Saying More with Hershey’s this Holiday Season

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It didn’t take much for me to be excited about reviewing these fun new Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe and sharing them with you.

I knew from the description (and my long-standing love of all things Hershey’s!) that I would love them (and I do!)…  they are creamy and rich with soft milk chocolate and crispy bits surrounding a whole roasted hazelnut, everything we love about regular Hershey’s KISSES only better!

But, I was even more excited about the “Say More” campaign that Hershey’s is introducing this holiday season!

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

We all know how wonderful technology is and how it has taken our relationships to another level.  We can easily keep in touch with friends who live on the other side of the world, and we can video chat loved ones whenever we miss their faces.  We are in almost constant ‘contact’ with everyone

But how often are we so in contact with everyone that we are really not in contact with anyone?

We share little bits of ourselves (let’s be honest – usually the best bits!) with everyone, but we don’t take the time to get down and deep with people face to face.  It’s just too easy to avoid the hard by pulling out the filters of our electronic devices.  But you know what?

The hard is good.  Because it’s real, and real is good.

Real is alive and throbbing and it’s what keeps us going.  Painful or joyful, real is living.

The knowing that we are not alone, that other people understand our struggles and our joys.  That someone feels our hurts and celebrates our triumphs.  That someone sees past the “I’m fine” of small-talk to the deeper truths lying being our practiced smiles.

The deep soul-searching gazes and heart-healing hugs that can only be handed out face to face…  those are the bits worth living for!

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love technology as much as the next person.  I absolutely love the re-kindled friendships with friends all over the country and the world, but you know what I love more?

Hugs.  Hugs and heart-filling soul-sharing words.

Saying MORE.

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

Hershey’s wants to give one of you a box of these delicious new chocolates, so enter below.

Plan to share these special new treats with your loved ones…  and SAY MORE this holiday season!

Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe Giveaway

*I-C will randomly select fifty winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.  (The giveaway ends December 14th!)

Hershey's KISSES Deluxe

The Best Back-to-School Lunch Containers… and other fall ramblings!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rubbermaid. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” *This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting my grocery bill!  :o)

Oh my goodness, you guys!  I just can’t even believe it’s September already!  Summer is over, kids are heading back to school (and my cookbook writing/baking/cooking is almost done!!).  I think I am in a bit of shock, but also I am just so excited.

I love fall.  I love everything about it.  The routine, the back to normal schedules, the cooler weather, boots, scarves, sweaters…  cozy, comforting fall foods, and pumpkin everything!  I really just love everything about it!

I don’t know about you, but packing school lunches is one of my least favorite things ever.  I always seem to forget, until about 11:30 the night before, and I grumble my way through packing lunches when I would rather be in bed already.  So, when I was recently given the opportunity to try out these new Rubbermaid LunchBlox, I jumped on it!

Back to School Lunches made easier with Rubbermaid!

Give me anything fun to add to the lunch-packing experience, and I am all over it!  This cute little lunch storage set is just the right size… and I may have a hard time not stealing it for myself all the time!

My littlest brand-new-preschooler is a big fan of salads.  She’s odd, I know.  But she really does love them and will pass up almost any food (ok, except chocolate!) to get her hands on a salad.  She has always been that way (and I hope she always is!).  She loves a good dressing, feta, olives, chicken, tomatoes… basically whatever I throw on there, she’s happy!

(Side note: her 3 year old little self currently calls it “Sow-lid” and I secretly hope she never figures it out.  It’s just too cute!)

Back to School Lunches made easier with Rubbermaid!

Of course, that meant I had to try out her new lunch set with a good ‘sow-lid’… and she was so excited!  (Even though school doesn’t start for us until next week, the thrill of getting a lunch box meal was almost too much for her to handle!)

These handy containers have divided sections, a cute little dressing container, a freezer Blue Ice tray to  keep your food cold, and they snap together in many different ways.  They fit in lots of lunch boxes and bags, and wash up quickly in the dishwasher, so basically they are perfect!  ;o)

Back to School Lunches made easier with Rubbermaid!

You can find these incredibly handy Rubbermaid LunchBlox storage containers at many different stores, Amazon included, but I did see them at my local Costco (in a set of 3 even!!) recently, so go check it out if you live near a Costco!  I will definitely be stocking up on a few more sets!

(And for all of you who have been wondering where I’ve been lately…  I’m almost out of the blinding fog of cookbook writing, and back to the world of real life.  I will be back to blogging more regularly soon, I promise!  And my husband and I will be doing a Whole30 challenge in October – because cookbook writing is not for the faint of waistline! – and you will for sure be seeing updates and healthy recipes coming your way then!)

Thanks for putting up with me lately.  I hope my recent quietness will all be worth it when this cookbook comes out in May!  (And don’t forget, you can always check in with me on Instagram.  I am on there every day!)

why I fell in love with essential oils

You guys, I was the biggest skeptic ever.  Until now…

Why I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

I have been hearing about essential oils for years and have just been ignoring all the ‘kooks’ (yes, my friends) that use the stuff.

I dabbled here and there in the last several months…  a little clove oil (mixed with coconut oil!) on my babies’ gums when they are teething is a lifesaver.  And yes, lavender is very soothing, I give ’em that.

But beyond that, I took everything in one ear and out the other, smiling and nodding as I went.

But then, I just couldn’t ignore it anymore.  More and more people, that I know, love and trust, were telling me their stories and ‘oily testimonies’ and I finally figured I needed to really dig in and see what all the hype was about!

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