Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

by Jennifer Wieland
Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
 

I’ve been working really hard this year to take back my health through diet and exercise. I found a diet that works for me and that I can stick with. I’ve even learned to love the gym. I’ve moved away from my comfort zone of the machines and put my nerves and fear aside to try classes. Keeping my Poise® at the gym is the key.

Since doing classes at the gym I’ve learned a few things. One is that the saying about variety being the spice of life is so true. Taking a variety of classes has really helped me love the gym. The teachers often change things up and I can take so many different types of classes that I never get bored. The other thing I’ve learned? All these different workouts have different effects on my body. I know that certain stretches in a yoga class, an overly exuberant move in a Zumba class, or a few to many squat moves in my Build-a-Booty class can lead to some uh-oh moments. I manage to keep my poise through those moments with Poise® in my gym bag.

Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

I’ve had six kids and what people don’t tell you is what happens to your body after you birth those sweet little angels. My oldest son once said to me that I don’t laugh like I used to. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that laughing hard can lead to little leaks. That’s right folks, about 1/3 of women out there suffer from the same problem. Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) is a reality for so many women.

Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

So what causes LBL? 

Light Bladder Leakage can be brought on by several things. One thing may cause LBL in one person and not another. On thing may set it off or you may have multiple things below trigger it. 

  • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)

There is more than one type of incontinence

While there are different things that can cause Light Bladder Leakage there are also different type of Light Bladder Leakage incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): When you involuntarily leak due to pressure that is suddenly placed on your bladder. Great examples of this are when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise or lift a heavy item.

Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI): Ever feel a sudden, intense urge to urinate and think I need a bathroom like now!  Only to realize that oops, I already leaked some? What happens is the bladder muscles squeeze at the wrong time and you get a little leaky.

Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI): This is what I call the double whammy. You don’t experience jus tone of the two above. No, you are extra lucky and get to experience both Stress and Urge Urinary Incontinence, it’s called Mixed Urinary Incontinence.

Hitting the gym with LBL

Being healthy is important and part of that for many women is going to the gym. You can survive your trips to the gym with LBL by making sure your gym bag is packed and ready.

Keep your fluids up – Skipping water is not a good idea at the gym. Skipping fluids actually leads to urine being more concentrated. This can lead to bladder and urethra irritation. Which can lead to spasms. Which, you guessed it, can lead to leaks of their own. 

Exercise to strengthen pelvic floor – Kegels aren’t the only exercise that are going to help with LBL. Any exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor will do. Yoga, Pilates, Tai-chi and walking are all great options.

Ditch some of the extra weight – Facing LBL at the gym can make you rethink going to the gym but losing weight can actually by hitting the gym and eating right may be just what you need. They have done research and it shows that women who weigh 200 lbs. and lose 10% of their weight can lower leaks by 70%. 

Pack some Poise® products in your gym bag – While at the gym remove your fear of leaks from the equation with Poise® products in your gym bag. Poise® will provide you with 3-in-1 protection. (dryness, comfort and odor control)Poise® pads now have ContourFit Design. that means you get a pad curved in the middle, to fit you’re the curves of your body better. You can find Poise® products at Walmart in the Personal Care section of the store. If going to the store to shop for Poise® products isn’t your thing, no worries. You can order directly from Walmart.com and have them shipped right to your door.

Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

Don’t let Light Bladder Leakage sideline you at the gym or anywhere else in life. 


Skip the Check with These 10 Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipes

by Jennifer Wieland
Skip the check with these 10 Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes.

Let’s be honest. Enjoying a meal out at a nice restaurant with food that you love is a real treat for anyone who is the cook in the family. Being able to have a night off while others do all the prep work, cooking, serving and clean up is a nice, little treat. What I don’t like though is when they set the check down after the meal. It inevitably makes me think, I could have made this for so much less at home. Now you can have the best of both worlds. You can get the restaurant meals you love without the check at the end of the meal with these 10 Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipes.

With a menu packed full of so many food options Cheesecake Factory is a favorite place with my family because everyone can always find something they want. Whether you want a hearty sandwich, a pasta dish, some meat or lighter, healthier fare they have it. The menu is so extensive that just trying to pick a dessert can be mind-boggling. 

Our local Cheesecake Factory is in a shopping mall. After our shopping trips we’ll often just pop in to grab a slice of cheesecake or one of their other decadent desserts. If you’ve never been to Cheesecake Factory one of the best things about it is all of their delicious desserts. This list of Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes does not disappoint! Now you can have all your favorites anytime you want them. 

Skip the check with these 10 Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes. 
Click the links below for delicious Cheesecake Factory Recipes

Reeses Butterfinger Cheesecake Bars – Tastes of Lizzy T

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes Recipe – Food Folks and Fun

Cheesecake Factory’s Copycat Brown Bread – Living Sweet Moments

Chessescake Factory Copycat Pumpkin Cheesecake – The Jenny Revolution

Peanut Butter Lover Cheesecake Bars – The Tiptoe Fairy

Copycat Spicy Cashew Chicken – The Chunky Chef

Cheesecake Factory Fried Macaroni and Cheese – Midget Momma

Santa fe Salad with Cilantro Lime Peanut Vinaigrette – Gimme Some Oven

Classic Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce – Olivia’s Cuisine

Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Cheesecake Clone – Homemade Hooplah
 

Hopefully this list has hit all the right spots for all of you Cheesecake Factory fans out there. 


5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

by Jennifer Wieland
5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  

Let’s face it, life is busy! Whether you are a busy parent, a single person enjoying adulthood on their own or a retiree enjoying your golden years life never stops to let you catch up. That’s one of the reasons that I love finding great hacks that can make life easier. Little things that can take the stress out of everyday life or just make something work better than it ever has for you before. Life hacks can be a lifesaver in your daily routine. One of my favorite life hack tools? It’s the classic kitchen staple, plastic wrap.

5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

5 Must Know Kitchen Plastic Wrap Hacks

Plastic wrap is a staple in most kitchens but it can be used for so much more than just wrapping up leftovers.

  1. Keep Bananas Yellow Longer – Sometimes we go through bananas in our house in what seems like the blink of an eye. Other times, not so much. After to many bunches of bananas that went black before we got to eat them I learned the simple trick of wrapping the stems in plastic wrap. The plastic wrap helps contain ethylene gas, which bananas produce naturally while they ripen. The plastic wrap helps to contain that pesky ethylene gas so it doesn’t spread to other parts of the fruit, which is what makes the bananas ripen faster.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  2. Keep the Burn at Bay – Ice cream should be nice and cold not covered in burns. Well, not covered in freezer burn that is. Keep your favorite summer cold treats like ice cream, gelato, sorbet and sherbet from getting freezer burn. Simply, drape a sheet of plastic wrap over the cold treat before you recover with the lid to the container.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  3. Don’t Let Splatters Get the Drop on You – Keep your phone or tablet protected while working on that recipe you’ve been dying to try. Simply wrap your device in a sheet of plastic wrap to avoid and splatters or drips hitting your screen while you are double checking ingredients and cook times.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  4. Get That Sticky Stuff Unstuck – Like saving those glass jars and reusing them? Hate the huge hassle of trying to get those labels off? You can easily remove those pesky labels from glass jars. All you need to do is wet the label with soap and water, wrap it in plastic wrap for a few minutes and let it sit for a few minutes. Then all you need to do is remove the plastic wrap and wipe it clean.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  5. Skip the Flour Shower – Love baking sweet treats? Hate taking a flour shower or having your countertops covered in flour or powdered sugar? Simply wrap a sheet of plastic wrap around the top of your mixing bowl to keep your ingredients where they should be.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

How to Be a Plastic Wrap Hack Star 

I know plastic wrap is great but just thinking about tearing some of it off of the roll to try these kitchen life hacks stresses me out. We all know that tearing off a sheet of plastic wrap from the roll can turn into an over clingy mess! well, at least, it used to. That’s all in the past now. I’d like to introduce you to Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap. It has a built-in slide cutter to ensure a clean cut, every time. The innovative starter edge™ makes it easy to find the start of the roll. Even better, each roll is automatically held in place to keep it in the package like it should be during dispensing. Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap is the true kitchen life hack you need in your home.  5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

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You can learn even more about Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap and all the other great products from Reynolds KITCHENS® on their website. There you can also get some more great tips, find delicious recipes and print off valuable coupons for your next shopping trip. 

 

 

 


Make it Through Mom Life with Grace, Wit, Poise®, Heart

by Jennifer Wieland
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I have spent my life experiencing what it’s like to be a number of types of moms. I’ve been the teen mom, the single mom, a working mom, a blended family mom, a stay-at-home mom, a work from home mom, a mom to boys, a mom to a girl, a special needs mom, a mom to adult children. I’ve made it through all of these variations of mom life with grace, wit, Poise®, Heart and I’ve tried to learn from each of these mom roles. 

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One of the lessons I’ve learned being all of those types of moms is that I’m also, at times, a leaky mom. When I say this I don’t just mean those proud mom moments where your happiness brings a tear to your eye. I don’t even mean those moments where you’re at your mom breaking point and need a good cry. Nope, what I’m talking about is those moments where I laugh a little to hard, sneeze with too much force or cough a little to hard. 

Every single time I experience leaky mommy I immediately have that song pop into my head. You know the song I mean. The chorus from that Oops! song from Britney but with totally different words running through my head. It goes something like this…

Oops, I did it again
I sneezed way to hard, I giggled too much
Oh no, not again
Oops, I didn’t mean to leak
Muscles are a bit weak
I’m done with Kegels

Thankfully, I have Poise® Pads with ContourFIT* to help me out when I laugh even harder at myself for making up crazy songs lyrics in my head. Poise® Pads with ContourFIT* are designed to with a woman’s body in mind. They have a wide front and back to provide you with coverage and protection where you need it most, while the comfortable curves in the middle naturally conform to move with your body. They even provide great 3-in-1 bladder protection for dryness, comfort and odor control. Poise® pads are designed to fit better with less bunching and bulkiness in the middle, for the protection you trust, now with a better fit! Even better, right now you can save $2 on Poise® products.

 

 

 


Show Your #Peepsonality to Your PEEPS® This Easter

by Jennifer Wieland

Confession time! 

I’m a junkie! That’s right I have a major weakness for all things PEEPS®. I don’t mean just at Easter time either. In fact, last year on a trip I was able to visit one of the two PEEPS & COMPANY® stores. I squealed, gasped, oohed and aahed over all the items you could buy that were covered with the iconic PEEPS® bunny! (He’s my favorite!) I went a little nuts in the PEEPS & COMPANY® store and stocked up with goodies to pair with those yummy, iconic marshmallow treats we’re all familiar with this Easter. I was able to get some shirts, golfing items, bracelets, luggage tags, cups and a ton of other items to make this Easter even more PEEPS®-tacular!

I’m planning to pair all of my cool PEEPS & COMPANY® store finds with the classic PEEPS® chicks and bunnies in their classic spring colors. I’m also planning to add in some of the fun, festive and delicious new flavors like Sour Cherry, Party Cake and fruit flavors dipped in chocolate. 

If you’re a PEEPS & COMPANY® fan like me don’t forget that these colorful marshmallow treats make a great addition to all of your holiday baking too. Why stop there though? You can also created these colorful, festive, edible cuties into some fun holiday crafts too. For recipe and craft inspiration you just need to head over to the PEEPS® website

Don’t worry if marshmallow isn’t your thing. PEEPS & COMPANY® has you covered with their other brands that are classic favorites like MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES®, and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® to fill your Easter baskets with.

PEEPS & COMPANY® knows my love of all things PEEPS® related and were kind enough to share a discount for my readers to use at the PEEPS & COMPANY® online store! Just enter the code EASTER18 for a 20% discount at checkout. You can find all your favorite or hard to find PEEPS & COMPANY® favorites along with adorable gifts like the PEEP-on-a-Perch gift set or the new PEEPS® In Pajamas bedtime story. 

 

 

 


Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce

by Jennifer Wieland
Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own.

