Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dorkfood Review

I am just going to say it.... I'm the Queen at OVERCOOKING Meat!! There has been more nights then I care to share that Ralph has joked about his jaw hurting from chewing. No its not a complement. My dry, overcooked chicken, steak and pork is not a fan in this house. That was until Sous vide arrived on my doorstep!!     

What is that you ask????? "Sous vide is a method of cooking that helps to bring food to exact temperature, without overcooking, keeping the food juicier than other methods. The Dorkfood DSV is a plug-n-play device that transforms your favorite kitchen equipment into a sous vide cooker, without the fancy equipment, loss of counter space, or costly investment. Essentially, dinner can be ready when you are when you use sous vide! As an increasingly popular method with top chefs and food hackers alike, the Dorkfood DSV offers the average home cook the ability to sous vide at home without sacrificing quality or flexibility! As an affordable device with fantastic accuracy, the Dorkfood DSV can bring sous vide dishes to your own kitchen."

So it has happened... I have turned into the master chef (Ralph likes to take credit) He is just as excited for this device as I am! We have been using it every night! Here is some more info from the peeps over at Dorkfood:

What is Sous-Vide?

"Sous-vide is one of the most precise cooking methods available.  Cooking (in the literal sense) is done to provide flavor, modify texture, and kill microorganisms. Most cooking methods require lots of heat and a little bit of guesswork: if you've ever over or under-cooked anything, you can attest to that!
Sous vide is different: you heat the food at the desired final temperature - there's no guesswork.  For example, if you want to prepare a medium-rare steak (with a center of 130°F) your sous-vide water-bath would be set to 130°F.  The result is extremely consistent, whereby the temperature and 'doneness' of the food is exactly the same from the outside to the center - perfect every time.
Sous-vide requires a water-bath with precise temperature control.  Food is placed in the water-bath, typically after being vacuum-sealed (exceptions include eggs or cooking in brine).  Sealing the food allows it to fully retain flavor, moisture and nutrients during cooking, makes for easy cleanup, and allows for painless transfer between fridge (or freezer) and water-bath."
Our First Time using the DSV we made steaks! They we cooked perfectly! Ralph took them out and seared them and with in seconds we had the two most Unbelievable Steaks we have ever had AT HOME!!!!

Ralph and I had a Vacuum Sealer so we lucked out when we did the water bath in the Crockpot. Although it is Not Required! You can use Ziploc bags!! Although I have to admit after using our vacuum sealer for a few months we can really see a difference in our food. Not to mention now that we are OBSESSED with our Dorkfood Sous-Vide! It's crazy to think we are cooking food to perfection as if we had a personal chef in our own home!! And for only $99!!! CRAZY!!! This is a MUST HAVE for all kitchens! I have brought it over to friends houses over the holidays and it was a dream!!
If you are a Fan of Whole Foods or Trader Joes like us you can purchase your meats already in vacuum sealed bags! Or if you are friends with your butcher they may even do it for you, doesn't hurt to ask and it really keeps your food fresher and tastier!
You have to check out the OTHER Uses....we are SUPER excited to be making our own Homemade Yogurt this weekend!!
You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter where they post new recipes too!!!

Happy New Year from Lotus Bumz

Here we go...Time to buy crazy amounts of gifts that will hopefully be used. Do you know what was on my Wish List? Practical. I wanted gifts that make my heart pitter patter at the sheer fact that they will get used and ALOT! Cloth Diapers being one of them. Yes it's True, I'm excited to open up these fun packages, the real surprise... To see which rocking designs Sophia will get next. Knowing that they are such amazing quality that baby #2 #3 and well... lets not go overboard here. ;) But That baby two and three will be using these same cloth diapers BONUS!!!! These make the perfect gift anytime of year, I'm telling you, you cant loose with this gift ;)
 I Can't even with the Lotus Bumz design....not only is it adorable with the ruffles, but it matches her BEDROOM! Swooon!

Why Lotus Bumz??? I think they answer this best, "Why Use Lotus Bumz Cloth Diapers? There are significant environmental benefits that come with reusable diapers. Did you know that over 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the US alone? They will take centuries to decompose. Plus, the amount of carbon emitted in the production of one disposable diaper is roughly the same as that emitted after washing a cloth diaper 200 times (in cold water). Some babies may be sensitive to the chemicals and plastic used in disposable diapers. Cloth is a gentler, and more natural option. Cost is a large factor for many people. Lotus Bumz Cloth diaper system will help you save a lot of money! The initial outlay for Modern Cloth Diapers may seem large – they may cost you $250-$600 initially. However, if you calculate the cost of disposable diapers over a period of 2-3 years (the average baby is in diapers for 2.5 years, costing $2500-$4500), they will save you lots of money! If you have more than one child, then the savings will be huge!"

