May 03, 2016

The Rose

Today Penelope auditioned for her school talent show, she performed The Rose on piano. I thought I would send along some inspiration for lunch.

Top tier: Heart shaped mozzarella cheese, a pepperoni rose, some breadsticks.

Bottom tier: Raspberries and a heart shaped egg.

I also included some vanilla cupcake goldfish. We should find out in a few days if she made the cut, I will let you know.

May 01, 2016

Plackers Review and Giveaway

Makers of the first dental flosser Plackers wants to help parents establish healthy dental care habits in their children. They are doing this in the best way possible, with their new Plackers Fruit Smoothie Swirl flossers and the Flosser Friend.

Fruit Smoothie Swirl flossers offer a colorful, angled, dual grip handle making it easier for little hands to floss on their own, but what do kids love most about these? The fruity flavor of course! Your kiddos will love using these flossers and you will love that they help reduce tooth decay and promote healthier gums by removing plaque and food. The Plackers Flosser Friend is also a fun and functional way for your kids to enjoy their teeth cleaning ritual. Flosser Friend is easy to open and holds your child's unused flossers. It even comes pre packaged with 30 flossers to start.

Penelope was so excited to receive these two items and has been flossing up a storm, in fact she had a dentist appointment last week and he mentioned what a great job she has been doing flossing her teeth.

You can easily purchase Fruit Smoothie Swirl flossers and a Flosser Friend online. While you are there grab your kids and check out Plackers Kids Club filled with games and activities designed to get your kids thinking about the good health of their teeth.

The generous people at Plackers are allowing me to give one of my readers the chance to win a Flosser Friend!

To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me who will be the lucky kid to get their hands on a Flosser Friend. You can get extra entries for following me via GFC and liking me on Facebook.

This giveaway will end on May 13, 2016. I will choose the winner using Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile. US entries only.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge from Moms Meet. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

April 30, 2016

More Chippys!

I found two "new for me" bags of chips while shopping at World Market the other day. Of course I could not pass them up.

The first bag is a British import, so they are actually crisps not chips. These John & John Suffolk Cheddar & Chives crisps were not bad. They are thick cut and well, super crisp. I think they could used a little more salt. I am waiting for World Market to bring in their Aspall Cyder Vinegar crisps, I love me some vinegar  chips crisps, whatever.

The second bag was from one of my many fave brands, Hawaiian kettle style potato chips. This 30th Anniversary Special Batch is flavored Island Lemon. How could I leave the store without these. As promised these were tart & tangy and pretty tasty. They reminded me a little of Lay's Limon flavor only thicker, crunchier and not as salty. I think these could have used a little salt. They were good nonetheless and also tasted great with a little Tapatio on them.
Head on over to your local World Market and pick these chips up now before they leave the shelves!

April 19, 2016

BBQ Jalapeno Ranch Chopped Salad

Last night I made a BBQ Jalapeno Ranch Chopped Salad and meatloaf for dinner.

BBQ Jalapeno Ranch Chopped Salad

Small bag of coleslaw mix or you can chop up your own cabbage and carrot combo
Chopped romaine lettuce
Black beans
Shredded Colby jack cheese
Cooked and crumbled bacon
Crushed tortilla chips
Jalapeno ranch dressing, I used Litehouse
Barbecue sauce, I used Rufus Teague

Put your cabbage mix in a large bowl and toss with some jalapeno ranch dressing, add the remaining ingredients except for the barbecue sauce and toss. I used canned black beans and corn but this would have been even better with roasted corn. Drizzle the top with the barbecue sauce. Enjoy

Because you are tossing your tortilla chips in with everything else this salad is only good eaten the same day while the chips still have a crunch to them.

April 17, 2016

Welcome to the Family!

Last weekend we took a trip to Petsmart to look for an aquarium to create a snail habitat for Penelope's pet snails.

