Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set Review

I enjoy cooking and prefer using fresh ingredients as I think it tastes better and I can control what I use such as organic food.  Even though I have not made the all out switch to organic and non-GMO foods, I am trying and doing what I can to eliminate especially the GMO foods.  When I cook, I feel satisfied knowing I'm giving my children something better and not something full of artificial colors or flavorings, no GMO products and no preservatives.  I also love to use spices when I cook and my three favorites I turn to are salt, pepper and garlic.  Garlic has health benefits but I think it just adds so much value to a meal especially when using fresh garlic.  The Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler is ideal for my family.  I've never had a press like this and can say I love it!

As you can see from the picture above, it arrives in a nice box making it a great gift as well!  Christmas is coming so might as well start thinking about the cook in your life!  It's a premium solid stainless steel press that minces unpeeled cloves with ease as the peel stays in and the garlic is presented in perfect form.  For those that have trouble with their hands or wrists, it's ergonomically designed for easy squeezing so again, a perfect gift idea!  If you use ginger a lot, it's perfect for that too although I did not try it out.  The silicone garlic peeler is easy to use and it keeps your hands from getting that stinky garlic smell that my girls hate.  You can see by the picture below how easy it is to use:

As a bonus, it also arrives with a bonus e-Book of 50 delicious recipes using crushed and sliced garlic.  Some of the other aspects I liked about the press are:

  • No leakage of garlic running down the press
  • A hinged chamber so I don't have to track down both pieces after cleaning and storing
  • Perfectly shaped garlic
  • 100% money back guarantee

Look at how perfect that is!  The peel stayed put and only the garlic comes out in perfect shape to ensure a beautiful tasty dish.  I've always wanted a garlic press that works and the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press is spot on!

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Homeschool Subway Lunch Counter

This girls love to cook and to play make believe and although making a Subway lunch counter isn't really cooking unless I didn't cheat and we would have made the bread, chips and cookies from scratch.  I did however, bake the ham if that counts.  We had an early start at 6:30 am shopping at Walmart as it's the closest and only store I know that's open that early and this is what we came up with after I printed off sticker name tags and the youngest made her hat in memory of Jessica Ridgeway.  Jessica was a little girl that impacted our little family greatly and all this week is remember Jessica week.  


The girls picked what toppings they wanted to serve and as you can see, it wasn't much but the lunch ended with Dani stating it was the best day ever.  The homeschool factor to me at least, was from a home economics standpoint as they had to go grocery shopping and follow the list, they had to prep the food and they had to determine how long to cook the 3 lb ham.  We also had money exchange so that sealed the deal with giving back change.

$20 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway 10/29

Are you ready for Halloween?  Did you know that Walmart has everything you need for Halloween ranging from costumes to decor to candy?  I have a very easy contest to enter to win a $20 Walmart Giveaway by using the form below.

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Adorable Baby Clothing Gift Card Giveaway 10/29 - Value $65 - International

Do you remember going through some of your old pictures as a child and wondering what your mom was thinking dressing you in those outfits?  I know my daughter gives me a hard time when she looks at some of mine.  I remember going through some of mine and really not getting those horizontal striped shirts matched with tiny checkered pants but we wear what's in style for the most part.  As styles evolve, there are just some styles that remain timeless.  Those timeless styles are the ones that can become heirloom outfits to pass down to your children and their children.  After going through some of my oldest child's clothing and realizing none were fit to hand down as quality wasn't as good as it is now mostly because I was a struggling college student having to purchase clothing from discount stores.  They were also horribly dated and no longer viewed as cute.  When my two younger ones came along, I paid more attention to the special occasion clothing I was purchasing as I wanted to give them something that I didn't have.  I wanted to give them a part of me to give to their children which were special occasion clothing.  This is where I found Adorable Baby Clothing.

