What’s For Dinner Review…

My sweet friend Jennifer started a new serious on her blog called What’s For Dinner Thursday (be sure to check it out!!!) where she shares what they had for dinner.  I have done various posts like that here in the past but I haven’t been too good about sticking with them.  I am really going to try hard to stick with it this time.  Today I am announcing my “What’s For Dinner Review” which will be posted every Friday.  I will highlight the hits and maybe a few misses from our dinners that week.  I am excited to share a few of the new things that we tried this week!  We had a week full of new stuff so there’s quite a few to share today.  Some weeks won’t have this many. On to the food…

First up… We made this Crockpot Pesto Ravioli this week.  It was a hit with everyone, even our kid who is really picky when it comes to pasta!  I love how yummy and easy it was.  Perfect for those days when we are super busy or when I am just too tired to put a whole lot of energy into dinner.  Definitely put it into our regular rotation options.

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This one we tried a couple weeks ago, but it was really good so I want to make sure I mention it before I forget.  We tried these Wingers Sticky Fingers.  I have never been to a Wingers restaurant before, but they sure sounded good.  If you like buffalo sauce, you definitely need to give these a try!!  I have one kid who didn’t care for them (he doesn’t like buffalo sauce) but the rest of thought they were great!  We will definitely be making them again when the oldest isn’t home for dinner.   Oh, and I made the sauce but cheated and used frozen chicken tenders.  I hate making homemade breaded chicken.

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Speaking of homemade breaded chicken, I did make some this week with the help of my sweet husband.  We tag teamed it to make it go faster and a little easier but it was still WORK.  We had soooo many of those little chicken bites with a family of five to feed.  Anyway… we made this Panda Express Sweet Firecracker Chicken Copycat.  Man it was really good!  I am not usually a huge asian food fan, but I LOVED it.  This also comes from one of my favorite food blogs. Everything I have tried from her blog turns out awesome.  And her photos make my mouth water every time.  Another couple favorites from her blog are these Wonton Mozzarella Sticks and the Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots.

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat - An easy homemade version that tastes so much better (and healthier) than take-out!

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We made this Grilled Asian Chicken.  We were kind of in a rush that night so I didn’t make kabobs.  We just marinated the chicken breasts all day and grilled those.  I did throw some cut up vegetables on the grill with them.  Anyway, it was DELICIOUS!  We all definitely voted to make it again.  I think next time I will make it when I have time to do the kabobs. I mean kabobs are just happy food.  😉


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I made my Chinese Fried Rice (minus the chicken) to go along with the Grilled Asian Chicken.  We ate it as a side rather than adding the chicken to it.  It is ALWAYS a HUGE hit with my family.  We can go through some serious fried rice around here.  That’s good because my recipe makes a lot.  My boys like there to be left overs.  One of them loves it for breakfast!

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And now, here is my pinterest fail of the week…

I tried these Seasoned Potato Wedges.  While the taste was ok, they didn’t look anything like the picture on Pinterest.  I was excited to try them because they looked just like my favorite potato wedges from KFC.  Oh well.  Like I said, they tasted ok but we voted not to try them again.

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I don’t know about you guys but this time of year is always super busy!  Back to school activities and preparations always have me feeling like a chicken with its head cut off. One thing that has made life easier for me this year is that I did a lot of shopping online. Guess what I loved most? Ordering my favorite everyday products online from Walmart.com and having them delivered straight to my front door.  No need to go out and fight the crowds.  That my friends is AWESOME!

Online ordering with Walmart is super easy too.  You can do it from your computer…

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Or from the app on your smart phone…

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I have to make a confession… I can be a big pretty brand snob.  I have some favorite products that I just can’t depart with no matter how much I might save on something. P&G seems to have most of my favorites in their product line up too.  Needless to say, some of them made their way into my Walmart order. Like the Charmin toilet tissue, Tide laundry detergent and Swiffer Duster refills.  Can’t live without that stuff.   What I love about Walmart is that have just about everything you need.  I was running out of my favorite eye shadow so I threw one of those in my online cart.  I picked up a new concealer that I had heard rave reviews about.  Like I mentioned it was back to school time too so I picked up some Ziploc Snack Bags and some new fun pens for the kids to write with.

