Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCups

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Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCups

Nature Valley Bistro cups box Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCups“As part of the Platefull-Co-Op, I received samples to facilitate my review. All Views expressed are that of my own. Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal is not affiliated with Keurig, Inc. KEURIG and K-CUP are registered trademarks of Keurig, Inc.”

bistro oatmeal cups Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCupsOatmeal is such a hit around here with my kids. They love it in baked treats, or alone as a quick; yet satisfying meal. I have to admit, I enjoy eating oatmeal with lots of cinnamon myself! I am also not opposed to mix-ins like raisins, apples or nuts. When I got the chance to try out the *New* Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups I was excited because well, we just love oatmeal.

Nature Valley k cups Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCupsWhen our Apple Cinnamon Almond and Brown Sugar Pecan Nature Valley Bistro Cups arrived I was excited to try them out. Each box contains three servings of oatmeal that you can prepare rather quickly using a Keurig machine. I thought the concept was really neat because these would be IDEAL for college students, people like my husband who work in an office, and pretty much anyone who wants a portable lunch. I don’t know about where you live, but around her Keurig machines are pretty much everywhere!

Nature valley keurig cups Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCupsAs you can see, each Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups contains 3 servings per box. I have to admit, I think that is a low number, and 5 would have been more appropriate but that is just me. This premium oatmeal contains three parts: the K-cup, Oatmeal, and Mix-ins.

nature valley oatmeal Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCupsSimply add your K-cup into the K-cup holder in your Keurig, and make sure your machine is ready to brew the water through the cup. The hot water will go through the K-cup, and pour the piping hot flavored water into your mug which should contain your oatmeal, and mix-ins. It will need to be stirred, and will be ready to eat in minutes!

nature valley oatmeal in bowl Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups: Premium Oatmeal You Make in Your Keurig® #BistroCupsI love the way both Nature Valley™ Bistro Cups products tasted!! The addition of the nuts and dried fruit was delish!  As mentioned, I think this particular product would be very beneficial for students in small dorms, and office workers who do not have access to a stove, or traditional oatmeal preparation methods. It make the perfect on the go meal idea for easy at work or school preparation.

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2S

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 Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2S

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2S #ClverGirls

Tuna peas and cheese salad Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SNow that the back to school season is in full swing, that means less time for mom in the kitchen. If you are anything like us, sports practices, dance, gymnastics, and after school activities are likely going to be loading up your schedules more than you’d like to admit. Dinner will have to require a little less prep time, but still have that homemade feel.

Bumblebee Albacore in water pouch Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2STrust me, I can relate and that is why I want to share this really delicious and easy tuna pasta salad recipe with peas, veggies, and cheese with you! It does sound rather absurd, but I assure you when these items come together magical things happen and the dish is simply delicious! I was able to use garden fresh tomato, cucumbers, and onions in addition to some Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna in Water Pouch, sweet peas, cheddar cheese, mayo, pasta, and some spices.

tuna salad with pasta Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SFor this back to school meal made easy, you could use any Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna in Water Pouch, Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna in Water Pouch, or even Bumble Bee®  canned tuna varieties. You could additionally make this meal ahead of time, or prep the veggies earlier in the week to save time. The longest part of making this dish is waiting for the macaroni noodles to boil.

So, if you want a kid friendly back to school meal, here is what you would need to make Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese:

  • 1 pouch of Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna in Water Pouch
  • 3/4 cheddar cheese
  • 1 box of macaroni pasta
  • chopped onion Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2Ssmall onion diced
  • cucumber peeled Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2S1 medium cucumber diced
  • cherry tomatoes Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2S1 lb cherry tomato sliced in halves
  • 1 cup of green peas
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

macaroni salad Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SDirections:

Dice cucumber, and half your tomatoes

Boil macaroni pasta until al dente. When it is done, run the pasta through cold water; drain

tuna and pea pasta salad Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SAdd pasta, peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes to bowl

Add mayo, salt, pepper, and lemon juice

tuna cheese peas cucumber and tomato salad Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SAdd Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna in Water Pouch

lemon wedge Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SMix all together until creamy, cover, and then place it in the fridge to chill

Serve with a side of bread, or alone. This also is perfect for lunch box meals because it requires no microwave.

tuna pasta salad Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Peas, Veggies, and Cheese #BumbleBeeB2SYour family is sure to love this creative pasta salad, and boy will it save you time! We even found that we had leftovers for the next day too! If you love tuna, I also suggest you check out Bumble Bee®”s Custom Recipe Center for additional meal time inspiration.

