Archive for November, 2010

Our Thanksgiving Feast

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! It was so wonderful to take time off from the blog and get ready for the holidays that I think I just might have to do that the week of Christmas too! I am having a hard time getting back in the swing of things now that I have had that time off though.  I did a lot of crafting, cooking, and tackling some of  our holiday shopping & chores. It was definitely not a vacation, but it was really nice to get to spend more quality time in the evenings with my family.

Our Thanksgiving feast this year was really special because I got to have both sides of our family together for the big dinner. Pictured above were the beautiful crafts that my children created at school that adorned the kid’s table this year. I have to say, with beauty like that, who needs to splurge for fancy centerpieces!

We started the day off with the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The kids really seemed to love the parade this year and the Rockettes were a huge hit with Emily.  Next year I am hoping to incorporate this Thanksgiving Parade Bingo into our annual traditions!

This year I was in charge of the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin cornbread, the cheese ball, and the punch. I tried to make as much as I could ahead of time, but left the turkey, cornbread, and gravy for last. This year, I opted for two turkey breasts instead of the whole turkey since no one is really a big fan of the dark meat. I had thirteen pounds of turkey breast and only had enough for a sandwich leftover. Now I am craving leftover turkey sandwiches so I am thinking I am going to make another one just for us to enjoy now that the festivities are over.

These turkeys did turn out great, but I will admit that I am still learning about turkey roasting. I watched a lot of Martha Stewart Thanksgiving episodes before I made these birds! I will share the recipe with you next year for another idea for your Thanksgiving recipes.

More importantly though, I got to spend time with my family!

My brother & sister.

My husband’s side of the family (mom, dad, sister-in-law, & us)

My mom & dad.

My grandma & mom.

My grandma-in-law, sister-in-law, & my mother-in-law.

My sister’s family (my nephews, sister, & brother-in-law)

My little family.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday too that was spent with those you love! We are excited to share more ideas for the holiday season and ways to enjoy simple celebrations on a budget!  I will be dusting off lots of our older entries and sharing more on our Facebook page as we prepare for the holidays!

How to Create an Advent Calendar Out of Common Household Items

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

It is that time of year again and that means another Advent season. Today I wanted to share with you a “use what you have” Advent calendar that we created last year. It was such a hit that I plan to make another one for this year! This requires no pricey materials and is based around what the holiday season should be all about… being together!

In the years past, we have always had a Christmas Jar of activities. Each day we would randomly draw from a set number of activities and enjoy a holiday activity together as a family. This year, our life with our two children has become increasingly busy and scheduled. We have two school schedules, extracurricular activities, homework, holiday programs, holiday family events, and so much more going on. Our life of leisure seems to have taken a detour and I have had to be more thoughtful in our approach towards carving time out for what we would hope to accomplish this year.

I wanted to create our own countdown to Christmas in a creative way, but I didn’t want to spend any money on it. I decided to use what I had to create our homemade Advent filled with fun activities and wanted to share with you what we created!

Homemade Advent Calendar

Supplies needed:

A large circle punch (in scrapbook supplies at craft store) or a jar or glass for tracing
Scrapbook or festive holiday gift wrap
2 Muffin Tins
A picture frame stand or a place to prop your finished tins

I began this project by punching out 48 circles. On half of these write the numbers 1-24 and on the other half you can write fun activities to do with your children in anticipation of the big day.

Stick your holiday activity folded up inside of each muffin tin and then attach the numbered circles to each individual muffin tin. Secure with tape on both sides to hold your activities in securely.

Break out your trusty calendar and jot down the activities for each day to remind yourself what you need to plan for and what supplies will need to be purchased to accomplish the activities.

Add a little festive ribbon to the top of your muffin tin. Display the muffin tin by using a picture frame stand or finding a sturdy wall to prop it up with. Have your child draw an activity each morning to complete as a family.

Our Activity List

1. Decorate the Christmas tree.
2. Big bubble baths with holiday music playing.
3. Going to the library to pick out holiday books.
4. Special popcorn and hot cocoa snack (possible visit for the tree lighting ceremony in town).
5. Going to a Christmas Concert.
6. Decorating gingerbread houses.
7. Make Christmas cards for our special friends.
8. Watch a holiday movie.
9. Color a holiday coloring page.
10. Bake Christmas cookies.
11. Go see holiday lights.
12. Go see Santa and a trolley ride through downtown.
13. Write a letter to Santa.
14. Pop popcorn & play a board game together.
15. Host an ornament decorating party.
16. Color a holiday picture.
17. Holiday party to attend.
18. Go to the dollar theater and see a movie.
19. Go see the Christmas lights.
20. Deliver holiday treats to our friends & the firefighters in town.
21. Big bubble bath with holiday music.
22. Open one gift early.
23. Watch a holiday movie.
24. Celebrate our family Christmas.

