Healthy Hummus and Dips from Hope Foods…Delicious, too!

I love getting toys, games, baby gear and mom-related products at the office. But I also love getting food, especially healthy options. It’s pretty rare to get anything edible, but when we do, the BSM team really enjoys the review process! Last week, we tried Hope Foods hummus and superfood-dips. Amazing hummus flavors are available, like Garlic Lentil, Curry Lentil and Habanero Lentil (my favorite…spicy!). The Jalapeno Cilantro hummus was pretty amazing, too.

What makes Hope Foods different? They use a cold pressure process; applying extremely high pressure when possible, to ensure that products are fresh and unadulterated. High Pressure Processing (HPP) is an alternative to using heat or preservatives to maintain the freshness of food.

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Laura and Mary love anything chocolate, so the Dark Chocolate Coconut organic spread was top of the list for them.  There’s also a super easy recipe to make with the kids – S’More Dip that is basically 1 Tub of Hope Dark Chocoloate Spread and 1 bag of large vegan marshmallows. Melt the tub in microwave-safe dish and spread evenly over the marshmallows. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Find this and more easy and delicious recipes at the Hope Foods website. At the website, you’ll also find a store near you that carries Hope Foods.

The BSM Media team is grateful for the delicious Hope Foods Hummus and Dips. Opinions are authentic.


Are You #TruliHome? My Secret Revealed

Since being introduced to Trulia, I am addicted to watching property in areas where I dream of owning a vacation house. I also like to search other houses in the area of my property to see what homes are selling for in my neighborhood. Even traveling, I’ll take a look at property prices to educate myself.

Trulia, a leading destination for homebuyers and renters, makes finding a home – whether renting or buying – easy and enjoyable. Knowing how funny and quirky things happen in the comfort of our homes (I dance in my living room to One Republic to get psyched up for a big meeting or task), Trulia is hosting a #TruliHome campaign, including online videos to bring to life some of the unusual things homebuyers and renters look for as they search for their perfect home. Take a look:


What is the #TruliHome campaign?

The #TruliHome marketing campaign highlights the ease in which consumers can find their homes, and the sometimes quirky things people do when they truly feel at home. To kick-off the

Acoustics: A couple searches for the perfect home with great acoustics, so they can finally communicate to one another in their language of choice – whale.


  • Southern Exposure: A Vitamin D deprived family closely enjoys the warmth of the sun in the comfort of their perfect window-filled home.
  • Winners: Everyone loves a lazy weekend afternoon outside on their private deck -and this couple has a tradition of their own, clothing optional.

These videos can be viewed on the #TruliHome microsite.

And that’s not all. In addition to the new videos, Trulia is giving away $25K! Whether you refuse to step on the cracks of your hardwood floors, answer your phone in fake voices, or walk around naked at all times, Trulia is helping consumers find their #TruliHome by giving away $25,000 to one lucky winner. Visit the #TruliHome campaign microsite and enter your email for a chance to win.

For more information, visit the #TruliHome campaign microsite at

About Trulia

Trulia® is a vibrant home shopping marketplace, focused on giving home buyers, sellers and renters the information they need to make better decisions. On mobile and the Web, Trulia provides house hunters with insights and unique information about properties, neighborhoods and real estate agents. Additionally, Trulia offers data and information about schools, crimes, commute times, and the real estate market.

Launched in 2005, Trulia is based in San Francisco and is owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z).
Trulia is a registered trademark of Trulia, Inc.

Must-haves for Back-to-School Season #BTS

As my youngest heads back to school next week and my college kids are out the door already (where did summer go?), I want to share a few of my top picks for students from elementary school to college. From awesome printers for older students to lunchbox essentials and more, check these out:

HP e-Printer and Instant Ink: This pair is perfect for college students who need a reliable, quality printer and NEVER to run out of ink! I use the HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One Printer and I love it. You can email documents and photos to the printer at any time. To make sure your college students don’t run out of ink (which only happens when a paper is due and there’s no time to run to the store), check out HP’s Instant Ink program. Never run out of ink and lower overall printing costs with this monthly program based on pages printed, with no annual fee and ink shipped directly to an apartment or dorm.




