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Thursday, July 31, 2014

#Bloominous Site Review

If your hosting a summer dinner party or just having a few friends over for tea nothing is better then having  a beautiful  floral center piece at your table. To make it so much eiser on yourself check out this innovative idea.

Our featured Floral Kits are the easiest way to DIY beautiful wedding and event flowers.

Bloominous is changing the way people DIY floral decor for their events, weddings, and parties.  DIY floral kits give you everything you need to DIY easily and successfully. The collections are professional designed by renowned florists, and  flowers are cut-to-order ensuring freshness. Farm-direct flowers are delivered in the right proportions along with photo-instruction cards and video. Take the guesswork out of DIY, and save time and money.

 You can choose one of our five beautiful collections: Party Pop, Country Charm, Bohemian Desert, Eco Chic and Vintage Cottage
I consider my self pretty creative. I have to admit when it comes to floral arrangements-
I just love how what flowers I need will be shipped right to me-time saver!!
Below are two that really caught my eye while looking over the site.

This is a DIY that is foolproof!!! Visit their online shop today and take a look around - I know you will adore what you see.

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#TBT Cherry Picking

fun Cherry eating  picking with Oma & Opa!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#WordlessWednesday rainbow

Everybody wants happiness, 
nobody wants pain,
but you can’t have a rainbow
 without a little rain.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Prize Candle Experience part1

These are Soy candles with a 'hidden' surprise inside
What a lot of people forget is they are mainly selling the candles.  You know, nice soy that takes FOREVER to burn so you get to enjoy them for longer than most candles. Prize Candle contains a ring ranging from $10-$5,000. The rings are a fun surprise inside. 

I really love my candle, and my husband (who is very picky about smell) loves it too. We received the Jasmine Neroli scent HEAVENLY.  It burns evenly, burns for a long time, and really does have a pleasant scent that you can detect all over the room.  What ring did I get ?...?...

read part 2 tomorrow after I finish burning this lovely!!!

Thanks to TastemakerMoms for the opportunity to review  this product.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Great Summertime treat @Verisoda

We all know soda is a treat that everyone enjoys, but we also know that most varieties of it aren't very good for you. Whether it’s regular soda that’s loaded with sugar, or diet drinks with the increasing evidence that they might be just as bad for you as the regular stuff, you just don't know what to trust! I was thrilled to be asked to sample the Veri brand, because with my kids the "I WANT A SODA" is hard to ignore all summer. I love that I have a healthier option to offer them.

First thing while getting the mom's party set up with me I hear my daughter say "WOW really fun designs" I must agree each flavor has it's own unique shape and color on the bottle. A Very RETRO look I love.

 Even better is what's (not) inside.

Veri Sodas have a “low glycemic load,” meaning you won’t have a sugar spike (or the dreaded after-crash!). All Veri Sodas are caffeine free.

Veri Soda has no harsh sweetness or overpowering carbonation. only pure delicious refreshing taste,and with only 60 calories
 per can. Did the Mama's like it???

See for yourself!! 

We took a poll and Ginger Ale and Orange ties with the most votes.

Can be found on Amazon  and various grocery stores. 

What new flavor would you want to see in Veri??

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Planet Box Rover Complete Set
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Teach My Kit
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Do The Mashed Potato When did it finally become effortless #TBT with @BettyCrocker

#TBT with @BettyCrocker

I have to admit I grow up with "real" mashed taters...while my hubby grew up on Betty Crocker Instant.
When we got married and I was working two  jobs  we took turns making dinner and he made Bettys spuds- I was hooked!! I love all the verities that are out now--the loaded mashed is my favoriate.


Do The Mashed Potato When did it finally become effortless to make mashed potatoes with dinner? In 1959 when Betty Crocker — everyone’s favorite kitchen guru — introduced instant mashed potatoes!

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Adventures in all things food: Blueberry Lemon...

What a yummy way to start the day!!

Adventures in all things food: Blueberry Lemon...

