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POM Wonderful Recipes & Cocktails #CookwithPom #ad 

27 Oct

Pomegranate season is in full effect and POM Wonderful and Momtrends invited me to a hands on cooking experience to make and try delicious recipes made with fresh pomegranate arils and juice. I headed to the Miette Culinary Studio to cook with professional chefs. Looking for new recipes for the holidays? 


Have you ever had Guacamole or Moroccan Shrimp with POM POMS Fresh Arils? What about Whole Wheat Waffles with POM POMS or Roasted Salmon with POM POMS Salsa? How heavenly do they sound? I even had a drink called the Dapper Devil. This drink contained Pomegranate Wonderful 100% juice, Aviation Gin, Club Soda, Fresh Gin and a twist of lime. Great for any party or celebration. 

I even made a smoothie with POM Wonderful juice and it was amazing. Take your favorite fruit and POM Wonderful juice, Ice and I also used tropical coconut water. Blend well then serve. 


The Guacamole station was calling my name and I really wanted to know how Pomegranate would be incorporated into guacamole. It was so easy, tasted great and brightened it up. The recipes are below. Give them a try and discover what POM can do for you. 

Click here for more info: http://www.pomwonderful.com/



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you Momtrends and POM Wonderful for a great night and amazing food/recipes to take home and share with my family and friends. Some pictures courtesy of Momtrends. 

New Pure Leaf Bagged And Loose Long Leaf Teas, Daphne Oz & Tea Experts #PureLeafHomeBrew

21 Oct

In celebration of its new bagged and loose long leaf teas, Pure Leaf invited me to Talk Tea with chef, author and tv co-host Daphne Oz and also tea, wine and culture experts. 

Alex White, Research & Developmemt Manager, Chef and professional tea taster started of the evening talking about his profession as a tea taster and the process of the teas. The process of how teas are picked at their freshest, rolled to preserve their freshness, chopped and dried for the most balanced aromas, then the leaves are blended by tea masters to ensure consistent taste. He also explained the difference between the cold ice teas and the hot. 

Laura Maniec, World’s youngest female Master Sommelier and owner of Corkbuzz Wine Studio spoke to us about the similarities of wine and tea. The same language you use to describe wine you also use to describe tea. The raspberry and peach tea is like Pinot Noir wine. 

My family and I have always been a fan of Pure Leaf Iced Teas and now I get the pleasure of drinking a hot cup of tea when I want. I always make time for me so this will definitely be a treat to try something new with all the amazing flavors. 

Pure Leaf bagged teas are offered in seven varieties which include, Black Tea with Vanilla, Chai Tea, Green Tea with Mint, Iced Classic Black Tea, Iced Black Tea with Peach, Iced Black Tea with Raspberry and Iced Green Tea with Citrus. These come in 16-count jars. 

Pure Leaf loose teas are offered in three varieties-English Breakfast Black Tea and Iced Black Classic Tea available in 4.7-oz. jars and Gunpowder Green Tea available in 5.8 -oz. jars. 

Available on Amazon.com and in grocery, mass market retailers and select club stores nationwide.

I tried a variety of samples at the event and enjoyed them. I am a big Chai Tea fan so that was one of my favorites. 

Lisa Boalt Richardson, Certified Tea Specialist and author of “Modern Tea: A Fresh Look At An Ancient Beverage” and “Tea With A Twist: Entertaining and Cooking With Tea” took us on a journey around the world to India, Kenya, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. 

Did you know that Chai means Tea? So when you ask for a Chai tea you’re just saying ” Can I have a tea, tea?” I found that interesting and funny. In Kenya you will be served tea all day long so you have to politely say that’s enough if you don’t want anymore. Also, in Kenya the bigger the cup the better. If they serve you in a big cup you’re considered a guest. Indonesia has 17,000 islands. It would take me forever to visit all of them. Sri Lanka is located off the southeastern coast of India. A former British colony, Sri Lanka was called Ceylon before it became a republic and took on a new name in 1972. For almost one hundred years before that Sri Lanka produced the commodity it’s best known for today – a black tea that’s still referred to as Ceylon. A boy or young man who serves tea in India is called Chaiwala or Chai Wallah. They are everywhere in India, from busy urban street corners to hidden alleyways, at bus depots and railway platforms and walking through the train cars, along riversides and on footpaths when you need a fresh cup of tea, the chai wallah is always near.

