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As a full-time working mom, a wife and a mom to four kids, I just love time savers. I love tips to save time on laundry, tips to help with organizing and honestly anything that can help our family life carry on in a smooth manner.   On a recent trip to our local Wal-Mart I discovered their Marketside Effortless Meals.

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Everything was right up front by the deli, which is amazingly convenient.

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Found in the deli department at Wal-Mart!

I found myself completely inspired.  My favorite food is pizza, so that was what I gravitated to initially.  I picked up a Cheese Pizza and a Pepperoni Pizza.  Then I saw they had Rotisserie Chicken.  This chicken came as part of a Rotisserie Chicken Meal.  For just $9.44 I got the chicken, Diet Coke and the potato salad!

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My very own time saving tip.  Pick up these exact ingredients and you have the making of three, yes THREE, effortless family meals!  Here is what you do, pick up these same items at your local Wal-Mart and follow my meal plan.

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Upon arriving home, we stashed the pizzas in the fridge.  We were going to bake those for dinner the following night.  While the Rotisserie Chicken was still piping hot, we ate that with some potato salad and carrot sticks.  After we were done, we shredded what was left of the chicken and set it aside.  For night two, we ate the pizzas and enjoyed our 2 Liter of Diet Coke.

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Then on night three (remember I promised three meals) we dined on the Crockpot Chicken Stew!

I am going to share one of my most favorite recipes…Crockpot Chicken Stew.  Not only is this meal delicious, it is also easy.  Foolproof in fact.  This meal almost makes itself and yet tastes like it was delivered to your table by a gourmet chef.

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Crockpot Chicken Stew Recipe

Shredded Rotisserie Chicken

1 jar Peach Mango Salsa

1 can (drained and rinsed) corn

1 can (drained and rinsed) Shoepeg (white) corn

1 can diced tomatoes and chilis

1 large can diced tomatoes

2 cans (drained and rinsed) black beans

Diced fresh garlic (optional)

Toss all the ingredients into the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  We serve this up with tortilla chips and cheese and sour cream for garnish.  Sometimes we will add a bit if fresh cilantro on top too.

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And there you have it folks!  I made one QUICK trip to Wal-Mart, bought a few Marketside items and fed my family nice, hot meals THREE nights in a row.  Each meal took less than 10 minutes to prepare.  You gotta love it!

So tell me, how can Wal-Mart’s Marketside items help you ease back into the school routine?

 

 

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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I love surprises.  I was never one to snoop for Christmas or birthday presents.  I even cried one year when I accidentally uncovered a couple.  Weird I know but I really like being surprised when I open a gift.  So I love the idea of monthly subscriptions where you receive a box of mystery goodies.  Peaches & Petals is a new monthly service that sends you a box filled with great beauty and fashion accessories. Each box contains 3-5 items with everything from scarves, rings, and watches to mud masks, nail polish, and blush. I was so excited to try out a box for myself!

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First off, the box that the items came in was so cute!  It’s nice and sturdy and can be used to store extra things like jewelry, scarves, or beauty items.

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Inside, the items were wrapped in pretty floral tissue paper. The nice presentation just made the box even more exciting.

So here’s what was inside:

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So Clean So Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes

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These worked well and I keep them by my bed for nights when I’m so tired I forget to wash my face (as a mom to 6, that happens regularly!).

GLAM by Kim Kardashian Perfume

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This has a fruity scent with a little bit of musk.  I liked it and it passed the hubby test!

Adhesive Branch Magnet Board

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I admit, this one had me stumped for a minute.  But once I played around with it, I thought of several uses for it.  You just peel the backing off the back of the tree and then attach the magnetic leaves anywhere on it.  I plan on putting it on my bathroom wall and hanging bracelets and necklaces from it.

Yes to Carrots Super Rich Body Butter

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I really liked this cream!  It’s nice and thick, absorbs quickly and has a light baby powder scent.

5-Strand Fashion Bracelet

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This bracelet is super cute!  I love the mix of rhinestones, beads, and faux pearls.  The off white gold colors are really and I can wear this bracelet with many different outfits.

Triple Strand Necklace

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I think this may have been my favorite item!  It’s gold tone with a faux pearl bar on the middle strand.  This necklace really dresses up a plain black or white tee.

I searched to find the value of all the items I received.  This is what I came up with.

