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Tall, Dark, and VEGAN Nib Brownies Recipe

These Tall, Dark, and VEGAN Nib Brownies are dense and full of rich authentic chocolate flavor with the satisfying crunch of nutty cacao nibs. And that beautiful dark color? It's complimented by a texture that is a fine line between chewy and gooey!

Momma Told Me: Like a tall cup of coffee.

If you've ever heard the flirty phrase, "Tall, Dark, and Strong" in reference to coffee and men, then you'll know exactly where I'm going with today's recipe. Chocolate, much like coffee, actually has a lot in common. In fact, there are many cultures where cacao beans have long been roasted and served as beverages at times of festival and to guests of great honor. And Cacao Nibs, the coffee bean of chocolate is are widely regarded as nature's chocolate chip.

Nibs, dried and fermented cacao beans are rich in bitter cacao flavor and have a wonderful nutty crunch that is extremely addictive to an elevated palette. You can't call yourself a true chocolate lover without having tried Cacao Nibs at some point.
For baking, sweet nibs are sold lightly coated in coconut sugar. For snacking you'll find some of the world's more exclusive bean-to-bar chocolate bars with nibs nestled inside, or simply chocolate coated nibs. And, if you're simply a fan of raw chocolate, you can enjoy whole cacao beans sourced from the rarest single origin growers, sold in the pod, as fresh as the flavor experience gets.

But Cacao Nibs aren't for everyone. They truly have a much more Earthy, 'raw cocoa' flavor that is quite reminiscent of coffee with nutty notes and textures. They're playful crunch and snap makes them a wonderful addition to any recipe when seeking texture.Since they are typically bitter you will often want to use a Sweet Nib product when baking, or consider replacing nuts in a recipe for plain raw nibs. Personally, I enjoy sprinkling sweetened nibs directly onto a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream!
These Tall, Dark, and VEGAN Nib Brownies are dense and full of rich authentic chocolate flavor with the satisfying crunch of nutty cacao nibs. And that beautiful dark color? It's complimented by a texture that is a fine line between chewy and gooey!
Of course Nibs are the heart of chocolate, their origin, so I've chosen to share a delicious Vegan brownie recipe that is perhaps more indulgent, and more brownie, than any non Vegan recipe I've ever tried. Don't worry, if you're not Vegan, there are no expensive or fancy replacement ingredients outside of the Nibs and a high quality Cocoa Powder. The more you invest in your Cacao ingredients on this one the richer the flavor experience will be. These are NOT intended to be your typical Hershey's brownies.
These Tall, Dark, and VEGAN Nib Brownies are dense and full of rich authentic chocolate flavor with the satisfying crunch of nutty cacao nibs. And that beautiful dark color? It's complimented by a texture that is a fine line between chewy and gooey!
Expect these brownie to be dense, but not gooey or sticky. The photos showcase the wonderful texture of these brownies beautifully but I promise they are not under-cooked, or even messy to enjoy. There's even a bit of chew to compliment the crunch of the nibs- like a great brownie should have. And the color? Well, that's all cacao baby. Best of all, because of the high focus on traditional flavors, instead of sweetened or processed ingredients, these brownies aren't over-indulgent by any means. You will want to enjoy them with a tall glass of Coconut Milk, but your palette won't be feeling weighed down by the shock of sickly sweet. Just take my word- these are definitely worth the try!

What Daughter Says: True chocolate flavor is intense, rich, and full of origin flavors. Nibs are the flavor chocolate is steeped in.

These Tall, Dark, and VEGAN Nib Brownies are dense and full of rich authentic chocolate flavor with the satisfying crunch of nutty cacao nibs. And that beautiful dark color? It's complimented by a texture that is a fine line between chewy and gooey!
Tall, Dark, and VEGAN Nib Brownies
****Click here for the printable Vegan Nib Brownies recipe

OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars $1 Rollback At Walmart + Sweepstakes

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
 It is absolutely no secret how much we love the OREO Cookie brand in our house, it's been a staple since childhood, and OREO and our family go wayyyy back, generations back!

