October 2015 - My WAHM Plan

Bounce back from a cold faster with #GreensPlus superfood products

We all know that feeling- the dull ache in the back of your head, the itchy nose, and the tickle in your throat. I woke up to all those on Sunday morning, but refused to name it. By Tuesday, I was waving the white flag and admitting I had a cold. I have zero energy and appetite by this time, but thankfully, I had received a complimentary bundle of Greens Plus superfood powders and energy bars to try and I am really thankful I did!


#GreensPlus superfood products #healthy #nutrition

Greens Plus products are non-gmo, gluten, soy, dairy free and  have been helping people live healthier happier lives since 1989. Since my cold was making me feel anything but healthy or happy, I decided to give their energy bar and Advanced Multi wild berry superfood powder a try. 

Why try something new while suffering with a cold? Because Greens Plus has incorporated into their proprietary blend so many nutritionals that target the total body organs and cells. Literally, it is hard to find a competitor who would do the same and I needed to give my body some much needed nutritional help pronto!

#GreenPlus plusbar for energy

Greens Plus bars are thick and dense and quite tasty. Even with a cold. I really loved the dark chocolate energy plusbar with dates, almond butter and superfood greens.  Greens Plus says the food from Greens Plus when consumed delivers quick satiety results by feeding the body on the cellular levels and delivering the so needed energy to do what we need on the daily basis and I completely agree. After eating just one bar, I felt full and had a bit more energy.

#GreensPlus Advanced Multi Wild berry superfood powder

You know how hard it is to stay hydrated when you are battling a cold, so later in the evening; I decided to give their Advanced Multi Wild Berry superfood powder a try. I wanted to really taste this blend, so I’d know what type of smoothie it would work best in, so I mixed it in water, shook it up in the handy Greens Plus shaker cup and said bottoms up!

Trust me, it tastes a lot better than this color makes you think it would. I was able to drink almost the whole 8 ounces in record time, so I know adding it to a smoothie, or blending it into a favored juice will be an easy way for me to add superfood goodness to snacks and drinks in the future. 


#GreensPlus superfood products

If you want to bounce back from a cold faster, or just add a healthy dose of targeted nutrition for the total body, I invite you to learn more about Greens Plus, by visiting their website and by looking for their products at these retailers.

Trader Joe’s
Vitamin Shoppe
Safeway, and
Publix


Don’t see your favorite store listed? Just us their store locator here  and be sure to utilize these coupons as well. 


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Thanks to lots of rest and the healthy boost I’m getting from Green Plus products, I’m feeling much better today and hope to have this cold gone by tomorrow.


From our home to yours we wish you a very happy, safe, healthy Halloween!


Please share in comments: What type of smoothie would you add the Wild Berry superfood powder to?

The Flying Ace is soaring with Hallmark’s 2015 Keepsake ornament

When Love, Hallmark sent out an email to their blogger group asking if we’d like to work on this campaign, I practically begged them to pick me to review and host a giveaway. Thankfully, my “enthusiastic” email was rewarded and I am honored to present the Hallmark 2015 Keepsake ornament giveaway for the flying Ace! While I did receive this ornament free of charge to thank me for my time, my love of all things Peanuts, and most especially Snoopy,  are 100% my own. 

Hallmark Keepsake ornament The Flying Ace MWP giveaway


My family and I aren’t alone in our love of the Peanuts gang.  Young and old alike love all things Peanuts- but when Snoopy becomes The Flying Ace, something magical happens. That magical essence has been lovingly captured in this Hallmark keepsake ornament. 


2015 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament the Flying Ace #giveaway MWP


Jim Kemme, the Hallmark Keepsake artist who worked on this piece missed no detail. The grimace on the Flying Ace’s face, the perfect shade of red on the plane, the goggles and cap, all work brilliantly to help us root on the Flying Ace as he races to save the day! When duty and adventure calls, he’s up, up and away!  You can learn more about the artist and the ornament by visiting Hallmark here

Hallmark Keepsake Believe in Magic MWP giveaway


This ornament has an extra element of cool because with the push the button you will hear the Flying Ace sound off!  The batteries are included when you purchase or win it- but be warned, getting the batteries in is tricky! You’ll need a small screwdriver to open the back and a bit of patience as you jockey both button batteries into place. Dexterity will prevail and you’ll hear the Flying Ace take off in no time!



Win The Peanuts Movie Premiere


If you love the Peanuts gang, Hallmark invites you to enter to win a hometown screening of the new Peanuts movie for you and 300 of your closest friends and neighbors!  Hurry! This sweeps ends October 31, 2015! 



