Big Game Day Football Party Snack Ideas from CVS!

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Big Game Day Football Party Snack Ideas from CVS!

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Big-game-day-football-snacks-from-CVSThe Big Game day is just weeks away! We are so thrilled that our New England team has won! Despite all the controversy, we will be rooting for them, and hope they take the trophy! Since our team made ti big, it is time to celebrate! We are so excited that we will even be having a pre-Big Game Football party!

Since many of you out there will also be celebrating in the excitement, we thought it would be helpful to create a post around some Big Game Day Football Party Snack Ideas. We most likely can all agree that football games are perfect for not only tailgating, but also “couch gating”–I totally made that up, but that is exactly what our family does! We love to have over friends and family, and celebrate game time with great snacks and food on the couch!

Did you know that CVS is an amazing place to head on over to for snacks? They have the BEST assortment of flavored nuts, salty and even sweet snacks that are all found under their Gold Emblem line. There really is something for every taste, and craving at CVS! Plus, they are perfect for Big Game parties because they are easy to pick up, reasonably priced, and they taste great!

Lets Explore some sweet and salty Game Day Goodies found at CVS:

Gold-emblem-nutsNuts: The Gold Emblem line of nuts at CVS is perfect for snacking or game time. With hard to resist flavors like Deluxe Mixed Nuts, Honey Roasted Cashews, and Buffalo Almonds, you and your guests will have the perfect sweet and savory snack! Let’s face it, a party is not a party without a bowl of nuts!

Trail Mix: Looking for a sweet and salty snack that kids and adults both love? How about a bowl of CVS Gold Emblem Trail Mix? Filled with chocolate candies, raisins, and an abundance of nuts, this mix is the perfect Game Day snack. You can find this VERY generous sized bag of trail mix at CVS in the snack isle for a great price!

Gold-emblem-pretzelsPopcorn & Pretzels: When you watch a football game, or any game for that matter a snack like popcorn and pretzels is a must! My kids and husband LOVE getting into the game with some of CVS Gold Emblem Butter Popcorn or Pretzel Sticks. I especially LOVE the Butter Popcorn because it tastes just like movie theater popcorn, but is much more accessible!

Crackers & Veggie Chips: With all the dips, and cheese that I will be serving at my Big Game celebration party, having the perfect companion cracker is a must! I LOVE the Gold Emblem Baked Wheat Snack Crackers because they are very comparable to national “big brands”, but taste even better! They are the perfect thickness, crunch, and texture for thicker dips or cheese and meats!

If you are looking for a more colorful and slightly better for you crunchy snack you could always do fresh fruit or veggies. However, if you are like me snacks like Gold Emblem Veggie Chips are slightly more appealing during game time. These tri-colored chips are better than potato chips, and also perfect for dipping! Their lightweight texture, and veggie flavors are perfect for munching on.

Original-Beef-JerkyBeef Jerky: While I am personally not a fan of beef jerky, most guys and even some woman are! My husband and sister LOVE the generous sized portions that come inside the CVS Gold Emblem Original Beef Jerky bags. I’ve been told they are fresh, great tasting, and ideal for game time snacking!

Select-soft-chocolate-chip-cookiesCookies: Who doesn’t LOVE cookies? No one hardly has time to whip up a batch of soft baked chocolate chip cookies during an intense game. That is why CVS Gold Emblem Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for parties, and game time! They are similar to fresh baked cookie, and have that hard to resist soft texture that makes having just one a difficult choice.

gold-emblem-sparkling-waterBeverages: Soda, adult beverages, and water are all game time musts!  Even carbonated drinks like Gold Emblem Sparkling Water are great to have on hand. I know I am much more of a water person myself so fruit flavored beverages with a bubbly kick are perfect for me! The CVS Gold Emblem like comes in many varieties like: Strawberry Flavored Sparkling Water.

CVS-antacid-tabletsLastly, the sad truth is after all that game time indulgence, many of us will need a few antacids! I personally always have a bottle of CVS brand fruity antacids because they work just like the national big names, but they are much more inexpensive! As a treat to your guests, you should always be well stocked and have them out. There is nothing worse that a sour stomach, heartburn, or acid reflux! Be prepared with some CVS Brand Antacids.

