Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Southwest Ranch Chicken Club Sandwiches




I can't wait until it gets really warm outside and I won't have to hover over the grill shivering. Bring on Summer! I'm over this cold Spring and can't wait for sun, warmth, and bbq's. In the meantime I'm going to just pretend that it's warm enough to actually grill. These chicken sandwiches were so good. Perfect BBQ food!


Southwest Ranch Chicken Club Sandwiches
Makes 2 Sandwiches
WW PP=10
Cal 380, Carbs 30.5, Fat 14, Fiber 2, Protein 33.5


Ingredients
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp. Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend
4 slices bacon cooked crisp
4 slices tomato
2 slices cheese of your choice (I used Sargento Reduced Fat Pepper Jack and Cheddar)
2 tbsp ranch spread (I love Hidden Valley)
Bakery Rolls or French Bread

Sprinkle seasoning over chicken. Grill chicken 7-8 minutes per side or until juices run clear.

To assemble sandwiches: spread 1 tbsp. ranch over each roll top with chicken and then cheese, bacon, and tomato. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole




I've heard of Tater Tot Casserole (mainly because of the Duggars) before and I've never had the desire to make it since I'm not a huge fan of cream of "whatever" soups mixed with ground beef. No, thanks. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's good but not my style. Now, if you make a tater tot casserole loaded with cheese, potatoes, and buffalo chicken? Yes, Please! That is right up my ally! This casserole turned out fabulous! If you are like me and don't like the traditional version, then you have got to give this one a try. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!


Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
Serves 8
WW PP=6
Cal 234, Carbs 16.2, Fat 11.1, Fiber 2, Protein 17.1

Ingredients
4 cups cooked chicken, diced
2 tsp. dry ranch seasoning
1/3 cup crumbled bacon bits
3/4 cup hot sauce, divided (you can adjust this according to your spice level)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
3/4 package Tater Tots
1 cup grated four cheese blend
sliced green onions, for topping

Pre-Heat oven to 375

Mix 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce, dry ranch seasoning, and chicken and spread it in the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish. Sprinkle the crumbled blue cheese and bacon on top of the buffalo chicken mixture.

Arrange the tater tots lengthwise and in rows evenly over the buffalo chicken and blue cheese. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and drizzle the remaining sauce over the tater tots.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and crispy. Top with sliced green onions. Enjoy!



Monday, April 28, 2014

Skinny Baked Italian Mac and Cheese



I don't know what it is about cold and rainy days that instantly make me want to cook up some delicious macaroni and cheese. Well, actually I do. Because macaroni and cheese is my ultimate guilty pleasure. Oooey gooey cheesy goodness. Who doesn't love that?! I did want to make mine creamy and decadent but in a diet friendly version. So I could indulge without feeling guilty. This Italian Mac and Cheese was the perfect recipe. Packed with flavor but without all the fat and calories that you would find in a traditional macaroni and cheese. It was a hit!


Skinny Baked Italian Mac and Cheese
Serves 8
WW PP=9
Cal 356, Carbs 48.8, Fat 9.6, Fiber 5, Protein 17.8

Ingredients
1 16oz. box elbow macaroni (I used Ronzoni)
2 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 cup reduced fat milk (I like to use 2 percent in dishes like these)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups shredded 5 cheese Italian Blend
4 oz. turkey pepperoni, chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. oregano


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water, to al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a large sauce pan combine cream cheese and milk. Whisk until smooth. Add in the garlic and bring to a simmer stirring often until mixture is thickened.

Slowly add in the shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Next toss in the pasta, oregano, diced tomatoes, and pepperoni. Stir to coat.

Pour the macaroni into a lightly greased baking dish and sprinkle the top with panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. 

Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Enjoy!




Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spicy Hawaiian BBQ Chicken



Although this is far from grilling weather (at least here in chicagoland) I'm breaking out the grill anyway since we've only used it once this Spring. I figure it's about time to start using it more. I love Hawaiian Chicken and what I love about this recipe is that it's sweet and spicy. A perfect combo!

