Friday, May 30, 2014

Mrs. Renfro's gourmet food review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

This post is part of my Father's Day Guide!
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Mrs. Renfro's gourmet food review

Award-winning MrsRenfro's salsas and gourmet food are perfect for that foodie dad or foodie dad-in training wanting to show off his cooking or grilling prowess. 
MrsRenfro's salsas are: 
Made only with natural ingredients 
 Easy to use--every jar comes with a tasty & simple recipe right on the label
Affordable 16-oz jar retails between $3.49 and $3.79 
Easily found in most leading grocery stores and chains 
Specialty flavors include: Peach, Raspberry Chipotle, Black Bean, Mango Habanero, Pomegranate, Roasted, Garlic and award-winning Pineapple and Ghost Pepper and so many more amazing flavors
And if you read my review at the bottom and don't want to take my word on how amazing Mrs. Renfro's is you can check out the the May issue of Woman's Day magazine.  They named MrsRenfro's Pineapple and Ghost Pepper salsas among two of its top 13 salsas in a taste test.  

My review:
When I knew I would be able to review with Mrs. Renfro's I was pumped!  I knew my hubby and dad both liked Salsa and I couldn't wait to introduce them to Mrs. Renfro's. 
First I had to go to the site and pick out 4 flavors.  I was beyond impressed with the huge selection!  They have something for everyone and they range from mild, medium and hot.  Some of the flavors I've never heard of before such as Pineapple, ghost pepper, nacho cheese salsa, mango habanero and so many more!
Picking 4 was hard, but I choose the following:
 BBQ sauce - I will be honest this was a selfish choice.  I myself am the big BBQ eater at home so this was for me :)

I tried a new recipe using Mrs. Renfro's BBQ sauce and it was amazing!  And easy to make all you need is:

Mrs. Renfro's BBQ sauce enough to cover meatballs
3/4 grape jelly
1 tsp. garlic powder
Frozen meatballs

Put them all into a pot and cook until Meatballs are hot.
Stick a toothpick in them and you have a tasty, quick and easy to make appetizer

Oh and if you are like me and try to reuse everything.  I was able to take the sauce mixture from my pot and place into a small  container and freeze for a later use.

I also got to try
Nacho Cheese sauce
Mild Salsa
Garlic Salsa

Nacho Cheese Sauce - All I have to say is you will never look at Nachos and cheese the same way again.  From this point on any other Nacho Cheese sauce will seem like a bland flavorless shadow compared to Mrs. Renfro's!  The natural flavors shine.  My hubby even used this on his morning omelet. 
 Mild Salsa  - My kiddos like Salsa, but can't take the heat.  This was perfect for them.  They were able to enjoy the great taste of Salsa without feeling the burn :)

 Garlic Salsa - We eat a lot of garlic in my house.  I can eat garlic on almost anything.  When I seen there was a garlic Salsa, I knew we had to try it.  My hubby and I tend to reach for this one the most.  Not only is it good on chips, but my hubby claims he likes it on crackers too :)

Mrs. Renfro's has taking Salsa and gourmet sauces to a whole new level of yummy.  I adore that I can taste the natural flavors.  Not only can these be enjoyed just so, but they make amazing recipes and additions to already favorite foods.
And if you have time you so want to check out this link to their Mexican fudge recipe on YouTube!
If you wish to learn more please see my links below:


Thursday, May 29, 2014


Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

The Secret Lives of Dorks Review 

 Payton (Gaelan Connell) is a pathetic dork, a comic book geek whose high school career is one hopeless faux pas after another. Yet he’s a dreamer and madly in love with the head cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who he is determined to win over. But she is wise to his desperate advances, so to get off his radar she creates a plan to push him into the arms of a dorkette at the school, Samantha (Vanessa Marano). In this high school equation: Peyton wants Carrie; Carrie wants Peyton to hook up with Samantha; Samantha wants Peyton. But even the simplest formula can equal disaster. 
 DVD Product Information Studio: Random Media 
 Release Date: 6/10/14 
Rating: PG-13
 Discs: 1 / 92 minutes 
Genre: Comedy 
 Random Media and Cinedigm 

