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Chili’s® at Home Heats Up the Frozen Food Aisle

August 20, 2014

*This post is sponsored by Bellisio Foods, but my love for their tasty, bold, and quick meals is all my own*
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For me, this summer has been about trying new things. From discovering new restaurants downtown to finding hidden gems throughout the city, I’ve made it a mission to myself to try something new at least once a week! These last few weeks have been pretty hectic over at Simply Sinova. With deadlines, new projects and finalizing concert review partnerships, I haven’t had a lot of time to discover new restaurants. Luckily, with the Chili’s®-inspired frozen meals, I can eat restaurant quality food right at home! 

Bellisio Foods, a leading frozen foods manufacturer, partnered with Chili’s® Grill & Bar earlier this year to introduce a new line of licensed Chili’s®-inspired frozen meals — boldly flavored and deliciously prepared to enjoy at home. I’m not a frequent Chilli’s visitor but when I do go, I almost always get a chicken sandwich. In honor of my ‘try something new’ summer mission, I decided to go with the Island Chicken & Rice dish. What I love about these Chili’s® frozen foods is that they are inspired by some of the restaurant’s most popular and innovative dishes. You can literally have Chilli’s for dinner without leaving your house!
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It only took 3-5 minutes to prepare this delicious meal (talk about convenience!) Not only was this meal convenient for my busy schedule but it was also super yummy (trust me, your taste buds will thank you!) Seriously, The Island Chicken & Rice was filled with so much favor (maybe that’s why they put that huge ‘Big Bold Favor’ on the packaging?) This is not your average frozen meal, with Chili’s®-inspired frozen meals you get restaurant quality food within minutes WITHOUT having to compromise taste!
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Chili’s® new line of frozen foods is available at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, H-E-B, Meijer (which is where I picked up my delicious dish!), Giant Eagle, Schnucks and many more!

Be sure to check out Chili’s® at Home frozen foods and grab your free coupon today!

Bacon, bacon and more BACON!

June 13, 2014

This post was brought to you by Bacon Chase but all opinions are 100% mine.
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Saturday, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in my first ever race, the Bacon Chase. There was tons of music playing, laughter, running, crazy costumes and of course, lots and lots of BACON! The event started at 8 a.m. and had a huge turnout. I’ve never been to an event like this before so I really didn’t know what to expect. Since I arrived about an hour before my 0.05k race, I had time to really explore the area. There were mechanical rides, free bloody Mary’s (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), ice cream trucks, hot dog stands and of course BACON! I knew there would be unlimted bacon, but hearing about unlimted bacon and seeing it is a different story. There were tables upon tables of ENDLESS BACON.

The 5k race started around 9 a.m. and was so exciting to watch. People said they had been training for weeks to get ready for the event. At the sound of ‘bacon’ the racers took their marks and soared across the course. Although there were a few people jogging, most of the racers ran the whole way. Watching the 5k racers really inspired me to run a 5k. I wasn’t prepared to run one that day, but in time I think I’ll be able to handle it. 
I ran the 0.05k course which, by the way, was SUPER FUN! It literally took only 20 seconds to run but it was worth it! I felt so happy for some reason. Since the 0.05k race was so short, it was mostly ran by children, adults with small children or older people. 

I’m definitely going to run the Bacon Chase 5k next year! All that bacon is worth all the hard work and training I’ll have to put into it. I’m so happy to have been given the opportunity to participate in this amazing event! Here are some of my favorite pictures from the race: 
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Chicago Bacon Chase 2014
Are you in the Minnesota area? Well you’re in luck! The Minneapolis Bacon Chase takes place July 19! If you’re not in the Minnesota area don’t worry! You can check out the other Bacon Chase Locations to see when the Bacon Chase is heading to a city near YOU! 

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How to Showcase Personalized MY M&M’S Wedding Favors

June 5, 2014

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”

Personalized MY M&M'S® Wedding Favors
Now your wedding favors can be as personal and beautiful as your wedding – with MY M&M’S® personalized chocolate candies. Choose from 25 colors, write a message, upload a photo and make your wedding reception, bridal shower or bachelorette bash one to remember forever!
It’s June! Which means there’s only two more months until Amy and David’s wedding! Remember those ADORABLE personalized M&M’s I got for them (which they loved by the way)? Well now it’s time to start thinking about how I can help incorporate them into the wedding. At first Amy & I thought we could just add the M&M’s to the candy bar but then we came up with a better idea! I, as their official “MY M&M’S® Party Favor Coordinator”, decided that these awesome treats should be given out to guests at their ‘we’re getting married in one month’ party this July.

