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Friday, February 12, 2016

Snow day..



Brrrrrrrrrr~! I thought that the ground hog determined that Spring was on it's way?? I loved snow as a kid so I know the excitement that they feel. I do miss warm weather though. Even the dogs go crazy for the snow, I have to force them to come in because they'd rather play in the snow together.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

February 2016 PopSugar MustHave box spoilers!!



Woah! PopSugar nailed this box, they just keep getting better and better. PopSugar Must Have boxes are specially curated must have items for women (think home stuff, fitness, beauty, etc). I've been getting these boxes for over a year now and it's like a gift to yourself every month, it's so fun and exciting to see what each month will bring. Here's a spoiler look into the Feb 2016 box I just received:


You can use the promo code "MUSTHAVE5" for $5 off your first box. This is a great deal to try it out, and see what you think. I also like to save whatever I may not use or like enough, for gifting to other people (I love doing this!).


Each box is delivered by UPS then transferred to USPS usually by the first two weeks of the month.


1. Arrow Ring $28
3. Glass Tray $14




As you can see the value is clearly more than the $40 you are paying :). I actually adore this box and will be using everything in this box. I enjoy that these boxes always come with unique items that I may have not previously seen or tried before. A lot of times I find a new product that I become interested in and that brand gets a new loyal customer. It's a win-win! These boxes also make a great gift, and they sell gift boxes as well.

$20 Victoria's Secret Reward 
Tilo Scarf 

VS socks $5
VS lotion $18

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Flavors!


Check out these delicious dairy-free ice cream flavors that Ben & Jerry's has come up with. They make amazing ice cream (c'mon it's the BEST!) and it's exciting to see they listened to fans and made a non-dairy alternative for those who are vegan, have a dairy allergy, or can't tolerate dairy.

              

According to their website, the ice cream is made with Fairtrade certified cocoa, sugar, bananas, coffee, and vanilla as well as nongmo ingredients, Hopefully I'll see these in store soon, they look amazingly good. I can't wait to try one! The brownie looks delicious.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DIY vegan, dairy-free "whipped cream" dip


This is SO simple, it's silly! All you need is a can of full fat coconut milk, and sugar of your choice. (You can use stevia, sugar, or powdered sugar). I used what I had and it came out pretty good. Whipped cream is a delicious treat once in awhile, but unfortunately for me the dairy in it hurts my stomach. I won't lie and say this tastes as delicious, or the same but it is certainly an awesome alternative for dietary reasons. And of course seeing that it has sugar in it -- I wouldn't eat it everyday.


The first step is to take the can (unopened) and allow it to set in the fridge for 24 hours. Once that is done, carefully remove the lid and take the hardened coconut milk and scoop into a bowl. The leftover liquid can be saved for a smoothie, or another recipe that requires it. You definitely don't have to toss it and waste it. Vigorously whip the coconut up, and add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. If you need more, add more.

I'd enjoy this right away, as that will be when it tastes best. You can dip fruit into it (yum)! Or even top brownies with this. Simple simple! The coconut milk was $1 and the sugar I already had on hand, so fairly cheap as well. For me, this was not kid friendly. However, my kids don't really go crazy for whipped cream in the first place.


Shameless eating!




These days eating NON-GMO and ORGANIC is becoming more popular, but along with that I've seen a lot of people "shamed" for what they chose to eat. The reality is not everyone can afford everything organic, and you shouldn't feel bad for that.

Do I prefer organic/non-gmo -- absolutely. I've done a lot of research and life style changes since I had my first child 4 1/2 years ago. I went from eating fast food, never cooking....to cooking most of my meals and having fast food as a rare thing. But am I perfect with it? No. Nobody is perfect, nothing in the world is perfect.

Eating healthy is great, and I 100% support that and try my eat healthy along with my kids. Luckily my kids love healthy food -- but I don't deprive them of all "junk". I can't personally afford everything organic but there are tons of lists all over the internet to help you avoid the "dirty dozen" etc. I hope that in the future (and it's already happening) more and more foods & all of our food becomes "organic" and at that point we wouldn't even need the labels ORGANIC or nongmo.

I think what you can do is educate yourself the best that you can, buy what you can afford, and make healthier choices. Is an occasional donut, pizza, or other junk food going to kill you? No, there's key to moderation. I just don't believe that someone should be shamed because they can't afford everything organic / nongmo. I mean if you had a choice a nongmo apple for snack VS organic cookie for snack....technically the apple is obviously still healthy! Organic doesn't mean automatically healthy, junk food is junk food.

I just love to see people, and myself eating more wholesome real foods. That's definitely a step in the right direction. People are becoming more aware of ingredients, what is being put in their food, and that is a fantastic thing. Healthy eating is great for you (obviously) but you will completely notice a difference in yourself, and even your mood.

Monday, January 25, 2016

JORD watches: a Valentine's gift he'll forever cherish!



Valentine's Day is only three weeks away, and it is never too late to surprise your significant other with an amazing gift. JORD wood watches are handmade and beautifully crafted wooden watches that are sure to fit any man's style.  Paul isn't a super fashionable guy -- but he still looks to look decent when he isn't out doing his plumber jobs. The wood watches are super functional for any man's style, and they really pull a look together nicely. You can tell a lot of love goes into these watches, as the watch comes with a gorgeous box, watch sized plush pillow, and a cleaning cloth.



The particular watch that Paul is wearing in these photos is the Dover Ebony and Rosewood watch. He actually wears the watch to work when his conditions allow it, and luckily the watch is water-proof (but not to be submerged into water). This watch retails for $295, and is apart of JORD's Dover series. They have watches starting at $129 -- they offer affordable options for any budget. JORD also has a fantastic customer service team, and that is something that is very important to have along with a great product.



While he isn't a material guy, this was the perfect gift. He's gotten better with being on time (he has no sense of time, but the watch has definitely seemed to improve that), plus he literally never wants to take it off if he doesn't have to. To him it's more than just a watch -- wearing his JORD watch is habit to him now, just as is brushing your teeth everyday. He was never a watch man before owning this watch, and it adds a nice touch of style! You always see those "he went to Jared!!" commercials, but this one is more like....SHE went to JORD; you won't regret it!


JORD wood watches are high-quality, stylish, and modern to fit the style of any man in your life. I love that they use 100% natural wood AND they don't use toxic chemicals to protect the wood. Add some chocolate, maybe a beer and you've got yourself a great Valentine's gift to share with your loved one. 

JORD watches are sure to last for years to come. Each watch comes with a 1 year limited warranty, and they're also offering FREE shipping in the USA..Men deserve to feel spoiled once in awhile and a JORD watch is just the right thing. I highly recommend these high-end watches, they're unique, thought-provoking timeless pieces. Own one and you'll see they're more than just a watch!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Snow Day!!



Well, hello snow! Brody was so excited to see snow on the ground. He's been in and out of it all day, that is until he realizes that snow = freezing cold. Grayson on the other hand, didn't seem so sure but was definitely fascinated. That snow didn't last long -- quickly melting. Now we have rain, but I am hoping we see just a little more snow this weekend just because I know how much Brody would love it.

I snapped a quick few pictures of the boys! It's fun to see them enjoy the snow -- I can vividly remember the excitement of having snow days as a kid. Now here's to hoping we get enough to build a snow man ;)