A dream is a wish your heart makes- #WishesDelivered

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Do you ever wonder how many hands your package passes through when its shipped through UPS? It must take dozens between the very first person who scans it in, to the delivery person that drops if off on your doorstep.. There’s so much around-the-clock dedication that goes behind getting people their anxiously awaited belongings that they ordered. I personally LOVE shopping online, and tracking my shipment to see exactly when it’s going to turn up on my doorstep – I even signed up for the txt alerts!

Sometimes there’s a little more excitement than when you just order socks.. Like last week when I ordered the lens of my dreams – I was so excited that I was buying it that I sprung for the extra cost of 1 day delivery!

Of course, that was also my Christmas present from my both husband and myself – Merry Christmas to me!! So with the giving season upon us – if you were to wish a selfless wish for the holiday season on someone else’s behalf, what would it be? Is there something that a loved one of yours needs that is going to remain a wish for awhile, if not forever? Why not try submitting your wish to UPS via instagram or twitter with the #WishesDelivered hashtag?

I don’t know about anyone else, but opening something you’ve ordered that means so much to you can be a magical experience. UPS is proud to say that they do this for people on a daily basis – especially during the holiday season. In honor of this, UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club or Toys for Tots) for up to 100K for every wish submitted with the hashtag #WishesDelivered. All the more reason to submit one – do it for charity!! You can also submit wishes via the #WishesDelivered site. You can submit your wish to UPS now through December 31st, 2014.

 What will YOUR wish be? I’d love to hear more about it!

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Steel Meister Spot Cleaner is my secret to flawless stainless steel kitchen appliances

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Meister Cleaners. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you have a small child, everything comes with a side order of fingerprints and a layer of stickiness at about waist level. So if you have a stainless steel fridge, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to keep clean when you have little people pulling it open over and over. Even without kids, we adults can easily mess things up especially when we are cooking and moving between the fridge, stove, microwave & sink. That being said, I think I have found the secret to keeping stainless steel flawless looking. As a mom and blogger of food, I use my stove and microwave combo quite abit.

Recently, I managed to mess up the door handle pretty badly when making my chocolate pie, so I thought it would be a good time to wipe it down with Meister Cleaners Spot Cleaner to get it looking normal again. I used a microfiber cloth and sprayed some of the Steel Meister Spray on it and set to work polishing up my microwave door. I picked up this spray bottle of at Home Depot, in the appliance dept.

The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner

Steel meister has so many reasons for me to love it.. my biggest reasons are because:

  • It does not have a funky odor when you spray it
  • It leaves an effortless ‘new & shinny’ sheen after you finish using it
  • You’re not just limited to using it on your stainless steel kitchen appliances -Try using it on your outdoor grill, automotive trim or light fixtures.

The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner

After putting in a little elbow grease, The microwave shined so bright with not a fingerprint in sight! My 5 year old microwave now looks brand new again and I couldn’t be happier about it.

The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner

So that’s what I like to use on the microwave and stove.. On the sink, I use Steel Meister’s Spot Cleaner to remove tough stains.

The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner When you have a small child, everything comes with a side order of fingerprints and a layer of stickiness at about waist level. So if you have a stainless steel fridge, I can't imagine how difficult it must be to keep clean when you have little people pulling it open over and over. Even without kids, we adults can easily mess things up especially when we are cooking and moving between the fridge, stove, microwave & sink. That being said, I think I have found the secret to keeping stainless steel flawless looking. As a mom and blogger of food, I use my stove and microwave combo quite abit. Recently, I managed to mess up the door handle pretty badly when making my chocolate pie, so I thought it would be a good time to wipe it down with Steel Meister Spot Cleaner to get it looking normal again.   I used a microfiber cloth and sprayed some of the Steel Meister Spray on it and set to work polishing up my microwave door.   The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner  The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner  After putting in a little elbow grease, The microwave shined so bright with not a fingerprint in sight! My 5 year old microwave now looks brand new again and I couldn't be happier about it.  The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner  I also got tried the Steel Meister's spot cleaner on a rusty spot that's been bugging me at the sink. Again, I sprayed the towel got to work...  The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner  The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner  And now it looks perfect - No more rusty spots!  The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner

Kitchen sinks can see a lot of action and take the most abuse. Mine looks pretty good, however there’s this rusty spot that occurred somehow – my guess is that it came from a steel wool soap pad that was left there too long. So I decided to put the Steel Meister’s spot cleaner to work and see what it could do….

