Wine-ing Wednesday – 5 Cool Wine Gadgets

Can I tell you a gross story before going into this week’s Wine-ing Wednesday?  Ok, thanks.  So last Saturday we celebrated my youngest son’s birthday by going to what I initially thought was a cool bowling alley.  I had heard good things about the place and the concept itself was intriguing.  Bowling paired with great music, comfy couches, good food, cool lighting…I reserved two lanes.

After an hour and a half, I thought it was about time to order a glass of wine – six 7 year-olds can do it to you.  I ordered and shortly after, received my glass.  It was dark, I took a sip, thought something was odd, went into the light and saw THIS:

fruit fly wine

Yes that would be over 20 dead fruit flies in my glass.  SO GROSS.  That glass passed from the bartender’s hand to the waitress to me…2 points of QA.  Just gross.  I won’t be going to Revolutions at City Place EVER again.

OK…on to Wine-ing Wednesday!  Here are some cool wine accessories that can come in handy!

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One / Two / Three / Four / Five

Which one(s) would you buy?

 

 

There’s an App For That…or a Website

I’m always on the lookout for a cool app or website to make life a bit easier or more fun.  Below are my latest findings.

thyme kitchen app

My husband is the chef of the household.  He is a natural when it comes to cooking – something I am NOT.  I can cook, and I do like to, but I am the type of person that needs a recipe (at least for the first time around with a dish) and needs to have everything timed out perfectly.  In the past I would use the timer on the oven as well as the timer on the microwave.  The microwave in our new house for some reason doesn’t have a timer – or at least one that I can find.  So odd.  This is where Thyme comes in perfectly!

Pick the burner on the app that you are cooking on, set the timer.  Pick the second burner you are using – do the same.  So simple, so great!  It’s available on both iTunes and Google Play.  $0.99

GoodMouth toothbrushes You know how it is important to change out your toothbrush every few months – even more if you have gotten over a cold, etc.?  I just read about this great subscription, called GoodMouth, that takes the task of reminding to refresh your toothbrushes!  For a family of 4, it costs $13.95 (free shipping) to receive new brushes every 3 months, and with every subscription they donate 2 brushes to someone in need through Giving Goodness.  You complete a simple survey, asking basic questions and you’re all set!  I ordered my first set and can’t wait to get them!  Check out GoodMouth… you can update or cancel at any time.

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Want to get free prints of your favorite smartphone shots?  Introducing an app that will send you up to 85 free 4×6 prints per month.  You do have to pay for shipping and handling, which ranges from $1.99 – $9.99 depending on the size of the order.  I haven’t tried it just yet, but the app is downloaded on my phone.  I just need to get some time to actually pick out which pictures to print!

Are you a magazine junkie like me?  Enter Next Issue - an app/website that offers unlimited access to over 140 magazines for a small monthly fee.  You can try it out for free for the first 30 days and cancel at any time.  There are two membership levels – one is $9.99/month and the other is $14.99/mont which includes weeklies.  I still like to hold the physical magazine, turn the pages, rip out the ones with items I am interested in or articles that peek my interest.  Check it out….tell me what you think.

 

 

learn a new language

I am so excited for this next website – Duolingo.  You can learn a bunch of different languages FOR FREE!  Choose the language you want to learn, create a profile and voila!  You can work along with friends via Facebook too!  Although I have Rosetta Stone for Spanish and have yet to use it (bad me…it is on my bucket list for this year and the year is not yet over!), I am going to try Duolingo for Spanish and see how it goes!  What language do you want to learn?  If you sign up, tell me and we can watch each other’s progress!

 

Five for Friday – August 15

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Wow, it is great to be back home – just in time for this week’s Five for Friday!  Don’t get me wrong – we had a great family vacation in CT and NYC but there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed.  I am not looking forward to the loads of laundry but other than that, it’s all good!

five for friday

I am always looking for products that make life a little easier.  #1 is hysterical, #3 I am seriously contemplating getting, #6 will come in handy if I ever run again, #10 I own and love…OK enough… you get the idea…check out the article!

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My husband and I talk about this all the time – are multivitamins good for you?  What’s your stance?

five for friday

I can only imagine what my boys would come up with if they were given the first few words of famous proverbs and were asked to complete them.  #26 is funny BUT did a 1st grader really say that?

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I am so proud of this young girl who wrote to Lego, asking why there aren’t a lot of female Lego characters.

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This weekend I am going to try to make these copycat chick fil a nuggets – they are gluten-free!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Do you have any plans?  Aside from a small sleepover party celebrating my youngest son’s birthday, I hope to be doing a whole lot of nothing.  (Highly unlikely, but I like to dream!)

 

 

Kidecals WaterProof Labels Review and Discount Code!

**Please note that I was gifted a set of the Kidecals in return for an honest review of the product.  This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time…AND I truly love the labels!

My boys are always losing things. Whether it is shirts, shorts, SHOES…Yes, my little one came home from camp one day last year with NO shoes. That pisses me off on many levels…um, how do you lose shoes? How do you go on the bus from the pool back to campus with no shoes and no one noticing that you have NO SHOES? How does the counselor in charge not question this? OK, I got that out of my system.

