About Heather Brickell

Celebrate the Holidays with Seven Sisters Scones!

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I can hardly believe that the holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is next month, and then the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season will be in full force! As a busy part-time teacher, blogger, and mom, I love to have options that make my life easier: especially when it comes to gift-giving.

Seven Sisters Scones are the perfect gift idea for anyone on your list. They offer a modern take on scones with flavors to satisfy everyone on your list! I love that they also offer Gluten-Free and Vegan options as well as Subscriptions and Sampler Boxes! Seven Sisters Scones is take Pre-orders right now for their holiday boxes so I suggest placing your order now! Choose from flavors like: Apple Caramel, Blueberry, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Kahlua, Maple Pumpkin, Three Cheese, Triple Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and so much more!

GO HERE to check out all that Seven Sisters Scones has to offer.

Five Back to School Recipes with Healthy Family Project!

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For many parts of the country, school is back in session! Healthy lunches and dinners can sometimes be challenging as we are learning to balance schedules, extra-curricular activities and more. I am here to help make your life easier! While this post is sponsored by Healthy Family Project, all opinions and the recipes are my own.

Is school back in session yet for your kiddos? We went back around 2 weeks ago, and I can’t believe how quickly that time is already flying by. My oldest son Drew is a junior in high school, and Brady, our 10-year-old is in fifth grade. Since I have 2 very active boys, you can imagine that they are always hungry!

 

I teach part-time at Brady’s school, so meal planning and preparation are very important to me! The last thing that I want to think about each night is what to make for dinner, or what to pack in the boy’s school lunches for the next day. The meals and snacks that I prepare for my family, must not only be quick and easy, but they must also be healthy. I love to add lots of fresh fruits and veggies to every meal or snack to ensure that our family is getting the nutrients that we need.

With the kids heading back to school, life is about to get a lot busier for all of us! Whether you are taking the kids back and forth to school, or all the extra-curricular activities that they have, here are 4 easy and healthy dinner and lunch recipes to help your school year get off on the right track. I am also including an extra bonus dessert recipe because some days you need dessert!

Sausage and Avocado Cream Cheese Zucchini Boats

Quick and easy dinner ideas are a must for our busy family! These Sausage and Avocado Cream Cheese Zucchini Boats are sure to be a new fave that your family will ask for again and again!

Ingredients:

4-6 zucchini washed and halved

1 tub of ¡Yo Quiero! Brands Avocado Cream Cheese (you can use any variety, but I used the Spinach Bacon)

16oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

1lb. Italian roll sausage

salt/pepper for taste

1 small RealSweet Onion, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop out the center of each of the halved zucchinis to make a “boat”.

Place in a greased baking pan.

In the meantime, cook the Italian roll sausage on medium heat and add the RealSweet Onions. Cook until done. Add salt/pepper to taste.

Combine cooked sausage and onions with the tub of ¡Yo Quiero! Brands Avocado Cream Cheese

Spread sausage mixture into each zucchini boat and top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini are tender and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Guacamole and Caramelized Onion Patty Melts

Some evenings call for a quick, yet comforting meal! These Guacamole and Caramelized Onion Patty Melts are sure to give you the comfort factor that you crave yet are very easy to prepare and oh-so delicious! Add other veggies or toppings as your family prefers. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:

16 oz. Ground Turkey or Ground Beef (I used half of each to cut down on the fat content)

Slices of Monterrey Jack Cheese

3-4 RealSweet Vidalia Onions sliced

salt/pepper to taste

8-10 slices of your favorite bread

Butter spread

¡Yo Quiero! Brands Guacamole

Instructions:

Place sliced RealSweet Vidalia Onions in a skillet to caramelize. Cook until golden brown.

While onions are cooking, form the Ground Beef/Turkey mixture into patties.

Place Hamburger/Turkey Patties on a griddle or in a skillet to cook. Cook each patty through.

Place caramelized onions in a bowl to cool down.

In the meantime, butter one side of each bread slice then place the buttered side down of the bread on the skillet to get golden brown.

