Month: January 2018

Week 3 on Nutrisystem: Great Food To Keep You Going



Who’s ready for a new week?  I know I am!  After a great weigh-in this morning, and a weekly loss of 2 lbs, I’m feeling pretty great, and ready to continue to tackle this beast we call weight loss.  For those who know me, it’s no surprise that I’m a SUPER picky eater, and often order the same things from the same places because there’s not much that makes me wander out of my comfort zone.  One of the things that I LOVE about Nutrisystem is the great selection of food that you’ll hardly believe is ‘diet’.  For the ladies here, you’ll completely understand when I say there are times of the month that I can’t live without certain foods.  Go without a burger or chocolate?  GASP!  Thanks to the fantastic food Nutrisystem offers, you can have a bit of everything!



There are a couple breakfast items that I just couldn’t live without, and that’s waffles and cereal.  Nutrisystem has some of the best frozen buttermilk waffles you’ll ever taste (and yes, they’ve got super yummy cereal too!).  I love pairing my waffles with a turkey sausage patty and sugar free syrup for a delicious breakfast that’s perfect for fueling my body after my workout and getting me through the rest of the day.



Mmmm…hamburgers.  (Insert Homer Simpson style drooling here.)  I absolutely could not live without a big juicy burger which is why I’m SO thankful that Nutrisystem has delicious and filling  hamburgers.  I pop mine in the microwave for 1 minute, then toast the bun and burger patty in a pan for a few minutes.  I love to top mine with some lettuce and spicy pickle slices, yummy!



Yes!  You’re seeing that right, it’s Nutrisystem chocolate!  As simple as these little chocolate nibs are, they are hands down, my favorite dessert offered.  There are just some days that I absolutely couldn’t survive without a little bit of chocolate.  Whether it’s from a Nutrisystem chocolate breakfast muffin, various different chocolatey lunch bars, the delicious shakes or different desserts, there are TONS of way to get your chocolate fix with Nutrisystem.  I love being able to mix it up throughout the day, and I love knowing if I want to have chocolate for dessert I can.


Make sure you guys check back next week, I can’t wait to see how the plan continues to work for me!


Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Make Valentine’s Day Magical With Magical Butter



Looking for a way to make Valentine’s Day magical this year?  Look no further!  Magical Butter is here to take all of your Valentine’s Day treats to the next level.



The MagicalButter machine is the world’s first countertop botanical extractor, designed for creating fantastic recipes, infusing the essence of healthy herbs into butter, oil, grain alcohol, lotions, and more!  Make herbal butter in as little as 2 hours, and blend with the Magical Butter chocolate for an out of this world, crazy good chocolate experience.  The Magical Butter machine was designed to precisely extract the nutrients and flavor from your favorite herbs and infuse them into: butter, olive oil, peanut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, canola oil, tincture.  Add herbal butter, oil, and tincture to your favorite foods and take all of your Valentine’s Day dishes to a new level!

A little bit about the MB2e device:

  • Fully automatic & microprocessor controlled
  • Temperature sensor and timer for easy set it and forget it attitude!
  • Makes herbal oil in 1 hour
  • Makes herbal butter in 2 hours
  • Makes herbal tincture in 4-8 hours
  • Stainless steel construction


When you think of Valentine’s Day, what’s the first food item that comes to mind?  I’m willing to bet you said chocolate!  Below you’ll find some great chocolate-filled recipes that you can make with the MB2e device.


Chocolate Covered Strawberries



  • 4 teaspoons Magical Coconut oil 
  • 24 large ripe strawberries, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 4 ounces semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped


  1. Add 2 teaspoons of the infused oil to the dark chocolate, and melt. Gently stir.
  2. Grasping the green tops, slowly dip the strawberries one at a time ⅔ of the way into the melted chocolate. Let the excess run off for a moment. Arrange them uniformly on MagicalButter baking mats or waxed paper on a baking sheet.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of the infused oil to the white chocolate, and melt. Gently stir.
  4. Dip a teaspoon into the melted white chocolate. Then, drizzle it over each dark chocolate-coated strawberry with a back-and-forth scribbling motion, producing a dramatic zig-zag pattern of fine white lines across the berries. Have fun—get creative!
  5. Chill your Chocolate-Covered Strawberries until the chocolate forms a crisp shell around them, about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Chef’s Notes

  • In place of white chocolate you can use milk chocolate, for a shades-of-brown artistic strawberry flavor experience.
  • Make extra, because they won’t last!


