No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dip Recipe

There is so much to love about winter, but one of the best is the huge drop on your energy bill! Living in Las Vegas where the temperatures are typically above 110 in the summer, we use a lot of energy cooling our home down for most of the year. In the winter, we see a huge drop in our bill and have some extra room in our budget for Christmas presents as a result!

That said, we’re always looking for ways to save energy throughout the year. In addition to saving money, being energy efficient puts less strain on natural resources and reduces emissions that can harm the environment. While I like to cook and bake, I also really like no-bake treats, which can be just as fun and delicious but don’t take any energy! One of my favorites is the chocolate chip & peanut butter cookie dip, which requires almost no energy from you, either!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dip

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookie Dip

Ingredients:

½ C. butter, softened

1/3 C. brown sugar (light or dark)

1 tsp. vanilla

8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/3 C. chocolate chips

1/3 C. peanut butter chips

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients- adding the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips last. Place in the fridge to set and try not to eat the whole bowl! Serve with graham crackers or apple slices.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dip Recipe

PG&E wants to make saving energy even easier- their site has lots of tips for saving energy and a Money Saver Tool that can help you save on your next home project! You can even use their site to look up rebates for energy-efficient appliances {in case you’re dreaming of a new fridge for Christmas}.

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Right now, you can enter to win one of seven $100 Home Depot gift cards with PG&E’s Instagram Photo Challenge Contest! The contest runs through November 23rd {so hurry!} and you can enter by posting a photo following the daily prompt, and then using the hashtag #PGEhome. You can learn more here.

How do you make saving energy fun?

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Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas at Babies R Us!

This post is part of a Babies R Us sponsorship through the BabyCenter Blog Network.

There are few things that I find more magical than Christmas. The glittering lights, the happy faces, and of course waking up to find that Santa has come overnight, leaving behind presents and cheer. Celebrating Baby’s First Christmas is such a huge milestone, regardless of the baby’s age when it occurs!

Shane first Christmas

Shane was just four months old for his first Christmas, so he was much too small to start participating in our family traditions. Instead, we enjoyed some baby-friendly activities, and made sure to take lots of photos! This year we’ll be celebrating Zac’s first Christmas and since he’ll already be 10 months old, we can have even more fun!

If you are celebrating your baby’s first Christmas, you don’t want to miss the event at Babies R Us tomorrow, November 22nd at 10am! Not only can you meet parents with babies the same age as your little one, but it’ll be a great chance to enjoy a fun Christmas activity that is age-appropriate for your little ones. The event tomorrow is geared towards babies born in August through November 2014, but all babies are welcome!

Baby's First Christmas Babies R Us

Activities include:

-Story Time

-DIY ornament activity

-Christmas Photo Prop

-Gift Suggestion

-Table/Gift Guide by Baby Age

-Guests will receive A Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide: a handpicked collection of gifts for baby’s first year!

-Enter to win many different giveaways and raffles

While you’re there, be sure to check out their selection of Christmas items for baby. I picked up the cutest Santa boots for Zachary the last time I was there, and when we go tomorrow I’ll be picking up the matching suit!

You can find your closest Babies R Us store by checking the store locator or get more details on the event on their website!

Are you celebrating your baby’s first Christmas? If not, how did you celebrate it?

This post is part of a Babies R Us sponsorship through the BabyCenter Blog Network.

5 Tips for Keeping Dogs Healthy During Winter Months

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

As we approach the winter months, it’s time to think about keeping pets healthy during winter months. Whether you have a dog, cat, or twenty mice in a cage, your pets need to be taken care of just like you do. Everything from where they spend their time to what kind of dog food they eat is so important to their overall health! Plan ahead and make sure that this winter your pets are happy and healthy!

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5 Tips for Keeping Dogs Healthy During Winter Months

Don’t Skimp On Exercise: Even though it is cold outside, your dog still needs plenty of exercise. Take your dog out daily for walks, but also make sure to take them to nice areas to play on warmer days. Keep them as active as possible for their overall physical health.

Keep Them Inside & Warm: Even if your dog is typically an outside pet, winter temperatures mean you need to make sure they are inside more often. Install a doggy door, or simply bring them in on a more permanent basis. It is much easier to adapt to having a pet indoors during the winter than to lose one due to the cold outside.

