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Friday, October 24, 2014

Key West Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter Is Great For Dry Skin

    I sure do love Shea Butter and have tried a lot of brands but I think I have found my favorite one so far. Key West Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter is one that I really like for many reasons. This Shea Butter comes in a BPA free container with a tight fitting lid which is better that how other Shea Butters have been packaged. I have tried some that arrived in a plastic bag and I had to repackage it. I also had one in thin container with a loose fitting lid. The tight screw on lid of Key West Shea Butter means my butter will stay fresh longer.

What is Shea Butter? 
Shea Butter is a "butter" that comes from a nut from the African Shea tree. This wonderful creamy "butter" is an excellent moisturizer for the face and body and can also be used in the hair too. It is also well known for its natural healing properties.

    I also like the smoothness of Key West Shea Butter. This butter was very creamy and I did not have to warm it up with my fingers like I had to do with other ones. I love how this Shea Butter is easy to use and feels so much like butter. I love using Shea Butter on my dry skin as it makes it feel so moisturized and soft. I also love that a little bit goes a long way

    Key West Shea Butter is USDA certified organic and is packaged in a BPA free and FDA approved container, to eliminate harmful chemicals getting into the butter. It is made with no added dyes or synthetic ingredients. This Shea Butter also is processed by hand using water extraction and screened for impurities, resulting in the highest quality grade A Shea Butter.  I love that this product is sourced from a local women's co-op in Ghana to ensure fair wages & ethical treatment.

So how do I use Shea Butter?

  Shea Butter can be used straight from the container and rubbed into you skin, giving it wonderful softness. Raw Shea Butter can also be used to create a wide variety of homemade recipes such as lotions, sugar scrubs, hair conditioner, whipped Shea Butter, lip balms and more.

   I love using my Shea Butter on my hands and feet before bed. I slather it on and I wake up with soft skin. I also use Shea Butter on my face too as it makes my face feel soft and does not clog my pores. My older son lost his lip balm the other day and I told him to use the Shea Butter and it worked great. I have also used Shea Butter on my youngest son's hands after he suffered a 2nd degree burn. I waited until the new skin grew back and then I applied the Shea to keep his hands from scarring and the skin moist.

 Visit Key West's YouTube channel for complete video tutorials on how to create these great DIY


 For more information on Key West Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter, click on the below link.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gluten Free Italian Sorghum Salad

I went out to eat the other day and had this wonderful couscous salad with my fish tacos. I just had to recreate it at home. I did not have any couscous in my pantry but I did have a package of Bob's Red Mill Sorghum, which has a texture similar to couscous. Sorghum is a gluten free grain that has a hearty chewy texture that is similar to wheat berries. This grain is high in protein and fiber too. This salad is wonderful to put in a lunch box or served with a meal. This is a cold salad that is made with tomatoes, avocado, black olives, and pesto.

This is what Sorghum looks like before it is cooked.

This is what Sorghum looks like after it is cooked.

Italian Sorghum Salad


1 Cup Bob's Red Mill Sorghum 
3 Cups water 
1 large avocado 
1 large tomato 
½  Cups black olives 
2 Tablespoons store bought or homemade pesto 

Cook the Sorghum according to directions on package, using 3 cups water and 1 cup Sorghum. Let the cooked Sorghum cool down to room temperature.

Peel and chop the avocado into small pieces. Chop the tomato and black olives into small pieces also.

Combine the cooled Sorghum, pesto, avocado, tomato, and black olives in a large bowl. Stir gently until combined.

This salad is best served cold. Store leftovers in the fridge. Serves 4-6 people.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Chocolate Edition Of Monopoly Makes Game Night Even More Fun

This is a sponsored post. I was sent the materials to be able to write this post. All the opinions expressed are my own.

