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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bring Aromatherapy to Laundry with Purex Crystals #giveaway

Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review.  All Opinions are my own.  


How many of you "forget" the laundry in the washer.  Confession - I do.  Mostly I forget about the towels and the sheets.  SO when I do this I need something to use when I rewash those items and get them smelling fresh and clean again.  Recently, I have been using Purex Crystals in wash scent booster to really have that fresh clean smell last for weeks in our towels and sheets.  I love the Crystals!  So easy to use and they really do eliminate laundry odors!  

Purex now has a new line of the Crystals that you must try.  Introducing the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy line!  Check out these scents you can add to your laundry cabinet! 

  • Well Being: fresh blossoms scent
  • Energy: Citrus scent
  • Serenity: Water-lilies scent

We were lucky enough to get to try the Energy: Citrus Scent.  The moment I opened this bottle I knew it would be a family favorite.  Our laundry will know smell like our favorite flavor!  Lemon!! So Fresh!  


It is truly amazing that these tiny Crystals have such a long lasting scent packed into them.  These Crystals help your laundry stay nice and fresh smelling for weeks.  The new Aromatherapy line contains essential oils as well.  That is where the lovely scent comes from.  Perfect!  Maybe if I use these on laundry day I won't dread laundry day as much!  HA!

Make sure you stay connected with Purex for great product info and new product updates!  



Giveaway Time!  Of course, I know you want to try these for yourself!  SOOOO enter this giveaway!  There will be 3 winners!  US addresses only please.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below!  Thanks for entering and GOOD LUCK!!  

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jude's T-Ball Picture

We have been living the baseball family lifestyle for about 2 months now and it has been a great experience.  Jude might not be a Baseball hero when he grows up but he is certainly learning the game and having some fun on Saturday mornings with his new T-Ball friends.  


We just got his official picture back and it turned out pretty adorable.  Oh and by the way, our son is a giant!  When we weighed him for the trading card we were surprised to see 50 on the scale!  Yes 50 pounds!  Most of his teammates are 35 pounds!  But he is also AT least a whole head taller than any of the other kids!  Wow!  

What sports are your kiddos playing this Fall/Winter season?


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Years Ago Today! Happy Birthday Teagan! #TeaganTurns2

Today we wake up with a 2 year old in our home.  

Happy Birthday Teagan!  

Two years ago today, I woke up to my water breaking on our due date!  This girl knew when she was due and boom she made it happen.  Two years ago today, our family was complete.  Two years ago today we met our daughter.  Two years ago today I became a #GirlMom!  Two years ago today we fell in love again.  


Teagan has always been our wild child and with every year we have seen that get stronger.  Teagan, we love you!  Your fire, your attitude, your personality, and your beautiful smile.  


At one year old you showed us how sassy you could be and that has continued.  


While you are already preparing us for your teenage years with that attitude I wouldn't change your personality for anything.  You tell us what you want and usually you can do it yourself.  You are such a strong little lady!  Taking on the world!!  I love that about you!!

That hair!  Oh your hair!  Precious girl hair that you HATE to have styled!  Sure I am a #GirlMom but we have yet to have a day with a braided hairdo!  Maybe one day!  ;)

You are keeping up with Jude, you are so smart!  Your words and sentences are growing by the hour.  Amazing!  You love going to swimming lessons and tumbling and LOVE to do everything on your own.  


And then there is you and your brother.  You absolutely adore Jude and he adores you.  Sure you fight but to see you sit down next to him and him read you stories is priceless.  When those memories happen I know that our family is complete and exactly how we need it. 


This picture pretty much sums up my girl!  Silly, outgoing, fun, adorable and TEAGAN!

Happy 2nd Birthday Little Lady!  
We love you to the moon and back and cannot wait to see what the year of 2 brings us all!  


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mummy Dogs for Halloween Fun! #recipe

Disclosure:  This post has been compensation by Hillshire Brands via Mom It Forward.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

Halloween is just around the corner and I love to start new traditions around the holidays for our family.  I remember Halloween night in my home growing up as a mad dash to get dressed and fed before hitting the streets for some Trick or Treat fun. 

About 95% of those Halloween dinners consisted of hot dogs. Hot Dogs are one of my favorite meals, especially on the grill, however living in Colorado a lot of the time we are stomping through snow piles when Trick or Treating.  This means grilling is probably out of the question!  HA!  Hot Dogs for Halloween Dinner is something that I am continuing in our home BUT we are getting creative with our Protein!  

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I found some great deals on some great Hillshire Brand protein products at my local Safeway.  Do you shop at Safeway?  WHY NOT!  You must start today and before you hit the store make sure you download the Just 4 U app and start saving money with out having to clip real coupons!  SUPER EASY!  With the help of this app I was able to save money on our newest Halloween tradition!  

I told you I was going to get creative with these Hot Dogs.  What do you think of these?  My kids love them!  A fun Halloween spin off on the traditional pig in a blanket!  Oh and super easy too!  


