Making Reindeer Food and playing Rise of the Guardians as a family #CouchCritic #CBias


The holidays are over. We didn't get to spend as much quality family time together this year on the actual Christmas Day since we were expecting a snowstorm & I had surgery scheduled for the day after Christmas. To be honest, my Christmas Day of silence and clear liquids was the most depressing Christmas ever. . So, with the release of the Wii video game Rise of the Guardians, I figured it was a good time to use up those marked down candy canes and enjoy some time together doing what we love...gaming and cooking! With us not having cable or high speed internet for streaming, we have been using Redbox for a while. Did you know that you can now rent video games at Redbox? Most rental stores charge $3-$4 a night for video game rentals so $2/night at Redbox is a great way to save money. I use online reservations so I know that the movie or game we want will be available. Reindeer Food is simple to make with so many easy tasks that everyone can do! {To see more pictures of us … [Read more...]

Udi’s Gluten Free for the holidays: Easy Rudolph Muffin Recipe


Udi's Gluten Free has many of our favorite foods that make our lives a little easier. As many of you know I pride myself on being a homemade mom, but sometimes life gets hectic. I love to rely on companies like Udi's that consistantly offer quality products. When traveling Gluten Free, we sometimes end up in places like my small hometown that has no gluten free options. We bring all ready made muffins, pizza crusts, etc... to help make my life easier. While I haven't had the opportunity to test their new products, I am super excited to find and in a store nearby to make my life easier. I trust Udi's Gluten Free to offer a great alternative to me baking when I either don't have the time or energy to bake myself! ~~~~~ We decided to use one of our favorites...Udi's Gluten Free Muffins to create Rudolph Muffins to celebrate the holidays. I have to admit when we bake gluten free cupcakes for Hunter rather than freezing the leftovers we often just eat them all. Udi's gluten free … [Read more...]

International Delight Iced Coffee Now offers a Light Version #LightIcedCoffee #CBias


Last May I introduced you all to International Delight's Iced Coffee as a way to save money in comparision to coffee shop drinks with an at-home version of Java Chip Frappuccino {see that post here} using International Delight Iced Coffee that was well-received.But.... I am not just about saving money, but finding healthier ways to indulge. As you can imagine, I was excited to find out that International Delight is coming out with a new light version of International Delight Iced Coffee available at Walmart. This new and improved Low-Sugar Coffee also has reduced calories! I highly suggest you update the recipe above with International Delight's new Light Version. When I order drinks at the coffee shops I usally order low fat sugar-free options, which was one of the setbacks of the regular version of International Delight Iced Coffee. While it was delicious, I usally mixed it with lowfat milk to offset the sugar and calories. However, diluting caused the flavor to be diluted as … [Read more...]

Little Passports: Last minute gift for the gift that keeps giving & giveaway!


Looking for a fun educational gift for your kids? Check Out Little Passports! About We are a San Francisco-based company founded by two moms wanting to design an inspiring and fun way for kids to learn about other countries and the 50 states. We each have young children and hope they'll take an active interest in the world at a young age. We plan on encouraging them to do so by providing them with opportunities and experiences that inspire the imagination. As we thought about how to do this, we remembered the anticipation and excitement we felt when we received mail as kids. We decided to incorporate this element of surprise and joy with the online games kids love today. We blended these two concepts and developed the idea of monthly travel packages, including letters, souvenirs, activities and online games. Reaction: As a parent, I love giving my kids gifts that keep giving. Seriously, who doesn't like to receive mail? We received the World version. Little Passports is a … [Read more...]

All I want for Christmas is a… Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun Review & #Giveaway #bb4me #CBias


I am a Midwestern girl. I grew up around hunting, fishing, etc... Those Outdoor Family Activities are what helped bond our family. As the one year anniversary of my stepdad's death has arrived, I hate that he's not going to be around to teach the boys to shoot & fish. I feel that it's my job to carry on those family traditions with or without him. This was my first trip to Bass Pro since he died. I didn't realize how nostalgic I was about this place, but it was like a flood of memories as I stepped through the doors. Off to Christmas shop... Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro is our favorite place to go around the holidays!  To see more about our day Shopping for Daisy Red Ryder BB gun and the fun we had in Santa's Wonderland on Google + Click here) Over the years, we have had many holiday memories and one of them is watching A Christmas Story on Christmas day! TBS usually had a 24 hour marathon so one way or another we watched it! A Christmas Story movie is one of those … [Read more...]

