Saturday, June 28, 2014

Milo's Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats

Hey Neighbors!

We were on the road all day today, so this post is a little later in the day than I would like.  My box of Milo's Kitchen Home Style Dog Treats arrived the other day.  We tried to be quiet while opening them, but somehow our dogs seem to know when there is something for them to try.  By the time the box was opened and we had taken pictures we had two Shelties at our feet.

My daughter and I both agree they smell good!  I think our Shelties agree too!  They certainly show up fast enough when the hear us open one of the bags.  I think I might have half a bag total left from the three bags of treats.

We received three flavors of the Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats, Steak Grillers, Chicken Grillers and Grilled Burger Bites.  Sounds like summer flavors since they are grilled.  Yes, they actually look like pieces of grilled chicken or steak and the grilled burgers, look like a burger patty.  There are no artificial flavors or colors, and real chicken or beef is the #1 ingredient.  Not to mention, they are made in the USA.

Milo's Kitchen Treats:
·         Milo’s Kitchen® Home-style Dog Treats believes dogs deserve treats made with the same quality of ingredients and care that you want for your food. That’s why we made a treat truck just for dogs!
·         Each recipe is carefully prepared to bring out all the flavors your dog loves. Milo’s Kitchen makes a unique line of mouthwatering varieties for your dog including: Chicken Meatballs, Beef Sausage Slices with Rice, Steak Grillers Recipe, Chicken Grillers Recipe, Grilled Burger Bites, and Chicken Jerky Recipe.

For any of my neighbors in the Chicago area, the Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck is planning a visit to Chicago.
·         The Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck will be coming to your area so plan a special date with your dog and join us:
o   July 19th – Chicago, IL, Windy City Pet Expo, 1033 North Villa Ave. 
*Dog parks are subject to change due to weather and foot traffic
·         Please let us know if you plan on attending one of the events so we can be sure to keep you updated on any location changes.
·         It wouldn’t be a food truck without home-style dog treats! Your dog is invited to try free samples of Milo’s Kitchen®treats so you can figure out which varieties will have your four-legged friend begging for more.

I also received a $25 Visa Gift Card with our Milo's Kitchen Treats, so we can buy more treats!  The best news is, one neighbor is going to receive the same box I did.  A bag of all three flavor treats and a $25 Visa Gift Card.  Are you begging yet? Sit, stay while I share a little more information.  Be sure to lick, I mean, Like Milo's Kitchen HERE on Facebook!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and no PO Boxes.   “The Milo’s Kitchen® dog treats, gift cards, and information have been provided by Milo’s Kitchen®.” 

Now you can enter!  See you soon!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer and Strawberry Shortcake

Hey neighbors!

Summer means fresh fruit!  What a great time of year to make your own Strawberry Shortcake.  Well, when I received my 3 - piece Bowl Set from Good Cook, sold exclusively at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Strawberry Shortcake was one of our first ideas for using our bowls.

Let me tell you a little about the bowl set and then I will share what we did to make our Strawberry Shortcake.  The bowl set is actually a bowl, colander and a lid.  The colander sits inside the bowl, so you can place fresh fruit in there and let the juices flow through.  The lid is perfect once you have you fruit rinsed or cut up, you can store it in your refrigerator to chill. Start thinking watermelon!  there are so many ways to use this set.  You can use them all together, or you can drain your fruit in the colander and use the other bowl for mixing.  What a great combination.

Now, on to our Shortcake.  First of all, let me say, my family prefers to have fresh baked shortcake over store bought cake any time.  First we brought home our strawberries, cut them up, and placed them in the colander.  We rinsed them off and then replaced the colander in the bowl, popped on the lid and placed them in the refrigerator to chill.  Next we pulled out the ingredients for our shortcakes.

• 2 cups flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 tsp soda
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4-1/2 cup butter
• 2/3 cup buttermilk

The first thing we did was make our own buttermilk.  Much cheaper than buying it.  Place 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup.  Add milk to the one cup line and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.  You now have your own buttermilk.

Now, stir together your flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and sugar.
Cut the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.
Add in the buttermilk and stir gently with a fork.
Knead gently 5-10 times max.  Do not overwork the dough.
Pat or roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into biscuits and place on an ungreased baking sheet.  (We used a large cookie cutter.)
Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, until golden brown, making sure to check them with 5 minutes remaining.
Allow them to cool.

Now, pull out your strawberries and lightly mash them with the desired amount of sugar.  Some people prefer them without sugar ad others like them super sweet.

