Friday, September 12, 2014

BeeSili Ice Pop Molds Review


**I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others my have a different opinion.**



Ice Pop Molds - Make Popsicles or Use As Lunch Box Snack Keeper - Reusable, PBA Free, Highest Food Grade Silicone, FDA Approved - Make Healthy Pops with Leftover   Smoothie Mix, Juice, Yogurt Popsicles - Keep Snacks Fresh in Lunchbox –  Get 6 Bee  Sili™ Pop Molds Free!

     Bee Healthy,  Thrifts & Eco Friendly!
*100% BPA free, non-toxic
* FDA approved, food grade silicone that meets the highest standards to insure they are
                 completely safe for you and your family; no after taste or smells
* Nothing to lose: Love them or  get 100% money back guarantee for life.
*  Each mold is  8” long, 1” wide at the top & hold 3.4 oz or 1/3 cup
* Space saver, fits in small freezer  spaces
* Reusable, saves money and environmental resources
* Dishwasher safe - mold and the logo: Bee Sili™
* No  messy drips, easy to clean
* Cold and heat  resistant so no  cold fingers
* Slim cone shape fits  into small spaces in your freezer, lunch box, purse or gym bag
* Stand  6 molds  easily in a cup for filling


We were so excited to have the opportunity to review this BeeSili Ice Pop Molds.  My kids go through a lot of ice pops no matter what time of year it is. We do like homemade ones the best. We usually use juice or koolaid.


My Review:

I was a little skeptical about these molds at first and if they were going to leak if we laid them on their side to freeze them.  My husband kept reassuring me that it would be fine because the lid actually has a double seal on it.  I said OK and just let him go about making some homemade treats for the kids.  He was indeed right.  We had no problems whatsoever with them leaking at all and he laid them right on their sides to freeze.  The size of these molds are perfect for the perfect size ice pop.  It is also pretty cool that you can store snacks in them as well.  My daughter is one to usually like a paper towel when she has an otter pop but she didn't ask for a single one with these.  These ice pop mold also froze a lot faster than other ice pop molds I have tried in the past.  I like these much better than anything else that I have ever tried and they are definitely my new favorite!!!  We loved how easy these were to fill and use.  Once the kids finished an ice pop we just washed it up and filled it back up and it was frozen again within about an hour and a half, I was amazed.  These are great!!  I plan on getting rid of all the old ice pop molds I have and going to only using these.  

I recommend you check out BeeSili Ice Pop Molds for yourself and you can find them here.


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BakeitFun Baking Mat Review Review


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 About BakeitFun Baking Mat

Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat With Measurements - 420mm x 280mm (16-1/2" x 11") with Free Recipe eBook.
Toaster Oven & Freezer Safe - Cookie, Macaron & Pastry Sheet.
Certified FDA Approved


* This is a USA Half Size Baking Mat - 16-1/2" x 11" (280x420mm) - Custom designed cutted corners fits perfectly a 13"x18" pan.

* Manufactured using FDA and LFGB approved materials - Made of fiber cloths covered with the best food grade silicone

* BakeitFun Baking Mat doesn't require any grease, get rid of the extra fat or shortenings - Cook Nontoxic: Our mat is BPA free.

* Non-Stick surface eliminates the need to scrub - Keep your baking sheets always clean - Just rinse with warm water and air dry or dishwash, then roll it and store.

* Reusable mat with outstanding heat conductivity - Perfect to use in oven, microwave or freezer - Takes up to -40F (-40 C) degrees to 450F (230 C) degrees - Flavors or odors will not penetrate the baking mat 


 Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE to bake.  I don't actually eat it all but I love making it and giving it away.  I get asked all the time how I can have that much self control and I can tell you I have no idea, I just have a passion for baking.  All I need is a taste and that is good enough for me.  I get so much enjoyment just making treats for others. 

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Some of my favorite things to make are pastries even though they take FOREVER.  So I was really excited to have the opportunity to review this baking mat. 


