Friday, February 17, 2017

Little Adventures Will Provide Your Child Hours of Fun!

I've noticed lately that Scarlett is interested in dressing up and wearing fake jewelry.  We have a Hello Kitty jewelry box full of fake beaded necklaces and bracelets on her dresser, and she loves putting on the items and looking at herself in the mirror.  I get a kick out of it because she smiles and twirls around! I think it's safe to say she enjoys pretend play like all little girls do.

Little Adventures offers adorable dress up clothes for everyday in a variety of styles for boys and girls.  The sizes start at a year old and go all the way up to 9 years old, so your son or daughter can have years of play.  Your boy will enjoy the cloaks and hoodies along with the knight and dragon wear that comes in a variety of styles.  For the girls, there are a range of options including princesses and fairy dresses as well as accessories like wands, tutus, crowns, and tiaras.  

All children love to dress up and use their imagination for hours of fun everyday.  The clothes are soft and machine-washable for continuous use.  Keep Little Adventures in mind for gifting needs for that little one in your life.

Since Scarlett is a girly-girl, I knew she'd enjoy the Sleeping Beauty Princess Dress, the Deluxe Pink Princess 2017 dress, and the Hot Pink Fairy Halo and Wand.  All three pieces are so adorable! Since the order was delivered during nap time, I eagerly awaited Scarlett to wake up so I could see what she thought of the items.  Both dresses were ordered in a size of 1-3 years, so Scarlett can enjoy them for a while.  I liked that the dresses both came with hangers for easy hanging in the closet.  

Once Scarlett was up from her nap, the first dress we tried on was the deluxe sleeping beauty dress.  This number offers durable pink stretch velvet sewn and pink china silk with silver foil detailing fit for a princess.  Since it's freezing cold out at the moment, this velvet dress is perfect for keeping warm in the bitter temps when playing indoors.  We're also always looking to have more indoor fun since it's winter and too cold to play outside.

What I first noticed about both dresses is how well made they are.  I've seen some dress up clothes that seem like they are made with questionable materials, but that truly isn't the case for Little Adventures.  The colors are bold and vibrant and really grab a child's attention.  I'm a fan of the gorgeous silver scroll design that runs down the middle of the dress.  The dress fit Scarlett well and was a perfect length on her, it was also easy to put on.  She didn't seem to have any issues with the material being uncomfortable on her.  I've never seen dress up clothes offered for children younger than 4, so it's nice that smaller children and toddlers are accommodated.  

Scarlett smiled when I showed her what she looked like in the mirror and seemed very happy.  I put the matching fairy halo on her which really gave the dress an extra bit of pizazz.  One thing that we're missing from our dress up clothes is the requisite fake heels.  If we had a pair of silver or pink heels, I know it would have been perfect to complete the look.  I have to make a mental note to buy her some for future play.  The fairy halo is full of ribbons, sparkles, and flowy satin material to make a girl feel like a true princess.  What more could a little girl want?  What's great about the fairy halo and wand set is that it's versatile and can truly work with any dress up outfit you pair it with.  

It made me happy to see Scarlett so excited about the dress up clothes, because she's never owned anything like these dresses before.  Every parent wants to see their child's eyes light up, it's a special feeling. 

I couldn't wait to see how my tiny girl looked in the pink princess dress, I knew she'd look fabulous! Since this is a short-sleeved dress, make sure your child wears a shirt underneath so they aren't cold if you have cold weather outside.  You'll love this gorgeous two tone dress featuring a bright pink velvet bodice with silver trim that meets light pink velvet sleeves.  Your eyes will focus on the glittered collar and beautiful white rose that compliment the delicate drapes over a bright pink skirt.

This dress seemed to be Scarlett's favorite in my opinion since she started dancing and twirling when she looked at herself in the mirror.  It also was the perfect length and fit her well.  She touched the silver detail on the skirt and smiled while saying "ooh".  I'm sure she felt so beautiful, but who can blame her? She looked stunning! We also paired the fairy halo and wand set with this dress as well.  My tiny princess spent a while playing in both dresses and she didn't want to take them off when I told her it was snack time! I think it's safe to say she enjoyed being a princess.  The benefit of these dresses is that your child can be a princess whenever the mood strikes them.

Since both dresses are machine-washable, I can easily throw them in the washing machine if Scarlett does get a stain on them.  For a mom, that's extremely convenient and helpful.  

