Tasty Tuesday – Tangy Apple Slaw

Tangy Apple Slaw

Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be a participant in the Food Lion Cook Off. The cook-off was like Master Chef, blogger edition. There were two teams of three bloggers who battled it out for the best plate of food. We had no idea what ingredients we would have to work with until we got onto the stage! It was nerve-wracking, but so much fun! We ended up choosing pork chops, which was awesome because I was able to make my Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, and for sides we made my Tangy Apple Slaw, and Spicy Mexican Corn. While everything we made was delicious, we ended up losing by 1 point to the other team of bloggers. I blame the monotone color of our plate (see photo below). We didn’t have …

Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall

Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall

Disclosure: Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Starwood Retail Partners with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  It’s that time of year again! (Need a little help with your back to school shopping? Enter to win a $50 Northlake Mall gift card using the form at the bottom of the post.) Food Advertising by I don’t know about you, but I started the count down to back to school about two weeks after my kids last day of school. Summer usually drags on FOREVER. Although with our recent move, this summer seemed to fly by. Now everywhere you look you are reminded that school is starting soon (if it hasn’t …

DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door

DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door

Disclosure: “DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. While I absolutely adore Spring, especially in North Carolina (achoo–aside from the allergies) this is the busiest time of the year for me. Between robotics meetings and tournaments, Environmental Club, Science Club, and all the other after school activities, I spend more time in my car than I do at home. It’s especially difficult to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. And after all that running around I usually don’t feel much like cooking! Before our only options were pizza delivery or running out once again to pick …

Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem

Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Charlotte Parent to attend and promote the luncheon Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Character and Self-Esteem with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products and events that I believe in. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Charlotte Parent Mom Matters luncheon to hear Katie Overcash and Jen Band speak on Building Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem. As a mom with five daughters I was very much interested in these topics and I was not disappointed. Katie Overcash, LCSW, is recognized in the community for years of experience in facilitating self-esteem groups and camps for adolescents and working with adolescents who engage in self-injurious behavior. Food …

Charlotte Parent's Mom Matters Luncheon: Building Your Child's Character and Self Esteem

Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Character and Self-Esteem

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Charlotte Parent to attend and promote the luncheon Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Character and Self-Esteem with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products and events that I believe in. I am thrilled to announce I have been asked to return as a live blogger at the next Charlotte Parent Mom Matters luncheon: Building Your Child’s Character and Self-Esteem. Check out my personal discount code below to save $5 off registration! Hope to see you there! Details Mom Matters: Building Your Child’s Character and Self-Esteem Food Advertising by When: March 4, 2016 Where: Asbury Park Grove, 9300 Bob Beatty Road, Charlotte What: The event includes lunch, a goody …

BJ’s Membership Club to Open New Location in Charlotte, NC [giveaway]

Disclosure: This post has been compensated by BJ’s Membership Club. If you have been following me for a while, you know I’m a BJ’s Blogger Ambassador, but even if I didn’t get incentives to talk about BJ’s Membership Club I would, because I’m a huge fan! Shopping at BJ’s helps keep the household costs down for my family of seven–you can’t imagine how much my kids eat, and don’t get me started on the amount of toilet paper we go through, lol! Not only does BJ’s have great prices, but they offer monthly coupons AND accept manufacturers coupons that you can stack to save even more money. No other wholesale club does that! Food Advertising by This is just one of the many reasons I’m so excited that BJ’s is opening a 2nd location …

Dream Dinners – Helping Bring Families Back to the Dinner Table

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Dream Dinners of Fort Mill, SC. What’s for dinner? Probably one of my least favorite questions ever. I’m not much of a meal planner. Unless I’m prepping for a blog post, I don’t usually know what we will be eating until a few minutes before dinner time and then I end up throwing together something simple, like pasta. Or my favorite, breakfast for dinner, because I don’t always have staples like chicken or beef in the freezer! Dream Dinners to the rescue! Food Advertising by This chain of meal dinner assembly stores, Dream Dinners, was started by working mothers Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. The Snohomish, Washington-based company was the first to roll out this time-saving concept on a national scale. Read …