Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

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Be inspired by this story of personal strength and determination while eating a delicious and nutritious cup of Well Yes!® Soup.

 

Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

A Story of Challenge and Personal Determination.

 

There is something beautiful about a person who is confident, positive, and happy despite any struggles and challenges they may face. This type of person is an inspiration and encouragement to others with their strength and determination.

It is a mindset, one they live by day-by-day. One that starts with making good choices. Good choices such as eating deliciously crafted food, with real nutritious ingredients like Well Yes!® Soup. Good choices that inspire Moments of Yes!

 

Today, I’d like to share one such Moment of Yes!

My daughter, Rory, was born with a mitochondrial disorder — an energy metabolism disorder. What does that mean? Well, basically, she doesn’t always have the energy to make her body function properly. Because of this, she spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital while growing up, and that meant she missed a lot of schooling.

School Is A Challenge

The lowest point of her illness came when she was in the sixth grade as she spent six months in the hospital. She was at a children’s hospital, so that meant she could get some sort of schooling. But here is the rub, to qualify for schooling, your admission must last for two weeks, then your schooling may begin. Once discharged in the hospital’s computer system, even if immediately readmitted, your two-week waiting period begins all over again. Just think how crazy that is for chronically ill kids.

Well, during this six months in the hospital, they would try to get Rory home and discharge her. Sometimes we didn’t even leave the hospital room before being readmitted, others we’d get part way home before turning around, and a couple of times we made it home for a few hours before returning. That meant her schooling was constantly disrupted, and then you have to take into account the fact that she was gravely ill and not up to school as well.

Once Rory’s health stabilized somewhat, she qualified for medical home teaching through special education at the public school. They promised us that she would be able to achieve her high school diploma, after all, she had until she reached 21 years of age. It was important to me, but more importantly, the high school diploma was important to Rory. She is a smart girl; she could do the work and accomplish her goal.

Fighting To Make Dreams Come True

Of course, receiving only 2-hours of teaching 2-days a week, makes for slow progress, but that is all the California school district allows. As she turned seventeen, the school district suddenly changed their tune about Rory getting her diploma. They wanted her to take the test for her GED and move on her way. Her teacher was appalled, I was upset, and Rory was staunch in her decision that a GED was not acceptable to her. She was determined to earn her high school diploma!

With Rory leading the charge, we persevered. She earned her high school diploma! It was a fantastic and emotional day, a definite Moment of Yes!

Today, Rory attends a local college where she works hard and has attained membership in the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Can we say, “Proud Mama?” Well Yes!

Rory sips her favorite flavor, Tomato Carrot Bisque, from our vintage Campbell’s Soup mug.

 

Find Your Moment of Yes!

So, I encourage you to make your own Moments of Yes! Find the courage and the strength to make your dreams a reality. A great way to start is with a real, nutritious bowl of Well Yes! Soup.

Don’t forget to enter the #WellYesMoment Sweepstakes in the widget below for a chance to win up to a $500 Visa gift card! It’s as easy as clicking, logging in, and sharing your Moment of Yes story! If you win, think of all the ways you can use the prizing to achieve your Moment of Yes!

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Well Yes! Soups are made with real, non-GMO ingredients with no antibiotics, contain no artificial flavors or colors, and is packaged with non-BPA linings. There are nine featured flavors. Some of our favorite flavors are Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice; Chicken Noodle; Tomato Carrot Bisque; Minestrone with Kale; and Sweet Potato Corn Chowder. YUM! These unique flavors challenge the status quo of canned soups.

So, say yes to the good stuff so you have what you need to say yes in the rest of your life. Well Yes! A Soup in the Right Direction®!

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Looking for another heartwarming story? Check out A Random Act of Kindness and see one woman’s amazing Moment of Yes! You just won’t believe what happened…

Do you have a Well Yes! Moment? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or you can share them on Facebook and Instagram and find additional inspiration too.

 

 

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Rum Punch – A Girls’ Night Favorite

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Your friends will love this fruity rum punch at your next girls’ night party. Refreshing, delicious, and pretty. Made with Bacardi Superior.

 

Fruity Rum Punch

A Girls’ Night Favorite

 

Getting together with my girl friends is something to which I look forward. We have such a fun and stress-free time on Girls’ Night. It doesn’t really matter if we just sit a round chatting, or if we are working on a charitable project, crafting, or playing games. What is always part of our time together is camaraderie, laughter, and great food and drink.

