Mom Knows Best : October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

My holloween party snack

I brought these wonderful Kashi TLC dark chocolate bars to a holloween party I went to with a bunch of moms at the park. The bowl was overflowing when I brought them and people loved them. Moms were happy to give them to their kids as a healthy snack. Kids thought they were eating cookies. I forgot my camera so I did not get pictures at the park.  Thanks to Moms Meet for providing a wonderful healthy snack.

Friday, October 28, 2011



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Monday, October 17, 2011

HEXBUG Nano Halloween

\ I was selected to do a party with Mommy parties and Nano Hexbugs. The above picture(I borrowed from Facebook as my child tore into the stuff and boxes were not saved)shows everything that was sent to me. My 11 year old was already having a birthday party so this was a great opportunity to share at the party. My son had a great time setting up the bug maze. He was able to set up the glow in the dark maze in many different combinations. He enjoyed getting the stuff ready for his friends. His brothers enjoyed helping too. The friends had a blast with the Hexbugs and loved taking home bugs. This Hex bug set is a cool toy. You put this battery operated bugs on the maze that you build. The bugs move around the maze and provide entertainment for all ages. The set also glows in the dark. The little brothers loved turning off the lights for that part. The Hex bugs come in many differnt colors and styles. The halloween bugs came in cute little coffins. The day after the party,the set is still keeping my son and his friends entertained. Our house will be the cool house for a while.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mickey Bandaids


I recieved some cute Mickey Mouse BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages from Smiley360 today in the mail to try. Well,I had the perfect opportunity to try them as I cut my finger yesterday fixing my little boys dresser. How did I do that well,I took a diaper wipe to wipe the crazy glue off the hair cutting scissors I was using. They were sharp as I sliced my finger. So I took off my boring plain bandaid and put on a Mickey Mouse BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages. My finger feels better with the cute designs on it. Why should kids have all the fun. If you would like to get some of these cute bandages go to
http://smiley360.com/196103.cfm
Hurry before they are gone as this is a must for all your cuts.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

These cookies helped raise money.


I made these cookies for a church fundraiser the other night and everybody loved them. Our church had a pasta dinner,dessert auction, and a silent auction to raise money for an orphanage in Hati. When these cookies came up for auction,the winning bid was 40.00. The person who bought them shared the cookies and everyone asked for the recipe. They could not believe in came off the package of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. The cookies have a wonderful taste of dark chocolate and mint that melt in your mouth. Thanks Nestle for providing me with a great product and recipe to raise money for Hati. Guess which cookies I will bring to my next cookie exchange. I even brought packages of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels to church the next day to share so others could make the cookies.


Mint Chocolate Delights

Prep:15 minsCooking:11 minsCooling:15 minsYields:48 cookies This delicious chocolate and mint cookie is sure to become a family favorite.Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels
.Directions
PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Torani Authentic Coffeehouse Flavor Program with She Speaks


I am so excited,I got in a cool program with Torani and She Speaks. I am going to recieve bottles of Torani flavored syrup to sample. These are flavored syrups to make your coffee taste better. Torani makes over 80 flavors like salted caramel and peppermint. I will be bringing some to church in November to taste with our coffee. I will post pictures when I receive my box.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The blender has retired


After 7 long weeks of working long hours,the blender can go back in the cabinet. This is a blessing for our family. Seven weeks ago my son Dillon broke his jaw while riding his bike. He broke in in three places and his mouth was wired shut. Those past 7 weeks he has been on a liquid diet using the blender to make milkshakes and cream soup. One time he even burned out the motor trying to puree oreos into his shake. My son Dillon is now on a soft food diet and in 12 days he will be free of all wires in his mouth. I am happy to say goodbye to my blender and so is Dillon. He is counting down the days to eat a hamburger and pizza.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Cerra moment with She Speaks







I recieved samples of teas,sensory oils,dissolving notes,and a journal to test from Cerra.com. I choose a raining day to try the products out. I first brewed a cup of the Creative energy tea to start my moment. The tea had a nice taste of citrus. I then wrote words like stress and kids on my dissolving notes. when I put them in the water they dissolved slowly,as if taking the stress away. I then put on the Creative energy sensory oil,which smelled of citrus notes. I then turned to the journal to give me ideas to ponder on. The journal also had a lot of room to write my thoughts.
I found these products to be great for quiet time to help me relieve stress of the day.

Cerra and me time



I recieved some samples of products from Cerra.com and She Speaks to test. These are products to help you find quiet time to help unwind and deal with stress. Cerra.com sells many different products to help you achieve the me moment. There are teas,sensory oils,candles,journals,notes,and a fun thing called dissolving notes among other things. Check out the website for all the products they sell. The candles and oils come in different scents with names to go with the moment you want to be in.
Grounded
Creative energy
Gratitude
Loving kindness
Courage
Wisdom
Inspiration
These are all on a card with sayings to chant.

Monday, October 3, 2011

coffee

Torani and She Speaks ar sending me some wonderful syrups to try. I will be bringing these to church in November for our coffee service. I can't wait to share these,our coffee will taste great.
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