Total cost for this project was zero and very little money will be spent to do these activities together. The memories I hope to create with my children though, I hope those will be priceless!

Do you do an Advent calendar or have a special way your family celebrates the countdown to Christmas? I would love to hear your ideas!

An Apron Full of Giveaways 11.30.10

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lover Dovers, $29.99

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week,  here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

No giveaways this week, but we will be back next week with a brand new giveaway that you won’t want to miss! Trust me, it will be the perfect gift to wrap under you tree. In the meantime, please enjoy linking up and visiting these fabulous sites below for great giveaways!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Children’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts With Maple Syrup Frosting

Monday, November 29th, 2010


Baked Pumpkin donuts with maple syrup glaze from


If you are anything like me, I am sure you have a few extra cans of pumpkin leftover after making those pumpkin pies for the Thanksgiving feast.

I have just the idea for where you can put those cans to good use and wanted to share with you my baked pumpkin donuts with a maple syrup frosting drizzle that would be a wonderful treat to indulge in while you are tackling those holiday to-do lists.

I had been dying to get a baked donut pan after seeing all of the wonderful baked donuts circulating the blogs this fall.

Luckily, I had a few Swagbucks set aside and credited those towards an Amazon gift certificate to purchase them for free.

I found these Norpro 6-count Nonstock Donut Pans for $12.99 each and decided to put my certificates towards two of those.

If the picture above doesn’t say, “these are worth every dime,” then I don’t know what would convince you! 

If you don’t want to buy them for yourself though, these would make a lovely holiday gift to add to your Christmas list this year.

As a special treat after church, I have been making the family donuts to go with our Sunday paper.

I mix all of the dry ingredients before we leave, or if I am running ahead of schedule, I make the batter and tuck in the fridge until we get home.

We all are loving the homemade and fresh from the oven donuts. 

I love that these baked varieties are healthier than the fried versions.

Still not healthy, but you know… healthier.

Let’s get started…


To begin making these donuts, you need to mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together all of your wet ingredients. 

Then just add your dry ingredients to the mixed wet ingredients, just until they are combined.

I just used my little hand mixer for this quick job.


Lightly spray your donut pan with a little cooking spray. 

To fill the pan, you can do my lazy version or you can do it the “right way.”

To do it the right way, scoop the batter into a gallon size bag and cut off the end corner to pipe the batter in.

The lazy version simply requires an ice cream scoop and trying to scoop half the batter in on one side and half the batter in on the other side.

Then smooth the batter on top with a butter knife. 

You want to fill them about 3/4’s full which worked out to be nine donuts worth. 

Slide them into your oven and bake them for eight to ten minutes.


After you have pulled them out, allow them to cool for a couple of minutes and then invert them on a cookie sheet with a cooling rack on top.

Now it is time to make your delicious maple syrup drizzle to make these even more delicious.


Here we go, it’s time  to mix up your maple syrup frosting drizzle for the tops. 

It sounds fancier than it really is- you just mix up some confectioner’s sugar, milk,  and a little maple syrup to make your frosting.

It makes a ton of frosting so it is up to you how much frosting you want to add to your donuts.


Now it is time to frost your donuts.

I just grabbed a spoon and drizzled the frosting in a back and forth motion over my donuts.

You could also dunk the tops in the frosting and then allow the icing to harden or you could skip the frosting altogether and just enjoy them with a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

I highly recommend the frosting though, it really adds a little sparkle and an extra bit of delicious to your donuts.


Now you can eat your donuts.

These are flavorful and almost like a glass of wine, you can taste all the different flavors as you eat them.

You can taste the hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, the rich pumpkin flavor, and then that maple syrup sweetness from the light glaze drizzle.

The texture is different than a fried donut and more like a muffin or a good piece of cake.

They are not overly sweet though and the pumpkin really seems to add a savory quality to these.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we have! Still have pumpkin left?

Be sure to check out my 8 Ways to Use Canned or Fresh Pumpkin for some added inspiration!


Baked Pumpkin Donuts With Maple Syrup Frosting

2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
4  tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 cup pumpkin purée

For the Maple Syrup Glaze:

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/8 cup maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease two doughnut pans. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.In another medium bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla extract, milk, and pumpkin puree. Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. Fill each doughnut mold 3/4’s full with batter. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the doughnuts spring back when touched. Remove from the pan and cool completely.

