Mama Nibbles

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Little Indulgence You'll Need Everyday

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #LoveV8Protein

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I sure have been enjoying my healthier lifestyle!  I had a lot of weight to lose and over the last two years I have successfully lost and kept off 75 lbs!  I do have a goal to lose 50 more but I am taking it slow.  Slow and steady wins the race right?  I have just recently made the decision to join a gym because I figure that working out will be so much easier now that I have shed so many extra pounds.
I heard and read that working out requires a bit more protein to keep the muscles and body fueled.  If you put out energy you need to take healthy energy back in.  That is why I went to Walmart and purchased several packs of the new V8 Protein bars and new V8 Protein shakes.  I found mine in the Vitamins aisle of my Walmart near the health and beauty aisles.

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The new V8 Protein shakes wow'd me because they contain 1/4 cup of vegetables in each serving.  I probably never get enough veggies inside of me and so having that addition is appreciated.  I also learned that the sweeteners were simply from: honey, brown rice syrup, and sugar.  The fiber and protein in the shakes and bars comes from: milk, soy, pea, brown rice and quinoa.  The vegetables are from: carrots and sweet potatoes.  The shakes and bars taste so indulgent and come in a variety of six flavors in all. So many good-for-you choices that I love!

So my routine is now to have either a V8 Protein bar or shake before or after my workout.  I drink plenty of water and twice a day I have a bowl filled with some vegetables and/or fresh fruits.  I keep my body hydrated and fueled and I feel amazing!  Even when I am taking a break from the gym for a day or two I will have a V8 protein shake or bar in the car as I am running errands.  I love how easy they are to take along.  I just keep a pack of the delectable shakes cold in my fridge and a box of the bars tucked away in my glove box in the mini van.  No more afternoon head aches or stomach pangs because I forgot to eat something.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#ad Easy Holiday Party Feast

I was sent a gift certificate to help facilitate this post about HoneyBaked for my family's Thanksgiving feast and help spread the word about their Feeding America Partnership.  All opinions are 100% my own.  #HoneyBakedHoliday #ad





I created a beautiful holiday feast in no time using Honeybaked products.  I went to my local Grand Rapids, MI Honeybaked store and browsed their selection.  The staff is so friendly and really helpful. I chose to purchase 2 lbs of Honeybaked ham (serves 4-5), around 3-4 lbs of Honeybaked smoked turkey breast (serves 6-8), 1 heat & share garlic mashed potatoes, 1 heat & share orange basil glazed carrots, 1 coconut cake, and 1 ham bone and soup mix (for a later meal).  

To set my Christmas table as a buffet I simply covered the table in a sparkly red table cloth, placed a gold fabric runner along the middle and decorated with some of my favorite holiday items and candles.  I used a large platter to fan out the Honeybaked ham and turkey and placed a pair of tongs there for my guests.  For the sides I simply microwaved them according to the package directions and then poured into a pretty bowl to serve along with a serving spoon.  I served the cake on a platter after letting it thaw and placed a pie server with that.  A jug of cider and glasses were added and we had the perfect holiday feast!  This would be so easy for anyone to re-create.  It could definitely be elaborated upon depending on how many guests you needed to serve.


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Our holiday feast was phenomenal, everyone loved the food.  The heat & share sides are incredible and as the name denotes, you simply heat them up and serve.  You can serve in the black tray they come in or put into the dish of your choice, it is up to you.  Honeybaked has so many different sides to choose from, everyone will be happy.  The dessert selection has several to choose from so depending on your tastes you could go with a lot of different delicious options.  

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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.)

Donate $1.00 to Feeding America during checkout at the register of any HoneyBaked store. $1.00=10 Meals!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Personal Lubricant for Women

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenTheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBias  If you are pregnant or nursing please consult your doctor before use.


Yesterday I was working on this blog post about about KY Liquibeads personal lubricant and the freedom to be spontaneous when I thought to myself, half of my life is pure spontaneity.  I will have been married to my high school sweetheart for 12 years come this Saturday the 13th.  He has been a best friend to me all of these years and I feel so very thankful that he is in my life.

Same day, our oldest daughter and youngest son both came down with an odd stomach bug or perhaps maybe even food poisoning.  They were tossing their cookies (so to speak) and feeling awful for a good 12 hours.  I run a small business on the side in addition to this blog and I had a ton of orders and blog posts to be working on.  I spent most of my evening cleaning and doing laundry and not much got done that was supposed to have gotten done.  Thankfully my husband had come home from work early to pick up our daughter from school and help out around the house.  Nothing more sexy than a man that helps, am I right?

