Sam´s Club Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies

For the Independence Day holiday this year my husband and I welcomed his family and some friends over for dinner and movies. It was an awesome time hanging out and just relaxing at home.

Well mostly relaxing. We did spend a bit of time preparing the food. My husband was the grill master as always preparing some Bar B Que Chicken, Roasted Corn and of course Hamburgers. I was in the kitchen making some mean mashed potatoes, pork and beans and brownies.

Okay so I admit it, I didn’t actually bake brownies. Curiosity of My Blog Spark and Pillsbury I was provided with a gift pack and a gift card to Sam’s Club and was able to pick up a great holiday dessert for the family. With a taste as delicious and authentic as if you baked them at home, Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies are a blend of 3 types of cocoas with real chocolate syrup and milk chocolate chunks to make a delicious fudge brownie—they’re the perfect solution when you’re pressed for time like I was.

Along with my coupon for the brownie tray I also received a cake decorating kit to add personal flair to my brownies. While that process didn’t turn out as smoothly as I had hoped, it was fun trying.

Well everyone loves brownies but not everyone loves to bake so if you would like to win a brownie pack of your own we will provide you with a Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies gift pack that includes $25 Sam’s Club gift card to use to purchase the brownies, frosting, and a large container for transporting the brownies. Also, when purchasing Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies at Sam’s Club, you have the chance to support your local school with Box Tops for Education. Each package of Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies has 6 Bonus Box Tops that can be redeemed to earn cash for the K-8 school of your choice.

For a chance to win leave a comment below with the details of your favorite brownie recipe. Don’t like brownies, let me know your favorite holiday dessert. Please be sure to leave a valid email address just in case you are chosen as a winner so I can contact you.

A winner will be chosen on Saturday, July 17 using random.org. Good Luck!!!

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Man steals people's banking information. [VIDEO]

Was sent this video of how easy it is for someone to steal your bank information. Very interesting, and scary. It focused on a women at a park, looks like a busy afternoon in New York. Of course this doesn’t just appeal to women, the same crime can happen to a man involving his wallet, briefcase or laptop bag. Watch carefully and learn how to be more cautious.

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Start Your Day Off Right

I recently put up my long-time-in-the-making tag line for my blog. I came up with A Mom’s Fresh Start one day because I just love the way how the rest of the day can be effected by the way you start your day. Most of the time, if your morning start out ugly, the rest of your day will drag and possible feel like it’s getting worse. While conversely if you start of on the great side, you pretty much are whistling and humming the day away. Of course there are exceptions when other unplanned circumstances change the course, but those are rare occasions.

Getting a fresh start to the day in the morning has always been important to me. I strive to be a productive, organized and orderly mother, wife and employee. I feel that if I start a positive productive mode that the rest of the day will follow suit.

That is way I am so excited that I found a great resource to helping you making the most of your mornings. Kat with Inspired to Action has produced a great motivational piece to inspire you to start your mornings out right and maximize the time spent. In her 32 page eBook she will cover information to help you:

  • Learn why getting up early is so important.
  • How to get out of bed – tips to make it easier to crawl out of your cozy bed.
  • How to develop a doable Prayer and Bible Study plan.
  • How to find an exercise plan that works for you.
  • How to plan your day so that you actually get things done.
  • Learn the key to developing a great morning routine.
  • Download forms and charts to help you plan and stay on track.

Get you copy here.

Purex Saves Green $20,000 Giveaway

Purex has a new line of green Natural Elements products geared toward the families who want to do their best to use safe chemical products in their homes. They have a few products included in their line up:

Purex® Natural Elements™ Liquid Detergent

  • Naturally sourced cleaning ingredients
  • 95% natural
  • Natural fragrance extracts
  • Hypoallergenic and free of dyes

Purex® Liquid Fabric Softener

  • Biodegradable softening ingredients
  • Natural fragrance extracts
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free of dyes

Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets

  • Less packaging than traditional bottles
  • Less weight since no added water
  • No waste due to no spills or messes
  • Hypoallergenic*

I am intrigued an interested to see just how well these products really work. I have to be honest and say I haven’t had the chance to try them yet so I can’t tell you much about it yet. But I can tell you that for the month of April they are giving one lucky family the chance to win $20,000.00 in a Green Home Makeover. I have already entered … so should you.

