Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Resolutions, Chocolate & Slim Fast

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Did you see my recent post about those fantastic Chocolate Butter cookies?
In case you missed it  - I am a self confessed Choco-Holic!
I'm here to prove that even Chocoholics can get fit in 2012.

I've been using Lindsay Brin's Mom's Into Fitness DVD's (See right ->)
And, my hubby got me a totally cool ZUMBA DVD Wii game For Christmas.  I haven't tried it out yet but it looks SOooOOO fun!

Finding time for even just a short work out is tough for me. I work full time, and have a family with two little boys that keep me super busy! 

I mix in work outs where I can but I need to tweek my diet. 
I need something convenient and delicious to add to the mix.  
So I was thrilled to hear about these options form Slim Fast!
A slim fast bar that looks like a candy bar. YUM!

For me Slim-Fast is the ULITMATE Chocoholic weight loss solution.  
This makes me look forward to 2012 Resolutions.

I know with these convenient shakes I won't miss breakfast anymore:
I am amazed at how easy Slim-Fast makes it for us!  

Their 3-2-1 plan gives you 3 snacks (Slim Fast 100 calorie snacks, fruits or veggies) , 2 shakes or bars and 1 balanced meal per day.  
Now THAT is a plan I can follow!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from MoMomma & Family
Fantastic Photos courtesy of Colling Photography

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I Dream In Chocolate: Chocolate Butter Cookies

In case you haven't noticed,
I'm sort of in love with chocolate. Seriously.
I think I may even DREAM in chocolate sometimes!
Well, I know I Day-Dream in chocolate :)

The other day when I made these SUPER YUMMY

My first thought was....  
"I wonder how these would taste in Chocolate?"

I'm here to report back
 May I Present...
Chocolate Butter Cookies!

I used the same recipe from Sallie's Texas Cottage site,
And just swapped out the Yellow Cake Mix for Chocolate Cake Mix

Butter Cookies
4 sticks (2 cups) butter, softened (not margarine)
1 box CHOCOLATE cake mix
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
decorating sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Let butter come to room temperature. Place all ingredients in a large bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low until well blended. If the mixer is not heavy-duty, finish mixing by hand.

Fill a cookie press with cookie dough and press out on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.

Sprinkle with decorating sugar, if desired. 
(We decorated ours with Ornaments -aka MnM's!) 
Bake at 350 degrees F 8 to 10 minutes until very lightly browned on edges. Cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer to paper towels or wire racks to finish cooling.

Don't be afraid to DREAM IN CHOCOLATE!

Operation Sippy Cup

Operation Sippy Cup
Is now in action!

Say good-bye Bottles, Hello Sippy Cups!
Now that BabyMo is just 13 months old it's time for the switch from baby bottle to Sippy Cup.  
He hasn't been interested in Sippy Cups at ALL up until this point so I knew the switch would be a tough one.

I work Full Time and I often don't get to spend most of baby's "awake" hours with him.
So, I didn't want to leave this tormentuous (is that a word?) change over to Sippy Cups to someone else. 
I waited until Christmas Vacation to make the change when I knew I'd be with him for an entire 10 days straight.  

Hence --> Operation Sippy Cup Has Begun!!

Here's a photo to let you know how the switch is going so far...

That's my 13 month old having a meltdown.
"Common' Mom.... just give me a bottle!"

No, but seriously.
I've had to go cold turkey on this kid.
I hid ALL the bottles and We are not going back.

Aside from the 3am meltdown which consisted of 45 minutes of straight screaming, 
I'd say we're doing okay! 
(I'm an optimist - what can I say)

We've been almost 24 hours with NO bottles.
And, I think we're making some progress.

Check out these photos which were taken just 10 minutes after the meltdown above...

Dear Santa... please bring more Sippy Cups.
Sincerely, BabyMo & MoMomma

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thirty-One Thursday: Giveaway at Saving Cents with Sense

If you are an Arizona Blogger like me surely you've heard of and follow
Saving Cents With Sense

I just LOVE Melissa's blog.
It's jam packed with reviews, deals and giveaways.

And TODAY she is featuring a giveaway from ME
MoMomma is giving away a Super-Cute Thirty-one Thermal Tote!
Hurry on over as her giveaway wraps up Friday, December 23rd at 9pm MT.

Leave me a comment to let me know you entered at Melissa's Site!
I hope you win!
You will LOVE this thermal tote!

