About Heather Brickell

Heather resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Keith of 20 years and their 2 boys Drew 14 and Brady 8. She loves to share savings advice, budget-friendly deals, recipes and more!

Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

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If you are tired of making dinner each night, I have an easy and budget-friendly recipe idea for you that takes little effort. Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are so yummy and your entire family is going to think that you spent hours preparing them!

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen meatballs

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce

Instructions: 

Place the frozen meatballs and pasta sauce in slow cooker.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until the meatballs are cooked through.

Serve on your favorite sub roll and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Reach for the Stars with Florida Prepaid College Plans and Scholastic!

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Isn’t it amazing how life can change in an instant? If you would have told me at the beginning of 2020 that I would be teaching my boys at home I probably would have laughed at you. We were so busy in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives of school, sports, and extra-curricular activities that when we were required to stop and be at home all of the time, life definitely took an unexpected turn that I was not prepared for.

Life certainly hasn’t been easy these past few months and there have been some tears along the way. In the midst of our circumstances, I have chosen to be positive and to find happiness in the situation. This has actually been a much-needed time of refreshment, reflection, and family bonding. Sometimes we need to slow down so that we can reflect on all that we have been blessed with. One day when the boys are gone, I will look back and cherish the memories that we made while we were together. I have loved the long walks, talks with my boys, and just the extra time that we have had together as a family.

Drew is heading off to high school next year and before I know it, he will be college bound. Brady will be in 3rd grade, and that certainly doesn’t seem possible! Didn’t I just bring him home from the hospital? I am certainly excited for both of my boys and know that they have a bright future ahead. I am so thankful that they can attain their future dreams and goals and reach for the stars! Thanks to help from Florida Prepaid College Plans, these dreams and goals will one day become a reality.

Florida Prepaid understands this is an unprecedented and challenging time for families, and they are here to help us through it! I am so excited to announce that they have teamed up with Scholastic to offer at-home-learning resources! For the past few months, Scholastic has been working hard to create a wide variety of at-home learning resources, and this new joint effort with Florida Prepaid is specifically designed to help young children develop their math and social studies skills to learn about jobs, money and their future. As a parent, I can use all the help that I can get these days, and I can’t think of a better way to enhance my children’s learning than with Scholastic resources. We personally have loved Scholastic books for years, so I am thrilled to use their online learning resources to help keep my boy’s minds active while at home. There are fun, step-by-step activities for PreK through 2nd Grade. Visit http://www.scholastic.com/icanbeanything/ to download worksheets, activities and more!

Speaking of the future, did you know that Florida Prepaid College Plans has extended Open Enrollment through May 31? Use promo code SWEET1920 for your $50 application fee to be waived!

Now, more than ever, it is a great time to stop and think about your children’s future education. For as little as $44 a month your child can be on the way to a brighter tomorrow! I love the hope that Florida Prepaid continues to provide to families so that we can rest assured that our children’s college education is safe, secure, and guaranteed by the state of Florida. Join the over 1 million Florida families who have said yes and invested in their children’s future education. With the waived enrollment fee, there really is nothing to lose!

In addition, I wanted to remind you that Florida Prepaid has deferred Prepaid Plan dates until July 2020 to provide flexibility to families as they navigate the challenges related to COVID-19. The Board is also deferring all payments for April, May and June for current customers. All payments will resume July 2020, and payment schedules will be extended by three months. Families can continue to make payments as previously scheduled if they choose to do so. For 24/7 account access, please login to your account at myfloridaprepaid.com. Routine account functions can be completed online, including making one-time payments, adjusting recurring payments and adding new Plans. If you prefer, you can call the wonderful customer service team at 1-800-552-4723 and they will be happy to assist with any questions or concerns that you may have about your plan(s).

I am so excited for my boys and their future aspirations, dreams and goals! What about you? Why not help your children reach for the stars and to dream big! Sign up today for a Florida Prepaid College Plan. You will be so glad that you did! Use promo code SWEET1920 to waive your application fee. Also, don’t forget to check out http://www.scholastic.com/icanbeanything/ to download worksheets, activities and more. These resources are perfect for families at home, and they will give you the extra confidence that you need as you continue to teach your children. High-five to all of you awesome parents! We’ve got this!

