Saturday, March 28, 2015

Yorkshire Mayfair Soft Silky Sheet Set #Review



I was sent a set of the Yorkshire Mayfair's Super Silky Soft Luxury Bed Sheet Set 100% Highest Quality Brushed Microfiber 1800 Series Bedding, Queen sized in Green.

We are really enjoying this sheet set! It has a very unique texture / quality to the fabric, slightly silky without actually being slippery or slick. The color is a nice green, and the set washed very well and was easy to put on our mattress - which is saying a lot since we have a nice sized pillow topper on our mattress, and it can be difficult to get fitted sheets to go all the way on, on all four corners, often times! The deep pockets are great for our mattress and accommodates the pillow topper easily.



Product Information:
Made of the highest quality heavy-weight, high-gram luxury microfiber
4 piece sheet set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases
More durable than cotton,Hypoallergenic and wrinkle resistant!
Extra Deep Pocket Fit
Lifetime Guarantee- If you don't love it, send it back!



*Full Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Yorkshire Mayfair for the purpose of review. I received no compensation for this post. All comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.


Cakes Under The Influence ~ No Bake Boozy Bites



I was given the option to review some "No Bake Boozy Bites" by Cakes Under the Influence! What a fun product to keep for quick, tasty, and easy treats, or a fun gift idea. There are five great flavors to choose from and you can mix and match your liquid add-ins for different flavor options.


I made a batch of the "drunken monkey" no bake bites which have banana chips and coconut flakes too - yumm!


The no-bake batter comes together quickly and easily. Just roll the formed balls in some powdered sugar (or dip / drizzle with melted chocolate!) and store in a tupperware in the refrigerator.


Product Information: 
No Bake Boozy Bites are fun, delicious and so EASY to make!  No baking required.  Just add 2 or 2.5 oz of rum, tequila, brandy, whisky or other liquid flavoring to the mix, form into 1/2 inch balls, toss with powdered sugar and refrigerate.

The final bites come out rich, moist and delicious.  They are like the old 'rum balls' but with some modern flavors.

There are five flavors to choose from:

  • Margarita (Lime, Orange and a hint of Vanilla).  Use Tequila, Rum or Orange Juice
  • Pina Colada (Pineapple and Coconut).  Use Rum, Whiskey or Coconut Water
  • Drunken Monkey (Banana, Chocolate and a hint of coffee).  Use Dark Rum, Whiskey or Chocolate Milkk
  • Cranberry Cocoa (Cranberry, Cocoa, and a bit of vanilla cream).  Use Brandy, Vodka or Cosmo Mix
  • Peppermint Cream (Peppermint, Cocoa and a bit of cream).  Use Brandy, Rum or Chocolate Milk.

Each packet makes about 24 1/2 inch size bites.  These make a nice addition to a home party, a BBQ, and as a hostess gift.

For a fun option consider coating each Bite with Melted Chocolate.  Just melt 1/2 C chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle on top of each ball.  We suggest you place each ball on parchment paper.  Then cool and enjoy.

Keep finished balls in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients include (Margarita Version as a representative example):
Sweet Crumb (enriched flour, high fructose corn syrup, whole wheat flour, vegetable oil), sugar, diced citron (citron, pineapple, corn syrup, citric acid), corn starch, natural flavorings, honey, vanilla, xantham gum.

Mix was made in a facility with wheat, nut, dairy allergens.

Nutritional Information:
Serving size 38 grams (6 per package).  Amount per serving:  Calories 145, calories from fat 16, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans fat 0g, Cholestoral 0g, Sodium 0g, Total Carbs 31g, dietary fiber 1g, Sugars 15g, Protein 1g.



Shredded Barbeque Chicken


This is a quick, easy, and tasty way to enjoy shredded barbecue chicken sandwiches any night of the week. Set the ingredients in your crock pot, shred the meat when it's all cooked and tender and serve it up on your favorite buns!


