Slow down and savor the holidays with Marie Callender’s (Visa Gift Card Giveaway 2 winners) #MarieCallenders

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Here it is- Thanksgiving week! I can’t even believe we’re this far into 2012.  Time flies, I guess, when life gets busy.  Does it feel like there’s a countdown to Thanksgiving and from that day until January 2nd, things are go, go GO nonstop?  It’s exhausting. It’s draining.  It’s fun and wonderful, too, of course, but it’s a lot.  There’s so much going on and so much FUN to be had but there’s also everyday life to live and family to spend time with.  Marie Callender’s offers a variety of pies that help us save time in the kitchen and spend more time with our family during this hectic time of year.

 

As busy and exciting as this time of year is, I think it’s really important that we do take some time to slow down.  To savor the moments.  If we spend all of our time hurrying up to rush off to the next experience and “magical memory” when do we actually get to live in the moment, in the here and now?  This is the time of year we should be treasuring the moments, and creating memories of doing together.  Not just rushing together. Parties are fun, and I love them too, but so is an afternoon of snowball fights and hot chocolate with marshmallows.  Not having to prepare pies/cakes/desserts for a party means you have all of that time left to do something else with the family- and you (by you I mean WE) should be doing that. Read stories together.  Take a walk.  Do a craft.  Live in the moment. Savor the moment.

marie callenders dutch-apple-pie

I’ve decided that instead of spending hours on pie making this Thanksgiving, I’m going to enjoy my afternoon the day before the holiday playing games with my kids.  Marie Callender’s is going to do my baking for me this year.  I’m trying to take my OWN advice and slow down, live in the moment, and savor it.  The Dutch Apple Pie is going to be full of apple-y goodness and I’m going to sit back and take a moment to be thankful that I spent my afternoon playing with the kids instead of rushing to get everything done.

Marie Callender’s® Dutch Apple masterpiece begins with 100% Fuji apples, pure cane sugar, and a dash of cinnamon, all in our rich and flaky pastry pie shell. Sprinkle our delicious crumb topping on at just the right time and let it bake to a crisp, golden perfection. Then, relax and enjoy.

Marie Callenders Dutch Apple Pie

Before you head out to the grocery store, be sure to print this $1.00 off 1  Marie Callender’s coupon !

 

“I’m giving away two $25 VISA gift cards as stipend for participating in a quick focus group with Marie Callender’s! Attend the virtual focus group for 45 minutes on December 18 at 1 p.m. ET to collect the gift card. The Motherhood will share access information with you – all you have to do is show up online and share a few thoughts on blog product reviews and the Marie Callender’s brand.”
Want to be one of the 2 who receives the stipend?  Simple leave a comment below telling me how you plan to slow down and savor the season with your family! Two names will be selected from the comments to participate in the virtual focus group on December 18th and will receive the $25 gift cards.

 This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood. Opinions are my own.

 

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