Add cooked hamburger patties to bread slices and top with caramelized onions, cheese and ¡Yo Quiero! Brands Guacamole. Turn sandwich over to continue cooking and to become golden brown.

Serve with your favorite veggies and enjoy!

 

Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

One of my favorite time-savers for getting dinner on the table during a busy week is by utilizing my slow cooker. I can throw something in before I leave for school in the morning, and we will have delicious and easy dinner later that evening! I particularly love the pre-cooked chicken meatballs from Costco. I throw them in the slow cooker with a jar of our favorite marinara sauce, and voila dinner is almost ready! I serve them over Pero Family Zucchini Noodles that you cook in the microwave for just a few minutes. This meal is a family favorite and filled with veggies and protein!

Ingredients:

1 package of pre-cooked chicken meatballs (I buy the Amylu brand from Costco, but you can use whatever meatballs that you prefer or have on hand)

1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce

2 containers of Pero Family Zucchini Noodles

 

Instructions:

Place the package of chicken meatballs in the slow cooker.

Pour the jar of marinara sauce over the meatballs,

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Before you are ready to serve cook the zucchini noodles in the microwave until done.

Serve the chicken meatballs over the zucchini noodles and add extra sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

This meal couldn’t be easier to prepare and is so delicious! I can almost guarantee that there will be no leftovers!

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

I don’t know about you, but Chicken Salad is one of our family’s favorite go-to lunches. There are so many different varieties of fruits or veggies that can be added to make it your own. This Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad is sweet yet savory, and every bite is a pop in your mouth that keeps you coming back for more. This is the perfect lunch idea for every member of your family!

Ingredients:

3-4 cups of cooked chicken breast (I used a rotisserie chicken for the convenience factor)

3 celery stalks, diced

5-6 Bee Sweet Citrus Mandarins, peeled and segmented

3-4 green onions, diced

Celery salt for taste

Pepper for taste

1/3 cup stone ground Dijon mustard

½ cup avocado oil mayonnaise

Instructions:

Combine chicken breast, diced celery, green onions, mayonnaise, and mustard in a large bowl.

Add celery salt and pepper for taste.

Gently fold in the mandarin oranges.

Serve with your favorite bread as a sandwich or topped high on your favorite crackers! This is such a refreshing and healthy lunch for yourself or the kiddos!

Caramel Apple Galette

Had a rough week? Sometimes a special dessert for the family is in order! This Caramel Apple Galette couldn’t be easier to prepare, and every bite is packed full of delicious Jazz Apples! The sweet apples with the caramel drizzle are the perfect pairing. Add some vanilla ice cream for an even more decadent dessert!

Ingredients:

1 premade pie crust (the roll out variety)

3-4 Jazz Apples, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch pieces

Jar of your favorite caramel sauce

1-2 Tbsp. of sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of salt

Egg Wash: 1 large egg

Dusting Sugar for crust

Optional: Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the pie crust into a pie pan or glass baking dish

In a bowl, mix the apples, cinnamon, and salt

Place apples into the rolled-out pie crust.

Gently fold the edge of the dough over the apples.

Brush the crust with the egg wash.

Sprinkle dusting sugar on the crust to give it a nice sheen as it bakes.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce

Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

 

 

Are you familiar with the Power Your Lunchbox program? If not, I highly suggest that you check it out! I am honored to be a part of a campaign that helps empower families as they get ready for the back-to-school season. The Power Your Lunchbox program, in partnership with Healthy Family Project has so many tips and recipes to offer as they help to support accessibility to fresh produce in schools through the Foundation for Fresh Produce. The back-to-school campaign has raised over $180,000 for charitable organizations that promote health over the years. Isn’t that amazing?

A big THANK YOU to the sponsors who have helped to make this campaign a huge success! Jazz Apple, Bee Sweet Citrus, Pero Family Farms, Nature Fresh Farms, RealSweet Onions, Crispy Green, ¡Yo Quiero!

 

 

Patriotic Cookie Cake

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Are you planning a barbecue or get-together for the 4th of July? This Patriotic Cookie Cake couldn’t be easier to prepare, and is so delicious! You are sure to wow your guests with this fun dessert!

