Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Basket Ideas... Streaming Sticks

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and photos are my own.

Looking for a unique idea to put in your kids Easter Baskets?  Check out the PBS kids Plug & Play HDMI Streaming Stick.  For ages 2 on up, your kids can watch hours of all their favorite PBS kids shows, play exclusive PBS kids games, songs and more.  I love how easy and kid friendly this is to use.  I feel completely safe letting them choose their own shows and run the remote all by themselves.  There are dozens of PBS kids streamed right to your TV or you can watch PBS kids live.  Imagine having instant access to WordGirl, Nature Cat, Peg + Cat, and Sid the Science Kid all at the same time with over 100 hours of content.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Cold Brew Liquid Pods

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

You know those mornings when you're getting the kids around for school and you set your coffee mug down somewhere, forget where you left it, and then by the time you finally find it.... your coffee is cold.  (Ugh!  That's always frustrating.)  Well I have found a solution to this mom problem....  Authentic Cold Brew Coffee from Java House.  

Liquid Cold Brew Coffee in a coffee pod, that you can be enjoyed either hot or cold.  That's right, it's concentrated liquid in the k-cup not coffee grinds.  Simply place a pod in your K-cup brewer, push start and then allow your coffee to come out either in a warm mug or over ice cubes.  The great thing about Cold Brew Coffee is that it maintains it's flavor profile if you reheat it.  That's right!!!  Find that cold cup of coffee sitting around and stick it in the microwave once, twice, three times (depending on how rough your morning is) and the coffee will taste the same as it did when it was freshly brewed.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

BOOM! Science!

Please note I was given product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and photos are my own.

On Saturday's. we do Science.  Well, truth be told, we talk about science a lot more than just on Saturday's with our kids.  But, this winter we got all the bad weather on the weekends, so science projects were a fun way to pass the time indoors.  And this new BOOM! Combustion Science Lab Kit has tons of ideas and supplies to keep your kids busy, entertained and learning all at the same time.
BOOM! allows your kids to explore scientific principals through hands-on activities.  With supplies and a lab guide for 25 experiments there is a wide variety of topics and subject matter to stir interest in any little mind. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Your Valentine will Love Nomad Coffee

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

If you are looking for something unique to give your Valentine this year check out, Nomad Coffee Club.  Imagine having small batch freshly roasted coffee delivered monthly to your door for 3, 6 or 12 months subscriptions.  Perfect for at home or the office.  A different bean each month.  All you do is sign up and start sipping.   
 I recently had the please of trying the Colombia Fiesta.  It was a medium roast with hints of chocolate and cherry.  Nomad Coffee Club comes whole bean and they select organic beans under fair trade practices.  And a portion of each sale goes to building a school for children in Kenya.
To order or learn more about Nomad Coffee Club check out their website.  

Thanks again to Nomad Coffee Club for sending me samples to enjoy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Amora Coffee & Cinnamon Rolls

Please note I was sent samples of this product in exchange for the blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.
Cold weather makes me want to drink coffee all the more just to stay warm.  And the holidays bring lots of yummy food that is easy to pair with coffee so its a perfect storm for a coffee addict like me.  I am sampling Amora Coffee this week and their Chocolate Cherry Blend.  I also have been baking up lots of Cinnamon Rolls in my kitchen this week to freeze and then bake and serve later.  Now I know what your thinking who has time to mix and knead dough when there are so many other things to do right now???  Easy answer.... my bread machine does all the work.  But, I'll get to that in a minute.

Amora Coffee was started in 2011 as a way to bring fresh roasted coffee to your door within days of it being roasted.  It doesn't get much fresher than that.  They have a 9 stage roasting process that is done in small batches which again maximizes the freshness.  They offer 4 blends of coffee and right now 4 flavors.  Amora coffee does offer a subscription service so you can have their coffee delivered right to your door.
As I mentioned I sampled their the Chocolate Cherry Blend and as soon as I opened the package I could smell the distinct flavors of Chocolate and Cherry.  Once brewed and tasted you could almost swear their were cherry cordials hiding in the bottom of your mug somewhere the taste was that good.   Just imagine how good this coffee will taste after your Christmas Dinner or a New Year's Day brunch. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Here's a gift idea... Subscription boxes from KiwiCo

 Please note I was sent product in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

The holiday season is right around the corner and if you are scratching your head trying to figure out what to get the kids on your list, then I have a great suggestion for you.  A monthly subscription of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) age appropriate activities from KiwiCo

Instead of a toy they break or loose, every month your child could get a box of educational and creative activities delivered to your doorstep.  Just think how great that would be for snow days in winter or rainy days in the spring.  A box full of books, crafts, stickers, games, and hours of entertainment for your family.

