Max Your Tax Refund with Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan + A Movie Night

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Max Your Tax Refund Wamart Family Mobile

As a family on a budget, we are always looking for ways to save money, and like most working families we look forward to getting that tax refund each year.  Although it’s tempting to blow the money on something crazy, I always like to stretch it out as best as I can.  One way you can get the most out of you tax refund this year is to swap your cell phone service to Walmart Family Mobile.  They offer high quality cell phone service at a price that’s friendly on your wallet.  And when you get the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan, you get a free VUDU movie credit each month, making it easy for you to have a fun family movie night at home. [Read more…]

Christmas Party Must-Haves from Oriental Trading

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Christmas is almost here! Many companies, schools, and even families have already celebrated their yearly Christmas party, but there’s still a lot of partying left to go!  Oriental Trading always has a wide of variety of seasonal items to help you create the ultimate party!  I recently received an entire box of Christmas items that could turn any ordinary holiday dinner into something merry and bright! Today I’m going to highlight those items and tell you why I recommend them for your holiday bash!

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Table Decor

I found the cutest plates and napkins (pictured above).  There’s just something about this mix of colors and patterns that make me smile.  They are bright and bold with a touch of the whimsical, and I think they look great for adult or children’s parties.  Also managed to find this polka dot table cloth, featuring pictures of Santa, an elf, rudolph, and a snowman.  I think it goes quite nicely with the plates and napkins.

As you prepare your party today, you need dishes to serve your food.  The Christmas tree, bauble, and snowman trays above come in a set of 12 (4 of each design).  Their cute shapes and colors make them a perfectly festive way of serving up appetizers, snacks, candies, as well as your favorite holiday sides, or even pulled turkey! It’s also an affordable to serve your food in style without spending a lot of fancy serving trays. [Read more…]

Celebrating College Football with Dr Pepper® and HOT POCKETS®

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I love this time of year.  Where I live, the temperatures were in the upper 80s and low 90s throughout September, so it didn’t feel like fall weather, but football season is definitely in the air, and that is a great thing! Dr Pepper®  is a sponsor of college football and the college football championship, and they are teaming up to offer shoppers great deals at Publix for all their football watch party and tailgating party needs.  Since our Saturdays are filled with football, family, and food, I have to keep a lot of drinks and snacks on hand, and I’m always happy to find deals on the snacks we love.  Today I’ll be sharing a few of my ideas for how you can take advantage of these great deals at Publix and make Dr Pepper and Nestle HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches a part of your football celebration.

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Prepare to take your college football experience to the next level! Dr Pepper®, DIGIORNO®, HOT POCKETS®, EDY’S® and STOUFFER’S® are giving you the chance to win tickets to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game in Tampa, Florida! Three lucky winners will receive two tickets to the game, airfare and hotel accommodations! In addition, Publix gift cards will be awarded to several other lucky winners. Don’t miss out! Visit CollegeFootballChampSweeps.com for your chance to win. Enter between 10/1/16-10/21/16.

Dr Pepper can be found in the drink aisle at Publix. Be sure to be on the look out for the special limited edition 2016 College Football Packages. Publix also has great deals on HOT POCKETS® and other frozen snacks from Nestle.  Look for these in the freezer section.

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You will be the star of your own football party when you create your very own Dr Pepper Floats Bar.  This is such a fun and delicious idea!  You’ll of course need some and a couple of flavors of ice cream for the main ingredients of the floats.  Here I used French vanilla and butter pecan, but I have to tell you that chocolate ice cream is great for  Dr Pepper  floats as well!

And of course, you will need glassware.  I like to put out a couple of different sizes and types of glasses out, simply because in our family one person may want a large float, while someone else may want just a small serving.  You should also have some toppings and add-ins like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and candy toppings.  And if you’d like to give your guests the option of blending their float, you should have a blender or hand blender on hand.

As you can see, it is a very simple, yet nice and presentable set up.

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Apart from floats, I absolutely love blended floats and shakes.  Today I’ve got a very simple recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes.

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Recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes

Ingredients:

1 cup french vanilla ice cream (or other flavor of your choice)

2/3 cup milk

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1/2 cup Dr Pepper

splash of Dr Pepper to create foamy top (optional)

Directions:  Blend together ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup.  Mixture should be pretty thick; if it seems thin, add additional ice cream and reblend.  Next blend in your Dr Pepper.  Pour shake up into a glass and add a splash of Dr Pepper to create foam at the top.

Other Topping Options and Substitutions:

  • Whipped cream and cherry.
  • Whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Whipped cream with chopped candies or sprinkles.
  • You can also leave the chocolate syrup out and go with plain vanilla, or use other syrups like caramel, butterscotch, and strawberry.
  • To change this recipe from a shake to a blended float, leave out the milk and add extra Dr Pepper.

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Just as the Dr Pepper can be used as part of a float bar, the HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches can used in a bar of their own.  This works out great for us, because we  like to put out a number of finger foods and snacks so that everyone can come, eat, and go, as they please, and making your own HOT POCKET® is as easy as you can get!

