Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How The Grinch Stole Christmas *Giveaway* & Christmas in July Hop


This has got to be one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. I had to take this chance to share it. Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win a copy of your very own. I know your little one/s will enjoy it!





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Iced Green Tea Latte w/ Kiss Me Organics Matcha *Review*



I've been wanting to try matcha for years now. I finally got the chance with Kiss Me Organics. Matcha is basically powdered, high-quality green tea. It's the same thing you'll find at Japanese Tea Ceremonies. Nowadays it's used to flavor delicious drinks & treats. Thanks to a little experimentation I came up with the recipe below.


Iced Green Tea Latte

Ingredients:
1 T. Agave Nectar (or to taste)
1/2 c. Whole Milk
1/2 c. Purified Water
Ice

With a fork or whisk mix the agave & matcha in a medium sized container until completely blended together. Add your water and mix again until smooth. Add the milk & whisk. Pour into an ice filled cup. Enjoy!

Note: The key here is to make a paste with the agave & matcha before adding anything else. I found that this makes for a smooth beverage instead of a grainy one.


I have to admit, at first I had a few kitchen disasters when I tried using this matcha. I tried it hot but I'm no expert. I think my technique was wrong because it turned out grainy. I also tried it in a cocktail & a different iced latte recipe. You see, the unspoken trick to using matcha is have a light touch. More is not always better.

I was about ready to give up when I turned to google. I found a delicious green tea biscotti recipe. (You can find it on my new matcha pinterest board.) I'm not gonna lie, I polished off that batch within 24 hours. It was amazing! Now I LOVE my Kiss Me Organics Matcha!


Pros:
  • It's USDA certified organic. Seriously, the only ingredient in this is 100% organic matcha.
  • Its has 137x the antioxidents of standard brewed green tea.
  • Its helps burn calories & improves energy and focus. I have a cruddy metabolism so I'm pretty happy about this.
  • It's really versatile. You're not stuck using this just for drinking. You can use to make all sorts of baked goods and sweet treats. Plus, now that it's summer you can add it to your smoothies. I keep wanting to try it in a strawberry one.
  • It comes with a 30 day, 110% money-back guarantee. I like it when companies have confidence in their product.
  • It's delicious! Am, my daughter, insists the iced lattes are even better than chocolate milk. I'd have to agree.
Cons:
  • The two recipes I tried from the ebook didn't work for me. After I tried some different ones I found online the difference was a pleasant surprise. (I didn't try all of the recipes so some might be good.)
  • This is powdered so if it's mixed incorrectly your beverage can turn out grainy. I've had the same problem with cocoa powder. It's an easy fix.
  • It does contain caffeine. This could be a pro depending on how you view it. I have to watch my caffeine intake though.


I would give this a 5/5. I'm not going to fault Kiss Me Organics Matcha for user/recipe errors. No one's buying this for ebook. The product itself is delicious! This is definitely a summer must-have! The flavor is light and refreshing. The iced latte is now one of my favorite things to drink. It's super fast to make and I get to feel good about the beverages I'm serving my family. I am so in love with this matcha!


I received the product mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Picture Problems

So I was going through my picture albums today, doing a little cleanup. I came back here to check on things and write a new post. That's when I noticed the missing pictures.

Where had they gone? Why were only some of them missing? Was there some sort of blogger glitch? Was this the work of a nefarious product picture thief?

After a little light detective work on my part I came to the root of the problem. If you delete a photo in your g+ account it gets deleted from blogger as well- even if it was a separate upload!

So all of those nifty pictures I had up? Gone.

Unfortunately I did this after deleting files on my computer so I don't have any extra copies or any way to get them back. There's nothing left to do but call it a learning experience and move on.


Tomorrow's a new day.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

StyloPhora Sphere Ice Mold Set *Review*


StyloPhora's Sphere Ice Molds are silicone molds that create baseball sized balls of ice. Each set of 3 comes with a collapsible silicone funnel which you can use to help fill your molds. After you fill your mold you place it in the freezer for later use. Your frozen balls of ice can then be added to drinks and will not thaw as quickly as a standard ice cube.

It's been over a week now since I started using StyloPhora's Sphere Ice Molds and I love them! This is not your average run-of-the-mill silicone mold. These things are tough and thick. They hold their shape easily so you don't need to use kid gloves with them. These are the best quality silicone product I've used to date. The ice balls came out perfectly and they've held up very well when we've used them. In fact, one goes in Chris' bedside water every night now. I enjoy adding things like fruit & dog treats.

Pros:
  • They're dishwasher safe AND BPA free! This is pretty much mandatory for our households kitchen.
  • The ice balls worked perfectly and did, in fact, take longer to melt.
  • Very versatile- they can be used in punch bowls, whiskey, to make dog treats, and much more!
  • They come with a 100% money back guarantee (not that you'd need it.)
  • The molds come with a collapsible silicone funnel and have fill lines to reduce spills.
  • They're made with sturdy, FDA approved, food grade silicone.
Cons:
  • The normal list price of $39.99 is a little steep for me. (They're currently marked down to $13.97 on Amazon.
  • I've had a little difficulty in getting them to unmold sometimes. However, this is quickly fixed by running them under lukewarm water for a few seconds.
    All in all I would give the StyloPhora Sphere Ice Molds a 5/5. The cons are practically negligible and they're just so well made that I can't help but love them! Plus, they're reusable and BPA free. We go through ice (and therefore water) less frequently now which is totally better for the environment. I would definitely recommend these molds- to the point that I'll probably buy some sets for Christmas this year!

    They're also Jareth approved! ^_^

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

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    My New Beautiful Correspondence *Giveaway* Series

    I've decided to start hosting a weekly giveaway to go along with new card making hobby. There's just no way I can send all of the cards I've been making. I'm also a bit of a product junkie. Put two unrelated things together and what do you have?

    Beautiful Correspondence.


    This weeks giveaway is for one handmade Celebration card and a new bottle of Nicole by OPI nail polish in Roughles.

    This giveaway will end July 13th at midnight, central time. It's open to US residents only. The winner will have 48 hours to respond via email or a new winner will be drawn.