Cabo Beach Cheeseburger + Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #CookingUpGood



About 4 years ago, I had the best burger of my life. My family was on vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama and while my Mom watched our son my husband and I enjoyed a Date Night. I don’t know if it was the combination of the good company of my husband, the gorgeous view below or the giddiness of being child free, but I’ll never forget that burger…until now!

Gulf Shores Beach

I’m always looking for delicious, easy and affordable recipes. Seems like a tall order right? With the Kraft Foods Cooking Up Good Hub, you can stop you’re looking! Kraft has created a fantastic page where you can watch technique videos from top-food bloggers to learn new kitchen skills and unlock coupons, create a collection of your favorite Kraft Recipes and be entered for a chance to win a $100, $250, or $1,000 Walmart gift card, plus find all the Kraft favorites your family loves.

I found some of the most delicious recipes on there and have pinned them all to my Summer #CookingUpGood Pinterest Board. The first recipe I had to make though was the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger. There’s just something about summer that screams burgers, of course. For some reason I never get too fancy with our burgers. We grill then, melt cheese on them and then eat them. I was intrigued to try the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger, which is just bursting with flavor!

Cabo Beach Cheeseburger

5.0 from 7 reviews
Cabo Beach Cheeseburger
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon
  • 4 KRAFT Big Slice Pepper Jack Cheese Slices
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split
  • ¼ cup KRAFT Mayo Chipotle Flavored Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1 avocado, cut into 12 slices
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro {optional}
  1. HEAT grill to medium-high heat.
  2. SHAPE ground beef into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Grill 5 to 6 min. on each side or until done (160°F). Meanwhile, cook bacon as directed on package.
  3. TOP burgers with cheese; grill 1 min. or until melted.
  4. SPREAD rolls with mayo; fill with cheeseburgers, bacon, avocados and cilantro.

Cabo Beach Bacon Cheeseburger

This burger was SO good and perfect for summer…it even satisfied my craving for that beach burger from years ago! I’m also a huge fan of avocados so whenever I can sneak these into a meal, I’m happy!

Delicious Kraft Recipes Are Only A Click Away

Head over to the Kraft Cooking Up Good page for a ton of delicious recipes. There’s tons to choose from like Cheesy Salsa Mini-Meatloaves, Hawaiian Burgers and S’mores Pie.

Watch the video and unlock coupons!

You can also learn how to Kraft The Perfect Burger and unlock coupons when you watch the featuring video from home cooking pro Kristen Guy. She’ll show you take a basic burger over the top and you’ll unlock Kraft Foods Coupons!

Win a $1000, $250, or a $100 Walmart gift card!

Simply create an eCard with your favorite top-Pinned Kraft Foods recipes, fill out the entry form, and then share your card. Not only will you be entered for a chance to win high value Walmart gift cards, but you’ve also created a delicious collection of recipes you can share on Pinterest!

Which Kraft Cooking Up Good recipe do you want to try this summer? 

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Enter the widget below to win 1 of 5 $100 Walmart Gift Cards! 

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Cascade by Big Fish Games – A New Spin on Match-3 Puzzles!



There are very few games that I play on my iPad. Since I don’t have too much time with 3 kiddos running around, I’m very selective about what games I get addicted to! This past week, I have been loving Cascade, the latest app from Big Fish Games – who always puts out such fun games!


Cascade is an epic adventure for you AND your friends and is a new spin on match-3 puzzles. Join Jasper the Mole on his journey through 10 lands and complete over 140 colorful levels! Spin for gems and send them cascading with matches of 3 or more. The larger the match, the higher your score!

If you love slot and match games, you’ll love this new innovated game that combines both. It’s a very easy game to play {but also becomes challenging!} and even my 6 year old son sat behind me and caught on quickly. 


You’ll start each level with 5 spins and you’ll get a line of gems at the bottom of the board. You then take the gems to make matches of three or more on the board. The matches can be made in any direction, but only once per row so there is definitely a bit of strategy involved. The larger the match, the higher your score will be! If you run out of matches, you’ll hit the SPIN button to swap out for new gems. I also love that you can earn Burst Gems, Wilds, and other boosts and powerups to get you through challenging levels.

