Month: October 2017

Modern Fun For The Holidays With Kid Made Modern

If you’ve followed my blog for a little while, I’m sure Kid Made Modern is a name you’ll remember.  My kids had the pleasure of trying out some fabulous KMM products earlier this year, and they absolutely loved how fun the products were while also allowing them to express themselves in their own fun way.  Sometimes inspiration and creativity is hard to come by for kids, but Kid Made Modern products will inspire your kids to find and enjoy creativity everywhere they go!  Many of the KMM kits are portable and easy to take anywhere so your little ones can create wherever creativity and inspiration strike!  There are a few new products from KMM coming out so when my kids and I got the chance to get our hands on them we were thrilled to be able to try them out.

Animal Menagerie, On-The-Go Make A Face Kit, and Rock Star Jewelry Kit are just a few of the fun new products coming out, and my kids and I were thrilled to be able to take a peek at them!

The all new Kid Made Modern On-The-Go Make A Face Kit was TONS of fun!  This super cute kit allows your little one to create their own colorful cast of characters using the hundreds of felt pieces and googly eyes included in this easy-to-carry bag.  Whether your little one chooses to make cuddly characters or brutish beasts (or even a living booger like my daughter), the control is totally in your little one’s hands.

This kit includes:

  • 12 printed die-cut felt sticker sheets
  • 78 googly eyes
  • 1 printed zip-top canvas bag

This kit has been a lifesaver on the long drive to town for groceries (we live in a rural area and the store is a half-hour drive away) and has come in handy a few times already.  There are a few other On-The-Go kits from Kid Made Modern and we will be adding them to our KMM collection in the near future!

If you have a little one who likes to make jewelry, then the new Kid Made Modern Rock Star Jewelry Making Kit will make the perfect gift for any occasion!  This kit if full of beautiful nature-inspired baubles that you can put together in endless combinations to create show-stopping bracelets and necklaces.  The beads are inspired by crystals, gems and rocks. All of them can be organized and stored in the handy carrying case which lets you take your supplies on the go.  My daughter has made a few fabulous necklaces with this kit and she loves the stone feel to the pieces.

This kit includes:

  • 171 assorted beads
  • 1 hemp cord
  • Instructions to help guide you
  • Carrying case with handle

All the pieces your little one needs to create custom jewelry pieces are in one convenient kit, how cool is that?

Last but not least, we also received the new Kid Made Modern Animal Menagerie Kit and this was a super fun way for brother and sister to work together to make one single finished product together.  I love how they each got to express their own creativity while making one piece that represents them both and looks super cool!  You color the wooden pieces individually so you an lay them flat, then assemble them into a cool piece that both functions as an expression of art and a super cool addition to any bedroom’s decor.

This kit includes:

  • 14 laser-cut wooden pieces
  • 20 colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpener

I think the best part about this kit wasn’t how much fun my kiddos had, it was the ability this kit had to bridge the age gap between my kiddos (12 and 6 years old) long enough so that they could work together and see that it’s a possibility to do so without them both killing over from boredom.


This holiday season, no matter what you (or Santa) bring for the kiddos try out from Kid Made Modern, you really can’t go wrong!  Tons of fun with tons of options for endless creation and fun.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Move To The Beat Of Your Own Tune with SoundMoovz by Cra-Z-Art

If you haven’t heard of SoundMoovz yet, they are probably one of the greatest inventions that I’ve EVER come across!  SoundMoovz is the revolutionary motion-activated instrumental device that allows you to play sounds with movements.  You can create sounds by moving, and dance along at the same time.  It is a completely new performance sensation, changing the way you interact with music, while having fun.

Once you receive your SoundMoovz, it’s not long before you can get going and start having some fun!  The app you’ll need is easily available (and free), so there’s no extra cost to enjoy all the sweet fun SoundMoovz offers.  In the app you’ll find over 400 sounds that range from robots and drums to melodic sounds like the “sunrise” category.  Each SoundMoovz package comes with two special bands that users wear to enable the device.  These super cool musical bands can also be connected to a speaker for a bigger sound.

