On the go this weekend with Emerald Nuts

This post is brought to you by Emerald®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lately I have been losing the battle. 😥 I have had some health issues and that has really messed up my dieting and all around healthy lifestyle.  I think most of us ladies struggle at some point with either our weight or just maintaining a healthy diet.  Things have reached a critical point where I need to make immediate changes.  My mind has been filled with other things, so I have been making lots of bad choices.  

This weekend was my first step in making healthier choices and not allowing myself to be set up for failure.  I had a ton of errands to run this weekend.  Most mornings when I am on the run I will head to the closest coffee shop for an iced coffee and a little something for my tummy.  Those two little items probably have more calories than I should be having for 2 meals. 

This weekend I decided to make a really easy change, starting with my breakfast.  Instead of running into the closest coffee shop I would make a really simple iced coffee and grab a quick bag of Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™ Nutty Bites.  Breakfast on the go has always been something I keep in the house for one of my youngest sons who is never on time for his school bus.  He will always opt to grab a bag of Breakfast on the go as he is running out the door. 

While shopping at my local Walmart recently I noticed these new Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™ Nutty Bites and knew they would be a huge hit with my son.  Then my wheels really started to spin and I thought this would also be a great option for my mornings when I am on the run.  Why had I not thought of this before?!  I also noticed these new special 5oz Mini Cans of nuts.  The selection was perfect; Deluxe Mixed Nuts, Natural Almonds & Walnuts, Peanuts Almonds & Cashews, and Cashews. The hardest part was picking which ones I wanted.  These are exclusively at Walmart. I grabbed a few cans to go along with my Nutty Bites and had a game plan that I was ready to try out. 

Okay Saturday, I am officially ready for you!

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What a satisfying breakfast!  My tummy was completely content and I felt amazingly refreshed and energized.  Bring on the errands!  But hang on, I still need to make sure the rest of my day does not go all wrong.  I had a ton of errands and being on the run all day is another downfall for me.  I normally will opt to stop for a cupcake or fries as a quick fill for my tummy when those hunger pains start to kick in later in the day. 

Okay, now I am ready to get on the road!

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I got on the road and got my errands started.  Hours had gone by before I felt any hunger pains.  So far things were going perfectly.  Just having my Emerald Mini Can of cashews was giving me a ton of confidence that I had this totally under control.  Finally those hunger pains started to kick in. It literally was as I was driving by a fast food drive thru but this time I kept on driving past.  I had all I needed right there in the car with me.  It felt empowering to drive past that drive thru and my cashews were a delicious healthy treat.  You know what….. I got this!

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With Emerald nuts on my team, I am now set up for success!  TEAM EMERALD!

If you want to try emeralds Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™ Nutty Bites and the Emerald® Nuts, you can find them at Walmart nation wide. But first download this $0.55 coupon available HERE.  Have an extra 10 minutes… if you are one of the first 100 you could earn a $5 Walmart gift card, just fill out THIS SURVEY (US citizens over the age of 18 only).

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Music Your Way Giveaway!

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Hosted by A Medic’s World

Sponsored by August International

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Do you like the freedom of being able to listen to your music without wires? Are you someone that would love to be able to move room to room working on projects, house cleaning, and still be able to listen to your favorite soundtrack or play list? Then here is a chance for you to win a pair of August Bluetooth Headphones in this giveaway.

Check out the 9.7 review that Tom gave them over at A Medic’s World here. Find out why you might just want to buy a pair, in addition to having a chance to win them. You have a choice of 1 of 6 colors if you are the winner.

Rules: Open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years of age or older. Must leave full name in Giveaway Widget. One entry per household only, except for daily twitter and comment entries. Winner will have 24 hours from sending of email notification to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. A Medic’s World nor any of the participating blogs were compensated for this post, or responsible for prize delivery. August International is responsible for delivery of prize. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest are not associated with this giveaway in any manner. Ends 9/4 at 11:59pm EST.

