Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook Rocks! #PermaFree on #KindleUnlimited

This is the ultimate yummy comfort food. My kids see it's for dinner and are HAPPY! The next morning you can scramble the leftovers in some eggs for breakfast. It's quick and easy and has 5 basic ingredients.

Somehow Jordan, our daughtersitter, and I brainstormed 35 total recipes for tater tot casserole, including BBQ, gluten-free, vegetarian, bacon cheeseburger, fish stick surprise, Italian, pizza and more!

Then I popped in 13 dessert recipes, including Tutu's Chocolate Stars and Grandma Solsberg's Easy Brownies!

If you don't have a Kindle, no problem. I didn't use to have one, either. There's a thing on Amazon called a Cloud Reader where you can download all your cool ebooks and save them to read on your laptop or PC or iPad whenever you want to later! 

This cookbook is always free on Kindle Unlimited ... you pay $9.99 per month to grab up to 10 KU books at a time. You can only get books that authors put on KU, and I am one of those authors! Then I make a little bit of money from a pool of all KU subscription plan buyers (I have a subscription because I find a lot of other great authors on KU as well!) ... when you actually READ THE BOOK! I only make money if  you are checking out the book and flipping through the e-pages!

Here's the link! I hope you enjoy it. As always, if you love it, leave me a review. If you hate it, keep it to yourself (just kidding)!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Minti Kids Fruits and Veggies App by Minti Games (Review)

Omigosh, I have found the cutest app for kids ever! This makes me want to run out and get a smartphone, and I may secretly download this to my dad's smartphone and iPad so the kids can play it when we are at their house. My two youngest would loooooooooooove this, and I have to say I kind of enjoy watching it, as well!

It's called Minti Kids Fruits and Veggies by Minti Games. Kids learn about fruits and veggies, match them up in puzzles, learn about which veggies/fruits go with which seasons, learn the names of the produce, and get stickers when they are right. It's perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, except I know for a fact my older kids would have fun with this, too! Here's a little video of it!

The music I can't get out of my head because it is so stinking cute, and the characters are to die for, and some of them DANCE AROUND. Adorable.

You gotta get this app!

And now some important information about this app:

Let’s Make Little Ones Love Fruits & Vegetables!

Parents know, it is hard to make kids love fruits and especially vegetables. In the decade of hamburger madness, the question is why kids shall interest in distasteful, crusty vegetables or fruits.

Based on this reality, Minti Kids’ first game Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies aims to  make kids love fruits and vegetables by introducing them with fun.

In this game, kids can choose between four seasons and solve 3 pieces of simple mix & match puzzle to discover which fruits & vegetables grow in which season. As kids solve these puzzles, they learn the name of fruits & vegetables as far as the way of their written.

Suitable for ages 3 and up, joyful music, kid-friendly illustrations, English vocalization and lovely fruit and vegetable characters included in the game earn kids love for sure.

Have Fun and Learn!

Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies helps concentration and problem solving skills of kids improve while making them love fruits and vegetables. Also, kids earn free of charge stickers during the play that feeling of success do strengthen their self-esteem.

This game is focused on developing kids’ knowledge, creativity and curiosity while making them have fun. Therefore, there is neither third-party advertising nor in-app purchases inside the game.

Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies can be downloaded from AppStore to be played on both Ipad and Iphone.

About Minti Kids:

We think playing game is one of the best ways to explore the world for little ones. Therefore, we create interactive games that little ones love and their parents trust.  We build our games to develop kid’s knowledge, creativity and curiosity to discover the world. We do it with care and love.

For more information about us:

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8 Kendi Lane in Belton, MO: I Am in Love with a House

This is my dream house. It sits on 10 acres of wooded beautifulness. It is in the middle of a neighborhood so you can be social and your kids can make friends but the neighbors can't see you. There is a park behind it. It's not far from the highway. You can keep horses there. My mom lives close. There is a pond.

It has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms (who needs that many bathrooms?!). It has a 900-square-foot outbuilding with bath and finished office space.

It has a finished basement with possible 5th bedroom. Did I mention the pond is stocked with fish? It has a front porch with a hammock. I have a lovely sales sheet with many more photos of this place on it and since I've gotten it in my hands I am so in love I am even eating less. Go figure!

My stepdad was out and about scouting houses for his parents and found this one. He grabbed a flier and brought it to me on Sunday. We all fell in love with it.

It is $400,000. Pretty far out of our price range and Mr. Kerrie won't budge because he is fiscally smart and doesn't want to be paying on it until we are 90 years old. Thank God for him because I am impetuous and say things like, "We can make more money! I will keep writing and we will pay it off sooner!"

But I know he is right. And that I don't win arguments like this one. Which is why we are not in debt.


UPDATE: We found our dream house in Peculiar, MO and moved in end of October 2017 and have been happy ever since!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to Write Magazine Articles

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Personalized Etched Wine Bottle Review

I hope my in-laws don't read my blog or they are going to know what their anniversary gift is 3 months in advance! They are this Catholic couple who has been married like 49 years and their anniversary is on HALLOWEEN! I love it!

