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Month: January 2015

Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil

Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Many people associate coconut oil with the delicious smell of their sun tan lotion, but this is not all this amazing oil can do. There are an endless amount of uses for this oil!  You can use it to improve your health, charge up your beauty routine, and add variety to your kitchen routine.
As a Beauty Boost:
From skin to hair to hands and face, coconut oil can assist in every area of your beauty routine. It makes an amazing hair conditioner.  I try to use it as a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week.  Simply take 3 to 5 tablespoons melted in a microwave and rubbed into the hair then wrap up your hair and leave it for two hours before shampooing and it will make your hair soft and shiny.
It can also be used for flyaway hair; rub a pea-sized drop between your hands and smooth it over your hair-voila! No more flyaways.

Using it as a face cream will make your skin equally soft. Put an amount about the size of a dime on your skin minutes before you put on your makeup. It also works as an under eye moisturizer; rub a pea-sized amount under your eyes.

The moisturizing process doesn’t stop there; rub the oil on other dry areas including your lips, temples, elbows and knees; it’s perfect for those small dry patches regular lotion isn’t helping.
 It also works well as a cuticle oil; a small amount over the cuticles. For more serious skin conditions, try coconut oil, which works well as an eczema treatment, soothing and moisturizing at the same time, this has helped my daughters bumpy eczema rash for the last few winters and I love that I’ve been able to toss all the chemical filled alternatives.
It also helps reduce scarring with twice-daily applications, I still use it on my C-section scar!
When you want to unwind, coconut oil, scented with a few drops of relaxing essential oil (rose and lavender are effective), makes a great massage oil. Use it to relax tired muscles after a long day lifting babies and kissing booboos!
Health Benefits:
Coconut oil has several health benefits as well. Many people now take it to improve their thyroid and blood sugar levels since it can help improve insulin use in the body and can also increase thyroid function.
It also helps to boost the metabolism, increasing energy and endurance.
My hubby who suffers from high cholesterol uses coconut oil to help lower his levels too. It contains lauric acid, a type of saturated fat, which has been shown to improve the ratio levels of cholesterol. It does this by increasing the good HDL cholesterol in the blood.
For those needing help with weight control, taking 2 tablespoons of coconut oil every day can help burn more energy. It contains fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that, when broken down in the liver, helps to boost the metabolism and burn energy more efficiently. This oil can also increase your energy and may help ensure a better workout. Take two tablespoons at breakfast every day or add it to your water or sports drink and consume it during your workout.  With the winter blues in full swing in my house, this has been a great addition to my daily routine.  I need all the energy I can get and its a great healthy option instead of my usually sugary coffee.
In the Kitchen:
This oil can also be used in cooking. Since it doesn’t raise your cholesterol and has a high smoke point, you can use it to cook almost any type of meal. Use it instead of butter in sauce or baked goods like cookies, cakes or bread. Like butter, it stays solid when cold, will become softer at room temperature, and becomes liquid when heated. It has a pleasant sweet, mellow taste that will delicately flavor foods without overpowering other tastes. It can even be used in baby food or as a spread on toast or pancakes.  I like to add a couple spoonful’s of melted oil to my smoothies and juices, as mentioned before the energy boost is great but I also enjoy the hint of coconut flavoring. 
It makes sense to keep this healthy, tasty, versatile oil on hand for your culinary needs .

The uses for Coconut Oil are definitely endless, I always have a jar or two in my house and cant get enough of the oil.  If you haven’t tried it yet, its an awesome product that you can try for a few dollars at the grocery store you already have to shop at anyways.  So why not give it a try!

Artur Castle Playset Review and Giveaway #krooom

*Disclosure:  We received a press sample to facilitate this review: all opinions are 100% my own*
When we first opened the Artur Knights and Dragons Playset I was terrified by the huge pile of cardboard that needed to be put together, and as I spent an hour building the play set I was getting even more aggravated.  Then I got into a rhythm and the building became easier.
Once It was put together I was very impressed by how sturdy and durable the set is.  When I saw that it was built out of cardboard my first impression was it would last a few hours at most with my rambunctious kids, however once I saw it fully built I was shocked at how sturdy and strong the structure is!  I am happy to say that after a week of fun and imagination our Krooom Set is still perfect! 

The set comes with a wide selection of characters and accessories which has kept the kids imaginations busy during this major blizzard over the last few days, which has kept mommy sane!
KROOM Details:
Artur Castle Playset-

Protect the magnificent castle and let down the drawbridge for imagination!
With lots of moving play features, hidden treasures and
Accessories. The story of Artur the young prince and Rafael the Dragon, is about to begin….
Kids are transported to a world filled with marvelous missions, castles, dragons and knights.

