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5 Great Products and Tips to Make This Thanksgiving Extra Fun and Easy!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com all opinions are my own.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week!  This year is certainly flying by, but I’m excited to share some great products and tips to make this Thanksgiving extra fun.

Let someone else take care of the centerpiece this year, and let it double as a dessert!  Order one of these awesome fall arrangements from Edible Arrangements.  I love sending Edible Arrangements as a way to say thank you or for special occasions like birthdays, but ordering one as a centerpiece for my family is a great way to cross some decorating off my to-do list and I get to enjoy the beautiful yumminess!  They can be ordered up till 11/22, the day before Thanksgiving!


We received the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet™ with Orange Swizzle Berries® which includes Salted caramel apple wedges, Chocolate dipped strawberries with festive orange Swizzle®, Playful pineapple leaves, Chocolate covered pineapple “apple”, and additional grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe in a keepsake pumpkin container that can be used again.

You can use one of these awesome coupon codes to save this holiday season:
Code: THANK17
$10 OFF $39+ ($49 for CA) valid 11/13 – 11/22, unlimited use, for fulfillment any time.
Code: FEAST
$20 OFF $99+, valid 11/13-11/22, unlimited use, fulfillment any time.

Skip the dirty dishes and get some canned beverages everyone will love.   Sipp Sparkling Organics has an amazing line of refreshing sparkling beverages that everyone in your party is sure to love.  I received a couple of these to try, and immediately went out and purchased more for myself, they are so delicious!  There are 6 flavors to select from and these are delicious chilled on their own or mixed with other juices or cocktails.  Created with a blend of fruits, herbs and agave into a lightly sweetened sparkling beverage.

For alcoholic beverages, choose a signature beverage or two for the day, to keep the bar stocked up easily.  Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist from Blue Barn Publishing has countless ideas for excellent low calorie cocktails.  Holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli bring a clean-living mindset to craft mixology. Their recipes use low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, and anti-inflammatory spices.  Plus many of the recipes have pitcher sizes, which is perfect for holiday entertaining!  I can’t wait to create the Strawberry Limeade for my family and friends, this is one of my favorite cocktails ever!

Don’t forget your four legged family members!  Get them some extra yummy and nutritious snacks from Solid Gold!  Just in time for Thanksgiving, Solid Gold has came out with a new line of cat and dog treats featuring the flavors of your holiday dinner.  Brady loved these superfood chewy dog treats that combine flavors of turkey, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon!  They deliver a texture, smell, and taste in nutrient dense reward for dogs of all sizes.  Brady has been eating these up, and it looks like we found his new favorite treat.

Put the giving back in Thanksgiving with Petlanthropy.org a unique way to help animals in need!  The Petlanthropy Foundation was founded with only one goal, to help give all homeless cats and dogs a loving forever home.  This is a great cause to donate to during the holiday season, and all year long.

 

All these products awed certain to help you entertain your guests with ease, so that you can focus on giving thanks, making memories, and gathering around the dinner table!

Santa.com, The Official Site of Santa! ~ Get Daily Text Messages from Santa

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Santa.com, all opinions are 100% my own.

Christmas is going to be here before we know it, so why not get in the holiday spirit by having some fun with the big man in red himself!  Santa.com is an amazing website that focuses on positive lessons, not presents.

Your child can receive cute text messages from Santa with facts about Christmas and messages about positive values, while his nice list promotes reading, good habits and politeness!  There are so many great services and activities on Santa.com including:

E-mails from Santa (free!): Santa.com has the most genuine email Santa Service. We are the only site in the World that Will send a detailed, thoughtful, reply using the email Santa@Santa.com.

Text Messages from Santa ($9.99): Receive daily, personalized text messages filled with Christmas spirit, amusing facts, and positive values. It’s a great, no-stress Way to enjoy Some Christmas Spirit every day.

Handwritten Notes from Santa: in late November Santa.com offers a new service for sending handwritten notes from Santa. Stay tuned for further details.

There is also some adorable coloring pictures that you can download to color and be sure to read Santa’s blog!

Plus parents can have peace of mind letting the kids roam Santa.com, the site is Kids Safe, privacy protected, FTC approved and designed for ages 1-120!

Giveaway Time!

Enter to win this awesome Santa.com prize pack including a Santa.Com fidget Spinner Wrapped in gift paper and a Santa.Com ribbon, a Santa.com eco-friendly folding tote bag, a Santa Libs storybook and Coloring pages, a Santa.com Oval bumper sticker, and a Santa.com pen.

Santa.com Giveaway!

Santa hid a 35% off coupon code!

You can locate a hidden coupon code for 35% off on Santa.com by downloading the App Blippar from iTunes or Google Play and then hold the app over any image on the Santa.com site.  One of the images will reveal the hidden coupon code.
The code will only be available until November 24th.

 

You also have the opportunity to get 20% off Santa’s daily text messages with coupon code: trisha20off.

 

Our Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Our Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

As a little girl, I remember waking up to a call from my Nana every Thanksgiving morning, asking if I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  My mother always hosted Thanksgiving dinner, however, Nana would arrive in the morning before Santa made his way down the streets of Manhattan.
I hold these memories close to my heart, and that is why I made sure to keep the tradition alive with my own children. 

