Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Taking the Bottle Away



Ok veteran Mommies, I need you! I just got home from taking my daughter to her 1 year Dr visit today (birthday party pics to come) and we were told no more before bed bottle feedings. Now, I am a first timer, so I need to know my options. Our routine has been solid. We live by the four Bs at night:

Bath
Bottle
Book
Bed

I know there is an issue with developing an emotional attachment to things at a young age, especially the bottle and binky. And I don't want to be a part of creating an emotionally attached child. But, she anticipates it every night. She knows it's coming after the bath. Isn't that what creating a routine is supposed to do for a child? Give them consistency and normalcy? Now I am supposed to change it, after she's gotten accustomed to it? It just doesn't seem fair to her. Many of you are probably thinking "ha...rookie." Well, yes, I am as a matter of fact. First time for everything. :) So this is me asking you for some "seasoned" advise. How did you approach this very sensitive subject? Quit cold turkey, or ween them off? Please share what you have done and any tips you recommend. I'd love to hear each and every response!!

Happy Kraftin!

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Shutterfly Holiday Card Collection and $50 Shutterfly Credit Giveaway!

Now that we are all stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie, it's time to get those family pictures ready for your holiday cards! WHAT?! You haven't ordered yours yet? Well, you're in luck.....Shutterfly has some beautiful new holiday cards out, and they have offered to giveaway a $50 off code to one of you! Keep reading for details about the giveaway below! 

Shutterfly has got a wonderful new Christmas Cards collection this year from traditional colors and embellishments to merry and bright colors that take on a modern feel.  They also feature religious/scripture based cards (including Hanukkah) and cards that showcase your baby's photos.  Whatever your style is they are sure to have something you’ll love. Be sure to check out their Special Offers page here- they have a lot of great deals going on right now!

Here are some of my favorites:

I think I am going with the adorable brown with polka dot center ribbon (design on the right!) this year.




This is the card we ordered from Shutterfly last year for Christmas. We just had our first baby and I knew I wanted a photo card for sure!


Shutterfly exceeded my expectations with the high quality results. I have been a HIGHLY satisfied customer ever since! (Their photo books are to die for, and they are always having great sales on them. I have one of those too. Future post to come.)

Get ready for this AMAZING deal being offered by Shutterfly...$! They have graciously extended this offer to one of you this season, and I am proud to announce that I get to help spread the holiday cheer! To enter, fill out as many entries as you'd like in rafflecopter form below. The giveaway ends December 1st! Good luck and happy holidays!

Happy Kraftin!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful for a Lot!

Quickie post today....I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and of course all of my readers and followers! Enjoy this special occasion with your families, and if you have time, tell me what you are thankful for!


Happy Kraftin!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Xenon Project Remote Control Helicopter Giveaway

Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for your little boy or husband? You're in luck!!! XenonProject.com and I have partnered up to offer you a chance to win one these remote control helicopters FOR FREE!  These things are a blast and will provide hours of clean, fun entertainment for your family! Below are some pictures of the products the site has to offer. Winner will get to choose one of these. My personal favorite is the one with the angry grin!


XenonProject Helicopter

XenonProject Helicopter

XenonProject Helicopter

XenonProject Helicopter

Ok, so are you saying to yourself, "My boy needs that!" Here's how to enter. Fill out as many entries in the rafflecopter below as you'd like. In order to be eligible, you must be in the US. Once the winner is selected, I will contact you through an email, and WHAM....the chopper is all yours! Simple enough...GOOD LUCK!

Happy Kraftin! (and flying)
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll




Hubby BEGS for this sweet treat multiple times a year. My response is, "wait until November." I only make this dish once a year. I do this because it keeps him (and others) wanting it year after year. If I made it every month, it wouldn't make us think of the festive fall season we love so much! So in honor of the first week of November I surprised him with his favorite fall recipe, pumpkin cream cheese roll. I got the recipe from my Mom ("thanks Ma!"). She makes it every year too. It's a family favorite! I am not a fan of pumpkin pie, so I was skeptical the first time I tried it, but this recipe definitely makes the taste buds dance!

Below are a list of ingredients you will need to make the entire dish (sorry some ingredients didn't make it into the picture, but I listed them):



(This recipe makes two rolls! One for you, and one to bring to a friend or family member's house during Thanksgiving)

Ingredients for the cake
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin (Libby's)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 eggs
  • chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • powdered sugar
  • parchment paper (not wax paper! It gets smokey in the oven...found that out the hard way my first time making it haha....rookie mistake...good thing my husband is a firefighter)
Ingredients for the filling
  • 2 packs 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 TBSP butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Beat eggs and sugar with a mixer.  Add pumpkin mix and rest of dry ingredients.





Pour half on baking sheet lined with parchment. I usually sprinkle nuts on one and leave one without. A girl's gotta have options! Bake at 375 for 13-15 minutes.



While the cake part is baking, get a clean kitchen towel out, lay it on the counter and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Once the pumpkin cake is done, flip it over onto the towel with paper side up. Peel the paper off right away (it should come off very easily).




Roll it up in the towel and it cool on wire racks.




Now for the filling. Beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients for the filling and mix well.





Gently unroll the towel, add cream cheese filling to cake.



Roll back up, removing the towel.



Wrap in parchment paper or saran wrap and refrigerate. When it's ready to serve, I like to add a little more powdered sugar over the top to make it look pretty. 


And there ya have it! Let me know if you decide to try it, and how it turns out! It's great to bring to functions or a dinner party.

Happy Kraftin!