Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A New Lunchtime Favorite with KFC Popcorn Nuggets

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by KFC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about KFC Popcorn Nuggets, all opinions are my own.”

As a busy mom of two very active and very picky boys, meal time is important to us. But, it can be challenging and finding something we all agree upon is exhausting. When life gets busy and there is no time to cook, which is often, I find myself piling the kids in the back of the SUV and heading out to the drive thru. We mostly can agree on chicken nuggets, it’s their favorite of course. But, nowadays, eating fast food has been non-existent as there are limited choices for better food options for kids out there.

As we head into Spring Break, I am now faced with the decision of “what’s for lunch”. So, to treat the boys to something special, I headed to our local KFC to try out the new KFC Popcorn Nuggets. I must say, we were a little skeptical at first. Chicken is chicken right? Plus, it is fast food and I always have that “mommy guilt” of if what I am feeding them is good enough. But, with KFC Popcorn Nuggets, they are made with 100% white meat, I know what they are eating. Plus, they are never pressed or formed and made from the world’s best chicken. The best part??? The boys gobbled them up and wanted more. Lots more! Plus, the fun bite size pieces are perfect for little hands.

Now that we have experienced the goodness that is KFC Popcorn Nuggets, I can honestly say that we will never look at chicken nuggets the same. My very picky boys were pleased and as a mom, I feel satisfied that I know they are eating 100% white meat chicken.

Are you tired of the same ole’ tired chicken nugget? Are the kids craving something more? Head to your local KFC and try the Popcorn Nuggets for yourself. You’ll never go back to boring chicken nuggets again. Do you want to introduce the Popcorn Nuggets to your family and friends but not sure they will be swayed? Try these few tips to get them to change their mind, without even knowing it.

Tip #1 – Invite your best mom friends over for a playdate and provide the delicious KFC Popcorn Nuggets as a snack for the kids and parents. Kids love food! Mine do at least. When food is out in sight and within hands reach, they will eat it. Chicken nuggets are no exception. Once they try it, they will be hooked. They will be sure to ask “Where did you get these Popcorn Nuggets from?” Gladly mention KFC Popcorn Nuggets.

Tip #2 – Is it your turn for snacks at your kids sports team practice? The kids will cheer loudly when they see you pull up with the tasty KFC Popcorn Nuggets. When the parents find out they are made with 100% white meat and never pressed, they will applaud your choice for their kids.

Tip #3 – Serve up some KFC Popcorn Nuggets at your next book club meeting. Moms love to snack while chatting about things they love with people they trust. Once they see, or taste, firsthand the new KFC Popcorn Nuggets, they will not hesitate to make that a go to for family dinner night.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

DIY Playroom Makeover on a Budget

Now that the boys are getting a little older, I wanted to change up their playroom to something that suits them a little more. I wanted something fun and colorful but also something that can grow with them. I also had to do this on a budget! A strict budget!!! So, here is how I turned their bland boring playroom into a colorful fun and inviting space for under $120.00. 

The wall space before was completely blank and empty. So, I had to start from scratch. I wanted them to be apart of the space so I decided hang up some of their canvas art paintings from various art classes throughout the years. I also sifted through piles of paper from school to find a few of the best paintings from both boys. Using wood frames I already had on hand, I painted them with a fresh new coat of paint and framed each masterpiece. 

I found the awesome blue wood USA sign from Hobby Lobby. It was on sale for 50% off. I was able to snag it at a steal for only $20.00. I created the two subway style artwork signs hanging up myself using old cabinet doors, spray paint, and vinyl. All items I had on hand as well. 

I found these video game guitars at a yard sale for $3.00 a piece. I got a total of 3 and using these guitar clips from amazon, at $7.00 for all 3, I used them as decorations for the room. The custom striped pillows were made by a sweet friend of mine for a party we had a few summers ago. They went perfectly in the room. 

The biggest splurge for the room were for these cubby shelves. Luckily they were on sale at Target, but at $25.00 for the 6 cube and $30 for 8 cube, they were a stretch, Keeping on my budget I found the blue and chevron bins at the dollar tree. Plus, I picked up two wire baskets at Target on clearance for $12.00 for the set. I know we got very lucky to find them as I went back for more and they were back at regular price.