It is time to start thinking about the earth and our babies futures!! I love that my family is saving money and the environment all at the same time! Not to mention Sophia's sensitive skin, she really needs the best of the best and Lotus Bumz is it! I can't wait to get her in the matching cloth diaper and legwarmers soon! You have to go check out what they have, you can purchase HERE!

**STAY TUNED....Sophia will be Sporting another LOTUS BUMZ Design this week!!***

Happy New Year Y'all

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ya Filthy Animal

Still looking for a holiday party Ugly Christmas Sweater? Get these Officially Licensed Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Sweatshirt or T-shirt today! Along with tons of other great holiday designs to choose from in all different styles and colors.  They ship fast from the USA!

Seriously the perfect gift to give this Holiday Season!!! It has for sure made our Gift Guide this year....and will every year after!!!

It is no secret that Ralph and I are HUGE Home Alone fans. In fact we have it on DVR and occasionally watch it in the summer months! It gets us amped up for the Holiday season. When I first saw Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals on these sweaters, shirts and onsies I was Hooked!! When I got the opportunity to review them I went crazy, one because I'm obsessed and two because I had already sent out our Christmas cards and was beside myself that this wouldn't adorn the card! It really shows are rebellious side and we need that seeing's in the scheme of things we are pretty boring (Yes we still have bottles of wine untouched from 5 Christmas ago sitting in a wine fridge that we will probably never open.) LAME. I get it, but these shirts ROCK!

The quality is fabulous and I'm super excited that every year we can buy a size up in Sophia's shirt and see how she changes each year in a Filthy Animal Christmas photo! ;) Even better, if I want to skip out on getting dolled up on Christmas morning after over indulging on Christmas Eve (on sweets that is ;) ) I will still looked festive and can rock my sweatshirt throughout the day!
************** Stay Tuned...Family Pictures COMING SOON! (Yes we are seriously Rocking these Christmas DAY!***********************
You really have to head on over to see all they have to offer, check them out on Etsy HERE or STOP OVER AT DONKEY T's HERE No Lie....I could Go Nuts over at Donkey Tee....Lets just say EVERYTHING over there kicks ass!

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals!!!

Holmes Stamp & Sign

Well the Holidays are bringing on TONS of things that needed to get checked off of the "To Do" List! One of them being our Holiday Cards!! 

Something that Ralph and I have yet to buy since moving into our Home was address stampers! I have no idea why we have put it off for so long. I never seem to think about it until I'm filling out my return address on bills or writing it on HUNDREDS of Christmas Cards! I was elated when I received the opportunity to try out Holmes Stamp & Sign!! We received the Basic Address stamper that will come in handy ALL year long and also the Holiday Stamper that I just adore!!!! Let me tell you Christmas cards was a breeze (dare I say fun!) thing to do this year! The stampers work wonderfully and are really quality made! I know that we will have them for years and years to come!

If you are like me and absolutely stumped on what to get certain people for Christmas, why not something they can use all the time! Not to mention think of you every time they pull it out!! Head over and order your family and friends some STAMPS! Holmes Stamp and Sign also carry amazing gifts! You really have to see for yourself!

Sometimes you want to just add a little Flare to your mail/packages. So we also received this beautiful Decorative Surname Monogram Stamp...The fun part you can pick the color ink you want, not just for this one but for all!!!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Woolly Whimsy

If you are looking for an amazing gift for your little one, who seems to have more toys, books and clothes than you know what to do with, you have to check out WOOLLY WHIMSY! They take cuteness to a whole new level in the most amazing Baby pieces I have ever seen! They are the Original home of baby "BootLeggers" and we are OBSESSED! Sophia received the 12-18 month Original BootLeggers with the leather sole! I cant lie I haven't taken them off of her! They are so cozy! She loves them! Not to mention how trendy they are. I'm pretty picky when it comes to what Sophia wears on her feet. Most of her life she has sported her Freshly Picked Moccs so it is nice to be rocking something we love just as much!! It's chilly here in New England and these couldn't have come at a more perfect time!

The owner of Woolly Whimsy is Fabulous! They have great costumer services and she will answer any questions you may have! The quality is like no other, each handmade item is Beautiful!! This is the perfect gift not only this holiday season but for baby showers, birthdays, you name it!!!

Original "BootLeggers" (a boot and leg warmer combination) in size 12-18 months. They are made with genuine soft leather soles (lined with thick woolly fleece) to make them better for a toddler learning to how to walk, without the extra slickness of a yarn sole.

The sole is 4.75 inches long - equal to a US size 5.

If you are looking for smaller sizes, (made without the walking soles) please check my shop!

The leather is not machine washable. They are not water proof, and are intended mainly to be used for walking indoors.

I can't help but get emotional when I see Sophia in these amazingly detailed handmade boots. Wondering if she will be passing them down to her daughter or son one day. Just knowing that I have started our Family Heirloom that will be passed down from generation to generation totally gets me. We will treasure these boots!

