Sleep Soundly CD: Guitar Music for Insomnia REVIEW

Having a toddler who loves to get up at all hours a night I love this CD. The first night I sat in my rocking chair with my daughter and nursed her back to sleep. I found myself sitting and just listening to the music. It has this whole body relaxing thing it does. The calming music allowed my mind to drift off to a still quiet place. My mind stopped racing. I stopping thinking about what went wrong that day. I stopping making my mental "to-do-list" and was able to just drift off to sleep in full body quietness. As a mom something is always on your mind. This cd helps to quiet that and helps you get a good quality nights sleep. I recommend this CD to anyone who just needs some calm in their life.

*I received this CD in exchange for my 100% honest opinion *

Here's what the company says about their CD:

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP?Do you lie in bed for hours with your thoughts racing? The music on this CD will help.

Ryan Judd, a board-certified music therapist with a master's degree in psychology, has developed this music specifically to help bring you into a deep, restful sleep.

These instrumental guitar compositions are based on the most recent research that shows the positive effects of music on insomnia.

Studies published in respected medical journals have shown that music can help in improving sleep quality of patients with sleep disorders.

This evidence-based music program for insomnia will help you relax, calm your mind, fall asleep and stay asleep.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas !!!

Love Kennady and Inza

Gluten Free taco cups

I'm always on the look out for quick and easy allergy friendly meals for Kennady and I. These taco cups are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and wheat free.  

Here's what you'll need

Gluten free corn tortillas: I use the Mission Brand corn tortillas Mission Gluten Free Tortillas

Ground Beef: I use the one that has the lowest amount of fat since it's for my toddler. 

Dairy Free Cheese:  I use Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds Daiya Cheese

Lettuce:  I used regular ole iceberg lettuce

Tomatoes:  I used Roma Tomatoes since my daughter loves them. 

Cup Cake tin

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:  Pre heat over to 350 degrees. On stove top brown ground beef with salt and pepper, Drain grease when finished. Cut tortillas into smaller circles. I used a cup to measure the circles. They should be about 2  inches in diameter. Push small tortilla circles into cupcake tins making small tortilla cups*. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove cups from oven. Chop lettuce and tomatoes into small pieces. Fill cups with ground beef , cheddar shreds, lettuce and tomatoes.  Serve and eat! 

It really is that simple.My daughter loved these because they are the perfect size for her little hands.

* Heat tortillas in microwave for 15 seconds to avoid cracking when putting them into the cupcake tins. 

Elegana 10 Pieces Premium Kitchen Ceramic Knives REVIEW!!

This is my very first set of ceramic knives. These knives are made of high quality materials. I cook 3 meals a day for my toddler. With toddlers of course everything has to be cut into smaller pieces so I use my knives a lot. These for me seem to work even better than my "normal" knives. They are not full "chef's quality" but they are very high quality for everyday home kitchen use. The handles are curved so they fit comfortably in your hands. I have smaller hands so it's harder to find knives that feel like they "fit well" in my hands. The curve on these knives made it very easy for me to use and get a nice safe grip on. The blades are sleek and sturdy. Overall a really great set of knives.

*I received this set of knives in exchange for my 100% honest opinion *

Here's what the company has to say about their product:

  • #1 QUALITY CERAMICS: - Up to 2x sharper than steel - Guarantees a tougher and more durable blade! Make ultra-thin slicing, dicing and gliding through food effortlessly.
  • ELEGANT & STYLISH: Expertly crafted blade polished to a remarkable shinny mirror finish. Add a touch of classiness and finesse in your kitchen with these elegant premium set.
  • SAFE: Germ resistant, BPA free, nonporous, odour free blades and NEVER rust! Stores safely in beautifully made protective blade covers.
  • VALUE: 10 piece ceramic knife set includes 4 white mirror finish ceramic knives, 1 multi-purpose ceramic peeler, color-coded protective sheaths, polishing microfiber cleaning cloth and premium gift box.
  • GIFT READY: Elegana provides perfect gift ideas. We stand behind our knives with a 100% SATISFACTION!

Aleratec Universal 4 Tablet Charging Organizer REVIEW

I received this tablet stand from Aleratec and it's nice. It's made with your standard plastic. It's a bit on the thin side but still sturdy. I was able to put mine and my daughter's tablets in it and it worked just fine on my small desk. When I removed the smaller android tablet it did tip over with just the Ipad in it since the Ipad was in the very last slot. It's easy to "setup" and simple to use. Overall a great product.

