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It's pumpkin carving season, but don't toss the seeds... eat them!

by Heather Friday, October 24, 2014

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While it can be a little tedious, roasting pumpkin seeds is simple. Start by picking out a nice-sized pumpkin, in hopes that it will give you lots of seeds. Then take your prized pumpkin home and get to carving!

Start by cutting around the stem of the pumpkin. If you're going to be making a Jack-O-Lantern, be sure to cut the top with your knife at an angle, with the tip pointed towards the center of the pumpkin (where the stem is). By cutting at an angle, you'll be creating a pumpkin top that won't fall inside the pumpkin.

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#Sponsored - On the go with Jif and the busy family

by Heather Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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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.

I would love to say that I am a completely homemade type of mom, that everything that comes out of my kitchen I slaved over for hours to be able to provide for my kids, but I'm not. And in this day in age I see nothing wrong with it. Now don't get me wrong I have friends that will make completely homemade snacks like fruit leather and more that take at least several hours to complete from start to finish, but I just don't have time for that. I commend them for it, but I just can't. So when I go to the store I am looking specifically for items that fit this criteria:

:: Healthy

:: Mess Free

:: Convenient 

:: Can be eaten on the run 

:: And the last and most important... kid friendly. Something they will actually eat! 

There are a lot of things that fit my first four criteria, but my kids won't eat it or they complain about it; which essentially equals me and my husband eating whatever it is or money down the drain. Either way it's not good. 

Our family in total has been to 31 states in the last 2 years! That's a lot of traveling and a lot of food for everyone so being able to have a easy snack taken care of is huge!

I don't have enough time in the day to spend watching my adorable 4 year old slowly eating his snack and making "good guys and bad guys" out of it. Food time for him turns into a full blown production. So having something he can eat anytime anywhere is a lifesaver.

What I do have time for and a snack that meets all the "demanding mom" criteria are the Jif To Go Dippers. Have you tried them yet? I would love to know what you think. I toss one to the kids as we are heading out the door or to my hubby when he goes on a bike ride. Jif To Go Dippers are also great for adults! My husband loves having something he can stop and quickly eat that gives him energy to keep riding. Now keep in mind he cycles 30-60 miles every time he goes out! So that says a lot about how much he approves of Jif To Go Dippers as a quality snack. 

We also have enjoyed them on the trip we are currently on; right now I am writing you from Martha's Vineyard! We found that Jif To Go Dippers are a great snack to take on the plane and to have when we haven't been close to food options or aren't quite hungry enough for a whole meal. My favorite is the chocolate and my hubbies favorite is the peanut butter and the kids like both. I absolutely love Jif To Go Dippers as an alternative to chips and other unhealthy snacks. Typically when you need a quick snack you will find yourself going for a greasy bag a chips and feeling very unsatisfied afterward, but that's not the case with Jif To Go Dippers. You know that you are getting protein, fiber, potassium and healthy fats when eating peanut butter that you need. I don't know of any other convenient on the go snack that can do that! Be sure to grab Jif To Go Dippers for your "on the go" family! 

Be sure to also check out Jif here:

The Jif® Website: Head over here to the Jif website 

Jif Facebook Page: Head over here to the Jif Facebook Page

Mama

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Creating Oral Health Care Superheroes #MC

by Heather Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Our kids are pretty obsessed superheroes so we try to use that theme when encouraging them on good habits. We want to make sure our kids are eating healthy so their superhero bodies are growing strong and we want them to have superhero attitudes which for us means being super kind and friendly to others and trying to create happy times with happy attitudes. Like most families we want our kids to have "heroic habits". So when it comes to oral hygiene we use that same principle and let our kids know that part of being a superhero is also having awesome healthy and strong teeth. This is point really hits close to me because on my side of the family we have a long history of bad dental genetics and we are prone to cavities and other issues, so I knew that I wanted it to be different with my kids and I wanted them to have super healthy teeth. With that in mind our kiddos know that a huge part of their "superhero responsibilities" includes keeping their teeth healthy and clean. Normally that just entails brushing their teeth for two minutes, but we recently started to use LISTERINE SMART RINSE and at first I was concerned if my kids would even use it or like it, and it turns out they LOVE it! They beg to be able to use it every night and love swooshing it around in their mouths. Be sure to grab some next time you are at the store, your kids will love it!

