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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Brent's Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies - Holiday Cookies

My husband likes a flat and crispy, yet still chewy, chocolate chip cookie.  He came up with this recipe, and it's become a favorite in our house.

Brent's Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

1 stick butter; softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup walnuts; chopped
1/2 cup Gheridelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350°

Whip butter until light and fluffy.  Add in brown sugar and whip until mixed and light. 

Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together. 
Slowly add to sugar mixture. 

Add egg and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined. 

Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. 

Drop onto greased cookie sheet (a silpat baking mat is recommended) by tablespoon. You want a lot of space between the cookies.  You can get 8-10 per batch. 

Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Let them sit 3-4 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Otherwise they will smash into itself and fall apart if moved when too hot. 

**These are also really good if you add 1/4-1/2 cup shredded coconut to the mixture.**

Friday, November 3, 2017

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Grow Your Own Avocado Tree

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Gifts for Kids - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Enkeeo Balance Bike

As a mother with lots of small children, one thing we need to teach each one of them is how to ride a bike. Learning to balance on one of these amazing contraptions is probably the hardest part of learning to ride.  

I have seen balance bikes for a while, and when I had the opportunity for my kids to try one from Enkeeo I jumped at the chance.  My 3, 4, and 6 year old children were thrilled, and weeks later they are still loving this bike.  

Putting it together was actually pretty easy.  Although I might have had to take part of the frame back off because I put it on upside down.  Don't ask.  I was distracted with kids all around "helping".  Anyway, it came with all the tools needed, and within about 15 minutes I had it ready to go!

The frame is a great quality metal.  The grips are comfortable for my kids.  I also love that the tires are a firmer foam feel, so they don't need aired up.  They are solid all the way through.  

This is perfect for small children to learn to balance before actually getting on a bicycle.  It's a bicycle, but without the peddles.  My kids actually ride it around in the house right now due to the cold weather. I'm shocked and amazed at how fast they picked up in this.  My 6 Year old son is about ready to move to a real bike.  I'm excited to see how much better they get as they keep playing on it.  

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Special Offer From Historical Conquest Game

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Homeschooling History Game!

For all Big Family Reviews followers, we are offering 2 free decks of Historical Conquest cards! 

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Looks like the card game Pokemon, but plays like the board game Risk.

Use them in the game, timeline activities, and/or flashcards.

A free course is also available for all those who accept this offer.

I will soon be doing an in depth review of the game with the family.  I can't wait to show you more about it!  I am a huge believer in learning through fun.  Games are my kids favorite way to do school while having fun.   

Monday, October 23, 2017

Gifts for Him with Giveaway - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

I partnered with The Hopping Bloggers for this sponsored Holiday Gift Guide.

Rbenxia Sandalwood Hair/Beard Comb 

I got this sandalwood comb for my husband way back in the fall of 2015.  He was wanting some beard accessories, and I thought he would like this.  Boy was I right.  

This comb quickly became his favorite beard accessory, and had remained so for the last 2 years.  He has misplaced it a few times, and was very upset when he had to go a few days using something other than "his beard comb".  It is a great quality, and has survived perfectly through drops, moves, traveling, and daily use.  It's actually more beautiful and smooth now as it has had his beard oils infused into it.  

It's one item you can get on Amazon that I would highly suggest as a nice stocking stuffer for any man.  It's great for beards or for their hair.  

Power Perch

The Power Perch makes it easier than ever to conquer the challenges of organization. This is an easy way to organize for the men in your life that hate organizing. This sturdy shelf is held in place with your existing outlet cover (no additional holes needed), and allows you to add storage space anywhere there's an outlet. He can use it to charge his phone, tablet, shaver, or any other tech devices that will fit on this handy little shelf. He can use it anywhere he needs a little extra space! Add a shelf to any outlet with Power Perch! (fits all vertical single outlets and requires no additional hardware). Get it on: StorageTheory.com or Amazon.com COUPON CODE: with code HOPGUIDE20 Readers will get 20% off any Power Perch products through December 31st when they use this discount code at checkout on the Storage Theory site.

Southern Scholar Subscription Box

Give him the look of a lifetime with this subscription box. With dress socks that keep him warm, comfy, and stylish – this is the perfect holiday gift for the men in your life this year! And, it's a monthly subscription box, so it's a gift that keeps on giving! Brand description: Superior dress socks + our Signature Style Card delivered to your door each month. Unlike other sock subscriptions, we provide high quality, professional dress socks that will keep their place and keep you comfortable throughout your entire workday. Each pair accompanied with style tips on how to pair them to get the most out of your look! Get it on: SouthernScholar.com

Echo Plus

Echo Plus is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice, with a built-in smart home hub. It connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo Plus has 360° room-filling sound powered by Dolby, and can hear you from across the room from any direction. It is always getting smarter as Alexa continues to add additional features. With a built-in smart home hub and simple setup for compatible connected devices, starting your smart home or integrating into your existing system is now easier than ever. Get it on: Amazon.com