Daphne Oz talked about how she loves her “Me Time” with a hot cup of tea. There’s something about tea that just relaxes you and the aromas just make the experience that more calming. Daphne also talked about her two children, spending time with her family members, cooking for the holidays and how you can cook delicious but easy, fast dishes so you can also spend time with your family. She also talked about staples to keep in your kitchen, seasonings, and how to prepare the juiciest Turkey for Thanksgiving using a cheesecloth, fresh herbs and butter. Yes I will attempt that this year.  Her recipes in her cookbook I will definitely be taking advantage of because I love cooking and trying new things. Daphne brought her Blueberey Tea Cake to the event and you talking about the moistest cake ever. I wanted to take it all with me. It was very good. Copies of her new cookbook “The Happy Cook” was in our gift bag along with Pure Leaf Teas and other goodies. 

I learned so much about the process of teas and listening to the experts. I really enjoyed myself and taking a journey. It was as if I went on a vacation and came back an expert in teas myself . 

Here is the recipe of Daphne’s Blueberry Tea Cake: 

Blueberry Tea Cake

Pairs with Pure Leaf Black Tea with Vanilla

Makes one 9-inch square cake
2 sticks (8 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

21/2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square cake pan with 1/2 tablespoon of the butter, lay down two sheets of parchment paper perpendicular to each other, leaving overhang to use as tabs to lift the cake out when it is cooked, and grease again with another 1/2 tablespoon butter.

 

To make the streusel, in a medium bowl, whisk together 11/4 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup of the brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in the microwave. Drizzle in the melted butter and use a fork to stir the mixture together until large streusel-like crumbs form. Set the streusel aside.

 

To make the batter, in a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 11/4 cups of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

 

In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and lemon juice. Set aside.

 

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the granulated sugar and the remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar and 10 tablespoons butter and cream on low speed until the mixture is combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and cream until the butter is airy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed between each addition. Add the vanilla and beat to combine.

Reduce the speed to medium-low and add half the reserved flour mixture, then the sour cream mixture, then the rest of the flour mixture, mixing until combined and scraping down the bowl as needed. Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the blueberries

 

Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top evenly with the streusel and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a crumb or two attached. The top will be a rich golden brown under the streusel, and the cake will give springy resistance to pressure.

 

Use the parchment paper to remove the cake from the pan, then discard and cool the cake completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve, or cover with a dome or plastic wrap for up to 3 days (though there’s no chance it lasts that long in your kitchen).

 

Tip: This batter works very nicely in a muffin tin, a loaf pan, or practically any baking dish. The cook time will vary depending on whether you use a dark coated pan, cast iron, or glass dish, so just keep an eye out for the golden brown top and springy texture to make sure you don’t overcook.
 From THE HAPPY COOK by Daphne Oz. Copyright © 2016 by Daphne Oz. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. I was invited to this event . Swag was given. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

@BJsWholesale Tackling Your Tailgating Party This Football Season #shoptheclub #ad

12 Oct

Football season is in effect and whether you’re a fan or not somebody you know is and there’s a tailgating party going on somewhere. I love football and love what comes along with it. I am a foodie and what better way to root for your team then to have your favorite foods, beverages and desserts. Of course we can’t forget our team colors and favorite jerseys. Whose your favorite team?

Tailgating for me is friends, family, great food and cheering. Whether indoors or outdoors I go all out when it comes to cooking for any type of party or celebration. I make sure to head to my local BJ’s Warehouse Club for all the food I need. Buying in bulk is a must. I save so much money and time doing all my shopping in one store which has everything I need. Take a look below my shopping cart is full to capacity. 

I created a recipe for Beer Brats Turkey Chili Dogs that can be cooked in your slow cooker. 

What you’ll need:

*1 large slow cooker

*Johnsonville Brats ( I used beef and beer brats)

*3-4 cans (12 ounces) beer ( I used 1 (24 ounce) can

*1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced into rings ( I used lots of onions & a red onion as well)

*1 large green pepper

*1 large red pepper

*2 (15 oz.) cans turkey chili with beans

*Jalapeños to top

*Mustard

*Potato rolls

What to do:

*Pour in the beer, add butter, peppers, onions and turn slow cooker on high

*Heat a grill pan or heavy skillet to medium high and grill or sear the brats on all sides until fully cooked when internal temperature reaches 160F.

