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Twice-Dipped Potato Skins

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Hosting family and friends over (especially in our new house) is definitely on my list of favorite things to do. From the table settings to planning the menu, putting together a night in gives me all the warm and fuzzies. Time isn’t always on my side, however, so simplifying the process of entertaining is also high on my list of priorities.  One of the simplest ways to streamline your hostess duties is to put together recipes that incorporate fresh ingredients paired with Farm Rich snacks. Your guests will be enjoying the party in no time! Apparently, I’m not alone in my quest for making the process smoother. Farm Rich is hosting a Back Your Snack contest where finalists have created their favorite twists on Farm Rich Snacks – a great opportunity for you to be inspired!

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Time to get to the delicious stuff. As I’ve shared, simplicity is the key and what better way than to select your favorite Farm Rich snack and give it a little twist. I LOVE baked potatoes and one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is twice-baked. In an appetizer twist, I’ve put together two different (BEYOND SIMPLE) dips to create “Twice-Dipped Potato Skins” that I’m sure your guests will go ga-ga over. (Plus, they don’t have to know you didn’t build these bad boys by hand!) The best part is that you can make these dips ahead of time, so the prep work is all finished!

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Avocado Garden Dip

Avocado Garden Dip #BackYourSnack AD

1 container of packaged guacamole

Juice from one lime

1 jalapeno

1 tomato

1/2 cup sour cream

Starting with fresh ingredients from Walmart’s produce section (you can find the guacamole there also), mix together your guacamole and fresh ingredients, then fold in sour cream. Garnish with green onions – it’s that simple!

Avocado Garden Dip Close-Up #BackYourSnack AD

Creamy Salsa Dip

1/2 cup fresh salsa

1/2 cup sour cream

Creamy Salsa Ingredients #BackYourSnack AD

Two ingredients. That’s it. Simple stir your two ingredients around together and voila! You have your second dip with a hint of freshness, zing, and pow!

Creamy Salsa Dip #BackYourSnack AD

While your dips are chilling, it’s time to bake up your Loaded Potato Skins from Farm Rich. Simply pop into a 400 degree oven for 16-18 minutes and crisp up that deliciousness.

Potatoes in the Oven #BackYourSnack AD

Serve your appetizers on white dishes for a finished look that wows without spending a ton of money!

Pass those Potatoes! #BackYourSnack AD

Individually serve with little dip spoons for a more elegant look.

Dips for Two #BackYourSnack AD

If you want to change things up a bit, serve up some Boneless Barbecue Chicken Bites. Served with a side of their own dip – RANCH! We also snagged the Buffalo variety and plan to serve those with Blue Cheese.

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Time to enjoy your evening!

Now that you’re feeling inspired, head to upcoming demos at your local stores this weekend (October 8th, 9th, and 10th) to vote on the finalists in the Farm Rich. The winner of the recipe contest will receive $10,000. Even better, voters will be entered into a sweepstakes as well. You have the opportunity to win a prize pack containing the following: a tote bag, a meat thermometer, grilling tongs, an oven sheet, an oven mitt, $50 worth of Farm Rich product coupons and a $50 Walmart Gift Card. The ARV of each Sweepstakes Prize is $140. Total ARV of all Sweepstakes Prizes is Seven Hundred Dollars ($700.00). For all of the details, check out the rule book. #FarmRich

Snag everything you need from Walmart for your next night in. You can find Farm Rich Snacks in the frozen food section.

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How would you use Farm Rich products to create a unique snack hack?

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Old Meets New Birthday Gift

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This November, my nephew turns one. He might just be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen and with a smile so big, you can’t help but light up when you see him in a room. The boys adore him and I have loved spoiling him this past year.


He’s the one on the right. I can’t even stand it. He’s so fancy.

It’s crazy to think that he will grow up in a world where technology has never not been a thing, but he also enjoys playing with the simple pleasures, such as old salad containers, random empty water bottles, and plastic jugs. For his first birthday, I thought I’d put together the perfect mix of technology, recycled materials, and make all things new with a few simple tricks to give him the best birthday gift yet.

