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Friday, December 19, 2014

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Are you a procrastinator like myself?  Well, if you are, I have the perfect last minute DIY sugar scrub!  This would be great for a Christmas gift.  

I love the smell of peppermint and this scrub has just enough scent to make me happy :-)  

The great thing is, you can really control the consistency of just how coarse you like your scrub.  I like to really 'feel' my scrubs working, so I like mine a little more coarse.  If that's the way you like yours, add more sugar!  If you like it less coarse, add less.

I really like how soft it makes my hands feel after using it.  My daughter has been enjoying the scrub as well.  I like to use this on my knees and elbows, along with my hands of course. 


1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar
1/2 - 1 cup coconut oil
4 - 6 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil (I used Jojoba oil.  It turned out fine)
A couple drops of red food coloring

Melt your coconut oil.
Then add the peppermint and jojoba oil into the coconut oil.
Stir.
Add your sugar and mix well. 
Divide your sugar in half.  In one bowl, add a couple drops of red food coloring.
Mix.
Taking your jars/containers, alternate between the red and white sugar mixes.
Now, go test out your sugar scrub! 

Check out the video below for a video tutorial:


Also, follow this link to the video tutorial for this DIY lip scrub! 



Friday, December 5, 2014

The Amazing Zhus!

With Christmas right around the corner, parents are frantically running around thinking of what they need to get for gifts.  In our household, that means finding gifts for an 8 and 5 year old!  Without having to break the bank, finding gifts can be hard.  Especially at these ages.

Recently, we were sent a box full of goodies!  The Amazing Zhus to be exact! These little guys, and gals, are close 'relatives' of the original Zhu Zhu pets.  So, if you're a fan of them, you should be a fan of these!

We received The Amazing Zhus Stunt Pet Dynamo & Abra, as well as Madame Zhu.  We also got, The Magician Shell Game and The High Dive.  These are both, stunt and magician pets.


OK, so.  The kids enjoyed them!  Their favorite was The High Dive.  My 5 year old had a little bit of a hard time getting the Zhus to 'click' into the cart if you will.  But once she got it on, it was on!  It is fun to watch them all get around on the floor.  You never know what direction they'll go.  And, if you have a cat?  Be ready for some entertainment! 

Dynamo

Madame Zhu
Madame Zhu came with a wand that, when you point it at one spot, she will follow.  This actually did happen too!  Pretty neat.  The technology these days.  Where were my Amazing Zhus growing up?!

Madame Zhu is also a Magician Pet.  You can pick these from the stunt pets by the hats that they have on.

Ah.  Second childhood my kids bring me.

Abra

Me, mom, wasn't a fan of, The Magician Shell Game.  Maybe we weren't doing it right, but it didn't seem to do what it was suppose to.  It's basically suppose to go around, or to, the shell that has the nut in it.  Then again, we may not have been in an open enough room to have it do what it was suppose to do. 

The Zhus themselves are fun to watch.  The kids get a kick out them, which is what they are intended to do!  They chirp and squeal, they make all kinds of noises basically. 

You can find The Amazing Zhus at Walmart and on Amazon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Mudslide!

Today marks 1 week  until I'm back at home being a stay at home mom.  I'm pretty nervous!  This is taking a huge step forward (and back in some ways) in my Faith in God, that everything will be OK.  It's always scary, going into a new stage of life.  But, I need to learn how to put my full Trust in Him.  And honestly, that scares me!  Even when I know it shouldn't, it does!

Anyways, with that being said, I'm hoping to start posting more!  I've been doing a lot with sweets (baking) and making drink concoctions.  Including this one, for the kids.  A kid-friendly chocolate mudslide!  Imagine your kids going to school telling their teacher that their parents let them have a mudslide.  Yep, I can totally see that happen! 



My kids have been asking for this almost every night.  I can tell you one thing, it saves my can of whipped cream from being guzzled down when I'm not looking! 


You only need, chocolate milk, Oreo cookies, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream!  I didn't do any particular measuring, just eyeballed it accordingly.  It's like a milkshake.  A delicious milkshake!  You can even get fancy and drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass for looks (obviously taste too). Throw the ingredients into a blender and mix!  Viola!  An easy chocolatey shake.



Of course, don't forget the whipped cream on top.  But, I'm thinking your kids won't let that happen.  I know mine sure wouldn't!


I'm linking over at Inspiration Spotlight

Monday, October 13, 2014

Candy Corn Halloween Punch


To go along with my Halloween posts, here's a quick treat for ya! Maybe serve this at your Halloween party? 

It had a different taste with the Jell-O in it, but it was good nonetheless.  The kids really liked it, and that was the goal.  To make something that the kids would enjoy.  It was white, orange and 'yellow' if you will.  The yellow was the Jell-O past that was a different taste.  Mostly, because it was kind of chunky.  Think, Jell-O but more liquidy. 


What you'll need:

Box of lemon Jell-O (I used the smaller box)
2 cups Mango Nectar (found in the juice aisle)
3 1/2 cups Orange Soda
Whipped cream
Honey
Candy Corn

Mix 1 cup boiling water, Mango Nectar and lemon Jell-O together in a bowl.  Mix until dissolved.

Pour mixture into a pitcher and put in the fridge for 3 hours.  It will not be fully set.

Now, add your orange soda slowly.

Put your whipped cream on top (I actually used Cool Whip)

Finally, drizzle honey and add some candy corn.

Display for your Halloween Party!  When ready to serve, mix together.






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Bark!

I can't believe we're already into the Fall season, which means new decorations around the house, crafts for the kids and yummy treats!  I've decided to do something different and do a month long celebration of Halloween themed crafts and treats/recipes.  So, today I'm posting this yummy Halloween Bark recipe.  

I thought it was rich, but everyone else thought it was delicious.  If you like sweet and salty, this treat is perfect for you.  Who doesn't love sweet and salty? I know I do!  Rich or not, there's something about that wonderful combination that just melts in your mouth. 



You'll need:
1 cup pretzels (broken into pieces)
1 1/2 cup candy corn pieces
12-14 Oreo cookies (broken into pieces)
1 pound Almond Bark or white chocolate melts


Take a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread out your broken pieces of cookies, candy corn and pretzels.  

Next, melt your Almond Bark, or white chocolate melts, according to the directions on the package.

Using a spatula, spread the melted bark over your broken pieces.  Set in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Then, break into pieces!

This would be great packaged up and given as treats at a Halloween party! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Easy Peasy Chicken

If your menu plan looks anything like mine then you love chicken!  I'm pretty sure the majority of my dinner recipes include chicken.  I don't always like spending hours in the kitchen just to make dinner, so this quick and easy recipe is a 'go to' in our house! 

I'm not joking y'all, this recipe is SOOO easy, I was surprised myself.

So, if you're looking for an easy chicken dinner, look no further, because this is all you need.  Plus, it's healthier (at least I'd like to think) than fried chicken, since it's baked.


This is great fora more 'low key' dinner.  Maybe serve with some green beans and baked beans.  Or, you could even serve it with these yummy oven baked fries

Recipe:

1/2 cup Ranch dressings
1 sleeve Party Round crackers (Ritz, Nabisco, store brand)
1 pound chicken tenderloins

Here's how easy this is gonna be...

Put your Ranch dressing in a bowl.  Then crush up your crackers in a gallon sized storage bag.  Take your chicken tenderloins, dip them in the Ranch, then put them in  the bag of crushed crackers and shake, shake, shake! 

Take a baking sheet and place a wire rack on top.  Take your now coated chicken and put it on the rack.  The wire rack helps keep your chicken crispy on both sides. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 


Monday, September 1, 2014

Fruit Shoot & Outdoor Fun

This is a sponsored post supported by Fruit Shoot.

With the end of Summer approaching, being outside is a must here in Florida.  With being outside comes the need for being hydrated!  Besides water, Robinson's Fruit Shoot is a great alternative drink for your kids.  Maybe even yourself. 

Every bottle of Fruit Shoot is made with 10% real fruit juice from concentrate and no high-fructose corn syrup.  You can even buy either regular, or no sugar added.  I especially like that there's a no spill cap so it's 'car-friendly'.  I actually bought the Strawberry & Raspberry, as well as the Grape flavored Fruit Shoot's at a local convenience store.  I like that you can possibly pick some up while on a road trip.  

The flavors include, Strawberry Raspberry, Grape, Apple and Orange.  

Right now, there's a campaign going on encouraging kids to active, as well as creative.  We all know kid's have great imaginations!  

Fruit Shoot is looking for families to share videos of your kids doing awesome stunts!  You just have to include in your video a Fruit Shoot bottle and ball of your choice. The best videos will get the Hollywood treatment with special effects added to bring your kids' imagination to life!

The great thing is, just for registering, you'll instantly receive a coupon for 1 free bottle of Fruit Shoot!  Also, anytime you buy 6 bottles of Fruit Shoot in-store, you can send away for a free Waboba ball.



You have until September 10th to submit your entry.

To submit your video you can go HERE.

After submitting your video, you can go check out some of the other entries as well. 

You can also use the hash tags #FruitShoot  #StuntHunt