Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Skinnier" Cinnamon French Toast Crunch Casserole with Country Crock Spreads & Contest Details



I am a huge fan of casseroles!  As a full time working mom, I like that I am able to prepare a meal beforehand and let it sit in the refrigerator until its time to throw it in the oven.  Or the fact that I can have the meal all made up and baking in the oven while I clean up the mess.  Oh, the joys of casseroles!

Breakfast casseroles are my favorite.  I recently ran across a couple of "French Toast Casserole" recipes but was afraid to try them because of the HIGH fat and caloric content with the highest portion of the fat coming from the amount of butter.  So I went to work on what I do best, taking a "fattier meal" and skinnying it up!

To skinny up this recipe the first thing I had to do was change the butter, so I turned to Country Crock Spreads!  Country Crock is a favorite of mine because it contains 75% less fat than butter, has 0g trans fat, no cholesterol and tastes awesome!  Country Crock also appreciates the magic of casseroles, that is why they are holding a Country Crock Stars Contest!  To enter for a chance to win $5000 and a trip for two to New York City, simply share a photo of you and your favorite casserole with a 100 word essay on how you demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen.

"Skinnier" Cinnamon French Toast Crunch Casserole

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nutrisystem: End of My Nutrisystem Journey



It is a little bittersweet writing this post because my time on the Nutrisystem blogging program has come to an end.  You see, I am a little nervous getting back into the "Nutrisystem-free" world once again,  Nutrisystem has spoiled me!  On the program, I did not have to think about what I needed to make for each meal nor did I have to prepare any foods before hand.  Nutrisystem totally put the convenience into dieting!  And on top of all these great aspects of the program, I am also going to miss the food!!!  The program was so easy to stay on because it tasted so good!  Who wants to choose a fatty meal when a healthy Nutrisystem meal is right at your finger tips?  And the best part of it all is that it works, I was on the Nutrisystem program for 7 months and lost a total of 17 pounds.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

King Hawaiian: How Do You Say Thank You? Win $100! #ProjectMahalo


One of the first things I taught my kids to say were "Please" and "Thank you." Teaching them good manners is very important to me but in doing this, I also wanted those words to carry beyond their mouths into their actions. Every time I hear those two little words "thank you" pass their lips, I know that I have taught them well and my pride soars. Every time I see them perform an act of kindness to show their thanks, I am overcome with emotions because I know that I not only taught them to say "thank you" but shown them the importance of giving thanks.

What you say will be forgotten but the way you make someone feel never will.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

HGTV HOME Furniture Giveaway: Win A Bombe Chest


I am super excited to bring you this giveaway today worth $999, What What!!  Survival Guide by The Working Mom, Cheap Is The New Classy and some other AWESOME bloggers have teamed up to bring you this giveaway sponsored by HGTV HOME.  One lucky reader (jealous!) will a Bombe Chest worth $999.  Isn't it gorgeous?!?!

Bombe Chest Giveaway from HGTV HOME Furniture

Monday, April 15, 2013

Greek Yogurt Chicken Recipe: Melts In Your Mouth!


Chicken is a huge staple to my diet.  I would guess I have it for dinner at least 3 or 4 times a week and with serving it so often, I really try to get "creative" with my dishes!  If you look through my recipes you will definitely see many chicken dishes: Skinny Chicken Pot Pie, Healthy Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Cordon Bleu and even Skinny Chicken Alfredo!

See, I told you I love my chicken dishes!!  And sometimes I want just a baked chicken breast but one can grow tired of a plain ole baked chicken breast over and over again.  This is why I am LOVING this new recipe, let me introduce you to:

Greek Yogurt Chicken Recipe

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ohio Flame Fire Pits & Creating Family Memories


I received a free Ohio Flame product to facilitate this review, but all opinions are accurate and my own.
My husband loves building fires.  One of his favorite past times is going out to the country, clearing the dead wood and building a HUGE bonfire.  This is definitely something he misses doing since living in the suburbs.  For years now, I've been promising him a nice fire pit for our patio.  This past Christmas, I surprised him with a fire pit from a local department store (it was actually from a Black Friday sale). Let me tell you a little about the pit I purchased, it sucked!  Sorry, excuse my language but really it was a piece of junk.  First of all, the box felt light and when we opened it the parts looked totally cheap.  On top of that, it took FOREVER to assemble and we used it once.  That's right, ONCE because it fell apart after the first use.  After the terrible experience with that fire pit, I promised him a better one.  Ohio Flame Fire Pit came to the rescue!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Shaping Up For Spring Giveaway: Win 10 Days of Nutrisystem


With Spring beginning and Summer just around the corner, it's time to shape up!  Blogging Mamas Network is hosting the Shaping Up for Spring Hop running April 11th - 25th to motivate you to get active and healthy!

Make sure to hop around through all the participating blogs, in the linky below, and check out what they are giving away to get you in shape!  Don't forget the grand prize which includes, a 3 meal box from Hello Fresh, Aurorae Yoga Apparel and Yoga Mat, a Accessory Pouch and Hair Bands from Active Accessories, and  greens from NewGreens Organic!

And now for my featured prize:
10 days of Nutrisystem Meals!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Target Apologizes for "Manatee" Label on Plus-Size Dress: Do Some Stores Hate Plus-Sizers?

This past week Target received some bad publicity, apparently one of it's plus-sized dresses was being sold in "manatee gray" but the exact same dress in smaller sizes were sold in "dark heather gray".  This sure angered some ladies and sent Target in a tail-spin full of apologies, changing the website labels and probably a few jobs lost.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 27: Winner Winner Chicken Pot Pie Dinner!


It is now week 27 on the Nutrisystem program and let me tell you, this week I feel like I have discovered a gold mine!  Now I know last week I posted Nutrisystem's new line of foods and I highlighted a few of my favorites but I left out a goody.  The Nutrisystem Chicken Pot Pie!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Introducing LYSOL's Healthing Initiative: Healthy Family Tips


I stand behind any campaign that promotes health!  Many of you have probably heard me preach over and over on the importance of healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle.  After last winter, my views on healthy have extended way beyond healthy eating.  This winter was rough, my kids seemed to continuously "share" their colds back and forth in a never ending cycle of sickness.  To combat this, we stocked up on LYSOL® because when I think of combating germs I think of LYSOL®!