Jaime Loves Stuff : 2017


No Hassle Graduation Party Tips (+ Sweepstakes!)

Graduation parties should be ALL tassel and NO hassle.  These No Hassle Graduation Party Tips will help you find ideas for your graduate's party!  


No Hassle Graduation Party Tips
This post is sponsored by Evite but as always, thoughts and ideas are my own

Graduation season is here! What an exciting time for everybody.  For seniors, it's the first step into the next chapter of the book of life.  Whether going to college, trade school, traveling, finding a job, whatever- this is an enormous milestone in life.  

Here are some party tips and ideas so you can focus on the tassel and not the hassle! 

Easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe

This easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl is not only easy but super delicious.  Have this easy weeknight dinner on the table in no time! 

Easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe


25 DELICIOUS Doughnut Recipes

25 DELICIOUS Doughnut Recipes, How to make donuts, homemade doughnuts, homemade donuts, easy donut recipes

Doughnuts.  Donuts.  No matter which way you spell it, they're DELICIOUS.  These 25 DELICIOUS doughnut recipes are sure to make your heart sing with happiness and mouth smile because you're in doughnut ecstasy!

Teaser Trailer & Posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th but until then- the teaser trailer has arrived!

Teaser Trailer & Posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi




Hollywood Darlings: Interview with Christine Lakin, Beverley Mitchell & Jodie Sweetin







You know their faces, you know their names, you probably grew up with them on your TV screens but are you ready to REALLY know these fabulous 90s child stars?  

Pop’s newest original comedy series HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring 90s fan favorites Jodie Sweetin (Full(er) House), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step) premieres on April 12th and I was honored to be able to interview these hilarious and incredible ladies!

Easter Gifts For a Tween Girl


This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Spring is my favorite time of year.  The weather is perfect, the flowers are blooming and there are so many fun things to do outside.  With Easter right around the corner, finding the right Easter Gifts for a Tween Girl can be tough! 


Easter Gifts For a Tween Girl




Virtual Tour: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spears (+ Giveaway!)







In Silver Town, the secrets run deep…


Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he’s out to get her attention.

Recipe: Jalapeno Avocado Chicken Salad on Wasa Crispbread

With spring here and summer not too far off, there's nothing more delicious than a jalapeno avocado chicken salad.  Even better served on top of Wasa Crispbreads!   

Recipe: Jalapeno Avocado Chicken Salad on Wasa Crispbread, Topping ideas for Wasa, jalapeno avocado chicken salad, chicken salad recipes, avocado chicken salad recipe,



This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence but as always, opinions are my own.


One of my all time favorite sandwich topping is chicken salad and there's nothing better than taking a classic and playing with it.  My jalapeno avocado chicken salad is so full of flavor and makes GREAT leftovers.  It's the PERFECT, wholesome snack when served on Wasa Crispbreads.  

Easily Transform a Room with Color



I am pretty freaking excited about this post.  Like REALLY, REALLY excited about this post.

I am terrified of DIY projects.  My sister is a total DIY girl.  She's always working on a project and she's really, really good at it.  She can knock down a wall, refinish a floor, build a bed, you name it.  She's crafty and handy.  

Me, on the other hand.  I am a reader, a movie lover, a little crafty, eternal researcher and love to cook.  DIY-er? Not so much.  I have helped paint a room and have helped do things around the house but it's not my forte.  This is why I am SUPER excited about this post.  

My sister and I transformed a room.  With FUN color!


Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads: Virtual Tour & Giveaway












First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads

He’s found her at last
Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past—and only one woman could know what it means.

Dipped Rice Krispies Treats + SMURFS: the Lost Village Giveaway


Dipped Rice Krispies Treats + SMURFS: the Lost Village Giveaway


Out of excitement for the upcoming SMURFS: Lost Village movie and nostalgia for my childhood, I made the dipped rice krispies treats in a Smurfy theme!  Oh and a pretty sweet giveaway for YOU!

GIFTED Movie Swag Giveaway! ends 4/15/17



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

GIFTED opens in theaters on April 7th!

Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2017 Live Action Movie Review



Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2017 Live Action Movie Review
Not a sponsored review/post but does contain affiliate links


When Disney announced that "Beauty and the Beast" would be adapted into a live action movie, I KNEW I would see it in theaters and the countdown started.

The day is here and I am elated.

It is EVERYTHING I hoped for and THEN some.


Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2017 Live Action Movie Review



Review+Giveaway: FENCES starring Denzel Washington & Viola Davis






"Some people build fences to keep people out — and other people build fences to keep people in." - Bono 

Once again, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis show they are royalty of the big screen.  They bring passion, humor, love and emotion in "FENCES".  

Be Our Guest: Beauty & The Beast Movie + Beauty & The Beast Inspired Pretzel Rods


Beauty & The Beast Movie + Beauty & The Beast Inspired Pretzel Rods


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evite but my excitement about the release of Beauty and the Beast and these Beauty and the Beast inspired pretzel rods are my own.



Excuse me while my fangirl roots are showing.  