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Halloween Mummy Dogs 

Free Printable Recipe here

Mummy Dogs for Halloween Fun!  #recipe Halloween Dinner Ideas Creative Hot Dog meals Hot Dogs on Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs Recipe

Ingredients:

Skewers (soaked in water before baking)
Crescent Dough 
Mustard

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Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prep baking sheet with parchment paper.  

2.  Put Skewers into Hot Dogs.  

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3.  Lay out Crescent Dough.  Remove seams of dough to make one large rectangle of dough.  

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4.  Using a pizza slicer; slice dough into long skinny strips.  

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5.  Wrap Hot Dogs with dough.  Do not cover entire Hot Dog, for the right look leave spots of the Hot Dog showing.  Allow some space for the Mustard Eyes at the top of the Hot Dog.  

6.  Lay on baking pan.  Bake for 14-16 minutes.  

7.  Once baked add the Mustard eyes.  You could use ketchup or relish as well.  Serve and enjoy hot!  

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I am so happy with how these turned out and the kids absolutely think these are the coolest!  They only take about 35 minutes to complete so this is a must do on Halloween night before the kiddos head out for some Halloween fun.  Simple tradition turned into something that will make the kids smile.  


Make sure you stock up on your ecoupons from Safeway from J4U (Just 4 U) and you can get some amazing coupons for more Hillshire products!  It is so easy to use - "clip" the coupon to your Safeway club card and save money!  BOOM!!
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  • Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage -$.55/1 - Products: Hillshire Farm Rope and Link Sausage, American Craft Links
  • Hillshire Farm Cocktails (Lil Smokies) - $.55/1
  • Jimmy Dean Refrigerated Sausage -$.55/1 Roll Sausage, Fully Cooked Crumbles, Links and Patties
  • Jimmy Dean Frozen -$1/1 - Frozen Breakfast (Delights or Red Box)
  • State Fair Corn Dogs - $1/1
  • Ball Park Hot Dogs -$.55/1 - Ball Park Hot Dogs or Park’s Finest from Ball Park

All of these items are things we shop for almost weekly!  

Need some more inspiration to get into the kitchen?  Check out these Hillshire Brand inspired recipes now!  

http://mommyenvy.com/chicken-sausage-skillet-veggies/
http://www.meatloafandmelodrama.com/2014/10/kielbasa-with-apples-potatoes-and.html
http://lifeofatravelingnavywife.com/2014/10/bringinghillshirehome/
http://peacebutnotquiet.com/2014/10/breakfast-dinner-simple-traditions.html
http://www.grandmasbriefs.com/back-room/hillshire-farm-and-safeway-help-add-protein-to-every-meal.html
http://www.jaimelovesstuff.com/2014/10/recipe-smoked-sausage-penne-pasta.html
http://busymommymedia.com/hot-dog-kebabs-for-a-kid-friendly-lunch/
http://makingtheworldcuter.com/2014/10/pretzel-wrapped-litl-smokies/




What are your favorite recipes for Hot Dogs or Sausage?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Jif To Go Dippers - An Easy On the Go Snack #MC #Sponsored #GetGoing

Disclosure:  I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.



Wow, how is October already half over?  Time goes so fast when the family is busy!  Fall has brought us beautiful weather here in Colorado which means we have been out enjoying every minute of it at any of the Fall Family Fun activities we can find. 

One of the places we love to visit is a local working farm that allows you to come in and pick your own organic produce.  Such a great teachable opportunity for Jude.  Jeremy and I took a day with Jude’s class and headed up to the farm for a field trip.  It was the perfect day.  We had a great time and after we were famished from our farm work we decided to sit down and have some lunch.


Now I am going to be honest with you here.  I am not a good lunch packer for my kids.  I never know what to pack!  Something I am going to have to learn as they get older.  As I was looking around our kitchen I saw the Jif To Go Dippers and instantly knew that Jude would love one of these in his lunch box!  I packed one in Jeremy’s and my lunch as well!  Yum!! 

Jif To Go Dippers are small and easily transportable for lunch outings like this.  I really love that they are portioned perfectly for kids and adults.  Just enough Peanut Butter and Pretzels to give you that protein to get your refreshed and ready for more fun!  Like I said, I am not a good lunch packer so anything that makes packing lunches easier I am there!  Having these individual sized snacks are perfect.  We keep these available for any on the go needs now.  The kids love them!


If you are looking for some great portable protein packed snack ideas you must pick up these Jif To Go Dippers at your local grocery.  Time to get stocked up for all of your fall, holiday, and sports outings coming up! 




Did any of you enter the #GetGoing with Jif To Go photo contest? We did!  The contest has ended but you can check out some of the great entries from across the country by visiting the Jif Website.  There are some great family photos that have me smiling! 

