BJs Cherry Berry Smoothie – American Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month and BJs Wholesale Club has some delicious produce (and recipes) to help us live a healthy lifestyle.  Personally, I am a huge fan of smoothies!  They’re easy to make and the perfect breakfast option for families.

BJs Wholesale Club Heart Health Month

BJs Wholesale Club Heart Health Month

Smoothies can be made in a variety of ways depending on your health needs.  For example, if you’re having digestive issues, add a teaspoon of Flaxseed into your mixture.  Drinking a smoothie  provides ease into your morning routine and allows breakfast on the go.  It can also serve as a filling afternoon snack instead of drinking a soda or eating potato chips.

Homemade Cherry Berry Recipe

2 containers (5 oz each) Yoplait Greek Cherry or Strawberry Blended Yogurt

1 1/2 cups Cascadian Farm Frozen Organic Sweet Cherries

1/2 cup Cascadian Farm Frozen Organic Strawberries

1 cup Milk

Make It:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Cover & blend on high speed, about 1 minute or until smooth
  3. Pour into 3 glasses
  4. Serve immediately


For my smoothie recipe, I like to include a small amount of water and 2 teaspoons of Wellsley Farms Pure Honey.  Also, if your schedule will be hectic the next morning, take frozen fruit out of the freezer (the night before.)  This will help ingredients blend faster and more consistently.  Pour the smoothie into your tumblr and go!

Ingredients are from BJs Wholesale Club
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BJs Wholesale Club – Top Ten Toys Holiday Segment

On December 12, 2015 I hosted a Lifestyle Segment at Fox 45 WBFF news station. The purpose of the segment was to share this year’s Top Ten Toys from BJs Wholesale Club.

As the Spokesperson, I was able to discuss the following items:

Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie

Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile

Princess and Ice Castle Dollhouse: A BJ’s Exclusive

Star Wars Episode VII Jedi Master Lightsaber

Care Bears Sing-a-Long: A BJ’s Exclusive Bundle

Disney Frozen Ultimate Olaf

Miposaur with BONUS Recharge Kit

BJs has a variety of products for all age groups and delicious array of food items.  This is the perfect time to renew your membership before the new year.  Visit a local BJs Wholesale Club for your last-minute holiday needs!

BJs Wholesale Club – Holiday Destination and Lifestyle Segment

The numbers are in. The National Retail Federation expects a solid 3.7 percent increase in 2015 holiday buying amounting to $630.5 billion – an astonishing total for just two months of sales.  However, they are tempering their glee noting that “…Americans remain somewhat torn between their desire and their ability to spend; the fact remains consumers still have the weight of the economy on their minds” and  “expect families to spend prudently and deliberately.”  The NRF also expects online holiday sales to increase between 6 and 8 percent this year, adding up to $105 billion.

What does this mean to the holiday shopper?  It means that consumers will be shopping where they know they will get the most gift-giving bang for their bucks.  And that’s where wholesale clubs like BJs step up with a tried and true value proposition. Not just in-club either. The online deals at also fill the void of many Johnny-come-latelys to subscription online buying, because BJs has the power of expertise to seek out and offer exclusive deals on the most popular items this holiday season.

The experts at Selling Christmas have identified some of the  biggest trends this year, and for both online and in store gift buying, BJs members will see 2015 holiday favorites, such as:


Precious Metallics at Non-Precious Prices:

Straight from the pages of Elle Magazine: “Iridescent fabrics are the stuff dreams are made of. Seriously, try and look at them without being mesmerized. We predict that these fabrics will be a major street style staple. “

Glimmering metallic from copper to silver to gold can make any room or person look and feel glamorous.

·         Satina 8-Premium Cosmetic Brush Set with Travel Case – Get the look professionals create to achieve pro-perfect application of face and eye makeup with various brushes including an angled foundation brush, large eye shadow brush, smudge brush and more.   $19.99 In-Club Only

  • Moscow Mules Mugs – Set of two traditional stainless steel mugs with a long-lasting shiny copper finish and brass handle. The perfect drinking companion for cool, refreshing drinks year round. $17.99 In-Club &
  • Crystal Bead Love Knot Stud Earrings – Pair these gorgeous round earrings with any look, day or night. Packed with dozens of round crystals, each 12mm earring possesses a startling amount of sparkle and shine. The base is not without its own elegance, combining the smooth cool of sterling silver with the warm richness of 14K yellow gold in a swirling design. IGI Appraisal Value $135 At BJ’s: $89.99 In-Club &
  • Berkley Jensen 100 Sq. Ft. Gift Wrap Ensemble – Five rolls of premium wrap, gift tags and coordinating bows and ribbons in a variety of metallic hues for the holiday season. $14.99 In-Club Only

Winter White:
Even if snow doesn’t touch down, incorporating winter white is still a popular way for getting into the holiday spirit. Adding classic white ware pieces will elegantly contrast with reds, greens and metallics.