For the maple syrup glaze: In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup and milk; stir well. Add additional milk, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over donuts.

Serve with big mugs of coffee or milk for dunking. Expect praise and wild applause from your family members.

Baked pumpkin donuts with Maple syrup glaze from

More fabulous fall ideas:


Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin Hand Pies from

Pumpkin Handpies 



DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins



Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice



How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte from

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

Happy Holidays from the Clark Family

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Well, sweet friends, for the first time ever…I am taking a little vacation from the blog.  In almost seven years, I have never purposefully taken a week off unless it was because of technical difficulties.  This week will be a crazy one as I have a film crew moving in for the day to shoot a webisode for my spokesperson job with Cheer and I am hosting both sides of our fabulous family for Thanksgiving. Vacation timing, for me,  could not be more perfect.

I leave you with these beautiful portraits of our family that my wildly talented and awesome friend Nancy took of our family. I must be the luckiest girl in the world because I have, like, ten close friends that are all wildly talented photographers in town. We never have a shortage of wonderful people to take our picture here. We were so excited to do a portrait session with Nancy. If you live here, you should too.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, great food, and family. I will be back in a week as we gear up with holiday crafts, traditions, and food to create this holiday season.

With much love and thanksgiving for you,


Family Holiday Activity: Fighting Hunger Together Today!

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

In the busy chaos of trying to prepare for the holidays, it is often overlooked that so many people will not get the beauty of sitting around  a table and indulging in a Thanksgiving feast. In fact, 1 out of 6 people will not even know where their next meal will come from. It truly breaks my heart when I hear that so many are in need and I often feel helpless in how I can possibly help.  As someone who desires to live a frugal and simple life, I am always looking for those “scraps of life” ways that I can give back to others.  This is just another way that I want to share with you that you can give back to others, both simply and within your own budget.

You may not have noticed the food barrels at your local Walmart store as you are hurrying off to do your holiday shopping. Well, I am excited to share that Walmart is running a Fighting Hunger Together Campaign and providing barrels where you can make a food donation to help support food pantries that are desperately in need right now. These barrels are conveniently located near the entrance of the store (mine was located right outside of the grocery side of our local store) where you can drop off your donations as you are entering or leaving to do your shopping.

If you’re thinking about giving to a food drive, here are a few of the items currently needed:

  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, stews)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles
  • Canned Beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits (in light syrup)
  • Juice Boxes (100% juice)
  • Cereals (boxed, oatmeal)

The food pantries can also use basic household items and toiletries, like toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant and diapers (sizes larger than newborn). If you’re thinking about donating to a food drive, Walmart is conducting an in-store food drive through Monday (11/22), so please head out there this weekend and lend your support.

I encourage you to take a moment to visit the Fighting Hunger Together site and learn more about these efforts to feed the hungry. When you visit, be sure to “Like” your own community. Votes will be tallied to see where the donations will be going.

Below is a video of our family taking our own trip to do a donation. With just fifty dollars, we were able to donate 49 items for the cause. We gathered up many of the items for just a mere fifty cents or so each! The kids were thrilled to help and we were proud that we were able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

Freebie Friday: November 19, 2010

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! We have been so lucky to have Freebies 4 Mom share their list of the best freebies of the week with our readers each and every Friday. Please visit her site for fabulous freebies and sweepstakes information every single day! This week Heather is giving away a $50 Walmart gift card from Hefty.

Sadly, Heather will no longer be able to provide the Freebie Friday list for our readers and this will be her last week with us. I am forever in her debt for her assistance each week and it has been a true pleasure to work with her. I hope you will please leave her a comment and thank her for help!  We will miss you, Heather!

We will be taking Freebie Friday off for next week since it is the holiday weekend. We will be back in December though and Stephanie from Couponing 101 has graciously offered to take over our list each week. Her site is a fantastic and organized resource for anyone looking to save money and she is going to be sharing with our readers the latest freebies on our Freebie Friday. Hurray!

This week on MomAdvice we are sharing 7 easy appetizers to make-ahead for Thanksgiving Day, so many ideas for dressing up pre-packaged convenience foods for a delicious weeknight meal as our calendars fill up with holiday activities, our weekly notebook of craft & food ideas to inspire you as you prepare for the holidays, and 150 giveaways that you can enter to win for some fabulous prizes.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Health & Beauty

Burt’s Bees Lotion

Einstein Bros. Free Bagel or Drink (every entry wins)

Two 5×7 HP Photo Cards in-store
Thanksgiving Road Trip printable activities

This Week’s Freebie Events:

NOVEMBER 19 – 30

Burger King: FREE Coffee Every Friday this month

20 – Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: build a Snowman 10-11am.

