Gluten Free Crust-Free Coconut Meringue Pie #shop

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We all need to have some holiday dishes that we can create effortlessly with stuff we normally have in the kitchen. With food allergies that sometimes seems impossible. Case in point that I am not a huge fan of making pie crust. I can make pie crust, but the tedious act is dreaded. When buying pie crust, I normally pick up one that is cracked or worse yet the store that I stop at  every single gluten free crust broken. You must try this Gluten Free Crust-Free Coconut Meringue Pie! The filling is like a coconut custard and the bottom browns into a magically delicious crust. Top it will a light meringue made with Great Day Farms cage free eggs and you have a holiday favorite loved by all (especially the one who has to "slave" away baking)!  I think an egg separator is great for making sure to properly separate the yolk from the egg whites. Did you know that any fat (oil/butter residue or egg yolk) will keep your meringue from getting the right volume and fluff? Simple ingredients … [Read more...]

Wonderfully Dysfunctional Book Review #shop

~~~~~ ~~~~~ The true story of... A woman who laughs at funerals. A gypsy mother who refuses to wear a bra and a father who refuses to leave his first wife. A brother who sleeps under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty, red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all.Buffi always knew her family was unusual, but she was lucky enough to escape that gene. Or was she? Joined by her siblings at the bedside of their dying grandmother, Buffi begins on a journey of self discovery as they recall stories of their youth including juicy family secrets, inappropriate practical jokes, abuse and betrayal. She is on a quest to find Normal but finds herself instead. It Must be Genetic is about an American family of no particular importance, descendants of the once wealthy and revered Perry clan, but stripped of their family wealth during the Great Depression. It’s full of quirky characters like grandmother Mopsie; a … [Read more...]

Laugh along with my own “NickMom.com – like” experiences #Motherfunny #cbias #shop

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Hi! I am the mom of 3 boys. Once upon a time, I was a person who took myself too seriously.  Then I had kids. Now we may dig in the dirt for worms until my kids look like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown, but at least they care about being eco-friendly right? I wait patiently while Elliott finds his "Foot Cups"  each morning (you might know them as shoes). Have you heard of NickMom? It relates to the comedy that is our lives. Lucky for us moms it comes on Nick at 10 pm when the kids are definitely asleep.  Of course, if you need a bit of entertainment during one of your long days of lounging as a mother...wait that is what you do with your days too? Then check out NickMom.com anytime! If you haven't already learned the art of enjoying the comic routine that is your life....NOW IS THE TIME! Below is one of last year's family pictures. We had several that turned out great. The photographer asked us if we wanted a picture of just the 2 of us, and we did. I am usually the one behind the … [Read more...]

Outshine Fruit Bars: Don’t just snack, Snack Brighter #RealFruitBar #shop

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Teaching my kids how to lead naturally healthy lives is important to me as a mother!  Of course, I would be lying if I didn't say some healthy choices take some convincing. However, my goal is for the choices to make  everyone happy as well as to make a habit they want to continue. I guess you could say that I want to build a healthy living foundation for my kids! This time of year when colds and flu really starts running wild keeping our auto-immune systems thriving for those dealing with auto-immune disorders is so important. Vitamin C is a great way to do just that so we try to offer healthy snacks that are great Vitamin C sources like Outshine Fruit Bars.  Give your kids the power to make choices while grocery shopping: When you help guide them to make a healthy snack choice like Outshine Fruit Bars...  Some of the frozen bar competitors offer little to no nutritional value, lots of sweeteners, and artificial flavors/colors. It's a win-win for parent and child! Label reading in … [Read more...]

