Jul
31

Sunbelt Bakery Bars Review {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Sunbelt  but my opinions are 100% my own!

We are always on the lookout for nutritious snacks that don’t sacrifice flavor.  My kids love to snack but they like to try something new every now and then too.  So they were excited when I received a package from Sunbelt Bakery.  Sunbelt Bakery makes chewy granola bars, fruit and grain cereal bars, and granola cereals made with whole-grains!

Family owned-Sunbelt Bakery is committed to whole grain snacks that provide nutrition on the go. Made with delicious fruits and nuts, like their soft and delicious Strawberry Fruit & Grain bars (which contain 11g of whole grains per serving!) or their new Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip chewy granola bars (only 130 calories). Sunbelt Bakery products never contain preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Best of all, their snacks have an incredible bakery-fresh taste because new batches of baked goods are delivered weekly to a store near you!

My kids love granola bars.  Sometimes they pick them over cookies which always makes this mom happy.  I enjoy granola bars too especially as a mid day snack to hold me over until dinner.  The girls enjoy them anytime of the day, breakfast included!

Sunbelt makes a lot of differnt granola bars.  So there’s probably something for everyone.

Sunbelt Bars Giveaway

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Jul
30

Shop for your Summer Parties at ALDI and spend Less!

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This post is Sponsored by Aldi but my opinions are 100% my own!

I love shopping at Aldi.  Especially when I am entertaining.  It seriously cuts my budget almost in half.   And they almost always have everything I need.   We love to entertain too so when ALDI asked me if I wanted to host a get together at my house this summer and shop at ALDI, I was all for it.

My neighbors never shopped at ALDI until I starting having dinner parties and now they love it.   This time I picked a summer outdoor theme and we had hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, dips, drinks and desserts.  I bought everything for the party at ALDI.

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The kids love lemonade so I picked up some Nature’s Nectar premium Lemonade for only $1.99 along with some frozen berries and I made some Berry Lemonade.  The kids LOVED it!  Now they keep asking me for frozen fruit for their drinks – even water.  Total win because they found something yummy and I found something healthy that they love.

We had a 4th of July party and Aldi had everything we needed to make our celebration Red, White and Blue.  Every holiday they have festive things so even though the 4th is gone, be sure to check your store for the next holiday – Labor Day to see what they have.

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We made some fun desserts including Crispy Rice treats but we used the Millville ones and I picked up some red, white and blue sprinkles to make them fun!

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For an appetizer, I picked up some celery and cream cheese and made celery boats with cream cheese and some red, white and blue sprinkles.  Everyone loved how festive they were!

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My daughter thought I invented something new by putting celery on cream cheese.  She didn’t realize people have been doing that for years because it was the first time I did it!

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Don’t they look festive?  I’d totally do this again with other colored sprinkles for other events.  And they really didn’t alter the taste.

And of course we had to have ice cream sundaes!  You can find everything you need and more at ALDI for Ice cream sundaes including a lot of flavors of ice cream!
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We had a build your own ice cream bar and the kids LOVED doing that.   I used the colorful sprinkles again.

What I’ve found over the years at Aldi is sometimes I come across what I call surprise sales.  If a particular store has an over abundance of something, they discount it heavily to move it along.  There is only so much space in there so they can’t keep things sitting on the shelves for very long.   I was excited when I went shopping for my party because they had a couple of items on really discounted so I stocked up.

I found hamburger buns and hot dog buns for only $.49 each and 8 pack of hot dogs for $.99 each!  I will be honest, I was skeptical about the hot dogs but they were really good!   And I’d buy them again – especially if I found them at that price.   And they had frozen hamburgers that you cook frozen for $8.99 for a pack of 12 burgers.  That’s an amazing price and they cooked perfectly and were so good.  They were about a quarter pound each which is perfect for entertaining.

So if you are planning a party or just having a few people over this weekend, stop by ALDI to do your shopping.   And save some money!!