Easy Nutella Rolls

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For years I resisted the urge to try Nutella.  It was just one more temptation I really did not need.  One of my sons is also a Nutella freak so I knew if I bought a jar he would be sneaking Nutella sandwiches morning, noon and night. 

One of my very favorite restaurants serves a little dessert platter with a few decadent pastries.  One of them is a Nutella puff.  Thankfully, the last time we had dinner there, I had a tiny bit of room left for dessert and finally managed to try this Nutella puff.  Well I think the skies opened up and heaven appeared.  Wow!!!  They were so simply made and such a decadent treat.  My version is very similar and equally as decadent.  Hmmmmm, maybe even a tiny bit more because I added a generous amount of icing to mine which paired so perfectly with the Nutella.

Ready to be popped into the oven *pictured are both my easy Nutella rolls and the easy cinnamon rolls (you definitely want to check out that recipe!)

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Easy Nutella Rolls
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Sheet Puff Pastry, thawed
  2. Nutella
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  5. Icing
  6. 3/4 cup powdered sugar (I used a bit more to get the correct thickness)
  7. 2-3 tbsp milk
  8. splash of vanilla extract
  9. (mix together until smooth)
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees. Softly roll out one sheet of puff pastry on floured surface, lightly dust with flour. Generously lather on Nutella to cover puff pasty completely. Roll up your puff pastry into a cylinder. Cut into 1" thick pieces. Stand up your pieces on parchment paper on a cookie sheet for baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.
  2. While still warm drizzle icing over them and serve immediately.
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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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My boys love cinnamon rolls!  I love the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls.  Sometimes I am not always up to the task of making cinnamon rolls 😋  These easy cinnamon rolls have officially made my life so much easier and sweeter.  Easier making these super simple cinnamon rolls and sweeter by the yummy smell of cinnamon baking in my oven, A LOT. 

Baking has always been one of those things I just don’t do that often. I love to cook but baking….well I also love going to the bakery.  LOL  More than typically if I am baking I can pretty much guarantee it is a super simple recipe.  I like quick, easy, delicious results.  This recipe fit the bill completely.

I just adored the reaction I got from my entire family when these were baking.  They literally all slowly started to appear excitedly asking, Mom…. are you making cinnamon rolls?!  I swear even one of my cats came wandering in.  The aroma was to die for. Who need candles when you can bake these easy cinnamon rolls!

* One of my short cuts in this recipe was to use Domino’s Sugar’ N Cinnamon.  You can make your own by using a 1/2 cup of sugar mixed with 1 TBSP of cinnamon. 

Ready to be popped into the oven *pictured are both my easy cinnamon rolls and the easy Nutella rolls (you definitely want to check out that recipe!)

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Sheet Puff Pastry, thawed
  2. 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  3. Domino Sugar' N Cinnamon
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  5. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  6. Icing
  7. 3/4 cup powdered sugar (I used a bit more to get the correct thickness)
  8. 2-3 tbsp milk
  9. splash of vanilla extract
  10. (mix together until smooth)
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees. Softly roll out one sheet of puff pastry on floured surface, lightly dust with flour. Generously lather on softened butter to cover puff pasty completely. Then generously cover the butter with the sugar' n cinnamon. Roll up your puff pastry into a cylinder. Cut into 1" thick pieces. Stand up your pieces on parchment paper on a cookie sheet for baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.
  2. While still warm drizzle icing over them and serve immediately.
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Seattle’s Best Parents-Only Back-to-School Survival Kit Giveaway!

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Are you ready for Back to School? Is it harder on you or the kids? I know the schedule change always messes me up 😜

Thank Goodness Seattle’s Best Coffee has us parents covered! They are offering up a Parents-Only Back-to-School Survival Kit GIVEAWAY just for you!  I can’t wait to enjoy that first cup of coffee on their first day back to school. 

