Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Recently we discovered a lovely new recipe called Creamy Cauliflower Chowder.

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Oh my….this is simply delightful!  Amazingly enough, ALL the kids love it!  Around here we have a tradition that on your birthday you get to choose the meal for dinner.  Even if it’s weird things that don’t go together.  Well, our daughter Grace turned 10 a few weeks ago and she asked for Creamy Cauliflower Chowder and crescent rolls for her birthday meal.  I was shocked!  The chowder is healthy, good for us and she picked it for her special meal! As a mom, I was pretty stoked to get to make the chowder in my new Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

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This model is the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach.  This is like the Cadillac of slow cookers for me.  It has a spoon rest/holder, a lockable lid, a probe for getting the temperature of the dish WITHOUT opening the lid and it is big enough for large dishes.  The first recipe we made in this was our Creamy Cauliflower Chowder.

 

Creamy Cauliflower Chowder Recipe

  • Bacon fried extra crispy
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery with leaves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley

Peel the carrots and garlic and dice up all veggies prior to starting this.  We sometimes add in corn as well!

  • Melt butter and then add in the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook for a few minutes, or until tender. Stir in cauliflower and cook til tender.  It does not take all that long…maybe another 4 minutes.
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned and add in chicken broth and milk.  Cook this til it thickens a bit.
  • Add in salt, pepper and parsley.
  • Now carefully transfer everything to your slow cooker.  You can make this the night before and store it in the fridge.  Or make it and cook it right away.  You will want to allow about 2 hours in the slow cooker.
  • In a hurry?  Skip the prep and all all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • If desired you may top with the crispy bacon and/or some shredded cheese!

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Would you like to try this yourself?  Good! Hamilton Beach is giving away one Slow Cooker like I own to one of our readers!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this conversation and keeping me confident!

So it’s about to get personal in here.  There are parts of parenting that no one talks about.  And I do mean no one.  We are all quick to share our stories from birthing our babies, but rarely do we share the yucky mess that happens over the first few days postpartum.  Everyone loves sharing pictures from their kids birthday, but no one talks about the money spent or the hours spent cleaning afterwards.  And no one talks about dealing with light bladder leakage when you are still young(ish).  In fact, I did not even know I was dealing with it until I learned about Poise.  Evidently something happened to me after having 4 kids.  Before kids, I would have taken off running down a gorgeous trail like this, without a care in the world.

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Now I sometime worry what will happen if I start laughing when I am running?  Or what if I sneeze really hard?  Typically these are not huge issues for me, but if I have not used the restroom in awhile or had too much water, I can experience light bladder leakage and I am only 36!

Thankfully I have been introduced to the Poise brand of liners.  They are super absorbent  and let me keep up with my kids and not worry about it.

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I really wish I had known about Poise when I was pregnant with Jack.  When I was about 35 weeks pregnant with him, I came down with a horrible cold.  I was coughing so violently that I was going through 3-4 pads an hour.  I ended up in the ER getting some breathing treatments and good medicines to help me rest and keep Jack safe.  I wish I had known to try the Poise brand, but I thought light bladder leakage was only for elderly people.

My advice to you?  Don’t be shocked when you experience light bladder leakage.  It is common and it’s ok.  Just slip a Poise liner into your purse and join your friends and family and live life with confidence thanks to Poise!

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Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this conversation and keeping me confident!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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I will freely admit, it has been awhile since I have been to a Save-a-Lot.  Mostly due to distance.  Where we moved from in May, there was only one an hour away.  Now we have one about 10 minutes away.  When I was given the option of getting a gift card and trying out their stores again, I was excited!  One afternoon Cliff and I took off to our local Save-A-Lot and looked to see what they had.  We were really pleased!  In fact, we bought some things for making cool snacks for the kids to have after school or to take TO school!  The first is one we sometimes give them after school.

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We picked up everything from our store.

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These delicious chips are all-natural, gluten free AND gmo-free AND very affordable!

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All our kids like this drink!

