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November offers the chance to celebrate gratitude

Even if you’re still sneaking a few pieces of your kids’ Halloween candy to pair with your coffee each morning, November means looking forward to Thanksgiving. Without a religious connection or the expectation of gifts, many families relish the chance to connect over a well-crafted meal. Whether your Thanksgiving table is filled with the family into which you were born or the family you’ve cobbled together with friends and neighbors, there’s something special about breaking bread with those you love.

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La Brea Bakery want to brighten Thanksgiving day — with more than bread

La Brea Bakery is the leading artisan bread in the United States — sold in 7,000-7,500 retail outlets and chains nationwide. Learn more about La Brea Bakery and how they focus on giving back to others. While La Brea Bakery would love to see their artisan bread on your Thanksgiving table, this year they’re working to spread joy and gratitude to your community’s heroes.

Nominate — and celebrate — your Thanksgiving hero this November

Even if we’re not making an elaborate dinner, my immediate family makes it a point to spend Thanksgiving together. Little touches, like my Grandma Rose’s special Thanksgiving china, elevate the day from the ordinary. I make mashed potatoes with abandon, ignoring the calorie count on butter and promising to make up for the extra large piece of pumpkin pie another day.

For some people, though, Thanksgiving is spent at work. Nurses, firefighters, waiters and countless other people spend their Thanksgiving taking care of other people — and sometimes saving lives. This year, La Brea Bakery is running a Thanksgiving promotion where you will be encouraged to nominate your “Thanksgiving Hero”: people you know and love who regularly work on Thanksgiving serving others. La Brea Bakery will deliver fully catered meals to five finalists across the nation on Thanksgiving, so they can still enjoy a special meal, even at work.

How to nominate your Thanksgiving Hero

To submit an entry visit “Thanksgiving Heroes” and create your submission by including: your first and last name; zip code; email address; an essay of 100 words or less telling about your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with and submit at least one photograph showing both you and your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with. Submissions must be received by November 15th 2015. Finalists will be announced November 17th 2015, after which the public will have a chance to vote for their favorites through November 20th 2015.

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Keep in touch with La Brea Bakery

Stay up-to-date with La Brea Bakery this holiday season and all year long by following along with their social media stories. In addition to updates about the contest, you’ll also receive product discounts — and who doesn’t love a deal on delicious artisan bread?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of La Brea Bakery. All opinions are my own.

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Bundle Organic Juices for Pregnancy

Bundle Organics juices for expecting and new moms

When you’re pregnant, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that you can eat whatever you want. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most moms. When expecting, you actually need to be extra careful about what you put into your body. It’s not only important to be healthy for yourself, but now it’s more important than ever because you need to be healthy for this little one that you are growing inside of you. When you find something that makes this not only super easy and convenient, but also delicious, then I’d say you have found something great. And good news! We’ve found something great!

Read what Rebecca of Mainely Mama had to say about Bundle Organics!

Bundle Organics: Juices for Pregnancy

Packed full of nutrients

Bundle Organics is a healthy, easy and delicious line of organic juices for expecting and new moms. They carry three flavors: Dark Berry and Veggies, Orange Carrot Strawberry Ginger and Kale Apple Lemon Ginger. Each flavors is packed full of organic veggies and fruit and essential ingredients for pregnancy, including folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 and iron. I love that they are 100% safe for pregnancy and beyond, and are an easy way for me to make sure to get in some vitamins and nourish my body while I’m growing this little one. Because when I nourish myself, I’m also nourishing my baby and making sure he or she grows strong and healthy. And, I think that’s every pregnant woman’s ultimate goal, right? Not only are these juices easy, convenient and delicious, they’re also nourishing and wholesome.

How to get your veggies during pregnancy

Great for pre-conception and breastfeeding, too

The nutrients found in Bundle Organics juices are good for pre-conception and breastfeeding, so you can keep on sipping and reaping the benefits long after you have your little one! Plus, they taste so good, you’ll probably be hooked anyway and not want to stop drinking them. And hey, with all of the good stuff they contain, why would you?

