Monday, October 27, 2014

An Overload of Chevron Cuteness!

My little girl is almost 5 months old.  It's crazy how fast this time has already flown by.  One of the things that I am most thankful about is being able to be home with this little one.  I couldn't imagine it any other way.

I've always loved to shop, loved to find the greatest deal.  There are so many cute, adorable things that I would love to buy A, but let me tell you, it's an expensive world out there!  Which is why I love this site Always Under Pay.  They have the cutest products at amazing prices.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to be buying a few products for all the new babies being born - gifts that are affordable!  They have so many different products to choose from - babies to older kids, party supplies, crafting supplies (DIY), girls and boys.  A little bit of everything!

I was lucky enough to snag the items below - so cute I can barely contain myself!

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I'm not a big headband-on-the-baby kind of person because I feel they are usually too tight and leave a mark on the head.  I wouldn't want to wear a headband that leaves a mark, so I'm sure A wouldn't want to either.  This headband - no mark.  LOVE it!  And the flower, it has a clip on it, so you can easily take it off and wear another way.

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Just look at how cute this outfit is!  The leg warmers, I love them.  One thing that I really like is that there is no seam.  They are soft and stretchy.  And they will be perfect for A to grow into - protect those little knees on our wood floors once she starts crawling.  And the ruffles on them are to die for!

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I was a little hesitant about the crib shoes - little A can't seem to keep anything on her feet!  But they stayed on pretty good - longer than any pair of socks I've tried.  She's wearing a 3-6 month size, which are a little snug, but she also has really long toes, just saying....but if I order another pair for her, I will probably order a size up.

I am definitely impressed with the quality of the pieces considering the amazing prices they are sold for.  Be sure to check out Always Under Pay!  I know they will be one of my first stops when I'm looking for something for A or for a gift.  And check out their blog too!  They just ran a series of 31 Days of Costumes and there are some great DIY ideas for those of you still looking for a costume for your child.

** I was not compensated for this post.  The leggings, crib shoes, and headband set were given as a gift. **

Friday, October 17, 2014

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle

This post brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine.

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TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle

It's amazing how quickly the seasons are changing here in Michigan already.  We drove up to the Charlevoix region last weekend just to do a Fall colors tour, and the colors are so beautiful - I wish they would last longer!  I would say that Fall is one of my favorite seasons - there is always so much to do.   There are Fall festivals all around right now, which means apples, apple picking, pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, apple cider, cider donuts (which disappear quickly at my house), chili and soups.  It also means Halloween at the end of the month!
We aren't a family that goes all out for Halloween, but I am looking forward to dressing up the little one for the first time, and my husband doesn't hate all the candy!  He has such a sweet tooth, he's always up for trying a new dessert.  Right now, TruMoo is selling limited edition Orange Scream and Chocolate flavored milk for Halloween.  So when I had the opportunity to sample some TruMoo limited edition Orange Scream flavored Milk, I jumped on it.  I'll admit we were a little suspicious when we realized the milk was orange, but let me tell you, I tasted it and it really does taste like an orange creamsicle!

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: flavored milk

I've been browsing Pinterest lately and have seen a bunch of Oreo desserts popping up - my husband's favorite.  I remember seeing an Oreo trifle (not sure the source - sorry!), and decided that the TruMoo Orange Scream flavored milk would be perfect for making a pudding layer in a Halloween-themed Oreo trifle.  This is so quick and easy to make, it would be the perfect dessert for a Halloween party in the classroom or at home!  And lucky for you, I'm sharing the recipe with you below!  (At the bottom of this post, there is a consolidated recipe for easy reference)

A side note on Pinterest - I love browsing and finding all kinds of amazing recipes.  Be sure to check out and follow the TruMoo Milk Pinterest page for some other delcious ideas and recipes!

The list of ingredients is a short one: a box of brownies (eggs and oil required also), a 1/2-gallon of TruMoo Orange Scream flavored milk, 2 boxes of vanilla instant pudding, a package of Oreos, whipped topping, and some Halloween candy for the top - we chose to use candy corn.

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: Ingredients

First, follow the directions on your brownies box to make a pan of brownies and let them completely cool.  In the meantime, pour 3 cups of TruMoo Orange Scream flavored milk into a medium bowl and mix in both boxes of vanilla instant pudding.  Place this mixture in the fridge to allow the pudding to set - it should only take 5-10 minutes.

