A Better Tuna Salad Sandwich on Arnold® Natural Wheat + Giveaway!

“The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Arnold® Bread so that I could try the product and share information about the “2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest and my thoughts and information about Arnold®.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Arnold® Bread.”

You may have guessed already how much I love Arnold® Bread’s. I’ve shared their Healthfull® line with a delicious Old Fashioned Bread Pudding recipe and their latest bread, the New Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat. Now in featuring the Arnold®’s “2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest, I have my favorite favorite Tuna Salad sandwich recipe to share with you! 

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A few years ago my husband turned my boring tuna salad recipe into a simply made masterpiece. It is so good that most of the time I am not even patient enough to wait for the bread to toast. I’ll eat it out of the mixing bowl. In fact, you are lucky that this bowl even made it long enough for pictures!

To start off any good sandwich, you need the best bread. For my family that is Arnold®’s Natural Wheat or Whole Grains: 12 Grain. Although here in the Midwest it is called Brownberry® and you might find it in your part of the world as Oroweat®. They’re all the same family and all of their breads and Sandwich Thins® are Trans Fat Free, Corn Syrup Free, Cholesterol Free and contain whole grains. These are heart healthy breads! You can use my favorite or choose your personal favorite. 

You will also need the following ingredients to make 4 Sandwiches:

  • 2 Cans of Tuna in Water not Oil
  • 1 Large Dill Pickle (or 2 regular size)
  • 1/4 Cup of Red Onion
  • 1/3 Cup of Mayonnaise (not Salad Dressing) 
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (Optional – for Spicey!)
  • Lettuce slices for 4 Sandwiches
  • Brownberry® Natural Wheat Bread (Or your choice of Arnold® Bread)

Prep the necessary ingredients by dicing the pickle into small pieces, mincing the red onion and draining the tuna. 

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Mix all of the ingredients together except for the Lettuce. 

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While you are mixing, toast your Natural Wheat bread slices in a toaster or toaster oven and then set aside. I try to time this so the bread is still warm when I add the tuna salad.

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Place lettuce slices on the toasted bread and then an ice cream scoop size amount of tuna salad. Now you have a home classic sandwich with a few extra touches and a lot of love! 

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If you have a new twist to an old favorite sandwich you should consider entering the “2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest. There are a few different styles of sandwiches they are looking for this year.

  • “Open-Faced Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals should announce their nutritious ingredients—like bright beets or tasty tuna— sans second slice);
  • “Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutrient rich breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends);
  • “Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites);
  • “Fueling Good”  (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)
  • “State Favorites” (whether it’s a well-known sandwich in the state you reside, or a must-have local dish that can transition into a sandwich, celebrate your state pride by re-creating these state favorites with better-for-you ingredients)

The recipe in each sandwich category with the highest score will receive a $5,000 category prize! All entries will be accepted until August 21st. Online consumer voting will take place between September 26th – October 23rd and then the winners will be announced on Natural Sandwich Day (November 3rd)!

The most wonderful part is that Arnold® bread will be donating one (1) loaf of bread (up to 100,000 loaves) to Feeding America for each valid entry submission during the entry period and vote received during the online voting phase of the “2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest. 

You can find out more about the contest and the donations by visiting the America’s Better Sandwich page or on their Facebook Page.

To get you started on making your Better Sandwich, I have a great giveaway to offer! One of my readers has the chance to win: 

  • Six coupons, each valid for $5.00 off the purchase of any Arnold®  Whole Grain Sliced Bread of choice
  • Six coupons, each valid for $4.00 off the purchase of any Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls of choice
  • $25 Visa gift card to use towards ingredients for their favorite sandwiches

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter Form below and dream up your best Better Sandwich. Good Luck!

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All My Treasures: A Book of Joy by Jo Witek

~I received All My Treasures: A Book of Joy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

All My Treasures: A Book of Joy by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey is a unique casebound board book (thick cardstock style with lift flaps) that contains a gentle message about the immateriality of happiness. A great reminder to take pleasure in everyday moments. The book is beautifully packaged with a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout that reveal hidden surprises.

All My Treasures A Book of Joy By Jo Witek Illustrator Christine Roussey

When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. But what could it be? What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy days, blowing bubbles in the park, and watching her little sister’s first steps. As it turns out, life’s most precious treasures cannot be contained in a box!

Jo Witek is the author of Hello in There!, In My Heart, and Brave As Can Be. She lives in France.

Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There!, In My Heart, and Brave As Can Be. She lives in France.

A simple book with simple illustrations yet it fully grabs the attention of my girls every single time I read it. The “lift flaps” are incredibly nice and blend in so well with the full page illustrations as well as the story. I love that when I finish the book both my girls start telling me what they would put in their own treasure boxes. Most items are much more than a few small trinkets but true  experiences that are part of making memories. A really sweet book that little ones will enjoy.

Connect: You can connect with Abrams Kids on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
Katrina

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Contigo Lets you Take Your Beverage Anywhere You Go

~I received Contigo samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Everyone in my family almost always has a beverage nearby. From water to coffee we always have a drink at our desk, in our car, on end tables or in our hands on our many summer adventures. Contigo is your travel companion whether it’s traveling across the world, down to the beach or for your favorite outdoor activity anywhere you go!

