Meatless Monday

 Here are a few ideas for Meatless Monday.

Cornbread Topped Beans

Click the picture to get the recipe!

This meal reminds me of something the lunch ladies used to serve us in grade school, I loved it then and can’t wait to make it at home!

Vegetable Stir Fry over Quinoa

Click the picture to get the recipe!

I love stir frys they are quick and easy! I love that this one is over Quinoa, a combination I haven’t tried yet, but can’t wait too!

Hope your week is off to a great start! 🙂

 

Amazon Gift Card and LOVE Bracelet Giveaway!

I am so happy to team up with a Slow Road to Insanity as she hosts this giveaway in celebration of her two year mark of blogging!

It truly has been a Slow Road to Insanity these last 2 years since I started up my blog. I never would have guessed that I would make it to this point, that I would be successful in doing what I do or that I would have so many wonderful fans that have kept me going up until this point. Without my fellow bloggers and certainly without the fans who’ve shared my blog with friends/family and who have faithfully followed me over the last two years I would have fizzled out and stopped blogging long ago.

So, to help celebrate this milestone, the two year mark of my blog and to celebrate all of my AMAZING fans I’ve decided to host this Fan Appreciation giveaway with the help from my wonderful Co-Hosts LifeintheLostworld and Krazy Coupon Club.

Its not much as far as Fan Appreciation giveaways go but I hope you lovely folks enjoy this little token because I’ve had a wonderful turnout with a lot of awesome bloggers who have joined up with me to make this giveaway possible!

One of you lucky ducks will be taking home a $25 Gift Card in your choice of Amazon or Paypal.

 

Our second winner will be receive the lovely 1/4 Carat Diamond Sterling Silver and leather banded LOVE Bracelet.

Winners will be chosen at random using the Rafflecopter Form below so get those entries in, keep those fingers crossed and stay tuned to see if you’re picked as one of our lucky winners!

All entries WILL be verified and the winner(s) will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen in their place.

Click here to enter Giveaway!

 Disclaimer: Mom254321 is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure: Bloggers participating in this event were not compensated. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the Continental US, 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, YouTube Pinterest Instagram or Bloglovin. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Oh Baby! Giveaway 3/28-4/11

Win Over $175+ in Baby Products

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Welcome to the Oh Baby! Giveaway!
Sponsored by: Quartered Heart Crochet, Zipadee-Zip, WipesWraps, SnoozeShade, Teething Bling, and Difrax Pacifiers

Know any March babies besides me? Marissa from Mommy Knows What’s Best was a March baby, and her youngest son is also a March baby. He just turned ’1′ around St. Patrick’s Day!

How should we celebrate? With a baby giveaway, of course! Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, Mommy Knows What’s Best is hosting the Oh Baby! Giveaway!

There are over $175+ in prizes in this giveaway, with items for the nursery, for teething, for sleeping, for strolling, and more!

Here are the prizes:

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Tired of the boring or uncoordinating looks from wipes containers? Spruce up your wipe container with WipesWraps! Easy to use, WipesWraps come in a variety of patterns to match the decor in your nursery, bathroom, or anywhere you keep wipes in your house!

SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus

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Keep your baby safe from the sun and the wind with the SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus! This stroller cover is designed to let your baby sleep comfortably as you stroll around. It has UV protection and it’s breathable. It will protect your baby from the sun, wind, pesky bugs, and light rain. When the baby is awake, there’s a single layer screen so that the baby can enjoy the surroundings without being bothered by the sun or wind.

Teething Bling

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Have a teething baby? Then you MUST check out Teething Bling! Created by Smart Mom Jewelry, Teething Bling has accessories for Mom to wear that are safe for a baby to chew on. They come in an assortment of styles, including their ever popular pendant or their new sugar cube necklaces. They even have the Babe Magnet Tie for Dad!


Baby Booties from Quartered Heart Crochet 


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Amy from Quartered Heart Crochet and Holy Jeans My Favorite Things  made these baby booties, and they are super adorable! They are wide strap wrap around baby boots made to fit a baby 12-18 months, but she can make them almost any size. She also has a variety of free crochet patterns on her site!

Difrax Pacifiers

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The trendy, fun, innovative pacifier system designed for every stage of your baby/child’s development.  One size does not fit all.  The classic style offers a round nipple that most resembles the breast, so it feels more like mommy while the orthodontic style stimulates the development of the palate and the muscles of the jaw and mouth.

