Monday, November 23, 2015

Shop BoomBoom Prints For Hip & Stylish Home Goods + $50 GC Giveaway!

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I tend to gravitate towards unique or quirky items. It's such a joy when I stumble upon fun finds from independent artists. I think those finds are some of the best to decorate with, and especially to gift to loved ones! I was recently pretty giddy to learn about BoomBoom Prints. If you aren't familiar with BoomBoom Prints, you should get acquainted now. Why? Because they are a free marketplace that allows artists to showcase their work on many different products. What you get by shopping BoomBoom Prints are products that you can customize with the artist to get exactly what you want. 
With a community of over 3,000 independent artists from all over the world, offering more than 30,000 beautiful and unique designs, there is something for everyone here. There are many categories to shop. Find decor for every room in your home, get gifts that will be treasured for many years, or even pick up something for your pets, too! From wall prints to clothing, cell phone cases, pillows and bags, the artwork options paired with customizable product is almost endless. I want to share a few of my favorite designs that I found on BoomBoom Prints.

Allison has a slight obsession with pillows, piling them up in the corner of her room to make a cozy reading nook. When I saw that they had floor pillows, I knew I had to get her one. A big, fluffy floor pillow would be much cozier to read on than a bunch of little ones! Since she loves pugs, I did a quick search to see what pug artwork was available, then narrowed it down to this Pug Toy Dog Floor Pillow

When my order arrived, I was really happy that the print on the actual pillow was an exact match to what was displayed on the website. 

I was also pleased that the pillow was soft and cushy, not filled with bean bag filler, so it's super comfy to rest on. The pillow features a concealed zipper, removable case for washing, and the artwork is printed on both sides. It really does make for the perfect reading nook pillow, or even to plop on the living room floor for family movie night! The quality of the pillow is top notch, and I know it will withstand a lot of abuse that a tween girl can throw at it.

If you are looking to add some unique artwork to your home or attire, or if you simply want to find that perfect gift for someone who appreciates receiving items from independent artists, I highly recommend shopping at BoomBoom Prints! Even better, they want to offer my readers a discount of 15% off by using code TMNBBP01 at checkout. The discount will run through 12/31/15!

If you would like to explore the designs for yourself, be sure to check out BoomBoom Prints website. Additionally, stay up to date on new products and promotions by following along with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a $50 BoomBoom Prints Gift Card! Giveaway is open to U.S., 18+ and ends 12/9/15. All entries are verified, so please make sure you are properly entering for the entries you claim. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the giveaway.

JUST DANCE 2016 Tops My Teen's Holiday Wishlist #JustDance2016 #CG

As many of you know, Mariah and I take Hip Hop Dance classes twice a week. For us, dancing is an awesome way to get fit while having fun! Since our instructor is only available twice a week, we have to find alternative fitness routines to keep in shape on all the other days. With our love of dancing, it's a no-brainer that we play the Just Dance video games at home to keep our exercise flow going the rest of the week. Ever since the very first Just Dance game was released, we've been hooked, and both girls have requested the newest version every Christmas since. It's one traditional gift that they can count on receiving each year from us and they would be pretty disappointed if a holiday went by without a new version under the tree. Luckily, Just Dance 2016 was just released, so Christmas came a little early for my girls this year!

Jam packed with 40 hit songs, Just Dance 2016 will have you movin' and groovin' to today's hottest beats! Shake it to hits like "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars, "Cool For the Summer" by Demi Lovato, and "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor. Or, if you prefer a few old school tracks, get down to "You're The One That I Want" from the movie Grease or "Copacabana" by Frankie Bostello. There's a fabulous mix of songs appropriate for all ages! My favorite is "Want To Want" by Jason DeRulo, and both my girls agree that their favorite its "Heartbeat Song" by Kelly Clarkson.

The graphics are bright and engaging, and I love that they put the song lyrics at the bottom of the screen so you can sing along. Additionally, instructional moves are displayed at the bottom as well to make it easier to follow along with the dancer in the center of the screen.

