This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love the beach, there is no hiding it. The beach is a short 45 minute drive for us. I’ve always grown up close to the beach and can’t imagine life any other way. I’m a beach bum, well I guess you could say I use to be a beach bum until I had a baby. But that didn’t stop us from bringing him to the beach. A few weeks ago we brought Ryder to the beach for a few hours and to say he loved it is an understatement. We were even brave (well my husband was) and took him in the water. He is a total water baby! LOVES the water. I can’t wait to do more beach trips with him.

Ryder's First Beach Trip

Now that I’m done sharing a cute baby photo of only the cutest beach baby around I wanted to tell you about how I get my “beach” fix when I can’t make it to the beach. One of my favorite restaurants, Bahama Breeze, is having a brand new event this summer called the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash. That’s right. I can spend half the amount of time it would take to get to the beach and isntead enjoy food and my favorite cocktail with family and friends. Or try the new Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple drink; the must have frozen drink of the summer served in a fresh cut pineapple! Nothing screams summer and the beach like pineapple!

Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times. Every Saturday from now until August 3rd, Bahama Breeze turn’s up the live music and rolls out a mojito bar! You know how much we love mojito’s in my home. Our favorites are Peach Mojitos and Strawberry Mojitos! You choose your fruit, your rum, and watch our bartenders muddle the perfect summer cocktail. We like mojito’s even better when we don’t have to do the work!

If you live near a Bahama Breeze make sure you visit before August 3rd so you can experience the Summer Beach Bash. And while your enjoying your time at the Summer Beach Bash make sure you enter the Instagram Selfie Contest. All you have to do is share a creative selfie of yourself enjoying  your time at the Summer Beach Bash and use the hashtag #MyBBSelfie and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card! Easy as that!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Back in October I introduce you to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants to eat at P.F. Chang’s! For those who didn’t read that post, let me tell you a littl ebit about P.F. Chang’s they have a unique, modern environment combining influences of Asian and American cultures evident from the décor through the menu. From classic favorites to seasonally-inspired fare, P.F. Chang’s offers a delicious array of hand-crafted dishes, desserts and cocktails.

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, surrounded by the sweet flavors of the season. P.F. Chang’s is a perfect spot to answer the call of the holiday sweet tooth.  Did you know that National Pastry day is right around the corner (12/29) of course everyone knows that, so what better way to celebrate the day then by enjoying handcrafted dessert wontons!

They have two new delicious handmade dessert wontons:

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Chocolate Raspberry

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Sweet Vanilla Cream

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They also have two handcrafted holiday beverages – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino and Vanilla Bean Bourbon Milkshake – bring a fresh perspective to holiday sweets in a perfect sip.

So, if you want to take a break from the kitchen this holiday season I encourage you to head over to P.F. Chang’s to try out the new Holiday menu.

What new menu items are you most excited about trying?

Make sure you Follow @pfchangs and Follow P.F. Chang’s on Pinterest for updates and more!

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Who here loves Pei Wei? I do! I’ve been eating my fair share of asian food over the past few months and my craving for it continues! Whether its a quick lunch or date night dinner the fast casual dine-in experience at Pei Wei has you covered!

New! Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps at Pei Wei!

Today, I’m excited to share with you that Pei Wei® Asian Diner is introducing another great flavor to the popular lettuce wrap line-up – new Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps. This new flavor is only available for a limited time (until December). This sweet and spicy pork option complement’s the other three lettuce wrap offerings Pei Wei has to offer; Traditional Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Korean Steak! The Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps are just $6.95 and included all-natural, wok-seared pork with pineapple, red onion, and red and green bell ppepper. Then of course top it off with Pei Wei’s Sriracha sauce–all bundled in a cool lettuce cup. This is perfect as a lunch or even an appetizer to share before your dinner arrives to your table! 

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raise your hand if you love Chinese food? I DO! Since I can remember (the ripe age of 4) I remember bellying up to plates full of Chinese food! I was obsessed with the cuisine and most mornings when my mom would ask me what I wanted for breakfast my response was Chinese food! Which is not like your typical 4 year old. Not much has changed since I was first introduced–you can definitely still find me eating Chinese food for breakfast! When my husband, Jon, asks where to eat out you’ll frequently hear me reply P.F. Changs! They have a new Fall Seasonal Menu that will rock your Chinese food eating socks out! 

First, let’s start with a Apple Cinnamon Martini. 

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Since I can’t drink right now I’m hoping a reader will go and try it for me. I’m a lover of martini’s and this sounds dynamite! It has “Absolut Orient Apple Vodka and Tuaca Liqueur shaken with apple juice, fresh lemon juice and a hint of cinnamon.” Mmm… 

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As the holidays approach, are you looking to cross off a few gifts on your list? I recently had the opportunity to try the brand NEW GODIVA Truffle Flight™. I don’t know about you, but I love receiving chocolate as a gift! When I was a teenager I would receive chocolate from a few of the families that I baby-sat for. I love the holidays because of all the sweet treats. I can also remember my mom purchasing beautiful wrapped boxes of chocolate for my teacher each holiday season.

