Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Step Up Your Coffee Game with Java Factory Roasters Da Bomb Coffee + #Giveaway

Thank you to Java Factory for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Coffee is my everything. I should say that my husband and kids are my everything (and really, they are), but so is coffee! Coffee greets me before either one of my kids or my husband each morning. It kisses my lips as I sip its goodness and wake up in the dark of my kitchen, before anyone else is stirring. I have a love affair with coffee, and it's pretty serious. I don't mess around when it comes to choosing the best blends to get me through my day. I have a five-year-old and a five-month-old, so yeah... coffee is my friend. It's sometimes my only hope for sanity in my chaos-filled day.

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A couple of weeks ago, I was treated to Java Factory Roasters coffee. I received a 40 count box of their single serve coffee- Da Bomb! I had to laugh out loud at the name of the coffee- I thought it was pretty clever. Why is this roast called Da Bomb? Well, it's double caffeinated, friends! That's right, double the caffeine to brighten your day! Holy cow! Who needs twice the caffeine? If you're a mom, you already know why.

Check out this beauty- a 40 count box of single serve coffee cups with Da Bomb coffee in them!

The single serve cups are compatible with Keurig brewing machines.

I have an iCoffee machine, and these single serve cups worked wonderfully with it. This roast is not for the faint of heart. This is some serious java that will be your mojo going!. The flavor is bold and extremely smooth. I added a bit of cream and sugar (because that's how I like my coffee), and that was all I needed for the perfect hot, steamy cup. I treasure my moments alone with an awesome, and well-deserved cup of coffee. This isn't a roast that I will have every day, but it's one that I enjoy, and love to have as a secret weapon if I'm really dragging or need to stay up late to get some work done... you know, because bloggers never sleep.

Details

Yes, this coffee comes with a warning label. Exploding with flavor and double the caffeine of regular coffee, this extra bold brew will leave you buzzing. Unless you plan on pulling an 
all-nighter, this brew is best for your morning rush.


Want it? Get it!

Head on over to Java Factory Roasters to browse all of their awesome roasts and blends. Connect with Java Factory:

Purchase Java Factory coffee on Amazon here.

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Want it? Win it!

One lucky reader will win a 40 count box of Da Bomb Single Serve Cups from Java Factory Roasters! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. MBP and participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Special thanks to Java Factory for allowing me to try their amazing coffee, and for offering this delicious giveaway to our readers!

Good luck!


Step Up Your Coffee Game with Java Factory Coffee + Da Bomb Single Serve Cups #Giveaway

Thank you to Java Factory for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Coffee is my everything. I should say that my husband and kids are my everything (and really, they are), but so is coffee! Coffee greets me before either one of my kids or my husband each morning. It kisses my lips as I sip its goodness and wake up in the dark of my kitchen, before anyone else is stirring. I have a love affair with coffee, and it's pretty serious. I don't mess around when it comes to choosing the best blends to get me through my day. I have a five-year-old and a five-month-old, so yeah... coffee is my friend. It's sometimes my only hope for sanity in my chaos-filled day.

Image result for java factory logo

A couple of weeks ago, I was treated to Java Factory Roasters coffee. I received a 40 count box of their single serve coffee- Da Bomb! I had to laugh out loud at the name of the coffee- I thought it was pretty clever. Why is this roast called Da Bomb? Well, it's double caffeinated, friends! That's right, double the caffeine to brighten your day! Holy cow! Who needs twice the caffeine? If you're a mom, you already know why.

Check out this beauty- a 40 count box of single serve coffee cups with Da Bomb coffee in them!

The single serve cups are compatible with Keurig brewing machines.

I have an iCoffee machine, and these single serve cups worked wonderfully with it. This roast is not for the faint of heart. This is some serious java that will be your mojo going!. The flavor is bold and extremely smooth. I added a bit of cream and sugar (because that's how I like my coffee), and that was all I needed for the perfect hot, steamy cup. I treasure my moments alone with an awesome, and well-deserved cup of coffee. This isn't a roast that I will have every day, but it's one that I enjoy, and love to have as a secret weapon if I'm really dragging or need to stay up late to get some work done... you know, because bloggers never sleep.

Details

Yes, this coffee comes with a warning label. Exploding with flavor and double the caffeine of regular coffee, this extra bold brew will leave you buzzing. Unless you plan on pulling an 
all-nighter, this brew is best for your morning rush.


Want it? Get it!

Head on over to Java Factory Roasters to browse all of their awesome roasts and blends. Connect with Java Factory:

Purchase Java Factory coffee on Amazon here.

Image result for da bomb coffee

Want it? Win it!

One lucky reader will win a 40 count box of Da Bomb Single Serve Cups from Java Factory Roasters! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. MBP and participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Special thanks to Java Factory for allowing me to try their amazing coffee, and for offering this delicious giveaway to our readers!

Good luck!