Directed by Salomé Breziner and starring up-and-coming stars including Riley Voelkel (The Newsroom, American Horror Story, Glee), Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth, Scoundrels), Beau Mirchoff (MTV’s Awkward) and Gaelen Connell (Bandslam), THE SECRET LIVES OF DORKS hits all the right teen angst buttons! With supporting roles played by veteran actor James Belushi (According to Jim), and Academy Award nominees Seymour Cassel (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Jennifer Tilly (Liar, Liar), this teen comedy should not be missed.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Motel Life

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

The Motel Life 

 from Cinedigm. Co-starring screen and music legend Kris Kristofferson (A Star Is Born) and Dakota Fanning (The Runaways), the drama is based on the acclaimed debut novel by Willy Vlautin. The Motel Life also features animation by award-winning animator Mike Smith. 
Special features in the home entertainment release include
 The Motel Life featurette, an illustration gallery and trailer. 

This award-winning film is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff, Somewhere) are brothers who get by on telling fantastic stories and creating rich illustrations. When Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the brothers are forced across the state to the home of Frank’s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga). While they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s instability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain. 

Release Date: June 3, 2014
Language: English 
Running time: 85 minutes 
Rating: R 

My review:
  I knew not to watch it with my hubby, because he isn't into this kind of movie so I invited my sister down to watch it with me.  I love the story line and how by the end of the movie it truly makes you think.  I love the beauty of the brothers relationship.  My only complaint is the movie is def. slow paced.  I felt as if I was waiting forever for something to happen.  With that being said the story itself and the acting more then make up for the slow pace of the film.  
Its one of those movies though that I don't think you would pick up to watch a 2nd time.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blogger sign ups

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Chuggington Giveaway

Chuggington Giveaway


Do you remember my Chuggington: Explorer Koko review found here: Review

Well now 1 Simply me reader has the chance to win the same DVD!

Please see the rafflecopter below to enter You must be 18+ and live in the continental USA.
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Children's Claritin Playmaker Playdates

Disclaimer:  As a member of the Children's Claritin Mom Crew, I received product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit.  No monetary compensation has taking place and any opinions express by me are honest and my own.

Children's Claritin Playmaker Playdates

I'm not sure how many of you have children with allergies, but its rough when your little one isn't feeling well.  Going outside is horrible. All my little guy wants to do is play, but the elements get the best of him and he ends up with itchy eyes and all the other nasty allergies symptoms.
I hate when my hubby mows the grass because I know its going to make his allergies act up.  Windy days seem to throw pollen every where.  Going outside stopped being fun and started to be more like torture for my little man.
  Its nice to have products that help, and that is what Children's Claritin does, its the #1 pediatrician recommended  24 hours non drowsy allergy medication!
They come in chewable, tablet and Redi Tabs.
When I found out I would be able to have a party I was exctied.
I was able to help my friends out whom also have children with seasonal allergies and I was able to better educate my friends who's children don't suffer for allergies. 

We played fun games handed out goodies and just had a blast!  Thanks to the help of Claritin my little guy was able to enjoy the day without paying the price later.

Some of the fun things we did were:
Backyard Obstacle Course - Use anything from boxes, cones, brooms, Hula Hoops and so much More.

Mudpie station -  Mud and water?  What else could a kid possible want lol

Water Sponge fight - All you need is a bucket of water and sponges....  The rest is self explainable :)

It doesn't really matter what you do, as long as you do.  Don't let seasonal allergies scare you and your little one from enjoying the great outdoors!!

If you wish to learn more please see my link below:

Gildan review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose for review I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Gildan Review

Gildan, the world's largest manufacturer of t-shirts, encourages women and everyone else :) to do a little spring cleaning — starting with their underwear drawer. Yes, it's the season to change your underwear. It's time to throw out the old, threadbare, discolored or uncomfortable panties and t-shirts and start fresh with Gildan's new women's brand, now available at major department stores and retailers nationwide. Rid your drawers of old drawers and step into soft 100% cotton hipster, hi-cut, low-rise or bikini briefs that are tag-free. Or slip on a 100% cotton pre-shrunk, ring-spun classic t-shirt for comfort and style. 
A few of the items they offer are: 
 Classic Fitted V-Neck T-Shirt
 Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
 Short-Sleeve T-Shirt 
 Bikini Brief 
 Women's Hipster 
Hi-Cut Brief 
 Low-Rise Brief

For their briefs they offer the best!  Designed with comfort in mind they provided better fabric, a plush waistband, taped seams (instead of exposed stitching), which means no more weird marking on your skin! I hate those lol! Also they are cotton/spandex rib fabric in the leg bands (instead of rubber), Gildan underwear is quickly being recognized and loved by millions of Americans. They have underwear for him, her and the kids!! For men the have boxer, boxer briefs and briefs. They come in various sizes and colors so you are bound to find something perfect for the man in your life. Women's come in low rise briefs, bikini briefs, hipsters and high cuts. Again they come in various colors and sizes.

