A Sore Throat Solution This Cold and Flu Season

This post is sponsored by Lolleez™ as a part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Winter is nearly here! Are you ready? You will be with organic, worry-free, throat-soothing lollipops for kids. Simple #ad #LolleezOrganicThroatSoothingPops

It happened today, in fact!

Scarlet, my normally always-healthy child, woke up with sniffles and a scratchy throat. She said, “Oh no, not this again!” Which is honestly what I think every fall. We can go up to seven months with nary a sniffle, and then the new school year hits. It does get better, at least for us, but Des just started kindergarten so he’s already been sick three times. Scarlet’s in third grade so it happens less often, but that just means it’s worse when it happens. And it takes away from her busy schedule! Not to mention, being sick can feel so awful to a kid (and adult) and you just want to make it better for them.

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That’s where Lolleez™ come in!

It’s no surprise that they were created by a mom for parents. The thing is, I was feeling a little scratchy myself the other day and I helped myself to a strawberry flavored one. It was SO good and soothing. So you’re probably wondering what Lolleez™ are. They are organic, worry-free, throat-soothing lollipops for kids – that offer a simple solution to a simple problem. They’re made from USDA Certified Organic ingredients, as well as ingredients you can pronounce and understand. They contain things like natural fruit pectin and organic honey. The yummy, flat lollipops are also Non-GMO, dairy free, nut free, and available in three flavors – Watermelon, Strawberry, and Orange Mango. They are kid and parent approved here.

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For a little background, Melissa Evans – a mom of four and a health coach – couldn’t find anything to “eez” her kids’ throats or her mind when they were sick. That’s how Lolleez™ were born! Last year, Melissa’s daughter came down with a sore throat and there was nothing Melissa could find that made her feel comfortable. She wanted something to put a smile back on her daughter’s face. Cough drops and lozenges posted a choking risk, and for the most part contained chemicals.

Enter in this worry-free, healthier, and more fun alternative.

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Melissa Evans, Lolleez™ Founder, said : “Few ailments cause overall unhappiness to both kids and parents like a sore throat. Whether it’s allergies, a cough or a cold, a sore throat is painful. Every time you swallow, it’s there and it hurts.” “There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer, so I’m really excited to be able to offer an organic and worry-free throat remedy that can help soothe both physical (child) and emotional (parent) pain, with the launch of Lolleez™.

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As I mentioned, they come in three delicious and fun flavors. Lolleez™ are flat and on a stick, versus a round ball potential choking hazard. They surveyed hundreds of kids, and determined that traditional flavors like cherry and grape have a negative association tied to medicines. So Watermelon, Strawberry and Orange Mango it is! They come in packs of 15 pops.

Suggested retail price is $6.99.

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And now it’s giveaway time! So read this part carefully. The prize is Lolleez™ product and a $100 Amazon gift card. To enter, comment on this post with a tip to get through cold and flu season. Also comment the flavor that would be your kids’ favorite. Follow Lolleez™ on Instagram here. Good luck! I can’t wait to read your tips.

Lolleez™ are now available in the children’s medicine aisle at CVS, Stop & Shop, and on Amazon. In November, they’ll be available at Babies ‘R’ Us just in time for cold and flu season. Connect with them on Facebook and Instagram!

Good luck in the giveaway!

Holidays With Hatfield: Bacon Cornbread and Pork Holiday Sliders

This post is sponsored by Hatfield and SheKnows Media.

#ad It's time to #ResetTheTable with a holiday spread using Hatfield Quality meats. Here are my recipes for Pork Holiday Sliders and Bacon-Crusted Cornbread

Picture this: A holiday party. You’re either hosting or supposed to bring an easy dish or two.

How about EASY and DELICIOUS buttery and bacon-topped cornbread and/or Pork Sliders filled to the brim with cranberry sauce/mustard. People at the party will say, “I MUST have this recipe.” Or “This must have taken you HOURS to make!” And you can smile and share your recipe. I’ll make it easy for you by sharing them here! Party passers are my favorite types of recipes and while both of my recipes would be excellent dishes for it, you can also enjoy them with a sit down dinner.

