Friday, September 30, 2016

Favorite Fall/Halloween #Recipes Reposted

Fall already?! Where does the time go. In honor of tomorrow being the start of my favorite month, which may or may not be because it is my birth month, I wanted to re-share some of my favorite Halloween and October themed recipes posted in the past. Enjoy! 


Halloween Junk Cake


Trick-O-Treating with five kids leaves us with too much candy. I never realized one could actually have too much candy (chocolate in particular) but you can! When you've had enough with the chocolate and tossing it seems like such a waste, make it into a cake! 


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Ingredients:

  • ¼ tsp. vanilla flavoring 
  • 2 sticks, unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup light brown sugar 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • Your favorite chocolate candy bars, in pieces. 
Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.


In medium sized mixing bowl, cream together vanilla, sugar and butter. With well washed hands, slowly add in your flour, kneading together, making sure to clear the sides of the bowl.

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Press dough into an 8in baking pan; cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown.


Melt chocolate chips over the stove (or in the microwave) stirring frequently. Pour melted chocolate over the top of your cake; spread in even layer across. Add bite sized pieces of your favorite candies (we used Twix, Snickers, Milky Ways and 3 Musketeer Bars) over the top. Cool completely.

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This cake can be sliced into bars for simple serving. The kids really enjoy this alternate way to enjoy all their favorites. For a more festive look try topping with orange and brown M&Ms!

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Goblin Punch


Next we moved on to a drink sure to be a hit at any Halloween party. Goblin Punch, as I call it, is a combination of gelatin for a slimy layered look paired with two favorites, 7UP and fruit punch. The carbonation from the 7UP adds a nice bubbling effect.


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Ingredients:
  • 1 package lime gelatin 
  • 1 bottle 7UP 
  • 1 bottle Hawaiian Punch, Fruit Punch 
Directions:

In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water to a boil. Transfer to a bowl. Add gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, pour about 1/2 cup of 7UP and 1/4 cup fruit punch into a cup. Add one or two spoonfuls of chilled gelatin and top with ice eyeballs.

Monster Munch

We love simple! Monster Munch is simple fun and yummy too!

Monster Cereal Munch

Ingredients


  • 1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate baking chips (2 cups)


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • 8 cups desired monster cereal (such as Franken Berry®, Boo Berry®, Count Chocula®, Yummy Mummy® and/or Fruit Brute®)


  • 1/2 cup Halloween-colored candy sprinkles, if desired


  • Directions:

    Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
    Add white chocolate baking chips and stir until completely melted.
    Remove from heat.
    Working quickly, add cereal, and stir until the cereal is well coated.
    Place mixture on wax paper in a pan or bowl of your choosing ( the different shapes make it fun) and allow to cool.
    When the treats are cooled, cut into squares of scoop out into balls.
    Serve, and enjoy!

    Pumpkin Soup

    After all those sweet treats let's get back to the simple tastes of fall. Pumpkin is the new it thing right? If it's labeled pumpkin spice it should be loved by all? I think that is how it works, so why not bring the sweet taste of Pumpkin to the dinner (or lunch) table in a delicious soup.

    Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Soup #recipe


    Ingredients:
    • 1 can pure pumpkin 
    • ½ stick butter
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 1 can (14.5 Oz) chicken broth
    • ½  cup water
    • 1 ½ cup heavy cream
    • ¼  teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste.
    • ¼ tsp parsley
    • salt & pepper

    Directions:

    In large saucepan melt butter over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic and sugar bring just to a boil. Reduce heat; add water and broth, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Let simmer about 10 minutes, stir in pumpkin, heavy cream, salt, pepper and cinnamon. Return to a boil.

    CAREFULLY transfer mixture into a blender (or food processor) blending until smooth. Return to pan; serve warm. Garnish with parsley if desired. * Note* Please allow the mixture to cool some before transferring to blender, or before blending. Hot liquids in the blender can explode the top off your blender and burn you!

    Celebrating Baby's First Year - 8 Must Haves

    As a parent, that first year of life watching your little one grown, learn and discover is nothing short of amazing. However, with such rapid growth and discovery you often find yourself trying to keep up with baby’s needs according to development. I’ve compiled a list of 8 awesome products that will help you keep up with and celebrate all those 1st year milestones. 