My daughter had an absolute BLAST learning how to use these SoundMoovz musical bands.  Judging from how easy it was for my 6 year old daughter to pick up, I’m willing to bet that anyone, no matter how young or old, will enjoy moving through life to the beat of their own tune.  SoundMoovz is currently available in pink, blue, and black so there’s bound to be a set of bands that’s just perfect for whoever’s the lucky recipient of such a fabulous gift.  With Christmas just around the corner I can’ think of a better time to stock up on a few packages of SoundMoovz!

These bands each come with their own CR2032 button battery so I was a little worried about how the battery life would be.  It’s not that the batteries are expensive, I can usually buy a 5 pack of the CR2032 batteries online for just a few bucks, but if I had to replace them after every use it just wasn’t going to be worth it for me.  I am super pleasantly surprised that over the week my daughter has been using them (and it’s been A LOT) I haven’t had to replace the batteries even once!

Check out this short clip of my daughter learning how to use SoundMoovz, you’ll see how quickly she picked up on moving like a robot when we switched to the robotic sounds:


If you have a music-lover in your life, I really can’t think of a better gift this holiday season than their own set of SoundMoovz.  Throw in a few extra batteries for a stocking stuffer and you’ve got a gift that will give all year long.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

4 Last-Minute DIY Hoverboard Halloween Costumes


GOTRAX, the new Denver-based brand of hoverboards and electric rideables on a mission to boost imaginations and the possibility for personal transportation, has released a list of last-minute DIY Halloween costumes that are sure to be out of this world when paired with its line of HOVERFLY hoverboards.  The children’s costume ideas, inspired by some of cinema’s most classic characters past and present, are designed to be affordable and easy to put together for any family. The addition of a hoverboard like the GOTRAX HOVERFLY or HOVERFLY PLUS will enhance the impact and “wow” factor by bringing each character to life.

Make Halloween preparation a fun activity for the whole family. Start with a couple of movie marathon nights to get inspiration for your costumes and to help get you into character. Then set aside a night for crafting your homemade Halloween costumes together.

GOTRAX is making it easier than ever to create last-minute DIY Halloween costumes with ready-to-print downloadable shopping lists and how-tos with step-by-step instructions and tips.

Check out these 4 spooktacular movie-inspired costume ideas:


A hero can be anyone… even you! It’s not who Batman is underneath but what he does that defines him as a hero.  Your DIY Batman-inspired costume will rise above the rest when you come gliding in disguised as a dark knight on your black GOTRAX HOVERFLY Hoverboard.

With help from his trusted butler Alfred and Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon, Batman studied and trained to achieve unparalleled intellectual and physical prowess. As the ultimate vigilante, Batman must sometimes break the law himself to outthink and outperform evildoers and stop them in their tracks.

Be vengeance. Be the night. Be a Batman-inspired vigilante hero this Halloween. GOTRAX is making it easy to create a last-minute Batman-inspired DIY costume with our how-to complete with a downloadable and print-ready shopping list and step-by-step instructions and tips.

The training is nothing. The will is everything. Be the hero your city deserves! With your Batman-inspired DIY costume and your Nebula Black GOTRAX HOVERFLY Hoverboard, evil doesn’t stand a chance.

Gotham City’s protector of justice and fighter of crime, Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne. Fueled by a desire to avenge his parents and protect innocent people from harm, Bruce Wayne designed his Batman persona to strike fear into the hearts of criminals.


Make way for Moana! This passionate island princess was chosen by the ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti and save her Polynesian people in the mystical 2016 Disney movie. Your Moana-inspired DIY costume will be the best at the Halloween ball as you cruise on your bright blue GOTRAX HOVERFLY PLUS Hoverboard like you’re sailing across the sea.

The ultimate ocean explorer, Moana always knows the way to go. In your Moana-inspired costume complete with a HOVERFLY, you’ll know just where to hoverboard past the tricks to get more treats this year.

