28 Mar

Blueberry Nest Easter Tarts

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I love everything about Easter, especially the Easter treats!  This year, I thought I would get a little creative in the kitchen and make something extra special.  It’s not too often that I’m in the kitchen baking, and when I do bake, it’s something super easy.  With the help of Tenderflake, I was excited to get dirty (mostly because I’m not the one cleaning up).

I first thought I was going to make a chocolate fudge pie, but when I saw the ingredients list, I thought there’s no way I could make it.  The list of products overwhelmed me.  So my second thought was custard!  The ingredient list was short and I pretty much had everything in my cupboard.  So, I was set!  I baked the frozen tarts for 10 minutes and was ready to go.

Here’s the ingredients from Tenderflake (or any other custard recipe will do):

  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 50 ml Sugar
  • 50 ml Flour
  • 250 ml Whole milk
  • 10 ml Vanilla extract

Little did I know there’s more to making custard than just throwing it into my mixer and pouring it into little cups.   But I didn’t find that out until I had all my ingredients out and ready to go, so I was committed (and determined).  Of course, that’s when the baby got fussy and the phone rang – so there I was trying to bake, bouncing a baby in a sling and talking on the phone – as if just making the custard alone wasn’t hard enough.

Here’s the instructions:

WHISK egg yolks, sugar and flour in a medium bowl. HEAT milk in saucepan until almost boiling. Remove from heat; add to egg mixture, ¼ cup (50 mL) at a time whisking continuously, until all of milk has been added. Return custard to saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking continuously, until custard has thickened to a consistency similar to pudding (5-7 minutes). Place plastic wrap directly onto surface of custard (this prevents a ‘skin’ from forming). Set aside to cool completely. SPOON cold custard into baked pie shells.

To my surprise, it worked – maybe I need to be distracted for things to turn out, I have been known to multi-task.   The custard tasted amazing (even without the vanilla extract – remind me to buy some next time we’re at the store).

Mid way tarts

I wanted to make little tarts and to make them a little more spring/Easterish I had seen some cute little nest like tarts on Pinterest and thought “I can do that”.  So, I topped off the Tarts with whipped cream, shaved chocolate in the shape of a nest and added a few blueberries and there you have it.  I truly can not believe I made these and while they may have taken a bit of time, it was not difficult.

Blueberry Nest Easter Tarts

If you’re looking for more recipes, check out Tenderflake, you can also find them on Pinterest with some mouth watering recipes.  There is also a $1.50 off coupon on websaver.

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Giveaway:

  • I have 10 Tenderflake coupons to give out for my Canadian Readers.  The first 10 people to complete the form below (Click on the link) will get the coupon in the mail.  I want to do things a little bit different this time around.  I’m hoping that those of you who accept the coupon will send me a picture of your creation and I’ll feature it on my site.  I’ll make a post with all the different creations  and give credit back to you of course!  

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27 Mar

Top 5 Baby Gear Products

Is there anything more precious than watching and listening to your little baby smile and giggle?  I’m sure Moms, Dad, grandparents,  brothers and sisters alike will all agree – baby giggles rock!  My first baby spent a lot of time crying (Debbie Downer right?).  She had acid reflux and terrible gas pains.  With her constant crying there were a few times when my eyes got a little bit leaky too.  Things were hard, we were certainly so happy to have a baby, but we could have never expected it to be so difficult.

When she got a little bit older, we discovered the BEST toy ever.  The Fisher Price Jumperoo brought hope to everyone in our family.  We have hours and hours of video of our cranky baby laughing at the top of her lungs while she bounced her heart out in the Jumperoo.  This developmental piece of baby gear brought peace and joy to our home.  Although it wasn’t quiet, it was a welcome chance to the crying.  As it turns out – we are not alone.  After speaking with many different parents the Jumperoo has brought some of the most enjoyable memories to families.

Jumperoo

The Jumperoo is rated one of the must have top 5 Fisher Price baby gear items!  And there’s reason why.  It’s been tested by real kids!  The harder they jump, the more noise and lights flash and the more fun it is.  The more fun it is, the more the baby laughs, and the more the baby laugh, the parents laugh and the more the parents laugh the harder the kids jump – it’s a 360 circle!

Here are the other items that made the list:

  • Ocean Wonders Aquarium
  • My Little Snugabunny Cradle N Swing
  • Infant to Toddler Rocker
  • SpaceSaver High Chair

I’m not too sure what we would have done without the Jumperoo.  It truly brought us some sanity and great family times.  Video of a laughing baby is much more enjoyable to watch than a crying one.

