Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

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!  

Big Peppa Pig fans around here. Are you? #PeppaPigPacks

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I shared with you a few Peppa Pig activities earlier, but I guess I should ask again, are you familiar with Peppa Pig and her brother George?
If you are, I am right there with you, if you aren't and you have younger children... get ready, Peppa Pig is headed your way!!!  I am honestly not sure how we were first introduced to Peppa and George, but we fell in love with them from the very first time.  Whenever we see Peppa is on "the telly" we have to stop and watch to see what they are up to.  Honestly, there is just something about them that we all love. Yes, Broxton will sit and watch Peppa Pig with Savannah and he looks for Peppa Pig books for her when we go to the library.  It cracks me up how little kids pick up their language.  A friend mentioned her children spoke of going on holiday and others have made Peppa Pig comments as well.  I LOVE IT!!!!

One of the books Broxton got from the library had George not liking Salad. They ended up making it to look like his favorite animal, the Dinosaur, and he loved it!!! I think this is going to be a fun activity for us to do. (My kids love vegetables, I just think this will be fun!)  

Lucky for Savannah she was given a Peppa Pig book (that we read over and over again) and thanks to us working with Fox Home Insiders, she now has a few Peppa items for her lunches.  Now that she has a Peppa Pig lunch box and bag, Broxton wants her to go to school so she can use it.  Boy is he going to be in for a surprise when we show up for lunch with him one day and she has her cute little lunch bag.  (She has been sick off and on, so we have not made it yet!)
In excitement for the release of Peppa Pig - Sunny Vacation, we were sent a box full of goodies from Fox Home Insiders and we were lucky enough to share them with friends.  I wanted to show a few photos of it all.
Savannah thinks that the Peppa lunch box is a toy for her.  No lie, I am totally using one of the containers to be her hair bow storage, but we also use them at meal time too! ( Don't judge...  I love the little boxes and I don't have a better system at this time.  This way we get to see Peppa Pig in her room each day too!) 

Savannah loves her Peppa Pig lunch box.  We have used it as her plate at meal time and she loves that it is divided up for her different food items. I love that it has a lid (and a place for a fork, can't forget that)  so I can close it up for her to work on later.  


A friend coloring in her Peppa Pig coloring kit.  I love these, they have a snap to close the book and the colors stay with it as well!  AWESOME!  

A HUGE THANKS to my friends over at Fox for sending along the goodies for us to enjoy. Keep an eye out on Instagram, as you will see more and more of the fun stuff they sent us!  Please, make sure to add Peppa Pig - Sunny Vacation to your home DVD library collection.  Shh... they have another DVD headed our way soon!  Both are perfect to go under the tree this year!   (You can never start your Christmas shopping early!)

13.9.16

Sixth year for @DennysDiner to partner with #NoKidHungry

If you are anything like me, you see commercials and start wanting to go to that particular place, only to find out that there is not a location near you.  If it is an eating establishment, it is much worse than a store.  Stores mean you can normally shop online, ordering a meal, not so much!  That was the deal with us and Denny's until recently.  There is a Denny's heading south when we go visit family and there is a Denny's heading in the opposite direction. Near us? Nope, not a one!  
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I was fortunate to have the chance to treat the family to dinner at Denny's recently.  We had a day trip and made it a point to stop at Denny's on the way home.  I have to admit, I don't remember when I have eaten at a Denny's last. I know when I was younger, I have a feeling they were more prominent, but now, they seem to be few and far between.  Broxton was excited, since the menu had PO on the cover and you know how much we love Kung Fu Panda around here.  

For the month of September, Denny's is doing a couple of pretty awesome things.

One - FREE Pancakes for kids!!!  Yep, with each adult entree purchased, your child (age 10 and younger) can get a free order of pancakes.  This offer is from 4-10 pm at participating locations. Make sure you ask about it to see if it is going on at yours!  (The location we were at had signage, but when I asked the server, she said she wasn't sure when the promotion started.  I told her it was for the month of September only, so after verifying it, Broxton was happily eating his order!)  
Another thing?  For the sixth year, Denny's is working with NO KID HUNGRY!!!!
Through this campaign, every $1 donated helps to give 10 healthy meals to a child in need!  Also, every time a guest posts a picture on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #SHAREMYSLAM , they will also donate $1.  Talk about plenty of ways to make a difference!  
Head over to my Instagram feed to see what we had to eat when we stopped in recently!
Strawberries and Cream Pancake Breakfast: Two new fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with white chocolate chips, topped with vanilla cream and fresh strawberries. Served with two eggs and hash browns, plus your choice of two strips of bacon or two sausage links.

Overall, we had a good time.  The food was good.  The fact that they not only offer a wide variety of kids options was a plus.  As I mentioned, the NO KID HUNGRY partnership and the Kids Free Pancakes are a limited time deal, just for the month of September, so hurry in today! 
While you are there, check to see if they have any more of the kids cups for sale.  They are also limited time. *They have teamed up with Dreamworks Pictures and offer 3 cup styles. (Oh from Home, Donkey from Shrek and Po from Kung Fu Panda.)  The cups have headbands with them and make for great souvenirs of a fun family dinner!!!
Savannah wearing the OH ears! 