Aboard your Neptune Blue HOVERFLY PLUS Hoverboard, you can set out to find a lost magical fishhook, conquer the crabbiest of crustaceans, escape coconut-armored pirates, and take out a Te Kā-like lava monster. You can restore the mystical heart stone to its rightful ocean goddess owner and rid the island of darkness.

Even more, you can do all of this while collecting the most candy and winning a costume contest.

Embrace the island spirit this Halloween by creating your very own Moana-inspired island princess costume at home with just a few materials and no sewing required.

GOTRAX is making it easy to create a last-minute Moana-inspired DIY costume in no time with our handy how-to complete with a downloadable and print-ready shopping list and step-by-step instructions and tips.

The ocean is calling, and the people of island Motunui need you.

With your Moana-inspired Halloween costume and your Neptune Blue GOTRAX HOVERFLY PLUS hoverboard, there’s just no telling “how far you’ll go!” GO-GO-GOTRAX!


Crush the rebel uprising and conquer the galaxy in this DIY Darth Vader-inspired costume. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side and emerged as the Sith Lord Darth Vader.

The character quickly became a cultural icon after the original Star Wars film came out in 1977. Vader’s continuing popularity means that costumes like his are always a big hit on Halloween.

Embrace the dark side and feel the power of the Force when you step on your Mars Red GOTRAX HOVERFLY PLUS Hoverboard while donning a homemade Vader-inspired costume.

Command a fleet of starfighters and space troopers as you cruise through your trick-or-treating on a space-age hoverboard that’s sure to make you the highlight of every party you attend. Then hit the hyperdrive and cosmic glide past rebel ships while lighting up the night with cosmic colors and lunar-bright LEDs.

GOTRAX is making it easy to create a last-minute Darth Vader-inspired DIY costume in no time with our handy how-to guide with a downloadable and print-ready shopping list, step-by-step instructions, and tips.


As the princess of a powerful tribe of the Amazons, Wonder Woman commands respect wherever she goes.

From the moment she first appeared in the pages of a comic book, Wonder Woman has fought in the name of truth and love against the forces of evil. This year, the character leaped onto the big screen and broke a few box office records in her first feature film.

Set a path for adventure this Halloween and create your own last-minute Wonder Woman-inspired costume in a few simple steps.

Journey beyond the limits of Paradise Island to win costume contests and scoop up plenty of candy while upholding the principles of justice. Glide through “No Man’s Land” like a true hoverboard hero with the powerful Planetary Purple GOTRAX HOVERFLY Hoverboard. Join up with your family or a fleet of friends and assemble your own Justice League of trick-or-treaters.

GOTRAX is making it easy to create a last-minute Wonder Woman-inspired costumewith our handy how-to guide, downloadable shopping list, and step-by-step instructions, and tips.

The world needs hoverboard heroes now more than ever. Channel your inner Amazon warrior on Halloween with this DIY costume inspired by Wonder Woman.


GoTrax is also launching the new HOVERFLY XL next week…keep your eyes peeled for a review in the near future!

Give The Gift Of Fun This Holiday Season With The SCRAAAM Coaster GT

Sometimes living in a desert rural area can be just as frustrating as it is relaxing and peaceful.  My daughter has been wanting to learn to ride a bike, but it’s been a bit difficult with the terrain we live in.  We invested in a bike with training wheels for our daughter, but what we quickly realized is that she can’t gain any traction with the training wheels in the rocky dirt area we live in and it’s been nothing but a source of frustration to her.  The petals get in the way and make it hard for her to even get around using her legs so I set out on a solution to help teach her while allowing her to feel a bit more independent.  I came across the SCRAAAM Coaster GT, and it has been the perfect solution to all of my little one’s problems!

