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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!

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.

 

Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream is Now Available at Florida Publix!

Thank you to Mayfield Creamery for sponsoring this post.

Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream is Now Available at Florida Publix!

It may be November, but here in Florida, we eat ice cream all year long.  With three kids, you can imagine my grocery cart is packed full of different flavors to keep everyone cool while in the Florida sun.  So, with a houseful of ice cream lovers, I assumed I had tried every brand and flavor there was to try.  I was wrong!

Until recently I had never heard of Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream.  So, when I was introduce to this genuine southern homemade ice cream that has been loved by many since 1923, I was intrigued.  Then, when I heard they were fanning out and expanding to new markets across the South and Southwest, and being sold at the grocery store I shop at every week, Publix, I knew I needed to get my taste buds on some.  

When I went to Publix to grab a carton, I quickly realized my 5-minute shopping trip was going to take a bit longer.   There are so many enticing flavors to choose from. Mayfield Creamery makes a variety of iconic signature flavors, classics for the whole family, and an exciting array of limited time only varieties.  Walking out of Publix with just one container was impossible, and walking out with just three containers was a miracle.

My Favorite Flavors

I ended up choosing Signature Vanilla, Limited Edition Banana Pudding, and Candy Jar Crunch.
As soon as I got home I opened the Banana Pudding ice cream, because banana flavored ice cream is one of my all-time favorites, but it’s also hard to find.

I was incredibly impressed with how smooth and creamy the texture was, it scooped out of the carton easily and seemed to have a soft serve type of texture.  Then the flavor was a smooth creamy banana flavor pie chips swirled in to make a perfect pair.  One bite of this flavor made me immediately hide the rest of the carton in the back of the freezer out of my children’s sight.  This is now mommy’s treat.

The candy jar crunch ice cream flavor is a smooth creamy vanilla ice cream with swirled in chocolate covered peanut candy pieces.  The twin loved this flavor, Aidan already has it written on the shopping list for next week too.

The signature vanilla flavor is also smooth and creamy, it was delicious on its own and inside our hot cocoa!  It’s the holiday season which means lots of movies and cocoa, so we drank our cocoa with a Florida twist and added some nice cold and creamy ice cream.

Why Mayfield Creamery?

Mayfield Creamery ice cream uses fresh cream from their own dairy, with no artificial hormones, and uses a family recipe that has been perfected over three generations!  They set themselves apart from other ice cream brands with their storied heritage, unique flavors, and commitment to making ice cream that mirrors the values of the Mayfield family.

After learning about this brand, and trying their ice cream, I can honestly say that my family has found it’s new favorite ice cream brand!

We are very excited that Mayfield Creamery has expanded into Publix locations in Florida!

Make sure you head over to Publix and try some Mayfield Creamery ice cream, and come back to tell me what your favorite flavor is!

5 Tips to Make Family Adventures Easier!

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Bring snacks that everyone loves that won’t cause a sugar crash.  My kids love Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt and I love that Stonyfield recently announced it is reducing sugar across its yogurt brand, and they started with YoKids!  How awesome is that!  They are now featuring between 25% – 40% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt.  This is such a great improvement, that I was thrilled when they asked to partner with me, to spread the word.

It can be hard finding on-the-go snack options that I am happy about feeding my kids and that they also like, but with Stonyfield® Organic YoKids®, the #1 organic kid’s yogurt brand, I can’t go wrong!
 Because Stonyfield YoKids yogurts are certified organic and Non- GMO Project verified, that means it is always made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs.

YoKids® yogurt is available in all varieties such as cups, pouches, tubes, and smoothies.  My kids love the tubes and pouches, plus they are so convenient for family adventures, I can just toss them in my bag and go!

Plan for the unexpected, keep change of clothes in car and sweatshirts.  We live in Florida and I still keep sweatshirts in the car, you never know when the weather might change.  I also keep a change of clothes in case we stumble across a splash pad I didn’t know about.  My motto during family adventures is “just let the kids…” whenever possible.  So if they get covered in ice cream or soaking wet going through a fountain, I’m prepared.

Leave extra time in your schedule to really be adventurous.  Try not to plan out every moment or squeeze in too much for one day.  Having some “whatever” time built into the day allows you to spend extra time in an area you love or exploring something you didn’t think of before.  The more you loosen up the time restraints the less stressful a family adventure will be.

Buy tickets and passes ahead of time.  Not only do most attractions offer discounts when you buy tickets online, they also let you skip the ticket booth and go straight to the admission gate, which means less time waiting in line with excited kids.

Put down the camera/phone.  It’s hard I know; my job is to take pictures of most of our adventures but it’s easy to end up having a thousand images at the end of the day with no real memories.  Decide on a couple important photos you know you’ll cherish and put the camera away for the rest of the time and enjoy the moments.

What are your favorite family adventure tips?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® Organic YoKids®. 

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