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Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe
Thank you to Hamilton Beach for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Just a handful of weeks ago I couldn’t wait for the kids to be back in school! I had been counting down the days until I had some peace and quiet around the house to get work done and to just have some quiet me time. Now though activities are kicking in as well as homework for the kids and the tons of travel I have done in the last five weeks with the family (Hello, three out of five weeks of living in close quarters.) and I just have been struggling to get back into the school year routine. That means I have been on the hunt to find things to make dinner time easier on me because scrambling for a good breakfast, ordering in or picking up carry out is just cutting way to into the budget and causing too much stress. As a Hamilton Beach ambassador I was so happy to receive the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in stainless steel. It’s been a lifesaver for breakfast and dinner! One of the favorite things I’ve been making is my Rice Cooker Mexican Rice recipe.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

Prior to this I have never owned a rice cooker but I had been looking to buy one. I had no idea what I had been missing out on!  The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is so unbelievably versatile a good rice cooker could be. The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker allows me to have hot cereals ready for breakfast when the family gets up. I’m also able to make a variety of rice, pasta and grains. What truly sets this rice cooker apart though is that it comes with a steamer basket. So while your cooking your rice, pasta or grains you can also steam vegetables, seafood and chicken. To take this rice and hot cereal cooker to the next level Hamilton Beach made sure to include both a delay start and warmer feature.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker frees up time for you. The rice cooker does all of the work for you to make meals a hit all while freeing you up to be able to pack lunches in the morning, help with homework after school or run kids around to activities and sports.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

My family loves Mexican food! We have it 1-2 times a week usually and one of my favorite sides to go with it is Mexican rice.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

It’s flavorful and packed with colorful veggies that add some extra nutrition for the family. It also makes a phenomenal base for rice bowls.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Rice
Serves 6
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414 calories
85 g
4 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
304g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 614mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 85g
28%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
45%
Vitamin C
68%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 c. of long grain white rice
  2. 3 - 4 c. chicken stock or broth
  3. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  6. 3/4 c. red bell pepper. diced
  7. 3/4 c. green bell pepper, diced
  8. 1/2 c. celery, diced
  9. 1/2 c. carrot, diced
  10. 1/2 c. Spanish onion, diced
  11. 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain your measured rice in the rice strainer/steamer basket.
  2. Pour rice into the pot of the rice cooker.
  3. Pour in enough chicken broth/stock to reach the mark for 3 cups of liquid.
  4. Stir in the pepper, salt and garlic paste.
  5. In the steamer basket of your rice cooker place all of the veggies and place over the rice pot.
  6. Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn the rice cooker on and press the white rice button.
  7. Allow the rice to cook through the white rice cycle.
  8. Once done pour the veggies from the steam basket into the rice pot and stir together.
  9. transfer the Mexican rice to a serving bowl and sprinkle the cilantro on top and serve.
Notes
  1. If you can't find a Spanish onion use a yellow onion instead.
  2. If you do not have garlic paste on hand use minced or pressed garlic.
  3. If you would like to substitute brown rice you can. Just use the brown rice settings and adjust liquid if needed according to your manual.
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FX New Show Better Things Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
FX New Show Better Things & Giveaway

 

Mom life can be fun, it can be loving, it can be chaotic and at times downright scary! Most television shows make being a mom seem glamorous and easy. Everything gets wrapped up in a pretty little package in one episode or some take daily drama and drag it out into the realm of unreality. There are very few shows that come across with all of the ups and downs, highs and lows that you get every single day as a mom. The new FX show Better Things is different though, it takes a look at the reality of mom life.

FX New Show Better Things & Giveaway

The new show Better Things is a new comedy series on FX co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. It stars Pamela Adlon as “Sam Fox,” a single, working actor with no filter trying to raise her three daughters – “Max” (Mikey Madison), “Frankie” (Hannah Alligood) and “Duke” (Olivia Edward) – in Los Angeles. She is mom, dad, referee and the cops. Sam also watches out for her mother, “Phil” (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate, who lives across the street. Sam’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.

