Monthly Archives: August 2016

Frosted Maple Cookies

Frosted Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Autumn is not here just yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not looking forward to all of the autumn inspired activities and tastes… you know, everything pumpkin, hayrides, s’mores over the fire, and maple….

 

Frosted Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Maple… a flavor that often gets overlooked with all of the delicious autumn recipes featuring pumpkin.  But, this is a flavor that I well remember growing up—and not just maple syrup on pancakes.  My grandma used to make maple cookies, with a maple frosting that were so good…

 

Frosted Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Frosted Maple Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 4 dozen
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Cookies:

½ cup shortening

1½ cups packed brown sugar

2 medium eggs

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

1 tablespoon maple flavor

½ teaspoon maple syrup

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

 

Maple frosting:

2¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon maple flavor

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon butter

 

Frosted Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Directions

In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar, then gradually add the eggs, maple flavor, sour cream, and maple syrup, and beat until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile make the maple frosting. Beat butter, maple flavor, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cookies when completely cooled.

*If you want more of a glaze, add frosting to cookies when they are still warm and the frosting will melt.

 

 

Frosted Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

This autumn, enjoy some delicious maple cookies!

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

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Round Up:

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Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin

Cedar Chest Restoration

Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

“Little Money” Savings and Earning Ideas

S’mores Doughnuts

 

 

 

 

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Are You a Budgeting Phony?

Are You a Budgeting Phony? | Money Savvy Living

Are you a budgeting phony?  A hypocrite when it comes to finances?

Hypocrisy is not a word that you would typically associate with budgeting, is it?  However, when you stop and think about what that actually means, it probably applies to someone you know.

So let’s start out by talking about what a hypocrite is: A hypocrite is one who “acts a false part, or assumes a character other than the real.”

You may be starting to figure out what I mean by a budgeting hypocrite…  There are three types of budgeting phonies: the “dead-broke” budgeter, the “YOLO” budgeter, and the “live-for-the-moment” budgeter.

 

The Dead-Broke Budgeter

This type of person is always complaining about how they have no money.  This type of budgeter may even ask to borrow money frequently and then have trouble coming up with the money to pay you back.  Yet, ironically, they somehow can afford expensive or luxury (non-necessity) items.  Do you know someone who never has enough money to pay bills, get diapers for the baby, or buy gifts for holidays, but has plenty of money for vacations, eating out frequently, and smartphones or other expensive gadgets?  While this type of budgeter says they don’t have enough money, the fact is, they probably would have enough money to pay for the necessities if they budgeted for needs first, and wants second

 

The YOLO Budgeter

This type of person spends money like it grows on trees—well, because, You Only Live Once, right?!  They seemingly have an endless supply of money to buy any and every thing they want.  While things may look fine from the outside, this type of budgeter may be building a house of cards that will come crashing down at some point.  This can easily happen because this type of budgeter overextends their finances by taking out interest only loans (never paying back principle… until that loan must one day be refinanced to pay principle and interest) and/or maxing out credit cards.  Charging it up on credit cards can be fun—until the bill arrives.  The budgeter that lives beyond their means will eventually face a day of reckoning.

 

The Live-for-the-Moment Budgeter

This type of budget is kind of tricky to spot—this may even be you and you don’t even know it yet!  This type of budgeter isn’t always telling you how broke they are, yet seemingly makes unwise budgeting choices; nor do they wildly spend money as though they have an endless supply.  This type of budgeter pays their bills and makes good money decisions—mostly.  The only problem for this type of budgeter is that they have not factored in saving for retirement.  With all of the things that can come along in life, it can be hard to set aside money for retirement—which can be 20, 30, or 40 years away—especially when it feels like you need that money now, just to get by…  However, getting in the habit of saving, even if it is only $20 a month to start with, will start a very beneficial budget routine for you and your family.

So what do you need to do?

If you fit into one of these categories, you need to make budgeting changes NOW.

