Fancy Feast Gourmet Grilled Cheese House Party (April 2013)

Back in April I had my second House Party of the year – Fancy Feast Gourmet Grilled Cheese…what were we in for? I invited cat lover friends and non-cat having friends and it ended up being 11 of us in total partying it up!

The House Party Pack included:

  • 1 Fancy Feast Party Booklet
  • 1 White Fancy Feast Spatula
  • 1 Cat Shaped Cookie Cutter (did not use for the party)
  • 1 Roll of Chalkboard Paper (fun to use, see in pics below)
  • 1 Box White Chalk
  • 15 Yellow Fancy Feast Plates
  • 15 Fancy Feast Napkins
  • 15 Fancy Feast Sandwich Flags (didn’t use)
  • 8 cans of Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar, Grilled
  • 15 coupons for FOUR FREE cans Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar
  • 5 bonus coupons, buy 1 get 1 Free can of Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar

FancyFeast_HousePartyPackTo prepare for the party, I got yellow decorations and bought various grilled cheese items to make some Gourmet sandwiches! I also bought a few things for goody envelops for the party-goers with cats.

FancyFeast_GiveawaysI put out so many ingredients for gourmet grilled cheeses to make at least 5 different kinds or any other combination you wanted!

  • Berry Jam
  • Brie
  • Apple Slices
  • Goat Cheese
  • Berry covered Goat Cheese
  • Avocado Slices
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Pear Slices
  • Jarlsberg Cheese
  • Italian Bread
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomato Slices
  • Bacon Bits
  • Havarti Slices
  • Pinot Noir

FancyFeast_GourmetGrilledCheesesFancyFeastHousePartyTable_smNo joking, these were the best grilled cheeses I’d ever had. Who would have thought of these combinations? Well, someone must have because, I got them from their recipe booklet!

FancyFeast_GrilledCheeseIt was so much fun grilling these up…everyone trying more than one kind…taking pictures…and all around sharing! What fun and so tasty this house party was!

FancyFeast_GrilledCheese_MeFancyFeastHouseParty_smCats were not invited to the party, but Maja got to try Fancy Feast with cheese for sure!

*The thoughts and opinions are my own. I was only provided with the products I listed from House Party on behalf of Fancy Feast.*

Butterball Turketarian House Party (Sept 2013)

Back in September I had my 3rd House Party this year – Butterball Turketarian House Party! It ended up being a small party, but still fun to try the various Butterball Turkey products.

Butterball_SignHouse Party and Butterball sent me the following:

  • $40 Visa Gift Card to buy Butterball Products
  • 1 Butterball Apron
  • 1 Butterball Cookbook
  • 1 Plush Turkey Hat
  • 1 Butterball Kitchen Timer
  • 1 Butterball Frisbee
  • 15 $1 off Butterball coupons
  • 15 Butterball Footballs
  • 15 Sets of 4 Butterball magnets
  • 15 plastic Butterball plates
  • 15 Butterball napkins
  • 15 Butterball paper cups
  • 15 Butterball reusable bags
  • 15 Butterball App cards

Lots to share…so I put together goody bags for party goers and a few others. I purchased Butterball products – Turkey bacon, Turkey burgers, and Turkey Sausage. I was also able to buy buns! Woo.

I decorated with a fall leaves theme…and put around some Butterball logos.

Butterball_SetupButterball_DecorationsAnd, the party guests showed up…we cooked up the burgers and bacon and sausage for all to try. Guests brought some food to round out the meal.

Butterball_FoodThe consensus was these Butterball Turkey products were pretty good, better than most thought they would be. We tried the Smoked Sausage and Queso Fundido as an appetizer (this was eaten right up, so I know everyone liked). We tried the turkey bacon with maple syrup and pepper just for fun (and everyone liked, but no one thought it tasted like pork bacon). And, we ate Buffalo turkey burgers or Wine Country turkey burgers with the sides guests brought. Those burgers were really tasty! Everyone was REALLY impressed how good those turkey burger recipes were.

Butterball_BurgerAll in all a great house party…and always glad to share wonderful products with friends! Thank you House Party and Butterball.

