Friday, July 31, 2015

Back To School Giveaway: Mead Five Star

It's back to school season as you can tell by going shopping at any store. Well I would like to help out one lucky reader to relieve some of the back to school stress. I have a terrific giveaway for you. Brought to you by Mead Five Star.

Back To School With @MeadFiveStar Giveaway 

Hosted By: 

Amy & Aron's Real life Reviews

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You can check out Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews Review of Mead Five Star Products  Here

Remember there are so many entry options so everyone can participate. There are bonus entries for sharing. Have a great day, Thank you for stopping by!

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If you have any questions about this giveaway, please feel free to email Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews at Thank you to Amy's & Aron's Real Life Reviews hosting this giveaway and to our sponsor Mead Five Star. Thank you to all of the co-hosts. BFT is not responsible for prize award.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Rany Zany Rain Boots Review

Rany Zany rain boots are a joy to any toddler or young child. With easy handles and colorful fun prints, what’s not to love! I received a pair in the Ooh La La Owl print and Marlee absolutely loved them. She wore them everywhere. Here she wore them to the YMCA both in the locker room prior to changing for swimming and after while we were outside getting ready to go in the pool. She loves her Rany Zany Rain Boots.

Marlee thinks she is going to drink mommy's tea while sporting her RanyZany boots.

 Getting ready to go swimming.

She is running away with mommy's Naked juice. She runs fast, even in her RanyZany boots. Good thing for her they are made of such light weight materials.

Here is a short video of Marlee almost cooperating to put her boots on.

I love that RanyZany boots are made with natural rubber with a slip resistant rubber sole. The soft cotton lining makes it super comfy to wear with no sock. Because who wants to wear socks with rain boots? I especially love that in buying these quality made boots, I am showing support to a family owned company. 

Here are just some of the fun designs you can choose from.
Are you ready for your very own pair of RanyZany boots? Here’s where you can find RanyZany?

More about this terrific company...

"The idea of RanyZany sparked in my head one day as I shopped for my boys and didn't come across anything I found playful yet modern and fashionable.
That is all my husband, an entrepreneur at heart had to hear.

We have since worked very hard to make this dream, and now an adventure come to life. My favorite part about RanyZany is that it is a family journey. We are thrilled and thankful to have this opportunity. We are based out of Charlotte, NC. We love to work hard and our kids, well, they are our inspiration!
Constructed of Natural Rubber, a Slip-Resistant Rubber Sole, Soft Cotton Lining and a Removable Cushioned Insole all of our boots are designed with quality and comfort in mind. We want to bring color and fun, fresh looks to our rain gear with of course a main ingredient…comfort! RanyZany represents love, faith, fun and making a big SPLASH in style!!"

I was not financially compensated for this review. I received a sample product from RanyZany for review purposes and all opinions and statements are my own based on my experience. 

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Homemade DIY Taco Seasoning

Does your family love tacos? Mine sure does and it is a win for me too. Tacos are one of the easiest meals I can prepare as well it is one of the quickest. I do not like buying taco seasoning in the packets. With added ingredients and too much salt, I prefer to make my own. It is super easy, let me show you.
Makes 2 tablespoons

I'm not going to hide the fact that this recipe is in fact from I actually just combine all of the ingredients until it looks and smells right. If that makes any sense. I don't actually measure anything. Additionally, I add a pinch of sugar to offset the spiciness of  the red pepper. 

I like to make taco seasoning in batches and reuse an empty spice bottle. Like this one.

This taco seasoning can be used for so much more than just beef or turkey for tacos. Use this combo to season chick peas, chicken, zucchini, potatoes, and so many more veggies or anything that calls for taco seasoning. 

What have you used taco seasoning for? What is your favorite mix for taco seasoning? Please share in the comments!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back To School Giveaway Blogger Opportunity

Mead Five Star Giveaway Announcement Post Start

This is a Blogger Opp for a great giveaway of

Mead Five Star Giveaway 
1 Winners
(ARV $70)

Hosted by:

Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews

Free and Paid Options 
Co-Hosts Wanted and Needed

Click Here: Announcement Post

or below

This is a giveaway for Mead Five Star Expandable 2 Inch Binder with Zipper & Mead Five Star Expandable Backpack ($70 ARV)

Each blogger will receive 2 free links for posting and sharing (Facebook & Twitter). 

Open to US
Start 8/1/15

Co-Hosts & Paid links will be listed on the main form. 

If you would like to co-host this event it will be $7 for 5 extra links (plus your 2 free links+ 7 total) and a back link to your blog. (Daily comments email sign-ups secret word pages & all other premium links are included in those 5 co-host links so get crafty!)
Premium links for co-hosts to add on are $1, limit 5 extra

(or additional co-host links over limit)

Secret word pages are $3
Adding social links or Daily Comments, retweets etc $2 each, limit 5
email sign ups $2

If Co-Hosting or purchasing links- send to as a gift,  Mead in the notes.

Posting will be required within 24 hours of launch.

Please share 3-4 times a week. The success of the giveaways depends on how much they are seen.

I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions or comments about this giveaway, please contact Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews at

Look forward to a great giveaway! Glad you can join us.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Banana Swirl Ice Cream

I love bananas! One of my favorite snacks. I love them for my kids. It's usually a pretty non-messy experience and they are so easy to transport. You know what I love even more than bananas? A healthy dessert like banana ice cream or as the kids call it banana swirl. Delicious and healthy.

The kids saw a commercial on PBS on how to make banana swirl. I did not see it. The kids taught me how to make this delicious treat. That's how easy it is!

The process is so simple and quick. The only thing that takes a long time is waiting for the bananas to freeze. The rest is super easy. Enough chatter, let's make some banana swirl! 

Banana Swirl

What you'll need:
Frozen, unpeeled bananas

Place frozen bananas in blender and blend. No need to add anything else. It will be the consistency of ice cream and is a perfect summer treat. 

Add strawberries, blueberries, cocoa powder or vanilla. Anything you'd like. Play around with it until you've accomplished you family favorite. It can be so much fun.

Printable Recipe

Have you ever made banana ice cream before? Please share in the comments!

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