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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Looking for Employment In Dallas?

One of my favorite stores to shop at in #DFW is Market Street.
 
All seven Market Street locations in Dallas-Fort Worth will be holding a one-day job fair on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m



Market Street plans to hire as many as 250 new team members.

Here are the locations that will be hiring: 

·         Allen – 985 W. Bethany Drive
·         Colleyville – 5605 Colleyville Blvd.
·         Coppell – 700 N. Denton Tap Road
·         Flower Mound – 3800 Long Prairie Road
·         Frisco – 11999 Dallas Parkway
·         McKinney – 6100 West Eldorado Parkway
·         Plano – 1929 Preston Road


Please note that walk-ins are welcome, however you can speed up the process by  completing an online application, before you arrive at: http://www.marketstreetdfw.com/careers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Picnic Without Bees + Roasted Goat Cheese Pear Salad Recipe

The next time you are out on a picnic playdate, and you swat at those pesky bees buzzing around your watermelon..................don't.

As it turns out, without bees & insects pollinating many of the crops we grow, we'd lose literally, tons of our favorite fruits and vegetables. 

Over 85% of plant species that we use for food today would die off or suffer greatly if it wasn't for those pesky bees.



























The photo above, clues you in to just how different our plates would look if the bee population continues to decline.


Currently U.S. bee colonies are dwindling at a rate of 30% per year!

Whole Foods Market is on a mission to "Give Bees A Chance" and I think we all should join in on this important cause. 

I'm going to do my part, by sharing with you a recipe for a delicious salad that wouldn't be possible to make without the help of our friends, the bees!

Roasted Goat Cheese Pear Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 pears, cored, and sliced 1/2 inch pieces lengthwise 
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 - 4oz goat cheese Log
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup 365 Everyday Value Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 bag of Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix
  • Basic Vinaigrette (recipe courtesy of Whole Foods) 
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 425. Place cored pears in a roasting pan, and spray with a bit of cooking oil. Roast, turning occasionally to prevent burning and remove when pears are soft and golden in color – about 25 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Cut goat cheese log into ½ inch slices, dip in egg white, then bread crumbs. Put in refrigerator to cool for a few minutes. While cheese is cooling, heat 1 TBSP butter and 1 TBSP olive oil in a saute pan. Add breaded cheese slices to saute pan in batches until toasted and brown. Set aside.
Divide salad mix between 4 plates, and toss with Vinaigrette.  Place slices of pear on top of salad greens, and a few medallions of goat cheese on top of the pears.
Serves: 4



 ENJOY the BUZZ! 


For more information about the bumblebee situation in the US, visit: http://www.xerces.org/


 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Little Miss Giveaway - Tons of great stuff for your tiny tot! #giveaway

Okay, so I've been busy with a newborn and two craaaazy toddlers running around my feet at all hours, hence the lack of posting lately. 

Don't worry folks, McKinney Mommas is still kicking and will continue to be a great place to find out about new products and enter exciting giveaways.

Speaking of GIVEAWAYS, how does a giveaway of a big ol' haul of products for your little girl sound?

Enter to win the Little Miss Giveaway below, I know I will (Giveaway runs July 9-18th)!



Summer is the perfect time to celebrate little girls! These girlie Summer Essentials featured by Green Scene Mom are made by companies who offer eco-friendly, quality, and innovative product solutions that incorporate adorable styles too!
pediped's adorable shoes are perfect for going on summer adventures! These stylish shoes fit comfortably and ensure healthy foot development. They are available in more than 140 designs for boys and girls.

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made pediped the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide. pediped has also received many awards for their innovative footwear designs. For more information, visit pediped.com.


Pacific Baby thermal bottles keep liquids hot or cold for up to ten hours. These high quality bottles are versatile to use from birth to 5 years old and make feeding and drinking simple during outings and while traveling. Featuring vacuum insulated 304 stainless steel, they're also BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free.

The wide neck offers greater visibility and the inner scale simplifies measuring out formula. The bottle nipples come in three speeds and are shaped similar to a mother's breast. Just add handles and a spout to transform this bottle into a sippy cup for older kids. For more information, visit pacificbabyworld.com.


Bobee elephant wall decals are a cute and fun way to decorate your little girl's room. Easy to apply and easy to remove, these elephant wall decals come in four colors to dress up the little spaces.

Bobee makes all their products in the USA. Owned by a mom-entrepreneur, her own children are the inspiration for the fun decal designs. Elephants, whales, giraffes, and wall quotes are among the new fun decor Bobee is creating. For more information, visit bobeeinc.com.

Yummi Pouch makes eco-friendly snack solut

ions that encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Their reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required.

Yummi Pouch also recently introduced cloth snack and sandwich bags, each lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. They're perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches and also make great little storage bags for hair accessories and cosmetics. For more information, visit yummipouch.com.
FunBites is the first state of the art kitchen tool that instantly cuts kids' food into bite-sized, fun shaped pieces. FunBites is 100% made in the USA and BPA free. They are perfect to get even the pickiest eaters to try something new and eat healthier.

FunBites was designed by a mom who was inspired by her own daughters to create kid-friendly snacks with one easy cutter. FunBites encourages kids to try new foods and eat better, and makes mealtime less stressful and more fun. For more information, visit funbites.com.
Your little princess will love Kushies new soft & oh so comfy pajamas! Each set consists of premium quality, 100% cotton to keep her warm and cozy all night long.

