Simplest Homemade Donuts–Using Canned Biscuits!

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I have been seeing something amazing all over the internet…donuts…made from biscuits!? Say what? I decided that we absolutely HAD to give this a try and here our results, in case you are like me and one of the only people on the planet who hasn’t seen/tried this already.

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What you need : 1. Canned biscuits ( brand doesn’t matter, but they cannot be the flaky kind ). 2. Something to cut the middle of the dough and 3. pot with oil to deep fry the dough.

You will probably also want some sort of glaze, sprinkle or topping of some sort. Without it, these are pretty much just drop biscuits. We created a glaze. used a cinnamon sugar combo and a ton of sprinkles.

And now on to the shortest, easiest recipe, like ever.

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Heat 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a dutch oven or some type of pot. Next, the middles out of your biscuits. You can use a cookie cutter, a bottle, or just about anything that is the right size, which is around 1 1/2 inches. Once you have your donuts cut, simply fry them and your donut holes in your 350 degree oil. You will know they are ready to be flipped ( I used tongs ) once they start turning golden brown. Once both sides are done, simply place them on a paper or cloth lined plate. Then either toss them in your cinnamon sugar mixture, drizzle them with glaze or shower them with sprinkles…it’s up to you!

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There are so many fun ways to decorate your donuts, so get creative! This is a super fun way to celebrate a holiday and much easier than any of the other donut recipes I have came across so far…and I promise you, just as tasty!

Tip: For a yummy glaze simply whisk 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar,3 tbl milk or water together until it’s lump free. Adding 2 tsp. of vanilla extract is also a yummy touch.

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Have you made donuts from biscuits? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes Recipe

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Recently my family and I have started a journey to living a healthier lifestyle and have adopted a vegan/plant based diet. This required us to do a lot of searching for new, healthy recipes that suited our new needs. A big challenge was breakfast, and finding things that everyone could enjoy.

This pancake recipe has quickly became a household favorite and one of the most requested dishes in our household. We really enjoy them, and I think you will too!

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This recipe yields about 4 servings

What you will need:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tablespoon Sucanat

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup non-dairy milk ( we use cashew milk )

2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

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Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients

  • This recipe yields about 4 servings
  • What you will need:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon Sucanat
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk ( we use cashew milk )
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

Instructions

  1. Mix all of your dry type ingredients together.
  2. Using another bowl, whisk together your applesauce and milk
  3. Combine and mix together all ingredients. Be careful not to over mix, some clumps are ok
  4. Heat your non-stick griddle to medium and drop around a 1/4 cup batter onto it ---this can vary depending on the size of pancakes you prefer.
  5. Cook your pancakes until bubbles start to appear in the middle and then flip, then continue to cook your pancake for 2-3 mins on the other side.
  6. Repeat and Enjoy! We really love using blueberry sauce on our pancakes, though there are a wide variety of options!
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Step 1 : Mix all of your dry type ingredients together.

Step 2. Using another bowl, whisk together your applesauce and milk

Step 3. Combine and mix together all ingredients. Be careful not to over mix, some clumps are ok

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Step 4: Heat your non-stick griddle to medium and drop around a 1/4 cup batter onto it —this can vary depending on the size of pancakes you prefer.

Step 5. Cook your pancakes until bubbles start to appear in the middle and then flip, then continue to cook your pancake for 2-3 mins on the other side.

Step 6. Repeat and Enjoy! We really love using blueberry sauce on our pancakes, though there are a wide variety of options!

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I originally found this recipe in the PlantPure Nation Cookbook. We have found this cookbook to be incredibly helpful in our plant based diet journey and highly recommend checking it out here.

Stay tuned for more simple, to the point vegan/plant based diet recipes coming soon!

Spring Inspired Edible Cupcake Toppers Featuring YumEarth!

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When trying to come up with a cute way to decorate some Spring/Easter themed cupcakes recently, I thought back to the Valentine’s Day craft that I created using YumEarth candy. I created heart shaped charms made from melted YumEarth Organic Pops . Those charms were super simple to create and looked super adorable, so with that in mind, I came up with super darn adorable, flower cupcake toppers made from YumEarth Organic Pops and their Sour Jellybeans!

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Though they offer them throughout the year, currently YumEarth is offering Spring/Easter themed bags of Organic Pops, Sour Jelly Beans and Organic Gummy Fruits. The packaging is super adorable, and the individual wrappers are decorated seasonally as well. This makes them super great for gifting, sending for daycare/classroom parties as well as stuffing your Easter eggs full of.

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YumEarth makes the absolute best Pops out there, so I knew that they would make the perfect base for my flower. These pops are organic and vegan—something that is going to become even more important to our family as we soon will be embarking on a more plant based diet way of living, and I am definitely trying to introduce more vegan friendly brands into our home.

For this project, I preheated my oven to 350 and then took an old silicone cupcake liner ( I still use these presently, but I have a few that have seen more wear and worked out great for this ) and made a small slit towards the bottom, just big enough to put the pop stick through. Using some sort of small silicone liner like this is best, because it doesn’t allow the sucker to run all over the place when it melts. I simply placed the pop through the slit, keeping the actual pop bit inside of the cup. Then I took my jellybeans and completely encircled the pop with them, It doesn’t matter one bit if they overlap, so don’t worry!

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Next, I took my silicon liner cup and placed it on a cookie sheet and stuck it in the oven. I can’t say for certain how long it will take before your pop starts to get gooey and melt, because all ovens are different, but I suggest simply keeping an eye on your liner, because it really doesn’t take very long. Once I could tell that the sucker was starting to get a bit soft, I pulled the cookie sheet out and used a butter knife to give the jelly beans a nudge closer to the sucker–though not too hard. I then placed it back in the oven and waited for it to completely begin going liquid. Unlike the charms from the Valentine’s Day project, you want to pull this out before it really goes completely liquid. This is a little hard to explain, but it’s easy to understand the first time you do it. After I took mine out of the oven, I placed the silicone cup in the freezer for a few minutes, letting it harden ( it really takes no time at all! ) and then I slowly pull my pop away from the liner and then trim up the edges with scissors if any of the pop did liquefy enough to make it past the jelly beans. Trimming it up with scissors is SUPER simple and can really give your flower definition., but its definitely not necessary.

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Once our pops were done, I simply took a piece of green tissue paper and wrapped the sticks up. You could do so many different things to create a flower type look, but I didn’t want to use markers, and our food markers bled quite a lot on the first one I tested it out on. This worked really well, and it wasn’t icky or anything when I pulled the suckers out of the cupcakes before the kids began eating them. This was such an easy project and would have moved super quickly had I used more silicone liner cups at once.

