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Celebrating Christmas with Palmer + 5 Adorable DIY Teacher’s Gifts

 

Looking for some fun ways to mix things up this holiday season?  I got tired of doing the same old thing so I took some of my absolute favorite treats from R.M. Palmer and got a little creative.

If there’s one thing I remember about the holidays as a child, it was getting a variety of R.M. Palmer chocolates and they were always so festive!  Palmer has been crafting seasonal chocolate novelties since 1948, so it’s no surprise that millions choose them each year for their holiday themed treats.  You just can’t celebrate a holiday without some great chocolate, right?!  That’s why this holiday season all of my favorite chocolates for stocking stuffers and teacher’s gifts are made with the Palmer chocolates I’ve loved since I was a kid.

 

 

Some of my Palmer favorites are staples this holiday season, and of course my kids can expect to see them in their stockings this year (again).  If you’re looking to either add some tasty treats to your little ones stockings or recreate any of the DIY teacher’s gifts I made, you’ll need the following:

 

DIY TEACHER GIFT #1

 

How cute is this little Palmer Christmas tree?   Using a few dots of hot glue you’ll be able to gift this little tree to any deserving teacher.  For the base, take 2 Red Foiled Caramel Filled Cups, glue them together, let dry.  For the tree you’ll need 10 Kiwi Green Foiled Caramel Filled Balls.  Stack the 10 caramel filled balls together in a pyramid, glue them together, let dry.  Once the base and tree have both dried, you’ll be able to attach them together for a super cute tree that’s delicious too!

 

DIY TEACHER GIFT #2

 

This gold gift is a really easy option to make so if you’re not the most crafty person, this one should still be very easy to achieve.  You’ll need 16 Gold Foiled Peanut Butter Cups and just some ribbon that you might have laying around.  Made 4 stacks of 4 peanut butter cups and let them dry.  Once they’re dry, attach them together, add some ribbon, and you’ve got a gift that’s both cute and tasty!

 

DIY TEACHER GIFT #3 

 

Who doesn’t love a candy cane, right?  Whether you’re gifting these cute chocolate candy canes or hanging them on your tree you can’t go wrong with this chocolatey spin on a classic Christmas favorite.  All you’ll need is 5 Silver Foiled Caramel Filled Balls and 4 Red Foiled Caramel Filled Balls with a few dabs of hot glue and you’re all set!

 

DIY TEACHER GIFT #4 

 

Rudolph is probably the most recognizable reindeer of them all, and you guessed it, you can make him with your favorite Palmer chocolates too.  For this cutie pie you’ll need 6 Silver Foiled Peppermint Patties, 6 Gold Foiled Peanut Butter Cups, and one Red Foiled Caramel Filled Ball.  Stack 2 peppermint patties together (x3), glue, and let dry.  Offset 3 peanut butter cups (x2), glue together, and let dry.  Once your pieces are dry, glue them together and add the iconic glowing red nose.  You can either draw eyes on the peppermint patties or add googly eyes for a fun effect.

 

DIY TEACHER GIFT #5

 

You can’t have Christmas without snow and this Palmer snowflake is a great way to bring some of the snow indoors.  For this one you’ll need 2 Silver Foiled Peppermint Patties and 12 Silver Foiled Peanut Butter Cups.  Stack the 2 peppermint patties together to form the center, glue, and let dry.  Make 6 stacks of 2 peanut butter cups each, glue together, and let dry.  Once your pieces are dry, glue them together to form a super cute, tasty snowflake!  (Just make sure you let it dry once assembled before you stand it up.)

 

Looking for a tasty Palmer inspired treat to take to holiday parties?  How about some ooey gooey peanut butter cup brownies?

Peanut butter and chocolate are the ultimate combination of sweet goodness, so it was a no-brainer that I combine Palmer Peanut Butter Cups with brownie batter for a holiday treat your guests won’t be able to get enough of.  For this treat, you’ll need 50 peanut butter cups, but I promise you, so many of them is SO worth it.  Once you prepare your brownie batter, pour half into a prepared baking dish.  Add 30 unwrapped peanut butter cups to the batter that’s in the baking dish, and top with the remaining batter.  While your brownies are baking, unwrap the remaining 20 peanut butter cups and quarter them, then set aside.  Once your brownies come out of the oven, give them a few minutes to cool down, then add the 20 peanut butter cups your quartered.  Let your brownies cool completely, then slice, serve, and enjoy.

