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Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set Review


The Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set is my new favorite way to store food in my kitchen. Why? Well, the top reason is that these bowls keep what is put inside fresher for far longer with its genius instant vacuum seal. There are no bells and whistles as in any extra parts needed to achieve this seal except the lid for each bowl. These lids also feature a dial so you can set the date of when your food was placed inside of it. No more masking tape and marker or asking every other family member how long the tuna noodle casserole leftovers or whatever else was put in the fridge thanks to Ozeri INSTAVAC.

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ALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish

I love learning about the ocean and all the creatures and plants that make it their home. I used to live on the Coast when I was a child and was quite taken with learning about all the wonderful things it gives back to people.  I love that the sea is so vast with many undiscovered species we’ve yet to even lay our eyes upon. Life is more interesting when some things have left a mystery. Today, however, we are actually going to take a look at the many fish that have been discovered in Tam Warner Minton’s latest book “All Fish Faces“.  

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Classic Snacks Made from Scratch {Review & Giveaway}

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I grew up eating what most consider junk food but since I’ve been committed to living a healthier lifestyle I haven’t in many years. I won’t deny that I do still get cravings for those snacks. Maybe it’s more nostalgic in being tied to fun childhood memories than the actual taste of the snack that I recall. Though there’s no way I would ever go back to eating them now. At least that was the case until I discovered Casey Barber’s cookbook Classic Snacks Made from Scratch – 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats.

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Intrigued and delighted, knowing that I as well as my family could re-create these snacks all-naturally without the addition of artificial flavors and undesirable ingredients, I was sold! Instead of telling my kids (myself as well) no we won’t be purchasing those snacks at the grocery store, I can now let them know I’m taking the action of making them ourselves thanks to this book!

The classic snack categories are Cookies, Cakey Treats, Cheesy Snacks, Salty Snacks, Ice Cream Treats, Sweets & Candies, Fruit Filled Treats, Fried & Frozen Snacks, and ending with Dips & Spreads. A few of the treat recipes include those for Oreos, Nutter Butters® cookies, Pop-Tarts, Cheetos®, Twinkies, & Jalapeño Poppers to name just a few. Truly many of the recipes covered are known by many Americans.

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The book layout is easy to navigate and instructions clear and concise. The beginning of the book has an introduction followed by a Useful Tools & Ingredients section. This area I found beneficial to make ones self familiar with before getting started. It’s not completely necessary but I believe you should read it if you want to take advantage of all the important information to making the most of your cooking! Near the back, there’s Helpful resources which list links and certain ingredients you may have trouble locating at your local grocery store. I haven’t ran into that issue but I’m so glad it’s included. Techniques is a section that instructs you how to master cooking know how that you may not be comfortable with just yet. There is a conversions chart to become familiar with in the very end.

There are 70 recipes in this book. Throughout the book there are facts and food history as well a full color photographs. I love being able to learn stories behind foods we like! The author introduces each recipe with a few words. I really like the personal touch. Each recipe has a difficulty level from 1-4. One being the easiest to make and four on the more skilled level. I appreciate that the skill level is listed so if aiming to make a snack with my kids, I can pick one with minimal difficulty to make. How long each recipe will keep after made is mentioned for every recipe most lasting a week others a little longer if frozen.

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One of our favorite snacks to make from this book is the Caramel Corn! Who know making this classic treat could be so easy. The verdict was that it was even better than the caramel corn we are used to getting from the store. I don’t think we’ve ever had this tasty treat taste so deliciously fresh! I even thought about adding peanuts to the recipe and it would be just like having Cracker Jacks!

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I would highly recommend this book! I will say that though it takes more time to make these than to just picking up these snacks, you are going to get a far better version by making these yourself. You can’t beat the freshness and the fact you know every single thing going into them. This would be a great gift for anyone and a fabulous book to use together if you are aiming to get the kids in your life excited about helping in the kitchen!

