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Sunday, September 22, 2019

It's Fall, Y'all Giveaway


Happy Fall! With a new season comes a new giveaway! Today we are giving you the chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card to get you all fall ready.

The giveaway is open to all, and will run through 10/7/19. I will send an Amazon.com gift card through email, and while this giveaway is open to all, it is the entrant's responsibility to make sure Amazon is available where they reside as no prize substitutions will be made. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new one is chosen. As some participants aren't on all social media platforms, I offer multiple ways to enter, but remember, each one is optional. Enter only the ones you'd like an entry for. Good luck!



*graphics used from Miss Kate's Cuttables and The Coffee Shop Blog



Friday, September 20, 2019

Brita Filtering Bottle - My Simple Swap for a Sustainable Future #SwapforSustainability

Disclosure- This post is sponsored by Brita but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


Staying active is important to my family. Staying hydrated is really important to us, too. We're always on the go, and I'm just going to admit that while I try to be an Eco-warrior, sometimes I fall a little flat and grab plastic bottles of water for our on-the-go adventures as I'm headed out of the door. That's something that bothers me, especially since I know that 2,000 plastic bottles are used every second in the U.S. and 70% of them are not even recycled. While we all deserve cleaner, great-tasting water, we shouldn't have to trash the planet to get it. That's why I'm doing my part and am making the Swap for Sustainability.

Brita Filtering Bottle

I have just purchased a Brita Filtering Bottle for everyone in my house, so whether we're at home or on-the-go, we have a better alternative for reducing waste and living a more sustainable life.

Brita Filtering Bottle

The 20 ounce Brita Filtering Bottle filters water as you drink through the straw, so you can enjoy great-tasting water anytime, anywhere without waste.

Brita Filtering Bottle


The Brita Filtering Bottle offers a unique stainless steel design that features double wall insulation to keep water cold for up to 24 hours, so my family can enjoy crisp, refreshing water at home or while out enjoying the great outdoors.

Brita Filtering Bottle
Brita Filtering Bottle

As a mom, it makes me happy to see our youth taking a more proactive approach to cleaning up our environment, and my daughter is no exception. She was really excited to get her hands on her new Brita Filtering Bottle and couldn't wait to fill it up, then head out for a walk in the park. Our park does offer plenty of water fountains, but if I'm being honest, the water is less than tasty. However, the Brita Filtering Bottle comes with a replaceable filter that reduces chlorine taste and odor, leaving the fountain water tasting just as refreshing as bottled, but without the waste. 

Brita Filtering Bottle

Brita Filtering Bottle

I like taking my Brita Filtering Bottle to the dog park too.

Brita Filtering Bottle


The attached handle makes it easy for me to hold the bottle with ease in one hand, while holding the dog's leashes in the other. When you have two rambunctious dogs to control, you really appreciate the little things in life like this that much more.

Brita Filtering Bottle

The Brita Filtering Bottle has quickly become a staple in our outdoor adventures, workout session, the office, and both girls keep theirs tucked into their backpacks for a quick refresher at school.



It makes my heart happy to know that my family has all jumped on board and are as excited about our Swap for Sustainability. Since the Brita Filtering Bottle can replace up to 1,800 water bottles a year, it's really helping my family do its part to live a more Eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.

Brita Filtering Bottle

If you're looking to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, I highly recommend making the Swap for Sustainability by grabbing a your own Brita Filtering Bottle. You can find it in an assortment of fun colors HERE.


What kind of sustainable swaps has your family made?



Comforting Braised Beef Over Noodles

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


I come from a long line of southern women, and if you know anything about a southern woman, then you know they love to cook up hearty comfort foods. This is the time of the year that I really start to think about the women who have shaped my life- my grandmas, my mom, my mother-in-law and my stepmom, and how they are/were mighty fine cooks. I don't think that many would disagree that nothing beats a good home cooked meal, and I rarely skipped out on dinner growing up around some of the most amazing ladies who sure knew their way around a kitchen. Of course, they all had their own signature dish, but the one comfort meal that they all served up time and time again was beef and noodles. It was a meal that you would never catch me saying no to, and my stepmom was especially fond of making it for me anytime I requested it for dinner. She's been gone for a few years now, but as the cooler weather approaches, I think about her most. She loved fall and had a passion for Halloween that would rival my own. After checking out the new Halloween displays and thinking about how much my Lisa would have giggled over the new offerings at the store last week, I decided to buy some egg noodles, then came home and made this Braised Beef Over Noodles recipe from Golden Blossom Honey in her honor.