ButterballGroup copy*All thoughts and opinions are my own…Butterball & House Party only provided the products listed and do not require a blog post.*

Crowdtap Truvia Brunch Hosted Party

Woo! When I was picked for the Truvia Sample & Share, I wasn’t thinking they’d also give me the Truvia Brunch Hosted Party, but they did! It’s my first Crowdtap Hosted Party in many months, so I was very excited!

The idea was to host a brunch and bake with Truvia to share the possibilities of this stevia based natural alternative sweetener. They gave us just over a week and a half to have the party, but barely that when I received the party pack. So, since it didn’t arrive in time to combine with our annual Halloween party, I planned to have a brunch the following Sunday. Yes, our Halloween decorations were still up for this party. :)

20131028_130706_resizedThe Hosted Party pack included the following:

  • 1 package of Truvia Baking Blend (Truvia & Sugar blend)
  • 1 2 40-count packages of Truvia packets
  • 1 2 80-count packages of Truvia packets
  • 1 2 packages of Truvia spoonables
  • Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti Ground Coffee
  • 1 Truvia Brand “I Love You When You’re Not Cranky” coffee mug
  • Truvia brand kitchen wear (it was an apron and a mixing spoon)
  • 1 Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Preserve with Truvia
  • 1 Brunch Party Insert (with Challenges and Recipes)

Truvia_and_MeFor the brunch, I checked out the recipes and decided on the Reduced-Sugar Banana Bread and the Raspberry Oatmeal Bars. Of course, we served up the Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti, and had some juices on hand. I asked friends to bring brunch items and ta da a brunch slowly formed!

Truvia_ReducedSugar_BananaBreadMy boyfriend helped me get the house ready for the party, but when it turned out only ladies were attending, he stayed in another room most of the time. Heh. The morning of the party I spent baking the two Truvia recipes. They made the house smell good, especially that banana bread (which was my first time baking, and well, my first time baking bread from scratch!). It was also my first time making raspberry oatmeal bars, but I had made bar cookies in the past. All in all fun! Another first, using our food processor to get the frozen raspberries more into a paste, yep, I managed to always have my boyfriend use it!

Truvia_RaspberryOatmealBarsEverything was ready and it was brunch time! M arrived first and we caught up and had mimosas. Then, O arrived and I offered her a mimosa and we all caught up. Lastly, C & R arrived and more mimosas went around. Also, the Foldgers Gourmet Selections was poured for everyone, except R. And, we all posed trying it with Truvia!

Truvia_Folgers_TryI think everyone liked it enough in their coffee, definitely said it was sweet. I told them that one pack was equal to 2 sugar packets, so if they didn’t like that sweet, to try half a Truvia packet.

After we all chatted a bit, we decided to try the Truvia baked goods I had made. Everyone liked them, some the banana bread more, some the raspberry oatmeal bar. When I went back for a second try, I thought there was an aftertaste to them. O had brought a sugar baked good and I have to say, we all noticed a difference. One can really tell if comparing baked goods that sugar is a lot sweeter. I’d be fine eating the Truvia baked goods, so long as I’m not also eating a sugar baked good.

Truvia_ProductsAll in all, it was a great time with these ladies…sharing a bit of Truvia while we chatted about life! The party lasted from 1pm until 4:30pm with just the 6 of us (if you count the two times my boyfriend came out and tried the coffee and food, and then helped with the giveaway).

Truvia_Folgers_MugRight, before M left, I had a raffle for the Truvia apron and well, she won! Heh. Congrats M! Everyone else took some packets of Truvia home with them.

Truvia_ApronWinnerThank you Crowdtap & Truvia! I am not sure there are any converts to Truvia in the group, but they won’t shy away from it.

Crowdtap & Truvia provided this hosted party pack to me and in return I shared my experiences and thoughts with them and all of you! All thoughts and opinions in this post are mine and my party guests.

Crowdtap Truvia Sample & Share

Being a member of Crowdtap, sometimes the brands will have sample & shares where they send you a small sample of their product for you and one to share. This time, I was sent Truvia 2 packs with 55 cent off coupons – one to keep and one to share. Since, I also got the Truvia Brunch, I decided to just share both 2 packs.

Truvia is an all-natural sugar substitute, made from the Stevia plant.