This is a really adorable project and the kids were super impressed! I highly recommend checking out the YumEarth treats, because not only are they fantastically good ( I swear, they are our new favorites ), but they are good for your body as well. and aren’t full of nasty chemicals. We love them and will continue to come up with new and fun ideas to incorporate them into our holidays and celebrations!

You can check out all of the delicious goodies that YumEarth has to offer by visiting them here! While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter for all of their delicious updates!

 

Hopping Into Spring With Eleni’s New York

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If you have followed my blog, you probably know that my kids and I recently celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating our very own Color me! Heart shaped cookies from Eleni’s New York. The kids had a ton of fun, and honestly, we became a little addicted to these amazing cookies from Eleni’s. In what is hopefully becoming a holiday tradition, we received a box of delicious Spring/Easter cookies to celebrate the new season!

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When the Colorful Cottontails Gift Set arrived to our home, and honestly, we were absolutely over the moon! These cookies are absolutely gorgeous, so gorgeous in fact, it was a little hard to bite their darling little heads off. But we made it through 😉 These cookies are literally THE cutest cookies I have ever eaten and looked so cheerful displayed as a part of our Spring/Easter set up.

These would make THE perfect addition to a beautiful Easter celebration/dinner, and I kind of wish we had saved a few for ours, but it was seriously way too hard. These little cookies are just as addictive as they are cute, so it’s literally impossible to keep them around for long.

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I also want to point out that these cookies would make THE most adorable gift to send to someone. They arrive in a really adorable super high-end style box and again, are the cutest. I know I would be so excited to see a box of Eleni’s Colorful Cottontails arrive at my home…especially if it was unexpected.

With cookies for literally every occasion, you simply cannot go wrong gifting with Eleni’s. I had a blast just going through their website and looking at all of their fabulous options, and you better believe that next time I am in NY, they are on the top of my must visit list. They are just THAT good.

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With all of that said, I want to remind you all that not only are Eleni’s cookies Kosher, but they are nut free! Something that is super amazing to our family, as my 11 year old daughter has a really frustrating nut allergy. Anytime I find an amazing nut free product, you better believe we are all over it. And that’s sort of an understatement when it comes to how fast our Eleni’s New York cookies vanish!

I highly recommend checking out their website for not only your Spring/Easter cookie needs, but for just about any occasion, season or just when you need a super delicious treat to give yourself a pick-me-up. You won’t be sorry you did. MMM.DSC_3193

You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

My Easter Table featuring Oriental Trading + Chocolate Inspired Mini Easter Baskets!

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Easter is one of my very favorite holidays, that is a fact. I love the pastel colors, the cheery designs and the fresh spring feeling that comes with putting out the Easter decor. I absolutely love planning out what I am going to put out and where I am going to put it, but I also love planning my Easter table decor just as much…like what we will eat on, for our Easter celebration, what goodies I will include, the sweet decorations I will put out. It’s definitely one of my most favorite things to plan for. With that said,  I genuinely hate the anxiety that comes along with hunting down the things I need. I despise going all over town to find all the supplies ( if I even can! ), I hate fighting crowds and just everything that goes along with planning a celebration–to other than planning and then actually decorating, of course.

Recently, I discovered the absolute JOY of shopping with Oriental Trading Company ( believe me when I say joy! ) ! I was able to fully plan my son’s classroom Valentine’s Day party in around 30 mins without leaving the house! So I definitely knew that I definitely had to do the same thing for Easter–no question.

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I was able to find all of the things I need—no compromising, and set up what I feel is going to be a truly beautiful table for my little family to enjoy on Easter. I was honestly truly surprised to see how many absolutely gorgeous items that they carry, and wish I had started my love affair with Oriental Trading a bit sooner!

Check out the awesome supplies I picked up for Easter 2016! I am absolutely in love!

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1. Suitcase Centerpiece. This was my favorite new Easter addition. Its cardboard and 12″ x 5″ x 10″. It’s well made and stunningly beautiful. I have been able to do so many things with it since receiving it.

2. Mini Paper Easter Baskets. These come in 4 colors: Yellow, Purple, Pink and Blue. They have a bunny on one side and a sweet little chick on the other. These are quite tiny, but totally perfect to put at each place setting. They are  2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 4″.

3. Vintage Collection  Paper Dessert Plate. These plates are absolutely stunning and super shabby chic! I am seriously in love with these paper plates, and wish I could use them for every meal 😉 8 plates are included in each pack.

4. Vintage Collection Hanging Fans. You receive 6 hanging fans in different sizes and colors–you definitely need to check out this listing to see how BEAUTIFUL these fans are! I decided to use two of the fans on the table, and hang the rest from the ceiling on the day.

5. Light Blue Cups. You get 24 in a pack,. These are nice sturdy cups.

6. Vintage Collection Paper Napkins.  You get 16 beautiful napkins that match perfectly with the Vintage Collection plates! These are super sweet and lovely.

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I also ordered the adorable Plush Chocolate Bunnies shown here, you get 1 dozen with either blue, yellow or green ribbons. These are SO adorable and can be used in so many ways. The sweet little Chocolate Flavored Bunny Suckers ( You also receive a dozen ) are also super cute, not to mention delicious. I think everything came together so nicely, and I couldn’t be more pleased!

I was so excited about Easter, that I also created a few sweet Chocolate Inspired Mini Easter Baskets with items from Oriental Trading Company as well. These are cute little baskets that only contain one actual edible item, but are truly sweet!

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Each little basket comes from Oriental Trading, they are called Pastel Round Easter Baskets. You receive one dozen, 2 of each color, including: Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Orange and Purple. These sweet little baskets are perfect for gifting a little something and come with two little handles.

I also included the Plush Bunnies from above, as well as the chocolate Bunny Suckers. One new addition is the Chocolate Candy-Printed Plastic Easter Eggs. These are SO cute, and SO unique. I have never seen any plastic eggs like them, and I think they make the perfect addition to this Chocolate themed basket. You receive 78 eggs, which I think is amazing.

The rest of the chocolate themed goodies were actually leftovers I had from Valentine’s Day ( also from Oriental Trading), that I thought were absolutely perfect. I included a Chocolate Bar Notepad, A Chocolate Bar Eraser and a Chocolate Bar Pencil Sharpener. It all went together so perfectly, and makes for a super sweet gift that isn’t full of sugar—something that most parents can appreciate!

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Check out Oriental Trading Company on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Youtube! I know they will be happy that you stopped by—and if you are planning ANY sort of event or holiday celebration…or just like cute goodies, I know you will be too! :)

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FARMHOUSE FRESH, This Bunny Loves You Gift Set Review!