Why not let your son or daughter transform into a fairy princess or a dragon anytime they want? All you have to do is place an order at Little Adventures.  Playtime will be full of fun and adventure from here on out.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Little Adventures for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sesame Place Offers Fun for The Whole Family

Now that it's February, many parents are thinking about what to do with their children for the summer.  Scarlett is going to camp for a few weeks, and then we'll do a trip to Grandma's.  I'm sure we'll also do some fun weekend activities too.  Whether you're planning a family summer vacation or for your child to go to tennis or swim camp, there's no denying school will be out before you know it!

Sesame Place is located in Langhorne, PA and is the world's only theme park based entirely on the show Sesame Street! Bring the whole family for the day to enjoy wet and dry rides, special shows and performances, and of course many character photo opportunities.  Your children will be delighted with such rides as Cookie's Monster Land,  Big Bird's Ramblin' River, and the Sunny Days Carousel.  Don't forget to book a character lunch or dinner to have one-on-one with Elmo and the whole gang! There's surely fun to be had for all ages.  

You'll notice elements from the show as you walk around the park and it's really an exciting place for everyone.  I'm sure it'll bring back memories for the adults too! There are many money-saving packages you can check out on the website to get the most bang for your buck.  Summer isn't that far away, why not book a trip to Sesame Place today? The grand opening for the season is in April!

My husband and I took Scarlett last summer when she was 17 months old.  If you have a toddler in the 15-18 month range, they are not too young! Scarlett had such a blast in the water park area with the splash pads, she didn't want to leave! We also booked a character dinner and the characters come right to your table and dance! She absolutely loved that too.  If your little one is a Sesame Street fanatic like mine, it's truly magical to see the excitement through their eyes. Memories will surely be made when you go.  In fact, we have a trip booked to go in June!

Sunny days are waiting for you at Sesame Place this summer!

Five Tips For Flying With A Toddler

I've been flying with Scarlett since she was about 3 months old.  Obviously, it was a lot easier when she was younger because she would sleep.  She weighed less and was a lot smaller and it wasn't such a challenge to keep her happy.

Fast forward 23 months later, and flying with Scarlett is not something I want to do more than I have to! I do have some tips to make the experience less stressful that work for me. 

1. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks.  I do believe snacks are the key to keeping children happy in certain situations.  My daughter is the queen of snacks and will happily gobble down any cracker or anything covered in cheese. Keep bags of your child's favorite snacks or dried fruit handy.  It will keep them occupied and happy.

2. Toys and books.  Buy new small dollar store books or toys to keep your child busy while on the plane.  Don't introduce them until you're actually flying, so they'll have something new and unfamiliar to discover.  If you bring the same old toys and books, it might not hold their attention as long.  Obviously, bring their absolute favorite small toy though.

3. First Flying Experience.  For my daughter's first flight, we made sure to ask the Jet Blue flight attendant for a pair of wings to document her experience. The tiny wings had an adhesive backing and I was able to secure them in her baby book under the heading "first trip." Her boarding pass with her name on it is underneath! I'm big on documenting anything new with my child, and I know she'll be interested in seeing it one day.  Make sure you get a pair of wings for your child's first flight.

4. Apologize 174,000 times in advance to everyone around you.  Your child is bound to scream, cry, or throw a massive fit.  You can't avoid this, and yes it is very embarrassing.  Scarlett's had meltdowns on the plane due to not being able to sleep because it's bright and loud, or just because she's generally unhappy.  This is not a fun situation and all you can do is hope it passes quickly.  

As your child gets older and you fly with them, it gets harder to physically control and restrain them.  Scarlett loves to stand up on my legs and jump and laugh and basically disrupt everyone around her.  I'm sure the woman in front of me enjoys Scarlett drumming on the back of her headrest.  She doesn't like to sit down and just be still, but what toddler does? Scarlett was able to fly for free until 2 years old.  The downside of this perk is that a child under 2 is considered a lap child and must literally stay on your lap.  After 2, they are no longer free and must be in their own seat.  

5. Keep their ears happy.  The air pressure as you fly makes everyone's ears clog and uncomfortable.  Giving a child a sippy cup of water or a pacifier upon take-off and landing can make them more comfortable.  The sucking motion helps their ears with the pressure and both mom and child will be much happier! 