30 – Whataburger: 12 days of Freebies!

Target Free Arts & Cultural Events

Pottery Barn Free Decorating Classes

Amy’s Notebook 11.17.10

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I love this simple guide to homemade chicken stock (@ Small Notebook)

These crocheted cupcake potholders are adorable (@ What’s Baking, Cupcake?)

I love this round-up of 59 cheap Thanksgiving recipes (@ Cheap Healthy Good)

I will have to make this easy no-cook holiday appetizer (@ Clover Lane)

I am in love with this spool advent calendar (@ Just Something I Made)

This sophisticated green bean casserole looks like a fun dish to add to your Thanksgiving spread (@ The Pioneer Woman)

This turkey with stuffing recipe looks yummy & easy for the Thanksgiving feast (@ Serious Eats)

This Thanksgiving stuffing recipe also looks like a winner (@ Savory Sweet Life)

These candy apple cupcakes look like a fun fall treat (@ Honest Fare)

These broccoli cheddar bacon burgers look like a delicious weeknight meal (@ The Ungourmet)

This yarn ball wreath would be the perfect addition to my holiday decorating (@ life through the lens)

This hand print holiday pillow would make a wonderful grandparent gift (@ Sugar Bee)

Is there anything cuter than these snowman hair clips? (@ How Does She?)

I have all sorts of ideas for creating these easy homemade stockings (@ Remodelaholic)

I want to try this recipe for homemade apple cider (@ gimmie some oven)

These pumpkin cinnamon rolls look delicious (@ the idea room)

This vintage baseball baby shower is so cute (@ Little Miss Momma)

I love these cute Thanksgiving turkey toppers to decorate simple mason jars (@ Craftzine)

This school supplies cake would be a fun & inexpensive gift to give to your teachers (@ infarrantly creative)

Taking a Little Store-Bought Help in the Kitchen for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

If you have been reading the site long enough, I am sure you know that I am one of those people that prefers to make everything from scratch to cut down on our grocery budget. We have big eaters in our family though and often convenience foods leaving us feeling unsatisfied and ready for snacking within an hour. Since those foods don’t seem to fill us up, the nights that I don’t feel like cooking we usually end up opting for dining out which costs a lot, even for our little family of four!

I doubt I am alone in saying that my calendar is overflowing with an unbelievable amount of obligations right now. We have holiday concerts, appointments, work commitments, volunteer opportunities…  and it is only going to get worse as the holiday season gets closer.

See that little “No,” sign in the corner of my calendar?

This is supposed to be offering a memory trigger to myself that there is no need to say yes to everything.

Now view my calendar.

I think I must be having a disconnect these days.

Fortunately, Walmart reached out to me to see if we would like to sample some of their Marketside brand items that are sold over by their deli area in the store. These items are of gourmet quality, but offered at a lower price.  The line includes bagged salads, gourmet soups, fun dips for entertaining, take-and-bake pizzas, veggie steamers, artisan breads, and fresh gourmet pastas.

After sampling all of the items, you can be assured that they are delicious and every bit as fancy as dining out.  The soups and bread rivaled our Panera Bread and the veggies were crisp and delicious.  The fresh dips (which included vanilla bean fruit dips, fresh guacamole, and a variety of ranch dressings) would be perfect to keep on hand for all of those holiday potlucks and gatherings!

Of course, adding my own homemade spin to these great convenience items allowed us to pull together a delicious dinner every night last week on a week where our calendar was jam-packed with activities (see the calendar above). With the busy holiday season upon us, I wanted to share a few ways to take those store-bought ingredients to a new level as the calendar fills up.

Veggie steamers are an easy way to incorporate great veggies into your diet in a quick way.  Look for these stir fry medleys over in your local Walmart’s cooler and take these home for a quick & healthy dinner. I love dressing up veggie steamers with a little of my favorite sauce from our favorite Chicken Lo Mein recipe.

Quick Weeknight Stir Fry

1 bag of stir fry medley veggies
1 chicken breast diced (Optional. I use this roasting method once a week to keep chicken on hand)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon ketchup

Cook veggies as directed. In a separate mixing bow, add soy sauce, vinegar, and ketchup. Stir to combine. Add cooked veggies and serve immediately over baked brown rice.


