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Recycled Toys Made in the USA

My son received this dump truck for Christmas made by Green Toys.


Right away my husband and I were intrigued with it. The colors were bolder and instead of a shiny finish it was matte. I read the box and discovered it was made from recycled milk jugs. Its BPA and phthalate free. And the best part…..it’s made in the US. It’s also made well and easy stands up to the test of a toddler. We plan on buying more toys from the collection for him. I’ve added the shortcuts to the toys in my Amazon store. Don’t forget if you join Amazon Mom shipping is free, otherwise its free over $35. Click here for the link to sign up for Amazon Mom again.

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FitMiss Tone

I know a fair bit about health as does my brother, so I wanted to share a newer product available for weight loss that looks promising.   Many of us deal with weight gain as we age, that’s just a part of life.  If you’ve ever tried dieting, exercise, or even supplements, I’m sure you know how difficult it can be to stick with something.  Tone by fitmiss has only 3 simple ingredients that help women maintain a healthy metabolism – conjugated linoleic acid, extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil.  I had never heard of conjugated linoleic acid before, but if you click here you can see it sounds promising.  eXplicit Supplements has the product on sale for only $21.95, very reasonable.  Free shipping on orders over $49 too!  Check out the link above.

fitmiss tone

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Eating Healthier to Feel Better

I’m on a mission to reduced the amount of processed foods I buy. Ever since I found out I was pregnant with my son I was determined to make sure he would be the healthiest, smartest child he could be. I’ll admit, I let him have snacks and the child whimpers when he sees a Reeses peanut butter cup. He definitely takes after me. But I try to buy organic when possible and make sure we eat lots of fruits and veggies. I’ve always had some tummy troubles and around the holidays they started to get really bad. I’ll admit I was eating lots of junk food. I started searching google to see if I could find a way to relieve some of the symptoms without medicine. Based on my research I found I could be soy intolerant. I started reading the labels on common food I ate and was amazed by how many had soy flour in them. I read that soy could be under so many different names it was hard to avoid it.

So my avoid soy protein mission began. Within days I was less bloated and my clothes fit better. Then I accidentally ate something with soy in it. Instant misery. I think I’ve found the culprit. I’ve been trying hard to avoid it but every few days I forget. I don’t eat out much so I’m not sure how I’m going to handle that.

I have a new favorite website, 100 days of Real Food.  A link to the recipes featured on it can be found here. My favorite recipe is these muffins. I’ve substituted zucchini for the carrots and they are just as delicious. I make a double batch on weekends and freeze them so my husband can have a quick healthy breakfast on his way to work.

So my quest has begun to eat healthier to feel better.

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Child Responsibility

Recent posts from my friends on facebook have me wondering about when a child is responsible for its own actions. Just to be general a parent posted that their 7 year old was supposed to stay for an after school program and be picked up by her afterwords. Instead the child rode the bus home at the normal time and the bus driver let the child off at the house with someone the child didn’t really know. It took a few phone calls to the school and family members for her to locate her son. I would be terrified too if I couldn’t find my son. I don’t blame her for that. But would I blame the principal and teacher on a social network site and threaten to go to the local news? And then have 20 posts from friends agreeing??? No. Because the child is 7. The teacher has 20-30 other students to dismiss. She has phone calls, meetings and 1 million other things to worry about. The principal has 100′s of students. He can’t know where every student is supposed to go to that afternoon. The bus driver asked the child if he knew the person and he said yes.  I think at 7 if a parent has reminded their child that morning to stay after school than we should just blame it on child forgetfulness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Modern Mommy – Appliance Repairwoman

I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who believes you can watch a YouTube video and learn to repair anything. Why spend money and have to wait for the repair guy to show up if you can just sit at your computer and watch a 3 minute video? And trust me you can find a video on how to repair anything. So my mom has this classic 1960′s olive green built in range oven. She would love a new one but this one just refuses to quit and to replace it would involve a brand new kitchen.  Anyway, on Friday I was preheating the oven, preparing it for the apple pie I was about to bake. Then all of a sudden there was fireworks inside of the oven, the heating element had gone. My mom called my aunt to get the local repairman phone number when I heard her say “maybe we can watch a video and do it ourselves…” I’m rubbing off on her! So we sat on the couch and watched the video together and decided we could tackle it.

The hardest part? Finding the right parts. I stuck my cell phone in the oven and started taking pictures hoping I could find a part number. And finally I got one. One Google search later and I found a website that could get me the part within 2 days. We also ordered a new burner for the top of the stove. Today was install day. My dad collected the tools we needed, flipped the circuit breaker and dis-assembly began. I’ll admit, it really was easy. Remove four screws and out it came. Install new one, tighten up the screws and done! Total cost $33. If we had someone replace the element it would have cost over $100.

Moral of the story… If your a mom on a budget and something breaks do a google search or look for a video, you never know it may be an easy, cheap fix!

Now I just have to decide what am I going to bake???

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Gathr

I found a deal last night that I’m curious to see how it works out. AOL has a new service called Gathr. It’s a gift card subscription service that normally charges $15 a month but they’re currently offering one free month. When you sign up (credit card is required) you choose three gift cards or services. Examples of what’s available are: $10 gift card to Fandango, 3 rentals through Redbox, a months membership to ABCmouse.com and a $10 gift card to Toys R Us. After you sign up you get a bonus $10 gift card to Amazon. I choose the $10 gift certificates to Fandango, Toys R Us and Livingsocial and then received the bonus Amazon gift certificate. You can cancel your subscription and keep all the gift codes or continue to pay the $15 and receive codes to the places you chose every month. $15 a month for $40 worth of gift certificates seems a bit to good to be true. I’m going to pay for one month and see if it’s really worth it.

Here is the website, check it out: https://www.gathr.com/

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Healthy Brownie Recipe

There’s been a lot of searches on this blog for this recipe so here it is:

 

Healthy Brownie Recipe

Ingredients

  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup mild honey, such as clover or orange blossom
  • 1/3 cups natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Fall Baking – Pumpkin Recipes

Today was spent baking with my mom and son. We made pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting from pumpkin puree I had made from scratch. We also made pumpkin bread. For the bread we used store bought pumpkin. It’s amazing how different the two pumpkins were, the canned pumpkin was much darker and smelled stronger. I can’t wait to make a pie with the from scratch pumpkin, I’m curious to see how much different it tastes, all the reviews online say it’s much better. Here’s pictures and the pumpkin recipes.

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Strawberry Banana Trifle

Strawberry Banana Trifle

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 Cups cold milk
  • 1 (9 inch) Angel food cake, cut into cubes
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (16 ounce) package of frozen strawberries (can also be fresh)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of frozen topping

Note

Original recipe taken from here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Trifle/Detail.aspx

Directions

Step 1
Prepare pudding with milk according to package directions. In a trifle bowl or other glass serving dish, layer half the cake pieces, half the pudding, half the bananas, half the strawberries and half the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Cover and chill in refrigerator 4 hours before serving.
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Amazon Mom – Discounts on Diapers and Wipes

Amazon Mom is one of my favorite ways to save money. When you sign up you automatically get a 20% discount off diapers and wipes AND free shipping.  Many time Amazon also has coupons which allow you to save even more money. I can usually buy Pampers diapers for anywhere between $.14 to $.19 a diaper. And they’re shipped to your door, no waiting in line at the store. They also have a subscribe and save program that ships to you once a month on a date you chose. Once you have signed up for five or more items you will receive 20% off your items. You can buy almost anything through this program including: food, cleaning items and personal care.

Here’s the link to sign up: Amazon Mom

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