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When you go into your cart, you can choose to have the items sent straight to your home or you can opt to have them shipped directly to your nearest Walmart for you to pick up. Either way, it’s super easy.  I loved having them delivered to my front door so I didn’t have to mess with going into the store.  You could even order a bunch of necessities for your upcoming vacation and have them delivered straight to the condo or rental location where you will be staying.  How convenient is that!!  We will be doing that on our next trip rather than loading down the car with supplies before we leave home.

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Another great bonus, spend $50 or more and get FREE shipping.  I don’t know about you, but I never have a problem filling my Walmart cart with $50 worth of stuff.  They have everything and everyday low prices!  Walmart.com offers several different payment options, including the option to Pay with Cash.  This is great if you prefer not to use a credit card online.

After you place your order, you can log in to your account at any time to check on the processing of your order.  Once your items ship, you will see these “Track This Item” buttons which has links that will let you check on your package.  I ordered my items the afternoon of August 6th and part of them arrived just two days later on the 8th.  Then the rest arrived the following day on the 9th.  You can’t beat that!

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The only negative thing I can say about the experience is that my Ziploc bags arrived crushed.  They were shipping in a plain white envelope with no packing or padding. Needless to say, they took a beating through the shipping process.

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Now these aren’t gifts or anything so it wasn’t a huge deal, but it was still kind of annoying.

I LOVE shopping online with Walmart.com and think that you will too.  I would love to give one lucky winner a $25 Walmart gift card so you can try it yourself (or spend it in your local Walmart if you prefer).

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**Disclosure:  The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.**

{Sponsored} Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review

I was very excited when I was asked to try out the new Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen line.  It comes in two versions:  Sunny Days with spf 30 for everyday and Beach and Pool in spf 50 for extra protection.  We are a pretty pale family so we definitely tend to burn when we spend much time out in the sun.  In the summer, we spend a lot of time in the pool.

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Coppertone Clearly Sheer “For Sunny Days” Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF30…

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review

The claims it makes on the bottle and/or web site are:

  • Lightweight formulas feel clean and light, leaving barely a trace on skin
  • Won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (clinically tested on acne-prone skin)
  • Lotions appropriate for sensitive skin
  • Moisturizing formulas help leave skin smooth and soft
  • Fresh light citrus fragrance with soft floral base notes.
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Broad spectrum protection; helps decrease the risk of early skin aging caused by the sun*

When my box arrived, we were packing up for a week long vacation at the beach.  What better time to fully evaluate this sunscreen.  A couple of my kids have a long history of getting some nasty sunburns while at the beach.  This time we were determined that wasn’t going to happen.

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We armed ourselves withe the products that Coppertone sent us and headed to the beach…

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My thoughts on this product:

  • Very lightweight. Not heavy or too thick to absorb well into our skin. It literally felt like we didn’t have anything on at all.
  • Matte like finish.  LOVE not having that typical greasy sunscreen feel.
  • Lovely light citrus smell. However, it is very faint so you could easily mask it with your favorite perfume or body spray.  Love that!
  • We used the SPF 30 and it worked perfectly.  We came in from the sun without any signs of a sunburn.
  • Excellent for wearing under make-up.

If you are planning to try this yourself, you can find a coupon here.

They also sent us the Coppertone Travel Size Continous Spray in SPF 50.

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review

This SPF 50 was perfect for my oldest son because he has super sensitive skin thanks for a medication that he took when he was younger.

 My son’s thoughts on this were:

  • Easy to apply but just spraying all over.
  • Smell was slightly stronger than the Clearly Sheer line, but not bad at all.
  • Worked very well at keeping him from getting sunburned.

Then we had picked up this Coppertone Sport Stick ourselves to try out on my oldest son’s face.  


His thoughts were:

  • Super easy to apply anywhere that you want.
  • Is a much thicker sunscreen.  Does make your face feel like your skin doesn’t breathe well.  Might not be good for super sensitive, acne prone skin.
  • Have to rub in well in areas that you might be sweating or it will leave a white residue.
  • Stays on better and longer than most other sunscreens when spending a lot of time in the water.
  • Kept him from getting a sunburn on his face.

He says he will definitely continue using this Coppertone Sport Stick in the future.  We also used it to cover one area of his arm that got sunburned, because we missed applying sunscreen.  It worked perfectly to keep him from getting any more sun in that area.

Disclosure: I was given this product from BzzAgent and Coppertone to try out.  All opinions expressed here are my own.