The Secret on Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte No One Wants You to Know #PSL



I’ve got a secret….

Do you love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) as much as I do? Are you literally counting down the days until they go LIVE in stores? I have it on my calendar I kid you not.  I’ve been so excited for next week for the unveiling. To me a PSL symbolizes the beginning of fall. But tonight my heart got broken.

Tonight Starbucks broke my heart. Here is a recap of what happened.

My hubby and I went in to Starbucks tonight. I ordered a Decaf Cinnamon Dolce Latte and paid with my app and then said are you excited for September 8th? The woman asked why. I said because PSL comes out. She said “no, I don’t like them.” Then she said…. “We have all the stuff we made one earlier today.” WHAT????? Now while this convo is happening my hubby was placing and paying for his order. (We pay separate on our apps to get the stars.) So Nick asked to change his order and I was like me too. Mind you they hadn’t started making ours yet. I don’t think they even grabbed our cups for it. The woman said “No. Come back tomorrow.” Really?

So I wanted to share the secret. Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks and you don’t have to wait until September 8th. And my heart is slightly broken from this whole experience.

Have Pasta Anytime, Anywhere! – Pasta Chips


Growing up I barely ever ate pasta. My mom made spaghetti once every other month. Needless to say I married an Italian and was quickly introduced to pasta (the proper way) along with cheese, meats and bread. Boy was I missing out.

I learned how to make my mother in law’s gravy, plus I’ve learned a number of other pasta recipes along the way. We especially love my Roasted Garlic Fettucene Alfredo. To make a good sauce it takes time. The flavors need to marinate for hours and it can be tedious.

Introducing Pasta Chips! You get the flavor of pasta without all the hassle and hours hovering over the stove. Plus you can bring them on the go with you.

I recently tried a bunch of their flavors and I am completely in love with the Garlic Olive Oil. That was by far my favorite. That being said I really enjoyed them all. My hubby’s fave was the Marinara.

Last week I was in New York and brought them along in my bag so I had a snack just in case. I shared them with 2 women at the event  I was attending and they loved them just as much as I do.

Since we are in the midst of renovations things are a little bit chaotic in our home. I would love to try them with a nice dip. On the back of each bag they feature different dips that pairs well with the chip.

Pasta Chips are now available at stores and markets located all over New Jersey!

Pasta Chips are lighter,  healthier and better for dipping than any other chip on the market…pasta normally gets a bad rep for being heavy…but that’s not true with Pasta Chips…get all the pasta flavor with none of the carb-filled guilt.


Quick Facts:

  • 5 delectable flavors inspired by the sauces and tastes of Italy: Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Garlic Olive Oil, and Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • Made with All Natural ingredients – Premium Semolina Flour and Farro
  • Oven Baked – Thin and Crispy
  • 120 Calories and 20% less fat then leading pita chip brands
  • No Cholesterol
  • Kosher Certified

So next time you are in the grocery aisle keep a lookout for Pasta Chips then come back and tell me what flavor you tried. I can’t wait to hear.


*Disclaimer – I received these products from Pasta Chips. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.



Take Your Sandwich to the Next Level with Empire Mayo

Mayo… we all use it… we all love it.

Now what if I told you that there is flavored mayo. And by flavored I mean bring your sandwich to another level, flavored.

Recently I had the opportunity to check out Empire Mayo’s products. First off they are super cool peeps (I could tell by my interaction) and they make all their mayo fresh each day. And in amazeball flavors.

I had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to try. I went with the Bacon Mayo, Lime Pickle Mayo and the White Truffle Mayo.

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My hubby and I tested all the mayos on a number of items from sandwiches to French fries.


Bacon Mayo Thanksgiving Day Sandwich

The Bacon Mayo was great on a turkey sandwich. We tried it on a regular turkey and cheese sandwich. But then my hubby made an amazing after Thanksgiving sandwich with Bacon Mayo, leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce on whole grain bread toasted. “It took my leftover Thanksgiving sandwich to the next level” according to my hubby. He makes this sandwich every year but always used regular mayo.

The Lime Pickle was best on a ham sandwich. Instant Cuban sandwich!

The Truffle Mayo is best on anything. My favorite was dipping French fries in it. I often make homemade fries and add truffle oil and parm cheese to them after but I also enjoy mayo on my fries so this was the perfect combo.

Empire Mayo has a number of recipes on their website so check’em out. Try them with your chicken salad, on a wrap, in your pasta.

Seriously you must check out their products. You can shop online or stop by their NY store. Tell them I sent you.

*My hubby is requesting that I mention his sandwich abilities in this post. He states he is the ultimate sandwich maker. And I’d have to agree.

Toffee To Go is Scrumptious! (Plus a Coupon Code)

I love Toffee! My whole family does. So I was dying to try Toffee To Go products out as soon as I heard about them.