The lightweight SCRAAAM Coaster GT is an aluminum kids balance bike that is designed to offer your child a safe, fun learning experience.  The SCRAAAM Coaster GT is a result of years of development and product testing and you can tell as soon as you get your hands on it that the hard work SCRAAAM has put in definitely paid off.  The attention to detail is outstanding, and every little detail was created with children in mind.

SCRAAAM Coaster GT Features:

  • Lightweight aluminum frame. The SCRAAAM Coaster GT weighs LESS THAN 5 pounds!!!
  • Kids size handlebar grips. Many kids bikes have 1” diameter grips, the same as adult bikes. Our grips are 5/8” diameter, optimally sized for kids hands, giving greater control and confidence.
  • 4 level side guard protection grips. We know kids can be rough on bikes; dropping the bike on its side or rubbing against walls. We have added 4 levels of protection on the end of each grip to protect not only the bike but the rider’s fingers.
  • Quick release black anodized fasteners on the handlebar and seat for quick and easy adjustments.
  • Handlebar pad. Offers an additional level of safety and that cool “racing bike” appearance.
  • 2 Sets of graphics. On top of the standard “SCRAAAM COASTER GT” branding, you also get 2 sets of unique graphic patterns with each bike. These come uninstalled to allow your child to choose the unique look they want.
  • Included Bike Stand. A portable bike stand ensures the bike always has a “home”. This helps teach kids to care for their bike and minimizes damage.

My daughter got the hang of her new balance bike extremely quickly, and if you can’t tell from the pictures, she was so SO excited to be able to get around.  We have over an acre of open property and she loves spending her weekends riding around with her older brother (with me watching them, of course) and learning to balance so that she can progress to her ‘big girl bike’ without the need for training wheels.  I love the self-confidence something as simple as her new bike is giving my daughter, that smile on her face is priceless and it’s all thanks to SCRAAAM.

I’ll be adding a giveaway in the near future, so make sure you check back around the end of November for your chance to win a SCRAAAM Coaster GT of your own!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Making Science Fun with the Craft City Official Make-Your-Own Slime Kit


If you have kids, chances are you’ve heard of the SUPER popular YouTube mega star Karina Garcia.  With over 6.5 MILLION subscribers on YouTube, it’s hard to come across someone who hasn’t heard her name.  Karina is probably best known for her slime videos, and now all her followers have the chance to make some of the wackiest slime, just like her!  The new  Craft City Official Make-Your-Own Slime Kit by Karina Garcia is making it easy for kids of all ages to experiment at home and have tons of fun while learning all about slime, how to make it, and how it works.

Your kiddo will have a blast creating their very own custom slime with Karina Garcia’s official As Seen On YouTube DIY Slime Kit!  This kit Includes tons of add ons to make your slime glow, sparkle, pop, you name it!  Use the easy to follow instructions to create slime that is completely customizable.  The high quality ingredients, which are formulated specifically for slime making, are kid friendly and safety tested, for a craft that is fun for all.  The manufacturer recommends this kit for ages 12 and up, but with a little help my 6 year old was able to use the kit successfully and make a few batches of her very own slime.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Craft City Official Make-Your-Own Slime Kit by Karina Garcia:

  • 1 bottle of Slime Goo – Clear PVA solution (8 oz.)
  • 1 bottle of Slime Activator – Sodium Tetraborate Solution (4 oz.)
  • 1 bottle of white craft glue (4 oz.)
  • 1 plastic cup
  • 6 fizzing color tablets
  • Glow powder
  • Water gel powder
  • Blue glitter
  • 1 bubble wrap square
  • 1 clear firm plastic straw

Like I mentioned before, this kit is meant for older kids, but my daughter is pretty good at crafting and following instructions.  With very minimal help from me, she was able to make a few different batches of slime and she totally loves how interesting it’s texture and viscosity are.  Is it a liquid?  Is it a solid?  What else can it do?  It’s amazing how something as simple as making slime opened up my 6 year old’s mind to scientific thoughts that she couldn’t wait to find out the answers to.  My daughter couldn’t wait to go to school and share with her teacher what she learned while making slime, and now the teacher is having a slime making party for her whole class so she can share her knowledge and help enrich her peers, how cool is that?  If you have kids that love crafting or even just love learning new things, this Craft City Official Make-Your-Own Slime Kit by Karina Garcia is an absolute must!

