Popped and Paired Fall Snack and Cocktail Pairings Featuring SkinnyPop

Original  (4.4 oz. Bag)
SkinnyPop has been one of my go to snacks for the last several years. It is a treat I reach for when I need a work snack, a travel snack or I know when I am going to be in a place, like a track meet, for several hours where there may not be gluten free options. It's light, yummy, non-GMO and gluten free...what could be Better than that? 

SkinnyPop created several fall cocktail recipes and then paired them with their flavored popcorn for their Popped and Paired series. What I love about this concept is that this is the Best easy entertaining tip. In addition, because SkinnyPop is so light on the calories, you can easily spurge on cocktails and balance things out with your snack without feeling guilty.

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Friday Favorites: Best Sweatshirt, Moscow Mule Gummies, Hearth and Hand Preview, NJ Housewives and Pumpkin Spice Lattes


Friday is here! Back today to link up with ErikaNarci and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) JoyLab Turtleneck Layering Sweatshirt

JoyLab is the new athleisure line from Target and it's amazing. I was in Minneapolis this week and checked out the new line because while it was crazy hot and humid at home...the Twin Cities felt just like fall. This is the Best sweatshirt for pairing with your leggings for hanging out in a hotel room but could also go with jeans. The fabric is light and super soft and the turtleneck has the perfect amount of slouch. Runs true to size, I took a small.


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***Although I work for Target in Government Affairs, all opinions are my own
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Workin' It Wednesday: Making Your House Cozy





Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. October's topic is "Making Your House Cozy." I am going to do my Best here, because it is currently in the 70's and 80's ...and it shouldn't be this time of year. So as I write this post I will pretend that the air is crisp and that it doesn't feel like you are standing inside someone's mouth currently outside. Seriously, it is so gross out.


 fall autumn charlie brown snoopy leaves GIF


Bedding

Flannel Sheets

We love flannel sheets in our house. I think it is the New Englander in me, but as soon as it is semi cool out I try to get our flannel sheets on the beds. 

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Friday Favorites: Leopard Shoes, Feeling Better When You Are Sick, Good Low Cal Ice Cream


This week actually flew by. Back today to link up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) When the urgent lines are short:

I woke up crazy early Saturday morning with my head pounding and totally stuffed up. I have been fighting this for over a week and knew it was time for me to get some Better meds. When Hockey Guy woke up, I told him he should eat a quick breakfast and get dressed because he needed to go to urgent care with me before they got too busy. Running Daddy was going to be at the track meet all day, so I needed my urgent care companion. I mentioned that we needed to get there early before the sprained ankles from soccer and fall ball got there!

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The Blended Blog Asks: Fall Theme


Today I am linking up with the Blended Blog for The Blended Blog Asks -- a Good way to start a Monday. Let's jump into these Fall Theme questions.

1) Favorite Fall Sweet Treat?

Gluten free pumpkin roll from this amazing gluten free bakery near my house. It's the Best.

2) Red, Yellow, or Green Apples?

Red--McIntosh to be exact. They taste like fall.

3) Favorite Fall Sport to Play?


I don't really play any sports, but I watch a lot of youth hockey which has already started.

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Friday Favorites: Best Glasses from Warby Parker, Pumpkin Bread and Pancakes, Good Sandwich, Best Sheath Dress and Good Chef/Better Person


Friday is here! Back today to link up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Grilled brie, turkey and dried cherries:

I mentioned earlier this week I am working on some Good easy dinners to help with the nights there is a lot of homework. Tuesday night we had grilled sandwiches to order with organic tomato soup (thank you Trader Joe's). I decided I wanted something a little different, so I made a grilled turkey and brie on gluten free bread and then added some dried cherries, they were actually cherry infused Craisins. It was so Good. I will be adding this to my easy dinner and lunch rotation all fall.

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What's Up Wednesday September 2017


Why hello end of September. Where did you come from? Since this is the last Wednesday of the month I am linking up with MelShaeffer, and Shay to share What's Up Wednesday!


What We're Eating This Week

Monday-Shrimp tacos
Tuesday-Grilled cheese to order, tomato soup
Wednesday-Pork tenderloin with Tatefully Simple Slow Cooker Sauce
Thursday-Chicken pesto pasta
Friday-Pizza night

or Plan B---There is a lot of homework in our house lately, so I am also trying really hard to keep some really easy and healthy options on hand in case homework takes priority over dinner. A couple of nights last week we had grilled cheese sandwiches on really Good, crusty bread (including gluten free for me) with some pre-made organic tomato soup. Even a soup and sandwich can be made the Good Better Best way!

