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Friday, October 31, 2014

Battle over a cup of milk ...#MilkSplashRecipe to the rescue.

Is getting your kids (or yourself) drinking enough milk a struggle!! For my kids a cup of milk is just too boring---I was so pleases to be introduced to MilkSplash!!! Calcium and Vitamin D are important for healthy bone development. With MilkSplash milk flavorings, kids have a reason to drink more milk. Mix up milkshakes with it. Combine different flavors. Can even flavor almond and soy milk! The battle over a glass of milk is NO more thanks to COCO LOCO
They make drinking milk awesome!!! Look how cute they are...a few will be finding their way into stockings this holiday season.

I would like to extend HUGE THANK-YOU's to MilkSplash for sponsoring this post. MilkSplash comes in a variety of great tasting, zero-calorie fun flavors that are great for at home or on the go. Just one gentle squeeze to a glass of milk stir and you have a fun delicious treat. Aside from drinking it--SUPER FUN-- we are looking for other creative ways to cook with it.

For my Halloween snack at my Son's school, I was looking for something a little different and unique. I thought of adding the Orange Cream Dream and Jammin' Banana to cupcakes and the  frosting would be fun. 1 Box of your favorite white cake mix and a squirt of milksplash to a simple frosting recipe results are a yummy treat!
 Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the ingredients, add two squirts, and then pour it into pan. Bake as directed.
Mix up simple butter milk frosting:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 4 1/2 cups of confectioners suger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 or 6 tablespoons of milk
after you mix add a squirt of milksplash flavor of your choice.

Pipe onto cupcake.
Easy peasy right!? And Look how great they come out!! 

MilkSplash is also holding this awesome contest where someone can win $500!! Get creative in the kitchen using at least one MilkSplash flavor. Then submit your ideas to RECIPES@VOICEBOKS.COM Then join in the MilkSplash Twitter party November 1st  (more details to follow) and see if your winning recipe is chosen. 

We  have  football parties and a few birthdays in the next month so I was looking for a new dish to bring. My Strawberry Bread Pudding would be a fun recipe to put a MilkSplash twist on. Have the family try it out and submit it as my entry to The Splash Off!!!

Check out my  #MilkSplashRecipe

Strawberry Bread Pudding

  • 6 cups 1-inch-cubed day-old bread (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups milk-- add in three squeezes of Sir Strawberry Swirl
  • 3 tablespoons organic cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced ¼ inch thick
Optional glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon  milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon  coconut oil 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.
  2. Place the cubed bread in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the  milk with the cornstarch to dissolve. Mix in the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over the cubed bread and stir to coat. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to let the liquid soak into the bread.
  3. Fold in the strawberries, then pour into the pan and spread so that it’s relatively even.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and feels firm to the touch. Allow to cool a bit on a cooling rack, then serve warm. Drizzle with glaze, if using.
  5. For the glaze:
  6. Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl. Add the milk, vanilla and coconut oil and stir until smooth. 

I was able to snap one pix of the yummy treat before the family gobbled it up!!

You can find MilkSplash at Wal-Mart and Target also at many local grocery stores. Check out where they are near you HERE . Keep up with all the latest from MilkSplash on Facebook and Twitter 

Disclaimer: I am a member of The Social Media Panel, LLC. who

 was given the opportunity to review this product. However,

 the brand or company has not influenced me in any way to

 provide any type of review other than my true and honest

 opinions. I am disclosing all information provided in this 

review according to the information provided in Federal

 Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning 

the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”   

ITS #HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!! Last minute costume ideas.

Its Halloween!! The scariest day of the year and the cost of  costumes can send you running in horror out of the stores!!! So you've got parties this weekend and still haven't bought anything!! I've got a few fun creative LOW cost costume you can whip up in a jiffy.

Just find a large shipping box, wrap it in a fun paper of  your choice and use a piece of paper towel or a large napkin for your tissue. 
Just make sure you cut  the eye hole large enough for you to see ;)

 VS Shopping Bag

Another shipping box idea...Duck tape it out with VS stripes and add handles and tissue paper to the top!

