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August 26, 2014

Mexican Meal Made Easy with Ready-to-Go Proteins

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My family loves Mexican food. When I find a way to prepare any meal as easily as I did this one, I want to tell you all about it! With very little preparation, you can enjoy these Buffalo Chicken Nachos and Chicken Tacos. They were both delish and preparation was easy with high quality ingredients #NewFromHormel!

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I worked with #CollectiveBias and found these great new products from Hormel! You can get great taste and freshness (no preservatives + 0g Trans Fat) with these simple and versatile proteins found at Kroger in the refrigerated entrees section. Hormel Everyday Scratch and Hormel Hot Sandwich Meats come in a variety of flavors. Just open and use. It really is just that easy. I chose the Hormel Everyday Scratch in Flame Seared Chicken Breast and the Hormel Hot Sandwich Meat in Buffalo Style Chicken.

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 Here is what I did with them. I took the Hormel Hot Sandwich Meat in Buffalo Style Chicken and I made Buffalo Chicken Nachos. Then I took the Hormel Everyday Scratch in Flame Seared Chicken Breast and I made Chicken Tacos. They turned out awesome! These products make it easy to get a head start with your favorite recipes.

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Ingredients
  • Hormel Hot Sandwich Meat in Buffalo Style Chicken
  • Nacho Chips
  • Beans
  • Queso Blanco Cheese
  • Green Onion
Preparation

Place Buffalo Style Chicken in a skillet. (2) Follow package instructions to heat ready-to-go protein. Take a cookie sheet and cover with foil. (3) Place nacho chips sparingly onto cookie sheet in groups of two. (4) Scoop beans and chicken onto nacho chips. Top with cheese and green onion. Place in oven at 350 for 10 minutes.

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Chicken Tacos

Ingredients
  • Hormel Everyday Scratch in Flame Seared Chicken Breast
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Queso Blanco Cheese
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
Preparation

Place Flame Seared Chicken Breast in a skillet. (2) Follow package instructions to heat ready-to-go protein. (3) Add in one package of taco seasoning, following instructions on package. Assemble taco by taking two warmed tortillas and topping with Flame Seared Chicken Breast, Queso Blanco Cheese, Chopped Onion and Chopped Cilantro.

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Save :: Get money saving coupons for Hormel Everyday Scratch and/or Hormel Hot Sandwich Meat! These coupons are only available in certain zip codes.

What kinds of ideas do you have for these new products from Hormel?

August 25, 2014

SNICKERS and Football #Chocolate4TheWin

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Football season is here. My husband keeps reminding me of this over and over again. He spent hours last night at a Fantasy Football Party choosing his team for the season. I made this easy snack featuring SNICKERS and other MARS Candy to take with him. From what I heard, it was a touchdown!

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I worked with #CollectiveBias to come up with this delicious SNICKERS Football Snack! First I had to get the yummy chocolate that I would need. I found large sizes at Sam's Club. They were in two different aisles close to the center of the store. I ended up purchasing the 48 Count Box of SNICKERS Bars and 105 Count Fun Bag of MARS Chocolate Candy Bars. That would be plenty of chocolate for my snack, and plenty leftover too! I also found some really cute football bowls and a tray while I was out shopping that day. I knew it would be perfect for serving the snack.

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If you want to create this easy Dessert Recipe, all you need is SNICKERS, MARS Candy, Granny Smith Apples, Vanilla Pudding, and Cool Whip. I would also suggest adding Caramel Sauce and Peanuts. They will really bring out the flavor of the SNICKERS! Just layer everything into your tray or bowl, and you have yourself a Chocolate Recipe that is sure to please! #Chocolate4TheWin

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This easy snack is proof that football and chocolate do indeed go together. Everyone at the Fantasy Football Party loved it! Once you dig in, you will find yourself enjoying a layer of chocolate and apples, then a layer of whipped topping, then a second layer of chocolate and apples, and finally you will get all the way to the bottom layer of the vanilla pudding. It is really quite delicious!

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Connect :: Visit SNICKERS for more great dessert ideas! You can also connect with SNICKERS via Facebook and Twitter.

Does your family love football? What kind of desserts do you like to enjoy during football season?


August 24, 2014

The Giver Nail Lacquer Collection by China Glaze #CGTheGiver




Get ready to Color Your Destiny with the bright colors and rich textures of this exclusive limited edition collection from China Glaze inspired by “The Giver”. Inspired by the summer blockbuster out now, the collection combines bold and neutral cremes, and a gorgeous glitter to create 12 limited edition shades.


