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Christmas Comfort in a Cup

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I love the word comfy. My middle son, Chase, pronounces it “comfty”. How adorable is that? We love to cuddle and get comfty together quite often around here.

Comfy to me is watching a movie in some stretchy pants, a cup of flavored coffee, snuggled under a fluffy blanket. Christmas time offers so many great moments to be comfy and it is absolutely one of my favorite things to do in the month of December. Make it a Christmas movie and an eggnog latte and this girl is HAPPY.

Here are some of my favorite “Comfort in a Cup” recipes!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:

This is the super easy fast version. I saw a ton of recipes on Pinterest with steamed milk and espresso and yadda yadda but I’m too lazy for all that business.

Here’s how I made it:
Cup of prepared coffee
Caramel sauce (about a tablespoon or two)
Packet of hot chocolate mix
Pinch of sea salt
Milk or creamer (make it caramel creamer to take it up a notch!)
Whipped cream
Extra caramel sauce to drizzle and sea salt to sprinkle on top

Mix together the coffee, hot cocoa mix, creamer or milk, caramel and sea salt. Top with whip cream and then drizzle with extra caramel sauce and sprinkle extra sea salt on top.

It’s that mixture of sweet with  a hint of salty that I just can not get enough of!

Homemade Coffee Creamers

Photo courtesy of Deliciously Organic

This is something I have been wanting to do for some time now. I am totally addicted to flavored coffee creamers but not a big fan of all the junk that’s in them. Here are some amazing flavors made by Deliciously Organic. Flavored coffee creamer in a hot cuppa joe is comfort all the way for me!

Hot Buttered Rum

Well I tried to show you this one as a video but my laptop decided that the file was corrupted and I couldn’t redo it because I drank it all. Here is a screen shot from the video. See that smile? Hot Buttered Rum.

So. Here is the recipe. You’ll have to wait a little longer to see me get merry on video. Sorry. Or You’re Welcome. Whichever. Did I mention all the Hot Buttered Rum I drank?

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups softened vanilla ice cream
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon

Each Serving:
1/2 cup boiling water
1 to 3 Tbsp rum

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and store in the freezer.

For each serving, place 1/2 cup butter mixture in a mug; add boiling water and stir to dissolve. Stir in rum.

The butter mixture can be prepared ahead of time and kept stored in the freezer. Then whenever you are ready for a cup of happy, scoop it out and mix with some hot water! Easy and delicious way to warm up on a cold night!

*Original recipe from Taste of Home Magazine

The only thing that can possibly make these drinks more comforting is the people you are sharing them with. (YES. You have to share.) Enjoy every warm and snuggly moment.

Go ahead, get comfty. And have a really wonderful Christmas!

Follow #clevercomforts on Twitter for more comforting Holiday inspiration!

Comfort is the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday gift list, so be sure to take advantage of Tempur-Pedic’s Buy 2, get 1 free pillow offer! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.
*All of this was my idea. These are my own thoughts. Hot Buttered Rum. The End.

Festive Holiday Dessert Party Ideas!

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com

You guys know that one of my favorite things to do is bake desserts! With the Holidays here I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite go-to desserts.

If I’m planning a Christmas party, I forget about ham and potatoes and all that business. I go straight to the best part of the meal. Desserts! There is nothing more fun than throwing a dessert party with friends. And Christmas is the perfect time to do it!

All of these ideas I am showing you are treats that you can grab and eat. No utensils needed! All you need are some plates and mugs and you are ready for a great dessert party with friends!

Here are a few of my favorites and also some new ones that I found on Pinterest that I want to try!

Eggnog Spritz Cookies with Rum Glaze

I am an eggnog die-hard. Put some rum in it and oh baby, you are talking my language! I have been making these cookies for a few years now and I love how easy they are compared to how beautiful and tasty they are! A cookie press makes them look professionally made!

Homemade Sea Salt Caramels

This is a new favorite that I am really excited about! I think they would be so cute in a jar on a holiday dessert table! Perfect for a take home gift for your guests as well.

