Cooking With Coke – Enter To Win T-Fal Steamer

Cooking With Coke is a new site launched by the Coca-Cola company. It was created so moms and families could share their favorite recipes, family stories, and mealtime traditions with the world.

On Cooking With Coke, you can find appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, drinks, desserts, and more. Even if you’re not interested in sharing a recipe, I’m sure you’ll find one to try with your family! My favorite from the site is Fastest Ever Chicken Enchiladas! They look so good, and theirs a video that accompanies the recipe from Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffman!

Cooking With Coke

On Cooking With Coke, you can create your own personalized cookbook using your recipes and those found on the site, and you can share it with families and friends! Not up to creating a cookbook? Then you will be happy to know that both Ingrid Hoffman and G Garvin have created cookbooks for you to enjoy and share! Both your cookbooks and the Celebrity Chef’s books can be shared easily using Twitter, Facebook, or email.

When I think of summer picnics, birthday parties, and family outings Coke always comes to mind. Nothing completes a meal for me quite like a Diet Coke! With summer just around the bend I plan to make many Diet Coke Floats and can’t wait to share my recipe on the Cooking With Coke site.

If you are thinking of sharing a recipe and family story, now is the time to do it. Cooking With Coke is currently offering visitors a chance to win a Chef Essentials Prize Pack when you share your story and recipe.

The prize pack includes:

-An Autographed G Garvin Cookbook

– Ingrid Hoffman Cookware

– Ingrid Hoffman Paring Knife Set

– Coca-Cola Cooler Tote and more!

To help celebrate the launch of Cooking With Coke, Faithfully Free is hosting an awesome giveaway as well. We are giving you the chance to win an Ingrid Hoffman T-Fal Steamer valued at $50.00!

Cooking With Coke


You can win a $15 Arby’s Gift Card!

– Mandatory Entry: Tell me what your favorite Coke product is.

Extra Entries:

– Submit a recipe to Cooking With Coke (worth 15 entries) – Tell me what recipe you submitted!
– Follow Faithfully Free via Google Friend Connect (Right side bar)

– Follow Faithfully Free on Twitter

– Follow Faithfully Free on Facebook

– Share this giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook (1x per day each, just use the buttons below to share)

– This giveaway ends June 2nd at 8 am. Coke provided me with a T-Fal Steamer for this giveaway and one for my family for sharing this info with you! All opinions are m own!

Where in the world have I been? {Oh, and a BIG announcement}

World oh Big Announcement: So you may be wondering where in the world I am, and why I haven’t been updating my blog 50 times a day (or maybe you didn’t even miss me).

I have decided to pry myself away from the computer this summer and spend more time with my family. As much as I love this blog (and you); I love my family more. During the summer months, we love to travel, and I may also try to get a summer job this year. With that said, I do plan to share our summer adventures with you, and hopefully some pretty sweet giveaways as well.

I also have some awesome news to share….. my husband was finally accepted to OCS. It seems like we have wanted this forever, but really it was only his second time applying, so I think he did pretty well. I am sad that I will be husbandless for 17 long weeks, but I couldn’t be prouder of John. He has worked hard for this, and I know he will make an amazing officer.

Right now my family is in Branson, MO. We decided to come back because last years trip was so much fun! This year we also had the pleasure of vacationing with my parents and grandparents. It has been really hot, but we are all having an amazing time.

If you plan to make the trip to Branson this year, I highly recommend the Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club. When my grandma checked in they upgraded us to the President’s Suits and they are NICE! I guess they were empty, and the lady at the desk wanted us to have the best stay possible because we didn’t request an upgrade! The resort is perfect for families. They have 5 pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, golf, and an activity center where you can play games, watch movies, and even rent board games & equipment. The staff is also super helpful, and very friendly.

Since we’ve been back in Branson we hit a few of our favorite attractions! We re-visited Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, and I got to hear Jason Yeager sing Unchained Melody again (HE IS AMAZING). We also went to the Dixie Stampede again (I will write more about our visit later). Then today we had the pleasure of visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum, Castle of Chaos, and the Maze of Mirrors, and Presley’s Country Jubilee. We had a ton of fun, and I will be giving some in-depth reviews later this week, along with some tips to make your trip more fun if you plan to travel with little ones.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. June will be a really busy month for me; because I will be heading to LA for the premiere of Cars 2, and then TN for our Twizzlers Family Road Trip, so keep in touch:).

Here’s to a great summer!

Where Are We Going? Twizzlers Family Road Trip!

Sorry, I always have Dora in my head, and I fear she won’t be going anywhere for another 3-5 years!!

We are SO stinkin’ excited to be heading out on a family road trip with Twizzlers this summer!We are blessed with the amazing opportunity to head to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. Which is a dream come true for this music loving blogger. If you know how much I love music, you may find it shocking to know I have never been to Nashville, but alas I have never experienced “Music City”, and I can’t wait!

The coolest part is that we will be driving to Nashville in true Twizzlers style with the Twizzlers-mobile 🙂 . So if you see us, be sure to say hey, who knows maybe we will share some of our Twizzlers goodies with you (assuming the kids haven’t already eaten them all 😉 ).

So what do Twizzlers and Family Road Trips have in common?

Other than the obvious fact that Twizzlers make a great road trip snack (and they are low-fat, which moms love), they are also hosting the Twizzlers Landmark Summer Sweepstakes!

The Twizzlers Landmark Summer is a online sweepstake where families have the chance to win a trip to the US landmark of their choice! 4 lucky families will be selected to win this amazing grand prize! Of course that’s not all; Twizzlers will also award daily prizes such as Twizzlers branded GPS units, digital cameras, and national park guide books. More than 650 prizes will be awarded from May 15th – September 4th.