    Newborn and up

    Miracle Blanket®

    The first few weeks it’s all about the swaddle. That swaddle that helps them feel safe and secure just like the womb. Now that perfect swaddle is even easier with the Miracle Blanket®. 

    Miracle Blanket
    Winner of multiple awards and pediatrician recommended The Miracle Blanket® makes it easy to get the perfect swaddle every time, even in the dark! Crafted from a super soft 100% cotton knit that is breathable, its perfect for use in warmer climates and still luxurious enough to keep your baby warm in cooler places. Most importantly however, it is a safe and secure alternative to traditional swaddling, helping babies sleep better on their backs through 14 weeks, and allowing freedom of movement from the hips down.

    Find the Miracle Blanket online at Miracleware.com for the MSRP of $29.99

    Personalized Onesies by Hi Little One

    A great gift, Personalized Onesies can be purchased to document every month of baby’s first year with Hi Little One’s Personalized Month by Month Onesie Sets, or completely personalized with baby’s name, and other unique facts. With 35 unique individual styles, crafted on 100% Baby Rib super-soft cotton onesises, you can’t go wrong!

    Ball Activity Nest by Playgro

    Some of my favorite memories of my children came from simple watching them learn and discover the world around them. The Ball Activity Nest Gym offers three fun stages of play that grow with baby, allowing them to develop motor skills while discovering.
    Baby gym

    The gym offers engaging hanging toys, featuring a water-filled teether, mirror for learning reflections and soft plush characters with click-clack beads. The gym also comes with 32 colorful plastic balls that can be secured around the edge of the gym or loose in the gym for play.

    Baby ball Activity Nest
    Modes of play:
    • Mode 1 – Playgym: the colorful plastic balls are secured around the edge of the gym with the gym walls fastened down, creating a standard playgym with hanging toys for batting.
    • Mode 2 – Playgym: the gym walls are up creating a safe and secure place for baby to lay and bat the toys.
    • Mode 3 – Ball pit with hanging toys: gym walls are up creating a ball pit with the balls loose in the gym for play, while the hanging toys continue to be used for batting and practicing motor skills.
    • Mode 4 – Ball pit: gym walls remain up and gym arms are removed creating a proper ball pit for play with the loose colorful balls!
    The Ball Activity Nest is available at Target.com for the MSRP of $99.99

    Months 3+

    Munch Mitt by Malarkey Kids

    Whether it’s due to teething or simply hand to mouth discovery, babies sure do love to put it to their mouth. Take the stress out of teething with the Munch Mitt, the the undroppable, unstoppable teething mitt.
    Munch Mitt

    Made with food grade silicone, BPA and Phthalate free, the mitt is both convenient for parents and fun for babies. Munch Mitt gives little ones the gift of self-managing teething relief and parents the gift of free hands! 

    The Munch Mitt can be found at MunchMitt.com for the MSRP of $18.99


    Months 6+

    Marcus & Marcus' Silicone Stainless Steel Fork & Spoon Set

    I loved watching my kids learn to self-feed. Even now it puts a smile on my face watching my little guy gather his food upon his spoon as he carefully guides it to his mouth. 
    Toddler
    The Marcus & Marcus' animal themed silicone spoon and fork set makes meal time more fun. Utilizing the easy-grip handle, makes feeding easier for adults, while the soft, brightly colored silicone is perfect for little hands and gentle on the gums. Made with BPA-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free materials, this set is one baby is sure to love. My son know his utensil set and loves it. What I love is its soft feel and gentleness. We still have moments where bites are taken at the wrong time and spoons are quite often drop. This set is safer and much more fun than traditional sets, and mom bonus! It is top rack dishwasher safe as well!

    Marcus & Marcus' Silicone Stainless Steel Fork & Spoon Set
    The Marcus & Marcus' Silicone Stainless Steel Fork & Spoon Set is available in multiple colors and animal styles for the SRP of $12.99 on Amazon.com 

    Yookidoo Crawl ‘N’ Go Snail

    Press it, hear it,  watch it, and see it go! I may love this toy as much as my son. This is a favorite of mine and one I will continue to keep in mind as a great gift. 

    crawl n go toys


    The 2-in-1 Crawl ‘N’ Go Snail is a musical battery-operated snail that rolls, spins his shell and turns his head from side to side as he goes. The fun doesn’t stop there though. The 2-in-1 Crawl ‘N’ Go Snail also has a “shell” which can be become a 7 piece ring stacker toy with a push-squeaker face and a rattle ring. 



    baby toys

    This toy is great for those beginning to become mobile as the movement encourages baby to follow after it, while the stacker allows for sitting or stationary fun. This is actually a toy that baby will get some use out of, as older babies and toddlers will still enjoy watching the snail make his way across the room and assembling and disassembling the stacker toy.

