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#NationalBreakfastMonth with @Krusteaz (New Recipe & Giveaway) #spon 

18 Sep

September is National Breakfast Month. Breakfast is a staple in homes across the country and while it can range from toast to eggs to yogurt, pancakes are an all-time family favorite. Krusteaz, makers of premium pancake and waffle mixes, is launching a new Buttermilk Protein Pancake mix this fall.  

With 13g of added protein, it’s the perfect way to keep your family full and energized all day long. In keeping with Krusteaz’s commitment to simplified and wholesome ingredients, the new protein pancake is free of partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Don’t you want some pancakes? I gladly accepted Krusteaz’s offer to create a recipe using their new buttermilk protein pancake mix. I kept it simple and my kids were a big help. We used 3 ingredients. That’s it! 

Strawberry And Cream Cheese Crepes/RollUps 

Ingredients:

1 Box of Krusteaz Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix (follow instruction on box) 

I package strawberries 

1 container of Philadelphia whipped cream cheese

Instructions:

Make pancakes according to box. The blender bottle was a great help with mixing, pouring and cleanup. It’s all I use now. 

Cut up strawberries in circles or whatever shape you want.

After pancakes are done, let them cool the spread whipped cream cheese on pancake, add strawberries then roll up. That’s all folks!! You can also get fancy and add syrup or confectioners sugar or even BACON!!!! 

What are you waiting for? Get to your local grocery store and buy a few boxes and try my recipe. You can also enter my giveaway that Krusteaz was so kind to offer to one of my readers. 

**GIVEAWAY**

· Krusteaz Protein Pancake Mixes
· A whisk

· A blender bottle and tote bag (for you to take to the gym or the kids soccer games!)

How To Enter: 

*Make sure you’re subscribed to my blog. 

*Following my Instagram @nilimo

*Following my Twitter @nilimonicky

*Leave your email and social media handles. 

*What would you create with Krusteaz Pancakes?

Giveaway starts today and winner will be announced on 9/25 on social media. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Items were also given for my recipe and review. 


 
 

Glad OdorShield Kitchen/Trash Bags #ad

7 Oct

It’s been a great year and I don’t want it to end. However I will be going out with a bang and a new brand to work with. I recently attended a Mom’s Night Out event with Momtrends and met with five brands. One brand in particular that I really wanted to work with was Glad. I’ve been a fan for decades and love supporting brands that I use and trust. 


After winning a years supply of their products from the raffle which made my day I also found out my wish came true. I am proud to bring you the latest in kitchen/trash bags and food storage. 

Have you heard about Glad OdorShield and Febreze Freshness with Gain Original scent in their trash bags? My garbage never smelled better. That’s because there is no smell. The odor is blocked. It comes in 13 gallon size bags. Febreze and Gain two of my favorite products teaming up with Glad is a winner in my book. 


With the amount of deliveries we get and garbage we go through I need a big strong bag. I hate using small plastic shopping bags for garbage. One bag is great and it fits right in my incinerator, doesn’t rip and the strong drawstring makes closing and carrying easy.

I also love buying in bulk and my favorite wholesale club has plenty of Glad bags in stock. With holidays approaching you have to be prepared. Family and friends eat a lot so these OdorShield bags are perfect. Toys isn’t just delivered in December in my house. There’s so many boxes to throw out. 

These bags will make great gifts as well. My friends already put in a request. For more info visit here: Glad – http://www.glad.com/trash/kitchen/kitchen-odorshield-gain-original-scent/

Only Glad with Febreze neutralizes odors for up to 5 days – guaranteed.

Disclosure: This is ansponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Back To School With Crayola Products

7 Sep

School supplies don’t have to be a difficult shopping experience when you know exactly what brands you can trust. Ever since I was in school my parents always chose Crayola crayons, markers, paint, and colored pencils. I always wanted the ginormous pack of crayons with the sharpener in back. It had to be CRAYOLA! The cheap crayons didn’t cut it and I loved the variety of colors Crayola had and still has. They even have glitter crayons now. 