Spicy Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
Serves 4 (2 thighs each)
WW PP=8
Cal 338, Carbs 15.5, Fat 9, Protein 45


Ingredients
8 chicken thighs (if you don't like dark meat breasts will work too)
1 cup pineapple juice
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients and pour half of the marinade over the chicken. Cover and marinate for one hour.

Save remaining marinade and place in fridge.

Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink; baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spicy Sausage Rigatoni



This is another great weeknight dish when you don't feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen at the end of the day. I know I certainly wanted something simple to make after my crazy day and this was the perfect dinner!


Spicy Sausage Rigatoni
Serves 8
WW PP=10
Cal 352, Carbs 51, Fat 9.7, Fiber 3, Protein 18.7

Ingredients
1 16oz. box rigatoni, cooked to al dente
1 14 oz. package hot Italian sausage (I used Italian chicken sausage)
1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (you can adjust this to your liking)
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 cups marinara sauce
grated Parmesan cheese, optional for topping

In a large saucepan brown sausage. Add in the sauce, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Toss in the pasta and top with shredded cheese.

Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with grated Parmesan if desired. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta



I've been wanting to make something with Broccoli and Cheese this week but wasn't in the mood to make soup and I didn't feel like a Broccoli and Cheese Casserole. Since Chicken is so popular in my house I decided to make a Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and serve it over pasta. How can you go wrong when you combine creamy cheesy chicken with pasta? It was a winner in our house!


Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta
Serves 4 
WW PP=11
Cal 446, Carbs 55, Fat 10.5, Fiber 7g, Protein 30.7

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup frozen chopped broccoli 
1 can broccoli cheese soup
1/2 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
1/2 cup shredded four cheese blend (I used Kraft)
1/2 cup crushed reduced fat ritz crackers
8 oz. cooked pasta of your choice (I used ronzoni spirals)

Arrange chicken in bottom of the slow cooker. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

In a small bowl combine soup and milk and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Break chicken into pieces and top with broccoli and shredded cheese. Continue cooking for one hour. 

Serve chicken over hot pasta and sprinkle with crushed crackers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Crunchy Chili Cheese Casserole



I'm constantly searching for new ww friendly meals but some days (like today) I've just got to say to heck with the diet and eat something that I consider sinfully delicious! Chili, Cheese, and Fritos. Three of my favorites baked into one tasty casserole. This was insanely good. Yes, I'm carrying on about this casserole but it was well worth taking a day off from my diet! This casserole is very filling and makes the prefect freezer meal as well. If you love Chili, Cheese, and Fritos as much as I do then you will have to give this recipe a try!

Crunchy Chili Cheese Casserole
Serves 6

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 16oz can pinto beans
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 1/2 cups Fritos
1 1/4 cups sour cream

In a large saucepan brown ground beef.  Drain and return to pan, and stir in the beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Sprinkle 1 cup of the Fritos on the bottom of a greased baking baking dish. Top with meat mixture and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes and remove from oven. Spread sour cream over the meat mixture and top with the remaining Fritos and cheese.

Return to oven and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Smothered Cream Cheese Jalapeno Crock Pot Chicken



Happy Monday! For those who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Easter. We did and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. I was so excited to enjoy a warm and sunny day! Today's dinner is a spicy favorite of ours that goes great over rice or noodles and of course I think everything is better with cheese. Especially cream cheese! If you are a spicy cream cheese lover then be sure to give this recipe a try!

Smothered Cream Cheese Jalapeno Crock Pot Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP=5
Cal 209, Carbs 2.7, Fat 9.5, Fiber 1g, Protein 25.7

Ingredients
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 milk (I used 2 percent)
1 can diced green chiles
1 jalapeno seeded and diced (pickled jalapenos will work too)
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
1 tsp. garlic powder

Arrange chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle with garlic powder and toss in the green chiles and jalapeno.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine cream cheese and milk. Whisk until combined and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours. About 15 minutes before serving add in the cooked bacon and shredded cheddar. Serve over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April is National Financial Literacy Month #Sponsored #MC

“I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for TCF Bank. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? Well, TCF bank wants you to consider your financial habits and created this quiz to help you determine your financial animal. Click here to take this fun quiz.



