Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apparoo App of the Week

Trying to find great apps for moms or kids can be hard with so many available. That's why I've partnered with Apparoo - the app discovery service for busy moms. Each week I'll be sharing the 'Apparoo App of the Week' with you. Very often they've negotiated to bring you great paid apps at heavily discounted rates and sometimes even free. I'm very excited about this and welcome your feedback on the apps you decide to install.

My son loves to play on the tablet and is always wanting more apps.  It is great when you find an app that is fun and educational.  

This week the app is Blinkbuggy.  I think the idea is wonderful.  Putting everything in one spot.  It is true, that time goes by fast.  The little ones grow up before you know it.  




How do we always find time to post super-adorable kid pictures on Facebook, but somehow never get that long-planned baby book done? Well, guilt-trip no more. Blinkbuggy is an online baby book that puts all your photos, milestones and funny stories in one place – and it’s as easy as a status update. You can keep it completely private, link to social media (it can even grab the photos you’ve already posted), or share with whomever you choose – great for grandparents! These precious years will disappear faster than that photo you posted last month, so don’t spend another moment procrastinating. Create an enduring – and endearing – album with Blinkbuggy online and in print!  Download it here!

Blinkbuggy App

Do you think this is an app you would use?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Coobie Seamless Bras Discount

Coobie Seemless Bras

These look like really nice bras.  Seamless sounds wonderful too.  Here is a discount they are offering.  

Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women!

Promotion: Save 25% on any order of $40 or more at
Promotion code: USFG25
Offer expires 4/30/14

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Review & Giveaway

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

*The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.*

I remember hearing about Dial bar soap a long time ago.  I'm glad they have this deep cleansing hand soap.
Three Lovely Scents:

-Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar
-Water Blossoms
-Coconut Lime Verbena

We received the Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar and the Coconut Lime Verbena.  I love trying new hand soaps and these are great because they smell so pretty.  My favorite is the Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar.  My husband's favorite is the Coconut Lime Verbena.  We've been using them in the bathroom lately but I think I'm going to move my favorite into the kitchen.  I really like the micro-scrubbers that gently remove the dirt but also make your hands smooth.  The bottle design is nice and doesn't take up a lot of room. With two kiddos running around, there is bound to be a lot of messiness.  I'm glad my son likes the smell of the soap too.  He is really picky about smells.

Why try it?

-Vibrant scents
-Refreshing moisture
-Gentle micro-scrubbers

Have you ever tried Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap?  If not, what scent would you choose?


Purex Insiders provided me with some coupons to give out to my readers.

How to Enter:

-Leave me a comment on what scent you would like to try if you win the coupon. *1 entry*
-Follow me on Facebook or Pinterest for an extra entry.  Leave me a comment.

Open to US residents 18+
I will choose 3 winners.  One coupon per winner.
These coupons expire 3/31/2014 so this giveaway will end 3/23/2014.

Monday, March 17, 2014

General Mills Retro Cereal Boxes

Cheerios Delicious Debut 1945

*I received complimentary boxes for inspiration to post.*

General Mills cereal boxes are showing their debut look.  I never knew when each cereal came out.  This was neat and my son was excited about it too.  Cereal is such an easy and quick breakfast or snack.  We like to add strawberries to our bowl of Cheerios.  

Honey Nut Cheerios Delicious Debut 1979

My favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios.  I liked them as a kid and still enjoy it.  I can even enjoy them as a night time snack.  My son likes them as a snack for school.  If you have toddlers, then these make great snacks for little fingers to pick up.  

Lucky Charms Delicious Debut 1964

So my one pet peeve about Lucky Charms is that the kids just want to eat the marshmallows.  I like those little marshmallows too but let's not waste the rest of the cereal.  Lucky Charms is a fun cereal to make into treat bars.  

Cinnamon Toast Crunch 1984

Cinnamon Toast Crunch is so good.  I can seriously just sit there and eat it straight from the box.  I love cinnamon and sugar combined together.  

Reese's Puffs New and Debut 1994

My son's favorite would be the Reese's Puffs.  He also mentioned he liked the newer version of the box better.  It is fun to compare the two boxes.  He said the puffs looked to large in the debut version.  I think of this cereal as dessert cereal.  

What I like about cereal:

-You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.
-You can take it on the go for an easy snack.
-make them into dessert bars or treats.
-send these boxes to a college student, they will be appreciative.  

Do you have a favorite cereal?  Out of these five what would your favorite be?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Living without a Microwave Challenge

Kitchen Counter

This weekend I said good bye to my microwave.  It started making crazy sounds so we threw it out.  At first, I was feeling strange without it.  I realized that we use the microwave for a lot of meals.  The microwave is convenient and fast.  Life without it will be healthier.  The challenge for me will be not to go and buy a new one.

Reasons I am happy without the microwave:

-More kitchen counter space.  I love the space I have now.  More room to bake.  Or prepare dinner.

-The blender and mixer have a new home.  These are the two appliances I should be using more often.  I love baking and smoothies will help me push veggies into our diets.

-Food really tastes better when cooked in the oven.  French toast sticks come out nice and crunchy and not super greasy.  Frozen pizzas are better in the oven too.  

-I've read articles that microwaves are not good for your health.  

What will I miss:

-The quick and easy way out.  

So all in all, this will be a good challenge for me.  When grocery shopping, I will feel better with my food choices.  Cooking and baking by scratch is great because you have the power to put only healthy ingredients in your food.

Do you live without a microwave?  How has it changed your daily routine?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fighting the Winter Blues

Dried Roses

Have you ever had a case of the winter blues?  I'm dealing with it right now.  I think this winter is kicking my butt.  Being a mom of two, there is time to sit around feeling sorry for myself.  

What can you do to make things better?

-Stay Positive
-Find a hobby
-bake or cook 
-read a good book
-watch a funny movie

These are a few things I've been trying out.  Thankfully, winter is almost over. I am looking forward to beach weather.  Flip flops, tank tops, kids playing in the sand...soon.

Flip flop time

Monday, February 10, 2014

Marinated Steak Dinner Two Ways

Steak, Noodles, & Green Beans

We are very much meat eaters.  Steak is one of our favorite foods to eat.  Steak is of course more expensive than chicken so we can't always splurge on it.  One night my hubby and I decided to have our steak in a bowl and in lettuce wraps.

For The Bowl:

-Noodles (Asian style)
-Green Beans (Fresh)

Put ingredients into pan and stir fry.  I used a flat griddle pan to cook the steak and then threw the noodles and beans on after the steak was cooked.  It is simple and tastes good.

Lettuce Wraps

For the Wraps:

-Big Pieces of Lettuce

Steak Marinade:

-Soy Sauce
-Brown Sugar
-Rice Vinegar
-sesame oil

If you like a little heat in your food, add some chili paste. The longer you let it marinate, the better the steak will taste.  I don't measure when making a marinade.  Everything is to taste or preference of what you may like.  

These are two simple meals to make.  Depending on steak prices near you, it could be an inexpensive meal too.  I try to make our meals for under $5.00.  

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