Category Archives: For Your Home

7+ Cookies: 1 Mix! #MakeItYours #EatSmart

These cookies turned out absolutely amazing!  I have eaten far more than I needed to!  Perfect for Christmas or any day! I love that one recipe can make multiple types of cookies!

Many Types of Cookis. 1 Recipe

I love this recipe!  I received it from Influenster some time ago and just recently tried it out.  The recipe itself gives four different additives so that you can make the batch and make different types, but with creativity they will make so many more!  The awesome thing is that one batch makes enough for doing at least two different types of cookies, probably even four if you wanted!  I doubled my batch and have an insane amount of cookies, we’ll be sharing them with many!

Eat Smart Digital Nutrition Scale

I’m always worried, when trying a new recipe, whether my measurements are correct.  So this time, I used my Eat Smart digital nutrition scale to measure out the ingredients.  The recipe turned out literally perfect.  The Eat Smart Digital Nutrition Scale, for many reasons, made it onto the 2017 Glimmering Gift Guide, as those cookies were too tasty!

 

 

From the Company:

  • Calculate calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin k and six other nutrients from thousands of packaged and 999 whole foods
  • White backlight LCD screen with on/off button for conserving battery life
  • Memory Mode: Save up to 99 entries for daily or weekly tracking
  • Weighs in grams (to nearest whole gram) and ounces (to nearest .1 ounce)
  • Max weight: 11 pounds / 7kg
  • Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl
  • Auto power-off after 2-minutes
  • Includes 4 x AAA batteries with your purchase
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty

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Now, on to the cookies…

Be sure and check out the tips & notes at the bottom!

Multiple Types of Cookies: 1 Base!

Mix-ins

  • M&M’s
  • Reece’s Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows & Chocolate Chips (Smore Cookies)
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Butterscotch Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 c Country Crock Butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups your choice of mix-in

7+ Cookies with 1 Yummy Mix!Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix sugars, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Fold that mixture into the other bowl until well mixed.
  4. Add mix ins as desired.
  5. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls or small balls onto a well greased pan.  (The cookies will spread some, but not a lot.)
  6. Grease a pan very well, bake 10-12 minutes until cookies start to brown on the bottom.
  7. Remove from pan and place on a wire cooling rack.

Notes:

2 batches made 54 1 inch round cookies!

Use a vegetable bench scraper to pick up multiple cookies, saves tons of time!

Originally posted 2017-12-13 06:41:23.

Fire Safety: 6 Tips

Fire Safety TipsHey Everyone!  Fire safety is crazy important and this time of year it is important to make sure you and your family are safe from fires and have a plan in case of one!   When I was two, our house burned down.  We all got out safely, but it could have been so much worse!  Here are some tips and such to help you stay prepared!

  • Have an escape plan!  Draw up a ‘map’ of your home and talk to your kids about how to get out if there is a fire and where to meet up.
  • Check your smoke detectors on a regular basis.  Have a day of the month where you go through and check them.  It doesn’t take long and you’ll appreciate it!
  • Make sure you have insurance!  Even if you are renting there are plans to protect you family in case of a fire!  No one wants to start from scratch!
  • Never leave candles unattended!!!
  • Get a fire extinguisher and know how to use it!  If you have older children, teach them as well! The small ones are around $20.  Just remember, it’s an investment!
  • Be mindful of the stove/oven.  Be sure not to leave anything unattended.  I’m gonna be honest and say I’m guilty of this one, so now I try to find something to do when baking to keep me close by.  Sometimes, I sit on the counter and read.  😀  If you can’t do that, then at the very least set some timers so that you don’t run off and forget it!

 

Below are some resources that may help you:

Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist, Red Cross
Fire Drill Checklist
Free Home Inventory Software
Home Inventory Checklist

Do you have any good resources for home inventory and such???

Tips or tricks maybe????

What does your family do to be prepared???

Originally posted 2012-10-09 09:51:00.

Precision Get Fit Body Scale

Weight is on almost everyone’s New Year’s Resolution list, Check out this Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat  Scale from Eat Smart!Precision Get Fit Body ScaleImmediately, the look of the Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat Scale impressed me!  Gorgeous, shiny glass and a bright LED screen was quite an impressive view!   With a 100% satisfaction guarantee,  you can’t go wrong.  In addition to up to 8 user profiles with automatic recognition of who is on the it, the scale will give you your body composition, hydration level, bone and muscle mass!  The scale can be used for up to 400 pounds in weight, with a minimum weight accuracy of 11 pounds.

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The only problem I’m having with the scale is learning how to use it.  I don’t like reading directions, so I always struggle at first.  The older body scale I had was difficult to see the numbers as the backlight was brighter than the numbers were dark.  With the Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat Scale, this is NEVER an issue.  It is amazingly easy to see, even from 6 feet above!

