Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Honey Company Review and Giveaway 1/23 CLOSED

I recently received some of the Honey Companies Squeezable Honey Bears to review!  They are super cute, but they are convenient.  I like that they are easy to use.  The package is easy to open and squeeze.  The honey tastes really good too.  It is some of the best honey I have ever had.  It tastes really fresh and has a great flavor.  You can tell it hasn't been processed.  My kids absolutely loved it and my daughter kept wanting to eat more just off of a spoon.

The Honey Company sells honey that is raw, unfiltered and completely all natural.  You can definitely taste the difference in it compared to other honey.  They process their honey a little differently and it helps keep the bee enzymes intact.  

I learned something very interesting about honey too.  I didn't know that raw honey will crystallize, but can be brought back to it's normal sticky gooey form by placing the container in warm water.  

Want to buy your own?  You can purchase Honey Company products from their website.  The Squeezable Honey Bears retail for $5.  


The Honey Company has provided me with 2 Squeezable Honey Bears.  One lucky reader will win these.  Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  All entries will be verified.  This giveaway is open to US residents only age 18 years or older.  The giveaway will end on 1/23/12.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.

Disclosure - I received a sample of the above mentioned product to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Natural House Probiotic Cleaners Review and Giveaway 1/20 CLOSED

I am always looking for better cleaning products. I think it is very important to have products that work really well and keep your house clean - especially when you have kids. My kids always seem to be coming down with a cold around this time of year, so we try and keep everything as clean as possible.

So what are Natural House Probiotic cleaning products?  They are probiotic cleaning products that do a great job cleaning and do it easily.  The best part is that they are so easy to use.  I received 3 of their products - SINKY, TRASHY, and FLUSHY.  The Sinky is for your drain and it works great getting rid of icky smelling drains.  It is a little pouch you put in your drain and allow to foam up.  Super easy.  Trashy is a spray you use on/around your trash.  It's also very simple to use.  I love flushy.  It works great keeping your toilet clean, but I love that it uses probiotics to do it.  It's really easy to use and you add a packet to your toilet and let it sit - and then scrub.  They are also safe for your family.  I don't have to worry about my kids touching something I cleaned because of all the chemicals.  Overall, I was very pleased with the performance of the products after 2 weeks of use.  They all did a great job.

You can purchase Natural House Probiotic cleaning products on amazon or their website.  They all run $4.99 for a 30 day supply.  They are very reasonably priced.

You can also connect with Natural House on Twitter and Facebook.

Giveaway - One lucky reader will win a 30 day supply of their own of TRASHY, FLUSHY and STINKY.  Open to US Residents only 18 years of age or older.  Enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  All entries will be verified.  The winner will be chosen on 1/20/12 and will be contacted by email.  You must respond in 48 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.

Disclosure - I received samples of the above mentioned products in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

Dawgs Shoes Giveaway and Review 1/20 CLOSED

I recently tried on a pair of Dawgs shoes in the Women's Spirit style.  They are a very comfortable shoe!  They are so light!  It is actually amazing how light they are.  They are very soft and I liked how my feet felt like they were being cushioned.  They are designed to help absorb shock, support your heal and ankle and they provide your feet with arch support.  I like that this shoe had a velcro closure, so it makes it easy to adjust.  I love that this shoe is great to wear with socks or without.  I can see this shoe being worn in the cooler months with socks, but it's also great for the Summer months when I want to take the kids to play in the water.  I can really see myself wearing these then and not having to worry about them getting wet or ruined.  They are also really easy to clean.  I also like that this isn't a bulky shoe and it doesn't make your foot look huge.  I could definitely see these being worn with workout clothes, jeans or even shorts.  They are a cute and comfortable shoe that is made well.

I personally chose the black on black because I figured it would go with everything!  There are lots of color choices and they are all very cute.  I also love the white with hot pink combination.

Ok so now you want your own pair?  Well you can purchase your own for $40 from their website.

Disclosure - I received a pair of Dawgs shoes to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own.

