Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup Coffee {Review}

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When it comes to my guilty pleasures, one that calls loudly to me every time I walk through the mall is Cinnabon. Is there anyone that can resist the delicious aroma of freshly baked dough, sweet cinnamon and cream cheese frosting right out of the oven?

Fortunately, even though my health (and waistline) manages to keep me away from gorging on cinnamon rolls every time I pass by, I can now enjoy the incredible flavor and smells of Cinnabon wafting through my own kitchen every single morning with the introduction of the new Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll light roast flavored coffee.

Cinnabon Keurig K-cup coffee

No, your eyes are not deceiving you!

Cinnabon has partnered with the experts at Green Mountain Coffee to debut Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup coffee and bring this collision of tastes into the ease and convenience of single serve coffee. Can you say YUM?

While I typically have found that I'm not a big fan of flavored coffee, I was still highly intrigued by the concept of turning Cinnabon's amazing cinnamon buns into a hot, tasty drink, so as soon as these boxes arrived, I was tearing into them to give it a try.

Cinnabon coffee

What more could I ask for?

From the instant this coffee started brewing, the air was filled with the smell of a Cinnabon bakery and, in less than a minute, one perfectly brewed cup of Cinnamon Roll coffee was waiting in my mug.

Cinnabon cinnamon roll coffee

Mmm! From the first sip, I appreciated that the cinnamon/sugar/vanilla flavor is smooth and tasty but not overpowering enough that it was too sweet to be enjoyable. Although I had been worried that this coffee would be a little too sweet, it turned out just right!

Instead, this light roast coffee has just the right amount of Cinnabon cinnamon, brown sugar and frosting swirled throughout that the result is irresistible and a bit indulgent! Not only has this become my new go-to morning brew, but I haven't had a single other brand or flavor K-cup since these arrived!

Life needs frosting

If you're a fan of Cinnabon, you'll love that this unique new coffee is available in K-cups for everyday or special occasions. I recommend picking up a box to give it a try today!

But don't spend more than you have to — head over to Cross Country Cafe! Their low prices ensure that you can receive a 24-count box of Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup coffee for only $13.75 (with even more savings if you order a larger case).

What do you think about being able to enjoy the flavors of Cinnabon in a cup of coffee?

As a Cross Country Cafe Ambassador, I have been provided with products in exchange for my continued work with their company and affiliate links are included in the above post. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Are You a Talented Cook or Baker? Enter your Recipes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest!

Calling all talented home cooks and bakers! Are you creative in the kitchen and enjoy coming up with your own original recipes to wow your family and friends?

Then read on, as you could land a spot to compete for $1 million and other prizes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest!

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That's right, $1 million for the amazing recipe and delicious ideas you've cooked up this year!

Simply visit BakeOff.com now through May 8, 2014 and submit your original breakfast and/or dinner recipes. Recipes submitted must include no more than seven ingredients (not including table, kosher or plain sea salt, black pepper, water, cooking spray for pan treatment or dusting of flour to minimize sticking) and must take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Recipes must also include at least two eligible ingredients (find the complete lists of ingredients at BakeOff.com), but with choices like Pillsbury Refrigerated Biscuits and Flour, Jif Peanut Butter and Watkins Spices and Extracts, the creative possibilities are endless!

Pillsbury Bake-Off

Once the entry period has ended, the Bake-Off Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3rd, 2014.

When the top four finalists have been determined, everyone will be invited to vote and be a part of the process of choosing the ultimate $1 million winner!

Not to mention that, in the meantime, you can find all sorts of incredibly delicious recipes to try out in your kitchen. I'm drooling over the 2012 Bake-Off Contest Winner, Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream!

dessert ravioli recipe

Or the idea of starting the day with these delicious Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars!

oatmeal raisin bars

And why don't I have the creativity and talent to come up with something as amazing looking as the Easy Caprese Pizza Bake?

caprese pizza bake

What will you make next? It might just be the meal that not only fills your family's bellies, but brings home the $1 million prize!

For more information on the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, including the official rules and eligible ingredients list, be sure to visit BakeOff.com. Now let's get cooking!

Disclosure: The information and gift pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fun and Learning Combine in the Nenuco Let's Play School Doll and Playset by Famosa {Review}

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It's no secret that there is no shortage of dolls out there. Small, large, baby, adult, realistic, out-of-this-world... it seems as though no matter what style you're looking for, it's probably available.

But what is it about certain dolls that have the ability to become favorites? The ones that end up more than just another discarded plaything, but give children the ability to make a connection?

Those are the special few that are treasured and become more to the child than just a doll, they end up a true friend. So, is it possible to find one company that not only carries high quality, well made dolls for girls as well as boys, but also adds features or themes that allow them to grow and learn?

There is. They're found from Nenuco, of course, the name known for their entire play world of dolls, accessories, outfits and more that educate and amuse children from two years and up.

Nenuco playsets

Nenuco, the creative and fun world from parent company Famosa, has been a favorite around here since our introductory Nenuco review last fall and the love definitely hasn't lessened. Everything from the little details to the high quality of our Sleep With Me Baby Doll & Cradle has resulted in it being reached for time and again.

