The softest, most luxurious socks ever made by Gold Toe Ultra Soft

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Gold Toe Socks. They sent me a pair to try and I love them! All opinions are 100% my own.

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I love my luxurious products whether its clothing, cosmetics, shoes, purses… the list goes on! However, much as I love stuff like that (as I’m sure everyone does) I can’t always afford to indulge in such frivolities. This is true for most high end products bur thankfully there are a few simple pleasures in life that even fit the budget of a SAHM like myself. I’ve discovered Gold Toe Socks (because the nice folks over there sent me a few pairs) and I’m in love with how they feel when you put them on. Think of your feet being shrouded in form-fitting silk that is breathable, durable and oh. so. soft.

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With their signature “gold toe” these socks come in several different colors to suit your personal style. I just know that come wintertime, these are going to be my favorite pair of socks to keep my feet warm when its ungodly cold outside. The new wood floors we just put in a few months ago has been an adjustment for us because it’s very different from the soft carpeting that we used to have. These socks have been a wonderful way to keep the ground under my feet a little more comfortable than the hard, cold floor can offer me. Plus they’re pretty easy on the eyes!

The softest, most luxurious socks.. Ever! #OhSoSoft AD

The softest, most luxurious socks.. Ever! #OhSoSoft AD

These aren’t your regular socks that you get in packs of 12 – see how delicious that knit looks? As a former fashion design student, I can say with certainty that this is about as luscious as it gets when it comes to material. The best part is that when you wash them, they still stay just as soft! See how you can get a pair by visiting the Gold Toe Ultra Soft Socks Website.

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How to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie Frozen Custard Cake with DREYER’S Frozen Custard

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Today I have something special to share – It’s quite possibly one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had in a long time… Ever try ice cream cake? Well combine that with chocolate chip cookies and whipped cream and you’ve got something unforgettable! I decided to make this cake out of DREYER’S Frozen Custard that I found at Albertsons the last time I was grocery shopping. Frozen custard has a creamier texture, so I chose Old fashioned vanilla and chocolate malt as my 2 ingredients in this frozen treat.

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This is a great dessert to take to BBQ parties and any other potluck events over the summer because it’s always a crowdpleaser. I mean how can you go wrong with frozen custard and chocolate chip cookies??

I made some home made chocolate chip cookies with my favorite recipe and let them cool completely. I also got my frozen custard ready by letting it soften on the counter for about 15 minutes. Its harder to spread when it’s too firm. You can even use one of those disposable tin pans to simplify cleanup for large parties, I used a fancy baking dish of my own.

First I layered the bottom of the pan with cookies breaking them apart to fit closely together, then I topped it off with a layer of DREYER’S Frozen Custard in Old Fashioned Vanilla. I added another layer of cookies and then topped that with DREYER’S Frozen Custard in Chocolate Malt.

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Just to make it even more special, I thought I’d top it off with a layer of home made whipped cream. Using a pint of whipping cream and 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar, beat it on high speed until you have nice, stiff peaks. Spread on top of the layered dessert and freeze. Let it set for at least 4-6 hours or overnight

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Making it was half as much fun as eating it! What a beautiful mess :)

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So if you want to give this recipe a try, pick up a tub of DREYER’S Frozen Custard and receive 1$ with this coupon. Want more cool recipe ideas? Check out the DREYERS facebook and Pinterest page!

5 simple ways to make your home more energy efficient

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If you live in a southern state like me, you probably know just how blazing hot summers can get. Before I moved to Texas, my idea of a hot summer day was topping off at 85F. The hot summer can really put some damage on the electric bill and I cringe when I see the month’s total cost post because it’s so unpredictable. Atleast with being a homeowner, I have some control over what I can do to help soften the blow like optimizing my home for energy efficiency. My goal is to one day install solar panels on our roof, but for now I’ve put a few simple tactics into play.

1. Replace incandescent lights.

These twisty looking bulbs can cost a wee bit more than your regular light bulbs, but they definitely help cut the cost of energy over the course of a year. CFL’s are know to use 75% less energy than a regular bulb, and what’s even better is that they last longer too!

2. Think of alternative ways to cool your home

Because of the way our AC unit is placed in the attic, the coldest room in our house is JP’s bedroom. His vent is the first one that the cold air reaches when it blows out, and it’s ice-cold – and it feels delicious to be in there on a hot day! Consequently, I place a fan in the door frame of his bedroom to help push that air out into the rest of the home. We also have ceiling fans and some oscillating fans scattered throughout the house. If you want to spring for a digital thermostat, that could save you up to 150$ a year or more. Or you can try to win a nest digital thermostat by heading over here and entering into their sweepstakes.

3. Change the way you do laundry

One thing I’ve noticed about living in the USA that’s not very common is hanging clothing out to dry. Maybe it’s just in my specific area, but when I was growing up in Canada most everyone hung their clothing out to dry in the warm months. We had a clothes line installed in the backyard and my mother would pin up the wet laundry and let the sun and air do it’s thing. There’s something to be said for how crisp and fresh your clothing smells when it’s dry. However, if you’re dead-set against letting your neighbors see your unmentionables hanging in the breeze, you can try to avoid using high temperatures on your dryer and be sure to clean the lint trap often!

4. Keep your water heater warm.

Warm for a water heater can be anywhere between 120 to 140 degrees. It’s not necessary to keep it much higher than that. If you have the extra money, you can opt for a tankless water heater – they are a little pricey but well worth it since they only heat water on demand.

5. Plant a tree.

Adding some shade in the front or back of your home helps cut down on how much direct sunlight hits your windows and heats up your home. Plus, if you like trees, it adds some landscaping to your home!

These are the simple things you can do.. If you want to get more drastic, you can go for something a little more intensive – like installing solar panels on the roof of your home. I’ve seen this done in my neighborhood and I think it’s probably the smartest thing you can do for your home! If you’ve never seen what it looks like, here’s a few examples:

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5 Simple ways to promote energy efficiency in your home #SunrunSolar #CG #AD

Alot of people are frightened off by what the potential cost installing them can be, but Sunrun is a company that has made it affordable for the average family. Wouldn’t it be nice to save an average of 20% on electricity? Of course actual savings vary – see Sunrun’s site for more details. They install, insure, monitor and maintain a solar system that is designed specifically for you and your home. You just pay a low, locked-in rate for the electricity that the panels produce. Now you are in control over your electricity costs and protect yourself against unpredictable  rate increases and surprises when you get your monthly bill. Sunrun can be leased, and homeowners can get started for as little as 0$ down!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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