Pumpkin Souffle Body Butter

Pumpkin Souffle Body Butter

This Pumpkin Souffle Body Butter is a super decadent body treat you can easily make for yourself at home with simple ingredients!  If you are not in the fall mood yet this concoction may push you right over the edge. Made with natural ingredients and scented deliciously with one of the most loved fall scents it is a decadent way to moisturize your skin and tempt your senses.

While you get immediate skin hydration and softening benefits immediately, the effects are even better as it absorbs into your skin.  Pumpkin contains antioxidants, vitamin A, and  vitamin C-  which softens, brightens skin, boosts collagen, helps reduce acne, and soothes your skin in general.    Since this recipe is made with real pumpkin and does not contain artificial preservatives it will not last long, I divide mine into two small mason jars and share one. You could also freeze it in small batches or cut the recipe in half.

Pumpkin Souffle Body Butter

Pumpkin Souffle Body Butter

If you are looking for a luxurious fall scented body butter, this is ideal.  Body butters differ from lotion because they are thicker, richer and typically contain no water.  While water is hydrating to the inside of your body, it doesn’t really hydrate your skin.  The combination of shea butter and coconut oil make this a super soothing homemade body butter you will love.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Place coconut oil, vitamin E oil, pumpkin, shea butter, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in the bowl of stand mixer.

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Blend on high until light and fluffy- about 3-5 minutes.

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Scrape down sides of bowl, transfer all body butter in two 4 oz. mason jars in equal amounts.

Secure lid and ring.

I keep mine refrigerated to keep it longer, should last about 2 weeks when in refrigerator.

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This makes an excellent gift, but since it is perishable should be given in small amounts with the warning label to use as soon as possible.  Keep ingredients on hand, and you can easily make this for yourself year round!  Use this twice a day all over your skin, but concentrate on rough or dry patches like knees, elbows and heels of your feet.  It’s a super soothing luxurious treat that will totally change how your skin look and feels.  Not to mention the wonderful smell!

Add a simple ribbon and label, then add to a gift basket with some of our other favorite homemade body and beauty products!

Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

Whipped Gingerbread Body Butter

Lavender Coconut Aloe Vera Shave Gel

Rosemary & Clove Beard Conditioner

Honey Almond Sugar Scrub

Honey Lemon Lotion Bars

Sore Muscle Body Scrub

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Back To School Ready With Barnes & Noble MasterCard #BNschoolsavings

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barnes & Noble MasterCard powered by Barclaycard.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Back to school time means tons of new curriculum purchases for most homeschoolers.  While we prefer to create a lot of our own curriculum, we have found there are some things that we just need to have a bit more standardized for our son.  This year as we progress in math with him, we really wanted something that focused a bit more on geometry, and since that is an area we haven’t found a lo of alternate resources for, we knew we wanted to grab some extra workbooks to help in our classroom.

Barnes & Noble MasterCard

When Barnes & Noble reached out for us to share about their great back to school options, we already had a shopping list in hand.  When it comes to education, we have focus and know that most parents out there want to make the most of their back to school shopping experiences.  Sometimes that means using the Barnes & Noble MasterCard since it helps you as a parent get the most bang for your buck!

Barnes & Noble MasterCard

As a homeschooling parent, I know there will be many items I’ll have to pick up not just now, but throughout the school year.  As our son moves forward in his education, we may need to grab more resources for the next grade level to keep him busy.  Being able to use the Barnes & Noble MasterCard gives us the chance to not only grab great resources at a great price, but to save 5% back on school supplies and textbooks!  When you are buying a lot of curriculum, that can add up to a lot of savings over the course of a school year.

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We loved that our local Little Rock, Arkansas Barnes & Noble location has a nice large kids educational section.  Not only are their tons of resource books and even flash cards or projects, but there are basic curriculum needs in every subject divided by grade.  From preschool to 6th grade, they have full curriculum sets that give you everything you need to keep in line with state requirements for education. Using the Barnes & Noble MasterCard means that over the course of our school year, we can easily save hundreds of dollars!