Simply lay out a few of your favorite HOT POCKETS® flavor options.  I love Ham & Cheddar, but the rest of my family love the Cheddar Cheeseburger and the Pepperoni Pizza varieties.

Then add a few dipping sauces to add on the side.  A few suggestions I have are ranch dressing, ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, and barbecue sauce.  You’ll also need some ramekins for your sauce, food plates, and forks.

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In about 2 minutes anyone can fix up their own snack. (That means it can even be done during the commercials!)  And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking while everyone else is enjoying the games.

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For more fun ideas for the college football season from Dr Pepper and Nestle, check out visit this site.

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Homegating with Skittles® and Printable Football Party Activities

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Homegating with Skittles

My family is so excited about football season being back again! How about you?  Each week of football season, we watch many games, but our favorite thing to watch is college football on Saturdays, and for this, we always like to have a lot of food and snacks on hand!  With football season starting in September and going through and past the New Year, I find it’s important to mix things up and come up with great menu items each week.  For example, we may have pizza and wings one week, and the following week we may have pulled pork sandwiches or hamburgers and hot dog.

But for me, football food doesn’t always have to be about the savory; it can also be about the sweet.  For the sweet, I like everything from fruit and cream cheese dip to cupcakes and cookies, to candy!  For the first Saturday of college football, we had an array of delicious foods to serve, including one of my favorite candies, Skittles®.  Today I’m going to show you some ideas for homegating with Skittles.  I’ll show you how I added Skittles to our party menu, and I’m going to show you how you can use Skittles to bring a little fun to the party! [Read more…]

Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine® Fruit Bars

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Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine Fruit Bars

The weather is perfect where I live right now.  I’m so excited to break out my summer clothes and enjoy summer activities, but I’m even more excited to enjoy a little summer snacking.  If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than indulging in sweet treats, especially frozen treats.

 Outshine® Fruit Bars are a frozen treat for the whole family, and Moms can feel good about serving them to kids and enjoying them for themselves.  Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about these yummy frozen treats, and I’ve got a recipe and a sweepstakes for you. Let’s get to it! [Read more…]

Vanilla Hot Chocolate and a Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Party

Valentines Day Hot Chocolate Party

Today you are in for a treat…literally!  With the winter season in full swing and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is the perfect time to have a Hot Chocolate Party!  Hot Chocolate is a delicious winter time drink, and thus, it is the perfect menu item to put at the centerpiece of a winter gathering for kids or adults.  Today I’m going to show you some simple ideas and tips for putting together a fun and sweet hot chocolate party! [Read more…]

Easy Game Night Meal with Sam’s Club and a FREE Football I Spy Printable

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Sams Pizza Family Deal

It’s been a very interesting football season this year, and we still have a few more BIG games to go! If you follow my blog regularly, you know that we can’t have football without great food!  (Can anyone?)

Recently my husband and I were shopping at Sam’s Club when I discovered the perfect game night meal:  the Sam’s Club Coca-Cola Family Pizza Combo! [Read more…]

Mini Cannoli Pies + Easy Family Meals with Stouffer’s®

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Easy Family Meals with Stouffers

The holiday season is here!  It is such a fun time, but it’s also a busy time for me.  Of course, we have all the extra holiday events with family and school.  And then additionally this is the busiest time of year for my Etsy shop.  Between that and my usual blogging and other responsibilities, the month of December is a whirlwind!  Perhaps more than ever, this is the best time to have some easy family meal options!

Thanks to Stouffer’s®, I am able to serve a complete Italian meal to my family, including a round of Mini Cannoli Pies, with very little prep work at all!   [Read more…]

Game Day Oreo Balls

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Game Day Oreo Balls When the holiday season is in the air, I can hardly wait to make sweet treats like OREO Cookie Balls!  But why should these yummy treats only be made around the holidays?  I see no reason why OREO Cookie Balls shouldn’t be on our party menus year round.  Do you?

There are a number of ways you can transform OREO Balls to fit any holiday or occasion.  Last weekend I made a batch for game day.  In the past I’ve seen a lot of people mold their balls in to football shapes, and those always look so cute.  But for my recipe, I went in a slightly different direction.  I just happen to have this cute little snack stadium.  In the past I’ve used it to hold cupcakes, but I’ve been dying to use it to display homemade candies.

So I dressed my OREO Cookie Balls out with X’s and O’s, and they took the field!  Haha!  I even made a few striped ones! (Because every game needs to officials!) [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 292 – With Fun Halloween Treat Bag Ideas

Happy Halloween Eve!  And welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  Last night I was busy making Halloween treat bags for our son to carry to school for all the saxophone and tuba players in marching band.  (I LOVE making treat bags!)

Incidentally as I looked though last week’s link up, I found some cute and unique treat bag ideas for Halloween.  It may be a little late to use them this year…but if you have kids and you’ll be making treat bags next year, it’s never too early to bookmark some ideas!  Take a look!

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