Sunday, September 21, 2014

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Review

Scmidt's Natural Deodorant

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant is an all natural, vegan, and cruelty free alternative to deodorant. They come in some lovely scents and also have a fragrance-free jar. In my search for new beauty product alternatives, I am very glad to have found this brand of deodorant. Using beauty products and personal hygiene products that are chemical free is a step in the right direction. I like to look for the cruelty free bunny symbol knowing that these products were not tested on any animals.

Schmidt's Bergamot and Lime Deodorant

Each jar of deodorant is free of aluminum, parabens and phthalates. A triple win! Okay, so besides it being safe for your body, it smells great. My favorite scent is Lavender & Sage. The Bergamot & Lime smells nice too and reminds me of a margarita. I gave my husband the Cedarwood & Juniper because it smelled "manly" to me. He really liked it. I'm glad he liked it because I want him to jump on the "all natural" band wagon along with me. 

I think we both are pleased with this deodorant but wish it was in a traditional applicator. To apply Schmidt's deodorant just put a pea-size amount in your fingertips to warm it up, then put on underarm. Does it work? For my husband and I it did work. In the past, I'd go without using deodorant. Yes, I know, pretty gross of me. Now that I have natural options I promise to smell good.

Check out their online store here. Large jars go for $9.00 each. 

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How do you feel about natural deodorant? What brand do you usually use?

*Disclosure-I received complimentary products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School with Kidecals


Kidecals are name labels for kids and adults. They are "delightfully versatile" and "crazy durable". It's back to school time for my son Noah. While he may not be that excited to go back, he can at least have some fun labels to put on his things. I let Noah pick his favorite design out. He went with Ninja theme. 

Kidecals Ninja Labels

These are adorable. I like that they are water proof as well. They are made of a nice thick material so you know they won't get destroyed. 

Kidecals on the lunchbox

You can place them on everything, even clothing. We put them on the lunchbox, backpack, and folders. My daughter even wanted them on her hands. 

Kidecals on Backpack

I let Noah put the labels on his backpack. As you can see, he put them all over. I like these labels a lot. We might need some keyboard labels since my daughter has destroyed our laptop keyboard. 

Kidecals has brand new date labels. These would be great to put on your leftovers in the fridge. I'm the type of person who needs labels. Getting more organized is a big goal of mine. 

Kidecals Mega Sets cost (72 labels) = $28.00

You can Like Kidecals on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for more information. 

Did you have any kids going back to school? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pork Belly, Lettuce, and Tomato Bites

Pork Belly, Lettuce, and Tomato Bites

I had it in my head to try pork belly for a while now. As I was checking out the new Fairway Market near my home, I spotted a package of pork belly ribs. Score! One day during lunch time my hubby decided to fry up a batch, after he cut it in small bite sized pieces. 

Fried Pork Belly

He seasoned it with salt and pepper. Pretty simple and tasted great. We then added some tomatoes and lettuce to make little bite sized appetizers. I'm a huge fan of classic BLT's so this made sense to me.

Snack Time


-Pork Belly
-Grape Tomatoes
-salt & pepper

Quick & Easy Directions:

1. Season and Fry your pork belly.
2. Let them sit on a paper towel.
3. Put the pork belly, tomato, and lettuce on a toothpick.
4. Pop it in your mouth and enjoy!

This could be used as a snack or appetizer. I will definitely be buying pork belly again. These could also be good with thick cut bacon or prosciutto. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Double Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches With Immaculate Baking

Immaculate Double Chocolate Cookie Mix

Immaculate Baking has launched a new line of dry baking mixes. They use only wholesome ingredients and offer baking options ranging from natural, organic and gluten free. Their 8 new dry baking mixes do not contain artificial preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Which is a good thing. You can find these delicious dry baking mixes at Target.

I received 4 boxes to try out. The Immaculate Baking All Natural Brownie Scratch Baking Mix, all natural yellow cake scratch baking mix, all natural chocolate cake scratch baking mix, and the Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix. 

We wanted to make ice cream sandwiches with the Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix. These mixes are very easy to use. Basic instructions and delicious results. 

