Saturday, September 20, 2014

Papa Murphy's Behind-The-Counter

By Meg Hodson

Papa Murphy's asked me to visit their store for a special behind-the-scenes look at their kitchen and service area. While I received free pizza and coupons, all opinions and writing remain my own.

It should come as no surprise that in a household with three young kids, pizza is a mainstay. In fact, I am pretty passionate about pizza and have written about it in the past on my blog. 

But let's face it. Feeding a family of  5 with pizza today is expensive. That is why I have always loved Papa Murphy's as our main go-to choice for pizza night. Since it is a take and bake restaurant, that cuts significantly down on the cost. With numerous menu options, new choices like thin crust and gluten free crust, and their willingness to make the pizza to your specifications, it's a win-win for your family on pizza night.

I visited one of the busiest stores in Portland. It was beautifully maintained, very clean, and very well organized. The managers were more than gracious in taking us behind the counter to really see just what goes into making a Papa Murphy's pizza. Here are some key things I observed on my visit:

1. Fresh Toppings. The service bar where the pizza is assembled is a well-kept counter with every topping imaginable. Each ingredient is carefully marked, with measuring cups for easy assembly and portion control. All of their produce is freshly cut and prepared on site (with a few exceptions, like black olives). Nothing is frozen; I can confirm that they only have a walk-in refrigerator on site. 

Papa Murphy's Pizza #papamurphysmoms

Papa Murphy's Pizza #papamurphysmoms

Papa Murphy's Pizza fresh tomatoes #papamurphysmoms

2. Fresh Dough. The pizza dough is made fresh daily on site. It's made from scratch, rolled, and sheeted by the employees. 

Papa Murphy's Pizza fresh dough #papamurphysmoms

Papa Murphy's Pizza fresh dough #papamurphysmoms




3. Great Coupons. In addition to the already great prices on Papa Murphy's pizza, they have amazing coupons, too. They are readily available in local papers, by subscribing to their newsletter, or through local fundraising efforts. If you're still having trouble finding coupons, that's okay! You can enter my giveaway below for a chance to win a valuable coupon card. 

The 10 coupon cards being given away contain the following coupons (approximate value $35): free cookie dough, free cheesy bread, large pepperoni pizza for $7, large perfect pizza for $8, large Hawaiian for $9, any large gourmet for $10, large Murphy's combo for $11, any large stuffed $12, any pizza $2 off (x2), any pizza any size for $10 (x2). Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Good luck!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

5K Thoughts, Shout Clean-Up....and A Giveaway!

By Meg Hodson

This is a sponsored post for Shout. While I received compensation for my post, all opinions, beliefs, and writing remain my own. 

It's been almost 2 weeks since myself and my team participated in The Color Run. With sponsor Shout® and their emphasis on having fun, I was able to overcome some fears about completing a 5K in a certain amount of time and focus on being healthy and having fun. In fact, with some blogging colleagues this morning, we were talking about The Color Run and how great it is that all walks of life and participants at all fitness levels attend and participate.

Part of my sweet swag from The Color Run and Shout® was my super fun bag full of great goodies, including much needed Shout® clean-up tools. I kid you not, I was COVERED (both inside my clothes and out) that day with every color of the rainbow. When I walked through the door, my husband dropped his jaw and directed me straight toward the laundry room (good idea!) I peeled off my #ShoutItOut t-shirt, my Color Run cuff, running capris, socks, and shoes. I put a few squirts of Shout® Trigger over all of the clothing and tossed together lightly. Then, I added my own detergent and the intriguing Shout® Color Catcher®, a simple little cloth-like napkin that you add to the wash to grab and catch all those colors that are being released. They worked great and my shirt came out perfectly white!

Shout It Out The Color Run

Shout It Out The Color Run


Maybe you aren't near a Color Run city....or maybe you aren't quite ready for a 5K, but still want to have FUN! Shout® hasn’t forgotten about those that weren’t able to attend The Color Run! For those that missed “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” Shout® has launched the Shout It Out Fun Finder to help American’s continue crossing things off experiences of their “must-do/wish lists”. Visitors to their website will get a list of fun activities served by nearby locations that is curated based on their IP address. 

But that’s not all! Shout® is also giving one lucky winner the chance to win a fun-filled, dream vacation to experience a Color Run in New Zealand. To enter, users simply post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShoutItOut #enter. Hurry, contest ends September 30, 2014.

Shout® Prize Pack – To ensure that you have fun-filled experience regardless of what activity you take on, Shout® and I have partnered up to give away to one lucky winner a Shout® prize, so you can have fun, make a mess and not worry about the clean-up. They’ve got you covered – trust me (if you forgot, see above!) One lucky winner will receive the following:

·         Shout® Trigger is packed with stain-fighting ingredients and enzymes to quickly penetrate, break-up and remove tough stains. Safe for all colorfast washables and works in all water temperatures.

·         Shout® Color Catcher® sheets absorb and trap loose dyes in wash water, protecting clothes against color bleeds and helping preserve original colors. Sheets change color as they absorb loose dyes, and reduce the need for sorting laundry. Safe for all colorfast washables and works in all water temperatures.

·         Shout® Advanced Ultra Gel Brush combines powerful Shout® stain fighters in a thick gel formula with a convenient stain-lifting brush to penetrate and remove your toughest stain. The formula lets you treat stains now and wash up to a week later. Safe for all colorfast washables and works in all water temperatures.

·         Shout® Wipes (I keep these on hand in my purse!) can be used to remove stains on-the-go right when they happen and are easily disposable—just throw the used cloth away. They’re perfect for clothing, carpet and auto interiors, and are safe for all colorfast washables.

Shout It Out The Color Run

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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