*Add your Johnsonville Brats to the slow cooker and heat till brats are cooked about 2 hours.

*Reduce heat to low to keep the brats hot throughout the game.

*Heat chili as instructed on can

*Open a potato roll, add brats and onion mixture then top with chili, jalapeños and mustard.

*Enjoy!!


I also make burgers, appetizers, salad, wings, ribs and buy the delicious cakes already made form BJ’s. You can have your team logo decorated on the cake. You can’t forget the beers and water. 

Below I made a recipe with Wellsley Farms Shrimp found at BJ’s. I added a stir fry mix to it that has corn, peppers, onions, and broccoli and served over mini tater tots. Served with mini size Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cider. These are great for the kids and adults. 


Are you a Planner or a Moocher? 

BJ’s Wholesale Club Kicks off Football Season with
Insights on America’s Tailgating Habits

Survey shows Buffalo wings rule, and a team’s loss can affect tailgaters for the whole week  

Westborough, MA (September 7, 2016) – Break out the face paint, a funny wig or team jersey,
football season is here and that means it’s time to tailgate. New research from BJ’s Wholesale
Club tackles the question of America’s tailgating habits, showing that for almost half of Americans (45%) tailgating is more important than the game. And 60% of us are diehard
tailgaters, showing up for the pre-game party rain, sleet, snow or shine.  

According to an online survey conducted by BJ’s Wholesale Club of 1,001 tailgaters on the East
Coast, when it comes to sandwiches, burgers (49%) are the clear winner among pre-game
partiers, followed by pulled pork (24%) and hotdogs (21%). And according to the research, the most important item for a tailgate is the cooler and ice (71%), followed by the grill (57%). The most forgotten items are bug spray (15%), with sunscreen 11% and trash bags 10% a close second and third.  

Football fans might be even more passionate about their tailgates than their teams said Bari
Harlem, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Membership at BJ’s Wholesale Club. ͞For our
Members, tailgate parties are a family tradition. BJ’s Wholesale Club offers great value on everything fans need for the perfect tailgate party, whether you’re a Patriots fan craving wings
or a Gators fan grilling a pre-game burger.

But for some tailgating comes with a downside. About forty-percent of fans say a loss by a
favorite team affects them all week but there’s always another tailgate to look forward to.  

Key survey findings reveal:

Planner or a moocher?  

*Half of tailgaters say they are planners. Two in five prefer to wing it, putting things together at the last minute. While one in ten are moochers, just waiting to enjoy what the planners bring.  

*Almost half of tailgaters say they would have no problem tailgating and not attending a
game.

*Three to four hours before is when over three in five tailgaters start. 

Most popular foods

 Overall, appetizers and wings are the favorite foods.
 For over half of tailgaters (56%), it’s got to be Buffalo-style wings followed by barbeque
at 44%. 

 Beer is the beverage of choice for 73% of tailgaters and almost half say they also need
soft drinks/soda (49%) and water (48%).

Tailgating Type:

* Thirty-seven percent of tailgaters say they are diehard fans because when their team
loses, they feel lost all week.

* Three in five (60%) tailgaters throw the football around while over half (53%) prefer to
play cornhole.

* One-third (34%) find professional football games more fun for tailgating, one-third
(33%) say college games are more fun, and one-third (34%) say both are equally as fun!

And finally, when it comes to showing spirit, most tailgaters go with a team jersey (82%), while
13% choose face paint and 5% pick body paint. Only 2% opt to wear a team wig.

In collaboration with Regina Corso Consulting, BJ’s Wholesale Club surveyed more than 1,000
tailgaters in its 15-state footprint. Participants were adults, 18 and older, with male
respondents making up 58% and 42% female. Surveyors live primarily in suburban settings and
have achieved a college degree. This survey was conducted between August 2 and 9, 2016.

With their wide selection of festive, fresh and fine-quality foods, BJ’s makes it convenient
to order deli platters, cookie assortments and custom-order cakes made exactly to your
specifications. 

Browse through BJ’s Party Planning brochure, then fill out an order form in-Club — or
download one at home from https://www.bjs.com/deli- bakery.content.services_deli_bakery.A.services — then, simply drop it into the kiosk at  your local club. Your order can be ready for pick-up in as little as 24 hours!  

For more info on BJ’s visit: http://www.BJs.com and for exclusive content find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Remember you can join the club with a Free 90 Day Membership running through December 31.