Since I grew up using Crayola it’s only right my kids use them too. There’s even new products that I know my kids will want.

New Products

· Crayola Emoji Maker: Drawing inspiration from the growing popularity of emojis, kids can experiment with Crayola colors to make 16 custom color emoji stampers and share their unique emoji messages with friends. Using the included design labels, kids can also create custom color names and decorate their barrels. For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $19.99.


· Crayola My Way: Crayola My Way allows fans to customize their own box of Crayola Crayons – from a personalized message on the front of the box to the colors of the Crayons inside the box – in an easy, highly interactive an fun process. After choosing the First Day of School theme, kids can make the Crayola Crayon box their own by uploading a personal photo or piece of artwork to the front of the box, adding their favorite nickname, and selecting their favorite Crayola colors. The personalized 64-count box starts at about $5.99 and can go up to $24.99 depending on the level of customization.


With the new school year just around the corner, kids want to have the best materials and coolest new supplies that reflect their unique interests, while parents want their kids to have best-in-class products that will last them through the year. From tried-and-true classroom staples like Markers, Crayons and Colored Pencils to make –your-own Emoji Markers and customizable Crayon boxes – Crayola offers a wide selection of products that will inspire creativity and get kids excited for the school year.
Classroom Staples

· Crayola 24-count Crayons: Crayola Crayons are a classic kids’ art tool that generations have used to learn to color, spell and draw. Crayola Crayons are designed with a focus on true color, smoothness, and durability.


· Crayola 10-count Classic Markers: Crayola Classic Broad Line Markers are the classic, long-lasting, durable markers that many generations remember from childhood. They lay down brilliant color, yet won’t bleed through most paper. Crayola Markers are also preferred by teachers for all of their projects.


· Crayola 10-count Ultra-Clean Washable Markers: Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are formulated to provide brilliant color where you want it while washing easily where you don’t. Crayola’s classic markers now have an improved Ultra-Clean washable formula and come with two new bold colors.


· Crayola 24-count Colored Pencils: Crayola Colored Pencils are an essential creative tool for kids to use at home or school. Each pack contains pre-sharpened Colored Pencils and a range of vivid colors to inspire children’s self-expression and imagination. Made with thick soft leads that won’t break easily, the pencils create brightly colored lines that are perfect for school projects and creating detailed artwork.


Check out @Crayola on Twitter and http://www.crayola.com for more info. 

Disclosure: Crayola sent my kids products for back to school. Opinions are 100% ours as always. 

 

Kitchen Gadgets From Trudeau 

22 Aug

I am a gadget fanatic and I love cooking and entertaining. Trudeau sent me an assortment of gadgets to try. Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean my gadgets have to be put away. These can be used year round. I loved the bottle stoppers and the strawberry huller. The floral bottle stoppers are so pretty and the strawberry huller is very easy to use. I’m always burning my hand or arm in the oven so the glove came in handy. Seasonings are a must in my house. The pink sea salt was a winner. Tastes great on meats and grilled veggies but you could try it on whatever you like. 

Check out this collection of innovative gadgetry, cocktail and barware that put the summertime ease in entertaining! Whether preparing seasonal foods fresh from the land or sea, serving up a favored liquid treat or just relishing in an at-home staycation – Trudeau has the perfect tool for the backyard host/hostess to serve up the tastes of summer.
 

– Strawberry Huller –

There are some helpful gadgets that you just have to have and the new Strawberry Huller from Trudeau is the one to get! Removing the stem and core from strawberries eliminates bitterness and enhances taste instantly! Innovative design offers a simple, safe, and effective alternative to knife hulling and coring. The stainless steel tube and silicone bulb come apart for easy cleaning and are dishwasher safe. #09912141 MSRP $8.99


