297YGZDyhUDCh3woRmm4g9RKNSQ The Adventures of Boogerhead and Me: 2012

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Mara's Pasta Review and Giveaway

This is Mara's Pasta. It is whole wheat artisan pasta. It is made with a unique combination of wheat to give it better taste and texture. It is higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas. It also cooks faster than most other whole grain pastas. I was sent this awesome gift box of products to review.
I love pasta. I was so excited to do this review. I was really hoping Mara's would be different. I was tired of all the mushy, tasteless whole grain pastas I was trying. So, I decided to cook dinner with Mara's right away. To make it interesting I decided to cook the fettuccine pasta. This would be the pasta that would mush if any of it would.
I made chicken alfredo with spinach and broccoli. It was yummy!! Onto Mara's Pasta. The fettuccine, to my surprise, did NOT get mushy as you can see in the picture. It cooked quicker than I expected as well. The real test was the taste....it was good. Still whole wheat, but good. It actually had some taste and the texture was perfect. All in all, I give Mara's a Thumbs UP!!
Note: Boogerhead was off spending the night with her best friend. This review I had to do alone.

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TruKid Review

Boogerhead is a great kid....except when it comes to brushing her hair. She screams!! She gets terrible rat's nests in the back of her hair all day long. The poor kid's hair looks a mess in the back!
We always have to use a detangler. I hate most store brand ones, as they are sticky and smelly. Then I came across TruKid. They sell hair and body products for kids. The great thing is their products are free of harmful chemicals. They also have a great way for kids to use their products by themselves. Pictures!! There is a little label pic that has a face with squiggly hair and says "Hair". They also are in bright colored bottles and have silly names. Boogerhead loved this! I love that TruKid promotes kids taking care of their bodies and their planet.
This stuff smells fresh and isn't sticky. It also easily removed the tangles from Boogerhead's hair. And it kept it tangle free all day!!! That was the most AWESOME thing!!!
She didn't scream. She didn't cry. She just said, "Ow that stuff works great. It's not hurting really."

 TruKid worked and it is now a staple in Boogerhead's hair arsenal. Thumbs Up!!!
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Disclaimer: TruKid provided me with the product to review. However, all opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to do a positive review. Your opinions may differ from mine.

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Chobani Greek Yogurt Review

This is what I received UPS last week!!! Boogerhead was super excited to review Chobani.
First, let me educate you on greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is strained so the liquid whey is removed. With the whey gone it takes on a thicker,cheesier texture. It takes 4c. of milk to make 1c., whereas regular yogurt only takes 1c. of milk to make 1c. of yogurt. This does give greek yogurt more protein than it's opposite.

We have been eating them all week. I really like the texture of the greek yogurt. Boogerhead likes all the flavors. I've never been one for the soupy yogurts. I love that Chobani is thick and creamy. I also love that you can get some interesting flavors. They have pomegranate, mango, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, strawberry-banana,and even apple cinnamon. Boogerhead's favorite was raspberry.
Now, to the bad part. My husband had the strawberry-banana,which is his favorite flavor. Not so with Chobani. He liked the texture, but said it tasted nothing like strawberries or bananas. I loved all the flavors but one. The apple cinnamon. Not a particularly tasty combination in yogurt . With that said, all in all, Chobani is some delicious greek yogurt. It has a nice thick, creamy texture and amazing flavors.
And as you can see, Boogerhead gave it a thumbs up!
For more info about Chobani and their greek yogurt, visit their website.

Disclaimer: Chobani provided me with the product to review. However, I was not paid to give any review and all opinions are my own. My opinions may differ from yours.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

iPad Mini Giveaway Coming Soon!!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Boogerhead's Comments

Ok. So Boogerhead has been helping with reviews and stuff. She is my product model as well. So , I am pitching companies last night and she decides she should get to pick some. Yeah.....she made me pitch Stompeez and those Cuddleuppets. She wanted me to pitch American Girl Dolls, but I refused. The kid is getting good. She has also decided that any kid products we get in, she gets to do the review and I must type it up for her. I told her she had to start pitching on her own. She tells me"Just send them my picture and tell them the cute girl in the picture will be doing the review Mommy". If only it were that easy.
We do have some reviews coming up with Boogerhead as product model and one or two that will be mainly her words. So check back to see how well Boogerhead's new career goes! Don't forget to enter all the giveaways!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

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Melissa and Doug's Terrific Twenty List is just what a busy mom needs. Listed are twenty great toys from Melissa and Doug that your kids will love! The list includes toys for your little one as well as older kids. If you need a little help this season just check out Melissa and Doug's Terrific Twenty List.

