Friday, March 29, 2013

Baby BeeHaven Cush 'N Go Review

Baby BeeHaven Cush 'N Go Review
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I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion. 
Give your child the best seat outside the house with the ultimate solution in stroller support and style, the Baby BeeHaven Cush 'n Go.  This is a super plush memory foam stroller cushion that is recommended my medical professionals.  The high quality memory foam will conform to your baby's head which not only keeps them comfortable, but also reduces the risk of flat head syndrome.


 We were sent the Baby BeeHaven Cush 'n Go for Boys for review.  This stroller cushion is reversible- one side is a soft black minky fabric and the other is a cute little bee pattern.  It certainly offers some stylish support for Baby Boy's back, head, and neck while he's cruising in the stroller.

This cushion seems so comfy!  I wish I could put one of these on the seat of my car- seriously!  I noticed that Baby Boy seems extra calm on our walks after I put this in his stroller.  I actually think it helped him be able to fall asleep and stay comfortable longer.


The Cush 'n Go is compatible with most stroller harness systems and was very simple to install.  I just threaded the stroller harnesses through the slots and that was it.  It honestly took less than 2 minutes. 


Another major plus of this cushion is that it is machine washable.  I really think that this is a great feature since we all know that strollers do not stay clean.  I mean kids do a lot of messy stuff- spit up, crush food, spill squeezy pouches, poop and pee.  And unfortunately, all of these things can happen while sitting in their stroller!
Now, you can just pop off the Cush 'n Go and pop it in the washer.  So convenient!
All in all, we really did love this!  I love that I feel like the Cush n' Go really makes Baby Boy happy.

He likes it! He really does!

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Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Calzones! Guest Post from Viva Veltoro

Hi My Life According to Pinterest readers!  
My name is Ruth and I blog over at Viva Veltoro
and today I'm sharing a quick and easy recipe for calzones!



This is a super easy meal, especially for weeknights.
My hubby and I love calzones (or calzoni if you want to be all super fancy), 
they're easy to make & you can stuff them with whatever you have on hand... 
say it with me, leftovers.

There is also a little recipe towards the end for our pizza/calzone sauce if you're interested.
It's really yummy.

The players

Ingredients:
Store bought pizza dough (or make your own if you have spare time)
All purpose flour 
Olive oil
Mozzarella cheese
Ricotta Cheese (I like part-skim)
Pepperoni - or whatever filling you desire (leftover chicken, veggies... possibilities are endless)
Corn meal for dusting your pan if you have it available

Not pictured, sauce for dipping.

Sidenote: One ball of store bought dough should make at least 4 or more non-mammoth calzones.
For this recipe I'll be making 3 calzones so just adjust your portions accordingly.  


Directions

Take your dough out of the fridge and let it sit out for a few hours to rise.
{I've also made this without letting the dough rise too much and they still turn out okay}


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.


Flour your workspace and set your dough out to portion it into individual servings.


Divide it into however many calzones you are going to make. 
I'm making 3 this time.


Roll out each portion.
Then set them aside to prepare your filling. 


Mix together 1.5 cups of Ricotta cheese and 1.5 cups of Mozzarella cheese.
If you are going to be adding other things now is the time to do it.
Chicken, onions, mushrooms, spinach, you name - go ahead and add it in there. 
Mr. V. just likes pepperoni so that is what we'll be adding. 



Lay your dough on a pan (lightly dust with cornmeal if you have some, or just use some extra flour).
Place 1/2 cup of filling on the dough like the photo below.
You'll want to leave space around the filling to close and seal your calzone.
{If you're making more calzones and your dough portion is smaller just use less filling} 


Add in your pepperoni then fold the dough in half to sandwich the filling in.
Press the edges together, either by rolling them up or just pressing really firmly.  
You could moisten them a bit to make them sticky as well.
{I'm not really a "sauce inside the calzone" kinda girl, but if you are, go ahead and add it now}


Here they are all together.  You can see I rolled the edges a bit.


Brush the tops of the calzone with olive oil (or butter).
This will give it a nice golden color.


Next, make small slits in the tops of the calzones so that steam can escape.
Pop them in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. 
Check on them in about 8 minutes and you might want to rotate the pan. 


While the calzone are baking I usually prepare some sauce for dipping. 
This is optional - just use a jarred sauce if you're running short on time. 


Ingredients for the sauce (this is also the sauce we use for homemade pizza):
1 can San Marzano tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1 packet of splenda (or 1 tsp sugar)
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Basil
Here's a close up of the most important ingredient.
Seriously, these tomatoes will change your life.
Splurge a little and buy them.


