Snackeez Review: The Easy Roadtrip Snack Solution

snackeez-reviewsWith the transition of our move,  we’ve been spending even more time than usual in our cars. Our kids are generally great road-trippers but after making several trips scheduled so close together we needed to find a few items to make life a little easier on everyone. To help make our road trips easier Snackeez sent us one of their products to take along.

Snackeez

Buying drinks and snacks on the road quickly adds up not to mention the additional time those stops take. If you bring prepackaged snacks, you are constantly having to deal with making sure everyone has properly disposed of their trash or leftovers. My kiddos were notorious for stuffing their wrappers in the seat backs in front of them ( a huge pet peeve of mine!)

Snackeez allows both beverage and snack to fit in the same container. Simply fill up the lower portion with 16 oz of your favorite beverage and then insert the snack cup/lid fill with you choice of snack. You can access your snack at anytime by raising the hinged lid and never taking apart your Snackeez and no trash to discard. It is genius! They also come in 4 bold color combinations to make sure no one gets theirs mistaken for another.

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Since our trips often required we get on the road before the sun came up and no one was quite ready for breakfast, I would fill our Snackeez with juice and the snack compartment with our favorite cereal. Snackeez fit nicely in everyone’s cup holder and they could access it whenever they had finally gotten fully awake and were ready to eat something. It was so nice not to have to estimate when everyone would need a snack, all we had to plan for was our regular meals.

I will continue to use Snackeez after our summer traveling is over too! I’ve already though about how our kiddos are usually starving after school and are requesting a snack. Having their Snackeez ready in the car when I pick them up from school will eliminate the requests to stop off somewhere after school.

Snackeez are durable, BPA free, and top-rack dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze. They are available in four color schemes at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart and more. Just $9.99.

 How would you use Snackeez to make your family life easier?

Disclosure: I received Snackeez Cup for the purposes of this review. As always, all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own. We enjoyed this product so much that we purchased additional Snackeez products for our travels ( They were that good!)

Enjoy a Cup of THRIVE Farmers Coffee at Chick-fil-A

THRIVE ChickfilaThere isn’t much I enjoy more in the morning than a good cup of coffee and talking with a friend. That is unless,  it is a GREAT cup of coffee, and conversation with SEVERAL friends!  This morning Chick-fil-A of  Waxahachie invited several friends and I out for breakfast  to try their new coffee blends and tell us a little about their partnership with THRIVE Farmers Coffee.

Did you say Coffee? I’m in!

Thrive Coffee dateWe started off sampling the iced coffee, everyone choosing to add the option of french vanilla.  Being that the weather is warm most seasons in the south, having an iced option on the menu is very important.  We were all pleasantly surprised by just the right amount of sweetness in the iced coffee.  Next, we sampled hot coffee with the option of  fresh cream.  We found the hot coffee was a nice medium roast, not too weak or overly robust.THRIVE CollageThe THRIVE Farmers Coffee created this blend just for Chick-fila-A to pair perfectly with their menu offerings. Our group found both the iced and hot coffees were a great match with both the sweet cinnamon clusters and the more savory Chick-fil-A chick-n-minis. Both the hot and iced coffees are available in a range of sizes ranging from $1.59- $2.59.

Chick-fil-A is a favorite in our community because they are consistently exceeding expectations in customer service and food quality. I was already expecting a delicious cup of coffee, but once I had the opportunity to learn a little more about the story behind Thrive Farmers Coffee I was really impressed with this partnership.

Who is THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee?
THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee is a specialty grade coffee company, headquartered in Atlanta. THRIVE Farmers created a unique, farmer-direct model that means farmers directly share in the revenue generated by the sale of their coffee. This can increase farmers’ profits up to ten times more than traditional coffee models and allows farmers to give back to their communities, reinvest in their crops, and grow their family farms.

What exactly does “farmer-direct” mean?
Farmer-direct is a growing trend in food service, but a completely new model in the coffee industry. The THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee farmer-direct model gives coffee farmers direct ownership of the coffee from the time it is picked to the time it is sold to Chick-fil-A. The model allows Chick-fil-A to know exactly where our coffee comes from in each country. It also allows THRIVE Farmers to establish relationships with the farmers and invest in them by helping them with best practices to produce better crops.

What is specialty grade coffee?

THRIVE Farmers Coffee is a specialty grade coffee. To be labeled as specialty grade by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the coffee requires an industry score of at least 80 points. THRIVE Farmers blend for Chick-fil-A consistently scored well above the 80-point threshold.

Did you know coffee is actually a fruit? Every wondered just how much it takes to make a great cup of coffee? Here is a beautiful video of few  Thrive Farmers and some of the coffee process.

You can learn a more about The THRIVE Story here. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you are local, be sure to keep up with all the latest happenings at Chick-fila Waxahachie and stop in just to say “Hi” sometime and enjoy a cup of coffee with them. While it has already been released in some, THRIVE Farmers Coffees will be available in all markets by August 4th 2014. I know they would love to see you! You can stay updated by following them on Facebook here.

*Today’s breakfast, as well as this coffee discussion were sponsored by Chick-fil-A Waxahachie.

Spark Something New – Our Date Nite at P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang's collageWith all that we’ve had going on over the last few weeks (not to mention the hyper-speed move coming up), a little time alone for Mom and Dad was in order. Sometimes that means Monday night is the best time for a date night. Thanks so much to P. F. Chang’s for sponsoring this discussion and our date night!

P.F. Changs small platesRandy and I each have our favorite go-to menu items at P.F. Chang’s but tonight we were ready to order something that made us feel like legit foodies. We had heard about the new sushi and small plates menu available and were excited to share a few of them.  I am so glad we did because I think I have several new favorites now!

