Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

It's the most sinful time of the year!  Girl Scout Cookie Time!  While many of you are gorging on Samosas(or Caramel Delights) Dunking your Thin Mints into an ice cold glass of milk, some of the gluten challenged folks out there are just dreaming about them.  Well wait no longer, gluten free cookies are here!  I know they had some last year, but we weren't one of the people that got to indulge in the inaugural trial. And I really wish they had some GF thin mints.....

There are two companies that produce Girl Scout Cookies. My understanding is that it depends on your local Girl Scout Council to make the decision for what bakery they are going with for that year.  Little Brownie Bakers has the Gluten Free Toffee-Tasitc Cookie and ABC Bakery has the Trios Cookie.

So I'm sure many of you were Girl Scouts, but this was one of the times of the year I hated!  My Mother, who was my troop leader, had us at every possible selling place that we could possibly go. While I loved the goal of going to camp, I hated the sale.  Standing out in the freezing cold, dreary rain, and in Texas, it could be HOT sometimes!  I did this from Brownie to Cadet.  I did however enjoy hanging out with some interesting " older boys" from our neighborhood at the local grocery store.  Sheldon, went to our church.  I loved watching him practice bagging groceries when the store was closing, practicing to be the "fastest bagger in the world" and Josh, several years older and lived in my neighborhood in a house that had the same floor plan as ours.  I though it was cool that this older boy would even talk to me, a dorky younger kid, but we did hang out occasionally at the grocery store or even when I was riding bikes around my neighborhood, those were the cool memories of selling cookies. (sorry Mom, I really disliked it, even though camp was awesome!) Oh but I did love Golden Yangles.  They were triangle shaped cheese crackers.  I could eat them by the boxes!  So glad my Mom kept them in the deep freezer and we could enjoy them all year long!

So your choices are Toffee-Tastic, which is the cookies that my local scouts are selling.  They cost me, GASP, 5 dollars a box!!!  I'm told this is actually below the national average, still sticker shock none the less.
This cookie is a dense, buttery and crunchy cookie.  I liked it!  It would go great with a cup of tea, however Kid X though it was a bit too "hard."  It contains milk and soy ingredients so I wouldn't recommend it for multiple food allergies, and is probably why Kid X didn't like it because he's used to dairy free and gf cookies! Rice Flour and Tapioca Flour are the main GF ingredients in this cookie and yes it does have the dreaded corn syrup in it!  Serving size is 2 cookies for 140 calories.

The Trios Cookie is a Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie. I'd still love to try it out(wink wink friends across the country)  it sounds pretty good although Kid X can't really tolerate peanut butter with his FODMAP issues.  
This cookie contains certified gluten free whole grain oats.  It does contain peanuts, milk, eggs and soy.  However, it uses pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup.  Serving size is 3 cookies for 170 calories.  

When everything is said and done, you are supporting your local troops and that is the important thing!  My goal was always to go to summer camp, and I made it every year, even if I thought selling cookies was the least fun thing ever!  Kid X tried something new, and something that we won't be eating everyday.  Kid R is a scout and very excited to get out there selling some cookies.  She's got great enthusiasm and I'm sure she will be selling a lot!  I'm sure this won't be the last box of Toffee-Tastic Cookies I taste this year either! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Ultimate DIY Bundle On Sale Now!

As you’re here, you clearly love the feeling of creating something of your own – and you know that the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is pretty hard to match.
The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! You may have started with decorating, or creating gifts, or photography, but there’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and you’ve probably only scratched the surface!
The only problem is… how do you decide which project to dive into next? Not to mention, it can get expensive so quickly, buying more resources, more books, more patterns. What if you had a wide variety of inspiring resources right at your fingertips, but for a fraction of what you would usually spend?

That’s why you need to check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! It’s your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.
For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.
You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.
Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…
A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!
This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Ultimate DIY Bundle

I really enjoy these Ultimate Bundle Deals, The Next one that will be available soon is the DIY Bundle.  While we are waiting for it, check out this mini course of FREE DIY ideas! Written in consultation with MyQuillyn from, this mini-course is intended to inspire folks to rediscover their creative side in 2015. It’s a simple course, and takes them through a short exercise in each of the 4 steps.

In addition to accessing the course, each subscriber will have the opportunity to earn some pretty awesome rewards by sharing it with their friends. These include:

- $5 off the Ultimate DIY Bundle (only 1 Referral)
- A FREE 1-year Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine (Only 5 Referrals)
- A FREE Ultimate DIY Bundle (only 10 referrals) PLUS the free 1-year BH&G subscription mentioned above (Only 10 Referrals)

And on January 21st, each subscriber will be given the opportunity to purchase their copy of the Ultimate DIY Bundle 2015.

The mini-course will only be available for 1 week tops, and we’ll redirect the site to the official Ultimate DIY Bundle site after 11:59 PM on January 20th.

Go Get it for FREE: