Freedom With Dryel

Disclosure: I am partnered with Dryel as a Dryel Ambassador, and I have received free products and compensation. I’m proud and excited for this wonderful partnership and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are so very my own!

Have you tried the Dryel pen? Dryel saves time and gives you the freedom to wear what you want and when! Now I'm not afraid of spills on my favorite clothes

The thing is, I have a favorite summer shirt.

I never knew I’d be someone who has a favorite summer shirt. I sort of followed in the footsteps of my mom – an artist/art teacher – as someone who often has paint and/or glue all over her clothes. And doesn’t care! I also have two children, who are past toddler-age and even pretty self-contained in their comings and goings, but I’m still and will always be a hands-on mom. My daughter spilled a smoothie down the front of my shirt yesterday. I sat in half-melted chocolate chips last week.

That’s why it’s despite my efforts that I still have a favorite summer shirt.

I’m talking crisp linen and lace – in the kind of light blue you only ever see in nature or in fairy tales. I’m talking little metal buttons I keep track of, and even sew back on if they get too loose. The thing is, this is a shirt I care about. Even as an adult, there are play clothes and there are nice clothes. Sometimes that line gets blurred, but if there’s a shirt that I will forever associate with summer nights and fireflies, I want to take care of it. If there’s a shirt I want to associate with juicy strawberry picking and chocolate chip ice cream cones, then I need to know I have a plan in action for keeping it spot-free.

What I have found out, and what I’m telling you – is that there is freedom with Dryel.

As a Dryel Ambassador, I have my supply of my “secret weapon” – the Dryel Pen! No longer do I fear wearing my favorite shirt, because I’m no longer afraid of spilling and/or ruining it! I can’t stand leaving my favorite shirts and dresses in the back of my closet – just because I’m too afraid to wear them. I will no longer avoid my favorites, like this dress!

Have you tried the Dryel pen? Dryel saves time and gives you the freedom to wear what you want and when! Now I'm not afraid of spills on my favorite clothes

The Dryel Pen is pretty amazing. It packs a LOT of punch, and is small enough to carry everywhere and to take with you when you’re traveling. That way you can wear your favorites on vacation! What’s better than that? This powerful pen works great on wools, silks, rayons, linens, cottons, and other special care fabrics. They also work on dry clean-only clothes, delicates, and hand washables. The soft touch applicator is gentle – and the scrubber works like an eraser to eliminate your stains. The Dryel On-The-Go Pen is cost-effective and eco-friendly, and has no harsh chemicals! Take it anywhere you go!

This unique product has a ridged tip to allow for more uses. It fights some of the biggest messes I make – or my kids make – when I’m either home or away from home. You can get your Dryel On-The-Go Stain Remover at Amazon with this link.

Have you tried the Dryel pen? Dryel saves time and gives you the freedom to wear what you want and when! Now I'm not afraid of spills on my favorite clothes

Do you have a favorite summer shirt?

Have you tried the Dryel pen? Dryel saves time and gives you the freedom to wear what you want and when! Now I'm not afraid of spills on my favorite clothes

July 4th Recipe: Summer Meals Are Easy as #GrabGoWow

This post is sponsored by Kraft-Heinz.

Having a July 4th or summer party? My Wave Your Flag Cheesecake is the PERFECT recipe for a summer day. Head to Walmart for easy ingredients. #ad #GrabGoWow

I hope you’re ready to be super impressed, because I made this amazing cheesecake for a summer party!

Not only that, I’m absolutely making it again for the Fourth of July, and for every party ever. July 4th is special to us for a variety of reasons. It’s the weekend I met Cassidy 13 years ago – and saw my first moose. It’s always been a big deal in my family. When I was a kid, my parents would throw epic July 4th parties. Along with the seven of us in total, what seemed like hundreds of loved ones would arrive in twos and fours – armed with coolers, freshly baked pies, and cold summer salads. We had a giant, kidney-shaped pool and people would put out their towels on our lawn. I don’t think you could see even an inch of green lawn – because the entire lawn was covered by colorful towels and happy people. The food was memorable!

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After the sun went down, we would light sparklers and small fireworks. We would eat melting ice cream and then spoon up all the rainbow sprinkles that had sunk to the bottom of our “ice cream soup.” My dad would blast 80’s music out of the speakers he kept under our deck, and we’d all be swatting mosquitoes and enjoying shared stories. Sometimes, people would even go night-swimming. It was summer in a nutshell! Those are the memories I strive to make with my family.

Recently, I discovered #GrabGoWow. This is meal planning made easy. You check out the recipes and meal solutions here and you’ll find everything you need – recipes, ingredients, specific products, and even if the products are on sale! Not only are you saving time, but you’re saving yourself the stress of figuring out complicated recipes, or ones in which you have to go to several locations. In fact, I was able to get everything I needed in only minutes, and I saved money.

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You can build your basket online or in-store! This easy meal planning solution has easy-to-prep recipes that make a meal really WOW your loved ones. Hey, you can even WOW yourself. I was so pleased with the ease and beauty of this recipe.


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Wave Your Flag Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 20 servings

Wave Your Flag Cheesecake


  1. 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  2. 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  3. 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  4. 1 pkg. (10.75 oz.) prepared pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  5. 4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
  6. 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  7. ice cubes
  8. 1 cup cold water
  9. 1/1/3 cups blueberries, divided
  10. 1/4 cup sugar


  • 1. Slice 1 cup strawberries and halve the rest
  • 2. Add boiling water to gelatin in large bowl and stir until dissolved
  • 3. Add ice to cold water to make 2 cups, add to gelatin and stir until melted
  • 4. Refrigerate 5 min. or until slightly thickened while lining bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake
  • 5. Stir sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries into gelatin, then spoon over cake
  • 6. Refrigerate 4 hours or until gelatin is firm
  • 7. Whisk cream cheese and sugar together in large bowl, then stir in COOL-WHIP
  • 8. Spread over gelatin and decorate with strawberries and blueberries
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Awesome, right? YOU can do this! Kraft Heinz offers the recipes, and Walmart offers the products. This is meal planning at its finest. Go here to be inspired. I’m telling you – I totally wowed my family. And that’s not always easy to do.

We also picked up drink ingredients, because what’s better than lemonade on a summer day?

Are you looking for GREAT taste without a lot of effort? Check out #GrabGoWow. These easy-to-prep recipes are SO awesome. My Wave Your Flag Cheesecake impressed a LOT of people. Everything was easy for me, and my cheesecake feeds 20 people. You can’t beat that for a summer barbecue. Summer’s here and you can explore delicious, simple recipes with ingredients from Walmart. Save time and money by adding items to your online cart or shopping list, and then execute a gorgeous recipe! They are delicious yet easy to make. So save time and money and grab those Kraft Heinz items at Walmart!

What will YOU make? Find more recipes, tips and tricks for your perfect summer HERE.