Sunday, August 27, 2017

Custom Twin Shirt Giveaway!

I'll admit I never wanted twins.  It just seemed too overwhelming.  It was wished on me more than once and every time I said "No way!"  I'm the one that felt guilty when I told a mom that maybe she was pregnant with "one of each" because her son and daughter wanted a boy and a girl.  She ended up with twin boys.  Twins are not easy, but I'm glad I have my sweet twin boys.  Well they aren't always sweet, but twins are a whole new experience that you just don't quite get with singletons. It's double the crazy and double the love.  Now, I wish twins on everyone!  :)

I've loved seeing twin shirts and decided to make my own. I'm still new at making them and don't sell them, but thought I'd giveaway a set to another twin mom.  I have a navy blue 2t shirt set or a red 3t shirt set available to giveaway.  I'm willing to negotiate the shirt size etc and design, but they will take a little longer to ship.  I can also change the design a bit.  Ie Pink dinosaurs for girls.  I may be open to a new design as well.



Enter Below.  Giveaway ends 9/4


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ozeri Touch II 18 lbs. Digital Kitchen Scale

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I've been wanting to get a kitchen scale for awhile now.  Apparently, eyeing the amount of food you are eating when trying to diet isn't the most effective way.  I'm excited to try out this scale, but I'm a little worried about learning how much I am really eating.  It will be interesting for sure.  I also plan on using it to weigh mail to find correct postage. 

Here is information provided on the scale.  It comes in 3 colors (white and red as well as the blue/teal above).

  • Industry exclusive scale features Microban antimicrobial product protection that helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.
  • Boasts 2 touch sensitive buttons, 4 high precision GFX sensors, a large Blue LCD screen, and a capacity range of 0.05 oz to 18 lbs or 1 g to 8000 g.
  • Award-winning thin design is infused with Microban antimicrobial technology to provide an added level of protection that won't ever wear away.
  • Precision Tare button subtracts the container weight for the net ingredient weight; easy Unit button instantly converts between lb/oz, g, fl.oz., ml.
  • Includes 2 Lithium batteries and an easy-access battery compartment (no screwdriver needed). NOTE: remove the battery insulating strip before attempting to use the device.

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Price varies on Amazon depending on the color/sale ($11-30)

My review will be coming soon. 


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Frozen Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwhiches - time saver

It's almost back to school time for my kids.  We are sad summer was so short this year. Teachers actually went back last week which meant daycare for my kids.  That also means packed lunches. This is a time saver that I've used for years and is much cheaper than buying the frozen pb&j sandwiches in the store.

 I make a whole bunch of pb&j sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them. I put a little peanut butter on both pieces of bread to keep the jelly from making it soggy.  Put them in Ziploc bags.  I spoon out a little jelly on each and then spread them ocer the peanut butter.  Place them in the sandwich bag and freeze. So easy. I like to make a full loaf at a time.  I even stack 4-5 Sandwhiches and cut them in half at the same time. My kids love them and never complained about them tasting any different.

My friend taught me the heal trick. When using the heal piece put that on the inside so the what part is on the outside.  Why didn't I think of that?








You can also do other sandwiches too. Ham and cheese etc.  My dauhhter has decided she's over pb&j so i made her salami and cheese.  They defrost pretty quick so they are ready by lunch time.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Groupon has Coupons!

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I love Groupon.  I've tried new places that I may not have known about if it weren't for Groupon and have gotten great deals.  With 4 kids now every little bit helps.  It's not cheap going out and doing things as a family.  I recently found out that Groupon now has Coupons for SO many stores and businesses.  I try to remember to look for coupons before I check out somewhere.  Now I can check Groupon.  I can't tell you how many times I've thought to check for coupons before checking out and saved money on shipping or items I was already going to spend money on.   

These are just SOME of the places that have coupons.  


School is coming soon (too soon for this teacher) and my kids need new shoes.  I was shopping Famous Footwear  and got a great deal (buy 1 get one 50% and Free Shipping) on good quality shoes for my kids.  I need to buy 4 pairs now!  Plus shoes for me. Thank goodness for sales and deals and Groupon Coupons!

I do most of my shopping online because taking 4 kids (twin 18mos olds) is not usually very fun.  It starts with trying to find a double cart.  Twin Mom problems.  If I do go in store I prefer places like Target.  Groupon Coupon has 63 Target coupons listed. I don't even think that includes all the cartwheel deals.  I love getting amazing deals at Target.

It even has coupons for Amazon!  Let's just say.  I buy a TON on Amazon.  I'm pretty sure we get an Amazon package every week or more.  We love Amazon SO much that we even used it while out of town on vacation.  We learned they deliver to Amazon lockers and we could pick up items needed (not available in stores close by) near our hotel.  It was awesome!

If you are shopping for anything, check out Groupon Coupons before you go or check out to save some $$$.





