Milford Valley Chicken Comes to the Northwest & Giveaway (2 Winners) Ends 3/29)

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A company that some of you may be familiar with, Milford Valley, is expanding to the Northwest. I was not familiar with these products until recently when I received a nice selection of their Patties, Strips and Nuggets for review.

At our house we go through a lot of chicken products, especially nuggets and strips. I was surprised to see on the box that these should not be cooked in the microwave because these are raw. They should only be cooked in the oven. I think this may have something to do with why they are so tasty. We tried all of these products and each time they came out, golden, crispy and moist. They did not disappoint. I found these to be super convenient for lunches and even week night dinners. We all became BIG fans of the Patties, so I am glad that these will be available locally, so that I can get some more.

If you are in the North West, you can get Milford Valley Patties, Strips and Nuggets at the following stores:

Food 4 Less – N. Calif.
Saar’s — WA
Sherm’s – OR
Shop N’ Kart – OR

Buy it: Milford Valley Chicken products can be purchased at select retailers. Go here to find a location near you. Right now you can get a coupon for $1 off when you buy one (1) 20 or 30 oz. Milford Valley Chicken Patties, Strips or Nuggets products.

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Minecraft Ocelot Premium Zip-up Youth Hoodie Review #ocelothoodie

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I can’t think of anything that’s hotter with the kids right now than Minecraft. It seems to be the running theme in our house over the last couple of years. All of my kids, ages ranging from 12 to 5, all love it completely. Whenever it’s time to buy gifts, whether it’s for a birthday or another holiday, I can guarantee that something having to do with Minecraft will be on their list.

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I love that Jinx has come out with an assortment of Minecraft clothing and toys.  While my kids have a good collection of Minecraft t-shirts, they did not yet have hoodies, so my son was super thrilled when Jinx sent me an Ocelot Premium Zip-up Youth Hoodie for this review. My 8 year old son was the lucky recipient of this item. He is in about a size 10 boys right now and I got him the size Youth XL. It fit just slightly big, but to me, that means he can wear it for longer.

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This is a super soft hoodie made with a mix of 60% Cotton and 40% Polyester Fleece with ultra-soft interior. It features the super cute Ocelot face as well as pixel graphics on the arms and front pockets.

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The zipper pull features the Minecraft Logo which is very sturdy.

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Another fun detail is the creeper located on the bottom band of the sweater.

My son just loves his new hoodie and he wears it to school everyday. He has received many compliments on it from his friends. I think it’s as cute as can be and think I know what my other two kids will be asking for when their birthdays come.

Buy it: You can get your own Minecraft Ocelot Premium Zip-up Youth Hoodie as well as many other Minecraft items from Jinx. Click here to shop.


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Primary Comfort Crib Mattress Protector Giveaway (Ends 3/18) 2 Winners

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My kids are well out of the crib/toddler bed stage now, but I do remember those days like they were yesterday. Especially with my first child.  I remember being on the hunt for the best crib mattress and cutest bedding as well as looking for a nice waterproof mattress pad and all the other fun baby gear a new mom can want for her baby. I remember mattress pad that we ended up with was kind of crinkly sounding it had a way of making noise when the baby moved which in turn would wake the baby. Of course, that is a problem that you can avoid in this day and age as newer, better baby products become available. In fact, to find a great Crib Mattress Protector, you won’t need to look any further than Amazon.

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The Primary Comfort Crib Mattress Pad not only protects baby’s mattress from stains with it’s waterproof backing, but is also hypoallergenic and prevents bacteria, dust mites and mold from breeding in your child’s mattress. The high quality pad will not shrink due to it’s cotton/polyester blend and best of all, there are no crinkling noises with this pad. This will help ensure that your baby sleeps well.

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While this mattress pad is easy to take on and off, it still fits nice and snug, so you don’t have to compromise between comfort and function. The durable, long lasting design will keep baby’s mattress protected from stains and will give you peace of mind with their generous lifetime guarantee.

Buy it: If you are in need of a great mattress pad, or you need a baby shower gift, be sure to check out the Primary Comfort Crib Mattress Protector. For a limited time, you can get 20% off when you shop through this Amazon link. (affiliate)

Win it: Two of you will win a Primary Comfort Crib Mattress Protector of your own. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Nutri Ninja Duo Blender With Auto IQ Review

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Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

When it comes to blenders, there are so many options out there. Maybe you want to make a smoothie for yourself, or maybe you need to make a big batch of something like a soup or salsa. The Nutri Ninja Duo Blender With Auto IQ may be the perfect option for you.

