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Friday, March 27, 2015

Enter to Win $100 to Amazon.com #giveaway

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Party Ready with RO*TEL!

Disclosure:   This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias  


Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!
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Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. 

Click this link to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!

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Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

RO*TEL is one of those pantry essentials that we have in our home. My favorite way to use RO*TEL to spice up our meals is by adding it to a great Crock Pot White Chicken Chili recipe! Yummy! Check out this recipe:

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili


Ingredients:
2 cans (15 oz each) beans, undrained
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano leaves

Directions:
1. Place 1 can of beans in slow cooker; mash with potato masher or spoon until smooth. 

2. Add second can of beans and all remaining ingredients to slow cooker; stir to combine.

3. Cover; cook on LOW 8 hours or on HIGH 4 hours. 

4. Before serving separate chicken into bite-size pieces.

5. Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese and sour cream for toppings.  Enjoy!  




How do you use Ro*Tel?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baked Layered Taco Pie #Recipe

Meal planning is so important, especially on busy weeknights.  I felt like I was running low on kid approved dinner ideas one evening and decided to get a little creative with some items I had in our pantry and refrigerator.  My family loves all things Mexican food.  So I got out my pie dish and started layering a great baked recipe that can be made skinny as well!  It ended up being fantastic and we have had it a couple times since just because the kids loved it so much! 

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Baked Layered Taco Pie

Free printable recipe here

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Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef or turkey, we use turkey for a skinny version
1 packet taco seasoning
6 flour tortillas 
jar of salsa 
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese

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Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease glass pie pan.  Honestly, you can use any casserole dish.  

2.  Brown ground turkey and taco seasoning in a skillet.  Follow directions on the taco seasoning packet and cook until completely cooked through.  Drain fat from skillet. 

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3.  In pie pan put a layer of cooked meat on the bottom of the pan.  

4.  Top meat with 2 flour tortillas, covering meat completely.  

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5.  Top tortillas with a layer of meat, salsa and cheddar cheese.  I guesstimate on these, make a nice layer of each ingredient. 

6.  Repeat above step two more times.  

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7.  Top pie with 1 cup shredded jack cheese. 

8.  Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is nicely browned.  Serve while hot!

9.  Can be served with lettuce, sour cream and tomatoes if desired.    Enjoy!

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This literally takes 20 minutes to prepare and can be easily made days ahead of time and then heated in the oven for 10 minutes at 450 degrees if already baked ahead of time.  My kids really love this and I love that I can make a one dish meal in less than 30 minutes that is healthy!  


What is your favorite One Dish Meal?


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Poop 'n Pull - The Ultimate Potty Training Experience

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and monetary compensation was received. Regardless, all opinions are my own and were not influenced. 



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Did you get your giggles out?  Yes?  Okay time to listen up.  Are you potty training or is potty training in your future?  Let me tell you about our potty training experiences - terrible.  Jude took forever to get fully trained and Teagan, while we thought she was going to be easy, is proving to be just like her older brother!  So frustrating!  Well friends, Josh and Heather, they felt your pain and Josh decided to get creative and make something that will certainly change the way people potty train.  Introducing the Poop 'n Pull!

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Heather and Josh are from Colorado - yay for Colorado inventors!  Their story goes a lot like ours. They spent over a year attempting to potty train their son with little success and a lot of frustration. Two days after Josh created the Poop 'n Pull, their son couldn't wait to go on the potty!!  Amazing!  

Well now they want to share the sweet success of potty training a child and this is where we come in.  Time to back them on Kickstarter so they can start the production of the Poop 'n Pull and focus on getting the product out to families!  The kickstarter kicked off 3/24/2015 and ends 4/23/2015!

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Why the Poop 'n Pull?

Using a reward system is the most common and practical way to potty train a child, but it's important to do it right.  The Poop 'n Pull experience is different from all other potty training products out there.

1. Rewards should be immediate and consistent. (The Poop 'n Pull is always loaded and ready for pulling immediately after success…no promises of later rewards).

2. Your child needs to know that the reward is there and waiting for them. (The Poop 'n Pull hangs on the door out of child's reach, but they will know it's there and can't wait to use it).

3. The reward should be small, tangible and specific to your child's desires.   (The Poop 'n Pull is preloaded by the parent with reward capsules filled with anything the child will get excited about).

4. The system for getting the reward should be fun and interactive. (The child and parent will decorate the Poop 'n Pull and read the original book, "Whales Wear Underwear" to make the experience uniquely theirs.  Your Little Pooper will get excited to interact with THEIR Poop 'n Pull and Lil Squirt's Adventures every time).