The castle’s beautiful, but foreboding walls are a garrison of strength with parapets, turrets, sliding prison door, lowering drawbridge, ladders and the royal crest. Knights patrol the wall tops, flaming dragons fiercely attack and the noble prince rallies the troops for victory.

Build a castle fortress that’s strong, impressive and eco-friendly too! Creativity and logic enter in as kids fight daring battles with Krooom.

Every durable, reinforced laminated printed board fits together precisely and holds up like a fortress should. The castle grows higher until it reaches 1 and 1/2 feet high by 2 feet wide. Every noble character is put into place.

Product size:
73 X 59 X 56 cm
29.2” X 23.6″ X 22.4”
Ends on February 10th 2015

Nana’s Vegetable Soup Recipe ~ Italian Kitchen #deisskitchenware

 My Nana used to make a huge pot of this vegetable soup all the time and it is so delicious that it never went to waste!  Now I try to make it a regular in my house too, its healthy, easy, and yummy, making it the perfect winter time meal that doesn’t pack on pounds!

Red Pepper
Green Pepper
Summer Squash
Can of Tomato Paste
4-6 Cans of Water
Can of Peeled Diced Tomatoes
Salt, Pepper, and Italian Seasoning for Taste
 I like to make my soup in a crockpot so that I can leave it on all day and let everyone grab bowls as they get hungry, but it can also be made the same way in a large pot.
Peel and chop the potatoes, I use the Deiss Julienne Vegetable Peeler, Its my favorite.  Simple to use and quickly peels anything I need.
Chop the rest of the vegetables until your pot is full. 
Add the can of Tomatoes and Tomato Paste. 
Fill the rest of the pan with water and season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
 Cook on Medium for one hour or until veggies are tender.

Benefits of the Deiss Julienne Vegetable Peeler

✓ Razor-sharp blades cut through any vegetables
✓ Makes it easy to prepare more fruits and veggies for a healthier lifestyle
✓ Simple to clean and store
✓ Creates delicious-looking dishes for discerning eaters
*Disclosure:  We received a press sample of the Deiss Julienne Peeler: all opinions are 100% my own*

Aidan’s Fabkids January Outfit! Stylish Subscription Addiction, Fabkids has Adorable Outfits for Boys Too! ~ Review

*Disclosure – I was gifted an outfit to facilitate this review; as always all opinions are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway*
Have you read my October and November Fabkids outfit reviews?  If so, then you already know we are totally in love with this subscription service!  Lilly had so much fun picking out her October and November outfits so we decided to give Aidan a turn in January. 
This is Aidan’s January outfit choice, the “Cool Beats Outfit” and it is adorable!
It includes a blue long sleeved t-shirt with a cute boom box graphic, the top is paired with a pair of straight leg denim jeans . Aidan has loved wearing this outfit and it certainly matches his personality!  Plus the jeans are amazing and have become my favorite pair for him to wear with all his shirts, the worn in pattern and fit are perfect.

Every outfit includes 2 pieces, for just $29.95.  Fabkids is available in sizes 2-12 for both boys and girls.
After you sign up as a Fabkids VIP member you have till the 5th of each month to “skip the month” otherwise your credit card is charged the $29.95 monthly charge which gives you credit for an outfit pick.
You simply log onto your account and pick the outfit your child would love and it shows up at your door, in a bright blue or pink box!
No need to tackle the mall or search through stores for an affordable and fashionable set, Fabkids gives you a great selection at an affordable price every month!
Plus as another amazing perk, your first outfit is only $15!  Now that’s a great value!
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*Disclosure – I was gifted an outfit to facilitate this review; as always all opinions are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway*



Disney Legacy Collection Series ~ The Little Mermaid CD Review and Giveaway #disneymusic #enmnetwork

* I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. *

We are huge Disney fans and one of my most favorite Disney movies is The Little Mermaid.  I could watch it on repeat for days, the characters are awesome, I mean who doesn’t love Flounder!  Plus I believe The Little Mermaid has the best soundtrack, maybe its because I remember going to see this movie when it was released so the music has stuck with me but I will never get sick of listening to “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea”.

To celebrate The Little Mermaids 25th anniversary Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection has released The Little Mermaid featuring a beautifully illustrated 20 page booklet and 2 CD’s filled with wonderful music.  Here’s a sample that will surely get you in the Disney spirit:
We have been enjoying this CD in the car for days now and all the kids love it.  It’s so much fun to sing along and see them enjoying the songs that I have loved sense I was their age.
Now for the fun part!  Enter to win a copy of The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid!
*If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner*
Giveaway Ends January 18, 2015
You can also Purchase The Little Mermaid Disney Legacy Collection at The Disney Emporium along with many other great titles!