Friday, May 19, 2023

Memorial Day Weekend made easy with Walmart+!

 This post is sponsored by Walmart+ and Collective Voice. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for supporting the brands that support my content.

This spring is flying by and I can't believe that Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Not only is it a fun weekend for friends and family to gather but the weekend kicks off the unofficial start to summer and grilling season! It's one of my favorite weekends of the year... 

Today I am partnering with Walmart+ to highlight their membership benefits including their FREE grocery delivery (over $35, restrictions apply) from your local store during this busy time of year. I love that my Walmart+ membership allows me to quickly order groceries on the Walmart app and have them delivered right to my door at the time that works vest for me. Let's be honest, I'm usually ordering my groceries on the app late at night after a busy day and I love that my Walmart+ membership allows me to choose the time to be delivered the the following morning, taking a huge errand off my to-do list for the next day.

For Memorial Day weekend you will want to stock up on easy crowd pleasers like sausages, hot dogs, chips, soda pop, popsicles, watermelon and all the holiday weekend must haves. I love that Walmart has all the grocery brands that my family loves. With your Walmart+ membership you can get FREE grocery delivery from your local Walmart store for orders over $35 (restrictions apply). 

Plus, with your Walmart+ membership you can save on gas at 14,000 fuel stations, get free shipping with no minimum order, and more (see Walmart+ terms and conditions.) Check out all the benefits of a Walmart+ membership today. I personally save so much time and money with the grocery delivery service, I just love it.

You can sign up for a membership here or you can even get a FREE 30 day trial membership of Walmart+ here! I highly recommend it.

Friday, May 12, 2023

spring dress season with Kohl's!

 This post is sponsored by Kohl's and Collective Voice. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Spring dress season is in full swing and whether you need to find that *perfect* dress for a spring event like weddings, showers or graduations or you just want an easy everyday dress for warm days, I've got some beautiful options for you today! 

Kohl's has a beautiful dress selection for spring and summer and you are going to love the two dresses I am sharing today. This floral linen blend dress by Draper James RSVP is incredibly beautiful in person. With a flattering tie waist, smocking on the back for the perfect fit and a great length this dress is perfect for weddings and graduations this spring and summer. You will adore it and it's a great price point too. I can't resist a white dress, especially a long and flowy white dress. The elastic fitted waist and ruffle sleeve make it so flattering and the buttons are such a pretty touch. You can shop the entire Draper James RSVP selection here and all the Kohl's dress selection here.

Right now you can take 15% off your order over $100 with code: CATCH15OFF when you shop Kohl's!

Shop the look: blue floral dress (true to size), sandals

Shop the look: white dress (runs maybe a touch small, if you are between sizes, go up a size, I'm in my usual size small), straw bag, sandals

Friday, April 28, 2023

dinner in a snap with Kohl's!

 This post is sponsored by Kohl's and Collective Voice. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

I have a new trick up my sleeve in the kitchen and I can't wait to share it with you all today! I have been making the quickest and easiest dinners in my new Ninja Foodie Air Fryer from Kohl's and I'm in LOVE with it.  Our spring calendar is packed these days and getting dinner on the table can be so stressful with everyone going in opposite directions in the evenings. I had been throwing around the idea of getting an air fryer to make family dinners easier and quite frankly to mix it up a bit in the kitchen and I am SO glad I did. 

After polling you all on Instagram the unanimous consensus was to go with the dual zone air fryer from Ninja. A lot of you raved about this model and after using it a few times I can see why. I love it too. We've done both chicken and salmon for dinner and one night we made French fries that were so delicious I'll be tempted to make them all the time. The Ninja Foodie Air Fryer has cut dinner time in half and my favorite part of it is that unlike a stove that needs a lot of time to preheat and then heats up the whole kitchen (especially during the warmer months) the air fryer needs no time to warm up and doesn't make the kitchen feel extra warm.  It's seriously SO fast. 

Kohl's has the best price I've seen on the Ninja Foodie Air Fryer and you can use code: FRIENDS20 for an additional 20% off. Plus, their free shipping is super fast too. I received my order in just a few days. The first meal we made in the air fryer was every bagel seasoned chicken with the Tik Tok famous romaine salad. Scroll down for the recipes! The family was VERY happy, I'll say that and dinner literally took 20 minutes so I was a happy mom too. Plus, clean up is so easy. You can buy disposable liners for the air fryer but I found that lining the drawers with parchment was easy and I already had it on hand. If dinner is hectic and stressful and a time-crunch in your house, I highly recommend the Ninja Foodie Air Fryer from Kohl's

And if you are doing a spring refresh in the kitchen Kohl's has all the kitchen basics at great prices, scroll down for a round up of my favorites right now! Don't forget to use code: FRIENDS20 to get an additional 20% off your order.