I absolutely LOVE Disney animated movies. ALL of them.  However, I have to say that the live action versions have me screaming from happiness.  Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Pete's Dragon- they all bring me so much joy.  I love that my 13 year old daughter and I can enjoy both the animated movies AND the live action versions.  

Spring Cleaning Refresh (+ How to get free Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products)


Spring Cleaning Refresh (+ How to get free Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products)
Disclaimer: I am a Grove Influencer and this post contains affiliate links.


We may have a few more weeks of winter left, but here in Phoenix- the warmer weather is here. Even if the weather won’t cooperate where you are, cleaning and freshening up the home is one way to welcome spring!


I stick with healthy natural products during my spring cleaning, and my house gets just as clean (or cleaner) than with harsh chemicals. If you want the exact products I’m using, grab this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer’s spring soaps + Grove Collaborative glass spray bottle + walnut scrubber sponges from Grove Collaborative! Then use these cleaning tips & tricks to invite spring into your home.

Chromecast Audio: an easy way to stream to speakers



This post has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Music is such an important thread in the fabric of life.  Songs can tell the history of a community, the feelings of the heart, the important cultural rules or just make us feel good.  

I love being able to crank up some good music early Saturday AM and clean.  Singing, dancing and scrubbing- it's cardio, chores and utopia in one.  Okay, maybe scrubbing isn't utopian but man, when I am done- I feel GREAT.  

Feeling Buddies: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Meltdowns #FB4F

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Feeling Buddies: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Meltdowns #FB4F. Teaching self-regulation of behaviors, behavioral management
This post is sponsored by Feeling Buddies but all my thoughts and struggles are my own.

Raising a child with a traumatic brain injury is extremely difficult when it comes to regulating behavioral and emotional roller coasters.

My 13 year old daughter is an absolutely joy.  She can be extremely sweet, loving and full of sunshine and joy but when she is going through emotions and unable to regulate and express herself- it becomes a painful reminder of the fact that her brain is severely injured.  Many times, there is no rhyme or reason for her outbursts and many times, it's due to the brain damage.  

Incredible Indonesian-Style Sweet & Sour Pork Sandwich Recipe

Incredible Indonesian-Style Sweet & Sour Pork Sandwich Recipe, recipe using kecap manis,
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This Indonesian-Style Sweet & Sour Pork sandwich is absolutely amazing.  This is such a simple but the flavors are absolutely insane!  It's like a banh mi but... different.

Incredibly Easy Mini Sloppy Joe Pizzas Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mini Sloppy Joe Pizzas

So this past week has been a bit wild but I am glad it’s over.  One of the best things that happened was I had my annual review with my company last week and it was a great review with really good feedback that I can use to move forward in my company.  I even got a raise! Whoot! Haha.

Best Ever Sopapilla Cheesecake

Best Ever Sopapilla Cheesecake


Cheesecake, meet sopapilla.  Sopapilla, meet cheesecake.

World: Meet sopapilla cheesecake- the best of all worlds.  

MuffinTops: The Healthy Kind and the Not-So-Healthy Kind





I am going to be 100% here.

I am overweight and have a serious muffin top.

There.  I said IT.  



The 60 pounds I have gained didn't happen over night.  I won't lose it quickly either.

Car Shopping: Taking the headache out of the car shopping & approval process with DriveTime






This post is sponsored by Drive time but my story is my own 



Very few people enjoy the car shopping process.  It's a long and daunting process and sometimes, it is disheartening.  The process of picking out a car and taking it for a test drive is a blast.  Finding the PERFECT match is such a joy but then... if you aren't paying cash, here comes the fun process of financing.  It can be a headache and exhausting.


Don't be boring- send the most UNIQUE greeting cards.


Step up your greeting card game with Lovepop, a company changing the way you celebrate friends and family. Featured on the hit show SharkTank, Lovepop’s cards are more than just your standard greeting card.


The cards are designed on cutting edge software and handcrafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kirigami. The creative designs are perfect for weddings, birthdays and any other occasion when sending a cookie cutter card just isn’t enough.

In a rush? The company will also include a personal message and send the card for you.

Shop these popular designs here.

Hedgehogs in Love

This quirky card features an oversized mushroom and two Hedgehogs in a serenading scene complete with a tiny lute. The adorable details make this card a hit for any occasion.

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The Folgers Jingle Contest: The Magic of Coffee

This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.





Sometimes, I think that coffee is the key to peace.


Friendships are formed over a cuppa, disagreements can be solved while chatting over a cup o' joe, discussing your heartbreak with your best over a cup of coffee- all of these and then some unite souls and repair wounds and a cup of coffee is there.  Just like old faithful. 

Is coffee magical? Maybe not but it sure makes me nostalgic.  Whenever I brew a cup of Folgers coffee, I instantly think of two things: 

20 Gorgeous Votives You Can Easily DIY

20 Gorgeous Votives You Can Easily DIY

From birthday gifts, to wedding gifts to just wanting to add something extra to your home- votives are a fabulous gift to give.  Especially when you have NO idea what to gift somebody!  

Giving something handmade takes a gift from nice to AMAZING.  I have 20 of the most gorgeous votives you can easily DIY from around the web.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, any recipient would love one of the handmade beauties! 

