Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review: Roba Dolce Gelato and Sorbetto


If you are tired of the boring plain bowl of ice cream, I have a treat to introduce to you that will tickle your taste buds! I was recently asked to do a review on Roba Dolce Gelato and Sorbetto. They’ve used real family recipes that had been used for generations to create authentic Italian gelato and Sorbetto. They have a variety of flavors from Dark Chocolate Chunk Gelato to Blood Orange Sorbetto. I would have to say that the Della Coconut has to be my favorite. The flavors and textures are smooth and to have the real coconut bits is a pleasant treat! Click here to check out a little bit about the company.

Gelato Flavors:
  • Raspberry Almond Fudge – red raspberries, dark chocolate chunks, crunchy almonds
  • Della Coconut – bits of shredded coconut
  • Dark Chocolate Chunk – flavorful cocoa from the Ivory Coast of Africa
  • Wild Berry – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
  • Summer Pistachio – crunchy pistachios
And their Sorbetto -
  • Di Limone
  • Mango Dream
  • Raspberry Berry
  • Blood Orange


Roba Dolce, which means “sweet stuff,” uses family recipes that have been passed down for generations to create real Italian taste.  Following the old world artisanal approach of an authentic Florentine gelato master and using imported Italian equipment, this gourmet dessert offers a bold, intense flavor and is the perfect anecdote for all of your holiday recipes.
Available in a variety of flavors at select locations nationwide.

With the flavors Roba Dolce have to offer our divine; it gives you many options to choose from and to work with in recipes. At a dinner party I had over the weekend, I served peanut butter cookies with the Della Coconut in the middle as a sandwich. My family can't get enough of it. They have gone through most of it already. I had to swat them away from the coconut just so I can have enough to make the cookies. I do want to mention that they don't sell it in my city, so if they don’t sale it in a store near you Click here to purchase and have it shipped. I will to say that Roba Dolce Gelato has been one of the best reviews I have done so far! This treat was loved by all! If you are having a holiday get together this Halloween Beloware a couple of recipes I think you will enjoy!  



Packaging - 5/5: Absolutely loved the packaging. The ice cream was shipped in a white reusable Styrofoam
cooler and packed on Dry ice. I was worried that the ice cream would be a little melted, but to my surprise it arrived to me rock hard and no signs of melting! The individual package on the Gelato and the Sorbetto is easy to open, and seals back tight to prevent any freezer burn.

Quality - 5/5: The quality of the Gelato is amazing. It is very rich and creamy. The flavors are melts in your mouth good. There is nothing confusing to draw you away from the actual flavor (no gimmicks). If it says coconut, you get real coconut and nothing less.
Price- 4/5: This product is a fair price, if its not in your area you are able to purchase it online at icecreamsource.com. The only draw back to that is the shipping is a little bit pricey.
Overall - 4/5: I think overall this is a real good product. It’s a nice treat that I don’t mind feeding to my whole family.

Recommend - YES! I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a delicious refreshing treat!

Gelato Vampire Bats
Ingredients
  • 4 (3 1/2 inch) soft oatmeal cookies
  • 4 large Scoops of dark chocolate chunk Roba Dolce gelato
  • Assorted candies for decoration (Ex: candy corn, licorice whips, jellybeans, fruit rolls)

Directions
  1. For the bat wings, place cookies on a cutting board. Cut cookies into halves. Using a teaspoon, cut a slightly scalloped edge on the straight side of each cookie; set wings aside.
  2. For the body of the bat, place a scoop of the gelato on each of four serving plates. Using a knife make a cut about 1/2-inch deep on each side of the scoops of gelato.
  3. To assemble the gelato bats, insert the end of cookie wing into cuts on sides of Roba Dolce gelato scoops. Place so they look like wings. Decorate ice cream with candies to create the bat's face. Use licorice pieces for the ears, jelly beans for the eyes, candy corn for the fangs, or use your own imagination.
  4. Serve immediately or freeze for up to two hours before serving. Serves 4.

Roba Dolce Blood Orange Boo Beverage
Ingredients
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 pints of Roba Dolce blood orange sorbetto
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 18 miniature chocolate chips

Directions
In four batches, process the orange juice, milk, sherbet and bananas in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses. Cut a hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; fill with whipped topping. Pipe a ghost shape on top of each beverage. Position chocolate chips for eyes. Serves 9.


Pumpkin Shaped Gelato Whoopie Pies
Ingredients
Pumpkin Cookies
  • 8 ounces butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 Filling
  • 2 cups Roba Dolce Coconut Gelato, softened
  • 1 bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels and/or sprinkles (optional)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and pumpkin.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, raisins and flour. Stir into pumpkin mixture.
  4. Drop cookies by the heaping teaspoonful on to cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until slightly browned around edges.
  5. Remove from oven and place on cooling racks. Cut cookies into pumpkin shapes with cookie cutter.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Review: “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 2.”