Wipes- $4.50

Perfume- $12.00

Magnet- $6.00

Body Cream- $6.00

Bracelet- $6.00

Necklace- couldn’t find this one but I’m guessing it would have cost me around $10 at the store.

That’s $42.50 in products.  And the box only costs $14.99 a month with free shipping!  I was really impressed and think this is a great value!  You could easily spend $15 on just one necklace.  With Peaches & Pearls, you get a whole box each month filled with fun items delivered right to your door!

When you sign up for Peaches and Petals,  will receive 50% off your first box by using code PEACHTIARA.  That means you only pay $7.50 for the first month!  Plus THREE lucky winners will receive one box free!

 

 

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.

We’re big fans of Learning Resources.  They’re huge selection of great toys and games make learning fun.  I love toys that get my boys engaged and using their minds.  So when Learning Resources contacted me about reviewing their new Gears! Gears! Gears! Pet Playland Building Set, I was really excited!

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This fun set includes four friendly pets, two Ferris wheel carriages, a teacup, an airplane, and many colorful gear pieces that allow you to create a fun playland that spins with the turn of a handle.

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I couldn’t get the box open quick enough for the kids.  They love anything that allows them to create and build so this set had their attention right away.  The set came with easy to follow directions with plenty of pictures.

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My 9 and 7-year-olds got right to it…with a little help from Little Miss!

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I loved that they were able to work as a team to put the set together.  They really got into it and there was no fighting, yay!  After about 20 minutes, they proudly showed off the finished project.

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They had fun showing me how all the gears worked together to make the different “attractions” turn and spin.

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It was a really fun way for them to learn engineering and technology concepts.  Little Miss loved seeing everything spin and enjoyed moving the animals from ride to ride.

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One of the best parts of the set is that it allows for lots of creativity since kids can use their imaginations to build a multitude of creations and designs.  You can even combine it with other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets to build even more!  My kids love this set and enjoy showing off their new creations.

Learning Resources has so many wonderful educational toys that you can feel good about your kids playing with.  You can see them all at Learningresourecs.com  You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up with all of their latest products!

One lucky reader will win a Gears! Gears! Gears! Pet Playland Building Set!

 

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.

School starts for our kids in just over a week.  I am not sure if any of us are ready.  But I do know that I feel more prepared after we received a gift box from Seattle’s Best.

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Oh yeah.  This was a parent’s only back to school gift box for US! My husband and I were thrilled to discover the coffees, new mug and other goodies.

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Did you know there are actually different types of Back to School Parents?  Watch this cute video to find out what kind of back-to-school parent YOU are.

We are type of back-to-school parents that need coffee in the morning to get us going.  That is why our daughter bought this mug for our husband while we were on our summer vacation.

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Seattle’s Best offers many different brews and you are sure to find one that suits your tastes.  I loved the Hazelnut coffee we received and my husband was a fan of the House Blend.  AND I am stoked to let you know that Seattle’s Best is offering one of our readers their very own Parents Only Back-To-School gift package.  This is valued at $115 and includes all of the following:

  • A signature red Seattle’s Best Coffee mug
  • A red to-go tumbler for mornings on-the-go
  • A Moleskine notebook to keep track of family activities and grocery lists
  • A trendy canvas backpack with a side pocket for your to-go coffee mug
  • The Tile app to find your car keys with a push of a button
  • A magnetic dry erase weekly planner for the fridge to keep the family organized
  • Three varieties of Seattle’s Best Coffee to fuel a smooth morning

Enter below for your chance to win!

 

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.  The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. The assets included within this post were delivered to me to promote Rollins Inc.

It’s back-to-school time and class is in session … Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!

Back-to-school time is a great time to #LearnWithOrkin about pest prevention. Take the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz to find out if you know how to think like a pest!

So how did you score?

At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Orkin on Facebook: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl
Ask The Orkin Man® on Twitter: twitter.com/AskTheOrkinMan
Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

I know that in the midst of the back to school rush bug control might not be high on your list of priorities.  But Fall is actually a prime time for many bugs! Yuck!  Orkin wants to help you be ready…for school and for bugs. LOL!  Take the quiz above and then enter below to win a fun Orkin Prize Pack!

The Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack includes:

One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!

One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid – Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.

One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist – This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

Enter below for your chance to win!

 

Each household is only eligible to win Back to School Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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