Win The Flying Ace Keepsake Ornament:


Win The Flying Ace! MWP  #Peanuts #Snoopy


Thanks to the generosity of Love, Hallmark, one lucky reader will receive their own The Flying Ace 2015 Keepsake ornament. Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below. 


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to have a full on hear the bell- believe in magic- live in the moment- happy to be alive- sort of Holiday season this year. My heart and soul yearn for a simpler, less commercial, less hectic season, just like Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.  I invite you to join me in my quest to slow down and truly enjoy each day from now until the New Year!


Terms:

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter from below.  My WAHM Plan is responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. You must have a PayPal email account to enter. 


Good luck!

Wordless Wednesday: Inviting nature in our home


Acorns, leaves, berries found on our nature walks are displayed on a depression glass pie plate and small vase- making inviting nature into our home a breeze. 


Acorns, leaves, berries, displayed for Autumn decoration on MWP




This just because bouquet made my day! I adore Sunflowers, Daisy's and Mums!


Sunflowesr, Daisys, Mums make a beautiful "just because" fall bouquet MWP




Adding copper and Autumn toned leaves to this iron wall art makes a happy statement.


Copper leaves on Iron wall art makes a fall statement MWP




If I could wear this perfect fall flower palette- either in my makeup or clothing, I would. 


Fall bloom perfection MWP


I hope that you have been able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful season! 



Please share in comments: How do you invite nature into your home this time of year? 

Top 20 U.S. cities for trick-or-treaters including Nashville, TN!

With two weeks to go until Halloween arrives, Americans coast to coast are gearing up for this fun filled night in a big way. At our house, we still need to carve our pumpkins and find a few more accessories for our costumes, but we will be ready to celebrate in style! Yes, we do have to drive to celebrate now that we live in a rural area, but there is fun to be found in neighborhoods all around us.  As a matter of fact, Nashville, TN. made the list for top 20 cities for trick-or-treaters compiled by Zillow. 

Top 10 best cities for trick-or-treating 2015

This map shows the top 10 cities. Zillow says they picked areas with the greatest share of their residents are under 15 and the houses are closest together. That would help explain why San Francisco tops their list for the 5th year in a row! 


Top 20 cities for trick-or-treaters 2015

Another way these cities made the cut was by giving out the most candy to all those cute goblins! Speaking of candy, do you know that the average kids gets at least 50 pieces of candy on Halloween? Some kids have reported getting more than 100 pieces! I know we gave out and received a huge amount of candy each year we lived in suburbia, maybe that helped Nashville, TN. make the top 20 list! 


How did your city do? Are there any surprises on the list? I was delighted to see Milwaukee on the list. Can you imagine all those brave parents and kids bundling up against the cold to go trick-or-treating? Way to go! Please stop by Zillow to read all the fun facts on how they came up with their top 20 list and see the in depth neighborhood breakdowns. 


Happy Halloween 2015


From our home to yours, we wish you a happy, safe, and fun Halloween!

Easy Pollo Verde Tacos and Guacamole #GameDayFavorites #sponsored

Football season is heating up all over the country and here at Casa Kinsman, you can hear us cheering touchdown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as we root for the VOLS and the Titans. If football fever has struck you family too, you’ll want to take a look at this crowd pleaser of a meal I served this weekend- Easy Pollo Verde Tacos with sides and Guacamole. True Game Day Favorites!

Easy Pollo Verde Tacos for game day! Recipe on mywahmplan.com




If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I’m a fan of family dinners and tasty snacks. I try to plan out my meals for the week well ahead of time, so when I saw that Old El Paso dinner kits and Avocados from Mexico were on sale at Publix, inspiration struck and I knew I’d be serving tacos on game day. Not only would I be saving money with the dinner kits being BOGO’s, I could stock up on the best tasting Avocados in town. That is a budget touchdown!



Old El Paso soft taco dinner kit


Once I told my husband and kids that I planned on serving tacos, they chimed it with helpful ideas and the meal grew from there with everybody pitching in. My girls have helped me with making guacamole and sides before, so we started there. Avocados from Mexico make the best tasting, creamiest guac! I served mine with blue corn chips for a fun pop of color. 

Serving up smiles with fresh Guacamole! #MWP #GameDayFavorites


The delicious Poblano Avocado soup my husband made is a true labor of love! I’m going to be sharing a fall soup recipe round up next month and will be sure to share his recipe. 