FX New Show Better Things & Giveaway

As someone who has been a teen mom, single mom and married mom, I love finding a show that takes you through the whole gamut of mom life. I know in my experience as a mom I can relate to a lot of the clips from the show. Come on who here has dealt awkward conversations with your kid, or needed to find a way to vent or just couldn’t figure out when those lines and wrinkles popped up and wondered if it was somehow due to the kids?

FX New Show Better Things & Giveaway

You can catch Better Things Thursday nights on FX!

FX New Show Better Things & Giveaway

To help me and one of my readers navigate mom life FX Network and Better Things have sent me a mom survival pack and another one to giveaway!

FX New Show Better Things & Giveaway

The Mom Survival Pack contains:

• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Baggu Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints

For your chance to win this fabulous prize pack I want you to take a peek at some of the Better Things clips and tell me in a comment below your favorite mom story. It can be about you as a mom, your mom or another mom you know. The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on October 7, 2016 and a winner chosen after that. Good luck!

Giveaway is now closed and the winner has been selected.

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Malt-O-Meal® Cereals Makes School Mornings Tasty, Easy, Affordable

by Jennifer Wieland
Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious


 

School mornings are rough for many of us. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-at-home or work outside of the house parent it’s difficult getting the entire family up, moving and out the door with different personalities at play. That’s why I love grabbing Malt-O-Meal® cereals. Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family!

Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious

My oldest son and I are usually the first ones up in the morning. He is trying to get up and ready and out the door for work while I am trying to roll the other kids and my husband up out of bed. Sounds easy enough but we have learning centers in my area and that means we have staggered start times for the schools. My 12 year-old has to be up first for his bus at 7:05. So once he’s dressed he gets a bowl of his favorite Malt-O-Meal® cereal to start eating while I go and wake up my 7 year-old. Her bus arrives at 7:33. As she comes down for breakfast and my 12 year-old is leaving for the bus I’m left dashing back upstairs to wake my 9 year-old and husband. My 9 year-old has a bus that comes at 7:54 and my husband has to be dropped off at the train station a half mile from us by 7:50. To say our mornings are a long, drawn-out affair is an understatement!

Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious

Malt-O-Meal® cereals are a life saver for our family! Malt-O-Meal® makes 34 different varieties of cereal! With that many varieties each of my family members can always find just what they want at a price I love. My oldest has been a fan of the Cinnamon Toasters for a long time now. For me, Malt-O-Meal® keeps my shopping budget on track with great prices! Pair that with this valuable coupon and you can’t beat the price! My other reason for loving Malt-O-Meal® is that with their resealable bags there’s never any waste. This ensures that each and every time we are rushing around on busy mornings that my family is getting a fresh bowl of cereal. No stale stuff for my group!

 

 

 


Earn Double Box Tops with Walmart Back to School Shopping

by Jennifer Wieland
Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

 
 Back to school shopping isn’t just about getting your kid the coolest backpack, supplies to fill their desks or the perfect outfit. It’s also about getting the teacher what they need for the classroom for the year. Right now you can earn high marks from your kid’s teacher and school with classroom school supplies while you earn double Box Tops for Education!

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Every year I get a school supply list for each of my kid’s classrooms. Boxes of Kleenex are always listed as a required school supply and often times paper towels can found on the school supply lists for the younger kids. Having both volunteered and worked for our local school district I know how important those boxes of Kleenex are to have on hand. When seasons change and allergies kick in lots of little noses get runny. When cold season hits boxes of Kleenex need to be on hand to help with runny, stuffy noses and to cover coughs and sneezes. In the classrooms for the little kids in our district paper towels go a long way in helping to keep rooms tidy and clean.

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Even if your school doesn’t ask for these supplies you can make mornings less hectic by keeping bathrooms stocked at home with Scott toilet paper. I’ve learned from experience that having a large family and only two bathrooms in the house if there is any delay in bathroom timing in the morning it can throw off everyone’s morning schedule.

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Earn Double Box Tops for Education for Your School

Currently at Walmart select Kleenex, Scott and Viva bundles earn double Box Tops for Education on them!

