Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Truffles

If you know me personally or follow Just Me and the Boys Facebook page, you know that fall means Pumpkin Spice everything!

Some of my favorite pumpkin flavors include Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, Caribou Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer as well as pumpkin bars and desserts of all sorts.

Last week my mom sent me a link about Oreo's release of Pumpkin Spice cookies! I almost left immediately for Target to get some. Unfortunately it took a couple days for me to actually make a trip to Target. None-the-less, I knew I wanted to make some no-bake truffles with these cookies! After I got the cookies I wasted no time!

You only need four ingredients:
  • 1- package Pumpkin Spice Oreos
  • 1- 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 3- boxes Bakers white chocolate
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional)
Directions (makes approximately 24 cookies):
  1. Crush the whole package of Oreos (or most of them... 1 or 2 may have fallen into my mouth). I find a food processor does the best job. But if you don't have one, some elbow grease with wooden spoon in a bowl will do the trick.
  2. Mix all crushed Oreo with cream cheese until you no longer see any chunks of cream cheese. If you have made other versions of Oreo truffles in the past, your 'badder' will be a bit more creamy. The pumpkin spice cream isn't as firm as other Oreo creams.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Make 1" balls from your badder and place them on the cookie sheet, then place in freezer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Melt white chocolate according to directions. Dip each cookie ball into the chocolate and roll around until completely covered and place back on wax paper.
  5. After about every three truffles (avoid letting chocolate to set) sprinkle on some pumpkin pie spice for garnish. 
  6. Store in an air tight container in refrigerator. They may also be frozen for longer keep! 

These no-bake truffles are seriously good! If you like all things pumpkin then you have to give them a try! 

Let me know what you think! Will you be trying these?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Green Baking with Silicone Baking Cups & Black and White Oreo Cupcakes {easy recipe}

Thank you Galley Essential for the baking cups!

Are you always looking for ways to generate less waste? Silicone baking cups will provide you with a fun re-usable solution!

Galley Essentials Silicone Baking cups come in a package of 12 in four fun bright colors! Some of the benefits of silicone baking cups include a wash and reuse product, the ability to color code if you have gluten free, vegan and traditional baked goods, and the help your cupcakes or muffins bake evenly. These baking cups have a temperature range of -40F to 446F.

I had two concerns when I first tried these:

   Is it going to be hard to get my cupcakes out?
   How easy will they be to wash?

Wash the baking cups before using. The packaging also said that you may add cooking spray if desired. I prefer not to use cooking spray, I have found that ruins my non stick products and is difficult to wash off.

Silicone baking cups hold their shape so you can place them right on a cookie sheet rather than using a muffin pan (who likes washing those?!).

After baking my cupcakes I got to test out my first question; would they come out easily?

Yes! It was surprisingly easy! The cups are flexible and flip inside out leaving you with a perfect cupcake! Sure, some of the cake sticks to the side of the baking cup, but you'll loose even more of your cupcake goodness if you're using paper cups.

Now for the washing. I have used a silicone cupcake pan in the past. Not only was it difficult to get cupcakes and muffins out of, but it was also difficult to wash. After the first time using it I threw it away. These are completely different! These individual cups are easy to rinse clean under water and swish around in bowl of soapy water to remove all residue. Flipping the cup inside out makes it so you can get into all corners of the baking cup.

Black and White Oreo Cupcakes Recipe:

       What you need:

  • 1 box moist yellow cake mix (and ingredients listed on back of package)
  • 1 package Oreo cookies (chocolate cookie on one side, golden on other)
  • chocolate frosting

       What to do:
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on packaging (preheat oven)
  2. Place on Oreo cookie golden side up in each baking cup.
  3. Add prepared cake mix to silicon baking cups to 2/3 full.
  4. Bake as directed. Allow to cool completely. 
  5. Add chocolate frosting.
  6. Enjoy! :)
If you have never had a cookie in a cupcake, be prepared for yumminess (I may have made up that word)! Now I just have to make sure I make cupcakes with at least two of each color silicone cup so the boys aren't both fighting over pink... yes, they fight over pink!

These silicone cup aren't just for baking! Use them to sort foods in a lunch box or to make a colorful presentation at snack or meal time! Put your grapes in purple, your carrots in blue and your dip in green! What child wouldn't enjoy eating their snack out of these fun cups?

You could also make frozen yogurt pops! Just fill your baking cups with your favorite yogurt, put a wooden stick in the middle and freeze! 

You can purchase your Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups on Amazon. Get 12 cups for only $10.99! But, Galley Essentials is offering my readers $3.00 off! Use coupon code TOM25OFF to get 12 cups for $7.99! Happy Baking!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Protect Your Baby from the Sun and Bugs While Baby Wearing

Thank you Shaidee for the product samples!

With three kids, getting outdoors is very important. It is essential that I get the two older kids outside to release some energy. Sun protection is high priority. While I can lather Squirrel (5 years) and Bug (2 years) in sunscreen, I can't do the same thing for my newborn.

When we go out I'll often carry Evie (2 months) in a soft structured buckle carrier. She likes to be close mama! Being a newborn, when she is in the carrier not much of her is exposed. Only the top of her head and part of her legs. I have tried putting a hat on her head, but because her head is almost below the top of the carrier, I can't get it to stay in place. So I have have to hold the hat on her head. I even thought "there's got to be something better!"... and there is!

