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Harnessing A 'Pop Of Color' With My D.I.Y Floppy Disk Curtain Wall Art

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D.I.Y Floppy Disk Curtain Installation inspired by Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color. #LiveLoveColor #AD
Momma Told Me: How does it make you feel?

 Moving into a house has been a transforming experience. In the condo I always felt I had a defined sense of style and direction, yet I frequently found the small spaces easily felt more cluttered than designed. Now that I have more space then I know what to do with it's been hard to really harness my many visions and determine where to start with such a vast, white, canvas. Thankfully Moll Anderson's latest book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color  by Moll Anderson has really helped me identify and pursue my unique color story. As someone who tends to rely on a riot of color to express themselves I've been fascinated to take a journey through my own personal color connections and truly identify how to put pops of color to work in my home.
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My biggest fear, when moving into a partially furnished house with rambling white walls was that I would struggle to make my own vision of color style cohesive. It's one thing to dress up for a night with my girlfriends looking like I'm barfing rainbows but my home is an entirely different expression of myself. Color, at it's root, is transforming- and you may be surprised which colors you identify with most, and the power in harnessing them. For example, I always considered yellow one of the boldest statements in the Crayola box, a color I was drawn too, but never really understood how to execute. Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson has taught me that there are not only many shades of every color, but many ways to bring color into one's life through playing with textures, light, and more.You may recall, earlier this month, I re-introduced you to Moll Anderson, noted author, dedicated philanthropist and inspiring entrepreneur. Well, her new book Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson arrived in stores this week and you can currently find it with the non-fiction best sellers at your local Target. Don't be deceived by the colorful cover, this is more than just another coffee table book. The contents between these pages are life-altering in the sense that they will force you to reconsider the palette around you and how you embrace color as a means of communication and definition. Your color story is something you can change with just a few brush strokes, or an entire renovation. Utilize the book's journal like pages to reflect on your own history with color and unlock the color which identifies you most!
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I always considered 'my color' pink. When asked what my favorite color is, I will always say pink. However, through the pages of Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson I discovered some of my first happy memories were deeply rooted in the color yellow. I also realized that I, unintentionally, incorporated the color into many routine aspects of my life without ever noticing. In fact, for me, yellow is a grounding color that reminds me of fresh starts and sunny outlooks. It's hard not to look at yellow and feel instant warmth.
It's for that reason, inspired by Moll Anderson's challenge to explore and embrace color, that I chose to add a dramatic, large, pop of yellow to my main living room. As it stands now the living room you first see upon walking into our home is a muted palette of seafoam green, white walls, and oak wood. It's 'safe' and very bare, so I knew I wanted to go BIG with my project, a millennial tribute, a floppy disk wall art installation. Ironically enough I'd spotted over 100 old floppy disks sitting in my father's office when we moved him last year and, at the time, had felt a calling to hoard them for a special project. Some other supplies I gathered included a lightweight curtain rod, wide key-rings, fishing wire, a drop cloth, particle safe face mask, spray paint, and duck tape that matched my paint color as close as possible.
When I began this project I truly was making the entire thing up from some vision I'd had in my mind. I had no way to know if I'd actually be able to pull it off, or the complications that may or may not arise, but I fell in love with the shade of yellow I'd chosen and was determined to see it through. The first step was to remove the metallic clips from all of my floppy disks. With minimal force they will pop off, along with the spring that holds them in place. I had no idea how many I would ultimately end up using (I used 41 in the end) so I prepared well over 60 expecting there would be some hiccups and less than perfect floppies as I proceeded.
Because I couldn't find a curtain rod in the length I needed, with squared ends to match my square theme, I spray painted my rod to match the metallic floppy clips. The process of spray painting the floppy disks themselves took several days- Though I did my best to avoid sticking or peeling, I lost a handful to quality control. The entire process took 3 and a half cans of spray paint for roughly 50 perfect yellow floppies.
D.I.Y Floppy Disk Curtain Installation inspired by Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color, by Moll Anderson. #LiveLoveColor #AD
Once my disks had dried I reassembled them with fabric gloves to avoid oil smudges and smears on the paint and metal finishes. The clips pop back into place with minimal effort, though some were loose due to the way I'd initially removed them, and those were also set aside.
D.I.Y Floppy Disk Curtain Installation inspired by Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color, by Moll Anderson. #LiveLoveColor #AD
Next I meticulously measured out the spacing of my floppies, laying the final composition on the floor. I began by duck taping the top of my fishing line to the back of my first floppy, then measuring the correct spacing between the next, and repeating the process. 5 in the first row, 4 in the next, and so on, so forth. I found it was essential to make sure the line was taped as close to center as possible, and left plenty of excess line on either end of each strip.
D.I.Y Floppy Disk Curtain Installation inspired by Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color, by Moll Anderson. #LiveLoveColor #AD
Before completing my wall installation I mounted the curtain rod brackets and carefully strung my floppies up to inspect their alignment on the wall. With the key-rings I was able to run the fishing line through without actually tying it off- this enabled me to make adjustments in length and get my 'grid' pattern just right. As expected the floppies wanted to 'spin' and turn freely, exposing the taped backs. I wasn't thrilled about this, but, it turns out almost all of the visible backs can be controlled by twisting the wires and manipulating their position. It just takes a little extra time and patience.
While there are a few tweaks I'd like to make, and I may notice a disk has spun towards the back every now and then, my general reaction to seeing this fun pop of yellow every morning is to smile. As it stands, our mantle is entirely empty at this time, but we've left some extra height between the 'floppy curtain' (as we call it) for some extra special finds. I can't say what will end up there, but I know we will recognize whatever the items are when we see them. Thanks to my keen understanding of color, and the power behind it, from Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson I'm certain to style bolder than ever before!
D.I.Y Floppy Disk Curtain Installation inspired by Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color, by Moll Anderson. #LiveLoveColor #AD
We're a long way from being 'done' designing our home. I don't suppose we will ever really be done designing our home, after all, it's a never-ending story that transforms with the seasons of our lives. Wherever my color story takes me I'll surely be more attentive to the impact it has on my life, and more aware of how to harness it for self expression and empowerment. If stringing a curtain of floppy disks feels a bit out of your comfort zone, then maybe you'll want to start with picking up a copy of Moll Anderson's Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson book from Target. You never know where your color story will take you....