Hopefully these tips will make your flight as stress-free as possible, or at least alleviate some stress.  

Happy Flying! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It's Time To Stop Losing Socks For Good Thanks to SockDock

I'm responsible for three people's laundry in my home every week.  Since it's winter, we're all wearing a lot of socks.  Each load of laundry contains many pairs and it seems like I'm always losing a sock here and there.  It's frustrating and we've had to throw away single socks plenty of times.  My two year old has tiny socks which seem to disappear into the dark depths of my dryer. Wouldn't it be nice if you could keep track of all socks and have complete pairs permanently?

The SockDock is a simple and easy to use organizing system for keeping track of socks.  This handy device is available for purchase online.  You'll be thrilled to never lose socks again thanks to this system.  SockDock can conveniently hang on a doorknob or closet rod near your clothes hamper.  Once you put dirty clothes in the hamper, place your dirty socks on the SockDock between the cords and slide the button down loosely on the socks.  Add socks everyday to the SockDock until you're ready to wash clothes and it's full.

On laundry day, remove the SockDock and toss it in the washing machine.  Once your socks are washed, throw the SockDock in the dryer and everyone will have clean socks again.

With SockDock, you'll never lose a single sock again.  You'll be able to see exactly what needs to be washed and you'll always have both pairs again.  You can stop wasting money on buying new socks when you lose the old ones.  What could be better than that? Everyone should have a SockDock in their home to make their laundry experience easier and less stressful.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Scarlett's Silly Personality

One thing that Scarlett 100% gets from me is her silly personality.  I'm not only silly, but love to joke around myself, so I'm happy that she inherited that from me.

On any given day, you can guarantee that Scarlett will do something to get some laughs.  She loves when you throw pillows at her on the couch, or when you bury her in the ball pit in our playroom.  Nothing makes her happier than to have crazy things done to her like that! Of course I crack up right along with her.  

Scarlett enjoys wearing other people's shoes, as well as putting freshly washed laundry on her head.  She knows exactly what she's doing because she starts laughing as soon as she does whatever silly thing.  Punching her feet or putting the vacuum hose on her feet always gets giggles too.  What a crazy child! We spend a lot of our day together laughing, which is very special. 

I love that Scarlett is so silly and it ensures that we always have fun together.  What other silly things does Scarlett like, you ask? She enjoys putting boxes and buckets on her head as well as wanting to be closed up in a box.  We can't do that for too long since it's not the safest.  

I'm sure I'll be updating everyone on more of her silly antics again soon!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day is Almost Here!

The day of love is quickly approaching! Whether you're cooking for your sweetie at home, or you're both going out, the romantic day is not complete without dessert.

What are some of your favorite Valentine's Day desserts? I'm game for anything chocolate.  I'll be making fudge for Scarlett's teachers this year as a small gift.  The more chocolate involved, the better! Check out some of these mouth-watering treats to give you some culinary inspiration.

How amazing does everything look? I want to dig in right now.  I'd love to see some of your past Valentine's Day goodies that you've made.  Feel free to post a picture!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Whoopie Pies From Black Cat Cookie Company Will Make You Say Yum!

When it comes to chocolate goodies, I tend to be very partial to anything and everything chocolate. If it's made with cocoa you can bet I'll attack it.  Whoopie pies are a treat that I absolutely love, but don't get to enjoy too often.  When I do have the opportunity to have one, it's like reconnecting with a long lost love.  It's hard to resist that fabulous cake-y texture filled with sweet and rich buttercream.  I wish I could have one everyday.  If you've never tried a whoopie pie, you need to do it today.

Black Cat Cookie Company is an Etsy Shop ran by owner Sonia.  If you're looking to truly treat yourself, you've come to the right place. Sonia's shop is filled with fabulous cookies, muffins, and cupcakes that you won't be able to say no to.  Who doesn't love confectionary goodies made in flavors like cranberry orange, chocolate chip, gingerbread, almond joy, and so many more? If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, I'm sure that Sonia can make your confectionary dreams a reality.  Keep Black Cat Cookie Company in mind for any future dessert needs for holidays or occasions. 

Sonia was kind enough to send me six beautiful chocolate whoopie pies.  These round yummies needed to be taste-tested immediately, it's my civic duty to do so.  I have to say that in my opinion, whoopie pies are best left in their classic chocolate flavor.  I've seen them in many different flavors which is nice to have variety, but there's something so comforting about a standard whoopie pie.  