 

No matter how you celebrate the holidays and who you celebrate them with, you can’t go wrong with Palmer Chocolates.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Spice Up Your Holiday Get-Togethers With Wholly Guacamole

 

Looking for a great way to spice up your holiday get-togethers?  Thanks to the folks over at Wholly Guacamole, adding a little flair to any occasion has never been so easy!  Whether you’re looking for trays of delicious guac goodness, tubs of layered dips, or even just mini-containers, Wholly Guacamole has you covered!
My family and I received a variety of different Wholly Guacamole items to try out and I have to admit that all of us, (even my guacamole hating 6 year old) turned into HUGE Wholly Guacamole fans SUPER quickly.  From tacos to tostadas and even just on plain tortilla chips, every single bite was just as delicious as the last.
With the Wholly Guacamole trays, perfection is always ready and waiting for a whole crowd to devour.  These trays of tasty goodness are dippable, spreadable, heaven in a container that your family and friends will love and ask for again and again.
Wholly cow these Wholly Guacamole Layered Dips are out-of-this-world amazing!  Invite someone sophisticated to the party, because with layers of creamy avocado and other delicious ingredients, these dips will make everyone think you’re a chef extraordinaire!
Looking for some fun ways to incorporate Whollly Guacamole into dishes that will impress and delight all of your guests?  Check out these great recipes that will please the masses, no matter their taste:

BAKED BACON & GUACAMOLE JALAPEÑO POPPERS

Pump up your game holiday spread with this ridiculously cheesy jalapeño poppers recipe.  It’s the perfect finger food appetizer filled with bacon, fresh corn and topped with guacamole.  Everyone will be coming back for more.

Ingredients

  • 8 large jalapeños
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • ½ cup HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 4 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) package WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® Classic Guacamole
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs, pico de gallo

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice jalapeños lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds. In medium bowl, combine corn, bacon and green onions. Spoon corn mixture into jalapeño halves and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes more. Top with 1 heaping teaspoon guacamole. Garnish with pico de gallo and cilantro if desired.

 

SAVORY BACON & GUACAMOLE STUFFED SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are a crowd favorite this time of year, and these Savory Bacon & Guacamole Stuffed Sweet Potatoes will be the best sweet potatoes you’ll have all year.  This lighter version of the classic loaded potato will be all the rage.  The pairing of guacamole and sweet potato is absolutely delicious and will get rave reviews at dinnertime.  It also makes a beautiful presentation for guests!

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® Organic Guacamole
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup HORMEL® Real Bacon Pieces

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Wash sweet potatoes. Rub with oil and place on baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes or until tender.
  3. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut slit in top of potato and stuff with guacamole. Top each with 1 tablespoon sour cream, green onions and bacon pieces.

 

FUDGY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES

It doesn’t get any better than deliciously fudgy avocado brownies.  The avocado makes the chocolate even richer, and adds wholesome monounsaturated fat to keep you full longer.  You can even make these gluten free by subbing the all-purpose flour with a gluten free baking flour.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¼ cup WHOLLY® Chunky Avocado Dip
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place bittersweet chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals (at 50% power), stirring between each interval, until smooth. Add avocado and cocoa powder, stirring until combined. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt until combined. Add chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Fold in flour just until incorporated.
  4. Pour batter evenly into lightly greased foil-lined 8-x 8-inch pan. Bake 35 minutes. (Do not over-bake.) Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely in pan.

 

For more great recipe ideas, check out the Wholly Guacamole recipe section for tons more inspiration for all your holiday gatherings this year.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

3 Must-Haves for National School Lunch Week

Did you know that National School Lunch week is THIS week (October 9-13)?  As parents we know that lunch time is a crucial time of day for nourishing and fueling young minds.  As important, however, is what parents pack to set their kids up for success.  I have a few favorites that I love sending with my kiddos and they are items that I consider absolute must-haves for school lunches.  Looking for a few good staple items to send your kids off with?  Here are 3 of my (and my children’s) favorites:

#1 AquaBall

If you have young children, chances are you already know what Aqua Ball is.  Aqua Ball drinks are my daughter’s favorite drink to take to school.  AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage around.  Available in four flavors and featuring fan favorite Disney and Marvel characters, AquaBall is not only fun for kids, but also smart for parents.