Each collection comes in newborn to 6 month, 6+ month and 18+ month styles that are specifically designed with different features and benefits unique to the needs of that baby’s age .  The 18 month pacifier is even designed to wean baby off.  In addition, the unique butterfly shape, the result of years of research and development, allows for extra air circulation, reducing the risk of skin irritation and keeping the nose free. You’ll love all the fun colors and patterns available too!

Zipadee-Zip Baby Sleepwear

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Is your baby ready to transition from a swaddle? Do you want to keep your baby warm and snug? Try a Zipadee-Zip! Made by parents who wanted to help their baby sleep well, a Zipadee-Zip could be used to transition from a swaddle or as an alternative to pajamas.

Now for the fun part!! 

March 28th 1 am EST -April 11th 11:59 pm EST

One lucky winner is going to receive all six prizes above, valued at over $175+!  

1. One Zipadee-Zip (size small, eLOVEphant print) (ARV $34.95)
2. $40 promo code from Quartered Heart Crochet (for booties or baby diaper or hat gift sets)
3. One SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus (ARV $59.99)
4. One WipesWraps (ARV $14.95)
5. One Difrax Pacifier Set (ARV $5.99)
6. One Teething Bling Necklace (ARV $19.99-$24.99)

Many thanks to the blogs helping to promote this giveaway! 

To enter this giveaway, complete the Giveaway Tools form below.

Good Luck! 

Disclaimer: This blog was not compensated nor is responsible for prize delivery. Giveaway begins 3/28/14  and ends 4/11/14.  One entrant/email per household.  One winner will be chosen randomly from Giveaway Tools. Void where prohibited. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the congratulatory email. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway Tools.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions, please email Marissa at MommyKnowsWhatsBest (at) gmail.com.

Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh Giveaway!

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As a Purex Insider I had the wonderful opportunity to try out the Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.  See my PR & Disclosure page for more details.

I am happy to bring you my experience with the New Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh! 

In our home with 3 in gymnastics and 1 in football there are a lot of smelly clothing and shoes! It’s safe to say laundry is my most smelly chore, but when I go to grab a fresh clean load out of the dryer and I am met with a fresh flowery scent it makes it a little more enjoyable.

  Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh

It has an easy open pour spout. The cap doubles as a measuring tool and has three different levels for your load size. You just toss the crystals in with your laundry, detergent, and wash like regular. Then when they are finished washing just toss clothing into the dryer as normal, and wallah when they are done they smell amazing! The best part is that since the crystals stay in the wash infusing your laundry with a wonderful scent the whole time-the scent last more that just days. Don’t worry crystals are specially designed for use in both traditional and high-efficiency (HE) washers.

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You can find these in all major retailers now!

You can also read more about them on Purex’s Site and Purex’s Facebook.

Three readers are also going to win a coupon for a free bottle!

Click this link to take you to the entry form.
Please fill out your name, email, & like my blog on Facebook to enter to win!
All other entries are optional, but will increase your odds of winning! 🙂
Good Luck to ALL!

Truthful Thursdays

Truthful Thursdays

 

 

Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.

Hello! We were on Spring Break last week so I’m getting back to my normal home and blog routine.

My truths for today & a couple of questions!

  1. I forgot how hard transitioning the kids can be. As a stepmom its even harder..but I can understand what they are going threw from my experience being a step child and visiting my dad and his many wives (over the years) a few times. One thing that really bothers me as a stepmother though is that I don’t know what goes while they are away, but when they get home I do leave it up to them if they wish to discuss it. Sometimes they do as soon as they get back and sometimes it really takes them a while to get comfortable with me again.
  2. I have some great news! I turned 25! & I decided to start a new business! I will blog all about my adventure soon! I can’t wait to share it with you all!
  3. One question before you go…have you ever made a now or never, spur of the moment-I am only getting older might as well give it a go kind of leap?
  4. If you are or have been a stepparent/child share your experience here with me…more perspective always open my eyes.

These are my truths and a couple of questions, I hope you will weigh in on BOTH!

Happy Late-Late Thursday!

Newman’s Own Organics Review

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I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Nell and Paul, “Pa” Newman. Paul’s daughter Nell won him over and established Newman’s Own Organic line as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. The sale of Newman’s Own Organics products generates money for the Newman’s Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide. They offer Pretzels,Chocolate Bars, Fig Newmans™, Family Recipe Cookies, Chocolate Cups,Newman-O’s, Pop’s Corn, Alphabet Cookies , Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar, Dried Fruit , Hermits, Mints, Licorice, Coffee and Royal Tea.

