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Starbucks Pink Drink – Copycat Recipe + Enter to WIN! #InTheRaw

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Agave In The Raw®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here….why do I find myself constantly saying that?  Probably because life itself is kinda crazy right?  Actually, life would be boring if it weren’t for a little crazy thrown in!  There ya go I just justified everything to myself in a couple of sentences…

Anyway…

I live in Texas and everyone is getting ready to party because Cinco de Mayo is this Friday, May 5th!   Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla…and…It’s also an excuse for everyone to eat tacos, drink sangria or margaritas, and have a huge bowl of guacamole.  A good reason to celebrate right?

No party would be complete without some good beverages. The Raw® can liven up your fiesta with a ton of festive drinks including a traditional Mexican Horchata Cinnamon & Rick Milk Drink, an Iced Coconut Milk Strawberry Tea, or a Sparkling Rosé Sangria.

Agave In The Raw® is an organic sweetener pressed from the core of the Blue Agave plant, and its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® a great way to sweeten beverages.  Its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® a great alternative to maple syrup and honey and is a delicious way to top pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt and more, and also blends easily to sweeten beverages.  This organic sweetener is gluten-free and approximately 25% sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way!

  • USDA Certified Organic
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  • Meets “Raw Food” standard
  • 25% Sweeter than sugar
  • Certified Vegan
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So I am sure most of you have heard of the “Pink Drink” from Starbucks.  This drink hit it big last summer and is a refreshing yummy beverage I want daily, so why not make it at home with Agave In The Raw®?

I always like to sweeten my strawberries and normally I would dump cups of sugar on them.  Not this time, for this beverage I’m going to sweeten with Agave In The Raw®.

I drizzled Agave In The Raw® over my strawberries to sweeten them, then stir.

I put my strawberries in the refrigerator overnight to “marinate” and get sweet.  After that the rest is a piece of cake!  I’ll share the recipe below!

Starbucks PINK DRINK Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

Add two pods of the berry tea with 1/2 cup white grape juice.  Fill your glasses with ice and add the desired amount of coconut milk.  Top with strawberries.  You can make your beverage however sweet or milky you would like.  It’s delicious!

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Another fun recipe is this fruity Sparkling Rosé Sangria – featuring a combination of blanco tequila, Agave In The Raw® and fresh fruit – is the perfect way to celebrate the sweet taste of Cinco de Mayo!

Sparkling Rosé Sangria with Agave In The Raw® Recipe:

Prep Time: 10 mins| MAKES 10 SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 1grapefruit
  • 2limes
  • 1cup strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1cup raspberries
  • 1cup blanco tequila
  • 1/4cup Agave In The Raw®
  • 1 (750 ml)bottle rosé wine
  • 2cups sparkling water, chilled

Wash all fruit thoroughly. Cut grapefruit into quarters or eighths, and cut limes into quarters. Juice limes and grapefruit pieces into a pitcher, then add spent fruit into pitcher as well. Add strawberries and raspberries.

In a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake the blanco tequila and Agave In The Raw® for about 10 seconds, until combined and chilled. Add to pitcher.

Add rosé to pitcher and stir with a long wooden spoon. You may refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to blend, but it is not required. Top with sparkling water and stir again when ready to serve. Spoon a few pieces of the boozy fruit into each cup.

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Stay Smooth with Chapstick + Enter to WIN!!!

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Christmas is over, yet the chill in the air lingers on.  We actually had snow a few weeks ago here in Texas!  I promise I will recap our Christmas on the blog soon…it is coming!  I’ve just been busy with, well, life.  We’ve had sick days and sinus days and everything that comes with the season.  I have always had really dry lips, so I always try to use extra moisturizer in the winter.

My friends at ChapStick® are always there to help me during the winter season.  The new ChapStick® Total Hydration line is amazing y’all!  I had the opportunity to try out some of the different varieties and colors and I love it.  At this rate I’ll have kissable lips by Valentine’s day 🙂

The new ChapStick® Total Hydration products are available at Target.  I’m at Target pretty much every week, so I’m glad to know one of my favorite products is carried there.  Can we say “bullseye“???

My favorite ChapStick® is the Merlot Moisture+Tint.  It gave me the perfect amount of moisturizer and color all in one.

ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint is the first-ever tinted lip balm from ChapStick®, the experts in lip care. This tinted moisturizer features a formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients that deliver long-lasting moisture, plus a hint of color.

ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural is an age defying formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients like Argan Oil, Omegas 6 & 9 and Avocado Butters. Total Hydration 100% Natural is available in three flavors – Fresh Citrus, Soothing Vanilla and new Honey Blossom.

ChapStick® Total Hydration 3 in 1 is a Korean-inspired, 3-in-1 formula that provides triple action lip care in one lip balm. It moisturizes, renews and transforms lips to provide smoother, healthier looking lips. Total Hydration 3in1 is available in five flavors – Coconut Hydration, Soothing Oasis, Sweet Peach, Wild Acai Berry and new Cooling Peppermint.

ChapStick® Total Hydration with CoQ10 is an advanced moisture formula designed to instantly smooth and transform lips. It features a lightweight formula that provides long-lasting moisture, helping lips stay hydrated for a full eight hours, and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Total Hydration with CoQ10 is available in a Vanilla Cream flavor.

ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub is the latest innovation.  I absolutely love this lip scrub, it gently exfoliates and conditions leaving lips soft and smooth.

I’m so excited about these new ChapStick® products and would love one of you to win a ChapStick® Total Hydration Gift Set and a $25 Target gift card!

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Dinner Delivered by #Chefd + Enter to WIN!

This post is sponsored by Chef’d.  All opinions are my own.

This season has been so busy y’all.  I just finished up all my Christmas sessions for the year and praise the Lord I can finally relax.  I’m a Wife & Mom, I blog, I also work part time for a wonderful Dentist, and I do photography on the weekends.  My days are crazy busy and a lot of the time I’m just trying to hold everything together the best I can.

Chef’d invited me to try a couple of menu options from their website and to say I was a little excited was an understatement.  I absolutely abhor the question “What is for dinner???”  It’s something I constantly struggle with.  I’m not the best cook, I like to cook on occasion…but overall I genuinely struggle with meal planning during the week.

Chef’d comes delivered right to your door step!  Like a magical fairy that answers your prayers and delivers fresh food over night…SURPRISE!  Chef’d is the first and only online meal kit marketplace with no membership or subscription fees; you order the recipes you want, when you want them, and all of the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients will arrive at your door within 48 hours.


All items are carefully packed and organized.

I made the Mediterranean Penne with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Parmesan Zucchini.  Your kit comes with a step by step instruction sheet for each recipe as well.

There is still some slicing, dicing, and baking to do, but everything is pre-measured and ready to go.  Just like on those cooking shows I watch on TV.

Me and my little helper 🙂

Yummy…and FRESH!  The zucchini and pasta were so good!

We really enjoyed our menu items from Chef’d and will definitely be trying some more dishes.  You can customize meal plans and even shop based on dietary restrictions.

This is a great gift idea for the foodie in your life!  Why not give the gift of a great meal with a Chef’d gift card?

Or you can WIN ONE RIGHT NOW!

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Back To School with Pearle Vision

School is TWO weeks away!  Can you believe it?  A few weeks ago I shared about our trip to Pearle Vision.  Make sure you check your kiddo’s eyes out before school starts.  Nothing is worse than feeling self conscious and unsure because you can’t see.  It affects how a child learns and so much more!

We loved our visit to Pearle Vision, both Connor and I both got our eyes checked and we are good to go!

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Connor didn’t need glasses this visit, although he sure did have fun trying on some different styles.  I, however, did get a brand new pair.  One of my favorite things to do is read books.  I knew I was due for a new pair and everyone was so helpful.  I chose a trendy tortoise shell style.

Here are my new rims from Pearle Vision, I love them so much:

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I know glasses are probably in Connor’s future, but it’s nice to know he’s good for now and ready to start first grade.  If you are searching for an Eye Doctor I encourage you to check out Pearle Vision.  They were super nice and answered all our questions….we’ll definitely be back.

Pearle Vision has close to 600 eye care centers located throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus on delivering genuine eye care to patients. It has become a trusted source for all my eye health needs.

Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

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Also, I shared with you all on Facebook LIVE today a countdown calendar for school.  I’ll leave the free printable here.  Remember, you can pick and choose what you want to do on your countdown calendar….and getting an eye exam would be a great item to put on your countdown list 🙂

BucketList-Back To school

Would you get your kids eyes checked?

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Being a Mom through the Storms #SickJustGotReal #AMomCanDream

The video and gift card have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

The years just keep on passing by so quickly!  I just shared how Connor boy turned 6 years old.  It seems like yesterday he was an itty bitty baby and now he’s in school.  I’ve heard once they get in school time passes even quicker.

I remember those sleepless nights & Doctor visits so well 🙂

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As a first time Mom there are so many things that run through your brain.  “Am I doing this right?” “What do I do with this little human I just brought home from the hospital?”  

And the WORST feeling is when your baby gets sick.

I remember one night so vividly.  Connor was an infant and he had a super high fever and it wasn’t breaking.  I was so nervous and it was late at night.  Terence and I were pacing the house trying to figure out what to do.  We had given him medicine and a bath and tried to lower the fever…nothing was happening.  I called 911 because I was so scared and didn’t know what to do.

The lady on the phone began to yell at me and tell me “What kind of Mother lets her son get a fever that high?”  “You need to go to the ER” and she continued to tell me horrible things and judging me for something that I just wanted help with.  I felt helpless and angry after that phone call.  I just started to cry and pray that everything would be okay.

Who was she to judge me?  I was a scared first time Mom and all she did was scold me!

Obviously everything worked out, but the situation could have been so much easier if the lady would have just shown a little bit of patience with me.

As Moms we love our kids beyond all reason and there is nothing we won’t do for them.  Check out this site for tips and support, because when the sick gets real that’s exactly what you’ll need—->>> support and advice!

So they can grow up healthy, happy, and enjoy a full childhood 🙂

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Check out this super cute and funny video below.  If you’re a Mom I know you can relate!

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Share your story…what’s your worst sick story???  

Leave a comment below & enter to win a $25 gift card from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare & Sick Just Got Real ™.