Decadent Chocolate Fruit and Nut Trail Mix Bar



  • 4 tablespoons/60-80 ml highly concentrated MagicalButter Coconut Oil or MagicalButter Cacao Butter
  • 1 pound/450 g high-quality chocolate (I mix ½ white and ½ dark, minimum 65% cacao)
  • 1 Madagascar vanilla bean, halved; use inner flesh (or 1 teaspoon/5 ml vanilla extract)
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried blueberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried cherries, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried cranberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried raisins, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml  M&Ms
  • ¼ cup/60 ml pistachios, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml cashews, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml peanuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml sunflower lecithin


  1. In a small mixing bowl mix the berries, nuts, and M&Ms together, and set them aside.
  2. in a double boiler slowly melt the chocolate; then add the cacao butter/ coconut oil, lecithin, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mixture into molds, and top with the fruit and nut combination. Refrigerate it until it is cool and hardened.
  4. Remove your Decadent Chocolate Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars from the molds, serve, and enjoy!


S’mores Squares



  • ½ cup/120 ml MagicalButter (or MB Coconut Oil)
  • ½ cup/120 ml Sensual Chocolate
  • 6 cups/1420 ml miniature marshmallows
  • 5 cups/1185 ml cinnamon toast cereal


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F/165°C.
  2. In a large saucepan set to medium, heat ¼ cup/60 ml of the MagicalButter and 4 cups/950 ml of marshmallows. Stir until the mix is completely uniform in consistency.
  3. Add cereal, and stir until the consistency is again smooth and even.
  4. Apply non-stick cooking spray to a cookie sheet, and evenly spread the cereal mix onto the sheet.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, and evenly spread it over the cereal mix.
  6. Mix the rest of the MagicalButter and marshmallows in a bowl, and evenly spread them on top.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove your s’mores from the oven. Let cool. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!


Chocolate Chip Croissant Pudding



  • ⅓ cup Magical Coconut oil or MagicalButter
  • 12 small croissants, preferably stale (left out overnight)
  • 2½ cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup salted caramel sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Place all the ingredients except the croissants and chocolate chips inside your MagicalButter machine, and secure the lid.
  3. Push the Blend/Clean button. When this short cycle is complete, you’re ready to assemble your pudding.
  4. Cut the croissants into pieces about 1 to 2 inches in size. Place half of these into the bottom of your 10-by-13-inch baking dish. Top them with half the chocolate chips; then, add half the custard mixture. Repeat the process; then, gently push the floating croissant pieces into the custard mixture to soak. Cover the dish with aluminium foil.
  5. Bake your covered pudding on your oven’s center rack for 45 minutes. Then, uncover and bake it for an additional 40-45 minutes.
  6. Let your Chocolate Chip Croissant Pudding cool slightly, and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!


I’m absolutely LOVING my new MB2e device, and I can’t wait to see what amazing creations I can cook up for a romantic evening for my husband and I.  If you’re looking to add the extra bit to put all of your dishes over the top, you absolutely have to check out Magical Butter!


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

Perfect Classroom Store Additions From Oriental Trading



Classroom stores are a great way to keep kids motivated and incentivize good behavior, as well as teach them how to responsibly spend or save money.  Recently I’ve started helping my daughter’s kindergarten teacher gather some supplies to make a little classroom store and of course Oriental Trading was a no-brainer place to shop.  There’s always such a great selection for every occasion and you guys already know they had some fabulous finds for my daughter’s classroom store.  Whether you’re a parent shopping to help out the class or a teacher looking to purchase great items at super great prices, make sure you check out these perfect classroom store additions:



These Mini Hibiscus Beach Playsets are perfect for a day at the beach or as an activity for kids at your next tropical or Hawaiian beach party.  If you live in Arizona like we do with plenty of dirt, these are a little set that will come in handy all the time!  Give these beach play sets to the kids and watch them have fun in sun.  Each plastic set includes a 3 1/4″ x 41/4″ diam. bucket, 6 1/4″ shovel, 5″ rake and 2 7/8″ scoop.



