Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ardenne Farm Gluten Free Chocolate Cookie Mix Review & Giveaway

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous to try these Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies because I've had some not so great gluten-free box mix experiences before. They seem to really be a hit or a miss. But I am SO glad I gave them a chance because there's a reason Ardenne Farm has award winning mixes.


"Ardenne Farm's mission is to help those living gluten free by offering a better tasting and affordable option. Created using an innovative blend of high-quality, gluten free flours, you'll love our taste, texture, and how easy our mixes are to make. Our award-winning Gluten Free baking mixes produce irresistibly satisfying delights that are all natural, vegan, and produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. We are certified gluten free and carrry the GFCO's GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten." 

I do have to admit that they turned out nothing like I was expecting. Ardenne Farm has proved that gluten free no longer has to mean gritty and flavorless. The cookies flattened out a lot more than I was expecting, but they were nice and soft and they had great flavor. They almost tasted like a soft brownie cookie. I have found over the years that a lot of gluten free mixes lack flavor but these have a great chocolate flavor. I will buying more because I want to bake some for my sister who eats gluten free. 

Here's what they look like all rolled and ready to bake!
These yummy Chocolate Cookies are certified gluten free and made with an exclusive flour blend, brown sugar and cocoa. They are vegan and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This box mix is supposed to make 20 cookies but I was able to make 23 fairly decent sized cookies.

So even though they didn't turn out like I was expecting. they were surprisingly chocolately and flavorful! I love that you cant even tell they are gluten free. I was really happy with these cookies and I can't wait til I get the chance to try something else from Ardenne Farm, next I want to try their muffins mixes!

Thin yet sooooo good.
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Order your own Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Mix from the Ardenne Farm website!

One lucky I'm No Domestic Goddess reader is going to be lucky enough to win their own Gluten Free Chocolate Cookie Mix from Ardenne Farm! Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below, all terms and conditions are listed on the bottom of the form.


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." I do use affiliate links on my site so please assume that all links used are affiliate links!

Friday, February 27, 2015

HotelSpa 7-Setting Color Changing Hand Shower Review & GIVEAWAY

There's absolutely nothing more relaxing than a great shower so my family and I were very excited to try out a HotelSpa 7-Setting Color Changing Hand Shower. I was busy when my husband brought the package in the house and he had the box ripped open and the shower head installed before I even turned around.


My husband had the shower up within 5 minutes and he said it was really simple to install-- no tools were even needed. He was happily surprised that it came with teflon tape because our last hand held shower did not. Right away we were impressed with the quality of this showerhead. Its made of a super flexible stainless steel hose and it has an extra-large 4.25” chrome face. This luxurious shower handle operates either overhead or in hand and features seven settings for an enjoyable shower experience.



But obviously the most exciting feature of this unique shower is the advanced LED lights that is powered by running water-- no batteries are required. There's a temperature sensor so the colors change automatically according to the water temperature. Z absolutely loves to watch the colors and now she asks for showers every single night. I feel safer knowing that I would visibly be able to see if the water temperature changes while Z is using it and she prefers her temperature to be below 95 degrees so its blue (and safe) during her showers.


 This is not only a nicely made, great quality showerhead it also has the perfect waterflow on any setting and I love that it can be used as an overhead or handheld shower. It has 7 different shower settings: Power Rain, Pulsating Massage, Hydrating Mist, Mist/Massage, Rain/Mist, water-saving Economy Rain, and it even has a pause mode! It is very easy to go from one setting to another with just the turn of the dial. No fighting or getting stuck just effortlessly gliding from setting one to seven. We've had this shower for over two weeks now and we've had absolutely no complaints about it!


World's Most Advanced LED Hand Shower Features:
• Powered by running water, no batteries needed
• Luxurious 7-setting High-power
• Can be used as Overhead or Handheld shower
• Extra-large 4.25" Chrome Face
• 7 Settings include Power Rain, Pulsating Massage, Hydrating Mist, Mist/Massage, Rain/Mist and Water-saving Economy Rain & Pause modes
• 3-zone Precision SpiralFlo Dial with Rub-clean Jets & Click-action Lever
• Temperature sensor LED lights 
• LED lights have long life of 100,000 hours (over 10 years of heavy daily use)
• Includes Angle-adjustable Overhead Bracket and Super Flexible Stainless Steel Hose with Dual Conical Brass Hose Nuts for easy hand tightening
• Connects in minutes without Tools
• 1-year Warranty

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You can buy your own 7-Setting Color Changing Hand Shower at www.ipshowers.com!


Win a HotelSpa 7-Setting Color Changing Hand Shower by using the Giveaway Tools form below!


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Crystal Wash 2.0 Kickstarter Campaign & Giveaway

Before I jump in and tell y'all about this incredibly interesting Kickstarter campaign for Crystal Wash 2.0, I want to talk about the original Crystal Wash first. We can't jump to 2.0 without understanding the first one, right? Crystal Wash cleans your laundry without the use of Detergents, Chemicals, or Perfume. The company boasts themselves as "an amazingly efficient and natural way to do laundry". 

