Make “that time of the month” a bit more “enjoyable” with the TOM Box


Menstrual Cycle

I have never met a woman who enjoys “that time of the month”. There is nothing to enjoyable about it. You’re bloated, crampy, crabby and you want to eat everything in site.

Here’s a funny (or not so funny depending on how you look at it) story about “that time of the month”.

I was out on Los Angeles on a press trip when I get a text from my teenage daughter announcing that she just got her period for the very first time. She knew what she needed to do but we were unprepared for this “event”. I had nothing in the cabinet to help her. She needed my husband to get her stuff from the store.

My daughter was embarrassed to tell her dad (my hubby) so I had to text him and tell him what was going on. He FREAKED OUT! He didn’t know what to do… he was in a panic… it was quite comical. It’s funny how a grown man can be turned into a quivering mess just by the mere mention of “that time of the month”.

I spend the next hour or so on my phone between texts between my husband and daughter. Meanwhile I was on a press junket and I had things to do. I finally got him to take her to the store and let her pick up her “supplies”.

To this day my husband jokes with me that I am not allowed to leave home because he doesn’t want something like that to happen again. LOL!

When it comes to that “time of the month” there is very little we can to make the experience less horrible. That is until now.


Introducing the TOM Box – Time Of the Month Box!

The TOM Box is a monthly subscription service (you can cancel at any time) that delivers a special box to your door once a month. Each box contains things to make that time of the month a little less miserable.

Inside each box is your choice of pads or tampons (full package), which is a supply we all need during that time. So the TOM Box has it’s practical side. You never want to run out of THOSE supplies. Plus you get to choose the brand and type of product you want.

In addition the TOM Box contains a few pieces of candy, make up and jewelry. Yes, you read that right – candy, make up and jewelry!

TOM Box sent me a box to check out for myself. My box arrived with a package of pads, some small pieces of candy and some really nice make up.

I love the make up. I received a great lip gloss and really nice eye shadow.

I think my favorite thing inside the TOM Box was the gorgeous silver bracelet. I LOVE the bracelet! Even my teenage daughter wants the bracelet.

I’m sorry that the photo is not that good. The bracelet is silver and VERY shiny. It looks like a watch strap or a belt. I LOVE IT!


In addition, for a nominal additional charge you can have your TOM Box include Gillette Venus Blades 4PK (a girl has to look nice at all times, right?) and/or DOUBLE the amount of candy and make up.

Currently I see that you can get a trial TOM Box for only $5.00. After that the monthly subscription is $16.00 a month. It’s a monthly subscription so each month your card will be billed $16.00 when the box ships out. You can cancel at any time.

I think this is a pretty good deal for $16.00. The make up and jewelry alone makes it worthwhile. I may just look forward to “that time of the month” if I knew I’d be receiving the TOM Box. :-)

The TOM Box would be a nice “gift” for a teenager who just had her first period or maybe even a college student. I’m sure a college student would appreciate the female supplies, candy, jewelry and make up.

TOM Box is from a company called Swaag Box.

If you would like more information or would like to place an order visit SwaagBox/TOMBox. Check them out on Facebook too.

What do you think about this idea? Would you like to receieve a TOM Box to make “that time of the month” less horrible? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Do you skip your vegetables? Ask Celebrity Chef Gina Neely how to get more veggies in your family’s meals


PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Growing up my mom always made dinner, most of the time from scratch too. I did not grow up eating take out or ordering pizza. In fact, going to the pizza place or ordering a pizza was a special treat. Sadly for some families pizza and take out are a weekly occurrence.

Growing up dinner always consisted of a meat (protein), starch (such as potato, rice or pasta) and vegetables. We also had dessert after dinner which was usually canned fruit with a dollop of whip cream, Jell-O or pudding, and it was served in a tiny glass dish.

When I cook for my family I cook the same way my mom did, except not always from scratch. Times are different and many families are always on the go-go-go so cooking from scratch is not always an option.

Recently Green Giant put out he 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey** for consumers about dinner time and it resulted in some interesting findings.