Time to take charge of their belongings. I can tell them a gazillion times that they need to be responsible for their belongings, but they are young. (I will never buy nice sneakers for camp ever again!)

This is where the Kidecals comes in! When I first visited the site looking for personalized labels, I was a bit overwhelmed – but in a good way! There are so many different designs of stickers to choose from. I got a bit carried away on their website – you can search by gender, shape, age, style, and use.

The labels are super durable – the waterproof name labels are printed onto a really durable self-adhesive vinyl with eco sol inks and laminated with clear topcoat to ensure durability. An added perk is that they are constantly researching to find the best and greenest materials and printing processes available while trying to keep the name labels and decals affordable and local. They are laundry safe and easy to apply. I just peeled them off of the backing and pressed them onto my sons’ t-shirt labels, inside their sneakers, and on their shorts’ waistbands.

Their labels aren’t just for kids’ clothing. You can order labels to help better organize your pantry, alert people of allergies, etc. The new Keycals for your computer keyboard are super cool too!

Check out this great video that tells you a little bit about Kidecals:

I opted for this design:

The top line was “Peller Property” with the bottom line saved for our phone number.

What’s even cooler is that they are offering 15% off to my readers! Just in time for back-to-school! Don’t wait until your kid’s sweater is nowhere to be found!

Enter FASHION at check out…and another perk? Free shipping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 S’mores Recipes to Celebrate National S’mores Day!

national s'mores day

Who doesn’t love s’mores?  Chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers melted to perfection.  Over a camp fire, bonfire, or in our case a fire pit in the backyard.  In honor of National S’mores Day, I scoured the internet for some cool recipes – even a gluten-free version!

Raspberry S’mores Bars a la Buns in My Oven

Gooey S’mores Ice Cream Cake a la How Sweet It Is (BTW, I love this blog and look forward to receiving email notifications of new posts!)

No Bake S’mores Cheesecake a la How Sweet It Is – yes, you read that right…YUM!

S’mores Macarons a la Bakers Royale – I’m glad this search brought me to this great site…my mouth was salivating reading some of the recipes!

The Ultimate S’more a la MyRecipe.com – ummm, can you same homemade graham crackers????

Skewered Strawberry and Marshmallow S’mores a la Epicurious – it contains strawberries, does that qualify as healthy?

Gluten-Free S’more Bars a la MyRecipes.com – I was overjoyed to find this recipe!  I am definitely going to try it out!

Which recipe are you tempted to try?  Have a recipe you’d like to share?  I’d love to publish it!

photo credit: life is good (pete) via photopin cc

Five for Friday – August 8

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I totally missed last Friday’s Five for Friday and I am so sad about that.  I hope this one makes up for it!

number 1

It’s hot – very hot – and on hot days I love to cool down with ice cream or popsicles BUT most store-bought popsicles are filled with sugar.  If you have ever seen my little one on a sugar high, you will know why I am adamant about trying my darnedest to remove this attitude-changing, crazy-making item from his life.  Now I know that fruits contain sugars, but by making my own frozen treats, I can manage how much sugar is actually in them.

number 2

I subscribe to the Blogilates Youtube channel.  I love Cassie’s enthusiasm…and now I am actually doing her videos (it took me a year, but better late than never!)  Check out her video below entitled Lower Belly Flattener and tell me what you think!

number 3

I was so surprised when I found out that Twizzlers have gluten in them – boo.  BUT when I came across this article, it made my day.  6 Surprising Foods You Never Knew Were Gluten-Free!  Love you French Macarons!

number 4

I really enjoyed reading and connected with the author of Maxed Out: Moms on the Brink.  I think my review of the book says it all!

number 5

If you are a fellow blogger, you may like this article on 5 Facebook mistakes that can cause your blog traffic.  I learned some great tidbits and hope they are helpful for you too!

I hope you have a great weekend! What are your plans?

It’s On – AGAIN!

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How many times have you heard me talk about the fact that I need to start exercising and eating healthier?  I know it gets annoying and I am apologizing in advance because I am going to talk about it yet AGAIN.

Ever since I found out I was gluten-sensitive, I have been consciously trying to eat healthier, taking gluten OUT of my diet.  It has helped me a lot, as my stomach woes have gone to the wayside, my migraines are gone, and the only allergy issues I come across are of the seasonal variety.  One thing I have realized is that eating gluten-free food doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to lose weight.  In the beginning I did lose weight because my diet did not include ANY pasta, cookies, bread, etc.  As time passed, we found some great gluten-free options in those food areas, BUT I started to gain some weight back.  It makes sense – regardless if the pasta has gluten in it, it is still a carb, right?

My back hurting doesn’t help the cause much.  I feel like every time I verbalize that I am going to hit the gym, my back starts to ache.  I’m not making it up – it’s crazy!  I took my Advil this morning and I am moving on.

I am starting a new regimen… I need to walk everyday and hit if not exceed my 10,000 steps.  I am going to actually DO the Blogilate videos that I like, and not just watch them or “file them” for later viewing.  No more carbs, gluten-free or not – or at least greatly reduce them.  I am the only one that can help myself.  Right?!?

Who is in this with me?  I’m sorry if this was a bit boring of a read for you but I need to make this “public” so I can be held accountable…here we go….