10 Things I Learned From Percy Jackson #ReadRiordan

Percy Jackson Percy Pack

  I am thrilled to be a part of the Percy Pack Ambassadorship as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Promotional products have been received in exchange for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion. Note: affiliate codes used within […]

Triple Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

triple chocolate cake mix cookies

  Need an easy and super-quick cookie recipe? I’ve got it for you right here. I needed an easy dessert to take to a picnic recently, and I really didn’t have much time to make anything fancy. But…I didn’t want to be the one person who brought something that everyone passed over on the picnic […]

Carefree Summer Days #PSF


  I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot this week, despite the fact that I don’t usually do that anymore. It was a nice change of scenery. The nature park and botanical gardens where I’ve taken so many pictures before was more vibrant and alive and colorful than ever. Or it least it […]

How to Avoid the Summer Slide

How to Avoid the Summer Slide - Schoalstic-1

  This Summer Reading post is sponsored by Scholastic, but all thoughts are my own. See my previous post with resources to get started on your own Summer Reading Program! The school year is finally winding down for us – as of next Tuesday the kids will finally be done with the 2014-2015 school year! […]

Travel Photography: 10 Mobile Travel Photo Tips

Travel Photography 10 mobile travel photo tips

  Motorola sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. I was out at a rare photo shoot yesterday morning (I don’t “officially” do photography for clients anymore, but every once in a while I make an exception), and we got on the topic of cameras, travel, and capturing the best shot […]

Grapes Devonshire (Minnesota Grape Salad)

Grape Devonshire recipe. otherwise known as Grape Salad

  Hi new friend! Janel here from the sister team of NellieBellie. I’m the short, redhead to counteract my sister Lanet’s tall blondeness. We create healthy recipes, ridiculously decadent desserts, cozy drinks, cocktails, and pretty crafts & diy’s. You know, the important things in a Minnesota life. We’d love for you to pop by nelliebellie.com, […]

June Blog Prompts {12 Months of Writing Ideas} #BlogPrompts

June blog prompts

  It never fails. May is always scorching hot. I can’t wait for the pool to open and schools to close and to get started on THE SUMMER….only to have June begin and bring with it cooler temperatures and lots of rain. And yet, despite the fact that it hasn’t been feeling quite like summer […]

2015 Mazda3 i 4-Door Touring

2015 Mazda3 i 4-door Touring

  When I was in Los Angeles recently for a press trip, Mazda was gracious enough to send me a Mazda3 so that I could get from LA to San Diego. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Collage shots and car selfie were taken by me. All other photos of the Mazda3 are courtesy […]

It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Summer #PSF


  It’s crazy to me how fast we have transitioned from spring to summer. The kids are still in school for a week and a day, so really I just feel like we’re dealing with spring AND summer at the same time. School and homework PLUS swim team til 6:15 everyday. And the heat. Oh! […]

Bold at Steak – Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse Filet Portabella 2015

  This post and giveaway are sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, but all enthusiasm and thoughts are my own. Outback Steakhouse is perhaps my family’s favorite restaurant. It’s definitely the kids’ number one request for birthday dinners…we’re heading to our Outback on Monday night for my daughter’s 16th birthday, in fact. Why do we love Outback […]