Disclosure: This post is compensated. I am a BJ’s Wholesale Club Ambassador. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Back To School Sandwiches With @BJsWholesale #shoptheclub #ad

12 Oct

National Sandwich Month is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy sandwiches whenever we want. 

Back To School is approaching very fast and my kids know what type of lunches they want to take to school. When it comes to sandwiches they are only picky about the types of meat they eat.  

A morning breakfast sandwich could be bacon, egg and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich but a deli sandwich has to be honey glazed or regular turkey. 

Since I’ll be preparing lunches for two kids I’m depending on BJ’s Wholesale to give me the great selection and meats, cheeses, breads, produce and condiments I need. 

My daughter who’s going to 4th grade will probably be the one who will use cookie cutters and make cute faces for her food. (As she did below) My son who is going to 8th grade just wants a meal. He’s not into all the cute lunches. 


I love pre-sliced cheeses. No cutting or slicing just take out of package, put on bread and that’s it. Wellsley  Farms has a variety of cheeses to choose from. Pepper Jack, Provolone, Sharp Cheddar and Muenster are on the top of our list.  


Bread for my kids school lunches have to be on rolls. Even though the kids love Wellsley Farms whole wheat bread and Sara Lee Artesano Bread they prefer rolls at school. My daughter switches up sometimes. BJ’s has a great selection of fresh bakery bread from rolls to whole wheat and even challah when I want to make French Toast for breakfast.

(Turkey and Pepper Jack Cheese on a roll)


Deli meat is Turkey like I mentioned earlier. You can purchased from the deli department by the pound or packaged deli meats. I love Wellsley Farms brand and I think I’m going back to Chicken Breast which is also good. I’ll still but Turkey but I want to eat chicken again. I also want to try buffalo chicken as well. I love spicy food. My kids also love spicy. 

So for back to school cold sandwiches hold better for my kids and when they get home they enjoy grilled cheese or panini sandwiches. No matter what type BJ’s has it all. Here are my grilled cheese and panini versions I made before. Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be just cheese I made a turkey, cheese, peppers and onions. The kids also loved the panini grilled cheese and the triple decker grilled cheese. 


Here’s a great recipe from BJ’s for a grilled Cuban panini sandwich: http://journal.bjs.com/recipes/grilled-cuban-panini

Keep reading on how to get your free 90-day membership. 

Americans love to shop membership warehouse clubs. In fact, nearly 125 million Americans shop at the largest warehouse shopping clubs. Members at BJ’s Wholesale Club — one of the leading clubs — save 25% off grocery store prices* every day and find twice as many items as other warehouse clubs, including groceries, electronics, home goods and more. 

 

For consumers who want to experience what they’ve been missing, BJ’s is offering a Free 90-Day Membership (today through December 31st).

 

In addition to unmatched value on one-stop-shopping, a BJ’s membership comes with big benefits, including:

 

Valuable Coupons – BJ’s accepts more coupons than any other warehouse clubs.

Fresh Choices – Shop a delicious variety of fresh produce, meats and bakery items includes everything needed for weekly shopping.

Custom-Cut Meats – BJ’s butchers are standing by to recut and repackage any selection at no charge.

Exclusive Club Brands – Save on our high-quality Wellsley Farms® and Berkley Jensen® brands.

Easy Party Planning – Wow guests with fresh deli platters, custom cakes and cookie trays.

More Ways to Pay – Get rewarded with My BJ’s Perks ™ Program or use any other form of payment including EBT.

Order Online and Pick Up in Club – Save time with BJ’s Pick Up & Pay. Enjoy the convenience of shopping online and immediacy of in-Club pick up.

Gas Savings – Our gas prices are consistently rated as the best around. Find great low prices on fuel every day at 130 locations.

 

BJ’s Free 90-Day Trial Membership offers savings during the biggest budget-busting seasons of the year, protecting shoppers from such wallet whoppers as:

Back-to-School Shopping

Halloween Costumes and Treats

Thanksgiving Festivities

Holiday Shopping and Entertaining

 

Shoppers can print the Free 90-Day Membership coupon at http://www.BJs.com/savings and visit their local BJ’s club to activate their trial.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored. I am a BJ’s Wholesale Club Ambassador. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

 

Glad OdorShield Kitchen/Trash Bags #ad

7 Oct

It’s been a great year and I don’t want it to end. However I will be going out with a bang and a new brand to work with. I recently attended a Mom’s Night Out event with Momtrends and met with five brands. One brand in particular that I really wanted to work with was Glad. I’ve been a fan for decades and love supporting brands that I use and trust. 