To let them work their magic, you just simply drop the set (2 spheres) into your washer. Crystal Wash naturally absorbs odors during the course of the wash. If you'd like a scent, you can add a cap of fabric softener. Then to ensure effectiveness, every 2-3 weeks, you'll want to recharge the bioceramics contained within the crystal wash spheres. To do this, simply place the spheres int the sun for an afternoon.

Their crowdfunding campaign started on January 26th for Crystal Wash 2.0. If they are able to back this project, it could really change the way we do and think about laundry forever. You could learn about and monitor your laundry using your smartphone while you go about your business as usual. 


Everyone has to do laundry and their goal is to make it both new and exciting. Crystal Wash is something that works and can make doing laundry easier for you, better for the environment and at the same time save you money. These spheres will give you 1000 loads of clean laundry without using Detergents, Chemicals or Perfume. On top of everything else, they have a 60-day money back guarantee so there is virtually no risk in trying them out!

"Get connected with your laundry. Our new Crystal Wash 2.0 will work seamlessly in the background to learn about and monitor your laundry, while you go about business as usual."



One person will win two original Crystal Wash balls! You can enter by using the giveaway tools form below. 


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received two original Crystal Wash balls in exchange for writing about the Kickstarter campaign for Crystal Wash 2.0. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." I do use affiliate links on my site so please assume that all links used are affiliate links!

Keep Warm at The Henry Ford Museum

It has been yet another COLD winter here in Detroit. Most of the time, its even too cold for kids to even play outside in the snow (which we currently still have about 6 inches of) so you have to be creative when thinking of how to entertain your kids. At The Henry Ford Museum, you can entertain and educate your kids at the same time so its always one of our favorite winter hangouts.

The Henry Ford always seems to have fun programs and events going on. Right now (until March 15th) they have Engines Exposed, where they have popped the top on some of our cars to show the hidden engines. This warm indoor attraction is great for families to learn about historical cars. My husband is the biggest car enthusiast I know so I knew he would be excited to go but I'm pretty surprised by how much Z and I enjoyed it as well.

It’s an unprecedented excursion as they pop the hoods of more than 40 of the most iconic cars ever made, including their Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible, their 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, the 1963 Chrysler Gas Turbine and the remarkable 1916 Woods Dual Power Hybrid Coupe, a car that was 80 years ahead of its time.

My husband took some great pictures of some of the cars and these were my favorite photos:










And here are a couple of our family photos of the day:




This was actually the best visit we've ever had at The Henry Ford Museum! We went later in the day so it wasn't very crowded and Z was really excited about everything! The best way to learn, have fun, and outwit the cold weather is truly by visiting The Henry Ford. They have so many exciting activities to increase educational fun time spent with your children. Now we really cannot wait until Spring & Summer so we can visit the adjacent Greenfield Village as well! 

Other great indoor events going on at The Henry Ford right now:
IMAX Theatre- See a family film in their re-opened IMAX Theatre. 3D movies will have you on your toes while watching lovable Lemurs, Penguins, and Humpback Whales.
Black History Month- Take the family on a walk through time in our With Liberty, and Justice for All exhibit which displays a timeline of tribulation leading all the way to triumph. Sit in Rosa Parks’ seat on the bus, view original copy of the 13th amendment, and learn about Martin Luther King.
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour- Modern kids deserve modern adventures with our re-imagined Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Check out the futuristic innovation theater, the live creation of the Ford F150, and the famous Legacy Gallery.

If you're around the Metro Detroit area, take the family to The Henry Ford Museum and I promise you wont regret it! To learn more or order your tickets visit www.thehenryford.org.

All photos belong to I'm No Domestic Goddess and cannot be used without my permission.
Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received tickets to The Henry Ford Museum mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Berenstain Bears' Please & Thank You Book Review & Giveaway

My favorite series of books and movies when I was growing up was The Berenstain Bears. In fact, we still watch the original Berenstain Bears Christmas movie every year and we own several of the original books. Z absolutely shares my love for the Berenstain Bears and it makes me such a proud mama. We were very excited to learn that on March 1st, the Berenstain Bears newest board book "Please & Thank You" will be available!


Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962 and the Bear family celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012! Here the charming and lovable Bear family is once again introducing children to the typical issues and questions that they face every day.  

In The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The short story and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines.

About the author:
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike carries on his parents’ love of creating Berenstain Bear stories from an area in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which looks a lot like Bear Country.

This book actually could not have come at a better time because even though Z is really good at saying "thank you," we have been working on her saying "please" when she asks for something. She absolutely loves seeing her favorite characters use their manners and we have been reading this cute book at least three times a day since receiving it.

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One lucky I'm No Domestic Goddess reader will win a Berenstain Bears "Please & Thank You" book of their very own! To enter, simply just use the Giveaway Tools form below. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.




Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Yumms! Burger Press Review

Hello, all! My family and I are FINALLY over the flu so I've been able to get back to normal activities including blogging and cooking! I've been waiting until I was feeling better so I could make my family some delicious hamburgers with my new Yumms! Burger Press.