You can enter and win a prize everyday from the Terrific Twenty List here. Good Luck!!

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Green Virgin Soapnuts Review and Giveaway!

Ok, this review will be slightly different than previous reviews, as I have a comparison product ( I purchased myself). I will not give the name of the other brand. I will only say they are a well known company. We will call them Bob's.

So ,I washed clothes this weekend using Bob's and Green Virgin soapnuts. First, we will discuss Bob's.
They are light in color. Relatively mild smell. Came with a wash bag. Bob's soapnuts.
I washed 3 loads with Bob's. My clothes smelled ok, they had alot of static, and were not soft like they claimed. I was disappointed.

Next, I washed with Green Virgin.
Notice they are darker in color. They smelled horrible!! Which is apparently a good thing according to my research. They are supposed to smell bad! These also came with a wash bag.
I again did 3 loads. These smelled fresh. Not like regular detergent smelling, just fresh. No static cling and they were soft.
Now, some info. You will use about 5 soapnuts in the wash bag. I have hard water and this is what I used. I also soaked my bag in a little hot water beforehand, as I wash in cold. I did not use anything else. After 3 loads, I think I can get 1 or 2 more loads with the same bag. The soapnuts get all yucky when their usefulness wears off.
A great thing about Green Virgin, is their soapnuts come with a tag explaining the other uses for soapnuts. There is also alot of great recipes online. Green Virgin use Sapindus Mukorossi soapnuts. These are the highest quality. Their prices are very reasonable.

And just for you men, a side note from my husband. I washed his hunting clothes with Green Virgin soapnuts and he was pleasantly surprised. NO SMELL!!! They are clean without having that detergent smell. Perfect for you hunters on a budget. A half pound bag of soapnuts, which will do about 83 loads, costs less than most advertised hunter's detergents. Deer beware!!

And thanks to the generosity of Green Virgin you can win your own 250gram bag (about half a pound).

Disclaimer: I was provided this product for the purpose of reviewing. However, I was not paid to give a good review or any review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Campus Book Rentals

I have tons of friends and a few family members in college. The number one complaint I hear is how expensive textbooks can be. I am so glad I found out about this site, Campus Book Rentals.

Here, my family and friends can save up to 90%. There are no fees, you can highlight in the books, and they even offer a 30 day no-risk return policy. How can you not try it!

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Newmans Own Organics Review and Giveaway

As we all know I do reviews my way. To the point. I recently was given the opportunity to do a review for Newman's Own Organics. No they are not Newman's Own. They are a separate company started by Nell Newman. Originally, it was a division of Newman's Own but in 2001 became its own company with a totally separate line of products.
As you can see, we were sent a variety of products to try. My husband,Boogerhead, and I really enjoyed these products.
My husband's favorite was the peanut butter cups. They came in both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. I personally LOVED the dark chocolate peppermint cups!! Delicious!
Chocolate bars!! Dark and milk chocolate...even espresso.....
Pretzels...sticks, regular, and honey wheat(my husband's favorite...he ate half the bag!)
Mints!! Peppermint, wintergreen, hot cinnamon, and ginger. I liked them all but the ginger. I am just not into ginger. But, let me say the quality was awesome. They are strong. but not overly so. Reminded me of Altoids, but better. Such a natural flavor and not sugary like some mints.
Licorice! Sour cherry,sour apple (Boogerhead's fav), black, and pomegranate (my fav)
Boogerhead eating the last of the sour apple. Let me say a few things about the licorice. First, the flavors they offer are impressive. Second, the taste is amazing. I really liked that the flavor wasn't overwhelming. It is just a hint. Last, but not least, the texture. It wasn't slick and squishy like store licorice. I found it firm and dry. I could eat it without having stuff on my hands.
This was by far my favorite. I love popcorn! This is microwaveable popcorn, but it is the best I have ever eaten. It pops all the way leaving very few unpopped kernels. The bag was full and puffy. When I opened it, I was in heaven. It has a light, buttery scent. The popcorn was so light. It was honestly the most wonderful popcorn I have ever had the pleasure of eating. I will definitely be purchasing snacks from Newman's Own Organics for my family. We really enjoyed the wide range of products we were able to try. I would recommend their products to anyone. How can you beat delicious and organic!! Disclaimer: I was provided the products to review. However, all opinions are my own and I was not paid to provide a good review or any review. All thoughts are my own and may differ from yours. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 5, 2012

