Menu Monday + New Sponsor Promotion

Its Monday!  And its the last week of September!  [What?!]  Im not sure where the month went but Im exited its officially fall and hopefully that means cooler temps.  [Im sooo over 95 degrees!]  Im going to share with yall a new sponsor promotion and our menu this week before I go do a happy dance outside.

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Enough business talk, let’s get to the food.. right?!  Oh and then check out my goals for the week.  And then link up your recipes or menu for the week! 
Eggs in a hole 
Breakfast tacos
Baked Mac and Cheese
Date Night!
Taco Salad
Stuffed Peppers

Work out 4 times this week
Eat better [aka leave the sweets alone!]
Take the kids to the park twice
Finish my book 

-[Lovely September Sponsor]-

Santa Fe Inspired Dinner for Two

This post is brought to you by Pollinate Media.  All opinions are my own.
I may have a small shopping problem.  And to be honest its not my fault.  We have a shopping center in town that has all of my favorite stores in one place.  Target, Old Navy, Hobby Lobby, Barnes and Noble.. and World Market.  Oh World Market how I love you.  [Not that I dont love the others.. please dont be offended other stores.] 
And if we are being honest here, my World Market is the hands down best.  The staff is always so friendly and their displays are perfect.  Like I want to hire one of them to come to my house perfect.  
I was challenged to create a Santa Fe inspired dinner for two using ingredients from World Market.  And of course the first place I stop is the wine.  Why?  Its just habit really.  World Market opened in my town around the time I turned 21 and I always felt really cool buying my own wine.  So I always start at the wine.  
I love walking the food aisles and looking at cuisine from different countries.  Its so interesting to see what people from other cultures eat and drink.  
I was in World Market for over 2 hours.  Not because I didnt know what I wanted to buy for the meal, but because I want to make sure Ive seen everything in the store.  I dont want to miss any of it.  Buying the ingredients for the meal was the easy part, getting out of World Market without everything in my cart was the hard part.  
I made a brie and peach salsa cracker for an appetizer.  Brie is such a great cheese, it pairs well with almost everything.  I smeared a little on a piece of mini toast and then put some peach salsa on top.  Heaven.  

For the main course I made chicken poblano corn chowder and added some sweet potato tortilla chips instead of crackers.  I cut my chicken [with poultry scissors.  Word to the wise.. buy poultry scissors.] into small pieces and browned it in a pan.  I followed the instructions on the back of the bag for the corn chowder.  The only thing I changed was adding a can of cream of poblano to give it a little  more flavor.  
And this is our spread!  I am so in love with everything on that table.  The only parts that did not come from World Market are the table runner, silverware and the wooden pot holders under the candles. 
The crackers and brie were perfect.  The candles were perfect.  The mini pumpkins that hid the sweet potato tortilla chips were perfect.  
And of course the wine was perfect.  I bought a Moscato because thats all I buy.  It doesnt go with the meal, but its my favorite and it was perfect.  
Husband did not find this as funny as I did.  
 Oh no, I didnt forget dessert.  I grabbed some cranberry dark chocolate and have been slowly eating it ever since.  And by slowly I mean its already gone.  Guess Ill have to make another trip to World Market.  [Shucky darn.]
World Market has an amazing giveaway going on too!  You can win a 5 day trip for two to Santa Fe, New Mexico!  How awesome is that?!  I would be happy to win the runner up prize of $500!  [But Ill defiantly take the trip too!]
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Grand Prize package includes:


  • A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
  • Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook
  • Multi-coursedinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card


**There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs fromAugust 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own. For real.

Campus Book Rentals

This post is sponsored by Campus Book Rentals.  All opinions are my own.

Once upon a time.. I went to college.  I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, class of 2007! [Go Islanders!]  I met my hubby when I was a senior, I made some of the best friends and of course I had a crazy good time!

Crazy good time!  This one picture brings back a thousand memories.  If I could go back and do it all over again.. I would.  Just to make the memories again.

But momma has grown up.. and grown wiser.  And if I could do it all over again, I would try and graduate without a mound of debt.  Yes friends, I have student loans.  I dont regret it, just wish I had known ways around borrowing.

I wish I had known about websites like Campus Book Rentals.  Heck, I wish we HAD rentals back in the day!  Here is a typical textbook scenario:

New textbook purchase: $120
Used textbook purchase: $75
Trade in (cash back to you): $20 – $40

Seriously.  Ridiculous.

Now lets look at the perks for Campus Book Rentals:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices 
-free shipping both ways 
-can highlight in the textbooks 
-flexible renting periods 
donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rented 
-dont have to be student to rent

Say whaaa?!  Where was this when I went to school?  I am glad that I know about Campus Book Rentals now though.  The hubby is finishing his degree and I keep thinking I want to go back to school.  [For what?!  pfffft.. Im not sure yet!]

Save money.. and donate to a great cause?  Im defiantly interested.  Now if only I can figure out what I want to go back to school for.