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Decadent S’mores Truffle Bars

by Jennifer Wieland
Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGSeason #BigLots #CollectiveBias

 

S’mores are a summer and fall staple treat in our house. The crunch of the graham crackers, the gooey roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate make for a simple and yet delicious fireside treat.What do you do though when it’s to cold to sit outside and make s’mores around a campfire or fire pit? Why you make these deliciously, decadent S’mores Truffle Bars of course!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

These S’mores Truffle Bars take a simple childhood treat and elevate them to an adult bit of heaven! To make them though you need to get all of the ingredients. For that, I like to head to Big Lots. Big Lots is one of my favorite places to do some damage to my bank account!

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

While I do love Big Lots for all of the housewares, health & beauty, furniture and seasonal items they carry, it’s always the grocery department that has me coming back again and again. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

 

If you aren’t familiar with Big Lots grocery section then let me tell you a bit about why I love it! For a baker like me they carry all of the staples and brands including a huge selection of Bob’s Red Mill products  I need to make my tasty treats and wow family and friends. Styles and assortment vary by store.

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

Big Lots always has a great selection of holiday and seasonal food items. Food items that are sure to make any celebration you throw a hit. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

That’s not all though, Big Lots has the best selection of foods from around the world in my area. I always head there when I am looking for European, Hispanic and Italian foods that my regular grocery store doesn’t stock. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

The last time I went I was able to pick up the ingredients to make my Decadent S’mores Truffle Bars recipe. This dessert is so good that you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Am I the only one that thinks crushing stuff by hand is so much better than using a food processor? Oh, the blessed stress relief!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Brown sugar, cinnamon, crushed graham crackers and melted butter create the crust.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

I prefer to use brown sugar and cinnamon over regular sugar in my graham cracker crusts because it gives it a better flavor in my opinion.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

The truffle center is so easy you will not even believe it! Some semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk are all you need.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

To make it even simpler you can melt the truffle mixture in the microwave.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

No s’mores treat would be complete without gooey, toasted marshmallows. 

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Once everything has time to set you get three, delicious layers of YUM!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Slice the bars into 16 2″ squares and prepare to WOW those lucky people in your life you chose to share them with!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

These S’mores Truffle Bars even make a great gift! Just pick up some holiday food packaging items at Big Lots

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars
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4119 calories
594 g
261 g
204 g
44 g
119 g
958 g
1040 g
479 g
3 g
75 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
958g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4119
Calories from Fat 1764
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 204g
314%
Saturated Fat 119g
593%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 63g
Cholesterol 261mg
87%
Sodium 1040mg
43%
Total Carbohydrates 594g
198%
Dietary Fiber 24g
98%
Sugars 479g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
89%
Iron
93%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the crust
  1. 1 1/2 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs, ground or crushed
  2. 1/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
  3. 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
For the truffle filling
  1. 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 3/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  1. 2 c. mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line an 8" x 8" or 9" x 9" pan with parchment paper so that you have an overhang of a few inches on two sides. This will help with removing the dessert from the pan later. Spray the sides of the pan and the parchment paper with baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. Using a fork or your hands combine all of the ingredients. Everything should be coated in butter and damp.
  3. Pour the graham cracker mix into the prepared pan. Press firmly into place. The bottom of a glass should help to make this easier. Bake for seven minutes. Do not over bake! Cool completely.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds. Stir the mixture. If not completely melted microwave again on 50% for another 30 seconds. Do this until you can stir it and everything is melted and smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Top with the marshmallows.
  6. Place under the broiler until the marshmallows are browned and toasted. Watch this carefully so they do not burn.
  7. Let the dessert set for a few hours so that the chocolate layer can firm up. Cut into 16 2" squares and serve.
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Kleenex® – Caring is Not Sharing Germs This Winter

by Jennifer Wieland
This winter show your family and friends that caring is not sharing germs with Kleenex. #SpreadKleenexCare

 

Everyone knows that with winter making its way into our lives that it also means that cold and flu season are upon us. To show my family and guests just how much I care about them and how I want to keep them healthy this winter I have to stock up on supplies. With three of my kids in different elementary schools, my oldest son working retail at a very busy downtown store and my husband trapped in the recycled air, cubicle land of a skyscraper my home and family are inundated with germs on a daily basis. So I have to be prepared to act at the first sign of sniffles. Thanks Kleenex® for always having our noses covered. 

