Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl Idea's Brought to You by Hormel Foods...

Spice things up at your Super Bowl Party this year with New Orleans inspired cuisine or these classic game day favorites below featuring food from the Hormel Foods Brand!

Football is a big thing in our household. My husband LOVES football and he is passing his love of the game down to our boys'. Whether it be football on tv, fantasy football or just throwing a football with the two little guys, it's part of our daily lives.

With that being said one of the biggest football games of the year is quickly approaching -- the Super Bowl! 

Super Bowl Sunday is only a few short days away. Are you having a party this year? If you are you will need to please your "fans" with some appetizing food. 

So let me share some easy game day idea's from Hormel Foods. These game day idea's below will have your crowd ooohing and ahhhing during the big game!

N’awlins Cajun Cuisine:

·         Easy Cajun Jambalaya: Spice things up in under 30 minutes with this New Orleans favorite that will bring you to Bourbon Street in just one bite.

Smoked Ham Cajun Po-Boy: Combine warm French Baguettes, Hormel Natural Choice smoked deli ham and Cajun seasoning for the perfect Po-Boy. 

Cajun Fries: Pair these with your favorite grilled entree for
 a complete meal that will keep you satisfied well past fourth quarter.  


Classic Favorites:

Pizza: Go for the traditional and pick up Hormel pepperoni or pizza toppings or try out this Bacon and Caramelized Onion recipe featuring Hormel Fully Cook Bacon

Snacks: All the essentials in one ready-to-go Football themed party tray --enough said!

Wings: No other chicken wings are even in the same league as these Championship Chicken Wings featuring CHI-CHI's smooth and spicy picante sauce. Or let the barbeque sauce do the talking with Lloyd's wide variety of shredded meats and ribs products. 

Dips: Hormel Foods has a variety of pre-made foods that are chip-friendly including: Wholly Guacamole, Hormel chili and CHI-CHI'S salsa and queso.  

Whatever you decide to serve during the big game this year know that Hormel has your back! 

Check out all of their products by visiting:

Disclaimer: Hormel Foods sent The Jackson Five Family Blog complimentary product samples for participation in the Hormel Extended Family Blogger Program. All opinions are our own!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

OtterBox Reflex Series iPad Case Review...

"OtterBox is the #1 selling case for smartphones"

We are a family that loves gadgets. My husband and I both love them and our kids, well let's just say they are a little obsessed with them too. Yes, our 7 and 4 year old boys' can be found playing with one of our phones or tablets just about any time of the day. With that being said protecting our gadgets is very important. With having two little boys running around with one of our iPads or iPhones they are bound to get dropped, I am guilty of it myself.

That's why we were excited for the opportunity to review a product from OtterBox. We've always heard such great things about the company and couldn't wait to try one of their products first hand.

Otterbox sent us one of their Reflex Series Cases for the iPad. The Reflex Series Case fits the 4th, 3rd and 2nd Generation iPads. It is a simple, yet protective case. Inspired by the crumple zone of a car, the Reflex Series iPad case features a unique dual material combination of polycarbonate and silicone. Cushions of air in the corners allow the case to flex and absorb any impact force. When the new iPad case takes a hit, it recoils and springs back, ready to protect over and over again. 


When our new Reflex Series iPad case arrived we were excited to give it a try. The case is available in four colors: Radiated, Zinger, Vapor and Ash like we received below.

The case is very sturdy, but sleek and slim at the same time which we liked. 

It comes with a stand that you can use with the case or easily remove without taking the actual case off.

We really like the design and ease of use. It's lightweight and protects the iPad very well. We feel very comfortable letting the boys' play with our iPad when the OtterBox case is on it.

If you are looking for a case that will protect one of your gadgets we highly recommend you checking out OtterBox and all of the products they offer! We will definitely be purchasing from them again in the future!

To learn more about OtterBox and all of the products they offer, please visit:


Disclaimer: OtterBox provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a complimentary product sample to conduct this reader review. All opinions are our own!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ClamCase --Laptop Functionality for your iPad, Review and Give-a-way ends on 02/12/2013...

