Meatless Monday: Mexican Rice Soup- Vegan and Gluten Free!


Whole grains, wholesome beans, and roasted tomatoes pack a nutritional wallop in what has become one of my favorite soups to serve. A real departure from the typical bean dishes I make, Mexican Rice Soup is perfect for chilly winter nights, paired with some soft bread or corn chips and salsa. And let's get real, it goes great with tequila too! I really really love the flavor that I get using Better Than Bullion's No Chicken Base. Much tastier and more economical than using canned vegetable broth- it really kicks the flavors up a notch in this … [Read more...]

Canon at Best Buy for #HintingSeason

Canon Holiday Image

I'm really excited to be able to share an amazing offer from BestBuy and Canon to help celebrate #HintingSeason! Together with Canon, Best Buy is offering a GREAT deal on their Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR camera- you can save $150 off one of their best-selling DSLR cameras just in time to document those precious holiday moments! Visit your local Best Buy between December 7th and December 20th to take advantage of this amazing deal! For me, the holiday season is all about family- I love spending quality time with my husband and kids, and I love … [Read more...]

3 Month Netflix Subscription Giveaway

  Taking Time for Mommy reviewed the new VeggieTales in the House show. It features all-new and exciting adventures for your favorite VeggieTales characters, while remaining true to the values-driven storytelling that has long made VeggieTales a beloved part of childhood. In each 22-minute episode of VeggieTales in the House, two separate 11-minute stories impart important life lessons, designed to please both young viewers and longtime fans of the VeggieTales brand. Every episode also includes brand-new songs. Here is a chance to win … [Read more...]

25 $1 or Less Stocking Stuffer Ideas


25 $1 or Less Stocking Stuffer Ideas 1. Hand Sanitizer  (You can find some really festive colors of these) 2. Travel Size Tissue (Same as above, beautiful packaging) 3. Chewing Gum 4. Mini Notebook 5. Holiday Pencils 6. Holiday Erasers 7. Travel Size Lotion 8. Coloring Books 9. Candy Bars 10. Chapstick 11. Socks 12. Hair accessories 13. Nail Polish 14. Nail Files 15. Miniature Toy Cars 16. Playing Cards 17. Mini Washi Tape Rolls 18. Crayons 19. Chalk 20. Bubbles 21. Stickers 22. Key Chains 23. Snack Size Chips, Crackers, … [Read more...]

Best Buy is the One-Stop Holiday Shop for Photography

DI multi Nikon D5300

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 Best Buy is the perfect destination this holiday season for the latest and greatest in picture-taking technology! They have the best in cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories. Best Buy is offering big savings on three of this year's most popular cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung. All three models come with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease- no cables required!!! … [Read more...]

Reader Bee’s First Storymaker App and Reader Bee and the Story Tree


I was given the opportunity to use and evaluate the iPad apps 'Reader Bee and the Story Tree' and 'Reader Bee's First Story Maker'. I was supplied the apps for free; all opinions are my own. I'm a big big believer in phonics, and in teaching reading phonetically. It's important to learn the letter shapes, names and sounds and then learn how to string them together to make a word. Decoding the sounds in each letter are the crux of reading, and Reader Bee and the Story Tree focuses on this very thing- learning letter sounds and how they fit … [Read more...]

Two Clearasil Products to Banish the Blemishes #ClearasilMom


“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” My son and I have both been struggling with skin blemishes lately- him because he's a teen, and teen skin is problematic; and me, because my skin wants to drive me batty even though I am an adult and shouldn't have to deal with this any more. Sigh. So I was excited to be able to try two of Clearasil's most popular face washes- Matthew and I got … [Read more...]

Surprise a Friend with Guardians of the Galaxy


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias I am sure everyone has heard of Guardians of the Galaxy by now. It is my new favorite Marvel movie and I know so many others who feel the same.  I have held a party for every single Marvel movie movie release and every Blu-Ray/DVD/HD release like the Guardians of the Galaxy release December 9th. Especially since it will have some cool extras like an exclusive Character O-sleeve and exclusive music zinepack and a … [Read more...]

Flammable Felony Book Blast & Giveaway

This fast-paced adventure begins when Jared sets out to help a former high school acquaintance, Teresa, investigate the actual circumstances around her grandmother’s spontaneous combustion death. Her Forensic science training throws her in Jared’s path, where his police academy training could be valuable. Has his willingness to help his old school crush only put her in more danger? The more they work together, the more questions they find. Who has been following them and why? Why is Teresa seeing white flashes of light in her apartment and who is … [Read more...]

Frozen Fever News + New Cinderella Posters


Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short “FROZEN FEVER,” which welcomes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf back to the big screen, will open in theaters on March 13, 2015, in front of Disney’s CINDERELLA, a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. #Cinderella  #FrozenFever In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk. That sounds fun to me. I loved Frozen (who didnt?) and I think that is going to … [Read more...]