Mar 312014
 

I received a sample from KidzCanDesign in exchange for sharing this information with you. All thoughts and words are my own.

If you look at our refrigerator, it’s easy to tell that we have a preschooler.  There are a number of drawings and coloring pages stuck to the front of it, and many others grace the refrigerator at Grammie’s house, too.  She produces them much faster than we can keep up with them, that’s for sure.

As this is my first experience with all the “Mama, I made this for you!” drawings, I have a really hard time throwing any of them away.  What isn’t being displayed has been collected into a box to sort through at a future time.  Many of them I’m sure I’ll hang on to until she’s older, as some of them are really pretty good for a 3-year-old.

Turn Your Child's Artwork Into Custom Jewelry with KidzCanDesign

I know that over the years, there are likely to be some pieces that I’ll want to have forever.  And now those pieces can be something that you can memorialize in a very special way.  Using the KidzCanDesign website you can turn your kids’ art into custom pieces of jewelry! Continue reading »

Dec 142013
 

I received the Sky Viper QuadCopter and other products in order to facilitate my post.  All thoughts and words are my own.

Remote control…. The technology was still a bit limited back then, though, as most of our R/C products were tethered by cords running from the controller to the car.  Even once they graduated to cordless controls they were still a bit clunky – but of course still very fun!

Innovation never stops, though, and today’s R/C toys are pretty amazing.  Some of them, like the remote-controlled Sky Viper QuadCopter, are even a little mind-blowing.  Four-blade copters are one of the hottest trends in the remote control market right now and they’re finally available to the mass market.

Skyrocket Toys R/C Sky Viper QuadCopter

The Sky Viper QuadCopter is the biggest and most technologically-advanced option out there.  It has hobby-grade precision and computer-controlled 6-axis gyro and acceleromete stabilization make this an impressive toy.  The Sky Viper QuadCopter measures 16″ diagonally blade-to-blade and is constructed for both indoor and outdoor use.  So if the weather outside is frightful, kids don’t have to give up the fun. Continue reading »

Dec 112013
 

I have been in love with pomegranates for years.  In the last few years have become a little trendy due to the potential health benefits.  For me, though, they’re just the delicious tart jewels that my grandmother always served from a bowl during the holidays.

After gathering up the courage to try one as a very picky teen I was immediately hooked.  Since then I look forward to pomegranates coming into season each fall so that I can stock my refrigerator with the dark red fruits.  Getting all the arils out of the pomegranate was never my favorite part, but now you can even buy containers of fresh pomegranate arils from the refrigerated case at the grocery store.

Pomegranate Chocolate Bark Recipe

A few years ago I was experimenting with different recipes to find new ways to include either the arils or the juice.  I sprinkled them on salads, used a few to garnish cupcakes, and would use the juice to make a delicious glaze for chicken.  But my favorite discovery came when I was putting together my yearly food gift baskets for our friends and family. Continue reading »

Dec 112013
 

I love making casseroles all year long, particularly for their time-saving benefits.  They generally don’t take too many ingredients, and usually they’re ones I already have on hand.  The prep time is minimal for most recipes, and then you just put it in the oven to bake while you go take care of other tasks.

Having a few go-to casserole recipes can help simplify your holidays and keep stress at bay.  Guests drop in unexpectedly?  No problem!  They also are great gifts, too.  Trust me – there isn’t one person on your list that wouldn’t love the gift of a home-cooked meal that they didn’t have to make for themselves.

Sausage Breakfast #Casserole #Recipe

My Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe is a mash-up of a number of different ones that I’ve tried with tweaks that make it a family-favorite.  We occasionally eat it for dinner, I make it for weekend brunch, and it gets served in the morning on Christmas while everyone recuperates from opening gifts. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

In some instances below I received product samples. Others I just love! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Christmas is only a little over 2 weeks away.  While I’m usually done most of my shopping by now, I’m often just starting the hunt for stocking stuffers.  For some reason even though stocking stuffers are some of my favorite gifts to give and receive, they always end up last on the end of purchases.  Here are some last minute stocking stuffers to help you finish up your lists.

Band-Aid & Neosporin Products

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers: Band-Aid & Neosporin Brands

I always remember getting boxes of Band-Aids with fun characters on them in my stockings.  This year will be no different for my own family members.  Between the fun fashion designs and the characters like Jake & the Neverland Pirates and TMNT, there’s a choice for everyone.  Band-Aid Friction Block will be going in both Ashley and my SIL’s stockings; my SIL is a teacher and Ashley will be starting her teaching job in the fall so both of them will be on their feet a lot! Continue reading »