Today, I’d like to share one of our favorite recipes, Fruity Rum Punch. It is super easy to make and can be done one at a time or in a large batch — great for parties. This punch features Bacardi Superior, which is absolutely perfect for summer rum punches.

 

Fruity Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ounces – Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Ounces – Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 Ounces – Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Ounce – Grenadine
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Ice
  • Orange (slices for garnish)
  • Lime (slices for garnish, and the squeeze)
  • Pineapple Chunks (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. Fill glass with the desired amount of ice cubes.
  1. Pour Bacardi Superior Rum over ice.
  1. Add Orange Juice, Pineapple, and Grenadine.
  1. Squeeze a little Lime into the drink, and stir.
  1. Garnish with Orange slices and Lime slices.

Notes:

  • This recipe serves one, but you can easily multiply the recipe to make a pitcher or punch bowl full. Enjoy!
  • You can switch out the Bacardi Superior for Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum to add another fruity layer to the drink.
  • Check out #RumInTheSun for more tasty recipes using rum, a fabulously versatile spirit.

 

Rum Punch Printable Recipe!

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Rum Punch
 
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Your friends will love this fruity rum punch at your next girls' night party. Refreshing, delicious, and pretty. Made with Bacardi Superior. Check out #RumInTheSun for more tasty recipes using rum, a fabulously versatile spirit.
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Type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients:
  • 2 Ounces - Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Ounces - Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 Ounces - Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Ounce - Grenadine
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Ice
  • Orange (slices for garnish)
  • Lime (slices for garnish, and the squeeze)
  • Pineapple Chunks (optional garnish)
  • Add another layer of fruity deliciousness by switching out the Bacardi Superior for Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum.
Directions:
  1. Fill glass with the desired amount of ice cubes.
  2. Pour Bacardi Superior Rum over ice.
  3. Add Orange Juice, Pineapple, and Grenadine.
  4. Squeeze a little Lime into the drink, and stir.
  5. Garnish with Orange slices and Lime slices.
Notes
This recipe serves one, but you can easily multiply the recipe to make a pitcher or punch bowl full. Enjoy!
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Girls’ Night Ideas

Looking for some great ideas for activities with your friends? Give these a try.

Outings:

  • Go to a Live Music Concert
  • Hit a local Street Fair or Festival
  • Go sing Karaoke

Right now, you can ENTER the Bacardi Summer Music Sweepstakes. Redeem an on-pack code placed on select Bacardi Superior bottles for $5 Live Nation Concert Cash®.  With two codes you get $15 Live Nation Concert Cash®. You must be 21+ to enter. State exclusions apply. CLICK HERE for details and restrictions. WINNERS drawn DAILY!

Group Projects:

  • Organize a Locks of Love Cut-a-thon
  • Crochet hats for Knots of Love
  • Craft ornaments for a seniors’ home

Great Games:

  • Bunco
  • Catch Phrase
  • Taboo
  • Pictionary

Whatever you are doing, make the most of it with some great eats and drinks, like this Bacardi Superior Fruity Rum Punch!

You can find more great recipe ideas and tons of fun with Bacardi Superior by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

So, do you have any great rum recipes or ideas for girls’ night?

 

 

 

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Happy Healthy Pets – Jinx and Josie

Hey, everyone! It’s us, Jinx and Josie, we had a fun day at Kriser’s Natural Pet, and want to share how you can have happy healthy pets too.

Happy Healthy Pets

Jinx and Josie take their new harness leashes for a first run at

Kriser’s Natural Pet Store

 

We got new harness leashes! Is that a good thing? Jinx and I wondered. After all, we are just starting to have a little outside time in the gazebo. We like the fresh air, laying in the sunlight, smelling flowers from the potted plants, and chasing whatever bug crawls or flies by. But, if we are out too long, we start to get a little nervous.

Now, with these new harnesses, will mom, dad, and Rory want to take us out more often? Exercise is one thing, trash truck monsters are another! We hate Thursdays (that is when the big blue monsters roar loudly through the neighborhood, and give the trash cans a Disney ride with their massive claws). It’s scary!

 

An Adventure with Jinx & Josie:

We tried our harnesses on, and mom let us walk on the grass–that’s a weird feeling. LOL Next thing we knew, we were being placed in our kennel in the car. Yep, even pets need “car seats” for safe travel. We took our 20% OFF Coupon and headed to our local Kriser’s Natural Pet Store for a shopping spree! YIPPEE!!! What girl doesn’t love to go shopping.