Oreo Truffles

This is one of those desserts where everyone raves about it and asks for the recipe. Prepare yourself by making up some recipe cards in advance! (Another great take home gift idea!)

Pecan Tassies 

My Mom has made these since I was a little girl and it’s just not Christmas without them! They are like miniatures pecan pies and perfect for a dessert night!

Santa Hat Brownies

I mean, how cute are these?! I haven’t made any yet so I do not have a picture to share but check them out! I think the kids will love these! These would be super quick and easy with a box of Duncan Hines Brownie Mix!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Photo

I found this on Pinterest from The Cheesecake Factory. If anyone has a recipe for a copycat, let me know!! Look at how beautiful it is! I think it would be fun to make them as cupcakes for a buffet dessert party.

Hot Cocoa Peppermint Marshmallows
These would be super cute with a cup of hot cocoa to go along with all of these amazing desserts!

Fudge Rum Balls

Photo From Duncan Hines

 I found these on the Duncan Hines website and OMG. Yes, please!

And, well, let’s be honest…anything from their Christmas Recipes list is looking pretty good!

Can you say, “Dessert overload?” Not that there is such a thing.

All of these desserts would look absolutely beautiful spread out on a holiday buffet table. Spread some lights, greenery and shiny ornaments all around the table and you have a gorgeous and delicious party in a flash!

What are you go-to desserts to serve over the Holidays? Do you have any “Desserts With Friends” party ideas? I’d love to hear them!

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

All opinions are my own. As always!

Greek Tuna Salad Featuring Marzetti’s Simply Dressed Salad Dressing

 

I’m really excited to share a new product with you guys that I am in love with! Marzetti has launched a new line of salad dressings called “Simply Dressed“. I’m loving them because the ingredients are SIMPLE! I can read everything in the ingredients list and there is no high fructose corn syrup! There are no preservatives either which scores high points in my book. So many of the every day salad dressings out there are full of chemicals and hfcs and who knows what else. This salad dressing definitely helps me keep my Food Golden Rule.

I’ve seen these dressings on sale and I’ve heard other bloggers mention finding coupons for them (you can sign up for their newsletter to get coupons!). So you can definitely get them at a great price. Honestly, I’d pay full dollar for them. Salad dressings are something we use quite often in our house and I feel good using a brand that keeps the ingredient list so pure.

I used the Greek Feta Salad Dressing on a Greek Tuna Salad that I made and it was so delicious! Here is what I put in it:

Greek Tuna Salad Featuring Marzetti’s Simple Dressed Salad Dressing:

Chopped romaine lettuce
Chopped baby spinach
Chick Peas, rinsed
2 oz water packed tuna
Sliced cucumber
Grape tomatoes
Crumbled feta cheese
Marzetti’s Greek Feta Simply Dressed Salad Dressing
Mini whole wheat pita
This was a delicious combination! I think the Balsamic flavor would be equally delicious on this salad as well. If you are not a tuna fan, you could substitute with chicken.

I am really looking forward to trying the other flavors, especially the Ginger Sesame one! What do you guys thing that would taste good on? An Asian type salad with chicken and mandarin oranges, maybe? I’m thinking a Buffalo Chicken Wrap using the Bleu Cheese dressing should be my next venture.

Have you tried any of these yet? I’d love to hear some thoughts and recipes from all of you!Marzettie has some great recipes using these dressings as a Downloadable Recipe Book. These are some seriously great looking recipes!

Sorry, I know I just threw a ton of links at you, but I honestly don’t want you to miss anything!

I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Simply Dressed review. They provided me with product to test myself and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

Kids and Allowances – Teaching the Value of a Dollar

This post was underwritten by BMO Harris Bank, which offers a matching $25 on a new savings account opened for your child through their Helpful Steps for Parents program. Learn more at bmoharris.com/parents.

I’ve been wanting to write about kids and allowances for awhile now so I was super excited to be asked by the Clever Girls to write about just that!

We came up with a plan to help our kids learn the value of a dollar and to realize that Mom is not the maid. We went back and forth about allowance for awhile because I feel strongly that kids should help around the house without getting paid for it. I really want my boys to learn what it means to help around the house to show that they value our home, our things and each other. But I also want to teach them about money. About saving and spending and everything in between!

We began giving our boys an allowance for more than just getting things around the house done. We are using allowance as a way to encourage responsibility and cooperativeness in the home, not just for taking the garbage out. Basically we watch for attitudes when we ask for a job to be done. If they do the job without whining or causing a problem, we take note.

Our oldest is almost eleven so we bascially just give him a flat rate at then end of the week based on his attitude when asked to help out and if he went above and beyond the chores we expect him to do. Our youngest two (eight and six years old) had a harder time making it the whole week so we started a marble system to keep track and spark daily interest. Every time they do a job the first time they are asked, without attitude, or do something above and beyond, etc, we put a marble in their jar. Each marble earns them ten cents. At the end of the week, we add the marbles up and that is their allowance. On a good week, they will make $1. We pay our oldest $2-3 per week because he does way more to help out around the house than our younger boys.

The jobs that are expected to be done without pay are things like taking the dog out, helping with the dishes and making their beds. The jobs that we pay for are doing laundry, vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom. (For example.) We also give marbles to our youngest two for basic cooperation and responsibility in taking care of things for themselves. If they get up and get ready for school and make their lunches without a fight, I will give them a marble. If it makes Momma’s life easier? Money for everyone!

We are working on the art of teaching them about saving and giving a percentage of their allowances. They make very small amounts of money and at first we just let them spend it on silly things here and there to let them figure out how it feels to buy things with their own money. There have been “Ugh, why did you let me waste my money on this?!” tears and “I wish I would have saved my money because I would have had enough for this by now!” tears. All really great lessons about letting money burn a hole in your pocket. Now we need to move towards teaching how to manage what you save, spend and give.

We are Dave Ramsey fans and try to manage our money along the lines of what he teaches so we are steering the kids in that direction as well. We talk very openly with the boys about our budget, how much every day things like water and electricity cost, as well as make them aware of wastefulness (which costs money!). We model saving and giving by example. I think that really is the best way to teach kids life lessons.

I would love some advice about what percentages you have your kids give, save and spend. How do you handle allowance in your home?

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. To learn more about BMO Harris Bank, visit their website http://bmoharris.com/parents.

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions and thoughts came from my very own brain! (Don’t be afraid.)

Raising Good Citizens…Getting Involved In Your Community!

Thanks to Walgreens for sponsoring my writing. Help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote.

Getting involved in the community is a big priority for us. We are bound and determined to teach our kids
to be good citizens! Sometimes it can feel like an overwhelming thing to teach a child. But teaching volunteerism is done best just like every other teaching moment…by example!
Here are some of the ways we get involved with giving back to the community. I’d love to hear yours too! 
The obvious places to check for help are your local food shelf and your church. There are always needs waiting to be met there. I have found some great opportunities in my local newspaper. Check yours out to see if they list volunteer needs. And if they do not? Request it!
One organization always asking for help in our paper is the Ronald McDonald House.
If you live anywhere near a hospital, there is probably a McD house nearby. They house families with seriously ill children in the hospital and are always in need of food for their guests. We went with a group from our Church and prepared a meal. It was fun to cook together, especially knowing what a blessing it would be to those staying there. When you are tired and weary and emotionally drained with a child in the hospital, a free warm meal is a wonderfully practical blessing. This is a great project to do with older kids who can help prepare food and cook.

