AJ Runs On Dunkin'

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Last month, we packed all of our worldly belongings into an 8'x12' Pod and officially moved from the 'burbs to a condo Downtown Little Rock. It's been a crazy transition - from driving less, walking more, and re-learning how to walk the dog, we are adjusting to condo life quite nicely.

One thing I have not quite adjusted to, of course, is my morning drink stop routine. I was in a pretty steady habit of dropping by Dunkin' Donuts® for an iced coffee several days a week on my way to work. Now that I just walk a few blocks, that's no longer an option.  Enter: Dunkin' at Kum & Go®! Iced coffee is a perfect summer morning treat, and Dunkin' Donuts has the best, so I had my husband drop by Kum & Go® to stock up on a few bottles for us to keep at home!

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So, here's the deal. I stock my fridge with Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, then I put it over ice in a to-go cup to give myself the full drive-thru treatment. I also usually add a little cinnamon just for some zest. It's tasty, it's cute, and I swear I type faster after I've had a few sips. If you've ever wondered how I do it all - the answer is caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.

You can pick it up from any Kum & Go® in one of four flavors - Mocha, Original, French Vanilla, and Espresso. They're all great, and all super easy to pour over ice in your own kitchen and take on-the-go. BB's favorite is Mocha, and I'm partial to Original.

Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee ALSO makes a great little gift for your coffee-obsessed co-workers! You can drop by the dollar store and pick up a cup, some little bags, and a bow to put together an adorable gift for promotions, anniversaries, birthdays, or just for fun.

And just for good measure, here's one of me hamming it up for the camera. Is this what it's like to be a full time blogger? 

Kum & Go® clearly understands caffeine addiction, as they have an entire coffee SECTION in their cold drinks. You can find it chilling (literally) there, and we saw some by the register in a cooler too.

If you're a frequent Kum & Go® shopper, make sure you join their rewards program!

Y'all know I love a convenience store.

Summer Gifts for Dog People

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When I threw my first party at our house, I remember my friend Sandra brought a housewarming gift for both us AND our pug. Zoey got her own small bag of treats and bones (which she throughly enjoyed) and I thought it was so sweet to include our fur kid.

I love the idea of including the most important member of the family in a summer fun gift basket, especially for couples who don't have kids; So I put together a dog-approved gift basket you'll want to give for every occasion. BBQ. Picnic. House Warming Party. A picnic basket full of goodies for humans and dogs could be the perfect companion for an afternoon trip to the dog park. As a bonus, I've included an opportunity to win $100 to Walmart and get $$$ off all of these items at the bottom of this post!

Here's what you'll need for the basket:

Grab the biggest bag of M&M's® you can find, because duh. Starburst® Minis, because they're UNWRAPPED and so much easier to eat in one sitting. The ice cream cookie sandwiches are so clutch, because somehow the cookies stay soft and it's delicious and wonderful.  Dr Pepper® Cherry - the drink of the summer, and some fun party wares so they're ready to go everywhere. For the pups, Pedigree Dentastix®. Zoey LOVES these things, and they're super affordable to get a large amount. You'll find them in the dog food section at Walmart with the treats and rawhide. 

I also put together this adorable jar if you want to do something smaller scale just for the pup. This could be great for a dog birthday party (trust me, they happen!) or play date. Just fill a jar with tissue paper, tennis balls, and Pedigree Dentastix® for a fun AND functional gift!

To wrap the whole thing up, I made these dog-inspired gift tags you can tie on to a basket or jar and sign on the back. You can find the full size version for printing here.

Don't worry, we took all of these snacks for a spin to make sure they brought the appropriate amount of summer fun and family happiness. Our own family fun picnic went off without a hitch...until Zoey finished her treat and went after my ice cream.

Now here's the fun part. Mars is offering you the chance to win $100 worth of Summer Fun! Not only can you download special coupons for the goodies I included in the basket, you can enter to win a $100 giftcard to Walmart. You can also download the Blippar app from the Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content. Endless summer, here we come.

 BB's Shirt: Fur & Collar. Shorts, Express. // My Overalls: Current/Elliot. Tee: The Limited.

BB's Shirt: Fur & Collar. Shorts, Express. // My Overalls: Current/Elliot. Tee: The Limited.

Healthy Food for Busy People

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I hate being that person who always talks about how busy they are, but it's just the truth. Trying to fit everything into one day AND take care of myself is just about one of the hardest things I have to do. LEAN CUISINE® has long been my choice for meals on the go, and when I got to try their newest line up of amazing meals, I knew they'd fit into my lifestyle perfectly.

Here's the deal with frozen meals: the trick is plating everything you can! I can't always do this at work, but at home it makes every meal feel like I'm some fancy chef. Just add parsley! I always try to find ways to make every day a little more fabulous. Here's how I eat all of my favorite meals:

AT WORK

Most days, I have to run from one job to the other with little time to fix a healthy lunch. This usually ends with me driving through a burger place and eating something truly terrible for me. It's so easy to throw one of these in my bag in the morning to make for lunch and eat at my desk that I can skip the drive thru.

AFTER WORKING OUT

With 15g, the Sweet & Spicy Korean-Style Beef is a protein packed after workout meal. For me, protein is essential for those 5:30 evening spin classes, otherwise I'm struggling to walk the next day.

FOR A SNACK OR SIDE

I'm a big fan of all things mac & cheese, and one of the biggest tricks when you're dieting is not to deny yourself of your favorite things. This White Cheddar Mac & Cheese is low-calorie and made with organic pasta, so it's the perfect way to treat myself without over indulging. I like to add a little grated cheese on top to make it feel fancy.

If you want to try some of these delicious meals for yourself, pop into Walmart and you'll find them in the frozen food aisle. I've already seen about five other meals I'm dying to try!