Friday, April 16, 2010

Freebie Friday

Check out some of these freebies!  I love getting little samples and free stuff in the mail!  I do recommend that if you get into signing up for samples and freebies you create yourself a seperate email for advertisements.  All companies require an email so they can send you advertising in exchange for your free sample.  Or just unsubscribe to the emails as they come in.

 (Keep in mind some of the offers may have run out by the time you get to them)

 Just Click on the Titles:
1. Right At Home Caddie Full of Cleaning Products Giveaway   Expires 4/30/10.  Must be 1 of the first 30000 to Enter
2. Breathe Right Strip Sample
3. John Frieda Frizz Ease Shampoo & Conditioner Sample
4. Dunkin' Donuts Turbo Coffee Sample
5. Dove Men's Body Wash Sample
6.Pantene Samples
7.John Frieda Luxurious Volume Samples  Expires 4/30/10
8.Avery Label Pad Sample
9.Walmart Parent's Choice Formula Sample
10.Freeman Pssssst Instant Shampoo Spray Sample
11.Special K Protien Meal Bar Sample
12.Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner Sample
13 Loreal Everstrong Ever Pure Samples
14. Pampers Dry Max Sample Must use Sams Membership #
15. Bring Your Own Bag Static Window Cling
16. Tide Febreeze Freshness Sample
17. Pampers Cruisers Drymax Sample 3 pk
18. Aveeno Nourish Haircare Samples
19. Escada Marine Groove Sample
20. Pantene Pro-V Iceshine Sample
21. Purex 3-in-1 Sample
22. Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel Sample Must take easy quiz
23. Swiss Army Fragrance Sample
24. Free Simplistik Wall Sticker
25. Dove Haircare Sample
26.Hill's Science Diet Treat Sample
27. Fizzy Wizzy Bathtime Fizzies Sample
28. Splenda Sweetener Samples
29. Nescafe Taster's Choice Sample

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Healthy Baby Recipe: Buttermilk Nut Scones

These came out so moist and fluffy!  Perfect texture for Baby!  I tried them out also (I used just a little formula, don't freak out).  They are pretty basic, but were still tasty.  I think I will tweak (a.k.a. junk them up) a little for the grown-ups.

Makes 30 Scones.

Buttermilk Nut Scones
(8 months +)
adapted from Amanda Grant's 'Baby & Toddler Healthy Eating Plan'

You will need:

4 cups self-rising flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 Tbls crushed nuts
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
6 Tbls formula or breast milk

-Preheat oven to 350F.  Sift flour & cinnamon into a large bowl.  Cut butter in thoroughly, stir in nuts and buttermilk. 
-Add enough formula/breast milk to make a soft, sticky dough.

-Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto a sprayed baking sheet. 
-Bake for about 12-14 minutes -scones will stay pretty pale so check bottoms.

Serve warm and freeze the rest.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I Heart Cheerios

So the Babe and I are chilling out together and I notice the sweetest little thing.  I'm laid back in my chair while he sits in my lap and puts Cheerios on my belly (I really, really need to start doing some crunches).  I look down at some point and see this little O :

It's going to be a lovely day.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Healty Baby Recipe: Pear & Cinnamon Mini Muffins

Pear & Cinnamon Mini Muffins
(8 month +)

These are great to freeze ahead and pull them out for breakfast
Makes 24 Mini Muffins

You will need:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
6 Tbls sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg
4 oz. breast or formula milk
3 Tbls unsalted butter, melted
1 medium pear, peeled and finely chopped (fills about 1 cup)

-Preheat oven to 375.  Spray muffin pan with cooking spray
-In large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda
-Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well (makes a sticky batter)
-Spoon batter into pan. Bake for about 12 minutes.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter and the Park

     Ahh Easter Sunday, can't you just feel the renewing possibilities?  I feel like I missed the boat a little this year.  We didn't try out egg dying or hiding (the baby would probably just try to cram them in his mouth).  No chocolate, candies or cakes (we adults would probably just try to cram them in our mouths).  We are in the middle of packing, so decorating was not an option.  All of this just motivates me to knock it out of the park next year.  
     Even though it was simple and small, we had a beautiful Easter.  The weather was perfect -warm and breezy.  It seems like every blade of grass was waiting for this morning to burst into green.  After Easter Service the three of us had a fantastic brunch.  John took us out to 'The Grand' in Arlington Heights.  We took our time enjoying the great food while Camden stayed busy catching everyone's eye. 
     Afterwards we went to the park to enjoy some sunshine and to take pictures 

My new bunny

What a charming little boy!

