You Say Tomato We Say Clamato

Howdy friends! 

We're having a TON of fun with Reality Moms and I can't wait to tell you sooooo much more. But right now, I have to keep my nose to the grindstones getting ready to rock our Big CHRISTMAS in JULY extravaganza!

But this month is loaded with awesome at Reality Moms and my friend Sandy has all the details about MY FAVE tomato loaded drink, Clamato®.  Be sure to hit up the Clamato website to find some super fun recipes  - but swing on by RealityMoms to get the full skinny and the secret recipe yourself!  Oh-and make no mistake my friends!  Clamato® is apart of my absolute favorite caffeinated beverage - THE DR. PEPPER/SNAPPLE GROUP!  Yep.  My fave is Diet DP, but there are many great flavors to choose from.  My house absolutely LOVES to do a "DPG" that's where we put every flavor in the fountain made by Dr. Pepper!  Sunkist, Stewarts, IBC Root Beer...mmmmmmm.  FUNKY FANTASTIC!

Now do yourself a GIANT flavor - I mean favor....and get yourself acquainted with the hashtag #DPSFlavorTour!

This is a sponsored post by Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group written by Sandy O'Brien.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group.

The universe was listening while chatting with hubby the other night.  He couldn’t take another summer of either beer or cider as the beverage choices readily available in our fridge. Gone are the days when I could sit back and enjoy a cold beer or two, my 40-something-year-old digestive system having given up in defeat, just blows my tummy up like a balloon after the first few sips. I tried cider—a cold, sweeter refreshing cousin of my hubby’s favorite brewski—it felt like the perfect match for me. Except for the sugar and subsequent headache, that is. So I did what I do, I googled, and searched pinterest and was very excited to find not just my perfect summertime beverage, but that there’s a whole DAY devoted to it! Best wife in the world, I know.

So what is this perfect drink you ask? It is called a Michelada and there is a Michelada Day – you can celebrate on July 12th! A Michelada is a refreshing, delicious drink made from Beer and Clamato® Juice with a blend of lime and spices. Similar to a Bloody Mary or Caesar, this drink is very popular in Mexico and I can see why. It isn’t as alcohol laden as a Caesar or Bloody Mary and has a more complex flavor, thanks to the spices which give it a kick. There are even specialMichelada glasses. There are many different variations and I am committed to trying them all this summer (all in the name of research of course).

Now, I have to admit I have always shied away from tomato juice, it’s just never been my thing (big tall glass of cold blood), but my new cocktail bestie is made of Beer and Clamato® Juice so I’m broadening my horizons and trying new things, (look at me, MOM!).

So here’s the thing, Clamato® Juice isn’t just tomato! It’s crazy good, with spices and ya, clam juice, but it totally works. It’s not thick, in fact it’s really yummy just over ice. I know this because you aren’t supposed to be boozing at 9am, but a “virgin” Michelada is completely acceptable, and considering the other main ingredient is BEER, the virgin variety is, well,Clamato®.

I’m really quite a genius with my whole plan, because I have found a way to incorporate a VEGETABLE into my summer libations.   I actually think I may be more excited about the CLAMATO® juice than I am about the beer! If you think about, the Clamato juice is practically one of those “perfect foods”. I get a serving of veg from the tomato and there’s got to be some protein from the clam juice, right? And I can mix it with beer. Sounds pretty darn perfect to me!

My First Michelada Day

INGREDIENTS

6 oz. Clamato® Preparado

4 oz. beer

Ice

Salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste (if you dare)

Rim Spice Blend:

4 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

Rim a tall beer glass with spice blend (optional). Fill the glass with ¼ cup of ice, ice, baby. Add Clamato® Preparado, beer, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. One drop of hot sauce, you’re boring; three drops, you’re playing it safe; ten drops, you’re on fire.

Rim Spice Blend:

Combine rim ingredients on a small plate. Pour lime juice onto another small plate. Dip rim of glass into lime juice, then carefully dip into spice blend.

Garnish with a fresh lime, take a sip, take a sip, take a sip, and enjoy.

 

Peapod Solving Real Mom Problems #PeapodSavings

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Why hello there friends. 

Technology is an incredible thing.  The thought that I can sit right here and tell you this on my couch while I am awaiting a grocery delivery from Peapod is really absolutely golden, isn't it?

One of my anxiety triggers is the dreaded time in life to visit the grocery store for my family.  It's always tough for me cause I'm either in a giant hurry or they don't have what I need. Or even worse: MY KIDS WON'T EAT WHAT I BUY.

