3.25.2015

Re-Play Giveaway!

Eating sets for toddlers (still can't believe I have one of those!) must be tough, unbreakable, unbendable and functional. You know what it can also be? Sustainable, durable, and affordable! 
Enter Re-Play! A company that turns used milk jugs into sustainable, durable, affordable, functional, and safe eating sets. Yup, recycled milk jugs into cute eating sets, which are completely made in the US of A! Don't worry the milk jugs are completely cleaned, sanitized, and removed of anything or any smell that was previously absorbed into the plastic before being turned into items used for eating. 
Durable eating sets? Yes, Re-Play has tested that by driving a car over the divided plate (seen in photos) and no damage was reported! Also important to note, all Re-Play items are dishwasher safe!
Did you know that with just 1 pound of recycled plastic (1lb = 2 milk jugs), you can power a 60W light for 6 days, charge your smartphone for 31 weeks, or charge an electric car for 6 hours! Look at all that is being saved by turning 2 milk jugs into recycled plastic to turn into Re-Play products. This is a company that takes prides in saving green, being sustainable and socially conscious!
Check out the colors of their eating sets, so pretty, vibrant and they never fade!
Visit them on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest!

I have teamed up with Re-Play to do a giveaway for a feeding set, a divided plate, a fork, spoon and no-spill cup.

Ok so this giveaway, there are two mandatory entries, follow my blog and follow me on Instagram.
An extra entry is repost the below image only once on Instagram with the hashtag #henninglovereplaygiveaway
Leave comment on my blog of how you follow me, your Instagram name and I will verify the entries.

The giveaway is open until next Tuesday, March 31.


How pretty is this teal color Caleb got?

3.23.2015

RO*TEL for the big tournament!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias

Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click this link http://cbi.as/4wqx  to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!

Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

Having RO*TEL tomatoes on hand in your pantry helps when unexpected guests drop by to watch the Big Tournament. What are some of your favorite recipes using RO*TEL?


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3.19.2015

blow out let down

Ok I think I may have given up on ever getting a blow out ever again. I have tried twice now and twice it has failed. Let me explain. I am one of those girls who love getting her hair done, it is an event to me, it is a morning out. I plan my appointments early in the morning so that I have all day to look and feel beautiful with my freshly trimmed, dried and curled hair, curly or rather wavy, always wavy. Last week I went to Ulta for a blow out, the go out blow out specifically. I had a dinner to go to on Saturday evening and I saw a 30% off coupon for first time customers. Sean allowed me to go so I went, all excited and jazzed to look pretty with a fresh blow out. Sadly, I left Ulta feeling like my hair was a birds nest, my hair was one hair sprayed mess and I couldn't wait to take a shower as soon as I got home to wash that mess out. Seriously I have given up on blow outs. The only person who is ever allowed to touch my hair is my stylist, Cheree, who I have been going to for 8 years now. 
Maybe you have had better experiences at Ulta's salon than I have. I just was so excited for the experience, having to sit and wait for my appointment when I was on time crunch already was a disappointment, then my stylist kept leaving to talk to someone or do something and come back to do my hair. It was such a disappointing experience I came home and cried on feeling like I completely wasted our money. Anyways I am giving up on every getting a nice blow out. It is over for me I am breaking up with you blow outs!
So if you really really want me to get over my failure of blow outs and possibly, maybe, we shall see reconsider ever getting another blow out, tell me your success stories and where. 
Or maybe I should just try this tutorial.


*I was not compensated for going to Ulta to get a blow out, this opinion is all my own and any money spent was completely mine. 

3.11.2015

Lowest Price Unlimited Plans and Swimsuits

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings #CollectiveBias

Raise your hand if you are a couponing! For me, couponing is a Sunday ritual, pour me a cup of coffee, hand me the coupons and the scissors and let me save some money! I am always looking for  a great deal, doubling up on manufacturers coupons and store coupons. I have been couponing for several years now and over the past year, we as a family have had to coupon a bit more and re-evaluate how money was being spent. One of the easiest areas to slim down is re-evaluating your cellphone plan but without giving up the number of minutes, texts or amount of data you normally use each month. Sound impossible? Read on.

On a recent Saturday I decided to #MarchIntoSavings at Walmart two items on my mind, swimsuits and cellphones. Now I couldn't resist a new swimsuit because here in California it has been in the low 80s and that makes me think what spring break encompasses, swimsuit, pool, sunscreen, and new sunglasses.
Isn't saving money cute?

I also can't resist saving money and helping extend my family's budget. I decided to reassess my family's cell phone plans with #CollectiveBias because some months I look at our cellphone bill and think, "ouch!" As luck would have it because of Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web, I walked out of Walmart with jelly beans AND a new cellphone paying $25 a month for the first line.   I think literally from picking up the phone, getting a new phone number, paying for it all and having my phone set up took all about 10 minutes. What is ideal about the Walmart Family Mobile service is what is on the box is what you get, no annual contract, no deposit, no overage charges. Paying for exactly what your family needs for cellphone service is a key feature of Walmart's Best Plans. Why pay for data if you don't use all the data up each month? Aren't you wasting money each month? The Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Text, Talk&Data, service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to Walmart Family Mobile or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Like couponing where I am cutting it out to save money, cut out the waste of cellphone data you are paying for but not using, that reason is enough to make NOW the perfect time to switch to Walmart Family Mobile.

