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It’s so much fun to have people over to watch the SuperBowl but it’s not fun to shell out a lot of money for the get-together! The good news is that Dollar Tree has you covered! Everything is just $1 at Dollar Tree and they have so many options for your party!

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I was happy to find a large football shaped platter and a set of 2 football shaped bowls.  I decided to make Mexican football pizzas with chips and salsa – the ingredients are only $7! I added the platter and bowls and $9 for this spread! Wow!

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To make the pizzas we cut the crust into football shapes with a kitchen scissors.  Then we spread the Velveeta cheese sauce on the crusts.  We then smothered the tops with black beans (drain them first!) and then spooned enchilada sauce over the top.  We baked them for about 10 minutes so the crust got crispy.

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We added the chips and salsa on the side and what a fun idea for a casual SuperBowl celebration! You could serve margaritas and Coronas to complete the Mexican theme!

Make sure to check out DollarTree.com to find a location near you! It had been a while since I had been in a Dollar Tree and I was so surprised at the HUGE selection of items they have…all for just $1!

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From the beginning of baby’s drinking journey, to the milestone of “grown-up” drinking, Philips Avent has created solutions for each step of the way with its 4 new stages of drinking products. Each stage features a variety of drinking options – and teaches a new skill. The full portfolio includes:

trainer-cup-new11Stage 1 – Make the First Step in Learning to Drink

With the Philips Avent My Trainer Cups, toddlers can easily transition from bottles to sippy cups.

  • Ideal for babies 4 months and up
  • Comes with a Classic or Natural silicone nipple as well as a soft spout
  • Detachable trainer handles make it easy for little hands to hold the cup, whenever baby is ready
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Now featuring the NEW Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup range, innovative drinking cups that offer soft and hard spout solutions as well as 100% leak-free drinking. The range of NEW Philips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cups provide a soft spout solution in varying sizes for the developing toddler.

  • Trainer handles with soft touch grips are seamlessly integrated into the cup’s unique penguin shape, helping toddlers hold the cup independently
  •  Angled silicone spout with built-in valve for spill-free drinking – designed to help take first sips while developing a natural drinking position
straw-cup-3Stage 3 – Expand Into New Drinking Skills

The Philips Avent My Twist ‘n Sip Straw Cup is an ideal drinking solution for the growing toddler.

  • Soft silicone straw with an integrated leak-proof valve
  • Unique twist lid keeps the straw clean and hygienic on-the-go, while still being easy for a child to open and close
  • Measurement scale allows easy measurement of how much your child is drinking
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The first toddler cup of its kind, the Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cup promotes independent drinking from all around the rim! It is the ideal transition cup to grown-up drinking, and it is spill-free!

  • Lip-activated rim allows toddlers to drink like a grown-up, from 360 degrees around the cup, while an internal leak-proof valve prevents spilling
  • For 12+ months: Available in pink, green, blue and red and purple, with several new designs

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Nicole’s take:  We are just starting to use cups other than bottles.  My little preemies struggled with aspiration issues that required thickening their formula and they are just now starting to drink water in cups! So of course Philips AVENT was the brand I looked to for products to help my girls transition from bottle to cup! We just started with the My Trainer Cups and are using the nipple still so they can understand how it works! So far so good!  I will make sure to report back once we have progressed past this first cup!

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Build a Snack Stadium for the Big Game!

by Pennie on January 26, 2015

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With the Superbowl around the corner, here’s a way to up your game and keep it healthy when it comes to football food: create a snack stadium filled with fruit, veggies and dips and more.

image005You can go as crazy as your imagination takes you when building your stadium, but here are some tips from Litehouse:

Start building where you plan to serve, it’s hard to move once you’ve built it!

We used a large oval-shaped basket with chicken wire fastened with twist-ties.

Cover the upper half of the chicken wire using kale or leafy green lettuce. Next, layer one end zone and fan stand area with colorful cut-up vegetables (like bell peppers, radishes, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower) and the opposing end of the stadium with fruits (like grapes, berries, cantaloupe and pineapple).

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Find multiple containers that fit the length of your field and fill with dips like Litehouse Spinach Parmesan and Opadipity Chipotle Ranch that have been generously sprinkled with Instantly Fresh Parsley to resemble Astroturf.  You can also set out additional Salsa and Fruit Cream Cheese Dip to the sides with extra munchies.

Make goal posts from large pretzel rods that have been “glued” together with melted caramels.

