Creepy Crawler Spider Jars

This post is sponsored by Sverve and Farm Rich but all content and opinions, including the Creepy Crawler Spider Jars, are mine. #SmokehouseBBQ

Decorating for Halloween is my most favorite past time. I love to come up with ideas year round that I can make myself. A few years back I made gravestones with the kids. We ended up redoing them to have all scary characters on them and few other people like Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Nikola Tesla. We had to show some versatility on what we enjoy. It was so much fun to create them. 

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This year I decided I needed to come up with some lighting ideas for the windows, pathways, or balconies. I’ve worked with everything else but lights in the past. This was so much fun as it is pretty easy to create anything with battery operated tea lights.  For these jars it is just a few items.

  • Plastic Spiders
  • Battery Operated Tea Lights (2 to a jar)
  • 1 Package of spider web
  • 2 or 3 Different sized mason jars

Creepy Crawler Spider Jars by Mooshu Jenne - Spider web, fake spiders, and battery operated tea light candles.

Simply cut some spider web off the end. Wrap webbing around the tea light. Slide into the jar and place spider in place. Repeat the process. Twice to each jar. These are great to light the way in a dark house for your Halloween party. Use them as centerpieces or decorate the backyard for more creepy fun. 

Creepy Crawler Spider Jars by Mooshu Jenne - Spider web, fake spiders, and battery operated tea light candles.

Next week, I will be sharing with you a fun recipe from Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ. The Farm Rich Smokehouse is a new line in the multi-serve meal category at Walmart. Their line features all natural meat:

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  • Pulled Beef Brisket in Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • Pulled Pork BBQ
  • Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Pork
  • Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Chicken

If you too are looking for a hassle free Halloween dinner or party appetizer then grab a coupon, head out to your local Walmart, and check out the Farm Rich Smokehouse line! We will be heading to the store this weekend to check out the demo! I cannot wait to taste test all the flavors. I am pretty sure I know just which one I am going to use for my recipe next week. It should be fitting for any Halloween finger food dish. Though it will be messy!

Eight more days until Halloween. Don’t forget to come back for more Halloween goodies all they way until Halloween NIGHT!

Why I love Purex with Purex Coupons

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

Purex is the only brand of laundry soap I can really use. I have skin allergies. After trying many of the different soaps out there I found that with Purex I don’t end up with any type of skin allergy. Trust me the itching can be uncomfortable. With Purex coupons I can stock up without having to run to the store over and over in one month. Washing clothes for five people can be quite the job. Running back and forth between school events, work schedules, and etc makes it a must to stock up.

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I use the Purex laundry detergent with color safe bleach for my other half that his clothing is usually covered in grease. For myself, I like to use the Purex Natural Elements laundry soap as it keeps away all the mean itches. I keep on hand a bottle of two which is nice for when I don’t get a chance to do the mountains of laundry that collects there is always soap for the boys to do it themselves.

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I picked mine up at Walmart while grabbing a few necessities for my daughter’s costume make up. #APlusValues

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Better yet is when you get a chance to stock up and use Purex coupons. Currently, Henkel is offering coupons for those that purchase $20 in product to get back $10 in savings. For more information on how to get your $10 read below!

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Enter your e-mail address and upload your receipt here to enter the A+Values program. If your receipt is valid, you will receive your $10 coupon booklet via e-mail from Henkel and Coupons.com

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Sticky to Sparkly Clean

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Do you ever cook things that get super stuck to your dishes. I tell you the one recipe I stay away from has to be rice krispie treats. The marshmallows stick like glue. Or you know when you get tons of fresh fruit and you decide to make jam the pectin is like rubber stuck to the pot. That’s when a good dishwasher detergent comes in. Not only does it help clean but also doesn’t leave residue. See my peach jam below. We used it to clean the jars prior and then used it to clean the pot. It works wonders! It’s nice taking dishes from sticky to sparkly clean.

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We were using an Ajax one just because it’s cheap but it just didn’t do the job like it should. Having a chance to test out Finish I know we will be sticking with it because it works. While it might be a bit more and less than other more pricey brands it does the job. I think that is what counts compared to spending more to get the product to actually work. 

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Quantum™ Power & Free™ delivers sparkling clean and amazing shine, without having to pre rinse! It’s three-chamber capsule features powerful cleaning ingredients with Hydrogen Peroxide Action to attack the toughest food stains and leave a brilliant shine, all while using less harsh chemicals. I like to put one in and run it without dishes to have a clean dishwasher too! I found it in Walmart on the aisle with the dish soap and paper towels. I know my other Walmart has it on a different aisle though. 