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Easter has always been one of my very favorite Holidays. I love the fresh spring vibe, adorable pastel decor and delicious treats. As an adult, I find myself feeling a little jealous of all of the sweet goodies and treats my kids receive from the Easter bunny, so this year I decided to treat myself to a little Easter goodness, adult style.

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The “This Bunny Loves you” gift set from FARMHOUSE FRESH was exactly what I wanted to see in my Easter basket this year, but I couldn’t wait around for Easter, I had to indulge almost immediately. This set embodies everything I have been yearning for. It’s fresh, pastel, absolutely adorable and most of all, delicious! ( The smells of just about everything FHF offers are seriously good enough to eat! )

This gift set comes beautifully packaged in a sweet pastel yellow and purple gingham style gift box, perfect for Easter and Spring gifting. The icing on the cake is the uber adorable purple ribbon with the wooden scoop attached, holding the sweet box of treats tied up tight!

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Inside of my gift set, I received the 6 oz. Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub, which is one of my absolute favorite scents from FHF. It is so rich and indulgent, without being overpowering. I suffer from migraines frequently, so being subtle enough to not induce any type of irritation is very important to me. The scrub is full sized, packaged super sweetly ( but what FHF product, isn’t? ) and comes with wooden scoop/spoon. The fragrance is perfect for indulging and the product itself leaves my skin feeling fresh, soft and smelling yummy! This is an incredibly high quality scrub that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, something that also is high on my list of skincare demands.

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Next in the gift set is the 2.4 oz Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream. I am totally in love with the FHF hand creams and currently have one in my bedroom and in my purse that I used almost daily. These also are packaged nicely and look lovely displayed ( am I the only one who thinks about things like that?? ) This scent was a little surprising, sort of. With a name like Fluffy Bunny, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Without looking at the description, I almost can’t describe the scent in any other words than Fabulous! It’s very light and comforting, and has an exquisitely high-end fragrance ( if that makes any sense at all? ). These hand creams truly moisturize your skin without leaving you hands feeling heavy and greasy. This product is also vegan, which I love.  DSC_2509

I am absolutely thrilled with my gift set, and feel totally pampered and in the Easter/Spring spirit–even if I did cheat and indulge a bit early. I definitely feel that this set would make the absolute perfect gift for ones self, a friend, an expectant mother or even a great Mother’s Day gift! The ever chic FARMHOUSE FRESH products are always a go-to in my book for myself and for others! I highly recommend checking out this fabulous set, as well as their other delicious products on their equally yummy website. Yum!

A little bit about FHF products:

Each product is made with up to 99.6% natural and naturally-derived ingredients. Everything we make is Paraben & Sulfate FREE and our fragrances are all natural or phthalate free. Many other products are also Vegan and Gluten Free.

You can check them out on Facebook here, Twitter here and Instagram here!

Create A Welcome to the Tween Years Kit with Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FiercelyCleanPores #CollectiveBias

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Being a “tween” is confusing. So many emotional changes, bodily changes and the newly acquired body care routines that go along with them. Being the Mother of a Tween girl can be fairly confusing as well, believe me. Helping my daughter begin the transition to womanhood has been one of the scariest ( just being honest! ) events of recent history. Not only the emotional aspect, but helping her adjust to her newly developed set of responsibilities that come along with the rapid development, has also been a little bit of a struggle as well. She is scared, resistant and honestly, really confused. To make things a bit less scary, a little less complicated and a whole lot more fun, I came up with a fun idea to introduce her to all of the essential (yet possibly daunting) new products into her life, a “Welcome to the Tween Years” body product kit! DSC_2916-3

In her kit I included :

  1. Limited Edition Bioré  Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, with awesome zebra stripes, available exclusively at Walmart.
  2. Raspberry scented shaving cream! I wrapped the bottle in an adorable zebra tape!
  3. A super cute pink, zebra striped hand-held mirror.
  4. Pads, sized and designed especially for younger girls.

I also included a zebra shower cap, an adjustable spa headband, two pink razors with zebra tape wrapped around the handle, a deodorant wrapped in zebra tape and a body wash pouf in her favorite color. I stored all of these items in a plastic container ( which I thought could easily be stored as well as cleaned )  that I wrapped the zebra tape around for added effect.

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This kit theme was inspired by the Bioré Cleansing Strips that I purchased in the Zebra stripe print ( though also available in leopard print! ). The fun colors and print definitely made all of the more grown up essentials seem a little less intimidating and maybe even a little fun! She was delighted when I presented her with her little kit and couldn’t wait to try out all of her new products! We decided to give the Bioré Cleansing Strips the first test, these are definitely the simplest and least scary…and honestly, the most fun! ( Who doesn’t love checking out the strip once you’ve pulled it off?! )

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Easily decorate your kit supplies and container with your favorite tape!

 

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These Bioré Cleansing Strips  are available for purchase exclusively @ Walmart!  #FiercelyCleanPores

My beautiful daughter Leelah, decided to share her step-by-step process of applying and removing her new Bioré Cleansing Strips ! She had a blast applying and removing the strips, and was amazed with her results!

First off, you will remove your strip packet from the box, then remove the strip from the pouch. Once you have the strip out of the pouch, you will give it a little twist to loosen and separate the slits before using.

Next you are going to wash your face using your normal face washing routine, because of her sensitive skin, Leelah’ s routine is fairly simple.  Next…

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Once your strip is on and you have smoothed down the sides completely, wait 10-15 until the strip is stiff to the touch.

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Have fun while you’re waiting! Sing a song, look at yourself in the mirror, even inspect your new goodies a little more…then slowly and carefully REMOVE by starting at the edges and pulling towards the center. Then…

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Check out all of the grossies you removed from your nose! ( the best part…well other than smooth unclogged skin! )

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Taming your wildest pores has never been easier with these adorable Bioré Cleansing Strips! Available exclusively at Walmart they make a great addition to your “Welcome to the Tween Years” kit, or your very own skin care regime. They made a drastic difference on mine and my daughter’s noses and cheeks and are a welcomes addition into the new routine!  #FiercelyCleanPores

Now, tell me, do you have a tween at home that you would love to shop for supplies to make your very own kit for? And which print would you or your daughter choose?

 

 

 

 

Perfectly Posh with Olivia Unboxing, Review & Giveaway!

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For the longest time, I have been super focused on being very cautious of what my family and I put into our body, food wise. Making sure to purchase healthy organic products, but never being as concerned with what we were putting on our body. With the fact that I love pampering my skin, using products that I put all over my body to not only take care of my skin, but to smell delicious, and keep my lips smooth and shiny, I began growing concerned about the quality and ingredients used in the products that I was putting onto myself in the past….so when I was introduced to Perfectly Posh, I was very excited to learn that  their products are not only made in the USA, but are made from natural ingredients earth sourced from around the globe. I also love that there are no fillers and that there are many vegan options—something that is extremely near and dear to my heart! And you know what else? They don’t test on animals! Amazing!

