Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful and Heartfelt Mother's Day Greetings and Gifts from Hallmark {Review & Giveaway - 3 winners!}

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While there is no one perfect gift for Mother's Day, I think moms everywhere can agree that the thought behind the item is what really counts. Whether we awaken to find breakfast in bed, a bouquet of flowers or a colorful craft project, what matters is that the day is filled with love, appreciation and care.

So when it comes to expressing our feelings, finding that gift can often take a great deal of time and searching. Which is why it is consistently easy for me to be impressed when Hallmark can take that task and make it simple year after year. How do they always know just what to put in their cards or how to design a gift that can pull at your heartstrings?

This year is no exception, as just in time for the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day 2014 (the holiday was officially declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914), Hallmark has released a new collection of Mother's Day greetings and a We Love You Because Pics ‘N’ Props frame kit.

Mother's Day gifts

After having spent the last 100 years helping people stay connected and best express their feelings, it isn't hard to see that there is so much more available than just the greeting cards that are most commonly associated with Hallmark (although those are always amazing).

Whether you're shopping in a Hallmark Gold Crown Store or searching their easy-to-browse website, finding the next gift, wrapping paper, ornament, album, card and more couldn't be easier and you'll always love the new products as well as the old.

As I have always been in awe of all of the new and innovative items that Hallmark debuts, I had no doubt that their new cards and gifts for Mother's Day would be just the thing to brighten Mom's special day.

Hallmark Mother's Day

It just wouldn't be Hallmark and it wouldn't be Mother's Day without a great selection of greeting cards! This year Hallmark has taken Mother's Day cards to a new level with a variety of innovations, designs and embellishments that can express your feelings perfectly.

No matter if you buy your mom cards that are sentimental and moving or ones that are lighthearted and funny, Hallmark always manages to find just the right touch to make the results special. I love the small details that they always include!

For instance, the Sarah Jessica Parker Collection includes 12 Mother’s Day cards created by SJP herself. These greetings pair vintage artwork from the Hallmark archives with modern touches and embellishments (who doesn't love a touch of glitter or jeweled attachments that sparkle?) along with the simple, authentic and heartfelt messages that are just right to give to your mom or friends.

Sarah Jessica Parker Hallmark cards

Or, for a classic way to show mom or grandma how special and unique she is, the Hallmark Signature Collection is created using beautiful papers, rich textures and innovative embellishments, not to mention that each one is handcrafted for that extra something that Hallmark knows how to provide!

Hallmark Mother's Day card

If you'd rather opt for greeting cards (and gifts) that are completely modern and new, I'm already in love with Hallmark's new Magic Prints!

This line of greeting cards and gifts were designed for kids to give Mom or Grandma a hand (their handprint) without any mess! Each Magic Print gift or card comes with a Magic Mitt that is used to apply the colorless, nontoxic Magic Solution to a child's hands or feet (or a pet's!), before pressing on the Magic Paper.

The result is a colorful print that magically appears and turns a traditional card or gift into one that will be kept and cherished for many years to come!

Hallmark Magic Prints

For another amazing way to provide Mom with a homemade, one-of-a-kind gift is with Hallmark's new We Love You Because kit from their Pics 'n' Props line.

Coming complete with a four-photo frame, a chalkboard and chalk, this simple collection of items results in a way for multiple family members to call out their favorite things about Mom or Grandma... and can then be left the same or changed to reflect new, fun thoughts as the years pass by!

Hallmark pics 'n' props

I completely adore this kit (it retails for $24.95) and, while I know that my mother and mother-in-law would really love to receive it this Mother's Day, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to not-so-subtly let my husband know that this is the DIY gift that I expect to find waiting for me on May 11th!

Whether you pick out a card that is simple and classic or elaborate and modern, Hallmark's huge variety of designs, styles and colors are sure to supply you with just the right words to convey to Mom how much she is loved... and she'll want to hang onto it for years to come.

This Mother's Day, give Mom something new and different that shows her how much you care by heading to Hallmark.com or your nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store to pick up a gift that is nearly guaranteed to surprise and delight.

And, thanks to their generosity, three people will have just the right way to celebrate many upcoming occasions, because...

THREE lucky people will win a 10-card pack of greeting cards as well as a special gift from Hallmark (total ARV $40)! 

Hallmark giveaway


A big thank you to Hallmark for providing the above items for me to review as well as greeting cards and special gifts for three lucky giveaway winners. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Apparoo App of the Week: Manilla

After three weeks of great app introductions, it's time to see what Apparoo, the app discovery service for busy moms, has found for this week!

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This week Apparoo is sharing a organizational app for us moms!

App: Manilla

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Description: Ever wondered what happened to the 'paperless desk' we were all supposed to have by now? The endless influx of bills can be overwhelming – and buried bills mean late fees.