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An Eye for Fall Fashion with Warby Parker


A chill is in the air, you have a PSL in hand and the leaves are crisping under your feet, finally it's fall. You have a new pair of booties, a blanket scarf and maybe a comfy sweater for the new season, but when was the last time you updated your eyeglasses? That's right, how many years have you been wearing the same old glasses?

Recently I came across the Concentric Collection from Warby Parker and they are the Best option for fall. Warby Parker is the ultimate disruptor in the eyewear industry bringing their customers fashionable and durable eyewear at a fraction of the cost of traditional eyeglass stores. I am a big fan of Warby Parker and wear their Annette style every day. Frankly, after owning their glasses for almost two years, I think I am a Warby Parker customer for life.

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Friday Favorites: New Technology, Best Fall Shirt, Best Example of Friendship, Bobbi Brown on Sale, and My New Fall Bag


Hello Friday it's good to see you! Back today to link up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) New technology:

On Labor Day weekend, my laptop died. I am talking "blue screen of death" died. This lovely malfunction happened just as school was starting and just when I had some very fun posts planned. 

  80s retro 1980s malfunction GIF

Don't worry, those fun posts are still coming because I did get a swanky new laptop. Since my old laptop was almost eight years old and one I never really loved in the first place, Running Daddy urged me just to bite the bullet and get a new one. So far so Good one this and I am so happy to be back up and running.

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Friday Favorites: Champagne Gummies, Bell Sleeves, Chip and Joanna are coming to Target, Best Pullover

It's Friday and what a week! I have been gone most of the week on a work trip, but now the weekend is here and it's time to link up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Champagne Dreams Brut & Rose Gummies

I was in Target this week on my trip and found these very fun gummies. I bought a pack for Running Daddy and myself. I thought it would be fun to pop them open this weekend as a treat. Has anyone else tried these?
Champagne Dreams Gourmet Gummies
***Even though I work at Target in Government Affairs, all opinions are my own

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Workin' It Wednesday--Transitioning Your Fall Wardrobe


Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. Today's topic is Transitioning our Fall Wardrobe.

The weather around here is feeling a little like early fall sooner than usual but it could warm up any day. It's the time of year to start putting away the summer clothes and slowly pulling out the early fall items. Here's how I go about getting my wardrobe ready for fall.

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Friday Favorites: Pray for Texas edition

I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites, but today I won't be talking about my favorite wine, fall fashion or my new favorite show. Today we just need to talk about Texas, because these people need our help, they need some Good in their life.

1) Donate:

There are all kinds of ways to help. There are the big charities such as Red Cross and Salvation Army who do amazing things. The New York Times has a great list of local charities who are on the ground and have the Best reputations. Our family choose The Texas Diaper Bank  as diapers are typically not included in standard emergency relief kits. We are also planning to donate to one of the animal rescue organizations in either Houston or San Antonio this weekend. My employer just announced a fund to help our fellow team members that they will match dollar for dollar and I donated to that today. Even if you just empty out your change jar and donate what's in there, every amount helps.

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Good Better Best Turns 7! And a Fun Give Away




Seven years ago today, I hit publish on my first post and Good Better Best was born. I didn't really know what I was doing and I still have so much to learn about the blogging and social media, but this space has been such a Good creative outlet for me.  Let's take a look at the history of Good Better Best and then stick around at the end of this post for a very fun give away.   

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What's Up Wednesday: August 2017






Wow! What a month August has been. We have had birthdays and had the last of summer fun and then we headed back to school this week. Since this is the last Wednesday of the month I am linking up  with MelShaeffer, and Shay to share What's Up Wednesday!

What We Are Eating This Week


Monday-Pesto Chicken Pasta (Hockey Guy's first day of school request)

Tuesday-We needed to get a couple of things for school, so we hit Moe's because it was near the Michaels.

Wednesday-Grilled Shrimp over Rice.

Thursday-Tacos

Friday-Pizza Night!

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Friday Favorites:Kids Clothing, Eclipse Mania, National Dog Day, Thursdays on the Corner and a Trip Home




This is our last week before back to school. I know many of you are already in and some of you don't go back until after Labor Day. No matter where you are in the back to school process, if it even applies to you, Friday is here so that means today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Sensory Friendly Clothing from Cat & Jack:

Last week Target announced that they will have a line of Cat & Jack kids clothing that is designed exclusively for kids with sensory processing sensitivity. The lead designer's child has autism so she is very aware of what would make this line a perfect fit for this under served market. The line has flat seams, no tags and one dimensional designs to help with comfort and of course because it is Cat & Jack, the designs are the Best.