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Now, you only need 1 star to advance to the next level but if you strategize your matches, you can earn more points and more stars. You can earn up to 3 stars for each level and earn more boosts with the more stars you get. 

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It’s hard to get bored at playing Cascade because there are over 100 challenging levels. Plus, the whole social aspect adds a whole new level to it! I love that I can connect with my friends on Facebook and compete against them to try for the high score in the daily challenge.

Cascade is definitely a fun game to play – I intended only playing a few levels and then next thing I knew, an hour had gone by! It’s the perfect game to play for a little while or a long while!

Cascade, the latest game from Big Fish Games is full of fun features that include:

• Match-3 and slots combine in this innovative gameplay experience
• Over 140 hand-crafted levels, completely free to play; no friend gates, no paywalls, no shenanigans!
• Earn Burst Gems, Wilds, and other boosts and powerups to get you through challenging levels
• Compete against your friends on each level, or play alone
• Seamless synchronization between multiple devices

Check out the trailer below for Cascade! 

Best of all, Cascade is FREE and available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad. With over 100 challenging puzzles and 8 unique worlds to make each level different, this is definitely an app worth downloading today.

Download Cascade today! 

Don’t forget to check out Big Fish Games for even more exciting games and to like Big Fish Games on Facebook for all of the latest updates.

What kind of games do you like to play on your iPad? 

Disclosure: I received compensation for the post but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Keeping your Feet Healthy All Summer Long



Summer is upon us, and with that comes fun-filled family vacations – amusement parks and beach trips galore.  While these trips can be full of excitement for the young ones, they can prove to be physically taxing over long periods of time, especially if you are constantly on your feet.  Spending entire days walking or running around, combined with improper footwear and heat, can lead to stiff legs, sore soles, and even muscle cramping.

We all know how foot and leg fatigue can have a big impact on our participation in various activities and overall quality of life, so here are some suggestions to give yours some longevity.

Keeping your Feet Healthy All Summer Long


Stretching before and after a long period of time on your feet is a sure way to prevent lower leg cramps cramps.  Before long walks, stretch out your calves and feet to loosen up the muscles and in an effort prepare them for the journey they are about to embark upon.

For an excellent stretch, find a set of stairs with a railing:

  1. Stand on the first step with the balls of your feet, allowing the back half of your foot to hang off.
  2. Holding onto the railing for balance, gently lift your heels up so they rise above the balls of your feet, then lower them below the step.
  3. Repeat.

This will give you a quality stretch in the calf muscle, Achilles tendon, and the arch of your foot.  Be sure to do this after activity as well.

The Right Footwear

Appropriate footwear is crucial in preventing foot fatigue.  Be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable, fit properly and provide adequate support.  It is recommended to invest in a pair of inserts to support your feet before spending all day putting weight on your arches. If you feel that your feet need extra support or cushioning, see a podiatrist or a footwear specialist that can direct you to the appropriate insoles for your needs.  You will be amazed at how this will not only prevent achiness and fatigue in your feet, but in your lower legs and even your hips!


Massages are another effective way to battle cramping and fatigue.  If you can’t bribe a family member into doing it for you, it is just as beneficial to give yourself a little rub down.  For the soles and arches of the feet, one method you can use is to place a tennis ball on the ground and rub your foot over the top, applying a decent amount of pressure. Or, use one of these personal foot massagers found for cheap at Wal-Mart. In general, massages will help to loosen up the connective tissue that tends to tighten up, causing us to feel stiff.

Stay Hydrated and Remember to Relax!

Be sure to drink plenty of water.  The summer heat combined with physical activity, even low intensity activity like walking, can cause us to feel extra achy and fatigued if we are not properly hydrated. For the most efficiency, buy yourself a reusable water bottle that you can refill as you go.