Giveaway - One reader will win their own pair of Womens Spirit Dawgs.  The winner can choose their size and color in the Womens Spirit Style only.  Open to US residents only age 18 years or older.  Enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.  All entries will be verified.  The giveaway will end on 1/20/12.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the  prize

Pita Pizza - a healthier way to make pizza!

I am a big fan of pizza.  I could probably eat pizza every single day and at every meal.  My kids could too.  I am always looking for great ways to make recipes healthier and still have them taste good.  The recipe I'm going to share with you is one of the tastier ways we prepare pizza at home without having to compromise on taste.  We used to make english muffin pizzas when I was a kid, but I really like the pita crust pizza better.  It seems more like real pizza crust to me.  I personally like to load mine up with lots of veggies.  I love toping it with olives, bell pepper and mushrooms.  My kids prefer just cheese or pepperoni.  What would you top yours with?

Ingredients to make a Pita Pizza
pita bread (I usually try and find whole wheat)
shredded cheese
marinara sauce or pizza sauce
toppings - veggies, pepperoni, sausage, ham, or whatever you want

Heat your oven to 400 degrees and place the pita bread in the oven on a cookie sheet.  Cook for about 5 minutes until a little bit crispy.  Take the pita bread out of the oven.  Leave it on the cookie sheet.  Spread on your sauce, top with cheese and other toppings.  Bake in the 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Allow this to cool for a minute and then slice and serve.

This is a great for a quick lunch or dinner.  My kids really enjoy being able to make their own pizza and it's a little bit healtheir this way too!  What do you do to make your favorite foods healtheir?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

*$190 Cash Giveaway* CASHIN' IN THE NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY 1/2 #cashinNY

Hostessed by Home Grown Families and Mama to 4 Blessings with the help of several other fantastic group of bloggers we bring you Cashin' in the New Year! This giveaway runs from 12:01 AM on Friday 12/30 and will run until Monday, 1/2 at 11:59 PM (all Eastern times). One winner will receive $190 Cash into their paypal!

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter Review and Giveaway 1/16 CLOSED

I want to start out by saying that I suffer from really dry skin in the winter.  I have a hard time keeping my skin moisturized and my hands get the worst.  I recently tried the Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter on my hands and it has been doing an excellent job moisturizing and it seems to be helping my horribly dry skin.  It contains Fruit Stem Cells that help renew skin.  The Kukui Cocoa Body Butter is not just for hands, but it is a great product to use on really dry skin.  It's great on hands, feet, knees, elbows or anyplace you need it.  I was thrilled that the body butter moisturized my skin and absorbed in.  It was not oily and extremely greasy.  I love the fragrance of it too.  It has a nice mild fragrance that isn't too overpowering.  The Kukui Cocoa Body Butter contains natural nut butters that really help moisturize your skin.  The product works by using advanced fruit stem cell science to moisturize and renew your skin.  You can purchase your own Kukui Cocoa Body Butter for $13.95 on their website.

About Andalou Naturals - They are a unique skincare company that makes quality products.  They are made with at least 70% organic ingredients.  They offer a variety of products that include - scrubs, cleansers, masks, toners, creams and much more.

Disclosure - I received a sample of the above mentioned product to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own as always.


One reader will receive their own Kukui Cocoa Body Butter.  Open to US residents age 18 years of age or older only.  You must enter on the Rafflecopter form.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.  All entries will be verified.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Start the New Year in Style with Vintage Couture Giveaway 1/15 CLOSED

I found the cutest children's and misses clothes at Vintage Couture.  I was so excited to see that they had a nice selection of items for boys too that were fashionable.  I find it hard to find cute boy clothes for my 6 year old.  They are comfortable, but stylish.

