Date Night During The Holidays

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Spice things up during the holiday season! We all get bombarded by work, social gatherings, and tons of shopping that I think we forget to show the compassion we need to for our significant other. I know V and I can get stressed which usually ends up in an argument. Honestly, I just think he secretly hates the holidays. You probably would too if you wait until the last date to shop. 

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That being said, I think you have to have time to get away from it all. Date night during the holidays is a great way to break free. Just stop the shopping and go on adventure. V and I like to find a new restaurant to eat at. One we have been just okay we will go there sometime. This week we did just that and visited a new Mexican food place in town. It was definitely tasty!

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Intimacy can even be a bigger problem because of the added stress of the holidays. I let K-Y Yours+Mine help make the moment of intimacy ten times better. I found the specially-marked package of K-Y Yours and Mine Lubricants at Walmart. It definitely helped in a romantic time after dinner out.

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Check out the Date Night pack at Walmart.com for discreet purchasing. You can always sit in for the night and try the special Date Night deal that is coming soon!

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K-Y Date Night (shipping to store in Jan 2015): $50 value 1 free meal for two people from PEACHDISH.com delivered to your door for an intimate night of cooking together, a $5 VUDU movie credit for you to stream right at home and the pleasure of K-Y Yours+Mine Couples Lubricants. How cool is that!

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For more great ways to spice up your relationship during the holiday season, visit K-Y.com. I even got my toe nails painted! Here is a coupon to save on your K-Y purchase too!

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Buffalo Chicken Bagel Crisps

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buffalo_chicken_snacker-298x199Are you looking for the perfect holiday appetizer? Aren’t we all! The seasonal parties are in full swing and everyone is calling, email, and sending invitations. One of the most popular of the requests will be that you bring an appetizer to share at the party. With tons of people going right to foods like pizza dip and lasagna cups it’s great to see a refreshing change. I know I would go right to these Buffalo Chicken Bagel Crisps. This would be like my mojo at the party.  I can be honest and tell you I would use the garlic parmesan basil crisps below with some very tasty pepperoni, salami, and pepperocini’s to through it all into another Italian style category.

NYS_ParmGar_BagelCrispThat’s why these are so great as an appetizer. You can do just about virtually anything with them. Check out the list of recipes at the @NewYorkSnacks website. I love that these are a lighter option too. We not always looking for the greasiest app on the planet when trying to serve plenty of people. You could top with a pesto on these or a good guacamole. Shrimp with cocktail sauce can be a good one for your new year’s eve party; just be sure to mark it seafood for those allergic. Don’t for get your sweet ones too! Top them with chunks of caramel and chocolate.

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Northpole

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One cold afternoon my daughter and I sat down to watch this movie by Hallmark called Northpole we’ve been seeing and hearing so much about. My daughter is ALL about Christmas! It’s always fun when it comes around and we get to snuggle up together with hot chocolate and candy canes. We put up the tree, bake cookies, and watch the copious amounts of Christmas movies. 

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The movie Northpole was so adorable! A week later we are in Walmart and my daughter, even though she is 14 freaks out over the collection of toys they have. I thought she would never leave the aisle all over this cute Snowball the polar bear Plush and Book Combo. I thought really your 14! Truth is I am just as big of a kid as she is. When I saw the Magic Snowball I was like now I have to buy that! I knew just who to give it to. 

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See I have a friend that plays elf to my kids every year. I think she would get a kick out of this. She always brings over gifts and the teens are like YES.  I also have a friend with a daughter who is 5 that would also like these Northpole Toys just as much. Most of all I am doing secret santa this year and I know there is two little girls that are 3 and 6 these would be absolutely perfect for. These are just too fun! 

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On Christmas eve, we open gifts with my husbands family as they Czech and that’s what they do. For us at home, we open the gifts up on Christmas day taking turns so I can see everyone’s excitement and get pictures. What are you gift sharing traditions? I’d love to hear about them below. 

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I don’t get much at Christmas because I am the mom of three teenagers. Sometimes I get a little something for myself to enjoy. These adorable nesting bowls were on my for me list. I am trying to decide if I should stuff them under the tree or just use them. After all, it is baking season :D

Don’t miss out on the #NorthPoleFun! The Find Me Santa Snowflake is my favorite party of the movie. It allows for creativity in children. After all that to me is the most important part of Christmas is BELIEVING! 

Beach House Baking

beach-house-baking-650x599Title: Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts

Author: Lei Shishak

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing   

Pages: 205

About: 

Lei shares the most popular recipes from her celebrated Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, California. Let her tropical tea transport you to the Caribbean, her s’mores cupcakes to an oceanfront campfire, and her sweet and salty beach bod brittle to picturesque New England shores! You too can live the sand and surf lifestyle while indulging in over one hundred recipes, including morning treats, cupcakes, crisps, cookies, pies, ice cream sandwiches, frozen pops, beverages, and more!

My Review: 

The maple pecan sticky buns had me at the first glance. This was a perfect recipe for my son and my husband. They absolutely love pecans. We will be making this one again for sure. The pictures are delightful. The recipes are fairly easy to follow and definitely remind me of the beach where I grew up.

With greats like Champagne Raspberry pops to Orange Pekoe Blackberry remind me of summer nights on the beach under the moonlight. Each recipe starts with a due bit about the history of the recipe or the symbolism of it. Though, not all recipes in this book would be perfect for the beach they would be wonderful for a simple party or enjoying at a family dinner. Like the Banana Pecan Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream. These would be great at a monkey themed birthday part as long as no one is allergic to nuts. 

What I really found myself enjoying from this book was that the recipes can be used over and over for events. That’s always a plus in my book. You don’t have to be a novice baker to own this book. Even though the author clearly is with her shop in San Clemente. Of course the author had me when she mentioned La Jolla which is a place I grew up near. Her ice cream sandwich to pair with the name is almost a decadent perfect fit. This is a fantastic book for the baker in your family. I know just who I will be sharing mine with.

HouseTrip Vegan & Vegetarian Guide

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HouseTrip has a new Vegan and Vegetarian guide in which you can pick one of three cities Berlin, London, and Paris. Once you select your city a map will come up with circles on placed where in the city those restaurants are. You can then click those circles to break down the area even closer. Then you can click each individual bubble for information on that restaurant. 

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Once the information for the restaurant comes up it lists the name, address, and full description of the food. Under it you can see comments about the restaurant that people have tweeted about. It’s refreshing to see comments that are organic about the restaurant and not a list of reviews with stars. You may also search for options like best for families and best for special occasions. You may also switch to a directory view that allows you to just view by restaurants rather then the map. It’s great cause you can look by restaurant or by location. Makes it super simple to load this up on your computer or phone to look for local vegetarian and vegan restaurants. 

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I really hope to see this contain plenty of cities in the future. I know here in Dallas/Fort Worth area it would be put to great use. It’s hard to find a good website or app that will allow you to look per a map and find good vegetarian and vegan places to eat with specifications on family friendly or special event. It’s hard to find vegetarian and vegan places in this area anyway. I really think the readers here London, Berlin, and Paris should definitely take a moment and try this site out. My most favorite part is the organic tweets and not reviews that seem to be candid. If they expand this to my area I would use this all the time. It’s got a clean intereface also! That’s a big help for me and navigation on the go. Especially since my other half like to wait till the last minute to decide where to go. Go take it for a test run!

Why I love Purex with Purex Coupons

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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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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!

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Party

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dunkin’ Donuts. I received product samples to facilitate my In-Home party as well as a promotional item to thank me for participating.”  #DunkinAtHome

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.