Support Our Troops With the Comforts From Home Project

Today one of my good friends husband finally made it home from Afghanistan. After 12 long months her and her children were beyond excited to see him. This wasn’t their first rodeo, after many years in the Army she knew just what to expect. After all the love and kisses from herself and the kids, she knew just what he wanted. He wanted to feel at home. He wanted a home-cooked meal, a shower longer than 5 minutes and a bed that didn’t roll up.
She knew that him being gone was the worst kind of home sickness a person can get. Every month he was gone she would put a care package together for him to give him the comforts of home he couldn’t get over seas. Books to read, music to listen to, drawings form the kids, and letters from her.
It seems like unless we see it everyday, we don’t really realize the sacrifices that our service men and woman are giving up for their country on a daily basis.

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This month Marie Callender’s is launching the Comforts from Home Project by supporting our troops, and help by bringing a little bit of home to the service men and women overseas that sacrifice so much for us; and you can help too!

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The #ComfortsFromHome Project donates money directly to the USO Program. Through their frozen meals they are ensuring that soldiers get those little ‘comforts’ from home: books, games, computers, basketballs, footballs, etc. They do all this by giving the families on the state side a break too – wholesome quality ingredients in a meal that is easy to serve.

Here’s How it Works:

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  1. Buy a Marie Callender’s frozen dinner with a code.
  2. Enter that code on this website (Up  to five codes a day)
  3. Marie Callender’s donates to USO

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A Hero’s Welcome T.V. Special

Tune-in as Marie Callender’s, the USO and an army of experts from food, home and travel provide the comforts of home as only Marie Callender’s can, in a truly heartwarming homecoming you’ll always remember.

“A Hero’s Welcome” will welcome one special soldier back to their family in a national television event airing on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014. The one-hour TV special will air across a range of your favorite networks including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, DIY Channel, and Great American County.

Hosted by Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible, Genevieve Gorder from HGTV Design Star and Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the show will be a heartwarming event that brings the comforts of home to American troops in surprising ways.

Visit ComfortsfromHome.com to learn more about how you can join Marie Callender’s in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women overseas.

I have been selected by Tap Influence to be a spokesperson for Marie Callender’s While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.

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LINQ Hotel Countdown Sweepstakes – Ends 10/31!!

 

Get your entry in for the LINQ Hotel & Casino SweepstakesLinq Hotel SweepstakesPrizes include:
Stay in The Linq Hotel opening week
Guys & Girls night out at Drai’s
Private Bartending Party at BLVD Cocktail
Brooklyn Bowl VIP Package
and more!

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Preschool Fun with Playskool

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign forMom Central Consulting on behalf of Playskool. I received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

As a Mom on kid number three I have came to know products that I want to stay away from – and products that I trust no matter what.  Playskool is one of those brands that I know I can rely on, so when I was given the opportunity to host a Playskool Preschool House Party, I couldn’t pass it up!

playskool_partyWe invited over some family and friends of all ages to enjoy some snacks and some play time with the new Let’s Imagine Elmo, Transformers Mixable, Mashable Heroes Optimus Prime and Grimlock, and Stack n’ Spin Monkey Gears.

The Let’s Imagine Elmo was a hit! Elmo had 3 hats for different imaginary themes and play modes. Choice from a Prince, a Sea Captain or a Cowboy!

I think the boys enjoyed Cowboy Elmo the best, but they had tons of fun playing with all the imaginary themes. The younger kids and older kids were both super impressed with the changes!

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The Stack n’ Spin Monkey Gears are a great way to keep the little ones occupied. The kiddos get to place colorful gears all around the monkeys belly hands and feet. It encourages fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and cause & effect ( they get an awesome visual light up treat after they ‘build’ their monkey!) It kept the little kiddos busy for hours! This would be a great 1st birthday gift!

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I think the all time favorite for our Transformer loving boys was the Transformers Mixable, Mashable Heroes Optimus Prime and Grimlock. Who doesn’t want to save the world?? Mr. Potato Optimus Prime and Dino Grimlock want to defeat the Decepticons! You can use your imagination and transform them any way your heart desires. You can also mix and mash them up with others – I know what these boys will have on their Christmas list this year!

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We had a blast with all the fun toys and games  – we even played a game of When I grow up… I found out something new, my son wants to be a police officer!! My nephew wants to  be a ninja – I think maybe the 2  can work together some day!!

 

Check out these great items and others on Playskool’s website!!

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Blueberry Pineapple Spinach Banana Nut Muffins

This week I decided to participate in the Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest. It reminds me of a Chopped for Beginners, especially with this weeks combination – Pineapple, Spinach and Bananas were in my basket – well my scratch off. I’m not quite a creative one, but I know that pineapple and bananas go great in cakes and muffins. So I decided to try my hand at some blueberry/pineapple spinach banana nut muffins! If nothing else, I figured this would be a great Vitamin boost for our family since the cold season is here!

I will admit I didn’t use very much spinach – just enough to say it’s in there,  but I used all of the ingredients!!

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 ¾ cup flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 single serving applesauce (or ½ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon triple washed baby spinach, chopped by food processor into small bits 
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pineapple(drained)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts, plus extra for topping, optional ingredient
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. Add dry ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk together.
  3. Whisk to beat egg and sugar together till light (I did this by hand for just a couple minutes).
  4. Whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredient mixture, add ¼ cup walnuts if desired, and stir gently just to combine – do not over-mix.
  6. Pour muffin batter into muffin tin cups – about ¾ full each. If using walnuts, sprinkle walnuts on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 14-17 minutes until centers set or a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool until safe to touch and enjoy!

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Dress Like a Veggie Event at Family Christian Stores

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Family Christian Stores. I was compensated with an appreciation gift card in exchange for my time and honest opinion.

Who doesn’t love Veggie Tales?? I know there have been plenty of times that I’ve walked around singing “Oh Where is My Hairbrush?”  and The Water Buffalo Song, and being silly with my kids to see who can sing the theme song the fastest. That’s why we are so excited to attend the Dress Like a Veggie Event at our local Family Christian Store next Friday October 31st!

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Wear your Veggie-like costume to your local Family Christian Store and get a free goodie bag for the kids! (non-edible, so don’t worry. The goodies are allergy free!).
Take a few pictures while you’re there and post them on Twitter and Instagram tagging @Familychristian and use hashtag #FCVeggies and you can be entered to win! The grand prize winner will win a $250 gift card, and 5 runners up will receive a $50 appreciation gift card. You can buy a lot of Veggie fun with that!!

Need some Veggie Costume ideas? Check out Family Christians Pinterest page for some inspiration!

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Don’t forget to download this great high value 40% of coupon before you go!

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