food, giveaways

Eating well with Fiber One

I know that a lot of people skip breakfast, especially when they are dieting. However, a good, filling, breakfast is a great way to stay full and satisfied throughout the day. Breakfast foods are actually my favorite foods in the whole world, and I often have breakfast for dinner! Cereal especially!

Fiber One cereal has been a staple in our family for some time now. My mom has eaten it for years, and even our dog used to love to eat it (Baby also loves it, but she’s on a special dog diet so she doesn’t get to enjoy human food anymore). Fiber is also great for helping you stay full, which in turn can make it easier to eat less and lose weight without feeling as hungry.

One serving of Fiber One Original cereal provides more than half (57%) of the Daily Value of fiber. It also has 0 grams of sugar, 14 grams of fiber, 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. It’s not just great for breakfast though, there are many things that you can do with it. There are some great ideas on the Hungry Girl website, including how to use it to make crunchy chicken, and even pie crust! One simple thing to do is to make a yogurt parfait with your favorite fruit, and using Fiber One in place of the cookies or pound cake.

I got a fabulous prize package from Fiber One thanks to MyBlogSpark! And, I have one to share with one lucky reader!! The Fiber One “Help Take the Hunger out of Dieting” prize pack includes Fiber One Original cereal, a cereal-on-the-go container, food scale, water bottle and notepad for tracking what you eat. The cereal on the go container is by far the coolest container I have seen in a long time!

If you would like a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post before November 4th at midnight. You can comment daily, and this giveaway is open to those in the USA only.

Thanks to General Mills for providing me the products, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark. To learn more about Fiber One, visit


The holidays are almost here!

Once Halloween happens, it seems like the holiday season is in full force. It also seems to zoom by at record speed! If you have been to any shop recently, Christmas decor is already out. It’s a little soon for me to think of Christmas, but I know that a little planning ahead never hurt anyone, which is why I was really excited to see all the fun new designs for holiday cards from Shutterfly.

I love snail mail, so of course I love sending and receiving cards for the holidays. Last year I was a bit late with putting cards together, and was really tempted to send New Year’s cards instead, and this year I might do that just for fun. I really like the “Confetti Countdown Filmstrip” card because it reminds me of a photobooth strip! The other thing that I love about this card, aside from it being unique and fun, is that it would be a perfect card for us. Since we are a couple, it was nice to see some card choices that featured just couples. Of course, we would also include our cute pets in the photos too.

What do you think of sending photo cards? I know that I love to see my friends, especially when those friends live far away now. Hopefully they feel the same about seeing us too! If I were to send a Christmas card instead of the fun New Years card, I really like the “What A Year” card, with a place for three photos, and a spot for a small newsletter, it seems like a great choice! I usually don’t do an extra newsletter in my cards, but having it right there with the photos makes me want to do one! And this Stuffed Stocking card is also really cute.

I am already going through our photos to see which ones would be fun for a card. I always wish that we had more photos of us together, but especially at this time of year when I try to plan for cards. Also, Shutterfly has a fun selection of personalized thank you cards, for sending after the big holiday season. With so many fun choices, it will be hard to choose when the time comes.

Do you want 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly? Click here to go to Shutterfly for information on how you can get 50 free cards this holiday season, and make sure to select Clever 1000 as the referral source.

This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

random thoughts


I have always considered myself blessed when it comes to the friends I have. Seriously, they are some great girls! And I count my online friends in that group as well. Of course, there is nothing like a little friend time face to face to help make life sweet.

Yesterday afternoon my friend and I met to enjoy a sweet treat. Little did we know that we would be eating ice cream together while the first snow storm of the season swirled around outside! It was a fun way to celebrate the snowy season, but of course, even better was catching up with a friend that I hadn’t seen in person in almost a year. So many of my dear friends have moved to different states, so it is a rare treat indeed to spend time together in person.

I count friends as a big bonus in creating a happy life! What about you? Do you have a good group of friend to hang out with from time to time?


Catbus Cake!

First of all, I didn’t make this. I wish I had though, because it’s awesome!

CATBUS! cake!

If you have not watched My Neighbor Totoro, you really should. It’s a fun little anime from Studio Ghibli. It’s a very quirky story, as you can imagine a story with a Catbus must be!! But it is also a very sweet story, and one that we enjoy. I actually have a little Catbus key chain that I hang on my purse. It gets two reactions, either people know exactly what it is and get very excited when they see it, or people ask what it is and act like I am from outer space when I tell them it’s a Catbus.

At any rate, I love fun cakes, and this one is just so well done! It’s nice to see an amazing cake that was made with frosting and not just fondant. Or at least I think that the “fur” is all just frosting, don’t you?