Bayleaf Botanicals Fractionated Coconut Oil Review/Giveaway

Review of the Bayleaf Botanicals Fractionated Coconut Oil Review/Giveaway 

**This item was sent to me in exchange for an honest review**

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I don’t know about your family, but mine uses coconut oil constantly.  We use it for recipes in the kitchen, moisturizing our skin, and even keeping our hair soft.  So when they offered me a bottle of coconut for my skin, I said yes.  The bottle comes with a pump and it stays liquid at room temperature.  I think that is the best part.  I don’t have to unscrew a jar to get to it.  I just reach and pump some out of the bottle.

It actually came in handy last week when YumYums broke out in hives. I had no clue what broke him out, but I needed to rub him down after giving him a wash.  (He was breathing fine, so I didn’t give him any medicine.) We went to the doctor for it and the doctor said to keep doing that while he gets tested for allergies.  Turns out he is allergic to some food items.

I really like this oil.  When I run out I am definitely buying more to have ready to use on the baby.

 

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If you would like a chance to win a bottle of this oil, just comment with your favorite thing to do with coconut oil.

Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle Review/Giveaway

Review of the  Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle Review/Giveaway 

**This item was sent to me in exchange for an honest review**

 

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I got a chance to review this bottle and host a giveaway. It is a shatterproof glass water bottle and It’s very study.

It came with an optional lid so that you can flip the lid instead of unscrewing it. I liked the screw off top more. When I got the bottle I wasn’t expecting it to be plastic on the outside and I also wasn’t expecting it to come apart into so many pieces.

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Since we are trying to cut down on the plastic in the house, this bottle didn’t really fit in with that.  I still use it at my desk while I work.  I love that I don’t have to worry about breaking it when it falls. The silicone seals are definitely an added bonus.

 

If you would like to win one of these bottles, please comment with your favorite thing about using glass water bottles.

Review of the LILLEbaby COMPLETE 6-in1 Baby Carrier

Review of the LILLEbaby COMPLETE 6-in1 Baby Carrier

 

**This item was sent to me in exchange for an honest review**

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First, let me start off by giving a little bit of background. I have been carrying my children in carriers, slings, and wraps for about 5 years. Even though I have tried different things for babywearing, I tend to stick with wraps and slings. I think that is because most carriers cause discomfort when I wear them. Also because it takes me more time to put on a carrier than use a wrap or a sling.

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When I was given the opportunity to try out a carrier with back support and comfy straps, I jumped with excitement. I thought that maybe this would convert me.

 

The shipping was very fast and the packaging was nice. It wasn’t all dented up from shipping either, so that was nice as well.  I opened the box to find such a great looking carrier. I believe that’s when I started falling in love with it. It was so soft and yet so sturdy. I was anxious to try it out. I read through the instructions and watched a few videos to get the hang of it before trying it out.

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It was time to try it out.  Here is where it got tricky. There seemed to be so many straps. I felt like I was skipping a step or adding a new one to the process. Of course, with all of that fumbling around, the baby wasn’t too happy with me. Once I got it on and made sure it was secure, I really enjoyed it. It seemed a little bulky compared to my wraps, but it wasn’t too bad. The baby even fell asleep while I was wearing him.

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The carrier is definitely a win. While I am not certain how often I will use it, I am sure that it will have it’s place in my carrier line up. However, it will take a lot of practice before I can use it on the go.

 

 

By the way, my husband liked it way better than the wraps and slings.

Crochet Fox Bonnet

Crochet Fox Bonnet

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The pattern below can be viewed for FREE or

you can purchase the PDF for $1

Materials

3 colors of Lion Brand Hometown USA

Yarn Needle

Size M 9.0mm Hook

 

Abbreviations

Ch- Chain

Hdc- Half Double Crochet

 

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12M to 2 Years is located here.

