Friday, February 27, 2015

Cosco Car Seat Sponsored Giveaway! {Ends 3/13}


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    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Easy Popcorn from Kernels

    I wanted to do something fun with my son the other day, and I came across this idea for making our own popcorn from kernels. This is not only fun to do, but also a lot healthier for you and saves you money! Making popcorn from kernels means you do not have all the added chemicals from the bag popcorn you buy in the store, and it's also a lot cheaper buying straight kernels. 
    So we gathered our supplies: A clear glass bowl, a plate to cover it, and our popcorn kernels. Then we decided what flavor we wanted our popcorn to be. We decided on a sweet popcorn, rather then salty. 
    We poured 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into our microwave safe glass bowl, added in tsp of butter, and sprinkled in sugar and cinnamon. We mixed the kernels with the butter and the sweet mix, and put the bowl in the microwave with the plate on and microwaved for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. The first time, our popcorn only popped about half the kernels (see photo below). So we picked those pops out and re-microwaved 
    the remaining kernels until they were all popped! 
     It was so fun to see, and the popcorn was just as fluffy as store bought. The only difference is the flavor. Next time around, we will season the popcorn after it has popped, so we can have it more flavorful. But all in all it was good fun and so easy to make!



    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Worry Less So You Can Live More - Book Review

    Worry Less So You Can Live More: Surprising Simple Ways to Feel More Peace, Joy, and Energy by Jane Rubietta, is a book about exchanging your worries for the delight in God, and His delight in you.

    In this book, the author is inviting us in to leave behind our heavy hearts of worry and stress, and to live again in joy and in the love
    of God, living moment by moment. Jane offers encouragement
    and tools throughout the book on how to change for the better, leaving your worries behind, and live a peaceful, happier life.

    In reading Worry Less So You Can Live More, I was intrigued
    by the title, as I tend to be a worrier myself; the idea of worrying less and living more sounded appealing. Who doesn't want more
    joy and energy in their life?! I was excited to read up and learn
    how to worry less but once I began reading, I realized this book
    was not what I was expecting. The author has a lot of good words throughout and I love her colorful writing in use of describing things, but I wasn't expecting it to be as full of Bible verses and scripture talk. This style of writing just doesn't keep my interest, and I feel the title should be changed as it's slightly misleading. But I did gather some good tidbits throughout reading.

    I like how Jane wrote that "Worry and fear create a cautious child - one who will never try to peer out of her box or spring the door on her cage. ...when it rises from fear, when it originates with worry about making a mistake, failing, being hurt by another, or not being liked. If we worry about others' impression of us, we might never get out of our box." This is so true, we as humans worry so much about the impression
    we are making on the people around us, so much to the point we become our
    own critic and are actually hurting ourselves even more.

    Another quote I love from the author is "Writing is like canning is like life: preserving the present for future enjoyment, storing up today to use for tomorrow." This just speaks to me.

    And the last piece I really felt in my heart, is about hope. "To live without hope is to begin the slow atrophy of dying. But how do we conjure up hope? We can't click our red heels or tennis shoes together like Dorothy and just chant about home. ... So home is here, right here, right now: home in us, the God who has made a home within us." Lately,  I've been dealing with the emotions of losing hope over something  I care about deeply so these words hit home for me. The hope that I have for something greater, is there, but home is inside of me. I can be content. I can release the worry. If I just let it fly.

    Though Worry Less So You Can Live More, was not what I expected, I am glad I was still able to 
    get some good from it. After each chapter it has questions and a prayer, so if you're looking for a book to read or share as a group, you can find it available for purchase at bakerpublishinggroup.com 
    It just may be a book you like!


    This review is made possible by the Bethany House, in providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own. 


    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil


    Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

    Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil is a 100% pure and natural carrier oil that is great for the skin and will not clog pores.
    It works as a carrier oil by mixing well with essential oils, making it great for aromatherapy, massages, and therapeutic uses. It leaves the skin feeling silky smooth without an excessive greasy feeling afterwards like the other vegetable carrier oils leave.

    Because it is colorless and odorless, you can make many things using Fractionated Coconut Oil. Mixing it with a few drops of essential oils, you can make scented skin and hair moisturizer, which is great for the skin and will help with any inflammation, as the coconut will disinfect and and use its antioxidants to aid in healing. It will
    also help stimulate hair growth on your head, with its balance of saturated fats, giving your scalp the moisture and nutrients it needs.

    Fractionated Coconut Oil has a long shelf life, as it never goes rancid, so you can find many uses for it! It works well in soaps, body scrubs, lotions, ointments, and more. I like using it in our homemade lotion. Mix it with some melted Shea butter and essential oils,
                           and it's a wonderful moisturizer for our skin! 

    Fractionated Coconut Oil is a great product to invest in, especially if you're looking to
    make healthier homemade products. It's easy to use and your skin will love it!