Finished First Birthday Gift #BringingInnovation AD

Start with a bin. (I recently had an entire conversation with a group of women over what you call this item. Apparently, some say tote, some say bin, and others say tub. Grab one of those whatever-you-call-its and go from there.) I selected one that was pretty basic and the best part is that you can use this for EVERYTHING, so mom can reuse it for outgrown clothes and shoes, packing up toys for another day, or as extra storage around the house. PLUS, no need to wrapping paper or a huge gift bag – BONUS!

Rubbermaid Bin #BringingInnovation AD

For the past few months, I’ve been saving my containers so that I can reuse them to create his own little set of building blocks and fun things to fill with other toys. For this, use clean, dry containers that you’ve been saving and repurpose into a custom set of “building blocks” as a gift. You’ll also need some rolls of duct tape in your favorite patterns to make these adorable.

Repurposed Containers - Recycle and SAVE! #BringingInnovation AD

Wrap the tape around the containers to cover them. For a few of them, I left them clear so if he puts something inside of them, he can still see through them and have even more fun. This was SO simple, but put a cute personalized touch on the reused containers. I also added some beads to a clear water bottle container for some special rattling.

Reused and Repurposed Containers with Duct Tape #BringingInnovation AD

Since I was able to repurpose some of what I already had, I then decided to add a few other technology favorites because I’m his aunt and I’m allowed to spoil him with toys. His mom works from home, so since I had already bought him his own laptop earlier in the year (just a toy, I promise), I thought I’d add to his collection. Work-at-home babies definitely need their own cell phone and tablet also.

Energizer Eco Advanced Batteries with Recycled Materials & Tech Toys #BringingInnovation AD

But let’s not forget. That first birthday quickly becomes a LOUD reminder that mommy and daddy need batteries. The favorite toys ALWAYS have them and require LOTS of them. So I made sure to include a pack of AA and AAA NEW Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ high performing batteries are the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries and Energizer®’s longest-lasting battery (and the parents breathe a sigh of relief because they won’t be replacing those all the time now!) Even better, because the batteries last longer, mom and dad can feel good about using less batteries and creating less of an impact on the planet.

When it’s time to pack up your gift, you’ll need tissue paper for wrapping and a big bow! Remove the lids and stack your reused containers – this will help save space. It’s also the perfect place to nestle your batteries.

Nestled Inside Birthday Gift #BringingInnovation AD

A birthday doesn’t have to be a time to fill your house with more stuff – instead, consider repurposing what you have into something brand new! You can also make a difference by giving parents a much needed toy addition – batteries! Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ is the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries and materials and fits perfect into my Old Meets New Birthday gift for baby Ro.

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Ready to make some old things new again? Head to your local Walmart and find Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries in the electronics section.

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How would using batteries made with recyclable materials change the way you used technology?

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Oh My Yum! Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

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It’s no secret that my husband hates milk. After having issues with the lactose when he was a child, he has since spent most of his time avoiding it like the plague and in turn missing out on some major nutritional benefits. Enter Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk®. Organic and with 10 times more protein than other almond milk brands, Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk® is the perfect option for my fit husband and one that he can feel good about drinking. Even better, it works great in recipes to add some extra oomph!


Since I’m all about versatility , in addition to the traditional methods of incorporating almond milk – think smoothes, for drinking, in shakes – I put together a recipe that is a perfect reflection of the fall season and gives that extra boost in the morning to start the day off. The Fall weather brings about the sight, scents, and smells of all sorts of deliciousness from crisp apples to creamy pumpkin. Pumpin Pecan pancakes made with almond milk have a way of reflecting the season and filling up bellies in the most delicious way.

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The full recipe can be found below to create this fall masterpiece, but I encourage you to stop what you’re doing and make these RIGHT NOW. The ingredients are pretty simple and you likely have most of them in your cupboards already.

