Delightfully Easy Tirimisu

Delightfully Easy TirimisuYou guys know I have a love of coffee that runs deep. I also love International Delight! It wasn’t that long ago that they came out with this delicious International Delight Iced Coffee. Now they have topped themselves and came out with this International Delight light Iced Coffee with 1/3 fewer calories! I love it!

International Delight Light Iced CoffeeMy biggest problem lately is finding a treat that I can indulge in while the kids are busy in the afternoon or in bed. I came up with this Delightfully Easy Tirimisu that is low on calories and can be whipped up in minutes!

Delightfully Easy Tirimisu
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 1 box vanilla wafers cookies
  • 1 small package sugar free vanilla pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 1 8 oz tub cool whip
  • 1 cup International Delight Light Iced Coffee Mocha flavor
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
  1. In a bowl wisk together the pudding mix, iced coffee, and skim milk. Place in fridge until pudding sets.
  2. In a 8x8 or 9x9 dish place a single layer of vanilla wafers.
  3. Place half of the pudding mix over the wafers, and cover with another single layer of vanilla wafers.
  4. Top with the other half of the pudding mix. Then cover with cool whip.
  5. Dust with some cocoa powder.
  6. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
Gluten Free
  1. You can use gluten free cookies to make this gluten free.

Delightfully Easy Tirimisu 2Whisk together the pudding, coffee, and milk. Set in the fridge to set up.

Delightfully Easy Tirimisu 1Cover pan with a single layer of cookies. I may have test tasted one ;) Start layering the pudding, cookies, and then top with cool whip….you can use sugar free if desired.

Delightfully Easy Tirimisu 3You are left with a wonderful treat for you and a couple friends…or just a quiet moment to enjoy this yummy light treat.

With less calories and less sugar, International Delight Light Iced Coffee lets you enjoy MORE of what you love! For more fun ways to break up your day, visit ID’s new online games today for a chance to win sweet prizes and coupons to use on your next purchase!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Carrabba’s To-Go Online & $25 Gift Card Giveaway

We all have those days where we try to tackle too much and then before we know it, it is dinner time. It is getting too late to fix something quickly and the kids aren’t really in the mood to go out to eat. I know I hate getting “fast food” and would rather have a quality meal to serve my family! That is where Carrabbas to go comes in.

I have days like this all the time, but my Brother & Sister in law have 3 cuties 4 and under. Check out my cute niece and nephews. I knew my sister in law could use a break so I sent her a gift card for Carrabbas to Go for that night when dinner just wasn’t going to happen.

She was able to place her order online, and thank goodness Carrabba’s has carside carry out. When the kids are tired the last thing you want to do is drag them inside.

Carrabbas’s to the rescue! Once everybody was home they were ready to dig in. With little ones you know they are all trying to go their own direction. So this is a perfect way to have the convenience of eating out at home. Carrabba’s has quality food too. It makes you not only relieved that dinner is on the table, but you feel good about feeding your family a healthy nutritious meal.

Doesn’t that just look yummy?! I am so hungry. I know that dinner was enjoyed by all that night, and it was nice to be able to eat a restaurant style meal in the comfort of their own home. They didn’t have to worry about the kids melting down because they could watch the Lion King while eating their pasta. SCORE! :)

Dinner with my family is one of the most important parts of our day. Whether you are dinning in or ordering online to-go, Carrabba’s helps bring your family together during the week.

Tell me why you think family dinner is a priority and one of my readers will win a $25 gift card to enjoy at Carrabba’s!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Carrabbas. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Operations Christmas Child Collection Week #OCCGiving

I told you guys a couple weeks ago about how we are giving back this year via Operation Christmas Child. The kids and I made a total of 6 boxes.  While that isn’t a huge number, that is boxes for 6 children that wouldn’t have had anything otherwise.  This week is National Collection Week.  It is time to drop off those boxes you and your family have made, or hurry and make them to drop them off.  You can find out where to drop the boxes off in your area here. This is a great way to teach your children the spirit of giving this time of year!  Find out more info about Operation Christmas Child, and how to participate at www.SamaritansPurse.Org/OCC

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

Operation Christmas Child: How do you Give Back? #OCCGiving

The Holiday Season is approaching quickly.  My kids know that there will be presents under their tree this year. They know that there is a roof over their head, food to eat, and clothes on their backs. What about the children that aren’t certain of those things? It is difficult to imagine being in that place, and it is an even harder concept for my kids to grasp. I want my kids to grow up with a sense of gratitude and giving during the holidays.  I want them to know the real meaning of the season and what it truly stands for. We have done a lot of talking about doing more giving back this year. The kids are fully prepared to get a little less to give a little more, because my budget is still the same. They were all surprisingly for the idea!  All of my children are very compassionate and want to do all that they can.

We decided to take on a project that is the perfect size for my growing givers; Operation Christmas Child.  It is very simple and a great cause.

Here is How to Participate

  • 1. Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.

  • 2. Boy or Girl? Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.
  • 3. Fill it up! Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.
  • 4. Donate $7 Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
  • 5. Drop Off Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.

You can also send shoe box gifts year-round to:

Samaritan’s Purse
Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

When I asked my littlest giver how many boxes she wanted to make this (our first year) her answer was 5. One for each of us to give.   We will see what we can do.  Hopefully we can do more than that!  Stay tuned for our update on how many boxes we will fill this year!

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity. 

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause. 