What is your family’s favorite recipe that uses tuna? 

 

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ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!

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ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!

Scanlife ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!Don’t you just hate it when you are shopping at a store, and you see an item you want to buy, but you don’t know if the “price is right?’ All too often I know I am guilty of impulse buys where I don’t necessarily have time to research the best price before I head to the store. What can I say, I am a girl who loves to shop, but hates to spend money. In a perfect world, there would be a way to scan that purse I love, and let me know in seconds where I can find it online for “the best price”.

Scanlife qr code app ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!Well, guess what? I recently discovered an app that allows consumers like myself to quickly see if an item is cheaper online verses in-store, allowing shoppers to get the most bang for their buck. The ScanLife app is currently the world’s most popular scanning app with over 80 million downloads. However, now it is even better because it enables consumers to simply scan a product’s QR code, UPC code, or even bar code to determine if the item is cheaper online verses in-store.

Garnier gel ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!

We bought this gel at Target tonight, looks like we could have got a better deal online!

Isn’t the ScanLife app such a genius money saving tool? I am sure most of us could agree that we love to save money and most likely own smartphones. This app not only has the potential to save a ton of money, but it also saves time as well! Now, you can skip the tedious online comparisons for the best price! Simply scan the item in question in store, and it will allow you right then and there to determine if it is cheaper online.

Scanlife qr app coupons ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!Additionally, you can also save money by using the ScanLife app because it now sends users related deals and promotions based on their scans, straight to their smartphones. For instance, if you were at Target and you scanned windshield wipers, ScanLife may send you a related offer for 50% off your next car wash at a local shop. I don’t know about you, but I love to save my hard earned money!

Scanlife app rewards ScanLife QR Code App Saves Money and Gets Consumers the Best Price!

What reward would you choose? Decisions, decisions!

Worried you’d get offers that don’t apply to you? Don’t be, under the deals tab in the ScanLife app, you can customize your interests in different categories. So if you love beauty, but are not really into cars, you can adjust your deals settings to reflect that. My app is set

The reinvented app by Scanbuy, Inc., venture-funded and supported by Google and Motorola, allows users who download the app to earn valuable rewards points by viewing deals checking their inbox, selecting categories of interest, or connecting to Facebook. Mobile points can be redeemed for rewards such as gift cards from iTunes, Amazon, charitable donations, and my favorite Starbucks (among others).

So, if you have a smartphone, like saving money, and want to try out the ScanLife app, <============= simply download it today!!  It is compatible with iOS or Android devices, and is FREE to download!!!! Don’t leave money on the table, or risk paying more for your purchases!

 

Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSway

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Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSway

“I received a complimentary Nexxus Color Assure System as a Conde Nast blogger. All views and opinions about these products are solely my own.” 

Nexxus Color Assure  Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSwayWhen it comes to my thick hair, I often struggle with frizzy and borderline dry hair. After having my 3 kids, my hair changed and became much drier than it used to be. It lost much of it’s luster, and sheen which was not very fun. These days, I have been highlighting my hair blonde, but it generally just gets tossed up in a bun or mommy pony tail to get it out of the way.

Amy11 Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSway

Side pony-See how thick my mane is?

One day last month it was discovered that I must be one of the only non brand specific girls out there! A few friends were shocked that I hopped around from hair product to product. They swear by big brands that have improved their hair texture, color and softness, but I was never one of them. Afterall, I am a blogger, and get in tons of new products to test out so why be loyal when you have so much at your finger tips?

