Cruise Planning Tips: Boarding Day

I love to cruise and find it to be a great family vacation because there are opportunities for all ages to have fun.  But making the most of a cruise comes with experience or following some advice from the seasoned cruiser. I am doing a series of blog posts on Cruise Planning.So I am kicking the series off with some tips for boarding day that will ensure your cruise vacation gets off to a great start! Staterooms are typically not ready for you to enter until after 1:00pm.  So keep this in mind when you are deciding what you will be carrying on.  You will have access to just about everything else on the ship. Luggage gets delivered to your stateroom through out the afternoon and sometimes well into the evenings.  The cruise lines usually say that your bags should be in your room by 10pm but I think the latest I ever got one was 6:00pm.  Again keep this tip in mind when choosing what you carry on and wear when boarding.  You will want to have anything you may need to get ready for dinner and the night events.  And if you have a baby make sure all … Continue reading

Honey Almond Baked Donuts #almondflour

It has been a very long time since I had a real donut.  I stopped eating fried food and lots of sugar many years ago.  So when I noticed the trend of baking “donuts” I searched one of those nifty donut ring pans.  I found one at the outlet mall here in Fort Myers and decided to mix up a recipe that would fit into our eating lifestyle but trick my toddler into thinking we had a yummy donut.  Luckily, I had a success with the first attempt at a low carb, baked donut using my favorite nut flour.  I didn’t want to go too crazy with flavors since it was my first test, so this simple yet delicious almond and honey was the result.  I topped it with cream cheese and cinnamon when they were still hot. My toddler devoured them and will be overwhlemed by sweetness when he tried an actual fried donut somewhere.  Have you tried the baking donut craze? What I used: 2½ cups blanched almond flour ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 6 tTbsp honey ¼ cup coconut oil,  liquid 3 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla dash cinnamon * cream cheese used for a creamy … Continue reading

Royal Caribbean announced the new Dynamic Dining concept for Quantum of the Seas!

I am less than two weeks away from our next cruise.  My husband and I are cruising with my parents and our kids on the beautiful Allure of the Seas again.  (read about our previous cruise on the Allure of the Seas)  With the excitement of the countdown, I was thrilled to read about the recently announced new dining concept by Royal Caribbean that will be a big change from typical cruise dining-something to look forward to next year!  As with all things, some people hate the new concept while others are thrilled for the change.  I love new things and always tend to find positives in changing things up, so this new concept being referred to as Dynamic Dining sounds very appealing to me. For those of you who are not frequent cruisers or maybe those who are but have not heard the details of the new dining concept on that will be on the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, I want to elaborate.  They have reimagined dining at sea, by providing more distinct options and complete flexibility. There are no set dinner times nor any required formal nights. Travelers will truly get … Continue reading

Kitchen Must Haves + IKuuk Silicone Baking Mat Giveaway

I spend alot of time in my kitchen.  I love trying out new kitchen products to see if they can add a unique usefulness to my cooking/baking.  Over the years I have found a few items that I consider my kitchen must haves.  Obviously the list does not include the necessary things like an oven or stovetop but more focused on appliances and gadgets that aren’t necessary but have prooved themselves valuable to me time after time. Let me know if you have any of these in your kitchen must have list!  And what is on your list that I may not have tried? 1.  Cuisinart Stand Mixer – getting a large stand mixer several years ago changed my perspective on baking! 2.  Pampered Chef Stone Bakeware – I use for everything, cooks evenly and never burns 3. Keurig Single Serve Coffee Machine- because I only need one cup most days, and so simple to cleanup 4.  The Ninja Cooking system- it’s a stove and a crockpot and an oven all in one and uses less heat! my review 5. Spiral Vegetable Slicer – used to make zucchini pasta 6. iKuuk Silicone Baking Mat- My secret for never scrubbing a … Continue reading

Green Veggie Crustless Quiche #eatyourgreens

My husband and I have different favorite green veggies.  He loves broccoli and I am obsessed with spinach; we both like zucchini.  So our refrigerator is always full of all three.  We are getting ready to go on vacation so I needed to figure out a way of using up all of our vegetables.  I had plenty of eggs on hand, so I wanted to try out a Green Veggie Quiche.  Since we tend to watch our carbohydrate I wanted to go with a crustless quiche but decided to add cottage cheese for some extra protein!  It turned out delicious and full of flavor.  My picky three year old son ate several servings and didn’t pick a single green thing out of it.  So needless to say, I need to find as many ways as possible to get my kids to eat green vegetables so this will become a regular in my house. What I used: 16 egg whites 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1½ cup broccoli, cooked + chopped 2 cups  fresh spinach 1 zucchini sliced thin and sauteed 2 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper What I did: … Continue reading

Rush Hour Jr: Game of Logic and Strategy for kids!

