Friday, August 21, 2015

6 piece Bakeware Set *Review*

Our son, Aden, turned 10 on August 19th.  Every year we make a cake for the kids birthdays. We went to Dollar Tree and he picked out what kind of cake he wanted. Thankfully I received my new bakeware set in the mail the day before, so I get to try them out.

It's a 6 piece bakeware set, heavy gauge and non stick.



It came with the following:
One 6 cup muffin pan (can also be used for cupcakes!)
One loaf pan (8.5" x 4.5) 
One cookie sheet (14.5" x 10", can also be used for biscuits!)
One round cake pan (8.5'')
One square pan (9'' x 9'')
One deep pie pan (9'') 

They are non-stick inside and out. It heats evenly without hot spots. This is a great set for people beginning to get into baking (like myself!). They are simple to use and very easy to clean! 

We proceeded to make a cake using the round cake pan.


We followed the step by step directions on the cake box. This particular cake came with 2 mixes, one red velvet and one blue velvet. I had an extra round cake pan to use. It was simple and not too complicated to make. 





We let the cake cool while we ran some errands. My husband came home and worked his magic, like he always does. He iced it with the Vanilla Marshmallow Icing. 




The extra cake you see in the corner was cut from the top of the cakes to make them more flat, so they fit well together. He used the extra cake leftover, put it in the blender and made blue and red crumbs which we used to top the cake with as well as the sides. 

It turned out great, the kids enjoyed eating it and of course there's leftovers! I definitely recommend this bakeware set. Great for beginners. I love that it's non-stick and really easy to clean!

You can find this bakeware set on Amazon.com:
HLC.ME Bakeware Set



*I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.*


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Silicone Baking Mat and Baking Cups *Review*

I found my new favorite kitchen item!

This is my first time using silicone baking cups and mats. I usually use the paper baking cups, just use them and throw them away. No more paper baking cups for me (unless I'm baking for school).

I definitely want more of these!

I made chocolate chip muffins AND apple cinnamon muffins this morning using the baking cups. I made chocolate chip cookies using the baking mat. It all turned out fantastic!









The muffins came out with so much ease! No part of the muffins left behind. Rinse them with warm water and wipe them clean. They are great for an occasion! Super fun and absolutely LOVE the colors. It makes kids want to bake more too! 











The cookies slid right off the mat. Warm water and wipe it down, all clean! Baking with these items are such a breeze and no huge mess to clean up either! 






















The ones I am using are from Heart of Home Kitchenware, bought through Amazon. It comes with 2 silicone baking mats, 12 silicone baking cups, an e-book full of recipes and even a storage box (what they come packaged in).

If you would like to purchase, here is where you can find them:
Silicone Baking Set


I received this product for a discounted price. All opinions are my own.


Monday, June 15, 2015

3D Robotics Solo Drone at Best Buy

Who is ready for a new way to take pictures and videos??

3D Robotics Solo Drone is what I'm talking about!




Best Buy is the destination for drones, including the new Solo™ by 3DR.  Now is the time to explore for Father’s Day.

Solo, the Smart Drone, arrived in over 400 Best Buy stores on June 8, just in time for Father’s Day. It’s the first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers, making capturing the perfect shot easy for anyone. The Solo retails for $999.

Solo can define its own flight, freeing users to focus on getting the shot. This intelligent drone is also the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.

Try out these Smart Shot Modes for the best quality pictures:

Cablecam: Lock Solo on virtual cable between any two points in space. Using only one stick on the controller, you can move the Solo up and down the cable. Solo can even memorize the first and last frames and pan the camera between them.



Orbit:  Solo can automatically circle a subject that you choose, keeping the camera pointed inward to capture an iconic wraparound shot. This seems like it would turn out an amazing picture.

Selfie: With just one touch, Solo will fly up and away, keeping the camera centered on you, so scenery around you expands in a dramatic aerial pullout shot.

Follow Me: You can go completely hands-free with Solo! It will follow you around, staying focused on you to capture your every move.


What makes it so smart you ask?

Solo runs two 1GHz computers, one in the drone itself and the other in the controller- connected via a very powerful dedicated WiFi signal.  Solo is also an all-in-one drone that offers live streaming of HD video from your GoPro directly to your mobile device! How cool is that!




The video game style design of the controller breaks from the clunky and complicated RC feel and keeping with the video game theme, the controller also has a pause button so you stop the Solo in mid-flight.

You can also download a full featured app for free to your iOS or Android mobile device. It lets you view live as well as a satellite view. 

Take a look at this great offer available right now:

- Get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Valid 6/7-7/11 at Best Buy.

 Disclaimer: Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035

For more information visit this link:
 www.bestbuy.com/site/home-promotions/3dr-solo/pcmcat382500050006.c?id=pcmcat382500050006&ref=201&loc=7


Head to Best Buy and pick up your own 3D Robotics Solo Drone and have some fun!









 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Best Buy Education- Technology for your School

                                                                      Best Buy
                                                   Your Education Technology Partner


Best Buy is here to help with all your school's technology needs!

Discover how the latest technology can transform your classroom.  Most young people today are growing up with technology and are using it in every aspect of their lives. School should be no exception. When children have the right devices suited to their needs, they can accomplish so much more!