Habitat for Humanity is another great organization to get involved in. It’s not really something you can do with kids until they are older. But while my husband helps out it is a great chance to explain to my boys that giving up their Daddy for a few hours on a Saturday so some kids can have a house is really a pretty small sacrifice.
 Since hurricane Irene came roaring through the East Coast causing wide spread flooding in Vermont, we have had a very large need for volunteers in our communities to the south. Thanks to one of my lovely local twitter friends, Sarah, a website was started to connect people who needed help with people who wanted to give help. It has been amazing to watch Vermonters come together and help one another on such a large scale. Much more help is needed and will be for some time! vtresponse.com is the perfect example of jumping in and doing what you can with what you have. Everyone can be involved in some way and on some level! If you see a need and you know how to fill it? DO IT!

Find more ways to help Vermont by following them on twitter @vtresponse and the hashtag #vtresponse.

During the past week I was able to help at the Vermont 211 call center. When there is a natural disaster or other local emergency, your state’s 211 call center is going to get very busy and very likely will need some extra help. You can find out how to help out with that and many other ways to get involved in your community in non-emergency times by connecting with The United Way.
My son’s school is running penny wars to raise money for families affected by the floods. It is a really easy way to get a large group of kids involved in donating money. Kids can scrounge up pennies pretty easily. And pennies can add up to a lot of dollars! They sabotage the other classes by donating dollars and other change. It was so fun!
Another great way to get your kids involved is to donate toys and clothes. This works out great because you get to clean out your closets and your kids get to learn how to give to others! Just be sure to only donate items
that are in good condition and toys that are like-new and have all their pieces. While reading through some of the needs on vtresponse.com, I saw one woman asking for shoes for her kids. All their shoes were ruined in the water and muck from the flooding and they can’t just run down to the store to get some new ones. This is the perfect example of how a child can help. I guarantee if you explain that situation to your child, they will be more than happy to give up a pair of shoes to help out! Find simple opportunities like this for your child to help with. Make it personal. Paint a picture for them and help them understand just how blessed they are. 
Kids are tenderhearted. They will act. We could learn a lot from their examples too! 
Giving back is a healthy way to show gratitude for what you’ve been blessed with. Get out there and get involved. Your community needs you!

Don’t forget to help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

*Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are honestly and truly mine. All mine.

Girls For A Change – Show Your Support In One Easy Way!


The following is a post sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage, they’re showing their support for Girls For A Change.

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.


I’m pretty picky about what sponsored posts I will write. I won’t share just anything with you guys so I can make a buck. When this offer came to me, I instantly said yes. This is something I can get behind!

I’m really excited to share with you the opportunity to support a really great cause! Girls For A Change is an organization that empowers girls to create social change by inviting young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.

Even though I have three boys I have a soft spot in my heart for young girls. Especially girls who have limited opportunities before them. I can remember being a young girl and the struggles to find yourself and fit in and they are still fresh in my mind. Girls who do not have the loving support and insightful wisdom of stable women NEED someone to step up and take that role. I love that there are women doing just that with the Girls For A Change program.

Here is an excerpt from the Girls For A Change website that explains more about what they do:


Girls For A Change empowers young women to create change in their own communities with the guidance of adult women. About 5-10 girls and two women “coaches” make up a Girl Action Team. Teams design and implement a social change project that will make a lasting change in their neighborhood, city or school. More than 100 Girl Action Teams meet across the US and internationally each year. Check out how Girl Action Teams are transforming the world in your city.

In an effort to get the word out and do some good for this awesome program, Yahoo! will donate $10 to Girls For A Change (GFC) for each person who switches their homepage browser to Yahoo! — up to an amazing $10,000!
JUST VISIT THIS LINK TO CHANGE YOUR BROWSER BY JULY 1st!

Be sure to use the specific link above or it won’t count!
Why Should You Make Yahoo! Your Homepage? It offers…
  1. Personalized content: The Yahoo! homepage delivers you the most relevant content based on your interests, time of day, and what’s most popular with other users like you.
     
  2. Your World and The World: The Yahoo! homepage uniquely brings together your world (your email, local news) with the world around you (current events, entertainment news, financial updates and more) 
  1. Human Interest: Articles on the homepage have a human approach – more than just news, it delivers human interest stories that you just have to click on.