Cut open your San Marzano tomatoes and try to remove as many seeds as you can.
Then blend them in a food processor.
{Don't mind my teeny tiny food processor}


Pour them in a bowl and add in all of your wonderful spices.
Adjust the spices according to your taste - you may want less or more than us.
Simmer this on the stove for 5 or 10 minutes or just microwave a serving at a time.


Once 15 minutes have passed check your calzones. 
Our oven cooks pretty quickly and these were done in about 18 minutes.
That huge one in the middle was for Mr. V. 


Serve and enjoy! 



Yum!  I can't wait to make these!  Thanks so much Ruth!  
Make sure you head over to Ruth's blog, Viva Veltoro, and check out everything she has to offer!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Basket Ideas for your Baby

Easter is coming up fast and I bet you need some ideas right?  I know, I know,  your 6 month old isn't going to care if the Easter Bunny pays a visit, but it's fun and the other kids might be suspicious if Baby Boy or Girl doesn't get an Easter basket.  So, here's what Baby Boy's Easter Basket is gonna look like this year- mostly useful and totally affordable.





6.  Opposites Book {in the $1 bin at JoAnn's}
7.  Bunny stuffed animal {from the Dollar Store}
8.  Numbers Easter Bath Book

What does the Easter Bunny put in your kids Easter baskets?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY: Easter Egg Wreath

Easter is coming up, so here is a super easy tutorial for cute wreath to help make your home a bit more festive and dress up your door.  I originally pinned this here.


This wreath cost less than $12 to make.  It did help that all Easter stuff was 30% at Hobby Lobby the day I shopped. :)


You'll need a hot glue gun, 5 bags of plastic Easter eggs ( I originally got 4 and had to go back and get another one), 1 bag of Easter grass, ribbon, and a wreath or you could use a strong cardboard cut into the size wreath you want to use.  I just used a straw wreath from Hobby Lobby for about $4.  I also used 2 types of ribbon- one for making the hanging part for the wreath and a premade ribbon bow.  You could always make your own bow out of the same ribbon too.

The first thing I did was make a loop with the ribbon and glued it to the wreath, so that the wreath can hang from the door.


Then I started gluing the eggs down.  I basically just did 2 rows of eggs on the wreath.  I just randomly glued them down in any color order.  Make sure you place the eggs horizontal on the wreath. Do not have them standing up or tilting upward. Keep gluing until you have covered the whole wreath.

 

 Now you do the top layer of the wreath.  All you do here is randomly place and glue eggs on top all around to make the wreath look more full and fill in some of the gaps.  You can leave to top part of the wreath  open since you'll need some space to put the big bow.


Now here's the messy part- you get to stuff Easter grass in all the crevices around the wreath.  I basically put a big blob of glue wherever I wanted to put grass and then stuffed the grass in between the eggs with a pen so it would stay glued down.  You will do this throughout the whole wreath.


Now the wreath looks pretty crazy with Easter grass hanging EVERYWHERE!  


 Just take some scissors and trim the grass around the outside and the inside of the wreath.  
Last, glue down your big bow.


Now, go get ready for Easter!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Squooshi Review & Giveaway

Squooshi Review and Giveaway
I received the Squooshi assorted 4 pack for review.  This pack contains 2 small pouches, 2 large pouches and 4 no choke caps.   The small pouches can hold 2.5 oz. - about the amount of a small jar of baby food.  The large pouches hold 4.5 oz.  They arrived in a cute little reusable drawstring bag.
Squooshi, was started by a father-daughter team, Shannon Wren Waldis and Noel Wren, who were inspired to create a well-designed reusable food pouch that would be helpful to parents, fun for kids of all ages, and better for our environment!  Squooshi pouches are BPA, Phthlate, PVC, and Lead free.  They also are super convenient since they are reusable, freezable, dishwasher safe, and not to mention, totally adorable!

I love that Squooshi pouches allow me to feed Baby Boy fresh and healthy foods that I made myself!  I just got done making a batch of apple puree for him and thought that this would be perfect to try out our new Squooshi reusable pouch.  One of the great things about these pouches is that you can make whatever fruit, veggie, or a combination of the them that you want your baby or toddler to try!  You can even find some Squooshi recipes to try here.  Squooshi's have a ziploc type seal at the bottom which makes it super easy to fill up with whatever nutrious option you want to feed your little one.
 
