Take a Mommy Timeout with iT’Z Ladies’ Night Out!

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Just wanted to let you know that I will be receiving a family 4-pack to iT'Z Family Food & Fun through a partnership with US Family Guide in appreciation for this post and a follow up post I'll be back to share after our family day of fun. However, all opinions are entirely my own.  Ever have one of those days? You know, you work all day long, you have a "real" job, your online stuff, calling doctors and schools, paying the bills and balancing the budget kind of day? Then your kids' idea of winding down includes you cooking dinner with one hand, trying to get a little more work done with the other, while one child is pulling on your shirt tale asking about her science work and the other is pulling on your shorts eager to tell you about the new game he just downloaded on his phone. Yea, those days. What, just me? I highly doubt that and I believe if I walked into any one of your houses on any given evening, I'd see a similar scene. I love being a mommy and a wife, but I honestly … [Continue]

Ditch Your Wallet and Pay with Your Phone

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Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Verizon Wireless and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The Softcard related content is provided by Verizon Wireless. All opinions expressed here are my own. #paywithmyphone  I don't know about you, but I have way too many store loyalty cards, debit cards, and credit cards to keep up with these days. I don't carry a wallet because I like litty bitty purses so I just shove all of those cards, in no particular order, into the front pocket of my itty bitty purse and I'm constantly stuck fumbling through my many cards at the checkout line much to the dismay of my OCD tendencies. It's not a pretty sight. Me fumbling, frustrated, while the babies beg for candy and everyone waits in line, impatiently, behind me. There has to be a better solution. And guess what? There is! All of this can be avoided with the help of Verizon's new free Softcard app and now we can all pay with our phones at … [Continue]

Crock Pot Chili: Perfect for Game Day {Low Sodium Recipe}

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Crock Pot Chili. Quite possibly the perfect game day food. Perfect for so many reasons. Easy to make. Perfect for fall. Delicious to eat. Lasts all day long. And hello, bring on the heat, just like the games (that I don't care to watch). My oldest daughter says I make the best.chili.ever! OK, I'm sure that's not true, but I take that compliment and run with it. Since I made game day chili (low sodium style of course) on Sunday, I decided to share my recipe here. As always, the perfect recipe always starts with the freshest ingredients. Canned tomatoes are SO overrated. Fresh is best and getting those fresh veggies into your babies' bodies is a bonus point for this recipe. Crock Pot Chili Ingredients: 12 Roma tomatoes 2 sweet peppers (you can use jalapenos if you want to heat things up) 1/2 medium onion 3 cloves garlic 1 lb turkey burger 2 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp chili powder 1/2 tbsp red ground pepper 5 shots hot sauce 1 tbsp red pepper flakes 1 can low sodium … [Continue]

What’s in Your Anti-Aging Arsenal?

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For the record, I received product from Valentia Skin Care to facilitate this review. All opinions are entirely my own based on my personal experience with this product. Let me just put this out there, I spend a lot of money on my face. A LOT. In an attempt to maintain a youthful appearance, I literally have an arsenal of products that I use daily or weekly. The island climate can be rough on my skin so I have to work extra diligently to defy the signs of aging. Recently, I've added Valentia Even Glow Serum to my arsenal which already consists of wrinkle creams, anti-aging concealer, sunblock, teeth whiteners, lengthening mascaras, lip plumpers, and many more products. If I have all of that other stuff, why would I need more, right? Well, honestly, you can never have enough stuff, and I've found that no one product works on everything that I need to address. The Valencia Even Glow Serum is strategically formulated with powerful natural ingredients to support and enhance Vitamin C … [Continue]

Easy Lower Sodium Chicken Pot Pie

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I know I'm always preaching about low sodium eating, but some of my recipes are pretty time intensive. Even though I work from home, I don't always have the time to make all of our meals from scratch. On those busy days, that's when semi-homemade recipes like this easy low sodium Chicken Pot Pie come in handy. It's not the prettiest dish on the planet by any means, but my family loves it. The typical frozen chicken pot pie, even most recipes you'll see, house 580+ mg of sodium. This recipe is only 131 mg of sodium per serving and super simple to make. Low Sodium Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients: 2 medium sized chicken breasts 1 can 25% Less Sodium Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup 1 can No Salt Added Veg-All 2 frozen pie crusts Preparation and Cooking Instructions: Thaw your pie crust for about an hour so that you can work with it. Boil the 2 chicken breasts in water until thoroughly cooked, shred, and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour the remaining … [Continue]

Latex or Lidocaine? Something Attacked My Baby at the Dentist!

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Disclosure: I'm not a sicko that goes around taking pictures of my baby when he's sick. I took these for our doctor's appointment to show them just how bad this was. I wanted to let you all know why I've been so absent so I'm posting this here.  Our weekend didn't go so well, as you can see. A simple trip to the dentist for a teeny tiny cavity for Bubby resulted in this. It didn't start out like this. But this was the result. It was not good, not good at all. Let me back up. Saturday morning, Bubby and I headed out at 8:30 am for a 9:00 am appointment to get this itsy bitsy cavity filled. We were the first ones at the dentist office so that had to be a great thing. He went right back. They gave him happy gas because he's a twitchy little patient (I was happy to pay the extra to make him "brave" as he called it). A smidge of Lidocaine to make the area numb, minor drilling, a little filling, and they were done. We were in and out in less than an hour. Awesome! But, not really. We … [Continue]