See what The Magnolia Mamas had to say about Bundle Organics!
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What was the last healthy snack you had? No, not the leftover grilled cheese crust from your kids’ lunches. Or, the sugar-filled granola bar you found in the bottom of your diaper bag. We mean a real healthy, good-for-you snack… and one that actually tasted good, too?

The next time you need a pick-me-up, grab a belicious. Your kids love their food pouches and these are made for grown-ups who are also looking for snacks that are on-the-go friendly, but without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

belicious Food Pouches for Moms

All about belicious

Made from fresh organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and seeds, belicious is a savory blend of nutritious, 100% organic, non-GMO, low sugar, high fiber, whole food that comes packaged in a convenient pouch. belicious is uncompromising on quality, pioneering in how it’s produced and the perfect blend of taste and nutrition.

With four savory flavors — Revive, Vitalize, Strength (coming soon!), and Energize — belicious blends are designed with a balance of nutrient-dense whole fruits, vegetables and grains that are high in anti-inflammatory properties. The food, the whole food and nothing but the food. There are no powders, no concentrates, no extracts, no fillers, nothing artificial in belicious!

Each pouch contains two full servings of fruits and vegetables and they are all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and nut-free. While they’re best enjoyed when cold, straight from your fridge, they don’t need to be refrigerated, so you can easily keep them in your purse, your desk at work or your car for a last-minute snack! And, at under $4 each, they’re far cheaper than those smoothies you buy, right?

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Win an entire year of belicious

One winner will win an entire year supply of belicious — a box for every month of the year!
Please enter using the Rafflecopter below.
Giveaway ends 11/6.
Must be 18 years old and a US resident to enter and win.

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There’s a lot to be said for making Sunday a family day. After your busy week and, let’s be honest, your even busier weekend, it’s nice to know that on Sundays, you can come together as a family to reconnect, have some downtime and simply enjoy each other’s company while leaving the hustle and bustle behind.

For many families, connecting on a Sunday means watching football! There’s nothing like cheering on your favorite team on a Sunday to get the entire family in on the fun, right? From holding your breath on that oh-so-close touchdown pass to biting your tongues as the ref makes (another) questionable call to comforting each other when your team just doesn’t seem to have it together this week, football on Sundays brings families together.

Football-loving families know that besides having the game on blast, the other must-have for a successful Football Sunday is great food. Sure, you could order pizza… again. But, adding a new recipe to the mix for the game each week is much more fun and it adds to that quality Sunday family time together, too!

The folks at Farm Rich are providing some awesome Game Day Snack Hacks that will keep your family fed from now until Super Bowl Sunday! You can see this week’s recipe and all of the recipes on the Farm Rich website.

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Poppers

Super simple and quick to make using the Farm Rich Boneless Buffalo Bites as a starting point, their Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Poppers will become a most-requested Sunday Football snack!

What’s your family’s favorite football snack?

This is a sponsored blog. While the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Farm Rich to review this product.


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When breast tenderness interferes with your life

My daughter thinks I’m a runner. Though many of my runs feel more like trudging along a path than gracefully gliding like a gazelle, I love that she sees me like that. I said yes immediately when she decided she wanted to train for a race with me. One of her favorite parts about trying a new thing is finding the perfect outfit to wear while doing it, and she dug through my running clothes to find something that coordinated with hers.

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Her nose wrinkled as she saw me pull on not one, but two, sports bras — items definitely not included in her ideal running look. She’s seen me put on bras — and sports bras — countless times, but generally I’m only wearing one. I didn’t want to get into details about how the days surrounding my period involve breast tenderness that borders on painful and calls for double support, so there’s absolutely no movement on my chest.


Violet® Iodine helps women feel more comfortable

Thanks to a new supplement, women — like me! — who suffer from breast discomfort can find some relief. A simple pill, taken once daily, can make a huge difference in the way your breasts feel — and it promotes optimal breast health. Violet isn’t a drug — it’s an iodine supplement regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can be purchased without a prescription.

Violet can help women who experience breast tenderness, whether it’s due to monthly hormone cycles or fibrocystic breasts — a clinical term for dense or lumpy breast tissue. Violet iodine is a daily iodine supplement clinically demonstrated to alleviate the most common symptoms of cyclic mastalgia and fibrocystic breast condition (FBC), including swelling, tenderness, aches and heaviness.