Kriser’s is a really cool store that specializes in healthy, natural, and holistic items for your pet. Pets, like me and Jinx, are important members of any family, and Kriser’s wants to be sure they provide families with all they need to keep happy healthy pets.

The Kriser’s Pack (the people working in the store) were super friendly and oohed and awed over us. We both ate it up, especially Jinx…you know how he is. MEOW. But more importantly, the Pack was knowledgeable and willing to work with you to help you find the right products for your pet.

Quality and Safety are a priority in every product or service offered at Kriser’s with an emphasis on natural, holistic, nutritious, and healthy. Every product is hand-picked and approved by the founder and owner of Kriser’s Natural Pet.

Inside the Store:

Mom was impressed with how clean and well-organized the store was, and felt comfortable letting us explore the store on our harnesses, smelling and testing out everything we wanted. Let me tell you, there were some strange looking cats roaming around that store. Mom and Rory tried to explain that they were dogs, but we still thought they were strange looking cats.

During our adventure, we found a bed that is perfect for the two of us to cuddle in together, and some really cool toys too. Jinx’s favorite part was the loads of different types of food and treats, and the Pack was very willing to share the differences and benefits of each. You can definitely find one that will be perfect for you pet. And best of all, they are healthy and natural, a truly holistic way of caring for your pet. Your pets deserve the best, right? They even have a bakery section, COOKIES!

Kriser’s has supplements, chew toys (I think those strange cats mom keeps telling us are dogs like those a lot), and all sorts of pet supplies and accessories. They even have a beauty parlor! They call it grooming, but we all know that just means SPA DAY!

We couldn’t buy everything in one shopping trip, so we started our Christmas Wish List–one can never plan too early.

Look, we’re Movie Stars!:

Check out our video to see more of our super fun trip to Kriser’s Natural Pet Store.

 

Well, mom did not disappoint us. We got that wonderful bed that’s going to keep us cozy all winter long, and a few other things — a coon skin cap, a peacock feather butterfly, and a couple of Boinks (you can see Jinx’s blue one in the photo, I have a lavender one that I have stashed away for my own personal use), Open Farm grain-free cat food, and even some Primal Freeze-Dried Formula treats for those scary Thursdays, when the big blue monsters have gone.

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Take your pet to Kriser’s for a day of holistic health,  pampering and fun. Check out their website for special events. Having happy healthy pets is easy with Kriser’s Natural Pet! #KrisersHolisticHealth #HappyHealthyPets

 

 

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SNICKERS® Mini Pudding Parfaits for Game Day

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Pudding Parfaits, great GAME DAY flavors, and tasty treats from SNICKERS®, Skittles®, TOSTITOS®, and Pepsi.

 

SNICKERS® Mini Pudding Parfaits

A Tasty Game Day Treat

#GameDayGlory

 

Well, here it is–the time of year we all start planning for the big game day parties. Just like any party, you want your guests to have a great time, and you want to enjoy it with them. But how do you do that, when there is so much to do? Huddle up and make a Plan! And, I have some ideas to help keep you from fumbling.

5 Must-Haves for Game Day:

  1. Great Food: Big games and great food go hand-in-hand. Set-up one main area for food service. This will allow you to keep a watchful eye out for anything that needs replenishing. Plus, everyone will have the opportunity to interact during the game. Make sure you have a variety of “meal-type” foods and plenty of those tasty “snack-type” foods. You could get really creative, and build a Snack Stadium! Snap a photo and post it to Instagram using #GameDayGlorySweepstakes to enter for a chance to win, or go vote for your favorite Snack Stadium. Check out more snack tips and a yummy recipe below.

