How Elfster Lets Your Family Have the BEST Holiday EVER

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are proudly my own!

Thanks to Elfster’s Wish List feature, you won’t have to ask questions. You get the answers! Kids work with parents to build a list of everything they want!

Here’s the thing – I have loved Elfster for so many years now!

I have four siblings and we’ve been doing Secret Santa exchanges since we were kids! We used to draw names out of a hat, because this was before the days of the Internet, and we’d leave sneaky notes and gifts all month long for our recipient. On Christmas morning, we’d reveal ourselves with a big gift! This is one of my fondest memories and I’m glad we still do it, only, it’s grown some! In fact, it’s grown quite a lot! Now that the five of us are adults, and four of us are married with kids, our Secret Santa exchange has grown nearly out of control. How do you keep track of a Christmas morning with 20 people?

That’s where Elfster’s Wish List feature comes into play.

In my family, we are one HUGE extended family. We are living farther apart and seeing each other less now that we’re adults. It’s hard seeing my nieces and nephews more in photos than I do in person. It makes it so awesome when I do see them and I get to learn so much about them at once, but I still need a little help first. Shopping for kids can become a seriously stressful situation, instead of being fun. How can we make it fun?? How can we make it special and memorable?

If you’re like me and you’re the cool aunt (or wants to be cool), or the cool uncle, grandparent or friend looking to buy the BEST gifts for the little ones in your life, you may ask yourself these questions I ask myself. What do they like THIS week? How old are they, again? What’s their size? Do they already have that? Do they really want that? Will they be happy?

And thanks to Elfster’s Wish List feature, you won’t have to ask any questions – you’ll get all the answers!


How does it work? Kids in your life can work with their parents to build a list of everything they want from anywhere online. Then, parents can email the wish list to you so that all you have to do is tap into that information gold mine, and score big points with the littles you love. So for us, Elfster used to only help us keep track of our Secret Santa exchanges, and now it also helps us shop for each other’s kids. It’s really magical that way. It helps kids (and you) have the best holiday EVER!

To learn more about Elfster the way I have, check out their home page, the Wish List feature, the Secret Santa Generator, and the blog! All of these are my favorites. Elfster has been in my family for 10+ years now and I LOVE it.

Have you ever used Elfster?

White Bean and Chicken Chili by Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™

This post was created in partnership with Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

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Readers, this one is earth-shattering.

The thing is, last week was a rough one! Cassidy had a bad stomach bug and was also traveling for four out of seven nights. I was traveling for two of those! Work was crazy, we had an unexpected snow day, and it was tough to shop for ingredients. I was SO grateful I have a Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. This wonder is four applicances built into one – a slow cooker, a stove top for searing and sautéing, a steamer, and an oven for baking. YES. All of that! It’s totally amazing to do everything you need to do with one system. Also, the Auto-iQ™ Technology features more than 80 pre-programmed recipes.

It’s exactly what you need under your Christmas tree (plus a puppy):

I found a way to create an absolutely delicious dinner (still thinking about it) with this marvel. It comes with a 6-quart nonstick dishwasher-safe pot, a glass lid with handle, a steaming/roasting rack, and a 100+ recipe cookbook with over 80 Auto-iQ recipes! You absolutely cannot go wrong! Plus, I have a coupon code, as well as a giveaway! You can have your own!

It gets better. The included cookbook that serves as your guide is your best friend. You just select a recipe number, add your ingredients, and then let Auto-iQ™ cook for you. Think about how much you’ll love that on a wintery weeknight or a cold Sunday night? You have so many choices in the cookbook. You can choose from quick meals, layered bowls, poached infusions, and grains. If you compare this to traditional slow cookers that only heat from the side, you’ll love that Ninja’s Triple Fusion Heat® brings bottom, side, and steam heat together for easy one-pot meals. I couldn’t possibly love it more!

I’m sure I could, actually, if I try even more recipes from my favorite cooking system!

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I learned a few tricks after a week of using my Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ. You can slow cook with confidence – the worry-free ACCUTEMP temperature control operates behind the scenes to ensure your meals don’t boil over and are cooked evenly. In terms of baking, the system has a controllable temperature range of 250°–425°F, so you can dry bake hearty roasts or steam bake breads, CAKES, and more! CAKES! If you love to steam veggies or light proteins, like seafood, you can steam them perfectly. The wonderful stove top is an innovative heating element to turn your Cooking System into a skillet – so you can sear meats and sauté vegetables in one pot. Then there are Quick Meals – designed to enjoy after adding ingredients and hitting the button. I love the Auto Stay-Warm function and programmable digital timer! So much.

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This multi cooker is a marvel and you can enter to win one here:

Winners will be randomly selected from all program entries and Ninja will facilitate fulfillment of the 20 winning prizes. Giveaway ends December 31st!

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And now, for my recipe! I’m a huge chili fan, because it reminds me of my mom slow cooking it on a stove before holiday parties. In fact, she did that last week! This is a way to get that same great taste, but for much less time. SO delicious.

White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili


  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 cup celery, chopped
  3. 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, well-chilled
  6. Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  8. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  9. 1 teaspoon ground red chili pepper
  10. 3 cans cannellini beans, 2 cans drained
  11. 2 4-ounce cans diced green chiles
  12. 3 cups organic chicken broth
  13. 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded, as garnish
  14. Sour cream, as garnish


  • 1. Set Ninja Cooking System to STOVETOP HIGH. Add the oil, celery, bell pepper and garlic
  • 2. Sauté and stir until softened
  • 3. Chop the chicken as finely as you can or place it in a blender or Ninja Ultima Pitcher
  • 4. Add the chicken to the Ninja Cooking System Pot, along with the salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and chile peppers
  • 5. Stir in 2 cans drained beans, green chiles and chicken broth
  • 6. Place remaining can of beans with liquid in the Ninja Ultima Pitcher or blender and PULSE until smooth
  • 7. Add to chili and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until slightly thickened
  • 8. Garnish each serving with cheese and sour cream
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The best part is that I started my recipe and then had to run out for errands that would take about the time it would take for the chili to simmer. When I got back home, I was greeted with such delicious smells. So flavorful and wholesome!

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What would you make in yours?