Make sure you check out Karina’s YouTube Channel, The Karina Bear, and check out all of her new videos!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Be On The Lookout For Fun With The Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

When it comes to shopping for toys for my children, Spin Master is one of the first companies I shop with.  For the past 21 years, Spin Master has dazzled and amazed kids with their fun and easy to use toys, and this holiday season the fun is going to be bigger and better than ever!

Do you have a little Paw Patrol lover on your holiday shopping list this year?  Look no further, because this Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower is the Paw Patrol gift that will beat all gifts.  Big rescues call for an even bigger tower, and this tower absolutely trumps them all.  With a little imagination, your little one can help the Paw Patrol keep an eye out for trouble, and even send the pups out on some of the funnest, most adventurous rescues yet!

Standing at an impressive two and a half feet tall, this tower is the perfect vantage point for your little one to observe the action of the city.  Using the rotating periscope at the top of the tower, they can do a visual sweep of Adventure Bay.  When something is spotted, they can use the buttons on the tower to activate lights and authentic sounds from the show.  Little ones love to push the icons on the interactive pup pad and hear each pup weigh in with their signature phrase.  When it’s time to leap into action, Chase is on the case!  Send him speeding down the tower’s slide. The unique flip feature on the slide’s end shoots him up into the air, then straight into his police truck – available exclusively with this set.  Once Chase is in his truck, use the rotating vehicle launcher at the tower’s base to aim and shoot him straight into the action.  Should you need backup, Marshall is ready for a ruff, ruff, rescue!  Send him from top to bottom in seconds with the working elevator.  Once you snap on his pup pack, which he stashes in the backpack storage area, he’ll be ready for anything.  The launcher comes with space for the rest of the Paw Patrol and their basic vehicles (sold separately). Assemble them all and venture out on even more exciting adventures. Paw Patrol to the rescue!

Items included with the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower:

  • 1 My Size Lookout Tower
  • 1 Chase vehicle
  • 1 Chase figure
  • 2 Chase pup packs
  • 1 Marshall figure
  • 2 Marshall pup packs

Check out the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower in action!

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***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Hot Holiday Stocking Stuffers from Super Impulse

With the holidays just around the corner, I know most of us are starting to plan so we can get each gift just right.  Often times stocking stuffers are one of the last gifts people think of, but this year there are a few fabulous stocking stuffers that are too good not to plan ahead for.  Super Impulse is committed to innovative toys, novelties, and accessories, and this year I am super excited to put a few of their best items on your radar.

Do you know someone who collects (or just loves) classic toys?  Some of the world’s biggest and most classic toys are back in their smallest sizes ever!  Super Impulse is growing its World’s Smallest collection to include more iconic retro brands in tiny working versions. These toys are retro throwbacks for grownups and the perfect collectible for kids!

World’s Smallest Gumby  Are you ready for timeless adventures and limitless fun? Gumby is a powerful, widely recognized and global pop culture icon that enchants generation after generation. Bend Gumby in any way you deem possible and watch him return to his original shape! Each package includes Gumby and his trusty horse Pokey.

World’s Smallest 1959 Barbie – Whether it’s on the beach or by the pools, Barbie remains to be a fashion icon even in her smallest size ever.  Check out the classic1959 signature black and white swimsuit and sunglasses!  This super cute Barbie features movable arms and legs and is less than 3 inches tall.

World’s Smallest Hot Wheels – Speed away with the smallest Hot Wheels Cars EVER! These tiny, die-cast Hot Wheels are small enough to fit onto a quarter. They are available in the classic styles of Bone Shaker, Twin Mill and Roger Dodger. Included in the iconic original Hot Wheels package is a unique carrying and display case.

