Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beckee's Deal with HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays

***I received free product in exchange for my honest review.***
Hello Friends! It's been a while. Honestly, there's been a lot going on in the Beckee's Deals family. It has been a little crazy. I have had very little time to share all my favorite things with you, but I am so, SO excited to take some time today to tell you about one of my favorite products, HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays
As you probably noticed right up front, I received a free product in exchange for my honest review of this product. Guys, I get offers every day in my email asking me to review various products, but I rarely make time to do it. However, the moment I saw this product was one I could review for you, I jumped at the chance. WHY, you ask? Well, honestly, because it is a product that I already use and love! I was excited to get a free party tray (which I would likely have bought anyway) and I really wanted to tell you all about them! 
My plan when I got the coupons was to grab a tray to go along with our Thanksgiving dinner (which I was making in Utah at a hotel LOL). It would be the perfect appetizer to snack on as I cooked and to share with others as they awaited the main dish! But guess what? Clearly I was not the only person in Salt Lake on Thanksgiving eve that knew the beauty of these HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays because they were sold out. *sad*
Back up plan-Football party when we returned home! We got home late on Sunday night and planned to have friends over on Monday to watch the football game with us, but I was feeling pretty sick, so we ended up having a small family gathering instead. We will take a redo on the bigger football party and I WILL be serving these trays. 
HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays are the perfect family party item for a sick mom because they are SOOOO easy and SOOOO good! Just look at this piece of heaven:

The 411 On HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays
There were three kinds of HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays options available at my local Walmart. (FYI, there were quite a few Hormel Snack trays as well if you are looking for a smaller snack-but honestly, go for the Party trays-you won't regret it!)
There was a Deluxe HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays
This tray includes: Hormel Hard Salami, Hormel Genoa Salami, Assorted Pitted Olives, Sargento Colby Jack Cheese, Sargento Pepper Jack Cheese and Round Crispy Crackers.

A Honey Ham and Turkey HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays option:
This tray includes: Hormel Honey Ham, Hormel Smoked Turkey, Sargento Colby Jack Cheese, Sargento Mild Cheddar Cheese, and Round Crispy Crackers.
And a Hard Salami and Pepperoni HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays option: 
This tray includes: Hormel Pepperoni, Hormel Hard Salami, Sargento Colby Jack Cheese, Sargento Mild Cheddar Cheese, and Round Crispy Crackers.
I opted to grab the Deluxe HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Tray, because Olives! YUM! The tray did not last super long so I only grabbed a couple pictures. (My kids are already begging for another tray):

 Look at her pile of salami with a huge bite through them all! LOL
It took about 5 minutes for this tray to look like this. If I waited any longer, I would have missed pictures entirely! 
When to use HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays:

Honestly, when isn't a it a good idea to bring a HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays? Besides our family party, I have actually used these a lot recently. In the past few months alone I have brought these to a friends pot luck, a church activity, a cub scout pinewood derby, and just brought them home as a snack/treat for my kids. I am a serious fan! 
My kids LOVE these. The crackers are their favorite. One of my kids told me the other day that he actually likes these crackers better than his favorite crackers that I usually buy him (I won't call them out, but trust me this is a significant thing because he LOVES these crackers...)
Where can you find HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays?
You can find HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays at your local Walmart, or use to locate the store nearest you.
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I just want to tell you that this is an easy and yummy appetizer or snack that you can grab on the go! It is so nice to have something good "already ready". I highly recommend checking out HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays. And hey, lets be honest, if you invite me over to a potluck, I will probably bring one of these. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I do! 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Disneyland's MaxPass

Before school started this week, we took our kids on an end of summer trip to the happiest place on Earth! 

Not too long ago, I wrote this post about the amazing Fuel Rods at Disneyland. Today I want to tell you about another awesome thing Disneyland added that improved my experience at Disneyland last week drastically! 

We are Disney obsessed! We have had annual passes for several years and go pretty often. Last week we were there and tried something new that ended up being totally worth it. It is the Disneyland MaxPass

You can read all the official Disneyland MaxPass info here, but here's the basic run down from me.

