Back To School Baking With Stevia In The Raw #Review #Giveaway

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Back To School usually means one thing…Fall is just around the corner and us moms can’t wait to fire up the oven and get to baking!  If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE baking, and what better way to spend my time now that all three of my kids are in school?  After going on a weight loss journey last year and losing 55 lbs, I have become pretty conscious of my caloric intake, and baked goods are usually off the table.  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw, I can enjoy my favorite pastime even more, and actually indulge in the sweet treats I’m baking!

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With all of the Back To School baking, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of Stevia In The Raw on hand, and the Bakers Bag is the perfect size!  Stevia In The Raw measures cup for cup, just like sugar.  So go on, bake a pie, whip up a sauce…cut the calories in all of your favorite recipes this BTS season!

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What better way to start the day thank with homemade Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns?  Stevia In The Raw has an AMAZING recipe that the whole family will love.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar In The Raw, divided
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp 2% milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted,
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16×12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.

 

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Ready to try another delicious Stevia In The Raw Recipe?  Apple Pie Streusel Cake is another crowd-pleaser that your family will love.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment combine flour, brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Add butter slowly, pulsing between additions, until pea-sized pieces form. Press 1/2 of the mixture in an ungreased 9-inch springform pan; set remaining mixture aside.

Place apples, Stevia In The Raw®, cornstarch and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to combine. Place apples in prepared springform pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining mixture over apples.

Place springform pan on baking sheet with sides. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven. Run knife around the edge of pan; let cake cool completely. Remove springform ring just before serving.

 

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Back To School in our home is all about after-school snacks, and a favorite among my kiddos is chocolate chip cookies.  But sometimes, when you live in Arizona, it’s just too hot to bake for a little while into the school season.  I thought it would be super fun to share an EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH recipe I make using Stevia In The Raw, so not only do the kids get to enjoy…but this mama does too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Stevia In The Raw
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix together Stevia In The Raw, brown sugar, and butter.  Add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or chill.

There are so many ways to enjoy your Back To School baking, and Stevia In The Raw wants to make sure you can bake your butt off too!

***GIVEAWAY***

Stevia In The Raw has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Stevia In The Raw Bakers bag, as well as a $25 VISA gift card to make sure you have all you need to bake, bake, bake!  Giveaway will begin 08/16/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 08/23/17 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Stevia In The Raw giveaway!!

Remember that ALL mandatory entries must be completed…failure to complete mandatory tasks, or submitting tasks that aren’t complete will disqualify you.

 

***I received the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, as well as a gift card to help facilitate the review***

Spooky Fun Halloween Treats From Oriental Trading (And Allergy Friendly Treat Bags Too!)

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Halloween is one of my absolute favorite times of year.  I love making goody bags for little trick-or-treaters but I often find myself disappointed at the selection of candy and small toys available in my local stores.  Thankfully Oriental Trading understands the struggle, and they have a whole HUGE variety of candy and treats to choose from that will knock your Halloween socks off.

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Oozing Eyeballs Candy is a spooky-fun candy that all the kids will love.  “Mad scientists”, optometrists and other trick-or-treaters love these gooey treats!  These putrid peepers are macabre must-haves for Halloween trick-or-treaters and for trunk-or-treat giveaways.

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Witchy Warts are sure to be a huge hit with kids of all ages.  These gruesome grape, orange, lemon and apple flavor candies delight Halloween trick-or-treaters and are great fillers for Halloween party favor bags.

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These Gumball Eyes are real eye-poppers!  Put a handful in every trick-or-treater’s bag for a ghoulishly good treat, or make sure your Halloween candy dish is full.  They’re ideal party favors for your scary celebration!

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Feast on some fingers! Add these gruesome Severed Finger Gummy Candies to their trick-or-treat bags this Halloween for a freaky fun touch.  Great for Halloween party favors, too, these mixed fruit flavor Halloween gummies are a tasty treat this spooky season.

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These spooky specters will make a tasty treat.  Pass out these Halloween Candy Ghosts to your trick or treaters or serve them as Halloween party treats. Grape, orange, apple and lemon flavors.