Patriotic Cookie Cake

Ingredients 

  • 16.5oz Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8oz Whipped Topping 
  • 1lb Strawberries 
  • 1 Pint Blueberries 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a non-stick round pan, lay out the sugar cookie dough.
  3. Bake the cookie as directed on the packaging.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. Let the cookie cool before smothering in whipped topping.
  6. Slice the strawberries in half and create a red and blue design on top of the cookie using the strawberries & blueberries. 
  7. Enjoy!

Street Corn Salad

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Are you looking for a refreshing and new idea for your summer barbecues? This Street Corn Salad will be the perfect addition! It is sweet and packed full of flavor! I love that you can also use Gluten Free noodles to make this a GF dish!

Street Corn Salad 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Cups Corn
  • 2 Cups Cooked Noodles (You can sub Gluten Free if you wish)
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise 
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Cotija Cheese
  • 1 Tbs Lime Juice 
  • 2 Tbs Chopped Cilantro 
  • 2 Tbs Taco Seasoning 
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper 

Instrutions: 

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine mayonnaise & sour cream.
  2. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper & taco seasoning. 
  3. Stir in the cheese.
  4. Add the corn & noodles.
  5. Squeeze in the lime juice.
  6. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  7. Enjoy!

5 Tips On Moving With A Toddler

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Moving is one of the most stressful times for any family. It can be a little more challenging when you add children, specifically toddlers into the mix. Toddlers love helping but it causes the issue when you are putting items into boxes and your child is taking them out. There are a few easy and simpler ways to move with a toddler that I’d love to help share. 

Give Them Something To Do – One of the biggest obstacles that children and parents face is keeping themselves occupied. Of course, don’t hand them tape or scissors and leave them alone! Why not give them a box that they can fill up with some of their own things. You might need to repack it later but my child loved being able to take ownership and control over this big process. Depending on how old they are, have them assist you with some boxes like toys, small pots and pans or their coloring tools. 

 

DeClutter During Nap Time – We all know how many times you put something away only to find the item a few minutes later in the hands of your child. This also goes with toys that they haven’t played with in months. Oh and those meltdowns! Nobody has time for that! A way to help avoid this scenario is by decluttering while they are asleep. If you can, put all their toys in a bag and put it in a trash can where they can’t see it or it’s out of your home. If you just leave it in the kitchen trash, they will eventually find it and have a panic attack. You could also have them help you throw some items away or even donate their toys to a local shelter or daycare center. This also allows them to see the process of helping other children who may not have toys.

 

Talk About The Move – With toddlers, it may not be extremely emotional to move until the big day arrives. To help calm their fears, talk to them about where the new home is, meeting new friends and the excitement that can happen with a move like this. If you aren’t moving far, perhaps visit the new neighborhood you’ll be seeing to show them what it looks like. If there are neighbors around, introduce yourself and your toddler to them so it doesn’t seem as scary and they know what to expect.

Image: Weston Moving and Storage

 

Hire Quality Movers To Assist – Finding a quality moving company can be difficult. If you live in the Florida area, a reputable company called Weston Moving and Storage  is the company you’ll want to assist you in moving. They give you more time to settle in your new place and less time worrying about how many boxes you still need to pack, store and move. They handle heavy loads for you so you can focus on your family. They offer packing services, tailored moving services and moving supplies as well. This Broward County safe movers  comes highly recommended by many locals in the area which also gives me a great reason to want to hire them. 

 

Color Coding – To help you figure out what box goes where, a simple way to organize your boxes is by color coding them. This can also be a fun project for your child to help too. Pick a color for each room and then use a crayon or marker to write with it. Make sure that you have an inventory list of the colors of the boxes coordinated to each room. Red can be for the kitchen, blue can be for the living room and green can be for the garage. Allow your child to take that color marker or crayon and color the boxes so they feel like they are helping. 

 

Although moving can seem scary, nerve wracking and down right impossible to finally get to the big day, it is possible to start small, start early and allow help to be given, even when it comes to having your little ones assist. Another piece of advice I’d suggest is have a list each week of what needs to get done so you don’t become overwhelmed. By starting early and getting ahead on packing and planning, the move will hopefully not be as stressful on you and your family members. This goes with hiring a moving company to help you as well. Make sure that you call well in advance so they can book you and your family on your journey from apartment to home or even cross country. 

