Disclosure: I received a gift card to let our family experience these new Wood Fired Salads at Applebees.  All opinions are my own.

We live in an awesome location.  Our backyard is made of woods and we have a zipline there along with a swing set, tire swing and a firepit.  We are surrounded by pine trees and it feels very secluded.  But we are walking distance to many cool places including our local Applebee’s.  Tonight we got a chance to visit and try their new Wood Fired Salads.

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They have four wood fired salads.

  • NEW Southwestern Steak Salad: Hand-Cut Wood Fired USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak paired with chimichurri, pico de gallo, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a creamy house-made cilantro ranch dressing.


  • NEW Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad: Mixed greens, cucumbers, feta, almonds and house-made creamy mint-Greek yogurt dressing. Also available with Spicy Blackened Chicken.


  • NEW Spicy Blackened Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad: Mixed greens, pickled in-house red onions, cilantro leaves and house-made champagne vinaigrette.


  • NEW Crispy Chicken ‘N Spicy Cornbread Salad: Mixed greens, made-in-house jalapeno cornbread croutons, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing.

They all sound amazing! But we went with the Southwestern Steak Salad and it was AMAZING!

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The dressing was the best part.  It tasted so fresh and was a bit spicy, but not hot.  Everything was so fresh and it was very filling.  Of course, we ALL enjoyed our meals and even got a little dessert to share too.

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And Jack wanted to let you all know a little secret….

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Applebee’s is inviting guests to submit their favorite salad recipes via photo or text on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #WoodFired and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 Applebee’s gift card.*

How awesome is that!! If you were to win a $100 gift card to Applebee’s, what you order?  Leave a comment and let me know!






*See details and official rules at www.beesmeetup.com. No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Sponsored by BTC Revolutions, 304 Arlington Rd., Brookville, OH 45309; Cohn & Wolfe, 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010; and Applebee’s International, Inc., 450 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203.  This Sweepstakes is offered and open to persons who are: (a) legal residents of the United States (includes Washington DC); and (b) at least 18 years of age or older on the date of entry in this Sweepstakes. Employees and directors, and their immediate family members, of the Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies are not eligible to participate in this Sweepstakes.


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 pair of Trekz Headphones from Aftershokz for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

I have been looking for a good pair of headphones for quite a while now.  I need ones that are comfortable, durable and produce quality sound.  I am not a fan of earbud type earphones at all.  They hurt my ears and don;t fit well.  If I jog on the treadmill or outside, they fall out. I’ve also tried traditional headphones but they can feel bulky.  When I learned about Trekz Titanium headphones from AfterShokz, I couldn’t wait to try them!  These wireless, open ear sport headphones, use bone conduction technology to provide excellent sounds and powerful bass.

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These headphones don’t fit like traditional ones.  The speakers actually sit against your cheekbones and transmit audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain aware of ambient sounds while you enjoy your music.


Trekz Titanium Features:

●OpenFit™ – promising uncompromised situational awareness and extended comfort in a revolutionary open ear design. That means you can tune in to your music or a call without tuning out the world around you — vital for staying safe and alert as you move through the day.

●PremiumPitch+™ Sound – Bone conduction audio has earned its bad reputation due to a blend of natural sound leakage and weak bass. PremiumPitch+™ technology optimizes the sound and includes additional features like LeakSlayer™ technology, which ensures music is directed exactly where it should be.

●Titanium Frame: The backbone of the industrial design is a premium titanium frame, an element chosen not only for its strength and durability, but also for its infinite flexibility, which will deliver maximum comfort, portability and the very best sound.

●Sweat Resistant: Built to power through daily sweat sessions and wicked weather. IP55 rated to repel sweat, moisture and dust.

●Six Hours of Music and Calls: A single charge will reliably deliver six hours of music play and talk time. You can charge fully in 1.5 hours, but a quick 15-minute charge provides enough boost to get you through a long workout or marathon call.

●Noise Canceling Mics: Precisely placed dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech.

●Voice Prompts: Audrey Says™ seamlessly guide you through power, pair, play and talk, and everything in between.


I couldn’t wait to try them out.  I have to say, these are the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn and my son agrees!  They are super lightweight and I honestly didn’t even feel them after a few minutes.

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As you can see, they fit well over my son’s glasses as well.


They are super easy to use and stay in place even during strenuous exercise.  The buttons that control the volume as well as the button used to answer calls is easily accessed while the headphones are being worn.  The setup was easy.  I just used the included charging cord and then followed the directions for syncing the headphones with my phone.