CVS-Extracare-benefitsThe best part about heading to CVS for all your Game Day Goodies is that they are convenient, always have great sales, and you can earn ExtraBucks with their ExtraCare savings and rewards program. Membership is free, fast, and easy when you sign up to become an ExtraCare member.

>>>>Stay tuned for our Big Game Day Football Party post featuring CVS Gold Emblem Snacks, and beverages. We will also be serving the following:

  • Crab Rangoons
  • Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
  • Salsa & Cream Cheese Dip
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Caramelized Onion Dip

In the meantime, be sure to connect with CVS on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Target HEALTHFUL™ App Brings Target Pharmacy Right to Your Fingertips!

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TARGET HEALTHFUL™ App Brings Target Pharmacy Right to Your Fingertips!

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Target-Pharmacy-rewardsAs if there weren’t hundreds of reasons to check out the Target Pharmacy, there is now one more amazing new feature they just unrolled out. Introducing the Target HEALTHFUL App, which allows consumer to bring the Target Pharmacy right to their fingertips. This app is so helpful in that it makes the Target Pharmacy even more convenient for my family.

The new Target HEALTHFUL  App makes managing your families’ prescriptions a breeze! I’m sure we can all agree that running errands that include filling prescriptions can be so cumbersome, and a hassle at times. With the Target HEALTHFUL  App it doesn’t have to be that way! The folks at Target have pretty much taken away all the hassles associated with filling/taking medication out of your life.

Target-Clear-RxCheck out all the amazing features of the Target HEALTHFUL  App:

  • Transfer your prescription with our one-click transfer by photo-This is hands down my favorite feature! Now, consumers don’t have to go through the extra hassle to bring in the paper copy (from their doctor) to the Target Pharmacy. A simple snapshot of the prescription is all you they to get the ball rolling!
  • Easy prescription refills- This is another biggie! There is nothing more that I hate than pharmacies calling my phone every day to remind me of my prescription refills.
  • Sign up and track your Target Pharmacy Rewards credits- Who doesn’t love rewards? I know rewards are a huge incentive for most of you, so why not earn points when you fill your prescriptions?
  • View prescription history-This is vital to many people who bring a handwritten list of prescription meds (like my mother in law) to their doctor’s office visits. This handy tool makes it easy as a click to allow you to view your prescription history. I bet there will be many happy doctor’s who will love this feature too!
  • Set up notifications/reminders to take your medications- How many of us forget to take our meds? I myself am guilty of even forgetting to take my daily vitamins!

Target-ShopwhilewaitingTarget Pharmacy also offers hundreds of $4 Generic Prescriptions, and they accept most insurance plans such as Medicare Part D. This makes this pharmacy a great choice for your family, or maybe even your extended family as well. I know I much rather take my grandmother to the Target Pharmacy verses others. At least I know she is getting top notch service, and I get to shop at my favorite store!

So, the burning question today is: What feature of the Target Pharmacy do you love the most? 


Master Lock: Safety Through Every Life Season Twitter Sweepstakes & Donation Event

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Master Lock: Safety Through Every Life Season Twitter Sweepstakes & Donation Event

“This post is sponsored by Master Lock on behalf of the Global Influence Network. All Views expressed are that of our own.”

Amy-house-fire17 Years ago, on a cold November afternoon my house caught fire while my father was asleep. My younger brothers and sisters were upstairs playing and I was in my room putting a puppy puzzle together. It started as a boring day, but quickly became a day that would forever change our lives.

My father (who has since passed away this past December) was our hero and saving grace when he went back into our partially engulfed by flames home, to save each of his children. It was the most difficult thing we as a family had ever had to go through besides my dad’s recent passing. We may have lost all our material possessions and home for the time being, but the folks at The American Red Cross were there immediately to help provide us with shelter, and clothing.