Huge List of Birthday Freebies!

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Do you have a birthday in the near future? Be sure to check out this long list of birthday freebies and share them with your friends and family! Keep in mind that it can sometimes take several weeks for these to update in your account. If you have a birthday coming up, I suggest signing up now! If there are any other freebies that you know about please let me know and I will add them to the list!

RESTAURANT FREEBIES:

Chicken Salad Chick– Join Craving Credits by downloading the Chicken Salad Chick app from the App Store or Google Play and you will begin earning points to redeem for amazing rewards, like complimentary food items, special discounts, and Chick gear. You will even receive a nice freebie on your birthday! 

Chick-fil-A– Join the Chick-fil-A One program and receive a free treat for your birthday.

Tijuana Flats– Become a Flathead member to receive rewards and a special birthday offer.

Pei-Wei– Join My Pei Wei Rewards and choose from a birthday freebies: crab wontons, traditional edamame, vegetable spring rolls or pork egg roll. 

Baskin Robbins– Join the Birthday Club to receive Free ice cream on your birthday!

Zaxby’s– Join the Zax Fan Club and receive a birthday surprise. You will also receive a free signature sandwich for signing up.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill Sign up for Rubio’s Rewards and receive a Free taco. You will also receive a special coupon offer for your birthday.

Brio Tuscan Grille– Sign up for the My Brio Rewards program to receive special rewards throughout the year and a Birthday reward.

Caribou Coffee– Join the Caribou Perks program and after your first visit receive a Free medium drink. On your birthday you will also receive a Free drink offer!

Tony Roma’s – Sign up for the Roma Rib Insider’s Club and you will receive special offers and a coupon for a Free entree on your birthday.

Coldstone Creamery– Sign up for the Birthday Club and you will receive a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coldstone Creations on your birthday.

Longhorn Steakhouse– Sign up for the eClub to receive a Free appetizer. On your birthday you will also receive a special offer.

Nestle Toll House Cafe– Sign up for the Cafe Club to receive sneak peeks of new products and upcoming promotions. You will also receive special invitations to Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip® Club exclusive events and a birthday gift to celebrate your special day!

PDQ– Join the PDQ Fan Club and they will email you a coupon for a Free combo meal on your birthday.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse– Enroll in Kobe Japanese Rewards and enjoy exclusive benefits and offers! Enjoy up to $15 off a single entrée Friday-Saturday or up to $25 off a single entrée Sunday-Thursday.

Dairy Queen– Join the Fan Club for a BOGO blizzard coupon on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme– Join the Friends of Krispy Kreme and you will receive a Free doughnut and coffee on your birthday.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza– Join Uncle Maddio’s Rewards for a Free offer on your birthday.

The Melting Pot– Join Club Fondue for Free birthday vouchers and more.

Cici’s Pizza– Join the My Cici’s Loyalty Program to receive special offers via the app. On your birthday you will receive a coupon for a Free 1-topping pizza to go.

BJ’s Restaurant– Sign up for the Premiere Rewards Program and you will receive a Free Pizookie on your birthday.

Chili’s– Join My Chili’s Rewards to receive special offers and a Free dessert on your birthday.

Applebee’s– Join the eClub and you will be sent a coupon for BOGO entree on your birthday.

Ruby Tuesday– Sign up for the So Connected Club and receive a Free appetizer. On your birthday, choose from a Free burger or Garden Bar entree.

Marble Slab– Sign up for Slab Happy Rewards and you will receive a $5 coupon on your birthday.

Menchie’s– Join the My Smileage program and receive 25 smiles just for joining. Earn $5.00 in Menchie’s Money (reward dollars) with every 50 Smiles you earn. Menchie’s Money is added to your mySmileage account. On your birthday you will receive a $5 Menchie’s coupon. 

California Pizza Kitchen– Download the Dough Rewards app to receive offers throughout the year and on your birthday.

bd’s Mongolian Grill– Join Club Mongo and you will receive a Free meal on your birthday.