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One of the most important steps in the process is to add in your Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk® {“What Almond Milk Should Be” ®} AND to make your pancakes extra versatile, split the batter into two batches, prior to the pumpkin step, and cook basic pancakes to be used in other ways. I love that I can create plain or specialty pancakes based on the same batch just by splitting the batter. I used the unsweetened vanilla version for that extra flavor boost and with 10g of protein, these pancakes pack a protein punch. Vitamin and  plant-based calcium are also great additions to the morning repertoire.

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Once you’ve added your pumpkin and whipped up your pumpkin pancakes, candy some pecans to add some extra flavor. For one cup of pecans, I added a small pat of butter and 1 tbsp. of brown sugar and tossed in a skillet until coated. YUM!


Let the layering begin!

Upclose and Personal Pecans #AlmondMilkUpgrade AD

The perfect Fall flapjack stack.

Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Almond Milk #AlmondMilkUpgrade AD

Don’t forget the syrup!

Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes #AlmondMilkUpgrade AD

Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12 pancakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup of Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk®
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. pecans
  • 1tsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  1. Melt 2 tbsp. butter and whisk together with dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar).
  2. Whisk in egg and 1 cup of Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk®.
  3. Divide batter.
  4. Mix ½ cup pumpkin puree into one half of batter.
  5. Bake pancakes on a heated, oiled skillet.
  6. Candy pecans on the stovetop with butter and brown sugar.
  7. Layer pancakes in your favorite flavor combination.

Delicious, right? Remember, that plain batter that we set to the side to create basic pancakes for use in other ways? I added some fresh fruit and layered to create a Triple Berry shortcake effect.

Upclose and Berries #AlmondMilkUpgrade AD

Hello, sweetness.

Triple Berry Almondmilk Pancakes #AlmondMilkUpgrade AD

Ready to build your customized flapjack stack? Head to Walmart to pick up everything you need, including Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk®. You can find it as a shelf-stable aisle near the boxed juices. Don’t forget to bring along this coupon for $1.50 off of any one (1) container of Orgain almond milk.with you. Were you able to try out Orgain almond milk in one of the store demonstrations over the weekend?

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What recipe would you whip up with your Orgain Almond Milk?

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Playing Catch-Up & Leggings All Over, Vol. 16 #LeggingsWearDontCare

Volume 1 || Volume 2 || Volume 3 || Volume 4 || Volume 5 || Volume 6 || Volume 7 || Volume 8  || Volume 9 || Volume 10 || Volume 11 || Volume 12 || Volume 13  || Volume 14 || Volume 15

Two weeks and a day since my last leggings post and I know you missed me! I’m slowly playing catch-up and when sifting through pictures, MAN, did I see a ton of leggings! Without further ado…

To class


Leggings: Lularoe || Shoes: Payless || Dress: Lularoe

Out for lunch with friends


Leggings: Lularoe || Shirt: Sports Store || Sandals: Africa

Preschool Open House. Because.


Leggings: Lularoe || Sandals: Africa || Shirt: Old

Meeting a friend in the city


Dress: Lularoe || Boots: Online || Leggings: Lularoe || Cardigan: Old

Leggings’ Spotting!


Atlanta, Take 2


Leggings: Lularoe || Sandals: Africa || Shirt: Old

#SoFabUOTR – one of my favorite outfits


Skirt: Lularoe || Leggings: zulily || Boots: Online || Shirt: Old Navy

In Hotlanta


Leggings: Lularoe

Tagged by Leggings – these fabulous friends posted their leggings’ pictures on my wall and tagged me. I LOVE THAT! Send yours over anytime!



ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I just wish these came in my size. ADORABLE.


LULAROE with Caitlin!! (p.s. I need these)


What are your leggings’ looks of the week?