"Laptop Functionality for your iPad"

Do you have an iPad? Our family loves iPad's, from my husband to our kids' we all have a use for it. Whether it be used for games or work, someone is always using it at our house. My husband mainly uses his iPad for work and was excited to learn about a product for it called the ClamCase.

You can now improve the Magical iPad experience by enhancing protection, efficiency and ease of use with the ClamCase all-in-one: Keyboard, Case and Stand.

The ClamCase will transform your iPad into a laptop style keyboard case, touchscreen or desktop stand, while still enabling you to use it as the tablet you love! Surf, connect and view in an ingenious all-in-one keyboard, case and stand.

You will love the versatility of this product. It allows you to use your iPad in many different ways. As a Bluetooth Keyboard Case with Full Qwerty Keyboard function that features Apple style chiclet keys for fast, accurate typing. Or with the 360 degree hinge you are able to use it as a Touchscreen Stand, Portrait Stand or Tablet Case.

The Bluetooth technology makes setup a snap and you will love that as soon as you open the ClamCase your iPad will instantly turn on. The case is easy to charge and offers up to 100 days of standby time!



We've had the ClamCase for several weeks now and absolutely love it. It really does make your iPad look like a laptop. My husband has taken his iPad to work in the new ClamCase every day since it's arrival and he said he wouldn't know what to do without it now. 

When the ClamCase is closed it offers your iPad full protection. When opened it looks just like a laptop. The iPad fits securely in the top of the case offering you full screen visibility and full use of the keyboard. The only thing that it doesn't offer and that is different than a laptop is a mouse pad. On a laptop there is usually a built in mouse pad, but on the ClamCase you still have to navigate the screen by touching it. It was a little hard adjusting to that, just because when you use it like that, it really does look and feel just like a laptop. 

We love that you don't always have to use the ClamCase in "laptop style". With the 360-degree torque hinges you can easily flip the screen and keyboard back to back in the case so that it feels just like you are holding only the iPad in tablet form. You can also use it as a portrait stand or as a touchscreen stand. The kids usually use it in tablet form, I love having it set up in touchscreen form so that it sits on my desk and Craig mainly uses it in laptop style for work when he's typing in notes or using a spreadsheet. He said he also loves that he can take it right from laptop style and instantly flip it into a case for easy carrying.

If you are in need of a keyboard for your iPad, we highly recommend the ClamCase. It is easy to set up, easy to charge and we love how many different ways it can be used.

To learn more about the ClamCase which is available in several different styles and also available for the iPad Mini, please visit:

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Disclaimer: ClamCase sent The Jackson Five Family Blog a complimentary product sample to conduct this reader review and giveaway. All opinions are our own! 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Nutrisystem Weight Loss Journey Updates...

Craig and I are still working out and eating on the Nutrisystem plan! I have officially lost 12 lbs and he has lost 17.5! It really feels great continuing to lose weight. We have so much more energy now than we did before and it's a great feeling when your clothes fit better. Especially old clothes that we couldn't fit into before and now we can.

I want you all to know that if you are wanting to lose weight, Nutrisystem  can help! They give you all of the tools you need to stay on track. It's not going to be an easy journey, but if you eat better, the right portions and get your daily exercise in, you too can start feeling better about yourself!

We will be back next week to check in and let you know how we are doing! As always --THANKS for following us on this journey!!

Jenna's 1st Week - Starting Weight 131.4

2nd Week - 127.8
3rd Week - 125.8
4th Week - 123.8
5th Week 125.2
6th Week 124 
7th Week 122.8 
8th Week 122.1 
9th Week 122.1 
10th Week 121.8
11th Week 121.7
12th Week 121.1
13th Week 121
14th Week 122.8
15th 121.7
16th  120
17th 120.2
18th 119.6
19th 119.4

Total Loss: 12

Craig's 1st Week - Starting Weight 226

1st Week - 220
2nd Week -220 
3rd Week - 218
4th Week - 216.5
5th Week - 215
6th Week -215
7th Week -213
8th Week 212.5 
9th Week 212 
10th Week 210.5
11th Week 211
12th Week  210.7
13th Week 210.2
14th Week 210
15th Week 208.5