Fresh pasta is one of life’s little luxuries that I love to keep on hand for a quick weeknight dinner. Marketside offers so many fun varieties for the meat-eaters in the family as well as the vegetarians. These delicious pastas can transform your usual spaghetti night into a dinner that rivals your favorite Italian bistro. They also offer fresh pesto and sauces to decorate your pasta without any effort.  Here are a few ways to use their pasta on a busy weeknight!

Pesto Tortellini Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
8 cups chicken broth
1 pound  tortellini of your choice (I love a chicken or sausage stuffed, but cheese is always a crowd pleaser!)
9 ounces spinach, chopped roughly
1/4 cup basil pesto

In a large pot, saute the garlic in the olive oil. After a minute or so, add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth to the pot. Bring the broth to a rolling boil and then add in your tortellini. Cook tortellini as directed on package. In the last minute of cooking time, mix in your roughly chopped spinach and stir in the 1/4 cup of basil pesto. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top. Side Note: When reheating, feel free to add some additional chicken broth to thin the soup, as the tortellini will absorb the liquid!

Serve with a bag of salad and a loaf of crusty bread for an easy weeknight meal!


Ravioli With Pesto Cream Sauce

1 pound ravioli or tortellini (I love a mushroom-stuffed variety)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk (we used skim milk)
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 1/2 cups grated Romano cheese
1 cup prepared pesto

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook as directed and drain. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and butter, and saute until garlic is soft and fragrant, about 1 minute. Dissolve flour in milk, then stir in. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in pesto. Dish ravioli on plates and then drizzle the pesto cream sauce over it. Garnish with a little fresh basil or chopped parsley.

Serve with a bag of salad and a loaf of crusty bread for an easy weeknight meal!


Ravioli With Homemade Red Sauce

1# package of ravioli
3/4 cup chopped onion (we omitted because we don’t like onions)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes (do not drain)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook as directed and drain. Saute onion and garlic in 1/4 cup olive oil until onion is translucent in another pot. Stir in tomatoes, salt, and sugar. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer one hour and thirty minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and meatballs and simmer thirty more minutes. Gently break apart the tomatoes with the back of your wooden spoon.  Serve over a big plate of your favorite ravioli.


Although this wasn’t included in my Marketside feast, I recently discovered the beauty and flavors of their rotisserie chickens for my weeknight chicken noodle soup. This soup is being made again this week for a fast & delicious soup that will leave people wondering how the heck you could pull it off on a busy school night.

Quick Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup

2-3 cups egg noodles (I like the Ream’s brand in the frozen foods section)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
salt & pepper to taste
2 stalks chopped celery
3 chopped carrots
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 rotisserie chicken

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook until tender. Drain, and rinse under cool running water. Meanwhile, in  a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute the carrots and celery in two tablespoons of olive oil for five minutes to start your soup base or you can skip this step and proceed as directed, if you desire a crunchier vegetable.  Heat up broth and bring it to a simmer. Stir in celery and carrot. Gently add your rotisserie chicken and all of the drippings from the pan and put a lid on your pot.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water together until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Pull out your chicken and set aside to dice.  Gradually add the cornstarch to soup, stirring constantly. Stir in noodles and diced rotisserie  chicken, and heat through. Toss in a handful of fresh chopped parsley and ladle into bowls.
Of course when all else fails, there ain’t no shame in taking home a take-and-bake pizza and calling it a night! My favorite variety is the Primo Pizza with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, & black olives. Every mom deserves a night off from the kitchen once in awhile!
I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program.  Marketside provided me with meals last week in exchange for my honest feedback.  Participation in this program is voluntary. All opinions are my own. check out the other Walmart Moms had to say about Marketside. (prices may vary from store to store)
What store-bought items do you like to keep on hand for quick weeknight meals or for a night off in the kitchen? Please share!

An Apron Full of Giveaways: Bissell Steam & Sweep Ending!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Madeit4u, $25

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week,  here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

No giveaways this week, but I hope to offer more after the holidays! This week ends our Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner (valued at $157) giveaway for  one of our lucky readers! This Bissell Steam & Sweep clears hard floors of dry debris and steam cleans all in one pass.  It simply uses the natural power of steam for a total one-step, time saving complete clean. It would make a wonderful holiday gift for any mom, and we can’t wait to share this with one lucky reader of our site. Follow the link below to enter the contest. PLEASE NO ENTRIES HERE!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Children’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!