(Look at the cheese oozing out:)


(Look at the cranberry goodness oozing out:)


Hatfield has launched new flavors of dry rub seasoned pork tenderloins and loin filets and they are SO GOOD. For my sliders recipe, I used Cracked Black Pepper, but they will all work well. The thing is, it was time to reimagine our holiday meals. We have our go-to recipes and they’re fun but enough is enough. We go to the same parties every year – we can’t serve the same dishes. That’s boring! It was time for new dishes and new flavors using Hatfield Pork Tenderloin and their Maple Brown Sugar Extra Thick Cut Triple Smoked Bacon. Two exciting new dishes.

When I cook around the holidays, it’s always a mix of friends and family walking in and out. I love that. I love that our house is a place people like to visit – with its ski lodge vibe and the amazing smells of Hatfield products! And I love the simplicity. These are easy, delicious, stress-free, hassle-free, delicious-smelling, make-ahead meals. I’m a big fan of simple meal solutions for the holiday season. And the recipes are kid-friendly and picky-eater approved by both of my kids!

Cornbread With Thick Maple Brown Sugar Extra Thick Cut Triple Smoked Bacon

Cornbread With Thick Maple Brown Sugar Extra Thick Cut Triple Smoked Bacon


  1. 1/2 pound Hatfield Maple Brown Sugar Extra Thick Cut Triple Smoked Bacon, diced
  2. 1.5 cups cornmeal
  3. 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 4 tablespoons butter
  8. 1.75 cups fresh buttermilk
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 4 ounces (1/2 a block) of sharp cheddar, grated


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375
  • 2. Heat your Hatfield Bacon in a skillet over medium until the fat renders and the bacon is crispy
  • 3. Remove it with a slotted spoon (so no grease escapes) and set it aside
  • 4. Meanwhile, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt
  • 5. Melt half the butter in the microwave and stir it into the batter
  • 6. Add the buttermilk and eggs
  • 7. Lastly, fold in the crispy bacon and cheddar cheese
  • 8. Keep some bacon for the top - you'll want most in the batter and some on top too
  • 9. Add the rest of the butter to the skillet and melt it into the bacon fat
  • 10. Pour the batter into the skillet and spread it evenly
  • 11. Sprinkle the remaining butter and cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes
  • 12. Let it cool and enjoy!
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#ad It's time to #ResetTheTable with a holiday spread using Hatfield Quality meats. Here are my recipes for Pork Holiday Sliders and Bacon-Crusted Cornbread

For my second recipe for Pork Holiday Sliders, it only takes about 35 minutes of cooking time. To serve four, you’ll need a Hatfield Dry Rub Seasoned Pork Tenderloin. (we used Cracked Black Pepper) Preheat your oven to 400 and place tenderloin in a shallow roasting pan. Cover it with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a cutting board to let it rest.

Meanwhile, toast or grill snowflake rolls for the buns. Spread them with cranberry sauce and then top with sliced pork loin. You can add pickled onions as well, or try some with salsa verde. Toasted, yummy, flavorful sliders. So simple and tasty!

#ad It's time to #ResetTheTable with a holiday spread using Hatfield Quality meats. Here are my recipes for Pork Holiday Sliders and Bacon-Crusted Cornbread

My recipes work for busy weeknights, on-the-go meals, travel, and gatherings with friends and family. There are a million ways to use Hatfield, and we love that their products are American made, ethically raised on family farms, and have no hormones/steroids added.

Want more info? Check out Hatfield’s official website here. Wondering where to buy? Check out the store locator here. You don’t want to miss the recipe channel here, or the list of products here!

There’s so much to love about Hatfield. The uncured bacon and ham are gluten free, and contain no nitrates or nitrites. Hatfield is one of Pennsylvania’s heritage brands, and all of their products are all about keeping things delicious, simple and stress free in the kitchen. Mealtime is family time – no matter where that meal takes place.

#ad It's time to #ResetTheTable with a holiday spread using Hatfield Quality meats. Here are my recipes for Pork Holiday Sliders and Bacon-Crusted Cornbread

What’s your favorite bacon recipe to make for the holidays? Leave your answer in the comments and the winner will win a $100 Visa Gift Card. This is an exciting way to earn a little extra during the holiday season. I can’t wait to read answers!


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