·         Berkley Jensen Write-and-Wipe Menu Board and Place Card Set – Let your dinner guests know what’s on the menu with this write & wipe ceramic menu board and six place cards. Use the included dry erase marker to write entertaining dinner highlights, a special dessert menu or messages of congratulations. The place cards can be used for table settings or labeling different dishes. This set is easily washable to reuse again and again. BJ’s Exclusive $14.99 In-Club &

·         Berkley Jensen Swirl Chip and Dip DishConstructed of super-white porcelain, the attractive Berkley Jensen Swirl Chip and Dip Dish is the perfect vessel for favorite party snacks. The bright white color makes a nice background for special occasion fare, allowing the cuisine to take center stage. Dish has an 11.8″ diameter with built-in well for dip, olives and other snacks. BJs Exclusive $11.99 In-Club &

·         Berkley Jensen 5-Tier Buffet ServerMake the food table a display with this 3- or 5-tier buffet server from Berkley Jensen. Five stoneware trays can be used individually or as a unit, and the wire stand makes all dishes easy to reach. The trays are microwave-safe for convenient reheating and dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. BJs Exclusive $29.99 In-Club &

·         Berkley Jensen 3-Piece Graduated Porcelain Trays with Handles Berkley Jensen Porcelain Platters are a sleek and modern way to serve food. With pierced handles for easy handling and three different sizes, you will host and serve with ease. Comes with a small (8″x7 5/8″x1 1/8″), medium (10″x9.5″x1 38″) and large platter (12″x11 3/8″x1 3/4″). $14.99 In-Club &

LED Lights to Light up Your Life:
Think light emitting diodes (LEDs) are just for flashlights and cell phone displays? Think again as new products are helping to bring more seasonal glitter to homes.

  • Sylvania Color-Changing LED Garland  – Nine feet of color-changing LED bulbs intricately woven through garland is a perfect holiday accent to mantles, doorways or stair railings. Choose between steady warm white lights, steady multi-colored lights or continuously changing white to multicolored lights. The timer feature means the lights will only be on when you want them to be on without worrying about turning a switch on and off..$34.99 In-Club &
  • 24″ Berkley Jensen Oversized Pre-Lit Gold or Red Ornament with LED Lights – Brighten up any front lawn with these festive oversized ornaments.

48″ Berkley Jensen Stacking Snowmen with LED LightsColorful and festive stacking snowmen bring a sense of joy to holiday decorations. The bright LED lights are both cool white and multicolor and the included timer function allows for energy-saving convenience. BJs Exclusive $149.99 In-Club or $179.99 (Delivered)


For a rustic and classic theme, chalkboards continue to be a stylish way to create conversation starters when entertaining.

  • Slate Wine and Spirit Notes, 3-Piece – These slate notes in assorted seasonal designs is such a unique way to label a gift for a wine bottle or to help label holiday cocktail fusions. $9.99 In-Club Only
  • Slate and Wood Paddle Serving Set, 13-Piece – Serve a variety of cheeses in an elegant manner with this 13-piece wood and slate cheese board. With black slate markers and white slate pencils, your guests will know exactly what they are sampling. Includes antique brown wooden tray with leather rope, black slate board, 3 stainless steel cheese tools, 4 black slate cheese markers and 3 white slate pencils $17.99 In-Club &

Enjoy photos from the holiday Lifestyle Segment at WBAL News.  The serving platters, recipe, and ingredients used for the Cranberries Holiday Cooking Demo are compliments of BJs Wholesale Club:

Cranberry-Orange Chutney


  • 12 oz. Cape Cod Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 Tropicana Navel Oranges
  • 2 cups Domino Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted Wellsley Farms Walnuts



Pour cranberries into a food processor bowl. Cover and pulse in 2-second bursts, scraping down bowl with a rubber spatula, until the berries are coarsely chopped. Do not over-process. Transfer cranberries

to a medium mixing bowl and set aside.


Quarter unpeeled oranges and place in the processor bowl. Pulse until just coarsely chopped.


Combine oranges with cranberries in mixing bowl. Stir in 1½ cups of sugar and chopped walnuts (if using). Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary by adding more

sugar a little at a time.

