Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Home Team Rice Krispies Treats

  Home Team Rice Krispies Treats™

Whether your kids play basketball, football, volleyball, whatever--these are a great, personalized snack.

Decorate to match your favorite team's colors!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16




2. Using small bowls, divide the frosting depending on how many colors you will be using. Tint the frosting with food coloring in your team's colors.

3. Top each bar in a smooth layer of frosting, then decorate with your favorite player's number or football shapes.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rice Krispies Treats Footballs

Another great recipe for a football day... 

Rice Krispies Treats Footballs™

Kellogg's® Rice Krispies Treats® bars dipped in caramel and decorated with chocolate in honor of the Big Game.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16



1. Open KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES TREATS bars and cut off approximately 1/4-inch from corners, so the shape resembles a football.

2. Place unwrapped caramel in microwave safe bowl with water. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted, approximately 1 minute, stirring after each interval.

3. Working while caramel is hot, dip top of each treat into caramel. Allow to cool on plate.

4. Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power in 30-second intervals until completely melted, approximately 2 minutes, stirring after each interval.

5. Place melted chocolate into small zip-top bag. Cut small corner of bag to provide an opening through which to squeeze out the chocolate. Drizzle chocolate over caramel to resemble stitching on a football. Serve at room temperature.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Free Huggies Samples

My sister-in-law just had her first baby (I got a new nephew!), and my other sister-in-law is due in a few weeks.  If you have new babies on the way, grab this FREE sample of Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Wipes!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunflower Maids Review and Discount

I've always wanted to have someone clean my house.  Mostly because I have two young kids and a messy husband, and I'm pretty much in charge of ALL the housework...dishes--me, laundry--me, vacuuming--yep, that's my job too.  Did I mention I also go to work at 4 A.M.?  Add in school meetings and working on a new children's book and going to the grocery store and...well, you know, EVERYTHING, and cleaning suddenly becomes very low on the list of things I want to do.

I was recently contacted by Sunflower Maids, Kansas City's Cleaning Experts.  They offered to clean my house so I could review their services.  YES!

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about having someone come in to clean our house.  I was embarrassed because I didn't want them to think our house was dirty (yes, I know that's why they come), and I didn't know if I'd feel awkward with a stranger in my home. 

All my anxiety was quickly eased when Javon arrived.  First of all, I had received several emails reminding me of our scheduled cleaning, which was great because with my crazy schedule, things often get forgotten.  She arrived exactly on time, and was SO friendly.  She came in and I gave her a quick tour of the house and she asked if there were any areas that needed extra attention (for the record, I said yes, I'm terrible with bathrooms!).  She brought all her own cleaning supplies, and quickly got to work.

The results were great.  Who knew my daughters' rugs could get that clean?  For that matter, who knew my hardwood floors could shine so nicely?  Our mirrors perfectly reflect our faces now, and our trashcans are empty.

And to top it all off, Javon left a nice note and some chocolates!

I know that most people get cleaning help through referrals from friends, so in this case, consider me a friend.  Sunflower Maids really provided a great job, and I felt totally comfortable with Javon. 

Check out their website (you can book services online!), Facebook page, and Twitter.

DISCOUNT--Until 9/30/14, use code "BreakForMoms" when you book services, and get a $20 discount!  

Sunflower Maids offers house cleaning services in Kansas City, Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Shawnee, Mission, Prairie Village, Mission, and Merriam.

Sunflower Maids...
✓ Book ONLINE in 1 Minute
✓ Flat Rate Prices
✓ Up to 20% Off for Recurring Clients
✓ Not Happy? We Re-clean for Free
✓ Bonded & Insured
Disclosure--I received cleaning services in order to facilitate a review, but was not otherwise compensated for this post.  All opinions are honest.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mythic Creatures Exhibit Giveaway

I had driven by the new Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park (on 135th between Lamar and Nall), but hadn't gotten to check it out until Labor Day weekend, which was perfect because the new exhibit, "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids", had just opened.

