Panera Bread is great for the mom on the go!

 *I was given a gift card to facilitate this review but all opinions are my own.

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Last week we had to take my daughter to the dentist and it was a nightmare! I am talking screaming and crying and an all out meltdown. I do not want to have to go through getting another cavity filled so as soon as we left I starting looking for healthier food options for us to grab on the way home.

The problem is I also need a drive thru. I don’t always feel like dragging 3 kids into a crowded restaurant so that is probably why we always settle for whatever place has a drive thru.

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Thankfully there is Panera Bread. Not only do they offer healthy options, but they have kid friendly, mom approved food and some Panera Bread’s have a drive thru option!  Today I got the power humus salad. I cannot tell you how yummy this is! It’s probably the only salad I will ever eat that doesn’t have dressing. The humus acts as a dressing so I didn’t even miss using a dressing and I sure didn’t miss the calories that would entail.

I also got their potato soup which I devoured while driving to pick up the kids from school. There are so many things I love about Panera and it never gets old.

My kids LOVED their organic yogurt that comes with their kids meals! My little man even asked for an extra yogurt.

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When I was hard-core dieting, I love driving into Panera Bread because their menu makes it easy to know what is low-calorie or even gluten-free. Next time your hungry, try out Panera Bread and do yourself a favor and use the drive thru ;-)

What is your favorite thing from Panera Bread? Comment below!

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Big Hero 6 Movie Night complete with snack ideas

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBias
 
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I saw a lady the other day on Facebook post about how she makes these cute little snacks for her kids everyday after school. We seem to always get sucked into going out and getting fast food.  But since my husband banned such adventures for the rest of this week, it’s time to get more creative and less lazy.

I declared Big Hero 6 movie night in our home complete with yummy Baymax treats!

My kids have not seen Big Hero 6 yet so I headed over to Target since they JUST released this movie and grabbed it along with my other party supplies. Who says you can’t throw a party on a Wednesday?!

We found the Big Hero 6 movie display and the nice salesman also told me about the deal if you buy the specialty marked movie and Disney Infitiy or Big Hero 6 toy, you will save $5!

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My kids absolutely loved this movie and they had the best time having a full on movie night during the middle of the week. Below I posted all the goodies I made for the party. Not only are they festive but really easy to make. I had it all ready before the kids got out of school. Enjoy!

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These cookies are so easy to make! Just follow the directions below on baking the cookies. Next put a little icing on top and make a Baymax face with black icing. I used the same black icing for this recipe and for the marshmallows below.

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Baymax cookies
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2¼ cups flour
Instructions
  1. Mix first two ingrediants.
  2. Add sugars, and mix until smooth.
  3. Add all ingredients except flour and mix.
  4. Add flour then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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All you will need for these marshmallows is of course marshmallows, (I got the big ones), cute straws I found in the party section at Target and some black icing you can pipe the face on with.

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Pipe on the face, let dry, the put the straws through the bottom.

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All you need for this cute Baymax shirt is a white shirt and fabric markers. 

Then just draw on the face. I let my kids do this craft since it was easy! And I found this cute Circo shirt at Target on clearance for $3!

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With all the sweets, I needed some solid food for the kids too for their movie snack so I made Baymax PB&J’s 

All you need is everything below in the pic.

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I used chocolate chips for the eyes and cut up beef jerky for the mouth but you could also use stick pretzels.

Then since I didn’t have a cookie cutter in this shape, I just used a jar to cut out the face for the sandwiches. Easy!

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Have you seen Big Hero 6 yet??!

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Alexia Fry Sauce Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias

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This past summer my husband spent almost 6 months in Utah. One week I loaded up all the kids and we went to visit him. One day my husband got home from working out in the field and asked if I had tried the Fry Sauce in Utah yet? He said at most restaurants, they serve, ketchup and fry sauce instead of ketchup and mustard. While he was at work one day it was my mission to find some of this famous fry sauce to try for myself.

Apparently they do not sell this in Colorado. I was told the minute you cross state lines, you cannot get Fry sauce.  So I had to get my hands on some and bring some back to Colorado and figure out how to make my own version!

Fry sauce is like ketchup and mayo got married and you know how when you’re newly married and everything is spicy???! Well this sauce is full of spicy goodness.

And you know the best things to eat with this Fry Sauce…Alexia Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries and Smart Classic Crinkle Cut fries of course! Not only does Alexia make my favorite sweet potato fries but they are so good even my kids go wild over it.

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While going to get my supplies for this saucy sauce, I had to pick up the perfect french fries to dip in the sauce. Alexia Frozen Fries and Rings and I go way back and I have been eating them for years.  So while shopping at Walmart, I picked up my fries and rings. 

