Thursday, January 29, 2015

Java Factory Giveaway (40 Count Box)

40 Count Java Factory Single Cup Coffee Giveaway Jan 30 - Feb 22 #javafactory

Java Factory Variety Pack Single Cup Coffee:
  • Let's you try a bunch of different flavors and roasts and figure out which one you like best
  • Are compatible with Keurig Original K-Cup Brewers, not compatible with Keurig 2.0 Brewers

  • Made from 100% Fresh Roasted Arabica coffee
  • Has a new filter system delivers more taste per cup

  • 40 Count Java Factory Single Cup Coffee Giveaway Jan 30 - Feb 22 #javafactory

    I'm not a huge coffee fan but I do know that our son would really, really love this! Vanilla Dream also sounds like something this non coffee drinking Mom could get used to, you think?

    My Thoughts:
    When I tried Java Factory's Vanilla Dream is I decided that it was heaven in a cup and that a new favorite coffee! I added it to my wishlist so that my Mom would get me some for Christmas and when my second box of this awesome coffee arrived I couldn't wait and made a cup in the middle of the day. While Vanilla Dream is still my favorite, I enjoy all the different coffees in the variety box. Each one is smooth, flavorful, and delicious. My boyfriend tried several different ones. He likes a stronger coffee so the taste and the kick that Da Bomb offers appealed most to him. The variety box lets us both have our favorites. I would highly recommend Java Factory Single Cup Coffee to anyone that loves a great cup of coffee.

    Two Rivers Coffee has graciously offered to give one lucky winner a 40 count variety box of Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K Cup Brewers! For your chance to win just enter on the widget below. Remember the more entries you do the better your chances are of winning. Good Luck to those of you that enter!

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    40 Count Java Factory Single Cup Coffee Giveaway Jan 30 - Feb 22 #javafactory


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    Dates: Jan 30 -  Feb 22

    Prize: 40 count box of Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K Cup Brewers

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    Monday, January 26, 2015

    Blogger Opp: 40 Count Java Factory Single Coffee Giveaway (Sign Ups End 1/28)

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    Hosted By: PaulaMS’ Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies

    Dates: Jan 30 -  Feb 22

    Prize: Two Rivers Coffee has offered one luck winner a 40 count box of Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K Cup Brewers

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    Guest Blogger: Jeni of JeniEats.Com Shares Her Recipe For Crock Pot Tacos

    OK~ I'd like to introduce you to Jeni!

    Jeni of Jeni Eats is one of our North Iowa Bloggers and she is a rock star in the kitchen. I know you will enjoy the recipes she shares here. Jeni will be contributing her fabulous recipes on a regular basis, so stay tuned! 

    DIY Taco Meat in the Slow Cooker

    My husband Jake and I grew up eating the good ol’ Midwestern ground beef tacos our moms prepared for us.  In my household, tacos always came from a boxed kit. I loved pulling the ingredients from the box and helping my mom warm the crunchy taco shells in the oven and pour the seasoning mix into the ground beef. 

    Since our childhood, my husband and I have sought out all kinds of tacos. We’re especially fond of Mexican-style street tacos simply dressed with cilantro, chopped onion and a spritz of lime. We love tacos made with double corn tortillas and the spiciest salsa possible. However, we still reserve a very special place in our hearts for ground beef tacos. 

    Jake recently had a special dinner request for ground beef tacos like our parents used to make, complete with “the works” including sour cream and bright, orange shredded cheese. I was happy to oblige, as I was also craving a taste of comfort food. 

    Although you can make taco meat more quickly in a pan, I enjoy preparing it in a slow cooker. It’s easy, fun, and fills your home with smells of dinner. I also love how easy it is to prepare my own taco seasoning without a packet. Most of the spices are probably sitting in your cupboard, and, if you are missing something, feel free to improvise. I did! 

