, I thought I’d do the next best thing and put some of my longer-winded responses into separate blog posts.

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Julie asked this question, and at first I was like “Great question! I have NO idea!” Balancing blogging with a new baby is no easy task, and it’s one I’ve yet to completely master; but because I feel entirely hit-or-miss these days, I can absolutely say I’ve learned a thing or two in the past few months.

1. Take a maternity leave I don’t care if your blog is your full time job or simply your side hobby, but this is the #1 thing I would have done differently. When you bring home a new baby, your sole focus is that baby. Although this blog was easily sent directly to the bottom of the totem pole when Jack was born, I admit that I still felt a nagging pressure to create new material and post on a semi-regular basis. I was recovering from a c-section, was home alone with a new baby within 4 days of coming home, and oh yeah – I had a new baby… 

2. Set Realistic Expectations …Which brings me to this point. If I had set realistic expectations and told you guys, ‘I’ll be on maternity leave from the blog for X weeks,’ I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Also, I’d suggest setting realistic expectation in regards to the type of and/or frequency of which you’ll post. If you’re used to posting 3 new recipes each week, or posting twice a day, keep in mind that might not be realistic when you have a new baby unless you do a hell of a lot of leg work before you give birth.

3. Don’t be afraid of change …Which brings me to this point (see how this would have been too long of a video?) I had major trepidations about writing “mommy things” on the blog because I was scared I’d lose all of you. I know I did lose some readers, but I’ve actually gained a whole new audience by allowing myself to evolve and write about what’s relevant in my life — which just so happens to be “mommy things.”

4. Avoid campaigns/sponsored posts for the first 6-8 weeks I take pride in my sponsored posts and ad campaigns, but for the first 6-8 weeks, I didn’t feel like I was on top of my game and I feared creating subpar material that someone else was paying me to produce.

5. Frequent reality checks Will your audience disappear if you don’t post this week, even though you didn’t give them a head’s up? No. Will you never work with another brand again because you’ve passed up three opportunities this month? No. Will you ever write material with actual substance ever again? Yes. 

Give yourself some grace, girlfriend. You literally just created a life.

 

Summertime Adult Beverage Bucket List

Happy Friday, you beautiful people. I wanted to pop in real quick to share one of my newest projects that I’m working on with Mode, and since it deals with adult beverages, I figured Friday would be the best day of the week to do so! Now, listen, you guys know I love a good drink. If you have a favorite summer cocktail, please share the recipe! I’d love to try it out : )

Cheers, friends! Have a great weekend!

 

Check out Summertime Adult Beverage Bucket List

by Colleen Whitney Nichols at Mode