Thursday, April 9, 2020

Baking with Milkman Instant Lowfat Dry Milk

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   A great item to have in your pantry is Milkman's Instant Low Fat Dry Milk! It's shelf stable for quite some time, until you are ready to use it, and each bag is the equivalent to one quart of milk. You can use it in several recipes, wet or dry, depending on what you make, and it works just like milk should!

   I really love this brand of powdered milk. It took me back to my childhood when we would drink powdered milk after running out of 1% milk. The flavor is sweet and creamy, and it works great in baking recipes! I love that it can sit in your pantry as a powder and ready to use when needed, just by adding water! Such a great product to have on hand! I made delicious little biscuits and you couldn't even taste the milk in them! See how perfect they came out? :)




  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Soft Smooth Skin With Udderly Smooth Hand Cream

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


      Keeping my hands soft and moisturized with the original formula of Udderly Smooth Hand Cream! This lotion locks in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling oh so soft. I have always had a nostalgic feeling to using Udderly Smooth, because as a kid, I remember my mom purchasing the round tubs and keeping it in the car to use when her hands got dry. When I received this sample to try, all those memories came flooding back, which makes me like this lotion even more! I also love that they now carry it in a tube for easier transportation. You can keep a tube of Udderly Smooth in your purse and use it any time you need! I like keeping mine next to the kitchen sink so I can moisturize my hands after washing the dishes.

Udderly Smooth is a fantastic lotion to keep on hand. You can find different sized bottles in a store near you. Also visit udderlysmooth.com for more products and information.



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Moop the Silly Chickadee Craft



   Using the supplies I have on hand, I came up with this cute little Chickadee craft, perfect to add to your Easter decor! To make the chickadee, I used the following supplies:

  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Soft Feathers
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • A Yellow Balloon
  • A Foam Sticker for the Beak 

   This is a really funny, challenging way to make the birds body, but we shoved some Styrofoam balls into the balloon and tied it shut. You could easily just blow up a small balloon, or fill the balloon with other items to create a body. Once the body was made, we used the orange foam sticker wrapped around the end of the balloon -where we tied it off at- and made this into the beak. Then we glued on some googly eyes and feathers, and that completed the craft! My son says his name is Moop haha. So there you have it... Meet Moop 🐤







Monday, April 6, 2020

Save Money and Earn Cash Back On Your Purchases!

 
   Every little bit counts, which is why I am a part of the ibotta community, so I can get cash back on all my purchases! Today I just cashed in and received $20 back! Ibotta is so easy to use, all you do is scan your receipts or link your store card, (online purchases, groceries, & more) and you will see the cash stack up in your account. Now I'll be honest, it can take some time to reach the minimum $20 cashout, depending on the items you buy, but as I say, every little bit helps so it's worth the join. Use my referral code: ikbnajj during registration, and get a $20 welcome bonus when using the app!
 
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Homemade Rich and Fluffy Cosby Cake



   Do you remember the episode of the old Cosby Show, where Cosby brings out a luscious white birthday cake with strawberries around the top....He attempts to cheer his wife up, trying to get her to take a bite... 1 cake becomes 2, then 3... It's such a cute scene and that cake has always looked so delicious! My husband told me awhile back, that when he saw that episode as a kid, he always wanted to eat that cake and it made him feel so happy. So I decided to surprise him with my own homemade cake that could slightly resemble the Cosby Cake! I'm sure it was no where near as good as the real Cosby Cake haha, but this one was definitely satisfying. 

To make the cake, I followed a Vanilla Pound Cake recipe I found from Martha Stewart, and for the frosting, I made a Cream Cheese Cool Whip Frosting I found on key ingredient. I will share both recipes below. The cake turned out very rich and filling, and best eaten cold!




Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a (8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch) loaf pan; set aside. 
Step 2: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix). 
Step 3: Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.

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Cream Cheese Cool Whip Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping (thawed, if frozen)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3.5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (or other desired flavor), optional

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, stir together softened cream cheese with the Cool Whip. Add the sugar, vanilla, and optional pudding mix.  Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
If you would like a colored frosting, add several drops of food coloring and mix. Continue to add food coloring, stirring after each addition, until the frosting is the desired color. -
Obviously I left our frosting white.



   Both of these recipes were taken straight from the linked websites and made pretty straight forward. They were equally easy to make, and so so good! If you ever make them, be prepared for some dense, yet delicious cake!!



Saturday, April 4, 2020

High Protein Snacking with Shrewd Food Protein Puffs +

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   Have you ever tried ShrewdFood Protein Products?

   I recently had the opportunity to try a few different ShrewdFood products: the Brick Oven Pizza Protein Puffs, the Parmesan Herb Protein Croutons, and the Cookies and Cream Protein Puffs. Each one of these products equally interesting and packed full of protein.