Target Cat & Jack

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Find the Blessings


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I am going to get very honest in this post, as a working mom, I find the summer at times very stressful. I always want to find the Best camps for Hockey Guy so he can spend his weeks with Good friends. Some of this comes together very easily, but typically the month of August is very challenging. 

In August things around this area slow down. Congress is out and a lot of people are on vacation. I usually have some work projects in August which need to be tended to and we go on vacation in July so my August doesn't always look like everyone else's. Camps are hard to come by in August as so many people are out of town this month and many of the college kids who work at camps go back to school. In the past I have had 1-2 weeks in August that I needed to figure out...this year, I had four weeks. I needed to figure out four weeks to keep my work up while keeping Hockey Guy safe and entertained. I will not lie to you, I found this thought overwhelming and stressful.

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Friday Favorites: Prosecco Pong, Spiderman, Moto Jackets, Birthdays and CMA Fest

This week week kind flew by. Friday is here so that means today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Prosecco Pong:

I saw this a few days ago and it just gave me so much Joy. This would be so Good for a Bachelorette or Girls Night.


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Show and Tell Tuesdays: Guilty Pleasures

Show and Tell Tuesday Graphic 2017

Today I am linking up again with Andrea from MomFessionals who hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This week the topic is Guilty Pleasures.

Reality TV


I watch a lot of reality television, well I watch a lot of Bravo and the Bachelor and Bachelorette. I can tell you almost every thing about Bravo and the Bachelor. 

Bravo

Let's start with Bravo as that is where I spend most of my viewing time. My relationship with Bravo goes back over ten years with a really Good show called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That show was the Best and I think really helped make Bravo what it is today. I was also a big fan of Blowout, that show was just too much.



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Friday Favorites August 11: Sharknado, Fall Fashion Preview, More Nordstrom Sale, Easy Healthy Dinners and Renovation Complete

This week week kind flew by. Friday is here so that means today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Sharknado 5: 

We are Sharknado fans in the Good Better Best household. It's campy and cleaver all at the same time. Our friends have a Sharknado party every year and have a really cool blow up screen and all the kids watch the movie in the pool.  We were invited again this year and there is always even shark mocktails for the kids. Hockey Guy was so excited about the party he could just about contain himself. It's the Best summer night and we are so blessed to have so many fun people in our lives.


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Workin' It Wednesday-Gearing Up for School


Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. August's topic is Getting Geared Up for Back to School. How can they be going back? Didn't they just get out for the summer?

We go back the last week of August but I have already crossed a lot off my back to school to do list but I still have many things to do. I do have a plan and that is always a Good thing.


Tax Free Weekend


Tax free weekend is a little like Back to School Black Friday. The idea of saving 4.5% in sales tax for clothing and school supplies really helps me get my act together and get things ready for back to school. Our tax free weekend was last weekend so we got many things crossed off the list and saved some money at the same time.

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Fast and Healthy Cooking with T'Lish Dressings and Marinades

T Lish


Today I am reviewing some really Good and healthy salad dressings and marinades from T'Lish. T'Lish was born in the kitchen of Tiffany Denson as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Several years later, Tiffany began selling her dressings in a local pants store in Alabama and now we are all lucky enough to be able to enjoy them too. This is a really Good product made without any of the bad stuff--I am looking at you GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial ingredients.  Four out of five of her products are also gluten free. 

Tiffany was kind enough to send me all five of her products to sample and here is how I tested them.

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Link Up: The Blended Blog Asks August 2017



Today I am jumping into a new link up with the Blended Blog with The Blended Blog Asks and I think this will be a really Good way to start a Monday. Let's jump into these Summertime questions.

1) Pool, Lake or Ocean?

Pool every day, Ocean as our standard vacation in Delaware, and we just went to Deep Creek Lake late last fall, where I think we need to explore more.

2) Camping, Cottage or Hotel? 

Hotel with room service. I am indoorsy not outdoorsy. Although we did really love the house we stayed at in Deep Creek and I would call that a cottage.

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Friday Favorites: Nordstrom Sale, Summer Movies, More Shopping and World of Dance


Can you believe it is August already? Friday is finally here so that means today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Cars 3:

We love the Cars movies in the Good Better Best household. With both Running Daddy and Hockey Guy being big gear heads these movies are totally for them. Hockey Guy basically grew up with Cars. 