A great way to get a HUGE bang for your buck is the Mega Deluxe Toy Assortment.  This mega novelty assortment is loaded with plenty of toys and treats for everyone!  Take the guesswork out of choosing birthday party favors or stock up on prizes for your school classroom with this colorful collection of deluxe goodies!  Includes noisemakers, bouncing balls, pencils and much, much more! (250 pcs. per unit)



What kid doesn’t love a lollipop, right?  These Pen & Lollipop Notepads With Pens were a huge hit with my daughter’s class!  Each 30 pg. notepad includes a matching 6″ plastic pen and colorful printing on every page.  Perfect for little ones to create their own book, make notes, or draw whatever they feel inspired to!



Stickers are always such a huge hit with kids and what better way to supply a little something for everyone than with this Mega Sticker Scene Assortment?   Make a pirate, princess, race car, aquarium, animal, butterfly, farm or neon monkey with these clever sticker scenes!  A perfect activity for a rainy day, this cute set includes 8 different 6 7/8″ sticker scenes with 10 – 50 stickers per sheet.  Also fun for preschools and day cares! (96 sheets per unit)



After counting up each little one’s money, they couldn’t wait to take a look at the items and see what they could buy.  I have been in my daughter’s class numerous times and I can tell you that no matter what the occasion, whether it’s been a party, assembly, or any other school function, there has NEVER been as much excitement as there was when we finally debuted the goodies.  There was something that captivated each little one’s interest and you could see their face light up when they received the items that they had their eyes on.


Make sure you check out Oriental Trading for all of your classroom store needs, you won’t be disappointed and I guarantee you’ll find everything you’re looking for (and then some) all in one convenient place.


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

Our Top Pet Product Picks For 2018



I’m sure you all know by now how much my fur-kids LOVE trying out new stuff.  We got an amazing shipment of pet products that we couldn’t wait to dive into!  If you’re looking for fun new products for your furbabies (cats OR dogs) check out our top pet product picks for 2018:



Petlinks has some AMAZING pet beds that your cats and dogs will go nuts over!

The Petlinks premium pet beds with gel memory foam cushion provide cooling comfort while conforming to your pet’s body contours.  Gel beads cool and comfort while memory foam relieves achy joints.  Cover is removable and machine washable so if there’s any accidents the cleanup is a breeze!  The reclaimed memory foam mix is made of shredded leftover remnants from foam manufacturing, keeping waste out of landfills for a product you can feel great about.  Petlinks therapeutic pet beds help relieve join pain and ease tired muscles by evenly distributing your dog’s weight to help rejuvenate him while he rests.



Give your feline friend a play nest purrfectly made for them with the Petlinks HyperNip Hide & Play Crinkle Ring & 2 Mice Cat Toy.  This complete play kit includes a comfy, crinkly den and two cute mice with jute tails and ribbon ears.  The mice are stuffed with hypernip―a proprietary blend of catnip and a wild-growing mountain herb from Asia called silvervine―that’s sure to delight your kitty.  The toys are lightweight so they’re easy for your furry one to catch and bat around, providing much-needed exercise for both indoor and outdoor kitties. Plus, the play den doubles as a comfy hideaway that’s great for naps and lounging.



Not all toys are designed equal and that is evidenced by the GoDog RhinoPlay Dog Toy line.  The RhinoPlay line is made from PopFoam NT, which is an environmentally safe and non-toxic material that is lightweight, waterproof and virtually indestructible.  The innovative shape of each toy is easy for dogs to pick up, carry or just chew for hours on end.