Influenced by the powerful themes and message of the story, The Giver Collection by China Glaze brings key moments and characters to color, particularly the main character Jonas (Brendon Thwaites) and his friend Fiona (Odeya Rush) as he struggles to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his seemingly ideal community. The China Glaze The Giver collection includes:

Left to right (above) :: Givers Theme (vivid violet crème), Seeing Red (red crème), Capacity to See Beyond (bright aqua crème) 

Left to right (above) :: The Outer Edge (white and silver glitter - shown over History of the World), Intelligence, Integrity & Courage (gray-blue crème),  New Birth (baby blue crème)

Left to right (above) :: Five Rules (clay crème),  Community (brown crème), Boundary of Memory (black with gold and amber glitter)

Left to right (above) :: Friends Forever, Right? (baby pink crème),  Release (greige crème), History of the World (navy crème) 


What a great collection! My favorites are Capacity to See Beyond, Friends Forever, Right? and History of the World. Which shades do you want to try?

August 23, 2014

Apothederm Clarifying Toner :: Review



Are you making the most out of these last weeks of summer? Hot summer days spent in the surf and sand can leave skin feeling one of two ways - grimy and oily, or parched and dehydrated. Refresh and renew your complexion with Apothederm’s Clarifying Toner, perfect for dull, oily, or acne prone skin.


Why not clarify with essential vitamins and minerals? I love the Apothederm Clarifying Toner. It feels absolutely wonderful on your skin! Did you know that aloe, cucumber and chamomile help to calm and soothe skin? Or that witch hazel can tighten and reduce the size of your pores? These ingredients can be found in this awesome product. Use the gentle toner to remove oil, dirt and makeup. It also gently removes residue from sweat and sunscreen, while refining skin surface texture. The dual peptide action helps defend and restore, while green tea provides antioxidants. Sometimes I feel like toners can leave your face feeling sticky, or worse yet, they burn! Not Apothederm's Clarifying Toner. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and refreshed. I find myself reaching for it more often than not just because it is so refreshing!

August 18, 2014

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer :: Review


I am back with another awesome product from Mally - love her! Summer tans will fade away but you can keep that glow going with Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer. It is a one-stop professional makeup system that gives you an effortless, sun-kissed glow.


The secret to achieving a "believable bronzer" is in using these three powders to achieve that glow-from-within look. You will get a tanning powder for all over color, a shimmer to highlight, and a beautiful sun-kissed shade that's designed to make your cheeks glow. Unlike traditional bronzers, there is no shimmer in Mally Beauty’s bronzer formula. Instead, the bronzer works in tandem with a warm blush and a sheer shimmer. This allows you to apply color and highlights specific areas of your face, as the sun naturally does, instead of all over. Shades are available in Lighter and Deeper.


Believable Bronzer is another Mally Beauty product that I just love! This system is truly the answer for that sun-kissed skin that looks naturally tan – but doesn't require an aloe bath! This product really works! You can watch the video below for a tutorial. The brushes are all included making it a cinch to use. Everything glides on smoothly and no you won't look orange or like you fake baked after using it! I will definitely be using Believable Bronzer to take my tan from summer to fall.


Top of the Class Collection from Salon Perfect :: Review


Salon Perfect's Top of the Class Collection starts with a nail art history lesson on the 60's. Give your manicure a retro vibe with multi-colored geometric nails. Groovy polka dots were huge in the 60's - add a modern twist with shades of pink and red paired with a Mad About Mod topped accent nail.


From left to right (below) :: Mad About Mod, Spot On, Flower Power


Class continues with a nail art history lesson on the 70's. Super glam, the top trend of the 70's revolved around the glitter ball of decadent disco. Never subtle, the look is bright and vibrant, distilled in a few simple words: flash, fun and glitter.


From left to right (below) :: Disco Ballin', Disco Diva, Foxy Lady


Class concludes with a nail art history lesson on the 80's. Whether cruising for boys while rocking your leggings and scrunchies or spending the summer finally solving that Rubik's Cube, there is no place for subtle manis and pedis with this collection of geometric top coats and bright, bold neon shades.


From left to right (below) :: Ruby's Cubes, Crystal Clear, Square Pegs


If you like to experiment with top coats, this is the collection from Salon Perfect is for you! The nail lacquers in this collection are available now at select Walmart stores nationwide for $3.98 each.

Connect :: Visit salonperfect.com to check out their collections of on-trend nail lacquers. You can connect with Salon Perfect via Facebook and Twitter.



