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10 Things I Heart in Winter

I know it’s not “officially” Winter yet, however the things I love all have to do with Winter or the Winter season, so I’m posting my 10 Things I Heart in Winter.

10 Things I Heart Winter MommyB

Here we go!

1. Warm coffee, yummo!!! Here are my favorite varieties:

    • On-the-go –  Starbucks, (My favorite is Hazelnut Macchiato with soy milk)
    • At home – Real Cup Coffee, they have awesome coffees and teas that work great with my Keurig and both hubby and I love. I personally love flavored coffee (see above) and for the Winter season they have a great Winterfest flavor.

Real Coffee MommyB

    • For stocking stuffers – Craft Coffee’s Coffee DNA Project™, if you know a coffee lover this great coffee subscription features coffees you probably won’t find anywhere else in a great sampler size (not too small not too big). Answer some questions, customize or get their recommendations.

2. The Spirit of Giving.

I reviewed and posted about this awesome book last year – The Sparkle Box Book Review and we fell in love. Without giving any of the storyline away the book encourages families to do for others. It not only gives a great incentive to have a giving spirit, but it reminds us what Christmas is all about. I love seeing our sparkling box this time of year and love that my girls desire to fill it up with good deeds for others. Hope you check it out!

3. Smiling Faces, Fun Experiences, and Cute Pets.

Where do all those things appear?? Instagram. Yep, I heart Instagram. Probably my most loved version of social media. It’s less controversial than Facebook can be at times and rather than all the words on Twitter I can see fun, sweet, beautiful pictures that embody the lives of family, friends, and coworkers (aka other bloggers and pr companies).

Recently I received an opportunity to check out #Cube™. Basically it’s a large 8” square LCD touch screen display, that taps into Instagram. #Cube™ delivers real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, has built-in Wi-Fi, free wireless software updates, and is rechargeable. You can put #Cube™ anywhere in your house and move it around easily because it’s wireless (and really cool too.)

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If you know someone who would love this as a gift, or want to buy it for yourself (that’s okay too), head to hashtagcube.com/#cube and for a $15#cube discount use coupon code: CUBE71 at checkout (affiliate link).

4. Christmas Cards

I love making our Christmas Cards each year, but even more so I love receiving them. We’re thankful for any cards we receive this time of year, but I’m especially partial to those with pictures of beautiful families, awesome couples, fun kids, awesome babies, and sweet pets. This month we’ve already received a bunch and I can’t wait to see new ones that come each day and hang them up.

5. Elderberry

Each time we get sick (which I feel like for a family of four isn’t too often, but often enough), I have a couple of dear friends who remind me the power of Elderberry. Well just last month I decided to get on the Elderberry train and I’m so glad I did! I didn’t realize all of the great benefits of Elderberry especially when you’re fighting an illness.

Norm’s Farms (locally in NC but ships worldwide), has an AMAZING selection of Elderberry products, that we used and loved (okay the girls didn’t like the taste but I thought it was similar to cranberry and loved it). My favorite product is their Elderberry Extract which is great for boosting your immune system, and has 2 times the amount of antioxidants than blueberries. They also have some great jellies and jams you’ll want to check out as well.

Norms Farms Elderberry MommyB

I also found some Elderberry products in health stores like lozenges that included zinc which I’ve heard is also another great, homeopathic way to treat a cough/cold. So don’t put it off like me, try Elderberry and then come back and thank me when you fall in love too!

6. Gettin’ Crafty.

Now that my girls are older, they want more hands-on activities and learning opportunities that a coloring book just won’t achieve. We often keep recycled materials in a bin in their “kids’ office” but we also buy science experiment kits, and craft sets.

We were able to try CreatorBox, a built-it-yourself subscription box that includes a new toy each month. The box comes complete with instructions and quality materials and feature some really cool things you wouldn’t normally think to create like a trebuchet/catapult, paper airplane launcher, and smart house.