Gulp.

Now, I know this is hard to believe considering my life lives on the internet - but I NEVER shop online.  Not because I don't want to - but because I can't even get myself focused to WORK online - but do my shopping online? 

Torture!  When it's CLOTHES of course.  

But food?  Piece of cake. 

I fell in love with grocery shopping online when my son Hudson was a baby and he ran out of diapers.  I honestly thought I died and went to heaven when they delivered diapers to my front door the same day!  And the best new baby gift?  I give grocery gift cards to my new mom friends & they all love how convenient it is!  You know how painful it is to cart around a car seat all day, right?  BRUTAL!  So take the stress out of it - book through Peapod!

Everyone needs groceries, so why not make the shopping experience more convenient for you and your family?  Another great reason to love Peapod is the fact that you don't get busted shopping in the cookie aisles!  I honestly have never been better at self control than ordering Peapod! lol  If grocery deliveries can keep you from the impulse cookies aisle?  DO IT!  ha

This week we're digging into Peapod wholeheartedly.  I ordered on Friday what I want to have delivered on Monday. And since my family is heading out of town next weekend - Peapod is a no brainer!  

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WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

What are the 7 things I MUST get every Peapod delivery?

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7 Cheap Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is BIGGER than birthdays in our house.  Something about it being a rite of passage that I love!  Not everyone gets to celebrate motherhood.  But I DO!  And I just love it. Although, it's always tough because I ALWAYS want something different and unique for the holiday - but not over the top.  So, in order to better the world of Mom's Day Gifts - here are some ideas you might be interested in!

1) MAKE A MEAL.  Go figure.  Feeding mom is a lost art. 

2) FRAME A WRITTEN POEM.  It doesn't have to be a poem YOU created - but take one you love and re-write it in your handwriting!  Frame that bad boy!

3) FRAME YOUR FAVORITE PIC WITH MOM. Mom's rule.  EVERYTHING.  Give her a pic you love and add a written story to it!

4.) CROSS OFF HER TO DO LIST.  EVERY mom has a honey help me list!  Grab that list and spend a day crossing them off!  She's gonna love you more for it too!

5) FIX SOMETHING.  You know when mom says 'put a little elbow grease in it'?  Yep!  Do it yourself or hire someone to do it!  You'll be glad you did. 

6) TEACH HER SOMETHING.  Know how to play a guitar?  Teach her!  Show her how to do something you love so that you can do it more!

7.)  START A MOM JOURNAL.  I'm totally doing this one.  Everytime I think about my mom - I'm writing in the journal.  Then give it to her on special occassions!  

Ok, don't want to be cheap?  Go all out for mom and check out my segment on Fox 29!

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Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

Bad MOMS in Theaters for Mother's Day

YEAH BUDDY!  BAD MOMS!!!

Really, why on EARTH it has taken this long for THIS movie to come out. ha. Motherhood is a beast. It's not for the faint in heart.  It's legit serious sh*t!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of BAD MOMS by submitting your funniest #BadMomMoment.

Juggling a career, kids, and family is a 24/7 ‘round­the­clock job that can be overwhelming and under-appreciated at times. And a lot of times, those moments end up making pretty hilarious stories. You know, accidentally packing tampons in your kid’s lunch. Reaching for diaper rash cream instead of toothpaste. Putting the left shoe on the right foot. Sometimes you just need a break.

So eff it. No one’s perfect so give up the guilt and be a “bad mom" for a minute. Do a little something for yourself: ditch the PTA and get an ETA on your next massage. Swap the Happy Meal with Happy Hour and down a shot or two. Skip the bedtime story and whip out 50 Shades of Grey. Share your funniest #BadMomMoment for a chance to win BIG. Check out BadMomMoment.com for all the details.

#MothersDay Top Tech for Rockstar Moms

It's seriously RIGHT around the corner.  Surveys tell us that moms like quiet time & downtime for Mother's Day - but let's tell the truth here ladies... This job DESERVES something awesome & TANGIBLE, right? I mean, your kids are clearly tangible but I remember my first Mother's Day and I convinced my husband to give me an iPhone.  You remember the VERY FIRST ONE that cost $500 and felt like a brick? ha.  Yep.  That one.

Being a mom is the hardest job in the world.  And it doesn't pay a thing.  So why not treat the MOM in your life with some ROCKSTAR TECH ideas!!!!?!?!?!  

These are the products:

Beuler - Stylus/Charger/Pen

 

CardNinja

 

Polaroid Zip & Snap

Chic Buds Crossbody bag