#ShareYourHero Campaign | Enter to win a year’s Supply of Cookies for You and your Hero

#ShareYourHero campaign | Enter to win a year’s supply of cookies for you and your hero and have your hero’s picture on the next cookie box – simply by sharing your hero’s story – entries are open until July 30.

Click THIS LINK to enter

Disclosure: I was not paid nor given product for this post---I shared simply because I like Mrs. Fields! 

HOT POCKETS Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites #Review

As a mom of teens, I am always on the lookout for fulfilling snacks for my guys and girls. HOT POCKETS are no stranger to our home (Pepperoni is my all time favorite!). But recently, I was introduced to HOT POCKETS Snack Bites and HOT POCKETS Breakfast Bites!

Made with 100% real cheese, HOT POCKETS Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites are a good source of protein and contain NO artificial flavors. They are currently available in seven varieties including:

Snack Bites
· Pepperoni Pizza: Signature Pepperoni with reduced-fat mozzarella cheese in a flaky crust
· Hickory Ham & Cheddar: Hickory Ham with reduced-fat cheddar cheese & sauce in a flaky crust
· Four Cheese Pizza: With Parmesan, cheddar, reduced-fat Provolone & mozzarella cheeses in a flaky crust
· Cheesy Beef Nacho: Tender beef with reduced-fat cheddar cheese & sauce in a flaky crust

Breakfast Bites
· Bacon, Egg & Cheese: Bacon and egg with low-fat mozzarella cheese & sauce in a flaky crust
· Ham, Egg & Cheese: Ham and egg with low-fat mozzarella cheese & sauce in a flaky crust
· Sausage, Egg & Cheese: Sausage and egg with low-fat mozzarella cheese & sauce in a biscuit crust

Each of the seven varieties – which go from the freezer to the plate in just over a minute – delivers hearty hunger satisfaction and provides a good source of protein, with up to 7 grams per four-piece serving.

These may be the smaller version of the lager pockets, but they are not lacking in flavor at all. Each pocket is still packed full of yummy goodness and sends my taste buds into a happy place...not to mention my teens tummies are satisfied after eating these too!

Pepperoni is still reigning champ here in our home, with the Bacon, Egg and Cheese breakfast bites coming into a very close second place!

You can purchase these at most grocery retailers nationwide.

Disclosure: I was given product to help promote this content. Read my disclosure policy here.

L.A. Looks Model Search Contest | Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes to be named ‘best tressed’? L.A. Looks® the iconic hair gel brand, has announced that it is on the hunt for a new hair superstar to become the next L.A. Looks model for 2015/2016. The brand’s Facebook fans are encouraged to enter now to submit a photo showing off their hottest, red carpet ready “L.A. Look.” Male and female fans will vie for the chance to win a trip to L.A. for a professional photo shoot and a surprise VIP experience, including airfare, L.A. car rental, hotel and a trip stipend.

To enter the L.A. Looks model search contest, women and men 18 and older must visit the L.A. Looks Facebook page, become a fan, and submit a photo through August 2, 2015. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of photo and overall appeal. Using these criteria, the judges will select 10 women and men for the finalist stage. Starting on August 24, 2015, L.A. Looks will have its fans vote and determine who the two grand-prize winners will be, with the winner announcement to be made on September 13, 2015. The model search will be promoted on high-profile packaging, in a national free standing insert, on social media and the website.

With the great success of the last two L.A. Looks model searches, the brand is excited to have their fans choose the next model that embodies the L.A. Looks’ aesthetic and spirit. Winners of this year’s model search can look forward to enjoying a glamorous trip and also being featured on high profile L.A. Looks marketing materials as the new face of the iconic hair care brand.

Visit www.lalooks.com or Facebook.com/LALooks to learn more.

Disclosure: I was given product to help promote this contest. Read my disclosure policy here.


Cabo Chips | A Healthy Tortilla Chip, Really?

Born on the beautiful beaches of Baja, Mexico, Cabo Chips are 100% whole grain classic cantina style tortilla chips that are inspired by the vibrant atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas.

These all natural chips are cooked the traditional way – cut from fresh tortillas that are batch cooked for a true cantina crunch! Cabo Chips use only real ingredients, no “flavorings,” for authenticity you can taste.