I took the quiz and I’m a Coyote. I’m a crafty scavenger, always on the hunt for a bargain. My ideal day is spent digging in the couch cushions for spare change, clipping coupons and scouring the web for promo codes. It can be a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it for the sense of accomplishment I feel after scoring a killer deal. To see what kind of financial animal you here take the quiz by clicking Here.

Well, let me tell you I certainly wasn't always a Coyote. That's for sure. As I entered my late teens I'll admit, I was not very responsible when it came to finances. I was not a good saver, and never really worried about my future. I didn't budget and blew through money. That is until I got my first apartment. Reality hit and I then knew that I couldn't be so carefree with my money. I had bills to pay along with rent. I ended up working two jobs so that I had enough to pay rent and bills and have a little leftover to save and use for the occasional night out. I started to budget, contribute to my 401k, and started to mature financially. 

Now that I am older and am a stay at home mom I am way more frugal with money. I'm not ashamed to clip coupons or shop around for the best deal. I think living on my own at an early age really helped me become more responsible when it comes to finances. 

While I do not bank with TCF, I was impressed by their Financial Learning Center which offer unique technology and videos to simplify complex financial concepts. It's great tool to consider when starting out on your own financial journey. 

To learn more about how you can take control of your financial IQ, visit the TCF Bank Financial Learning Center at tcfbank.com/learning and register to take their  interactive financial literacy program.

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April is National Financial Literacy Month #Sponsored #MC

“I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for TCF Bank. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? Well, TCF bank wants you to consider your financial habits and created this quiz to help you determine your financial animal. Click here to take this fun quiz.



I took the quiz and I’m a Coyote. I’m a crafty scavenger, always on the hunt for a bargain. My ideal day is spent digging in the couch cushions for spare change, clipping coupons and scouring the web for promo codes. It can be a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it for the sense of accomplishment I feel after scoring a killer deal. To see what kind of financial animal you here take the quiz by clicking Here.

Well, let me tell you I certainly wasn't always a Coyote. That's for sure. As I entered my late teens I'll admit, I was not very responsible when it came to finances. I was not a good saver, and never really worried about my future. I didn't budget and blew through money. That is until I got my first apartment. Reality hit and I then knew that I couldn't be so carefree with my money. I had bills to pay along with rent. I ended up working two jobs so that I had enough to pay rent and bills and have a little leftover to save and use for the occasional night out. I started to budget, contribute to my 401k, and started to mature financially. 

Now that I am older and am a stay at home mom I am way more frugal with money. I'm not ashamed to clip coupons or shop around for the best deal. I think living on my own at an early age really helped me become more responsible when it comes to finances. 

While I do not bank with TCF, I was impressed by their Financial Learning Center which offer unique technology and videos to simplify complex financial concepts. It's great tool to consider when starting out on your own financial journey. 

To learn more about how you can take control of your financial IQ, visit the TCF Bank Financial Learning Center at tcfbank.com/learning and register to take their  interactive financial literacy program.

Or visit tcfbank.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

Huggies Pull Ups Ambassador Program #Sponsored #MC #StartPottyTraining

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”





It's hard to believe almost three months has now passed since I started blogging about our potty training journey. My little one has come a long way since I first started blogging about the First Flush Program. I'm so proud of him and we've almost got this potty thing down. He is much more vocal when it comes to telling me when he has to use the potty (I had blogged about this in the beginning how he wouldn't tell me when he needed to tinkle) and he is now waking up completely dry after naps and 4 or 5 nights a week he is waking up dry as well.

I loved all the tips and potty training tools from the Big Kid Academy site and my little guy loved the games! I do think that making potty training fun is key. Don't force your child when he isn't ready and don't put to much pressure on him/her to use the potty. Every child develops in their own way. Trust me, it will happen!

