Friday, October 24, 2014

Review of Contigo West Loop - and Giveaway!

If you've been thinking that a travel mug requires you to travel, you probably haven't been to my desk lately.  As a self-employed person, a coffee lover, and a bit of a clumsy type, I would have some major drama on my hands if it weren't for a well-insulated, lidded travel mug.

I've been using and loving Contigo's line for years, but there is always room for improvement.  The newest West Loop, with an improved lid design has definitely made the cleaning of my leak-proof travel mug a better experience.  I can actually get into the small places on this lid, making sure that I don't get mold or dirt build-up, which also makes sure my coffee always tastes great out of the West Loop.

If color is your thing, the travel tumbler's bold colors will make your day.  This #1 selling line of travel mugs has an option for everyone, and they keep their shine for a long time. (I know. We've used these mugs everywhere, including my husband's workshop.  They take a beating and come back looking awesome each and every time we wash them.) My husband also likes that cold drinks stay cold (for up to 12 hours) and hot drinks stay hot (for up to 5 hours!)

To get more information on this line of must-have, easy to use and clean travel mug, visit the Contigo website.

Wanna Save?  Get 20% off your purchase, now through October 31st, with code WESTLOOP20

Wanna Win?  We are giving one lucky reader will win (4) of the West Loop travel mugs to try!  To be entered to win, just visit the Contigo site and tel us which color you like best.  You have until October 31 at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in.  Limit One entry per person. Open to U.S.

*Samples received to try. Opinions are my own.


Snacks you Can Take Anywhere: Jif To Go Dippers

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Snacking on the go is a must with our busy family. We travel quite a bit, so having something that's not just a bunch of junk in a handy package is important.  We tried the Jif To Go Dippers for our kids this month, and I really had a hard time sharing the Chocolate Silk with Pretzels variety.  It was super useful for my sweet tooth, and the pretzels were a better option than some of the other snacks I usually indulge in. 

The kids were content to enjoy the peanut butter variety.  They eat peanut butter on everything, so having a handy package that won't get crushed in the snack bag and contains everything needed for a "dipping snack" was pretty convenient.  The pretzels were small, so you wouldn't want to give them to little people under age 3 or 4.  They were super crisp and thin, however, so they kept nice and crunchy until it was time to eat them. For kids, the portion size for more than enough.  There inevitably was more Jif left over than pretzels. (Depending on how you feel about kids licking out the inside of the container, this may or may not be a good thing.) 

These snacks are currently available in stores, although I had a hard time finding singles. (There were multipacks in all my stores, however.)  You can find out more about the product at the Jif website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wanna Win?  We are giving one lucky reader (3) coupons each redeemable for a single Jif To Go Dippers.  You can try one of each!  To be entered to win, just let us know where you would take your Dippers. You have until October 30th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One per person, please. Open to U.S. residents 18+ only.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Join Amazon Mom and Get 50% off Diapers, Wipes, and Formula!

Have you been holding back from joining the Amazon Mom program?  We've shared how we've used the program to save big and stock our pantry for emergencies via this easy money-saving program.  Now, we have an additional way to save big -- for new members who join before November 3rd!

When you sign up for free, you can get 50% off qualifying Huggies Diapers, Enfamil formula and Babyganics products. New members can simply add one item from each offer to their shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout. Discount applies to purchases made between October 22, 2014 and December 3, 2014.

Here are a few examples of the deals to be had:

In addition to this great special sign-up offer, Amazon Mom members will continue to receive:
  • 20% off diapers with Subscribe & Save
  • 15% baby registry completion discount
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items with Amazon Prime
  • as exclusive deals for members
See the full list of items you can save 50% on, and use our referral link to get started with the program today!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Party Treats: Candy Corn Dusted Cupcakes and Low-Calorie Witches Brew!

If you haven't given any thought to what you will be making for this year's Halloween party, you are not alone. Sadly, I wait until almost the last minute every year, and would have this year, if it weren't for Walmart asking me to come up with a few treat ideas from some of their favorite branded items.  Really, I love all the Halloween goodies, from the Brach's Candy Corn, to the Peeps Pumpkins, to the new Pillsbury Orange All-Star! Cake Mix.  (And you can find all of your favorite ingredients for fun Halloween foods in the special holiday sections and the center of the aisles in your local Walmart!)

Seriously, if it's orange, I'm trying.  So, we put together this fun cupcake featuring, of all things, candy corn crumble!  Here's how we did it:

1. Prepare the cupcakes as instructed on the package.

2. Make up a marshmallow frosting, like this one we used here from Martha Stewart.  Top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting.

3. Crumble up about 2/3 cup of candy corn in a blender (we used my Ninja) and top the cupcakes right away with the crumbles!

If you wait to use the candy corn crumble, it will all stick together into one horrible blob.  You can try blending it up once or twice to free the crumbs again, but you can't do this more than a time or two or you end up with one giant candy corn blob.

This was a deliciously simple way to use candy corn on a cupcake in a way that's a bit less obvious.  They turned out very pretty and colorful! You could also add one of the Peeps pumpkins for a fun kid's party treat!

We served these cupcakes with some low-calorie "Witches Brew", which is ironic, since the cupcakes are obviously NOT low calorie.

To make the brew, we put 1/4 cup or more whole fresh frozen cherries in the bottom of a plastic Aladdin Mason tumbler.  Add 1-2 drops of food-grade blue coloring and fill to the top with Sparkling ICE Flavored Water (Black Raspberry).

This was yummy and fruity and bubbly -- like a cauldron!

What snacks will you be serving this year? We have some other goodies you might want to try from my fellow Walmart Moms:

Halloween Party Floral Table Centerpiece 

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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