Archives for May 2015

As Seen On TV: Does The Vidalia Chop Wizard Work?

Yes it’s Foodie Friday, but today I’m going to do something different. I’m going to share one of my favorite kitchen tools, the Vidalia Chop Wizard.

Do you like trying As Seen On TV products out? Does the Vidalia Chop Wizard work? A review of this chopper, as well as many other As Seen On TV products.

I love As Seen On TV products, and try them out regularly. Though I usually buy them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and use my 20% off coupons to avoid paying crazy shipping fees. And that’s where I found this.

I hate cutting onions and garlic, but I cook with them so often that I’m always forced to! When I do it by hand, they never come out the same size and it takes me forever. Until I found the Vidalia Chop Wizard.

Does The Vidalia Chop Wizard Work?

Do you like trying As Seen On TV products out? Does the Vidalia Chop Wizard work? A review of this chopper, as well as many other As Seen On TV products.

Yes, the Vidalia Chop Wizard really works. It is SO easy to use! You can use it to cut just about any veggies or fruits. For exa
mple, I skin an onion, chop it in half and stick it on top of the green chopping blade tray. Then I push down on the cover, and voila! Perfectly chopped, uniform onions! There’s two different sized trays, one for larger sized pieces and one for smaller ones (or smaller items like garlic or nuts).

You can use it on fruits, veggies, even meats. Hands down the Vidalia Chop Wizard works. I used it so regularly and often that I had to buy a new one! It’s definitely Mommy of a Monster approved.

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I have mentioned other As Seen On TV Products here before. If you are wondering if any of these products work, click these links to find out!

Does The Perfect Meatloaf Pan Work?

Does the Brazil Butt Lift DVD series work?

Does Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty products work?

Does the Michel Mercier Ultimate Detangling Brush work?

Do you ever buy “As Seen On TV” products? Which ones do you like or dislike?
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What Is A 529 College Savings Plan?

Disclosure: I received compensation to write this post on behalf of One2One Network and ScholarShare. All opinions are expressed are my own.

Let’s face it: kids are expensive. VERY expensive. Because our kids are so close in age (Ethan’s just 2 years older than the girls), we have been thinking about the fact that we should probably start saving for college. And that’s why we are considering setting up a 529 college savings plan for them. What is a 529 College Savings Plan you ask? Let me explain….

What Is A 529 College Savings Plan?

Basically a 529 college savings plan is a college tuition plan that you can set up for your children. Think of it as a savings account for college. The plan is is tax-free both on savings and investments, as long as it is used for qualified expenses. There are also no income limitations on contributors.

All 50 states offer at least one 529 college savings plan, and many states offer a tax deduction to those who use their state’s plan. So it’s like you’re saving twice!

What is a 529 college savings plan? It's the perfect way to save for your kids' college education. Learn more about them and the benefits of having one.
I was recently introduced to ScholarShare, California’s state-sponsored 529 college savings plan, and their site has been incredibly helpful as we try to figure out the best way to start saving for the kids’ college, which is going to be here before we know it.

ScholarShare has information about how 529 college savings plans work, how to figure out how much you need to save, who can open an account (anyone!), the different ways you can invest, and the fees associated with the plan.

What is a 529 college savings plan? It's the perfect way to save for your kids' college education. Learn more about them and the benefits of having one.
There is a low minimum initial contribution of only $25 to get started, and a maximum account contribution of $350,000. There are no sales charges, start-up, or maintenance fees. All of the money that you contribute goes into the account for your child.

It doesn’t matter if your child goes to a private or public college or university, in-state or out-of-state, trade or graduate school. All of the money that you invest can be used at any eligible higher educational institution in the nation and even several abroad. You can use the funds for more than just tuition – mandatory fees, books, supplies, equipment, etc. is also covered.

But what happens if your child named on the account doesn’t attend college? It doesn’t matter why they don’t attend, you won’t lose your money. You have the ability to transfer the funds to another beneficiary in the family or withdraw the funds for any use (an additional withdraw tax penalty of 10%).

I don’t want my kids to have to try to figure out on their own how to pay for college. I want to give them a head start without worrying about climbing into a sea of debt before they even get their careers going. Now that I know about ScholarShare and more fully understand 529 college savings plans, I’ll be able to plan and help them go to college without the burden of debt.

Friday is National 529 Day! May 29th is a day celebrated nationally by state-sponsored 529 plans, to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college and the value of 529 college savings plans. In celebration of National 529 Day on May 29, 2015, ScholarShare launched its 529 Day matching promotion, “You Start It, We Match It.” If you open a ScholarShare 529 College Savings Account on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 12:01am to 11:59pm PT, ScholarShare will match $50 of the initial deposit!

So help spread the word! Share, tweet, post, pin, or email this information to your friends and family. Knowing what a 529 college savings plan is will help us all be able to plan and make informed decisions about our children’s futures.

What is a 529 college savings plan? It's the perfect way to save for your kids' college education. Learn more about them and the benefits of having one.

A Refreshing Vodka Cocktail

I’ll admit it: I’m not a big fan of hard alcohol. I’m more of a beer and wine kinda girl. My husband, on the other hand, enjoys a good cocktail. So when he created this refreshing vodka cocktail and asked me to try it, I said no. Not a fan of vodka and water. But this is more than just vodka and water!

