Thursday, September 18, 2014

DIY Candy Bar Cake

A few years back I made a "cake" out of candy bars for my nephew's birthday. He absolutely loved it! Mariah's boyfriend just had a birthday, so I thought maybe I'd be nice and make him one too. The nice thing about this "cake" is that you can use any candy bar to make it. Use the same, mix them up. It really doesn't matter. Just make sure the bars are about equal in size so it isn't totally lopsided.

I used Hershey's because that was what was on sale that week, and I bought one of these foam rings at the $1 store, so this craft is relatively inexpensive, but a huge hit with teens! 

This is a pretty self explanatory craft. Just hot glue your candy around the ring. I stuffed the inside of the ring with tissue paper, then topped it with some Hershey's Kisses. Wrap a ribbon around, then you are all done!

What kind of candy bars would you use on your cake?

Sweet After School Snacking With New HERSHEY'S Yogurt Mix-ins #HERSHEYS #PlatefullCoOp #paid

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

My kids don't give me as much as a sideways glance when they come in the door from school. They act like they haven't eaten in ages, and head straight to the kitchen for an after school snack. We like to keep a variety of options on hand so I don't have to hear them immediately start complaining that "There's Nothing To Eat!" Fruit and granola bars are always stocked, but their true snacking love is yogurt. When my girls saw the new HERSHEY'S Yogurt Mix-ins that were stocked in the fridge, they couldn't wait to try them!

Introducing the new HERSHEY'S Yogurt Mix-ins. Classic HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate together with the goodness of Yoplait® yogurt, creating a yogurt snack your whole family will get excited for! Available in 3 different varieties, you can try the creamy yogurt with Whoppers, HERSHEY'S Cookies 'n Crème or HERSHEY'S chocolate bars. 

The yogurt has the creamy consistency that Yoplait® is known for, and there is a fair amount of candy mix-ins for each cup. 

Each cup has 130 calories and only 1.5 grams of fat, so I don't feel guilty letting my girls indulge in this sweet treat for their after school snacking! Each package contains 2 yogurt cups with the candy mix-ins.  I found mine at Walmart for right around $2 each.

Allison loved it so much, she all but licked the cup clean!

New HERSHEY'S Yogurt Mix-ins are currently available in most major grocery retailers. If you would like to learn more, be sure to visit their website. Additionally, you can follow along on Pinterest for after school and lunchbox inspiration.

Which HERSHEY Yogurt Mix-in are you most excited to try?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Arrow Season 2 Blu-ray Giveaway

*Disclosure: I did not receive compensation to help promote this post. FilmBook, a movie website, is sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions stated are my own.

Here's another great Blu-ray giveaway for you today! 3 lucky people are going to win a copy of Arrow Season 2! I admit, I haven't seen this show yet, but after reading the description, I am  intrigued!

The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

The giveaway is open to legal residents of the U.S., 18+. The giveaway starts 9/16/14 and ends 10/7/14. FilmBook is responsible for winner selection and prize shipment. Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

NutriBullet Giveaway

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I am huge on making smoothies and salsas, and having a a good blender is key to getting consistent results! I don't like storing a huge blender though, and the convenience of a NutriBullet is compact enough to pull out when needed, and easy to store when not in use. I am pleased to partner with some great bloggers to help promote this wonderful NutriBullet giveaway!



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monk Fruit In The Raw Mommy Party #InTheRawParty #ad

*Disclosure: I was provided a sample of In The Raw products in order to host a In The Raw sponsored Mommy Party. The opinions expressed here are my own.

In an effort to eat a little better, we have been playing around with different sweetening products this past year. My husband has been on a quest to lose weight, so he has been trying to eliminate cane sugar from his diet. It's hard though, because he has such a sweet tooth and really likes the sugar! When I had an opportunity to host a Monk Fruit In The Raw Mommy Party, I knew it would be a great way to introduce a great product to my family and friends, and have the opportunity to test out some yummy recipes that didn't contain the cane sugar we are used to eating!