This winter show your family and friends that caring is not sharing germs with Kleenex. #SpreadKleenexCare

Kleenex® is the first thing on my list every year. I make sure I have a stockpile on hand for not only my house but for backpacks, coat pockets, classrooms, offices and the car. Some people may think it overkill but have you ever seen a child with a nose that resembles a faucet? Seriously, it’s a scary sight to behold in your rear view mirror while driving. 

This winter show your family and friends that caring is not sharing germs with Kleenex. #SpreadKleenexCare

Thanks heavens Kleenex® and Sam’s Club make it easy for me to be ready. I’ve already hit Sam’s Club and grabbed the Kleenex® Winter Pack. This pack includes 8 tissue boxes of Kleenex® Lotion, plus 3 tissue boxes of Kleenex® Perfect Fit® Winter Designs. These tissues will supply all the strength and  comforting softness your nose will need this winter. Kleenex® Lotion facial tissues feature 3-ply construction for thickness and absorbency, and Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for a soothing touch to delicate skin. Kleenex® Perfect Fit® tissues feature 2-ply quality, an upright box that is the right size for small spaces and winter designs to brighten your home. Now you can treat your family’s sniffles and sneezes this season with the softness of Kleenex® tissues.

 

 


Pork Tamale Bites a Perfect Holiday Appetizer

by Jennifer Wieland
Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias 

Tamales are something that I always associate with the holidays. My grandma and great-aunt would each have tamales made at their houses for Christmas. We would visit both of them over the holidays and get our fill. It wasn’t until my grandma passed away that I realized I never asked her to teach me how to make them. Thankfully, her sister was more than willing to teach me how to make them. It involved a lot of her going you add this much of this and that much of that. Handfuls of things since she’d been making them for decades. I’ve now got it down pat though and at some point during the holidays I will hold a tamale making party and my family comes over. We cook, eat, drink, talk and just have a really great time hanging out with each other. At the end of the party everyone leaves with tamales to eat or freeze. To cut out all of that though I came up with these bite size variations, Pork Tamale Bites a perfect holiday appetizer..

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

 

To get the ball rolling on this appetizer I headed to my local Pete’s Fresh Market and picked up everything I would need to make the Pork Tamale Bites. I was able to get everything from the produce and meat to the canned La Morena Jalapeños and Maseca® Corn Flour.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

 

The first thing that you need to do to make these Pork Tamale Bites is to cook the pork.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Once the pork has reached the point of falling apart you will need to shred it with two forks. This can be done well ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or frozen.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now, you can make the sauce for the pork. This is easy to do in your blender or food processor. Just blend until smooth. Once again, this can be done ahead of time.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Add the sauce to your meat and stir to coat.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Next up, it’s time to make the tamale masa. This is so easy to do and just takes a few minutes. When it’s done it should look like thick pancake batter.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Press the tamale masa into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Add your meat in the sauce to the masa cavities.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

When the cooking is almost complete sprinkle on some cheese and finish baking.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Let the cooked Pork Tamale Bites cool for about five minutes. Use a butter knife around the edge of the Pork Tamale Bites to loosen and then remove them from the pan.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now you can plate, serve and wow your guests!

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now, snag your copy of the recipe and delight your guests with some amazing appetizers!

