Things We Love – Creative Ice Pop Molds from Tovolo

Homemade ice pops mean simple summer fun. Tovolo makes some creative, inexpensive molds to make ice pops eaven more fun. Our favorites:
Tovolo Set of 6 Jewels Ice Pop Molds
Tovolo Set of 6 Jewels Ice Pop Molds
Non-stop fun pops! Bigger than your average pop mold for more of a good thing, our Pop Mold sets makes it easy to slip out one pop at a time by simply gripping the handle and sliding from the base. Features: Available in vibrant colors and out-of-this-world shapes, including Shooting Star, Groovy Pops and Rocket Pops. Clever handles catch drips as you eat – no pop slop. Insulated plastic sleeves keep your pops colder, longer, outside the freezer. Base keeps pop molds secure from tips and spills in the freezer. Dishwasher safe.

Tovolo Set of 6 Rocket Ice Pop Molds
Tovolo Set of 6 Rocket Ice Pop Molds

Tovolo Set of 4 Ice Cream Pop Molds
Tovolo Set of 4 Ice Cream Pop Molds
Nix ice cream cone troubles for good. No more melty mess with these soft-serve-style molds with “cones” that catch sticky spills. Features: Slip out one pop at a time by simply gripping the handle and twisting from the base. Base keeps pop molds secure from tips and spills in the freezer. Insulated plastic sleeves keep your pops colder and longer outside of the freezer. Dishwasher safe.

Each of these ice pop molds is available at cooking.com (Cooking coupons are here.)

Things We Love – Easy Summer Recipes

Oh how we love summer. This year, we are going to love it more than ever. In the Colorado Rockies, it snowed more than 500 inches on us this winter. It was snowing through, well, yesterday. And so this summer is going to taste sweeter than ever.

In celebration of this, we are spotlighting some of the best cookbooks that feature easy summer recipes, including a favorite cookbook review and a roundup of other popular summer cookbook titles.

Bon appetit!

Best Summer Weekend Cookbook

Things We Love – Best Summer Weekends Cookbook
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Review by: APCKelly

I love food. Especially summer food, with its fresh, ripe vegetables and mouthwatering, luscious fruits.

As a supreme lover of such delicacies and delectable delights, I am always on the lookout for great cookbooks. Even my kids love to page through the cookbooks at home and decide what to try out next. I was initially attracted to The Best Summer Weekends Cookbook because of its beautifully designed cover of mouth-watering watermelon, shrimp, tomato, lemon.

The inside of this book is as appealing as the outside. More than 75 recipes, perfect for entertaining friends and family or delicious day-to-day summer cooking. The color photographs make it one of our favorites to flip through to get inspired.

The recipes are varied and include appetizers, starters, sundown snacks, delicious BBQ recipes, summer salads, light main courses perfect for a summer’s day, to breakfast and brunch ideas and amazing desserts. I am sure you will love to try the delicious Mocha Ice Cream Loaf – or how about a refreshing Tabouleh salad and Thai Green Chicken Wings?

The ingredients used in the recipes are relatively easy to come by, but they are seasonal. (Each recipe gives ideas on how to substitute certain ingredients if they are not to hand.)

Overall, this cookbook has an exciting array of summer recipes that will please anybody. I am sure you will get a lot of joy out of trying out these fantastic and mouth-watering dishes.

Here are a few more summer cookbooks to try:

Things We Love – 5 Function Fondue Set


Chantal 5-Function Fondue Set

You multi-task, so shouldn’t your fondue set? With this 5-Function Fondue set, you’re ready for every course of your fondue meal. The porcelain bowl keeps cheese and chocolate sauces hot without overcooking or burning, and the stainless steel pot is ideal for cooking meat in oils or broth. Both the bowl and the pot can be used separately on the stovetop for sauces, soups rice and more. So cool!

Set Includes:
1¼-qt. Porcelain Bowl
2-qt. Brushed Stainless Steel Pot
Stainless Fondue Stand and Burner Diffuser
Splatter Guard Glass Lid
6 Stainless Fondue Forks

Learn more about this product from cooking.com (Momscape.com publishes the latest Cooking.com coupons here, so check before you buy.)

Things We Love – Organic Wreaths for Christmas

Fragrant Evergreen Wreath

Greet your guests this holiday with the lush fragrance of the forest. This Eco-Friendly Fragrant Evergreen Wreath from Organic Bouquet is hand assembled using only materials that are organically grown near the Wild Rivers Coast in the Pacific Northwest. It is 18 inches in diameter, made from Douglas Fir, Oregon Boxwood, delicate wisps of Bear Grass, and Pine Cones.

