Apr 282014
 

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Scoopshot through Sverve.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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Thanks to my smartphone, I always have a camera close-by these days.  I can’t tell you how many times a day I reach for my smartphone to take a photo – whether it be of a tasty recipe I’m cooking up, beautiful outdoor scenery, a local event I’m attending, or my daughter Kayleigh.  My smartphone is always with me, and that allows me to create ever-lasting memories while I’m on the go.  

Scoopshot

Because so many people have smartphones these days, and are constantly snapping photos like I am, Scoopshot has created a way for people to get paid for those photos.  Scoopshot has 70 clients who are paying photographers globally for their photos of breaking news, custom tasks, high school sports, and community news.  The media isn’t always able to be present when newsworthy things happen, so they are now turning to eye-witnesses to obtain photos.  

Scoopshot

Scoopshot has already established a community of more than 500,000 Scoopshooter mobile app users, and have paid out over $500,000!  One photographer in Europe has earned $20,000!  Photographers maintain the rights to their photos, too, which makes this really great.  Can you imagine earning that much money, just by taking photos with your smartphone??  Pretty cool, huh?!  

Some of Scoopshot’s media and brand clients include News Corp, USA Today, London Evening Standard, Finnair, Fiat, and OxFam.  

Scoopshot

I downloaded the Scoopshot app on my iPhone and played around with it a bit.  It was very quick and easy to setup, and also easy to navigate.  I’m busy taking care of my 11 month old daughter all day, so I like apps that aren’t overly complicated to work with.

Scoopshot

 There are specific tasks you can browse through until you find one that you’d like to take photos for. 

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After you’ve taken your photos, you can submit them right from your smartphone.  If your photos are purchased, you will see your income balance right in the Scoopshot app, and can cash it out there, too. 

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Scoopshot is an innovative way to streamline the publishing process.  It saves time and money and drives audience engagement.  Publishers don’t have to spend their time verifying the authenticity of user-submitted photos either.  Scoopshot has automatic, patent-pending image authentication processes that begin with image capture. Once a still or video image is submitted, authentication protocols examine images by geographical location, EXIF data, and resolution. Each image carries a unique Scoopshot identifier and the photographer’s name. This almost immediate validation process allows editors to immediately publish images in a safe and convenient manner. 

Scoopshot is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices, and they project that they will have millions of global users by the end of 2014. Download the app today to get started!  For more information, visit www.scoopshot.com!

Are you interested in earning money from your smartphone photos with Scoopshot?

 

 

 Posted by at 1:24 pm
Apr 242014
 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well. 

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Kayleigh is 11 months old now, and very soon we’ll be ditching her formula and jarred baby foods for milk and real foods.  I’ve been a little confused about this whole weaning process, and Kayleigh’s 1 year check up isn’t until late next month.  

I’d really like to speak with a doctor about how to best transition Kayleigh during this period of time.  She’s just a scrawny little peanut, weighing in the 5th percentile at most of her previous appointments, so I want to make sure she is getting all of the nutrients she needs.  I’ve been trying to slowly  introduce her to new foods over the last few months, but I don’t really know if I’m doing it right or not.  I’d really like some reassurance.

Kayleigh eating

It’s really difficult for me to get out to doctor appointments, because John has to take our only vehicle to work every day.  Not only that, but I don’t really want to sit in a waiting room full of sick kids, and expose Kayleigh, and myself, to nasty germs unnecessarily.    

I have so many questions running through my mind, and they’ve actually been keeping me awake at night.  I am such a worrier, and the “not knowing what to do” and “am I doing this right?” always make me so anxious.  Do I just start giving her milk one day, with no formula at all?  Do I start by giving her a little bit of milk, and slowly decrease the amount of formula I give her over a period of days?  How much milk should she drink throughout the day? John is lactose intolerant.  Is it ok for Kayleigh to drink almond milk instead of dairy milk?  Should I give her water too?  If so, how much?  Does she need to drink juice?  How much real food does she need, and what foods are recommended for her to eat?  She still doesn’t have any teeth. Will that make it harder for her to eat?  All of these questions and more, just race through my mind all night.  

The doctor will see you now… ONLINE!!

I’ve been really stressed out with all of these questions hanging over my head, so I was quite relieved to hear about American Well, which is a great website that connects doctors and patients with live, on-demand video visits.  This seemed like a great solution!  Now I could chat with a doctor about my questions and concerns with weaning Kayleigh from formula and jarred baby food, and not even have to leave the house to do it!