Traveling Banana Split Snack Cups {+ Bonus Decorative Ideas!}

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

Two little misters off to school means we are well into the swing of things. From school drop-offs to life on-the-go, we spend quite a bit of time enjoying life in fast forward mode. And with Charlie in first grade, classroom parties and room mom duties are in their full swing! I oftentimes try to come up with unique ideas that not only satisfy little tummies, but also incorporate some sort of hands-on element – plus, who doesn’t love to get a lot little messy?

Making things fun (and simple!) are the name of my game and I recently made these sweet treat for the boys before I headed out of town. Inspired by an ice cream banana split, I set out the fixings for the boys to build their own “Traveling Banana Split Snack Cup” – perfect for enjoying on-the-go, in your backyard with friends, or for a family movie night.

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Putting together these Traveling Banana Split Snack Cups is simple and can also be duplicated as a classroom or playdate sweet! Even better, let the kids build their own ideas of delicious Go-Paks! Fun!

You will need:

Ingredients for Banana Split Cups #SnackandGo #ad

NABISCO Go-Paks! in your favorite variety (choices include: TEDDY GRAHAMS Honey Graham Snacks, RITZ Bits Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, Mini NILLA Wafers, Mini OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, NUTTER BUTTER Bites Sandwich Cookies, Mini OREO Golden Sandwich Cookies)

Reddi Wip Original

Snack Pack® Pudding Cups (Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla, Chocolate/Vanilla Mix, Butterscotch)

Bananas, sliced

Chocolate Syrup

Chopped peanuts

Banana Splitsville Ingredients #SnackandGo #ad

Ready to build your Snack Pack® Cup sundae? Get Reddi!

Build a Banana Split Snack Cup #SnackandGo #ad

First, open your Go-Pak (flavor of your choice). I LOVED Nutter Butter bites for this because they remind me of an ice cream cone with their fun pattern. Spoon in one Snack Pack® Pudding Cup in your favorite flavor (I chose chocolate fudge). Top with slice bananas and drizzle your chocolate syrup. Swirl around delicious Reddi-Wip original and top with nuts and a cherry!

Voila! Ready to eat this sweet treat!


The kids will have a blast whipping up their sundae in a cup. Set up a Snack Cup Sundae bar for a future party or back-to-school after school celebration!

If you’d like to add a little spin to your Go-Paks!, considering decorating the outside for an extra personalized touch. Here are two different ways to make the most out of these little plastic cups that don’t leak and keep your favorite snack contained!

Ingredients for Decorating Snack Cups #SnackandGo #Ad

The first special decoration is Mummified Snack Cups! Perfect for the upcoming Halloween and Autumn season, these Go-Paks! can easily be transformed into something extra spooky! Gather some white duct tape and googly eyes in your favorite size.

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First, glue on the googly eyes. Then, tear off strips of duct tape and slowly wrap around the cup and eyes like a mummy. Once finished, then you’re ready to scare things up at the next Halloween party or to surprise trick or treaters!

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If you want to keep things a little simpler, add a piece of duct tape and write a little sweet note for a lunchtime surprise! My first grader LOVES getting notes in his backpack, so this is the perfect way for me to say how much I love him with something as simple as a piece of tape! These cups our durable so if you reuse them, simply remove the tape, and add another!

Decorated Snack Cups #SnackandGo #Ad

Ready to get snacking on the go? Head to Walmart to get everything you need to make your snacks better than ever! Bonus: Go-Paks! are just $1.00 so they are great for buying in bulk and serving up for a crowd!

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How would you add a little oomph to your favorite snack cup?


Run! Jump! Fly! — New Exhibit at Kohl Children’s Museum

Opening on September 29th, “Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action” at Kohl Children’s Museum features four adventure scenes, an action star training center and a toddler area. Each adventure scene provides an imaginative setting in which kids can try out a high-appeal physical activity and highlight a specific physical challenge that hones balance, strength, coordination or cardiovascular endurance.