Tasty Tuesday- Double Pea Soup



Last week, I was on a soup/stew kick. The weather wasn't quite soup weather, but since everyone at Wigglesworth Manor has been fighting a change of the seasons cold, soup seemed to be the best choice for dinner.
After homemade beef stew, lentil soup, chicken soup, and this delicious Portuguese Sausage and Bean Stew, I apologized for "soup week", but Matt wanted more and suggested that the next soup be Double-Pea Soup. I made it last night for dinner, and it was delicious. 

Now, I know that Double-Pea Soup is not going to be everyone's favorite, I certainly didn't think I would like it so much, but it is definitely a favorite in our home. I hope that you enjoy it too!




Double-Pea Soup 
(adapted from the Weight Watchers "Minted Double-Pea Soup Recipe) 

You Need:
8 cups of water
1-16 oz bag of split peas; be sure to check them over, rinse and drain them
1 onion, chopped
10 baby carrots (or 2 normal carrots), chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 pound ham steak, trimmed of fat and diced
1-16 oz bag of frozen baby peas


Combine the water, split peas, onion, carrot, garlic, salt, and pepper in a Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the soup to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the split peas are softened, which will happen in about an hour.  

Once the split peas are softened, stir in the ham and frozen baby peas. Simmer, covered, until the frozen peas are tender, about another 5 minutes. Serve with freshly baked biscuits or a slice of warm Italian bread and enjoy!


Prep Your Car Before You Hit the Road this Fall

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Fall is the perfect time to plan a day trip or weekend away with your significant other or your family. Many schools have fall breaks, and it's a great time to settle on a quick trip to enjoy the beauty of the fall season. Summer is a relatively gentle season on cars, but once fall rolls around, you may be in need of a tune up before you decide to do any more traveling. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect fall road trip.

Let your mechanic take a look. 
If there are any noticeable signs of wear or tear on your vehicle, you'll want to take it to your trusted mechanic or to a dealership. Pay extra attention to the sounds your car makes while running. If anything sounds off, you'll want to get it checked out before you hit the road. Make sure the engine sounds like it's running consistently- if it's not, you may need to have spark plugs replaced or belts checked. Listen for knocking in the car's suspension and steering. Popping sounds while turning can mean there's a possible CV Axle issue. Listen carefully to your brakes when you apply them. If you hear any grinding or squealing, you'll want to have the brakes checked.

Check the alignment and check your tires.
If you took your car on a road trip this summer, you will probably have some wear on your tires. Use the penny trick to test the tread on your tires. Insert a penny into the groove of your tire tread. If you can see the top of Abe's head, you're going to want to replace your tires ASAP. Good tire tread ensures propper gripping, and especially comes in handy when the pavement is wet. Proper alignment is also very important. Potholes can knock your car out of line, as can general wear. Propper alignment is important for a smooth, safe drive. You'll be able to notice if your car is out of line by paying attention to the steering wheel. If you notice the car pulling to the left or right, instead of going straight, your car is likely out of line.

Inspect your car yourself.
You can give your car a quarterly inspection by checking the following:
Check your fluids (includes oil, transmission fluid, wiper fluid, coolant, etc.)
Top off any fluids that are low.
Check your windshield wiper blades and check the wiper fluid.
Check to make sure that all of the car's lights (inside and out) and working properly.
Check your battery.

Make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency.
No one wants to be left stranded by the roadside, but in the event that this happens, be prepared. Make sure you have important items such as the registration, a pad and paper, phone charger, flashlight, jumper cables, spare tire, non perishable snacks, and bottled water. If you are a AAA member, be sure to have your card or membership info with you. 

Plan the route before you go.
Even if you're not going on an overnight trip, plan your trip out before you go. You may find yourself in an area of low cell signal, so map out your route and write down directions, in case you are not able to use a GPS.

Planning ahead is the best way to prepare for a fun day or weekend away. 
Where will you explore in your car this fall?

Brought to you by Bob Pulte Chevrolet


Counting Down to Disney.... Disney Challenge Day 29... What is your favorite Disney Theme Park Attraction?

I can't believe there are only 2 days left of the challenge! I have had so much fun doing this with you guys. I am sad it is almost over... However... if it is almost over, that means we are almost leaving for our Disney World Family Vacation!!!!!!

Today we are on day 29.... Favorite Theme Park Attraction! Asking me what my favorite ride at Disney World is like asking me to pick my favorite child! LOL

Since I have 3 kids... you guys get my 3 favorite rides!

Number 3....

I love Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I have since I was a little kid. I love the animatronics and the boat ride and the whole experience of it. I love the beginning of it now with Davy Jones face in the mist saying "Dead Men Tell No Tales!"

Number 2....


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HEHEHE! I LOVE it!!! I don't even like to be scared! not even kind of... but I love this ride! My 6 year old son absolutely loves it too! He went on it 5 times in a row! That's him and my hubby in the 2nd row on the left had side in the video!

And number 1.....
My FAVORITE ride at Disney is


This is another one that stems from being a kid. I remember so vividly standing outside of it crying hysterically that I didn't want to go in! Then once my parents forced me in... I was obsessed. Now, refer to number 2... I don't like ANYTHING scary! I hate being scared... but there is something about the Haunted Mansion that is just FUN!


Since I was a kid, I have been obsessed with the dancing ghosts in the ballroom scene! I've always thought it was the coolest looking thing!

And the end!!!!
The Hitchhiking Ghosts! I love when they pop up on top of or inside your Doombuggy at the end! Haunted Mansion is not scary! If it is, it's a FUN scary! And maybe that is why I like it so much... it's enough to spook you a bit... but really, it's just fun!

So in the list of Pirates, Ghosts, Mine Trains, Mountains (Space-Splash-Big Thunder-Expedition Everest) Dumbo, Flying Carpets, Soarin, Terrifying Towers, Rockin Rollercoasters, and so, so, SOOOOOOO much more.... what is your favorite ride? Comment below... we are LOVING hearing from you!!!!!



Monday, September 26, 2016

Sleep in Pure Luxury: SOL Organic Sheets Review + Giveaway



Thank you to SOL for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

My sleep isn't what it used to be. At the end of a long day (and trust me, they're all long), all I want is to slip into my cozy bed and cuddle up under the sheets. Since my pregnancy with Baby S, my sleep has been not so great. I was uncomfortable during the last months of my pregnancy, and then uncomfortable after my c-section. Crazy postpartum hormones are also uncomfortable, and I was in a constant hot/cold battle at night for many weeks. Things have settled a little bit, and I am resting much easier now, thanks to my soft, buttery new sheets from SOL.

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At SOL, their mission is to take organic cotton mainstream.
But it’s not only their mission—it’s their passion. To make organic cotton a reality for all, they want it to be within everyone’s reach.

Founded by Sachin and Vishal—two friends with a deep respect for the planet and the environment—our company has been in
the health and wellness market for over 20 years, starting as a manufacturer of beeswax candles. That’s where the story begins.

Read more about SOL here.

My hubby and I really needed a good night's sleep. S is an awesome sleeper, but we were uncomfortable in bed due to less than luxurious sheets. Don't get me wrong, the sheets we were using were nice sheets, but we had no idea what we'd been missing out on until we received our first set of SOL sheets.


Our SOL sheets were nicely packaged, and came with an info card about the sheets.

We chose a light blue color in the plain sheet set for our room. We have teal blue accents, but I figured the light blue would work just as well. I have a phobia of white sheets! As soon as I removed the sheets from the package, I ran m fingers over them. I loved the way they felt, but knew that the true test would after I got the sheets onto the be. I gave them a wash (I always do this with new sheets), and then fitted them to the bed.

The sheet set came with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two standard pillowcases. When I crawled into bed later that night, I felt like I was slipping into a luxurious hotel bed. Seriously, I felt like I was in another world. I fell asleep so quickly and slept so peacefully in our new SOL sheets. Since that first night, I have had such a better time sleeping that I was experiencing before. I love getting to that sweet spot in the early morning, when I am not yet fully awake, but am not longer super asleep. I like to rub my bare feet back and forth across the sheets... I love the way it feels- so creamy and warm!

I don't dread heading to bed anymore. I happily get into bed and fall asleep, super relaxed and loving my sheets. My husband is uber picky about our sheets, and he absolutely loves the sheets from SOL. This is our first pair of organic sheets, and we're so in love with them, I don't see how we could go back to sleeping on anything else.

Plain Organic Cotton Sheet Sets

Details of the SOL Sheets

- Ultra Soft Fine Long Staple
- 100% Certified Organic Cotton
- 300 Thread Count - 60s Yarn Count
- Sateen Weave
- Single Ply
Simple stitching and the best cotton sheets to layer with your quilts and duvet covers.
$159.00 (Queen Set)

The SOL sheets come in their own storage bag, made from the exact same material as the sheets. I toss the sheets into this bag when they need to be laundered, and wash the bag and sheets all together. I don't have another set of these sheets yet, but I am hoping to purchase one! I'd also love to have one of the SOL Duvet covers for our down comforter. I can only imagine how nice it would be to cuddle up in it with my sweet kids!

SOL has beautiful and luxurious products at afforable prices!

Hemmed Organic Cotton Sheet Sets
Hemmed Organic Cotton Sheets


Duvet Cover
Duvet Cover


Hemmed Pillowcases
Hemmed Pillowcases


Organic Neck Wrap
Organic Neck Wrap


Stress Relief
SOL Aromas


SOL is the definition of serenity and relaxation. You don't know how well you could be sleeping until you've slept in organic cotton sateen sheets. They're so soft and silky- you may never want to leave your bed again! Grab some of these gorgeous sheets, and go ahead- hit the snooze button just this once! We won't tell on ya!



Want them? Get them!

Head on over to SOL to browse their wonderful organic cotton linens and accessories. With the holidays coming up, why not purchase a beautiful new set of sheets for someone special? When you purchase from SOL, you also give to those in need. This is a purchase you can feel doubly good about making. Connect with SOL on Facebook and Twitter.



Want them? Get them!

One lucky MBP reader will win a set of sheets from SOL. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter to win! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. No PO boxes. MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See our policies page for complete details.

Special thanks to SOL for allowing me to review and share about their wonderful sheets, and for offering this amazing giveaway for our readers.

Good luck!