Jimmy Dean Stuffed Hash Browns Available at Walmart

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own

I’m a busy mom. Probably more so right now. I’m almost half way through an 11 day stretch at work. All 3 of my boys started their football practices (one in youth, one in middle school, and one in high school football) That means 3 different practices, and very soon 4 different days a week for games. My oldest son starts football camp next week, my husband’s aunt is coming in from Massachusetts this weekend, we’re having a birthday party for my niece, and I’m making the cake for her party. I also have my blog, which I enjoy. But sometimes I wonder when I will have time to do anything else like shower..or eat.

As much as I’d like to, I don’t have time to make a sit down breakfast for everyone. I like to have things around the house that the kids can eat for a quick breakfast or snack. Fresh fruit and things like Jimmy Dean® Stuffed Hash Browns make it easy for the kids to grab breakfast on the go.

Jimmy Dean stuffed hash browns

Jimmy Dean® Stuffed Hash Browns are warm crispy hash browns filled with Jimmy Dean meats & cheeses all in one stuffed form with 9g of protein.

I found Jimmy Dean Stuffed Hash Browns at Walmart in the freezer section. I thought they’d be perfect with our football life right now. My son was able to warm one up this morning and eat it on the way out to his heat acclamation. I dropped him off and drove myself to work. It was good to know he had a warm breakfast before his conditioning. It didn’t take any time at all he just used the crisping sleeve and popped it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Moms and dads, your teenager can make their own breakfast. Maybe you’ll actually have a couple minutes for yourself in the mornings when school starts!

Grab Jimmy Dean Stuffed Hash Browns at Walmart and save with this coupon here.

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Organizing My Make Up

When we moved into our new home this past October I saw so much potential for the extra space we have in our home.  We went from having a few tiny closets to have walk in closets in a couple rooms including the bathroom.  Since I work first shift and my hubby works second shift I usually have to to my make up in the bathroom so I don’t wake him in the mornings. I do have a vanity in my bedroom but it’s pretty much pointless at this time. I wanted to have a space to organize my make up.

I had clear shoe box type containers that I kept my make up in. Unfortunately lids would pop open spreading mineral make up or loose powder eye shadow all over. Plus I’d have to dig through to find what I wanted. I decided to get myself a few acrylic make up organizers. I figured not only would it organize my make up but it would make the shelves in the bathroom closet look tidier.

make up organizer

I had a chance to review the one pictured above. It looked perfect for what I wanted to do.  Cubie shipped it to me. The first one I received was actually cracked. There was a piece of plastic floating around in one of the smaller drawers and I noticed both drawers were missing chunks out of the front plate of the drawer. I contacted them and they replace it immediately with an apology.  I was worried about having to go through the hassle of packing the broken one up, send it back, wait until they received it, then they’d send the other but it was quick and painless.

The replacement arrived in good shape. It’s actually much bigger than the picture looks. The bigger drawer is fairly long and pretty deep. I received a bunch of packs of collagen masks from ipsy bags and they fit in their perfectly. I played around with it and it also fit several of my smaller eye shadow palettes.

make up organizer filled

I’ll probably reorganize it a few times until I have it exactly the way I want it.  I already bought myself a lipstick organizer and started changing things there.  This organize is two pieces. The top part actually sits on top so if you’d rather take it off and put things on top of it you could do that.

All in all this organizer is great. Cubie’s customer service is on target too.  You can find the Cubie 2 piece make up organizer on Amazon:

I received the above mentioned product at a discount in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own. This post also contains affilliate links. 


This Game is Fun for the Whole Family Check It Out

When I’m looking for a family game for my family of 6, there are several things I look for.

  1. Will it be fun for everyone in my family from the adults down to my toddler?
  2. Is there an added benefits to the game? IE. educational, physical activity, non-electronics based
  3. Please don’t let there be a million pieces and and 30 page booklet of rules!

Toss’n Towel has all these benefits and then some. Toss’n Towel Towel was created by Robert F. Smith, 45 yr old  blind Entrepreneur who was born into music royalty (His father was grammy winner and singer OC Smith). His philantropic Little Green Apple Projects was started to promote a million acts of intentional kindness. Toss’n Towel was created as a way to build on that project. There is even a Little Green Apples Toss’n Towel game. Which is the one I received to review.