The whoopie pies arrived in a special rectangular box that had a window so you could see in.  I thought that was a really interesting concept, especially for gift-giving.  Of course I looked at those tasty whoopies and thought they were too beautiful to eat, but don't worry that thought instantly went away.  

I poured myself a glass of milk and declared that it was time to dig in.  Whoopie pies look similar to a  sandwich cookie, but each round layer is made from cake, not cookie dough.  In between the cake layers is a generous amount of thick buttercream icing.  Upon first bite, I was transported to planet sugar and I didn't want to go back to Earth.  The dense and thick cake paired with the sweet icing was everything you could want out of a sweet treat.  I noticed that the chocolate flavor was very prominent and that was welcomed by me.   This whoopie pie satisfied my sweet tooth and was a wonderful mid-day treat.

This pie was extremely fresh and tasted like I bought it moments earlier from a bakery.  I dipped a section of the treat into my milk which was a genius idea, in my opinion.  Do that next time you have a whoopie pie, you'll enjoy it.

Since there's six pies in an order, it's a perfect way to share with your friends or loved ones. I've put the rest of mine in the freezer for now so I can enjoy a sweet treat whenever the mood strikes me.  If you choose to do this, just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to revive it.

If you're in the mood for something sweet and satisfying, it's time to surf on over to Black Cat Cookie Company.  You'll definitely find something you'll absolutely love.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Black Cat Cookie Company for providing me with product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine's Day Cookies From Kookie Fairy is A Great Idea

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays since it is an excuse to eat delicious treats. Who doesn't love having a day once a year where it's encouraged to eat goodies? I know I look forward to this occasion yearly.  It's even better when all of the candy is reduced in price the next day, my tummy says yum! Make sure you indulge in your favorite sugary treats this February 14th.

Kookie Fairy is an Etsy shop ran by owner Krystal.  When you surf into her online shop, you'll be met with the most beautiful cookies you've ever laid your eyes on.  Krystal's young children hand-decorate each sugar cookie in themes including snowmen, footballs, Valentine's Day, paw prints, and so much more.  Can you believe a 7 and 10 year old can decorate so well? The cookies are truly a work of art and will definitely be remembered when served at an event.  If you're looking for a specific theme for a cookie, Krystal will be happy to work with you to create a custom cookie that fits your needs.  Keep Kookie Fairy in mind for Valentine's Day, birthdays, and any other occasion that calls for cookies!

Since Valentine's Day is just a few days away, I thought it would be a wonderful idea to get into the spirit early with cookies.  I'm fond of those gorgeous heart shaped cookies decorated with fabulous detail that I wish I was skilled enough to do.  Luckily, Kookie Fairy will make your cookie dreams come true.

Don't you just love these Valentine's Day cookies made with royal icing? If you're a lover of soft sugar cookies, these are the cookies for you.  

When you sink your teeth into these soft beauties, you won't be able to contain how tasty they truly are. Each freshly baked cookie is decorated in a different way whether it's solid colors, lines, or a flower motif.  The decorating handiwork for each round circle of heaven is surely noticed and appreciated.  I was happy that the cookies weren't extremely sweet, but sweet enough to curb your sweet tooth.  Be prepared to not be able to control yourself, just a fair warning! Don't forget a tall glass of icy cold milk to wash these lovelies down with.

I loved how bright and vivid the royal icing colors on the cookies were.  My confectionery treat decorating skills are on a very low level, so I always appreciate when others possess that talent.  Maybe one day I can get better! 

The rest of the cookies are in my kitchen, but it's only a matter of time before I attack them.  Trust me, it won't be long.  I haven't had a sugar cookie this delicious in a long time, and I welcome it wholeheartedly! 

If you're looking for fabulous cookies that will make you smile, it's time to visit Kookie Fairy's Etsy Shop.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Kookie Fairy for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Zoodles With Spinach, Tomatoes, and Shrimp Will Delight Anyone

I always try to make healthy substitutions for my family when it comes to fat and calories. We opt for turkey chili or chicken burgers rather than beef.  Of course we do occasionally indulge in full fat options which is a treat when it occurs.  Taking care of yourself should be everyone's top priority, and it's easy to make low-cal options of your favorite unhealthy meals!