   When I first tried the Brick Oven Pizza Protein Puffs, they didn't really taste like pizza to me, but the seasoning was pretty good! I liked the cheesy flavor. These pack a whopping 14g of protein per serving.

   The Parmesan Herb Protein Croutons were probably my favorite item I've tried. The flavor was perfectly tangy and salty. They seemed a bit crunchier than the puffs, but would be great on a salad. These croutons contain 10g of protein per serving.

And last, my least favorite, the Cookies and Cream Protein Puffs. I thought these would actually be my favorite of the three, but they have a really awful taste. The protein flavor comes in too strongly, making them not very enjoyable. These puffs also contain 14g of protein per serving.

 
   Each of these products were fun to try, and work really well for high protein diets, or when you want an after workout snack. Though make sure you drink a lot of water while snacking, so the protein doesn't clog you up! And maybe go slow on snacking, because I found that when you eat too many, it begins to feel like you're eating foam..lol... I wasn't fond of the texture after a few chews in. Overall, I like that these Shrewd Food products make a healthier snack, so they will be enjoyed during snack attacks after my workouts!

You can find more about Shrewd Food and their products by visiting shrewdfood.com



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.



Friday, April 3, 2020

Bunny Art Stamps Using Empty Toilet Paper Rolls


   April is here and that mean Easter is on its way! Here's an easy craft to enjoy with your little ones AND a way to use up those extra empty toilet paper roll tubes you will have on hand! ;)  Make adorable bunny shaped art!


   All you need is some construction paper, any color, but think Springy/Eastery colors, An empty toilet paper roll tube, paint, and something to put the paint on. 

   Cut 2 slices off of the toilet paper roll tube, for the bunny ears, and either attach with glue or tape, or let your little one do each piece one at a time. Make a paint puddle for them to dip the pieces in, and then press it against the paper to make adorable little bunny heads. You can leave it like this or add in extra details to complete the face and background! Maybe even add some googly eyes!

  

Enjoy!

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Your Own Personal Coffee Shop At Home With Cuperfect

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   With Cuperfect, you can have the perfect cup of coffee (or cocoa or tea) from the comfort of your home, while feeling like it was purchased at the coffee shop! 

   I love having these cups on hand, complete with a cozy sleeve, lid, and mixing straw. The lids have easy pop tops to place the straw inside, and promotes a spill free usage. Plus you can reuse the cup, microwaving it up to 3x to get the most use out of it! I really love these cups and use them nearly every morning, so I can have that early morning coffee shop feeling  I enjoy so much! This kit would be great for in the home, in the office, or even for parties. They can hold hot or cold beverages so they are good for a variety of uses! Think Hot Cocoa Bar...Coffee Station...Tea Testing....🍵


 You can find the Cuperfect set of 50 cups, plus lids, straws, and sleeves available for purchase on Amazon.  


I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Happy April Fools Day Dinner



Happy April Fools Day!!!

Did you do anything fun for your family today?

   I decided to do some silly things for our Dinner. I made "Chicken Nuggets" and Sweet Potato Fries in Garlic for dinner and "Cake" for dessert!! Although dinner and dessert were pretty much backward haha.

   For the "chicken nuggets", I made them out of Ritz Krispies, which are just like Rice Krispies, but made with Ritz Crackers instead of Rice Cereal. I melted marshmallows and butter together, then added in crunched up Ritz Crackers, let cool, and shaped to look like nuggets. I then made easy sweet potato fries to seal the deal.

   For the "cake", I cooked hot dogs and red peppers inside of dyed red cornbread, then topped it with a chili "frosting", shredded Pepper-jack Cheese, and a design done with Kewpie Mayo. Once the cake was plated and the secret was found out, more chili was placed on top.

   This was such a fun dinner to prepare, and really ended April Fool's Day with some fun. I would love to hear what you and your families did, in the comments below!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hand Print Googly Eyed Birdy Craft




   Make a Bird from your little ones hand print! 

All you need is... 

Some construction paper (any color will do)
A writing utensil to trace the hand
Scissors to cut out the hand & beak
A handful of feathers (any color)
Big Googly Eyes + A Foam Beak
And Glue to stick it all down!
~Cute & Simple.~






Monday, March 30, 2020

The Little Potato Company Terrific Trio Potatoes

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


    I love these little potatoes!! The "Terrific Trio" by The Little Potato Company are the best tiny potatoes I've ever eaten. They're so creamy and they bake in the oven quick and easy. Comfort Food at its finest.


