Jaime Loves Stuff : 2017

Chorizo Sausage Gravy over Diced Potatoes (ad)

Chorizo Sausage Gravy with diced potatoes is the breakfast you have been waiting for your entire life.  Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration.  Or not...

Chorizo Sausage Gravy over Diced Potatoes

I love a good, hearty breakfast.  My all-time favorite is biscuits and gravy.  Anytime I go to a new breakfast restaurant, I always order their biscuits and gravy with diced potatoes.  This is me judging the entire menu- if these three aren't amazing, I won't return.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Kids that Delight and Inspire

Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Kids that Delight and Inspire

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx and the brands featured below.

Gift buying can be stressful! I want the gifts to be meaningful and something that is not only fun but useful in many ways! These gift ideas will delight and inspire kids! From STEM to giving back, these are all gifts that will go a very long ways and will be used throughout the year!

Hot Cocoa Memories & Hot Cocoa Cookies

Do you remember the first time you tried hot cocoa? 

This post about hot cocoa cookies has been sponsored by Stephen's Gourmet Cocoa as a member of  Mom It Forward Influencer Network.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

That magical first taste when marshmallows hit your lips and then the hot cocoa taste hits your tongue is such a special moment.  The richness of it all just made a kid feel like a million bucks.  ESPECIALLY after playing in the cold for hours. 

The Best EVER Carrot Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

The Best EVER Carrot Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

What are y'all watching on Netflix these days? Man, there are SO many good shows on there but lately, I have been watching some spooky stuff.  I just finished Slasher (don't watch it if you can't stand old school gore).  Season two had me weak.  It was crazy.  I just started "The Mist" which is a TV Series based off of the Stephen King book.  SO much better than the movie but holy crap.  It's pretty dark. 

Monthly box of wine and cheese? Count me IN!

Wine Down Box is a monthly subscription that delivers gourmet wine, cheese and charcuterie pairings directly to your door. Yes, you heard correctly... monthly wine and cheese! I am so excited about this wine and cheese gift subscription! It's going to be a HUGE hit around here 

Every month, the team hand-selects incredible wine, ch, ese and charcuterie pairings, which are delivered directly to customers' doors. Their sole focus is to bring people closer together, and what brings people closer together than wine and cheese? From movie nights and date nights to parties and picnics, it's that kind of time that's genuinely irreplaceable. That's what creates memories. That's what truly lasts. 

Save $5 on your first order - Use discount code FAMILY5OFF and receive $5 off your first order at Wine Down Box.

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Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Post Thanksgiving means easy breakfasts.  This recipe for easy slow cooker cinnamon rolls is an easy breakfast to get through Thanksgiving, Christmas and many more hectic holiday mornings! 

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Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls.  How to make cinnamon rolls in a slow cooker or crockpot

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving! Ours is always nice.  We ate a turducken for the first time and it was AWESOME! I am stuffed and feeling lazy. No black Friday shopping for me.  Well, kind of.  I did grab a few things online but... no store madness.  I just can't stomach the crowded stores and I would rather stay in and watch some Investigation Discovery. 

Holiday Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Bruschetta (with homemade cranberry sauce)

Need an easy appetizer to bring to a get-together?  Or do you have Thanksgiving leftovers and need something creative to use up the last of the cranberry sauce?

This Cranberry Bruschetta is PERFECT and will impress friends and family!

Holiday Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Bruschetta (with homemade cranberry sauce)

Giveaway: Mirror Sisters series by VC Andrews

Enter to win book 1-3 of the Mirror Sisters series by VC Andrews! Giveaway ends November 25th, 2017!

*Whoops- made a typo on the graphic below- should only be 1-3 not 1-4 sorry!*

If, like me, you enjoy a dark and twisted gothic tale, I have a treat for you! 

The latest in the VC Andrews canon, the Mirror Sisters series is a dark and twisted tale of a pair of identical twins.   

The series consists of the following three books:

Favorite Christmas Movies

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For Halloween, I posted about mine and Emma's favorite Halloween movies here and here.  Emma and I love a good movie.  I love, love, love Christmas movies and so does she! One thing is for sure, MOST Christmas movies are family friendly.

Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 coming June 2018

Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 coming June 2018

This is not sponsored nor was I provided with any product.  I was however provided with images and video from Disney to post

It's been a long time coming-Incredibles 2 will be in theaters June 15, 2018! 

How to get a month of Birchbox for FREE!

How to get a month of Birchbox for FREE! 