Monk Fruit in the Raw

Monk Fruit In The Raw is sweet and light, coming from a vine-ripened fruit, called "Luo Han Guo," first harvested in the 13th century by Arhats (Monks). Just one packet has the same sweetness of about 2 teaspoons of sugar, but has zero calories! It is naturally gluten free, and a vegan product.

We were encouraged to have a baking party with our Monk Fruit In The Raw products, but too many butts in the kitchen at once makes for cramped spaces. So, before the party date, I took samples to all of my guests and told them they were to bring one dish that would normally call for regular sugar, but they were to replace it with Monk Fruit In The Raw. The theme was desserts, and we did get a nice variety.

One person didn't get the "dessert party" memo, and brought some cole slaw.

But we had a blast taste testing all the goodies, dessert or not. So, how did Monk Fruit In The Raw do in the taste test?

My guests said the product was very easy to use and incorporate into the recipes. The desserts all seemed to bake up the way they were supposed to. Taste wise? The cookies, brownies and cherry dessert were fantastic. The cole slaw had an "off" flavor, but was still edible. The Mexican Wedding Cookies were not good at all. However, I am not sure if it was the recipe she used or if it was the Monk Fruit In The Raw combined with the powdered sugar that gave it an unpleasant taste, so we will avoid using this with powdered sugar in the future.

I did not notice any unpleasant after taste when using this product. I actually loved the sweet flavor it left behind on my lips, and found myself licking them long after tasting it!

After our taste test we passed out the goodie bags and played a few games. We are huge Scattergories fans here, so everyone really enjoyed playing a similar S.W.E.E.T Word Game.

Overall, everyone seemed to really enjoy Monk Fruit In The Raw, and will continue to use it in the future, not only in their dessert and cooking dishes, but to sweeten their beverages as well . In addition to Monk Fruit In The Raw, other products in the line are Sugar In The Raw, Agave In The Raw, and Stevia In The Raw. 

Fruit In The Raw

If you would like to learn more about Monk In The Raw, or any of the other In The Raw products, be sure to visit their website. While there, check out some of the yummy recipes you can make using In The Raw products. This month they have Snickerdoodles featured, and they look mighy tasty!

You can also stay up to date on current promotions and happenings by following along on Facebook and Twitter.

What kind of recipes would you use Monk Fruit In The Raw in?

Friday, September 12, 2014

You Never Forget Your First Concert!

I was 12. I had just won some fabulous concert tickets from the radio station and was so excited! This was going to be great! Not only because it was a free for me concert, but because we had awesome seats and it was going to be my first concert experience ever! My excitement quickly fizzled when we arrived at the stadium and they informed us they changed it to open seating. Even though my tickets were for almost right on the stage, I had to sit up in the balcony, nose bleed section because we arrived too late to get up close. How crummy was that!? Since then, I kind of became a seat snob. I will stalk an upcoming show until the day the tickets go on sale. If I can't get within the first 10 rows or so, I don't go. If I am going to drop more than $50 on tickets to an event, I want to see what's going on!

So, when Jason tried talking me into taking the girls to a Fall Out Boy concert a week before the show, I said no. One does not buy tickets that close to the event and expect good seats! But, after a little more persuasion, and the fact that I remembered that Allison had "go to a concert" on her bucket list for this year, and since she has never been to one, I gave in. They were on tour with Paramore, which we happen to like too, so the ticket prices, even for crummy seats, were justifiable.

Paramore concert

I could barely make out the people on the stage, but at least I could see them from my camera lens ;)
Fall Out Boy Concert
Fall Out Boy  
 I did worry about it being not age appropriate for a 10 year old. Not so much the songs (I think there were about 2 F bombs dropped during the show) but I was worried about the behavior of the other concert goers. Thankfully, everyone seemed to be on their best behavior, just wanting to come and have a good time.

Overall, the show was way beyond fabulous! This event taught me that it is ok to have crappy seats. I got to experience watching my daughter have a magical time going to her first concert, and we all got to rock out together as a family.

What was the first concert you ever went to?

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