Back-To-School Party Time!

Horizon Organic Back To School Party

There is nothing quite like gathering a group of your favorite local bloggers for a Horizon Organic back to school party and I had the pleasure of co-hosting this snack filled party with my favorite Jenny On The Spot, fellow blogger and vlogger extraordinaire. She showed up with a teenaged helper, sunflowers, washi tape. If anyone knows how to bring the party…it’s Jenny.

Jenny On The Spot And Mama Kat

To kick off our party, Horizon Organic sent boxes and BOXES of their new snacks. In fact, when Jenny arrived the boxes were stacked all over my dining room table and I was all, “please make this pretty? I don’t have a clue.” AND SHE DID!

Horizon Organic Back To School Party

And then 14 of our closest Seattle blog friends showed up with little ones and we had a really fun, gigantic play date. We encouraged kids to get their snack on at the lunch  making station and provided lunch boxes for them to fill with sandwiches, fruit, veggies, and all sorts of Horizon Organic goodies including my personal favorite the Apple Crunchers. So good.

Horizon Organic Party

We also had Horizon Organic Sandwich Crackers, Snack Grahams, Super Squeezes, and so much more. It was fun to taste test some of their newest items and of course the tried and true favorites as well, as Maggie here is demonstrating.

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Since making Butterfly Snacks was a hit with my kids awhile back, we also decided to create a butterfly snack packing station for the party. Some of the bigger kids had fun beautifying those little critters and I dare say they entire afternoon was a smashing hit. Take a look at the 15 seconds I managed to capture on video:

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A huge thanks to Horizon Organic for providing a fun opportunity to talk shop with friends, eat great food, and gear up our kids for another great year! Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

“Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest

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Foster Farms All Natural Turkey Slices

I’m excited to work with Foster Farms again, this time to share the “Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest they’ve got going on. Aside from the brilliant contest name, I love the premise, which is to create your most unique turkey sandwich recipe using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey and post it on Instagram. The grand prizewinner will walk away with either a luxury weekend trip getaway for two to Napa Valley or $4,000 cash.

Dont Call Me Basic

This contest is being driven by Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey and it’s anything BUT basic. The lunchmeat contains no chemical or preservatives and is raised without hormones or steroids (thank you!). You can find Foster Farms at your local Safeway, Vons and Raley’s stores and be sure “Save A Dollar Now” by downloading the coupon found here.

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I got a little help making an anything but basic turkey sandwich from my kids, who also happen to be anything but basic:

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So what are you waiting for? Foster Farms wants to see its All Natural Sliced Turkey on some original sandwiches and I want you to take me on a luxury weekend trip to Napa Valley with you when you win.

Here are the simple steps to enter:

  1. Create a turkey sandwich using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat and other creative ingredients of your choosing.
  2. Post a photo of your sandwich to Instagram. In the caption, include the list of ingredients and tag @FosterFarms and #DontCallMeBasic. Make sure your profile is public!

Entries may also be emailed to [email protected] if you don’t have an Instagram account. The grand prize includes a two-night stay for two at a Napa Valley luxury hotel, travel to/from and a gourmet picnic lunch ($4,000 value) or $4,000 cash prize. Random weekly drawings will be held every Friday to give all participants a chance to win. Prizes for the weekly drawings will include high-end Panini presses or gourmet picnic basket sets. The contest will last the month of August (National Sandwich Month) and is open to all U.S. residents over the age of 18.

Sandwich concoctions will be selected and judged by a panel of culinary and food industry professionals, who will identify five recipe finalists. The grand prizewinner will be selected from the finalists by a panel of five food and lifestyle blogger judges. The winner will be announced in early September.

For more details on the contest and the official Rules & Regulations, visit www.fosterfarms.com/dontcallmebasic.pdf

Kidtastic Turkey Sandwich

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey.

Back To School Test Run!

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Back To School Lunch With Horizon Organic

We took care of our shopping for back to school supplies over the weekend. I love the excitement and motivation that comes at the beginning of the school year even though Kainoa is quick to remind us that once the first day of school comes there will be 180 more days until school is out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays up making a paper countdown chain while the rest of  us sleep.

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Since I know it’s normal to get a little nervous about the first day of school, I try to make sure they feel prepared and confident. After shopping I thought we’d break in their new lunch boxes with a back to school test run. I set up a table filled with delicious lunch time necessities and included everything from turkey sandwiches, fruit and veggies to Horizon Organic snacks and cheese.

I encouraged the kids to get busy packing and  I’d say they were quite pleased with the activity:

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Maile even commented that it might be a good idea going forward to set up the table buffet style like that and allow them to make their own lunches everyday. I wish I could promise I could have my act together enough to do that. I have to admit it was pretty nice to have them packing themselves up with food they know they like as opposed to my random guessing at what they might like.

Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Selfies With My Kids

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration between RealTimes and SheKnows.

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Cameras weren’t a big focus in our family when I was growing up. We do have a good couple photo albums, but it’s nothing compared to the thousands I have on file for my own family.

