Monday, March 6, 2017

*Guest Post* How To Prepare A Minion Themed Candy Buffet

Minions are everywhere! They are the adorable little yellow guys from the movie “Despicable Me”, and they have taken the the country by storm. Kids of all ages love these little overall wearing dudes. When you add the popularity of the candy buffet for kids parties and the popularity of minions, you have a sure winner.  Let’s look at preparing a minion themed candy buffet to be proud of.



Minions:

Of course, you can find minion party favors and decorations at department stores and party shops everywhere. But, if you want to get a tiny bit creative, you can create unique props, decorations and party supplies with little effort and minimal expense. From yellow gift bags with goggles to minion take-home jars made from empty baby food containers, there are oodles of things to choose. Click here for some fantastic ideas for the DIY mom.

Centerpiece:

With our candy buffets we always recommend sticking with candy for the centerpiece. However, the minion theme almost begs to be different. It is very easy to make minion cakes from Twinkies and colored frosting. We recommend attaching the Twinkies on a circle around a glass bowl with frosting. Decorate the Twinkies to look like minions and fill the bowl with yellow and blue candy of your choice.

Candy:

Yay! The best part of the candy buffet is always the candy. You will need a good online candy store with a good selection and the experience to make you look like a pro. The colors will be yellow and blue. It is okay to use different shades or hues of yellow and blue, but keep as close to the minion colors as possible. With this theme, stick with the look of the minions. Layer your glass candy jars or vases (making faces for them is optional) with the blue (overalls) on the bottom and the yellow (minion) on top.

Bulk candy usually comes in 5-pound bags. You will need about 8-ounces of candy per guest. Pay attention to the size of the candy you are selecting. Of course, smaller candy takes more ounces to fill a container than larger candy. M&M’s, Skittles, foil covered chocolates, gumballs, and mints are the right size. Ask your candy supplier to assist you in getting the candy you want in the right colors.

Your back section of the table will require taller jars. For this area consider rock candy sticks, long suckers, candy ropes, and scoopable candy with a long scoop or tongs. The midsection is for shorter and wider candy dishes arranged around the centerpiece and the front is for short jars or trays. This is a good place for specialty candy and for candy that requires a bit of effort to get out, like gummy worms or gummy bears.

Table covering and backdrop:

For the minion theme, use a blue table covering (remember the yellow on top and blue on the bottom idea) and a yellow backdrop to keep your colors and themes alive. Decorate with the DIY props you created or the store-bought party favors and gift bags you provided.

You can break up the solids with a strip of the alternate color if you would like to. Use LED lights to add sparkle. Use yellow and blue balloons, streams, ribbons, and cut outs for the backdrop. Attach paper goggles randomly around the backdrop or the bottom of the table covering. Remember, this is your creation and it does not have to be like anyone else’s.



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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lean 180 Muscle Mix Protein Powder Review


So, as most of you probably know back in 2010 I had gastric bypass surgery. Since then I have lost a total of 200lbs and regained about 70 of that (through three pregnancies) but that's no excuse. I have been trying to get back to my goal weight of 155lbs since January like 3rd. So far I have lost 21lbs in a little over two months. I have switched many things in my daily routine and including protein poweder has been one of those changes. I choose to mix a scoop of protein powder in with my coffee each morning instead of using milk and sugar and it works great.

I was offered a chance to try this new protein powder from "Lean 180" and figured why not. Now, I will say I do like the poweder BUT I prefer the powder I am currently using more and I will tell you why. First, please take a moment and check out my review video below for a little info on my experience then come back and read the rest of my review. :)



Ok, welcome back I hope that video was a little informative for you, I am not a big fan of making video reviews and I am sure you can tell. Ok, so...my beef with this product or the things I don't like are...

* The sample size was not adequate enough to provide a thorough test of the product and give feedback.
* There are only 16 grams of protein per serving (my current brand has 24 grams of protein
* There are natural and artificial flavors and ingredients
* Sucralose
* Doesn't really help curb my appetite like my current brand

The things I liked about this product based on the small sample size I got...

* Blends well with a spoon
* No aftertaste
* Blends smoothly
* Available in 4 great flavors - I had the chocolate

Overall, I would say this is better than some other brands out there but to be honest if I compate this to my current brand...I pay $37 and some change for a 4lb tub compared to $49.99 for this normal sized bag...I will stick with my current brand I would have to give this a 3/5 star review.

