Jaime Loves Stuff : 2017


Greek-Style Flatbread Tacos - Recipe

There's nothing better than Tacos and Greek Food.  Why not marry the two together? This fun twist is easy to make and even better to eat. 

This recipe for Greek-Style Flatbread Tacos is a winner!


Greek-Style Flatbread Tacos - Recipe, pinterest image greek-style flatbread tacos, close up of veggies


Gyros are soooo addicting.  The gyro meat is crazy delicious and OMG, I can eat a hundred of them.  The tzatziki sauce is just the icing on the cake.  

Feeling Buddies #FB4F Twitter Party!


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Join Bloggin Mamas as we host the Feeling Buddies #FB4F Twitter Party on October 17th, 2017 at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST!

We’ll be chatting with Fran Rubio-Katz, a Certified Conscious Discipline® Instructor. Plus, there’s a chance to win prizes too!

Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 Time: 9pm EST / 6pm PST


Hashtag: #FB4F


Presented by: @BlogginMamas

Featuring: @ConsciousD
Moderators: English– @HeLoEnterprises Spanish– @BBabushka

Co-Hosts: @darcibean @3sonshavei @MomsWhoSave @NotperfectTre @thedomesticexec @GiveawayBandit @Operation40K @JaneLovesStuff


About the Feeling Buddies The HOME EDITION: Feeling Buddies for Families Toolkit is a newly released product from Conscious Discipline®, a leading provider in social-emotional learning and classroom management resources. This Self-Regulation toolkit is exclusively available for purchase at http://feelingbuddies.com/


CLASSROOM EDITION: Feeling Buddies Self-Regulation Toolkit, which has consistently brought about transformational results in schools, even with hard-to-reach and special needs students. The kit was reimagined for home use and includes content and resources that present a framework for self-regulation for adults and children. The kit also includes access to six video coaching sessions with the creator and Conscious Discipline® founder, Dr. Becky Bailey. Although Conscious Discipline® is widely recognized by educators, general consumers and parents are likely less familiar with the brand.

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October 13, 2017 Prizes

Sophie's Super Splendid Box of Books

 

The Sophie series is an essential introduction to Conscious Discipline for youngsters age 0-5. This unique set of books is designed to build character through conflict for children by using relatable, delightful stories while also modeling the use of Conscious Discipline for adults. 

1- Book Prize Pack- ARV $45 (1 per winner) 
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Terms and Conditions NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. By RSVP’ing to this event and utilizing the #FB4F hashtag, the attendees acknowledge having read and agreed to these terms and conditions. Twitter Party Prize Giveaway begins October 17th, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than October 17, 2017 at 10:30pm ET (the “Twitter Chat Entry Period”). Entrants enter via following @ConsciousD, @HeLoEnterprises & @BlogginMamas, and posting a tweet with the #FB4F hashtag during the Twitter Chat Entry Period. One (1) Winner will be drawn randomly by random.org during the Twitter Party Entry Period. One (1) Winner will be drawn randomly via random.org from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky widget. Prizes include: One (1) prize pack, including one (1) Sophie's Super Splendid Box of Books. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $45, to be awarded to one (1) winner. One (1) RSVP Prize pack, including one (1) Sophie's Super Splendid Box of Books. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $45, to be awarded to one (1) winner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget. Each winner receives one (1) prize pack. Entrants who fail to complete said actions will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected from all entrants who entered during the Twitter Party Entry Period. Winners will be notified via Twitter Mention & will need to complete a claim form. Winners will have 48 hours to complete the claim form including providing shipping info, or a an alternate winner will be selected from amongst all entries received during the Twitter Party Entry Period. All prizes will be awarded provided they are validly claimed by October 20th, 2017 at 11:59AM EST. Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Bloggin’ Mamas, Heather Lopez Enterprises, LLC, Conscious Discipline, Uncommon Creativity, Heather Lopez, Nicole Knox, Twitter, and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting this giveaway, and their respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, agents and subcontractors (collectively the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in this giveaway, acceptance or use or misuse of prize. Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in this giveaway and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize, including, without limitation, liability for personal injury, damage, or loss. The Released Parties make no warranties, and hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the giveaway. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND THE RELEASED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  

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Finding Time to See a Doctor... When You Don't Have TIME!