#2 Welch’s Fruit Rolls

Welch’s Fruit Rolls are the newest thing we’ve come across that my kids (and husband) absolutely love.  These super fun to eat fruit rolls deliver the same quality my family loves in Welch’s Fruit Snacks, in a new, irresistibly fun format.  Featuring fruit as its first ingredient, they come in three mouthwatering flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry.  We’ve tried the Tropical Punch and Berry which were AMAZING, and now I’m on the hunt to try the White Grape Strawberry…that one sounds absolutely incredible!

#3 Go Organically Fruit Snacks

Go Organically Fruit Snacks are one of my favorites to send my kiddos off to school with.  These fruit snacks are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit, GMO-free, gluten-free and preservative-free.  Even better, these tasty and smart snacks are only 70 calories for each individual pack, so no matter who you’re shopping for or what their dietary restrictions are (or lack thereof) everyone can enjoy these tasty treats.

I hope you and your kiddos try and love some or all of these snacks and let me know what you guys think of them!  They truly are favorites in our household whether it’s kids lunches or my husbands work lunch 🙂

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Kick Your Meal Routine Up A Notch With Lee Kum Kee

Looking for a way to kick your meals up a notch this weekend?  Thanks to Lee Kum Kee and their selection of over 200 great-tasting authentic Asian-style sauces and condiments, adding some flair to your dishes has never been easier!

If you’ve followed me for even a short amount of time, you know that I LOVE cooking for my family.  I always enjoy bringing something new to the family dinner table and Lee Kum Kee was the perfect way to mix up our boring dinner routine.  My family really enjoys Asian-style meals but it’s been really hard to find sauces and condiments that had even a fraction of the flavor profile that you’ll find at an authentic Asian restaurant.  Lee Kum Kee has completely changed the Asian-style sauce and condiment game, making it easy to enjoy authentic Asian tastes and flavors at home.

I’ve had the chance to try out a few of the sauces so far and they have completely turned family dinner night on its head.  I’ve been able to create meals that the WHOLE family enjoys which can really be a challenge in my home, so I’m very thankful to Lee Kum Kee for helping me put together fantastic family meals.  Each sauce comes with cooking directions on the back but I had to change it up a little bit to suit our tastes and the results were perfect.

Kung Pao Chicken is a favorite when we visit Asian restaurants so I was really excited to try making it at home.  Lee Kum Kee PANDA BRAND Kung Pao Chicken Sauce takes the mystery out of cooking authentic and delicious Asian food in your own kitchen.  With this sauce you can make this restaurant-quality Chinese meal quickly and easily just by adding your own ingredients!  I have a flour mixture that I love using to bread chicken and I used that in this dish to help the chicken hold the sauce.  I know typically Kung Pao Chicken has water chestnuts and a few other things, but our family just doesn’t like those so I omitted them.  That’s how good this sauce is, all you need is you chicken cooked how you prefer and cover it in that liquid gold in a pouch.

Broccoli Beef anyone?  Lee Kum Kee PANDA BRAND Broccoli Beef Sauce is the perfect way to achieve that authentic flavor you crave.  The Broccoli Beef sauce compliments a few different cuts of beef quite well, but I chose flank steak as it’s a tender cut of meat that’s super affordable.  (Flank, flap, and skirt steak are all the same thing so keep an eye out for the different names while shopping!)  Pair this delicious dish with some homemade fried rice and you’ve got a total win!  I loved how easy this dish was to throw together on a hectic evening and I will definitely be making it time and time again.

Last but not least, my personal favorite, I also made some of the best tasting Orange Chicken you’ll ever taste in your life, ANYWHERE!  Lee Kum Kee PANDA BRAND Orange Chicken Sauce (General Tso’s Chicken) takes all of the guess work out of creating an authentic tasting dish.  I used my favorite chicken breading recipe in this dish again as well, and it came out better than amazing, it was out-of-this-world incredible and I can’t wait to make it again.  There’s nothing better than a great fluffy white rice paired with Orange Chicken and this was simply heaven in a bowl, absolutely a must-try.

