Friday, May 22, 2015

Butter Cookies for Memorial Day!

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Who's doing a little Memorial Day cookout this weekend? We probably won't be hosting one, as our deck is only half way complete, but we did get a few invitations to others. Never one to arrive to a gathering empty handed, I thought I'd try a new cookie recipe from Golden Blossom Honey to take to our cookouts this weekend. I did a test run of these Butter Cookies yesterday, and they reminded me of my favorite sugar cookie, but only calls for 1/2 the sugar I normally use in them. They were so soft, moist and chewy, just how I love my cookies. And, even though my dogs are very good about staying off the counters, I'm pretty sure they helped themselves to a few while I was out working in my garden today! They're so tasty, they turn a good soul into a bad one, I tell ya!


Ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine (at room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

GET THE FULL RECIPE HERE

The cookies are very easy to cut out and shape, as well as decorate with royal icing. I am feeling a little more patriotic this year as my sweet, first born nephew just left this week for his training in the Marines.


Photo swiped from his dad's Facebook page ;)



With Memorial Day weekend here, and my patriotic pride, I made some red, white and blue star cookies to show how simple they are to cut with cookie cutters.


I want to wish all of my U.S. friends a Happy Memorial Day! To our veterans, I thank you for your service. To everyone else, I hope you all have a lovely weekend! I'll see you again on Tuesday :)

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 Day Reading Challenge With The Kobo Glo HD + Giveaway #KoboGloHD

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


Reading is something that I try to do every single day. George R.R. Martin said, "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads only lives one." This is so true! Stealing a few minutes a day to get swept up in a story takes me on many different adventures each year. I love books, and some of you may know that I used to manage a bookstore before I had kids. The smell and feel of a book always gives me a sense of excitement, because I know that my next adventure awaits in those pages. We live in a world that technology is changing the way that we do things in our every day lives, and I am a little embarrassed to admit, I do NOT embrace it at all! I was probably one of the last ones to get a Facebook and a smart phone, and my husband gets so frustrated when I refuse to learn how to operate the features in our car. I'm old school in many ways, and reading an actual book is one of those old school ways that I haven't seemed to break. Up until last week.

I was recently challenged to put my hard copy print books down and try reading on a Kobo Glo HD eReader for 7 days. 


I was a bit skeptical that I would actually like it, but it turned out, I loved it! There are 3 key features that drew me into the Kobo Glo HD.

COMFORT

I like to lay on the couch or in bed when I am reading. Propping up a book or finding the right hand positioning can get difficult with a traditional print book, especially hardbacks or books with many pages. I also get arthritis frequently in my hands, which can make holding a print book uncomfortable at times. The Kobo Glo HD is lightweight, weighing in at a little under 6.5 ounces, it is so comfortable to hold,  you won't have a problem holding it in any sitting or laying position. The HD Cara E Ink touch screen allows me to turn the page with a quick tap of my finger.

CONVENIENCE

The Kobo Glo HD measures at 6 inches, which makes it very portable! It's just a little larger than my iPhone, and I can easily slip it into my purse so I can read virtually anywhere while on the go!



The battery lasts up to 2 months on a single charge, which means I can read an entire book (or more!) before having to recharge. I also love that I can store up to 3,000 books on the device, and for one who likes to read while traveling, this is so perfect for me. I don't have to worry about carting around and keeping track of several heavy books, when I can fit them all into one lightweight and portable eReader! If I so happen to finish a book and need a new one, the Kobo eBookstore has over 4 million titles to choose from right at my fingertips! As long as I can connect through Wi-Fi, I am never without a book to read.

CUSTOMIZATION

This is the feature that I love most. The Kobo Glo HD allows for me to customize exactly how I want to see the print and pages on the eReader. I can choose between 11 different fonts, and even measure out word spacing and how I want the margins to appear on the screen.

If I get stumped on a word, a quick tap of my finger pulls up a dictionary, or I can even make annotations. There's even a search button, so if I want to go back to a phrase or quote and can't remember where it was in the book, it quickly finds it for me.

I get a lot of book recommendations from fellow bloggers, and have quite the summer reading list already piled up. I actually just finished All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. While it deals with tough issues (depression, abuse, suicide) I fell in love with the characters and had a hard time putting the book down. I am now reading One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, and after that I have Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro lined up.

A fun little feature on the Kobo Glo HD is a section where you can track your reading stats. It tells you how long you read per session, average pages read per minute, and how many hours you have totaled reading altogether. Seeing these stats makes me want to try to read more just to see if I can break each record.