Heads Up!! And Boogerhead and the Meanie Doctor Again!!

Well, HEADS UP!! I will have two more reviews and two more giveaways coming up this week. If you people want more great products reviewed than you need to leave comments and feedback. Enter the giveaways and like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Now, on to Boogerhead. By the way...she likes her nickname just fine...at least,she says,till she is a teenager. So, Boogerhead had to go to the meanie doctor and get a 5 year check up and a shot. She was not a happy kiddo. She wants the readers to know that she SCREAMED!!! She says it hurt and everyone should leave her some pity comments to make her feel better. And she will check too!!! Hopefully, I will sneak some pics of her at ballet tomorrow. Isn't she just the cutest little product tester? Yes, she actually helps with all product testing and reviews. Her opinion matters, at least to me.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

$100 Visa Pickawall Giveaway

What would you do with an extra $100 for the holidays? Maybe you would buy makeup, groceries, holiday gifts, or even put it toward your own awesome Pickawall wall mural!

Pickawall and The Girls of the Nexus have come together to bring you a chance to win a $100 Visa Giftcard!!! Keep reading and enter the form for your chance!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway!!

If you read my recent review of Tropical Traditions, you know how awesome their coconut oil is. Tropical Traditions is allowing me to do a giveaway. One lucky winner will win a quart of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
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Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Review

I have been really excited to do this review. My family and I are not coconut fans. Especially, my husband. Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil has many uses, however my review will strictly stick to cooking with it. When, I first received it I was surprised to find it is solid like lard. It has a slight coconut smell, but it is not overwhelming.
I decided to put it to the test by frying fish for dinner. I scooped out the solid oil  and placed it in my fryer. Let me say, I put as much coconut oil as I would lard. Big mistake! With Tropical Traditions, you only need a little bit! I was in awe. I used about 2 1/2 tbs. It melts quickly too. I was again surprised to find that once melted it did not smell of coconut.
The coconut oil heated quickly even though I found it a bit thicker than other oils.
The fish fried to a golden brown and were quite tender.
Now came the real test! The taste!
I tried the first bite. It was delicious. And, once again I was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not taste like coconut. My 5 yr old ate 2 pieces. This is not normal for her. She loved the taste! My husband, ever the skeptic was last. He bit in and exclaimed "Hey this doesn't taste like coconut!"
Needless to say, the whole family approves. It's organic, requires less to cook with than other oils, and doesn't flavor your food. What more could you ask for.
Tropical Traditions has exceeded my expectations. They will exceed yours too. Check them out at

 Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Poll: Should I change Boogerhead's Name on Blog

I was told that boogerhead was not a good name for a cute little girl. So, I am taking a poll to see if people think I should change my blog name. Please vote in the poll on the left and suggest a title if you'd like in the comments section.Voting ends Friday at midnight. Thanks!

Well, results are in! The name stays. Sorry if you voted no.

Boogerhead and pumpkin smoothies

So, we made pumpkin smoothies this morning. They are awesome. We used some yogurt (made from raw milk so it is more liquidy), ice, about a cup of pumpkin puree, cinnamon and a little raw sugar. The texture is a little gritty, but it is ok. But, the taste is delicious. Boogerhead loves it. We also got real cheese yesterday. The cow milk cheese tastes like cream cheese and is almost the same texture. The goat cheese I'm not so fond of. Tastes weird to me. I think next time I will buy Amish cheese with the co-op.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Silk Pure Almond Review