Trusted by moms since 1987, Kushies offers more than 350 superior baby products including stylish layette and playwear, washable diapers, the award-winning Kushies Zolo toy collection and a broad range of baby essentials. The worldwide market leader in reusable cloth diapers and accessories, Kushies takes great pride in operating as a responsible company and as an environmentally concerned member of our planet. For more information, visit kushiesonline.com.
Babalu Baby is a mom owned and operated online store that wants to give back to children's causes in whatever ways they can. Babalu's "One to Wear, One to Share" cloth diaper campaign gives a cloth diaper and insert to Jakes Diapers for every one diaper sold, to be distributed to orphanages around the world. Babalu also believes wholeheartedly in positive, encouraging messages for children such as hope, love, kindness and giving. Babalu hopes to encourage the children's retail industry to promote positive values on every level so kids can feel and give love, be hopeful, dream big and care for those around them.

For more information, visit babalubabyshop.com.

Enter to Win this amazing gift set!

pediped pair of shoes
Kushies pair of pajamas
Pacific Baby 3-in-1 combo bottle set
FunBites food cutter
Bobee elephant wall decals
Babalu "Inspire" 4T lavender ruffle shirt
Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches + snack bag set
Little Miss giveaway prizes
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Total Beauty Collection for HSN - Get It Now!


It's the beginning of something beautiful!

I'm super impressed, at the Total Beauty Collection for HSN that I was privy to receive!



I'm just smitten with the idea of paying a small flat fee, $19.95 to have a box full of goodies shipped right to your doorstep! 

Especially if the items are actually GREAT products like these:

Here is the list of products that are in the Total Beauty Collection for HSN:
·      Nyakio Sampler Trio | 3 packettes
·      Tan Towel Half Body Plus Towelette | 1 towelette
·      Soap & Glory Righteous Butter | Deluxe size
·      Ruby Crystal Sugar Scrub | 1.3 oz
·      Too Faced Lip Insurance | .12 oz
·      Taya Copaiba Volumizing Elixir | 1.5 oz.
·      NYX Lip Gloss | Full Size
·      YBF Face Primer

My least favorite part about shopping for beauty products is buying a full-size moisturizer or foundation, just to find that it doesn't match my skin-tone or skin care needs.

What's better than getting a box of sample sized beauty products delivered right to your doorstep to try in the privacy of your own home, then decide if the product works for you or not!

 
I was honestly surprised at the products I received, since they were actually quite generous and not "sample" sizes at all for most of them. 

My daughters grabbed the NYX Lip Gloss and proceeded to have a princess make-up party on the spot.  I have to admit, I liked the sheer, sparkle of the lip gloss quite a bit.

Then, we tried the YBF Face Primer, which I had never used before, and OMG (I seriously hate that expression), my face felt like a velvet canvas after applying, then using my regular foundation on top of it.

On and on the story went, I just loved pawing through this box of beauty goodies. 

............and so should you!

http://www.totalbeauty.com/shops/collections/hsn?utm_source=Blog&utm_medium=McKinneyMommas&utm_campaign=HSNJuly2014
 

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Get Your Kids To Eat Veggies - Garden Lites Veggie Muffins

I never thought that I'd be reaching for a Gluten-Free, Vegetarian product when feeling like a sweet treat.  

Seriously.  

When I was pregnant, I actually found myself craving these Gluten-Free Veggie Muffins from Garden Lites, instead of ice-cream or cupcakes (well, depending on the day, I can't say I'd pass up a cupcake....but still).

Veggie Muffins McKinney Mommas


These tasty little bites are frozen, so you can just pop one in the microwave when you're in need of a quick pick-me-up snack.

We tried all (5) flavors:

  • Veggie Blueberry Oat
  • Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Zucchini Chocolate Veggie
  • Carrot Berry Veggie
  • Golden Corn Veggie

Our absolute favorite was the Carrot Berry Veggie Muffin

Both of my daughters scarfed theirs down and I popped a second in the microwave for myself..or third..or..well, I can't keep count. 

I love how they come out of the microwave steaming hot, and for some miraculous reason, they aren't chewy and tough like most microwaved breads are. 

My mother who happened to be in town when I received these muffins to try described them as "almost like a dessert custard", they really were very moist and tender. 

*McKinney Mommas' Note: I found that 35 seconds (per instructions on box) was too long in my microwave, and 20 seconds was a perfect time to re-heat from frozen.

kids eating veggie muffins


You can find, Garden Lites Veggie Muffins in a box of 4 with an retail price around $3.99.  
 
Find your favorite flavor in the frozen section of your favorite Target, Kroger, Whole Foods, Costco, Walmart and more! 
 
For more information, visit http://www.garden-lites.com/ and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

FREE Blogger Opportunity! + $100 Giveaway For Readers!

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  • June 16 to June 30

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Win A Hardwood Seneca Nightstand - Local #DFW Entrants Only!


This one is a no brainer.

A giveaway open only to people who can pick up the prize in #Frisco, Texas really makes the odds of winning totally in your favor.

FURNITURE GIVEAWAY

Wanna win one of these hardwood Seneca Nightstand's by Epoch Design, sold at Costco?  Retail value $249!



Currently, ZERO entries, so you've got a great chance to win.

Only catch, you need to be able to pick up your prize at the Costco in Frisco, TX!


Giveaway ends May 23rd, 2014


Here are the details, and where you can enter to win: http://www.epochbydesign.com/blog/epoch-design-blog/post/giveaway-one-seneca-coffee-nightstand