Monday, December 8, 2014

An Update on the new Cookbook!

First, I have to apologize for being MIA for so long!  I promise you, I think about all of you every day!  I'm SUPER good at over-extending myself and I REALLY over-extended myself these past 3 months.  Choosing to write a cookbook in 3 months is one of the most insane things I've ever done....all while working full-time, being a mom, being a wife, teaching FitAddict Training Classes, teaching Essential Oils classes, helping direct the Children's Choir at Church, preparing my school kids for their winter performance, joining the church choir and conducting the Christmas Cantata and trying to SURVIVE!!!  So yeah, I was in survival mode.  I'm still coming down from all of this because I'm still knee deep until the Christmas season is over.

So, I'm sure you want to know what's going on with the NEW cookbook!  Well, I'm here to tell you that last Monday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 a.m., I submitted my final manuscript.  The photographer is shooting for the book this week and I'm now working with the copy editor.  It's all very, very exciting and an incredible whirlwind!!!  I don't have a date on when the cookbook will be released, but from what I was originally told, it should be in the Fall of 2015.  So, not terribly far away, but still a ways off.

Let me tell you a little bit about what it's like to cook and create over 100 recipes in 3 months while working full-time.  LOL  The first thing I will say about it is, OMG!  LOL  It's not as fun as you might imagine, LOL!  Or rather, it's fun because I like a good challenge!  I really haven't met a challenge yet I haven't met or exceeded.  That's just how I roll! ;)  Thank GOODNESS I have like 10 Slow Cookers!  I have used them all to their maximum potential!  My neighbors have received food, my freezer is stocked and the teachers at school are pretty much all my new besties!  They've been eating well ;)  Below is what I like to call my "grand finale" which occurred on Thanksgiving.  I had a Cranberry Glazed Turkey in the oven (but a version of this will go in the cookbook,) stuffing (because you have to have stuffing on Thanksgiving!) Crustless Pumpkin Pie, Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes, Brown Sugar Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Honey Lemon Glazed Carrots, Apple Berry Crisp and a Strawberry Orange Sauce!  PHEW!!!!  We ate really well on Thanksgiving and the days after!



 



The good news is, NEW RECIPES WILL BE COMING SOON!  Ones I can actually share with you! See, I couldn't cook the volume of recipes I had to cook for the cookbook and post new recipes at the same time.  Everything I have made the past 3 months goes exclusively into the new cookbook!  I can't wait for you to see it!  It's going to be amazing!  The recipes are incredible.  Some of my best work, if I do say so myself.

Again, thank you for "sticking with me!"  I know it's been a long, quiet 3 months from me, but I'm working my way back into posting and promise there will be new, incredible, healthy and delicious gluten-free recipes coming your way soon!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mini-Holiday Gift Guide - For the Whole Family!

Tis the season for giving, right?  I mean, Halloween is just around the corner, but most of us are already thinking about and planning gifts for the Holidays to come.

So, I thought I'd take some of the worry away by sharing a few neat products with you.  There are options below for mom, dad, the kids, aunt and uncles, grandparents...the whole fandamily!

The Kids

 KidDesigns Frozen Magical MP3 Microphone
If you have a FROZEN fan in the house, this is a must-have!  You can use it as just a plain microphone, you can sing a long to the pre-recorded music, or you can plug it into any mp3 device and sing a long with any of your favorite tunes!  My daughter hasn't put it down since it came and when she does, my son picks it right up! You can purchase it here.






Delta Children Cars Deluxe Upholstered Chair



Any little boy in your life would LOVE this chair!  My little guy is 3 and he has been in heaven ever since setting eyes on this chair!  It looks like Mater and Lightening McQueen rolled into one, which is the best part about this chair in my son's opinion.  It's well-made and a nice comfy cozy place for your little one to curl up in and read a book, or watch their favorite TV show or movie.  You can purchase it here



Fashion Delightful Dollhouse
This colorful dollhouse is a HUGE hit in our house!  This dollhouse is around 4 feet tall and has lots of rooms for your little one to play with!  Ella's not so much into Barbie dolls, but this house works for any little friends....like Pooh Bear and Strawberry Shortcake!  The dollhouse is fairly easy to assemble and will provide hours of fun!  For the full review and where you can purchase this product, please visit week99er.com 








LeapFrog LeapBand
 I have to tell you, this device is ADORABLE!  It hasn't left Gavin's side since he received it!  The LeapBand is an interactive fitness band that helps active kids stay active and can help spark that activeness waiting to get out of your child!  It's customizable, parental controlled and water resistant!  For a full review on the LeapBand and for information on where to purchase this product, please visit week99er.com






The Adults

 Proper Pillow
I've been sleeping on this pillow for about a month now.  I'm LOVING it!  It's firm, but yet conforms to help keep your head and neck in the proper position when you sleep so you don't wake up with kinks.  This amazing pillow is washable and dry-able, which keeps it hypoallergenic.  You can purchase the Proper Pillow here.