I logged into American Well using the app on my iPhone, searched for doctors by my state, and it brought up several for me to choose from.  I really like that you’re not just thrown in with any available doctor, but you can choose which doctor you want to talk to.  

American Well

They have photos of each doctor, and background history as well.  That really puts my mind at ease, knowing that I will feel comfortable with who I choose to talk to. I’m an introvert, and meeting new people is scary and overwhelming for me, so being able to choose which doctor I speak with really helps to calm my nerves.

American Well

After looking through the list of available doctors, I chose the doctor I felt most comfortable with, and within just a few minutes, we were chatting face to face.  I was really nervous about chatting with a doctor online at first.  I don’t do well with video conferencing, as it usually feels very awkward to me, but I felt very comfortable and at ease.  The doctor was very friendly and answered all of my questions.  Now, I have a much better understanding of what I should do to help Kayleigh through the transition of switching from formula to milk, and from jarred baby foods to real foods.  

I just had some general questions that I wanted a doctor to answer for me this time, but the next time we are in need of a doctor in the middle of the night, or during a snowstorm, or when I just don’t feel like leaving the house, I will definitely turn to American Well.  They have doctors and nutritionists available 24/7, 365 days a year, and they are very affordable, too!  They can even send prescriptions right to your pharmacy for you!

American WellI will admit, the thought of chatting with a doctor online was a bit strange at first, but you can be assured that your personal information is safe and secure, as American Well is HIPAA- compliant.  You also don’t need to feel like you are cheating on your regular doctor, because all of the physician notes from your American Well visit can be shared with your primary care physician, pediatrician or specialist.  Many insurers are actually starting to cover the cost of telehealth visits for the same or lesser co-pay than traditional in-person visits, too!

TRY IT FOR FREE!

For a limited time, you can try American Well for FREE!  Simply use the coupon code SPRING, which is redeemable for a free American Well visit, and good for a whole year if you enroll by the end of April!

Has there ever been a time when you needed a doctor, but couldn’t get in to see one? Would you ever try chatting with a doctor online?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well. 

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 Posted by at 9:22 am
Apr 212014
 

This post brought to you by Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kayleigh is turning a year old next month, which means we’ll finally be ditching the formula for regular milk, and that is cause for celebration!  Formula has been SUPER EXPENSIVE, and that’s one expense I’m looking forward to cutting from our budget!

As a Mom, I want only what’s best for my child, and that’s why I chose the expensive formula, without even researching the cheaper alternatives.  Expensive is always better, right? Actually it’s not…

I just found out that Sam’s Club has a line of infant formula, called SIMPLY RIGHT™, that comes in three options so your baby gets exactly what they need – Baby Care Gentle®, Baby Care Complete®, or Baby Care Sensitivity®.

Not only is this formula clinically proven to support growth and development, now with Lutein for brain and eye health, but it’s super affordable, too!  In fact, the average savings for Sam’s Club members is up to $617.00 in just one year!  

I wish I had known about SIMPLY RIGHT™ 8 months ago, when I had to stop breast feeding and switched Kayleigh over to formula.  I could have saved so much money!  I used the savings calculator to see exactly how much I could have saved if I had bought SIMPLY RIGHT™ formula instead of the Enfamil that I buy. The result was $515.84/year!

Simply Right Calculator

The savings alone is a great reason to buy SIMPLY RIGHT™ formula, but it also now has improved ingredients, a scoop holder and leveler (I love this feature!!) and an easy open top.  It can be difficult to mix up a bottle with one hand, while holding a cranky baby, so I am very excited about the easy open top, too!

Check out the video below for more information about SIMPLY RIGHT™ formula, available at Sam’s Club!

What would you buy with your savings from switching to SIMPLY RIGHT™ formula?

 

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 Posted by at 12:12 pm
Apr 202014
 

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

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When Kayleigh was just a newborn, changing diapers was a piece of cake.  She was asleep most of the time, and didn’t even move once throughout the whole diaper change.  I could take my time, make sure her diaper was on correctly, and fit her snugly, providing excellent coverage and protection.

These days, however, changing diapers is no walk in the park.  Kayleigh is now 11 months old, and constantly on the move. During diaper changes, she struggles to get away, grabs at the diaper I am trying to put on her, kicks her legs, cries with frustration, and does everything she can to make it harder for me to get her diaper on.

Now that diaper changes have turned into wrestling matches, it’s time to get a diaper that’s easier to put on, but still offers excellent coverage.  HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers are a Mom’s dream come true!  They are made with stretchy sides and are pre-fastened, so  no adjustments are necessary for a great fit.  You simply slip them right on your child’s wiggly body, and they’re good to go!  I love not having to mess around with those sticky tabs while she’s thrashing around.

HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers

I have been super impressed by the coverage and absorption of the HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers, too.  Kayleigh has been wearing these for a couple of weeks now, and hasn’t had even one leaky diaper.  She even wears them overnight without any trouble at all.  

HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers

HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers don’t leave any red marks, and they are just as easy to take off as they are to put on. They have easy open sides and grip tabs, which make removal and rolling up the diaper for disposal simple and easy.  

HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers

HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers have made diaper changing time a lot more pleasant for both of us.  I like how quick and easy they go on, and she likes the fact that she doesn’t have to lay completely still for me any more.  

Head over to http://www.huggies.com/firstfit for more information, and to get a valuable coupon! You can save $1.00 on any one package of HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers, or if you share a link with three friends, save $1.50!

 

 Posted by at 7:20 pm
Apr 182014
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Spring is my favorite time of year.  After the long, cold winters we have here in Maine, there is nothing more energizing and refreshing than opening all of the windows in my apartment on a sunny spring day, listening to the birds chirp outside, and feeling the fresh air on my face.  

John and Kayleigh both have May birthdays (this year is Kayleigh’s 1st!!), and we are also moving into our new home this May, so there are lots of things to celebrate, and many happy memories to be made.  

Spring is also a great time to spruce up the apartment and do a deep clean.  This year, I am getting ready to leave our apartment and move into our new home, so there is LOTS to do!  

Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming, and you may not know exactly where to start.  I’m always looking for inspiration and clever tips to save time and energy while doing my spring cleaning.  If you’re getting ready to spring clean your home too, here’s a list of some great spring cleaning tips that I found online.

20 Spring Cleaning Tips  

  1. How to Clean Out Clutter from Instructables  
  2. How to Deep Clean a Kitchen from Premeditated Leftovers
  3. Spring Clean Your Bedroom from Housewife How-To’s
  4. How to Clean Your Central Air Conditioner from The Family Handyman
  5. How to Clean Your Mattress from Sunny Simple Life
  6. How to Spring Clean Your Refrigerator from A Mitten Full of Savings
  7. How to Spring Clean Your Windows from Ask Anna
  8. How to Organize Your Utility Closet from Stagetecture
  9. How to Clean In Between the Glass on Your Oven Doors from Mom 4 Real
  10. The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist from I Dream of Clean
  11. How to Make Your Bathtub Sparkle from Raining Hot Coupons
  12. Spring Clean Your Bathroom from Huffington Post
  13. Spring Clean Your Laundry Room from A Bowl Full of Lemons
  14. Spring Cleaning the Kids Bedrooms from Blissfully Domestic
  15. 11 Secrets to Cleaning Your Tech Devices from Living Well
  16. 25+ Spring Cleaning Tutorials (Room by Room) from Dukes & Duchesses
  17. Spring Cleaning Frequently Forgotten Items from Daily Mom
  18. DIY Spring Cleaning Products from Clean Mama
  19. How to Clean Almost Anything and Everything from BuzzFeed
  20. Garage Organization from A Bowl Full of Lemons

After you’ve finally deep cleaned your home, and it’s looking bright and fresh, take it up another notch by adding in some refreshing Febreze spring scents.   

Febreze

I love using the Febreze NOTICEables and NOTICEables warmer to freshen up my home.  It alternates between two complimenting scents, and it’s shaped like a tulip to boot!

Febreze NOTICEables Warmer

The Febreze Set & Refresh is great, too.  You don’t even have to plug this one in, so it’s very convenient and portable.  You can stand it up anywhere you’d like to freshen up.  

Febreze Set & Refresh

And finally, don’t forget to spring clean your vehicle, too!  Here’s a great post on The Most Efficient Way to Spring Clean Your Car from Creative Savings.

You can freshen up your vehicle even more with Febreze Vent Clips.  They attach easily and freshen your car for up to 30 days!

Febreze Vent Clips

You can find these great Febreze products and more at Walmart!  Some of my favorite Febreze spring scents are Rain, Thai Dragon Fruit,  Midnight Storm and Hawaiian Aloha Air.

 

What’s your favorite Spring scent from Febreze?

 Posted by at 3:15 pm
Apr 172014
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Mom Corps YOU logo - Re-entering the work force

I left the work force one year ago, after being employed as a full-time Paralegal for more than 13 years.  It’s hard to believe that a whole year has already flown by!

Even though it’s only been a year since I had a job outside of the house, I feel very out of touch with the outside world, and the thought of re-entering the work force scares me.

I was at my last job for more than 10 years, so it’s been a very long time since I have had to prepare a resume, apply for jobs, and go through the interview process.  I feel like I’m fresh out of college again, inexperienced and nervous.

Will You Be Re-Entering the Work Force Soon?

Mom Corps YOU knows how intimidating it can be to re-enter the work force, so they have made a whole slew of resources available for Moms like me who are thinking about re-entering the work force.  Mom Corps YOU is an online community launched by Mom Corps, a national award-winning professional talent acquisition and career development firm ,so they really know their stuff!

Mom Corps YOU offers tools to help you:

  • Revamp your resume
  • Build your personal brand
  • Answer questions about your time out of the work force
  • Find a position that will work with your flexibility needs
  • Reignite your career

Mom Corps YOU Resume Guide

Did you know that the average resume is read in only 10 seconds??  That means you better have a super impressive resume!  Mom Corps YOU has a great ‘Resumes That Get Results’ guide to help you prepare an effective resume.  The key is to keep it simple, to the point and easily understood.

Re-entering the work force

One of the tips I found most useful, was to share what you have accomplished in your various roles, instead of simply listing your job duties.  I would have never thought to do this, but it does sound like a great way to impress potential employers and show them what you are capable of doing.

Mom Corps YOU Webinars

I’ve had the pleasure of watching several of the webinars available on Mom Corps YOU over the last few months, and the most recent one I watched was called ‘How to Build Your Personal Brand’.  As a blogger, I found this webinar extremely helpful.  There are many bloggers out there who have established their brand, and are very well-known and popular because of it.

Branding

Building a brand is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time, and I got some really great tips on how to do just that from this webinar.  One of the first things I need to do is make sure my blog and all of my social networks flow together and represent my brand throughout.

Another webinar I would like to attend is ‘Your Network is Your Net Worth’, which provides information on how to build and leverage your network for job opportunities, career growth, counsel and more.  I missed this webinar when it was live, but Mom Corps YOU keeps recorded webinars on their website for 30 days after they are live.  I am an introvert so I have a hard time meeting new people and building a network.  This webinar is definitely something I am interested in, as I need all the help I can get in that department!

Mom Corps YOU offers several great webinars every month.  Webinars are such a great way to learn tips and tricks from accomplished and successful women, and I’ve been soaking up all the information I can get!  At only $99/year, the price just can’t be beat!

Learning

April’s events included:

  • Ready, Set, Go: A Game Plan for Relaunching Your Career
  • Live Your Legacy Now: Find your Passion – Change the World with Barbara Shaiman
  • How to Build Your Personal Brand
  • Your Network Equals Your Net Worth with Genevieve Bos
  • The Inside Track – Top Tips from Recruiters
  • So You Think You Want to Be An Entrepreneur with Rachel Braun Scherl
  • Returning to Work Later? What to Do Now
  • The True Secret to Time Management for Working Moms with Jamee Tenzer

Upcoming events for May include:

  • Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy & Parenting In the American Workplace with Dina Bakst
  • Five Truths About Flexible Work
  • Ready, Set, Go: A Game Plan for Relaunching Your Career
  • How to Look and Sound Like a Leader with Joey Asher
  • The Flexibility of Freelancing

Mom Corps YOU Live Chat

Career counselors are a great way to get advice and feedback during a job search, but they can charge hundreds of dollars an hour.  Mom Corps YOU offers a live chat feature where members can talk in real time to get career coaching on starting their job searches, preparing resumes, following up on interviews, etc.

Live Chat

Mom Corps YOU Annual Subscription

Mom Corps YOU is available via an online subscription for an introductory annual price of $99.99 or $19.99 a month, which is a really great deal considering all of the great resources available to you.

Which one of Mom Corps YOU’s helpful tools are you most interested in taking advantage of?

 

 

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 Posted by at 8:57 am
Apr 152014
 

 

We’ve had a few warm and sunny days here in Maine over the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been on a summer salad kick.  First I made my Macaroni & Shrimp Salad to go with hot dogs on the grill, then I made Creole Potato Salad to go with ribs and chicken tenders on the grill, and last night I made a Country Style Macaroni Salad to go with my Spicy Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders. Summer eating has been in full swing in this household!

John has a weakness for Macaroni Salad, but he usually just wants to buy a pint of it from the deli at our local grocery store.  I’m not a fan of the Macaroni Salad from there, as it’s been sitting out all day, and I feel like they use way too much dressing on it, and load it up with unnecessary ingredients.  When he requested Macaroni Salad last night, I told him I’d rather make it myself at home this time. 

This Country Style Macaroni Salad came out really good.  We had my sister and her boyfriend over for dinner, and they both enjoyed it, as did John and I.  The fresh vegetables added a nice colorful crunch, and it was the perfect compliment to my Spicy Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders. 

Country Style Macaroni Salad

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni 
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup carrot shreds
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; rinse under cool water and drain.
  2. Add bell pepper, celery, and carrot shreds to macaroni.
  3. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix thoroughly.
  5. Chill before serving.

What’s your favorite summer salad?

 

 

 Posted by at 1:39 pm
Apr 142014
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread

Since Kayleigh was born last May, I have really been struggling to lose all the weight I gained during my pregnancy.  It seems I am on a constant up and down roller coaster ride with my weight.  I’ll do really well for a couple of weeks, losing a decent amount of weight, and then I fall flat on my face, and it’s all downhill from there.  

Over this past year, I have learned that I can’t just change everything over night.  I have to change things gradually for it actually to work. It’s not about “dieting”, but making a lifestyle change.  

Have you made the switch to whole grain bread?

I have already made a few gradual changes this year, including cutting out soda, not eating anything after 7pm, and switching to whole grain bread.  These were all very easy things for me to do, and will help me to keep weight off over time.  

Benefits of Eating Whole Grain Bread:

There are so many wonderful benefits to eating whole grain bread.  Here are just a few: 

  • Good source of Vitamin D, Calcium and Fiber
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Helps with Weight Management
  • Studies have shown whole grain intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Awesome, right?!

Growing up, I always ate white bread because that’s what my parents bought.  I never really knew there was anything else out there.  As a young adult, I experimented with trying new breads, but never really found anything I liked outside of white bread. I’m a very big “texture” person, and I found a lot of whole grain breads to be dry or gritty tasting.

Now that I’m in my 30’s, I really want to stay away from white bread, as it is just not good for me.  I was on a quest to find a delicious whole grain bread, and I found just that in Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread.  

Want that local, fresh-baked taste in your bread?  You got it!

Roman Meal bread is always baked FRESH locally, with more than 90 regional bakeries across the United States.  They then deliver that fresh baked bread to your local grocery store, which means the bread you are getting is super fresh and tasty!  I didn’t find this bread to be dry at all, and the texture was great!

Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread

Healthy recipes to make with all that whole grain bread!

In addition to having fantastic locally baked bread, Roman Meal has some really awesome (and super healthy!) recipes on their site for you to enjoy with your family.  I came across their recipe for Whole Grain Sea Salt & Garlic Croutons, and I couldn’t resist trying them out.  John and I like to add croutons to our salads, but the wrong kind of crouton can cancel out the benefits of that healthy salad quickly!  

Whole Grain Sea Salt & Garlic Croutons

I go crazy over the smell and taste of garlic.  Maybe it’s the Italian in me, but I just can’t get enough of it.   These croutons were bursting with garlic flavor.  They were perfectly crunchy and a great addition to my salads.  You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Roman Meal bread
  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Trim crusts from bread slices and cut into 1-inch cubes.  Place bread cubes on two foil-lined baking sheets.  Let stand for at least 2 hours, or overnight. 
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  3. Combine oil and garlic.  Drizzle evenly over bread cubes; stir gently to evenly coat.  Sprinkle with salt. 
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once, or until golden brown.  Cool completely.

 

Learn more about Roman Meal below:

 

 

Which Roman Meal recipe would you like to make? 

 Posted by at 12:02 pm
Apr 122014
 

Your Friends and Family Will Love This Zesty Creole Potato Salad Recipe!

