Monday, September 1, 2014

Last Chance: Fandango Gift Card Giveaway Ends 9/2



Tuesday is the last day you can enter to win a $15 gift card to Fandango in celebration of The Life of Crime being released to theaters. You can read my full post and enter to win here

Last Chance: Eye & Mighty & Orkin Giveaways Ends Tonight!



Today is the last day to enter to win an Eye & Mighty Eyelash Curler from Bella & Bear. Enter here! 




Today is also the last day you can enter to win this great back-to-school gift pack from Orkin. Enter here! 

Strawberry TruMoo Cupcake Recipe

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My daughter is a huge fan of milk and, of course, she also loves the flavored varieties. We typically buy store brand milk and I almost never purchase flavored milk because of the high sugar content.  TruMoo knows that parents are careful about minimizing sugar content for their kids these days and they responded by creating flavored milks that combine fresh milk with flavoring and just enough sugar to produce a good taste without overloading on the sweetness. There is no high fructose corn syrup and there is less sugar than other milks on the market. With this in mind, I decided that we would give TruMoo a try.  

My daughter,  who is quite susceptible to advertising, was so excited when she opened the refrigerator to see a container of TruMoo Strawberry Milk sitting in it. She literally exclaimed, "Oh my gosh, Mom. You got me the good for you milk!" She instantly fell in love with the taste. We were also challenged to create a recipe using TruMoo. So, in true Cake Mom  fashion, we decided to make some cupcakes!  

Strawberry TruMoo Cupcakes (makes 12)
Ingredients
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1 & 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Strawberry TruMoo
2 tablespoons salted butter
12  strawberries
Frosting:
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
In a small saucepan, heat the TruMoo milk until almost boiling. Add the butter and then remove from heat, stirring until the butter has completely melted. Allow milk to cool to room temperature.
Fill a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners and set aside.
Beat the egg, vanilla, and sugar until mixed well.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
Combine all prepared ingredients and blend until smooth. 
Cut 6 strawberries into little chunks and stir into the batter. Fill cupcake liners using an ice cream scoop (a little less than full) to get even cupcakes or fill 3/4 full.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
To make frosting:
In a large  bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk and continue mixing until light and fluffy. 
Garnish:
Slice the remaining strawberries in half and place on top of frosted cupcakes. 
Results:
The cupcakes were a real hit. Adding the strawberries into the batter was a bit of an afterthought but I am so glad that I did because it really helped to highlight the strawberry taste of the cupcake.

So, which TruMoo flavor are you most excited to try?

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hydracentials Sporty Steel Water Bottle Review!


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I have learned a lot over the past 9 months as I have transformed my lifestyle to a healthier one and the most important lesson I have learned is that hydration is key to optimal health! I drink lots of water every day but I am not too thrilled with my current water bottles which have cracked or are getting old and dingy. The Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw is BPA free, eco friendly, and has double wall vacuum insulation that keeps drinks cold for hours. It has a loop to help make carrying the bottle more convenient or it can be hooked onto backpacks.   This sporty bottle features a flip up spout and straw drinking mechanism allows the ease of staying hydrated even while on the go.  The flip cap top provides single-handed drinking ability and the bottle holds a whopping 25 ounces of water! 

Review:
I drink a ton of water every day and buying bottled water is neither good for my pocket book nor the environment. I have purchased plenty of cheap dollar store bottles and they never last. I have bought stainless steel bottles as well, but always found that they left my water tasting metallic. The Hydracentials water bottle was perfect, however. It is really large so I can keep on drinking throughout the day with less trips to the water fountain at work. The insulation works amazing so the water stays cold. I wanted to test out how long the water would stay cold and I was able to determine that 6 hours later, it was still cold! I have never had a water bottle like this before. In addition, it features a great design that makes it easy to hold, the straw prevents you from having to touch your mouth to metal, and the water tastes really fresh. This is, by far, the best water bottle I have ever owned! 

Buy it here: The Hydracentials Stainless Steel Water Bottle is available through Amazon.


* 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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spicy Shelf Review and Giveaway!



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There are certain parts of my house that are organized beautifully and then there are others that are a huge mess. Typically, once I find a good organization system I am able to maintain but finding that perfect system in the first place can be challenging. I was excited to hear about the Spicy Shelf and thought that it may be the solution to two disaster areas in my house: my cake supply sprinkles and the family's medications. 

The Spicy Shelf was designed to nearly double storage space while making every spice (or pill bottle, nail polish, food coloring or anything else your organizing little heart desires) visible.  Guaranteed to fit any size cupboard or pantry, there’s no complicated installation – simply use existing shelf pins or the included freestanding legs.

Review:  The Spicy Shelf needs assembled which completely intimidated me but I decided that I would put it together myself (which was fairly amusing to my husband).  Despite me practically having a learning disability when it comes to putting things together, assembly was fairly easy and required no tools. 

Spicy Shelves can be stacked or used side by side. They can be adjusted by height and width. I actually needed to use the two I received in two oversized cabinets. So, while they did not extend the entire width of the cabinets, they served their purpose.  Not only do I love that I was able to double the space in my cake supply cabinet, but every single sprinkle and cake supply was easy to see and it saves me a lot of time when I am looking for a particular sprinkle! Check out my before and after:





I also needed to desperately organize our medicines in our kitchen cabinet.  I have tried everything that I could think of to keep my husband's and my medications within reach and separated to make it easy for us to take our pills and nothing worked...until now! Like my cake supply cabinet, I was able to achieve extra space and visibly see all of the medications. It is a real time saver and also saves us from the frustrations of having to read one pill bottle after another trying to find the right one. 