To help promote the Yo Gabba Gabba There’s A Party In My City Tour we are doing a review on the new CD “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 2.”   This CD fits right along with the TV show that currently comes on Nick Jr. This is a CD that is for the whole family. It provides your child with a whole array of different type’s music. I’ve really enjoyed doing this review, we listen to this CD in the car and we always have it on repeat! I know it is hard to explain exactly how much your child is going to love this CD, so I’ve made a little video of my girls enjoying the songs.


As you can tell the girls love Yo Gabba Gabba and can sing along to every song! As a Mom and a fan of Yo Gabba Gabba I would recommend this CD to anyone looking for a fun way to entertain their children be at home or in the car, this is the way to go!



FTC: I was sent these products by a PR firm for review purposes. I was not paid to do this review, nor does it alter my view on the product. As always, reviews are with my HONEST thoughts and opinions.

[B]Product info:[/B] “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome Volume 2.”   Fans can enjoy a new, super radical compilation of music featured from Seasons I, II & III, YO GABBA GABBA! MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 hit shelves nationwide on August 31, 2010, timed with the launch of the live tour, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY. Jam-packed with Super Music Friends & all of the songs you’ve grown to love including those from Weezer, MGMT & Jimmy Eat World. A deluxe edition featuring bonus songs from the hit series will also be available on iTunes. Fans can get a sampling of the record with a free download of our favorite Super Music Friends – Weezer’s track “All My Friends Are Insects” at [url]www.yogabbagabba.com/freedownload[/url]
MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 is available on CD at Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and independent music retailers nationwide and for pre-order on Amazon (link below):
http://www.amazon.com/Yo-Gabba-Awesome-Exclusive-Sticker/dp/B003WHL9HQ

MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 is also be available digitally on all music services.  A deluxe edition with bonus tracks is now available for pre-order at iTunes (link below):
http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/yo-gabba-gabba-music-is-awesome/id388019174

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CLOSED: Quick Contest By: Agoo Apparel!

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CONGRATS TO GIRLX3 FROM WORLDFORMOMS.COM, SHE WON A FREE PAIR OF LEGGINGS!!

Agoo Apparel is promoting a HEALTHY HALLOWEEN HAPPINESS: TREAT YOUR KIDS TO SOMETHING HEALTHY.
What better way to help promote with a giveaway!
It is simple to enter. All you have to do is visit their site and come back to WorldsForMoms.com and let us know which is your favorite pair! If there is more then 1 pair you like, make a seperate post for your second favorite! At 11:59 October 21st we will randomly pick a winner from www.random.com!
They have a very cute selection of leggings for our little ones, so don't miss this contest! This order will ship before Halloween!
Also they are offering 50% off their two Halloween friendly Leggings use coupon code: 50offleggings

Quick Contest By: Agoo Apparel!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hershey Holiday Review


With the holidays swiftly approaching you are always looking for that perfect gift. With Halloween you are looking for the perfect treat to give out, for Thanks giving you always want a treat to impress your dinning guest, and for Christmas you are always looking for the best stocking stuffers. For more then 100 years the Hershey Company has offered a simple solution to all your Holiday problems.

My whole family loves Chocolate! When I first received this big box in the mail, I was surprised when I opened it to see all the chocolate! I was literally like a kid in a candy store excited!


 We got to sample:

  • Hershey’s 100 snack size pieces (KitKat, York peppermint Patties, Mr. Goodbar, and Whoppers).
  • Hershey’s miniatures (Krackel, Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and Mr. Good Bar).
  • Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Big Bag (in Halloween colors).
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees
  • Cookies “n” Crème Santas

After eating the majority of this special treat, I would have to say the Cookies “n” Crème Santas had to be my favorite. !  I would recommend this product to anyone looking for the perfect but simple gift to give this holiday season! If you can’t decide on the perfect gift, why not give the them the taste of happiness!


       

Interesting Facts:

Did you know that more than 50 percent of adults enjoy dressing up for the holiday? A national survey indicates personal candy preferences may provide insight into Halloween costume choices:
·         30 percent of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Kit Kat and Milk Chocolate Bar lovers will be a vampire, witch or monster.
·         41 percent of Twizzler fans plan to dress up from different eras of the 20th century.
·         23 percent of Jolly Rancher lovers will be a superhero.

