We are Back to School with #NoMoreTangles and a fun #Sweepstakes

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Are you back yet? We are about to end Week 2 of this school year and I am proud to say, we are getting back into the swing of things around here. For us, morning time can get a little hectic, but our morning routine, goes something like this:
First, I wake everyone up as gently as possible, hoping for good moods.
Second, we brush our teeth and use the restroom. They are finally old enough to do this on their own.  
Third, it's time to get dressed. This has gotten easier since I started picking out their clothes the night before. 
Fourth, we have a small snack to help get us going. Usually, half a pop tart and some milk, oatmeal, or toast. 
Fifth and last before we leave the house is the brushing and styling of the hair.
A few weeks ago as we prepared for back to school, our family hairdresser Aunty Tricia cut about 10 inches off of this soon to be kindergartner's hair. She agreed to a "big girl" haircut, but for me, I was happy it would be less hair for me to manage. 
We are a #NoMoreTangles family and use the 3 step regimen every day to help their hair stay healthy and manageable. 
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● Step 1: JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® Shampoo & Conditioner leaves hair beautiful and easy to manage.
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Now let me share with you one of our favorite easy hair styles for back to school. Back to school hair has to be quick and easy but of course, stylish right?
  1. I part her hair from both sides of her temple, back and across the back of her head. I like to tie back the rest of her hair to keep it out of the way.
  2. Part a section from the top of her head and tie with a rubber band. 
  3. Part another section and grab that and the previous little pony tale and tie with another rubber band. 
  4. Grab the last section of hair and the previous pony tale and tie with the last rubber band. Let loose the rest of the hair and that's it! An easy and cute way to style your hair for back to school. 

I love this hairdo and it can be dressed up with rubber bands to match the outfit of the day or add a bow! 
What are your favorite back to school hairdos? I know you took pictures of your little ones on their 1st day of school, everyone does! So why not share their hair back to school hairstyles?

Enter #NoMoreTangles sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000! Share their hair! Take a picture of your littles back-to-school hair style and share it via Instagram using the hashtags #NoMoreTangles and #Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will win $5,000, you have until September 15th to enter. Fun! 

Fun Back to School Lunch Recipe #ChooseSmart

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I am exhausted! Our first day is behind us now and I am just trying to readjust back into school mode. My favorite part of back to school this year is packing lunches for my daughter and coming up with fun, different

recipes

to keep it exciting for her (and me). It is no secret that I love to find a good deal and for this shopping trip I went to

Smart & Final

to stock up on groceries. I am so glad to say my daughter has been trying new foods this past summer and one recipe she loved was this pasta salad.

For this recipe I bought First Street ingredients from Smart & Final and saved tons of money on great quality.

You will need:

First Street Macaroni & Cheese Dinner (1 box)

First Street Italian Dressing (2 TSP or to flavor)

First Street Colby Jack Cheese (1 slice lengthwise)

and Broccoli (1/2 cup)

Step 1: 

Boil a pot of water to prepare for the Macaroni & Cheese. 

Once the Macaroni is tender, remove a cup of Macaroni and set aside. 

You can continue following the instructions on the box to make the rest of the Macaroni & Cheese. 

Step 2: 

Slice the Colby Jack cheese lengthwise and either cube or use a small cookie cutter for fun shapes.

Step 3:

Chop the broccoli to desired size

Step 4:

Toss all ingredients together with 2 tsp of Italian dressing. 

Step 5: 

Add the pasta salad to your child's lunch box and refrigerate. Ta-da!

I love this recipe because I get to sneak in some vegetables into her lunch without her protesting.

Technically, you can put the dressing separate from the salad and have your child mix it in at lunch time, but for me, this salad is the best the next day after the dressing has saturated into the pasta and broccoli over night. 

How delicious does this lunch look? What a lucky kid! Yogurt, Apple slices, a few Vanilla cookies and a marshmallow bear (that I cut with a cookie cutter) and a delicious Italian pasta salad! 

I love First Street ingredients at Smart & Final. When you are on a budget like me, you can get much more fresh groceries at a better price and with the savings you make at the grocery store it helps make it easier to put in the extra effort for fun lunches. 

Just a few fresh First Street ingredients from Smart & Final and you have a delicious lunch! 

Oh and in case this hasn't crossed your mind yet, you know that you can double the portions and have the same lunch for you, your other kiddos and the husband. Just an idea! 

Oh and in case you were wondering what I did with the leftover First Street Macaroni & Cheese, I just added it to another lunch! I also made a wrap with wheat tortillas, lunch meat and First Street String Cheese that I picked up at Smart & Final and sliced it into 3 portions for a lunch side along with chopped apples and a Juicy Juice wrapped in a happy note from Mom. 

I save so much money on the grocery bill when I do my shopping at Smart & Final and their prices on their First Street products are just undeniable, you can also find other fun recipes on the

Smart & Final Social Circular

You can also follow them on

Twitter

and

Facebook

to get the latest on their promotions and deals. Right now Smart & Final has a Back to School sweepstakes going on their Facebook!

Go check it out!

What's the most fun recipe you've added to your child's lunch lately?

This is how we #SavorSummer!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dixie Consumer products. All opinions are my own. 

How has your Summer been so far? Sunny Southern California has had warm days since May, so we've been having to find fun and different ways to keep cool. But, it's fun! Summer is always fun. We definitely do our best to #SavorSummer by making fun memories every day. Dixie Ultra products wants to help you #SavorSummer with their super fun sweepstakes
We had a lovely pool side lunch with our Dixie plates before we jumped in the pool to cool off. Aren't these plates super colorful and bright? Perfect for Summer Time! 
What kind of fun ways do you keep cool and #SavorSummer? We like to use water guns, the water hose and the sprinklers to keep cool on most days. On special days, we blow up our inflatable pool and play for hours, hook up the hose to the Slip-N-Slide for exciting fun or visit our family to swim in their backyard pool. I think those smiles definitely show how we #SavorSummer! 

Now let Dixie products help you #SavorSummer by entering their sweepstakes to Win fun stuff! 
Check them out on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest for great ideas and then go Enter their Sweepstakes!

Outdoor Eating Fun with Dixie Ultra #SavorSummer

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What is your favorite part of Summer? For me, and my family it is all about eating outdoors! We have BBQ's every single weekend at our house, and being a stay at home Mom, my girls eat almost every meal outside. I would have to say, besides the delicious food and the kids playing outside all day, my favorite part of outdoor eating is definitely the cleanup. Just the fact that we are not cooking inside, we tend to use a lot less pots, pans and dishes, because of course, outdoor eating goes hand in hand with Dixie Ultra products.  
When I say that during the Summer we eat almost every meal outside, I am not lying. We will have cereal or oatmeal in a Dixie Ultra Bowl for breakfast, sandwiches or pasta on a Dixie Ultra plate for lunch, and everything from tacos, rice and beans to fried chicken on a Dixie Ultra plate for dinner. And everything in between! The big test is watermelon, the juicy fruit is a favorite in our home, and Dixie Ultra soak proof plates pass with flying colors.  Of course, not having to wash as many dishes in the Summer heat is the best!

Dixie Ultra plates and bowls are my favorite brand to use because they have a soak proof shield, are cut-resistant and microwave safe.
I love that I save on dish washing by being able to cut and serve on the same plate. 

The always reliable and stylish Dixie is launching their "Dixie Ultra Savor Summer Sweepstakes" starting soon! Which means all throughout Summer they will be giving away amazing prizes!  (I will also be giving away some Dixie products in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!) 
So, my advice would be to follow #SavorSummer and go check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Do you eat outside during the Summer months?