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Sunday, November 16, 2014

#ad HoneyBaked Ham Giveaway! #HoneyBakedHoliday

I was sent a gift certificate to help facilitate this post about HoneyBaked for my family's Thanksgiving feast.  All opinions are 100% my own.  #HoneyBakedHoliday #ad

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So a couple of days ago we were in the area of the Grand Rapids, MI 28th street The HoneyBaked Ham Company store.  It was a perfect Michigan fall day and something from HoneyBaked for supper with my family sounded really good.  We were planning our own little Thanksgiving thing at home with just us since we are getting together with family twice closer to the actual holiday.  I dropped by the store to see what they might have available.  You can register online and place an order if you want them to have everything held and ready for you too. 

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The store is really well laid out and always super duper clean.  If you ever wish to grab a delicious lunch then I definitely recommend their ham sandwich on a pretzel bun, it is phenomenal!  After browsing around the store I came to the conclusion that I really wanted the boneless ham for our meal.  All of the sides, desserts, condiments, deli sides, ribs, bacon and everything looked so tempting too.  The clerk had several hams ready to go in the refrigerated case and I chose one that was around 5 lbs.  That should more than feed my family of five with three young children for a couple of meals and then some.

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I got our ham home and opened it up to plate it and let it sit for a little bit while I prepared a couple sides.  I had some mashed potatoes, green beans and macaroni and cheese that just needed to be heated up.  The ham couldn't be more easy and the smoky flavor mixed with the sweetness of the crust they put on there was heaven I tell you!  I know you could spend a little less on a ham somewhere else but you would not have this flavor.  The HoneyBaked Ham company ham has the best flavor of any ham I have ever eaten in my life.  This ham is perfectly smoked, just the right saltiness and sweetness.  The texture is what gets me, it is so incredibly tender that it almost melts in your mouth.  I cannot get over this ham!  Their turkey is the same way, such juicy perfection.  You never have to worry, am I going to screw the meat up, HoneyBaked has it ready to go.  For our first meal I put out about one third of the ham I purchased and that fed my family very well.  As soon as they saw that gold foil wrapped ham they got pretty excited for suppertime. 

Now for some beautiful HoneyBaked boneless ham pics that will make your mouth water and a giveaway at the bottom of this post!  Mmm I need to go sneak a leftover piece out of the fridge!

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From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle.

Check out this amazing limited time coupon for $8.00 off any Bone-in Ham and Turkey Breast or Boneless Ham and Turkey Breast from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious! (This offer is valid only at the following locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. For store addresses click here.)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Colgate Saturdate Event at Walgreens!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate.  I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  #ColgateEnamelHealth

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On November 15th Walgreens is going to be hosting a Saturdate event instore!  They do these events often and I try to get myself instore when they do.  This particular Saturdate will be featuring the new Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste.  I am definitely going to the event and am excited since they will be giving away complimentary samples.  There will be a beauty advisor to ask questions if you have anything on your mind and learn more about Colgate Enamel Health.  You can find out more about this Walgreens Saturdate and more here.

I dropped by my favorite Walgreens (or Wags as I lovingly refer to them as) to check out the new Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste and browse the beauty isle.  There are two options available for this new toothpaste, sensitive teeth and whitening.  I went for the whitening because I have been drinking coffee and tea like crazy lately and my poor teeth were getting a bit of a yellow haze.  I also found a Colgate Enamel Health toothbrush to go along with my toothpaste.  I couldn't wait to get home and use these new products as part of my healthy routine.

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walgreens saturdate colgate enamel health toothpaste #colgateenamelhealth

I tried out the new toothpaste and loved the flavor, the way it made my teeth feel all squeaky clean, and the fact that the tube could stand up on its own.  As you can see, my children use Colgate Kids toothpaste and they think it's pretty fun when mom and daddy use the same brand.  I love leading by example, they want to have nice smiles for life too.  To me having a beautiful smile is imperative.  If there is one thing you can do to maybe make the day brighter that is to smile.  In my opinion a whiter smile makes people look younger and healthier too!