Once your brownies have cooled, crumble half of them into the bottom of a trifle dish to create your first layer.

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: Brownie Layer

Next comes the TruMoo Orange Scream pudding layer.  I may have tasted a little bit before adding, and oh my goodness, delicious!  Scoop half of your pudding over the brownies and spread evenly to make this second layer.

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: Pudding Layer

The pudding is the perfect color for this Halloween dessert!

For your third layer, crumble about a third of your Oreos on top of the pudding.

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: Oreo Layer

For the fourth and final layer, spread half of your whipped topping, completely covering the Oreo layer.

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: Whipped Topping Layer

You will want to repeat the last four layers once more to get to the top of your trifle dish.  For a little Halloween-candied fun, I added candy corn to a final layer of Oreos to pull all the colors together!

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle: All Layers

Doesn't that look delicious?!  Trust me, it is.  It comes together so easily, that even your kids could help make this amazing dessert.  There are so many more fun recipes on the TruMoo website that are kid-friendly.  Be sure to visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes!

One of the best things about TruMoo flavored milk is that it is nutritious AND delicious. It's made fresh from your local dairy and contains NO artificial growth hormones or high fructose corn syrup.  Such a great thing to use to make some delicious treats!  For more delicious treats to make at home, be sure to follow TruMoo Milk on Facebook!

TruMoo Orange Scream Oreo Trifle


  • 1 box of brownies
  • 3 cups TruMoo Orange Scream flavored milk
  • 2 packages of vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 package of Oreos
  • 1 large container of Whipped Topping
  • 1 bag of candy corn


  1. Make your brownies according to the box directions & let cool completely.
  2. In the meantime, combine 3 cups of TruMoo Orange Scream flavored milk with 2 packages of vanilla instant pudding.  Place in refridgerator for the pudding to set (5-10 minutes).
  3. For your first layer, crumble half of your brownies and spread evenly in your trifle dish.
  4. Next, scoop half of your pudding over the layer of brownies and spread evenly.
  5. For the third layer, crumble Oreos and spread evenly - I used about 1/3 of the package of Oreos.
  6. For the final layer, spread half of the Whipped Topping evenly over the layer of crumbled Oreos.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 once more.
  8. For the finishing touches of your dessert, crumbled the remaining Oreos and toss some candy corn on top!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#Manwich Beef Pasta

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.
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#Manwich Beef Pasta

When I was given the opportunity to sample some Manwich flavors, I jumped at it.  They have three amazing flavors - Original, Bold, and Thick & Chunky. I was sent one can of Original and two cans of Bold, so Thick & Chunky didn't make the picture, but I did manage to pick up a can and try that flavor too, and it was delicious!

One of the things that I really like about Manwich is that it allows for Easy Weeknight Meals.  And even better - each can of Manwich is free from any artificial flavors and preservatives.  You can't beat that!  Easy, quick, and healthy - it makes for a great meal on those busy weeknights!

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I love making Manwich Sloppy Joe's.  One of my favorite things about it is that it is one of those meals that kid-stopping power because they get to use their hands to eat a messy-licious meal, and it brings adults back to those memories they had eating it as a kid.  It's also a great meal in today's world because it requires the use of both hands - so complete focus is at the dinner table instead of texting on your phone or playing games!

With Manwich Bold, I tried making something a little different to try to convert my husband, who is not the biggest fan of Sloppy Joe's, so I made Manwich Beef Pasta.  I think I sold him on it!  It definitely changed his perspective towards Manwich, realizing you can use it for all sorts of delicious dishes and not just Sloppy Joe's!  Because Manwich is a hearty sauce with a sweet and tangy taste, and no meat is in the can, it can be used to make all sorts of things - from sandwiches to pastas and much more!  Check out what I made below:

First, I browned my ground beef over medium heat.  At the same time, I started a pot of water to get it boiling for the pasta - I used medium shells.

#Manwich Beef Pasta

Once all the ground beef was browned, I added in some chopped sweet peppers and let them cook in the pan for 2-3 minutes (until they had softened a bit).

#Manwich Beef Pasta

Next, I opened the can of Manwich Bold and added it to the mix.  I allowed it to heat through.