Cut your shortcake in half and spoon some berries on the bottom half.  Place the top on, add whipped topping a few more strawberries and you are done.  Sometimes we make our own whipped topping, but this time we used store bought.  It was really good!  Hungry yet?

There, doesn't that look delicious?  You can purchase one of these Good Cook 3 - Piece Bowl Sets from Bed Bath and Beyond.  Oh, one of my neighbors can win this giveaway and receive one of these great bowl sets for themselves.  Let's share, share, share this giveaway!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bet on Your Baby Luv's Coupon Giveaway

Hey neighbors!

This is going to be a fast turnaround.  Bet on Your Baby is sponsoring this GREAT giveaway!  Have any of you seen this?  I haven't, but it sounds like it might get pretty funny.

All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Find out when actress/comedienne and working mom Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family's Baby Daddy hosts this adorable, hilarious and surprisingly suspenseful game show. Parents try to predict their toddler's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education.
Airs Saturdays at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC starting May 31st.

How well do you know your baby?  Could you predict what they might do?  I am thinking this could get hard to do.  I mean even if you know your child well, what might they do in front of a camera!  How often in every day life does your child do something that surprises you?  Would you be willing to try this?

So, are my neighbors interested in a quick giveaway?  One winner will receive 3 Coupons for boxes of Luvs!  Now that is something!

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Here are some rules and guidelines for this giveaway:
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Pack of Three Luv's Coupons via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did not receive review product.  Prize is being supplied by Bet on Your Baby.

Celebrate Summer with Outer Spice!

Hey neighbors!

Everyone knows that summertime includes grilling out.  So, when my Outer Spice Original Seasoning came in I immediately thought about grilling steaks.  So, much for thoughts and plans.  We had our steaks ready and wouldn't you know, about twenty minutes before grilling time a storm rolled in, thunder and lightning included.  I decided to cook my steak inside!  I still used my Outer Spice!

Outer Spice Original is made with Himalayan Sea Salt.  It is gluten free.  Outer Spice makes four low salt or no salt seasoning blends.  They are MSG free, and made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients.  Outer Spice is not only a seasoning for cooking, but can be used on your table as a condiment.

Outer Spice Products:

Outer Spice Original Low Salt - A well balanced seasoning that is high in flavor and low in Sodium.  Only 95mg of Sodium per serving.  This is a blend of Himala brand pink sea salt, garlic, black pepper, onion all spice, nutmeg, thyme, scallions, red pepper, onion powder, peppers, cinnamon, dill caraway and spices.

Outer Spice Spicy-Low Salt - A well-balanced seasoning designed to give any dish a little bit of kick without being too hot or eclipsing foods natural flavors.  Outer Spice Spicy is high in  flavor and low in Sodium.  Only 95mg of Sodium per serving.  Made of Himala brand pink sea salt, garlic, black pepper, onion all spice, nutmeg, thyme, scallions, red pepper, onion powder, peppers, cinnamon, dill caraway, cayenne pepper, and spices.

Outer Spice Original No Salt - A unique combination of freshly ground herbs and spices to boost the flavor of any dish without the Sodium.  This is a great addition to diets requiring less Sodium and really helps to bring foods to life without the use of salt.  Ingredients include: Garlic, black pepper, onion, all spice, scallions, dill, nutmeg, thyme, cilantro, basil, peppers, cinnamon, caraway and other spices.

Outer Spice Spicy No Salt - A unique combination of freshly ground herbs and spices to boost the flavor of any dish without the Sodium.  SPICY No Salt has a zesty flavor profile that is a great addition to diets requiring less Sodium but desiring just a little more POW.  The ingredients include: Garlic, black pepper, onion, all spice, thyme, lemon, basil, scallions, red pepper, peppers, dill, caraway, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and other spices.

Now, on to my steak.  I grilled my up in a skillet on the stove.  I personally do not go heavy on spices, so I applied some Outer Spice Original to both sides of my steak as it was cooking.  It was delicious.  So much so, that I added it to my chicken the next day.

