Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back To School Must Haves with @DudleyCanada (Review & Giveaway)


With school fully in swing, the kids are getting use to their routine and have pretty much everything that they need for school as far as school accessories. Before school started, we went shopping and got the basics, you know, backpack, paper, folders, pencils, markers, crayons, the usual, but I was pretty excited when we received a few things from Dudley Canada. We received both Dudley's Fully Loaded Lunch Bag and their Load N Lock Pencil Pod.

I was pretty impressed with both items. My daughter absolutely loved both as she is using them for her grade four school year. The Fully Loaded Lunch Bag is pretty awesome. It not only comes insulated so that it helps keep your food fresh throughout the day, but the depth in the lunch bag will allow you to store your lunch and tons of snacks that will help your child throughout their school day when they're feeling hungry.




I also love that it comes with two front zipper compartments that allow for storage. This is great to put wet naps or napkins in there to help keep your kid's hands clean. It also has a top compartment that allows for storage, like, silverware, juice boxes or anything else you can think of. This lunch bag is perfect for kids of all ages. It would even be perfect for adults to take to lunch and best of all it's affordable retailing at $14.99.

Now, my daughter was super excited about Dudley's Load N Lock Pencil Pod. I think one of the main reasons was because it has a three digit combination lock, so she can make sure that her items are secure and safe. What I love about this pencil pod is that it has room for more than just pencils. There's a hard see through compartment where you can store items that's easy to access along with a larger storage space inside that allows your child to store a bit more.





The pencil pod also has a rotating divider that has two elastic straps, and an elastic rubber band that securely holds whatever item your child wants to keep in their pencil case. My daughter stored her calculator in this area, which fit perfectly and allows for her to also bring another item to school. These pencil pods comes in blue, pink, metallic, silver, green and purple and also retails for $14.99.

For more information on the Fully Loaded Lunch Bag, the Load N Lock Pencil Pod and other great products from Dudley, be sure to head on over to their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a Fully Loaded Lunch Bag & Load N Lock Pencil Pod at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


GIVEAWAY

Both of these items are great must haves for your child this school year. So Dudley is offering one Canadian Just Us Girls reader a chance at winning both, a Fully Loaded Lunch Bag and a Load and Lock Pencil Pod!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Healthy After-school Snacks with @Yonanas (Review & Giveaway)


We've been in school for a full two weeks and I'm glad to report that the two oldest kids are adjusting really well in their classes. I get to meet their teachers this week for Back to School Night and I'm excited because I've already talked with my son's teacher over the phone. She called to let me know how much she enjoys having my son in her class. Definitely made me one proud mama.

I've been on a roll with preparing the kids school lunches the night before, which definitely saves a lot of time when getting ready in the mornings. As far as after-school snacks goes, I usually have something for the kids on the table for when they get off the bus. Normally fruit cut up, veggies and dip or cheese and crackers.




Last week the kids were in for a treat. We were sent the Yonanas Banana Ice Cream Maker to try. Not only did they get a nice frozen treat, but they also got to help make it. They definitely enjoyed making their very own ice cream and I loved that it was made with all fresh fruit, no added sugars, so it was definitely a healthy, but delicious snack that I don't mind the kids having.

So basically how the Yonanas machine works is you need to have some frozen bananas. This is the base of your ice cream. You can then add any other frozen fruit your heart desires. We added strawberries and blueberries and made a mixed berry ice cream. It turned out delicious.




To make your ice cream you first need to peel, cut and freeze your fruit. Then once frozen you want it to thaw out a bit so that your ice cream is a good creamy texture. We let our fruit freeze overnight and had it thaw out for about 10-15 minutes before we used it. Once you're ready to make your treat you turn on your machine, insert your banana in the chute and then push it down with the plunger. You then can add in your other frozen fruit as well. Once you're done you then mix up both the banana and other fruit together to create your frozen treat. It's easy and simple to use and even the kids can help out with it. This is such a great after school snack and also a great dessert as well.



After you're done taking apart and cleaning the machine is just as simple as making your frozen treat. All you do is separate all the parts in the chute and wash them with warm soapy water. You can even add them in the dishwasher since they're dishwasher safe.

The best part about this machine is that there are a number of different recipes you can create using not only fruit, but also cookies and chocolate if you wanted to add in some sugar sweets. Your machine comes with a recipe book, but you can also follow Yonanas on Facebook and Twitter to find more recipes they've created.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a Yonanas machine at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
GIVEAWAY!
Yonanas is giving one lucky Just Us Girls American reader a chance at winning their very own Yonanas machine! 

Back To Our Regular Schedule #StreamTeam


SCHOOL IS BACK.......