I've recently started experimenting with spiralized veggies.  Not only do these beautiful curly veggies look perfect in salads or side dishes, they work ideally in main entrees too.  If you're not familiar with spiralized vegetables, it's truly a vegetable in spiral form using a handy kitchen spiralizer.  I purchased my own spiralizer but my local grocery store sells spiralized veggies for those who don't have a spiralizer.  I'm sure your market would sell them too.  My favorite spiralized veggie to use in dishes is zucchini, but you can use carrots, squash, or any other vegetable that you like best.

Let's face it, everyone loves pasta.  Pasta comes in so many shapes and sizes and works fabulously with seafood, chicken, fish, and beef.  You can pair that lovely pasta with a variety of sauces for a wonderful meal. What's the downfall, you ask? Well the calories of course! Pasta is unhealthy especially covered with tons of sauce and cheese.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could have a pasta alternative at home that's just as delicious but cuts the calories and fat in half? 

You'll love zoodles with spinach, tomatoes, and shrimp for a light and healthy dinner any night.  If you're allergic to seafood or don't like it, feel free to substitute with another meat or even tofu for a veggie option.

I buy the frozen shrimp that's unpeeled with the tail on.  To start, you'll have to peel the shrimp and take the tails off.  Once you've done that, put olive oil in a large pan and season the shrimp with your favorite seasonings.  I like to use Adobo since it's all purpose.  I also added a little bit of butter too.  

While the shrimp is cooking, add the zoodles, spinach, and halved cherry tomatoes into another pan with a small amount of oil.  Season to taste.  Everything should cook pretty quickly in about 5 minutes. You'll know the shrimp is cooked through when it's translucent and pink.  Don't overcook it though.  Make sure the spinach is completely wilted and the zoodles and tomatoes heated through.  Pour the shrimp into this pan to heat again.  Once everything is finished, add in marinara sauce and stir to cover.  I used vodka sauce, but use what you like best.  

You'll be presented with a restaurant worthy dish that you've made in practically no time.  This is a great recipe for working mom's who are looking for a quick and easy dinner for the family.  You'll surely be adding this one to your recipe book!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Your Daughter Would Look Adorable in A Dress From D Liles Collection

Toddler clothes are so hard for me to resist.  I absolutely love buying clothes for Scarlett and she has way more than she should have.  Her closet is full of the most adorable clothes that I had such pleasure buying.  How can you resist sparkly pink tutu's, ruffly dresses and tons of polka dots? It's important to have options! Everyday is a fashion show with Scarlett and it makes me so happy.  Scarlett's closet has a lot in it, more than probably what's necessary. Make everyday a fashionable one with your child.

D Liles Collection is an online flower girl boutique inspired by a love of vintage, French inspired clothing, and all things girly.  The brand is about beautiful fabrics, unique designs and careful attention to detail that together create feminine and gorgeous designs for girls. If you like lace and beads, you've come to the right place!

The dresses come in sizes 1T through 11/12 and are beautiful for not only weddings and parties, but photo shoots too.  There are many different long and short styles offered in beige, white, and cream depending on your tastes.  Your little one will look absolutely gorgeous in any dress you choose.  Make sure you have an adorable matching bow or headband to go with it too!

Scarlett received the Charlotte Flower Girl Dress in white and it's beyond stunning.  We don't have any weddings or special occasions coming up at the moment where she needs to wear it, but I always like to have a fancy dress on hand for pictures.  In the summer and spring, I tend to take a lot of pictures of her outdoors and I'm always looking for a beautiful and memorable dress to wear.  This dress would certainly fit that bill.

The Charlotte is a vintage-inspired dress featuring soft delicate lace and gorgeous English tulle.  There's lace trimmed above the chest, shoulder, back and bottom hem, and finished with sweet cap sleeves. The darling detachable satin ribbon sash has a matching crystal embellished frayed chiffon flower.  You can bet this dress is certainly unlike anything you can buy in a retail environment! I absolutely love the lace and tulle combo.

The dress arrived very fast and it was just too beautiful to ignore! I'm a fan of vintage or old fashioned clothing, and this dress reminds me of something from yesteryear.  I had to put it on Scarlett and take pictures of her right away. Even though the dress looks very small, it stretches in the waist and it fit Scarlett perfectly.  It was a little long on her but it should be a perfect length for warmer weather later this year.  The white is bright and vibrant and just fabulous.  I think my favorite detail of the dress is the lacy neckline.

The fabric is soft and delicate which is perfect for toddlers and girls alike.  I'm not exactly sure what shoes I'd pair with the dress at the moment, but I'm thinking black Mary Jane's or a pretty summery sandal.

Scarlett loved the dress and kept touching it and smiling.  It's safe to say it's Scarlett approved! I love the fact that the sash is detachable depending on if you want your child to wear it or not.

I can't wait for Scarlett to be able to wear the dress this summer, but for right now it hangs in her closet waiting for the cold weather to go away.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to D Liles Collection for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Make Valentine's Day Delicious with Gourmet Gift Baskets

Gift baskets make the best presents.  I've given many gift baskets as birthday presents over the years and the recipients absolutely loved them.  What's not to love about a beautiful basket filled to the brim with items that you enjoy? The best part is how they are decorated.  Make sure you select a basket that's big enough to hold everything you want to give.  After that, put clear cellophane paper around the big and tie with a gorgeous bow.  It will be almost too pretty to open, but they won't be able to resist! Go ahead and make some one's day extra special with a gift basket today.

Gourmet Gift Baskets is the mecca of gift baskets for any type of occasion.  Since Valentine's Day is coming up, a relative or loved one would enjoy a Valentine's Day gift basket filled with tasty treats like candy, brownies or even popcorn.  There are so many gift basket choices like coffee, chocolate, tea, meat and cheese, and even sports themed! 

How about care packages for your niece or nephew away at school? You can't forget about the gift towers that are filled with items that will make any one's belly smile.  A gift basket would be the perfect corporate gift to thank a client, not to mention they make ideal presents for any occasion.  Go ahead and order one for a friend or family member today, or maybe even yourself!

Chocolate is my one weakness in life.  I can resist soda, fried foods, and even fast food.  When it comes to that sweet and dark chocolate though, I cannot seem to say no! Since Valentine's Day is approaching, it's the perfect excuse and occasion to eat candy all rolled into one.  What could be better?

The Valentine's Day Cookie Gift Box is a cookie lover's dream that would make any recipient smile.  You'll love the adorable themed tin filled with mouthwatering flavors like peanut butter, chocolate chip, fudge brownie, lemon sugar, pecan sandy, and oatmeal raisin. There's truly a flavor for anyone's palette. I bet you can guess which flavors I claimed right away.

When it comes to cookies, I'm slightly particular.  I don't like a hard cookie, but I prefer soft and chewy.  These round bites of heaven were soft and perfectly chewy, just how I like it.  I absolutely inhaled the fudge brownie and peanut butter cookies quicker than I'd like to admit.  How can you turn down something so delicious though? It's impossible.  Peanut butter cookies remind me of childhood and it's a flavor that's so comforting.  The peanut butter flavor was definitely strong and prominent with this cookie and each bite was better than the next.  This cookie is definitely one for the record books.

Chocolate cookies are near and dear to my heart and the fudge brownie cookie did not disappoint at all.  It was made with a dark batter full of white chocolate chips and fudge brownie pieces.  It was honestly like having a little bite of heaven over and over again.  I just loved it! Don't forget to wash this one down with a tall glass of icy cold milk.

My husband was enthusiastic about the Winter Seasonal Beer Bucket Gift Basket, which is certainly a manly man gift.  The special guy in your life will enjoy this bucket filled with six-cold weather inspired beers and gourmet snacks, making it an ideal gift for any beer aficionado.  With artisan crackers, premium cheese and salami, it'll be one gift your Valentine won't soon forget.  Not only does this make an ideal Valentine's Day gift, but a perfect birthday present too.

Jay enjoyed the artisan crackers with the garlic cheddar cheese.  Garlic lovers will rejoice in the delicious garlic aroma that presents itself as soon as you unwrap the soft and creamy cheese.  Pair it with any one of the six beers for a late night snack by yourself or with friends.  Go ahead and slice up some salami to go with it too.  This will be one Valentine's Gift for your honey will not soon forget.

Keep Gourmet Gift Baskets in mind for any of your gift giving needs both present and future.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Gourmet Gift Baskets for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Save Money And Be Happy With SearchRx

As a stay-at-home mom, I always look for the best deals for my family on food, clothing, household items, and of course medications.  I'm lucky that we don't deal with a lot of sicknesses that require medicine on a regular basis.  There's nothing more upsetting than an expensive prescription bill that insurance doesn't cover, especially when the medication is truly needed.