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I received the duo for this review and have loved trying it out. The set comes with everything you see in the picture (72-ounce pitcher, and 18-ounce, 24-ounce and 32-ounce Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip & Seal Lids), including the wonderful Eat to Lose, Eat to Win book. It’s not only a recipe book, but a guide to healthy eating. All parts are detachable, dishwasher safe and BPA free.

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The Nutri Ninja features Auto iQ technology which means that it is pre-programmed with settings with unique blending patterns that deliver smooth consistent results, with no guesswork required. It is also optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and pulverizes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency. I really love making smoothies, so the first thing I wanted to try was obviously a smoothie using the Nutri Ninja. When I filled this cup as you see above, I kind of overfilled it and I also went in the wrong “stacking order”, if you will, of the fruits. In here I added blueberries, spinach, banana, apples and strawberries. I didn’t add any liquid to it at all. Because the big items were at the top, it took a couple of times blending it until it was smooth. I really should have added the big stuff last, not first. I will admit that the blending process is loud, but that’s because it’s powerful. Unless you plan on using your Ninja in a library, or when everyone is sleeping,  this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Here is what it looked like after two full blend cycles. Pretty smooth. If I had added some milk or juice to it the first try, it would have been smooth the first go-round.

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Here is what my 5 year old thought of it. She was super excited about the cup with the lid and she drank it all. She didn’t even taste the spinach! In fact, all three of my kids and my husband have been drinking these smoothies without complaints since the day I got it. I almost always add spinach or kale to their drinks too. Shhh. Don’t tell them.

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Another recipe I decided to try was a pina colada drink (non-alcoholic) that I got from the Ninja website. I just used coconut milk, pineapple and some ice. Pretty simple.

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It came out like this. I should have added some sugar, but it was still delicious and refreshing.

All in all, I have been finding that I have been using the Ninja daily. In the book that comes with it, there is a recipe for an easy broccoli soup that is amazing! It has become one of our weekly staples. Did I mention I also make smoothies every. single. day? The Ninja has quickly earned it’s place on my counter top. I don’t forsee it being cabinet bound in the near future either.

Buy it: You can buy a Nutri Ninja Duo Blender With Auto IQ at your local retailers. If you’d like to learn more about the Ninja blender, go here.

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Purex PowerShot Review & Giveaway (Ends 3/7) Three Winners

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Is doing the laundry a chore to you? I know it is for me. Between the amount of clothing my family of five goes through and our older washer and dryer, laundry is a MAJOR pain in the neck. It’s never completely done. Day in, day out, there is always a huge pile of laundry to be washed. There is one thing though that has made my life a little easier when it comes to doing laundry and that is the Purex PowerShot detergent. You see, it does the measuring for me.

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That’s right. This super concentrated formula automatically dispenses the right amount of soap just by tipping it over and letting it pour. Use 1 tip for regular loads and 2 flips for large or extra dirty loads. That’s it. There is no waste or mess at all. No dropping the cap full of soap by accident into the washer either. The pouring method did feel a little weird the first time I tried it, but it did stop pouring out when it was supposed to. After you pour, you flip the bottle back up and close the lid, meanwhile, the Power Shot engine refills itself for the next dose.  It’s amazing.

Buy it: Purex PowerShot can be purchased at a retailer near you.

Win it: Three of you will win a coupon good for a free bottle of Purex PowerShot so you can try it yourself! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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UMI Children’s Shoes Review & $60 Giveaway (Ends 3/1)

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Over the years, I have shared with you my love for UMI Children’s Shoes. While my boys have outgrown their sizes, they are still my go to shoe store for my daughter. They have so many adorable choices when it comes to shoes for each and every season.

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For this upcoming Spring season, my daughter and I had a fun time looking over the big girls section of the UMI website to choose a pair a shoes for her. Without hesitation, she picked the Areli II in gold. She is definitely a girl who knows what she wants. These are a very fun and practical shoe. While they showcase a bit of bling, they’re not over the top. The Areli II features durable man made linings, leather lined cushy footbeds and durable, flexible outsoles. The upper part of the shoe is soft leather with velcro fasteners. They are very sturdy and well made.

We have been having some amazing Spring-like weather here, with temperatures as high as 65 this week. While that may sound cold to some of you, it’s practically tropical to me for this time of year, which means we try to go out and enjoy the sunshine as much as possible. As soon as my daughter saw the sun she asked if should could wear her new shoes for one of our days out. Of course, the answer was yes.

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You can see in the picture that I ordered them a little bit big. I did that on purpose because I want them to fit her through the entire Spring and Summer season. Since we’ll still have cool weather for a short time, she won’t be wearing them regularly for a couple of months yet. I think these shoes are just the cutest things. They go with pretty much any of her outfits and they do not hurt her feet. I cannot stress the comfort factor enough here. UMI shoes never hurt my kids feet. They have always been super comfy in them. No breaking in required. Love that.