My Review:

This baking mat was great!! It made the baking of my pastries so much easier.  I had NO sticking to the pan whatsoever.  I also did not have to use spray to keep them from sticking either.  I felt like this mat cleaned up a lot better than just using my pans, so it made for much easier clean up.  I really like that because so many times you get that caked on grease from cooking too many greasy things on a pan that it just starts to burn the butter onto the pan.  I am very picky about my pans and keeping them clean and keeping them from getting that build up.  This baking mat was perfect because it wiped off so easily and prevented that grease from burning onto the pan.  The BakeitFun Baking Mat is also the perfect size to fit onto a jelly roll cookie sheet.  I have had some silicone mats in the past that I got rid of because I didn't like the texture, I had things stick to them, and they just didn't fit the pan right.  This mat fit perfectly, nothing got stuck, and it has a great texture.  I really like this mat and plan on using it from now on for all my baking.  I hope to get a second and possibly a third one so I can use them with my additional pans when baking.  If you love to bake like I do then I urge you to check out this baking mat for yourself.  I bet you will love it just as much as I do.  It would also make a wonderful gift for someone in your life that loves baking. 

Here are my finished pastries. ;)

#bakingmat

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Roaring Spring Paper Products Review


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 Roaring Springs Paper Products is a 126 year-old manufacturer of paper products (made in the USA) such as notebooks and file folders. 
Roaring Springs is currently trying to get the word out about a few of their new products. 

Become a fan of Roaring Springs Paper Products on Facebook and you could have the opportunity to win products randomly, by answering quiz questions or sharing. (http://www.facebook.com/RoaringSpringPaperProducts ).

Here's a brief overview of the products and links if you'd like to learn more:  

Color Me Products – These notebooks and folders encourage kids to be creative by personalizing and coloring the covers. There are a variety of pre-printed themes on the covers such as Aquarium, Farm, Sports and Fun Park to peak kids’ interest.   http://www.rspaperproducts.com/products/color-me-products



Sugarcane Paper Notebooks - This environmentally friendly product is made of paper from sugarcane, a truly renewable paper.  This is a notebook where, by purchasing it really does save a tree.  http://www.rspaperproducts.com/products/wirebound-notebooks/genesis-poly-cover-paper-notebooks

 


Cross-Over Notebook - Unique wire bound notebook that has college-ruled lines running the width of the page on one side, and the length of the page on the other side. This unique printing allows you to take notes three ways: wide for sketching or to illustrate diagrams, standard, or use the backlight grid pattern the lines create for graphing. These are several great ways to get a lot out of one notebook. Crossover to a better note taking experience!  http://www.rspaperproducts.com/products/wirebound-notebooks/special-use-notebooks/cross-over-book

Always Cool Notebooks – These awesome notebooks feature vintage, hand-drawn designs from the early 1900s. They also sport the old Roaring Spring logo. Definitely a blast from the past! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=622594847826685&set=a.308708669215306.71498.298632526889587&type=1&theater
  
My Review:

 

Roaring Springs Paper Products makes great notebooks.!!  They are much better quality than many I found on sale at the stores just before school was about to begin.  I also like that Roaring Springs has so many different styles of notebooks to choose from.  Some of the styles are very unique and I haven't seen them in any other brand.  The Cross-over notebook for example I have not seen before.  It is a really cool concept and can come in really handy for different types of projects or learning.  I really like that the 3 subject notebooks have a folder in the front of the notebook to keep your papers handy so you don't have to carry a separate folder.  My children loved the "Color Me Products".  They loved that they could have a notebook and be able to color the front and have it customized and decorated just the way they wanted it.  I also really like that these products are environmentally friendly.  I feel like I am giving back to the earth rather than just taking away from it.  The quality of the paper itself is great!! I find it a much better quality than many other notebooks I have purchased in the past. The spirals on these notebooks are good quality and not as cheap as many I have seen out there.  I highly recommend these paper products for any of your school or home needs. 

Find yourself some Roaring Springs paper products today!!


#RSPaperProducts



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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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Homemade Cream of Zucchini Soup Recipe



I have had this recipe for quite some time now and have had many requests for it.  This is one of my go to favorites for fall when you are looking to use some of the vegetables from your garden.

 

This Picture is courtesy of my sister-in-law.  She made the soup today and I forgot to take a picture the last time I made it and the soup I have made is in my freezer.  I will update the picture next time I make the soup.  Thanks for sharing!!

