Julius Jr. Rockin' Playhouse from Fisher Price

Julius Jr. Rockin PlayhouseIsn’t this just the cutest thing ever? Saban Brands is introducing the Julius Jr. Rockin’ Playhouse Box by Fisher Price. I can not believe that Fisher Price is still making cute toys for kids.  I can remember my younger sister playing with toys from them when she was a baby and she is now 54 years old! I know that kids are going to love this one.

This playset brings the playhouse from the Julius Jr. series to life with featureslike lights and sounds on every floor, a 3″ Julius Jr. figure, an art table, a keyboard, a microphone,a  skate board ramp, a skateboard, a telescope,  a rocket, and alien play pieces. Kids can have Julius Jr. pretend to skate up the ramp, or dance on the light-up dance floor, board the elevator that knows which floor you’re on, or take a ride on the conveyor belt right into the space world, and more! The playhouse also connects to other Julius Jr. playsets for extended play! The Rock‘n Playhouse Box is currently sold at Toy “R” Us   for  suggest retail price of $39.99, along with other awesome Julius Jr. toys.

Julius Jr. Rockin' Playhouse

Owen and Amelia loved the Julius Jr. Rockin’ Playhouse

My six year old grandson and and four year old granddaughter both loved playing with the playset. They incorporated other tiny figures and cars with it too, to increase the things they could do with it.

You can download some cute summer themed coloring and activity sheets for your kids to play with by clicking here. That is six sheets of fun for kids of all ages.

Beano + Dairy Defense Giveaway

I am participating in a sponsored campaign for Beano. I received Beano product and other compensation for for my participation. However, all opinions stated are my own.

get rid of gas with beanoIf you have a problem with eating certain foods because they cause you to be bloated, or have excess gas, then this is the product for you! Beano + Dairy Defense uses a natural enzyme that works with your body’s digestive system to help prevent gas before it happens. It comes in a pleasant tasting Raspberry Sorbet flavor, so taking them before a meal is as easy as chewing them up.

There is a long list of foods that can cause gas. For me, they include many of the things I like to eat, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, onions, peanut butter, and red beans. If I remember to chew 2 or 3 Beano + Dairy Defense before eating those foods, it helps reduce the amount of gas they produce. And that makes my life easier. What foods are problematic for you?

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Welcome To My Gluten Free Kitchen

Most of you know that I have been eating gluten free since 2006.  But, newcomers to my blog won’t know that when I started eating gluten free I lived in a 32 foot travel trailer with a tiny kitchen.

My tiny gluten free kitchen.

My tiny gluten free kitchen.

I had a tiny stove with three burners, a tiny oven that was give or take 50 degrees off from what the dial indicated, and a tiny refrigerator with an even tinier freezer. And did I mention that for the last 5 years that I lived in that travel trailer, I was a park ranger at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which was 85 miles from the closest town with a grocery store. Whew!

Female Park Rangers need a girls night out too!

Female Park Rangers need a girls night out too!

Even though it was small, I could rock the kitchen when cooking!. I made cakes, and pies, and casseroles, and potato salad, and could feed an army out of that kitchen. Ok, well at least a bunch of rangers with a gluten free chocolate fondue.

In 2011, Fabgrandpa and I decided to buy a house so that when we retired, we could settle down and act like normal people again. So, in December of 2011, we bought the little house on 5 acres, that has this big huge kitchen (well, at least in comparison to my old kitchen)

my gluten free kitchen

I had plans, Yo!

We had planned to work two more years before we retired. I also had a lot of plans for remodeling the kitchen. But, life happens, I got sick, and we hobbled back home to stay the next fall. We have not had the money to make any of the changes I wanted to make, but I am happy with my kitchen for now. We did make two changes though.

We took that beast out and threw it away.

We took that beast out and threw it away.

First, when we moved in there was an old Jenn-Air stove top that did not work, and they no longer made parts for it. So, we ripped that beast out, and covered the gaping hole it left with an artfully contact paper covered piece of plywood, so that it looks like I have a marble chopping block there instead. It looks so much nicer and it gives me more counter space as well. And it cost all of $17 for the job.

I have so much more room, and it looks nicer.

I have so much more room, and it looks nicer.

The second change we made was to install a propane tank in the yard and get a gas stove. I have always cooked with gas, and I had no intention of changing in my old age. So, we now have this stove:

I love that it has a griddle in the middle.

I love that it has a griddle in the middle.