Iodine supplements

Find deals on Violet — and try it for yourself

Violet differs from other iodine supplements, because the tablets are made with a unique, patented formulation that blends two iodine ingredients in a non-hormonal formulation. These two forms of iodine combine in the stomach to form molecular iodine. Molecular iodine is a form of iodine that has been clinically demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual breast discomfort and to help restore the natural, healthy balance of breast cells. Unlike taking over-the-counter medications for pain, Violet helps combat the cause of the pain instead of just masking it. You can find Violet for 30% off at select retailers:

  • CVS – in select stores (does not apply online)
  • The Vitamin Shoppe – online and in store
Connect with Violet online
Do you experience monthly breast discomfort?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Homemade Caramel Apple Pops

When you think of fall desserts, few desserts are more synonymous with the season than caramel apples. The pairing of tart, crisp apples and sweet, sticky caramel make for such a delicious combination!

While we love nothing more than a good caramel apple, sometimes our eyes get the best of us with all those fun toppings and we want to sample a little bit of everything… or, sometimes, the whole thing is a little large (even for our sweet tooth!) and we leave a good bit of it behind. The solution? Homemade caramel apple pops that bring the best of caramel apples into a bite-sized pop that’s easy to eat… and to dip in all of your favorite toppings!

Fall Recipes: Caramel Apple Pops with Homemade Caramel

Homemade caramel apple pops

Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

2-3 Apples, the crispier the better
Homemade salted caramel dip (Click for the recipe!)
Variety of toppings, crushed to be easily sprinkled and dipped
Wilton Lollipop Sticks
Parchment paper

How to make homemade caramel apple pops

1. Slice each apple into six wedges. You want each slice to be big enough to go on a stick!
2. Insert a lollipop stick into the end of each apple slice. Make sure it’s in far enough.
3. Keep the pre-made caramel sauce warm and dip each slice into the caramel, coating the top half. It’s best to do the slices one-by-one so that the caramel doesn’t harden too quickly.
4. Immediately dip or roll each caramel coated slice into your favorite toppings.
5. Let cool on parchment paper until no longer sticky to touch.

Caramel Apple Pops with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Serve and enjoy!

What topping will you try first on your caramel apple pops?
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Taco Night Must-Haves: Old El Paso Tortilla Taco BoatsTaco Night is a big deal at our house and we tend to go all out for the occasion. Tacos were the go-to food for me through both my pregnancies and our kids now love them as much as we do. The great thing about Taco Night is you can make it as plain or fancy as you want. I love getting creative and mixing fancy ingredients into tacos like adobo chicken, fresh fish, cilantro lime rice, peach/mango salsa, jalapeno slaw or pickled red onions. But there’s nothing I love more than a traditional beef taco, with iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and homemade guacamole… with a giant margarita on the side, of course.

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A house divided: Hard tacos vs. soft tacos

My husband and I don’t argue about many food-related things, but we do adamantly disagree over which is better — crunchy or soft tortilla shells. I’m a fan of the traditional hard shells and he loves a good soft shell, both based on the fact that each of us thinks the other type of shell is too messy. I want to eat my tacos one-handed and I have a hard time keeping the end of a giant soft shell closed without using both hands and getting food all over. He has a hard time getting all the toppings he wants shoved into a crunchy shell without breaking it or spilling all over the place. Enter the perfect solution… Old El Paso’s Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats.

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Taco boats are a family favorites

These little soft shell boats are the perfect size to hold with one-hand and keep all your taco toppings safely contained within the confines of the boat, making them the easiest, tastiest, cleanest way to eat a taco. They have a flat bottom, making them easy to fill to the brim and are sturdy enough to hold quite a bit, but still soft and delicious. We were both really impressed with how much taco goodness these little boats could hold and how easy they were to eat without losing all our toppings or having sauce drip down your arms.

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Even the kids loved stuffing their little boats full of taco meat, cheese and guacamole (because heaven forbid a vegetable finds it’s way into their taco). The boats were easy enough for my preschooler to fill all by himself and small enough for his little hands to hold. It was so much fun watching him pick out his ingredients and he loved that he got to eat a taco “just like daddy.”

