Make Your Own Delicious Chocolate Candy with Coconut Butter

Coconut Chocolate Candy

I love chocolate candy, there's no doubt, but I have a hard time eating commercial candy, because it's often times filled with junk.  I created a delicious recipe with only all-natural, organic ingredients.  I used coconut butter, which is also called coconut cream concentrate.  Coconut butter is finely ground coconut meat with no additives and great for cooking!  You can add nuts, coconut flakes, fruit, or just about anything to this recipe and get cute little silicon candy molds and you're set for all of the holidays!

Ingredients for 3-4 servings;

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a double boiler or in a glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Melt ingredients, continually whisking until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into silicon candy molds.
  4. Place molds in fridge and let harden.
  5. Keep any uneaten candy in the fridge or in a cool place.

 

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Great Resources, Advice, and Peer Support for Working Moms at Mom Corps YOU

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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As a stay at home mom who is also a blogger, I have realized how important networking and blogger groups are.  When I started this blog three years ago, I only knew one other friend who had a blog and I asked her a lot of questions.  Since then, I have met lots of other bloggers online who have given me valuable tips and support.  The secret to success, I truly believe, is support.  That's what I love most about Mom Corps YOU.  (I have partnered with Mom Corps YOU to share all of the innovations and resources the site for working moms has to offer.)

Not only will you find support from peers and other working professionals who are mothers just like you, but you will find support from the career counselors, who are ready to help you with any questions you may have.  If that's not enough, there are so many resources, readily available day or night, like webinars and guides.  A couple of my recent favorites have been "How To Build Your Personal Brand" and "How To Get A Flexible Work Arrangement."

Mom Corps YOU understands the challenges of going back to work for moms.  Even if you have done it before, it always helps to gain another perspective and helpful, time tested tips are beneficial to making the transition easier on you and your family.  Resume' building, finances, working from home, and time management are also discussed in depth at Mom Corps YOU.

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Enjoy Natural, Organic Candy this Easter! {giveaway, too!}

This organic candy post was brought to you by YumEarth.  All opinions are mine.

yumearth organic candy

I always have issues with the holidays.  Candy and treats are the center of holidays for kids, and the majority of the candy they get is full of weird, man-made ingredients.  This Easter, the boys will be getting YumEarth Organics candy and fruit snacks in their baskets!  The Captain's favorite YumEarth candy are the gummy bears, while D prefers gummy worms.  Daddy is a fan of sour candy, so I would have to say his favorite are the sour beans.  

YumEarth candies and fruit snacks are always made with high quality, all natural ingredients.  This chart from the YumEarth website sums up the high quality of their awesomely delicious lollipops, drops, gummy bears, gummy worms, fruit snacks, and sour beans!

YumEarth Organics

Pick up some natural Easter treats for your little ones at Walgreens, Amazon, or the YumEarth website!  Check out other retailers that sell YumEarth, too.

Enter to win an assortment of YumEarth candy in the Rafflecopter form below and then hop out to the store to pick up some better-for-you candy to enjoy this Easter!

 

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Treat Your Feet with a Shiatsu Foot Massager

Disclosure: I received this Shiatsu foot massager from Ucomfy as part of an advertorial.  All opinions are mine.

It has been a busy week.  Spring is here and there is much to do.  Gardening, yardwork, soccer games, and then the ever present need to go grocery shopping and do a million chores while wearing or holding a 20 lb baby, I feel like I'm on my feet a lot.  Which, is good for the exercise stand point, but not good for my poor feet.  At the end of most days, I just want to soak my tired feet and prop them up.  But there's something far better for my feet….a shiatsu foot massager.

shiatsu foot massager

When this UComfy shiatsu foot massager came in the mail, we were all fascinated by what looked like a space travel machine of some sort.  I had no idea that this contraption would be so awesome to my feet!  And Hubby is a huge fan, too.  The foot massager has lots of functions to make your feet and legs feel amazing:

  • Shiatsu therapy
  • air massage
  • the choice of heat or no heat
  • regulates blood flow and blood pressure
  • kneads
  • vibrates
  • massages top and bottom of foot
  • portable
  • has five different levels of intensity
  • washable cover

I prefer the lowest level of intensity, but Hubby prefers a stronger foot massage.  It really is up to the user and it is fully customizable to make a great foot massage.  The "vibration" is what controls the level of intensity, as you can see in this picture:

shiatsufoot massager foot massager with heat

This would make a great, unique gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day, or any day for someone who suffers from foot pain or tired feet.  Find the UComfy Shiatsu foot massager on Amazon, regularly priced at $249, now on sale for less than $200.
 

