Thursday, August 30, 2012

Energizer Flameless Wax Candles - Review and #Giveaway


One of the items buzzed about most during BlogHer'12 was the beautiful Energizer Flameless Scented Wax Candles.

I love candles, but don't we all?!  But as a mom being so busy, I fear leaving a candle on or a child knocking it over so I don't use it as much as I want to, but with these I don't have to worry.  Energizer Flameless Wax Candles are available in pillars, votives, tea lights and glass jars, sizes ranging from 3" x 4" to 4" x 8."  

These candles were displayed beautifully at the BlogHer'12 booth, realistic inviting flicker creating the warm inviting atmosphere we look for in traditional candles.  I would have not known they weren't real if they didn't tell us.  Real wax melted edges that are scented with fragrant scents such as honey vanilla, driftwood, pumpkin spice, vanilla and pomegranate passion.  Also available in different colors!  With the light scent they also make a perfect night stand addition, works great as a night light.  I have used it to read my son a bedtime story at night, it's the perfect light, and safe to have on the bed if needed!      

With advanced LED technology makes it that the light doesn't ever heat up to the touch if your child's curiosity gets to it, also with a really convenient 4, 6, 8 hour memory featured timer you can set for your candles to turn on, it truly is something to buzz about!  Yup!  You can set it up to be on when you come home in the evening or when you walk into your bedroom at night!  It truly is fun, also a great conversation piece. ;) 

There's also a beautiful seasonal collection that will be great for family gatherings to display in the background or right as a centerpiece on the family table, featuring embossed snowflake and floral designs, along with red glitter, white glitter and silver metallic pillars.


All these Flameless Wax Candles are now available on Amazon.com, you can also find more information and photos here. 

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*I received the same giveaway item but no other compensation was provided.  All opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Much Needed Date with My Husband - Avenue Q #BlogHerBway

Your view is probably different from mine, I say that just based on what I heard from those seeing the play that day.

I have been going to see Broadway plays for a long time now, back in the days, I used to go to many plays, on and off Broadway for fun every other week.  Not as common now that I'm a full time mom, and mom to our little boy with severe food allergies, my husband and I don't get many date nights.  But earlier this month during BlogHer12 my husband and I had the opportunity to take the afternoon off and go see a play thanks to Mama Drama.  At first we didn't think it would happen, because of our situation with a babysitter but luckily grandparents were able to watch him for about 4 hours for the first time, and despite our worries all worked out well!

I actually didn't get a chance to read up on what Avenue Q was going to be about, only managed to skim through some negative reviews so it all came to be a surprise to me.  Right away there was a "Sesame Street" feel to the play, my husband actually asked "is this for kids?" in the very beginning, but we both quickly learned it wasn't.

It was humorous with realistic life situations.  It was in an intimate setting at New World Stages where there was even a fun scene where they were able to interact with the audience.  Covering many life situations; that of a single girl looking for love, that of a guy out of school- out of work, a newly married couple (biracial couple), two roommates with one struggling with his sexuality, and so on.  I didn't have a moment where I found myself disconnected from the stage or wanting it all to end, we both enjoyed it.

My husband and I have very different tastes in movies/plays but we both liked Avenue Q.  A musical that wasn't afraid to be crude, and despite the "realistic situations" I mentioned, not..to be taken so seriously.   Although you might actually find yourself relating to some personally or it might make you think of someone you know.  But most importantly just laugh, and enjoy your time there.  Enjoy the talents and their ability to put on a show, plus amazing voices as they easily put on a show with puppets right in front of you.  It wasn't anything like any other play I've seen before, but nonetheless just as great!  Unique and worth seeing if you have an open mind, and aren't strict about every play being traditional.



*I was provided tickets for the play, all opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided. 
    

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Not Exactly As I Envisioned... :)

Practice makes better, not exactly perfect for me yet! ;)

I can't say how hard it is for me to bake allergy friendly.  Baking from scratch is a difficult thing to do, and something not many do.  But then, I have to bake allergy friendly, which is double the challenge.  There is so much I cannot use, and so I have to make magic with what I have, specially when it comes to decorating.  My little boy turned four last month, and was looking forward to his birthday for months!  He asked me to make him a certain cake every time we saw one anywhere; at a bakery window, on TV, I mean everywhere!  I was "signed up" to make him cakes that looked like a car, a beach themed one, and even a wedding cake!  He would say to me "mommy can you make me that cake for my birthday that's not allergy to me?" and I'd say "yes, I'll try."

His birthday finally came around, and all I could think of was the past birthday cakes I've made for him that didn't exactly work out the way I had planned...
At first maybe it isn't so bad, but then it kinda doesn't look like a nice rocky road full of cars like it's supposed to.  This was for his 3rd birthday, that I made just for us.  He didn't mind, and didn't see the resemblance to anything else..like some did.  "No it isn't the number 9..oh it does not look like __" was my replies to it all with a smirk.  I saw what I envisioned, and saw a curvy rocky dirt road with "cars" racing.  But after others pointed out something else..well, all I could do is laugh now! ;)  I know how difficult it is, and totally gave myself a pat on the back, a chocolaty smile on my sons face was enough for me.