Holidays with my family can be a little loud. Often times, a little crazy too with so many mouths to feed. Mostly though, they are filled with love, family, good times and great food! With meals needed for everything from breakfast, to lunch, dinner, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, food is a holiday memory maker throughout. This year I’m adding to my great food items with an appetizer that is perfect for everyone from the toddlers to grandma and grandpa. I’ve been working on holiday recipes with a family favorite, Wright® Brand Bacon. I can use it for multiple meals, multiple times to bring joy during the holidays. One way I’m doing that is with Wright® Brand Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers that I paired with Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce. These were selected by my kiddos and hubby as the musthave appetizer this year. 

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Every year I like adding some new foods to my holiday food/party repertoire. It can be a challenge at times. Coming up with foods that everyone will eat. I have six kids that range in age from 8-24 and two of them as you all know, are on the Autism Spectrum. That means sensory issues often play into food options when planning meals. Add in that my sister and brother-in-law have five too and kid friendly is a must when planning out foods for our holiday gatherings. Now, while I do want the kids to like the food I also want it to be something us adults will crave. As we all know, kids love bacon, cheese, burgers, potato tots and ketchup. Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totchos were a no brainer for everyone. Placing them on skewers to make them easier for little hands to manage? Brilliant!

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Once I had the idea for this recipe I knew I had to run with it immediately! I headed out to my local Meijer Supermarket. We got a Meijer store by me (FINALLY!) almost two years ago. It has become my go to store for groceries. I’m a coupon fan so I love pairing sales, coupons and mPerk offers to save each time I go. Once in the store, I headed to the meat department and picked up Wright® Brand Bacon. It’s a favorite of mine because it is hand-trimmed, hand-selected, naturally smoked and tastes amazing!

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One of the great things about this recipe is that most of the components can be prepped in advance. Which, is a must for big holiday gatherings or parties. The bacon can be cooked and chopped up a day or two early. The ground beef can easily be browned up earlier in the week. Onions will be just fine diced up and stored in a baggie in the refrigerator or freezer until the are ready to use. You can even go ahead and make the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce the day before and just store it in an airtight container. 

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This recipe is a great way to keep little hands busy. This is definitely a kid-friendly appetizer not only to eat but also to make. During the holidays there is so much kitchen time that little ones often want to be included and feel like they are contributing too. These Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers snd the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce are a perfect for the mini wanna-be chefs in your family. Plus, with all the upcoming holidays it gives them a chance to become experts at making it. 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers with Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
Serves 24
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
121 calories
10 g
21 g
6 g
7 g
3 g
71 g
289 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121
Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 21mg
7%
Sodium 289mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
8%
Iron
4%
* 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 Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers
  1. 1 32 oz. Package of Potato Tots, cooked per instructions
  2. 12 Slices of Wright Brand Bacon, cooked and chopped up
  3. 1/2 lb. Ground Beef, browned and drained
  4. 2 c. Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  5. 1/2 of a Red Onion, diced
  6. Mini wooden skewers or long wooden toothpicks
For the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
  1. 1 c. Tomato Ketchup
  2. 2 slices of Wright Brand Bacon, cooked and finely diced
  3. 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
For the Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers
  1. Preheat broiler in oven or toaster oven.
  2. Place two potato tots onto each mini skewer or wooden toothpick.
  3. Place the skewers onto a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Top the potato tots with 1/3 of the shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Place the pan under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to get the cheese melting.
  6. Remove the pan from the broiler.
  7. Top the potato tots and melted cheese with the ground beef, bacon and the rest of the cheese.
  8. Place the pan back under the broiler for a few more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
For the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
  1. In a bowl stir together the ketchup, bacon, onion powder and garlic powder.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes
  1. Be sure to keep an eye while the pan is under the broiler. Broilers can differ greatly in how close the pan is to the heat. Things can go from good to bad quickly.
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Entenmann’s® Little Bites® – Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday

by Jennifer Wieland
Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites
Thanks to Entenmann’s® Little Bites® for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Holiday season is in full effect now. That means parents all over are doing their daily routines with the added bonuses of holiday shopping, family gatherings, gift wrapping, holiday decorating and loads and loads of other festive things that go along with the season. With all of that hectic scheduling and planned chaos why not make your life a little easier where you can with Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. These tasty little treats will definitely make your holiday season a little easier and lot less messy.