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  1. Two Viewing Areas: Let’s face it, some guests are there to WATCH the game, and others are there to SOCIALIZE while watching. Having two viewing areas gives the more intense football fans a place to cheer on their team and avoid possible penalties.
  1. Kid Sitters: Are you having kids at your game day party? Then, make it easy on yourself, and hire a sitter or two. Having a little pass interference to wrangle those active partiers, is a good thing. Whether entertained by watching the actual game, the puppy bowl, playing games or crafting, you and your adult guests will appreciate being able to enjoy the game. Give the kids their own smaller snack station that the sitters can help maintain.
  1. Name Tags: Not for you, but your DRINKS! Confusion reigns supreme when it comes to which drink is who’s on game day. Use plastic cups and provide a Sharpie for name writing. Make tags and attache them to rubber bands for guests to attach to their cup, bottle, or can. Create personalized labels for your drinks. See more ideas here and here.
  1. Friendly Competition: Is it really game day without a little friendly competition? Regardless if your scrimmage line is “buy-in” or “just-for-fun,” everyone enjoys the comradery and game-time interaction. Add another bit of fun to the usual football pool with my Game Day BINGO! This is a set of 8 cards that print two to a page. Seven cards are ready to play, and one card is blank–perfect for you to customize. Get the Free Printable Download below.

 

Now, let’s get to the yummy stuff! Big games and great food go hand-in-hand, and everybody loves the savory flavorful offerings of ribs, burgers, and dogs. But, you can’t just “snack” on the big stuff. So, I’m sharing some easy ideas that will add a 2-point conversion to your touchdown!

Mini Taco Scoops

 

Mini Taco Scoops are amazing bites (a perfect amuse-bouche) are made with TOSTITOS® Scoops –use the Party Size– and TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa. Serve this with a glass of Pepsi for a perfect pairing.

Luke loves these. Sometimes he adds another TOSTITOS® Scoops chip as a top and calls it a Taco Ball.

 

Skittles® Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oh, yum! You won’t believe how easy these are to make. These Skittles® Ice Cream Sandwiches are crusted with Skittles® powder! Get out your Magic Bullet, Ninja, or the like, and make quick work of this project–and I do mean quick!

 

And now, for the MVP of this party… A sweet treat Pudding Parfaits Recipe that looks great and tastes even better!

SNICKERS® Mini Pudding Parfaits

This is such an easy recipe for pudding parfaits. All you need is Vanilla Instant Pudding, Milk, SNICKERS® Minis, and Whipped Cream.

Here’s the Play-by-Play:

  • Add Pudding Mix and cold Milk to a bowl and Whip for 2 minutes
  • Let Pudding chill in refrigerator for at least 5 minutes

 

  • Unwrap SNICKERS® Minis – 4 pieces for each mini pudding dish
  • Chop half the amount of SNICKERS® Minis into small chunks–use a knife
  • Set the unwrapped whole SNICKERS® Minis aside for later

 

Here’s a helpful HACK: Fill a plastic baggy with your pudding and cut the tip off one corner. This will allow to fill the serving dishes quickly and without any mess!

  • Put a small amount of Pudding in the bottom of serving dishes

 

  • Sprinkle pudding with a layer of chopped SNICKERS® Minis
  • Add another layer of Pudding
  • Sprinkle another layer of chopped SNICKERS® Minis
  • Top with another layer of Pudding
  • Place desserts in the refrigerator to set, at least 2 hours

 

  • Take leftover unwrapped SNICKERS® Minis and divide them, 2 per pudding serving
  • Cut one SNICKERS® Minis (per serving) into four pieces–corners-to-corners
  • Remove Pudding cups from refrigerator and top each with Whipped Cream

 

  • Take one whole SNICKERS® Minis and place on top in the center of each dessert
  • Use the four cut pieces (with the inside of the candy bar showing) to go around the center SNICKERS® Minis

 

 

Here is a delicious Printable Recipe:

 

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SNICKERS® Mini Pudding Parfaits
 
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • 1 - 5.1 oz. box Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 3 Cups - Milk (cold)
  • 4 - SNICKERS® Minis per pudding serving dish for shot-size (more if making larger servings)
  • Whipped Cream
Directions:
  1. Add Pudding Mix and cold Milk to a bowl and Whip for 2 minutes
  2. Let Pudding chill in refrigerator for at least 5 minutes
  3. Unwrap SNICKERS® Minis - 4 pieces for each mini pudding dish
  4. Chop half the amount of SNICKERS® Minis into small chunks--use a knife
  5. Set the unwrapped whole SNICKERS® Minis aside for later
  6. Put a small amount of Pudding in the bottom of serving dishes
  7. Sprinkle pudding with a layer of chopped SNICKERS® Minis
  8. Add another layer of Pudding
  9. Sprinkle another layer of chopped SNICKERS® Minis
  10. Top with another layer of Pudding
  11. Place desserts in the refrigerator to set, at least 2 hours
  12. Take leftover unwrapped SNICKERS® Minis and divide them, 2 per pudding serving
  13. Cut one SNICKERS® Minis (per serving) into four pieces--corners-to-corners
  14. Remove Pudding cups from refrigerator and top each with Whipped Cream
  15. Take one whole SNICKERS® Minis and place on top in the center of each dessert
  16. Use the four cut pieces (with the inside of the candy bar showing) to go around the center SNICKERS® Minis
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You can’t have a big game without a little cheerleading. So, I created this cute Chalkboard Flag Banner to help boast my special treats. Take a look…

