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Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring In To Spring Giveaway Hop

Yes it is time.
I am sooo very ready for Spring to be here...
Are you with me?
I am more than ready for another Giveaway;
Aren't you?
So here is 
my Stop in the

Welcome to the 
"Spring in to Spring" Giveaway Hop 
hosted by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things
and Michelle from Mama's Baby Cupcakes.

This hop has a Open Spring Theme, and each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.

When I think of Spring, I think of flowers starting to pop out of the ground and fresh fruits and vegetables locally grown found in the markets. 


Steaming your vegetables is one of the healthiest ways to prepare them because it retains the nutrients and vitamins while preserving color, texture and flavor. And it's also one of the most delicious, too!  

I am self sponsoring this giveaway with a Smart Steamer by Tupperware. This steamer is loved by all, including Dr Oz!

The Smart Steamer by Tupperware includes 1¾-qt./400 mL Water Tray, Steamer Base, Colander and Cover. 


I gave one of these away in December and everyone was talking about it - so I thought I would share the joy again.  And how many times can you say that a fun way to cook and tastes great is also good for you?

You could purchase you own today if you don't want to wait, from my Tupperware Site .  I really love mine and use it for all kinds of things ... not just veggies!

After visiting my giveaway, and entering with the easy rafflecopter below, make sure you use the linky to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!   
Good Luck!

Be sure to check out the Grand Prize on Mommy's Favorite Things blog for a chance to win a Gift Card from Umi Shoes and a Bubble Guppies DVD.

Disclosure: Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the "Spring in to Spring" participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Simple Baker 24 Silicone Baking Cups

I was provided the Silicone Baking Cups from Simple Baker to facilitate my review and to give my honest opinion of the product.  I received no other compensation.  I only post products or services that I believe will be of benefit to my readers.

The Silicone Baking Cups by Simple Baker put an end to those paper or aluminum cupcake cups.
The colors that are part of the set (not the colors I received) look awesome.  

I did not receive the blue or the purple color .. mine included 23 (yes my package was short 1 cup) total cups 4 pink, 4 orange, 4 yellow and 11 green.  Hopefully this was just because they were rushing to get out my package and not the norm.  Personally I didn't have a problem with the missing colors or the "extra" greens, but if you were doing this for a child and they didn't like green ... well that could be a problem.

I really liked the fact that they are BPA Free and are Environmentally friendly as well as super easy to clean.  They are dishwasher safe and stain resistant.

I have not yet cleaned them in the dishwasher (I washed by hand the first time and let them air dry on the counter) but just knowing that you can could be a lifesaver.

I made some butter cupcakes with lemon and blueberries ... oh yes these will be perfect


As you can see, they don't look any different then the paper ones when they are waiting to be devoured, but will be great to re-use and in the long run save you money!

I really liked that you don't need to use any non-stick spray on these.  I also did a test of these with some used as is and some used with a non-stick spray.  As you can see the ones in the green cups - no spray,  and the yellow cups - with spray, don't really look any different once the cupcakes are removed.  They were extremely easy to remove and yet still "whole" cupcakes - no real cake left inside the silicone cups.  I don't know about you but sometimes I find more on the paper cups then we get to eat!  Yes there is a little more on the side of the green cup, but I think overall you could very easily go without any non-stick spray and be very happy.



But I may just continue to use the non-stick spray on mine when I do something that has a "filling" so that I don't chance having the filling ooze out too soon when it is taken out of the "cup".

Oh and they have a 100% cash back lifetime guarantee!  Really is a wonderful thing, but I don't think you will need it.

All in all I think these are a great find and know I will be using these again and again.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's your Opportunity ....

This one is kind of simple and kind of deep at the same time.



I think I will think of everything as a GIFT.
I could feel sorry for myself, but what will that give me?
Once the tears are finished I will have bloodshot eyes and probably a headache.

I would rather think of the events as an opportunity to grow and not an obstacle to get over or around or keep me from moving forward.
I could think of it as an obstacle so that I would have a "reason" other than me for staying in the same spot and not growing, not moving on.

Yes I think I will think of it as a GIFT.
Yes I will think of it as an OPPORTUNITY.
Look out folks ... 
I AM going to be doing GREAT things 
Because I CAN!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another Soup Mug Recipe

It is the simple things in life that make you smile.
I really love this idea and of course know that it will work perfectly in the Tupperware CrystalWave Soup Mug.  

The Soup Mug is just so versatile, and I love sharing recipes like these.  There are so many recipes out there for single servings of the every day meals, I have at least 5 Tupperware Soup Mugs myself ... just so I always have one to try something new! 


Want your own Tupperware CrystalWave Soup Mug for your very own?  Check them out on my Tupperware Site.  I bet you will be surprised at how many wonderful things we have at Tupperware.  So much more than the stuff your mama or grandma had to choose from!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Which are you - Boss or Leader?

So which are you?
Which do you want to be?

Do you really know the difference?



I have had both in my work life and rather a leader but you can't always "pick" which one you report to.  

I hope I have been a leader more often than not in my "boss" roles of the past.  And that I can continue to show those traits in the future.

How about you?
Do you agree?
Which have you had more of in your work history?
Which are you or have you been?  Or want to be?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

You DO deserve your most important dreams

Sometimes I think this is my mantra or should be and maybe just maybe it will sink in.

I always seem to worry when good things happen that I've been hoping would happen that something will go wrong.  Or that it will get taken away because I really didn't deserve them ... Notice I didn't say I didn't earn them - because I probably more than likely did because I put my heart and soul into it.  I just don't always think I deserved them.





I find that I am not afraid to pursue them (well most of the time I'm not) I'm just not sure that I deserve them when they finally come to fruition. 

How about you?
Are you afraid to pursue your dreams?

Or do you don't think you deserve them once they happen?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Your best days have yet to happen

Some days, especially when its really really cold and you end up being stuck inside (and still freezing) that you get down. 

At least I know I do.  You are stuck inside, you don't have a lot you can do and you start thinking about what's happening in your life.  Maybe you aren't happy with what has been happening as of late.  It may not be that bad, really, but when you have a lot of time on your hands and no way to go out and "work off the blues" ... well you know what happens.

This one is pretty good - time to make this the mantra of the month.  Especially now that it is so cold all over the country, more and more people may be feeling like they are missing out on something.




Sort of makes you perk up and see the brightening up of the day ... doesn't it?
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