I've posted previously about my family trying to go organic. Our first foods were butter and milk. For milk I decided to go with almond milk. There are two reasons for this. First is we don't like soy milk. Second, was taste and I have tried almond milk before and felt the taste was decidedly better. So, I actually chose the cheapest at our grocers, which happened to be Silk Pure Almond.
I love this stuff! My husband loves it, my 5 yr old loves it and apparently so does her cat, Possum.
We have tried it as drinking milk and cooking milk. As for drinking milk, it is thicker than regular milk but not in an unpleasant way. It also tastes like almonds!! Not overpowering but just right. It also isn't as sweet as some almond milks, which I like. I guess I should note we bought the original. It also comes sweetened and unsweetened. For cooking with, it has been great so far. We have had it in pancakemix, cereal, oatmeal, and even macaroni and cheese. There is no almond taste to your food. It taste just like it should. I was impressed with the mac and cheese as I expected to taste almond. Oh and we made cookies and they were delicious. For some foods like oatmeal and pancakes, I actually think the thickness of the almond milk is a benefit. It makes the pancakes lighter and the oatmeal creamier.
Overall, I give it an A. The price is right, and the taste is awesome. This will be our family's milk from now own.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Boogerhead's Daddy

Ok, so I have posted before we are trying to eat more organically and live more organically. And I have posted about boogerhead's daddy being uncooperative. He finally agreed to at least try stuff. So, I bought almond milk last night. He tries it this morning and says.....he likes it!!!! He drank 2 glasses!!!! YEA!!!! Score one for being healthy!! I am so happy. This is my man who only wants meat and taters and good old processed foods and junk. I just may win him over yet. If you have any good vegetable dinner recipes or know of organics we should try...please comment those here! Thanks!!

Also, I am now the proud member of a organic produce co-op, buyer of farm fresh eggs and goat cheese, and I have found a health food store to buy from!!! I am super excited!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Well, while boogerhead was resting I made pumpkin pancakes with our pumpkin puree yesterday. They turned out great. There is a great recipe on Allrecipes on how to make puree. You will probably have to adjust time depending on the size of your pumpkin. We used a huge pumpkin instead of the small ones. Anyway, I took the easy way and just added a couple of tablespoons(heaping) to my pancake mix, added a little vanilla and cinnamon. It was delicious. The cinnamon really brings out the flavor. FYI, I used the pumpkin I mashed with the potato masher instead of the puree from the blender. I forgat to mention you can make your puree two ways after cooking pumkin. They suggest a blender and another said you could add alittle water and mash like potatoes. I did both. I like the mashed better as there is more pumpkin flavor, But if pulp bothers you I suggest the blender. Allrecipes has some other great recipes for pumpkin as well.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Strepthroat beats Boogerhead

Well, boogerheads throat looks worse. She keeps getting up and running around after the meds kick in. So, I had to banish her to her bed in her room to rest. She hasn't been in her bed in probably a month as she has been sleeping with me since daddy went to third shift. It's weird, out of 5 kiddos, she is the only one we ever let sleep with us on a regular basis. I think we are doing what is called attached parenting. Either way it works for us and she has a great appreciation for family. So, no adventures today. Maybe tomorrow if I can get her to rest.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Update on boogerhead

We watched the Magic School Bus episode "Inside Ralphie" and looked at pictures online of the strep bacteria and white blood cells. We are postponing our expeiments till boogerhead gets some rest. Her idea. After seeing what was hurting her throat and learning she needed lots of rest and her antibiotic, she is resting on the couch quietly. This child is NEVER still or quiet, so this is amazing. I told her yesterday all this stuff about germs and rest, but it took seeing it for herself to actually rest. I am really enjoying this way of doing school. We learn alot and it is enjoyable. Well, ta-ta for now folks. Be back when boogerhead feels better or does something worth posting...whichever comes first!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cooking with Boogerhead

So.....we or I should say boogerhead, finished making cookies. And other than me putting them in the oven, and removing them from said oven, she did it entirely on her own. As proof I will tell you there are a few spots of unstirred flour bits in a few cookies. She was so proud of herself. However, she kept wanting to eat the dough. Silly boogerhead!