Portable North Pole: Inspiring Children to Keep Believing in the Impossible for as low as free!


Christmas time is magical! I know that my boys aren't going to believe in Santa forever, but I love that they do now! Our 5 & 8 year old sometimes ask questions that make me wonder if they are questioning if Santa is real. We do our best to keep that magic alive to re-inspire their imagination to believe in the impossible! Portable North Pole has some great options to help keep them believing and some of them are even free! About Portable North Pole Make the magic of the holiday season last forever with these new product offerings from Portable North Pole; all are available on As part of Portable North Pole’s Christmas Program, each time a Portable North Pole product is purchased, 5% of the sale price will go directly to affiliated children’s hospitals in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France. Portable North Pole’s standard Santa’s Video (Suggested Retail: Free) A FREE personalized video message from Santa Claus, filled with magic and … [Read more...]

@YumEarth Holiday Gummy Bears Review & Giveaway #glutenfree #momsparkmedia


Holidays are not an exception to the healthy rule in our house. However, I don't think we have to miss out on the fun of holiday treats. As a gluten free and peanut free house, I am always looking for products that provide healthy and allergy friendly choices. Last Easter, I found out about YumEarth (To see the YumEarth Sour Beans Review click here) On to the Holiday Gummy Bears... YumEarth tastes much better than mass produced chemical candy because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients to sweeten our lives & yours. YumEarth. Good for us. Good for Mother Earth. "Santa" knows that we don't take a break for the holiday so he can provide Mom-approved stocking stuffers rather than the traditional candy options.  Reaction: With our middle son having Celiac Disease, I am a huge fan of individual packages since we have to provide him snack 5 days a week. Obviously, adding the convenience with the all natural factor, I am already pleased with the … [Read more...]

Join Us for Feed Me Friday Email Subscription Hop featuring @GlamorousLife3

  <center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center> Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Just Us Four and Eco Baby Mama Drama! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscriptions. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

Sustainable Living & Cross Off Hunger w/ Unilever #BetterTogether #CBias


Last month I introduced you to Making Life Better with Unilever, Cross Off Hunger, & Feeding America. Cross Off Hunger is a great cause that believes “Small Actions Can Add Up to a Big Difference.” Unilever is committed to donating more than two million meals to families in need with Feeding America and every item on your shopping list counts.  Show your support by adding Unilever brands to your cart next time you shop.  Together we can help to Cross Off Hunger. What do you have in your house from the Unilever Brands? (see post #1 for full list) For a recap click here  Unilever believes in Sustainable Living, but it goes beyond the basics. Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan has 3 big goals: improve health & well-being, Reduce Environmental Impact, and Enhance Livelihoods. Overall their goal is to create a better future and inspire others to be a part of the big picture! We decided to use Unilever's Sustainable Living Goal as a model for our latest project. ~We took our … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffing for @onedirection fans: Colgate Prepackaged Set! #CBias #HolidayGuide


December is here so the clock is ticking to make all the last minute holiday finishing touches. If you are needing some Holiday inspiration from recipes to gift suggestions, check out Party Blu Prints holiday e-gift guide!  To see my thoughts on what makes their gift guide stand out click here for my recap. I am the mom of 3 boys so when it comes to buying gifts for my niece, girl birthday parties, etc... I am usually at a loss. Over the years, I have learned that character or themed hygiene items are awesome gifts (boy or girl). For example, my 7 year old niece is quite girly with her dresses and heels, but my brother doesn't want her to grow up to quick with makeup. Colgate Packaged  One Direction Toothbrush & Max Fresh Toothpaste makes a great gift for those in-between and beyond years because it acknowledges she's not a baby anymore without making her grow up too fast! With the Colgate One Direction Toothbrush Set, the recipient also gets a free “More Than This” … [Read more...]