Finding Time to See a Doctor... When You Don't Have TIME! 

Finding Time to See a Doctor... When You Don't Have TIME!

Let's be real, as moms we are busy and we tend to put ourselves last.  We know we need to see the doctor but ... we are so busy taking care of everybody else that we don't have time to take care of ourselves.  

Upgrade Your Kitchen for the Holidays

Are you ready for the holidays?  This is seriously the best time of the year- it's chaotic and full of fun!  What a better time than getting together with family and friends and eating together.

This is also the perfect time to upgrade your kitchen for the holidays! 





Green Cleaning Tips (+ How to Score GREAT Freebies!)


Here's a common myth I hear a lot: Making the switch to green cleaning products is too expensive. I thought so, too! I was overwhelmed by the idea of switching to green products!
Green Cleaning Tips (+ How to Score GREAT Freebies!)
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Southwestern Black Bean Penne Alfredo Recipe


Pasta is a perfect fall comfort food and even better when you give it a bit of southwestern flair.  This Southwestern Black Bean Penne Alfredo Recipe is perfect for fall!

Southwestern Black Bean Penne Alfredo Recipe
This post is sponsored by Bush's Beans but as always, this recipe and my thoughts are all my own. 

"It's fall, y'all!"


Tips for Car Shopping


Tips for Car Shopping
This is a sponsored post

Buying a car can be overwhelming.  However, if prepared, the process can be relatively smooth and prevent remorse.

These tips for car shopping can help take out some of the pain from the process.

Review: Woman No 17 by Edan Lepucki



Woman No. 17
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


*Disclaimer: received a free copy of the book for review purposes




Dark, witty, and tense.

Those are three key attributes when reading a noir novel and "Woman No. 17" definitely met two out of three. That's a good thing, at least in my world.

When I first began reading the "Woman No. 17", the key character's names made me cringe- Lady? S? Yikes. However, I found myself really finding both of them loathsome and if I can find myself feeling emotional about characters, that is a sign that an author is able to build characters. The story is all about relationships- Lady and S. S and Seth. Seth and Lady. Lady and her husband. Lady and Seth's father. It's all twisted, dark, and frankly, odd. Neither S nor Lady are likable characters. They both have secrets. They're self-loathing and self-destructive but WHAT are their secrets?

I found this to be an enjoyable and fast read. It's mysterious but not a mystery. The story is readable and engrossing. Did I enjoy this? Absolutely.


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Sustainable (And CUTE!) Fashion



Sustainable (And CUTE!) Fashion

Sustainable (And CUTE!) Fashion!


This post is sponsored and I received product for free but all thoughts are my own

Internet Security with CUJO Firewall

 Protect your computer and devices with CUJO Smart Firewall and have Internet Security in your home.


Internet Security with CUJO Firewall

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


So many of us are online.  We are connected through social media, many of us run online businesses, online gaming, streaming, and many more things we can do online! It's amazing but so is the threat.   Hackers are smart- they can hold your computer hostage, steal your banking information, send viruses, and steal your data.  It's scary and we have to try and do as much to protect ourselves online- whether we like it or not, we do everything online and it's here to stay.

EPIC Movie Night S'Mores Popcorn & Snacks

Having an EPIC Movie Night requires S'Mores Popcorn &  Snacks 


EPIC Movie Night S'Mores Popcorn & Snacks.  Fun and easy S'mores popcorn recipe and a fun movie night spread.
This post is sponsored but as always, thoughts are my own

So, I can't lie- I am super excited about the upcoming DVD release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. It's perfect for a family movie night.

Why healthcare is such a rewarding career

This post about The Healthcare Field: Why it's a rewarding career has been sponsored by Landau Scrubs as always, my opinion and thoughts are genuine


Why healthcare is such a rewarding career



A few months ago, I shared a post about my job in the healthcare field (you can read it here).  I indicated in that post how I had always been in the healthcare field since my time as an American Red Cross Junior Volunteer.  

