Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kitcheneeze Review

Anybody who knows me knows I love to cook. I love using all types of kitchen tools, new recipes, learning new ways of doing things. That's me. So when the opportunity to review Kitcheneeze products came up, I was ecstatic!

I worked with Caroline and it was a great experience. I told her some of the items I liked the looks of and she quickly sent off a package of items for me to try out. 

This was a great variety of items to sample from the huge selection that is available. Kitcheneeze offers items for dips, seasoning mixes, gluten free items and baking kits. You can season up your life with a simple package and create all new dinner items for your entire family. There are even kitchen tools to make sure your kitchen runs smoothly.

We used the Italian Garden vegetable dip mix, the Creamy Strawberry Fruit Dip mix and the Illinois Chicago Style seasoning mix for our roast. First we tried the veggie dip.  

Make sure you go on over to WAHMReviews to see how the rest of the review went!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly Review : Week 2 of School...

So we made it through week 2 of third grade! Whew! This week was a more true week. Field trips, melt downs, the whole 9 yards. We are officially back into a normal homeschool routine!

The week started off weird because I had to go to my three month follow up appointment first thing. Am I the only one that really doesn't like things first thing Monday morning? It seems to throw the whole day off for us and we never get back to what we need to do school wise. So we just invited friends over and had a homeschool pow-wow planning session. ;-)

We had our first field trip this week to Publix. It was our first official field trip of the homeschool year! We were all super excited. The teenagers weren't so excited about the hairnets, BUT they still had a great time. Our group is exploding and we couldn't more excited!

It was pretty easy to follow the balloons through the store. :-)

Boo Bear and I kept on with our curriculum for the three (more like 2 1/2) full days of school we got. I always tell myself to stop stressing because even if it's not bookwork, we're still learning.

The curriculum we got for this year is working beautifully. We are both still loving it and enjoying the lessons more and more. That's always a plus! We had someone interrupting our quiet reading time this week... ;) Somebody took the advantage of him laying down to read as it meant play time.

Silly girl :)

I'm working on eating differently and so far have done well. It's always been an uphill battle for me to lose weight. I am a type 2 diabetic and I have a thyroid problem so it's like my body laughs at me when I say let's get rid of this. This week my blood sugar numbers have been amazing and I'm feeling much better. I have been working with Trim Healthy Mama more soundly this week and it seems to be doing some amazing things. I know many people love it and many people don't so we shall see how it works for us. So far,my sugar numbers are agreeing with it. :) I'm doing more of a Trim Healthy Mama/Paleo twist I think.

Here's something I ate this week. This smoothie was amazing and the only one I have had to fight my son over. He doesn't usually like them but this one was a sure winner. Who doesn't like Strawberry Cheesecake!!

Plus I get to eat cake for breakfast and my sugar loves it. So it's a win-win. I can actually have my cake and eat it too and feel better for it!

This week was our first week with field trips and honestly, it doesn't stop until next summer ;). So we will have lots of trips coming up, a new co-op group and so much more! So how's your school weeks going? I'd love to hear about them!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Friday, August 15, 2014

Barefaced Mud Mask Review

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 Recently I received the awesome opportunity to review the Barefaced Mud Mask. I haven't really done a lot with masks before, so I was super excited to try this one out. 

This is a Dead Sea mud mask that is great for helping with anti aging, acne, and even blackheads. It's great for everyone to use including your hubby and your teens. 

I'm going to be honest. Please don't throw sticks at me but alas... I don't have a regular facial cleansing routine. Gasp!!

Believe me I know. It's something I have always fought with. I have been beyond blessed with pretty great skin, thanks to genes. I also know that I need a regular routine, so this is helping me get there. I do clean my face. Don't get me wrong. It's just not a clean, rinse, moisturize, repeat routine yet. 

Thankfully, this mask has made me excited about getting in there to do it. :) It is a great mask that I can feel working without it getting overly tight like some masks I have done before. 

The mask color I had was the one on the right. Your's will look like one of these two colors. 

This 6 oz container is great for both oily and dry skin. I kind of lean more towards the dry skin arena. I always have. So I have used this a couple times now and I have to say I'm impressed. My son was too ! He felt my face afterwards and said wow, you're so soft Mama! That's what I want to hear!

Now to the only quirk the mud has. It smells, mostly, like mud. It's just that's what it is. It has some essential oils in it to help with the smell and it's one either you like or don't care for. I'm kind of in the "don't know how I feel" category. It's not something that stops me from using the mud at all. I'm going to keep on keepin on with this awesome facial mask. Some people love the smell while others, not so much.

 The company has contacted me about it and they are working on some great ideas for making it more appeasing to the masses. That to me is awesome! The company wants to work with the feedback they are getting. Some companies would just shrug that off but not Barefaced! They are working hard to make sure you love 100% of your mud mask!!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this mask and look forward to many more uses. I highly recommend you head over to Amazon and check it out! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Gold City New Album Coming Out!! ( affiliate post)

My first real memories of the Gold City quartet are as a child. I remember spending nights with my grandmother and we would always listen to them while we went to sleep. My favorite song has always been the Midnight Cry. Chills sweep over me as I listen to this amazing group sing that song and remember those awesome memories I made as a child.

So when I got to preview this new CD of theirs it was like I was singing with my grandmother again. This new CD, Gold City Hymn Revival releases on August 19th and is super wonderful. Some of my favorite hymns are on this album including I Must Tell Jesus, Victory in Jesus and Great is Thy Faithfulness.