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And here is a coupon for you!

You can see how there is no funky white residue on my jars from hard water. Finish really does the job. No one wants to hand out jams at Christmas with some kind of white funk on the jars. I cannot wait to make some cranberry jam when the holidays get closer! I know using Finish will make my job so much easier! #SparklySavings

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If you are interested in the peach jam recipe let me know in the comments!

Get a Shot Give a Shot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Walgreens. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias 

My oldest son used to be so scared of shots. Recently, him and his sister went to get flu shots and while in line he explained to me what he dislikes about them but told me that he understands why they are needed. I love to see how he grows more intelligent every day. He’s right they are important. Even though he dislikes them he bears it for the benefit. I used to always try talking to him to distract him when he got one.

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My middle son doesn’t quite feel the same. He gets bent out of shape when I take him. I have found that talking to him about it at first then changing the subject to discuss something he likes helps to take the attention off what’s happening. I like bribery too! Usually I say if we go get this shot taken care of we can go to this concert or get lunch. He loves music and food. 

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My daughter though is not like her brothers. She is the baby and is not afraid of shots. She says she doesn’t like them but you have to have them. She would always just pop down into the chair, get the shot, and look at me like “Is it time for ice cream?”. Of course, who could resist that face :)

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One time they all went for full shots together. She must of been around 4 and the boys were 7 and 9. Both boys had a hissy fit but she just trotted on up sat down and got her shot. They both looked at her like how is that possible! I laughed! The off to lunch the movies we went. I will never forget it. I am not sure if she was trying to show up her brothers or she is just really that put together. 

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It just goes to show whether we fear them or not shots are important. There is always a way around the fear too! #GiveAShot 

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Walgreens is your easy stop for immunizations and back to school items this year! Every time you get an immunization for kids at Walgreens you are helping them Give a Shot to a child in need. When your child gets their school immunizations, like whooping cough or meningitis at Walgreens, they will help provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. Get a shot Give a shot! 

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Additionally, Walgreens makes it quick and easy with  no appointment needed. Most insurance is accepted. A Walgreens pharmacists will report back to your primary care physician.

Cookies Kids Giveaway

Welcome to Cookies Kids Giveaway

Sponsor: Uplifting Families

Cookies Kids Giveaway

Cookies Kids carries quality children’s clothing for less. You can find brand such as Nautica, Carters, French Toast, Guess, NBA, US Polo and many other great brands. They have been in business since 1975 in New York and then expanded their market online. You can find everything from school uniforms, clothing, shoes, and toys all in one convenient location for less. They focus on providing quality children clothing and excellent service to its customers. If you place an order and if you have a problem, simply contact a customer service representative or log into their website to request a return authorization. They have a referral program and you can earn $10 for each friend that you refer to Cookie Kids.

Christy from Uplifting Families had the opportunity to review a boy’s outfits from Cookies Kids. The clothing that we received was high quality and my boys loved their new outfits. You can read the full review here.

How would you like to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Cookies Kids? One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to Cookies Kids. This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. This giveaway is open from August 11th through August 28 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.

 

Disclosure: Uplifting Families received samples or credit facilitate the review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own. One entry per household. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway. All participating bloggers aren’t responsible for prize fulfillment and weren’t compensated to participate. This giveaway isn’t affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, or any other social media platform.

Date Night at Grapevine’s P.F. Chang’s

Thank you P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring today’s discussion and for the tasty date night!

For well over a year I have said that I wanted to grow my Eateries section here on the blog. Funny enough I was offered to visit P.F. Chang’s for a review. I jumped at the chance since I have yet to eat there. Plus why not grow that Eateries section right?

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I called the other half, Vojta, and said we are going to P.F. Chang’s for date night. Now see this is an adventure for us since getting him to go further than down the street to eat is like seriously taking candy from a 2 year old. He simply says no. To my shocking surprise he said yes immediately. This excited lady was already dressed and impatiently waiting when he got home. We found the location pretty easy and didn’t even have much of a wait. 

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We started off with Long Island Rum Tea and a Red Sangria. He got the tea and I got the sangria but with the idea to share and taste everything. The Jamaica pork tacos featured above where delicious and I would eat those if they just had a huge plate of them. While we sipped on our drinks and taste tested the pork tacos and the California Roll our server was extremely helpful. She was patient too! Since we had never been we had some fun making decisions on what to try. 