Disclosure: I received a gift card for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Jul
30

Michael Angelo’s Family Size Meals & Win a $25 Walmart Gift Card {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Michael Angelo’s but my opinions are 100% my own!

Once school starts things get very busy around here.  Between getting the kids to school in the morning and then the chaos when the come home, some days my head is spinning by dinner time.  And then there are the days where they have after school sports and activities.  That makes getting dinner on the table even harder.

I love having items in the freezer that I can quickly heat up.  I’m not one for making meals ahead of time but I do like to pick up some frozen meals my family likes, for nights I don’t have time.  Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods is one you’ll find in my freezer, often!

Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods announced the launch of five new large sizes of 100 percent natural meals at Walmart. With new sizes of brand favorites including Meat Lasagna available in 46 ounces and 80 ounces, Baked Ziti with Meatballs in 44 ounces and Eggplant Parmesan in 44 and 80 ounces, now you can let Michael Angelo’s take care of the cooking for a party of any size.

I first tried Michael Angelo’s at a blogging conference about 4 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.  Even my Italian born mom really enjoys their food.  And she usually cooks from scratch.  But they really are good for frozen meals.   They taste amazing – like home cooked – and they thaw and cook perfectly each time.

We picked up a few at Walmart in July and I popped them in the oven on days I either didn’t feel like cooking, or needed something fast.

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And I love how affordable these meals are.  On nights we are busy, I’m more apt to ask my husband if we can go out to eat rather than cook and that mean’s we’ll spend at least $50.  He can’t just go to a drive thru and get a burger, he likes sit down restaurants, which is fine by me but it costs so much to do that.  The Michael Angelo’s family size Lasagna is under $13!!!  Add a salad and pick up a loaf of Italian bread and you can eat a meal for under $20.  That’s a huge savings from eating out.

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If you have a smaller family you can get a smaller size Lasagna for under $10.  The Baked Ziti & Meatballs is also a favorite of ours.  But my kids won’t eat pasta with sauce on it, but they’ll eat meatballs with sauce – I seriously don’t get it.  So I like to get the 44 ounce Baked Ziti & Meatballs and then make some plain ziti for them.  Again, I always have salad and bread with all our pasta meals so the cost is still pretty low.

And they cook fast and are delicious!  There are some Italian Restaurants that don’t have food as good as Michael Angelo’s.  Seriously!  I’d rather have a frozen meal over eating at those places.  They aren’t Italian – but Michael Angelo’s is.

Michael Angelo’s meals are kid-friendly, ready in a matter of minutes, and made with 100 percent natural ingredients, without any additives or fillers — ever. And with the new large sizes of favorites at Walmart, it is easy to serve a nutritious and crowd-pleasing meal to a large group.

Walmart Giveaway

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Jul
29

Nonni’s Biscotti Bites Review {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Nonni’s Biscotti but my opinions are 100% my own!

I love to snack.   Sometimes I snack too much and I pay for it.   But I love when really yummy snacks come in small sizes so I can indulge and not feel bad about it.

Nonni’s, creator of the number one selling biscotti, recently introduced two new scrumptious treats – Double Chocolate Salted Caramel and Very Berry Almond Biscotti Bites.

The new bite-sized creations maintain Nonni’s devotion to use only the highest-quality ingredients, including real almond pieces, dark chocolate drizzles, luscious caramel bits, sweet cranberries and creamy Greek yogurt. Nonni’s Biscotti Bites are less than 40 calories per cookie, making them a smart and sweet snacking solution.

I can handle 40 calories per cookie.  Just one or two is enough to satisfy my sweet craving with a cup of coffee.  And I love Nonni’s Biscotti because not only are they good, but they are super crunchy which is what I love in a cookie.

