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Lotions and Potions…..I loved #DialNutriSkin #Walmart #CBias


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more lotions and potions! I’ve always loved to soak in a hot bubble bath, read a book and flip through my favorite magazines; afterward, slathering on luscious lotions. However, as a busy mom, I can’t remember the last time I even meandered into the bathroom alone. Why is it that while I’m brushing my teeth or drying my hair, even as teenagers these kids are always looking for Q-tips or toothpaste? If they’re not knocking on the door, Wrigley is my constant shadow.

Motherhood absolutely requires you to streamline your daily routines. While I may not be luxuriating in the bathtub, I need rich moisturizing lotions now more than ever before! Between handling fabrics and papers for my Interior Design business, doing mountains of laundry, washing dishes and keeping house, my hands are always in need of a little TLC.

 

Recently, I learned about Dial™NutriSkin™   Replenishing Lotion. The whole line was being featured in a demo at Walmart, and because Wrigley is my wingman, we hopped in the car and zipped on over to check it out.

 

When I arrived, I found the sweetest and most delightful lady demonstrating the merits of the Dial™NutriSkin™ line. As we were chatting, I asked if I could snap a few photos, explaining that I was a blogger, to which she replied, “What’s a blogger?” We soon became fast friends as I told her about blogging, and she shared with me the differences between the Soothing, Extra Dry Skin, Dry Skin and Ultra Hydrating for Men formulas.

 

While they were all rich, emollient a nicely fragrant, I decided that since I have sensitive skin, the Extra Dry Skin formula with Shea Butter was definitely for me. In fact, I slathered my hands with lotion on the spot (I also like to wear new shoes out of the store. I can’t help my compulsion for instant gratification).

 

I also picked up a coupon for $1.00 off, bringing the total to $2.97 for a 15 ounce bottle. I couldn’t afford not to try it!

We all love great products and fantastic deals, to learn more about Dial™NutriSkin™ and to be the first to hear about special offers, why not become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Dial?sk=wall or be super hip and follow Dial™NutriSkin™ on Twitter?

To see all the photographs from my shopping trip, please check out my Google+ story:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109747774870459280271/albums/5711252099771513313

While this shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, all experiences and opinions are completely my own. #CBias #DialNutriSkin

More visits to Walmart, more Wrigley as my wingman, more rich and luscious lotions, more Dial™NutriSkin™………

Please visit me at http://vanessanunleydesigns.com to learn more about my Interior Design services.

To schedule an Interior Design or Life Style consultation, and for any questions or comments, please email me at moreismoremom@aol.com

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Memories of Childhood……Licking the Brownie Batter Bowl!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about………more lickin’ the brownie batter bowl! When we were married, Chuck and I received a lovely cake plate and dome as a wedding gift. For nearly 21 years, it has found a home in our kitchen; on the island, the table or the counter, and I always keep it filled with tasty and delicious baked goods. Over the years, our family has so enjoyed the memories made from sharing these treats that I now frequently present newlyweds with a cake plate and dome of their very own.

Amanda has always been a wonderful mother’s helper. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s perfectly capable of running this place with her eyes closed. My Nick on the other hand, not so much. Maybe it’s a mother-daughter thing, but Amanda had always been eager to help in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. There’s nothing like licking the beaters from the hand mixer, and of course, licking the bowl.  

We are total chocoholics! One of my family’s all time favorite desserts is homemade Triple Chocolate Brownies. However, I do most of my baking during the day when the kids are at school, so they’re not here to lick the bowl. Where’s the fun in that? For years I have been putting aside a little batter for each of them to enjoy as an after school treat. In fact, Nick will call on his way home from school and say, “I’m feeling brownie batter today.” They’re always delighted to find their bowl and a cold glass of milk waiting for them at the kitchen counter.

 

Safe Eggs

Keeping my family safe is always a huge priority to me. The raw eggs in the batter definitely pose cause for concern, so I choose to use Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. Not only do they taste good, but they’re good for you. It would be an enormous drag to cut our after school snack short with an emergency trip to the doctor! Life is short enough, eat Safe Eggs™!

I cook A LOT and have found that using the very best ingredients produces the very best results. High quality chocolate makes an especially big difference, which is why I stopped by Whole Foods. Their Callebaut bittersweet chocolate is simply gorgeous. My recipe also calls for white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I chose their 365 Everyday brand because it offers great taste, quality and value.

Homemade Triple Chocolate Brownies:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Generously grease a 13 x 9 baking pan

You’ll need:

3 sticks and 2 Tbsp of butter

20 ounces of Whole Foods Callebaut bittersweet chocolate, rough chopped for easier melting

6 Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs

1 ¾ cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp salt

½ cup white chocolate chips, Whole Foods 365 Everyday

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, Whole Foods 365 Everyday

To melt the chocolate and butter:

Over a wide mouth pan of shallow boiling water, place a large heat safe mixing bowl with;

Butter

Bittersweet chocolate

 

While the butter and chocolate are melting, whisk together;

Eggs

Sugar

Vanilla

 

When the mixing bowl that was used to melt the butter and chocolate is cool enough to handle, add;

Egg mixture

Mix with a hand mixer on medium

 

Add;

Flour

Salt

Mix with hand mixer until creamy and well blended

Fold in;

White chocolate chips

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

 

Put aside batter for your kids to enjoy (if you have more than two kids, you might want to make a double batch!).

 

Pour batter into baking dish

Cook for 25 minutes

Be sure not to over cook the brownies….they’re best served warm and slightly gooey!

