Jaime Loves Stuff : 2016

The Most Irresistible Chocolate Crunch Cheesecake Recipe (Don't say I didn't warn you!)

Calling all cheesecake lovers! 

Ready for one of the most irresistible chocolate cheesecakes? This Chocolate Crunch Cheesecake recipe will take you to the moon and back. 

The Most Irresistible Chocolate Crunch Cheesecake Recipe (Don't say I didn't warn you!)
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This Chocolate Crunch Cheesecake is perfect for potlucks, New Year's Eve parties, birthdays and any other situations where you want your dish to be talked about non-stop.  THIS IS IT!

In The Spirit of Giving: How to Give Back to the Community

This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

In The Spirit of Giving: How to Give Back to the Community

Humanity is good.  

Humanity is good.

Humanity is good.

I truly believe most people are good.  I learned that lesson many years ago.  Over 12 years ago, my daughter was hospitalized for a SEVERE traumatic brain injury.  

The Best Croissant French Toast Recipe You Must Try ASAP!

The Best Croissant French Toast Recipe You Must Try ASAP!

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Croissants are my kryptonite.  I love the fresh, I love them the next day, I love them as sandwiches, I love them stuffed with Nutella, ham & cheese, you name it- I love it.   There's just something about the buttery, flakiness that just gets me every time.  

Now, it's time to croissants to another level- french toast.  

Hot Cocoa Popcorn Recipe (Best Treat For a Movie Night In)

This hot cocoa popcorn is seriously the best.  It pairs perfectly with a movie night in and cuddling with those who are dearest in your heart!  

Hot Cocoa Popcorn Recipe (Best Treat For a Movie Night In)

It's not a secret around here that movies are our jam.  I tend to call myself a movie hoarder or a movie junkie or a movie buff- depending on which way the wind blows.  My daughter is also a lover of movies and we love any opportunity to make some popcorn, wrap up in blankets and watch a movie together.  It's a great way to decompress and just spend some time together- just mother and daughter time.  

One of our favorite things is making various popcorn recipes- like this one for Hot Cocoa Popcorn.

Hot Cocoa Popcorn Recipe (Best Treat For a Movie Night In)

Christmas Lights Adventure & Review: prAna Clothing

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I received clothing c/o of prAna but this review contains my opinion only and may contain affiliate links

I have made several vows to get out more and enjoy more of what Arizona has to offer and become more active.  One of the best things about living in this state is the weather and how easy it is to take advantage of what there is to offer.  

Since Christmas is nearly here and the weather is still perfect (low 70s!), what better time to get out and enjoy Christmas lights and events!  My sister, Em and I recently went to Glendale Glitters and it was perfect! 

Finding Time to Enjoy Simple Moments (+ HUGE Giveaway)

With the holidays here, it's so easy to get wrapped up in the madness and feel overwhelmed.  Between my day job and Em's schedule, I feel like there isn't enough time in each day and am spinning my wheels.  It feels like there's so much to do and not enough time to do it all.  

Today's post is all about finding ways to find time to enjoy more simple moments.  

Recipe: Cherry Cordial Bark

Recipe: Cherry Cordial Bark.  Easy Christmas bark recipe. Edible Christmas gifts.  Quick and easy Christmas candy

Cherry cordials. 

Every Christmas, boxes of cherry cordials are bountiful and honestly, I love them and they're such a guilty pleasure.  This year, instead of eating them like bon bons- turn them into something even more special- cherry cordial bark! 

Sausage Stuffing Bacon Bombs Recipe

This sausage stuffing bacon bombs recipe and shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EverydayBrilliance #CollectiveBias

Sausage Stuffing Bacon Bombs Recipe. Easy ideas to use up leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving and makes a great appetizer for potlucks and get togethers!


Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we are on the road to Christmas and New Year's! These days fly by SO fast once the holidays arrive and then BOOM! The post rush crash. Ha.  

Are you still swimming in Thanksgiving leftovers? If so, you have GOT to make these Sausage Stuffing Bacon Bombs.  They're legit- they're totally the bomb.  Yes, that's why I call them bombs.  Ha. 

Sausage Stuffing Bacon Bombs Recipe. Easy ideas to use up leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving and makes a great appetizer for potlucks and get togethers!