Fresh out of the oven

These cookies are awesome. After they cooled, I tried one. They have a nice crunch to them and I love the chocolate chips. There is a whole lot of chocolate chips inside this mix. These would go great just with a nice tall glass of milk.

Ice Cream Sandwiches with Vanilla 

We added some vanilla ice cream in the middle of our cookies to make ice cream sandwiches. The crunchiness of the cookie was a good mix with the ice cream. It is so easy to make your own ice cream sandwiches that I think I will continue to do so.

Ice Cream Sandwich using Immaculate Baking Mix

I was so glad these tasted awesome because I've tried gluten free snacks in the past and didn't like the texture. These Double Chocolate Cookies were quick to make and quick to be eaten.

I can't wait to try the rest of the Immaculate Baking line of dry mixes. Another added bonus of the Immaculate Baking company is that they support Folk Art. You can see some of the art work on the boxes.
If you are curious to see what products are Non-GMO Verified check this list out.

You can Like Immaculate Baking on Facebook to get the latest news on their products.

Do you like to bake at home? What is your favorite thing to bake?

*Disclosure-The information and prize pack have been provided by Immaculate Baking through Platefull Co-Op. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Our First Summer in SwimZip Swimwear

*Disclosure- I received a complimentary product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.*

SwimZip is the UPF 50+ clothing brand people trust to keep themselves and their children sun safe. They offer swimsuits for children and adults. My daughter, Nia, got to try out the Ruffle Me Pretty swimsuit. I loved this because it is cute and sun safe.

At the beginning of the summer we went to the beach and I put my daughter in a bikini my mom had sent. I thought I lathered her up with sunscreen but that night I realized I missed a spot. I felt horrible. Her top shoulders were red. If she was wearing her SwimZip swimsuit she probably would have been fine.

SwimZip Swimsuit in action

Ruffle Me Pretty is super cute. I love the ruffles. The bottom fit perfectly. The top was a little large but still looked great. A friend of mine gave us a water table for the kids to use on the patio. I took the legs off of it because Nia kept climbing into it.

SwimZip Swimsuit 

She does try to unzip her SwimZip top once it gets wet. It's pretty funny to see me chasing her and telling her to keep the top on. Oh the things kids will do.

Ruffled Bottom

This photo is just to show you the cute ruffled bottom of the SwimZip Swimsuit. I was very happy with the SwimZip and will buy a swimsuit for my son next year. You can outfit the whole family in SwimZip because they have sizes for men and women too. Have you ever seen Shark Tank on TV? SwimZip was featured on the show. I love success stories like this.

Follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook for sales and contests.

What is your favorite thing to do during the summer? I hope you all check them out.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kids Love Baking HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bars

HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bar Mix

Betty Crocker and Hershey teamed up to bring you three new delicious dessert bar mixes. Featuring classic Hershey varieties such as REESE'S Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Heath Toffee, and many people's favorite HERSHEY'S S'mores. We were able to try out HERSHEY'S S'mores and REESE'S Peanut Butter & Chocolate dessert bar mixes. 

Noah ready to help

My son will be 6 years old in October. He loves his sweets and enjoys baking. I asked him which mix he'd like to try first and he was quick to pick HERSHEY'S S'mores. These mixes are great to do with the kids because they are fairly easy. It also helps with getting the kids to follow step by step instructions. Noah is my personal reminder to check on the goodies. I sometimes forget to time my cooking. (Yes, I know he shouldn't be sitting on the table. I pick and choose my battles. This was a time for fun.)

The crust layer

It was a quick prep for the crust and bar mix. We didn't need to use a mixer for this mix. I let Noah mix them up. They turned out great. Sometimes it's nice to use mixes because it cuts down on the prep time.

Baked and Ready to Eat

The only thing I would do different next time around is use an 8x8 pan instead of the 9x9 that I had already. 

REECE'S Dessert Bar Mix

We tried the REESE'S also but everyone seemed to agree that our favorites were the HERSHEY'S S'mores bars. 

Are you a REESE'S or HERSHEY'S person? I like them both at different times. You can't go wrong with chocolate. You can find these delicious dessert bars at Target. Which is one of my favorite places to shop. 

*Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op. All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Schwan's Home Service and Deals

Schwan's Home Delivery

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