I treasure the photos I have of my Mom actually BEING a mom because they are so few. When I see one it brings me right back to the moment. Her hair, her glasses, her Tab, her six kids…it’s all still there.

When I became a Mom I was determined to get myself into more photos with my kids and so began my journey to perfect selfies with my kids. I blame my need to take so many photos on four things.

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1. Death

I have too few photos of my Dad. As morbid as it is, I want to leave my kids with more than a memory to hold onto should the unspeakable happen to someone they love.

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2. The Bobarazzi.

We lovingly nicknamed our second Dad the Bobarazzi because he took his camera everywhere and would spend hours organizing the developed film into photo albums, all numerically ordered. I learned that any moment with family is a moment worth capturing.

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3. Cute Babies.

I stepped up my photo taking game big time when my kids were born because…cute. Every little expression was adorable to me and because of this I became the Bobarazzi in their life too. Or maybe the Momarazzi.

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4. The Digital Age

It’s just too easy to take photos these days, there is no reason NOT to. You get instant gratification, you don’t have to pay to develop film, and even the screen can flip around to show you exactly what you’re taking a photo of. Most of us don’t even leave home without a camera at this point because it comes BUILT INTO OUR PHONES! It’s like life is just begging for more pictures to be taken.

This month I shared 10 selfie fails with my friends at SheKnows on behalf of RealTimes to highlight some of the more embarrassing pictures I’ve taken of myself on this journey to capture motherhood with my kids. Why do I still have them? Because even ugly pictures are better than no pictures at all.

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Check them out here!

I’d love to hear about your selfie fails. :)

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Pack The Snacks

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Dinner Camping

It has been HOT in Seattle. Sticky hot. And I have been keeping these kids busy with beaches and parks and camping and pools. I’ve been trying to keep costs down, but some of the stuff they want to do is spendy. I took them to a family fun center (arcade, laser tag, bumper boats, etc) and I know they wanted to do lunch there, but treating kids to an afternoon of entertainment AND including lunch is expensive! I’d rather save myself the $30 I’d spend on pizza and use it for a second day of fun down the line.

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I made an agreement with the kids that we could do a couple more ($$) activities together this summer if we could forgo buying lunch every time we happen to be on the go. Instead, I’m taking the  “pack all the crackers, juices, string cheese, etc. you can get your hands on and have snacks available at all times” route. I know some of you have been taking that route for years now, but the temptation to eat out has always been a spendy temptation for us and I’m relieved to have it off the list of things to do.

Horizon Organic Crackers

Now my focus is to stay well stocked at all times!

Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Farm Fresh Hot Wings!

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Foster Farms Simply Raised
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms®.

Do you ever feel like some companies hear our battle cry for fresh food and actually follow through with consumer expectations? I’m excited to work with Foster Farms because they’re getting it right. Their new fresh chicken lines and brand packaging make it clear at a glance that their chicken is 100% natural, Simply Raised with no antibiotics, ever, and Organic.

Foster Farms is actually a West Coast, family-owned company and this latest introduction of Simply Raised without antibiotics is in California, Oregon, and Washington stores now. The Organic line is now in Costco and select supermarkets.

Foster Farms Simply Raised Slow Cooker

It gives me comfort to know that when I throw hot wings into my slow cooker I can be sure the chicken is:

  • American Humane Certified
  • 100 percent natural (minimally processed, no additives or preservatives, steroids or hormones)
  • Produced with no added sodium
  • With Simply Raised, never administered antibiotics, ever.

Now that finding quality food just got a little easier, who wants hot wings? I’m a huge fan of easy slow cooker meals. So I grabbed a couple packages of the Foster Farms Simply Raised Party Wings and honestly you don’t need to add much to make these wonderful. I have poured in a cup of barbecue sauce before and that alone was wonderful. I have also mixed ketchup and grape jelly for a sweet sauce…don’t make that face, I swear it’s good!

Today, however, I mixed together barbecue sauce, honey, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce for a little kick. I think it’s just the right amount of hot and sweet (my husband adds Tabasco) and the best part is that my kids actually love them. Of course they do…those wings are perfect for their little fingers.

If only all my chicken dinners took 15 seconds to prep!:

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Fly High On Full Bellies With Horizon Organic

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Horizon Organic Snacks

When my kids are busy, they often can’t be bothered with mundane tasks such as eating. I’ll opt to feed them full meals before we leave for a potluck or party because I know once we’re there they won’t bother with food. Who has time for eating when there is fun to be had?

I do. For the record. I always have time for eating.

But my kids are stubborn and ignore hunger until the day is over and then beg for fast food on the way home.

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During Summer, when we will spend an entire afternoon at the pool with cousins, my sisters and I cover a picnic table with snacks to keep the kids fueled throughout the day.

Along with fresh fruit, juices, and cheese, I brought along some boxes of Horizon Organic’s snack crackers on our first pool excursion of the year and even the adults seemed to enjoy option! (Click the image below to see them in action!):

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Here’s hoping a stocked table of wonderful food options will keep kids snacking when they’re impossible to sit still for a meal and they can fly high on full bellies!

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Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.