My son received the cream button down shirt and it is so cute on him.  It is made very well too!  It's nice material with some light striping on it..  I love the embroidered designs on it and the buttons are beautiful.  What did he think?  He loved it.  He is excited to wear it out.  He also received the Blue Jeans with Black Stitch.  These are some of the cutest jeans I have seen for a little boy.  They are super fashionable.  I love that they have that worn out look to them.  When you look at the pockets they are the cutest thing ever.  They have black fluer-di-lis on them on the rear pockets.  My son loves them.

About Vintage Couture - They are a direct sales company.  They offer their clothes on their website, but you can also become a stylist or host your own trunk show.  A trunk show is where you host a gathering with friends and a stylist will show you great items in the clothing collections.  They offer clothing for girls all the way up to size 14 and boys up to size 16.  They offer clothes in misses sizes too.  They also carry cute hair accessories, diaper bags and dresses for your little girls dolls.  You may have heard of Trista Sutter from the Bachelorette?  Well she is one of the designers for Vintage Couture.  A portion of the proceeds from the items told in Trista's collection go towards helping a foundation for childhood diabetes.

I love the embroidery on this shirt!

Right now you can get select items Buy One Get One too!

Disclosure - I received the outfit shown above for free in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

Are you ready to start the new year in style?  Here's the deal.  Vintage Couture is going to give one of my readers any outfit they want that is in stock.  This can be from the misses, boys or girls section.  Take a look because they have so many cute outfits.

Open to US Residents 18 years of age or older.  The giveaway will end on 1/15/12 and the winner will be emailed.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.  The winner will receive 1 outfit of their choice and the items must be in stock.  All entries must be completed on the Rafflecopter form.  All entries will be verified.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Win Spongeables - Instant Foot Spa - Giveaway 1/10/12 CLOSED

I just got done using Spongeables PEDI - SCRUB foot buffer and my feet feel really good.  My feet get so dry in the winter and I tend to neglect them.  I don't like to spend too much time hunched over them, so this is a great way to get a quick instant pedicure.  Spongeables are easy to use.  You simply use it in the shower and scrub your feet with it.  It is good for up to 20 + uses.  It does multiple things while you're using it.  It cleanses your feet, massages them, moisturizes and exfoliates.  I really can use the exfoliating part in the winter.  It worked well too.  My feet feel nice and soft now.  I tried the Lavender-Tea Tree Oil variety and it has a really nice clean fragrance.  It's not too strong.

I like easy to use products and this is.  To use this I just got the Spongeable thoroughly wet and used the rough side to exfoliate my feet and the soft side to moisturize.  It took only a matter of a few minutes to do.  I am going to continue to use this when I'm in the shower to help keep my feet looking great.  I think this would also be a great product to use in the summer during flip flop season.

Spongeables PEDI SCRUB Foot Buffer comes in two different fragrances.  It comes in Citron Eucalyptus or the Lavender and Tea Tree Oil that I tried.  They sell for about $6.99 at many stores or they can be purchased online at their website.

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One reader will win a Spongeable of their choice - either Lavender and Tea Tree Oil or Citron Eucalyptus.  US residents 18 years of age or older.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  All entries will be verified.  You must enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.  The giveaway will end on 1/10/12.

*Win* Zipz Shoes Giveaway 1/10/12 CLOSED

My husband recently received the neatest pair of shoes to try out!  He received a pair of Zipz Shoes.  He got the denim blue low tops and loves them.  He also received a slip on pair in black that he can switch around with.  He said both pairs are very comfortable and he likes that he can change them around whenever he wants.  They are also really stylish.  They have many styles and patterns to choose from.  You can get low tops, high tops, slip ons, and more.  They carry men's, women's and children's sizes.  They come in solid colors or if you want something a little more fun they have some cute designs too.  Zipz Shoes are the neatest shoes that I have seen.  I love that if you get bored with your shoes or want to match them to an outfit you can easily.

So as you can see from the pictures above - you can get a complete pair of shoes and then you can get additional covers to zip on and switch out.  I will say that I found it really easy to change the covers when we were switching them around.  You just have to line the zipper up correctly (like when you are zipping or unzipping a jacket) and then zip the cover on or off.  

