Carihola Bamboo Throw Review

With the holidays upon us and wish lists being exchanged I know first hand how exhausting life can be when you’re juggling an already full plate. Work, kids, marriage, etc. can certainly make you feel like all the energy has been sucked out of you and make you wish for just a moment to yourself to relax and decompress.  Giving yourself a little something special this holiday season is important.

I recently was asked to review another great product from one of my favorite brands.  Cariloha has amazing Bamboo products that make you feel like you have been sent away to a luxury vacation.  We love our Bamboo Sheets, so when they said we could review something else – I knew I wanted to for the holidays!  Put the brakes on your holiday shopping for a night, curl your weary fingers around a steaming cup of Chamomile Tea and let me tell you about my opportunity to work with Cariloha again to review their dreamy soft Bamboo Throw Blanket.

Carihola Bamboo Throw

The Bamboo Throw Blanket measures 50″x70″, is made from a 50% Bamboo, 50% Polyester blend and comes with quilt batting added to the throw’s interior core for the lightweight feel that ensure you don’t feel bogged down and suffocated like other, heavier, throws on the market. It also comes with a 90 Day money back guarantee that plainly states if you don’t fall head over heels with your Cariloha Bamboo Throw Blanket then you may return it free of charge and gain a full refund. That’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself but I doubt anyone could find fault with this ultra soft and comfy throw.  Seriously – it has been fought over in our house multiple times.  It is the throw that when left on a chair or couch, suddenly disappears because it has been hidden away be the Wee Child or my Beau to use themselves.  Our cats even loved it!  It’s so fun to watch them snuggling up inside this throw as if they have found a long lost friend.

Inspired by Caribbean Style and Hawaiian Aloha, Cariloha is the clever combination of the two and with more than 20 years of experience touring and learning about the two, Cariloha is the expert when it comes to all of your Island Paradise inspired needs. They started out as exactly that, your one stop shop, when it came to your island needs but when the product line didn’t quite fit they went back to the drawing board and were able to utilize a proprietary Bamboo blend, which is approximately 3 degrees cooler than cotton, one that would keep their targeted audience cool and comfortable, no matter where they were located on the globe.

Carihola Bamboo Throw 2

We have used this throw on our couch as a way to snuggle up on a cold night, or on our bed as that extra blanket between the cooler days and really cold weather.  This throw is large enough to cover half of our California King bed!  It has become a true favorite in our home, and something we will definitely be adding to our holiday lists in the future to give as gifts.

Cariloha now has 47 full stores in 14 countries and has introduced an entire line of Bamboo products including, Bedding, Apparel, Fitness Wear and more!

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Thanks to Cariloha for the opportunity to review another of their amazing Bamboo products.  Despite the compensation mentioned above, we only promote products an companies we believe in.  This review and the opinions within are 100% our own.  Information about the product provided by the company has been included for your convenience.

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Easy Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup

Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup

Cold weather means it is time to load up on warm and filling comfort foods like soups and stews. This Easy Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup fits all your winter dining needs- rich, hearty, filling, belly warming and flavorful.  Not to mention how simple it is to throw together.  We are all about making recipes super easy to assemble and quick so they are convenient for feeding our families.

beef vegetable soup

Ground beef and a sturdy noodle make the base for this delicious soup, creating a dish that is an entire meal in itself. It also cooks up quickly, in just 20 minutes, for those nights when you are short on time but need a hot and filling meal. Customize your soup using your favorite pasta and vegetables-fresh or frozen. To create a recipe that is more waistline friendly or to follow Weight Watchers you can use whole wheat pasta, lean beef or even ground turkey, and reduced sodium broth. Serve with crackers or a delicious crusty bread meant for dipping. Trust me when I tell you the leftovers are as good if not better so you will want to make the full batch!  If you want to make and freeze, prepare all but the noodles and add them when ready to reheat-simmer the same 20 minutes to cook noodles.

Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup


3/4 lb. ground beef

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables ( corn, peas, green beans, carrots)

2 cups macaroni noodles

1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 cups beef broth

1 cup water

2 cloves. garlic

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. Italian seasoning



Brown ground beef and garlic in a large 4 quart pan , drain excess oil.

