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Filling in the Nutritional Gap During the School Year! #NatureMadeAtTarget

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
With school back in session, I am back to worrying about the kid’s getting all the vitamins they need throughout the day.  They are eating breakfast and lunch at school, which only leaves me preparing and watching how much is eaten at one meal a day.  Knowing that Aidan is already a very picky eater and that the medication he is on for his autism usually leaves him with little to no interest in food, I worry that he isn’t getting much nutrition from his diet.

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Eating Healthier On The Go with McDonald’s New Chicken Sausage! #Giveaway

The busiest time of day for us is usually in the morning, 7 days a week we are hustling and bustling in the am.  With the school and work rush all week, Saturdays started early with dance classes and sports games, then church on Sunday, we only get to sleep in and lounge around on holidays.  
Plus because I love my bed, I rarely plan out enough time for breakfast in the middle the busyness.  This means breakfast is likely on the go, especially on the weekends.  
With my resolution to try to live a healthier lifestyle this year, my on the go breakfast has been tricky.  I want to find something filling and delicious, without spending all my calories for the day.
Before the new year, my go-to breakfast was always a sausage biscuit.  I used to eat these for breakfast every weekend with my Nana growing up, and they are still a favorite for me.  However with the 190 calories and 18 grams of fat in the sausage patty alone, I tried (not so successfully) to make better choices.
You know how hard it is to give up a food you love, so it just wasn’t happening, and I was feeling guilty each weekend.
That was until last week when McDonald’s sent me information about their new chicken sausage!  I’ll admit I was skeptical at first, this was the breakfast that had me out of bed before 10 o’clock as a teenager to make it to the old breakfast cut off.  Teenagers today will never know the feeling of missing that cut off by 2 minutes, but man it is great to be able to order a Sausage McMuffin whenever I want.
  However I need to make healthier choices and hoped McDonald’s was working their typical magic when providing a sausage patty with only 80 calories and 5 grams of fat.
They did it, oh my Yummyness!  
I had all three kids at Children’s Hospital for appointments last week.  We left home when the sun was coming up and spent 5 hours rushing from doctor to doctor.  Once we got out of medical mayhem, I couldn’t wait to try a the new chicken sausage.  It tasted exactly like the sausage I was eating all these years that had more than triple the grams of fat.
The chicken sausage also passed the kids taste test!  After 5 hours of whining, I got to sit down in a booth of quietness, with happy and full kids.
McDonald’s began serving the chicken sausage on January 18th at restaurants in New England and Albany, NY (excluding Fairfield County, CT) and is an option for all breakfast sandwiches and platters.
Ready to try the Deliciousness?
Enter to win a $25 Arch Card and 4 Coupons for Free Chicken Sausage Samples.
Giveaway Ends: February 3, 2016
Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, as always all opinions are 100% my own.

Cheeky Monkey ~ The Perfect First Peanut Food for Babies!

I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Cheeky Monkey. I received Cheeky Monkey products to facilitate my review.
Like all moms, I am always on the hunt for healthy snacks that my kids will enjoy.  Nutritious and yummy snacks can be hard to find especially ones that are convenient and easy to eat on the go with our busy schedules.
  I was intrigued when I was invited to try Cheeky Monkey Peanut Butter Puffs last month at Big City Moms “Biggest Baby Shower” in Boston.  I had never heard of these delicious peanut butter puffs and was excited to taste them and to learn more about the interesting health and nut allergy information that goes along with them.

My first thought when tasting Cheeky Monkey was, these taste great!  The texture reminded me of a cheese curl and the taste was similar to peanut butter toast, which happens to be a favorite in my home.  So Cheeky Monkey definitely passed my taste test, and the individual packages make them an easy snack on the go, solving my busy mommy problem.

Best of all Cheeky Monkey is a healthy and nutritious snack!
100% Organic and Non GMO
Gluten-Free
No added sugar
Not fried
Contains plant based protein and healthy fats

Knowing all this along with the taste my kids love, has made Cheeky Monkey a go-to snack in my home. 

However the taste and convenience are not what makes Cheeky Monkey so unique. Cheeky Monkey was created to be the prefect “first peanut food” for babies.  
I remember years ago, being advised to stay away from peanuts when my children were infants.  However doctors are learning more and more about nut allergies and now studies are showing that 6 grams a week of peanut protein can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

Now that we are learning that early introduction to peanuts can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy, we need to find the safest food option for introducing peanuts into or babies diets.  Cheeky Monkey has done this by creating an snack that is easy to hold for self feeding and also melts in the mouth for safe eating.

