Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino & A Keurig 2.0 Review

Over the weekend I made a new festive Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino while playing around with the new Keurig 2.0 K500.  As a Walmart mom I had the opportunity to review the new Keurig machine and share my results with you. Stay tuned at the end of this post where I will be sharing the recipe for yummy pumpkin inspired frappuccino. 

Are you a huge coffee lover? If you are then I'm pretty sure you've heard all the hype about the new Keurig 2.0 that brews not only a single size cup of coffee, but also brews up to a 5 cup carafe. This immediately peaked my curiosity when I first heard about it. My husband and I both love our coffee and we currently own the Keurig Elite Model.

We have been really happy with our current model, so I wasn't sure if changing over to the new Keurig 2.0 was a good option or not. Well, r
ecently I had the chance to check out the new 2.0 model and share my thoughts with everyone.  Will it stand up to all the hype?  

Lets find out. I can say right out of the box the new model is a lot sleeker and fancier than our current model. I love the new digital touch screen display, the larger detachable (80 oz) water tank, and it's really simple to set up and operate.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Dirt Cake {Easy Halloween Party Ideas}

October is here which means it's time to start thinking about all things spooky and fun! Since having kids I try to be as creative as possible when it comes to holidays. We love Halloween, so I always plan something fun for the kids.

Every year we celebrate with a family party to kick off the night. Dinner is always a Halloween themed meal with festive tableware, and a fun dessert to end the night. It can be a pizza in the shape of a Jack O Lantern, Mummy Hot Dogs, English Muffin Mummy Pizza's or even a big pot of Pumpkin Chili.  

If you're looking for a fun Halloween themed dessert try this kid and adult friendly Halloween Dirt Cake. This dirt cake is a bit different than a classic dirt cake. I like to add a cake bottom, a creamy pudding and cool whip center, and finish it off with a crushed Oreo cookie topping. 

You can decorate your dirt cake with any festive cookie and candies of your choosing. Since the crushed Oreo cookies resemble dirt a Graveyard Cake is always a fun option. I chose to go with just a basic Halloween theme and used a variety of candies and cookies.  I found everything from the tableware, cake ingredients, and fun candy decorations at my local Walmart.

New Scarlet Threads Fall Apron {Giveaway is Closed}

Have you heard of Scarlet Threads? Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique empowering woman through employment. They are a small social enterprise with a big heart. Scarlet Threads specializes in unique product designed and produced by talented seamstresses in rural Asia and in Midland Texas.

All Scarlet Thread products are fairly traded and created in compliance with their core vision and values. When you purchase a Scarlet Threads apron or other hand-crafted product, you become part of their story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work. Click here to read more about their story.

I found out about Scarlet Threads about 4 years ago from a fellow blogger. I instantly fell in love with their product and their mission. I especially loved their aprons, so I saved up some money and purchased my first apron (pictured below). When the apron arrived in my mailbox I could see ll the beauty, detail, and hard work that was put into the making of my apron.

I collect several aprons, but all my Scarlet Thread aprons truly are unique and beautiful. I love that part of the proceeds from product sales go to help woman, mothers, and families in need. The opportunities that ST gives to these woman truly is amazing.

I'm so in love with Scarlet Threads and their products that I signed on to be an affiliate in their program. I get 5% of each product sale, but more importantly any money that I earn in sales will be put back into Scarlet Threads through future purchases.  

You too can be a part of their ST vision by purchasing one of their beautiful products or aprons. Right now Scarlet Threads has extended their Thrifty Thursday sale on their Harper apron for just $14.00! I placed my order yesterday and purchased one with a coral trim. I can't wait to add it to my apron collection! Take it from me you won't be disappointed in any of your apron purchases.