Add vegetables, noodles, diced tomatoes, broth, water, garlic, Italian seasoning, and black pepper.

Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Beef Noodle Vegetable Soup

Easy Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup
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Serves: 6
  • ¾ lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables ( corn, peas, green beans, carrots)
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves. garlic
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  1. Brown ground beef and garlic in a large 4 quart pan , drain excess oil.
  2. Add vegetables, noodles, diced tomatoes, broth, water, garlic, Italian seasoning, and black pepper.
  3. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Print this recipe an add to your weekly menu plan this week.  Not only is it super easy to make, it is seriously budget friendly.  We are all about keeping in budget while giving your family great food they will love.  This hearty soup is going to make everyone happy tonight.  Don’t forget it makes a great freezer meal that is simple to heat back up in your Crockpot on a busy day!

Check out our other favorite easy and tasty Soup Recipes!

Weight Watchers Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Weight Watchers Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Soup

Vegetarian Taco Soup

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Sock Panda Sock Subscription Review

There’s nothing more fun that being able to pick out a festive pair of socks. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, Christmas, Halloween or other special occasion it seems like there’s a pair of socks for just about everything! There’s a pair for your happiest days, one or two for the days where you don’t feel like getting out of bed and a host of pairs when you want to let the world know you’re ready to take it on. We’ve all been guilty of wearing plain jane white or black socks in the past, sure, but I say it’s about time we throw caution to the wind and let our personalities shine by grabbing ourselves a pair of funky socks to show off.  You know if you watch my Instagram feed that I am all about the funky socks, so when I connected with Sock Panda for a review I was thrilled!

Sock Panda Review

If you’re not sure where to start in your search for the perfect pair of statement socks then look no further than Sock Panda! Sock Panda is a monthly sock subscription box founded by a little Panda who just got tired of being black and white. He shed his boring old colors and started making bold new ones to spice things up and now shares his creations with subscribers like you who’re looking to do the same. The designs he creates stem from whatever happens to be inspiring him in the moment.

Each fun pair of socks created are made of high quality materials, usually 85% Peruvian Cotton and all are created using patterns and graphics that are sure to bring you oodles of compliments. You’ll feel more than pleased that you decided to throw out those old black and whites and make the switch to Panda Socks bright and colorful counterparts.

We enjoyed the fun socks we received as part of our trial subscription box.  Socks for men, women and children – all themed appropriately for the holidays!  They are definitely a great fun holiday gift idea too! Why not order the subscription for the sock lover in your life?

With the Panda Sock Subscription box half of the fun is in not knowing what awesome designs you’ll be receiving from month to month. Rest assured though, you’ll never be sent anything but the most festive and adorable socks available. Better still, you’ll never have to worry about receiving the same pair of socks twice and since each monthly box usually arrives by the 16th you’ll also never have to worry about not having a pair of new socks to wear while out and about. For as little as $16 a month you can start enjoying your unique Panda Sock Creations.

Want your family members or friends to enjoy Sock Panda with you? Sock Panda now offers Gift Subscriptions! All you’ve got to do at checkout is send the recipients name and address. Easy Peasy and they’ll love you for it once the festive socks start arriving. They also offer exchanges if you’re unsatisfied for any reason. Just include your preference, bold/cool, and they’ll send you a replacement pair.

The best part about Sock Panda is that from December 5th to the 22nd Panda Sock will be having their very first Sock Drive and plan to donate thousands of socks across the country to people in need. Better yet, for every subscription sold they’ll continue to donate. How awesome is that?! You can even check out their schedule to see if the Sock Panda will be coming to a city near you!

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Thanks to Sock Panda for the opportunity to review your subscription box.  We love our fun and colorful socks and look forward to seeing what comes in the mail next month!

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide 2014, review, reviews

Easy Vegetable Cobbler

Easy Vegetable Cobbler

Have you ever had one of those days where something just sounded so good you couldn’t resist it?  Well, last week I did.  We had recently had some homemade turkey pot pie, and I just didn’t get enough of it.  Then as I was sitting in the recliner one afternoon working, I had a vision of what I affectionately like to refer to as Easy Vegetable Cobbler.  Very much like a simple pot pie, but with veggies, and yes, admittedly – a bit extra crust.  What can I say?  The crust is the best part of any cobbler or pot pie!

