Gameday with Marzetti Kitchens℠!

I recently had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the Marzetti Kitchens website, and try my hand at some of the great recipes featuring products from the T. Marzetti Company. I instantly loved how easy the site is to navigate, you can view recipes by product, dish type, or cuisine. If you’re like me, and you’re always searching for new tools to take mealtime up a notch from the boring and mundane category, then this site is definitely what you need. Because the T. Marzetti Company boasts of many brands you already know and love, the variety is endless.

I was immediately drawn to the Gameday Solutions section. As you know, I live in the South and game day and Saturday are interchangeable in the fall. Everything revolves around college football, from birthday parties to -simple get-togethers with friends and family. And one thing is always expected, good food. I absolutely love this time of year. I’m a busy mother and wife, but it seems like on Saturdays in the South time stands still for game day. We have friends and family over, or we take a dish somewhere and watch the game with fellow fans. I am always looking for new and exciting recipes to add to my game day collection, and I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this section over at Marzetti Kitchens.

The website is full of fun and inspiring recipes, but it is also full of a wealth resources for planning those game day parties and tailgates as well. There’s a party planning guide and a tailgating checklist, that will come in handy at some point this season.

Last Saturday, I made the Southwest Tortilla Bites, and they were an instant hit. They feature Marzetti Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip and the recipe is easy to make. It was a hit for even the youngest member of our family. The dip is packed full of flavor and perfectly complements the other elements in the recipe. I actually wanted to dive right in before I even had the chance to garnish.

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But, I’m sure glad that I did wait, because the finished product turned out amazing. A real crowd pleaser and fun to look at, too!

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And I must share, we love this Marzetti® Ranch Veggie Dip in our house. I always know I need to eat more veggies, but I’m never really successful, until I tried this. It’s a great dip for carrot sticks and celery, and it perfectly complements any vegetable tray for a quick appetizer when friends are over. I was actually scouring the website for a recipe to use it in and came across these Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups, and they were promptly added to the weekly menu plan.

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You try it out, chances are some of your favorite brands are featured on the Marzetti Kitchens site. Come back and tell me which recipe you want to try for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

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This sweepstakes runs from 10/14/13-11/24/13

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Green Mountain Coffee®: Changing the world with Fair Trade {review & giveaway}

It’s no secret that my love for coffee runs deep. It’s the first thing my brain needs when my feet hit the floor, and just the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the Keurig® Brewing System  can make any morning a little sweeter. But, what do I love even more? A brand that is proactive in helping, who passionately believes in making a difference. Show me a brand who believes in the greater good, a brand who puts out a product and can be trusted, and I’ll show you a brand that I’m willing to stand behind.

I recently learned about Green Mountain Coffee® and how deeply the company is rooted in the Fair Trade movement, I’m certain that will always be my k-cup pack of choice. The coffee tastes wonderful, but the company is helping make a difference and that means everything to me, as a consumer.

October is National Fair Trade month and Green Mountain Coffee® offers one of the largest selections of Fair Trade Certified™ coffees in the U.S. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. was also the first brand to offer Fair Trade Certified™ coffee in our country. So what is Fair Trade? Fair Trade ensures that the farmers who are growing the coffee are paid a fair market price for the beans. The farmers who grow coffee beans often live in isolate locations where they are subject to middlemen who pay them a fraction of what the coffee is actually worth. And what does that mean for us? It means we get a better quality cup of coffee. It means the farmers can invest their money back into their land and offer a better quality bean. As for them? The farmers are given a fair price for the coffee, therefore they can afford to send their children to school, they can support their family and give us a better product. Green Mountain Coffee is forming relationships with these growers and ensuring sustainability. They are doing good and making the world better with each coffee bean. IMG_8387 Recently, Kelly Clarkson teamed up with Green Mountain Coffee for their Great Coffee, Great Vibes, Choose Fair Trade campaign. Kelly Clarkson was able to visit Peru and see first-hand the effects that Fair Trade has on these coffee-farming towns. She was able to see the importance of Fair Trade and how it positively impacts farmers and their families. You can watch an exclusive video of Kelly Clarkson’s trip and learn more about Fair Trade at ChooseFairTrade.com. To celebrate National Fair Trade month, Green Mountain Coffee is introducing Fair Trade Certified™ Three Continent Blend, which is a triple blend of bold flavors that delivers a smooth and harmonious Extra Cold blend. You can learn more about the Fair Trade movement and Green Mountain Coffee by visiting their Facebook page.

 

GIVEAWAY!!

To enter for a chance to win your very own Keurig® Brewing System and Green Mountain Coffee® gift basket, please leave a comment with your answer to the question: Are you a coffee drinker, and if so, would you consider buying fair trade coffee?

 

Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 09/18/13-10/31/13.

 

A Peek-A-Whoo giveaway for YOU!

I follow an adorable shop on Instagram, called Peek-A-Whoo. Being a true southerner, I believe in a good monogram, so I’m constantly swooning over the goodness that Kelley posts to Instagram. Tons of adorable baby and toddler gifts, unique personalized lovies and blankets, and the sweetest onesies and bibs you’ve ever seen. I get a slight bought of the fever just thinking about personalized things for a new baby.