Also, be consistent. In the beginning I was always making sure to put my little guy on the potty every hour or two. That is where the Huggies Big Kid Timer came in handy. Now more often than not, my son will let me know when he has to use the potty. But he still enjoys getting a call from his favorite Disney Characters when it comes time to use the potty. Another great game from the Big Kids App.




You can read more about the Big Kid Academy and various training techniques and fun activities like the rewards wheel, potty training charts, big kid timer, and other ways to celebrate big potty milestones by visiting the Big Kid Academy site along with Huggies Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Potty training with the help of Huggies Pull Ups keeps getting better and better. Recently they partnered with The First Years (which are the makers of potty training systems and seats) so when you purchase a new The First Years potty training system, you receive a pack of Huggies Pull Ups to help you along your potty training journey! Sounds like a great deal to me. Check it out!


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“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”





It's hard to believe almost three months has now passed since I started blogging about our potty training journey. My little one has come a long way since I first started blogging about the First Flush Program. I'm so proud of him and we've almost got this potty thing down. He is much more vocal when it comes to telling me when he has to use the potty (I had blogged about this in the beginning how he wouldn't tell me when he needed to tinkle) and he is now waking up completely dry after naps and 4 or 5 nights a week he is waking up dry as well.

I loved all the tips and potty training tools from the Big Kid Academy site and my little guy loved the games! I do think that making potty training fun is key. Don't force your child when he isn't ready and don't put to much pressure on him/her to use the potty. Every child develops in their own way. Trust me, it will happen!

Also, be consistent. In the beginning I was always making sure to put my little guy on the potty every hour or two. That is where the Huggies Big Kid Timer came in handy. Now more often than not, my son will let me know when he has to use the potty. But he still enjoys getting a call from his favorite Disney Characters when it comes time to use the potty. Another great game from the Big Kids App.




You can read more about the Big Kid Academy and various training techniques and fun activities like the rewards wheel, potty training charts, big kid timer, and other ways to celebrate big potty milestones by visiting the Big Kid Academy site along with Huggies Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Potty training with the help of Huggies Pull Ups keeps getting better and better. Recently they partnered with The First Years (which are the makers of potty training systems and seats) so when you purchase a new The First Years potty training system, you receive a pack of Huggies Pull Ups to help you along your potty training journey! Sounds like a great deal to me. Check it out!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creamy White Cheddar and Chipotle Bowtie Pasta




I am really on a big pasta kick lately. Probably not the best kick to be on given my diet so hopefully I get my carb cravings out of my system soon! Since we are all about the spice in our house this Creamy White Cheddar Chipotle Bowtie Pasta really hit the spot! If you are a fan of chipotle peppers, definitely give this dish a try!

Creamy White Cheddar and Chipotle Bowtie Pasta
Serves 6
WW PP=8
Cal 298, Carbs 46.3, Fat 7, Fiber 3g, Protein 12

Ingredients
12 oz. Bowtie Pasta, cooked to al dente
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
1.25 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
3 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 cup reduced fat milk (I used two percent)
1 cup petite diced tomatoes
salt to taste

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat whisk together the milk and cream cheese. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in the shredded cheese. Once cheese is melted add in the chipotle peppers and tomatoes. Taste and season with salt, if necessary. Pour sauce mixture over bowties and toss to coat. Garnish with cilantro or green onion if desired. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzones



Busy days call for simple meals. I've been running around all day and these calzones were a last minute dinner idea. I didn't meal plan this week so I've been kind of just winging it. I made these calzones with a store bought rotisserie chicken breast and refrigerated pizza dough and let me tell you....they were delish!

BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzones
Serves 4
WW PP=12
Cal 427, Carbs 55, Fat 12.2, Fiber 1g, Protein 23.5

Ingredients
2 cups chopped chicken breast (I used rotisserie)
1/2 cup bbq sauce (I used Stubbs)
1 tbsp. dry ranch seasoning
1/8 cup reduced fat ranch dressing
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
4 slices reduced fat cheese (I used monterrey jack)
1 refrigerated pizza crust

In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, bacon, ranch seasoning, dressing, and bbq sauce.

Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough; place on cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough into a large rectangle; cut into 4 (7x5-inch) rectangles. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto half of each rectangle, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge. Lay one slice of cheese over each. Fold dough in half over filling; press edges firmly with fork to seal. Prick tops with fork.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Quesadillas



This is a delicious and healthy spin on traditional Quesadillas. Chop up your veggies and toss them with fajita marinated chicken tenderloins and let the crock pot do the cooking for you. The only thing left for you to do is assemble the quesadilla and grill it. These were a hit with my husband and I can't wait to make them again soon!


Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Quesadillas
Makes 4 Quesadillas
WW PP=7
Cal 309 Carbs 11.5, Fat 10.2, Fiber 8g, Protein 37.5

Ingredients
16 oz. fajita marinated chicken tenderloins
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow onion, sliced
8 slices reduced fat pepper jack cheese (or any cheese of your choice)
4 large flour tortillas (I used low carb/high fiber wraps)

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Top with sliced veggies. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot and break apart into pieces.

To assemble quesadillas top half of each tortilla with chicken and two slices of cheese. Fold the tortilla over and press down. Lightly spray tortilla with cooking spray and cook in a large sauce pan (I used my panini press) for about 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping. Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Four Cheese Baked Spaghetti



Well, so much for the two day warm spell we had. Today it is cold and snowing! What a difference a day makes, that's for sure! Cold weather always puts me in the mood for comfort food and this delicious Four Cheese Baked Spaghetti is just the meal I was looking for. Easy to prepare and it can be made ahead of time so all you need to do when you get home is pop it in the oven. Serve it along side a tossed salad and bread and dinner is served!

Four Cheese Baked Spaghetti
Serves 8
WW PP=10
Cal 428, Carbs 44.6, Fat 12.8, Fiber 8.2g, Protein 29.7

Ingredients
16 oz. spaghetti (I used ronzoni smart taste)
1 lb. lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 jar pasta sauce
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook Pasta to al dente. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile brown ground beef. Add in the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and pasta sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer five minutes.

While meat is simmering, toss pasta with cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and half of the cheddar and mozzarella and spread into a lightly sprayed 9x13 baking dish. Top with meat sauce and remaining cheeses.

Bake uncovered at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Urbini Hummingbird Lightweight Stroller #MC #Urbini #Sponsored

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.”


When it comes to strollers I am very picky. I'll be the first to admit that I side eye certain brands and I will pay top dollar for a great stroller. I am however always in need of a good back up stroller and I wanted something lightweight, practical, and very functional so when I was picked to review the new Urbini Hummingbird Stoller I jumped at the chance!




If you are like me, you may have not heard of this brand of stroller. Well, let me tell you.... I found it to be one of the best lightweight strollers I have used. I purchased mine in black since I have a little boy and found the color to be the most gender appropriate.

The Hummingbird Stroller is a Ultra-Light stroller weighing under 7lbs and features:

One-hand, self standing fold
Strong, aluminum frame design
Multi-position reclining seat
Swivel armbar
Padded 5-point harness



First, it was as easy as can be to put together. I just unfolded it and snapped the wheels into place and it was ready to go in under five minutes! Easy Peasy! You don't find that often when assembling a stroller.  What I really liked most about the Urbini was how light and compact it was and the one hand self standing hold for easy fold up. This is a fantastic stroller to take with you to the airport for vacations or even road trips when you are looking for a stroller that won't take up a lot of space. Compared to other umbrella strollers I've had in the past, this is hands down the most functional for that very reason. What I liked best about this stroller is the multi position reclining seat which is great if you have a toddler like me who falls asleep in the stroller. Another bonus!


The Urbini Hummingbird Stroller retails at Walmart for around 100 dollars. You can read more about this baby stroller by clicking here.

To read my E-Commerce Review Click Here

Also be sure to visit their Facebook and Twitter Page!

Urbini Hummingbird Lightweight Stroller #MC #Urbini #Sponsored

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.”


When it comes to strollers I am very picky. I'll be the first to admit that I side eye certain brands and I will pay top dollar for a great stroller. I am however always in need of a good back up stroller and I wanted something lightweight, practical, and very functional so when I was picked to review the new Urbini Hummingbird Stoller I jumped at the chance!