My Family Picture
Adorable Baby Clothing has the most beautiful clothing choices for boys and girls and they aren't just for babies!  The clothing is high quality and the customer service is exceptional.  I know many people are tempted by the reduced prices on sample sites that appear to offer the same product at a much lower cost but what I have found on the sample sites are:

  1. You never know when you might receive your order.
  2. You never know if your order will be cancelled.
  3. You don't know the quality until you receive it.
  4. There isn't a return policy so you are stuck with what you have.
To date, every single dress I have ordered, which has been many, are of amazing quality.  Mine have been multi-layered dressing that adds beautiful dimension to each dress.  They don't wrinkle either!  It's amazing as the dresses arrive in a package that you would think would cause wrinkles but with some fluffing of the hands, it poofs out to provide this elegant, timeless, picture perfect dress!  I am going to be a grandmother to a boy so at last, I will get to try out one of the gorgeous suits...or many!    Not only are you getting amazing quality with the clothing from Adorable Baby Clothing, but you get outstanding customer service as this is a business ran by a single woman who strives to ensure her customers are happy as if they aren't happy, she's not.  She will accept returns and you will receive your order on time and not weeks later. There really isn't anything I can say negative and I have been a customer since 2008.

Here are just some of the dresses I have purchased over the years:

If you would like to begin a timeless tradition of passing on beautiful, high quality clothing to your children and grandchildren, enter to win this amazing giveaway of a gift card up to a value of $65!

Please use the form below and if you want 10 bonus entries, send a picture of one of your ugly outfits or your child's outfits to!

Giveaway ends 10/29 at midnight (EST).

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Please note that the gift card can be used for any item up to the value of $65. It is a one time use gift card.  International winners must pay for shipping costs.

Swagbucks Saving You Money in Time for the Holidays & Enter to Win a $50 Visa Gift Card - 10/24

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To help celebrate this promotion, Health, Beauty, Children and Family readers can win a $50 gift card just for entering on this post and answering the following question: “What do you – or your kids – want to dress up as for Halloween this year?” ALSO -- we would like to ask the member to include his or her Swagbucks username in the blogger post comments if they are already a member. This will allow us to more efficiently award their prize if they win your giveaway.

Don't delay!  It's easy to enter and the $50 Visa Gift Card along with the savings you WILL accrue by using Swagbucks will help offset the high cost of buying gifts at Christmas!

The only entry requirement is to tell me What do you or your kids want to dress up for as Halloween AND don't forget to leave your Swagbucks username in the comment to this giveaway.

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How I Encouraged My Children to Drink More Water: NewAir WCD-110SS Water Dispenser Review

I'm an avid water drinker and have so far successfully ingrained the importance of drinking water to two of my children.  I always look for healthful ways to entice them but there aren't many.  One time, I had a dental assistant advise me to giver my then four year old Crystal Light to get her from drinking so much milk.  Of course I did not listen to him as Crystal Light is not a drink for children by any means.  I've tried the fancy, whimsical or popular cups to try to make them want to drink water more but the failed too.  It all turned when I introduced them to the NewAir Water Dispenser as who doesn't think those things are cool?  They couldn't wait to use it and were thrilled to know that they could dispense hot or cold water so hot chocolate, here they come!

We recently moved to a three level house and the basement is the mainstay for the girls as that's where all the entertainment features are.  Placing the NewAir Water Dispenser made complete sense as they can stop what they are doing and grab a nice cold glass of water!  With the bottle dispensers, I purchased a BPA free one, you can control whether you use tap or bottled water which to me, is ideal as I want to control the water source.  One of the features of the hot water tap is a safety button so my little one and my little grandchild can't get scolded.  Other great features include:

  • Compact design so it will not take up a lot of space thus making it also versatile on where you want to place it whether in the main living area, the garage, a basement and so forth.
  • It's available in black or silver.
  • Compatible with two gallon, three gallon or five gallon bottles
  • Removable drip trays for easy cleaning.
  • Operates in a silent mode although I did not that when it cools, it's a little more than silent but it's not noisy by any means.
  • The stainless steel water tank keeps the water free from having a plastic taste.
  • A VERY easy and simple installation.
  • Super cool kid reaction!  Yes, again and again, my kids LOVE It!
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Overall, the NewAir Water Dispenser is a HUGE hit among all my children!  They loved the convenience of getting cold water whenever they want without having to run upstairs.  I love it for that fact but also because it's compact and lightweight that I can put it anywhere and it really does encourage them to drink water.

