3 tips for smarter spring snacking

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

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I don’t know about you, but every year when spring comes around I find myself trying to find ways to eat healthier and snack smarter. You, too? Well then you’re in the right place. Today, I’m sharing my three favorite tips on how to snack smarter this spring!

My favorite tip for smarter snacking is one that’s fairly obvious, but often neglected–keep smarter options on hand so they’re easily accessible when hunger strikes. On a recent trip to Walmart, I discovered an easy and delicious way to ensure I always have a satisfying snack on hand-Outshine Bars! For more than 18 years, Outshine has been making delicious, frozen fruit bars out of things like strawberries, peaches and coconuts. What really impressed me, though, was the variety of Outshine Bars available! Here’s a few that I picked up…

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Yum, right? Outshine uses simple, honest ingredients that taste as good as they make you feel – and refresh from the inside out.


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A second tip for smarter spring snacking is to remember to always snack mindfully. Forget endless bowls of chips while watching TV or reading. Portioning out healthy portions and paying attention to what you’re eating is one of the smartest ways I know to snack smart! Outshine Bars, with their individually-wrapped portions, is a great way to be mindful of your portion size.

Other portion controlled snacks include fruits like bananas and apples, mini bags of popcorn, or containers of yogurt.

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Lastly (and this tip is my personal favorite)-indulge in an occasional treat. A treat here and there will prevent you from binge-eating later on. There’s nothing fun about feeling deprived of your favorite foods, and your smart snacking habits probably won’t last long if you feel like your favorite snacks are being withheld from you.

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So where does your smart snacking journey begin? Right here at Walmart! This is where you can find all of these great varieties of Outshine Bars…

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Be sure to check out Outshine on their social media channels for product news and more!
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Also, be sure to check out the “Outsmart Your Snack” quiz and sweepstakes for your chance to win one of these great prizes…

First 100 Winners receive a Fitbit Charge
Next 150 winners will receive a Outshine Beach Tote with, towel, tumbler and free product coupon

Next 300 winners will receive a year’s supply of Outshine product delivered via 12 free product coupons

They’ll also be a demo of Outshine Bars at 2000 Walmart locations (click here to see if your location is listed)! The demos will take place at the same time as Walmart’s Berry Festival!


Confetti Glassware Tutorial + how to make your glassware shine {plus a giveaway!}

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

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I love crafting handmade gifts for friends and family, and now that spring is approaching, and bringing with it various bridal showers, weddings, and housewarmings, I’m so excited to share one of my go-to gifts with you all! These confetti glasses are inexpensive and easily customizable-choose your colors to match any decor style. And, because presentation is everything, I’ll share my not-so-secret secret for getting your glasses sparkly and shiny and ready to gift!

glasses (these were a dollar at Target!)
Finish® Quantum Max™ (also at Target–scroll down for a coupon!)

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Step 1: Gather your materials and wash your glasses. I used glass tumblers from Target, but any kind of glassware will do! I found the paints at a local craft store, and chose paint that specifically said they could be used on glass. Be sure to read the curing instructions, though. These paints require a 21 day cure time or they can be baked in the oven to speed up the process.

You need a clean and spotless surface to paint, so I use  Finish® Quantum Max™ on all my glassware before (and after!)  painting. Finish® products make my glasses positively shine and are the perfect complement to all my glass and dish crafting projects.

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Step 2: Take your first color, and dab small dots onto your glass. I decided to go only halfway up the glass, starting from the bottom. When you’re finished with one color, clean your brush, let it dry, and begin your next color.


Almost done! Two colors left…


Step 3: Let dry and cure, run in the dishwasher with Finish® Quantum Max™ to get them gift-giving ready, and you’re done!

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Be sure to follow Finish® on Facebook here for their latest updates and promotions, and download Target’s fabulous Cartwheel app to find a coupon to save on Finish® Max in 1™ & Finish® Quantum Max™ (small size 3/29-4/25).

And because I’m such a visual person, here’s where you can find Finish® at Target…


Want your own gift card to purchase a Finish® at Target? Of course you do! The Grand Prize is a $100 Target gift card and this lovely Riedel Decanter and Glass Set. There are three more prizes, each with a Target gift card! Must be 18 to enter, and good luck!!

Finish #ShineAndProtect Giveaway!


handprint heart valentine

valentine crafts for kids

There’s just something about little hands and feet that make me go all melty inside. To that end, I wanted to take the handprint heart valentines that seem to be popular every year and put my own spin on them.

8×10 canvas
craft paints
stamps and ink pad
washi tape (not shown)

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Step 1: Carefully take your children’s hands, paint with the craft paint, and overlap them to create a heart shape on your canvas. You’ll get some “fun mom” points if you let your eldest paint his own hand :)

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Step 2: Once you have your “heart,” outline it with a pencil so you’ll have a guide for your “xo” stamps.

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Step 3: Carefully stamp around your outline. Once dry, you can go back and erase your pencil marks. Add in the date, and, lastly, cover the sides of your canvas with washi tape.

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Easy, adorable, and, best of all, I had all the supplies already on hand!

For more Valentine’s Day inspiration…

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20 Valentine’s Day tutorials

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Watercolor Garland