Have a HoneyBaked Easter!

Disclosure: I received a gift card to purchase a HoneyBaked ham for this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Easter hasn’t always been one of my favorite holidays for one reason or another. But what I do like about it is that it’s the one meal where we always have delicious ham and scalloped potatoes. It’s so warm & comforting and I could eat it at least once a week.

Of course we will have ham this Easter, but I didn’t save my amazing HoneyBaked ham for the upcoming holiday. Instead, I decided that I would I served it at my daughter’s 12th birthday party.  Our birthday parties always include lots of family in addition to a few of the kids friends and instead of the traditional birthday dinner of pizza or sloppy joes I decided to change things up a bit.

HoneyBaked Ham - In the bag

I went all out and served a HoneyBaked ham, potato salad, fruit salad,  and baked beans this year. Everyone loved it! Even the kids. It really was a simple (I’m all about making things easy and simple) meal to prepare since the ham is already cooked and sliced for me. The hardest part was keeping all the fingers from grabbing ham as I was putting on a platter for the party. “Mmm… ham”, was often heard when my kids snuck a piece.

HoneyBaked Ham

I think that it made my daughter’s birthday party a little extra special this year too.

I’m not sure what makes HoneyBaked ham so special. Maybe it’s the crunchy glaze that it on top of it, or the delicate sweetness of the ham, or it could be the ease in which you can easily grab a slice and eat it on the go. What I do know is that it makes the simplest birthday parties extra special as well as an amazing part of any holiday meal.

HoneyBaked Ham - Up Close

Look at that crispy glaze!

The HoneyBaked hams (and smoked turkeys) are perfect for sandwiches too! I know that we’ve made an entire dinner out of leftover ham sandwiches alone and they were great.

I also highly recommend the cinnamon walnut coffee cake… I’d share a pic of the one we had but my family ate it so fast that I barely had time to grab a piece for myself.

If you’re looking to make your Easter super simple this year keep HoneyBaked in mind. They have a lot of great deals going on right now with in-store specials.

  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon<
  • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99

OR one of these great coupon deals!

  • $5 OFF Half Ham (Bone-in) or Become a HoneyBaked VIP at honeybakedfoods.com (Save an extra $1 when you sign up to become a HoneyBaked VIP at honeybakedfoods.com: $6 OFF )
  • $3 OFF Boneless Ham or Quarter Ham

You can also win a $50 gift card to HoneyBaked!! Enter below using the super easy Raffelcopter.

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Comforts of Home Giveaway

This past year I have read many books and the greater majority of them were on my Kindle. Without my Kindle I think …. no, I know…. that I would have stacks of books all over the place (more than I do now).

Here are some of the best books that I’ve read this year.

  • The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
  • Sweet Salt Air – Barbara Delinsky
  • The Dark Witch – Nora Roberts
  • Fallen Women – Sandra Dallas
  • Size 12 is Not Fat – Meg Cabot
  • War Brides – Helen Bryan
  • The Invisible Girls: A Memoir – Sarah Thebarge
To me books are an escape from the every day life, it’s a way to travel the world, experience new and exciting things, and a way to stretch my imagination beyond it’s limits. I can get lost in a book for days and days…. barely stopping to do much else when it’s an amazing book. I love when an author can spin a story in a way that grabs your attention and pulls you in so deeply that you can’t set the book down.
My Kindle was one of my favorite Christmas gifts aside from my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Now you have the chance to win one of them to have for your very own!
I along with several other amazing friends have teamed up to bring you the Comforts of Home giveaway and there are three amazing prizes.
  • 5 quart Artisan Series KitchenAid stand mixer (winner’s choice of color)
  • Keurig K65 Special Edition Brewing System
  • Kindle Paperwhite Touch Screen E-Reader
All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter below and if you win the Kindle let’s compare favorite books!

comforts of home


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The “Comforts of Home” giveaway begins Monday Dec 2 and ends at 12:00 AM on Monday, December 9, 2013.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited.

All entries are optional with the exception of leaving a blog comment. We will never sell, distribute, or spam your email.

Three winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org). The first person chosen will choose between a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, Keurig K65 Brewing System, or Kindle Paperwhite. The second person chosen will chose between the two remaining prizes. The third person chosen will receive the remaining prize. 

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Microsoft 365 Review & Giveaway #GetItDone

With the holidays fast approaching getting things done and keep up with blogging can become a challenge. But I think that I might have a way to keep organized, make notes, and write blog posts on the go no matter which computer or device I’m using. Are you intrigued?