Our family recently had the opportunity to sample Cabo Chips and we loved them! They were a hit with my whole family and did not last very long in our home!

The first bag that we tried was BLUE CORN CABO CHIPS---yummo! Each chip you can taste a hint of lime, and sea salt. We ate these by their-selves, but my husband said these would be great with my Texas Trash Bean Dip ( I think he was hinting that I make some...but I didn't!)

I have no complaints on any of the chips that we tried, and these ORIGINAL CABO CHIPS would be great with salsa! These have a int of lime juice as well as soy sauce---talk about a combination; brilliant creation!

CABO CHIPS' unique mango flavor is brought up to date with a pinch of organic mild chili pepper, sea salt, and a splash of real lime juice for a taste combination that's surprisingly perfect!

But I think my favorite are the Churro! Crunchy with a pinch of cinnamon and sugar on each chip---Yum!

Here are a few recipes where you can use the CHURRO CABO CHIPS!

-Mexican Fried Ice Cream: place Churro chips in the toaster oven for 5 minutes on low heat. When finished, scoop a dollop of your favorite vanilla bean ice cream on top, and finish with a drizzle of honey or fresh berries.
-Chocolate: simply take your favorite chocolate bar or semi sweet milk or dark chocolate chips and microwave for 45 seconds. Either dip the Churro chip directly in and eat for a warm and gooey treat, or place on cooling rack after dipping to let chocolate set. 
-Caramel: cinnamon and caramel are a delicious pair. Simply dip Cabo Chips' Churro chip into a bowl of caramel, and top with fresh whipped cream for added decadence.

-Nutella: place a few spoonfuls of this yummy hazelnut spread in the microwave for 30 seconds, then drizzle over the Churro Cabo Chips for a quick and easy sweet treat.

Any of these chips would be perfect for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Leave them in the bag or dump them into a bowl, regardless; grab you a few before you leave them, because these chips will not last long!

Cabo Chips are available in select food chains such as Whole Foods, and others, as well as direct purchase online at http://www.cabochips.com/shop.

For more information, visit http://www.cabochips.com/

Disclosure: Our family was sent CABO CHIPS to sample and to help facilitate this post.

Recent Publix Shopping Trip, Was $36, Spent Only $8.85

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16-24 oz, at $2.21 ($1.10)
(Excluding Organics)
Submit for $1 off Ragu pasta sauce, 14 oz jar +, Ibotta App MOBILE COUPON
$0.10 after Ibotta

Muller Corner, Greek Corner or Greek 100 Yogurt, 5.3 oz, $1
Bought 6 and used 6 freebie coupons form the manufacturer from a review that I participated in.
All six Free after coupon

ThinkThin Bars, 1 ct., $1.25
Bought 2 and used (2) $1 off thinkThin bars (Earth Fare Manufacturer Coupon) printable (limit reached)
$0.25 each after coupons
*All Publix stores will not take this coupon.

Simply Potatoes, 20 oz, at $2.79 ($1.39)
Bought 6 and used (6) $0.50/1 Simply Potatoes Hash Browns, SS 3/29
$0.39 each after coupon

Hunt’s Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, at $1.45 ($0.72)
Bought 6 and used (2) $0.50/3 printbale coupons
$0.39 each after coupon

BIC Silky Touch Disposable Razors, 10 ct., $2.79
Bought 1 and use $2 off Bic disposable razor, excl trial size, SS 3/29 (EXP 04/26)
$0.79 after coupon

Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt, $1.20
Bought 4 and used (2) $1/2 Yoplait Greek, Greek 100 or Greek 100 Whips! yogurt cups, SS 3/29
*Stacked with (2) $1/2 Yoplait Greek 100 yogurts, 4-5.3 oz (Publix Store Coupons) from Happy Mother’s Day flyer (EXP 05/15)
$0.70 each after coupons

Hormel Rev Wraps, $1.50
Bought 2 and used $1.00 off any two (2) HORMEL REV Wraps
$1 each after coupon

Ortega Taco Shells, 10-12 ct or Sauce 8 oz, $1.50
Bought 2 and used (2) $0.50/2 Ortega products, SS 4/12
$1 each after coupon

Note: The links in this post are my affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.


