Hidden Valley’s 2nd Annual Ranch Feast!


I received a bunch of samples from Crowdtap to sample and share.  I love Hidden Valley products and am learning new ways to incorporate it into foods and dips.  It always comes out delicious!


Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® is an easy way to put a twist on mealtime, with delicious dishes that everyone will love.


Cookies and cream Cheesecake Cake Recipe -…

Cookies and cream Cheesecake Cake Recipe -…

Family Friendly Blog sharing recipes, crafts, product reviews & entertianing tips RecipesCrafts & DIYEasterChristmasteacher giftsFather’s dayhandmade mothers day gifts.halloweenReviewsPetsTraveltravel with kidsDisneydisney CruiseGiveawaysFriday Frenzy October 23, 2014 By Maria @ Close to Home22 Comments There is no doubt my daughter inherited my sweet tooth, which I can thank my dad for. Last year she could not decide between a cheesecake and a red velvet cake so we made this amazing REd Velvet Cheesecake Cake. This year she wanted the same, but being the food blogger I am I said how about the concept just different ingredients. Thus emerged our Oreo Cheesecake Cake Recipe. Two layers of chocolate cake, this time from a box, and a middle…Read More

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Dot & Dot Small Packing Organizers

Dot & Dot Small Packing Organizers


Keeps You Organized!

I love these organizers! They make packing so much easier. You can keep certain things in them that you have duplicates for and then just throw them into your luggage when you are going someplace short notice so you do not have to repack constantly. I have many duplicates of shampoos, face items, etc. I keep one of each in an organizer and then just throw the organizer into the luggage so I do not have to pack each time I go anywhere. They also have a mesh portion so nothing gets moldy or mildewy and you can see what is in them. They are very lightweight and flexible. They come in a lot of colors so you can match your baggage. They are good to keep your clothes from wrinkling. These really organize your traveling. You can use them for your tech also so your wires don’t get tangled into your clothes. It keeps like kind items together and keeps you organized.

From the manufacturer:

Available in multiple colors: gray, green, purple, pink, red, dark blue, light blue, yellow and orange
Small Packing Cube Size: 11″ x 6.75″ x 3″

Product Benefits:
See through mesh panel of these travel packing organizers allows you to easily find what you need.
Maintain your privacy while going through security in the airport.
Save time ironing your clothes at the hotel. The packing cube set will help minimize wrinkles on your clothes.
Maximize your luggage space so you can squeeze in more of your stuff.
Traveling with the entire family? Make packing and unpacking easy by assigning a cube per person or purpose.
Save time packing and unpacking by allowing you to unpack only what you need.
These travel packing cubes fit on your luggage, duffel, suitcase, backpack, slim bags on on their own.

Go to the manufacturer’s website for more info:    Dot & Dot

This product can be purchased from Amazon here:

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Great Holiday Hostess Appreciation Gifts #BBNshops

HostessGiftsAlways wondering what to bring the hostess? Don’t settle for a bottle of random wine. These gifts will be sure to please. Whether you’re a guest for the evening or for the weekend, show your hostess you appreciate the time and trouble they went through to put on a great event or welcome you into their home.  These are some great gifts any hostess would love. Most of these would make great hostess gifts anytime of the year but especially for the upcoming holiday season.

  1. Flirty Aprons – An apron (especially a pretty one like this one) is a gift that you know will come in handy over the busy holiday season. Order your apron & see the other choices here.
  2. Decade candy box – Bring your host or hostess back to their childhood by choosing a Thank You box with candy from the decade of your choice. Perhaps they’ll share so that you can reminisce together. Choose your decade here.
  3. Covered cheese dish – An adorable white porcelain cheese dish that can come out every time your hostess entertains. Buy it here.
  4. Sugar scrub tower – A beautiful assortment of 6 different sugar scrubs for the hostess to pamper herself once all the guests have left. Find this gift idea by Lalicious here.
  5. Gilded trophy bowl – Very simply, a beautiful and elegant vessel to place anywhere in the home and use as wished. Find it here, along with other fab gift ideas from Pure Home.
  6. Glass cocktail shaker – Cocktail season is upon us. You want your hosts to be ready! Add a bottle of hooch and mixers if you wish to go all out. Buy the cocktail shaker here.
  7. Reclaimed soda bottle glasses – For your stylin’ eco-conscious hosts, they will be sure to enjoy these glasses made from real glass soda bottles. Find the reclaimed glasses here.
  8. Salt & pepper cellars – A wonderful and pretty hostess gift that will certainly make its way on to the next dinner table. Buy here.
  9. Cashmere throw – If you’re a house guest for a few days, a luxurious gift that the host might not buy themselves will fit the bill. Like this cashmere throw. Cozy too. See it here.
  10. Custom serving platter – Personalized gifts are the best. They demonstrate that you went the extra step and put some thought into the gift. Like this platter with the host’s family’s last name (or other inscription). Order it here.
  11. Re-wined candles – A clever way to reclaim old wine bottles: as jar vessels filled with natural soy wax that has been carefully blended with aromas of white grape, honey, freshly baked bread and a spritz of citrus. Buy it here.
  12. Taste Trunk’s monthly foodie subscription – Chances are that if your hosts invited you for dinner, they like to cook. In which case, they will really appreciate a single or even a monthly subscription to Taste Trunk, a box subscription service for foodies. Find out more.

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