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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Try Homemade Honey Nut Ice Cream to Send Summer Off on a Sweet Note!

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

I know summer isn't technically over yet, but I have been feeling a nip in the air lately and that means fall isn't too far off now. Labor Day is right around the corner and for us, that marks the unofficial start of fall in my house. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves too much. There's still a few more weeks of warm weather, giving us a little more time to indulge in summertime favorites, like ice cream, before it's pumpkin spice this and apple, caramel, cranberry that. My girls love ice cream, and while we'll sometimes pull out the ice cream machine, I usually like to stick with food that doesn't require a lot of effort, so I'm always on the lookout for no-churn ice cream recipes. I stumbled upon this Honey Nut Ice Cream on Golden Blossom Honey last week when I was actually looking for a different recipe and knew it was something we HAD to make before the end of summer. 

Honey Nut Ice Cream

Whipping up this sweet little delight couldn't be easier. All you need is a blender, a measuring cup and a pan, and in 4 hours you have scrumptious ice cream waiting to be devoured. It's really that simple. No bulky machine, no ice, no rock salt to mess with. Just a few ingredients and kitchen tools and you're all set. Don't let summer slip by without making your own homemade ice cream! Especially when it's this easy and tasty!

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 (7 or 8 ounce) container marshmallow creme
1 cup pecans, or nuts of your choice


Honey Nut Ice Cream
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's your favorite ice cream flavor?


Why It's Time To Upgrade To A Digital Frame #NixplaySeed

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the 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 take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone." -Katie Thurmes

It's no secret that I LOVE snapping photos of things that make me really happy. I am by no means a professional photographer, but that doesn't stop me from whipping out my camera every chance I get to capture moments in time that I want to relive again and again. While I do a lot of food photography as paid work here on the blog, what truly interests me is travel photography. Every time we vacation, in addition to the touristy, family friendly stops we schedule, I also do research of spots in those areas that might have interesting landscapes and buildings for photographing and add them to our itinerary. Y'all remember The Wonderful Barn fiasco from Ireland last year? That was a purely selfish stop on my part just because I wanted photos of an odd looking barn. (In my defense, it didn't detour us from our road trip route.) 

We've been pretty fortunate to travel to some amazing places as a family, so naturally I have about a billion photos, give or take, that we like to scroll through every year before embarking on our next vacay. My walls are covered with some of my favorite snaps, while the rest are doomed to a fate of living in my computer photo files until we all have time to sit down and look at them together. In July, as we finished our yearly round of family photo viewing time, my husband casually mentioned that we should get a digital photo frame so we could enjoy our snaps every day. As fate would have it, while we were traveling through the east coast, Nixplay reached out to see if I would be interested in trying their Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame. Yes, please!

Nixplay Seed

I'm going to start this by admitting that I am technologically challenged. If it involves electronics, I usually wait until Jason can set it up for me, otherwise I end up as a frustrated, crying mess on the floor within minutes. So, I left the box sitting on my counter for 4 days, eyeing it with suspicion before biting the bullet and attempting to set it up myself. To my delight, I had my Nixplay Seed all set up and running in under 15 minutes. And that's with photos loaded on and ready for viewing! So easy a caveman can do it? Nah, so easy Theresa can do it fits much better here! 

Nixplay Seed

What do I think now that I've had a week to sit down and play with it and tweak the settings to my liking? I am absolutely loving it! Let me tell you about the pros and cons:


• Easy set up and easy to use
• High-resolution IPS display allows for clear and colorful photos
• Slim Size - 10.20x6.69x.98 inches and weighs only 480g
• 8GB Storage- holds up to 20,000 photos
• Built-in Hu Motion Sensor allows for the frame to go into sleep mode when movement is not detected in the room
• Ability to upload photos from different devices and social media channels, such as Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos and Dropbox
• Use the Nixplay app to quickly upload your cell phone camera photos directly to the frame
• Easily upload and share new photos with family members who do not live nearby or aren't on social media
• The frame works in both portrait and landscape mode

Con: Only one that I could find and that it is not battery operated. Since it does have to be plugged into an outlet to run, it limits my options on where I can display the frame in my home. 