Moana Movie Review + Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Tacos

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Walt Disney. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

When I was provided the opportunity to see a screening of Moana (In 3D!), I jumped all over it.  I have been wanting to see it since the first time I see the previews.  With that came- a recipe for Teriyaki Pork Tacos.  

Slow cooker teriyaki pork tacos. Perfect for Taco Tuesday.  Easy and delicious.  Topped with Pineapple, cilantro, red onions and jalapenos and drizzled with teriyaki sauce.

About Moana: 

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.  

The Ultimate Fall Comfort Food: Butternut Squash Spaghetti Recipe

The Ultimate Fall Comfort Food: Butternut Squash Spaghetti recipe

The Ultimate Fall Comfort Food: Butternut Squash Spaghetti

Squash is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  Wait, I think squash is technically a fruit BUT calling it a vegetable makes me feel better.  Or something like that.  I won't lie- I haven't met a squash I didn't like- acorn, Italian, zucchini, calabacita- summer, winter- I don't care.  It's all delicious to me!  I like it roasted, blended, fried, in a soup- or in as featured today, over pasta.  

Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays (+How to get free Mrs. Meyer’s products!)

Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays  (+How to get free Mrs. Meyer’s products!)

Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays  (+How to get free Mrs. Meyer’s products!)

disclaimer; this post has been sponsored by Grove Collaborative but all thoughts are my own and I have been using Mrs. Meyer's for years!

Do you switch to holiday scented cleaning products this time of year? I always look forward to buying new seasonal soaps and cleaners. The scent of candy canes and baking cookies just puts me in the holiday spirit!  To me- there's NOTHING like the scent of the holidays! It always brings me back in time! 

Top Family Friendly Movies for Thanksgiving on Netflix

Top Family Friendly Movies for Thanksgiving on Netflix

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Netflix has made spending time with your family easier than ever. This November, you can spend your family nights watching the best of giving, loving, and celebrating the real meaning of Thanksgiving with your family. Here are the top family friendly movies for Thanksgiving on Netflix!

15 Savory Fall Soups and Delicious Stews

15 Savory Fall Soups and Delicious Stews

Are you looking for some warm and hearty, fast and easy meal prep recipes for your family this fall? I've rounded up 15 savory fall soups and delicious stews that your family will love, which won't take you very long in the kitchen to make. They are complete meals all in themselves, or you can add a grilled cheese sandwich or fresh bread and salad to round them out.

Top 10 Fun Game Ideas for Kids This Christmas

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 Top 10 Fun Game Ideas for Kids This Christmas

Growing up in a large family, my parents couldn't really afford to to buy us a lot of gifts but the one thing that was traditional was a family gift that we opened on Christmas Eve and every time, it was a new board game! We would play the new game for hours on end and it was always so much fun.  It is one of my happier memories- playing Monopoly for days on end, laughing, fighting, Mom's homemade hot cocoa and eating.  

Review: Jazz Loves Disney Album

Review: Jazz Loves Disney Album
This is "Jazz Loves Disney" post is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network. All opinions are my own

Who else still remembers all the words to "The Bare Necessities" from "The Jungle Book"? I know I do and EVERY time I hear it, I start singing along and visualize Baloo and Mowgli dancing and singling.   I love that now, my daughter is experiencing the magic of Disney movies and music.  They're enduring and memorable.  

Disney's latest album is absolutely magical and I am obsessed.  "Jazz Loves Disney" is an absolutely beautiful compilation of timeless songs.  The fusion of jazz with Disney classics is a masterpiece and needs to be in any music lovers collection.  The soothing voices of artists like Stacey Kent and Melody Gardot takes Disney songs to another level.  Beautiful, relaxing and it's a perfect fit to pair with a lovely merlot and a quiet evening.

How to use board games as educational tools & brain games (Plus giveaway!)

How to use board games as educational tools & brain games (Plus giveaway!)
Disclaimer: Product was provided for consideration but my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Having a child with a traumatic brain injury can be very trying at times.  My daughter's right frontal lobe is gone and her left frontal lobe is damaged.  There are more parts that are damaged (parietal and temporal lobes are damaged) but the frontal lobes really cause the most problems.  The frontal lobes are the emotional control center and key to personality.  They also are key to memory, language, executive functions, thinking and focusing.  I am barely scratching the surface because I am NOT a neurologist (obviously) but I am a mom raising a child with a very damaged brain.  

