Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Chex Muddy Buddies recipe — great for holiday parties and teacher gifts #ad

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chex™. The opinions and text are all mine.

When I went into my first teaching job, there were lots of things I had to learn.  Classroom management and lesson plans were part of my work day, of course.  One thing I never realized was this….teachers love to EAT!  For example, we’ve designated each Wednesday in December as “Treat Days.”  We take turns bringing in our favorite recipes to share with the rest of the staff.  If you could be there with us, you’d see lots of smiles, enjoy laughter, and get to try delicious dishes.  I just know my work friends will love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios™ Chex™ Muddy Buddies™ recipe!  The ingredients are easy to find at Publix, and this makes a huge batch so it’s perfect for sharing with friends! [Read more…]

Pilot Pens and Target partnered – G2 Overachievers Club

Disclosure:  By some amazing stroke of luck, Pilot sent me these pens for review.  You can imagine my thrill!  Opinions shared are mine.

School supplies have always made my heart skip a beat. Some of you know exactly what I mean!  You’ll be happy to know that Pilot acknowledges this obsession with their amazing pens, and they’ve partnered with Target to create the G2 Overachievers Club.  So then, Pilot sent me these G2 pens.  People, I was happier than a bird with a french fry.  The thing is, my kids are just as enamored by pens as I am (maybe more….dare I say it?)  Naturally, those pens were whisked right out of my grasp. [Read more…]

#RecycleYourPeriodPad and get the house clean! $2 Printable coupon

Did you know that, for every 3 women, 1 of them is very likely to experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) at some point in her life? When Poise asked me to share this sponsored post with you, it reminded me that a great percentage of you probably suffer from LBL discomfort.  Here’s a printable coupon to save you a bit of money…. see if the Poise product works well for you!   LBL is a daunting threat from Mother Nature.  That woman may have had children, gained weight, or suffered from an illness that caused the onset of the LBL.  Chances are good that she also hides the problem from her friends, thinking that they won’t understand. Many of those women use period pads to manage LBL when they should be using Poise! Poise wants you to #RecycleYourPeriodPad and stay clean with their pads and liners.  [Read more…]

Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette made with Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! #whipitup

Disclosure: I’m excited to bring you this post from Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! The thoughts and opinions shared are mine.

Remember that time when you opened the fridge and decided to eat the rest of that salad you made, only to find that you’re out of salad dressing? We’ve all been there. Next time I’m in the mood for a fresh take on salad, I’ll whip up this delicious, creamy vinaigrette using Yoplait Greek 100 Whips as the creamy base instead of buttermilk or mayonnaise. Sweet salad dressings appeal to me, but my regular poppyseed dressing has over 200 calories per 1-oz serving. Ouch! When I factor in the preservatives and other ambiguous ingredients, it’s also hard to tell what I’m actually eating.  When my daughter saw the Yoplait Greek 100 Whips in the store, she asked it we might be able to make homemade dressing with it.  I thought that was such a great idea!  Three ingredients and about one minute went into preparing this delicious Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette. My kids loved dipping croutons in it; I preferred it with raw veggies and greens.  In fact, our homemade dressing was so simple and scrumptious, I may never buy prepackaged dressing again!  Ready to get started?  First, be sure to click here for this printable coupon to get $1 off the purchase of 5 Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!  [Read more…]

There’s no reason to skip lunch while you’re Christmas shopping! Romano’s Kitchen Counter printable coupon

Disclosure: I am being compensated by Macaroni Grill for this post. The content and opinions are 100% mine.

