Monday, August 22, 2016

[ad] Back to School Meal Solutions with TysonⓇ Grilled & ReadyⓇ Chicken

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBias

Summer vacation is coming to a close, and soon it will be time for homework, and a busy weekly routine. When my children come home from school, they are ready for a snack that will carry them through dinner. Luckily, I can count on Tyson® Foods to offer meal solutions that are convenient, delicious, and packed with protein! I'm sharing two of my favorite go-to snacks that also work as a quick meal option - perfect for that hectic back to school schedule! And what's really nice is that your kids can create their snacks, with little assistance.
Grilled chicken wrap
One of my favorite go-to snacks is a delicious chicken wrap made with Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken. Not only is it easy to prepare, it's a quick option that will satisfy the hungriest of hungry!

Here is what I used to whip up this delicious snack:

  • Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken
  • Flour tortillas
  • tomato
  • butter lettuce
  • ranch dressing

Prepare the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken according to the package directions, and cover.

While the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken is cooking, I sliced my tomatoes and washed the butter lettuce. 

The chicken comes out so moist, and delicious! It's seasoned to perfection and cuts very nicely.

Once your chicken is sliced, grab your lettuce and place it on top of a tortilla. Add your sliced tomatoes on one side, and then add your sliced chicken breasts. 

As you're placing the tomatoes and chicken onto the tortilla, be sure to leave some room at the bottom - this will allow you to fold the tortilla upward, to seal the bottom of the wrap.

Once you roll up the bottom of the tortilla, start rolling the tortilla from left to right, until the entire tortilla is rolled up nice & tight.

You can make one, or a few! It's a great quick snack, or an easy meal option. And one thing is for sure... it's delicious!

Another easy & protein packed snack is a Honey Ham and avocado sandwich, on a toasted bagel. (Say that 5 times fast!) My teenager especially loves this easy snack. Sometimes she even makes this for breakfast, which works great for some much needed brain power in the morning!

Here is what I used to whip up this delicious snack:
Honey Ham and avocado sandwich
  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Lunchmeats - I used Honey Ham
  • Bagels
  • Cheese slices 
  • Avocado

While the bagel slices were in the toaster, I sliced up my avocado and grabbed some cheese slices.

Add your cheese slices to each bagel. I like how the cheese softens when it sits on top of the warm bagel. 

Add your Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Lunchmeat choice. I like to stack the lunchmeat nice & thick.

Top with your avocado slices. 

....and add more lunchmeat if you like. By this time, my mouth starts to water in anticipation!

Top it all with your bagel slice, and enjoy! This sandwich is very filling, and works great as a quick snack after school, or even a small meal. 

I was able to find everything I needed for these two meal options, at my local Walmart. I love when I can do a one-stop shopping trip! You can find Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken in Walmart's freezer section.  

The Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Lunchmeats are located in Walmart's refrigerated section where the lunchmeat is sold. 

 Looking to take a break during the hectic back to school routine? Head over to see what Tyson® and Walmart have to share! You can see lots of recipe inspiration and great articles that will help you reimagine your routine for back to school!

Here's a pin to add for later. You never know when you'll want a quick & easy snack idea!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Udderly cute teacher's gift| Udderly Smooth

Teachers are AWESOME! Bottom line. Not only are they educators, they're with our children for many hours of the day - teaching, caring, and giving their all to our most-prized pocessions! Teachers are seriously Super Heros!

My son started back to school last week and I must admit that although I miss him during the day, I am thankful to get back to my normal-ish work-from-home routine. 

I recently partnered with Laura Kelly for Udderly Smooth to create a teacher's gift for back to school. Have you seen the face on that Udderly Smooth cow?! So stinking CUTE! I gathered some great Udderly smooth products, and a small paint bucket, and put together a simple gift basket for our "moo-velous" teacher! 

Udderly smooth products are a new favorite in our house! My teenager especially loves it; and they say teenagers are a picky bunch... My hubby loves Udderly Smooth for his rough hands. 
I know teachers work with paper all day. And if you've worked with paper all day, you know that it sucks the moisture out of your hands, leaving them thirtsy and a bit sad. How convenient is this tub and dispenser pump for the teacher's desk?!

I found this cute black paint bucket at my local Dollar Tree. I used my chalkboard marker and drew a cute message for the teacher, and hand drew on my best cow patches. I finished off the top of the bucket with some striped washi tape.

Once the bucket was dry to the touch, I filled it with krinkle paper, and started adding in all the fun Udderly Smooth goodies: hand cream, a stress cow, a fun cow pencil, and activity booklet, udder cream jar, and an udderly smooth pump. I then tied some red tulle, and cow printed ribbon on the top of the bucket handle for some added cuteness. 