Surfing and Snowboarding: Visitors don Hawaiian shirts or down-style vests, choose one of four balance boards – two basic and two advanced – and see how long they can stay on for the ride. A motion sensor triggers a two-minute video sequence that takes the riders through pine trees and past lakes as they snowboard down a mountain. Then the video takes the riders off the edge of a cliff and sailing into the clouds before landing as surfers in the ocean.  The activity challenges and builds the riders’ balance.

Kung Fu Forest: Visitors enter a clearing in a bamboo forest and begin the kung fu session with a bow to show the three principles of kung fu: strength, peace and respect. Three lantern posts display instructional images of kung fu animal stances – still, “ready” positions inspired by the rooster, the snake and the tiger. After visitors try the animal stances, they can push a button to trigger a sequence of lightbox images that guide the participant from still poses into a flow-of-action. The panels also illustrate the cultural origins of kung fu and other martial arts.

Climbing Canyon: A trailhead marker introduces four different trails: the Toddler Trail, Beginners’ Bend, Rugged Ridge and the Extreme Expanse. Visitors of varying skill and ability levels successfully traverse the trails to safely explore a cave holding a hidden treasure. Hand and footholds guide the visitors across the horizontal walls. The climbing canyon shows visitors how lifting and holding up their own body weight is a valid strength-building activity.


Flycycle Sky: Visitors merge their imagination with physical activity when they strap on a bike helmet and climb on one of the exhibits flycycles. These stationary bikes with wings or propellers each face a cloud-shaped panel. For every few rotation of the wheels, a star lights up in the sky. The flycycles vary in form: one is a tandem bike with a recumbent seat in front, an upright in back and two pairs of wings above; another is a hand-pedaled chariot with an overhead propeller.

Action Star Training: The action star training center provides challenges to visitors that focuses on balance, strength, coordination and cardiovascular and muscular endurance by teaching them simple activities that families can do at home.

  • At the Yoga Station, visitors try out the tree pose and the cat stretch, as well as learn the origins of yoga.
  • At the Strength Center, a kid-friendly interpretation of gym equipment, visitors experiment with upper- and lower-body strength. They can try out monkey bars, leg presses, self-weighted rowers and adaptive chin-ups.
  • In the Dance Club, visitors choose dance moves and music to get their heart pumping, going freestyle or following the dancer on the screen.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call (847) 832-6600. The Museum is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (open until 5 p.m. June through August), Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special members-only hours are from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission prices are $11 for children and adults and $10 for senior citizens. Children under 1 year old and members are free.

We LOVE visiting Kohl Children’s Museum and can’t wait to check it out during Charlie’s next break from school! I think my boys would LOVE the Climbing Canyon!

Which new element is your favorite?


Nico & Vinz & #WhyNotWednesday

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As a Verizon #MoreChicago Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool
team of influencers. I have received a a device (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

It’s no secret that Verizon has kept me really cool this past year. I mean, for real. The Droid Turbo blew me away and got me pretty close to converting from the iTeam (still debating that decision, by the way). From the service (HELLO, LOVE) to the consistent quality and great options, Verizon has been key in keeping me connected to family and friends all over the world.

So imagine my surprise when the option to meet Nico & Vinz on Michigan Avenue collided with connecting with a friend that I had built homes with in Africa. I hadn’t seen her in almost a year and this was the perfect chance to connect and make a memory, enjoying the sunshine. Can you say right time and place?

Meet Cassie. She’s awesome.

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Verizon has a way of planting special memories and with their pop-up concerts, they are truly making their stamp around the city (and country). I had the honor, privilege and more of being BASICALLYRIGHTNEXTTO Nico & Vinz and just have to ask – Am I Wrong for want to give them my digits? (See what I did there??)

Le sigh. Are you kidding me? 

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The weather was still balmy and the fact that Verizon gives you the opportunity to be up close and personal with your favorite stars means Verizon gets another win in my book. They always know how to keep things relevant. And have you jumped in on #WhyNotWednesday from Verizon? Something new. Something Awesome. Every Wednesday from Verizon. (Hello, free music from Avicii!)