After seeing a fabulous idea on pinterest to use flower baskets as a toy bin, I knew I had to incorporate this in our room as well. I picked up a wire flower basket for $11.00 at Lowes. I did have to remove the mossy planter insert, but well worth it.

I hung up the canvas paintings I created in a previous post. I made these using 8 x 10 blank canvases from Hobby Lobby, paint, and vinyl decals. 

To create our B letter wall, I used B's from previous birthday parties as well as picked up a few random B's over the years and paired them with more framed artwork and a paper banner. 

I love how the room has turned out and the boys love seeing their works of art on the wall. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Movie Night with The Boxtrolls and Pop Secret

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite

We LOVE family movie night!!! It's something we always look forward to and we always have a blast together. With the release of The Boxtrolls on DVD we knew we had to have a movie night to celebrate. We couldn't think of a better way to spend quality family time together after a busy week then sitting together watching a movie and enjoying some delicious Pop Secret pop corn. 

To create our fun family night we headed straight to Wal-Mart to snag up The Boxtrolls on DVD. No movie night would be complete without some yummy popcorn. Of course we had to fill up our shopping cart with with all the essentials to make our night super fun! 

I created a popcorn bar for the boys complete with candy toppings and movie themed props. I also made a cookies and cream popcorn that was sooooo amazing that it did not last very long! 

Movies nights are important to use because with school and basketball and work, our schedules are always so busy and hectic that just being able to sit down together as a family and enjoy each other is always amazing. There is not much talking going on, as they are intent on watching the movie, but just being there for each of them and letting them know we are there is always so important. At the end of the night, there are always smiles on their faces. 

We first went to see The Boxtrolls in the movie theater and was a huge hit with both my boys. We had to go straight home build our own Boxtroll boxes and acted out scenes from the movie for weeks. They always asked when the movie was coming out so we could watch at home and could not wait. Finally, the day came and I was able to bring The Boxtrolls home for them and to say they were excited would be an understatement. 

To make our movie night just a bit more special, I created this fun Movie Night Scavenger Hunt Printable game for the boys. Just a few little photos pulled from the movie and when they spot them they cross them off. Whoever crossed off all their photos/items got a prize. Which was a bag of their favorite candy. The boys absolutely loved playing the game and are asking to play and watch again. To get a copy of our Movie Night Game, simply download HERE.

I cooked up some fabulous cookies and cream popcorn that was simply delish!! The bowl did not last the night and was so simple and easy to make. All you need is some Pop Secret Pop Corn, we snagged up the 10 pack Movie Theater Butter style, white chocolate almond bark or candy coating, and Oreo cookies. 

To make your own cookies and cream popcorn, simply cook your popcorn according to the directions on the bag. Pour into a bowl. Melt the chocolate almond bark/candy coating according the directions. Crush the cookies into a fine dust. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn, top with cookies, and toss gently to mix. Spread onto a lined cookie sheet and let dry for a few minutes. Once hard, place into a bowl and enjoy! How simple is that and so tasty!

Be sure to head to your local Wal-Mart and pick up your copy of The Boxtrolls and a box of Pop Secret Pop Corn, 10 count value pack, "While Supplies Last", to make your own memorable movie night. Check out The Boxtrolls on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for more great ideas.

Don't forget to download our Scavenger Hunt Movie Game HERE.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Quick and Easy Dinner Idea

"This delicious meal idea is sponsored by Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. The ideas and opinions on this blog are 100% my own."

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Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, I can finally breathe and relax and get everything back on our normal track. Even though that normal track is still busy, busy, busy. With two basketball practices to make and 2 games to attend each week, not to mention school programs, PTO meetings, and the daily routine, our days are anything but slow. Dinner time is always an after thought. Not to mention that me and cooking do not mix well. But, I found a great solution with  Minute® Ready to Serve Rice for our dinner dilemma that is not only super easy and quick to make, but healthy as well. Talk about a winner!  

With just a few staples added to the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice Natural Whole Grain Brown Rice, I have a complete and healthy side dish that is perfect for picky eaters. Even when the other choices on their plate may not be as healthy, I know at least something they are eating is. By adding some fresh, chopped tomatoes, diced green onions, shredded cheeses, parsley, and olive oil to the  Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, I have a side dish that is the perfect compliment to pair with any main dish or even to serve on it's own.

