Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Really quick, 

before I forget.....

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McKinney Mommas' Note

Gymboree is one of the only places I've been able to find 100% Cotton Leggings for my little one with skin sensitivities!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Midnight Pregnancy Cravings Need #QuakerShakes + Giveaway

This post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don't think I could have gotten through my midnight pregnancy cravings without these NEW Quaker Breakfast Shakes that I was turned on to.

If you've been pregnant, you know about those intense hunger pangs in the middle of the night, that wake you up and FORCE you to go scrounge in the kitchen for some grub. 

The worst thing was that fixing a whole bowl of cereal or other snack, meant that I spent too much time awake, and lost precious minutes of sleep. The Quaker Breakfast Shake was my saving grace, as it was easy to sip, feel full and get back to sleep quickly. 

I was given a sample of this breakfast shake to try, and ended up sending my husband back to the store for more two days later, because of their convenience to use in the morning for breakfast or in the middle of the night as a snack.  

The Quaker Breakfast Shakes come in three flavors:
  • Strawberry * my favorite *
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
Plus, these shakes aren't just a bunch of fluff, they include: 8 grams of whole grain oats, 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, and weigh in at only 200 calories!

Not too shabby! Plus, did I tell you they taste yummy and fill you up?

Want to try out Quaker Breakfast Shakes for yourself?  

Here's a coupon for $2.00 OFF your purchase of Quaker Breakfast Shakes!  

WAIT, there's more. Quaker has teamed up with McKinney Mommas to give you a chance to win a gift card so you can use your coupon and go purchase some delicious Quaker Breakfast Shakes on their dime! 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Forget Cookin' - It's a #HoneyBakedEaster This Year!

This post was sponsored by HoneyBaked Ham, however all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

We have a unique situation this Easter.  We won't have any family around, since they've all been in and out the last month or so for the birth of our third (and final) daughter, whom we loving call, "The Bookend."

So, instead of fussing around the kitchen, toting a newborn and two toddlers in attempt to cook an Easter dinner, I'm taking the easy, and delicious way OUT... 

HoneyBaked Ham

Since I'm still recovering from the birth of our third bambino, I told my hubby all about HoneyBaked Ham's current In-Store Specials, and sent him to the Plano, TX location on the way home from work today to pick up our meal, with a coupons in hand!

In-Store Specials 
  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
  • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99

 Here is what he picked out for our Easter Dinner: 

Main Dish: Half Ham

Now, I'm not sure what we are going to do with 7lbs of ham, but I foresee lots of ham sandwiches in my children's near future. 

There's just something about that deliciously sweet and savory crunchy glaze that makes the whole house sing of holiday memories. 

This ham was super easy to prepare, just throw a tent of aluminum foil over the top and throw it in a 275 oven for 10 minutes per pound, if you want it warm.  Of course, this bad boy is just as good cold, in my book. 

My almost 2 and 3 year old chowed down their portions of the ham, so it's a BIG WIN in my book. All the adults loved it as well.

Sides: Spinach Artichoke Dip & Sweet Potato Souffle

Let's start with the Sweet Potato Souffle. Wow, talk about a sweet home cooking sort of comforting side. 

We all loved the crumble top to create a little necessary texture contrast to the silky sweet sweet potato puree below. If we're being picky, it was teetering on the almost too sweet scale, and is probably better as a dessert than a side.

Second, came the Spinach Artichoke Dip. Unfortunately, we went wrong here somehow. 

I'm not sure if it was our cooking method (oven) or if it had thawed a little too much on the way home, but this dish ended up as a soupy mess.  I couldn't get it to "gel" together at all, as you can see in the photo, it's practically half full of water. 

McKinney Mommas' Note: My advice would be to try another side instead of the Spinach Artichoke Dip, as even despite the watery consistency issue, the flavor was honestly a little too similar to cracking open a boring old can of spinach.

....and for dessert? Rum Cake!

We waited till the kids were asleep, then sliced up a couple of pieces of this Rum Cake with a glass of milk. O-M-....okay I can't bring myself to use that acronym, it's WAY too trendy for me - heh, heh, but you get the idea.

You can really taste the sweet rum coming through this dense, and heavenly dessert.  A little on the expensive side, at $25, but it's sure to be a crowd pleaser, with a little coffee on the side after a delicious HoneyBaked Easter Dinner! 

Are you wondering how YOU can relax and make memories this Easter, instead of slave away in the kitchen all day? 

I'll tell you! 

HoneyBaked Ham has approximately 7 stores in the DFW area to choose from, and of course if there isn't a store near you, log onto:, order online and have your Easter meal delivered straight to your doorstep!

Oh, and don't forget my easter gift to you.............Enter To Win a $50 Gift Card!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Baby McKinney #3 "The Bookend" Has Arrived!

In case you were wondering.

This is what I've been working on the past week or so...

Anyone that's told you that the third delivery would be the fastest and easiest......tell them to come barking up my tree and I'll set the story straight.

Baby McKinney #3, let's call her "The Bookend" since she's our last, came out hollerin' after 20 hours of active labor at Baylor McKinney (another story for another time) a full four days past due!

Big Sister H., Baby O. (not a baby anymore) are very excited to have a baby sister in the house and so far are adjusting very well. 

I'm gonna give myself a few weeks off to recover and adjust to life with three children under the age of four....yes that means I will have three teenage girls at the same time. Yikes.

You'll be happy to know that "The Bookend" is very healthy and happy, and has already gained back her birth weight (and then some) in just one week. Hooray for breastfeeding!

Thanks for all your thoughts, wishes and prayers. We needed them all!

We'll be back to chat soon!  

McKinney Mommas

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Movie & Lipton Tea Coupons!

This post was sponsored by Global Influence. As always, all opinions are 100% my own, and may not reflect the opinions of the company described.

Ooh, the Muppets bring back so many memories of my childhood. 

Growing up as a PBS kid, with no cable, I was limited on the shows I was able to watch.  I think it was when we went to Grandma's house or a friend's house that we got to watch the Muppets.  Either way I know it was always a special occasion.

I am so excited that the Muppets Most Wanted movie is coming out in the theatres this week!

We have yet to take our 3 year old (Big Sister H.) to her first movie, so I think this might be the one! I'd love to share with my daughter, this momma's love for Kermit, Miss Piggy and good ol' Fozzie The Bear!

So, check out the graphic above, to watch a Kermit The Frog video, sponsored by Lipton Tea and you will be entered to win 2 FREE movie tickets, plus you'll be able to print some cool Lipton Tea product coupons (available at Target)!

Official Rules for the contest can be found here:

Have you and your family gone to watch Muppets Most Wanted Movie yet?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fresh Express 30-Day Salad Swap Party & Review!

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

I just joined the 30-Day Salad Swap!

When's the last time you ate a salad that actually filled you up and made you feel like you indulged in whole delicious meal?

Fresh Express just rolled out this great idea, called the 30-day Salad Swap, where you trade in your favorite high calorie meals, for a salad with the same flavors, but less calories and better for you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Favorite Nursing Maternity Pajamas from Olian & Cake Lingerie

As most of you know, I'm counting the days (literally) until "Baby McKinney #3" makes her arrival into this world.

Preparing for my third and FINAL hospital visit, I feel like I should have this all down to a science by now, right?

One of the things I AM sure of is to have some comfy & most of all functional nursing pajamas on hand after my FIVE STAR delivery (I'm hoping) is complete.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite maternity and/or nursing pajamas to give you an idea of what works for me.

#1. Olian Anne Abstract Print Nursing Pajamas