Stuff I Love: Weather Alert Radio

In light of the thunderstorm weather that we’ve been having the past couple days, I have decided to dedicate today’s post to weather safety. When one lives in the crazy clime of Minnesota, one must take certain precautions to stay safe–a weather alert radio is of the utmost importance of precautions!
I have had a weather alert radio on my “to buy” list for over a year now. I recently traded in some of my old college textbooks on’s textbook buyback program in order to receive a gift card money to spend towards anything on (it’s an excellent program and I highly recommend it!). Two days ago, I finally bought a weather alert radio for our home.
It’s a Midland Weather Alert Radio and it has all of the required certifications–S.A.M.E. technology, NOAA, etc…
I love it! (Nevermind my cat Trigger at the edge of the picture)
It was super easy for me to program my state and county, the current time, and what type of alert I wanted to receive, among other things. If you’re in the market for a weather alert radio, I highly recommend this one!
As Ian Leonard on Fox 9 News says, “Stay sky safe!”

Stuff I Love: The Pampered Chef

I’m gonna give you a disclaimer right up front–I love Pampered Chef products and, as a former consultant, I shamelessly hock this stuff for my sister Melissa Guinn, a current consultant. If you want/need anything Pampered Chef, order through her website!

Anyways, my younger sister Chastity hosted a Pampered Chef party at her place this evening and we had a blast! Here’s a picture of Melissa, giving her Pampered Chef spiel and cooking up some BBQ chicken in the Deep Covered Baker.
We played a game while the BBQ chicken was cooking–for every question you asked Melissa about her business, she would give you one ticket. At the end of the question-asking, she drew a ticket out and that person won The Pampered Chef Itty BItty Bevs drink mix. Well, my mom and I pooled our tickets together and guess who ended up winning the drink mix…
My mom, MaMa Joan, the non-drinker!  HAHHAHAHAH! She promptly handed it over to me, because I’m her favorite daughter.
And to top it off, here’s a picture of the completed BBQ chicken on a King’s Hawaiian roll. NOM NOM NOM!

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Thanks to my gorgeous sister Karissa, I am addicted to the most flavorful, fun cupcakes my mouth has ever laid its taste buds on–Gigi’s Cupcakes. My mouth was first introduced to Gigi’s cupcakes a couple years ago when my hubby and I were visiting Karissa in the dirty south. I lovingly refer to the ATL as the dirty dirty. Anyways, a couple of weeks ago I came to find out that there is a Gigi’s Cupcakes location in Minnesota! But alas, it’s all the way over in Golden Valley and I live clear across town. Here’s where my sister Chastity comes in–she is just a doll because when we all met up at my parents house to greet my oldest sister Melissa and her family, Chas had Gigi’s cupcakes in tow. I immediately cued the gates of heaven opening chorus and bowed on my knees, praising Chas and her awesomeness.

So, a few words about Gigi’s and why I love their cupcakes so damn much… Everyday Gigi’s has a different menu of cupcakes available. Today’s menu included mini cupcakes, which is what my sister opted for in order to give me the best value for my taste buds. Today’s assortment included wedding cake, birthday surprise, peanut buttercup and miss princess. My favorite is wedding cake. NOM NOM NOM! See the delectable pictures below!