Wednesday, May 25, 2016

X1 Movie Night & S'More Bar Recipe / Nest Thermostat Giveaway

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Wow, Xfinity, has a lot more to offer families than I knew! A big thanks to them for partnering with me to bring you this post. #XFinityMoms.

Tonight is family movie night and we are making S'Mores, we are so happy you can join us! In preparation for the S'mores we have a special menu planned with all of the toppings. You can choose from the Original, Grasshopper, Triple Chocolate, PB Explosion, Strawberry Cream, and The Turtle. Printable cards and menu are available for you to download for your movie night/party! We put everything out on trays and bowls so everyone could have fun putting together their own s'mores.  Next, place s'mores on a tray wrapped in aluminum foil and bake in a convection toaster oven/oven.  In a few minutes they are perfectly toasted and ready to eat. The Grasshopper tastes like a thin mint cookie, and the dark chocolate with strawberry-- omgeee! While enjoying your treats grab your Xfinity Voice Remote and use the voice command to search for your favorite family movie and experience how X1 will change the way you experience TV!




Xfinity has completely turned things around and impressively so, they have addressed their customer service issues and have re-launched  a new X1 taking entertainment to a whole 'notha level with the coolest technology that moms and families will love. The interactive TV is available in both English and Spanish, you can record up to 6 shows at the same time no more kids or husband bumping my favorite show off, I don't know about your house but, in ours we get into some serious disagreements about where did my Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Voice series go to versus The Walking Dead and Switched at Birth. You can use voice commands to change the channel, search for shows, and get recommendations.  We did a search for Adam Levine and it gives a nice biography on his work, a picture, and the current movies or concerts that they have on demand. You can also download the new Xfinity Apps which takes the place of all the other Apps and download movies for the kids or yourself to watch later when you don't have internet service , like for a long car ride or flight on a plane. Another great feature is you can see what a movie or TV show is rated and if it is age appropriate for your child. You can also set a timer for video games with parental controls. Also, check out Xfinity for the most live sports like the NFL RedZone and ESPN Goal Line.


Another feature of Xfinity that makes them the TOTAL package for families is the XFinity HOME.
This security system gives you all the features of an expensive security system with an affordable price. Everything is wireless so you can take it with you wherever you go. As you are watching your favorite shows, you can watch what is going on in you baby's bedroom right from the TV in your living room!  You can even connect an optional night vision security camera outside your home. You can even have emails sent to you whenever someone enters your home with a security code. Imagine being able to receive an email while you are at work and having peace of mind knowing that your child arrived home safely. Each person that has access to your home can be assigned a different access code to the alarm system. So, if you have a maintenance person doing work on your house you can set the alarm for them to access only between 9am and 11am after that the home alarm would sound. How cool is that?!!?  You can have lighting and outlet control so you can turn on lights when you are not home. You can have a Thermometer Control to save money on your heating. Live video monitoring, from your tablet, computer, and smartphone with battery and cellular back up. 24/7 professional monitoring by a certified central station. Real time text and email alerts.  There is a water sensor that you can hook up by your sump pump in case your basement gets any water the water sensor will alert you. The home system is incredible you have to stop by the store and try it for yourself! They have several specials going on like a free video camera for the Home system call your local store for more information. I am so excited about the Xfinity packages being offered right now and I know you will be thrilled with this technology too! Special thanks to Xfinity for sponsoring an awesome giveaway for a NEST THERMOSTAT VALUED AT $249.00. NEST is fully compatible with the X1 Home system too! Enter Below:

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S'more movie night was a blast and with Xfinity you can be having even S'MORE fun. Stop by Xfinity.com for more information and to find a store closet to you!












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Monday, May 23, 2016

Tea Cup Bird Feeder Garden Sign - Summer Craftacular Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Summer Holiday Craftacular Blog Hop! Thank you for hopping by Bella Home Goods, I am so excited to be joining this wonderful group of crafty ladies and look forward to creating great projects with everyone! Thank you Lauren from Mom Home Guide for the invite to join your talented group of blogger friends!
This craftacular idea is something fun to make with your kids for the summer and to attract birds in your back yard.  Last summer we spotted blue jays that had some babies, cardinals, blue birds, wood peckers,  golden finch, red robins and sparrows.  We had some butterflies as well, they love the plant butterfly bush. And some new flying  butterfly type moths that were fun to watch around the garden. It sure is exciting to be outdoors in the summer and spending time in nature don't you agree???