When it comes to dinnertime, the majority of parents (78%) would rather spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying dinnertime with their kids. Other finding show that parents run into many challenges at dinnertime, including:

  • Never having enough time to cook dinner leaves more than two-in-three (63%) parents falling back on the same tried-and-true, go-to meals, which most often include spaghetti (60%), sandwiches (39%) or chicken tenders (37%).
  • When genuinely trying to incorporate veggies into meals, 70% identify challenges, including getting kids excited about eating them (42%), not having vegetables on hand (32%) or not knowing how to prepare them (20%).
  • Learning to cook new and different meals comes with its own set of challenges. Nearly half (44%) of parents are worried their families won’t like new recipes, 27% don’t want to spend the time or money trying to hunt down unfamiliar ingredients and 21% say there are so many recipe resources available that they just don’t know where to start.

To be honest with you these results don’t surprise me. Maybe the percentages are a bit higher then I would expect, but the challenges that families face at meal time seem to be common.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

I am grateful (oh so grateful) that my kids love vegetables. And not just a handful – they enjoy a large variety of vegetables including ones that most kids try to avoid like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. They snack on veggies (we go through A LOT of baby carrots each week) too. My daughter also prefers her vegetables raw (I always steam vegetables).

When I hear other parents talking about how their child won’t eat vegetables it makes me sad. Not only are they missing out on the nutrients that vegetables provide for our bodies, but they are also missing out on a lot of tasty foods.

Green Giants wants to help families get more vegetables into their diets. To help consumers they’ve created the Fresh Take on What to Make campaign.

“The ‘Fresh Takes’ survey highlights real dinnertime challenges facing parents today who are balancing a lot – work, kids’ school and after-school activities, house chores and pets’ needs, to name a few,” said John Stockman, Associate Marketing Director for Green Giant. “We want to help make dinnertime exciting again by showing families how to transform their go-to meals in simple ways that let the veggies shine and bring families together.”

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant has teamed up with Celebrity Chef Gina Neely to show families just how easy it can be to eat more vegetables.

As a mom, I know parents have the best of intentions and want to prepare exciting and nutritious dinners every night, but hectic schedules lead to falling back on those go-to meals – spaghetti, anyone?” says Gina Neely. “Easy steps, like preparing your grocery list and stocking up on simple ingredients like Green Giant Steamers, can make a big difference in the kitchen.”

This campaign aims to teach busy on the go families helpful tips and ideas to reinvent dinner time and to show consumers how simply and easy just adding something like Green Giant Steamers into your family’s favorite “go to” dishes can get vegetables into your diet.

I actually use Green Giant Steamers with my family. They offer 25 different (and delicious!) steam-in-the-bag varieties. Plus I love that I don’t have to break out my steamer, pots or pans to cook them. Simply pop the bag the microwave.

Some of the Green Giant Steamers are made with unique sauces, seasons and blends which add more “pizzazz” to your meal.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant Steamers offer families a convenient and simple way for families to enjoy their vegetables.

Gina came up with some delicious recipes using Green Giant Steamers that take about 20 minutes to make and use just five ingredients. Any family could easily whip these up, even on a busy weeknight.

If you would like more information, tips and delicious recipes please visit GreenGiant.com/EasyMeals.  You’ll even find money savings coupons on the site.

You can also connect with Gina Neely and Green Giant and ask questions during a Twitter Chat on September 16 at 8pm ET and during a Google+ Hangout on September 23 at 8pm ET.

Do you have any questions for Gian Neely and/or Green Giant that you’d like me to ask for you? I should be at the Google Hangout and I’d be happy to ask questions for you and post the replies. Simply leave your questions in the comments section of this post.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant


**The 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by ORC International from August 5-8, 2014 among a sample of 986 American parents of children under the age of 18, comprising 487 men and 499 women.

