fall style: Gray Monroe

My friend, Jenny opened an online boutique, Gray Monroe and I picked out a few favorites to round out my fall wardrobe. I actually minimized the amount of clothing in my closet drastically, so I already had my heart set on a few fall staples, like a new vest and some flannel tops that I can wear over and over again this season.

Like this red and black Erin vest c/o, the gold zipper detail pretty much sealed the deal for me.

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Seriously, it makes me want to stock my closet with vests for fall. I’ve also got my eye on this Bailey vest in beige, too.

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Another thing I knew I had to have in my closet was this Kara top c/o (no longer on site, but you can find similar styles here and here).

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The bonus to this adorable top is the fact that it is incredibly soft. I ordered up a size so I would be able to pair it with leggings and boots when the temperatures dip.

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I’m seriously smitten with all of the fall pieces on Gray Monroe. Jenny has such an eye for great pieces that can be wardrobe staples for years to come, rather than trendy pieces that will fizzle out at the end of the season, and there’s always free shipping on from the site.


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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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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.

 

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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.

 


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