For us, this was a great project for the girls to do with DaddyB because I often work on arts, crafts and projects with them, but due to DaddyB’s work schedule the quality time he does have is on the weekends. We saved our catapult for the girls to put together with him and they had a blast with it! I highly recommend this for great family bonding, and learning too!

7. Holiday Shopping

We don’t go big for Christmas presents but we do buy each of our girls 3 gifts (want, need, read) and this year we also bought most of our family 3 gifts as well (one thoughtful gift, one gift card, and one handmade gift). While at a recent BJ’s Holiday event, my assistant Lil’ C and I were introduced to quite a few great gift sets and learned a little more about BJ’s Wholesale as well.

Though we were members for several years, mostly buying diapers and paper products, I never realized how much larger BJ’s Wholesale is than their competitors, carrying more than double typically. They also have a great charitable foundation that gives back to the community and each store also participates in several outreach opportunities throughout the season including an angel tree. Did you know that???

Here are some of the great gifts for two-legged family and friends (and some four legged ones too):

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8. Fun Movies

I love fun winter and Christmas movies, don’t you? The problem with fun movies though is that there are so many to choose from, so I’m gonna try to keep my list simple. Try is the operative word people. In no particular order:

  • Elf, for obvious reasons.
  • Iesodo’s new JOY themed video
  • The Grinch (good lessons in here)
  • Home Alone (and Home Alone 2 but if I have to pick, I’d go with the first one)
  • Any Veggie Tales Christmas, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, Saint Nicholas is a great one to teach your kiddos about who St. Nicholas really was, and the Ultimate Christmas Collection has a bunch of great holiday DVDs in one great set.

9. Goodies

Yep, it’s the season of candy and sweets, cookie exchanges, and delicious stocking stuffers. One of my favorite places to pick up sweet treats for my family is CVS/pharmacy. They have the usual treats like candy canes, gold coins (which I always put in the girls’ stockings), and other great candy bars, nuts, and trail mixes to name a few, plus the sales and prices are….awesome.

CVS Gold Emblem Select MommyB

10. You! 

The biggest thing I love this Winter is you!! I always try to remind you, my readers, that I’m so thankful and blessed to have you stopping by my site, reading, and sharing my posts. I hope that you have a great winter, a Merry Christmas and of course an awesome New Year. Thank you for being so amazing for yet another year end. I heart you!!!

 

 

 

This is not a sponsored post, however I have worked with some of the above brands in various ways and received some product to showcase on my blog. Any and all opinions expressed in the above post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free Candy {Guest Review}

My 2 year old daughter has a giant sweet tooth and as much as I try to curb it, sugar still sneaks into her diet. We also have to deal with gluten intolerance and an egg allergy, which can make finding a safe treat difficult.

So, when I had the chance to sample some of the candies from Gimbal’s Fine Candies, I was so excited. Not only are they allergen free (think no gluten, peanuts, egg, etc), but they are also free of high fructose corn syrup! Plus, knowing that they are made with real fruit juice, this momma couldn’t say “no”.

Gimbal’s was nice enough to send us the gourmet jellybeans and the Cherry Lovers to sample. With the gourmet jellybeans, we had fun picking through the jellybeans and guessing each of the 41 flavors. With fun unique flavors like pomegranate, boysenberry, or even baja margarita, Gimbal’s quickly worked their way into being a favorite brand of jellybean. Their website also has 20 recipes for fun new jellybean flavors like Key Lime Pie and Blueberry Muffin.

Gimbal's Fine Candy Jellybeans Review MommyB

The biggest hit in our house, though, was the Cherry Lovers selection we received. With flavors like cherry vanilla, cherry cheesecake (which really tastes like cheesecake!), wild cherry, and cherry kiwi , the cherry lover in your family will definitely be satisfied with the selection. My husband thought he was in candy heaven. So much so, that within four days, my husband had eaten both bags of the Cherry Lovers jellybeans! I’ve already had to order a large container to satisfy his cherry craving.

Gimbal's Fine Candies Jelly Bean Cherry Lovers Review MommyB

 

There are several size choices with Gimbal’s candies, but I received the 13-14oz packages. For $4.29 a bag, we will definitely get some more for an occasional treat.