KiwiCo has 8 different subscription boxes to choose from based on age and interest level.  My kids recently received the Kola Crate which is for kids 3-4 years old and focuses on play and learning.  And my 6 year old received the Kiwi Crate for 5-8 years old which focuses on Science and Art. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Science Features & Beaker Creatures

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.
We head back to school early around here, so my kids are already well into the routine of buses, school lunches, homework... you get the picture.  But going back into the classroom wasn't too altering as we spent the summer collecting caterpillars and discussing the life cycle of insects and watching a radish grow inside a graduated cylinder to learn about plant growth.  If it's science related my kids have their googles on and inquisitive minds ready to learn more.  I love to encourage my kids in STEM areas.  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) So the entire family was happy to review some educational toys.   
Beaker Creatures  is a toy from Learning Resources that is a colorful bubbling creature reaction! Extract the Beaker Creatures from the mysterious Reactor Pods with the Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab from Learning Resources. After placing one of two included Reactor Pods within the Super Lab’s center chamber, kids send water whirling through the tubes with the help of two Hydroplungers, filling the chamber and triggering the amazing reaction. Once the reaction ends, kids can extract their Beaker Creatures collectibles and start classifying! The working lab set also comes with the equipment and instructions needed to perform amazing real-world science experiments inspired by the creatures and their home planets. The Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab also includes an exclusive full-size poster, two classification cards and two double-sided mini-posters: one side features a quiz filled with amazing real-world science facts, while the other features fun images of the creatures at play that combine to form a larger scene!

  • Trigger a colorful bubbling reaction to reveal one of 35 Beaker Creatures
  • Includes two Reactor Pods containing mystery Beaker Creatures
  • Learn real-world science with this working lab set's amazing experiments inspired by the Beaker Creatures and their planets
  • Includes two classification cards, one full-size poster, and two mini-posters filled with amazing science facts
  • Ages 5+

Big thanks to Learning Resources for sending me product to review.  

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Construction FOURman Birthday Party

Our Shot of Espresso turned four this fall.  I love four year old birthday party themes because it's soooo fun and easy to play off the word four.  Our little man loves anything with wheels (And I mean anything) and gets excited every time he see's yellow construction equipment.  So playing off the word four... a construction 'four'man birthday party was just the thing.  Lots of yellow and orange and caution tape made for easy decorations. And utilizing things like tool boxes, extension cords and traffic cones were cheap and reusable and easy to find at a hardware store. (soooo practical)

For outside decorations we had a "Speed Limit 4" sign posted in the driveway for guests to see as they parked.  Up by the house I turned our wooden snowman decoration into a construction worker.  Then I made a wreath for the front door out of extension cord and caution tape.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Peach Fondue... don't mind if I do!

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.
 I was looking for something new and different to do with a big box of white flesh peaches.  Yes, we ate plenty fresh and they were delicious, but you know how I like to try new things in the kitchen....  I was flipping through the pages of my Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving and stumbled upon a recipe for Peach Fondue.  Fondue???  With Peaches???  This I had to taste for myself. 

After making the recipe and canning 6 half pints of it, I got out my fondue pot and served it with some graham cracker sticks and marshmallows.  The hint of chocolate and peaches make for a very pleasing favor.  Unique, but something that satisfies the sweet tooth in you.  I'm thinking this will also taste great spread across a big bowl of ice cream.

So without further adu... here is the recipe for Peach Fondue! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

STEM toys for back to school

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.
There are a couple of rare instances where my kids have a toy that I secretly enjoy playing with too.  I recently discovered GeoMag toys that use magnets to build 3D structures.  I really enjoy hooking them together and arranging them.  The kids think I am showing off my magic skills (but in reality I'm using a little perpetual motion or using magnetic push and pull.... see... I know just enough about physics to be dangerous.)   
GeoMag utilizes magnets to build all kinds of 3D structures.  I like that it teaches my kids about magnetic polls.  The kids like using the strength of the magnets to help them build and build and build.  Each box contains magnetized spheres, rods and base platforms to keep your structure stable.  The GeoMag Classic is for ages 3 and up, but like I said even us adults like to play with this one. GeoMag can be purchased online, amazon or select retailers.  Products come in various colors and quantity levels based on interest.

Thanks again to GeoMag for sending me products to review.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Canned Peach Pie Filling

Please note I was sent product samples from the Washington State Fruit Growers.  All photos and opinions are my own.

Yes, nothing says summer like a delicious peach pie.  I was lucky enough to get a big box of peaches delivered to my door step.  While keeping the kids and husband from eating them all was at times a challenge, I was able to put a few up as peach pie filling.  I love having pie filling ready to go on my pantry shelves.  It is my quick and easy go to dessert at different times throughout the year.  Whether its a church carry in or a PTO bake sale, all I do is buy a pie shell, open a jar, pour it in and bake.  Everyone thinks I spent all afternoon peeling and slicing those peaches to get the dessert there on time.  But now you know my secret.  And for me 1 quart jar fills a pie shell.  

So without further ado, here is my recipe and if you would like other ideas for peach recipes be sure to check out The Washington State Fruit Commission website. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

End of Summer Games

Please note I was provided product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

  My two kids are just getting to the age where playing games is new and fun.  They can understand the concept of taking turns and enjoy friendly competition as well as good sportsmanship.  So when I was approached to review games...  I jumped at the chance.

My kids are big fans of Shark Week on Discovery Channel so playing the game Shark Bite is a lot of fun for them.  They have seen it advertised on TV and were very familiar with the games name and look.  The sharks mouth is full of fish and lobsters and each player has a fishing pole.  Roll the dice to see how many shark bait's to remove from it's clutches and hope the shark doesn't snap shut while it's your turn.  As you can see this is a great game for hand eye coordination and both the 3 year old and 6 year old enjoyed it.