Monday, October 28, 2013

I want my mummy

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CottonelleTarget”

The 2nd annual Hart's Halloween Hootenanny was a success! This year was a tad different than last year's late night, loud music, baby-less shin dig but it was just as fun! We decided to take advantage of our beautiful new deck and cooler Texas temps and grill out for our neighbors and friends. Since we invited lots of kiddos, I wanted there to be kid friendly activities and games to keep them well entertained (and let's face it, my toy-less house isn't too fun for elementary school children). I'll give you a peek at our costumes...

A family of homemade garden gnomes!

We had corn hole and badminton set up for both adults and kids and the weather couldn't have been more perfect! Earlier in the week I hit up Michael's Craft Store to see what I could come up with for a craft table for the kids. I bought an array of foam pumpkins, stickers, wooden Halloween pieces, and paint and set it up on our table inside. It was a hit!

You may be wondering why I have toilet paper on the table? On last week's Target run, I picked up a 12 pack of Cottonelle's Triple Roll for a fun and crazy game that I knew the kids would love. We paired them up, gave them a couple of rolls, and had a mummy wrapping contest. I will let the pictures do the talking! (use this coupon while supplies last and head to Target and receive a free box of Kleenex tissues when you purchase a 12 pack or larger of Cottonelle's Triple Roll...just in time for allergy and flu season.)

If you can't tell from the pictures, the game was hilarious. I wish I would have gotten video! If you're looking for a good game to keep the kiddos entertained for 10 minutes, grab some TP and let them go crazy! I also wish I would have gotten a picture of the aftermath in my backyard- I kid you not there was probably 200 pieces of ripped up toilet paper scattered all over. We had another contest... who could pick up the biggest ball of TP. Thank goodness for kids who love anything that's a competition!

Don't forget to grab this coupon while supplies last and head to Target to pickup your Cottonelle Triple Roll, whether it be for a spooky and fun Halloween game or to wipe little bottoms with!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Honestly, who has time?

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Lean Cuisine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HonestlyGood #ad”

Being a mama doesn't give me much time to prep meals for our family and throw in a traveling husband during the week.... yeah I don't exactly eat the most glamorous things! Prior to Ford being born, I would eat the most random things when Jon would travel. A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch followed by carrots and hummus, followed by trail mix, followed by a glass of chocolate milk. Something about being alone in the evenings makes me want to snack, snack, snack instead of eating an actual meal. Yes it's fun to peruse the pantry for goodies but this way of eating is dangerous because often times I am left hungry at night and ready to eat more! If only Nutella and Ritz crackers kept you full!

Now that Ford is here and consuming all of my free time, you can imagine I don't exactly eat well when Jon travels. At least when Jon is home he can hang with the little guy while I prep a meal but I need something fast and healthy when he is gone. I've come off the postpartum high where all you want to do is eat because your body is adjusting to breastfeeding and people are bringing over home cooked meals and decadent desserts. I was cleared to workout by my doctor and am ready to put back on my healthy pants and kick things into gear. The weather is cooling down and I am ready to get back to our healthy lifestyle. 

I was incredibly excited (and relieved!) when Lean Cuisine announced their new collection of meals, Honestly Good. It was hard for me to choose my favorite meal because the options are too darn delicious! The flavors of the Honestly Good collection aren't your typical frozen meals...Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. I can finally eat healthy and natural while not having to slave away in the kitchen. I am excited to add Honestly Good meals into my weekly meal schedule to help get me back into a good routine (and my pre pregnancy jeans!).

Baby in tow, hitting up Target for a few Honestly Good meals!

At 270 calories with only 7 grams of fat, the Roasted Red Pepper meal is my absolute favorite. I always worry about the texture of frozen meal chicken but this chicken was moist and tasted like it came right off the grill! The sauce gave amazing flavors and I felt like I was eating a gourmet restaurant meal as I hurriedly gobbled it down standing up in my kitchen while Ford was in his swing.

I am now incredibly conscious of what I put into my body knowing it is exactly what Ford will be eating a few hours later. All natural, wholesome ingredients are just what I need to make me feel comfortable eating a frozen meal.

This meal was the perfect blend of proteins, veggies, and delicious carb-y noodles!

No more Cliff bar dinners when my hubby travels!

Something that makes me love these meals even more is that Lean Cuisine, along with the farmers that grow the vegetables used for these meals, donate additional veggies to communities in need. Love that!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A meal in a pinch

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Hillshire Brand Company but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #buy3save3"

I knew motherhood would be time consuming and I knew a baby would be a lot of work but I didn't know a baby would be this much work. Ford is two months old and I am finally feeling like I have a handle on juggling caring for him and maintaining my home. The hardest part has been getting back into cooking regular meals for my husband because we have been blessed with meals being brought to us for the past couple of weeks. Not that I spent hours preparing homemade dishes before Ford was born but I am always looking for quick and easy ways to get a healthy and delicious meal on the table. Our little guy tends to be quite needy in the evenings so if I can take a few minutes during the day to prep a meal that is ready once dinnertime rolls around, I am game! 

Now I know I've mentioned before how we could not survive as vegetarians in our household. I have coined Jon "the protein police" because he is always making sure I get enough protein in my diet (especially now that I am breastfeeding Ford, he wants to make sure Ford is getting the goods!)I headed on over to my neighborhood Safeway store, Randall's, to check out their selection of Hillshire Farm meats. I can't help but to pump my fist in the air and shout "Go Meat!" when I hit the meat section (okay not really but I do say it in my head!). I always try to keep pre cooked meats in the house to add to recipes or whip up with eggs in the morning instead of having to waste time waiting on the meat to cook. This Hillshire Smoked Beef Sausage Rope is exactly the thing I need to take a carbohydrate rich meal to protein filled. I can't wait to share one of the easiest and most delicious meals with you that has become a staple in our household!

 1 Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage Rope (either beef or turkey)
1lb seafood of your choice (I recommend precooked shrimp)
1 box Tony Chachere's Jambalaya Mix (you could also use gumbo mix)

I feel silly writing directions on how to make this meal because it is as simple as following the directions on the jambalaya box and adding your meat! You have a yummy Cajun meal ready for serving in about 25 minutes. Can't beat that. And I have even more good news! Safeway is running a Buy 3, Save 3 deal where if you sign up for their Just For U program, you will save $3 when purchasing 3 Hillshire Farm products. This deal is only good until this Saturday 10/19 so jump on it folks!

Find Hillshire Farm on Facebook & Twitter
Check out the Hillshire Farm recipe page for more delicious meals!

Although I shopped at my neighborhood Safeway store, Randall's, this post was sponsored by Hillshire Farm. 
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