Comic Book Character
Invest in a Halloween makeup kit and impress your friends with shockingly cartoonish features for Halloween.( photo credit Popsugar Blog)

My daughters pick this year was Katy Perry---Mod look from her This is How We Do video:

This one did take a little time....hunting down the right jewelry and shoes for the look...but it can easily be put to gether in a few hours and be one groovy costume! 

Do your DIY or BUY??


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Braun No touch + forehead thermometer #REVIEW

I received the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer  in a ‪‎VoxBox‬ and ‪FREE‬ for review from Influenster. But really, when your kid is sick

 and you've just rushed to the store to purchase the thermometer (that

 you didn't have before), you want to be able to open it quickly while

 holding a crying sick kid. It is lightweight, not bulky and simple to

 assemble with batteries included.

Happy to add BraunTherms to my fist aid kit so EZ 2 use aim and read! I did

 find that if you take the temps other then directly in the middle of forehead--it

 may be off by about two - five tenths of a degree. But I always take temps

 three + times....with how fast and light weigh this thermometer is that only

 takes a minute. I also like how I can check on my child in the middle of the 

night while they are sleeping and I don't even have to wake them!

: "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

The perfect “healthy #Halloween treats” for all kids.

Halloween is just around the corner. With all the treats collected on the big night, most parents find it tricky to manage kids’ sugar consumption, a major culprit in the childhood cavity epidemic that is consuming the country.
After going through major oral surgery with my little guy last month I'm looking for some creative non-sweet treats for this years school party.

No one wants to be the curmudgeon who puts a damper on all the fun, and now they don't have to.   The keys are moderation, and good oral care!  Thats why I'll be handing out FireFly Toothbrushes. The brushes come in many characters the children love like Angry Birds,Barbie, Marvel Heros, and Hot Wheels. Makes a great party favor that other parents will applaud.

Fun, flashing traffic signal design encourages children to brush for the recommended 2 minutes which help to form healthy brushing habits

Firefly flashing sculpted handled toothbrush with soft bristles and a suction cup bottom

Flashes for 60 seconds and turns off automatically signaling children to stop brushing the top row of teeth and begin brushing the bottom row

Batteries included last the life of the toothbrush and cannot be replaced

 After trick-or-treating, let kids pick 2 pieces of their favorite candy to enjoy, store the rest away,  then I'll get them brushing immediately with the new FireFly Ready Go Light-Up Timer toothbrush. I'm even thinking I'll let them brush in the dark and watch the flashing lights...a spooktacular way to end the day.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#5hourGoesPink The LBBC Toast

I have an Aunt who is three years Cancer Free and lost 2 very close friends to Breast Cancer so I'm always ready to share information about companies that are doing their part in raising awareness. The makers of 5-hour ENERGY products team up with the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization this breast cancer awareness month.
5he product shot

 LBBC helps to support and educate people about breast cancer.I love that their program is going beyond the month of October too. Now through December 31, 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked bottle of Pink Lemonade flavored 5-hour ENERGY to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. LBBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. The minimum guaranteed donation is $200,000.00. Just look for the white 5-hour ENERGY bottle with the pink ribbon and you can help make a difference today!

*Please remember that 5-hour ENERGY® products are for adults, so no children should be in the photo or video.
*5-hour ENERGY® shots should not be mixed with alcohol and no alcohol should be in the photo or video.

 “I’d like to raise my white bottle pink ribbon
 5-hour ENERGY in honor of all the amazing 
people around the world – I want to honor my
Aunt Debbie for showing me how to stay strong 
and keep her sense of humor when things get
 tough. Because of this I toast to 
you! Aunt Debbie. #5hourGoesPink”

Who would you raise your   5-hour ENERGY to?

