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Yummi Pouch Multi-use Storage Bag

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There is nothing quite like that moment when you realize the milk or snack or water has leaked into your car, diaper bag, or is just all over that poor little one when you are out and about and unable to run home.  If it’s a hot day, it doesn’t take long for clothes and car alike to develop a smell second only to what you nearly stepped in this morning.

Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches combine style and convenience in an Eco-friendly reusable drink container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks. Easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and enjoyed by drinking from the side spout, Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are ideal for kids taking healthy snacks on the go. Includes set of 4 assorted patterns.

I absolutely love having these!  Since they are made of cloth, I don’t have to worry about whether or not the boxy shape of the tupperware I normally use is going to take up too much room and I frequently use it for those lovely soiled linens that happen when you are out.  If you are a cloth diaper momma (or auntie, or grandma, or whatever), you could also use them as a wet bag if you preferred.  They are machine washable, so it would be no problem to toss it in with the laundry once you get home, hang it to dry and you will be good to go!  Plus, with four patterns you could manage to always have at least one ready to go.

I’m crazy about being prepared, so keeping an extra on hand in the car is a must-do when I’m on the go.  I swear if I could I’d take with me probably half a bus of just in case items.  I’m that chick that has 3 bags on a trip, except only one of them is actually clothes.  The rest is stuff I might need in any scenario.  haha.  Lord help me if I ever decide to fly!

You can get yours through Amazon by clicking on the picture above or you can see what else they have on their website.

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Originally posted 2016-09-30 21:01:42.

#Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer

Brieftons Vertico SpiralizerBeing a blogger means making food pretty. It isn’t always easy, as a matter of fact, it can be quite a challenge. Not only do we need to be able to take gorgeous pictures, we also need to be able to make the beauty of our subject look great and food isn’t always easy. Food photographers get paid very well to do what they do, they also use techniques for it which means you can’t necessarily actually EAT what is in the pictures. I assure you, every single picture of food that I take is promptly eaten.
Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer is made to, basically, cut fresh veggies and fruits into spirals. They can be either big or small, depending on how you choose to use it. I have plans to use mine for some dinner parties and this summer I will be making some amazing and gorgeous salads. However, this week is kind of slow and I didn’t have any fancy food to test it out on. I still have to eat though and when I went to get an apple to snack on, I realized it was the perfect test object. It if looked terrible, I wasn’t depending on it for garnishment on food for guests. Fortunately, it looked gorgeous. In order to prepare the apple, all I did was washed it. I personally dislike biting into an unsliced apple (unless it’s covered in caramel, haha) so ‘spiralizing’ my apple was a win-win scenario.
Putting the Vertico Spiralizer together was quick and easy, taking only a minute or two. I was able to figure it out without any instructions, though Brieftons does have a youtube video demonstrating how to do it on youtube and on their site. Cleanup was also a breeze, a good rinse got the left behind fruit out of the blades and it is top rack dishwasher safe. Have I said how much I love my dishwasher? LOL. There was a little bit of pressure required to keep the slice going once I got to the middle of the apple, but it wasn’t very difficult. There are grips on the bottom that holds it in place as you operate it. I was able to get 2 out of 3 suction cups and they did well to hold it in place.
There are only two things I would change about the Vertico Spiralizer. The first is the ability to add pressure. While it was easy to modify the way I turned the crank, I would really have loved for there to be a little more weight to the crank so that perhaps the additional pressure wouldn’t have been necessary. The other thing that I would have loved is if their slicer would better double as a mandolin. While it probably is possible to use the blade on the bottom as a make shift mandolin, the top rack gets in the way of really using it much. Plus, that particular blade is not very long.
All in all, the spiralizer is a really good and fun product. The company sends you 3 virtual recipe books that contains recipes to use with it. One of which is a raw foods recipe book. While I, personally, haven’t ventured into the raw foods arena some of the recipes sound really good and I may eventually try them out. Right now, I plan on using it for gorgeous garnishes and to play with during meals. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with it. I know it is going to make some beautiful chocolate spirals for cakes and cupcakes. Bring on the sweets, baby!

