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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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!

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Party

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We threw an evening coffee party with friends and family. We invited guests over to try the new Dunkin’ Donuts coffee’s. Everyone had a chance to choose what flavor they would like to try. Cinnamon Coffee Roll is the latest addition to the Bakery Series portfolio, which includes
offerings like Chocolate Glazed Donut, Blueberry Muffin, Jelly Donut, Old Fashioned Donut and Caramel Coffee Cake. The cinnamon coffee roll we had a few bags of so we gladly let a few friends take them home to share with their friends and family. 

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We all made the Hungry Girl’s recipe for Sticky Bun Coffee (the recipe is listed below). We poured it over ice and it was super delicious! I have to say though my other half like the old fashion coffee the best. My son liked the jelly donut and so did a few of the friends we invited. I  prefer the cinnamon coffee roll as I think it would be so fitting in a coffee bread. I am going to save a package just for that at Christmas time. 

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The variety of flavors are just amazing! I would use the blueberry in a crumble over lemon bars for an extra special recipe. They are so universal for iced coffee drinks to hot coffee parties to recipes that you can infuse them into. 

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Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series is a great way to celebrate National Coffee Month in August as well National Coffee Day coming up on September 29th. This post might give you a good idea for a Fall gathering other than football or maybe even incorporate it into your next football gathering. 

Sticky Bun Coffee
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. fat-free liquid coffee creamer
  2. 1/2 tbsp. fat-free, low-fat, or light caramel dip
  3. 1 packet no-calorie sweetener
  4. 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1 drop almond extract
  6. 6 oz. fresh-brewed Dunkin Donuts® Cinnamon Coffee Roll coffee
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except coffee in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until creamer is hot and caramel dip has melted. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add coffee, stir well, and enjoy!
Adapted from Hungry Girl
Adapted from Hungry Girl
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Get a Shot Give a Shot

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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.

My Good Life

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Life is all about it’s moments. Hanging out with my daughter for lunch in between her busy schedule. Moments of movies with my son hanging out all day watching Johnny Depp movies. Dinner dates with my Vojta. Sometimes though you need a moment to kick up your feet, watch your favorite TV show (cough, Haven) and have a truly delicious snack.

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There is no doubt that I am a significant foodie but sometimes I like to be able to grab a easy snack, lay back on my bed and indulge into Haven. Those days help me find #MyGoodLife moments. Where you dream off into la la land while thinking of your family and how lucky you are to have them. 

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Lucky for me it’s easy to pick up SKINNY COW® Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolatey Candy and/or SKINNY COW® Ice Cream Candy Bars (Cookie Dough) at Walmart to enjoy in those life moments. 

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When I don’t get so lucky to enjoy them all to myself sometimes I share. My daughter was first introduced to SKINNY COW from here Babička (grandma in Czech). She was like these are too good! Then the other half actually tried some and liked them. I knew it would be over when I got a box for myself. I don’t always indulge but I do like to have them as a snack time to time. 

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 Nothing like putting up your feed and enjoying some alone time. Do you have good life? I would love to hear below some of your most favorite moments or what you like to do in your alone time. 

After School Fuel Mac Cups & Hot Pockets

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After school my son and I sometimes like to have a movie afternoon. Between work and school sometimes we don’t get to see each other often. Though when we get the time we like to have some snacks. After school they are like ravenous beasts and the poor fridge is their prey. I love to have food on hand that they themselves can make for our movie afternoons. Mac Cups by STOUFFER’S and Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza with garlic buttery crust is our latest addition. My son swears it has to have the garlic crust for the flavor.

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They will usually pick them up as a I am browsing the aisles at Walmart. The Stouffer’s Mac Cups, 2 pack can be found in the freezer aisle with STOUFFER’S® Single Serve Entrées. 

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My son says he has to try the chili mac next time. I am going to keep that in mind as he enjoys these. We also found the Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza (with garlic buttery crust) in the freezer section. I love that I can get a 12 pack. 

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Lately we have been watching movies that represent SYFY style or 1920’s Chicago. We are definitely movie buffs! What movies are you into lately? I’d love to hear about the most recent movie you have seen.

