This season, Diet Pepsi is celebrating the NFL by asking, Are You #FanEnough? Challenge accepted. Take a look at how we flaunt our fandom on game day and some tips!
My husband is a Denver Broncos fan and when we got married I agreed to be a Broncos fan too, as long as I could pick the MLB team (Yankees!). But I didn't merely switch teams, I went all in.
Dress for Success (your team's that is!):
We have official gear, but I also like getting the babies outfitted in football attire too. Sure they don't know a pass from a pacifier, but no reason why they can't partake in the fun. I picked up these football onesies from The Children's Place.
Anyone can put on a t-shirt with your team's colors, but why not be proud and paint them on your fingers too! I used brazilliant (orange) and mesmerize (blue) by essie to create my Denver Broncos nail art above. I painted my left hand with the orange polish except for my index finger, which I painted blue. Then, I simply did the opposite for my right hand, creating a fun and easy team spirit look.
The Ultimate Football Party Dip:
- 8oz tub of Soft Cream Cheese
- Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 can of Hormel chili with no beans
- 1 bag of tortilla scoops
Diet Pepsi #fanenough contest
You can get in on the fun too by entering the Diet Pepsi #fanenough photo contest (official rules can be found here). All you have to do is share your Sunday funday pics on your social channels and tag them using both #fanenough and #dietpepsi for a chance to win game day packs, Covergirl fanicure sets and more!
Disclaimer: Diet Pepsi provided me with a gift card to sweeten our game day viewing.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 |
In honor of the holidays I am giving away the luxurious and sophisticated Vice 2 palette with 20 all-new eyeshadow shades from Urban Decay a $59 value. Enjoy:
Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in our decadent, revamped formula. In case you weren’t around for the frenzy of the original Vice Palette, here’s the deal: yes, Vice 2 is limited edition and it WILL sell out. (With 20 EXCLUSIVE shades you won’t find anywhere else, what would you expect!?)
Posted by Tara Settembre on Thursday, December 5, 2013 |
From babies first breath, to their first roll, Pampers Swaddlers was there. And now Pampers’ softest diaper ever is available through size 5, for many more firsts to come!
My boys recently celebrated an important first -- their first birthday and first cupcake!! Take a look at the cute mess that resulted all while in Swaddlers and bow-ties :)
For more great Pampers prizes, be sure and participate in their upcoming @Pampers #SwaddlersFirsts Twitter Party on Thursday, December 5th at 9 p.m. EST. You can RSVP here.
You can also win here too! Pampers provided me with the following Celebrating Firsts Prize Pack Bundle Giveaway. Good luck!
- Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll
- Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
- Baby’s First Words Book
- Baby’s First Steps Push Toy
- Pampers Swaddlers
This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Monday, December 2, 2013 |
Now that our bellies are full from Thanksgiving, I thought this would be a good time to post some lighter cooking tips.
Cooking Light's contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, recently went on a round trip crisscrossing the country in search of the country's favorite regional foods and lightening them for healthier eating in her new cookbook: Lighten Up, America!
Allison shows the reader how to take classic regional recipes and make them lighter and healthier with a few simple substitutions and smart cooking techniques. Cooking Light Editor Scott Mowbray sums it up best in his intro to the book by saying these recipes are "classic flavors served up for a healthier generation."
I was able to chat with Allison via e-mail about her cookbook and healthy eating tips.
What’s the idea behind Cooking Light Lighten Up, America?
Allison: I love American history and our American food traditions. There's always a great story to go along with an American-conceived dish or ingredient (you'll find many of these in the book). But sadly, I find that so many folks are rejecting American classics in favor of more contemporary "healthier" foods. I wanted to remake our classic dishes (crabcakes, deviled eggs, jalapeno poppers, meatloaf) to make them better for you, so that people would embrace them, and feel good about eating them once again.
Where did your travels take you?
Allison: Clear across the country, from Maine to Hawaii. As the host of Yahoo's Blue Ribbon Hunter, I've been traveling for 2 years, to over 60 cities and small towns. From the Roadkill Festival in a one-stoplight town of Marlinton, West Virginia to the Tamale Festival in Indio, California, and the Eelpout Festival (a festival on a frozen lake!) in Walker, Minnesota.
What’s your favorite regional classic dish that you lightened up?
Allison: You're asking me to pick favorites! Yowza. For flavor alone, I love the revisions to Texas Sheet Cake (video). I'd take this cake over the heavier version any day. I'm really happy with how the Philly Cheesesteak came out -- still filling and delicious, without the food hangover you'd get from the traditional one. My favorite classic American dish is Jalapeno Poppers. I'll take the new grilled version over the deep-fried breaded version any day of the week.
How can we lighten up all-American favorites? Any simple substitutions?
Here are some featured recipes from the book:
Posted by Tara Settembre on Friday, November 29, 2013 |
It may be hard to believe, but the festive season is once again just around the corner. This means it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping, and for seasonal retail therapy, New York City is hard to beat. The run-up to December 25 is the perfect time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. The metropolis takes on a completely different look and feel ahead of the celebrations, with huge Christmas trees on display, singers serenading shoppers, festive window displays dazzling shoppers and more. It’s impossible not to be swept along by the buzz of the city’s streets.
To get the most from your trip, combine your shopping with plenty of sightseeing. For example, why not invest in some Circle Line Downtown tour tickets? These boat trips (coupon here) are a great way to see the city’s waterfront parks, famous bridges and skyline.
When you’re ready to start spending, Macy’s in Herald Square is the place to go. The world’s largest department store, it stocks virtually everything you could imagine. I like going there to people watch too. While you’re there, you can also check out the impressive Santaland. This festive scene includes everything from Christmas trees and toy trains to Santa himself.
Of course, it’s not only Macy’s that gets into the Christmas spirit. Boutiques and department stores throughout the city make an effort to dress up at this time of year. Some of the best window shopping can be found along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.
It’s also worth battling through the crowds to get a glimpse of the big tree at the Rockefeller Center Plaza. It now boasts 30,000 lights and is a true spectacle. To see it at its best, head there after dark. There is also an ice rink in the plaza if you fancy testing your skating skills.
Another must-try in the city can be found at the FAO Schwartz toy store. It boasts a giant floor piano, which is great for kids and adults alike. To avoid long queues, it’s best to get there when the store opens, preferably on weekdays rather than Saturdays or Sundays.
While you’re in town, you might also want to catch a festive show. For example, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular is a real extravaganza and is ideal for families. Another favorite is St John the Divine’s Winter Solstice.
Whatever you do in New York City leading up to December 25, you’re bound to have a great time. Just make sure you have plenty of spare room in your suitcase to fit all those gifts in!
Originally from Canada, Charlotte Spencer has lived in New York and now very much considers it home.
Image by Indabelle used under creative commons license
Posted by Tara Settembre on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 |