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Originally posted 2016-02-02 00:31:29.

Chomps Jerky Review

chompChomp’s is a great alternative to the typical beef jerky.  A much better choice, I feel.  The meat from Chomps comes from grass fed beef, it is non-GMO, gluten free, paleo friendly and all natural.  Sounds great but we all know that flavor is the essential requirement, at least for those I know anyway.

Let me tell you the flavor is great!  I was a little surprised at the packaging, as there is an extra layer of plastic protecting the freshness of the jerky.  There are a couple of different flavors, my favorite is the original.  I tend to lean toward the all beef flavor and it’s really good.

Started out of an apartment in Chicago, Chomps was created by Peter and Rashid, with the all important assistance of their wives.  Their mission is to “create the highest quality jerky product on the market” and with 9 g of protein per stick, I think they are well on their way!

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Originally posted 2015-12-29 15:56:10.

How Do You Like Your Eggs? Eggtastic #Giveaway Ends 10/19

eggtasticEggs are probably one of the most popular breakfast item in history.  If you are from the country (or somewhere close) you can probably even find fresh eggs locally.  When I was young, my Great Grandfather owned chicken houses and I remember riding through collecting eggs as a child.  Nothing reeks quite as bad as a chicken house, but those eggs fresh are fabulous.

As an adult, having the time to cook eggs for breakfast has taken a distant back seat to needing to get my coffee fix.  Becoming a mother will reduce that even further.  Though as a mother, it is also very important that I maintain begin (let’s just be honest) good nutrition.  I am excited that the Eggtastic is going to help me with that, I can have an omelet in less than 3 minutes!  That is fabulous!Eggtastic Review & GiveawaySo I know there is a fun little infomercial that we are all super excited to see, but we also know that those infomercials don’t often give the results they are intended to.  Let’s face it, they call it TV magic for a reason!  However, after having had the pleasure of trying it out, I’m actually convinced.  While my omelet didn’t turn out as pretty as the ones on the video, it tasted fabulous.  I made mine with homemade salsa and I definitely plan to do so again!  In literally a minute and a half, I had breakfast while my coffee was still brewing!

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Originally posted 2015-09-25 00:01:00.

Hamburger Helper: 8 Reasons to Have It Tonight!

8 Reasons For Hamburger Helper Tonight!Hamburger helper was one of my favorite dinners when I was a kid!  I would get super excited on those nights!  My little brother was super picky and he wouldn’t eat it for the longest, then I started making it and adding a few ingredients and he actually started requesting it.  Funny how that works!

Jazzing it up  and making it more your own is super easy and it makes dinner far less stressful!  Honestly, figuring out what to fix for dinner drives me insane sometimes.  I love that it takes the stress out of dinner, making it far easier to sit and enjoy your family during dinner.  Personally, I get so worked up cooking sometimes I can’t sit down and relax!

One of the awesome things about it is that you can use it as a base and add so much to it, making it special to the likes of your family!

8 Reasons For Hamburger Helper Tonight!

Hamburger Helper & Why You Should Have it Tonight!

1.  You can have an entire meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Whether you’ve had a rough day or just been running all day, it’s a quick and simple way to get dinner on the table without a ton of mess!8 Reasons For Hamburger Helper Tonight!

2.   When dinner is served, you’ll still be relaxed enough to enjoy it.  Imagine it:  no sweating and still feeling joyful when you sit down at the table!

3.  You can easily customize it to ensure that your whole family will love it and add additional nutrients!  There are a ton of things you can add to make it yours.  Some suggestions you may want to consider: corn, mushrooms, celery, peas, bell pepper, onion, green beans, shredded cheese, olives, salsa and so much more!

4.  You’ll have less dishes!  Quick and easy cleanup means you’ll have even more time to spend with your family without sacrificing flavor or resorting to take out.

5.  Dinner will cost less than ten bucks!  That includes your customizations!  We loved adding corn and mushrooms when I cooked for my Bubsa.

6.  There are so many different kinds, you can easily find a few that your family will love!  Whether you like ‘basic’ flavors, something more ethnic or something a little more ‘fancy’, they’ll have you covered!