I am very lucky to have found a very sweet, helpful and absolutely lovely consultant named Olivia! She has been helpful with all of my questions about not only products, but with all of my burning questions regarding becoming a consultant myself and joining her super awesome Ninja Team!

Check out my video below to see what products I received and my first impressions…

These three items featured below are just a sample of the huge package of goodies I was lucky enough to be sent to try out. I definitely highly recommend checking out these fabulous products as well as the huge variety of other products Perfectly Posh with Olivia has to offer! 
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Honey Honey is a fabulous healing body cream that smells heavenly and leaves your skin super duper moisturized! This is a very nice sized product and will definitely go a long long way! Oh, and don’t you just adore the packaging???

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This wonderful chunk bar with the scent of Citrus, amber, and patchouli is not only very moisturizing, but smells amazing! I absolutely adore it!  I have a feeling that this huge bar will last me forever, even with me using it every day! 
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And lastly, but certainly not least, one of my very favorites, the Good Vibes Big Fat Yummy Hand Cream! It smells like Mango and Coconut and reminds me of a sunny day at the beach with a yummy drink in hand! It’s fabulous and leaves me moisturized and smelling amazing! Yummm! 
For more info or to purchase, visit Perfectly Posh by Olivia’s official website, Facebook, and Instagram ! 

Simple Family Movie Night Popcorn Bar! #DataAndAMovie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias
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One of my favorite parts of summer is lying outdoors in the evenings, having some delicious snacks and with new technology, enjoying a good movie on our tablet, though it can also conveniently be watched on SmartTV. The breeze, the stars and spending time with my family is just made better with our favorite movies, and what a better way to accompany them, than with our favorite snacks.

With my recent purchase of the Cool Pad Rogue- $19.88 (Rollback from $39.83) from Walmart, I was not only able to get a super duper neat phone, but purchase my starter kit  for $19.88 ( currently on rollback from from $25 for the first time ever, cheaper than before and lasts until July 7th 2016) and a VERY affordable plan, with an added benefit —the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS = Unlimited Talk, Text, Data; 10GB 4G LTE plus a free movie (rental, new release = $7 value) on VUDU every month, per line for $49.88. So not only do we now have an excellent phone, but a we are now able to talk and text just as much as we want, and use 10 GB of data! This is a HUGE change for us, and no loner will I have to worry constantly about going over our plan and will be able to browse my favorite blogs and watch how-to videos without the dreaded feeling of panic that I am going to go over my super low plan.

I have to say though, I am super  excited about the added benefit of the $7 dollar rental credit on Vudu! Now we can enjoy a new release under the stars at no additional cost—which is right up my thrifty alley!

DSC_7870To celebrate our new plan and our free movie, we decided to set up a little “popcorn bar” out in our yard. This allows the kids to freely add their favorite sweets and goodies to their popcorn quite easily. I set up all of the various goodies inside of jars and bowls, and gave them each a super convenient movie night lap container ( which you can see later in this post ) to neatly contain all of their goodies!

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There are so many options when it comes to what you can add to your popcorn bar! Savory or sweet, the options are absolutely endless and a ton of fun! This little set up require very little prep, and you can use what you have on hand if you don’t want to run out and purchase extra goodies—making for a frugally fun evening!

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I simply used containers and bowls I had in my cabinets—no need to be a pinterest perfect Mom here, a little effort goes a long way, and looks quite impressive!

For our bar we put out : jelly beans, sprinkles, trailmix, pretzels, mini mint patties, chocolate covered malt balls, gummi worms, cranberries, mini crackers, chocolate covered caramel and so much more! I also put out paper straws for the adults, as well as red punch flavored sodas—the kiddos sprung for juice boxes, which fit perfectly into their little lap containers.

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There are also a great variety of healthier topping options—yogurt covered pretzels, raisins and cranberries to name a few! I also enjoy sprinkling nutritional yeast powder on top of my popcorn as opposed to butter. There are so many simple fantastic ideas that I am sure any family will love!

This is such a fun tradition that we will be able to partake in each and every month thanks to our new plan!

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This is such a fabulous service plan, I feel like shouting it from the rooftops! And the fact that my family gets to check out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone under the stars as an added bonus, is the cherry on top! ( mmm, cherries! Now that’s a thought for a popcorn topping! )

Though I chose one of the more simple options phone wise, I am really enjoying it, and it is definitely a great improvement for our family! Here are a few of the specs:

Walmart Family Mobile Coolpad Rogue Smartphone:

  • 4″ WVGA display
  • Rear-facing 2MP camera
  • Front-facing 0.3MP camera
  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • Internal memory: 4GB
  • Headphone jack
  • microUSB port
  • GPS-enabled
  • Walmart Family Mobile phone is Wi-Fi compatible
  • 4G capable
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 1GHz quad-core processor
  • Talk Time: up to 6 hours
  • Standby: up to 124.8 hours

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Another movie night tip—a great idea for the kids, is to purchase some sort of sturdy container like the one pictured. They work best with several compartments and are fantastic for separating the goodies and keeping things neat and tidy—especially on indoor movie nights 😉 The kids really seem to enjoy having their own little lap container and did such a great job keeping everything contained–even at the popcorn bar getting refills!

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Do YOU currently us Walmart Family Mobile, if not have you checked out the fantastic phones and plans available? If you are considering the service, which movie will you choose to spend your VUDU credit on first??

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  • Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/3edbs or your local Walmart for current pricing.

 

 

 

 

ASPCA Rescue Readers Review #studiofun #momsmeet

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 
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As a Mother of three children I am always looking for fun new ways for my kiddos to learn, and that includes finding bright vibrant books that are not only age appropriate, but are based on subjects that will hold their sometimes short attention spans. With that said, my kids are HUGE animal lovers…HUGE. My son, who is almost 3, often times “is” a dog or cat, so when I learned that Studio Fun International partnered with the ASPCA to create a book series called “Rescue Readers”, I know they were a fit, and would be a hit!

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Each story is inspired by a real-life animal rescue story from the pet’s point of view and includes facts and photographs of the actual pet that inspired the story, something that definitely hold my kid’s attention, and teaches them in the process!  These readers are set at a 2nd grade level, which is perfect for my older son, and  means he can share the stories with his younger brother, who adores being read to!

One of my favorite things about these Rescue Readers, is that not only are these books educational, but the stories drive home the importance of animal care, how to care for your pets and all sorts of great information to prepare them for future pet ownership. This information is VERY vital and I love that they are learning it early in life, preparing them for many years of wonderful relationships with pets.