My family loves playing board games and love it even more when there is chocolate involved. Gamesformotion has released family favorite games that have a sweet spin to them. They have added yummy Edible Belgian Chocolate Playable Pieces to some childhood board game favorites. Games like Candy Land, Monopoly, Guess Who, Scrabble, and more. These games will all exclusively feature game pieces that you can eat. All of the games have the same features as their famous counterparts, except that their cards and letter tiles have been replaced with the finest Belgian milk chocolate encased within printed wrappers. The rules for all the games have been slightly modified by Gamesformotion so they are fun and easy to play. Now you can win chocolate when you play the games. Your family will love eating chocolate during game night.

    I was sent four games so my family could have a yummy game night. These games were fun to play and reminded my kids of games they already own. The games were very simple to set up and play. My youngest boys who are 6 and 7 loved playing Candy Land while my 14 year and husband had fun playing Scrabble together. Everyone agreed that the chocolate was fun to win.

Here are pictures of the games that I received and what is included in each game.

      These yummy chocolate games will be distributed throughout the US and will be hitting the stores just it time for the holiday season. All games will be available for purchase beginning November 2014 at mass retail stores such as Target, CVS, at select SuperValu store locations, Kmart,, Meijer and Fred Meyer, Bed Bath & Beyond and select smaller distributors with retail prices starting at only $9.99. Games within the release include Scrabble and Battleship for adults to Candy Land, Guess Who?, and Monopoly for the family. Select board game pieces and parts are made from the finest Belgian milk chocolate, and all games come in handy 212 x 212 x 36 mm boxes. These games will make wonderful gifts for the whole family.

For more information on these wonderful yummy chocolate games, click on the below link.

Gamesformotion Puts a Sweet Spin on Favorite Childhood Games. 
What game is your favorite? 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chile-Cheddar Casserole Bread Made With Jiva Organics Chili Powder

 Fall is here and that means cooler temperatures. When it gets cooler outside, I just want to bake bread as I love the way it makes the house smell so good. I discovered a new way to make bread, you make it in a casserole dish. This bread, being that it has yeast in it, still rises and has a great soft, moist, and chewy texture like bread. All you have to do is mix the dough and rise it in the same dish that you will be baking it in.

   My bread recipe has a kick of flavor and heat in it from green chile and chili powder. When you live in New Mexico you add green chile to everything as green chile is grown here. We also use chili powder in our cooking too as it adds great flavor to New Mexican cooking. 

         I was sent a bag of  Jiva Organics Chili Powder to use in my cooking. This awesome spice that is made from red chili peppers has a nice color and flavor to it. I love that Jiva Organics is a line of USDA certified organic spices and that their products are of high quality. Their Chili powder is fresh and adds heat and flavor to many of your favorite Mexican dishes like tacos and of course chili. a great winter favorite. I love that the spice comes from a small family owned business and has no artificial flavors or preservatives in the ingredients. This stuff tastes way better than the stuff you get from the grocery store.

     I used this wonderful chili powder in my bread dough and I also sprinkled a little on top for some extra kick. If you don't like a lot of heat, then I suggest not sprinkling the baked bread with the chili powder. I am a medium kind of salsa person and I loved the added kick from the chili powder on top of the bread. I brought this bread to my book club and they all loved the flavor of this bread.

Chile-Cheddar Casserole Bread

1/2 cup warm tomato juice (105 F to 115 F)
1 package active dried yeast (1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Jiva Organics Chili Powder 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced green chiles
sliced green onions to sprinkle of top of baked bread
 additional Jiva Organics Chili Powder for sprinkling on baked bread

1. In a large mixing bowl combine tomato juice and yeast: let stand until foamy( about 5 minutes). Add the sour cream, eggs, sugar, salt, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 cup flour. Stir until well combined. Stir in the remaining flour, 1 cup of cheese, and the green chilies until a soft sticky dough forms.
2. Transfer the dough to a greased 2 quart oval or rectangle baking dish. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 to 1 1/2 hours).
3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Cool for 20 minutes and if desired sprinkle with sliced green onions and additional chili powder for more flavor and heat.