A little about Outer Spice:
Outer Spice Low Salt and No Salt seasoning blends are made from the finest, quality ingredients that we hand select ourselves, from around the world. We combine fresh herbs and spices in small artisan batches to create the most versatile combination of flavors. Our products are all-natural, Gluten- free, rich in ant-oxidants and have no MSG.
Fairer than Fair Trade. We partner with farmers and suppliers to assure fair trade and good profit margins for each family or person we do business with.
These four highly versatile, well balanced spice mixes will transform and improve the taste of every dish. Sprinkle on eggs, salads, pastas and veggies. Rub on fish, chicken, beef and pork. Create marinades, dressings and dips. Find your favorite, use as-is, or add to it and make it your own.
I am now interested in trying one of their spicy seasonings for my husband.  He thinks the spicier a food is the better it tastes.  He is the one who likes to add jalapenos to his Mexican food.

The Outer Spice seasonings can be purchased for $6.99.  Check your local Whole Foods, or grocer.  If you can not find it locally you can always purchase it online.

Outer Spice is a great way to season your food.  Not only does it taste good, but it is low or no sodium.  Be sure to follow on their social media pages so you will know when they come out with more seasonings.  And neighbors, I will be using Outer Spice next time we grill!  See you soon!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fabuloos Dreams Personalized Books for Kids

Hey Neighbors!

Fabuloos Dreams helps you create a personalized book for that special child in your life.  There are several story lines to choose from some specifically for a girl or boy, while others are gender neutral.  I chose _______'s Red Balloon and designed it for a little fellow I know named Jacob.  So, my book is titled, Jacob's Red Balloon.

Here is how I went about designing my book.  First I went in and chose the story line I liked best.  I had to choose a good picture of Jacob's face. (There are some size requirements for the picture.)  I was also able to add three friends who would also appear in Jacob's book.  I used my two younger daughters and his older sister.  You can also add a small greeting inside the front cover of the book.  Obviously mine came to me, but you can send it directly to the child you are making it for.

Then I just had to wait for the book to arrive.  It did!  The book is very well made and I love the bright colorful pictures.  I am sure Jacob is going to enjoy this book.  His sister might like that she is mentioned in the book also!  His face is on every page too.

Fabuloos Dreams also creates journals, invitations and posters.  The books are $31.90 each, plus shipping charges.  What a unique gift this would make for a birthday or other holiday.  Be sure to follow Fabuloos Dreams on their social media pages to stay updated on their news.

A little about Fabuloos Dreams:
Personalized books by Fabuloos Dreams turn the child into the main character and hero of his or her very own adventure… The pirate ship captain or the princess of the castle! Our stories include a dedication at the start of the book. This is the ideal place to say who is sending it and the reason for the gift: a birthday, any other special date or just because you want to give someone a fabulous gift!

Neighbors! Fabuloos Dreams wants to send the winner of this giveaway the opportunity to receive one personalized book of their own.  The winner will be able to choose and personalize the book of their choice.  Let's go and please share this giveaway through your social media!  Thanks!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

MOTORWORKS for Summer Fun

Hey neighbors!

Perhaps you remember when we previously reviewed MOTORWORKS from the Manhattan Toy Company, but if not, you will be totally surprised by some of their newest products.  I received their TR Convertible 3.0 and their Fuel and Shine Station.  These are perfect for little hands to play with both inside and out.

Now, MOTORWORKS are so much fun to play with.  The vehicles can be pulled apart and you can interchange pieces, so be sure to purchase more than one!  Then not only can you design and re-design the look of your car, but there are accessories available too.

MOTORWORKS are designed for ages 3 and up.  I am sure even slightly older children will enjoy mixing and matching the cars.  These cars are well made and should hold up the rough play of driving through the house, or exploring outside.  The convertible looks really nice!

The Fuel and Shine Station is also well made.  It comes with a car wash and small gas pump.  There are several reusable stickers to place on the Fuel and Shine Station.  The little car wash has sponge type rollers and of course the fringe type material that hangs down to drive the car through.  There is a sticker of a store you can place inside the drive thru.  The gas pumps have little pump handles for putting gas in the cars.  As you can see from the pictures the car can be driven right through the car wash.  There is even a window to watch the car as it is washed.

MOTORWORKS can provide your child lots of summertime fun! Can't you picture your child or grandchild playing with these?  Here is the good news, one reader will receive either this set or the set that Hope's Cafe reviewed.  Be sure to enter this giveaway!  See you soon!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Diana and Friends Experience History Through Music Giveaway --$700 Value!

Hey Neighbors!

