Monday, July 28, 2014

Meeting "Elsa"

Like most girls in the world, my daughter is Frozen obsessed. And like most girls, she has really taken a shining to Elsa. 


Our downtown sponsored a sing-a-long outdoor video screening with the opportunity to meet Elsa this past weekend. Everyone brings their own lawn chairs, and at dusk the video will play on a big inflatable screen.


Even though we are going to Disney this fall, the moronic idea of taking my daughter to this event popped into my head and off we went. But first we scoured town looking for an Elsa dress for her to wear. Of course, there were none to be found, because when we showed up, there were about 500 girls ahead of us in line. I'm sure they were the ones who swooped in and bought all the Elsa dresses before us.

Allison was just excited that she was going to meet her idol, Elsa, and couldn't wait to get there, dress or no dress. After a very long 2 hours in line, complete with wild kids, other frazzled parents, and vendors trying to entice our kids with overpriced cupcakes (Honestly, this was probably as close to Hell as I have ever been) it was finally our turn. 


And after our hellish 2 hour wait, know what my kid said? "Pft! That doesn't even look like Elsa!"

Bang, Bang, Bang goes the sound of my forehead against the wall.


Have you ever been disappointed after meeting someone you look up to?


KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups & Blueberry Buckle Recipe #measuringcups

When we first started buying things for our home, we were stuck in the mindset of price winning out over quality. We bought from the lowest price options, but are finding that over the years we are spending more replacing cheaply made items that have broken or quickly worn out.

As one who loves to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I have come to realize that high quality kitchen utensils are a must for any cook/baker. My first few sets of measuring cups were made from plastic. I found that the handles would snap off, sometimes cracks would go through the cups, or the painted on numbers would gradually fade over time, making it difficult to see what the size of the cups were. I finally ended up buying a set of metal measuring cups, and saw this is what I should have bought from the beginning. And since I bake so much, having more than one set is a must for me, and KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are a staple in my every day food prep.

stainless steel measuring cups

KitchenMade stainless steel measuring cups come in 6 cup sizes- 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, and 1 full cup. They are designed to nest easily together, so they don't take up very much room in storage. The groove through the handle makes gripping easy and comfortable. Each cup has a pouring lip, so they can be used to measure both liquids and solids (both in cups and ml). But what I loved best about the measuring cups is the engraved numbers and letters on the handles!

stainless steel measuring cups

Since they are engraved, I can be confident that I will never have to guess which measuring cup size I am using, unlike my old measuring cups that had the paint wear off.

The KitchenMade measuring cups are made from stainless steel, so they are durable, and crafted into one piece, so you can be sure the handles will never snap off. They are dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning a breeze. They will not bend or rust, and are FDA approved.

Since blueberries are in season, I just used these measuring cups this weekend to make my family a delicious blueberry buckle.

blueberry cake

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries

Topping:

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup cold butter, cubed

Directions:

In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with the milk, beating well after each addition. Fold in blueberries. Pour into a greased 9 inch baking pan.

Make the topping- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Use a fork or pasty cutter to cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the lueberry mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 20 minutes. Serve.

Blueberry cake

KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are a great addition to any kitchen! They are currently available for purchase on Amazon, with a MSRP of $35.00. (On sale right now for $17.67!)

If you would like to learn more about KitchenMade, you can visit them on their website.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's Easy To Flip The Script At Target #TargetSponsored

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.


There never seems to be enough time in the day, does there? Many nights I go to bed a little disappointed that I didn't get everything accomplished that I needed to that day. One of the goals I had this year was to get better organized and find a way to simplify my life. Aside from all the things I did to organize my home, I also decided to consolidate family affairs as well. As a family of 4, I wondered why we were all going to a different family doctor. I ended up moving everyone to the family physician closest to our home. Having 4 different doctors also meant we were all getting our prescriptions filled at different pharmacies too, and trying to keep straight who went where for their prescriptions was a real hassle. So, earlier this year we did the smart thing and transferred all of our or prescriptions to one pharmacy. When looking for a pharmacy, it's very important to have convenient locations, pharmacists that are knowledgeable and friendly, and my insurance needs to be accepted as well. I found the perfect match by switching to the Target Pharmacy.