This is truly made for those wanting to monitor their weight and fitness!  I love that it gives so much important information and makes life a little easier!  One can know exactly where they lie with the right information, therefore properly targeting areas in need, hopefully getting to optimum health!

Originally posted 2017-12-06 11:31:27.

Family Honor Plate: Give the Gift of a Priceless Memory

Holiday shopping for grown children with families is a beast, but the Family Honor Plate will solve that for you!  You’re welcome, you may now stop stressing about shopping!

I have heard from more than one person that shopping for people is impossible, especially once they have children and families of their own!  With a family of adult children, shopping for gifts gets more expensive and more difficult each year!  That is exactly what and why I love about the Family Honor Plate!

Even if crafts and DIY are not a thing in someone’s household, the Family Honor Plate makes it so easy that anyone could do it!  With easy to follow direction, the Family Honor Plate contains everything one needs to not only make an awesome family memory, but also an heirloom that lasts for a lifetime!  From experience, it is known that these are the things that are forever held close to our hearts.

The Family Honor Plate contains:

1 Ceramic Honor Plate

8 colors of paint

3 paint brushes

7 Discussion Starters

1 Painters Palette

1 Plate Stand

The really cool thing is, with all the correct tools in hand, not only can you make amazing memories with family but it can be baked and sealed in very easily!  The plate can actually be eaten off of so no need to have a plate collection or use it to decorate; it can be a daily reminder of the fun that was had and the values that were learned!  You won’t be sorry and neither will any recipient!

The Family Honor Plate can be found all over the place!

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Originally posted 2017-12-05 12:40:02.

Glass Straws Review

glass straw

Hey everyone!  With the holiday season fast coming upon us, I wanted to review some things that we could use for gifts so the awesome people over at Glass Dharma has allowed me to review their glass straws!!!

Pros:  great for the environment, pretty, makes you feel kinda classy, comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and designs, easy to clean and they have specially made brushes to clean them with in case anything gets stuck inside!, GREAT for the environment!

Another pro is the way it is made!  It’s made with the same process the people at Pyrex make their glass!  I love Pyrex and have some really old Pyrex dishes so I like that they are made the same way!

Guarantees:  Breakage and satisfaction guarantee!  Taken from their PDF regarding Glass Dharma: We take great pride in the workmanship of every piece we make. We use exclusively borosilicate glass (Pyrex® and Simax® are familiar brand names). Occasionally a crack may occur unnoticed before the annealing process takes place. This would significantly weaken the glass. We guarantee all of our work against such rare defects. It is also because these defects are sometimes difficult to detect that we guarantee against ANY breakage. This gives you the benefit of the doubt!!

Cons: none really, however I did learn that I tend to ‘grab’ straws with my teeth.  No worries, it didn’t hurt.  LOL

Price:  $6.60-$8.50

Great For:  These straws would really make a great gift for the person that has everything.  I would almost guarantee he/she wouldn’t have these!  (Since they are fairly new)  I also think they would make great hostess gifts!  Of course, they’d make great gifts for anyone that loves to entertain!

My Two Cents: I really like them.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about the concept, but I’m loving them.  Did you know that it takes a plastic bag over a 100 years to degrade???  I think using these straws will do a nice little bit in my part of helping the environment!  I read that stat and am still in shock!  Furthermore, and I know this sounds crazy, but I can totally see me and my girls sipping our ice tea (we’re southern, you just have to understand) and enjoying great conversation!  Makes me feel all grown up and sophisticated!  LOL.

Have you used glass straws???
Which one would you like if you won?
What would you use them for???

 

Originally posted 2012-09-04 09:18:00.

Giani Review

gianiOkay, so some of you know we bought a house recently and have been remodeling.  There were only two rooms that didn’t get a makeover, the existing bathrooms.  (We added a new bathroom as well, but that’s another day!)  The main bathroom is….well….lacking, but so were funds so we decided to make it our work in progress.  Tile and a new shower are in store, but not anytime soon!  The old counter top was laminate and installed probably when the house was built in 1976.  Needless to say in was in need of a facelift so when the chance to try out Giani’s Granite Paint for Countertops came, I jumped at it!
I will admit that painting is NOT my thing.  I stink at it!  But, I figured there was no way I could make it look worse than it already did, so I risked it!  I’m proud to say that it looks really great!  I really love the way it turned out!  So, check out this tutorial and then consider re-doing your old countertops!

