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Michigan #BarleyBBQBeats Music Festival + #Giveaway

I am not being paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was gifted tickets to help facilitate this post and for the giveaway. #BarleyBBQBeats

This year the Hospice of Michigan will be hosting its 3rd annual Barley, BBQ & Beats music festival! This is a celebration of all things barbecue (from leading pit masters), handcrafted cocktails (from Michigan distilleries), live music (from hometown faves), and Eric Zane from WBBL as emcee! It takes place on Sunday, May 19th at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids from 5-9 pm. Tickets are $40 in advance and are available at Proceeds from this event will benefit Michigan's Open Access Fund. #BarleyBBQBeats

Hospice of Michigan is one of the largest hospice providers in Michigan. Their mission since they began in the 1970's is to provide peace, comfort, and care for all no matter the age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. They depend on financial support from donors to facilitate their care of those in need, philanthropic giving also funds research, education, and innovation at the Hospice of Michigan Institute. You can make a profound difference in someone's life, see ways to help:

Guests will enjoy their choice of three BBQ servings and three hand-crafted cocktail tastings with each ticket. Additional tasting tickets will be available at the event.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies from Michigan distilleries. The following vendors have been confirmed, with more still to come:

      ·         American Fifth Spirits
·         Bier Distillery
·         Detroit City Distillery
·         Grand Traverse Distillery
·         Gray Skies Distillery
·         Long Road Distillery
·         Coppercraft Distillery
·         Iron Fish Distillery
·         Red Cedar Spirits
·         Two James Spirits

BBQ will be catered from such leading west Michigan pit masters and restaurants as:

·         Black Bull BBQ
·         Dallas Deli
·         Jonny B’z
·         Main Street BBQ
·         Ms. Piggie’s BBQ
·         Papa & Ooma’s BBQ
·         Saladino Smoke
·         The Grilling Company
·         Two Scotts Barbecue
·         Louise Earl Butchers
·         Main Street BBQ
·         Slows Bar BBQ
·         Daddy Pete’s BBQ

Gluten and dairy-free options, as well as vegan selections, will also be available.

Guests will enjoy an array of west Michigan’s best live music to dance the night away including performances by Domestic Problems, Mid-Life Crisis, Big Dudee Roo and The Fast Hands Band.

“This event is a delicious opportunity to give to a great cause,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations, Hospice of Michigan. “We’re so thankful for the generous support we received from the community at the last two festivals, and we expect this year to be even more special.”

Guests will also be invited to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory in the long passageway leading into the field.
Visit for more information.

Event sponsors include: Betz Industries, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply and Meijer – Smokehouse Sponsor; Vista Springs, Fiftth Third Bank, Hansen Balk Steel Treating and US Signals – Barbecue sponsor; Belknap Hill Trading Post, WOOD Radio and Universal Forest Products, Inc. – Barley sponsors; Ace Vending Services, Inc., Thomas P. Sarb and Ruth Ann Brevitz, LeeAnn Clay, Mercy Health, Metro Health: University of Michigan Health, Pioneer Construction, Specialty Metal Fabricators, Inc. ,The Meijer Foundation, Van Dellen Steel, Inc. and Wolverine Worldwide – Beats Sponsor; Applied Imaging, Hon. Sara J. Smolenski and Linda Burpee, Jim & Judy Czanko, Dan Vos Construction, Forest Hills Foods, George & Barbra Gordon, Huntington National Bank, Michigan Association of CPAs, Samaritas Senior Living, The Score and Weingartz – Backyard BBQ Sponsor. To secure sponsorship, please contact or 616-356-5229.

GIVEAWAY! 2 tickets to the festival Giveaway ends 5/12 @ 12 am EST.

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New 1 lb Smoked Chop at Smokey Bones!

I am not being paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was treated to a meal at Smokey Bones to help facilitate my post. 

This right here is the new 1 lb pork chop from Smokey Bones Bar Fire & Grill! It is a thick double cut bone-in chop that has been sweet brined for 24 hours, then slow smoked and grilled to juicy perfection. My husband and I were both able to enjoy this first hand and it was superb. They cooked it a bit more well done than I prefer so next time I am going to ask to have it cooked more on the medium rare or medium side but that was no biggie. Even at well done it was so tender and the flavor is out of this world. It comes with garlic toast and 2 sides of your choice. I picked onion rings and mashed potatoes with gravy. It was a heavenly meal and we left feeling so satisfied. It's a must try for sure. I can't stop thinking about this one! I'm thinking of Father's Day and how Dad would probably REALLY love to go out for one of these!

