Oct 312017
 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. 

Being a Mom is the hardest role I have ever filled. I am constantly questioning myself. Am I setting a good example for my kids? Am I making the best decisions for them? Am I spending enough quality time with them? The questions seem to never end. There is always a new one lurking at the back of my mind.

There is no handbook for parenting. Everyone’s kids and parenting styles are different, and we all just have to do what works best for us and our families. I would love to say that we should not be so hard on ourselves, but I know just how difficult that is. We strive to do everything we can for our kids, and to give them a great start in life.

One thing I know we all beat ourselves up over is what we feed our kids on a daily basis. We question whether or not we are giving them enough wholesome foods, if they are getting enough nutrients, and enough of a variety of foods. We deal with picky eaters and hectic mealtimes, and we stress about how we are going to get a delicious and well balanced meal on the table.

Dinnertime in our home is often completely chaotic. My kids always seem to get wound up and incredibly hyper after my husband gets home from work at the end of the day. I know they are just excited to see him, but trying to cook a wholesome meal in the midst of all of the excitement is really quite difficult.

Our kitchen and living room are an open layout, so they are constantly coming into the kitchen while I am trying to cook. It would really be so much easier if I could keep them out, but that’s not a possibility, so I always keep a stash of Tyson® chicken products in my freezer to help make mealtime a breeze.

Tyson Chicken Products

I have always been a fan of Tyson chicken products, and my local Walmart has an amazing selection to choose from. My absolute favorite are the Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks. I just picked up a bag of Any’tizers® buffalo style hot wings and sriracha flavored boneless chicken bites on my recent shopping trip to Walmart.

Tyson Any'tizers

My husband and I love spicy foods, and these really hit the spot! I enjoy eating them as is, or adding them to a salad. Tyson chicken products have a collection of recipes on their website too, so we find lots of great new ideas to keep our meals interesting!

Tyson Buffalo Wings

Any’tizers snacks are perfectly seasoned and every bite is delicious!

Tyson Sriracha Chicken Bites

Like every other kid I know, my own kids absolutely love Tyson chicken nuggets. My 2 year old son will eat just about anything you put in front of him, but my 4 year old daughter is very picky about food. One thing she never gives me a hard time about eating is chicken nuggets. She will gobble them right up with a smile on her face, and I love that they are a great source of protein.

Tyson Chicken Nuggets

I also love that there are so many specially marked Tyson chicken products (including nuggets, strips, Any’tizers snacks and drumsticks) that have the label ‘No Antibiotics Ever’. What this means is that Tyson chicken products are raised without antibiotics, and are made with 100% all natural ingredients* (*No artificial ingredients, minimally processed). Look for the green label to find these specially marked products.

Tyson No Antibiotics Ever Label

The people who make Tyson products have a strong heritage. They have been raising chickens since 1935! Tyson chicken products are made with a long-standing dedication to quality. As Moms, we can feel good about serving all Tyson chicken products with no antibiotics ever to our families.

Oct 042017
 

I recently turned 36 years old, and I’ve been feeling my age a lot lately. The grey hairs have started popping up more frequently, I’m seeing laugh lines all over my face that were never there before, and I’ve been dealing with some serious back pain. I remember how I used to laugh at all those jokes about getting older and having back pain, but it’s really no joke! Back pain can make you feel miserable and ruin your whole day.

My body has been feeling a little out of whack for a while now. Getting older, having two difficult pregnancies in the last 5 years, and losing 100 pounds really took its toll on me. The sciatic nerve pain I had been experiencing was almost unbearable at times, and getting a good night’s sleep was difficult.

When I don’t get enough sleep, I am super grumpy the next day. As a stay-at-home Mom to two toddlers, that’s not really the mood I want to be in all day. I want to feel well rested, energetic, happy and excited to spend the day playing with my kids. I strive to set a good example for them, and I can’t do that very well if I am exhausted and in a bad mood. I received a Tomorrow Sleep mattress and pillows for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

When Tomorrow Sleep offered to send me a new memory foam hybrid mattress to review, I jumped at the chance. In all honesty, I had been ignoring my need for a new mattress for quite some time. I was sleeping on a 14 year old mattress, and while it was still in good condition, it was definitely time for a change. I was 22 years old when I bought that mattress. My body was different then. My sleep habits were different. A lot has changed in 14 years!

My husband and I have been sleeping on the Tomorrow Sleep mattress for almost 2 weeks now, and we are in love with it! We have both been sleeping better than ever, and can’t believe how much more refreshed we feel in the mornings since we started sleeping on the Tomorrow Sleep mattress. It has really made a world of difference for both of us. Below, I have listed five reasons why I love the Tomorrow Sleep mattress, and why I think you will too!

5 Reasons Why You'll Love a Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

1. HIGH QUALITY & COMFORTABLE – Tomorrow Sleep is backed by Serta Simmons Bedding, so they have over a century worth of research, development, and insights into sleep. My 14 year old mattress was actually a Serta, so I know just how high quality and long lasting their mattresses are! Tomorrow Sleep’s hybrid mattresses are built by skilled craftsmen in their own factory in Charlotte, NC. I love buying products that are made right here in the USA!

The Tomorrow Sleep mattress is designed to adjust to your body temperature and provide you with support that is essential to restorative sleep. The mattress is available in medium soft or medium firm, so you can choose the support that works best for you.

My husband and I chose the medium soft mattress for our review. This mattress is designed to really hug your body when you lay on it, and it is so comfortable! I love getting into bed at the end of a long day. I’m falling asleep so much faster than I used to, and sleeping for longer periods of time. I wake up feeling refreshed, and my back pain is not nearly as bad as it had been. Sometimes I actually feel like I am just floating on air when I’m laying on this mattress. It really makes for a peaceful rest.

The medium firm mattress has a more solid sleeping surface, but doesn’t feel stiff. Both mattresses contain a mix of premium memory foam on top for comfort and wrapped coils for support. Tomorrow Sleep states that 70% of their customers prefer the medium firm mattress, but my husband and I really do love the medium soft.

2. FREE DELIVERY – Buying large items for our home has always been a challenge. We don’t have a truck, so we’ve had to try to find a friend who was available and willing to help us move our large and heavy purchases into our home for us, or pay incredibly high delivery fees to have the store deliver it.

I love that Tomorrow Sleep offers free delivery. My mattress was delivered right to my front door, rolled up in a box! The box was a bit heavy, so make sure you do have some help moving it into your bedroom.

3. EASY SETUP – Setting up the Tomorrow Sleep mattress could not be any easier! After I got the mattress out of the box and onto my box spring, I simply cut away the protective plastic with the tool they included. I unfolded the mattress, cut away the second layer of plastic and watched as my new mattress expanded in just a couple of minutes right before my very eyes.

Watching our new mattress expand was hands down one of the coolest things I have ever seen. My husband was absolutely floored that our new queen size mattress fit into such a small box. When we had the rolled up mattress laying on our bed before we took the plastic off, he actually said to me that he thought Tomorrow Sleep sent us the wrong size. He couldn’t believe that what he was looking at was going to cover our entire bed. Boy, was he surprised!

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

4. SLEEP SYSTEM – Tomorrow Sleep has created an entire sleep system designed to give you an amazing night of sleep every single night. In addition to the hybrid mattress, their sleep system includes memory foam pillows, plush pillows, a Sleeptracker® Monitor, a sheet set, comforter, a mattress protector and drapes.

We received two memory foam pillows along with our mattress, and they are by far the most comfortable and supportive pillows I have ever slept on. The memory foam pillow is designed with a two sided construction that feels cool on one side and cozy on the other. They are a pillow that you can really hug and sink your face into!

Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam Pillow

Their plush pillow is designed for cushy comfort with hypoallergenic down alternative that feels fluffy while also providing great support.

The Sleeptracker® Monitor is so cool! It analyzes your sleep cycles, breathing and movement, and offers you personalized suggestions for better sleep. I think it would be so interesting to see this kind of information about my sleep habits.

Tomorrow Sleep’s bedding is definitely on my Christmas wish-list this year! It includes luxurious 500 thread count sheets made of 100% USA grown Supima cotton, an all-season lofty comforter designed to help keep you at just the right temperature while you sleep, and a waterproof mattress protector that also helps keep temperatures in check, while protecting your mattress from spills and dirt.

Having a set of Tomorrow Sleep’s blackout drapes would also be wonderful. I have a really hard time sleeping when there is any light present in my room at all, so it would be nice to make my room darker.