My Charge Energy Shot
How about grabbing a handy little USB charger as a stylish and useful stocking stuffer!  This little guys packs a lot of punch, with adding up to 9 more hours of talk time!  For the full review and where to purchase this, please visit week99er.com




West Loop Travel Mugs

I know from experience the West Loop travel mugs are the best, as we've used a lot of different brands in this house.  These guys can keep your beverages hot for up to 5 hours, or cold for up to 12 hours.  For a full review and where to purchase these, please visit week99er.com





Hamilton Beach Set n' Forget Programmable Slow Cooker


You can never go wrong with getting someone a new slow cooker.  Let's be real here...you can never have too many slow cookers!!!!!!!  This 6 quart programmable slow cooker is completely digital and programmable with 30 minute increments on high or low.  For the full review and where you can purchase this product, please visit week99er.com

*Disclaimer: I was provided with the microphone, pillow and chair in exchange for this post.  The other reviews were used with permission from www.week99er.com.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Harvest Snaps #Review

OMG!  Ok, so several months ago, I ran into these gems at Costco.  
These are Snapea Crisps.

OMG
I love Sugar Snap Peas.....but when I can eat them like potato chips?!  YES! YES! YES!

So, fast forward to a few weeks ago when I got an email from Harvest Snaps and I found out they had OTHER flavors!!!!  I almost died from excitement!
Look at the box that arrived for me!!!!


I LOVED them all.  (I actually opened each package while my children were napping and endulged....no, serisouly.  I ENDULGED!) My two favorites were the Wasabi Ranch and Cesar, but the Original lightly salted Pea Crisps are my all-time favorite.


The Black Pepper  Snapea Crisps were awesome as well.


 Each and every flavor were delicious.  I even enjoyed the lentil crisps.  They come in the Onion Thyme and Tomato Basil flavors.



My kids love Harvest Snaps as well.

The kids eat them with their lunches, take them for snacks and we take them to parties too!
Honestly, I can't say enough good things about them.  They are incredible....and addicting, LOL!  Now, GO GET SOME!

 
Find out more about Harvest Snaps by visiting their website.

Need some Lunchspiration?!  Click on the linked text to find out more!


*Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beados Review - TONS of creative fun for the kids!

When Beados contacted me to review this product, I KNEW my daughter would love it!
Remember those little beads we used to play with that we would shape into something, cover in wax paper, then have our mom iron it for us until it melted?  Remember your mom cursing under her breath because she would get wax on her iron?  Yeah....I remember that!  LOL

GONE are the days of ironing those beads!  Beados has come up with a heat-free alternative!  All you do, is spray them with water and let it dry!  

In the box, you get 3 templates to work with.  Each template has 2 sides, so there are a total of 6 (7 really if you count the one template with the sundae and fish as 2.) 










You pick a template and place it on a purple plastic disc (comes with 2 - which is great when you have 2 friends or two kids.)  

In the box, there is a bead holder so you can separate all the beads into different bins by color.   The set also comes with a bead "picker-upper." Ella used it for a while, but found her fingers more effective and quicker. 



When you have all the beads in place, you take the cute little water bottle and spray your art.

You then place it under the battery-operated fan to dry!




When it's dry, you simply peel it off the purple disc!  And voila!!!  You have happy kids!!


You can find beados at www.beadosbeads.com

*Disclosure: I was compensated with Beados in exchange for this review.  All opinions here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Celebrate Hot and Spicy Food Day with Tandoor Chef - #Review #Gluten-Free

Did you know August 19 is Hot and Spicy Food Day?! 

WHAT?!  YUP!  Now, THAT'S my kind of day!
I may have mentioned once or twice before how much I love spicy food.


What better way to celebrate spicy food than with a little Tandoor Chef Indian Cuisine review?!
I'm not a huge fan of frozen foods.  Most of them taste terrible and have absolutely no nutritional value.  Not to mention, there are not very many gluten-free frozen meal choices out there.  Not only doesTandoor Chef offer gluten-free, it also offers vegan and vegetarian products as well.

I was VERY pleasantly surprised with Tandoor Chef!
I tried two different varieties:


The Chicken Tandoori with Spinach was tasty.  VERY heavy on the spinach, so it would have been great with some bread to soak some of the sauce up with, but hence, being gluten-free, I don't normally eat bread at all.  It was still very good.

The Chicken Tikka Masala was my FAVORITE!!!!  It was packed with flavor and absolutely delicious!

Both of these meals were packed with protein!  I was super impressed.  Along with that though, they were both very high in sodium.  For something I will eat every once in a while, I did't mind it.  However, I would most definitely not be able to eat these every day with the amount of sodium they contain.

Here is the nutritional information for the Chicken Tandoori with Spinach:

Here is the nutritional information for the Chicken Tikka Masala:

And of course....don't you want to see what they actually look like after you cook them?!  That's pretty important ;)

Here is the Chicken Tandoori with Spinach:

Here is the Chicken Tikka Masala:

I found both to be mildly spicy, just as the box said.  I could definitely use more spice, but it has to appeal to the masses ;)  I will purchase these again in the future.

You can find Tandoor Chef in the following places:
Social Media:
 TandoorChef.com

*Disclaimer: I was given 2 vouchers for Tandoor Chef in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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