* I received this product in exchange for my 100% honest opinion *

Here's what the company has to say about their product: 

  • Stored and organized up to 4 tablets
  • The perfect place to hold tablets while charging and syncing
  • Fits neatly on desktop, countertops, and night stands
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Compatible with most tablets (tablet must be at least 165.1 mm / 6.5 inches long)

Keep your tablets organized with this lightweight and portable tablet stand that neatly holds up to four tablets. An ideal organizational tools for the home or office, this tablet stand can be used while charging or syncing or to keep multiple tablets in one, manageable location. Spacious compartments leave plenty of room for protective cases and it supports most tablet models including iPad, iPad Mini, Nexus 7, Kindle, Samsung Galaxy series and more. Features • Stored and organized up to 4 tablets • The perfect place to hold tablets while charging and syncing • Fits neatly on desktop, countertops, and night stands • Perfect for the home or office • Lightweight and portable • Purchase several to create your own personal tablet station for 8, 12 or even more devices. • Compatible with most tablets (tablet must be at least 165.1 mm / 6.5 inches long)

Spark and Bee Premium Baby Stroller Organizer REVIEW

I am kind of a stroller addict and have had many stroller organizers. This is one of the top ones I've ever used. It fits perfectly on my Bugaboo Bee , Bugaboo Cam, Graco and Mamas and Papas strollers. It truly is universal. The bottle holders securely hold my daughter's sippy cup and my Oggi water bottle. I like the extra wide velcro so you ca attach it to many different strollers with many different size handle bars. Overall a very well made product.

*I received this product in exchange for my 100% honest opinion *

Here's what the company has to say about their product:

  • ★ CUSTOM DESIGNED WITH CARE AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL! - The Spark and Bee Stroller Organizer is designed with you in mind. We know that every parent's needs are different which is why we added the most FLEXIBILITY and CONVENIENCE to our design from the XL Insulated Cup Holders designed to prevent spills to the extra zippered pockets to keep your keys and other valuables securely in place. We even made sure you had extra room for those larger items like diapers, baby wipes and snacks!
  • ★ UNIVERSAL FIT THAT IS IDEAL FOR BUSY PARENTS ON THE GO! - You can use this with your stroller whether it is BRITAX, BABY JOGGER, GRACO, CHICCO, or another popular brand while the extra pockets and COLLAPSIBLE design will make your walks enjoyable and so much simpler. Stop fumbling for your keys, diapers or your phone and keep these items efficiently within arms reach.
  • ★ ALL THE SECURE STORAGE YOU NEED! - The spacious and durable design has storage for your XL cups, baby bottles, wallet, keys, baby wipes, snacks, baby wipes, diapers, pacifiers, cell phone, and much more! Keep your valuables out of sight and securely within easy reach!
  • ★ THE HIGH QUALITY YOU WANT AT A BUDGET FRIENDLY PRICE! - We've taken care to use HIGH QUALITY materials combined with a custom design and that extra dose of care from our team to make this stroller organizer a great gift whether for yourself or a new parent. The STURDY design and SECURE storage options will be appreciated on your daily outings.
  • ★ 100% LIFETIME NO HASSLE WORRY FREE GUARANTEE! - We are sure you're going to love this stroller organizer and we are willing to do what it takes to make sure you are satisfied! If you're not satisfied then we're not either! We GUARANTEE we will do what ever it takes to make sure you are happy! Order now with complete peace of mind!

Small Business Saturday!

I always love supporting small businesses. Heck I AM a small business. So a couple weeks ago on Small Business Saturday I took the princess to do some shopping at one of the local events. Oh It was awesome. I wish I had gotten more pictures but we were enjoying ourselves so much that I totally forgot to pull out my phone until we sat down to have lunch. There was a booth for a local Mexican Restaurant. I love Mexican food but can't eat it too much anymore since I'm still nursing and the princess has so many allergies. Well this place offered not only gluten free (100% corn tortillas) but they offered vegan options. I was able to get the princess her very own taco. She loved it. Again I wish I would have taken pictures but we were stuffing our faces so fast I forgot I even HAD a phone somewhere. After we ate we went and saw Elsa at the cupcake shop. Kennady got a gluten free vegan cupcake and Elsa sang to/with her. It was a fun time had by all. I took pictures of that but other people's kids were there too and I'm pretty anti posting pictures of other people's kids without permission. Oh and she got to make a craft. A little green foam mitten. She promptly shoved it in her mouth. I DID take pictures of that lol  After Santa , Elsa and lunch we headed to the playground in the middle of the mall. It was a fun mommy and me kind of day.