Ahhh, this is the life...

Warm and Breezy

Getting in some slide time in with Daddy

First time on a swing.  Yippee!

Earlier, while at brunch, we played the 'Guess How Many Jelly Beans Are In This Jar' game. 
They called to tell us that John won 4th place. 

 Big Pink Bunnies with Bubbles, Oh My!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Greek Soaps and the Loss of Goldenboy (the shirt)

     Okay I have to tell ya, I have an affinity for all things Greek, be it the food, the soaps, or the all around richness of culture.  I was blessed several years ago to live in Tarpon Springs Florida for a summer. This is where my flame for authentic Greek good was fanned. Tarpon Springs holds the largest and oldest greek colony in America.  If you are ever near Tampa swing by and visit the sponge docks, it makes for a sweet afternoon.  While there you MUST vist the Seahorse, a shop with the most beautiful hand crafted soaps I've ever seen (or smelled for that matter).  Their online shop is -trust me, I value them so much I only use my precious soaps on special occasions. 

     Last year downtown Chicago was having a Greekfest, The Hubbs, Grandy, one of our Besties - Brian, and our brand new 1 month old were happy to attend. After we had our fill of souvlaki and feta, we found a vendor selling these super bright little shirts with a rooster proclaiming "KiKiDiKi" (The Greek version of Cock-a-doodle-do).  I had to buy one!  The smallest size they had was 12 months. 
     Today, with it being springtime, I impatiently brought it out to try on our 8 month old and guess what?  Big Beefy Baby could barely fit his Big Beefy head through it!

Man, these pythons are sick!

I just love it!

I feel the same when I get too plump for my 
favorite threads too, sweetie.  

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Healthy Baby Recipe: Mushroom Pasta Sauce

     I'm trying out a variety of flavors and textures on the Babe.  I really don't want him to end up to be a picky eater, like myself  (oh the shame).  What better way to start off than with my arch nemesis -mushrooms!  Dum, Dum, Dummm.......
Mushroom Pasta Sauce
(8 months +)
adapted from Amanda Grant's 'Baby & Toddler Healthy Eating Plan'

You will need:

1 Tbls Olive Oil
3 Scallions (finely chopped)
10 oz. Mushrooms (sliced)

1 Tbls Parsley (finely chopped)
Fresh Ground Pepper
6 Tbls No Salt Vegetable Stock
3 Tbls Cream Cheese
Pasta or Rice (cooked)

Heat the Oil in Large Skillet.  Add Scallions and Saute' Until Translucent (about 5 min.)

Add Mushrooms and Fry Until Golden Brown and Begining to Loose Their Liquid.  Add Parsley & Pepper and Stir.

Stir in Stock and cook over gentle heat until soft (about 5 min)

Stir in Cream Cheese

Mmmm... smells great!

Transfer to Food processer (blender, hand mixer) and Blend into Desired Consistency (I left mine with a little texture). Freeze in Ice Cube tray.  Makes About 12 Cubes.

Serve Over Pasta or Rice
(Um kinda looks like cat food, but I'm sure it's good right?)

Open Wide.....

Well, what do you think little man?

That'll do Babe, that'll do.

Picnic in Lincoln Park

     I've been looking foward to this day all week!  The Hubbs has the day off and it's supposed to get up into the 70's. Camden and I have been cooped up in this house far too long!  Let's break out of here boys, perfect day for a Picnic!  There is no better place than Lincoln Park to spend such a pretty day.   Whether it's to enjoy all of the beautiful parks, take a walk by the lake, or visit the landmarks, it never fails, this town amazes me.  The people here have such an effortless sense of style.  You could spend an entire
afternoon here just people watching.  Of course you do still have the flamboyant and the crazy-talking-to-themselves-people, just little dashes of spice into this melting pot.....Now back to the picnicing.

I bought the coolest, campy-est, picnic basket last year at a yard sale for 10 bucks and have been waiting for a day such as today to break it out.  Hmmm... I'm feeling like a camping trip is in order soon.

Sculpture in front of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
I think we'll spread out here.

The Spread, and yes that is a tri-colored cheese ball wedge.  Don't be jealous!
Peachy Slaw recipe Here

Baby Boy Gets Into the Snack Action

There is just something about being in the park and looking at the Chicago skyline. 
What a schweet day!


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