And I'm sure everyone knows how comfortable their T-shirts are! 
They are100% cotton preshrunk jersey.  Seamless double needle collar, taped neck and shoulders for durability  And double needle sleeve and bottom hem no need to worry about threads coming loose :).
Again these come in men's and women's sizes!

Spring is the time to say out with the old and in with the new!  Why not let Gildan help and spruce up our drawers!  If you want to learn more or purchase for yourself see my link below:

Monday, May 26, 2014

#DIY kindergarten graduation Card

#DIY graduation Card

My little guy is about to graduate kindergarten.  I went to the store and for the life of me could not find a card that I LOVED.  After endless searching I finally said w/e I'll make my own.

I choose his favorite childhood book. 
Oh, the Places You'll Go! 
By Dr. Seuss

Not only is it his favorite book, but its also perfect for graduation...  Well Kindergarten Graduation at least :).

 I took his favorite page and hand drew part of it myself.

I then cut out the little man and elephant and glued it to the front of the card.
You can see this, but the elephants body wraps around to the back of the card.

Next I took my favorite quote from the book and wrote it inside:

Then finally I wrote I special message from our family to my little guy.
No my card is not perfect and my hand-writing is horrible, but its perfect for my little guy and I know come graduation day its going to put a HUGE smile on his face :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.


DVD Information
DVD features: photo galleries
Format: DVD 8 discs
Language: English
Length:  Approx. 19 hours and 25 minutes + extras
Genre Anime
Release date: June 10th
Based on the global, best-selling book series by Australian author Emily Rodda,DELTORA QUEST aired in the U.S. on The Hub in 2010-2011 and also aired on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand. This is the first time the complete series has been made available on DVD in the U.S., courtesy of Dentsu Entertainment USA Inc.

A Japanese anime series based on children's books of the same name, DELTORA QUEST is full of magic, mystery and action. In the series, the heroic Lief must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in Deltora to find the seven magical gems that can free everyone from the evil tyranny of the Shadow Lord.

My review: 
I watched a few episodes with my little guys.  Even though I couldn't get into the story line they LOVED every minute of it :)  My youngest who is 3 didn't really understand it, but the fact my 6 year old liked it made him like it.  My 6 year old really enjoyed the action and mystery.  I think this show would be enjoyed by older kids too.  I could see a 12 or 13 year old really getting into the story line.  Plus these are based off books!  My little guy is already asking if we can go to Barnes and Nobles to buy the series.

Friday, May 23, 2014

It’s Water Slide Time Event announcement

I just found another great opportunity for bloggers! I wish I had this for my back yard!! Be on the look out readers I will soon be promoting this giveaway and you will all have the chance to win!!

It’s Water Slide Time Event

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8

Grand Prize: Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Slide

Event dates: 6/16 - 6/30

Giveaway is open to US Residents.


Don’t Buy It, Rent It Event announcement post

Don’t Buy It, Rent It Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Grand Prize: $500 Visa Gift Card + Five $100 Visa Gift Card Winners

Event dates: 8/1 – 8/31

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents.


Bloggers if you are looking for a great opportunity you want to check out the Don't Buy it, Rent it event!  Please say The Simply Me Blog refereed you.

Summertime Fun Giveaway announcement post

Summertime Fun Giveaway announcement post

Hello fellow bloggers I have an exciting announcement post for a giveaway going on this summer!  You can see all the details below.  Please note I'm not hosting the giveaway a fellow blogger is.

The Life in a House of Testosterone Summertime Fun Giveaway event will kick off on July 1. A variety of products to make your summer fun will be included in this giveaway.

Choose two free links if you sign up to participate in this blogger opp! You can choose Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram as your free links with the announcement post (grab it here). If you do not wish to post the announcement, you can submit the $5 waiver fee via PayPal.

This giveaway will run from July 1, 2014 to July 15, 2014. Signups close on 6/25. Giveaway open to Continental United States only.

