Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SmartWeigh Body Fat Scale


No woman enjoys stepping on the scale, but it's a necessary evil. But you can make the experience better with the right scale. Thanks to SmartWeigh i've been using the Smart Weigh Body Fat Scale for the past month, and it's a great scale. The tempered glass platform and stainless steel accents contribute to its contemporary look. The scale features different user profiles, and through a simple set-up process, the scale can be programmed to automatically recognize up to eight users. This scale does moren than tell you what you weigh. The scale measures body weight, body fat, body water, and muscle and bone mass. This information will help monitor your health status. The scale turns on the moment you step on it, no tapping or switches, making it super easy to use. It features a large negative LCD display that is easy to read. The scales uses BIA technology to provide fitness information about yourself with just a few details. This scale comes auto calibrated and uses 2 CR2032 batteries which are included.

Programming each user profile is easy to do, and the instructions are clear and easy to understand. It's nice that the scale comes calibrated, making it easier to start using. You really just step on and it tells you everything you want to know and more. My favorite part of the scale is the look though. It's sleek, modern, and attractive looking. I don't mind it being in view when company comes, and I don't feel the need to try and hide it under or in the cabinet. I have enjoyed using the scale and watching the number on it creep down, and I know it will continue to be a valuable tool to me as I continue to get healthier. You can order the SmartWeigh Body Fat Scale for yourself on amazon




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I never recommend products i don't like or use personally.   




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Grazia Silicone Baking Cups



I love to bake, especially cupcakes. They are perfect for so many occasions. But i hate when you bake a cupcake in a paper liner and the liner fades and looks dingy and kind of off color. So i've been wanting to try silicone liners for a while, hoping not to have that problem. Than i got the chance to try Grazia silicone liners and they are perfect! They are FDA approved and BPA free. No harmful chemicals to worry about, the cups are 100% eco-friendly pure food grade silicone. Because they are 100% silicone, they are also stain resistant. No fading when they bake or staining because you made bright pink cupcakes. They fit your cupcake trays perfectly, or just set them on a baking sheet! The cups stay upright and hold their shape even on a flat cookie sheet. 



 The cups aren't just for cupcakes either. The baking cups are safe for hot (up to 450°) or cold use, so they are great for serving muffins, ice cream treats, and snacks. Of course my favorite part is no paper wrappers to have to clean up. Plus they are non-stick, so no cooking spray needed and no pieces of paper stuck to your food. I also love that they are reusable and washable. They're even dishwasher safe, so no need to scrub crumbs or sticky residue off of them. And of course, they are environmentally friendly, because you can use them over and over, and you're eliminating the paper waste of paper liners. They come in a pack of 24, with their own storage container. My son loves the bright colors, I love the easy clean up, and no more fading, dingy looking paper wrappers. You can order yourself a set on amazon, and I recommend you do! If for some reason you don't like the Grazia Silicone baking cups, they come with a Lifetime 100% Refund Guarantee, no questions asked.





I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

I never recommend products I don't like or use personally. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mint Glazed Devils Food Cookies

It's the time of year, the tree's are up, the houses shine with lights, and the ovens are on while people make goodies! I love it. My son and I always make goodie platters for some of our loved ones, and last night we made one of our favorite recipes, that i had to share. Devils Food Cookies glazed with Andes Mints. They are light, but super rich and just so yummy!

Ingredients

1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup oil

2 eggs
1 package of Andes Mints


Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 6-9 minutes. At the 9 minute mark they might not seem done, but don't over cook them. I promise they are done!


Fresh from the oven with the andes mints on top

When they come out of the oven, while they are still super hot, place 1/2-1 andes mint on top of each cookie, depending on it's size. Using the back of a spoon spread the mints around as they melt.

The mints all melted and spread out

After the mints have melted and been spread, pop the whole cookie sheet into the freezer for 4-6 minutes to help them set. Then transfer to a wire rack. Or skip the freezer and just eat them while they are still warm and gooey. Either way, they are delicious!

Fresh from the freezer, all set and ready to eat!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Painting Lulu Digital Crayon


 Painting Lulu makes the cutest digital crayon stylus! The Digital Crayon provides a "real crayon-like" drawing experience on smart phones and tablets. It's compatible with iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Galaxy and many more. The tablet I used it on is an off brand google tablet and it worked great. The Digital Crayon can be also used with the Painting Lulu coloring app for Android, Apple and Amazon devices. The app app offers many great drawings and painting tools to keep kids busy and happy. Use the digital crayon on the Painting Lulu app, pick a drawing, and color away. The digital crayon helps kids with hand-eye coordination along with learning to color, has a thick grip and smooth touch that is easy for little hands to hold, and has a soft rubber tip to prevent damage to touch screen devices. It does have small parts and is not recommended for children under age 3.
         

I ordered one in Orange, and plan to give it to my son with his tablet for Christmas. The tip has a rubber cover to prevent damage that feels a little flimsy, but when i used the stylus on the tablet i had no issues with it caving in. The touch screen on the tablet responded well to the stylus, and i didn't have to apply a great amount of pressure. The stylus itself is cute, styled like a crayon, and much more fun than a regular stylus. I like it, and i'm sure my son will love it. Plus, the stylus means no sticky, dirty finger prints on the tablet screen. If you have kids who have a tablet, or use your tablet, I recommend you head over to amazon and order one. It comes in 7 different colors, so you're sure to find the perfect one for your child. 









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in exchange for my honest review. I never recommend products i don't like or use personally. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Visiting Santa

A dear friend and I took all our kids to the mall to see Santa sunday after church. They all we so polite taking turns telling him what they wanted, it was really cute. I love being able to do these things during the holiday season, especially since i think this will be the last Christmas Landon believes in Santa. 

Landon with Santa

My boy and I

The Mommies

3/4 Kids (little B was in his stroller)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Empire of Sin By Gary Krist

  Thanks to Blogging for Books I received a free copy of "Empire of Sin" by Gary Krist to review. I love history, especially the seedier history of our country, and New Orleans is full of seedy history. The books is amazing! It's very well written, full of action and mystery and crime. I cannot say enough good things about it. The only problem is, most of what i want to say would be a spoiler for the actual book. So, i will share with you the books synopsis and say this, if you like seedy history, or intrigue and crime novels, or even just New Orleans, you should read this book! 

    
"From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City.
 
     Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world."


Christmas Photo's

Landon and I had our Christmas photo's done by JC Penny's photo studio. We always have his birthday photo's done there, and since we haven't had a photo of us done together in a few years i decided it was time. I always request the same lady, Kristen, because she is talented, good with kids, and because Landon responds well to her. So here are a few of my favorites. 


My handsome man and I at the North Pole


A close up of it


I got to play Santa