Fisher Price toys at Toys ‘R Us are currently 20% off.  Use the code “FISHERPRICE20” until April 30th to enjoy the deal! 

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26 Mar

Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment

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Spring is coming, I promise.  It shows up every year.  I’ve seen it happen 32 years in a row and I don’t think this is the year I will be disappointed.  I love Spring, it means great things are just around the corner, my favourite season – summer!  Bring on the heat, bring on the dresses, flip flops and tees.  I actually love summer and the warmer weather so much we spend a lot of the colder season down south.  (Like a month in Florida, and then a week in Cuba).  The winter isn’t as hard to bare when a good portion of it is spent in the sun.

Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment

Shorts, capris, dresses and skirts, I love wearing them but it also means shaving my legs regularly.  I haven’t made the plunge to get my legs lasered but I am seriously thinking about it.  In the meantime, I’m stuck with a blade to get smooth silky legs – wait … those are the legs I want to have!  I have hairless crocodile legs.  My skin is so dry, I should be using moisturiser 3 times a day.  But who has time for that? Not me, so I’m left looking like croc.

A few years ago (before blogging I think) I tried out a brand spanking new product by Schick, the Intuition.  I loved the razor soap/moisturiser combo so much I bought the Costco sized packages.  When Schick asked me if I wanted to test out the new version of the intuition.

Intuition Pure Nourishment Razor

The new Intuition has more give (swivel) which allows the razor to glide over my legs and knees very easily.  It literally takes about a minute to do an entire leg.  With no gel to mess around with, it’s simple to just dunk your leg under water and start shaving or use it in the shower.  Have you ever tried shaving in the shower with gel?  It’s not an easy task.  The Intuition razor is encircled by a bar of moisturising soap and so it’s easy to use in the shower.

I’m not sure if there is anything that will really help my croc legs other than dousing it in cream, and I can’t say for sure if the new Intuition made my legs less croc like, but they smell better than a swamp – that’s for sure!  The coconut scent is very subtle but nice.

I love these razors for their pure simpleness!  No one likes shaving, but with the Intuition it’s a little less painful.

The starter kit comes with 2 razors and a little suction cup holder.

Giveaway:

I have 25 razors to giveaway to my readers.  The First 25 Canadian Readers that complete this Form will be sent a  Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment razor to test out.  Of those 25 testers, if you send me a review of the Intuition you will also have a chance to win a $50 Gift Card.

 

 

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26 Mar

OVER Protective #MillionMoments

When my first baby was born, I remember being  just “A Little Bit” Over Protective (Ok, I was extremely Overboard Over Protective.  The second time around, it’s a little bit easier to “Let Go”.  I use that term loosely, as I’m still Over Protective but perhaps a little more laid back.  Babies are so fragile and vulnerable, as a parent I want to protect them from anything and everything.

Last week we brought baby 2 to the beach, and just shaded her from the sun.  She never saw a single ray of sunshine, yet, she woke up with wind burn.  So, no matter how over protective a parent can be, be prepared to learn a few things along the way.

At the Beach

What are your Over moments? Have you visited the Million Moments of Joy Page on Fisher Price yet?  You can upload your OVER moment and win a $200 prize pack!

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DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

25 Mar

SodaStream

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I drink a lot of water for a few reasons, it’s good for you and there’s no added calories.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy a flavoured drink, I just don’t like the extra bulge it adds to my waist.  I recently had the chance to try SodaStream, it’s the in home fizzy drink maker.  I had heard a lot of “buzz” surrounding the SodaStream and had tried a small sample in the summer and didn’t care for it much – but there’s a reason for that (keep reading).

Here’s how it works: Fill the SodaStream bottle with water, twist onto the SodaStream machine, press the C02 button till is buzzes at you, add flavour and you’ve got yourself a carbonated drink – in all kinds of different flavours.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!  (Or Orange Squeezy depending on the flavour used).

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Here’s what I love:

  • Making the drinks is super easy and the main ingredient is water straight from your tap! The calorie content of the SodaStream is less than 1/2 of any other juice or carbonated drinks.  For Example, in a SodaStream Cola there is 35 calories for 250 mls vs 97 calories of the “real thing”.  Juices are also only 35 calories for  250 mls. There are usually over 100 calories in a cup of juice.
  • There are also a lot of different choices for the SodaStream, there are over 30 flavours varying from grapefruit to ginger ale. My favourite so far is cranberry raspberry – sooo yummy!
  • There is no bottles to throw away.  The SodaStream is actually environmentally friendly. With a reusable water bottle it means no plastic bottle to throw out over and over again.
  • There are no cords! Think of all the appliances you have on your counter top.  Since the SodaStream is powered by a C02 bottle, it doesn’t require power.  It’s slim and can easily be packed away (but we just keep it on the counter because we use it everyday).