Do you have trouble finding educational gifts that are also fun?  I know as a mother of two, I appreciate when people give my kids “toys” that help them learn something.  I recently received this game from Think Fun that would be a perfect gift for a young child!  Think Fun has impressed me again with a game developed especially for a younger child to develop important life skills in a fun and unique way.  Rush Hour Jr is a game of logic and strategy where you shift traffic (blocking cars and trucks) out of your way to clear a path to the exit. There are 40 leveled brainteaser challenges ranging from easy to super hard that are a fun and interesting way to build problem-solving skills in the very young. Rush Hour Jr. is ideal for younger ages but my husband and I still had plenty of challenging fun testing out this game as my 3 year old toddler watched with curiosity.  It will not be long before my son will be able to understand the concept! The game has only one true rule, only move cars forward or backward.  And the object of the game is to get … Continue reading

Need a great cleanse? This one works perfectly!

The Amazing Miracle Cleanse formula will provide results within 12 to 24 hours as the products states!  This is a great supplement for helping rid the intestinal tract of excess waste, reduce bloating, and help increase energy.  Some may even notice that they lost several pounds of weight within a few days. Included in the formula are effective natural laxatives, fiber, herbs which help soothe the intestinal lining and Acidophilus to help promote healthy bacteria levels in the intestinal tract. While this product may not be used on a daily basis beyond the 15-day cleanse period, it may be used occasionally for intestinal cleaning with the 15-day cleanse repeated 6 -8 weeks following the initial cleanse. I used it for a 7 day cleanse then on occasion as a natural laxative when constipated after a large meal.  I found it to be one of the best natural detox or laxative pills I have tried.  If you would like to try a bottle for yourself, click here them use TOMOSON5 discount code for $10 off! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe … Continue reading

Southern Special {Link Up #19}

Welcome to the Southern Special Link Up! My Co-Hosts, Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl, Dawn from Spatulas on Parade and I are so excited to have you join us for this week’s link up! Tuesdays bloggers can stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you can find new blogs, be inspired, test out a new recipe, and most importantly make new friends, Southern Style! I loved everyone’s links last week and can’t wait to see what gets shared this week! I loved all the different bread recipes linked up last week!  If you are ready for Fall then this Pumpkin Bread from Yesterfood will get your tummy in the mood!  Snd if you have been looking for step by step direction of making Beer Bread then look no farther than Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom.  And over at Mom’s Test Kitchen, bacon month was celebrated with a delicious looking Bacon Cornbread recipe!  This wek I was in the mood for seeing if I could use my favorite food as the main ingridient in bread:  Peanut Butter.  Voila, I made some very yummy and unusual … Continue reading

Bad booboo on their head #coolgelncap

I was sent the Cool Gel N Cap to try on my toddler’s head when he had bumps, bruises headaches or earaches.  Luckily this month we have avoided all of these unwanted situations!  So unfortunately we did not have the opportunity yet to test out how well it works.  However, I can say that it is a great idea that makes perfect sense.  My son saw it but refused to put it on until he needs it. They can be ordered online or found in many local drugstores.  So for the low price, I believe it is worth having on hand for when an accident occurs. Connect with Cool Gel N Cap Website |  Facebook  |  Twitter I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Peanut Butter Bread #lowcarb

My family loves peanut butter, no wait, that is an understatement.  My family’s love for peanut butter is more of an obsession.  We cannot keep it in the house.  So I am constantly figuring out things to bake that involve peanut butter.  I typically eat more fat than carbs on a daily basis because my body tends to process it better but I still have mental cravings for bread!  Which leads me to this recipe:  Peanut Butter Bread! This recipe is so simple and can even be cut into slices and cooked longer to make biscotti! What I used:  1 cup natural peanut butter 3 beaten eggs 2 truvia packs 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional) What I did: (SO SIMPLE) preheat oven to 350 degrees mixed all ingredients together with a stand mixer poured it into a greased loaf dish (mixture is very thick, so you will need to spread it out) bake for 30 minutes  

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