Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

23.9.16

No longer need to put your back into it. #tfal ice cream scoop works!

Please don't tell me that you are one of those that doesn't eat ice cream when it is cold weather.  I used to be, then I went to Utah to visit one of my best friends and we stopped to get ice cream in the snow and I realized I had been missing out on ice cream for months because it was "cold outside!"  What?  That is crazy!!! There should never be a time to say NO to ice cream!  I don't know about where you are, but it is still warm here, so even if you are a no ice cream in cold weather person, you can still enjoy now!  
We were recently sent the 
T-fal Ingenio Ice Cream Scoop for review and now I get to tell you about it.  


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  • Heavy cast material scoops smoothly and effortlessly through even the hardest ice creams
  • Ingenio! Features a hygienic "kick-stand" that elevates the scoop off of the counter
  • Available at: Amazon, Kohls.com & various grocery stores nationwide
  • MSRP: $12.99

I don't know if you know this or not, but I used to work in a sports bar.  There was nothing worse than when someone ordered Ice Cream and you had to get that big thing out and start trying to scoop it out.  UGH  Talk about needing arms of steel! Well, with the Tfal  Ice Cream Scoop, you just slide that bad boy on in there and it scoops it out for you with ease.  It says "even the hardest" but I did not try that out.  With habit, I normally get out my ice cream, then get the bowls / spoons and whatever else I need... Then I get to scooping.   Works perfect for me and so glad we have a new one.  Pretty hard to get the ice cream with a spoon or one of those plastic scoops!

Now, go buy some ice cream, toppings and this cool scoop. Plan an ice cream sundae social and enjoy!!!   That does sound good, bet you can't guess what we will will be eating soon!  

22.9.16

Disney on Ice - Follow Your Heart - Atlanta Tickets Available Now

When Broxton was little, we went on several "mother son dates" and I love the time spent with him one on on.  Now that Savannah is here, it is normally the 3 of us and that is great too, but I do want to do one on one "dates" with both of them. Don't you agree that it makes it more special when they get all of your attention, even if it just for a little while?
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I was lucky that one of our many adventures in the past was when we went to a Disney performance. I mean, who doesn't love Disney????  We all do here.  All ages!  
Well, Disney is bringing the Ice to town...  As in DISNEY ON ICE:  FOLLOW YOUR HEART is headed to Atlanta!
Read the details here:
Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory makes a splash this September in Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc.  The action-packed adventure also brings Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out to the icy stage for the first time, together with other beloved Disney characters. Tickets are on sale NOW, for the Atlanta show at Philips Arena.

Follow Your Heart allows families to join in on the deep-sea adventure as Dory comes off the screen and onto the ice. With help from Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank, Dory embarks on a life-changing excursion. The engaging atmosphere of Disney On Ice allows Dory’s humor to take center stage deepening the audience’s existing connection to their favorite forgetful fish. The production will dive into the extraordinary underwater world from Finding Dory, as a vibrant rainbow of digital projection will transform the ice floor into a colorful aquatic paradise.

Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out makes its Disney On Ice debut as Riley’s Emotions –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– reel the audience into the action to help her find the confidence to win the hockey championship and to experience the emotional roller coaster of growing up alongside Riley. Families are provided the opportunity to easily discuss the feelings children face every day through this live interpretation of Inside Out.

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia to Toy Story and FrozenDisney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart opens up the thrilling world of live entertainment by immersing families in an array of treasured stories. The athleticism of the performers shines through as they embody Rapunzel, Ariel,Tiana and the rest of the Disney Princesses, inspiring children around the world to dream big.

There’s something for everyone in a show that features 60 characters. The wintery world of Arendelle sets the stage for Olaf and Kristoff as they help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. Audiences will celebrate friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and more pals from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the way, this new Disney On Ice production will excite and amaze fans of all ages.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart season are on sale NOW, for the Philips Arena show dates – Wednesday, October 5, through Sunday, October 9. For tickets visit www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DisneyOnIce.com.


Now, I am not sure if this will just be a "mommy daughter" event or not yet.  I do know that I am looking forward to many adventures with each of my children and I know Disney will always have a huge place in our hearts!   
Have you seen this show yet?  Is it headed your way?  

Fruit Shoots are perfect to throw in the lunch box!

What do your children drink each day? I wish I could say that mine drink water non stop, but that just is not the case.  Neither of them are huge fans, but we do attempt to drink it as much as possible! Broxton is normally only allowed to take a juice to school for lunch and that is his juice limit for the day.  We were recently sent a selection of Fruit Shoots to give a try and that is just what we did!  


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Fruit Shoot is a refreshing fruit juice drink made with real juice from concentrate and with no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. It comes in six delicious flavors, including fruit blends like Strawberry & Raspberry, Berry Burst, Orange & Mango, Pink Lemonade, Apple, and Wild Berry Grape, and the No Sugar Added variety has 20 calories or less and just three grams of sugar (for the 10.1 Fl Oz/300mL bottle).  Additionally, Fruit Shootmade with plenty of water to help kids refuel, and has a re-sealable sports cap – perfect for on-the-go. 

