What’s Better? Real vs Fake – Times when going “Fake” is better than Real


My little girls (age 7) are desperate for a pet. Yet I only have to look at how they treat their plush animals to see how well that would turn out. Kids: 1, Critters: 0.

They wanted to help their plush ducky really fly – so they tied some yarn around its neck, flung the other end over the staircase bannister and voila! One flying fake ducky!

And the girls also have aspirations of becoming fashion designers, so they made all their plushies lovely outfits – and sewed the outfits onto them with one of my child-safe needles.  I’m not too convinced the girls actually really truly understand the difference between plush toys and real live animals, so until I see that proof, they’ll have to be content with those electronic pet gizmos.  At least if things go south with those, no-one’s really been hurt.

Children’s Clothes

Most small kids don’t really understand about designer labels on their clothing. However, it seems that they’re at the age when a lot of their classmates do. Even with my husband’s new job, paying those designer label prices isn’t something I’d like to do for more than special occasions, especially not for items that will end up irreparably stained, torn, frayed, etc., possibly on the first wearing!

So I head down to some local thriftstores and lookie here! Those same designer clothes in like-new condition for a small fraction of the price to buy the same thing at the mall! And when the girls come home with chocolate ice-cream all down their front, it won’t break our hearts or wallets, and anyone checking out our kids’ clothing labels or logos won’t know that we didn’t really lay out enough moola to require taking out a second mortgage!

Covering Up The Gray

Nope, my hair really isn’t the same lustrous brown it used to be 7 years ago (before my kids were born and I still retained some small smidgen of my sanity). But thanks to kindly folks who manufacture a plethora of hair-coloring options, I can still smile with pride during family photos without worrying about lens flare from my shining white/gray locks.  These days, though, I cycle through brown, purple, blue and green. (I always had a thing for Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts – especially Mercury!)

Check This Out

Here’s an infographic that lists some other occasions when it may be better to go “fake”, rather than the real McCoy!
24 Times When it was Better to Fake It
Graphic via Treetopia.

Feed Your Snack Attack With Funny Face Cranberries! #Free #Rafflecopter #Giveaway

One of the things I’ve learned in dealing with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), is that I can’t rely on spur-of-the-moment snacking decisions to keep me healthy.

Really, how many of us start feeling a bit lightheaded because we’ve skipped a meal – hey, we’re busy parents! It’s easy to get distracted by rambunctious small children and let our own need for food go by the wayside.  Or maybe the kiddos actually cleaned their plate for once and the deliberately small portion we chose for ourself won’t be supplemented by our children’s leftovers.

And there we are, in the midst of our busy schedule and we need something FAST!  So we make a grab for whatever is closest – or make a pit stop at a convenience store or fast food joint – and hurriedly stuff our face with junk that’s overloaded with carbs, fat, sugar, chemicals and barely any redeeming nutritional value whatsoever.  The short-term sugar-high may feel good for a few minutes before you inevitably crash and burn, feeling a little ill and regret all the empty calories you ingested.

In my car, my purse, my workbag, my work area and my kitchen, I’ve got a stash of tasty healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. (Sometimes I feel a little like a squirrel hiding its stash in all these places!)

Here’s what I have in my basic Snack-Aid Kit:

  • A bottle of water
  • A mini-can or two of Low Sodium V8 (higher potassium than regular version)
  • A packet of nuts
  • Dried fruit (Currently, my fave is Funny Face Cranberries)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • A nutritional food bar like Clif or Larabar (no relation to me :D)

If my budget allows, I’ll even get those DIY Tuna Salad mini-kits and add that.

You can even combine the nuts and dried fruit in a tasty trail mix!

Try out this recipe for Choo Choo Cherry’s Easy Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix from the Funny Face Cranberries Recipe Page!


Besides being a change-up from same-old same-old raisins, let’s do a nutritional comparison between the two:

famous brand of raisins                   Funny Face Choo-Choo Cherry flavored Cranberries

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There’s a heckuva lot more sugar and a lot less fiber in the raisins compared to Funny Face Cranberries!  Wow! Half my daily requirement of fiber in just one serving of the cranberries!  Half the sugar per serving, too!  And that’s with the raisins’ serving being a miserly 1/4 cup, while Funny Face treats me nice and serves me 1/3 cup of tasty goodness! (It means I get to stuff my face with a lot less guilt :D)

Funny Face Cranberries are also a great substitute for any recipe that calls for raisins – bread pudding, muffins, oatmeal, etc.

The little snack-sized boxes are the perfect size to slip into your children’s lunchboxes, too!

And with Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a useful tip: nibble on some of your healthy snacks prior to sitting down for the Big Meal.  You can still enjoy all your favorites, but it’ll be easier to keep to smaller portions if you’re not going into the meal while suffering from hunger pangs!

If you’d like to win a chance to nibble on Funny Face Cranberries for yourself, and receive a nifty reuseable lunchbag and other fun treats, please enter our giveaway below that’s been generously sponsored by Funny Face Cranberries!


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Happy Holidays!

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*I received samples of Funny Face Cranberries from the manufacturer to facilitate this review and they have sponsored a giveaway prize for my readers.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the sponsor’s point of view.

Changing a Tire in 5 Simple Steps – Yes ladies, you NEED to read this!

