>U Mom Knows Best: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

My Kindle Fire HD Came!

I received my Kindle Fire HD the other day from the Compass bank deal My post about it and my boys love it. I love when I get great freebies! I would have never spent money on a Kindle but getting it for free is awesome. So far my boys have used it for playing games but it will get more use in other ways. I even bought a cute case for it on Amazon with money I had earned from making videos at Expotv.com.

Mom Knows Best nuNAAT GOGO (Give One, Get One) Giveaway!

This is an awesome giveaway! I love nuNAAT products and you will too! You have a chance to win from their Treatment Curly product line.

nuNAAT GOGO (Give One, Get One) Giveaway!
Enter for your chance to win TWO sets of nuNAAT’s NAAT Treatment Curly products – one for you and one to give to a friend!
When entering, be sure to select my blog name "Mom Knows Best" from the drop-down menu so they know who sent you.
TO ENTER: Visit the nuNAAT Facebook page and choose Mom Knows Best   from the drop-down menu

The nuNAAT NAAT Treatment Curly collection  http://www.nunaat.com/productline/naat-treatment-curly-hair-with-cupuacu-keratin/     is great for naturally wavy or curly hair in need of frizz reduction, added body, and defined curls. It’s made with CupuaƧu Butter for intense hydration and super antioxidants, plus Keratin protein for strengthening hair back to its healthy, natural state.

The winner will receive the following products with an estimated retail value of $50:
-        2 NAAT Treatment Curly Shampoo
-        2 NAAT Treatment Curly Conditioner
-        2 NAAT Treatment Curly Hair Mask
-        2 NAAT NAAT Treatment Curly Leave-In

TO ENTER: Visit the nuNAAT Facebook page and choose Mom Knows Best   from the drop-down menu

CONTEST DATES: June 1 - 26, 2013
Only ONE entry PER PERSON, PER DAY will be accepted.
Winner will be chosen at random and announced June 27, 2013 by e-mail. If response from winner is not received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
PRIVACY: Your email will not be shown and will be kept private.
ELIGIBILITY: Giveaways are open to readers 18 years or older with U.S. or Canada shipping addresses only (no PO boxes). For my international readers, you may enter and if you win, we can send the prize to person of your choice with U.S. or Canada shipping address.

No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bet on Your Baby Airing Saturdays 8/7C on ABC, Blog App and GIVEAWAY! (6/10)

*The following materials were provided to me to share with my readers in promotion of the ABC release of the Bet on Your Baby Blog App.  I was not compensated in any way.

Every parent thinks they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Bet on Your Baby is a new show where parents play fun games with their toddlers, and try to “bet” on what baby will do next! If they guess correctly, the family wins $5,000 in college tuition money, and the chance to play for $50,000! 

All of these heartwarming and hilarious games are played in a toy-filled room called the Baby Dome. 

Do you think that you could predict what baby will do next? 

Be sure to check out the clips in the app of some of the toddlers and the games they play!  CUTE! :-)

And for those of you with little ones in diapers, you'll 'Luv' this giveaway! ;-)

One of my readers is going to win a three (3)-coupon pack for Luvs® Super Absorbent Jumbo Packs!

To enter to win, just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Memorial Day Weekend Project

I love long weekends as it allows my husband the time to do projects around the house. Our pergola needed a new roof as our last one that was made of fabric wore out. We decided to do the roof this time in metal as we wanted it to last.  So on Friday we bought the metal pieces from Lowes, that was a fun time carrying them home in our minivan as they were 12 feet long.

 On Saturday my husband and son painted the metal pieces as we did not want to blind the neighbors. We used grey paint on the whole piece and added yellow for accent.

Here is my older son playing on the ladder. 

I have to throw a picture of the younger boys in too for grandma to see.

My husband nail the metal pieces on top of the pergola and here is the end result. I now have a shady place to sit under in the yard.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Living In The Desert

Here in Albuquerque, New Mexico are are is the desert. We have a dry climate and do not get much rain so  we do landscaping different here. We don't have much green here and if we do it is because someone chooses to waste water.  The above picture is a new area the city made a walking path by a drainage area. We have drainage areas because when it does rain in the summer.it comes down hard and fast. It only rains for about 15 minutes but the amount of water is great so it needs to drain somewhere.
   This new path that Jesse and I run on is pretty cool as it is made from volcano rock and is fun to climb on. There is also a hill that we can run down too.

My running partner fell asleep today so he could not do the hills.

Here is examples of another park we go to that has grass. In order to keep the grass green here it has to be watered every day. So mostly only parks have grass. Most home owners choose to plant drought resistant plants.

These are examples of drought resistant plants that don't need much water.

Here is my son mastering the monkey bars.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  My family loves chocolate chip cookies and I want them to eat healthily, so I make cookies that are lower in fat but still taste great. These cookies have 2.5 grams of fat while a regular chocolate chip cookie has 7 grams of fat. I found this wonderful recipe in a cookbook called Dr. Cookie Cookbook. This cookbook has so many wonderful recipes for low fat treats. This cookbook has been in my cookbook collection for a long time, way before the internet. Even though I now use my computer for looking up recipes for baking, I still reference some of my cookbooks for family favorite recipes. My youngest son knows which cookbook has a recipe for the basic pancake recipe that he uses.