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail recipe? Look no further! This recipe is perfect...just make sure that you always use Tito's Vodka. It's the best!

Simple Refreshing Vodka Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 shot of GOOD vodka. We only recommend Tito's Vodka.
  • Lime flavored sparkling water
  • A squeeze of lime

Instructions

  1. Put some ice in your favorite glass. Add the vodka. Top with water and a squeeze of lime.
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As I mentioned, you’ll want to use GOOD vodka if you are drinking it with water or on the rocks. My brother introduced us to Tito’s Vodka, and even though it looks generic, I’m telling you it’s the best vodka out there.

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail recipe? Look no further! This recipe is perfect...just make sure that you always use Tito's Vodka. It's the best!

This is not a sponsored post or anything like that, it’s just seriously the best vodka to make a vodka cocktail with! It’s better than other “premium” vodkas like Grey Goose, Kettle One, and Belvedere.

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It’s simple to make and it’s so refreshing. This is a sippin’ drink. Enjoy it at your next get together with friends or after a long day to unwind. Try this vodka cocktail and you’ll definitely enjoy it!

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail recipe? Look no further! This recipe is perfect...just make sure that you always use Tito's Vodka. It's the best!

I’ve also got another great cocktail recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. And if you’re looking for great vodka cocktail recipes or just a bunch of great cocktail recipes, visit my Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest.

Do you have a great vodka cocktail or just a cocktail recipe that you love? Feel free to link to it below!

Want to check out reader’s featured recipes? You’ll find them here. And if you would you like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find out how to do it here.


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Summer Lovin’

I’ve written about my love for summer many times, especially my memories of it as a kid. The other day on Facebook, I saw this post and decided to share it. I tagged all the people I still know that grew up on my street with me because it brought back so many memories of being a kid.

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I shared it on May 18th. Since then, it’s been”Liked” almost 500 times. I guess that this photo brought back memories for lots and lots of people!

So I thought it would be fun to bring back some of my favorite posts about summer. Here they are, in no particular order.

This one is still one of my all-time favorite blog posts because it takes me right back to childhood: The Scents of Summer

One of my favorite sounds in the world: Waves

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A typical summer day when my parents both worked and we ran amuck looked like this: When I Was A Kid…

And of course this one about how summer’s and childhood freedom has changed since we were all kids: Summertime

My sister Angie and I. Who remembers these tiny little pools and the way old school photos turned orange?

My sister Angie and I. Who remembers these tiny little pools and the way old school photos turned orange?

I’ve even written fiction about a summer day: The Wall. It’s dark, but then again, all my fiction is dark.

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I’ve even shared a few summer cocktail recipes like the PERFECT Summer Cocktail, Peach and Orange Sangria, and One Glass White Sangria. I’ve got another one in the works too, so stay tuned!

What are some of your favorite summertime memories? Whether it’s a scent, sound, taste, or sight, I hope it’s a good memory!

JORD Wood Watches Are Awesome! ::REVIEW::

Disclaimer: I received a JORD wood watch in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

I love watches. I have many of them, and I wear them all. I think I get this love of watches from my dad because he likes them too, and we always give him unique ones to add to his collection. When JORD reached out to me and asked if I’d like to check out a wood watch, I jumped at the chance! I’ve always thought they were really cool and I had always wanted one.

JORD wood watches are sustainable, efficient, and simple. Made with natural, untreated woods with scratch-proof mineral glass and a stainless steel clasp.

I received the Ely watch. It’s gorgeous! It’s understated and casual, so I can wear it anywhere…which I do. It also has the date display, which I always like on a watch since I can never remember the date.

About JORD Wood Watches

JORD (Swedish for earth, soil, land) believes in creating hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wood watches. They look like works of art! Their style is sustainable, efficient, and simple. These watches are made with natural, untreated woods like maple, bamboo, zebrawood, and sandalwood. The glass is a scratch-proof mineral and the clasp is stainless steel.  All JORD wood watches comes with a 12-month warranty. These watches are extremely sturdy, but know that they are splash proof and not intended to be waterproof. So don’t wear it while doing dishes, bathing, or swimming.

These wood watches can be adjusted to your wrist size. Mine came with additional links, but it fit perfectly. It’s almost like wearing a bracelet, meaning it isn’t super tight and does move around. I left it that way purposely because I don’t like my watches to fit too tightly.

JORD wood watches are sustainable, efficient, and simple. Made with natural, untreated woods with scratch-proof mineral glass and a stainless steel clasp.

It’s a watch that can be dressed up or down. Wherever you wear it, just be prepared to receive lots of compliments and questions about your unique watch. The one I get the most is “Is that really made of wood?”

I’m now a huge fan of JORD wood watches, and already have my eye on another one that I want. Which of their wood watches would you pick?

Go check out the other wood watches that JORD carries, and follow them on social media too. You’ll find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

JORD wood watches are sustainable, efficient, and simple. Made with natural, untreated woods with scratch-proof mineral glass and a stainless steel clasp.

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