Staying Hydrated in Georgia Heat

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SweetLeaf water dropsY’all, it’s hot as blazes out there in Atlanta right now.  And when it’s not hot, it’s ridonkulously humid, which just adds a whole new layer of hot to Atlanta heat – am I right??  I’ve given y’all many ways to keep cool this summer, but we all know we also need to keep ourselves properly hydrated when it’s so stinkin’ hot, right?  Have I mentioned I have a terrible habit of drinking entirely too much soda and sweet tea?  Neither of which are good for you in the first place, but both are even more dangerous if you’re trying to stay hydrated.

So, when I was sent SweetLeaf Stevia Water Drops to try out, I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to try to replace the soda and sweet tea I’ve been consuming with something better-for-me.  (Disclosure: SweetLeaf sent me the water drops to try out, in exchange for a review on this here blog.  However, all opinions, commentary, and bad puns are 100% my own.)

Here’s what I’ve learned so far: [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Kid-Friendly Southwest Dip

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My kids love to eat.  Anything in “dip form” will get demolished in a matter of mere seconds with this crew.   Moreover, I love to find ways to create things with them.  ….and if I happen to sneak in some extra little nutritional boosts, well, then that’s even better.kid-friendly southwest dip

So this week, we headed over to Kroger, and created a fun, delicious southwest dip.  We even got creative and made it into a cat-faced southwest dip.  ….unfortunately, I first created another installment of “How Not to Cook”.  (Remember my infamous meatball debacle?  Or the overly-cinnamon’ed Vitamix applesauce?)

When I was asked to create a kid-friendly activity using things I got at Kroger, it seemed like a no-brainer.  I decided to go with a southwest-style dip and home made baked tortilla chips, which is an easy recipe for the kids to get involved with, AND which I could get everything I need at my neighborhood Kroger store.  Y’all already know I love Kroger, not only because they have competitive prices, but because Kroger helps me to find healthy options for me and my family.

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Making our own tortilla chips was a snap. It was basically what we did when we made tortilla strips for our chicken tortilla soups. Using Halloween-themed cookie cutters just added to the fun, too!

But first I had to “pull a Barbara”, and take too many liberties in what I created.  I found a handful of taco dip recipes, calling for cream cheese and refried beans, along with salsa, and other garnishing.  But I decided I wanted to make a healthier version, and replaced the refried beans with black beans and added corn, as well.  It didn’t turn out too well, but it made for a great conversation about how we dust ourself off and try again when things don’t go as planned.  This was actually perfect timing, since I’m trying to work with my 4 yo son on tackling the monkey bars at school.  He’s been reluctant to try them because he’s afraid of falling.  I’ve been encouraging him to try them, and that the worst that would happen is he drops to the ground and gets up and tries it again.  (His feet dangle about a foot from the ground on the monkey bars at his school, fwiw.)  So when my initial crack at this recipe was less than stellar, I made a big stink about getting right back in there and trying the recipe again, figuring out what I did wrong, and how I could make it better the next time.

I digress.

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We made our own taco seasoning for this recipe, thanks to a super-simple recipe I first heard about from Krystyn of Really Are You Serious. It was an easy and delightful task for my son!

Here’s what how we did it.  There are plenty of opportunities along the way to get the kids involved with each step, depending on their age, your comfort level, and their abilities – and perhaps your threshold for messes.

Kid-friendly Southwest Dip

  • 8-oz sour cream
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 tbs. flax seed
  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning mix (Did you know how easy it is to make your own??)
  • 1/2 c. salsa
  • 1/4 c. sliced ripe olives (+4-5 individual olives on reserve)
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 c. black beans
  • 1/2 c. sweet corn
  • 1 c. chopped lettuce or spinach (or let the kids use scissors to snip it in to strips)
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • tortilla chips  (It’s super easy to bake your own tortilla chips!)

Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning until well-blended.  Spread as bottom layer of dip in your deep dish.  Next evenly spread salsa over cream cheese mix, then sprinkle chia and flax seed over the salsa.   Layer the beans, then the corn.  Top with shredded cheese.  ….now for the fun part.  Have kids create a face: use the tomatoes (cut in half) to create eyes, then place olive slice over tomato.  Cut olive slices in half to create a mouth.

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I ended up sticking ours in the oven with the baked tortilla chips for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese.  This is completely optional.

Giveaway opportunity:
I want to give one of y’all a chance to create something with your own kiddos, so I’m offering you a chance to win a $50 Kroger giftcard.  Simply comment below with your favorite Halloween activity or recipe to do with your kids.  Then fill out the form below.  See?  Simple!

Remember, you can earn extra entries daily, so make sure to stop back in and update your form to increase your chance of winning.  Good luck, y’all!  🙂


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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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CVS Curbside Pickup Service

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Disclosure: I’m working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about CVS Curbside Pickup.  All opinions, bad puns, and over-excited zeal expressed are all my own.  All product claims and program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

BIG news for the Atlanta, Charlotte, and San Diego area, y’all!  CVS now offers curbside pickup in these areas.  Yep, you can now make an online order at CVS.com and they will bring it to you curbside.  No need to even turn off the engine!

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Do y’all know what a game-changer this is?!?  No more schlepping the kids in to the store, chasing them or lugging them around, trying hard to keep them from touching every.  single.  thing in the store.  Heck, you could pickup your CVS order in your PJs.  Or this summer, keep the kids in their wet bathing suits, and you in your cute bathing suit cover. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Big Savings for Your Little Ones with Luvs Diaper Coupons

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Y’all know by now I’m cheap, right??  I won’t even hide it anymore with colorful words like “resourceful” or “frugal” (although I’ll keep my name in tact, because “Atlanta’s Cheap Mom” just doesn’t conjure up the same image, ammiright?) – I’m just cheap.

With that being said, being cheap when I had diaper-aged kids meant I was constantly searching for diaper coupons and searching for the best diaper deals, so I could stock up on diapers.  Of course, this was before the influx of smartphone apps added another layer of savings to my money-saving mix.  Had I the help of iBotta to pair with my diaper coupons, well, that would’ve changed the game considerably!  Mothers today have it so easy!  😉 [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Ranch-Flavored Broccoli Cheddar Bites

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Disclosure: This is post is sponsored by Naturally Fresh® dressing – in exchange for this post, I received a form of compensation.  However, all opinions, ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites recipes, and bad puns are 100% my own.

Rumor has it, with football season winding down, there’s going to be some sort of BIG sendoff for that final game. Something super, I’m told. 😉

Last year, I shared with you my game day better-for-you baked ranch quesadillas – which are still one of my favorite quick meal ideas to whip up, particularly for my picky tots.  So this year, when the folks at Naturally Fresh® asked to team up for another game day creation, I wanted to try to kick up the healthy factor a little more.  Initially, I set out to create a ranch-flavored broccoli cheese quinoa creation, but it didn’t turn out as I expected.  So back to the drawing board.

I knew I wanted something with veggies, so a broccoli cheese appetizer sounded like a good idea.  Thankfully, these easy broccoli cheese bites sort of created themself.  So eventually, I created ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites!

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Orkin’s Guide to Ousting Bed Bugs

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So if you’re at all like me, the title alone of this post just sent you spiraling in to an upheaval, complete with the childish on-the-chair “it’s a bug” dance.  What?  No one else does that?  Mmkay…

Ask the Orkin Man

Recently, Orkin  hosted a blogger event for Atlanta bloggers.  In exchange for sharing skin-crawling information during the event and in this post, I receive a form of compensation; however, all opinions and bad puns are completely my own.  I also wish to note, as I’m typing this, I’m listening to the clickety-clacky crunchy sound of stink bugs fluttering around my den.  Bonus points?? [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Painting with a Twist

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Painting-with-a-Twist_Buckhead-bannerThis is a sponsored post written on behalf of Painting with a Twist in Buckhead.  I’ve received a form of compensation in exchange for promotion; however, all opinions and bad puns are completely my own.