    Slow Cooker Taco Meat

    2 pounds of lean ground beef
    3 tablespoons tomato paste
    ½ onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon cumin
    2/3 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    ½ teaspoon coriander
    ½ teaspoon oregano
    ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
    Optional: Crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne, to taste
    ¼ cup water

    • Place the ground beef in your slow cooker.  
    • Add the tomato paste, onion, garlic, and spices.
    • Use a spoon to roughly combine the ingredients. 
    • Add the water and cook on low for three-four hours. 
    • Stir the ground beef occasionally and break up the larger chunks every so often during the first hour. Our slow cooker cooked the taco meat in about two hours. Enjoy it when it’s fully cooked or allow it to continue to simmer on low or warm.

    Photo Courtesy of JeniEats.Com

    • Serve with your favorite toppings and taco shells. We like refried beans, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, chopped onion, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, and pickled jalapenos. You can also serve the meat as a taco salad by simply adding chips. 

    Doesn't this look tasty and delicious? This makes for a great meal for families on the go. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    30 Days of Giveaways Through Zazzle.Com

    OK~ I have used Zazzle for business cards the past couple years and have really loved them. Did you know that  Zazzle is offering 30 Days of Giveaways? It's super easy to enter.

    With each daily entry, you will receive:

    • A chance to win the daily Sweepstakes prize
    • Each day you enter, you will receive an email the following day for 30% off the previous day's product. That's just in case you don't win that days prize and because we think you'll like it so much.
    • Exclusive discounts via email
    • Each day you enter, you will get an additional chance to win the Sweepstakes Grand Prie $1,000 Zazzle shopping spree.

     Here are some of the great products that these artisans and crafters are designing.

    These personalized wrist watches are designed by Fewsome. Have a question about one of the products, just ask them on the product page.

    How's a Yellow Leaf Hammock look? I know I would have no problems putting this to use.

    And how cool is this eyewear? Made Eyewear offers colorful, fun basic looks for your eyes! I know I would have no problem sporting any of their designs.

    If you have never heard of Zazzle, now is the time to learn more! Hop on over to their 30 Days of Giveaways and join in the fun! So.. tell me, did you fall in love with one particular artisan, or did you like them all? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

    *I will receive a gift card to use with Zazzle for this post. The opinions here are mine and nobody else's.

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Reasons Why Iowa Schools Should Start After Labor Day

    OK~ There's a hot topic in Iowa right now and it's all about when to start the school year. For several years the state of Iowa has had a law that stated that school districts needed to start classes after Labor Day. Here's where the problem lies. The majority of school districts in Iowa applied for a waiver to start before Labor Day and were allowed too. What's been interesting, is the fact that school districts were starting classes earlier and earlier every single year.

    So, you are probably now asking, "Who cares?" I can tell you that there are several families in Iowa that care. I grew up participating in 4-H activities for 10 years, as it was a huge part of my life. The Iowa State Fair is part of Iowa, who we are, and what we are about. With the school start dates moving towards the first half of August, many families have to opt out of participating in the Iowa State Fair. This means, if you are a 4-H'er who wants to show animals or participate in the Iowa State Fair, you can't; as you have to attend school. This also impacts FFA members.

    I hear from many folks say that this should not matter, as very few kids are in these programs. Now, if that's the attitude that folks are going to have, the program will have fewer kids in them. These programs teach life skills that go on for years. There is a lot of value there. The leadership experience that 4-H gave me was something that I was never able to find in the public school system.

    Do people not realize that a lot of money funnels through the tourism industry in August? August is still warm, people want to swim outdoors, people want to experience those fun outdoor activities that cannot be done during many months in Iowa. Let's grab the tourism money while we can, as it's a short season. The money that the tourism industry brings in is vital to our state. And yes, the older I get, the more I realize how money revolves around everything!

    My boys are out of school, and I said this over and over while they were in school. The school buildings are hot in August and they are much cooler in June. When sweat is dripping from ear to ear, there's not a whole lot of learning taking place. June is also typically not great weather for outdoor swimming pools, so it would make sense to utilize those pools when the heat is on.

    Iowans should be proud of the awesome 4-H and FFA programs that are in our state. Let's give our kids the opportunity to showcase their skills at the Iowa State Fair and not make families choose between school or the Iowa State Fair. And then there is the argument that many kids have nowhere to go in the summer, so school would be better. Really? The last I counted, 180 days is 180 days. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?