It costs $10/person/day and makes it possible to get fast passes on your phone through the Disneyland app. You also get all your photo pass photos through MaxPass. (all you have to do is put in your picture code from rides that take pictures or photographers around DL can add photos they take to your max pass). 

Honestly, if you want to really utilize your time at Disneyland to the best of your ability, fast passes are the PRO TIP to make that happen, and Max Pass makes that easy to do. (Plus-pictures guys!)

(The price does seem a bit steep-for my family it is an extra $70/day-but it was SOOO worth it to for us based only on the fast pass experience. The fact we got all those awesome pictures as well was icing on the cake! I really wish it was a free service, but I guess it never will be if people like me are willing to pay...and I am willing to pay for this!)


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beckee's Deal with Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park

I would go out on a limb and say that visiting Kilauea, an active volcano, was probably the highlight of this trip. Not to downplay the awesomeness of everything else, but this was just SUCH a cool experience! Before I play show and tell about our day spend at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, I am going to just throw out yet another plug for this book: 

And once again, I have nothing to do with the writers or company printing this book, I just really love it. (Honestly, I wish I had a relationship with them, like maybe BFF's?! But I don't.) :) So this is #NotSponsored. Just Beckee's obsession. 

That being said, I just want to say that this book has a particularly helpful 20 page section all about the Volcanoes. We used it for our day there and it was like having an incredibly helpful tour guide with us. I think we #NailedIt on our day at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park! 

Here's what we did:

1- First we stopped at the Visitors center to use the potty's and to check out all the available activities. Then we started our real adventure by crossing the street down to the Helema'uma'u Trail which led us to the back of the Volcano House where we had our first look at the Kilauea Caldera. Wow-even in the light we could see lots of steam rising from the lava below!

2-Next stop-a short stop at the Kilauea Steam Vents. That was pretty awesome to see all the steam rising all around and to feel the heat from them  when we were close. They can be really hot! Careful of getting too close when you are checking them out! Do you know what causes the steam vents? They are areas where rain has seeped into the ground then been heated by Kilauea and they come up as steam. We went when it had just been pretty rainy, so there were LOTS of steam vents! It was cool!

3-We stopped at the Kilauea Overlook to see more of the caldera rim. You can also see the Halema'uma'u Crater from this view point.

4-Jagger Museum-this is where the best views of the crater is for sure. Plus the Museum itself is cool and full of awesome info (and of course some awesome souvenirs to purchase). We came here this time during daylight hours. It was cool, but trust me-it gets even cooler at night!

5- Next Up was the Kilauea Iki (Or little Kileaua). Kilauea Iki is a small pit crater next to the main summit caldera.

6-We walked through the Thurston Lava Tube. It was much shorter than I thought it would be but a totally worthwhile activity to do. Really cool! (Sadly, my phone was charging in the car during this activity, so I don't have any pictures-I will see if anyone in my group took any I can share here!) 

7- Mauna Ulu Crater Overlook was the next stop.

8-We drove to the End of Chain of Craters Road. There is a 7 mile hike from here down to see where the lava is currently flowing into the ocean. It is a rough walk over old lava, so not one we could do with our group, but if Wes and I are able to go back sometime when it is still flowing, we will for sure do this one. If you do want to try this hike-bring PLENTY of water and plan for a long, somewhat rigerous hike (from what I have hears). From where we went though, we could see the Holei Sea Arch

And the steam from where the lava was hitting the water:

SOOOO cool!

9-By this time, the sun was setting

10- So we headed back up to Jagger Museum to try to see the caldera in the dark. By the time we got up there, they were sending most cars to lower parking lots and forcing people to hike 1-2 miles up to the museum. But guys, the "bus" paid off in this moment! When they saw our huge 15 passenger van coming up, they let us through to the main Jagger Museum parking lot where we got just about the last parking spot and just hopped out and saw one of the most amazing things I have ever and likely will ever see. 

The pictures are awesome, but they still do not do it justice!!!

Holy cow! Everything about this day was so amazing, but I will never forget the absolute beauty of the Kilauea caldera lava at night! Do not miss this if you are heading to Hawaii's Big Island!