We all are truly so blessed. I want to encourage you if you know of someone in need of a Thanksgiving meal this holiday consider making a Thanksgiving in a basket!
I know a very young struggling couple who financially couldn't afford a Thanksgiving meal. So I made a blessings basket.
And that was it. It doesn't take much time or money to make a blessings basket for someone!
As a Jennie-O Switch Circle Blogger I was sent an oven ready turkey breast and decided to pay it forward and give mine away this year in the basket. I have had one before and they are delicious! There is no need to prepare it or thaw. Just follow the very few simple directions on the back and your all set for the easiest, juiciest tasting turkey you ever had. Jennie-O is my trusted source for turkey. Period and I have tired a lot of turkey brands over the years. Jennie-O truly does take all the work out of it for you so you can focus on whats most important, spending time with your loved ones and friends.
Need turkey, sides or appetizer inspiration? Be sure to check outJennie-O' s web site for some fantastic Thanksgiving ideas!
And by the way, don't forget to check out my post 17 meals to make with turkey to inspire you with those turkey left overs!
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In a world that it seems so much is going wrong it is great to take the family to get away and go see this heart warming tale The Stray.
Based on a true story of a dog and his incredible life this movie was a heart grabber. Pluto the dog showed up in a families life at just the right time. In despair, the family was falling apart under many of lifes pressures. Needing change Pluto came to be the friend each family member needed teaching them more than they could of imagined.
The movie is of the special bond of the dog and the family and presents the brilliance of his life. Pluto was special in many ways saving them from difficult situations, but he even gave the ultimate sacrifice of his own life to save theirs in the end.
This movie is a celebration of a miracle dog who had a great mission in this life and is worthy to be seen. It will warm you and embrace you with awe in the abilities of man's best friend.
A must see I highly recommend.
Kielbasa Sausage Potato Skillet is a super fast, easy, & tasty one pan wonder for your whole family. I was given Jennie-o turkey kielbasa & sausage to make a meal. I shared the sausage with a friend and used the Hickory Smoked Kielbasa.
With 65% less fat than other kielbasa's, Jennie-O reigns supreme on giving you a healthier option than the market's other choices. And let me tell you they have a better flavor. A lot of low fat options lack in taste but with Jennie-o's offering you do not need to worry. You get both quality and taste.
For this simple yet hearty meal all you need is:
Just cut and chop your veggies in what ever style you desire. Coat the pan well with olive oil. I would add a little bit of oil to the veggies as well as your seasonings at this stage and mix together.
Jennie-O's top quality turkey meat is such a great way to ensure clean eating. The sausage is fantastic to work with and slice.
Add in your meat with the veggies together in the skillet. Cooked wrapped with foil in your 355 - 375 degree oven for 50- 60 mins depending on your oven.
This is a great clean easy meal.
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Fuel to fight. Nutrition to win. It was created by Marine Special Operations Forces in Afghanistain. This was developed to help the Marines get through and endure on the battlefield without the negative side effects of regular energy drinks. But it is everyday life friendly as well. It is true combat nutrition for the battlefield of life itself.
Using natural ingredients and nothing fake it is perfect for the health conscious person. The soldiers out on the battlefield did not get full proper nutrition at all times. This drink helped them with that missing nutrition link and their core stamina. They are ready to share it with you to keep up the fight of daily life.
Ok the taste to me is so much better than the energy shots you get at the gas station. And we all know those are not good for you any way. I love they offer different flavors. They offer two different levels of natural caffeine. Focused ... this product really is focused on doing what you really need or ever wanted an energy shot to do. I do not normally take energy shots but I simply had to support this veteran owned business and see what they had to offer. It really is as good as they claimed on the show Shark Tank. I loved seeing them on Shark Tank and was happy the Sharks did a deal with this company. Head on over to check out their site to see all they have to offer. They have more products than just energy shots! They keep manufacturing here in the USA supporting our economy.
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Reason number one and I love this one.... are you ready? When you refer a friend and they use Groupon you earn $10 in free money per person to use at Groupon that could equal to free food, free trips, free eating out, free spa days, free local attractions and more.
Reason number two why you should use Groupon is it really can enhance your life by saving you money. Yes, saving to use towards the family budget is great, you can do that if you need to, but I have a bigger picture idea for you for. A bigger vacation you have always dreamed of some day. Where would you go? Why pay full price for something if you do not have to. Let's say you take the difference you save with Groupon each time you use them and put that money in an account and use it to invest in something to grow your money. You can literally grow your wealth by using Groupon. Then someday seriously take those dream vacations you have always wanted to take. It is possible if you set your mind to it!