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Easy Antipasto Salad

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Do you need a new salad idea for grilling season? This Easy Anitpasto Salad is so delicious and packed full of flavor in every bite! It couldn’t be easier to prepare. You just chop, drop and coat with dressing! Yum! 

Easy Antipasto Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head or 2 hearts romaine chopped
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese cubed 
  • 4 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts chopped 
  • 4 ounces salami sliced in halves 
  • 4 ounces  pepperoni lived in halves 
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini
  • Italian dressing to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. 
  2. Serve & drizzle with Italian dressing. 
  3. Enjoy!

Target: BOGO Swimwear and Sandals for the Entire Family!

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Do you need to stock up on summer essentials for the family? This week Target is offering BOGO Swimwear and Sandals for the entire family! There is something for everyone, and at these prices be sure to stock up!

GO HERE to start shopping.

Easy Canvas Prints: 16 x 20 Canvas Print only $17.99 Shipped! (reg. $156)

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We absolutely love canvas prints in our house, and I even have an entire family wall of canvas prints dedicated to some of our favorite memories! Right now, Easy Canvas Prints is offering a 16 x 20 canvas print for only $17.99 + Free Shipping! They have deals on the other sizes as well, but this is one of the most popular options. Canvas prints are such a great way to enhance your photos into memories that will last a lifetime!

GO HERE to check it out!

Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Rollups

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Are you looking for a new dish to spice up your weeknight dinner routine? These Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Rollups are sure to be a new family fave! My family thoroughly enjoyed them and told me that they could not wait until I make them again. Even though this particular dish is Gluten Free, you can sub out the gluten free lasagna noodles for regular if you prefer. Serve with your favorite salad and bread and you have one delicious dinner!

Gluten Free Chicken Rollups

Ingredients:

10 Gluten Free lasagna noodles (I prefer this brand)

3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken. A rotisserie chicken works great for this!

15 oz. tub of Ricotta cheese

1 jar of your favorite Alfredo Sauce

Salt/pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Onion Powder

1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning or Oregano

2 cups shredded Mozarella Cheese

1 cup fresh, shaved parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the Gluten Free pasta in boiling water just until al dente. Do not overcook. You want the noodles to be cooked firm enough to handle. They will finish the cooking process in the oven.

When the noodles have finished cooking, lay them on a flat surface such as a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, ricotta cheese and spices.

In the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, pour some of the alfredo sauce for the noodles to sit on top of. This will help to keep the bottom of the noodles moist.

Begin the rollup process by adding several tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto the lasagna noodle. Make sure to leave enough room so that you can roll up the noodle.

Continue this process until all 10 noodles are filled with the chicken ricotta mixture and rolled up in the baking dish.

Add the remaining alfredo sauce on the top of the noodles.

Top with the mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

I like to sprinkle extra Italian Seasoning on top of the dish.

Cove the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 2o minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes until everything is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

Have Fun at Home with DIY Dunkin’ Donut Kits!

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The past several months have been challenging for many of us. From schooling our children at home and cooking endless meals, to keeping the kiddos entertained for hours on end, and so much more, the reality of it all has set in. We could all use some extra joy in our lives right now, and Dunkin’ is here to bring some happiness to your family!

Dunkin’ recently introduced DIY Donut Kits in several markets across the United States. These DIY Dunkin’ Donut Kits are complete with donut rings, different types of frosting and a variety of sprinkles, giving kids the opportunity to decorate their own donut creations right at home! 

I recently had the opportunity to brighten the day of several families here in the Tampa Bay area with these DIY Donut Kits. As you can see from the smiles on the kid’s faces, the DIY Donut Kits were a huge success! It gives me such great joy to bring just a little bit of happiness and smiles to people’s faces during these difficult times. I want to give a huge thank you to manager Garnett and her team at the Dunkin’ at Countryway in Tampa for providing me with these kits to share. I had so much fun spreading the Dunkin’ love!