Most 80’s babies like myself were (and still are) totally obsessed with Fraggle Rock.  Super Impulse and The Jim Henson Company have partnered to bring your favorite characters from Fraggle Rock to life.

Fraggle Rock 4″ Plush Backpack Clips – Led by Red and Gobo, the Fraggle critters advocate themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity and caring for the planet, and now they can come with you wherever you go! Perfectly sized 4” backpack clips will delight and engage a whole new audience who will love to take Red and Gobo with them everywhere.

Fraggle Rock 10″ Plush Characters – Purple haired and level-headed Gobo and the athletic Red, the leaders of the Fraggle Rock crew, now come in a huggable 10” sized plush with a pose-able tail. Bring these colorful and furry creatures out of the Fraggle Rock caves and into your home!

Fraggle Rock 15″ Feature Plush – This is where theLet the music play outside the Fraggle cave! Dance your cares away, and worry’s for another day with Gobo in a soft and cuddly 15” plush size. When squeezed, Gobo plays the Fraggle Rock theme song. Age: 3+ text for your Feature Box should go. It’s best to keep it short and sweet.

Precision RBS is the most innovative line of rubber band launchers EVER! They’re like nothing you’ve ever experienced!  RBS delivers intense fun – with more ammo, more power, and more on-target accuracy. Meets all safety requirements!  3 exciting models to choose from (that conveniently make perfect stocking stuffers or small gifts), all with interchangeable features.  Precision RBS is the next evolution Rubber Band System.

Make sure you check out everything Super Impulse has to offer when you’re doing your holiday shopping this year.  With so many great options you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Make The Holidays More Delicious Than Ever Before with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ

Ninja is a brand I’m sure you’ll all recognize for their top-of-the-line kitchen products and the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ is no exception.  As a mother-of-three who’s ALWAYS in the kitchen, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful cooking system.  For those of you who love Ninja products like myself, you’ve probably had your eye on the new Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ too.  Everything you could ever ask for is included in this wonderful machine.  Featuring 4 cooking modes and 80+ pre-programmed recipes to take your cooking experience to a whole new level.  You can do so much more than make dinners with the Cooking System with Auto-IQ…you can make nutritious breakfasts, soups, and even deliciously decadent desserts!

This beautiful Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ is four appliances built into one, perfect for small spaces or busy on-the-go people like myself. This cooking system is a slow cooker, has a stove top feature for searing and sautéing, a steamer, and an oven for baking.  Cook everything from stews and roasts to seafood and vegetables and even baked goodies.  The Cooking System comes with Auto-iQ Technology: just select a recipe, add ingredients, and let Auto-iQ cook for you…and let me tell you, that has been a heaven send for me!  I can get a meal going before walking the kids out the door to the bus stop and not have even have to think about dinner the rest of the day.  Choose from over 80 pre-programmed recipes divided into four programs: Quick Meals, Layered Bowls, Grains, and Poached Infusions.  Don’t have much time?  Quick Meals are the solution!  Layered Bowls are easy two step recipes with the flavor and satisfaction of multi-layered meals, cooked in one convenient pot.  I made an American Chop Suey meal for dinner in only about a half hour, how cool is that?  Grains are perfectly cooked portions of oats and quinoa.  Lastly, Poached Infusions are all the nuanced flavor of your favorite poached dishes with none of the guesswork.  The included cookbook serves as your go-to guide for selecting recipes.  Between Manual and Auto-iQ functions, there’s a huge array of delicious, one-pot meals at your fingertips.  The 6-quart Cooking System also includes an auto stay-warm feature, digital timer, and steaming/roasting rack.

I wanted to fully test out the variety of features so I had fun both using recipes provided by Ninja as well as coming up with a couple of my own to see just how easy it was to come up with custom creations on a whim. I tried out everything from breakfast to dinner and even a yummy bread for dessert, and everything came out absolutely perfect and so SO delicious!