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The game comes with a carrying case, the “game board” which is a towel, and 8 tossing socks (4 of each color) You can see they have a target on each side with different number. They don’t come with a rule book. They encourage you to make up your own way to play which we did. My littlest 2 kids, 3 of my nieces, and myself all played a game. We made a line on both sides of the towel. We decided to play as teams of 3 on 3.  I didn’t know how it was going to go with so many little ones so I decided to say we’ll play to 15 to start. The kids actually played well with some guidance from me.  They wanted to keep playing. Really they just enjoyed throwing the bean sacks and trying to hit the target.

Toss n towels collage

The kids had fun. This would have been great to have when we went to the beach. You can play this game indoor or outdoors.

Robert also has an indiegogo campaign going on right now for the Little Green Apples project using Toss’n Towel.  He wants to send 10,000 Toss’n Towel games to veterans, deployed military, and senior centers. In addition to the Little Green Apples project, a portion of the proceeds will go to help these three charities: Boys and Girls Club of America (select regional clubs), Pitch In for Baseball, and National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH)

Please consider helping along Robert’s indiegogo campaign. Depending on the denomination you choose you can get your own Toss’n Towel game or other incentives for donating.  If you can’t donate, would you consider sharing the campaign?  Or buy your Toss’n Towel game here

 

I did received the above mentioned/pictured product at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own. 


Baltic Amber Teething Necklace from Bambini & ME

My daughter has been using a baltic amber teething necklace since before she was one year old.  I wish I would have known about them with my boys.  From what I’ve read, the baltic amber is supposed to have natural analgesic properties.  When I got the very first one for her I had her wearing it every day. My daughter was 2.5 years old and still had the same necklace. She started getting interested in my jewelry and wanted more necklaces. When I would take her amber necklace off she’d be asking where it was. Baltic amber comes in a few different colors so I decided to get her a few. She was excited to have more necklaces and I was glad to give her some that I felt safe with her wearing and would be a natural benefits to her.

We received a baltic amber necklace that’s tri-color from Bambini & ME to review. She loved the colors and so did I.

baltic amber necklace

I can tell you with having my daughter wearing baltic amber teething necklaces for about 2 years now, I’ve rarely had to give my daughter pain relievers or use an oral gel for her gums.  I remember needing to do it much more frequently for my boys.  Whether it’s coincidence or not, I don’t know. My daughter loves her baltic amber necklace. I think she’ll probably wear it until she outgrows it. This particular necklace also came with a bonus silicone teething necklace. We didn’t need that so much but my daughter still enjoyed wearing it around the house. I’ll probably give it to my sister who is pregnant.

I received the above mentioned product in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own. 


The Guy With The Umbrella At A Walmart In South Carolina

My life was falling apart around me. My husband-of-the-time was having an affair I found out.  My youngest baby was very sick. At the time, they didn’t know what was wrong with him. In and out of the hospital, $150 worth of meds a month.  The poor baby couldn’t sleep laying down, I had to keep him propped in a bouncer or car seat to sleep. We were struggling financially with a foreclosure looming, and at times we didn’t know if we would be able to buy diapers. We had our electricity cut off once or twice. I went into a Walmart in South Carolina off of Two Notch Road on one of the few days I had money to spend on groceries and carefully kept track of everything I bought.

As I was shopping I heard the rain coming down on the roof of the building.  Then the thunder. I paid for my things and headed to the exit.  It was pouring.  My car was half way down the parking lot.  I debated on waiting by the door to see if it would let up.  I did for a few minutes but it didn’t seem like it was going to let up anytime soon.

I made the decision to make a dash for my car. My boys were around 2 month and 18 months old.  I got my my older son out of the seat and my youngest’s baby carrier and tried to get them both in the car at the same time but I had to put them down because I neglected to grab my keys out of my purse.

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An older gentleman with an umbrella came walking toward me very swiftly. I’m ashamed to say my anxiety went up for a minute. I had no idea why he was coming at me so quickly. He didn’t say anything, he just lifted the umbrella over my head. He held the umbrella as I got both babies in the car. He waited patiently as I buckled each child in. He then held continued to shelter me from the rain as I loaded the groceries in the car. I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me. I do remember telling him thank you at least three times.

Even as I type this I’m crying.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of that man. I wish I knew who he was. I wish I could tell him how much his kindness meant to me …still means to me. When I felt like nothing was going right in my life something happened to give me hope.  The “sunshine in the rain” so to speak. I remember getting in the car almost in disbelief that someone would do that. It wasn’t until  got home and thought about the whole situation again that I began to cry. That moment was exactly what I needed and it’s a moment I carry on with me.

Many things have changed in my life for the better. But that gentleman, that small moment in my life, will always remind me that even when everything else seems dark, there is always a light somewhere.