Wednesday, November 25, 2015

spread cheer.

Who loves cookies? 

I do! 

Who has the time to bake cookies from scratch...every time you make cookies? 

Not, me. 

Who likes food that doesn't contain weird dyes and artificial colors? 

I do! I do! 

Who likes to do kind things for neighbors, elders, mailmen, and teachers? 

I do! 

Who likes to help me make the cookies? The four small children in my house. Have you even made cookies from scratch with four small children? good times, good times. Thank goodness for Betty Crocker. Using Betty Crocker's Sugar Cookie (which I picked up at my local Wally World...aka... Walmart.) in a package, I was able to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon making cookies with my children. We added butter, and 1 egg, and the package. We baked them, iced them, and sprinkled them. We then boxed them up and like little fairies we left the boxes in mailboxes and doorsteps to help #spreadcheer this holiday season. 

What a simple way to spend quality time with family, while letting others know you care. 

Can I also give a BIG shout out to Betty Crocker. I have a nephew who has a peanut allergy and the sweet and treats that he can actually eat are far a few in between. While it is true that sugar cookies contain no nuts...most companies have a warning about nuts...basically meaning they can't safely say that there is no nut contamination. It was so great to be able to whip up a treat quickly...and safely offer this to him.  Job well done, Betty Crocker

P.S. We iced our cookies with Betty Crocker's Rainbow Chip icing!!! It's back! I have missed it so! 

P.S.S. There is a GIVEAWAY!!! How would you like to #spreadcheer in your neighborhood? Just visit HERE and download the free printable tags and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite tag was and you'll be entered to win $20 to fund your adventure! Winner will be paid via paypal! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Jewelescents showed up at my door thanks to I am so happy they did. I sort of have a thing for pens. Something about them makes me happy. I love the colors, and the way they write. 

This particular pen set came with 60 colors! One set had neon and one set was even sparkled. Lyla really loved the glitter set. These pens wrote smooth, I love it when pens write smooth. Smooth, smooth, smooth...pen lovers know what I'm talking about. 

They are non-toxic...which is case your baby likes to eat pens.

These pens would work great for craft projects, grading papers , coloring, decorating Christmas cards, and more. 

I am thinking about stashing these and not sharing. I like them that much. 

Get yours HERE. 

*I was given this pen set, in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

meet eve.


I can't say enough good things about my new friend Eve.

Eve, is a mattress.

A mattress that comes in a box, and arrives at your door step.

I have had my mattress for about three days now. I have slept great! I was honestly a little skeptical because I am a side sleeper. I wondered if I would sink in, or if I would wake up sore. I did neither of those things. I could turn comfortably with no effort. This was firm, but not hard. 

Eve showed up on my door step and arrived in a box. The box weighed about 70lbs. Glad the husband was home, because I would not have been able to get the box up the stairs. I was very easy to remove from the box. I didn't take that long to make its way to normal size...maybe a few hours...tops. It has a new mattress smell, that a few reviews said was too strong. I noticed it the first day three it is gone. 

My children really enjoyed the mattress. They were so giddy. They rolled and jumped and lounged. They wanted to sleep on it...I politely told way...this is MY mattress...and gave them the mattress box to play with...I think they liked the trade. 

I also happen to think yellow is the best color ever, so I really loved the yellow trim around the outside. If yellow isn't your thing, I'll forgive you, and a bed sheet will cover the edge. 

Eve offers a 10 year guarantee and  a 100 night sleep trail. 

Would you ever buy a mattress like this? 


I can't believe that is my baby! Where did the time go? Soooooo.tiny. And the wrinkles...and the clasped hands. Ummmmmm, swoon.

Have you ever heard of Voya? They are launching a brand new initiative,  Born To Save. Their basic mission is to create a retirement plan for your baby. 

Seems like a bit of a crazy idea? Well I wish my mom had created a retirement plan for me...#justsayin ...I'd be ahead of the game by now.

Voya also offers tips for financial success. 

I think it's important for children to know about money. To know that things cost money, and that someone works to pay for those things. We talk about cost and value of many things. I think it's important to teach them to save money. 

Did you have a baby or know a baby born in October 19, 2015??? If so they are eligible for a $500 mutual investment fund...just for having a birthday on October 19. However, you MUST submit this info by December 18, 2015. 

Retirement is something most Americans think about, it is something most of them plan for, and save for. Why not start that process at birth? Why not give the generation we are raising a head start? Voya allows you to start planning now, when our babies are tiny, sweet, and wrinkly. That way when our babies have real wrinkles, they will have one less thing to worry about. 

Rememberit’s never too early — or too late — to save for the future!

Friday, November 20, 2015

nbc + heroes.

Can we talk about Heroes?

I loved the the cheerleader, save the world.

When the first season aired and the show when on hiatus...I remember thinking when this show comes back on in January...I will be a mother. 

Flash forward two years later...I used to put Jude to bed an hour early back in the day (you know before DVR) just so I could watch this show in peace. 

I was actually upset when Heroes ended ( don't get me started on the lame ending) 

I was giddy to hear about Heroes Reborn! The is actually one of the few "adult" shows I allow my older two children to watch. I can honestly say I think I like Heroes Reborn more than the original. I am happy to see a lot of the original. Job well done, NBC. 

I am excited to share that NBC fans can start tuning into their favorite shows in a new way – EVERYWHERE. You can do this on NBC TVE on your desktop or laptop computer.

You can watch your favorite shows anytime.anywhere.on your desktop, PC, or laptop.

I don't know about you...but my desktop offers a much bigger and better screen than my phone. 

Now you can catch up on shows from the comfort of your bed and desktop/laptop device.

Check Heroes out here!

peppermint bark.

Mmmmm. Peppermint. While most of America waits all year long for pumpkin spiced everything. I wait all year long for peppermint. 

I was in Hallmark the other day, and the sales lady asked if I had tried the Peppermint Bark. I was hooked the moment I heard peppermint. 

Using Hallmarks Crafters & Co. Peppermint Barks Bar, I created a divine peppermint milkshake. 

I used two dark chocolate ice cream bars, milk, and half of a chopped Peppermint Bark Bar. I mixed the ingredients in a blender and then toped the milkshake with a few remaining bits of bark bar.  

I then gobbled up the rest of the bark and and didn't offer to share it with anyone. 

If your looking for a simple, yummy, and taste like Christmas in a sure to try this recipe out. 

reindeer car set.

{ please note: My baby was not harmed in this photo. She was safe the whole time.)

I was sent this reindeer car set item free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 

I wasn't sure what to expect. I saw that the price was right around $8 and I honestly thought, "Gee. I don't know if I would pay $11 for my car to look like a reindeer."

Turns out I would. I totally would. 

This is HUGE! (the first photo is taken next to a quarter to show the size comparison) 

Do not compare this to an item you might find at the local dollar store. It is sturdy, well made, and adorable! 

The price is actually very reasonable. I can see this set lasting for a few years, not just one. 

I saw a similar set for around $ you would save $4 and if you have Amazon Prime you would get this item shipped for free.

I can't wait to drive around town looking like a reindeer. I heart all things Christmas. 

Would you ever put this on your car?