Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A New Delicious Snack On-the-Go #BTS

It's back-to-school time and a lot of people will be busy again. If you have at least a weekly meal plan, then I guess you'll save some time with preparation. 

For parents who wants to keep their kids alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic (Don't tell me you're singing too?!) I found the perfect snack you can just slip in his bag in a snap. 
The new Hormel REV #12 Turkey Ham & Cheese wrap is the perfect snack on-the-go. The wrap is in an easy to peel packaging and rectangular plastic so it won't easily be flattened when placed in your bag. The tortilla is soft enough for kids to bite without making a mess. It's neither salty nor sweet. It tastes and smells simply like bread. My daughter loved the cheddar cheese and I say it goes perfect with the turkey ham. It's a classic combination anybody would enjoy. 
If you prefer a warm wrap like me, you can put it in the oven for 15secs. Oh, I tell you it's so great with coffee during an afternoon snack! I think I could eat three for lunch. :D

Oh, and right now my daughter is beside me looking at what I'm doing and she kept on saying "Mommy, I want to eat that one.", "Mommy, I want that cheese". Gosh, I better go find some in-store and stock up on this item!

DISCLOSURE
I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product mentioned above. I was given a free sample to facilitate this review. Everything was based on my honest opinion and experience using the product. 



Monday, August 11, 2014

#Cartwheel #Coupon Alert! @Target @Purex

Right now until August 30th, you can enjoy 10% off Purex detergent purchase using Cartwheel by Target. You can claim this offer online or by downloading the Cartwheel app on your phone.

What a great way to save especially this back to school season. You'll probably need more clothes to wash, right? ;)

A lot of people has taken advantage of this already, including me! Now, it's your turn! Click here to start saving!

DISCLOSURE
I was not paid in any way to do a review of this product/service. As a member of the Purex Insiders I get a chance to share the promotion with my readers.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Lovely View at Severn Inn in Annapolis

Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Budget: $30-50/person
Address: 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409

That is the nice view you'll see when you dine in at Severn Inn in Annapolis. The water does look brown but it looks a lot better when you dine out with that kind of view. Those who love to sail can dock their boats too if they want to stop by for lunch. There were at least two families who did so just before I took this photo.

So how did we end up here? We were supposed to visit the Naval Academy when we decided not due to the availability of parking spaces. It was during the peak season so it is expected. We drove a few miles to find other places to visit and we ended up in a park where you can rent kayaks, then we got hungry! I noticed right after we left the park that there were some cars going into the other direction - where Severn Inn is. I somehow realized due to the nice view, that this would be our 'expensive meal' trip.

Food
Don't mind the Nesquik brand if you notice it in the photo. It's not available at the restaurant. My daughter was just trying to finish the drink. Anyway, back to the food. I'll say it plain and simple - everything we ordered looked fresh and they all taste great, even the sauces! The price was really worth it. The only thing though that I didn't like (which is not related to food) is the look on some people's eyes as we walk towards our table. I was wearing shorts and a simple top with flip flops on and my husband noticed somebody looked at me from head to toe. Oh those people, they think they own the place and probably thought they're the only gods and goddesses allowed to eat in more-than-the-average kind of restaurants. LOL!
Kid's Meal


Homemade Ice Cream with Fudge
The homemade ice cream with fudge cost almost $5. That's just one scoop with definitely not Hershey's syrup kind of fudge. By the way, even the fries taste different, although as usual, it's the only thing we were not able to finish.

Cleanliness
Well-maintained. Even the bathroom was clean considering it was lunchtime and there were a couple of people coming in and out of room.

Kid-Friendliness
They didn't have crayons and stuff but they do have a couple of kid's meal. They also have high chairs in the air-conditioned room which they can always bring down to the waterfront dining area.

Customer Service
They were nice but I thought they don't come to you as often, especially when you're dining out. It took us more than 10 minutes to have our drinks refilled.

Complimentary Stuff
Parking is free but if you can't find one in the area, maybe you can park at the nearby park which is walking distance anyway.
I just wanted to say that their regular drinks (soda and tea) are refillable, if you are wondering. I've been to some who doesn't offer refill and I swear I won't ever go to those places again unless I'm only thirsty for water. LOL.

DISCLOSURE
I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product/s or service/s mentioned above. Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Is Your Child Into Well Beginnings?

