Jennifer Blake

Game Night & Favorite Pasta Recipe!

October 25, 2016

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Lactalis American Group but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #MealSolutionMatch

One of our favorite things to do is host game night. Typically it involves taste testing a new beer, trying out a new recipe and playing some type of strategy game. The best kinds of recipes are ones that make a lot (can feed 4-6 people) and are easy to throw together. This past weekend I threw together a pasta bake with Barilla Rigatoni and Sauce, Galbani cheese, and Johnsonville sausage.

Johnsonville sausage is very flavorful and convenient, all the spices and flavors are built into Johnsonville Sausages – making recipe prep easy! Pair is with Barilla pasta, the number 1 pasta in Italy and Barilla sauce for a delicious dinner. My pasta bake would have also not been as delicious without Galbani mozerella cheese, the new packaging is wonderful and convenient, low moisture cylinder shaped “for shredding” which is more aligned today to current consumer usage and preference trends!

I grabbed all the ingredients needed at my local Stop & Shop, the perfect meal solution match!

Baked Sausage Rigatoni

1 Pkg of Johnsonville Sweet Sausage
1 Jar of Barilla sauce 
1 Box of Barilla Pasta (Rigatoni)
1 Galbani Mozerella Cheese (for shredding!)

1. Grill sausages for 10-12 minutes on grill (until fully cooked)
2. Cook pasta until it is al dante 
3. Layer suace, pasta, suasage, cheese- two times 
4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

Perfect, delicious, and simple! It made just the right amount for a couples game night of 4! Our favorite games to play are strategy ones, we love Catan, Coup, Pandemic, Anomia and Code Names. 

What are your favorite game night recipes & games?!

When you stop by your nearest Stop & Shop between 10/21-10/27 and purchase Barilla Pasta, Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Galbani Cheese, you’ll automatically save $3 at checkout with your store loyalty card! While supplies last.

Currently: October

October 24, 2016

Watching >> Big Bang Theory, we grabbed season 9 on Blu Ray about a week ago and have been flying through it. I am laughing a lot and enjoying this season more then the last, I think! 

Listening >> I am admitting it out loud, I started listening to Christmas music this past weekend. I was feeling a little out of it and it totally brought me out of my funk! 

Eating >> Halloween candy- mostly hundred grands.  

Wanting >> More sweaters, a lot of mine have seen better days and I am ready to add a few new ones to my fall and winter collections!

Working on >> Expanding my photography skills & building my Arbonne business. Two things I could not be more excited for.

Loving >> All the photo sessions I have been doing lately! I have been super busy but I am loving it.  

Reading >> Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle. So far I love it, it is inspiring, insightful and funny. Check back soon for a book review! 

Anticipating >> My half marathon this coming Sunday. I do not feel ready at all, but I am hoping it will go better then I think it will!  

What are you reading and watching and doing?!

Morning Routine with Suave

October 11, 2016

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Suave Professionals  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SuaveBeliever #pmgSuave

I saw a picture the other day that said something along the lines of "I am not an early bird or a night owl, I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon". It couldn't be more true. Although I wake up early, for the mere fact that once I turn over my brain goes into overdrive, and I run through the list I have to get done and then there is no turning back. I try to stay up late and sometimes if I drink enough coffee or pump myself with enough fizz sticks I can do it, but most of the time I struggle to keep my eye open past 10 or so. For me to have a great morning and not feel rushed I have to be able to have coffee, make a list of things I need to get done, get dressed and not feel like I am rushing out the door with my head cut off. The easier I can make getting dressed, doing my hair and doing my makeup in the morning, the easier it is to have time for other things and slow my mornings down a bit.
So how do I keep my morning routine for hair, makeup and clothes down to 15 minutes? Simplicity. I either shower at night and straighten my hair or shower in the morning and wear it in some kind of bun or braid. I stick to the bare minimum for makeup and I try to plan my outfit the night before.

Hair >>  My hair is curly, frizzy, and can be hard to tame. I prefer to wear it strait because it doesn't get greasy and I can make it last for a few days if I don't go to the gym or for a run. Hair products make all the difference, I was very impressed by Suave's new line of products. Sauve recently released a line with Biotin infusion & gold packaging. How do you say no to that? I take Biotin regularly because my hair tends to break easily and it gets a lot of heat damage from the constant straightening, biotin help keeps it strong. I grabbed the new line of Suave from my local Walmart the Biotin line of shampoo, conditioner and serum are infused with B7 Biotin, a vitamin known for superior hair strengthening benefits, this luxurious range reduces breakage by 95% for dramatically less hair fall vs. non-conditioning shampoo. The products are proven to strengthen as well as Pureology® Strength Cure®, luxury hair care with half the price tag, which my wallet loves. The serum makes hair 20x stronger! My hair breaks all the time from the amount of heat it gets and the amount I wear it up, this has done wonders for the breakage and has allowed me to wear my hair down more often, with less breakage I get less fly aways and I actually like the way it looks when I wear it down. Many of Suave's collections are salon proven to work as well as luxury brands!

The shampoo and conditioner work perfectly in combination to leave my hair feeling silky smooth, I even found that blow drying and straitening it went faster and I had less static and breakage which tends to be a problem for me! I follow this up with the serum and it leaves me with the perfect finished look.

Eyes >> My go to mascara is from Arbonne called It's a long story mascara. I absolutely love it and haven't gone back since the first time I used it. It doesn't cake on and it makes my lashes ridiculously long. Perfect low maintenance but gorgeous mascara.

Lips >> The last added touch for a quick and finished look is a pop of color, if I am going to work I make it subtle, if I am running errands or going to meet someone I prefer it to be brighter. I have been loving the matte look and either a maroon or red tends to be my go to.

A perfect hair care routine, a simple makeup routine, and plenty of time to enjoy my pumpkin spice coffee on the couch before having to leave in the morning for work or for errands!

What does your morning routine look like?

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