    You can find a 16 fl oz bottle of Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil available on Amazon 
    for just $14.95 and it comes with a 100% money back promise, so if you're not satisfied 
    with their product, they will give you a full refund in return. 


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

    Monday, February 23, 2015

    DIY Bathroom Cleaner

    The best DIY bathroom cleaner is so easy to make and leaves your bathroom sparkling clean. 
    You begin by mixing together baking soda, Dawn dish soap, and Peroxide. 
    (The Vinegar is for the after scrubbing spray. Read below.)

    I didn't measure, I just kind of eyeballed it all until it formed a paste. I mixed a small amount using a toothbrush, in a plastic container, for easy to spread on and scrub the shower tiles. I've heard this recipe is great at cleaning the grout between tiles, but it didn't make a difference for mine. But maybe 
    I just didn't leave it on long enough. I did very much see a difference in shine though! Especially on 
    the chrome faucets!! They shined so sparkly, it lit up the whole room! ;-)


    {Forgot to take bathroom photos, but trust me, this mixture gets them all shiny and clean.}
    People all over Pinterest swear by it ;-)

    Once you scrub your bathroom, let it sit for a bit. I let mine sit while I was doing a load of laundry. 
    Then I went back and sprayed a bottle of Vinegar all over the area I scrubbed, and let it sit for another little bit. Came back and hosed it all off with water, and scrubbed any spots that needed help 
    getting the paste off, then all done! My bathroom was sparkly clean!



    Friday, February 20, 2015

    All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes - Book Review

    All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes By Betsy St. Amant, is the story of a 26 year old woman named Kat Varland, who worked in her Aunt Maggie's Bakery in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. She was tired of the usual flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcakes; She knew she could do so much more then this.
    She had a business degree and a passion for baking, and was tired of living in her families shadow. Her life suddenly takes a change, when her best friend, Lucas Brannen, signs her up for a reality Tv-Bake off on Cupcake combat.
    She was nervous and excited all in one, as all she wanted in her life was right their within arms reach. If she won the cupcake competition, she would get her creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary, and even a job at a famous bakery in New York! But soon after the competition gets going,
    and Kat is doing so well, Lucas realizes the mistake he made. The mistake of possibly losing Kat to New York, when he wanted her to himself all along.
    Lucas is now faced with a decision, does he help Kat achieve her dreams,
    or sabotage her chances in winning, so he can keep her Louisiana?

    Read the book to find out ;-)

    I really loved reading All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. I sat all day reading it, wanting more and more. The story between Lucas and Kat, and their playful friendship/wanna be romance is cute and frustrating all in one. The back and forth between them makes you laugh because you get both sides of gender, thinking through the entire process. It's interesting to see how male and female think so differently.
    And then you want them to hurry up and tell each other their feelings, because when you read each persons thoughts, it's clear they should be together. It's like you're watching a chick flick right in your own mind, as you read the story! I love books like that! This has been a truly fun read, the kind
    of book if you're looking for something to sit back on the couch with, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

    All's Fair in Love and cupcakes is available for purchase 
    in paperback at the faithgatewaystore.com for $12.99


    This review is made possible by BookLook Bloggers,  in providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Homemade Pizza Pocket Dough

    When trying to figure out dinner the other day, I was so excited to come across Money Saving Mom's Freezer Friendly Pizza Pocket recipe! Not only is this recipe simple to make, it's also delicious!! 


    To begin you need:

    2 Tablespoons of active dry yeast
    2 Cups of Warm Water
    2 Teaspoons of Sugar
    2 Teaspoons of Salt
    4 Tablespoons of Oil
    5 Cups of Flour

    And then whatever filling you would like to fill these pockets with! I used a mixture of saucy ground beef, rice, and cheese 
    to give them a Mexican twist, but you could also fill them with pizza sauce, cheese, and your choice of meats...

    I'd imagine these pockets would also taste great if you went a sweeter route, filling them with jellied fruits, or chocolate! Yum...

     So to begin making the dough for these pockets, you mix the yeast and warm water together until it's dissolved. Then you add the sugar, salt, oil, and flour. Mix well until it begins thickening into a ball, and dump the dough into a floured surface. Knead the dough ball for 3-5 minutes, then divide it into 15-20 pieces give or take depending on the size you would like them. Roll each piece into balls and flatten them with a rolling pin. Drop a few tablespoons of your filling into each one, fold over, and seal. I like to crimp the edges with a fork to give it a nice look. Place the pockets on a greased cookie sheet and cook them in the oven at 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes (again give or take as all ovens vary), until browned. Once they are completely cooked, let them cool, and you can eat them as is, or freeze them in an airtight Ziploc freezer bag. They will last 2-3 months in your freezer. If you do freeze them, when you're ready to eat, just pull them out of the freezer and microwave individually for about 2 minutes or until heated through. OR you can pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so. The dough makes these taste incredible, they are great to make ahead for later meals!