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Wanna know something really cool about the books? Four to five percent of all of the sales of these books go directly to the ASPCA to aid in the continuance of the ASPCA mission! This makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy and when I told my kids, they thought that was pretty darn cool too!

These books are reasonably priced at $3.99 for the paperback  Rescue Readers  or $15.96 for all four! With prices like that, it makes it even easier to give back to the ASPCA and treat your kids to fun/informative pet filled adventures!

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We absolutely love these informative stories in our household and think you will too! :)

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Did You Hear?? New Flavors from Unilever Frozen Treats!! #ad

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While I no longer eat ice cream or frozen treats ( sigh ), my three kids sure do! They absolutely love a sweet cold treat any day of the year, but with the weather warming up, they adore running around outside, Popsicle in hand, or having a big bowl of ice cream after they have been swimming.

So many of my memories as a kid in the summer time revolve around fun in the sun activities, and Popsicle was definitely involved! I can’t help but think how lucky my kids are, with all of the great varieties from Unilver ( maker of  Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream and Popsicle ) they are sure to have tons of great memories made with summers full of sweet frozen treats in hand!

Unilever, the world’s largest ice cream company, is rolling out 17 new frozen treats in 2016 across five of its ice cream brands – Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream and Popsicle. Each brand is scooping out a delicious assortment of popular flavors and favorite desserts reimagined as frozen treats, which are now available in grocery stores nationwide.

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“At Unilever, we’re on a consistent journey to better understand the connection consumers have to ice cream,” said Nick Soukas, Director of Ice Cream at Unilever. “We’ve discovered that nostalgia and memorable moments are two reasons consumers enjoy ice cream. With this in mind, we’ve reimagined favorite flavors and pairings that cultivate great memories – like birthday cake, s’mores and chocolate and peanut butter – to surprise and delight our ice cream fans.”

Breyers Inspires Delicious Family Moments with New Varieties

Breyers has brought families together over frozen treats since 1866. In celebration of this anniversary, Breyers is introducing a full-frozen twist on ice cream cake. And for the first time, Breyers is introducing a line of conveniently, pre-portioned snack cups, perfect for a quick treat or fun gathering.

  • Breyers Ice Cream Cake offers Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream and loads of chocolatey crunchies, sandwiched between Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, the perfect treat for even the smallest occasion.
  • Breyers Chocolate Peanut Butter features Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream made with a real peanut butter swirl for the perfect balance of rich chocolatey flavor and creamy peanut butter.
  • Breyers Coconut Fudge combines real coconut shreds and a fudge swirl to create the most decadent dessert combination.
  • Breyers Chocolate Snack Cups features smooth Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream made with fresh cream and rich Dutch cocoa, in a pre-portioned snack cup.
  • Breyers Natural Vanilla Snack Cups includes Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, made with simple ingredients like fresh cream, sugar, milk and Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans, in a pre-portioned snack cup.

Breyers Gelato Indulgences Adds Four New Varieties

Breyers Gelato Indulgences is adding four new deliciously indulgent flavors to its lineup. All four flavors feature a rich trio of textures, including creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings.

  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Chocolate Fudge Truffle features creamy milk chocolate gelato with a rich fudge swirl and gourmet chocolate truffles.
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Chocolate Hazelnut combines chocolate gelato with hazelnut flavor, a luscious chocolate hazelnut sauce and gourmet chocolate curls.
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Peanut Butter Chocolate features creamy peanut butter gelato with a milk chocolate swirl and gourmet chocolate peanut butter cups.
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Salted Caramel Truffle combines salted caramel gelato with a creamy caramel sauce and gourmet salted caramel truffles.

Good Humor Brings Joy from Ice Cream Truck to Store Freezers

From sticks to sandwiches, Good Humor has been reimagining America’s favorite candies and desserts as delicious frozen treats for more than 95 years. This year, Good Humor is introducing two delicious new offerings designed to bring even more joy from its iconic truck to freezers across the country.

  • Good Humor Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich, currently available in the Northeast, features creamy, frozen chocolate-flavored dessert, coated in chocolate chips and sandwiched between two chocolate cookies with milk chocolate chips.
  • Good Humor OREO® Cone, with its chocolate wafer cone, is filled with frozen cookies and cream dessert and topped with real OREO® pieces.

Klondike Cooks up New S’Mores Stickless Bar

This year, Klondike is expanding its line of classic, stickless bars to include a new variety that will take ice cream fans back to the campfire – Klondike S’Mores Stickless Bars.

  • Klondike S’Mores features creamy marshmallow ice cream laden with sweet graham cracker swirls inside a delightfully breakable milk chocolate flavored shell.

MAGNUM Expands Doubles Offerings

MAGNUM Ice Cream is the only leading ice cream bar made with delicious Belgian Chocolate. This year, it is expanding its MAGNUM Doubles ice cream line – which features two layers of decadent chocolate around a layer of sauce – to include new twists on classic flavor pairings like chocolate-covered raspberries and chocolate and vanilla.

  • MAGNUM Double Raspberry features refreshing raspberry ice cream, raspberry sauce and a crackling coating made with rich, Belgian chocolate.
  • MAGNUM Double Chocolate Vanilla offers the perfect balance of silky vanilla bean ice cream, decadent chocolate sauce and a crackling coating made with rich, Belgian chocolate.

Popsicle Introduces Refreshing New Flavors

This year, Popsicle – the original summertime treat – will offer three new varieties that inspire summertime fun at any age.

  • Popsicle Tropical Paradise comes in four refreshing tropical flavors, including Mango, Strawberry-Banana, Island Punch and Pineapple.
  • Popsicle Sugar Free Red Classics offers a better-for-you treat in all your favorite red flavors, including Cherry, Raspberry, and Strawberry.
  • Popsicle Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, complete with Michelangelo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Leonardo™, includes four action-packed flavors: Orange Fury, Cherry Crush, Blue Raspberry Blast and Smashing Grape.

 

 

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Kabrita, the Next Best Thing! #kabrita #momsmeet

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manufacturer of this product.
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Although I am a big supporter of breastfeeding and am currently breastfeeding my son, I have always believed that Goat’s Milk Formula is the very next best option. When introduced ( by greenmomsmeet.com ) to Kabrita, I was extremely excited to see that giving goats milk formula was now such a more available option for parent’s of babies and toddlers!  This would have came in incredibly handy for my sweet little nieces parents, who relied on mixing their own goats milk formula before we were aware of Kabrita products!

This particular formula is intended for 12-24 month old toddlers, and is absolutely perfect for those little sweeties with cow’s milk intolerance, which can lead to colic, constipation, digestive discomfort and eczema.