My daughters, ages 6 and 4, LOVE mermaids and unicorns, so I figured they would be more than happy to check this exhibit out.  When we first got in, my girls were a little scared of the kraken, a giant octopus with tentacles coming up out of the floor (see picture above).  I thought it looked really cool, but since they were intimidated, we quickly moved on to the mermaids and unicorns! 

My girls' favorite part was computers toward the end of the exhibit, where a touch screen allowed them to create their own dragons.  Fortunately there weren't other kids waiting for a turn right then, so the girls were happy to create several different dragons, and then watch them "dance" across the screen.

My girls also LOVED the entrance of the Museum at Prairiefire where giant touch screens are set up for kids to make their own dinosaurs, which then show up on a giant video screen showing people standing in the entryway.  They even got to name their dinosaurs, which appeared to walk right up next to them on the screen!  Definitely a big hit for all the kids.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults (ages 13 and older), children 3-12 $8, and the Museum offers discounts for seniors, active military, veterans and groups.  "Mythic Creatures" is open through February 1st.

If you'd like to WIN a family 4 pack of tickets to check out the exhibit, enter the rafflecopter below!

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Disclosure--I was provided with tickets to review the exhibit.  All opinions are honest.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fall (Slow) Cookin' Time!

Disclosure--I was provided with product, but not otherwise compensated for this post.  All opinions are honest.

Today's the first full Sunday of football, and so far it's nice and chilly outside, which is getting me in the mood for fall cooking!  I just got a big package of goodies from Red Gold Tomatoes, and they have tons of recipes that look perfect (and easy!) for football season.  

PLUS, Red Gold will be hosting a promotion starting September 17 during which they will give away two slow cookers a day for three weeks on its Facebook page — that's 44 Crock-Pots! Just go to https://www.facebook.com/RedGold to enter.

I'm posting one of their great recipes below, but you can find more from Red Gold on their website

Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese
Servings: 8    |    Preparation Time: 15 minutes    |    Cook Time: 240 minutes
cups pasta of choice, uncooked
tablespoons butter
ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes
ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
teaspoon Dijon mustard
cup low fat milk
cup whipping cream
(12 ounce) can evaporated milk
(14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies , drained
  • Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Well Beginnings

I have two pregnant sisters (my brothers' wives), and a cousin that just had her first baby, so it's baby crazy in my family right now.  I'm trying to share all the helpful tips and products I can to make their lives a little easier.

Recently I've gotten to try Well Beginnings products, which are available exclusively at Walgreens.  Diapers, wipes, baby wash, and even Pediatric Electrolyte are there to help get you through those first years.  The diapers are available in Newborn to Size 6 and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  We didn't have any leakage problems with them, and heard no complaints about their comfort.  The retail price for Well Beginnings Size 4 Jumbo Diapers (31 count) is $8.99.

The Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes are great because they're hypoallergenic and alcohol free, but also FRAGRANCE FREE.  My husband can't stand wipes that have any sort of scent, so these are perfect.  And they come in a one touch dispenser, which is a MUST for parents who are trying to hold a baby still, get them cleaned up, and get a fresh diaper on.  You never have enough hands. The retail price for Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes (72 count) is $2.39.

While I love the fragrance FREE wipes, I have to admit I love the soft, sweet baby smell of the Well Beginnings Baby Wash.  As I'm writing this, I literally brought the bottle over to smell.  It's just so fresh and clean and oh you know...that sweet, little perfect baby smell. It's also tear-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free.  The retail price is $2.99.

For more about Walgreens Well Beginnings products, see their website for info on the complete line. They also have a Facebook page & Twitter page.

I was given this opportunity as part of {Green} Moms Meet. Moms Meet is an online resource for moms that encourages healthy and green parenting/living.

Disclaimer: I received this product free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Free Card from Treat

With Grandparents Day coming up, it's a great time to grab this FREE card from Treat.com!  Use code 1NEWTREAT through Sept. 2!