What Daughter Says: Color can instantly change the mood and direction of any setting- explore how color impacts you and learn how to better harness it within your life.

It's #NationalPiDay- Make A Delicious #EdwardsPieceOffering With Our Printable!

This post is sponsored by Edwards Desserts, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
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Momma Told Me: Just kiss and make up!

The older you get the less sparkly some of the major holidays seem. That, my friends, is why we have national 'day of' celebrations- to spice up the otherwise dull periods between traditional, over-commercialized, holidays. Today, March 14th, is one of those days. Yes, magnificent Pi Day, appropriately assigned for it's semblance to the mathematical number 'Pi', which begins 3.14. Or, if you're a lush like me, it's just a good excuse to eat tons of pie and make 'punny' jokes all day. However, this year, I'm changing things up a little and taking my Pi day theme to a whole new level with an Edwards 'Piece' Offering.
That's right 'Piece' as in piece of delicious pie, inspired by the concept of 'peace' as in flowers in tanks and rainbow signs. And really what better way is there to make peace than over a slice of rich and creamy frozen pie you didn't actually have to lift a finger to prepare, or bake? Now if only I could make 'piece' over the argument of which delicious Edwards frozen whole pie goes into our cart each shopping trip! See I love a good light and fluffy Strawberry Creme, while Jay wants to pack as many toppings, and as much flavor into every slice as possible. He tends to shop for indulgent flavors such as Hershey's Chocolate Creme or Cookies and Creme.
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No joke, the pie fight is real in our house. One month we went several weeks without picking up an Edwards pie (gasp, weeks!) and upon cleansing our fast we couldn't agree on which pie to pick up. At one point Jay and I were pulling pies in and out of the cart, to the freezer, and back just waiting to see who would break first. I, being the oldest, and wisest, decided there would be NO PIE if we could not agree on ONE pie. Needless to say we went home pie-less. It's a travesty that has, thankfully, never repeated itself.
So, it's on days such as these, celebrating Pi, but not Pie, with pie- that I often reflect on ways in which I can be a better person. I'll be honest there have been a few disagreements here as of late and it was simply time to make 'piece' over common crust. In preparation for my Pi Day plan I went into my local grocer and picked out several of our favorite Edwards whole pies. One of them, sadly, did not make it to today's celebration, but it gave itself in the name of 'piece' and that is all a pie really can hope for.
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Want to get in on the Pi Day fun? "This all feels so last minute, I don't have any time," you're probably thinking.