Einstein Bros Bagels: Buy One, Get One Free Breakfast or Lunch sandwich (Facebook offer)

Einstein Bros Bagels is offering a Buy One, Get One Free Breakfast or Lunch sandwich coupon. This coupon is valid through May 12, 2015.

Free Fishing Days for 2015

Did you know that all U.S. States offer Free Fishing Days (I didn't either!). 

You can fish in public bodies of water without a fishing license, just check to see when your state’s Free Fishing Days in 2015 are at this page here.

Free CiCi’s Pizza Buffet on May 5, 2015 (Teachers and Educational Professionals)

CiCi’s Pizza is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day by giving teachers and educational professionals a FREE adult pizza buffet on May 5, 2015 from 4PM to close.

Anyone with an official identification badge issued by any local school, public or private, including teachers, teachers’ aids, administrators, custodians and bus drivers. Educators are asked to show their valid ID – with photo, name of school and current school year.


Tea Collection's New Styles from the Madras Coast

Disclosure: The links in this post are my affiliate links and I will make a small amount if you make a purchase after clicking my link.

Tea Collection's new arrivals inspired by India's Madras Coast! These styles evoke the carefree coastal vibe of southern India and are inspired by the bohemian nature of beach life. Kids' styles from sizes 2 to 12 are infused with bold sun-bleached brights, salty surf graphics, and an uninhibited mix of Madras plaids. Styles for the littlest citizens feature seaside graphics, breezy dresses, sweet plaids, and sunny colors in sizes up to 4T.

Prices start at $14, take a look at THIS LINK.

Wrapped in Love Clothing Review

Me holding my Mother's hand after she had been placed on Hospice Care.

My mother was getting ready to be discharged from the hospital the next morning, but that never happened. During the night she had a set back, she had Dementia, and her brain was telling her body no, you are not coming back from this, it's time to go to sleep and rest.

In late June of 2014, my mother was taken to the hospital because of a kidney problem, she stayed for a few days, was given medicine and was even getting ready to be discharged the next morning. I get a text from my sister saying that momma had taken a turn for the worse and the doctor was not giving her long to live...this was Friday. The following Monday my mother was placed on Hospice care and my husband and I was trying to get there as fast as we could. My mother was in the hospital in Oklahoma and we live in South Carolina---so it was a long drive and we were racing against the clock.

As my husband and I entered the room, there lay my momma in that hospital gown, she was asleep when we got there, and very hard to wake up. She was heavily sedated, but she did wake up and she did recognize both of us. She spoke just a little and immediately started pulling at her hospital gown. The nurse told her to quit that she had to leave the gown on, and I told the nurse..no she did not!

For as long as I can remember, my mother had always loved bright, vibrant clothing so I slipped a shirt on over that gown, and momma didn't pull at that shirt---she just wanted something else on besides that gown! My husband and I were fortunate to have gotten to spend several days with my mother before the Lord called her home---and every day I changed her blouse to something of hers (something familiar) and she seemed to be content with her clothing after that.

You can find the rest of this story over on my Facebook and Twitter pages as I kept my readers updated over there through out our journey last July.

Recently, I have met a lady online, Karen, that has a similar story to mine...with one exception, she has created a clothing line called Wrapped in Love, while her mother was her inspiration, everyone can enjoy Karen's creativity--whether you have a loved one going through what our moms went through, or for new mothers to be, bring life into this world, or maybe someone you know is in the hospital just having a few tests to run, Wrapped in Love would be perfect for any stay that your lady friends might have.

Wrapped in Love ponchos are colorful-not to mention fun to wear, plus they are machine washable, just remove the flower pin before washing!

Here is Karen's Story:
A few years back my mom was admitted into the hospital just before Christmas. She had been very ill and each day her condition worsened.
My greatest hope was to have her remain with us for Christmas. 
I brought a beautiful wrap and put it over her patient gown so she could feel special that Christmas day. The nurses said she seemed to light up as I wrapped it around her, as she now felt dressed for the holiday, though having to remain in her patient gown. 
She passed away a few days later. 
Mom was the inspiration for my creation called Wrapped in Love, a lightweight, fashionable coverup wrap, that can go over a patient gown to make someone feel special during a challenging time. It comes in a variety of styles and cheerful colors. A matching head wrap is also available.
You can purchase one here at THIS LINK. 2% of all sales will be donated to Hospice of Michigan.

Disclosure: I was sent the product featured to help facilitate this post.


Nutri Ninja with Auto-IQ Review

I was super excited when this Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ arrived at my doorstep, just ask the delivery guy! I have been wanting a Nutri Ninja for a while now and recently found out there was a new one out on the market with Auto IQ.

My oldest son is into healthy eating, and loves to make smoothies in the blender, but now he has this cool new toy to play with! He generally makes up his own recipes which usually include a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. Frozen fruits work great too and are easily chopped up or blended in this Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ.

One of his favorites is strawberries, bananas, and spinach (he will sometimes add either a little milk or orange juice). If he is sharing with my husband, then he will add a lot of ice; my husband likes his ice!

The Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ is simple to use, just choose your cup size, add your ingredients, put the blade on, set it on the base and then choose if you want to Pulse, Blend with Auto IQ, or Ultra Blend with Auto IQ.

While spinach is not my favorite thing to eat on the planet, you kind hide the taste in this smoothie, just not the color! 

Not all green smoothies taste bad!

All ingredients that we have ever put into the Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ has always come out smooth everytime, no chunks whatsoever, which is a plus for me!


1000 Watt Motor Base with Auto-iQ Technology

Small 18 oz cup

Regular 24 oz cup

Jumbo Multi-serve 32 oz cup

Pro Extractor Blades

3 Sip & Seal Lids

* All detachable parts are *dishwasher-safe* and crafted of 100% BPA-free plastic---being dishwasher safe is a huge plus in our family; we all like an easy clean up. 

The Nutri Ninja® Auto-iQ is available at major retailers nationwide starting at $139 MSRP

Disclosure, I was given the product mentioned to help facilitate this post.

Sabra Classic Hummus Recall

April 8, 2015 — Colonial Heights, VA — Today Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, there have been no reports indicating that these products have caused any illness.

The products being recalled are listed HERE and were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. Consumers can find code and use by dates on the top of each package.


Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle Review

My husband loves his coffee and he loves his coffee makers. We are always stopping to look at coffee makers when we are out shopping. So, I was very excited when we received the Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle.

I had been telling him about this particular press for a while and now we have one to use, or maybe I should say my husband has one that he can make his coffee in! For the connoisseur of high-quality coffees and teas, the Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle is a must! Pressed coffee extracts the ideal amount from the grounds to deliver maximum coffee flavor.

Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press extracts rich, full-bodied coffee flavor at the perfect temperature without the need to boil water on the stove (the adjustable temperature setting helps keep beverages warm until it’s time to indulge). There's no more mess, no more handling boiling hot water, no more hassle! For tea lovers you can also use it to steep a delicious batch of tea. Or use it as an electric kettle to boil water for instant beverages, oatmeal, mac and cheese, soup and much, much more!

The wide mouth glass carafe and large screen make serving a snap, while an in-base cord storage facility makes storage and clean up easy.

More about the Mr. Coffee® 2-n-1 Electric French Press with Kettle:
*1L capacity which features a removable base for easy placement on your table or counter top.
*1L Capacity makes 6 cups (cups average 5 oz)
*Removable base
*Boil dry protection
*Automatically turns off when water boils
*Over-heat protection

Please Note: Unit is NOT dishwasher-safe and requires special care. Do not immerse the appliance in water or any other liquid. Please refer to the Instruction Manual for further details.

You can purchase one online HERE at this link for $69.99.

Disclosure: I was sent the product featured to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.


Oster MyBlend Blender Review

One of my New Year's resolutions, every year, is to become more healthier; and usually through spring I do okay with the eating and exercising part, but then toward the end of May and the rest of the summer months I tend to travel a lot, play in the pool---you know, fun stuff, and the exercise dwindles and my food intake is whatever I can usually take with me on the road or bring to the pool. And before I know it, the pounds start coming back on and I start to feel sluggish before to long and I know it is from putting unhealthy food back into my body!

Recently, I was sent the Oster® MyBlend™ blender, and yet while it blends your food up, it's not your typical blender! Style meets power & performance with the Oster® MyBlend™ blender. It is ideal for the on-the-go consumer, the smoothie drinker, and the health enthusiast, you can fill, blend and go all in the same bottle with quick and convenient one-touch blending that delivers personalized protein shakes, smoothies and more.

