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Monday, September 1, 2014

Chocolate Mint Mousse Brownies

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This is what I made my sweetheart for Valentines Day. This is so easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. The main ingredients are a brownie mix, chocolate chips, and frosting. I love that you can make a different taste by using different flavors of chocolate chips and frosting.

                     Chocolate Mint Mousse Brownies


1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz)  brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

1 cup Nestle dark chocolate and mint chips

3/4 cup whipping cream

1 cup chocolate frosting (from 16 oz container)

1 1/2 teaspoons whipping cream

2 tablespoons mint chocolate chips for the drizzle on top

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. (For easier cutting, line pan with foil, then grease foil on bottom only of pan). Make brownies as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.

 In medium microwavable bowl, place remaining chocolate chips and 3/4 cup whipping cream Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once every minute, until chocolate is melted. Stir until mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Add frosting to chocolate mixture. Beat with electric mixer on high speed 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended and fluffy. Spread over cooled brownies, smoothing top.

In small microwavable bowl, microwave the 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1 1/2 teaspoons whipping cream uncovered on High 30 to 45 seconds, stirring once, until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in a few additional drops of whipping cream to thin chocolate, if necessary. Drizzle over frosting mixture. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until set.
Cut into 9 squares; cut each square diagonally in half to make triangles

The original recipe was for Raspberry Mousse Brownies that I found at but I made a few changes as I had mint chocoalte chips. To make a different flavor you can use different flavor chocolate chips. Use cream cheese frosting with white chocolate chips for a white chocolate mousse or how about milk chocolate chips and milk chocolate frosting.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Florastor Probiotics Supports Healthy Digestion And Is Safe For Children As Young As 2 Months Old

"Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Florastor and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on my blog are my own."

     As an adult you know how probiotics can help support a healthy digestion system. Probiotics can help your digestion get back on track after illness or when you take antibiotics. You, as a parent, want your child to have healthy digestion but wonder if giving them probiotics is safe for them. FlorastorKids  is a probiotic that is safe to give to kids as young as two months old but also tough enough for the whole family to use. Kids will love the tutti-frutti flavored powder that dissolves in most drinks or soft foods. Your kids can even eat the powder straight from the packet. I gave my picky eater a taste of the powder and he said "this is good, can I have more?"

    FlorastorKids is a dietary supplement that comes in individual packets, that makes it easy to take on the go. This probiotic is great to give to kids as a daily supplement to promote healthy digestion. You can also give your child Florastor while they are recovering from an illness or when they are taking antibiotics to get their digestion back on track.

Here are some facts about Florastor:

          1. Florastor is a yeast-based probiotic supplement (250 mg Saccharomyces boulardii lyo) which is found on the skin of tropical fruits like lychees and mangosteens.

2. FlorastorKids is appropriate for children as young as 2 months.

3. Florastor is vegetarian and gluten-free

4. Florastor does not need to be refrigerated and is not compromised by antibiotic use.

5. There is also a Florastor supplement for adults.

   My 6 year old son is having surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. He will be taking antibiotics after the surgery and be on a soft food diet. His throat will be hurting for a while so he will not be eating properly as he will be enjoying ice cream and popsicles. I will be giving my son FlorastorKids to keep his digestive system running smoothly. I love that I can sprinkle it on his ice cream or mix into a smoothie. The last thing my little one needs is a tummy ache on top of a sore throat. A healthy digestion with FlorastorKids will support his immune system to promote healing after his surgery. 

 To get more information on FlorastorKids as a great probiotic supplement for children and how probiotics work, click on the below link. Purchase information is also available on this website.

I am hosting a giveaway in which one of my readers will win a Florastor prize pack valued at over $60.00!

 This awesome prize pack contains:
*One (1) Florastor 50-capsule bottle
*One (1) FlorastorKids 20-packet

Enter on the Entry-Form below and good luck! Giveaway begins September 1st and ends September 19th, 2014.

Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Giveaway Event!

Welcome to the Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Giveaway Event!

