Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Neil Gaiman's Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberries. There is something about those bright red berries, which makes me want to smile.

I've always been a canned cranberry sauce kinda person. I remember being so excited about the can-shaped cranberry jelly my mother would serve with our Thanksgiving meal.

Well, one day while poking about on Twitter, Neil Gaiman shared a recipe for Cranberry Sauce and I had to try it and thank goodness I did! It's one of the few dishes on Thanksgiving day, which my son will eat.

I'm going to translate his recipe into an easy way to read it, but you can always visit his blog, linked above.

Neil Gaiman's Cranberry Sauce

Please note, this is a 2-day recipe, so start early!

1 lb fresh cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 pinch of salt

1. Wash the cranberries, removing any soft ones.

2. Bring the water to a boil. Add the cranberries, sugar, and salt to the boiling water.

3. Boil for about 25 minutes, skimming off the pink froth, and stirring occasionally.

4. Keep boiling until the sauce becomes a thick jelly. When you drop a drip of sauce into a cup of cold water, it will hold it's shape when the sauce is done. 

5. Pour the jelly into a jelly mold, if you have one, or as Neil suggested a tupperware bowl. I used a small Pyrex bowl which I tempered with warm water first.

7. Let the steaming jelly cool on a counter until you can place it safely into the fridge.

8. The next day, fill a sink with hot water, hold the bottom of the jelly mold in the water for a few seconds, then turn it upside down onto a plate.

I hope you will try this recipe. It is really delicious, very easy and kind a fun.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Winter Sale!

I'm holding a winter sale at my company Moon's Creations. Right now you can save 10% on all purchases. No coupon code needed. Simply place an item in the cart and the discount is taken off.

Easy Peasey!

I'm sorry I sound like a big advertisement lately. I'm working on a couple of posts about the children and their activities. And I've also caught one heck of a cold, so I'm pretty spacey right now too.

I promise I won't turn into an all advertisement blog. Unless I find really cool deals I want to share.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Perfectly Posh (or really nice skincare!)

Last month I was invited to a Facebook based "party" about some line of skincare I'd never heard of, but my friend did invite me and I like face stuff, so why not, right?

It was also during a time I was seriously procrastinating with my business and so I found myself peaking into the party daily to see what was happening. (The party was 2 weeks long.) Each day the consultant introduced some of her products and mailed out free samples for everyone to try.

And so I did.

Now, I've been an exclusive Korean Skin Care Regime kinda gal since 2012, with an average of 8 steps. I loved my routine but suddenly this year, one of my products broke out my forehead and it would not go away. I'd stopped using products entirely trying to figure out what had gone wrong.

Well, trying the samples out immediately cleared up the rough forehead issues.

So, I accepted when the consultant asked if I'd host a party too. Because when something works for me, I'm going to shout it to the rafters.

My favorite item, is their Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme. It comes in a variety of fragrances and so I bought a few which sounded nice and found my favorite was their My Hands are Thai'd. To me, it smells like dried orange slices with a few soft spice notes.

When I first tried this hand creme, I was thinking "oh god! what is this fresh hell?" It felt so thick and gross, but within a minute it had fully absorbed and my hands looked great. I'm often troubled by my old lady hands, especially since I take photos of them when I photo my dolls.

I started using this once a day after a shower, but with the cold weather, I've added an application. It's crazy good. I even bought some for my mom for Christmas. (shh... don't tell.)

I also really liked their exfoliating wash A Whole Lava Love. It's minty and scrubs all the crude out. This is what kicked the nasty-forever-forehead-break-out. It made me feel so self-conscious, so I'm super grateful.

Anyway, I said I am hosting a party! Yay! If you're interested in any of the products, please use my link (I may get a prize!)

They are currently having a 10 days of sales promotion, where you can get different items for a discount or free gift, like today it's a body butter free gift with purchase, but as a savvy shopper-type, I think the best pricing will be Friday. I'll keep you posted if you'd like.