#ad Romano's Kitchen Counter printable coupon - good through 1/31/15

Going out for lunch is a rare treat during the school year. I spend my daylight hours with over 100 sixth graders. While it’s a rewarding career and I love going to work each day, having some time with grown-ups would be a welcome change now and then. Teachers are notorious for multi-tasking. Getting lessons ready, grades recorded, and emails answered during one planning time takes some serious time-management skills. There are times when lunch just can’t be squeezed in. During a busy work day when it’s hard to find time to drink my hot tea, the thought of going out to lunch seems too daunting a task. Would it be possible to return to my classroom in time for the next round of students?  Then we have the whole issue of spending a small fortune on a lunch.  I’m so thrilled when there’s a restaurant that not only understands my need for speed, but also saves me some money at the same time!  Romano’s Kitchen Counter provides a speedy lunch (under 7 minutes!) plus a major deal.  Readers, you can get 2 lunches for just $10 when you use this printable coupon through January 31, 2015!      Click here to print your Romano’s Kitchen Counter coupon! #ad printable coupon for Romano's Kitchen Counter!  Valid through 1/31/15

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Change your hydration expectation #drinkdripdrop

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post; I received complimentary product from SheSpeaks/DripDrop. Opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Last week was a busy time for our family! We passed around a stomach virus that never wanted to quit. It wasn’t pretty, folks. Meanwhile my daughter had a tonsillectomy, which means she needed to drink lots of liquids even when it hurt to swallow. She was quite a trooper! I must say that water was nearly the only thing we could all keep down at once. Whether you’re in a mild to moderate dehydration stage from illness, exercise, or just busy life, you can change your hydration expectation by supplementing with DripDrop.

#DrinkDripDrop and change your hyrdration expectation - #spon #ad [Read more…]

Limited time: New Printable BOGO Coupon for Ruby Tuesday + $25 GIVEAWAY

RubyTuesdayBOGO printable coupon -- get yours through 9/19!  Plus a $25 giveaway --

I was so excited when I was asked to share the BOGO deal from Ruby Tuesday! Do you have a Ruby Tuesday near you? When we went on our Pigeon Forge trip last year, we enjoyed a great meal at the Sevierville location. We also like going to the one near ETSU Campus in Johnson City.   If you want to save a bundle at Ruby Tuesday, print this coupon for a Buy One Get One Free entree. It’s only available for printing through September 19, 2014 so take advantage of the savings! Once downloaded, the coupon is good for 2 weeks so you have more time to enjoy the savings. Occasionally I see these coupons in magazines and mailers, but being able to print it out from home makes it so convenient. Often, this type of coupon is only good for dine-in meals. However, this coupon works on To-Go meals as well. That’s a great way to save a few dollars! [Read more…]

Father’s Day for the grown-up kid – #Battroborg robotic toy

Disclosure: I will receive a product sample. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

With Father’s Day approaching, you might be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the guy in your life.  My husband never seems to want anything specific but I know he enjoys toys that he can use with the kids.  Sports equipment is always a hit because they can go outside and practice together.  Pool toys are a blast when the weather is hot.  He even enjoys kids toys that he can play with the kids — things like remote-control helicopters and such are fun for the whole family.

If you’ve got a grown-up kid called Dad in your house, check out the Battroborg!   [Read more…]

Ways to save with The Entertainment Book

The Entertainment Book makes it easy to stretch your budget.  You can take your Valentine out for dinner or find that perfect gift while saving a bit of green!  We received one to review (opinions shared are mine.)  If you haven’t perused the Entertainment Book before, be sure to head over there and see what it’s all about.  We’ve been buying this book for years and have saved hundreds of dollars!   [Read more…]

Smiley fries bring a smile to my kids’ faces. How easy is that?!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCain Foods. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

The biggest hurdle of sticking to our monthly budget is the temptation of going out to eat.  It’s just so EASY to stop at a restaurant on the way home from a busy work/school day.  By stocking the pantry and freezer with foods that my kids already love to eat, meal prep is just a tad bit simpler.  They love to eat the smiley fries we find at local restaurants; when we first found the McCain Potatoes at our grocery store I felt like I won the lottery!  It’s a simple side dish that my kids are guaranteed to enjoy.  The less complaining the better, and the smiley fries bring a smile to my kids’ faces.  How easy is that?!   At some point during the meal, one of them always holds up a smiley fry and imitates the smile.  It’s always cute.

Gotta love McCain smiley fries! [Read more…]