HOMEMADE CREAM OF ZUCCHINI SOUP
 
Start with 2 Large Zucchini
First cut and de-seed zucchini (if they are large, if they are small you do not need to de-seed)  No NEED TO PEEL. Place in pot and fill with water to cover all the zucchini.  Boil until the zucchini is soft and mushy, you don't want a tough skin. Once your zucchini is cooked, puree in blender with the water used to cook the zucchini.
 
So 4 Cups Zucchini PUREED-set aside

1/2-3/4 cube of real butter
6 cubes of Chicken bullion cubes
1/2 cup flour or cornstartch
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder (I sometimes add a little more depending on the taste at the end)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp season salt (I use Lawry's)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
2 Cups milk
2 Carrots Shredded

 
Once you have cooked and pureed your zucchini then set it aside.  In your now empty pot add the butter, bullion cubes, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, season salt, oregano, and basil to make your paste.  Heat on medium low to not burn the butter.  Melt the butter and make your starter paste, stirring constantly.  Slowly whisk your zucchini puree into your paste a little at a time to start to thin it out.  If you don't do it a little at a time that is when you end up with clumps in your soup so make sure to whisk and add only a little at a time.  Once your paste is thinned out a little and just covering the bottom of the pan, then add the rest of your zucchini puree and shredded carrots.  Cook on medium heat until you get it almost to a boil.  Don't let it boil to prevent scorching.  Add 2 cups milk.  Turn to low and simmer for 20 min or so.  

Sometimes I will add a little more than 2 cups milk depending on how creamy I want it and how thick the soup looks.  I usually like my soup a little thicker rather than thin like water.  You can add less milk or add water to get your desired thickness.  Also If I have any left over whipping cream or heavy whipping cream in my fridge I will usually use that in place of the regular milk and add a little water, but regular milk works just fine.  OPTIONAL: Add cheese or crispy bacon if you want. 

VARIATION:  You can add any kind of squash to the zucchini or replace the zucchini with squash and use the same recipe and have a different delicious result. (I love to add acorn squash)
 
I hope it makes sense and I didn't over explain it!!!!  Good luck.  It is really yummy!!  

Let me know if you have any questions.
 
Leave me a blog post comment and tell me what you think or if there are any recipes you would like to see.


**This post is not sponsored.  I did not receive any product or compensation for this post.  This is my own recipe and my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.**

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cleopatra's Choice Pure Shea Butter Review


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#adovia

#1 RATED SHEA BUTTER ON THE MARKET! Natural Relief from Dry Skin, Psoriasis Dryness, Eczema and Acne. Excellent for Stretch Marks for Pregnancy or Other.
100% Natural and Organic Pure Shea Butter - Made with Hand Selected Finest Nuts of the Shea Tree in Ghana.
Deep Moisturizer for Skin - Contains VITAMIN A, VITAMIN E AND VITAMIN F - DOES NOT CLOG PORES - Highly Moisturizing and Long Lasting - Beneficial for Hair & Skin Health and Beauty
Used by Top Skin Care DYI Experts for DYI Soap, DYI Lotions, Body Butter and More - Highest Quality Guaranteed
1 POUND - Packaged in a Resealable and Recyclable Container for Easy Access and Storage

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 My Review:

This was actually my first experience with pure shea butter.  Usually I have only had it as an ingredient inside select products I have used.  I was worried I would have a skin sensitivity to this product but have had no reactions so far.  I have mainly been using this shea butter as a carrier with my essential oils on my skin.  I LOVE this shea butter!!  It melts just like butter in the palm of your hand.  I really like to use it on my face because my face is really dry and this doesn't stay greasy like many other products.  I especially love that it does not clog pores.  I have acne prone skin but yet I have eczema so this product has been great for my skin.  It makes a great moisturizer because my skin is able to soak it up and yet it doesn't just sit there and feel like it has been caked on for hours.  When I am using this shea butter with my essential oils it melts and spreads out nice and evenly.  It works much better than many other products I have used before as carriers for my essential oils.  I just recently started making a type of homemade hand cream with this that I really like.   I look forward to trying many of my other homemade recipes using this product. 




















 **I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pixie Mandy's Projects Kid's Sewing DVD Review


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#pixiemandy

In this how-to-sew video we will make Mandy’s Projects which include a Doll Pillow, Coin Purse, Chic Tote, Sweet Skirt & Rosy Ribbon. These are projects 6-10 in the Pixie Projects Series. You must first complete projects 1-5 to build your sewing skills. Are you ready to get started?

