Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Week at A Glance

(Picture captured with my Canon DSL Camera)


We made it!!! This week kicks off the first week of the school year. YAY, Unlike some parents, this was a bitter sweet moment for me. As many of you know Michael is my only biological child and he's 11. ( SN: where did time go?) I find myself now just holding on to ever moment. 

I will never again feel the moments of a child entering into middle school again (sigh). 



Anywho, I decided that I want to start this year off a little different. I usually take care of my business matters first, and than take care of the home ( cleaning,washing, dinner etc.). Nope, this idea hasn't been working. So now my goal is to have dinner cooked by noon or at least before they get home. Also, take advantage of more crockpot meals and do the prep work at night if possible. ( SN: the mister doesn't like the idea of freezer cooking, :()   



I want to spend more time with homework instead of worrying about cooking dinner when my not so little guy gets home. 


( picture above is from a gourmet brownie a made the first day if school that my four year old nephew did not want to wait to cool down. )

As most of you know, baking is therapeutic for me ( besides shopping) so, I would love to cook a homemade dessert at least once during the school week. 


Well, are you changing things up this school year? any tips? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cinnamon Waffles?


Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re having an amazing day! So last week I finally had the chance to try the Cinnabun Waffles. At first I was a little worried due to seeing the epic fail pictures, smh. However, I knew the only way I would know if I like it or if it is something that my waffles maker could handle would be by trying (I have a cheap waffle maker, nothing fancy at all). My first attempt was successful. So successful that I wanted to go back to the store and get another can. I also used the generic brand, and they came out delicious. I made sure I used a good amount of cooking spray to properly cover my waffle iron.
I also noticed that I became really full by the second bun. Which I was happy about; my family loved them as well. I can’t wait to have the cinnamon buns in stock in my home.

Anywho, Please find below the recipe I used as a guide. 

Recipe Click HERE

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Menu Plan Monday-Week of 8/25




Happy Monday Tuesday!

Guess what? My baby goes back to school today!!! I officially have a middle schooler. This is such a bitter sweet moment for me. (sigh) How was your weekend? Did anything fun? I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with some type of structure. It just seems as if we go with the flow during the summer months…

Anywho… what’s on the menu this week?


Monday: TBD (BKA: Whatever is in the house.)

Tuesday:  Fried Jacks & Hummus

Wednesday: Broccoli & Shrimp with Jasmine Rice

Thursday: Veggie Pizza

Friday: Shrimp Grilled cheese

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Baked Cheese Ravioli’s  




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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Now Sew Clutch-Leather Hide Store Review & Giveaway




I was gorgeously provided with the opportunity to review leather from the remnant section at the Leather Hide Store. Let me first start off by staying that I grew up in a home with a mama that loved leather from sofa, jackets to shoes. My mother loved leather, LOL. I was super excited when I was offered the opportunity to review an item at the Leather Hide Store. However,  honestly I was even more excited about making the selection.




Seeing how I'm trying to stay out of the safe zone (you know, solid colors) I decided to go with Ostrich Feather. This leather feels AMAZING! The picture above does not do it any justice.


With fall right around the corner, I decided to make a clutch. Not just any ole clutch, I decided to make a no-sew clutch. For all of my fashionista’s !! This clutch was super simple to make.

Glue scissors, and pattern and VIOLA! I honestly made the clutch within an hour. Maybe even 20 minutes. Don’t forget the holidays are right around the corner this would be the perfect customized gift for any occasion.




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All opinions expressed are solely those of the author. I was provided with a free sample of this product to review. I have not received any Monetary Compensation for this review but did receive free products to use & evaluate for the review. Your thoughts & opinions may differ from me.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Not Another Appointment-Smile Brilliant Review






As a mom, I like to get our appointments over and done with. There was a time in my life when I would have at least two appointments a week for the kids. Not including sports and after school activities. So yes, when it’s time to take care of myself I’m always saying to myself. Not another Appointment.

I was contacted by Smile Brilliant to review their teeth whitening product, and boy did I feel as if I won the jackpot!! Growing up as a child I hated my smile. You would rarely see me smiling in any of my pictures and once I became an adult. I began to fall in love with my smile. However, I noticed that my teeth were really yellow and were not white at all.


I pretty much tried everything from baking soda to teeth whitening strips. You name it, I probably have tried it!! So I was ecstatic when I learned that I would not have to make an appointment and go in their office to get the process started.



Once my Smile Brilliant kit arrived in the mail (their service was super-fast) I followed the directors and shipped my mold out. Within that week my trays arrived, and they fit like a glove. Prior to putting the trays in your mouth, you floss & brush your teeth. Add desensitizing gel to your tray (leave on for 30 minutes) brush your teeth and add whitening gel and leave on for up to 3 hours.


You can keep the product on for up to 3 hours and yes, I keep mine on for that long. I love how they include desensitizing gel!

I love how I can pretty much complete daily task with the teeth whitening trays on and I don’t have to leave out my house if I do not want to.



I can blog, do a supermarket run, bring my son to his football practice and games!! Yup, I take full advantage of my time. 


This  product is amazing!! I would definitely recommend this product to friends and family!!
            
Stay Tuned for my before and After Update Post



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All opinions expressed are solely those of the author. I was provided with a free sample of this product to review. I have not received any Monetary Compensation for this review but did receive free products to use & evaluate for the review. Your thoughts & opinions may differ from me.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap


Weekend Recap:
This weekend was simply amazing. I attended a conference for girls ages 8-18 with my nonprofit on Saturday. I went to dinner with my sister and brother in-law at Bonefish on Sunday. Plus my tween had his first jamboree on Saturday which I unfortunately had to miss due to my conflicting schedule.






Anywho… how was your weekend?


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Menu Plan: Week of 8/18


Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Did anything fun? Next week my baby will be starting middle school. It feels as if we are so off schedule with everything during the summer months. It definitely feels as if we have more structure during the school year. As I prep for next week. I know my meals will probably be a little off this week.

Anywho… what’s on the menu this week?

Monday: Shrimp Ceviche

Tuesday:  Fried Cheese Ravioli’s

Wednesday: Baked Mac & Cheese

Thursday: Hummus and Fried Jacks

Friday: Shrimp Grilled cheese

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Jasmine rice with Veggies



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