New festive products include:

·       Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins Jumbo Snack Size
·       Hershey’s Seasonal Shapes Assortment with 50 Snack Size Packages (Hershey’s Tombstone-shaped Moulded Bars in Milk Chocolate and Cookies ‘N’ Crème flavors, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins)
·       Harvest Hershey’s Kisses Brand Candy Corn Flavored Candy
·       York Peppermint Batty

Fun and festive holiday treats, such as Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Santa Hat, Rolo Reindeer Cane and Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Crème Santas, will be introduced this year. Everything arrives wrapped in festive colored foils, making them the perfect treat for both holiday baking and decorating. Other jolly ‘ole products include:
·         Reese’s Peanut Butter Bells
·         Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees
·         Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures Santa Cane
·         Hershey’s Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Bells
·         Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates Red/Green/Silver Foils
         Hershey’s Kisses also serve as nice decoration when placed in jars/apothecaries
·         Hershey’s Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
·         Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Crème Nutcracker Molded Bar
·         York Peppermint Pattie Snowflake
For more information on Hershey’s Halloween products, as well as costume ideas, spooky screensavers, desktop wallpapers, delicious recipes, craft activities and party invitations, visit www.CelebrateWithHersheys.com.

FTC: I was sent these products by a PR firm for review purposes. I was not paid to do this review, nor does it alter my view on the product. As always, my reviews are with my HONEST thoughts and opinions.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Makeup Attempt


Last weekend I had the best opportunity ever. I was in my cousins wedding! I was honored that she even asked me to be a bridesmaid. We have been through so much and have shared so much together. We have been so close over the past years that you would think we were sisters. Not only do I cherish the friendship and bond we have I also look up to her as a mom and a women. She has been through so much over the years that it would make the strongest person weak. She has shown me that there is always a light at the end of your tunnel. God will never put anything on you that you can not handle. Back to her wedding, I will have to say it was beyond beautiful. It was a wedding that made you cry, smile, and laugh all at once. For the wedding I had the chance to test my makeup applying skills. I did my own makeup (instead of going to the MAC counter like I planned). I used Orglamix:Vetiver, Orglamix midnight, Orglamix Solar, on my eyes. I was going for a subtle smokey look and I think I accomplished what I set out for. Please take a look and leave a comment on what you think! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Photo of the Day


I haven’t posted any recent pictures I have taken. I’ve been so busy with school work, housework, and the kids that I haven’t had a chance. Then there was my cousins wedding that I was in so it took a bunch of my time as well. So this weekend my oldest daughter had a football game. My youngest is not old enough to cheer, so allowed her to be the mascot for the team. She is very good at it and knows all the cheers, it’s just she is so shy she wont stand up there with the girls. Well, this past weekend is the first weekend that she wanted to take part with them. Even though she didn’t cheer, she did get down there with them to pose a bit for some pictures. After the pictures she did stand there for the rest of the game with them. Next year I hope she will have the courage to fully participate with the girls and join right in! This is just one of the pictures that I love so much! She really gets into the posing with the pom-poms. I wish I could have been on the track with them, if I was the pictures would have came out better. I had to make do with what I had from up in the bleachers. Enjoy! 


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Born Free Review



BornFree


I was offered to do a review for BornFree and I was sent a Twist N’Pop Straw Cup. Born Free’s Twist n’Pop Straw Cups are a really great option for older toddlers who are weaning off a sippy cup. This cup offers an easy to use, BPA-free straw cup for your toddler. The top of the cup is easy to tern to expose the silicone straw. From my experience these cups are not 100% spill proof, if it is held upside down it does leak out slowly. I like this cup for the simple fact it is cute, easy to grip for my daughter, and a step above being just a sippy cup.  The cup is offered in 4 colors, Blue, Green, Pink and Yellow and retails for a very reasonable $7.99. You can find the cup as well as the full line of Born Free Products on the B
 



Product Info: BornFree® BPA-Free plastic, 14oz. (400ml) Twist N'Pop Straw Drinking Cup features a hygienic pop-up straw mechanism for comfortable mess free drinking. 14oz body interchangeable with BornFree® bottles and cups. Suitable for 12+ months. 




I was also offered to review the Twin Pack Clear Pacifier.

I don’t have a child young enough for pacifiers, but my cousin does. I let her test the products on her little girl. My cousins little girl has been picky from day one about what kind of nipples she would take. She has had a hard time finding a pacifier she would take. With the clear pacifier form Born Free she took to with ease. The only draw back she had from this product was that when she sterilized it, water collected in the nipple. After letting it air dry, the water eventually evaporated.
With that said she is pleased with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for the right pacifier for their child.



Product info: The BornFree® Clear Pacifier is a orthodontic silicone pacifier with an angled nipple that encourages natural development of the pallate. Made from materials that are 100% free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC, the BornFree® pacifier features a transparent perforated shield to prevent moisture and protect your baby's sensitive skin. With Handle. 



Available Stages 


Stage 1: 0-6m


Stage 2: 6m+


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