The Kobo App is also very handy to have! If I forget to grab my eReader, I can still access my books on my phone. The app remembers exactly where I left off in my books, so I can catch up on reading while standing in the grocery line or waiting in the car for my girls to come out of school. The free Kobo App is available to download to iOS, Android, Blackberry 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Phone or Desktop Computer.


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Discount code is valid for 35% off select eBook purchases from this page and select lists. Discount will be confirmed at checkout. Offer valid until June 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion and cannot be used to adjust amount paid on previous purchases. Discount code must be entered at time of purchase to qualify for this discount. Discounts cannot be applied nor the discount value refunded once a purchase is complete. Rakuten Kobo Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time without notice.


I can honestly say, I never expected to enjoy using an eReader as much as I have with the Kobo Glo HD. While I'll always have a love for traditional print books, I've fully embraced the convenience of ebooks and foresee spending reading many more books on my Kobo Glo HD!

What are you currently reading? Do you think the Kobo Glo HD would make reading your favorite books more convenient?

GIVEAWAY  

Take the Mom 2 Mom Challenge. Try taking the 7 day reading challenge on the Kobo Glo HD. 200 winners are going to each win a $10 Kobo Gift Card! 


The contest is open to all persons residing in the USA (excluding Hawaii and Alaska), and Canada (except residents of the Province of Quebec), eighteen or older. PTPA Media is administering the contest and will be responsible for winner selection and prize shipment. 

Kobo Mom 2 Mom Challenge

Monday, May 18, 2015

Get Crafty With Liquid Chalk Markers! #ColorGallery {Giveaway}

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my policy tab for more information.


I've been in a real crafting funk lately. With all the diy projects we have going on at home, as well as the end of year school programs that are piling up, I just haven't found the time to get my craft on. In my world, this is unacceptable! Crafts are the one thing that I can do that really mellow my busy mind. They take me to my happy place. Whether it's sewing, using clay, or just doodling on an art pad, I'm resolving to find a little time each day to do what I love most. Sewing and clay work usually take time and effort, but if I only have a few minutes, doodling still gets the job done. I've been playing around with these Liquid Chalk Markers from the Ander Blake™ company for a few minutes every day, and think they are a great way for me to feel like I'm able to fit a little art into each day.


The pack includes 8 vibrant colors that work on all non-porous surfaces, like glass, plastic, mirrors, ceramic, chalkboard and whiteboards. The 6mm chisel tip allows you to create fine or broad strokes. There is a pointed edge, or easily pull the tip out and turn it for a rounded edge.



The markers are mess free. I didn't find the liquid to run or drip at all. They are also easy to wash off with using just a wet cloth. I did have to follow up with a dry cloth or paper towel on my whiteboard, but it completely came clean without leaving any residue or staining behind.



However, I HIGHLY encourage you to test your writing surface in an inconspicuous area before going all artsy on it! I went gung-ho on my chalkboard without testing and found that the markers stained my board where I wrote. I do have chalkboard paint to give it a quick fix, but needed to point out that it can stain certain surfaces, so be sure to test before going full throttle with the chalk markers! I do love how the colors pop on the black background though!


The markers are fun to just doodle with each day, or use them for special occasions. Write a little love note on the bathroom mirror, words of encouragement on a car window, or use to liven up restaurant menu boards! They also look amazing on black card stock! The possibilities are endless!

Liquid Chalk Markers are currently available in an 8 pack and can be purchased at Amazon for $17.95. If you would like to learn more about these liquid chalk markers, or any of the other fabulous Ander Blake products, be sure to visit their website.

WIN IT!

One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win an 8 pack of Liquid Chalk Markers!

Giveaway is open to U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 6/2/15. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

**All entries are verified. Please make sure you are following all task guidelines you claim entries for. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the form.


 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Strawberry Coolers Keep You Hydrated & Refreshed!

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


We have a lot of outdoor projects going on at our house. Jason has been going non-stop on rebuilding our deck, and I am in the middle of relocating some of our perennials, chopping down dying bushes, and getting a space ready for my summer tomatoes. As happy as I am about the weather finally heating up, when you are doing back-breaking work in the heat, it's so important to stay hydrated! Water is the best thirst quencher, but sometimes you want a little flavor to sip on. That's why I think this Strawberry Cooler recipe from Golden Blossom Honey is the perfect summertime refresher! 


A lot of flavored drinks are loaded with sugar, which makes me much more thirsty when doing outdoor work. I love that this recipe is sweetened with natural foods, like honey, strawberries and ginger root, so I get a sweet beverage that keeps me cool, refreshed and hydrated without the added junk.

Ingredients

1/2 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 quarts of water
16 ounce package fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE



You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What do you like to sip on during the hot summer months?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DIY Apricot Oil Makeup Remover #RenewalizeApricotOil

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my policy tab for more information.