There's simply something so satisfying about taking a break with that classic OREO chocolate cookie and cream filling flavor, and now you can enjoy it like never before thanks the the OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars at Walmart. Perfect for sharing (or enjoying one now and hoarding for later) these King Size packages come with 2 full size OREO Chocolate Candy Bars individually wrapped inside. It's the perfect excuse to ROAK a stranger, toss a sweet treat in your purse, or simply take a double time out in the middle of a hectic day.
Featuring an OREO Cookie and Vanilla Cème Filling center with a melty Milka chocolate outer shell each wedge of this candy bar is a treat for your taste-buds with the perfect balance of crunch and melty chocolate goodness.

Even more exiting the OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars(2.88oz) come in 2 flavors, Original and Mint, are now on Rollback at Walmart for just $1!

We couldn't believe the deal when we spotted them near the checkout so we might have went a little crazy and stocked up on the Original OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars, and now we're on the hunt for the Mint variety. Have you happened across the Mint flavor in your neck of the woods?
To help get you as excited about this OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars Rollback deal at Walmart we're sharing a very special sweepstakes with a chance to be a $200 Walmart Gift Card Grand Prize Winner or 1 of 6 $50 Walmart Gift Card Prize Winners! All you have to do to enter is engage with the giveaway widget embedded below. The giveaway entry period runs Monday, April 9th – Friday, April 27th and I-C will randomly select 7 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the 7 winning prizes. Good luck!

5 Amazing And Kinda Messy Things To Do In (Almost) Any Hometown

5 Amazing and Kinda Messy Things To Do In (Almost) Any Hometown #OnTheGo #KleenexWetWipes #AD
Spring is here and with it, for many, comes the sun and many lazy days off for Spring Break.

Whether you get a Spring Break vacation, or not, the many sunny days ahead leading up to and through Summer mean plenty of afternoons and weekends open for exploring. While I wish it was possible to plan a getaway and travel every weekend and break, it's just not practical for the modern 'doer,' so people such as you and I have to find creative ways to get out and have fun. Some of my absolute favorite ways are not only budget friendly, but satisfyingly messy. From down right muddy and color-coated dirty, to more mundane dairy drips and dusty trinkets, I've compiled some of my top 5 Amazing (and kinda mess) Things To Do In (almost) Any Hometown.

Read on to explore with me!
Whether you're simply out and about going on with your daily life, or tackling one of my 5 mini adventures life's bound to be a little messy.

As someone who is a bit, well, anal, about keeping things tidy and clean having things unkempt much farther than the incident that caused them gives me anxiety. Don't get me wrong, I love a good mess- stains, scuffs, and dirt are just a few of the badges any proper doer should wear proudly- but there's also a time to clean them up. Thankfully I don't have to wait until I get home, or a proper washroom to tidy up myself and the scene around me.

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Now that you're properly ready to tackle nay adventure that life throws at you, let's take a look at my first hometown messy adventure:

#1. Flea Market/Garage Sale/Thrift Store Hunting

So the idea of treasure hunting someone else's long forgotten goods isn't exactly ground-breaking to you, but when was the last time you actually got out there and experienced the thrill of the hunt? I know, personally, every weekend I drive past yard sales in a rush from here to there, getting things 'done' and always think, 'I should stop.' Naturally, I never schedule time to actually stop- but when I DO make time to go out and explore thrift shops, flea markets, and more it truly is an adventure worth having.
Scouting your hometown for local treasures can be as simple as visiting the local second hand or antique store, planning a Saturday yard sale route, or visiting the weekly Flea Market. The latter of which is naturally the most messy- you truly never know what you'll find sprawled along the concrete at a local fairgrounds or parking lot event.

In most cases you'll have to pick up potential treasures to really inspect them for their hidden value, or even re-purpose potential, and the dirt and gunk builds up fast! Halfway through the afternoon when the smell of roasted nuts and fresh fruit cups from the food trucks hit your nose you look like you've been diving in an attic all day. No fear- Kleenex Wet Wipes Germ Removal are the perfect solution for tough and soft cleanliness in a few good swipes.
2. Location Based Treasure Hunting (Geocaching)

This one I'm fairly confident ANYONE can do in their hometown. Even if there aren't many geocaches in existence near you it's fun to spend an afternoon creating, hiding, and registering a cache of your own.