End of Summer + Easy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM3


Easy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Recipe


Can you believe summer is almost over? I don't know about you but for us, it just flew by.  Maybe it's because there are some HUGE changes that have happened in our lives.

I seriously cried when Em went back to school last week.

Why?

Where to find quality essential oils



Where to find quality essential oils
This post contains affiliate links and I received product to review for free


Essential oils are HUGE and for a good reason.  

I am not a "crunchy" girl by any stretch of the imagination but I do like to mix holistic and modern approaches to my health.  I have also been making switches to using green products and have been trying to eat clean (ugh! My biggest struggle!).  However, I have fallen in love with essential oils.   

Mini Tacos Bites with Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

These Mini Tacos Bites with Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa are the PERFECT addition to any party, movie night, or potluck

Mini Tacos Bites with Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa


This post is sponsored by Bush's Beans but as always, I promote products I love and use personally! 



Have I ever told you that I have a friend who calls me "Beans"? I met her in a college math class.  One day we met to study together in the college cafe and out of nowhere we heard a random lady very excitedly exclaiming "Beans! I have beans!!!!".  I mean, she was VERY excited about her bowl of beans and we haven't stopped giggling about it. The thing is- I love beans and I guess the nickname is quite fitting.  Haha.  

Road Trip Must-Haves


Road Trip Must-Haves

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media


Summer and road trips go together like macaroni & cheese.  There's nothing better than hitting the open road and going on an adventure.  Traveling and creating memories is what life is for.  

Of course, when traveling there are some must-haves for every road trip.  




Stylish Hostess Gifts (FREE from Grove Collaborative)


What does your calendar look like this summer? Ours is already filling up with barbecues, pool parties, and lots of other fun events to attend.

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Whenever I go to one of these gatherings, I don’t like to show up empty-handed. However, finding the right hostess gift is always harder than it looks!

How do you do, OREO?



This post is sponsored by OREO, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own


I won't pretend I don't love OREO cookies because I just can't lie.  They are a weakness.   After all, I did JUST post an OREO cookie recipe (seriously, make these cookies- 
the recipe is here -- Chocolate Chip OREO Cake Mix Cookies)

My favorite, hands down, is the lemon OREO cookie.  The golden cookie with the lemony creme- ermagherd.  Amazing. 

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cake Mix Cookies are sinful, yummy, and oh so easy to make.  



These past two weeks have been CRAZY, so I have been a bit absent around here.  I have been hired for another position in my company and for the past two weeks, I was half in my department and half in training for my new department.  I am pretty excited for this opportunity and am excited about this next step in my career.  

How else does one celebrate a new position? With cookies, naturally!  More specifically Chocolate Chip Oreo Cake Mix Cookies.   These cookies are soooo easy and fantastically chocolatey- two of my favorite things.  

Birth Story: Journey to My Rainbow Child

The journey to motherhood is not always the easiest road to travel for many women.
This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own



You may not know this but I have had three children.


Only one is living. 

Easy Ways to Green Your Laundry



Easy Ways to Green Your Laundry
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Over the last few years, I've been making a lot of changes to make my home greener. I've swapped plastic water bottles for refillable ones, started buying more locally grown foods, and have been switching to natural cleaning products.   I am not 100% there yet but I am a work in progress!

But the one area that I am focusing on right now is green laundry!  

I am a Mom because of Planned Parenthood






I grew up in a very poor and LARGE family in a rural setting. We didn't get to see doctors very often and when we did, it was because we were extremely ill but more often than not- my mom did what she could to treat us at home. I had chronic lung problems due to a long-term viral pneumonia and asthma, so I spent more time with doctors than my siblings did. I never even knew that you should see a doctor for a regular check-up! 

Review: I Am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick

A book featuring King Harold II, I Am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick is one to read for any history fan who is interested in the Norman Conquest of England and the lives leading up to the conquest.   


Review:  I Am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick, King Harold of England, Emma of Normandy
This book was provided for review from the publisher and this post does contain affiliate links.  This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2017



SYNOPSIS: The forgotten story of England’s last Saxon King.