I cut and served the bread in the baking dish but you can remove it from the dish also.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Glow Sticks Are Awesome To Hand Out To Halloween Trick Or Treaters

Halloween will be here very soon. My boys are all excited to get dressed up and go trick or treating. They love going to houses and getting lots of candy. My boys are 6, 7, and 14 years old so some candy is ok but for parents of younger kids I have a great alternative to all that candy. I will be handing out Glow sticks as a fun treat that all ages will enjoy. The glow sticks can be used right away as it will be dark outside when the kids are trick or treating. I know my boys love glow sticks and love playing with them when it is dark outside. The fun lasts the whole night as my boys then play with the glow sticks in bed while they are drifting off to sleep.

I bought these super bright glow sticks off of Amazon and I love the container that they come in. You get 100 long lasting glow sticks which is plenty to hand out to the trick or treating kids. Last year in my neighborhood there was a couple handing out glow sticks while they were walking around with their kids and my boys were overjoyed to get one. It was cool to see the glow sticks  glow around the neighborhood. Even the teenagers were having fun with glow sticks.

The 100 glow sticks also come with connectors so you can make the glow sticks into bracelets. The glow are non toxic and have a shelf life of two years. I have never had glow sticks that long but that is good to know so if I over buy my glow sticks they will last to the 4th of July or next Halloween. Each tube contains 5 colors -- Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Pink and will last for 8-10 hours

So load up your pumpkin with Glow sticks instead of candy or do both and you will be the best house in the neighborhood. Those children dressed in costumes will be so happy when they receive a glow stick.

For more information on these glow sticks, 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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

$150 Paypal Cash Giveaway

In celebration of Ramblings of Mama hitting 10k
Facebook fans, some fantastic bloggers any myself have joined up to give $150 cash to one of our lucky readers!

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This is an awesome giveaway that I am helping to promote. You can win $150 in cash. Just enter on the Entry-Form below and good luck!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

ELPH Band and $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored giveaway event. All opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way.


As a parent I want to do everything I can do to make sure my kids are safe. When I go to crowded places I  worry about about my child getting lost. It can only take a second for my child to wander off. I know I have taught my boys what to do if they get lost but they are still learning important information like their address and phone number. So what is a parent to do? I could never go to public places like the zoo or theme parks or I can buy an Elph Band and not worry about my child's safety while we are having fun.

An Elph Band will help a parent stay connected to their child in case they get lost. Your child wears the colorful band that has important information like your name and phone number. If your child gets lost they can find a helper who can then scan the QR code on the band or call the 800 number listed on the band which will then call you the parent. You can then talk to the helper who found your child and be reunited with your child. A helper is someone who you have trained your child to look for when lost. A helper is a mom or dad with kids, a police officer, or a person behind a store counter.

I love that the QR code and phone number on the band are waterproof and colorful enough so the helper will see it. The Elph Band comes in pink or blue and is easy to set up. You can use your phone or go online to list what important information that you want to be seen by the person who finds your child. You can list several phone numbers and medical information like allergies your child has.

You can now go enjoy the world and all it has to offer. I love that a simple colorful band can help if my child gets lost. Your child will enjoy wearing the Elph Band too.

The Elph Band comes in many different sizes, even ones to fit grownups who need extra help. The band is great for seniors with memory problems and special needs people.

Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween. Hosted by: Mom Powered Media Sponsored by: ELPH Band The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you're traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site.


The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions directly on the band. It's easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child's name or phone number where people can see it when it isn't needed. What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home If your child get's separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code to get in touch with you to reunite your child with you! It's that simple! Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


 To set up your ELPH band you will register it on a computer, or by scanning the QR code yourself and setting it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered. Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active, and to verify the information has been entered correctly. ELPH Bands are available in 3 sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink. Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.

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  Now for the Giveaway! TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card. Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited. Must be 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

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