 Start out by wiping down your counter really well.  You want to get off any debris or bumps so that they don’t show in the paint!  Next tape off everything.  They suggested 2 layers of tape around the wall, I suggest three!
 A little trick for you!  If you line your paint pan with tin foil, your cleanup is a whole lot faster!  😀
Each can is labeled so that you know exactly which layer goes when.  The instructions and the instructional DVD are really great!  Don’t worry about lines, they even out on their own!  😀
Sponge on the first layer.  Randomly.
It’s labeled, you’ll know which one!
Then the second layer.  You don’t have to wait for dry time!  😀
Next?
You guessed it!
The third layer!  LOL
I know, it doesn’t look like much.  Next you go through and blog any places that you’ve missed with random colors.  Since there is no real formula for blotting, you don’t have to worry about messing up!  Do the same along the edges.  I forgot to get pics, sorry!
 Little show stealer, she found the markers and went to work.  Then she decided she had to have a pic while I was taking the finishing shots, thought I’d share with ya!  😀
Voila!  My new ‘granite’ countertops!  Super easy, foolproof!  And I love the way it turned out!
If you’d like to try it out, you can go here.
I promise, no craftiness needed!  You can’t mess this up, because it’s all about randomness!
Per the powers that be, I received one kit for review purposes.  There was no monetary compensation, my opinions are my own.  Always.  For more information on my policies, go here.

Originally posted 2012-05-24 19:03:00.

Soda Stream

Guest Post Written and Provided by Tammie over at Freebies Galore and Giveaways Too!!!  

Hey guys, the review done by Crafty Zoo can be found here if you’d like an additional bit of research after you’ve read this one!  😀
 Let me start off by saying that when the opportunity came up for me to try the new Sodastream, I literally jumped at the chance.  And i am so glad that i did. I cannot tell you you how awesome the machine is but i am sure going to try.
   The package arrived by UPS. Just look at what came with it.










There was the machine(which was super easy to put together), 2 bottles, the carbonator, 6 fill size flavors, 12 sample flavors and 3 water flavors and the instructions.  I went to the Sodastream web site and decided to read up on the product first and what i found was that believe it or not but Sodastream is saving the world from the plastic bottles ending up in the landfills,  they participate in world water,  they date back to 1903 where they introduced innovative solutions to  the world beverage market and your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Just to mane a few things but you can read more at Sodastream USA .






I just could not wait to try this and my hubby(eric) was more than willing to help.  After the machine is put together, we then started.  The directions say to fill a bottle with water up to the fill here line.  Then screw the bottle into the machine and press the button on top of the machine 3 times until you hear a sound then you are done carbonating it.











     Yes, Eric is very intense in making this.  I think he was just thirsty.  Next after you have the bottle carbonated, pick your flavor and follow the directions on how much to add and Do this slowly.  I did it fast(LOL), and it ended up all over me!  One thing i learned was to follow the directions.




          Eric decided to do the orange.  This product gets a thumbs up from my whole family! We just love it.

Pro’s
   It saves a lot of money
   Easy to use.
   So many variety’s of flavors and types
   Great for the environment
   The bottles will last for 3 years
   Flavors are easy to find

Con’s
   none

~~Disclosure- The product was given to me for the purpose of doing a review. Whether favorable or not favorable, the opinions expressed are solely my own.  I was not paid to write this review.
 
   Sodastream.com was kind enough to allow me to have a giveaway for 1 Sodastream Fountain Jet Starter Kit. You will get your choice of red white or black/silver. Some great bloggers and I have gotten together to offer this wonderful giveaway.

 Open to U.S Residents only!
 The giveaway runs from May 20 @ 12:01 A.M. -June 10th  @ 12:01 A.M.
Also PearlMountain has kindly allowed us to have a giveaway of their Image Converter Software with licenses to 20 winners!!!

So please enter using the easy Rafflecopter below.  Good luck to you also and thank you for entering.

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Originally posted 2012-05-20 05:00:00.

Liquid Gold Clean Screen Review

Hey Everyone!  I don’t know about your computer screen, but mine was filthy!  Was, being the operative word!  I’m always afraid to clean them.  Screens now aren’t like screens back in the day!  So different!  I never know what is good for them and what isn’t, so I just don’t clean them.  I know, horrible.  I found this product and I’m really liking it!  It states what it can be used on, so no confusion.  It’s safe for laptops, desktop computer screens, HDTV’s, etc.
Here is their product description:

Kit contains:
Spray: Formulated with Reverse Osmosis (RO) Solution state-of-the art water treatment technology. RO removes molecules of mineral deposits and impurities smaller than the water molecules themselves. RO leaves nothing behind but a crystal clear clean. 6.5 fl. oz.

Cloth: A unique synthetic suede microfiber cloth that is used to apply the RO solution. Soft & lint-free, highly absorbent and quick drying, the cloth cleans without scratching delicate surfaces.