What is geocaching? Well it's a real life treasure hunt which relies on geographical coordinates and written clues to locate small treasures known as caches. You can geocache as casual or intense as you choose- simply printing out a few points of interest before you leave the house, or using a full blown companion application with real time community updates.
There are several guidelines as to what can be a cache and where people can hide them, so you don't have to worry about getting into anything illegal (like trespassing or vandalism). While geocaching is often considered a hobby it's something anybody can do with no prior experience and minimal to no preparation. So, while you might not pick it up as an interest it's definitely something worth exploring for an afternoon.
You are bound to get dirty hunting for those tiny little treasures- things can be stuck magnetically, taped, tied, or even lightly buried. The only real rule in geocaching, when hiding, these little treasure capsules is not to damage ore deface property that does not belong to you. You'll definitely want to bring along some Kleenex Wet Wipes Germ Removal Wipes to keep your hands clean in between peeks and poking around. While you're at it, why not give the capsules you do find a quick little wipe down to freshen them up from weather and wear?
3. It's not your ordinary 5k, kay?

A few years back 'themed' 5k events first began hitting the scene exclusively in large towns across the country. What started as a fad has grown into a global phenomenon- you'll find everything from night time glow runs to muddy tough runs, and (my favorite) color coated jog/walk/skip/dance runs. If you've never looked into attending one of these 'fun run' events you might be surprised just how many take place near you monthly.

There are so many individual events and 'races' being conceived and started every day that even small community events are being organized nationally. And, if the thought of 'running' is why you've never really taken the time to inspect this idea more let me be the first to tell you there's no competition in these fun events. Generally everyone gets a participation metal, no awards or times are handed out- and you can quite literally stroll, cartwheel, or casually walk from the starting line to finish.
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Even better exercise is exercise and the very fact that you're choosing to get out in the fresh air and sunshine and hauling yourself across 5k (which really isn't that much) of terrain, while being social, is an accomplishment worth celebrating.

While every one of these 'fun runs' have their own theme, my favorite are the ones involving glitter, mud, or color. Jay and I will typically put a little time in planning face-paint, outfits, and more to really have FUN with the day. The messes, however, are intense- this definitely tops my list as the messiest local activity. You'll want to pack a Kleenex Wet Wipes Gentle Clean for your face, hands, and more, and leave another package in the car to wipe down any stray color or glitter that inevitably will 'puff' out of your very clothing and pores on the way home.
4. Let it go to the dogs (and cats)

This 4th kinda messy adventure for any hometown is definitely my favorite and absolutely free- no money involved, outside of gas to travel if you only have a county specific location to visit.

That's right, the local animal shelter, OR animal rescue non profit organization.

These facilities are always looking for people to come by and spend time with the animals waiting for their new furrever homes. No commitment needed. In fact many county sized shelters even have designated co-habiting rooms for several animals to live and interact in outside of traditional kennels or cages.

Our Camarillo Animal Shelter has a lovely cat room for senior (over 7 years) kitties that anyone in the public can walk into during business hours and play with and pet the wonderful kitties. Come for 5 minutes, or stay for an hour- leave with a completely refreshing attitude on life. These animals spend the majority of their days waiting for new homes alone with minimal human interaction. Volunteers do their best but most facilities are over-crowded and one-on-one time just isn't there.
Fancy canines instead?

Most organizations are happy to let you take a dog out to a designated play space and run around with a pup no commitment required. Just explain that you're not currently looking to adopt but would like to help make a dog's day better, and they'll completely understand.

Of course, I can't say that doing this free activity won't result in you bringing a new family member home- it can be quite addictive!

Be sure to bring your Kleenex Wet Wipes along to tidy those hands in between animals (you don't want to contaminate animals kept in seclusion or kennels) and also for your own cleanliness when moving about the shelter or facility.
Speaking of pets- every day is an adventure in your hometown when you have a dog (or many in our case.)

