Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Madness frustrations...

Two of my favorite things are College football and college basketball. So, naturally I LOVE March Madness! Each year we, as a family fill out brackets and do a family March Madness pool (no money involved-it is all about the winning-which we all love to do). When I say we, I mean my husband and kids and I do this.

Well, I have to be honest...between the terrible feeling of late pregnancy and the fact that My Utes were not even in the tournament this year, I was not big on doing our annual game. However, Wes and I decided to go online and fill out our own brackets at least and at least play the bracket game as a couple. We filled them out and saved them and moved on with life.

Here is the frustration, when we went to check our brackets a couple days ago, somehow my bracket saved properly, and Wesley's has is gone and we cannot find it anywhere-and for the first time in 10 years, we did not print them out! EEk...frustrating!

One more thing, and DO NOT tell my brother-in-law about this, but I find it quite frustrating that I find myself cheering for BYU to win for the first time in my fact, I have them playing the final game against "THE Ohio State". It just feels wrong, but I guess all I can say is go feels particularly wrong since they are playing an personal emotional fave (Gonzaga) in this coming was tough to choose BYU (of all teams) to beat the Zags, but it had to be done...had to...

I just realized that when I said not to tell me Brother in law about this, I meant Jeremy, but as I think about it, do not tell Cody or Bret either...seriously...thanks! :)


Nutella Party!! What a blast-you can get a coupon and try too!! #Nutellaparty

I love Nutella, L.O.V.E. it!!! So in spite of the fact that I was so close to my due date, I could not help but accept when I was offered the chance to host a Nutella Breakfast Bar party! It was through Mommy Parties, MomSelect and Nutella that I got this awesome opportunity!!!

DO you know what Nutella is? Well, to quote their website, "Nutella is a tasty hazelnut spread that contains quality ingredients such as skim milk and a hint of cocoa." It is fantastic and has always been a favored treat at our house growing up! I had never thought about using it in something that was not a dessert. That is part of the reason I really wanted to host this party where the focus was on using Nutella as a part of a healthy breakfast!!

"BREAKFAST?! REALLY?!" I thought? Well, Let em tell you, I used some of their ideas for my breakfast bar, and the kids and adults alike loves them-waffle sandwiches, fruit with Nutella (we used Bananas, apples and strawberries), Nutella and fruit wrap ups (using tortilla shells). We also talked about how easy and tasty it would be to use on crepes or whole wheat toast.

Look at some of the spread I served:

And Nutella sent some sweet bags for the guests to bring home:

Each bag included the following items:

In case you cannot tell what is there, each guest got:
  • Nutella spread sample packs
  • Nutella coupons (LOVE coupons!!)
  • A Nutella Tumbler mug (and there are high quality BTW)
  • A Nutella spreader
  • Nutella tip cards
  • Nutella Breakfast Bar recipe ideas
  • (and I threw in a few other things for fun!)
It was a great party and well loved by all. Here is a pic that did turn out:

If you want to check out and buy some Nutella for your family to enjoy, go to the Nutella website and you can print out a $1 off coupon (look at the bottom right of the page).

AND if you want a chance to win a case of Nutella, check out this monthly sweepstakes on their website. I would be in heaven to win this!!

Thanks SO much Mommy Parties, MomSelect and Nutella for letting me host this great party! It was a blast and a bit hit!

***Disclosure: I received a Nutella Party Package through Mommy Parties, MomSelect and Nutella & no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own!***