Before you enter to WIN though, be sure to check out this fun quiz on BuzzFeed to see what kind of back-to-school parent you are. My buddy Tracy at Having Fun Saving was a Snoozer…I wonder what one I will be?! I love doing quizzes!

Check out the What Type Of Parent Are You In The Morning? Quiz

The Parents-Only Back-to-School Survival Kit, a $115 value, includes the following items to help fuel a smooth back-to-school season:

  • A signature red Seattle’s Best Coffee mug
  • A red to-go tumbler for mornings on-the-go
  • A Moleskine notebook to keep track of family activities and grocery lists
  • A trendy canvas backpack with a side pocket for your to-go coffee mug
  • The Tile app to find your car keys with a push of a button
  • A magnetic dry erase weekly planner for the fridge to keep the family organized
  • Three varieties of Seattle’s Best Coffee to fuel a smooth morning

This back-to-school season, Seattle’s Best Coffee is inviting coffee-loving parents to trade up to a better cup and fuel a smooth start to their day with a great tasting cup of coffee!

Here’s how to enter the GIVEAWAY: 

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Save 20% when you buy $25 or more in iTunes gift cards at Staples! + $25 Amazon e-gift card giveaway! #iTunesStaples20

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 Save 20% when you buy $25 or more in iTunes gift cards at Staples! + $25 Amazon e-gift card giveaway! #iTunesStaples20
 
This is the perfect gift to give your college student before they go off to school.  Send them off with some iTunes in their pocket.  iTunes Store Gift Cards can be used in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store.  Exactly what every college student needs.
 
How about a going back to school gift?  I always like to get my boys excited for back to school.  I think I will take advantage of this awesome iTunes deal at Staples and buy a few iTunes gift cards for my boys.  I may even pair it with a new set of headphones for them each.  I can put it all into a cute back to school bucket with some of their new school supplies.  Adorbs! This way my boys will be just as excited about back to school as I am.  😋
 
I may even stock up on a bunch more to save for teacher gifts, my oops I forgot they had a birthday gifts, stocking stuffers….  The possibilities are endless and lets face it there is always a good use for iTunes gift card that we scored for 20% off! 
 
The worst part of all about this offer is that it is for a limited time so HURRY!!!  Plus something this hot may sell out quick! So you really need to hurry and head on over to your closest Staples.  If you don’t have one close, have no fear, this deal is also good ONLINE.
 

Offer: Save 20% when you buy $25 or more in iTunes gift cards in-store or ONLINE

Dates: Offer runs 8/16 to 8/22

Retailer: Staples

Participating Content Partners: iTunes gift cards only

Program Restrictions:

      Mix and match any iTunes cards to equal $25 or more

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Customers can double dip on savings if they have a Chase Ink Business credit card! The card offers increase rewards on purchases made at office supply stores, so customers can earn an additional 4x points or 5% cash back on their iTunes gift card purchase.

 
We are so excited about this #iTunesStaples20 deal we thought we would have a giveaway/party.  ENTER this $25 Amazon e-gift card giveaway and lets get this party started!  That sure could help with some last-minute back to school items. Don’t forget to share with your friends, we don’t want to party all by ourselves!
 
 

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New Amazon Original Series, Wishenpoof Review ~ #Wishenpoof #AmazonKids @AmazonVideo @KidzVuz

Disclosure: This post sponsored by KidzVuz but all opinions are my own.

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Release date: August 14, 2015

Cast: feature guest star voice talent Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) and daughter Ava Priestley

Created by: Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Super Why!) 

Produced by: Out of the Blue Enterprises

Age group: Preschool

The Story:

This new Amazon Original Series, “Wishenpoof” is an adorable new animated preschool series which revolves around a girl named Bianca, who solves life’s problems in her own creative ways because, with magic, or without, we all have the power to make good choices.  “Wishenpoof” will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th. 