Sodastream

Here’s what I don’t love:

  • The diet drinks! The diet drinks are way too sweet (even for me and I have a sweet tooth).  Perhaps I could use less flavouring, but it’s not the flavour that’s the issue, it’s the sweetness.  In the summer I tried a diet iced tea and found it way too sweet! They do however have 2 or 3 calories.
  • The bottle is only 1L, and our family can easily go through a bottle of carbonated drink in a sitting.  We are honestly loving the SodaStream so much we are going through a pack or two a day.  It’s fun to make, taste great (other than diet) and are low in calories …. oh yea, I forgot I’m suppose to be talking about the things I don’t like! Well, there’s nothing else – seriously.

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a SodaStream

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  • Complete the Rafflecopter form

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24 Mar

Build Your Perfect Nursery – Get 15% Back

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Before my first baby was born, I spent hours (and hours and tooo many hours) surfing the net for that perfect nursery.  Eventually, we were able to turn my dream into reality and went for a pink, brown and white striped motif when we found out we were having a girl.  We used painters tape, a ruler and a chair railing to get everything just right!  I was incredibly proud of the beautiful room we created.  It was surprisingly easy once we got started!  We filled the room with a crib, dresser and rocking chair, it was the perfect little haven for my little angel that was growing bigger in my tummy each day.

With baby 2, my experience was a little bit different! First of all, I wasn’t expecting to become pregnant at all and had actually given away or thrown away all our baby gear.  Rather than getting a room ready early on I took on a new hobby!  I learned to crochet in September and was whipping up sweaters, booties, blankets, hats mitts – you name it, I was in full fledged nesting mode.  I should have probably been getting the baby’s room together. Thankfully, just before baby came we quickly painted the nursery, bought a new crib (and a van) and were ready for our new bundle of joy (the only thing missing? Curtains – which we still don’t have… oops!).

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So what do you need for a nursery?  Crib, mattress, bedding, rocking chair, change table, dresser … chandelier (yes, we have one in Baby 2’s room)!  It’s a lot of stuff, and while babies themselves are tiny, their gear can come with a big price tag.  Sears currently has a baby  promo, if you purchase $250 worth of nursery gear (before tax), you get 15% back on a cash card which can be used for future purchases.  For example if you spend $1000 outfitting your perfect new room, you can have $150 to spend at a later date – bonus!  Purchases must be made between March 22 – April 3, and the gift card can be used from May 1 – May 31.

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If I were to redo my nursery, I would get a white crib, and go all out with a theme.  I would get the complete full meal deal, rather than trying to piece things together.   My new favourite colour combo is pink and grey and I’m tempted to redo Baby 2’s room in the Emma and Jack theme pictured above – how cute is that?

What does your perfect nursery look like?

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22 Mar

Easter Surprises with Kinder

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It’s hard to believe, but Easter is almost here!  Time really files when you’re having fun (I hope mat leave never ends).  I actually love Easter for so many reasons, 4 full days off from work (for my husband), the true meaning of the season isn’t trumped by commercialism  and chocolate is the main treat of choice!

Last year at Easter my family and I were in Cuba enjoying the warm weather.  We brought a whole box of Kinder Surprise’s with us and passed them out to children on our way to and from church.  It was so wonderful to give these special little treats to kids (young and old, we had some adults also ask if they could have Kinder for their kids).  In return, we received many gifts, some were internal while others were tangible, including an adorable handmade coconut turtle.  I truly felt like the Kinder Surprises were the highlight of their day!  We are hoping to visit Cuba again this year, and we will be sure to bring some chocolatey and toy treats along with us.

Kinder has added some Egg-citing new chocolate and fun treats for the Easter season, including  Mini Eggs, Egg Decorating Kit, a huge egg (I can’t wait to open this one) and even plush toys.  Here’s a gift basket with all the treats.  I’m pumped to watch my oldest daughter open up her gift this weekend.  We don’t go overboard on gifts in our home, so she may not get much more other than a few hidden eggs.  This basket will be perfect for the season.

While Kinder has been known to be peanut free, the mini eggs have a hazelnut centre, so if peanut allergies are big on your no-no list, you might want to forego them.

kinder Easter basket

Kinder is giving away $25,000 to the Miracle Network, with every new like they donate $1, so make sure to invite your friends, it’s for a great cause.

 Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.