Barnes & Noble MasterCard

Some statistics about the Barnes & Noble MasterCard: 

  • Get 5% back on any school supply or textbook purchase at a Barnes & Noble store or their website.
  • Receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card after your first purchase made with the Barnes & Noble MasterCard
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If you are facing back to school for your college student, teen or your homeschool classroom Barnes & Noble has a great selection of resources, textbooks, classic literature and help guides that will easily fit into your classroom needs.  Take advantage of the amazing cash back options with the Barnes & Noble MasterCard.  You can find out more about the Barnes & Noble MasterCard and its benefits on their website.  Then, take a moment to grab one of these beautiful adult coloring books to get back to the basics and relax a little after the rush of back to school is over.

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Great Kids Games For Halloween

Great Kids Games For Halloween

Just thinking about these great kids games for Halloween seems out of place!  It’s hard to believe that Halloween has found its way here already. Halloween is a fun time to dress up and get a little goofy, but there are also some fun kids games for Halloween out there. Hosting a simple at home Halloween party is a great way for your kids to have fun with their friends in a safe place.  Halloween is a fun and fanciful time, and you should take advantage of these easy games to keep your kids occupied and happy.

 Great Kids Games For Halloween Great Kids Games For Halloween

Halloween Bingo

Instead of playing traditional Bingo, put a Halloween spin on it. Skip the traditional Bingo markers and create your own Halloween themed ones. This is something fun the kids can help you with.  You can easily print out some homemade Halloween bingo sheets to make it easy and fun.

Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss

Playing with bean bags is fun on its own, but adding a pumpkin theme to it makes it even more fun! Cut out a cardboard pumpkin and leave an opening in the mouth for the bean bags. Make a couple cardboard pumpkins so that the whole family can have fun!  This is a great cheap and fun game that everyone will enjoy.  You can even set lines for younger kids to stand at and lines farther back for older kids.

Pumpkin Pinata

A personal favorite for the Halloween game season is creating a pumpkin piñata. This is just a piñata in the shape of a pumpkin and it’s filled with your favorite Halloween candy! This is honestly one of the most fun games you can play around Halloween.  If you aren’t afraid of a really big mess to clean up, you can actually use a real pumpkin and stuff it full of candy!

Halloween Inspired Cooking

There are so many things you can do in the kitchen to celebrate Halloween. Make a mystery box and fill it with spaghetti. Or take the time to make Halloween inspired sugar cookies. Make a Halloween-ish trail mix or carve pumpkins. You can even take the time to make Halloween inspired treat bags!  Kids love getting involved in cooking, and when it is something creepy for Halloween they will love it even more!

Halloween Masks

Looking for something fun to do this Halloween? Consider making fun masks to wear around the house. Have a contest to see who can create the best Halloween mask.  Cardboard, construction paper, elastic, sequins and stickers can all make fun and simple masks even the youngest kids can help you create.

These activities are fun because even adults can get on board. Halloween isn’t always about ghouls and ghosts, sometimes it’s about having fun and making memories with a little “book” in between!

Check out some of our other favorite Halloween crafts and treats!

Free Halloween Printable Bookmarks

Halloween Fill In The Blank Vowel Review Printable

21 Simply Spectacular Halloween Treats

Easy DIY Framed Spider Web

Frankenstein Upcycled Tin Cans

Great Kids Games For Halloween

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Find Your Uniquely Perfect Home With Trulia

This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Trulia and MomSelect.  I received compensation for sharing about Trulia, however all opinions are 100% my own. 

No, we aren’t currently in the housing market, but we are chronic home shoppers.  We are happy in the home we currently have, but with long term goals of moving to the west coast and specifically the Pacific Northwest, we are constantly taking a look at various housing markets.  We have spent hours scoping out homes, local school districts and job markets in areas we would love to move to one day.  Trulia is a great choice to make that so much easier! Even though we aren’t planning to move in the next few months, if the right home came our way we would do everything we could to make a move happen.

Trulia Home

When we are shopping around on Trulia, we always make sure to look for homes that have a large basement, loft or extra large den.  You see, we love movies.  It’s not just about watching a movie here and there, but about the theater experience, surround sound, 3D graphics and of course fun snacks.  Since we love watching movies in the comfort of our home as well, it is our goal to find a house that will also include a room we can turn into a theater room.  We would include a large TV or projector, comfy theater recliner chairs, a great surround sound system and of course the darkening blinds or curtains to make sure that it gives the full theater experience.