IHOP– Join the Pancake Revolution and receive a Free meal when you sign up and on your birthday.

Pollo Tropical– Join the Pollo Rewards program and receive special offers throughout the year and on your birthday.

Newk’s Eatery– Join the Roundtable Club and receive a coupon for a Free entree on your birthday.

Rita’s– Join the Rita’s Birthday Club to receive a Free treat on your birthday.

Smashburger– Join the Smashclub for a Free side or shake with any purchase on your birthday.

On the Border Join Club Cantina to receive Free queso or sopapillas. On your birthday you will receive Free queso.

Denny’s– Join Denny’s Rewards and receive a coupon for a Free Grand Slam on your birthday.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels– Download the Auntie Anne’s app and your coupon for a Free pretzel will be available via your mobile app on your birthday.

Red Lobster– Join My Red Lobster Rewards to receive tasty rewards and delicious offer on your birthday.

Sbarro– Join the Slice Society and receive a Free XL NY Pizza slice with drink purchase and a freebie on your birthday.

P.F. Chang’s– Join P.F. Chang’s Rewards for delicious offers and a tasty treat on your birthday.

Spaghetti Warehouse– Join the Warehouse Club and receive a Free appetizer. On your birthday, you will receive a Free meal.

TGIFriday’s– Join the Friday’s Rewards Club for delicious rewards and a yummy offer on your birthday.

Zaxby’s– Join the Zaxby’s Mail Club to receive a Free Sandwich meal just when you sign up. For your birthday, you will receive a Free nibbler.

Yogurt Mountain– Join the YOMO Club for Free yogurt on your birthday.

Sprinkles Cupcakes-Sign up for Sprinkles Perks to receive a Free cupcake on your birthday.

Cinnabon– Sign up for the Cinnabon email club and receive a coupon for a Free 4-count Bon Bites. You will also receive a special birthday offer.

Starbucks– Join Starbucks Rewards and register a Card to receive a Free handcrafted beverage or food item on your birthday.

Noodles & Company– Join Noodles Rewards for a special birthday surprise.

Dunkin’ Donuts– Sign up for the DD Perks Rewards program. You will receive a Free Beverage when you enroll in the program, and another Free Beverage on your birthday.

Red Robin– Join the Red Robin eClub to receive rewards throughout the entire year, plus a Free Burger on your birthday.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria– Join the Grimaldi’s VIP Email club and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase. Then, on your birthday, you will receive a coupon for a Free Large Pizza! (up to $19 value)

Earl of Sandwich– Join the Earl of Sandwich Royalty Club for special offers. You should receive $5 in your account for your birthday.

Dippin’ Dots– Join the Dot Crazy Email Club to receive Free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday and other promotional offers throughout the year.

Nothing Bundt Cakes– Join the eClub to receive a Free Bundlet on your birthday.

Buffalo Wild Wings– Join Blazin’ Rewards and receive a free order of wings on your birthday.

McAlister’s– Sign up for McAlister’s Rewards and each month you will receive a special offer. On your birthday receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase.

Benihana– Register for The Chef’s Table and receive the latest Benihana news, special offers and a complimentary $30 Benihana Birthday Certificate* during the month of your birthday. 

Sonny’s BBQ– Join the ‘Q Crew and you will receive a coupon for a Free Big Meal Combo on your birthday.

Moe’s- Join Moe’s eWorld to receive special offers during the year and a coupon for a Free Entree on your birthday.

Jason’s Deli– Sign up for email updated to receive special offers throughout the entire year. On your birthday, you will be emailed a coupon for $5 off your purchase.

BurgerFi– As a BurgerFi Rewards member, you’ll receive exclusive offers and promotions such as double point days, birthday rewards and more.

Which Which– For every 75 reward points you accumulate, you’ll get a Free Regular 7” Wich. You’ll also get a free Wich on your birthday, a free drink just for joining, and the potential for other special promotions or giveaways.

Olive Garden– Join the eClub for a Free dessert on your birthday.

