by amanda

Family Night with Tony’s Pizza

April 22, 2014 in spon by amanda

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ andTony’s Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #tonyspizzeria

My husband has been deployed for almost two months now – which is crazy because it’s gone by so fast! It’s totally different from our last deployment which seemed to last for 16 years!

I’ve been trying to plan fun weekend activities to keep the kids busy. Things can get really expensive, really quickly when you have three kids so I’ve been on the hunt for free or cheap things to do around here. Things like the going to the park or feeding the ducks or having a movie night at home with some pizza!

We had a movie night last week. After a week of running around like chickens with our heads cut off, it was nice to just sit down and watch a movie. And we had picked up some Tony’s Pizza at Walmart so we didn’t even have to cook dinner!

My kids – like most kids I assume – are obsessed with pizza and ask me to order some at least once a week. But like I mentioned earlier, three boys = needing lots of pizza = $$$.

Tony’s Pizza is a great option for those of us who want pizzeria taste without the pizzeria price. And it really does taste like you just picked it up from your favorite pizza place! We grabbed a pepperoni and a cheese and there was not a single slice left by the end of the night.

Every weekend my kids ask if they can bring all their blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, stuffed animals, etc, etc, etc downstairs to have a sleepover in the living room so they were pretty excited to have pizza, watch a movie, and sleep downstairs together.

Before you head to the store, make sure you print out this coupon to SAVE 75¢ on any TWO (2) TONY’S® multi-serve pizzas (11.04 oz or larger), while supplies last. Make pizza night even more affordable!

You can check out the Tony’s Pizza website to see all their varieties. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to be the first to learn about new coupons and promotions!

“This movie thing is fun and all but where’s my pizza?” – Penelope, the husky.


by amanda

#CoffeeJourneys (Mr. Coffee Drip Coffee Maker Giveaway!)

April 22, 2014 in spon by amanda

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias, Millstone® Coffee, and Mr. Coffee®.

Have you had your morning coffee yet?

You know I did. First thing every morning – before I even let the dogs out – I press that pretty little button on my coffee maker.

My morning coffee has gotten a lot tastier this week. I picked up a Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker and a bag of Millstone® Foglifter coffee at Walmart. And I may have picked up an extra of both to give away – so keep reading!

The first time that I ever had a real cup of coffee was the morning of the ACT in my senior year of high school. I went to Waffle House with a bunch of friends before the test and had my first, really large cup of coffee.

I remember nothing about the ACT but I remember that cup of coffee.

I loaded the thing down with sugar and those little tiny cups of creamer. It was the only way I could drink it. And it must have been amazing since it’s the only thing I remember about the ACT!

These days I drink coffee all day long. First thing in the morning, before lunch, after lunch, and late afternoon. I just love it!

How do I take it? Two fake sweeteners and a splash of almond milk, please!

My husband and I both prefer light or medium roasts so the Millstone® Foglifter coffee is perfect for us! I love how it smells when it brews – lighter and brighter than other coffees!

Plus, isn’t the name Foglifter just so fun?

The Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker has made my life so much easier recently. I like my coffee steaming hot and this guy actually brews it hotter than your average drip coffee maker! It also brews the entire pot (10 cups!) in less than 7 minutes!

I think my favorite feature of the coffee maker, though, is the water filtration system that allows you to keep track of when you need to change the filter. It’s super cool for someone like me who would never be able to remember when to change it. It also has a special cleaning cycle to get rid of calcium deposits.

If you want a chance to win a Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker and a bag of Millstone® Foglifter coffee, just enter below and feel free to share your #CoffeeJourneys in the comments!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will run until April 29, 2014, Rafflecopter will choose the winner, and I will mail the winner’s package our ASAP. US residents only, please.

by amanda

Summer Treats

April 21, 2014 in spon by amanda

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.

With warm weather comes lots of outside activities, cool treats, easy family meals, and… a succulent obsession?

I know, isn’t it weird?

Anyway, last week after I had decided that the weather was going to stay warm permanently, I got it stuck in my head that I needed a planter full of of succulents on my porch. So I went to 6 different stores in 2 days looking for all the necessary supplies – you can see the halfway-finished product on my Instagram. I had to order rocks online but they should be here soon and then I’ll just have to wait for all my little babies to grow and overflow from the whiskey barrel. I’m pretty excited.

But while I was running around looking for all the planting supplies, I ended up stopping at Walmart for dinner supplies! I knew I was going to be busy getting everything planted and then since it was such a warm day, I wanted to take the dogs to the dog park, and I had promised the kids that we’d go for a bike/wagon ride after that. There really was no time for cooking dinner in there but I wanted something healthy with lots of veggies.

We may have also picked up some frozen treats.

The Stouffer’s Skillets are packed with protein and veggies and take about 10 minutes to prepare! I picked up the Garlic Chicken variety – it had big chunks of chicken along with broccoli, carrots and peas!  All the Stouffer’s Skillets are made with no preservatives and the vegetables are flash frozen to ensure that they are perfectly delicious!