This is how the Nixplay Seed works- Sign up for an account on the Nixplay website. From your settings, you can upload photos directly from your computer, or connect your social media accounts to directly upload photos to your Nixplay frame from those accounts.

The website is pretty straightforward and simple to navigate. You can click Playlists, Albums, or the Social Media tab and within seconds you are ready to load new content to your frame. If you opt to use your phone, it's really just as simple as using the app to upload.

Nixplay Seed

Simply open the app (available for both Apple and Google devices), then click the + sign at the bottom center of your screen. After that, click where you'd like to upload photos from- the photo library, which you'll be able to pull from your camera or social media channels from here, or from your Cloud.

Nixplay Seed
Select which photos you'd like to add, tap done, then boom. Photos start syncing to your frame (as long as it's connected to wi-fi). Easy, peasy! In the settings, there are several options to customize your frame to your liking, such as by shuffling the photos or playing them in the order you uploaded them, the style of how one photo fades into the next, and how long you'd like a photo displayed on the screen before it changes to the next. It also comes with a little remote that you can use to power on the frame, skip or go back, or pause your photos.

The frame is awesome for looking back through your memories, but it's also a great idea to gift to a loved one. Mariah just moved into her first apartment off-campus and gets a little home sick every now and again. She sometimes texts me and asks to send her a photo of the dogs because she's missing them. With the Nixplay Seed, I don't have to text her photos. I can just upload new pics and they'll be sent directly to her frame. How cool is that!?

It's also great for people who aren't on social media. My mother-law- is so old school, she doesn't have a cell phone and refuses to create a Facebook account. I have to email her photos, and since the files are so large, they take forever to download to her server. I'm thinking for Christmas, I'm buying her a Nixplay Seed to save us both a headache when she wants new pictures of her grandbabies!

Overall, I am highly impressed with my Nixplay Seed Digital Frame. It's never too early to start thinking about the holidays, and I think this frame would make a wonderful gift for any photo lover. I did see on their website that the Nixplay Seed 8 inch, 10 inch Ultra and Wave 13 inch widescreen are 25% off until August 25, 2019, so if you're in the market for a digital frame, now's the time to make that purchase. 

Who would you gift a Nixplay Seed to, or would you keep it for yourself?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Why the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher is a Must Have for Your Kitchen

I received a Best Buy gift card courtesy of the sponsor to help facilitate this post. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 

Entertaining in my home is something that I make a priority in my life. To me, nothing beats good company, great food, and a cozy atmosphere. While it's something that I try to do often throughout the year, my days of entertaining are about to increase now that the holidays are quickly approaching. I spend A LOT of time in the kitchen, not only whipping up meals for family and friends, but on preparing daily eats for my household as well. If you're like me, you don't mind the meal prep, but the cleanup? No, thank you. It's definitely not a favorite chore of mine. We make a lot of meals from scratch here, so some days I can have up to two loads of dishes that need to be washed, and even more so when we have extra people over to feed. Unfortunately, my current dishwasher isn't often up for the task of keeping up with my cleaning demands. I find that sometimes the dishes didn't dry properly or just didn't get clean enough the first time through, so I have to run them through again. This is a time, money, and energy waster... 3 things that irk me to no end! My husband and I have been considering replacing our old dishwasher with a premium brand because design, engineering and reliability are extremely important to us. Recently, I've been eyeing the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher at Best Buy. 

Because the Bosch 800 Series offers PrecisionWash technology, where sensors continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, and powerful spray arms target every item of every load, your dishes will come out sparkling clean. Not only does the Bosch 800 Series deliver the ultimate clean, with its patented CrystalDry technology, which transforms moisture into heat up to 176F, it offers the ultimate dry as well, even for plastics. I was intrigued to learn that the CrystalDry technology delivers 60% better drying results*, which will save me time by not having to hand dry the dished once the cycle is complete.