Panera Bread– Join My Panera Rewards for a Free treat during your birthday.

Firehouse Subs- Sign up for the Firehouse Rewards program for a Free Medium Sub on your birthday.

Jersey Mike’s Subs– Join the Email club for special offers and promotions during the year. On your birthday you will receive a coupon for a Free Sub and Drink.

First Watch Daytime Cafe– Join the Sun eClub and receive a Buy 1 Get 1 Free entree coupon. On your birthday you will receive a coupon for a Free entree.

Culver’s – Join Culver’s e Club to receive coupons and a special offer on your birthday. You will also receive a Buy One, Get One FREE Value Basket coupon when you sign up.

Johnny RocketsJoin the Rocket e-Club for a Free Burger with purchase when you sign up. You will also receive a special birthday offer. 

 

RETAIL FREEBIES: 

Madewell Become a Madewell Insider and receive special offers and a $25 birthday gift. You will need to sign up BEFORE your birthday month begins to receive the offer. In addition, you will have to spend at least $26 to redeem the offer.

Old Navy– Join Navyist Rewards and you will receive a freebie during your birthday month.

tarte– Join Team tarte and receive a special birthday gift.

LOFT– Join the ALL Rewards program and receive a coupon for $10 off on your birthday.

Kendra Scott– The Kendra Scott birthday discount is a fan favorite! Treat yourself to 50% off one item (or 25% off one item from the Fine Jewelry or Home Collection) any day during your birthday month, in any Kendra Scott store.

Bliss– Sign up for the Bliss Rewards program and you will receive a special birthday offer.

NYX– Join the Makeup Crew and receive a free gift on your birthday.

Torrid– Become a Torrid Insider and receive exclusive rewards. On your birthday, you will receive a $10 off $10 purchase coupon.

Ace Hardware– Join Ace Rewards and on your birthday you will receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase.

Swagbucks– Join Swagbucks, the site that pays you for using it. Get paid in Swagbucks just for searching the web, watching videos and more! You will also receive 55 Swagbucks on your birthday.

Godiva– Become a Godiva Rewards member and earn one free piece of chocolate each month and an exclusive birthday gift.

Kohl’s Yes2YouRewards– Join and receive 1 point for every dollar that you spend. When you reach 100 points you will receive a $5 Reward to spend on any purchase. You will also receive a $5 Reward on your Birthday.

Urban Decay– Sign up for the Beauty Junkies Club and you will receive a Free surprise on your birthday.

Finish Line– Sign up for the Winner’s Circle and you will receive a coupon for $15 off your purchase.

Sephora– Become a Sephora Beauty Insider and receive a Free product on your birthday.

Express– Join Express Next Rewards for special offers. On your birthday, receive a $10 coupon.

Off Broadway Shoes– Sign up for OB Rewards. You will receive $15 Rewards for every $200 that you spend as well as other savings and discounts throughout the entire year. On your birthday you will receive a reward for $10 off your purchase.

Anthropologie– Join AnthroPerks for special offers and on your birthday receive a coupon for 15% off!

Benefit Cosmetics– Create an account (be sure to go back in and add your birthday) and you should receive a Free Brow Arch on your birthday.

Cost Plus World Market– Join the World Explorer Program and you will receive 10% off just for joining. On your birthday, you will receive a special reward!

White House Black Market Join WHBM Rewards and receive a special surprise during your birthday month!

IKEA Family– Sign up for the IKEA Family program and you will receive a coupon for a Free Birthday Meal and Dessert and a coupon for $10 off your purchase.

American Eagle Outfitters– Join Real Rewards and receive a coupon for 15% off your purchase for your birthday.

Rue 21– Sign up for Rue 21 emails. On your birthday they will send you a coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase.

Hot Topic– Sign up for the Guest List and you will receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase.

CVS Beauty Club– Sign up to receive $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases. On your birthday you will receive $3 ExtraBucks rewards.

Ulta– Join the Ultamate Rewards program and receive points for every purchase. Receive a Free gift on your birthday.

Kiehl’s – Join the Kiehl’s Rewards program and you will receive a nice birthday freebie offer.

bareMinerals– Join the fab Friends and Benefits Club and you will receive a nice freebie on your birthday.