Today was such a beautiful day here in Maine.  The sun was shining, the sky was bright blue, and it was about 70 degrees out, with just a slight breeze.

John and I took Kayleigh over to my sister’s house for the day, and my Mom, Dad, my other sister, her daughter, and my cousin and his girlfriend all joined us for a BBQ.  Mom and Dad provided the meat (chicken & ribs), my sister made a delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for dessert, and I was in charge of the potato salad.

I haven’t made a potato salad in a long time, so I was really hoping that I wouldn’t screw it up, as it was going to feed quite a lot of people.  In the end, I was extremely pleased with how it turned out.  I had some Creole mustard on hand, and that provided the inspiration for this recipe.  The Creole mustard gave this potato salad just a bit of a spicy kick, and everyone raved about how good it was.  There weren’t even any leftovers!  I was secretly hoping there would be so I could eat more later, but I guess I’ll just have to make it again!

Bring this Creole Potato Salad to your next gathering, and it’s sure to be a hit!

Creole Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs (rough chopped)
  • 6 cups chopped potatoes
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Creole mustard (I used Zatarain’s)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions:

Boil potatoes until tender.  Drain potatoes and transfer to a large bowl.  Allow potatoes to cool a bit, add celery and all other ingredients except for the hard-boiled eggs.  Mix ingredients together until well combined.  Add eggs in last and give it another good stir. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Will you bring this Creole Potato Salad to your next gathering?

 Posted by at 9:49 pm
Apr 102014
 

Finally, an adorable personalized story book for children! I received a personalized copy of the Following Featherbottom personalized children’s book from MarbleSpark for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post. 

Personalized Books by MarbleSpark

It is so very important to start reading to our children at an early age, and I take every opportunity I can to get new books for Kayleigh.

We have recently added a new, and very cool, personalized story book for children to our collection. Following Featherbottom is an adorable personalized children’s book that follows Felix Featherbottom and his sidekick Pierre du Pond, as they race around the world finding letters to spell out your child’s first and last name.  Note:  I have blocked out the last name and birth date in the photos below for security reasons.

Following Featherbottom - Personalized Story Book for Children

I love that you can personalize this children’s story book even further with your own message. Your child will feel so important and loved!

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

Your child’s birth date is also included in the book, making it extra special.

Following Featherbottom, A Personalized Children's Book

In Following Featherbottom, Felix and Pierre travel to different countries, from A in Antarctica to Z in Zimbabwe, meeting interesting characters, and going on all sorts of exciting adventures.

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

This is a great book that will grow with your child.  Babies love the bright illustrations and rhyme. Toddlers will learn to spell and recognize their name, and older children will get a terrific geography lesson as Felix and Pierre visit the different countries.  See that “K” at the bottom of the page, starting to spell out “Kayleigh”?

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

On the side of each page are additional words that begin with the chosen letter. I love books that are not only fun to read, but educational too!

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

Felix and Pierre continue to find the letters to spell out your child’s name.

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

Until your child’s full name is spelled out.

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

There is even a place for your child to sign for receipt of their name!  How cute is that?!

Following Featherbottom Personalized Children's Book

This personalized story book for children would make a great gift for any occasion – birthday, holiday, or even just to say “I love you”. This is a fun and unique gift that will stand out from the rest!

Following Featherbottom retails for only $32.95, and you can choose from three different hardcover background colors. This is truly one of the best personalized children’s books I have seen, and it is worth every penny! Your child will cherish this book for years to come. It is a great keepsake book that they will fondly remember when they are older.

Personalized Books by MarbleSpark

About MarbleSpark:

MarbleSpark is a personalized book publisher committed to making children feel as unique and special as they truly are.  In 2005, founder Phil Haussler was expecting his first child with his wife Stacey. On a whim, Phil wrote and illustrated a raw storybook. They loved the idea of giving their future kids a one-of-a-kind gift… and that first weekend project eventually snowballed into MarbleSpark’s first book, Following Featherbottom.

The name MarbleSpark speaks to the founders’ hope of igniting imaginations. Marble is meant figuratively, as in brain, noggin’, or noodle – like, “Have you lost your marbles?” And Spark means ignition, explosion, and combustion. MarbleSpark isn’t just a name – it’s a mission.

I received a personalized copy of the Following Featherbottom book from MarbleSpark for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Who would you gift this personalized story book for children to?

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