What is your family’s favorite treat?

If you’re interested in finding out more about Gimbal’s treats whether or not your family has food allergies check their website out: Gimbal’s Fine Candies.

Mary BioMary Renee currently lives in Missouri with her husband and 2 year old “little diva”. Southern by birth and gluten-intolerant by a twist of fate, she is determined to work her way through all the comfort foods her momma made and then some, giving each dish a gluten-free twist that’s good enough for a Southern palate.

You can find her creating new dishes at Gluten Free with Southern Charm and dishing on her family at Joy in These Moments.

 

 

I received review samples that I used for this post. I was not obligated to write about this product nor was I paid to write about this product. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest words. 

Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day with a Delicious Date-Night Strawberry Smoothie

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is about sweethearts and all things sweet. Whether your sweeties are your children, a spouse, or a significant other ’tis the season to treat them to some love-filled goodies.

I love SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in one of the other loves of my life, coffee. Did you know though that although SPLENDA® is awesome as a beverage sweetener you can also use it for all sorts of things.

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated can be used almost anywhere sugar is used, including cooking and baking. It measures cup-for-cup like sugar, but contains 678 calories less than sugar on a cup-for-cup basis. One teaspoon of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated contains the sweetness equivalency of one teaspoon of sugar with no calories or carbohydrates.

Here are a couple of sweet ideas for you to use this Valentine’s Day to treat your loved ones:

Replace another sweetener with SPLENDA®. While you’re making your heart-shaped cookies and rich chocolate fudge swap out your normal sweetener for SPLENDA®.

Create an awesome Date-Night Smoothie or daiquiri to share with your sweetie using this recipe:

Strawberry Splenda Smoothie

Adapted Image courtesy of WWWorks

INGREDIENTS

3 cups frozen strawberries
2/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 1/4 cups your favorite orange juice
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt {I love greek yogurt if you want a thicker smoothie}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until you reach desired consistency.

 

 

 

Or if you’re snowed in this winter. Check out my recipe for Snow Cream and as a healthier version consider using skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk and SPLENDA® to sweeten up the taste. This is a great, sweet treat to enjoy and snuggle up with your Valentine.

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This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream Copycat – Snow Cream Recipe

Have you been seeing sightings of “Snow Cream” posts on social media? The last time it snowed this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, everyone and their mothers were talking about it, and making it.

Before this year I had NEVER heard a single thing about it, and until today, I had never tried it. If you have snow it’s really pretty easy and tastes almost exactly like Chick-Fil A’s Ice Dream, so thus the copycat recipe.

PicMonkey CollageHow to Make Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream Copycat Snow Cream Recipe MommyB

If you are expecting snow, place a large, clean pot {or several} out to collect enough for about 6-8 cups of snow. I used the biggest pot that I had in my kitchen and set it on one of our outdoor chairs {hoping that no animals bothered it.} Empty Pot for Snow Cream MommyB

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Here’s the full list of ingredients:

  • 6-8 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (I like Eagle brand) If you don’t have condensed milk you can use heavy cream, coffee creamer, almond milk, coconut milk etc, you just may have to add more sweetener.
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • Toppings (think chocolate sauce, sprinkles, fruit, nuts)

How to make Ice Dream Copycat aka Snow Cream:

Once you have 6-8 cups or more of snow prepare to experience your first taste of Snow Cream. I measured mine {sort of}.

Measure Snow for Snow Cream MommyB

Add all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl or if you want to leave in the pot you collected the snow in that’s fine too. I started with the condensed milk, then added the vanilla extract.

Milk for Snow Cream Recipe MommyB

Mix all of the ingredients until combined. I would recommend not to mix until the Snow Cream is smooth though as it will become too “soupy” and more like a milkshake {which would be yummy too}.

After mixing, consider adding your favorite toppings or enjoying as is {both are delicious}.