 

3 to 7 Years

  1. Ch 20
  2. Hdc into the 3rd chain from the hook.  Hdc into the next 16 chains, 5 hdc into the last chain.  Working down the other side of the chain.  Hdc into the next 17 chain spaces.
  3. Ch 2, turn, Hdc into each stitch, 2 hdc into the last stitch.
  4.  Repeat row 3 [8 times]
  5. Change colors using your usual method
  6. Repeat row 3
  7. Change colors using your usual method
  8. Repeat row 3 [2 times]
  9. Ch 1 and tie off.

 

8 to 12 Years

  1. Ch 23
  2. Hdc into the 3rd chain from the hook.  Hdc into the next 19 chains, 5 hdc into the last chain.  Working down the other side of the chain.  Hdc into the next 20 chain spaces.
  3. Ch 2, turn, Hdc into each stitch, 2 hdc into the last stitch.
  4.  Repeat row 3 [11 times]
  5. Change colors using your usual method
  6. Repeat row 3 [2 times]
  7. Change colors using your usual method
  8. Repeat row 3 [2 times]
  9. Ch 1 and tie off.

 

13 Years to Adult

  1. Ch 26
  2. Hdc into the 3rd chain from the hook.  Hdc into the next 22 chains, 5 hdc into the last chain.  Working down the other side of the chain.  Hdc into the next 23 chain spaces.
  3. Ch 2, turn, Hdc into each stitch, 2 hdc into the last stitch.
  4.  Repeat row 3 [13 times]
  5. Change colors using your usual method
  6. Repeat row 3 [2 times]
  7. Change colors using your usual method
  8. Repeat row 3 [2 times]
  9. Ch 1 and tie off.

Making the ties

  1. Join on one side and chain 30. Tie off and weave in the ends.
  2. Repeat this step for the opposite side.

For the ears

Make 2

  1. Ch 3, 2 hdc into the 3rd chain from the hook.
  2. Ch 2, turn, 3 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into the last stitch.
  3. Ch 2, turn, hdc into the next stitch, 2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into the last 2 stitches.
  4. Ch 2, turn, hdc into each stitch.
  5. Ch 2, turn, hdc into each stitch.
  6. Tie off and leave a tail for sewing onto the bonnet.

Weave in all of the ends.

Review of Yumms! BBQ Grilling Mat

Review of Yumms! BBQ Grilling Mat

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*This item was received in exchange for an honest review*

   I don’t know about you, but I love to cook food on the grill in the summertime. The weather is perfect for spending time outside with family and friends.  My only issue other than the crazy amount of flies that come around the grill, is getting all of the cooked on mess off of the grill.

  When I got the grilling mat by Yumms I thought that it would be a great alternative to wrapping the racks in aluminum foil.  All you do it place it on the grill and then add your food. It’s a super simple process.

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The part that I liked the most was the fact that the food didn’t fall through and that I could still get the grill lines on my food.  I has to be really hot in order to put the lines on the food, but that isn’t too much of an issue.  The mat can handle temperatures up to 450 degrees F.

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I also had a couple of issues with it as well. I think I would need more than two of these in order to cook all of the food because the residue kind of sticks to it. It isn’t too bad, but requires me to wash it in between using it again.  Also, I am not sure how many times that I will be able to use them without them tearing apart. They are very durable, but grilling every weekend during the summer may wear them out a bit.

Tomato Basil Chicken- Recipe & Review

Tomato Basil Chicken

Tomato Basil Chicken

Recipe and Review

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breast

1 Tomato

1/4 of a White Onion

2 Chopped Basil Leaves

1 Tsp Salt

2 Tsp Black Pepper

2 Tbs of Cilantro

1/4 Cup of Cheddar Cheese

Place chicken into Stainless Steel Steamer and boil until fully cooked.

Chop the tomato and onion into small pieces.

Mix in the salt, pepper, basil, and cilantro.

Preheat your oven to 350F

Chop the chicken into 1-2 inch chunks and place into a pan.

Slice the cheddar cheese.

Pour the topping on the chicken and add the cheese.

Place in the oven and cook until the cheese melts.

Enjoy!