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My son thought it was really neat that the sound is transmitted through the cheekbones and we both thought the sound quality was excellent.  I have used them several times to answer or make phone calls as well and the sound was nice and clear and the person I was speaking to was able to hear me clearly as well.  I really like that I am still able to be aware of what is going on around me while wearing these.  I feel safer, especially when I am hiking or walking the neighborhood.  Earplugs are also included for situations when it is safe to block out surrounding noises, like on an airplane or train.


It took about and hour and a half to fully charge the headphones and that charge lasted during several uses over a couple of days.

These are truly the best headphones I have tried!  They are wireless, comfortable and the sound quality is excellent.  The only issue is that I have to fight my husband and kids for them!  Needless to say, we plan on getting a second pair!  If you’re looking for high quality headphones that deliver wonderful sound, Trekz Titanium are for you!

One very lucky reader will win a pair of Trekz Titanium Headphones, valued at $129.99!


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 from Belli for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


As I get older, I have really started to realize the importance of taking care of my skin.  I want something that will help with dullness and fine lines but I also want something that’s gentle on my skin.  Belli products strive to provide skincare that is luxurious, effective, and safe. Whether your an expectant mom, a new mom or an older mom, you can trust that Belli products provide safe ingredients, effective solutions with scientifically researched ingredients, and luxurious formulations with aromatherapy to provide a spa-like experience.

I used Belli products while pregnant and loved that I could address my skin issues while also knowing that the ingredients were safe for my baby and me.  While my pregnancy days are over, I still want to be kind to my skin.  So I was excited to receive the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Eye Brightening Cream, and Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator.


I have gotten into the habit of just using plain soap to wash my face.  While it got my skin clean, it also left it feeling dry.  The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash left my face clean without drying it out.  It contains Lactic acid (found naturally in the body), lemon peel oil, green tea extract, and cucumber.  Together, these natural ingredients work to leave skin clean, bright and refreshed.  I really liked how my skin felt after using the wash and it smells fantastic!  A lot of acne products can leave skin so dry and even irritated.  I didn’t have that problem at all with this wash.  It did a good job of helping to clear up acne in a gentle way.

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One of my biggest complaints is that I feel my complexion is dull.  I have combination skin so some areas are oily while others are dry.  The Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a great, lightweight moisturizer that uses Vitamin C and grape seed oil to nourish skin.  It has the same amazing smell as the facial wash and it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.  A little goes a along way and I love that it absorbs into my skin really quickly so I can apply it before my makeup.  It’s not heavy or thick, which I appreciate.

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As a mom of six, I don’t always get enough sleep.  I’m sure many of you can relate!  My eyes can look tired and I’ve been noticing fine lines appearing around them as well.  Belli Eye Brightening Cream has been really helpful with these issues!  It contains Vitamin k which helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, and Vitamin B3  which helps the eye area look rejuvenated and restored.  I use a tiny dab and gently pat it around each each.  The cream is really light and feels good on my skin.  I have been using it each morning and at night and I feel like my fine lines are less noticeable and my eyes look more awake.

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All Belli products are allergy tested, paraben free and contain no artificial dyes or fragrances. They are OB/GYN & dermatologist recommended so you can feel good about using them during pregnancy and beyond!  Now through August 31st, Mudpies and Tiaras readers can get 20% off their entire purchase from belliskincare.com by using the code BELLI400810. Check out all the great products Belli has to offer to help you address your skincare issues in a safe and effective way!


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 from Pet Treater for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.  This post contains affiliate links.


We are a family of animal lovers.  We have a menagerie of pets including our dog Lucy, our puppy Zoe that we adopted last month, our cats Daisy and Polly, and six chickens.  We also brought home a tiny kitten we found abandoned at the fair grounds last weekend.  I’m a huge sucker for homeless animals!  Needless to say, we enjoy pampering our furry family members.  Pet Treater makes it easy for us with their monthly subscription service.    Each month, we receive a box filled fun items for our dogs, including high quality treats, toys, and, accessories.  Each box also includes an item for us humans :)  The theme for the July box was “Dog Days of Summer”.


I love that each box has a personalized letter for our Lucy.  It shares a little about the theme of the month.  This month’s letter gave some tips for staying cool in the summer.  It also reminded us that with every purchase of a Pet Treater box, we’ve helped donate a bed, blanket. or toy to a local shelter dog or cat.  This is a fantastic bonus for us since we are passionate about helping shelter animals!

This month’s box contained some great items!  Spongeables are fun, bone shaped sponges that are infused with shampoo for a clean and shiny coat.  Each sponge lasts for up to 6 months for small and medium dogs.  We haven’t used it yet since we just applied the dogs’ flea treatment but I’m, excited to try it.  I do know it smells really good!


