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

by Jennifer Wieland
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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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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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My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

by Jennifer Wieland
Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

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!

Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

  1. About a Mom | 2. A Helicopter Mom | 3. Moscato Mom | 4. Cutefetti | 5. My Sweet Sanity | 6. A Magical Mess | 7. Food Fun Family | 8. The Simple Parent | 9. Divine Lifestyle

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

My favorite things at the holidays are shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on my list. I like to think I work really hard at getting everyone I know and love just what they want so I can see a smile on their face when they open up their gifts. Shopping at the holidays can be rough though and you have to go into the stores prepped and ready. To make the perfect shopping day I need several of my favorite things to be able to get my shopping done and fight the crowds.

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

The perfect shopping trip needs a great tote bag to toss smaller purchases into, store your wallet, phone and shopping lists. This Vera Bradley Tote in the Cherry Blossoms print (retail value $48) is an ideal shopping tote. To make holiday shopping easier I like to use a smaller wallet that can hold all of my cards I’ll be using and that has an ID window for you ID. It makes it so much easier to show cashiers when they are tougher on card purchases. This adorable little Vera Bradley Zip ID Case in the Parisian Pom Poms print (retail value $12) is perfect for that. After I’ve made my Christmas shopping lists and checked them twice I can keep them organized along with all of my receipts just in case I was not so great at picking out the perfect present with binder clips. For my prize pack I have some fun ones from Vera Bradley in Midnight Paisley (retail value $8).

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

To start out any holiday shopping trip or just a day in my life in general I require caffeine. To give you that energy boost to power through long lines and crowded stores my prize pack includes a $10 Starbucks gift card. Once your out at the stores it’s nice to know that you have plenty of money to spend so I’m including $10 Walmart, $10 Target and $10 Kohl’s gift cards to help make your holiday shopping less hard on your bank account. Of course after a long day of shopping and toting bags around you need to refuel. One of my favorite fast food places is Chick-fil-A because I can grab grilled chicken nuggets and a salad of some sort to keep it healthy but quick and yummy. You’ll be able to do the same with a $10 Chick-fil-A gift card. It’s a good thing you’ll have a new wallet and tote to carry around all of these gift cards if you are my lucky winner of My Favorite Things Giveaway 2016!

 
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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
2 g
11 g
1 g
304 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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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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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. 

 


St. Louis – My Five Favorite Things to Do

by Jennifer Wieland
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I bet for a lot of people out there St. Louis has never popped into your head as a must visit place when planning your family vacations. Not there is anything wrong with St. Louis but more often than not I think people plan trips to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando when thinking about family fun. Oh sure, sometimes other locations in the United States might pop into your head but is St. Louis one of them? If it’s not it should be because St. Louis is a vacation spot that guarantees family fun with great things to do.

Living in the Chicagoland area most of my life I have been to St. Louis. It’s a pretty standard road trip that most people here do at least once. My first time was as a kid with my parents. It was so much fun and we made so many fabulous memories on that trip that I actually remember more about that trip than I do about some pricey well-known trips that we went on. I’m such a fan of St. Louis that I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. Are you ready? It’s where my husband and I went for our honeymoon. Not surprisingly to me it’s on my list of places to take the kids this summer as well.

I know what your thinking? What could possibly make St. Louis so great? St. Louis is a city that is rich in history, food and culture so it has options that will appeal to everyone in your family. 

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My Five Favorite Things to Do in St. Louis

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours & Gifts

I bet you’re thinking how is this a family thing and I bet you did this on your honeymoon. Actually we had planned on making this a stop on our honeymoon but honestly, it was our honeymoon and there just wasn’t time. Nope, this is one of my all-time favorite vacation memories from my childhood! My parents wanted to go which was odd to us as kids because neither of my parents were drinkers. We did the tour and my parents found it fascinating, my siblings and I were mildly interested… and then we saw the horses! Clydesdale horses are an awesome sight to behold and will have children and adults oohing and aahing alike. I picked out a stuffed Clydesdale horse in the gift shop and that toy spent years with me!

Meramec Caverns

The Meramec Caverns are so fascinating! The tours are interesting and educational. You’re budding geologists or kids in general will find it interesting and bring all that science stuff from school to life. With ties to the Civil War and a famous outlaw the tour is definitely a must while visiting St. Louis. The temperature is cool inside though since they are caverns so bring a jacket. 

The Cathedral Basilica

Catholic or not anyone can appreciate the beauty of architecture and one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere. The beauty, detail and design that make the heart of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis will leave you breathless. This is one of those places that anyone who is a fan of art and design will appreciate and love. 