Broxton has already asked when we will go back.  I told him next time we were out at meal time and we saw one, we would make it a point to stop.  I am thinking the next time we head to see family, we will be planning our trip time based upon his eating at Denny's again!  

Do you have a Denny's near you?  What do you eat when you go?

12.9.16

Fright Fest @SFovergeorgia

Just in case you are in or near Atlanta and looking for something fun to do.
I have not been to Fright Fest, but I did want to share with you.
Let me know if you have been, or if you plan to go!

Image Credit - Six Flags 

Six Flags Over Georgia is taking Virtual Reality to the next level with the debut of all-new fully interactive, 360-degree Virtual Reality Roller Coaster, Rage of the Gargoyles. Coupled with six haunted mazes, 12 blood-curdling scare zones and five sinister shows, Fright Fest® will be the most terrifying experience in the park’s 49 year history.

“Innovation is in the DNA of Six Flags Over Georgia and following the opening of North America’s first ever Virtual Reality Roller Coaster earlier this year, we are thrilled to offer our guests a new experience during Fright Fest,” said Six Flags Over Georgia Park President Dale Kaetzel. “This new immersive virtual experience will leave guests screaming for another electrifying battle on Rage of the Gargoyles during our expanded Fright Fest season.”

In Rage of the Gargoyles, riders wearing Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus headsets will become the pilot of an Apache-style helicopter, transported into a futuristic battle against blood-thirsty gargoyles on Dare Devil Dive and experience:

·         The incredibly immersive world of virtual reality – straight up nearly 100 feet as the gargoyles pound on the copter’s windshield;
·         Flying down a 95 degree launch off the edge of a building - beyond vertical;
·         Darting between a devastated cityscape with battered skyscrapers, hazardous bridges, and falling debris; 
·         Daring aerobatic maneuvers through three inversions and zero-gravity hills; and
·         A fully interactive gaming battle through 2,100 feet of track to destroy the vicious master gargoyle.

Fright Fest is turning the scare-factor up a notch in 2016, with the return of popular menacing mazes and scare zones, including The Mourning, Dr. Fright’s Frightorium 3-D and the award-winning Dr. Fright’s Dead Man’s Party. The unnerving event will also feature these four new eerie additions:

·         Mummy’s Curse, a new pitch-black haunted maze, where the old curse of the Six Flags Over Georgia mummies are lurking, looking for their next victim;
·         The Witching Hour, a new scare zone, where all of the dead zombies and monsters will haunt you before the night ends at the park exit;
·         CarnEvil, a live show, featuring the scariest of all creepy clowns you’ve ever come to see, that will become part of your worst nightmare; and
·         Demon District, a new haunted scare zone, where a chilling mob of infected zombies and monsters are ominously taking over the streets of the park, holding no bias.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia debuts September 24 and runs on select nights through Halloween Night, October 31. For more information, including tickets, Haunted Attraction Passes and season passes, visit Fright Fest 2016.

Do you have the right Academic Planner? @orderoochaos has them! AD

Are you getting back into the routine of school these days?  We have been in a little bit now, but I know others are still starting back. I did not realize there was such a wide start date across the USA for school.  I don't know about you, but around here... Life gets crazy.  Hectic.  Chaos.  I try and stay organized, but it doesn't always work.  How do you do it?
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Broxton doesn't have a ton of homework, yet, but I know it is coming.  I see some of my friends talking about their kids having HOURS of homework - IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. What?  I don't get it.  I am so thankful we don't have that issue yet.  He has a little homework each night and then if he doesn't finish something from the day, (or doesn't have it neat) his teacher sends it home to be taken care of and sent back.  I totally get that.  

We went to visit one of the older brothers in his new college apartment.  One thing we took him was an academic planner.  I loved planners when I was growing up, they really do help, in my opinion.  He said he already had one, but as soon as he started flipping the pages, he decided that he would be using the one I received for review from Order out of Chaos.  He said it looked more organized and nicer than the one he bought.  (Score points for me there!) As I said, Broxton doesn't have much homework, but I kept the smaller planner for me.  It is perfect to keep for me to try and stay sane. I can use it for Broxton's school things (Hello Spirit nights, picture day, school functions and now we have moved into the age of SCHOOL PROJECTS!)  I can also use it to organize my MOPS events and even things with Savannah.  


Perfect for any age student.  This book has a spiral binding that allows you to fold over the book to be one page instead of having to leave it as a 2 page layout. (That is always a HUGE deal for me!) The front of the book has where you can put the student information, in case the book were to be misplaced.  It also has a section for you to put your school schedule in there.  I know I always needed that to remind me where to go and when, especially at the early part of each semester! 

I really like how each date has lines to let you know what you need to do for what subject.  I have a hard time writing straight, so the lines are always a big plus to keeping it nice and neat.  The squares in each corner allow you to check off when you complete an item!  YAY!!!! FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!

The Academic Planner has a couple of different covers and 2 different sizes to order from.
As I said, I gave on to R for him to use at college, it was the letter sized (8 1/5 x 11)  I kept the smaller one for our household.  It says it is a personal size (8 1/4 x 8 1/5) I love that it is small enough to throw in my purse, but large enough that my big handwriting has room to use it!

Just in case you think your children might have an issue with Time Management, don't worry.  Order out of Chaos also has a book and a study clock to help you get things on the right track. Make sure you head on over to see what they have and what can help in your household.
 
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