Mother’s Day Goodie Bag

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Mother’s Day will be here before we know it and I could not be more excited.  Who does not love a day devoted to our families showing their love and appreciation to us Moms, for all we do.  I really love when my husband and kids go all out to show me how much they love me.  Now for the reality…… the truth is sometimes our husbands can be a bit more challenged in the creative department then us Moms.  I figure with this EASY design for a Mother’s Day goodie bag we are aiding them in the creative idea department and providing something simple enough for all husbands to create with our little ones. 

I got this adorable idea from a wonderful Father’s Day goodie bag creation over at littlefamilyfun.com.  I decided to do a sweet take off version modified just a bit to make it a bit easier.

This truly is an EASY craft and can be done in many different ways depending on your own creative flare.  This post is meant more to inspire you and guide you.  Have fun and make sure you fill this adorable bag with lots of sweet incredible love filled treats for MOM.

 

Supplies used:

Paper handled gift bag

scarf

stick on flower from the crafts store (you can use a pretty flowered pin or flowered hair clip as well)

 

Fill your bag with your goodies for Mom.  Simply wrap your scarf around the handle of the bag and decorate the left upper area with either a pretty stick on flower, brooch, flowered pin, or hair clip picked out just for Mom.

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Mothers Day Giveaway!

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This giveaway is hosted by Adventures of Country Divas and their Blogger friends

Sponsored by Pretty Peacock

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The Giveaway is open to US only, 18+

The Giveaway ends May, 1st at 1159pm est

This is a GREAT gift not only for Mothers Day but Graduations and any other special event in your loved ones life.

Oh, yes it is…..Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This year is the year to get something special, something uniquely just for her. You know what I mean….something that you took time to search for, something you took time to picture on her, something you put your full being into, something special just for her! The Mom who was there when you scratched your knee, lost the big football game, torn your favorite pants or the big one…..broke up with your first love. Yep, that’s your Mom. Pretty Peacock has some of the best, special and memorable gifts any mom or loved one cold ask for.

Adventures of Country Divas was compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions, or to have your product featured on Adventures of Country Divas you can Email Krista at aocdmedia@gmail.com

Creamy Coleslaw

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Who does not love a great coleslaw?!  Quite often we are in a hurry and just grab the ready made version in the supermarket as a time saver and the truth is, most often its terrible!  This creamy coleslaw recipe is not only delicious , it takes less the 10 minutes to make.  Plus make it ahead of time and have it chilling in the fridge for the best flavor. 

I love making this as a side dish to chicken, pork and steak.  Okay, I just love making this!!  It also happens to be one of my father in law’s favorites so I am always happy to whip up a batch.  It is not too often that we have leftovers but if we do I love to have some on the side of a sandwich the next day.   I usually have all the ingredients in the house so if I need a quick side dish to accompany our dinner I can always whip this up in a jiffy. 

 

Here are the simple ingredients

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Creamy Coleslaw
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  1. 1 (16 ounce) bag of coleslaw mix
  2. 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  3. 1/4 Cup Sugar, you can adjust to your taste preference
  4. 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. 1/2 TSP Onion Powder
  6. Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, onion powder, & pepper and mix thoroughly. Place coleslaw mix into a large bowl and then pour your mayonnaise mixture over. Mix well and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes or longer before serving.
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WonderMix Stand Mixer Giveaway!

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Are you looking for the best stand mixer out there? A mixer that is powerful, well made, can do multiple jobs, and has a huge mixing bowl to get the job done fast? So was Cj at I Love My Kids Blog. She had a chance to try a Kitchen Aid, a Bosch and now has her hands on the new WonderMix by WonderMill! There really is nothing that compares to the luxury of a stand mixer.  That is why we are so happy to bring this amazing giveaway to you.  This stand mixer has some awesome features that I can’t wait to tell you about!

 

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The WonderMix stand mixer comes with a powerful 900 watt motor and a direct drive high torque transmission inside a sturdy-no walking- base! In understandable words–that basically means that this is is the kind of power that you will find in high end commercial mixers-for a home use mixer price!

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One feature I love about the base, is the hidden cord storage. Just tilt the base unit on it’s side and open the cord storage door.

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The WonderMix comes with this stain resistant, dishwasher safe, mixing bowl. I love that it has an easy to hold handle on the side so when it comes time for scraping, I can actually hold the bowl instead of trying to cradle it in my arm. My fingers fit perfectly in the finger spaces on the bottom side of the bowl.

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Perhaps my favorite feature about this bowl is it is a 22 cup mixing bowl! 22 CUPS! Isn’t that awesome?! You can mix dough for up to 6 loaves of whole wheat bread at one time! I will let that sink in for a moment! 22 CUPS! Did it sink in yet? Another great feature from the WonderMix stand mixer is it’s unlocking lever located on the left side of the base. To remove the bowl, you just press the lever down and turn the mixing bowl clockwise-no super human strength required like with other stand mixers. The WonderMix also comes with this locking lid system. No more flour flying all over the place! The whip and mixer attachments actually reach the bottom of the bowl which reduces the times I need to stop and scrape the sides and bottom while mixing!

It’s time to give a WonderMix Stand Mixer away to one of you!

The WonderMix retails for $379.00 but right now is at an introductory price of $299 with free shipping and the optional cookie whips and blender ARE INCLUDED! This is a great deal for a commercial quality stand mixer for your home! WonderMix has provided a mixer that we get to give away to one of you readers! To enter the giveaway, fill out the rafflecopter form below! This giveaway will run from April 16th to April 27th ending at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be notified via email provided to rafflecopter and have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen! You can choose to do as many or as few entries as you’d like! Open to the Continental USA only.

 

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Disclosure: Cj from I love my kids blog received the WonderMix to review so she could gain an opinion to share with you. She was not required to leave a positive review and honestly the opinions above are really her own. Thanks for reading! I was not compensated for sharing this review and giveaway.

Nexxus Therappe Shampoo & Humectress Conditioner Available at CVS #NewNexxusCaviar

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This post sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions are my own.

 

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Spring is in the air, and this year in addition to doing some spring-cleaning, I plan on giving my hair a little rejuvenation too. It has been a long winter here in New Jersey and I feel like my hair has paid the price a little bit. With the newly reformulated products from Nexxus New York Salon Care, it should be easy to get my hair back to its glory! Each Nexxus system includes a regimen to meet a specific hair need. I’m especially excited to use the improved Nexxus Therappe Shampoo & Humectress Conditioner available at CVS, and try the new Encapsulate Serum. The regimen is enriched with 100% Elastin protein and Caviar Complex, helping me rebalance, restore, and replenish my hair so it is soft, nourished, and manageable.   

Concentrated protein. Precious Ingredients. For Hair With Beautiful Fluidity. Yes, please!  Nothing makes a girl feel fully confident then when our hair is looking its best.  Treat Your Hair to Caviar…With Nexxus Therappe Shampoo & Humectress Conditioner Available at CVS.

The best does not have to cost you a ton!  Get New York City Salon quality for the best price at CVS.  From Now until 4/26/15, stop in to your local CVS to receive a $1 off coupon, while supplies last, for any one product from Nexxus NewYork Salon Care (excludes trial and travel sizes). CVS Beauty consultants will be available to meet with you for style and beauty tips using your favorite Nexxus New York Salon Care Systems products. Find a CVS store near you  and get your hands on the right Nexxus product for you!

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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

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We are a huge soup family.  Each and every one of us LOVES soup.  I make soup all the time.  When my boys were younger making soup was a great way to expand their taste buds and sneak in lots of veggies.  Now its just become our thing, we all love soup.  Since I make soup so often, I try to make a huge variety so we are not all bored of the same thing all the time.  Recently I was finding myself in sort of a soup slump.  I was making chicken soup all the time!  Sure I change it up each time by varying the vegetables, pasta, rice, I even made chicken meatballs BUT it still was a lot of chicken soup.  I really needed to change things up, I could tell my family was in need of something different.   I decided this creamy tomato tortellini soup was about as different from chicken soup as I could get.  

I have to admit for as much soup as I make, I think this was the first time I have made a tomato soup.  I may have even been a wee bit afraid of what my kids would think of it, although their soup taste is very diverse.  I have trained them well!!  I definitely would define this recipe as EASY and the results were delicious!!  I mean really delicious!  My youngest son is already bugging me to make more.  I finished the leftovers last night and was reminded again just how delicious this soup was.  It reheated perfectly in the microwave so have no fear if you have leftovers. 

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Packages (9 ounces) Frozen Cheese Tortellini
  2. 3 Cans (10 3/4 ounces) Condensed Tomato Soup
  3. 3 Cups Vegetable Broth
  4. 3 Cups 2% Milk
  5. 3 Cups Half and Half Cream
  6. 1 TSP Onion Powder
  7. 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  8. 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (save a bit to sprinkle on top)
Instructions
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. While tortellini is cooking, combine all of your other ingredients except the parmesan cheese in a large pot over medium to high heat. Heat well, stirring frequently to mix all the ingredients well. Drain the tortellini and carefully add to your soup. Stir in your cheese while still heating. Give the tortellini and cheese a few minutes to heat nicely and serve soup sprinkled with more cheese.
Adapted from Sandra Fick / Taste of Home Soups
Adapted from Sandra Fick / Taste of Home Soups
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Jackpot Candles Giveaway!