Endangered Wolf Center

There are zoos all over this country and while they interesting and educational the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis focuses on specific species of animals form around the world that are facing extinction. They strive to help preserve and grow the numbers for these animals and to educate the world about them. With the ability to “adopt” a wolf or a pack it’s a great way to teach kids about endangered animals and to let them help save a species.

The Gateway Arch

Driving to St. Louis from Chicago as a kid I remember how excited I was when my siblings and I kept asking are we there yet, are we there yet every so often to have my parents point to the Gateway Arch from across the river and say yes. Seeing the Gateway Arch from there was absolutely amazing but then we went there and I remember standing below and looking up with my mouth hanging open. Then it got even better! We went up into the arch! This is definitely a must and with its 50th anniversary they’ve been working on making it even better!

Enter the #FunnestFamily Contest

Now are you ready for some St. Louis fun with your family? How about a chance to win a St. Louis getaway with your family? Then it’s time for you to enter the #FunnestFamily Contest! Your family could win a weekend of nonstop fun in St. Louis. To Enter, share your family’s funnest picture or video with #FunnestFamily on Instagram, Twitter or the Explore St. Louis Facebook page. Contest ends 6/30/16. One entry per person. For more information on prizing, view the official rules and regulations.

 

 


How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night

by Jennifer Wieland
How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night


 

Family pizza night is staple in our house! We pick out a couple of flavors of pizza, pop some popcorn, grab some candy and drinks and the whole family votes on a movie. It’s a time for us to fully relax, reconnect and enjoy some family time together watching a new or favorite movie. For us, Red Baron Pizza is a go to staple to making these nights a success!

What I love best about family movie night is that the whole group gets involved. People help pick up so everyone can get comfy. The kids ask to help make the pizza and snacks and a lively debate always ensues about just what movie we will be watching for the evening. For us the pizza is the easiest thing to pick! We love Red Baron Pizza with its great flavor and variety of crust and topping options. 

How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night

We have a large sectional so the kids load it up with blankets and pillows to make a comfy haven. Family pizza night is the one night a week where I am okay with people eating upstairs and making a bit of a mess. 

How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night

Red Baron Pizza is a classic and has been around since I was a kid and so has family pizza night with a movie. This was a way my family connected and spent time together just eating, snuggling and enjoying each other’s company. It’s one of those great childhood memories I have that I have been able to pass down and share with my own kids. Who knows maybe some day I will get invited to their family pizza night as a grandma. 

 

To make your next family pizza night a success I would like to help you out by offering up a $20 Amazon gift card to one of my lucky readers. Whether you need it to buy a new pizza stone, the perfect pizza plates, a movie to watch with your pizza or anything else family pizza night related. 

 
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Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

by Jennifer Wieland
Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep


 

I don’t know about you but I love sleeping. Being curled up in bed, my head resting on pillows and a comfy pair of pajamas on are like heaven at the end of the day. If only the drifting off to sleep came on cue like I wish it would. Sadly though in my house that happens all to frequently. I want to close my eyes and just nod off but then I remember I forgot to email one of the kid’s teachers or I stayed up late on the computer working on a blog post or editing photos or maybe we had movie night and turned it into a double feature on Friday night. All I know is all of that technology effects your sleep. Being plugged in to so much actually has negative affects on out sleep. Here are some sleep tips to keep technology from ruining your sleep.

Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone created by the hypothalamus. That’s right, light goes into your retina and puts a hold on your brain releasing the Melatonin your body needs to drift off to sleepy time. So how do you get your brain to release the Melatonin your body needs for rest?

Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

Turn off the TV

TV time seems like a great way to unwind after the kids go to bed . Lounging in bed streaming a few episodes of your favorite show or getting caught on your DVR recordings may seem completely harmless but that light is actually telling your brain to hold off on sleep. 

That Email or Text Can Wait

I know it seems like an email or text has to go out that minute and in some professions it might really need to. If it can wait until morning though, let it. Again that sneaky light from your computer or phone is giving off the no sleep ju-ju to your brain. Skip all that and wait until the morning. Your email or text will be better anyways with a nice refreshed brain putting it together. 

Deprive Your Senses

Sleep masks and earplugs can go a long way in helping you get better sleep at night. Giving your eyes absolute darkness and limiting what your ears can hear can put your mind into a state of rest and relaxation so much easier and help keep household sounds and light from interrupting a restful night. 

