Sammy Makes Six

Apr 28, 2016

#MakeMoreOfMealtime & Have a Real Dinner

This post has been sponsored by Lunchbox, however all opinions are my own. 

Weekdays are very hectic at my house, with after school activities at their peak. The only opportunities that we have to get together as a family are during mealtimes. While I don't have time to cook something from scratch every single weekday, I do make an effort for us to have at least four sit down meals together per week. Sometimes it will be Adrian, Sammy and myself and sometimes it will be just two of us, but the important thing is that we sit down as a family and enjoy a meal and time together. 

Making more of our mealtimes together is as easy as swinging by VONS to pick up the ingredients to make a really delicious dinner. Today I want to share how I recreated this Hellmann’s® Best Foods® Parmesan Crusted Chicken that everyone loved so much, we've now had it a few more times.

Hellmann’s® Best Foods® Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min

1/2 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
4 tsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with Mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  3. Bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes.
The chicken is so tasty and juicy, the entire family is going to love it! I like serving mine over a bed of greens. It's a good way to sneak in some veggies for my very picky eater Sammy. This is the only way that she will actually eat a salad. 

You too can Make More of Mealtime with the help of Unilever and the Albertson’s-Safeway family of stores (includes VONS). Find quick and tasty meal solutions everyone can enjoy, so you can create unforgettable moments where families come together at the table.

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It's so nice to see my family at the table enjoying a good meal as I sit on the couch and catch up on emails while I too have a filling dinner. And the awesome thing about this recipe is that it didn't take long to make at all, and I promise, it's delicious!

Save $2 off in store promotion ends on 5/2. Stop by this week and grab your savings. 

Apr 25, 2016

Unlimited Data for an Unlimited Life

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias 

My phone is not just what keeps me in touch with family and friends, my cell phone is my assistant in life. It's what gets me up in the morning (alarm), it keeps me on track (schedule) and it assists me in all of my social media posting. I am a HUGE social media addict and I am highly active all day, everyday. My phone also helps me research recipes, school work for Sammy and it's the e-reader that I use right before bed. Seriously, there is no other tool that I own that does as much work as my phone does. 

It's no secret that I love a good value and that's why for over three years now my family has been on the Walmart Family Mobile plan. Even Sammy my 9 year old has her own phone and that's because with the low cost of a WFM plan, we can afford it. The phone that they all have right now is the really nice LG G Stylo which is currently $179.00 (currently on rollback from $199.00). This is a great phone with a lot of bells and whistles. With unlimited data, I never have to worry about how much we all use our phones (unlimited Talk, Text, Data; 10GB 4G LTE per line for $49.88). 

As a bonus, each WFM plan gets a free movie rental on VUDU every month ($7 value), which we all watch together on Sunday nights. I always prepare a treat for movie night, so this Sunday I pulled out my LG G Stylo with one of my old recipes from the blog and I set to recreating it. One of the perks of having a blog with a lot of recipes is that any one of us can pull up an old recipe from our phone and make the dish. It's neat that technology has taken us so far where they don't even have to call me for the recipe, they just go on the blog from their Walmart Family phones. 

Because this is such a great recipe, and summer is just around the corner, I will share it with you today. I think you will love it! This is a twist on the original Mexican Bionico which is a fruit salad that incorporates whichever fresh fruits you might have on hand or whatever is in season. Lately, the fruit in our area hasn't been very sweet, and that's why this recipe is perfect because of the sweet condensed milk we will be using. I always make this if I happen to buy a batch of sour oranges or berries. 

Bionico (serves 6)
2 medium apples
2 medium pears
2 medium oranges
6-10 strawberries
2 bananas
2 Nature Valley Granola Bars 
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 can of sweet condensed milk
Directions: Cut and peel all of your fruits and then just put them together in a large bowl. If you have kids who want to help, allowing them to add the fruits in one-by-one is a lot of fun for them. When you get to the granola bars, break them up in the package so that you have chunky pieces and that delicious added crunch in the salad. Once all the fruits and condensed sweet milk are in the bowl, slowly fold it all together. 

Yummy! This is one of our favorite recipes and it's so much cheaper to make it on your own than to buy it at a specialty Mexican shop. I invite you to recreate this during your next family movie night, and watch the family enjoy it.

I also invite you to check out Walmart Family Mobile available only at Walmart. If you have a large family like my own or just don't want to pay an arm and a leg for your data plan, they are a great carrier.  Just pick a phone and starter kit and start enjoying unlimited service, for your unlimited life. The Starter Kits are cheaper than before and now on rollback for just $19.88 from $25: offer lasts until July 7th.

We're ready to enjoy our FREE VUDU movie on our smart tv and to enjoy our delicious Bionico. Cheers!

All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Apr 20, 2016

5 Tips For Teaching Kids a Love of Nature

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with HBO and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Earth day is Friday, April 22nd and as it gets closer I want to share a few tips for instilling a love of nature and our planet with your kids. If you live in a city or small town like we do, there might not be a lot of nature around. Sometimes you may have to drive out to it, look for it online, in books, or you might even have to create it. But there is always a way to let kids get some hands-on experience with nature so that they can see why it's important for us to care for our home, planet Earth.

Five Tips For Teaching Kids to Love Nature & Our Planet

Take them out to enjoy nature: showing kids what nature really looks like and letting them enjoy it, is the best way to teach them to want to take care of the planet. Plan a hiking trip or even an hour outing like hours and let the kids immerse themselves in the wonder of nature. They will want to go back over and over again.