After we’d all snacked on the chips and guacamole, I got started on my Pollo Verde Chicken, which really is easy to make once you’ve assembled all your ingredients. 

Pollo Verde Tacos and Poblano soup ingredients #MWP


Ingredients:
Serves 6

  • 2- pounds chicken breasts
  • 2- 10 oz. cans Old El Paso Mild Green Enchilada Sauce  
  • 1- 4.5 oz. can Old El Paso mild green chilies
  • 2- small gloves garlic
  • ½ large yellow onion
  • ½ cup water
  • 1- tablespoon Canola oil
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 10- Old El Paso soft taco size tortilla’s (from soft taco dinner kit).
  • Red Taco Sauce (from soft taco kit).
  • Cilantro for garnish

Pollo Verde tacos taste fantastic served on warmed corn tortillas’ as well.


Directions:

In lightly oiled frying pan, sear chicken breasts on both sides to just light brown color. Season chicken with salt and pepper prior to turning. 

Reduce heat and continue to cook chicken breasts, until no longer pink, about 20 minutes depending on thickness of breasts. While chicken is cooking, chop garlic and onion. 

Once juices run clear from chicken breasts, pull from pan and place on cutting board. 

Next, saute garlic and onions in chicken pan until lightly brown, making sure to scrape up any chicken happies' left on the bottom of the pan. 

Cut or pull apart chicken breast meat and add back to pan. Add green chilies and enchilada sauce. 

Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.  Place tortillas in oven to warm for 5 minutes. 

Serve your tacos buffet style, with refried beans, making sure there is lots of cilantro, limes, onions, sour cream and guacamole condiments available. Enjoy!


Win It!

My thanks to Old El Paso for hosting this #OEPGameDay giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $10.00 PayPal transfer to use for their own #GameDayFavorites menu items! I did received monetary compensation for my thoughts, however, I only share content I feel will benefit my readers. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


Terms:

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter from below.  My WAHM Plan is responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. You must have a PayPal email account to enter. 

Good Luck!


Color of the Month- October -Raven Black

Happy October! We are well on our way to Halloween, that frightfully fun night where we get to dress up, have fun with family and friends and eat candy! This month's color was inspired by a book I'm currently reading as part of fan-girl style book club I have with my teen daughter. It's called Raven Boys and I'm enjoying the read!


Raven Black October Color of the Month


Here's my Pinterest board for the month. As always I hope you enjoy it! From my family to yours- I wish you a happy, safe Halloween!



Please share in comments: Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? What will you wear/become?

Fight fine lines and breakouts with Glycolic Acid skincare

I have always been a lover of a good skincare regimen, but until I hit 40, I never worried about fine lines or the dreaded adult breakouts I’d read about.  I like taking care of my skin, and sharing great products with you. This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid facial toner, cleanser and their Sun protective moisturizer, all made to help us fight fine lines and breakouts because of their active ingredients, including Glycolic Acid.  I received these complimentary products a few weeks ago to review and host a giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Glycolic Acid skincare #giveaway


If you are a beauty and skincare lover like I am, you’ve probably heard of Glycolic Acid peels and cleansers.  Admittedly, some brands out there are harsh and can and will burn your skin.  Don’t let those brands stop you from giving Glycolic Acid products a try. In the right formulation, they can help improve your skin. I feel Reviva Labs got the formulation right. 

So what is Glycolic acid? This skincare ingredient is derived from cane sugar and has small molecule’s, so it can penetrate deeply into your skin making Glycolic Acid an effective ingredient for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness and oiliness. 


The products and my thoughts:

The first Reviva Labs product I tried was the Glycolic Acid Cleanser. The bottle says for mature or sun damaged skin, but don’t let that detract you from trying this creamy cleanser! This is a water activated cleanser that contains no oils or soap substances that remain on the skin. It rinses off easily and my face felt smooth and silky. I did have to apply cleanser twice to get all my makeup off, but it never irritated my skin.


I used the Glycolic Acid Facial Toner on days I didn’t wear any makeup.  Since I don’t wash my face in the shower in the morning, preferring to just rinse it with tepid water, I used the toner after my shower applying a small amount on a cotton swab and applying to my T zone. I never found it harsh, but did notice that I needed to apply a little more moisturizer around my nose on days I used the toner, maybe that comes from the toner’s extra cleansing benefits. 


