Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sharing our experice with our new fun Christmas gift ! Let's make #homemade Ice Cream

My awesome "sister" Katie loves to give fun family gifts. She currently doesn't have any offspring of her won (but that will hopefully change soon), so she spoils mine.

We are always wondering what kind of gifts she will spring on us...

I love the off-the-wall gifts she gives hubby. This year was truly no disappointment !!

Feeling Squatchy?

Hubby loves all things Bigfoot [Sasquatch, Yeti], so Katie capitalized on that with her fun gift to him this year.

But her family gift was an ice cream maker, Not just any ice cream maker either. She's about go big or go home, so this is a fancy one (by our standards). We received a Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker.

We finally made ice cream last night. We started the process the day before with creating our ingredient mixture and then allowing it to refrigerate for almost 24 hours. We also had the canister in the freezing for 2 days, so it was nice and cold.
 
 
The Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker boasts some great features:
Makes 2-quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato or sorbet
Improved paddle with faster processing time
Control panel with LCD screen and 3 settings with multiple speeds
Countdown timer with auto shutoff
Ingredient spout with integrated measuring cup
 
 

We decided to go with old fashion vanilla and once the ice cream was ready, we scooped out half, added some cocoa powder, and made chocolate ice cream!

 


We are pleased with how well this frozen treat came out and will explore other types of delicious concoctions later. I believe our next stop is gelato.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MONSTER JAM® roars into Raymond James Stadium on January 17th and Frebruary 7th #spon

Disclosure: My family will receive complimentary admission to this event. All views and opinions in association to the product(s) or company are that of my family or myself.

Tampa will heat up this January and February when 1,500 horsepower, 10,000-pound monster trucks compete in side-by-side racing and the fan-favorite freestyle competition where each monster truck gets up to 120 seconds to “wow” the crowd with huge jumps, wheelies, truck-spinning donuts, flips, and the destruction of cars, vans, buses, motor homes and more.
 
We have never been to any type of Monster Truck experience, so this will be a first for my husband and our 3 boys !
 

Monday, December 29, 2014

What was your favorite memory or biggest accomplishment in 2014 ? Enter to #Win an #Amazon gc open WW

So what did you do this year ? What were the things that made you most proud ?

I'm happy I survived this year !! With the health scare and surgeries in August, I am immensely grateful for each and every thing I did this year.

I think for my favorite personal goal memory was the 2 day Gasparilla Run (and 14.2 miles) in February. The 1st day was 9 miles and my longest distance to date. I was exhausted !! But it felt so good to set this goal, not give up, and cross the finish line !
 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Continuing our tradition with #RinglingBros Circus in 2015 #spon @RinglingBros @NicoleFeld

Disclosure: My family will receive complimentary admission to this event. All views and opinions in association to the product(s) or company are that of my family or myself.

Every year, my family goes to the circus. My sister Katie began this tradition several years ago and it just caught on.
This year will be no different, except I get to take my Best Friend and her two girls.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® have a new these this year, Circus XTREME!


Photo Credit: RB&B Facebook

 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

An easier way to pay with #Softcard #IC #ad #Sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Softcard. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

I am always looking for an easier way to do things. Whether it's saving time or saving money, I'm all ears.

Recently, I began using the Softcard app on my smartphone.

What is Softcard? I'm glad you asked. Softcard is a free app that allows you to use your phone to pay for products and services.
You can receive special offers and store loyalty, membership, and rewards cards. Softcard is available at over 275,000 participating retailers.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Getting ready for Holiday Hair with Instyler #RSVPInstyler @Vocalpoint #GotItFree

Disclosure: I have received a product to facilitate this review. All views and opinions in association to the product(s) or company are that of my family or myself. Some posts may contain affiliate links
 
 
These days, I totally rock my "I don't care hair". I'm generally at home and no one sees me but my kids. But the holidays are coming and with that, comes time to look nice and have "Holiday Hair"!
 
Instyler and Vocalpoint sent me 3 great products to test out. I'm going to tell you about all 3, but show you my favorite !
 
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Doing the Happy, Clear Skin Dance with Clearasil® #MC #ClearasilMom #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
 
My 12 year old Tween son has been breaking out for some time and we haven't been able to find a product that clear up his skin without drying it as well.
 
The same goes for me. I still get teen like break outs but every product I use leaves my skin dry and itchy.
 
We are now doing the Happy, Clear Skin Dance !!!