However, as baby dolls (and their owners) grow up, Nenuco has realized that their adventures do so as well. Therefore, their dolls come prepared to do everything from visiting the doctor to traveling in the car to heading to the spa... and now, going to school!

Big Sister E and Little Sister B adore playing school and pretending to be teachers, so they couldn't have been more excited about the arrival of Nenuco's new Let's Play School doll and playset.

Nenuco Let's Play School doll

Coming complete with everything needed to transform any bedroom, play room, living room or more into a classroom, this playset puts all of the highlights of school into one place.

Nenuco Let's Play School review

Including a 16.5" doll, lesson plans, a miniature desk, matching teacher and doll glasses and much more, the girls couldn't wait to ring the bell to signal that school was in session!

Everywhere we looked, we saw adorable details that Nenuco had included to take this playset to the next level. The clock, bell, wipe-off board and crayons, stickers, spinning schedule, teacher name tag... it was all here!

Nenuco play school doll

With lessons in everything from science to geography to math, my girls have had a blast planning out day after day of school. There are so many activities that they make sure to plan enough time for lessons, snacks, bathroom breaks, naps and more — and they love taking turns being the teacher or being a student over and over.

playing school

Plus, what better way to be studious than by pulling on your glasses and being the best teacher you can be?

Nenuco school doll

Whether your child is anticipating heading off to school, they have dreams of growing up to be a teacher or you're just looking for a gift that is a little more unique than all the rest, the Nenuco Let's Play School by Famosa would make a wonderful addition to any young girl or boy's collection.

This is one doll and accessories set that allows kids to realistically emulate the role of being a teacher and all of the responsibility that comes along with it. And not only Nenuco has easily captured that creativity and fun with their Let's Play School set, but it can quickly and easily be packed up and brought anywhere!

Let's Play School Nenuco

Available online from Amazon, national chains online and on store shelves now, this adorable doll and playset is recommended for ages 4+ and retails for $39.99. Find out much more about the full collection of Nenuco's dolls by visiting their website and connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

You'll also want to head over to Nenuco's Facebook page (as well as sister site, Pinypon) because Famosa is hosting giveaways there that you'll definitely want to enter!

Other than the Nenuco Let's Play School that I was provided by Famosa in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this product.

PINXAV Diaper Rash Ointment for Skin Irritations of All Kinds {Review}

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While I'm thrilled that my daughters received my husband's blue eyes, his tall height and his generous, caring personality, I do wish that his dry skin genes had skipped them.

After all, it's one thing for an adult to be bothered by the itchy, cracked, sore feeling on our hands, knees, elbows and more that come along with skin irritation, but it's even worse knowing that our kids feel the same way. What parent doesn't feel bad knowing that their baby or child's soft, sensitive skin is bothered?

Which is why I'm thankful that there are products like PINXAV that are specially formulated to to create a barrier to prevent irritation gently and quickly while also working to stop the pain and begin healing the skin!

Pinxav

Created by Milford Harris back in 1927,the original formulation of this "pink salve" has stayed the same decade after decade and has continued to gain fans as each of the 87 years has passed.

Whereas most diaper rash ointments are solely used for the treatment of diaper rash, PINXAV has been known to be effective on just about any skin irritation. Acne, burns, bug bites, eczema, psoriasis, poison ivy and poison oak, abrasions, chapped lips, heat rashes, jock itch, bed sores, minor burns... is there anything that this magic cream can't help?

While I no longer have babies or diapers in my household (whew!), I couldn't help but be impressed by the way that PINXAV has such a huge variety of uses. My kids are forever getting bumps, scratches, bites and more, so if this ointment could help bring some relief, then of course I wanted it in our medicine cabinet!

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While I looked over the ingredients, I was happy to see that PINXAV does indeed contain 30% zinc oxide as the brand claims — far more than any other brand as far as their active ingredient! The remainder of the PINXAV formula is made up of great healing items such as vitamin E, menthol, lanolin and more.

From the first squeeze, it was clear to see that this isn't a thin, watery cream that would disappear with a single swipe. Instead, PINXAV is a thick, opaque, pink agent (it contains a very small amount of Ferric Oxide, giving it the pink color) that thoroughly covers and smooths on skin.

Pinxav diaper rash cream

Whether used at bedtime to clear up a rash, layered on a mosquito bite to relieve the itching or rubbed on a sunburn to take away the pain, PINXAV has proven that there is a reason that it has withstood the test of time. I'm happy knowing that we have it on hand for just about any first aid needs and have recommended it to moms of babies to give it a try to relieve diaper rash!

Whether purchased for your own household or picked up as a high quality baby shower gift, it doesn't take much more than one try before you see just why PINXAV has been a family favorite for nearly a century!

Pinxav cream

PINXAV is currently available in 4oz tubes and 16oz jars in stores in Ohio and western Pennsylvania, from their online store as well as on Amazon. Want to see it on a shelf near you? Request that PINXAV be stocked at your local pharmacy and help get this miracle cream in more stores across the country!

Find out much more about this incredible ointment by visiting Pinxav.com and connecting with this family-owned company on Facebook and Twitter.

I was provided with PINXAV samples to facilitate my review as well as compensation for my time, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are completely honest and my own.