My husband and I have also "upped" our superhero tooth cleaning skills by flossing more often. This is something I have always had an issue doing, I don't know why, but I have just always hated flossing. I do understand how important it is though... it is really embarrassing for me to tell people this but when I was younger I lost two of my back teeth due to poor oral health care and bad genetics. And while I can't do anything about genetics I can do a lot more about my oral health care routine and I can make sure I am doing what I need to do so I don't lose any more teeth. This includes flossing which I personally love using the flosser, I feel it makes it a little easier to floss and ease makes me actually do it and not put it off! And speaking of easy... you can also buy all of your favorite LISTERINE products from the comfort of your own home!

After flossing and brushing the last step of our "heroic oral health habits" is to use mouthwash! Now, as you can tell from the pics above my kids absolutely love this step and so do I! I love feeling like my mouth is completely clean and I don't have any lingering food pieces left in my mouth. You can also use LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE to help get those pearly whites you want!

So do you think your family is  ready to be oral health care superheros? What do you use or do with your kids to enforce good oral hygiene? Let us know!

You can learn more about LISTERINE and heroic habits by visiting their website.

Also be sure to subscribe to the LISTERINE YouTube channel to learn about new products and promotions and to watch the LISTERINE heroic heroes video series!

Mama

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Homemade Snickers bars are easy to make right at home ... maybe a little too easy!

by Heather Thursday, October 2, 2014

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How awesome are these!! Especially with Halloween right around the corner! Your family will love these and they will disappear quick! 

And the best part... they're incredibly easy to make. Trust me. It may not look like it, but making your favorite candy bar is easier than you think. And you don't have to make it all at once either.  

You can make a layer here, let it sit, then make the next layer, let it sit, etc. SO EASY.

Let's get to it!

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Jif Get Going Photo Competition!! Win $1000! #GetGoing

by Heather Monday, September 29, 2014

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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.

Do you love to travel or get out on the open road? Who doesn't right?! Even if it's just a "staycation" everyone loves a little adventure. Our family has been non-stop this summer trying to soak every little bit of adventure in that we can. We started off the summer taking our family in an RV from Chicago to Utah seeing MT. Rushmore, The Mall of America and more! But if you are like me and still crave an amazing vacation or a little bit of time on the road then you won't want to miss this!!! Right now you can win $1000 from Jif! Where would you go? What would you do? $1000 could make for a pretty amazing vacation!

 

Here are 4 easy ways you can enter:

The Jif® Website: Head over here to the Jif website and following the instructions.

Jif Facebook Page: Head over here to the Jif Facebook Page, and click on the Jif To Go Promotion tab.

Instagram Post: Tag a photo with @JifBrand and the hashtag #GetGoing.

Twitter Post: Tweet a photo to @jif with the #GetGoing hashtag

Iconosquare Post: Access the Jif ToGoPage on Inconosquare at http://iconosquare.com/contests/jiftogo and follow the directions to upload your photo

You can see all the details and contest rules here: buff.ly/WT8bQR

Make sure to spread the word! If you tell a family member or friend and they win they definitely owe it to you to take you with right?! (I'm pretty sure those are the rules Wink)

You only have till October 1st so be sure to head over soon to enter! Also don't forget to pick up a few packs of Jif To Go Dippers for the perfect vacation snack!! We used Jif while we were on our RV vacation and it made our lives so much easier!

When on the road (especially with kids) you really need something that will curb those "Mom I'm SOOOOO hungry" moments. And Jif To Go is the perfect option!

So be sure to head over to enter to win $1000 and next time you are at the store grab some Jif To Go!

Mama

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National Coffee Day!!

by Heather Monday, September 29, 2014

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I have been compensated by Eight O' Clock Coffee for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always though all my crazy opinions and stories are my own. 

Today I get the privilege of talking about two of my favorite things... coffee and friends! And in my opinion they go hand in hand; there's nothing better than an amazing cup of coffee and the company of good friends. Did you know that today is National Coffee Day? I'm not kidding, it really is National Coffee Day! Anyone else doing a little happy dance? As a coffee expert (ok, so that's a self appointed title) I have been through a lot of different brands in search for that perfect not over roasted smooth cup of coffee I can look forward to every morning and I found it three years ago in Eight O' Clock Coffee. Even better every bag is consistent, no "last bag was better than this bag". That is why I am celebrating this National Coffee Day with my friends and Eight O' Clock Coffee! 

