Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Paper Mate InkJoy --Spread Joy, Not Smears...

 The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!

It's the last day of August and school is in full swing here. Whew it's been hot and I feel sorry for the teachers and kids! Let's pray for some cooler weather for them.


 We love our teachers and love doing little things for them so why not brighten their day as they're getting back into the routine once again with a cute hand-written note and some brightly colored pens to grade all of those papers with!
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Meet PaperMates new InkJoy Gel Pens featuring 14 vivid colors. Teachers will love these, we sure do! They are BRIGHT, FUN and COMFORTABLE. They write smooth, the ink dries super fast so there is no smearing and the colorful grip that matches the pen makes them so easy to use all day. 

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Paper Mate InkJoy has partnered with Shawn Mendes on his "Shawn Mendes World Tour". Mendes invites fans to share notes of joy using these new pens to "Spread Joy, Not Smears". The simple act of sharing a handwritten note can help spread joy and make a positive difference in someone's life. Mendes believes in the the power of the hand written word and spreading joy through his song lyrics. 

Paper Mate is challenging fans to spread handwritten notes of joy in their everyday lives too. As a part of the movement, fans can share their joy-inspired messages with Shawn on Instagram and Twitter using #SpreadJoy. 

You can get involved by following these 3 simple steps: 

1. Handwrite a joyful note, try it using Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens

2. Take a Photo of the note.

3. Share it on Instagram or Twitter tagging Paper Mate and using #SpreadJoy

Make sure you also enter to WIN the Ultimate Shawn Mendes Fan Experience or one of 150 other prizes by visiting HERE!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Enter Applebee's #BestDateEver #Sweepstakes...

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentry product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!

If you love Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill you don't want to miss the #BestDateEver #Sweepstakes going on now until September, 9th.

Entering is easy --Simply snap a picture of you and your date at Applebee's and then share it on Twitter or Instagram tagging @Applebees. Make sure you use the hashtags #BestDateEver and #Sweepstakes for your chance to win.  By sharing you'll automatically be entered into the drawing where Applebee's will be rewarding 20 lucky fans with date packages and gift cards so they can revisit the restaurant and really enjoy the 'Best Date Ever'! 


My husband and I rarely get out alone and this sounds like so much fun. Who doesn't love a good meal and adult conversation...pick me....pick me....pick me!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Off To School We Go --Pack Easy Lunches with Pearls Olives To Go #BetterWithPearls Mini Moments

 The Jackson Five Family Blog received compensation to help facilitate this feature. However, ALL opinions are honest and our own!

The boys are heading back to school bright and early tomorrow and it's time to start packing lunches again. I went shopping today and when I'm looking for lunch items of course healthy is #1, but there are some other things that I look for. A big factor is what is going to be easy --easy for them to open, easy for me to grab in the morning to put in their lunchbox and another one is the perfect sized portions. Kids waste so much food, so having the right size portions is very important and something I look at as I'm browsing the isles at the store.

We love simple things like cheese sticks, yogurt, pretzels, fruit cups, individually packaged cookies so they don't eat too many etc... Jace is so picky, but Grady loves variety. One thing he gets from me is his love for olives. He loves them plain, on pizza and now he loves packing them in his lunch box thanks to, Pearls Olives To Go!

Pearls Olives To Go come in a variety of styles --Black Pitted, Pimiento Stuffed, Pitted Kalamata and Sliced. They are a fun convenient way to enjoy olives in your lunch and I love that they offer an E-Z open package, aren't packaged with liquid so kids don't have to worry about spilling the juice all over them and the package is the perfect size. I also love grabbing these as a snack or packing in my own lunch when I'm on the go!

As I get ready to go to bed tonight I can sleep better knowing I have everything organized and ready to go for their BIG day tomorrow! Clothes are laid out, book bags are packed, breakfast has been decided and I have everything I need to finish packing their lunches, including Pearls Olives To Go!

 You can usually find these with the canned or jar olives. I found mine at Wal-Mart and that's exactly where they were! 

Do you love olives as much as Grady and I do? If so make sure you enter the #BetterWithPearls Mini Moments promotion, where you can enter to win a weekly prize pack or the grand prize, a Mega Moment prize pack valued at $1,000.  

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Wake up to eggs this school year with Mini Breakfast Pizzas from the Ohio Poultry Association....

The Jackson Five Family was compensated by the OPA for sharing these fun egg facts, tips and recipes However, all opinions are honest and our own!

It's that time again --kids and teachers are heading back-to-school. One of the most important things to start the day and school year just right is a healthy, protein packed breakfast. Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast have better concentration during the school day hours than kids who skip the morning meal. They are also less prone to obesity and illness, leading to fewer sick days.

