Create a Family Favorite with Knorr Sides at Meijer

This post was sponsored by Lunchbox. 

I love taking shortcuts in the kitchen, while still providing a filling and delicious meal for my family. Today I want to share with you one of my new favorite recipe discoveries, combining Knorr Creamy Chicken Rice with chicken, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella for a delicious Creamy Bruschetta Chicken main dish. It’s a big hit at my house!

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Creamy Bruschetta Chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 package Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Creamy Chicken flavor
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken, stirring frequently, until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 4 minutes, adding garlic during the last 30 seconds of cook time. Remove and set aside.
  2. PREPARE Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Creamy Chicken flavor in same skillet according to package directions.
  3. STIR in chicken and tomatoes. Sprinkle with mozzarella and basil.

This recipe came courtesy of Knorr Sides, but they are much more than just a side dish! They’re actually great cooking partners to create flavorful dishes my family will love. Plus, you can find all of your favorite Knorr Sides at Meijer with special deals that save time and money.

Now, instead of worrying about what to make for dinner, I can get excited about all the great Knorr meals just waiting to be discovered at Meijer. Visit on 3/1/15 through 3/7/15 where all Knorr Side dishes are buy 5 for $5! Visit here for more savings.

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What family favorite will you make with Knorr Sides?


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Score Sweet Perks from Dunkin’ Donuts with DD Perks

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It all started this time last year, when I was in the hospital after having had Zac. He was in the NICU so whenever I was in my room by myself, I had the TV on- and I kept seeing commercials for brownie batter and cookie dough donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts. Between having just had a baby, being stuck with hospital food for five days, and oh, did I mention brownie batter and cookie dough donuts, I knew that when I got out of there, I had to have those donuts!

A few days after we got home, Justin got us a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts and I finally got my donuts. {They are super delicious, by the way.} Then, he surprised me with them for Mother’s Day, and again on my birthday. Then when the holidays picked up and he was working six days a week, for 12+ hours a day, we celebrated our Saturdays together with a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts! Even though the holidays are over, it’s still our family tradition just about every weekend. We all look forward to it all week!Christmas Dunkin' Donuts

While Vegas is full of bakeries, we love Dunkin Donuts for so many reasons. The employees are always welcoming {and thankfully, patient while my five year old takes an hour to select his donuts} and they are always so festive- any time there’s a holiday coming up, the donuts reflect that! Some people might not care about what kind of sprinkles they’re eating but my five year old does- almost as much as I do! The donuts are so affordable, too, which allows us to go every week, and you can tell that they’re always fresh.


Lately, we’ve been using our DD Perks when we go! Sometimes in my email I’ll find fun surprises like chances to earn extra points- which in addition to points from purchases add up quickly to score free beverages!

Colorful Dunkin' Donuts!

The awesome DD Perks program has been around for just over a year {just like Zachary!} and to thank fans for supporting them, they created this short video:



With DD Perks, you can earn five points for every dollar you spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card {either plastic or through the app}. Once you hit 200 points, you get a coupon for a free beverage of any size, which you can redeem at participating Dunkin’ Donuts! You can even share your rewards through the app with friends, family, and colleagues. You’ll also receive a coupon for a free beverage when you enroll and on your birthday. You can sign up for DD Perks here- use the special code BLOG!

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

Get Perfectly (un)Done Hair & Save on TRESemmé at CVS {CVS Gift Card Giveaway!}

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

A few months ago, we were having a rough patch where Zac just could not sleep. We tried everything and the only thing that ended up working was a lot of car rides, while I looked at the Christmas lights and tried to stay awake after many consecutive days of little sleep.


One morning, after one of those nights, I woke up and decided to take Shane to the park before school. It was cold out and I was too tired to get all dressed up, so I put on a beanie and scarf, bundled up the kids, and we set out. I snapped a random selfie to show my husband how bundled up and cold I was, and when he came home from work he told me that he really, really liked my hair like that. Since I had done absolutely nothing except for wake up and neglect to comb the knots out of my hair, I thought he was kidding, but he wasn’t- he liked my undone hair! Since then, I’ve been trying to replicate the look- but of course, it never turns out the same. We all know that we need a little help to get that natural look- to make our hair look undone, first we have to do it!


TRESemmé, the official hair care sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, is always on point when it comes to runway ready looks. That’s why I’m so excited that they now have a new line that helps you get the perfect (un)Done hair! {Easy hairstyling for busy mornings plus validation that I can totally wear my hair all loose and wavy? Thank you, TRESemmé.} Even better? It’s on sale!


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Using your ExtraBucks® Card you can get TRESemmé 25oz and 9oz Shampoos and Conditioners and 7.7oz Hairsprays and Specialty Styling products 2 for $10, including the new Perfectly (un)Done hair care line. TRESemmé 28oz Shampoos and Conditioners and 11oz Hairsprays and Core styling are also on sale 2 for $8.

So head into store now and look great as you see all the new trends of the season!

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Get Great Savings on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I’ve always loved taking photos. Long before I was a blogger, and even before I had kids, I would spend hours taking and editing shots of the most random things. I have pictures from elementary school of my stuffed animals all lined up in a row that I took on an old disposable camera. In high school, I used my first digital camera {a point & shoot} to capture selfies while deep in concentration {as teens are known to do}. Now as a mom and blogger, I use a heavy duty DSLR to capture everything from cookies to crafts to, of course, my kids.

Canon Rebel

As my subject matter has grown up, my camera has, too- from the disposable camera with the wind-up flash to the point and shoot to the primative cell phone camera to the real deal. If you have someone in your life who has been wanting a “grown up camera”, be sure to check out this amazing deal going on at Best Buy just in time for the holidays!

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Who do you know that would love the Canon EOS Rebel T5i?


Get Sweet Rewards from DD Perks from Dunkin’ Donuts

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Since we had Zachary, Shane has had to share the spotlight. We try to give him as much individual attention as we can, but between having a baby and him being in school, it’s not always easy to fit time in. I help him with his homework and he gets to go with Daddy every Saturday to go get breakfast. Every weekend when I take Zac to his baby class, Justin takes Shane to Dunkin’ Donuts- it’s become a tradition that we all look forward to all week!

Mother's Day 2014 #shop #cbias #SayCheeseburger

I even got Dunkin’ Donuts as part of my Mother’s Day present this year!

Since we are there so much, I was really excited to hear about their loyalty program! DD Perks rewards you for your purchases by giving you points that are redeemable for free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages! You earn five points for every dollar you spend whenever you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts card, whether you’re using a plastic card or the Dunkin’ Mobile App {which, by the way, is super easy to use}. Once you get 200 points, you receive a coupon for a beverage of your choice- it’s that easy!


Not only do you earn free beverage perks, but sometimes Dunkin’ Donuts adds surprises to DD Perks accounts. When DD Perks surpassed one million members in June, they deposited 100 bonus points into every existing account and offered 100 bonus points to new members for a week!


As you can see, the DD Perks card is always a great deal- but if you sign up today you’ll get an extra bonus! Use code BLOG at sign up to get a $5 bonus put onto your card but hurry, this code expires tonight!

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

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