Unless of course a product works miracles…have yet to find one, but am still *looking*

It’s funny because right around the time we had the hair talk, I received a package in from Nexxus. It was their new Color Assure System that would be perfect for my newly highlighted hair. I mean really, who wants to spend big bucks on a new cut and color only to have half of it come out in the shower!!

$$$$$$ plus color literally wasted away down the drain = Totally disappointing!

It is sooo awful when you go bold and dye your hair a vibrant shade of red, or even purple, and then the first wash comes along and you are left with dry, dull lackluster hair. Well, if you use the Nexxus Color Assure System, this unfortunate event can be drastically reduced!

Amy12 Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSway

Wow, my blond highlights are still blonde and not copper-red

Besides pretty bottles and amazing smelling hair care products, there is so much more to the Nexxus Color Assure System.

Learn a little more about the system:

amy13 Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSwayThe NEW Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer is a pre-treatment to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water*, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil. It is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection

  •  Almond oil is known to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage
  •  Coconut oil is known to provide softness and elasticity
  •  Argan oil is known to improve shine and vibrancy
  •  White Orchid Extract is known to provide moisture and works to seal and protect hair by repelling water** and keep it from entering the core.

How to use the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer:

Before you shower, apply 5-7 pumps to dry hair, starting at the ends and working up to the root. Only apply enough so that hair is soft and silky, but not saturated. If your hands are greasy after applying the Primer, then you have applied too much.

For best results, follow the Pre-Wash Primer with Nexxus Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo and Conditioner and finish with Nexxus Color Assure Glossing Tonic.

amy17 Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSway

I literally took like 43423434 selfies..it was a good hair day!

My thoughts:

After marveling at how cute the pearly finish and pink bottles were I decided to wash my hair. I generally wash my hair 3 times per week unless it gets really sweaty from walks. I find the less I wash it, the better! Since my hair was freshly highlight about 2 weeks prior, I wanted to see just how well this system would preserve the blonde streaks. Normally, they would turn reddish orange, and look more pumpkinky than anything else.

So I started with the Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer to lock in my color before washing. The formula was like a serum in consistency and felt great on my hair. I used it before the shampoo /conditioner duo because it is suppose to “lock-in” the color. After washing my hair with the system, it felt great and when it dried it wasn’t as frizzy as normal. The Glossing Tonic also aided my wavy, coarse hair.

nexxus color aasure Loving My Highlights Thanks to the Nexxus #ColorAssure System @Nexxushair @CNSway

Now this would be an excellent shade to test this product out with!

During Week 4 of using this set faithfully (I am just about out) I have to say that my hair does seem a little greasier than average, and it does have a little more scalp buildup than I’d like. I think using a clarifying shampoo is in my near future to get some of the *slight* buildup out.

On the flip side, I do have to say that I am loving that my highlights are actually still the blonde color I had anticipated them staying. No red tones here which is great! My hair is also growing like a weed too..not sure if it is my new vitamin regimen or what but it nuts! Pretty soon I’ll need another highlighting session!

I think overall, I would give this product a 7/10 stars because after almost a month of use I do have some buildup. I do however believe that is does do a great job at helping pro-long hair color vibrancy. I am sure if you have a red, auburn, or even black hair this would be really helpful for allowing your shade to “pop”, and not flop! lol

You can find the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide. I spotted it at my local CVS store, and it will not break the bank at just over $11!

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Easy Halloween Cake Design and Recipe

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Easy Halloween Cake Design and Recipe

halloween party cake Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeSince today was my little girl’s birthday, I wanted to make sure I made her a homemade cake. Her request was for a Halloween themed cake even though it was August. She has been really entranced by the store displays, and catalogs we have been getting in so I obliged and decided to make her a very unique one. I had some amazing chocolates to work with from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates so there was plenty of inspiration there.

halloween ghost cake Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeThe folks at Vermont Nut Free Chocolates were very generous in sending over their entire Halloween line of decadent chocolate products. I was so impressed by the detail of the Halloween Chocolate pops, foiled candy and overall presentation. Their chocolates products and candies are made in a 100% nut free facility inspired by the founder’s own child. They even have a nut free guarantee that comes along with their vast assortment of confectionaries.

