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3 Easy Ways to Keep It Together This Thanksgiving

3 Easy Ways to Keep It Together This Thanksgiving

The holidays can be stressful and with Thanksgiving right around the corner we moms tend to forget about ourselves, because we're so busy taking care of others. That’s why I’m partnering with Alouette, to share three easy ways to make sure you don’t forget to eat while you’re busy feeding everyone else this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has always been an enormous deal for us, especially now that we’re in a state with no family close by. When we lived in NYC we would head to my in-laws or any other relatives home for Thanksgiving, and left all the cooking to them, with the exception of one dish that we would carry along. Now that we’re relatively thousands of miles away from everyone, it means that I have to prepare our Thanksgiving meal by myself. I generally spend hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day making sure everything is ready. It's just what we do as moms! I have a family of six, and all with different eating habits and tastes. My oldest is a vegetarian, so for her there is a fish made, while Madison, Mikael and I just LOVE Cornish Hens. My husband has to have his ham while Kyle is all about the turkey, and let's not forget the sides! When I think about how much time is going to be spent in the kitchen, it's enough to make me want to disappear for a while, but that's not going to be possible. So how do you keep it all together and not forget yourself in the meantime? In my experience, these three effortless tips will help ensure that your day goes by a lot easier.

1. Snack while cooking
One thing we moms always tend to forget is ourselves, especially when we're in the kitchen. As moms we tend to put our families first, and we're all so busy making sure that everything is just right, that everyone is fed and happy, that sometimes we even forget to feed ourselves! I love that Alouette Garlic and Herbs Soft Spreadable cheese is so easy to grab out of the fridge, pop off the top and dip a few veggies in. Let’s face it, we’re already cutting up tons of vegetables for the side dishes, might as well feed yourself while you’re cooking! To make sure I don’t forget to feed myself while I’m cooking for everyone else, I always make sure to keep a snack on hand … and maybe even a glass of wine!

2. Make a list
Make a list (and check it twice) of all the things that you need beforehand so that you'll be ready on the big day. Start with your grocery list, then follow up with everything that you will need for the big day. Having a list will help ensure that things run smoothly, and that you're not pulling your hair out.

3. Enlist help
We like to think that we can do it all alone, but there is no reason why you shouldn't ask for and receive help. Get everyone involved and allocate a chore for each member of the family. The little ones can set the table while the grown-ups can help with bigger things such as the cooking. They're all going to eat right? So why not enlist their help to get everything ready.

While all of these tips are helpful, I can’t stress how important #1 is to make sure you are energized throughout all the festivities.  Alouette makes it easy to keep it together, especially in the snacking department. It’s sold at most grocery stores, so it’s quick to pick up while you’re shopping for other ingredients for the main event. For me while I'm in the kitchen preparing meals, especially my veggies for other meals, I can easily dip my veggies in the Alouette Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese spread. I simply pop the top off of the Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese and dip a few of the veggies that I'm cutting up for my other dishes. The spread tastes especially great with celery and carrots, which I use for my Cornish Hens, and cherry tomatoes which are used for my salads. I get to satiate my hunger without skipping a beat in the kitchen!

So even though you're busy in the kitchen, I want to take this moment to remind you that it doesn't mean that you should forget about yourself this holiday season. Keep Alouette Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese on hand. It's great for all occasion and tastes amazing! Don't just take my word for it. Give it a try yourself!

Have you yourself tried Aloutette Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese? 

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Annmarie John
A Very Simple Way to Prepare for the Cold & Flu Season ~ #VicksHumidifier

A Very Simple Way to Prepare for the Cold & Flu Season ~ #VicksHumidifier

The seasons have changed, fall is here and winter is on it's way.  While I love fall and all that it brings, there are a few things I can live without. I love the cooler weather, the falling leaves, and even visiting a few pumpkin patches. There are traditions that we do yearly, including drinking hot cocoa while wearing our favorite flannel or sweater, yet no matter how hard we try, the dreaded cold or flu seems to find it's way into our household, threatening to spoil the good times that we try to share.

There's nothing that we want more, as parents, than to make sure that our families are feeling their best. With a household filled with kids, there's always that possibility that someone is going to come home with some dreaded illness. As a matter of fact, Madison was out just a few weeks ago with a nasty cold. Here in Colorado, kids are required to be fever free for 24hrs before they can go back to school. So she was stuck in the house with me, laying in bed for the most part.

While I have an arsenal of products, by Vicks, and you may remember my post a few weeks ago about my cold and flu basket filled with Vicks products, today I want to share with you one another simple way that I prepare, and how it has helped my family. I'm talking about controlling the germs that are in my house with one simple product. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier.

In Colorado our weather is usually dry or dryer and we lack the humidity that most states tend to have. Keeping the humidity levels in my home is of utmost importance. My son Kyle suffers from bloody noses, while the rest of us generally have dry skin and chapped lips. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier has kept our humidity levels at the ideal levels while helping to alleviate all our dry weather problems.

So how can a humidifier help you?

Here are 3 ways that the Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier has helped my family.

