Friday, October 24, 2014

40 Elf on the Shelf Name Ideas

I love our Elf on the Shelf and over the years, I've heard some super cute elf names. Here's a list of my favorites for those of you who might be getting a new elf this year!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Favorite Things & A $100 Target GiftCard® Giveaway

A few weeks ago I introduced you to an up & up product by Target.  And as much as I love my up & up Disinfecting Wipes and Disinfecting Spray, these other products I'm going to talk about are just as great. 

I've been a loyal user of up & up's cotton swabs and sensitive skin body wash, but recently I had the chance to try their Cleansing Towelettes for Sensitive Skin and their Kids' 3-in-1 Body Wash

I've talked about this several times, but I have super sensitive skin and it seems to get worse the older I get. I'm newly allergic to most of the products I used to use to remove my makeup and recently, I've just been using water, but it doesn't remove everything. 

After seeing that up & up has new sensitive cleansing wipes that are dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, I decided to give them a try. You can't imagine how excited I was that these towelettes easily and quickly removed my makeup without causing a rash on my skin. Even better? They weren't sticky (I hate sticky wipes!), they're fragrance and oil free and they removed my waterproof mascara.

When I'm at Target, I usually have at least one of my boys with me. One of their favorite things to do while we shop is pick out their own stuff. I let them select their mouthwash cups, their toothpaste and their body wash. Usually they pick out things based on the packaging, but I've found that a lot of those products weren't so great. I now let them pick from option A or B (which I choose!) so that we're getting better quality products. 

When I went to pick up some body wash for them I had Brody with me. Brody LOVES turtles, so before I was even able to select and A and B option, he picked out up & up's Orange Mango body wash for kids. It worked out perfectly! 

The body wash is a great consistency, (some of the kids stuff I've purchased before just slides right off your hand) it lathers well and it smells really good too! It's also an all in one - it shampoos, conditions, detangles and is a body wash! Best yet is that it's tear free.

I hope you've had a chance to try up & up products. What's your favorite one or which one are you looking most forward to trying? Leave an answer in the comments below and you will be entered for a chance to win one $100 Target GiftCard!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Simple Chocolate Croissants

One of my favorite treats is a good chocolate croissant. Not many bakeries here have them, but Starbucks makes a pretty good one. ;-)

While I'm still working on a traditional chocolate croissant recipe (preferably one that doesn't take 4 days to make!) this is a great shortcut version!

Simple Chocolate Croissants
Yield: 8 pastries 

2 sheets puff pastry (one box)
1 4oz bar of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 of a 4oz bar of Ghirardelli bittersweet (60%) chocolate
1 egg
1 Tablespoon of water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Chop chocolate and mix together (unheated) in a bowl. Set aside. 

Dust a board with flour. Lightly roll out the dough to make it smooth. Cut down the middle and then across the middle so you end up with four squares. 

Place about 1.5 tablespoons of chocolate pieces in the center of each square.

Crack egg into a bowl and whisk with about 1 tablespoon of water. Using your fingers, put a line of egg wash around the edges of the square. Fold into a triangle and seal with fork tines. 

Bake until just done, about 8-10 minutes. Serve warm and reheat in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

PS: There are some SUPER cute monogrammed cutting boards on Jane today for just $9.99. These would be adorable served up on those (and they'd make a great Christmas gift!).

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