After winning a years supply of their products from the raffle which made my day I also found out my wish came true. I am proud to bring you the latest in kitchen/trash bags and food storage. 

Have you heard about Glad OdorShield and Febreze Freshness with Gain Original scent in their trash bags? My garbage never smelled better. That’s because there is no smell. The odor is blocked. It comes in 13 gallon size bags. Febreze and Gain two of my favorite products teaming up with Glad is a winner in my book. 


With the amount of deliveries we get and garbage we go through I need a big strong bag. I hate using small plastic shopping bags for garbage. One bag is great and it fits right in my incinerator, doesn’t rip and the strong drawstring makes closing and carrying easy.

I also love buying in bulk and my favorite wholesale club has plenty of Glad bags in stock. With holidays approaching you have to be prepared. Family and friends eat a lot so these OdorShield bags are perfect. Toys isn’t just delivered in December in my house. There’s so many boxes to throw out. 

These bags will make great gifts as well. My friends already put in a request. For more info visit here: Glad – http://www.glad.com/trash/kitchen/kitchen-odorshield-gain-original-scent/

Only Glad with Febreze neutralizes odors for up to 5 days – guaranteed.

Disclosure: This is ansponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Our Top 6 Favorite Snacks 

9 Sep

As a busy family we are always on the go and look for snacks to keep us energized and must taste great. I look for snacks that transport well, doesn’t get soggy or crushed and keep the kids happy. I’ve listed our favorite snacks my kids and I love. These snacks are great for movie night at home, camping, lunchboxes, road trips, picnics and pajama parties. To be honest they are good anytime and anywhere  you want them. 

1. Horizon Organic: 

Horizon Organic Chocolate Protein Plus – This organic chocolate milk has 15g of protein per bottle, making it a great after-school boost or post-gym recovery drink!


· Horizon Organic Apple Fruit Clusters – There’s only four ingredients in this tasty treat. Plus, they’re 60 calories per pouch.


· Horizon Organic Sandwich Crackers – These bite size snack crackers are made with organic peanut butter or organic cheese, depending on the variety.


· Horizon Snack Crackers – Unlike conventional options, these crackers use organic wheat and, in the cheddar variety, real organic cheese.


· Horizon Snack Grahams – These are a kid- and adult- friendly treat with 8g of whole grains per serving.


Check out http://www.horizondairy.com  and http://www.horizon.com for more info. 

2. Hain Celestial Snacks represent a variety of snacks from Sensible Portions, TERRA and Garden of Eatin. 

*Garden of Eatin’ Bowls Tortilla Chips. Available in two delicious flavors: White Corn with Sea Salt and Blue Corn with Sea Salt. Both varieties are certified USDA Organic and non-GMO project verified. Go to http://www.gardenofeatin.com for more info. 


*Stackable Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips are a fun, better-for-you snack for the whole family. They are made with delicious, wholesome ingredients that pack fun and flavor, not preservatives or fillers and they come in four delicious flavors – Sour Cream & Onion, Cheddar, Sea Salt and BBQ. Website: http://www.sensibleportions.com


*TERRA comes in two main varieties, Exotic Blend, which includes the original flavor, and Sweet Potato, which includes our sweets and beets flavors. All TERRA Real Vegetable chips are made with non-GMO ingredients, are gluten free and certified kosher. Go to http://www.terrachips.com


We absolutely love all of these. Terra are our favorite. The taste is amazing and so healthy. 

3. KingOfPOP. These new Gourmet Popcorn offerings have unexpected flavors, including: CInnamon & Sugar Kettle Corn, Garlic Parmesan, or even Hickory Maple Bacon Kettle Corn, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettle Corn, Sweet Onion Kettle Corn, Buffalo Popcorn, Zesty Ranch Popcorn, and Honey Mustard Popcorn. The price for a 24-pack of 1.4 oz. bags is just $26.40 at http://www.KingOfPOP.com.