Review of the Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer

Steamer

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I have been wanting to try one of these out for a while now. Now that I have, I can say that it is really convenient.  It keeps all of the food together while boiling/steaming it. I can leave it open and put it on top of my pot to steam it or have it closed while I boil veggies.  Best of all I can keep foods separated while cooking them.

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It is really sturdy too.  My kids thought it was a spaceship and kept making it land on things.  It really held up well.  I think I will use it on fruit next time.

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Review of New Bone China Tea Set

Review of White Angel New Bone China Tea Set with Cup Hanger

Tea Review

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I got the opportunity to try out this tea set. I used the set to make green tea. I used a little bit of raw honey for flavoring. It is made for loose tea and it was really easy to use.

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It comes with a convenient little stand to hold the pot, cups, and saucers.  The hooks are very sturdy and hold the cups with no problems.  I love how the cups and saucers can be stored together in the same place for easy access.

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I only had one issue with the set and that was the fact that the first teapot and 1 cup broke during transit. The company was very quick with their response. They got the replacements to me very quickly.

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Even if you don’t like tea this set would still be a great addition. It really adds style to my kitchen.

If you would like to win one, just comment with your favorite flavor tea. ( so that I get your email to contact you) Contest ends 5/7/2015

Chocolate Muffin Recipe


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Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups of flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup of oil

1/2 cup of water

3/4 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F

Sift the dry ingredients together, then combine all the ingredients with your mixer.

Pour into each silicone baking cup.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Make sure to check and make sure that they are fully cooked.

Let them for about 15 minutes and then enjoy!

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I love these silicone baking cups. They were actually very sturdy and supported the weight of the batter very well. I placed them onto a cookie sheet instead of in a muffin pan.  They held up very well unlike another brand that I previously tried. The real test came when I popped them out of the cups.  I thought for sure that they would stick or come out in pieces. Nope! I was wrong. They came out so easy. The cup was virtually clean when I got it out. Other than the slight amount of oil from the muffin, it was clean.

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I would definitely recommend these over other brands. The fact that they didn’t need a muffin pan really sold it for me.

Brand New Monday #1

Brand New Monday

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DIW#2 Mystery Scarf Blog Hop CAL

DIW#2 Mystery Scarf Blog Hop CAL

Here is my portion of the Design Improv Workshop #2 You can find out all about it here.

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Basically a bunch of us designers got together and decided to do a mystery crochet along project.  We chose a scarf.  Sounds easy enough right?

 

There is only 1 rule.  Each row can only have 40 stitches.

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Rows 1-5 are here on Stitches N’ Scraps

Rows 6-10 are here on American Crochet

Rows 11-15 are here on Underground Crafter

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Abbreviations:

Ch- Chain

Slst- Slip Stitch

Sc- Single Crochet

Hdc- Half Double Crochet

FpHdc- Front Post Half Double Crochet

Dc- Double Crochet

 

Ch 3 counts as first dc

“” is used to denote the repeats

Now starts part 4!!

Change colors

16. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, “(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch, skip 4 stitches” [3 times], 2dc into the next stitch, ch 2, 2dc into the next stitch, “skip 4 stitches, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch” [3 times], skip 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

Change Colors

17. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, fphdc around the next 2 stitches, “sc into the ch space, fphdc around the next 4 stitches” [3 times], 2sc into the ch space, “fphdc around the next 4 stitches, sc into the ch space” [3 times], fphdc around the next 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

18. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, “(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch, skip 4 stitches” [3 times], 2dc into the next stitch, ch 2, 2dc into the next stitch, “skip 4 stitches, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch” [3 times], skip 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

Change Colors

19. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, fphdc around the next 2 stitches, “sc into the ch space, fphdc around the next 4 stitches” [3 times], 2sc into the ch space, “fphdc around the next 4 stitches, sc into the ch space” [3 times], fphdc around the next 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

20. Ch 1, turn, sc into each stitch.

 

I hope you enjoy!