This gas stove has a griddle/grill in the middle which I love. I can cook a big ham or turkey in that huge oven, too, which is right on the money temperature wise.

I have pretty things I love in here too.

I have pretty things I love in here too.

Even though we have only lived here for two years, I already have a ton of memories in this kitchen. My father-in-law, who passed away this summer, gave me that blue pottery pitcher that he made by hand about fifteen years ago. It traveled around with me in my RV for 13 years. The canister set which was made my Michael Crocker,  was given to me by my mother-in-law more than 20 years ago. The cut glass butter dish was a birthday gift from my step-daughter.

My ducks in a row key rack

My duck  key rack

This little metal key rack is the first thing my husband and bought together when we were dating. I could never part with it. It is on the wall by the back door.

My little piggies

My little piggies

Yeah, that’s all my meds where I can get to them easily. My little piggy salt and pepper shakers are one of my thrift store finds in Flagstaff, Arizona. Aren’t they cute?

My mixer and blender

My mixer and blender

I have a stand mixer from Hamilton Beach, because I am an ambassador for the brand. I also have a nifty dual blender/food processor. They are on a little vintage storage cart that we found at a thrift store in Bremen, Ga. Yes, we love to thrift! Now that my house and kitchen are bigger, I can make better cakes:

And better pie type things:

I can even make better casseroles. I perfected my gluten free cornbread dressing in time for Thanksgiving in 2012. Mmmmm, mmmm. It is really good!

gluten free cornbread dressing

My gluten free southern style cornbread dressing recipe is to. die. for.

One of the things I love to do is re-create recipes for things we have eaten when we go out to a nice restaurant. When we were in Amelia Island, Florida, for example, we had this delicious Crabcake with Cranberry Chutney. I came home and created my version, gluten free of course!

crab cakes

Gluten Free Crab Cakes with Cranberry Chutney

We are almost done with the tour of my gluten free kitchen, but first, you have to see the refrigerator. It is huge, too, compared to the RV one. I keep it full of fresh fruits and veggies, and try to keep us fed with healthy stuff most of the time. With gluten intolerance and type II diabetes, I have to try to stick to that.

On the outside, the front has magnets, coupons, and paper pads to make lists. There is that one gecko magnet that was a gift from a friend years ago. On the side, one dry erase board for phone messages, one for an ongoing grocery list. I add to the list when something runs out so I won’t forget it when I make my shopping list. And, the appointment calendar. On the other side of the room is the dining table and china cabinet, both bought at a thrift shop. The china was thrown in free with the purchase of the cabinet. Whooooo!

The dining table and china cabinet were thrift shop purchases.

The dining table and china cabinet were thrift shop purchases.

And last, the painting on the left was done by my oldest daughter when she was in college. The fruit bowl on the table was the first gift my son gave me when he had his first job. And, the round face glass art on the wall is a souvenir from Flagstaff. I think my kitchen is pretty cozy, and just right for me. I do want to do a little more remodeling, but I can wait for the right time.  For now, I’ll be happy knowing I can make my famous Mexican Seafood Soup and have room to move around while I’m doing it.

Best seafood soup ever!

Best seafood soup ever!




Tucson Tamales Deliver!

I received product from Tucson Tamales but that in no way influenced my opinion of their tamales.

When the people at Tucson Tamales asked me if I wanted to review their tamales, I said y.e.s. I love fresh tamales, and could hardly wait for them to arrive.

tucson tamales

Tucson Tamales arrive on ice

The delivery box says “Unwrap Happiness” and I did! Can you imagine Chocolate Tamales? I couldn’t either but Oh. My. Gosh! They were delicious. Tucson Tamales sent me several different flavors of tamales, and to be honest, it was hard to  pick my favorite of them all. They were all good.

Tucson tAMALES

Little bits of happiness

The Blue Tamale with Calabacitas (Squash, Tomato, Onion, Green Chile and Cheese), in Blue Corn Masa was my final pick along with the Chocolate Tamales, which have Milk Chocolate Chips and Sweet Red Cherries in Cocoa Masa  and are only available frozen.  To see what all kinds of tamales Tucson Tamales makes, here is their menu. With over 30 different flavors inspired by different regions of the world, there’s a lot of happiness to be unwrapped at Tucson Tamale Company.


Tucson Tamales

Tucson Tamales

Tucson Tamales are gluten free and made with Non GMO ingredients. They have some that are vegetarian, and some that are vegan, so just about anyone can find a flavor to love.

Friday Product Roundup

I received samples of these products to try so I could tell you about them.


