Category: Love and Treasure Food

My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1)

Is it just me or has 2017 gone by in a flash?


You probably feel it’s gone in a flash, too.


So, before any more time slips out of our hands, let me share some of my Spring 2017 Lifestyle Favorites that you can enjoy this Spring and beyond.


Some of these links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own, and I share these products with you because I think you’ll REALLY love them.


Do You Feel Guilty Just Thinking About Shopping?

Hey, I get it.


When you have little ones, what you want to do is buy things for them. Buy what they need, not necessarily what you want.


But, let me share a favorite plugin, that will make you feel a little bit better about buying online.




It’s called Ebates.


If you haven’t tried Ebates, you’re in for a very special treat. Can I be super honest with you? I had heard several people raving about

Can I be super honest with you? Several years ago, I had heard several people raving about Ebates , but I didn’t sign up. It kept on pushing this task off, thinking that this wasn’t as cool of a plugin as people said it was.


But boy, was I wrong! And it potentially cost me hundreds of dollars as a result of not having signed up earlier.


Why do I say this?


Because within days of signing up, I had earned about $25.56 dollars cash back, given that I had made a few more purchases than usual (you’ll see some of these purchases below).


If you sign up for Ebates through this link, you’ll get $10.00 in bonus cash back right away. Pretty sweet, right?


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April 2016 Favorites| The treasures I was Able to Ennjoy This Spring blog post on Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor

April 2016 Favorites | The Treasures I Was Able To Enjoy This Spring

Want to know a little secret about me?


I see the world as a treasure hunt. I LOVE finding treasures. I like finding things that make me feel like I’ve come across the holy grail of whatever the item is.

For example, if I’m buying myself an eyeshadow palette, I want to make sure that it’s the best eyeshadow palette for me. Not the most expensive one, but the one that I’ll love the most based on a trusty recommendation, my prior experience with the product or on hours of research (and yes, I spend hours of research trying to find the best version of even the simplest item).

Bottom line, I want quality. A pleasurable experience before I buy something, while buying, while receiving it and most importantly in my daily life. It’s not that I think that things should be the bulk of our happiness, but they do influence our quality of life.

So today, I’ll be sharing the treasures I enjoyed using in April in an effort to not keep them a secret and allow you to see if they will be your treasures, too.

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How to Make Your Own Super-mom Customizable Pudding- Pudding Recipe Included,

How to Make Your Own Super-mom Customizable Pudding- Pudding Recipe Included

How to Make Your Own Super-mom Customizable Pudding- Pudding Recipe Included

Who would have thought that bottled water would ever be so lucrative that now we can’t imagine living in a world without it. Although I prefer my own stainless steel bottles and my water filter, it’s still understandable that for many, water bottles is convenient.

Ironically, in a packaged-product world, we sometimes don’t realize that with a bit of effort, you can whip up a snack which has fewer preservatives than the packaged kind.

Below is a pudding recipe that you can use as a base and you can modify it as you need.

Nutmeg Vanilla Pudding

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Makes: 4 servings


1/4 cup sugar

3 Tbs. cornstarch or organic cornstarch (Can you believe that this is the secret ingredient behind pudding?)

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups 2% milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Nutmeg (There is even organic nutmeg available)

How to make it:

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. (Make sure that the mixture has thickened on the stove. If it hasn’t, turn up the stove heat a little, and whisk for a couple of more minutes).

2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract

3. Pour into 4 individual serving bowls or cups; cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes or until set. Sprinkle nutmeg.

Nutrition Per Serving:

127 calories; 4g protein; 1g fat; 25g carbs; 19g sugar, 0 fiber; 0 iron; 156mg calcium; 345mg sodium

Pudding Recipe adapted by Catherine McCord

Your Turn To Engage

Now that you have the pudding recipe and whipped up a batch of pudding, let me know how much your kids, you and your hubby liked it. What ingredients did you incorporate or toppings did you add to make this pudding recipe your own?