Frozen veggies… frozen meals… oh my!

Every day I hear the same thing from my kids… “What’s for dinner?” Of course I follow with some vague answer like chicken or whatever meat we’re having and then they reply back what kind of chicken… what else are we having… and so on. Now, if it’s one of those rare weeks where I actually took some time to do some menu planning for the week they can just look at the plan that I leave on the fridge.

No matter what we have for dinner I always try to make it as healthy & balanced as possible (just don’t stop by on the really busy nights where I make pizza rolls or something terrible like that). Dinner always includes veggies no matter what, like salads and a warm veggie like steamed corn, peas, sauteed spinach, or green beans. I try to throw in something new once in a while to see what I can get away with like creamed spinach (they hated it), kale (it went over so – so), and rutabaga (I love it & a couple kids like it… husband refuses to touch it).

More often than not I resort to frozen veggies that I know they like and steam them. There are fewer faces from everyone when I bring it to the table.

Yes, frozen veggies! Why not fresh? Well, they’re fast, easy, always available, and they’re just as nutritious and delicious as the fresh ones. And I’ll be honest… I do buy frozen meals in addition to the veggies. I find that they’re super easy to bring with me to work and help with portion control!

One of favorites is the new Cafe Steamers from Healthy Choice.

healthy choice meal

Oh my! The Crustless Chicken Pot Pie is amazing! It’s a good thing that it was just a single serving or I would have eaten so much more. It was full of veggies, chicken, and tender dumplings and had a light sauce that you mixed in after it’s done cooking.

healthy choice meal

Doesn’t that look great? Yea… I added a bit of pepper to it, but I add pepper to just about everything that I eat. It tasted like a freshly made pot pie and nothing like that old frozen meals that were blah… bland… and tasteless.

Please tell me that you buy frozen veggies & meals too!

Check out this video from Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s!

ConAgra Foods frozen meals give families access to real ingredients like crunchy, freshly cut vegetables, homemade pasta and ripe fruit year-round. Just like most people blanch veggies before freezing them – ConAgra Foods does too – to help preserve color, texture and keep them fresh!

Give it a try sometime! Marie Callender’s hearty pot pies are filled with tender meat, freshly cut vegetables and Marie’s authentic golden, flaky crust. And Healthy Choice recipes use chef-inspired ingredients like, apples instead of sugar for tart sweetness and a splash of red wine for a punch of flavor instead of added salt.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConAgra Foods.

Alphabet Photography {Review}


My kids have been bugging me forever to get some artwork on the walls in our house and while I agreed that we needed something I just couldn’t decide on what. I wanted something unique, something special, and most importantly something that would go with the furniture no matter what it looked like.

Well, the problem was solved with Alphabet Photography!

Nat & the Alphabet Photography artwork

Awesome… isn’t it? I love it.

I spent a lot of time trying to decide what I wanted it to say and with different last names in our house picking just one of them wasn’t going to work. I finally decided on word. A word that described what we are no matter what.

Family. That’s what we are. Family.

With the hard part done all I had to do was figure out what images would make my new piece of art perfect. There were so many options to choose from and depending on your style there was something for everyone…. even photos in color.

Alphabet Photography Heart

Family held together with hearts! Oh… look at that picture… do you see the signature there? That is the artists signature, Jennifer Blakeley!

Family - Alphabet Photography

I tried forever to get a picture of it on the wall but it was either to dark, the flash was leaving a flare on the glass, or you could see my reflection in it. I finally took it off of the wall and propped it up on a chair and took about 5 more before I got one that was half way decent!

I can’t wait to get our family pictures back and start decorating around my awesome new artwork!

Alphabet Photography has some great options for holiday gifts and some fun gifts that are under $40! My favorite ones are the framed art that says ‘Dream’ and ‘Love’. I think that I’ll be adding a couple more to add to my wish list so I can finally decorate the basement that’s been finished for four years now!

The perfect customized gift that includes photographs from all over the world, this is the original Alphabet Photography. Celebrity owners include: Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, John Schneider, Nelly Furtado, and many more!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alphabet Photography. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bloggy Bootcamp Chicago in Pictures

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend Bloggy Bootcamp in Chicago. I met up with over 100 of my friends along with the awesome SITS girls for a great day of learning, networking, and fun. I won’t get to my wrap up post until this weekend but I did want to share some of the pictures from the weekend with you. If you want to see all of the pictures that I took (not very many either) you can check them out on my Flickr page.

Dress up fun

Dressed up with accessories from Ross!


The Empress & I

One of the highlights of the day was meeting the Empress!


The Friday Night Dinner Crew

The Friday Night Dinner Crew & the SITS Girls


Amy, Julie and I

Amy, Julie, and I on the Skydeck

It’s my SITS day!!

Alright so if you didn’t guess by the title of my post today then I’ll say it again…. It’s my SITS day!! That deserves a double #WOOHOO and then some! To say that I’m pretty excited about this is an understatement! I’m above the top excited! Doing flips excited! Screaming from the rooftops excited!

You know what SITS is right??? They’re a community of over 9000 women bloggers who support one another through their blogs (commenting…. and lots of it), education, and of course by being the featured blogger or by being the SITS girl in the spotlight. If you’re unsure of which community you should join when first starting out in the blogging world I would highly recommend this one!

A huge thank you goes out to the SITS girls behind the scenes running the entire show, Tiffany, Francesca, Kat, and Angie for all the hard work they do and for celebrating all of us bloggers out there.

Thank you for featuring me today!

How to Blog

So, if you’ve never been here before then welcome to my little corner of the world and thank you for stopping by! Now, if you have been here before then thanks for coming by again dear friends!

Hmm…. what can I tell you? I know… I’ll make a list!

  1. I’m a wife to a pretty great guy and we’ve been married for just over 4 years. It’s been an amazing ride so far and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives brings us.
  2. I am a mom to 4 pretty amazing kids! 3 girls… Caitlin 15, Natalie 11, Lauren 9, and Andrew 18 months (Yup, I started over again!)
  3. I work full time outside the house as a product owner managing projects in a software development company….. Yes, I work with programmers all day long.
  4. My dream job is doing something in social media where I can work from home where I can spend more time with my kids.
  5. Blogging is awesome…. actually it’s more the interacting with all the great people that I’ve met through blogging. I’ve learned that no matter what I’m not alone and that there is always someone there to help me out.
  6. I love to cook and bake. A lot. I don’t focus very much on that here on my blog, but I have just started posting a new recipe regularly on Monday’s.
  7. I love #wineparty on Twitter every Friday night!
  8. I dislike #TwitterJail
  9. I just like Twitter in general… Do you follow me?

There are all sort of odds and ends you’ll see posted around here! Anything from reviews, giveaways, pictures of my kids, complaints, rants, and of course a few meme’s! Oh, speaking of that my favorite one is The Red Dress Writing Club and I usually post something based on their prompt every Friday. So if you’re looking to try some fiction or a twist on some non-fiction check them out!

Alright, guess that all I can think of right now! Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you come back and visit me soon!