It was so easy to get my entire family switched over! I was actually able to get everyone transferred to the Target Pharmacy with a phone call, but there are 4 convenient options that make transferring your prescriptions hassle free.

- Ask a pharmacist
- Text RX to 827438 (TARGET)
- Call 877-796-2743
- Visit Target.com/pharmacy

All you need to transfer your prescription are these 3 things:

1- Name of your current pharmacy
2- Phone number of your current pharmacy
3- Prescription number

As a family of 4, we accumulate many prescriptions amongst us, so I was delighted to learn about the Target Pharmacy Rewards . For every 5 prescriptions that we have filled at Target, we get 5% off a full day of shopping! Vaccinations, such as the flu shot, count toward your 5, and your whole family can be added to one account (including your pet's prescriptions), it all adds up fast! That shopping reward is really going to help with our back to school purchases this year!


I am so thankful that I have been able to simplify one area of my life by using the Target Pharmacy. As a busy mom, I appreciate how much time I saved just by making the switch. See how simple it is for you and your family too. Head over to the Target Pharmacy and see how easy it is to "Flip the Script". 

What excites you most about the Target Pharmacy? How does the Target Pharmacy's "Flip the Script" benefit your family?

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*Disclosure- This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own. Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.


 

First Things First Family Prize Pack Giveaway #FirstThingsFirst

Most of our family bonding activities happen in the summer, when the girls don't have school and my husband isn't so busy at work. Going through my photos, I see most of our family unit pictures are taken mostly in summer, and it makes me realize that we do so much bonding during these warm months, and that may be why summertime is my favorite time of the year.

Even though the family activities thin out the rest of the year, I think that my girls are so blessed to have a strong relationship with their father. Sometimes he can relate to his daughters on a better level than I can. He's the fun one, taking them to amusement parks and playing sports with them, but he is also the one who soothes them when they are sick or comforts them when the are scared, and with that, I feel blessed as well.


Taking the time to develop a father/daughter bond is so important to the overall wellness of girls. When a daughter has a good relationship with her father, she is more confident, tends to make better life decisions, and is more likely to finish her education. First Things First (FTF), an award winning, not-for-profit organization wants to encourage dads to invest time in strengthening the bond with their daughters this summer.  Check out this adorable daddy/daughter date video below:


         

More about FTF:
First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.
Here are some other great family strengthening videos from FTF to check out!
 
          

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One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts Reader is going to win a Moon Pie/First Things First Prize Pack!

                          

The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 18+.  No P.O. Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 8/7/14. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is selected. Limit one entry per person/email/household. All entries are verified. Make sure you are properly entering for the entries you claim. Failure to do so will result in your entries removed from the giveaway form.

*Only one winner per household across all blog reviews and giveaways. One entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you win this prize on another blog, you will be ineligible to win again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.





*Disclosure- This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sun, Sand & Mudslides

Hurray! The weather finally warmed up enough for our first beach trip this summer. It's been really chilly here this summer, which is very odd. We actually pulled out jackets last week. That's unheard of around here in July! Saturday was warm and sunny, so we packed up our gear, grabbed some friends, and headed to Warren Dunes.

Some of you may remember me talking about taking a trip there last year. My best friend has never been to that beach, so we thought it would be a fun experience for her and her girls.

We did a little bury the kids in the sand...


Took some water selfies...



Rolled down the sand dunes...


But the best part was mud hunting.


The girls wasted no time digging into the natural clay mud and smearing it all over their bodies. Us big girls got in on the action too...



But... this year we went a little further than we did last year and stumbled upon a mudslide! How fun is this!?!?



 A very fun day at the beach. Yay for sun, sand & mudslides!


How often do you go to the beach in the summer?




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