Say Yes To Summer: Fun Activities to Maximize Your Summer Fun

The first official day of summer is June 21, 2017, and it will be here before you know it!  It's time to say YES to summer with these fun activities to maximize your summer fun



Say Yes To Summer: Fun Activities to Maximize Your Summer Fun
This post is sponsored by Evite® as part of the Evite Influencer Program and as always, my opinions are my own

There's something just magical about summer- baseball games, swimming, grilling and the innocence of being young and feeling free during the break from school.   This is the time of year when basking in the sunshine and enjoying all that is around us. 


Here are some fun ideas to maximize your summer fun this year and make it another great summer!

We Tried The 10 Minute Dinner Kit from Gobble. Did It Measure Up?

 We Tried The 10 Minute Dinner Kit from Gobble. How did it measure up? Is it possible to make a full meal in 10 minutes? 

This is a review of the Gobble Dinner Kit.


We Tried The 10 Minute Dinner Kit from Gobble. Did It Measure Up?
This post contains affiliate links 

Dinner kit subscriptions are awesome in that you are sent a variety of ingredients to make complete meals.  Depending on the subscription service, you have options for two people or whole families. These kits are not inexpensive but they cost less than going out to dinner at a restaurant.  

Traumatic Brain Injury: Learning to Cope with Emotions for Teenagers with Feeling Buddies


Traumatic Brain Injury: Learning to Cope with Emotions for Teenagers with Feeling Buddies



This post is sponsored by Conscious Discipline as a Mama’Bassador



If you've been around here for awhile, you know my daughter's history with her traumatic brain injury.  Em is an absolutely wonderful daughter and unfortunately, with her traumatic brain injury- she has explosions and she loses control of her emotions.   I have gone the route of mental health support but at the end of the day, she has to learn to COPE with her emotions and how to express them in better ways than she has been.

You may recall, I shared about www.FeelingBuddies.com (here's the previous post).  Feeling Buddies is an at-home self-regulation toolkit to help us, as parents, to teach our children to learn to cope, communicate and regulate their emotions.   

Where to Find AFO-friendly Shoes and Adaptive Clothing

Where to Find AFO-friendly Shoes and Adaptive Clothing.  Finding clothing and shoes for somebody with hemiplegia, wearing an AFO, and other disabilities can be a challenge but there are resources! 

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Sponsored by Zappos


Putting on shoes and tying them.  

Slipping on socks. 

Donning a shirt.  

Buttoning pants.

These seem like simple and mundane tasks.  These are the things that we do without much thought- they're second nature to most of us who are physically able to do so.  I know I never thought much about them until my daughter had a traumatic brain injury which caused multiple physical disabilities along with Intellectual disabilities.

Review: My Staycation Box. Experience the world without leaving your house

Review: My Staycation Box.  Experience the world without leaving your house

Review: My Staycation Box.  Experience the world without leaving your house


Right at this moment, my friend is living it up in Ireland while I pine away here in Arizona.  She has sent me some selfies in front of castles.  Yep, I am totally jealous right now.  In a good way, not a mean way.  

Eventually, I do plan to travel outside of the United States but not until my daughter is older and more independent but in the meantime, I can still experience the world at home thanks to My Staycation Box!  I did receive this box for review purposes but my opinions are own, as always.

Easy and Fresh Garden Salsa recipe


Easy and Fresh Garden Salsa Recipe


 Easy and Fresh Garden Salsa recipe




This easy, healthy salsa happens to be my favorite summertime recipe. Skip the store-bought seasoning packets and make this with fresh ingredients straight from your garden or farmer’s market. Our friends and family ask for it whenever they come over!

You MUST see Snatched for Mother's Day (+Enter to win Fandango Gift Codes!)

Snatched starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer hits theaters May 12th.  

Are you ready? 

You MUST see Snatched this Mother's Day

What Moms REALLY want for Mother's Day.

What is that moms REALLY want for Mother's Day? 

This is the ULTIMATE gift guide.


What Moms REALLY want for Mother's Day. It's not bullshit or crap.