Interested in Purchasing?  Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats is available on Amazon.com in hardcover ($14.85) or digital format($9.99).  Prices are subject to change.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Chuggington: Snow Rescue {DVD Review}

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We all know that Christmas is well on the way as well as Winter. So, we’ve been in-cooperating lots of themed DVD’s to watch during family time. Recently to DVD, Chuggington: Snow Rescue has been what’s been watched by my nearly four year old son. This collection was his very first viewing of the Chuggington series and it appears to have gone over very well.

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The DVD runtime is a little over an hour, 64 minutes in all. The animation is very colorful and done exceptionally well! There appear to be a lot of characters with great personalities. The episodes teach important lesson like the importance of teamwork, being responsible, and of being safe.

The Snow Rescue Special is one of the episodes you’ll want to make sure to see during the month of December. This episode has a Parade of Lights and how the trains make do during a Winter Storm. The rescue mission was full of lots of action and kept my son on the edge of his seat wondering what was going to happen next!

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Episodes Included:

* Snow Rescue Special
* Iron Chuggers
* Deputy Chug Patrollers
* Movie Maker Brewster
* Toot’s Tall Tale

Special Features:

* Bonus Badge Quest Episode: Wilson Winter Feed
* New Character Montages: Fletch, Cormac and Tyne
* Coloring and Activity Sheets (DVD-ROM)

Viewing it myself, I believe it’s great wholesome entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together. It’s quick paced and full of a lot of action and adventure. If that’s what appeals to your kids, this one will definitely be a winner! Chugginton is appropriate for children ages three to six years old. There’s been no fear of anything askew! We’d totally recommend Chuggington: Snow Rescue!

Interested in Purchasing? Chuggington: Snow Rescue can be purchased on Amazon.com for $9.99 as of this posting!


 

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo {Book Review}

 

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Expressing your appreciation and total love of Adventure Time has never been so fun! If you call yourself a crafty person and tend to dabble in a little bit of everything in the craft world, you’ll love this offering! The bright and cheerful crafts perfectly embody these well loved characters from the Land of Ooo! Sure as a fan you could go out and purchase pre-made accessories and decor but there’s really something special about making it yourself!

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There are 23 projects total in this book. What kind of crafting? Well, there’s sewing, crochet, knitting, needle felting, sculpting, painting, and more. The craft pattern categories are Total Toytopia, Bling-A-Ding-Ding, Rhombus Home Decor, & Geek Chic Fashion. Crafters can create felt finger puppets, plushies, jewelery of all kinds, wall art, super cute nail art, pillow, cozies, and much more! I really like the variety!

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The patterns are very easy to follow! What I love is before you start a project, each is talked about. That just gives it a more personal touch in which I quite desire in any instructional arts & craft book! Next there’s a “You’ll Need Area” followed by the numbered steps to create the project. Some of the patterns have detailed illustrations as well as full color photographs. Throughout the book there are helpful Adventure Tips to encourage you to try another method if you aren’t comfortable with a certain technique. You’ll also find characters from the show on many of the quoting memorable lines from the show.

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One of my favorite and by far the simplest project in the book is the BMO’s 8-Bit Fuse Bead Coasters! There are six designs for these and so easy that younger kids could create them with little help. It’s an excellent craft to do during a Adventure Time marathon to me? Who couldn’t use another coaster or two? But really, you don’t have to stop there. How about a Slumber Party where you have a painting nails sessions and follow the Oh My Glob, Nail Art pattern? If you love to cosplay, the are many projects you can use to create an amazing outfit! There’s no doubt that much creative fun is to be had!

Other things to note is that the book helpfully explains where to buy supplies for the crafts and there are templates that can be copied and enlarged per pattern instructions. The back of the book features a section of helpful website links such as crafty websites to show off your work and the links to the D.I.Y Heroes whom are the artist that created the wonderful projects found within!

Adventure Time Crafts is an awesome craft book that fans of any age is sure to enjoy! If your up for a challenge and an amazing adventure in crafting, you’ll be certainly pleased! I know, I was!

Interested in Purchasing?  Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo can be purchased in paperback ($13.89) or digital format ($11.84).

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

 

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