(Recipe found on page 31 of the cookbook included with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ)


  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned whole grain rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Place all ingredients into the pot.  Stir to combine, then cover pot.
  2. Select Auto-IQ Meals: Recipe 3 and press the START/STOP button.
  3. Stir and Serve



(Recipe found on page 62 of the cookbook included with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ)


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 pound uncooked ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 box/bag uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Set to STOVE TOP HIGH and preheat pot for 5 minutes.  Heat oil in pot for 2 minutes and then add ground beef, red bell pepper, and onion.  Cook uncovered for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add macaroni, pasta sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt to pot.  Stir to combine, then cover pot.  Select Auto-IQ Layered Bowls: Recipe 4 and press the START/STOP button.  Stir and serve.



(Recipe found on page 97 of the cookbook included with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ)



  • 2 pounds uncooked stew beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 4 red potatoes cut into quarters
  • 2 onions, peeled, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed


  1. Season beef with salt and black pepper, then coat with flour.
  2. Set to STOVE TOP HIGH and preheat pot for 5 minutes.  Heat oil in pot for 2 minutes.  Add beef and cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir broth, potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, and thyme into pot.  Set to SLOW COOK LOW for 7-9 hours.  Cover and cook until beef is fork-tender.  Stir in peas during last 10 minutes of cook time.



(This is a recipe I created for a tasty Hispanic-inspired meal)


  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs fresh or frozen chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 5 habaneros sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 fresh lemon, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper, then place in the bottom of your cooking system.
  2. Add jalapenos, habaneros, cilantro, lemon juice, lemon, onion, and garlic on top of the chicken.
  3. Set to SLOW COOK LOW for 6 hours.  Remove chicken from pot and shred with 2 forks.  Serve with your desired toppings.



(This is a recipe I created for a yummy fall-flavored treat)



  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Filling-

  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour



  1. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine pumpkin, egg, sugar, oil, sour cream and vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt just until just combined.
  4. Pour 1/4 of the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the cream cheese filling by whisking all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the cream cheese filling on top of the batter spreading it out gently with a spatula.
  7. Repeat layers with remaining cream cheese and pumpkin bread mixtures.
  8. Swirl the layers together with a butter knife until you’ve achieved the look you want to achieve.
  9. Pour water into pot.  Place rack in pot.  Place loaf pan on rack.  Set to BAKE STEAM at 350 degrees for 85 minutes.  Cover and cook until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove pan from pot.  Let bread cool in loaf pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan.
  10. Let cool completely or slice and serve warm.


So far everything that I have tried out in the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ has come out amazingly delicious, and has instantly become family favorites…even for some of my most picky eaters!  Thanks to Ninja, the holiday season is going to run a lot more smoothly, and will be a lot more delicious too!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Light Up The Holiday Season With Playbrites


Looking for a great gift this holiday season that’s perfect for kids of all ages?  You HAVE to check out these super cute Playbrites!  Your kids will be delighted by the magical light show on their ceiling when they choose any of Playbrites six colors.  When you have more than one Playbrite you can mix and match accessories to spark little one’s imaginations while they pop on eyes, ears, mouth/nose, and other fun animal parts.  When they’re done playing, all 9 accessories store safely inside the unit, for easy cleanup and transportation.  The carry handle makes it easy to take Playbrite anywhere your little one wants to go, whether it’s just walking down a dark hall or taking their Playbrite on a sleepover to help comfort them and make them feel at home.  Your kids will love to say goodnight with Playbrites!

My daughter and I got to try out the Bunny and Kitty thanks to our friends over at Playbrite and I was really surprised at how much fun my daughter has been having with these cute little things!  The color changing projection has options of blue, red, green, pink, orange, and white so no matter what your kiddo’s favorite color is, they can see the pretty images projected onto their ceiling and walls in their absolute favorite colors.  The lights are bright enough that even during the day time kids will have fun playing and using their imagination…especially lighting up a fort or box fortress.  My daughter’s fear of the dark has almost completely disappeared since she got these Playbrites, and let me tell you, that’s something this mommy can get behind!  Typically my daughter will wake up crying in the middle of the night if she has to go to the bathroom because she’s too afraid to get up and go alone in the dark, despite the hallway light switch being just a few feet from her bedroom door.  Now that she has her Playbrite buddies, my daughter is getting up and going to the bathroom on her own without having to wake me up to help get her to the bathroom through the darkness.  Aside from the super fun play time making these a HUGE hit with my daughter, the confidence she’s gained being able to do more on her own without being afraid makes them one of my favorite items we’ve ever received.