It's hard to get an overall feel of the game through photos alone, so I tossed together a little clip of us doing a few dance routines from 3 of the songs from Just Dance 2016. Now, we only did one practice run on the songs before taping to show that it's not too hard to pick up on learning the routines. However, we didn't perfect them after the first run, so be gentle on us if you watch, hehe!

See, you really do get a good workout while having fun! 

Just Dance 2016 is available on all motion-controlled gaming platforms, including Xbox 1, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Wii U, and Wii. Just in time for the holidays, I think it would make a fantastic stocking stuffer for your teen, or really, anyone who loves to dance and have fun!

If you would like to learn more about Just Dance 2016 from Ubisoft, follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out more video on their website.

Is Just Dance 2016 on your holiday wish list this year? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

They say the cold weather will really start rolling in within the next few weeks. Are you ready? Are you prepared for the sniffles, the sneezing and coughing, the sore and itchy throat and watery eyes? These things are so hard to avoid, but we can prepare ourselves and do whatever we can to fight those germs off! Those symptoms will most likely pop up because illnesses spread like wildfires during the winter weather. Grab your tissues, germ-x, cold medicine and humidifiers!

What if you were feeling those symptoms and you went to the doctor and they said you were not actually sick? If they said they could not find any trace of a cold or the flu, what would you do? What would you think? It is definitely possible that you aren’t actually sick, but that you are feeling the effects of indoor air pollution (or dry air, which is why I suggested grabbing your humidifier!).

Indoor air pollution is described as dirt, dust, dander, and other little pollutants floating around your home. Those can cause the cold/flu-like symptoms! Do you ever sneeze when you are near something really dusty? Imagine breathing in all of that dust all day long. If you have asthma, that can be a real issue! If you are able to get outside and breathe that fresh air in as much as possible, go for it! However, if you are stuck inside due to the weather, you may need to make some minimal home improvements to help with your air quality.

This may come as a surprise to you, but owning certain houseplants, such as Boston ferns, can really improve your air quality! These plans actually neutralize the contaminants you may have in your air. Clean or upgrade your air filter. Old filters may contain bacteria, mold and viruses. If the weather allows it, open up your windows for at least five minutes a day if possible. Let the old air out and let the fresh air in!

What are some things you do to improve your air quality at home? Have you ever experienced any cold-like symptoms due to too much dust or bacteria? How did you take care of it? Did you call your local HVAC Company? Let us know in the comment section!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sun-Dried Tomato-Olive Bread Makes A Nice Hostess Gift

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.
Party season  is upon us and I've already got a list of events that I have to attend. Showing up to gatherings empty handed is a no-no for me, and probably most of you too, but who has time to shop for a hostess gift when you have a million other things to do during the holiday season? Baked goods are always a hit, but sometimes they can take up precious time too. I found this semi-homemade bread recipe on Golden Blossom Honey that I thought would be a quick and easy gift to whip up and hand to your hostess. Check out this Sun-Dried Tomato-Olive Bread! Wrap it up in a cute paper bag envelope, tie it with a ribbon and call it done!

It does have a Mediterranean flavor to it, so if your recipient doesn't care for the Mediterranean flare, you might want to go with another option. This wasn't one of Jason's favorite bread recipes, but he has never liked rosemary so I knew he wouldn't be a fan. However, I really liked the blend of flavors and ate the whole loaf myself! Using refrigerated pizza dough really cuts down on prep time, so this is the perfect crunch time recipe when you need a hostess gift asap! 

12 Kalamata olives
6 sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 (10 ounce) tube refrigerated pizza dough


You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What's your quick go-to item for hostess gifting?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Top 5 Holiday Travel Must Haves & $50 Walmart GC Giveaway! #OVHsnacks

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

Next week kicks off the busy season for travel. Many of us will be joining the hustle and bustle of holiday travelers, hoping to get through the process in one piece. It's stressful business, but if I have my travel essentials handy, I know I'll get through it unscathed. They key here is making sure I pack my own suitcase so I know I have all the correct items. When we went to the Smoky Mountains over the summer, I asked Jason to pack my hiking shoes. Fast forward 3 states later, I pull out my shoes to discover that not only did he pack one of my shoes and one of Mariah shoes, they were both for the right foot! His excuse? They were both blue. Pft! The lesson of the story is, always pack your own bag. So, what am I packing in my travel bag this holiday? Let me tell you!