And, if by chance you don't win please head on over to my Thirty-One website and pick up your very own Thermal Tote on sale now for just $10 !!!!
Or, pick up our brand new Cinch Top Thermal Tote for just $15!

Butter Spritz Cookies! EASY {From Texas Cottage}

Today I found the perfect Spritz cookie recipe on The Texas Cottage Blog!
If you haven't visited Sallie's website you REALLY need to!

Texas Cottage
I'm a reader of the Texas Cottage and when I saw her blog post about these
I knew I'd make them today!

So may I present: The Cookies!
If you have one of these fun cookie press machines you seriously have to try this recipe
And, if you don't have a cookie press- it's not too late to ask Santa for one!
Or, you can just roll them into a ball and flatten with your hand.

Here's the recipe as posted on The Texas Cottage:
Butter Cookies
4 sticks (2 cups) butter, softened (not margarine)
1 box Betty Crocker Yellow Butter cake mix
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
decorating sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Let butter come to room temperature. Place all ingredients in a large bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low until well blended. If the mixer is not heavy-duty, finish mixing by hand.

Fill a cookie press with cookie dough and press out on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.

Sprinkle with decorating sugar, if desired.  Bake at 350 degrees F 8 to 10 minutes until very lightly browned on edges. Cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer to paper towels or wire racks to finish cooling.

Let me know what you think! :)
Thanks Sallie at The Texas Cottage for sharing this yummy recipe!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MoMomma Monday #11 - Christmas Edition

Welcome to MoMomma's Monday (on Tuesday) Linky Party!
(was that confusing or WHAT? haha)

Okay, so I'm a day late with the link up party 
I have a good reason!  
I want to leave it open all the way through Christmas!  

If you are not already following MoMomma 
please link up on the side -->
We are just FIVE friends away from hitting 200! 
First up... Here are a few of my favorite link ups from last week:

Party Hat Christmas Hats
(from Momma Mia's Heart to Heart)

Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting
(from Weekend Baking)

And now... MoMomma Monday

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Freebie Giveaway!

Thanks to all of those who support MoMomma!!!

As we approach 200 friends I want to give away a special HOLIDAY Giveaway.
Head on over to my FACEBOOK wall to find out the details
(good only for the first 10 people who respond)

If you still need to order CHRISTMAS CARDS,
If you love SHUTTERFLY,
If you love their CALENDARS,

You want to go look at this!
HURRY on over!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MoMomma Mommy Monday: Link Up Party!

Thanks for visiting MoMomma!
If you haven't done so already, please join me and follow along via GFC
There is a BIG Giveaway once we hit 200! 
We are SO close! :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friendly Friday Link Up

Welcome to Friendly Friday!

Now that you know about this wonderful blog, it’s time for you to join in! Add your family-friendly link below and we’ll see you back here every Friday! And don’t forget, you canget the InLinkz code
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All three hostesses appreciate followers through GFC and Twitter, and we’ll follow you back – be sure to leave a comment with your URL and/or Twitter username. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thirty-One Thursday

Welcome to another Thirty-One Thursday!

This week I wanted to show you the All In One Organizer!
Now through December 12th with any $31 purchase you can buy this tote for just $5.

You can personalize it for just $7 extra!

Here are a few cute ideas...
Library Bag...
Treat Bag / Halloween Bag
Cleaning / Organizing Bag

Remember that all Thirty-One bags come in a variety of print options.
Make it unique for YOU or for a GIFT!
Add personalization for just $7 extra or leave it plain.

This bag is so versatile, you will love it!
Contact me via email for more info or order on my webpage HERE

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Here are a couple of photos for 
Wordless Wednesday...

It's Christmas Cartoon time at our house!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 28, 2011

MoMomma Monday #10

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thirty-One Thursday

Hi Friends!
Welcome to MoMomma
If you like what you see, please become a FRIEND by following on GFC.

Welcome to another edition of Thirty-One Thursday!
One day a week I'll show you a fantastic product from the Thirty-One line and show you how to use it OR how to gift it! :)  After all- it IS the season of giving.

Today's Thirty-One featured product is the 

(Remember that with Thirty-One you can pick the fabric AND the personalization of the products!  Personalization is only $7 more)

This tote is AMAZING!
It would make a great gift for anyone this holiday season (including yourself!) for just $30

But Wait... Just HOW BIG is it..... Really?

It's big enough to fit KidMo (who's 5!)