August 17, 2014

EmerginC Coconut-Argan Body Oil :: Review


Has summer left your skin parched? We love our fun in the sun during summer season. However, prolonged sun exposure leads to sunburn and sun-parched skin. I reviewed a great product that can help. EmerginC's Scientific Organics Coconut-Argan Body Oil is infused with nourishing coconut oil, argan oil, sunflower oil, rosehip, vitamin E and jojoba oil, making it an excellent post-sun product pick. Coconut-argan body oil will help restore natural moisture balance, fight free radicals from summer rays while leaving skin with a healthy, radiant glow. I love using it out of the shower. The moisture just absorbs right in and leaves my skin smooth, silky, and hydrated. 


Parched skin is only going to get worse with winter peeking at us from around the corner. I found that EmerginC Coconut-Argan Body Oil helped replenish and lock-in moisture, while also giving me a nice glow. It feels very soothing on dry or sunburned skin. It has a light coconut scent too. Great product!

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing :: Review


Have you ever cleansed your face with chocolate? Yes, I said chocolate. I have. The Chocolate Collection from Karin Herzog allows you to indulge in delicious Swiss chocolate, without the calories, while nourishing skin from the outside in.


Finest Chocolate Cleansing removes all traces of cosmetics and impurities with a professional grade, dual action cleanser and makeup remover. Formulated with pure essential oils, the Finest Chocolate Cleansing helps to unclog pores, dissolve impurities and remove waterproof makeup, while conditioning the skin. It really does smell and look like liquid chocolate. It feels like it on your face too - kind of sticky and thick. But, after washing it off, you end up with skin that is thoroughly clean. It removes even the toughest makeup. The oil based formula literally melts away stale make up, including water-proof mascara, dirt and pollution, and leaves the skin visibly cleansed, amazingly soft and smelling divine. For a deeply indulgent experience, the cleanser contains luxurious Swiss chocolate for a sweet scent and extra hydration, leaving the complexion supple, soft and radiant. I recommend giving it a try if you want to sweeten up your skin care routine!

Magic Minerals :: Review


I like the idea of mineral makeup. It is known for making your skin look even, polished and not cakey. Magic Minerals is mineral makeup in the form of a mineral powder compact. Some other brands are quite messy, and this brand makes it easy to apply without the mess.


The kit comes with the compact, brush, blending sponge and mascara. I thought the brush was pretty low in quality, so I have not been using it. I do like using the blending sponge. It is great for touching up problem areas and ensuring a more full coverage look. Another thing I really like about mineral makeup in general, is the light feeling you have after it is applied. That cakey feeling from foundation can be awful, especially in the summer. Magic Minerals feels soft and you almost forget that you have it on.


Magic Minerals was designed by makeup artist Jerome Alexander. He developed Magic Minerals, a pressed ultra-fine mineral powder compact. Magic Minerals is the alternative approach to mineral makeup that delivers flawless coverage resulting in healthy-looking and glowing skin. The new Magic Minerals is now enhanced with nourishing antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C in a proprietary formula with four different color-correcting specks; pink, mint, lavender and yellow.

A Teacher Must Have Tieks


It is an endless struggle to find footwear that is professional, comfortable and cute! Teachers are on our feet all day long. Anything with heels is totally not an option. Some districts also require you to wear closed toe shoes. Okay, that leaves out cute sandals. What is left? Loafers? How boring! No. How about Tieks?


Special delivery! When you get your Tieks in the mail, you feel like you are getting something extra special. The packaging is everything! So in case you still have no idea what Tieks are, Tieks by Gavrieli are the ballet flat reinvented. They define themselves as being the most versatile designer flats in the world. They are made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fold and fit in a purse. The important part for teachers is that they are wearable all day, every day.


Fun Facts About Tieks :: 
  • Tieks are made from 100% premium, soft, full-grain leather. The upper of each pair of Tieks comes from a single piece of leather. The upper is designed to wrap around the foot to slim and elongate it.
  • The signature Tiek Blue stripe and Tiek Blue rubber patches accent each pair of Tieks.
  • The back of Tieks are cushioned rather than elasticized to ensure your Tieks are never too tight on your heel.
  • The non-skid rubber patches and cushioned instep assure comfort with each step, so you can wear Tieks all day, every day. The thick padding of the space foam cushion ensures a safe and comfortable heel strike.
  • The brown leather outsole on each pair of Tieks is treated and coated to be flexible, and yet more durable and sturdy than regular full-grain leathers. 
  • Each pair of Tieks comes with a compact pouch to compress your folded Tieks when they are in your purse.

I have been wearing my Tieks all over the place this summer. I chose Matte Black to keep things as versatile as possible, but they have some of the cutest colors ever like Fuchsia, Tiek Blue and Tangerine. I really want to try a fun patent pair for my next purchase.


For teachers, or anyone who is looking for cute comfort, you won't regret trying a pair of Tieks!

 
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