Whether you’re looking to spice up your family meals, impress that special someone on a romantic evening, or even just throw a fabulous dinner for party guests this holiday season, there’s no way you can go wrong with Lee Kum Kee.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Funky Up Your Holiday With Funky Chunky #Giveaway

Looking for a great gift for your favorite foodie this holiday season?  Funky Chunky is a great way to tell that special someone just how much you care with their artisan-crafted gourmet gifts.  These hand-crafted delectable flavors are made in small batches, with the utmost love and care.  Funky Chunky’s inventive flavors are created using only natural products, including creamy butter, fresh brown sugar, premium nuts, popcorn and crunchy pretzels.  With tons of great gift options, you’re bound to find the perfect gift that foodies everywhere will love.

The Funky Cafe Gift Set is a new addition to the Funky Chunky family and I have to say, it’s delicious!  The Funky Cafe Gift Set features all three of Funky Chunky’s 19oz canister Funky Chunky Café varieties – Caramel Latte, Dark Chocolate Mocha, and Vanilla Sweet Creme – along with two coffee mugs and a bag of chocolate covered multicolored espresso beans.  All of these fabulous items are placed in a gift tray with a satin ribbon bow for the absolute perfect gift.

About the flavors included:

  • Dark Chocolate Mocha – Inspired by a local coffee shop, we start with our decadent buttery non-GMO caramel corn and then layer on dark chocolate mocha drizzle, milk chocolate drizzle, chewy caramel, and highlight it with dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Indulgently crafted for craving.  Available individually in a 5 oz bag, as well as 1 lb 3 oz canister.
  • Caramel Latte – Inspired by a local coffee shop, we start with our decadent buttery non-GMO caramel corn and then layer on caramel latte white chocolate drizzle, milk chocolate drizzle, chewy caramel, and highlight it with dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Indulgently crafted for craving.  Available individually in a 5 oz bag, as well as 1 lb 3 oz canister.
  • Vanilla Sweet Creme – Inspired by a local coffee shop, we start with our decadent buttery non-GMO caramel corn and then layer on vanilla sweet crème white chocolate drizzle, chewy caramel, and highlight it with white chocolate covered espresso beans. Indulgently crafted for craving.  Available individually in a 5 oz bag, as well as 1 lb 3 oz canister.

This holiday season, keep Funky Chunky in mind for all of your foodie gifting needs.

***GIVEAWAY***

Funky Chunky has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway so one lucky winner will get to taste this delicious treat for themselves!  One lucky winner will receive one bag each of the following flavors: Dark Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Latte, Vanilla Sweet Creme, Peppermint Bark, and Pumpkin Cream Cheese.   Giveaway will begin 10/08/17 at 12:00 pm EST and will end 10/15/17 at 11:59:59 am EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Enter below!

Funky Chunky Giveaway

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Healthier Halloween Treats from GoGo squeeZ

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Halloween is just around the corner, and I set out on a mission to find healthier treat options for Halloween.  We all know as parents that our kids will walk away from trick-or-treating with about 20 lbs worth of sugar, with very few healthier treat alternatives in their Halloween haul.  This year, stock up on all the great GoGo suqeeZ flavors that little trick-or-treaters will love.  (And parents too!!)

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There are SO many fabulous flavors to choose from!  Stock up on one flavor, or grab a box of each!  With over 20 varieties of fruit and veggieZ on-the-go, GoGo squeeZ is so much more than just Applesauce, they’re Goodness on the Go!

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Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear is one of my favorite to give to my children.  Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear is the healthy snack that keeps up with little ones.  The signature GoGo squeeZ pouch is packed with pears, apples, and carrots – and it’s scrumptio-licious!  With hidden veggies and a delicious flavor kids love, it makes for a product parents love too!

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Gimme Five was a new flavor for us, but it was just as delightful as we’d hoped it would be.  Packed with five kinds of fruit, Gimme Five GoGo squeeZ is five kinds of deliciousness.  A bountiful blend of apples, mangos, strawberries, peaches and bananas, this powerful pouch is a healthy on-the-go fruit snack that anyone can enjoy – anywhere, anytime.