1. Enables us to sleep better. 
I still have yet to get into the essential oils craze., and as with all humidifiers, you cannot put essential oils into them. It is highly recommended against. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier however has a slot for VapoPads® that are just as amazing as essential oils. For Madison I generally use the Vicks Sleepytime VapoPads® which includes a rosemary oil and lavendar to create a calming environment when she sleeps. You can also use the traditional Vicks VapoPads® which includes an eucalyptus oil and menthol for soothing scented vapor.

2. Helps with our humidity levels
I mentioned above that my son generally suffers from nosebleeds. Personally I have a sinus problem and would awake in the middle of the night congested and barely able to breathe. Since introducing a humidifier in our household, I've noticed that Kyle now has less nosebleeds and I can breathe a lot easier as well. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier helps to optimize our humidity levels, making our lives so much easier.

3. Reduces the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air
Did you know that Vicks Humidifiers are helpful in attaining proper humidity levels in your home – which can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air – and increase your wellness all year round. Studies indicate flu viruses thrive in cold and dry places, making winter air an ideal breeding ground for the virus. By keeping humidity levels in your home between 40 and 60 percent you can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and cough in children.

I am loving the Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier. It was very simple to set up and usability couldn't be easier. The large one gallon tank allows for up to 24hr use and it's patented UV germ-killing technology kills up to 99.9% of viruses, fungus, bacteria and mold in the unit’s water, providing the assurance that the humidifier emits a virtually germ-free mist. It's also very quiet, especially on it's lowest setting so makes it great for bedrooms as it won't disrupt your much needed sleep. You can use the VapoPads with your Vicks Humidifier to provide soothing Menthol or Sleepytime Rosemary and Lavendar scented vapors for up to 8 hours.

So get back to what you love doing, and don't let the cold and flu season keep you down.

The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier is currently on Rollback at Walmart for $49.86 (from $59.99) from November 2017 to January 2018, so now is your time to own one.

However, we have a surprise for you. One lucky winner will have the chance to win:

  • (1) Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier
  • (1) Family Pack of Vicks VapoPads; and 
  • (1) Family Pack of Vicks Pediatric Vapopads 
All you have to do is enter the giveaway below and share in the comment below, how you prepare for the cold and flu season. The winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

How do you prepare for the cold and flu season?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vicks Humidifiers. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Annmarie John
Holiday Catering Made Simple With Boston Market ~ #HolidayExperts

Holiday Catering Made Simple With Boston Market ~ #HolidayExperts

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you're looking for an easy way to spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen, Boston Market has you covered with their new Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery Program, delivered directly to your door.

I like being in the kitchen and cooking for my family, but only if I have to. This Thanksgiving will be bigger than it's ever been, since I will have company, and personally I would prefer to have someone else do the cooking. That way I'll be free to spend more time with my family, something that we rarely get to do since my eldest is away at college and my husband has very weird work hours. This Thanksgiving however, we will all be at home giving thanks for all that has transpired throughout the year. So when I learned that Boston Market can eliminate my need to be in the kitchen by catering my entire Thanksgiving meal, I was intrigued and just had to give them a try. I have to say that I was totally blown away by what they offered and what I received.

Their Complete Thanksgiving Meal for 12 arrived frozen with FedEx and was placed in our refrigerator until it was ready to be served. Everything was already cooked so all that was needed was for it to be thawed, heated and served. This meal comes with all the trimmings included such as:

  • Whole Roasted Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Home Style Stuffing
  • Cranberry Walnut Relish
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip & Crackers
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Pumpkin & Apple Pies
Preparing the meal was very straightforward and even though I'm not an expert with Turkey's, I have to say that mine came out rather succulent and delicious!

The new Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery program will be available for you to order through November 19th. However, Boston Market can also put joy on your table this Thanksgiving with additional ways to help get dinner done right. For families located near Boston Market restaurants, options include:

1. Holiday Heat & Serve: These chilled complete meals, entrees, sides or pies are fully cooked and can be ordered ahead of time and picked up in any Boston Market restaurant the week of Thanksgiving.

2. A La Carte: Whether guests are bringing a side to a celebration or looking for a dish to round out the meal, these chilled, fully cooked main dishes, sides or pies can be ordered ahead of time and picked up in any Boston Market restaurant the week of Thanksgiving.

3. Holiday Catering: Get it while it’s hot with buffet-style dinner for groups of 10 or more which can be delivered or picked up in-restaurant for parties big and small.

4. Thanksgiving Day Meal: Join Boston Market in-restaurant on Thanksgiving Day for a traditional, delicious plated meal. Family Meals, whole pies and hot dishes can be picked up as last minute additions to accompany any meal as well.

Since 1985, Boston Market has been serving up delicious home cooked meals for people who don't have the time to cook. The Holidays are usually when most of your time is spent cooking. However, this Thanksgiving, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family reminiscing about the good old days.

You can also send a complete Thanksgiving dinner to friends and family through the Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery program. Food gifts are always remembered and expressing thanks has never been easier or more delicious with this new option.

Here is just a bit more information about the Boston Market Thanksgiving meal options offered. There are currently three meals options than can feed up to twelve guests, while two additional offers can feed four to six people. Orders received by November 19 ($39.99 flat-rate shipping fee per box, excluding tax) will arrive on November 21.

For additional information on Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery and to see a wide selection of other available holiday offerings including Heat & Serve, Hot & Ready Catering and A La Carte options, visit

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Will Boston Market be catering your Thanksgiving this Holiday? 

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