Monday, April 27, 2015

Gorton's Seafood Smart & Crunchy Review & Giveaway


DUE TO THE BLOG ISSUES THAT WERE HAPPENING LAST WEEK THE GIVEAWAY END DATE HAS HAS BEEN EXTENDED! SEE BELOW & ENTER NOW!!!

I have a confession. I LOVE seafood. My entire family shares the love and our favorite way quench our appetite for seafood is to add several different varieties of Gorton's Seafood into our cart on grocery shopping day.






With warmer weather right around the corner, I've been trying to lose a few pounds and now Gorton's has a new product to make that easier and tastier. Gorton's Smart & Crunchy fish sticks are never fried, have 50% less fat than their regular fish sticks and are only 180 calories per serving.

Some other important points:

  • Smart & Crunchy sticks and fillets are made with 100% wild caught Alaska Pollock
  • They are breaded in a tasty panko bread crumb that gives them a delicious crunch
  • Gorton's entire line is free of artificial flavors and MSG
  • Fish and seafood are natural sources of lean protein and critical nutrients including iron, zinc & vitamins A, B and D.



                            I think I have some friendly dinner competition ;)





Not only is Gorton's Seafood delicious and healthy, but they are super easy and quick to prepare. Fast food without the "fast food". :)


Connecting with Gorton's:

  • Visit smartandcrunchy.com to download a coupon, learn about the tour, find recipes and enter a sweepstakes for a chance at the ultimate family vacation!
  • Like Gortons seafood on Facebook
  • Follow on Twitter  #smartandcrunchy
  •  Follow on Instagram
  • Follow on Pinterest
Disclosure - I have received free product. All opinions stated are 100% my own. 


GIVEAWAY - Enter below for a chance at a great Gorton's prize pack! Please remember you will have 48 hours to respond the my email if you are chosen as a winner. You must be at least eighteen years of age and a U.S. resident to enter. Giveaway will run until 11:59 pm on April  4th 2015.

Prize pack includes:

  • One Gorton's adult apron and one Gorton's child's apron
  • One Smarty stuffed plush toy
  • Two full value Gorton's product coupons


ENTRIES  - Must leave a blog comment for each entry. Be sure to include your current email address.

- Share your favorite Seafood
-Like Gorton's on Facebook
-Like Bliss Farm on Facebook

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sweetleaf Organic Stevia Review

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I think one of the biggest obstacles to eating clean and healthy is sugar.  We all know organic is best of anything. We also know pure sugar, organic or not, is not something any of us should consume very much of. But, it's also almost impossible to have flavorful food without it. What would our coffee, tea or baked goods (to name a few) be like without a little sweetness? Yes, there have been three major sugar substitutes around for many years now. But those also read like a chemical experiment gone bad. That doesn't leave people that absolutely need to limit their sugars with much of  a healthy choice. Just ask my daughter, she has been a type 1 diabetic since the age of thirteen.  I always tried my best to limit her use of the fake white stuff, which was not easy. She has been on her own for quite awhile now and not only does she want to control her sugar levels but she wants to also eat clean and healthy.

Thanks to greenmomsmeet.com, I was excited to receive the opportunity to try out Sweetleaf Organic Stevia and share it with my daughter. We are both extremely picky when it comes to how the sugar tastes. I have tasted types of Stevia in the past that were too bitter. Sweetleaf does not have the level of bitterness that we have tasted in other brands. The other big benefit for us was the USDA organic seal. It is very sweet. I prefer to add a half a packet to my tea.

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Just the facts
• SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener is a Certified Organic, zero-calorie
sweetener made from high-quality stevia leaves.
• With a delicious taste that is sweeter than sugar, SweetLeaf Organic
Stevia Sweetener is perfect for sweetening hot or cold beverages,
cereals, baked goods, desserts, fresh fruit, yogurt, and more.
• SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener is gluten free, and contains no
artificial ingredients, calories, carbohydrates, or glycemic response,
making it ideal for people managing their blood sugar or calorie intake.
• One packet of SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener is as sweet as two
teaspoons of sugar.
• SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® comes in 35 ct. ($4.99) or 70 ct. packets
($8.99). Prices may vary based on the retailer.

