High Tech Appliances for the Holidays – Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

The holidays will be here before you know it! I have seen Christmas displays starting to show up in stores, and I am already planning what crafts I want to make for the holidays.  It can be hectic – there are gifts to buy and lots of cooking and entertaining too. We always host Christmas dinner at our house, and it takes planning and preparation to make everything run somewhat smoothly. For me one of the biggest challenges is getting all the food ready at once!

New high tech appliances can make cooking for the holidays easier with features like induction cooking that enables you to boil water in less than two minutes! Induction ranges like the the Frigidaire FGIF3061NF also make clean up easier because spills don’t burn on. And this range has a convection oven, which circulates the air in the oven for a quicker baking time. I love the idea of being able to cook more quickly, because it means less time in the kitchen for me!Continue Reading

Delicious Apple Desserts

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One of the best things about fall is apples! We have two apple trees in our yard and love to pick the apples and turn them into tasty treats.  Last year we had more apples than we could use, but this year we have a smaller harvest.Continue Reading

Alexander Very Bad Day Giveaway

I received the same prize pack in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be in theaters everywhere in just a few weeks on October 10th.

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This movie follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life.  The day begins gum stuck in his hair, and just goes downhill from there. Alexander gets little sympathy from his family about his disastrous day, until his parents and siblings all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one!  The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carrell as Alexander’s parents, and it looks hilarious, check out the trailer.Continue Reading

Into the Woods – New Poster

Into the Woods is not opening for quite a few months, but Disney is slowly releasing information about it, including this brand new poster!

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The cast of this movie is incredible, since it is packed with stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Johnny Depp.  This modern twist on Grimm’s fairy tales has been very popular on the stage, and I can’t wait for the movie adaptation! It doesn’t open until Christmas day though, but in the meantime you can Like Into the Woods on Facebook and follow @intothewoods on Twitter.  Check out the teaser trailer below.Continue Reading

Daily Planner for Homeschoolers – My Student Log Book Review

My Student Logbook is a company owned by a homeschooling family that is trying to help homeschoolers organize and record their days.  I have been homeschooling for 15 years  now, and one thing I have found is always true is that the  more organized I am the more smoothly our homeschooling day runs. So I was glad to have the chance to review a Daily My Student Logbook.

My Student Logbook Review
I received the dated Vintage Map Logbook to use with my 10th grade son.  The company has lots of styles and covers to choose from, so you can have your student pick out a favorite.  The available covers include dinosaurs, butterflies and many other kid friendly designs.  In addition to the dated style that I received you can also order a downloadable pdf or an undated log book.  The planner book I received retails for $15, and is designed to be used by children in grades 2 and up.Continue Reading

Simple Apple Smoothie

My kids and I enjoy making smoothies for a quick snack or light lunch.  This Apple Smoothie is my favorite Fall smoothie!  It is simple to make, but tasty and filling, which makes it perfect for a whipping up a quick treat. With fresh picked apples it is the perfect fall beverage.

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I like to make this smoothie without peeling the apple, and I have a Vitamix blender, which has no problem blending up the skin.  I think itt looks pretty with all the flecks of red in the smoothie, and there are quite a few nutrients in the skin too.  But if you have a less powerful blender you might want to peel the apple first.  This is perfect for tart apples like Northern Spy, Braeburn or Paula Red.Continue Reading

Gone Girl – Solve the Mystery

The movie Gone Girl is being released in just a few weeks on October 3rd, and it looks great!  The movie stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, whose beautiful wife Amy has gone missing.  Nick becomes a prime suspect in Amy’s disappearance, and his life begins to crumble int a wave of lies, deceits and strange behavior.

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What really happened to Amy? She left behind a Pinterest account that you can explore. As evidence mounts and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues? Explore for yourself at http://bit.ly/AmyDunneContinue Reading

Nature Valley Oatmeal Bistro Cups Review

Disclosure: I received product to review, all opinions are my own.

My family and I use our Keurig all the time for making coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  It makes having gourmet coffee at home easy and convenient.  Now Nature Valley has come up with extend that same convenience to another staple food at our house – oatmeal.  Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal is the first premium food product designed for use in Keurig Home Brewing systems.

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Now instant oatmeal isn’t the most difficult food in the world to prepare, but these cups make it even easier.  Have you ever had oatmeal overflow in the microwave and leave a gooey mess all over?  That has certainly happened to us, because too much water or too small a bowl leads to a mess.  With these cups you don’t have to measure anything, you just press the button on the Keurig and the oatmeal is ready a few minutes later.Continue Reading

The 7 Minute Life Planner Review

7 Minute Life Daily Planner ReviewLike many people I could stand to be more organized! I have the bad habit of trying to juggle to many projects and as a result many things just don’t get done. So I was glad have the chance to review a planner from The 7 Minute Life, a productivity tool designed to help adults organize and prioritize their life, The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner.  This planner, which retails for $24.95,  is a spiral bound planner that is much more than just a calendar.

 

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
The idea behind the 7 Minute Life Planner is that most people don’t spend their time on what is really a priority for them, because they are too busy dealing with less important things.  So the first thing the planner does is have you slow down and think about what is important in your life.  Once you have priorities in order then you can organize and simplify your life.Continue Reading