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 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 

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

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

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

Hamilton Beach Set n' Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

You can never go wrong with getting someone a new slow cooker.  Let's be real 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

*Disclaimer: I was provided with the microphone, pillow and chair in exchange for this post.  The other reviews were used with permission from  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.

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, 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

*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:
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*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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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Simple Shredded Pork Marinara over Spaghetti Squash - Gluten-Free

It's a very rare occasion in which everyone in the house boasts over my dinners.  No, really.  I know, I know...."Queen of the Crock Pot" yada yada!  LOL  I mean, everyone usually doesn't complain about dinner, but this time, they RAVED about it!

Here's how it went....I was out teaching an Essential Oils class and on my way home, my husband said "Nice job on dinner, honey!  The kids LOVED it!  I loved it too!  Good job!"
Well, that was nice to hear!
Fast forward to the next morning when Ella gets out of bed...
"Morning mom!  Did you really make that dinner last night?"
"Good morning Ella!  Yes, honey, I did."
"Wow, mom!  That was REALLY good!  Great job, mom!  Me and Gavin LOVED it!"

Here's the thing...I literally opened cans and dumped them in the slow cooker along with a chopped up onion....which my husband did for me.  I didn't add ANYTHING else to it.  LOL  I used all Dei Fratelli products, so apparently, they season better than me!  LOL!!!!!

I'll get to the recipe now so you too can "wow" your family with you mad cooking skills!

Servings: 12-14

4 oz. pork sirloin tip roast
26.46 oz. carton Dei Fratelli Truly finely chopped tomatoes
28 oz. Dei Fratelli crushed tomatoes, basil and herbs
28 oz. can Dei Fratelli chopped Italian tomatoes, herbs and olive oil
6 oz. can tomato paste
Spaghetti Squash (1 squash served 3 adults) - cooking instructions here
optional: regular pasta or gluten-free pasta if you desire

Directions: (use a 5 quart or larger crock for this recipe)
In your crock, place the pork sirloin tip roast.

Next, pour in the carton of Truly finely chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chopped Italian tomatoes and tomato paste.

Add the onions, then stir it up a bit.

Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 3.5-4 hours.
Take the pork roast out, roughly shred it and stir it back through the sauce.
Serve it over Spaghetti Squash and ENJOY!

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