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CONNECT WITH SWEETLEAF

For delicious recipes using Sweetleaf and more information, visit sweetleaf.com  You can also connect on Facebook

Disclosure - I received this product for free from the sponsor of
the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC,
who received it directly from the manufacturer. As
a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agree to use this product
and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media
Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Disneyside Home Celebration 2015

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Welcome to our Disneyside home celebration! Last year, my party theme was "It all started with a mouse..." This year I went with Mickey Mouse again, but kept the theme less specific. When life and budget doesn't necessarily allow for a chance at new and big ideas, you go with the tried and true. I was super excited to find out I was given the honor to host another Disneyside celebration this year.  I decided not to make any final party decisions until I received my free party box, courtesy of Disney Parks and Mom Select.  You can watch the video unboxing here.

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Once all the goodies were laid out, the plans came together. The guest list was first. I knew there were going to be a mix of ages.  The ages went from six to sixty plus.  I wanted things that everyone could do together and to have a couple things available for the youngest ones if needed. My box of goodies had activities for the youngest ones covered. I decided to purchase Disney Cranium for everyone to enjoy together. It turned out being a big hit that everyone really had a ton of  fun playing.

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No party is complete without food. I had contemplated a couple of different ideas but ended up going  with what we had last year. A hotdog bar, macaroni salad and a veggie tray were the main meal dishes.  After dinner I left out the veggie tray and set up the popcorn bar. I wish I ha gotten a picture of it. I had a huge bowl of freshly popped corn, theater style popcorn bags and then toppings...Parmesan cheese, spray butter, salt and mini chocolate chips.  There was a also a big bowl of cheese balls.

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For dessert we had chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and colorful sprinkles,  a rice krispie treat in the shape of Mickey Mouse and assorted Mickey shaped sugar cookies.

 

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The photo booth was also a big hit.

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At the end of the night my guests left filled with good food, giggles and fun memories. Oh, and goody bags to!  :)

A huge thank you to Maria, Amy, the entire Mom Select  and Disney Park teams and the generous sponsors involved in putting together this opportunity and the celebration boxes.

I received free products in order to host a Disneyside @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

If you would like to keep up with what's happening at Disney Parks be sure to follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube Channel You can also get some great ideas to show your Disneyside at your next party by visiting DisneySideCelebrations.com

 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ten Cookie Baking Tips

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Hello everyone...it's that time of year...the holidays are here!!! Whether you are an avid year round baking queen or someone that reluctantly pulls out the baking supplies just at the holidays,  almost everyone will be baking at least one batch of cookies within  the next month.  with that in mind, I recently recorded a video on my ten cookie baking tips. It doesn't matter whether you are a novice or a seasoned baker, these ten tips will help you make perfect cookies every time. Many of the tips can also help with other baking projects, so although these are geared towards cookies,  they are helpful in general also.

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1. Use the best/freshest ingredients possible
2. Use unsalted butter (no margarine unless recipe specifically calls for it)
3. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpats
4. Brown sugr should packed down and level, flour should be lightly scooped and leveled off.
5. Know your oven. Time and temperature in a recipe are guides. Adjust according to what you know about your appliance.
6. Use an ice cream scoop to keep cookies the same size When baking cutouts, bake all one size on one cookie sheet.
7. Soften butter at room temperature. Never microwave to soften. If you need to soften butter in a hurry, pound it with a rolling pin and finish softening by beating it on low before adding other ingredients.
8. Read the recipe before you start to familiarize yourself with the recipe and be sure you have all of the ingredients on hand.
9. If you are short an ingredient and decide to search for an appropriate substitute, be sure that it is a tried and true substitution.
10. When it comes to baking, you want to follow the recipe precisely.

Tips 1, 2, 3 and 7 are the ones I consider non-negotiable. If you don't follow these, don't bake! Honestly, they are what I have found to be the very most important tips to ensuring perfect cookies every time.

Below is my video if you are a visual person and/or would like a more in depth explanation.

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Happy holidays and happy baking!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Frontier Soups Review & Offer

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When the weather turns cool, we love including soups into our meals. Although I love making soup from scratch, sometimes I don't have the time or I'm missing an ingredient. Frontier Soups solves that problem.

Frontier Soups is an American company founded by Trisha
 Anderson, who transformed her life-long love of cooking into
 a career in the food industry. The company is dedicated to
creating the best all-natural products possible. They believe
that soup is the essence of comfort food and Frontier Soups
mixes make it so easy to serve simple, satisfying meals at
home. Today, they offer a variety of all-natural soups, stews,
chili, and chowders to families around the country.