*I have partnered with Green Giant to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Gold Kili: A Ginger Beverage for Every Day Health

Ginger I am not a big fan of over the counter or prescription medications. If I can find a natural alternative to what ails me I would rather go that route first and foremost. When it comes to my health I also like to take extra vitamins and minerals to help me stay healthy. Currently I am taking extra vitamins to help boost my immunity. I work with young children and with winter coming I don’t want to pick up colds and/or the flu and bring it home to my family. One natural product with health benefits is ginger. I use ginger to help relive and upset stomach. I used to have chewables made out of ginger that I would chew when I wasn’t feeling well or when I got car sick. In fact I found out how well it helped for an upset stomach due to motion sickness years ago when I went to New York City for a blogger event and neglected to take Dramamine for motion sickness (I get car sick when I have to sit in the backseat). I found some ginger chewables and they quickly helped me to feel better. Ginger is not only a tasty ingredient in your recipes, but it also has health benefits. According to WebMD;

Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain. Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.

Ginger also tastes good, so it’s both a tasty recipe ingredient or beverage. If you want to find ways of incorporating ginger into your diet there are plenty of delicious recipes you can make such as Ginger & Herb Rice or grated ginger sprinkled on top of vanilla ice cream. You can also drink ginger. Gold Kili A company called Gold Kili (SRP: $3.99) can help make getting ginger into your body a bit easier. Gold Kili is an all natural ginger beverage that is made from the finest grade ginger, giving a sharp spicy character. The various flavors produce a very pleasant and refreshing beverage with no sugar added. Gold Kili is available in four different varieties:

  • All Natural Ginger
  • All Natural Ginger Lemon
  • Instant Ginger
  • Instant Ginger Lemon

The All Natural Ginger and Ginger Lemon flavors can be enjoyed hot, while the Instant Ginger and Instant Ginger Lemon flavors can be enjoyed either hot or cold. I was sent a few samples of Gold Kili to review. I liked both the All Natural Ginger Lemon and Instant Ginger Lemon. The All Natural Ginger and Instant Ginger seemed like it was missing something. I didn’t want to add sugar. I ended up adding some lemon juice and on another occasions a smidgen of all natural honey. The honey really goes well with the spiciness of the ginger. I really enjoyed that combination. I preferred the beverage hot, even though you can enjoy it cold too. Even with the lemon the taste can be a bit strong so if you are not a fan of ginger, or have never tried ginger before, keep that in mind. I suppose you could water it down a bit if needed. I don’t know if I would drink these beverages on a daily basis, but will keep a few in my pantry just in case I needed a natural remedy for an upset stomach or other digestive issue. If you would like more information about Gold Kili ginger products visit www.GoldKili.com.sg (there is an extra .sg at the end). Have you tried these products before? Are you a fan of ginger? Feel free to share your thoughts. Ginger Tea   Kimberly *I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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Things your cleaning WON’T catch



I would consider myself a decent house cleaner. I will admit that I can’t clean my home as often as I’d like to. Now that I work part time in the morning I find it harder to get cleaning done. By the time I get home I’m either tired, have a dozen errands to run or I have blog posts to catch up on.

It irks me to see dust on my furniture. I’m also neurotic when it comes to disinfecting things. I’m always spraying Lysol and using disinfectant wipes to clean counter tops, door knobs, remote controls and other frequently handled items in our home.

We also have five cats, a dog and fish. Don’t get me started on the hair and pet dander.

I honestly didn’t give cleanliness that much thought until I became a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a messy person. I simply didn’t think about things like dust mites, germs and bacteria. If my place was dusted and vacuumed I felt that was adequate enough. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I gave things like germs, bacteria, mold, dust mites and pet dander more consideration.

We have an asthmatic cat too so I am always thinking about ways to keep our home and the air we breath cleaner too.

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

Here are some startling (and gross!) facts you might not know about.

  • Just one dust mine alone can last up to 70 days, laying up to 100 eggs in just 5 weeks of life.
  • Dust mites can survive in all climates, but thrive in homes, specifically bedrooms and kitchens.
  • Worst of all: dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma.

Ewww! Ewww! Ewww!!!

Knowing that makes me see dust in a whole new light.