4. Cheryl’s is famous for their buttercream frosting, which uses only the finest ingredients, such as rich, creamy butter, go into these soft, delicious, smooth cookies. After more than a year of research and product development, Cheryl’s recently launched its first gluten-free baked goods line, produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Check out http://www.cheryls.com


5. Del Monte Fruit Refreshers Fruit Cups. It’s for adults but my kids love them too. I love the adult size and the flavors like Pineapple in Passion Fruit lightly sweetened in Fruit Water. Go to http://www.delmonte.com for more info. 


6. Organic BROWNIE BRITTLE is available in three flavors including: Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate & Pretzel and Chocolate & Toasted Coconut, with the latter two flavor combinations new to the BROWNIE BRITTLE family. These three flavors are available in a five-ounce resealable package and will retail for $4.99. In addition, Organic Chocolate Chip BROWNIE BRITTLE is available in a 16-ounce club store-sized bag. Head to browniebrittle.com


Disclosure: I was given product to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

 

Back To School With Crayola Products

7 Sep

School supplies don’t have to be a difficult shopping experience when you know exactly what brands you can trust. Ever since I was in school my parents always chose Crayola crayons, markers, paint, and colored pencils. I always wanted the ginormous pack of crayons with the sharpener in back. It had to be CRAYOLA! The cheap crayons didn’t cut it and I loved the variety of colors Crayola had and still has. They even have glitter crayons now. 

Since I grew up using Crayola it’s only right my kids use them too. There’s even new products that I know my kids will want.

New Products

· Crayola Emoji Maker: Drawing inspiration from the growing popularity of emojis, kids can experiment with Crayola colors to make 16 custom color emoji stampers and share their unique emoji messages with friends. Using the included design labels, kids can also create custom color names and decorate their barrels. For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $19.99.


· Crayola My Way: Crayola My Way allows fans to customize their own box of Crayola Crayons – from a personalized message on the front of the box to the colors of the Crayons inside the box – in an easy, highly interactive an fun process. After choosing the First Day of School theme, kids can make the Crayola Crayon box their own by uploading a personal photo or piece of artwork to the front of the box, adding their favorite nickname, and selecting their favorite Crayola colors. The personalized 64-count box starts at about $5.99 and can go up to $24.99 depending on the level of customization.


With the new school year just around the corner, kids want to have the best materials and coolest new supplies that reflect their unique interests, while parents want their kids to have best-in-class products that will last them through the year. From tried-and-true classroom staples like Markers, Crayons and Colored Pencils to make –your-own Emoji Markers and customizable Crayon boxes – Crayola offers a wide selection of products that will inspire creativity and get kids excited for the school year.
Classroom Staples

· Crayola 24-count Crayons: Crayola Crayons are a classic kids’ art tool that generations have used to learn to color, spell and draw. Crayola Crayons are designed with a focus on true color, smoothness, and durability.


· Crayola 10-count Classic Markers: Crayola Classic Broad Line Markers are the classic, long-lasting, durable markers that many generations remember from childhood. They lay down brilliant color, yet won’t bleed through most paper. Crayola Markers are also preferred by teachers for all of their projects.


· Crayola 10-count Ultra-Clean Washable Markers: Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are formulated to provide brilliant color where you want it while washing easily where you don’t. Crayola’s classic markers now have an improved Ultra-Clean washable formula and come with two new bold colors.


· Crayola 24-count Colored Pencils: Crayola Colored Pencils are an essential creative tool for kids to use at home or school. Each pack contains pre-sharpened Colored Pencils and a range of vivid colors to inspire children’s self-expression and imagination. Made with thick soft leads that won’t break easily, the pencils create brightly colored lines that are perfect for school projects and creating detailed artwork.


Check out @Crayola on Twitter and http://www.crayola.com for more info. 

Disclosure: Crayola sent my kids products for back to school. Opinions are 100% ours as always. 

 

Soul Kix Shoe Giveaway 

1 Sep

Soul Kix is an interactive shoe company with a purpose of allowing the consumer to have a creative choice in their footwear while also donating a pair of shoes to those in need for each pair purchased.


Here’s how you can join the Soul Kix  movement:

Our shoes come in a bag that has been made of recycled materials and can be reused for almost anything which is why we say Think Outside The Shoebox.


For every pair of SoulKix purchased, we donate the equivalent to a pair of shoes to our partners Soles4Souls. They then provide shoes to those in parts of the world that are less fortunate.

We have over 500 celebrities, athletes, musicians and actors wearing SoulKix.