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Top deviled eggs with tiny slivers of green onion tops to make footballs.

Nicole’s take:  How AMAZING do these look? I love how cute and festive they are for the Superbowl! We are huge Litehouse fans here and their dips are out of this world! My favorite are the greek yogurt dips – the spinach parmesan is my favorite! I also have a weak spot for the fruit dips, the cream cheese is my favorite there!

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Thirty-One Gifts Vary You Wristlet and Giveaway

by Pennie on January 25, 2015

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Just over 10 years ago, Thirty-One was formed with a simple goal of helping women by giving them an opportunity to own their own business. Through God’s strength, we’ve built a family of individuals who feel women deserve to treat themselves and those around them to something special. That mission is at the center of everything we do as a company.

We are always looking to welcome new women into our family, and we’re proud to support them along every step of their Thirty-One journey.

VARY YOU™ WRISTLET / NAVY LOTSA DOTS  $30

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To complete your look, add this cute and versatile wristlet wallet. Keep your credit cards and ID on one side and all of your cash and change in the middle compartment. Use the third side for cell phones, lip gloss, key rings, etc. Includes detachable wristlet strap.

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Nicole’s take:  I carry so many items in my wallet – from credit cards to insurance cards to coupons and giftcards it’s all there.  And so it is hard for me to find a wallet to fit everything! I was so excited to get the Vary You Wristlet from Thirty One Gifts! It is big enough for all of my stuff! The fabric is great and the pattern is fun.  It’s well made and I can’t say enough good things about it!

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Snuza Hero Baby Monitor and Giveaway

by Pennie on January 24, 2015

snuza-heroSnuza – developer of portable, easy-to-use movement baby monitors that simply attach to the baby’s diaper, are lightweight and alert parents/caregivers in 15 seconds if no abdominal movement is detected.

Key Features Include:

  • No wires, cords, cables or sensor pads that could potentially harm baby;
  • Made with hypo-allergenic, medical grade plastics and more importantly does not send or receive radio frequency signals
  • Batteries are replaceable
  • Only weights 1 oz, making it the lightest monitor on the market

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The Snuza Hero is a portable and easy-to-use movement monitor, which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby’s movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will gently vibrate. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. After three vibration/rouse incidents, the Rouse Warning will alert you when you’re baby’s abdominal movements have stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If no further movement is detected for another 5 seconds, an alarm will sound to alert you. MSRP $119.99. Available at BabiesRUs in February.

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Nicole’s take:  As you know my triplets were 9 weeks premature and spent significant time in the NICU feeding and growing.  They came home without monitors but after so many weeks on monitors I was so scared something would happen to them.  So we got Snuza monitors and they gave me total peace of mind! They clip easily onto the baby’s diaper and emit an alarm when there is no movement detected.  My babies wore a Snuza for months and I recommend them highly to all moms!

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New Product Launch by VO5!

by Pennie on January 23, 2015

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SHINE, GLOW & GO BEAUTY OIL

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VO5® Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil is a light, natural oil blend for BOTH hair and body. Quickly helps replenish dry hair and skin to feel soft, silky and look radiant.

It is available for $4.99 at Walgreens and contains NO mineral oils, parabens or dyes.  It has Argan, macadamia, sunflower, shea, grapeseed, and coconut natural oils all to help your hair and skin!

Usage: Hold bottle approximately 3 to 5 inches away. AVOID SPRAYING IN EYES.

  • BODY: Spray and rub gently into skin. Great to use after shower or any time your skin feels dry. Use daily.
  • HAIR:
    • For WET HAIR, spray sparingly onto hair, comb through and style as desired.
    • For DRY HAIR, lightly spray into palm of hand and work through hair for smoothness and shine. Good for all hair types.

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HOT OIL MOISTURIZING SHOWER WORKS

It just takes one minute to treat yourself and your hair. VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works™5-vitamin and protein rich formula conditions and moisturizes hair from roots to ends, helping to restore shine, strength, and silky softness.

HOT OIL THERAPY MOISTURIZING TREATMENT

The Original Hot OilIndulge yourself in VO5 Hot Oil Therapy’s 5-vitamin and protein rich formula. Soothe your scalp and senses while moisturizing and conditioning hair from roots to ends, helping to restore shine, strength and silky softness.

 

Nicole’s take:  I love products that have more than one purpose.  Like the new Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil by VO5! It can be used on hair and on skin! I love that this oil does NOT leave you greasy at all.  I have naturally combination skin but can slather this all over and not have residual grease! It is super light and just leaves me feeling very moisturized! I have also been using it on my hair and am happy with how soft it is!