With Office 365 I can write a start a blog post on my phone while driving to to and fro (not me driving… that’d be unsafe!) and when I get home finish up on my computer (either the Mac or Windows computer). Once I have it all edited I can toss it into WordPress and be on my way to the next event… or bed… or work.

Or with One Note I can collaborate with my sister in Virginia on the menu for our family Thanksgiving this year. As well as make plans for our Black Friday shopping… where to shop, what we need, and of course mapping out all the coffee shops for my sister. Honestly, I don’t think that there isn’t much that we won’t be able to do with Office 365 to help us get through the holidays this year.

Office 365 lets you work while on the go. No matter where you are and when you save something to the cloud on your Sky Drive you can then access it on any device that you have Office 365 installed on. Life just got easier too, because with one subscription you can put Office on up to five PCs or Macs and five phones (iPhone or Android)!

I was a little sad when I saw that they didn’t have an app for my iPad but I have hope that they will soon.

This is especially useful since the 9 to 5 has blurred and today people need modern technology to find balance. From the home to the office, and especially on the go, people all around the world are working differently than the past. Even where I work more and more people are starting to work remotely and still collaborate on projects.

I find myself working on various documents, checking email, and making notes no matter what time of the day it is. Especially in the evening after the kids have gone off to bed for the night and it’s quiet. That’s when I can really make some progress!


Now for the giveaway part!

One winner will win a one-year subscription (US $99.99 value) of Office 365 Home Premium. Sorry… US readers only. Just use the Raffelcopter form below to enter.

Don’t forget the #GetItDone contest on Facebook where you can enter for the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Show Microsoft how you #GetItDone. You and a friend could win a trip to some of the most happening events anywhere. Get it done alongside the most accomplished athletes, filmmakers and musicians around—on a trip to NYC, a journey to Park City, Utah, or a musical voyage to Austin, Texas.

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I participated in the Microsoft Office 365 campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. 

FAB Review & Giveaway


So you know how you’re supposed to change your toothbrush every 3 months? Well, how many people do you think actually remember to do it? Okay, I’ll be honest… I don’t know the answer but I don’t do it. I always forget until I go to the dentist and they give me a new toothbrush and by that time it’s been 6+ months and my old toothbrush is starting to look pretty rough.

Now you don’t have to remember! How you ask?

floss and brush

FlossAndBrush.com makes it easy to always have new toothbrushes every three months. How? By paying just $1.00 per month, per person in your family, FlossAndBrush.com will ship a box of fresh, quality toothbrushes and floss to your home – one for each member of your family. And the toothbrushes are top quality, age-specific, and dentist approved.

There are few different packages that you can choose from so you always get the right toothbrushes for yourself and your family.

Adult, Youth, and Kids  Floss and Brush Packages ($1.00 per month per family member):

• Made in America

• Micro Tip

• Compact Soft

• Dome Trim Bristle Design

• Micro Feathered Bristles

• Interdental Bristle Design

• Floss is made in America, Mint, Waxed, 60 yd, Shred Resistant, and Clinically Proven

Adult Brush and Whitening Gel Package ($2.00 per month per family member):

• All the perks of the adult brush

• Gel made in America

• Same high-quality sold in dental offices

• Uses carbamide peroxide

• Fast results

• Gel contains potassium nitrate, which helps eliminate sensitivity

With all of that included and not having to remember to go get new toothbrush for everyone in your family how could you not smile!

If you want to learn more about Floss And Brush you can check them out on their social media channels. They’re on Twitter, Facebook, Vine (FlossAndBrush), Instagram, and Pinterest!

The Giveaway!

The giveaway is valued at $107 and includes the following:

  • 1 Free Annual FAB Membership (every three months, a new toothbrush and 3 month supply of flows will arrive at your winner’s doorstep)
  • 1 Free Annual FAB + White4Life Memberships (this includes not only a toothbrush and floss every three months but each shipment will also include FAB’s professional grade whitening to be used in custom whitening trays)

How to enter!

  • Visit FAB’s Pinterest page and repin an image from any one of the “Smile Boards” that makes you smile. Include a description in your pin that explains why it makes you smile. Include the #FABsmile hashtag in the pin. Come back to this post and share the link to the pin in order to enter for a chance to win.
  • Sign up for FlossAndBrush.com’s mailing list: http://bit.ly/17Tjoof.
Fine print… The giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 27th. One winner (US only) will be selected via random.org and notified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email before another is selected.