Or you can join the Facebook party here. (And if you join us late, you can still ask for free samples. While the company's products are really fantastic, they're aren't the best at refunds, so sample away!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Zazzle Sale!

I wanted to share the coupon code CLOTHINGSALE to save up to 40% on T-shirts, Leggings, and more from Zazzle!

Here are a few of my more favorite shirts we've recently added to the shop! Each of these shirts are customizable and available in a variety of shirt styles and colors!

It's Fun to Stay at the Y.M.C.A.

I've done it! I've join the YMCA and despite constantly getting the Village People song stuck in my head on a nearly everyday basis, I'm having a ball!

I've never been a big gym person and have been dragging my heels about joining, because of money and uncertainty and basic self-doubt. But I'm so glad I did it! I haven't been in shape since I injured my back in 2013 and I've had enough of it.

Our YMCA offers childcare for up to 2 hours a day, so I can leave Bear and Bun there without worrying about a babysitter. Every single person I've met there has been an absolute angel. There isn't the big competition or bluster you expect when you join a traditional gym.

It feels so crazy to put my health first for the very first time since I've become a mother.

Now unfortunately, I haven't received any noticeable benefit, as it's only been our first full week, except being exceptionally tired. haha! I'll keep everyone posted on how things continue.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Shark Flexi Journal

My friend Cara is working with Chronicle Books to make these hilarious Shark Journals. They are currently available for preorder on Amazon, and as I always say, I love Amazon's Pre-order Price Guarantee.*

The best part about pre-ordering this item now is it tells the publisher Cara's work is valuable, which can lead to more job offers. As a free lancer, jobs are tough enough to come by, so every little bit helps to support the artist!

*If you're not familiar, with Amazon's Pre-order Price Guarantee here's the low-down. If you order a pre-order item and the price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price. It's awesome because I don't have to watch for the lowest price.

I promise I have more posts to share with you about our Team and what we've been up to , but due to a bit of insomnia on my part, coupled with a new workout regime, I'm running on fumes. Thank you for being so wonderful!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Do you Swagbucks?
Alright, let me preface this post with yes, this is going to have an affiliate link, but please hear me out on this one.

When my husband found out he was going to lose his job this Spring, we agreed we needed to look into a way to make money so we could float if it took him longer to find a job. One of the places I turned to was Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a survey website, which rewards you with what they call Swagbucks (or SB) and you can redeem these for giftcards.

Not only do you gain SB for taking surveys, but you can also earn them when you purchase items online. This is where I really pick up the SBs because if I'm going to buy something online, I might as well make some money back too. You can earn back from retailers like: Amazon, Walmart, Old Navy, Ebay, and Target, just to name a few!

They've recently released a feature that allows you to print out coupons and when you use those at a store you get SB back! Awesome!

I can usually earn $25 Amazon giftcards each month by taking surveys! If you're interested in joining, follow this link. Sign up and give it a try.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A book too good not to share!

Yesterday, we went to the library for a cute trick or treat and parade event. During our walk through the library, I was picking up books that looked interesting. (I ended up with quite the armload!) I immediately grabbed this one because if the adorable and spazzy cover.

Super Happy Magic Forest by Matt Long, looked like a silly "look and find" sort of book, kinda like a Where's Waldo, but I was delighted to discover a real story, which was crazy cute! It is a story, which tells of 5 adorable adventurers as they try to save their home. It sounds kinda scary, right? But Matty Long manages to make it a fun and friendly adventure. He also throws in a few Lord of the Ring references for Moms and Dads to giggle over. It's a mix between a story book and a comic book in format.

My children are right now pretending to be part of the story and role-playing their own adventure. (Can their Mama hope to one day play role-playing games with her children? maybe?) So, yeah! This book has been immediately added to our Amazon wish list to add to our library.

While searching for the book online, I see Matty Long has created a second book! Super Slug of Doom: A Super Happy Magic Forest Story! Consider this one added to the wish list too!

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