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Grab N Go Pizza Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #WinCoPizzaNight #CollectiveBias

As the holiday season moves forward, each day is busier and busier. We've had plans every weekend since the beginning of November and even though we are having tons of fun, there are days we all wish we could just chill with nothing to do and nowhere to go. This Sunday was just that day. Adrian had taken the kids to Knott's on Saturday and I had spent the day catching up on blog work, so Sunday evening all we wanted to do was stay home. 

What better way to enjoy an evening at home than to have a movie night that includes not having to cook or clean-up a dirty kitchen. It's nice to give mom and dad a day off from the kitchen and that's exactly where pizza night comes in. Here's how easy WinCo makes it to have a Grab N Go Pizza Movie Night.

Pick up dinner at WinCo: While we finished up the week's laundry and tidied up the house, we sent the guys to pick up a WinCo Foods Oven Fresh Ready To Eat Pizza. 


You can find WinCo Foods Pizza available at WinCo in the deli for take and bake or oven fresh ready to eat pizza in select locations. Luckily, our location has ready to eat pizza so we can get straight to enjoying our favorite dinner on movie night. But the take and bake pizzas are also a great option to grab for a weekday dinner. 


You really can't beat the quality and taste of Winco Pizza for such a low price. When you have a large family that includes some pretty hearty eaters, not having to pay for overpriced pizza is so nice. With WinCo's prices, everyone can get their favorite and each pizza is under $10. 

Save $1 when you buy any WinCo Pizza and (2) 2-Liter Coca-Cola® Beverages. Print the in-store coupon here(Offer Ends 2/28/18)


Grab a few bottles of  our favorite soft drink, Coca-Cola®: Pineapple? Pepperoni? No matter how you slice it, pizza tastes better with Coca-Cola.



Drive home quickly: Usually I would be picking up some groceries along with pizza at WinCo (their prices on all the groceries I buy for my family are always super low) but on movie night it's about grab and go! I love my WinCo Pizza steaming hot and that's exactly how it gets home because we only live a few blocks away. 


Pop some popcorn and put on a family favorite: One of our favorite things to do as a family is sit down and watch one of our favorite movies, or two.


Whether you're enjoying a movie night at home like we did, or need a quick lunch option for the family on a busy day, WinCo has you covered with their deli pizza. Purchase the take and bake or oven fresh ready to eat pizza and feed your family a really delicious meal without the hassle. 

Visit the WinCo Store Locator to find a store near you so you can take advantage of the Coca-Cola and Pizza offer . Follow WinCo on Snapchat at @ilovewinco, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Sweet & Spicy Brussels Sprouts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #LetYourHolidaySparkle #CollectiveBias

The holiday season is all about enjoying quality time with family and friends and really getting into the holiday spirit. Whether you're doing some holiday entertaining or just having the family over for dinner, the holidays are a great time to step up your game and make everything extra special. 

An easy way to add some extra sparkle to any holiday event is by adding smartwater sparkling. smartwater sparkling is not your average sparkling water: it is vapor distilled with electrolytes for taste. It is innovative and modern and a great way to elevate your dining experience. 

Because of its clear and crips taste, smartwater sparkling is great to pair with sweet and spicy dishes, like my favorite Sweet & Spicy Brussels Sprouts. Today I am going to share how to prepare this really yummy side dish.


Sweet & Spicy Brussel Sprouts 

2 pounds brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
1/2 tea spoon salt
1 lime



Instructions: 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Wash, trim and cut in half brussels sprouts 
Grease baking sheet with olive oil
Place halved brussels sprouts sprouts on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt
Roast for about 15 minutes
Stir brussels sprouts and roast for about 15 more minutes until they are slightly charred
While sprouts are in the oven mix Sriracha sauce, honey and the juice of one lime into a small bowl
Remove sprouts from oven, place into a serving dish and coat evenly with Sriracha and honey sauce
Serve hot



I warn you, this can get pretty spicy so you might want to cut down on the Sriracha sauce or add more honey to cut that down a bit. But they are so good, and a great way to add a kick of spice to a holiday dinner. 


And don't forget the smartwater sparkling! Your guests are definitely going to need it for this spicy side dish. I grabbed mine at Albertsons, where it happened to be on sale.


Planning your next holiday event? Don't forget to add more sparkle with smartwater sparkling- the perfect beverage for your table this holiday season.

A Seriously Indulgent Break

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Greek Gods Seriously Indulgent Yogurt, all opinions are my own.

It's officially Thanksgiving week and I am sure you're just as busy as I am. Sure, the kids are off from school this week and it's a holiday week, but that to-do-list seems longer than ever.

Just check out a few of the items on my list for the week:
Vet visit for Havoc & Anti-Havoc
Take car to dealership Tuesday for recall appointment
Shop for Thanksgiving meal at two different stores
Take mom for follow up appointment
Black Friday planning and shopping

All this on top of taking care of kids who are at home and need to be fed and entertained. It is after all a holiday week for them and as any good parent does, I also have to make sure we do tons of fun stuff and that they have a really great holiday. We plan on hitting the movie theater on Thursday and will head to Knott's on Friday to see the park lit up for the holidays.


It's really is one of the best weeks of the year, but it's also a very busy week and this mom could sure use a break. Let me show you how you can have the most indulgent of breaks, even if all you have is 15 minutes to yourself. I have found the most delicious, indulgent snack and you need to get in on the action.


Just head to your local Walmart and in the refrigerated section look for Greek Gods Seriously Indulgent Yogurt.  These 5.3 oz. single servings are the perfect way to indulge in a moment just for YOU.  Available in a variety of flavors, with a thick and creamy texture, this yogurt makes me feel like I am having a full-fledged dessert. Each cup is so thick and creamy, with tons of fruit on the bottom, you're going to love it.  



Seriously Indulgent Yogurt is made with whole milk and cream. Like other yogurts, it has live and active cultures and calcium. But this is a yogurt you will want to take time to enjoy and savor.



My current favorite is the Raspberry Ginger and I can't wait for my store to stock the Lemon flavor. I am seriously sneaking in a few single serving cups every time I visit Walmart and because no one in the family knows how decadent and delicious they are, no one steals them away. Are you ready to try Seriously Indulgent Yogurt? Using the Ibotta deal below, you can try two different flavors, basically free. Check it out.



$1.50 back on purchase of 1 Seriously Indulgent Yogurt cup. Can redeem up to 2x on the same receipt.

VUDU Movie Offer:
Shoppers earn $3 movie credit with validated purchase of 2 units.
Must validate Walmart receipt by uploading it via microsite to www.ggvudu.com or via text to ggvudu@uploadreceipt.com.

Try two Seriously Indulgent Yogurt cups for $3, get your $3 back, and then get an addition $3 VUDU credit. Pretty cool right?

The Ultimate Gift for the Hot Wheels Fan: Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage

This post was written in collaboration with Mirum Shopper, all opinions are my own. 

Hot Wheels is one of those brands that most of us parents (even moms) played with as kids. Getting to now see our kids and grandkids playing with these same toys that were our favorites, is very nostalgic. In our house we know the magic of Hot Wheels. I have 4 grandsons who love Hot Wheels and one who is a MEGA-FAN, and together they can spend hours and hours playing together, having some high-octane fun.  

Hot Wheels has been igniting children's imaginations for longer than I can remember and this holiday season is no exception. There are some really cool Hot Wheel sets that are sure to please the Hot Wheels fan in your life, starting from single cars to large playsets. 


This year I have the ultimate recommendation for the Hot Wheels fan/s in your life, this set is so large and fun in fact that you can buy it for all the kids to play together. Even mom and dad can join in the fun too! Let me show you three really great, nostalgia filled How Wheels set - including the amazing Walmart exclusive Super Ultimate Garage




Hot Wheels 50-Car Gift pack:

Reward your child— or inner child— with this massive pack of Hot Wheels cars! From sleek sports cars to exotic racecars and popular roadsters. It's the ultimate starter pack for collectors or kids. If you're looking to start a collection of the world's greatest cars, this set gets you racing on your way!

  • One of the biggest Hot Wheels packs available with a total of 50 cars!
  • The vehicles in the collection feature realistic details and authentic decor
  • Features 50 Basic Hot Wheels cars with branded Hot Wheels storing case
  • The sleek branded Hot Wheels box is perfect for gifting
  • Cars are individually packaged so they can be shared for any occasion or kept as one collection




Hot Wheels 20-Car Gift pack:
Reward your child or your inner child with Hot Wheels cars! This pack is trunkloads of fun with 20 Hot Wheels vehicles included. 

  • Collectors and car enthusiasts admire these amazing 1:64 scale vehicles with fondness and reverence.
  • Kids love them to play with their track sets or to enjoy push around play.
  • These cars feature classic decos and hot designs.
  • Open window packaging displays the entire set so you can see the variety of cars you're getting.



Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage (Exclusive to Walmart!):

The Super Ultimate Garage is the biggest Hot Wheels playset ever and the ULTIMATE destination for hours of imaginative play! This is a perfect set for Hot Wheels collectors because now they will have a place to park and play with all of their awesome vehicles. This set is over three feet high and has parking for over 140 cars!



  • This exclusive set has TWO surprising and exciting villains for kids to outsmart!
  • Cruise down the orange track and try not to activate the Pterodactyl that swings over and grabs your Hot Wheels car and carries you off to his nest
  • Lots realistic city-themed features like a car wash, tune-up shop, drive up diner, freight elevator and even a police station.
  • Thrilling classic side-by-side racing action and multiple connection points to connect to your other Hot Wheels sets, too!




I loved the way that the entire crew got into the building of the Hot Wheels Ultimate garage. In fact, I think this is a great way to get the kids really involved into playtime with this set, letting everyone pitch in and see the set come to life was a great way for this bunch to spend an hour and a half together.



Watching these kiddos using their skills to put this set together in a team effort, knowing that when they finished they would have the perfect place for hours and hours of play was exciting.



