Are you prepared for Cold and Flu Season ?

This is a sponsored post about cold and flu season preparation was written by me on behalf of Chloraseptic® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am not sure if it is the changing of warm to cold weather every third day or the hustle and bustle of the holiday season but I have 2 sick kids this week.  There is nothing more stressful than wanting the kids out of the house and in school before they are home for two weeks.  SO are you prepared for cold and flu season at your house?  We want to share a few must haves we have around the house and in our bathroom cabinets so we can take quick action against these germs.

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Christmas Breakfast Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper, Feta and Spinach Quiche

This really is not a Christmas Breakfast Recipe, I just think the colors are perfect for a Christmas or Holiday Brunch.  I have not made that many quiche recipes before, the only one that I had made a ton is the Chicken Enchilada Quiche Recipe.  I think I found my new love.  Like other quiche recipes they are really simple to make and have all the yumminess of a savory breakfast but filling dinner as well.   Of course when I say easy, I use a pre made deep dish crust, no one is complaining for that time saver.

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Best Reward Programs for Holiday Shopping from Chase

This post brought about best reward programs to you by Chase Ultimate Rewards. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.

We have been Chase card holders since living in Chicago in my 20’s.  You can do the math.  And, I have been a Chase Ultimate Rewards cardholder since moving away and wanting to earn travel rewards.  However, the Ultimate Rewards goes beyond the actual monetary rewards in my opinion.  I was truly impressed by Chase after Cyber Monday when I received a text asking about a charge my credit card.  Immediately knowing I had not made any such transaction I was contacted by their fraud department.  There is no better reward that this.

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Healthy Holiday Snacks and Black Bean, Corn and Feta Dip Recipe

We were provided with a promotional item from Way Better Snacks to facilitate this post about 
healthy Holiday Snacks. 

The holidays are filled with chocolate, cream cheese and butter.  I know I am guilty you can see my previous posts for a lot of guitly pleasures this time of year.  So I was excited to partner with Way Better Snacks on a recipe creation project for their 12 Days of Holiday Snacking.  I created a healthy Holiday dip of Black Bean, Corn and Feta Cheese which is so good and was given to me by a friend several years ago but I have never made it.

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Food Gift Recipes for Holiday Gift Giving

This post about Food Gift Recipes for Holiday Gift Giving isbrought to you by Glad & M&M’S®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.

Every year we exchange gifts with our neighbors. I like to make something special for the families to enjoy, especially something a little sweet.   Most of these families have children so something with popcorn and chocolate seemed to be a good mix.  Half of the battle of creating my neighbor gifts is the packaging.  While shopping at Target, I found some adorable Glad storage exclusive holiday prints.  Not only were perfect for gift giving but also had yummy recipe for Santa’s Snack Mix which included chocolate and my favorite Holiday Flavored M&M’S®.  So it was back home for some recipe testing and hopeful I could get it made and packaged before my kids came home and started into my stash.    photo 5f579352-3d8a-48b9-8363-6788c33cc2f5_zps98661486.png   {C} [Read more…]

Holiday Wine Cork Crafts and Cork Ornaments

Do not judge about the amount of wine corks we have in our home.  I am sure if you collected them on your bar you would eventually have enough to craft with too!!  Since I needed to make room in my cork jar for holiday entertaining I thought I would make some wine cork crafts and cork ornaments.   I actually have enough to make another Wine Cork Tray or Wine Cork Wreath but thought I would get into the holiday season and make some Holiday Cork Crafts.

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Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids and $100 Giveaway

This is a sponsored post about packing tips for traveling with kids written by me on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Even though gas prices are lowering the airlines have not waived their checked luggage fee.  If you plan on traveling this holiday, I am sharing some packing tips for traveling with kids to save space and money.   I make the kids pack themselves but always go thru it one more time to be sure they have enough of the right thing.  No worse than getting to your destination and they only have one pair of underwear..

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Best Granite Cleaner By RockIt Oil

This post about Best Granite Cleaner is brought to you by Rock-it Oil. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.

The holidays is a great time to test those baking and cooking skills and prepare all sorts of recipes both old and new to share the holiday season with friends and family. With all the cooking  and baking comes the dreading chore of cleaning up the kitchen.  I know my stone countertops get a beating during non-holiday time but during the holidays I am constantly spilling ingredients on them.  So what is the best way to clean your stone counter tops?


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Holiday Hacks and Mozzarella Sticks Wreath

This post about Holiday Hacks and Mozzarella Wreath Sticks brought to you by Farm Rich. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.

The last couple of weeks I have been sharing a lot of holiday entertaining tips.  Most of these have been for tips on how to entertain and not feel overwhelmed.  Through out the year I also share a lot of recipes that are semi-homemade which gives you the appeal of a homemade dish with the convenience of something store bought.  There is nothing wrong with this approach especially if you are entertaining and you want to actually enjoy your guests.  For an upcoming party for my daughter’s class, I decided to play around with some frozen snacks, the Farm Rich Mozzarella sticks and create a festive platter.  

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Feeding your Cat All-Natural Ingredients

This post about feeding your cat all natural ingredients is brought to you by Walmart. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.

We have already written a few posts about my Cat’s expereince using @PurinaBeyond  I think she is truly enjoying it because when ever we open the door to the garage, she immediately runs to her food bowl.  Either that or she is storing up for the winter.  Either way I know that we are feeding your cat all natural ingredients wihich is important between a pet owner and their pet. 

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