I love the whole idea of this gift. I know so many people who drink wine. I should get one of these personalized for my sister-in-law who is always gifting me amazing hand-me-down clothes and the cool thing is I can say WHATEVER I WANT ON IT! So she can drink her wine and read the bottle that says, "You are a rockin' sister-in-law. Thanks for everything you do!"

There are just so many options for this running around in my messed-up head. You could be all classy like I was above or you could go total goofball, like "Glad you are moving. Get the hell out of town." or "Welcome to the neighborhood. You are going to need this wine. Good luck."

When the wine is all gone (hiccup), save this and put flowers in it or just display it on a shelf as a reminder of a happy time.

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From the sponsor:
Enjoy a deep hand-etched and hand-painted gift. Each bottle is individually created by our skilled artisans into a truly unique work of art. All bottles are customized, with your design choice and your own personalized four-line message, allowing you to share your special thoughts with the ones you care about! 

Open the bottle to enjoy a delicious cabernet sauvignon, a savory blend of plum and berry flavors. Or choose our private label merlot laced with black cherry aromas and a soft touch of vanilla oak. If you prefer white wine, our select chardonnay is a clean, fresh varietal with a fruity flavor and hints of honey and almond. If you prefer celebrating, our California sparkling wine offers a delightful bubbly that will highlight any special moment. In addition to our house wines, we can etch many name brand wines and champagnes, such as Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, Veuve Cliquot, Moet & Chandon      
Standard size 750ml wine bottle. Item is sold as a single wine bottle.

Note: The cap colors for the bottles differ. The cabernet comes with a red cap; the merlot with a light blue cap; the chardonnay with a bronze cap and the champagne comes with a gold foil cap. 

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

Good Boy Organics Review

We are in love at my house. With Organicasaurus baked organic corn snacks, that is. Check this out:

  • These are 3-D puffed corn snacks that are shaped like DINOSAURS!
  • They are certified USDA organic
  • Certified gluten-free
  • Baked, not fried
  • No preservatives or trans fat
  • Non-GMO project verified
I can bring these to any hippie homeschooler gathering and not get dirty looks!

Looks like they carry these snacks at the Natural Grocers right up the road from me. I've never been there, but I'm willing to give it a shot. You can check HERE to see where they carry this terrific snack in your neck of the woods.

They also have a lot of other cool snacks you'll love, as well, like I really want to try these next:
We are big fans of Veggie Chips and Veggie Straws but it's hard to find them in decent flavors anymore. Looks like BOPS are going to be my new healthy go-to snack because they come in flavors like BBQ, Sea Salt, Sour Cream and Onion and Aged White Cheddar. Can anyone say ROAD TRIP FOOD?!

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They are also on Pinterest here!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Everybody is Getting Married at My House Lately

Get out your hankies cuz everybody is getting married at my house. Above shows Mr. Kerrie giving away bride Callie. Notice the paper flowers strung on black string behind Miss Julia, a friend of the family. I believe Callie married a pteradactyl. We are so proud.

A few days before, her sister Eva married a pink giraffe. She says it's her wife. Her little brother, in hula skirt, gave her away.

The things kids come up with when their parents horribly strip them of most forms of technology. Sure, they watch TV and play Moshi Monsters and and Bookworm on the computer, but otherwise they have to fend for themselves in the entertain yourself department, just as I had to do when I was a kid and just as Mr. Kerrie had to do.

I think we are okay people!

Friday, August 2, 2013

My Poop Don't Stink: Just a Drop Odor Eliminator Review

Okay, my family was WAAAAAAY to excited to try this little product out. It's this tiny bottle with 100 drops of "personal odor eliminator" so it should last about a week in my house!

You're supposed to put a drop in the toilet BEFORE you do your stinky bizness, but the kids keep forgetting. Plus I put it in MY bathroom because I knew if it was in the kids' bathroom it would all be squeezed into the toilet at once or into the sink or God knows where else.

*I don't personally need this product since everyone knows my stuff don't stink.

The company sez this:
"Just a Drop is revolutionary because it eliminates personal bathroom odors BEFORE they enter the air. Place 1-2 drops into the toilet BEFORE you go, and odors are trapped below the water surface until they are flushed away. All you leave is an odor free bathroom." It comes in 7 scents and big sizes for families like mine. It was featured on Dr. Oz and The Doctors!

So if you know you are going to make a BIG STINKIE, you put 2 drops in, got it?

So this was tried out in my house and it does kinda rock. Better than an aerosol spray or a candle that will burn the house down or lighting matches over and over or running the sucker fan for an hour.

Is it wrong that I am blogging this with a goofy, juvenile smile on my face?

Okay, so this is a terrific product! And the company is offering you a 20% discount on your first purchase with the coupon code Blogger. Follow them here on Facebook and here on Twitter!

I give this 5 Dove Chocolate Hearts out of 5, because I am off the Weight Watchers wagon temporarily.

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


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