Co-Host spots are available for $5 and include 5 links (no Google+ links please) in addition to the 2 free links for 7 links total. Links available for co-hosts are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Newsletter Subscription, Instagram, Bloglovin, Picket Fence, or Networked Blogs.

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Chuggington: Explorer Koko review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
Chuggington: Explorer Koko

Hop aboard and check out the all new Chuggington: Explorer Kok!  This DVD released on May 6. 
The latest Chuggington release from Anchor Bay Entertainment features six action-packed episodes that bring exciting adventures to young fans everywhere. 
Synopsis: In “Explorer Koko” , everyone’s best friend Koko is chosen to carry the King of Buffertonia and his dignitaries on a special tour of Chuggington. The new release also follows Koko as she gets hooked on a computer game trying to beat Hodge’s high score and finds herself in a heap of trouble when her net shooter fails on the tracks! In these six fast-paced and fun-filled episodes, Brewster, Wilson and Koko discover the importance of teamwork, leadership and more. The new DVD also comes complete with Chugger Spotlights, a bonus Badge Quest Episode and adorable coloring sheets!
“Explorer Koko” 
“Runaway Koko” 
“Fearless Wilson” 
 “Koko’s Game” 
“Hodge’s Secret”  
“Inspector Emery”
 DVD Bonus Features: Badge Quest Episode: “Knowing Where You Are” Character Montages: Irving and Chatsworth · Coloring and Activity Sheets
“Chuggington” airs daily on Disney Junior and weekdays on Disney Channel.
My review:
 The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills that enrich them to become the best trainees they can be.
Both my boys love Chuggington and can be heard cheering whenever he is on TV.  I love the fact it teaches them about friendship and to have good morals :). 
If you wish to learn more please see my link below:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Influenster #SpringVoxBox Spring the Fling VoxBox

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Influenster #SpringVoxBox Spring the Fling VoxBox

I was so impressed by the items in my Spring Fling VoxBox!  I want to tell you a little bit about all of them.

Rimmel London Scandal eyes Retro Glam Mascara
The 60s are back with a thinker, fuller, wide eyed look!  Retro Glam gives you that bold eyed look with out the clump!

Kiss Everlasting French Nail
These nails claim to never chip!  They are easy to find since they sale them at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kmart, rite-Aid and Target.  I had  a little glue mishap which was my own fault, but besides that I was impressed at easily they went on!  SO far they are staying on :)

Peach Pie Car Freshener from the Labor Day Movie
I'm very impressed with how amazing this smells!!  I can't wait to have girls night with my sister and rent Labor Day :)

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
I'm not currently playing, but lets be honest being a mom is like playing a sport that never ends!  I haven't been able to test this item yet, but from what I read its going to be able to keep up with my busy little guys :)

Nivea Skin firming Hydration Lotion
I'm ready for summer and I have a feeling after a few applications my skin will be too.  It takes as little as 2 weeks to start seeing firmer skin.

Wellness Pet Food Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Wellness Pet Food Review & Giveaway

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will know I love my pets.  I don't view them as things I own, but as family members.  Furry family members, but family none-the-less.  With that being said I worry about them constantly.  If they are eating right, getting enough exercise, if they feel loved and everything in-between.  I hate when I'm not home and a storm moves in because I know they are going to be scared.  I feel horrible when one of them gets sick, because I'm limited to what I can do to help.  They are my little fury babies.  My pets are my family so I want to make sure to give them only the best.

With that being said I recently reached out to a company that I have heard amazing things about.  My aunt SWEARS by them and wont give her pets anything other then their food.  So I knew I had to pitch them and try my luck getting to review and promote for them.

The company is Wellness Pet Food.
At Wellness, they go above and beyond to create the healthiest food possible for the pets we love.   They want their food to not only be used to feed our hungry pets, but to also enrich them and help them live long happy lives. That’s why their team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets have only one mission: To help provide our pets a healthy, happy and long life!  Through the power of natural nutrition.
They select only nature’s finest ingredients and combining them in perfect proportions to help support our pet’s health and wellbeing.  It is the Welless promise to help our pets thrive and be healthy.

Wellness recipes are made with wholesome, natural ingredients.  They are all enriched with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, prebiotics and probiotic.  They never use artificial ingredients, colors,  flavors or by products.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Adventures of Chuck and friends Top Gear Trucks review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review all opinions are my own.