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These Halloween Hard Candy Rings are jewelry you can eat!  Place these mixed fruit-flavored accessories on each finger for a fun and frightful appearance!  Kids love wearing these Halloween candy rings in black cat, green monster and ghoulish ghost styles!  The perfect accessory for every costume! Mixed fruit flavors.

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No bones about it, these assorted fruit-flavored Bone-Shaped Hard Candy Fun Packs are ideal for a variety of occasions! Drop them in trick-or-treat bags for some bone-chilling fun or add them to party favor bags. The perfect snack size for a little tasty treat after lunch or dinner!

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These Unicorn Poop Candy Fun Packs are the perfect addition to your Halloween party supplies.  Hand them out to all your lucky little trick-or-treaters and pass along a little pack of  fun.  Strawberry flavor. Individually-wrapped.

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Don’t forget about the little ones with allergies!  We love being able to give treats to little ones who can’t have certain ingredients, and this fun Treasure Chest with Toy Assortment is the perfect thing for those little ones.  This treasure chest comes pre-filled with 100 toys and prizes for your Halloween celebration!  Let little ones pick their own toys or put together little toy goody bags…it’s always fun when everyone can join in.

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These Spooky Halloween Cellophane Bags are perfect for putting all the Oriental Trading Halloween goodies in!  Fill these 11″ cellophane bags with cookies or candy and give one to each trick-or-treater!  With pumpkin, bat and spider prints, these goody sacks are a Halloween party essential.  Also perfect for haunted bake sales!

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Aren’t these goody bags just super cute?  I had so much fun putting them together and I can’t wait to pass them out to all the little trick-or-treaters!

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We have super fun candy filled bags that are packed with spooky candies kids will love.

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And of course, we have toy filled bags for the little ones with allergies so they can have fun on Halloween too.

No matter what you’re shopping for this Halloween, make sure you check out everything that Oriental Trading has to offer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School Lunchbox Snacks Your Kids Will Love From Pure Growth Organic

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If you’re a parent, you know the struggle is real when it comes to finding lunchbox snacks the kids will like that will keep fresh all day.  With my three kiddos headed back to school, I set out on a mission to find snacks that my kids would enjoy and I wouldn’t feel bad about giving them.  I found some Pure Growth Organic Snacks that my little ones couldn’t wait to try out.

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Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn was a HUGE hit with my daughter.  She’s loves everything Mickey Mouse so the packaging instantly made her want to try what was inside.  We love popcorn in our household and the White Cheddar Popcorn does not disappoint.  What you’ll love about sending your little one off to school with this tasty treat:

  • organic
  • kosher
  • gluten free
  • 8g whole grains per serving
  • popped in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving
  • NO MSG

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What kid doesn’t love a little sweet treat in their lunchbox, right?  These Pure Growth Organic Crispy Rice Squares are a treat that kids everywhere will love!   This is a whole new spin on America’s favorite childhood sweet treat…vegan, gluten-free, made from brown rice, and of course, organic.!  This snack is a delicious and convenient solution for kids (and parents) to enjoy.  What you’ll love about these Crispy Rice Squares:

  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • kosher
  • vegan
  • made with brown rice
  • formed in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving

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Packing a lunch your little one will love (and you’ll feel good about) is finally a little easier thanks to Pure Growth Organic.  Make sure you check out their whole selection to find the products that are just right for your family!  Enter code  20PGO to save on your purchase!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Superhero Costumes At Super Savings from Oriental Trading

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It should be no surprise to any of you that when I started looking for Halloween costumes for my kiddos that Oriental Trading was my first place to go.  Sometimes shopping for the kids can be pretty frustrating, most places either have a lousy selection or don’t have the correct sizes…but thanks to Oriental Trading I was able to find costumes for both of my kiddos that will be dressing up this year in one place, and even in the right sizes too!

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This year, Batman is something that my kiddos are SUPER in to.  When my son said he wanted to be Batman, and my daughter said she wanted to be Batgirl, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to find what they were looking for but I was pleasantly surprised!  I was able to find BOTH costumes, and the addition of the Bat Girl costume being pink was a huge plus in my daughter’s eyes.