Any pet lover knows that dogs love the feel and sound of “squeaky” toys, but enduring the high-pitched repetition in the wee hours of the night can drive any pet-parent crazy!   Ultrasonic HEAR DOGGY! toys are made with a squeaker ONLY your dog can hear!  Hear Doggy! plush toys give your pet the same sensation and enjoyment of traditional squeaky toys without the irritating noise!  The science behind Hear Doggy!: Dogs can hear sounds at a higher frequency (0 to 45 KHz) than humans (0 to 20 KHz).  Tuned to an ultrasonic range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human hearing range, but still fun for your four-legged friend.



Whether your cat likes scratching or playing, SmartyKat has some great picks!

Scratching helps cats stretch, tone muscles and even helps alleviate stress.  The rough texture of sisal provides a particularly vigorous workout and is an exceptionally durable scratch surface.  This tower is made with materials that also replicate natural surfaces found in nature…sure to please the pickiest of paws especially when combined with another feline favorite, carpet.  SmartyKat Claw Tower is a super-sized 2-in-1 sisal and carpet scratch post which allows cats to stretch and scratch.

SmartyKat kicked Critter kicker is an irresistable Jumbo crinkle toy to wrestle, hug & kick.  This extra long plush attracts cats to play and when playtime is over, kitties love to cuddle up and nest with their kicked Critter.



Venus (as you can see) has been thoroughly enjoying all of her new favorite finds!  She loves to spend some time chewing on each and every one before the comfort of the bed takes over and she melts into it.



Elsa has also been enjoying her new stuff too!  After a long day playing she can’t wait to curl up in her favorite new hide out and drift off to sleep.


Make sure you check out all of these great products if you have fur-kids too!  There’s no better way to spoil your pets in 2018!


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

Why Hello There Nutrisystem Week Two…



Why hello there week two of Nutrisystem, I’m so happy to see you!  I’m not going to lie guys, Turbo week was a little rough.  One of the hardest parts about Turbo week for me is, no extras.  No extras means no coffee creamer and for someone like myself, drinking coffee black is just torture so no coffee creamer means no coffee.  Until I figured out a great little trick that is!



Those Chocolate Turbo Shakes may just look like any old regular shake to you guys, but to me, that was my saving grace throughout my Turbo week.  The Turbo shakes are incredibly delicious, and offered a creative way for me to get my caffeine (or some of it) in without ruining my progress.  For those who don’t know, coffee is incredibly low calorie, depending on how much grounds you use, typically 2 calories per 8 ounces.  Rather than mix my shake with water, I opted to use some chilled coffee to create not only a nutritious, but delicious and caffeinated treat!


I was a little nervous to step on the scale and see how my progress for the week was.  Considering that I don’t have a large volume of weight to lose, I honestly didn’t expect my Turbo week to result in a large loss.  I figured if I had a 2 pound loss during the week I would’ve been happy.  To my surprise, my weekly weigh in showed a loss of 4 pounds for Turbo week which was a little shocking, but hey…I’ll take it!  Week 2 is here and I am so ready to get my body moving and enjoying the Nutrisystem life!



Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Super Fun Classroom Store Items Kids Will Love From Raymond Geddes



Most classrooms across America now have something SUPER fun that I didn’t have when I was in school, a classroom store!  Classroom stores are a great way to keep kids motivated and incentivize good behavior, as well as teach them how to responsibly spend or save money.  Recently I’ve started helping my daughter’s kindergarten teacher gather some supplies to make a little classroom store and when I went on the hunt for some great products, I came across Raymond Geddes which ended up being a one-stop-shop for everything you could possibly want for a classroom store.  I reached out to Raymond Geddes and they were generous enough to provide TONS of great items for the littles to enjoy (with the added bonus of a paper catalog in my package which I am absolutely in love with!  Shopping for fun new items will be super easy with our catalog on hand!)  Whether you’re a parent looking to lend a helping hand, or a teacher on the hunt for great (yet affordable) classroom store items, check out these fabulous items below:



Hello Kitty & Friends Little Books are a great addition to any classroom store!  This product is exclusive to GEDDES, so you won’t be able to find it anywhere else!  These colorful hardcover little notebooks feature favorite characters from Sanrio including: Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, Chococat, Hello Kitty, and My Melody.  Each little book is 2 1/2″ x 3″ in size and have 82 blank white pages so they can easily be transformed into any kind of little book each kid wants!