Provide Plenty Of Water: Just because it isn’t hot outside doesn’t mean that you need to stop making sure they are hydrated. Keep plenty of water on hand and make sure to refresh regularly so they are always drinking as needed.

Watch Where They Walk: Winter can be hazardous to your dog’s feet. Salt on the walkways and drive to help melt ice can actually cause irritation on your pets paws. Chunks of ice can also create multiple hazards that could potentially leave their paws damaged.

Be Sure Their Food is Made for Them: If you have a senior dog, then giving them a puppy food likely isn’t meeting them nutritional needs. Likewise, if they have sensitive skin, giving them a traditional formula or one formulated for sensitive tummies is not going to help them with their itching or flakes. Year-round, it’s important to keep them healthy- starting on the inside.

Next month, Bella Notte will turn seven. Seven! It seems like just yesterday that we rescued that rambunctious little puppy- probably because she still acts like a puppy most of the time- but in just a few short weeks she will be considered a senior dog. Her breed is infamous for hip issues and just generally not aging well {she’s half Labrador Retriever}, so we are being proactive and getting her onto a senior formula to make sure that she’s getting everything she needs.

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We ordered a bag of Purina ONE Smartblend: Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior Formula on Amazon {Prime shipping for the win- I would not have wanted to pay shipping on such a heavy package!} because it includes so many of the nutrients that Bella Notte needs, like Omega 6 for a radiant coat and healthy skin, glucosamine to help support healthy joints, and a dual-defense antioxidant blend to help support her immune system. I hope to have Bella around for a long time to come, and making sure that she has everything she needs is the first step to a long, healthy life!

Bella opening her Amazon Prime package of Purina ONE #OneSmartDifference #ad

Purina ONE is currently asking dog lovers all over the country to switch to Purina ONE dog food and take the 28 day challenge! Purina believes that by switching their dog’s food to Purina ONE, they will see:

-Day 1+: Taste: When your dog loves the taste of his food, it can make all the difference

-Day 7+: Energy: An optimal blend of ingredients provides the energy your dog needs

-Day 14+: Digestibility: Highly digestible food helps more nutrients go to work inside your dog

-Day 21+: Skin & Coat: Balanced nutrition supports a beautiful coat and healthy skin

-Day 21+: Bright Eyes: Your dog’s eyes are a window to his health

-Day 28+: Dental Healthy: Great nutrition and crunchy kibble support strong teeth and healthy gums

Bella waiting to eat her Purina ONE #OneSmartDifference #ad

Even though our dog food came in just two days, we’re still not quite to day 7 yet so we’ve only seen the taste difference so far. She really does love this food though, which I was nervous about because she is notoriously picky. {Seriously, she’ll eat the plastic off a baby food container but not most dog food.} I’m hoping to start seeing even more of the benefits from the food!

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If you’re looking for a great new food for your senior dog, be sure to check out Purina ONE Smartblend: Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior Formula! {They also have Purina ONE Smartblend: Chicken and Rice Formula for younger dogs.} You can learn more about making the switch from Purina ONE.

How do you keep your dog healthy in the winter?

LG OLED is Now at Best Buy!

The reviewer 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.

A couple of weekends ago was my birthday. It wasn’t a major milestone birthday and Justin had to work all day, so it was very low key. We went out to dinner and then since we got done eating quickly and weren’t quite ready to head back home, we went over to Best Buy and fell in love. With a TV.

TV technology has been moving forward more quickly than ever lately. It’s not always easy to keep track because of all the acronyms- there’s LCD, LED, and now OLED- but it’s impossible to deny how beautiful the picture is!

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What is OLED?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

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LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

·         Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

·         Find content faster with webOS

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While OLED TV’s are still a bit up there in price, Best Buy has the best prices around. You can get the TV above for Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500)! If someone on your list has been asking for a new TV this year, be sure to go see it in person- seeing really is believing.

Have you checked out the new OLED TV?

10 Appetizers to Be Thankful For

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? We are attending, rather than hosting, this year so I have no idea what is on the menu. I’ll be bringing a dish and since I haven’t received my assignment yet, I’ve been looking at all the yummy options out there!

10 Appetizers to Be Thankful For- 10 Perfect Thanksgiving Appetizers!

 

I created a collection on Foodie.com that includes 1o of the best Thanksgiving appetizers that I could find. Included you’ll find some healthier options, some sweet choices, and some new twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes. I hope you’re able to find some inspiration if you’re still planning your turkey day feast!

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