#Manwich Beef Pasta

After the Manwich Bold was heated through, and the pasta was cooked, I drained the pasta and poured it into a bowl.  I then add the Manwich ground beef mixture to the pasta and mixed it all together.

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Doesn't that look delious?!  To finish it off, I added a bit of shredded cheddar cheese to the top after serving it in bowls.

#Manwich Beef Pasta

This is definitely a dish I will serve up again!  Be sure to check out the Manwich website for some more great Manwich Recipes!  And for those of you who love to make your own creations, be sure to share in the comments below to help inspire us all!

To find a location near you that sells Manwich products, check out the store locater on ConAgra Foods' website:

Below, I've included a quick reference to the Manwich Beef Pasta recipe I made above:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 small sweet peppers (orange, red, yellow), chopped
  • 1 can of Manwich Bold
  • 1 box (12-16 oz) pasta (I used medium shells)
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a small/medium skillet, brown your ground beef over medium heat (be sure there is no more pink and drain if needed).
  2. Meanwhile, in a pot, boil water.  Once it is boiling, add in your pasta.  (Cook according to the box directions)
  3. Once your ground beef is browned, add in your sweet peppers.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened a bit.
  4. Add in the can of Manwich Bold and heat through.
  5. Drain your pasta and add to a large serving bowl.  Pour your Manwich beef mixture over the pasta and stir until mixed together.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese over the top and enjoy!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Amp up your recipes using Texas Pete Sauce

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love it when I can buy something that has multiple uses, and Texas Pete Hot Sauce is just that.  Not only is it a great condiment, perfect for spicing up and getting the full flavor out of hot dogs, fries, pizza, soups, and sandwiches – just to name a few, but it’s a great ingredient to have on hand.  Did you know you could use it to amp up anything from ribs to barbecue – or even use it to make red velvet cake icing??  Now that is what I would call a multi-purpose ingredient essential in your pantry!  And the great thing is that Texas Pete offers such a variety of products that can help improve the taste of every meal.

Check out just one example of a dish you can make using a Texas Pete Hot Sauce:

Doesn't that look amazing?!  It tastes as amazing as it looks!  Lucky for you, I get to share one of Texas Pete Hot Sauce recipes with you!  With the recipe included below, you can make 2 quarts of Texas Pete® Zippy Tie Dye Coleslaw.  This would be a great dish to make for a family barbecue!  And wouldn’t it be a surprise to everyone that the secret ingredient was a Texas Pete sauce – definitely a memorable dish you can pass on to others!


1/2 head Red cabbage, shaved thin
6 Tbsp Brown sugar
3 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
1-2 Tbsp Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce
1 Red bell pepper, finely julienne
1 Yellow bell pepper, finely julienne
1 Green bell pepper, finely julienne
1/2 cup Radishes, sliced thin
1/2 onion Red onion, julienne paper thin
2 carrots Carrots, fresh, grated on the large shredder
1 tsp Caraway seeds
1 tsp Celery seeds
2 Tbsp Parsley, fresh, minced
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
To taste Salt and pepper


1. Place the thinly shaved red cabbage into a large mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, red 
wine vinegar and the Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce and mix well. 
2. Let this mixture marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes before adding all the 
remaining ingredients from the bell peppers to the mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper 
and mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Check out where you can find Texas Pete Hot Sauce at a store near you!  

I’m looking forward to finding ways I can use Texas Pete Sauces to improve the taste of some old boring recipes I have and can’t wait to try some of Texas Pete’s delicious other recipes (you can too! –…).  I would love to hear some of the unique ways you might use Texas Pete Sauces in old – or new – recipes.  Be sure to use the hashtag #TexasPete so we can all share in finding some new great recipes!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Beachin' Event Giveaway! {$960 in prizes!}

Summer Is HERE And So Is The Beachin' Event!!

Andersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $900!

The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:

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The Orb Factory – Make Your Own Glitter Chalk Set – $15
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Pint Size Projects – Beach Theme Activity Kit – $28
Kiss My Itch Goodbye – Itch Cream – $9
Boogie Board– Jot 8.5 eWriter– $38
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ezydog - dog life vest – $42
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Chichanella Bella – Sunkissed Sweetheart Swim Suit & Bonnett – $98
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The Beachin' Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, July 28, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 11, 2014. Best Of Luck!
DIsclosure: Anderson's Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.

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