halloween cake Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeI was sent some spooky Chocolate Pops (prices start at $.75) Halloween foil shapes which included pumpkins, witches, and bats in assorted flavors, and more! vermont nut free chocolate Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeAs you can see the quality and presentation of Vermont Nut Free Chocolates  is ideal, and gorgeous! The prices are also super cheap, and perfect for class parties because they are nut free!

halloween bundt cake Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeAs you can see, there was plenty of inspiration to make an Easy Halloween Cake Design and Recipe. Per request of my daughter, she wanted chocolate cake, vanilla, and orange frosting. I have to admit, I cheated and did use Pillsbury Orange and Vanilla Frostings. They are easy to work with and great for times when you just can’t whip up your own buttercream.

nut free witch pops Easy Halloween Cake Design and Recipe

Creepy Witch pops

The Halloween Foiled Chocolates and Halloween Chocolate Pops worked perfectly as decorations for our cake.

pumpkin cake Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeFor the Frosting design I used a large star tip and piping bag. I started doing swirls and then lifts to get that semi spiky effect. I did all the orange frosting first and then the vanilla. I just put the vanilla right in after the orange because I figured it would blend well, and it did. It took 2 cans of frosting to complete the bundt cake.

vermont nut free bat Easy Halloween Cake Design and RecipeAfter frosting it, I added the Small Foiled pumpkins  and then the Ghost and Bat Chocolate Pops ( both Vermont Nut Free). for the finishing touches on the Halloween birthday cake, I shook some Halloween Sprinkles over the top.

Ingredients used to make and design my Halloween Cake:

  • Pillsbury Vanilla Frosting -1 can
  • Pillsbury Orange Frosting-1 can
  • Immaculate Baking Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Vermont Nut Free Halloween Chocolates *connect with them on Facebook
  • Large Star Tip/Piping Bag
  • Halloween Sprinkles

White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies

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White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies

Mummy Oreos1 White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies If there is one time of year that I totally enjoy, it has to be the Fall. I love the cool, crisp air, pumpkins, apples, and Halloween. Yes, I am a Christian who loves Halloween just for the fun of it. I do not worship anything, or follow the true meaning of Halloween. I just enjoy decorating my house in a non evil manner, and I enjoy the food!

mummy oreos White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the candy and fun sweet treats of the season. These chilly fall like days have really been getting me in the mood to wrap up summer and bring on autumn. I was browsing a Halloween catalog that arrived in my mail box last night, and suddenly got inspired to whip up some Halloween treats. I figured i’d be ahead of the game because I anticipate “brewing” up tons this season.

So here you have it, today’s easy and kid-approved recipe or DIY rather is for White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies. These are simple as pie to make, and require pretty much ZERO prep. In fact, all you need a few common items to make these adorable White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies:

mummy oreo pops White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies Per 12 cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups premium white chocolate morsels (divided 1 cup + 1/2 cup for mummy bandage detail)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil (I love to add oil to my quick prep melting chocolate. It allows for a much smoother dip)
  • 12 Oreos
  • Black candy Sixlets Pearls, or any other eyes
  • Small flat shaped piping tip, and bag, wax paper, fork, microwave safe bowl

mummy oreo cookies White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies Directions:

Add your 1 cup chocolate morsels, and oil to a microwave safe bowl. Cook on 50% in 20 second intervals (stir between each) until chocolate is creamy.

Once chocolate is melted, add Oreos in one at a time to cover them. I allowed each one to drip for a few seconds with a fork before placing on waxed paper.

Once all the cookies are dipped, add the Pearl Sixlets, allow cookies to harden at room temperature for a few minutes

Add you 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels to your microwaves safe bowl, and again melt (without oil) for 20 second intervals until creamy.

Place melted chocolate in a piping bag, and add mummy bandage detail

Allow your mummies to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes before enjoying them.

mummy oreo cookie White Chocolate Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookies These could also be made into Dipped Mummy Oreo Cookie Pops by placing a cake pop stick into the Oreo cream. Simply open the Oreo, stick pop stick into the cream, and close the cookie back up. *Great method for those of you who do not have molds like myself.

 

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