Well, I have great news for you, grab my free 'Let's make 'piece'!' printable here and pick up your favorite Edwards whole frozen pie on your way home from work/school/pretty much wherever. Edwards whole pies come in a delicious array of varieties and are ready to eat just minutes after removing them from the freezer. You can even count your 'drive time' back from the store as thaw time, if you must. Than all you need to do is grab a slice, and someone you've got beef with and turn it into pie when you make 'piece'!
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Recently Jay and I have been hiding the remotes across the house in an effort to snag first picks on television programming. (Don't we just 'adult' the bestest?) I knew Pi Day was the perfect opportunity to make 'piece' once and for all and put all that remote control hogging business behind us for good. (Or, at least until Game of Thrones comes back on.) I tied up the remotes with one of my Pie Day printables and presented them to him on a box of Edwards Hershey's Chocolate Creme Pie. He was pretty speechless, so I attempted to cut a slice out of his pie while he pondered what was truly going on. Okay, so I may not be very good at all this peace business, but I can certainly get down with a great 'piece' of delicious pie!
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So there you have it, my Pi Day master plan, revealed. It's not really top secret, and you don't need an excuse to enjoy a delicious pie- BUT if it helps make you feel better about indulging in something sweet, who not make 'piece' while you do it? Now, tell me, how are you celebrating Pi Day this year? What pie do you wish you had a slice to celebrate with?

What Daughter Says: This Pi Day make 'piece' over a delicious slice of pie!

Announcing Buy A Bag, Give A Meal™ When You Shop At PetSmart®!

This post is sponsored by PetSmart® and the BlogPaws™ Pet Influencer Network™. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.
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Momma Told Me: Give from your heart.


I get teased a lot in regards to my passion for pets. I regularly donate to 5 different animal related charitable organizations, and I make a point to bring a load of food, toys, and supplies to our local shelter at least every other month. It's been said that I'd donate a limb to an animal in need, if possible, and it's probably not an exaggeration. While I actively donate and support several causes for many it can seem overwhelming knowing where to start. The truth is now you really don't have to do anything special to help an animal in need other than take care of your own pet, thanks to a brand new program at PetSmart®.
I'm especially excited to share with you the latest philanthropic commitment of our favorite pet store, PetSmart- Now through December 31, 2017, for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its 1,500-plus stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need thank to their Buy A Bag, Give A Meal™ program! It's an initiative the major specialty pet retailer hopes will lead to the donation of more than 60 million meals.
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There's no special packaging to hunt for, no exclusive brand list to shop from, and no messy rebates or forms to fill out. Just head into your local PetSmart as many times as you'd like between now and December 31, 2017 and shop for your dog or cat's favorite bagged dry food. For every bag purchased the Buy A Bag, Give A Meal™ program will donate a meal to a pet in need thanks to organization partnerships with it's nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities®. Every size, no matter the brand, of bagged dog or cat food counts, and you need to do nothing more than shop for the food your pet already knows and loves.
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I shared the news with Nora the Morkie today, after reading the exciting press release, and she seemed convince her part in the effort is 'eating as much food as possible so my human has to buy more.' I'm convinced she already does this, because we seem to be shopping more often at PetSmart, regardless as of lately. After all, it's not every store a dog wearing a teddy bear onesie gets to roam the aisles 'inspecting' merchandise in plain sight!
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As a family that already considers themselves PetSmart loyalists I love how the chain is allowing us to give back just a little more without demanding anything special from us, the consumers.Surely 60 millions meals donated adds up to more than just chump change, and with customers such as you and I the potential to exceed that projection is certainly in sight. Help spread the word about the Buy A Bag, Give A Meal™ program at PetSmart and let all of your friends and family know they can help give back to animals in need just by picking up their pet's bagged food at PetSmart now through December 31, 2017.  Don't have a pet? Pick up a bag for your local shelter and PetSmart will donate a meal as well! Follow the brand, PetSmart, on Twitter and Facebook for more exciting news!

What Daughter Says: I heart animals, and any way I can give back to them is worth a second look in my book.





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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

Max #YourTaxCash With Walmart Family Mobile + D.I.Y Smartphone Stands

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Max #YourTaxCash with the latest smartphone handsets and the amazing Walmart Family Mobile Plus plan, which includes a FREE VUDU movie credit (per line, $7 new release value) each month! #AD
Momma Told Me: Sometimes success is painful.

It's that time again. Tax time.

This year I reached a milestone in taxes owed- something those older than me are quick to remind me is in fact a blessing in disguise, not a curse to be lamented over. After all, when one's taxes go up that means their income has also increased. More profit, more taxes. Somehow I'm not quite at the jumping up and down phase of acceptance, yet. On the other side, Jay seems to have balanced his deductions, at last, to actually break even with the IRS come tax time. He no longer sees a Federal refund, but had a decent sized State refund coming back to him. Since we're not married, I had the solo joy of watching my piggies fly out of my bank account as Jay watched them fly into his.