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Coconut Whipped Cream – Only Two Ingredients and Simply Delicious

 

Chances are, you already know about this awesome two ingredient dessert topping, but if you haven't, let me introduce you to coconut whipped cream:  Coconut Whipped Cream - Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Now, let's back up.  I grew up on whipped topping.  It was delicious.  And the spray whipped topping you get in a can?  Oh man, that stuff is so super yummy.  But read the ingredients on those products and if you're like me, you quickly put them back on the shelf.  The tub whipped topping is (or was when I last checked) full of lots of unpronounce-ables and high fructose corn syrup.  I have been avoiding it with my recipes.  Hubby wasn't too happy with that, because he's a lover of tub whipped topping, as well.  Sigh.

But then, I discovered that I could easily make my own whipped cream with only two ingredients:

coconut whipped cream

Here's what you do:

  1. Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight.
  2. Open the can, poke a hole in the solid stuff, and let the liquid run out.  (You can use it later, but just not in this recipe.)
  3. Empty the solid part of the coconut milk into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add in sugar.
  5. Whip it up, just like you would dairy whipped cream.
  6. When it's fluffy, it's done.
  7. Eat.

two ingredients

Seriously, it's so easy and oh my goodness, it's delicious.  And it's not like eating coconut oil, in case you wondered.  There's just a slight hint of coconut and the texture is fluffly and oh so yummy.  I cannot WAIT to start using this fabulous recipe in the desserts I had abandoned!  I mean…..with fruit…..only fruit and coconut whipped cream.  Maybe.

 

I’m a Toxin Freedom Fighter For My Kids #FightToxins

I participated in this Toxin Freedom Fighter campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating.

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Since becoming a parent, I have become much more aware of what is in our environment.  Starting when I first became pregnant with the Captain, I actually began to read labels more carefully and consider what we used in our house.  Education is key to parents providing the best environment and making the best choices that they feel are best for their kids.  Hubby and I have tried to make educated choices based on the research we have done.  For the past few years, we have been using Seventh Generation products to eliminate toxins from our home to make it safer for our sons.  I trust Seventh Generation because for 25 years, they have delivered plant derived products using bio-based ingredients.  Plus, their products work.  I don't see the sense in using products that have harmful toxins when you can find great products that are actually safe for your family.  

Did you know that since 1976, when the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed, 80,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced into the market, and the EPA has required testing of only less than 10%?  That is ridiculous and pathetic.  I am 32 years old and the Toxic Substances Control Act is 38 years old and needs serious reevaluation from Congress.  It's time.  Do you want untested toxins in your home?  I don't, for sure.  

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Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to numerous health risks, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, asthma, learning disabilities. birth defects, and various reproductive problems.  Yet *most* companies turn a blind eye to this information and do nothing to try to help the health of Americans.  Seventh Generation is trying to change this with their Toxin Freedom Fighters Campaign.  By collecting at least 100,000 signatures, the Toxin Freedom Fighters will deliver them to Congress and strengthen the movement behind chemical reform.  With this, the goal is for decision makers to change the necessary laws to protect our kids.  The TSCA is failing to protect our health.

Will you become a Toxin Freedom Fighter and add your signature to protect the health of your family and America?

Whole Food Crock Pot Recipes for Delicious Sunday Dinners

This whole food crock pot recipes post has been brought to you by Foodie.  All opinions are mine.

Whole Food Crock Pot Recipes for Delicious Sunday Dinners

Sundays are always chaotic for this family.  We wake up, quickly eat and get ready for church, and are out the door without even thinking about lunch or dinner.  I would love to have lunch ready to eat when we get home from church, or be able to throw something into the Crock Pot between lunch and nap for it to be ready for a delicious Sunday dinner.  However, I am a bit put off with all of the processed foods and additives in some Crock Pot recipes.  So, I created a collection of Crock Pot recipes on Foodie made with only whole foods!  Simple, easy, delicious, and healthier than any processed foods you might grab in a hurry on Sunday.  Check out this great collection!

What is your favorite Sunday dinner?  Which recipe would you love to try from this collection?

Find these and more delicious recipes on Foodie!

Create April Showers with a Watercolor Resist Stormy Day Craft for Kids

 

Stormy Day Craft for Kids - Life With Captain Fussybuckets

I learned the fine art of watercolor resist back in elementary school, third grade, if I remember correctly.  After the first time, you will realize how beautiful it can look after it's finished…and if you're like me, realize that you don't need to be so lazy the next time.  This craft does take time and elbow grease, but it is totally worth it in the end.  