This recipe made for a great week night dinner - but I have to admit, I like this variation of crock pot shredded barbecue chicken just a little better. The only difference is that the barbecue sauce is added after the chicken is cooked, so it tastes a little less cooked, and a little more sticky sweet. Whichever way you enjoy your shredded barbecue chicken, fix some sweet tea, some corn on the cob, and a tasty pasta salad to go with it and you will have a delicious southern meal to end the day with!


I received a pair of meat claws to test out review, and they worked GREAT with this recipe - they easily shredded and combined the meat and sauce, and the worked as scoops to pull the meat out of the crock pot and serve on rolls. They are sharp enough and sturdy enough to handle any shredding job you want to use them for - these will get great use at our house between the shredded meat sandwiches we like to enjoy, tacos, enchiladas, etc.

Shredded Barbecue Chicken from PAMELA39 on AllRecipes

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup chopped sweet onion (such as Vidalia®)
1 cup barbecue sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's)

Directions
  1. Put chicken breasts in a slow cooker and top with onion and barbeque sauce.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours. Shred chicken with meat claws / forks and continue cooking on low for up to 4 more hours, or until completely tender and you are ready to serve.



*Full Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Chelsydale Kitchen Collections for the purpose of review. I received no compensation for this post. All comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.


Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen for Kids SPF 30 #Review


I receive a tube of the Sun 'N' Fun Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen for Kids with a chocolate scent to review and love that we will have this to keep Lindsey's sensitive skin protected in the coming summer months!


This sunscreen is made from natural and organic ingredients, and goes on smoothly and easily without leaving discoloration or a greasy feeling.


Lindsey seemed to really like the chocolate scent as well - she kept sniffing her arm! This is a great sunscreen for the whole family to use - we will definitely be keeping our tube in Lindsey's diaper bag to have on hand anytime she needs a little protection from the sun's rays.


Key Benefits:

  • Light and non-greasy
  • Moisturizing, hydrating, soothing
  • Mineral, natural SPF30, no chemical filters
  • Natural chocolate scent, no artificial fragrances
  • Non-NANO
  • Toxin-free, Gluten-free, Oxybenzone-free, Paraben-free
  • Rich in Antioxidants and Vitamin C
  • EWG safety rating 1


It is not just a baby sun screen, it's a state of the art skin care pampering treatment -  with sun screen.  Water resistant.  It's been designed with delicate and sensitive baby's skin in mind and addresses not only protection from the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays but also helps to care for dry skin and eczema while hydrating and soothing.  PABA-Free, chemical-free mineral based (NON-NANO) hydrating and moisturizing Sunblock SPF30+ provides high UV protection for your baby.  Organic Marshmallow, Grapeseed and Raspberry rich with vitamin C and antioxidants fights skin damage and cellular oxidation ( that are causes of aging.  Yes, aging starts the day we are born), caused by excessive free radical activity.  It also contains excellent anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea, thought to be 200 times more powerful than vitamin E for neutralizing free radicals and has a protective role to play here as well.  Kelp and Cucumber contain abundant non-essential and essential amino acids and are highly moisturizing, soothing and hydrating.  Rosehip oil, rich in Omega-3,6 and 9 Fatty Acids, Vitamins C, E, and Lycopene promotes healing and nourishing, leaving skin glowing and healthy looking.  Tamanu oil contributes to the formula with it's strong anti-inflammatory properties and helps with dry skin and eczema.  Combination of Cocoa and a hint of Vanilla create that yummy chocolate scent, that's achieved naturally, as well as have moisturizing and healing properties. This product was created for our tiny friends but our grown-up friends can use it too.  It's highly addictive....




*Full Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Argania LLC for the purpose of review. I received no compensation for this post. All comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yellow Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream



I received a pack of silicone baking muffin / cupcake cups from Sunsella and it gave me the perfect excuse to try out this super delicious recipe!! Oh my gosh - the yellow cake is divine. Light, perfectly sweet, lovely texture and consistency all on its own; then you add a generous topping of nutella flavored buttercream frosting?! Divine!