We also received a fun bandanna with stars that’s perfect for the month of July!


The human item this month was the Chill Tube Cooling Towel.  It has been really hot here lately so this item is much appreciated!  You simply wet the towel, wring it out, and then wave it around to activate the cooling and apply it to your body.  I tried it and it really works!  Made such a difference during my tie on the treadmill.


The Frosty Bowl is another item that will get a lot of use during this heat wave.  You just put the core in the freezer for 2 hours and then replace it and add water.  I love being able to provide our pups with nice cold water even on the hottest days.

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Little Miss’s favorite part of the Pet Treater boxes are the treats.  She loves giving them to the dogs and I have started putting them up high in the pantry or she’d give them an entire bag in one day.  This month we received two bags of Grill-icious All-Natural Treats, in Turkey and Beef flavors.  They are gluten free with no by-products or preservatives.  We also got a flag themed Three Cheese Pleaser from Emmy’s Gourmet Canine Creations.  Not only was it super cute, but the dogs loved it!


The biggest hit in the box had to be this Scooby Doo squeak toy.  Lucy was nice enough to share it with Zoe, who LOVES it!  She carries it all over the house and likes to make it squeak.


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So here’s a breakdown of the values of what I received. All prices came from Amazon unless otherwise noted.

  • Grill-icious Turkey Treats- $4.19
  • Grill-icious Beef Treat- $5.97
  • Three Cheese Pleaser- $2
  • Scooby Doo Toy- $9.25
  • Frosty Bowl- $17.99
  • Spongeables- $6.97
  • Bandanna- $3.29 for similar one
  • Chill Tube Towel- $8.99

That’s a total value of $58.65.  A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings! If you go with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, it’s even cheaper ($19.99 for the 12 month!).  To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com. You can use the code LOVE-PT5 to get $5 off your first box OR PT-BED to receive a free dog bed with your first order. These are not stackable and you must choose one or the other.  Make sure to connect with Pet Treater on Facebook and Twitter to see deals and special offers!


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 from Brick Loot for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

We had a nasty storm come through our area last week.  It only lasted about 20 minutes but it left behind many, many limbs and full tress down.  It also left us and thousands of others without power for three days.  The kids played outside quite a bit but it was so hot, they didn’t want to stay out for too long.  Boredom started to set in and that always leads to fighting and bickering.  So I was so thankful that I had the newest Brick Loot box to pull out for them.  My younger boys get so excited when each kit arrives.  It was the perfect distraction from the heat!


For those who haven’t heard of it before, Brick Loot is a monthly subscription service which provides boxes filled with fun, unique building sets. Each month has a theme and June’s was “The Mad Scientist!”.

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The boys were really excited about this theme and I could barely hold them back long enough to take a picture of the contents!  The box contained:

  • I.N. Stein
  • Mad Science Lab
  • Mix It Freeze It Eat It BRICK ice tray
  • BrickStix Mad Scientist decals
  • Franklin Figs
  • Exclusive Light Kit

My 8-year old immediately went for the I.N. Stein kit.  He was able to easily follow the directions and assemble the mad scientist figure by himself.


My 10-year old was drawn to the Mad Science Lab kit.  I thought it looked really neat as well.  The fact that it contained a dinosaur figure made it even better!  Again, he was able to follow the illustrated directions and complete the build himself.


I will admit, I enjoyed the relative peace and quiet that ensued while they were building!  When they were done, they were excited to show off their creations.

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The boys enjoyed building these sets as well as playing with them when they were done.  They liked that the platform that the dinosaur stood on spun around and had fun acting out scenarios.


My 8-year-old also really loved the BrickStix decals.  He was able to decorate his different lego pieces with the fun stickers.  I really appreciated the fact that they’re reusable!


My 10-year-old was super excited about the silicone brick ice tray.  He couldn’t wait to try it out so he filled it with water and stuck it in the freezer.  I worked and he enjoyed lego shaped ice cubes!

Once again, we we were super pleased with our Brick Loot box.  This is such a fun subscription for all lovers of building sets.  Subscriptions range in price from $23 to $27 a month. It would make such a great gift and I love that it encourages creativity.  My kids love getting things in the mail so that just adds to the fun. You can also purchase individual pieces at BrickLoot.com (at great prices!) and add some new, fun pieces to your kids’ collection.  Make sure to follow Brick Loot on Facebook and Twitter to find out about specials, discounts and sneak peaks at each new box.

One lucky reader will win a Brick Loot Box!

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