Hello Fresh! Fresh Dinner Box Delivered Right To Your Door {Giveaway}

Life is busy as we know it. No matter how busy we may be, one thing is for certain – we have to eat. The food would be preferably a healthy fresh-cooked meal at home. HelloFresh recently reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their fresh dinner boxes. Of course, I jumped on the opportunity.

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The box shows up on  your front-door step with all the ingredients to cook three meals. SCORE! No time wasted to try and find a meal nor to go buy the ingredients. As soon as I got home from work, I was so giddy to open up my box. The meal box I received was for two adult servings but it actually fed our entire family of four. All the ingredients are individually wrapped and the exact amount you need for the dinner meal. A recipe card is included that walks you through the easy steps to cook the meal. My three meals were as follows:

Turkey and Spinach Burgers 

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Lomo Saltado

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Yellow Squash and Black Bean Tostada

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What did I love about this dinner box?

1. I was able to cook each meal and place on the table in under 30 minutes.

2. All fresh vegetables and meat was used for the ingredients. No worrying about added preservatives or GMO’s.

3. The simplicity of dinner time and knowing that we had more time to spend as our family of four.

Just last week, HelloFresh released big news about this dinner box service. They are now delivering to the entire contiguous United States, which is the first ever recipe kit delivery service to do so. n conjunction with this news, HelloFresh launches its “You’re Better Than Takeout” campaign to allow families across the country to trade in their receipts from dinner purchased at major U.S. fast food franchises and cash them in towards HelloFresh meals.

“Takeout isn’t the only option for a convenient meal at home, you can still enjoy convenient and healthy, self-cooked meals alone, with a partner or with your entire family,” says Dominik Richter, Founder & CEO of HelloFresh. “We’re excited that an additional 100 million people across the country now have access to high-quality and farm-fresh ingredients from HelloFresh.”

The six week campaign encourages families across the country to re-think their choices for dinner, and consider a different option for a convenient and quick meal. To participate, users who have purchased dinner at any of the major fast food franchises can submit their receipts through http://www.hellofresh.com/BetterThanTakeout and they will be eligible to receive credit for up to $50 towards a HelloFresh delivery.

In my opinion, the price for the boxes are very affordable for families. The classic box which includes three meals is only $69 and that includes the delivery charge. The price point and knowing it is all fresh foods really makes dinner time less stressful for a busy mom and dad.

WIN!! One lucky reader will win a month’s worth of HelloFresh boxes (which is worth $280 value).

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WIN Tickets to 25th Anniversary of Tweetsie’s Ghost Train!

A tradition in the High Country of NC is attending Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Festival. This year will mark 25 years since the Ghost Train took it’s first ride through the Blowing Rock mountains. I will never forget my first time attending this event. It was actually SNOWING! Yes, it does snow in the High Country in October. My oldest daughter attended for the first time two years ago with my stepdaughter who happened to be pregnant. No, she did not go into labor despite the scary scenes.

What is the Ghost Train?

Tweetsie Railroad will once again transform into a frighteningly fun world when the sun goes down as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Ghost Train® Halloween Festival, Friday and Saturday nights starting September 26 through November 1. Daytime visitors can still enjoy all the Wild West adventure they’ve come to expect from Tweetsie, but the park will take a chilling turn when the gates open at 7:30 p.m.

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I can speak firsthand that Fall is a great time to plan a visit to Tweetsie to take in the colorful landscape, crisp mountain air and kaleidoscope of colors during peak leaf season in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the hauntings include much more than the signature train ride. Enjoy a spooky stroll through the Freaky Forest while encountering dark surprises along a desolate woodland pathway of terror. Visit The Boneyard where you can venture into the 3-D Maze, the disorienting Black Hole, and ­ new for 2014 ­ the mystifying Warp Tunnel. Brave visitors should not miss the spine-chilling Haunted House, where 13 spooky rooms will startle and challenge the imagination.

For those looking for less chills and thrills and more tricks and treats, visitors of all ages will be enchanted and amused by the spooktacular black light show at the Haunted Palace Saloon, the lively dance party on Tweetsie’s Main Street, the amusement rides at the Creepy Carnival, and of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without traditional trick-or-treating throughout the park. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival is safe, scary fun for all ages.

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Due to the popularity of this annual event, a limited number of tickets are available for each evening. Many nights often sell out, so ordering advance tickets online is strongly recommended. Admission is $31 for adults and children, while kids ages 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at Tweetsie.com.

WIN! I am partnering with Tweetsie  to offer a reader two complimentary tickets to visit the Ghost Train. Enter below:

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Mom! I want another Fruit Shoot drink!