Easy Vegetable Cobbler


The best thing about this, is the fact that you can so easily adapt it to your personal food preferences.  Roasting vegetables and adding into this will give a depth of flavor.  Using chopped sauteed or roasted mushrooms will add some rich hearty protein that makes your meat eaters feel a bit more satisfied.  Whatever you choose, it is easy to make this truly your own recipe.

We used what was on hand.  A chopped onion, a few stalks of celery chopped nicely, some fresh minced garlic and some spinach along with some simple diced potatoes all went into a skillet with some olive oil.  Cooking them until the onions and potatoes were beginning to get tender made the cobbler easy to assemble and ensured things would be cooked through.

For ease, I used a bit of chicken stock, some organic butter and flour to make quick “gravy” to go with the vegetables.  I also pulled out a bag of my favorite organic mixed vegetables to toss into the mix as well.  Mixing this in with the sauteed vegetables and pouring into our favorite casserole dish was simple, and created a wonderful meal.

No matter what you choose to call this easy vegetable cobbler or pot pie – you’ll love the hearty herbs that blend and create a rich, hearty and warm satisfying meal for your family this winter.

Easy Vegetable Cobbler
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Serves: 12
  • 4-5 Medium Potatoes Diced
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 10oz. Bag Organic Mixed Vegetables
  • 2 Immaclate Ready Made Pie Crusts
  • ½ Stick Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Cups Organic Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1 Teaspoon Rubbed Sage
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Spary 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside
  3. In large skillet heat olive oil, onions, garlic and potatoes until tender.
  4. Mix in spinach and cook 2-3 minutes on medium heat until wilted.
  5. Remove from skillet
  6. Add butter and flour to skillet and stir until bits from pan are incorporated and well mixed
  7. Add in chicken stock and simmer on medium heat until thickened.
  8. Remove from heat and add potato mixture, organic vegetables and seasoning. Stir until well blended.
  9. Pour into casserole and top with pie crusts covering entire cobbler
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbling

Easy Vegetable Cobbler

This recipe for easy vegetable cobbler is quickly becoming one of our favorites.  I am pretty sure I will be mixing up double batches to freeze for easy freezer to oven to table meals this winter.  Nothing is as yummy as this heart and rich homemade vegetable meal.

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Free Printable Christmas Menu Planner & Grocery List

Free Printable Christmas Menu Planner & Grocery List

Do you have a big family meal every year for Christmas?  Maybe you are like some and open your home up to those who may not have family to spend the holiday with.  Whatever your tradition is, this Free Printable Christmas Menu Planner & Grocery List is great to keep you on track.  Use this to plan out your menu from appetizers to desserts.  Then on the bottom half you have the great place to create a grocery list.  This keeps it all in one place so you don’t forget any ingredients.

Free Printable Christmas Menu Planner & Grocery List


For as long as I can remember, our only Christmas tradition as a family was to spend Christmas Eve at my grandparents house.  The last few years that has changed as my grandparents aged and spent time in nursing homes prior to their death.  This year will be the first year without my Granny.  I know it will be a tough holiday for my Daddy, and I hope we can manage to make it a little bit easier.

I am planning to offer to cook for the holiday this year.  We only have a few people in our family that come, so it doesn’t have to be a large meal.  We may even do something simple like appetizers, dips, sandwiches and similar.  I love that this free menu planner has places not just for your menu – but that menu broken down into all of the courses and needs helps a ton.  For those who plan large meals with multiple courses, or perhaps want to have a potluck where they assign dishes to individuals, this is a great help.  Planning your holiday event is much easier when you have easy to use resources like this.

Christmas Menu Planner

Print your Menu Planner & Grocery List Here!

Looking for ideas of great menu items for your Christmas meal? Check out our favorites!

Loaded Hashbrown Casserole

Easy Wild Rice Pilaf

Perfectly Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Garlic Roasted Purple Cabbage & Cauliflower

Easy Roasted Broccoli

Easy Crockpot Roasted Chicken



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