Snow Cream Toppings MommyB

My girls decided they wanted to add their favorite ice cream sauce and rainbow sprinkles. The sprinkles definitely gave us some color on this cold wintery day. They loved eating them in their Disney cups too, which worked out perfectly when the last few scoops were liquid-y enough to sip.

Snow Cream Ice Dream MommyB

There you have it, simple, yummy, and tastes just like Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream {or maybe even a little yummier.}

Have you ever heard of Snow Cream?? Have you ever eaten or made it??

Like this recipe?? Be sure to share with your friends and follow MommyBKnowsBest.com for more great recipes, product reviews, and parenting tips and tricks.

 

Loacker Love Valentine’s Day Photo Contest

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Loacker.

Love is in the air, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner.  It’s an awesome time to show your love for significant others, children, pets, family, friends, and maybe even some delicious treats too.

Meet your soon-to-be newest favorite treat {if it isn’t already}. Loacker, an international brand founded in Italy in 1925 that makes a variety of cookies and treats using only pure and natural ingredients {not to mention 100% recyclable packaging}. They’re a big brand in Europe, but lucky us, their products are new to the U.S.

Loacker is excited to introduce their sweet, natural goodies to America and want to celebrate with a contest!

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“Loacker Love” Valentine’s Day Photo Contest is open now through February 16th, 2014.

How to Enter: Capture a moment that shows your love for your favorite Loacker moment or Loacker product. Submit your picture on Facebook, with a brief caption and be sure to include the hashtag #LoackerLove (feel free to share your image on Twitter, and Instagram using the same hashtag.)

Once you’ve uploaded your photo, make sure you share with your friends and family to get as many votes as you can to win the prize. Each person can vote for their favorite entries once daily!!

The Prizes:
The top 5 winners will receive a “With all my heart” Tin* and our Rose Tin*, both perfect for the Valentine’s season and filled with delicious assorted Loacker wafers!

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Be sure to follow Loacker’s social media channels to fall in love with this great brand and find out more about where to purchase Loacker treats and cookies:

Loacker Facebook: facebook.com/LoackerUSA
Loacker website: loacker.com/usa/
Loacker Twitter: twitter.com/loackerusa/
Loacker Pinterest: pinterest.com/usa

 

 

I received compensation to bring this message to you. I only write about products and brands that I think would be appealing to my own family and yours as well. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

A Berry Sweet Holiday

I’ll try to keep this post as un-punny as possible, but I can’t make any promises. However I do promise an honest review of the following products that I received to test out. My taste buds thank you for continuing to read and support my posts so I can enjoy yummy treats like those that Shari’s Berries have to offer.

This season I’ve had the blessing of being able to host a few different play dates and get-togethers and I love figuring out what goodies I’ll be serving my guests. Shari’s Berries makes entertaining so easy!

Easy Entertaining with Sweets

Shari’s Berries products arrive at your doorstep and once you open them from their packaging are ready to be plated and eaten with little to no preparation.

Although Shari’s Berries products are beautifully designed in themselves, if you want to dress up your presentation even more, consider using common holiday food items like peppermints, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, or extra sprinkles.

My favorite products to share {only because it’s the season of giving}, are their Handmade Artisan Sea Salted Caramels, I’m not kidding you when I tell you these delicious pieces of sweet goodness will make you want to regift them to yourself. I love the unique sugars, my favorite is the Classic Salted Caramel with Murray River Pink Flake Salt. This is definitely one you will want to buy for yourself and of course for others too!!

If you’re in the mood for some chilled desserts I highly recommended Shari’s Berries Dipped Strawberries and Cheesecake Trios {the Original NY Cheesecake is my all-time fav, even though I’m a self-proclaimed choco-holic}. All three of the cheesecake trios are creamy and rich and a great, giftable item.

So if you have a party coming up soon and not enough time to make some delicious, holiday inspired treats, think Shari’s Berries for your holiday dessert needs.

Be sure to head to Shari’s Berries here: berries.com to check out their wide selection of affordable treats.

What kinds of parties are you hosting this holiday season??

