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We LOVE See Kai Run!

by Nicole on April 7, 2016

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In 2004, a Seattle mom was on a quest to find a shoe that was best in health and design for her son’s feet. She was looking for fun, sophisticated styles that also promoted healthy foot development; but she didn’t find any, so she created See Kai Run. Today, a dedicated team of footwear makers and designers carry on this mission. Our experience and footwear knowledge ensures that every style we produce is fun, fashionable and features the finest in materials and craftsmanship.
Best in Fit…This is the See Kai Run story.

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My girls have been wearing See Kai Run shoes since they started walking. They were highly recommended by our PT and OT!

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Sneakers come in Toddler and Big Kid sizes and feature vulcanized construction designed for outdoor play. Styles feature material layering with canvas, leather, rubberized leather and suede

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We chose sneakers and sandals. The girls start preschool this summer and so I know they will need sneakers for playing outside there but I also wanted some cute sandals for after school and weekends!

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My girls are obsessed with shoes. They love to try them on and parade around. Can’t you tell?

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The silver sandals are adorable. The entire sandal is adjustable which is nice for wider feet like my Abby has. The design is bright and cheery and I love that they are silver!

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We also chose the floral sneakers. The colors are perfect for summer. I love that these have a wide upper that makes them really good also for any width feet!

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These shoes are so durable and my girls are so happy with themselves when they have them on. I never see any marks on their feet and they don’t complain at all when I put them on.

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As you can see both pairs look adorable on them. They love to model and these shoes are perfect for modeling! Living in Florida we pretty much only need sandals and sneakers (no winter shoes) and I am so happy with how well made See Kai Run shoes are. Not only are they recommended by our therapists but we get compliments on them all the time!

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A child’s foot is different than an adult’s foot. Kids’ feet are constantly growing and changing, which is why See Kai Run studies kids’ feet and carefully considers every detail that goes into a shoe. All See Kai Run shoes are proportionally engineered for a child’s foot and designed to promote healthy foot development.

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I can’t imagine buying another brand of shoes for my girls. See Kai Run shoes protect their feet and look so stylish and fun! It’s a great combo and we are hooked!

We received shoes from See Kai Run. All opinions are our own.

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CVS Beauty Club 2016 Products

by Nicole on January 12, 2016

CVS has some great new products to start off your 2016 the right way!

Make sure you are a member of the Beauty Club where you will get special promotions!

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Pure Goodness from Wonderful Halos!

by Nicole on December 31, 2015

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Celebrate the sweet arrival of new Wonderful Halos, winter citrus straight from the California orchards. From the people who brought you Wonderful Pistachios and POM Wonderful, Wonderful Halos give families, and their little angels, a healthy snack alternative that’s filled with “pure goodness.”

Wonderful Halos mandarins are:

· A sweet, seedless and easy to peel snack that’s a healthy alternative to fatty foods

· About 50 calories delivering 45 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C

In season November through April, Halos are easy to pack in lunches, great to share at kid’s activities and sporting events, and make a healthy snack choice any time of the day.

I love Wonderful Halos and so do my girls! They are super easy to peel and seedless. I love how sweet and juicy they are! My girls love that they are small so they don’t have to share with their sisters and can each have their own. I look forward to Halos season every year!

Wonderful Halos Mandarins are collaborating with local malls across the country for a fun partnership with Adventures to Santa. Kids can enjoy special Halos giveaways and a craft station during their trip to meet Santa. Oakbrook Mall in Chicago and Southwest Plaza in Denver will host a special Santa’s house co-presented with Dreamworks, providing kids with an experiential experience with opportunities to interact with characters like Shrek and a multitude of fun activities.

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Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q and Giveaway!

by Pennie on December 28, 2015

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It’s that time of year when you may want something more interesting to eat than turkey in between holidays. That’s whyAustin, Texas-based Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q wants to offer you some slow cooker recipes that are easy, delicious and always satisfying, including:

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Stubb’s Slow Cooked Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds mixed pot roast vegetables
  • 5 whole cloves garlic
  • One 3-pound boneless beef chuck roast
  • 3 tablespoons Stubb’s Beef Spice Rub
  • ½ cup Stubb’s Beef Marinade
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water

Cooking Instructions

Set the vegetables in the bottom of a medium to large slow cooker, with the potatoes on the top layer. Smash the garlic with the flat of a large knife against a cutting board, and discard the peel. Sprinkle the smashed garlic over the vegetables.