For this project I simply used whatever materials I had on hand so you can do that, or go to the lumber store.
Materials For Project:
*1/4 inch diamond drill bit for your power drill
*1x2 piece of pressure treated wood
*painted cabinet fastening flat head screw*1/4 inch nylon washer and a 5/16 inch rubber washer. All available in the Home Depot fastener   aisle.
*Paint-  for ease I used indoor/outdoor Rustoleum spray paint. After your paint dries in 30 minutes
*Paint Brushes and Stencils To decorate your project. We used a heart stencil and turned it into a bird by painting a beak, an eye, and feet.
*teacup and saucer
*clear coat paint for outdoor use


Paint your piece of lumber. Once dry you can begin to decorate your garden sign.   A few years ago we picked a few Cape May Diamonds from the southern most point in Cape May, New Jersey and they have a lot of bird sanctuaries there so, I thought this would be the perfect place to put a few of our Cape May Diamonds. Hopefully, we will see the New Jersey bird again our Golden Finch in our back yard.

Decorate your garden and personalize it to what speaks to you and your family the most and you will all enjoy putting this craft together. Once your paint is dry apply clear coat sealer to protect your project in the outdoors. You can take some beautiful pictures of the birds feeding on your new bid feeder. When you do put your bird feeder out they do like to be near shelter if possible like near a tree or some type of protection from larger prey. The birds are going crazy for the suet cakes they really are enjoying them. The mama cardinal and male cardinal look like they are kissing each other. She takes a few bites and then feeds it into the male cardinals beak. This usually happens every evening around dusk. During the day they both stop by to feed usually separately.

After you are finished decorating your garden stake it is time to drill a hole into the bottom of the tea cup and tea cup saucer. This is where you will need the diamond tip drill bit. This drill bit will allow you to drill through the china without it breaking (hopefully, we lost one teacup).  While you drill the hole for the saucer and tea cup place your item in a plastic bowl in a sink and add water on top of the saucer and teacup while drilling the hole. Of course you drill the hole in one item at a time. You should wear safety glasses also.  You would also drill a pilot hole in the top of your lumber where the saucer and tea cup are going to be placed on top of.  Attach with long cabinet fastener screw , nylon washer on top and rubber washer grommet on the bottom attach some what loosely so it does not crack your tea cup with your screw gun. I am also hoping that be keep in the screw a little loose that some water will be able to drain. We were afraid to put too many holes in the cup. You can cut angles at the bottom of your stake into a point. Then place in ground and add your bird seed. And your done!

I hope you enjoy this summer time craft project with your family and have some wonderful birds flying in your yard.



Please be sure to join the Holiday Craftacular Summer  blog hop fun and visit the other crafts below:

Monogrammed Fabric Pots    Curly Crafty Mom

Organized Bedroom Closet     Mom Home Guide

Watermelon Plate                    Momma Lew


Modern RoseBloom Wreath    Beauteeful Living
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Home Made Ice Cream Recipes

Fresh Homemade ice cream tastes natural and delicious. the best part is you can  freeze it ahead of time and serve it anytime. Perfect for parties or at home snacking , try making some of these recipes with your friends or family together for a memory making night .




Blueberry Vanilla Ice Cream | P.S. Heart

Pureed blueberries give this vanilla ice cream a rich coloring, for a party-friendly treat!

No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream | Housewife Eclectic

With only five ingredients, this ice cream is brightly sprinkled, and doesn't require an ice cream machine. It is made with regular cake mix, but it would be fun to experiment with other types of cake mixes!

Peach Ice Cream | Taste of Home

Enjoy the fresh juicy bursts of summer with peaches, combined in a light frozen ice cream snack!

Raspberry Swirl Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream | Pastry Affair

Fruits and chocolate collide in this ice cream filled with chocolate, raspberries, coconut, and of course, homemade ice cream.

Roasted Apple Butter + Apple Crisp Ice Cream | Brooklyn Supper

This apple ice cream is made from three parts. It has a homemade roasted apple butter rich in a variety of flavors, an oat crisp rich in texture and fiber, and homemade vanilla ice cream. Each portion is made entirely from scratch, but can easily be substituted for store-bought.