Thanks to the American Red Cross, we had everything we needed to get back on our feet before the insurances kicked in. Without them we would have not had any clothing, or shelter for a few weeks. They were so very nice, and helped us so graciously which was amazing. That is why until the day, I am always so appreciative of their efforts and try to give back when I can.

Speaking of giving back, the folks at Master Lock want to give back to the American Red Cross too! They have recently launched a 2015 campaign aimed at keeping consumers stay safe during every life stage and season. The initiative kicks of with a Twitter Sweepstakes to benefit the American Red Cross.

master-lock-logoHow it Works:

Now through January 31st, Master Lock with ask  Twitter followers “to share a time in their life when safety and security has been most top of mind.”  For every Tweet posted with the hashtag: #MasterLockProtects a $1 donation will be made to the American Red Cross up t0 $10,000. This does not include their initial donation of $10,000. That means, they could donate as much as a total of $20,000 to the American Red Cross.

To make the deal even sweeter, Master Lock with be giving away 20 bundle prizes to those who participate via Twitter and use the hashtag #MasterLockProtects. Each winner will receive a $100 Visa gc as well as an assortment of Master Lock products.

This campaign will continue throughout the year with a series of safety tips for every life stage and season.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>Be sure to participate and share a time in YOUR life when safety and security have been top of mind. Remember for it to count, the hashtag #MasterLockProtects must be used.

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>>>>>>>>> Twitter Party Alert: The #MasterLockCares Twitter Party will be on Tuesday, January 27 at 8 PM ET with @Resourcefulmom. RSVP HERE

Müller® Yogurt Me Moments & a Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Tartlets Recipe

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Müller® Yogurt Me Moments & a Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Tartlets Recipe

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Raspberry-yogurt-tarts1Having “Me Moments” during my busy days are tough. My two year old just about stopped napping, and my daily work load seems to be increasingly lately. My favorite time of the day is around 6:30 pm when my kids are tucked away, and my daily routine simmers down to relaxation. That is when I love to enjoy a  snack like ice cream. Sadly, my waist and hips are not loving my cravings, but there is hope! The new Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt in Raspberry Chocolate Chip has my cravings satisfied in a much more nutritious way.

muller-raspberry-ice-cream-yogurtWho doesn’t just LOVE ice cream? I know my husband and I LOVE it, buy again it is not the best snack to opt for at 6:30 pm. Thankfully the new Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt is ahh-mazing! It is available in Vanilla Bean, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Raspberry Chocolate Chip. muller-at-walmartI have tried 2/3 flavors so far, and let me tell you they are so darn good! I am not even the biggest yogurt fan, but these are just so tasty, and really flavored like ice cream. We recently picked some up at Walmart in the Dairy isle!

muller-raspberryNow that I know the Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt is delicious, I am thinking about scathing things about a bit, and having one cup for breakfast, or as an on the go snack. These would be awesome for when I volunteer at my daughter’s school or for long trips. Plus, did I mention how they are such a judgement free snack? They totally are also the sweetest little sources of protein with 7g per serving! Plus, the have less sugar than other yogurt cups and weigh in between 190-210 calories each.

Since you all know that I LOVE nothing more than to “play” with my food, I decided to incorporate the Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Raspberry Chocolate Chip Yogurt into a recipe.

Meet my “Better for You” Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Tartlets:

muller-raspberry-chocolate-chip-yogurtHere is what you will need to make them:


Bake your shells according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once they are cooled, carefully spoon in a tiny bit of yogurt into each tartlet

Garnish with a berry and some chocolate shavings

raspberry-yogurt-tart-dessertBam, you are done and have a quick and VERY elegant little dessert. These Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Tartlets would be perfect for Valentine’s Day too!

raspberry-tartsWant to try out *New* Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt? Be sure to check out if your local Walmart store is participating in a LIVE product demo. Be sure to head on over to participating Walmart Stores between February 5-8th to sample of these three flavors! Who knows, you may fall in love with them like I did, and get to enjoy your next dessert guilt-free!