Here are THIRTY-ONE additional uses for this tote:
Usage Ideas 
  1. Left in your car with blankets, a sweatshirt in case it get chilly during a game
  2. Toy storage
  3. Scrapbooking / Crafting
  4. Picnics or beach items for the family
  5. Vegetables they pick from their garden
  6. Sports equipment / Soccer Mom / T-ball / etc
  7. Dirty shoes in vehicle
  8. Sam’s, Costco, etc. shopping
  9. Knitting Clubs (holds all of their yarn, etc...)
  10. Consultants Tote (for ANY sales person)
  11. Tailgating
  12. Great place to store toys in between the two bucket seats of any car- Especially Mini-Vans!
  13. Beach bag-- towels, lotions, food and your thermal totes with drinks in it
  14. Seasonal & Holiday Storage
  15. Carry Christmas presents so you don't have to worry about them falling and getting messed up
  16. Food to church gatherings
  17. Great GREEN alternative. Carry to the GROCERY STORE or wherever they certainly won't think you stole that personalized bag! :)
  18. Laundry - It can work well for both Clean and Dirty
  19. Moving box
  20. “Trunk” for vehicles
  21. Weekend trips
  22. Rolled up towels, blankets, etc. for guest bath/bedroom
  23. Gift wrapping supplies
  24. Yard Sales
  25. Board games
  26. Carrying Christmas/Birthday gifts to get-togethers
  27. Playground equipment for teachers
  28. Bottom of closet organizer
  29. Carrying in firewood
  30. Quick 5 min clean up
  31. Bring to the beach
So, What would YOU use this tote for?

Please support working moms (LIKE ME) and others this holiday season while you shop. 
Our families thank you for it! :)

Shop my Online Thirty-One store HERE.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Shopping Deals- No More Rack

If you've been following the blog you know that I started out sharing some good bargains that I came across.  I am TRULY a bargain hunter ... well, when I want to be.

And, 'Tis the Season of Bargain Shopping.

I present to you my newest find www.NoMoreRack.com
Have you heard of it?

They host AMAZING deals each day. Some which they call Insanity Deals.  These Insanity Deals only last for a few minutes until they sell out.  If you happen to catch an Insanity Deal you might just snag an Amazon Kindle for $15.87!  SERIOUSLY!!

I think I'm going to be stalking this website now through Christmas!
Who's with me?
Who wants to score AWESOME deals?

Okay, if you ARE with me then please click this link to access the website:  www.nomorerack.com
(Following this link will let them know that I sent you!)

Thanks Friends!
See ya over at their site!

PS- let me know if you score any fantastic deals!

Here's a quick video featuring some the awesome deals that other shoppers have found.
Check it out!

Monday, November 14, 2011

MoMomma Monday #9 - Thanksgiving Feast


Thanks for visiting MoMomma
If you like what you see, please become a GFC friend

MoMomma Monday is sponsored by... ME! 
Check out my Thirty-one Gifts site for ALL your holiday needs!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Swap: Featuring Blissful & Domestic

Welcome to Sunday Swap!

Today We're featuring Danielle from Blissful & Domestic!
If you haven't been to her blog - I'm telling you - you are missing out!

And now.. Danielle!
I am Danielle from Blissful and Domestic and re-purposing is my game. I will re-purpose anything. The wheels are always turning, giving me ideas on how I can recreate from the items in my closet and around my house. It has even gotten to the point that my Mom won't buy me new clothes. She'd rather just give me her hand-me-downs, so then I can cut them up and alter to my heart content. I don't mind. I am always up for free fabric!



I have an amazing family who constantly supports and inspires me.

I love to create, which is why I blog.
On Blissful and Domestic I blog about all of my creations. Hoping to inspire others to reuse and recreate as well. I also throw in a little bit about what makes me happy to be Blissful and Domestic.
I love lace, frills, pearls, pink, flowers, glitter..basically anything girly.

I also so LOVE decorating for the holidays.




I LOVE gag reels in movies. I love my 2 red heads. I love my hubby. I love vintage and sometimes feel like I was born in the wrong era. I love reading about pioneer life and sometimes I think I could have hacked it as a pioneer, but then I remember indoor plumbing and become quite satisfied with this century we are in.

I love blogging and meeting new bloggy friends.
I guess now you have had a chance to get to know me.
I would love to get to know more about you.

hop on over and say hi!

Follow me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Browse my Pinterest Follow me with BlogLovin Send Me an E-mail Link up at My Party
I'm looking for more Bloggy Friends to do a
Sunday Swap!
If you're interested, please email me at MrsMoMomma@aol.com