Our house is finally back to our regular routine and schedule. Boy have I missed it. Back to bed times, making lunches at night, daily homework and dare I say it, a quiet house by 8:30, well besides the newborn.

I am happy to report that the newest member of our family is getting use to our schedule and I love that she goes to sleep for a few hours right before the older kids and let's me get a few things done, like, straitening up the house and making lunches for the next day.

While we seem to be all settled in with our normal routine again, we still allow the kiddos to watch a couple shows at night before bed and the one place they go to find a show to watch is Netflix.


I love that Netflix has something for everyone, no matter how old or young you are. I also love that they have a few shows and movies that can help us get use to being back on a schedule. Shows that help remind the kids to have manners, friendship and teamwork.

I've listed below a few family favorites that are perfect to watch to get your family back to your normal routine after Summer Break.



My kid's favorite is My Little Pony. Yes, both my son and daughter love this show and what I love most about it, is that it teaches my children to value their friendships with their classmates and friends at school. My daughter and I both love watching Glee, we both love that they sing some of favorite songs and I also love that it teaches my daughter about teamwork. A family favorite that we all love is Shrek, which is a great movie that teaches us about family and friendship. Who doesn't love the Shrek movies?

What are some of your favorite shows and/or movies you and your family love to watch together? 
Disclosure: I am part of the Stream Team Campaign with Netflix and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cake Mix Halloween Cookies #Recipe


Summer has come to an end and although I'm going to miss it terribly, I am excited that my second favorite season has arrived. I absolutely love FALL! I love that I bake like crazy and that I get to snuggle up on the couch with my favorite throw blanket while sipping on my favorite Apple Cider or Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte watching a family movie with the kids. I love how the leaves turn and how I still have time before I'm dressing in layers.

Another thing I love about Fall is that with it comes Halloween. It's one of my favorite holidays. During the month of October I bake Halloween treats for the kids to enjoy and we also watch our favorite Halloween movies together (Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown are my fav!).

One thing I love to bake with the kiddos is Halloween cookies. I especially love them if they take little to no time to make and doesn't require lots of ingredients. I've shared with you before how I made cookies using a cake mix, now I want to share with you how I made them with a Halloween twist.

They require a few ingredients and within no time you and your family will be able to enjoy these delicious cookies that are soft and chewy. The best part about these cookies is that you can use any kind of cake mix you want and add any kind of extra sweet goodies to make them unique, it's literally three ingredients as the base and whatever else you want to add!


CAKE MIX HALLOWEEN COOKIES
Ingredients:
French Vanilla Cake Mix
2 Large Eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature 
1/2 cup Mini Reese Pieces
1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray your baking tray with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients until your mixture is smooth.
Portion into 1 tablespoon sized balls of the mixture and place on baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve.


Monday, September 15, 2014

O.B. Pro Comfort Review & Giveaway #Giveusoneperiod


I have never been a tampons kind of girl. I think it's mainly because I had a bad experience with them when I was in seventh grade. Let's just say, I had to have my mom bring me in a change of clothes. The only time you will catch me wearing one is when I'm getting in a pool or at the beach. Although I've gotten use to them ever since my bad experience in seventh grade, I never found the ones that I'd love to wear throughout my entire time when I'm on my menstrual cycle.


So when I was sent a box of the new O.B. Pro Comfort, I was a bit nervous to try them, especially since it's not only do I not wear tampons a lot, but the pro comfort has no applicator to help you put the tampon in, but I actually kind of prefer it like this. By putting the tampon in with your finger, you're able to insert in your tampon in a comfortable position and follow the natural curve of your vagina. I found this to be great since when I normally use a tampon that has an applicator it takes a while before I feel comfortable.

I still was nervous to have the tampon in for a long period of time, but I did last a full six hours. I didn't leave the house, but I did clean the house, move around a lot and had no problem with leakage whatsoever. This definitely makes me feel a lot better about using tampons. Since using them the first time, I've been out to the movies and dinner and have had no problems.


O.B. Pro Comfort may look like it won't protect you for the full eight hours because of how small it is, but its fluidlock grooves draw fluid into the centre core of the tampon, all while expanding it to fit your unique shape. This gives you up to 8 hours of amazing protection. I love that it's small enough to fit in your pocket and takes little to no room in your purse so you have room to add more items.

For more information about O.B. Tampons, head on over to www.giveusoneperiod.ca


GIVEAWAY!
@OB_Canada is offering a box of O.B. Pro Comfort to 50 Canadian Just Us Girls readers!


All you need to do is be one of the first 50 readers to fill out THIS survey and leave a comment letting us know that you are willing to try and give O.B. one period and you will receive a box of 18.
Disclosure: Compensation was received in exchange for this review but All opinions are my own.

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