But back to Nico and Vinz.

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and me and Lin.

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It was just a perfect day. We even got to meet them!



The fun doesn’t stop. This little delight arrived in my inbox this week – the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.

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I think I may have finally found my iReplacement.

What are your favorite Verizon Wireless features that you’re enjoying this month? 


A Day with Matt Kenseth and #BetterStartsNow

Last week, I had the opportunity to head to the top of Water Tower Place and visit the Chicago Sports Musuem right outside of Harry Caray’s restaurant. Filled with sports memorabilia and plenty for the sports enthusiast to enjoy, I had a blast checking out the Museum, its highlights (including the infamous Bartman ball!) and exploring a bit on my own. I’m looking forward to bringing Jim and the boys back for a great time there!


Matt Kenseth of NASCAR fame

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While there, we had an opportunity to meet Matt Kenseth of NASCAR fame. Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award in 2000, Kenseth became the only rookie to ever win the Coca-Cola 600, joining the sports elite in 2009 when he won his first of two Daytona 500s, becoming only the fifth driver in NASCAR history to win rookie of the year. With his widespread success, it’s no wonder that Citizen decided to partner with him as a brand ambassador for CITIZEN brand watches.

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In conjunction with Wieden+Kennedy, Citizen launched a brand new belief that no matter where you are or whatever your circumstances, better is just around the corner and you can always start pursuing something better. Even with wins behind him, Kenseth has that drive and energy that makes him a great connection to this company. Citizen introduced the Satellite Wave World-Time GPS (the one on the banner behind Matt!)

I’m going to be talking a bit about the Ecosphere in an upcoming post (AND GIVEAWAY!) The Ecosphere has a stainless steel case with a black finish and black dial, this watch is the perfect addition to any man’s wardrobe and I’m excited to check it out in the next few weeks. Stay tuned as we’ll also be running a giveaway then as well!

Ecosphere AW1477-15E

While there, we also learned how Citizen is making life better now for some families with their donation to the 100 Club of Chicago. The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. They ease the financial burden and provide immediate financial assistance along with the going cost of higher education. It was great to see these men and women represented there and their opportunity to connect with Citizen and Matt Kenseth. Retailing at $295.00, this watch would make an amazing gift for the upcoming holidays.
Check out more from Citizen and stay tuned when we feature them in an upcoming giveaway #ontheblog. Just remember, there is no time like the present – #BetterStartsNow.
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Get a Shot. Give a Shot®. Paying It Forward.

This blog post is sponsored by Walgreens but all opinions are my own.

Oftentimes, as parents we focus so much on the health of our children that we forget to take care of ourselves. Walgreens takes the guess work out of the immunizations and helps you prepare for the seasonal flu so that you can remain healthy and enjoy your family! Not only does the Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign help you, but in the process, you also help others!

Through the Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign, for every flu shot or other immunization you receive at Walgreens, you will help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.

Schultz - Family Shot

Last year, I had the privilege of traveling abroad to Zambia, Africa to build homes in Chipulusuku – a small village there. In anticipation, I needed vital immunizations to protect against disease and other health concerns. Even more so, this community and its children could highly benefit from lifesaving immunizations.

The opportunity to help families was even more magnified by the need for immunizations in advance and the opportunity to give even more by being immunized through the Walgreens campaign Get a Shot. Give a Shot.®.


Think you can’t make a difference? Check out the simple statistics when it comes to how immunizations can save lives. Walgreens alone has donated 7 million lifesaving vaccines!


To give back, simply head to your local Walgreens or Healthcare clinic – perfect for when the kids are back in school or when you’re running your daily errands. The flu shot vaccine is now available at all Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic locations and is offered until March 2016 – so you have plenty of time to get in and give back!


The process is simple and the waiting room is comfortable and inviting, so the process of getting a shot is streamlined and designed to keep you at the corner of happy and healthy!