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They have a nice selection of quality travel mugs and water bottles for the whole family. Every since my husband became an attorney and started spending a lot of time on the road, he has become a coffee drinker. He needs a travel mug that keeps drinks hot, fits in a car cup holder and reduces spills (as much as possible).

Contigo Travel Mug

Your Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit companion has it all and more.

Contigo Travel Mug Fits in a Keurig

  • CLEAN GUARD lid rotates to lock and prevents accidental pressing of AUTOSEAL button
  • Lid underside flips completely open for easy cleaning
  • Easy, one-handed use with no caps or spouts to remove
  • Double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel keeps beverages hot for up to 5 hours or cold for up to 12 hours
  • 100% BPA free
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe lid
  • Fits most single-serve brewers
  • Fits most car cup holders
  • 16 oz. capacity

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For the kids they have the AUTOSPOUT Gizmo Flip. Smaller than the adult sizes so it fits great it little hands. Great for car seat cup holders as well as lunch boxes and backpacks.

ContigoPatent pending AUTOSPOUT lid with spill-proof valve system eliminates leaks and spills even when spout is in the open position.

  • ,Spout shield covers silicone spout, keeping it clean and protected when not in use.
  • Drink every last drop with angled straw.
  • Flexible carry handle with soft grip is comfortable for kids use on-the-go.
  • Product brings the fun to “FUN”ctional. Watch the internal lid parts move into the open position with a press of the one-touch button.
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe:  Integrated straw is tethered to lid so that it detaches for easy cleaning with no loose parts.
  • 100% FDA approved, BPA free materials 
  • Ages 3 & up  
  • 14 oz. capacity

Contigo Kid's Water Water

It not only fits in the side pocket of a kid backpack but it also fits in kid lunch boxes. That means my kids can carry it by themselves! It’s really nice since I am normally carrying everything else the family needs anyway. It is one less thing for me to carry.

For water there is the AUTOSEAL Cortland. I know the picture shows it on my desk but I swear I have taken it to the gym too!

AUTOSEAL Cortland

  • Patented AUTOSEAL lid automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks
  • Lid underside flips open completely for easy cleaning
  • Easy, one-handed use with no caps or spouts
  • Sturdy clip on handle attaches to bags, backpacks, gear and more
  • Measure markings help gauge liquid intake
  • No plastic odors or taste with FDA-approved Tritan materials 
  • Lid lock prevents accidental pressing of the AUTOSEAL button 
  • Protective spout cover to keep out from dirt and germs 
  • 100% BPA-Free 
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe 
  • 24 oz. capacity

Contigo AUTOSEAL CortlandWe have been using these for a few weeks now and we love them! Contigo has come across the state with us. It has come on day trips to the beach, the backyard pool; trips to the office and the park. Quality travel mugs and water bottles can be hard to come by, but these have withstood my family with many drops and dings. They still work great! We have big plan to take them on our picnics and camping trips too. Contigo can really help you take your beverage anywhere you go!

Connect: You can connect with Contigo on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
Katrina

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DreamWave Bubble Pod Speaker Review

~I received a Bubble Pod Speaker sample for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

We have been constantly busy this summer form trips to the beach, days on the lake and of course many afternoons at the pool. No matter where we go we enjoy having music play in the background. We don’t want to always lug our big speaker with us (which is actually quite huge) and the speakers on our phones stink so a portable bluetooth speaker that can go wherever we go is important. To serve as the soundtrack to your summer there is the DreamWave Bubble Pod speaker. It is the ultra-light, compact, portable Bluetooth speaker children (and parents) dream about. 
 
DreamWave Bubble Pod Speaker
 
Just looking at them you can see they are adorable and I really love the neon colors! The best part is the small size which means it is easy to take everywhere but it still puts out a loud, clear sound.
 
DreamWave Bubble Pod Speaker
 
This 5W, best-in-class performance speaker features the following:
  • Can play up to 12 hours on a single charge
  • Has child and outdoor IPX5 protection against water, dust, and sand
  • Its 360-degree omnidirectional shape distributes sound completely and clearly.
  • Comes in four bright and playful colors. 
  • Is easily hooked to clothes, backpacks, and strollers with its durable ring loop.

Bubble Pod Speaker

Quickly pairs with my iPhone within seconds and I am able to use my Spotify app to play my favorite music stations. I like to put it on my little table by the pool. I have to constantly be watching my kids swimming so it is nice to at least be able to listen to music while doing so. I can easily see why older kids and teen would like it too just for the “coolness factor” and the really clean sound it puts out.

DreamWave Bubble Pod Speaker
 
Children love it and parents trust it. It fits on a backpack or in a beach tote, stroller, bike basket and more. My kids think it is “so cute” and so do I. It is tough and sounds great. A fabulous little addition to our summer adventures.
 
Connect: You can connect with DreamWave on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
Katrina

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