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You do not have to use the box the survey picks for you, you can choose whatever box you want.

You will receive three signature jars (like pictured above) with three pounds of candy total in your box and all of them are different. Plus they surround your box with taffy or some other type of random candy.

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Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page and subscribe via email to never miss a thing! :)

FREE subscription box!!

Did you know there was a free subscription box? I just discovered it, and went to the website myself to sign up. I had to see if it was actually free before I shared it. And it was, now my FREE subscription box is on its way!



First you go to www.pinchme.com and get started.

They will ask you a series of questions to decide what samples will go in your box.

Once you get your box and try everything out that is in it, all they want in return is feedback from you about the products.

Thats it! Go check it out. Enjoy your FREE subscription box :)

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Meet my son mason!

I have only mentioned my son in one other post, but I thought I would let you guys get to know him, and see pictures. Since he is a huge part of my daily life, I stay at home with him and I have since he was born. I am so grateful to be able to stay home with him and never miss a thing, all thanks to his dad/my boyfriend supporting my decision.


Since my son was born premature, at 34 weeks gestational age I have been so protective over him. But that is no different from any other mother. It was not easy seeing him hooked up to all these things, and it was even harder to walk out of the hospital two days after I gave birth to him, without him. I kept blaming myself, and thinking that maybe there was something I did that caused this. But there was nothing wrong with me that would have caused him to be premature, so I had to get over that.



The day we finally got to hold him was a dream come true. We were happy beyond belief, we waited a week to be able to hold him for the first time. If we could have been by his side 24/7 while he was in the NICU for almost two weeks, we would have been. Our son being in the NICU was the best thing for him, he needed to get better and strong enough to come home without having to come back to the hospital. It also gave me time to heal from having Post Partum Depression. I cried all day, everyday. Even though I went to the hospital to see him every single day, I was very depressed and could not shake it off.


Then, the day came when it was time to bring our baby boy home! It felt like forever, but the day finally came and it was amazing. We would be the ones to hold him, feed him, change his diapers, get peed on, and wipe his tears away. We finally felt like parents, we were finally going to be able to have him beside our bed in his bassinet and wake up to him every single morning.


He had his first bath, his first experience in his baby swing, his first welcome home, and his first time sleeping in his own bassinet.


About a month later, he had his first Christmas! He got so spoiled, even though he was so tiny. I took my own pictures of him in his Christmas outfit, and he also had pictures with Santa ( who he did not like very much .)


Since he was premature, we had to take him to an eye specialist in Philadelphia to make sure his retina was developing the way it is supposed to. It was emotional because he was terrified and in pain once again, it was like I was seeing him in the NICU all over again.

After months of going to the eye specialist, he finally did not have to go anymore, because there was nothing to worry about. Everything was fine with his eyes.

Once he was home, it felt like time went by so fast...and his first birthday came. It felt like we fast forwarded a year, where did the time go?




So we celebrated his first year of life, and he had so much fun. All of my boyfriends family came to our apartment from two hours away to celebrate, and some of my family came also. He was so loved and so spoiled like every baby should be. And it is what I have always dreamed of.

Annndddd...shortly after his birthday we celebrated his second christmas!


Of course he got spoiled once again, because all of those presents under the tree were his :)

Now he is walking all over the place and saying dada, baba, and kitty. It's okay, I know he loves me even though he hasn't said mama yet haha

Here is our baby boy today!


I hope you enjoyed learning about my little boy, my everything.

Crispy baked chicken wings

There is just one secret to a truly crispy baked chicken wing, and that is BAKING POWDER! Can you believe it? The first time I heard it, I was skeptical. I have tried a recipe which mixes baking powder and flour, but they turned out way too soft for my liking. So I am sharing today what worked for me.

First, preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Now you will need the chicken wings, you can do this two ways. You can either cut the full wing into two pieces, or leave them whole. I left them whole for this recipe.

Picture credit: www.drinkeatrelax.com
Next, you need to season them. I used a mixture of sazon, and Adobo. I seasoned all the wings in a mixing bowl, covered with saran wrap and left them in the fridge for about an hour or two.







After you have seasoned your wings with whatever seasonings you have chosen, coat all of the wings with baking powder. Place a rack on top of a baking sheet and put the wings on the rack skin side up. 


Picture credit: www.seriouseats.com

Place the wings in the preheated 250 degree oven for 30 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven. 

After 30 minutes, move the wings to the middle rack of the oven, increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees and cook for 40-50 minutes, flipping the wings after 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and serve! 
When I sat down to eat, I literally pulled the wing and drumstick apart from each other with hardly any force. They fall off the bone and are delicious! I hope you enjoy, I know me and my family did :)



Have you made this? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

No bake cherry cheesecake with oreo crust

This is by far the easiest non bake cheesecake recipe I have ever come across. And, who doesn't like the word "easy" when it comes to baking? Especially when it is either last minute, or you just don't have too much time on your hands. Let's get baking!


First, in a medium mixing bowl beat the room temperature cream cheese until light and fluffy with a mixer. Tip: If you don't have time to let the cream cheese sit until it gets to room temperature, stick it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

After the cream cheese is light and fluffy, beat in the condensed milk until well blended together

Next, add the lemon juice and pure vanilla extract and stir in circular motion until no longer slimy and wet. 
Pour the mixture into Oreo crust and chill in the back of your fridge for 2-3 hours or until firm.

After the cheesecake has sat in the fridge for 2-3 hours, add the cherry pie filling on top! Enjoy :)



http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/no-bake-oreo-cheesecake/


INGREDIENTS
6oz Oreo pre-made crust
14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
8oz package of cream cheese-at room temperature, or heated for 30 seconds in microwave 
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 can of Cherry pie filling




Image credit to: www.mybakingaddiction.com

The things we say we will NEVER do as parents, but do anyway

When we see other parents doing certain things with their kids, we sometimes think to ourselves "I will never do that, or allow that." But then it all changes when you become a parent. Here are some examples from what I have said before I was a mother and what I've heard from other mothers.




"I will never let my kid make a mess with their food" - Lets be honest, it is not that big of a deal.

"I'll never bring my baby out in public in their pajamas" - Sometimes as mother, we either have not gotten to the laundry yet, or its just not worth getting them dressed.

"My baby will never eat any sweets or junk food"

"Buying shoes for babies is just a waste of money" - And then you end up having more shoes for your baby then for yourself.

"My baby will not drink out of a bottle after he/she is 1 years old"

"I'll never give my baby a bottle in his/her crib"

"I will not become a google mom or be paranoid about every little thing"

"I won't constantly hold my baby and spoil them"

"My baby will never have a pacifier"

"My baby will sleep in his/her crib, not in bed with me"

"I will only feed my baby organic foods"

"When I have my baby, I will still take some time for myself'" - But nobody realizes how hard it is to leave your baby at home with someone else and enjoy yourself without feeling guilty or having anxiety until they experience it themselves.

"I will not become the kind of mother who wears the same clothes for three days in a row, and hasn't washed her hair in weeks"

"My baby will not be watching TV until he/she is 1 and even then..not for more then a couple minutes a day"
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