Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Do you love the taste of cookie dough, but don't want to risk salmonella?



Well, here you have it folks, cookie dough you can eat by the SPOONFUL!!! (or bowlful - I won't tell I promise - no judgement from me!)

INGREDIENTS:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips



It truly tastes as amazing as it looks! My teenage daughter and I made a triple batch because PMS is coming and we're gonna be prepared! LOL!

NOTE: Seeing as there is no ingredient to allow for the cookies to RISE (i.e. baking soda or baking powder) I would think this "cookie dough" shouldn't actually be baked into cookies... but you could try that if you want some eggless cookies also I guess? And, there is a LOT of sugar in this do NOT for diabetics either!!!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Monster Be Gone Spray!



Every child goes through a phase where they are afraid of any sounds they hear when they're in bed after dark.

When you have 4 kids all 6 and under and ONE gets scared, they freak the rest of them out by panicking. Add to that the lovely nightmares our 3 year old has been having and you can see why this became a necessity in our house!

I searched for what to put in a "Monster Spray" and came up with the best essential oil to help sleep is Lavender.

I picked up two cheapie spray bottles from WalMart (found them near the travel sized items in Health & Beauty) and labeled them with Sharpie.

We HAD to have two bottles because apparently DIFFERENT monsters live in GIRLS rooms versus BOYS rooms - WHO KNEW? So yeah, we have two bottles in our house!


Cute huh? I'm definitely not making millions off my artistic skills folks... I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Then I added WARM tap water to the bottles about 2/3 the way and added about 10 drops of my favorite Lavender Essential Oil to it. After I put the lid on, I gave it a really good shake to mix it up.

Every night before bed, I give it another good shake and we "hunt" for monsters under their beds and around their rooms and they tell me where to spray it. "Oh mommy! There's one by the closet - GET 'EM!"  They think it's fun and I'm thrilled that they go to bed easier than before we made it!

NOTE: Because this is essential oils (though well diluted), keep the bottle out of the reach of children between uses and do not spray directly on the kids themselves (no matter how many times they beg you - you don't even wanna know why I feel I have to say that).

Try this out for yourself and let me know how your "Monster Spray" experience goes!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saving For Vacation - Dimes for Disney!



I have been blessed in my life to have been to Walt Disney World in Florida three times. I went once when my younger brother was a baby, once when I was about in 2nd grade (give or take) and again as my "senior" trip in high school.

I now know how hard my dad worked to take our family on those two trips and how much that senior trip must also have cost my parents! (many belated "thank you's" are in order here)

My husband didn't have the same opportunities for family vacations as I did. He's never once in his 35 years been to Disney. My oldest daughter had the opportunity to go with my parents and my sister and her kids when I was heavily pregnant with her sister in 2011.

My younger 4 children have not yet been to Disney. It seems like a family vacation for a large family (or any family really nowadays) is too far out of reach.

We (my husband and I) have decided that "enough is enough" and we have set a date to go.

The problem we now face is how best to "save" to get there... sure money going into a savings account each month is great, but where is the tangible "we've saved $$$ for our trip"? It's hard to show the young kids a number on a computer screen showing a dollar amount in a bank account.

It is easy, however, to have something come up and end up spending the vacation money on it.

I have found an INGENIOUS way for our family to start saving and have it be more visual for the kids.
NOTE: I cannot take full credit for this idea. I WISH I knew who to credit for the idea - my sister shared it on Facebook or liked it or something and I cannot find the post again and when I search online I can't find the original source. If you know who came up with this idea, please let me know so I can properly link to them!
We took two 2-liter soda bottles and I printed fun labels for them with a picture of the castle and "Dimes For Disney" on them. They look ADORABLE right?



The font name is "Waltograph" and is available HERE.

Ok so, we have been adding dimes here and there when we use cash (which honestly isn't often - which I'm hoping to remedy in the future, but that's a whole other blog post).

In the meantime, I've decided that anytime we sell something on a yard sale page, the funds will go towards Disney. If it's $25 or less we'll get the amount in DIMES and add to our stash a few a day per child til they're all in there. If it's over $25 it'll go right into the savings account that we're also adding to monthly for our trip.

This way we have some "visual" savings going (sources estimate a 2-liter bottle will hold approximately $700 in dimes - which I hope to confirm once we fill one up!) and some "behind the scenes" savings in the bank.



The best part of this savings method is the kids get to participate in the process, learn the value of money AND we will be less inclined to "spend" our dimes if something comes up between now and our vacation!

Here is where we stand so far (with another 4 and a half rolls on hand to add some each day from selling an old dresser the girls had)... not too shabby, right?



What is YOUR favorite way to save for a family vacation & where is your favorite vacation spot??


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Don't miss out on the Cricut July Mystery Box!