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The Poop n Pull can be hung on any door so it is out of the reach of your Little Pooper until Mom or Dad releases the cord and loads the treat.   Your child will be excited every time they get a chance to pull the cord to release their reward after successfully going potty.

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Heather and Josh also have an adorable book to go along with the Poop 'n Pull called “Whales Wear Underwear".  With the help of the book, Poop 'n Pull and custom rewards the nightmare of potty training will turn into a positive experience for everyone involved!  Also, a sticker sheet is included in the package so that the child can decorate their Poop 'N Pull - talk about getting the kids involved!!  Own it kids!!

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Who doesn't love putting a quarter in one of the bubble machines and have a fun trinket come out?  Every kid begs for that quarter and now Potty Training will be just like that for your child!  The Poop ‘n Pull comes with 10 refillable capsules that allow you to choose the best reward for your Little Pooper.  Whether it’s a sweet treat, a small toy, a sticker or something else, you get to customize the perfect experience.  Brilliant idea!!

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So now what?  Time to decide which reward you will take.  For just $34.00 you can have your very own Poop 'n Pull, reward capsules, book, and sticker sheet and start a journey towards NO diapers!  Josh and Heather are committed to providing these rewards with in 90 days of their fully funded Kickstarter project.  Let's help these creative and genus parents turn the world of Potty Training positive and fun!  


For more information watch this short video - it will totally make you excited for potty training!  




Hooked yet?  We are - Teagan this is coming to a home near you soon!!  Check out the Poop 'n Pull Kickstarter campaign now and make this a staple in Potty Training for years to come.  

Keep up to date with Poop 'n Pull on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and their website - looking forward to seeing what comes of this kickstarter!


Would the Poop 'n Pull help your child become potty trained?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Enjoying Our Beautiful Mess From The Sandbox

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweepTheMess #CollectiveBias


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Last weekend we spent most of our free time out in the sun in our backyard playing in the sandbox, running in the yard and cleaning the garden for spring.  What a fun time for everyone!   As the kids get older I find myself grasping to these times with Jude and Teagan.  I can literally see them growing up right in front of my eyes - it goes too fast!  I would never consider myself an expert mother but I do find myself being way more relaxed and carefree since the first summer with Jude and because of that I am really caught in our Beautiful Mess.  

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While we were outside we started cleaning out the garden and Jude spotted some Strawberry plants turning green.  Instantly, he turned into a gardener and started caring for his strawberries by digging up weeds and finding worms.  Oh the messy hands!!  It was priceless to see Jude teaching Teagan about worms and why we want them in the garden.  Such a good big brother - he even let her hold a worm!  YUCK!!  Seeing them water and care for their garden made me even more excited for summertime with these kiddos.  


Often us adults forget how important it really is to forget about the dirty clothes, mud piles and sticky hands.  This summer I am ready to step back and truly focus on the Beautiful Mess our family creates.  The memories that are made when we as a family have some messy fun is way more important than the sweeping those memories may create!  

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During our time outside we did a lot of sandbox playing.  One of the best moments was seeing Teagan take out all of the toys from the sandbox and lay down in the sand.  Honestly, my first reaction was to gently ask Teagan to get up!  But when she responded to me her response brought be back to the moment - the moment that allowed my daughter to enjoy life and be free to have some fun in the messy sand!  "Mommy, I am making sand angels!"  Oh goodness!  A Beautiful Mess made full of memories.  

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This weekend was so good for our family.  One of my goals for 2015 is to be more present and enjoy the moments I have with Jude and Teagan and this weekend was one of those reminders.   The kids can play and run all by themselves now.  Sure they want us to play sometimes but mostly we are seeing these little ones grow up and while it is exciting it is also really important that we enjoy these moments.    Jude is so excited for those Strawberries!!  Yummy!!

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So when nap time came around we knew that our Beautiful Mess would be following us into the house.  Both kids had sand in places that should never see sand and goodness knows the dirt, worms and grass found their way in too.  Instead of making a fuss I simply had the kids Shake It Off right onto our kitchen floor.   Once we got the kids in bed I used my favorite O-Cedar Angler broom to sweep up that Beautiful Mess.  Our worm fun, sun soaking, and sandbox sand angel making was easily cleaned up but never forgotten. 

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Once nap time was complete we started on our next Beautiful Mess!  Oh life - I love it!  Full of fun, messes and memories.  Having a 4 year old and a 2 year old is just plain FUN!!  

This video pretty much makes me cry.  The Goldfish crackers and hair ties found in the mess makes the moments we have with Jude and Teagan a great reminder to the big picture!  A Beautiful Mess can be found in our home every day!  This is a must watch!!