My husband is not a chocolate lover - but he sure does love yellow cake with chocolate frosting; it is his go-to cake whenever asked. That's what he gets every single year for his birthday. I was really excited to give this from scratch recipe a try (I've never done a scratch yellow cake before), and I was extra excited to give the nutella buttercream a try! I just had a hunch that was going to be a big hit with my hubby and son.


This is a keeper for sure - I didn't have any issues with the cake or the frosting and am so pleased to share this one with you - I hope you get a chance to give it a try and enjoy it as much as we have!


Yellow Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream from Chef Savy

Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs plus one egg yolk, room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons baking powder
4 ounces milk, room temperature

Nutella butter cream frosting
½ cup butter (1 stick)
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Nutella
1 tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Yellow Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Takes about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Alternatively add the dry ingredients and milk in two parts to the egg mixture. Make sure to stir in between. Do not over mix. The batter should be thick.
  5. Fill a cupcake lined pan with batter ⅔ of the way up.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Make sure a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Nutella Buttercream
  1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter on high for about 2-3 minutes to get a creamy fluffy texture.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar on low speed until combined.
  3. Add in nutella, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine. If the frosting is too runny add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick add some more milk.
  4. Pipe the icing onto cool cupcakes and decorate as desired. Cupcakes can be stored on the counter at room temperature for a day or two and in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



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*Full Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Sunsella for the purpose of review. I received no compensation for this post. All comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.


Magnesium Survival Fire Starter Review


When I received the opportunity to review this magnesium
survival fire starter - my husband said YES PLEASE! We love little tools like this - they are perfect for things like camping, hiking, survival gear, go-bags, etc.


We like to have little tools like this handy to take with us on camping trips and for our go-bags in particular. After being stuck in my car for over 11 hours a little over a year ago thanks to some snow that shut down the Atlanta highways, we've tried to make sure I have at least a few survival items packed at all times in my car - blanket, fire source, change of clothes, granola bars, etc.


We took this outside and practiced with it and got some beautiful sparks out of it! It was a little wet, so I didn't get a fire started, but had no troubled getting nice hot sparks that I know would have quickly started a fire with the proper tinder. This is a great tool to keep handy for many different purposes!


Product Description

With the help of the Magnesium Survival Fire Starter, you will always be prepared for any journey you embark on! No longer will you have to struggle with the use of wet matches or lighters, because this fire starter is easy to use in any condition, wet or dry! It has a compact design convenient for travel, and also an attached lanyard for easy handling!  The Magnesium Survival Fire Starter can be used for lighting camp fires, stoves, gas-barbecues, and much more! It contains a magnesium rod which creates scorching hot sparks that produces fires instantly! This Fire Starter is made of extremely durable military grade material which lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes. It is guaranteed to function during all of your out-door endeavors, in any weather, including wind, rain, or snow!


*Full Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Pernix Supply for the purpose of review. I received no compensation for this post. All comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.


INSTACANDI #Giveaway!


Don't miss any of the giveaways going on now! Visit the Giveaways Page and enter to win! 


Did your school ever offer Candy Grams as a fundraiser? I remember those from many, many moons ago. Pay your $1.00, write a message, and your card and candy would show up on the desk of your friend (or secret crush!) at a designated day and time. INSTACANDI is the grown up version of candy grams!



There are an assortment of package options to choose from with various themes such as Easter Eats, Sweet Treats, Birthday Bits, etc. Pick the candy assortment you want, then choose your message which will be handwritten on an enclosed card, choose your recipient, and send off a candy gram to someone you love!


Product Description:

The INSTACANDI ranges from old-time favorites like Mary Janes and Tootsie Rolls to Snickers, Milky Ways or Jolly Ranchers.  We stock 100's of different INSTACANDIS!

Pick out a package, write personalized message and ship!

Personalized card, 15 pieces of candy, beautifully packaged and shipped for $9.99!




*Full Disclosure: I received complimentary product from INSTACANDI for the purpose of review. I received no compensation for this post. All comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.