>>>>>>>>>>Connect with  Müller® on social media sites Facebook & Twitter 



Pillow Forts and Popcorn: A Normal Rainy Day Tradition in Our Home

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Pillow Forts and Popcorn: A Normal Rainy Day Tradition in Our Home

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Homestyle-pop-secretOne of my children’s favorite activities to do on rainy, (or even chilly) afternoon is to watch a fun movie and eat microwave popcorn in a messy pillow fort. My kids LOVE to make their own blanket and pillow forts in the living room as they wait for me to pop some Homestyle microwave popcorn from Pop Secret. It is an activity they have been participating in for years, and it keeps them occupied, and quiet.–Perfect for busy mommies like myself!

Ever since I was a small child, my mother would buy Pop Secret microwave popcorn. We have always enjoyed it because it always tastes fresh, and delicious! Plus, it comes in several varieties like Butter and even Movie Theater Butter–yum!  My kids love the fluffy kernels that have just the right amount of salt, and butter sprinkled throughout. They especially enjoy Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn when I divide it up into three bowls. They are not the best sharers when it comes to this delicious movie time snack!

kids-in-pillow-fortSince my two girls and son LOVE to play with all the pillows in the house, a pillow fort is a must for them when they can’t easily play outside. Two kitchen chairs, a loose sheet, blankets, and lots and lots of pillows make up their forts. They usually only stay up while the movie is on because afterwords my son likes to tear them down.

playfortMaking a pillow fort for kids is pretty simple and doesn’t require anything fancy. Here is what you need for a living room pillow fort:

  • Lots of Pillows-stuffed animal friends are welcome too!
  • Large Loose Fitted Sheet
  • Chairs to tie the sheet ends to
  • Couch to tuck the back sheets ends into
  • Pop Secret Popcorn
  • Bowls for enjoying

baby-in-playfortBuilding this very basic and simple pillow fort with my kids was a fun experience that made a boring, rainy day much better. It allowed my kids to enjoy a nice family movie, relax and unwind with the perfect snack-a bowl of fresh microwaved Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn.


Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back! >>>>>>>>>>>>> Get a valuable coupon for $1 off 2 Pop Secret products on their Facebook page.

Nutella and Banana Swirl Bread-So.Darn.Good.

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Nutella and Banana Swirl Bread-So.Darn.Good.

chocolate-banana-swirl-breadEver get sick of looking at overripe bananas on your kitchen counter? Maybe it’s just me, but when I buy bananas I expect my kids to eat them. Lately, it seems those little buggers have been going for the tangerines, or apples, and that leaves me with bananas that turn black!

Me: “Kids, do you want a banana in your lunch pack?”

Girls: “No mom! We don’t like when they get freckles!”

…..Well then! Next week I won’t buy them, and then they will ask for bananas! I swear it is a never ending battle. For now, I will just suck it up and turn my overripe bananas into sweet treats like this delicious Nutella and Banana Swirl Bread. This bread was not only easy to make, but it was pretty darn good! It smelled my house up fantastically, and BOY was it pretty!

Would you believe today was the first day I have EVER tried Nutella? Seriously, all these 30 years and I would occasionally buy it for my kids, but not once did I sneak a lick, dip, or spoonful! This morning the thought to try it came into my head and then it inspired this bread recipe. I pretty much just took my standby banana bread recipe and swirled this deliciousness all around inside each layer like an artist.

Nutella-bread-bakingSo without further adieu, here is how to make Nutella and Banana Swirl Bread:

  • 2 large overripe bananas mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt & some to throw over your shoulder for good luck..haha
  • 2  cups of white flour
  • 3/4 teas. baking soda
  • 1 teas. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup warmed (20 seconds) Nutella


Pre-heat your oven to 350

Grease a bread pan

Mix together your dry ingredients

In a seperate bowl, cream sugar, salt, butter, eggs. Add in banana, milk, and vanilla; mix until thoroughly combined.

Add the creamy mixture into the powdered mixture, and combine well.

Pour in a little of the bread mixture into the greased pan

Add a spoonful of the warmed Nutella in and swirl, repeat layers until pan is filled.

Bake for 50 minutes, and allow to completely cool before slicing into

I hope your family enjoys this Nutella and Banana Swirl Bread because we sure did!

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