PF Changs small Plate CollageEDAMAME HUMMUS – This is a twist on hummus is a signature blend of fresh edamame, sesame seeds, ginger, and a hint of chili. Served with house-made crisp plantains
DYNAMITE SCALLOP ROLL – P.F. Chang’s signature California Roll topped with seared scallops, finished with a creamy sriracha sauce
ASIAN CARNITAS BAO – Carnitas with an Asian twist. Seared chili marinated pork stuffed in soft steamed pillow bao buns, served with a fresh pineapple salsa

These are just a few of the items on P.F Chang’s new menu, go here to check out the full selection!

We love visiting P.F. Chang’s for date night or get together with friends because the taste combinations are awesome and always priced well! Their extended happy hour is easy to remember and easy on the budget too with everything on the P.F. Chang’s happy hour menu priced at just $3-7 from 3- 7 pm.  Don’t fret if you arrive early or are running late though,  these tasty selections can be ordered from the regular menu any time of day.

Starting July 23rd, all P.F. Chang’s in the Dallas area will feature “Sushi, Small Bites & Wine Flights Wednesdays,” a selection of wines expertly paired with the newest menu offerings at  one great price.

Of course, we couldn’t head home without requesting one of the new lattes to go. It was ready in a flash and we enjoyed our coffee as we chatted more on the way home.  Date nights should always include great food and great conversation! Remember to visit P.F. Chang’s on your next night out with friends or special someone.

 

Simple Summer Celebrations with Klondike Kandy Bars

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After returning home from a fantastic family vacation last week, Father’s Day had somehow completely slipped off our radar. We always make elaborate plans to celebrate Dad for the weekend and of course, we weren’t going to let the weekend go by without letting him know how special he was to us. We just didn’t have any crazy plans on the schedule….yet. Sometimes it’s the simple celebrations that make life the most special.

The younger kids knew Dad loved water activities since we had enjoyed our time at the beach so much this last week. They decided Dad would enjoy a day at Hawaiian Falls on Saturday too. They had also seen a “Dads get in free on Father’s Day weekend” coupon. I have to say, I liked they for a coupon deal to celebrate with!

hawaiian falls fathers day
On Sunday, our teens planned a family movie outing with Dad to see X-Men. While they were to cool to say it directly, they both eluded that Dad was their own personal superhero.  I think that made him feel pretty special.

Simple Summer Celebrations with Klondike Kandy Bars

One favorite memory that each of our children share with their Dad is when he takes them out for ice cream to talk. We all decided it would be perfect addition to our Father’s Day celebration to add a special ice cream treat too. I make a quick stop at the store and picked up several flavors of KLONDIKE KANDY Ice Cream Bars. These were a new treat for us all to try but have now become a family favorite.

klondike kandy bar

With six people in our family everyone tends to have a different “favorite” flavor. Klondike Kandy Bars come in three great flavors to choose from, Cookies & Cream, Caramel & Peanuts, and Fudge Crunch, so everyone was happy. Being individually wrapped made them a perfect choice to grab on our way to enjoy at the park too. No bowls or serving utensils required for the Klondike Kandy Bars. Best of all nothing to clean up!

klondike kandy bar close up

I was going to snap a quick Father’s Day family photo to remember our day together but after the Klondike Kandy Bars came out, I seemed to have lost their attention. I think this shot proves everyone enjoyed their day together with Dad & its clear how much they enjoyed the Klondike Kandy Ice Cream Bars too!  Lean more about these delicious Klondike Kandy Bars on the Klondike website, Vine, and YouTube.

klondike kandy bar family

Our weekend was not elaborately planned out from the start or accompanied by a detailed schedule but  everyone still felt like it was a special celebration. We were together doing things with Dad that everyone enjoyed and creating memories for each of us. This experience has encouraged me to take a few days this summer and just celebrate the day. We may just celebrate being together. I hope you celebrate something soon too. Keep it Simple- Pick up a box of Klondike Kandy Bars at your local Target, Walmart or Safeway stores- and celebrate because its summer!

What are you going to celebrate this summer? What flavor of Klondike Kandy Ice Cream Bars are you most looking forward to trying?

 

Review: Super Swizz Spiral Slicer

super swizz spiral slicer

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I love getting as many vegetables into my family’s diet as possible. Usually they are on board with it too. Then I started messing with their pastas, substituting spaghetti squash for spaghetti. This took a little getting used to.  Since it was one of my favorite meals, quick and easy to make too, we’ve had this at least once a week.

I may have overplayed my hand…. and they specifically asked we not have spaghetti squash for awhile. ( insert sad mom face here)

Technically…. they said no spaghetti squash but nothing was specified about spaghetti made from other vegetables. My vegetable spaghetti was back on our menu when I found the Super Swizz Spiral Slicer.

The Super Swizz Spiral Slicer is a kitchen tool designed to make raw vegetable “pastas” with ease from carrots, zucchinis and the like. From veggie spaghetti, easy stir fry, to fancy garnishes for the sushi plate, this spiral cutter makes it easy.

To make the spiral slices you simply use  the Super Swizz like a pencil sharpener. There will be a little leftover (like a pencil-sized core) which you can easily slice as normal. It took me a few practice carrots and a zucchini to get the hang of making the perfect spiral slices but when I did It was great. The slicing went super fast and these cooked up easily.  I actually use the Super Swizz Spiral Slicer for adding extra vegetables in my salads too. It makes for a great food garnishes to present  at any meal.

Needless to say we are back to eating vegtable spagetti at our house and the kids like it more because it has a slightly different flavor and they even like using it to make the spirals. I like it because we are still eating healthy AND I have help making dinner!

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