The Cat In The Hat?  Green Eggs And Ham?  Thing 1 and Thing 2?  Yes, please!  These Dr. Seuss Color It! Pencil Pouches are super fun, and also another GEDDES exclusive!  Relax, sit back, and color it!  There are four pencil pouch designs featuring fun Dr. Seus characters that you’ll want to add flair and color to!  Kids will have a blast coloring these pouches and make them their own!  Each pencil pouch is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ in size, and has an easy-open easy-close zipper to keep belongings nice and secure.



What kid doesn’t like fidget spinners, right?  These Glow In The Dark Fidget Spinners will probably be the most popular addition to your classroom store.  Now you can fidget in the dark with these Fidget-Su Glow-in-the-Dark Spinners.  Each spinner is 3″ in size, and the box has a variety of 6 different colors to choose from.  Simply expose to light to charge the glow and then enjoy the night-time fun!



Squish-a-rific Marshmallow Putty will help melt away any little one’s stress!  Stretch and mold this putty that feels like marshmallows and stretches like chewing gum without the sticky mess.  Tired of slime and putty getting stuck in carpet?  This marshmallow putty is amazing and won’t stick to the carpet fibers!  There are four colors available: pink, green, white, and blue.  Each plastic container is 3″ in diameter and hold 1.75 ounces of putty.




Looking for a more traditional type slime/putty?  This Double Dip Neon Putty is the answer!  With 2 colors of putty in each container, this Double Dip Neon Putty is two times the fun!  The putty colors are swirled together to create unique patters when you knead, stretch, pull, and play with the putty.  It never gets old!



I think just about every little kid on the planet, whether they’re a boy or a girl, love drones.  What better way to add some fun to your pencil case than adding a Drone Eraser/Sharpener?  These sharpener/eraser combos are only available at GEDDES, so make sure you stock up before they’re gone and you can’t find them anywhere else!  GEDDES’ Drone Sharpener + Eraser is the latest in sharpener and eraser technology!  Like all good technology, it does more than one thing and it does them well!  The top part to the drone is a removable eraser and its base is a pencil sharpener that delivers crisp pencil points on demand.  Easy to use and easy to empty, what else could you ask for?



Superballs are a MUST in any classroom store.  I mean, who doesn’t love superballs, right? These extra bouncy balls make fun prizes for students or birthday party favors. These medium-sized high-bounce ball novelty toys measure in with a 1 3/4″ diameter, perfect for super bouncy fun!  There’s a ball to match any child’s style, with each bag of 50 superballs containing a wide variety of colors and designs.



Got little ones in your classroom that love monsters?  Check out these monster inspired pencils, the Monster Tip Topz Pencils!  Tiny monsters have come to terrorize your school work and add a bunch of cuteness to your pencils.  These Monster Tip Topz Pencil are perfect for kiddos who like things that straddle the line between crazy and cute.  Colorful feathery locks adorn each monster-themed pencil, and they contain #2 HB lead so they’re great for any school assignment or test.



Scented pencils?  Yummy!  These dessert-scented Scentsibles Pencils will make your tummy growl!  With six delicious smelling scents, you’ll run to the dessert line during lunchtime.  These scented pencils feature a giant scented eraser and matching scented grip for a scented and fun writing experience.  Scents Include: Sweet Dream Sugar Cookie, Yummy Birthday Cake, Orange Creamsicle, Polar Peppermint Freeze, Granny’s Apple Pie And Fruit Smoothie.  These pencils also feature a #2 HB lead, great for all assignments from tests to homework.