We currently have a Kickstarter Campaign going to create awareness, excitement and support for our Kids line of shoes. Check it out.

You Design It. We Print It. This is what SoulKix is all about. The is the foundation of our company and caters to everyone who has ever wanted a pair of shoes they can truly call their own. 


Here’s the pair Soul Kix custom made for me. I will be taking these on my cruise this year. These can be worn anywhere like on the beach, streets of NY, traveling, shopping, etc. I love the way they come packaged and the bag can be worn with your shoes inside. Love it! I’m so glad to have met Soul Kix at the Blogger Bash conference I attended this year. Can’t wait for the kids line to come out. 


Outfit your company/organization with our shoes but your brand.

Employees are a company’s most important asset and being able to create an environment where each employee feels like they are a part of a team helps to create a culture of happy, efficient and loyal employees.


**GIVEAWAY**

Soul Kix is kind enough to offer one of my readers a custom pair or in house design of shoes. 

To enter (Mandatory entries):

*Leave a comment on Instagram and tell me which pair you would pick or what custom pair you would design. Tag it @soul_kix and hashtags #soul_kix  #fivelittlewordsgiveaway

*Follow @soul_kix on Twitter and Instagram 

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Back To School Fashion With Lands End 

29 Aug

Back to school is a breeze when your kids wear uniforms in my opinion. It’s also a money saver. This year I’m focused on my two younger children. I have a middle school and elementary school kids both in the same school and both in uniforms. 


Lands End is my go to for uniforms. My daughter’s colors are navy blue and white. I don’t know how my daughter grew so fast but I’m glad Lands End has her size, quality and styles that she needs. My son has been in the men’s section for a while now but Lands End can also help with that. Basic colors for him are khaki and navy blue. 

She loves skorts and with the weather being comfortable she can start out the school year wearing it. 
School Uniform Girls Active Skort $35

· Moisture-wicking enhancement allows for quick dry when working up a sweat

· Hidden waistband pocket for any gear or gadgets needed when exercising

· Hidden shorts keep her completely covered and confident while the skort gives off a cute feminine flair


Her school allows her to wear cardigans. We love this one from Lands End. 
School Uniform Girls Performance Button Front Cardigan $45

· Resists fading and piling for long-lasting color and comfort

· Easy-care blend feels soft as cotton

· Fully-fashioned construction for a great fit


Polos or button down collar shirts is also part of my daughter’s uniform. Here’s a great one. Love that it’s 100% cotton. 

School Uniform Girls Short Sleeve Fem Fit Mesh Polo $18

· 100% cotton mesh fabric is breathable and feels soft from the start

· Shaped side seams and neat side vents for untucked days

· Enhanced fabric keeps colors true and resist stains


Can’t go back to school without a brand new cool backpack. You know Lands End came correct with these. 
Classmate Backpacks

Double-touch bottoms, comfort-foam padded back panels & shoulder straps, long-lasting zippers and numerous pockets for organizing made easy. Backpacks come in five sizes made for every kid in school – preschool to high school. Personalize your backpack by adding a monogram, embroidery or both!

 Classmate Medium Backpack – Print $39

Classmate Medium Backpack – Solid $39

Check out @landsend on Twitter and online at: http://www.landsend.com

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Clothing was given to review. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

Save On Massages, Facials and Manicures With #Groupon #ad

29 Aug

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are mine 100% as always. 

I have a birthday and cruise coming up this year and I’m gonna treat myself to a facial and massage. I 100% sure I will also get a manicure and pedicure while I’m at it. Sure I could get those things done on my cruise but do they accept Groupon? I doubt it. I’ll be saving a lot more money getting these treats done before I walk on board.


Groupon has amazing deals going on for Swedish or deep tissue massages, facials and manis and pedis. On my off days it’s all about being pampered with a wash & set, massage, eyebrow threading and mani/pedi. 


My muscles can get very tight and a deep tissue massage won’t hurt me or my pockets. Groupon knows exactly what emails to send me around my location and I also have the app on my phone as well for fast access. 


If you click on this link you will see the deals I’m talking about in the “Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons”) – https://www.groupon.com/local/massage

I’ve even tried acupuncture before and loved it. Might search for that as well and make it a whole day of spa treatments. 

Also check out Groupon on social media : 

– Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Groupon.US/?brand_redir=526662987435979

– Twitter – https://twitter.com/groupon