 Thank you so much for reading and supporting Girls For A Change by changing your browser homepage to Yahoo!

    *All opinions are my own*

    Yahoo! Email: My Mommyhood Lifeline

    Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

    I already told you about my email love story with my husband. But email isn’t just about loooove notes for me! It keeps me connected with friends and family around the country.

    When I first started emailing on a regular basis (that makes me sound old), my babies were actually babies (sob). I was stuck in the house with three kids under the age of five, two of who were in diapers. My life was all about nursing babies, changing babies and playing with hot wheels. I was lonely. I was talking to my kids about random stuff just so I could talk! It wasn’t easy for me to get out much. An infant and a toddler who could barely walk tend to slow you down. Add in a five year old and you just stay home.

    My girlfriends and I started emailing back and forth about getting together and dreaming up girl’s nights. Then our emails began to just be random and about silly things like the latest Grey’s Anatomy episode.  We started to send emails back and forth all. day. long. It would only take a quick second to check my email and laugh then reply with a “you are crazy, girl!” but I have to say, those emails made my day. It got me through those moments of feeling like I was alone. I laughed, I cried, I grew so very close to my friends. We would send pictures and take turn making comments and I swear I thought I might die from laughter on most days. It didn’t matter how busy we were, we always made time to check in with each other. There is nothing like knowing that with a click of a button I could talk to a friend!

    Being a stay at home mom is a hard job. I have always felt like it is a blessing, it’s what I always wanted to do. But sometimes, you just need to know that there is more to life than diapers. You need to feel like you can have a conversation with an adult other than Big Bird or the mail man or anyone at the grocery store who will listen to you.  Emailing with my friends did that for me.

    That was quite a few years ago but to this day my friends and I are able to stay in touch through email. Now we have Facebook and blogs but nothing beats a good ol’ email thread full of encouraging words and hilarious inside jokes from friends.

    I could never live without my Yahoo! Email. I count on it to be my lifeline through mommy-hood and so much more.

    This video is a cute reminder of it all for me!

     Tell me about the first time you realized you couldn’t live without your email and why?!

    Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions and stories are mine and they are all true!

    Cube Dog App – Your Kids Will Love It!



    Thank you to Cube Dog for sponsoring this review. For more information about Cube Dog please visit the Facebook page or download it on iTunes.

    I am always looking for fun new apps to put on our iPhones for the kids to play. It’s the perfect thing to keep them busy during those waiting periods of life…in line, in traffic, while waiting for a table at a restaurant, so they’ll be quiet and leave me alone at any time of the day, really.


    So when I was asked to review the Cube Dog app I was really excited! My boys love those digital pet kind of games so I knew they would love this. My husband, Matt, downloaded it on his iPhone 4 and started showing the boys how to play. It was only a matter of minutes before they were off on their own playing with Cube Dog and screaming about who’s turn was next. 

    Cube Dog is a fun 3D digital dog. You can create your own dog by choosing it’s ears, nose, eyes, etc and colors. With a shake of the phone, you can change your mind and change the looks of your dog! The full 3D graphics are really amazing. You can rotate and zoom around your dog. The 3D animations are super high-quality and make the game so fun. You can add accessories and all kinds of other options to your dog as well as teach it to respond with the swipes and taps of your finger on the screen. My boys loved making it do tricks. Their favorite was to make it a ninja. I could tell it was their favorite because of this:



    Their other favorite (and actually mine too, I kept making them do it just cause it made me giggle) was to make their Cube Dog call them from his iPhone. How cute is that?!

     The Cube Dog app is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch 4 with camera. (Oh that reminds me, you can take pictures and insert your dog into any scene! Even take a picture of your dog with you!)

    Check out this video for a sneak peek…

    The video is just a peek. The actual app has so many fun options to play with. You can create up to 3 dogs at a time (one for each kid, perfect). And the best part is that you can download it for FREE. There are additional treats and fun options you can buy your cube dog as well! Head over to the iTunes store to download your own!

    You can also check out Cube Dog on Facebook for more details and to watch for a fun contest running June 13-17!