Braised Beef Over Noodles

This is a really easy, yet comforting recipe for cooler weather. You can make it vegetarian by omitting the beef, cook the sauce per recipe instructions (swap out the beef broth for vegetable broth), then towards the end of the cook time, saute some sliced mini Bella mushrooms and stir into the sauce before serving. The only thing I would do different on this recipe is add in mashed potatoes. All of the women in my family usually plop a scoop of mashed potatoes onto the plate first, cover with another scoop of noodles, then top with the sauce. It's totally up to you, but that's just how we roll in this family. 


Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 pounds lean beef stew meat cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup onions, coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup low sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup (about 2 ounces) sundried tomatoes halves, not oil packed, cut into strips
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Braised Beef Over Noodles


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 comfort meal is a staple in your family?

 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Quick & Easy Apple Dumplings

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


Apple season is here! Does anyone else get really excited when you walk in to the grocery store this time of year and they have about a billion different apples on display? I do! Nothing gets me ready for the season faster than shiny Granny Smith, Fuji, Macintosh, Gala, Cortland, and my favorite... Honeycrisp, all beckoning for me to fill my cart so I can go home and get my bake on. Last week was nippy, but we're back to air conditioning weather this week. But that didn't mean I couldn't sneak in an early season quick baking session to satisfy my apple cravings, and this Apple Dumplings recipe from Golden Blossom Honey was just what the doctor ordered. 

Apple Dumplings

You know I'm all about the shortcuts lately, and what intrigued me about this recipe was instead of making your own dough, you simply use a can of refrigerated crescent roll dough for the dumplings. It really doesn't get any simpler than that. But, what I liked even more about this recipe was that I could slowly usher in fall while still hanging onto a bit of summer. Combine your warm apple dumplings with a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream and you've got the best of both worlds! 

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
2 small Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
vanilla ice cream, if desired

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Apple Dumplings

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 favorite apple variety?




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Stay at Charming The Waters Country House in Ballyvaughan

We didn't book any hotels on our Ireland vacation, opting to go with Airbnb rentals instead. I left our sleeping arrangements up to Jason to plan, and while looking for accommodations near Cliffs of Moher, up popped this charming little bed and breakfast called The Waters Country House. We didn't have any plans of booking a b&b since we were trying to pick the cheapest sleeping arrangements possible, but after looking through the website, I knew I would regret it if we didn't make reservations for a stay.

Waters Country House

Located in Country Clare, the b&b sits on over 40 acres of farmland at the foot of Burren Hills. You can choose a room with a mountain view or country view when booking your stay, but we booked the Family Suite and got the best of both worlds out of our windows.

Waters Country House

Our little bungalow wasn't attached to the main property, but located a few hundred feet away. It gave us the feeling of seclusion and the sense that we were in our own little private universe. One of my favorite things about our Ireland vacation was laying out some blankets in this field of wildflowers late at night and stargazing. I've seen stars in the sky before, but when you're smack dab in the middle of a beautiful Irish countryside without light pollution pouring in, the view is indescribable. I have never seen so many stars in the sky before, and we even caught sight of a few shooting stars! That experience alone is enough to make me want to book another stay here.

Our room was spacious, offering adequate sleeping spots for the 4 of us, a dining area, a sitting area, and our own private bathroom.

Waters Country House

Waters Country House

You'll find all kinds of welcoming, homey touches at The Waters Country House. Right outside of our room was a little tea/coffee setup so we didn't have to walk to the main house for refreshments.

Waters Country House

Waters Country House

While we adored our room, we absolutely loved how inviting the main house was. The first thing we noticed was the scent. They had peat logs burning in the fireplaces, giving it a warm, welcoming vibe, and we've even considered fixing our fireplace to recreate that beautiful country scent in our own home. There are several family rooms to kick back and relax in...