  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – 4 Pack, 85 Sheets
  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – Finding Dory – 3 Pack, 210 Sheets
  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – Captain America – 3 pack, 160 Sheets
  • Scott 1000 – 20 Rolls
  • Scott Extra Soft Double Roll – 30 Rolls
  • Viva Vantage Big Roll – 6 Rolls


 

Does your school collect Box Tops for Educations? If so, do you collect them at home and turn them in?

 

 


My Family is Angry for Savings with Walmart Family Mobile

by Jennifer Wieland
My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #AngryForSavings #CollectiveBias

 

Trying to save money while keeping my family outfitted in top tech devices and services used to be one tough job. A few years ago though I discovered Walmart Family Mobile and got more bang for my buck with their plans and devices. Their plans are unlike anything else out there and my favorite one is their newest plan!

The Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan is full of everything you need from your phone service and an added bonus! That’s right, you get not only Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to a whopping 10GB of 4G LTE but you also get a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line and all of this comes in at only $49.88 a month.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

To get in on this all you need to do is pick your phone out at your local Walmart store. I bought the Coolpad Catalyst for my son and it was only $59.88! Then just grab the starter kit while you’re there as well (It’s on rollback for only $19.88) and you are all ready to get started. They have phones in every price range so there is something for everyone!

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

Coolpad Catalyst- $59.88 & starter kit is on rollback for $19.88 (from $25)

One of my favorite things about Walmart Family Mobile plans is that you can start service on ANY plan today for $19.88! Walmart Family Mobile is great because they bill you after your monthly usage, not before like so many other carriers out there.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

With all of the data you get in the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan you will have no problems surfing the web, catching imaginary animals in the hottest app or posting your best selfie to your social media channels.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

This month my family plans to grab The Angry Birds Movie for a fun family night. To make watching it even more fun though I’ve come up with a fun activity game to turn us into Angry Gamers during the movie. You can print off your own copy for your family to play along too and be sure to snap lots of silly pics and catch some of the antics on video too.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

Walmart Family Mobile will be having a fun event at stores across the country. Check here to find an in-store event near you to meet with a Walmart Family Mobile rep. This event will have a code that you can scan to receive a free power up for the Endless Runner Game on the Angry Birds Action! app. While you’re there at the store you can also Scan the Angry Birds code on the displays to unlock a selfie augmented reality experience with the Hatchlings. How FUN!

 

What movies would you use your monthly VUDU credit on?

 

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/4q-u1 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

 

 


Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October

by Jennifer Wieland
Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

 

I know summer is winding down and most of us are in back-to-school mode. Just because the summer is winding down though doesn’t mean there’s not still a chance to fit in a fall San Diego beach family vacation. Plus, I’m going to share with you how to stretch your dollar farther with five ways to save big in San Diego with kids.

Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

San Diego is a great family vacation destination! I know when I went with my family growing up that it was one of our all time favorite trips. From the beautiful sites, great weather, the ocean and other family fun activities we all found so many things to enjoy. Now, after a trip I went on to San Diego last year for the blog I realized once again how much I love it there and want to take the kids there to enjoy too.

Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October! #KidsFreeSD #adHit the Beach

You can’t go to San Diego and not hit visit th beach! The beach is a great way to relax, unwind and have some fun with the family all while being completely free! If your like me then free is definitely in your budget! Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October! #KidsFreeSD #ad

Museum Free Days

The San Diego Museum Council invites kids to explore San Diego’s diverse museums – for Free! From October 1-31, children ages 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult (limit 2) at more than 40 museums! Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Free Kids Admission at Sea World & the San Diego Zoo in October

Two of San Diego’s most popular family attractions just get better this October!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Sea World – Kids FREE Single-Day Admission, Kids FREE Dolphin & Beluga Interaction Programs, Kids Eat for FREE at Breakfast & Dine With Shamu — SeaWorld San Diego only Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

San Diego Zoo – Maximum 10 children free per each supervising adult at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Valid for children 11 and under. Coupon not required for free kids entry. Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Travel a Scenic Route via Amtrak Train

Kids love trains and this October Amtrak is making it easy to see the sites in San Diego with free kids fares.On the Pacific Surfliner, one child ages 2-12 rides free with each adult rail fare purchased for travel to and from Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown station. You can travel from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. On the train, your family can relax, enjoy the views and have a bite. And with free Wi-Fi®, connect your mobile device and get the latest Kids Free offers.

Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Stay at a Hotel or Resort Where Kids Eat Free

Food expenses are often one of the costliest components to a vacation. Being able to cut out some costs with hotels that offer kids eat free options is a great way to save money on food and have more funds to use on sightseeing and souvenirs.

Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Visit the SanDiego.org website and learn all you need to know to plan the perfect San Diego beach family vacation for your family this October!

 

 

 


Getting Geared Up for Back to School with Groupon

by Jennifer Wieland
Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad
Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August! This summer seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Now though comes the mad dash to get the kids geared up for the best back to school ever! Luckily, you can find phenomenal deals for getting geared up for back to school with Groupon!

That’s right! Groupon is not just your go to spot for great local and travel deals. You can also shop their Groupon Goods and find fabulous deals to use in your everyday life and have them shipped right to your door. That eliminates having to hit the mall and battle all of the other frantic parents trying to gear up their kids as well.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

If you are trying to find just what your college kid needs to have the best dorm life experience while moving from home for the first time all while keeping costs down then check out Groupon and search up the keyword dorm.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

Looking for the perfect for your headphones and tech toys for your teenager to make surviving the school bus ride to and from school more tolerable then head to Groupon and search technology or headphones. Another great find for your high school age child is class rings for your senior.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

Find the absolutely coolest school supplies or lunch boxes to make your elementary age kids the cool kids in class. Just search for school supplies or lunch boxes to find just what you need.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

Groupon is also your one stop shop for all of the awesome teachers trying to get their classrooms ready. You can find all kinds of amazing deals to make sure you have just what you need to make your classes year a success!

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

To find out about specials and coupon codes from Groupon be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to make their already great deals even better!

 

 

 


Eight Great Pre-Wedding Health Tips

by Jennifer Wieland
Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation

 

Pre-Wedding Health Tips

If you’re about to get married or you’re playing a big role in your loved ones’ wedding, slimming down might be on your to do list. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the big day.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation
 

Start Well In Advance

If you’d like to lose 10 pounds or more, that weight will take more than a few weeks to come off. It’s not realistic to have a goal to drop 30 pounds in two months, so start as far in advance as you can. Slow, steady weight loss is your best option for staying sane and keeping the weight off for the long run. Fad diets might work to quickly drop a few pounds, but you’re likely to feel miserable and gain all the weight back as soon as you stop dieting. For sustainable weight loss, start changing your habits several months before the wedding.
 

Drink Water Before Each Meal

The trick to glowing skin and a healthy digestive system is hydration. It can be hard to get the recommended eight glasses of water per day, so consider purchasing a “timer bottle.” This type of water bottle is marked with each hour of the day to remind you to pause every so often to take a sip. You should aim for at least two liters of water intake per day. Try drinking 500 mL of water upon waking to rev up your metabolism, and also drink a glass of water before each meal. This will help you feel full and prevent overeating.
 

Find Healthy Alternatives

When you’re preparing for a wedding, high fat foods like mayonnaise and salad dressing should be avoided. However, if a salad is only tolerable with a big dose of dressing, there’s no need to give up what you love. Hampton Creek offers a line of sustainably produced, guilt-free eggless mayo and salad dressing, so you can still enjoy added flavor on salads and sandwiches.
 

Snack on Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Combined with long hours at work, your immune system can quickly tank if you don’t take care of yourself. To keep your immune system working to the best of its ability, snack on foods rich in Vitamin C, like strawberries. For even more Vitamin C and other nutrients, you can make a green smoothie for breakfast a few times a week to give you the energy you need to get you through the potentially stressful months to come.
 

Cut Down on Sugary Drinks

If you love going to your favorite coffee shop for a sugary concoction every morning, now is the perfect time to start cutting down. Drinking your calories is one of the most common ways of getting excess calories that your body doesn’t need, and too much sugar is also unhealthy. Alcoholic beverages are a big source of sugar, so try to cut down on these as well. Sugary drinks like cocktails can leave you feeling bloated, so especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding, stick to water or sugar-free tea.
 

Get Plenty of Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in giving your skin a healthy glow. Two to three times per week, incorporate fish like salmon and tilapia into your meal plans. Some fish, like swordfish and mackerel, are high in mercury. It’s best to avoid those types of fish.
 

Get Your Rest

Don’t let wedding planning consume your life. Although this is likely to be an exciting and stressful time, try not to let planning every single detail take priority over important matters like adequate sleep. Wedding planning takes a lot of time and energy, but you should prioritize self-care and not get too caught up in the details.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation
 

Conclusion

Preparing for a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. It can simultaneously be the happiest time of your life, and the most stress inducing. If you’d like to start changing your habits to shed a few pounds before the big day, make sure to drink enough water, stock up on vitamin rich foods like berries and salmon, and seek out healthy alternatives to high fat foods. Remember to set realistic, reachable goals so you aren’t tempted to try a fad diet in order to quickly drop the weight. No matter what, prioritize your beauty sleep and try to enjoy the experience instead of getting overwhelmed.
  
  

 

 


Chicago Open Air Festival – Music, Craft Beer, Gourmet Man Food

by Jennifer Wieland
#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad
Thank you to Chicago Open Air for sponsoring today’s post!

#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad

Summer is a time for getting outside, enjoying beautiful weather and having fun! This weekend the first ever Chicago Open Air Festival will be taking place at Toyota Park. This is a music festival that sets itself apart from the rest by combining rocking music with craft beer and gourmet man food!

Chicago Open Air Festival Basics

Chicago Open Air will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands. The festival will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by Jose Mangin from SiriusXM.

Who’s Going to be on Stage?

Chicago Open Air has a spectacular music lineup ready to go for the three-day music festival! The festival will take place July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. Rammstein will kick off the festival weekend with a headlining performance on Friday—the group’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012. Saturday will be headlined by Chicago’s own Disturbed, who have recently returned from a 4-year hiatus. Global rock juggernauts Slipknot will close out Chicago Open Air on Sunday.

Disturbed says, “It is long overdue that one of the greatest rock cities in the world has a festival of its own. We are honored and excited to be one of the headliners at the inaugural Open Air festival in our hometown of Chicago.”

Chicago Open Air will feature performances by over 40 bands, including Rammstein, Disturbed, Slipknot, Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men, and many more.

#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad

What is Gourmet Man Food?

Gourmet Man Food from top Chicago restaurants and food trucks will be on hand to tempt festival goers with their delicious creations! The food selections these restaurants and trucks are going to be offering is enough to keep any music fan rocking out all weekend long!

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Chicago Open Air will feature selections from Chicago-area favorites such as:

  • Bruges Brothers (Braised Oxtail Poutine, Currywurst, Comeback Fish and Chips)
  • Chicago Doghouse (Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage, Smoked Alligator Sausage, The Midway Monster Hot Dog)
  • Crème Of The Crop Food Truck (Grown Up Mac & Cheese, Strawberry Chicken Wrap, Tater Skins)
  • Dia De Los Tamales (Cuban Tamale, Spicy Black Bean and Corn Tamale, The Chicago Beef)
  • Dinky’s Donuts (Salted Caramel and Cocoa, Gingerbread, Powdered sugar, Cinnamon, Ancho Mamma’s Chile, Dinky’s “bruschetta”: a savory blend of Italian herbs and spices.)
  • International Spud Station (The Spudnik, Apollo-Mash, Nebula Chips)
  • Kuma’s Corner (Led Zeppelin Burger, Iron Maiden Burger)
  • Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish)
  • The Happy Lobster (Happy Lobster Roll, The Angry Lobster Roll, Fried Lobster Mac And Cheese Bites)
  • Yum Dum (Kimcheesy Fries, Braised Pork Belly Baos).

Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include:

  • Cheeze Louise (Salmon Grilled Cheese Melt or Bowl, Meat Lover’s Grilled Cheese, Fried Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl)
  • Cravin’ Cajun (Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy, Gator Critter Fritters, The Soft Shell Crab Sandwich)
  • Master of Patties (The Brekky Burger, The Muffaletta Burger, The Beef Wellington)
  • Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza (Your choice of Pie Baby signature pizzas: Cheese Baby/Pep Baby/Meat Baby, Meatball Sub, Freshly prepared house salads)

Drinks Anyone?

Since music festivals are long and outdoors during the sunny days of the year it’s important to be able to grab some drinks on hand. Whether you are looking to stay hydrated, need pick me up to keeping going all weekend long or are looking for an adult beverage to loosen you up you will be able to find just what you’re looking for at Chicago Open Air.

#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad

  • Headbangers Beer Hall

    This unique METAL themed bar is a 100×80 dive bar experience complete with Marshall amplifiers lining the back wall, a unique jukebox playing heavy metal music, rocker pinball machines, Chicago favorite Kuma’s Corner serving their signature metal themed burgers just next door, and more that will give fans a dark, heavy metal, craft beer and cocktail experience all on site at Chicago Open Air. The Headbangers Beer Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago — 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago — Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s TROOPER Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA — IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Surly (Minneapolis — Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago — seasonals TBA), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend with members of bands at the bar, as well as former MTV Headbangers Ball host and Cathouse founder Riki Rachtman playing some of his favorite songs and guest bartending during the weekend.

  • Monster Energy Experience/Sampling

    Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.
    Facebook: facebook.com/monsterenergy
    #monsterenergy #monstermusic

  • Jack Daniel’s Experience

    “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Visitors get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. The Jack Daniel’s Experience is open to all fans, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Experience for interactive engagements throughout the weekend.
    Facebook: facebook.com/jackdaniels
    Instagram: @jackdaniels_us
    #jackdaniels #BornToMakeWhiskey

#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad

Looking for Even More to Do?

  • The Music Experience

    The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. The Music Experience has autograph signings and artist interactions throughout the day. Check Facebook and Instagram for the latest info on who will be hanging out at The Music Experience.
    Facebook: facebook.com/themusicexp
    Instagram: @tmexp

  • Keep Golf Metal

    Keep Golf Metal is a movement that encourages festival attendees to play a 9 hole putt putt course with PGA level golf clubs provided by Rife Putters and MasterFit Custom Golf Clubs. Keep Golf Metal also has apparel that features designs that fuse the rock and golf worlds together.

  • f.y.e. Fan Experience

    f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music — and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performers. Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions.
    Facebook: facebook.com/FYE
    Instagram: @officalFYEmusic
    #unitedstatesofFYE

  • Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer

    The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. The Dyin 2 Live wish granting program looks to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage into their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. The hope is that it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
    www.FxckCancer.org
    www.makingdreamshappen.org
    www.Dyin2Live.org
    Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDREAMS or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA
    Instagram: @FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams

  • Take Me Home Animal Rescue

    Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. Many families living in low-income areas cannot afford medical care, basic vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgeries for their companion animals. The donations raised help us to fund mobile veterinary hospitals to travel into these under-served areas to provide free spay and neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and administer medical care for animals in desperate need. Take Me Home also supports local animal charities. Come by the booth to help out our furry friends by buying a shirt, signed merchandise, and entering a raffle. Danny Wimmer, Founder, DWP, said, “DWP is proud to support various charities, giving them a national platform to promote their messages. We are particularly fond of Take Me Home, which advocates for animal adoption. I hope everyone stops by their booth and supports their fundraising efforts to help animals in need.” For more information, please visit: www.takemehome.tv.

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Grab your tickets at the Chicago Open Air Festival website!

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show ends at 11:30 PM on Friday, 11:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 PM on Sunday.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com or visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to check out all of the fun!

