Melissa Baswell Williams

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Blogger (Bubby & Bean). Former eco-fashion boss (Mountains of the Moon). Mama, wife, traveler, veg eater, fun seeker. Prob eating veggie tacos. IG: bubbyandbean

Location Saint Charles, Illinois Chicago
Country United States
Member Since JUNE 08, 2018
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It's such a "busy mom" cliche to drink coffee all day long (usually cold from sitting on a counter for too long while rushing around to do other things), but hey - we do what we need to do to maintain energy throughout our hectic days. That said, there is a better way you guys, and it's called @vitaminenergy. I've never been a big fan of energy drinks, but Vitamin Energy is different. It's a super shot that contains body nourishing vitamins that give you a boost of natural energy for up to 7+ hours with no sugar crash. In fact, it has 0 sugar or artificial flavors, has a delicious fruity taste, and it doesn't give you the jitters like coffee and energy drinks can. Bonus: It's also non-GMO, vegan, keto-friendly, and gluten-free, and promotes a healthy gut. My personal favorites are Immunity+ and Focus+. If you'd like to try Vitamin Energy for yourself, use code Melissa30 at vitaminenergy.com and you'll get 30% off! #vitamins #vitaminenergy (AD)

Anybody else a hot holiday mess right now? #ad Activities, shopping, decorating, nonstop errands... I love the holidays but this time of year can get really overwhelming. On top of this, I stress myself out every single year trying to take my own photos of my kids to give as gifts to family members, which is always a ton of work with subpar results. This year is different though! I am so grateful to be partnering with JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch to make the family photography part of my holiday season easier. It was so simple and quick to book a session online, and the entire experience from start to finish was an absolute game changer. I mean, I was even able to get our photos shot and ordered and a bunch of other holiday projects and errands done in the same day! And my kids had so much fun. Our photographer was kind, welcoming, and professional, and she worked together with me to personalize our session to exactly what we wanted. We were also able to review the images and order products immediately after! We are thrilled with the results, and I can’t wait to give them as gifts. If you’re looking for a high quality family photography session that’s also affordable and easy, book a session at JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch at the link in my bio, and use code PC1813668 at your session for 24 Free photo cards, $70 OFF a digital album, and Free Shipping!

Do you prefer traditional holiday meals or do you like to change things up? AD I always like to try something different for at least one dinner when I'm entertaining this time of year. I also appreciate creating meals that are easy and quick during the holidays, because (like everyone else) I'm really freaking busy. That's why I grab @eatinnovasian products at Target. The Orange Chicken and Sticky White Rice are always a huge hit, and for vegetarians like me, the Vegetable Fried Rice is fantastic as an entree or side. They can be ready in minutes too! Elevate your holiday meals this year, and pick up some InnovAsian products at Target. They have a huge variety of delicious entrees and sides to choose from that you can mix and match to create a meal everyone will love! #InnovAsianOccasionWithTarget #MakeItAMeal

Another Thanksgiving week fave around here: pumpkin coffee cake. This is based on one of my husband’s family recipes that goes back generations, but with some special autumn upgrades, it just hits different. 🙌🏼 PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 45-50 min Serves 12 CAKE INGREDIENTS 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour 2 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 cups pumpkin puree 1-1/2 cup milk 2 eggs TOPPING INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 cup brown sugar 4 tsp unbleached all purpose flour 3 tsp melted butter 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, spices, and salt (for the coffee cake). In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar, then mix in pumpkin puree and egg. Gradually add milk. Pour batter into 9 x 13 greased baking pan. Mix topping ingredients (except for pumpkin seeds) and sprinkle over batter. Evenly top with pumpkin seeds. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly and serve. Do you have any Thanksgiving week breakfast or brunch traditions?

You may have noticed that I clearly have a mild obsession with @fostergrant glasses. And while I do wish I could just keep all of these for myself, they’re actually going to be holiday gifts for my sister, husband, son, daughter, and friends. Foster Grant has the best variety of stylish sunglasses, blue light glasses, readers, and more at truly incredible prices. I get them for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges, teacher gifts, and to put under the tree. Head to fostergrant.com and get them something they’ll love this holiday season. And be sure to use code MELISSA20 for 20% off + free shipping. AD #FGShadesofYou

It is a known fact in my family that I prefer side dishes to the main course when it comes to holiday meals (and really, all meals). #MusselmansPartner I could eat my weight in mashed potatoes, and I'm smitten with green beans, but my absolute favorite is a truly elevated side dish that I called "Apple Sauce Apple Pie," featuring @musselmans_official Apple Sauce. (Recipe below!) It's a simple, delicious way to add a little sweetness to holiday meals and the perfect alternative to cranberry sauce. The key ingredient, Musselman's Apple Sauce, is what makes it shine. Made from handpicked, 100% American-grown apples from grower-owned family farms, it is truly scrumptious and my side dish top pick - whether alone or jazzed up - for my family's meals and gatherings. APPLE SAUCE APPLE PIE (serves 5) 1 24-ounce jar Musselman's Original Apple Sauce 1 apple 1 tablespoon of each: maple syrup, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger Peel apple and cut into small cubes. Pour Musselman's Original Apple Sauce in a small serving bowl. Top with cubed apples. Drizzle maple syrup over the top, then sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. So good! (Bonus: Musselman's Original Apple Sauce has NO high fructose corn syrup and is Non-GMO. The best!) #PickMusselmans #FamilyFarms

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