I used it on my laptop screen for just a few seconds, using a couple more sprays than it asks for, gently wiped the screen down for a few seconds, and it looks amazing!  While the screen was still off, I could see a few streaks and it made me a little nervous, but once I turned it on the screen is gorgeous!  It looks brand new!  Honestly, kind of makes the rest of this little old laptop look sad….
Yeah, moving on…
Their website can be found here and you can also follow them on twitter here!  Their product can often be found for as low at $4.00!  It’s a 6.5 oz bottle, so you’ll not need a new one for a while!  Well, unless your house resembles an electronic store!

If you are interested in DIY cleaners, check this one out!  Super easy!

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2012-03-27 23:17:00.

Sure Flap Review & Giveaway

Soon we will be posting our remodeling stuff and I thought we would get you ready for it with an early home post!  Pets: super important to consider when remodeling.  After all, they are the part of our family that won’t get to voice their concerns!  Well, at least not with the English (or whatever you may speak) language!  I think this one is the cat’s meow!  Hehe, pun intended!    
Sureflap is a unique cat door in that it opens for your cat when they approach via their microchip.  For you tech people, or those who are married to them, it works on a binary system so it can store up to 32 different codes!  Once the codes are there, you don’t have to reprogram it for battery changes or anything.  Thus ending the in and out game we all get to play with our pets!  

According to the papers they sent me, they are working on doing a small dog door to be released some time this year.  The Zoo is looking forward to that one too!  Currently, you can get the Sure Flap for $149.99 over at their site!  You can get white or brown, they measure 5.59 x 5.39 inches.

You can win one here at the Zoo thanks to the great people over at Sure Flap!  Check them out on facebook too!

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Originally posted 2012-03-15 22:30:00.

Soda Stream Fountain Jet Review

Hey everyone!  I recently received a Soda Stream Fountain Jet to review and wanted to let you hear my thoughts!  Here goes my two cents!

Okay, I’ll be honest and say that I always though ‘WHO would buy one of those!!!’  They seem a bit expensive when we can easily buy 2 liters!  However, after trying one, I can see a use for them!  In our house, we don’t drink soda except on special occasions and when we go out.  So, basically we don’t buy soda for the house.  Ever.  We drink a lot of water, kool-aid, milk, juice and tea.  However, after playing with trying out the Fountain Jet, I’ve changed my tune!

If you are one of those households like ours, where soda is a special occasion treat, the Fountain Jet is right up your alley!  The initial cost is about a hundred bucks if you get it from their website, but you can go higher depending on which value you choose!  I have decided that they are perfect for our movie and game nights!  As well as BBQ’s and small gatherings.

As you could see in the picture I received a pretty nice selection and we’ve yet to choose a favorite!  Root beer, however, is NOT our fave!  It has a diet flavor to it!  Of course, I don’t like homemade root beer in the least, so that may be the problem!  We are looking forward to trying all of the flavors and I’ll let ya know when we try different ones!  I’m looking forward to trying the orange soda one!  Chief Zoo Keeper is wanting to try the Ginger Ale.  Oh, how our tastes differ!

Anyway, the Fountain Jet is simple to use.  The instructions were in every language it seemed like!  They also have a picture diagram, if you are a visual learner like me!  The most time consuming portion was chilling the water, but if you have a water dispenser in your fridge, or just keep cold water on hand, then you’ve got no wait at all!

The flavor of the root beer, wasn’t so great.  I think part of the problem was that it was our first go round.  We were having trouble getting the carbon exact!  They suggest 3 ‘shots’ but that didn’t quite do it for us.  We’re gonna keep experimenting with it!  We’ll keep ya posted when we get it right!  With over 50 flavors, I’m certain we will!

Overall, they have an awesome variety.  If you prefer not to make the sodas, they have great additions for water too!  I’ve changed my mind, I can see uses for it now!  My Monkey likes it!  I think it’s the concept of making your own soda, but regardless she enjoyed it!  I really think you should try one.  It’s great for entertaining, or for an every now and then treat!  It sure beats running to the store just because all of the sudden you actually do want soda!

The only real complaint I had is that it is about a half inch too tall to fit underneath the upper cabinets!  However, in the new house we’ll have none so I won’t be complaining much longer!  Aside from that, it’s a keeper!

My favorite glass.  Looks short and fat at this angle!  LOL.  Have you tried Sodastream???  Do you have a favorite flavor of their soda, or just in general?  I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear any tips, tricks or thoughts you’ve got for it!!!

As a simple little reminder, all of my opinions are always my own.  My opinions are not paid for!  BUT, if they ever are, I’ll let ya know that it’s not actually my opinion!  If you’ve got any questions, please refer to my Disclosure tab above or just click here, it’ll give ya the rundown!

Originally posted 2012-03-05 00:36:00.