Pork Tamale Bites
Serves 12
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165 calories
8 g
36 g
9 g
12 g
3 g
150 g
388 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
150g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 388mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
11%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the meat
  1. 1 lb. pork chops
  2. 1 small Spanish onion, quartered
  3. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1 14 oz. can vegetable broth
For the sauce
  1. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce seasoned with onion, garlic & cilantro
  2. 3 pickled jalapeno peppers, La Morena brand
  3. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp. Mexican oregano
  5. 1/8 tsp. cumin
For the tamale masa
  1. 2/3 c. masa (I use Maseca brand)
  2. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1/4 c. lard or vegetable shortening
  5. 5-6 oz. warm water
To assemble
  1. 1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend
For the meat
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the meat portion in a pot and simmer covered until so tender it falls apart or can easily be shredded with forks.
For the sauce
  1. In a blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until smooth.
For the tamale masa
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the masa, baking powder, salt and 5 oz. of the water. Stir to combine. Thoroughly stir in the lard. Add the rest of the water if needed.
To assemble
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and press the prepared tamale masa (about 1 1/2 tsp.) into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan. Fill the tamale masa cups with meat and sauce mix. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife around the edges to loosen and then remove from pan and plate.
Notes
  1. You can serve with a dollop of sour cream on the top.
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 For more tasty recipe ideas be sure to visit the La Morena website!

 


Mexican Honey Puff Mix in a Gift Basket

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

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

 

Holiday season is finally upon us and that means it’s time to figure out everyone you need gifts and hope that your list won’t break the bank. One way to do that is to make some of the gifts you give. It not only saves money but also lends a personal touch and thoughtfulness to the gift  itself. I personally love to make food gift baskets for friends and family. It’s a great way to share my favorite foods like Don Victor Honey and a new recipe that they may never have tried before. Throw in little extras like a mixing bowl instead of a basket and cooking tools or other kitchen items and you have a very lovely gift. Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This year I am on a bit of a honey kick. I have always shied away from it before but I’m finally embracing it and all the amazing things you can do with it. Not only is it tasty it’s also a hidden gem in your beauty routine too. My favorite brand that I found at Walmart in the Hispanic food aisle is Don Victor Honey. I love that it’s a raw, filtered honey that is not heated or processed in any other way. I’m also fascinated by the fact that Don Victor Honey contains part of the honeycomb in every jar. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

I don’t know if you knew this or not, because it was new to me but you can actually eat the honeycomb. Cut off a little piece and serve it on warm biscuits, toasts, french toast or pancakes for a delightful breakfast treat. The honeycomb does not melt but it will become soft and aromatic. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Since honey is a new fascination of mine I decided to start making up some gift baskets focused on a recipe that can be made to showcase honey. I created a lovely Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) gift basket. It has a jar of Mexican Honey Puffs mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey along with some tools to make the recipe along with a recipe card on how to make them. 
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puff Mix (Sopapillas)
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968 calories
208 g
0 g
2 g
26 g
0 g
279 g
2372 g
13 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
279g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 968
Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2372mg
99%
Total Carbohydrates 208g
69%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
47%
Iron
21%
* 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. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients layer by layer into a glass jar. Seal the jar. Add recipe card to the jar and gift.
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Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) Gift Basket

1 jar of Sopapilla mix

1 jar of Don Victor Honey

1 container of cinnamon sugar

Sopapillas (Mexican Honey Puffs) recipe card printed out on colorful card stock paper

Large mixing bowl

Napkin or dish towel

Shredded tissue paper

Kitchen tools

Cellophane or shrink-wrap

Ribbon or bow

Instructions

  1. Inside the large mixing bowl place the opened towel or napkin and arrange it to your liking so it hangs over the sides of the bowl.
  2. On top of the cloth place the shredded tissue paper. 
  3. Arrange the kitchen tools to your liking along the back and sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the containers of mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey and arrange until positioned nicely.
  5. Add the recipe card to the front so it is clearly visible.
  6. wrap the “basket” in cellophane or shrink-wrap and decorate with a ribbon or bow.

For recipes and more information on Don Victor Honey head on over to their website and Facebook page. 

