Monday, September 1, 2014

Swing Set Giveaway!

Today I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers to bring you a fantastic giveaway for a SWING SET! Awesome, right?! Enter below! 

Welcome to the Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Giveaway Event!

LittleTikesSwingSetGiveaway We have come together with our hosts Everything Mommyhood and Mom To Bed by 8 to offer our readers a Tree House Swing Set giveaway from Little Tikes. Special thanks to our co-hosts Budget Earth and Bayou City Mamas. INSERT YOUR OWN WORDS HERE A backyard “tree” house with swing set that includes a climbing wall, sliding board and more! Kids can climb to the platform two different ways, the climbing wall or by climbing the tree trunk then they can slide down and do it again and again! Your kids will get years of enjoyment from this fun and durable swing set. Perfect for children ages 3-8 years old. Little Tikes TreeHouse Collage Features Lookout tree with steering wheel Climbing wall Kids can climb the tree trunk Grab handles molded into the tree trunk Fun slide Swingset extension Maximum number of kids on climber: 4 Maximum child per swing: 1 Weight limit up to 81lbs. per child The Tree House Swing Set must be anchored Accessories included: Anchor kit and 2 Swings Assembly Required You can check out Everything Mommyhood's more in depth review with more pictures here - Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Review. Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set, retail $499.99. Open to US Residents, 18 and up only. One entry per household/IP Address. Void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 9/21/14 at 11:59pm Eastern.
 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Amazing Recipes Using Biscoff

There are few things I love more than Biscoff spread. It's like peanut butter, but made with cookies. How does the world get any better than that? Here are some of my favorite recipes made with this amazing spread. I think I need to make them all this weekend! 
  Biscoff Hot Chocolate by Miss in the Kitchen.
 Crepes and Homemade Biscoff Syrup.
 Biscoff Banana Bread by Crazy for Crust.
 Biscoff Cupcakes with Biscoff Buttercream by Baked Bree.
 Biscoff Filled Donut Holes by Kirbie's Cravings.
 Biscoff Milkshakes by The Little Kitchen.
 Baked Biscoff Donuts by Inside BruCrew Life
 Chocolate Biscoff Cupcakes with Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting by Cupcakes Garden.
 Chocolate Biscoff Whoopie Pies by Gimme Some Oven.
Biscoff Raspberry Crepe Cake by Whipperberry.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Assemble an Egg Roll

Since we have started our egg roll obsession in our house, one of the questions I get asked the most is how we assemble the egg rolls. Use the infographic below to help in assembling any of our egg rolls including the Eggtastic Egg Rolls, Chicken and Kale Egg Rolls, BBQ Taquito Egg Rolls or yesterday's Steak and Mushroom Egg Rolls
Now get cookin'.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Steak and Mushroom Egg Rolls

My husband's egg roll obsession continues. This version, a steak and mushroom egg roll, is incredibly tasty. It's a hardier version of a traditional egg roll and is super easy and quick to make.

I'm pretty sure the inspiration for this recipe came from the fact my husband got a new grill and looks for any excuse to use it.

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. thin cut steak
10 mushrooms, sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 bunch cilantro
1 package egg roll wrappers

DIRECTIONS

Preparing the steak: it's important to choose a steak cut that is thin. This will allow for faster grilling and easier chewing in the egg roll. If you can't find a thin-cut steak, you can always filet the steak. Season the steak with garlic salt, black pepper, onion powder and a little cayenne pepper. Grill the steak until cooked through (yes, a real steak shouldn't be dead, but for these egg rolls it makes sense for the steak to be medium-well). Remove from the grill and allow to set for two minutes. Then, thinly slice the steak into ribbons about 1/4" wide and 1" long.

Meanwhile, saute the diced jalapeno in olive oil. Toward the end of the sauteing, toss in the mushrooms and saute them as well (you may need to add a little extra oil). Remove from heat and set aside.

Finely chop a bunch of cilantro.