    While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

    How Yahoo! Mail made my marriage better…for real!

    Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

     A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Matt and I shared an email address.

    *gasp* I know

    We were so 1999.

    As time went on I decided I needed my own email address.  I wasn’t sure who or what I’d be emailing about *gasp* (yes, we shall be gasping a lot during this post) but I knew I wanted my own. I was tired of reading Matt’s emails about Fantasy Football. So I joined Yahoo! and my love affair with email began.

    It was easy to see how emailing made my life easier in a practical way. But what I didn’t expect was how much fun it would be!  And also? How much it would affect my marriage…don’t worry, in a good way!

    Matt began to email me during the day while he was at work.  I’d wake up and there would be an email from him and my morning was instantly exciting!

    Remember when getting an email was exciting?

    Related: I am old.

    Actually, I still get excited about getting an email.

    Also related: I am a nerd.

    Anyway. Email. Love affair. Stay with me people.

    It began as a little hello here or there, a list of things that we needed to talk about, a reminder about picking up milk on the way home. But as the days went on, the emails between us became so much more. Flirting and silly bantering became a fun way to keep in touch throughout our day.

    As a stay at home mom, emails from anyone felt like “Oh thank God there are real humans out there!” but emails from my husband were sweet reminders that even though he was terribly busy at work, he always had time for me. My love affair for email totally started a fresh love affair with my husband.

    To this day we email each other daily. It gets me through the day. I love it. I love him. I love email!

    All for different reasons, of course. Just thought I’d clarify.

    The video below is so sweet and pretty much sums up what I’m talking about!

    Yes, we have also sent a lot of I’m Sorry emails. But they always end with me sending Matt pictures of us in a slide show! Wait, no they don’t. I’m such a slacker.

    So tell me, who else has some good email love stories? I want to hear them!

    Right after I go send my husband an email…

    Shake Hands With A Hero

    Thank you to Procter & Gamble, Kroger and the USO for sponsoring this blog post and the Shake Hands With A Hero initiative. Please click here to learn more about this program. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

    My husband, Matt, is an Officer in the Vermont Air National Guard. We are a fairly new military family, (which I have told you about before) though we have a long history of family members who have served. I take my role as a military spouse very personally. When I was asked to take part in getting the word out about Shake Hands With A Hero, I couldn’t have been more excited! I love to do anything I can to support our troops and their families!

    Matt was recently given the Family Readiness Coordinator for his unit. He told me that basically though, it’s my job. (Thanks, Honey!) We will be the contacts for all of the family members who have a deployed family member. I am honestly very honored to fill that role.

     Matt recently has had to say good-bye to some of his fellow co-workers on the base as they were deployed. It was so very hard for them to leave their families. It brings tears to my eyes just to think about it! Every day as a military family we are reminded of those who serve and think about the day that our turn will come.

    What I want to do is encourage you to think more often about the men and women who sacrifice so readily for our country.  Here is your turn to take a moment to remember them and show them you care!

    Here are the details about Shake Hands With A Hero:

    Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Kroger and its family of stores have partnered together to support the USO – an organization that provides an extensive range of programs at more than 150 centers in 27 countries and at hundreds of entertainment events each year to support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of troops and their families, free of charge – in its mission to help American troops and their families. Through the partnership Kroger will donate $250,000 to the USO.  

    As part of the partnership Kroger and P&G have created an opportunity to let consumers virtually “shake hands with a hero” to show your gratitude to US soldiers in uniform to thank them for their service to our country. The first 50,000 people who visit www.honoringourheroes.com to shake a soldier’s hand will receive a coupon (which will be loaded to their Kroger Plus Card) for $1 off P&G products.

    I’d love it if all of you would take a moment to make a couple of clicks and show our troops that we are behind them and thinking of them! Thanks so much!

    A big thank you to all of you who so selflessly sacrifice for our freedom and to all of the families who stay behind. Hero doesn’t seem like a big enough word for all of you!