The great thing about Trulia is it offers the ability to select just what we need and want in a home.  We can easily navigate areas we are interested in moving, while specifying things we are looking for in a home.  It’s the best free tool to use when you are ready to find the home of your dreams! It’s not just for those looking to buy either!  If you are simply looking for a new home to rent, you can easily use Trulia to locate a great home that meets your needs!  Check out school districts, specific types and sizes of homes as well as the best commute times to your office!

Here is a fun video sharing about a couple that found just what they needed in their home!

Right now, you can enter and amazing $25,000 giveaway with Trulia!  Wouldn’t $25,000 make it easier for you to buy the house of your dreams?  I know it would definitely get us well on our way to the move we have been thinking of! You can enter the Trulia Giveaway from now until 10/31/15!

We love having our home filled with candles to make things smell good and comfy places to sit that make it easy for us to relax for our favorite movie! What makes you feel #TruliHome?

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Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

This Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe is one of those meals that is so easy to create it’s almost embarrassing.  We love grilled foods, and especially grilled chicken.  Adding some veggies, fruit and great seasonings to the mix makes a simple meal that is fun to eat and of course a healthy option.

Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

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I have played with making kebabs many times in the past, but usually found the meat a bit too dry, or under done.  This time I worked harder when cutting the chicken to get even sizes as well as making it a bit smaller/thinner so it would grill faster while not leaving raw veggies.

You can use any vegetables you wish, but we chose red and yellow bell pepper, red onion and fresh pineapple chunks.  I wanted to add cherry or grape tomatoes to this, but we couldn’t find any nice ones that were organic when shopping so I skipped them this time.

I usually grab my boneless skinless chicken breasts from Zaycon since they have antibiotic free breasts for as low as $1.89 a pound on a regular basis.  When I get a large batch like that, I always divide them up and leave some whole and some cut into small pieces for things like this dish.  I cut the chicken into 1-2″ pieces.  This usually makes them small enough they cook through while leaving your veggies done but not burned.  As you can see in the picture above, I had a few veggies that cooked more than others.  I like them a bit crispy, but would prefer to have them just lightly grilled.  We often use a BBQ grill mat to keep things from burning on the grill.

Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

I make a simple seasoning blend, but also marinate the entire kebab in a mix of orange juice, pineapple juice and teriyaki sauces before seasoning.  I find it gives them a nice flavor that is reminiscent of many Hawaiian dishes.

I prefer using wooden skewers so we can simply recycle by throwing into our kindling box after we are done eating.  Others love metal skewers that can be reused. I hate doing more dishes so I go the easy way.  If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for about an hour before assembling to keep them from catching on fire on the grill.

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Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Thighs cut into 1-2" chunks
  • ½ Yellow Bell Pepper, cut into 1" pieces
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1" pieces
  • ½ Red Onion, cut into 1" pieces
  • ½ Cup Orange Juice
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ¼ Cup Teriyaki Sauce (we like Soy Vay special blends)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
Instructions
  1. Soak wooden skewers for 1 hour in water.
  2. Marinate chicken in orange juice, pineapple and teriyaki for 1-2 hours.
  3. Slide vegetables and chicken onto skewers alternating meat and vegetable. Ideally you want 3-4 pieces of meat and 2-3 of each vegetable.
  4. Mix together in small bowl: garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt and ginger.
  5. Sprinkle seasoning blend over kebabs. Coat all sides lightly.
  6. Cook on grill over medium flame for 5-6 minutes on each side. Depending on grill type and ability to control flame you may need to monitor these the entire time to make sure they cook evenly.
  7. Use meat thermometer to make sure chicken is cooked through.

Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

This Hawaiian chicken kebab recipe is one of our favorites to pull together and throw on the grill.  Kebabs also help stretch your meat budget a bit father since they include so many fruits an veggies on the skewer.  We served ours with a yummy pasta salad, but you can serve over rice, with a pita and hummus or even sweet potato fries for a full meal!

Check out some of our other favorite chicken dishes for healthy and easy meals for your family! 

Grilled Lime Tequila Chicken Breasts

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Quesadillas

Hawaiian Chicken Kebab Recipe

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