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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Keep Your Vehicle Safe All Summer Long! #sponsored #ad

This post is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

With Summer approaching, there are a lot of travel plans in the works. I can't wait! If you have kids, you know how important it is to have a reliable vehicle. Keeping your car maintained is essential to keeping you and your family safe.
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Before we hit the road, we try get our vehicles ready for the summer months. There's nothing worse than having to spend your vacation time at the mechanics! Here are a few easy tips to ensure safety when getting ready to travel this Summer and beyond!

Maintain Your Tires:  Tires should be inspected regularly. Look for any signs of damage or wear and fix them as soon as possible. Also be sure to check tire pressure and fill air as needed. Driving on incorrect tire pressure can affect your car’s ability to brake on time, drive in wet conditions and even cause a tire blow-out. A simple maintenance plan will ensure safety.
Maintain Your Car’s Fluid Levels: Checking your car’s fluid levels daily can alert you of any potential car problems. For instance, driving your car without enough engine, transmission, coolant, brake, or power steering fluid can cause your vehicle not to work like it is supposed to. It is recommended you check your fluid levels often. 
Maintain Your Child’s Car Seats For Proper InstallationCheck your child's carseat to make sure it's safe. If you’re not sure whether or not your child’s car seat would pass the car safety check, check the internet or visit your local fire station. Many have free clinics to help adjust a child's car seat. National retailers such as Evenflo also provide resources for help with car seat maintenance. 
These tips will ensure the safety of you and your family! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Posie Book Feature and Giveaway (Closed)

*Please note, I did receive a copy of The Posy Book in exchange for this post. All opinions, as always are my own*
The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story (Hardcover, signed)
With Mother's Day fast approaching, I was excited to be asked to review a copy of The Posy Book! Teresa Sabankaya started her flower business in the late 90's by cultivating her custom and unique bouquets in California. Her floral art has been displayed throughout museums and flower shows. The Posy is her favorite design in floral, a modern spin on a nosegay, these ‘little garden bouquets that tells a story’ have a permanent place in her heart. The Posy Book was inspired by Teresa’s desire to share such a beautiful and simple way to tell your story with flowers.
Teresa Sabankaya in her garden in Bonny Doon, California
This book is gorgeous! From front to back, it is full of glossy, beautiful shots of posies throughout. It includes the History of the language of flowers, posy recipes, detailed instructions to make beautiful posies and the new language of flowers dictionary. Such a wonderful resource for anyone who loves flowers or someone who is interested in what every type of flower and greenery means. Did you know if you gift a Bouquet of Basil it means you are offended? Who knew! A White Lily represents purity, an ivy leaf represents friendship and the lily of the valley represents sweetness. The list goes on and on! 
The Posy Book makes a lovely Mother's Day gift or for anytime. It's sure to please the flower lover in your life! How perfect to gift this book along with a posy of your making? 
Hello Sunshine!

On page 100 of The Posie Book, there is a posy specifically designed for Moms! There is an engagement posy, a welcome baby posy, a congratulations posy and more. Teresa uniquely communicates special messages to the gift recipient. 

Want to win a copy of your own? Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite flower is! I'll pick the winner on Mother's Day! In the meantime, head over here to learn more about Teresa Sabankaya's story or order your own copy to gift or for yourself!

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Fun Pass Makes A Great (Easter) Gift!

Hi Friends! It's been a minute. I'm still here and we are slowly climbing out of the Northeast cold to welcome Spring. Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? It's late this year but I'm hopeful we will get some warmer weather for those egg hunts! This year, I'm including the NH Fun Pass in baskets! If you're in New England or plan to visit, this is a great book of coupons from Breathe New Hampshire

Breathe New Hampshire is a non profit organization that focuses on lung health including tobacco use, COPD, asthma, air quality and lung cancer. They run educational programs and support scientific research to prevent, eliminate and treat lung disease. Breathe New Hampshire's biggest fundraiser is their Fun Pass! By purchasing The Fun Pass, you are supporting this non profit and the mission to improve lung health!
What is it? 
This pass has over 100+ coupons for discounts at your favorite New England attractions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont! Some of the destinations include Coco Key Water Park, York's Wild Animal Kingdom, Storyland, The Butterfly Museum, The Southwick Zoo, Yorks Wild Animal Kingdom, Billings Farm and Museum, Boston Duck Tours, Canobie Lake Park, various Children's Museums throughout New England, Ski Mountains, Zoos and so many more!  There are passes to Museums, Amusement Parks, Scenic Tours too!

For an alphabetical list of attractions, click here! Here are a few examples!

·        Story Land ($35 coupon) *this one coupon alone pays for the book!
·        LEGOLAND® Discovery Center ($23 coupon)
·        Edaville Family Theme Park ($37 coupon)
·        York’s Wild Kingdom ($18.50 coupon)

 Important:  When using your Fun Pass coupons, take the entire book with you.  In order to receive the discount, the coupons must be attached in the Fun Pass book when presented to the attractions.

For just $35 you will receive a coupon book with incredible discounts!  You really can save at 100 fantastic New England attractions! 
Save the Date! This year, on June 1st and 2nd, Join Breathe New Hampshire for the first ever awareness event at Story Land aimed at helping families better control asthma. The park will be modified to accommodate guests with asthma for this event!

Visit here to purchase The Fun Pass! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Ice Cream and Open Nature® Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Feature #recipe #shaws #ad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies . The opinions and text are all mine.
Open Nature® Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert from my local Shaws have become our new "go to" dairy free ice cream this summer! Many of you know that we try to eat dairy free most of the time, especially my oldest daughter. Of course this time of year, we're looking for ice cream alternatives. I was pretty thrilled to find out that Shaws introduced their NEW line of products: Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Ice Cream and Open Nature® Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. Yes! It's so nice to have options. A lighter delicious ice cream without a chalky or chemical aftertaste. A dairy free option that's tasty and satisfying!

We tried two different flavors from Shaws:
Open Nature® Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Peanut Butter Cookie, so good! Made with either cashew or almond milk, Open Nature® Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is a great non-dairy alternative to traditional ice cream! This was a hit! Delicious and definitely satisfying.
Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. You aren't missing out! The Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Ice Cream was indulgent with less fat and calories and between 240 and 370 calories PER PINT, I definitely didn't feel deprived! These dessert options are definitely perfect on a cone or even straight from the pint! They're THAT good! With lower calories and fat and a higher protein content, this is a dessert you can feel great about!

Even though you're free to indulge with The Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Ice Cream, I thought it would be great to make some ice cream sandwiches with them.
Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches:

  • Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
  • Simply scoop a teaspoon of Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Cookies and Cream Ice Cream in between chocolate cookies
  • Freeze and Enjoy!
I buy my Open Nature products at Shaws and you can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw's, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit Shaws to find a store near you and discover more recipe ideas.
Both desserts were creamy in texture and smooth. We are huge fans! Shaws has a big line of different flavored Open Nature® Scandal-Less Light Ice Cream and Open Nature® Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert selections to choose from! We want to try Open Nature Scandal-less Sea Salt Caramel and Open Nature CashewMilk Coffee Caramel Fudge next! There's a flavor for everyone! Which are you most excited to try?

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