Much like human children they seem to be mess magnets- I'm not sure how something attached to my arm with a lead ends up wandering into so may mud puddles and dirt clumps, but our 2lb terrier yorkie mix, Gidget is the queen of it! Just look at how muddy her little paws got on a recent walk at the harbor this past weekend!
If you have dogs, especially dogs that go EVERYWHERE with you then you know the need for a gentle, dye/alcohol/paraben free, solution to the many messes those paws and snouts seem to find their way into.

We love Kleenex Wet Wipes Sensetive for our tiny paws and whiskered faces. Whether it's cleaning up that leftover whipped cream from the Starbuck's Puppachino or wiping down muddy paws after a wayward adventure, the easy to pack and effectively strong Kleenex Wet Wipes are a must for any dog parent!
Inevitably, while we are out on all of these local messy adventures we always wind up stopping into our local Target for odds and ends. Either Kay forgot to pack sunscreen or we simply need more snacks to stash in the cooler for the evening's events. In either case, we love that we can grab a few more Kleenex Wet Wipes packs for just $1.49 before heading back out on the day's exploration and fun.
5. Eat the town.

This may seem self explanatory but your local flavor has an abundance to offer from fine dining to taco carts on the site of the road to that new Vegan bistro that just opened up downtown. You have to eat 3 times a day every day anyway so why not decide to go out and explore some new eateries and have a mini gastronomic adventure?

Whether it's a commitment to finally get that 5 scoop ice cream from the parlor down at the harbor, or to try that fresh catch of the day seafood place, there's plenty to explore outside your usual stomping grounds. Sure, it could be hit or miss on what you find, but playing food critic is never dull and always worth it in stories, experience, and more.

When we head out to eat the town we have a general rule of thumb, er sticky fingers- the messier it is, the tastier it probably is! Kleenex Wet Wipes Sensitive are perfect for cleaning faces and hands in between bites!
So there you have it, my top 5 Messy Adventures For (almost any) Hometown- which adventure will you set off on this weekend? Have you done any of these before in your town, and if so, what is your favorite? No matter where your feet, or stomach, takes you be sure to stop by your local Target first to stock up on a variety of Kleenex Wet Wipes for just $1.49 a package!

5 Ways To Refresh Your Pet's Routine For Spring + Supreme Source® Pet Food Promotion

This post was sponsored by Supreme Source® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Please Note: Nothing contained below should be taken as professional veterinarian or medical advice. 
Please always consult your pet's veterinarian before making changes to your pet's diet or routine.
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A few weeks back I told you about a special 10-Day Pet Detox*** program I was helping "the girls" (A.K.A. Nora and Gidget) take part in thanks to special inspiration from Supreme Source® pet food. Not only is Supreme Source® grain free and made with real fruits and veggies for potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals, anyone can take advantage of refreshing their pet's diet this Spring thanks to their special Super Food Switch promotion. We picked up our Supreme Source at our local VONS, and for a limited time this spring those who log onto the Super Food Switch site can take advantage of special savings on a bag of Supreme Source® cat or dog food, and receive daily emails with tips on how to start your pet's 10-Day Detox.

***While this is a “Pet Detox” Promotion, products and information provided by American Pet Nutrition are not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is always recommended that you consult your veterinarian or a qualified medical professional for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems.
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What exactly is a "pet detox"?

It's a lot simpler than it may sound. Essentially it's a refreshing of your pet's routine from diet to overall activity levels and engagement. You'll find plenty of resources to help you along the path of your pet's 10-Day Detox at, but we've compiled some of our favorite general tips based on our experiences participating in it.
#1. Provide fresh fuel.

It's natural to think that what one puts in their mouth will play a big part on the overall function of both their body and mind. You may not literally turn into a pink frosted donut with sprinkles (though how awesome would that be for just a day?) but you might begin to feel the effects of sugar highs and lows, if you eat them all the time. 

Spring is the perfect time to look at your pet's diet. Really look. Not just at that ingredients label for recognizable ingredients, but the bottom line of the PRIMARY ingredients. What are you feeding your pet?

For us gradually introducing Grain Free Supreme Source® Lamb Meal and Potato Recipe dry dog food to both Nora and Gidget's diets over the past 10 days has really been a wake-up.  Nora, going on 7 years of age now, is known for her random spurts of high energy followed by long periods of napping and laziness. We've definitely noticed that her energy levels are more consistent throughout the day, making her a more social and well-rounded dog in that sense. Going grain free for Gidget, the youngest, has meant a big handle on getting 'regular,' if you know what I mean?
#2. Looking good + feeling great!

