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Sunday, August 28, 2016

$100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Walmart Gift Card Giveaway Event! A big, fun event, brought to you by a lot of great bloggers!

Would you like to win money to Walmart? What would you buy if you won?

And an extra thanks, to the great co-hosts: Animal Bliss, Cha Ching Queen, and Deliciously Savvy.

This is a great prize, to help with anything you need, from back to school, and more!

Good luck everyone!

The Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card! Open to Worldwide entries. Ends 9/20/2016. Enter using the GiveawayTools form, below:

 Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts August 29th, 2016, and will end on September 20th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Playmobil Travel Carry Case Giveaway

playmobil Carry Case Travel Package Giveaway

How fun are these playsets! Your kids will enjoy playing with theses Playmobile sets when they are on the go.

Sponsor: playmobil

Prize: Carry Case Travel Package, which includes four different Carry Cases (Vet Visit Carry Case, Soccer Shootout Carry Case, Fashion Boutique Carry Case and Police Carry Case), valued at $45.00
Care for all the animals with the Vet Visit Carry Case. This easy, take-along case has everything kids need to tend to sick pets and help them heal. Set includes one figure, two dogs, one cat, exam table with lamp, stethoscope, medical tools, feeding bottles, medicine, bandages, and tons of other accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time!
Set sail for a swashbuckling adventure with the Pirate Raft Carry Case. This easy, take-along case jam-packed and ready for young buccaneers! Set includes one pirate figure, log raft with functioning cannon, barrel, sword, monkey, and lots of additional accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time!

Create a chic outfit with the Fashion Boutique Carry Case. Enclosed in an easy, take-along case, this boutique has trendy clothing that can be used to dress up the skilled fashion designer. Set includes one adult figure, clothing mannequins, interchangeable dresses, purse, design and sewing tools, and other accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time! .
Embark on rescue missions wherever you go with the Police Carry Case. This easy, take-along case allows kids to help out the police as they race to the rescue. Just jump on the police motorcycle to race downtown to the scene. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time! Set includes one police figure, motorcycle, helmet, police sign, flashlight, and additional accessories.
Dates: 8/27-9/10
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!


Disclosure: Mom Knows Best did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Huge Melitta Coffee #Giveaway

Melitta Coffee Giveaway

I love coffee and this giveaway will satisfy your coffee cravings. I love all the coffee that you can win!

Sponsor: Melitta Coffee

Prize: 3 Bags of Melitta Gound Coffee and 3 Boxes of Single Server Cups Plus a Box of Filters RV $50
Dates: 8/27-9/10
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!


Disclosure: Mom Knows Best did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Does Waxing Your Legs Hurt?

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  I had never waxed my legs before but I had heard a lot good things about leg waxing so I decided to give an at home waxing a try. I wanted to experience the silky smooth skin on my legs and not have to shave for eight weeks. My husband would be thrilled to have my smooth sexy legs next to him too. I did my research on leg waxing and decided to use all-natural sugar wax kit. The kit I choose came with everything that I needed to wax my legs and I liked that it was water soluble. That way if I chicken out during the process, I could just wash the wax off my legs without a mess. After I selected the wax kit that I was going to use, I had to let my leg hair grow. I was just fine with that as I hated shaving. Thankfully, my leg hair is blonde and unnoticeable. I am one of those lucky girls that can shave once every two weeks. I do shave about once a week as I (and my husband too) like smooth legs. It took about three weeks for my leg hair to grow long enough to wax. My husband was anxious for me to try the wax kit on my legs as he enjoys my smooth legs.

  Since this was my first time waxing, I did plenty of research about the best technique and ways to minimize the pain. My thinking was I could handle a little bit of pain for the reward of not shaving for 8 weeks. Through my research, I learned some tips to make at home waxing easier and hopefully pain-free.

             1.  About 30 minutes prior to a wax, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
             2.  Use an exfoliating scrub on the areas you’ll be waxing.
             3.  Let your hair grow to one-quarter of an inch before waxing.
             4.  Never get waxed right before or during your period.(you are more sensitive then.)
             5.  Wash your legs with warm water before waxing to remove any oils.
             6. A light sprinkling of talc powder on the legs will help the wax remove the hair better.
             7. Holding skin taut with one hand while removing the strip helps too.
             8. Soothe skin after waxing with an aloe based lotion or gel that was stored in the fridge.

