Sunday, September 13, 2015

Save-A-Lot Back-To-School Tips + Giveaway

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Its that time again, school has started and you are so caught up in clothing, school, classes and everything else that you forget about setting up lunch ideas for the kids. If your kids are anything like mine they are the pickiest eaters on the planet. I'm going to share some ideas on how to make regulars like Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches look cool. And by cool , I mean cool enough to eat!



Please note that prices may vary from location to location.

I stopped by my Taft, CA location to check the store out and I must admit it is looking very nice these days. The staff caught me staring at the produce section asking if I needed help I am sure they thought I was a little goofy. I mean seriously who stares at bananas taking pictures unless you are a Minion from Despicable Me.  As you can see from the picture below the produce is looking great! Fresh and the selection is looking good too.  I love how all the green bananas are on the right.



To snag my ingredients for the PB&J's I headed to get some Panner Peanut Butter and Bramley's Jelly. A regular old PB&J can be rather boring for kids. So I borrowed some sandwich cutters to enhance the appearance and see if it made a difference. I have no idea where to get these folks but I know they exist so you may want to do a google search to find them. My kids eat around crusts anyway so these are great for getting them inspired about what they are eating. Its pretty easy to use. Ok so the Tie Fighter PB & J version didn't turn out so hot but that turkey version turned out great. It seems the more intricate the sandwich cutter the harder it is to make it perfect. But I don't think the kiddos cared because they were just interested in what I was doing and checked the sandwiches out because they were something fun and new. I would say it was a win.


  • Gather your sandwich cutter. 
  • Make your sandwich. 
  • Place the sandwich cutter directly over your sandwich.
  • Press down, peel (or cut) away the crust and you have your fancy sandwich. 
If you are especially gifted you can attempt to carve out your own unique designs! Be creative!



You can use it to make just about any kind of sandwich art you desire. Seeing the honey on the shelf reminded me of old times as a kid when I made honey and PB sandwiches. YUM. You can even cut your cheese sticks to go along with your theme such as cheese lightsabers.  You could turn the Millenium Falcon sideways and make a face with raisins and cheese.




For a quick snack with items you might already have in the home. I took J. Higgs crackers and Panner Hazel Nutter to make a sandwich cookie. You can also switch it up using half Panner Peanut Butter & half Panner Hazel Nutter or even just the classic peanut butter. Reminds me of the days when I would take a chocolate bar and dip it into a jar of peanut butter. My kids love these crackers from J. Higgs. They would probably eat them with anything on top but especially so with the Hazel Nutter. You could do less Hazel Nutter and put a few of these in sandwich bags for a snack.




They have a great price on Coburn farms yogurt and their String Cheese is perfect for snacks.  Its a go to for my girls and they always eat cheese. I will often take Coburn yogurt, some juice and water mixed together to make a great smoothie if the girls don't feel like eating yogurt. And they sell these great Bio Salud! probiotic boosters that are great for adding to your smoothies.


The Kiggins Frosty Flakes were under $2 and taste great! 
If you are like my family your kids wake up hungry. Moms always have a ton of things going on and we can't always make fancy breakfasts. Save-A-Lot had some great choices for quick breakfasts from Kiggins Cereal, Morning Delight Toaster Pastries, Oatmeal and Grits.  And I did pick up the Chocolate Fudge  Morning Delight Toaster Pastries and they taste like brownies to me. Literally taste like brownies. And for $1.99 I am in love.



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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones Review

* I was provided a sample of Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones in order to provide a review of my honest opinions.

Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones  



In my quest to make sure my upcoming 16 hour drive with my two year old twins would go smoothly I sought out some trip tips. I discovered the most repeated advice was to make sure I take headphones. Headphones? Ear buds obviously don't work on a toddler, and I didn't have any "kids" gadgets at all. When I was offered the opportunity to sample the Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones I thought "What Perfect Timing!".  When I got to the order page I was stuck in between pink and purple. I have one twin that loves purple and figured  I would order that color because its so unique. I have a hard time finding tech gadgets in that color at all. So purple the color was, I ordered them and they arrived promptly.

She totally knew how to use them!

The trip was the first for me and the girls. I thought an ipad would help provide entertainment. And it did that was until Elmo promptly led one of the girls to throw up. She was carsick. And the video was not helping. She was cranky understandably but her sister was fussy. I was able to connect these headphones to a tablet and sick sister didn't even know that she was watching Elmo.

Super soft ear covers


I tried these on myself and they fit me. They are adjustable and fit from age 3+ so while they say kids, they will be able to grow into them without having to buy a new pair. The speakers have 40mm driver units so the sound quality is pretty decent. They don't go up too loud so you don' t have to worry about ear damage with these.  They are compatible with any 3.5 mm jack with a 1.2m cord.. I used it with my phone, pc and the ipad so I know they were plug and play with each of those devices. I have had headphones not recognized by devices before which basically rendered it useless but these worked on everything I tried them on.

These headphones are also available in the following colors shown:



Some Features:


  • Universal headphones designed specially with kids in mind - these plug into anything!
  • Compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP, LeapPad, Nintendo DS and all other electronic devices with a standard headphone jack
  • No more video game noises or phone notifications - these headphones provide peace and quiet for you, while your kids plug in and play
  • Thick, single-side cable that's prepared for heavy use and minimizes tangling
  • Tough, durable plastic construction - designed with kids in mind!

 You can pick these headphones up at HERE.


#KidsHeadphones

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pest Prevention Pop Quiz from Orkin plus Giveaway

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Back-to-school time is a great time to #LearnWithOrkin about pest prevention. Take the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz to find out if you know how to think like a pest!

Has everyone successfully handled Back to School this year? I know I had a wedding to attend 2 states away and the road was packed the entire time filled with traveling families. I can hear the collective sigh of relief once school was in session. But now its time for some #LearnWithOrkin and pest prevention.  You can win a Back-To-School Mom on the Go Prize Pack. I know that I am always on the go. Included in the prize pack is the following:

One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!
One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.
One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

Also take time to scroll down and check out a downloadable Protect Your Home Checklist! 


• Class is in session! Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

• Watch the “Bite Back at Mosquitoes” video, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with those pesky home invaders.

• Download the “Protect Your Home” Checklist for valuable tips on keeping pests at bay. 

At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.
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Are you Fit for Vampire Life?

I know we have all done it while watching the show. "I would have zigged left," or "I would have zagged right". Or "Why did they do that"!? Screaming at the screen during some of the scenes. But in real life do you think you are fit for Vampire Life?  Take the Quiz, tell me your results below and enter to win either The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season or The Originals The Complete Second Season (CHOSEN AT RANDOM).  Then scroll down to download the Viewing Party Eats recipes to satisfy friends and enemies pdf.

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How disappointing is that? I legitimately thought I could slay as a vampire. 


About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015 .
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About The Originals The Complete Second Season

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.
Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015
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