I have an exciting giveaway for you today! 

A bunch of my blogger friends have teamed up to give away a $500 Visa gift card to one lucky person. And just in time for a Christmas shopping spree! 

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The giveaway will begin at 7am est on Sunday, December 7th 2014 and run until 11:59pm est on Saturdaynight December 13th, 2014. One winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card that will be shipped via US Mail. The winner must live within the the United States or US territories. Sorry – many Visa Gift Cards cannot be used outside the US. Visa is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. The winner will be randomly chosen on December 14th 2014 and will be notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and contacted via the same method.The winning entry will be verified. If it is determined that the task for the entry was not performed, the entry will be terminated and another winner will be chosen. Social media outlets that are used as entries MUST be valid, active and real accounts. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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I feel like it’s about time I update you on my AeroGarden! Last we talked about it, I was mildly obsessed and carefully analyzing the growth of each herb every morning while my coffee brewed.

Guess what. Nothing’s changed.

Except now my herbs are HUGE.

And this is after trimming everything and using some of pretty much everything. They are growing so fast! I cannot even believe that I grew all this. By myself.

I’d just made a ginormous batch of salsa when I took this photo which is why the cilantro is so small. But trust me, within days I’ll have enough to make more salsa!

And I left the water cap off for the photos so you guys could see how easy it is to add the water and the nutrients. Every 14 days, a little reminder pops up for the nutrients and right now, I’m adding water pretty much everyday. Which I think it a good thing since my plants are growing so fast and so big.

I find that I am going through cilantro like crazy! Prior to having my AeroGarden, I avoided using too much cilantro because it gets expensive really quick but man, I am loving having my favorite herb right in my kitchen. I used it in both the sauce and to garnish these enchiladas and it’s just so delicious!

You can find the AeroGarden 3SL at Walmart and the ULTRA LED at Costco, as well as AeroGarden.com.

There’s a Twitter party on December 9, 2014 at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST that will feature a giveaway of 6 AeroGarden units! Register for that party here. And I have a surprise! I’ve got one of the questions for the Twitter party! 

What Herbs are included in the (7 pod) Gourmet Herb Seed Kit?

And finally, there is a Facebook giveaway at Kitchen Play with one ULTRA LED AeroGarden unit being given out per week from November 22, 2014 to December 23, 2014. Make sure you check both of those out!

 

Ground Beef Enchiladas

Ingredients

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth
1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced (plus 1 - 2 tablespoons adobo sauce)
salt and pepper
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
For the enchiladas:
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound lean ground beef
salt and pepper
10 small corn tortillas
1 cup Mexican cheese
sour cream and cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add in chicken broth, whisking the entire time. Add chipotle, adobo sauce, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; lower to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, just a couple minutes. Stir in cilantro.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, until 30 seconds or so. Add the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking it up as you go, until no pink remains. Drain and return to the pan.
  3. To assemble the enchiladas, preheat the oven to 400F. Spread about ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  4. Stack the corn tortillas on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds or until they are soft enough to not split when you roll them.
  5. Put about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture into each corn tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in the casserole dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and beef mixture. Top the enchiladas with the remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle with the cheese.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with sour cream and cilantro before serving, if desired.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kitchen Play and Aerogarden. All opinions are mine.

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For some reason, school starting always makes me want to be super healthy. If you’ve been around for any number of years, you know that pretty much every August I randomly decide that we’re not eating cereal for breakfast anymore. That breakfast is going to be freshly cooked, super healthy, and include an entire bunch of kale. And then a week later, we’re back to cereal. So I wanted to talk about some way to eat smart while not making yourself insane! I’m a huge MorningStar Farms fan and have been for years now. I’m absolutely obsessed with their Garlic Parmesan Wings. I crave garlic parmesan wings like you wouldn’t even believe but since the fried kind you find at your local pizza place isn’t exactly healthy or low calorie, I always keep the MorningStar Farms wings in my freezer. They really hit the spot, you cook them in the microwave, and they have 61% less fat than the fried chicken wings! I love how MorningStar Farms is so innovative. Instead of just having a veggie, they consistently put out fun, new twists on meatless foods. Their newest items include Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger, Buffalo Chik Patties, Parmesan Garlic Wings, Mediterranean Chickpea Pizza and Baja Black Bean Pizza. I’m forever looking for easy, quick protein. Especially after a workout. There is nothing worse than finishing a hard workout and then having to wait 20 minutes for something to cook. I’m obsessed with the MorningStar Farms burgers because I can cook them in less than 2 minutes in the microwave and then put them on top of a salad. It’s so simple and the if you haven’t tried their Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers, you’re really missing out. I mean, look at that whole chickpea in the burger below! All 12 of the MorningStar Farms veggie burgers are awesome sources of protein. And bonus: you can totally make them on the grill! I also love the Spicy Black Bean Burger and the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger. I tried the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger for the first time while working on this post and it’s definitely a new favorite. MorningStar Farms also has things like Buffalo Chik Patties and Original Veggie Sausage. If you’re looking for delicious, easy, meatless foods, definitely check out the MorningStar Farms section of your grocery store’s frozen aisle. I recommend you pick up a few of the wings – especially with football season coming up!

To enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, leave a comment below letting me know which MorningStar Farms product you would most like to try!

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One thing that I’m really passionate about is living a healthy, active lifestyle. For many, many years of my life I was neither healthy nor active and I don’t ever want my kids to fall into that kind of lifestyle. I have to say though, with 3 boys, it’s hard not to be active. Now that it’s warm here in Colorado, we’ve been having so much fun playing outside. We take almost daily walks, we are at a splash pad at least twice a week, and when we’re home, the boys are more likely to be outside riding bikes or digging up worms than they are playing video games. I find that staying active is not only good for your body, it’s good for your soul. I know I always feel better after some exercise, and a walk outside typically gets any crankies out of my boys. You have to make things fun to keep kids interested! Go on adventures, run through the sprinkler with them, just make it a whole lot of fun! Nutrition is the hard part for me! It seems like we are never on the same page around here. Someone doesn’t like this and someone else doesn’t like that and “Can’t I just have a bowl of cereal for dinner?” happens a lot. I never have a hard time getting them to eat fruit so we are always fully stocked on whatever is in season. Right now they are digging the strawberries. We go through probably 5 pounds of strawberries a week! And bananas are always a favorite. Veggies are a little tougher. All three of them will eat broccoli and carrots, but that’s pretty much it. I snuck some greens on a sandwich wrap a few weeks back and called that a win! My kids have been taking the L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites Complete for as long as I can remember. It’s probably the only thing I can say “Remind me to get this at the store” and they actually do. You guys, we’ve been out of bandages for months but you better believe we haven’t gone a day with the L’il Critters Gummy Vites!  L’il Critters combines the power of vitamins with a great-tasting gummy. I won’t lie, I use these too. I think they taste a lot better than most vitamins out there and they’re really convenient since you don’t need water.  These are specifically tailored to kids but you can find vitamins for men, women, pregnant women, or people over 50 by vitafusion™. My husband and I both take (and love) the vitafusion™ B12.  L’il Critters and vitafusion are both made in the US and are made with natural flavors. You can find them at club stores, mass merchandisers, drug and grocery stores nationwide including: Costco, Walmart, Target and Walgreens. More information can be found at www.gummyvites.com

Leave a comment letting me know your healthy lifestyle habits for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Be sure to visit the vitafusion and L’il Critters brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

 

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I am a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried all of them by now. I go through phases where I really like one and then I get bored, cancel it, and subscribe to another. I currently get Birchbox (beauty), Barkbox (for the pups), and Julep (nail polish – I love it because you can skip a month if you don’t like the colors).

So I thought today I’d share my newest favorite box because it’s about something we all love: FOOD!

It’s called Graze – and this is not sponsored, I pay for all my boxes – and it shows up in your mailbox as often as you want. I have mine set at every 2 weeks because I… uhh, like snacks. It’s $6 a box so much more affordable than other subscription services.

Each box comes with four individually wrapped snacks and a card with all the nutrition info. Since I’m currently doing the boring calorie-counting thing, I really love that! Most of the snacks are around 100 calories which is perfect for me!

The best thing about the box, though, is that once you’ve tried everything, you can go on their site and rate them. So if you absolutely hate something, they will never send it again! I have to say, I’ve only put one thing on my “DO NOT SEND” list so far because, as it turns out, I hate black currants.

I’m on my third box and I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites. The one you see above is Walnut and Vanilla Truffle. It has tiny fudge pieces in it! So it’s filled with good for you stuff like wanuts, pumpkin seeds, and golden raisins but then it has the fudge pieces as a little treat.

And the one below is called My Thai. It’s baked soy crackers with a sweet chili dipping sauce. I could seriously eat this one everyday. It immediately went on my “Send it to me often!” list.

If you want to sign up, use this link to get your first box completely free! And if you decide to continue receiving the box, you’ll get your 5th one free too!

Let me know if there’s any subscription services out there that you love so I can give them a try!

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