Check out the Playbrites in action here:


Give confidence and super fun play to all of the kiddos on your holiday shopping list this year with Playbrites.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Spice Up Your Holiday Get-Togethers With Wholly Guacamole


Looking for a great way to spice up your holiday get-togethers?  Thanks to the folks over at Wholly Guacamole, adding a little flair to any occasion has never been so easy!  Whether you’re looking for trays of delicious guac goodness, tubs of layered dips, or even just mini-containers, Wholly Guacamole has you covered!
My family and I received a variety of different Wholly Guacamole items to try out and I have to admit that all of us, (even my guacamole hating 6 year old) turned into HUGE Wholly Guacamole fans SUPER quickly.  From tacos to tostadas and even just on plain tortilla chips, every single bite was just as delicious as the last.
With the Wholly Guacamole trays, perfection is always ready and waiting for a whole crowd to devour.  These trays of tasty goodness are dippable, spreadable, heaven in a container that your family and friends will love and ask for again and again.
Wholly cow these Wholly Guacamole Layered Dips are out-of-this-world amazing!  Invite someone sophisticated to the party, because with layers of creamy avocado and other delicious ingredients, these dips will make everyone think you’re a chef extraordinaire!
Looking for some fun ways to incorporate Whollly Guacamole into dishes that will impress and delight all of your guests?  Check out these great recipes that will please the masses, no matter their taste:


Pump up your game holiday spread with this ridiculously cheesy jalapeño poppers recipe.  It’s the perfect finger food appetizer filled with bacon, fresh corn and topped with guacamole.  Everyone will be coming back for more.


  • 8 large jalapeños
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • ½ cup HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 4 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) package WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® Classic Guacamole
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs, pico de gallo


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice jalapeños lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds. In medium bowl, combine corn, bacon and green onions. Spoon corn mixture into jalapeño halves and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes more. Top with 1 heaping teaspoon guacamole. Garnish with pico de gallo and cilantro if desired.



Sweet potatoes are a crowd favorite this time of year, and these Savory Bacon & Guacamole Stuffed Sweet Potatoes will be the best sweet potatoes you’ll have all year.  This lighter version of the classic loaded potato will be all the rage.  The pairing of guacamole and sweet potato is absolutely delicious and will get rave reviews at dinnertime.  It also makes a beautiful presentation for guests!


  • 1 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® Organic Guacamole
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup HORMEL® Real Bacon Pieces


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Wash sweet potatoes. Rub with oil and place on baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes or until tender.
  3. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut slit in top of potato and stuff with guacamole. Top each with 1 tablespoon sour cream, green onions and bacon pieces.



It doesn’t get any better than deliciously fudgy avocado brownies.  The avocado makes the chocolate even richer, and adds wholesome monounsaturated fat to keep you full longer.  You can even make these gluten free by subbing the all-purpose flour with a gluten free baking flour.


  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¼ cup WHOLLY® Chunky Avocado Dip
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place bittersweet chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals (at 50% power), stirring between each interval, until smooth. Add avocado and cocoa powder, stirring until combined. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt until combined. Add chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Fold in flour just until incorporated.
  4. Pour batter evenly into lightly greased foil-lined 8-x 8-inch pan. Bake 35 minutes. (Do not over-bake.) Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely in pan.


For more great recipe ideas, check out the Wholly Guacamole recipe section for tons more inspiration for all your holiday gatherings this year.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***