I am absolutely thrilled with my Spicy Shelves and I am probably going to buy a few more so I can continue to organize different parts of my house to include paints, makeup, and, of course, spices! Since the company offers a money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying these out for yourself!

Buy it here:  You can purchase the Spicy Shelf for $19.95.  You can enter the code SPICE5 for a $5 off discount! 

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*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Master Lock Review and Giveaway

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The school year is officially here and Master Lock has everything you could need to ensure that you are prepared by providing products that will help keep students' belongings secure while at school. The Set-Your-Own Combination Locks (1535D and 1535DWD) are ideal for students who prefer to create combinations in the form of words, initials, acronyms, or numbers. These Set-Your-Own Combination Locks offer more than 10,000 combinations and are easy to set and reset.
  • Create personalized combinations using memorable words
  • Easy to set & reset with a coin on bottom of lock
  • 1-1/2" (40mm) wide metal body for superior strength
  • Dial grip points for accurate dialing
  • Slim footprint & ergonomic design for ease of use
  • Hardened steel shackle for extra cut resistance
  • Each package contains one lock

Best Used For:

  • School, Employee, & Athletic Lockers
  • Indoor Storage Lockers
  • Cabinets
- See more at: http://www.masterlock.com/products/product_details.jsp?category=MLCOM_CombinationPadlocks&modelNumber=1535DWD&showquiz=0#sthash.Z8K0GF8n.dpuf
  • Create personalized combinations using memorable words
  • Easy to set & reset with a coin on bottom of lock
  • 1-1/2" (40mm) wide metal body for superior strength
  • Dial grip points for accurate dialing
  • Slim footprint & ergonomic design for ease of use
  • Hardened steel shackle for extra cut resistance
  • Each package contains one lock

Best Used For:

  • School, Employee, & Athletic Lockers
  • Indoor Storage Lockers
  • Cabinets
- See more at: http://www.masterlock.com/products/product_details.jsp?category=MLCOM_CombinationPadlocks&modelNumber=1535DWD&showquiz=0#sthash.Z8K0GF8n.dpuf

Review: My kids have a horrible time remember number passwords. To be truthful, so do I!   Having a word-based combination is actually very genius! I loved the colors of the locks which appeal to both adults and kids/teens. The lock itself is quite tough and created to withstand all the abuse children and teens are bound to inflict.  The color contrast between the letters and the dial is great, making it really easy to read regardless of lighting. I found that I was much more likely to remember a word than a number combination so this has worked very well for me. These would be perfect for lockers and the colorful design sets them apart from boring, traditional locks. 

Master Lock Photo Hunt Challenge: Now through September 7, 2014 visit http://www.MasterLockPhotoHunt.com a chance to win back-to-school security items, and create a wish list for easy shopping.


Buy it here: You can purchase Master Lock products from a variety of retailers, to include Target.   They are also available through Amazon.

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*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BannerBuzz Review

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BannerBuzz offers high quality banner and sign printing products and services on the web across USA. They offer a selection of template and custom banners that can suit just about all of your personal or business needs. If you are looking for outdoor banners, they do have a selection that can withstand inclement weather and wind. They believe in their products and guarantee that your order will arrive in pristine condition. On top of that, they will match any competitor's price  by 10%! 

I was happy to have the opportunity to review a banner. Since my daughter's birthday is next month, I thought this would be a great opportunity to create a banner to match her puppy theme.  The banner arrived in 1 week and it looked fantastic. As you can see from the picture, she is thrilled!  The final product was flawless. It was lightweight which I appreciated because securing really thick and heavy products for a one day event can be challenging. She has been pretty rough with it since it arrived - taking it out to show her friends and then shoving it back on a shelf without rolling it up so it has shown some signs of wrinkling. However, I was able to return it to good condition after properly rolling it up.  The best part of BannerBuzz is the price.  This company has been great to work with and I am extremely happy with the banner. I would certainly work with them again!




Buy it here: You can create your own customized banners on the BannerBuzz.com website.

*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Life of Crime Fandango Gift Card Giveaway



When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard. 





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Monday, August 25, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App Plus Back to School Giveaway!

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There is something about bugs that truly fascinates children and they also really tend to enjoy bug "trivia". That being said, not everything we believe about bugs is actually true.
“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”

You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?

Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths. 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Adovia Natural Facial Moisturizer Review


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Adovia Day Moisturizing Cream moisturizes and protects skin with Adovia's quick absorbing and non-greasy daytime formula. The moisturizer is infused with Dead Sea minerals, all natural UV protection and aloe vera. The Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and approved cream works to moisturize deep, hydrating skin and bringing out the natural radiance. A single application provides all-day moisture without clogging pores. Adovia moisturizing cream contains an active complex of Dead Sea minerals for natural moisture balance that is easier for skin to retain. The cream also makes an ideal makeup base.
  

Review:  I have had difficulty finding a new moisturizer. I have sensitive and oily skin so the wrong moisturizer can cause my face to look like an oil slick or breakout like a teenager. This day cream was awesome and my skin loves it! It has the faintest of scents that smells quite fresh. Just a little moisturizer really goes a long way and it blends seamlessly into my skin leaving it feeling hydrated, youthful, and soft.  There are no leftover residue or oils...just beautiful skin! It works really well as a makeup base and I have even been using at night. I have been searching for a new cream that is more affordable that my current brand and I have found it! 

Buy it here: You can purchase the Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream from Amazon.

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.