If you want to bring some happiness to your family, or perhaps you would like to brighten someone’s day, be sure to check your local Dunkin’ to see if these kits are available. You can GO HERE for more details. These kits are a great way to gather the family around the table and spend some time together!

Be sure to follow Dunkin’ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all the latest Dunkin’ news and promotional offers!

Florida Prepaid College Plans Open Enrollment Extension & Payment Deferral

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Life has changed a lot this past month. From homeschooling my boys to the endless amounts of laundry and cooking, and everything in between, I often feel overwhelmed. Am I doing a good job? Are my boys learning? Are we making the most of this time at home? It is during these moments of defeat, that I stop and realize that all of this is temporary. Happier days are ahead, but for now, I am living in the moment and treasuring these times that we have at home. Instead of complaining, I am choosing happiness! I am choosing to enjoy the extra baking and cooking, the daily bike rides and walks, and yes, even the extra piles of laundry.

Before I know it, my precious boys are going to be leaving and heading off to pursue their own dreams and goals. I want them to look back on these times and to treasure the moments that we have had together as a family. I know that the challenges and circumstances we are currently facing will prepare them for what is to come. They will be strong, courageous young men and for that I am thankful.

As I sit at the table and watch my boys do their schoolwork, I often ponder on all that I have to be thankful for. Honestly, I am overwhelmed with the blessings in my life and never want to take those for granted. I am also thankful for the peace of mind that I have in knowing that Florida Prepaid College Plans is here for us.

Florida Prepaid College Plans knows what families are going through and they are committed to their mission of making college savings attainable and affordable for Florida families while providing flexibility and financial relief during this time. In fact, earlier this year Florida Prepaid announced a huge rollback in Florida Prepaid Plans pricing! Pricing is the lowest that it has been in 5 years! Now, more than ever, it is a great time to start thinking about your children’s future education.

Florida Prepaid College Plans Deferral

I have some other good news! To help in this time of uncertainty, Florida Prepaid College Plans is deferring Prepaid Plan payment due dates until July 2020 to provide flexibility to families as they navigate the challenges related to COVID-19. The Board is also deferring all payments for April, May and June for current customers. All payments will resume July 2020, and payment schedules will be extended by three months. Families can continue to make payments as previously scheduled if they choose to do so. For 24/7 account access, please login to your account at myfloridaprepaid.com. Routine account functions can be completed online, including making one-time payments, adjusting recurring payments and adding new Plans. If you prefer, you can call the wonderful customer service team at 1-800-552-4723 and they will be happy to assist with any questions or concerns that you may have about your plan(s).

Florida Prepaid College Plans Open Enrollment Has Been Extended

As I mentioned previously, today is the perfect time to start thinking about your children’s future education. In addition to Prepaid College Plans payment deferral, Open Enrollment has been extended through May 31, and they are waiving the $50 application fee with promo code SWEET1920! This is exciting news!

What does extended Open Enrollment mean for you? With plan pricing the lowest that it has been in five years, you can open up a Florida Prepaid College Plan for as low as $44 a month! At pricing this low, and the waived application fee, there is nothing to lose. I love the hope that Florida Prepaid continues to provide to families so that we can know our children’s college education is safe, secure and guaranteed by the state of Florida.

As a parent, I invest in my boy’s lives on a daily basis. Investing in their future education on a long-term basis is something that I want to plan for now. Even though times may be uncertain, I cannot put a price tag on my boy’s education. Now is the time to invest. You too can invest in your children’s future plans and dreams with a Florida Prepaid College Plan. Lock in future college costs today and sign up using promo code SWEET1920 for your application fee to be waived. Join the over 1 million Florida families who have said yes to Florida Prepaid and have invested in their children’s future education.

Take a deep breath, friends. We will get through these days of uncertainty TOGETHER! In the meantime, will you join me in being joyful about the little things?