This is her first ever attempt at making ANYTHING!!!!
She had a little trouble with spacing them apart, but she did GREAT!
Finished product
They are very soft and taste like pumpkin oatmeal. But, they are yummy. We got the recipe off of Allrecipes (pumpkin cookies I). They are where I also got the recipe on how to cook the pumpkin to make puree with. I have several more cups to go. We may even try some pumpkin pancakes.
All in all it was a great learning experience for ME...yes me. I learned with very little help boogerhead can cook and rather enjoys it. Before her I NEVER let any of the other 4 kids touch the stove before they were teens. One still has never cooked and she's married! I learned that school is what I make it.She has learned alot about pumpkins and cooking, some math, internet use, and how to follow directions. I can't wait for the GERMS!!!!!
Check back tomorrow for boogerhead's adventure with germs.

Boogerhead and the Bad, Meanie Germs

Well, boogerhead hasn't been well and she woke up with a sore throat Sunday. My trusty flashlight verified my fears......STREP!!!  UUUUGGGGHHHH!!!
So, I tell her we have to go to the doctors and she immediately freaks out about shots. So, being the homeschool mom, I use this opportunity to explain our resposibilities to our bodies to keep them healthy, show her pics of strep throats on the web , and somewhat explain germs. Then calm her with the promise of treats if the doc does give her a shot (they didn"t).
So, we are now home and she has decided that tomorrow we will learn more about germs with our handy Magic School Bus Germ science kit. As for now she wants me to clean up the kitchen so she can make cookies.
Later, I will blog and post some pics on this adventure of cooking with boogerhead. Tomorrow will be a nice blog on thos Meanie germs.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fresh Start

Well, I have decided I need to blog more. Something for me. I need to get some followers and start doing reviews and such. I think it would help me gain some self worth. So, I am going to start blogging on our homeschooling, co-op, cooking, and anything else I can think of.

Quick run through about me and homeschooling. I am a mother to 5 kids and grandma to 3 grandsons. I am down to my 5 yr old daughter at home. She her name is K, but dad calls her boogerhead ( you will need to know this in future posts). So boogerhead and I started homeschooling way too early. I collected curriculum like a true addict......seriously it was a sad time. I have changed curriculum a dozen times, have fretted on the injustice I am doing my baby, and now Ihave slowly and painfully come to the conclusion we are eclectic schoolers. Meaning we are relaxed and pull from here and there. Some days school is just life. She has learned things I haven't even taught her.

More about me: I want to be an organic, all natural homemaker, who makes everything herself like I see on all these frugal homemaker blogs. FYI...not gonna happen. I have found I am too lazy to make my own soap or laundry detergent. I also can not can to save my life. Also, my hubby would rather die than eat a strict vegetarian diet...the man likes his meat. I do try to make healthier meals and boogerhead and I eat lots of veggies and fruits. We also cook alot from scratch. Also, we don't eat ground beef. We use venison, chicken, ground turkey, and fish. So, other than frying some good ol' southern fried chicken, we do eat leaner meats and healthier meals.

Come by tomorrow to see how our Pumpkin cooking adventure went. Since, we don't do Halloween, we did a small unit study on pumpkins and picked a few recipes to try. Boogerhead will be making pumpkin cookies tomorrow so be sure to come back to see the end result!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Time 4Learning!!!

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Update: I love it...boogerhead hates it. She wants her paper and pencil because the computer is stupid and keeps making her mess up. So, one day in and we are done. Great review.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Heaven Is For Real: Conversation kit

I got this to reveiw from Booksneeze. It is the book and a dvd used for discussion. Our ladies group at church used it and had a blast. This is the book about the little boy who seen Heaven after he almost died. I don't want to give too much away if you haven't read the book. Basically, the dvd has his parents saying things about what went on and their feelings and ideas and some stuff from the little boy.Then you have the leader book. The book has some reading, questions and discussion. We enjoyed talking about the book and discussing our thoughts about the questions and our overall opinions about Heaven. We also enjoyed the dvd for added input. We liked hearing from the parents about their feelings and thoughts about what happened to their son and their beliefs. I really think the leader book adds to the kit for discussions and deeper thinking as a group.I think this would also be great for a youth group, sunday school, or any other bible study. It can be adapted for just about any age and in any use. Overall, it was a great group conversation kit.