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Who doesn’t love the classic Apple Apple, right?  The original GoGo squeeZ applesauce, Apple Apple, is made with 100% real fruit, and is 100% portable and fun to eat.  So no matter where kids are go-going, they can always snack on a healthy, tasty treat.

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Apple Peach is perfect no matter how old you are.  Everyone loves peach!  This Apple Peach blend is a portable fruit pouch packed with peaches and apples is a treat for anybody’s tastebuds.

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A fall-time favorite in our home is the Apple Cinnamon.  This spicy spin on a true original adds a bit of zesty cinnamon goodness to a classic applesauce favorite.  It’s simply the go-to healthy snack for every kid on the GoGo.

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Oh my berries…this Apple Berry is delish!  Loaded with yummy apples, raspberries and blackberries, Apple Berry GoGo squeeZ goes wherever your kids go.  They’re a healthy fruit snack for kids’ taste buds, made with 100% fruit and packed with nutritious goodness.  How berry delightful!

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GoGo squeeZ Yogurtz are something that my kids recently fell in love with so we were supper happy to see some new flavors!  Banana Yogurtz is the new hot commodity in our home.  This real low fat yogurt combines yogurt and banana together in a beautiful match-up, packed into a convenient pouch.  GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ can be stored at room temperature until opened!  A treat so cool it doesn’t have to be cold.

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Berry Yogurtz is another super delicious treat any kid would be happy to get in their treat bag on Halloween.  Just like the banana flavor, Berry Yogurtz starts with real low fat yogurt and combines strawberries, blueberries and raspberries for an out of this world flavor combination.  Just like the banana,  you can keep Berry Yogurtz at room temperature until ready to eat.

There’s never been a better time to offer healthier Halloween treat alternatives, your little trick-or-treaters will love GoGo squeeZ.  What flavors will you stock up on for this Halloween??

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Lunchbox Snacks You HAVE to have this Back To School Season

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It’s that time of year where we’re all searching for great lunchbox friendly snacks, right?  I know it’s always a struggle to find snacks my kids will enjoy that also fit easily into their lunchboxes, so I figured what better time of year than now to share with you some of our favorite picks for this Back To School season.

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Welch’s Fruit Rolls are the newest thing we’ve come across that my kids (and husband) absolutely love.  These super fun to eat fruit rolls deliver the same quality my family loves in Welch’s Fruit Snacks, in a new, irresistibly fun format.  Featuring fruit as its first ingredient, they come in three mouthwatering flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry.  We’ve tried the Tropical Punch and Berry which were AMAZING, and now I’m on the hunt to try the White Grape Strawberry…that one sounds absolutely incredible!

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Don’t let size fool you, The Little Kernel may be miniature popcorn, but the flavor is big and the ingredients just can’t be beat.  The Little Kernel keeps it real with no artificial ingredients.  Popped in olive oil and using only quality ingredients, the Little Kernel is on a quest to bring you the best.  Prepare your taste buds for their arrival at the frontline of fun with his lineup of adventurous flavors.  Each kernel is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grain.

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are one of my favorites to send my kiddos off to school with.  These fruit snacks are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit, GMO-free, gluten-free and preservative-free.  Even better, these tasty and smart snacks are only 70 calories for each individual pack, so no matter who you’re shopping for or what their dietary restrictions are (or lack thereof) everyone can enjoy these tasty treats.

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Viki’s Granola On-the-Go Packs are perfect for little ones who need a crunchy treat to get them through the day.  Viki’s granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love.  With a fresh, soft and chewy texture, Viki’s Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with yogurt for a nutritious snack.  From a successful bake sale adventure to a delicious treat enjoyed by thousands…you simply can’t go wrong with Viki’s granola.

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My oldest son LOVES olives, so I was really happy to find these Gaea Organic Snack Olives to toss into my sons lunch.  These olives are packed in a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later…perfect for a constantly-hungry teenage boy.  These olives are 100% natural, containing zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity, Gaea’s Organic Olives make for a delicious savory snack.

Those super active kids are going to need refreshing drinks to get them through the day, right?  I have a few staples that I keep on hand for my kiddos that I think yours will love too!

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Skip the soda by opting for Sparkling Ice’s 8oz. Slim Cans.  Perfect for lunchboxes or backpacks with it’s compact size!  This slightly carbonated light and refreshing beverage contains Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, is Gluten Free, and is Sodium Free.