 

 


Sam’s Club New Mom’s Dad’s Club Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
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Thanks to Sam’s Club and IncrediBundles for sponsoring today’s post.

 

Shopping used to be so much fun for me! Getting out and treating myself to things I wanted when I wanted them. Then I became a mom and a budget and great deals and to many shopping trips became my daily life. I’ve been a Sam’s Club member for years now because I can always find great deals in large quantities that my family needs. Whether it was great prices on diapers and baby wipes when they were younger or stocking up on their favorite snacks, picking up a new outfit, great toy or brand new book I find my mom shopping life easier thanks to Sam’s Club. Even better they have a new way to make mom and dad’s lives even better with the new Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club, an exclusive online destination where parents can learn more, save more and win more!

 

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Do you know how Sam’s Club can help you save time and money so that you can focus on what matters most – your family!

  • Save on National Brands – Sam’s Club gives you the best prices on the items you need from the brands you know 
  • Save with the Exclusive Members’ Mark Brand – With over 400 Members’ Mark products – the brand exclusive to Sam’s Club – you save even more and still enjoy national brand quality!  
  • Save through Sam’s Club Services – Whether you need a new pair of glasses or are in the market for a new car, Sam’s Club offers a wide range of services to help members get the most for their money.
  • Save Time with Club Pickup – Need to shop but want to skip the hassle?  Learn all about Club Pickup! Order online and your items will be brought to you at the Club Pickup kiosk inside select locations or at one of Sam’s Club’s select Curbside or Drive-Thru locations.
  • Save Time with Easy Reorder – Easy Reorder tools at Sam’s Club allow you to select from a list of the items you usually order, so you don’t have to order from scratch each time you shop.  Many items are available for free shipping or subscriptions.

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Sam’s Club Moms & Dads Club

Sam’s Club has taken their commitment to parents one step further with the Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club!  Become a member of this online destination and get access to exclusive content, offers and rewards that will make your job as a parent easier.

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As a Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club Member you will:

  • Get Exclusive Offers – Sam’s Club Mom’s and Dad’s Club registered members receive exclusive discounts, offers, samples and more!  
  • Get Tips & Ideas – Mom’s and Dad’s Club provides product tips and suggestions based on your membership profile as the parent of an infant, toddler, preschooler or elementary aged child.  As a member you’ll also get great ideas to turn every day products into family fun! (Check out refreshing #lifehacks)
  • Get the Chance To Win – Mom’s and Dad’s Club members have special access to prizes, sweepstakes and giveaways 

Sign up to become a Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club Member today for free with your Sam’s Club membership!

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Enter the Fun with Mom Bundle or Fun With Dad Bundle Giveaway Right Now!

Are you a mom or dad trying to keep your little one happy and busy this summer? Enter to win a Fun With Mom or Fun With Dad Bundle from IncrediBundles.com!  Each of these amazing bundles features a premium diaper bag and a $100 gift card to IncrediBundles.com!

If you win, you will choose between the premium DadGear Diaper Backpack or the sleek and versatile SkipHop Versa Diaper Bag.  Each bag is bundled with a $100 gift card to IncrediBundles.com. Shop their carefully curated selection of toys, books and products for children.

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What Might You Buy With Your Gift Card?

Buying for children can be overwhelming with so much to choose from!  Here are some of our recommendations:

Infants Under 1

  • Bright stim toys that clip to strollers and carseats and feature a variety of textures for exploring little hands
  • Teethers and rattles made from natural materials and colored with food-grade dyes
  • Loads of books for baby, especially sturdy board books with touch-and-feel panels, bright illustrations and simple stories.  

1 & 2 Year Olds

  • Stock up on toys that allow for open-ended play like balls and blocks
  • Toddler-friendly musical instruments like bells, shakers and simple drums
  • Lots and lots of books, especially those with repetition and rhyme, basic stories and friendly illustrations

Preschoolers

  • Games that allow children to learn as they play
  • Craft kits that exercise a child’s fine motor skills and creativity
  • Toys that encourage hours of happy pretend-play
  • Award-winning books with endearing characters and meaningful stories that children will want to hear again and again. 

 


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