If you loved the idea of the scented pencils, these Scentsibles Eraser Wheels might just blow your mind!  The Scentsibles Carnival Eraser Wheel provides a set of six erasers in a wheel shaped carrying case.  Each assortment contains 6 scented erasers: Sour Pucker Lemonade, Jazzy Razzy Cotton Candy, Groovy Grape Lollipop, Dandy Kandy Apple, Fudgie-Wudgie Ice Cream Sammich And Strawberry Sprinkles. When you’re done, stash the eraser away in the carrying case and snap shut!



We’re in the process of building an actual storefront for the kiddos, but the wait was killing them!  For the time being, we’ve taken all of our wonderful GEDDES items and set them up in a shelving area, with one of each item out on a table for better viewing for the kids.



After counting up each little one’s money, they couldn’t wait to take a look at the items and see what they could buy.  I have been in my daughter’s class numerous times and I can tell you that no matter what the occasion, whether it’s been a party, assembly, or any other school function, there has NEVER been as much excitement as there was when we finally debuted the GEDDES store items.  There was something that captivated each little one’s interest and you could see their face light up when they received the toy/fidget/pencil/other items that they had their eyes on.


Make sure you check out GEDDES for all of your classroom store needs, you won’t be disappointed and I guarantee you’ll find everything you’re looking for (and then some) all in one convenient place.


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

DIY Candy Necklaces For Valentines Day



Looking for a fun way to mix it up this Valentines Day?  Trade in those boring old paper cards your kids exchange every year and step it up a notch.  These easy to make DIY candy necklaces will be the highlight of your little one’s Valentine exchange this year, and thanks to Oriental Trading, you can get everything you need all in one convenient spot!  With a variety of candy and a couple extra materials, you can recreate these super cute candy necklaces in no time at all.



If you’re looking to recreate these candy necklaces (whether it’s for Valentines Day or any other occasion) here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need (which can all be found at Oriental Trading):



The first thing you’ll need to do, is determine the length that you should cut each section of tulle in to.  The width of the roll is 6 inches, which is plenty wide enough to accommodate what you need, so all you’ll need to worry about is the length.  These necklaces will be for my daughter’s kindergarten class, so 28″ was a good measurement.  It will allow the necklaces to go on over the kiddos heads easily so there’s no frustration or broken necklaces.

Roll your tulle section into a tube, and measure out exact center.  Since my tulle length is 28″, my exact center will be 14″.  Tie a section of the heart curling ribbon at your exact center and you’re ready to move on to the next step.



Now that you’ve marked your exact center, you’re ready to attach the heart pendants that will go on each necklace.  You can use whatever your preferred glue is, I prefer hot glue for its reliability as well as dry time.  In just a few minutes you’re ready to move on to the next step 🙂



Once the glue for the heart pendants has dried, you’ll be able to start filling your necklaces with goodies!  One by one, add a candy to the necklace and tie off in between each candy with a section of heart curling ribbon.  When you put in your last two pieces of candy (one on each side) you’ll be able to attach both ends together, and secure with another section of ribbon.  You’ll want to add a dot of hot glue on the final ribbon that’s connecting both sides.  This will ensure the necklace stays secure and won’t slip out of place.



Once your final dot of hot glue is dry, your necklaces are ready to hand out to all the lucky littles in your kiddos class.

Say goodbye to the boring old candy necklaces of the past.  These super cute, updated versions of the classic favorite will be sure to please anyone who’s lucky enough to receive one.


Whether you’re looking to recreate these candy necklaces, feature a candy buffet at your upcoming event, or just looking to buy candy in bulk for any reason, make sure you check out Oriental Trading for all of your candy needs.


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

Recommitting Myself To Nutrisystem In 2018


If you have followed my blog for the past couple of years (or more) you’ll likely remember the journey I went through in 2016 to find a happier healthier me. Thanks to Nutrisystem, I was able to lose 55 pounds, reach my goal weight, and feel better than ever about myself.
The last half of 2017 was a pretty tough time for me. There were various reasons that my stress levels were sky-high and I have to admit that I did not handle the stress as well as I could have. Then the holidays hit and what else comes with holidays? Sugary, delectable treats. With my stress mounting higher than ever and so many hard to resist treats around, my life-long struggle with food won and here I am facing 2018 thirteen pounds heavier than what my goal weight was, which I struggled so hard to get to. Rather than let my weight spiral out of control I decided I was going to do something about it, and recommit myself to my health and wellness this year.