After the brownies cool, I like to sprinkle them with a generous dusting of confectioners sugar

 

When the kids get home from school, I have their brownie batter and a great big cold glass of milk waiting for them. Now that’s what I call an after school treat!

More thoughtfulness, more childhood memories, more chocolate, more delicious desserts…..

I’m so excited to be working with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. I’m a Chicago girl and I love that they are a Chicago area company. Their message promotes educating the public on the importance of serving our families safe eggs, and I’m all about making more healthy and safe meals for my family. 

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to try Safest Choice™. Why not get a coupon by liking them on their Facebook page?

http://www.facebook.com/SafeEggs#!/SafeEggs?v=app4949752878

Homemade Triple Chocolate Brownies

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Scouts Go Viral……


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……..more modern uses for technology! Life used to be so simple. Back in the olden days, when I was a kid, we had a television and a telephone. There were exactly six channels to watch on TV. If you grew up here in Chicago they were; 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 32 (and UHF reception could be sketchy). We had rabbit ears and the youngest person in the household was responsible for moving around the antenna until the picture was just right. We watched simple, wholesome programs like; Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, the Love Boat and Fantasy Island. I actually had a friend that wasn’t allowed to watch Speed Racer because it was too “dark” (can you imagine!?!).   

We didn’t have call waiting, caller ID, an answering machine, cell phones, text messaging (we practically used Morse code, smoke signals or tin cans), Facebook or e-mail. We had snail mail. Letter writing was an art form! I still maintain that there is nothing like going to your mailbox, flipping through the bills, magazines, catalogs and advertisements to find an envelope, lovingly hand addressed, especially to you. It could be a greeting card, a letter from a dear friend or an invitation to a party. Such possibilities!

Everything was simpler! Living in the city, most things were relatively close; as a kid I could walk or ride my bicycle wherever I needed to go. Chicago has a great transit system. By the time I was 8 years old I was fairly well versed in how to keep track of my bus fare, take the bus, get a transfer, make a connection and navigate the “El”. None of this cry baby, I need a ride from my mom nonsense. City kids were independent warriors!

Of course, we’ve raised our family in the cushy suburbs, something I like to call……The Bubble. The Bubble, though, is a wonderful place to live! It’s nostalgic and pure and relatively safe; like Mayberry RFD. Life here in The Bubble has a very nice, old fashioned kind of feel to it. The kids meet up to play baseball, ride their bikes for fun (not necessarily transportation), rollerblade and have lemonade stands. We know our neighbors, their kids and their pets. We can always count on neighbor kids, ringing our doorbells to sell us wrapping paper to benefit the schools, popcorn and Christmas wreaths for the Boy Scouts and cookies for the Girls Scouts.

However, this year I’ve noticed a new trend, taking full advantage of technology. Gone are the door to door solicitations. Enter in a new era; Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts using social networking! You can find a post of Facebook, an email, a text or at the very least, a message on your answering machine; virtual fundraising.

As much as I love the convenience of technology, there’s something to be said for a personal touch. I, myself, prefer a visit from my little friends. I enjoy catching up and seeing how they’ve grown. Besides, I think the kids have a greater sense of pride and accomplishment when they go door to door, look you in the eye and take your order. However, if that’s the only way to get my Thin Mints…..shoot me an e-mail.

More nostalgia, more technology, more importantly; more Girl Scout Cookies!

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The Age Of The Digital Photos……


So, I was cruising around the burbs yesterday. You know the drill; doctor’s appointment, errands, returns and window shopping for potential and inspiration, when my day suddenly brightened. I ran in to my gal pal Miss Margaret. I adore her. She’s always super fun and we got to chatting. One of her errands was to run in to Wolf Camera to order some digital pictures.

 

This got me thinking. While I absolutely love that using a digital camera makes capturing a moment a pretty sure thing, I must confess that I have a fondness for old fashioned film. As the More is More Mom®, I love to take photographs. Back in the olden days, whenever I would drop off my rolls and rolls of film to be developed, I would always get them printed in triplicate….just in case. The results were frequently disappointing (out of focus, over or under exposed), but there was nothing like the thrill of ripping open the packages in my car, and discovering that one meaningful and special snapshot. Now the problem, of course, with this system is the piles and piles of useless prints. As a hoarder (nearly buried alive) I can’t bear to part with even the blurry photos, thus necessitating box, after box, after box, of Rubbermaid containers stacked to the rafters in my guest bedroom closet. Perhaps this is the reason those NASA type smarty’s invented the digital camera.

The process of taking the digital photograph is really quite simple and extraordinary; point, shoot, view, erase, shoot, get your shot. You can do so much more with these digital files; download them to your computer, upload them to Facebook, upload them to your Blog page, send them in an e-mail, send them to Wolf Camera, for those that are completely impatient (like me), even print them out at home (though the quality isn’t very good). However it is a hassle committing four hours of your life, sitting at the kiosk, sorting through 500 images, cropping and enhancing your photos…..only to wind up with an $89.00 debt to Wolf Camera. Ah, the price of memories (I know I’m complaining, but it actually is TOTALLY WORTH IT!).

What a complete contradiction; someone whole heartedly OCD, like me, lamenting the loss of the element of surprise. Call me old fashioned, but I miss my rolls of film, a real live receptionist answering the telephone, and full service gas stations. But, as the More is More Mom®, I recognize that it doesn’t matter how you get those photographs, what matters is that you’re left with the most important thing…..more memories!

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