Since the brain injury, I have learned the importance of play and music when it comes to learning.  She has been in therapies (physical, occupational, speech and music) since she was 11 months old and is now 13.  Integrating education and rehab with playing games is so important.  Kids learn through play and finding brain games to help improve cognitive has always been a top priority.

Review: Simply Earth - An essential oils subscription box (Plus a special offer)

Review: Simply Earth - An essential oils subscription box (Plus a special offer)

Essential oils are a HOT topic lately.  EOs (Essential oils) are not anything new by any means but the buzz has been hot about them.  I am not well versed in them but I have used lavender EOs for calming and headache purposes.  I have also made homemade air freshener with various blends.  I have been wanting to learn more about them and dabble with them so when Simply Earth reached out to me to review their subscription box, I couldn't say no!

New Post Workout Snack for People with Digestive Troubles

New Post Workout Snack for People with Digestive Troubles
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This post is sponsored by ProNourish but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 Ugh.  Digestive drama.  That's what I refer to it as- DRAMA.  Gas, bloating, indigestion, cramping, fatigue- you name it.  Misery.

I have been working out more and more lately.  After a workout, I like to have a good snack and frankly, I like a nutritional drink but most mess my stomach up.

When Kids Get Sick- Huge Giveaway (including $100 Target Gift Card)

It's that time of year - cough and cold season is here, and I'm teaming up with Boogie Wipes and Saline Soothers to help you and your family feel better faster with a Cough & Cold Giveaway. 

As a parent of a child with special needs- these tips are ones we utilize every year! Anything to stay well and if we get sick, get better as fast as possible!

When Kids Get Sick

From the first sniffle to feeling downright sick, Boogie Wipes has tips, tricks and hacks to guide you through the entire cough and cold season (including great information on how to keep germs from spreading between siblings!)

When Kids Get Sick- Huge Giveaway (including $100 Target Gift Card)

Why I take a daily probiotic

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.


Aaaahhhh.  As I have gotten older, my health has become a major priority in my life.  I am TRYING to eat better, stay more active and drink more water. 

I also like to add nutritional supplements to my diet.  

I already take a round of multivitamins, minerals and of course, vitamin C but I have forgotten about a healthier stomach.

Since Emma's injury, I have a lot of stress.  That stress has caused me some stomach issues and I have been learning to destress and meditate.  I have decided to add a probiotic to my routine to help support digestive balance! 

Philly Cheesesteak Macaroni & Cheese

Philly Cheesesteak Macaroni & Cheese

This Philly Cheesesteak Macaroni & Cheese recipe is sponsored by Annie's Homegrown but as always, all my tasty opinions are mine!

I think this is a truth that is universally known- macaroni & cheese is the ultimate comfort food.  Pasta- check. Cheese- check. Warm- check.   Lately, I have been obsessed with making macaroni & cheese twists and this Philly Cheesesteak Macaroni & Cheese just may be the end all be all.

I mean, my green chile pork macaroni & cheese was bomb.

Chili mac is to die for.

Staying Cozy in Fall (+How to score FREE Mrs. Meyers products!)

Staying Cozy in Fall
With shorter days and the kids being inside all the time, the house is bound to get dirty! Although I’d rather curl up with a book than spend hours scrubbing, I still want my house to be a clean, inviting space to spend time in. I want it to smell the way fall smells- cozy.
Enter Grove Collaborative: my secret weapon for making my home feel warm and welcoming.
Staying Cozy in Fall (+How to score FREE Mrs. Meyers products!)

With Grove Collaborative, I can stay cozied up under a blanket instead of rushing around at the store. Grove delivers the best natural products (carbon offset) right to my doorstep, on my schedule. They remember my favorites, and remind me when I’m about to run out of hand soap or shampoo. When I was introduced to Grove, my life was changed. I love being able to find the BEST products at a reasonable price- soy candles, Mrs. Meyer's products and many more!

A Letter to My 13 Year Old Daughter

The last 13 years have flown by and what a ride it has been. 