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This is a great snack for a special day…and keep in mind this is shared by 3 kids, so you might decrease the amount for 1 kiddo.  Preheat your oven to 350.  Take some chips and put them in an oven-safe dish.  Sprinkle some Kraft Natural cheese (or cheeses) on top.  Place in the oven for about 10 minutes.  Then serve!  We paired ours with the Sparkling Ice drinks and it’s a great snack for the kids to munch on…. and one we feel good about.

At Save-A-Lot we also picked up some produce and yogurt.  This snack is one you can do after school but is also perfect for lunch times too!  You can easily pack this up and put in your kids lunchbox.

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We simply dish up some yogurt and serve it with sliced fruit.  The kids can dip the fruit into the yogurt.  To make it extra fun, you can sometime drizzle a bit of chocolate into the yogurt, or sprinkle on a few mini chocolate chips.  It’s a great snack to keep your kids going til dinner!

What kinds of after school snacks do your kids like?

 

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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The last couple of nights, it has dipped down into the 40′s here in Tennessee.  Fall has definitely arrived and I love it!  The cooler weather means it’s time to pull out the pants and long sleeved shirts as well as warmer pajamas.  When I found Brian the Pekingese pajamas, I knew they’d be perfect for Little Miss! She is obsessed with dogs.  I swear she has puppy radar and can spot one from a mile away.  Brian the Pekingese was started by parents who saw how their dog Brian seemed to calm their son when he was next to his crib.  Their cute jammies, which feature Brian, are 100% pre-washed cotton and are made in the USA.  I chose the Pink Daisy pajamas for Little Miss.

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I love the print!  It’s so playful and cute and of course, since it has a dog on it, Little Miss loves them!  I was impressed by how soft they were.  I’m all about softness when it come to jammies.  I want my kiddos to be comfortable and these fit the bill.

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I was also sent a Brian the Pekingese Plush Toy.

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It’s adorable ans super cuddly!  A loves it and has been carrying it around everywhere.

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I appreciate the quality of these pajamas and love how they fit my daughter.  They are perfect for the cooler fall nights without being too heavy. Comfort, style and quality, these have it all!

Do you have a little dog lover in your life?  These pajamas would be perfect for them!  They are available in 4 styles, both girl and boy and come in sizes 18 months-5T.  They will soon expand their line to include slippers and additional style of pajamas.

One lucky reader will win a pair of Brian the Pekingese pajamas as well as the matching plush toy!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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To celebrate the first full day of Autumn, I wanted to share my new fall themed artwork I received from Fulcrum Gallery.  Fulcrum Gallery offers thousands of great works of art including both original and open edition fine-art prints.  The site is easy to navigate and I like that you can search by style, subject, room, or artist.  You can then narrow your search by size, shapes and color.  I knew I wanted something fall related to hang above our fireplace so I searched their seasonal art.  There were SO many great prints!  I narrowed it down to about 10 and then had my hubby help me pick.  We finally settled on A Country Home During Autumn by Billy Jacobs.  It reminded me of fun fall days in the country and matched our decor.  Another great thing about Fulcrum Gallery is that they offer a variety of framing for your art.  The process is very user friendly.  You can scroll through all the options and see a preview of each selection before deciding.  You can get framing with matting or without.  I chose a 1 1/4″ black frame.  About a week later my order arrived.

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The piece arrived well packaged.

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The front of the print is covered with an acrylic plexiglass.  This protects the print but doesn’t make it super heavy.

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The back of the piece had hangers for easy mounting.

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I appreciated the little details, like the felt padding on the bottom edges that prevent the frame from scratching the wall.

I hung the print above the fireplace and put a fall swag right above it.  I love how it looks!

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I am super pleased with my print!  I love that Fulcrum Gallery offers full service from beginning to end.  In addition to framing, you can also choose canvas or laminated prints.  I saw several prints that would be good for the kids’ rooms and the laminating option would be perfect for them.  Of course, you can also just purchase the standard print as well if you’d like.

Fulcrum Gallery offers many styles to choose from, including classical, unique, contemporary, and modern art, just to name a few.  They also have a great selection of both black and white and color photography.

Whether you’re looking for seasonal art like me, or a great motivational print, Fulcrum Gallery has you covered!

Are you in the market for a new print?  What type of art do you like?

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda