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adopt an Ubooly in time for the Holidays.

 

 

I know, I know, there are hundreds of apps for kids out there, but nothing quite like this.

Ubooly
 is not only adorable, he continually interacts with your child. Teagan was instantly smitten with the cute face and voice and wanted to take care of him. I thought my older daughter (9 years old) would be bored with it, but she loved it too. They both sang songs with Ubooly and laughed at his jokes for hours.
The Ubooly app is installed on your phone and he wakes up when placed inside the soft orange body. He then asks your child what they want to do. Would you like to  play a game, hear a joke or a story?  The games were very cute and had Teagan up jumping and laughing so that even though she was playing a game, she was up and actively moving. There were pretend play games my girls were able to play together too, like pretending to be in the arctic. I loved that my iPhone was protected in the nicely padded body of Ubooly so that while she jumped, I really didn’t have to worry about my phone getting dropped.
He’s really soft and cuddly too, something other apps can’t possibly offer.  It’s also small enough to take out to dinner and keep the kids entertained while you wait to eat, something we seem to need quite a bit.
So the next time you are tempted to download that app your kids want and will be bored with in minutes, remember that Ubooly will not only keep your kids intertained but will also protect your iPhone.  And I gotta say, the price is great! I would expect to have paid a lot more for something of this quality that also includes free monthly updates, but at $29 its a really great deal .
Not only that, but now you get a chance to win one too- yippee!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Moms are some of the most savvy mobile users and so are their kids. Ubooly is a toy designed for this new high-tech generation. While learning and sharing new content every week, Ubooly is the only toy that grows with your child. It encourages listening skills, and a break from high-energy / high-stimulation play. Through stories & interactive games, Ubooly’s curiosity is sure to awaken the creativity within your child’s imagination.

Ubooly is the hot toy of the season, it’s new to the scene and is on track to sell out this winter! Free updates through Wi-Fi creates ongoing entertainment for kids.

Click here to adopt your own Ubooly and get FREE SHIPPING now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ubooly. The opinions and text are all mine.

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November 28, 2012 - 11:28 am

the Lil'Devil Mama - This is very cool and not at all hard on the pocket book! I hope I win one for my Monkey man.

November 28, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Trina - He is totally cute! Would love to see how baby’s react to it!

cranberry {orange and fig} sauce

cranberry orange and fig sauce ~ sunny vegan recipe

 

When I spy the fresh cranberries in the grocery store, I am giddy with a sweet and tangy delight! I have always been one to eat them right out of the bag and I know that doesn’t work for everyone but this recipe sure will! We have all seen the sad can of cranberry goo, and there is no way I could bring myself to eat something that looks that bad. and then there are the versions that use (gag) gelatin which is not vegan or vegetarian.

But THIS is how cranberry sauce really should be. Fresh cranberries literally bursting with flavor blended with just squeezed orange juice and crunchy figs. Simplicity at it’s finest.

 

Ingredients:

12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1 orange – juiced and 1/2 tablspoon zest
4-5 dried figs – diced    *optional*
dash salt

Method:

combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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thanksgiving table setting and diy ~ burlap runner and linen napkins

We sure are getting close to the big day, it’s almost time to eat, drink and be merry! Are you ready for it?
If not, do not panic. Here are a few last minute Thanksgiving Table DIY’s to make your holiday great.

First is a burlap table runner which will take you all of 5 minutes to make. The custom napkins take a bit longer but are totally worth it in my opinion.  And finally, a little spray paint and fresh herbs finish the table for a perfectly affordable unique modern thanksgiving table setting.

diy napkin table modern burlab runner sunny vegan

 

Instructions for the runner:

measure width of table, cut burlap to 1/3 of total width. measure length of table and allow for 6-8 inched of overhang and fray edges if desired.
* I used white burlap at $2.99 yard , so 2.5 yards total was enough for the runner and other accessories for the house* my finished runner measures 16.5 x 83 inches

 

Instructions for the napkins: 

I used a linen/cotton blend fabric in natural, any cotton fabric will work. in order to fit 4 napkins per yard, I cut 13 inch squares. For a finished edge, cut with pinking shears. For a frayed edge, snip at desired length and pull to rip fabric. fold into thirds across length then again in half, iron well.
stamp, write on or paint as desired. I used a fabric paint and stencils, just eyeballed the placement of letters for an organic look.  make sure to allow each letter to dry before painting the next.

Instructions for the white pumpkins and candle sticks:

spray paint with low voc flat white paint. start 8 inches away and spray 4-5 light coats, allowing to dry well between coats. sprinkle pumpkins with glitter while paint is still wet. Ikea candle sticks were 3 for $4 but black. I loved the shape and decided to get them and paint them right away.

modern thanksgiving table idea white pumpkin burlap runner diy napkin

and a few close ups of the runner and pumpkins…

thanksgiving diy table runner napkins white pumpkins decor modern white brown

 

if you would like any additional information on the projects, just let me know.
In the meantime, what do you have planned for your Holiday Table? I would love to see it too!!

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shallot and thyme mashed potatoes.

 

healthy gourmet mashed potatoes - sunny vegan shallot and thyme

Because a side dish could (and should) steal the show, don’t serve boring mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving. Wow your guests with this full of flavor version with caramelized shallots and fresh thyme. Mashed potatoes have been my favorite part of the meal for as long as I can remember, and while the plain version is just fine, these are fantabulous!

I wrote this recipe to easily adjust to the number of serving you need. This currently serves 4, but double or triple for a larger crowd.

Ingredients: 4 servings

2 pounds yukon gold potatoes – quartered and peeled if desired
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots- peeled and thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons earth balance
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stems removed
pepper
3/4- 1 cup coconut milk
Method:
place potatoes in a large pan and fill with enough water to cover them. place over medium heat and boil 25-20 minutes or until tender. heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. add shallots and reduce to low heat, stirring frequently until lightly brown and tender, approximately 15 minutes. when potatoes are tender drain well, add earth balance and 1/2 cup coconut milk and mix with a hand mixer or mash with potato masher. add additional coconut milk 2 tablespoons at a time until desired consistency is reached, season to taste. garnish with additional shallots and thyme as desired.
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November 4, 2013 - 4:52 pm

GayAnn - Is the thyme added to the shallots or stirred in fresh with the potatoes?

November 5, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Amanda - Just stir them in with the potatoes. HTH and that you try this recipe, it’s so good!

November 13, 2013 - 3:13 pm

lori - Is it the original earth balance you’re using (to replace butter?) Also, with the coconut milk added, is this at all sweet tasting??
Thanks!

November 25, 2013 - 2:50 pm

heather - could i use almond milk instead?

Blurb ~ $50 giveaway

 

 

I’ve been a huge fan of Blurb for some time. It’s well known in the photography industry that the quality and value of their products it top notch. So the opportunity to make a book AND give a $50 gift card away was right up my alley.
If you love instagram like I do, then this book will blow you away. You quickly link your Blurb and instagram accounts and get going. It allows you to  automatically load your photos or chose individual photos. I did have a hard time deciding which book to make first. A food one, one of my boat photos or one of my girls. The girls decided that we should make one of them first and helped me to design it. Gotta tell you, we LOVE it! It’s our life in awesome book form and we will definitely make another one next year.
Now about the quality. Remember, all of these photos were taken with my iPhone and edited in instagram.  I wasn’t sure how well everything would look when it printed but it’s amazing. The color and clarity of each photo blew me away. The cover and title on the biding look great and the paper is thick and smooth. I have tried books from other companies, but they didn’t look half as nice as this one.
Now that I’ve got you ready to make your own book, enter below for a chance to win a $50 Blurb gift card.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Blurb is a creative publishing platform that allows anyone to create, share and sell a professional quality book. Make a portfolio of your client work, an archive of your blog, a cook book of your favorite recipes, a photo book of your family pictures or a quick book of your instagram photos – the possibilities are limitless. It’s easy and quick to do – with a variety of software options you could complete your dream book in next to no time.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blurb. The opinions and text are all mine.

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