Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Unique Coffee Mugs, Big Mouth, Inc.

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Thank you to Big Mouth, Inc. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Big Mouth, Inc. started about 15 years ago from the home of the owner and creator, Steve Wampold. He loved catalogs and clever gifts so he wanted to continue doing what he loved.  The company is doing so well because people love novelty gifts. There are so many from which to choose for any occasion. Who doesn't love a witty gift? 

Thanks to Big Mouth, Inc., I was able to use a donut mug and a mug with a dill pickle handle. Hilarious and perfect for a donut lover and a person who loves puns. 

 I don't know about you, but I love coffee and donuts.

hahaha 

Want it? Buy it!

Head over to Big Mouth, Inc. for all of your special occasion gifts! You can buy each of these mugs for $14.99 on Amazon. You can also look for other authorized dealers on their website if you don't like Amazon. Seriously, birthday, bachelor or bachelorette parties, just for fun, or for the drinking or coffee enthusiast, they have it all. 


Check them out on social media! 

Thank you again, Big Mouth, Inc. I'll be buying your products in the future...now to choose which one first. What do you think?


Wordless Wednesday- Little Girls with Big Hearts

I am so proud of the two little ladies in this picture. Drew and Reese are currently fundraising (with help from their parents, of course) to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. Their goal is to donate 100 Annie the Owls to RMHC. If you are interested in sponsoring an Annie, please visit my Facebook Page for more information. 



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?

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