 This year the blueberry patch has offered up a surprising amount of blueberries. It is a new patch and the plants are still really young. I can only imagine how many blueberries will be out there next Summer. During morning walks I started making it a habbit to walk out with the kids and pick a container or two full of fruit. Blueberries are one of our favorites, but with a constant supply I wanted to move beyond our usual blueberry pancakes or blueberry crisp and find a new favorite. This month I was assigned to Emily's blog, It Bakes Me Happy. A fellow food lover, her blog was born out of the need for a new hobby and a love of baking to share with others. Well, I'm happy she decided to fill her free time with...Read More

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grands! Chicken-Bacon Quesadillas from Pillsbury

These look so delish--putting them on the dinner menu this week!!!

Grands! Chicken-Bacon Quesadillas from Pillsbury -- Pillsbury Grands! refrigerated biscuits are used as a flaky, tasty replacement for tortillas in these chicken quesadilla appetizers that are cooked on a contact grill.

 INGREDIENTS: 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
 4 green onions, thinly sliced (4 tablespoons) 
 1 package (1 oz) ranch dip mix
 1 cup chunky-style salsa
 1/4 cup Smucker's® Peach Preserves
 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
 1/4 lb sliced roasted chicken (from deli), chopped
 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or crumbled queso blanco cheese (3 oz)
 8 slices precooked bacon, chopped 1 can (16.3 oz) 
Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits)

In small bowl, mix sour cream, 1 sliced green onion and 1 tablespoon of the ranch dip mix. In another small bowl, mix salsa, preserves and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro.

Heat closed medium-size contact grill for 5 minutes; spray grill plates with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix chicken, cheese, bacon and remaining green onions, cilantro and ranch dip mix.

Separate dough into 8 biscuits; press or roll each into 5-inch round. Place 1/4 cup chicken mixture on one side of each biscuit round. Fold biscuit over filling; press edges to seal.

Place biscuits, two at a time, on grill; close grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges. Serve with sour cream and salsa mixtures.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3-in-1 Planner #review #shopletreview

Shoplet recently sent me another marvelous product to review. I received the Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner and this is a product I didn't even realize I needed until I put it up!

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 ---not so shabby in my eyes until...

up the MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner!!!

I saw such a difference we'll never go back!!!

The Board is 24 x 18 -super size makes it EZ to read. Comes with a really easy mounting kit that is very strong! 


        Multitasking board works well for busy people

          Monthly calendar keeps track of schedules, while magnetic dry-erase surface offers a place to write notes, short messages or a 'to do' lists

            Cork section offers place to post pictures, appointments and put those game or concert tickets for safe keeping.

            I like the notes section... If I need to make a quick note it's there. I used to use notebook paper but I would move it and  forget where I put my note. The dry erase board is stationary and can't be misplaced. So now with the erase board I rarely forget things -unless I don't write it down.

            The cork section is by far my favorite part to this planning system. I've added a envelope to store documents ---like school supply list, permission slips for camp etc.

            This system gets a 
            5 of 5 star rating from us.

            Monday, July 21, 2014

            #kindawesome Snack Bar REVIEW

            KIND's newest flavors are  proof that you can naturally lower the sugar in a snack while still maintaining a sweet and indulgent taste. Each bar is also crafted from a foundation of whole almonds which recent studies have shown have life-extending properties.

            KIND has added Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond to its KIND Nuts & Spices line of bars. These seemingly indulgent flavors expand the line to include eight flavors containing only 5g of sugar (or less) - and nothing artificial.

            Caramel Almond & Sea Salt is made with a seemingly indulgent blend of savory sea-salt and sweet caramel drizzled over crunchy almonds. This bar is my favorite of the two I tried. Its a delightfully low-sugar healthy snack that only tastes like dessert.

            Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond is made with dark roast coffee and whole almonds blended with honey and drizzled in dark chocolate to form a bar that tastes indulgent. This bar gives a extra kick with your 3 pm coffee to get you through the rest of your day.

            What one would you try first???

            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.

            Friday, July 18, 2014

            RAINBOW COOKIES #FoodtasticFriday!

            A while back I received an e-mail from Pillsbury with these lovely Rainbow Sugar Cookies-- my daughter being the lil baker was begging to make them!! They are a great  fun treat for any summer picnic!! 

            They looks super cute and pretty EZ to make--off to the store to buy the cookie dough

             and away went Kayleigh in the kitchen!--

            1. one or two rolls of  refrigerated cookie dough
            2. box classic gel food colors
            3.  1 cup of flour
            4. 1/2 cup sparkling sugar or turbinado sugar

            Heat oven to 350°F.