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Kelley sent BK an adorable Mint backpack and snack square for her return back to school in a few weeks. And of course, it was monogrammed. If you aren’t familiar with Mint, the quality is fantastic and it comes in just about every seersucker color you can imagine. I can attest to the quality of Mint because once upon a time I had a little monogram shop and Mint was my choice in backpack and lunch box to sell.

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I adore the classic three letter script monogram and the pink on lime. BK was pretty proud of her new backpack, too! It’s hanging on the laundry room door and she each time she sees it she asks me When can I go back to school? She’s ready to go back and see her friends and meet her new teachers.

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Peek-A-Whoo has a complete selection of baby gifts and the most adorable gift combination ideas on their site. This is definitely my favorite! Those polka dots make me swoon.

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The best part about Peek-A-Whoo? They’re giving one of YOU a monogrammed snack square and backpack!

There are several ways to enter and all of the information is listed in the Rafflecopter box below. I’ll post a winner on Saturday. Good luck!!

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Introducing… Artkive

When BK started Mother’s Day Out this past year, my heart melted each and every time she would bring home something she made at school. Even her chapel coloring sheets were enough to make me want to buy a frame and adorn the playroom walls. As the year pressed on, I became a little overwhelmed at the sheer volume of things she was bringing home. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love all of the things that she is making in school, I just don’t have a great place to keep it all. And the thought of throwing it away, well who am I kidding, that was never in my thoughts.

So logically, it stayed in a bag beside our desk until last month. No, really, it was quite the eye sore.

Then, I caught wind of something amazing, Artkive. An app that allows me to take pictures of BK’s artwork and then turn the photos into a book or other memento.
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It makes keeping up with the precious things she brings home, a little easier. It also archives them in a book, so we’ll be able to treasure them for years to come. The app is incredibly simple to use, just take photos of the artwork (or any special keepsake from school), add a description,  and you’ve created a page. There are options for multiple children, too. So you can keep up with all your littles on the same app.
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I was pleased when the book came, the quality is fantastic, and once it was in my hands I loved the app even more. Now, when grandparents or friends visit, they can keep up with BK just by flipping through the book. It is an excellent conversation piece and a great way to share some of the pieces I am most proud of. I can’t wait to make one next year and see how much has changed.
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Here’s a peek at the inside:
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I had quite the time organizing all of the artwork and sorting it out for the book. Now that I know how simple the app is to use, I’ll take photos as she brings things home. So while you have a few more weeks left of summer, I would suggest digging that old artwork out and making yourself an Artkive book. This way you’re ready to start fresh for the new school year and you can stay on top of it as the year progresses. At the end of the year, it will be easy to order the book you’ve been adding things to each day.

And I have some great news from the people at Artkive:

As a special gift to all Life In The Greenhouse readers, you will get a $10 credit towards the purchase of your book when you sign up for a NEW Artkive account.  Here’s how to get the get credit:
1) Install Artkive – available on iTunes and Android
2) Create a new account before 8/12/13
3) For iOS users, go to the Account section in the app and in the Group Code area, type LITG.  Android users should email customerservice@thekivecompany.com and put LITG in the subject line.
4) That’s it!  A $10 credit will be added to your account good towards the purchase of your first Artkive book.  Credit will be deducted from your book purchase at check out (credit valid until9/15/13)

My Best Kept Beauty Secret? Revlon’s BB Cream

Sometime last year, I was introduced to a fabulous product, BB cream. It seriously changed my beauty regimen for the better. Recently, BlogHer introduced me to Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream™ Skin Perfector. I quickly learned that this product would take up permanent residence in my makeup bag. I absolutely love to find great drug-store brands. photo 2

Let’s talk for a minute about BB creams and why they should be a part of your makeup routine. Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector is truly an all-in-one makeup product. I use it as my first step when applying makeup, as it gives me the hydration of a moisturizer with the protection of an SPF 30 sunscreen, while the smooth and even coverage blurs blemishes and spots like a concealer. During the summer, I spend my days running errands and chasing a toddler in the park, the temperatures consistently hover in the 90′s and the humidity takes the heat to a whole other level. It’s nice to apply Revlon PhotoReady BB cream and still look put together.

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Of course, if I’m going out or have someplace special to be, my makeup routine changes. I still use the BB cream first–it takes the place of primer, moisturizer and concealer. I’m amazed at the base it gives my mineral powder foundation. Unlike some of the other BB creams, PhotoReady BB Cream™ Skin Perfector comes in 4 shades. That means the BB cream comes in enough shades to find one that is perfect for you without having to overanalyze or test out a ton of different shades. I apply mine with a cosmetic sponge and feel like the coverage is better and more even than applying it with my hands.

I also love the long lasting coverage it provides. I can easily apply this in the morning and still see the benefits of coverage in the afternoon. Even with the heat and humidity, it does a great job. I found that it hydrated my face instead of drying it out and I think that added to the length of time it stayed on. Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector is my new go-to in the BB cream department. And at a price point you’ll love, I think it might become your new favorite, too.

If you see me working out at the Barre early in the morning, this is my secret. I like my skin to look effortlessly flawless and covered, so I apply this before I leave the house.

Tell me, what’s your best beauty secret? Leave an answer in the comments below and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card :)  To find out more about this and other Revlon products, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

Rules: 

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
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  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 6/28/2013-7/22/2013.

Be sure to visit the Revlon brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

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