For the chicken: 
- I seasoned the chicken with everything bagel seasoning on the top and bottom (you could just do the top if you want too)
- I cooked the chicken according to the air fryer instructions (it comes with a great booklet with recipes and graphs for cooking times to make it easy to figure out cooking times)

For my interpretation of the Tik Tok famous salad:
- 2 heads of romaine lettuce thinly sliceed
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan 
- pepper to taste
Toss and YUM! This salad is SO easy and so tasty. You can use pre-shredded parmesan but I think the freshly shredded makes it taste extra delicious!

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

spring picnic season with Walmart+!

 This post is sponsored by Walmart+. All opinions are my own. 

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

It's that wonderful time of year when so much of our daily lives, or at least the weekends, move outdoors. From kids' sports on the weekends to afternoons at the park with littles, in our house we love to spend as much outside time as possible once spring arrives. To make the long sports days easier or to extend a fun trip to the park I love to pack up an easy picnic lunch for the whole family to enjoy. Or sometimes it's for the whole family to quickly eat between busy sports activities.

I love that my Walmart+ membership offers FREE grocery delivery (minimum $35) right to my backdoor to make my sports-mom life in the spring easier.  You select the groceries you want delivered in the app, choose the delivery time that works best for you and let Walmart+ do the rest! Plus, with your Walmart+ membership you can save on gas at 14,000 fuel stations, watch your favorite shows and movies with a Paramount+ subscription included in your membership, get exclusive access to Member Rewards only available with a Walmart+ membership and more (see Walmart+ terms and conditions).  There are SO many benefits! I personally save so much time and money with the grocery delivery service, I just love it.

Make sure you have plenty of picnic supplies on hand which you can also pop into you Walmart cart like these glass reusable storage containers you can shop here and here and the most perfect picnic tablecloth that can double as a picnic blanket here.

Right now you can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial to try all the Walmart+ benefits for yourself this busy spring season. 

Monday, April 10, 2023

spring basics under $50 with Walmart!

 This post is sponsored by Walmart and Collective Voice. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

I'm really excited to share today's looks with Walmart. You all loved the under $50 looks I pulled together last month (seen here) and I think you are really going to love these looks too! Walmart's selection for women's clothing just keeps getting better and better and while last month's pieces were really great. I think you all will love this month's selection even more! The fabrics, the colors, the fit... the prices! There is lots to love here.

I'm a sweatshirt lover through and through and I especially love a sweatshirt for spring. The weather is so unpredictable and often times still quite cool. A sweatshirt is just the extra layer I want and need. Today I pulled together 6 outfits all with sweatshirts or sweat shorts and even a sweatshirt dress! These are perfect outfits for busy spring days from running errands, to time spent outside, sitting on the sidelines for sports and mom-duty. The navy and green colors are the perfect spring pops of color and all these pieces are so comfortable and easy to wear.

With Walmart you always get FREE and fast shipping over $35 and free returns too. You can shop for spring basics while staying budget friendly and on trend for the season.

Shop the pieces (everything is true to size, I am in my usual size small in all pieces): white shirt dress, navy quilted jacket, white henley tee, navy shorts, green half zip sweatshirt, navy v-neck sweatshirt, white sweatshirt dress, white jeans (true to size, I'm in a size 4)

Thursday, March 30, 2023

mother + daughter spring beauty with Kohl's!

 This post is sponsored by Kohl's and Collective Voice. All opinions are my own. 

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

The fresh start of a new season always feels so good. I've been busy cleaning out closets, junk drawers and generally resetting lots of areas of my life now that spring has officially arrived. Longer sunnier days are just what we all need after a long winter. It's the perfect time of year to refresh everything from closets to my makeup routine. 

My daughter and I recently went shopping for some fresh beauty finds for spring at Kohl's. They carry all your favorite beauty brands with Sephora at Kohl's! I was looking to add some fresh color to my spring beauty routine and my daughter wanted a refresh on some everyday basics. We both found our favorite brands like Merit, Tan-Luxe, Ilia, Fenty Beauty and Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez.  

We got FREE and fast shipping from Kohl's and right now you can take advantage of an extra 15% off your purchase of $100+ with code: CATCH15OFF. Read on to see what new favorites we are loving from Sephora at Kohl's....

My daughter's picks: 

Why she loves it: I love the Rare Beauty Highlighter in the shade Exhilarate. This highlighter is the perfect not-too-chalky, soft texture and goes on very lightly.

Why she loves it: I love the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb because it doesn't go on thick or sticky. After using it my lips feel plump and hydrated.

Why she loves it: The Tan-Luxe Super Glow Drops are perfect if you want a little bit of glow and a little bit of tan. I love this product because it's the perfect shade of bronze and it has SPF 30.
Why mom loves it too: These drops are super subtle and glowy for that just back from the beach look with no streaking (it's not permanent) and it's easy to add to your daily moisturizer. I'll be borrowing this one from my daughter for sure.