As a mother, I think it’s important to find ways to do “grown-up” things with other grown-ups, without a hint of kids around.  Ok, fine, sometimes I consider a trip to the grocery store good escape…  But now Buckhead has another great place for you to escape: Painting with a Twist.  Here, you can paint on a canvas, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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RaceTrac Fresh Food for Families On-the-Go *giveaway*

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Hail to the Chef (Not Me!):

RaceTrac Fresh Food for Families On-the-Go

This weekend it became official: I am now a double soccer mom.  Yep, I’ve now got TWO kids playing soccer.  And I drive them there in my minivan.  In the suburbs.  OTP, even.

So we are always on-the-go.  Whether it be driving to or from school, preschool, the gym (dear Lord thank you for the gym!!), soccer practice, Daisies, Irish Dancing, church, or -what’s that place called?- home — we live in our van these days.RactTrac-Fresh-Foods_Soccer

(Truth be told, I’m writing this post from the comfort of my van right now, while my son snoozes and I wait in carpool line.  I may also be jamming out to Foo Fighters and Imagine Dragons at the moment, but I’ll never tell…) [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco {giveaway}

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So last year, I was delighted to introduce y’all to Fisher NUTexactly snack bites – which were a delightful hit not just with my family, but with many of y’all as well.  Fisher NUTexactly snack bites are back at Costco, and I’ve teamed up with them again to share the news about their new twist with y’all!  I was sent compensation in exchange for sharing about the new Fisher NUT Exactly snack bites – however, all opinions are all my own.

Fisher NUT EXACTLY snack bites are now available in a new flavor combination at Costco stores across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  And just in time for today’s BIG GAME!

 

 

Now let me tell y’all – this new  new flavor combination is absolutely ahh-mazing!  I had a hard time putting the bag away.  Even more, my kids, better known as the pickiest kids alive, gobbled these up as after school snacks.  This year, the NUT EXACTLY snack bites consist of roasted almonds and blueberries dipped in rich dark chocolate. Made with simple ingredients and no artificial preservatives, Fisher NUT EXACTLY is a gluten free snack that you can feel good about sharing with friends and family as part of your game day snack spread.

Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco

For more information about Fisher NUT EXACTLY flavors and product availability visit www.fishernutexactly.com   Don’t forget to show us how they’re enjoying Fisher NUT EXACTLY by Tweeting or sharing photos on Instagram with #FisherNUTEXACTLY.  

Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco

Would you like to win a Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack?  One lucky winner will get a 20 oz. bag of Fisher Nut Exactly PLUS a $50 Costco Gift Card (can be used without Costco membership)!  It’s simple to enter: first, comment below telling me your best tips for throwing a game-day party.  Make sure you visit Fisher on Facebook and tell them why you’re excited to try Fisher Nut Exactly – and stop by my Facebook fan page as well, and tell me hi.  🙂 Then, fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Better-for-You Baked Ranch Quesadillas

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Baked Ranch Quesadillas

Yep, I used the phrase “better-for-you” and “ranch” together.  And I mean it, y’all!  I recently had an opportunity to create a recipe as part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe.   However, all opinions, experiences, photos share here, and bad puns are all my own.

So how on earth can I make “better-for-you” baked RANCH quesadillas?  It’s simple: with Naturally Fresh® Lite Ranch, which is made with Naturally Fresh®’s own nonfat buttermilk cuts the calories in half, and it’s made with real, wholesome ingredients.  You’ve got to look in the refrigerated section at Publix or Kroger to find Naturally Fresh® products – and you can also utilize the Naturally Fresh® App to find products near you.

With a little thing called The Super Bowl coming up in a few days, I thought baked ranch quesadillas – with my own twist – would be a great snack for any party.  Wouldn’t these be the perfect appetizer to serve?  More importantly, with a few tweaks, I created a better-for-you appetizer (or meal!) and gave it some healthier updates.

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Better-for-You Baked Ranch Quesadillas

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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