 

The Playing Field:

You can’t have a Game Day Party without a proper playing field. See how this one played out…

Rory and I had a great time shopping for our Game Day Party. We found everything we needed at our local Walmart store… and then some. LOL

Have a fantastic Game Day, and don’t forget to ENTER the #GameDayGlorySweepstakes or VOTE for your favorite Snack Stadium!

Looking for more recipes and Snack Stadium ideas? You can find them here!

What are you planning for Game Day?

Do you have a favorite snack recipe?

 

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World Pasta Month In October!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

October Is World Pasta Month

Imagine the Pastabilities!

October is World Pasta Month; so, come celebrate and Create Your Own Pasta Bowl at Buca di Beppo.

Imagine yourself in a one-of-a-kind festive atmosphere surrounded by kitchy vintage collectibles and photographs. The eclectic décor brings fun, laughter, and an undeniable energy to this Italian restaurant.

What really makes Buca di Beppo special for the entire familia, is the food—traditional classic Italian recipes served family style and cotto a puntino (cooked to perfection). The delizioso antipasti (appetizers), insalate (salads), and pizzas are wonderful add-ons for the amazing entrees and. pasta dishes on a regular basis.

However, right now, you can create your own personal pasta bowl in honor of World Pasta Month—imagine the pastabilities! Starting at just $7.50 per person, and in 5 delicious steps, your pasta bowl will be on its way to your table in no time. What are the five steps to Create Your Own Pasta Bowl?

  1. Pick your favorite Pasta
  2. Select your Sauce
  3. Choose your Veggies
  4. Pick your Protein
  5. Season It.

It is as simple as that, and your tummy will thank you. Take just a moment to Calma e gesso (pause and think). Envision your custom, authentic pasta bowl. That perfectly cooked pasta, the flavorful sauce, the color and crunch of veggies, the chicken, prosciutto, meatballs, spicy or mild sausage, and your favorite seasonings…let your senses take over. Doesn’t it far venire l’acquolina in bocca (make your mouth water)?

Here’s a few fun facts about pasta. Can you believe that pasta is so popular in the United States that 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world? Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year with the average American consuming 20 pounds of pasta annually. Now, that’s a lotta pasta!

 

As awesome as the Create Your Own Pasta Bowl is, Buca di Beppo is not stopping there with their October World Pasta Month celebration. They are also hosting the #PastaSelfie Sweepstakes.

  1. Snap It
  2. Share It
  3. Win It

Show us your #PastaSelfie! Share on Instagram for a daily chance to win a $100 Buca di Beppo gift card. You will automatically be entered, and your Instagram photo will be displayed in the gallery on the Buca di Beppo website!

*One winner will be randomly selected each day to receive a $100 Buca di Beppo digital egift card.

Click here for additional information and official rules.

 

Buca di Beppo has large semi-private rooms that are a perfect option during the holidays for family dinners or office parties. They also do event catering.

 

It’s a Giveaway!

Here’s another special treat for you in honor of World Pasta Month. Buca di Beppo is providing a Gift Card for Giveaway!

 

Buca di Beppo Create Your Own Pasta Bowl Giveaway

 

Luke and I plan to take Rory and Biscuit to celebrate World Pasta Month. You know, a little grilling (of the new boyfriend) over pasta is so much friendlier than a heat lamp and lie detector! If he’s good, maybe we’ll even indulge in a little dessert: Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Tiramisu, the Dolce Platter…just some of the tempting treats to choose from.

You can bet we will be submitting our #PastaSelfie!

You won’t leave Buca di Beppo hungry, but you will leave eager to plan your next visit. Prendere la palla al balzo farsi due fili (seize the opportunity to eat spaghetti)!

 

What is Your favorite Pasta Dish or Recipe?

 

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