Truvia_SamplePacksAt work last week, I asked two of my co-workers if they would like to give Truvia a try in their coffee. They were both game. T had never tried it before, but her mom loves it. And, M had never tried it, but had thought about it, since he uses Splenda.

T gave it a try first and she felt like it added sweetness to her coffee, but then she was left with an artificial sweetness in her mouth. She concluded that she wouldn’t buy it, but, she also said she never adds sugar to anything, just buy chocolate if she wants.

Truvia_T1M then gave it a try. With his reveal that he loves Splenda, and having heard T’s thoughts already, I think it was doomed from the start! LOL. M didn’t think it sweetened his coffee until the artificial sweetener aftertaste. He was going to take the other 2 packets home with him and see if his 20 something children will like.

Truvia_M2Sadly, I didn’t get any converts, but I put a couple of packets out by our coffee pot to see if my boyfriend will give it a try. I know he will! Heh.

Truvia_CoffeePotThanks to Crowdtap and Truvia I was able to share samples of Truvia for free. The blog post contains my personal thoughts and opinions and those that tried the samples.

The Time When Selena Gomez Calmed Me

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a personal blog post…so here goes! First, I need to thank a funny and entertaining blogger I know for the title style! Thank you, it just seemed to fit so perfectly.

I commute to and from work half the work week, and Tuesday was one of those days (it’s random). The drive in was normal and uneventful, it’s the drive home that had an event.

pouringrainThe difference this time was that I witnessed a crazy speeding car almost collide with a semi and then end up in the ditch because they over corrected going so fast in the rain. Did they see better than the rest of us? Everyone was going 35-40mph with hazards on…it was bad. It was wild…it was weird…and it made me way more nervous in that horrible fast moving storm….

As I got of the highway…and the rain was still going…….Selena Gomez’s song Slow Down came on…and I started singing along and definitely calmed me. Then, it played on another station one more time before I was home! Yep…anyway…she helped me get through the rain! And, I was thankful.

Music sure can do wonders. And, I am definitely loving this song right now. Thank you Selena!

Purex UltraPacks Plus OXI Review & Giveaway

As part of Purex Insiders, I get the wonderful opportunity to try out Purex products! In September, I received Purex UltraPacks Plus OXI and Zout Stain Remover Laundry Detergent (to keep) and free product coupons to share!

PurexUltraPacksPlusOxiKitI have used Purex UltraPacks in the past, but I haven’t used these Plus OXI & Zout! I know these will work just as well.

PurexUltraPacksPlusOxiAbout the Product
Combines the convenience of easy-to-use Purex UltraPacks with the stain fighting power of OXI! The concentrated DirtLift Action formula has 2Xs the cleaning power in every drop, leaving your clothes bright, white, and clean.

Purex UltraPacks plus OXI Sweepstakes
Find the Red Jersey and win! 10 will win $50. Enter here!

P-UP-plux-OXI-Insiders-290x1Jubar Sharing Giveaway
Two lucky winners will each receive ONE Purex UltraPacks Plus OXI & Zout Laundry Detergent Free Product coupon! The Jubar Sharing giveaway ends on 10/4/13 at 12:00am. Enter in the Rafflecopter application below. Good luck!

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Purex provided me with Purex UltraPacks product and coupons in exchange writing a blog post. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Dial $65K Promotion & Giveaway!

As part of Purex Insiders, I get the wonderful opportunity to try out Purex products and “sister” products. In June, I received Dial Free Product coupons to keep and share!

I have used Dial body wash in the past, and I know it smells great and lathers nicely! You’ll always feel clean after using.

DialBodyWashKitDial $65K Gold Giveaway
To commemorate the Dial brand’s 65th anniversary, Dial is giving away $65,000 in gold to one lucky winner! What’s more, everyday from June 16th to August 19th, 65 daily winners will receive a year’s supply of Dial Body Wash! Participants may enter once a day at Facebook.com/Dial to increase their chances of winning, as well as share the sweepstakes though social media sites to receive an exclusive Dial coupon!

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DialCouponsJubar Sharing Giveaway
Two lucky winners will each receive ONE Dial Body Wash Free Product coupon! The Jubar Sharing giveaway ends on 7/12/13 at 12:00am. Enter in the Rafflecopter application below. Good luck!

