Shop With Schoola And Make A World Of Difference

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For those of you who don’t know what Schoola is, here is their mission:

“Dedicated to putting paintbrushes, books, baseballs and violins back into the hands of children, Stacey launched Schoola in the 2012-2013 school year. A few innovative schools took the call to run a clothing drive during the last (and busiest) week of school. Parents sent in their gently used clothing. We listed the clothes on our site at amazing prices. And schools received proceeds from every item sold—money that funds all those programs so critical to the success of our kids. A win for all.”

I absolutely LOVE shopping with Schoola.  I get amazing deals that help me keeps my kids in great clothes without breaking the bank.  For a short time, you can snag $25 in clothes FREE!  Yes, I said FREE!  What’s even better is, for a very limited time, Schoola is offering free shipping with no minimum.  This means you can get $25 worth of clothes also shipped for FREE!  There is no catch, pay absolutely nothing.  Here’s how:

First, you’ll need to click this link and sign up with Schoola to receive a free $15 credit.

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Once you have signed up, click the “collections” tab up on the top.  At the bottom of that menu (like pictured above) you will see ‘ + New Collection ‘.  Click on that, create and save your new collection, and get another $10 credit!

Now you’re ready to shop, and wait for your free clothes to arrive.  This is a great way to either get the things your kids need, or to snag a Christmas present or two 🙂

ENJOY!!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Review

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If you don’t know that I have an obsession with nail polish and nail accessories, then you’re probably a new reader.  I love trying out new nail polish, nail strips, gel polish, nail effects, gemstones, you name it!!!  Being a mom of 3, sometimes I just don’t have the time to sit and let nail polish dry.  That’s why I love the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips.

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The Salon Effects strips are SUPER easy to use.  All you have to do is peel, apply, and shape.  There is no dry time involved with the strips, however, I do add a clear coat of my favorite clear polish to help them last longer.  The Salon Effects strips will last up to 10 days, and look amazing for such minimal effort.  I have tried just about every color and design, but I have a few that are my absolute favorites.

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Animal Instinct is a beautiful hot pink with zebra pattern and is so much fun to wear!

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Love Letter is my ABSOLUTE favorite!  It’s cute and modern while at the same time giving off a classic vibe.

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Sadly, I don’t remember the name of this one, and they don’t make it anymore 😦 .  While it was available, it was one of my top faves.

I love being able to have my nails look great from home, without the dry time of a normal manicure.  This way I can easily get my nails done while my toddler is laying down, which means I can change the look of my manicure much more often 🙂 .

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I haven’t tried Laced Up yet, but this will be the one I use next week.  I’m pretty sure it will be the same as all the other Salon Effects strips and look fabulous!

Stephany’s Mouth Waterin’ Chili Recipe

No matter what the season, slow cooker chili is a MUST in this house.  I make it at least once a month because we just can’t get enough of it.  I wanted to share my recipe with all of you so you can try it for yourself.  I guarantee, it will also become a monthly staple meal in your home.  (As long as you like spice, that is!)  It’s a super simple to prepare meal that delivers “OH MY GOD!” results.

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Ingredients:

1-2 lbs stew meat

1 lb hot ground pork sausage

3 cans S&W chili beans

1 can (15-16 oz) tomato sauce

2 packages McCormick hot chili seasoning

1 can or glass jar of sliced jalapenos

5 habaneros

minced garlic (use as much or as little as you like)

Step 1

Brown the stew meat and ground sausage in a skillet (I use a large deep skillet and do them both together because they end up in the same crockpot anyways).  Once the meat is mostly cooked, add it to the crockpot.

Step 2

Add in your chili beans, tomato sauce, chili seasoning packets, half of your jalapenos AND half of the jalapeno juice from the jar, habaneros, and garlic.  Mix together.  Set slow cooker to low and in about 6 hours you have the most amazing tasting chili you’ve ever had 🙂

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If you’d like, top with some shredded cheese and sprinkle in crackers.

Lalaloopsy Baking Oven Review

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Those of you who have followed my blog for even a short amount of time know that I have a toddler who is the ultimate girly girl.  She loves everything pink, sparkly, and “so cute!”.  She has had a love of Lalaloopsy since before she was even a year old, and has even dressed up as one of the Lalaloopsy girls for Halloween.

I very frequently review items myself and host tons of fun giveaways for you all, but it’s once in a blue moon that I win something myself in those types of giveaways because as you all know, there are many who enter and it’s all luck of the draw.  Recently a friend of mine who knows my daughter’s love of Lalaloopsy let me know about the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven Giveaway that was being hosted by Country Girl Blogging.  There were SOOOOO many entries I didn’t expect to win at all, BUT I DID!!!  I received the Baking Oven a couple weeks ago and was SO hard to hold onto until my daughter’s birthday, but I did it!

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The Lalaloopsy Baking Oven comes with everything you’ll need: spatula, measuring spoons, cake mix, frosting mix, confetti sprinkles, cookie mix, cake tin, and cookie mold.

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Add the ingredients, and mix!  Super simple 🙂

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Pour the batter into the cake pan, and bake according to the instructions.

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Frosting a cake is a serious job! (LOL!)  Once your creation has cooled, mix the frosting, frost the cake, and add sprinkles.

ONE LAST STEP!!!  (Tasting it of course!!)

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The Lalaloopsy Baking Oven is a HUGE hit!  My daughter loves it because she can bake just like mom, and I love it because with very little adult interference my daughter has the freedom to create things that are sew magical, sew cute!!!

***No compensation was given in exchange for this review.  I won this item in a giveaway, and just wanted to share with all of you the magical fun of Lalaloopsy.***

Black Forest Banana Bread Recipe

I love, love LOVE baking!  Recently I’ve gotten a few new cookbooks and have been really enjoying putting them to use.  One of my favorite new cookbooks is Dump Cakes by Cathy Mitchell.

Banana bread has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.  When I found an awesome twist on it in the Dump Cakes cookbook I knew I was going to try that first above anything else.  I hope all of you try this for yourself and see how amazing it is 🙂

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BLACK FOREST BANANA BREAD:

1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 cup mashed ripe bananas

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cups chopped pecans (I used walnuts)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Drain cherries, reserving 2 tablespoons of the juice.  Coarsely chop the cherries.

Combine brown sugar and butter in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until creamy.  Beat in bananas, eggs and reserved cherry juice until well blended.  Stir in chopped cherries, chocolate chips, and pecans (or whatever type of nut you choose to use if any).  Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did, and remember, this is just one of the simply amazing things available in Cathy Mitchell’s Quick and Easy Dump Cakes and More

***No compensation was given of any kind.  I bought this cookbook for myself, and absolutely love it.  My post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Cathy Mitchell or anyone associated with her***