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Doesn’t Jade look just absolutely adorable?  The Girls’ Pink Deluxe Batgirl Costume was exactly what she was looking for, and then some.  This costume is available in a variety of sizes, so no matter what size your little one wears, they can dress up as the superhero they dream of being.  Everything your little one needs to transform into a superhero is included with the costume so no extra purchases…awesome!

Girl’s Pink Deluxe Batgirl Costume Includes:

  • Dress with cape
  • Glovelets
  • Mask
  • Belt
  • Boot tops

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Have no fear, Batman is here!  The Batman Muscle Shirt and Cape is perfect for anyone (young and old alike) to bring out their inner superhero.  You, too, can be a muscle-bound superhero hunk in just minutes with this fun costume.  Put this bat suit on and save Gotham City at your next Halloween party or get the best treats door-to-door!  All you’ll need in addition to this costume is a pair of black pants and you’re ready to rock your inner superhero.

Batman Muscle Shit and Cape Includes:

  • Muscle chest shirt
  • Headpiece
  • Removable cape

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Normally Batman and Batgirl get along, but these two are battling it out for the top superhero spot.  Who do you think will win?  (She may be small, but it’s usually Jade, haha!)

This Halloween, let Oriental Trading handle all of your costume needs so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday and all of the fun that it offers.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School Snacks From SunRype #SunRypeSnacks4School

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When shopping for Back To School snacks, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming and quite misleading.  It’s hard to know whether we’re making the right choices or not, and having to second guess our purchases makes the trip to the store take even longer, which a busy mother of three like myself despises.  SunRype is making it easy to provide healthy snacks for your kids this Back To School season so you can get in to the store, pick up exactly what you’re looking for, and get on with your day.

 

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My kiddos can be pretty picky sometimes, so I wasn’t sure how these new snacks would go over with them, but I was so incredibly surprised.  Both the SunRype FruitSource + Veggie and SunRype Fruit To Go taste amazing!

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Fruit To Go in Apple Strawberry Watermelon was instantly a HUGE hit with the kids, and yes, even myself.  This delicious snack is a summery blend of strawberries, apples, and watermelon that you can enjoy any time of year.  The juicy strawberries and mouthwatering watermelon combine for a flavor that kids will love…just be prepared for them to ask for more!  These thin fruit strips will satisfy your sweet cravings without any added processed sugar…something a mom like me truly appreciates.  These vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free 100% fruit snacks are made with real fruit puree so you and your kids can finally agree on this tasty, portable, on-the-go snack.

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Looking for a great way to get more veggies into your little one’s diet?  The SunRype Fruit Source + Veggie are a great option!  Mango and strawberry make a perfect match in this 100% fruit and vegetable snack.  Each bar has 2.5 servings of fruit and veggies!  Just like the Fruit To Go, they’re also made from a real fruit and veggie puree, and are vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free so you can indulge no matter your dietary needs.  Add in being a good source of fiber and potassium and you’ve got one superhero snack here to save the day.

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This year, send your kiddos back to school with snacks that will help fuel their bodies and minds with SunRype.  You’ll find these tasty snacks available in the produce department at most grocers next to the fruits and vegetables.  Make sure you check out all of the snack options that SunRype provides so you can find the ones that are just right for your little ones.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Splat-tastic Fun For Everyone From Zorbeez

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If you have children that love gross things (like my three little monkeys), then you absolutely have to get your hands on Zorbeez.  Zorbeez are a totally gross expiriment gone wrong, and now they can be all yours!  Surprise your friends with gross-tastic fun with the Zorbeez Monster Oozers and Creature Chumper for endless, of course messy (but easy to clean up), fun.

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With Big Ben the Creature Chumper, you can blast your friends from up to 10 feet away!  This crazy monster eats Zorbeez and shoots out ooey gooey mush for splat-tastic fun that kids everywhere will love.  Big Ben is easy enough for young children to use without frustration, while still being fun enough that even my 14 year old (who’s too cool for everything) wanted to join in and have fun.

Big Ben Creature Chumper includes:

  • 1 Creature Chumper Monster
  • 1 Toxicity Feeder
  • 1 Crusher
  • 1,500 Explosion Orange Gross Seeds for even more fun!