Let's cut the waste out of cellphone bills. 

When trying to save money, every little bit helps so between couponing each Sunday and changing our family's cellphone service plans, the budget won't be as tight so maybe I can afford to get another cute swimsuit just in time for the summer months!
Saving money can be so bright!

Now you tell me, if you were saving money each month by switching your cellphone plan, how would you spend that saved money?
Using Walmart Family Mobile, you can afford to get the cellphone, plus a case and a toy phone, its a win win for mom and baby!

3.04.2015

Adult Friendly, Toddler Approved Dinners

I wanted to share with you all some meals that I found on Pinterest recently that has had my family has been loving, even Caleb. They are simple to do, let's face it most meals need to be simple with a 13 month old, and great taste, which is a must!

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Stir-Fry (I added some mushrooms in for another veggie)
Go, make this now, here on Skinnytaste

Made this for dinner last night, another dish, make it stat! Juicy, delish chicken that will provide leftovers for chicken tacos, enchiladas or curry chicken salad the next day.

Lastly, roasted chicken, carrots and potatoes from here, pop it in the oven and an hour later you have dinner!

All of these dishes are toddler approved too especially by a certain toddler  chowing down on a mango seed;-) 

3.03.2015

chocolate X3

I don't know about you but for me a cookie has to include some sort of chocolate. I love chocolate chips in a cookie, especially straight out of the oven. That warm, gooey, chocolateyness just makes my mouth water. You know what makes chocolate chip cookies even better, three types of chocolate, regular chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips and mini M&Ms. Yuuuuuup!
These cookies have two unusual ingredients that I don't commonly use, cream of tartar and oat flour, just finely ground oatmeal. It isn't extra fancy just adds to the overall texture of the cookie and moistness. Maybe you are like me and dry cookies are just NOT your thing. Crunchy, crispy cookie, no thanks I'll pass.
Let's make these cookies!
Gather together all your ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 6 tablespoons white sugar, 2 large eggs, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons oat flour (grind oatmeal finely then measure out two tablespoons), 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/2 cup mini M&Ms.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
In your mixing bowl, cream the butter, then add in both sugars and cream. 


Crack one egg into the mixing bowl.

 Separate the other egg, leaving the yolk in one cup and the egg white in another cup. Add the cream of tartar to the egg white and with a fork whip briskly until frothy. Add in the egg white into the cookie batter. You don't need the extra egg yolk. 

Now you add in the dry ingredients, the flour, oat flour and baking soda. 

Mix all the ingredients together. Lastly, add in the three chocolates and if you are feeling extra bad add in more chocolate, why, don't ask question, just do it!



Each cookie should be about 1/4 cup if you are really hungry, a little less if you aren't. You can press more chocolate chips or M&Ms into the dough if you want right before baking. 
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow the cookies to "bake" a bit more by leaving them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, about 4-5 minutes. 
Remove from the cookie sheet then cool or not if you like gooey chocolate chip cookies. Have a tall glass of milk on hand by the way!

recipe found here

3.02.2015

sleep, sleep, sleep!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Sleep, sleep, sleep, what a sensitive subject for parents and babies too. Swaddle? Not swaddle? How do you take your baby out of the swaddle when they are ready? How do you keep them warm without tons of blankets? But blankets are a complete no with babies right? It is enough to make your head swim and that is on the subject of sleep alone! Living in California we don't get super cold nights but the temperature in the house without turning the heat on and can get low enough that has made me question how to keep Caleb warm besides his flannel pajamas. 

I was recently contacted to review the Merino Kids of New Zealand Sleep Sack. These sleep sacks are made out of Merino wool. 



With a few modern designs and nothing too cutesy, Merino Sleep sacks were my style. And until Caleb can dress himself, my style is his style, am I right moms? There are two sized sleep sacks, 0-2 years (babies) and 2-4 years (toddler). I selected the babies sack for Caleb. The sleep sack is definitely a quality made product, it is heavy but not too heavy but just right to keep your baby or toddler warm at night. It was very easy to put on, snaps on one shoulder, then do the zipper and the sleep sack is on. Fussing with too many snaps or zippers is the last thing as a mom I want to do but this Sleep Sack is so easy to put on. 

One thing I really like about the sleep sack is the length of it, it is long so Caleb's legs can lay out completely. If you are wondering for reference, Caleb is 29 inches tall in these photos :-)




I have had to wash the sleep sack twice already and it did great in the wash, just make sure you don't put in the dryer. The shape held up well in the washing machine, it didn't shrink and the sturdyness of the fabric didn't shrink. 
The first two nights I put Caleb in the sleep sack, he slept through the night, which hasn't happened in a long while. Coincidence? Maybe or maybe not. All I know is this sleep sack gives me as a mom a peace of mind that Caleb is staying warm through the night and peace of mind helps a mom sleep a bit easier, as least in between the feedings.