I received a free product to facilitate my review from Smiley360 but the opinions are 100% my own

Glow Stick Bracelets - 100 Bracelets #Review

With Halloween FAST approaching I was uber happy to have the opportunity to review these glow sticks from Good Stuff. We love using glow sticks as necklaces once the darkness sets in. I decided to challenge my kids to  find a new way to incorporate them into our Halloween fun! I was thrilled when they came up with the thought to decorate their treats bags!!! With 100 sticks the options are endless.  I monitored a little as a hot glue gun was in use, but my daughter is SUPER CAREFUL and she helped my son glue after he laid out his plan.
Here are the results:



They decided on smiley faces because they were happy about all the treat they could fit into the bags!!

You can find these glow stick on Amazon for under $10 - Each tube contains of 5 colors -- Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Pink. Your order will also contain 100 connectors so you can hook the ends together to make bracelets and necklaces.
Once they start glowing, The Super Glow brand glow bracelets will last you all night. They will glow super bright for 8 - 10 hours. Then, they will start to fade out but may continue to emit some light for up to 36 hours. 
-to see the creativity and also KNOW how safe my kids will be it's SO WORTH the investment!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

First Birthday Gift Guide #Giveaway! Ends 11/28

Celebrating the first year of childs live is always a grand event!
Here are a few ideas for super gifts --and the opportunity to win some!!!

first birthday gift guide giveaway


Hosted by: Moms and Crafters

Moms and Crafter's big boy has just turned one! With so many people asking around about the perfect first birthday gift, Moms and Crafters has put together a 1st birthday gift guide, together with the ultimate list of best gifts for a first birthday, from the perspective of a mom. You can check out more of the features of the Year of Parenthood Celebration event, including loads of 1st birthday resources, with more coming soon! To top it off, Moms and Crafters arranged this amazing giveaway! One winner will receive the entire prize pack, valued at approximately $258! Check out the reviews on each of the prizes below, then enter to win.

First Birthday Gift Guide Giveaway Prize List:

first birthday gift guide giveaway

Bright Starts Hide n Spin Monkey | ARV $40

This fun, friendly monkey is a favorite! Put the balls in the monkey's hat, and watch them spill out of the barrel. With loads of lights and sounds, baby is sure to be entertained for hours.

Bright Starts 3 in 1 Step n Ride Li0n | ARV $40

Another great toy from Bright Starts! A year is the perfect time to learn new skills such as walking and riding... This versatile convertible toy will save you lots of space as it converts from a ride-on to a walker!

Freshly Picked Moccasins | ARV $60

These fun leather soft shoes are perfect to keep feet warm! They are great for new walkers who do better then they can feel the floor.

Menucha Mommy 'n Me Bracelet Set | ARV $30

A great gift for a little girl, this adorable gift set indulges Mommy as well. Because, isn't she the one who has been investing lots of love this past year?

Austin Lloyd Mystery Box | ARV $50

This subscription box is full of age-appropriate toys. Everything in it is eco-friendly and non-electronic. It features high quality toys that will delight baby again and again.

Funbites | ARV $13

This easy to use food cutter will cut baby's food to bite size pieces in one quick, easy step. It comes with a popper to pop the food out of the holes. Available in 3 shapes and many vivid colors.

Yummi Pouch Brights Set | ARV $15

Reusable food pouches are a great way to do teach baby to self-feed while saving money. You can choose what your baby eats, while doing something good for our earth.

That's Not My Tractor | ARV $10

This fun book is a touchy feely book by Usborne to develop sensory awareness. It's a board book so it's more durable for little ones. (If out of stock, it will be replaced with a different book of similar value.) Open to residents of the US ages 18+. Enter to win using the giveaway tools form below:


Disclaimer: Sponsors mentioned above are responsible for prize fulfillment. Moms and Crafters and the participating blogs can not be held responsible for sponsors who do not follow through. Moms and Crafters received these items free from the company for review purposes. No compensation monetary or otherwise was received for the running of this giveaway. If you'd like to see your brand featured on Moms and Crafters, contact Menucha at

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