Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Alpha Grillers Best Garlic Press and Peeler Review

I love Garlic. It's one of my absolute favorite things to cook with.

The lovely people over at Alpha Grillers, sent me their "Best Garlic Press and Peeler" Set to review and let me just tell you...I am completely in love.

I love using fresh garlic but I have a real distain for peeling and mincing garlic.
It seems to take forever, my hands smell and I start to lose patience.
With the Peeler, I just stick the garlic in a little rubber tube, roll it around, and the skin pops right off.
Next, I pop that cleaned clove in the press, push down and voila! Minced garlic in a flash.

While making chicken to slow cook in my crock pot, I minced several cloves of garlic in a matter of minutes.

The only con I had with the press is that it was a little hard to clean at first. Then, I realized it's dishwasher safe!

Other cool things about this Press & Peeler Combo:
- It is ranked as a #1 best seller on amazon!
- It comes in a really nice box for gifting.
- It has a lifetime guarantee, love it or you get your money back.
- It comes with an ebook full of Recipes: "50 Delicious Recipes Using Crushed and Sliced Garlic."
- Your hands don't end up smelly using it!
- You can also use it to press fresh ginger.

You can get your very own here:
Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set
...and check out Alpha Grillers on FB!


***Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Alpha Grillers. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'm not THAT Mom...

M's first Halloween as a Burrito, 2014.

I'm not "THAT" Mom...

You know...
...the one that always seems to have her sh*t together.
...the one who seems to always have her meals prepped, laundry cleaned and folded, and the house sparkling clean.
...the one who just looked like she stepped out of a salon because her hair and makeup is always done.
...the one who always is on top of her schedule and can get to every event she's invited to.

But I completely have absolute respect and admiration for those moms.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to make sure I have time to shower.

My son turned one this month and physically can get into anything he wants to.
At 11 months, he discovered he can completely climb the staircase to the top.

His other party tricks include: breaking baby gates, climbing the entertainment center, shredding bills, grabbing at blinds, throwing food into his mouth while simultaneously clapping and attacking anything with blinking lights.

To say I'm exhausted between his tricks and working with my preschoolers during the week is an understatement. I have been thinking a lot about the concept of being a mom and telling other Moms how to parent for some reason. Because at this young stage of a child's life, I feel like the majority of Moms are doing the best that they can.

I don't have the time to look presentable all the time, but my child's bottles will always be sanitized and hopefully he will be wearing matching socks.

The reason I felt compelled to write about not being "That Mom" who seems on top of things is because I just want other Moms to feel okay about this. Yes, many Moms are tired. Is that news? No. So offer her a cup of coffee or offer to babysit, she will probably thank you.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa Sampler Review & Giveaway

Who doesn't love a nice cup of hot chocolate?
I'll admit, I have been craving hot chocolate lately.
...But I hadn't indulged because I am on a strict diet and have been working hard to keep to it.

Then, the lovely people at Two Rivers Coffee officially give me a diet cheat I don't have to feel guilty about...
It's only 70 calories per cup! I'm over here doing a happy dance, again and again..

So meanwhile, I get to enjoy a cup full of candy without the high calorie number.
Hello Tootsie Rolls, Charleston Chews (Chocolate and Vanilla), Sugar Babies, and Junior Mints.

The Junior Mints is my favorite. However, Tootsie Roll is just as good.

A little more from the company:
"As America’s favorite chewy chocolate candy, the Tootsie Roll has remained unchanged since it was first introduced in New York City in 1896. Now, you can enjoy the perfectly balanced cocoa taste, lined with subtle fruit-flavored undertones, as a steaming hot cups of delicious hot cocoa.
The Ultimate Single Serve Hot Cocoa Experience

Get some of this stuff in your life, y'all.
Luckily for you, the lovely people over at Two Rivers Coffee are giving away a 40 pack sampler to one of my readers.

You can enter in the comments below by telling be How you would drink this hot chocolate? In a box, with cookies, in a bathrobe...the sky is the limit.

The winner will randomly be selected and contacted on Thursday, February 12th.

Want to get your own box? Get them here: Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 40 Count

***Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Two Rivers Coffee. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Thermalabs Self-Tanning Glow 2 Go Towelettes

When it comes to my skin, I am incredibly pale.
Sometimes I think my skin is actually really close to being translucent.
When there is a lot of unnatural light on, I'm washed out like a ghost...

So here's a confession...
I am constantly looking for the best self-tanner I can find.
Mainly, so my legs are not as white as snow during the Summer.

Luckily for me, the lovely people at Thermalabs sent me their phenomenal self-tanning Towelettes to try.

These Glow 2 Go Towelettes are incredible.