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Three Ingredient Pretzel Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

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I don’t know about you, but the name of the game for dinner lately is definitely Easy. I had some chicken tenders in the freezer and thought to myself how it would be good to mix honey mustard and pretzels as a topping for the chicken. Boy, was I on to something. My boys could not stop talking about these Three Ingredient Pretzel Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders! Give it a try. I think that you will love this delicious and super easy dish as much as we did. How can you go wrong with a three ingredient dish?

Three Ingredient Pretzel Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Ingredients: 

2 lb. Chicken Tenders

1 bag of your favorite pretzels crushed (I used GF pretzels to make this a GF dish) I would suggest that you keep some of the pieces larger for a crunchy texture on the chicken

1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the crushed pretzels onto a plate.

Squeeze about 3/4 of the bottle of Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce onto a plate. You can save the rest of the sauce in the bottle to dunk your tenders in when you serve them.

Dip each tender in the Honey Mustard then into the crushed pretzels to coat.

Place on a baking pan that has been covered with aluminum foil. This just allows for no sticking and easy cleanup.

Bake at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the pretzel topping is golden brown.

Serve with your favorite veggie and enjoy!

Pamper-In-Place with Number 4 Hair Care + Giveaway!

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UPDATE: The winner is Dina!

I don’t know about you, but during these times of uncertainty, I am finding that self-care is more important than ever. Since most spas and salons are closed right now, I wanted to share some ideas from Number 4 High Performance Hair Care on how you can pamper-in-place:

  • Try some new makeup looks and skin care treatments at home, but resist the temptation to cut your own hair. If split ends are driving you crazy, try Super Comb Prep & Protect Leave-in Conditioner. This will help strengthen the hair and seal up split ends until the salons re-open.
  • Relax and restore your tresses: At Number 4 our favorite pampering tip is to apply our Reconstructing Masque to damp hair and then wrap hair in a hot towel. Sit back and relax for 15-20 min and then rinse.
  • Take a relaxing spa-style bath in your own home, complete with candles, lighting, and  soft music. Seal in moisture by applying Hydrating Body Lotion after your bath. 
  • All of the extra cooking,  dishes and disinfecting has likely taken a toll on your hands. Give yourself an at-home hand treatment by applying a generous amount of our Lumiere d’hiver Body Lotion to hands and put a sock (or a disposable glove if you can spare!) over each hand to seal in moisture. Leave the socks or gloves on while you Netflix and chill. Even just 10-20 minutes will help re-hydrate hands. 
  • Decompress from all the stress, uncertainty and unexpected homeschooling with an at-home massage. Take turns with your spouse or roommate giving each other a back or neck massage. Mix Fleurs de Temps Body Lotion with Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil for an amazing massage lotion.
  • Got bored kids at home? Enlist their help and let them get a taste of a cosmetology career by helping to groom Dad’s beard. A dollop of Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil is all Dad needs to spruce up his beard before his next Zoom Conference Call. 
  • Practice and perfect a new hair style. Take advantage of the slower pace of life and try out those new hairstyles you’ve been eye-balling.

The wonderful folks at Number 4 High Performance Hair Care recently sent me some products to try. They know that social distancing and salon closures have us singing the quarantine beauty blues and they want us to still enjoy self-care during this time. I have to say, the products were such a treat! I especially love the Reconstructing Hair Masque as my hair has become quite dry. This Mask has my hair feeling soft and full of life! I also loved The Hydrating Body Lotion as it is so luminous and makes my skin feel soft for hours! 

I am excited to let you know that Number 4 Hair Care is going to give away one of their Pamper-In-Place Packages (RV $60) to you!

This kit includes everything that you will need to pamper in place:

*Hydrating Body Lotion (1.5 oz),
*Super Comb Prep and Protect (1.45 oz),
*Reconstructing Hair Masque (1.5 oz) and
*a full size bottle of Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil, (2.0 oz)

In the meantime, if you want to treat yourself, the Pamper-In-Place Kit and other products are on sale right now at an amazing discount. GO HERE to check out all of the products currently on sale.

Now on to the giveaway!

To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know which product in the Pamper-In-Place Kit that you are most excited to try.

This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 years and older through April 30, 2020.

Good luck, everyone!

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