What a magical photo set. Sometimes the simplest things are the things that hold the most of life’s magic. Just thought I’d share. 🙂

By Niki Photography

Piñata (1)Piñata (4)Piñata (3)Piñata (2)PiñataPiñata (5)Piñata (6)I really do not know who was more happy kids or myself when we heard magical world pinata. The best 1st Birthday Party I have ever attended! Location: Golf Course, Houston, Texas. Looking for a photographer? Drop me a line to: by.niki@yahoo.com

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UPDATE! New contest winner!

Our original giveaway winner had to decline because she already won one another site. So, we get to choose another winner! Very exciting! Winner is chosen at random, but the winners had a better chance at winning by reposting multiple times. The NEW WINNER IS…

Cheryl Free!

Congratulations! I just left a message to contact me about shipping it out to you.

Thanks everyone!


Winner Announcement for Costco Cash Card Giveaway!


The Winner of the Costco Cash Card Giveaway is….


Congratulations! I will be getting in touch with you today! Thanks everyone for entering, and remember, you can still get $6 off diapers and $5 off wipes from this exclusive offer from Huggies available ONLY at Costco!


Yassa Poulet (Senegalese Grilled Chicken)

The Domestic Man

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Perfect Health Diet

Yassa Poulet (sometimes called Chicken Yassa) is a West African dish originally from Senegal, characterized by its spicy marinade of peppers, lemon, and onions. I was initially drawn to this dish because the marinade uses a crazy amount of onions, and they’re not wasted; instead, they are recombined with the chicken during cooking.

Many traditional recipes call for the chicken to be browned in a skillet and then braised with the marinade until tender. That sounds good, but our nice summer weather always compels me to grill, which left me with a conundrum; how do I reincorporate the onions into this dish after grilling? The answer turned out to be simple – caramelize the onions while the chicken is on the grill. Combining the sweet, delicate flavor of the caramelized onions and the bright, crispy grilled chicken was a pretty awesome move.

I’ve also found that this makes a…

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The Domestic Man

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Perfect Health Diet

Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish made with fried and smashed plantains. It is related to the West African staple starch dish called Fufu, originally made with yuca; slaves sent to the Caribbean originally brought this dish across the Atlantic.

Fufu made it into several Caribbean cuisines, with varying levels of alteration. In Cuba, it is known as Fufu de Platano, and in the Dominican Republic it carries the name Mangú. In Puerto Rico, it is almost always made with plantains, but yuca and breadfruit variations exist. The plantains are typically smashed using a wooden mortar and pestle called a pilon, and sometimes served directly in the pilon. My stone mortar and pestle gets the job done nicely.

There are many ways to enjoy Mofongo. It is often dipped in chicken broth or a sauce made with mayonnaise and ketchup (aptly called “mayoketchup”), or served with…

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Exclusive Huggies® Products at Costco!

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I’m always on the lookout for the best quality baby products at reasonable prices. I had the privilege of trying the exclusive Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. When I opened up the diaper package, I was impressed. The first thing I noticed was that these were not as stiff as other diapers that I’ve tried. They really had a flexibility to them and fit very comfortably on my toddler. The SnugFit* waistband and unique Grip Tabs kept the diaper in place, which is saying a lot because he is a very spirited boy! He was up and at ’em after I put them on! After he tired himself out, I was able to nurse him and he took a long 2 hour nap. He was extremely comfortable! When it finally was time to change him, I noticed how the diaper absorbed most of the moisture, unlike other diapers I’ve tried. I usually apply a bit of baby powder to keep him dry, but this time, I didn’t need to, because he was already dry! Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers come with the trusted Leak Lock® system, which I can honestly say from experience, works like a dream.

When using the Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, the first thing I noticed was the absence of a smell. It alwways bothers me when baby wipes have too much of a scent. When they smell like chemicals or alcohol, or too strongly of perfume, it’s not something I feel great about using on my son’s skin. Because Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes uses their simplest formula ever, I feel good about using them on my son.

Using the Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes was like using pieces of wet thick, yet soft cloth. But of course, I don’t have to do laundry after these! The thickness of the wipes made it easy to clean up the mess. My son will be three in a few months, so dirty diapers can be an undertaking. These baby wipes clean efficiently without tearing. Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes come with 2 different kinds of refillable dispensers, plus 1160 refill wipes to ensure that you won’t run out at home or on the go. One of the refillable dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean* pouch, which makes it stylish to carry baby wipes wherever you are. The fun strap makes it accessible anywhere!

Because diapering can be pretty expensive, we moms often go for cheaper brands. But these Exclusive Huggies® products can be found at Costco to help you Plus Up your baby care! No need to settle for a brand that doesn’t make the cut. Costco has the best diapers and wipes that will give the utmost comfort to your baby as well as make diaper changing easier and cleaner for you at an economically friendly price! Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are only available at Costco. You can’t even find them anywhere else.

Costco Members – Click HERE https://shoppersampling.com/orders/huggies_getsample.html to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today July 17th through July 26, 2014 so try back tomorrow if you aren’t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

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