They have some really adorable shoes for kids too.  I personally love the ones pictured below.  They are really fun shoes.  They look like they would be great for kids because of the easy strap they have instead of laces.

Zipz are great quality shoes that are fun!  They are also handmade.    Which ones do you like?  If you want to buy your own they can be purchased on their website!  

Connect with Zipz on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure - I received a pair of Zipz shoes and a pair of Zipz covers in return for my honest review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.


One reader will win one pair of Zipz shoes of their choice.  Giveaway is open to US residents only age 18 years or older.  The giveaway will end of 1/10/12.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.  All entries will be verified and if not completed correctly will be deleted.  You must enter on the Rafflecopter form below in order for your entries to count.  

Litter-Robot Review

If you are a cat owner and hate scooping the litter box then I have found something you might really like.  I personally hate scooping the litter box and was doing it about once a day with our one cat.  It's messy and stinky.  I recently came across the Litter-Robot and was really intrigued because it takes care of cleaning the litter box for you.

I recently received a Litter-Robot to try out and couldn't wait.  No more scooping the litter box.  Ok I guess I should say our cat, Frodo, received a Litter-Robot to try out!  I set it up and it was very simple.  I was actually thinking I was going to have to have my husband help me set it up or fix what I did when he got home, but I had the unit set up in about 15 minutes.  It was super easy.

I initially left the cat's old litter box in the bathroom too.  About 2 days had went by and he hadn't used the Litter-Robot, so I decided to remove the old litter box.  He then started using the Litter-Robot and we have been very happy.  He is actually intrigued by it also.  After he does his business in it he waits to watch the globe start rotating.  Ok so how does this work?  This unit plugs in.  The globe portion of the unit is where your cat does his business.  That is also where the litter goes.  Once your cat has used the Litter-Robot and exited the unit the sensor goes off and the globe rotates to sift the litter and remove the dirty stuff in it.  Then it drops down to the drawer below.

I personally love it because it automatically sifts the litter for me.  It is much nicer than having to scoop the litter all the time.  I love that this works on a sensor, so once he's done it does it's work.  It really does a thorough job cleaning the litter.  I think it does a better job than hand scooping.  I also like that this is an enclosed unit.  It's seems to be cleaner that way.  The only work you have to do with this is add the litter and of course once the litter is scooped you have to throw out what drops down into the drawer.  Very easy.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Litter-Robot the retail price starts at $339.99.  They also offer reconditioned units for $279.99.  They also offer a 3 payment option if you don't want to pay all at once.  This is a great high tech litter box that makes your life much easier.

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Disclosure - I received a Litter-Robot for free in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

Great hair care products from

If you check out you will see that they carry many varieties of high quality hair care products.  If you are not familiar with they are an online retailer of flat irons, curling irons, hair dryers, brushes and hair care products.  The prices are really reasonable.  I recently tried some of the products that they carry and was very happy with the results.  I think it's important to use a good hair product that provides you with good results.  They also offer free shipping on orders over $50.

I received a bottle of the Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo.  I actually tried this on my hair and my daughter's and I loved how it gently cleansed our hair.  It did a great job cleaning it, but didn't dry it out.  We both loved the fragrance it had.  It really seemed to do a great job moisturizing our hair too.  I found it very interesting when I found out that macadamia oil is similar to the oils that naturally occur in your hair.  This really did a great job making our hair soft and shiny.

I also received the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask.  I first want to say that I love the way this smells.  This works great to reconstruct damaged and dry hair.  I personally know this is something I can use once or twice a week to add moisture to my hair.  I bleach the top portion of my hair and heat process it almost daily.  It can end up very dry.  I used this on my hair and couldn't believe how soft and shiny it made my hair.  My daughter (she's almost 5) wanted me to try it in her hair too.  Her hair is not damaged, but it get super tangled.  I decided to apply some to her hair and her hair looked amazing afterwards.  This is a great home conditioning treatment that works in just 7 minutes.  

This is my hair after using the Macadamia Oil Products.