While you work on slowly introducing your new Supreme Source® food to your pet's diet you'll want to help your pet look and feel it's best by doing a little spring cleaning, erm, grooming.
You may likely already have a regular grooming routine for your pet, but odds are there are a few 'extras' you've been putting off through the winter. In our home Nora gets quite the wild child coat growing through the colder months- she requires daily brushing or she will begin to build up tough mats. Even the most diligent care and we will still have some rough patches come 'summer trim' time.
Another grooming area that is often overlooked are paw pads and nails- consider booking an appointment for your pet to have their nails professionally groomed so you can start with a nice clean slate going into those warmer months when pet's will naturally be more active and self maintain the length with clawing and outdoor grinding.

In general picking up your pet's grooming game will give both them and you more confidence, which will help boost that fresh outlook for the sunny season to come.
#3. Keep them busy, mind and body.

Along the way on our 10-Day Pet Detox there were many helpful activity suggestions and tips to engage our pet during the detox. Naturally, it's great to jump-start good habits during a detox, but these concepts are just as positive in impact year-round, too.

Have you ever thought about what you would do all day if you were a cat or dog?

For indoor pets, especially those with working human parents, the days can be quite tediously filled with nothing but daydreaming, or finding creative ways to wreak havoc (or in pet speak "show their love.") While you refresh for Spring consider investing in a few brain stretching treat toys and puzzles, or even making a few of your own! There are plenty of concepts for handmade pet toys in interest to engage pet's mind of all shapes and sizes. After all, you know what they say about "idle paws"!
#4. Go a little wild.

Bonding with your pets isn't something you need to be told to do, it's obvious they are part of the family, but finding new ways to engage with them should be on your list.

I'm sure your family has that favorite trail your dog loves to hike, and your cat really loves that wand toy with the fake feathers on the end, but extraordinary pets deserve extraordinary adventures. Flexing your pet's personality is just another way you can help your pet refresh mind, body, and soul.
For small and medium dogs filling a kiddie pool with plastic kiddie pool balls can be a true blast. Dogs love to be engaged by the sight of rapidly moving targets, and these colorful balls are sure to fly every which way when your pup jumps in to retrieve their favorite rope or tennis ball. And, as the weather gets warmer you can even fill it with water and make a cool relaxation station in the backyard! Other possible ways to let your pet loose might include leash training your cat, buying a new cardboard cat scratcher, going wild with a laser pointer, or visiting a new dog park (or even scheduling a play date!)
#5. Schedule more Face Time.

I know what you're thinking.

I live with my cat/dog, they are in my home, and I see them all the time. I feed them, bathe them, fluff their pillow, I spend a lot of time with my pet!

But when you stop to think about it consider you are your pet's best friend. Sure, you may have other pets in the house, even pet siblings, that make their lives amazing and awesome but I guarantee your face will hands down always light up your pet's day. You're kind of a big deal in their world, so why not indulge them a little and find just a little more time in your day to love on them?

Stop by on your lunch break to toss them a treat, call them over while you're binge watching Netflix on the couch, get off your chair and leave your desk to toss a ball in the backyard for 5 extra minutes.
Remember when you were a kid and your Mom would bring cupcakes by the school on lunch break to celebrate your birthday and you felt like a celebrity. It's kind of like that for your pets, every single time you give them attention. And it's absolutely free.
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Of course these are just a few of the ways you can begin to enrich your pet's life with a quick refreshing any time of the year. Any and all of these suggestions should always be practiced in addition to taking your pets in for their annual veterinarian visits. Your family veterinarian is the true expert when it comes to your pet's well-being and physical health, just as much as you are the expert when it comes to their emotional happiness. For more great tips on how to engage with your cat or dog, and to take part in the 10-Day Pet Detox challenge with Grain Free Supreme Source® pet food be sure to check out the website and follow Supreme Source® on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Now, tell me, what is one of your favorite ways to spend time with your pet?