For our appetizer we enjoyed a heaping plate of nachos called Magnacho. It is an unbelievably ginormous plate of nachos covered in double cheddar jack cheese, pulled roasted chicken, and house smoked pulled pork. A server that was not even our own suggested that we try the KC BBQ sauce on the nachos which added a sweet hickory smoked molasses flavor that I lived for! The pulled chicken and smoked pork had amazing flavor and were incredibly juicy and tender. These Magnachos are huge and next time we will have to take the kids along to help devour the enormous plate. We loved the perfect amount of the smokey flavor that the pork had. I'd say it was the perfect plate of nachos with all the layers of toppings, it blew our minds!

Be sure to find a Smokey Bones near you and try these out. Let me know what you think!

Ad: Recycle to WIN! + GIVEAWAY #lovelittlebites #littlebitespledge #pledgetorecycle

“The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share information about the Entenmann's Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program with TerraCycle® and my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites®.”  #pledgetorecycle #lovelittlebites #littlebitespledge 

Sweet sweet Spring has arrived and we have been spending as much time outside as possible. It has been pretty cold but the sunshine is out in full force most days. The boys are getting excited for soccer to begin and they've been practicing their skills. I keep a big supply of snacks on hand this time of year for our active family to enjoy. Little Bites® are so great to keep in the pantry! As you can see from the pic, snickerdoodle were our ALL time fave but we also grabbed a box of the new limited edition cookies & creme. The kids said the cookies & creme are now their favorite more than snickerdoodle so I'll have to grab a few more before they are gone!

If you've bought Little Bites before then you've probably noticed the TerraCycle® info on the box. If you don't know about it then let me give you a little info. TerraCycle is an international recycling center that offers a free program that turns waste into plastic. This plastic can be used on items such as playground equipment, park benches, or recycle bins. So for us Little Bites lovers, we simply collect your empty plastic pouches and stuff into an envelope to mail to TerraCycle using a pre-paid label. From now through April 30th 2018 Entenmann's Little Bites is rewarding those who make the pledge to make eco-friendly choices! Plus, if you collect the pouches and send on behalf of your K-12 school, you could be placed in the running to win a classroom party! Find out more here:

How to Win
  1. Pledge: your pledge qualifies you for the contest
  2. First Shipment: your first shipment earns 500 bonus points
  3. Second Shipment: your second shipment earns 1,000 bonus points
  4. TerraCycle Sweepstakes: K-12 schools-only have the chance to win a Classroom Party as long as they pledge. The classroom party will include five (5) cases of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® and 100 upcycled pencil cases. Please see more details and official rules here:

GIVEAWAY is for a $25 Visa gift card + 3 FREE coupons towards Entenmann's Little Bites! Ends 3/28 12 am EST.

1 entry: Comment below telling me who you love spending time with and your favorite Spring activity to do together.

1 entry: What is your fave Entenmann's product?

Good luck!!!

Affordable British Soccer Camps Kids Age 3-18

Our kids all enjoy playing soccer and they have played for years, since they were tiny. We love playing through AYSO or through our city teams, they are all so fun and the kids learn a lot. Our youngest has been especially keen on soccer, he even watches matches on tv. He eats sleeps and breathes soccer! It's always on his mind and he begs to play outside daily on his practice net. I used to play when I was a kid so it's really fun to see him enjoy it so much. I can't wait to send him to soccer camp. He'll be going to British Soccer Camp in our area!

British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camp provides boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!


Enroll in the most popular soccer camp in North America! British Soccer Camps have programs for all ages and abilities and feature an innovative curriculum full of skills, drills, and thrills! Register now and you will not only get your free British Soccer game jersey (value $34.95) shipped to you for free immediately, but you will also get our brand new skill development App and 20 videos to help your child practice at home. Your soccer ball, T-shirt & poster will be given out at camp. 

USE CODE BSC18 at check out to get free shipping.
For a complete list of camps and to enroll:

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