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Monday, September 1, 2014

FAMILY DATE NIGHT AT THE PARK


My kids love being outdoors and they especially love the park. But they don't get to go to the park with daddy too often, so its definitely a special treat when we decide to have a family date night at the park. Some of our favorite family nights are spent just chillin' at the park. However, you can do some really fun things at the park with a little time and effort. I'm here to share 6 things...
Carisa
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

HOW TO GROW YOUR BLOG EBOOK

I'm gonna get a little personal with you in this post. When I first started this blog back in May I was scared out of my mind to put myself out there. I really didn't think that I could produce quality posts that would compare to some of the other amazing and talented bloggers out there. However, there were so many reasons why I should start this blog that I decided to stop fighting, do the research and give it a try!

My husband, Scott has been a huge supporter. He has helped me figure out html, given me advice about design and researched things that I'm just like "what???" about. We've done pretty much everything on our own, learning as we go! As I've started blogging, I've made some amazing friends and acquaintances that have willingly shared advice to help me improve. Some without me even asking! There truly are great people out there...

I've also gone searching for help and tried to really put myself out there. This has been hard, of course... stepping out of your comfort zone always is. But by doing this, I've been able to have some great experiences and learn from some very talented people, including Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes. Over the last couple of weeks I was able to help Shauna format her new ebook and get it ready for readers! And I've been learning a ton. I wish that I had this book 3 months ago.


Shauna gathered together 30+ talented bloggers that started their blogs and were able to grow quickly and become successful over a short period of time. Together, they created an ebook full of tips, tricks and tutorials about how to grow your blog starting from the very beginning. They also educate on all the different social media. As well as, provide tutorials on tools that you can use to help make blogging a little easier like PicMonkey!

When I first considered a blog, I looked for a resource like this to help me get started. I never really found any one source that had this much helpful information. This is the perfect ebook for beginners and even more experienced bloggers who need a little help growing. If you're considering starting a blog, I would highly recommend it. You can buy the book here.


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Carisa
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

FIT MAMA AMANDA


Hello! First of all, thanks Carisa for asking me to write about my personal fitness life and for creating this blog series! It’s a great way for all of us women to get inspired with staying fit and active. 

To start off, you have to know I was born a “gym rat”. Both parents played college sports and sports were a HUGE part of my growing up years. Sports have really helped instill a passion and dedication to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I was also blessed to play for a top 25 Division 1 Volleyball program and play internationally as well. Those experiences introduced me to a lot of talented people with a lot of helpful fitness and nutrition tips. A few years after college, I became a personal trainer too and loved helping others achieve their goals! I am married now and a stay at home mom with two young kids.

Carisa
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 INGREDIENT CARAMEL SAUCE & DIP


This is the easiest caramel sauce recipe that I've ever come across. And it's perfect for just about everything... dipping apples, smothering over ice cream, brownies, cakes, and even eating straight off the spoon. I would do it! In fact, I have!

Carisa
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APPLE PECAN TORTE


Today I am sharing my all-time favorite dessert! When I first started my blog, I brainstormed for a long time what I wanted to do for my very first post. Apple Pecan Torte was very high up on the list because it is so delicious and it is a great representation of me... Sweet!!! ;)

Carisa
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIY ANTLER STRING ART


Well...I'm back! And I come with another little delicious DIY for you. The oh-so fabulous...string art! 
Carisa
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

CUPCAKE WARS DATE NIGHT


I love the Food Network... Probably because I love food! I love the creativity that is involved in a lot of the food competitions. While traveling in San Diego 4 years ago, I first saw Cupcake Wars and it immediately became one of my favorite shows. I hadn't really been a cupcake fan before. Then last summer, I rediscovered Cupcake Wars on Hulu and thought that it would be fun to have a Cupcake Wars group date night challenge!
Carisa
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Monday, August 18, 2014

LOOKIN' PRETTY WITH JAMBERRY plus a GIVEAWAY


There are so many great products out there to help us feel pretty! I'll be honest, there are plenty of days where I don't even get out of my PJs. My go to hairstyle right now is a bun or pony tail with a headband. The majority of the time I don't even put on make-up any more. Sooo... it's nice to get dolled up from time to time. Today I'm sharing about Jamberry nails... a quick, easy and pretty nail fix!
Carisa
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Friday, August 15, 2014

HOMEMADE FUDGE RIPPLE ICE CREAM


Today I am sharing the Homemade Fudge Ripple Ice Cream from my Ice Cream Party Date Night! If you haven't already checked out that post, you should, my husband and I had a blast creating this Ice Cream and there are some fun FREE printables that I made just for YOU!

Carisa
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

FIT MAMA DEE


Hi! This is Carisa’s mom, Dee. I am a mother of 6 children ranging from 13-25, and a grandmother of 2 beautiful grand-children. You may have seen them on Carisa’s blog a time or two. I am excited that I could share with you a little bit about my fitness ups and downs over the last 46 years.
Carisa
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