7.  They always have box tops you can collect to help out your local schools!

8. Adding an another reason: 1 pan meal!  That is enough for me, I hate doing dishes!

8.  For a limited time, you can get free ground beef when you buy three boxes!  For this purpose, I recommend getting the meat as lean as you possibly can!


Originally posted 2015-04-18 00:07:06.

Half Time with @Applegate

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If you haven’t tried AppleGate’s products, you are seriously missing out!  I can assure you that the flavor can not be matched.  I wish I knew the words to convince you!

These days it seems like there are hormones and additives in everything. As parents, we worry about what all of these things are doing to our children. It seems like more and more we are trying to stay away from all of them in order to keep our babies healthy. This is one of the many reasons we love Applegate products! As commercials use to say, this is why Mom’s love them.
Let’s face it, hormone and additive free is great but if the flavor is off then it’s pointless. Nobody wants to eat nasty stuff! Fortunately for all of us, these are delicious! I’m impressed to say that I’ve yet to try an Applegate product that has been lacking in flavor. You’ll need to buy extras so that the kids can have a healthy lunch and you can have one of your own!
Thanks to the wonderful people at Applegate, one lucky reader is going to get to try the fabulous Half Time lunches! With three types of meat and the most amazing yogurt you’ll ever try, you won’t be sorry! Plus, they’ll send you a product coupon for when you run out!

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Originally posted 2014-10-10 20:41:55.

Pork Jerky #MothersDay #Giveaway

Check out this review! All natural This Pork Jerky is fantastic!If you are a jerky fan, or just looking for a delicious snack, it’s time to try this amazing pork jerky from Crooked Creek Farm!  Being from Oklahoma, I have had my share of jerky, both beef and deer!  However, I had never had PORK jerky!  Being a very dedicated carnivore, I wasn’t about to turn down the chance to try it out!

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We received a variety pack to explore and it was not disappointing in the least!  It included the original, spicy, and mango habanero.  They all had great flavor and were certainly delicious, but my favorite was the spicy pork jerky!  Normally I’m notable to have spicy stuff but this one was right on the nose!  I shared a piece and Chief Zoo Keeper was a fan as well.  Unfortunately, for the sake of this review he wasn’t able to have anymore.  Haha.

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Crooked Creek Farm Pork Jerky Variety Pack

Original 100% Pork Jerky

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Mango Habanero 100% Pork Jerky

All of their jerky was very good and greatly enjoyed!  It’s absolutely perfect for taking as a snack anywhere, especially on hikes and picnics!  One of the many things I love is that they offer a subscription service!  No need to worry about re-ordering, just set it up and be prepared for your automatic snack delivery!  Also, earn rewards for every month you subscribe!  How awesome is that?

For those of you who are health conscious, this snack is right up your alley!  There is no added MSG, hormones, or anything promoting growth, and it is antibiotic free!  It’s also Made in the USA.  Added bonus!  For those of you outside the USA, I have been told that they are working on being able to ship to both Canada and the UK.

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Shirley J Mugging Gift Set: The Perfect Gift for Anyone!

Mug recipes have become pretty popular, and these make it easy to understand why! Check out these delicious Shirley J Muggings!Hey everyone!  If you are ever in need of a quick sweet snack, you’ll wanna try Shirley J’s awesome Muggings!  Not only are her mugs adorable, the mixes are super tasty too!  We’ve tried all the ones pictured, not all at once though we did run out way too quickly…  Well, all except those two that I may or may not have ‘forgotten’ back for a ZooKeeper Pick Me Up Day!  These are great to have on hand for a quick snack, easy dessert or just a good sweet fix!  I think they’d be amazing gifts for college students too!  You can add things to the mixes or enjoy them as they come, either way you are gonna love having these on hand!  There are plenty of ‘in a mug’ recipes online, but I don’t think they hold a candle to these!  My absolute favorite was the Chocolate Brownie Cake!  I added some peanut butter chips to it and was in a momentary heaven on earth for a bit!  It hit the spot, that’s for sure!