With knowledgeable staff and professionals, you can feel confident that you’re getting what you need while also giving back to those in need – just for taking care of yourself! Walgreens also offers a variety of flu shot options. Just ask a Walgreens pharmacist to see which flu shot might be the right option for you!


Adorable faces are counting on you!


What month do you usually receive a flu shot? 

From July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, for every immunization administered, Walgreens will donate $0.18 to the United Nations Foundation, up to a maximum donation of $2,000,000. For more information, go to Vaccines subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply.


No-Sew Tooth Fairy Pillow

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 Two little growing misters in tow means we spend a ton of time enjoying the outdoors and ensuring that our family works to provide the very best as they grow – including things full of natural goodness! From packing school lunches to hygiene routines to all the in-between, we work hard to expose them to incorporate natural products into our lifestyle as much as we can – every little bit counts! Earlier this year, Charlie started first grade and entering an all-day program was a big milestone for our family. With that rite of passage of school, we are looking forward to the day Charlie loses his first tooth! He’s a bit late to the game compared to his friends, but he also did not get his teeth until he was almost one year old!

The big day is around the corner as his teeth get a wee bit looser every day, so we are anxiously awaiting his very first visit from the tooth fairy. We know the tooth fairy would want us to have the “fairy” best, so Tom’s of Maine® was sure to find its way to our house. With the tooth fairy’s help, I put together this simple No-Sew (HELLO, Easy! as a sewing machine is NOT my friend) Tooth Fairy Pillow for keeping lost teeth and little goodies from the tooth fairy safe.

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To create this simple tooth fairy pillow, you simply need a pillow of your choosing, an old pair of children’s jeans (which with growing boys is NOT difficult to find in our house!), scissors, and fabric fusion glue. That’s it!

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I selected a fun colored pillow that I knew Charlie would love with a super soft back for him to snuggle with.

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Creating the pillow is simple and follows just a few basic steps.

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1. Remove the consumer tag. Charlie HATES tags, so this was a must, plus, the pillow looks much nicer!

2. Cut the leg of one side of your jeans. This will make it easier to reach the pocket.

3. Now it’s time to cut the pocket! Simple cut along the outline of the pocket as close as you can to the seam being careful not to tear the pocket open – otherwise, it loses its effect.

4. Begin applying your fabric fusion glue along the perimeter of the back of the pocket.

5. Cover the entire back of the pocket with your special fusion glue.

6. Lastly, adhere the pocket to your pillow.

Voila! You are ready for a visit from the tooth fairy.

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Since we’re still waiting on Charlie’s stubborn tooth to fall out, I started to collect items that I knew would be perfect for her first nighttime visit. A brand new light-up toothbrush, a dental flosser (simple for kids to use themselves), and Tom’s of Maine® toothpaste in a silly strawberry flavor – Charlie’s favorite. I love this toothpaste for the boys because it is made right here in the U.S. (Hello, Maine!) and does not contain any artificial artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, preservatives, animal ingredients. They also do not do any animal testing. I love that I can feel confident in what the tooth fairy gives to my boys to keep their smiles nice and clean!

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I put together a miniature letter using a ballpoint pen, “Dear Charlie, Congrats on your first lost tooth! Here are a few things to keep that new tooth clean! Love, The Tooth Fairy!” 

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Now to hide these goodies until her REAL arrival!

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Tom’s of Maine® is not just for kids! They also have Tom’s of Maine® Simply White® Clean Mint Cavity Protection Toothpaste for adults and other natural products like deodorant, bar soap, and mouthwash with those same natural ingredients.

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Ready to snag your own natural toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine®? Head over to Walmart to snag your favorite flavor and to get everything you need to prepare for the Tooth Fairy’s arrival. Even better, head to your local Walmart on September 19th for a Tom’s of Maine demo to try some for yourself!

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How do you incorporate natural ingredients and products into your every day life?