Do you have a Cricut? I do and I LOVE it! Have you gotten a Mystery Box before? Don't miss out on this month's!



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Got Slippery Tile Floors? Get JohnnyGrip! [PRODUCT REVIEW]



When we bought our "Forever" home last summer, the one thing we didn't care for in the whole house was the dining room's tile floors. The reason is because that's the entry to the house right there and so when it rains and that floor got wet, it also got EXTREMELY slick!




I don't even want to admit the number of times I did a split (unintentionally) on that floor before we got JohnnyGrip!  Let me just say that splits hurt when you're not as flexible as you used to be!



Our tile was a gorgeous dark green and the website warned us that black or dark tiles would get what looks like a "haze" to them after using the product, but for us, safety trumped "style" and we bit the bullet and put this on the floor as opposed to paying a small fortune ripping up tile and replacing it with something else.

Here's a 6 minute demonstration video from JohnnyGrip about how it works:



I want to note here that this is NOT a sponsored post and my parents paid for the JohnnyGrip as a surprise (they didn't tell use they ordered it until I asked when it arrived at our house!) after about the 5th time I mentioned I'd did the splits! LOL [HUGE thank you shout out to my awesome parents]

The product came shipped as 2 packs of crystals that we had to mix with water to "activate". It also included a liquid sample pack that you are supposed to use first to see how long to leave it sit on your particular tile.

The directions on the packaging didn't match up to the directions that were included so I called customer service to get clarification. Evidently I received the instructions for the 1 gallon pack when I had received the 2 gallon kit. I got everything cleared up before I started so I wouldn't ruin our floors.

I did the test sample on 4 extra tiles we found in the garage. We decided that 8 minutes was the ideal time for our tile but yours might vary - so if you use this, definitely do a test area first!

If we didn't have those extra tiles I was going to start in the inconspicuous corner behind the front door where we're ultimately going to build and place a custom hall tree (future post on that when we get to that project).

So here are a few photos of the "in progress" part of this - we did about 1/4 of the room at a time though we could've just done the whole thing at once since it's not a huge space.




I put plastic bags along the edge by the wood flooring in the living room to not get the JohnnyGrip on it by accident. 

We left each section on for 8 minutes like we'd done on our test tiles then rinsed it with baking soda water per the instructions and it did the job perfectly! No more splits!

Here is what the floor looks like now (sans furniture obviously) and after bags were removed (it was still drying).


You can clearly see the haze on the far side of the room in the last photo, but like I said, safety was more important than having a "shiny" floor for us! 

NOTE: My parents had gotten us the 2 gallon kit and we only used 1 pack of crystals (to make 1 gallon) so per the customer service woman I spoke to, I returned the unused gallon of product and am waiting for my parents to confirm they got a refund for the unused portion of product. I'll update this review when that is resolved.

So, if you have slippery tile in your home, I recommend JohnnyGrip to make them have more traction when they're wet!!! 

If you try it, let me know how it worked for you!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

COUNTDOWN TO PRIME DAY - Amazon Deals of the Day - July 10th

Countdown to Prime Day - Back to School & Summer Fashions


If you don't already have Amazon Prime, you're going to want to Start your Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial ASAP!

 



Amazon Video Deals of the Day for July 10th

The Great Gatsby ($.99 Rental)
We're the Millers ($.99 Rental)
35 additional $0.99 Rental Titles

Amazon Prime Deals of the Day for July 10th

Up to 60% Off Disney, Star Wars & Marvel Favorites
Up to 70% on back-to-school and summer trends in clothing, accessories, and more
Save 42% on the Rowenta DW5080 Focus 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel
Save 30% on the Dymo 4XL Thermal Label Writer

Don't forget these amazing discounts too!!!







50% Off Skechers Running, Go Walk & More













Up to 50% Off Handbags & Wallets









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Saturday, July 9, 2016

COUNTDOWN TO PRIME DAY - Amazon Deals of the Day - July 9th

Free Gift with $50 Baby Registry Purchase



Prime members who purchase more than $50 from their Amazon Baby Registry can redeem a FREE Explore and More Roll Around Toy from Skip Hop. In advance of this deal, customers can get started by joining Amazon Prime Free Trial and creating their own Amazon Baby Registry now. Rules and more information can be found here: Baby Registry Limited Time Skip Hop Giveaway

If you don't already have Amazon Prime, you're going to want to Start your Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial ASAP!

 

Some amazing EXCLUSIVE deals for Prime members for the next few days leading up to the "BIG DAY" on July 12th with TONS of fantastic deals to be found!

Here are a sampling of today's HOT deals EXCLUSIVE to Prime Members!!!

Amazon Video Deals of the Day for July 9th


Amazon Prime Deals of the Day for July 9th


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