Whether you're paying taxes or enjoying a refund we can all agree that this is one time of the year when we all want to stretch our buck a little extra further. Thankfully Walmart Family Mobile, and their wide selection of affordable plans and phones can help me max my tax time dollars.
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Our family is no stranger to Walmart Family Mobile, we've blogged many times about several of our family member who have joined their money saving plans. One of the things I love most, as a customer, is the wide range of handsets the store carries, and the constantly improving and growing range of mobile service plans to fit every type of consumer. Their Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan offers Unlimited Talk, Text and Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE service, followed by unlimited 2G service, as well as a FREE VUDU movie credit every month, per line, for $49.88 (*
All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/7e-jr or your local Walmart for current pricing.) Signing up for the Walmart Family Mobile Plus plan is as easy as visiting your local Walmart and picking up a $19.88 SIM Kit. The SIM Kit, and your phone of choice, is all you need to get started making calls, and enjoying unlimited* data right away!
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At the end of last year my old phone began to reset itself multiple times a day and lock up- so I was excited to find the Samsung Galaxy On5 on rollback for $69 at my local Walmart. It offers all the same features as my old smartphone, such as a high quality camera, WiFi connection, Bluetooth, responsive touch screen, and more. Even better, I get amazing service in and around my with Walmart Family Mobile's network. (Check your coverage here!) And I love that I can be single and on my own smartphone plan without breaking the bank each month, or signing a contract!
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I'll admit- I use my phone a lot to keep up with work and social media, but I use it even more to keep myself entertained while on the go. Yes, I'm that one girl who's stopping on the sidewalk to swipe her screen up a million times trying to catch a rare creature, or pulling out her battery pack and earbuds in line at the DMV. I use a LOT of data, and data doesn't grow on trees (it grows on clouds, silly!) Which is why having unlimited data (*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G) for one flat monthly rate, with Walmart Family Mobile, is worth it's weight in gold to me.
Turn children's animal action figures into handmade smartphone stands and charms in this easy D.I.Y. #YourTaxCash #AD
I was feeling pretty proud of myself for snagging an amazing deal on a new phone, and putting my lack of tax return to good use by saving money on my mobile plan, that I got a little inspired. I really wanted to dress my new phone up a little with something I didn't see in every store or boutique, so I picked out a few children's animal figures from the toy department at Walmart. I also grabbed some crafting suction cups, super glue, and a box cutter. For those who want to go truly all out you can find clear acrylic dust plugs to make your own smartphone charms online.
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The concept's simple, really, on a flat, stable, blade ready surface (such as wood or a polypropylene cutting board) carefully slice the head off your chosen animal figure. Use slow, targeted, strokes and be patient. Good quality toys will be made from a rubberized material that will be easier to cut, while cheaper figures may have a harder plastic finish with a hollow center. Depending on the animal you may want to cut the head at an even horizontal cut, and then cut the remainder of the neck to leave a flush vertical surface.
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Use a drill bit to carefully create a small hollow on the inside of your animal's head for your dust plug to rest in and glue it in place. Depending on the materials you may need to use hot glue. Male sure your suction cup has a flat back and glue it to your animal's neck/body. Viola! Instant animal accessories for your smartphone!
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After making your own smartphone stands and charms you might be feeling pretty smart- I know I sure did. But there's nothing smart about paying too much for your smartphone service. Or, even worse, paying too much for too little service. On top of patting yourself on the back when your bill comes in each month, Walmart Family Mobile even gives you that extra reason to celebrate with the FREE VUDU credit (a $7 value, the equivalent of a new release) so you can spend some serious family time celebrating each month as well. Yes, Walmart Family Mobile is kind of a tax time tradition in our home- upgrade our phone, upgrade our plan- we always find a way to max our taxes just a little more with Walmart. Now, tell me, are you paying taxes or enjoying a refund this year?

What Daughter Says: Whether you're paying or getting money back this tax season, max your tax dollars with smart decisions such as a great mobile plan.

(* All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/7e-jr or your local Walmart for current pricing.)

Thinking Outside The Can: Fudgy (Vegan) Black Bean Brownies

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Momma Told Me: Change how you eat.


