The kids are grown, now what?: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

#HolidayMM Twitter Party

#HolidayMM #cbias #shop

Photo credit to Girl In The Garage
The holidays are fast approaching and the time is flying! It’s time to start planning and gathering holiday gifts, fun crafts and treat ideas! We’ll discuss how Gingerbread M&M’S® available only at Walmart can make a fun addition to any holiday decorating ideas and festivities that you are planning. Plus, we will be sharing a money saving secret… shhh!



Friday, November 22, 2013

Holiday Card Hassles

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


Christmas is just around the corner! I have always been terrible at sending cards. I find that task to be overwhelming. Finding the best card, writing out the addresses, signing all the cards and stamping and mailing the whole pile to reach my friends and family in time. That's a lot of work!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Better Homes & Gardens!

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Better Homes and Gardens has been a part of my life since birth! My grandmother subscribed, mother and now I subscribe. I love the incredible recipes, craft ideas, gardening tips and the beautiful living spaces that are a part of each issue. Now you can get a one year subscription for only $5.99! Now that would make a great holiday gift for yourself or someone you love.

Marzetti Newsletter!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hallmark #BirthdaySmiles Twitter Party


Join me at the #BirthdaySmiles Twitter Party!

#BirthdaySmiles #cbias #shop
Photo Courtesy of Someday I'll Learn

Do you or someone in your family have a birthday on or near a holiday? My son was born 3 weeks after Christmas. And sometimes it seemed as though his birthday was overshadowed by the holidays. How do you makes these birthdays shine on their own without being overshadowed by the holiday?  Join me me Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET for the Hallmark #BirthdaySmiles Twitter Party! We'll discuss ways to make those holiday birthdays special, give away some prizes and have a great time!

Ore-Ida #OreIdaHashBrn Twitter Party




Join me at the #OreIdeaHashBrwn Twitter Party!



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Ore-Ida Hash browns. Everyone has a great recipe for a breakfast casserole that includes Ore-Ida Hash Browns! Do you ever use hash browns at other meals? I love using Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes in place of a traditional pie crust for quiches or other savory pies. Join us as we talk about Ore-Ida Hash Browns and the delicious and creative recipes that we can make with them!




#OreIdaHashBrn TWITTER PARTY



DATE: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET


PRIZES: 3 Pairs of Disney's Frozen Tickets, 4 - $100 Walmart Gift Cards

Grand Prize: $100 Walmart Gift Card and a Family Pack of 4 tickets to Disney's Frozen

Tickets to Disney's Frozen issued in the form of a Quantum Reward ticket.


HASHTAG: #OreIdaHashBrn


HOST: @MsMissy62




TWITTER PARTY LIST: http://cbi.as/w9ya8

TIPS FOR FOLLOWING PARTY:  http://cbi.as/5oac-






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#OreIdaHashbrn Twitter Party Sweepstakes Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, YOU (“ENTRANT” OR “YOU”) MUST AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING.

1. Eligibility. The #OreIdaHashbrn Twitter Party Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the United States, who have a Twitter account, and are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who receive an invitation to enter. Employees of Collective Bias, Inc. (“Sponsor” and “Administrator”), H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., and their affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.  If you do not have a Twitter account, it is free to create one at www.Twitter.com.
2. Agreement to Official Rules. Participation in this Sweepstakes constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Sweepstakes. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.
3. Submission Entry Period. Entrants may make submissions via Twitter following guidelines outlined in How to Enter (“Entry”) between the hours of 11:00 am - 11:55 am ET on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Date and time can change based on Twitter’s status. If date and time are changed entrants will be notified via Twitter using appropriate hashtag (#OreIdaHashbrn).  Sponsor’s clock is the Sweepstakes’ official clock.
4. How to Enter. Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party at #OreIdaHashbrn party via this link: http://cbi.as/3vovl, be actively participating in the party by tweeting during the party, following @OreIdaPotatoes, @MsMissy62, @dodomesticdad, @laughwithusblog, and @Mudpiesandtiara, and by using the hashtag #OreIdaHashbrn. To be eligible to win prize(s), Sweepstakes entrants must submit a tweet during the Entry Period using #OreIdaHashbrn hashtag.  Sponsor, may disqualify you from the Sweepstakes if it believes, in its sole and absolute discretion that your Submission fails to conform to these Official Rules.
5. Prizes, Approximate Retail Value and Odds of Winning.  The following prize will be given away during the during the duration of the party on November 27, 2013:   four (4) prizes each one consisting of a $100 Walmart Gift Card, three (3)  sets of 2 tickets to Disney's FROZEN movie (ARV $8 each, $16 per pair), and one (1) “Grand Prize” which consists of a  $100 Walmart gift card and “Family Pack” of four (4) tickets to Disney’s FROZEN Movie (Grand Prize ARV is $132).  Total value of all prizes awarded in this Sweepstakes is $580.  All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and the active tweets during the party.  Winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #OreIdaHashbrn at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and active tweets during the party. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @MsMissy62 during the party on November 27, 2013 and must respond to @MsMissy62 within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize.
a. All Prizes are non-transferable, with no cash redemptions, equivalents or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Prize details not specified in these Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change, and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide a Winner with their Prize, the Sponsor may elect, to provide such Winner with the approximate value of such item in cash or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value.
b. There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party.   Prizes will be shipped within 4-6 weeks following the end of the Sweepstakes.  Each gift card is subject to the terms and conditions set forth on the gift card.  Each gift card is redeemable for merchandise only and will not be redeemed or exchanged for cash, except where required by law. Each gift card will not be replaced or replenished if it is lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or used without your permission and will be voided if altered or defaced.  Winner is responsible for any taxes on prizes awarded.
6.  Limitation of Liability:  IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASEES (DEFINED BELOW), THEIR ADVERTISING OR SWEEPSTAKES AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES. Sponsor and Administrator assume no responsibility for undeliverable e-mails resulting from any cause, including any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a user’s Internet Service Provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in user’s e-mail account to receive e-mails.  By participating in this Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., their respective affiliates and related companies and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and other representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, participation, or inability to participate in Sweepstakes, any Entries or any Sweepstakes-related activity.  Releasees are not responsible for printing errors or for lost, late, unintelligible, misdirected, incomplete, damaged or garbled Entries or any other documents. Releasees are not responsible for any: (a) telephone, computer, hardware, software, programming or interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, network malfunction, or other technical failures or errors, or failure to properly process Entries; (b) communication disruption or other forces beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor, failure to record or make Entries or other disruption related to Internet traffic, virus, bug, or non-authorized intervention; or (c) damage caused by computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer by entering this Sweepstakes, whether human, mechanical or electronic. Releasees shall not be liable to any Entrant or any other person for failure to supply a prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God; any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entities (whether or not they prove to be valid); equipment failure; terrorist acts; earthquake; fire; flood; war; explosion; unusually severe weather; hurricane; embargo; labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal); labor or material shortage; transportation interruption of any kind; work slow-down; civil disturbance; insurrection; riot; or any other cause beyond Sponsor’s sole control. 
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10.        Miscellaneous:   Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules or cancel the Sweepstakes at any time, at its discretion.  In the event of any dispute concerning the identity of any entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the natural person who is the authorized holder of the transmitting account. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to a Twitter account by Twitter, who is responsible for assigning all Twitter accounts. Any false information provided within the context of the Sweepstakes by any Entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, ownership of right or any other non-compliance with these Official Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Entry from the Sweepstakes.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