5. 100 NIGHT RISK-FREE TRIAL – Buying a mattress without even laying down on it first can be a little scary. It’s a big investment that you’ll have for many years to come, so you want to make sure it is the right fit for you. Tomorrow Sleep is so sure you will love their mattress, that they offer a 100 night risk-free trial. If you feel the mattress is not right for you, you can return it for free within 100 days. I really don’t think you will want to though!

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

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Oct 022017
 

This Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding is a great way to enjoy that delicious pumpkin flavor you love, while staying on your low carb diet! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of In The Raw and SheSpeaks. All opinions are entirely my own.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

Last year, my husband and I started our journey on a keto diet two weeks before Thanksgiving. Our whole family thought we were absolutely crazy, but we had made up our minds that we were going to follow through with it, and we did. We stayed on our keto diet for about 8 months and reached our goal weights. It felt amazing!

Now that we have reached our goal weights, we have loosened our belts up a little bit. We don’t eat completely low carb anymore, but we do try to make better food choices most of the time. I still love eating delicious keto snack foods like this low carb cheese board!

It was really quite difficult to give up my favorite foods for Thanksgiving last year. The food I missed the most was pumpkin pie. I mean, can you really have Thanksgiving dinner without a slice of pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream? It was so hard to resist the temptation!

I recently decided to do a little experiment to see if I could make a low carb dessert that tasted like pumpkin pie. I use cauliflower in place of high carb foods all the time, and I had recently seen a recipe floating around the internet for a Cinnamon Cauliflower Pudding, so I thought I would try making a Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding using cauliflower.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

I know what you’re probably thinking… “cauliflower pudding? Won’t that be disgusting? Won’t that taste like cauliflower?” I’m in a lot of low carb groups on Facebook, and the number one complaint I hear is that most recipes made with cauliflower still taste like cauliflower. They don’t taste like whatever they are supposed to be mocking. I think that is because most people just don’t use enough seasoning to mask the cauliflower taste enough. Cauliflower does have a very strong, distinct flavor, so you have to really put some effort into seasoning it enough to hide that flavor.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

This Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding does NOT taste like cauliflower. I loaded this recipe up with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, ginger and Organic Stevia In The Raw®, and it did a wonderful job of hiding that cauliflower taste.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

I made this Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding while my husband was at work, and when he came home, I asked him to taste it and let me know what he thought it tasted like. His response was “pumpkin”. He did not taste the cauliflower flavor at all, and believe me, he would have let me know if he did.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

If you’re following a low carb diet this holiday season, try this Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding. It will give you the satisfaction of that delicious pumpkin pie flavor you are probably longing for, but help you stay on track! It’s absolutely delicious topped with whipped cream and chopped pecans.

LOW CARB PUMPKIN PUDDING

This recipe is super easy! All I did was stir a bunch of ingredients together in a pot and let it simmer on the stove for a half hour before blending it up in my food processor. It honestly can’t get much easier than that!

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 oz. bag of frozen riced cauliflower
  • 15 oz. can of 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 packets Organic Stevia in the Raw
  • 1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large saucepan. Let simmer over low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow pudding to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to food processor.
  3. Blend pudding in food processor until it reaches your desired consistency. I blended mine for approximately 5 minutes.

This recipe makes approximately seven 1/2 cup servings.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ORGANIC STEVIA IN THE RAW

Stevia grows naturally in the Americas and is now cultivated throughout the world. Organic Stevia In The Raw is the most recent addition to the In The Raw family of sweeteners.

Organic Stevia In The Raw is non-GMO and naturally gluten free. Each packet has only 3 calories, and provides the sweetening equivalence of two teaspoons of sugar. A little bit goes a long way!

There are so many great ways to use Organic Stevia In The Raw! Try swapping out your normal coffee sweetener with Organic Stevia In The Raw, add it to your smoothies, or sprinkle some on top of yogurt, oatmeal or fresh fruit for a tasty treat.

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Enter to win one of four In The Raw bundles that include branded measuring spoons, a koozie, a tote bag and a one month supply of Organic Stevia In The Raw. One Grand Prize winner will also win a $50 Gift Card to the grocery store of their choice!

Look for Organic Stevia in the Raw at your local grocery store or buy it online.