Some of the available products
NewAir has a variety of appliances, air quality control products and wine, beverage and cigar products.  Their website is very comprehensive and easy to navigate.  I did not have to use customer service so I cannot comment to that aspect but with winter coming, there are many products to help with air quality that look really great to me considering I have an asthmatic and with Christmas, there are some nice gift ideas as well!

I would recommend the NewAir WCD-110SS Water Dispenser!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this review.  The opinions are of my own.

Neuma Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner & Intensive Masque Sample Packet Review

I don't normally spend a lot of time on my hair of late as I'm trying to make it healthier after a hot summer under the sun coupled with blow drying and using a hair straightener. My hair is easily damaged as well due to repeat coloring so it's a must I have something of high quality to use on my hair.  I tried the Neuma Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner & Intensive Masque sample packet and did like how my hair felt but unfortunately, being a sample, I cannot provide long term input as my hair requires a lot of conditioner and I had to use the whole pack on my hair one time. The fragrance was nice and I liked how it rinsed out without having to keep running water over my hair like many other.  Overall, I would have to try it longer term to really get a good feel for the product.  I did like how my hair felt and looked after the first use.

Neuma Hair Care Products contain: 

Renewable, beneficial plant-based ingredients
Certified Organic Extracts
85% post consumer recycled bottles
100% certified wind power
100% recycled fiber containers
Organic raw materials, sustainable business practices and continuing membership as a global corporate citizen will make the difference in the long run. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Canvas Champ 12 x 8 Canvas Review and 10 x 8 Giveaway 10/11/14

I am an avid picture taker and even though no where near a professional, I do enjoy collecting many memories throughout the years of my family.  My current mission is actually rounding up all pictures from both sides of my family to create a nice guest room and to share in the memories of generations gone by.  I've been slacking in getting pictures and prints up on my walls mostly due to all the moving around so the opportunity to review a canvas from Canvas Champ was ideal!

The canvas, although the appearance in my photo are not as vibrant as in person, it's spot on with the photograph.  The colors are perfect along with the lighting and the wrap around canvas and ready to hang hardware makes it even more appealing.  I don't know about you but I hate having to assemble the hanging hardware on pictures and since it's already attached, the only problem I had was to figure out where to hang it.  I cannot review the ordering process as I ordered via a person direct but after looking at the site, it looks incredibly easy easy, I'm ordering this right now!

The process is so easy:

  • Select the type of print you want: canvas, peel & stick, photo boards, metal prints, acrylic prints or canvas banner.
  • Upload your photo and choose from the various options from layout to size.
  • Select display options, border and frame and any optional retouching and color finishing
  • Add to the cart
You can see a 3D view, on the wall view and in design view to ensure you are getting exactly what you want.

They also have a 100% guarantee so if you don't love your order, they will back it up!  Shipping is free for orders over $100 and they tout fast shipping.  I was AMAZED at the speed of delivery and my canvas was packaged to perfection with no damage.  The canvas at the top is just beautiful isn't it?  Canvas Champ has a repeat customer now!

The Giveaway:

One winner will receive their very own 10 x 8 canvas.

To Enter, please use the form below.

Giveaway ends 10/11/14 at midnight (EST).  US only please

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Homeschool English Tea Cakes with World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon Review & Giveaway ($85 Value) - US - Ends 10/11

I'm starting a series of homeschool recipe days which currently has an English themed due to my dual citizenship and the girl's grandmother being from England.  The girls are enjoying selecting a recipe and then making it.  We have tried egg salad and chicken salad tea sandwiches, pork pies, strawberry scones and now English cream tea cakes minus the clopped cream.  So far, most have been a hit except the little tea sandwiches so I wonder how bangers and mash will go over.  This morning, we started our day making the tea cakes and setting up for our little tea party.  We also utilized our complimentary Prosperity Cinnamon compliments of World Vision.

Danielle is definitely in her element and is loving the idea of the Jane Austen/Regency period so she must get dressed up to include the traditional English type hat.