Today I'm excited to share some fun tips, facts and a delicious recipe from the Ohio Poultry Association to help you and your family 'Wake Up to Eggs this school year!

Wake Up to Eggs: 

* On busy school days, wake up to eggs! Eating a protein-rich breakfast keeps kids stay full for hours. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein! 
* Not only do eggs leave kids feeling fuller longer, but eggs also contain 13 essential nutrients and 6 grams of high-quality protein, all for only 70 calories. 

* A healthy breakfast fuels the brain. Research shows that kids who eat breakfast have higher test scores, improved attendance and better class participation. 

* Scrambled, fried or hard-boiled — there’s usually at least one option for cooking eggs that even the pickiest kids like! Nutrient-dense breakfasts including eggs have been shown to help children focus and perform better in school.

* Unlike most cereals and yogurt, eggs only contain one ingredient – “eggs.” They don’t contain sugar or carbs, either. And, at just 17¢ a serving, they’re the least expensive source of high-quality protein. In fact, the protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food. 

* Prep for the week by making a batch of hard-boiled eggs to pack in lunches and use in recipes such as easy egg salad. Watch this easy-to-follow video to find out how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs! 


  I'm from Ohio, the 2nd largest egg farming state in the nation producing more than 9 billion eggs each year -- can you imagine, 9 BILLION --WOW!  

One egg farming family lives right here in Mercer County. Take a virtual tour of the Lochtefeld farm, you never know your eggs might just come from them. 


So what will you be making for breakfast this school year? My kids love pizza and it's usually a no-no for breakfast, but why not let them have it with these Mini Breakfast Pizzas I'm about to share...


4 eggs, beaten * 1/3 cup pizza sauce * 2 English muffins (split and toasted) * 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (2 oz.) * Dried oregan leaves


1. Heat oven to 450°F. Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. 

2. Pour in eggs. As eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs across the pan with an inverted turner, forming large soft curds. Continue cooking -- pulling, lifting and folding eggs – until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly. Remove from heat. 

3. Spread pizza sauce evenly on muffin halves; place on baking sheet. Top with eggs and cheese, dividing evenly.

4. Bake in 450°F oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano.

Notes:  Pizzas can be baked in toaster oven at 450°F until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

We hope you have a great start to a new school year! Learn more egg tips, facts and fun recipes by visiting:

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Head Back-To-School with all of your supplies from Oriental Trading...

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature! However, all opinions are honest and our own.

It's beginning to look a lot like school.... everywhere we go! That's right schools starting this week and we're ready. Bags are packed, supplies are purchased and the boys have everything they need to start a new year --I can't believe we have a 5th and 2nd grader.


You guys know we love Oriental Trading and we have another reason to love them even more. Did you know Oriental Trading offers school supplies? They do! Whether you need pencils, scissors, folders or hi-lighters they have all your basics school supply needs and so much more!


We love the variety that Oriental Trading offers. The boys had so much fun picking out these baseball bat pens and sports themed pencils that feature the coolest sports ball erasers which are sure to be a hit in their new classes!

Oriental Trading also offers a variety of name brand items. The boys needed hi-lighters and colored pencils this year and I loved being able to find these Crayola ones right on their website. 

Oriental Trading is also a one-stop-shop for teachers. If you're looking for bulletin boards, reading nooks, classroom organization or bulk supplies they have all of that too! 

Check out their Teacher Supply store where you'll find the best pricing around!

Forget the hustle and bustle this year and shop from the comfort of your home. Be smart and let Oriental Trading deliver your supplies right to your doorstep!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Start the school year with organization from Thirty-One Gifts --Enter to win a personalized Large Utility Tote with Lid #Giveaway...

I've always loved Thirty-One Gifts --I'm sure you're familiar with the brand, but if not it is a direct selling organization offering personalized stylish and functional purses, wallets, totes, accessories, organizing solutions, jewelry and much more. All products are sold through independent sales Consultants at home-based parties and the company headquarters are located right here in Ohio. 

Thirty-One is all about empowering women and giving them the tools to achieve financial freedom and to support their personal 'Whys' making the path to that freedom simple, easy and fun and full of rewarding experiences. In 2014 Thirty-One was named the fastest-growing woman owned business in the world!

A few weeks ago my sister and I were invited to attend the National Conference in Columbus and we had an amazing time! We got to see what the fun was all about, hear some great speakers, as well as the company's founder Cindy Monroe, learn about new fall products and so much more. We were treated to several Thirty-One products and I'm excited to share them!

 Whether you're a teacher, student, mom or simply love great organization Thirty-One has some great products as the new school year starts!