If you want to try it yourself I recommend that for sure. You can pick your favorite flavor from their website. Lean 180

Thursday, March 2, 2017

3 in 1 Yoochi Baby Gear Review


This is such a fantastic concept. Watch my video to see how this Yoochi portable high chair, child leash, and cart harness works. This is truly genius and so compact.





You can find this on Amazon ~>HERE<~



*Disclaimer: I was sent this product at no cost in exchange for my honest feedback*

Friday, February 3, 2017

French for Kids: Les Saisons (The Seasons) DVD Review


Allow me to begin by saying I think this is a wonderful DVD that has a good starting point to teaach your children the French language. When the DVD arrived my four year old couldn't wait to watch it. As most shows or movies go though this soon became just "background" noise which is ok with me.


You might not think your kids are listening but you would be surprised what they pick up. This lesson was easy to follow...as long as you can keep the kids' attention. I found it worked best in short lessons rather than sitting down to the whole thing at once.

Above you can see a preview of the DVD from the WhistleFritz website. It's colorful, fun, and interactive.

You also can download the booklet to help you right from their site. This is filled with help so even if you have no knowledge on French you can help your kids learn it.


You can purchase this product or others from the website.


*Disclaimer: I was sent this product at no cost in exchange for my honest feedback, all opinions stated are my own.*

Lumen Fire Starter Review


My husband loves to hike and we as a family enjoy camping so when I was given the opportunity to test and review this Fire Starter Kit from Lumen I was super stokked!

First, let me say how portable and lightweight this fire starter is, we have a few and they are all heavier than this one. The light weight is wonderful for hiking because you only have a specific amount of room to pack and a specific amount of weight to carry. This truly does fit anywhere, you can throw it into your bag, hang it from your bag or carry it in your pocket.


The glow in the dark top makes this easy to find, especially in darkness. It also provides a nice little gripping handle for holding. This is easy to use and so far it works very well.


Besides being a fire starter, this handy little piece offers many other benefits I suppose you could call this the Swiss Army Knife of fire starters. You can see above all the added features to this product, like the bottle opener, hex wrench, and even a ruler.

Overall, I would have to give this product a 5/5 star review, it works well, it's portable, and it's a good quality product.


You can pick your Lumen fire starter kit up from Amazon for only $14.00!


*Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback. All opinions stated are 100% true and my own thoughts.*

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Little Girls Bolero Top From JStarKid

This is a little review on the adorable little girls' Bolero style top. I hope you enjoy. :)




You can order yours from Amazon and they come in black or pink color options.




 *Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.*

Buffalo Chicken Cucumber Bites *Recipe*

As a weight loss surgery post op breads and pasta usually do not sit well with my "pouchy" so I have to find ways around eating these items, this can be challenging because I LOVE pasta and I LOVE bread, and most times I would make myself sick just so I could endulge in eating these but since getting back to the basics I have tried very hard to avoid these two food categories. 

I recently made a batch of buffalo chicken dip...and usually I would eat it on wheat tortillas or bread but the other day I decided to try something totally new and guess what...it was DELICIOUS! So, delicious I had to share with you guys. I hope you enjoy it. 



Buffalo Chicken Dip:

1/2 Cup Frank's Red Hot
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Tbsp Ranch Dressing
1 Package (8 oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2 Cans (larger ones) of Chicken (these can usually be found with the Tuna)

* Mix all these items in a oven safe dish and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes...remove and stir up until blended then bake for another 5-10 minutes. You can then serve this as a dip or eat it as a meal like I do. Haha

Now, on to the Buffalo Chicken Cucumber Bites...

1 cucumber (I use 5 slices at a time, and the slices are ususally between 1/2" and 1" thick) I then take my buffalo chicken dip (you can heat it up if you like but I personally prefer mine cold) and I place 1 to 1.5 tsp on each cucumber slice, then I take about 1 tsp of sour cream and place on top of the chicken, then top it all off with a tiny pinch of shredded cheddar cheese. This is a delicious and filling meal for me.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 5 Slices

  Calories: 133                                                           Cholesterol: 29.8mg
Carbs: 3.9g                                                              Sodium: 190.5mg
Fat: 10.4g                                                                Potassium: 46.5mg
Saturated Fat: 5.2g                                                  Sugars: 1.5g
Protein: 5g                                                              Calcium: 9.0%

*Please note* These figures might be slightly different depending on the ingredient brands you use, these were simply based on the ingredients I use and are meant to give you a reference point for nutritional information.