Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lego Time

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The best thing about having kids is that it gives you an excuse to be a kid again. Preschool age is great because the toys get more fun and they still need your help. My kids are getting into that Lego stage. Now the blocks are getting smaller, they are more fun, but easier to loose and more painful when you step on them. My son loves Star Wars, my daughter likes anything her big brother likes, but she loves pink. Recently, as a reward, we told the kids they could go to the store and pick out a Lego set. My son went straight to the Star Wars sets and picked the Sith Nightspeeder set. My daughter went for the Olivia’s Tree House set. My son and husband were so excited about his that they went to work on it right away. My father-in-law started helping my daughter with hers but they never finished it. We kind of put them away and forgot about them… until today.

The kids really wanted to play with their Lego sets today, so I decided to sit down and finish putting hers together. I hadn’t played with Legos in a while. They have one of those Lego bins full of different blocks, but I am not very creative when it comes to these things. I must say though, I had a great time and loved putting this Olivia’s Tree House set together. I guess I’m a follow instructions kind of gal. (Note to self, must work on the whole outside the box concept.) The set had a ton of tiny pieces and to my surprise, we still had all of them. The instructions were great and very easy to follow. The recommended age group for these sets is 6 – 12 years, it’s good to know I can follow directions meant for a 6 year old.

The nice thing about these sets is that they can play with them after they are done with the building. The Star Wars set comes with lightsabers, missiles that shoot out and two detachable pods. The Olivia set comes with the Olivia doll, a cat and bird.

Luckily my kids play well together so Anakin Skywalker was friends with Princess Leia (Olivia was quickly renamed). Together they protected the tree house from the bad guys!

Did you get to play with Legos today? Were you a big Lego fan as a kid? What is your favorite Lego set? It’s great to know that after more than 60 years this company is still making fun, high quality toys.

Until next time!

Mariel

A New BzzReview From Me to You – The Razor

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I belong to a great, fun group called BzzAgent. Through BzzAgent you get to try fun new products and share your opinion about them. Usually they will send you some sort of free sample and coupons to share with friends. This is my first campaign that I’m sharing on here.

For this campaign I got to test the new BIC Soleil Savvy disposable razors.

I am a very simple girl when it comes to razors. I usually use men’s disposable razors. Nothing fancy but they do the job. I have tried all kids of women’s razors from the Venus to women’s disposables and have always been very unimpressed. So when I received this in the mail, I said “Ok why not.”, but wasn’t expecting much out of it.

Well ladies and gents… I love this razor! The package comes with one handle and four cartridges. When you are done with your cartridges you dispose of the whole thing and buy a new package. To me it seems this part is a little wasteful, they don’t sell the replacement cartridges by themselves. But they are not too expensive, Walmart sells them online for $6.27. The refills have three blades on them and a moisture strip with Vitamin E. The handle is nice and big so it’s easy to hold. It will leave your legs feeling so smooth.

Thanks to the people at Bic and BzzAgent I received this nice little care package.

I have a few $3 off coupons, if you live in the US would like to try out this wonderful razor, I will mail out a $3 off coupon to the first two people to comment on the post. You have until Friday the 13th to post a comment.

Do you have a favorite razor? Have you used the BIC Soleil Savvy before? What are you doing to stay cool during this very hot summer?

Until next time!

Mariel

Infusion Part Two

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Did my first infusion post inspire you to run into your kitchen and infuse some vodka? Did you end up trying Tito’s? (I promise they didn’t pay me at all to write about their vodka.) If so, what did you think? We enjoyed our strawberry/pepper infused vodka so much that we decided to keep experimenting with it. In part one I told you guys about how we played around with fresh strawberries and serrano peppers. This time around we used less peppers and frozen fruit.

My husband decided to play around with frozen peaches and strawberries. He also used less peppers this time around. The result was this beautiful looking concoction. Along with some martini glasses I think these would make a great gift. My friend will be getting a sample as a birthday present this weekend. What do you think?

Maybe next week I’ll play around with some Sangria!

Until next time!

Mariel

Happy 4th of July 2012

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Are you celebrating Independence Day this year? What are your plans? It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate this day. I love the fireworks, parades, the food and the friends. It’s going to be a hot one this year, how are you planning on staying cool? Hopefully for us there will be some pool time and cold drinks. Even though it’s been hot lately I really felt like baking so we have a rum cake waiting for the celebration. What’s your favorite 4th of July dessert?

I leave you with a 4th of July family favorite. Enjoy!

Until next time!

Mariel

RB is for Red Beets

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Are you a fan of red beets? I feel like people tend to have a strong opinion about beets. You either love them or can’t stand them. Our house is divided, I love them, my husband can’t stand them. We recently got some beets in our farm box. I think I was one of the very few people who did not try to switch them out for a different vegetable. I can’t say that I had ever had fresh beets before or that I had ever cooked them, but I have loved them since I was a little girl. Whenever my grandmother would take me out for lunch I would always get red beets from the salad bar. My guess is that they were probably canned, but I still loved them.

English: A bundle of organic beets from a loca...

A bundle of organic beets from a farm food co-op program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While beets contain a lot of natural sugar, they are very nutritious. They are low in cholesterol and saturated fat, but a good source of vitamin C and iron.

I searched and asked around for recipes. I wanted to pickle them and was looking for something simple and kind of traditional. I ended up mixing some recipes. I only had a few small ones too, so I just eyeballed everything. I was very surprised at how wonderful they tasted when simply boiled. My beets were still covered in dirt since they were fresh, so I had to wash them well before cooking. Also know that when cooked they are a purple-red and can stain. My fingers ended up bright purple-red from peeling them. I wonder if you could use them to dye things other than food, have you ever tried this?

So I cut the ends off my beets then placed the rest in boiling water until they were nice and tender. This took a while probably about 45 minutes even though they weren’t very big. I then took some paper towels and peeled them by rubbing the skin off with the paper towels. Then I sliced the beets into thin round pieces. I used apple cider vinegar and left over water from when I boiled them. I also added sliced onions, a little salt and a little sugar. I put it all in a mason jar, which I then let sit in the fridge for a few days.

I’m glad I pickled them, it was something that I had never done before. The result was pretty good, but next time I might try a different approach. What is your favorite way to eat red beets? Do you have a favorite red beets recipe?

Until next time!

Mariel