The Fruit Shoot craze has caught on at this household. We  kept passing it by at our local grocer and finally decided to take a leap and do a taste test once we got invited to partner with the brand. You haven’t heard of Fruit Shoot? That is about to change!

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The girls and I want to share some of our favorite things about Fruit Shoot. It has a new no-spill cap, perfect for children of all ages, and contains no fructose corn syrup, making it a much better option than other flavored drinks. Did you hear that? YES, no fructose corn syrup!!

This fun hydration drink is perfect for energetic, independent kids who desire fun on the go. It contains real fruit juice, natural flavors, no high-fructose corn syrup, and no added sugar. M loves taking the bottles with her to dance class.

These vibrant fun colored bottles come in tasty flavors of Orange, Apple, Berry Burst and Strawberry/Raspberry. You are welcome to purchase any of the flavors in both the regular and low sugar varieties.

As if this drink was not fun enough, Fruit Shoot is currently celebrating imaginative activities with a really special competition. Check out the super creative video M and L put together on their own!

Now, it’s your turn to let your kids get creative. Entrants will receive a free bottle of Fruit Shoot when entering the contest. Entrants will also receive a Waboba ball anytime they buy 6 bottles of Fruit Shoot in-store.

Get those cameras rolling. Click here for all details on how to enter the contest and more information on the Fruit Shoot drinks!

Disclosure: Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring this post, but our love for their juice and endorsing children’s imaginations is our own opinion!

Christmas Traditions Includes Hickory Farms – You?

November and December and my favorite months. I absolutely love the holiday season and wish that these months could be spread out for a longer time period. The hustle and bustle of the season just warms my heart.

Some of my favorite Christmas traditions are the Christmas movies paired with hot chocolate with the girls. Cuddling up with the girls and watching movies such as Polar Express are priceless times. I hope the girls will remember this tradition when they grow up and are adults. Our red cups from Starbucks as a family is another sweet tradition. We treat Starbucks as a very special date. We do not go often but when we do, there is something magical and especially at Christmas time.

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Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is another special tradition. The girls absolutely love doing this since they know it will go to a special child that would otherwise receive nothing at all. It is also an opportunity to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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All of these are traditions that I have created with my girls since becoming a mom. One tradition that I am passing down to my girls is delicious treats from Hickory Farms.

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For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. I remember as a young child my Grandma would have Hickory Farms on her  Christmas table, then my mom would have the same on her table and now I am passing the tradition on down to my girls as well. When the above party platter was delivered, my girls’ eyes both lit up and we were very happy to partake in the tradition early.

As with my recollection, many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.

You are able to purchase Hickory Farms both online and in stores. You are able to grab your favorite Hickory Farm treats this year in 700+ Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.

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One lucky reader is going to win the above party platter so you can create memories with your family.

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Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

The Love Connection (Pampers Giveaway)

As we all know, we have a special love connection with our children. This time last year, our family was leaping into new territory. My stepdaughter welcomed Baby J into the family. Would I be able to love him as much as I do my own girls? There was an immediate love connection when we met Baby J in the hospital.

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My husband and our girls had this immediate undying love for our sweet Baby J. God’s sweet miracle was introduced into our lives and we definitely were swept off our feet. This grandparent gig is one of the sweetest gig’s that I have been blessed to take part of. As soon as his eyes catches our eyes, he immediately starts smiling and kicking his feet. He may not be able to carry on conversations with us, but the smiles and kicks are all the communication that we need to know. There is a deep love between us all.

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A baby’s love is so sweet and I know I want to cherish every minute and create as many memories as we can create. Time truly goes by too fast as M and L are 9 and 10.

Even though my stepdaughter has the most fashionable cloth diapers on the market, there are times that we need to let Baby J wear non-cloth diapers. BabyCenter welcomed me to partner with them on their latest campaign with Pampers Swaddlers. I was thrilled to join in the campaign.

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First off, Pampers have changed so much since the girls were babies. See the yellow strip going down the back of the diaper? That is the neatest little strip. The strip is called a color-changing wetness indicator. Smart move Pampers.

The Swaddlers are very soft and contour to fit the baby well since babies are always on the go with either crawling, scooting or even walking. Again, another smart move with the softness factor.

Did you know Pampers are #1 worldwide diaper brand serving 25 million babies in more than 100 countries around the world? Pampers is committed to make your baby happy and loves to hear from families all over to hear their feedback. Due to the feedback, Pampers made their Swaddlers diapers available up to size 5.

Each diaper includes an absorb away liner. Check out this short clip to see the new and improved Swaddlers diaper.

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3 WINNERS will receive one month’s supply of diapers and wipes (in the form of coupons).

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Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsorship on BabyCenter. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review.

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