Jamie skips the formalities and just participates but was quite pleased with her recipe choice.  She also liked this recipe since we were using a product that will raise awareness about giving back.  The girls have a non-profit that delivers items to children with epilepsy and/or asthma so giving back is huge in our house.

Our recipe addition was our complimentary prosperity cinnamon we received from World Vision.  This world renowned sweet cinnamon from Vietnam is collected from the Cassia tree.  The villagers carve these beautiful boxes out of cinnamon bark and it contains 3 ounces of cinnamon.  The symbol on the box is the Asian character for prosperity.  

It's simply beautiful and a magnificent gift for those the have a love in the kitchen or Asian art.  If you have not heard about World Vision, they have a Christmas edition that is released every year with beautiful, unique and handmade gifts that are available to purchase in exchange for fighting poverty across the world.  The World Vision's Gift Catalog provides over 100 different ways to improve the lives of children through clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans.  There are many gifting options as well that includes helping those in the United States from giving food, backpacks with school supplies to disaster relief.  There are so many options to make a difference and give back from the smallest token at $20 to the very large gift donation of $39,000.

Our recipe was very easy:

1 cup of butter
3/4 cup of sugar
2 1/4 cups of flour
4 tablespoons of Bird's Custard Powder 300g
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 
Beat butter and sugar until very soft.  Add beaten egg, custard powder, flour and salt.
Knead on a floured surface.
Roll out and cut with a plain biscuit cutter.
Bake for 10 minutes or until a pale brown.

Add clotted cream or rasberry jam.  I had neither one so I just mixed powder sugar and almond extract together for a slight sweetened taste.

The girls had a lot of fun with their tea party once again.

The Giveaway:

One winner will receive the same gift I received.  A World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon Box valued at $85.

To Enter:

Please use the form below.  Giveaway ends 10/11/14 - US only please

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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide.

Some World Vision Gift Catalog Facts:

  • The 2014 Christmas season marks the 19th annual edition of the World Vision Gift Catalog.
  • More than 100 meaningful gifts ranging in prices from $16 to $39,000 are available.
  • There are more than 250 items available online at
  • More than 30 gifts are in the catalog at $35 or less
  • Donors can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one.

Homeschool British Themed Recipes: Pork Pie

We started on a little road of discovery all about Britain.  I'm a dual citizen (by descent) since my mom is from there thanks to a changed law that recognizes the maternal link.  I'm also an ardent Jane Austen fan and that is slowly creeping into my daughter's interest.  I instantly fell for a quirky movie based on the love of Austen titled Austenland.  Low and behold, my younger who is a self-proclaimed 'mini-me', loves it too which has inspired all this new found interest in England.  We previously had our first tea party with homemade strawberry scones followed by a luncheon with finger sandwiches which didn't go over well since they are not egg fans.  Our latest dish was pork pie which was very tedious to make and required me to learn what ramakin dishes were as I had no idea what their official names were.  Luckily Walmart had four but remembering how the Walmart here is not too good as I've opened spices that were already opened along with a couple of other incidences, I decided to remove the lids on each dish to make sure they were not cracked.  Of course, one was so I'm glad I checked as it would have been a real damper to find I was out a dish.  

So, with only three dishes on hand, we proceeded to make our British Pork Pies.  I called my mom since she's the resident expert in this area and when I told her what the recipe entailed, she proclaimed it wasn't like the pork pies she grew up with and that they ate them cold and they had a gel substance inside.  I can honestly say I can do without the gel thank you very much!  So here are our pictures of the long process but very condensed:

The dough is made after the pork and bacon mixture have been prepared and is cooling in the refrigerator.  It was a basic flour and lard recipe and was simple to make.

The skillet included onions, garlic and green apple:
Half the pork butt and thick bacon mixture is pulsed in a food processor and returned with the other half.   It does not look too appetizing!

My two girls are the pickiest eaters ever but they really enjoyed the pork pies!  It was a win!

Not quite like the recipe picture but it was still good!  Want to try it?  Here is the link for British Pork Pie recipe.


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