Here are all the things I love about these fantastic towelettes:
-The "tan" is easy apply to apply and it's streak free! Woohoo!
-The color shows up in only 4 hours.
-The product doesn't have a strong or bad odor like many self-tanners.
-You're not ending up with self-tanner all over your bathroom or clothes like you would with a spray tan.
-The color looks realistic, not orange. A nice, natural golden glow. :)
-The directions are easy to follow and direct.
-The towelettes are perfect for someone on the go, you could easily apply your tan at work or the gym.
-There are 20, yes 20 towelettes per box! So your tan will last a while!

Their slogan on the box reads "EVEN, STREAK FREE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME." Completely accurate.

Thermalabs, my pale legs thank you for all the sun they're getting in February. You can check out Thermalabs on amazon here (where they are sold exclusively): Thermalabs Glow 2 Go

You can find more about Thermalabs here:
Thermalab's FB page
Thermalab's Twitter page

***Disclosure: I received this products complimentary from Thermalabs. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Belated Christmas

Merry Belated Christmas.

I really thought about blogging yesterday, but browsing Forever 21's website and watching Baby M jump on top of his activity cube like Superman took precedent.

Because I totally need that aztec sweater, that super cute polka dot top and those cheapo gemstone earrings...well maybe.

...and watching M get into all his new toys is the best thing EVER.

Christmas is always interesting when you're Jewish.
I've already been thinking of the ways I'm going to explain to Miles how we celebrate Chanukah and then how am I going to explain the tree covered in lights and tinsel??

What if he asks me if I believe in Santa?
Do I lie?

The truth is...the older I get the more I believe in the spirit of Christmas.
I enjoy the thought of people getting a giving spirit around the Holidays.
I like the pine, the lights and the smells of Cinnamon, Peppermint and Vanilla lurking around.
I love the idea of being grateful for those you have in your life and showing them your love.

I hope the holidays inspire M to give to others when he's older.
I hope he's inspired to want to give his time and money to those who need it rather than himself.
My other hope is that he nevers forgets his faith and where he came from spiritually.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.
Always let your light shine Baby M.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Hug the ones you love!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A High Five for Elf on a Shelf...

"The electricity bill tastes really good, Mom!"

I don't know who created Elf on the Shelf and I don't really care but I think it's absolutely brilliant.

The entire month, I get to remind my preschoolers that their elves are watching and ready to report to Santa if they're not making the right choices. These elves are making these children behave like absolute angels.

There isn't stuff being thrown across the room.
They are not fighting over toys.
They're SHARING with one another.
They have their listening ears on (well, the majority of the time).
They are not jumping off the furniture.
They are using the bathroom properly and washing their hands.
They are drawing only on paper.
They even are not trying to only eat their fruit snacks for lunch..."Ms. Jenn, I ate all of my sandwich!"

...and my most favorite, I'm not hearing my preschoolers say to one another "You're not my friend anymore!"

After December, my next question is what character comes to report to Santa the rest of the year?

Also, I need to think a solution for when M is older.
He clearly (and cutely), does what he wants!
Do I make him a small Maccabee (we're Jewish) that travels around our house?

Meanwhile, M is smiling right now at me...plotting his next move...

What do you think of Elf on a Shelf?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

You Need a Slim Jim

Sunday mornings are my "me time." Well, at least for the part of the morning where I run our errands.
Grocery shopping, Getting gas in my Car, buying knick nacks and supplies for my classroom are the norm.

This morning I set out to get coffee, buy more ink for my printer, get groceries and head to the dollar store.

The dollar store sucks me in EVERY TIME.
...Kind of like Target but worse.

The following thoughts run through my head:
"I totally could use more foam stickers!"
"Let's get five, it's only a dollar a piece!"
"The kids will love these! Let's buy it for my prize box."
"Buy two, in case you run out!"
"I'll definitely find a use for this!"
"...But I need it."
"This is just adorable!"


So after my cart full of stuff because I just had to buy the Star Wars Wrapping Paper, Christmas Pencils, Holiday Socks and the things I actually came for... I was approached by a boy (probably age 5) standing in line with his Mother...

Kid: *Holding up a Slim Jim* "Do you need any Slim Jims?"
Me: "No, I don't think so."
His Mother: *calling his name* "Not everyone likes Slim Jims."
Kid: "That's it!" *pause* "You probably already have enough at home already!"
His Mother: "Not everyone is like you and your Father! She probably doesn't like them."
Me: "I don't have any Slim Jims at home, i'm not really a fan."
Kid: "They're nice and spicy!" *Tries to hand me the package with the Slim Jim and Cheese Stick*
His Mother: "Put it down please *name*, not everyone needs Slim Jims."

I don't need Slim Jims, but apparently I needed all this other miscellaneous stuff because it was only a dollar.

What did I go to the dollar store for? Ribbon, Gift stickers and wrapping paper.
Hope my Secret Santa loves her gifts.

I'd buy her a Slim Jim, but I don't think she needs any. :)

Knock on Wood