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Win a year’s supply of Old El Paso Mini Taco Boats

What does Taco Night look like at your house?  Share your Taco Night photos on TwitterInstagram, or posting on Old El Paso’s Facebook wall using #TacoBoatSweepstakes, and you could win a year’s supply of Taco Boats from Old El Paso! Don’t forget to tag @OldElPaso and use the #TacoBoatSweepstakes hashtag. Visit for more details!

This post was sponsored by Old El Paso. All taco-loving opinions are my own.

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How Dress for Success helps women

At Savvy Sassy Moms, we know how you dress can affect your mood, your confidence and the way you carry yourself as you walk into a room. Well-fitting, situation-appropriate clothes can provide the kind of inner confidence that allows you to stand taller in your shoes — even if you’re so nervous you’re shaking in them.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Listen to three powerful stories about the power a job holds in a woman’s life.

While clothes are an important part of Dress for Success, the organization does more than help women look like they’re ready for success. Networking and career development tools are the other cogs that work together to help women find their career footing, build their confidence and provide for their families.

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Vanity Fair and the fantastic BOGOGO

We can’t resist a bargain, and Buy One, Get One deals always turn our heads. The Vanity Fair partnership with Dress for Success takes the BOGO concept and adds a level of social good with “give one.”

Vanity Fair Lingerie supports the women of Dress for Success as they kick off their Buy One, Get One, Give One (BOGOGO) promotion this week! Vanity Fair believes a bra can change a life, so during BOGOGO events, shoppers will have the opportunity to buy any Vanity Fair bra at regular price, receive one Vanity Fair bra for free and in turn, Vanity Fair will donate one bra to Dress for Success.

Dress for Success and Vanity Fair

In addition to providing a bra to a woman — talk about a literal and figurative foundation for feeling good at a job interview! — shoppers have the opportunity to write a personalized bit of advice that will be passed along with the donation.

Writing the advice cards makes this event truly special. Watching the Dress for Success video drove home how personally women are affected by the program, and I can imagine the individual notes written on inspiration cards give an extra boost when getting ready to go to an interview. Connecting with and supporting other women helps build the network needed to create opportunities for career success — one note card at a time.

Support Vanity Fair and Dress for Success at a BOGOGO event near you

We love that you can find Vanity Fair bras at a variety of national and regional department stores. Getting to a BOGOGO event won’t be hard this fall, because they’re spread out over about six weeks at all different stores. Check out your lingerie drawer, stock up during this promotion and follow the #WomenWhoDo hashtag to see the power of supporting other women in reaching for their dreams.

  • Kohl’sSept. 24 – Oct. 3, 2015
  • JCPenneyOct. 7 – Oct. 12, 2015
  • SearsOct. 11 – Oct. 17, 2015
  • Macy’sOct. 14 – Oct. 18, 2015
  • BeallsOct. 18 – Oct. 24, 2015
  • Boscov’sOct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2015
  • BelkNov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2015
What advice would you give women interviewing for a career-changing position?
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Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Dip

Fall is officially here! And with the arrival of the fall season comes our favorite part… fall baking! Fall has so many fun flavors and recipes to work with that once that cool crisp air rolls in we become baking machines. One of our favorite fall recipes is this super easy Salted Caramel Dip. It is the perfect combo of salty and sweet, and let’s not mention the amazing smell it lends to your home as it cooks! With only four ingredients and less than 10-minutes in total bake time, the Salted Caramel Dip is easily a busy mom’s favorite.

How to Make Salted Caramel Dip

Easy homemade salted caramel dip

1 Cup granulated sugar
8 Tbsp. butter
3/4 Cup heavy cream
3/4 tsp. sea salt

Homemade Salted Caramel Dip

1. Measure all ingredients and have them ready near the stove for easy access.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, add the sugar. Stir continuously for approximately 5-minutes with a spoon or whisk to prevent burning. The sugar will melt to a copper-colored liquid. Make sure their aren’t any lumps before proceeding.
3. Remove from heat. Add butter, stirring until combined.
4. Place back on medium heat. Add cream and salt.
5. Stir until all ingredients are well combined, then let simmer for a few minutes.