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Purex provided me with Dial coupons in exchange for sharing the Dial sweepstakes. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

20 Mule Team Borax Review & Giveaway

As part of Purex Insiders, I get the wonderful opportunity to try out Purex products and “sister” products. In June, I received 20 Mule Team Borax to try out. We were exited to try this product as we have been going more natural with our laundry and cleaning products.

BoraxKitMy boyfriend has been exclusively using it, but I’ll eventually give it a try. He loves it, and it gets his clothes and towels clean and smelling good.

BoraxBoxProduct Information
20 Mule Team Borax is a 100% natural mineral from the earth. It’s removed from the ground, then washed, dried, and boxed for consumers. Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, chlorine, or other additive chemicals.

20 Mule Team Borax naturally softens hard water, which protects your detergent, so it can maximize cleaning power! To boost your detergent (laundry booster), simply add 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to every load, along with your regular detergent (hopefully Purex!).

BoraxCouponsJubar Sharing Giveaway
Two lucky winners will each receive ONE 20 Mule Team Borax Product coupon! The Jubar Sharing giveaway ends on 7/9/13 at 12:00am. Enter in the Rafflecopter application below. Good luck!

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Borax provided a free sample of their product for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own.

Free Old Navy Active Wear Top & Bottom!!

Crowdtap and Old Navy did it again! I was able to get a free Old Navy Active wear top and a bottom last weekend! And, I once again I could share with a friend, this time I took Paula (you really should check out her blog, Eat, Watch, Run), who loves to work out!

IMG_2728_smIMG_2731_smIMG_2733_smWe met up at our nearby Old Navy, and I gave her a little bit of information about the Crowdtap free Old Navy clothes, but she had read my blog posts before, so it was quick. Then, off we went to find the Active wear.

IMG_2745_smIMG_2732_smWe took a couple of pictures, and then, just grabbed any and all tops and bottoms that we wanted to try on. Below are all the ones I took to try on!

IMG_2742_smIMG_2743_smThen, we went to try on our finds and take a bunch of pictures. I only grabbed shorts and capris for bottoms, since it’s summer and I have plenty of workout pants. With it being basically summer in FL already, I went with tank tops and t-shirts to try on. Paula, pretty much grabbed similar styles, but different colors.

IMG_2735_smIMG_2736_smIMG_2739_smIMG_2738_smIMG_2744_smIMG_2741_smOf course, we figured out which Active top and bottom we’d take home for free, but we also both took home a couple extra items. I took home the maroon & pink shorts, a matching maroon tank (not pictured), the Pretty Awesome shirt, and the blue tank I didn’t try on, but held up. Who can resist Old Navy?

I should mention that I absolutely love Old Navy ActiveWear…it always fits so wonderfully. They have so many color choices and styles available for everyone! I really love the way their ActiveWear feels.

Thanks to Crowdtap and Old Navy, I was able to get a free Active wear top and bottom and share with a friend!

Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Review & Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I have the wonderful opportunity to try different products! This month, I received Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover and some coupons to share. Visit Soft Scrub’s Facebook page and website for more information about the Soft Scrub family of products.

SoftScrubMoldMildewProduct Information
New Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover is a unique spray gel that is tough on stains, and gentle on surfaces. Unlike other spray bleach cleaners that produce a fine mist of bleach vapors, Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover is a thick gel that clings to bathroom surfaces to penetrate and remove tough stains without harsh fumes or overspray. This stain remover is perfect for cleaning tile, grout, tubs, and showers, along with many other surfaces in your bathroom.

SSMMSR_Bottle-LRGMy Review
This weekend I had the chance to test out this new Soft Scrub product on some mold in our bathroom! It smelled great, was easy to use, and definitely worked! The mold was easy to wipe away. I really like that the gel is concentrated in one spot. Time will tell if it keeps the mold from coming back.

GiveawayTwo lucky winners will each receive ONE Soft Scrub Free Product coupon! The Jubar Sharing giveaway ends on 5/23/13 at 12:00am. Enter in the Rafflecopter application below. Good luck!

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The Soft Scrub brand provided me with a sample of their NEW Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.