Camping with Pillsbury’s

Our family loves to camp! Even if it's too hot to camp, we enjoy just taking day trips to the lake or take a drive up into the mountains.  I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of these beautiful summer afternoons and nights with family and friends as well! If you’re looking to get out of the house and into the heat, Pillsbury is here to share some creative, easy (and yummy) ideas to entertain the little ones for hours.  Living on the West Coast, we have an advantage of grilling just about year round - it's my favorite way to cook!  Just grab a tent, make a fire and dish up some of these camp-inspired ideas for a night of magical family moments under the stars.
1.       Have a kid-friendly backyard “drive-in” movie night with a large bed sheet and projector.
2.       Food on a stick is fun with Pillsbury’s Crescent Dog on a Stick – no cleanup required!
3.       Use glow necklaces and glow bracelets for a few rounds of nighttime ring toss.
4.       Pillsbury’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are easy to make ahead and will be the star of  any summer potluck.
5.       Tie vases to your fence or deck and fill with plants or flowers to spruce up the party.
6.       What’s an outdoor summer night without s’mores? Pillsbury’s Grilled Chocolate Chip S'more Cookie Pizza is a fun twist on the classic treat but when the bugs start buzzing too loudly, try this melt-y dessert that can be enjoyed inside - S'mores Pizza Roll Up.
7.       String paper lanterns in low hanging branches to light up the night.  
8.       Making Pillsbury’s Grilled Half and Half Pizza is easy to do when following along with this how-to video.
9.       No pool? Stay cool by frolicking through sprinklers on a hot afternoon.  
10.   Grilled Biscuit Cheeseburgers are quick and easy summer meals.
The recipes above are simple enough for kids to help mom prepare in the kitchen and quickly transport to the backyard for fun and entertainment. For more gooey snacks that all ages will enjoy, check out our 10 s'mores recipes to make before summer ends!

This Bar Saves Lives

 **Disclosure:  We were provided a Sprouts Gift card and sample of the product in exchange for the feature.  No monetary compensation was received.

This Bar Saves Lives, just launched in Sprouts across the country!   Can you believe that severe acute malnutrition leads to 2.6 million deaths per year? To put that in perspective, that's one child every 12 seconds. And it's devastating – for them, their families and their communities.   That’s where This Bar Saves Lives comes in. They’re the makers of 3 delicious, non-GMO snack bars packed with super foods. Sprouts brought them in stores to bring awareness to their buy-one, give-one movement. For each bar you purchase, one life-saving packet of Plumpy'Nut—a nutrient-rich paste—is donated to a malnourished child across the world.


**Disclosure: Our family was sent a sample product at no charge to help facilitate this post.  No monetary compensation was received.  
With summer finally here you’re probably packing your bags to hit the beach, the road or just your back yard. There's nothing like burnt & chapped lips!  Now you can ensure your pucker is always on point this summer with these pocket-sized travel essentials from Carmex and tips from Shannon Tor, Director of Research & Development for Carma Laboratories, the company that makes Carmex lip balms!

  • Soaring temps can leave your lips dehydrated because “your lips don't have any oil-producing or sebaceous glands so the only moisture they get is from saliva,” explains Shannon Tor. Saliva in turn “evaporates quickly and enzymes in which dissolve oils, which can actually lead to dry, chapped lips.” Be sure to pack Carmex Lip Balm ($1.59) in a tube to keep them hydrated!  
  • Hotter weather can leave your makeup melting so this summer go lipstick-free and instead sport well moisturized and protected lips with the Carmex Protecting Lip Balm Sticks ($1.59). Plus, Shannon Tor explains that your natural lips are designed to be flaunted “since your lips have fewer layers of skin than the rest of your body, underlying blood vessels, blood-filled capillaries, are close to the surface, giving your lips a reddish or pink tint.”
With summer often comes summer romance so before you pucker up, turn to the Carmex Lip Balm ($1.59) that has been around for 77 years to make your pucker memorable! Shannon Tor explains that “a lip balm is only as effective as the ingredients in the formula” and that the time-tested formula of the Carmex Lip Balm “contains camphor and menthol to soothe severely dry lips and petrolatum to create a long-lasting protective barrier.” 