*Side note*  Santa remembered us from last year. He said oh wow she couldn't walk last year (ok good guess she's not even 2 yet but ok dude). Then he says you were at the (insert mall name last time) (ok so he was right). Then he told me the exact event we were at last year when we got the pictures taken. ok So maybe Santa does know all lol


Feeding my kid isn't cheap!

As many of you know my 21 month old has a number of allergies which makes feeding her quite the task. Thankfully I love to cook so I guess it's a bit easier for me. Or at least that's what moms at the allergist's office say. Over the last 21 months , actually over the last three years  I've learned a ton about saving money, couponing and product testing. Had you asked me 5 years ago would I be a couponing mama I would have said you're crazy. NOW? I kind of need to be or I'd go broke. Kennady has to have everything gluten free, dairy free , egg white free, nut free, chicken free, turkey free and oat free. So shopping for her is an act of creativity at best. People always ask how I get free products and great coupons and the simple answer is I ask. Every company now days has a web site and on their website there is a "contact us" button somewhere. Click the button , tell them your story and wait for a reply. Many times companies will offer to either mail you or email you a few coupons. Sometimes I even get doubly blessed and get coupons for totally free items. I do wish there were more coupons for fresh fruits and veggies. I found we have a really great farmers market so I have started shopping there. There is also a local farm that is open during certain seasons and almost everything is $1 a pound or under. You get to pick everything yourself. So that's pretty awesome. I'm going to start posting more about food and savings tactics.

How to spend $30 at Whole Foods

My freebie haul from a local mom and gluten free expo

A typical snack for my princess. 

The princess' favorite pizza

The best egg replacers I've found so far

The princess eats tofu at least once a day


YES I am THAT mom and NO I don't care

I know screen time for kids under a certain age is oh so controversial for a lot of people. It's not in my house. Today I was getting my nails done (as I do every two weeks ) and Kennady who is normally the best behaved child felt the need to act like a toddler while we were there. I've never had an issue taking her to the nail place with me. It's well ventilated and I always have her stroller fan blowing to keep anything away from her. The place only has three walls. The front is all open. I say all this because I know people will freak out about taking a toddler to the nail place because of fumes. So anyway Kennady was in her stroller acting like a toddler. I pulled out her Android phone , her Verizon JetPack and hanging bear phone holder. I set everything up for her to watch her Baby Einstein videos, gave her her favorite juice cup  , a Baby Mum Mum and she was the happiest kid ever. Now I know some people don't agree with this and would "never" allow a screen to entertain their child. Fine that's you and YAY YOU! That's not me. I try to be considerate of others. No one is paying to sit there and listen to my child scream. Hell I'm not paying to sit there and listen to my toddler scream and I LOVE her. After her video started she sat there giggling like the sweetest angel until my nails were done and then we went shopping for a Christmas dress.

I personally see nothing wrong with parents who use electronics to entertain their kids especially when they are out and about. Kennady is normally the best kid ever when we're out but even the best kid can have an off day. Why not allow them to be entertained and NOT disturb others around them? As parents I think we forget that not everyone wants to deal with OUR child(ren) and I'm a believer that they shouldn't have to. If it gets really bad of course I will get up and leave but if I can find a way to get my nails done or have dinner out without my princess screaming like someone lit her on fire AND it only involves a $9.99 android phone....yep I'm all over it. For your sake and mine. You should really thank me. I could just let her scream and ignore her like I've seen many a parent do. Now I'm not saying use the screen all the time but sometimes isn't going to kill them.

*The Kennady anti meltdown kit*

Bear Phone Holder: $0.99
Coolpad Android phone : $9.99
Verizon Jetpack: Free with two year contract
TROND® Atom Portable Charger: Free for review
Sitting like a big girl while I get my nails done: Priceless!