The Adventures of Chuck and friends Top Gear Trucks review 

That adventurous and fun-loving Chuck and his best friends Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip continue with more exciting free-wheelin’ epic escapades! Watch as Chuck and the friends discover adventures trying to uncover the identity of a mysterious “ghost,” getting as muddy and messy as they can, re-creating the night Chuck’s parents first met and more in these ten awesome cartoons guaranteed to put fun into high gear!
 Episodes Include: Digging Deep 
Fools for Rules 
Fort Chuck 
Ghost Stories 
Mayor Chuck 
Pop Goes The Inner Tube 
Runaway Chuck 
The Dirt On Chuck 
Up All Night 
When Haulie Met Porter

I'm sure as all moms know little boys LOVE adventures.  I'm sure little girls do too :).
Chuck and friends provide just that!  My little guys are always getting into the action and cheering Chuck on :).  My little guys have a bunch of the Chuck and friends cars and whenever we watch they insist we bring them out so we can do w/e they are doing on TV.
Chuck is not only fun for the kids, but as a mom I like that its a good decent show that I don't have to worry about them watching.  Top Gear Trucks DVD is the perfect addition to The Chuck and Friends Adventures.  

The newest addition to The Adventures of Chuck and Friends arrives
June 3, 2014
You can see the pre-purchase link here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

#DIY Microwave all #natural cleaner

#DIY Microwave all #natural cleaner 

What you Need
2 Cups water
Sliced up lemon

1 Slice up a lemon
2 Place lemon and water in microwave safe bowl
(My hubby tends to put things in the microwave that pop and get EVERYWHERE) 

3 Zap on high for 2 - 3 minutes
4 Don’t open the door let sit for 10 minutes

Most of the stuck on stuff should come lose and be super easy to wipe down now

5 Remove bowl from microwave wipe it down then take a wash cloth and use the lemon/water mixture to finish wiping it down

Not only does it get your microwave clean, but it also smells really good!!  Its perfect if you have a hubby like mine who likes to make a mess and walk away, letting it sit over night and become impossible to scrub off....  This DIY microwave cleaner is perfect for that hard to get off stuck to the wall kind of dirty!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Outnumber Hunger House Party

Disclaimer:  I belong to the website House Party.  From time to time I am able to host House parties in order to raise awareness for brands or causes.  I am not paid in anyway to host these parties all opinions are my own.

Outnumber Hunger House Party

I am always hosting parties at my house.  Normally its to watch movies, play games or even just play dates for my kiddos.  For the first time ever I got to host a party to raise awareness for a great cause.

Outnumber Hunger is an amazing cause and I would love to tell you more about them.
Outnumber Hunger in your community by entering the code from any specially marked General Mills package at and help Feeding America secure 5 MEALS on behalf of local food banks.

I want to take a moment to mention all the amazing companies working hard to support OutnumberHunger:
Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Its network of food banks helps provide millions of low-income individuals and families with the fuel they need to survive and even thrive. 

Founded in 2005 by industry veteran Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group contains Big Machine Records, Republic Nashville and The Valory Music Co. The company’s star-studded roster of country music artists are working to help fight hunger in local communities across the United States. 

General Mills has supported Feeding America for more than three decades to help nourish hungry children and families. Last year, General Mills® donated more than $46 million in food to help feed the hungry all around the world.

I educated everyone at my party on how to enter codes and I thought it would be a good idea to do it here in my post too.
You simply purchase specially marked packages of General Mills products. (Such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, ect...)  you then locate the 6 digit Outnumber Hunger Code. You enter you code at then you enter the zip code where you would like feeding america to direct your meals.

Its that easy and it will make a huge difference in someones life.

If you want to see which brand are participating you can check out the list here 

I was amazed that most of the stuff on that list is stuff I already buy all the time!

For my party I asked everyone to bring a special marked package so we could enter our codes online.  My dad then volunteered to drop the food off at a local food bank.

My dad said something corny as always, but it was also something very true.  He said to us that we spend hours on the computer every day doing non-sense.  He said making a difference in another's life would only take us each a moment.  We wanted to test and see just how long it took and guess what, it didn't even take a full minute to enter my code.  In under a minute I was able to enter a code and provide a meal for another.

We did have fun at our party and even had a cookout, but we tried to keep the main focus on the cause.