As a teenager, like most teenage girls, I struggled with body image as well as the concept of nutritional eating. It wasn't quite about weight, it was about how I shaped the body I was given. It was my natural reaction, with the pressure of high school dances and a full social calendar to begin a 'diet'. Thankfully, I wasn't quite old, or responsible, enough to make my own grocery choices and Momma wasn't about to see me being a trend of poor decisions based on fads and forms of starvation.

I recall one particular evening where I'd slumped into the passenger seat of our family's mini van and inquired the everyday questions, "What's for dinner?"

My mother, without pause, replied with a single word, "Pizza."

I felt my face scrunch as I bit my lip, remembering the Winter formal that was just weeks away and my recent declaration, which has expressly sworn off all things cheesy and carb. Because she knew her daughter well, Momma was quick to reply before I'd even began to get the first words of protest off my tongue, "Calm down, not that kind of pizza." She went on to explain she'd made some fresh dough in the bread maker and that we'd be enjoying a southwestern inspired pie made with fresh vegetables, handmade marinara, shredded chicken, and black beans. It was delicious.

When I handed my plate in that evening, clean enough to have emerged from the dishwasher, Momma smiled one of those 'knowing' smiles only a parent can have, "You don't have to change what you eat, just how your eat."
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As an adult I enjoy my fair share of junk food. I'm not what I'd consider to be 'a health nut,' but I am what I consider to be a 'conscious consumer.' That is to say that I make sure to balance the less than nutritious with plenty of wholesome, truly satisfying, real ingredient based dishes. And, when a close friend of ours became a Vegan just over a year ago I was greatly intrigued by the concept of how eliminating specific things from one's diet can require them to expand their horizons and really 'think outside the box.' I found that the dishes I made specially for him were not only delicious, but often included a few staple ingredients that really proved themselves versatile enough to work in multiple profiles and textures. That's when we really began exploring the many varieties of beans, and the diverse ways to serve and prepare them.
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At the same time, I am a chef of convenience. I, like so many, have very little time to spend slaving over the stove at mealtime. (Especially for lunch.) Thankfully one of my new favorite ingredients comes in a wide variety of convenient ready-to-eat canned options, thanks to S&W Beans. From White Cannellini and Garbanzo to 50% Reduced Sodium Kidney Beans and new Organic Black Beans- there's truly an inspiration for every dish. Even better their high quality beans, such as the 50% Reduced Sodium Black Beans featured in my Vegan Black Bean Avocado Salad, look great out of the can for 'to table' recipes that look as great as they taste. Don't believe me? Grab some sweet kernel corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh avocado, a dash of lime, and your favorite S&W Black Beans and whip up the impressively delicious Vegan recipe all of our carnivore friends request at parties!
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And, again, while I don't practice any dietary restrictions, I've found it quite a worthwhile experience to explore new ways of cooking- particularly on the subject of baking. Reduced sugar, dairy free, and vegetarian are food profiles many of my family members and guests often meet. Finding sweet recipes that are heal-minded or meet these multiple check boxes, and still satisfy those of us who eat 'whatever we want' has been a definite challenge. The one recipe with a 'secret ingredient' that's converted the staunchest of junk food addicts? My Fudgy Black Bean Brownies, of course!
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Now black bean brownies are nothing knew to the dairy sensitive and Vegan communities, but they do tend to have an initial knee-jerk reaction for pretty much anything else. "You made these with what?!" is what you'll hear to anyone you present them to with the full and proper recipe title, and for fair reason. I've had dozens of black bean brownie recipes and they are not all equal. The ratio of ingredients and time in oven play a crucial part to the quality of the brownie experience. The beans you choose to use play an even bigger role. That's why I use Organic S&W Black Beans for a rich flavor and texture that makes the moist fudgy, moist, chocolatey 'Vegan' brownies I've ever had.
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You're probably a skeptic, even now, looking at that photo of chocolate-awesomeness above. Sure I put a photo of Organic S&W Black Beans in the background, but those cant be Vegan brownies. Oh yes, they're real, and that's them.

There are many varieties of S&W Beans, and ways to enjoy them- we find our diet lacks a lot of fiber that keeps us full and fueled between meals so we like to try and incorporate one variety or another into at least a meal a day. With all of the delicious varieties, we have yet to get bored- they're even delicious heated with some light seasoning as a side dish! Now that I've inspired you, now through April S&W Beans is offering $1 off 2 cans of S&W Beans. Get (and print) your coupon from the S&W Beans website.

What Daughter Says: Enjoy a richer diet when you consider what does into the food you eat.




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 Super Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
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