Reason number three is they now have coupons. You do not even need to purchase a deal, join Groupon nor sign up for their email if you do not want to. You can use their coupons at your next trip to Wal-mart or Target for example online or offline in store.
I need to go visit family this summer and I will be going through Groupon to use coupons for Hotwire and Travelocity. Yes you can save money at those sites stand alone but why not save even more money by visiting them through Groupon using their coupons for those very sites! That is smart money. Smart savings.
This is a sponsored post. But all thoughts are my very own.
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the best burger I have had this summer. The Cobb Turkey Burger. It is loaded with simple goodness. With it's 90 percent lean self, it gives you a low fat burger that will rock your world. Not to mention super healthy on so many levels. To get the best of taste and health you just can not beat that!
Head on out to your grocer to get Jennie-O's 1/3 lb. Smoke seasoned Turkey Burgers for this burger build. Add red onion, avocado,tomato, lettuce, fried egg. Add any condiment sauces you may desire and you have a burger that screams summer goodness.
Visit my most recent past post for my low carb series.
A year and a half ago a dear friend of mine Dawn over at Enthusiastically Dawn sent me an Arc Planner. I did not know any thing about the planner lifestyle and how such a simple tool would change my life. I was the pen and paper list girl. I would make my list each day of to do's. That was it. Uneventful and boring. But wouldn't you know it I would sometimes lose the list! Then I was up the creek without a paddle because I would forget something. If I didn't write it down when the thought hit me I would lose it a lot of times too. Well when my friend sent me her customized Arc it was amazing. It was fun. It gave me a fun creative way to get organize and let's face it, it was much harder to misplace a planner book. I used that planner for a year. It was amazing and I will never forget her sweet kindness that really helped me and gave me joy. I find it fun to plan and I even get creative with markers and stickers. It motivates me to be more organized!
So to pay it forward I want to give away a planner. Now this is a brand new Happy Planner but it is the 2016-2017 version. There is only 6 months left of this but if you have not tried a planner yet or you where interested in the Happy Planner system... this would be a great sample to try!
I love the bright encouraging messages all in this series of planner. I like the durable covers. If you accidentally spill a drop of coffee your planner is ok... it will wipe right off.
There is a reason it is called Happy Planner I guess because every single one of them I have ever seen makes me smile. I love the welcome page with the big ol' hello. And what lady doesn't like bright, cheery or polka dots. I wanted to show you that each month has a beautiful divider with a message or pretty print but I would love for it all to be a surprise to the winner. It has a month over view then also the daily, weekly pages in this planner. Even the daily is broken down in three sections you can label ever how you wish. I use mine for morning, afternoon, even goals. It has a goals and important dates section for each month over view. I had loved my Arc planner my friend had given me so much, when it was time to finally move into another planner I gravitated towards the Happy Planner because of the disks that are similar to Arc and it was what I was used to. I love how she customized hers. I liked that I could do the same with Happy Planner if I wanted too. I went with The Happy Planner because they offer so many useful and cute things I could do with it. And I loved using Micheals coupons to get 40 percent off things. You can customize the happy planner easy. They offer sheets at Micheals to add if you wish to add more or different types. They offer cute covers, cases, folders to put inside. But You can have fun with cute washi tape or stickers. If you want to use your own paper you can buy the punch to always make your own and use your planner forever if you wish. You can use it as a planner or a planner/ scrapish type memory book. This planner is great as stand alone as well. All you really need is right there above in the picture keep it as simple or creative as you wish.
So if your interested in trying this system and getting organized please feel free to enter! If you know someone who would benefit from this let them know. I will choose a winner at the end of this month which I hope will be a blessing to them. Feel free to come back as much as you want each day to enter. Each entry will count as 5 points. The more you have the better your chance of winning.
It will come with a couple of small surprises too. Giveaways are so much fun.
PLEASE enter via the raffle copter widget here. It will randomly choose the winner at the end of the month!
When it comes to splurging on some baby items, there is a list of the top items worth spending a little extra on. You want to get quality, but you also want to ensure that you make the mothers life a bit easier. This can be done through the right products for the money you spend.
Here is a list of some of the top baby items worth spending a bit extra on this year. Whether you have a baby already, or you’re about to have a baby or your giving these as a gift - these are the top items that are must-haves!
Spending a little extra money on the best baby monitor that allows you to not only hear, but see baby is a good investment to make. Not only can you use this one wirelessly, but you can change the lenses on it to ensure that you get the clearest picture. This set up comes with everything you need to make sure baby is safe and sound while napping or sleeping through the night, best of all the top models are WIFI enabled so you can view your baby from anywhere in the world.