For the past few years, I have been very conscious of what I put in and on my body. After educating myself on on the nasty chemicals beauty companies use, I have started making a lot of my own health and beauty products at home. I started collecting an assortment of natural and organic oils to incorporate into my beauty products. One that I have recently discovered, and absolutely love, is apricot oil. I have been getting a lot of use out of Organic Apricot Kernel Oil by Renewalize. It offers many benefits when you use it on your hair and skin. 

apricot oil


For Hair

• Helps restore shine to damaged and chemically treated hair
• Helps cure dry and flaky scalp

For Skin

• Massages- It is easily absorbed into the skin, so it won't leave people feeling greasy afterwards.
• Protects the skin from harmful UV rays, while reversing the damage that may have already occurred.
• Removes impurities and dead skin cells.
• Moisturizer to soften and smooth the skin.
• Reduces skin irritation from dry skin.
• Helps reduce inflammation, itching and redness from eczema.
• Substitute for Hand and Foot Cream.
• Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

Renewalize Organic Apricot Oil is USDA Certified Organic, so you get nothing but pure apricot oil. It is cold pressed from dried apricot seeds and stored in an amber colored glass bottle to prevent deterioration from sunlight. The oil itself is a pale yellow color, and while they say apricot oil is supposed to have a slight nutty scent, I did not notice any scent at all. For me, that's great because it makes for a fabulous carrier oil for essential oils. I just blend a few drops of my essential oil with a few drops of the apricot oil and am good to go. Apricot oil makes for an amazing moisturizer! I rubbed a few drops into my skin and felt immediate relief from dry and itchy skin. It absorbed extremely quickly, leaving my skin soft with a slight glow. It was not greasy at all! If you are looking for a way to soften and moisturize your skin with all natural products, I highly recommend Renewalize Organic Apricot Oil.

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil by Renewalize is available to purchase on Amazon for $18.99 for a 4 ounce bottle.

In addition to rubbing the oil directly to my skin and hair, I have been using the apricot oil in this homemade makeup remover.



Combine all of these ingredients together.

1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon tear-free baby shampoo
1 teaspoon coconut oil
5 drops Apricot Oil
Oil from 2 Vitamin E Oil Capsules

Store in an air-tight container. To keep bacteria out of the solution, I use a clean dropper to soak a cotton ball. The solution can sit at room temperature, but I prefer to keep it in the refrigerator as the cold solution reduces puffiness under the eyes. Discard any unused solution within 2 weeks.

Have you ever used apricot oil? Do you like to make your own health and beauty care products?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Renuzit Pearl Scents For Beautifully Fresh Air #DesignYourAir

*Disclosure- The Renuzit Brand provided me with a sample to help facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.

I have been in full spring cleaning mode for the past week. With summer nipping at our heels, I want to go into the season clutter free so I can relax and enjoy vacation time with my family. I spent the entire weekend cleaning, organizing and clearing out no longer used items from both of the girl's bedrooms. (What a fun way to spend Mother's Day, huh?) Their doors are the only two in the house that stay closed on a continuous basis, and not having the windows opened in the colder months, the air was pretty stale in both of their rooms. After a complete dusting, vacuuming and cleaning, it smelled better, but still needed a little oomph to freshen the air a bit more. I just received some Renuzit Pearl Scents in the mail, and they were just the ticket to a final touch of freshness in each room!

Renuzit Peal Scents

New Renuzit Pearl Scents provide long-lasting freshness for any room in your home! It's a safe alternative to fresheners that require plugs, warmers or fire to produce scent, so they are perfect to place in my kid's rooms (for small children, store on a high shelf out of their reach). The jar is filled with little round fragrance pearls that give scent for up to 30 days!

Renuzit Pearls Scents Air Freshener


In addition to neutralizing odors, the Renuzit Pearl Scent jars have a classy look, accenting your home decor beautifully! Each fragrance comes in coordinating colors that draw the eye in and beautify any area you place them.


Renuzit Pearl Scents are currently available in these 5 amazing aromas:

• Blue Sky Breeze
• Serenity
• Sparkling Rain
• Tranquil
• Seductive Pineapple

Want to know what your PEARLsonality is? Click HERE to find out!

If you would like to learn more about new Renuzit Pearl Scents, visit their website. Stay up to date on new products and promotions by following along on Facebook and Twitter.

WIN IT!


One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win 2 coupons for a Free Renuzit Peal Scents!

Giveaway is open to U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 5/26/15. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

**All entries are verified. Please make sure you are following all task guidelines you claim entries for. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the form.




Which Renuzit Pearl Scents would you like to try first? 


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