1- A comfy travel pillow that won't bunch or slide between the seat and car door.

2- My blanket. Jason's always hot, I'm always cold. So, if he can agree to keep the windows up, I'll keep the heat off and compensate with my blanket.

3- My e-Reader. Have you ever drove through Indiana? BORING! There's absolutely nothing to look at. A good story makes the ride more enjoyable.

4- Headphones. These aren't for me though. Christmas music will be playing 24/7 and I love to sing it. Very loudly. If my family can't tune me out, I might get tossed out of the car. So, I pack them for the family to use to ensure I arrive at our destination safe and sound.

5- Healthy snacks. Car trips and snacking go hand in hand, but that shouldn't mean you have free reign to go hog wild on chowing down on unhealthy options. I don't want to feel bloated or weighed down once we arrive at our holiday destination, so keeping healthy options on hand, like Orchard Valley Harvest snacks that we purchase at Walmart is one of my most important travel essentials.

Orchard Valley Harvest snacks are a much better alternative than empty fillers like candy and chips. Not only is Orchard Valley Harvest committed to offering products with great quality and taste, they pick their nuts and fruits at their peak ensuring that they are minimally processed and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Also, all Orchard Valley Harvest snacks are Non-GMO Project Verified, so you can feel good packing these snacks for all your travels! There's a nice mix of products in the snack line, so it's easy to find a package that you love!

Dark Chocolate Almonds
Cranberry Almond Cashew Trail Mix
Chocolate Raisin Nut Trail Mix
Dry Roasted Salted Almonds*
Dry Roasted Salted Pistachios*
Whole Natural Raw Almonds*
Cashew Halves & Pieces*

*available in snack size packs only

Since they were designed with convenience in mind, you can find the snacks in Grab & Go sizes (1.1-2 ounce packs), as well as Multipacks (eight 1 ounce packs). They really are the perfect grab-and-go snack! You can find Orchard Valley Harvest nationwide at your local Walmart store in the produce section.

To learn more about each Orchard Valley Harvest snack option, visit

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What are some of your holiday travel essentials?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Orchard Valley Harvest . The opinions and text are all mine.

Pecan Pie Bites

Thanksgiving is a week away and I can almost taste it! That's probably because I've been doing a trial run of recipes I want to make for this year's gathering for the past few weeks. I decided to stray away from Pinterest and pulled out my recipe folder to see what old school recipe might look interesting. I found this Pecan Pie Bar recipe in one of the pages I tore out of my Taste of Home magazine a few years back and thought I'd finally give it a try. The original recipe was actually for a double batch of Pecan Pie Bars, but we didn't need that many, so I reduced the recipe by 1/2. Additionally, I went from bar size to cutting them down even smaller to bite sized pieces simply because it makes it easier to sample the tasty treat without indulging even further on a day where you're stuffing yourself more than the turkey.

Pecan Pie Bites


3 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Cold Butter, Cubed

4 Eggs
1.5 Cups Sugar
1.5 Cups Corn Syrup
1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
1.5 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2.5 Cups Chopped Pecans

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 10x15 baking pan. (You might want to line your pan with greased parchment paper that overlaps the sides of the pan for easy removal. I did not use any and had one hell of a time getting my bars out of the pan, even though I greased it really well before putting the crust down.) Bake crust at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until edges start to brown and bottom is set.

For filling: Combine eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust.

Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until edges are firm and center is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bite size pieces (or bars, like the original recipe called for). Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For kicks and giggles, I did leave a few into bar size for Jason to take to work this week.

Pecan Pie Bars

What's going on your Thanksgiving dessert table this year?

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