We started another tradition a few years ago of spending Thanksgiving in Charleston, South Carolina with my brother and our parents.  We rent a large house on Kiawah Island and enjoy some family time, yet we still wake up every Thanksgiving to watch the dazzling floats and Character Balloons fill up the screen.

This year marks the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Macy’s has added some epic performances to the opening of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It will feature an all-star cast of celebrities all singing and dancing together in a performance of Dancin’ in The Street!  Also, as part of the first hour of festivities, Gwen Stefani will perform White Christmas at the Bryant Park ice rink!  New York during the holidays is always a breath-taking sight, while I wish I was one of the 3.5 million spectators that will be lining the streets of Manhattan, I’ll have to settle for being one of the 50 million people watching from the home, and cozying up with some coffee and my munchkins sounds just as good.  I can’t wait to see these performances though!

Make sure to tune in at 9 a.m. ET to watch the new opening of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Do you remember the first time you tuned in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? What about the parade do you look forward to most each year?

Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Day Football Appetizer

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Day Football Appetizer

Thanksgiving is next week! For my family that means football, and with football comes delicious snacks!  We have a family tradition of traveling up to Kiawah Island in South Carolina, to spend Thanksgiving with my brother.  We rent a big house at the resort he works at for the week and we get in some great family fun time.  Come Thanksgiving morning, one TV will have the Thanksgiving Day Parade on and the other will have the football game on.

Because there is so much that needs to be cooked throughout the day to feed our entire family and all my brothers friends who are stuck working the holiday, oven space is limited.  So, we make these delicious chicken wings in the crock-pot.  They take up no oven space, are extremely simple to make, and everyone loves them!

Sweet and Tangy Chicken Wings

Ingredients:
Bag of chicken wings
2 bottles of Lite Soy Sauce
2 cups of Sugar

Mix everything in the crock-pot and cook on high for 2 hours.

If you want a crispier wing, you can preheat the oven to 400 degrees, remove the cooked wings and place them on a greased baking sheet and bake for for 30 minutes. 

Most of my family likes them right out of the crock-pot, however my brother is usually the one throwing a dozen wings into the toaster oven.

Once the wings are cooked, it’s time to add a little dipping fun to the table!  As you’ve seen in my past posts, Heluva Good! Dip isn’t just for chips in my family. 
We dip our chicken wings, along with almost everything else in some delicious Heluva Good! Dip.  Heluva Good! Dips are made with real sour cream and flavorful spices that give the chicken wings that extra kick of flavor.

We set up a spread of several flavored Heluva Good! Dips including French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, White Cheddar & Bacon and Bodacious Onion.

Are you ready to step up your holiday appetizers with some fun and flavorful dips?  You can find these bold-favored dips in the dairy aisle of your neighborhood supermarket!

What is your favorite food to dip?

3 tips for Eating Healthy during the Holiday Season

This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It can be easy for many of us to lose track of our healthy eating goals during the holiday season.  With so many sweets and processed foods at every holiday party and event, along with the cravings that can come with the colder weather and holiday movies, it can be hard to resist the foods we normally say no to.

Here are my 3 tips for Eating Healthy during the Holiday Season

Eat something before you go to a holiday party.  If you and your family show up to a holiday function with empty bellies, your more likely to over eat all the tempting treats available.  Instead, eat some fresh fruit or a salad before leaving home, so that you are less likely to over eat at the party and are still getting in some nutritious food.

Eat what is best first.  When you head to the buffet you’ll likely find a table full of veggies, bread, sweets, and turkey.  Eat the veggies and turkey first, and save a little room to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Make your own treats for home, and to bring to holiday functions.  A perfect way to make sure you have a healthy option to eat is to bring one, and keep the foods your family is going to be wanting at home.  Instead of eating a piece of pie that is full of sugar, pastes, and ingredients we don’t know about, my family makes a simple apple pie.  We cut up a few apples and mix them with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, cook the apples for 10 minutes while making an easy pie crust.  Then use the apples as the filling and bake the crust.  This gives us a delicious sweet treat that I feel better about feeding my kids.
We eat apples like this without the pie crust quite often for a quick and easy sweet treat.

Holiday Spirit of Giving

My kids love to cook with me, and I am blessed to be to have the resources to cook healthy meals with them.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for too many!  Nearly 16 million children live in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year.

However, 4-H Food Smart Families targets families that are eligible for or receiving SNAP/WIC and is helping create more food secure homes by teaching families how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.  
This includes two components, equipping youth and their families by empowering them to make healthy living part of their everyday lives and helping them with things such as cooking skills and food budgeting skills.  While also connecting families with nutrition assistance resources in their community.  Knowledge is power, and this is gives families who are struggling to make ends meet, the knowledge they need to be able to feed their families well.

Since 2011, United Healthcare and 4-H have partnered together to deliver healthy living programs to more than 340,000 youth and their families in 14 states!

The goal is to continue to test the 4-H Food Smart Families program in select states.  With the end goal of replicating and expanding the program across the entire country.

 

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