@_TORANI_ inspired Hazelnut Granola Brittle Recipe #SSTorani + Torani Prize Pack

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Back in college I worked at a health food/ Coffee shop, I remember all the coffees made with Torani syrup... there are so many different flavors.  I especially like the sugar free options.  Obviously making coffee at home with Torani can save you money while still letting you indulge.  Depending on your taste about 1/2 - 1 oz creates a coffee just like your favorite coffee shop version for a fraction of the cost.  But, I am not here to talk about coffee.  I want to help you create a delicious holiday candy using Torani Hazelnut syrup.  The holidays are approaching!  As Thanksgiving & Christmas arrive it is easy to focus on how gluten free living affects us during this season.  Peanut Brittle is one of those things I miss.  Corn Syrup isn't always gluten free and since I have a slight allergy to peanuts I can't eat more than a few peanuts without getting a migraine. Visit Torani's website to find out more or buy of their 100+ flavors & don't forget to check out the giveaway … [Read more...]

@Heelysworldwide fun for kids & your inner child: roll or walk with these dual function shoes #Heelys

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Heely's is not a new concept, but new to us.  I remember seeing Teens racing down the sidewalks & Mall thinking it seems kind of dangerous.  However, you can't deny that it does seem fun too.  I gave in and decided to let my 6 year old test them out. About Heelys are the two-in-one shoe that lets you take life at your own pace. With the wheels out, the stylish designs perform and look just like any other shoe. When you easily put the wheels in, you roll at a different speed. Heelys are about exploring your freedom, unleashing the fun and empowering you to be fearless. To buy or learn more about Heely's visit their website. Click here to find a local retailer   Double Threat (pictured below) Combining form and function, Double Threat's sleek, multi textured design and stealth wheels bring you the best of both worlds. Wear them as a cool looking pair of shoes or pop in the wheels when you're ready to have some fun. Reaction I have been a bit of a … [Read more...]

Beginning of “Beyond the spoon”: Harvest Granola Recipe

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I absolutely love how versatile granola is!  There are so many ways to enjoy granola "beyond the spoon" so I am letting you in on my favorite granola recipe.  Don't forget to keep an eye out for some upcoming recipes featuring granola from breakfast to holiday candy! Harvest Granola Recipe makes approximately 12 cups Ingredients: 6 cups rolled oats (Bob's Red Mill is my gf brand) 1 cup almonds, slivers or chopped 1 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup coconut 1 cup flax seed...or meal if some family members protest :) 1/4 cup brown rice flour* 1/4 cup sorghum flour* 1 TBSP cinnamon 1 cup oil (vegetable or coconut are my choices) 1 cup maple syrup (or honey) 1/3 cup water 2 TBSP vanilla extract 1 tsp salt *if not making gluten free, use 1 cup whole wheat flour. Directions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees 1. Place dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Stir. Set aside. 2. Combine liquid ingredients in saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil then remove from heat. … [Read more...]

Party Beans Personalized gifts and party favors

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Party Beans offers Personalized gifts & party favors  for unique, one-of-a-kind items to make any occasion special! starting at just $1.99 no minimums ships next day KOSHER (OU) certified Upload photos, add text Wedding Favors Birthday Favors Baby Shower Favors Bridal Shower Favors Graduation Favors Anniversary Favors Holiday Favors Promotional Items Corporate Gifts Ad Specialty Products Reaction: I cannot get enough of photo gifts!  From greeting cards to puzzles to calendars, I am a huge fan.  Of course, when I heard about Party Beans, I knew I had to test their services.  Party Beans allows you to easily make high quality looking products that reflect your personality at reasonable prices.  We created some Christmas gifts for long-distance relatives as well as adorable stocking stuffers that represent how different our children are.  Below see just as easy it is to create Party Beans Personalized gifts & party … [Read more...]

@TinyPrints 2011 Holiday Cards helping us turn amateur photos into professional projects

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During Fall every year, we make a point to capture some adorable family pictures to be used for photo gifts and who can forget our holiday cards.  Professional pictures can be expensive & stressful trying to get all 3 kids to appear happy along with actually looking at the camera.  Our amateur picture sessions usually span over 2-3 weekends and we always end up with great looking, inexpensive, and relaxed pictures perfect for showcasing our family in our holiday cards! This year we are using Tiny Prints to help with the Holiday cards... Company Overview To savvy shoppers around the world, the name Tiny Prints stands for high quality products like chic photo cards, personalized stationery, stylish design and exceptional customer service, but to us the name will always conjure up images of the adorable babies whose photos graced our first line of birth announcements, photo books and baby shower invitations. What was started by three friends with big dreams and a passion for … [Read more...]

make teaching shoe tying easier w/ Loopeez Shoe tying aid

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About Loopeez is a mom invented product that revolutionizes the way kids learn to tie shoes. Loopeez is the first shoe tying aid to teach directly on the child's shoe and teach BOTH methods of tying. With Loopeez, parents and kids can learn to tie in a fun way eliminating the frustration of shoe tying. Kids love the cool designs and colors and parents love how fast they work. Kids learn to tie in minutes. Loopeez are also great for special needs, Autism, stroke, arthritis and one handed tying.  Check out our new bi -color teaching laces that make learning to tie even easier! To find out more about Loopeez, visit their website or find them on facebook Reaction Last year when our oldest was in kindergarten, we sent him in shoes with shoelaces to encourage him to want to learn.  However, after-school one day Dylan told me that he didn't get to go to recess with his school laces untied and the teachers did not have the time to help the students with that.  We were discouraged that … [Read more...]

Use #DelMonte peaches to make a cobbler that tastes like grandma’s (bonus: easy to make #glutenfree & healthy) #CBias

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There is not too much better than my grandma's peach cobbler, but we haven't had it in over {gasp} 4 years.  I was on a mission to find a way to recreate a gluten free & lighter version of it.  If I do say so myself, I made a cobbler that would make my grandma proud.  While I made my own granola, feel free to use store-bought.  If you need a granola recipe, check out my toasted coconut granola recipe.  Great thing about granola is how easy it is to modify! Ingredients: 1 package of Del Monte diced peaches with cinnamon & brown sugar homemade granola (about 4-6 cups) or store-bought. 2 TBSP cornstarch 1/4 c. brown sugar Directions *Preheat oven to 350 degrees* Pour peaches (juice & all) in oven-safe dish Add 2 TBSP cornstarch & stir.  It will have a milky appearance when completely blended. Then, sprinkle 1/4 c. brown sugar on peaches. Top peach mixture with granola.  I make sure to evenly layer to keep juice in. Bake for 45 minutes or until top is … [Read more...]

@costumeclub w/ their great prices & selection enjoy costume fun all year *must see*

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I have said it once and I will say it again...Costumes are a great way to teach our kids about creativity and step out of reality!  These last few weeks have been really over-whelming for me and I am sorry that I have been neglecting Great Contradictions.  My health has me eating minimally & most of that evacuating (sorry tmi).  Needless to say between my health, the loss of a loved aunt, and dear high school friend, I have a lot going on. However, I have hope that better days are around the corner though!  So what do we do on days like these... Are you the type of guy who is a lover or a fighter? Perhaps you think you're a real comedian. No matter what your ego or alter ego, there is a costume to suit you. At Wholesale Costume Club we have a huge selection of mens Halloween costumes at the lowest prices on the internet. Most men love superhero costumes. Imagine the power that comes with donning a Superman costume or a Batman costume that is padded with bulging muscles to … [Read more...]