 Carmex Lip Balm is available at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit

Keep Momming

**Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of her biggest challenges as mom is building and maintaining a close relationship with her teenage daughter, Ryan.

The mother-daughter relationship is a unique one, and that dynamic can be even trickier during the tween years. Yet sometimes, people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub,, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative, and be sure to check out the website at

Red Baron Deep Dish Mini Pizzas

**Disclosure:  No compensation was received for this post.  We were send coupons for free product to help facilitate the review.  All opinions are of our own, your opinion may vary.

Pizza!  Have to admit, that pizza is a staple in our home.  Totally one of our favorite meals!   If it's deep dish, that's even better! I enjoy a good, thick crust.  Frozen pizza is always good to have on hand, especially here in Vegas, when the heat goes over 100 and you just don't want to open the front door.  Now, with the help of Red Baron, we can enjoy a single size deep dish anytime and with the perfect serving amount so you don't go overboard!  Red Baron Deep Dish Minis is an easy to share pizza with full-sized flavor for the entire family.  This new product will feature eight 2.5 inch pizzas per package so you can effortlessly make a single serving for a tasty snack or the entire batch for you and a friend! My kids loved this!  Just the right amount of sauce and cheese and really is loaded with pepperoni!  Cooked quick & easy in the microwave too!  The nice thing about cooking in the microwave is that you can cook it to your liking.  My son likes his when the cheese is just melted.  I enjoy cooking mine a little longer to get more of a crisp taste.

It's available in cheese and pepperoni and made with the finest ingredients, including rich tomato sauce, loads of pepperoni and 100 percent real cheese.  Red Baron Deep Dish Minis can be found in freezer aisles at local grocers and retail for $3.50 a package. 


**Disclosure:  This is a paid feature in partnership with Modern Mom.  All opinions and recipe that I used to create my personal burgers are of my own. 

Our family absolutely loves to BBQ!! In fact, living on the West Coast we have the advantage of being able to grill year round.  With a busy family like ours, what is easier than a grilled burger!  But we don't always want the same burger time after time.  So this summer, just in time for the 4th of July holiday, Best Foods is staging a "Bugervention," putting an end to dry burgers across America. 

To create the Best Ever Juicy Burger this summer, mix Best Foods Real Mayonnaise directly into the ground beef when preparing your burgers.  The mayonnaise helps to lock in moisture as the burger cooks on the grill, ensuring a juicy, delicious burger every time!   Opt for great ingredients in your burger like Best Foods, which is committed to cage free eggs, quality oils and vinegar.

Never thought of adding mayonnaise to your ground beef? Either did I!  Check out their recipe below to help guide you!  I also have my personal additions I added below, my burgers came out juicy and oh so tasty! 

Best Ever Juicy Burgers

1/2 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
2 lbs ground beef (or ground turkey)
8 hamburger buns

1) Combine mayonnaise, soup mix and dry bread crumbs in small bowl
2) Mix mayonnaise mixture into ground beef & shape into 8 patties
3) Grill until done, then serve on buns

*** My personal twist on the above recipe *** 

I like to experiment when it comes to cooking! I love meat and so does my husband, so we eat it quite often.  Having it so often, we try to come up with different variations.  Below is my personal twist on the above recipe.

1/4 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
2 T worcestershire sauce
1/2 onion chopped up into small pieces
3-4 slices of pre-cooked bacon - crumbled into pieces
1 lb ground beef
4 hamburger buns

1) Mix mayonnaise, worcestershire sauce, chopped onion, bacon pieces into ground beef
2) Grill on pre-heated grill
3) Place on buns and enjoy!

Visit or tweet @BestFoods #Burgervention for recipes & tips to make the Best Ever Juicy Burger for family & friends this summer!

Movie Monday - HOME!

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have just released the first trailer for their highly anticipated film, HOME! Get intergalactic when this 3D comedy, featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez, hits the big screen on March 27, 2015!