Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Glee Gum Feature and Giveaway!

Anybody who reads my blog knows I often review and gab about the products I love (or otherwise).  The folks over at Glee Gum recently sent me over a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit and a couple of packs of Glee Gum to check out.  Here's the verdict on their gum:
  • Love the retro style packaging.  I'm all for the visual and the gum packs have a vintage look and feel.  The pieces of gum themselves look like little chicklets.  
  • Glee Gum is made up of all natural ingredients with NO preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners! Glee Gum has a unique gum base made with chicle to help conserve rainforest and  is gluten, dairy, soy and nut free.
  • It comes in various flavors including peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum and more.  I loved the minty goodness of the spearmint best!  Riley fanced the peppermint!   
  • The gum gives you that old school vibe - the flavor doesn't last that long so you may go through more than usual but at least you can feel good it, because it's natural!
  • Perfect for the Easter basket, end of school celebrations and everyday! 
A little more about Glee Gum...from the folks that make it!
No artificial flavors. No artificial colors (like Blue 2 Lake or Red 40). No artificial sweeteners (like Aspartame or Acesulfame K). No preservatives (like BHT). Non-GMO Project Verified.
Classic Glee is sweetened with Fair Trade cane sugar and brown rice syrup. Sugar-Free Glee is sweetened with 100% xylitol from American birch and beech trees for added dental benefits.
The folks over at Glee Gum are giving away TWO packages of their gum in the flavor of your choice!  Simply fill out the form below (wait a few minutes for it to load) and enter! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway  
Good Luck, this giveaway will wrap up on Sunday, May 4th!

Monday, April 14, 2014


Do you have a place to store your child's art?  It can easily get out of hand.  I have collected various treasures throughout the years and never have had the best system in place.  I have boxes for each girl and have tried to salvage their pasta art, glittery pieces and pinecone trees but truth be told, you can't save it all.  At the same time, I like to display pieces to show them how much their efforts mean to me.  We have a couple dedicated "art walls" throughout our house that they've named their "galleries".  I also have a few of my most treasured pieces framed in their playroom and bedrooms. 
Recently, I decided that I would start photographing some of the pieces and attempt to start artbooks for each of the girls.  It's quite the process, simply because it takes so long for the photos to upload and then to add them to the pages of photo books and arrange's a full time job in itself!
I know this.  This will not last forever, their artwork will change and grow with them.  It already has changed so much.  As the years roll on, their will be fewer beaded necklaces, recycled art and paintings.  I want to remember their childhood creations and have a place to look back upon when they are grown.  So for now, I'm thinking I will continue to save what I can, frame my favorites and photograph special pieces and things that I can't always keep (chalkboard doodles anyone?) 
Do you have a system for your child's artwork?  I would love to hear what you use and any suggestions!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flower Jelly Bean Pops (Easy Treats)

This time of year, there are tons of yummy Easter treats lurking around just about every corner.  It's hard to keep it healthy 100% of the time.  At Easter, we do enjoy the occasional handful of jelly beans, within moderation of course!  I'll always remember the thrill of my Easter Basket when I was a kid and looked forward to my basket scattered with jelly beans, malted milk balls and a chocolate bunny.  I always got Peeps and never ate them.  They were always the last thing left in the basket!  Overall, the Easter bunny always did a good job.  Still, I like to help the him out with a few unique treats that are a little unexpected.  That's where these super easy Flower Jelly Bean Pops come in! It's fun to get creative with the flavors too.  You can whip these up in no time and they are the perfect treat to hand out as favors at your local egg hunt or at your holiday table!
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans in the flavors of your choice
  • Wax Paper
  • Paper straws of lollipop sticks
  • White Chocolate
  1. Prepare your surface by laying a piece of wax paper down. 
  2. Heat your chocolate in 30 second intervals in microwave to ensure it doesn't burn or over low heat on stovetop. 
  3. Once your chocolate is melted, drop about 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon on wax paper until you have a circle or lollipop shape of your choice
  4. Carefully place the five jelly beans of your choosing around the circle to create a flower affect
  5. Cut one jelly bean in half for the center
  6. Insert the straw into the base of your lollipop and allow to cool
  7. Enjoy!
Get creative with your favor flavors! I made white chocolate lemon lime, white chocolate banana coconut and white chocolate lemon pear here. Other ideas I had included milk chocolate raspberry, white chocolate strawberry vanilla and milk chocolate banana! Anything goes!

Hope you have a great weekend!  I'm hoping to get outside and enjoy some mild and SUNNY Spring weather!  What are you plans?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blueberry Banana Bread - Dairy Free!

My kiddos love moist, rich breads and muffins stuffed with fruit.  Anybody who reads my blog knows I'm always trying out new recipes and experimenting.  A couple of weeks ago I experimented with blueberry muffins.  This week, I tried out Banana Blueberry Bread with Coconut Yogurt.  It was good - but it didn't last more than a day in this house so, beware!

1.5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
2 large ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup yogurt (I used coconut strawberry)
1 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl
In a seperate bowl, mash your bananas
Add eggs, sugars and vanilla - then your yogurt
Whisk everything together until smooth
Pour wet ingredients into dry and fold in your blueberries
Bake for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean
Enjoy - it's really good!
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