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He really hates when I snap shots of him eating but I just love the color of his hair right now and it shows how different we are as a family.  We munched on the pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets and the STOUFFER’S Mac Cups while goshing about the latest Haven episodes and then threw on a movie while digesting. It’s really our bonding time. I have done this with them all through the years. I think I will be pretty sad when they are all moved out. For now, I will enjoy my movie and grubbin’ time with them.

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Sugared Strawberry Basil Lemon Iced Tea

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My Keurig was a Christmas gift two years ago. I begged to get one for two years before. We really use it for everything. From winter drinks like apple cider and hot chocolate to #BrewOverIce drinks like Snapple’s iced teas, Vitamin Burst, and cold brew over ice coffee additions. If we don’t use it for drinks, we use it for ramen. You know those little cups of soup with ramen and vegetables. We use the Keurig to add the water, let them sit three minutes and then they are ready to eat. Condensed soup, just add water, stir and serve. It is just so functional!

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I can say I cannot live without my Keurig. Neither can my family. My daughter swears by the brew over ice lemonades. They are a bit strong for me but the teas I love! I haven’t been so lucky to find the Snapple Peach tea here but once I do I will have a pantry full; not that I already don’t. 

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Brew your favorite and new found Brew Over Ice flavors on the 6oz (small) or the 8oz (medium) setting for the best brewed taste. I picked mine up at Walmart. They have the box sizes I like for a larger family for iced teaIt is very important that, when brewing over ice, you must be using a plastic cup or tumbler. BPA FREE!

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite drinks to make in the summer with my Keurig. It’s pretty simple and full of flavor. I call it the Sugared Strawberry Basil Lemon Iced Tea.

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That’s why the rim of the glass is coated in sugar for a little extra sweetness. It includes fresh strawberries which enhances the tea. I hope you enjoy it like I do sitting outside by the pool or late night on the front porch. Enjoy!

Sugared Strawberry Basil Lemon Tea
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Lemon tea brewed with strawberries wrapped in a sugared rim and topped with basil.
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 K-cup of Snapple Lemon Tea - Brew Over Ice
  2. 5 strawberries; slice four strawberries and keep one for the rim
  3. 1 slice of lemon
  4. 2 basil leaves; fresh
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. Turn on Keurig and let it warm up. Wet rim of the plastic cup (do not brew in glass) roll in sugar. Add ice to the rim of the cup. Add in sliced strawberries and brew lemon tea over the top. Add a slice of lemon and a strawberry to the rim. Top with basil leaves. Serve!
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 She just loved how the strawberry paired with the Snapple iced tea.

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Mr. Coffee® Drip Coffee Maker for my #CoffeeJourneys

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My other half V loves his morning coffee. I like to have coffee now and again as more of a treat. I like to make specialty coffee drinks at home. We have a single cup brewer but we recently picked up a Mr. Coffee® Drip Coffee Maker 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker at Walmart. The 10-cup brewer is great to use when you want more than one cup of coffee in the morning. It’s also fantastic when you have breakfast with friend or a large household like mine. What I am even more excited about is that I am giving one away here today for one of you to win! My oldest son just loves iced coffee so I have a strange feeling this will end up being his new toy not mine ;)

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While we were at Walmart we also picked up some Millstone® Coffee Flavored Coffee to share with friends when they visited. It always great to serve up good coffee with a delectable treat like apple turnovers. Or rather anything with a good flaky dough! I have to say just bringing home the Hazelnut Cream Millstone® Coffee Flavored Coffee in the bag made my entire car smell so darn good! I am enjoying the smell of the package next to me on my desk now. The aroma is simply amazing.

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Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker brews 10 cups in less than 7 minutes to ensure thorough extraction and full bodied flavor. With the Pause n’ Serve feature, you don’t have to wait the full time to enjoy your cup of coffee! Which makes this the best coffee maker when you have friends over. Pause n’ Serve is an automatic feature that is activated when the vacuumed-insulated stainless steel carafe is removed from the coffee maker. How cool is that!

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My #CoffeeJourney started the year before I went into high school. I spent a summer up north in Connecticut and New York. My love for cappuccino grew along with my love for cheesecake.

From there I used to visit a specialty coffee shop in Dallas but then I lost my love for coffee for awhile. Now I like to enjoy it with a good dessert or cheesecake now and again. 

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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!

Orange Soda Float

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. 

Orange Soda Float

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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Ingredients
  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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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.)