Did you know that Americans spend nearly $400 billion on prescriptions each year? That number is outrageous and averages out to $1300 a person! It's time to stop the spending and start the savings.

SearchRx is 100% free to use and it helps anyone find lower prices on their medications no matter what.  Instead of finding out the prescription price after you fill, they show you the best price for your drug at any pharmacy. You can even search coupons for nearly any FDA approved drug to save even more. No insurance is required, and you don't have to pay any fees to use the service either.  With more than 62,000 participating pharmacies, you'll be delighted to know you're getting the best bang for your buck.

So many people fear going to the doctor because they don't have the money to pay for their prescriptions, especially if they don't have insurance.  That's heartbreaking and it doesn't have to be a reality for America anymore.  10% of Americans are uninsured and another 10% have gigantic deductibles.  Everyone fears the rising costs of deductibles and prescriptions, but now it's time to smile again with what you'll save by using SearchRx.  Anyone can use the database, regardless of coverage.

I know I'll definitely be using the service anytime I need a prescription filled. Have you seen what generic drugs cost lately at drugstores? Simple generic skin creams to fix issues like eczema can set you back a chunk of change. If you don't have insurance, many are not able to afford these prices.  It's crazy how expensive prescription prices are.  

Tell your friends and family members about SearchRx, it's time that we stop spending exorbitant amounts on medicines when we don't have to.  Save that money for something special like a family trip where you'll make life lasting memories.

You can download SearchRx here for iTunes and Google Play. 

*DISCLOSURE* This is a post for which I received compensation for.  All thoughts are strictly my own* 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Quesadillas Are A Quick and Easy Toddler Dinner

Let's face it, whether you're a working mom or a stay-at-home-mom, they both don't have a lot of energy to make dinner at the end of the day.  If it's just one of those days where you're exhausted from a long day and don't even want to think about making anything involved for your toddler, why not focus on a delicious and easy recipe that involves minimal prep work?

One of Scarlett's favorite meals is chicken quesadillas.  I usually put black beans and corn in it along with chicken and shredded Mexican cheese. The best part about quesadillas is that you can use whatever you have on hand to please the tiny tot who'll be devouring it.  Whether you use refried beans, black beans, or even steak or pork, it'll turn out fabulous each and every time.  Don't forget lots of shredded cheese too! I even make them for myself for dinner occasionally.  


1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Put one tortilla in a non-stick pan and fill it with pre-cooked chicken, cheese, black beans, pre-cooked rice, corn, and whatever else your child likes.  I usually use chicken nuggets that I dice and then I top with shredded cheese.  Once you're done filling the bottom tortilla top it with the second tortilla.  

2. Put it in the oven for 5 minutes to crisp up the tortilla and have the cheese melt.

3. Pair the quesadilla with your favorite salsa. Scarlett's obsessed with pineapple salsa and would prefer to drink the bottle if I let her, that's how much she loves it.

I didn't have a ton of ingredients on hand since we're at Grandma's, so we opted for a classic chicken and cheese quesadilla tonight.  Of course Scarlett does not mind that it's not chock full of other ingredients and was happy to dig in regardless.

Let these quesadilla's be a quick go-to when you're feeling unmotivated or lazy in the kitchen.  You can even put veggies in them too, especially if you struggle with your child to eat veggies.  Feel free to make these your own and be as creative as you'd like.

Every Jewelry Box Needs A Piece From Six Sisters Beadworks

Along with buying clothes, purchasing jewelry is something that's always on my list.  If I'm out and I see a cute pair of earrings or a fun bracelet, you can guarantee I'll most likely be buying it.  I know my jewelry box will appreciate t.  My style of jewelry is unique and sometimes eclectic.  I don't wear what the average everyday woman wears.  What I enjoy most is big chunky earrings, unique custom pieces, and jingly bangle bracelets.  Custom pieces are my favorite because you can't just go to any local store and buy it, it's original and only you have it.

Six Sisters Beadworks offers beautifully crafted and stamped jewelry that children and women will absolutely love.  Delight a gift recipient with necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that they will remember for years to come.  The company uses high end materials such as .925 sterling silver, 14k gold filled, Swarovski birthstone and freshwater pearls in their pieces.   Choose from chokers, name plate and gemstone necklaces among many others.