Yesterday would actually be better.

But, we can’t change how you handled finances in the past; however, we can make positive changes moving forward to get your finances under control and set you up for a path toward a comfortable retirement.

  • Create a budget. This is the first step to getting your finances into order.  Know where you are and then set the path forward.  This is going to involve talking to your spouse or significant other about money—a potentially very sensitive subject.  Before starting this discussion, you may want to read When Not to Talk to Your Spouse About Finances so you can make that conversation as productive as possible.  You can also download my free, printable budget to help you organized:

Mone Savvy Living Budget printable

  • Treat retirement savings as a necessary expense. Why an expense?  Because then you are factoring it into your budget every month as money going out of your bank account.  In this case, it is not going to pay a bill, it is going into a retirement savings account—401k, Regular IRA, or Roth IRA.  My article, Retirement Planning: Are You a Saver or Spender? goes over why you may be leaving free money on the table if you aren’t currently investing into a retirement account—especially an employer sponsored retirement account.
  • Prioritize your spending. For all three of these types of budgeting phonies, mismanagement of finances is the root cause of the problem.  Creating a budget will quickly show you the items that are necessary to pay first, and then using the money that you have left over after paying all your necessary expenses (which is called disposable income), to buy the things that you want, but don’t necessarily need.

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#70}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

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Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

Round Up:

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What Type of Budget Should I Use?

10 Back to School Meal Planning Tips

10 Tips for DIY Wedding Invitations

 

 

 

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Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToSchoolSimple #CollectiveBias #ad

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

 

Summer’s over and it’s back to school time… Okay, technically, we still have over one month left of summer, but with the kids going back to school, it sure feels like summer is over and fall is here…

 

Getting ready to send the kids back to school is about way more than just making sure that we find every last item on their school supply list.  It is also about getting the right items to create healthy—and easy—pack lunches, after-school snacks, and meals at home.   While I always like to focus on healthy, it is also important for me to be able to put together meals and snacks quickly and easily.  With three boys, all involved in sports and after-school activities, we seem to always be on-the-go.  I’m sure many of you can relate to that, right?

 

So when I head to Giant Eagle to get my groceries, I know that I can find all of the “healthier” choices that I am looking for… and take advantage of great in-store deals with my Giant Eagle Advantage card.  One of my favorite aspects of this is earning Fuel Perks.  I love saving money when I gas up my car—and all I have to do is buy groceries!

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

 

This year, back to school grocery shopping was easier than ever!  Some of my favorite finds at Giant Eagle were:

  • Frito Lay Multipack: Baked and Popped Mix
  • Schwebel’s Sweet Harvest Wheat Bread
  • Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • JIF Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Nature’s Basket Strawberry fruit & grain cereal bars
  • Giant Eagle Part-Skim Mozzarella String Cheese

So, for less than $20, I had all of the staple items that I needed to pack nutritious lunches for the next few weeks (obviously, the peanut butter and fruit spread will last much longer than that!)

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

 

I felt really good about sending the boys off to their first day of school with the natural peanut butter and strawberry fruit spread sandwich on the sweet harvest wheat bread.  Yes, this is just PB&J, but the only ingredients in this fruit spread are strawberries, sugar, fruit pectin, and citric acid—the exact same ingredients that I would use if I were to make homemade jam!  I have always loved to make homemade jam because many of the jams, jellies, and fruit spreads that you buy contain high fructose corn syrup, extra preservatives, and colors added.  But now, I have a quick, easy, and healthy-as-homemade option that I can buy at the grocery store!  So, adding in a strawberry fruit & grain cereal bar, some baked chips, and some carrot sticks and cucumber slices, the boys had a healthy and filling lunch waiting for them.

 

Another mainstay in our home is low-fat cheese sticks—I always make sure that I have plenty of these on-hand for the boys to grab for a snack or add to lunch because they are a great source of calcium and protein!