These are quickly sweeping the nation, after being in Finland for so long and you can grab yours too! The Baby Box Co. is responsible for creating some of the best Baby Boxes out there. Skip the bassinet and go straight for something that is educating parents on safe sleep habits, while also being able to provide baby with something other than a bassinet to sleep in. It is definitely worth the price you pay.
Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller
This is one of the best jogging strollers in 2017 and worth spending a little extra on. It has all the right compartments on it, while also providing a smooth, safe ride for the little one. You can strap them in tightly with the five-point harness, while having the ultimate smooth ride, even over the bumpiest of roads. You can ensure that you (and baby!) will enjoy jogging around with this.
Dr. Browns Options Glass Bottles
There are highly rated when it comes to choosing a bottle that prevents colic and gas in babies. Whether you breast or bottle feed, these can be a great way to go. The glass bottles cost a little bit more than traditional plastic ones, but they’re a gift that keeps on giving. While reducing colic and even spit-up in babies, they provide a great way for the little one to enjoy a feeding and not have pain after.
Ergo Baby Carrier
This is a bit more expensive than some of the other baby carriers out there, but the money spend is well worth it. For an easy way to carry baby from birth through toddlerhood, they provide not only comfort for the little one but comfort on mom and dad. The baby comfortably fits in the carrier, while the carrier takes most of the strain off of mom or dads back. It is an ergonomically designed carrier that is also great when you want to protect baby’s little limbs or hips. They come in many cool patterns and colors too, so you can choose which one you like the most! It is a must-purchase on our list of baby items!
Of course, your selection does not have to be the exact ones on this list, spending a little extra on these items never hurts. You can ensure that you have the best possible quality when the time comes, while also being able to have a useful product at the same time. You want the best for baby, but now you can get the best for you, as well!
I just love summer. But I also love being a Jennie-O Switch Circle Blogger. May's shipment brought a lot of joy to my family and others. I received these three turkey breast. Cajun Style, Oven Roasted, and Sun Dried Tomato. I did not want to keep all the Jennie-O goodness to myself so I gave two of them away to other people to try Jennie-O for themselves. As for myself I kept the Sun Dried Tomato turkey breast to create a brand new summer sandwich salad. A cool dish with a new twist. This was so much fun to think up and make.
I call it Summer Jubilee Turkey Salad. This was fun to create and simple. I wanted it to be bright, fresh, tasty and very easy to make. In the picture below is everything you need. Adjust the amounts of everything you use based on how much of course you'd like to make. I made a large bowl to share with others.
That's it. No other seasoning needed. It is low fat to the max. No mayo needed. This Summer Jubilee Turkey Salad is simple, easy, low fat and fantastic in taste. It is a great tribute to summer and it's colorful abundance. It is great for dieters yet perfect for anyone in love with flavor. Good clean eating at it's finest.
Cate & Chloe was so super sweet to send me their VIP Subscription box to review.
It was neat getting this box at home. Subscription boxes are just down right fun to get in my opinion. You don't know what will be in the Cate & Chloe boxes but the style test you do ahead of time will help them decide what will go into the box.
With the VIP box you get a freebie goodie each month. Who doesn't like those!
The presentation of the box is cute and darling. I love how each piece comes in a draw string bag or a reusable ribbon box.
Now when I got my box I did not like the neck choker necklace I had received
( not pictured above). I had done the test ahead of time at the site but for some reason it messed up on that. I like conservative pieces. So I contacted them and they sent one more my style. It is this sweet v bar necklace. I love it. So if you get a piece you do not like simply let them know. They will send you a prepaid envelope to mail it back at no cost to you! I like a company who offers satisfaction to you without penalizing you.
These earrings are something different for me. But I like them I needed to switch things up a bit. I needed something more young & trendy in my life. I could see any age wearing these. In these shots I just had a plain black T-shirt but I know some other outfits with more personality these would look great with. I guess these are going to be able to pull double duty. Dress up or down.
The ring is simply gorgeous. I typically like sliver or rose gold but to have some stunning pieces like these in my collection is a must. They are to pretty not to like and I will use them this summer. This picture below for some reason makes me think of Ireland.
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And ha the haha. I don't normally take pictures of myself but this time I did it with one of those silly ol' selfie sticks. It was kinda fun trying to navigate. It seemed the birds were really hanging around me singing up a storm as they watched me. They probably thought what is that silly human doing? We want that shiny bling bling for our nest so give it up lady. It ain't happening little birdies my Cate & Chole is all mine.