Praying Parents

I recently received a copy of the book The Power of a Praying Parent and have really enjoyed reading in it and finding out just how powerful our prayers can be for our children and ourselves. I have really enjoyed the prayer section at the end of each chapter. Omartian offers a suggested prayer to say on behalf our children. Here is just a section of one of their prayers …

” … Teach me how to pray and guide me in what to pray about. Help me not to impose my own will when I am praying for them, but rather enable me to pray that Your will be done in their life …”

There are many deep and well thought out prayer examples that really help us to communicate the needs, desires and care of our heart toward our children.

If you are looking to enhance your prayer life and cover your children with God’s protection I highly recommend you check out this book. It really breaks it down and shows you in depth reasons why prayer is so important and powerful and how we can help to enrich our children’s life through prayer.

Sandwich Revolution House Party

Sandwich Thins Party

Last month I was so glad to have been chosen to be a part of another House Party and present another great product to my friends and family. This party couldn’t have come at a better time. My family as you know just relocated to Maryland and we need a great way to welcome our friends to our new home. And what better way then to offer some great food.

House Party sent me a Sandwich Thins package earlier in the month that included:

5 $4 off coupons for Sandwich Thins rolls and 1 Sandwich Thins Cutting board for me as a host. Then 15 $1 off coupons for Sandwich Thin Rolls, 15 Sandwich Thins reusable grocery bags, 15 Sandwich Thins grocery list pads, 15 Sets of Sandwich Thins recipe cards, 45 blank recipe cards and 15 Sandwich Things rolls nutrition facts and healthy fun tips.

Using the Sandwich Thins House Party page I found some great party ideas and games to share with my guests. I really think everyone enjoyed the game we played. I chose a ‘best sandwich’ contest game. The object of the game was for the guest to get into groups of 2 and come up with the most creative and tasty sandwich using only 5 ingredients (not including the Sandwich Thins). My husband and I, along with my sister-in-law put together all the ingredients and had everything set up around the dinner table. They had 5 minutes to chose their ingredients, assemble their sandwich and present it to me for pictures and inspection.

Once every team had finished their sandwich creation, they cut of a corner for the judge (my wonderful husband) to test them out. Of course he loved that part. Everyone had a blast and all the sandwiches tasted delicious.

Up until this party I hadn’t really tried Sandwich thins but I am glad that I have found them. Nice, light and tasty choice of sandwich roll. Perfect size also, even fits hamburger patties.

Highly recommened them!!!

Who Needs A Purse Organizer? Giveaway

I can not remember the last time I have used a real women’s purse. Right now … and I bet for the next couple of years my diaper bag will have to double as a purse. But even my diaper bag is a hot mess some times. With all the needed diaper bag essentials plus my daily purse items the bag is always a jumbled mess. Until this week. @modernmami has felt sympathy for my disorganized purse dilemma and has gifted me with a Joey Junior Purse Organizer.

It is a fast easy way to organize your purse/diaper bag/hand bag/laptop bag whatever you are currently using for your everyday needs.

Here are some stats on the organizer.

  • Visible, Removable and Transferable! Organize any standard or over-size handbag. (Measures 5″ x 26″)
  • Keep everything visible and accessible.
  • Velcro keeps the Organizer upright, making changing handbags easier!
  • Slip items easily in and out of pockets.
  • 6 pockets will hold your cell, PDA, cosmetics, and other items. Joey Junior provides a special pocket for business cards!
  • Secure your keys with the handy key clip & tether.
  • Soft fabrics protect eye-wear against scratches.
  • Choose a favorite color/pattern in Classic Fabric or Luxury Ultra Suede.

You likey?

I will send one lucky reader their own purse organizer so they can get a grip on their personal bag of choice. Here is how you can win one.

  1. (Mandatory Entry) Check out http://www.joeyjunior.com/ and look around at their different purse organizers. Let me know which one you like by leaving a comment here.
  2. For one (1) extra entry follow me on twitter (@pchanner) and tweet about this contest. Leave me another comment with you tweet link.

Contest will end at midnight on Friday, February 26 and a winner will be chosen using Random.org on Saturday, February 27. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so you can be contacted if chosen. Good Luck and get organized!

disclosure: I received the Joey Junior Purse Organizer from www.modernmami.com to use, review and give away.