You might think you are cleaning the dust off your furniture and belongings 100% but the truth is you can never really get rid of all of it. Plus you can’t see dust mites. You just know they are there.

Gross! My skin is crawling just thinking about it.

What if I told you there was a device that could help you clean and sterilize your home including carpets, clothing, bedding, sofas, pillows and cushions? Would you want to learn more about it?


The device is called Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner. The cleaner uses UV-C sterilization technology to quickly sanitize around your home. The Rydis UV-C is an essential part of the home cleaning process to ensure a healthy and happy family.

When I was asked if I wanted to do a review I jumped on the opportunity.

Here is more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner;

  • Disinfect: Winner of the Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award, the vacuum features a UV-C lamp that emits ultraviolet light to help kill dust mites and disinfect 99% of bacteria and allergens.
  • Vacuum: UV-C vacuum’s 600 Watt motor suction power and high efficiency filter capture even the smallest particles, including the 2,000 fecal specks a single dust mite will produce in its 10-week life span.
  • Vibration: Vibration Pad’s 3600 times per minute strong stomping shakes off dust to be collected by vacuum suction.
  • Customize: Three easy-to-use cleaning modes; Mode One combines vacuum, vibration and UV sanitization, Mode Two combines vacuum and UV sanitization and Mode Three is strictly UV sanitization.
  • Efficiency: Patented Absorption Prevention Technology ensures fabric won’t get tangled in the suction roller.
  • Sanitize: Dust mites survive well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, with figures around 100–500 mites per gram of dust; Rydis’ UV-C lamp helps to eradicate them from your home.
  • Safety: Floor Detection Sensor recognizes the change in surface if the Rydis touches the floor and automatically turns off the ultraviolet lamp.
  • Upgrade: UV-C Vacuum Pro model includes lavender air freshener cartridge and Smart Touch sensor built into handle that allows the vacuum to operate only when you’re holding it.

The device looks like a handheld vacuum. It is but it’s so much more than that.

The device has a vibrating feature which helps to loosen up dust and dust mites while the powerful suction vacuum’s up the dust, dirt, debris and little critters.

In addition to vacuuming dust off of your furniture and belongings the special UV light sanitizes the surface, destroying 99% of bacteria and killing dust mites.

When you use the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner you can rest assure that your home IS clean after you clean it.

Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner

I’m not a scientist so I am unable to see how much dust, bacteria or dust mites are left behind. I can only say that it does a great job cleaning and I feel confident that my home is sanitized and cleaned.

I like that I am able to use it on our furniture – even the cat tree and our pet’s bedding. It does a great job of sucking up all the hair. I just have to make sure to clean it out more frequently then I do when I am using it on the beds, comforters and pillow (places our pets don’t frequent as much).

Our asthmatic cat seems to be doing a bit better. She’s off her oral medication and only using her daily inhaler. I don’t know if the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner has anything to do with that, or the allergens that make her have asthma attacks have decreased or a combination of both. All I know is that she’s off her pills at the moment (yeah!) and I hope to keep it that way. She has a heart condition so I’d like to keep her off the extra steroids if possible.

So far I am pleased with my results. Its easy to use and easy to clean. I only wish it has a handle option so that I could use it in hard to reach places. I would love to use it on my curtains but it’s hard for me to reach the top and I rather not have to take them down every time I clean.

I like that my teenagers can use this too and it doesn’t require special equipment, cleaners or toxic cleaners. It’s safe to use around children and pets.

If you would like more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner visit http://moneualusa.com/index.php/home-direct.html/. While you are there check out the other cool products that the company offers like the robotic vacuum.

What do you think about this device? Does it sound like something you would like to use in your home?

Do you have issues with dust mites, allergies or asthma? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Birds Eye Veggin’ In LA With Laura Marano Sweepstakes



As a mom I know first hand that it’s not always easy to get your kids to eat what you want them to, especially if you have a picky eater (or two) in your home.