Pintastic Tuesday

So, first, please meet your hostesses!   Katie from This Mommy Cooks Dinner Rachel from Fit Triangle Mom Natalie from Great Contradictions And now, for our Pintastic Pick of the Week! Tequila Lime Fish Tacos from Mindfully Heather from Mindfully Living, we'd love for you to grab our featured button! Now, on to the party!  Here is the scoop on how it works: Please follow your hostesses on Pinterest (our links are above), then jump in and share your family friendly posts--as many as you'd like!   They don't have to be food related, just family friendly.  Just make sure you link directly to your pin, or your post, instead of your homepage.  Then, visit some other posts and pin them!  After all, who doesn't love Pinterest Traffic! Just to make things a little more fun, we've opened voting on the links!  So, next week, we will have our Pintastic Pick of the Week, and the Reader Pintastic Pick of the Week! Let's spread the word about … [Read more...]

Chai-infused Creme Brulee French Toast Bake #AmericasTea #cbias

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Bigelow Tea has been around for almost 70 years! Even better is when they realize that what is good about their brand such as their high quality tea that can be found at convenient places like Walmart should not change! However, Bigelow Tea packaging can be a way to change the brand without changing the quality. Bigelow is an inspiring brand to me because the value family and making the world a better place with their stance on sustainability.  To see more of my shopping experience for Bigelow Tea, visit my google + album here ~~~~~ Bigelow Tea has improved their packaging, but don't fret about the quality inside! What  stayed the same: Flavors Ingredients Number of Tea Bags per box What's Changed? The name of the employee who packed that box and an easier to read best by date. A convenient tuck tab that makes it easier to open and close the new box. Not too mention the barcodes are adorable! Bigelow Tea has added 1 of 9 unique stories to the top of each tea … [Read more...]

Fall Fashion for Less with Shop Your Way #ThisisStyle #cbias

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Several Months ago, I started using Sears Shop Your Way even more when I realized how much I could save! Fashion allows me to reward myself and getting the look for less is just icing on the cake! Shop my way is a great way to save money!  This was me back in the warmer months...  With $27 dollars in Shop Your Way rewards, I was able to save with rewards and save even more since so much was 40-50% off!  Sears always has deals going on! Unlike other reward programs (coupons, etc), sale items are still valid for earning rewards! ~~~~~ Every season I like to re-evaluate my wardrobe to get rid of pieces I don't need and to add some of the latest fall fashion trends such as leather for a 2013 fashion trend. It's fun to step out of our comfort zones and get creative with fashion! For more inspiration: Find searsStyle on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram   Below are some of the items I decided to add to my wardrobe for an update. I spent less than $80 on 5 items and earned $15 in Shop … [Read more...]

Ozeri Portable Blood Pressure Monitor #ad

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While paying attention to my blood pressure is important, I am that difficult patient that hospitals and doctors offices dread doing my blood pressure and drawing my blood. I am not an expert on using a blood pressure monitor, so why I am difficult I don't know. When I have a migraine (which is often), my blood pressure is low and I get dehydrated. I generally apologize and say" it's not just you! almost everyone has these issues with me." However, between my love of working out, staying at home with 3 boys, and migraines, I need something portable to monitor my blood pressure. I have been known to pass out during a bad migraine and knowing my blood pressure has kept me from attempting normal daily things that aren't necessary, but as moms we feel the need to do it all! About CardioTech products by Ozeri offer clinically proven technology and are used by physicians and hospitals around the world. Compact, portable and simple to use, the CardioTech Premium Series BP3T Blood … [Read more...]

Ultimate Party Meatballs #ad

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Fall time is the beginning of many times to celebrate from football games to holidays. It's always good to have an easy recipe to whip up last minute. Using Johnsonville Meatballs (if not gluten free) or you can substitute Johnsonville sliced sausage if gluten free! Heinz chili sauce and Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce make the perfect no-fuss sauce for the meatballs! When using the fully cooked Johnsonville meatballs found in the freezer section (or sliced sausage for gluten free), this recipe is a breeze! Slice up the Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce and add it to the slow cooker with the meatballs and Heinz chili sauce. I love Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce for his family traditions that have been passed done for generations! I am a huge fan of slow cooking the Ultimate Party meatballs. I generally have a million things going on and burning food on the stove doesn't make my to do list any easier! What are your favorite go-to recipes when you are preparing … [Read more...]