(Note: Salted Caramel Dip can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately one month. Reheat upon serving.)

Now, drizzle Salted Caramel Dip on everything from apples to cakes to ice cream… or just eat  it straight from the spoon!

Fall Hostess Gift: Salted Caramel Dip

The perfect (sweet!) fall gift

As a bonus, the Salted Caramel Dip makes for a great gift! Surprise a neighbor, include as a shower gift, or say thank you to a teacher simply by putting the dip in a cute mason jar (we used an 8 oz. Ball jar), combine with an apple and wrap in packaging of your choice (we used Wilton Favor Kits combined with ribbon). Attach with this fun printable (download available here) and you have an easy fall gift that everyone will be sure to love!

Happy Fall Free Printable

What is your favorite fall recipe?
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Artisan products promote global awareness

Monthly subscription boxes pop up all the time, and we love the way the boxes introduce new products and ideas we would never have found on our own. GlobeIn offers a subscription box filled with products crafted by artisans that include handmade details you’ll love — with a social message you’ll support. Feel good about pampering yourself with artisan products focused on beautiful, distinct products from around the world.


Watsi and GlobeIn bring you Wellness

We had the opportunity to try the September GlobeIn Artisan Box. GlobeIn partnered with Watsi for the Wellness Box, which was curated with the welcome idea that wellness encompasses physical and mental health, as well as a social connection to those around you. The Wellness Box contains four fabulous products.

  • A GlobeIn Palm Leaf Basket — Made by Dona Martina Garcia and her group of eight artisan basket weavers outside of Oaxaca City, Mexico
  • Blessing Bag — Upcycled from discarded plastic water sachets in Accra, Ghana through ABAN’s Women’s Empowerment Program, which trains women in skills like sewing and fashion design.
  • Eye Pillow — Women from the Shipibo tribe in Peru dye handwoven cotton in mahogany bark and painted using a piece of bamboo dipped in the juice of the huito berry.
  • Baobab Powder — The women of the Atacora Fair Partnership Co-op in Benin produce the nutrition supplement from the baobab tree fruit, which is packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, probiotics and calcium.

Artisan made eye pillow


Relaxation in a small package

Playing favorites doesn’t seem fair, especially when each part of the Wellness Box is fabulous in its own right. However, as summer dwindled to a close and ushered in the chaos of back-to-school, the Eye Pillow became a must-have for quiet moments of relaxation. Scented with lavender, it calmed my senses and soothed my screen-strained eyes. The Baobab Powder is a welcome addition to our morning smoothies, and I keep finding the Blessing Bag in my daughter’s room — though I keep taking it back.

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The beauty of the Wellness Box

Curated in partnership with Watsi, the Wellness Box works to extend wellness beyond those receiving the boxes and the artisans producing the included products. 50% of the proceeds from the Wellness Boxes will go to Watsi, a non-profit that funds medical treatments in under-served countries. Watsi connects medical patients with donors via the web, something with a huge impact in low-income countries, where relatively small amounts of money can provide life-changing care.


On the GlobeIn horizon

You can still order the GlobeIn Wellness box — use the code SAVVY to receive 25% off your first month’s box with a purchase of 3- and 6-month subscriptions — but September orders must be placed by September 15 to receive the Watsi-partnered box. Orders placed after that date will begin receiving October’s box, and we can’t wait to see this one in person!


photo credit: GlobeIn

GlobeIn invites you to get Cozy

October’s theme is Cozy, which is perfect as we begin to look toward fall. Even if the weather hasn’t yet shifted to cooler days, there’s something comforting about knowing fall is just around the corner. Your products arrive in a GlobeIn Signature Handwoven basket, which will quickly become one of your favorite places to stow your belongings. The beautiful mug will be perfect for hot cocoa — Divine Cocoa powder included — and the soft blue of the scarf will help you transition to your fall wardrobe.

Remember, you can try the GlobeIn Artisan Box with the code SAVVY to receive 25% off your first month’s box with a purchase of 3- and 6-month subscriptions.
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