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10 Home-Cooked Family Dinners in 20 Minutes or Less!!

by Heather Monday, September 22, 2014

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Like all moms out there (except maybe Martha Stewart) there are days I find myself just standing there starring blankly into the fridge without the slightest idea what we will eat for dinner. On those days it seems all I can think of are dishes that will take at least an hour to prepare. We have had the ingredients for lasagna (a favorite around our house) sitting around for weeks because every time I think about making it I have all of five minutes before the kids bedtime!

Now I know what some of you are thinking... why don't you just plan better? Well... easier said than done and some days just get away from you. As hard as I might try it just happens, but that's ok! And I have a wonderful solution for those nights that you wonder... do they have to have dinner?

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Don't Let The Summer Slip Away, End It With a Bang!

by Heather Monday, September 8, 2014

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Every year when summer comes rolling in it seems that we only have a very limited time to enjoy it. In June everyone is thinking about July 4th and in Utah we also celebrate July 24th as well. And yet somehow it doesn't quite feel like summer has started yet. Then August come and we are bombarded with back to school ads that never seem to end and are constantly mocking "your summer is over and now you will pay!" (literally). It's hard to enjoy those last few weeks of summer fun when we are consumed by the huge list of back to school items we "have to buy".

During all the shopping the song: My Sweet Summer just keeps playing over and over in my head only rubbing it in, and just when you think you can relax and really soak in at least a couple hours of summer it happens, it hits you in the face... like a big giant pumpkin, PUMPKIN MANIA! You start to see all your friends on Twitter and Instagram with their Pumpkin Lattes and frappuccinos; like it's a status symbol for all stay at home moms. So I'm here to say... ENOUGH! Let's slow this down! Are we celebrating Halloween this month? Did Thanksgiving move to September? I didn't think so. I don't know about you, but I am going to milk it for all it's worth. Summer doesn't officially end until later this month, and when it does end I am sending it off with a bang! I will be officially ending summer at the Summer Ends Music Festival, a 3 day event along the Tempe Beach Waterfront! That's right what better way to end summer than with some amazing music and the warm backdrop of Tempe AZ.

Fall can wait just a little longer because it's still time for some summer fun with some amazing artists!

Epic line up, am I right?

It doesn't get much better than that! I have already seen American Authors and Fitz & The Tantrums this summer at two other concerts and they were amazing! I can't wait to see them perform again! This is the last music festival of the summer that you will get such amazing bands and an awesome mix of different sounds. A music festival isn't just a big concert, it's an experience; one that you will have memories of forever. Not only will you experience some great bands but Summer Ends Music Festival has even more to offer with arts, crafts, sponsors booths and more!

Activities & Attractions

:: A wide variety of local food vendors will be on-site.
:: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
:: A number of ATM’s will be on-site to provide cash services.
:: Artist merchandise will be sold by all artists performing
:: “Free water” stations
:: Typhoon Misting stations
:: Water cannon tower
:: Print at home tickets for easier entry into site
:: 3d game truck (gaming challenges throughout the day; $10 entry fee for chance to win $$$)
:: Local Art Gallery

So who's with me? If you would like to hold onto those last few moments of summer, if you didn't appreciate that giant pumpkin that hit you in the head... fight back and end the summer on your terms!

Head over now and grab your tickets for the summer ends music festival before they are all gone!

See you there!

Mama

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FREE GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Breakfast Item!

by Heather Friday, September 5, 2014

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Each GoPicnic Breakfast includes 3 individual delights, is nutritionally balanced and under 400 calories!

2 of the varieties are gluten-free! Try them all today!

Thanks Budget Savvy Diva!

Mama

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FREE Domino's Medium Pan Pizza (1st 20,000 at 3PM ET!)

by Heather Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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It’s happening again! Starting at 3PM ET, Domino’s will be giving away a FREE Medium 2-Topping Pan Pizza for the first 20k!

Remember, you must be a MLB.com account holder and confirm sign up via e-mail to snag this freebie, so register now! I got this freebie last time! Yum!

Thanks Coupon Pro!

Mama

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