I hope you already have your Amazon Prime membership if not, sign up now so you do not miss out.  (Prime members can enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning series Transparent, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy, Mozart in the Jungle, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe, in addition to HBO favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Girls, and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime members also have access to a collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePantsDora the ExplorerTeam Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues.)

The perfect age group for this series is preschool but I can easily see children a bit younger or a bit older enjoying this series. 

The series is different from anything currently on the air—with its expressive 3D character animation and the rich multi-layered, textured designs and environments—creating a vibrant, magical environment and featuring an amazing anthem in every episode.  There are very age appropriate lessons that will be learned in each episode.  I adore the innocence and good values of some of the lessons your children will learn with Bianca and her sweet Teddy Bear, Bob.  Believe in yourself, help your friends believe in themselves, speaking up to help someone and many more amazing lessons will be learned. 

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One Birthday, a huge surprise, I made a wish and then closed my eyes.  Would you believe my wishes came true.  I have wish magic, just like my mom too!  Wish, wish, wish, wishenpoof.  Making wishes, wishes come true.  This tune will be stuck in your head.  Its one of the many sweet little songs that are sung.

Overall thoughts of the series:

I love this series.  Bianca is just adorable. Bob, her Teddy Bear is just adorable!  The lessons learned in each show are sweet and just the right values I want to teach my children.  I love the 3D character animation, the vibrant colors, rainbows, mermaids, unicorns and future rock stars. 

Rating: 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒  

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$250 Anderson Seafood Gift Card Giveaway!

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It’s Back To School Time! Are you excited or stressed? I know for us – we are always trying to think ahead on meal planning! Meal planning always makes dinner time easier
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So, if you are looking for quality seafood to make your meals easy and DELICIOUS, you have to look no further than Anderson Seafoods!

In fact, be sure to check out Tracy at Having Fun Saving for this amazing Blackened Salmon with Maple Reduction Recipe!

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To help you plan your Back To School menu, the fabulous folks at Anderson Seafoods have offered up a $250 GIFT CARD! WOWSA!! You can really stock up your freezer with that! Think about all the yummy healthy seafood dinners you can prepare with that!

 

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WIN a Coffee Prize Pack from Perfect Pod!

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I love my morning cup of coffee, don’t you?  I find myself a real Lion if I have not had that first cup. 

If you are a coffee drinker I am sure you love the convenience of a cup of coffee from a Keurig but you may not love the price. It is so nice to be able to pop in that pod and a minute later you have a nice hot cup of coffee.

If you do the math, you can enjoy a cup of coffee for about .50 cents a cup. If you drink 2 cups a day you are looking at over $30 a month just for your cup of coffee. You could be paying around $50 per pound of coffee when you use a k-cup.

Perfect Pod is an economical way to have your cup of coffee and it is much better for the environment. Â They have reusable cups for the original and 2.0 Keurig machines. They are the first company to crack this code in the new 2.0 line of products allowing you to use your own coffee in Keurig 2.0 machines and be environmentally friendly.

  • Use any coffee in your Keurig Coffee Machines
  • Self tamping spring extracts a better cup of coffee or tea
  • Simple to use and reuse!


The Perfect Pod also has an EZ-Cup 2.0 with a filter system. The filter system will give you a better tasting brew with little to no coffee sediment left behind.

Perfect Pod Products:

The EZ-Cup and the Eco Fill products help you enjoy your favorite coffee products and will save you a lot of money. Purchase one today and enjoy a better cup of coffee.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a Perfect Pod Prize pack! Just enter below. Open to US residents. Giveaway ends on 8/25/2015.

Perfect Pod Prize Pack Includes:

  • Keurig K560
  • Eco-Carafe
  • EZ-cup 2.0
  • 4 packs of the EZ-Cup 2.0 filters
 
 

WIN $50 Paypal Cash Giveaway!

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Who likes to win money? I know you do!!  Why not RSVP to our twitter party and be entered
to win $50 in paypal!! Everyone needs a little extra help during the
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