February Goals: January Update + Ways to Make Money (And TOOLS!)

February Goals: January Update + Ways to Make Money (And TOOLS!)
This post contains affiliate links.

In January, I set some goals that I really thought I could meet/exceed them.  I have also set my February goals and am also sharing with you some great tools to help your blogging sanity and some easy resources to make extra cashola.  


Win-win, right?

January Goals- update.

You can read the original post here.

My first goal was to read two books in January.  I have only read ONE.  Waaaaahhhh.  Yep, I feel like I failed but it's okay.  I finished ONE book and I am happy with that.  It's not one book a week but I read and finished "Daughter of the Gods" by Stephanie Thornton.

Better Than Takeout: Pineapple Mongolian Chicken

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StirUpTheFun #CollectiveBias

Better Than Takeout: Pineapple Mongolian Chicken


Asian food is seriously my all time favorite food.  Thai, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Malaysian, etc.- you name it, I love it.  I haven't met one I didn't like.  I like Americanized versions and traditional meals.  

When I learned that I was allergic to shellfish, I was devastated BUT I learned to start making my own versions of restaurant dishes at home.  Home-cooked is SO much better, of course.  It makes it easier to control what's in it, prevents cross contamination and of course, I can make it anytime I want!

One of my favorite dishes is Mongolian Chicken and this recipe I made is MUCH better than any I have had in a restaurant, thanks to the extra flavor of pineapple. 

Better Than Takeout: Pineapple Mongolian Chicken


Clinical Scrubs: Style + Function (Plus a Giveaway!)



Clinical Scrubs: Style + Function (Plus a Giveaway!), Landau Scrubs Review
This post about stylish and functional scrubs has been sponsored by Landau Scrubs

Since I was in junior high school, I have been involved in one way or another in the medical field.

My journey began when I joined the American Red Cross Junior Volunteers the moment I turned 13.    I spent my Saturday mornings beginning at 5 am with my mom helping at the nursing home she worked at and then at 7:30 am, I would walk to my hometown hospital to begin my 8 am shift as a volunteer.  My duties entailed helping the nursing staff any way possible- delivering meals to patients, helping run messages and a variety of other duties.  Within a few years, my time with the American Red Cross junior volunteers I was promoted and voted into a secretarial position and then to president.

I thought that I would eventually become a nurse.

Part I: The Deepest Losses in Life



Trigger Warning: This post is about infant loss.



Part I: The Deepest Losses in Life


The photo above is old.  It's from September 2000.  It is at a funeral- my first born daughter's funeral.  I was 22 years old.  Little did I know, I would bury another child and almost a third daughter.

Create A Toxin-Free Home With Grove Collaborative




Create A Toxin-Free Home With Grove Collaborative
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I like to know what’s in the products I use in my home. One of my goals in 2017 is to rid my home of all toxic supplies and creating a completely toxic-free home that is good for me and my special needs daughter.


Create A Toxin-Free Home With Grove Collaborative


In addition to choosing natural household products, making my own cleaning supplies is a surprisingly effective, affordable way to get our home sparkling without harsh chemicals.

Create A Toxin-Free Home With Grove Collaborative



This year, why not create your own toxin-free cleaning kit? Start by grabbing this free cleaning caddy + glass spray bottle + orange oil + scrubber sponges from Grove Collaborative! Then use my DIY cleaning recipes to rid your home of toxins and leave it smelling fresh:

2017 Goals: January Goals



2017 Goals: January Goals
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I am a little late to the party.

I can blame it on being sick (Let me tell you, bringing in the New Year sick was NOT fun and then working the entire week sick was ... sucky) or I can be 100% real and say it - I had no clue.  I was thinking, stewing, percolating, etc. on what I want my goals for 2017 to be and then I realized I just don't want to think about 2017 as a whole but rather, in monthly chunks.  I feel that monthly goals are so much easier to work with and more attainable.


Mid-2015- present has been rough on a personal level for me. 


I want 2017 to be on a positive yet health note and with that being said (drum roll, please)- here are my personal/professional goals for January 2017



Easy Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Recipe


This Easy Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Recipe and shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Easy Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Recipe


It's here- FOOTBALL SEASON!!! Of course, the big game is right around the corner and the big game requires big eats for football parties.  After all, what is a tailgating or homegating party without food? Lots and lots of food.  Of course, the spread MUST have wings.  You can't have football without wings!  

Of course, add these honey chipotle chicken wings to shake up the rotation.  They're sweet, they're smoky, a little spicy and a whole lotta delish.

Upgrade Kids' Space: Brentwood Home Review +Giveaway

A fantastic product to update kids' space & a review of Brentwood Home (Plus Kids Space Bundle Giveaway!)

Upgrade Kids' Space: Brentwood Home Review +Giveaway
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Have you been looking to upgrade your kids’ spaces?  Is this one of your goals for 2017? I know it was one of mine- to help turn Em's room from blah to a great oasis to lounge in.  Her room is still progress but this Kids Space Bundle is awesome (which makes me so excited to give one of these away to one of you lovely readers!).
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