I am helping promote the wonderful giveaway for an awesome swing set by Little Tikes!

We have come together with our hosts Everything Mommyhood and Mom To Bed by 8 to offer our readers a Tree House Swing Set giveaway from Little Tikes. Special thanks to our co-hosts Budget Earth and Bayou City Mamas. INSERT YOUR OWN WORDS HERE A backyard “tree” house with swing set that includes a climbing wall, sliding board and more! Kids can climb to the platform two different ways, the climbing wall or by climbing the tree trunk then they can slide down and do it again and again! Your kids will get years of enjoyment from this fun and durable swing set. Perfect for children ages 3-8 years old.

Features Lookout tree with steering wheel Climbing wall Kids can climb the tree trunk Grab handles molded into the tree trunk Fun slide Swingset extension Maximum number of kids on climber: 4 Maximum child per swing: 1 Weight limit up to 81lbs. per child The Tree House Swing Set must be anchored Accessories included: Anchor kit and 2 Swings Assembly Required You can check out Everything Mommyhood's more in depth review with more pictures here - Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Review. Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set, retail $499.99. Open to US Residents, 18 and up only. One entry per household/IP Address. Void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 9/21/14 at 11:59pm Eastern.

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood received the item mentioned above in exchange for her honest review & giveaway. We were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. Everything Mommyhood and contributing bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment. Little Tikes is responsible for fulfillment of prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Everything Mommyhood, please email

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crum Creek Soy Bites Bread Sticks Allow You To Indulge In Healthy Without GMO'S

I love to snack and I am always looking for healthy snacks that are good for me. I discovered a healthy bread stick that tastes great and is high in protein. These tasty little treats are also vegan and made without GMO'S. I love that they are packed in single serve bags which allows me to know how much to eat.  I tend to eat too much when I eat my favorite snack straight from the bag so these single serving bags are great. They come in tasty flavors are are great on the go or at home. My favorite way to eat them is with my favorite healthy dip like hummus or spinach dip. I will be bringing this to my next party along with a healthy spinach dip. 

   Crum Creek Soy Bites Bread Sticks come in four yummy flavors. The flavors are Everything, Onion, Sesame, and Rosemary and garlic. My favorite is the Everything as it is a scrumptious blend of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic and salt. These little bite size bread sticks are great plain or yummy dipped in your favorite dip. My boys love them with cheese. As a mom, I love that they have no artificial flavors or preservatives. They are great to toss into a lunch bag too.

I have a great  50% OFF discount code that you  can use good towards the purchase of Crum Creek Soy Bites Bread Sticks. Just click on the below link and enter the code.


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Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door Is A Low-Cost Way To Cool Your House

      I have seen TV commercials for those magnetic screen doors and have wondered if they really work. So when a company asked me if I wanted to review their Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door, I just had to accept the product as I wanted to put it to the test. I wanted to see if this product really works as my husband has a tendency to leave the back door open when he goes outside. My husband loves to grill and he goes outside and when he does he leaves the back door open. Then the flies come in and all night after he grills, we are shooing away the flies. I tell him to close the door but he always tells me that he will be right back in so why bother closing the door. He needs to better communicate with the flies to keep them out.

When the mesh screen door arrived, I had my husband put it up, as he is the reason for needing one. My husband was able to put up the screen in about 5 minutes. The screen door came with adhesive velcro strips to attach it to the door frame. Tacks were also include if the velcro did not stick. The screen has been up for a week using the velcro strips and it is still strongly attached.

Once the screen was in place everybody had to try it out. My boys took turns going in and out of the screen. The magnets inside the screen allow it to close back up after they walked through. I was disappointed that it did not make that loud clashing noise like the ones on TV did, it was quiet when it closed. I happy to say that there are no flies in the house after my husband uses his grill. We also can let the cool breeze in our house through the back door.