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ALDI Barissimo Coffee and Giveaway

by Pennie on January 22, 2015

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ALDI is rebranding their old coffee line and rolling out their new Barissimo premium coffee. A number of Beaumont Coffee products will transition to the new Barissimo brand in early 2015 but the product taste and pricing remain the same.

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A number of former Beaumont Coffee products transitioned to the new Barissimo brand in early 2015. Product taste and pricing remain the same.

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  • The line features nine bagged and single serve coffee items, along with additional seasonal and Special Buy items that will be available for a limited time.
  • The following items are now sold under the Barissimo brand:
    • Ready-to-drink Iced Coffees (French Vanilla, Mocha and Coffee) – $1.19
    • Whole Bean Coffee (Morning Roast and Donut Store) – $3.99
    • Fair Trade Coffee (Medium and Dark Roast) – $3.99
    • Donut Store Ground Coffee – $3.99
    • 12 oz. Bag Coffee (Breakfast Blend, House Blend, and French Roast) – $3.99
    • Assorted Flavored Coffee (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.99
    • Flavored Coffee Cups (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.79
    • Regular Roast Coffee Cups (Breakfast and Donut) – $4.79
    • Specialty Roast Coffee Cups (Fair Trade Colombian and Dark Roast) – $4.79

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Prices based on retails on 1/7/2015. Prices subject to change and may vary by store location.

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Nicole’s take: You all know how much I love ALDI.  I love the variety of new products to try and the staples I use every day and most of all I love the great prices.  I can’t find any place to beat ALDI on price.  So when I heard they were rolling out a new Barissimo coffee line I was excited to try it! I love that they have products for the Keurig that we use every day! My parents are coffee snobs and are addicted to the new dark roast single serve cups.  The price is unbeatable and the quality is unparalleled!

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Wacky Wednesday Cross Country Cafe Coffee Sale!

by Pennie on January 21, 2015

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It’s the  Wacky Wednesday Weekly Sale at Cross Country Cafe!

Keurig 2.0 K-Carafe’s are here! We are loving the new and improved technology and convenience that comes with Keurig 2.0. In case you are not aware- with Keurig 2.0 users can now brew a 4 cup carafe in addition to the classic single serve K-cups. The carafe requires a large size capsule and guess what? We finally have ‘em and they will now be included in our weekly Wacky Wednesday sale!

Breakfast Blend Keurig K-Carafe coffee is on sale for $7.99 per box of 4 (each on one brews a 4 cup carafe)!

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Now our most popular single serve roast can be shared with friends! Brew up to 4 cups of Breakfast Blend coffee with your Keurig 2.0 and these innovative K-Carafe packs. The new brewing technology has not only improved the taste of the coffee but added the ability to brew an entire 4 cup pot. Nothing says Sunday morning like a fresh pot of coffee in the kitchen, now that is even easier with Keurig 2.0.

Of course we will still be including two classic K-cup coffees…

Tully’s French Roast Keurig K-cup coffee is on sale for $11.99 per box of 24!

Tully's French Roast Keurig K-cup coffee

A smoky, decadent tale. Tully’s most popular roast.

For the tea drinkers we have…

Twinings Pure Red Rooibos K-cup tea is on sale for $9.99 per box of 24!

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Twinings African Rooibos Red Tea K-Cups are made with the leaves of the rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) plant which only grows in the Cedarberg Mountains of South Africa. Rooibos, which means red bush, has long been enjoyed for its natural sweetness and delightful red color.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about our espresso lovers!

Broadway Nespresso compatible Hiline coffee capsules are on sale for $4.99 per box of 10!

Broadway Nespresso compatible coffee capsules

A dark roast gourmet espresso blend with a 9/10 intensity offering sweet fruity flavors with a tart finish. This is a full bodied roast with medium acidity.

But, wait there is more…introducing subscribe and save! Now coffee drinkers can enjoy a 5% saving when they subscribe to our coffee of the month tours. A 5% savings month after month really adds up to a significant chunk of change! In addition users can enjoy the convenience of a variety of delicious K-cup coffees hand selected and shipped to their door each and every month. This is a great way to try different K-cups and perhaps find a new favorite!