    Find the Yoolidoo Crawl 'N' Go Snail available on Amazon.com for the MSRP of $27.99

    12 Months+

    Step By Step Music and Lights Puppy Walker from Playgro 


    The Step By Step Music and Lights Puppy Walker provides fun and stability for babies ready to get up and go! 

    Music and Lights puppy walker

    Babies can use the support of the easy-grip handle to pull themselves up and push the puppy across the floor or enjoy his many fun features. The Step By Step Music and Lights Puppy Walker comes complete with 3 balls that babies can feed into puppy's mouth and watch them drop down the whirly ramp. This super cute push walker also has fun lights and sounds for visual and audio stimulation. Lights and sound require 3 "AA" batteries, not included.

    Find the Step by Step Music and Lights Puppy Walker in stores at Burlington Coat Factory for the MSRP of $59.99


    "Some product(s) and information above provided at no cost. All opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced."

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Oribel's Multi-Functional PortaPlay Activity Center and Play Table @loveoribel

    Having five children I know just as well or better how much stuff babies and children need – and how much space it can all take up! It really feels like those first five years you’re stuck in a constant pattern of outgrowing and purchasing. So for me, I like to think ahead, and I like to think multi-functional. Multi-functional products give me a sense of value in my purchase, as I am saving in the long run and the product is growing with my child. 


    Oribel's PortaPlay Activity Center

    Oribel’s Portaplay Activity Center is basically a modern exersaucer; a product I’ve purchased for each of my children. Its simple design has baby sitting and bouncing, surrounded by engaging toys in a very neutral and modern design. The seat rotates 360º allowing baby access all the toys, and with the ability for baby to bounce in the seat, it helps build muscle strength. The best part for a mom who is always in need of space saving ideas? It has adjustable legs that fold in for easy storage!

    PortaPlay Activity Center


    Overall the Oribel's PortaPlay Activity Center is a beautifully designed, functional and safe activity center, but what makes this activity center really stand out is that it will be with your child for years. When your child has outgrown the seat, it can be converted into a table with a simple included insert. This table is perfect for snacking, drawing, or playing. And Oribel has added to value with two additional products.

    PortaPlay Child Stools


    PortaPlay Kids Stools

    PortaPlay Child Stools (MSRP $39) are purchased in pairs, complementing and extending the life of the activity center-to play table even further.

    PortaPlay Art Paper Roll Dispenser

    PortaPlay Art Paper Roll Dispenser
     Art Paper Roll Dispenser

    A sturdy wooden dispenser, the Art Paper Roll easily and securely clips onto the PortaPlay™ table. It includes a 12 inch wide, 75 foot roll of quality white drawing paper, for little artist to unroll, create, and tear off for display.

    PortaPlay Table and Stools


    We are over-the-moon with the functionality of the PortaPlay Table and Activity Center. It’s a really simple conversion too! The toys easily clip on and off. They’re replaced with green clips to make an all-around smooth surface, or you can kept the toys in for table play. My son likes to keep some of the toys attached, especially the “bead bar”. 

    Oribel PortaPlay Table

    The toys, clips, and art roll dispenser, simply clip-in. To remove you just squeeze in the clips under the table. The legs of the table/activity center also adjust vertically to accommodate growing children, and, of course, fold completely in for storage. 

    Conversion Instructions

    If you're like me and believe in the value of multi-functional products, this is definitely one to check out. It's durable, functional, easy to assemble, space saving, and washable! 


    Shop the PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center ($149 • 5 months to 5 years) and accessories at www.LoveOribel.com. 

    Save Now! Get 20% off on PortaPlay and PortaPlay accessories with coupon code SEPTBLOG20  Valid till September 30


    "Product(s) provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced. Your opinion may differ."

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Dong De Xi

    Some people may look to things like art or music as a way to express themselves freely and show the world what they are about. Other people, however, choose to express themselves through their fashion choices. How else were the goth, grunge, emo, punk, hippie (and many more) trends born?