Have you ever stopped to think about ph balance for the human body. Most of us do not. I know for most of my life I didn't. But somewhere along the way on the information highway I learned of pH balance. My knowledge of this topic has grown a little more than I used to. But I still have so much to learn. I will share with you today tidbits of information I learned. Also I will share how to test your pH at home yourself.
If your body is to acidic it will reek havoc on your health. It can come in the form of: 1. cancer 2. fibromyalgia 3. diabetes 4. MS 5. heart diseases 6. brittle bones 7. arthritis if it continues over the long haul and possibly more. If your new to being to acidic, it can affect your immune system in so many ways. Just think about any uncomfortable health alignment and it can come from to much acid in your body.
But how do you know what level is right? If our level is off, how do we fix it?
First to see if your pH is on target simply purchase these Health Wiser pH Test Strips. You can use these for urine or saliva testing. You hold the strip in your specimen for only 15 seconds. Then you have to wait 15 more seconds for the test to fully develop.
Below I shared my test.
After the test is developed you compare it to the pH chart provided. A reading range of pH 6.5-7.5 is perfect. pH below 6.5 is acidic. If that happens then you should test at least three times in a day to get your average reading so you know what your dealing with. If it is over 7.5 then being too alkaline can also possibly be a problem. Balance is key. You should not eat two hours before the test.
Try to avoid acidic foods and drinks if your having an issue. Do some research to find out what foods your eating that are to acidic. Educate yourself.
Some ways to alkaline your body are:
What a great Spring weekend to be out and about in North Carolina. My son and I wanted to experience something different in our Triangle region that we had not yet tried. Brixx in Bradford Shops Cary N.C. was the spot. They also have a location in Parkside Town Commons just in case your in Cary anytime soon.
Let me tell you 9 reasons why Brixx was the fix for me this weekend!
Brixx is open Monday -Saturday 11 a.m. -1 a.m Sundays 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Look them up on Facebook @Brixx Pizza – Parkside Town Commons and @Brixx Pizza – Bradford.
Learn more at www.brixxpizza.com
One of my all time favorite cartoons of the 80's growing up was the Smurfs. Their cute little homes and adventures had me fixed on the T.V. Saturday mornings. I am so honored to help promote my little pals. The Smurfs are back from the 80's land of la la lala la la to 2017 with the most EPIC adventure you could ever imagine a Smurf or any human for that matter to take. All the old favorite characters are back in all their lovable cute glory.
There's a lot of great resources below for parents, grandparents,aunties & uncles , teachers, baby sitters and just whom ever!
Check out the trailer below and also enter to win FREE tickets!
When you click the link below for the free activities you can click off the movie trailer that pops up to discover the links underneath!
The all star cast:
Demi Lovato - Smurfette Rainn Wilson - Gargamel Joe Manganiello - Hefty Jack McBrayer - Clumsy Danny Pudi – Brainy Michelle Rodriguez - Smurfstorm Ellie Kemper - Smurfblossom Ariel Winter - Smurflily with Mandy Patinkin - Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts - Smurfwillow
Below is the faith & character building discussion guide with 4 different topics, to talk over with your group trip or your own kids. This guide brings out real life situations in the movie and brings it home with a great message in character building for anyone of any age. It is simply brilliant if you ask me.
Smurfs The Lost Village is out in theaters April 7 2017
I love Chinese egg rolls they are simply fantastic to me. But lately I have to watch my carbs. This month I set out to fix this problem and I did. As a Jennie-O Switch Circle blogger I was sent their all natural turkey sausage. I tried it out in making a egg roll in a bowl. It really took me away!
What you need:
Ok the great thing about using Jennie-O's all natural trukey sausage is that is it only has 5 grams of fat! It is zero carbs and has 13 grams of protein. The sodium count is much lower than other sausage brands that I have compared it too.
This dish is so simple and a serving is only around 6-9 carbs depending on if you add a few frozen sweet peas for color.
This is enough to serve a large family or save for other meals during the week. Or you can cut the tube in half and the bag in half and make a smaller amount.
This fresh dish is healthy and fast. You just can not beat the flavor and the time it takes to prepare. Amazing.
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One of the fastest ways to change the look of a room is to change the throw pillows. It is an old interior decorator trick that is a winner. I wanted to share with you some tips you may already know or you may of never thought of.
Below I have made a grid for you showcasing some examples I love of new throw pillow covers. Look around. There is even one that is cute for . 66 cents shown below. So go ahead change that look. Do it for cheaper than buying new pillows.