Sun Protective Moisturizer giveaway on mywahmplan.com

Finally, I applied the Sun Protective Moisturizer. This is a light cream that feels good on your skin. I did notice a bit of sweating on my face right after applying, so I would suggest allowing a few minutes for moisturizer to absorb before applying makeup. Even though this product says it’s for mature skin, my teen daughters love it

This really is a great unscented moisturizer that softens, makes skin look dewy fresh and offers an UVA-UVB SPF 25.  Reviva Labs states that this light cream is ideal for daily use for the outdoor type, male or female, so if your guy or son needs a little protection and moisture to those windblown cheeks, see if you can get him to try this moisturizer.


I’ve been enjoying these products for several weeks now and love how effective they are without stripping or burning my skin. I would highly recommend this whole product line. I invite you to learn more about them by visiting Reviva Labs website and follow them on Pinterest



Win it!

Thanks to the generous folks at Reviva Labs, one lucky reader will win this three piece set. Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below. 


Terms:
No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter from below.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. 

Good Luck! 

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Disclosure:

My thanks to Reviva Labs for sending me free products to facilitate today's post and for hosting this giveaway. I didn't received monetary compensation for my thoughts, however, I only share content I feel will benefit my readers. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Wordless Wednesday: Tennessee Morning skies

I drive my girls down our long gravel drive each school morning to meet their buses around 6:12 am. Lately the morning sky has been so beautiful! We can see the moon, Venus, Jupiter and several stars. Country living has its perks. 

Beautiful Morning sky in middle Tennessee mywahmplan.com




Beautiful Morning sky in middle Tennessee mywahmplan.com



Beautiful Morning sky in middle Tennessee mywahmplan.com


Please share in comments: Are you up to enjoy your morning sky? Have you taken pictures? If you have shared them on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, share your link so I can see your morning view by following or tagging me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest or leaving a comment here with your profile. 

Weekly Chore Prompt: 5 Ways to Organize Your Pantry

We are in full fall cleaning mode now as we welcome in October and I’m happy to welcome my very first guest post today. Please make Miriam Bornstein from Zillow feel welcome by commenting on her chore prompt. This is a perfect “tackle over weekend” chore.  


By Miriam Bornstein

Say goodbye to your nightly game of hide-and-seek when searching for dinner ingredients. If your pantry looks like a war zone with open boxes of pasta, spices on every shelf and empty containers taking up limited counter space, then you are in dire need of pantry reorganization. 

My WAHM Plan: An organized pantry #weeklychoreprompt
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1) Clean the Pantry:

One of the best ways to organize your pantry is by starting with a clean slate. Pull everything out and give shelves a wipe down – dust every nook and cranny. When clearing the pantry, pay attention to the products you use infrequently. Perhaps they don’t deserve easily accessible locations when you restock. The same process applies to cleaning out your fridge or closet. It's important to toss expired or rarely used food and repackage items that take up unnecessary space. 

2) Categorize Items:

Once your pantry is cleared out, separate items into four categories:
  1. Items you use on a daily basis
  2. Items you use less frequently
  3. Unopened items for donation
  4. Expired items to throw out

Categorizing items helps eliminate overbuying, revealing which products are collecting dust or products your family consumes the most.


3) Make it Functional:

Once all four categories are established, you can strategically place items in more accessible locations. Place heavier items, like olive oil and vinegar, on the bottom shelf, while keeping the items you use on a daily basis, like cereal, at eye level. If you find yourself using your grandma's hand-me-down mixing bowls less frequently, place them on the bottom shelf to make room for the kitchen appliances you use more frequently. 

4) Create a View:

The saying “out of sight, out of mind” certainly applies here. Opt for open shelves, wire baskets or glass-front cabinetry to see the items you already have in your pantry and avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store. Optimize vertical space, while saving counter space, by placing your dry foods in clear containers. If you don't want to install new cabinets, one quick fix is to add pegboard to a pantry or kitchen wall, allowing you to hang pans, colanders and other utensils.

5) Restock and Organize:

Restock and organize your pantry around your family's lifestyle. Establish order and consistency by storing baking ingredients in one section, canned foods in another and grains and pasta together. Organization helps you remember where certain items belong, making it simple to find items at dinner time, unload goods after a grocery trip and eliminate constant pantry cleanings. 

My WAHM Plan: An organized pantry #weeklychoreprompt
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Although organizing your pantry may seem like a tedious chore, it saves time and money in the long run. These simple tips can help create a smoother pantry-organizing routine.


Please share in comments: Which section, or category in your pantry gets disorganized most often? For us, it’s the cereal/breakfast food section because it's used daily.