Today marks the start of my new Nutrisystem journey with more clear goals in my sights this time around. In 2016 I was so incredibly focused on that number on the scale. Those little digits on a scale were my defining moments, which led me to lose the weight, yes, but this time around I’m looking to make a complete lifestyle change. While working on losing the 13 lbs gained, I want to improve my stamina, improve my endurance, strengthen my cardiovascular system, and improve my flexibility as well. I am completely recommitting myself to my health and wellness this year and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way than with Nutrisystem.


This first week will be my ‘Turbo week’ which means pretty restricted calories to help kick off the weight loss and get my body geared up and my metabolism revving. Since the first week does have such restricted calories I won’t be able to stat any workouts just yet, but I have a brand new treadmill arriving on Wednesday so that once Turbo Week is over I can kick things into high gear. I’m so pumped for this new year and the new me that will be emerging along with it. Stay tuned folks…the best is yet to come!!



Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Classroom Valentine’s Treat Bags


I’m sure you can all guess by now how much I love making treat bags for my daughter’s class for every holiday.  Treat bags are such a fun way to offer a little something extra for all the littles in your kid’s class and are SO easy to pull off when you shop Oriental Trading.  When my boys were younger I made treat bags for their classes as well and it typically involved going to four or five different stores (sometimes even going back to one I’d already been to when I couldn’t find something I was looking for at a better price at a different store).  Thanks to Oriental trading, I can order everything I need at a great price, I can shop at one convenient place, and the selection is far bigger than anything I could hope to find in my little rural corner of the world.



You cant have a great treat bag without some delicious goodies, right?  I found some of the CUTEST Valentine’s themed candies at Oriental Trading!  If you’re looking to recreate these treat bags, here’s the candy my daughter and I chose to help fill the bags:

  • Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs – You’re a “llama” fun – and these Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs are too!  These super cute packs a great for classroom valentine giveaways…they’re so cute and filled with cherry flavored deliciousness!!
  • Tootsie Roll Pops Valentine Candy – Let your valentine get their licks in with the valentine candy everyone knows and loves.  But these Valentine Tootsie Roll Pops come with a fun twist!  Each pop surrounds a cherry-flavored Tootsie Roll center and includes fun Valentine’s Day messages on every wrapper for a delightfully sweet way to celebrate your sweetie.
  • Sweethearts True Love Classroom Exchange Packs – These classic conversation hearts are sweet Valentine’s Day treats for a sweet class of kids. With enough to go around, this bag of goodies is a crowd-pleaseure and is guaranteed to make your holiday shopping easy.
  • Dum Dums & Smarties Assorted Candy – This candy mix is a smart choice for all your sweet events!  With an assortment this big, you’ll have plenty of tasty treats for every occasion!  Includes Smarties roll candy and peach-mango, mystery, fruit punch, bubble gum, strawberry, cherry, sour apple, cream soda, orange, grape, blue raspberry, blueberry, root beer, raspberry lemonade, cotton candy and butterscotch suckers.
  • Valentine Printed Hard Candy Bracelets – Pretty enough to wear yet tasty enough to eat, hand these sweet accessories out to all your buddies on Valentine’s Day.  Each candy bracelet features a candy “charm” with “XO” inscribed on it.  Include a candy bracelet in Valentine’s Day cards or treat bags for an extra special treat!