The first time I had to pump my own gas, I fumbled my way through fueling up my car, carefully reading all the warning stickers at the pump and near my gas tank, worried that the slightest mishap would result in a fiery explosion.

Not fun.

Phrases such as “Real women don’t pump gas.” were the usual for that time, 25 years ago.  When we ran into trouble, we wrung our hands helplessly and out of self-preservation, flattered whomever deigned to help us in hopes that they’d be a help rather than a danger.

Now jump ahead to 2014 when I’m a mother to two girls and you’d better believe I’m going to make sure that they can not only pump their own gas, but also change their own tires in an emergency, instead of waiting helplessly by the side of the road in hopes that the passerby pulling over to help them isn’t a predator!

Below is a helpful visual guide for changing a car tire.  Personally, I’ve never changed one before and if I’d had to do so before reading this infographic, I’d probably have felt just as awkward and unsure as I did the first time I had to pump my own gas.

Now, I think I’d feel pretty competent about what I’d need to do!

how to change a flat tire
Image via Every Car Listed.


*This was a sponsored post.  Image was provided to me by sponsor, but the written text above is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect that of the sponsor’s.

Dave’s Killer Bread is perfect for Autumn cooking! #momsmeet

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I was recently given the opportunity by Moms Meet to review some samples of Dave’s Killer Bread. Since I’m always in favor of healthy foods for my family, I was pretty happy to try it out.  The loaves I tried were Organic and Non-GMO (YAY!!) and I was pretty happy with the results.

First off, I’m American and I grew up knowing the awesomeness of bread.  I like this brand of bread – it’s very hearty, good amounts of the seeds/grains, very chewable, nice flavor – kind of like artisinal breads that you’d find in an actual bakery or at a farmer’s market.  And using similarly hearty and rustic-y ingredients for a sandwich with this bread is the way to to go.  Bold flavors that also add to the texture already present in the bread.

This is not the bread for a PB&J, or a single slice of american cheese.  My kids just do not have the mature palate needed to appreciate this bread.  Also, I think they weren’t comfy with all the seeds and grains in the bread.  They prefer more ‘squish’ when they chew their food.  Sadly, my Japanese husband grew up bread-deprived.  His idea of proper bread rhymes with ‘blunder head’.

So I decided to circumvent their ‘overly healthy’ sensors and resorted to subterfuge.

Good Seed Bread


This bread makes a darn good french toast!  I don’t mean that ‘barely dip the bread in the beaten egg’ nonsense – I mean making a real custard base – eggs, milk, a little brown sugar, various spices – and SOAKING the bread until it’s almost falling apart (and this bread actually holds up pretty well!), and then placing it in the frypan (I use cast iron) or grill and COVERING it, so it can steam itself, turning when the bottom side is brown enough for your tastes – the french toast will rise a bit.

The beauty of this bread is that it’s flavor is complemented by the custard base, not overpowered by it, and all the seeds and grains add lovely texture to it, instead of the mushiness that regular breads end up with.

The kids ate this with no complaints and my husband asked for seconds! SCOOOOOOOORRRRRREEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This bread gets a 5-star rating for french toast-ibility!

21 Whole Grains And Seeds Bread


So I decided to stay within the non-sandwich range of cookery and tried this flavor of Dave’s Killer Bread in a bread pudding recipe – Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding.

And again, the bread keeps it’s flavor clear, the seeds/grains adding to the texture, saving the world from mushiness, and just generally being awesome!  This was a great autumny, rustic-y showcase for this bread.  And the kiddos and husband also enjoyed eating it!

This bread gets a 5-star rating for breadpudding-ibility!


Dave’s Killer Bread started out in 2005 and quickly became the favorite organic bread at their local Farmer’s Market in Portland, Oregon.  Less than a decade later, they are the #1 best-selling organic bread in the country. All their breads are organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and packed with killer taste and texture.  Dave’s Killer Bread is known for its trademark explosion of seeds, delicious chewiness, and high quality ingredients. But the company strives to be more than just breadmakers – they believe in creating lasting change for the bread industry, their communities and their employees.

Available in 12 varieties in major grocery chains across 17 states and parts of
western Canada, Dave’s Killer Bread packs a punch with delicious flavors loaded
with seeds, ancient grains, and whole grain nutrition. Each slice also contains
as much protein as one egg! A loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread retails between $5.00
and $6.00.
• You asked, and Dave’s Killer Bread delivered! As requested by several
moms who participated in last year’s sampling, Dave’s Killer Bread added
100% Whole Wheat bread to their product line. With a smooth texture and
a touch of sweetness, it’s the perfect seedless bread for everything from
sandwiches to french toast.
• Seeded Honey Wheat is the first Non-GMO Project Verified honey wheat
bread on the market. With 5g of fiber and protein, the sweet taste and
crunchy texture of Seeded Honey Wheat will make it an instant family
• With 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Thin-Sliced, you don’t have to sacrifice
taste and nutrition when watching calories. Loaded with grainy texture and
hearty flavor, 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Thin-Sliced only has 60 calories
per slice.
• Packed with a whopping 6g of protein and 4g of fiber per slice, Good
Seed™ has the boldest texture and sweetest flavor of all of their breads.

You can find Dave’s Killer Bread online at:


Twitter: @KillerBreadMan

Facebook: DavesKillerBread

** I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms
MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it
directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger,
I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.
My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May
Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product

* All text in italics was provided by Moms Meet.

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