Your wreath will be made fresh to order and shipped direct from the farm in California.

Until November 30, Organic Bouquet is offering the evergreen wreath for $29.95 (was $45.95) – or you can opt for a deluxe version for $34.95, which includes a large red ribbon bow.

evergreen Wreaths on Sale at OrganicBouquet.com
Eco-Friendly Fragrant Evergreen Wreath Only $29.95 from OrganicBouquet.com.
No coupon code required.
Shop through link above for details.
Ends November 30, 2010

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Cuisinart EM-200 Espresso Maker – Today’s Product Pick

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-bar Espresso Maker

Today’s Product Pick: Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable Espresso Maker
Where to buy: Overstock.com (Momscape loves Overstock.com, so we publish current Overstock coupon codes. Make sure to check here for new Overstock coupons before you make a purchase.)
Review by: ACMMom

If you love your speciality coffees, and you like to make them at home, then the Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable Espresso Maker is a great investment. You can treat yourself to delicious and perfect lattes, cappuccinos or even a sip of espresso to keep you going.

The espresso maker is very easy to use, but if in doubt, the included Instructional Cuisinart Espresso Maker DVD can help you. Use your preferred espresso coffee or espresso pods and press the appropriate button (single shot or double shot).

The machine automatically gets the right amount of water and you can enjoy a perfect cup of espresso. The espresso machine also comes with various tools, such as tamping tool and measuring spoon, and a stainless steel jug to make frothing milk a breeze. The machine is easy to clean due to its removable trays and covers. The included drink booklet gives you recipes/ideas how to make different coffee drinks just like a professional barista.

All in all, if you like your various speciality coffees in the comfort of your home, the Cuisinart Espresso Maker offers great value for money. In no time at all, you will be able to enjoy a tasty morning latte or a refreshing after-dinner espresso.

Here’s the product description, from Overstock:

Brew your own delicious lattes and cappuccinos at home with this programmable espresso maker from Cuisinart. This appliance features pre-programmed cup sizes and a 15-bar pump.
*Brews single or double espresso
*15 bars of pressure; uses either ground espresso or pods
*Steam nozzle for cappuccino or latte
*Pre-programmed cup sizes
*Frothing cup and tamping tool included
*Removable 64-ounce water reservoir with lid with two options for filling with water\
*Cup-warming plate for warming espresso cups
*15-bar pump
*Manual button: Used for a continuous pour of espresso
*1-cup button: Used for a single serving of espresso, 1.5 ounces
*2-cup button: Used for a double serving of espresso, 3 ounces
*Program button: Used to set the number of ounces needed
*Steam button: Used when making cappuccinos and lattes–will flash until ready for use
*Portafilter holder: Can be used with ground or pod espresso–has two positions, lock and unlock, for ease of cleaning
*Brew head: For easy fit of the portafilter holder *Steam or hot water control dial: Use to activate steam or hot water
*Commercial steam wand: Use to steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes
*Removable drip tray: Removable drip tray with grate
*Cleaning pins: Used to clean any excess milk that gets stuck inside the steam wand or any coffee particles that get stuck inside the filter
*Stainless frothing pitcher: Used for steaming milk for cappuccinos and lattes
*Measuring scoop/tamping tool: Use one side as a coffee scoop and the other to tamp the coffee grinds in the filter basket
*Filter baskets: Use the one cup filter for a single espresso and the two cup filter basket for the double espresso, and the pod filter basket for espresso pods


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Aprons from Anthropologie

anthropologie apron

Ever since I saw those mother-daughter aprons from Uncommon Goods, I’ve been on an apron kick.

Have you seen the Apron Collection at Anthropologie?

There are so many stylish designs – all so very flirty and feminine – but this one (The Lady’s Apron) is my favorite.

Eco Friendly Lunch Solutions

With three kids, each of whom take a lunch to school nearly every day, I go through an embarrassing number of plastic Ziploc sandwich bags during a typical school year.

Sooo, one of my goals this summer was to look at some options for snack and sandwich bags that would be reusable, as well as some more eco friendly lunchboxes.

Here are a couple of the standouts in my search for a more eco friendly lunch for my kiddos.


The Goodbyn Lunchbox
- $22.95

The Goodbyn Lunchbox is designed with five compartments that are perfectly sized to keep lunches from spilling, sloshing, or mixing. The little compartments keeps tastes (and moisture) separate, so you don’t need individually baggies. It’s made of FDA-approved materials and is free of BPAs, phthalates and lead. You can wash it out by hand quickly and easily, but it’s also dishwasher safe.