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

 

Even though these cheese sticks are typically for lunches and snacks, I decided to make a special dinner.  So, to celebrate a successful first day of school completed, we are going to have Back to School Turkey & String Cheese Panini Poppers.

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

 

Turkey and Cheese Panini Poppers

  • 3 cheese sticks, cut into thirds
  • 1 package, refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 4 slices deli-style turkey
  • pre-cooked French fries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Open the package of refrigerated crescent rolls, unroll dough.  Cut the deli meat into halves and the cheese sticks into thirds.

Simply layer the ingredients on top of the crescent roll dough: turkey, cheese and French fries.  Fold in edges and roll up.  Press sides of dough together.  Place on lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

 

The boys absolutely loved them—and even asked for more! And because they were so quick and easy, we were able to make it to soccer and football practices in good time.

 

If you need a little inspiration for some tasty and quick back-to-school meal ideas, you can visit Giant Eagle meals and learn more about just how simple it can be… now, you don’t have to order take out for a quick and easy dinner… #backtoschoolsimple

 

Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers | Giant Eagle Back to School | Money Savvy Living

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#69}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

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Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

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Hannah // Lisa // Gina

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Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Money Talk for College Students

Painless Ways to Help Your Child’s School Financially

Why I Can Not Be Trusted at COSTCO

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

 

Taking a family vacation is definitely an investment—one which I personally think is invaluable because you can’t put a price tag on creating memories with your kids, right?  While theoretically, money is no object when it comes to my family, the reality of the situation is that we do have to live within a budget.  So, with that in mind, I always like to look for places to go and things to do that can provide a lot of fun and entertainment for the boys, while taking it easy on our bank account…

 

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

 

If you are looking for a fun, frugal, and family-friendly vacation, then you will love Virginia Beach!  Of course, there are several other things to do on a Virginia Beach vacation, but these seven things won’t cost you a dime!

 

The Beach                       

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

Okay, obviously, this is the main attraction—the beach itself!  Whether you like to just lay out and soak up the sun, build a sandcastle, search for seashells, or play in the ocean, the beach will keep you and your kids busy all day.  These nice, wide beaches have plenty of room to lay out by the ocean, or spread out under your own little umbrella or tent.  Besides that, at certain spots along the beach, there are actually playgrounds that your kids can play on, still on the sand, but close to the boardwalk.  Bring a volleyball or Frisbee for the bigger kids (or the parents!) because there is plenty of room for that too!

 

Dolphin Watching

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

You can pay to take a boat ride for dolphin watching, but you really don’t need to… because the dolphins actually swim close enough to shore that you can see them right from your spot on the beach.  While the dolphin excursion boat rides would definitely get you up-close, you can still enjoy seeing the dolphins right from shore—and that’s free!

 

Stroll along the Boardwalk

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

Virginia Beach has a beautiful boardwalk that stretches for 3 miles of the Virginia Beach coastline—so you can literally walk up and down Virginia Beach oceanfront!  We absolutely loved strolling the boardwalk to find new restaurants or just to see what else was around… and never had to take our eyes off of the ocean.  The boardwalk also had a couple of “lanes” devoted to bicycles, multi-person carts and skateboarders.  So bring your bicycle… or you can choose to rent one if you want…

 

Neptune Statue

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

While you are at Virginia Beach, you have to at least stop by and see the colossal statue of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.

 

Cape Henry Lighthouses/Fort Story

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

You will definitely want to check out the lighthouses at Cape Henry.  However, once we got there, we realized that there was so much more to Cape Henry than just the lighthouses.  There were great history lessons to be learned there.  Did you know that the original lighthouse was the very first federal building authorized by the United States government in 1789?  Did you know that construction of the lighthouse actually started in 1772, but was interrupted by the American Revolution?  Did you know that the sandstone used to build the original lighthouse came from the same Aquia Virginia Quarries that provided stone for Mount Vernon, The U.S. Capitol, and the White House?