Mug recipes have become pretty popular, and these make it easy to understand why! Check out these delicious Shirley J Muggings!We really loved the mugs, too.  Santa’s Mustache was quickly Monkey’s favorite and I am a sucker for a snowflake!  They are huge, so they’ve also become my favorite coffee cups as well!  Perfect for hot chocolate!  With all the mugging going on, it will be your new favorite baking mugging dish!  A quick couple of minutes in the microwave and you’ve got a piping hot cobbler, cake or even no-pan pancake ready to go!  They have one recipe that is gluten free also!  I’ve noticed lately that gluten free is getting quite big these days!

Let me just say, if I can get Monkey to type her thoughts on something, it must be good!  Writing is not her favorite thing, nor does she want to excel at it.  LOL.  So, to show you how wonderful she thought they were, here’s what she wrote:

Monkey’s ThoughtsMug recipes have become pretty popular, and these make it easy to understand why! Check out these delicious Shirley J Muggings!

The “Shirley J ‘S Mugging” ‘chocolate brownie cake’ was a very tasty treat. It actually tasted like a hot chocolate cake. It could be baked a little bit more but thats the only problem i had. i added some white  chocolate chips and they added some gooeyness. I suggest to get some icing for regular cakes and putting it on the brownie cake.

And it was good it had a profound taste and I felt like I was eating at a fancy restaurant!

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Originally posted 2013-12-12 01:11:56.

Kernel Season’s Gift Pack

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Popcorn…  in my house…  it’s our addiction.  Monkey and I go through so much popcorn it’s insane.  We actually have a popcorn machine in the living room.  It doubles as useable decor.  LOL.  Whatever excuse I needed to have a popcorn machine.  I love that it is a healthy snack  with relatively small side effects…  Well, unless you add three tons of sugar, butter, or salt.  Doesn’t matter, we are addicted.

Having seen various seasonings at the theater, we were super excited to ks4have a set for our own movie theater themed living room!  Plus, you know we just HAD to have popcorn even more often, as it is only fair to do a thorough review!  LOL.  So, now that we’ve gone through a bag or two of popcorn kernels and maybe a microwave bag or two, I can honestly say that these seasonings are a must for any movie night!  Popcorn is great on it’s own, but add a seasoning or two and you’ll be addicted too!  Plus, it won’t cost 15 bucks a bucket!  😀

With little cost, these seasonings are a great addition to any movie or game night!  They will take your popcorn from good to over the top!  They have an amazing selection of flavors too!  Whether you like sweet, salty, savory or even spicy they have you covered!  Monkey loves the ones with jalepeno and bacon while my favorites tend to be the sweet ones!  Plus, there aren’t that many calories in a serving of seasoning!

Flavors We’ve Tried:

  • Bacon Cheddar
  • Butter
  • Caramel
  • Cheesy Jalapeno
  • Kettle Corn
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Garlic Parmesan
  • Ranch
  • White Cheddar

There are many more great flavors on the site!  I love that they have such great gift sets too!  We have found a product that is to be stocked at all times now!  LOL.

 

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Originally posted 2013-12-09 10:12:56.

Kyvan BBQ Review

kyvanBBQThe other day I was looking up what foods were well known around the country and realized that it wasn’t just in my head- the South really is famous for BBQ!  That being said, I will happily admit that I am a BBQ fanatic!  I love it way too much not to keep trying new brands when I come across them!  I swear there are at least 4 different types of BBQ sauce in my fridge!  Different sauces for different uses.  😀  Or perhaps my flavor of the day whenever I break them out!

We tried out Kyvan and have found a new perfect marinating BBQ sauce!  I made the traditional BBQ for our house- BBQ Chicken.  One of my favorite foods forever, so I know a good one when I see taste it!  Kyvan was delicious!  Soaked into the chicken and made the chicken amazingly good!

The sauce has a solid flavor and it was just amazing, until I cooked it on the chicken.  Then, it was unbelievable!  If you haven’t already, check it out, you won’t regret it!  I’m dying to try their other products!!!  I can’t wait to try it in some other dishes!  I think it would be amazing in baked beans!

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Originally posted 2013-11-04 00:01:57.