When I spoke with Lisa the owner I asked if I HAD to share with my hubby. She thought I should if he deserved it and he really is the best hubby ever. I always say I’m the luckiest girl, so I guess it was only fair I let him try it too.

I also need to note that this came at the perfect time… not just because it’s Valentine’s Week but because the hubby and I have recently been on a no-sugar no-salt diet. We are at the beginning of week 3 and needless to say I’ve been craving sugar, butter and salt like a mad woman.

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The package I received from Toffee To Go contained 3 different styles of their homemade toffee:

Milk Chocolate Almond

Dark Chocolate Pecan

White Macadamia Nut

I have always strayed away from white chocolate as I’ve never been a fan and always went for the milk chocolate. Not sure how they do it but the Toffee To Go White Chocolate was by far my favorite, second place went to the dark chocolate followed by the milk chocolate. I was a bit shocked that the milk chocolate wasn’t my favorite but it was a pleasant surprise that it wasn’t.

I did share with my hubby (see only children do know how to share). His fave was the Dark Chocolate followed by the White Chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

The toffee was super buttery and sugary just the perfect mix. It truly is absolute perfection! The company is owned by Lisa & Jim Schalk and is Jim’s family recipe. They hand make each batch. And you can tell! They were super fresh and just scrumptious!

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Wait… can we talk about the adorable packaging? The box and bow it was packaged in is sooo super cute. Perfect for your Valentine!


And don’t just take my word for it… Toffee To Go is also one of Oprah’s Favorite Things too!


Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Even if you don’t you need to add this to your list. And if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day or if you are single even better. Treat yourself.


Toffee To Go is offering my readers Free Shipping with a $27 purchase this month use code “FSVAL” at checkout.


Oh and don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook!


Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Product was provided by Toffee To Go.



DIY At Home Caramel Spa

Looking for a way to relax after a long summer day? MODERATION NATION Good Life Gurus HowDoesShe are sharing the inside scoop on how to use caramel to get that summer glow from head to toe without setting foot in a spa.

Follow these simple tips and beauty treatments, inspired by the new HERSHEY’S SIMPLE PLEASURES Chocolates with Creamy Caramel, to look and feel your best in no time!

Light a caramel-scented candle to inspire sweet relaxation and to create an atmosphere of a spa at home.

  • Try a DIY Caramel Facial (recipe below) with simple ingredients from your pantry that will exfoliate and hydrate your skin to leave you feeling fresh and fabulous!
  • Whip up a homemade Caramel Hair Treatment (recipe below) and relax while it sinks in by savoring HERSHEY’S SIMPLE PLEASURES Chocolates with Creamy Caramel. The new flavor joins the original varieties, all of which you’ll feel great about loving because they have 30% less fat*. Perfect for a balanced lifestyle!
  • Apply a shiny caramel nail polish or a creamy caramel eye color once you are done pampering for a neutral chic summer makeup look.

And while you are indulging you should be snacking on the Hersey’s Simple Pleasures Caramel Chocolates. They are truly divine!



DIY Beauty Treatments

Inspired by HERSHEY’S SIMPLE PLEASURES Chocolates with Creamy Caramel

 The Chocolate Spa DIY Caramel Facial

Recipe provided by The Spa at The Hotel Hershey

  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Plain Oatmeal


1.       Mix all the ingredients together and apply to the face in circular motions to exfoliate the skin.
2.       Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
3.       Follow with a mild cleanser.

Why it works:

ü  Brown sugar exfoliates and hydrates the skin.
ü  Honey prevents skin dehydration and is also a natural antiseptic.
ü  Oatmeal removes dirt and oil from the pores.
ü  Milk’s amino acids moisturize and smooth the skin.

Caramel Hair Treatment

Recipe provided by HowDoesShe


  • 6 tbsp. Honey
  • 6 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 overripe Bananas
  • 3 tbsp. Molasses
  • 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. Wheat Germ Oil


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a saucepan. Place the pan on medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture forms a thick batter (you may need to add water during this process to get the consistency you want).
  3. Let the mixture cool and divide your hair into 3-4 sections, each secured with a clip. Apply the cooled mixture to your hair, starting at the roots and then spreading down to the ends.
  4. Once your hair is completely coated by the caramel treatment, cover it with a plastic hair cap and let it sit for 1-2 hours (or overnight for extra dry hair).
  5. Wash, condition, and style your hair as usual. You can freeze the extra mixture for future use. Your hair will love its soft, gorgeous makeover.



*Disclosure: I received information about HERSHEY’S SIMPLE PLEASURES Milk Chocolate with Creamy Caramel products and items for the caramel beauty care package from The Hershey Company. All expressed opinions are my own.

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