Total Loss: 17.5

If you have any questions about Nutrisystem please don't hesitate to ask as we would love to help you get started on your own journey! 
If you want to join us in losing weight and getting healthy on the Nutrisystem program you can join today by calling...

or by visiting 
*Craig and I are being provided 7 months of Nutrisystem food and counsel for free as part of the Nutrisystem blogger program. All opinions are 100% our own*

Snack Healthy During the Big Game with Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar... Review and Give-a-way ends 02/08/2013...

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and gearing up for the Big Game and the largest snacking occasion of the year can be a ton of fun, but can be a challenge at the same time if you are trying to eat healthier.This year serve your friends and family a healthier snack on the Big Game day with Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Baked Rice and Corn Puffs.

Pirate's like their cheddar like they do their rum, aged to perfection. Aged White Cheddar is made from puffed rice and corn, blended with real aged white cheddar cheese and baked perfectly to pirate standards. 

You will love that Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar is an All Natural Snack, Gluten and Trans Fat Free.


Below Pirate's Booty Provides Tips on How to Kick Off Your Party with Healthier Crowd Pleasers:

  • An estimated 28 million pounds of potato chips are consumed during the Big Game. Bench regular fried potato chips and choose a better-for-you alternative like Pirate's Booty, which has all the fun with half the fat and few calories. Pirate's Booty is gluten-free and made in a peanut and tree-nut facility, so it's great for the whole team. Pirate's Booty is deliciously baked, all-natural and trans-fat free too -touchdown!

  • Sack the Main Course. Pizza can be a great choice especially when it's loaded with veggies and on top of a heart healthy whole wheat crust.

  •  On sub sandwiches, swap mayo for mustard, use low-fat cheese and lean meats like turkey and chicken. Also, pile on those veggies!

  • When you swap out ground beef for a leaner meat like ground turkey in your pot of chili, you're cutting down your fat intake.

  • Sweet Spike-- S'mores are always a win! Just swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate to gain the benefits of antioxidants.

  • A fruit platter served with vanilla yogurt for dipping is also a great healthy choice.

  • Tackle Beverage Bulge...Opt for light beer or water instead of regular beer or soda and watch consumption to avoid belly bloat and the extra calories.

Pirate's Booty is Big Game Day's MVS (Most Valuable Snack)!

 Pirate's Booty is a deliciously baked, all-natural snack that the whole team loves. They just launched a limited-edition football themed 7 oz. bag of Pirate's booty Aged White Cheddar-- perfect for the Big Game.

Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar bags are available at grocery stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of only $2.99!

Score Points at your Big Game day party this year by serving a healthier snack, Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar.

To learn more about Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar, please visit:

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One lucky reader is going to win a Pirate's Booty prize pack that includes 2 bags of limited-edition football themed 7 oz. bags of Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar --perfect for the Big Game, and fun pirate swag! 

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Disclaimer: Pirate's Booty provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a complimentary product sample to conduct this reader review and giveaway. All opinions are solely our own! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Check out CafePress for all of your Valentine's Day Gift needs...

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, have you thought about what you are gifting your loved one(s) this year?

 CafePress offers so many Valentines Day Gifts. Let me show you some fun products this year starting with the t-shirt shown above that says "I 'mustache' you to be my Valentine" ha ha, cheesy? Maybe, but mustache merchandise is all the craze right now! 

How about this hat and t-shirt shown above --What other day of the year can you get away with wearing a fun "I Love My Totally Awesome Wife" trucker hat or "I Love My Husband" T-shirt... it's one way to express your love for each other this year, even if you only wear them around the house! 

I love Valentines Day Shirt's for my children and these are adorable! I love the 2007 Baseball Jersey that says "Prince Charming" and this little "Daddy's Valentine Body Suit" that is perfect for a little girl!