Waters Country House

Waters Country House

A stocked bar, where we were told just take what you want, write it down, and we can settle at checkout. Have I mentioned how much I adore Irish hospitality?

The Waters Country House


Breakfast is included with your stay, and if you're a people person, you'll love how all of the guests chat across the room to each other, making it feel like one big family affair. You can immediately grab breads, cheeses, fruits and coffee from the breakfast bar, then a waitstaff person will come around to take your hot meal order.

Waters Country House


Waters Country House

Waters Country House

One of the coolest things about Waters Country House is it has its own natural spring to fetch pure, natural, refreshing water from. The house actually draws its name from the wells it sits upon. Bubbling from the limestone caves below, according to Irish legend, the spring water holds magical powers, offering health and wellness to guests who choose to sip from it. The girls couldn't get enough of taking the pitcher down to fill with the crystal clear water.

Waters Country House
Waters Country House

Walking back to our room, the girls spotted these two beauties in the hill beside our bungalow who wanted to make friends with us.

Waters Country House

Waters Country House

A word to the wise, that is an electric fence, and yes, I did zap the hell out of myself trying to pet the horses LOL.

If you're headed out around Cliffs of Moher, I would highly recommend booking a stay at The Waters Country House. It's just a short 30 minute drive to the cliffs, or 5 minutes if you just want to explore charming Ballyvaughan. Just for the record, I was not compensated to talk about our stay at The Waters Country House. I don't normally post about our hotels/airbnb rentals, but this b&b is my absolute favorite place we have ever booked a stay at during any of our travels, I thought I'd share so more people could have the same beautiful experience we did here.




Hotel, Airbnb, Bed & Breakfast? Which is your preferred method of lodging while traveling? 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Experience the Magic of the Live Adaptation of Aladdin on Blu-ray & DVD September 10!

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


I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering, splendid.... As one who lives to travel, it's no wonder that Aladdin has been one of my all time favorite movies. I can still feel the excitement I had walking into the theater with my girlfriends to catch the animated classic way back in 1992, and my love for Aladdin has been going strong ever since. On our recent trip to NY, I wasn't leaving without seeing Aladdin on Broadway. Yes, I went to the show wearing my animated shirt, looking 100% like a tourist. But who cares!? I was just as giddy going into the play that day as I was 17 years ago walking into the movie theater. 


I don't make any secrets about my love for Aladdin, so when I heard that the animated classic was getting a live adaptation... oh, my heart almost couldn't take it. I loaded up my girls and we hit the theater full force, ready to immerse ourselves magic, love, and music. The soundtrack has been playing in my home nonstop since this summer as we've been eagerly awaiting the release of the live-action film on Blu-ray and DVD. If you're on the same carpet as us, the good news is, the wait is almost over. Disney's Live Action Aladdin will be available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD, this Tuesday, September 10! 

Aladdin Box Art

If you missed it in the theaters, now's your chance to get your hands on a copy and find out what you've been missing out on. While it doesn't 100% stick to the original animated version, I loved the changes made for the live-action version and the new song Speechless added to the soundtrack was a welcome addition that my family couldn't get enough of. I think fans of the animated classic as well as new viewers alike are all going to agree that Live-action Aladdin is one of the best films of 2019! I've already got this weekend's movie night all planned out, and it involves genies, flying carpets, magic, mystery and romance. 


The live-action adaptation of the animated classic, Aladdin, lands in homes on Digital and Movies Anywhere August 27 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD September 10. Starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud, the release includes all new bonus features, such as deleted scenes, a blooper reel and more!

The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting Aladdin fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies. In 4K for the first time, the new release features all new bonus content, including alternate endings! 



If you're looking for a special treat to go with your new Aladdin Blu-ray or DVD, why now try this yummy Genie's Fig Jam Cookies recipe from 2 Geeks Who Eat:


Here's a fun craft for the kids to try also:


Disney's Live-action Aladdin will be available this Tuesday, September 10 to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD. Don't let the magic pass you by. Be sure to grab your copy, available at most major retailers nationwide.