Coat the roast with the rub. Set the roast on top of the vegetables, and pour any excess rub over the roast.

Pour the marinade and soy sauce over the roast.  Pour the water around the edges of the pot (not over the roast).

Cover and turn the heat to low. Cook 7 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables and meat are tender. Degrease if needed. Serve in shallow bowls, with a bit of meat, vegetables, and broth (and bread for sopping up the juices).

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Slow Cooker Bourbon Beef and Bean Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chuck roast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Cookin’ Sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper, or to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Heat a large saute pan over high heat. Add ground sirloin and half of the Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Spice Pack to pan. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until meat is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.  Add cooked beef to slow cooker.

Toss remaining Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Spice Pack with diced chuck roast. Add seasoned chuck roast to slow cooker.

To slow cooker add Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Cooking Sauce, beef broth, onions, garlic, tomatoes, beans, dried herbs and spices. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours.

Right before serving, adjust seasonings to taste, if needed. Serve topped with preferred chili toppings, such as sliced green onions, cheese, sour cream or even candied pecans, if desired.

For More Information visit Stubb’s! Find more recipes here!

Nicole’s take:  We are a Stubbs house for sure! I love their BBQ sauces and their slow cooker meals also! BBQ sauce is a versatile condiment and you can use it in so many ways! This chicken tortilla casserole recipe is one I can’t wait to try!

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Brianna’s Salad Dressings and Recipes!

by Pennie on December 27, 2015

 

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Founded over 30 years ago in Austin, Texas, as the Del Sol Food Company, Inc., BRIANNAS Fine Salad Dressings grew out of a desire to create a superior product with family pride and consistent high quality. Named after the owner’s daughter Marianne and grandson Brian, BRIANNAS has grown to become one of the most popular salad dressings in the world.!

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Not only is Brianna’s great on salads but they make wonderful ingredients for all types of recipes!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 12 oz. Jimmy Dean light ground pork sausage
  • 1 large chopped sweet onion
  • ¾ cup BRIANNAS Chipotle Cheddar Salad Dressing
  • ¼ cup BRIANNAS Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • Two 1.2 lb cans of charro beans (we used La Sierra brand)
  • 15 ¼ oz. can sweet corn, drained
  • 10 ¾ oz can tomato soup
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water

Directions:

  1. Spray large stew pot (4 or 5 quart) with olive or canola oil spray and place ground turkey and sausage in the cold pot. Place on stove and turn heat on to medium high. Brown and crumble meat, then lower heat to medium low and add chopped onion. Cook for two minutes, then add the dressings, garlic salt, beans, corn, soup and tomato sauce. Add the water and continue to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary as it simmers. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and/or chopped green onion and/or chopped jalapenos.
  2. This recipe will serve 8 to 10 people and can be made ahead and frozen.
  3. This soup is delicious served with BRIANNAS Savory Buttermilk Ranch Scones!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey.
  • 1 finely chopped small onion
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp. BRIANNAS Classic Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for vegetable oil and cheese, and form into 4 patties about 3/4 inch thick.
  2. Transfer to a plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  4. Fit a wire rack over the baking pan; set aside.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add burgers and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  7. Transfer patties to baking pan, place in oven, and cook until burgers are firm and reach an internal temperature of 165ºF, about 10 minutes.
  8. During last minute in oven, melt a slice of Swiss cheese over each burger. Serve as desired.
  9. Makes 4 burgers.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 large, whole mushrooms
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. onion flakes
  • 2 tbsp. roasted pecans (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp. BRIANNAS Asiago Caesar salad dressing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off steams. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough ends.
  3. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Sauté until any moisture has disappeared and stems are tender. Set aside to cool.
  4. Combine cream cheese, BRIANNAS Asiago Caesar dressing, onion flakes, cayenne pepper, cooled mushroom stems and chopped pecans together mixing well. Mixture should be very thick.
  5. Using a small spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on each mushroom.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and the Parmesan cheese is golden brown. Enjoy!

For more information, visit Brianna’s, also find them on Facebook and Twitter!  And find more Recipes here!