Did you know that CafePress can turn your photos into Canvas Art? Another great Valentines gift-- I have many of these around my home and just received one from CafePress for Christmas from my mom. The quality is great and it's as easy as uploading a picture to their website. They even offer complimentary image enhancements so that your canvas is perfect every time.

What a great Valentines Day Gift Idea!

Whether you are looking for Valentines Gift Ideas for Him or Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Her, I think you will find some great gift options at CafePress. 

Visit their website today...

Disclaimer: CafePress has offered The Jackson Five Family Blog a complimentary product sample in exchange for this feature. Our opinions are solely our own and we have not been compensated for anything you've read above!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals Family 4-Pack Ticket Give-a-way...

Advance Auto Parts presents Monster Jam Thunder Nationals on February 1st and 2nd with 3 shows in Dayton, Ohio at Wright State University's Nutter Center...

There is nothing more that our 4 year old loves than cars, trucks and anything to do with a vehicle that goes fast. Don't get me wrong our 7 year old likes them too... but Grady could play for hours on end with matchbox cars, his new ride on police car and he's recently become obsessed with monster trucks!

We were so excited when we were recently offered tickets to attend the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals in Dayton, Ohio. 

The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals will be at Wright State's Nutter Center on Friday, February 1st @7:30pm and Saturday the 2nd @2:00pm and 7:30pm.

We've never attended anything like this before and are all so excited! We can't wait to hear the loud roars, see monster trucks dong amazing tricks, stunts and racing through the arena.

We don't want you to feel left out of all the excitement though! That's why we are excited to be hosting a give-a-way and one of you lucky readers will win a Family 4-pack of Tickets to attend the Friday night show of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals on February 1st @7:30pm in Dayton, Ohio at Wright State's Nutter Center!

Don't worry if you don't win, there are still plenty of ticket's available. Kids tickets are only $8 and for the first time ever, you can purchase tickets for an $11 flat Friday Night Opening Discount!

To learn more about Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals, please visit: 


Click HERE to purchase tickets and save $5 per ticket when you use code BLOG4

Offer ends Jan. 31, 2013. 

(All tickets are $3 more day of show. Discount does not apply to Front Row, Gold Circle, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Additional fees may apply. Offer subject to ticket availability.)
Enter to win the Family 4-Pack of Tickets below...

Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family Blog is being provided complimentary tickets to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals through Feld Entertainment. All opinions are solely our own and we have not been compensated to say anything you've read above!  (Competitors in artwork are subject to change!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Review and Give-a-way ends on 02/11/2013...

One of the easiest ways to update a bedroom is purchasing new bedding for the bed in the room. Just by changing a comforter you can update the whole look of a room. That's why today I am excited to introduce you all to offers luxury bedding at comfortable prices. They offer everything from Custom Baby Bedding, to Teen Bedding and even allow you to design your own crib bedding  and much, much more! recently sent me this Gray and White Diamond Children's and Kids Bedding 4pc Twin Set by Sweet Jojo Designs.

This 4pc set includes: A Twin Comforter, a Standard Pillow Sham, a Window Valance and a Twin Bed Skirt. 

I absolutely love the modern design of this bedding. I love that it offers a fun pattern, but is neutral enough to be paired with any color(s) and could be for a girls or boys bedroom.

We are getting ready to update our spare room that mainly gets used by our nieces and nephews. I had a really awful bedspread on the twin bed that's in there and this bedding is one hundred percent better. We are going to paint, add some modern decor and also put a fun desk in there so it's part spare room and also a room for me to do some of my work in. I can't wait to start picking everything out to coordinate with this new bedding. That is the old bed skirt with the new bedding shown above. I can't wait to change it as the bed skirt that comes with the set has a more crisp and streamlined look, making it more modern.

If you are looking for bedding you have to check out --they offer something for everyone. Whether you are looking for fun teen bedding, cute toddler bedding or something adorable for a new nursery, I think you will find it at!


I'm excited to let you know that has 10 Children's Bedding Sets up for grabs --

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Disclaimer: provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a complimentary product sample to conduct this reader review and give-a-way.  However, our opinions of the product(s) are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or their products!