Thursday, October 28, 2010

-Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins-

If you want some delicious blueberry muffins without the time consuming task of making them from scratch, then look no further than Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix. 3 Minutes from pouch to oven and the only ingredient you will need is water!

Betty Crocker Muffin Mix, Blueberry, 6.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 24)

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees or 375 degrees for dark or non-stick pans. Make sure to grease the muffin pan before you do anything or, for less of a mess before and after cooking, use muffin cups.

Step 2: Gather your ingredients. You will need only a 1/2 cup of water!

Step 3: Empty contents of Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix into a small mixing bowl. Then, add a 1/2 cup of water.

Step 4: Stir Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix and water until well moistened.

Step 5: Spoon mixture into the muffin tin cups. Each cup should be approximately half full. (As you can see, I use muffin cups, because it makes less of a mess when it's time to clean up.)

Step 6: Place muffin pan in your oven once your oven is heated up to temperature, (mine took longer to heat up to 400 degrees then it did to make the muffin mixture!)

Step 7: Important step! Don't forget to set you timer! Bake 16-21 minutes or until light golden brown. To test if they are done, press gently on the center of the muffins, if they spring back up they are done!

Step 8: If you did not use muffin cups, wait until they are cooled to remove them from the pan. However, if you did use the muffin cups, then immediately (without burning yourself) remove them from the pan to cool. This should take about 2 minutes, make sure to cool completely before storing.

 Step 9: Eat! Oh wait... Looks like somebody already grabbed one!

Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I personally purchased Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix on my own without persuasion. 

Note: My mother was found to be the muffin thief! Can't even trust your own flesh and blood these days! =]

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Friday, October 22, 2010

-The Snack Trap-

So, if you are a parent to a toddler, then you already know how much of a pain it is to give your child a handful of treats... It usually ends up everywhere but in their mouths. Then when clean up time comes, you find yourself on a treasure hunt of sorts, looking for lost snack pieces...

Luckily, there is a great solution!
The Snack Trap!

 Your little one can reach into the soft plastic lid and grab pieces of food out,
without pouring it all onto the floor! Conveniently give your child snacks in the car or the house without having it everywhere else too!

I currently use this product with Kaylee and have to say it is a great relief to not have to pick up a bunch of food all over the living room floor, because she tosses it!

The Snack Trap comes in all sorts of colors with different designs, from girlie to boy themed! Kaylee's is purple with a monkey, because she's my little monkey. =]

I give this product an A++ and highly recommend it!

Note: This is not a paid post. These are my own opinions. 

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

-Birth Control Matters-

About the Campaign

Birth Control Matters is an effort to make no-cost prescription birth control available so that all women can use the method that works best for them and to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
Affordable prescription birth control is an essential part of health care for millions of women.  The average woman spends 30 years of her life trying to avoid getting pregnant. More than one-third of women voters in America have struggled with the cost of prescription birth control at some point in their lives, and, as a result, have used birth control inconsistently.
Making birth control available at no cost is the single most important step we can take to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
The new health care reform law represents the single biggest opportunity to advance women’s health in 45 years.  To make this opportunity a reality, the law must require health plans to provide prescription birth control to women with no co-pays, as part of the prevention provision.  This would be a huge step forward for America – and especially for the many of women in this nation who cannot afford to pay for prescription contraception.

The time has come to provide birth control at no cost to every woman who wants it.

Help us raise one million voices for no-cost birth control. SIGN THE PETITION

For More Information and To Add Your Name To The Petition.

If You Would Rather Help Add Names To The Petition Offline In Your Area,
You Can Download The PDF. File And Print A Petition Form To Collect Signatures Yourself

Note: This was not a paid post. I support this campaign freely.
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My Review of Nuby BPA Free 2 Handle Cup No Spill Cup with Spout - 7 oz - Orange

Originally submitted at Toys R Us

This Nby Two Handle No-Spill Cup is perfect for beginners! Your little one will find the transition from bottle to cup an easy one with this cups soft silicone spout, unique contoured shape, and textured two handles. You will be delighted with the transition thanks to Nbys valveless, leak resistant...