Assemble the egg rolls by placing some steak, mushrooms, jalapenos and cilantro in the middle of an egg roll wrapper. Be careful not to put too much filling in. Fold the bottom point up and tuck under the filling. Next, fold in each side, dabbing the tips with a little water to help it seal. Roll the egg roll the rest of the way up and seal the tip with water.

Cook the egg rolls in hot oil on the stove top until the wrapper turns a golden brown. Allow to set for a couple minutes. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

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$645 in Giftcards Giveaway!

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$1,000 Back to School Cash Giveaway

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Letter to My Kindergartner and Our Favorite After School Snacks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias
I have always thought it was a little silly when parents cry when they drop of their brand new kindergartners. It is only a few hours, why all the tears? Last week, as I was getting her backpack, clothes and after school snacks ready for school to start, the realization that my little girl was going to kindergarten hit me full force. I stood in the doorway of her room, watching her sleep while I sobbed. Times seem so different now then they were when I was a kindergartner. What if I things are so different I don't know how to help her?

That night I went looking for the picture of me on my first day of kindergarten and I laughed at what I saw. We are both wearing shirts from the latest Disney movie in our pictures, mine is just Beauty and the Beast instead of Frozen. I may not have grown up with smart phones, tablets and movies on the go, but I did grow up going to school. In realizing that things are more similar than I thought they were, I started a list of things I want her to know before she starts kindergarten.

  1. There will always be mean kids. They were there when I was in school and I am sure you will figure out who they are soon enough. Don't let them make you feel bad about yourself and never, ever let them tell you who you are.
  2. Don't be a mean kid. Sometimes moments will come when you might be tempted to say something mean to get a laugh from other kids. Don't do it. It hurts whoever you are mean to and 25 years later you will still wish you hadn't done it. I speak from experience.
  3. Your teacher can't pick you every single time you raise your hand. It doesn't mean you shouldn't keep raising your hand. Don't ever lose your enthusiasm for learning.
  4.  Be friends with everyone. At the raspberry patch last week, it brought tears to my eyes when the other moms told me how wonderful and inclusive you are. They praised your ability to be friends with all of the kids, no matter their age or gender. Being able to befriend everyone is a great gift. Also look for people who need a friend.
  5. Being kind will always be more important than being cool.
  6. Dream big. That person who tells you that it isn't realistic to want to be a professional artist? Don't listen. You know never know what you can do until you try.
  7. The only time you fail is when you don't try. You don't have to be the best at anything. You don't need to be picked first for kickball. Just try everything.
  8. Have fun. Some of my favorite memories come from when I was in school, just like you are now. Enjoy it. Don't wish school away because then you have to be a grown-up and I promise recess is much more fun.

Another thing that hasn't changed since I was a Kindergartner? After school snacks. There is something about a few hours of learning away from home that makes you ravenous for something delicious to eat. One of our favorite after school snacks is Bagel Bites. Every time we pass them in Walmart she begs to buy "Baby Pizzas."
My daughter's favorite part about them? She can make them almost completely by herself. I usually stand in the kitchen for support and let her make her own snack. She loves being a big kid. Just like I did.
My daughter isn't much of a meat eater and so I love that they are made with 100% real cheese and homemade sauce, to help her get some of that protein she misses out on. 
While she loves Bagel Bites, my favorite snack to enjoy while she eats her baby pizzas is Delimex Taquitos. They are an easy to make snack and give us the opportunity to sit down at the table together after school and talk about the day. My favorite way to enjoy them is with a little bit of Fresh Pico De Gallo. My recipe for Pico is easy to whip up and keep in the fridge for when you have a taquito craving. 

You will need: 
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced. (This means you remove the gooey stuff in the middle)
  • 1/4 an onion, diced small
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 a jalapeño seeded and chopped, seeding a jalapeño takes out most of the heat while leaving the flavor
  • a squirt of lime juice
Mix all together and enjoy with your favorite kind of Delimex taquito or taco. 


Right now you can find coupons for both Bagel Bites and Delimex on Walmart's site, so you are ready for all of those #afterschoolsnacks, because if one thing hasn't changed it is that kids are starving after school!
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