Nicole’s take:  I have always seen the Brianna’s dressings and wanted to try them! I was excited to taste all of the cool sounding flavors in their pretty bottles! These are some gourmet and very versatile dressings.  All can be used on salads and most are also great as marinades.  The flavors are rich and true.  My favorites were dijon honey mustard and poppy seed.  I tried the poppy seed on a spinach salad with pecans and strawberries and it was DELICIOUS! We used the honey mustard as a glaze on grilled chicken breasts and they were great!

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Shipt – Grocery Delivery Service!

by Pennie on December 26, 2015

Shipt - Grocery Delivery Service!

Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service that provides direct access to thousands of grocery items through a mobile app. Customers select specific grocery items and choose a delivery window through the app. Shipt deploys a trained Shopper to a local grocery store to hand pick each item and deliver the order to the customer’s door within a scheduled delivery window as soon as one hour after the order!

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For more information, visit Shipt, also find them on Facebook and Twitter!

Nicole’s take:  With 3 toddlers it is SO hard to get to the grocery store,  And it seems like we are always out of something here! I was so excited to hear that Shipt was in my area and couldn’t wait to give it a try! Recently we were all sick, including me, and so I used the service.  I have the app on my phone and it was very easy to go through and make the selections for what I wanted from Publix.  I even put in a few special requests about my produce (greenish bananas, etc.) and they gave me a time frame for delivery.  The driver was punctual and polite and I didn’t have to load everyone up and unload and load and unload again! What an awesome service!

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Eucerin’s Eczema Relief Line!

by Pennie on December 25, 2015

eucerinlogoImagine all of the things your family could enjoy if eczema flare-ups were out of the picture. That’s where Eucerin comes in! Eucerin wants to equip you and your family with the tools to prevent eczema flare-ups!

Enter Eucerin’s Eczema Relief line –  specially formulated to instantly calm and relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema (in both adults and children)!

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Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme is specially formulated to help relieve the very dry, irritated skin associated with eczema.Clinically proven to significantly improve hydration, Baby Eczema Relief calms itchiness due to eczema, and soothes red, irritated skin. Its gentle formula provides significant and long-lasting skin improvement.
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Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Instant Therapy Creme is clinically proven to provide immediate and long-lasting relief of baby’s itchy, dry, irritated skin due to eczema.

This unique skin protectant formula with oatmeal, ceramide 3, and licochalcone immediately treats eczema flare-ups by instantly calming and relieving minor itching and skin irritation due to eczema.

For more information, visit Eucerin US!

Nicole’s take:  We are a Eucerin family and have been for many years.  All 3 of my girls had eczema and it’s mostly gone except for Abby! She just has some very sensitive skin and gets frequent eczema patches.  We have tried a ton of products on her and just started using the Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief products.  Her skin looks great! It is soft and not rough or red and patchy at all. The cream has no scent and isn’t greasy and is really helping her!

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Crunchies – Pure Fruit In Every Crunch!

by Pennie on December 24, 2015

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We’re on a mission to deliver the best tasting, highest quality freeze dried fruit on the planet. Period.

How do we do it at Crunchies? First, we only work with farmers we know. Second, we pick the ripest fruit at the right time to make sure you have a mouthwatering burst of flavor in every bite. Lastly, we keep it simple. We never clutter your mind with industry jargon and your body with the bad stuff. We’re about keeping it real with ourselves and with you. PURE FRUIT IN EVERY CRUNCH!
Our Crunchies fruit is harvested at the perfect ripeness, cleaned and then quickly frozen. The frozen fruit undergoes freeze drying with a special combination of temperature and pressure. The majority of the frozen water in the fruit turns directly into water vapor, leaving the fruit dry and crunchy. This unique process retains most of the color, flavor, and nutritional value of the fresh fruit. Taste the difference!
strawberrycrunchiesThe sun ripened, pure freeze-dried strawberries are a mouthwatering mix of sweet and tart.
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Strawberries, bananas, apples and blueberries – this flavorful mix is nothing short of amazing!

Nicole’s take:  My girls love fruit and I love to give them fruit! It’s always fun to try new things and change things up so when our Crunchies arrived I gave them for snack! They LOVE them! I feel good about giving them a snack with 1 ingredient – just fruit! They got to try a variety and really like the strawberries and the bananas the best, though they do like them all! I like that I can give them fruit they love even when it’s out of season making it hard to find in the store or super expensive!