Buy it: If you are looking for a high quality, comfy children’s shoe, UMI is the place you’ll want to check out. They offer free shipping on most items and returns are free too. Click here to shop.

Win it: One of you will win a $60 UMI gift card so that you can try a pair for free!  (Giveaway is only open to US residents in the lower 48 states.) Enter to win through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Del Taco Giveaway: Try the #TurkeyTaco and Win $20 #EatWellWithDel (Ends 1/29)

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I try to avoid fast food whenever possible, but honestly, there are times when dinner just doesn’t get made on time and people are hungry. My family’s favorite place to dine out (fast food wise) is Del Taco. Not only is it budget friendly, but the food is really fresh and tasty every time we visit.

Del Taco has brought back their Turkey Taco to the menu and I am soooo glad. This is my favorite thing to order when I go there. Not only are they delicious, but they have 33 percent less fat than Del Taco’s seasoned beef. At only 150 calories per taco, I can easily get away with eating two without feeling guilty and I don’t feel like I am starving afterwards either.

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Del Taco’s turkey menu features the following items (price and participation may vary):

Turkey Tacos: a crunchy corn or soft flour tortilla layered with lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, all topped with hand-made pico de gallo.
Turkey Combo Burrito: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, and zesty red sauce, in a warm flour tortilla.
Turkey CrunchTada Tostada: a thick, wavy, crunchy corn shell layered with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, signature tangy taco sauce, lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese.
Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, hand-grated cheddar cheese, cool sour cream, tangy guacamole, and mild taco sauce, served in a crunchy tortilla bowl.

Buy it: If you’re ready to give the Turkey Taco a try, (which I highly recommend), be sure to bring this coupon with you that’s good for one free turkey taco with purchase.

Win it: One of you will win a $20 Del Taco gift card so that you can taste the magic that is the turkey taco! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Winter is Here: Is Your Heater Keeping Up?

 

There is nothing that makes me appreciate having a heater in my home than when it is cold outside. I mean, Oregon doesn’t get super cold compared to where some of you live. At least not in the valley, anyway. But there are times when the temperatures fall into the teens and all thoughts of outdoor activities are just plain laughable. Especially with the rain we get. For the most part, winter here keeps us somewhere between 30 – 50 degrees. It’s not exactly barbecue weather, so we mostly keep inside during the winter months. I do have to go out for a bit daily no matter what and tend to my chickens, but once I am done feeding, watering and checking for eggs, I am glad to be in the nice, warm, heated house. If you’d like to have your heater checked out, I would start with the yellow pages for your area. If you’re in the Nashville area, I recommend Halo Heating and Cooling for your energy needs.

Having a house of your own has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The advantage being that it’s yours to do with as you please and the disadvantage being that if something breaks, it’s your responsibility to fix or replace what’s broken as opposed to having a landlord take care of it. That’s where proper maintenance comes in and it can save you money in the long run.

Take your heating system for example. As you know, heaters are one of the most important parts of your home. The last thing you want is for it to go out when there’s a snow storm or freezing weather. When this happens, chances are that other people’s heaters are breaking down too and the repair company is probably out for, at the very least, a few days. Depending on the kind of heater you have, repair costs can be outrageous. Preventative maintenance is key. Knowing how to maintain your heater or paying someone to inspect it regularly can save you that headache and unexpected expense in the future.

Another thing you may not have thought about with your heating system is air quality. Keeping a clean furnace can keep your home clean, keeping a dirty furnace, well… You get the idea. The air that blows through your furnace is blowing through your house. Just imagine, bacteria, viruses, and fungus particles blowing in the wind. Oh my. Best to have your furnace cleaned if you think it might be dirty. You should also change your air filters at least every three months.

In general, having your heating system inspected yearly can give you peace of mind. Your heating professional can check for potential issues, which can not only prolong the life of your heater, but they can also give you an idea of how long your heater will last. This can give you fair warning so that you can save up for a replacement if needed. I’d say that’s much more convenient than having your heater break down when you least expect, costing you much more in the long run and leaving you freezing while you wait for repairs.

Proper maintenance can also keep your family safer. Did you know that having a heating system safety check can save you from icky carbon monoxide poisoning which can make you sick or can even be deadly in some cases? This reason alone should be the main reason you get it checked. Safety is so important! Heating professionals have all the gadgets and tools needed to seek out and find these types of dangers that could be potentially lurking in our homes.


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