This mama has also fallen head over heels for these Plum Ruched Wristwarmers!! Head over to Woolly Whimsy HERE to browse and shop!! Don't forget to Like on Facbook HERE

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ali Eli Wedding Review

Christmas is in FULL SWING over at our House!! We have been busy getting ready since before Thanksgiving!!! I have been striving every year to really make our home festive and incorporating Holiday pieces that we will enjoy for years to come! The Fireplace mantles in our home are my favorite!!! When I saw the burlap banners over at Ali Eli Weddings on Etsy I fell in LOVE!!! See for yourself... Here is the MERRY Banner!
I received this product free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.

This year Ralph and I decided that we would also start thinking of more meaningful gifts! Yes perfumes are sweet, clothes are great and nick nacks are fun but we wanted to give a gift that can be enjoyed for years to come!! We decided that we would start buying our loved ones pieces that they would pull out year after year! Over at Ali Eli they have a beautiful selection of Handmade burlap cake toppers, birthday and wedding banners, natural style wreaths, baby shower gifts and other unique finds for weddings!! A beautiful gift for not only yourself but friends and family! Not to mention it comes beautifully packaged you don't even need to wrap it ;) It is official Ali Eli Weddings have stolen our hearts (and Home!) To browse the shop and purchase you can head over to Ali Eli Weddings HERE!!!

I LOVE the Quality and Craftsmanship that is put into Ali Eli Wedding designs! 

The customer service is amazing! The owner is so personable and easy to work with! My banner was sent out asap and arrived in the cutest clear bag with twine string holding it together along with a picture showing what was inside! Not only for yourself but these make the perfect gift! You don't even have to worry about wrapping them because they come to your door step looking completely adorable!

One things for sure Ali Eli Weddings will be a key feature for Sophia's 2nd Birthday Bash!!


Monday, November 17, 2014

USA Every Day Review

With the Holidays in full swing I'm on the hunt for meaningful gifts for family and friends! One thing that I wanted to try and do was not only give meaningful gifts but purchase from those companies that are located in the UNITED STATES! Its so important to try and help companies that sell great quality products that might get missed by these large companies that make everything overseas! That is why I was so excited to receive my "Celebrate American Made" box!!

The box I received was all about introducing consumers to small companies that make awesome holiday gifts.

  • Temporary tattoos make awesome stocking stuffers (they even have Frozen tattoos for the kids)
  • Wonderful handmade spa products for women
  • Kidecals makes cool keyboard stickers and a million other things that are great for kids, parents and DIYers
  • Your True Nature makes all kinds of inspiring products - T-shirts, books, posters, etc.
  • Surf Sweets is a yummy organic candy company which everyone needs all year round!
  • And, beautiful holiday cookies from the wonderful Sisters of St. Benedict
We received this box free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.

Here's what the Peeps over at USA Everyday Box had to say this Holiday, "Bring on the holidays! My daughter turns 2 on the 24th, Thanksgiving is the 27th and then a solid month of fa-la-la-la-laaaaa. I'll get to see more friends and family over the next two months as they descend on our house than I will all year. Nothing makes me happier.

My mind is racing with ideas. There are decorations to be hung, food to prepare, and gifts to be purchased. There's a lot to do, but I have to say that buying gifts is my favorite activity. I love the challenge of finding that special something that's truly a token of my love and gratitude.

Finding great products made by small business is what the USA Every Day box is all about. By receiving eight different samples, subscribers will be introduced to companies that make creative, gift-worthy products. There's something for everyone and that's what most of us have to achieve this holiday - gifts for everyone!

Happy Holidays!"

We LOVE LOVE LOVE our USA Every Day Box!!!!! It came beautifully packaged!! Like opening up a bunch of little gifts!! Sophia and Sam shared the sugar cookie and I shamefully took a big bite before I handed it to her! It was DELICIOUS! The tattoos are out of this world! We will be having fun with those for sure! We will most definitely be doing the Frozen one tonight, our baby is obsessed! The rest will make great stocking stuffers! I will be pampering myself with my spa treatments, and my keyboard is looking beyond cute with my button decals! I am just over the moon with these companies and that they are brought right to my doorstep!!!! It's time to start bringing business back to the land we so dearly love The United States Of AMERICA! To subscribe or just read more about this amazing subscription box go HERE Don't forget to like them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Had to share my fun new decals ;)

The USA Every Day Box is your answer to the question,
Where Do I Find the Made in America Version? From snacks to home goods, pets and everything in between, we’ll bring you the best American made products.
We connect you to those American made versions and introduce you to the companies that make them.
We’ve met some pretty keen people and would love for you to get to know them too.
Try products and find your new American Made favorites. 
The USA Every Day Box Ships Every Three Months
Next Box will ship February 1st

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