Here is a GREAT giveaway for you to enter.  I am participating in the launch of the upcoming release of  the Experience History Through Music by Diana Waring.  We are really enjoying this product.  I will be posting a review later, the week of June 30th, where I will share more with you.  I will tell you here though that my daughter who enjoys both history and music is totally excited.  I have a feeling that many children will enjoy this mix.  Be sure to stop back in to read a full review of the Experience History Through Music.  After you enter, be sure to share this with others you know that homeschool!

Diana and Friends Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Experience History Through Music, I am joining members of the Diana Waring Launch Team for an amazing giveaway. Friends of Diana have joined in and as you can see, someone's homeschool is going to be greatly blessed!  Here's what you could win! 

From Diana Waring Presents

american history -- never this funExperience History Through Music - set of 3 books with CDs ($50/set) Diana Waring Presents is about to bring back into print the BEST folk music you have ever heard, combined with the fascinating stories they represent in American history!   The Experience Music Through Historyseries includes: America - Heart of a New Nation, Westward Ho! - Heart of the Old West  and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The musicians are amazing, every instrument is real, lots of great vocalists, and more toe-tapping music than you can imagine! The books tell the stories behind the songs.  Together, they bring American history to life through it's music!!With fascinating history books and toe-tapping folk music CDs, American history has NEVER been this fun!

Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Collection ($25) Every mom needs that word of encouragement from someone who has been there, who has grownup children and can speak with assurance about the journey. Homeschool moms have an extra portion of the journey to navigate, and often wish for an extra voice that will offer direction but without nagging or prodding. Diana Waring has that voice.  

From A Journey Through Learning

Logo New 300 trans$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the A Journey Through Learning store, applicable toward any digital download purchase.  


From Homeschool Legacy

westward ho I 300x400Westward Ho! Part I ($19.95) Load up your wagon! Discover the extraordinary times of adventurous frontiersmen and brave pioneers as you travel cross-country along the Erie Canal,  Oregon Trail, and even “remember the Alamo” in Westward Ho Part I. Westward Ho! Part II ($19.95) Continue the exciting saga begun in Westward Ho! Part I as you journey with the forty-niners, ride the rails of the Transcontinental Railroad, experience life on the prairie, and discover the exciting era of cowboys and cattle drives in Westward Ho! Part II.  

From Knowledge Quest Maps

HardcoverCD_ecover_croppedMap Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History ($55) Map Trek is a historical atlas plus outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. This is a resource that any homeschool parent can use with brilliant success, even if you don't remember a thing from your history or geography classes in public school.  


From Home School Adventure Co. 

PAPS-R-96dpi shadowPhilosophy Adventure™ Digital Download ($39.95) Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.  


From Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom and Real Life Press)

fpf3-bundle-covers-180x180Firmly Planted Family Devotional Digital Volume 3 ($39) The Firmly Planted Family Series is divided into ten-week studies and is your key to making sense of the Bible—even if you’re learning right along with your children. Each lesson provides a core idea, a simple narrative, memory verses and discussion questions for children of all ages. And the companion student workbook is filled with age-appropriate, full-color, reproducible activities for children of any age!  

From Raising Real Men

My-Beloved-and-My-Friend-Cover-Border-201x300RRM-Mom-Dad-300x295Free Registration to Boyhood Boot Camp or Boot Camp 9-12 LIVE webinar series (winner's choice) plus Mom & Dad Special Raising Real Men (Book for Mom to read in the bathroom + AudioBook for Dad to listen to on the commute) ($62-69) Free Registration for Marriage Retreat Online plus His & Hers Special of My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses (book + audiobook), ($65)  


From Institute for Excellence in Writing

logo$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the IEW store, applicable toward any purchase.  

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine ($139) A one year membership to the curriculum arm of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Nearly 100 classes for Pre-K to High School, taught by expert teachers, and lots of extras including the Schoolhouse Planners, Schoolhouse Expos, monthly free ebook downloads and more.  The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 2014 Print Book ($15) Be encouraged, enlightened, and educated with the all new 2014 Annual Print Book published by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.You’ll get a year’s worth of homeschool support in almost 300 pages in this full color one-of-a-kind print magazine for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers. This is a magazine you’ll refer to again and again.  

From Writing with Sharon Watson

69276_1454187188126914_157492202_nthe-power-in-your-hands-front-coverThe Power in Your Hands ($53.96) With The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, they’ll learn what they need to know for high school and will be prepared for college writing. Writing Fiction [in High School] ($35) Are you raising the next C. S. Lewis or Jane Austen? Help your students develop their fiction-writing talents with Writing Fiction [In High School]: Bringing Your Stories to Life .

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