Classic Pink Sea Salt Mill –

Chefs rave about Pink Sea Salt making it summer’s #1 accouterment for perfectly grilled meats and vegetables. This 6-inch tall Pink Sea Salt Mill from Trudeau is a beautiful addition to cookout tables and seasons all foods deliciously. The Mill features a corrosion-resistant ceramic grinder, has a crystal-clear body, and comes filled to be the star of summer soirées. #0713711 MSRP 13.99 – 


Oven and Grill Glove –  

Get your grill on! A safety necessity when either grilling or baking, this glove fits either the right or left hand and has anti-slip silicone grips on both sides. The glove offers maximum dexterity and the flame-resistant exterior fibers protect while holding grill tools over open flame or pulling hot pans out of the oven. #09912084 Oven and Grill Glove MSRP $19.99 


Floral Bottle Stoppers –

Bring blooming flowers indoors with these wine bottle stoppers from Trudeau. The conic shape and flexible silicone fins offer a tight seal, ensuring that this Floral Bottle Stopper fits most bottles to preserve every last drop! #0978053 MSRP $2.99 each.


For more info check out http://www.trudeau.com and @TrudeauCuisine on Twitter

Disclosure: I was given product to review. Opinions are mine 100%. 

Tessemae’s All Natural Line Of Organic Salad Dressings #BlogginMamas

16 Jun

I’ve always loved all types of salads and having a good salad dressing just puts the icing on the cake. What I tried to deny to myself was even though I’m eating a healthy salad I knew once I added that creamy dressing it wasn’t as healthy as it should be. 

What I started doing was reading labels. I looked for hidden ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, how much sodium, calories and cholesterol was inside and lots of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. I stopped supporting bad habits and decided to either make my own dressing or find a healthy one just right for me and my family. 

I took my kids to the Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park a few years ago and at one of the booths there were two guys (brothers) who were sharing their heathy organic ketchup and organic mustard with the kids. The name of the company was Tessemae. I purchased a few bottles and from then on they have been on the top of my shopping list. 

It doesn’t stop there though. They also have salad dressings, marinades, BBQ sauce, dips and mayonnaise. 

Tessemae’s All Nat­ural is a grow­ing nat­ural food com­pany from Annapo­lis Mary­land that makes clean, fresh dress­ings, mari­nades, and condi­ments with real ingre­di­ents and no preser­v­a­tives.

Tessemae’s All-Nat­ural makes 25 mari­nades and condi­ments – all of which are USDA organic, gluten free, non-gmo, vegan and Whole30 approved – and con­tain no added sugar or xan­tham gum… ever!

The Vet­ter broth­ers, Greg, Brian, and Matt, launched the brand in 2009 at their local Whole Foods Mar­ket in Annapo­lis, Mary­land, using a sim­ple recipe cre­ated and used by their mom through­out their child­hood. Tessemae’s com­mit­ment to healthy eat­ing and liv­ing is the core of their mis­sion, to pro­vide sim­ple, yet deli­cious food to con­sumers made with real ingre­di­ents.

I love their products and was given four bottles of Tessemae’s All Natural Organic salad dressing to review. The flavors were: Lemon Garlic, Balsamic, Honey Balsamic & Green Goddess. Don’t they just sound devine? It can be used as a salad dressing or marinade. The first one I tried on my salad was Honey Balsamic. I absolutely loved it because I mean come on, how can you resist anything with honey? I also love balsamic so the two together just made me want it even more. It tasted clean and fresh and my salad wasn’t weighed down nor soggy. All natural and my stomach thanked me. My doctor also thanked me. 


I’m definitely going to marinate my chicken with a few as well like the Lemon Garlic and Green Goddess. I  recently purchased the Southwest Ranch. Loved it! Amazing things can happen with Tessemae. 


Tessemae’s All Natural products are sold at Target, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods in the Northeast. 