Thursday, July 6, 2017

Low Carb Cheesecake in the InsantPot - Keto, Atkins Friendly

I'm not the best cook.  I'm a need a simple recipe that's very easy to throw together quickly type of cooker.  I made low carb cheesecake in my Instant Pot - twice (so no expert here)


First you need this.  I've heard you can make meatloaf in this type of pan as well.  I haven't tried it yet.





The simplified instructions.

  • 2 - 8oz pks of Cream Cheese - room temp
  • 2 Cups + 2 tablespoons of Swerve - I used confectioners type because that's what I had.  Recipe said Granular
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 Eggs Room Temp
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Prepare pan - line inside of pan with parchment paper keep from leaking (I didn't do this the first time and it was fine).  Put foil on the bottom of the outside of the pan (I did do this the first time).  Lightly grease inside.

Mix Cream Cheese, Vanilla, Swerve, and Whipping Cream.  Add eggs one at a time and mix just enough - don't over beat.

Pour mixture into pan.  Lay a paper towel on top not touching the mixture and cover with foil.

Put 1.5 cups of water in pot.  Put in the metal steamer rack.  Place pan on top.  Some people create a "sling" with foil to help pull it out.  I did for the 2nd and not the first.  It didn't seem much easier with.  Place pan on top.

Set Instant Pot to Manual 38min High Pressure.  When done let pressure release on it's own (natural pressure release) for 18min.

Refrigerate for 8-24 hours.

I put sugar free caramel and cool whip on top.  SO good!

If you don't have an instant pot, I have this one.  I got it on sale during Prime Day which is coming up on July 11, 2017 this year.





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Instant Pot

I bought an Instant Pot from Amazon awhile back when it was on sale at Amazon.  I had heard lots of people talk about them and had no idea what the big deal was.  I use my crockpot when I can because being a working Mom is tough.  When the twins were little the after school hours to bedtime were TOUGH.  The big kids needed to get homework, dinner, and baths done.  The babies were cranky and exhausted and wanted 100% attention each.  I got the Instant Pot and I'm realizing there is SO much that can be done with it.  The meat tastes better than crockpot meat.  It's so fast too.  I've only made a small fraction of what you can in it.

I got this one on Prime Day last year.




Prime Day is coming up again.  I wonder if it will be on sale again or maybe the Duoplus.


 

I highly recommend getting and instant pot for everyone especially working moms with kids or anyone with a family.  I'm on a Facebook group where people share recipes and foods made with their IP.  It's amazing.  They even take it on vacation when they are at a place with no kitchen.

I've made various meats (beef, chicken, pork, etc) and I even made Cheesecake.  I'm going to start trying the Keto diet and made LowCarb Cheese Cake.  It is SO good.

I'm not paid for this review (I just LOVE the IP), but there may be affiliate links.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wonder Crew Dolls for Boys

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I went from being a mom to 1 girl and 1 boy to 3 boys and 1 girl, so now I consider myself mostly a boy mom.  My daughter is growing out of the doll stage, but she has had plenty of dolls in the past.  I love the creative play with doll playing.  Now I have lots of boys.  I have no issues with boys playing with baby dolls.  Actually, I love it.  I can get a glimpse of the daddy they may grow up to be.

I saw these awesome dolls which are great for boys.


Most little children (that I know at least) prefer dolls like themselves.  My daughter would always pick out a little girl doll.  My son would want a boy doll.  These are the cutest little boy dolls.   They even come with matching dress up clothes for the child to wear.  It has a superhero cape and and mask  There should be accessory packs (ie new outfits) coming soon.

My twins aren't quite big enough, but my son will love this.  I'm sure the twins will love matching dolls when they are bigger.  These are soft and perfect for snuggling with in bed too.  I know lots of twin moms with Boy/Girl twins and these would be perfect for the boys when the girls get dolls like most girls do.  Plus some girls actually want a boy doll in their collections!

Disclosure: I was not asked to blog about these.  I just thought they were awesome to share.  I will be reimbursed for my purchase.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chick -fil-A Upcycle

I'm on a Chick fil a moms panel and we received some coupons to try the chicken tortilla soup. I'm not a big soup eater, but it was delicious. 


We were challenged to upcycle the container it came in.  I'm not very crafty...well I don't think I am.  I tend (try) to be more practical. At work as an Elementary music teacher, I was looking for small bins or containers to organize my treasure box.  I remembered I had my little chicken soup container. Nothing fancy, but it works perfectly to hold my treasure box erasers.

I needed a bigger container for my stickers so I saved my salad container.

I was going to use it to store snacks for my twins.  I decided I wouldn't recommend it for storing food because the container has a hole in the lid to release steam.  It's perfect for bringing home our take out food (who wants soggy foos), but not so much for storing food.  It will either spill out or get stale. We live where it is very humid.


It's great to have a yummy dinner and more organization at work.
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