When selecting the perfect gift to give wedding guests, one of the biggest challenges can be deciding on how to present it. So far Amy & I (as you can see David’s taken a backseat on most of the wedding plans) have come up with two different ways to present these favors:
The great thing about the popcorn boxes is that the box and ribbon colors can easily be changed to fit the wedding color theme. There could be blue boxes with green ribbon or the classic white box/white ribbon option like shown above. Another option could be keeping the M&M’S in the adorable wedding bags they came in:

Personalized MY M&M'S® Wedding Favors

Regardless of how they decide to present them, one thing is clear: they taste AMAZING! Amy and I eat a couple bags just to “taste test them” and they were so good. It didn’t help that M&M’S are one of our favorite candies.  

This Place 08. [Dorm Room Essentials]

June 3, 2014

*Special thanks to PBdorm for sponsoring this post and reminding me how chic dorm rooms can be!*
PBdorm Dorm room décor

PBdorm Dorm room décor
PBdorm Dorm room décor
I wish I’d known more about PBdorm when I was still in college (still college? I just graduated less than a month ago!Pottery Barn Dorm offers an exclusive collection of dorm furnishings and essentials including: bedding, seating, lighting and other accessories designed to help you turn your dorm room into the ultimate home away from home. Throughout my four years of college I was lucky enough to never really have a roommate. Although I lived with other people (in apartment style housing), I always had my room/dorm to myself. Since my room was solely mine, I got to decorate it however I wanted!
Looking back, there are some things I wished I could’ve changed. I wish I had incorporated more lighting (like in photo four) and more organizational items (like in the last photo) into my dorm. PBdorm has introduced me to a whole new world of dorm living! At PBdorm you’ll find hundreds of styles of bedding, cool wall decor, and desk accessories to keep you organized. From collegiate accessories to Greek lettered robes, PBdorm has everything you need to help make your dorm say one thing: YOU.
If I could go back and redecorate my dorm I’d definitely model it after the photos above (how cool are those mini retro coolers?!) Which PBdorm items are your favorite? 

Personalized MY M&M’S® Wedding Favors

May 21, 2014

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”
Personalized MY M&M'S® Wedding Favors
It’s May, which means that the summer wedding season is upon us! This wedding season, MY M&M’S offers the unique opportunity to add a level of personalization to weddings with customized chocolate candies and gifts. MY M&M’S allows you to create custom candies with quotes or images printed on them, chosen especially for your event. Whether your celebrating a birthday, a graduation or a wedding, MY M&M’S has got you covered!


I love weddings so much! I’ve only been to a hand full of weddings in my life but they’ve all been so amazing. There is something so magical about seeing two people who love each other more than anything in the world come together and celebrate their union to one another. Summer wedding’s are particularly beautiful because you can have them outdoors and really take advantage of the beautiful scenery. Last summer I went to a friend’s colleague’s beach wedding and it was so lovely.
My close family friends Amelia (we call her Amy) and David have finally decided to tie the knot after 6 long years together! The got engaged last fall and are scheduled to get married late this summer. Amy is a very quirky individual and she wants her wedding to reflect that. Since her family has so many young children, she has decided to add a candy bar to go along with the open bar. As soon as I heard this I immediately thought of MY M&M’S®! After reviewing the site she loved the idea and made me the official “MY M&M’S® Party Favor Coordinator” (sounds cool right?!)

I decided to make the M&M’S pink, blue and yellow because those are David and Amy’s favorite colors. I also added the phrases “Congrats Amy & David,” “I Do” and a cute wedding couple clip art to their custom M&M’S. At first I wanted to add their wedding announcement photo to the M&M’S (since you can upload your own pictures) but I remembered that Amy “hates eating things that look like people I know,” I told you she’s quirky.

The personalized M&M’s I ordered for Amy and David  arrived last night! Here’s a sneak peek: 
Personalized MY M&M'S® Wedding Favors
Stay tuned next week to find out just how I plan on styling these adorable party favors!