            Divide dough into 5 equal parts. Tint each with a different gel food color--

             add 2 tablespoons of the flour to each to keep from becoming overly sticky-VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            On work surface, place 2 pieces cooking parchment paper. Sprinkle a bit of the remaining flour onto 1 of the pieces of parchment paper. Use rolling pin to roll red dough to 8x3x1/4 inch. Transfer this dough to other piece of parchment paper. Repeat with orange, yellow, green and blue pieces of dough, placing each color on top of the other until they are all stacked in rainbow order--red, orange, yellow, green, blue. THIS PART WAS A LITTLE TRICKY!!

            Use sharp knife to cut edges of dough to even out rectangle.

             Starting at long side of dough, roll up.

            Sprinkle parchment paper with sparkling sugar. Roll dough gently in sugar until 

            coated. Cut into 1/2-inch slices with sharp knife, then press one side of each 

            round into sparkling sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, sugar side up.

            Bake 7 to 10 minutes or just until set. Cool slightly before removing to cooling 


            ~*~~*~~*~ALL DONE !!!!!!~~*~~*~~*~

            ~~the extra ends of dough  from step 4 we sort of smoosh down and they looked like tye dyed cookies-NO WASTE =^D ~~

            Thursday, July 17, 2014

            #TBT Love the 90's

            Making Milestone Blogger Opp Sign Up

            Beaded Sequin Tote filled w/ Jewelry Making Package*
            Pacifier Clip, Baby Bracelet, and Mommy Bracelet Set
            5 Pairs of Sterling Silver and Crystal Ear Studs
            More to Come...
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            Wednesday, July 16, 2014

            Beach Bag Must-Haves! “The LiveWell Healthy Hydration System”.

            The weather’s heating up and families across the country will be heading to pool parties or

              the shoreline to cool off this summer! I thought it might be interesting  doing a 

             "Beach Bag Must-Haves!" series. 

             Now you have to ALWAYS have some basic essentials like suit, towels, sunscreen, but what

             about the extras? Like a SUPER water bottle!!

            About the LiveWell Healthy Hydration System  - LiveWell Water is a small company founded in 2004 by Rick Anson, a youth soccer coach who wanted better hydration options for his kids.  He was tired of watching them drink so called "healthy sports drinks" that were full of sugar and artificial ingredients, and set out to create a truly Healthy Hydration System that would enable people of all ages to have a healthier choice with their water. Benefits of the system:

            o   Family Health – Our system filters ordinary tap water and enhances it with all natural and organic super fruits.
            o   Cutting Edge – Our enhancement tablets are virtually identical to the original fruits delivering natural electrolytes and antioxidants
            o   ECO & Pocketbook friendly – By using our reusable ECO bottles you’ll be able to filter ordinary water anywhere you go and stop thousands of water bottle from ending up in landfills.

            Here's a brake down of the system:
            Healthy Hydration System Flow.jpg

            As a Soccer Mom I was excited about this bottle!! The great folks over at LiveWell offered to let me try it out with my family.

            We had one happy soccer player on our hands!! He LOVED the Apple Cranberry  flavor. I love that its loaded with electrolytes to rehydrate him, Zero sugar and 100% natural organically grown fruit ingredients.

            Think this is a super idea--check out their kickstarter page for more info.

            #WORDLESSWEDNESDAY #ShareACoke

            We found David!!!

            if you cannot find a name share a
             virtual bottle here

            Have you found your name???

            Tuesday, July 15, 2014

            We can do something about halting the rise of obesity "Eat The Rainbow"

            In the fight against obesity, partners of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation helped reduce individual calorie consumption by 78/day. I’m doing my part by encouraging my kids to eat the rainbow this week. Check out this fun chart and snack plates we've made up.

            Some of the biggest brands in our kitchens contributed to cutting 6.4 trillion calories per year from the marketplace. Now it’s our turn to make the effort for ourselves and our families.

            Here are some great reasons to
             "Eat the Rainbow"



            How to Shop the Rainbow

            Reducing our calories by 100 a
            day can halt the rise of obesity by 2020!! WOW! What do you do to get the "rainbow" into your/family diet?

            Monday, July 14, 2014

            Nature Valley Trail View now on the go

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