Fitbit Ionic

Give him a gift that will keep him moving all year long and stylin' for every kind of event. Get a watch that gives you more with Fitbit Ionic—a motivating timepiece packed with fitness guidance, health insights, music storage, apps & more. A health and fitness first platform, Ionic offers a highly personalized experience not previously seen in other smartwatches. Ionic builds on Fitbit’s health and fitness expertise with a new relative SpO2 sensor, making it possible to track deeper health insights like sleep apnea in the future, industry-leading GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters. Plus, smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and a variety of popular apps and clock faces available in the Fitbit App Gallery. Ionic also has all the core features our users love from Fitbit like up to 5 days battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility! Get it on: Amazon.com

Gifts for himBraun Series 9 Wet & Dry Shaver

Braun Series 9 electric shaver is our #1 shaver – providing unmatched closeness and unprecedented skin comfort. The perfect combination of efficiency and skin comfort can be found with our #1 shaver. Choosing the Series 9 means you are choosing today’s standard of excellence in both - an efficient and gentle shave
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mystery tackle box

Mystery Tackle Box

The Perfect Gift For Any Angler! Know a fisherman but don’t know fishing? Most people wouldn’t think of stepping into the world of fishing when it comes to gifts ...enter Mystery Tackle Box. MTB has the perfect gift option that all anglers will love! The best part is you don’t need to know a thing about fishing to give the gift of fishing this year. Here’s is how it works. 1. You purchase an MTB gift certificate. Quick, easy, done. 2. Your gift recipient then creates an account and tells MTB what fish species they like to fish. 3. MTB sends a curated box of baits to them each month based on their fishing preferences. 4. They receive their first box within 10 days of signing up. 5. You win the “gifter of the year” award, which hopefully includes hugs and free food & drink of some type. Visit MysteryTackleBox.com on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for their big Holiday sale!

Gifts For Her - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

I partnered with The Hopping Bloggers for this sponsored Holiday Gift Guide.

Wool Socks

I was always a bit afraid of wool socks.  I assumed wool was scratchy and wool socks would make my feet sweat.  Last year I got my first pair of wool socks.  I've been a convert since then. 

I got these socks last week.  They are the most comfortable and soft wool socks I own.  They are thinner than my ultra thick socks I had before.  These allow me to wear them as every day socks.  They are magical on my feet, and they are definitely high quality.  I've been wearing the socks daily (not the same pair - ha ha ha), and they've been through washes.  So far there's no issues at all. I have nothing to say that I would change or complain about.  They are amazing and would be a great little stocking stuffer for any lady. 

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Toe Talk

Designed to help you transcend challenges – whether physical, mental, or spiritual – Toe Talk socks are a reminder that through focus, balance can be achieved. Enhance your practice. Admire beauty. Experience movement with control and comfort. Achieve proper balance, in poses and in life. Toe Talk socks are a physical foundation for the body, and their mantras lay the groundwork for a soul at peace. Total consciousness. From the ground up. Every woman deserves this! Get it on: ToeTalkMindful.com

Turkish Leather Journal Sketch Pad

This is a beautiful and one of those gifts that keeps on giving.  This book is handmade in Turkey.  It is leather bound with 160 blank pages and has a metal clasp to keep it locked.  The leather covering the book is so soft, and it surrounds a Three of Life, which gives it a book of lore look to it.  It's one of those perfect gifts for everyone who appreciates books.  

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Clarisonic Mia 2 Holiday Gift Set

Put it on and take of off with the Best in Cleansing+Best in Blending duo! This two-speed device paired with cleansing and blending facial brushes is the perfect enhancement for your clients’ routine. Patented Clarisonic flex and flush movement works to gently cleanse away impurities, remove makeup and oil that manual cleansing leaves behind. Now with the ability to effortlessly micro-blend liquid makeup, this versatile set is the perfect gift for the person looking to do it all. Get it on: Amazon.com

CHI Hair Straightener

It's THE best hair tool a girl will ever own. Not only does a CHI last longer than your average hair iron, it doesn't damage your hair like others do. It may look simple, but it's a girl's best friend! Ceramic Hairstyling Iron by CHI reduces frizz and static electricity, creates silky shiny hair instantly and straightens, curls, flips and waves with the all-in-one ergonomic design. Get it on: Amazon.com

simplehuman Sensor Mirror

The simplhuman mirror is a motion-activated, lighted mirror that's perfect for her to do her makeup. She will not miss any little detail with this mirror. It's a gift that she'd love to buy for herself, but never will because she puts everyone first. The sensor has multi-sense technology that adapts to your behavior. It automatically lights up as your face approaches the mirror. During use, it becomes more sensitive so it won't turn off unexpectedly. When you're finished, it shuts off automatically – very efficient. Get it on: Amazon.com

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless is your perfect everyday headphone. Get the most out of your music with an award-winning, emotionally charged Beats listening experience. With multiple colors, you can pick her the right gift for the holiday season! Get it on: Amazon.com Amazon.comAmazon.com