 

Do you have any favorite homemade gifts you like to share with family and friends during the holidays?

 


Never Run Out Again with Scott

by Jennifer Wieland
Never Run Out with Scott 1000 and Sam's Club. #get100extra

 
 

Have you ever had one of those moments? That time when you needed something. Something you always have on hand and just plain old forgot to restock in your house the last time you went shopping? I know I have but toilet paper is never one of those things with Scott.

Never Run Out with Scott 1000 and Sam's Club. #get100extra

The worst thing I know I have ever ran out of was diapers. I know how do you run out of those, right? It’s simple really. You have three kids in diapers and pull-ups and are sleep deprived. Talk about having to get creative in a hurry! (Goodbye long sleeved t-shirt, your sacrifice was not in vain.)

Now that my family is fully toilet trained <says a thanks you prayer> I don’t have to worry about that, but I do have to worry about toilet paper. Scott makes that a breeze for my large family.

Never Run Out with Scott 1000 and Sam's Club. #get100extra

With my very full house we can go through one of those skimpy little rolls of paper in as quick as half a day. That’s why I like to head to my local Sam’s Club and grab the Scott 1000 36 roll pack. With 1000 sheets per roll our toilet paper rolls survive for a MUCH longer period in our house. 

Never Run Out with Scott 1000 and Sam's Club. #get100extra

Scott® 1000 bath tissue has big news. Their long lasting rolls now LASTS EVEN LONGER. Get an additional 100 sheets on every roll at SAM’S CLUB. That’s more of the quality performance you love at the VALUE you’ve come to expect. Scott® 1000 bonus pack is available online and in select clubs. 

For even MORE savings, please download the FREE Ibotta app to earn $5 off Scott® 1000 Bonus Pack at Sam’s Club®. That means even more bang for your buck! 

 

If you don’t have a Sam’s Club® membership, you need one not just for better toilet paper deals but for all of the other great ways to save on things your family uses daily! It more than pays for itself with exclusive savings on the things you need, the things you love and all sorts of unexpected things!

 

 


Keep Kids Trendy for Back-to-School with OshKosh B’gosh

by Jennifer Wieland
OshKosh B'gosh Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius
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It’s that wonderfully, glorious time of year that kids dread and parents can’t wait for. That’s right, that’s just how back-to-school works. The only thing that both parties can agree on at this time of year is that new clothes are needed for the coming cooler weather. This year it’s easy to keep kids trendy for back-to-school with OshKosh B’gosh

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

OshKosh B’gosh is a staple in my house with its quality clothing and fun and hip styles that my kids love. 

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

This year for my daughter I went with some adorable, fun and funky yet super functional tunics and leggings. She loves her boots and high-tops which pair perfectly with this look.

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

I love the little attentions to detail that you get with OshKosh B’gosh that you don’t see in many other brands.

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

For my boys it was a combination of OshKosh Original Tees, active wear and denim. OshKosh denim is a must for my boys since both need special sizing, one in slim and the other in husky. My 11-year-old due to being Autistic can only manage snap closures and not button ones. Thanks to OshKosh they make snap closures in his size when most places don’t.

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

Right now while getting your own kids ready for the new school year you can help kinds in need also get the school clothing they need by contributing to the B’gosh Jeanius Campaign. Through this campaign you can give kids a leg up this year by donating a new pair of jeans or making a cash donation during checkout in store or online now through Septmeber 16th. 

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

Now you can get your kid crew geared up in today’s hottest kid fashions and save yourself some money too. Before you head to your local OshKosh B’gosh store to shop just print off this valuable coupon or use the online code to shop from home. 

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

Be sure to follow OshKosh B’gosh on Facebook and Twitter for more fabulous, fun kid’s fashions and hot deals. 

 

 


Fashion Outlets of Chicago – A Girl’s Shopping Dream

by Jennifer Wieland
Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

 

 

I recently got an invite to come and check out the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, an award-winning 530,000 square-foot shopping center that’s complete with 130 designer outlets, an eye-catching contemporary art collection and high-end amenities that will leave you asking where has this shopping experience been all of my life?

Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

Walking in there is no dull and drab decorations that are standard fare at most shopping outlets. There are bright, bold and vivid displays of color and pattern found throughout to grab your attention and take your trip from just shopping to an extended visual feast. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Children's Wing

The shopping has something for everyone. From kid’s stores to high-end retailers you will find just what you are looking for at great prices. The layout of Fashion Outlets of Chicago is also unique in that they took families into consideration. Busy parents can make shopping easier by parking by and entering the mall at the children’s wing. That’s right, they have a children’s wing that has family friendly retailers that include the Disney Outlet, Oshkosh B-gosh, Stride Rite and the Gymboree Outlet to name a few. This way families can pop in and get what they need for the kids without having to trudge through an entire mall to go to a handful of stores.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Food Court

Another advantage to the children’s wing is that it is right next to the food court. The food court is a bright and clean area that is inviting and filled with a good selection of food options. Chicago Burger Company, Chicken Now, China Max, DJ’s Taco Bar, Freshii, Haagen-Dazs, Little Tokyo, Maoz Vegetarian, Sbarro, South Philly Steak and Fries and Wetzel’s Pretzels round out the food fare in the food court. The food court also houses a family-friendly area in the back where kids can ride on some coin operated ride on machines. 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Sweet Treats

Regular food court fare not going to cut it? Do you need something sweeter or with a jolt of caffeine to see you through an in-depth shopping trip? Never fear, Fashion Outlets of Chicago has you covered with three candy stores. Lindt Chocolates, Godiva Chocolatier and Lolli and Pops can cater to any sweet tooth you may have. If caffeine is your thing you can grab a drink at Starbucks or the only Lindt Bar in the country. That’s right cover your sweet tooth and your need for caffeine with a drink made with Lindt Truffles. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Concierge Service

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes customer service to a whole new level with their Concierge Services. No basic customer service here. No, they go above and beyond by making restaurant reservations, checking coats and their “Text Concierge” program which allows shoppers to text representatives questions. Since the Fashion Outlets of Chicago is right by O’Hare airport visitors who are on a layover can pass the time shopping and dining. Through a partnership with Go Airport Express you can access shuttles between the airport’s terminals and Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The shuttles also work to transport the center’s shoppers to and from downtown Chicago hotels. TSA-certified BAGS Inc. has partnered with Fashion Outlets of Chicago so that travelers have luggage held, print out boarding passes and even get your bags checked for your flight on site at the center. Did you just fly in from overseas and want to kick off your trip by doing some shopping or grabbing a bite? No problem there, international travelers can use the currency exchange and translation services. 

Ready to do some fall shopping or maybe you need a girl’s day out. Then visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago website for more information on stores, hours and services or use the “Text Concierge” service and ask a representative any questions you may have at 847-957-4600.

 

 


OshKosh B’Gosh Can Get Your Kids Ready for Spring Plus a Coupon

by Jennifer Wieland
Hop into OshKosh B'Gosh right now to freshen up your kid's wardrobe for spring and save 25% in stores and online with the coupon on blog. #ImagineSpring
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It’s officially spring and with that means warmer weather is finally making its way to my neck of the woods this week. That also means that all of my kids need some new warm weather clothing because they’ve outgrown all of their stuff from last year. Since this winter was especially gray and dreary here is the Chicagoland area I really want to punch up their spring outfits with some light, airy and bright colors. Luckily for me we have an OshKosh B’Gosh nearby where I can get great quality kids clothes without it breaking the bank and in the bright colors I want and OshKosh B’Gosh can get your kids ready for spring.

Since Easter is this weekend I ran into OshKosh B’Gosh and picked out some adorable clothes for my three youngest kids. The colors match well without them being in completely identical items. I know not everyone does that but for me I like to be able to get some nice pictures and if the coordinate it makes it so much easier to do just that.

