Busy Mom: Jif on the Go Dippers for easy snacking

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif to Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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I am so busy! Some days I just don’t have time to sit and have a square meal between drop off/pick up, sports practices, errands and more. The days that are the hardest are the ones that I spend at the girls school volunteering on PTA. Packing (healthy) snacks is the only way I make it thru on those days.

Sometimes, I feel horrible for my 6 yr old. We drag her from soccer games to basketball games, squeezing in errands in the middle. I need snacks that aren’t going to get her fingers all sticky, yet ones that aren’t pumped full of sugar. This is when I give her Jif To Go Dippers. She loves the pretzel chips and having her own peanut butter to dip them in. It’s very convenient!

Currently, I am on a trip out of the country and having snacks to enjoy while on the beach has made relaxing much easier. I love easy snacks that are also hearty! I feel like Jif peanut butter sticks with me a lot longer then other convenience snacks that I might grab. I also love that I don’t have to keep it cold! Since I love peanut butter, I tossed in a few to enjoy on the beach! My friend Megan wanted a snack but we didn’t want to pack up and go to a restaurant, so I tossed her one to enjoy.

If you are looking for an easy snack that is perfect for your busy schedule, then grab some Jif To Go Dippers! They fit perfectly in cup holders and are easy to find in sports bags too. You can get two different flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, or Chocolate Silk Peanut Butter Spread.

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Million Dollar Arm Review (+ Giveaway)

unnamed If you like movies that are seemingly implausible and turn out to be fascinating real-life stories, then you should definitely watch “Million Dollar Arm”.  I am not much of a sports fan and I loved the movie.  My husband who is a sports fanatic loved the movie as well.  He came in with a skeptical mindset, and left a believer.

Spoiler Alert: The movie gives all the riveting details and storyline of two “non-athletes” from India who become major league baseball pitchers.  The incredible accomplishment comes after a year long journey through maybe the first ever reality show and the revival of an agent’s career.  The story of the pitchers is incredible, but the story of J.B. Bernstein, the agent’s, journey is remarkable.  His story is one of career revival through an idea born out of desperation, and his love story is the midst of these roller coaster events.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this movie was the acting.  It was so realistic and believable.  It felt like this was actually their journey and the way the actors displayed the variety of emotion was flawless.  A great additional feature of the film is how you can see so much of India during the events of the baseball tryout/reality show.  This country girl has never been to India, and may never get to go.  “Million Dollar Arm” gave me that bucket list tour and took me on a journey of a heartwarming story. 

Your heart will be pushed to a variety of places as failure seems imminent for the agent and the lovable pitching prospects.  The mix of humor in some of the most emotional moments is refreshing.  I found it was safe enough to play in front of my daughters, which seems to be a rare find these days outside of the world of animation.  It was a movie that my husband and I both enjoyed, which can be an even rarer feet.  I highly recommend “Million Dollar Arm” to all sorts of families and individuals.  Two thumbs way up!

Right now you can order it on Amazon for as low as $17.99!

Giveaway:

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Getting Organized with a Meal Planner

I was provided a Meal Planner for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and are honest!
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I have a fun blogger friend in Dallas who happens to have a fun Etsy shop and sells Meal Planners and she sent me one to review.  I did a short video review so that you can see how awesome her planner really is! It has really helped me to sit down and plan ahead. I love the grocery list that is easily detachable!

Dinging at Salata: Light at Night

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If you are looking for a yummy, fresh made salad, then you will want to try out Salata. Salata has several locations in the DFW area and I got to try out their newest one, in Frisco.

You can choose from 7 different types of lettuce to get your salad started. Once you tell them what you want, the possibilities are endless. I choose the romaine and then added everything that I love. I got the herb dressing and they also tossed in grilled chicken. My salad was SOO good!

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They also have kids meals as well. My daughter went with me and got a wrap. It was custom for what she wanted in it! 

Salata also has an awesome variety of teas to choose from! Next time you are out and about, stop by Salata for a quick FRESH healthy meal.

Sign up for Salata’s mobile club by simply texting “Salata” to 777111. You will get a B1G1 FREE Salad or Wrap coupon offer, just for signing up. Additionally, if you sign up before Oct. 20, you’ll be eligible to take part in Salata’s current ‘Eat Light at Night’ offers – exclusive deals that are sent straight to your phone for you to redeem after 4 p.m. at Salata. Sign up and go try it out!

Organized Lunches made easy

I was sent the following items for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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My hubby is happy to take leftovers to work each day! I am very thankful for this, however we are constantly going rounds about him taking his meals in ziplock bags. I feel like it’s super wasteful and he can’t possibly put a ziplock in the microwave to reheat things.

This is where the new sleek FUEL line from Trudeau helps save the day! Steve can now take his lunch in awesome convertible, microwavable, and reusable containers. Here are a few of our favorites:

The FUEL Sandwich Wrap  ($8.99) is made from a tear resistant, easy to clean material and even turns into a placemat when it’s time to chow down.

FUEL Salad on The Go ($14.99) This one has an integrated ice pack and dressing container keep salad mix fresh, crisp and tasty.

The FUEL Snack’N Dip ($4.99) comes with a 5 oz. snack container with a 2 oz. dipping container.

There are other options as well! We have been using these for a few weeks now and they are perfect for Steve. We love that they are dishwasher safe and the silverware is included in the container!

Erin Condren Life Planner Calendar Review

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If you have been thinking about getting a Life Planner calendar, then you might be interested in ordering one from Erin Condren! I have been using my iPhone for several years now and was not sure I wanted to go to a paper form calendar until I looked at one week and how crazy it is with my kids school and sports schedules.