Fresh from Nonni’s artisan bakery, Biscotti Bites are now available in three decadent flavors including:

  • Nonni’s Almond Dark Chocolate Biscotti Bites – A delicious treat full of real almond pieces and dipped into semi-sweet dark chocolate.
  • Nonni’s Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Biscotti Bites – A joyous indulgence loaded with caramel bits, dipped and drizzled in rich milk chocolate then finished with a sprinkle of sea salt.
  • Nonni’s Very Berry Almond Biscotti Bites – A decadent bite brimming with fresh nuts, sweet berries and dipped in creamy Greek yogurt.

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I’ve tried all 3 varieties and I have to tell you they are all good .   But if you made me pick one, I’d say the double chocolate salted caramel.  OMG they are amazingly delicious.  I’m obsessed with anything salted caramel lately so these were right up my alley!  My family all enjoyed them and the two chocolate were the biggest hit in my house.

Try them and let me know.  They are all in stores now.

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Jul
28

Take the 14 Day Challenge with Slim Fast #14daystoslim

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This post is Sponsored by Slim Fast but my opinions are 100% my own!

A closet full of clothes, yet nothing to wear…we can all relate. With clothes in “once-fit” or “goal sizes” (sigh) and daunting styles of the season (crop tops anyone?), many women struggle with unlocking the full potential of their closet. In fact, a new survey commissioned by Slimfast shows the prevalence of Locked Closet Syndrome – the practice of “locking away” clothes that don’t currently fit or that you can’t wear confidently.

Did you know that 93% of women have multiple sizes of clothing in their closet – 3 sizes on average?  I do!  And that 79%  of women frequently dread getting dressed because of ill-fitting clothes in their closet.  I do! Did you also know that more than half of women have purchased clothing in a smaller size than they currently wear –  27%  say it motivates them to lose weight.  I’m afraid to do that and waste my money!  And additionally 83% of women admit to lying about their pants size more often than their age!  I just don’t tell anyone!

Slimfast makes losing weight easy with all their yummy choices which include Pina Colada, Have Your Cake, and Greek Yogurt and Honey Snack Bars – they are all delicious and filling.  Style expert, Jenn Falik  understands the challenges of slimming down and what a few pounds can do to a woman’s confidence.  “It’s remarkable to see our habits and attitudes when it comes to our clothes closet, and how we are not just physically but mentally locking away parts of our wardrobe. With Slimfast, I hope to give women the confidence to unlock their closet once and for all,” says Falik.

I was doing great last year and lost 50lbs.  It was the most I’ve ever lost but I still have more to lose.  After taking a vacation in November, I had a hard time getting back on my plan.  I’ve managed to keep most of my weight off and go up and down 7-8lbs.  Talk about a yo-yo!  I’ve been trying to get back on track because I know once I do, I’ll be able to lose even more.  I’m very determined to keep going.

That said, keeping the bulk of my weight off for a year is a huge accomplishment for me.  Something I’ve never been able to do before.

But then life throws you a curve ball and it’s even harder to keep going.  If you’ve ever had a weight problem, you know how hard it is to control it when things aren’t going your way in life.  This summer my husband has been faced with some big health issues and it’s taken a toll on me.  I’m trying my best to take care of everyone and unfortunately I am always last.  Isn’t that how it is when you are a wife and a mom?

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Having a weight problem brings another issue to the table.  I’m a huge stress eater and I’ve slipped many times.   But then I remembered the 14 day supply of Slim Fast that they sent me and decided that I’d try that to at least stay on track as best as I can to not necessary lose weight, but to hopefully just maintain it right now while things are crazy and hectic in my life.

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I’m happy to report that it’s helped tremendously and I have been able to stay where I am, which is good for me!  At least I can still fit into all my smaller size clothes.

Right now Slimfast is challenging women to, “14 Days to Slim,” I I received some Slimfast meals for 14 days to help overcome Locked Closet Syndrome and help fit into my “skinny jeans.”  And it’s helped me a lot, to stay where I am.  I’m grateful for that.  I’m hoping that once we get my husband’s health under control, I can work on getting my weight back under control with the help of Slimfast.

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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