To recreate this dish simply add:

  • 1 Fresh Roma Tomato, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of fresh green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, or any amount of any type of cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • olive oil, drizzle on top
Prepare your Minute® Ready to Serve Rice as directed on the package.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and combine with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. 
Serve as a main dish, snack, or side dish.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an the perfect idea for a quick meal or snack because you can take it with you on the go or is perfect for a last minute dinner idea. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice with nothing to add for any meal or snack. Plus, this is a great choice a healthy, wholesome option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups. For more stir in ideas recipe ideas and information, be sure to check out Minute® Ready to Serve Rice

Be sure to check out more great ideas from Minute® Ready to Serve Rice by visiting them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Making Lunch Time Healthier with Sara Lee®

"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own"

Tracking Pixel As a mom, I am always concerned about health and nutrition when it comes to food and my boys. I want to make sure what they are eating is full of the nutrients and vitamins they need to grow and become strong and healthy. That is why I have become that mom. Yes, the mom that reads the labels, that researches products, foods, and items that we purchase to make sure what they are eating is actually something they should be eating. It is a long process and an even longer journey to finding foods that are healthy, good for you, and actually taste great.

While I cannot cut out and limit everything that is deemed "junk" with our foods and snacks, I can limit them and limit how often they eat them. But, I have been able to successfully replace the "no-so-good-for-you" foods with healthier alternatives as well as adding more water to our daily intake. My boys will only drink water throughout the day which I am so thankful for, but for myself, it has been a long transformation. But, ultimately a successful one. By adding more water to my daily routine, I have had more energy and noticed a huge difference in how the rest of the family has followed in my footsteps. That's why when I heard about the new Sara Lee® 45 Delightful Bread, I knew I had to try it.

Sara Lee® 45 Delightful Breads are all heart-healthy and provide an excellent source of fiber in each serving (2 slices), with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. They also taste great and with only 45 calories per slice, lunch time has never been better. Plus, now if we want to splurge on some chips or even a cookie or two, there is no need to feel guilty for doing so.
With lunchtime now under control, we can focus on more important things. Like family time. Spending time together is very important to us. Not only is having time together important, it's vital to a healthy life. Being active, playing a board game, or even just reading a book. It's something we strive to do each and everyday. We all look forward to our family time together and with all our busy schedules it's nice to have that quality time together. The boys will only be young for so long and I want to cherish every single moment I can with them.

Our family is striving for a better us by drinking more water with all our meals and throughout the day as well as spending more time together without the electronics or phones or video games.

Do you have a story you would like to share about how you are striving for a healthier you or family? Share your story or transformation by participating in the 45 Delightful People Program.

"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Playtime with LeapTV

"I have received free products in order to host the LeapFrog Sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own."

All this cold weather as kept us inside and going stir crazy. I know it's only been in the 30s and 40s, but being from north Texas that is just down right freezing!! So, what better way to keep us busy, active, and having lots of fun? Playtime with the new and totally awesome, LeapTV from LeapFrog.

We are big fans of LeapFrog products and we were so excited to try out the new LeapTV! So, we gathered a few friends and spent a fun afternoon with LeapFrog and some warm and tasty treats.

We started our playtime fun with some great coloring sheets I pulled off of the LeapFrog website. My boys love to color. It's a great way to express themselves and LeapFrog had tons of free printables to choose from.

After we finished coloring we put together these super cute Scout Puppy Dog Ears Headband. They were so much fun to make and all the boys loved pretending to be dogs. I found these on the LeapFrog site as well. They have tons of great activities for kids of all ages.

We continued with a pin the badge on Scouts Collar! This was a huge hit and we were working our way up with anticipation to the LeapTv.

Of course, no play date would be complete with out snack time. Each guest had their own hot chocolate and regular cold chocolate milk, snack mix, and turkey roll ups. We had to keep our energy up for all the fun we were having.

And finally, it was time! We ended our fun afternoon play date with the LeapTV Dance & Learn Game. The kids were all hyped up with all the pre-game fun we had and were ready to go for it. We started with the dino dance game and then moved on to the other super fun dance games. The boys got into it and loved how easy it was to control with their own hands. Plus, seeing themselves on TV was crazy! They thought it was the best thing!!

Even the dog wanted in on all the fun!!

What a fun afternoon we had playing with friends and LeapTV. It was such a blast! We can't wait to get together again to play.
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"I have received free products in order to host the LeapFrog Sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own."
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