Monday, March 2, 2015

Low Carb and Gluten Free Cheese Filled Giant Meatballs

Trying to eat healthier doesn't mean that your favorite foods have to be a thing of the past. Spaghetti and meatballs are one of my favorite dishes, but they certainly aren't low carb and are chock full of gluten. As it's also one of my kids favorites, I wanted to find a way that we could still enjoy it. So, I came up with the Low Carb and Gluten Free Giant Meatballs. My kids can enjoy theirs with spaghetti and I can enjoy my giant meatball guilt free!

Ingredients:


2 lbs. ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 onion
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cooking oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp. cooking oil (Coconut is a great option!)

 Combine ground beef, eggs, onion, 1 cup of cheese, and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly until well blended. Divide mixture into six equal portions.
Add a cubed piece of mozzarella cheese to the inside of the meatball and form meat mixture so that the cheese is in the center.

 Place each meatball in the heated skillet and brown the outside edges of each meatball.
After each meatball is properly browned, place in a deep baking dish and cover with marinara sauce. Add a sheet of foil over the top and place in the oven for 40 minutes.


Upon removal from the oven, top meatballs with remaining cheese.
These meatballs are guaranteed to impress! Spaghetti and meatball night never tasted so good!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Savings

From the best free stuff  and giveaways each week, to the best deals on fashion, educational materials and more, you'll find it here each week for Saturday Savings!

Freebies



My Little Pony Printable - This can go along with the new movie release of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic:  Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders (click the image above)

Freebie February - Last day to enter some great giveaways and get some great FREE resources!

Free Diabetes Awareness Braclet -  Get a free Diabetes Awareness wristband!

BookBub - Free eBooks and Bargains

24Hour Fitness - Free Pass

LocalSaver.com - Free Local Coupons

Free Magic Eraser Sample - Lifescript

 Giveaways

2 in 1 Potette Plus Travel Potty - Ends March 11, 2015

Baby Björn Kitchen Items - Review your Baby Björn items for a chance to win - 10 winners each month

Deals For Mommy - Win a Year's Worth of Diapers

Nikon Digital Camera - Ends March 1, 2015

Fashion

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Reebok - Skyscape Harmony 40% off, today only, PROMO CODE:  SKY40

Gymboree -  Get 30% off your entire purchase at Gymboree! (Ends 3/1)

Tea Collection - Save 20% on boy, girls, baby and newborn styles during Tea Collection's Friends & Family Event (Ends 3/21)

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Craftsy - Craftsy Flash Sale: Up to 70% off all Yarn, Fabric, Sewing Supplies & Kits (Ends 3/1)

Wedding Paper Divas - 15% off Address Labels when you purchase wedding announcements or moving announcements (Ends 3/3)

Tiny Prints - Enjoy 30% off all Tiny Prints Business Orders! (Ends 3/3)

Shutterfly - NEW customers qualify for an additional 20% off sitewide sales with PROMO CODE: TWENTYMORE (Ends 3/4)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Be a Trendsetter with LUNO

Would you classify yourself as a trendsetter among your friends? Or are you more of the "wear what's comfortable and looks good" type? Either way, you'll be interested to hear about the brand new company called LUNO.

watches, jewelry, fashion, trendy,
LUNO produces a unique watch made out of genuine leather and real bamboo and ebony wood. Whether you prefer something fun and funky or something more down to earth, you'll find it at LUNO. Mens and Womens watches start at $55.

LunoWear started out as just two guys and an idea. They have now gotten their product up and running have a goal of sharing beautiful watches at an affordable price.


So, I know you're all wondering where you can get a LUNO watch. Well, they are so new, they haven't officially launched yet, so you're getting a sneak peak! Woo Hoo! They will be officially launching on April 13, at 9:00 a.m.


The earlier you order, the bigger discount you'll get. Keep on top of the latest news and savings by signing up for the email newsletter.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Traveling with Toddlers

Traveling with a toddler is an adventure all in itself, regardless of where you are going. If this is something you are planning on attempting, good luck and may God have mercy on your soul! As a mom who has taken toddlers on planes, trains, and automobile trips, I know firsthand that it can be a daunting task. You can be exhausted before you even get out your front door!

With these tips, you'll be prepared... well as much as one can be.


When traveling overnight, it is imperative that you bring a good travel crib (Check out my review on the Baby Björn Travel Crib Light). Some hotels will have one, but in my experience they aren't very nice and your little one won't be a fan of sleeping somewhere they aren't already familiar with. Make sure you let your little one get comfortable with it in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. After a long day taking in the sights, you'll both be glad to be able to get your toddler to sleep easily and quickly.

Traveling with toddlers who are potty training is going to be a special challenge all by themselves. Leaving the house for even five minutes when your little one is busy learning how to use the potty can be a nerve wracking challenge, much less driving a few hours away. You might be tempted to put a diaper on them, but I urge you to reconsider. You'll end up making the whole "learning how to be a big kid and use the potty" thing a lot more difficult. Instead, invest in a travel potty (Read my review of the Pottete Plus here). With a travel potty, you can pull over to the side of the road when your toddler is shrieking that they need to go, NOW, regardless of the fact that you are in the middle of nowhere and there isn't another rest stop for 150 miles. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach will quickly fade when you remember that you've got your backup nestled in amongst your other necessities.

The magic word while traveling is snacks! Toddlers cry for many unexplained reasons, but a great snack can fix most of their woes. Make sure you opt for snacks that can be easily cleaned up. No crackers or chocolate chip cookies, or you'll be finding crumbs for weeks to come. Instead opt for bite size things like dry cereal, Plum Organics Puffs (Target has them for just $2.99), or pre-sliced fruit.