 Pecan and Cranberry Crusted Salmon with Cran-apple drizzle


  • 2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoon Wellsley Farms Organic Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped pecans
  • 1/4 Cup Dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 6oz. Salmon filets
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray


  • 1 Cup Fresh cranberry sauce (prepared according to package directions)
  • 1/2 Cup Apple juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add fresh cranberry sauce, apple juice and vinegar in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes stirring often. Remove from heat. Set aside.

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Tailgating Menu Ideas with BJs Wholesale Club

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It’s football season and you know what that means, fun and delicious food!  Get ready to cheer on your favorite team with help from BJs Wholesale Club. It’s easier than ever to plan party menus at BJs for tailgating (or homegating) at home!

With their wide selection of festive, fresh and fine-quality foods, BJs makes it convenient to order deli platters, cookie assortments and custom-order cakes made exactly to your specifications.  There’s no need to stress out, simply plan your menu and pick up items.


To make the process easier, browse through the brochure, then fill out an order form in-Club — or download one to print and fill out at home then, simply drop it into the kiosk at your local club.  There’s a wide variety of foods such as Wellsley Farms® or Dietz & Watson® Sandwich Ring, Wellsley Farms ® Entertainer Platter, Perdue Party Wing Platter, and Classic Cheese Tray.

BJs Fruit Platter

Your order can be ready for pick-up in as little as 24 hours!  I’m looking forward to hosting my next tailgate party with yummy treats from BJs Wholesale Club.

BJs Wholesale Club

Delicious Tailgate Menu


Cheese & Vegetable Platter

Assorted Soft Drinks

Chicken Wing Platter

Grilled Hamburgers & Sausages

7 Layer Dip with Tortilla Chips


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BJs Wholesale Club: Fun Sandwich Solutions

Get creative with sandwich ideas and  take a break from your “normal” turkey club!  Below, I’ve shared a video to provide some fun lunch solutions.

Photo from BJs Member Services Ad

Start your lunch prep (today) whether for yourself or family in a matter of minutes.  Of course, all ingredients can be found at your local BJs Wholesale Club.

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BJs Fresh Produce from Maryland Farms to Club Shelves

Consumers are increasingly more aware that fruits and vegetables that are in-season, harvested closer to their peak ripeness, and transported shorter distance retain more nutrients.  However, according to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, it is estimated that the average American meal still travels about 1,500 miles to go from picked to plate.  

In fact, the National Grocery Association’s 2014 Consumer Panel found that more locally grown foods and price/cost savings topped the list of the improvements desired most among the shoppers surveyed. 

Today, BJs Wholesale Club is shortening the distance from farm to table by buying fresh produce from local Maryland farms and getting it onto Maryland club shelves in under 24 hours:

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BJs local produce sourcing is at the lead of a growing trend. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), industry estimates suggest that local food sales in America have nearly doubled in recent years, jumping from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014.  

In Maryland, BJs is offering Yellow Squash, Zucchini Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant and Corn from Arnold Farms in Chestertown; Miller Farms in Clinton and Vincent Farms in Del Mar.


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BJs Healthy Homemade Lunch Options and Recipes

It’s almost time for Back-to-School which means parents everywhere are preparing healthy lunch options for the kids.  Long gone are the days of offering a bag of potato chips with a soda on the side.  We’ve learned through research that fruits, vegetables, and proteins enable kids to be more productive and happier.  With all of the processed food, allergies and hunger pains kids have, a boring, uninspiring or less-than-nutritious lunch won’t cut it.

A healthy and affordable homemade lunch will keep kids energized all day!

Create meal solutions with BJs Wholesale Club food and merchandise. From cereal to apple juice, BJs has what you’re looking for at a great price.  The store’s organized to help families shop in a timely fashion. It’s also easy to comparison shop with price tags centered directly in front of the merchandise.

BJs offer’s in store coupons that can be sent in the mail or picked up at the store.  Lastly, after you’ve filled your basket with goodies, there’s the option to self-checkout or enter a line with a cashier.  From my experience both moved quickly helping families to spend their time wisely.

H20 Lunch Pack


BJ’s Wholesale Club Facts for Families:

  • From basic supplies and clothes to tech and food items, BJs has everything you need for back-to-school.
  • BJs is the only warehouse club to accept manufacturers’ coupons for even greater savings and provide their own coupons as well.
  • BJs Wholesale Club is your one-stop shopping destination for brand name high-quality food and general merchandise at everyday low prices including fresh produce and USDA choice meats, all-natural and organic foods, consumer electronics and appliances.
  • BJs Wholesale Club carries over 150 organic items and numerous gluten free options.