My picks: 
Why I love it: This is the perfect soft slip gloss that isn't sticky and adds just a hint of color. It's perfect for everyday wear and already has a permanent spot in my "purse" lipgloss collection. I'm in shade "Au Naturale"

Why I love it: This bronzer in shade "Drawn In" packs a punch and a little goes a long way. I use my fingers to dab a little on my cheekbones like blush for a fresh from outside look. 

Why I love it: I'm never fully dressed without blush and this Merit blush is my favorite brand. I went with shade Beverly Hills and it has the perfect sun-bronzed hue that complements the Ilia Bronzer really nicely. They make a great pair.


Friday, March 24, 2023

easy weeknight meals with Walmart +!

 This post is sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own. 

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Spring is such a busy time of year in our household that it's imperative that I meal plan in advance otherwise we are sure to end up in a fast food and pizza downward spiral. Both kids are playing sports, my son is graduating in less than two months and work is super busy for both my husband and I these days. Since this is the last few months that we will all be home until my son moves to college, weeknight meals are more important than ever. I try to get a meal on the table for us all to sit down to at least 2-3 nights a week. If that's not possible I still try to make dinner and eat with whoever is here and then save a plate for whoever is not. Plus, my high schoolers are extra hungry in sports season when the days are long and there is a lot of brain and energy output so a good hearty meal is always appreciated before they dig into homework.

Enter my very helpful Walmart+ membership! I can get dinner on the table easier with FREE delivery of groceries from my local Walmart with my Walmart+ membership. I love that my local Walmart carries all the grocery brands our family loves including tons of organic and gluten free options and I can get them all delivered exactly when I need them for FREE (for deliveries over $35, see terms and conditions)! You can sign up for your FREE 30-day trial of a Walmart+ membership HERE!

Today I'm sharing 4 really easy weeknight meals that our family loves that are also super simple to get on the table on weeknights. I hope these meal ideas help make your life a little easier too!

(above) Breakfast for Dinner
Everyone in the house loves breakfast for dinner. I use the pancake mix to make waffles because our family loves waffles the best and because they freeze well for future breakfasts. I'll make the entire box and whatever doesn't get eaten goes in the freezer. Then the kids can pop the frozen waffles into the microwave the next morning for breakfast. In addition to waffles, we love berries, hash browns and lots of bacon. Yum!

(above) Salmon "Rice" Bowls
For the base of this meal, you can do regular rice or cauliflower rice, we use and love both. I like to switch it up. I will bake the salmon or have my husband grill it and then throw some veggies on top. Oven roasted broccoli is a favorite or you could add snap peas, avocado or greens like arugula. For veggies I say that whatever you have on hand or whatever your family likes best works! I love this frozen pre-seasoned salmon because it's easy to have waiting on hand in the freezer and bakes up in under 30 minutes from frozen. That means dinner is on the table QUICK!

(above) Chicken BBQ Sammies
My kids claim to not like anything from the crockpot, but they always gobble up this meal. I put the chicken breast in the crockpot with about half a jar of bbq sauce and cook on low for 8 hours. Then I shred the chicken and quick mix up a salad and this meal is on the table in no time.  We use the rest of the bbq sauce for drizzling on top of the chicken when it's done cooking. This meal also makes fabulous leftovers.

(above) Pasta with Meat Sauce
This one is so simple and classic but always a crowd pleaser. I made this for the family a few months ago for the first time in like 5 years and now our family is obsessed. It definitely evokes nostalgia! We love Banza pasta because it tastes just like regular pasta with extra protein. I simply boil the pasta and brown the meat and mix in the sauce. This meal is done in like 20 minutes. I'll usually add a side veggie too depending on what I have on hand. Last time I made this we did green beans. Yum!

Friday, March 17, 2023

under $50 finds for spring with Walmart!

 This post is sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Spring weather is right around the corner (hopefully!) or maybe it has already arrived where you are and today I have some great spring basics to share that I think you will love! This winter has felt like the longest winter ever and I am so ready to break out tees and white jeans and fun shoes and sandals again. It seems past due to shed the winter coats and heavy boots for lighter and brighter pieces for the season. 

Today with Walmart I am featuring some really great spring wardrobe staples on a budget that I know you will love! These high waisted white jeans are super comfortable and flattering and I love this creamy white as we ease into warmer days, it's the perfect shade of white. If you are looking for some great basic tees for spring to wear on their own or layered, I can't recommend these tees enough. I went up a size for a more slouchy fit. They are so soft, fit *perfectly* and are just $10 (ten!). I purchased the tee in both navy stripe and white and they will definitely be staples in my spring and summer wardrobe. The trench coat is one of the hottest items for spring this year and this navy trench coat is gorgeous in person. It fits great, the perfect trench coat fabric (a little stiff, but not too stiff) and you can tie the belt in the back (like I did here) or the front. Lastly this side-tie blouse is darling for spring, I love the high low hem and classic stripes. Everything is under $50 so it's a great way to stock up on basics for spring without breaking the budget. 