  So now that I had all these helpful hints, I was ready to start the waxing process. I took the lid off the BodyHonee’s all-natural Sugar Wax and placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The wax looked like honey, it looked delicious. No, I did not eat any but if I did, I would be OK as it was made with pure cane sugar, sea salt, and lemon juice. While the wax was heating up, I laid out my hair removal paper strips that came with the kit. Once the wax was heated up, I stirred it with the wood spatula and applied a thin layer of sugar wax to my leg. I am glad I decided to do my waxing in the bathroom as it was a little bit messy. I then applied the paper strip to my leg and quickly removed it. I was amazed that the hair came out with just a little bit of pain. I then applied the Post Oil Wax to my legs. The oil soothed away the pain and inflammation that comes with pulling hair out of your legs. This was not as painful I as thought it would be. The key is to pull the strips up fast like pulling a bandage off.

  I like that BodyHonee sells different types of wax kits according to the type of hair your legs have. My legs have fine hair so the all-natural Sugar Wax was perfect for me. The extra strength hair removal kit might be better for my underarm hairs. There is also a video on their website and FAQs which helped me learn how to wax my legs. I think the best part of waxing is the silky smooth legs that I will have for up to eight weeks.

                   Have you done an at home waxing before? If not would you like to try this?

Free Carmex Lip Care Product

Free Carmex Lip Care Product Receive ONE (1) FREE Carmex Lip Care Product Single Pack, any variety. Available in most stores.
Exp 09/11/2016
This Friday, August 26th, 2016 – ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for one Free Carmex Lip Care Product
Although 8/26/16 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 9/11/2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Teenager Back To School Must Haves For Great Looking Hair

 The kids went back to school today!

     The first day back to school is always an exciting day for my younger boys. The teen, on the other hand, was not as excited to be going back to school. He just does not get excited about new shoes and school supplies like the younger boys do. This morning he complained that he had to get up early and wanted more sleep. He grabbed a smoothie and ran out the door. He did stop for a moment so I could take a picture of his back to school photo. Back to school for teens can be stressful as that means having homework and less free time. Teens also worry about how they look and want to make a good impression. For my teen, it is all about having new shoes and new clothes for that first day. It is also about having nice hair and smelling good for the girls.

  My son likes hair care products that have a nice scent to them. His favorite right now is Pert Plus 2in1 Classic Clean (at drugstores nationwide.) He likes the scent as it is not "girly" scented and that it is a one-step product. He can get in and out of the shower faster every night with Pert Plus. This product combines both shampoo and conditioner to get his hair clean and shiny so it looks nice for school. 

  I remember when my daughter was in high school and how much time she spent on her hair. She is now married and a teacher herself. She did not have the option of a get-up and go morning like my son has. Her longer hair required much more time to look nice. That meant getting up in the morning to take a shower and then having to blow dry it. The blow dryer, although necessary, would leave her hair dry and damaged. She would have loved using the Infusium23 Moisture Replenisher Collection (sold at Target) on her busy school mornings.  This lightly scented shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment are perfect for replenishing moisture-deprived hair. They are formulated with a blend of avocado and olive oil to instantly transform dry damaged hair into soft, healthy-looking, more manageable hair. Teen-aged girls will love how their hair looks after using Infusium23. The 23 stands for a complex that is enriched with provitamins, antioxidants, proteins and amino acids.

    Teenage girls will also appreciate having a hair dryer that quickly dries their hair to get them out the door faster on school days. The Hot Tools® Turbo IONIC® Dryer (sold at Ulta) is small, lightweight, and powerful to help them dry their hair fast. Moms will like how quiet it is so they can sleep in while their daughters are using it. The PRO-MOISTURE SYSTEM™ with ION TECHNOLOGY® is supplemented with Tourmaline to deliver a hydrating “spa treatment” for their hair — while fighting frizz and locking in moisture for supremely soft, manageable hair. Girls will love the bright neon orange color, it might just brighten their morning.

