Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Triple Berry Pie



    Summer is almost here, and this is the season of baking pies in our home! If you have been a long time follower, you know that I love to bake. If you're following on Instagram then you probably often see my pictures of cupcakes, scones and more. What you probably don't know is Hubs is not a big cake fan. Whenever his birthday comes around I try to get creative and come up with an ice cream cake, pie or some other treat.

  A couple years ago I created a Triple Berry Pie and it has since become his absolute favorite! With it being "berry picking season" and Father's Day approaching I have made this pie a few times already this year and decided it was time to share the recipe with all of you. It's so easy and has been a hit with everyone I know!

  Pie Crust:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
4-5 Tbls ice cold water

Mix the flour and salt together, then add the butter and shortening with a pastry blender until it's crumbly. Then add the water a couple TBLS at a time until a ball of dough forms. 



Pie Filling:

2 cups of sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup tapioca

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

While your berries are sitting make your pie crust (you will need to do the recipe twice to get a top and bottom crust). Gently roll out your bottom crust and place it on the bottom of your pie dish. Leave the remaining overlapping and fill with the berry mixture. Place your top crust on and pinch down the edges. I then use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut off the extra dough. Cut tiny slits in the top of the crust and use a pastry brush to add a little milk to the top.



Bake at 375 for 50 min while the edges are covered with foil, then bake for another 5-10 minutes.


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Celebrate Father's Day with the help of Blue Mountain



   Father's Day is quickly approaching, and I definitely consider myself a "Daddy's Girl" but I still struggle with the gift aspect of this special occasion. I don't know if it's just the guys in my family, or if it's typical of men..they just don't desire gifts the way the special ladies I know do. However, my Hubs and Dad both really are encouraged and feel loved through words of affirmation.

  We were recently introduced to Blue Mountain and I knew it would be the perfect place to go for some special Father's Day Greetings. Since the important guys in my life love to hear why they are loved and because my dad & I communicate a lot through email ; I thought it would be great to send a one of a kind e-card his way. 

  Blue Mountain has such a fun selection of Father's Day e-cards. You can choose something funny or something a little more serious. Over the years, my dad and I have had some great sentimental moments between the two of us, but we also love to joke around with one another. After browsing the e-cards it was obvious to me that Father's Day Symphony was the perfect choice! 

  I love that with Blue Mountain I can provide a good laugh for my dad, but that I can also personalize it to tell him Thank You for being so amazing to me. If you want to avoid the funny cards and choose something that is a little more serious and you won't have to personalize so much to get your "thanks" across, Blue Mountain has you covered!

   Blue Mountain's wide variety of cards gives you the ability to pair your choice with the perfect Father's Day. Maybe your Dad or Hubs loves to play cards; send the Greatest Dad Ever Fun Song card and pair it with a poker set. There are cards that feature fishing, beer, hammocks, grilling and so much more!

   Don't forget , Father's Day is Sunday June 21st! Blue Mountain can provide you with the perfect start to a great gift!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spread the Love with Walmart Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Hugs




   As a mom there are so many resources that I depend on to give my kids the best care possible. One of the very first things we think about is diapers! It's something you need from day one, and in most cases for the first  2-3 years of your little one's life. 

   Finding a diaper that fits well, keeps your little one comfy while they are on the go & will keep the sheets dry at night is super important. For us, Huggies has definitely been one of those brands that we can count on. 

    Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers offer long-lasting leak protection you can count on, so you can rest easy even on your little one's busiest day. The range of sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better. The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection. Now, Huggies is showing us all that they are more than just a great diaper and you can help spread the Love with Walmart Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Hugs.

  From now until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #ultrahug , and feature them in a campaign on their landing page. On July 6th the voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative. 

  You can find all the details on the project here. It's so easy, and for a great cause: 

 From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.


  
  

  It's been said that "the best things in life are free" , and sadly it seems not too many things are free these days. Huggies wants to help give back to the places that are, so they can continue to bring great memories to your family. Nominate your community project, whether its a beach, park,  rec-center or something else that brings joy to you and yours.



  Be sure to include details in your social posts about the project you are nominating. In your story be sure to share why the local community project you have chosen is so important to you and how it will impact those around you.



   Head on over to Huggies today to get so you can get your entry started!!


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

7 Summer Hairstyle Looks for Busy Moms



7 Summer Hairstyle Looks for Busy Moms




Images by Maegan Tintari used under the Creative Commons license.


It’s Summertime, and if you’re a mom with kids at school age, this means running after your little ones – which will affect the amount of time for your own beauty and grooming routine. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look anything less than fabulous! Here are seven quick and gorgeous hairstyle ideas for moms on the go – get your crimpers, wavers, pins, bands and hairspray at the ready…

1. Sixties pony
One way to create a simple but stylish look is to put a twist on the classic ponytail. Take a top section of your hair and backcomb it with a comb and a touch of hairspray. You can either pin the top section separately or take the remainder of your hair and tie it in a very high ponytail. If you want, use crimpers or wavers, which you can find at retailers like Tesco, and create a classic sixties flick.