The best solution for tired and achy feet is rest and relaxation.  In between activities, be sure to allow yourself some time to sit back, relax, and put those feet up.  The elevation helps with proper circulation and will aid in recovery.  If your feet or lower legs seem to be swollen or inflamed, treat them with ice.

Of course, see a doctor if you experience any additional injury and try your best to get off your feet if you feel any pain more severe than normal aches. How do you keep your feet healthy? Let’s hear your tips!



Get a Free Sample of Huggies Plus Products Only at Costco #SnugandDryPlus



Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When we found out that we were having twins, we knew we were going to need a lot of diapers. I didn’t count but I read that the average twins use 200 diapers a week, resulting in over $3,000 in diapers until the girls were potty trained. I’m all about saving money when I can so while I was still pregnant, my husband and I joined Costco so we could take advantage of buying things in bulk for our soon to be family of five. One thing we stocked up on {and still stock up on?] each month? Diapers and wipes!

We have saved so much money by purchasing our diapers and wipes at Costco. That’s why I am SO excited to be a part of the Huggies Costco Ambassador program and share with you about Huggies Plus products that are only available at Costco.

Huggies Plus Diapers and Wipes at CostcoONLY available at Costco, you will love the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. You are literally going to “plus up your baby care” with these.

As a Mom to two milk monsters, the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers are extra absorbent for day and night protection….that’s a plus exclusive to Costco! The Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers come with the trusted Leak Lock® system and also have a SnugFit* waistband and unique Grip Tabs for a secure fit. 

And I’ve definitely experienced changing a few “blueberry diapers” where I need to grab extra wipes. The Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are thicker and more durable for any mess (versus Huggies Natural Care® Wipes)… that’s a plus exclusive to Costco! The Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes use their simplest formula ever (I love simple!) and come in a new pack with 2 kinds of refillable dispensers, plus 1160 refill wipes to keep you stocked at home or on the go. 

We have the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean* pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. It’s super stylish and comes with a strap to make them easily accessible. 

Get a Free Sample!

Free Huggies Sample from Costco

Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today through July 26, 2014 so try back tomorrow if you aren’t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

Make sure to connect with Huggies on Facebook and @Huggies on Twitter!


Take Action Against Domestic Violence with the Verizon Wireless Hopeline Program #VZWBuzz



I love when companies do good. I especially love when companies that I LOVE do good. It makes me respect them even more. That’s why I’m a proud supporter of the Verizon Wireless Hopeline program.


What is the Hopeline program?

Verizon is committed to helping the nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by domestic violence. Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and then turns them into support for domestic violence organizations  nationwide. Through HopeLine, they have donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to their partner agencies.

Wireless phones and technology serve as a vital link for all of us. They’re also an especially safe and reliable way for domestic violence victims and survivors to reach emergency or support services in times of crisis and stay connected with employers, family and friends.

Hopeline Phones

HopeLine phones are refurbished phones that are equipped with 3,000 anytime minutes of airtime and texting capabilities. They come with Verizon Wireless Nationwide Coverage, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling, Caller ID, Basic Voice Mail and texting. HopeLine phones are available to survivors affiliated with participating domestic violence agencies.

How YOU Can Help

There are so many ways you can get involved to help the Hopeline program!

- You can donate no-longer-used phones and accessories in any condition from any wireless provider at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store, through a HopeLine® phone drive, or through the mail.

- Host a HopeLine phone drive! Verizon partners with companies for events and ongoing collections and teams up with community groups and dedicated individuals like you to host drives across the nation. College campuses can also get involved through our UHopeLine program.  Verizon can help you plan and provide a ton of materials too.

Verizon Helps in St. Louis

In St. Louis, I was so excited to see the Verizon Wireless Kansas/Missouri Region President Brendan Fallis present Sylvia Jackson, Executive Director of The Women’s Safe House and Susan Kidder, Executive Director of Safe Connections each with a $20,000 grant on behalf of HopeLine.

Verizon Wireless HopeLine Grant Presentation

You can learn more about about the Verizon Wireless Hopeline Program and see how you can get involved by visiting their site.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I have received some great items from Verizon Wireless. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback.  All opinions are my own.