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We were laughing about how he couldn’t figure out how to use the chopsticks as well as I could. He used them for most of the meal though. He was sure to use a fork when it came to the rice. I teased him. Rice can be fairly difficult. We decided on pork fried rice and BEEF Á LA SICHUAN. What I wouldn’t give to have a bowl of that right now. The crispy beef with a bit of spice and the plethora of spring onions. This dish just screams to me. It has some of my most favorite elements in cooking. 

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Near the end of dinner I noticed they had saki. Immediately I said we have to get some! I usually like warm saki but decided to ask the server which would be good for Vojta as he is pretty new to saki. She suggested the Raspberry chilled saki. It was fabulous! Perfect suggestion. The management talked to us a bit and since we were first timers they even gave us BOTH $10 off of $40 for our next visits. I know where I will be suggesting for my birthday :)

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Here is a few tidbits about what P.F. Chang’s is doing lately. 

It’s simple to remember: ‘3 to 7’ means 3 to 7 pm with prices from $3 to $7. Guests can add a little fizz to the day during the new, extended P.F. Chang’s happy hour, with specials served from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday. Guests seated in the bar and patio can order small plates, sushi and appetizers ranging from $3.00 to $7.00. Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available for the same price range. Specialty cocktails include Red Sangria, Chang’s Mai Tai, Twisted Whiskey Sour, and the Organic Agave Margarita.

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New Sushi, Small Bites & Wine Flights Wednesdays:
Culinary adventure shouldn’t just be reserved for the weekend. Starting July 23, all P.F. Chang’s in the Dallas area will feature “Sushi, Small Bites & Wine Flights Wednesdays,” allowing guests to experience a flight of three wines expertly paired with new sushi and small plates. Pick your pairings and your price range with two menu options for $25.00 and $35.00. Available all day for dine-in guests. (this is those super tacos we had and the sushi comes in)

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P.F. Chang’s is hosting a contest called “Spark Something New.” The contest will run from July 29th through September 15th. A winner will be chosen at the end of the campaign. Each participant will have the opportunity to win a 4-course pairing dinner including new small plates and sushi for 8. Participants must be 21 or over to enter.
To enter, visit the P.F. Chang’s contest page and submit an original fortune sharing your love for happy hour.

Submission examples:
• “A wise man once said: Asian food craves craft brews.”
• “The object of your desire lives on the P.F. Chang’s happy hour menu.”
• “You will have a pleasant surprise when pairing beer and Asian food in one delicious bite.”
• “Now is the time to try something new, like Sam Adams Seasonal and Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s.”

Have you been to P.F. Chang’s? If so, let me know below!

The Ultimate Kitchen Space

Creating the Ultimate Kitchen Space

Designing a kitchen for a new house or renovating an existing kitchen is an exciting experience. Your dream kitchen requires careful planning with attention to the wants, needs and use patterns of the family, regard for energy efficiency and painstaking thought concerning the smallest details. Thorough research into new ideas and products and appliances is essential. 

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Appliances

Influenced by international trends in design, appliances evolve and change continually. For example, the popular American fridge freezer with twin doors was once too big for the average UK kitchen, but the design and size of this space has changed and a large frost-free fridge freezer is now easy to accommodate. Its size encourages weekly trips to a large supermarket instead of daily shopping.

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A self-cleaning oven and an induction ceramic hob featuring different sized cooking zones are time-saving necessities. The large family or the gourmet, fond of entertaining friends at home, will appreciate an easy-cleaning range with a double oven, seven gas rings and a large burner for a wok. A stainless steel finish for the oven and the American fridge freezer is popular, but the metal’s pristine appearance is difficult to maintain with small children in the kitchen.

Counters and cupboards

A wide range of materials exists for countertops: granite and quartz are luxury high-end materials. The advantage of quartz is that it doesn’t need sealing. Granite, however, requires sealing on a regular basis to resist stains. Both surfaces are easy to keep clean and provide a look of elegance to the kitchen.

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 A backsplash of complementary glass tile adds the finishing touch in food preparation areas. Cupboards that reach the ceiling will provide more storage and get rid of an area that traps dust. Light coloured top cabinets provide a stunning contrast to bottom cupboards in a darker shade. Frosted glass doors and open shelving to display interesting pottery are attractive finishes.  It allows the eye to be creative. With frosted glass doors you may use pretty dishes to display also.

Underfloor heating

Programmed to warm up the kitchen on a cold winter morning, underfloor heating gets everyone’s day off to a good start. As a replacement for traditional radiators, underfloor heating frees up additional wall and floor space. Although it can be used with a variety of floor coverings, this type of heating works best with stone or tile floors.