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Thanks to greenmomsmeet.com, I was given the opportunity to try a variety of their soup mixes.  Flavors include South of the Border Tortilla Soup Mix Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder Soup Mix, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup Mix, and Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup Mix.  Their soup mixes include all-natural ingredients with no added salt, preservatives, or MSG and are super easy to make. You can follow the suggestions on the package for adding in meat or additional vegetables or just use the package contents and add the required amount of broth for a super yummy and quick soup. Pair it with a sandwich or a thick slice of fresh bread and you have the perfect, warm and yummy meal for your family.

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Additionally, many of the mixes are gluten free and all corn and rice are non-gmo. Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes are available from the following
retailers: Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger Natural Stores, Central Market in Texas, Great Harvest Bread Stores, Omaha Steaks, Braum’s Fresh
Markets and 1500 other independent and specialty stores across the country, and in Canada at Sobey’s and Whole Foods. Products are also available online
at Frontier Soups, Abe’s Market and Amazon.

You can also connect with Frontier Soups on Twitter & Facebook.

Frontier Soups is offering an exclusive Moms Meet deal to share with
my readers! With the Moms Meet Soup Mix 6-pack, you‘ll get 20%
off the original price, plus free shipping on your order! To purchase,
visit frontiersoups.com/moms-meet-soup-mix-6-pack.

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of
the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC,
who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a
Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product
and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group
LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Kupp Review

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Recently I was given the opportunity from greenmomsmeet.com to review the The Kupp. Not sure what that is?

The Kupp’ was created by Katesplace founder Kate Oliver as a tool to help her young boys learn accountability and responsibility. She gave each of her children their very own glass in a different color and put them in charge of their cup and all of the responsibilities that came with it, including setting the table, washing, and putting it away. She quickly discovered that she had a cleaner kitchen and her family consumed less plastic. As a result, the Kupp’ was born—a six-ounce glass with a colorful silicone sleeve designed just for kids.

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The Kupp is an innovative way to let kids have their own drinking glass without many of the issues ordinary drinking cups present. Made for kids three years of age and older, each cup is made of recyclable, certified lead cadmium free glass that also has a medical and food grade silicone sleeve. The sleeve is also BPA/BPS free. What else is great  about The Kupp?

  • Perfect kid sized handle built into the sleeve

  • lightweight but won't tip or fall over

  • No need to remove sleeve for washing

  • Dishwasher safe to 120 degrees


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What did I like most about The Kupp? I love the colorful sleeves, not only do they stay bright and do not sag after washing (I've encountered that on some other silicone sleeved glasses) but the assorted colors can be a life saver for a mom with more then one child. No more complaints of "that's my cup", "she's drinking my juice", and so on.  Now granted, I do not have any really young kids at the moment but I love these glasses for two big reasons. One, they are  eco friendly and two, they are the perfect juice sized glass. You would think a teen could properly portion out a glass of juice. Nope. In one fell swoop a whole container of juice can be consumed. These glasses prevent that and that makes me very happy :)

To learn more and to get your own Kupp, visit their website also....

Connect with The Kupp

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who
received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer.

 

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Decorations 2014

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If you have been reading my blog for very long you know this is my very favorite time of year. Starting September 1st through the new year is one big, long holiday for me :) This Halloween Decorations post is not big on pictures because I did a video instead. I'm still getting into the groove of YouTube and combining my blog and YouTube channel. I am forgetting to also take a few blog worthy shots. On top of all that, I am learning the process of editing the videos I shoot. I purchased some editing software that I thought  was going to be easy (based on the reviews) but it is no where close to easy. I am certainly not a tech guru by any means but I can usually figure things out after going over them a couple times. No such luck this time. I finally decided to try my Windows Movie maker again (it kept closing on me for no particular reason). If I had waited to learn the Corel software it would be a long time before I started recording. The movie maker doesn't always play nice but it does allow me to pretty much restore my project when I restart.

Now I feel like I have rambled on for ten minutes about something you could probably care less about, lol. Okay. On to the fun, cute stuff. I hope you enjoy my Halloween decorations and the video. If you have a video and or blog post showing your Halloween decor leave me a comment on here or on YouTube because I would LOVE to see how other people are decorating this year.

ENJOY!!!