Did you know that only ONE is ten children eats the recommended amount of vegetables*? (*Statistics from USDA State of the Plate) That is sad! Vegetables are so good and can be made in so many different ways. Parents need to take this seriously and find delicious ways to incorporate vegetables into daily diet.

I’m grateful that my kids have always loved vegetables. When they were little I fed them all vegetables including the vegetables that many children run away from like spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Even now as teenagers my kids love vegetables. We eat broccoli several times a week too. They also eat things like chickpeas as a snack.

Our daughter actually prefers vegetables raw over steamed (I always steam veggies). There are some vegetables, like carrots, she refuses to eat cooked. They must be raw.

I think the key to getting kids and “big kids” (aka – your significant other) is to serve them delicious recipes that incorporate vegetables. They will be too busy enjoying the flavorful meal that they won’t stop to think about the vegetables they are eating.

Birds Eye® and the Walt Disney Company® want to make sure children are eating their vegetables. They have teamed up to increase vegetable consumption awareness among children in the United States.

Veggin in La Sweeps

The brands came up with an initiative called The Veggin’ In LA With Laura Marano Sweepstakes presented by Birds Eye. Their objective is to show children that veggies are “cool”, fun and delicious.

The sweepstakes is currently running and will end on September 24, 2014.

The grand prize is a wonderful Los Angeles, California, to “veg out” and enjoy a private dinner party with Laura Marano, one of the stars of Disney Channel’s popular comedy series, “Austin & Ally,”and a Birds Eye chef.

“We can’t wait to start the sweepstakes and get kids excited about vegetables one bite at a time,” explained Mike Barkley, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Birds Eye. “The collaboration between Birds Eye and Disney is a perfect fit, as we’re both fully committed to children’s wellness and improving the vegetable consumption in this country.”

The sweepstakes is part of Birds Eye’s “Step Up To The Plate” campaign, dedicated to encouraging kids to try new veggies, while helping parents explore different preparation methods and approaches to making veggies fun. The sweepstakes also supports the Disney “Magic of Healthy Living” initiative, which partners with parents and inspires kids to live a healthier lifestyle.

Entering is super easy to do. Simply purchase any Birds Eye products and visit Disney.com/Veggies and input the UPC codes from the Birds Eye product/products.

There is no purchase necessary. You can also enter without the UPC code by sending the keyword “VEGGIES” via a text to 347639 (Disney).

Not only is this an easy sweeptakes to enter it’s also a healthy one because it will encourage families to take their veggie intake more seriously.

Does your child/grandchild enjoy a variety of vegetables? Do you think your child/grandchild gets enough vegetables in their daily diet?

How do YOU get your child/grandchild to eat their veggies? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Laura Marano

Laura Marano


*I have partnered with Birds Eye to bring you this information. I received free product coupons and branded items in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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Add some “zing” this football season with Florida Orange Juice

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received promotional item to thank me for participating.


It’s officially football season. I know a lot of fans are super excited about the.

My husband counted down to the start of football season like children count down to Christmas. LOL!

We’re such big NFL fans that our daughter knew various hand signals when she was just a toddler. If we said “holding” or “off sides” to her (as an example) she would do the appropriate hand signal. LOL!

Our daughter as a toddler doing the signal for "Holding". LOL!

Our daughter as a toddler doing the signal for “Holding”. LOL!

To say we’re fans is an understatement. Our son’s middle name is after my husband’s favorite team. It was going to be his first name but at the last minute (literally the moment he was removed from my womb) we changed it to his middle name. My mother in law was not keen on the name and my husband (the “mama’s boy”) decided maybe it was best if we changed it.

We also attended Super Bowl Boulevard last year when the Super Bowl was held in New Jersey. Super Bowl Boulevard was held on the streets of Manhattan. WOW! What at that insane! I think it was more crowded then Times Square on New Year’s Eve. It was so crowded that we had to leave. We couldn’t enjoy ourselves.

I was able to get some good photos including the Vince Lombardi trophy.






When it comes to football nothing goes better then great food with great friends. Look at tailgating parties for example. I think sometimes they are just as fun as the football game it’s self.