This year I had to make him something special for him, he did request something special.  So I made Angry Birds cupcakes, I've seen much better, and maybe could have done a better job, but this is what I created.   Used the frosting/decorating materials I had, and unfortunately don't have much to work with.   All the kids loved it as they all wanted more than just one, and my son did as well- that's what matters right? :)

If I had more colored sugar maybe I could have created more, like the yellow bird and the green pig from Angry Birds but unfortunately this is all I had to work with.  I even realized that I was out of the most basic frosting ingredient; confectionery sugar the night before the party as I stayed up late making the cupcakes.  The last item I was worried about, and the one item I was out of.  I ended up making six cupcakes instead of twelve like intended.  Good thing the only person really depending on my cupcakes was my son.  :)

I'll keep creating and experimenting, hopefully I'll be able to say "practice makes perfect" without thinking I could have done this or that a little different!  ;)







Monday, August 20, 2012

Delicious Pie Crust Cups Full of Del Monte Fruits #SmartSnack #Cbias

It's back to school season already, and many have already headed back to school!  My son hasn't started official school yet but we get into the "back to school" spirit here just the same.  We have school all year round here, our version of course!  Lots of toddler friendly crafting and learning every day!  One of the things my son looks forward to during our afternoon school time is "snack time!"  We recently went to Walmart to pick up some Del Monte Fruit Cups to create a fun snack, perfect for kids to come home to after school.  Check out more photos from our trip to Walmart here on Google+.

Del Monte Fruit Cups are good as they are, but I decided to place them in a delicious allergy friendly flaky pie crust.  I was glad that the simple ingredients in in the fruit cups makes it a treat my son can enjoy even with multiple food allergies.  My son helped me bake the pie crusts by measuring, mixing, and blending.
     To make the allergy friendly pie crusts you will need:
2 cups of the allergy friendly flour mix- I use Authentic Foods-Classic Blend. 
3 tablespoons of potato starch
2 tablespoons of confectionery sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of Xantham gum
A pinch of salt
1 1/4 of vegetable shortening
4 1/2 teaspoon of egg replacer mixed with 6 tablespoon of hemp milk. (dairy free milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar to sprinkle over crust in the end

Whisk in the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Blend the shortening, then add the liquid ingredients. 
 It should start to form into a ball in the center, if not feel free to ball it up with your hands.
Part into small tart/pie size balls.  Place in between parchment paper and roll flat.
Mold into the tray, I used a mini aluminum pie trays.  Would work just as good with tart trays.
Any extra dough left, flatten and cut out shapes to top the fruits with. 
Bake about 25 minutes at 350, in a preheated oven.  Let cool and you're half way to a delicious pie cup of fruits!
Pour in the Del Monte fruits from the fruit cups to the pie cup, and enjoy as is! 

Or put a scoop of your favorite ice cream or whipped cream to enjoy!  I put a tiny half a scoop of coconut dairy free ice cream.
You know one of the best things about fruit cups and the pie crust cups, besides being delicious?  You can pack it to go for a #smartsnack at school! :)


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Where does the time go?



Fall is near, before we know it, it will here.  I've had an amazing summer, but I look forward to fall.
My baby girl will be born in November, and this fall/winter will be nothing like the last but I have a feeling it will all be a blast! ;)
   ♥



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

UNREAL Candy - Review and #Giveaway

Junk food doesn't need to be actual junk, and that's what Get UNREAL is about.  Unreal candy uses real cane sugar, real milk, no corn syrup, no artificial flavors or coloring, more cacao, more protein and fiber, no artificial colors/flavors, and no hydrogenated oils or fats.  Oh and of course it tastes really good!  Get a fun look at Unreal Unjunked candy bar in comparison to a "junked" candy bar here under the "black light."  I'm usually not a fan of candy bars, but with these I have been hooked.  I would choose these over the other leading candy bars any day.

Keep an eye to try these for yourself, you've got to try these for yourself!  Now available at Rite Aid, Staples, BJ's, CVS, Michael's, Walgreen's, Fred Meyer, Kroger and more!  See a full list here.  Also will be coming to Target right in time for Halloween in October!


Do you prefer artificial coloring or all natural coloring?  Of course you would rather be eating an orange candy, colored with achiote tree seed instead of a chemical dye.  See the other natural coloring they use here, compared to chemical dyes often used.  I often feature food allergy friendly options and although this is something that isn't allergy friendly, I think it is a health conscious product line.  I've said many times that food allergies has made us more conscious of what we eat, and what is in our food.  It's surprising, unfortunately too often in a bad way how much junk is actually in our food- food we eat everyday.  Unreal candy bars, is still candy, and is still a snack, a treat!  But it is delicious candy that you won't have to worry about the extra junk in them.  Also these are gluten free, but processed in a facility that processes gluten..just f.y.i.





All sounds so good right?  What's not to love!?  Candy..chocolate without the stuff you didn't want in there in the first place! 

