Crock-Pot® Cuisine

It is no secret that my family lived off of cereal and pizza during the deployment. It was quick, easy, and the kids liked it.

Over time, the novelty of cereal and pizza wore off and now I think we would all be happy to never have cereal for dinner again.

After the deployment ended I found out about Crock-Pot® Cuisine. What terrible timing. Had I known about this earlier we would have eaten beef stew more and pizza less.

Here’s how it works. You order your meals through the Crock-Pot® Cuisine website. They currently have seven meals to pick from, but new meals are being added soon. After your order is placed your meals will arrive at your doorstep in a few days.

This is a great service for someone who has just had a baby, or is recovering from a medical procedure. Even if you don’t have time (or are not close enough) to take a meal, you can send them four Crock-Pot®  meals.

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The meals arrive frozen and you can put one in the crock pot right away, or store in them in the freezer for later use.

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When you are ready to start dinner, take out your meal and prepare according to the directions. This basically means, cut open the bag, toss in the crock pot and start cooking.

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Meals take four to eight hours depending on whether you use the low or high setting on your crock pot.

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My family loved the beef stew. It served six people, although a few of those were kids. The veggies tasted great and the meat was cooked perfectly.

I wouldn’t hesitate to order these meals for a friend, they tasted great!

If you are interested in trying Crock-Pot® Cuisine you can save 25% off your first order by using the code CPC25BLOGD. This code is only valid until March 31, 2014 so don’t delay!


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Frusion Yogurt: #TryFrusionFree

As many of you know, one of my goals is to be a “Yes Mom.” I’ve started giving talks around my area on how moms can learn to be a yes mom too. One of my “yes mom” tips is to be prepared to say yes.

One of the reasons I use to say no is because I wasn’t prepared to say yes or didn’t have a healthy alternative for my children especially when it came to snacks. My solution, keep healthy snacks in the fridge and in the car so you are able to make the most of the yes mom moments without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

My children love yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies, crackers, and nuts. In order for them to make good choices with their snacks and to not gravitate towards junk food I try to keep those items in stock. My kids will happily choose healthy options when they are available.

One fun snack my children really enjoy is smoothies. Smoothies, however are difficult to take on the road because I don’t usually travel with my blender. We do have small cooler packs that we use when we are spending the day at the park or pool and the new new Frusion C-Charged is a perfect on the go snack.

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My kids love the creamy yogurt with the chunks of fruit. I feel good knowing that they are getting their daily amount of vitamin C, as well as lots of protein and calcium. It’s also has no high fructose corn syrup which is a huge plus for me. It’s totally portable and the kids can drink it while they are on the go.

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My kids think the creamy drink is a treat and don’t even know I’m giving them a healthy snack. The banana berry flavor was a huge hit with my kids and just perfect for a hot and humid day during our Florida vacation.

If you want to give your children a healthy snack (or even breakfast) you can try Frusion C-Charged for free! From now until October 15, 2013 you can mail your receipt and rebate form in for a reimbursement of up to $3.99.

Click here to learn more about the rebate details.

Frusion C-Charged doesn’t have to just be an on-the-go snack. It is perfect for lunch boxes, quick breakfasts or after school snacks. It’s a perfect balance of nutrition and delicious for your kids.

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International Delight: Pin to Win Sweepstakes

Have you tried International Delight’s new Coldstone Creamery flavors? International Delight is one of my favorite companies to work with (their folks are awesome) so I’m always excited when they come out with a new product.What’s better for summer than pairing International Delight with Coldstone Creamery?

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My kids love Coldstone, so I was excited to search Pinterest and find all sorts of recipes using these new flavors. We’ve had several ice cream parties this summer already and my kids love homemade ice cream. Last year I used a gift card to buy an ice cream maker and my kids went crazy creating their own ice cream flavors. I’m sure they’ll be doing the same this year with these new recipes.

We’ll be trying Cold Stone Creamery™ Hot for Cookie™, Founder’s Favorite™ and Churro Caramel™, soon. I created a Pinterest board to bookmark all these ideas and share with you.

Oh and here’s a little tip if you want to visit a Coldstone Creamery- order the kid’s sized ice cream. It is significantly cheaper and you still get that delicious Coldstone experience.

International Delight wants to give you a chance to win $400! It’s so simple. Visit the International Delight ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin any image from the board to be entered to win $400 to throw your own ice cream social.

Love ice cream + coffee? This summer, International Delight is bringing your favorite Cold Stone Creamery ice cream flavors to coffee and they’re celebrating by giving away five $400 grand prizes to throw this summer’s ultimate Ice Cream Social!  To enter, visit the ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin your favorite image using the #IScream4ID hashtag. Good luck! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Summer Sundae Fun with Smucker’s: Giveaway!

Say that title 3x fast, why don’t you?

We are thoroughly enjoying summer here at the Happy House. From pool parties to taco night our house has been overflowing with friends and family and we are loving every minute of it!

To make our evenings extra special we’ve been celebrating with a little summer sundae fun. My kids LOVE ice cream, but we usually reserve it for birthdays and special occasions.

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One really fun way to serve up your favorite flavor is an ice cream sundae bar. This is my kids favorite way to eat ice cream because they love creating their own masterpieces.

Here are a few ideas for  your sundae bar:

  • Cones
  • Smucker’s Ice Cream Topping (our favorite is hot milk chocolate!)
  • Sprinkles
  • Red hots
  • Crushed candy or cookies
  • Peanuts
  • Whipped cream
  • Fruit (bananas, cherries, strawberries, blueberries)
  • Granola
  • Root Beer (create an ice cream sundae float!)

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Line up all the ingredients in small containers and create a scooping station. Fill the bowls with a generous amount of ice cream and let your guests and family get to work topping! This works with cones or cups, but I’ve found you can get more topping on your ice cream when you use bowls!

Smucker’s sent us some delicious toppings to use in our sundae station and we loved them! Cora’s favorite was pink lemonade (of course) and I loved hot milk chocolate!

A sundae party is a great way to end a fun weekend, trip to the beach, or just celebrate being a family! Smucker’s wants you to try some of their new delicious toppings so I have a sundae kit to give away to one reader that includes:

  • Smucker’s Pink Lemonade Magic Shell Topping, Smucker’s Root Beer Magic Shell Toping, Smucker’s Hot Milk Chocolate Microwavable Topping, and Smucker’s Hot Butterscotch Microwavable Topping
  • $50 American Express gift card for you to purchase any other items you may need
  • Beach themed disposable camera
  • Colorful beach towel
  • Banana Republic beach tote bag

Leave a comment sharing your favorite ice cream topping and you’ll be entered to win. Giveaway ends July 15, 2013. 


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