Category: Eating

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving Snacks, DIY Dusters, Cheeseburger Soup, and More

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a Thanksgiving-inspired snack, DIY Swiffer dusters, cheeseburger soup, and activities for the kids.

Our Secondhand House taught us how to make our own Swiffer dusters.

Belle of the Kitchen shared a Crockpot cheeseburger soup recipe.

The Sunny Patch shared some breakfast ideas that don’t require any special ingredients.


Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to put together Thanksgiving mini donut and pretzel treats.

Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make reusable dryer sheets.

JDaniel4’s Mom shared a science project that involves M&M’s.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared 100 sight word activities.

Photo credit: Our Secondhand House and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Round-up: Mimosas, DIY Christmas Ornaments, Gift Guides, and More

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips to make Christmastime easier, a mimosa recipe, tips for making Christmas ornaments, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for Prosecco and cranberry mimosas.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared tips for making the holiday season easier.

How Does She shared a gift guide for families.

Olivia Cleans Green taught us how to make raw energy bars.


Muslin and Merlot shared a how-to for a framed hemp photo board.

Pizzazzerie taught us how to make mini caramel apple crisp donuts.

Crafts ‘n Coffee taught us how to make a classic Christmas ornament using fabric and foam balls.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Muslin and Merlot

JOCO Offers an Eco-Friendly Way to Enjoy Your Morning Coffee

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 by No Comments

Did you know that 2.25 billion paper cups are used worldwide each year? This is the equivalent of cutting down 50,000,000 trees.

If you’re trying to be eco-friendly, JOCO reusable glass cups are an excellent alternative to disposable cups for your morning coffee. The JOCO team feels strongly that that glass, rather than plastic, is the best path to untainted taste and environmental sustainability for reusable cups.

The JOCO product line includes 16 oz, 12 oz, and 8 oz cups, as well as a handy 6 cup carry tray. Each JOCO cup is made from high grade strengthened borosilicate glass and features a thermal silicone sleeve with an ergonomic, splash-safe silicone lid.

There’s a rainbow of colors to choose from, so you can get a basic black cup or choose a cheery colored cup to brighten up your day.

The cups are microwave safe, BPA free, and lead free. Since JOCO cup sizes are modeled on common disposable paper cup volumes, they are easy to bring to your favorite barista for a quick refill.

To further encourage reusability, the JOCO cup is housed in a 100% recyclable paper canister can be used to store coins, pencils, or paper straws. You can even use it to plant seedlings!

Visit to learn more. JOCO cups can be purchased directly from the JOCO USA online store or found in a growing selection of like-minded cafés and retail outlets across the country.

JOCO offers free shipping when you spend $70 or more. Keep in mind that a JOCO coffee cup with a Starbucks gift card tucked inside makes a fab holiday gift for your child’s teacher or your favorite caffeine-addict.  (If you weren’t already aware, Starbucks gives customers a 10 cent discount when they bring in their own cups.)

Photo credit: JOCO

Link Round-up: Cakes, Snowglobes, Kid-Friendly Meals, and More

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a birthday cake idea, must-haves for work-at-home moms, mason jar snowglobes, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make an easy Minecraft birthday party cake.

A Mom’s Take shared four reasons pictures are important.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make chocolate Thanksgiving turkey truffles.


Homemade Interest made kid-friendly spinach lasagna roll-ups.

Happy Mothering shared five must-have items for moms who work from home.

A Dose of Paige showed us how to make mason jar snowglobes.

Robyn’s View showed us how to make infused water.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Homemade Interest

Snack Your Way to Lower Cholesterol

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a healthy and tasty snack option that can help naturally lower your cholesterol, Heartbar Oatmeal Squares are an excellent choice. You can pack them in your purse for on-the-go snacking or heat one up in the microwave for 15 seconds to enjoy a moist, warm treat.

Heartbar Oatmeal Squares are infused with 0.8 grams of plant sterols, which are compounds naturally found in many fruits and vegetables that can help naturally lower your cholesterol. One Heartbar Oatmeal Square has the same amount of plant sterols as 61 tomatoes. They also have 16 grams of whole grain per serving with 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.

Heartbar Oatmeal Squares are low sodium, non GMO, and gluten free as well.

Currently, there are three different flavors to choose from: Chocolate Chip, Banana Walnut, and Cranberry Flax. Blueberry and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut flavors are coming soon.

Heartbar Oatmeal Squares are surprisingly tasty with a soft and chewy texture. The added fiber helps keep you full between meals and the Chocolate Chip flavor is a good way to satisfy your cravings without totally blowing your diet.

I actually took one of my samples in to show the nutritionist my husband and I have been working with to get our high cholesterol under control and blood sugar issues under control. She gave it the thumbs up!