 

This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Shari’s Berries, however my opinions are my own, honest thoughts based on my experiences with the product. Your opinions and experiences may vary.

 

 

Christmas Tree Cakes with NEW Cake Boss Cake Mixes and Frostings {Giveaway}

Let the baking begin!!! Tis’ the season to be baking, whether you’re headed out to a party or making baked goods as gifts, for most of us, this time of year our ovens are warm and the mixing bowls are out.

I enjoy baking at Christmas time and seeing people try my *hopefully yummy treats. {I have been known to win an award or two for my yummy cookies.} I think this love for baking comes from my mom, who enjoys making cookies and fudge around the holidays to give to neighbors and friends.

Recently, I was able to try out some of the brand NEW cake mixes and frostings from Cake Boss. In honor of the holidays I figured I would make something festive so I came up with a yummy Christmas Tree Cake:

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To make my Christmas Tree cakes with Cake Boss Cake Mixes and Frostings, I wanted to add a surprise in the middle and since we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday so I thought the, II’S YOUR PARTY cake mix was appropriate. The kids loved seeing the bright colored confetti in their cakes. We also kept the cakes simple by using the VIVA VANILLA frosting, since most kids like vanilla, and it’s easier to decorate or even change the color.

Using the 6-Cup Round Cakelette Pan, I baked my cakes, although I filled it a little too high, I would recommend for this project to fill the wells to half, the higher the cakes bake the more you will need to cut off to create a level “tree” bottom. {Although if you want a tasty snack or to use for cake pops or other treats, that may not be a bad thing.}

The frosting is made with real vanilla and palm oil so for me it was different than the usual store-bought frostings and I really enjoyed the flavor and texture.

Christmas Tree #cakebosscake Collage

Obviously, I’m not a frosting whiz, or a professional baker, but what my decoration skills lacked, these cakes made up for with their light and super moist taste. The moms were raving about the taste and I think I may have found my new cake mix and frosting for the holidays.

When it comes to a great tasting cake, it starts with the right ingredients. Each cake mix comes with a pouch of bakery crème – Buddy’s secret to making velvety moist cakes. The cake mixes are available in six delicious flavors: VA VA VELVET,IT’S YOUR PARTY, DECADENT DEVIL’S FOOD, CHOCOLATE TRIFECTA, PRIMO YELLOW, and DIVINE WHITE.

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CAKE BOSS Frostings are premium frostings give you a taste experience you would expect to find at Buddy’s bakery. Made with high quality ingredients and zero trans-fat, the frostings pair perfectly with Cake Boss cake mixes. They are available in four indulgent flavors: WHOLE LOTTA CHOCOLATE, VIVA VANILLA,MEGA MILK CHOCOLATE, and CRÈME DE LA CREAM CHEESE.

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In addition to the new mixes and frostings, the Cake Boss baked good line includes beautiful and delicious buttercream cakes, fondant cakes and boutique-style cupcakes with unique combinations of amazing flavors, fillings and designs. Not to mention their line of bakeware!

I want you to win some Cake Boss goodies!! Enter now through December 16th to win just in time for your holiday baking!

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For more information on the Cake Boss cake line, visit CakeBossCakes.com, and for Cake Boss bakeware, visit: CakeBossBaking.com

 

I received complimentary products in order to complete this honest review including my own personal thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

 

5 Ways I Unwind After the Kids are in Bed

Being a work-at-home mom is no joke, I won’t list what I do daily between work and being a momma and running the house, because I know your job(s) are probably just as packed and filled with awesomeness and craziness at the same time.

The cocktail of emails, chauffeuring, tweeting, preparing meals, and sweeping up crumbs, leaves me, most nights, drained. After the girls are in bed, and after their obligatory attempts to get food/drink/more hugs and they’re really really  asleep, I get to take a big breath in and let it out.

Being a blogger I do my writing mostly at night, but often times before I begin work for the night I give myself a little down-time. For me, it’s important to have even 30 minutes to unwind after my kids are in bed. I don’t know about you, but I usually find myself doing mindless, calming activities to release the day’s stresses.