2. The four step bun
A very easy style that can be done while you’re waiting at a drive thru or a traffic light, the four step bun is gorgeous! Tie your hair in a ponytail at the top of your head. Separate it into two sections. Twist one section into a bun and secure in place. Then take the second section and wrap it around the hair bun, concealing the band, and pin it in place.

3. Mermaid braid
The mermaid braid looks like it takes hours when in truth it only takes a minute! Separate your hair into three sections. Braid each section. Then braid those three sections together – the result is a beautiful, intricate-looking style instantly!

4. Mussed-up side bun
This works well if you haven’t had time to wash your hair for a couple of days. Use crimpers or wavers half way down hair, working your way all around your head. Then pull hair into a side ponytail and curve the curls into a bun shape. Use fixing spray or hair spray and pins to secure the bun in place.

5. Half up, half down twist
This style takes a little more effort but the effect is quite beautiful. Using crimpers or wavers and a bit of fixing spray, create loose curls all over. Then take a section of hair from either side, twist each section, bring them together at the back of your head and pin.

6. The knotted bun
The knotted bun is an elegant alternative to the original and it still keeps hair well out of the way which is great for extremely active moms! Pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. Separate your hair into three sections, braid the hair then secure with another band. Then take the braid, twist it into a bun and pin it in place.

7. Twisted ponytail
Take two sections from the left and right side. Twist each section back and pin at the back of your head. Put your hair into a ponytail and remove the pins. The twisted sections should stay in place!
If you’re finding your summer is short on time, try these pretty hairstyles and you’ll be ready to go and looking great in a jiffy. 


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Friday, June 5, 2015

SOPHi Nail Polish Review


     I am your typical girly girl, but I'm also a stay at home mom of four on a budget! So, my days of going to the salon for the frequent manicure and pedicures are long gone. Honestly, I typically now go once or twice during the warmer months just for a pedicure. I still like to have my nails looking nice, I just resort to doing them at home.

   If you have been following me for long , then you know that we try to use as many natural products in our home as possible. While I love painting my nails , I hate the odor that it puts off and in turn the chemicals I am using. 

    You may remember a couple years ago I had the chance to try out Piggy Paint with Sweet Pea. She was one at the time and I really wanted to paint her nails, but didn't dare use traditional polishes on her. Piggy Paint is "natural as mud" and I fell in love with it, you can read that review here. Now, Sweet Pea is almost 3 and she LOVES to have her nails painted. We were so thankful when Piggy Paint sent us a couple more polishes just a few weeks ago to try out.



   Now, Piggy Paint has released a brand for mom's/women. SOPHi is odorless, non-toxic and durable. SOPHi is a water-based eco-friendly nail polish. I received the Prime + Shine Seal System, Remover Gel and two nail polish colors. The colors I received are It's A Girl Thing and Plump Up the Volume.


  
   I decided to try out It's A Girl Thing first, the directions say to apply several coats after using the Prime + Shine, I used just one coat and it left a gorgeous bright pink perfect for summer. I have been really impressed with how well the polish lasts on my nails. 



   I used the Remover Gel and didn't have much luck. I had to use it several times before I was able to remove all of the polish. I am not sure if that's a testament to how great the polish is or how poorly the remover works.



   While I am not sure about the remover, I love the polish! The color's are so fun , there is no odor so I remain headache free and the color is long lasting. You can purchase SOPHi products directly on their website. One of you will win a great prize pack from SOPHi, please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Friday June 19th, Good Luck.




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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Skinvolve Review & Discount Code





   Summer time is upon us , which has a lot of us paying closer attention to the bumps and lumps on our body. Being a mom of four little one's, having 3 of them in the past 4 years, has definitely taken a toll on my body. This is the first summer that I can say I am not thrilled with my body or the idea of being in a bathing suit. So , when I had the chance to try out a new skincare line I was really excited.

  Skinvolve is a company that has created products to help slim, tone and reduce the appearance of cellulite after frequent use. Some of the ingredients included in the Skinvolve starter kit to help fight all of the unwanted lumps and bumps are, menthol, ginseng, green tea, aloe vera and coffee. The products are also free of parabens & sulfate.



  I received the Body Boost Gel which works to release the fat cells within your skin to give you tighter, smoother skin. I also received the Body Karate Cream, a daily lotion with a kick! This lotion is blended with caffeine and argan oil to help nurture skin with its anti-aging and hydrating properties.



  When I first received these products I used them twice daily for about a two & a half weeks and I honestly noticed a difference in my skin, it felt much softer and firmer. The Boost Gel is definitely my favorite out of the two products. The menthol in this stimulates blood flow and feels amazing. The Karate Cream is great as well, the smell is really nice and subtle so it doesn't interfere with the smell of my perfume and such if I'm heading out for the day.

  I would highly recommend the Starter Kit, you will receive an 8oz bottle of both the Gel & Cream for just $59.99. With both products a little goes a long way, so this set will last a long time. It is such a great value & I feel they really work. For a limited time you can order using the code blogluv to receive 15% off of any purchase from Skinvolve.com.



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