   The potatoes come pre-washed, straight from the farm they were grown on. And the best part is you don't even have to peel these babies! They make an excellent dish, either by themselves or cooked in a dish. They are truly delicious potatoes, I would even say they are addicting haha. Me and my family loved them! In the bag I purchased, it contained three different types of potatoes: red, blue, and yellow creamers, each one with a slightly different taste.



   The potatoes were so easy to cook, all I did was chopped them in half, toss them in olive oil, added some seasoning, and baked them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. The potatoes become soft and have an exquisite creamy taste, which makes them excellent even on their own! I made a delicious little potato salad with ours, filled with beans, chopped steak, and tomatoes, tossed with shredded Pepper-jack cheese, and laid over a bed of romaine - then drizzled with Kewpie Mayo!


I love everything about The Little Potato Company's Terrific Trio potatoes. I am amazed by their quality and that they have so many varieties. Check out their website at littlepotatoes.com to see all their products, as well as recipe ideas, and more!


 I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Aussie Smooth Vibes and Miracle Detox

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

  
    Let's face it, hair gets tangly whether you wash 
your hair or not, and sometimes we don't have the time to condition it like we need to. Aussie's Smooth Vibes Dry Conditioner makes conditioning your hair so much easier in about half the time then if you used actual conditioner! You spray the Smooth Vibes into your dry locks, comb it through, and you will find your hair less tangly! I love how easy it is to use this product and that my hair is easier to comb through after using. The scent also smells great, as if you used perfume, so it's a double bonus! This product is perfect for on those no wash/dry shampoo days, but I even use it on wash days, after my hair is dry, for a soft and detangled feel. Definitely recommend!

   After using multiple different products on my hair, Aussie Miracle Detox Shampoo helped restart my hair by detoxing from buildup of other products. I could definitely see that it detoxed my hair, but I didn't expect the shampoo to make the roots look so dry and frizzy! Because of this, I will only use it once or twice a week; but I love the scent of this product. It makes me think of a masculine watermelon smell lol, when in reality, it's the white charcoal and Australian kakadu plum causing this scent. I also expected the shampoo to have a charcoal color so I was shocked to see it was so clear! The shampoo lathered well and rinsed out great, but I would recommend cautious use as to not dry out your natural hair oils.



Two great products made by Aussie as part of the their New Arrival Line. You can find them available online at aussie.com as well as more products and information, or find them in your local stores.




  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Crafting and Creating Barbie Sized Firewood



   In some ways, we never really grow up haha.. I loved playing with Barbies when I was a kid, and now that I'm all grown up, I don't enjoy playing with them, but I do like the idea of creating crafts with them! Something I've been wanting to do for awhile now are occasional "Create with Barbie" posts where I do a fun new craft or mini project of some sort. Today's idea is creating Barbie sized firewood for her to build fires while she's camping!

   To make these pieces of firewood, all you need is corrugated cardboard and something to keep the pieces to stick together. I used glue dots, but tape or glue would work as well. Then you need some sort of ink to color the cardboard. I used ink pads but you could also use markers or crayons. You begin by rolling the corrugated cardboard into rolls and glue the flap down so it stays in place. Make 3 or 4 "stumps" and you have the beginnings of campfire!

   After making the "wood" you can make some "fire" using construction paper. Once done, start setting up a woods scenery with Barbie. Maybe even take her outdoors for some realistic play! And don't forget to bring her sleeping bag, and some marshmallows to roast over that fire!







Friday, March 27, 2020

Daily Goodie Box - March 2020

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 


I received a the March Daily Goodie Box, this one filled with helpful things to keep me going, from everyday beauty to healthy additions, this box came at the perfect time for a pick me up!


Cate & Chloe - Ariel Tempest Halo Stud Earrings, made with 18k white gold plating a Grade CZ Crystal stones, these earrings are a beauty in them-self, sure to sparkle in the light. I really like the looks of these earrings and found them to be gorgeous, perfect for fancy occasions; But when I placed them in my ears, I found them to be a bit too big for my preference, somewhat weighing down my ear lobes looking kind of silly. I would love if they were about half the size they are, as I prefer smaller earrings on my earlobes.


Tiger Balm Active - Muscle Spray - I love how easy to use this spray is. You just spray it on the area where your sore muscles are and you're good to go. This is much better than having to get your hands messy with the original rub. Plus I find it smells better, with an added mintyness from the menthol. It helps my achy muscles feel better too!


Prince Of Peace - Ginger Chews with Lychee reminds me of those sour patch candies because at first, the lychee brings the sweetness, then the ginger packs a punch of spice. These candies are much like taffy, as they are chewy, but meant to be sucked on. They're interesting in taste, but I've noticed they help sore throats feel better which is great for cold and allergy seasons. Plus ginger is really good for upset stomachs! Great little candy overall, especially if you love ginger.