My daily routine includes brushing my teeth twice per day, sometimes even three times.  I apply a good moisturizer to my face, lip gloss that is super glossy, and a light coat of mascara.  I drink at least 10 glasses of water every day, usually more.  I take a daily multi-vitamin that includes something for my hair.  I feel like my routine though it be little does a whole world of good for my body.  I get complimented on my skin, my glow and my smile.  Feels good to take care of myself and it's using simple steps to get there.  #ColgateEnamelHealth


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ham, Kale and Navy Bean Stew on Cheesy Grits Recipe



The slow cooker eMeals meal plan feeds a family of 6, and generally costs around $120 per week (or less). That’s only around $2.86/person per meal! For those of you with smaller families, there’s also a 2 person plan available. The recipes use mainstream ingredients, all available at your local grocery store, and appeal to a broad range of tastes.  It's a great plan for the busy person who wants to be fed well but is short on time.  You have a hot meal waiting for you in the slow cooker every day and all it takes is a little preparation.

Ham, Kale and Navy Bean Stew served over hominy Cheese Grits, and appears on this week’s Slow-Cooker Classic Meal Plan. The eMeals team devoured the leftovers for lunch, and it will freeze perfectly. Take a look - you can join eMeals free for 14 days Click here to sign up.

Recipe: 

STEW:

  • 6 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 (15-oz) cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16-oz) package chopped kale (or collard greens)
  • 1 (28-oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16-oz) package fully cooked cubed ham
  • 1 (32-oz) carton chicken broth
  • *I enjoy adding a bit of hot sauce and a few pinches of Italian herbs to mine!

GRITS:

  • 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 (8-oz) package shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • *I like to add lots of white or black pepper to mine!

For Stew: Combine carrots, onion and potato in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Top with beans, kale, tomatoes and ham; pour in broth.

Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.

For Grits: Cook grits according to package directions; stir in cheese and butter until blended and smooth. Serve stew over grits.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hallmark Poster Sized Cards are the Perfect Gift!

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

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#KidsCards #CollectiveBias #shop

A couple of weeks ago my middle son turned 9!  His birthday was all he has talked about for the past several months and I really wanted to make it a special day for him.  I had heard about some Hallmark cards for kids that open up into a poster at Walmart.  My son is obsessed with super heroes and so I wanted to get him something along those lines.  Good luck cards for kids are always fun to give.


I went to Walmart and strolled down the birthday card isle in search of a poster card from Hallmark.  I found a Hallmark poster card with Batman on it and knew that would be the perfect one for my son.  The card unfolded into a poster with punch out holes on Batman's face so that your child could use the poster as a sort of mask for pictures!  My kids had lots of fun pretending to be Batman and when we got home my son pinned his poster up on his pin board.

What most people do not know is that all of the Hallmark cards I buy can be redeemed for Hallmark rewards!  I just write down all of my bar codes from the cards and when I am at the computer I log into my rewards account to enter the codes.  For every five cards I enter I am given one credit and you can earn up to four of those per month.  When the following month hits your points are ready to be redeemed.  I recently redeemed my points for a $5 Starbucks gift card.  I just love it, a nice little bonus for mommies and daddies everywhere!  Send a card and reap some great benefits for doing so.  You could even save up the rewards and give those as gifts in the cards ha I love it!

Our bowling birthday party went great and the Hallmark poster card made my son's gift opening all the more special. I'm really thankful to be able to have celebrated my child's birthday, his life is such a blessing.  We also found the perfect birthday gift for him while at Walmart and that was a skateboard.  He absolutely gushed over his gift because it was all he had been wanting for over a year now.  Walmart saved the day because the price as right.  Finding the perfect gift and card is just one of the many ways we make our children feel extra special.

Make sure you go to Hallmark Rewards to see content from other bloggers, and sign up for Hallmark Rewards.  Be sure to also join the #kidscards convo on Twitter.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

#ad Dollar Tree Bonus Buys!