Don’t Toss the Tops: Box Tops for Back-to-School

 BJs Wholesale Clubs will feature General Mills items that include more Box Tops on specific items than other grocery stores. For example, BJs two pack Honey Nut Cheerios has a total of 13 Box Tops points. Each box has one Box Top located on the top of the box, plus 3 extra Box Top points, and the ability to get 5 more e-Box Tops by entering the code listed on the box on BJs microsite (the 5 points covers both boxes).

Now through September 17 all BJs clubs will include the following General Mills items:.

  1. Nature Valley Oats N Honey Bars, 49 ct.
  2. Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars, 48 ct.
  3. Cascadian Farms Granola Bars, 20 ct.
  4. Fruit Roll Ups, 56 ct.
  5. Gushers, 36 ct.
  6. Cascadian Farms Granola Cereal, 48 oz.
  7. Big Tub Deluxe, 74 oz.
  8. Honey Nut Cheerios, 55 oz.
  9. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 49 oz.
  10. Minions Yogurt, 24 ct.
  11. GoGurt, 32 ct.
  12. Mini Pancakes, 18 ct.
  13. Totino’s Cheese, 150 ct.
  14. Totino’s Pepperoni, 150 ct.



  • ripe bananas
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


Mix together peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.  Slice bananas into thick slices. Spread the peanut butter mixture on slices of bread and put the banana slices on top.  Don’t forget to add the other slice of bread; cut diagonally and put in kids lunch.

Sandwich and Trail Mix

Sliced Carrots & Hummus

Carrots and Sabra Hummus

Homemade Trail Mix


2 cups of Cheerios

1 cup of pretzels

1 cup of peanuts


Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and store.

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BJs Home, Business, and Personal Services – Lifestyle Tip

BJs offers quality and value on Services for your home, business and personal needs. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, prescription eyewear or to purchase a new vehicle, they have you covered.

Vacation Packages

If you’re intersted in a wholesale membership that offers auto buying, direct tv, extended warranties, tire center, verizon wireless, optical, and hearing center then look no further.  To learn more visit BJs Services mini sites at

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Verizon Wireless

My personal experience with BJs services includes shopping at the deli and bakery.  I am always hosting a holiday event for my family or planning a Sunday dinner.  I decided to visit the deli for a platter but discovered a selection of meat lasagna, meatballs, wings platter, chicken parmesean, scallops wrapped in bacon, and a mini quiche assortment.  How could I forget to share the delicious birthday cakes and breakfast platter assortments.

Stainless Steel Cookware

Purchasing items at the deli and bakery saved me time and money.  It allowed me to plan a delicious menu without the preparation and I saved money due to their reasonable prices.  If you want to organize your deli shopping experience, view the online brochure to place an order or find items in the store.

Also, don’t forget to use your coupons to save additional money!

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BJs Wholesale Club: Seasonal Summer Products

I love high fashion, style, and interior design but I’m also a home economist.  It’s a personal connection to my Southern roots because we entertain, relax, and love our families at home.  With that in mind, it’s very important to select the right wholesale club to meet your family’s needs.

I have shopped various wholesale clubs and recently learned that BJ’s fits the needs of my family.  The store carry’s sales (with coupons) on grocery items and provides a variety of seasonal merchandise such as outdoor swimming pools, glow solar laterns, wicker patio coolers, life jackets, and outdoor firepit.

A few of the products I purchased included SuperFoam Insulated Mega Tote, Chalkadoos, Flip Flops, Little Tikes Grill, Golf Shirt, and Ninja Turtle Interactive Game Rug.  Having those summer toys make any mom’s life a little easier!  For example, my boys enjoy endless hours of imaginary play with the Little Tikes Grill and the Interactive Game Rug can travel to the beach or playdate.

Slip into your sandals and step out into the warmth of summer!  Make your backyard the envy of all with fun items for children, and don’t forget about the sunscreen!  BJ’s carries a range of sun care products from the leading brands of Neutrogena®, Coppertone®, and Banana Boat®. These products are in great value packs that help protect your family’s skin. Outdoor Fun Products include:

Refer a friend to join BJ’s Wholesale Club and you’ll both receive a $10 BJ’s gift card when they join.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete this registration form, read and agree to the Offer Terms below, and click GO to register:
  2. Invite friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  3. Once a friend registers online using your link and joins BJ’s, you’ll each receive a $10 BJ’s Gift Card.

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