My daughter's hair after using the Macadamia Oil Products.

I also tried the Terax Crema Ultra Daily Hydrating Conditioner.  This is a great product because it can be used in 2 different ways.  You can use this as a daily conditioner and just leave it on for a minute or two - for a quick conditioning.  You can also use this as a deep conditioning treatment on your hair.  You can leave this on for up to 15 minutes and it really helps soften and moisturize your hair.  I love that this is versatile.  I personally used this as a deep conditioning treatment and loved how it made my hair feel very silky.  

My hair after using the Terax Crema Ultra Hydrating Conditioner.

Disclosure - I received samples of the above mentioned products in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.    

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I want to wish all of you a very wonderful holiday season!  I hope all of you have a great time spending time with friends and family.  I won't be posting too much over the next few days.  I will be spending time with my family.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dreambox Makes Learning Fun

My son is almost 7 and he loves to play any type of video games.  I prefer that he plays games that are educational and he's learning something while he's playing.  He really enjoys learning new things while he's having fun.  I'm sure many of you have kids that really enjoy learning through hands on and electronics.  I think that learning has changed so much that so much of it is done through technology and that's great!  I love to see my kids interact with technology.  It amazes me how quickly they pick things up and how much they learn from it.  The best part is that they enjoy learning through technology.

Dreambox 2nd grade math games combine learning with fun for 2nd graders.  This sounds like a great interactive way to get your child excited about math.  My son loves math, but for kids that don't like it this would be a great way to get them excited about doing math.  It's a great way to build new skills and work on the math skills that they already have.  I love that your child will have fun while they're learning too.  Your child will learn 2nd grade math skills while they enjoy playing on more than 150 activities that are available.  I really like that the curriculum can be customized for your own child.  The fact is that not all children learn at the same pace.  I think it's a great idea to be able to adjust this to the specific level that they are at.  I think it's great that your child will earn rewards too as they play.  My son always enjoys that.  It puts a smile on his face and mine to know that he is doing well!  It is so important to reinforce how well they are doing while they're learning.

These games are focused on helping children ages 6 to 8.  My son is almost 7 and not in 2nd grade yet, but he is advanced for a 1st grader.  I think something like this would be a great choice for learning new skills for him because I like to be able to customize what he is learning.  The best part about this is that is will help keep your child entertained while they learn.  They will get to interact with pirates, dinosaurs and even make their own pets as they work on learning new skills.  This all takes part while they get to take part in a fun adventure of learning.  We still like learning with flashcards and activities like that, but this really changes up the routine and adds a creative way to get your child learn.  A fun and amazing new adventure awaits every time they play the game!  What part do you think your child would enjoy the most?

Disclosure - this is a sponsored post.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 makes Christmas Magical!

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in the act in his or her very own home. is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos. 

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This is the most adorable idea!  My son is almost 7 and I love that this helps keep the magic alive for him.  He is getting to the age where he asks a lot of questions and is skeptical about Santa.  I can't wait to see his face when he sees this!

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Loving Famly Beach Vacation Mobile Home by Fisher Price

My daughter is hard to buy toys for sometimes because she tends to get bored with things easily.  Sometimes she'll play with something for 30 minutes and she's done with it.  She recently received the Loving Famly Beach Vacation Mobile Home by Fisher Price.  We opened it up yesterday and she was very excited.  She insisted on opening it up immediately and I personally was worried that I would need my husband to set it up.  We pulled the Loving Famly Beach Vacation Mobile Home out of the box and I had it put together and set up for her in a matter of 10 minutes.  I will say that I was really please at how simple it was to set up.  The only tools I needed were a screwdriver.  Even I can handle that!

