Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Simple Slow-melt Popsicles


Summer is poking its head around the corner rather quickly this year, which means hot sweaty kids looking for cool sweet treats. Have you seen the price of popsicles these days? $7 for a box of 12 simple, and small I might add popsicles!?! I was absolutely horrified to see the prices at the grocery store. I am not paying those prices and neither should you.

A few years ago they came out with these slow melting popsicles and they turned out to be quite popular amongst parents with small kids due to the fact that the treat ends up in the kids mouths as opposed to all over them. I decided to read the ingredients on the side to get a hint at the secret to slow melt popsicles, nothing more than gelatin. 

Slow-Melt Popsicles

All you do is make the jello according to the packaging, pour into desired mold and freeze. You could use the dixie cup kind with sticks and disposable cups but those just seem so wasteful. I bought my popsicle mold at the dollar store for 2 dollars and it can be used again and again. Jello costs around $1 so you can see instantly how absolutely crazy the savings are!

Jello popsicles are much more flavorful then any juice pop and they have that slow melt factor thanks to the gelatin. This is an all around awesome treat!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Upcycle Cut Off Shorts


Summer is here in British Columbia. Today we hit 28 degrees Celsius and we are only in May, it is going to be a toasty warm summer. We have dusted off all of last years shorts and found lots of cut off denim shorts that all fit fine but look like they could use a helping hand. 

 
So I got the shorts and some leftover Babyville Boutique fabric I had laying around and got to work. Camo is by far the most favorite color in my household by far, so I am glad I had some left! I began by cutting strips that were 1 inch wide and 6 inches long. 


Then I wrapped the fabric around the bottoms of the shorts and began sewing. It was a bit tricky to get the fabric to stay in place but if you have a sewing machine I'm sure it will be much easier. Sew the strips on until the entire bottom of each leg is covered.


 And there you have it, completely new shorts in under an hour. My son was super happy he thought they looked so cool. And I love how they look, very clean cut and unique. What do you think?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Bissell Little Green Machine Revamps Kids Mattresses



Kids are super messy little creatures, we all know this. But do we all know how terribly disgusting their mattresses can get after 4 - 6 years of accidents, bloody noses, vomit, boogers, and whatever else secretes from these little monsters? I wash my kids bedding twice a month but I have never thoroughly cleaned their mattresses, anytime they have any kind of bedtime mishap I usually just spot clean it. I warn you the pictures are pretty nasty. 


This is what my sons mattress looked like after 4 years of rough, tough, messes. Can you see that white streak down the center? That is how awesome the Bissell Little Green Machine is!


This is my daughters mattress which was pretty nasty to say the least. I decided to show the power of Bissell Little Green Machine by marking an X right in the center. 


This tiny little machine is a stain destroyer! The formula has a wonderful, delicate smell that lingers long after the furniture is cleaned. Your entire house smells better after you get a thorough, deep clean in the fabrics that live in your home.


This is the before and after shot of my daughters bed. It is simply amazing how clean my kids beds are now. I bought the Bissell Little Green Machine at Walmart for under $100 and now I can deep clean my house over and over again. You can also buy this Bissell product and more at their website www.bissell.com. Or Amazon of course:


This post was in no way sponsored by Bissell. All opinions are my own and I share only the best with my readers.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Favorite Color Swap & Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Review


I am very excited to announce that I am a part of another great swap by CG Swaps.The favorite color swap is one of my favorites, it is always such an amazing surprise and great to see how kind and thoughtful your swap partner is. My favorite colors are blue and hot pink lately, I am not a very picky person so usually I enjoy all colors. 

I can't wait to get shopping for my swap partner, whoever they may be. If you haven't signed up for a swap before I strongly urge you to do so. It is fun to receive surprises from a complete stranger, I promise you won't regret it. 

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen Review

Choosing a good sunscreen is a journey that can last forever with the millions of different strengths, brands, prices, and products, how are you supposed to know which sunscreen actually works? I have tried well over 25 different kinds in the past 3 years from the highest price to the lowest and everything in between. Well I have finally found an amazing sunscreen that does everything it says it does. 

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch sunscreen protects my skin so well that I don't break out in hives when I go outside. I have a moderate to severe sun allergy and until now I have suffered with giant hives that scab and turn into huge ugly scars as soon as the sun hits my skin. Ever since using Hawaiian Tropic I haven't gotten hardly any hives and any that I have gotten have been extremely mild and they have only appeared after hours of constant sun exposure. 

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch leaves my skin soft, not oily, smells terrific, and it has this amazing shimmery look that makes my skin look radiant. This outstanding product is always under $10 making it one of the least expensive sunscreens on the market and I use it on my entire family. It is waterproof as well so a day at the beach is in the calendar this summer as long as I have this sunscreen with me.

This review was not endorsed in any way. I chose to share my thoughts about this product because it has changed my life. I can now go outside in the sun with my family and not suffer in pain. Thank you Hawaiian Tropic!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Copycat Boston Pizza's Pizza Bread



Have you ever had a craving for something but then once you looked at it you realized, I can make that myself for next to nothing? That's how I felt last night I thought about ordering in some food but then realized I really don't want to spend any money. I really wanted pizza bread from Boston Pizza. So I recreated it and oh my goodness was it ever good.

Pizza Bread Dough

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups flour
 Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
1. Combine the water, yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar in the mixing bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the flour and salt and mix until a ball of dough forms. Roll ball onto a floured counter top and knead for a couple minutes. 

2. Put dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for 30 mins in a warm place with a clean cloth draped over top. While your dough is rising combine all the seasonings in either a small bowl or a spice grinder and make sure they are all well combined.

3. After your dough is done rising roll out your dough into desired size, it can easily be used for any pizza recipe you wish. For this Pizza Bread you need to brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with the seasoning mix all over.

4. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown. While the pizza bread is still hot dab with more melted butter for a beautiful finish.