I had a completely different blog post planned about what moms REALLY want for Mother's Day.  

No Hassle Graduation Party Tips (+ Sweepstakes!)

Graduation parties should be ALL tassel and NO hassle.  These No Hassle Graduation Party Tips will help you find ideas for your graduate's party!  


No Hassle Graduation Party Tips
This post is sponsored by Evite but as always, thoughts and ideas are my own

Graduation season is here! What an exciting time for everybody.  For seniors, it's the first step into the next chapter of the book of life.  Whether going to college, trade school, traveling, finding a job, whatever- this is an enormous milestone in life.  

Here are some party tips and ideas so you can focus on the tassel and not the hassle! 

Easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe

This easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl is not only easy but super delicious.  Have this easy weeknight dinner on the table in no time! 

Easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe


25 DELICIOUS Doughnut Recipes

25 DELICIOUS Doughnut Recipes, How to make donuts, homemade doughnuts, homemade donuts, easy donut recipes

Doughnuts.  Donuts.  No matter which way you spell it, they're DELICIOUS.  These 25 DELICIOUS doughnut recipes are sure to make your heart sing with happiness and mouth smile because you're in doughnut ecstasy!

Teaser Trailer & Posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th but until then- the teaser trailer has arrived!

Teaser Trailer & Posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi




Hollywood Darlings: Interview with Christine Lakin, Beverley Mitchell & Jodie Sweetin







You know their faces, you know their names, you probably grew up with them on your TV screens but are you ready to REALLY know these fabulous 90s child stars?  

Pop’s newest original comedy series HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring 90s fan favorites Jodie Sweetin (Full(er) House), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step) premieres on April 12th and I was honored to be able to interview these hilarious and incredible ladies!

Easter Gifts For a Tween Girl


This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Spring is my favorite time of year.  The weather is perfect, the flowers are blooming and there are so many fun things to do outside.  With Easter right around the corner, finding the right Easter Gifts for a Tween Girl can be tough! 


Easter Gifts For a Tween Girl




Virtual Tour: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spears (+ Giveaway!)







In Silver Town, the secrets run deep…


Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he’s out to get her attention.

Recipe: Jalapeno Avocado Chicken Salad on Wasa Crispbread

With spring here and summer not too far off, there's nothing more delicious than a jalapeno avocado chicken salad.  Even better served on top of Wasa Crispbreads!   

Recipe: Jalapeno Avocado Chicken Salad on Wasa Crispbread, Topping ideas for Wasa, jalapeno avocado chicken salad, chicken salad recipes, avocado chicken salad recipe,



This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence but as always, opinions are my own.


One of my all time favorite sandwich topping is chicken salad and there's nothing better than taking a classic and playing with it.  My jalapeno avocado chicken salad is so full of flavor and makes GREAT leftovers.  It's the PERFECT, wholesome snack when served on Wasa Crispbreads.  

Easily Transform a Room with Color



I am pretty freaking excited about this post.  Like REALLY, REALLY excited about this post.

I am terrified of DIY projects.  My sister is a total DIY girl.  She's always working on a project and she's really, really good at it.  She can knock down a wall, refinish a floor, build a bed, you name it.  She's crafty and handy.  

Me, on the other hand.  I am a reader, a movie lover, a little crafty, eternal researcher and love to cook.  DIY-er? Not so much.  I have helped paint a room and have helped do things around the house but it's not my forte.  This is why I am SUPER excited about this post.  

My sister and I transformed a room.  With FUN color!


Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads: Virtual Tour & Giveaway












First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads

He’s found her at last
Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past—and only one woman could know what it means.

Dipped Rice Krispies Treats + SMURFS: the Lost Village Giveaway


Dipped Rice Krispies Treats + SMURFS: the Lost Village Giveaway


Out of excitement for the upcoming SMURFS: Lost Village movie and nostalgia for my childhood, I made the dipped rice krispies treats in a Smurfy theme!  Oh and a pretty sweet giveaway for YOU!

GIFTED Movie Swag Giveaway! ends 4/15/17



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Fox Searchlight. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

GIFTED opens in theaters on April 7th!
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