 As caring parents, we never want our children to be cold, so we tend to pile on the layers and crank up the heat. That's all well and good when it's cold outside, but your toddler can quickly get too hot. An overheated toddler is not only an angry toddler, but they're also in danger of getting dehydrated and facing heat illnesses. Make sure to buckle your toddler into their seat without their coat, but place a blanket over them. When they are warm, you better believe that they can and will shed that blanket so fast your head will spin!

They say that boredom is the mother of invention. Well, it's true for toddlers too, though you probably won't like what they come up with. Toddlers are easily bored and staring endlessly out a car or plane window is only going to cut it for so long. Go armed with books, games like ISpy, or sing-a-longs. One of my favorite things to do before a long trip is make a trip to the dollar store and buy several cheap new toys. They will probably be destroyed by the end of your trip, but a new toy can provide a much longer distraction than an old favorite.

What would you add? Are you planning on making any trips with your little ones soon?

2 in 1 Potette Plus Travel Potty Giveaway!



Who's ready to win one of two amazing 2 in 1 Potette Plus Travel Potty's? If you have a potty training toddler or are about to, look no further. The Potette Plus can be used at home, out on the town, even in potty emergencies where there is no bathroom nearby!

You can read my full review HERE.

This giveaway is sponsored by Kalencom. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. TWO winners will be selected. Winners must be 18 or older and living in the U.S. This giveaway will end on March 11, 2015 at midnight. Good luck to all!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Traveling Just Got Easier!

Portable cribs have been around for a while now. I've personally owned at least 4 of them, so you could say that I'm an "experienced user." The thing is, those suckers aren't light! They aren't usually all that easy to put together, either. Sometimes they have parts that need to be attached and in general, while they are certainly more versatile than a crib, they can still be a challenge. Also - basically the same with just minor add ons here and there.

Play yard, playpen, travel bed

Baby Björn recently released their version, the Travel Crib Light, and they sent me a sample to review. Of course, I was expecting the same standard size, weight, and bars that don't seem to want to lock into place. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I took it out of the box.

The Travel Crib Light is smaller than most other travel cribs, which is perfect for when you're on the go. It only weighs about 13 pounds, whereas others are a hefty 20, or even as much as 35! When you've already got luggage, who wants something else heavy to lug through an airport or into a hotel room?

Some people might think that because it's smaller that your baby wouldn't be able to move around enough, but my two year old fit very well and was all smiles for her first nap in it. The smaller size makes it easier to fit into tight spaces, which is especially convenient if you're going to be staying in a hotel - they aren't exactly known for being generous with extra space!  

The biggest difference between the Travel Crib Light and others, in my opinion is how it opens. Most others require you to pull up metal bars and "lock" them into place. It can be quite tedious! It's taken me up to ten tries to get it to work before. The Travel Crib Light simply unfolds and locks into place. The first time using it, I was able to set it up in less than a minute! That's record time and certainly not something I could have achieved with the others!

Of course, along with everything else that Baby Björn makes, the Travel Crib Light is safety rated to the highest standard. Flame retardant and JPMA certified, you won't have anything to worry about while on vacation.

You can find the Baby Björn Travel Crib Light at many local retailers, including Target, Amazon, and Baby's 'R Us. To keep up with all the great new products at Baby Björn, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

*I was sent a complementary sample to facilitate this review.

The Incredible Traveling Potty!

The universal law of the potty training toddler is that as soon as you are five minutes away from home, they will need to go, NOW! They wait until they are about to burst and then it's up to you, Mom and Dad, to get them to the potty or else. There. WILL. Be. Consequences. It can't be just any old potty, though, oh no!

toilet training image, potty training meme

As soon as your kid needs to go, they turn into Goldilocks. You can't have a potty that's too big, or too small, and God forbid if the potty is a different color! If you don't have a potty seat like the one they use at home or if the toilet has colored water in it, you might have lost the battle entirely. The answer then, is simple. From the start, use a potty that can travel.

I was sent the 2 in 1 Potette plus Travel Potty and Trainer Seat for review and I have to say that it's fantastic! I really wish I'd been able to find something like this when my first was potty training. We went on a lot of road trips and it would have been so helpful. Instead, we would make a mad dash for a gas station bathroom that was icky and dirty and so not where we would have chosen. Once, we made the mistake of stopping and trying to get him to go on the side of the road, when we were in the middle of nowhere. All that resulted in was a lot of tears and him wetting him pants about two seconds after buckling him back into his car seat!


I say that the Potette Plus is fantastic, because it is so versatile. Right now, I am loving that I can unfold the legs of the potty so that they are straight out and it will fit on the toilet, as a potty seat. It gives my two year old little girl enough room to balance so that she feels secure and is happy to sit on it all day long. (Seriously, sometimes we've waited for what seems like hours before she'll do anything.)

The second way to use the Potette Plus is to fold the legs down and click them into place, so that it is standing with the seat up off the ground. Then, you simply place a plastic liner that has an absorbant pad attached inside (there are grooves on the legs of the seat that hold the bag in place). Then, when the child has done their "duty" you can simply throw the bag away. No mess and no fuss!

toilet training,

Of course, after your child has been using the Potette, you won't want to put it in your diaper bag, right? Well, with the carrying bag that's included with the seat, you simply put the folded up seat in the bag, pull the drawstring, and you can carry it that way, or it's safe to put in your bag!

The Potette Plus is the only good way to travel with a potty training toddler. Whether you need to stop in the middle of nowhere or you are in a place your toddler refuses to go, you'll be glad you have this with you! You can pick up a Potette in many places, in several colors, including your local target!