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Zorbeez Monster Oozers are some of the grossest fun your kids will ever have.  Crush the Zorbeez with the included tools, fill your monster toy up, and start the oozing, gooey fun.  Every Monster Oozer includes 850 Zorbeez, both hydrated and as Gross Seeds, for extra fun!

Monster Oozer packages include:

  • 1 Monster Oozer
  • 1 Cartridge
  • 1 Nozzle
  • 1 Plunger
  • 1 Crush Tube
  • 850 Zorbeez™ (350 Hydrated, 500 Gross Seeds)

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My kids have been having an absolute blast with their new grossly fun toys.  The weather here has been beautiful, so playing outside eliminates any clean-up at all, which this busy mother-of-three can truly appreciate.  Even if your kiddos play inside, the cleanup is almost effortless, and even easy enough for your kids to help out.  When you’re all done playing with your Zorbeez, simply let the mess dry and vacuum it up, how simple is that?

Whether you’re shopping for birthdays, Christmas, just because or any other occasion, Zorbeez will be sure to be a big hit!  Just make sure you order extra Gross Seeds…they will go fast when the kids are playing and having fun.  Gross Seeds come in four scientifically silly colors: Explosion Orange, Toxic Green, Goopy Blue, and Snotty Yellow, so you can keep the fun going in all sorts of fun, gross colors.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Baby Essentials From Motorola And Zutano

 

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a great baby shower gift for a friend or family member, sometimes finding the right product can be a challenge.  With Motorola and Zutano, you’ll be able to find just the right thing for each and every person on your baby gifts list.

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Motorola is a name that I have known and trusted for years, so when I saw the Motorola MBP855 Connect I knew that I had to try it out.  This 5 inch portable video baby monitor enables you to keep an eye on things while at home or on-the-go.   The handheld parent unit is perfect for home, while compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers allow you to watch your baby no matter where you are.  The camera itself is also rechargeable, so it’s super easy to take the camera around the house with you, no cords to worry about!  With remote pan, tilt, and zoom and infrared night vision, you’ll be able to rest assured that you can keep an eye on your precious little bundle under every circumstance.

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Motorola MBP855 Connect Features Include:

  • 5 inch Diagonal Color Screen
  • Remote HD (720p) Video Streaming and Sound, Motion, and Temperature Notifications
  • Portable, Rechargeable Camera with Remote Pan, Tilt, and Zoom
  • Two-Way Communication and Room Temperature Display
  • Wireless Technology: 2.4 GHz FHSS with Up to 1000 feet Range and Wi-Fi

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Baby clothes are an absolute must whether you’re shopping for yourself or some other lucky parents being blessed with a precious bundle.  Zutano offers tons of great baby items including unique baby clothes including hats, blankets, dresses, one-piece suits, shirts, pants, and more.  All of Zutano’s products are made with only the highest quality fabrics, perfect for babies of all ages everywhere.  The combination of energetic colors, fun and unique designs, and superior quality gives the Zutano line an unmatched reputation as a must-have baby brand that is adored by parents and children alike.

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How cute is this Flower Shower Button Dress?  This Zutano short-sleeved dress is the perfect summer outfit for both casual and formal events.  Made of the softest interlock cotton, this makes a sweet outfit when combined with a comfy pair of Zutano cotton bloomers.

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The Zutano Sun Hat is the perfect compliment to the Flower Shower dress.  From sandboxes to wading pools, trips to the zoo and picnics at the park, baby will stay cool and covered in this sweet, summery sun hat.  Featuring a wide brim and adorable chin ties, the Zutano sun hat offers both UPF 30+ protection and a stylish profile.  Perfect for on the go coverage as baby discovers the joys of summer.

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Cozie Fleece Booties are a must for babies of all ages!  These fleece booties feature a signature two-snap secure fit and an ultra soft fleece exterior with an interlock cotton lining to wrap your baby’s feet in comfort.  The two adjustable snaps help the booties stay on while allowing them to shape well to the contours of baby’s foot.  Designed for durability, these booties maintain their shape and feel after extended wash and wear, perfect for all of the use and abuse babies will put them through.

 

Make sure you check out all that Motorola and Zutano have to offer and find the items that are just right for you (or that lucky someone you’re shopping for).

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***