Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Organic Face Quad Review

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**I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
I tried really hard to appeal to all Mother's in my Mother's Day Gift Guide!
Organic Face quad eyeshadow is great for all those beauty gurus in your life! I love the idea of natural ingredients being used on my face.
 These are a nice creamy texture with nice pigment. I was very impressed they could off as almost a light cream texture and rub into your skin as a powder shadow. They last all day long which is really nice. I have sported these colors both wet/dry applications and have been happy with the result!
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wine & Cheese Night #StreamTeam

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**I received a free Subscription to Netflix,to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Well, it is April and STILL snowing here in Western New York. Not a huge shocker to us although enough already! I decided to spice up a dinner with friends and host a Wine & Cheese night. After which we would marathon some of the new arrivals on Netflix! I mean what else are we to do with temperatures in the Negatives still?? Eat, Drink and be merry in PJs on the couch of course! Here are some ideas, recipes, inspiration for you to host a dinner party!!
 Every casual dinner starts with little plates of yummy goodness! I started off with different cheeses pair with crackers, breads or fruits to encourage our friends to try them out. We have a  very large cheese selection at our local Wegmans so this was fun to go crazy on different cheeses.
 I also created some fun recipes for dinner. Steak Ka-bobs. You can check it out here. We decided to just enjoy a bunch of finger foods!!
 This is the whole dinner spread. I thought there was not enough food but after consuming it WOWZA cheese is filling! 
Dessert, my personal favorite art, was Cranberry Whipped Gouda Puffs. They are a creamy decadence of cheese, fruit and pastry! After dinner and a few glasses of wine, some Hiccups, we all retired to the comfy couches! If your weather is awful outside, spice up dinner, on the inside. It is so nice to have fellowship with other families or couples. I really enjoy the time and it strengthens our bonds. I hope this gave you some inspiration to host your own Wine & Cheese Party! #streamteam.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wild Blueberries Smoothie Recipe

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 **I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Wild Blueberries Smoothie Recipe
What you will need:
 Wild Blueberries ( this is the brand I used)
Apple
Frozen strawberries or any fruit you prefer
Ice cubes
2-3 cups of water ( We used SILK Cashew milk)
1/2 Lemon
3-4 tbs honey for sweetness
 Place the fruits, honey, water and lemon into a blender. 
 I like to add the Ice cubes last to help cool the mixture as it blends.
Blend until everything is consistent with a smoothie texture.
Serve & Enjoy!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Golden Girl Granola Review

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I was sent these lovely bags of Golden Girl Granola a few weeks ago to try out with my family. We love natural, simply but tasty food so I was rather excited about this! I choose flavors I though my family would enjoy and I was NOT disappointed. They use raw wildflower honey and New England Syrups!
Each bag has about 4 grams of sugar which is great for my son's strict diet. They can be eaten alone as a snack or whipped up in some recipes. I have a few but I will share two of our weekly favorites!! When they first arrive Mac wanted some fresh granola bars for his lunches. Homemade Granola Bars Recipe, HERE.
I made a  Pastry Puff for our Wine & Cheese party! This is a great treat for any occasion and it is easy to make! Check out the recipe HERE.
What we liked: Flavors are a great combination for my families taste buds! Larger packaging bags which gets you more "bang for your buck"!
What Could be Improved: I have no critiques of these granola bags because we enjoyed them immensely.
Overall Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars!!
These can be found at Fairway Markets!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rainforest Cafe Niagara Falls, Canada

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**I received a free dinner to facilitate a review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 
We spent some time on Spring Break in Canada a few weeks ago. We stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls which is conveniently located across from the Falls. After settling in and enjoying the Fallsview Waterpark all day we decided to have dinner at the Rainforest Cafe on Clifton Hill.
Mac was excited because he loves animals of all kind!!
In the Rainforest Cafe they strive to help educate the public and area schools about the world's rainforests, threatened and endangered species, and conservation efforts to protect the planet's fragile ecosystems. When entering the restaurant we saw the a Shark named Smiley!
After getting acquainted with our tour guide we ordered some fun beverages with souvenir glasses!
I was VERY impressed by the size and quantity of items listed. This kids drink for example came with not only a take home cup but also a hidden toy on the bottom!!
Usually I order the appetizers because the portion sizes are so large.
I decided to live on the edge and ordered a steak sandwich this trip! 
Not a bad cut of meat on a nice crispy roll.
We had a lovely dinner experience whilst here and even enjoyed a Rainforest storm!! We also had the pleasure of sitting next to another family. It was enjoyable to see m son and their children enjoy the restaurants fun moving features.
I had promised my son a VOLCANO for this trip!!
Can you tell he was excited??
It is the perfect treat for a nice evening out with the family.
Brownies outside of ice cream topped with whip cream. Carmel and chocolate drizzle inserted with a sparkler for flare, YUM!
What we enjoyed: Inviting atmosphere of the Rainforest!! Friendly Staff edger to assist and create an enjoyable experience. Bathrooms have children amenities to help aid in easy bathroom trips. The entire pace is very well cleaned and taken care of. Food, entertainment & desserts are AWESOME!!
What could be Improved: I wish our stay was longer and we had one located near us!!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cranberry Whipped Gouda Puff Recipe