Hop into OshKosh B'Gosh right now to freshen up your kid's wardrobe for spring and save 25% in stores and online with the coupon on blog. #ImagineSpring

I love going to the OshKosh B’Gosh store by me because the layout is nice. The staff is always ready, willing and able to help you with whatever you need and since the store was filled with spring clothing it was very bright and colorful. I had a coupon and gift card when I went and wasn’t sure where I was at price total with all of the great sale items I had picked up. The girl helping me gladly rang it up and let me know just where I was in my spending with the discounts and coupon applied. She even then let me grab a few items I had wanted but wasn’t sure if it would put me over my budget.

Hop into OshKosh B'Gosh right now to freshen up your kid's wardrobe for spring and save 25% in stores and online with the coupon on blog. #ImagineSpring

Do you need to refresh your kid’s wardrobe too for spring? Then you are in luck! You can print off the coupon below to use in store at any OshKosh B’Gosh locations or use the code at the bottom to shop online at the OshKosh B’Gosh website. To stay in the know for all of their exciting sales and promotions be sure to follow OshKosh B’Gosh on Facebook and Twitter.

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Great Gift Ideas for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

by Jennifer Wieland
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In this day and age where Autism Spectrum Disorders are on the rise and everyone knows a family dealing with it holiday shopping can be rough. What do you buy? Do kids on the Autism Spectrum even like the same things or need the same things to play with? As a mom with two on the Spectrum I learned long ago that meeting my boys’ sensory needs is a must when it comes to their toys. For those of you though who don’t deal with this daily but want to know what your options are for gift giving this holiday season National Autism Resources has put together a list of great gift ideas for kids on the Autism Spectrum.

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National Autism Gift Guide

  1. The Original Tangle: This is the original toy that started a best-selling product line. This large size version comes has different colors and textures making it one of the ultimate sensory play toys. Kids love watching the smooth and fluid motions and cannot get enough of this one. The large size helps older students that need an engaging two hand activity, but it’s great for younger ones as well. This is a must have. Click here!
  2. Pencil Grips: The ergonomic design helps guide your child’s fingers into the proper position. With a comfy and ergonomic design, this is a must have for students this year. Buy them here.
  3. Deluxe Jellyfish Lamp: This amazing gift will give you all of the wonder and relaxing feelings of a saltwater aquarium but with no upkeep or maintenance. Watch as the two Jellyfish glide through the water while the LED lights let them change colors. This is a best-selling gift and one everyone will love! See it here.
  4. 3” Time Timer: Great for students who need help understanding the passage of time. The 3” time timer is the perfect accessory to take back to school. The highly visual design will help make understanding the abstract theory of time much easier. Find it here.
  5. The Laser Stars Projector: When your child or the lucky recipient turns the laser stars on at night. They’ll lay back in bed and watch as a gorgeous galaxy of stars lights up their ceiling with the occasional shooting star flying by. With both holographic and laser technology, this light show is one that your child will never get tired of. Click here to watch a video of Laser Stars in action.
  6. Spiky Gloves: Although the glove may look scary, your kids will love the soft and stretchy spiky glove. Your child will love wearing it, especially when combined with handwriting for increased proprioceptive input and deep pressure. This is another must-have gift for back to school. Click here.
  7. Cyclone Pinwheel Lightshow: Watch your kids eyes light up while this dazzling pinwheel spins to create an amazing light show. Complete with a small speaker, your child will never want to put down this gorgeous light show with fireworks sounds. Click here to see a video and watch how it works. See it here.
  8. Ooey Gooey Octopus: This is the ideal gift for kids over 3 years old. It’s stretchy fun to help with fine motors manipulation and tactile exploration. Great for a stocking stuffer or as a gift on it’s own.
  9. The Blunders Game: Your kids will have fun while learning about social skills. Watch as they act out social situations, answer questions (both true/false and multiple choice) while learning about table and telephone manners, school etiquette and more. Buy it here.
  10. Finger Paint Sensations: Complete with ten tactile textures to add to the colors, the finger paint sensations kit is a great way to have fun while exploring new textures and creating art. Find it here.
  11. Reverse Charades: In this fun game your child will work with their team to act out as many words as possible while one kid tries to guess what they are. This is a ton of fun that never gets old and a great spin on a classic game. Click here to buy Reverse Charades.