Manilla is a simple, secure and free way to de-clutter your desktop. It retrieves and organizes household bills, bank, credit card and healthcare accounts, travel rewards – even offline accounts like rent or babysitters. It reminds you when bills are due and files old statements so you don’t have to. So save a tree, reclaim your desk, and never pay a late fee again!

manilla app

Regular price: Free

Apparoo price today and tomorrow: Free!

Download it here on iTunes and let me know what you think of this convenient, money-saving app!

This post is part of a sponsored weekly partnership with Apparoo, but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup Coffee {Review}

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When it comes to my guilty pleasures, one that calls loudly to me every time I walk through the mall is Cinnabon. Is there anyone that can resist the delicious aroma of freshly baked dough, sweet cinnamon and cream cheese frosting right out of the oven?

Fortunately, even though my health (and waistline) manages to keep me away from gorging on cinnamon rolls every time I pass by, I can now enjoy the incredible flavor and smells of Cinnabon wafting through my own kitchen every single morning with the introduction of the new Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll light roast flavored coffee.

Cinnabon Keurig K-cup coffee

No, your eyes are not deceiving you!

Cinnabon has partnered with the experts at Green Mountain Coffee to debut Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup coffee and bring this collision of tastes into the ease and convenience of single serve coffee. Can you say YUM?

While I typically have found that I'm not a big fan of flavored coffee, I was still highly intrigued by the concept of turning Cinnabon's amazing cinnamon buns into a hot, tasty drink, so as soon as these boxes arrived, I was tearing into them to give it a try.

Cinnabon coffee

What more could I ask for?

From the instant this coffee started brewing, the air was filled with the smell of a Cinnabon bakery and, in less than a minute, one perfectly brewed cup of Cinnamon Roll coffee was waiting in my mug.

Cinnabon cinnamon roll coffee

Mmm! From the first sip, I appreciated that the cinnamon/sugar/vanilla flavor is smooth and tasty but not overpowering enough that it was too sweet to be enjoyable. Although I had been worried that this coffee would be a little too sweet, it turned out just right!

Instead, this light roast coffee has just the right amount of Cinnabon cinnamon, brown sugar and frosting swirled throughout that the result is irresistible and a bit indulgent! Not only has this become my new go-to morning brew, but I haven't had a single other brand or flavor K-cup since these arrived!

Life needs frosting

If you're a fan of Cinnabon, you'll love that this unique new coffee is available in K-cups for everyday or special occasions. I recommend picking up a box to give it a try today!

But don't spend more than you have to — head over to Cross Country Cafe! Their low prices ensure that you can receive a 24-count box of Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup coffee for only $13.75 (with even more savings if you order a larger case).

What do you think about being able to enjoy the flavors of Cinnabon in a cup of coffee?

As a Cross Country Cafe Ambassador, I have been provided with products in exchange for my continued work with their company and affiliate links are included in the above post. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Are You a Talented Cook or Baker? Enter your Recipes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest!

Calling all talented home cooks and bakers! Are you creative in the kitchen and enjoy coming up with your own original recipes to wow your family and friends?

Then read on, as you could land a spot to compete for $1 million and other prizes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest!

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That's right, $1 million for the amazing recipe and delicious ideas you've cooked up this year!

Simply visit BakeOff.com now through May 8, 2014 and submit your original breakfast and/or dinner recipes. Recipes submitted must include no more than seven ingredients (not including table, kosher or plain sea salt, black pepper, water, cooking spray for pan treatment or dusting of flour to minimize sticking) and must take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Recipes must also include at least two eligible ingredients (find the complete lists of ingredients at BakeOff.com), but with choices like Pillsbury Refrigerated Biscuits and Flour, Jif Peanut Butter and Watkins Spices and Extracts, the creative possibilities are endless!

Pillsbury Bake-Off

Once the entry period has ended, the Bake-Off Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3rd, 2014.

When the top four finalists have been determined, everyone will be invited to vote and be a part of the process of choosing the ultimate $1 million winner!

Not to mention that, in the meantime, you can find all sorts of incredibly delicious recipes to try out in your kitchen. I'm drooling over the 2012 Bake-Off Contest Winner, Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream!

dessert ravioli recipe

Or the idea of starting the day with these delicious Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars!

oatmeal raisin bars

And why don't I have the creativity and talent to come up with something as amazing looking as the Easy Caprese Pizza Bake?

caprese pizza bake

What will you make next? It might just be the meal that not only fills your family's bellies, but brings home the $1 million prize!

For more information on the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, including the official rules and eligible ingredients list, be sure to visit BakeOff.com. Now let's get cooking!

Disclosure: The information and gift pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.