The Shaidee Sun Cover is a visor that you wrap around your chest to protect your child in a front position baby carrier (wrap, soft structured buckle, sling etc) from harmful UV rays.

The Shaidee Sun Cover is light weight yet sturdy so it won't blow around in the wind, but at the same time it is soft enough to be pulled back so you can check on your baby. The Shaidee Sun Cover has a padded band with a bit of elastic which wraps around your body and is secured with hook and loop. This one size fits all design makes it easy to transfer between you and your spouse without having to adjust any clips or buckles.

You can also use your Shaidee Sun Cover on a stroller or carseat.

Some things to keep in mind while using the Shaidee sun visor:
  • While baby wearing you always want your baby's head to be "close enough to kiss". That means the visor will be high on your chest.
  • Check on your baby frequently. The visor is made so you can fold it over to check on baby. It isn't super easy to do, but must be done to make sure your baby's airways are open at all times.

Just this summer Shaidee added another product to their line-up. Shaidee Bug is a netting that you can use with or without your Shaidee sun cover to protect your child from biting insects as well as UV rays.

The bug cover is lined with elastic to hug your body and completely surround your baby. This loose fabric is breathable and shiny to reflect sunlight and has 50+UPF. There is a buckle that clips behind your back and velcro that attaches to your Shaidee visor to keep the netting in place. The velcro has a fold over tab so when it is not in use you don't have to worry about it nagging your bug netting.

In Minnesota our summers are short and filled with mosquitoes and biting flies!  Shaidee's Nettee allows me to enjoy the great outdoors with my baby! Best part, I don't have to use chemicals on her! 

Shaidee is made in Canada and can be purchased on their website! Shaidee Sun Cover sells for $39.99 and comes in black or white. Shaidee Bug Cover sells for $19.99. You can purchase both as a set for only $49.99!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Charge Your Phone On-the-Go with +Lifeguard Mini

I know you've been there. In that moment when you need to use your phone, but but the battery image is blinking red and you only have 2% charge left. You start making your phone call. You hear "hello" then silence. When you pull your phone away from your ear all you see is a black screen.

That won't be happening to me again any time soon, as long as I have my +LIFEGUARD Mini with me. This super handy back-up phone battery/ portable charger saves you when you forgot to charge your phone or when you've been using it all day long without being able to plug it in. 

This Samsung battery is reliable with 3000mAh giving you the ability to charge your device and have some battery power to spare! 

+LIFEGUARD comes with two cables. One has a USB connector and DC 5V on the other end. The other has USB and Apple Lightning cable on the other end. 

With these two cables, you can charge (almost) any Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad or iPod!

The +LIFEGUARD charger easily fits in your hand. If you can fit lipstick in your purse, you can fit this charger in your purse! Charge the battery using a USB port on your computer or with a USB outlet adapter (not included). Batter will charge faster in an outlet.

When the battery is charging you will see a red light. When the battery is connected to your device, you will see a blue indicator light. 

This battery is so small and packed with charge that it is super easy for me to take with me everywhere. I keep it in my purse or diaper bag. I never know when I will be in a situation where I'll need it. Especially with three young children, I don't want to be caught in an emergency situation with a dead cell phone. 

You can order the +LIFEGUARD Mini on Amazon in three different colors; silver, black or pink. Right now it is on sale for $24! 

Where have you been and what have you been doing when your cell phone battery died? 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

$150 Visa Gift Card Giveaway from Pure Crafted Beds


Welcome to the $150 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Event
Sponsored by Pure Crafted Beds

Pure Crafted Beds is a company who knows Beds. Their factory was started in 1946 and is still owned by the original family and into their third generation! They began by renovating porch furniture and mattresses in the 1940's, to a modern manufacturing facility located in Lansing, Michigan. They've been in business close to 70 years and have brought forth an amazing selection of products that will give you a great night's sleep. Your comfort is their business! Each bed is "hand-crafted" and they always strive to provide the best value for each customer, whether at $299 or $2,999. They carry two basic mattresses the TruEssence and TruSlumber. The only difference between the two beds is the core foam layer, and the TruSlumber bed does not have a base layer of foam. This helps reduce the overall height of the bed, which makes it perfect for children, bunk beds, and other situations where a thinner mattress is required! However the unsurpassed quality remains the same in both!


One of the most fantastic features of Pure Crafted Beds is their use of an innovative product called the Eco Shield Cover. Every Pure Crafted Bed has this unique EcoShield cover. This amazing cover is resistant to bed bugs, dust mites, mosquitoes, and moths... all without any artificial chemicals!


The proprietary EcoShield fabric is infused with Geraniol, a natural plant extract which provides all natural protection. Many anti-bed bug and dust mite products on the market today use synthetic chemicals. EcoShield® is the first product that is truly 100% natural, with no artificial chemical additives that uses a unique micro-capsule delivery system for long-lasting effects! Through a special process the Geraniol is infused into our EcoSheild® cover, and is slowly released over time as movement occurs on the


EcoShield® is Scientifically Proven!

To find out more on how these beds are made head over to the video below! Sleep equals health, Don't trust your sleep to just any mattress.

Good night, sleep tight! Get yourself a full night of rest! Not only on a comfortable mattress but on one that you know is free of chemicals and will keep the bugs away.

Thanks to Pure Crafted Beds One winner will get a $150 Visa Gift Card Giveaway ends September 26 at 11:59pm, open to US ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact Elia@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.