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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reese's Spreads Review

As if reading my mind, Influenster sent us the NEW Reese's spreads peanut butter and chocolate to try. I'm a complete peanut butter and chocolate fanatic. Every time a new one of these combination spreads come out, I scoop it up.

We popped this jar open the seconded it arrived and it quickly got passed around so everyone could try a spoonful. I have to note that it smells EXACTLY like a peanut butter cup.

First impressions, my kids love it, but I found the texture a little odd for a spread. If you have ever melted a peanut butter cup on accident (or on purpose) you know that it retains the grit texture of the peanut butter portion. The spread is no different. There is an odd grit texture to the spread. It doesn't change the taste but it does feel a bit weird if you just eat it by the spoonful.

As for the taste, it tastes exactly like a peanut butter cup. It's tasty stuff! Dip in some apples, graham crackers, or anything else and enjoy. I'll just skip eating this one with a spoon, which may save me some calories if I have to find something to put it on!

I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Banana Mug Bread

It's very cold here today so I think it's time for a yummy treat that's also warm and easy to make! Got an over ripe banana? Then it's time to enjoy some warm and soft Banana Bread in a Mug.

Banana Mug Bread
3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 egg
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. milk
1 ripe banana, mashed
cinnamon, for sprinkling (optional)

In an extra-large (it will run over if you use a standard size) microwaveable mug lightly misted with non-stick spray, blend flour, sugars, salt, baking powder & baking soda. Add egg & mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Stir in vanilla, oil & milk. Lastly add mashed banana and sprinkle with cinnamon (optional). Microwave 1-1/2 to 3 minutes, depending on microwave.

*Bread will rise over the top of the mug during heating (see picture). When removed, if the bread is still runny, add more cooking time, checking often until done.*

This makes enough bread to share, but you don't have to if you don't want to, and you won't want to! It's about a mini loaf serving size. Infact, I think I'll cook it in a ceramic mini loaf pan next time just for fun. I'll let you know how that goes.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Braun® Thermometer Review

I'm back from my recent MIA with a great review of the Braun® No touch + forehead thermometer. This came in handy with my recent cold!

The Braun® No touch + forehead thermometer can be used two ways, touch or no touch. There is a guiding light to line up distance for no touch and a soft ring for resting the forehead for touch. The touch option is great for taking your own temp or when you have a small child who is wiggling too much to line up those little beams. The best feature is the changing color display. Green is a good temperature, yellow is a low grade fever, and red means your temperature is high. I hit 102 at the peak of my fever and it flashed red. The color alerts you to temperature range before you even read the numbers. The display is perfect for nighttime temperature taking. It is just bright enough to read without being so bright as to wake a child. The light beams are a little too bright for night time since they are directed straight at the sick persons face. All in all, this is a great product and will definitely be replacing our currently use thermometer.

I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Hits Keep On Comin'

I posted a few months ago that we had a couple surgeries, injuries, illnesses and dental procedures and now I guess I get to update with more of the same. September is coming to an end and this has been one of the busiest and most physically and emotionally draining months of the entire year.

My two oldest went back to school. 

Big A started Jr. High this year, so that was scary.

We decided we don't own enough pets *wink* and got two adorable mini-dwarf rabbits. They have been named Peaches and Cream(y).

Hubby had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and had to be off work for two weeks. Then upon returning to work he injured his knee during his first week back.

Big A had her first ever filling in a tooth! And her 12 yr old molars are coming in as well. She also managed to get in the way of little man's rock throwing and currently has a black eye.

Little man turned 4 this month. We have put his birthday off until next month to afford us a small break. In the mean time we took him out to dinner on his birthday. We told him we would go anywhere he wanted to eat. His pick? Costco! Boy after my own heart! Tomorrow he goes for his birthday check up, and being 4 means he is due for shots.

Speaking of check ups I had one this month too and am 2 weeks over due for a blood draw, so looks like I will be rounding out the month with that tomorrow as well. Then earlier this month I had yet another filling done and the dentist hit something causing my face to swell and bruise. Two weeks later I was still a little green and yellow. Now later in the month I am having bad headaches and jaw pain.

But finally the actual worst news is that my Grandpa ended his battle with cancer this month. He turned 81 this year and was the most amazing person I have ever known. I'm very lucky to have had him in my life and I will be forever grateful for every second, every moment, every lesson, every adventure, every project, every memory, everything I had with him. I love you Grandpa!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Surfs Up VoxBox Review

Surfs Up! Time for another Influenster VoxBox filled with awesome stuff for us to review.

Here's what's inside:

Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun

First Aid Shot Therapy

SinfulColors Professional Nail Polish

COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara
First up is the Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit. We had to make a special trip to another grocery store to pick these up. There are tons of options to pick from and with all the yummy choices it did take us awhile to agree on just one. We settled on Caribbean Passion with mangoes, strawberries, peaches and non-fat yorgut. The packs are pretty small, just enough to make two 8 oz glasses. You dump the contents in the blender with the recommended or your juice choice and mix. I was a pretty disappointed by the fruit content as the sum total of cut up strawberries would have made one strawberry. Not enough to add any flavor to the mix at all. In fact the only thing you could really taste when blended was the mango. Good fruit and flavor just not a good mix of either.

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Next up is Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun. This product combines lotion and aloe gel for a ribbon layered look. The scent is a nice sweet smell. Not overly scented but enough to enjoy. As far as moisturizing it seems to feel good at first but the moisture doesn't stay. On dry or sunburned skin it relieves the itching but the dryness lingers. I would use this more for the scent I think than the moisturizing.
Now on to First Aid shot Therapy. We had to wait for the opportune time to try this out. So one day after hiking and getting a bit too much sun and not enough water I had a seriously bad headache. Perfect testing time for this. A good shake and then bottoms up. I had to drink it in little sips. The taste is a little strange but not unpleasant. I did begin to feel some relief from my headache fairly fast but my stomach did not appreciate the shot at all. I had to sit still and close my eyes for about 10 minutes to keep from revisiting the shot for a second time on the trip out. So all in all I'm not sure that the time I had to wait for my stomach to settle justifies the benefit of quick pain relief.

Almost at the end is SinfulColors Professional Nail polish. We were sent the Aqua color. The polish is kind of thin so two coats are required. The finish has a metalic look to it and the color is awesome. There's some blue and green in different lights, it looks great! Deffinetly a color I would have picked for myself. Just wish it hadn't leaked a bit in the box when it came so I had more of it to use!
Finally we have COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara. This mascara is a great two wand, two formula product. The step one side separates and adds a little curve to the lashes and the second coats each lash for a dark accentuated lash. The end result is a nice full clean lash look. Very nice dual product. I like to use just step one on lower lashes for an accented but lighter lash.  

I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.