BioGaia is a product every mom should have in her medicine cabinet, especially when school starts and more than pencils and crayons are shared in the classroom. Back-to-school often means a spike in common illnesses and tummy troubles. BioGaia is a global leader in probiotics and their strain L. reuteri Protectis has over 20 years of clinical research backing it. It’s proven safe and effective for children and is now available in Walgreens nationwide in drops or chewable tablets.

BioGaia is great for constipation, diarrhea, upset stomachs, immune health and overall gut health when attending daycare/preschool, transitioning to solids and potty training.


Lunchboxes and snacks are top priorities for kids and Thermos is certainly a trusted brand. This fire truck lunchbox is adorable!

-Fire Engine Novelty Lunch Kit is a durable, 100 percent PVC-free lunch kit featuring foam insulation to keep contents fresh and a comfortable, padded carrying handle.

GTB Fire Engine Soft Novelty Lunch Kit
-Blue FUNtainer Bottle and Food Jar
The 12oz stainless steel bottle can keep contents cold for up to 12 hours, ensuring that a child’s favorite lunch time drink stays fresh all day. The Food Jar is a 10-ounce stainless steel food jar with a wide mouth, making it easy to eat from. It can also keep contents hot for five hours and cold for seven.

GTB FUNtainer Blue Food Jar


For ideas on what to put in the lunchbox and food jar, our friends at Arla Foods and Jack Link’s offer these selections:
Arla Dofino Havarti ($4.99-6.99): Havarti adds that perfect creamy touch when used in a sandwich, especially when melted.
Find a kid-friendly recipe idea at

-Jack Link’s Jerky Varieties ($6.99-7.99): Available in Original, Chicken, Turkey and more, Jack Link’s jerky is the perfect protein-packed snack for on-the-run students looking to feed their wild side between meals.



Finally, these mini-hand sanitizers are very popular with kids of all ages, especially if they can be attached to a backpack.
Bath & Body Works PocketBac Sanitizers ($1.75): Miniature must-haves contain skin-loving Aloe & Vitamin E paired with powerful germ fighters to leave hands feeling squeaky clean & silky smooth. Fragrances include Dancing Waters, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, Warm Vanilla Sugar & Caribbean Escape.

HP and BioGaia are clients, the remaining products are included as part of a media campaign.

Logging 12,432 Steps On My Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker #OmronHealth

In New York City last week, I logged over 12,000 steps getting around the city. From my hotel to BlogHer ’15 and Blogger Bash and back again (with restaurants and shops in the mix), it was quite interesting to see how quickly the steps added up to miles! I even walked from Chelsea Piers to the Warwick Hotel. If you know me, you know I run every day. Using the Alvita Activity Tracker, it’s easier than ever to keep a record of all of my fitness activity and goals. This tracker uses Bluetooth® Smart technology that wirelessly syncs to my smartphone via the Omron Fitness app. It also measures how many calories I burn, distances, and of course steps.

I love that it’s really small and lightweight so it’s easy to clip on and take anywhere.


The device is compatible with Apple iPhone 4S and higher; iPad 3rd generation and higher; iPad mini, 2, 3; iPad Air, 2 with iOS 7+; Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge, Note 3, Note 4 with Android Version 4.3+. It requires installation of the free Omron Fitness mobile app.

I received an Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker to try; opinions (it’s awesome) are my own.

Join me for the @MomsNiteOut Twitter Party tonight at 7pm ET! #NMNO15

National Mom’s Nite Out™ is finally here! This annual event gives moms the opportunity to join together and celebrate motherhood. Each year, moms all over the world attend or host National Mom’s Nite Out events in their homes and communities by inviting their best girlfriends out for a night of fun conversation, snacks, and drinks.

Please join me for the National Mom’s Nite Out Twitter Party tonight, May 7th at 7pm ET. Jump on Twitter and chat with me before heading out with friends for the night and you can enter to win prizes from our partners, including: HP, MyPrintly, Bicycle Playing Cards, GLOSSYBOXProvident Films, Entenmann’s, and more!

#NMNO15 Twitter Party

  • Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
  • Time: 7:00-8:00pm ET
  • Location: #NMNO15
  • Who to Follow: @MomTalkRadio, @MomsNiteOut, and @MomSelectAmy
  • Prizing: Gift cards, HP Chromebooks, HP Printers, Bicycle Playing Card prize packs, GLOSSYBOX subscriptions, Moms’ Night Out DVDs, Entenmann’s Litte Bites prize packs, and more!

Can’t wait to tweet with you tonight!

