Monday, August 8, 2016

Make a new #PAWMOMENT! PAW Patrol on Tour!


Calling all pup lovers! Paw Patrol in a roll and they could be coming to a city near you! Last week, my husband and I surprised Z by taking her to see the Paw Patroller and a few pups at a local Toys R Us! 


The whole event was completely free and so much fun. There were a few activities for all the kids to do (all Paw Patrol related of course!) and then there was a photo area to meet the pups. Skye, Marshall, Chase, and Rubble were there to happily meet and greet all the little Paw Patrol lovers. 




The event was organized so well and it was seriously fun for the whole family. We couldn't believe our shy little girl ran right up to Chase and Skye for hugs and high-fives! She was absolutely beaming with excitement! My husband was pretty excited about the Paw Patroller and it was so cool to see in person!


Be sure to check out the Paw Patrol website to see if they are coming to a city near you at their website: www.pawpatrol.com/tour/

Friday, August 5, 2016

August Summer Tech Camps at Digital Media Academy Still Available!!


Summer isn't over yet! Register for August Summer Camps and continue to #CreateTheNext fun project while learning something new at Digital Media Academy!



August Summer Camp Locations Include:

Stanford University
UCLA
UCSD
University of Toronto
Northwestern University
Harvard University
University of Pennsylvania
Mackinac Island Public School



At Digital Media Academy, we encourage and inspire kids and teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers and engineers! Our tech camps feature hands-on, project-based learning using the latest in virtual reality, wearable technology, robotics, 3D printing and more! 

Our Made By Girls initiative is dedicated to empowering girls through a specialized learning environment designed to increase confidence in coding and computer science.

Visit their website at www.digitalmediaacademy.org!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Borolux Borosilicate Glass Pie Dish Review

This post has been a long time coming because this is actually my second time writing it thanks to a computer glitch. So after many aggravated tears, I finally found the strength to redo the whole thing and here it is!

My first thoughts when I opened the box containing the Borolux Borosilicate Glass Pie Dish was "this is a great looking pie plate" and when I picked it up, I couldn't believe the weight and how sturdy it is. It's thick and much more durable than pie plates you can find in the store and so far I'm really happy with it. I have made an apple pie in it and everything turned out great! The crust and fillings cooked evenly and it was really easy to clean.
This glass pie pan is not only beautiful but good quality as well. This pie pan is made of a nice quality thick durable glass that can be used in the microwave, thrown in the freezer and with the exception of the broiler setting can be used in the oven. This is made of borosilicate glass and having owned other similar glassware products, I know how reliable and sturdy they are. This brand is no different and is a very well made product as I put it in the freezer overnight, microwaved it and put it in the oven with no issues. The pie pan has a nice wide glass rim making it great for making pies and for easy carrying. Since this is made of glass, this is easy to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher. This is made in the USA with a lifetime warranty, so I have no complaints on this dish.
Highest Quality Borosilicate Glass
Every other major brand of glass bakeware is made from soda-lime glass, a much cheaper type of glass to mass-produce that can explode during normal use. Consumer Reports has tested and confirmed that the best type of glass to use for bakeware is borosilicate. Borolux is made from our original and patented shatter-proof borosilicate clear glass formula.

Borolux is made from the same material that laboratory test tubes and beakers are made from. Shatter-proof even at 650ºF, our pie plate is sturdy, durable and is designed to last a lifetime. Makes the perfect gift for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries and any other occasion. The interior of the pie pan measures 7.5 x 1.5 inches and holds up to 6 cups. 

Wide Fluted Rim
Just like the beautiful pie plate your grandmother used to have, the fluted edge and wide rim help prevent spills, assist with forming evenly crisp and perfectly browned crust edges and ease handling when placing in and lifting out of the oven. 
Made in the USA and Money Back Guarantee
I am a huge fan of products made in the USA! I love buying from companies like this because its something that I can feel good about as it supports the local and national economy. As an added bonus, when you order a Borolux Glass Pie Dish, you're protected by their no risk, money back guarantee, and world class customer service.
The sizing on this pie dish is a bit off for my recipes (its 9.5 inches) and its really deep too. I could've doubled my apple pie recipe and it would've still fit in this huge family-size dish! I will remember this for my next recipe and it will make an amazing deep dish apple pie!

This pie dish was much better quality than I could've hoped and I cannot wait to bake more yummy things with it! I know the price is a little high but you honestly get what you pay for-- the quality is worth the price. Use this glass pie pan everyday not only for making apple, cherry, pumpkin, sweet potato and lemon meringue pies, but also shepherd's pies, chicken pot pies, casseroles, potatoes, quiches, gratins of all kinds and even for reheating leftovers! Serve elegantly and effortlessly from oven or microwave to tabletop. Its versatility makes it a great addition to any kitchen!

Order your own Borolux Borosilicate Glass Pie Dish on Amazon!

All photos belong to Borolux. 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."

