Monday, August 31, 2015

Tyson Project A+™ - Why I'm Nominating Our School!

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I can't tell you how much I appreciate when companies decide to give back financially to our local schools. I sincerely wish we didn't HAVE to make up budget shortfalls in this way, but as a former elementary teacher and now mom of an elementary schooler, I know that's not at all a reality anymore! 





Paul is gone for work through the entire weekend, so needless to say we eat a lot of kid-friendly dinners around that time of the week! Which is why I was super excited to hear about Tyson's Project A+ program - we go through a lot of chicken nuggets around here! I usually pick them up on my weekly grocery trip to Walmart. 





I really like how they are 100% natural all-white meat nuggets that are crispy on the outside and juice on the inside - I love eating them, too! If you check out the back of the bags of Tyson® Fun Nuggets, Tyson® Chicken Nuggets, and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (there are other Tyson products in the Project A+ program as well), you should see a label that looks like this:





All you have to do is clip that label before throwing out the empty package and give it in to your school. They can then turn the labels in for cash to spend on much needed projects and supplies. As a bonus, you can nominate your school here and the school that receives the most nominations Tyson will send a packet of labels worth $1,000 to give your school a head start on collecting Tyson® Project A+ labels!

I was quick to nominate our local elementary school. We are actually in the midst of raising money to construct a special needs, all inclusive playground on our school's campus. It's all in honor of a little boy who attended our school and sadly passed away a few years ago. I can think of nothing better to remember him by giving our students here a playground in which ALL children, regardless of ability level or handicap, can play together. 

What reason would you nominate your school? Leave your answer in the comments below!

Looking for an easy kid-friendly dinner idea using Tyson® Chicken Nuggets? Check out my Sweet & Sour Chicken Nugget Skillet!





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Box Tops Scoop & Dump Collection Folder - No Counting! Free Printable

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

The easiest and quickest way to bundle 50 Box Tops - without counting any of them!





Last year when Silas was in Kindergarten, I had signed up to volunteer in his classroom. And until about February I was in his room about once per week with various tasks his teacher would set aside for "parent helpers" to complete. Sometimes it was meeting with students to go over some difficult skills, sometimes it was finishing a fun seasonal project that was to go on the bulletin board, sometimes it was just menial tasks that teacher really wouldn't have time to finish. Not without taking it home, that is.

Ask me how I know this! ;)

I remember many a night when I taught 2nd grade where I would pack my canvas tote to almost breaking capacity and ride the bus home to our little duplex apartment in Philadelphia. More times than I care to admit, Paul and I chose to order out because I simply had no time to cook with all the homework to check and project pieces to pre-cut out for the students.

And to be honest with you, once baby Silas came along, a lot of those fun things I liked to do with my students simply had to go to the side for the time-being. Seriously, you guys. Teaching is a 24 hour job!

With that being said, I simply adore when certain companies come up with programs, like the Box Tops program, to support schools. If you're not familiar, each Box Top is worth $.10 that when turned in to your child's school, can be used for whatever expense is needed. Looking for a way to help your school/teacher? Collect Box Tops with your family and volunteer to count and bundle Box Tops! This method is SO easy and require ZERO counting - those of you that have done this before late at night will understand what I mean!





-Collect Box Tops by purchasing specially marked products. I found some Yoplait yogurt, Go Gurt, and Mott's Applesauce with Bonus Box Tops on my last grocery trip to Walmart - score!!





-Print out both pages of PDF printables (below) and tape the pages to the inside of any folder you have laying around. Place a Box Top inside each of the boxes on the grid of 50 (this is a great time to make sure all are within expiration date). 

Download Scoop & Dump 1-25 Grid

Download Scoop & Dump 26-50 Grid






-When all 50 boxes are filled, lift up side of folder and allow Box Tops to collect in the middle. Tilt folder and dump directly into a Ziploc baggie.





-Don't forget to label with how many Box Tops are in the bag!


Seriously - this method makes it SO SO SO much easier to count and bundle Box Tops - I can't tell you how many times I was distracted in the middle of counting last year when the kids interrupted me! If you have an older, responsible child at home, you could certainly have them help out with this activity as well. 





Does this encourage you to volunteer some of your time to help out your child's school this year? How do you plan on helping this year? Leave it in the comment section below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sweet & Sour Chicken Nugget Skillet

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Frozen chicken nuggets make this classic sweet & sour takeout dinner a snap to put together on a busy weeknight!





My boys have three main food groups: hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and pizza. I honestly believe this is just the way kids their age are and I'm done feeling guilty over that fact! Especially because this is coming from someone who cooks with a variety of ingredients most nights for dinner, so they have had ample opportunity to taste and try new things on a regular basis.

Yet if you ask them, the only foods they really like eating are hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and pizza.





Around our house, Paul is home during the beginning of the week, and then the end of the week through the weekend he's gone all day and until late at night working. So I'm home with the boys fixing meals for just us three, and I have to be honest. A lot of the time on those days I give in to what they want and fix myself a salad, wrap, or soup. It's just easier that way!

I really am in love with this Sweet & Sour Chicken Nugget Skillet. It's such a fun way to serve up classic chicken nuggets in a completely new and different way. And of course it's absolutely delicious!




Sweet & Sour Chicken Nugget Skillet

Ingredients
  • 16 oz Tyson® Chicken Nuggets (half of a 2 lb bag)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 oz frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 3/4 cup prepared sweet & sour sauce
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
Cooking Directions
  1. Bake frozen chicken nuggets according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium high heat in a deep skillet. Add frozen vegetables. Cover and cook 5-7 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once nuggets are done, slice in half and add to cooked vegetables in skillet.
  4. Stir in sweet & sour sauce and green onions. Lower heat to simmer, cover, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve over brown rice.




This skillet dinner is perfect any time of the week, especially with back to school activities and sports coming up soon!





I was really excited to pick up specifically Tyson® Chicken Nuggets during my weekly grocery shopping trip to Walmart. I love how they have 100% natural ingredients, all white meat, and when baked they stay crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. Another reason is because of the Tyson Project A+ Program they have to support local schools. Just simply clip and collect Tyson Project A+ labels from participating products and hand them in to your school. For every label collected, Tyson will give the school cash to use for whatever it needs. I can't think of a better way to feed your family AND support your local school at the same time!





What products do you hope to purchase to help support your school with this awesome program?


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