I can say for the price of this screen door it does a good job and saves you a lot of money as screens doors are costly to install. There is a couple of things that I don't like about the screen. There is a three inch gap at the top of the screen which could let in small bugs. I will be sewing that gap up with some strong thread to solve that problem. The other thing is that I wished that they company had included full strips of velcro for the sides of the door frame. The company just included several pieces of velcro that you attached in a couple of places on your door frame, thus leaving little gaps for small bugs to get in. I guess I could us the provided tacks to take care of the gaps. We did not get any bugs in the house but you can never be too careful.

Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door

✓ Strong magnets sewn in, to provide seamless automatic closure
✓ High quality micro mesh keeps the smallest bugs out
✓ Easy install bug screens have been developed to stay up and withstand heavy traffic

Multiple Uses

✓ Can be used in all homes for effective pest control
✓ Great for use in RVs
✓ Fits easily where swing doors cannot fit

Benefits of Mega Mesh

✓ Magnetic hands-free entry
✓ Pet friendly access
✓ The low-cost way to economically cool your home
✓ Protection for your family from invading insects
✓ Easy installation
✓ Optional push-pin fixings included

To obtain more information about this product and to purchase, click on the below link.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bonapiel Anti-Aging Moisturizer Is A Fresh-Feeling Moisturizer That Revitalizes And Protects

  I want young looking skin and I will use beauty products to help my skin stay young. I am always trying new beauty products to help my face stay young looking. Lotions with anti-aging benefits in them are the products that I love. I will fight those wrinkles to stay away as long as I can.

      I was sent a bottle of Bonapiel Anti-Aging Moisturizer to use on my face and this is a product that I really like. This moisturizer has a nice peppermint scent to it and has a nice cooling feel on my skin. The lotion absorbed quickly into my skin and left my skin with a nice velvet feel. I have been using the lotion for a bout a week but I have noticed my skin feeling firmer which I think helps makes those pesky fine lines less noticeable. I have also noticed that my skin feels softer. The lotion is easy to apply and you only need little amount of product each time you use it. The bottle is elegant and looks nice on my bathroom counter.

Here is what the company says about the benefits of Bonapiel moisturizer.

  • Rebuilds Collagen, Repairs Visible Lines And Improves Skin Texture and Tone.
  • Power-packed with Matrixyl 3000 + Peptides + Antioxidants That Work To Reduce The Appearance of Fine Lines + Wrinkles And Firm The Skin | Matrixyl 3000 is Shown To Reduce Appearance Of Wrinkles By 45% in Two Months
  • Contains Vitamin E :: A Natural Skin Conditioner And Anti-Oxidant Which Keeps Your Skin Hydrated. Conditions & Moisturizes Your Skin and Promotes Rapid Cell Growth | Promotes a Healthy Skin Cell Renewal Cycle
  • Enhances The Skin's Renewal Process | This Oil-Free Formula Absorbs Quickly - Leaving Skin Perfectly Balanced | From Dull To Revitalized, Your Complexion Will Positively Glow
  • Lightweight, Fresh-Feeling Moisturizer That Revitalizes And Protects | Made in the USA | Comes With a 30 Day No-Questions-Asked Money Back Guarantee - The Risk Is On Us!

To purchase Bonapiel Anti-Aging Moisturizer or to get more information, click on the below link.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nature's Own Bread Giveaway

Go Back To School with Nature's Own

Nature’s Own offers you quality bakery foods for every meal--soft variety breads, premium specialty breads, white breads, buns, sandwich rounds, and English muffins, bagels, and breakfast breads.
Since its introduction in 1977, Nature’s Own has offered breads and buns made with nature’s best ingredients and free of artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. Today, Nature’s Own also is free of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). America’s favorite soft variety bread. No other brand offers the freshness, great taste, and selection of Nature’s Own.

Nature’s Own…
Has no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors
Contains no HFCS
Has no trans fats or cholesterol
Is low fat
Offers varieties with whole grain, higher fiber, lower calories, and omega 3

My family loves the honey whole wheat bread. My boys love to spread peanut butter and jelly on the slices of bread. I love that they are getting whole grains with their sandwich.

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