Add @BicycleCards to your National Mom’s Nite Out party! #NMNO15

National Mom’s Nite Out™ is tomorrow! This annual event gives moms the opportunity to join together and celebrate motherhood. Each year, moms all over the world attend or host National Mom’s Nite Out events in their homes and communities by inviting their best girlfriends out for a night of fun conversation, snacks, and drinks.

One of my favorite things about hosting a National Mom’s Nite Out party is coming up with a theme that my guests will love. This year I’m hosting a classic cocktail party inspired by the new Bicycle Cocktail Party playing card decks and the glam cocktail party printables at

What could be more fun than an evening playing cards and hosting the perfect cocktail party? I love these new cocktail party decks from Bicycle because each card features a time-honored drink recipe to help you create the perfect drink from the golden age of the cocktail party.

If you plan to incorporate Bicycle playing cards into your National Mom’s Nite Out party, I suggest downloading The Official Bicycle® How To Play App or visiting to find the perfect game to play during your party. My adult card game suggestions? Presidents, I Doubt It, and Fan Tan. Search Bicycle’s How to Play App for the rules on how to play these games!

I can’t wait to celebrate National Mom’s Nite Out tomorrow night! Be sure to join me before your night out for the #NMNO15 Twitter Party. I’ll be on Twitter at 7pm ET on May 7th tweeting about National Mom’s Nite Out and giving away lots of great prizes, including Bicycle Cocktail Party decks.

Connect with Bicycle® Playing Cards:

Bicycle Cards is a sponsor of National Mom’s Nite Out.

I’m 5 Trades Away…Will You Help? #5TradesAway


It began as a homework assignment. Yes, my homework and not one of my children’s. If you don’t follow me on Facebook or haven’t peeked in on my life lately, I went back to school last summer. I’m currently working toward my Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame. You are never too old to realize your dreams in my book.

It started as an assignment but has grown into saving the lives of expectant mothers in Africa.

Let’s start with the assignment.

I was assigned to practice my negotiation skills by trading with a simple, yet authentic pair of Chinese chopsticks. The chopsticks were purchased in China by my professor. Although they look like something I’ve chopsticksseen on Canal Street, I have to believe he actually bought them in China because he’s a priest. My mama taught me to trust men of the Catholic cloth. The exercise basically mimics One Red Paperclip, where Kyle MacDonald traded up his red paper clip until he traded for a house. Here’s a great video on his journey. It’s quite inspiring if you haven’t seen it.

Well, I don’t need a house like Kyle. In fact, there’s not much I need other than an A in this class. (Just joking about that one- sort of.) So I’m going to focus my homework assignment to trade up to something I can use to support my recent passion- saving the lives of expectant moms and their unborn babies in Africa.

Here’s the back story.

Each day, 800 moms die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Many of these women live in villages in Uganda and die because they can’t get to a clinic. Imagine. Better yet, watch this video to understand the magnitude.

Pulse, a company building village transports that universally hook to the back of any bike or motor scooter, is working with health care organizations to supply Village Ambulances to remote communities. I will be going to Uganda in June to work with Pulse on maximizing their efforts. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity but most of all, passionate about this cause.

Giving birth is a blessing, it shouldn’t be a death sentence. We deliver our babies in clean birthing suites and these mothers can’t even get to a clinic.

Back to the chopsticks.

My plan is to trade my chopsticks up in order to get the highest value item I can obtain and then sell that item to purchase as many Village Ambulances I can for the mothers in Uganda. It’s a big goal for a small pair of chopsticks. That’s where you come in.

Follow me on Facebook.

There I will conduct my trades. Follow along and if you have something of value that you are willing to trade let me know.

Think about it. Do you have a signed football lying around the house? Frequent flyer points you aren’t going to ever use except for magazine subscriptions you don’t need? Access to a famous person who would donate an hour to spend with someone who might pay for that experience? Anything? You may not value it but someone in my network might.

I need your help. I can do a lot of crazy things on my own but not this time.

Here’s the rules I have:

1. I can only trade 5 times
2. I can’t trade with any employees or immediate family members
3. I have to do my final trade by May 5th

I’ve dedicated my career to moms, however now I have a chance to help save the lives of future mothers. I would really appreciate your help on this one.

I’m only 5 Trades Away.

For additional information or thoughts, feel free to email me at or message me via Twitter or Facebook.


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