This is the first time the group has done a hymn release since 1999. Here's an excerpt from their news release:

"Hymn Revival, co-produced by Gold City’s Danny Riley and multiple Academy of Country Music award-winning artist and musician, Gordon Mote, combines both a musical freshness and lyrical timelessness that appeals to today’s broad gospel and inspirational fan-base."

You can check out their entire press release by clicking here

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD and sharing these songs with my son as well. Not only are they fabulous songs that ring true today, they bring back fond memories of singing with my grandmother all those years ago. These songs help to lift your spirit and make the day seem brighter just by hitting the play button. 

You can pre-order your copy of it today for $13.99! Don't miss out on this great CD and this amazing group! 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clever Container Flip Flop Caddy Review

Organization is something I love. I love finding neat ideas to organize our home to make it more accessible and to make it look neat and, well, organized. Step in Clever Container.

I was able to work with Sarah for this review and her site is amazing. There are so many fun and exciting products to choose from, I honestly had a hard time. You can check out her site by clicking here. Some of my favorites I saw helped organize your desk, your car and even your bathroom. There really is something for all areas of your home and life here.

Clever Container offers a variety of solutions to help you keep things where they should be. Organization, to me, is key when you have busy homes with sports, school, work and just life in general.

So after talking with Sarah, we decided on the Flip Flop Caddy for this review. I live in the South and for me, flip flops are just part of my everyday wardrobe. Brown ones, black ones, white ones, pink ones and so on. So this product was something that I was in desperate need of.

This amazing hanging organizer can hold 18 pairs of flip flops at once! This helps keep your most comfy flip flops from being lost under the bed or in the back of your closet. They are easily slid into the large pockets and kept right where you can find them at all times.

Here is the empty caddy before adding in any flip flop awesomeness.

Go on over to WAHM Reviews to see how the review went and find out more about Sarah's awesome products! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making My Own Almond Milk... (product review) Giveaway!!

Recently I've been making changes to our lifestyle. Well, not just recently but over the past year or so. On and off we have been trying to change things up to make them healthier and more natural. One thing I discovered in my journey on this healthier lifestyle is Almond Milk. 

Of course my first thought is how do you "milk" an almond, right? But I have used it in recipes, smoothies and several different ways and I like it. I haven't quite convinced my son or husband but, it's good for me ;).

I have seen all types of posts about making your own almond milk but I never had the correct items to try it out. Now I do! I recently received the Vita Milk Nut Bag to review and I was super excited. 

The bag arrived and I was quickly on the search for almond milk recipes. I found one I liked, had the ingredients, and off we went. 

The bag is made of a fine mesh that makes it easy to get your milk through without the chunks of almonds coming with it. I was curious as to how well it would work and it was awesome. The bag held all the almond leftovers and only put through pure liquid. There were no skins floating in the milk or any chunks in the milk itself. Now I wasn't a fan of the recipe I tried but that has nothing to do with the bag itself. 

You can also use this bag to make yogurt, juices and other items that you need to strain. It is easy to clean up and the material it's made out of makes sure it is safe to continue using. 

I was very impressed with the easy use of the bag and how well it strained the items. I can't wait to try out more recipes and see where this bag takes us!

Now you can have your chance to win one of these awesome bags! Enter the contest below!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If I Could Tell My Beginning Homeschooler Self Something...

We have been homeschooling for the most part of the past three years and are starting on our fourth. I remember those beginning days like they were yesterday. I remember all the research I did, and still do, to figure out the best curriculum, the best schedule etc. As I look back and see where we have come from, I also look back and wish there things I could tell my newly homeschooling self. Here are the things I would tell myself.

- Take lots of field trips and realize they are just as educational, if not more, than books.

Some people, especially kiddos, are hands on learners. We can do book work all day long but until they get their hands on it, they will a lot of times lose it. Let them go on field trips as much as possible. Realize that they are educational and count as school days. School doesn't always mean sitting at our desks with pencils in hand.

- Breathe. He will learn to read in his own time. He will learn to do things in his timing and when he's ready it will take all of five minutes for him to get it.

Relax Mama. After many school days ending in tears, we both realized that when it's time, it's time. It will come. He doesn't have to know quantum mechanics tomorrow. :-)

- Don't fret over curriculum. You'll find things that work for you and things that don't. It's okay to change it up! It's okay to do something totally different than you had in mind.

Not everyone fits into a box curriculum and that is OKAY! 

- Get out with other homeschoolers. Finding a homeschool group is essential for your child and you. This give your child down time to play and learn and just be a kid. This gives you time for encouragement, adult conversation and much needed down time as well. 

- Link up with a seasoned homeschool mom. This is so imperative so you don't get overwhelmed and feel alone. Find that one mom ( or ten) who can be your mentor and your encouragement when those days get long, hard and you wanna throw in the towel. They will come. They will try to take over your mind and heart. Don't let them. Link up with great council and you'll be able to get through those tough days. 

- Don't over schedule yourself or your child. A lot of times we get caught up in all the extras we think we all need. I, for one, have a hard time saying no. When it comes to homeschooling it can be quite overwhelming and gas guzzling with all the running you do. Pick and choose extras with your child. Let them choose one or two things they enjoy to have as extras and try not to over do it. That's not good for you or your kiddo. 

These are just a few things I would go back and tell myself. Things I have learned in the past few years and I'm sure there will be tons more to come. Remember to breathe. You can do this! Homeschooling is not some far off crazy mystical creature you can't reach. Follow your heart and what you feel God is leading you to do. Let Him lead your homeschool and you're sure to be on the right path.