Their personalized custom made jewelry is sure to become a new family heirloom as well as a perfect gift for a new bride.  Whether you use beads or have the item hand stamped with a name, it will turn out beautifully.  Why not personalize a bracelet or necklace with a friend or family member's name and birthstone for a unique and thoughtful birthday gift?  The jewelry makes a perfect baby shower or 1st birthday gift for a lucky baby girl.  Keep Six Sisters Beadworks in mind for any of your future gift giving needs. 

Scarlett was fortunate enough to receive a stunning sterling silver personalized bar necklace with her name on it.  Although she's too young to appreciate it now, I know in time she'll want to wear it.  The necklace does come in gold and rose gold too, but I prefer silver.  You have the option of choosing the font, letter color and even accent stamp.  Let this necklace be the custom item of your dreams.

The piece is ideal to make women and girls alike smile.  The long rectangular bar stamped with Scarlett's name in a classic font is something that will be in her jewelry box for years to come.  You'll notice the attention to detail with the handstamp work.  This is not a flashy or in your face kind of necklace, it's delicate and feminine.  Adjust the chain to make it longer or shorter depending on your needs.  I do feel like this is a quality necklace that will last for years to come. 

Since Scarlett is an active toddler at two years old, she doesn't wear jewelry on a regular basis because it would be lost or broken.  I would want her to wear this necklace for special occasions like the holidays or her birthday.  Surely, she'll love seeing her name on the necklace and it would make her happy. 

If you're looking for a unique custom piece of jewelry that nobody else will have, Six Sisters Beadworks is waiting for your order.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Family Photos Are Priceless Memories Thanks to Candid Moments Photography

Photography is something that I'm very passionate about.  If any important event or celebration is going on with friends or family, you can guarantee I'm walking around with a camera snapping pictures.  Capturing the moment in hard copy form is something that I take seriously, and I love going back and looking at pictures from time past.  I have many collages and framed pictures of my my family around my home and they rare special to me.  When's the last time you had a photo taken of your entire family?

Candid Moments is a photography company based out of South Florida ran by Carly and Chantelle.  The team shoots weddings and they truly love love and the sanctity of marriage.  All of their wedding photography packages include two photographers who stay with the bride every step of the way to ensure all details are covered for the special day.

You usually only have your big day once and you want to document everything to remember it all! They have upcoming specials and will be showcasing their work in Weston, Florida at the Bonaventure Spa and Country Club on February 4th. Contact them today and they'll be happy to share their photo package information and pricing with you.

Candid Moments Photography Example Picture

Candid Moments Photography Example Picture

Although I'm already married, Carly and Chantelle were interested in shooting my family even though it wasn't a wedding feature.  I conversed with them through email and they were very responsive and eager to please for a lifestyle feature.  An added bonus about them is that they've won a Wedding Wire  award online, so you know they have fantastic work! I'm always up for new family pictures especially since Scarlett grows and changes so fast, I want to document every stage as best as I can.

Since Chantelle wasn't available on the day of our pictures, Carly was there to take them.  We met her at a park with ample space and a playground, which of course thrilled Scarlett! Carly was very friendly, easy to work with, and interested in making sure we were happy with her shooting ideas. Scarlett is very active and it's hard to keep her still, so I was concerned about how we'd be able to get decent pictures of her.  While I wrangled her, Carly did a great job of engaging with Scarlett to have her smile and cooperate for pictures which was not easy.

Carly was creative in suggesting different poses and areas for us to make the pictures fun and exciting.  She shot each picture multiple times to ensure that we'd get at least one great shot.  Since Scarlett was a typical two year old and wanted to be on the playground, Carly used that opportunity to make her happy and get some fun candid shots of her going down the slide and playing.

I was shocked at how quick the editing time was when we received 10 pictures the next day.  The photos turned out so fantastic and Carly did a really wonderful job.  We have two family pictures, one of Scarlett and my husband Jay, one of us, and then some of Scarlett playing. The variety of what was taken was great and I'm very satisfied with how the pictures came out.   I'll have to buy some new frames to display them around my home. I'm already thinking of where to put them!

I'm very impressed with Candid Moments Photography and would highly recommend them for anyone's future wedding in South Florida. You'll smile at your photos and the memories they evoke for years to come.

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*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Candid Moments Photography for providing photos in exchange for this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.