Learn more about introducing peanut foods early on Cheeky Monkey’s website.  Also connect with them on Facebook.

Ready to try Cheeky Monkey?
Enter to win a great prize pack!
Giveaway:
Giveaway Ends:  January 25th, 2016

Prize Pack Includes:
12 full-size bags of Cheeky Monkey
1 Cheeky Monkey t-shirt
1 Cheeky Monkey onesie
1 Cheeky Monkey mug
One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winners must have a U.S.-based address to receive their prize.

Easy and Delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from the Hood Cream Free E-Cookbook! #CookWithHood

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
The holiday season is my favorite time of year as a mommy.  As soon as November 1st is upon us, we put away our apple cider and start enjoying hot chocolate as often as possible.
This year is unlike most, with each day this week being in the high sixties.  Usually living in New England means that by November we have already pulled out our winter coats and snow boots, and on most years we have already had at least one snow storm.  So as you can imagine, a great hot chocolate recipe is a must!

For me there is nothing better than sipping on hot chocolate with the kids while decorating, wrapping Christmas gifts, and watching movies at night.
We are thrilled to have this easy and delicious new hot chocolate recipe thanks to the free Hood Cream eCookbook!
The Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a must try!
Ingredients:
1 cup Hood Light Cream
1/2 cup Hood Heavy Cream
3 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp peppermint extract
Directions:
Bring the Hood Light Cream, Hood Heavy Cream and sugar to a boil.
Remove the cream mixture from heat and whisk in the dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt until chocolate is fully dissolved.
Add the peppermint extract last, then pour into cups and enjoy!

Serves 2-3 
This recipe was super easy to make, it only took about 10 minutes, so I loved it.
It tasted amazing and was perfectly sweet so the kids loved it more!
I have always been a fan of Hood Cream, It was what my Nana kept stocked in her fridge so the brand loyalty goes through generations in my family.  Now, knowing that it is also the brand choice of top restaurant chef’s, makes me feel like a better cooker every time I reach for it.
Now my recipe collection including Hood Cream has grown thanks to the Hood Cream E-Cookbook that launched on September 28th!  I am obsessed with all the delicious recipes it includes using Hood Cream by renowned Chef Chris Coombs!
The Hood Cream E-Cookbook is free and available for download here,  Make sure you head over and take advantage of this great opportunity to learn how to make more than 25 mouth watering recipes! 

Make Your Favorite Football Fan’s Day by Serving Klondike Ice Cream Bars!

This post was sponsored by Klondike as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
Klondike bars have always been a sweet indulgence in my house.  The combination of smooth ice cream and the crisp chocolate cover satisfies my sweet tooth every time.  I usually hide the box in the back of the freezer so that my kids don’t devour them in one day.  Then I get to secretly snack on them while my kids are in bed after a long day to melt the stress away.

However once I learned about all the flavors Klondike brand offers, I thought about how these would make a perfect party snack!  Mess free and no cooking involved, that sounds like a pretty amazing option, right?  Everyone loves ice cream and serving these easy to eat treats would surely be a hit!  With Klondike’s 12 varieties of chocolate coated ice cream stick-less bars,  I took the leap and served them up last Sunday and I was right!  Everyone loved them!  Anthony’s face when I pulled out the tray of Klondike deliciousness during the game was priceless!
The varieties available include the new Cookie Dough Swirl, as well as Caramel Pretzel, Heath, REESE’S, Mint Chocolate Chip, Krunch, OREO, Dark Chocolate, Rocky Road, Double Chocolate, Neapolitan, and Original.
For our Sunday football funday we stocked up on Rocky Road bars along with Mint Fudge Cookie, Fudge Krunch, and Cookies & Cream Klondike® Kandy Bars as our special dessert.  They worked out perfectly,  everyone was excited to get an ice cream bar, and I was excited that I got to enjoy the game with my family because I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen baking all day!
This was our first time trying the Klondike® Kandy Bars and the kids thought these were fun and delicious.  An ice cream bar packed with candy bar goodness, this was a dream come true for my ice cream loving munchkins!  I was also excited that each package now comes with two more bars for a total of 6 bars!  Which means I got to feed more hungry football fans at a great price.
These will definitely be a new staple at our parties.  Great taste, no cooking or clean up, they’re a busy mom’s party solution.  Plus the kids are already asking if I bought more for next Sunday yet!  Don’t tell them but I have them hidden in the back of the freezer to get me through this stressful week.
 Ready to try all the new flavors or Klondike Bars?

Learn more about Klondike here:

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