The Loving Famly Beach Vacation Mobile Home consists of a fun mobile home and lots of fun accessories to play with.  The inside of the mobile home is very cute.  The inside has a little restroom, living room.  There are also some accessories that you can set up in front of the mobile home.  There is a cute mat along with some lounge chairs and a picnic table.  My daughter also loves closing the Loving Famly Beach Vacation Mobile Home and driving it around on the floor.  She enjoyed piling all her little toys in it and taking them on a ride.  I love that it's very girly.  This is a great toy if you have a little girl that likes to play with vehicles.  This toy is fun for my daughter because it's something that she can use her imagination with.  I like that she can play pretend with it and she really enjoys it.  It has really been able to hold her interest!

What did I think?  This is a great toy.  It is so nice to find a really well made toy too!  This looks like a toy that will last for a long time.  It's something that your child can sit and play with and use their imagination.  I love that it is a quiet toy without any batteries.  I would recommend this toy for ages 3 to 7.  I think that the retail price of $33 for the Loving Family Beach Vacation Mobile Home is a good price for a good quality toy.

Disclosure - I received the Loving Family Beach Vacation Mobile Home for free in order to compensate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

X Out

I recently received a Voxbox compliments of inluenster.  If you aren't familiar with what a Voxbox is then I'll explain.  It's a box full of neat goodies that you get to sample.  Many people got the opportunity to try X Out in their Voxbox.  You can learn more about X Out here.  I personally didn't get a sample of this in my Voxbox, but it sounds like a great product to try.  What is X Out?  It is a product that can be used to help with breakouts.  It helps get rid of bacteria and get rid of the pimples you have.  I am way past my teens, but I still get a breakout once in awhile and think this sounds great.

Peanut Butter & Co. Review

I recently found the most amazing peanut butter and was so excited to try it.  I was looking at the I love peanut butter website and found out that they make some very tasty and unique flavors.  They have so many varieties available to purchase for $6 on their website.  They offer about 10 varieties of peanut butter.  This is all natural peanut butter too.  They also sell lots of other fun goodies too including - baking mixes, nuts and snacks, gift baskets and more.

Have you ever heard of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter?  This was the flavor I was so excited about.  I am a peanut butter lover, but also a chocolate lover.  The combination of dark chocolate and peanut butter is amazing in this peanut butter.  It's smooth and creamy.  It's not too sweet and could be used on so many items.  It would make for a fun sandwich!  You could use it on apples, ice cream, graham crackers and so much more.  It is delicious.

I also received a jar of Mighty Maple peanut butter.  This flavor was also excellent.  It had a hint of maple flavor to it.  I also loved that it was nice and creamy.  It wasn't too sweet.  I really enjoyed this one.  This variety would be good on so many things too.  I think it would be great on a sandwich, waffles, graham crackers, apple slices and more.  I would definitely recommend this one if you enjoy maple syrup.  

The last flavor I'm going to talk about is The Bee's Knees peanut butter.  In our house we are a fan of peanut butter and honey sandwiches or peanut butter and honey on toast.  This peanut butter combines both the flavors for you.  It has a great radio of peanut butter and honey flavor.  It isn't too sweet.  This flavor was a big hit in our house too.  I love this one as a sandwich!  It makes it super easy to make a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  I love that this peanut butter was super creamy too.

What flavor peanut butter sounds good to you?  The Heat is On sounds interesting to me too.  I am a fan of hot and spicy food and this is fiery seasoned peanut butter!

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Disclosure - I received samples of the above mentioned products in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Eat Healthier With Wasa Review and Giveaway 1/5 CLOSED

Wasa make a variety of healthy products that taste great.  Wasa is actually a product I like to keep in the house for snacking.

Wasa Crispbreads are a great way to snack, but also great for the holidays.  They are made with whole grains and they taste great!  I love using them as an appetizer.  You can top these with anything you want.  There are so many options.  You can even use these instead of bread.  My daughter loves them with a little bit of butter.  I love them with some good cheese.

The Wasa Flatbreads a little lighter and thinner. They are also delicious and a great way to lighten up your diet.  They are also made with whole grans and are great.  These are also great for snacking and appetizers.  My favorite variety of the Flatbreads are the Sesame.