Other features that make the Bosch 800 Series with PrecisionWash a must have for any kitchen:

• Large interior provides loading flexibility that easily accommodates 16 place settings, and Bosch's 3rd rack- the MyWay provides additional loading space for bowls and large utensils. The 6 different wash cycles and integrated controls with simple touch technology make quick work of programing a cycle.

• Rackmatic® adjustable upper rack easily adjusts to 9 different positions, allowing taller items like stemware to fit in the middle rack while leaving room for bulky items below. Create the right fit for every dish to maximize space in each load.

• Uses 18 different sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and sound absorbing base for an extremely quiet operation. 

• EasyGlide rack with ball bearing wheels allow for a smooth load/unload process, even while they are full of dishes

• Sanitize option that reduces 99.9% of bacteria

• ENERGY STAR qualified, like all Bosch dishwashers, that meets or exceeds federal guidelines for year-round energy savings. 

Bosch Dishwasher

Whether you are a hard-core entertainer or just the average home cook who appreciates food, lifestyle and smart home technology, the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher with CrystalDry has something for everyone to get excited about. You can learn more about all of its great features at Best Buy, either in-store or online. 

*Based on aggregate average drying performance of Bosch Dishwashers with CrystalDry on combined household load including plastics, glass, steel, and porcelain as compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.  Drying performance may vary by dish type.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Yay For School! Back To School Giveaway!

School days are upon us once again! As for me, I cannot stand taking my girls back to school shopping for clothes, but actually like buying supplies. Pens, crayons, folders, planners... it's always fun to see the cute new designs every year. However, I did feel like I spent way more on school supplies this year than I have in previous years. My wallet definitely took a hit with all that we had to buy this year. I'm sure it's not just me that's noticed a cost increase, but since I haven't hosted a giveaway on here for a minute, I thought I'd do something for my readers and host a Back-To-School giveaway, where one lucky person is going to win a $25 Amazon gift card to help with their BTS needs.

The giveaway is open to all, and will run through 9/2/19. I will send an gift card through email, and while this giveaway is open to all, it is the entrant's responsibility to make sure Amazon is available where they reside as no prize substitutions will be made. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new one is chosen. As some participants aren't on all social media platforms, I offer multiple ways to enter, but remember, each one is optional. Enter only the ones you'd like an entry for. Good luck!

*graphics from Miss Kate's Cuttables and Coffee Shop Blog

Friday, August 16, 2019

Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

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

Even though all of the elementary and middle school children get free meals here, many days my girls like to pack their own lunch because school lunch is "icky". There are only so many peanut butter and jelly's you can shove into a lunch sack before your efforts are noticed as "icky" as well. So, I did what I always do and hit up the recipe page on Golden Blossom Honey in a search to add some new ideas to our lunch menu for the new school year. There are a lot of great sandwich options there, but what caught my eye this week was this Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

Usually the girls will put a slice of Swiss cheese on their ham sandwich, but I thought leaving the cheese off and topping it with a tangy slaw would really liven up lunch this week. I know coleslaw can be a love it or leave it kind of food, but thankfully my girls love it. The only downside is it is a bit messy, so I would suggest if you're sending this out the door with your kids, pack it into a plastic sandwich container instead of a zip top baggie. Include a fork too, so they can scoop up and enjoy the bits that may fall back into the container while they are eating. 

3 cups slaw mix or shredded cabbage
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

12 slices ham
8 slices rye or pumpernickel bread


Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

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!

Coleslaw- love it or leave it?


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why I'm Taking the Wente Make Time Pledge #MakeTimePledge

This post is sponsored by Wente Vineyards but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I've been pretty reserved when it comes to sharing my struggles here on the blog. We all want to present our best side, but today I'm going to get real and honest for a minute. I think a lot of women add more to their plates than they can handle, myself included. As a mom, a wife, and a friend, I usually put myself last. For as long as I can remember, I've had this need to make others happy even if it came at the expense of my own happiness. I believe Teri Hatcher described it once as burnt toast. I'll always take the burnt toast so you can have the good piece, even though I hate burnt toast. I will inconvenience myself if I can make your life a little easier. I am a giver by nature and will run myself ragged doing for others, sacrificing my own happiness and sometimes health in the process.