 These chocolate chip cookies are so delicious. I have tried many other chocolate chip cookie recipes, like the ones on the back of the packages of chocolate chips, but these are my favorite cookies. I think that the recipe on the chocolate chip package makes greasy cookies. The recipe below is lower in fat as it uses way less butter. So you have to try making these Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies and you will love them.

Make this recipe allergy-friendly by using vegan butter and plant-based milk

Dr. Cookies's Chocolate Chip Cookies

yield: 48 cookies
calories per cookie: 78
fat per cookie: 2.5 grams

6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup skim milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. ( I use silicone sheets on my pans so I don't have to spray the sheets) 

Beat or cream the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and beat again. Add the milk and vanilla and beat again until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and beat until well mixed. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Drop the batter by teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. 

 My family loves these cookies and I love that they are better for them

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mission: Children's Mucinex® Multi-Symptom Cold Friends' Mission

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http://smiley360.com/1830144.cfm also if you win I win a $ 200.00 gift card also.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

nuNAAT Chocolat Special

I love to eat chocolate and it also has a wonderful smell to it. When I had an opportunity to review some hair products from nuNAAT, I choose the Chocolat Special as I thought smelling chocolate while I wash my hair would be awesome! Just read the description and you will agree.

Guilt-free Satisfaction

A luxurious combination of decadent cocoa butter and nutritious Brazil nuts. Designed for normal hair, but is also a wonderful and healthy moisturizer for all hair types. Brazil nuts are rich in nutrients, fat and minerals like selenium which promotes healthy hair and scalp. Our delicious chocolate scent makes your hair care indulgence even richer!
I was sent the whole collection of nuNAAT Chocolat Special to try for two weeks. The products not only have a wonderful chocolate scent, but they also are the color of chocolate. That makes for a great experience.

 The Chocolat Special collection includes Creamy Chocolat Shampoo, 
Creamy Chocolat Conditioner, Chocolat Special Chocolate Cream Hair Mask, and Chocolat Thermo Active Anti-Frizz.  All these products work together to give you wonderful, frizz-free hair.  The benefits are:

  • Cocoa Butter provides a heaping dose of antioxidants
  • Rich in minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E
  • Contains selenium found in Brazil nuts
  • Delivers healthy nutrients to hair follicles
I have frizzy hair and wanted to put the products to the test. Here is a photo of me when I used my current shampoo and conditioner. Notice all the frizzy flyaway hairs.

This is my hair after using nuNAAT Chocolat Special. My hair looks so much better and feels so soft.

The Chocolat Special is great for all hair types and the product really does smell like chocolate. To order these wonderful products go to http://www.nunaat.com/productline/chocolat-special/  NuNAAT also sells many other products that will make you hair look great.
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"These opinions are my own and I was sent the nuNAAT Chocolat Special collection in order to write my review."

It's Boogie Wipe Time!

I am an ambassador for Boogie wipes. They send me samples to pass out to people and friends. They also send me other products to share with my boys. I love telling others about Boogie wipes and how great they are for cleaning up noses. My favorite is the grape scented Boogie wipe and it smell so good. Boogie wipe have other uses besides noses. I use them to wipe my boys hands also. Boogie wipes are a disposable soft cloth made with saline to dissolve boogies. Their wonderful scents help parents to wipe kids noses. For more information on Boogie wipes go  here or ask me for a sample the next time you see me.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bloggy Giveaways

Are you ready to enter some more contests and win some fun stuff? http://bloggygiveaways.com/ is great site  that bloggers use to link up their contests. I go there every day as there are new contests to enter every day.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blue Corn Muffins With A Kick and Bob's Red Mill

I love using unique ingredients and when I won a gift card to Bob's Red Mill. I bought some blue cornmeal. I thought the color would be cool to make something with. Bob's Red Mill's blue cornmeal is actually blue in color but tastes like regular corn meal.  Here is their wonderful description
Blue Cornmeal (medium grind) is a unique dark indigo color with an intense flavor of fresh corn

A 1/4 cup of cornmeal has 3 grams fiber, 3 grams protein and also is high in iron.

Just look at the beautiful color of the cornmeal.

I decided to make spicy cornmeal muffins with the blue cornmeal. Here in New Mexico, we love green chile in everything. So I made a basic cornmeal muffin and added green chile and tomatoes to the mix along with mozzarella cheese. I usually add fresh green chile but I had none so I had to use a canned mixture.

Blue Cornmeal Muffins with a Kick

1 cup flour
1 cup Bob's Red Mill blue cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies(drained)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 12 muffin tins.
Whisk all dry ingredients and set aside. 
Beat the egg, sugar, oil, and milk in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in cheese and tomatoes until combined.
Spoon batter into muffin tin about 2/3 full. Bake 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and then remove from tins.

Enjoy the muffins as they are or make a meal of them with beans, veggies, and cheese on top of them. 

My Daughters Graduation

Today was the day my daughter graduated from college and I am so proud of her. Enjoy the pictures.

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