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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Is Your Teenager Ready for Contacts?

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.
Is Your Teenager Ready For Contacts? Find out how to know if they are really ready. via thefrugalfoodiemama.com
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My 16 year old son came to me about two months ago stating that he was ready for contacts. He was done with the glasses. He always seemed to be bending them or knocking them around, and we were taking him to the vision center often for readjustments or to have an ear piece tightened up.  
Also, he had come to that stage in his teenage years where vanity was kicking in just a bit. ;)
And I would be lying if I told you all that I wasn't able to relate.  I also made the switch to contacts in my early teens because I wanted to fit in better.  In the mid-90's, glasses were not cute or cool.  The style and lens options that are available today simply just didn't exist back then.

But was my son ready to make the jump to contacts? I mean, he clearly couldn't take care of his glasses all that well. But in his defense, he does have three little sisters all under 4 years old who all happen to love climbing on him and wrestling with him.
The will to want to wear contacts was definitely there, but was he ready to assume the responsibility? 
Unlike glasses, not taking care of contacts could have some serious repercussions for his eye health.  I mean, those suckers sit right on their eyes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna {For Two}

A big thank you to Dreamfields Pasta for sponsoring this post and helping me bring you all this delicious recipe for Chipotle Pumpkin & Lasagna For Two...
Chipotle Pumpkin and Chicken Lasagna via thefrugalfoodiemama #IHeartDreamfields
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A few times a month my husband and I try to squeeze in a date night.  Sometimes we go out and grab dinner.  And other times we drop the little one off with a relative and come back to our home for a date night-in. 
We may rent a movie and pop open a bottle of wine. I will usually cook a little something for just the two of us. These are my rare opportunities to prepare a meal without having to keep in mind the taste preferences of a finicky toddler and a very picky teenager. ;)  So when they do happen I go all out with flavors that my husband and I love, but that the kiddos would probably turn their nose up at.

This amazingly delicious Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna is just one such example of a more "adult"-like meal.  My husband and I have always been a fan of chipotle peppers in adobo.  They add a smoky, spicy kick to this lasagna.  The creamy pumpkin and ricotta cheese balance out the spiciness of the peppers. And a hint of cinnamon brings a touch of sweetness to the entire dish...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Creamy Buffalo Ranch Potato Salad

Creamy Buffalo Ranch Potato Salad via thefrugalfoodiemama.com - traditional potato salad gets a game day makeover #hometailgate
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When you are the parents to a little one under 3, your days of tailgating are pretty much over or at the very least are put on hold for a few years. But that certainly doesn't mean that the fun and food of football season has to come to a grinding and depressing halt, folks! Not when you could just move the tailgating to your home. ;) I mean, who says that tailgating has to happen in a parking lot anyways?

And tailgating at home doesn't have to be super time consuming or complicated either. Grab a few Red Baron, Freschetta, or Tony's pizzas, kick in a few tasty appetizers and side dishes, a dessert or two, and some fun drinks, and you are good to go!
Be sure to check out the Tailgate At Your Place virtual hub for recipes, home tailgating tips, & more to get you started.

One of my favorite go-to side dishes for a tailgate at home party is this Creamy Buffalo Ranch Potato Salad. It is super easy to make, full of flavor, and a touchdown with just about everyone...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Princess For the Day With a Princess Makeover...

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias , Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Princess For the Day With a Princess Makeover via thefrugalfoodiemama.com #DisneyBeauties #shop
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While Little Miss is considered a princess just about everyday by myself and most who know her, every once in a while a little girl just deserves a day to truly be treated like a princess.  To have a complete princess makeover, to have a tea party with another princess, and to kick back and enjoy a truly royal movie.  
And even though I am a stay-at-home mom, I also happen to be a work-at-home mama. Most days I am able to make plenty of time for Little Miss, but other days I am not.  (Cue the mom guilt, folks.)
I love to plan days like this with my littlest every so often to bring balance to the SAHM/WAHM conundrum.  And I have to let you all in on a little secret... this mama just happens to love to play princess herself. Is that something us gals ever really grow out of? ;)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gore-licious Chocolate Cherry Shake



Gore-licious Chocolate Cherry Shake via thefrugalfoodiemama.com - this spooky, creamy milkshake is made with just 2 ingredients! #TruMooHalloween #CleverGirls
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Halloween will be here in just a few short weeks, folks. 
That means costumes, and carving pumpkins, and of course trick or treating.
And with trick or treating comes candy... lots & lots of candy, aka a sugar high disguised in various colorful wrappers. ;)
Now, don't get me wrong- I am not one of those parents who hides all the candy from the kids or switches out all their trick or treat loot for apples and raisins and trail mix. (Not that there is anything wrong with that if you do. It just isn't my personal style.)
But I do like to have a few lower sugar, healthier, & fun spooky treats in my Halloween arsenal to provide some balance to the candy overload that is about to ensue us all.

This Gore-licious Chocolate Cherry Shake just happens to fit that bill! :) This perfect-for-Halloween chocolate shake has just two simple ingredients in it, one of those being 1% lowfat TruMoo Chocolate Milk...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

This creamy and hearty Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal comes together quickly and makes the perfect quick breakfast on a busy fall morning...
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal via thefrugalfoodiemama.com for Real Housemoms
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Ever since making and sharing my Double Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with you all back in early August, I have been dreaming of making a version of baked oatmeal that would be perfect for fall.
Let me introduce you all to the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal! :) 
I know, know... some of you may be thinking- Chocolate chips for breakfast??
But let me assure you all that the small amount of mini chocolate chips in this are really just serving as a tiny bribe to get the kiddos (and sometimes the husband) to happily enjoy a piece for breakfast.  This baked oatmeal is mainly packed with all the good stuff- pumpkin, oats, yogurt, and so on. Shhhhhh... ;)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vampire Mickey Pudding Cups

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias , Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Vampire Mickey Pudding Cups via thefrugalfoodiemama.com - these not-so-spooky Halloween treats are perfect for the little ones! #SnackPackMixins #shop
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When you have a child under 3, everything seems to be "scary". My two and a half year old daughter is presently at a stage where spiders, skeletons, and occasionally zombies are on her "too scary" list.  (Well, not always zombies. In fact, most of the time she loves them. My husband and I will take full responsibility for that since we have been watching The Walking Dead since she was in the womb. ;) ) This Halloween will be her first where she actually kind of gets what is going on. So this year I wanted to make a not-so-scary treat for her that would still be Halloween perfect. My inspiration for these Vampire Mickey Pudding Cups comes from her love of all things Disney... And of chocolate pudding and Oreo cookies, of course. ;)