Super Leaker!
By Kaylee's Mommy from Pepperell, MA on 10/21/2010
1out of 5
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Durable, Comfortable
Cons: Poor Construction, Leaky
Best Uses: Never
Describe Yourself: First Time Parent
I used this as a first sippy cup for my 1 year old. This was the only one she actually liked having to drink out of... Unfortunately, it leaks when she leaves it on it's side on the floor or she decideds to play with it by "drawing" with the spout on the rug/tile making a huge mess. The liquid inside comes out like crazy the second it touches a surface. Not cool. I threw mine away, that's all it's good for... It does seal good though... That's about it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

-Good Apple Crisp-

If you want a good easy apple crisp recipe, just get a bag of apples and a stick of butter, from your local grocery store and pick up some Concord Foods Apple Crisp Mix. They sell packs of 6 on, which you may need after seeing how fast it went at my home where there was only a couple people eating it.

Concord Foods Apple Crisp-6 Boxes

It took about 45 minutes to make and that's including the peeling and coring of 8 apples. Actually, it took 9 apples, but unfortunately I dropped one in the trash while peeling it and I wasn't about to fish it out... Ew.

I apologize for the image quality, I was trying to take the picture fast before more of it disappeared. I would have showed a picture of the whole full dish of Apple Crisp fresh from the oven, but it started disappearing as soon as it hit the counter. Mr. Murphy comes home hungry after a long day of work and I can't say that it didn't make the house smell delicious and festive.
Disclosure: The product review above is my own and was not a paid post.

Note: Only one apple was lost in the making of this delicious dessert.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

-Let There Be Leaves... And Pumpkins!-

Besides the new styles that come with the fall, if you have little one's, the leaves are always a great free way to have some good old fashioned fun. Plus, it gets the kids away from the television or computer and into the fresh cool fall air!

Her big sister, Elizabeth, was having fun too, as she raked the leaves over to her to make a bigger pile. We had just got back from Kimball's Fruit Farm, after pumpkin picking. Mr. Murphy was a little disappointed that most of the pumpkins were just laying on the ground, pre-cut in the pumpkin patch, which means he couldn't use his knife to massacre the vines... We also grabbed some caramel apples and a hand full of honey sticks. Delicious and Fun!

Don't our pumpkins look lovely? Elizabeth's pumpkin is at the top step, Mr. Murphy ended up carving it after we she ended up breaking the two carving knives that came with the kit. Oops. The middle one is dedicated to the little one, Kaylee, since she can't carve her own yet and prefers to suck on the pumpkin gunk covered scraper instead. And last but not least, the bottom one is mine from when I was sixteen years old, it's the only pumpkin not real. If you would like to make an everlasting creation on a pumpkin, you can pick up a foam pumpkin ranging from $14 to $20 online and in most crafts stores.

So, I have to ask... What do you like about Fall?

Friday, October 8, 2010

-Attention Parents-

Please consider getting vaccinated for Pertussis, otherwise known as Whooping Cough.

Pertussis or Whooping Cough is an infection of the respiratory system caused by bacteria. It consists mainly of severe coughing that ends in a "whooping" sound when you inhale. Since the vaccine became available, it has reduced the annual number of deaths to less than 30.
In the recent years, the number of cases has been on the rise. It mainly affects infants younger than six months old because they are not adequately protected by immunizations, as well as children ages eleven to eighteen years old whose immunity has faded.

If an adult in the family has Pertussis and is around a child, it can be deadly. So please contact your doctor to get vaccinated, to protect your loved ones.

For more information on Pertussis or Whooping Cough, please feel free to check the sites below...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

-The First Post-

Hello Readers and Welcome to my Blog!

I hope to have many more posts here ranging from a variety of topics...
-And Product Reviews!

I hope you all enjoy reading!