Your dream kitchen can become a reality with assistance from appropriate professionals. 

La Madeleine – Children’s Hunger Fund

A few week’s ago my friend Jess and I got to visit the new La Madeleine’s in Flower Mound before it opened. To our surprise we got to hear the owner of La Madeleine’s speak about how he build his business catered to women. I found it very interesting as I really do think it is great restaurant for women. Though I have been able  to find something on the menu that almost everyone in my family would eat. We went back a number of times now. Enjoyed both dinner and desserts on several occasions. 

La Madeleine's Jess and I had a chance to try the wine along with the baked potato soup, basil soup, and a few of the desserts. We lucked out and got a chance to sit directly by the fireplace. It was such a fun event that benefited a good cause. The Children’s Hunger Fund helps those in need for food. They were that evening with a raffle for those to pitch in to win a great gift pack to/from La Madeleine’s. All monies benefited the Children’s Hunger Fund. As a food blogger I very largely support the any organization that helps feed those in need. Once, a long time ago, went without food and this is not something I would wish for anyone. Food is the most basic of necessities. While most food bloggers write about things like high end meals I am always humbled to make a simple dish that is only cents on the dollar or a few dollars to make. Everyone needs to eat!

lamadeleinesoneAnother fantastic part about being a food writer and blogger is I get to express those opinions and tell all you great readers about great events like this. There is many organizations that help and I love that, what’s become one of my favorite restaurants, does work with organizations that help others. 

I have to admit La Madeleine’s is the only place of it’s kind serving French food to a urban Texas city. I love it though! My great grandmother was French. It’s like an ode to my heritage when I have a chance to eat there. Have you ever been to La Madeleine’s? Do tell! 

SodaStream – Orange Soda Float

About a month ago I received a Soda Stream in the mail. My son, Chancelor, wanted a SodaStream since they first came on the market. It was a win, win situation. What I did not expect was the plethora of flavors they sent along with it. We didn’t even know they sold that many flavors including Kool-Aid and Pina Colada! The Kool-Aid and the original soda flavor were the first to go. Next up was root beer. We even had friends over on two occasions to try it and it was definitely a hit!

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After the initial use of the machine I wondered how much fun I could have with it. Different floats for parties and drinks for adult parties. I would love to get some Italian gelato and make a blood orange Italian soda float. I love those; they are hard to find here. My son and I had some fun making a float in this big stein glass. As you can see below he really loved it sticky hands and all. 

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SodaStream has a full line up of products including the machine named Source. It comes in a whole line up of basic colors to match your kitchen. We received the black which fits perfectly with our red and black kitchen set up. What color would you choose from the pretty line up below?

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 It’s really simple to work too. All you do is fill the liter bottle with water either via tap or refrigerated, insert into the machine and press for carbonation. No need for an electric source or batteries. With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 60 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free sodamix flavors to choose from, you’ll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and diet. Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame. Plenty of reasons to own one. Now I just need to figure out where to hide it when he decides to move out. He is already insistent he wants it in his room.

Orange Soda Float
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  1. Water
  2. Orange syrup
  3. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Follow directions to make carbonated water via the SodaStream. Add in orange syrup and pour into a glass. Add two scoops of vanilla and serve.
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*I was not compensated for this post. Soda Stream provided me with product for review purposes. All opinions stated her are my own.  * 

MyYogaWorks – Wedding Time

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

You knew these posts were coming. The ones were I tell you all about how I plan to lose weight for the wedding, everything I am buying, and well in general gushing. Before I will even share with you what I plan to buy I want to share with you my plan to get fit. It’s called MyYogaWorks and I can do it from anywhere especially right from my living room. That’s killer for me as my schedule with three teenagers and adopted teenager friends can be pretty hectic. I don’t even think I find time to hang out with friends anymore lately. 

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I really love this site because it allows me to use this at a friend’s house, at a park, or at home. You can’t take a gym with you. I cancelled my gym pass and decided between my treadmill and MyYogaWorks I will have an routine that I can manage with my super crazy schedule. MyYogaWorks offers 500 online yoga classes ranging in length from 5 to 90 minutes. Classes are available for all skill levels and range from beginner to advanced.

For a limited time, visit MyYogaWorks and use the coupon code YOGA2014 to receive a free, one-month subscription to MyYogaWorks.(Please note, a credit card is required to sign up, but the credit card will not charged until the free promotional period ends.)