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Cranberry Whipped Gouda Puff Recipe
What you will need:
2 tbs honey
1 tbs granola
4 tbs Gouda Cheese
1/2 package of Puff Pastry
1 Cream Cheese bar
1/2 cup jelly ( I used a triple fruit jam) 
 Thaw one half of a pastry. 
I folded out the pastry and slice it into squares.
Mix jelly, cream cheese and Gorgonzola cheese to a whipped consistency.
Spoon the mixture into the square pastry and fold two sides. I added them onto a cookie sheet without any stick spray. The pastry puff comes per-floured.
Bake until golden brown.
Drip honey and granola on top of the puffs.
Serve Warm & Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Canada

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**I received free tickets to facilitate a review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
 The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark was the first stop on our Canada Spring Break visit. If you are traveling from New York state, I suggest taking the Rainbow Bridge over to Canada. It has less traffic and the Park is located directly across from the Niagara Falls. It is interconnected with three hotels including the Sheraton at the falls where we stayed! Check out my review of the hotel here.
It has:
* Three Acres of Indoor Family Fun!
 *1,000 gallon tipping bucket
 *16 Thrilling Water slides
 *Indoor tidal Wave pool
 *Jungle Beach (dry) play-land
We came to the park at 2pm and then again the next morning around 10:30am. They were busy but we didn't have to wait in lines to get in or get a life vest for Mac. When you first go in I suggest grabbing a few beach chairs because the park does get busy with guests!
We also brought along some swimming goggles for him. It was loud in the Park but nothing to crazy. Everything was clean, easy to get to and fun!
Mac enjoyed the large dump buckets in the Tidal wave pool. 
They have tubes for you to use or shower like features.
He also enjoyed this turning water feature pictured above. If I could have brought it home and put it in our backyard I think he would be in pure heaven!
There is a small baby-toddler area then the water bucket area and larger water slides. We stayed in the bucket area because they fit his height.
What we liked: Open area where you can see your children easily. Nice attractions for all ages to have fun. They offer life vests, easy accessibility to bathrooms and changing areas. Friendly staff and clean facility!
What could be Improved: We had to use the same water park wrist bands for the next day. They were a bit tedious to walk around with all day and night I would maybe use a different technique for those who bought daily passes.
Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars

Monday, April 13, 2015

Steak Kabobs Recipe

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 Steak Kabobs Recipe
What you will need:
 Vegetables diced, your preference ( I use peppers, onions, mushrooms)
Steak diced into cubes
 marinade ( I used Jamaican jerk, splash of Pepsi & Soy sauce)
 Marinade the steak for about an hour before you cook them.
 Place on skewers and grill until cooked to your liking (I love my steak rare)
 You can pair them with several dishes or dinners!!
They are a great Spring & Summer fun food to have. I like to get creative with them and add different things or try new marinades!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Little House on the Prairie Review

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As a kid I grew up with the Little House on the Prairie series and Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was something my Mom and I enjoyed together. First watching the shows and then as I got older reading the books. I immediately opened them and start watching the series!!
Everything about this lovely family appeals to us. The simplistic lifestyle, family values and morals. I think at times when watching this I was born in the wrong Era. After watching the first episodes again I was impressed by the quality. I cannot wait to share these with my kids just like my Mom did with me. They are offering a giveaway in honor of the new Website!!
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sheraton On the Falls, Canada

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**I received a free stay to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Took at trip for Spring Break to the Canadian side of the Falls. This time we decided to try a new hotel and stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls. When entering over the Rainbow Bridge from New York you can immediately see the fabulous hotel. It is simply stunning in elegance with all the tinted windows reflecting sunshine up to the skyline.
After checking in we traveled up to the 14th floor via the White door elevators.
Since we had never stayed in a Sheraton before it was a bit exciting to see what our room was going to look like.
Luxury was not spared as you enter a room with clean, spa like amenities. Padded head boards, down comforters and sleep worthy pillows.
Moving towards the window was a nice living room area including a fireplace. Since it was winter like weather this was a nice touch to make the room cozy.
Hands down best part of this suite, the VIEW. They surprised us with a Falls view that was amazing all hours of the day! Sunrise to sunset this was entertaining and relaxing to just watch the water fall. My five year old was so excited by the view he constantly looked out the windows during our stay.
They offer room service which we needed to experience! I ordered the Canadian breakfast. The staff was friendly, poured my coffee and set up a breakfast picture above. It included:
 eggs, toast, hash browns, bacon, fruit, muffins and coffee. 
This was a nice portion at a good affordable price $14.
Since I was here to review the facility I wanted to try out several of the different amenities. We headed to the 14th floor indoor pool area. This also included a capturing view of the Falls and Clifton Hill.
They provide towels and it is only around 3.5 feet deep. During our stay it was on the cold side so we just splashed our feet and took in the view.
What we enjoyed: Free TV, International & local calls, Free Computer usage a Starbucks coffee shop located on premises. We LOVED the Falls view and would splurge to enjoy that again! Clean, luxurious, high end finishes and touches throughout. They also offer a Starwood preferred rewards membership!
What could be Improved (I always try to include some productive criticism): This Hotel was amazing! Perhaps a Nick Jr channel for younger viewers who are to young for Cartoon Network shows. The indoor pool was on the cold side whilst we were visiting.
Overall Rating: 4.9 out of 5 Stars!