With the right devices, students can:
  •  Read, research and take notes
  •  Learn at their own pace
  •  Prepare and edit assignments more efficiently
  •  Communicate and collaborate on projects with ease
  •  Master technology skills that prepare them for future educational endeavors and careers 





At Best Buy®, we believe every student should have access to technology. We offer a wide variety of tablets, laptops and chrome devices for classroom use. We have partnered with schools around the country to provide technology they need to succeed and we also offer on-site Geek Squad® training and support for students and faculty.


Our dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, we can provide the products, support and protection you need.




With the right tools, children can succeed and it makes them want to learn and do their classwork and homework. With Best Buy Education, they strive to provide the best for your school!

If you are in the area (Philadelphia) and will be attending ISTE Conference and Expo on June 28 – July 1, Best Buy Education will be in booth #2262.  Make sure you come by and check out the daily demonstrations being held throughout the conference.

For more information, visit the following website:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/best-buy-for-business/null/pcmcat356600050000.c?id=pcmcat356600050000&ref=201&loc=9 


 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

S'mores Pops Recipe

End of the school year is here and that means class parties and lots of baking!

I found a recipe I wanted to try on Pinterest..well lots! This is the only one that seemed quick and easy to make! It's also cute for kids!


S'mores Pops

Ingredients needed:

4 wooden craft sticks
4 extra large marshmallows
1 bottle (7.25 oz) of Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Flavored Topping
4 squares of graham crackers, crushed




I made for a class of 25 so you would need to get more of the listed items.

Step 1:

Insert stick into each marshmallow. Freeze for 15 minutes or until cold. *I froze them for about 15-20 minutes*
While they are freezing, pour topping on a small plate. Put crushed graham crackers in shallow bowl.






















Thank goodness for a standalone freezer! I made 2 tray fulls. I made extra to have for home as well.





























Step 2:

Roll the marshmallows in the topping until sides and top are covered.
Sprinkle cracker crumbs over chocolate. Place on metal baking pan *I put them in cupcake liners first so they don't freeze to the pan*
Freeze for 5 minutes and serve immediately. 



 






         I think they turned out really well. It was simple to make and didn't cost a lot either.





If you would like to make ahead, follow steps and chill until ready to serve.

Perfect for a class party, birthdays and even holidays! 


Recipe credit: Smucker's Pinterest page
https://www.pinterest.com/smuckersrecipes/

You can also find the recipe along with others on their website:
http://www.smuckers.com/recipes/smores-pops-6446

Friday, May 15, 2015

Best Buy For Education

                                                         Best Buy Education           
                                          Your Education Technology Partner


Best Buy Education, a direct-channel division of Best Buy®, makes it easier than ever to give students the technology they need to succeed. Our dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and of course your budget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, we can provide the products, support and protection you need. 

How Best Buy can help your school:

  • Dedicated Account Managers help you build the right solutions for your school
  • Single-source vendor for all your educational technology products and services
  • Pre and post-sales support including Geek Squad® Protection and training

They also have a Trade In & Trade Up Program. If you trade in 10 or more laptops, tablets or Chromebooks, you can get credit toward new technology for your school.

They are offering an exciting sweepstakes open to ALL Educators and Administrators. The sweepstakes is running through July 4, 2015 with a GRAND PRIZE of $25,000 in Best Buy credit!! As well as additional prizes of Gift Cards and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets with keyboards. 
This is an amazing opportunity to win the technology tools and services your students need to succeed.  With upgraded and advanced technology, kids can learn and put their mind to work creating the unimaginable!

Visit www.BestBuySweeps.com to enter for a chance to win and view official rules and all details.







For more information on Best Buy For Education:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/best-buy-for-business/null/pcmcat356600050000.c?id=pcmcat356600050000&ref=201&loc=9



 Go enter and GOOD LUCK!



 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Just Label It!


Just in time for Mother's Day weekend, Just Label It has launched a very special video with some celebrity power to drive home the message that MOMS are a very powerful part of all this--Protecting their babies from all the monsters in the world! 

GMOs have resulted in MILLIONS of pounds of Herbicides. It's something the World Health Organization has deemed a probable carcinogen, that's in our air and water creating such an intense public health danger that 60-100% of the rain samples in the Midwest are testing positive for glyhosate via the US Geological Survey. 

Glyphosate is Monsanto's Roundup, which is spayed on over 78% of GMO crops. It's literally raining carcinogenic herbicides because of the increase of GMOs. Please check out this video and consider becoming a supporter! 

Want to know more about Just Label It: http://www.justlabelit.org/ 
There you can find facts, more information about GMOs and donate if you wish. If you make a $25 donation you will receive a "GMO OMG" t-shirt. 

If you feel the same way and would like to become a supporter, please consider applying for the Just Label It #ConcealorReveal Campaign. You can do so here:
http://www.mamavation.com/2015/05/just-label-it-seeks-labeling-advocates-for-sponsored-campaign.html *taking applications until May 16th* 

The bloggers will be revealed at a Twitter Party on May 18 at 9pmEST. Feel free to RSVP and learn more about #ConcealorReveal:
http://www.mamavation.com/2015/05/concealorreveal-twitter-party-with-just-label-it-may-18th.html

Here's the page to sign the petition:
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50202/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16457