 

These are all great gift ideas and I know that a few of these items are things that I have my eye on for my kids. To help you save some extra money this holiday season you can use coupon code “Boombox” to save 5% off of your purchase of any of these gifts.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

 


 


My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks

by Jennifer Wieland
My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

 Thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 
 
 
 

Every self-proclaimed foodie, wanna-be foodie or aspiring not to starve cook needs some basic essentials to survive the kitchen and many of these items make for great gifts at the holidays. So I am going to share with you some of my cutlery & cookware top picks from Wayfair for cooks at any skill level. This should help make shopping much easier on you this holiday season.

My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

A good knife in the kitchen can make all the difference in the world! I didn’t know this myself though until I finally got real knives. I know most of you have seen knives that cost a small fortune for a single knife and can’t understand it but a good knife will make your chopping, dicing and slicing go so much better. Don’t worry though if you can’t afford the big bucks but still want to get a good knife. There are brands out there that are reasonable in price but are a good quality. I personally love Kuhn Rikon! I have several of these and have had them for years. They have held up great and I love that they come with their own sheaths to protect the blade and come in a variety of colors. Don’t forget a knife sharpener to keep the blade at perfection.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

A solid, good quality end grain cutting board is a must for me. I luckily have a hubby who is a wood worker and can make me my own but if I had to buy one it would be an end grain one and it would be in maple or walnut. I also prefer mine to have finger grooves in the sides for easier handling and juice grooves around the edges to catch liquids. This helps to minimize the mess. So, why should you be getting the pricier end grain board over the cheaper ones? The grain of the wood in an end grain board is more open so when the knife hits it the fibers are open and able to take the knife-edge. This means less damage to your knife and the board can also self-heal after the knife-edge moves away from the board because of the open fibers. If you don’t skip on quality here and take care of your board by hand washing and treating with mineral oil periodically your board will last for years and years.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

KitchenAid products are a must in my house! I spent years without them and when I first really got into baking could not understand the whole draw to them. I mean sure you can get them in all the colors of the rainbow but other than that what was so great? Then I took some cooking classes and my eyes were opened. KitchenAid products are powerful, durable and make kitchen life so much easier. I use my mixers to shred meats for tamales, to knead through mass quantities of bread dough or to bake some cookies with the kids. I do have two different stand mixers from KitchenAid but I also have a KitchenAid food processor that I use regularly to quickly shred cheeses, produce, mix doughs and make sauces.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

Le Creuset Cast Iron Oval French Oven (Dutch oven) is one of those pieces that you save up for or pray to God that someone is kind enough to bestow one upon you or pass a decades old one down to you. I kid you not that these will last you for decades. You will be able to pass it on to your children if cared for correctly. The quality is amazing on these and you can’t beat being able to use these on the stove and then moving it directly to the oven if you need to for a recipe. I use mine for everything from making my favorite meat sauce to cooking a pot roast nice and slow to baking some bread. This pot is truly a jack of all trades in the kitchen and something you will be happy to have.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

If you are looking for something a bit less pricey but still a kitchen show stopper then look no further than a classic, seasoned cast iron skillet. You get all the diversity of being able to cook with it on the stove top and in the oven but even better this bad boy can be used over an open flame (think campfire) and the more it’s used the better it gets. This is another item that will last from one generation to another with proper care but luckily these you can get in much more reasonable price points.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

For more great kitchen and home products be sure to check out Wayfair‘s huge selection and great prices. Even better for the holiday season, orders over $49 ship for free.

 

 


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