Here are 5 Ways that I Unwind after the Kids are in Bed:

Have a “hard drink”. No, I’m not talking about liquor, or even wine, I’m actually talking about my favorite pop or if you will, soda. My soda is like my beer at the end of the night. I know it may sound weird drinking caffeine so late at night, but it also helps give me a little kick that I need to get the rest of my work done too.

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Become a video game junkie.  At least for 10 or so minutes. I love playing time-management games. Again, I know it probably sounds weird considering most of my day is time management, but unlike real life….I can conquer these games, and complete levels…at home, not so much completion, just repetition. Wash, dry, fold, put away, wash, dry…..

Shocker, Television.  No shocker here, I use tv shows to help me decompress. Typically these days I stick to dance or cooking competitions, or some revamping show where hosts take a business and give it a new plan. For me, they are mindless shows where I don’t have to think about the character plot, and can just sit and veg out and my brain cool off.

Surfing the Inter Webs.  While it may seem logical to not be on the computer when I’m not working, I really enjoy checking out a few websites that show off baked delights, crazy cakes, new biracial hairstyles for the girls, and new kids movie trailers. It’s nice to be online and not have a specific purpose other than laughing, or finding something really cool to show the kids the next day.

Quaker Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies MommyB

Treat Myself to a treat.  If I were a treat, I would want to be the treatiest treat in all the land, or just something that is the perfect snack. I love the fact that Quaker Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are made with Quaker® oats AND there are four cookies in each convenient, handy pack, so I can stop at just one…I said “I can”, meaning if I wanted to.

Quaker® Chocolate Chip Cookies allow me to be indulgent while still providing the power of Quaker® oats to fuel me for whatever the rest of the day might hold.

Share how celebrate your me-time and go to Everyday Health for more fun stories.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Harvard Sweet Boutique – Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, 10 days to go to be exact. I love getting my husband and girls gifts for Valentine’s Day to show them that I care, and to be completely honest I like getting Valentine’s gifts and treats as well. It’s a fun holiday to celebrate whether you’re celebrating with your significant other or the entire family.

I enjoy getting at least one edible treat for this holiday and this year I got a taste {literally} of Valentine’s Day early. Harvard Sweet Boutique sent me some samples of their brownies and cookies so I could tell you what my honest thoughts are on their products. But first, let me tell you a little more about the company itself.

Harvard Sweet Boutique Logo

Harvard Sweet Boutique is a gourmet, all-natural dessert company that offers hand-made goodies for any occasion. The mouth-watering artisan brownies, decadent cookies and dissolve-in-your-mouth toffee can be easily bought online and shipped to friends, loved ones and business associates for any occasion. Even for those with specific dietary needs, Harvard Sweet Boutique offers low-carbohydrate and gluten-free treats! They have a huge customer following and have been featured in national magazines like Every Day with Rachael Ray and InStyle.

My first thoughts when I received my package was how great their presentation was. If I had been receiving this as a gift from hubby I definitely would have been beyond excited to open it. As I opened my package I saw a bunch of individually wrapped treats to enjoy. As far as the look of the treats they were okay, the Vanilla Sea Salt Carmel Brownie was a little gooey in the package, but the only item that was damaged was my, “Perfect” sugar cookie. See the irony?!?! I’m not too picky though when it comes to looks of the goodies, I’m more about the taste. Although I must say the Mint Chocolate Fudge Brownie did look pretty in it’s package.

Harvard Sweet Boutique MommyBKnowsBest

Now, to the taste, in my opinion, the most important factor, among presentation and price. I did taste each of the items in my basket and my favorites by far were the brownies. If you are a center-brownie person, and like the really fudgy ones these will make your mouth happy. I loved the Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Brownies, there were a few spots where the salt was concentrated, but all together this was the best brownie I have ever eaten. I also really enjoyed the Mint Chocolate Fudge and regular Fudge Brownies.