While candy is always a given, for me, a REALLY awesome treat bag always includes a few fun finds that kids will love, that aren’t candy.  While there are SO many fun things to choose from at Oriental Trading, here are the items my daughter and I picked out to include in the treat bags:

  • Valentine Monster Pencils – Kids will go crazy for these fun wood Valentine Monster Pencils! With messages including, “Eye Like You” and “Sweet,” these wrapped pencils will create monstrous smiles this school year.
  • Polka Dot Slap Bracelets – Slap on the style when you add these bracelets to your party favor bags. Slap bracelets are fun and trendy kids’ jewelry – and adults love them, too! In four bright colors, these bracelets look great layered or alone. Stock up and hand them out on Halloween or during school Valentine’s exchanges!
  • Valentine Cards with Glitter Heart Tattoo – Glittery tattoos are a great way to dress up for Valentine’s Day! Party favors that everyone loves, they’re sweet gifts that make great alternatives to sugar-packed Valentine candy.
  • Mini Conversation Heart Erasers – Make no mistake – these conversation hearts are perfect for school Valentine exchanges! They’re great party favors at a Valentine’s Day party when you hand them out with stickers, notebooks and pencils.



Last but not least, you’ll need some super cute bags to put all these fun treats in, and you guessed it, you’ll find those (and even the ribbon to tie them with) at Oriental Trading.  These Conversation Heart Cellophane Bags are perfect for Valentine’s Day goodies!  Printed with pretty pastel conversation hearts, these cellophane treat bags are ideal for party favors and delicious gifts for your special sweethearts.  Set them out on your own Valentine’s Day candy buffet, or spend some quality time with your youngster assembling goody bags for his or her school Valentine’s party!


If you’re looking for the mother-load of all things Valentine’s Day, make sure you check out the full selection that Oriental Trading has to offer.


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

Perfectly Purple Products for 2018


If you guys haven’t heard yet, purple is set to be one of the hottest colors of 2018!  You don’t have to tell my daughter that twice before she asks for a whole slew of new purple products to kick off the new year right.  We found a few perfectly purple, super-fun products that my daughter just couldn’t live without and we wanted to share them all with you so you can have a perfectly purple year too!  Whether you’re looking to add some purple toys to your home or some functional (and purple) products to send your kiddo off to school with, we’ve got you covered.



Drink in the Box and Snack in the Box are some of our favorite new products.  Packing a school lunch or taking my daughter on a small road trip have never been easier, or more mess-free!

Drink in the Box is the world’s only reusable drink box, is patented, BPA and Phthalate free, won’t squirt or leak, and helps to hydrate your kids without all the sugar and risk of mold, or impact to the environment of a disposable juice boxes.

Snack in the Box features two separate chambers that each hold 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. Using USA-made Tritan, the body lets you fill with 2 different types of snacks, and the Tritan pop-up lids let you easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually. Patent pending design, Snack in the Box is BPA and Phthalate free, keeps your snacks from being crushed or mushed, and works as quantity control so you don’t eat more than you planned.




The Colorz Box from ZIPIT is the purpley-ist way to store all of your stuff!  Bursting with bold colors and striking patterns, this hard shell pencil case can hold so much more than just pencils!  Store school/office supplies, your cell phone, electronics, cosmetics and more.  Only high quality materials are used to create this stylish and practical, storage box.The Colorz Box easily holds up to 60 pens and pencils, but the storage possibilities are really endless.  Keep all your essentials organized and exactly where you need them, day in and day out. From the vivid red interior to the hard shell exterior, this is one clever product with as many uses as you can think of.



One of the funnest (and purple) ways to explore your surroundings is the Nancy B Science Club Microscope from Educational Insights.  Zoom in on the microscopic world with this purpletastic microscope!  This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope gives up-close views—30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications of anything you can imagine, from peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells.  The included Activity Journal features 22 pages of awesome experiments as well as writing and drawing activities designed to encourage meaningful, hands-on experience with this real, scientific tool.  Set includes:

  • microscope with 30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications
  • tweezers
  • scalpel
  • petri dish
  • spatula
  • stirring rod
  • test tube
  • pipette
  • 7 blank slides
  • 7 cover slips and slide labels
  • 4 prepared slides
  • specimen vial


We’re set to kick off our year in purple style thanks to these fabulous finds…make sure you’re ready to rock the hottest color of the year too!  All of these products are under $27 and easily available online 🙂


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