Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nutella Pudding

photos by SMW

Howdy chocolate fan!  Or are you strictly a Nutella fan?  I once gained 20 pounds on Nutella in one summer.  Yes, siree, I'm proud of that fact.  Did it in Europe! Eating my way through a jar of Nutella and a bagette was where it's at, don't you know?

The recipe is easy, just make sure you don't take too many dips into the Nutella jar so you'll have enough for the recipe :)

Nutella Pudding:

Serves 6


  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cocoa, unsweetened
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup Nutella spread
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • whipped cream, optional
1. Whisk cornstarch, cocoa and salt in heavy saucepan.  Slowly whisk in the milk. Turn heat to medium and cook, stir frequently, until mixture thickens, about 8 min.
2. Remove from heat and whisk in Nutella, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Divide among 6 ramekins.  

Serve warm or cold, with a dollop of whip cream is best.  Will keep in fridge for 3 days covered with plastic wrap.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cover Girl +Olay

Have you seen these commercials with Ellen de Generes?  They are cute plus they show her playing around with a smooth, flexible ball. My take on that is Cover Girl wants you to know that they've partnered this makeup with Olay, known as a firming, rejuvenation product in the beauty product world.  I've really enjoyed using this product and, in my own opinion, I think it's made my skin look smoother and more youthful.

photos by SMW

Here's the de-puffer and the foundation makeup. Ready to give it a try.  Below is my naked face.

Above, I am using the de-puffer to hide the black under my eyes (I'm a light sleep and not enough sleep).

Voila!  The finished product.  nice and smooth and youthful.  I love it!  The foundation is creamy and covers spots nicely.  The de-puffer does its job of hiding tired eye shadows and any other spots around the face.  I have 'mother's mask'.  It's a condition where the skin blotches from pregnancy.  This makeup conceals the blotches much better than others.

I'm really happy with this product and know I'll be using it in the future.

*I received this product free from in return for a review of the product.  The opinions above are my honest opinions.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shark Tank and Entrepreneurs

photo courtesy of Shark Tank

If you are like me and want to train your children about the elements of hard work and entrepreneurship, this father has got it down.  Read here to learn more how this father showed purposeful action when it came to helping his child and letting him succeed on his own.  What a great example of true entrepreneurship!  Let your kids think out of the box (no pun intended!) and soar with a little shove, push, and elbow grease from Mom and Dad.  L.O.V.E this!

Paper Box Pilots is a very simple idea, one that we've all probably done with our kids on our own.  But, with a snazzy sticker set you can make it really special.  Their prices are reasonable at under $8 for a set and instructions, sometimes a paper hat is included.  Their customer reviews are very high and enthusiastic.

My niece did a birthday party using this idea of boxes and making their own airplanes.  How cute would it be for them to get their own sticker set as a party prize?!  Right now their is a Shark Tank special!

Hope you loved this idea and let's all start thinking entrepreneurship for our kids!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Music Moment Monday

Sesame Street and music really go hand in hand.  Think of all the songs you watched being sung by Grover, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all their friends.  Can you sing one?

Well this Christmas, Sesame Street and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are going to get together for the annual MoTab Christmas concert in Salt Lake City.  Tickets are free and they are up for grabs today!

Wish I was going to be in Salt Lake City for this one!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween- No Candy Options

I've been a Halloween grinch for a few years- or have I?  I'm protecting your and my children from tooth decay and an unnatural sugar high.  I give out little prizes like slap hands and pencils.  I usually get a 'hey, that's cool' or 'I really like this', even a 'I like this better than candy!' sometimes.  Super neat!

Here's a few ideas for those that want to join the non-candy band wagon.
 1. slap hands- $6.92 for 6 dozen.  Not bad.  That averages to about the same price as candy treats.

2. Glow Stick Bracelets- $8.89 for 100, that's a smokin' deal.  Kids love these. A lot!

3. Glow in the dark Bouncy Balls- I want one.  Sounds like hours of fun!  $6.25 for 48 balls.

4. Crazy Eye Patch- $5.25 for 48.  This one looks like a winner for after Halloween shenanigan's.

There are so many options.  Happy pre-Halloween shopping.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3 Good Things to Buy at Costco

1. Milk and Eggs- Diary has usually been a steal at Costco.  Now that milk and eggs are constantly going up dairy continues to be a best deal here but make sure you check any 'loss leader' ads at other stores for good deals.  Butter, that's a whole new monster (can you believe it went up to $2.99/lb?!)  Make sure to check other ads before shopping at Costco.

2.Toilet Paper- Hands down best buy at $15.00 for the large pack.  My rule of thumb is .50 cents per double roll or less.  Costco has the best quality for generic brand also.

3. Fruits and Vegetables (sometimes!)- again, caution and knowing your prices, i.e. having low price sheet , make it easy to buy bananas, spinach, red peppers and lettuce at Costco.  Again, knowing your prices first and looking at 'loss leaders' before you go to Costco really help.

What are your hot buys at Costco?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ace Hardware- Ladies Night

photos by SMW

See that cool old time wood floor! Yes, it's original to Arlington's local hardware store that's over 100 years old.  Nifty huh?!

This place is an icon in town.  Not only do they have free popcorn (which tastes super yummy) but you can get one-of-a-kind gifts here!  Like stuff for your parents that are hard to buy for!

"I want that ship!"  

If you are a Napoleon Dynamite fan, go buy that ship!  If you're a stuffed moose head fan, they have every kind of dead animal on the planet hanging around all over the store.  You could make a treasure hunt out of it.  No kidding!  We saw a wart hog!  Who hunts wart hogs?

Sorry for the blurry pic.  I was juggling popcorn AND a camera.  Not my talent.  I love this tree in the middle of the store.  So artistic!

The second floor is for girls.  And Ladieeesss, you'll want to go. Saturday, October 18th 6:30-9pm  they are allowing only ladies in the store.  No men, no kids.  Just females.  Because upstairs they have some darn cute clothes.  The style is uptown country and some is casual rhinestone jeans, like Miss Me jeans.

There's refreshments, prizes, and sales, plus a photo booth.  

I'll be there!  How 'bout ya'll?  

Bet you didn't know I used to live in Texas?  I actually went to middle school and high school there but never picked up the accent.