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American Plastic Toys – Deluxe Vanity!

December 23, 2015

Deluxe Vanity This elegant vanity includes four barrettes, two hair combs, two headbands, a flat iron, a comb, a lipstick and a play cell phone. The set also features a play hair dryer with a working fan that blows air and makes sound! The hair dryer requires two AAA batteries that are not included. Packaged […]

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Radio Flyer – Battery Powered Monster Truck!

December 22, 2015

For nearly 100 years Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to faces of children and this holiday season, the renowned maker of the little red wagon is offering a variety of new innovations in children’s toys yet again. Radio Flyer’s new Battery Powered Monster Truck offers a great gift option for children of all ages! […]

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Social Enjoyments!

December 21, 2015

SOCIAL Enjoyments offers a delicious organic, low calorie, gluten-free sparkling sake wine, that is the first of its kind. So why is SOCIAL one of the fastest growing alcohol brands in the country?.. It’s only 88 calories (one of the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks available-1/3 calories of a glass of wine) Organic Certified Gluten-Free Sulfite Free […]

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It’s National Sangria Day!!

December 20, 2015

Kissed By  The Sun Imported From Spain – 100% Natural Red Wine Sangria Blended With Natural Citrus And Fruit Juices. High quality Spanish Tempranillo wine is blended with a selection of fruits to create light and fruity Sangria that is sweet and refreshing.   Beso Del Sol ®SANGRIA is well balanced with a smooth finish at […]

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Piggy Paint & Rock The Locks!

December 19, 2015

  Natural, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic, the line is available in an assortment of gift sets perfect for holidays and other special occasions. Available online at and in over 1,000 specialty stores across the country as well as select Walmart stores in the tween section. These colors, Bae-Bee Bliss, Pinkie Promise and Drama, are just 3 of […]

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Teleflora And Peanuts Deliver for Christmas!

December 18, 2015

Teleflora Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Ensures You’ve Got the Perfect Holiday Gift for Every Character in Your Life From ice skating with your best buds and catching snowflakes on your tongue, to decorating the not-so perfect Christmas tree and decking out your (dog) house with holiday lights… The true meaning of Christmas […]

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Shop BJ’s Wholesale Club For The Holidays!

December 17, 2015

The post office at the North Pole may be inundated with holiday wish lists, but buying for babies and toddlers without Rudolph’s red nose for guidance can be challenging! BJ’s Wholesale Club has taken the guesswork out of selecting holiday gifts for those two and under by finding toys that will light up the littlest […]

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InchBug Holiday Stocking Stuffers Make Kids’ and Parents’ Lives Simpler!

December 16, 2015

With the holidays just around the corner, InchBug® launches MyDrinky™ and other innovative products that will make ideal stocking stuffers for young kids and moms alike. InchBug’s® My Drinky™, Orbit Labels® and Adhesive Labels are the perfect holiday gift choice that will prevent mix-ups and stop spills before they happen. An innovative solution to help stop spills before they happen, the […]

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Minions Available on DVD & Blu-ray!

December 15, 2015

MINIONS is now available on Blu-ray & DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment!  So bring home the world’s #1 comedy of the year for the holidays! The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me headline their own movie for the first time in Minions.  A much anticipated prequel to the […]

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Don’t Forget the Energizers!

December 14, 2015

Earlier this year, Energizer launched EcoAdvanced® is the world’s first high-performance battery made with recycled batteries. A battery made with recycled batteries that maintains high battery runtime? An impossibility for decades is now reality – thanks to Energizer® scientists, breakthrough technology and exclusive partnerships. Introducing Energizer® EcoAdvanced®, the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled […]

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Let Glade and Ziploc Help With The Holidays!!

December 13, 2015

The Glade® new Limited Edition Winter Collection  inspires joyful holiday moments, with winter florals and spicy scents, giving you a way to celebrate and feel festive all season long. According to recent survey results, nearly half the country thinks the holiday season is more stressful than the rest of the year. Given this information, Glade® […]

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The Napmat From Uber Mom!

December 12, 2015

“The Napmat” by Uber Mom is your answer to a rest mat for daycare, preschool and kindergarten, where these mats are often mandatory. The Napmat won’t rip or tear, is easily sanitizable, and is available in 2 fun designs for boy or girl. The Napmat is 1 inch thick, passes all safety tests, and is […]

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