I took part in the campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Bloggers Network. All thoughts & opinions are my own and was compensated by receiving products from Floss and Brush.

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad – #SummerPastabilities Recipe & Giveaway

Summer time is a time for cookouts, picnics, and one of my favorite things… pasta salad. Actually, pasta in general is one of my favorite things warm or cold, topped with a vinaigrette, smothered in cheese, or mixed with my famous tomato sauce. It’s one of the perfect foods out there that you can eat year round and every one in the family loves. You know…. now that I think about it I have never met anyone that doesn’t like pasta.

I took one my daughter’s favorite things, pesto sauce, and created a summer pasta salad with it. Something light and full of fresh seasonal veggies. But pesto alone wasn’t going to cut it and I knew that it would need something a little more to cut the sharpness of the flavor, especially if I wanted everyone to eat it at dinner.

Adding something to the pesto to make it a little creamy was exactly what it needed. Instead of the typical mayo or salad dressing that tend to end up in pasta salads I used Greek yogurt to help lower the calories, add a zing to it, and of course the creaminess that I was looking for.

creamy pesto pasta salad ingredients

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad – #SummerPastabilities


  • 10oz box of Hodgson's Mill pasta (I used bow ties)
  • 6oz container of 0% (low fat) plain greek yogurt
  • 4oz prepared pesto - I bought a 6oz jar and used about 3/4 of it
  • 1 small red onion - diced
  • 1 zucchini - sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes sliced - I used about a dozen or so
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Make sure that salt the water though because this is the only chance that you get to season the pasta and yes, it does make a difference in the taste.
  2. In a small box mix the pesto and yogurt together.
  3. When the pasta is cooked drain it and run cool water over it for a minute.
  4. Pour well drained pasta into a large bowl and gently stir in the pesto dressing.
  5. Mix in the veggies carefully so you do break them up.
  6. Top with some parmesan cheese when you serve it.

The veggies in this can be mixed up, changed, and eliminated all together if you want.

creamy pesto pasta salad

This creamy pesto pasta salad was a hit! My daughter absolutely loved it and I’m sure that it’ll all be gone before I get home from work tomorrow too.

Have you tried Hodgson’s Mill pasta yet? It’s delicious! It’s 100% natural, certified non-GMO Whole Wheat pasta and is made with highest grade grain, produced domestically wherever available, and purchased in the United States.

Now, for the giveaway part… one lucky winner from the U.S. will get their very own box of assorted Hodgson’s Mill pasta.

·         Two (2) boxes Whole Wheat Bow Tie (10 oz. each)

·         Two (2) boxes Whole Wheat Medium Shells (16 oz. each)

·         Two (2) boxes Whole Wheat Angel Hair (16 oz. each)

You will have all the pasta you’ll need to make your own summer pasta salad… or just make my creamy pesto pasta salad.

Mandatory entry method…

  • Leave a comment telling me what you’d make if you won.

Extra entry methods (Leave a comment letting me know that you did this)…

  • Use the handy tweet button at the top of this post to share this giveaway & recipe.
  • Pin the image of the creamy pesto pasta salad.
  • Comment on any other (non-giveaway) post

Fine Print: One winner will be selected (U.S. only) and will have 24 hours to respond to the email I send them. If they do not respond then another winner will be selected. All entries will be verified. The giveaway ends on Friday, August 23th at 11:59pm.

Don’t want to wait to win the giveaway? Here’s a coupon for $1 off any variety of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat pasta! Coupon available at: http://bit.ly/PASTA2013

Disclosure: I was given an awesome box of Hodgson’s Mill pasta and entered my recipe in their Summer Pastabilities where I compete to win grand prizes like an outdoor grill valued at $1,400 and a brand new iPad. All thoughts, opinions, and recipe are my own.

Kalahari Summer Splash Giveaway

Summer in full swing around here… well, it was for about a week and since then it’s been pretty chilly and more than a few of us here in Michigan are wondering if fall has come a little early. I won’t complain (to much) because fall is my favorite time of the year and to be honest I don’t like the 90 degree temps with 100% humidity.

What I do like is swimming on the pool or a really clean lake (I hate it when they’re slimy and I can’t see my feet). The kids love it too but like I said the temps haven’t been conducive to swimming, but I have the best fix for that.

Kalahari! An indoor water park!

Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio is an African-themed resort and is America’s largest indoor waterpark. There is something for everyone in the family from the 12,000 sq ft wave pool, body surfing, Kids safari (interactive play area with tunnels and water toys, to the spa (that’s for me!), arcade room, and the safari adventure park outside where you can get up-close and personal with wildlife.

So let’s start out this Monday right. I am giving away to one lucky winner a Kalahari Summer Splash gift box and inside it’s full of great gifts including a night stay at the Kalahari Resort & Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio.


  • Kalahari Brochure
  • Summer Splash Flyer
  • Features Fact Sheet
  • Green Initiatives Fact Sheet
  • 1 Sandusky Overnight stay with restrictions
  • 4 Sandusky Safari Outdoor Adventure Park Passes
  • 2 Kalahari Ball-caps
  • 1 Kalahari CD
  • 2 Kalahari Magnets
  • 2 Shirts

I am also going to make this super simple too! All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me why you want to go to Kalahari and make sure that your email address is visible.

If you want an extra entry or two all you have to do is use the Tweet button on the post or leave a comment on any other post.
Fine Print: One winner will be selected (U.S. only) and will have 24 hours to respond to the email I send them. If they do not respond then another winner will be selected. All entries will be verified. The giveaway ends on Friday, August 16th at 11:59pm. 
Disclosure: I was given a gift box in return for writing this post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Del Real Foods Review & Giveaway

I love traditional Mexican food and the stuff that I normally find in the store just doesn’t cut it. It tastes just all the other products on the shelf and there is nothing fresh or unique about it. As much as I love to cook I have yet to master delicious Mexican food.

I recently had a chance to check out Del Real traditional Mexican food and I was a little hesitant and figured that it would be similar to what I’ve found in stores before. I could not have been more wrong! Everything that we tried was incredible. From the tamales to the carnitas everything was fresh tasting, spiced perfectly, and there was nothing about it that seemed fake.

The first thing I did after checking out the food was to find the nearest location that sold Del Real food…. there is nothing within 50 miles that sells it. 🙁

The good thing is that I can buy it online! 🙂

So a little bit about Del Real…

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in California, Del Real Foods is a family business committed to preserving the rich gastronomy and traditions of Central Mexico. Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends

Del Real Foods refrigerated products include carnitas, barbacoa, tamales, seasoned shredded beef, shredded chicken and more.

Del Real Foods products are based on the following pillars:

  • Authenticity: the family strives to create deliciously simple products based on traditional recipes infused with Mexican culture and bold colors. Prepared in an industrial, home kitchen, the products will provide comfort and familiarity.
  • Healthy People: cooked with a safe open-kettle method, the products are made with the freshest, ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Once prepared, they are ready to enjoy. The products are also gluten free and do not contain any trans fats.
  • Healthy planet and better communities: the company has adopted sustainable initiatives including wastewater management and recycling to help the environment. Del Real Foods has also sponsored local sporting events and made donations to local communities to contribute to their improvement.

Party Box with TShirt

Would you like to give Del Real Mexican food a try? I’m giving away a “Party In A Box” featuring Del Real highlights like carnitas, barbacoa, tamales, pupusas and chipotle chicken. Just use the super easy Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Dark Dawn Giveaway

It’s no secret that I love reading and when I find a new book or author that I really like I want to share them with everyone so they can enjoy them as much as I do. Well, this is another one of those occasions and that book is Dark Dawn by Melissa Brodsky and Nicole Andrews Moore.

Through blogging I met Melissa Brodsky and had the chance to meet her in person this spring. What I didn’t know though was what an amazing writer she is! I had the chance to read one of her books… which totally left me hanging and I can’t wait for the next one. But I also have the chance to share this one with you and give you the opportunity to win some amazing prizes!

Here’s a little teaser about Dark Dawn.

dark dawn cover

In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth, and everything in between. The In-between was unplanned, unexpected, and

unwelcome. Every action causes a reaction and when mankind was born, so were the Fae. Suddenly it was up to Heaven to save Earth. God created Angels to right his wrong, to save human kind. A deal was made, an agreement of sorts. The Angels would protect humanity from Fae domination and destruction, and in return they would have inhuman strength and immortality. Thus a time of angels swooping in to save humans from free will, bad decisions, and big mistakes began. They protected humans from the Fae who intentionally enslaved them, leaving shells of humans, or worse, leaving nothing at all.

Even God doesn’t always learn from mistakes. Angels were given freedom of choice. Some Angels chose wrong. When some of them spread their wings, they went too far, and just as Icharus was punished for getting too close to the sun, they were punished for getting too close to mankind.