 I'm sure my son's teacher will really appreciate her gift. They all deserve so much, and little gestures to show that you care will really go a long way, don't you think?!

Here's to a wonderful school year, for all our wonderful teachers! Pin this for later when you need a quick gift idea.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back To School Party Ideas - Shindigz

It's time to start heading back to school! Will you be crying, or cheering? I'm sharing ways that I celebrate the start of a new school year, by setting up a party table that is filled with fun school supplies, and sweet treats. You can see all the party details + simple ideas, on the Shindgiz blog!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Back To School with HP PC| Let's get organized!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BTSwithHP #CollectiveBias

It's that time of year again! Summer vacay is ending, and it's time to get ready for back to school once again! Is it me, or does Summer vacation seem to get shorter & shorter?!

Being a work-at-home-mom, it seems like I spend my days trying to stay organized and in a routine that fits my family. Once I get that mastered, BAM! School is out for the Summer, and I have to come up with another routine to keep us all on track. One thing that has helped so much, is our family command center! It keeps us all up-to-date and informed of what's going on with everyone. 

This is a great hub center that I set up in our dining room. 3 active kids, and two busy parents calls for organization! We get party invites all the time, school papers, mail, etc. And we needed a center to keep track of all the activities! I headed to Walmart to see how HP could help me create and explore new ways to head back to school, and also for my family's organizational needs. 

I picked up picture frames, school supplies for our caddy, magnets, paper trays to collect and store all those important papers, dry erase markers, a calendar, and the new HP ENVY Notebook 15-as014wm. Talk about a game-changer! And did I mention that it's affordable? This has been so perfect for my family's different screen time needs! (But I'll get into more of how awesome the laptop is in a minute!) 

Our family hub doesn't feel out of place while taking up space in our dining room corner. I was able to keep the colors pretty close to our home's decor, and added some fabric and a plant to keep it more inviting. Behind the curtain I store extra reams of printer paper, coloring books, puzzles, and batteries.

I purchased a weekly dry erase board to keep track of quick messages or events that may need some special attention. I took a calendar page and set that inside of a frame to also make it a dry erase option. 

Plastic pencil holders were attached to the wall with sticky velcro. I filled them with pens and dry erase markers to write down a quick note. 

A magnetic board is also very helpful when you need to attach an important receipt or a cute family photo! I found those cute magnets at Walmart - I loved the magnetic clips that were also included.

 It's always helpful to have a centralized charging station. It also serves as a great place to keep your phone, camera charger, and your favorite tunes!

 I also found this great file folder holder at Walmart. I attached it to the side of my command center shelf. This is where I'll sort my mail, catalogs, and anything else that I may need to reference at a later time. 

Our command center has a special homework caddy that my 1st grader grabs when it's time to do homework. Everything sits nicely in the caddy, and it stays in our center all week - no lost crayons or glue sticks! 

During the school week we have to limit screen time, and television use. I created a tracker that lets us know if the family is over, under, or just right with screen time. I printed out my sheet and put it inside of a picture frame. This works great with dry erase markers. You can write on the glass, and then wipe it clean when needed! I created this tracker on the ALL NEW HP Envy! 

My highschooler has been homeschooled for the past 3 years, and loves it! She does all her courses online and has a great schedule down. Screen time use with her is a bit different than any of the other children, so we are a little more flexible with her. Our HP ENVY is perfect for her online courses! When I'm running around for my PTA duties, or taking the boys to karate or cub scouts, she takes our HP Envy with her and gets her school work completed! 

My little guys use the HP Envy mostly for entertainment - educational games and movies. My daughter uses it for her online studies. Hubby has the ability to work remotely from home, and I have deadlines & posts that need to be met. The versatility of the HP Envy is just amazing! 

Let's meet and talk a little more about the latest HP Envy! First, there's the brilliant Full HD display and amazing audio, thanks to Band & Olufsen! It also has the latest Intel Core i7 processor. It's super thin, easy to tote around, has a battery that lasts all day, AND... it's has a touchscreen!! This has been such a great feature for me - especially because I'm used to spending lots of time on my smart phone. 

I love the touchscreen option and use it to go from my home screen, to my login. So super cool!!

My family loves using our new HP Envy laptop, and I'm so impressed with the design and versatility! You can find the HP Envy in Walmart's electronic department. For easy reference, here is a picture of what the aisle looks like. 

Have you recently purchased a HP computer? If you like yours as much as I do, be sure to head over to Walmart and create an online review! I know I rely on customer reviews before I make a big purchase - it's always been so helpful!  

Are you ready to get organized, and get the kiddos back to school? Maybe you're just looking for a way to stay organized. You can easily create a family command center that is right for you. Need a TV and screen time tracker? You can download a blank version of mine, here

Happy back to school! Pin this for easy reference later - organization is key!