Best for kids 5 and up. Available in red, blue, green, and pink – and it comes with a reusable drink bottle.

an eco friendly lunchbox

We found the Goodbyn for $22.95 from Diapers.com.
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Reusable Snack and Sandwich Pack $15.95

Did you know the EPA estimates that one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year, and each bag takes more than 1,000 years to break down? During this time, they don’t biodegrade; they photodegrade, which means that, over time, they break down into more smaller and more toxic polymers.

What’s more, fewer than 1 percent of these bags are recycled. (I’m so ashamed!)

But here’s a good solution, if you don’t ditch the plastic bags altogether and get the Goodbyn. Each of these $15.95 packs come with a patterned sandwich size (about 7.5” x 6”) and a solid blue snack size (about 6”x5”). And cleaning them is a breeze. You can throw them in the washing machine or the dishwasher — though for the longest life, you should probably just wipe them with a soapy sponge and let them air dry.

These reusable sandwich bags are from the awesome and amazing Isabella catalog, which we like so much that we publish all the latest Isabella Catalog coupons and specials here, so check before you buy.

We were also impressed by the:

The Wrap-N-Mat from From One Step Ahead - 8.95

This reusable sandwich wrap keeps food fresh and protected and doubles as a personal placemat, so your kids have a more sanitary surface than those lunchroom tables.

The wrap-n-mat has a cotton/poly exterior, an FDA-approved PEVA lining and a hook and loop closure. (Hand wash only.)

The Wrap-N-Mat is available from OneStepAhead.com. Momscape publishes OneStepAhead coupons here >

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Panels

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Panels from Lillian Vernon

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Panels

I bought a couple of these for each of my kids at Christmas this year, and we love them.

A patent-pending product from WallCandy Arts, these chalkboard panels are removable and repositionable. Because they are simple vinyl chalkboard sheets, they stick to walls wherever you need them – any smooth surface, really – and are great for the office, kitchen or playroom. My daughters each have one of the outside of their bedroom door (so we can write notes as we pass by) and one on the inside (so they can write notes to themselves.)

These chalkboards wipe clean with a dry tissue. Each set includes chalk and 4 convenient 9”x12” sheets.

From Lillian Vernon. (We publish coupon codes from Lillian Vernon whenever available, so make sure to check here before you buy to see if there’s a way you can save even more – or get free shipping on your order. This link will open in new window so you don’t lose your place.)

Cuisipro Herb Keeper

Cuisipro® Herb Keeper


Cuisipro® Herb Keeper

This is clever.

I love to use fresh herbs whenever possible in my cooking. Problem is, I get inspired at the store with all of the savory meals I think I’m going to cook, I buy the herbs (for a small fortune) and put them in the fridge, and by the time I get around to wanting to use them, they are all sad and dark and limp.

This Herb Keeper by Cuisipro is a great idea.  The suspended tray holds even large bunches of herbs together. The stems of the herbs are immersed in water so they stay hydrated and fresh. The tray rests on interior supports so you can easily access the herbs whenever you need them, and it lifts for easy draining. (The keeper is small enough to fit in refrigerator doors.)

We found this herb keeper at Organize.com where you can get 2 free samples with any purchase (no coupon code required – click here for details.)

Things I’m Loving Right Now: Fruit Infusion Pitcher

fruit-infusion-pitcher

fruit-infusion-pitcherOne of my favorite gifts this year was this Fruit Infusion Pitcher. (Okay, I bought it for myself, wrapped it and put it under the tree with a tag to myself. I even feigned surprise when I opened it. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.)

Anyway, I’m one of those moms who dilutes the kids’ juice to the point where it can’t really be called juice. The kids don’t like that so much. Sometimes I think that when I turn my back, they are slamming back the Simply Orange straight up in great big gulps.

So I got this Infusion Pitcher mostly with me in mind, but, turns out, the kids love it, too. There’s an “infusion rod” in the center of this acrylic pitcher in which you insert your choice of sliced fruit. (We love oranges and lemons – and occasionally strawberries). Then you can fill and refill the pitcher using the same fruits in the center. The holes in the infusion rod are small enough that no seeds or rinds get through. I read a good suggestion on the amazon.com reviews for this product, which I’m going to try: add some fresh rosemary or lavender instead of (or in addition to) fruit.

The result is a delicious and subtle, natural flavor to your water. Yum! And when water is appetizing, it sure is easier to drink those 8 – 8 ouncers.

You can get it from cooking.com and also from amazon.com (Amazon.com has it for 20% off, at the time of this writing.)