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Brooklyn Organics is the perfect beverage for those looking for a sugar-free drink option.  Whether I’m planning lunches for my children or even just a delicious snack for myself, Brooklyn Organics is a MUST!  Each contains a bold fizz in a svelte packaging and is USDA Organic-certified, non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten Free and Caffeine Free.

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If you have young children, chances are you already know what Aqua Ball is.  Aqua Ball drinks are my daughter’s favorite drink to take to school.  AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage around.  Available in four flavors and featuring fan favorite Disney and Marvel characters, AquaBall is not only fun for kids, but also smart for parents.

I hope you try some or all of these snacks this Back To School season and let me know what your kiddos think of them!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Last Minute Back-To-School Must-Haves From Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake

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Whether your kiddos have headed back to school or are headed back soon, there’s a few last minute items to pick up that will make getting ready for school so much easier!  From pens, to snacks, to sock, make sure your kiddo has it all to have an incredible Back To School experience.

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Comfy socks are a great way to make sure that your little one has one less thing to worry about throughout the day.  For more than 80 years, Gold Toe has stood for quality, style and comfort; trusted by millions and the only way to send your little one’s tootsies back to school right.

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The Flat Knit Liner Athletic Socks feature the EZ Match system making it a little bit easier for your little one to get ready.  The number of gold rings on the toe tell the size so there’s no more guess work sorting through the socks looking for the right pair.  The spandex blend offers a perfect fit every time, and the reinforced toe offers better durability for little ones who are tough on their footwear.  With various size and color options, you’ll be able to find the perfect pack of socks for your little one with ease.

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Gold Toe Rayon Rib Crew Casual Fashion Socks are a great way to keep your handsome little man looking and feeling great.  With older boys like my 12 and 14 year olds, odor control is a must.  These stylish socks offer fresh 24/7 odor control which this mom truly appreciates.  The contemporary design paired with superb quality offer a comfy stylish fit your son will love.  These socks are also made with spandex for a perfect fit, and reinforced toes so they can take the abuse and keep on going.

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Every kid needs a great set of pens for Back To School, and Pilot pens has lots of great options to suit everyone’s needs.

G2 is the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.  Pilot G2 pens write smoothly, have a comfortable rubber grip, and have been proven to write longer vs. the average of branded competitors.  Make G2 your Go-2 pen this Back To School season and you’ll see the Pilot difference.

FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Pen are perfect for younger kids that still make frequent mistakes when writing or working on school assignments.  Pilot FriXion Clicker is America’s first retractable, erasable gel ink pen that allows you to write, erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents.  FriXion’s unique thermo-sensitive ink is formulated to deliver both vibrant color and smooth writing.  Great for editing, lists, scheduling and so much more!  Now your writing can be stress free and mistake free.

The Precise V5 Deco Collection is designed to delight the brilliant, cosmopolitan, stylish, and powerful NEW female Precise target who has a passion for precision, coordinating details, and a drive to succeed.  The Precise Deco Collection pens feature the rich colors, bold shapes and exuberant style of the Art Deco era.  With its lavish design and exceptionally smooth, comfortable writing experience the newest members of the Precise V5 family will help your ideas take flight as never before.

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Tastykake‘s new Minis are a delicious, perfectly sized treat that kids will love to toss in their lunchbox and go.  Tastykake‘s Mini Cupcakes and Brownies are perfectly portioned desserts coming in at under 200 calories per pack, giving lunch boxes everywhere a delicious dose of sweetness.  These treats come in three bite-sized pieces per pack, making it easy to share with friends and spread the love.

Mini Chocolate Swirly Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes with a white creme filling topped with delicious chocolate icing.

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes filled with a peanut butter flavored creme, and topped with a peanut butter icing.

Mini Candy Topped Brownies are my fave!  They’re bite-sized chocolate iced brownies topped with colorful milk chocolate candies…an absolute perfect treat!

Mini Koffee Kake Cupkakes are a huge hit with the whole family.  My husband is allergic to chocolate so he really loved seeing some non-chocolate items…you don’t realize how hard it is to find items without chocolate until you can’t have it.  These Koffee Kake Cupkakes are bite-sized crumb-covered creme filled coffee cake cupcakes that are a treat you’ll truly love.