I tell you this, I love that they are resealable.  I know that if I send it in for Broxton's lunch, he can drink what he wants, close it up and then bring the rest home.
I have actually noticed that I grab them to take as a drink to go for me from time to time. (I am really trying to work on my soda intake, so this is a great alternative.) I love that they have NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS or HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!!!!   I will be the first to admit that I am not the one that goes reading labels, so when I see this as an added bonus, it does make me happy!  
These are great for drinks on the go. Perfect for when you are out and about enjoying life!!! Head on out and buy some now!!!!

Swan Princess - Princess Tomorrow Pirate Today - Which would you choose?

Savannah is getting at the age where she will watch a little TV with me.  No, she doesn't sit long enough to watch anything long, but that is fine with me.  I would rather her be up and moving anyways.  I do like to sit with her and watch her expressions when we do watch something on the TV, it is so cute how her little mind works!  We were recently sent a box of goodies to enjoy a movie titled, The Swan Princess. Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today.  With it being "princess" I knew it was for Savannah and I and not to even ask Broxton to join us. Boy was I wrong...


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Our kit arrived and Savannah was excited when we were playing putting the Pirate Eye Patch on. You could tell Broxton was curious as to what all she got and why there was Pirate stuff in there "for a girl!"  I had to tell him that a princess could be both... and to remind him that she loves playing with his cars and wrestlers just like he does!   
I was excited to see the movie and I will admit, I was a bit skeptical when it started.  There were these creatures singing and acting weird.  I thought for sure Savannah would be put off by them, but I guess she has not been taught to be scared of them, so they did not bother her.  We got to meet the princess, see the Queen and then the real fun started.  What would you rather be?  Princess? Pirate?  Why not both?  Who is stopping you????


In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail,Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!

As I said, I was wrong.  It was a movie that Broxton and Savannah both enjoyed. You get the excitement of the Princess experience and then the thrill of the Pirate experience, but which is more fun?  We all enjoyed the movie. If you have a younger child, make sure you take the time to watch it.  I am pretty sure you will enjoy it as well!  

17.9.16

How do you tailgate? Saturdays Down South #ThermoServ

Saturday's down south.  There really is nothing like it.  Football season is a season all in its own and if you grew up in the south, you really know what I am talking about. Weddings are planned based upon the college football team you root for playing or not that weekend. When we got married, we had to look and see when UGA was playing AND when LSU was playing.  I am pretty sure some that came to our wedding had earbuds in listening to the games that were on and not our vows.  We had our wedding and reception, but it was all over in time for everyone to get back to the hotel, change and get down to the "after party" to watch LSU play that night.  I kid you not, it is serious around here.
You might have a room decorated in the team colors with artwork to match, you might have dishes that are just for game days.  Maybe you have your "game day" wardrobe that you have to make sure is clean and ready to go come Saturday morning.  

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I was recently introduced to ThermoServ and we are in LOVE with the line.  We received both LSU and UGA items and talk about holding up well.  Yes, they do.  


The ThermoServ plates we received were the Melamine Collegiate Linen 10"dinner plates. It says they are dishwasher safe, but I was honestly a bit nervous about throwing it in the dishwasher.  Lets just say that they have been used to serve dinner like chicken and veggies, we have had pizza night on them and even just sandwiches.  Each time, they ended up in the dishwasher and they have held up great.  No cracking, no fading, no warping. They honestly look brand new like I just took them out of the box.  FYI - they also offer 8" salad plates, serving plates, platters and even bowls.  They will need to be on our list to purchase down the road.  I love the collegiate linen, but if you are more into the camo decor, make sure to check out their "realtree" line featuring many teams as well. Talk about having the ultimate weekend with these items! Just so you know, they do offer a great selection of college teams, I was happy they had both of mine (and quite a few of the rival teams!)  Head on over to see if they have yours!


Fast facts about the plates:
•         100% Melamine
•         Durable Construction
•         Made in America

•         $24.99 on Amazon

We were also sent the 24 oz Double Wall Tumbler.  I will admit that this has yet to go in the dishwasher. I use it as my water bottle. So, I wash it by hand and refill it.  I keep it filled and ready to go at all times.  I totally forgot to get pictures of this cup, so I am using the image from their website. 

This tumbler comes with a straw and the lid is great.  You can (remove the straw) and close the lid, or you can leave the straw in for drinking on the go.  (My cup is in the car, so I will snap a photo in a bit and post it to instagram for you to see!)  They also offer a tumbler in the camo print at either 20 oz or 32 oz.   If you are an avid coaster user (*my mom) you will be happy to know they also offer coasters!  

Fast facts about the tumblers:

•         Patented Design
•         Virtually Unbreakable
•         Keeps Drinks Cold
•         Reduces Condensation
•         Dishwasher Friendly
•         BPA Free
•         Made in America

•         $19.99 on Amazon

If college teams are not your theme, be sure to look and see the other products they offer. We gave the LSU tumbler to Broxton's teacher for a back to school gift.  She is a huge LSU fan, so Broxton was thrilled to give that to her.  He said she uses it as her cup in class every day. That makes him happy to see it being used!   

