Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
I have a confession to make. I love office and craft supplies. I mean, really love looking through multi-colored folders, papers, stationary, and don't even get me started on Sharpies, crayons, etc. It's kind of a weird obsession. I mean, I have a drawer full of scrapbook paper, and not a single scrapbook. I have multiple colorful file folders, just waiting to be used. Not to mention a plethora of pens/markers/etc. Soooo, that's my little secret.
With that out in the open, just imagine how excited I was to discover AstroBrights papers! Oh. My. Goodness! They are so bright & colorful! I immediately started dreaming up all the fun projects my kids and I could do with these! With school starting soon, I know my girls will be jumping at the chance to make their projects stand out above the rest with these bright, unique colors. Who wants boring white printer paper when you can have Fireball Fuschia, Orbit Orange, Venus Violet, just to name a few! (They come in 23 eye-catching colors!)
AstroBrights papers is also hosting "Give a Brighter Year" Sweepstakes, where you can enter to win a cash prize and school supplies valued at $30,000 for the school of your choice! (K-8 grade) All you have to do is click on the link AstroBrights papers and like their Facebook page. Click on the Sweepstakes tab and go to the app where there will be a form to enter the sweepstakes. Easy peasy, and well worth it. I know my childrens' schools could really use that kind of donation!
The company has lots of other things going on to, such as the family-friendly "Make Something AstroBright" design challenge! I know you are a creative bunch, because I am constantly finding fantastic ideas on Pinterest. Share your projects with picture and video and you could win some awesome prizes! (If you share via Pinterest or Twitter, please use the hashtag #goastrobrights). You can head over to AstroBrights Facebook page (click on any of the links within this post) and see what others have already been up to.
What would you do with AstroBrights papers?
There is no need to pay the high college book store prices! I know when I was in school, the only option was to purchase books at the book store, and then pray they would buy them back at the end of the semester. Half the time they didn't, and if they did, you only got a small fraction of the cost back. It was always very discouraging! Well, now there are other options. Like Campus Book Rentals. You can rent your textbooks! Not only can you rent them at much lower prices, but shipping (both ways!) is FREE. No waiting in line at the book store, just order, have them shipped, use them for as long as you need (they have flexible rental periods) and return them for free! They also have 30-day risk free returns, so if you drop a class or whatever the reason, that's no problem.
One other MAJOR plus.....with every rental, Campus Book Rentals makes a donation to Operation Smile!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
(Makes about 25 small truffles)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Back to the bread...it was amazing.
3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temp *I used 1/4 cup Smart Balance Butter & 1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar *I used 1/2 cup sugar & 1/2 cup Stevia
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (about 3 medium bananas) *I didn't have quite enough banana, so I added enough applesauce to equal 1 1/2 cups
3 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. *I made 4 mini loaves.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the mashed banana, lemon juice, and bourbon and mix until just combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread to distribute it evenly.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. *I think the mini loaves took about 30 minutes. We polished off 2 loaves pretty quickly, then I put 2 in the freezer...portion control!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Holla! (just not anonymously, lol)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
General Mills, through MyBlogSpark was nice enough to send me this gift pack of chips to try -
- (3) Bags of Pillsbury Baguette Chips in Italian Cheese & Herb
- (3) Bags of Pillsbury Baguette Chips in Cheddar Sundried Tomato
Disclosure: The product, gift pack, information, and additional sample have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Have you been searching for the perfect family vacation? How about Legoland?! My little boy would love this place! And what are you going to pack all your stuff in for this fabulous vacation that I am getting ready to tell you about? Atlantic luggage! It is affordable, durable and best of all...lightweight, because all parents know how difficult it is to carry an ornery kid AND heavy luggage. So where am I going with all this?
The Atlantic Luggage and Legoland Sweepstakes is your chance to win a 2 day vacation for 2 adults and 2 children to Legoland in Florida. This awesome prize package includes hotel stay for 2 nights (a 4 occupancy room), car voucher, a Meet and Greet with a Legoland Master Model Builder AND a set of Atlantic luggage. How does that sound for a fun family vacation. FREE is always good :) Not to mention that Legoland has a new waterpark that opened in May. How awesome would it be to have water slides, body slides and wave pools since it has been about 1000 degrees outside. No, I don't exaggerate much ;) Your family can also create, design and build your own unique Lego vessel and set it afloat on the 1000 ft lazy river. Think about how much more fun that would be than, oh, say, stepping on all those lego pieces that your kids leave laying on the floor!
Just click on the link Atlantic Luggage and Legoland Sweepstakes and complete the simple form to enter your family to win this cool trip. Curious about the luggage? Atlantic luggage comes in a variety of styles and colors, so there is something for everyone. I like these colors and styles...
So what are you waiting for? Go enter the Atlantic Luggage and Legoland Sweepstakes right now!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
1 cup fresh blueberries
5 medium strawberries
1/4 red onion
1 teaspoon lime zest
juice of two limes
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 avocado, chopped (I omitted)
salt and pepper to taste
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
'Lightened Up' Loaded Potato Salad
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
8-10 slices cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, divided (reduced fat to cut calories)
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 dash celery salt (can also use seasoning salt)
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash paprika (or cayenne pepper)
- Gently stir together all the ingredients in a large bowl, reserving a little cheddar, green onion and bacon for garnish.
- Transfer to a serving dish.
- Top with reserved shredded cheddar, green onion slices and bacon. Can be served immediately while still warm, or made ahead of time and served cold. It was good both ways!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup stevia
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg white (or egg replacer of choice)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Dark)
- 1/3 cup
miniaturesemi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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I received a jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Chop tomato in food processor. Add crushed garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, water, dijon mustard, oregano, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth. Add onion and mix well. Let sit for a few hours for the flavors to meld together.