Fodeez Frames are so simple it is a wonder no one has thought of them before now. These cute frames are peel and stick, and adhere to any flat, dry, clean surface. They come in several sizes from 3″ X 5″ to 8: X 11″ . There is even a special one for photo booth strips of photos!

I received the 8″ X 11″ Family Schedule Fodeez Frame. To use it as a reusable schedule, you simply print off a calendar sheet, place it under the Fodeez Frame. and stick it on a clean, flat, dry surface. Use dry erase markers to write appointments, games, parties, etc., on the schedule. At the end of the month, print off a new calendar sheet and start over. I am using mine as an ongoing grocery list. I just write things on it as I run out or think of what I want to buy. It’s on my refrigerator.

Peel off the backing, place your photo on the back, and stick to the wall for a quick and easy way to display your favorite photos.  To see other great ideas for using Fodeez Frames, and to see the variety of frames available, click here.

You can help make kids smile! Every purchase of Fodeez Frames helps them donate a frame to a child with an extended hospital stay. Children can use them with dry erase markers to draw, write, color, and then erase and use them again and again.

Fodeez Frames products range in price from $3.99 and up. You can also purchase Fodeez at Amazon.com.


CapriClear Moisturizer

CapriClear is a 100% fractionated coconut oil moisturizer for dry skin. Because it is fractionated, it is non-greasy, absorbs quickly, and can be used every day. It is the purest form of coconut oil available without scent, color, preservatives or staining. I think you will like all the “NO’s” about CapriClear:

  • • NO Fragrance
  • • NO Phthalates
  • • NO Artificial Color
  • • NO PABA
  • • NO Mineral Oil
  • • NO BHT
  • • NO Parabens
  • • NO Gluten

Capriclear available in two sizes: A regular 5.2 oz spray for $19.99 or a 1.9 oz spray for $10.99 on the CapriClear website. You can also find it at a retailer near you, or at Amazon.com where it is eligible for Amazon Prime.

iLuv Selfy

iphone 5s and galaxy s5 case selfyThe iLuv Selfy is a tough, impact resistant polycarbonate case for the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S5 that includes a remote control shutter control that operates via Blue Tooth. You can take the shutter control off of the case and take selfies from several feet away. With additional accessories like a mini tripod, a motorcycle mount, a car mount, or a helmet mount, you can take photos just about anywhere, any time with just the touch of a button on the remote.

Selfy has a suggested retail price of $49.99 and comes in black or pink. Accessories range in price from $19.99 to $24.99. Available at select retail outlets, and at Amazon.com and is eligible for Prime.  To win a black one, go to my Facebook Fan page to enter the giveaway.

How To Make My Home Safer As I Get Older With Premier Care

This post is sponsored by Premium Care

When I was young, I never thought about what it would be like to get old. I never actually thought that I would be old. But one day I woke up, and there was this old lady looking at me from my mirror. How in the heck did that happen? I’m not ready for it. Then one day, another unthinkable thing happened to me: I became disabled. Disabled. Me. Now, everyday, I have to think about what might happen if something happened to my husband, and I was suddenly living alone. Premier Care walk-in bathtubs can help with one aspect of that uncertainty.

There are many things that I can not do, so those are scary thoughts for me. Unfortunately, they are very real things that my husband and I have to think about. One of the things that is really hard for me to do is get into and out of the bathtub. I have looked at the walk-in bathtubs from Premier Care, and I think that would be a really good choice for me. I especially like the walk-in shower, because it would allow me to enter and leave without help.

Premier Care In Bathing is America’s leader in walk-in tubs. All of their products are backed by their Premier Care Promise: They guarantee all of their products and workmanship unconditionally during your first full year of ownership. Most of Premier Care’s Walk-In Baths are installed in one to two days. Their contractors are always clean and courteous, going  over every detail to make sure you’re completely satisfied with your new Walk-In Bath.


I already have an adjustable bed, that makes it easier for me to get in and out of bed. I’ve been using a shower chair for a couple of years now, too. But the really hard part is getting my legs up high enough to get in the tub to take a shower. I have to have help, so what if there was no one around?

Fabgrandpa and I have been discussing remodeling our bathroom, and getting a walk-in shower with a handicap seat built in. Premier Care also installs handicapped showers so they are number one on my list to call. Taking the obstacle of our regular bathtub out of my everyday life is just one less thing for me to worry about.

You can get more information about Premier Care by clicking the link to request your free brochure.

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