Harvard Sweet Boutique Brownies

As for the cookies in my box, to be completely honest, I wasn’t super thrilled about them. I like my cookies like I like my brownies, soft and a little gooey even. But for those of you who like crispy cookies you will totally enjoy these. My girls, however loved each of the cookies they got to try out. When it comes to cookies they’re not picky, but the conversation heart sugar cookie was their favorite I assume because of the way it was decorated.

One last thing that I can TOTALLY appreciate about Harvard Sweet Boutique is that they have gifts in several different price ranges. I like that they have some treats that are under $20 and even a fun Miniature Brownies & Bars box for only $11.00, that’s pretty decent.

Visit HarvardSweetBoutique.com for your gift orders whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or another occasion this year. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

 

As I mentioned above I received samples of Harvard Sweet Boutique products in order to give you my honest opinions of their products. The opinions and thoughts expressed above are my own thoughts, yours may vary if you are a brownie corner connoisseur.  

10 Things You Can and Should Do With Blue Bunny Ice Cream {Giveaway}

10 Things You Can Do with Ice Cream

I have to admit, in case you couldn’t already tell, I love ice cream. It has been one of my favorite treats since I was a little kid, and honestly one of the few ways I get my dairy in. Although I know it’s, as Sesame Street would now say, “a sometimes food”, I do enjoy a good ice cream occasionally.

Blue Bunny has totally spoiled me with their awesome flavors, but moreover their quality ingredients. Whenever I tell anyone about Blue Bunny I am always gloating about the products that they use in their ice creams. You can just tell the quality is different from a number of their chilly competitors.

Here are a few things you can and should do with Blue Bunny Ice Cream:

10 Things You Can Do with Ice Cream

1. Host an ice cream party. Whether it’s a children’s ice cream social, having a mom’s night in with yummy treats, a party celebrating ice cream itself, holiday soirees, or any occasion really, there’s always room for Blue Bunny ice cream.

2. Drink your ice cream. You can make a milkshake, rootbeer {or any kind of} float, or just wait until your ice cream has melted into a milky puddle and slurp away. Yum!

3. Hide some in the freezer. Here’s one for your bucket list. Buy a pint of your favorite ice cream flavor, and hide it underneath the frozen veggies or other food that you know won’t be touched much by your spouse or children and enjoy it all by yourself savoring each bite.

4. Make an ice cream creation. Using ice cream as the main ingredient, check out recipe websites and Pinterest for ways to enhance your ice cream treat. A few of my personal favorites are ice cream sandwiches, ice cream pie, and of course ice cream cake. I have yet to try fried ice cream though, have you??

Blue Bunny Adult Ice Cream

5. Try a new flavor of ice cream. Be brave and be bold. If you’re the type of person who always gets the exact same scoop of chocolate ice cream every time you’re in an ice cream shop, mix things up! Add a new flavor to your current favorite or if you’re not quite ready for the full flavor switch consider adding toppings to dress up your go-to.

6. Make your own ice cream. Now I have yet to do this on my own, although Miss A told me the other day she knows exactly how to make it because Max & Ruby give instructions on their show. {Max and Ruby are two cartoon character bunnies.} I really do want to try this and see how it goes, plus I know my girls would LOVE to help.

7. Pose with ice cream. Whether you’re enjoying some delicious cones with your family, or maybe even doing a maternity photo shoot, why not!??!

MommyB Blue Bunny Ice Cream Maternity

8. Gift ice cream. If you have a friend who’s having a tough day, a gallon of their favorite ice cream, two bowls and two spoons can make a world of difference. Consider also bringing it as a housewarming gift or dinner party gift to serve for dessert.

9. Eat it!!! No matter if you are a cone or dish ice cream eater, whether it’s blended, fried, or just straight out of the carton, the best thing to do with your Blue Bunny Ice Cream is to eat it. YUM!!! The second best, however may be to…

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I received Blue Bunny products in order to write this post. All opinions and thoughts expressed above are my own, however yours may vary, but if you don’t get your maternity pictures taken with a carton of ice cream, you really may wish you had. Just sayin’.