I was pretty beat around supper time and so my husband said he'd feed the kids some toast and milk while I got out of the house for a bit.  I chose to go thrift shopping as I often do, half the time I don't even buy anything I just browse.  It's a great way to let off some steam.  I found some new fitted sheets for the kids beds and came back home relaxed and ready to finish the night.  I did some dishes, swept and vacuumed the floors and wiped down the bathroom then plopped onto the sofa.  My husband tucked the kids in after their showers and he also sat down on the sofa to snuggle.  Typical day for me besides the kids being sick.  After we have relaxed for a bit we will both take a hot shower, sometimes together!  A hot shower together can be really fun and spontaneous, definitely a good way to keep things spicy.  Once we know that the kids are silent and most definitely asleep then we usually can have a little more fun in the bedroom.

I've given birth to three children and I am in my mid thirties.  Having had children, aging and even as the action gets a little bit intense during sex can tend to cause some dryness.  It is nothing to be embarrassed of, it is completely normal.  That is where KY Liquibeads women's vaginal moisturizer comes in.  I can use this every few days and always know that I'm ready to go for a toss in the sheets.  I found my box in the Women's Health section near the pharmacy of my Target store.

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KY Liquibeads are really simple and straight forward.  All I have to do is take one of the plastic applicators, add in an Ovule inserts and then insert that into my vagina and press the button to release it.  Each bead gets a new applicator and you toss the used ones.  I insert a new bead every few days so that my body is ready for whenever the mood may strike.  #WhenTheMoodStrikes

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Share a Smile!

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.



I like to surround myself with joy and share smiles often.  One quote that I think of often is, "Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." ~quoted from P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown.  A bright smile can brighten someone's day in a way you may never know.  I like to keep my smile bright and one of the ways I do that has been by using Colgate Enamel Health Whitening toothpaste.  I have been using this toothpaste for a few weeks now and I have to say that it has been wonderful.  I love the flavor of the toothpaste and the way that it has gently began to help whiten my teeth.

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In addition to using the Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste I have began using an exfoliating face wash at night and then I apply some facial moisturizer before bed.  I apply a bit of lotion to the heels of my feet and then put on a pair of cotton socks.  One last thing I do is drink a lot of water all day long and especially right when I wake up in the morning.  All of these simple steps help me feel energized and younger.  I live close to a Walgreens and that's where I love to shop for my beauty routine products. Walgreens always has some great deals and the Saturdate events are fun to attend.
Sadly I was unable to attend the Saturdate event for Colgate Enamel Health but I hope many of you were!



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hormel Pepperoni Shrimp Bites Recipe

This shop for Hormel Pepperoni for my delicious appetizer recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp #CollectiveBias


Today we are headed over to spend the evening with family for a supper and game night.  My husband's older brother and his family drove all the way up from North Carolina.  It has been since last summer that I last saw them when I drove the kids and I down to NC from Michigan.  I am so excited to see everyone and spend family time together over some delicious food.  I have a bunch of dishes prepared to bring and one very delicious appetizer featuring Hormel pepperoni.  I bought the Hormel pepperoni at Walmart and I am sharing the recipe right here for ya'll to make because these bites are so delicious!  I had a lot of pepperoni recipe ideas but this one took the cake.  Our family really likes shrimp and the ingredients for this recipe are easy to put together.  I imagine these pepperoni and shrimp bites will go pretty fast once we put them out, I've already eaten one or two myself ha!  I have to taste test you know *wink*.

Pepperoni Shrimp Bites

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Ingredients you will need (as much or as little as you wish but I recommend making extras!):

-Hormel Pepperoni
-cream cheese (4 oz will cover about 35-40 crackers)
-six pepper seasoning (I bought mine at Sam's Club but Walmart should carry it too)
-medium or large shrimp (I bought raw and cooked mine but you can do pre-cooked too)
-buttery round crackers

Instructions on how to put these yummy bites together:

1. Thaw or cook shrimp to your liking and then keep chilled.

2. Lay Hormel Pepperoni out on a sheet pan lined with parchment (can use a rack too) and bake at 375 F for 10 minutes then take out and cool.  We want crispy pepperoni.

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3. Spread all crackers with 1/2 tsp cream cheese, you need to have a light hand or they will crack.  Of course if they crack you get bonus snacks lol

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4. Now place a crispy pepperoni slice on top of the cream cheese and press lightly to secure it into place.

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5. Place a cooked shrimp on top of the pepperoni and then sprinkle with the six pepper seasoning.

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I made a serving platter full.  It's best to wrap with a bit of plastic wrap or tinfoil to carefully transport.  The cream cheese acts as a barrier to keep the cracker crispy and the pepperoni cradles the shrimp ever so perfectly.  The flavor of these is phenomenal.  Don't forget to print a coupon to save $1.00 on any 2 Hormel Pepperoni packages: http://www.hormel.com/Coupons.aspx  You can like the Hormel Facebook page here and follow Hormel on Twitter @HormelFoods.


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. 

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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