This post is sponsored by Good Cook. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Every year in the fall I make sure I have a fresh pumpkin. Some years it comes from my friend Tara's garden. This year it came from the garden of one of my son's friends. I love a fresh pumpkin. The taste difference between fresh and canned is night and day. Using a fresh pumpkin is so easy to do! Once you use fresh you will never go back to canned!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rack of Lamb with #StarOliveOil


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I was at Walmart earlier this week and I noticed that Star Fine Foods has some new olive oils. Each of these olive oils is crafted to pair perfectly with beef/lamb, poultry fish, or vegetables.

The Arbequina Olive Oil for Vegetables is made from the Arbequina Olive which has a smooth slightly almond flavor with touches of green apple. It pairs perfectly with salads or other vegetables.

The Hojiblanca Olive Oil for Poultry/Fish is made from the Hojiblanca Olive which has a smooth and fruity taste that does not overpower poultry and fish.

The Picual Olive Oil for Beef/Lamb is made from the Picual Olive which has a bite to it with a peppery finish which makes it pair perfectly with Beef and Lamb.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Twitter Party

This post is sponsored by Good Cook. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

#GoodCookKitchenExprt #GoodCook , #thanksgivingtips

Thanksgiving is almost here! I am so excited. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I spend the week before baking and preparing for the big day.

Join Me For the #PlanAhead Twitter Party





#PlanAhead Twitter Party



Can you believe how quickly this year has passed by? Thanksgiving, Chanukkah and Christmas are just around the corner. Are you ready for unexpected guests? Join me for the #PlanAhead Twitter Party wherw we’ll discuss how Nestle frozen products stocked in your freezer can help! From STOUFFER’S® Party Size EntrĂ©es  to DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza Pepperoni and including a delicious dessert of EDY’S® SLOW CHURNED® Light Ice Cream, Nestle makes it easy to please ​even the most picky eaters!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gluten Free Mini Pizzas

This post is sponsored by Good Cook. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Good Cook Sweet Creations

My mission is to take the above Good Cook items and make something out of the box with them. We have a large cookie sheet, cookie cutters and squeeze bottles. I chose gluten free mini pizzas. You are going to love this new dough recipe!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Starkist Tuna Coupon

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Don't miss out on this $.55 coupon for Starkist!

Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Best Buy Mobile

Are you in the market for a new phone? Picking out a phone for someone as a holiday gift? Check out Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores - they are available locally in malls and neighborhood shopping centers and are focused solely on mobile devices and accessories. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Frozen Activity Sheets

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Disney's Frozen

Can you believe that it is almost Thanksgiving? What is happening Thanksgiving day besides the incredible meal that you will be enjoying with your family? Disney's Frozen opens! I am so excited for Frozen and I bet that you are too. I have some awesome activity sheets that you and your kids can have fun with while you wait for Thanksgiving Day!

Monday, November 4, 2013

What's Your Favorite Sandwich?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Jif. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta

Everyone has a favorite sandwich. When I was a little girl my grandmother took me to a local deli called The Chuckwagon. I loved The Chuckwagon. It was hands down my favorite restaurant and every time I ordered a Corned Beef Special. The Corned Beef Special featured warm corned beef piled high on rye bread with a topping of freshly made coleslaw and Russian Dressing. Whenever I buy corned beef at the store, this is the sandwich that I make. The sandwich of my childhood. The sandwich of my heart.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mini Toffee Cheesecakes

Mini Toffee Cheesecakes

It's the day after Halloween and you know what that means? Holiday season is upon us! It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year. Who knows, maybe next year we will be discussing this on July 5th! Holiday season means coming up with gift ideas and sweet treats for entertaining. These Mini Toffee Cheesecakes are perfect for both!

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