Join Katrina Marie in the 2nd DVD of the Pixie Projects Series. Pixie Mandy loves the color purple, and you will love learning how to sew all five of Mandy’s purple projects! First you will be making a Doll Pillow, which will be the perfect place for your favorite doll to rest her head when she cuddles up in bed at night! Next, create a cute Coin Purse to hold all of your coins, beads, or any other baubles you might have! And you can put your new Coin Purse inside your Chic Tote when you go shopping for lovely treasures in your favorite shops. While you are out with your friends, you will look so stylish wearing a Sweet Skirt and a Rosy Ribbon in your hair, which are the final two projects you will make. Katrina Marie will teach you so many new sewing skills as you create all of Pixie Mandy Projects!


This was the first time I let my daughter touch an iron.  It helped me have confidence in her after watching the video.  She was very confident in herself and had no problems whatsoever.  I had more fears about this than she ever did.  Watching this DVD with my daughter really helped me get over that fear.


First of all I have to say that she was SO excited that I let her touch my sewing machine!! She is always asking me to teach her to sew but I just didn't have the patience or at least I didn't think I did.  She was very excited to watch this DVD with me and learn how to sew.  Watching this DVD first was very helpful because like me she is a very visual learner so she was very confident and didn't need very much help at all from me which was nice.  The only hard thing was my sewing machine is a lot more complicated than the machine they use on the DVD.  I simply showed her the few buttons she was allowed to touch.  I wished that I had an older machine like they had on the video for her to use but I guess she got the pleasure of using mine.


 Just from watching the video she was able to see how they guided the fabric with their hands.  I had to give her a little more instruction but she did wonderful.   She is only 7 years old and made this little skirt from the video almost entirely by herself.  There were only a couple of tiny things I needed to help her with.  She was confident enough that she did not want me to help with anything.  It was so fun to watch her and to see how excited she got about sewing.


She did a WONDERFUL job making this cute skirt by herself.   She keeps asking me when she gets to make her next project.  I look forward to our next sewing time together and I really want to check out some of the other project DVDs.




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Fat Quarter Style Book Review and GIVEAWAY

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Fat Quarter Shop and It's So Emma Has done it again!!! This is another great quilting book made just for fat quarters.  Many of us have a stash of fat quarters laying around that our original idea just didn't pan out.  I personally have many of those types of projects.  This project was no exception.   I had purchased this Cat in the Hat fabric quite some time ago with another idea in mind and it just sat for a couple of years because I decided I didn't like my original idea so much.  When I had the chance to review this book I jumped at the chance!! I have SO many fat quarters laying around that I needed new ideas for.  I am looking forward to making many more of the patterns out of this book.

Here are some of the gorgeous patterns in the book.  There are 12 patterns total in this book and you can give them any look or taste by adding your own fabric.

 

The pattern I chose to do was called "Plume". (Featured above left)  I especially love this pattern because to me it looked like sun bursts. As I was making this quilt I did notice some different features in it that I didn't notice looking at the pattern.  In some of the places there are some pinwheels which look pretty cool because they aren't your basic pinwheel.  I like bright colors and so I kept with that theme and kept my background color nice and bright.  I also went very random with my placement on this quilt.  I am usually very particular but with Dr. Seuss there is nothing organized it must be random so I went with it.  It turned out great.  I can not wait to get this beauty quilted and bound!!!!  I am a child at heart and have to admit I actually made this for myself.  You can not tell from the pictures but this quilt is actually a queen size.  I could have made this quilt a crib size but I had so many fat quarters to use.


 The book Fat Quarter Style is AMAZING!!  The instructions in this book are very easy to follow.  There are quilts in this book for every quilting difficulty level.  If you are looking for pattern books for your fat quarters I highly recommend you get this book.  Each pattern has more than one size.  Sizes include crib, lap, twin, and queen.  I LOVE when books do this because then I can use the same patterns over and over again with different fabrics.  Not only is this a great book and you are getting so many patterns but this book is also excellent price!!


Check out Fat Quarter Shop and see what other fun stuff you can find!!


GIVEAWAY: Win (1) Fat Quarter Style Pattern Book
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