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Jackpot Candles Giveaway!

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Sponsored by: Jackpot Candles Hosted by: Powered by Mom

Read Powered by Mom’s reveal of her “jackpot” HERE We hope you have heard about Jackpot candles already, if not you need too.  Let us introduce you to this amazing candle.  Our hand-poured candles are made with 100% natural soy that creates a lovely, long-lasting flame to fill your home with amazing scents. Using only the best environmentally friendly materials, our candles provide bold, distinctive fragrances that fit any mood and any budget. After enjoying the soft light of the long-burning flame and the aroma of your favorite scent, each Jackpot Candle offers a foil-wrapped jewelry item you select, valued between $15 and $5,000.

Visit our Appraisal page and enter your product code discovered on the label of your foil wrapped jewelry, for your instant appraisal. One lucky winner will receive a Jackpot Candle of their choice (based on availability).

No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US, 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.  Couponing as a Lifestyle is NOT responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Italian Antipasto Salad

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We had our first beautiful warm day here in New Jersey after a very long winter.  I was loving every minute of it and wanted to cook something light and cool for dinner.  I decided to make a delicious cold Italian Antipasto Salad.  I love all the ingredients in an antipasto so I thought what better way to enjoy them then in a cool pasta salad. 

 

This pasta salad can really be catered around your taste.  Include all of your favorites ingredients and this will definitely be your favorite salad.  Ours was delicious!

 

This salad is best when made at least a few hours in advance.  You can definitely make it the night before.  I love easy recipes that I can make in advance when hosting a family gathering. This will be my new go to recipe.

 

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Ingredients
  1. 1 Package of spiral pasta or pasta of your choice
  2. 1 Yellow Pepper
  3. 2 Plum Tomatoes
  4. 1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
  5. 1 Jar Roasted Peppers (oil drained)
  6. 1/4 Pound Genoa Salami thickest slice you can get
  7. 1/4 Pound Pepperoni
  8. 1/4 Pound Soppressata
  9. 1/2 Pound Sharp Provolone cheese
  10. 1/2 Pound Fresh Mozzarella
  11. Dressing
  12. 1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  13. 1/4 Cup Sugar
  14. 1TBSP Italian Seasoning
  15. 3/4 Cup Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Chop all of your ingredients into small sized pieces to your liking. Mix with the pasta and set aside.
  2. Prepare your dressing in a blender. Pour vinegar, sugar and italian seasoning into the blender and start mixing. While blending start pouring your oil gradually into the blender. Once mixed well, pour over your pasta salad and refrigerate at least for a couple of hours.
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Hello Kitty Sandwich Holder and Drink Cup Giveaway! 2 Winners!

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 Hello Kitty giveaway is sponsored by Ditta’s Gifts and being promoted by some of our awesome blogger friends!

 

 

Hello Kitty lunch set for your princess! 2 winners will each receive a Tupperware Hello Kitty Sandwich Holder and the Drink cup!

The Hello Kitty sets are BPA free. Let’s help save Earth with reusable products! This is a great giveaway for many reasons! The most important one is to teach our little ones that they to can help by using products that are BPA free and reusable! Teach them young and they will always put these things into practice for their entire lives. 

Tupperware follows the recommendations and guidelines of governmental regulatory agencies regarding materials that may be used in our high quality products. The Company also acknowledges the attitudes of consumers regarding products containing BPA. In its continuous search for the best materials for use in its products, Tupperware has found other materials with improved performance characteristics that have been approved by regulators to be BPA free to replace polycarbonate. As of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US & CA are BPA free.

Come party with us and Tupperware on 4/1? Enter to win other amazing products and cash! Learn how you can incorporate Tupperwares amazing products into your daily life!

Giveaway is open to Residents of the USA
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Pull out your favorite spring outfits! #SaveTheUndies #UnderWarrior * FREE samples! *

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I am pulling out my favorite spring outfits because spring is here and I could not be happier.  Join me and pull out your favorite spring outfits too!  This mommy loves to dress to impress that main man in my life with a casual grace that only a mommy can manage daily.  That means I wear lots of cute, light fitting sundresses, cute jeans and capris.  I am sure I am not the only girl who has been embarrassed at one point in your life by a disappointing pad.  UGH, its the worst embarrassment of all!  Please save me U by Kotex® Ultra Thin Pads with 3D Capture Core help me save the undies and become an underwarrior!

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