  • To enter head over to today!
  • So you can plan to learn a lot about Nashville, Twizzlers, and Road Trips this summer 🙂 .
  • To kick-start our summer fun I am offering the first of 10 Twizzlers giveaways I will be hosting here, on facebook, and on twitter!
  • This giveaway is for an awesome Twizzlers Prize pack (Twizzlers Cooler, Twizzlers Beach Towel, and Assorted Twizzlers products)


– To enter this giveaway simply head over to and enter the instant win game and sweepstakes, then come back and let me know that you did, and if you won anything! You can enter every day (so be sure to come back and let me know every day you enter)

– Like Twizzlers on facebook

– Tweet this giveaway or share it on facebook (using the facebook button above)(1 entry per day)

Tweet this message: Win awesome Twizzlers gear here: @faithfulmomblog

– Giveaway ends 6/1 at 8am. Prize provided by Twizzlers. This post is written as a part of my ongoing relationship with Twizzlers during their Summer Landmark Sweepstak

A Fun New Way To Teach Kids About Money!

Teach Kids About Money: Lately, I have felt burdened to teach the kids more about money. It’s probably because our safety net was suddenly ripped out from under us, and I realize that if I hadn’t learned as much as I did about saving money, living on a budget, and being frugal I would be a complete mess right now. I also want my children to be grateful for all they do have and instill a desire to be cheerful givers to those who have less than we do.

All week I have been talking to the kids about introducing an allowance system (one where they work hard to earn their money), and a way to keep up with their chores. I also wanted to work on teaching them more about spending and saving, but to be honest with everything else I have going on, I figured that there was no way that was going to happen. Fortunately, I was wrong!

Teach Kids About Money

Today I joined and I have been busily exploring it, so I can share it with the kids when they get home. It was very easy to sign up for my parent account, once I did that I was able to add each of the kids, and even give them each their own special password to access their own account. In the parent dashboard, you can use the Calendar to mark important appointments for dates, create a chore list for each child, use the allowance tracker, buy gift cards, and utilize other family organizer tools.

Just to give you an idea of how easy the chore tracker is, I decided to give Jordan a few jobs to do today. It was so simple. All I had to do was check which jobs I wanted to add to his list and which day I wanted them on their and I was done. Now once he’s done everything he can go in and check them off as I approve them! This is what it looks like:

I think the thing my kids will be most excited about (besides being able to easily keep track of how much dough they have earned) is the financial responsibility game. The game is designed to teach children, at their level, so it comes in three versions. The Fun Vault is for ages 5 & up, Sand Dollar City is for children ages 8-12, and I Rule Money is great for teenagers.

I can’t wait to introduce this site to my kids tonight. I will be sure to let you know what they think, and how beneficial it proves to be to our family!

You can sign up using the link above and don’t forget to use the reference code “dough” for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card!

Have you ever used this site before? What do you like most about it?

Big Savings & Holiday Cheer With Zenni Optical:

I have a family full of four-eyes! I used to wear glasses as well, but it was just for a short period of time after my second pregnancy. I do however think that one day I will find myself once again shopping for some killer lenses. After all, if you have to wear glasses you might as well make them a fashion accessory, am I right?

Holiday Cheer

The only problem with that can be how much you have to pay out of pocket. Thanks to Zenni Optical you can find super cheap eyeglasses that still look adorable. You may even want to buy a few different pairs of eyeglasses so you can swap them out with different styles and fashion choices.

  • You could even consider getting some festive holiday lenses with all the dough you save. I checked out their website and these are a few of my favorites:
  • So head on over and check out all of the adorable holiday frames. I would love to hear which set is your favorite!
  • With all the money you save on lenses you could even buy your favorite blogger a secret Santa gift HINT HINT.

What Will I Give Up? Money Washed Down The Drain #buynothingnew

I have been reading Kisses from Katie, every day. What an awesome testimony! Seriously, you have to read this book. One of the things I found shocking was how affordable it is to not only provide an education for children in Uganda, but also clothe them, feed them, and get them the medical attention they need.

Yesterday when I was thinking about the challenge of buying nothing new for a year, I wondered what it would look like for me. In my pride, I thought, “I don’t really waste money”. Other than impulse buys I just couldn’t imagine being able to give much more than I already do.

Money Washed Down The Drain

As I was showering I realized something… I was showering with almost $100 worth of product. Seriously?!

WHY? Why am I I washing in a child’s education, clean water, and food money? Why would I do that? Well, the short answer is that I live in a society that is selfish, and ridiculously luxurious and I call myself poor!!


I call myself poor, when children around the world are starving so I can have moisturized HAIR!! I care more about MY hair than I do children. I try to justify it by saying “I work hard, and I deserve to treat myself”. You know what? These kids work harder than I ever have, and I think THEY DESERVE IT!

Well, I can tell you that I will be purchasing much cheaper shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from now on, and the rest of that $ will go towards children, just like these:

Wanna know how little it takes to make a BIG difference? Check this out:

Your gift of $300 a year ($25/month) helps to provide for over 600 children:

  • Education at a Christian school
  • School supplies and uniform
  • 3 meals a day
  • Basic medical care
  • Christian discipleship
  • Spiritual growth activities for the children and their families and/or guardians

BIG difference

As a sponsor you receive:

  • Photo, bio, and artwork from one of the children sponsored through Amazima
  • Bimonthly sponsor-exclusive newsletter
  • Access to The Mukwano Connection (an online portal with more artwork and a letter-writing option)
  • Original artwork once a year from one of the children in the program
  • Updates on Amazima Ministries quarterly