$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The holidays are sneaking up and who couldn’t use a $25 Target Gift Card? Am I right?! Any little bit helps and this giveaway is open worldwide (except where prohibited).

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Preparing for Life’s Uncomfortable Moments with U by Kotex®

Having a teenage girl means I have to not only prepare myself for life’s uncomfy moments and help her avoid them.  Her periods don’t come super regularly so, in order to avoid embarrassing moments, we keep U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners in her makeup bag (which she carries with her) and I keep some in my purse, too.

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She isn’t embarrassed to carry these because of the cool patterns and colors and they are small!  I love them because they are thin yet mighty!  Great for lighter days (or as tampon backup).  Feeling prepared and comfortable with her period helps keep her confident; which is especially important at this age.  I still cringe at my period ‘horror story’ from my teenage years.  I think we’ve all had at least one….right?!  Hopefully, keeping her prepared for those inevitable and uncomfortable moments will shield her from her very own teenage horror story.

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To enter the #BringComfyBack Contest, visit bringcomfyback.com  and upload your creative pic or gif showcasing your best uncomfy face.

Each month, one lucky winner will receive a $200 Urban Outfitters gift card, a Go Pro Hero 3 white camera, a $100 Sephora gift card and U by Kotex products.

At the end of the contest, the most creative selfie will be chosen and the winner will receive a trip to L.A. with a girlfriend, an exclusive U by Kotexphoto shoot to be their new social star and $2,000 spending cash!

 

AT&T New Store Concept And Giveaway

I am an AT&T Phoenix Mom and received a complimentary product in exchange and to help facilitate this post and giveaway.  As always, my opinions are 100% my own- I am truly impressed with this company!

If you follow along on Instagram, you noticed that recently I was invited to attend the grand opening of a new AT&T store concept.  The new concept allows for customers to explore and interact with technology.

Grand Opening in Phoenix, AZ

At these new stores, customers can check out solutions, devices and accessories across three unique “zones” – the Connected Experience Zone, the Community Zone, and the Explore Zone.

  • Connected Experience Zone: “lifestyle vignettes” show how products can be used every day. It highlights music, home security, entertainment and more.
  • Community Zone: visitors can shop and play at interactive “community tables.” It displays apps, accessories and devices so customers can see how they can work together.
  • Explore Zone: “explore walls” show a variety of AT&T’s devices and accessories next to digital monitors explaining how they work.

AT&T New Store Concept Phx, AZ

When I walked into the store with some blogger friends I immediately noticed how inviting this new store concept is.  It truly is gorgeous.  There are zones and touching is encouraged!  The explore wall is where I spent most of my time…I’m in the market for a new phone and the best way to decide is to get online, play with apps and take photos with the potential phones.  At the explore wall you are not only allowed to do all of the above, and more, you are encouraged.  I appreciate being able touch without feeling intimidated and the staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable.

DirectTV Promo

DIRECTV is now a part of AT&T and customers can take advantage of a new promotion of $500 credit per line for switching to AT&T’s wireless service. For a limited time, DIRECTV TV customers who switch their wireless lines to AT&T will receive a $300 bill credit for each line they port in when they buy a smartphone on AT&T Next for that line. Plus, customers who also trade in an eligible smartphone will get an additional trade-in credit or promotion card for $200. More info: http://soc.att.com/1Wcri3h

 AT&T also recently announced it will deliver the first-ever nationwide package of TV and wireless services all from a single provider on one bill, with special discounts. The offer includes HD and DVR service for up to four TV receivers, unlimited talk and text for four wireless lines, and 15GB of shareable wireless data – all for $200 per month, an annual savings of $600 or more in the first 12 months.

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The new store (at the corner of Tatum and Cactus) is open and one of three new concept stores in the valley (there is one in Goodyear and one slated to open at the Tempe Marketplace this fall).

Have you been to a new concept store?  Even if you aren’t in the market, like I am, I recommend stopping in to one and check it out!

AT&T has generously provided an ASUS MEMO Pad 7 LTE to giveaway to one of you!  Enter below and check out some of my blogger friends’ giveaways, as well!

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Shaping Up To Be A Mom-Kate Spade Portable Battery

Songs Kate Sang- ASUS MeMO Pad

Pink Cake Plate- LG G Flex 2

Around My Family Table-LG G Pad F 8.0

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Life as Leels- FitBit Charge HR

Summer Treats With No Guilt

 

Your favorite ice cream flavors are now available from tcby  as a frozen yogurt and you can pick them up at your local grocery store.  That means you can indulge with half the fat!

I know I am not the only who breaks out the carton of ice cream after a long day (and once the kids go to bed)…right??! Now I can grab a carton of tcby Frozen Yogurt and eat more have no regrets about indulging in a sweet treat.  The summers in Arizona are HOT and frozen treats are by far the best kind.  My kiddos enjoy these, too, when I am willing to share…I can’t be the only one who hides the good stuff from their children, right?! I am kidding, of course. Kind of.

