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If you’re wondering where to get the best Black Friday deals for 2021, then you’re in the right place. Belk has so much to offer from deals on your favorite brand clothing, jewelry, electronics, decor and more! 


Belk black friday sale


Being that Christmas follows Black Friday, I personally couldn’t help but to get my hands on some of the most stylish Christmas bedroom decor at an unbeatable price. 


Belk Black Friday Deals


With brands like Modern Southern Home, Belk has so much quality to offer for your holiday decor and beyond.


Christmas bedroom decor ideas from Belk

From holiday-themed throw pillows, comforter sets, sheet sets and throw blankets - you can find it all in one place.



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Christmas bedroom ideas

As you can see, our bedroom received a complete makeover for the holidays, complete with all of the decor mentioned above. All at a bargain! 


Belk also offers some of the best beauty deals for Black Friday, including the Versace Bright Crystal gift set. This is an easy gift idea for any special woman in your life - including saving it for yourself!





Belk also offers quality jewelry with their signature line Belk Silverworks which includes this adorable cubic zirconia set. I love the versatility of this set and how it can be worn for a day on the town and a night out to a holiday party.


Belk Black Friday perfume

Belk Black Friday Jewelry sale

Speaking of holiday parties, Belk offers a variety of kitchen appliances to help you entertain this holiday. I’m a seasoned holiday entertainer, but I have yet to get my hands on a popcorn maker and a fondue maker.



So seeing these two available for half it’s original price - I had to snag both of them! Having both will definitely get snacks on the table a lot faster and more enjoyable.




Let’s not forget about the fashion for the holidays and beyond! From loungewear, to cozy sweaters, vests and the best deals on boots for the season - Belk has you covered for all of your fashion needs.

This year is all about comfortability for me and picking up styles from brands like Kim Rogers and Wonderly definitely helped with that.


Belk Black Friday Boot Sale

Belk shoes

All of these styles pair well with Belk’s Silverworks line of jewelry.



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Being able to get all of these deals for the holidays not only saved so much time, but I also saved some cash with deals that offer up to 50% off the original price. 




Be sure to visit your local Belk, or order right in the app for savings on your favorite brands this Black Friday. Not to mention, the shipping is almost instant. I ordered online using the app and I literally had my package the following day. Can you say, AMAZING?


This post is sponsored by Barilla®, all opinions are my own. 

Weeknight pasta meals are easy to make thanks to Vero Gusto® sauce by Barilla®. You can enjoy this savory dish in a variety of ways, with a variety of flavors. 

spinach and mushroom pasta

spinach and mushroom pasta recipe

spinach and mushroom sauce easy

Getting the taste of traditional spaghetti sauce just got easier and weeknight dinners have gotten faster with the help of Vero Gusto® pasta sauces by Barilla®

By using Vero Gusto® pasta sauce by Barilla®, you'll achieve the taste of traditional homemade Spaghetti sauce within minutes. 

Made in Parma, Italy, Vero Gusto® pasta sauces are true to Italian cooking. The sauce is made with the finest regional ingredients and a flavorful sautéed soffritto base compromised of onion, garlic, and finely chopped carrots. Vero Gusto® gives you the homemade taste you and your family will love, without the added work in the kitchen. 

Because this sauce has such an amazing flavor, I only added a handful of ingredients that our family loves. You can easily add or omit ingredients to suit your own taste. 

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 Jar of Vero Gusto® Calabrian Marinara 
  • 1 Box of Barilla® Thin Spaghetti
  • A Handful of Fresh Spinach Leaves 
  • 1 lb. of Thinly Sliced Mushrooms 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste 
  • Grated or sliced Parmesan for added taste 

That’s it! That’s all you’ll need. The best part - this spaghetti takes less than twenty minutes to whip up! 

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to package. 
  2. While pasta is boiling, slice mushrooms and sautée in olive oil until brown on both sides. Be sure to take your time with this one! 
  3. Once the mushrooms have browned, add your spinach leaves and toss in more oil if needed.
  4. Season veggies with salt and pepper. 
  5. Add jar of Vero Gusto® Calabrian Marinara and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. 
  6. Add cooked spaghetti noodles and stir well before serving. 

This simple dish goes well with any of your favorite spaghetti garnishes like shaved or grated parmesan, parsley, fresh cracked pepper and whatever you may have to compliment the dish. 

Voila! Delicious Spaghetti with a homemade taste in less than twenty minutes. 

Be sure to pick your favorite flavor of Vero Gusto® sauce by Barilla® at your local Albertson’s. 

homeschool math curriculum


As a homeschool mom, teaching math as the kids have gotten older has been a challenge. It’s not because I am not proficient - because I am. It’s because math is one of the subjects that takes actual steps and processes to teach it where your child actually understands. 


Basic math concepts are simple to teach and quite simple to understand, but as our kids grow older and the math becomes a bit more complicated - so does the teaching. I searched high and low for an online math program that was straight to point and also very valuable for myself and my kids.


homeschool math curriculum online


Photomath is a great online math tool for everyone. You don’t have to solely homeschool to use the Photomath app and you don’t even have to be a certified teacher. You simply sign up, download the app and you have instant access to the answers to your math problems. Not only does Photomath give you the answer, it helps you solve the problem step-by-step, making it easier to understand. 


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The app allows you to take a photo of any math problem you come across and will solve the problem for you within seconds. This allows you to learn at your own pace and again, get a deeper grasp of the problems at hand.


help with math


Photomath also includes a plus option, giving you instant access to numerous math books that cover subjects like Algebra, Calculus, Geometry and more! This really comes in handy for students of all ages and allows you to keep the information in your pocket. 