No Churn Cookie Monster Ice Cream | Our Family of Seven

Bright blue, this ice cream is kid-friendly has bits of different cookies floating about, for a texturized and fun ice cream, inspired by Sesame Street.

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream | Crazy for Crust

This peanut butter cheesecake ice cream has a flavorful variety of different ingredients, to get your tastebuds hopping. Plus, it's no churn, so no ice cream machine is needed.

Peach and Pistachio (Coconut Milk) Ice Cream | A House in the Hills

Light and creamy, this pistachio ice cream brings a nutty texture to a smooth ice cream.

No-Churn Cookie Butter Ice Cream | Keep It Sweet Dessert

You won't need an ice cream maker for this ice cream that's packed with cookie butter, and rich in flavor.

Roasted Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream | Cravings of a Lunatic

Roasted blueberries are an unforgettable treat. Add them into this ice cream for a sophisticated dessert.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream | Give Recipe

Go back to the classics in your ice cream making adventures with chocolate ice cream. It's rich in a variety of different chocolate toppings, and topped with a drizzled chocolate sauce.

Quick and Easy Homemade Cherry Ice Cream | Erren's Kitchen

Cherries are a hit every summer, and this cherry ice cream is no exception! It's made with a way to enjoy the natural sweetness of cherries, so you don't have to add much extra sugar. You also won't need an ice cream machine.

No Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream | Dashing Dish

No ice cream machine is needed for this strawberry cheesecake treat. There's also only about 140 calories per serving, so a delicious tasting snack doesn't have to come with guilt.

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Baking Magique

You'll need only six ingredients for this vegan ice cream, made with coconut milk and fresh raspberries.
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts That You Can Still Send To Make Mom Happy

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Happy Mother's Day Printable Card For You



Mother's Day is Sunday May 8th as we all know or most of us better remember! It is a day where we celebrate our Mom for all she has done for us! Like those long sleepless nights worrying about us, taking care of us when we were not feeling well, giving us advice, pointing us in the right direction. Like Wen you need a wardrobe lift. Oh Mom, I love that new pocketbook and next thing you know she gets it for you. Feeling slumpy, time for a makeover and hair doo. Mom knows how you look best! Or, how about I'm short on a few bucks can I borrow $20?
Sometimes, we might even have those fill in Moms. Cheers for all the moms in our lives! This day is for the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, wives, partners, sisters, friends, fellow moms, mentors and women who love with a mother’s heart. Happiest of all Mother's Day to all the strong women in the world! Have a wonderful day, take a moment to reflect on all of your accomplishments and how much you are appreciated and how the world is a better place because of YOU!






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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In Style Nude Booties In time for Mother's Day

Mom's looking to put their best foot forward this Spring will be happy in these Steve Madden booties
they are neutral and will go with everything in your closet! You can Find them online at Steve Madden.com

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Tie-Dye Swirls Sugar Cookies

What smells better than baking sugar cookies in the oven? Only These bright tie-dye swirl sugar cookies!
The best part is they are easy and fun to make with your kids, everything is complete in the Duff Goldman Premium Sugar Cookie mix Tie-Dye Swirls kit. The grooviest treat you will ever eat is so much fun to make. First prepare the batter and section the cookie dough into 4 equal parts. Whith each dough in a eperate bowl you add the bright food coloring into the dough and mix. For each cookie that you make you take a piece of each color dough and roll into a round ball and then roll into a rope. Combine into one long rope,then continue to roll the rope into a circle formation so you have a round cookie. Place the cookies on the cookie sheet and bake in the oven. Then enjoy with your family or friends!

We had a lot of laughs making these cookies the first few were a little off, but they still tasted delicous with a cup of milk! The colors stay really bright even after baking. We were so proud of our cookie creations, so different than our usual chocolate chip cookies. Guaranteed happiness!

We found our Duff Goldman cookie mix at Target, we also tried the Duff Goldman blueberry cake from Wegmanns with marshmellow frosting and that was awesome too! We love the bright cheerful colors. you can also find them in my Amazon store by clicking on the cookie box below.


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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Boutique Frye Boot Sale at Nordstrom Rack

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Christmas Monogram Stockings On Sale at Kohl's

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