TCBY Frozen Yogurt Has 1/2 the Fat of Regular Ice Cream

There are 8 new flavors to try and  you can #GetTheScoop on the website.  You can request a free carton and get a coupon, too!

Mint Chocolate Chip– A cool, arctic wind meets a hailstorm of dark chocolate chips. This is the refreshing result of their union.

Classic Vanilla Bean– 100% vanilla. 0% boring. Sweet, creamy and dotted with crushed vanilla beans, this classic is simply perfect.

Double Chocolate Chunk– Decadent pieces of solid chocolate wrapped in—you guessed it– velvety chocolate. Because the only thing better than chocolate is more of it!

Extreme Cookies ‘n Cream– Extra creamy vanilla. Cream-filled chocolate cookie chunks. Major deliciousness in every bite. Might as well grab an extra spoon!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough– Bite size pieces of your favorite dough surrounded by creamy vanilla yogurt. Feel free to lick the spoon!

Chocolate Moose Tracks– The search is over! Enjoy the bounty of our rich and famous chocolate frozen yogurt covered with peanut butter cups and Famous Moose Tracks.®

Sea Salt Caramel Swirl– A hint of sea salt, waves of rich caramel, and oceans of flavor. Jump in!

English Toffee Crunch– The perfect blend of creamy and crunchy, with ribbons of chocolate covered butterscotch candy decadence. No accent required.

Don’t they all sound amazing!?  I picked up Extreme Cookies ‘n Cream and it was everything I dreamed of and more.  You truly do not miss the extra fat.  This frozen yogurt was creamy and oh-so-yummy.

Guilt Free Frozen Treat

 

Want to try some for yourself?  What flavor would YOU pick? Enter below for your change to win 3 Free Months of tcby Frozen Yogurt (6 cartons; a $30 value).

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Simple Drop Biscuit: Perfect Holiday Recipe

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get creative and create a unique recipe for the Holidays. 

Drop Biscuits are a staple in our home.  You’ll find them at breakfast, lunch and dinner here.  Biscuits and gravy, jam or butter, as a side for soup, chili and even pastas.  Drop biscuits are easy and the variations are endless.  You can add herbs, cheeses, peppers and even fruit, truly you are only limited by your own imagination when it comes to these.  These are the perfect holiday recipe because they are simple, quick and delicious.

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I used Mezzetta to elevate my recipe and made these Jalapeno Cheesy Biscuits. These biscuits are perfect for passing around the dinner table and  I have always loved jalapenos. The endless possibilities are endless when using quality deli peppers, like these Mezzetta® Tamed Jalapenos, in dips, salads, appetizers, pizzas and more.

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During my both my pregnancies I craved jalapenos.  I wanted them on and in everything.  However my children are not fans of a lot of ‘spice’ so these tamed jalapenos (which are a hybrid of jalapenos and bell peppers) is a perfect compromise. Side Note: I also ate (and still eat) Mezzetta® Peperoncinis whole.  My mouth is watering just typing this.

You Will Need:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Salt

1/2 Cup Cold Butter (1 stick cut into small pieces)

1 Cup Milk

1/4 Cup Mezzetta®  Jalapenos

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese

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First, preheat your oven to 400. Mix dry ingredients well.  Use forks or a pastry cutter to mix in the cold butter, you want to do this quickly, so the butter stays cold (this with help give you flaky biscuits). Once the butter is combined you will have a mixture that’s texture is like corn meal.  Make sure your milk is cold, this is to help keep that butter cold, and add it to your mixture.  Next add Mezzetta® jalapenos and your cheese and mix it all together.  Don’t over mix, that will create a tough biscuit. You want everything combined just enough.  Drop large mounds onto your baking sheet (no need to grease).  Bake for 18 min (although times will vary based on your oven) and until biscuits have a light brown bottom and a bit of color to the top. This recipe will make about 10 good sized biscuits.

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Do you have a recipe you could elevate or twist to include some of the great Mezzetta products?  Don’t forget to get the coupon for .50 off and enter to win the daily prize basket from Mezzetta!  The giveaway will run from December 1st through December 31st. That means there are 31 daily prizes!

Jelly Bean Turns 13: Castles N’ Coasters + GIVEAWAY (Phoenix, AZ)

Things to Do in Arizona

Here’s another one for my local readers (or anyone visiting the Phoenix area)!  If you have spent some time here in Phoenix, Arizona, you have likely heard of Castles N’ Coasters.  Just off the I-17 (and Dunlap) near MetroCenter Mall, Castles N’ Coasters has been around since I was little.  It’s been upgraded and, of course, new attractions and rides have been added since I was a kid.  