So they fell. Falling was the easy part.

I am in the middle of reading the book and it’s simply amazing. I love the fantasy aspect of the book and how it’s intertwined with God’s creation of Earth, Adam, Eve, and well you get the idea. Besides, I’m only half way through and don’t want to give too much away.

If you want to read the books you can find it on Amazon in both the NA version as well as the adult version for only $2.99!

If you want to know a little more about the authors of Dark Dawn you can find them on Goodreads, social media, as well as their own websites.

Nicole Andrews Moore


Melissa Brodsky


Now, for the really good part. The giveaway!

There will be 7 winners total! One will win a $20 Amazon gift card, two will win a signed copy of Dark Dawn, and five winners will win Dark Dawn bookmarks. All you have to do is use the super simple Rafflecopter form below!

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Disclosure: I was given a copy of Dark Dawn for review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Conscious Box Giveaway

I know… I know…. another monthly box subscription. But this one is a little different in that it’s something that the entire family could benefit from for a change.

Conscious Box

Conscious Box helps you find some great new products that are healthy, natural, non-toxic, and come from ethical companies from around the world. They have everything from beauty products to food to cleaning supplies for your home from brands like Chef Sleeve, Dapple, Teatulia Tea & Coffee, and LaLicious (you must check out the coconut cream body butter!).

Conscious Box

Each month you’ll get a box jam packed with all sorts of wonderful goodies that you can try out. After that you can leave feedback and reviews on the Conscious Box site to earn points and then purchase your favorite products at incredible discounts. They even have certified vegan and gluten-free boxes too!

If you’re not sure if you want to commit to another monthly box subscription use the handy Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a Conscious Box to try out.

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One winner from the U.S. will be selected and then contacted via email. The winner will then have 48 hours in which to respond before another winner is selected.
All entries will be verified.
In return for this giveaway I will be given a Conscious Box as well. All thoughts & opinions are my own

Angry Birds Star Wars Review & Giveaway

I was given the Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT Attack game to review… all thoughts are entirely my own and those of my family who played with it a heck of a lot more than me.

Yes, I’ve seen every single Star Wars movie more than once and yes, we own them too. Well, just the original ones because they’re the ones that are actually the best (I know that statement might stir up some reactions…) and to age myself when the Empire Strikes Back came out for the first time way back in … 1980-something I was there in the theatre watching it. I loved the Ewoks!

Coming up this weekend is Star Wars Day! Did you know that?

May 4th is Star Wars Day… May the 4th be with you…. is considered a holiday to celebrate the Star Wars movies.

Here’s a bit of info that I be you didn’t know. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977) and this year, May 25 marks the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort (this year, the fun begins on May 14).

Will we celebrate by watching the movie? Maybe if I remember but I know that we’ll be playing the new Angry Birds AT-AT Attack Battle game!

Star Wars Angry Birds

I will tell you that trying to set this up with a toddler who wants to help with everything is a definite challenge! I think that we tried 4 times before we finally got it all together and ready to actually play. Of course at that time one of the teens knocked it over with the foot rest on the couch because she thought her older sister said to do it!

There are a few new Angry Birds Star Wars games that are here just in time to celebrate Star Wars Day!


(Approximate retail price: $39.99; Ages: 5 & up. Available: Now)

Stack, launch, and destroy with the AT-AT ATTACK BATTLE GAME, which includes 21 blocks to create the signature AT-AT, a LIGHTSABER LAUNCHER and 12 ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS figures — including two that are exclusive to this set! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack.


(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 8 & up; Players: 1-2; Available: Now)

Bounce into action with the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON BOUNCE GAME. Bounce three balls at the MILLENNIUM FALCON to knock down as many enemy pigs as possible, and land in the cockpit to score big! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack.


(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 5 & up. Available: Now)

Toss around these 3.5-inch soft foam, iconic characters for a new way to play ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS! Available in LUKE SKYWALKER, CHEWBACCA, DARTH VADER and STORMTROOPER. Each sold separately.
So the here’s the giveaway part! One lucky winner who resides in the U.S. will get their very own Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT Attack game! And all you have to do to win is tell me which Star Wars movie is your favorite and why! Yup… that’s simple and nothing more. Just make sure that your email address is visible so I can contact you if you win!
Like I said earlier.… I was given the Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT Attack game to review… all thoughts are entirely my own and those of my family who played with it a heck of a lot more than me.
Giveaway fine print…. one winner from the U.S. will be selected (using random.org) and they will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on May 3rd.