If you are like me, you may have not heard of this brand of stroller. Well, let me tell you.... I found it to be one of the best lightweight strollers I have used. I purchased mine in black since I have a little boy and found the color to be the most gender appropriate.

The Hummingbird Stroller is a Ultra-Light stroller weighing under 7lbs and features:

One-hand, self standing fold
Strong, aluminum frame design
Multi-position reclining seat
Swivel armbar
Padded 5-point harness



First, it was as easy as can be to put together. I just unfolded it and snapped the wheels into place and it was ready to go in under five minutes! Easy Peasy! You don't find that often when assembling a stroller.  What I really liked most about the Urbini was how light and compact it was and the one hand self standing hold for easy fold up. This is a fantastic stroller to take with you to the airport for vacations or even road trips when you are looking for a stroller that won't take up a lot of space. Compared to other umbrella strollers I've had in the past, this is hands down the most functional for that very reason. What I liked best about this stroller is the multi position reclining seat which is great if you have a toddler like me who falls asleep in the stroller. Another bonus!


The Urbini Hummingbird Stroller retails at Walmart for around 100 dollars. You can read more about this baby stroller by clicking here.

To read my E-Commerce Review Click Here

Also be sure to visit their Facebook and Twitter Page!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves




I don't make meatloaf that often but when I do I like to mix it up and break away from the everyday traditional meatloaf. I've never been crazy about the kind that is slathered with ketchup. These Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves are packed with flavor and are so simple to prepare. They are great made with ground turkey and ground chicken too! Give them a try for yourself!

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves
Makes 8 Mini Meatloaves
WW PP=4
Cal 172, Carbs 6.2, Fat 8.7, Fiber 1g, Protein 15.6

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 cup chunky salsa, divided
1 egg
2 cloves, garlic chopped
1 tbsp.onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I like panko)
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided


Pre-heat oven to 400.

Mix together ground beef, egg, half of the salsa, garlic, onion powder, salt, breadcrumbs, and half of the shredded cheese.

Press into mini loaf pans or muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake 20 to 25 min. or until meatloaves are done. Top with remaining salsa and cheese; bake and additional 3 min. or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves




I don't make meatloaf that often but when I do I like to mix it up and break away from the everyday traditional meatloaf. I've never been crazy about the kind that is slathered with ketchup. These Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves are packed with flavor and are so simple to prepare. They are great made with ground turkey and ground chicken too! Give them a try for yourself!

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves
Makes 8 Mini Meatloaves
WW PP=4
Cal 172, Carbs 6.2, Fat 8.7, Fiber 1g, Protein 15.6

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 cup chunky salsa, divided
1 egg
2 cloves, garlic chopped
1 tbsp.onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I like panko)
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided


Pre-heat oven to 400.

Mix together ground beef, egg, half of the salsa, garlic, onion powder, salt, breadcrumbs, and half of the shredded cheese.

Press into mini loaf pans or muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake 20 to 25 min. or until meatloaves are done. Top with remaining salsa and cheese; bake and additional 3 min. or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicken Santa Fe Mac and Cheese



Yummmm........could anything be better than a good mac and cheese dish? Not here in my house! This Chicken Santa Fe Mac and Cheese combines all my favorite ingredients from my original crock pot recipe but in a mac and cheese. A fun twist on a classic and it was a hit!


Chicken Santa Fe Mac and Cheese
Serves 8
WW PP=7
Cal 271 Carbs 36.7 Fat 6 Fiber 4.5, Protein !7.8


Ingredients
12 oz. elbow macaroni cooked al dente (I used Ronzoni)
2 cups cooked and chopped chicken breast
2 tbsp. hot sauce
1 cup creamed corn
1 can rotel, drained
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
salt to taste

In a large sauce pan over low heat combine creamed corn and sour cream. Stir until well blended, reduce heat to a simmer. Slowly stir in half the shredded cheese and hot sauce. Once melted add in the remaining ingredients.