Facebook: facebook.com/tessemaes

Twitter: @tessemaes

Instagram: @tessemaes

All prod­ucts are also avail­able for purchase directly from Tessemae’s at tessemaes.com


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin Mamas. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Mother’s Day Cooking with JCPenney Bakeware 

5 May

Mother’s Day for me is spent with my family. I know for some it’s a day to relax minus the kids, a spa day or dinner in a fancy restaurant. I enjoy cooking so I will be making dinner for my family a day ahead so we can just heat up the next day and have more time to spend with each other. Leftovers taste great too. I made a sample of baked ziti in my new Certified International Solstice 4.75-qt. Cream Rectangular Baker from JCPenney. This durable stoneware in a pleasing cream color is embossed with metallic trim for a rectangular baker that is oven safe to 450°.

*stoneware
*dishwasher safe

*oven safe to 450°

*4.75-qt.

*16.5×9.75×3.25″H

*imported

It passed the test. I’ve never had a baking dish this fancy before. I’ve been missing out. I love the detail on my dish and the cream color. This dish just looks so good and baked my dish to a perfection. No leaks or spills, cooked evenly, and held my enormous baked ziti. Easy to clean and store. For just $50 on sale regular $100 you can own one too. Thanks to JCPenney for my early Mother’s Day gift. You really know how to spoil a girl. I think the next thing on the menu is eggplant parmigiana. I can do some major cooking in my baking dish. Link below.

http://m.jcpenney.com/certified-international-solstice-475-qt-cream-rectangular-baker/prod.jump?ppId=pp5006300842&searchTerm=certified%20international%20solstice&catId=SearchResults&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP1123201517080512M.TIF


What would you cook in your baking dish?   Head to http://www.JCPenney.com for more info. 

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I received dish to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Toast the Derby with Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon & Giveaway

2 May

Will you be watching the Kentucky Derby at the track or in the comfort of your home? Have you picked your horses? Wherever you are you will want to have good food and drinks on hand. 

I’ve got a wine that you absolutely must try. The new: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers complex, rich fruit flavor with aromas of toasty vanilla and brown sugar. This is one of the first Bourbon barrel aged wines produced in the U.S. 

http://www.robertmondaviprivateselection.com/bourbon-barrel-aged-cabernet-sauvignon.php

  
 This special Bourbon barrel aged wine originates in the coastal vineyards of Monterey County, CA, where the region’s dynamic, geologic past brings forth fruit with an unmistakable sense of place. Grapes are picked at the peak of ripeness, after which the wine is aged and blended to deliver exceptional fruit flavors and complexity. Unique to this wine, a portion of the blend is aged for an additional three months, using a combination of new and used Kentucky Bourbon barrels, creating one of the first Bourbon barrel aged wines produced in the United States.

 Bourbon barrels are 100% American oak barrels that have been charred to help impart deep toasty flavors and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly suited for Bourbon barrel aging because its intensely rich fruit character isn’t overwhelmed by the flavors of the charred casks. The wine is rich, weighty, and full bodied on the palette, and the 2014 vintage delivers robust flavors of black cherry and blackberry.

 The Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon will be released in limited-production and is available nationally now. Suggested retail price is $13.99 for 750mL.

I know what I will be sipping on come May 7th. I see a fruit and cheese platter served with my wine. Would you also like to try a bottle? I was given an extra bottle to give away to one of my readers. 

GIVEAWAY: Answer this question: 

What will you pair with your bottle of wine?  Also leave your handles and emails in the comment section as well. 

Must be following my blog Five Little Words

Must be following me on Instgram: @nilimo

Must be following me on Twitter: @nilimonicky 

Must be following me on Pinterest: @Nilimo

Bonus: Like http://www.facebook.com/FiveLittleWords 

Giveaway ends: May 15,2016 winner announced on social media May 16. 

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. I was given product to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 
 

New Unilever Ice Cream Varieties

2 May

Inspiring memorable moments, Unilever Ice Cream recently announced their newest family-friendly frozen treats across Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike and Popsicle. From summer movie premiers and picnics, to birthday celebrations and family camping – there’s a treat for all your favorite family moments!

 
· Breyers Ice Cream Cake: Helping you celebrate any occasion – this new variety features Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream and loads of chocolatey crunchies, sandwiched between Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream.