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Five Reasons You Need Entenmann’s® Little Bites® This Holiday

  1. Keeping kid and adult tummies full on long car rides – With all of the travel to visit family and friends during the holidays it’s important to make the long car rides bearable for everyone in the vehicle. However, you don’t want your car seats to be a crumb and food debris mess. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in their convenient pouches make for a perfect treat for long car rides.
  2. Make holiday shopping with the kids a little less stressful – Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in their convenient pouches are easy to toss into a diaper bag or purse. While you’re trying to browse and find the best deals you can avert whining kids with their favorite flavor of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins. 
  3. Keep rumbling tummies at bay while sledding – Sledding is a cold weather staple but all that trudging up a hill lugging a sled behind you can be exhausting for kids. Pair that with the cold and kids get hungry pretty fast. A thermos full of hot cocoa and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins in a variety of flavors make the perfect way to refuel. 
  4. Perfect for class parties – Before school lets out for the holiday break many kids have class parties. While those parties can be tons of fun for the kids, parents often see them as a sack full of candy that comes home in their kid’s backpack. Be that parent that sends a different option. With all of the flavor varieties available every kid in class can pick their favorite. 
  5. Give Santa a cookie break – The jolly man loves his cookies as we all know but he’s usually only able to take a few bites before he has to be on his way to the next house. This year, skip the cookies and leave him a few pouches of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in the special, limited edition flavor Butter Cookie Muffins. He’ll have all the flavor of his favorite cookies but he’ll be able to grab them and go. Being able to munch on a snack while he circles the globe that is less than 200 calories per pouch and contains no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat will keep him ho-ho-ho-ing all night. 

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For more information and to stay in the know on all the latest flavors, coupons and contests, be sure to check out the Entenmann’s Little Bites website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram. If you want to see some fun DIY ideas on how to turn these little treats and other Entenmann’s products into fun and festive edibles be sure to check out the Entenmann’s YouTube channel.

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Easy 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge

by Jennifer Wieland
Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad
 

While I am a baker through and through I do love making candies too. It only happens on special occasions or for the holidays but it’s something I learned from my mom. Since we were kids she would spend hours making fudge and truffles. She’d find pretty tins each year and package them up beautifully for friends, family and coworkers as gifts. Since I know she will be making her recipes every year that means if I want to make candies I need to use different recipes than hers. Since, I also have a houseful of kids and time is short I need quick and easy recipes. Lucky for you! You can’t get any quicker or easier than my 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge.

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While I learned my love of making sweet treats from my mom I get my Mexican flare from my dad. My grandma was Mexican and we spent many holidays at her house enjoying Mexican fare. Since Mexican chocolate is a staple in Mexican cuisine and different from American chocolate I like using it. If you aren’t familiar with Mexican chocolate it is less sweet than its American counterpart and it tend to have cinnamon and almond flavors in it. You can even find some with peppers added to it. That’s why it works well in both sweet and savory foods. 

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My secret weapon to make my fudge recipe quicker and easier than my mom’s traditional recipe? It’s my use of NESTLÉ® La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk. If you aren’t familiar with sweetened condensed milk you are missing out on a sweet lovers secret weapon.

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You can use it in candy or baking recipes but you can also add it to the tops of cookies, add a bit to your coffee or quickly make yourself some caramel. It’s an inexpensive item that you’ll want to add to your grocery shopping list to amp up your holiday baking. Then you can grab it on your next trip to Walmart in the Mexican foods aisle. 

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My other cheat to making this recipe is that there is no big pot and constant stirring, watching, timing and temperature checking like you get in so many candy recipes. Nope, this one takes minutes in the microwave. Literally the most taxing thing about making this fudge is waiting for it to chill so you can cut it. 