The Heartbar Oatmeal square are currently available at Safeway, Vons, and Pavilions. They are coming soon to Target, Costco, and Sprouts Farmer’s Market. Visit the Heart Brand Foods website to learn more.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Heart Brand Foods

Link Round-up: Food, Online Safety, DIY Infinity Scarf, and More

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has food ideas, online safety talk, a DIY infinity scarf, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make chocolate chip zucchini bars.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make chocolate-covered pretzel turkeys.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make a banana birthday cake.


A Beautiful Mess shared a tutorial for a chunky wooden bead statement necklace.

Happy Mothering talked about online safety for kids.

A Dose of Paige taught us how to make an infinity scarf.

Robyn’s View inspired us with some fall décor tips.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Take the GoodBelly Challenge

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 by No Comments

If you suffer from digestive troubles, I highly recommend taking a probiotic each day. I’ve been taking probiotics in various forms for several years and they have been a lifesaver for me.

If you have trouble swallowing pills, GoodBelly has two probiotic drinks that are an excellent alternative.

The GoodBelly+ shots are 2.7 ounces and contain probiotics plus a boost of 9 essential vitamins and calcium. Available flavors include:

  • Blueberry Acai
  • Mango
  • Pomegranate Blackberry
  • Strawberry

GoodBelly Quarts are family sized cartons of juice with added probiotics. One serving is eight ounces. Available flavors include:

  • Carrot Ginger
  • Pomegranate Blackberry
  • Blueberry Acai
  • Mango
  • Cranberry Watermelon
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Coconut Water
  • Tropical Green
  • Tropical Orange

GoodBelly’s Lactobacillus plantarum 299v can be found naturally in your intestinal system, and may help promote healthy digestion when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. Each GoodBelly serving contains 20 billion LP299V cultures. (Citrus varieties contain 10 billion.)

The GoodBelly+ shots are certainly convenient, but overall I prefer the GoodBelly quarts because there’s less waste involved and they’re easier to incorporate into my day naturally.

GoodBelly products are safe for the whole family and I think they’re great for children who need the health benefits of probiotics, but don’t like taking pills. Just pour an eight ounce glass of juice for your child in the morning with breakfast.

GoodBelly products are are dairy free, vegan, and kosher. With the exception of the select gluten-free flavors, they are also USDA Certified Organic.

If you want to try GoodBelly out for yourself, visit their webpage to sign up for the 12 Day Challenge. You’ll receive coupons for a discounted 12-day supply, plus another money saving coupon when the challenge is complete.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: GoodBelly

Treat Your Favorite Foodie to a Botticelli Holiday Gift Basket

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a great way to pamper your favorite foodie this holiday season, Botticelli has a gift basket with supplies for creating delicious Italian meals at home. Anyone with a passion for Italian food is sure to enjoy this collection of tasty treats.

This gift basket is also a good choice for people are trying to keep their homes free of excess clutter. Minimalists hate knick-knacks, but everyone loves food!

The basket includes:

  • 24 ounce jar Botticelli Marinara Sauce
  • 24 ounce jar Botticelli Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1 liter Estate Grown Botticelli Olive Oil
  • 1 liter Extra Virgin Botticelli Olive Oil
  • 16.9 ounce Botticelli Golden Balsamic Condiment
  • 16.9 ounce Botticelli Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • 24 ounce Botticelli Roasted Red Peppers
  • 16 ounce package Botticelli pasta

All of these items are very useful in the kitchen and made from top quality ingredients. Homemade breadsticks made with Botticelli olive oil and dipped in Botticelli marinara sauce are one of my family’s favorite foods. My husband also really loves Botticell’s sweet red peppers, which can be served with pasta or added to your favorite sandwiches.

Even the basket the items are packaged in is adorable. I ended up using mine in my kitchen to organize my collection of napkin rings and cloth napkins.

Visit the Botticelli website to purchase this gift basket for $84.99. If desired, you could add a bottle of wine or an Italian cookbook to complete the gift.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Botticelli Foods

Link Round-up: Pumpkin Ice Cream, Printables, Spiced Latte Hand Soap, and More

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up offers pumpkin ice cream, printables, a spiced latte hand soap how-to, and more.

Shaken Together Life taught us how to make a gold-tipped cork leaf wreath.

Growing Up Gabel shared some free Thanksgiving decoration printables.

Growing Book by Book talked about why kids won’t sit still when reading (and whether it really matters).

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make spiced latte hand soap.

Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom showed us how to make homemade pumpkin ice cream.

Mind Body Green shared a recipe for autumn mushroom stroganoff.

Views from the Ville shared a recipe for creamy chipotle onion dip.

Photo credit: Shaken Together Life and A Beautiful Mess