1. I love their #1 Thermal Tote ($18) in Preppy Poppy. Thirty-One offers many great products to carry your lunch to school or work and it was perfect to carry drinks on our hot bike ride the other day. I could put our drinks on the inside and my phone in the exterior pocket. Preppy Poppy is such a fun, happy stripe (available in many other colors/patterns).

2. Tons of Funds ($58) --Sometimes you just need hands free and this Tons of Funds wallet/wristlet/purse is just that. This is perfect for busy moms and college students. We just went on vacation and this is the only purse I brought. It has 10 credit card slots, one bill slot, a middle zipper perfect for lip gloss and loose change and a see through ID window that works great for your license or school id.  It's zip-around/magnetic flap closure keeps your essentials safe and secure (available in several fun colors and patterns).

4. I also love the Rubie Mini -- A little more affordable than the Tons of Funds at only $22 it comes in 4 fun colors, can be personalized, offers a zipper closure and a fun polka dot interior. Pair it with the Wristlet Strap ($8) and you'll be ready to tailgate at your favorite game this fall!

5. If you need BIG I love the Soft Utility Tote ($48) and my sister loves the Large Utility Tote ($35). The Soft Utility Tote is flexible and allows easy carrying. It has a snap closure and cute ties that are optional for extra securing. It's huge and would be great for carrying laundry, taking to the pool and perfect for travel. The Large Utility Tote is one many love. It has more structure with its wire support around the opening to hold the shape.  Add a Top-A-Tote ($10) to secure contents inside. Take it to the beach, carry groceries in your car without having to worry about them spilling or all of your books and paperwork to school or work. 

I just received the new fall catalog and there are so many fun items and new prints. 

Just for you

Thirty-One has some pretty cute scarves and jewelry along with all of your organizational needs! Check out everything Thirty-One has to offer by visiting:


As we start the new school year getting into a new routine and having organization is so important. I've teamed up with Thirty-One to give one lucky reader the chance to win a Large Utility Tote in the pattern of their choice, along with a lid and any embroidery they would like! 

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Making summer iced coffee in my Ninja Coffee Bar is so easy and good....#ChillLikeANinja

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!

I'm busy in the summer-- busy running these crazy boys to the pool, sports, camps, backyard gatherings with friends, summer travels and so much more.

 Late nights and early mornings can get the best of this momma, but I've found something to help give me just the pick-me-up I need on these hot summer days-- iced coffee. 

While we were in Chicago I fell in love with an iced cup of joe and had to find something to recreate it at home. Living in a small town there just aren't that many options and I really don't want to pay $5 bucks for just one cup especially when I got my hubby hooked on them as well.

 So I found the perfect brewer to make my own iced coffee --say hello to my new Ninja Coffee Bar. Ahhhhh I'm so excited about this product and it's versatility. The Ninja Coffee Bar not only allows you to make your classic full pot, but you can make so much more with this machine. It can make one cup, a travel mug size, a half carafe or a full pot! That's just one of the things I love about the Ninja Coffee Bar...

I also love that I can make a classic brew, a rich treat or my favorite iced coffee! 

The Ninja Coffee Bar comes with this fun 'Bringing the Coffeehouse Home' recipe book that is filled with 100 hot, iced and specialty brews.

I've made several, but the easiest and my go-to so far is the French Vanilla Iced Coffee which is 3 scoops ground coffee, 2 cups ice, 2 tablespoons of my favorite French Vanilla Syrup and 1/4 cup half and half. I love that you can brew over ice which dials up the richness by increasing the coffee concentration to compensate for melting ice so that it never tastes watered down --yum!

 I've made this so many times and love that it's quick, easy and I can take it on the go.

Classic Brew delivers a smooth rich balanced flavor from your favorite coffee, Rich Brew is richer than classic for a more intense flavor that stands up to extra milk and flavorings and Specialty Brew creates the highest concentration perfect for drinks similar to espresso and layering up your favorite coffee house drinks right at home. 

You can use the Ninja Coffee Bar with it's built in filter or for less work you can use store bought filters that are easy to toss after each use. I love that it offers a drip stop lever so that once you remove your cup you can slide it on and the coffee will no longer drip all over the place making a mess. It has a clock on the front and you have the option of setting a timer/delay so that if you want your coffee ready at a certain time, say morning it will start brewing for you! You'll love the warmer too so you'll never have to drink cold coffee again, unless you want to of course! 


I'm so impressed with my new Ninja Coffee Bar and all of the the things it can do. Once it starts to cool down I know I will be saving lots of money making my own Caramel Macchiato's right in my own kitchen. I wasn't sure how easy this brewer would be, but it's SOOOOOO easy. If you're looking for an all-in-one that can make everything from a classic full pot, to your favorite one cup, all the way up to a a specialty brew like my fave Caramel Macchiato then you defintely NEED this too!

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