Here is my video review. (I like to see what I getting before I order….especially when it’s something I plan to use daily for over a year!)

I love my Life Planner and plan to keep using it daily and hoping it keeps me organized and on top of things. The only thing I wish I could change about it is the size. It doesn’t fit into my small purse. Guess I could get a bigger one!

Sign up for emails from Erin Condren and you just might get a coupon code to save money on your first order!

Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine now on DVD

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We have been huge Doc McStuffins fans for a while now! We had a full circle moment while watching the new Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine this week. In this series of shows, Doc tackles several things that are worrisome for kids. She plays an optometrist, helping her stuffed owl toy, Professor Hoostburgh, to see clearly again. She also plays as a dentist, and last as a radiologist, taking an inside look at Daisy’s arm after a Roller Disco fall.

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Maci, my 6 yr old has a broken leg. When we went to get her leg x-rayed, she freaked out. She didn’t know what they were going to do and the fact that they wouldn’t let me sit with her, scared her even more. If she would have seen this Doc McStuffins DVD before going, she wouldn’t have been so scared!

This one ends with Doc spraining her own ankle. How will it end? Who will take care of Doc? You will have to watch to find out.

You can order Doc Mcstuffins: School of Medicine for just $12.96 right now on Amazon! This DVD runs 120 minutes.

Enjoy a quick Tropical feast at Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical just opened two new restaurant locations in Frisco. We have watched one of them from the ground up. (It’s located by Costco!) We have wondered what this new restaurant would offer and couldn’t wait to try it ourselves.

We were invited to stop by and enjoy a meal on their opening day…and so we did! It was super busy and their staff was working hard and efficiently to serve everyone is a quick and orderly manner. The ambiance in the restaurant is awesome. Bright colors, well lit and there are two stations that are self serve…the drinks and the sauces. There are ten different sauces to choose from…and we tried them all! (More on that in a bit!)

As we were in line, we could see the chicken on the grill. I love the big open window that allowed us to watch the food prep process! Pollo Tropical features tangy flavors of the Caribbean, Savory island spices, mixed herbs and citrus blends. Menu options include TropiChops, sandwhiches, salads, wraps, kids meals and family meals.

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I tried the TropiChop with brown rice, lettuce, and chicken breasts. I topped it with a very creamy Cilantro Garlic sauce. Steve had a Calypso Beef Wrap that included grilled onions and peppers and he paired it with Spicy Poyo-Poyo. I also enjoyed the Mango Iced Tea. We are very excited to go back and let the kids try the kids meals!

I love that the options were healthier and made fresh to order.

If you want to try it, you can go sign up for Pollo Rewards loyalty program and you will get a coupon for either a buy one get one free quarter chicken with two sides or $3 off a family meal.

 

Motivating Kids to get Fit with Leapfrog and CLIF Kid Bars

I received free products in order to host the Leapfrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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I have owned a Fitbit for over a year now and my kids know that I have to keep moving in order to get my steps and achieve my goals. They love to “motivate” me with cheers and taunts to keep going. It’s been fun to see them get excited about it! I even got my 9 yr old, Chloe, a Fitbit to use this summer. She was able to earn rewards based on her activity. She loved it.

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Although I didn’t think the Fitbit was really geared for her, it worked on getting her moving. Then I heard about Leapfrog’s new Leapband and grew very excited about getting the girls one! Leapfrog has been a great source of educational toys in our home for many years. I knew it would provide my kids with fun, paired with motivation to be active. The Leapband allows kids to earn rewards based on activity. This activity tracker encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges.

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When I saw that there was an opportunity to host a Leapfrog Leapband party, I signed up! I was so excited to get selected. Along in the party kit, I received boxes of CLIF Kid bars. My girls love them and they were a great fit for our #FitMadeFun party!

We invited friends over to get moving with us. They came and we played and did several activities, including a mean game of leap frog and simon says. The kids all enjoyed learning about the Leapband and eating the CLIF Kid bars. We had several competitions where kids could win a box of CLIF Kid bars to take home.

Overall, the moms were excited about this new tool to encourage their little ones to keep moving. Here is more information about the Leapband and the CLIF Kid bars! I highly suggest you grab the Leapband NOW if you like it. I’m guessing it will be one of the hot gifts this holiday season! They have pink, blue, and green ones!

You can currently order the Leapband from Amazon for just $39.99!zbar_11_new-ccwrap

CLIF kid bars are sold Walmart, Target, Sam’s, Costco and other locations. You can click here to find a store near you.

Follow Leapfrog on Facebook and Twitter for more info! You can also follow CLIF on Twitter.

Disney’s Frozen Birthday Party Fun

We were sent a few Frozen themed items for the purposes of this review. 

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You are not surprised to read that we had a Frozen party today for my (almost) 6 yr old! Frozen has been a very  popular party choice for the past year and it’s still the first choice of many. With it being so popular, it can be difficult to find party supplies. I am fairly creative and can accent with simple colors and basic items. The plates and napkins are hard to find instore….so I went to my favorite online party supplier, Oriental Trading and they had plenty and it was IN STOCK! They have free shipping often and I was able to score all that I needed for our party! Their prices are great and I love that they offer such a huge variety of options.

I also got the fun blue rock candy and pink striped straws from Oriental Trading. Check out their whole line of Frozen items!

Right now you can get FREE shipping on orders of $39 or more when you use coupon code: CY1480014

*If you are near North Dallas and want the most delicious cake pops around, reach out to Megan at BlackFlour. Those pictured above are from her amazing bakery! She is super talented and make almost anything!