Disney Pixar animation movie film animated GIF

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Living a Better Life with Dog Ownership

Stormy looking all innocent

One of the Best ways to enhance your life is through dog ownership. Stormy, our lab mix, came into our lives about two years ago and he has been such a Good addition to our family. Stormy is a workout partner, lacrosse player (as long as there are two balls in the game), watch dog (such a baritone bark), super snuggler and homework helper.
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Dressing for Adventure with Cove and Creek

Our little fishing pond is the Best

Cove and Creek Outfitters is a new apparel and accessories company on the scene born out of one family's love of being on the water. Their growing apparel and accessories line, with a logo that I just love, is classically preppy and makes you want to get out on the water right now. Cove and Creek has everything from signature pocket t-shirts (pocket t-shirts are so hard to find these days) to hats, to can holders and just introduced needlepoint belts and dog items. Cove and Creek will get you Good to go to the beach or set you up for dreaming of being at the lake. Here's how we styled Cove and Creek in the Good Better Best household.

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Friday Favorites-Rose, Best Lipstick, Shark Week and Odd Mom Out


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose Petal

Do you ever buy a lipstick and leave it in a purse and then find it about three months later? Well that is what I did with Bobbi Brown's Rose Petal. I found this in one of my spring purses that I have not used in a while. The texture of the Creamy Lip Colors is the Best and this shade of pink is very soft and perfect for summer. I have been wearing it all week. Welcome back Rose Petal!




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What's Up Wednesday: July 2017


What We Are Eating This Week:

Sunday: It was ribs and rose' night as I am testing some products for an upcoming post.

Monday: Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, rice and cucumber fennel salad.

Tuesday: It was just Hockey Guy and me for dinner so we had turkey burgers and hot dogs. I had the turkey burger.

Wednesday: I have one of my treatments today, so what we have for dinner will really depend on how I feel. We seriously just might have sandwiches.

Thursday: Grilled chicken, not sure of my sides yet.

Friday: Pizza night...always!

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Friday Favorites: Better Beauty, Brownies, Halloween in July and Podcasts on a Sunday





Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amanda for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

I am going to start with the fact that two of my Friday Favorites may actually lead you to think I have gone crazy. I have not, but this is a Good peek into my sometimes crazy personality and some of the funny people in my life.  I am going to ease you into this with things like desserts, beauty products and holiday movies first.

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Ladies Who Link: Travel Tips and Destinations

It's that time again to link up with A Gal Named AlMom's Coffee dateCoast to CoastMommy In A Nutshell and Pink Lady and this month's topic is travel tips and destinations.

Summer vacation: Bethany Beach, DE



This woody wagon and boat are the Best!

We always go to Bethany Beach, DE over the fourth of July. It is the Best little beach town about three hours from where we live and such a family friendly place. The boardwalk is only about two blocks long with a bandstand, fudge, ice cream and little preppy stores. I get such Joy when we are coming back from downtown at night, usually on our bikes, from all of the people just out and about and getting an ice cream. Most of the traffic is either on foot or on bike.

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Friday Favorites:Outfit Challenge, Cute Shorts, Wimbledon, Hallmark Channel, and Joy


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amanda for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Day to Night Outfit Challenge with AUrate New York:


This week I was part of AUrate New York's Day to Night Outfit challenge and put together a favorite outfit highlighting their beautiful gold jewelry. Check my fashion and jewelry picks here and find out why Marie Claire called AUrate "the Warby Parker of fine jewelry." Oh and the dress I chose for this challenge is on sale right now through this link.



Rose Gold Bar NecklaceX Earring Rose GoldX Cuff

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Day to Night Outfit Challenge with AUrate New York



I am excited to partner with AUrate New York, a fine jewelry company founded by two female Princeton Business School grads who were looking to bring superior gold jewelry to the market in a Better way. AUrate is high quality, ethically sourced (no conflict minerals), and made in New York. Since they sell directly to their fashionable consumers and not through third parties, you get Good jewelry at Better prices. It's no wonder that Marie Claire called AUrate "the Warby Parker of fine jewelry." 

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Show and Tell Tuesdays: Go to Recipes

Show and Tell Tuesday Graphic 2017

Today I am linking up again with Andrea from MomFessionals who hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This week the topic is our go to recipes.

Since Good Better Best's roots were first as a food only blog this link up is right in my wheel house. For my go to recipes, I decided to choose an old favorite, a new favorite and one that doesn't even involve real cooking. What could be Better than that?


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Friday Favorites: Fireworks, 4th Fashion, Parades and Rib Night


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amanda for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Pink Skies:

Several nights this week we had the most beautiful pink skies at sundown. This is what vacation is all about, slowing down and stopping to see the beauty in life.



 2) Best Hometown Parade:

The little beach town we stay in has the Best hometown parade. Complete with bikes, bands, WWII veterans, old cars and elected officials. It's so low key that some of our kids even jumped in and walked in the parade for several blocks. It's just the Best time.

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