I have been wanting a hamburger press for awhile now so I was pretty excited to try out this one. What is a hamburger press? I'm so glad you asked! Hamburger presses are a really neat invention that allow you to make the perfectly shaped and uniform burgers. So basically they're the secret to making absolutely perfect burgers and they are seriously a must-have kitchen tool for anyone who grills hamburgers!

By definition, Hamburger Presses are a fairly simple invention- just two pieces that you press together to form a neat patty. I've never seen one quite like this one though as it actually comes in 3 pieces. It comes with a "lifter" that helps you lift the patties out of the press easily so you don't have to touch the meat. So simple yet such a great help!

I chopped up onions and mixed them in the meat. Yummy!
Yumms! Burger Press Features:
-Makes patties from 1/4" to 5/8" thick for either regular or stuffed hamburgers
-Features a handy 'lifter' that lifts the patty out of the press
-Made from thick, durable BPA free plastic - So cleanup is always easy
-Light-weight, ergonomic handle makes operating this burger shaper effortless

-Dishwasher safe!
-100% Satisfaction Lifetime Guarantee

I'm so happy with the Yumms! Burger Press; it makes perfectly uniform burgers, it seem really durable, it comes with a useful "lifter," and its so easy easy to clean because it's dishwasher safe! If you don't own a hamburger press, I highly recommend this one. You will not regret it (and if you do regret it, Yumms! has a 100% satisfaction guarantee but I doubt you will regret it).

We finished off our perfect burgers with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and onions! I'm not going to lie, these were the best hamburgers I've ever made. They were cooked evenly and they were all a uniform size! Just looking at this picture of them makes my mouth water... they were that good!


You can buy your own Burger Press on Amazon! If you hurry you can get 20% off with code PRESS222!

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." I do use affiliate links on my site so please assume that all links used are affiliate links!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Turn your child's artwork into a doll with Cryoow! GIVEAWAY

I'm not going to lie, this is probably the most excited I've ever been to write a blog post. I'm seriously just so excited to share this company with you but before I jump right in, I guess I have to start with a little bit of the back story first...

Z just turned 3 in January and she has been showing signs of being incredibly artistic (she definitely doesn't get that from me). Her favorite activities throughout the day are to paint, play with play doh, and color. Well, a few weeks ago, while she coloring she brought me her artwork and proudly proclaimed "its an octopus." And my jaw almost hit the floor... it most certainly was an octopus! I excitedly exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! It is an octopus! You did so great!" which really got her pumped up and the next thing I knew, she was drawing me 50 of them! I knew I wanted to preserve her first doodles somehow so of course I took to the internet searching for the best idea and I found it... I could turn her beautiful artwork into a stuffed animal!


Cryoow! is a company in Bali (inspired by the creator's daughter) that will turn your child's artwork into their very own doll. They are exactly the type of company that I love supporting on my blog-- incredibly friendly, cares about their customers, and are completely professional.  The intention of Cryoow! dolls is to bring the kids away from the TV/game console/iPhone/you name it to create something on their very own! 

In interest of full disclosure, because Z is barely 3, I did color in her octopus for her (because she didn't want it to be white) and I darkened over her outline because they were really light and didn't scan well. The ordering process could not be anymore simple than it is; You just upload a picture of your child's drawing, pay for it, and they will work their magic!  Pictures don't even do this toy justice, it is truly adorable and Z absolutely loves it. 


You can tell that they pack the Cryoow! doll with care because it comes in a cute bag with a glow-in-the-dark Cryoow! bracelet and a little note to thank you for your purchase and to let you know who made your doll with love!

There are no words to express how happy Z's Cryoow! doll has made her. She beamed with pride when she first saw it and said "my octopus!" She absolutely refused to share it with me so I had to wait until she went to bed before I could take some good pictures because this is one of the only ones she would allow me to take:


I was seriously so excited to get the chance to work with Cryoow! on this wonderful project and I would order from them again in a heartbeat. The quality of the Cryoow! doll we received is so great and I know Z will cherish her little octopus for a really long time. The special experience of having such a great keepsake for her makes me tear up just thinking about how personal it is!


Now as a financially responsible adult, I do know that $149 USD does seem a bit steep for a stuffed animal but 40% of the retail price is used for DHL delivery. Normal post would take up to 6 weeks and the company recognizes that it would disappoint kids if it were to take that long. Plus, with DHL you will have the possibility to track your delivery from the moment they send it out in Bali until it is delivered to your doorstep. It only took two days for our "octopus" to get all the way from Bali to Michigan, USA... that's absolutely amazingly insane to me! The smile on my daughter's face and the precious little stuffed animal that she cherishes make it absolutely worth it.

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To order your own Cryoow! doll or to see more examples of Cryoow! dolls go to cryoow.com!

Cryoow! has generously offered one I'm No Domestic Goddess reader a customized Cryoow! doll of their own! Entering the giveaway is simple; just visit the Cryoow Facebook page and answer the following question "how was the unique name "Cryoow!" created?" Leave your answer in the giveaway tools form. (Answer to the question can be found in the Cryoow! Facebook About Me section)


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."