The frozen treats we picked up were WONKA™ Peel-A-Pop™ Frozen Dessert Treats in Vanilla Banana and DREYER’S OUTSHINE® Fruit and Veggie Bars in Strawberry Rhubarb.

If you guys have ever visited this area, you know that the sun is HOT at this elevation. You’re outside for 15 minutes and come in with a sunburn. So any time we go on a walk or bike ride, I like to make sure we carry icy water and end the walk with a frozen treat.

Those Outshine bars are by far my favorite. The coconut water ones… quite possibly the best things on earth for someone who’s obsessed with coconut water like I am! My kids really love all of them though.

And the baby, who is obsessed with all things banana, loves the Vanilla Banana Peel-a-Pops.

The weather together with the 3-day weekend really have me looking for to summer and all the fun we’ll be having. I’m excited for more bubble-blowing walks, days at the dog park, and lots more frozen treats!

What are your favorite #SummerGoodies?


by amanda

Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans

March 24, 2014 in pasta, spon, veggie by amanda

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cooking Light and Real Simple, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FreshandFab

I think this is my favorite time of year for food. I know I always get ridiculously excited for pumpkin in the fall but I think the vibrant berries and abundance of veggies in the stores right now get the win from me.

I have been making salads of pretty much just kale all winter so it makes my day to have a big salad full of color and fresh produce. I just feel better – body and mind – when my diet is full of fruits and veggies.

So last week I was bored and looking for a time waster and ended up driving to the big (Super) Target on the other side of town. Do you ever do that? Go to a different Target because they might have something different and better? It’s one of my favorite hobbies.

But I picked up a copy of the April 2014 issues of both Real Simple and Cooking Light. Real Simple because my house could use a good cleaning and the cover says it can help. Cooking Light because it’s just my all-time favorite food magazine.

And right now, you get a $5 Target gift card when you buy both! So hurry because it’s only while supplies last.

This Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans comes from Cooking Light. This is what I love about Cooking Light. Pasta would usually be on my “no go” list this time of year but they do it in a way that makes it feel light and fresh and doesn’t ruin my diet!

Anything with kale just calls my name and beans are among my top 10 favorites foods. So this was a definite winner. I had it 4 separate times over the weekend and I’m still not tired of it. I’m really starting to dig “sauceless” pastas – the garlic really stood out in this dish and made the kale that much better.

It’s completely vegetarian and it’s light but still fills you up. I will definitely be making this one again.

Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans

4 servings

Serving Size: about 1 3/4 cups

from Cooking Light, April 2014


8 ounces uncooked linguine
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
1/2 cup water
1 (8-ounce) package prechopped kale
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
  2. Heat oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. When garlic begins to sizzle, add 1/2 cup water and kale; cover and cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring occa­sionally. Add beans, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and salt; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid to pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper over pasta. Serve immediately.

by amanda

Classic Cheeseburger #SayCheeseburger

March 20, 2014 in beef, spon by amanda

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

We are approaching one of my favorite seasons: burger season!

I just love that time of year. The sun stays up a little longer which means you have extra time to get your burgers grilled and it’s just warm enough to enjoy your burger on the back porch.

We had snow two days ago. So yeah, I’m ready to #SayCheeseburger!

That also explains why I made my burgers on the stove instead of the grill. But you can definitely grill them if you’ve already escaped winter!

I went to Walmart earlier in the week with a mission to get ingredients for a classic cheeseburger. I think everyone in the world has a different opinion on what a classic cheeseburger includes. For me, the classic cheeseburger is meat, cheese, and veggies.

And bacon.

Bacon’s a classic, right?

So I picked up everything I needed including Kraft Lite Mayo and Velveeta Slices. If you haven’t tried the Velveeta Slices on a grilled cheese, please do me a favor and go buy some now. I won’t make a grilled cheese without it!

But this is about burgers.

I think burgers get better the more stuff you put on them so I loaded mine up. But you can, of course, leave stuff off or add more. I left the burger patties themselves pretty plain – just ground chuck, salt, and pepper – so add whatever flavor you want on top!

My trick for keeping bacon from sliding right off your burger? Put the bacon on top of the burger and the cheese on top of the bacon. The cheese gets gooey and melty and keeps the bacon in place! 

What’s YOUR idea of the Classic Cheeseburger?

Classic Cheeseburger

8 burgers


3 pounds ground chuck
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons canola oil
8 sliced bacon, cooked
1/2 cup Kraft Lite Mayonnaise
8 Velveeta slices
8 burger buns
lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, ketchup, mustard


  1. Divide the ground chuck into 8 even portions. Shape each portion into about 3/4 inch-thick burger. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add 3 burgers and cook until deeply browned, about 3 minutes. Flip over and cook until done, another 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. Top each burger with a slice of bacon and then a slice of Velveeta. Cover and heat another minute, just until cheese in melted. Remove to plate and repeat with remaining canola oil and burgers.
  4. To assemble burgers, spread about 1 tablespoon of Kraft Lite Mayonnaise on each bun. Top with bacon and Velveeta-covered burger. Add other toppings as desired.

I have written this post as part of #CollectiveBias.

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