Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives® get-together!

Thanks to Yoplait and MyGetTogether, last week I was able to host a Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives® get-together. It was such a fantastic event full of fantastic food, friends, and great information from the book "Promise Me" by Nancy G Brinker, founder of Susan B Komen for the Cure. I was happy to host and had a great party. There were not as many friend that could make it as I had hoped, but hopefully there will be more at the next one! Nonetheless, those that came had a great time as did I. My camera of course died right as I was taking pictures of the food before the party, so I just have a few pictures of the fantastic food.

I have to tell you though that probably my favorite thing about planning this party was getting all the recipes and trying them out. I honestly have not cooked much at all with yogurt in the past so it was fun to try out all the recipes. Check them out:

Here is the spread:
 Here is veggies and crackers with a fantastic yogurt based dip:
 Smoothies, of course, were the yogurt drink of choice!
 These chicken enchiladas (with yogurt as the main part of the filling and sauce mix) were fantastic!! LOVED them:
 Jello and yogurt pies in graham cracker crust.  I actually made up this recipe as I went along and they turned out fantastic!!
 Pasta salad with yogurt based sauce.
 Here is the book I mentioned above-I have startd to read it all the way through and it is a good book so far. Chcek it out!
YUM!! If you want the chance to possible host future event from MyGetTogether, go here to join Pssst and they will occasionally send invitations to host parties. I know the next one coming up is a Chex Mix one...


Turn your Blog into a book 52% off with this online Groupon!!!

This is awesome!!! I have been wanting to turn my personal blog into a book for a long long time and have been looking for a great deal to get started. I am glad to report that today there is an Online Groupon for Blog2Print where you can get a 20-page hard cover blog book for only $12!! That is 52% off and will give me a good start on making mt blog a book!! Go join Groupon through my referral link here, then go see that deal here. Fantastic!!!


FREE Mp3 Veggie Tales Christmas music!!

Yeah!! Right now Amazon has the Veggie Tales Incredible Singing Christmas Tree Mp3 for FREE to download!! My kids will LOVE this!

Thanks Bargain Divas.


Best of Holiday card: Shutterfly 2010!!

Shutterfly is one of my favorite online sites! I have gotten some fantastic deals through their site-free photo books, great deals on photo cards, and other photo deals. I used them for my Christmas Cards last year and LOVED them! So, I am super excited to tell you about their new 2010 Holiday Card designs. First let me show you a few of my favorites:

Aren't they fantastic?! I love that you can choose options with one picture or with many. With a family of 6 plus one on the way, I always appreciate the options like the top and the third designs above. I love that I can put a picture of the whole family plus an individual picture of each child (including the Ultrasound picture of the new baby). I LOVE that it is an option to do so.

Keep in mind, that the 4 cards pictures above are just some of my favorites, and there is such a HUGE variety! There really is something for everyone at Shutterfly. You can get photo Christmas cards like the ones pictured above, but you can also get other things as well like Hanukkah Cards or Christmas address labels. You can even order Thanksgiving cards. There is really a card for any occasion and you can personalize them as you wish.

I love Shutterfly and they have some fantastic new designs for this holiday season. All my experiences ordering from them in the past have been fantastic from ordering and customer service all the way through receiving a quality product that I love!

AND best of all, right now, Shutterfly is offering 20% off all holiday cards. Go check out all they have to offer-I am sure you will not be disappointed!!

Do you remember I told you that for an upcoming review, CSN Stores let me pick something to review, and I ordered some items, the main one being the fabulous pair of boots pictured above?! I had a bit more left on my gift code, so I also ordered some more Mr Clean Magic Eraser scrubbers (I LOVE those) and a pen as well.

Well, I have gotten all items now and cannot wait to tell you all about my awesome boots! Wes has promised to take some pictures of me wearing them when he gets home today and I will post pictures and my review tonight or tomorrow!

As a teaser let me just tell you this funny story.  We went to a Nighthawks football game last Thursday night and my 6 year old son (E dawg) was more interested in the cheerleaders than in the game. They were wearing essentially the same boots I bought, except in white.  So, on Friday morning my boots arrived and by the time E dawg got back from school I was wearing them. He notices right away and said "Oooh mom, you look so pretty-you look just like those cheerleaders!!!"  It was funny, and it made me love my boots even more!  :)


CLOSED GIVEAWAY: Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls & Scrapbooking supplies!!

As most of you know by now, family time in this house is few and far between with a husband in residency, so it is a precious commodity! It is also a priority, so we do what we can to make sure we have as much family time as we can! That being said, I was super excited to have the chance to try out the new Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls with Butter Cream Icing as a part of a Sunday breakfast with my family.

Pillsbury, through MyBlogSpark provided me with a prize pack to use with my family that includes a scrapbooking kit, scrapbooking supplies (scrapbook scissors and glue) as well as a coupon for the new Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls to "help bring your family together to indulge in a delicious Sunday morning breakfast". And guess what?! I get to give the same prize package away to one of my readers!!! Before I get to the giveaway though, let me tell you about these Cinnamon Rolls!

I just have to share the description that they sent me because it is so perfectly written that it makes my mouth water:

"A delicious Sunday morning treat for the whole family, the light, flaky dough, rich vanilla butter cream icing, and amazing Cinnabon Cinnamon make each roll mouthwatering. Just place and bake, and with an aroma that is almost impossible to resist, Flaky Cinnamon Rolls with Butter Cream Icing will quickly become your family´s favorite Sunday morning tradition."

I love the idea of "Sweet Family Moments," and it makes me reflect on all the Sunday family moments through my life. We have always been a family that attends church each Sunday since I was little, and that continues in my family now as an adult. It makes Sundays busy, but we always tried to have family time. My dad would often make us a family breakfast before church and now, my husband often does the same for our family Sunday Mornings. What sweet family memories I have of all those Sunday morning breakfasts, and I can tell you that adding those flaky, tasty frosted yummy cinnamon rolls to that breakfast just makes my mouth literally water (boy am I feeling hungry writing this)!!

Don't those look great?! And don't you want to try these for yourself?! If so, you can go here to get a coupon to save $0.70 on one can of Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls with Butter Cream Icing today!

AND, if you want to try to win some, Pillsbury, through MyBlogSpark provided me with a prize package and will provide one to a lucky Beckeesdeals reader! As a reminder it includes a scrapbooking kit, scrapbooking supplies (scrapbook scissors and glue) as well as a coupon for the new Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls.

Here is how to enter the Giveaway (PLEASE make sure to leave an email address in each comment so I can reach you should you win):

MANDATORY ENTRY (Must do this first for other entries to count): Just leave a comment sharing one of your family´s sweet Sunday morning moments

Once you have done that, you can get up to 6 extra entries by doing the following things (Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, and leave me your email address in each comment so I know how to contact you should you win):

1. Become a Google Friend follower of my blog (You can do this over on the right side of the blog where the followers box is). If you are already a follower, just let me know that in your comment.

2. Subscribe to my blog via Email or an RSS feed/reader. (Yes-you can use this entry if you are already an email or RSS subscriber- just let me know how you subscribe to my blog).

3. Refer a friend to this blog and leave a comment after they become a follower or subscribe.

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This giveaway is for USA and Canada residents only.

Be sure to leave a comment for each entry with your email address. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on Wednesday November 17, 2010 at at about 11:59 PM Central Time.

***Please note that I was sent the above mentioned package from Pillsbury, through MyBlogSpark along with information about this Project, but any opinions expressed are my own.***