These are a lot of fun too for kids to put their own toppings on.  My kids enjoy making their own meals and snacks.  My 4 and 6 year old love creating their own recipes with these.  They like to top them with cheese or peanut butter.  It's a great way to get your kids excited about eating healthy.

You can learn more about WASA on Facebook and find lots of great recipes while you're there too!

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Black Velvet Coffee from Peter Asher

I received some Peter Asher coffee in the mail yesterday and couldn't wait to try it out.  I received the Black Velvet variety.  I ground up my beans last night, so they would be ready for this morning and they smelled amazing!  I was so thrilled with the Black Velvet coffee that I had this morning.  The flavor was amazing.  This is some of the best coffee I have had.  The Black Velvet coffee is a dark roast.  It has lots of flavor, but it is not bitter.  I found it to be very smooth tasting.  I enjoyed my cup of Black Velvet with a little bit of creamer.  I felt that the flavor was so rich that it didn't need much added to it.  The Black Velvet coffee is a very full bodied and hearty roast.  This variety of coffee comes from Central and South America, East Africa and Indonesia.  You can purchase your own 12 oz. bag for $10.50.  You even can get the Black Velvet variety in decaf if you want.

Peter Asher coffee and tea offers a variety of coffees that include their - House Blend, Burundi, Dominican Gold, Northern Italian Espresso and more.  Some of their teas include - Cherry Rose, Ice Wine, Moroccan Mint, and Orange Vanilla.  Some of the teas sound so good.  Everything sounds like it's amazing and delicious!  What would you want to try?

About Peter Asher Coffee and Tea - They have been roasting and importing great coffees over 20 years.  They insist on providing great quality coffee and tea.

You can also connect with Peter Asher Coffee and Tea on Facebook.

Disclosure - I received a sample of Black Velvet Coffee from Peter Asher in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are 100% my own as always.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Montagne Jeunesse

I recently received a Passion Peel Off Mask made by Montagne Jeunesse.  This was in my voxbox compliments of Influenster.  This is one of their peel of masks.  You apply it to your face and allow it to dry.  Then once it is dried you peel it off.  I will be honest and I had a little of trouble getting it to peel off, but my skin really felt great afterwards.  I like that this is a single us package and there is the perfect amount in each one.  The Passion Peel Off Mask has a nice fragrance that isn't too overpowering.  This is a deep cleaning mask and my face felt super clean afterwards.  This is a great face mask for normal to oily skin.

Cut Out Holiday Cookies

My mom had this really neat kid's cookie book when we were kids.  She actually saved the cookbook all of these  years and now I have it.  It might be falling apart a bit, but I love this cookbook and all the fun recipes it has.  The recipe I'm about to give you comes from a cookbook called Cookies for Kids (by Better Homes and Gardens).  I make these cookies with my kids every year.  These cookies are very simple to make and I love that they have a great buttery flavor.  I will tell you though that they are not really a sugar cookie.  They aren't your typical puffy sugar cookie.  They taste more like a butter cookie or shortbread to me.  They are also egg free, so if  you have an egg allergy they work great too.

  • 1 cup butter (I always use real butter.  Margarine does not work the same)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 TB milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

In a large bown beat butter with the electric mixer on medium until softened.  Add the sugar and beat until fluffy.

Add the milk and vanilla.  Beat well.

Slowly beat in the flower until well mixed.  Mix in the rest of the flour with your hands.  

Divide the dough into 4 parts.  Wrap each part in plastic wrap.  Chill for 1 or 2 hours.  

Heat the over to 375 degrees.  Roll out one portion of dough at a time on a floured surface.  The dough should be rolled out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out the cookies with floured cutters.  Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.  You can then decorate these however you want - colored sugar or sprinkles.  You can also decorate them with icing later if you prefer.  

Bake the cookies in a 375 degree oven for 8 minutes.  They should be lightly browned on the edge.  Allow the cookies to resp on the sheet for 1 minute after they come out.  

Recipe make 36 to 48 cookies.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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