I love that with Walmart you always get FREE and fast shipping with orders over $35 and easy returns.

(above & below) Shop the look: gold sandals (true to size), striped tee (I went up a size for a slouchy fit), white jeans (true to size)

(above & below) Shop the look: raffia slides (true to size), side tie top (true to size), white jeans (true to size)

(above & below) Shop the look: navy trench coat (true to size), white tee (I went up a size for a slouchy fit), white jeans (true to size)

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Amazon finds: March!

 It's time for another Amazon round up... it seems like it's been a while, but maybe that's just because this winter is dragging of for seemingly forever. Ugh. But let's talk about non-winter things like these fun finds for spring from Amazon. I'm picky about my Amazon finds... so just know that these items are *good*! I wouldn't let them in if they weren't, especially since I know shopping on Amazon for clothing can be a bit all over the place.

Let's take a look at this month's finds...

black gauze dress, I just love this gauze fabric for spring and summer. It's soft and lightweight and so easy to wear. This dress could double as an everyday dress or a swim cover up. It's a great mom on the go piece with a modest length and tie neck. I went with my usual size small.

braided sandals, I love this style for spring and summer and the square toe is very on trend right now. I feel like sandals get so beat up in the warmer months so for me finding less expensive pairs makes sense. I'm usually between a 6 1/2 and 7 in shoes and got these in a 6 1/2. I need to exchange them for a 7. So go with your usual size (I am 90% of the time a size 7 but sometimes go down a size in sandals since they fit closer to the feet, this wasn't necessary)

striped sweater, this striped sweater has been my long, long time favorite. The black and white stripe (shown here) goes in and out of stock quite often but I have the blue and white stripe in my cart for spring! I go up a size in this sweater, I'm in a size medium.

black cropped tee, the cropped tee is definitely the "it" style this spring and summer. I went up a size to medium to make sure it's not too cropped and it works really well with high waisted jeans. I love that it's kind of swingy and drapes really well. This is a great piece to dress up or down for warmer months.  A true closet staple.

Recent Amazon bestsellers:
This half zip sweatshirt that's a great look a like for a big brand. Both my daughter and I have one and love them. I went up a size to medium.
This quilted reversible coat. It's great for chilly spring days... not too heavy and not too light.
This all cotton sweater is so cozy and perfect for spring. Lots of color options too! I went up a size to medium.
I'm obsessed with this insulated cup. It's the perfect size, fits in a car cupholder and stays cold for a long time. I got mine in December and I use it every single day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

a day in the life made easier with Walmart+!

 This post is sponsored by Walmart and ShopStyle Collective. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

No two days are ever the same when you are self employed and a mom... my days can really be all over the place. But in general there are some daily routines that are always in place, mostly surrounding feeding the family for the day and what feels like constantly keeping up with the household with work squeezed in the nooks and crannies. 

I wake up between 6:30 am and 7:00 am (depending on how much I need the snooze button that day) and start with a big glass of water and my vitamins. I mostly try to be present but "out of the way" for the teens in the morning. Teenagers don't love mornings, if you haven't heard before ;) so I make sure to say good morning and be around but not too around, if that makes sense.  I make sure to stock plenty of on-the-go snacks for the kids to stock their backpacks for the day and after school activities. After the house empties out, I do a quick tidy of the kitchen and take the dog for a walk before I begin my day.

On this particular day we were low on groceries mid-week and I didn't have anything planned for dinner so that was my first priority. I love using my Walmart+ membership to get groceries and household supplies delivered same day in a pinch. Walmart + saved me on this day because we were low on almost everything around the house. I quickly logged on to the Walmart app and placed a grocery order to be delivered later that day right to my doorstep for FREE with Walmart+. This saved me tons of time so I could get some work done and a workout in for the morning. 

I loved that I could multi-task working and getting groceries at the same with Walmart+. After my workout I made a big protein smoothie and just as I was finishing the groceries arrived to my door! Yay! By the time I unpacked the groceries and got the fridge organized the kids were almost home from school for another round of snacks (of course!) and the sports and homework routine took over. 

We finished the day with tacos as a family which is always a crowd pleaser. I love that my local Walmart carries the grocery brands our family loves and I can get it all delivered same day with Walmart+. Walmart+ not only offered FREE same day grocery delivery (over $35) from your local store but you can also take advantage of other benefits like FREE online shipping with no minimum and 10 cents off every gallon at over 14,000 gas stations nationwide (see Walmart+ terms and conditions for more information).

You can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Walmart+ now and after that your membership is only $12.95 a mont or save  by signing up for an entire year for $98.


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