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On Your Feet After Florida Foreclosures #getahomeagain

January 21, 2015

Did you know that in August 2014 Fannie Mae changed their lending guidelines to reduce the wait time for borrowers that went through a foreclosure? This newly court approved action has reduced the wait time from 7 years to just 24 months if you qualify.  These new rules apply to Florida foreclosures. I live in […]

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BAND-AID® Commemorates Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary and Giveaway

January 20, 2015

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty, BAND-AID® Brand has created a limited-edition collectors’ tin featuring this beloved character. The anniversary tin is available exclusively at Target now. Cover your kiddies with bright and whimsical bandages from J.Crew crewcuts Band-Aids. With phrases like “hug me” and “je t’aime,” your kids will have fun with first aid […]

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Discover Your Winning Line Up at Publix and Giveaway

January 19, 2015

It’s time to change your game day strategy. For years now I’ve been going to Publix just for food, but now I’m going to gear up for game day by stocking up on snacks AND my favorite personal care products. Unilever and Publix are teaming up to show how we can all “Discover More In […]

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New Twinings Chai Flavors at The Cross Country Cafe

January 15, 2015

Twinings recently released a two new Kcup tea flavors: Chai Latte is a creamy, indulgent treat that you can now prepare in your own home with the ease and convenience of your Keurig brewer. French Vanilla Chai Latte takes the classic chai taste to a whole new level with the addition of creamy and sweet vanilla flavors. […]

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The Cross Country Cafe Wacky Wednesday Coffee Sale!

January 14, 2015

It’s the  Wacky Wednesday Weekly Sale at Cross Country Cafe! There is one K-cup that we recommend over and over when asked for coffee suggestions and it is always a hit. Vermont Country Blend is a staple in any K-cup drinkers collection. From light to dark roast fans, everyone seems to love it! The best news is- […]

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Helping You Stay Safe Through Every Life Stage and Season with Master Lock & $50 Visa Giftcard and Product Giveaway

January 14, 2015

Master Lock, the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks and other security products, is focusing on helping consumers stay safe through every life stage and season in 2015. From childhood, to marriage, homeownership, retirement and beyond, Master Lock is there to celebrate the good times and trusted to help protect consumers.  Master Lock has such a […]

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FabKids for the New Year!

January 13, 2015

FabKids was founded by ShopStyle founder Andy Moss and actress Christina Applegate, and we offer our members a personalized selection of kids’ outfits each month. Check out some of the adorable outfits that FabKids has to offer! The Heart Shine Outfit includes the Heart Drop Waist Dress and Fab Soft Legging! FabKids empowers kids to express their individuality through personalized […]

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My Triplets Turning 1!

January 12, 2015

This has been such an emotional last few weeks for me.  This time last year I was in the hospital on strict bedrest with constant fetal monitoring and hoping to keep my triplets in as long as possible.  I keep looking at pictures of me in the hospital and it’s a blur but some things […]

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Gorton’s Realistic Resolution Challenge and Giveaway

January 9, 2015

In addition to offering 14 perfectly-portioned, protein-packed products, including gluten free Grilled Fish in a variety of flavors, as well as Simply Bake Tilapia, Salmon and Haddock that make it easy for you to break out of your menu routine and start the New Year off right, Gorton’s is partnering with SparkPeople, the largest healthy living community […]

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Celebrate National Bubble Bath Day with a Vitabath Giveaway

January 8, 2015

Here are some details of what Vitabath is planning for National Bubble Bath Day (January 8) — it’ll be a full weekend of fun. They are offering special discount pricing on luxurious bath products, co-hosting fun events with Painting with a Twist studios across the country and hosting a fabulous giveaway valued at $200 on their site! Making a […]

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Quinny Buzz Xtra™ Stroller – The Bold Explorer

January 7, 2015

The high-end Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller, equipped with all-terrain tires and an automatic unfold, is on sale for a limited time for the unbeatable price of $399.99 (originally $595) at Amazon.com! The Quinny Buzz Xtra takes your favorite stroller to the next level. Designed to be easy to use, the Buzz Xtra unfolds automatically with a unique […]

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This Week’s Cross Country Cafe Wacky Wednesday Coffee Sale!

January 7, 2015

It’s the  Wacky Wednesday Weekly Sale at Cross Country Cafe! This week we are thrilled to offer two classic K-cups at a rock bottom cost both completely smashing Amazon pricing! Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale! Every Wednesday we will post a totally wacky sale price on a variety of coffees including Keurig Kcups and Nespresso compatible capsules. Dont forget shipping is […]

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