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Heath Bar Cake Recipe

This is a family favorite of ours and probably one of the best (and easiest) cake recipes of all time. I mean it, this is the most amazing and rich cake I know how to make. This past weekend I made it for my mother-in-law's birthday (she requests this specific cake every year) so I thought I would take some pictures and share the recipe with all of you! Enjoy! :)



Ingredients:

  • 1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix (really any chocolate cake recipe will work)
  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping (I dont really measure this, the more the better in my opinion!)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping
  • 3-4 Heath candy bars, chopped

Directions:

  • Bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
  • While still hot, punch holes in top of cake with a fork.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping over hot cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • When ready to serve (make sure cake is completely cool)  and spread whipped topping on top.
  • Finish up by sprinkling chopped Heath bars over all the top.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hurry and Save $50 off STEM summer camps at Digital Media Academy!

Have you checked out the Digital Media Academy tech summer camps yet? These summer camps are filling up faster than ever! Don't miss out on the summer experience of a lifetime and you can SAVE $50 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by May 31, 2016!!



At DMA, kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more! You just choose from one week DMA Camps, or step it up with two week DMA Academies , all taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 


Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls (how awesome is that??), called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!

Hurry, save $50 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by May 31!

See you this summer at Digital Media Academy! #CreateTheNext

Find your summer camp at DigitalMediaAcademy.org!


Collage.com has the BEST Father's Day and Graduation Gift Ideas!

As Graduation season and Father's Day near us, I've been thinking a lot about gifts and how my favorite gifts to give (and receive) are personal, sentimental ones. When I give gifts to my loved ones, I always try to be as thoughtful as possible and really personalize it for them. For 3 years now, my favorite place to look for gifts has been Collage.com


For example, this year, I was really stumped on what to get my mom for Mother's Day. I only knew that I wanted it to be sentimental and personal. Well, I ended up making her a beautiful Collage.com Custom Sherpa Blanket. This was by far the most meaningful thing I have ever given her. Her new gorgeous Custom Sherpa Blanket is covered in photos of her grandkids (even her grandkitties and her grandbunny). I used about 40 photos and it was the perfect amount for this size blanket. Each of the photos turned out sharp and vibrant, I was really impressed by the quality of the pictures!  


I cannot say enough how much I love the quality of products from Collage.com and this photo blanket was no exception. I'm just constantly amazed by the variety of customization options. I just cannot get over their gorgeous background choices for projects; they are unlike anything I've seen on other photo sites. So, if you're looking for a present for any loved one, you simply have to check out all that Collage.com has to offer and I promise you will not be disappointed!


Graduation season is coming up fast and this would make the coolest gift for your graduate-- you could fill the whole things with photos of their childhood. Or this of Dad this year for Father's Day! I know my husband would absolutely love a gift that includes pictures of his two precious girls! The possibilities are literally endless with help from Collage.com and I can't imagine a more personal gift than this.

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Order your own Collage.com Custom Photo Blanket here!

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."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ClubsGalore Chocolate of the Month Club

For true chocolate lovers only...

Graduation season and Father's Day are coming up fast! Do you have a unique gift picked out for your loved ones? I always love to find thoughtful, fun gifts for my favorite people. Think about how awesome it would be to receive a Chocolate of the Month Club membership! Hint to my loved ones, that'd be awesome.


Give someone a little taste of heaven in the form of creamy truffles, buttery caramels, premium dark chocolates, nutty nougatines and so much more. We'll send an entire pound of these award-winning sweet sensations to your recipient each and every month, crafted by small batch specialty chocolatiers throughout the country.

I received a month of this fun subscription service and in my box, I found a Vintage Card Box with Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. I actually didnt open the box until I got to my mom's house and between the 5 of us that were there, we ate all of the chocolate within 15 minutes! I am lucky I was able to take any pictures at all! I also want to apologize for the phone pictures, my camera was on the fritz and I knew if I didn't take pictures ASAP, we would eat all of the chocolate before I got the chance.


Actually, funny story... By the time I remembered to take pictures, we only had one chocolate truffle left! So, here's my sad picture with the last truffle. Yes, they were so delicious and they smelled so good that none of us thought "hey, I should take a picture first." Nope. Our whole though process was "those look and smeel amazing... how many can I eat in one sitting??" Here's our one lone truffle and it was gone about 5 seconds after this photo was taken:

From the Clubs Galore website: "Our premium chocolates are created from the finest ingredients and made in small batches to insure freshness and excellence. They truly are the essence of decadence, the epitome of pure bliss. We know because we have the tough job of tasting every morsel."


I think the idea of a Chocolate of the Month Club is the best idea ever. However, for almost $35 I would like to think I'd be getting way more chocolate than I received. However, it was by far the most amazing chocolate I had ever eaten. They were really high quality chocolates and that's probably why I wanted more than what I received!

If you are looking for a unique and incredibly impressive gift for someone in your life (think Graduation gifts or Father's Day) you should definitely check out all the monthly subscriptions Clubs Galore has to offer! You will be able to find a box for everyone in your life. For anyone who is wondering. my favorites are the Cupcake, Brownie, Candle, Popcorn, and Ravioli clubs. Now, I'm super hungry!


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Check out the amazing selection of 62 different clubs of the month at ClubsGalore.com!

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."