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

"What Do You Beuse?" - Making use of an old cereal box... #toddlercrafts

My little boy recently came over to me and asked

-"what should we "beuse" mom?"
I responded: "what?"
-"you know..you know.. beuse becycle!?!"  Oh of course, what else did I think?  ;)
*smiles* with joy and in love with how he says it.  We then used up an old cereal box and used it for crafting per his suggestion!  We've created so much over the years with boxes and old scraps of this and that.. I needed ideas.  I was able to find something titled "Upcycled Cereal Box Marble Run," and happened to have plenty of marbles and cereal boxes to try it ourselves.

I ended up using two cereal boxes..because once I cut open one, I found two coupons in there that I could use.  Did you know there were coupons in there?  I didn't!

 I poked some holes and twirled my scissors in there until it got to the perfect size for the marbles.  Whatever tape you have in hand will probably work.
 It is pretty easy to make, my son kept saying it was "boring looking" so we painted it as well.
Have you done this before?  Will you try it?  And most importantly, what do you "beuse?"- My son wants to know! ;)   






Friday, August 10, 2012

Sweet Suite Sweet Suite Sweet Suite- say that 3 times fast!

Last week was so fun, I got to get out of the house by myself to meet with actual adults.  That doesn't happen often!  I'm a full time mom, that barely ever gets real time to myself unless everyone has wandered away from me well fed or asleep.  So I went to attend BlogHer12, I was only a subway ride away but I mind as well have been out of state because I only made it home to shower and fall asleep, only to do it all over again the next day.  

It was a very busy, and fun few days.  I got to meet up with friends that I only had spoken to online, I hadn't even heard their voices before, yet I knew them for about a year before we finally met in real life.  Although our first time meeting each other, it was as if we knew each other all our lives.  We were talking, and laughing the second we met up.  

Now back to one of my favorite events I attended during BlogHer12!  Sweet Suite!  I just love saying that, and it's a bit of a tongue twister if you say it enough times! LOL  

I was lucky to get off the waiting list after not being around when first sign ups came up.  And boy am I glad I got off the waiting list!  I ended up going alone, and at first nervous not knowing what to expect..I loved every minute of my time there.  I was in toy heaven and I was by myself, without my son as an excuse.  The setting was wonderful, and if you ask me the location was great too!    

Starting from the back, making my way around meeting all the wonderful brand reps, being able to speak to every single one of them was a treat!  And speaking of treats, there was plenty around!  I was too busy walking around playing, and crafting to actually eat sweets, now you know that was a good time when a pregnant woman walks around barely eating SWEETS because of all the other fun.

Brand after brand, toy after toy, I loved it.  All the reps were so helpful, and informative, I walked out having learned so much about the toy market and not only what I want for my children, but also what to expect will be available to them in the future.  I hope to bring you some of those awesome products here.  One of the booths I stopped by was the Xbox booth, were I picked up this little guy for my son.  
You probably know allot of the facts about Xbox Kinect, but here's a list of facts just in case you didn't!
 -With Xbox Kinect you are the controller, unlike with other interactive gaming there is no worries of throwing your remote through your screen.  Along with that you can set up parental controls so that your kids only have access to content you approve.
 -Xbox LIVE is good for watching all your favorite TV shows, not just a gamer thang!  It is packed with archived sports, streaming and even the Olympic highlights. 
-Soon they will be introducing a 2-way TV experience with Sesame Street and Nat Geo shows so your kids can learn while they play, without even knowing it!  (I got to see a sneak preview of it and have to say-it looks like fun)
-"Dance Central 3" allows you to make any room full of people get up and dance- instant party! -Also great for exercise.  Speaking of exercise with "Nike+ Kinect Training" you get to have a virtual trainer who coaches you with every move..working out at home can be fun!
-Lastly..Kinect keeps your kids active.  They The whole family can learn, keep active all while playing.  Kinect has won accolades from groups like Children's Technology Review and Parent's Choice Awards.  

As you can see I had a great time, I had spent over an hour effortlessly without knowing it.  This has been one of my favorite events to attend.  Thank you to all the sponsors, I hope to connect with you all further.  And The Big Toy Book for having me!  I apologize for not having more pics. I was too busy having too much fun... ;)     


*This post is an entry to a giveaway from The Big Toy Book.  I received goodies from sponsors while attending Sweet Suite, but all opinions are my own.  




Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - My Henna Tattoo at Social Luxe #BlogHer12

I had a wonderful time at the Social Luxe party, meeting great people, fantastic sponsors, taking silly pictures for a good cause...  It was all fun, and I walked out with my first henna tattoo on my hand.  Talented women, effortlessly free hands a beautiful design in minutes.     



I'm glad I was able to attend and would like to thank Social Luxe Lounge for having me.  ;) 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"What's THAT Sign Mean Mommy?"

As you may know already I was on vacation last week with my family.  We flew to Hilton Head Island, SC. and as we sat on one of our flights waiting for take-off, my son pointed up and asked "What's that sign mean?"
 I avoided the "No Smoking" sign and focused on the one on the right and told him to buckle up. 
But he pointed out that he was already buckled up with his seat belt on.  
He continued to ask me about the other sign, and said why he can't go like ^this^ with his hand.  He goes "look I'm doing it, now what? why can't I do that?"  I laughed and had to take a picture and share with you all.

What's one cute, silly thing your child has done lately? :)