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Low Calorie Sunset Floats

Low Calorie Sunset Floats - Using Yogurt & Fruit instead of Ice Cream and Sunkist TEN & Canada Dry TEN - You have festive drinks without all the calories!

I know a good many of you have already been hit with a deep freeze this year.  While it's not quite so cold in North Texas, it's still pretty nippy and what I wouldn't do to spend a few days in the tropics.  Since that won't be happening any time soon, I whipped up some tropical flavored floats.  Being as the holidays are just around the corner and I'd prefer to watch my calories sooner rather than later, I made these to be low calorie using Sunkist TEN and Canada Dry TEN.  All of the flavor of an ice cream float, but using fruit, yogurt and the #drinkTEN sodas, a lot lower in calories than a traditional one.

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Vanilla Nut Protein Shake made with the Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender Auto-iQ System

I have a confession to make.  The only blender I've ever had in my home has been a cheap $15 one that we actually picked up to do a homeschool science experiment a number of years ago.  I never really felt that I needed one before, until I started making smoothies, iced coffee drinks, shakes and the like.  Only to find out that cheap blenders just don't do well with the cups of ice.  At least not in a short amount of time and not without that smell of thinking that the motor is going to burn up on you. 

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SKINNYGIRL COCKTAILS: 100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes

Bethenny Frankel is the four-time bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand—which extends to cocktails, fitness, and health and focuses on practical solutions for women.

Her newest book, SKINNYGIRL COCKTAILS: 100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes (Touchstone Paperback; October 28, 2014; $15.00) is full of amazingly delicious guilt-free 150-calorie cocktails and recipes for any fun-filled party.

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Skinny Milkshakes - Only 50 Calories!!

Skinny Milkshakes Only 50 Calories

The temperatures have once again skyrocketed here in North Texas.  And we're doing everything we can to cool down.  With a few trips on the horizon next month, I'm trying to not eat too many calories these days as I know I'm going to blow the calorie counts when I'm traveling. 

Did you know what the average 8 oz milkshake has in terms of calories?  256.  Yikes!  But I love them.

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Cocktails for Book Lovers | Papi's Rum Punch & a Giveaway

Featuring 50 original cocktails based on the works of famous classic and contemporary authors like Charles Dickens and Dani Shapiro, Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern is the perfect book to enjoy with a book club…or alone.

Whether you have a love for books, cocktails, or both, Cocktails for Book Lovers pairs them together in a chic way that is fun and delicious.

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VEEV VitaFrute Ready to Drink Cocktails

VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® are the ultimate summer drinks for your summer picnics, BBQs and parties. VitaFrute is definitely a better way to celebrate because VitaFrute Cocktails helps you #PartyOrganically.

VitaFrute’s Cocktails are USDA certified organic, made from all-natural and premium ingredients and have a  low-calorie makeup with under 125 calories per serving.  That makes them the perfect drinks to serve at all your summer occasions.

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Summer's Best K Cup Flavors in 2 Easy to Make Recipes

Donut Shop Coffee Trifle with Keurig Brew Over Ice #shop #BrewItUp #BrewOverIceWhen my friends say "let's meet up for coffee," what they really mean is "let's meet up at Tammy's house."  You see I've got my very own built in coffee bar in my house, and I'll play 'barista' for anyone who wants to share a cup with me :)  You name it, I have it, and my coffee machine collection includes not just one, but two Keurig brewers.  When I have guests in summer I replace the hot beverage concoctions and brew iced coffee, iced tea and low calories drinks, over ice.  And yes I do that with my Keurig!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta + an El Monterey Taquito Giveaway

cinco de mayo partyI've got to tell you prior to last year I had NO idea what Cinco de Mayo was even about.  If you are in the same boat let me quickly recap what I learned:

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4500 men faced 6000 French soldiers.  Long story short, the Mexicans won and so they party.

But the more the merrier, right?!  I'm all about celebrating and hosting a party because that equals fun times no matter what the occasion. 

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Fruity Pebbles Tropical Crunch Smoothie Recipe

Post Pebbles cereal is great tasting on its own for breakfast or a snack with milk or without .  But there are plenty of recipes that you can use it in too!  With everything from whoopie pies to smoothies, the colorful and crunchy Pebbles you already love are brought to life in some new creations from celebrity chef, Kristina Vanni.

These recipes are great for entertaining or just to get your little helper in the kitchen for a fun day together!

Here is a tasty creation from Chef Vanni that is perfect for an afternoon snack - especially on a hot summer day!

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Werther's Original® "Baking Bash" ~ Caramel Recipes

I'm still coming to terms with the fact that October is almost over - seriously how did November creep up on us so fast?!  I am glad for the cooler weather though, the HOT Texas summer was a bit more intensive than I had anticipated :)  And with the cooler weather that means that holiday baking is already commencing in my kitchen, and I had the opportunity to make a few things (and share them!) with Werther's Original Baking Caramels.

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Spooky Halloween Recipes: Potion Punch & Swamp Apples

It's been a long time since we've done any kind of Halloween Celebrations around our home, but I'm always up for creating - and so when I had the opportunity to come up with some 'Spooky' Halloween Recipes using 7Up, Hawaiian Punch and M&M's, I was up for the challenge.

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Pumpkin Caramel Café Latté Recipe - Connecting Over Coffee with Family & Friends

My love affair with coffee didn't quite start out that way.  Actually I started drinking coffee to make a point rather than because I enjoyed the taste.  I was 15 and working at a summer job and one of my duties was to make the coffee for the office staff.  By golly, if I was going to make the stuff, I was going to drink the stuff.  And that's how my obsession started.

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Peachy-Keen Smoothies

It's that time of the year.  We aren't ready for summer to end, but we're heading into autumn.  This is a great smoothie recipe that I got from a Family Fun magazine that combines the sweetness of summer peaches with the warm flavors of fall.  The best of both!

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Green Tea Mango Energy Smoothie

Mangoes were on sale at the store last week for 48¢, and I had just gotten a package delivered with some Lung Ching Dragonwell green tea from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf thanks to a Klout perk.  So when I was flipping through my August issue of Woman's Day and saw Joy Bauer's Energy Smoothie recipe, featuring green tea and mango, well I knew I had to make it.

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Rockin' the Dairy Aisle for Meals and Snacks

When someone looks inside our grocery cart and sees how many items are in there from the refrigerated dairy case, I'm certain they think I'm shopping for a family of six.  I just really like the different kinds of food products I can find in it to use in my daily meal planning.  Don't just be thinking milk, cheese and eggs, remember there is a lot more to be had in the dairy aisle at the store.  You'll find juice, spreads and easy snack options like cookie dough there too! 

I can’t tell you how much simpler products from the dairy aisle make my life.  We can consume a lot of them just as their packaged, and others are indispensable to have around for recipes.

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eMeals Connect: Happy Father's Day

Still haven't planned a dessert for Dad today?  Don't panic if you didn't, because here's a great recipe from eMeals for you to make.

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