 I was worried that the Squooshi pouches would be a little hard to fill, especially the smaller ones, but I easily solved that problem.  Obviously, a funnel would make these really easy to fill, but who has funnels lying around the kitchen?  If you're a mom you probably do! I just used the funnel part of my breast pump accessories to easily fill the pouch.  I filled it about 2/3 full to make sure I didn't overfill them and cause the puree to squeeze out too easily when Baby Boy held it.

  I probably could have filled both of the small pouches and both of the large pouches with the one batch of puree I made.  So, for the cost of 1 1/2 apples I just made 4 baby food pouches!  That's already such a savings compared to the cost of 4 pre-filled pouches which usually run about $1.50-$2.25 each!

Baby Boy is still getting the hang of pouches.  He knows to open his mouth when he sees it, but he just doesn't want to always hold it and squeeze out the food, so I had to help with that.  Spoon attachments will fit right on the Squooshi pouch, so I may get one of those for now.  I anticipate us using our Squooshis for a LONG time since they are really great for kids of ANY age!  They are perfect for easy feeding, especially as he gets older and gets more proficient using the pouches by himself.  The pouches were also really easy to clean.  The bottle brush fit right in there, but these are also safe to put in the dishwasher.  And don't worry- these are strong!  Baby Boy had no problems squeezing, chewing and holding them tight when he didn't have to feed himself and nothing leaked out anywhere!
 All in all, we really like our Squooshi reusable pouches.  They are super cute,
eco-friendly, cost effective, and easy to use and clean!

Follow & Connect:  Like Squooshi and Facebook, follow them on Twitter or Pinterest.

Buy It:  You can purchase the assorted Squooshi 4 pack for $18.49 from their website.

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Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Boojee Beads Review & Giveaway

So, I have a little problem of never being able to find my keys.  In fact, when I was pregnant I actually lost my keys outright- totally gone.  I always thought (and hoped) they'd turn up eventually.  That I'd find them in the closet, laundry, under the seat in the car, but they have NEVER been found!  (I'm convinced they were accidentally thrown away!)  Granted, most of the time when I "lose" my keys they are usually in my rather large black hole of a purse, but I really needed a way to find them faster.  I was sick of the frustration. And I didn't want pregnancy brain keys loss to happen again!  That led me to Boojee Beads!

 

BooJee products provide striking, fashionable & affordable ways to hold your work ID's, or in my case- my keys! BooJee helps you say goodbye to dull shoelace style lanyards and boring badge reels and hello to ID products that you actually want to wear! With more than 1,000 different styles of beaded lanyards, ribbon lanyards, retractable badge reel jewelry and accessories, 
there's something to suit every style.

BooJee’s mission is to provide fashion forward functional jewelry for women who want to look and feel their best at work, and our products spring from real world experiences. The co-founding team of former pediatric nurse Lisa Harrington and corporate executive Kimberly Martinez are both working mothers who continuously encourage women to follow their dreams – and look good while doing so!

With a 10-year track record, BooJee has sold more than one million individual lanyards. Fab has replaced drab at the office, as more and more women are getting their BooJee on! 

But you don't have to be a working mom to enjoy Boojee products. (Although when I start teaching again their lanyards will be perfect!) Boojee generously sent me some products for review: the multi colored bling key chain for me and the University of Florida Badge Reel for my Gator lovin husband.
This key chain, or key fob, is perfect for me!  It's gorgeous- covered in two rows of sparkly multicolored gemstones, and functional!   It fits perfectly around your wrist so that you can never lose your keys.  Loading groceries?  No problem just hang your keys from your wrist and they won't end up in the trunk of your car.  Chasing your kids around the park?  Oh, don't worry you won't drop your keys!  They are secure around your wrist!  Plus, this key chain makes my keys pop when I'm searching for them in the black hole- my purse!


The key chain has comfortable fabric backing so it doesn't tug on your arm hairs or anything. :)  
Plus, the key chain is heavy duty and holds your keys very securely.


 Now hubs does need a badge holder for his work, so I was excited to surprise him with this badge reel.  This is the perfect combination of functionality and fun!  This badge reel has a 36" retractable cord for quick swiping when you need it.  It also has a spinning alligator back clip which is so convenient.  Hubs loves this!  He said it holds his ID badge well and works great! Then, of course, he said said "Go Gators!"  This kid is die hard I tell ya!

All in all, we love our Boojee Beads items.  They really have so many cute and functional things. Today is your lucky day because Boojee Beads is offering one lucky winner ANY product they want from their website!  

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Congratulations Michelle Ferguson!
 
Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.








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