Transfer to a lightly greased baking dish and top with remaining shredded cheese.

Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is cooked through. Enjoy!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Loaded Potato and Cajun Sausage Skillet




This tasty skillet recipe is a spin off from my original version that used cajun chicken. This time I around I decided to make it with smoked turkey sausage since I had some in the house and wanted to make something different with it. This was even better than my original chicken skillet. A hit with the whole family!


Loaded Potato and Cajun Chicken Skillet
Serves 6
WW PP=7
Cal 294, Carbs 17.1, Fat 13.8, Fiber 2, Protein 21.8


Ingredients
1 14 oz. package turkey sausage, cut into chunks
6 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
8 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled (I used center cut)
1 tbsp cajun seasoning
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 can rotel, drained
1.5 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese

 In a large skillet heat olive oil and add in the potatoes. Sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Cook about 8 minutes per side or until crisp. Add in the sausage, onions, and rotel.  Cook until onions turn translucent. Top with cooked bacon and shredded cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid and remove when cheese is melted.

Serve with sour cream, green onions, and hot sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Loaded Potato and Cajun Sausage Skillet




This tasty skillet recipe is a spin off from my original version that used cajun chicken. This time I around I decided to make it with smoked turkey sausage since I had some in the house and wanted to make something different with it. This was even better than my original chicken skillet. A hit with the whole family!


Loaded Potato and Cajun Chicken Skillet
Serves 6
WW PP=7
Cal 294, Carbs 17.1, Fat 13.8, Fiber 2, Protein 21.8


Ingredients
1 14 oz. package turkey sausage, cut into chunks
6 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
8 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled (I used center cut)
1 tbsp cajun seasoning
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 can rotel, drained
1.5 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese

 In a large skillet heat olive oil and add in the potatoes. Sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Cook about 8 minutes per side or until crisp. Add in the sausage, onions, and rotel.  Cook until onions turn translucent. Top with cooked bacon and shredded cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid and remove when cheese is melted.

Serve with sour cream, green onions, and hot sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chicken Caesar Club Wraps



I love just about anything Chicken Caesar. Caesar Salads, Sandwiches, Panini's. If it's got Caesar Dressing and Chicken, then I will eat it! I could probably eat Caesar Salads at least twice a week and I enjoyed these Chicken Caesar Club Wraps so much that I could eat them every day! They were that good! What's not to love?

Chicken Caesar Club Wraps
Makes 4 Wraps
WW PP=8
Cal 327, Carbs 13, Fat 17.2, Fiber 8g, Protein 28.5

Ingredients
3 cups cooked chicken breast (I grilled mine)
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup reduced fat caesar dressing
1/2 cup caesar croutons, crushed
8 slices cooked
4 slices cheese of your choice (I used reduced fat white cheddar)
4 slices tomato
4 wraps (I used Multigrain low carb wraps)

In a large bowl, combine the dressing, chicken, romaine and croutons. Spoon about 2/3 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla top with a slice of cheese, tomato, and two slices bacon. Roll up tortilla and cut in half. Serve with additional caesar dressing for dipping if desired. Enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crock Pot Taco Melts



We really love Mexican food in our house and have it often. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it and these tacos are a fun twist on a classic taco. You can add whatever meat you would like to them but I made mine with shredded beef and chipotle peppers for some heat. They were a hit!

Crock Pot Taco Melts
Makes 10 Tacos
WW PP=5 (using beef)
Cal 190, Carbs 17, Fat 8.1, Fiber 1.6, Protein 14.9


Ingredients
1 lb meat of your choice (I used lean beef stew meat)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 cup low sodium black beans, drained
1 cup petite diced tomatoes
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
10 flour tortillas
shredded lettuce, sour cream, cilantro etc. for toppings

Arrange meat in bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle with chili powder and toss in your onion, garlic, black beans, and diced tomatoes. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

About 15 minutes before serving, evenly spoon meat and half of the cheese into flour tortillas. Fold each taco and place onto a baking sheet and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Bake at 350 for 10  minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with any additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

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