Nix Sugar and Caffeine Early

Technology is bad enough but pair it with caffeine and sugar and you could ruin a good night’s sleep but quick. I know it’s hard to make it through the day without a daily dose of caffeine or a mid day sugar boost but be sure to finish them up early in the day and not to indulge to heavily. Limiting the intake of both will help you drift off at night much easier. 

Melatonin

While your body produces its own Melatonin there are times when it may be hard for your body to use it. If you work a rotating shift, have been up with a sick child or couldn’t avoid electronics due to work or another activity you may need a little help in the Melatonin department. That’s where Natrol comes in. 

Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

Natrol has two great Melatonin products to help you drift off to sleep!

Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve tablets, 5mg dosage, can be taken anytime, anywhere with no water needed. They are 100% vegetarian,100% drug-free and non-habit forming, they support an overall better sleep and can help you regulate healthy sleeping patterns.

Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin is a drug-free sleep aid that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep with a built-in 2-layered time release that gives you an initial 5mg dosage to help you sleep and then releases the remaining 5mg dosage throughout your sleep to help you stay asleep. You will wake up refreshed in the mornings – no more ‘sleep hangovers’.

Could you benefit from a sleep boost from Natrol Melatonin? If you’d like to try it now is the time! Grab this valuable $2 coupon to save big on your next purchase!

For more information on Natrol products please be sure to visit their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or get great health tips from them on Pinterest

Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

 
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The Party Continues with Another Giveaway – $50 Whole Foods Gift Card

by Jennifer Wieland
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I’m letting the blog birthday party continue this week with another giveaway. This week it’s a gift card to one of my favorite grocery stores. Whole Foods is one of the only places around me where I can get a great selection of organic foods, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. In other words, it’s a place I go to make sure that my family gets the best quality I can get that my other stores don’t offer as well. I know I’m not alone in shopping at Whole Foods so this week’s giveaway is going to be for a $50 Whole Foods gift card. 

Enter a #giveaway to win a $50 Whole Foods gift card!

So who wants to win and go get some shopping done for the upcoming holidays? All you need to do to enter is follow the steps below for all of the entry options for your chance to win! Don’t forget that last week the first birthday giveaway was announced. It’s for a KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer. Click on the picture below to head over and enter that giveaway too if you haven’t already done so.

Happy 3rd Birthday My Sweet Sanity! To celebrate we are giving away a #KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer. #giveaway

 
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Don’t forget to check back throughout the month of October for even more giveaways to celebrate My Sweet Sanity’s third birthday where you my readers can win the gifts!


Two Ingredient Pot Pies with a Progresso Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili


   

Are you ready for some football? I know that I am . Football is a way of life in my family and we love to spend our weekends talking about and watching football. Our meals revolve around the game and have to be something that you can grab quickly during halftime or easy enough to devour in between plays. Since it was a weeknight today and Monday Night Football is on I decided I needed a quick easy meal that I could prep ahead of time and just pop in the oven at game time. Thankfully, Progresso Stew made the prep a breeze for my new, two ingredient pot pies.  Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili Progresso has some new additions to their already tasty family lineup. They now have a line of stew and chili varieties that come conveniently packaged in pouches to feed more than one person. 

  • Roasted Vegetable Chili with 3 Beans is a meat-free option 
  • Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans
  • Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans.
  • White Chicken Stew with Savory Herbs 
  • The Hearty Vegetable Stew with Beef 

Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili For my pot pies I used the chicken stew but you could definitely use the beef stew as well. You could easily make both with this recipe being such a breeze and freeze or refrigerate them before cooking so that you can prep them way ahead of time and just need to pop them in the oven on game day. Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili

Two Ingredient Pot Pies
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949 calories
86 g
0 g
62 g
12 g
16 g
180 g
976 g
0 g
0 g
43 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
180g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 949
Calories from Fat 561
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g
96%
Saturated Fat 16g
78%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 976mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 86g
29%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
29%
* 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. 1 18 oz. Progresso Stew pouch
  2. 1 box refrigerated pie crust
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and get out a baking sheet and two mini pie tins.
  2. Unroll the refrigerated pie crust. Place a plate that is a few inches larger than the pie tins on the pie crust and cut around it. Do this twice. Place the two pie crust circles into the pie tins. Roll the remaining pie crust together and cut out two more circles. Fill the pie crusts in the tins with the Progresso Stew dividing it in half between the two. Top the pies with the other pie crust circles and pinch the the edges to seal and flute. Trim off any extra crust and cut slits in the top.
  3. Place the prepared pot pies on the baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes.
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calories
949
fat
62g
protein
12g
carbs
86g
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Turn your favorite football day into a #ProgressoGameDay with #ProgressoStew and #ProgressoChili

 


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