Jennie-O: Back to School Spaghetti with Bell Pepper Meat Sauce

Back-to-school time is waaay too busy to be messing around with meals with one million ingredients when it comes to preparing dinners. I was really thankful when Jennie-O dropped off a couple packages of ground turkey at my door just in time to make some easy meals!

Taco Seasons Ground Turkey & Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey

Jennie O Ground Turkey

The fact that this meat was already seasoned made it a no-brainer of what to cook with it for the first meal of Back-to-School week: Spaghetti time for the Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey!

Spaghetti with Bell Pepper Meat Sauce

To be honest, this meal is soooo easy, it seems silly to even write the instruction.  But then again, I was googling how to properly boil corn the other day so it didn”t end up soft so I’m sure there’s at least one person in the world who could be like me and need a basic recipe.  :)  Here we go!

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Balloon Glow Fest Smucker’s Snackation Destination pt. 1

Walmart Smuckers Snackation DestinationAs a newly single mom, it was my goal this summer to bond with my girls more than ever by spending lots of quality time with each other as a family– whether it be at home reading together, watching movies together, or going out to find fun (and affordable!) things to do in the city.  Having friends join us on our excursions was another goal of mine because friends = fun and I just wanted my girls to look back on this summer remembering how much they laughed :).

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Perfectly Posh Castaway Coconut #Giveaway

#PerfectlyPosh Castaway Coconut #Giveaway

Heck, yes!  I just received some Perfectly Posh to review from a super awesome and lovely rep named Robyn!

Perfectly Posh #Giveaway

Before digging out the goodies, I have to say, I’m already appreciating this package. I’m a fan of doing my part to help out the environment, and thought it was cool how they included this information card about how their packing peanuts are actually made out of corn starch which makes them environmentally friendly.  In fact, for disposal, you can even dissolve them in water to break them down.  Pretty nifty!

Okay, before I get ahead of myself…

Perfectly Posh canvas

If you regularly read my blog, you may have seen this company’s name pop up a few times, even when I haven’t been sent items by reps to review.  It’s because I really dig this company, it’s products and what it stands for.

Oh my Posh we pamper

Perfectly Posh is a company that makes FUN pampering beauty and skincare items that are good for you and good for the earth.

  • Pampering products made in the USA
  • Gentle, natural ingredients
  • No parabens, paraffins, sulfates, lanolin, or fillers
  • Lots of natural butters and essential oils
  • Many vegan options
  • No animal testing

All the products have fun packaging with witty, quirky, and memorable names such as “Snarky bar” and “Bees Knees” body butter. Everything smells AMAZING too, which is a huge deal for me.

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Hormel #Free Food #Giveaway (and August 2015 Review)

Hormel #Free Food #GiveawayBack to school time!  Quick poll:  How many of your kiddos start school this month vs. next month?  My girls started yesterday! It seems like they’re starting earlier and earlier every year!

first day of schoolAnyway, so I received my Hormel cooler a few days ago. Every month, they deliver me  a cooler of goodies to cook with, eat, share, and write about to spread product awareness. I still feel so grateful and fortunate to be a blogging ambassador for them and the girls and I look forward to seeing what arrives every month! Now that it’s school lunch packing season, I’m interested to see if I can incorporate anything from my monthly shipments into after school snacks or easy meal ideas.

Hormel August 2015

Hormel August 2015

Oooh, Yum! I see some new goodies I haven’t received before!

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#StLouis in a Box #Giveaway

St. Louis in a Box #Giveaway

I’m pretty excited to be reviewing a box created in my hometown, FEATURING my home town: St. Louis, Missouri!

St. Louis in a Box is the name and unlike many other boxes I review, it is a little different than a subscription box!

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RUN! Target $7 must-have Beauty Box is LIVE! ($35 Value!)

Target must-have beauty box

Target must-have beauty box

Heads up!  The new Target must-have Beauty Box is LIVE for $7 (a $35 value) plus FREE SHIPPING!

It contains:

  • CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara by Lashblast (Full Size– I just reviewed this here and LOVE it!)
  • Hair Food Moisturizing Mask (Full Size)
  • Fekkai Pré-Soleil Hair Mist(I just reviewed this here and LOVE it!)
  • Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner
  • Olay Active Botanicals Day Lotion
  • Crest 3D Whitestrips 1hr Express

Shop for it here.

~You can use your Target Red Card to save an addition 5%.

(Don’t forget, you can use EBATES to get 2% of your cash back at Target! Signing up for Ebates is FREE)

These usually sell out in a matter of hours, so I’d jump on it if you’re interested!

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June 2015 Prospurly Review Plus a Coupon Code

June 2015 Prosperly

June 2015 Prosperly

Yes, the title says JUNE, but it was sent to me in July, so I’m not actually late on purpose reviewing it! It’s the summer time anyway, and this is quite a beachy themed box, so it’s all okay :).

Prosperly June 2015 outside of the box

Prosperly June 2015 outside of the box

This is a newer subscription boxed called Prospurly. Prospurly is a monthly subscription box that partners with boutique small businesses and artisan-crafters from around the country.

Each box is curated with organic, 99% vegan, and small-batch luxury items which includes a range between bath and body to food items and the value of the box is advertised to usually fall between $80-$100.

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Christie Brinkley Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer Free Samples #Giveaway

Leapfrog and Lipgloss #brinkleyCLOSEUP Free Sample #Giveaway

It’s not a surprise to me that model/actress Christie Brinkley has her own skincare line.  Aside from touched-up photos, even in candid shots, the woman looks fabulous for 61!

( Free sample giveaway widget at the bottom of this post! )

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Hormel Extended Family Blogger Program July 2015

Oh, hello July!  It’s almost over, actually, so I need to get a move-on with showcasing what we received in our July Hormel box this month!

Hormel July 2015

Hormel July 2015

First of all, I wanted to mention that I feel really grateful to have been part of the Hormel Extended Family Blogger Program for a full year now!

As a Hormel blogging ambassador, I receive Hormel products every month to cook with, eat, share, and write about. It’s always fun to see what surprises are in the cooler every month and to dream up ways to be creative with what’s inside.  (To read my past recipes and unboxings, you can go here)

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Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me Liner Review

Covergirl Super Sizer MascaraI was pretty excited when Covergirl contacted me asking if I’d like to review their new Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Liner. Covergirl is a classic and, growing up, I favored this drug store brand for many of my cosmetic needs.

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