If you have kids, this is exactly the kind of set that you want to have in your living room or playroom for them to flock to, and you'll see that they do. It doesn't matter if they're boys or girls, or of they're 3 or 13,  the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage is an immediate child magnet. And with so many fun features and vehicles to play with, there are many hours of playtime ahead. 


The continuous motorized elevator can transport up to 23 cars at a time. Look out for the menacing gorilla that can go to the top of the tower and will try to swipe cars out of the elevator!



The massive jet plane can transport two cars for cruising with a landing pad on the penthouse.


The boys have always been great about spending a lot of their free time on imaginative play. Sometimes they play with the Hot Wheels vehicles in the dirt and rocks with no playsets needed, but if you're looking for a playset for the ultimate Hot Wheels lover, then look no further than the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage.



Find the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage exclusively at Walmart, as well as the other two sets.


A Day In My Life and How I Deal With Aching Feet

#advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls

As an on-the-go mom my days are pretty busy, as I am sure is the same with many of you. My days start at 6:00 AM on most days, with some earlier mornings, and will end around 10:00 PM, and that's just the running around. At that time I still have to plan the next day, answer emails and take care of the cats and dogs before finally getting to bed.

A mom's life is a busy one, and today I am going to share a secret weapon that helps me fight the tired, aching feet and lower back pain of another long day.


Morning drop off: I drop off 4 of the kids at the elementary school, we only live two blocks away from the school, but because we live on the same street as the school, each morning is utter chaos and takes at least 30 minutes.

I then drop of one of my oldest at college and head back for Julius who attends the same school for TK, but at a second campus.

After getting everyone to school, I have three hours to clean my apartment, take care of household things like paying bills. Each morning I also clean up after the cats, currently 9 of them, and get some work done. To-do-list's are the only way that I don't lose my mind and the only way I don't miss paying an important bill or other household task.


A few morning a week I also have to run errands or go grocery shopping. It's either run for a gallon of milk or a bag of cat food, but something is always missing at home. The good thing is that I have my phone to stay on top of work emails.


By the time noon rolls around, I am picking my oldest up from college as well as the little guy, and I get a few more hours to work before it's time to pick up the older kids.

We grab a quick lunch at home before heading out to after school activities and a little downtime for the kids. This is another great opportunity to catch up on editing photos or other works tasks. As a work-from-home mom, my laptop is always in my bag and the days consists of me working in bits and pieces.


Of course there are always evening plans with such a large family. Recently, we've had two birthdays, a camping trip that required several trips to the store and we're always running to the mall for something or other. It really doesn't end, each day is packed to the brim.


As you can see, my days are very long and it's not unusual for me to get home in the evening just two hours before bedtime. Days like those can give anyone serious lower back aches as well as aching feet and this is where Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics help me keep going.

Have you ever been in the mall late one evening, still looking for that one pair of shoes for the kid who keeps outgrowing them and wondered how you would be walking out because your feet and lower back were ready to give up on you? Right here! This happened to me all the time, not only am I carrying to many extra pounds but I tend to forget about my posture and by the time evening hits I was in so much pain.


Did you know that pain in your lower back and knees can originate from your feet? With Custom Fit® Orthotics, get the custom support and cushioning you need to disperse your foot pressure and reduce the pain-inducing stress on your knees or lower back.

You can find the Custom Fit® kiosk at select Walmart stores and get started to a much more comfortable day. Find a Custom Fit® Kiosk near you and get the recommended insert for you in under 2 minutes.




Which Custom Fit® Orthotic Insert do I buy?

Dr. Scholl’s® experts in biomechanics developed the advanced FootMapping® technology used in the Custom Fit® kiosk. It uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create your Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length and unique pressure points. In under 2 minutes, the kiosk evaluates all this data and recommends the Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts that are right for you!

Simply follow the prompts at the kiosk - starting with standing at the foot mapping pad and following the prompts. You give the kiosk a little bit of info about your day and how long you're on your feet, stand on one leg and then the other, and the machine will map it all out for you. No guesswork needed.  



In just two minutes, the FootMapping® technology gave me the exact number of the insert that will be targeting my particular needs. The Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts are conveniently located on the kiosk, which makes finding your number easy.

Right now you can get a $10 savings after purchase on the Custom Fit® Online Rebate Center.



Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics are to use in your everyday life and can be used with most shoe styles. I usually wear my most comfortable pair of shoes all week but will move the inserts if I happen to change it up. I love that Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics don't tie me down to one pair of shoes.


Custom Fit® Orthotics are made up of 4 layers, each providing a different benefit. Together, these layers provide support and cushioning that are custom fitted to your feet, to immediately relieve foot and lower body pain and provide you with all-day comfort.



Place each on in the corresponding shoe and you are ready to go.



With the inserts, my shoes feel like a totally different shoe. Even though I tend to pick comfortable shoes for the most part, the Custom Fit® Orthotics take them to a whole different level.




I don't think we realize how much of our day is spent on our feet, even for someone like me who works at a computer and is in the car most of the day. But with a house that has stairs and so much running around, I am on my feet a lot. Now, I can get through long days without lower body pain, because Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics are an effective solution for foot, knee and lower back pain. Sweet relief has never felt so good!