Nutty Bars Ice Cream

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Nutty Bars Ice Cream is a rich peanut butter ice cream loaded to the absolute max with chunks of Little Debbie’s classic Nutty Buddy Wafer Bars.

Over the top? Maybe a little bit, but who is going to complain when you hand them a bowl of ice cream that literally tastes like a peanut butter cup filled with chunks of nutty bars? No one. That is who.

a scoop of nutty bars ice cream in a white ramekin with a nutty bar sticking out of the scoop

Nutty Bars Ice Cream

A bowl of this ice cream tastes like a childhood dream come true – if your childhood happened to include Nutty Buddy Bars. Full disclosure, mine did not.

However, Sean introduced me to these irresistible peanut butter-filled, chocolate-coated wafer bars when we were first married and oh man, I made up for lost time.

Nutty Bars are his first choice for a packaged snack and have been for about as long as I’ve known him. (Side note – the bars are branded differently now, no clue why. They may be Nutty Buddy bars or just Nutty Bars where you are.)

So, naturally, when I had the idea for Nutty Buddy Ice Cream? It needed to happen just as soon as I could get to the store for a box of Nutty Bars.

a vertically aligned photo of a scoop of nutty bars ice cream in a white ramekin with a box of nutty buddy bars visible in the background

With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting

My Summer Skincare & Makeup Staples

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Now that we’re in the thick of the dog days of summer (it’s hot out there!), I want to share how my beauty routine has changed with the temperature change. I wear less makeup in the summer months. For one, it’s hot out and the last thing I want to do is put a lot on my skin (other than SPF!). It needs to feel light or I’m probably not wearing it all. That said, I still want to look put together when we’re out at the pool or meeting up with friends. While SPF is a priority for me year-round, we wear A LOT of safer sunscreen as a family come summer. After all, limiting sun damage is the #1 anti-aging “secret.”

Here are a handful of my skincare and makeup staples that you’ll find in my beauty bag this summer.

I’m sharing my summer skincare & makeup staples for summer!

My Summer Skincare & Makeup Staples

With the arrival of warmer weather, it’s important to adjust our skincare and makeup routines accordingly. 

For summer, I recommend incorporating lightweight moisturizers with SPF, tinted moisturizers or BB creams for natural and breathable coverage, and waterproof mascara to withstand hot and humid days. To keep your skin feeling cool and refreshed, don’t forget to use a facial mist or setting spray throughout the day. 

These summer staples will help you look and feel your best all season long!

Beautycounter Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Facial Mask

Beautycounter Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Facial Mask

I am still LOVINGGGG the Reflect Effect AHA Mask. Yo

GORP {a.k.a. the original trail mix}

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With a little bit of sweet and salty goodness in every bite, GORP is a snack mix that my family devours every time we make it. Lucky for all of us, it’s an easy hassle-free trail mix to make.

GORP is the classic trail mix you probably recall from childhood and I’m happy to report that it’s just as tasty as I remembered. Whether it’s for a quick road trip, a movie night, or a longer camping trip, GORP has long been a favorite for all of us.

GORP (a.k.a. the original trail mix) get the recipe at

What Is GORP?

GORP is an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts” which was, according to some, the very first trail mix. Chocolate is traditionally included in most recipes for GORP. Today, GORP and trail mix are more or less synonymous.

I grew up munching on GORP whenever my family was road tripping. Some variation of this recipe was always our trail mix of choice. Typically, my family made their trail mix with peanuts, raisins, and m&ms or chocolate chips.

I’ve been traveling a lot over the past 6 weeks and am constantly in need of quick, easy, and tasty snacks to enjoy on the go. There are so many pre-packaged snacks available these days but GORP has remained the travel-friendly snack I reach for the most.


Trail mix is the perfect sweet and salty snack for long driving days, or for days spent on the go exploring a new city.

GORP probably became THE travel food (and the snack hikers took on long trails) because it’s easy to pack and carry and doesn’t spoil. Luckily, it also happens to be pretty nutritious for a convenience food!

The blend of dried fruit for energy and nuts for protein and fat helps keep hunger at bay and keeps you going all travel day long.

That said, GORP is also one of my favorite snacks for a night-in or to have in my bag on a long day of running errands. Easy to proportion into ziploc bags or small serving containers, this trail mix is also ideal for packing in lunches and tucking into backpacks.

This handy square canister of snack mix has a regular place in my camper kitchen and we all reach for it often. I have probably mixed together a batch of GORP at least once if not twice a week all summer long.

Crop Top Crunch Time 2023

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crop top crunch time

Want Abs? Do this!

Our 2023 Crop Top Crunch Time (mini) Challenge is here! This is a FREE 14 day abs challenge you can do at-home in 10 minutes or less.

You will feel tighter, more toned and ready to take on summer at the end of the two weeks, so what are you waiting for? We start together on June 5th.

14 day crop top crunch time challenge

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Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

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Sweet bits of pineapple and spicy jalapeño combine to make this easy pineapple salsa one of our favorite condiments and snacks.

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long you already know that there are not many recipes that I label “the best”. This salsa is well qualified for that title.

Pineapple Salsa

There is a Mexican restaurant in my city that serves a pineapple salsa that I have enjoyed for a while now.

I have no idea why it took me so long to try making my own, but a sale on pineapples finally pushed me to try. What was I waiting for? This pineapple jalapeno salsa absolutely smokes my former favorites.

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa

I ate this salsa three days in a row and I am not even going to pretend that I shared more than a taste or two with my family. They all liked it, but I lucked out and was able to hide it away.

Most of it, I ate straight out of the bowl with tortilla chips (and, if I’m being honest, a few times with a spoon). I also spooned some on top of some leftover chicken and salad for lunch.

I am making more of this today and will have to share this time because I promised. My oldest son was not happy that the first batch “disappeared” so quickly.

pineapple salsa in mixing bowl with lime wedges

Pineapple Jalapeno Dip

Over the past ten years, this spicy pineapple salsa has become a solid favorite with family and friends. I’ve given this recipe out countless times after sharing the salsa with friends.

We love this salsa on Hawaiian Hot Dogs, Carnitas Street Tacos, and Carnitas Salad Bowls. I make a double batch of this salsa almost every time we’re barbecuing with friends and it disappears fast. Eaten with a spoon, scooped up with chips, or piled over burgers,