I had the chance to try the Nut Lovers Truffle Flight™ and the Heavenly Mouse Truffle Flight™. Both are divine, and I cannot wait to try the other 4 flavors (hint hint maybe someone will stuff my stocking with the other four flavors). My absolute favorite out of the two of the Truffle Flights™ was the Café Au Lait Mousse. The café flavor instantly brought me back to Italy where I dined on cups and cones of coffee gelato! The café flavor isn’t over powering. I think those who don’t enjoy coffee would still love the truffle!

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Italian Chicken Gnocchi Soup from @WorldMarket #GourmetGetaway #Italian #Soup #Chicken

You guys know how much I love World Market. I mean who doesn’t love to shop their? I can spend hours on end between the home decor and the large gourmet food and drink section. Oh, and if my husband comes along I’m bound to buy a half dozen different craft beers. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Italian Chicken Gnocchi Soup! As the weather starts to get cooler many Americans run to the kitchen to make a big pot of comforting soup.

Italian Chicken Gnocchi Soup from @WorldMarket #GourmetGetaway #Italian #Soup #Chicken

Gnocchi in a soup? I had the idea brewing in my head for quite some time, and upon returning home from Washington I knew exactly what would make this Italian-style chicken soup stand out. My secret ingredient, salami! I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me to add it to soup. On my first night in Washington we ate at a vineyard. I had a bowl of the orzo and salami soup. It was delicious and packed full of flavor. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first ordered it. Dummy me was thinking it would be large pieces of salami floating in the soup. Nope–nothing like that. It was tiny little diced up pieces of salami. It gave the soup so much depth, and its exactly what it did to my soup here today.

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This article is sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Waters.

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Do you ever feel like you need a break from life? Whether its during the middle of a very long work week or on the weekend and you just want to veg. I haven’t been posting a lot lately and its because I’m trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I’m definitely having some blogger burn-out and I apologize for being so absent! We all go through it in life whether you’re a blogger or just simply living life. We all need a break and a rest.

I’ve been working on ways to enjoy life a little more. During my hectic and chaotic work weeks (remember this blog is not my full time job (I wish)) I take a walk outside and sip on a bottle of Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring WaterWhile walking I dream that I’m walking on the gorgeous beach above. That photo was taken during our cruise last month on our stop to the Dominican Republic.

Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water

Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water is comprised of just three natural ingredients—spring water, natural fruit essence, and bubbles! And, with no sugar or calories, Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water is a good alternative to soda.

Have you tried the delicious flavors of Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water? The flavors include:
- Lemon Essence
- Lime Essence
- Mandarin Orange Essence
- Raspberry-Lime Essence

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Get Your Snack On With New Flavors from Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips!

I recently had the opportunity to sample Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips. I’m a snacker, so I’m always looking for new things to try. I sampled the two new flavors they have out right now; Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chip (Garden Ranch) and Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chip – Barbecue.

Get Your Snack On With New Flavors from Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips!

I could not put either of the bags down, and I’m not just saying that because this is a sponsored post. I’m saying that because I am truly in love with these chips (and of course fortunate that I can share that with my readers). Ok, so now that I’m done gushing, let’s talk about each of the two new flavors.

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RealSweet Vidalia Onions via Katie's Cucina

I’m excited to share with you a fun giveaway from my friends over at Shuman Produce home of the RealSweet® Vidalia®  Onions. Shuman Produce is a family owned business and has been around for the past 25 years, headquartered in the Vidalia region of Georgia. I grew up all my life loving onions. Especially french onion soup! The one thing I love most about food blogging is the recent connection I’ve been able to build with local farms. So many times we forget to realize how the produce we purchased in the grocery store was grown, harvested, packaged, and sent to our local stores. Did you know that RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions are planted in September and aren’t typically harvested until mid-April? I had no idea that Vidalia onions took that long to grow. The season runs from Mid-April through August. I honestly feel like its something we take for granted. To read about the harvest process in more detail you can go read Farm to Table.

And in case you don’t want to read about how RealSweet® Vidalia®  onions are harvested you can watch this quick video to get a sneak peak to see how Vidalia onions are harvested at Shuman Produce!

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Roasted Mango Chipotle Grilled Shrimp Skewers using products from @WorldMarket from  #CelebratingDad #Recipe #grilling

I’m fortunate that I can grill just about year round. But for others, I know that the snow has melted and the weather has finally warmed up making it perfect weather for grilling! I use to be intimidated by the grill; however, last year, I embraced it and haven’t turned back since! I LOVE grilling, and since I live in Florida and its already in the 90′s I grill almost every night during the summer months in an effort to keep our home as cool as possible.

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