You can also keep up with the latest news on Jif by following all of their social media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jif
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jif
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jifbrand



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

TruMoo Orange Scream Milk Shake #recipe

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Halloween is just around the corner, we have our decorations ready for that big day, candy bought for our visitors, costumes picked and bought and now we celebrate!  There is something so special about surprising my kiddos with a special dessert that is holiday themed and something totally new.  Now, just like most parents I want my children to be filled with wholesome nutrients and thankfully both Jude and Teagan LOVE milk so that is always my go to ingredient when trying to think of some sort of treat for them.  TruMoo makes this decision even easier.  
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Every glass of TruMoo starts with fresh, pure milk from a trusted dairy.  This means that the drink that your child is enjoying is full of 8 essential nutrients AND even though it is a sweetened milk it is sweetened with just enough sugar and NO high fructose corn syrup.  I decided that I was going to surprise Jude and Teagan with a special Halloween Milk Shake with the help of TruMoo Orange Scream Orange Cream flavored milk.  What says Halloween more than ORANGE milk??!!!  So fun!  
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TruMoo Orange Scream Milk Shake Recipe

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Ingredients:
2 cups TruMoo Orange Scream Milk
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
hand full of Ice
Whipped Cream
Orange Sprinkles
Candy Corn, crushed (I used a rolling pin)
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Directions:
 
1.  In a large blender, combine the ice, ice cream, milk and crushed candy corn. 
2.  Blend well.  If the milk shake needs to be thicker add more ice.  
3.  Pour into your favorite milk shake cup and top with whipped cream and sprinkles!  
4. Enjoy!
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It seems so simple but the smiles show me that this special treat is something that could become a Halloween tradition in our house.  I was pleasantly surprised with the Orange Cream flavor too!  It was perfectly sweet and not too SWEET for me.  Jude and Teagan really seemed to like it and have asked for more flavors of TruMoo. Make sure to visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes!!  I never thought milk could get me creative in the kitchen! 
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Stay connected with TruMoo on Pinterest and Facebook!  The recipes and fun ideas will keep you running back to for more TruMoo!  

What special Orange Halloween recipe creation can you think of?  
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick #recipe and Snack Out Loud Prize Pack #giveaway

Disclosure:  Snack Out Loud Foods sent me products to taste and use in my own recipes. All Opinions are my own. 

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick #recipe and Snack Out Loud Prize Pack #giveaway Easy Mozzarella Stick recipe.  Crunchy Bean Snacks

You all should know by now that I am a sucker for supporting local agencies, products and companies.  YAY Colorado!  Well Snack Out Loud is one of Colorado's own.  Ironically when I was contacted by Snack Out Loud Foods to get creative with their Crunchy Bean Snacks, I had just tasted them days before.  And as funny as they sound, they are really yummy!  

Before I start talking about my fun recipe and yummy Crunchy Bean Snacks I want to make sure you never forget that brand!  Snack Out Loud Foods!  The whole idea of these snacks is that when we enjoy snacks we shouldn't feel guilty when enjoying them.  

"We were tired of having to choose between what we want to eat & what we know we should eat.  So we created a snack that we can love without the guilt, a snack that leaves us satisfied for hours & does a body good."

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick #recipe and Snack Out Loud Prize Pack #giveaway Easy Mozzarella Stick recipe.  Crunchy Bean Snacks

These snacks are something so simple yet full of flavor and the perfect snack for when you feel like you need a CRUNCH!  This is me at about 3pm at work every afternoon!  

Did you know that beans are one of the world’s most abundant and nutrient-dense superfoods?  Snack Out Loud Foods perfects this snack by roasting and seasoning them to a crunchy perfection! 

I wanted to get creative with these snacks and show that they are so much more than a salad topper or trail mix addition.  These can help you stay on track and full when added to something bigger and better.  CHEESE!  Yes, cheese my friends!  

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick #recipe and Snack Out Loud Prize Pack #giveaway Easy Mozzarella Stick recipe.  Crunchy Bean Snacks

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick Recipe

Free Printable Recipe Here

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick #recipe and Snack Out Loud Prize Pack #giveaway Easy Mozzarella Stick recipe.  Crunchy Bean Snacks

Ingredients:
String Cheese, cut in half
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups Crunchy Bean Snack in Jalapeno Cheddar, crushed 
parchment paper 

Crunchy Bean Baked Mozzarella Stick #recipe and Snack Out Loud Prize Pack #giveaway Easy Mozzarella Stick recipe.  Crunchy Bean Snacks

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

3.  Create a dipping station.  Dip the string cheese into the egg wash and immediately coat with the crushed up Crunchy Bean Snack.  Cover the whole cheese stick.  

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4.  Place on the parchment paper. 

5.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Serve immediately with your choice of dipping sauce.  Enjoy! 

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Snack Out Loud's Crunchy Bean Snack is a perfect for snack for anyone looking for a fun to eat, easy to tote around and naturally free from gluten, soy and GMO snack!  These snacks are currently sold in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico and can be found at Whole Foods.  They come in some great flavors too: Jalapeno Cheddar, Ranch, Chipolte BBQ, Sea Salt and Tomato Basil.  My favorite so far is Ranch!  YUM!

While I am sitting here enjoying some home made better for you Mozzarella Sticks I am happy to announce that you will get your chance to enjoy some of these great Snack Out Loud Crunchy Bean Snacks soon!  Enter this giveaway for a chance to win your own price pack from Snack Out Loud!  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck!!  

Giveaway is open to US addresses only.  

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