Monday, July 15, 2019

Peanut Butter Chex Trail Mix

This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One thing I've learned as a parent, especially over the last couple of years as my babes get older and we're constantly running from one activity to the next, is that having snacks on hand that can be taken on the go are crucial. I mean, crucial. While there are plenty of individually packaged snacks made for that purpose, I've found that unique snacks we can make and enjoy together at home tend to be more appreciated (by all of us).

Since I was a child, I have had an profound affinity for Chex Mix. I remember my aunt making it for holiday parties and racing to the food table as soon as I walked through her door to get my fill. My kids, husband, and I also love making our own trail mix. So when I first spotted NEW Peanut Butter Chex at Walmart (did I mention we're all big peanut butter fans as well?), I knew we had to put together a special trail mix with this as the star of the show. My daughter and I experimented with a few different combinations, and finally came up with one that is so incredibly delicious I just had to share it with you guys.

Peanut Butter Chex Trail Mix

4 cups Peanut Butter Chex cereal
3 cups pretzel twists
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup raisins
1 cup dry roasted or cocktail peanuts
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup sesame sticks

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, and store in an airtight container. You can't get easier than that!

The key to this recipe is, of course, the Peanut Butter Chex. The subtle sweetness pairs perfectly with the chocolate chips and raisins, and the rich flavor of the peanut butter (it's made with real peanut butter, and you can tell) takes the mix to the next level. Combined with pretzels and peanuts, the Peanut Butter Chex provides the perfect crunch. The pepitas and sesame sticks are optional, but I really think they give the mix an added layer of flavor. The combination of ingredients is truly mouth watering! I also really appreciate that Peanut Butter Chex cereal contains no high fructose corn syrup, no colors from artificial sources, no preservatives and no artificial flavors. (It's gluten free too!)

The kids loves eating this, but they also love that they can make this special trail mix by themselves. It's so easy and there's no cooking involved, which is a big bonus. I measure the ingredients for them and they combine them in a big bowl. Then we put the mix in a container and enjoy it for a week, taking it with us everywhere from t-ball games to dance class to picnics at the park. It's truly the perfect summertime treat!

If you love peanut butter, Chex Mix, trail mix, or just a truly great snack, you'll also love these recipes: Peanut Butter Chex Party Mix and Double Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies. (We love the Muddy Buddies for dessert!)

Head over to your local Walmart or click here and stock up on some Peanut Butter Chex right now. (It's pretty great for breakfast too.) And if you make our trail mix recipe or either of the others I recommended, I'd love to hear what you think!


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hair Clip Trend: Yes Please or No Way?

Hair Clip Trend: Yes or No?
1. Slide Set (available in multiple colors), $12   |   2. Beaded Clip Set, $16   |   3. Luster Slide Set,    4. 'Next' Hair Clips, $16   |   5. Pearl Slide Set, $64   |   6. Fancy Slide Set, $28   |   7. Multi-Colored Clip Set, $30   |   8. Shimmer Clip Set, $16   |   9.  Rhinestone Stars Slide Set, $18

I genuinely never wear hair accessories, unless a stretched-out hair tie desperately holding a two day old bun that is slowly giving into gravity counts. But because trends interest me (even if I don't follow them for the most part), and I'm kind of curious about all of the fancy clips/slides/barrettes everyone is wearing these days. I'm not sure they're for me, but I do find them to be quite pretty when done right. During one of my 3 AM I-can't-sleep-so-I'll-just-make-it-worse-by-picking-up-my-phone rabbit holes, I searched out these clips and came upon a whole bunch that I did not hate. And then I felt compelled to share them here and see what your thoughts are on them.

So tell me, are you into the clip trend (or the scrunchie trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere, or just hair accessories in general)? Or are you more of a let your locks be free type of person? Any of the clips above strike your fancy? Should I get any of them? Am I asking too many questions on a platform (blogs, duh) that people don't comment on anymore?


Monday, July 8, 2019

GIVEAWAY! $200 Gift Card from Gaia Conceptions Eco-Clothing

GIVEAWAY! $200 Gift Card from Gaia Conceptions Eco-Clothing

I'm very excited to be teaming up once again with our friends and long time Bubby and Bean partners Gaia Conceptions for a very special giveaway! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will receive a $200 gift card to spend in Gaia's online shop, which features endless styles of absolutely gorgeous eco-friendly clothing made by hand in the USA. They have hundreds of styles to choose from, each of which is custom created to your color choice, fabric selection, and size. I own several of their designs and they're among my favorite pieces of clothing. (Scroll down to enter!)

GIVEAWAY! Win a $150 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions Eco Clothing

Use the form below, and/or, enter on Instagram (worth the most entries), right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through this Thursday (July 11, 2019), and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after the end of the giveaway.

Thank you to Andrea and friends over at Gaia Conceptions for giving our readers the chance to win some of their stunning clothing designs. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to randomly chosen winner Kelli/@kelliology. Please check your email for details on your prize!


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Fourth of July Fruit Salsa + Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Fourth of July Sweet Salsa + Chips

I feel like I've been sharing a whole lot of oldie-but-goodie recipes that I've updated here lately, but when I post a recipe and then makes tweaks and changes over the years, it can be fun to share again. I first shared this particular recipe with you guys back in 2017, and it's become a summer favorite. We'll be serving it on Fourth of July (the kids and I are going to visit my sister in Indianapolis for the week and to say they're excited would be a massive understatement), so it seemed like the perfect time to introduce it to you all again. It's a unique spin on regular chips and salsa, and everyone in my family adores it. I hope you will too!

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

Serves 6-8

1 jar pineapple or mango salsa (or any sweet salsa) 
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 cup white sweet corn
11-16 ounces corn tortilla chips (one bag)
2 limes
2-3 T sugar
2 T cinnamon

In a medium bowl, combine the salsa, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and white corn and stir until well mixed. Set aside. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl or cup. Pour chips into a large serving bowl. Squeeze lime juice on chips, mix, and repeat until evenly coated. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture until evenly coated. Serve! (Optional: set aside a small amount of strawberries, blueberries, and corn to sprinkle on the top of the salsa dip for an extra pop of color right before you serve.)

We'll be taking a break here for the rest of the week to celebrate the Fourth. Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful holiday!