Make sure you have everything you need this year to send your kiddos Back To School right…make sure you have all the Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake items you need!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

 

 

 

Back To School Baking With Stevia In The Raw #Review #Giveaway

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Back To School usually means one thing…Fall is just around the corner and us moms can’t wait to fire up the oven and get to baking!  If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE baking, and what better way to spend my time now that all three of my kids are in school?  After going on a weight loss journey last year and losing 55 lbs, I have become pretty conscious of my caloric intake, and baked goods are usually off the table.  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw, I can enjoy my favorite pastime even more, and actually indulge in the sweet treats I’m baking!

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With all of the Back To School baking, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of Stevia In The Raw on hand, and the Bakers Bag is the perfect size!  Stevia In The Raw measures cup for cup, just like sugar.  So go on, bake a pie, whip up a sauce…cut the calories in all of your favorite recipes this BTS season!

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What better way to start the day thank with homemade Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns?  Stevia In The Raw has an AMAZING recipe that the whole family will love.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar In The Raw, divided
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp 2% milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted,
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16×12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.

 

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Ready to try another delicious Stevia In The Raw Recipe?  Apple Pie Streusel Cake is another crowd-pleaser that your family will love.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment combine flour, brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Add butter slowly, pulsing between additions, until pea-sized pieces form. Press 1/2 of the mixture in an ungreased 9-inch springform pan; set remaining mixture aside.

Place apples, Stevia In The Raw®, cornstarch and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to combine. Place apples in prepared springform pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining mixture over apples.

Place springform pan on baking sheet with sides. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven. Run knife around the edge of pan; let cake cool completely. Remove springform ring just before serving.

 

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Back To School in our home is all about after-school snacks, and a favorite among my kiddos is chocolate chip cookies.  But sometimes, when you live in Arizona, it’s just too hot to bake for a little while into the school season.  I thought it would be super fun to share an EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH recipe I make using Stevia In The Raw, so not only do the kids get to enjoy…but this mama does too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Stevia In The Raw
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix together Stevia In The Raw, brown sugar, and butter.  Add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or chill.

There are so many ways to enjoy your Back To School baking, and Stevia In The Raw wants to make sure you can bake your butt off too!

***GIVEAWAY***

Stevia In The Raw has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Stevia In The Raw Bakers bag, as well as a $25 VISA gift card to make sure you have all you need to bake, bake, bake!  Giveaway will begin 08/16/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 08/23/17 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Stevia In The Raw giveaway!!

Remember that ALL mandatory entries must be completed…failure to complete mandatory tasks, or submitting tasks that aren’t complete will disqualify you.

 

***I received the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, as well as a gift card to help facilitate the review***

Back To School Lunchbox Snacks Your Kids Will Love From Pure Growth Organic

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If you’re a parent, you know the struggle is real when it comes to finding lunchbox snacks the kids will like that will keep fresh all day.  With my three kiddos headed back to school, I set out on a mission to find snacks that my kids would enjoy and I wouldn’t feel bad about giving them.  I found some Pure Growth Organic Snacks that my little ones couldn’t wait to try out.

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Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn was a HUGE hit with my daughter.  She’s loves everything Mickey Mouse so the packaging instantly made her want to try what was inside.  We love popcorn in our household and the White Cheddar Popcorn does not disappoint.  What you’ll love about sending your little one off to school with this tasty treat:

  • organic
  • kosher
  • gluten free
  • 8g whole grains per serving
  • popped in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving
  • NO MSG

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What kid doesn’t love a little sweet treat in their lunchbox, right?  These Pure Growth Organic Crispy Rice Squares are a treat that kids everywhere will love!   This is a whole new spin on America’s favorite childhood sweet treat…vegan, gluten-free, made from brown rice, and of course, organic.!  This snack is a delicious and convenient solution for kids (and parents) to enjoy.  What you’ll love about these Crispy Rice Squares:

  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • kosher
  • vegan
  • made with brown rice
  • formed in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving

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Packing a lunch your little one will love (and you’ll feel good about) is finally a little easier thanks to Pure Growth Organic.  Make sure you check out their whole selection to find the products that are just right for your family!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***