This post has been compensated by Dollar Tree. All opinions are my own.

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I absolutely adore shopping at my favorite Dollar Tree.  They keep giving me a million reasons to come back, the deals are wonderful and I save a lot of money with them.  Starting September 28th, 2014 Dollar Tree Started celebrating their anniversary with special bonus buys featuring our favorite brands with up to 58% more FREE with each item and still only $1 each!  Today is the last day!  From cleaning supplies to snacks, the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration will be wall-to-wall packed with savings.

Quantities are limited and so I will be heading out to shop asap for these Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration Bonus Buys.  I want to stock up!  We have been packing a lot of our school lunches this year and so I will especially be on the lookout for school lunch and pantry essentials Bonus Buys. My children enjoy getting to help prepare their own lunch for the next school day.  I like keeping pre-portioned packages of snacks around so they can just toss into their lunch bag.  Buying already portioned snacks helps make lunch prep a fast thing and it also saves me from worrying they will take far too much.  I like buying the Dollar Tree snacks because they carry quite a lot of the perfectly portioned type sized snacks.  I also like to keep a gallon size zipper bag filled with different Dollar Tree snacks such as crackers, pretzels, granola bars, nuts and dried fruits for snacks on the drive home from school.  Bottled waters are also a school time essential along with refillable drink bottles and Dollar Tree carries both.

Some of the items I will specifically want to grab will be the 3 count snack containers, boxes of Hefty gallon-size zipper bags, 4 oz boxes of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, 10 oz bags Brim’s Butter Popcorn, or 8 count packs of Snyders Mini Pretzels.  While I am there I will also be checking out the Halloween decor, costume accessories, and candy.  I will probably pick out several surprises for the kids.  I like buying them books, stickers, markers, craft items, and toys for the reward treasure box at home.  I will also be picking out a few greeting cards and small gifts to give to teachers and loved ones too.  Dollar Tree is definitely an easy one stop shop for a lot of our needs.  #DTanniversary

I enjoy following Dollar Tree on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and I recommend signing up for the Dollar Tree weekly subscriber emails to get info on products and contests here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Family Water Drinking Challenge

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are my own. #CollectiveBias


#ad Over the past year and a half I have been really focusing on our family's health and well-being.  I was done with being so tired and out of shape all the time and wanted to be a good example to my young children.  As of today I am proud to say that I have lost over seventy pounds and have really began to see muscle definition and strength like never before.  I have lost so many inches I have lost count!  My energy has improved a hundred fold and I feel younger.  A big part of my routine has been drinking water.  Water has probably been the most important part of my weight loss and health routine.  I regularly purchase a case or three of Nestle Pure Life water from Walmart.  One case stays in the car so we always have a drink available and the rest stays in the house to stick in the fridge.  #HealthyHydration

I really want my Walmart to start carrying the big 5 gallon bottles of Nestle Pure Life.  I know those would come in handy for going to the kids soccer games and family events.  It would make life easier because I could just grab one bottle on my way out versus several individual bottles.  Sometimes we just need a large BPA free PET plastic bottle! 

I have been encouraging my family to drink more h2o and to make it fun for the kids we decided to have a little water drinking challenge for one week.  I printed a chart for each person (found online here) and then gave each person their own color or marker to check off the cups for the day.  I looked up their weight and ages on the web to see just how much water was recommended for each kid.  My four year old had the goal of five cups, the eight and ten year old had seven cups as their goal.  My goal was eight but I really drink more like fifteen cups every day so obviously I didn't need the challenge but my children did.  The challenge was to get them to drink more water and it worked.

At the end of the challenge if everybody drank their minimum they would be treated to a fun activity.  Our prize at the end of one week was bowling and the next time it may be rollerskating.  I make every week's reward an active outing so that we are getting some exercise while having fun.

I challenge you and your family to try this out, it's so much fun!

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