It seems like just yesterday you were a bubbly baby full of giggles and smiles.

Then the next, you were fighting for your life after a horrific head injury that caused a horrifying traumatic brain injury.

Green Chile Pork Macaroni & Cheese

This super easy Green Chile Pork macaroni & cheese recipe is perfect for families on the go and uses better for you ingredients!

Green Chile Pork Macaroni & Cheese - one pot and ready in less than 30 minutes

Easy Halloween Bark Recipe

Oh Halloween.  It's time for costumes, pumpkins and this easy Halloween bark recipe. 

Easy Halloween Bark Recipe

We're all in serious trouble right now.  Okay. Maybe not all us but it can't just be me.  Why? Because... holidays.  Holidays mean yummy eats.  We all know that the blogosphere, recipe sites and magazines will be sharing all the delicious recipes, right?! 

Forgive me, my friends.  

This easy Halloween bark is soooooo good.  It's also super easy.  It's perfect for kids to help.  Oh and did I mention it's easy?!  It's EASY!!!!

20 AWESOME Vampire Treats

If you are obsessed and in love with Halloween and vampires as I am, then you don't want to miss this round up of the best of the internet: 20 AWESOME Vampire Treats

20 AWESOME Vampire Treats. Perfect for Halloween Parties

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my office's Halloween decorations.  If you aren't following me, what is wrong with you?! (I kid!)

My boss decided to have a fall spirit decorating contest and each row of cubicles were a team and we were competing with each other.  No idea WHAT the prize was but we wanted to win because... we are Halloween junkies.

Easy Ways to Declutter Your Wardrobe

Easy ways to declutter your wardrobe.  If you are anything like me, you love clothes and that can be a problem.  

Easy Ways to Declutter Your Wardrobe

I love clothes.  So much so, that I tend to hoard them.  *clears throat*  That means my small closet is overflowing.  It's out of control.  What makes it even more difficult is that we don't really have seasons here in Phoenix.  I mean, we DO but nothing really extreme except the super hot summers and that means you can wear most everything all year.  

I have been trying to move to a much more minimalist life and have been decluttering (hence the slowing down on blogging).  I recently downsized books (oh my heart!!!) and now, am focusing on clothing.

#FightBackBetter: How to help someone fighting against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and are you looking for ways to #FightBackBetter or  How to help someone fighting against breast cancer? I am sharing some tips on how to help someone who is fighting the battle against breast cancer! 

#FightBackBetter: How to help someone fighting against breast cancer

This post is partnered with al fresco gourmet chicken but I was not compensated financially for this post and my desire to support breast cancer patients is on my own. Any way to support a great cause, I am always here for it! 

October is my favorite month- Halloween, fall, pumpkins, sweater weather and the changing of leaves.  As the author of the Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery, wrote "

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”   October is also a great month when it comes to awareness- there are multiple important causes that are being commemorated this month such as "Breast Cancer Awareness", "Down Syndrome Awareness", "National Bullying Awareness", "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness" and many more!  October is an important month in so many ways. 

Recently, several women I know, respect and love dearly have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  It's a devastating diagnosis and even more so as all of these women are young- under 40.  My aunt lose her battle in 2013.  A dear friend of mine lost her battle at the age of 38.  

Honey Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Barber Foods Stuffed Broccoli & Cheese Chicken

Believe it or not, brussels sprouts are absolutely magical and paired with the perfect (and easy) chicken, even the kids will devour them! I know my daughter had ZERO complaints between Barber Foods' Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken and the honey bacon brussels sprouts.

Honey Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

This post is sponsored by Barber Foods. All thoughts are my own

For years, I called them and wrote them as "brussel" sprouts and thought autocorrect was a liar.  I knew of the city Brussels but didn't think that the aforementioned sprouts were Brussels.  It's all been a LIE all these years.  I *finally* googled it and I did the digital walk of shame.  

Review: MegaFood Kids Nutrient Boosting Powders

Having a child with brain damage can create some challenges with making sure she is getting enough vitamins, minerals and other healthy essentials in her body.  She's extremely picky over what she will eat.  

I am really excited to introduce you to MegaFood Fresh Farm to Powder Kids Nutrient Boosting Powders.

