Heart & Soul Candies Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

  This Christmas, spread joy by giving your loved ones chocolate with purpose as they unwrap an inspirational message with each delicious bite.  Give back with H&S chocolate as well because a portion of sales go to Samaritans Purse, a charity that provides spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, and disease. The Vision & Mission: The Vision: Heart & Soul Candies Vision is to give cheerfully and generously to good works around the world by providing scripture based high-quality chocolate and candy products that bless … [Read more...]

Stickey Cup Review & Giveaway- CLOSED

Finally! A portable non-slip cup/container holder for virtually any non-porous surface. Great for KIDS!  Eliminate spills with this new cup holder design that incorporates a uniquely SUPER strong suction cup bottom and will hold a variety of container shapes. Perfect for the Baby Bag! From Sippie Cups to Tumblers!   No more crying over spilt milk!     I just discovered Stickey Cup.  I had never heard of it before until recently, but it is definitely one of those inventions that makes one wonder why it hasn't existed sooner.  My three … [Read more...]

Crazy Crayola Fun Review & Giveaway- CLOSED

Crayola is offering more than 30 ways to give the gift of imagination for under $30 this holiday season with a lineup of gifts to inspire wonder,adventure and dreams in toddlers to tweens. My two oldest children and I were able to check out some of the new, hot Crayola gifts for this holiday season.  We were very excited.  Crayola makes amazing products.  They have come a long way from the simple crayons of my youth.  I remember when they came out with the 120 box of crayons.  It was the THING that year.  My children are so lucky.  Here are they product we … [Read more...]

Oliver’s Labels Review

A little while ago I received a set of labels from Oliver's Labels.  I have no prior experience with a professionally made label.  However, I do own a label maker.   Oliver's Labels advertises as being extra sticky and they are! I found them to be much more sticky and stylish than regular labels.   I tested out my set of labels with my 3 year old.  I picked out a cool crossbones/pirate symbol that I knew he would like.  He was eager to place a label on his shoes.  They have a special set that fits right inside shoes and helps kids learn the difference … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Idea!- Family Talk Review & Giveaway- CLOSED

  Do you need a great idea for a gift this Holiday season?  Consider a copy of Family Talk or one of its many variations- Grandparent Talk, Buddy Talk, Camp Talk, or Teen Talk. My family recently received our first copy of Family Talk and just like the title it did indeed get our family talking.  It's a simple idea.  Conversation starting questions are clipped together on a metal ring.  That's it.  Super simple.  It's the people you're with and the answers that they give that make this game fabulous.  I love learning about what people think.  The … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mama Report

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! … [Read more...]

Nutty Pasta with Shrimp

I have been meaning to post this recipe for some time now. This one is a keeper at my house. Some recipes we pretend we never made. This is one that gets made over and over again. The main reason it gets made over and over again is my mother (Nana to the kids). She always claims it's "so and so's" favorite dish and I ought to make it for them. We all know you love it Nana. Its okay. We love it too. And now my friends here is your chance to love the Nutty Pasta. If it seems like my quantities are large it is because they are.  I doubled the recipe in the pictures. First you … [Read more...]

THE RATTLES Review and Giveaway- CLOSED

"If your kids aren't talking about The Rattles yet, I think you'll be hearing about them soon!" - Susan Heim, Parenting Author & 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' Editor “Does your child have a hard time waking up in the morning? Do they spend more time lounging in front of the television than they do shaking their booty? Well here's your chance to get them up and moving in the morning or any time.” - Seattle Post-Intelligencer / BlogCritics.org The following is information from the official press release. "Armed with a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed fusion of classic rock and power pop, … [Read more...]

Nana’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Last night was soup night.  One of my family's favorites is Nana's Chicken Matzo Ball Soup.  Nana is not some mythical figure in this recipe.  She is my mother and my boy's Nana.  She first experienced matzo ball soup many years ago and was inspired to make her own.  She has tweaked her recipe through the years and it just keeps getting better and better.  Let me show you how it's done......Nana style:) First you need to make the soup broth (of course this step could be skipped and just use canned chicken broth, but it always tastes better from scratch!) Brown … [Read more...]

The Mama Report on Money Saving Mom

Check out my reader's tip at Money Saving Mom.  I'm so excited that this was posted there today!!  My article is about keeping kids entertained in the car with cheap books. Money Saving Mom is an excellent blog dedicated to helping people save money in every aspect of their lives. … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Cooks Pioneer Woman Style Part II

Today I tried two more recipes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. I only have one word to say about The Pioneer Woman this time- genius.  I made the Spicy Pulled Pork recipe first as this takes all day to cook.  The build up was amazing.  All day I smelled this wonderful aroma of cooked pork. Needless to say by the time it was ready I was waiting with fork in hand ready to pounce!  The most brilliant part of the recipe is at the end when you turn up the oven to make the outside of the pork crispy.  I love that! The second recipe I … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Cooks Pioneer Woman Style

One of my favorite blogs out there is The Pioneer Woman.  I recently acquired her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.  After reading through the book and carefully marking pages I started cooking some of the recipes this past week.  Here are my reviews at this point. (I still have more recipes to make) Egg-in-the-Hole-  I knew about this recipe before.  Obviously she did not invent this idea.  But the pictures in the book made me want to try it out again.  This is all I wanted to eat for days!  It is simple, but … [Read more...]

Boys will be boys

Halloween has descended on our house. Today we decorated for the holiday. This might not be a big deal to some people, but to my two boys it is a huge deal. My six-year-old didn't even want to go to school today and he is crazy about school. We love Halloween. I don't know why exactly. There is just something about all the creepiness that has always appealed to me. I know why my boys love Halloween. Pure and simple- the weapons. The last couple of years I have purchased a bunch of fake weapons and Halloween costumes for 75-90% at Target after the season. My three-year-old spent most … [Read more...]

Images from the day

Here are some photos I managed to pinch in today.  I love this time of year. … [Read more...]

The Sensible Cook- Beef & Cauliflower

A few months ago through my husband's work we were able to receive three months of The Sensible Cook for free.  Our quick favorite became a simple recipe called Beef & Cauliflower.  My husband loves this recipe.  He would eat it once a week if I made it that often.  Luckily it is easy to make. Here is the cauliflower and other ingredients. You add them to the beef which has already been browned. It looks like this cooking all together. After adding the sauce it looks like so......if my husband read this his mouth would be watering about now... And finally … [Read more...]