Saturday, February 6, 2016

Crowdtap sample and review: Reynolds kitchen Cooker Liners

 Through Crowdtap and Reynolds, I was able to try out the slow cooker liners that Reynolds has been selling. Like anyone whoever spent some time in the Midwest, slow cooker time is starting in November and ending sometime in April and in between there are stews, soups and just about anything else that can be fixed in the slow cooker. Naturally, I was very excited to try out the liners since my slow cooker is making an appearance on the dinner table now several times a week. This weekend it was time for one of our favorites carrots and dumplings. If you cook it nice and slow, the dumplings soak up the carrot flavor and it is was one tasty and healthy dish. So here goes -
copyright Durhamonthecheap - ready to start cooking and looking forward to an easy clean up

copyright Durhamonthecheap - everything assembled and now set it and not worry about, especially clean-up

copyright Durhamonthecheap - looking good, those carrots and dumplings!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - slow cooker liners work on different size pots, including very large ones!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - best part, no clean up - simply lift out the liner and toss - you have NO clean up.

Overall, I loved the experience. While dumplings and carrots are not the messiest meal to cook in a slow cooker, having a large pot to clean is always a chore. Now, simply lift out the liner and you are done. This makes clean up so much easier, more time for the family and the slow cooker will be used more often now in our household. 

Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this blogpost is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Book Review: An Amish Year: Four Amish Novellas by Beth Wiseman

This is a great book, although I believe at least one of the stories may have been published already in another book.
It is compilation of 4 stories that all focus on romance and where it finds different people at different stages in life. in Rooted in Love, Rosemary is a very good at running a household, but so far love has not found her or more like she has not given love a chance. There is a secret that prevents Rosemary from agreeing to courting Saul, despite Saul making it clear that he never stopped loving her since they were teenagers and one day Rosemary ended their relationship. The story involves a secret that Saul has to convince Rosemary to let go in order for their love to have a chance.
In the next story, a Love for Irma Rose, Irma Rose has to choose between two men, the dating Jonas, who is wild, exciting, but also dangerous or date a mean that would be considered the wise choice and a good catch. A similar story is described in Patchwork Perfect, but her Eli, a young widower, is pursued by two women who want to marry him. Only to have Eli fall in love with a third woman, who has no plans on getting married.
The last story is "When Christmas comes again" and describes the first Christmas as a widow for Katherine. But a strange visitor, who also knew her husband, brings the promise that life will still remain what it used to be and Katherine will find some happiness over the holidays.
The books are told from very different angles and describe different aspects of love. All describe wholesome people that have problems, but approach the problems with a positive outlook overall on life and knowing that things will look up again. Overall, this book is a collection of peaceful stories that bring a nice diversion to a weekend, when the cold weather outside, makes reading a book a fun and cozy thing to do.
 Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed in the blogpost are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third parties.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Crowdtap sampling: Reynolds Kitchen Cookie Baking Sheets

 I received through Crowdtap a sample of the new parchment baking sheets from Reynolds Kitchen - they are great. They come in a box of 25 sheets and are pre-cut to fit on a large baking sheet. We of course can always use an excuse to make cookies and so we ended up making some Oatmeal Chocolate cookies. They turned out fantastic using the baking sheets. Nothing stuck to the baking sheet, the bottm of the cookies came out perfect, no hint of over-baking.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - ready to try out the Reynolds baking sheets.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - adding the cookies, a couple of spoons at a time!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - moving the cookie mix to the overn - let's see how they hold up

copyright Durhamonthecheap - super easy to use since the sheets are precut and fit perfectly onto a large baking tray

copyright Durhamonthecheap - yep! They came out perfect, nothing burned, no sticky mess to clean up!
Cnclusion, these baking sheets do the trick. We had a very consistent quality of the cookies and no burned mess or sticking cookies to the baking tray. I am very happy with the baking sheets and will definitely keep them around for cookie making or general baking that may involve items that could stick to the baking sheet.  The product is available on for purchase!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample to try out and review. As always, the opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party

Friday, January 29, 2016

Crowdtap sampling: NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Extra Dry Skin

Through Crowdtap I received a full size sample of the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for  Extra Dry skin and now have been applying it for about a week every morning.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - I love this product. I does smooth out your skin and works very quickly

copyright Durhamonthecheap - really happy with the smoother skin thanks to Neutrogena

 Just applying a little bit of it every morning has improved my skin in about week. The product is on sale at for about $17. Best of all, besides being made by Neutrogena, the product is also Fragrance-free, Oil-Free, Dye-free, Non-Comedogenic and will make your skin more hydrated within 48 hours. It absorbs really fast and does not leave the skin looking oily. I usually apply a little bit of foundation on top and then my usual lip gloss. Super easy routine in the morning, only now my skin looks and feels much softer and smoother thanks to this great product by Neutrogena.

Disclaimer: I received a free product through Crowdtap and Neutrogena in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this blog is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Free minis at Chick Fil A South Square Durham every Tuesday in January from 6:30Am to 8AM starting 1-12-16 

check the link above for details - but the crucial stuff is:
FREE minis
6:30 to 8AM
every Tuesday in January
starting 1-12-16
South Square Chick Fil A

Get out of bed, head on over to Chick Fil A and eat some mini goodness every Tuesday!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Influenster Voxbox review: The Jinglebox from December 2015

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Itty Bittys are really cute and high quality from Hallmark!
 I love to get Influenster Voxboxes because they always contain a nice mix of products, many of which I am not familiar with. And this Jingle voxbox was no different. Even though I knew some of the products, such as a Kiss lashes and the Biscoff cookies as well as Cetaphil. The Hallmark Itty Bittys were a discovery as was the nail polish - but they matched my favorite color. I love green nail polish. Have a look at the pictures as well as my video unboxing the goodies to see what products were included. Maybe you find something that you are interested in too!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - love the Kiss products, easy to apply and stay on for hours!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - I love these cookies because they have a nice buttery taste.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Cetaphil is always good in the winter to help with dry skin.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - a nice minty green color, which is perfect for spring!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - some eyeliner pencil in Dark Brown from NYC - really high quality product!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - a coupon for some free tater tots - always welcome
 Overall, another great box from Influenster and just in time for the holidays! Thanks to Influenster for bringing some great new products my way as well as some of our family favorites - the tater tots from Ore Ida are always a big hit!

Disclaimer: I received all free product for testing. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Product Review: The new AVEENO Absolutely Ageless line with moiturizer, night cream and serum

I received from Crowdtap and Aveeno as sample collection of the new Aveeno series Absolutely Ageless, which consisted of a full product for the Intensive Renewal Serum as well as good size samples for the night cream and daily moisturizer.  I have been using the samples now for about a week and love the experience. Since I got a full size product for the serum, I have been sharing that product with the mother, who also thinks the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless is fantastic.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - the whole series of Absolutely Ageless Aveeno products through Crowdtap.
 Great to get to try a whole series of new products and simply applying each product once a day made my skin feel younger. I saw the fine lines around the eyes get harder to detect and also my skin was feeling more toned.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - you can see in the close-up  the benefits of the Absolutely Ageless Aveeno products
 Overall, this was a great experience and Aveeno has added a number of great products and a nice option for women who seek a skincare treatments that helps with anti-aging effects.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - love the night cream from the Absolutely Ageless series - skin treatment in your sleep.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Crowdtap AVEENO® rewards program, AVEENO® sent me a sample of its AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum, Night Cream, and Daily Moisturizer to sample and review.