‘Organic’ will be the last thing you think of when you try Newman’s Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Cups, and Pop’s Corn. They’re just that good! We were blessed to try all these great products and loved them so much! When I let them eat junkie types of food I feel so guilty, but when it comes to Newman’s I don’t because they take pride in selecting premium ingredients to make their products especial better for children. Nell said herself she focuses on the kinds of products she loved as a kid, but she wants to take them one step further by using the highest quality of available organic ingredients.

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The ABSOLUTE favorite chocolate in the house was the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the runner up was the Milk Chocolate Bar. But my favorite was the Mocha Milk Chocolate Bar! WOW! It was it just what I needed! It really hit the spot when I needed that sweet kick of chocolate and mocha-pure bliss!

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Each Chocolate Bar is formulated with some of the finest Certified Organic chocolate we’ve ever tasted, made from cocoa beans grown on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. Each package also states the % of cocoa that was used in the product. They have great combinations in their chocolate cups and bars.

The chocolate bars are available in two sizes: 3.25-ounce and 2.25-ounce, in the following flavors:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Super Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa – NEW!
  • Mocha Milk Chocolate – NEW!
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Espresso Dark Chocolate
  • Orange Dark Chocolate

The chocolate cups are available in a 1.2 ounce package with three cups, in the following flavors:

  • Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cup
  • Caramel cup in Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate

Newman'sOwnOrganics1Nell already had many children’s favorites, but she was missing Popcorn-coined Pop’s Corn-Cute right! Boy oh boy did they hit it right on! We eat popcorn at least once a week and with all the information circulating that it was link to Alzheimers I was worried! Thankfully now Pop’s Corn is available at my local Target and I am worry free! 🙂

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Did you know that their is a better way to make Pop’s Corn? YES! & It works! On the bag of Newman’s Own Organics Pop’s Corn they give you some helpful popping tips. #1 preheat a microwave safe cup of water for 1 minute before popping the corn remove the cup and then pop the popcorn. #2 When placing the bag of popcorn into the microwave first insert an inverted microwave safe plate to help raise the bag off the floor of the microwave. #3 Stopping and starting the microwave will reduce pop volume so set it longer than you think you need and stick around and listen until the pops are 1-2 seconds apart and stop the microwave.

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These tips will help ensure you get optimal popping & the most delicious Pop’s Corn!

Pop’s Corn comes in 3 organic varieties:

  • Butter
  • Light Butter
  • Unsalted

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Newman’s Own Organics offers printable coupons and also a product/store locator so head over and print you some coupons then find the retailer closest to you and experience the finest chocolates, popcorn, and many other treats!

 

I was sent these products free of charge to facilitate this review. See my PR & Disclosure Policy for more information.

Show Your #DisneySide Party!

    I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Maria Bailey, Disney, American Tourister, HP,  Hanes,  Ocean Spray, and The Chew for helping us host a fun, magical ‪#‎DisneySide party!

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Welcome to our show your #DisneySide Parrtty! I hope our #Disneyside inspires you to show your #Disneyside!

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All the kids were offered the opportunity to grab some Mickey or Minnie ears upon arrival.

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Then we offered some treats to our guest!

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Thanks to Newman’s Own Organics for the delicious popcorn, and Ocean Spray for the delicious Craisins in the trail mix!

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We had hot diggity dogs and Mickey shaped pizza which I forgot to snap a picture of! Check out Spoonful for #Disneyside inspired foods.

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What’s a party without CAKE!

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This cake was made by my beautiful Grandma Carmen and my Aunt Connie! IT WAS SO GOOD! I would probably bet that I ate a fourth of it all by myself! You can get more cake ideas for your own party here.

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The kids also decorate sugar cookies! A hit with them-they loved it! Thanks to Disney for the well made & super cute cookie cutters.

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After all those sweets we needed some fun! The kids did some outdoor bowling, relay races, and jumped in the jumping balloon. If you want more #Disneyside activities check out this page or here for fun Disney facts and quizzes .

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We also decorated some t-shirts thanks to Hanes!

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Then we headed over to the photo booth to let their #Disneyside show!

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Oh yeah we also had a special guest of honor! MINNIE! The kids were thrilled!

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*Special* Thank you to all the parents who let their kids join in the fun and let us fill their children with sugar! 🙂

Meatless Monday Ideas

Here are a couple of ideas for a meatless Monday dinner.

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Click here to get the recipe from Amanda’s Recipe.

I would serve with veggie pot stickers and iced green tea.

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Click here to get the recipe from Live Better America.

I would let the kids top their own personal pizzas. I would happily take the one above or a mushroom and green pepper topped pizza. I would serve this dinner with salad and lemonade.

Happy Monday! 🙂