When it comes to foods traditionally served at football get togethers most people probably think of chips, dips, pizza, burgers, wings and beer. Something that might not come to mind is Florida orange juice. That’s right, I said Florida orange juice.

Believe it or not there are plenty of great football foods you can make and serve to guests that feature Florida orange juice as one of the main ingredients.

Florida orange juice (regardless of the brand) is overseen by the Florida Department of Citrus.

The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its mission is to maximize demand for Florida citrus products in order to ensure the sustainability and economic well-being of the Florida citrus grower, the citrus industry and the State of Florida. 

Incorporating 100 percent orange juice in your daily diet, either by enjoying an 8-ounce glass a day or by including  OJ in your favorite recipes, can help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and may help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

As a mom I want to make sure my family is getting enough of the vital vitamins and nutrients their bodies, and mine, need to stay healthy. Florida orange juice provides you vitamin C which is important for your immune system as well as other essential nutrients like folate, potassium and thiamin.

An 8-ounce glass of Florida OJ:

  • Is an excellent source of vitamin C, delivering more than 100 percent of the Daily Value
  • Counts as one cup of fruit, according to the USDA MyPlate Fruit Group recommendations
  • Serves as a good source of folate, thiamin and also potassium, a mineral important for muscle function and nerve transmission
  • Is free of fat, sodium, cholesterol and added sugar

Not only is Florida orange juice good for you it also tastes great.

There is so much more to Florida orange juice then just a beverage you have in the morning with your cereal.

Florida orange juice is a great ingredient to add into your favorite recipes to add a little “zing” to your dish.

I often make an “Orange Julius” (or as my kids refer to it as a creamsicle drink) by adding two parts Florida orange juice to one part milk in the blender along with a little sugar (optional) and some ice. It makes a great smoothie.

Florida orange juice also makes a fabulous marinade. Here is one that I tried recently with my family.



  • ¼ C 100% Florida Orange Juice
  • 1T lime juice
  • 1T jerk seasoning (I used Italian seasoning)
  • 1t ginger, minced

*Recipe credit: Florida Department of Citrus

Ideally you should let the chicken marinade in the fridge overnight. If you don’t have that much time at least marinade it for three hours.

I put the marinade ingredients and chicken in a Ziploc bag for easy clean up.

I put the marinade ingredients and chicken in a Ziploc bag for easy clean up.

I cooked our marinated chicken on an indoor grill. This could easily be cut up into chunks and used as part of a Kabob or perhaps to make chicken sandwiches (Focaccia or Ciabatta bread would go great with this chicken). 


It looks messy but it tasted oh so good!

Florida Orange Juice Marinade

Marinated chicken cut up into chunks.

Recently the Florida Department of Citrus hosted a Florida style tailgating party in Herald Square in New York City. Sport announcer and Dancing with the Stars co-host Erin Andrews is a partner with the Florida Department of Citrus and she was on hand for the festivities. She also handed out samples of sweet and delicious Florida orange juice.



The official hashtags for the event was #OJSelfie and #OJTailgate.

I wish I had the opportunity to attend.

You can easily incorporate Florida orange juice into your favorite tailgating recipes or football fan favorite snacks. In addition to making a great marinade for chicken (recipe above), Florida orange juice can be used in beef, turkey and pork recipes, desserts, snacks and side dishes. You can even add Florida orange juice to other beverages too. You can find recipes for things like Orange Herbed Veggie Burgers, Orange Black Bean Burritos, Citrus Shrimp Summer Rolls with Florida Orange-Sriracha Dipping Sauce and Florida Orange Molasses Baked Beans, to name a few. All of which would be a delicious addition to your tailgating party or football gathering.

If you would like to learn more about wonderful Florida orange juice please visit FloridaCitrus.org. You can also check them out on the various social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Be sure to check out social media sites for more recipes, tips and news.

What is your favorite football party/tailgating party recipe/food?

How do you incorporate Florida orange juice into your family’s favorite recipes?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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