Our Favorite Things – A Personalized Gift

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I knew teacher appreciation week was coming up and then we received another Evite for a birthday party.  I cannot keep up with whether 9 and 10-year-old girls like Shopkins, LOL dolls, or if a gift card to Target or Justice is the better option.

Mom told me it was time to go shopping and I was not excited. Walking around from store to store is BORING.  But then mom had an idea – we could buy really soft blankets like the ones we have and put their names on it!  So we headed to Kohl’s and picked up a few of our favorite things – The Big One Supersoft Plush Throw.  They offer lots of colors and patterns that my friends would love.

AND they go on sale which makes the price of the blanket and the personalization a great deal!  We are lucky to have this AMAZING neighbor that does embroidery so we can send her a quick message and get items super quick.  Plus, who doesn’t love a super soft blanket to curl up with on the couch!


My Favorite Things – Zilk’s Basil Pesto and Pimento Cheese

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Like many of you, I visit three food stores to complete my entire shopping list.  Here in Dallas, Tom Thumb is my primary go-to store.  Paper towels, ziploc bags, chicken broth, the standard stuff.  I use their app for discounts, I know which store brand products I like and I can be in and out of the store pretty fast.  The second store I shop at is Central Market.  Here I buy certain items that I cannot get at Tom Thumb.  They have an awesome marinated chicken at their meat counter, amazing italian meatballs with veal and they carry some of the foods I used to buy in the Northeast.  Whole Foods is the third. Of course I love all of their fish, meats and product but there are two or three items that I only buy at Whole Foods.   The first is Basil Pesto and the second is Pimento Cheese.

Zilks Foods is a small artisan producer in Austin;  both items are available in Dallas stores and are packaged by Whole Foods – sometimes the pesto is available on the self serve bar with the olives, other times it is with the other pestos and cheeses.  Both are absolutely fantastic and come in a variety of flavors(think hatch chile!)
Zilk’s Basil Pesto:

  • mix with cream and Parmesan to make a pesto sauce for pasta.  Add chicken and diced tomato for a great meal
  • add to a turkey or chicken sandwich with or without mayo
  • Serve over grilled chicken or fish
  • Add to a tomato and mozzarella salad

Zilk’s Pimento Cheese:

  • Use instead of sliced cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich and serve with tomato soup
  • The best topping for a fabulous cracker
  • Use on a hot roast beef sandwich

Any other recipe suggestions?


Our Conversation (and Giveaway) with the Carpool Talk Show!

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carpoolconvo-logo3I was invited to the Carpool Talk Show. It’s a podcast by parents for parents taped in Dallas. And I had such a great time chatting with Melissa.  What did we chat about?  She asked me to share how I started my blog Something To Share With You, my favorite posts and how I do it all as a working mom and wife.  Plus I got to share all about my favorite blog post, surprise Mommy-Daughter dates!

IMG_6044And since I got to share with her, I want to share with you. I have put together a basket of some of my favorite things. Click the basket to enter via the Something To Share With You Facebook page on your desktop or iPad and one winner* will be drawn early next week.       Good Luck!

*Giveaway open to Dallas, TX area residents
*Basket to be picked up by winner at the Carpool Talk Show office in Dallas, TX
*Contest starts February 25, 2016 and ends at midnight on February 28, 2016


My Favorite Things – Laura Mercier ‘Caviar’ Stick Eye Color

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caviarsticksI am always on the lookout for beauty items that save me time and the Laura Mercier ‘Caviar’ Stick is the perfect fit.  Regardless of whether I am home or on the road, I can cover my eyelid with my Laura Mercier Eye Basic primer and then add a bit of color with my Caviar stick.  The sticks are super easy to use, come in a variety of colors and blend nicely with your finger or a shadow brush.  I started with the khaki color and added the sapphire and the orchid to add a bit of color on a fun night out.  But the khaki is my go-to color for the day regardless of it being the weekend or a weekday.  Apply a little or a lot, it is the perfect must-have beauty item. Next on the shopping list – GOLD!!