(We have been fans of ice cream cakes for years. It’s always available and the flavors are great. After I delivered one of my kids I asked for an ice cream cake. Breyers ice cream cakes make me very happy.)

· Breyers Chocolate Snack Cups: Features smooth Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream made with fresh cream and rich Dutch cocoa, in a pre-portioned snack cup.

· Breyers Natural Vanilla Snack Cups: Features Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, made with simple ingredients like fresh cream, sugar, milk and Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans, in a pre-portioned snack cup.

(I grew up in snack cups. Snack cups are so easy for little hands on the go. It’s simple, chocolate or vanilla. My kids and I enjoy these very much.)

· Good Humor Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich: Share the nostalgia of a classic with creamy chocolate ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate cookies and topped with milk chocolate chips.

(Good Humor cookie sandwich. We used to make homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches. I am glad to see Good Humor keeping a classic treat around.)

· Klondike S’mores: Features creamy marshmallow ice cream laden with sweet graham cracker swirls inside a delightfully breakable milk chocolate flavored shell. All you need is a campfire!

(What would you do for a Klondike bar? Ok, now you went and got a S’mores version. I was so happy to see these in the ice cream section. My kids are super excited for this.)

· Popsicle Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Michelangelo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Leonardo™ are the heroes of these frozen pops featuring four action-packed flavors: Orange Fury, Cherry Crush, Blue Raspberry Blast and Smashing Grape. Grab some before the movie premiere in June!

(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can do no harm. They were recently named Ambassadors of New York so it’s only right to have a Popsicle with the characters in yummy flavors. We will enjoy these this summer and definitely at the movie. ) 

 It’s hard to pick just one as a favorite so I choose them all. Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying ice cream. Remember ice cream can be eaten all year round. 

For more info visit @unileverusa on Twitter and http://www.unileverusa.com 

Disclosure: I was given coupons to review ice cream. Opinions are mine 100% as always. This is not a compensated post. 

 

My Review of @MonsterProducts #YouDeserveBetter 

21 Mar

As a blogger, traveler and mom I am constantly on the go and so are my tablets and cell phones. Nowadays just about everyone owns a cell phone and or tablet but I don’t see lots of people with portable cell phone chargers and I always wondered why. If there’s one thing I hate its looking for an outlet. I rather keep it moving and get to where I have to go instead of searching for a place with an outlet that half the time doesn’t work or is being used. 

I was so happy when portable chargers made the scene but some were so worthless it only charged my phone half way that I would have to still find a place to charge. Was there a powerful portable charger that could handle my phone and tablet and give me more than one charge for the entire day that I was out and about?

Monster Products saved my day. I don’t leave home without my portable Monster charger. Monster Mobile PowerCard Turbo Portable Battery. Monster’s Power Card packs serious punch. Super thin, it fits into your wallet for power on the go. A great value and easy to transport, it’s perfect for quick emergency charges. 

The Power Card charges up to 3 times faster than standard USB chargers. 3 LEDs on the Power Card show your battery level and charge indicator. Use it with anything that requires USB charging. Power Card quickly provides five hours of energy to your smartphone. 

Check out the link for details: http://www.monsterproducts.com/Monster_Mobile_PowerCard_Turbo_Portable_Battery#productDetailsTabs1

  
When it comes to my music I must have the best in-ear headphones so I can hear every beat, base and word in the song I’m listening to. My headphones have to zone out background noise so I can be at peace with my music. I also don’t like in-ear headphones or earbuds that fall out of my ear. 

Monster has done it again with their Clarity HD High Definition In-Ear Headphones. I mean just the name alone should make you say I need to know more about these headphones. I don’t know how many headphones I’ve purchased in the past but I know they are no where to be seen or found. That was money wasted. I’m not saying things don’t break  or just ware out I’m saying I shouldn’t have spent all that money knowing I wouldn’t own at least one pair that I can say I’ve had longer than a month or two. 