I received the vivid pink blender, pictured above, it's so girlish-I love it! I dare one of my guys lay claim to this product! The Oster® MyBlend™ blender is so easy to use, you could use it blindfolded (NOT recommended!),
~Just place the bottle on the flat surface with the open end facing up.
~Put all the ingredients you are using to make smoothies with in the bottle
~Fasten the blade onto the open end and turn bottle 180 degrees and put down into the blender base.
~The Oster works on single touch operation. You can either begin blending by holding the bottle over the blender or lock the bottle in the clockwise direction onto the base for hands free operation. ~Blending will stop if you remove the hand or unlock the bottle from the base.
~Once the blending is done, remove the blade, put on the lid and enjoy your healthy smoothie or shake that you just made. This is a great way to make a quick and easy portable breakfast or a post workout smoothie in just a few minutes.

The Oster® MyBlend™ blender is a powerful stainless steel ice crusher blade and 250 watts of power ensure a perfect blend of ice and even frozen fruit every time! Plus I can re-use the bottle throughout the day as a water bottle.

With the Oster® MyBlend™ blender, I can now take my healthy food with me as I travel or as I am laying by the pool soaking up the warm sun. I am for sure taking it on vacation later this year, I love smoothies while at the beach---and so do my guys! I might have to end up purchasing a couple more Oster® MyBlend™ blenders for our vacation this year!

Additional sport bottles can be purchased separately – choose from vivid pink, orange, blue or green and blend on one base before dashing off to the office, the gym or class each morning. And....the bottle is dishwasher safe!

You can purchase one for yourself HERE at this link.

Disclosure: I was sent the above product in exchange for this post. Read my disclosure policy here.


Cute Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Milano Cookie Ideas for this Easter

I have been a long time fan of Pepperidge Farm goldfish for years now. All six of use eat them as snacks throughout the day and before bedtime. This year for Easter, you can swap out sticky candy for goldfish and treat your little ones to a yummy, crunchy snack this year. Just fill each plastic egg about half full---I know they would love them!

Milano Cookies are another favorite in our home, we have eaten these for several years now, but on a recent trip to visit my in-laws, I discovered that my Mother-in-law had never even tried them---so I gave her a few packages that she could keep and enjoy over the next several weeks.

Below are a couple more ideas on how to use Pepperidge Farm goldfish and Milano cookies this Easter; instead of just pulling them out of the bag--nothing wrong with just pulling them out of the bag and eating them, but the below ideas are cute and your children are sure to love them!

Milano Cookie Bunny Ear Pudding Cup
Top off your favorite pudding cup with two Spring Milano cookies to create a pudding bunny treat complete with edible ears! Place a few jelly beans as eyes and a nose, add some licorice whiskers, and you have a delicious and festive pudding snack to share with the whole family!

Goldfish Cracker Carrot Bags
Fill up a pastry bag with Cheddar Goldfish crackers and tie with a green ribbon. These Easter carrots are one of the easiest treats to make and your little bunny will be grinning from ear to ear.

Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for this post. Read my disclosure policy here.


Bruegger's Bagels offers annual Tax Day Break

Bruegger's Bagels is once again giving guests its annual Tax Day break on its Big Bagel Bundles. April 11-15, Big Bagel Bundles are just $10.40 – about a $3.50 "deduction" – for guests who are members of Bruegger's Bagels' email club and those who sign up for the program by April 9.

Each Big Bagel Bundle includes the guest's choice of any 13 bagels from among Bruegger's Bagels' 15-plus authentic, New York-style bagel varieties, along with any two tubs of 100 percent made-in-Vermont cream cheese flavors.

"Tax Day doesn't have a reputation for being a lot of fun, so we want to bring some relief to our guests," said Bruegger's Bagels Vice President of Marketing Judy Kadylak. "Our $10.40 special on Big Bagel Bundles is the perfect way to give them a break leading up to the filing deadline."

To qualify for the "deduction," guests must be members of the Bruegger's Bagels email club or sign up for the email club on www.brueggers.com by April 9. New eClub members also will receive a free bagel with cream cheese and other valuable offers throughout the year.