Blister Balm  - External Analgesic Ointment, is naturally made medicated with Desert Botanical jojoba to provide relief and healing for those that get cold sores or fever blisters. It helps relieve pain and itching, and keeps it cool with menthol. I personally don't get cold sores or fever blisters, but this seems like a good product to help with the uncomfortableness.


Prince & Spring - Stellar Seltzer Water - I received the flavor Tangerine, with high hopes of it tasting amazing, but unfortunately I could only taste the seltzer. I wish the tangerine flavor was stronger so I could actually taste it. I ended up mixing mine with fruit juice, and enjoyed the bubbly texture.


Prince & Spring - Fruit & Nut Bars are perfect for an on-the-go snack. I received the Almond Coconut flavor, which is a nice mix of sweet and salty, filled with nutrients making it a great bar to take with you on a hike or to eat after a workout. I do think the bars are a bit hard and would love if they were made softer. Each bar contains 4g of protein and 7g of sugar.


Teami Blends - Alive Tea Blend - I'm not usually a fan of green tea, as it tends to have a fishy flavor to me, but I like that Teami Blends mixes their green tea with lemongrass and ginger, making it a combined flavor. I love that this tea helps provide natural energy while keeping your immune system up and aiding in digestion. I've been drinking this tea nearly everyday and have learned to enjoy the flavor!

Real Chemistry - Environmental Rescue Mask to the rescue! It's been a stressful couple months, so having a face mask to help relieve some of that facial tension is definitely a blessing lol. I love that this mask will help reduce fine wrinkles, enhance elasticity, and brighten the skin. I used mine shortly after receiving; keeping it on for 20 minutes, then rubbing in the serum. I was a bit disappointed, as I didn't feel or notice any difference in using this mask, but I think you cant really tell over one use. I like that it didn't have a strong smell, and was simple to use.


I've enjoyed trying another batch of products and looking forward to the next! Would you like to try your in Goodie Box for free? Join the Daily Goodie Box to receive your own set of products to test! 
   

Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples! 


I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Practicing Cursive With Your Favorite Book


   A great way to keep your kids entertained (and maybe yourself as well) is to practice cursive handwriting! Keep it fun and enjoyable by having your children choose their favorite book - that they read or you read to them - then have them choose their favorite quote or passage from the book, and begin copying it down, in cursive! 

   You may need to print off a cursive writing sheet for them to go off of; you can find several available printouts by an easy Google search. {I like to use this one} Let them choose whatever writing utensil they like, whether it be marker, pencil, or pen...maybe even paint to amp it up?! Whatever it may be, make sure your kids get interested and keep this in the FUN category, nothing stressful :) 





Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Elbow Noodle Lasagna With Classico Organic Roasted Garlic Sauce


 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


    Made with fresh roasted garlic and sun roasted tomatoes, Classico Organic Roasted Garlic Sauce really brings out the organic home made taste! And the best part, is that this sauce is made with ingredients you know and understand, such as tomato puree, diced tomatoes in juice, roasted garlic, evaporated cane sugar, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, onions, sea salt, and roasted red bell peppers, just to name a few, and all organic!


  
   With the Classico Organic Roasted Garlic Sauce, I made an easy but delicious, cheesy elbow noodle lasagna, and you could really taste garlic! It's a spectacular sauce with a real homey flavor and aroma. I can imagine it would be just as good on a pizza or chicken Parmesan! It's definitely one of those products you would want to keep on hand for easy and versatile dinner nights!



Classico Organic Roasted Garlic Sauce can be found in your local grocery stores or purchased online at Walmart or Instacart.




 I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Chicory Herbal 'Coffee' Dark Dandelion Roast



 If you're looking for a coffee substitute, I highly recommend teeccino's Chicory Herbal 'Coffee' Dark Dandelion Roast. It's made with Dandelion, Chicory, and Ramón, with natural coffee flavoring, caffeine free and acid free. It smells and tastes so close to coffee that this is probably the best substitute I've found! Plus you can brew it just like coffee!  


   If you're interested in trying this brew, you can get a sample pack here for just under $2!!! Or if you want to buy a full 28 serving 10oz bag, you can get that here, and also check out all their other flavors!! I can't wait to try them all!


Monday, March 23, 2020

Drawing With Stickers to Make Fun Art


A fun craft for all ages is to make a piece of art from random stickers! 
 
  •  Use the stickers as your creative start and make a mural of it! 

  • Whatever the sticker may be, something can come of it. 

  • To encourage your lil artists, provide a blank sheet of paper, random stickers, a pencil, and plenty of colors. 

  • Let their minds get to work and see their masterpiece come to life!