The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner

I love Steel Meister Spot cleaner because it is great for so many reasons…

  • It removes dirt, grease, grime, water spots and any other unpleasantness that gets stuck to the kitchen sink.
  • I love that it restores your stainless steel surface to a factory new look.
  • Use it in conjunction with the steel meister spray as a pre-cleaner!

The best RX for stainless steel - Meisters Stainless Steel Spot Cleaner

And now it looks perfect – No more rusty spots! Learn more about what Steel Meister can do for you by visiting the Meister Facebook Page

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Like these 2 products? There’s also ANOTHER 2 that I didn’t show you.. Try looking for Stone Meister and Range Meister

Stone Meister is ideal for natural stone—polished granite, marble, soap stone, slate, polished concrete, other water-tolerant counter surfaces. Its great to have around the kitchen because it:

  • cleans, polishes without streaking
  • food safe
  • safe for all coated surfaces—won’t affect sealers
  • biodegradable
  • environmentally friendly

Range Meister knocks out dirt with one powerful punch. Going deeper than conventional cleaners can reach, Range Meister soaks down to drive out burnt-on/baked-on food, grease and grime lodged beneath the surface—then buffs your glass or ceramic cooktop to a protective shine.

  • cleans deep beneath the surface
  • removes burnt-on/baked-on food
  • polishes and protects
  • no residue, streaks or scratching

So how would you like the chance to win a brand new stainless steel fridge? I know I would!! Sign up on the giveaway widget below for your chance to win $2,000 to use towards a brand new Stainless Refrigerator!

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Making the holidays fun and festive with OREO cookie balls

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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I love this time of year for so many reasons – family gatherings and best of all, the food consumption! Of course, wherever we get invited as guests, my favorite thing to  bring is something sweet. Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are your standard run-of-the-mill treats, but if you want to be different, try making OREO Cookie Balls!

So with thanksgiving around the corner, I thought I would surprise my mother-in-law with a special christmas treat in addition to her yummy Thanksgiving spread she’s putting out for our entire family. Can we say I’m a little anxious for the holidays to begin??

I purchased all the ingredients I needed at Walmart, and bought 2 boxes of OREO cookies – specifically the regular ones and the mint ones (with the green filling). When I returned home, I promptly placed them in the deep freezer so they would be as solid as possible for when I run them through the food processor.

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The rest of the ingredients were:

  • 1 pkg of cream cheese
  • 1 pkg of mint flavored chips (I used andes because they are red & white)
  • 3 bags of melting chocolate or baker’s chocolate
  • festive sprinkles and mini cupcake wrappers

I stated with breaking up my frozen OREO cookies in the food processor and set them aside in a a bowl. I like to have them frozen solid so the filling stays intact.

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In my mixer, I started to blend my cream cheese so it became soft and easy to work with. Slowly, I added about 3 cups of the crushed OREO cookies and about a cup of the mint chips. Once its all blended, chill in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.

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After it was fully mixed, I shaped them into tiny balls and placed them on a sheet of parchment paper. I had all my balls arranged on a cookie sheet and I placed whole thing in the freezer for about an hour to make sure they were solid, in preparation for the next step.

Next it’s the fun part! Decorating!!!

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For the chocolate coating, I melted each color separately in a metal bowl over hot water. Avoid just melting in a pan because your chances of scorching your chocolate are pretty good, even if you do it on a low heat setting. If you melt in the microwave, zap it for 30 seconds, mix and zap it again and keep repeating until its fully melted.

Using the desired color, I dipped each ball in the melted chocolate and placed it back down on the parchment paper. using either sprinkles or contrasting color of chocolate – I got creative!

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Once your masterpiece is complete, chill in the fridge for at least an hour as to make sure the chocolate hardens. Place each decorated ball into the mini cupcake wrapper and serve!

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Making the holidays fun and festive with OREO cookie balls - #OREOCookieBalls #Cbias #shop

Warning – These are seriously addictive!! Let me know what you think of these – My husband thought they were awesome!

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