Steps to Get The 1 Month of Birchbox Freebie
Once you’ve successfully signed up, you’ll be redirected to the FREE 1 Month of Birchbox offer page. Click ‘Get Offer Now’.
Spend $10.00 or more at Birchbox and checkout.
Within 14 days, your account will be credited with your FREE $10.00 in cash back!
*Make sure that your cart has at least $10.00 in it during checkout.

Step 1:  
Click Here to Get Started.  
Join TopCashback and signup for a FREE account if you haven’t already.
  • Important: Check your email to confirm your email address. Click on the link in your email to authenticate your new account.
Step 2:
Click on the pink “Get Offer Now” Button

Step 3:
Add the 1 Month of Birchbox priced at $10.00 or more to your cart + and head to checkout.  You must spend at least $10.00 to get this deal. 
  • If additional items are purchased at the same time, the cashback amount awarded will still be $10.00. 
  • Do not close the window, open any new tabs, or use additional coupons while checking out.
Step 4:
Pay $10.00 or more.  That's it!  The $10.00 will post to your TopCashback account within 14 days, and the amount will become payable within 14 days.  Cash back can be credited straight to your checking or PayPal account.

  • Note: Transactions must contain at least $10.00 worth of purchases to ensure the $10.00 cash back is credited to TopCashback accounts. Transactions may initially track lower, but within the 14 days after purchase it will be uplifted and turn payable at the amount of $10.00. Transactions may take up to 7 days to appear in your TopCashback account. The deal is open until 11:59pm PT on 11/20/2017 or until supplies run out; whichever happens first; applicable for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback. Only one TopCashback account is permitted per member. 

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Chilbury Ladies' Choir Review

Review of Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

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Synopsis from Amazon.com:

For readers of Lilac Girls and The NightingaleThe Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.

Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

With the holidays fast approaching, a delicious and filling Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs is the perfect recipe.

Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs
This post has been sponsored by Barilla and Galbani

Raise your hand if you're ready for the holidays


It's okay.  I'm not 100% ready BUT I am there mentally and am feeling the excitement.  Of course, here in Phoenix, we are typically a little late to the party because of our weather being so sunny (totally bragging... just kidding. Maybe not...).  

A Festive (And Stress-Free) Holiday Hostess Gift

A Festive (And Stress-Free) Holiday Hostess Gift
A Festive (And Stress-Free) Holiday Hostess Gift

Flowers, chocolate, and wine are always appropriate hostess gifts.
But this time of year, I feel the pressure to find a unique and festive present for each of our holiday hosts.
Instead of putting unnecessary stress on myself, I've spent some time coming up with a no-fail gift basket that works for every occasion.

Better than a Coffee Shop: Crockpot Gingerbread Latte (Yes! In the crockpot!)

Better than a coffee shop: Crockpot Gingerbread Latte recipe.

Better than a Coffee Shop: Crockpot Gingerbread Latte (Yes! In the crockpot!)
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I am such a sucker for holiday drinks. Pumpkin spice latte? Yaaasss.  Peppermint Mocha? I will take two, please.  Eggnog Lattes? Stick a fork in me, I am done.  

Watch Ya' Mouth!!!!

Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya' Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks - while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition - and laughter - to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena. 

Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over. 15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN http://amzn.to/2i6NKwG

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Ready to help dancers to cut loose, FOOTLOOSE with LEAP?

I've partnered with Bloggin' Mamas for this social good campaign. I may receive movie-related promotional items or experiences; but all opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

In support of the home entertainment release of the heartwarming animated family adventure, Leap!, Lionsgate has partnered with the non-profit organization, FOOTLOOSE, to gather donations of new and gently used dance shoes to help aspiring dancers in need. On November 16th, from 6p-8p PST, Lionsgate will be hosting an event in which they will be presenting FOOTLOOSE with the shoe donations. I wanted to help support this social good project, by encouraging donations from my readers. If you have new or gently used dance shoes you are willing to donate, you'll find the address to send them to below. 

Securing the future for children with disabilities

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This post was written by me on behalf of ABLEnow, but as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

Raising a child with disabilities is not for the faint of heart.

As parents, we are their voices and advocates.

We become master researchers when it comes to a diagnosis, medication, procedure, and specialists.

We have learned to fight insurance companies, navigate government programs and attend IEP meetings.

We have cried many nights and laughed with unadulterated joy.

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!


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) 
RSVP Prize 1- Book Prize Pack- ARV $45 (1 per winner)

RSVP Below!!

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.  

Disclosure: Bloggin’ Mamas is managing this Twitter Party. Individual co-hosts are receiving compensation for their participation. All prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor.

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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.


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.  

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