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

GoDaddy “Check Your Headlights” Awareness & Chance to Win $500

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I am sure you all know that by the pink that seems to be everywhere.  You will notice it on food packaging, football players socks, and more. I love that companies give back to this worthy cause! Go Daddy is giving back by raising awareness via their “Check Your Headlights” program and giving 20% off with coupon code STRENGTH.

I think that when some people hear the word’s Breast Cancer they kind of glaze over.  Either thinking that it can’t happen to them, or thinking of a loved one that has had to struggle with the illness.  In my family my sister and my aunt have both been diagnosed treated and survived this horrific monster.  Not after a long battle and many scars.  However, we are a strong bunch so it takes a lot to knock us down.

Monthly checks are a great way to catch breast cancer before it has a chance to start.  I am so bad about remembering things though.  So I set a reminder in my google calendar.  That way my phone pings me and alerts me that it is that time of the month again to “Check my Headlights” ~giggle~.

Please take the time to support this cause, and don’t forget to “Check Your Headlights”.

Go Daddy would love to know your tip for reminding yourself to check your headlights and is giving away a $500 shopping spree to one lucky person who also registers for their newsletter!

How to enter:
1) Leave a comment below, sharing how you remind yourself to check your headlights
2) When the contact form appears, complete three short fields to be entered to win the shopping spree
3) That’s it! Don’t forget Go Daddy is giving 20% off domains, websites & more with code STRENGTH

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go Daddy. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Make Your Kids Feel Like Royalty & Chance to Win a Princess Cruise


Fairy Tales are the gateway to a child’s imagination.  They open up the mind to the fact that anything is possible with the right attitude and determination. Really when you stop and think about it, this is a life lessons that we could all use a reminder of from time to time.

Fairy Tales warm your heart to hear the story of how the main character overcomes diversity and lives happily ever after. These are all stories we remember from our childhood, and opened up your imagination for the future.

My favorite fairytale character was always Cinderella.  She was such a kind hearted, positive spirit, and didn’t deserve the misfortune of living with her wicked step mother.  In the end, her honesty, kind heart, and caring made her into a loved princess.

Make your kids feel like royalty! Rent Kiara the Brave or another Family Fun title from Redbox between 7/9 and 7/28 for a chance to win a Princess Cruise for your family. Official Sweepstakes Rules

3 Easy ways to enter!                                                                                


1.       Rent a participating movie or game at a Redbox kiosk before 8/27 and enter your email at checkout.Click here for a complete list of participating titles

2.       Reserve a Summer Family Fun movie or game online before 8/27

3.       Go here to find out how to enter without renting

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Redbox. The opinions and text are all mine.

Redbox Summer Fun & Enter to Win Trip for 4 to Toronto

redbox machine

Redbox is a Summer Saver in my house! My kids love going to the “big red machine” and picking out a movie. I like it because it is affordable!

dino dan

This last week my little one had me get Dino Dan: Dino Tracker- Ready Set Dino. I love that Redbox has such a great selection for kids.  My kids love Dino Dan, because it is fun and really gets their imaginations going. They think it is awesome seeing all of the dinosaurs come to life.  It is a winner in my book because it is educational.  How many 4 year olds do you know that can say “Mesozoic?” We are off to the Redbox machine again today to get a new movie. It is just too hot outside to hit the park in the afternoon right now.


Ignite your child’s imagination this summer! Rent Dino Dan: Dino Trackers / Ready? Set? Dino! and other Family Fun movies & games from Redbox this summer and you could win one of three family vacations, including a trip four to Toronto for walk-on role in Dino Dan (if you rent before 7/8)! Official Sweepstakes Rules

3 Easy ways to enter!

1.       Rent a participating movie or game at a Redbox kiosk before 8/27 and enter your email at check out. Click here for a complete list of participating titles

2.       Reserve a Summer Family Fun  title online

3.       Go here to find out how to enter without renting

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf ofRedbox. The opinions and text are all mine.

My Summer Backyard & $25 #SummerWithSears Gift Card Giveaway

013 This year I am enjoying Summer and have really been working on getting the backyard to be my own personal escape.  Since I am not the only person in the house, I have had to take bits and pieces from everyone’s backyard ideas. Half the fun is in the journey, so my backyard isn’t done yet, but I wanted to show you some of the key pieces that I already have! 005

Ahh…my chair! Well, it depends on who you ask, my husband says it is his chair. I just painted it last week with this great avocado colored paint.  I am officially in love with my new spot in the shade.  Especially my hanging flowers!


No back patio is complete with out a place to sit, and chat, and have a bbq of course! I love my little bistro set! I added a shelf for some of my potted flowers.  Can you tell I love flowers yet.


Now, if you ask my hubby this is his perfect addition to the backyard.  It is his pride and joy! Frankly, it is mine too during the hot summer months.  I don’t have to heat up the kitchen!


Then there is my greenery! I love all of my plants, herb garden, and tomato garden.  They make my yard feel so homey.


Then there is some fun I added for the kids.  I love these Leaning Flower Pot Planters and of course their super cool Kiddie Car Washthat has been keeping the kids very busy!


Now that I have shared what turns my backyard into my perfect summer oasis, I want to know what you’ve done to transform your backyard into your oasis. One of my lucky readers will win a $25 Sears gift card!

Need help finding your own pieces for your backyard? Sears is bringing the ease of searching for those perfect pieces with their recently launched iPad digital catalog. On your computer? Don’t fear, Sears has an amazing digital catalog built just for you.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sears. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.