Honestly, I’ve searched through numerous online math programs and nothing compares!  


As a homeschooling parent, I am at ease knowing that this app comes in handy when explaining problem-solving to my kids. There are also animated tutorials that bring solutions to life by visualizing each step. This is awesome for us all. 


app to help with math


For me, I am relieved knowing I don’t have to switch from one math program to the next, just to make sure I’m explaining the math correctly. Photomath does it all for me, right here in the app. Be sure to download the app to experience the world of math today! 




This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own.

back to school sales


It’s that time of year again - back to school! It’s always a bittersweet moment when the kids finally get back to their regularly scheduled programs, but one thing I’ve learned over the years is to stay prepared!




The biggest challenge for most moms is what will our kids actually eat for lunch. My biggest tip: give them options.

back to school lunches

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This year when you stock up on must-have General Mills products at Walmart, you can help support schools in need. This back to school season Walmart is partnering with Box Tops for Education to create greater equity in education.

back to school snacks to buy

The goal is to help students who need it the most reach their fullest potential and simply shopping for lunch box ideas at Walmart can help the cause. All you have to do is download the Box Tops app to find and support schools in need near you. Little by little, we can make a big difference. Simply shop participating Box Tops products at Walmart, scan your store receipt in the Box Tops app and add cash instantly to your school's earnings online.

back to school snacks

back to school sales


Personally, I love wins like this because you’re already shopping for products you need anyway. From Honey Nut Cheerios™ as a quick breakfast option for busy mornings, to Nature Valley™ bars as a tasty option for your child’s snack and Totino’s Pizza Rolls as a main dish.

Easy Back To School Lunch Box Ideas:

Nature Valley™ Granola Bars - if your kids love crunchy granola bars, Nature Valley is the best. Your kids can enjoy a crunchy sweet snack in their lunch.

Lucky Charms™ Cereal Bars - great for busy mornings, just grab and go.

back to school lunch boxes


Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls™ - a great option for a filling lunch entree and super easy to pack in a lunch box.




Plus, these products are all aligned with supporting schools through Box Tops For Education. Simply save your receipt, scan it in the app and instantly raise funds for your nearest schools. It’s that easy! Have a great school year. Pick up your back to school favorites here at Walmart: https://bit.ly/3egiysJ


Now that it's officially summer, it's time to dust off the grill and start hosting those epic, family barbecues that everyone talks about for years to come. 

vegan mayo pasta salad

Just like the main bbq dishes, the side items are just as important. If you're vegan or vegetarian, some items can easily be turned into tasty dishes that will still satisfy your craving and your diet preferences - without having to compromise taste.  


vegan macaroni salad

One of my favorite bbq sides since childhood has always been macaroni salad. Partly because pasta is one of my favorites of all time - no matter the ingredients! 

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Luckily, this vegan macaroni salad is super easy to make, with only a handful of ingredients! In fact, it's so good, even non-vegans will love it - they won't even notice the difference! 



WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR MACARONI SALAD?

The list of ingredients is fairly simple and you may have most of them already. Here's a quick list of them:

Macaroni noodles

Vegan mayonnaise - I used this one 

Apple cider vinegar 

Maple Syrup - this one is my personal favorite

Red bell pepper

Red onion

Fresh or frozen peas

Carrots 

Celery 

Parsley - although some people prefer fresh dill

Relish 

This is a great base for the best macaroni salad, however, you can add and/or omit whichever ingredients you'd like. That's what's so great about this versatile dish. 

HOW TO MAKE MACARONI SALAD

With only a handful of ingredients, you can easily make this simple dish in less than twenty minutes. 

Simply boil and drain the macaroni noodles. I also like to rinse them with cold water. This helps the noodles to stop cooking and also speeds up the cooling process for this dish as a whole. 


pasta salad vegan mayo

Mix the vegan mayo, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup together. This will be your base sauce for the dish. 

Then, in a bowl, start with adding your pasta, then topping it with onions, peppers, other toppings, and seasonings. Once everything is in the bowl, pour your homemade dressing over the entire bowl and mix together until creamy. 

Chill and serve. That's it! Easy peasy. 


HOW TO STORE VEGAN MACARONI PASTA SALAD

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. It's even better the next day when all of the flavors have had time to marinate. 

For that reason, the macaroni salad can be made ahead of time as well. 





Easy Vegan Macaroni Salad
Easy Vegan Macaroni Saladhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL86A2eg2usEasy, creamy, vegan macaroni salad with simple ingredients.

Easy Vegan Macaroni Salad

Yield: 12
Author: Torche' Nash
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
This creamy vegan pasta salad, made with simple ingredients, is the perfect vegan bbq side dish for summer.

Ingredients

Macaroni Salad
Vegan Mayo Dressing

Instructions

  1. Boil macaroni noodles according to directions on the package. Once al dente, rinse with cool water. Drain and set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl, or measuring cup, whisk together the mayo dressing ingredients and set aside. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, pour your drained noodles. Add the pepper, onion, bell pepper, carrots, celery, parsley, and peas. Pour the salad dressing over the top and mix together well. 
  4. Keep chilled until ready to serve. 

Notes:

Salad Supreme Seasoning is optional and may, or may not be vegan. Please check the label before using it!


You can also add, or omi, chopped pickles or relish.


Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

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