Hot Off The Grill!

I love using my outdoor grill during the Summer. Especially because it helps keep my house cool when it is so hot outside! Every Friday night is pizza night at the KatyShops household…and in the Summer that means grilled pizzas.

If you haven’t tried grilling a pizza you are missing out! It has the best flavor and is so easy to do. If you need instructions check out this link about “How to Grill Pizza”. They have a ton of great photos that will walk you through the process.


I like to keep rolls of Pillsbury Pizza Crusts on hand for our grilling adventures. They are so easy to use and taste awesome!  Just pop open the can, put it on the grill and load it with your favorite toppings.  Last week we made a zucchini, garlic, lemon and Parmesan pizza on our grill with the Pillsbury thin crust.  It was soooo good!

There are three varieties of Pillsbury Pizza Crust to select: Artisan, Classic, and Thin Crust. My favorite is the Thin Crust – it really tastes amazing when grilled.  Do make pizza on your grill?  If you don’t, you are missing out.  Give it a try!  If you do, share your recipe with us!






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July 28, 2013. food, Review. Leave a comment.

Draftmark. It’s what’s on tap.

Thanks to BzzAgent, I have had the opportunity to try the new Draftmark Tap System.  It is an adorable little keg system that fits right into my refrigerator.  The man cave has never looked so inviting!  Really, is there anything better than cold, fresh draught beer poured straight from the personal tap system in your own fridge?

It’s so easy to use.  Just place the home draught system in your fridge, insert a 3.8 liter (128 oz.) refill bottle of great-tasting varieties like Budweiser, Shock Top Belgian White, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, Goose Island IPA or Bass Pale Ale and always have a chilled, relaxed evening on tap.  I filled my Draftmark with Shock Top Belgian White…and it was amazing!  It even comes with magnetic tap markers to identify what you have in your keg.


It is so nice to pour ourselves a nice cold draft beer right from our own house.  It has the perfect amount of foam on top – I feel like I am the owner of my own bar – lol!  It is so easy to use too.  Just pop in a new plastic refill when you are empty.

We picked up the refill for our Draftmark at our local bottle shop.  It cost around $14.  Thank you BzzAgent for sending me the Draftmark for free…you rock!


July 26, 2013. Review. Leave a comment.

Conversation Pieces

Simple, timeless, and won’t break the bank.  That is what Conversation Pieces is all about.  Just what you need and it won’t break the bank.

How about this little skirt for only $24?  Comes in 4 different colors…


This cute little top is only $21


I love this preppy shirt for only $21



July 17, 2013. shopping. Leave a comment.

Mix Up Your Lips!

We go through a lot of ChapStick in this house.  We have tons of different flavors and switch out all of the time.  I was super excited when I found out about the newest addition to the ChapStick family…. ChapStick® MixStix™It is a really cool  two-sided lip balm that offers one flavor on each side to be worn alone or together  – making a third unique flavor combo. MixStix™ is available in three refreshing flavor combinations – Lemon Berry Sorbet, Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Green Apple Caramel.

My family tried all three flavors and loved the Lemon Berry Sorbet the best – it just seemed to feel like you were putting Summer on your lips.  I love the double sided tube…it gives me all sorts of options – and who doesn’t like options?


Its just like the original ChapStick and contains 11 moisturizers, including ingredients like Aloe to keep lips deliciously soft and smooth for eight hours of continuous moisturization.

You can get your own sweet-smelling hydrated pucker beginning June 5th exclusively at Walgreens nationwide. Keep your lips healthy and happy with your own flavor combination this season and indulge your lips by creating your own fun with your own MixStix™ samples!


Disclosure: “The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.”



July 10, 2013. Review, shopping. Leave a comment.

Major 4th of July Rug Sale!!

I don’t know about where you are…but it is a VERY rainy 4th of July here in Georgia.  All of the fireworks,parades, and bands have been cancelled.  What’s a girl to do?  How about shop on line? Perfect.  RugsUSA is having a HUGE 4th of July sale right now.  Their rugs are 75% off with free shipping!!  Just use code IND75 at checkout.  Awesome, right?

I ordered a 6 foot round chevron rug for under my kitchen table (originally $137) for only $35.


They have so many rugs to choose from, it is so hard to choose.



July 4, 2013. shopping. Leave a comment.

Loving My Fitbit Flex!

I am always looking for something to motivate me to move more.  The FitBit Flex has been the perfect motivation!  It is a little bracelet that I wear all of the time (even in the shower) to track my steps, calorie burn, sleep, activity, weight,  and even my food.  It syncs with both my computer and my iPhone.  I love it because it shows how many steps I have taken in real time.  My goal is 10,000 steps per day and I have been doing a pretty good job of meeting that goal.

It is really handy when running or walking because it also tracks my mileage.  It saves me the trouble of putting on my Garmin every time I head out for a run. It was really fun to have on when we were out of town last week…do you ever wonder how much you walk when you are sight seeing?  It was A LOT!

It will help you reach a certain goal weight by telling you how many calories you can have each day based on your activity and how much you want to lose.

It also tracks my sleep cycles.  It lets me know how long I slept and how many times I wake up each night (which is really interesting).

The best part about the Fitbit is that you don’t have to plug it into anything to sync up.  It uses the Bluetooth feature on your phone to sync or syncs to you computer automatically when you are close to it.  You do need to charge it about once every 5 days.

I purchased my Fitbit Flex at Target for about $100.  They are pretty hard to find right now because the demand for them is so high.  I have been using it for about a month now, and love it.

Are you using the Fitbit?  If so, add me as a friend…we can take our steps together!


July 3, 2013. health, Review, Running, shopping. 2 comments.