Late last year I was hit with overwhelming fatigue. "It'll pass once the holidays are over." As it continued into the new year, I kept making excuses on why I wasn't feeling better. In my eyes, there was always a time frame on when it would pass. I then started experiencing stomach pain, which I chalked up to my autoimmune disorder, making even more excuses for my declining health. In March, we moved our pre-teen niece into our home which added even more to my already over-filled plate. I started having panic attacks. I withdrew from family and friends. The stress of daily life was so much, my body couldn't handle it anymore and forced itself out of remission from my colitis. It was now shutting down. I lost 20 pounds in under 2 months, simple tasks were a struggle for me to complete, and I had zero motivation to anything that required more than taking 10 steps from the couch. I had hit the lowest point in my life that I had ever been.

Thankfully, I have a good support system, and one particular person in my life I will be forever grateful for.

Best Friends

To the outside world, I was able to pull off the illusion that everything in my life was fine. However, my best friend Jenn quickly noticed that I was, indeed, not fine. "Cancel your plans for tomorrow. You and I are driving to Indy to see the New Kids on the Block." On that 3 hour car ride, we had one of those long heart-to-heart conversations where I was able to just let out everything that had been bothering me for the past 6 months.

Best Friends

She said, "I'm going to tell you what your problem is. You're doing too damn much for everyone else and absolutely nothing for yourself. So, here's the plan. Once a week, we are having girl time. Just you and me. You're going to get out of the house and we're going to do something YOU want to do."

Honestly, I was hesitant to agree at first. I thought, "Great. This is just another thing I'm going to have to add to my already packed schedule every week." But, my best friend is half Greek, half Puerto Rican, and that makes for one fiery, strong-willed personality you just don't say no to.

Best Friends

Over the course of the past few months, I learned she was 100% right. I've spent so much of my time doing for others, I forgot to make time for myself. I forgot how much stress you can let go of when you are doing something you actually enjoy. We don't have to make elaborate plans either. Sometimes we might splurge and go to a concert, but mostly it's the little things that give me something to look forward to each week- trying out a new cafe, bargain hunting at the thrift store, soaking up the sun for a few hours on the beach, or even just sitting on the deck enjoying a glass of wine.

Wente Wine

Making time for myself every week was exactly what I had been missing in my life. It doesn't do you any good when you spend all of your day doing for others and not setting aside time to do something just for yourself. I recently heard about the Wente Vineyards Make Time Pledge and thought that this was something that many of us, especially women, could benefit from participating in.

About the Wente Vineyards Make Time Pledge:

We know people are happiest when they make meaningful connections with one another but with so much competing for our attention, it’s easy to overlook things that truly matter. That’s why Wente Vineyards has been committed to making time for one another since day one, crafting wine and wine country experiences that bring friends and family together. We invite you to choose to make time for each other too.

With Wente Vineyards’ Make Time Pledge, we are encouraging you to take your commitment to making time for the activities, pursuits, and people in your life a step further by taking a 21 day pledge that will guide you in your #maketime journey with helpful tips and ideas along the way. 

Wente Vineyards

I know that it's hard to put yourself first sometimes. Women, especially moms, have this nasty habit of feeling guilty when we put our needs first. We need to stop doing that! Do you remember the last time you did something that was just for YOU? If you're struggling to think that far back, I think it's time to take the pledge. For the next 21 days, make time to do things that you love. Take a painting or cooking class, bicycle through the park, check out that book from the library you've been meaning to read for ages, spend time with someone whose company you enjoy. It's okay to make time for yourself! I didn't realize how bad I was jeopardizing my physical and mental health by not taking time for myself. Little indulgences really add up. I can honestly say that while I'm still on the road to recovery, I am in a much better place now than I was at the beginning of this year.

Best Friends

Check out the Wente Make Time Pledge and let me know in the comments how you're planning to make time for yourself.