Thursday, December 22, 2011

Appetizer Ideas!

With Christmas fast approaching I am always looking for quick appetizers for my guest. One of my favorites is a Hormel Party Tray.

It has everything you need to satisfy your guest. I got a couple of these for our church Christmas Party and they where a huge success. Another great idea is a veggie tray! Make it colorful as that is the key to how we eat. I love to make mine with celery, baby carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes, and olives. Or make a fruit tray. These are great too. Try different colors like green apples or red delicious or both, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and oranges. Spice it up and change it around. 

These quick and simple appetizers are always a huge hit at any party I have been to or thrown for that matter. 

If you are a super hurry and have not time I say go for the Hormel Party Tray. To save some money head over here and print a $3 off any Hormel Party Tray while you are at it. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Doughnut Muffins Recipe!

If you are looking for a great new dessert or breakfast recipe you are sure going to love these!

Here is the yummy recipe:

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Jam or whatever you want for filling or no filling at all. Just make sure you put it in the middle of the dough.

1/4 cup of butter melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon

Bake at 350 degress for 20 to 25 minutes. Dip the top in melted butter then in cinnamon and sugar mix.

I double and even sometimes triple the recipe it makes a dozen with this recipe. I made these with chocolate pudding in the middle. But I have had them with blueberry, strawberry, and apple jam before and those are good as well. You can be creative.


Beyond Bedding Review!

I have been looking for some Baby Bedding for awhile for our newest edition and haven't found any until now! I got this Pink and Purple Butterfly Baby Bedding 9 piece set from Beyond Bedding!

It comes with quilt, crib bumper, crib skirt (Dust Ruffle), fitted sheet, toy bag, decorative throw pillow, diaper stacker, and 2 window valances. I just love this set as it goes perfect with the quilt I have been working on for her.

They also have where you can design your own crib bedding which is great if you can't find exactly what you are looking for. I was looking at the option but when I saw the butterflies I had to have it. 

Another great feature is if you have a picky teen you can make your own teen bedding as well! I have several teens now and it seems the girls are way more picky. 

They have so many choices when it comes to bedding that I definitively recommend you check them out if you are in the market for new bedding.

*This product was provided to me free of charge for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this product and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion*

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oral B-Stages Cars 2 Mommyparties!

I recently got the opportunity to host a Mommyparties sponsored by Oral-B and Crest Pro-Health. We got to view the movie Cars 2! The kids loved it of course. Some of them had seen it already and some where seeing it for the first time.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and the goodies they got to take home. They did get to try out some of the products and where impressed with the taste. Guess they where all expecting yucky mouthwash. 

We had a great time! They mom's where happy with the samples they got to take home. It was a great time! Of course after eating all the junk I made all the kids go brush their teeth. 

Disclosure: MomSelect and Oral-B selected me to host an in home party and provided me with products to host and for goody bags for my guests. I received no other compensation and my post is my unbiased opinion on my experience. 

Visalus Protein Shake Review!

 As a busy mom I most of the time forget to eat breakfast which we all know is a important meal. So, I was excited to get to try a new protein shake called Visalus. I have tried protein shakes before and they are gritty or nasty tasting. But Visalus is not! I am not kidding! I thought I was drinking something bad for me. 

Let me tell you it taste like you are drinking a cake or a milkshake for that matter. It leaves no gritty taste at all. You will feel full for hours. I even let my kids try it and they loved it! What I did was I put one packet of powder in the blender with a cup of milk. I would then add 4-5 ice cubes and a banana and a tablespoon or more of peanut butter. It is yummy!

It's perfect for if you are on the run and need a quick meal replacement as you don't have time to stop and eat you can drink it. It is also a good option for a healthy snack. It is also another great way to lose weight which I am working on. But being a nursing mom I have to make sure I have my calories too. 

I will say this I have lost 34 lbs since I had our newest edition and have tons more to lose.

This product comes in a 30 shake pouch. The powder mix comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and they are full of vitamins and minerals. The price is $49 for enough powder to make 30 shakes. It is sold thru independent distributors like Mary Kay, Avon, Tupperware, or the Pampered chef is. 
You can learn more about the shakes here.

*This product was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion and no other monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

Monday, December 12, 2011

Redbox 12 Days of Christmas

 Starting December 13 through December 24, will be launching 12 Days of Deals & Prizes and offering daily prizes from Sony, Wii, Barnes & Noble and more, as well as instant savings off movie and game rentals.

Here are the Details: 
Simply text FUN to 727272 each day for a daily deal and a chanc to be entered to win the prize of the day.

Visit to find your neighborhood Redbox kiosk, or by using the free iPhone and Android applications. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Build-A-Bear Workshop Promotion!

One of my favorite places to shop is Build-A-Bear Workshop! It's not just for kids either! I love Build-A-Bear and have 6 or more of their bears. Yes, I love bears and collect them! My little ones have one too!

They make the perfect gifts for all occasions! One of the best things about Build-A-Bear Workshop is the opportunity to make or buy a unique gift, add a customized, signature sound or embroidered message and give it to someone special. They have something for everyone that is for sure.

With that in mind I am excited to tell you that Build-A-Bear Workshop wants to help you stretch those "bear bucks" this holiday season! Starting today through December 18th you can purchase any animal PLUS any outfit for $24.99! That's a great deal! 

I am for sure getting a new bear! Plus, with this great deal it's time to get our newest edition her own personalized daddy animal! We have done my other 2 little ones one a bear and one a rabbit with their daddy's voice on it saying he loves them. I can't say how much of a big blessing those have been when daddy has been away and not able to tuck them in at night.

So, be sure to check out the great selection of stuffed animals at Build-A-Bear Workshop! This is one deal you don't want to miss!

*Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place. All opinions are my own."  

Couponing the Extreme Video Course Review!

I recently got to do a review of Couponing:The Extreme Video Course. It is a great beginner course for those new to couponing. 

I would definitely recommend this course if you are a beginner or wanting to get into couponing. It is also perfect for those that don't have time to go to a local class. As you have access to tons of videos that you can watch over and over again. That way if you forget something you can watch it again with out the hassle of having to pay for another coupon class. 

I have been couponing for 6 months now and have done all the things she talks about in the videos. I have saved tons of money on our grocery bill! I have a stock pile that will last us 6 months or better.

Don't get this coupon course mixed up with the show Extreme Coupons as it is nothing like that. She just shows you how to properly use coupons and apply them. I don't like that show Extreme Coupons as it gives us other couponers a bad name.

I have to say my biggest haul was at Publix right before Thanksgiving! My total was $400 before coupons and after I paid $81.80! How great is that! She also has many other useful links too!

Overall, the program is very useful I would totally recommended it for any new couponer!

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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hartstrings Review!

I recently got this cute Black Dot and Striped Teired Dress from Hartstrings. I wasn't for sure what kind of dress we where getting or for who when I was chosen to try their clothes. 

I will say this dress made my 2 yr old Hannah excited! She is obsessed with dresses more then ever now and of course loves new clothes! What little girl doesn't? So, thanks to Hartstrings for providing me with this cute dress!

I have to say I always thought Hartstrings was out of my price range but they do have some awesome sales in store or online! This dress retails for $50 but was on sale for $20. It is made of very soft cotton and cute as can be. I do have to get her some tights to go under it now that it's getting colder. 

This is one dress that I had to cox her out of to wash it. Crazy I know but you got to do what you got to do. I will be shopping at Hartstrings again for sure! They have so many cute kids clothes and that's one thing I have tons of. 

*This product was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion and no other monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*