DSW Rewards– Sign up for Special offers and start earning points on every DSW purchase. On your birthday you will receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase.

Big Mac Salad

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If you love a Big Mac Sandwich, but not all of the calories, then you will thoroughly enjoy this recipe for Big Mac Salad. It has all the yummy flavors without the guilt! My entire family loves this one! Try it and let me know what you think!

Ingredients 

  • 8oz Lettuce 
  • 1lb Browned Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1/2 Cup Pickles 
  • 1 Onion (Diced)
  • 1Tbs Sesame Seeds 
  • Thousand Island Dressing 

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, & ground beef.
  2. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  3. Drizzle with thousand island dressing & enjoy. 

Teddy Bear Yogurt Bowls

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Are you looking for a way to get the kiddos to eat more fruit? These Teddy Bear Yogurt Bowls are not only easy to prepare, but everyone in your house is sure to gobble them up!

Ingredients: 

  • Yogurt 
  • 3 Blueberries 
  • 3 Banana Slices 

Instructions:

  1. Pour the yogurt into a round bowl.
  2. Place 1 banana slice in each upper corner to create bear ears.
  3. Take two blueberries and place them onto the yogurt for eyes.
  4. Add the third banana slice onto the yogurt to create a bear nose & then place a blueberry on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Christmas M&M Bark

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If you need an easy and yummy dessert to bring to your next holiday party, be sure to check out this Christmas M&M Bark. It only requires THREE ingredients!

CHRISTMAS M&M BARK

Ingredients 

  • 10oz Bag Chocolate Chips
  • Christmas M&M’s 
  • Cooking Spray 
  • Parchment Paper
  1. Turn stove onto medium heat. 
  2. Place chocolate chips into a pan. 
  3. Spray with cooking spray & stir the chocolate chips until they fully melt. 
  4. Pour the melted chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Place the Christmas M&Ms onto the chocolate.
  6. Place in the refrigerator to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate has fully hardened, break into pieces and enjoy! 

 

 

Gift Giving Made Easy with Groovy Groomsmen Gifts and Groovy Girl Gifts!

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The holidays are quickly approaching! I can hardly believe that we are once again headed in the the Christmas season! If you are like me, you will be searching for the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list. This year, why not give them something different? How about a nice bag for traveling or weekend getaways? Groovy Groomsmen Gifts and Groovy Girl Gifts has something for everyone!

Your guy will love this Muscle Duffle Bag. It is the perfect bag to stuff all of his favorite things into. It is strong, tough, versatile, and ready for all occasions. The Muscle Duffle works for anything, whether for overnight, travel, gym, work or sports. This tough bag features one large exterior pocket with a flap and 2 zipped side pockets, leather accents brass closures. This cool man sack also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and features two handles with leather connectors for easy carrying. It will last a lifetime for that guy that will put it through the wringer.  The Bag Also Features 2 Convenient Carry Handles, An Adjustable Shoulder Strap, And Leather Zip Pulls. I personally love that you can personalize this bag to make it even more special for the favorite guy in your life! 

Be sure to check out all of the items that Groovy Groomsmen Gifts offers. They have a wide assortment of bags, totes, backpacks and so much more.

For the special lady on your gift list, Groovy Girl Gifts has you covered! Whether it be a beautiful handbag, wallet, or tote, they offer accessories that every lady is sure to love! A woman’s outfit is not complete without the right accessories. Choosing the right accessories is an important task, and Groovy Girl Gifts makes it easy for you! 

I especiallly love this chic Nantucket Weekender bag. It is so roomy and the perfect getaway bag for long weekends. The Nantucket Weekender is made of 24 oz. canvas and features elegant vegan leather accents. Add a touch of personalization with an embroidered monogram. Dimensions: L 19″ H 13″ W 10″ It also features 4 inside pockets, and a front outside pocket for all of those travel necessities. 

Head on over to Groovy Girl GIfts to see what other handbags and accessories that they feature. Gift giving has never been easier this holiday season thanks to the personalized items available.