This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Relationships always begin with the best of intentions to make time for each other and to never lose that passion (or a reminder of it). I find it frustrating about the "myth" that once you get married and/or have kids that couple time is gone.  The passion doesn't have to disappear. I am sure I am not alone in the over-whelming to-do list. However, we still make time to stay connected 11 years later in the chaos of life with 3 boys. When we go see relatives, we love to take advantage of convenient sitters (aka the grandparents) for date night. Meet us in the beginning #Yoursandmine  This was after a concert back in 2004. This was us in college BEFORE we were married, working full-time jobs, or had 3 sons. This was when really all we had to do was go to classes, work jobs with limited responsibilities, and spend time with each other & friends doing whatever … [Read more...]

Naturally Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {2014 Cookie Exchange}


Welcome to Day 3 of our 2014 Cookie Exchange! Holidays can be tricky with food restrictions whether it be yourself or guest(s) so please enjoy this naturally gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to help everyone feel included this holiday season! If this is your first stop, please make sure to check out the others! As of Monday November 24th, 5 cookie recipes have been posted a day meaning you have 14 other recipes to find! {See the links below}   Print Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Author: Natalie Z. Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  25 mins   Great cookies that are naturally gluten free! The holidays can be tricky with all the food restrictions but these allow you to offer options without buying a ton of specialty ingredients Ingredients ½ cup sunbutter (or your favorite nut butter) ½ cup pureed pumpkin ⅛ cup each of maple syrup & honey (or all of … [Read more...]

Personalize the Holidays with Bigelow Tea {Chai Ice Cream}


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBiasW Sometimes we think that making holidays personal takes more time than we have. However that doesn't always have to be the case. This holiday Bigelow Tea is helping me create Bigelow Tea-inspired recipes, gifts, and memories! What do you do to make Holidays personal? My middle son is a boy after my heart with his love of tea. The personalized gifts help me make these moments that much more special! This year as you are trying to think of the perfect gift for a hostess, family, friends, etc... consider giving them the gift of personalizing memories! I absolutely love giving gifts that just keep giving! You can choose to engrave the personalized gifts with whatever you would like (pictured above our family name and phrase). The Bigelow Tea chest includes several varieties from assorted tea to black tea. If you want to make it even more … [Read more...]

Homemade Cranberry Almond Sauce with Planter’s Cocoa Almonds


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GonutsforNuts #CollectiveBias In my opinion, cranberry sauce is under-rated! I am sure that I am not alone when I say that many of the dishes we create for holidays we are thinking about leftovers. While Cranberry Sauce is great for leftovers don't forget to appreciate it's important during the holiday meal! What really sets my Cranberry Sauce a part is the Planter's Cocoa Almonds that I add in to make it a little Better-for-You found at many retailers including Wal-Mart. What's your favorite holiday dish? Planter's holiday display is hard to miss and so festive at that!    Actually you can take it one step further with the Blippar app to learn about products, recipes, take a selfie with Mr. Peanut, and more while at the display or at home! ~~~~~ Boys doing Selfie w/ Mr. Peanut! #GoNutsForNuts #ad #Cbias A photo posted by Natalie Zanatta (@mrsnzanatta) on … [Read more...]

Bigelow Tea Chai Whipped Cream


Please note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser as part of my partnership as #BigelowVIP. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias Chai latte has been my drink of choice since I worked in a health food/Coffee Shop in college. The first time someone described it to me they said that it was black tea, milk, and pumpkin pie spices. It was love at first taste! Over the years though, I got use to my style recreated from the coffee shop. I don't always like buying it now because everyone has their own variation of making it. Honestly I think it comes down to the quality of tea too! That's why I love using my favorite brand Bigelow Tea that just so happens to be available at Wal-Mart. Join me in using my favorite (and yours or soon to be!)  tea to flavor whipped cream to add a little pizzazz to pumpkin pie or by the spoonful...  What's awesome about this recipe is that the effort can be as little or as great as you want!?! Not too … [Read more...]

Dazzle Daze Annual Fundraiser in Arkansas


Please note: This is a sponsored post. This time of the year is a great time to take advantage of all the ways to give back to the community whether by shopping locally, participating in fundraising, donating, volunteering your time, etc... That's why I am so excited to attend Dazzle Daze next week to be able to do my part! Of course, I am also excited to get a jumpstart on my Christmas shopping since I generally have a lot more shopping done by now! Dazzle Daze is an annual fundraiser for the Conway Regional Women's Council with proceeds benefiting the Conway Regional Health System, Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center scholarships, and the John and Janice Robbins scholarship for area healthcare students.  This fall event is a three-day shopping extravaganza featuring specialty shopping in one location. Dazzle Daze will have more than 85 merchants from around the country offering gourmet food, holiday items, jewelry, children's items, women's clothing and accessories, … [Read more...]

Day in the Life of Great Hair Everyday with Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret®


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HeartMyHair #CollectiveBias Great Hair Everyday does not come naturally to all women. It DEFINITELY does not come naturally for me! I feel like when I was younger that I missed out on hair/makeup lessons. I didn't really put any effort into it in my teens with the exception of when my best friend would do my hair and makeup ;) Now as a 30-something mom, I am finally taking some time for me! Beauty & Fashion are great ways to let us celebrate inside and out healthy living! As someone with wavy hair, the Conair Curl Secret is a great way to define rather than fight my hair. This is me first thing in the morning. The night before I just let it airdry to show the normal beachy waves I generally wear. Changing hair styles is one of my favorite things to do! Normally I go drastic from long-ish hair to pixie. I am really liking the youthful look of longer styles as I get … [Read more...]

Welcome to the 30s with Build up, Breakouts, & Thinning Hair


Please note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreIsBeautiful #CollectiveBias As I have gotten older, I have really started to feel great about my image, my health, and overall state of being. So I hate the idea that I feel self-conscious at times about my thinning hair. To be honest,  I tend to put on a hat or hair extensions (yes I have on hair extensions in some pictures where I have thicker looking hair) to avoid dealing with the real problem! I am not a complainer. I am a go-getter and I am excited to see what Rogaine for Women can do for my hair! Rogaine for Women is a great addition to your daily hair routine to thicken your hair. I have tried MANY different types of products to help give me thicker-looking hair from volumizing to thickening to less breakage, etc... However that's the problem!!! I wasn't trying to get to the "root" of the problem just looking at a quick fix instead. All those … [Read more...]

Bigelow Tea’s dedication to sustainability is Inspiring


Please note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #AmericasTea #BigelowVIP Bigelow Tea's dedication to sustainability is inspiring! Bigelow Tea has incorporated many efforts to be sustainable from their packaging (excluding the foil) being biodegradable from their efforts in their cafeteria to solar panels. Almost everything in their cafeteria is compostable and compost is sent to gardens. Did you know that their regular trashcans are only used for foil and even the foil is recycled? What do you do in your own household to live a more sustainable lifestyle? The point I am getting at Bigelow Tea has been going beyond what the average household does to live a sustainable life. That is inspiring! Bigelow Tea has made a company-wide commitment to achieve "Zero Waste to Landfill" status. We have been using as our guide the guidelines of the Zero Waste Alliance which state that a company can claim … [Read more...]