Whenever there is any type of change…seasons, months, sometimes even days, the Captain gets in a crafty mood.  The other afternoon, he said, "Mommy, let's make a Spring craft!"  I love Pinterest as much as the next mom, but this time, I just consulted the crafts in my brain and came up with this stormy day craft for the boys.  I do not recommend this craft if you have a lazy unmotivated three year old who just recently began to actually enjoy coloring.  D became disinterested in about 2 seconds, after I instructed him to "color super hard!"  The Captain and I worked on this one together because he wasn't quite grasping the concept of "color super hard."  After seeing the final product though, they both get the idea and know that a little effort produces a beautiful picture.

So, here's what you do.  Gather your materials first:

  • one piece of manila construction paper (or plain white paper will work, too)
  • crayons (preferably the good ones, not the cheapos…you know what I mean)
  • watercolors
  • water
  • paintbrush

Directions:

  1. Draw a pretty picture of whatever your heart desires on the piece of paper.
  2. Color in the picture.
  3. Color harder on the picture to make all of the colors very dark, because every part that isn't colored will turn blue.  This is our picture before and clearly, we didn't color hard enough, but that doesn't really matter because we can just say it's rain that is on the trees and flowers in the final picture, right?

stormy day craft for kids

  1. Get your watercolors and water and paint a layer of blue all over the picture.  You don't want it too dark, but make sure the whole picture is covered in blue paint.
  2. Now, use a wadded up paper towel or old rag and gently blot the entire picture.  The crayon wax will repel the water, so you want to get all of the droplets off.

Stormy Day Craft for Kids

You'll end up with a beautiful picture of a stormy, rainy day!

Your Baby Will Feel Like Royalty in a Cloth Diaper from Royal Fluff! {giveaway, too}

This cloth diaper post was brought to you by Royal Fluff.  All opinions are mine.'

Baby Brother inherited many cloth diapers from his older brothers, but I wanted him to have something new and luxurious for his cloth diaper days.  When I was asked by Royal Fluff to review their adorable diapers, I had no idea just how luxurious they would be!  I was sent two pocket diapers, "Prince in Blue" and an adorable "Blue Stars on Black" print:

Royal Fluff Cloth Diapers

The outside of the Royal Fluff diapers are super adorable, but it's the inside that really gets me.  It is made with fleece and so super soft and luxurious.  I have never felt a cloth diaper so soft on the inside!  

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Celebrate Earth Day and Learn All About the Earth!

This Earth Day post was brought to you by Oriental Trading.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Earth Day Education

Earth Day is April 22nd and we are prepared to learn!  Oriental Trading provided us with complimentary educational materials to facilitate plenty of lessons about the Earth, how to take care of it, and the fabulous things the Earth does.  The boys have really enjoyed using this awesome stuff to have fun and learn.

I always thought that Oriental Trading Company was just for parties and Vacational Bible School, but it's so, so much more.  I went to check out their recommended products for Earth Day and came up with so much stuff.

We started our Earth Day fun by planting DIY seed pots and the Watch It Grow Plant Viewer:

Earth Day Grow

The boys and I loved watching the seeds sprout and roots go down into the soil.  We love our garden, and this brought so many more teachable moments concerning the life cycle of a plant!

roots

Earth Day pots

There is just SO much STUFF that parents and teachers can use to teach.  Educational products are always so expensive, but I was impressed with the cost at Oriental Trading.  A four pack of life cycle posters was only $5.99.  Huge, full color posters like this one:

life cycle butterflyWe used each of the posters and created a fun lesson about the life cycles of the butterfly, frog, chicken, and plants!  The visual really helped the boys understand it all.

Then we began talking about how it is our responsibility to take care of this Earth that God gave us.  The Captain loved coloring these Earth Day magnets for our fridge, to help remind us to recycle and go green!

magnetsGlobes are cool.  Every kid loves globes.  But an inflatable globe?  SO MUCH FUN!  We can search for countries and continents on the globe and talk about the oceans, then take a break to toss it in the air.  This was the boys' favorite part of our Earth Day study:

inflatable globe

We also found an awesome sorting game that really got us thinking about recycling.  The Learn to Recycle Activity Boxes was tricky, but so much fun.  We divided up the items to be recycled and talked about each piece and what it was made of.  

recycling game

Lightbulbs, cans, and even worms were part of this fun game!

recycling game

Each box has a "Fun Fact" on the side to help you decide what to put where:

Earth Day recycling

I am so thrilled that I discovered all the great, well priced teaching tools at Oriental Trading.  Check it out for all of your supplies needed for teaching, homeschooling, Sunday school, holidays, VBS, and more!

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day bible verse

 

 

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