Castles N' Coasters in Phoenix, AZ

I remember standing up as tall as I could in the line for Desert Storm, the big green looping coaster you can see from the freeway, which is still there.  Castles N’ Coasters is Arizona’s Finest Family Fun and Thrill Park and when we were planning a celebration for Jelly Bean’s 13th birthday this was the best choice.  She wanted to invite a couple friends to just hang out, instead of having a huge party.  Castles N’ Coasters offers party packages but we only had four kiddos so we got unlimited ride passes (plus miniature golf ) and I sent them on there way.  I stayed on site, in the arcade area, while the girls enjoyed the rides and games.  

Fun Things for Kids in Phoenix, AZ

Later, my cousin met up with me and we decided to play some arcade games while we waited.  We played old school Pac Man, Pinball, Air Hockey and Basketball but there are tons of modern games, too. I, of course, beat her pretty consistently.

Arcades and Games in Phoenix

When K turned 4, I took him for special Mom/Son time to play mini golf and he’s been begging to go check out the rides.  He’s actually tall enough for quite a few, now, so perhaps I’ll take him for rides next time.

Have you been to Castles N’ Coasters?  What’s your favorite thing to do there?  If you haven’t been, check out the website and let me know what you think you’d like to do in the comments below.

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Cascade Platinum Party #CascadeShiningReviews

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

You already know just how much I love Cascade Platinum, I swear by this product it’s my #CascadeShiningReview.  It’s made my life much easier; I don’t have to ‘wash’ my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.  Doing dishes has never been so easy.French Toast

Recently, I hosted a play date and shared how Cascade Platinum made cleaning up easy.  I have tested Cascade Platinum with some of my most difficult messes, like dried on brownies, cornbread, rice, potatoes and even sticky french toast.  We celebrated my 30th birthday with some friends and I let Cascade do the work in the end.

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We served up pizza, chips, burgers, brownies and later, I brought out a french toast bake (I wish I had my homemade bread ready in time for this party; I bet it would’ve been delicious).  I made the french toast bake the night before, which really made a sticky mess on my pan- perfect to show off what this amazing product can really do!  I loaded up the dishwasher, put the Cascade Platinum ActionPac in, topped off my Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid and started the cycle.  Easy peasy.

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I highly recommend this to anyone who A) likes to host parties or B) has to do dishes. If you have used Cascade Platinum head over to write one of the #CascadeShinningReviewsCascade Prize Pack 2

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GIVEAWAY! 2 Tickets to North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, AZ

North Pole Experience
**The tickets for this giveaway are provided by NPX
Last year I packed the family up and headed to Flagstaff, AZ for some snow fun and North Pole Experience (or as some call it NPX).  It was a mini vacation for us, only a couple hours away, and it was magical.  This year we are able to host a giveaway for our fans and I am almost as excited to give tickets away as I was to go!  Heave over HERE  to check out just how much fun we had and enter to win two tickets below!

Limited Edition Wii U GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to be a part of this giveaway and bring it to all of you!

This prize will surely make the holidays extra special for you and your family!

This Limited Edition Wii U was sponsored by McDonalds and we are giving it away to one lucky fan.

‘This Limited edition Wii U comes with the system plus 2 games and will make someone very happy on Christmas morning.

Easy rafflecoptrer entry below

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Schwan’s: Online Grocery Delivery Review + Coupon + GIVEAWAY!

We have started our baseball season and our household is as busy as ever.  Perhaps I should clarify; I am as busy as ever.  The two older boys are now in different levels, with different teams and therefor different schedules!  This means I am at the field EVERYDAY of the week.  Of course, practice starts right around the time I am making dinner, so I am  working on my time management and getting meals ready before practice, to be eaten after practice (which is a bit later than usual for us, but we are adjusting).  Before the season started I took a look at an old favorite of mine: Schwan’s!  As an adult I, truthfully, hadn’t yet ordered from Schwan’s, though I remember it fondly from my childhood.  I had forgotten and never really thought about it until I heard about a coupon code and a light bulb clicked.  So I found Schwan’s online and started checking out the options.  And boy, where there options!!

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I never realized how many items there are!  As a kid I just remember loving seeing the frozen Schwan’s boxes in the freezer.  There are meals you can simply heat (in the oven or microwave) and serve.  The list of appetizers, snacks, kids favorites and pastas is unreal.  I believe, most the products I grew up with where from the meat selection; beautiful cut beef, high quality burgers and chicken breasts.

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With the coupon code NANCIE2 I ordered $50 worth of items for only $40.  I always check how many servings each item contains; with a family of 6 this is important and can really make of break a budget.

Delivery was really quick and the delivery drive was very helpful.  After he left I didn’t see one of my items and I called him using the cell number he’d shared with me.  He was apologetic and hurried to fix the mistake I thought was made.  While I was on the phone I realized the item (beef and pork hot dogs) was in the big bag, just hiding behind my bag of veggies. He was so nice when I cut him off and let him know I’d been the one to make the mistake.

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The amount of food for $40 was really a good size; I am STILL using the bag of veggies in meals.  I definitely recommend checking out the Specials and Hot Deals section of the website.  I used the ingredients for a crowd pleasing Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken.

Enter to win a $25 Schwan’s Gift Card below!