With the Monster Clarity HD High Definition headphones I have stopped looking. These headphones have superior noise isolation that keeps the outside world out so you can focus on the music. Combined with Monster’s ControlTalk Universal in-line microphone, you can take and make crystal-clear calls and control music from any smartphone or tablet. Multiple ear tips ensure the best possible fit for any set of ears–and they won’t fall out like other earbuds. 

Look at them here: http://www.monsterproducts.com/ClarityHD-Earbuds?id=e54221d0-7ec6-4f3a-8fba-06670fde0a55#productDetailsTabs1

  
What’s a selfie without a selfie case? Selfie sticks are so banned and played out that Monster came up with a better idea. A selfie case for your IPhone that mounts to glass, mirror, acrylic, marble and other smooth, flat and glossy vertical surfaces. Special gel material functions like millions of tiny suction cups. It is also shock absorbent and impact resistant. Has high quality, flexible case body and provides improved grip. You can video chat and use GPS navigation hands free as well.

Did you see what I just wrote? It mounts to glass, mirrors, etc.. Hands free selfie case. When I first saw this demonstrated my mouth dropped. I love it and as much selfies as I take i couldn’t be more happier to own this. Want to see what I’m talking about? Here you go: http://www.monsterproducts.com/Monster-Mobile-Selfie-Case-for-iPhone?id=d60c593d-a4cb-422a-bd17-4a5ff65c8e44#productDetailsTabs1

  
Disclosure: I am a Monster Nation Reviewer. Items were given in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Getting Better for Cold & Flu Season with Homeopathic Medicines

20 Feb

Between January and February my kids and I get the sniffles, runny noses, asthma, sore throats, etc and I don’t like running to the emergency unless a cough lasts more than a week or asthma needs extra medication that I don’t have on hand. I feel like over the counter medicine doesn’t work all the time so I try home remedies and lots of fluids and rest. 

I recently attended Boiron’s Winter Well event with Blogger Brianne Manz (Stroller In The City) at Washington Market Pediatrics at 161 Hudson St.  Bloggers were invited to learn and prepare for cold & flu season. 

  
Last year we were all sick and I had to be hospitalized. This year I held out till recently where I caught a cold but it’s nothing compared to last year. I took my flu shot which seemed to help me out a lot because with my kids sick I just knew I would be home for a few weeks but I wasn’t. They were though. My 13 had his flu shot. We tried the nasal instead of the injection because he hates shots. It went well. 

I don’t know how many boxes of tissues I went through between my three kids. Now I have to restock. 

Dr. Lisa Kaufman from (Village Pediatrics) and Dr. Tiffany Knipe from (WMP) chatted with us for the morning about getting flu shots early, myths and facts and what ages should get their flu shots. I’m a germaphobe and carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go and make sure we are constantly washing our hands. It’s hard to watch my kids especially when their in school which is where kids gets sick the most because of the germs and other sick kids but I do make sure they carry sanitizer as well and wash their hands as much as possible. 

  
Boiron is a world leader in homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses highly diluted natural substances to relieve symptoms. Boiron provide products that work without causing drowsiness or drug interactions. I am a big fan of providing my family with a healthier, more natural lifestyle so when I heard Boiron was also providing us with information about their products and giving samples I was thankful because this came at the right time while my kids were sick.  

I gave them Boiron’s Children’s Chestal Cold & Cough syrup which temporarily relieves symptoms of the common cold, such as sneezing, fitful cough, runny or stuffy nose, nasal and chest congestion and minor sore throat. Available for everyone ages 3 and up. I gave my kids this  and the coughing stopped, runny, stuffy noses disappeared I was very impressed. This is definitely a keeper. 

Other items included in the gift bag were Calendula Cream, Arnicare Gel, Children’s Coldcalm, Oscillococcinum and other goodies. 

To learn more about these homeopathic medicines check out @BoironUSA @OscilloUSA @ArnicareUSA @CamiliaUSA on Twitter and http://www.boironusa.com

I also downloaded the free homeopathic medicine finder app which is very useful at: http://www.boironusa.com/app 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always.