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KABRITA Goat Milk formula has a mild, sweet and fresh taste and smell. A safe, effective and nutritious alternative to homemade goat milk formula recipes which most of the families I know have relied upon in the past. Nutritionally enhanced goat milk formula with 22 vitamins and minerals including folic acid, DHA, ARA, and iron. DHA is naturally present in human milk and essential for visual and cognitive development; ARA is an essential fatty acid found in human milk, which may support normal brain development; and iron is needed for the formation of blood cells and is often depleted by toddler age.

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Though my son doesn’t need a toddler formula, he was more than excited to see the Goat Milk Yogurt Pouches, also available from Kabrita! He found them to incredibly tasty, and I have to admit, ate them all in one day!

KABRITA Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit is all Natural, easy to digest and available in three delicious flavors! • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and no added sugar or water. These pouches are a good Source of Vitamins C, D & E, contains protein and fiber and are Non-GMO Project verified and available in convenient, easy to squeeze BPA-free packaging.

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KABRITA Goat Milk Toddler Formula retails for $21.99 for 14 oz. and $41.99 for 28 oz. KABRITA Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit retails for $2.19 for 4 oz. and a 6-pack retails for $11.99. Prices can vary by retail location.

To find a retailer near you, visit the store locator at kabritausa.com/store-locator/ . Readers can receive 20% off KABRITA products on kabritaUSA.com using code MM2016, but hurry, this offer ends June 30th 2016.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Jennie-O Miami Street-Style Turkey Tacos

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this delicious AND healthy Miami Street Style Jennie-O Turkey Taco! This easy turkey taco recipe features savory, pre-seasoned ground turkey topped with a homemade mango citrus slaw. It’s sure to be a big hit for all of your celebrations!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey
  • 3 cups shredded Napa cabbage
  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 soft taco shells

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Directions

  1. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
  2. Combine cabbage, mango, red bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Spoon ground turkey mixture into taco shells.
  4. Top with slaw mixture.
  5. Enjoy!

Vegan Scrambled Eggs Recipe

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As someone who truly enjoys eating veggies, becoming a vegan has been quite easy for me. I do have to admit that I find myself missing one of my favorite foods, eggs. After finding a recipe for vegan breakfast burritos, I decided to take the recipe for the egg filling, adapt a bit, and turn it into a super yummy vegan scrambled eggs dish!

The recipe below is the basic recipe that I have followed, though at this point, I basically just eyeball the ingredients and for us to each have a large serving, I double the recipe for a full skillet of “eggs” . I also add a bit of cashew milk into the mix, but that’s just our personal preference.

These “eggs” are SUPER tasty, have the consistency of real scrambled eggs and definitely cure my egg craving! I promise that you will not be disappointed!

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Vegan Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper ( I also use equal parts orange/yellow )
  • 1/2 Onion Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Low-Sodium Soy Sauce ( or regular )
  • One 14 Ounce Block of Extra Firm Tofu- Drained and Crumbled

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium- high heat, saute the veggies in the vegetable stock until tender.
  2. Stir in dry seasonings until well combined, then stir in soy sauce and add crumbled tofu. Keeping cooking for at least 5 minutes on low-heat.
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Add your eggs to a whole wheat burrito, with some oven baked hash-browns and vegan cheese for a super yummy vegan breakfast burrito!

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Easy Home Earwax Removal How To Video+ A Wax-Rx™ Ear Wash System

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My son and I have always had issues with earwax. I remember trips to the doctor when I was small getting my ears cleaned out using a super terrifying method, that thankfully, I do not believe is still in practice today…whew. Recently, I was informed that my son desperately needed his ears cleaned out, but this posed a problem. My son is extremely sensitive and has quite the struggle allowing people he isn’t familiar with anywhere near his personal space. He struggles with several issues that makes what seem like simple procedures to others, quite a struggle.

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Once I discovered that Wax-Rx offers a product that literally is exactly like the new and improved wax removal method from the doctors office ( I even checked out youtube videos to see what doctors were currently using ) for home use, I was ecstatic! This definitely seemed like a great option for solving our problems, and getting him the relief that his ears needed. The only questions that remained, were would he allow me to use the product and would this be comfortable enough of an experience for him to cooperate throughout the process.

In the video below, you can see our experience ( though it is sped up for your viewing convenience, so it looks like I am being a bit abrupt with him, rest assured, I am not ), though he was a little freaked out at first, you can see throughout the video, he is at ease and quite comfortable. He is even giggling during certain points. Amazingly, he proclaimed that this was NOT a bothersome experience at all, but actually a little fun with all of the tickling—which is how he described the feeling.

As you can see in the video, there was a flood of TONS of earwax that was removed! EW! And that after removing the wax, we conditioned the ears to prevent infection. Please check out the video to see exactly how amazing this process worked out for us.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Ear Cleaning

If your ears become clogged with wax:

 DON’T use Q-tips, or other objects such as ear picks to remove wax. These can be dangerous and push wax further in.

 DON’T use Ear Candles. Scores of internet videos have demonstrated that ear candling is not only a hoax, but can lead to serious burns.

 DO visit your medical professional prior to washing your ears if you suspect you have an infection or injury to your ear drum. [Severe pain or the presence of blood or pus can be signs of infection or rupture.] But, if you are SURE your symptoms are caused by built up ear wax and you do NOT have ear tubes in place:

 DO wash your ears using the same method medical Professionals use.

The Professionals’ Preferred Method of Ear Cleaning According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, irrigation is the preferred method to safely clean ears, using 3 simple steps:

1. Pre-soften ear wax with wax softening drops

2. Wash ears with very warm water

3. Re-acidify the ear to prevent infection after cleaning

One product, the Wax-Rx pH Conditioned Ear Wash System, contains everything you need for each of these 3 steps in one convenient home use kit. Preventing Wax Impaction Of course, it’s great to be able to clear ear wax impaction when it occurs, but, if you find you experience chronic ear wax build up, you can prevent impaction with a regular ear washing routine.

 Irrigate your ears every 6-12 weeks using the 3 step method

The Wax-Rx pH Conditioned Ear Wash System contains everything you need to prevent ear wax build up at home.

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Rainforest Journey Review

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Rainforest Journey is the first e-learning science program from EdTechLens. It covers the life sciences component of the elementary school science curriculum and covers the same concepts in increasing complexity for grades K-5.

Recently my 5th grade daughter and I were given the chance to check out and review this program. The program can be used on your computer, phone or tablet, which is convenient so that my daughter has the capability of using the program on her tablet in her room, in the car, etc.

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With 34 lessons broken down into 5 sections, my daughter was able to easily navigate the program and work at her own pace. This program features beautifully bright photographs, and short videos that make the program a ton of fun! This program is not only easy to navigate through the child’s dashboard, but it’s a snap to keep track of their progress and activities through the parent’s dashboard as well. The whole thing is a breeze to use and my daughter really enjoyed how learning through these interactive lessons.