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

Besides the lighthouses, there were also other statues: a memorial cross, Battle of the Capes, and Francois Joseph Paul De Grasse.  The memorial cross erected in 1935, which serves as a reminder of the original oak cross built by the colonists when they arrived in 1607 and named Cape Henry for Henry, Prince of Wales, the oldest son of King James I.  The Battle of the Capes in September 1781 was a major turning point in America’s struggle for independence, and you can learn all about it here…  And a statue of De Grasse commemorates his role in the Battle of the Capes that lead to the victory of American Independence from Britain.

Who says a fun beach vacation can’t be educational too?!

 

Street Performances

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

Every evening, visitors to Virginia Beach are entertained by music from individuals and small group musicians, to painters, jugglers, and so much more… all FREE!  There are signs posted that let visitors know that no tips are necessary because these live performances are actually paid for by the city of Virginia Beach.

My son, Chase, actually got to be a part of one of the shows—Up, Down, Go!  He was pretty excited!

 

Concerts

7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE | Money Savvy Living

The street performances are great, but in addition to the single or small group musicians that you can enjoy as you stroll, there are also actual concerts—everything from orchestra music at the small amphitheater at Neptune’s Park, to concerts at various stages along Atlantic Avenue between the street and the boardwalk.  No tickets necessary, just find a seat and enjoy!

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#68}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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Strawberry Zucchini Brownies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #mixinmoments #CollectiveBias #ad

 

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Eating healthy is a main focus of our family; however, we like to indulge every now and then with something decadent.  So when I find something that is a delicious treat, and a little healthier, I get pretty excited…

 

Nestle Toll House now has NEW Brownies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers; and Cookies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers… made just a little healthier— NO preservatives and NO artificial colors or flavors.  As a consumer— and a mother of three boys— I love to know that I am giving the very best quality ingredients to my family.

 

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So when I found out these new Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes were free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, I was ready to try them all! However, when we got to Target, not all of the baking mixes were in stock (they are available online though). So if they aren’t available in your area, you can always order it online and get free shipping and save 5% off your purchase if you use a Target Red card. I’m always looking to save a little extra money, so when I got to the checkout and was done paying, along with my receipt, I got an in-store Target coupon to save $0.75 on my next purchase of two Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes. And right now, you can save even more and join Ibotta and get an additional rebate of $0.75 on this product!

 

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Once we got home, we then had to figure out which baking mix to use first… and that was a hard decision… but, after much deliberation, we decided to go with the Nestle Toll House Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix.  (Plus, I knew that I could sneak some fruits and vegetables into the chocolate mix without it even being noticed by my kids… shhhh, don’t tell them my secret!)

 

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Usually, if you want to avoid the preservatives and artificial ingredients, you need to whip up something from scratch… and that’s another reason that I love these new baking mixes… just like homemade, but quicker and easier!

 

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I love the fact that these new Nestle Toll House Baking mixes do not contain preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. And I also love to try to sneak in a few extra fruits and vegetables into my kids when I can… so adding in some strawberries and zucchini gives this “healthier” brownie mix even more of a boost— yet still tastes so good, the kids don’t even realize that they are eating zucchini!

 

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The boys got to spend the day with some of their cousins for my nephew’s birthday and take a little break for brownies.  They certainly look like they enjoyed them!

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies, featuring NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ shredded zucchini
  • ¼ strawberries, diced and crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 7-inch X 11-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Stir brownie mix, egg, and oil in bowl until blended. Add crushed strawberries and shredded zucchini. Stir in ¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
  3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle ¼ cup morsels on top of batter and lightly press into batter.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

For more creative recipes like this one, you can find more Nestle Toll House recipes and be inspired to bake the very best for your family… how will you “sneak” some extra fruits and vegetables into your family?  How will you use these #mixinmoments baking mixes to create special moments in your life?

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