Boys love nothing more than to climb rocks, jump over streams and get to see all the animal life.

Teach them to care for our planet: from an early age practice: recycling, turning off lights and water, donating used items. All these things as part of their everyday lifestyle will ensure that when they grow up they will be as careful as you with the earth and its resources. 

Grow an herb garden: this year we bought a small herb garden kit with the kids and worked on planting it together. It's been fascinating for them to see they have begun to grow and watching them marvel at how we might be eating some of them is fun. Any hands-on planting or gardening that you can do with children will always be very enriching for them, and for you. 

Read about nature: kids love being read to and there are so many great books about nature and animals that can make reading time fun and educational. Visit the local library and let each child check out a few of their favorites and come home and read them as a family.

Enjoy the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street with the family. Sesame Street and HBO have joined forces to air all new episodes as well as classic episodes from the last five seasons of the iconic series on HBO and HBO Latino. This is a great way for the family to sit together for some educational tv that everyone will love. My oldest girls grew up on Sesame Street and now so do my grandkids. The new season of Sesame Street airs on Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Enter to win a Sesame Street Spring Prize Pack: planter set and herb kit!

On Earth Day we will be planting a miniature indoor garden for our house. What will you be doing with your kids or what are some of your favorite spring activities? Tell me below and enter to win a cute spring prize pack!

Apr 18, 2016

Changing Up My Hair Routine for Summer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WholeBlends #CollectiveBias

Summer is two months away but where we live it's already pretty warm. With the heat already here, we have to make many changes not just in our home and lifestyle, but also in our beauty routines. For me, being the momma of the bunch and being the one that is always running around, there isn't much time to get ready. Summer for me means going back to basics in the beauty routine. No more heavy full-coverage foundations or taking hours trying to tame my wild, long hair. I have very unruly, wavy hair that can take me over 30 minutes of straightening and even more if I should decide to curl it in any way. No...there is no time for that during the summer when everyone had so much to do, especially when it's just going to melt off in the heat. 

The first thing that I did in order to get ready for the summer heat is that I have cut about 5 inches off my hair. Right now shoulder length hair is really in style and I love the idea of not having so much heaviness weighing me down, and how much faster it's going to be to get ready each day. Just by cutting my hair I have already shortened the time and money it will take to: wash, dry and style my hair. 

Something else that I am doing for my hair this summer is changing up my hair routine by using the new line from Garnier. Have you seen the new Garnier Whole Blends range? I was intrigued by this line the moment I saw it at Walmart because of the really colorful and beautiful packaging and how there are varied treatments depending on what your hair needs. Because of how dry my hair tends to get in the heat, I chose the Garnier Whole Blends line in Coconut Water and Vanilla Milks Extracts which is going to keep it hydrated and healthy. 

The Garnier Whole Blends line in Coconut Water and Vanilla Milks Extracts has a silky formula of coconut water and vanilla milk that leave my hair feeling good and smelling amazing!

My summer hair routine:

  • Shampoo with: Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Water and Vanilla Milks Extracts Shampoo
  • Condition: Coconut Water and Vanilla Milks Extracts Conditioner or the Coconut Water and Vanilla Milks Extracts Hydrating Mask to really deep condition and hydrate. 
  • Dry hair: On a regular day I would much rather air-dry my hair but if I have somewhere to be quickly, I will brush hair and give it a quick blowdry.
  • Style: Thanks to the five inches off of hair and the layered style, now all I have to do is use the flatiron to give my layers a slight bend, giving the hair a chunkier style. 

Find the entire Garnier Whole Blends line at Walmart. 

Summer will be here soon, why not make life simpler by changing up your hair routine so you can save time and energy. I'm so glad I cut my hair and that I have the tools I need to get my hair done in less than half the time I normally do. What changes will you make to your beauty routine this summer?

Apr 14, 2016

An #EssentialUpgrade To Any Beauty Routine

I’ve partnered with Dove and DiMe Media to talk to you about an essential when it comes to my beauty routine. As a beauty junkie you know that I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest beauty items to add to my daily regimen. But even though I am always looking for the newest things, there is a list of items on my must-have list that I never do without. These are those tried and true items that are always part of my beauty regimen and that I always restock. 

You cannot begin any beauty regimen without first protecting yourself from odor and wetness. But what if your deodorant could do more? Like: One that could make your underarms softer and smoother, or even help restore the skin to its natural tone. That is why I reach for Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant at the start of every day. Not only do I know I am protected from sweat and the stinkies, my deodorant is also working to soften, smooth and restore my underarm's skin tone. I love a good multi-tasker and getting more for my money when it comes to beauty products, Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is a winner in my book.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48-hours of odor and wetness protection, plus the added skin care benefits of its NutriumMoisture formula that leaves your underarms feeling soft and smooth. I really like the formula and enjoy those moments when I put it on and I can smell the fragrance lingering on my skin for a good while.

With 15 different fragrances to choose from, you can pick and choose your favorites. I love the Powder Soft and Pink Rosa scents. One of my girls is a die-hard Cucumber and Green Tea lover and the rest of them like to pick a different scent each time. But whichever Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant they choose, I know they have the protection they need for our busy daily lives.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is an #EssentialUpgrade to any daily beauty routine. I already use it daily and so do my girls. If you haven't tried one of the many scents yet, I recommend you do.