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This is a great program for children, especially those who benefit from visual style learning. The program definitely was so much fun and visually pleasing, that my daughter didn’t seem to mind taking the quizzes or assessments! This was a nice change of pace from our normal routine, that’s for sure—she’s never too fond of tests when they roll around.

She definitely is thoroughly enjoying the program and loves her Monday and Wednesday lessons. It’s helped her not only get in her science hours, but has improved her computing skills as well. This is a great program for not only the classroom, but for the home school classroom as well. I know when the time comes, my boys will definitely benefit from the program throughout their home school careers as well. I only wish that this program went beyond 5th grade, as I know my daughter would enjoy/benefit from it greatly.

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Big News! I’m Attending the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo!

I am super duper excited to announce that I am going to be attending the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo in Schaumburg, Chicago May 14th and 15th at the Schaumburg Convention Center ( find out more info here )!  Not only is this exciting for the blog, but as a mother of a child who has several food allergies, I am practically over the moon—and so is she!

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This is the third stop on their expo tour, and I was super excited to learn that they would be coming to a location near me after seeing what a blast my bestie Misty had in Atlanta! After their Schaumberg stop they will continue on to Dallas, Worchester (MA) , Secaucus (NJ), and Phoenix, so if you aren’t close to Chicago, you still have the chance to join in on the Gluten Free and Allergy Free expo fun! I am so super excited to get to attend my first expo and try a ton of new products, so stay tuned for my post sure to be full of pictures of our expo adventure!! Click here for tickets!

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Remington’s iCoffee Opus, A Coffee Junkies Review.

 

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As a Mother of three children, I have found that coffee is quite important…scratch that, VERY important. It keeps me running when I don’t feel like moving, and I’m not honestly sure how I would make it through the day without it’s goodness. Needless to say, I am more than interested in coffee related items, especially products that MAKE coffee.

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For a while now, I have been using either my french press or a mini-single cup brewing system. These have worked just fine, but as the true coffee lover that I am, I am always on the hunt for the next best thing, so when I had the opportunity to review the iCoffee Opus, I obviously jumped at the chance. This would definitely be the biggest and most expensive coffee brewing system of any kind I had ever owned, but does bigger equal better?

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When my box arrived in the mail, I have to admit, I was immediately impressed with the sheer size of the box, but also a little intimidated. Would this be complicated? Would it be bulky and overwhelming? I wasn’t sure…but the idea of being able to have the option of making a lot more coffee with the press of a button really had me excited…so let’s look at the specs—

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The SpinBrew™ Technology in every iCoffee® single serve brewer spins, steams and stirs right inside any K-compatible cup to brew coffee that always tastes Impossibly Smooth™.

All iCoffee® single serve brewers are compatible with every K-Cup®, OneCup™, RealCup™ capsule, and all private label cups**.

The exclusive SafetyLock™ locks the single-serve brew head during the brewing process, protecting consumers.

FEATURES
  • SpinBrew™ Technology
    • – Spins, steams & stirs inside the cup
  • Dial-a-Brew™
    • – From 4 to 12 ounces in ½ ounce increments
  • Large 75 ounce water reservoir
  • Energy Saver mode and automatic shut-off
  • Removable drip tray allows for larger mugs, including most travel mugs
BREWER SIZE & WEIGHT
  • Size: 13 1/8″ (H) x 10″ (W) x 13 1/8″ (D)
  • Weight: 10.75 lbs

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Verdict? I love it. I love The sleek design, and even though it is large, it still looks great on my counter and isn’t too overwhelming. It has a super large reservoir ( 75 ounces! ), which I LOVE and I can change the ounce amount I desire in 1/2 ounce increments that with a little math can totally rock your coffee loving world ( holy coffee customization, Batman! ) …this definitely blows my little brewer and french press out of the water.

Another thing I love about the Opus, is that it works with ALL k-cups, the name brand, cheapies, you name it…it also comes with a nifty little reusable poptop cup that you can fill with ANY coffee you desire—so if your favorite brand doesn’t offer kcups, no problem!

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This is such a great single-cup brewing system, I couldn’t be more pleased and I definitely think that for the looks, the convenience and pure performance excellence, it is definitely worth the price tag.

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Brightening a Room with BloomsyBox

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I have always been a big fan of fresh flowers, they have the ability to totally change the feel and vibe of a room, and truly bring a coziness and light feeling that I absolutely love! When I discovered BloomsyBox, I knew that this was a subscription service that I could really get behind. Monthly flowers delivered right to your door, how cool is that ?

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A basic subscription to BloomsyBox is $34.99 per bouquet, which is more than reasonable ( if you are familiar with fresh flower prices+delivery ). The thing that stands out in particular about these flowers is that they are fresh from the farms that they are grown on! Sourced directly from South America, Holland, Thailand and California, they skip the middle man and deliver you fresh, amazing flowers that look fabulous FAR longer than any flowers I have received or ordered in the past.

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What makes these flowers even more unique, is that they aren’t mixed. These are like flowers–single variety, hand tied bunches of beauty that really helps keep the prices low and the quality amazing.

When my flowers first arrived, nicely packaged in a big lovely box, I was honestly a little concerned with the way that they looked–they were beautiful, but a bit wilted looking…but I immediately read the enclosed card that explained that this was completely normal, and to give the bouquet a day-or-two and that these flowers would bloom beautifully, and they were not wrong! Within 2 days, my flowers opened up and looked AMAZING! So fresh, not a wilted one in the bunch! This was actually quite fun to watch, and made the experience even more fantastic!

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The flowers I received were absolutely perfect for Spring, and I was so pleased with this, and learning that Bloomsy Box changes their bouquets with the seasons, hand selecting beautiful, perfect flowers to make your perfect bouquet!

This service is definitely one that really impressed me, from their reasonable prices, to their option of being able to stop your shipments if you are out of town ( or whatever reason ), to their hand selection that assures you beeeautiful flowers every single month! I am VERY pleased with my bouquet, and I know that you will be pleased as well!

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You can find them here on their website, as well as on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloomsyBox
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bloomsybox
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Bloomsybox/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bloomsybox/

 

 

Laundry Tips For Keeping Your Clothing Looking Like New + Free Laundry Routine Printable!

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I am ALWAYS being asked how I keep my kids clothing looking so nice, how they have so many fabulous outfits and how I am able to re-sell their clothing after usually at least one year use. For starters, I am a SUPER thrifty shopper, I love a good bargain, and don’t mind buying used clothing, but I have to admit, the biggest secret to their beautiful fresh looking clothing is my laundry routine.