The products from ThermoServ would make great gifts for many occasions.
Friends hosting a watch party?  Hostess gift right here.

Just because?  Right here.
Christmas, birthday, Thanksgiving, Halloween.. you catch what I am saying?  Great gifts and they really hold up well!!!  Let me know, what team would you purchase? 

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15.9.16

Recipes and tips from Limoneira

I have always loved lemon. The taste of it reminds me of growing up with my Nana.  The smell of lemon makes me think of clean.  We were recently sent a box of juicy lemons from Limoneira.  I did not realize how many recipes you could make with lemon, so today I get to share a few with you from Limoneira.  Enjoy!  
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Brown Sugar Lemon Mascarpone Muffins
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. cold mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine. Mix in lemon zest. Add mascarpone cheese and mix in with a fork, stirring until crumbly, evenly dispersed and covered in flour. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla extract and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined and wet. Use a ¼ cup measure or ice cream scoop to fill the muffin liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until tops are set and golden. Remove and let cool before serving.

Grilled Chicken Lemon Salad
Ingredients:
Chicken
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Salad
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup raw sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
 
Directions
Chicken: Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and thyme. Pour over chicken breasts in nonreactive bowl (such as stainless steel – NOT aluminum). Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. Heat a charcoal grill and cook chicken for 10 minutes on each side, until just cooked through. Refrigerate and chill. Slice breasts diagonally into 3/8 inch thick slices.

Salad: Toss chicken plus its juices, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar snap peas, red and yellow bell peppers, lemon slices, salt and pepper in a bowl. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

Keeping with the Lemon theme...
Here are a few back to school snack tips:

 
  1. Citrus & Apple – Apples are a great snack. To prevent them from browning once sliced, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the slices.
  2. Citrus Snack Bars & Bites -  Store bought snack bars can be high in sugar, and low in fiber and other wholesome ingredients. Make your own snacks on the weekends for the week ahead.

No-Bake Cashew Lemon Cookie Bites
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • a pinch of sea salt
Pulse together until you create a batter. Roll into bites, and store in the fridge or freezer.
  1. Chocolate Dipped Oranges – We all love a little treat after lunch, and chocolate-dipped orange slices are not only full of great antioxidants, but are easy to make in advance and keep stored in the fridge or freezer over the weekend.
  2. Citrus Water – Lemon (or orange) water is a great way to make hydrating just a bit tastier. Keeping a jug of citrus water on hand in the fridge provides a yummy (and healthy) alternative to juices and sodas all week long.
 
We normally try to keep lemons on hand all the time here. Especially for water (or sweet tea!)  I don't ever really think about cooking with them, but now I need to try and change it up.  Do you cook using lemons at your house?

14.9.16

A book, a message and a meal!

I am so excited to share with you two new books that we have recently added to our library.  You know how much we love books and with Savannah getting to the age where she is bringing me books to read to her, I know that we will continue on this journey as long as I can!   The two newest books for us are actually from a local Atlanta author.  They are not your everyday kids books, so make sure to keep reading this post to learn more!  

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The first book we read was Charlie's Crumbly Problem.  This book follows a chunk of cheese as he goes to school for the day.  The only problem is that he leaves a trail of cheese crumbs wherever he goes.  He is so upset by it, since some people are getting frustrated with him.  Just wait until he meets Betty Butter and her crew!  
What Betty Butter says is awesome... and is something everyone can relate to, not just chunks of cheese!  She says, " Don't worry about what other people think. You have a talent. All you need to do is find a good use for it!"  Tell me that is not a great thing for someone to say to you?!  Yes, this book uses food as the characters, but the message is clear!  I LOVE IT!!!

The other book we were sent was Petey's Loaded Dream. This was actually the first book written in the series by the author, MaryJoe Jenkins.  As with Charlie, MaryJoe has the food as the main characters.  This introduces us to Petey (a potato with big dreams.)
Petey really wants to be a loaded baked potato, but as a small red potato, that just is not possible.  He looks up to the other bigger potatoes, since they are what he wishes he was.  Read the book to see how he is able to have his dream come true!  You just have to put your mind to it!   

Want me to tell you a really cool secret?  (Don't tell anyone, its just between us!)  Each of the books by MaryJoe Jenkins is a cute story that has a great message, but there is a HUGE BONUS... as you read the story, you are learning how to create something super tasty to eat.  At the end of the story, there is actually a recipe to show how to make what you just read about!   
Remember ol' Petey?  He was a small red potato that dreamed of being a big loaded baked potato?  Well, with the help of his friends, he got his wish!   He ended up being a bowl of loaded mashed potatoes!  How cute and fun is that????

This book is written for ages 3-7, but I know kids of all ages will enjoy it.  They have also pointed out that this is a great book for kids with special needs.  The only thing I wish was that it was more of a board book.  I know they cost more and seem more childlike, but since it has a recipe in it, I think it would hold up better with thicker pages.  All in all, we loved it and it was great to see how the story would go and what the end result would be.  

I think this would be fun to have for nightly reading, but also as a great way to have a family dinner cooked by your little one!    I can't wait to see what other dishes we get to create down the road!  
 
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