Review: MegaFood Kids Nutrient Boosting Powders

Back to School Time + What Do Our Kids Think (+Giveaway!)

This post is sponsored in partnership with The Motherhood and Office Depot® OfficeMax®. All thoughts are my own.

I still can not believe my baby is 13.  13.  It just seems like yesterday she was just learning to walk and now not only is she 13, she's in her last year of elementary school.  I am seriously emotional.  

This last year has been HUGE for Em.  

One Pot Spicy Rotini Pasta

This one pot spicy rotini pasta is so flavorful thanks to the hot Italian sausage complimented by a thick and heart traditional pasta sauce.  On the table in less than 30 minutes!

One Pot Spicy Rotini Pasta
Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring this post and providing a delicious sauce! All thoughts are mine alone!

Bite Size Brownies

Because... there's nothing better than bite size brownies.  This recipe for bite size brownies is fulfilling and will make you smile! 

Bite Size Brownies Recipe
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Who else is ready for FALL?! Me! Me! Me! I am ready for cooler temps, hot cocoa, scary movies and most of all, HALLOWEEN! I despise the summer.  I really do.  It drains all of my energy and I just don't want to do anything.  I don't want to go anywhere.  I don't want to blog.  I don't want to cook.  Nada.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

Who doesn't love a good girls night in? Planning for a great night in with the girls is a blast- especially with these creative ideas for a great girls night in!

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

This post was sponsored by Colorwear as part of an In-Home Party Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Work. Children. Significant others. Home. Life.  Whether married or single, parents or not, work outside/inside or stay at home- life is stressful.  Friendships are important and getting away from it all for a few hours with a group of amazing friends is an essential way to unwind and relax and feel great.  

For awhile, I used to get together once a month with my girlfriends for a fun girls night in.  After a series of setbacks in my personal life, I shut away from everything.  I didn't realize just how much I needed those Saturday nights with the girls until I stopped going.  I don't enjoy night clubs any more but hanging out with the girls, laughing, listening to music, eating and drinking is perfection and a great respite from it all.  

The goal of having "Girls Night In" restarted has been a huge priority.  Now that it's back in all its glory- here are some ideas for a creative girls night in. 

1.  Food.

Food IS life, after all.  Amiright? There's nothing better than planning a theme night and each woman attending bring a side dish and the host makes the main dish.  Arrange a group email or text and have a list of three themed ideas and allow a vote! 

At my recent girls night in, I made a batch of Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders (recipe here).  Each guest can bring a side dish or a drink.  It worked out fabulously!

2.  Music

Eating good food, drinking fantastic drinks and playing music while chatting and catching up with friends while making new friends.  (I always encourage the group to invite others to join us! The more the merrier, right?).  Along with a food theme night, find music that fits the theme.  Or maybe a specific decade or genre? Most of us went to high school in the 1990s and it's fun to play music from the "good ol' days".

3. Activities.

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

Picking a fun activity is a GREAT way to allow our brains to unwind and to relax.  Board games? Heck yes!  Pinterest Craft Night? Oh totally.

Coloring t-shirts? Wait! What? Yes, these DO exist and they were such a hit at my recent girls night in that I can't wait to host again.

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In, Colorwear Shirts

Adult coloring books are ALL the rage and for a GOOD reason.  It's a great way to decompress and relax.

What's better than a coloring page?  A coloring SHIRT made by Colorwear (which is a new product line from the epic shirt company, The Mountain).   There are over 175 designs like mandalas, quotes, animals, etc. from popular coloring book artists (like Valentina Parker and Angela Van Dam).

Make & take.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

I won't lie- this was one of the most relaxing evenings I have had.  I am usually so wound up and I really, really needed this.  It felt zen like and it was so soothing and every one of my guests felt the same way.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

I love that each shirt has such an incredible design and comes with a package of Tulip fabric markers.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

The quality of each shirt is incredible- they won't have holes in a couple of washes and they're beautifully dyed.  They're also environmentally friendly. 

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

 Now THIS is how you have a GREAT girls night in.  Kinda felt like a kid making something in art class and proudly bringing it home.  

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What are some ideas you have for a great girls night in?
Do you enjoy coloring, too?

Share with me YOUR ideas!

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