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I have pretty much gotten my laundry routine down to a science, and figured out what works for us, our machine and our stains. It’s super simple, saves us money and on occasion MAKES me money–and you CANNOT beat that.

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To start  with, I do not use any type of stain remover/releaser, I simply remove the clothing when the stain happens ( bringing an extra set of clothing for kids is always a great idea ), rinse the stain out, and put it in a wet bag until we get home to the machine. If we are home, I might soak it in cold water and throw it in the machine if rinsing isn’t sufficient.

For my regular routine, I simply follow a very easy list of steps that leaves our clothing looking vibrant and fabulous!  1. I start by sorting the colors and materials. Keeping more delicate materials together keeps them from getting worn out as easily. 2. I then set my machine to COLD. I never use warm or hot water, unless I am washing bath towels. 3. I then add a high quality laundry detergent, like Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent! I purchase this detergent from Sam’s Club. It’s VERY reasonably priced and comes in two great fragrances, Fresh Scent and Paradise Splash. It leaves my clothing clean, vibrant and smelling great. 4. Next, I hang dry the majority of our clothing. We only use our dryer for towels, pj’s, undies and sometimes jeans, the majority of the time we hang dry our other clothing on a drying rack and sometimes in warmer weather on a clothing line ( but out of the sunshine to prevent fading ). This prevents shrinkage and fading. It also seems to prevents our clothing from developing holes.

 

This is a GREAT routine that leaves our clothing looking nice, vibrant and like new. This keeps us in our clothing longer and allows me to make money back to purchase new clothing for my littles once they have outgrown their existing wardrobe.

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Our laundry routine is such an important part of our lives, I feel that it is important that everyone in our household remembers it–especially Daddy!

GET THIS CUTE LAUNDRY ROOM SIGN! I created this super adorable printable that reminds him ( and everyone else ) of the Laundry Steps. It’s helpful and looks great and I have decided to share it with you! I simply chose to print mine through a local photo printing service on 8×10 photo paper, and it looks fabulous—and cost me around $3 dollars. Such a fun cheap reminder!

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Download the Printable here.

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Choosing a great laundry detergent is such an important part of keeping your clothes looking their best. This Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club and www.samsclub.com, has served us well, is HE washer safe, has patented Ultra Clean Technology that aids in removing stains, even in cold water, which works perfectly with our routine!

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Do you have a laundry routine you love or tried the Member’s Mark detergent from Sam’s Club? Let me know in the comments below!

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Stylin’ and Giving Back with Schoola!

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Around our house we are big fans of Schoola ( an online shop full of fabulous new and gently used pieces with 40% of the proceeds going to schools ) and we have been for some time. This little Jacket by Coco Bon Bons,  is one of my most favorite pieces we have ever found—and we have found some good stuff! The jacket is not only adorable, but it doubles as a jacket and raincoat! The coat arrived to us in great condition, even being used, and is bright, nice and has years and years worth of wear left! He and I both love it and I am so glad that I ordered it a size larger than normal, so that he can get even more wear from this adorable coat!

Since signing up with Schoola, we have found so many great deals, making it one of my go-to sites for online shopping! As I have stated in the past, we live on a very small budget and finding great deals on quality pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories really makes the difference in our budget! It definitely appeals to me, to not only save so much, but to be able to support of local schools in the process!

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Schoola has such a wide variety of clothing, shoes and accessories, there is definitely a style for just about anyone! Schoola was kind enough to send us a few pieces of clothing their team picked out for us, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their selections!

These super adorable, preppy styled outfits look fabulous on my little ones! The plaid button down from Ralph Lauren, is not only trendy, but great for dressing up and for casual every day wear, making it a staple in any little guy’s wardrobe! The fleece vest from Oshkosh also adds a nice layered touch that really makes the outfit stand out!

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My daughter ( shown from the back wearing her adorable Schoola backpack ) is wearing a color coordinated cap sleeved t-shirt, also from Ralph Lauren. I was quite pleased that all of these pieces were bright/vibrant, with no fading what-so-ever ( something that’s pretty important to me ) and in great condition all the way around. Leelah ( my daughter ), has on an adorable bright yellow baret style hat, also from Schoola, from a past purchase, that I thought looked adorable in combination.

My kids have already gotten so much use out of their adorable outfits, and they have even made appearances in several photo shoots! ( this photo below was taken for an Easter themed craft photo shoot )

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Give Back! If you are interested in donating clothing to help give back to our Schools–such as helping to fund programs in schools such as art, music, field trips and physical education, simply request a bag here and one will be sent your way at no cost. Simply fill your bag with great gently used, high quality clothing that your child outgrew a little too fast, or even new stuff that you or your kids just don’t seem to wear, then pick your school you would like to donate to! We picked a local school that my son attends, but you can choose any that you like! And guess what ? Schoola pays for the shipping! How cool!

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Have you purchased from or donated to Schoola in the past? Let me know in the comments below! :) And if you haven’t don’t forget to check them out and request a postage paid donation bag! With guilt-free shopping like this, you definitely won’t regret it!

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My Sugar Free Easter with PEEPS®

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Nothing has ever said Easter to me like PEEPS®. As long as I can remember, I started my Easters by waking up to a basket full of yummy PEEPS®-goodness! Unfortunately, I come from a long line of diabetics, and because of heredity, developed diabetes at a young age. This was one of THE most depressing things I have ever experienced. Not only was my help in jeopardy, but I felt like I was always missing out on all of my favorite seasonal treats—especially during my favorite holiday for sweets, Easter.

 

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Recently I discovered that my favorite Easter treat was once again an option for me…! Sugar Free PEEPS® ! To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about tasting them to begin with, as some sugar free candies and food are absolutely disgusting. This was NOT the case with PEEPS®. They aren’t exactly the same, but they are pretty darn close! About the closest a sugar free candy has came to being like the original. I would even dare to say.

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So this year, not only will Sugar Free PEEPS® be in our Easter baskets, but they will be adorning my Sugar Free cupcakes and other treats! I am so excited to be able to place them along with my other adorable Spring/Easter inspired goodies on our Easter table, and elated that I can actually eat them! Hooray!

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There are so many cute ways to use PEEPS® ( as you have seen in some of my previous posts ), but this year, for my Sugar Free PEEPS® I kept it pretty simple and elegant, placing them on top of my sugar free cupcakes. I think they look so adorable, and really give my plates of treats a vibrant pop of color. I cant wait to see what other ways I will end up using them, and would love if you would share some of your Sugar Free PEEPS® inspired ideas with me in the comments below!  Want 20% off your next PEEPS® order? No minimum required, from February 15 through April 15, 2016. Discount code: EASTERTREATS

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