    Luckily there are many fashion brands that are around that really help you portray yourself in the most personal way possible, and one of those aforementioned fashion brands that we can’t seem to get enough of these days is Dong De Xi.

    Dong De Xi
    Dong De Xi is a modern-free-romantic fashion brand which was founded by the famous fashion designer Zi Hao back in 2010. As mentioned, modern, free and romantic are three words synonymous with the brand, and with those three words in mind, you can imagine that the results of the collections are worthy of your undivided attention,.

    Dong De Xi is the fashion brand to go to when you don’t quite want to follow the latest fashion trends, but still want to turn heads and look fabulous wherever you go. The idea of his latest collection and the Dong De Xi brand as a whole is that it enables women to portray their interest in fashion and their knowledge on the latest trends without conforming. If you are against conventions and want to show that you are your own woman with your own style, your own imagination and your own thoughts, then this women's clothing collection is perfect for the foundation of your ensembles.

    The Dong De Xi pieces, in particular the ones in the current collection, are particularly great because they can be worn both casually and formally with ease and freedom.
    White Sleeveless Mini Dress

    The white plain sleeveless mini dress is one of our highlights because it is an essential summer staple, for obvious reasons, but with a difference. And as we mentioned before, that little difference plays a big part in making Dong De Xi the huge success it is. We would wear the white plain sleeveless mini dress while holidaying in a hot, gorgeous country, and team it with some sandals in a bright shade and a bag of a contrasting color to really shake things up.

    The blue crew neck A-line geometric sweet mini dress, with its mesmerizing infusion of bold colors, is going to be our go-to piece for parties or events where the theme might be something along the lines of “go big, or go home.” If you love dressing up to the nines and expressing yourself through your sartorial choices, then that might just be the dress to go for. The best thing about the mini dress is that it does all the hard work for you, so keep the rest of your accessories, hair and make-up simple. A dress like this deserves to do all the talking and command all of the attention.

    If you’re a fan of the print (and who wouldn’t be?) then you’ll be pleased to know that you can find it in a few other pieces in the new collection too. Win, win!

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    The Super Wubble Bubble Ball Now Stronger Than Ever! (Review + Giveaway)

    There are two things that come to mind when I think of toys/products that have stood the test of time. Two things I enjoyed as a child, just as much my own children do. Those two things are a ball and bubbles. Who hasn’t thrown around a ball or chased a bubble? What if those two things were combined? Combined to make the Super Wubble Bubble Ball, the “bubble” that you play with as a ball. 

    Super Wubble Bubble BAll
    This post sponsored by NSI International, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

    The updated Wubble Bubble Ball, the Super Wubble, is up to four times stronger and more tear-resistant than the original Wubble Bubble Ball. It was created from a super stretchy material called Xpandium, which makes the Super Wubble tougher to withstand more kicks and throws. It’s actually rather cool, the ball feels squishy and is very pliable, but unlike a regular ball you can do so much more with it.


    Inflating Ball


    The Super Wubble Bubble Ball comes with a battery-operated air pump, requiring 4 AA batteries. To inflate it you want to get the nozzle all the way into the valve, how much you inflate is entirely up to you. But for maximum strength and durability it is recommended that you do not inflate it more than 30 inches.


    Wubble Bubble Play


    My kids range in age from 16 to 2 and each one of them was thoroughly entertained by this ball. It provides hours of fun, indoors or out, throwing, kicking, sitting, and squishing. There are so many ways to play with the Super Wubble Ball! And to stand-up to my littlest guy, this ball needed to be tough! 

    Super Wubble Bubble Ball Inflated


    Do you still want to know how tough the Super Wubble Bubble Ball is? Before experience the Super Wubble Ball for myself, I always questioned how long it would really last. Check out the YouTube series, Super Wubble Vs. The World, where you’ll see the makers of the Super Wubble ball drop all kinds of objects from the top of a building right onto the Wubble Bubble Ball. That Xpandium is some strong stuff! However, though it is built tough, it is not 100% indestructible. Objects like nails, tacks etc. can still pierce the ball. Fortunately, there is a patch kit included in case of an “oh, no” moment. 

    The Super Wubble Bubble Ball comes in 4 colors: blue, green pink and red and are available for purchase for the SRP of $19.99 online and www.wubbleball.com, Toys R US, Target and Walmart.

    Have your own fun with the Super Wubble Bubble Ball! Enter below for your chance to win your own Super Wubble Bubble Ball!!