Make sure you enter the O-Cedar "A Beautiful Mess" Giveaway for your chance to win some cash prizes and Angler Brooms!  Time to make more messes!  



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Now that I've shared how I found beauty in our mess. I'd love to hear about yours!  Where do you find beauty in mess?


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Garden Basket - Krispies Kreation

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy #CollectiveBias


Spring has sprung, okay I know that some of you are still dealing with snow drifts and snow days but I promise it is Spring!  I love this time of year, not just because of the great weather but also because of the holidays, events and springy colors that enter our life again.  There is something about this time of the year that makes me feel like getting creative in the kitchen with desserts and snacks for my kids but also for my coworkers.  After a long day in the office all of us deserve a fun snack that helps give us an afternoon pick-me-up so I decided to create something that would not only brighten up our office but also brighten up my coworkers moods!  

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Adorable right?  I love the pre-made Rice Krispies Treats on their own, especially for an afternoon treat at work but this special Spring Garden Basket makes these treats even better!  You can make these pretty quickly too, I was surprised how easy this was and let me tell ya, the chocolate and toppings totally make the already delicious treats AMAZING!  

Krispie Spring Garden Basket


Free Printable Tutorial Here. 

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Ingredients:


6-10 Rice Krispies Treats (blue packaging)
24 ounces melted white chocolate
Plain M&M candies 
JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
sprinkles
coconut flakes
piping frosting
candy sticks
basket, bowl or flower pot
wet foam block
decorative grass or paper

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Directions:

1.  Unwrap the Rice Krispies Treats.  

2.  Melt chocolate in a container that will allow you to dip the treats.  

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3.  Dip candy stick in the chocolate and insert the candy coated stick into the krispies treat. 

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4.  Next, dip the entire rice krispies treat into the chocolate.  

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5.  Lay each of the treats on parchment paper.  This is when you would add your coconut flakes, M&Ms, marshmallows and sprinkles for decorating. 

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6.  Let the chocolate covered rice krispie treats harden in the refrigerator - should take about 10 minutes.  

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7.  Time to build your garden basket.  Using a basket, flower pot or bowl - place some wet foam flower blocks to the basket.  Strategically place the Rice Krispies Pops into the blocks.  Cover the block with decorative grass or paper.  
8.  Perfect Spring Garden Basket Centerpiece to help brighten up a table!  A delicious alternative to the traditional dessert. 


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If you were planning on handing these out to individuals rather than serving in a group setting you could also by clear treat bags and once the treats are cooled simply wrap them up in the plastic treat bags and seal for freshness.  

Leaving these on teacher's desks before Spring Break would be a fun little gift your child could give too!  I think these would also make great party treats - totally custom by the colors of chocolate and toppings used.  Yummy!

I decided to add a little more Spring flair to my Garden Basket by creating an Easter Bunny Chocolate Covered Rice Krispies Treat!  
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To create these simply dip treat into melted chocolate and then dip the chocolate covered treat into shredded coconut immediately.  This creates the bunny fur.  Let the chocolate harden and then decorate with decorating frosting to make a bunny face!  

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I found all of my decorating items and Rice Krispies Treats at Walmart.  I am so glad I was able to brighten up my office and coworkers with these fun treats!  This adorable Spring Garden Basket full of treats makes me ready for all things Spring!  

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Currently, there is a little contest going on that can help you get some creative ideas but also win a prize pack!  Hey Hey!!  

Eligible entrants will vote on their favorite Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® recipe on the Kellogg’s Family Rewards® Website and via various social media platforms to be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win prizes.  

How to enter the sweepstakes:

To enter via Twitter, Pinterest and/or Instagram, go to any of the Social Platforms and include the hashtag #RKTreatSweeps and the name of the Treat recipe you’re voting on in the copy of your post.  

You must also send or share a link of your post to RKTreatSweeps@kellogg.com in order for your Social Platform entry to be verified.  To send or share a link of your post with the Sponsor, go to the Social Platform(s) containing your Treat vote post, go to your profile, select the tweet/pin/post you would like to share with the Sponsor, and copy the link (Twitter) or share the post (Pinterest & Instagram) to RKTreatSweeps@kellogg.com.  

So now what?  Enter the contest by voting on my recipe of course!  There will be 20 winners from this random drawing so you have a great chance!  Vote and Enter here - starts 3/24/2015 - 5/3/2015 - Good Luck! 



How will you dress up a Rice Krispies Treat this spring?


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Win $100 to Amazon Today!

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon G+/YouTube blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.



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