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Five Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge
Yields 36
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr
138 calories
18 g
7 g
8 g
2 g
5 g
32 g
16 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Yields
36
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 16mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* 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. 24 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  2. 14 oz. Can of La Lechera® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  3. 4 tbsp. Butter
  4. 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract or Emulsion
Instructions
  1. Add the chocolate, La Lechera® Sweetened Condensed Milk and butter into a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 90 seconds and then stir.
  3. Microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again.
  4. If the mixture is not completely melted and smooth then microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again.
  5. Stir in the cinnamon and almond extract.
  6. Line and 8"x8" pan with parchment paper.
  7. Spread the chocolate mixture in the pan evenly.
  8. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about an hour.
  9. Cut into 1" squares and serve.
Notes
  1. This fudge can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  2. If you want to gift the fudge in tins or boxes mini cupcake liners are the perfect holders for each individual piece.
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My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

by Jennifer Wieland
My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

 

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

Take a look at the gift collage to see all the amazing giveaways you are about to enter!

Scroll down to see my giveaway up close.

Enter to win My Favorite Things prize package at the bottom of this post.

HOP around to all the other sites, check out their amazing prizes, and enter to win their gifts!

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

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My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

My prize package is a Geeky, Gamer Girl theme. Prior to starting the blog I worked in I.T. for over 15 years. I was always drawn to technology and gadgets. More than likely I owe my thanks for that to my parents. My dad would buy every new tech toy that came out while we were growing up. Can we say ColecoVision, Adam Computer and Texas Instruments TI99/4A? Then there was my mom. She would take us to the arcade so she could indulge in hours of Pac-Man or call dibs at home to play Q*bert, Donkey Kong, BurgerTime or Tetris. 

I of course spent time dating my husband via video games. We’d play Heroes of Might & Magic or Diablo for hours late at night. Once we were married we gamed as a family. We spent years playing World of Warcraft where I was a guild leader. Video games are now a way we spend time as a family. It can be time exercising as a family with some Just Dance or us trying to out do each other catching Pokemon. It can even be team play in Overwatch or a retro feel game like Cuphead and Mugman. Whether it’s console or computer we love it!

To share my love of all things Geeky Gamer Girl I am giving away a prize pack that includes:

  • Pokemon Pikachu Portable Charger
  • UNO Super Mario edition
  • Super Mario Super Star Christmas Tree Topper
  • Minecraft Creeper enamel pin
  • Zelda Hyrule Pen & Pen Topper
  • 3 fun pairs of earrings from Little Blue House
  • $25 GameStop gift card. 

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Parenting is Hard Work, Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help

by Jennifer Wieland
Parenting is Hard Work! Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help with #BrightHorizons Learning at Home. #AD

 

 

Parenting is hard work. Every parent knows this. Whether you have one kid or ten, whether they’re newborns or teens, you will face struggles and question your decisions. Making sure that you have the best parenting partners you can get to help navigate parental life and a reliable source for child growth and development resources is a must. 

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No matter if you are a working parent who needs to find the perfect child care for your little one or if you’re a stay-at-home parent who wants to have your toddler get ready for school and socialize. Finding the perfect place that your child loves can be hard. Finding a place that you want to leave your child and that you feel has your child’s best interests at heart can seem beyond difficult. That’s exactly what you get when you choose Bright Horizons®.

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Bright Horizons is a great parental partner for child care but they take their work with families a step farther. They offer a Family Matters weekly e-newsletter which features parenting tips, articles, strategies, and resources for growing families. You can also visit the Bright Horizons’ Learning at Home activities pages on their website for Child development and learning. It’s a great way to extend your child’s learning beyond the classroom. For parents of infants through school-age children, Bright Horizons has created a database of learning activities, tips/resources for nurturing development, and creative craft ideas that parents and children can work on together. The activities cover numerous key developmental and academic areas, including social skills, language acquisition, science, math, literacy, and more.

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Even if your kids are school aged there are great resources available to you from Bright Horizons website. My two youngest kids have been asking for an allowance. This is something we haven’t been doing with them up until now. I’m always on the fence about allowances. Should you or shouldn’t you give allowances? If you do give allowances what is or isn’t the right thing to do for chores and money? I was easily able to do a search for allowances from the Bright Horizons’ Learning at Home website. It pulled up numerous articles about allowances with different ideas and  suggestions. 

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For the parents that want a great place for child growth and development resources and activities that range from social, to creative, to educational for your kids then the Bright Horizons’ Learning at Home activities pages are something you don’t want to miss. 

 

 

 


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