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Homemade Fry Sauce
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Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup Mayo
  • 3 T Ketchup
  • a pinch of salt
  • Siracha sauce to taste
  • ⅛ t pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all together and enjoy.
  2. Keep in fridge for up to 1 week.

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This recipe could not be any easier! Just dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together! While your Alexia Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries and Smart Classic Crinkle Cut fries are cooking you can whip up this sauce recipe in no time! I know I am always looking for quick and easy options when I have people over and this recipe is just the ticket!

This is a recipe you can make for the Big Game or the next time you are having people over to your house. 

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This sauce can stay good in your fridge for a week.

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Leave a comment below of your favorite game time foods!

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Doctors on Demand

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Doctor On Demand. I received a free trial coupon code to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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Talk about a convenient way to go to the doctor! Doctors on demand offers 15 minute video visits with board-certified physicians, psychologists, and lactation consultants by using your smart phone, tablet or even your desktop computer.

All you have to do is download the Doctors on Demand app or visit Doctors on Demand website, provide the symptoms you are experiencing and you are connected to a licensed doctor in your state!

You do not have to have insurance for this service.  In fact if you do have insurance, they will not be contacted for your Doctors on Demand visit. They charge a simple flat rate and that is it!

First visit: Free with promo code Cajun15

Subsequent visits: $40 for a 15 minute medical or pediatric visit.

$50 for a 25 minute physiological visit

Everyone’s first visit is free, so all you have to do is use promo code “Cajun15″ to get your first visit for FREE! If you don’t need this right now, you can download the App and go ahead and enter the promo code and it will be stored for a future use. 

Here are some things you need to know when signing up:

If you are using a desktop, you must use Google Chrome.

For the App, you can use any of these devices:

Andriod,
iPhone
iPad
Galaxy Tab

When you sign up you will be asked for the following info:

Name
Mailing address
Local pharmacy
Phone number
Email
Date of birth
Agree to the terms of service

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As a mom of 4, it is a NIGHTMARE when one kid is sick but I have to drag the other WELL kids into the doctor’s office. I even thought the other day how much I would pay for a doctor to give us a house call, then I learned about this service! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to use this service. 

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift From My Husband

I remember when I was first married and freshly off watching, “The Notebook”.  And for the first few years of us being married I assumed my husband would act like Ryan Gosling in the movie. What I learned over the years is my hubby is a more practical guy than romantic. He thought, “Why would I buy flowers that won’t last long? Why not buy her a deep fryer for Valentine’s Day that everyone can enjoy?” (true story)  I fussed and fussed that he NEVER bought me flowers so one Valentine’s Day he did. Then I went over to my sister’s house and realized my brother-in-law bought her the exact same arrangement. I was annoyed again that my husband and brother-in-law went together to get our flowers.  So again, no Ryan Gosling. 

Then one day I realized…I don’t even like flowers. I mean I like the ones I can grow and enjoy in my own garden but store-bought ones that cost money and die in a few days, no thanks!

I have learned my hubby can’t read my mind.  So I let him know what I would like for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s taking me out to dinner, the exact perfume I want, or the new cookbook I have been eyeing which leads me to this year’s gift. 

We recently moved into a new house and like any house there are some things we want to improve. I had this simple cabinet-type situation I bought from Kmart that I used for my cookbooks. It took up too much room and I wanted a shelf for my cookbooks. I don’t about a closet full of nice clothes or shoes; what I treasure the most are my cookbooks. 

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This held my cookbooks for years but it always ended up in a mess and I could never find the cookbooks I wanted until now…

The photo below is what my husband built for me for Valentine’s Day! The reason these cookbooks mean so much to me is a lot of them were given to me from special people, like the one from my husband’s late grandmother who our baby girl is named after. There is something about looking at the handwriting on her cookbooks that makes me feel nostalgic. Or the one my sister gave me when we got married of all of our family’s recipes.  So this thing my husband built could not have been more romantic or perfect. 

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 Here is the before and after of our wall. The shelf was built right in the kitchen and now my cookbooks are right at my fingertips. 

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If you have a handy husband, this shelf was relatively easy to make. First I bought these Fleur de Lis brackets on eBay. Second, my husband rounded up some Aspen trees that had been cut down in our yard but you can use any type of tree. He cut the tree in half then screwed the 2 halves together. He cut out some notches in the bottom of the shelf so they would sit nicely on the brackets. 

He offered to sand and stain the shelf but of course I like the rustic look so I love that is is a little rough and not really even!

He even had a sweet little 7-year-old helper. 

Happy Valentine’s Day and remember it’s not about what you get but the thought that’s behind it.  And if it involves chocolate, he’s a keeper.  

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