Every afternoon for a week she had been collecting snails from our front yard and having snail races with them. Every morning when she would go and check on her snails they would be gone...well she always managed to find them again because they really only got a few feet away over night. You know what they say about snails... Anyway she got the bright idea to mark their shells, first with chalk, but when that didn't work she decided to label them with stickers, she even named her snails; Green Machine, Violet, Speedy, Lucky and Blue. I suggested we make a little home for them so they couldn't run slowly slide  away again. So as I was saying, last weekend we headed to Petsmart for a snail home and ended up coming home with this little guy instead.

Meet the newest addition to the Lavoie household, H.N. Cheerio or just Cheerio for short. In honor of Penelope's new furry buddy I made her a surprise lunch today.

Top tier: Cheerios and fruit gummies, sour cream & cheddar chips and oranges because Cheerio loves to snack on oranges.

Bottom tier: C for Cheerio cheese, a piggy turkey and cheese sandwich on top of some non edible grass with a few edible jelly beans thrown in it. They are supposed to resemble guinea pig poop because that's all this little guy does, eat and POOP!

Oh and a bottle of water of course cause Cheerio goes through about a bottle of water a day. Whoever said guinea pigs were a low maintenance pet were sorely mistaken. And in case you were wondering what happened to her pet snails I think they finally made it to the backyard by now.

Frosch Cleaning Products Review

The Frosch brand was launched in 1986 and has been voted Germany's most trusted brand by Readers Digest for 15 years running.

  • Natural ingredients
  • Vegetable origin
  • Skin-friendliness
  • No damaging chemicals
  • Recyclable materials
  • Respects animals
  • Energy conscious production
  • Company water treatment plant
  • 25 years of experience
These are the 9 points Frosch would like consumers to know about their company and products, they also want to get the word out that Frosch products are now available in the USA.

A couple of months ago I was sent several Frosch cleaning products for review including:
Baking Soda All-Purpose Cleaner
Lavender Universal Cleaner
Lemon Cream Cleaner
Aloe Vera Dishwashing Liquid
Pomegranate Dishwashing Liquid
I am loving all the products and use them regularly. The photo above was taken a couple of days after receiving these products. I actually started using the Baking Soda All-purpose Cleaner immediately and then remembered to take a photo to share with all of you. This bottle of all-purpose cleaner is long gone. It was actually one of my favorite Frosch products I received, mostly because of the convenient spray bottle, but also because it works great for most messes. It lifts grease off the stove, keeps bathroom counters clean and wipes up kitchen food messes easily. The Lemon Cream Universal Cleaner works on stubborn stains and messes. It is a scouring cream and keeps my white kitchen sink white, with just a little scrubbing action. It also smells really good. Another thing this stuff is good for is cleaning tile countertops. Put some on a wet rag and scrub between the cracks for sparkling tiles. When I read that the Lavender Universal Cleaner could be used as a floor cleaner to clean tile and wood I was pretty excited. I love the smell of lavender and this stuff leaves your floors smelling so good. You just add a couple of tablespoons to a bucket of water and mop away. The Aloe Vera Dishwashing Liquid works great and is gentle on my hands. I have yet to use the Pomegranate Dishwashing Liquid because I do most of my dishwashing in the dishwasher, but I did take a whiff of it and it smells really good and fruity.
Frosch products are all reasonably priced and I like that they are made with ingredients that you don't have to worry about. You can purchase the above products and more by visiting FroschUSA online.
The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge from Moms Meet. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

April 15, 2016

Bye Bye Kitty

We have been back from Oregon for a couple of  weeks now, I have some photos to share but I also wanted to share some sad news....

My beloved Mr. Rat passed away on April 2. He was almost 17 years old and I had him my entire adult life. He lived a good life my little furry friend, got to travel many places, first class even. Was with me through good times and bad. A couple times I thought I lost  him but he always came back home.

Peaceful Paws did a good  job preserving his memory, even saved me a tuft of his fur. I can still hear his little meows and meeps and sometimes I think I see him out of the corner of my eye. This cat was one of the best, just ask anyone who met him. He always greeted those with nuzzles and would roll on the floor waiting for belly rubs. He will be missed always...

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