I didn't know that Walgreens offer a line of products for babies/toddlers. So it took me by surprise when I saw the Well Beginnings products. The first time I saw it I fell in love with the packaging (color and design). It's simple and it perfectly matches my home decorations! I bet it'll be easy to match them at your place too. Anyway, here are some of the Well Beginnings baby products they offer, all of which are Made in US and offer 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Well Beginnings Wipes
Well Beginnings wipes are made with Tri-Foam technology which uses 3 layers of cloth to make it stronger yet soft enough to use for little ones. As to thickness, I think it's in the middle, just perfect. I don't like the thin ones that doesn't do much work and the thick ones which I think is too much waste. The wipes too come in scented and fragrance-free hypoallergenic wipes. I prefer the latter though because I am choosy when it come to scents. It's also a relief to know it has been approved by dermatologists and it doesn't contain alcohol which can make kids' skin dry.
 Well Beginnings Diaper

  • Soft, Stretchable Waist and Side Panels to Wrap Your Baby in Softness
  • Extra Soft Inner Liner with Natural Botanicals, Vitamin E and Aloe Hypoallergenic
  • Excellent Leakage Protection Day and Night
  • Cottony Soft Outer Cover
  • Available in NB-Size 6 as well as Jumbo Sizes

Classic look with the chequered design.
Simple and not too bold colors to go with any outfit.
Back is stretchable for a perfect fit and to avoid leak.
Well Beginnings Baby Wash
If you look closely at the photo, it's not full. Well it WAS, I just wasn't able to take a photo of it until today because my daughter was so excited to use her new liquid wash! This baby wash is tear-free, phthalate-free, paraben-free. It's bubbly and soft to the skin which my daughter noticed herself. It's an all-in-one (hair and body) baby wash which saves time and bath space. ;)
Well at Walgreens Oral Electrolyte
This one I have yet to try. I hope my daughter doesn't get sick just to use this but it's always better to have one at home in case of emergency. It's also nice that it comes clear in color (dye free) so she'd think it's water and tasteless. ;) It says it has a fruity flavor and is ready to use, just like Pedialyte. I stored it in the fridge just to make sure.
For even greater savings, stock up when it's on sale. Like right now, it's Buy One Get One 50% off online. :)

DISCLOSURE
I was not paid to do a review of this post. I was given free samples to facilitate the review but everything was based on my honest opinion of the product/s.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Great Tasting Cookie Using a U.S.-Grown Wheat Flour

I have been baking for awhile and I always use the same old brand. Just recently, I went to Target and found one that is new to me - King Arthur Flour. Good thing, I needed some self-rising flour for this summer's baking and found organic ones too! I bake at least once a week though I don't really post everything here in my blog. But from now on, I'll be baking using King Arthur Flour and I am going to share my experience using them too.
King Arthur Flour Unbleached Self-Rising flour doesn't really have much difference compared with the other leading brands, and I mean it in a good way. While using it, I noticed how pure the color is, you won't see crumbs too. The flour looks very well granulated and there's no need to sift it. Saves time, eh? What I like about it is it was "milled from carefully selected 100% U.S-grown wheat", as in the package. I feel very safe in using it knowing it was made from something that was grown in a place I know and trust.
The packaging said it's best for cookies so that's what I tried to bake! :) I found a recipe online via AllRecipes though I altered a few ingredients. I can't find the link anymore though I found it by Googling the keywords "self-rising flour", "cookie" and "allrecipes". I just wanted to let you know that this is not my own. I wanted to give the contributor a credit, I think I'll just update this post when I find it again. :) I chose this recipe because it doesn't contain a lot of ingredients. Besides, I want to do something with what I have and I thought this was perfect.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup Self-Rising flour
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Butter (softened)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 pc Egg (large)
As wanted: Chopped walnuts, Milk chocolate morsels, Marshmallow

Mix wet ingredients with the dry. Line in a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake at 375F for 12-14 minutes. Yields 2 dozens.
The basic ingredients needed.
I added chocolate morsels and chopped walnuts.
Then I noticed I have marshmallows so I cut them into pieces and threw them in the batter too.
 The first, second and third batches! 
The end result: Some yummy, crunchy, chewy, thin but moist cookies!
It was hot that day so I decided to add something cold. :D

Note and Tips:
  • If you want to try adding marshmallows, just use like one big piece (for the original recipe) and cut it in very small sizes, smaller than those I did. Marshmallows make the cookie more appetizing but it tends to melt more and if you use a lot, you'll see some part of your cookie melted. Just imagine the moon. For the last batch I even needed to remove the marshmallows! LOL!
  • I think the smaller the chocolate morsels are, the better.
  • I used the regular milk chocolate morsels and they were great, they didn't really add too much sweetness in the cookie. It would have tasted a bit more different with bittersweet ones.
  • Do not heat the butter in the microwave, just let it melt at room temperature. I tried to heat mine and the batter became super moist. So for the last batch, I needed to put it in the fridge first because baking it.
  • If you put it in a fridge, use clear wrap and roll. When rolled, it'll be easier to just slice and put it in the sheet. What more, the shape and size of your cookies will probably look almost the same. ;) 
I definitely suggest you use this recipe, it is very easy to do with less ingredients too. Well, the add-ons will depend on you. :) Good luck and happy baking!

DISCLOSURE
I was not paid to do a review of the product/s mentioned above. I was given free samples to try but was not required to do an online review of them. Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.