Do you have teens who are heading back to school?
 Is looking good important to them?

Enjoy your kids while they are young and don't care about how they look. I just had to include the younger ones back to school photo. They are so excited to be going to school!

"These opinions are my own and I received the above-mentioned products to facilitate this post."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamales

I love cooking tamales in the slow cooker as it is so easy. I make a big batch of tamales and freeze them. Then I can cook them throughout the year.

  It is a tradition in my family to have tamales on Christmas day. I live in New Mexico and we do Christmas a little bit different when it comes to food. On Christmas Eve, most families are enjoying bowls of posole and tortillas either before or after looking at the Candelaria's. It is a tradition that my family loves to follow. Then on Christmas day families are enjoying delicious tamales. We used to only make tamales on Christmas as tamales require a couple of hours to make and then a couple more hours to cook. Sure, you could buy frozen tamales at the store but they just don't taste as good as homemade and the stores usually do not carry vegetarian ones, only ones made with the traditional pork and red chile. So my solution is to make a big batch of tamales and freeze them and then use my slow cooker to steam them. This allows my family to enjoy tamales year round without all the fuss.

  I discovered a great silicone steamer basket that makes steaming tamales in the slow cooker so simple. I just place this basket in my slow cooker with an inch of water. The silicone basket has feet on it to keep the tamales out of the water. The interlocking handles on the basket also allow for easy removal too. This steamer will also be great to use for steaming veggies. I just love that I can place it in the dishwasher.

                            Click here to find out more about this silicone steamer basket.

  Assembling the tamales do take a long time to make but they are well worth the effort and they freeze well too. When you make your own tamales you can get creative with the ingredients. My favorite ingredients to put in tamales are cheese and jalapenos or green chile. Black beans and cheese are a good combination too. I will make several of the tamales with just cheese for the younger boys who have yet to acquire a taste for spicy food. My favorite way to serve the cooked tamales is with red or green chile sauce on top of them and avocado slices.

  The first part of making tamales is to make the masa base. Masa is made from corn and is much finer than cornmeal. I like to make my masa with butter instead of the traditional lard which is animal fat. I also add spices to my masa for added flavor. Once the masa is made you spread it on corn husks that have been soaking in warm for an about hour. Then you top the masa with your toppings and fold the masa over with the corn husks to make them into little bundles like burritos. The tamales then get steamed in the slow cooker for 6 hours.

                      Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamales 

               Masa dough
  •                       2 cups masa harina/corn flour 
  •                       ½ teaspoon baking powder
  •                       ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  •                       ½ teaspoon cumin
  •                       ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  •                       4 tablespoons cubed butter
  •                       1 cups water
  •                       1 cup vegetable broth
        Tamale filling
                         1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
                         1 jar sliced jalapenos 
        1 package dried corn husks
        Silicone Steamer basket

             Soak the corn husks in warm water for about an hour. While they are soaking you can make the masa dough. Place the masa harina and spices in a food processor and pulse until blended. Then add the butter and blend until combined. Add the liquid and blend until well combined and looks like sticky dough.
     Take a golf ball size piece of the masa dough and spread it onto a wet corn husk. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick, you do not want to see the corn husk through the dough. Place a couple of jalapenos on the dough and then sprinkle a bit of cheese on top. Fold the corn husk over to join the edges of the masa.If you need to add more masa dough to cover the filling, do so as no filling should be showing. Fold the rest of the corn husk over so it resembles a burrito and set aside. Repeat until all masa dough is used. You can then place these bundles in a freezer bag to freeze or steam them. I like to place half in the freezer and cook the rest.
     Place your steamer basket in your slow cooker and pour about an inch of water in, make sure the water is not touching the holes of the steamer basket. Then place the tamales in the basket and cover the slow cook with the lid. Cook on high for 6 hours.

 When the tamales are done unwrap the corn husk and place them on a plate. Top with green or red chile sauce, sour cream and or shredded cheese.

"I received a silicone steamer basket in exchange for this post."

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